Another 12 months, another plethora of albums that have been providing us with aural pleasure for the whole year. With literally hundreds of albums flooding into our email inboxes, being shared over the web and through our doors to listen to, this part of the year is no easy task for any us.

However, we put our brave faces on, put our thinking caps on, knuckled down, pulled all of our opinions together and managed to finalise what are our absolute top 10 albums of 2014. Take a look below at what we thought has made 2014 such a fantastic year for music and undoubtedly has made it an arduous task for whatever 2015 has in store for us to even match up to, nevermind top:

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COMPETITION: Win a massive Christmas bulk of CDs, vinyl, merch and more!

With Christmas just around the corner now, what better way to celebrate and bring in some festive cheer than hosting massive giveaway of merchandise for you to win for free! Well, that’s exactly what we’re doing right now.

A bunch of bands, record labels and other friends in the industry have kindly donated an array of merchandise towards out Christmas giveaway pack this year, including t-shirts, CDs, vinyl, posters, wristbands and a whole lot more. Want to know exactly what’s on offer? You can find all of the competition contributions you can win listed below:

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VIDEO: Marilyn Manson – Deep Six

Returning shock rocker Marilyn Manson have unveiled the music video for his new track ‘Deep Six’. The song is lifted from his forthcoming album ‘The Pale Emperor’, out January 19th 2015 via Cooking Vinyl/Hell etc., and you can watch the video below:

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NEWS: Hevy Fest confirms The Dillinger Escape Plan, Monuments, Vales and more for 2015!

The organisers of Hevy Fest 2015 have just confirmed their first wave of acts, including returning headliners The Dillinger Escape Plan and tech-metal maestros Monuments. Check out all of the bands announced below:

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NEWS: Rocket Recordings announce ‘Collisions Vol 4 EP’, ft. Evil Blizzard and Mamuthones!

The fourth in their ‘Collisions EP’ seires, Rocket Recordings, has confirmed the details of a split release featuring both mysterious masked rockers Evil Blizzard and psychedelic outfit Mamuthones. The EP drops January 19th 2015, and below you can check out the video for Evil Blizzard’s ‘Sacrifice’ and Mamuthones new track ‘Don’t Be Choosey’:

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VIDEO: Dark Funeral – Nail Them To The Cross

Swedish black metal stalwarts Dark Funeral have unveiled the video for their new track ‘Nail Them To The Cross’, which will be released on a strictly limited 7” single, along with another new song, in 2015 via Century Media Records. Check out the video below:

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TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2014: Musicians, Labels & Publicists

Before we unleash upon you what we think has made 2014 such an awesome year for music, we asked around the industry to musicians, bands, labels, managers and publicists to see what exactly has rocked their world for the past 12 months. You can find all the contributions listed below, ordered A-Z from the name of the contributor (and what they do for music), with lists from members of bands such as Defeater, San Cisco, He Is Legend, Fireworks and more:

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NEWS: Converge, Trap Them, Harms Way and Young And In The Way line-up May 2015 UK shows!

In news that is sure to delight fans of modern hardcore across the country, Deathwish Inc. has confirmed the dates of DW Fest, a series of select shows featuring Converge, Trap Them, Harms Way and Young And In The Way. Below you can find the UK dates of the tour:

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VIDEO: Tyler Carter – Georgia

Issues frontman Tyler Carter have unveiled the video for his new solo track ‘Georgia’, which is lifted from his upcoming EP ‘Leave Your Love’, out in early 2015 via Rise Records. You can watch the video below:

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NEWS: Issues frontman Tyler Carter announces upcoming solo EP, ‘Leave Your Love’!

Indulging his soulful side, Issues vocalist extraordinaire Tyler Carter has announced the release of his solo EP ‘Leave Your Love’, which will drop in early 2015 via Rise Records. You can find the track-list below:

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