Pieni’s Highlights of 2014

I’ve been to a lot, but really A LOT of amazing shows this year. But the top-5 wasn’t that hard to choose:

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  1. Sonic Syndicate at Zakk (Düsseldorf)
  2. The End Of Grace at Valand (Gothenburg)
  3. Skid Row at The Underworld (London)
  4. R.A.M.P. at Canecas (Paços de Ferreira)
  5. Equaleft at Metalpoint (Porto)

The downside of attending so many shows is that I lack the time to pay attention to all new releases. Here are the five to which I did pay loads of attention:

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  1. “Sonic Syndicate” by Sonic Syndicate
  2. “Ghost Empire” by Caliban
  3. “Adapt & Survive” by Equaleft
  4. “Vol. 5 – Lost At Home” by More Than A Thousand
  5. “Circle” by Sparzanza

Believe it or not, it was the top videos that gave me a hard time. Despite the lyric video trend, which has also improved graphically (next year I might even come up with a top 5 of those), it’s nice to see that there are still so many videos with such visual impact:

  1. “House Of The Rising Sun” by Five Finger Death Punch
  2. “All The Devil’s Toys” by Deathstars
  3. “Riskbreaker” by BatAAr
  4. “Five Minutes” by The Defiled
  5. “To Hell And Back” by Sabaton

Now the anticipations for this new year that starts tomorrow:

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  1. The End Of Grace – we all know how plans fail, especially when it comes to a new band, so the debut album that they were hoping to release this year was postponed to 2015. So here they are again, topping my expectations.
  2. Through The Cracks – definitely waiting eagerly for this one! And now that singer Tillie Grundel has left, the curiosity is even bigger.
  3. Web – despite my close relationship with this band, it’s all been hush-hushed and I have no idea what’s coming out of there. But I’m sure it will be great.
  4. Hills Have Eyes – it shouldn’t be long until “Antebellum” hits the stores!
  5. Hardcore Superstar – anything that comes from these sleazy bastards is worth it, 10th album or not.

Happy 2015 people!

Renata “Pieni” Lino

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