Blog author: Alex Stojanovic
Okay, even though I mentioned that I wouldn't do another five-year list after 2018, I decided to go with it because although 2014 was the first year I did a Top 10 Albums Of The Year list, my opinions on certain albums have changed over the last five years, and I heard some other albums from that year that I didn't include in my initial list, and I wondered why I didn't listen to them when they came out.
Before we get into the new list, why don't we re-visit some key moments from 2014? As far as lineup changes are concerned, one of the key moments was in Arch Enemy. After 13 years of fronting the band, Angela Gossow announced she would be stepping down as frontwoman and becoming the band's business manager. Another surprising lineup change was early in the year, when Testament announced that Greg Christian had left the band, and Steve DiGiorgio returned, but then Greg started slamming his former bandmates in the press about financial irregularities. Another key lineup change moment that nobody saw coming was when Exodus announced the return of Steve "Zetro" Souza, replacing Rob Dukes. I love both vocalists, so I'm not going to pick sides.
However, for me, the most surprising lineup change came at the end of the year when Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover announced their departures from Megadeth simultaneously. Shawn announced it first, then Chris announced it a few hours later. This left people questioning the future of Megadeth, but we now have Act Of Defiance with Chris and Shawn and Megadeth have a real solid lineup with Kiko Loureiro and Dirk Verbeuren, and Dystopia is a phenomenal record.
In other events, 2014 saw Motley Crue announce that they would be embarking on their "final" farewell tour. By now, it's become almost a joke to say any band is on a farewell tour because many bands either pull back from the decision either in the middle of or close to the end of the tour, or disband for a couple of years, then reunite and continue on again. Very few bands have went on farewell tours and stayed disbanded afterwards. However, by the looks of it as we sit here in 2019, it looks like Motley Crue are sticking to it (at least the touring part). I also just have to say that with Alice Cooper being the opening act on almost all of Motley's farewell tour, it's pretty weird when you look at it because Motley were retiring, and the opening act on their tour was Alice, who's got a little over 10 years on them and he's still kicking ass. Kind of weird, don't you think?
As far as some of the people we've lost in 2014 go, some of the notable losses were Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus), Wayne Static, Jack Bruce, H.R. Giger, Dick Wagner, Johnny Winter and Shane Gibson just to name a few. R.I.P. to all the fallen heroes I mentioned here as well as those that I forgot.
Now let's get into the list down below.