At the beginning of every year, when the time for reflection on the past 12 months is still very much in the minds of many, ReGen Magazine offers its readers a list of 20 Albums voted on by the staff to be the best of the year. However, over the course of the last decade (if not longer), as the means for artists to distribute their music more directly to a wider audience, coupled with the growing demands of that audience for more music to enjoy and consume, the album as a format has taken something of a backseat to the shorter, less cumbersome EP. While not necessarily less substantive in terms of the content presented by the musicians and producers, although certainly offering less material in a shorter time for lower prices… or if not necessarily less material, as evidenced by the abundance of the still popular supplement of remixes, then less original or “new” material. Some use the EP format in lieu of the album in order to maintain a consistent and healthy outflow of material to sate the demands of the audience, releasing as many as three or four EPs in the span of a year, while others take the approach that EPs are a perfect medium to build interest – hype, if you will – in a larger and fuller presentation currently in progress. Both directions offer pragmatic alternatives to the album format to still provide the fans with more bang for their bucks, and 2014 was in no shortage of EP releases from many a prominent act.
So in a marginal change of pace, ReGen Magazine is proud to offer the Top 10 EPs of 2014 – our own shorter companion to the article celebrating the year’s best albums.
As is customary – and perhaps inevitable – when each New Year begins, people often look back on the preceding 12 months, reflecting on the way we live our lives and on ways to improve ourselves as time progresses. Among the many ways people reminisce is in formulating lists of the best moments of the last year, and ReGen Magazine is no exception. Therefore, we are proud to present to our readers ReGen‘s Top 20 Albums of 2014, offering a helping of those albums that made a significant impact on music.
For ReGen‘s staff, it couldn’t get much better than these albums, the crème de la crème of creativity and artistic expression in industrial/goth/electro music.
We at ReGen Magazine truly hope that you enjoy our list of the Top 20 Albums of 2014.
Category: Industrial / Metal
Album: Silent So Long
Blurb: Making strides to establish its own sound and identity, Emigrate further sheds the traces of band leader Richard Kruspe’s other main group with a little help from some notable guest performers.
Category: Experimental / Industrial
Blurb: The latest album from this German experimental group delivers a poignant and harrowing examination on World War I and the persistence of war throughout the world.
Dead on TV
Category: Punk / Electro
Blurb: Refined and polished without losing any of the adrenaline or belligerent edge, Dead on TV’s second EP is pure electro/punk fury that is sure to satisfy even the most jaded.
Category: Industrial / Noise
Album: Bestial Burden
Blurb: Offering up a nightmarish soundtrack to the mind’s struggle against a deteriorating body, Pharmakon’s second full-length album is an unpleasant but rewarding experience.
Category: Electro / Rock
Blurb: After 35 years, Daniel Ash remains as exciting and as innovative as ever with an album that re-imagines some of his best known songs in a manner sure to please longtime fans as well as newcomers.