Phillip’s Top 10 Albums of 2014

We are officially in 2015 but ChristCore.net continues in our series of posts with some of the best releases of 2014. Here, Phillip talks about his most listened to albums of 2014, including some of the year’s hottest albums.

1. Impending Doom – “Nailed. Dead. Risen.”
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Most of the time, in my opinion, the heavier the music is the better. This album was totally brutal and gave me a new appreciation for the band itself. Impending Doom was a band I didn’t much care for before I heard this record. Every time I got angry this year, I took a few minutes away from the situation and blared songs like “Left Behind” and “Feeding the Decomposing” which brought me back to a place where I could think clearly. This album also helped me learn a new vocal style I’ve never quite been able to do. A great first album from a great band.

2. For Today – “Fight the Silence”
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Photo Credit: Fortodayband.com

For Today has been one of my favorite bands for many years and this album brought so much more to the table that they gave a sneak peek to on their Prevailer EP. Adding guitarist Sam Penner and drummer David Puckett, they brought a new flavor and level to their music that has never been seen from the band. This was a bigger, better, and bolder album then anything they have done in the past.

3. Memphis May Fire – “Unconditional”
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Photo Credit: wikipedia.org

After reading Anthony’s review, I decided I’d check the album out. After a half hour search at Best Buy, I found their last copy. Previous to this, I watched the video for “No Ordinary Love” and it resonated with me deeply. The music video essentially told the story of my relationship with my mother, in almost every detail, so I really had a desire to buy the record. After listening to it once, I couldn’t get enough. The entire album, front to back, was absolutely amazing. I fell in love with every song and really felt the songs resonate deep in my soul. Every word connected with me in an indescribable way. This band is definitely on my summer concert list.

4. Mouth of the South – “Struggle Well”
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Photo Credit: Amazon.com
5. Mouth of the South – “Transparency”
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I heard this band on a sampler from “God’s Love for Hardcore.” Out of 57 songs, only three bands stood out and Mouth of the South stood out the most. Their song on the sampler “Epilogue” reminded me of many of my prayers and battles in my head. I wanted a copy of Transparency but wouldn’t get it until I met them at the Sonshine Music Festival. I never thought I’d be able to meet such an awesome band from Texas here in Minnesota. By that time I’d already listened to a few songs from their new album Struggle Well and it became the first album I preordered. Meeting this band proved to me there are heavy, Christian bands that do practice what they preach and are still normal people like you and me. I am a fan for life.

6. Disciple – “Disciple”
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Photo Credit: Amazon.com
7. Disciple – “Horseshoes and Handgrenades”
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These albums just rocked my world after stumbling on the band’s album O God Save Us All at a record store. I got hooked and loved their style so much and eventually got my mom to fall in love with this band. Just incredible passion in every word make me just want to sing and yell every song at the top of my lungs.

8. Creed – “My Own Prison”
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This is an album my mom showed me that had really helped her through recovery and it is now helping me recover from the same addictions. This gave me a wider view of music and what it could be. That it didn’t need to be absolute insanity to be able to rock out like crazy, but that it could be soulful, melodic, and mellow.

9. Household – “With or Without”
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Photo Credit: bloodandink.bandcamp.com

After hearing about this band and seeing some videos, I needed to get their album. Such an awesome group; They bow to no sponsors, but to God Himself. They march to their own beat and have more fun doing it. This band is crazy awesome and worth checking out.

10. Phineas – “The Last Word is Yours To Speak”
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Photo Credit: hmmagazine.com

This was another band that stood out to me on that “God’s Love for Hardcore” sampler. I saw them at Sonshine, as well. The lead vocalist Sean agreed to my first-ever interview with him. This band is more metal than most Christian bands I’ve heard, in my opinion. They really bring it in their live show and I will never miss an opportunity to see them again.

Be sure to also check out Sierra’s Top 10 Movies of 2014, Anthony’s Top 10 Albums of 2014, and Bryce’s Mostly Terrible Movies of 2014.

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Phillip Noell
I've been through so much in my life and Christ was the only thing that could save me so for over a year I've poured myself into any door God has opened. My passion is music and Christcore is my heart.