Shawn’s Top 20 Albums of 2014


One of a series of articles that gets down and dirty, where Metal Observer writers’ favorite music of 2014 is uncovered. Here, Shawn lists his favorite albums of the past year.

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Nathan’s Top 30


Here are Nathan’s 30 reasons why 2014 was a good year for metal

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Josh’s 30 Most Excellent Albums Of 2014!


Josh takes us through his highlights of 2014, featuring; Iced Earth, Architects, Mastodon and, uh… Taylor Swift.

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TMO Albums of the Month: February 2015


The Albums Of The Month column returns with the best picks from February 2015.
…and one leftover from January.

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Ailo’s Best of 2014 Lists


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James’s Best of 2014 Lists



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TMO Festival Review: The Best And The Worst Of Soundwave 2015

TMO Soundwave

Breaking down the best and worst of the Soundwave festival’s 2-day stopover in Melbourne.

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TMO’s Best Albums of 2014


You’ve waited with bated breath for 12 months (and a bit), but the moment of reckoning is finally here. Voted on by the one and only Brotherhood of ‘The Metal Observer,’ feast your eyes upon the top 20 albums of 2014!

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TMO Albums of the Month: January 2015


The TMO team pick some choice cuts from this month’s offerings.

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An Intermediate’s Guide to the World of Japanese Power Metal


I mentioned that Japanese power metal could be bizarre and off-putting back in my Beginner’s Guide to Japanese Power Metal. But for all the bands I mentioned and described, there really wasn’t that much in the realm of bizarro. Pretty much all the bands had rather accessible music with little to no genre experimentation. I’m going to delve a bit deeper into that offshoot of JPM in this part.

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