The 69 of 2014
Some powerful albums have hit the scene in 2014, making for a year of catalytic music. With emotional, inspirational, and forceful releases, it’s as if the visual kei scene is gearing up for war. In some cases, phoenixes have risen out of the ashes of struggle, stronger than ever and ready to take on new challenges, while in others, strong contenders have triumphed over adversity or purely upped their already solid game and brought something new to the table.
The 69 of 2014 highlights what ROKKYUU discovered to be the 6 best singles and 9 best albums of all the music sampled by staff this year from a variety of bands and styles. While personal bias is always inherent in reviews, the strengths of these releases tend to speak for themselves. Some have been highly inspirational such as exist†trace’s WORLD MAKER, or fascinatingly experimental such as girugamesh’s GRAVITATION, while some have pushed the boundaries and made new things possible such as the miraculous release featuring a vocaloid rendering of hide in the album and iTunes single, Kogyaru.
By no means is this list 100% comprehensive but it offers a place to start for those wishing to reflect on some of the better releases in 2014. It was truly a good year for music! Please do have your say and share your own recommendations in the comments section. What releases is your personal 69 of 2014 comprised of?