APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2014

Unlike everyone else, we waited until 2014 was actually over to recount our favorite albums. It’s been a great year for extreme music with a healthy amount of excellent releases.  We saw the return of legends in GODFLESH and AT THE GATES as well as welcome returns from long recording breaks in BEHEMOTH and MAYHEM.  And who can deny the GHOST B.C.-like popularity explosion of Japan’s BABYMETAL?  Crazy shit.  Metal is certainly a diverse genre.

For 2014, the APESHIT goons did not have any unanimous or semi-unanimous album of the year (i.e. 2013’s CARCASSSurgical Steel).  But MAYHEM, BLOODBATH, GODFLESH, and TRYPTIKON were near consensus picks.  Sorry, ENTOMBED A.D. didn’t make it here.

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THE ANSWER Premiere Song From Everyday Demons

Irish rockers, THE ANSWER, premiered the track “Demon Eyes” from their forthcoming album, Everyday Demons, via Spin.comEveryday Demons is the band’s North American debut full length album.  Listen to “Demon Eyes” here:

[audio:http://spin.com/audio/download/41563/Answer-Demon-Eyes.mp3]

Alternatively, you can download the track here:
http://spin.com/audio/download/41563/Answer-Demon-Eyes.mp3

THE ANSWER are currently touring North America with AC/DC.  The band will then play the Mercury Lounge in New York on Tuesday, February 3rd before heading off for the European leg of the AC/DC world tour.

THE ANSWER to Perform at NYC’s Union Square Virgin Megastore on November 11

THE ANSWER, a four-piece rock band from Northern Ireland now touring as the opening act on AC/DC’s Black Ice World Tour, will make an in-store appearance at the Union Square Virgin Megastore in New York City on Tuesday, November 11 at 7PM. The event is in support of that day’s release of their debut North American title Never Too Late, a limited-edition two-disc set that bundles a four-song EP and a bonus DVD featuring previously unreleased footage.

THE ANSWER will play a short set and sign copies of Never Too Late for fans during the November 11 in-store. Everyone who attends their Virgin Megastore (52 East 14th Street, NYC, NY, 10003) performance that evening will be entered into a prize drawing to win a pair of tickets to see THE ANSWER perform as support act for AC/DC at one of their Madison Square Garden concerts on November 12 and 13. The AC/DC tour represents THE ANSWER’s debut tour of America.

Irish Rock Band THE ANSWER To Open For AC/DC’s Black Ice World Tour

THE ANSWER, an emergent and award-winning rock band from Northern Ireland, has been selected as the opening act for the imminent North American leg of AC/DC’s Black Ice World Tour. The itinerary kicks off October 28 at the Wachovia Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA and concludes on January 31 at Nashville Sommet Centre, Nashville, TN.

Highlights on the road also include dates at NYC’s Madison Square Garden on November 12-13 and The Forum in Los Angeles on December 6. Prior to the AC/DC shows, THE ANSWER will perform a unique US debut club headline show at as part of the RED CMJ music festival at The Crash Mansion, New York on October 25. This will be a rare opportunity to savor the band’s first-ever thunderous and explosive headlining club gig before they head off to tour with AC/DC.

The Black Ice World Tour
represents THE ANSWER‘s debut tour of America, and AC/DC’s first outing since ’01. THE ANSWER, whose mammoth sound is often compared to BLACK CROWES and FREE, are fully primed for stadium and arena shows and in Europe, they’ve opened concerts for the ROLLING STONES, THE WHO, AEROSMITH and other legendary bands. In addition, the group has headlined tours in the U.K., Europe, Japan and Australia, where their first album Rise was released to great acclaim and sold over 100,000 units on the Australia and U.K.-based independent label Albert Productions.

Says lead singer Cormac Neeson, “It is an honour and privilege for THE ANSWER to be offered the opportunity to support probably the greatest rock ‘n’ roll act on the planet. We are incredibly humbled.”

Coinciding with the tour, THE ANSWER will also make its North American recording debut with the November 11 release of Never Too Late, a 4-song EP and bonus DVD featuring previously unseen footage, live performance highlights and exclusive band interviews. Only available in North America, the limited-edition 2-disc title is on the independent label The End Records. The EP opens with the title track “Never Too Late,” a song that originally appeared on Rise, and which will also be featured on Activision’s forthcoming release of the hotly anticipated game Guitar Hero®: World Tour (due 10/26). The EP will be available at all retailers, online outlets and digital.

Other tracks on Never Too Late include the live recording “Come Follow Me” and the slow blues burner “The Doctor.” The EP also gives fans a taste of THE ANSWER’s forthcoming new album with “Highwater or Hell,” a preview of what will be the band’s first full-length release in North America. Slated for an early 2009 street date on The End Records.

THE ANSWER to open for AC/DC on their 2008 North American tour as follows:

10/28/08 Tue @ Wachovia Arena – Wilkes-Barre, PA
10/30/08 Thu @ Allstate Arena – Chicago, IL
11/01/08 Sat @ Allstate Arena – Chicago, IL
11/03/08 Mon @ Conseco Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, IN
11/05/08 Wed @ Palace of Auburn Hills – Auburn Hills, MI
11/09/08 Sun @ TD Banknorth Garden – Boston, MA
11/12/08 Wed @ Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
11/13/08 Thu @ Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
11/15/08 Sat @ Verizon Center – Washington, DC
11/17/08 Mon @ Wachovia Center – Philadelphia, PA
11/19/08 Wed @ IZOD Center – East Rutherford, NJ
11/21/08 Fri @ Schottenstein Center – Columbus, OH
11/23/08 Sun @ Xcel Energy Center – Minneapolis, MN
11/25/08 Tue @ Pepsi Center – Denver, CO
11/29/08 Sat @ Key Arena – Seattle, WA
11/30/08 Sun @ Tacoma Dome – Tacoma, WA
12/02/08 Tue @ Oracle Arena – Oakland, CA
12/04/08 Thu @ Oracle Arena – Oakland, CA
12/06/08 Sat @ The Forum – Los Angeles, CA
12/08/08 Mon @ The Forum – Los Angeles, CA
12/10/08 Wed @ US Airways Center – Phoenix, AZ
12/12/08 Fri @ AT&T Center – San Antonio, TX
12/14/08 Sun @ Toyota Center – Houston, TX
12/16/08 Tue @ Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA
12/18/08 Thu @ Time Warner Arena – Charlotte, NC
12/21/08 Sun @ St. Pete Times Forum – Tampa, FL
01/05/09 Mon @ Quicken Loans Arena – Cleveland, OH
01/09/09 Fri @ Rogers Centre – Toronto, ONT
01/11/09 Sun @ U.S. Bank Arena – Cincinnati, OH
01/13/08 Tue @ Scottrade Center St. Louis, MO
01/15/08 Thu @ Quest Center Omaha – Omaha, NE
01/17/08 Sat @ Fargodome – Fargo, ND
01/19/08 Mon @ Xcel Energy Center – Minneapolis, MN
01/21/08 Wed @ Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO
01/23/08 Fri @ American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX
01/26/08 Mon @ BOK Center- Tulsa, OK
01/28/08 Wed @ Alltel Arena – Little Rock, AR
01/30/08 Fri @ FedEx Forum – Memphis, TN
01/31/08 Sat @ Sommet Center – Nashville, TN