Narrowing down a year of fantastic releases to only ten that overwhelmed our expectations was no easy task. These are the albums that received the most votes from our writers and the artists we had the pleasure of speaking to this year. Thanks for a great six months of On Record and here’s to 2014!

You can read the first part of our Albums of the Year list here.

Killswitch Engage – Disarm the DescentKSE_DTD

“With the return of original frontman Jesse Leach on vocals, Killswitch Engage were left with a point to prove and prove themselves is exactly what they did. From the almighty roar of ‘The Hell In Me’, to the slow burn of ‘Always’, Disarm The Descent demonstrates that 13 years in, Killswitch still have the spark to write a monstrous record.” – Rhodri Owen


London Grammar – If You Wait

“London Grammar’s debut album If You Wait is a mixture of Reid’s haunting voice blended with Rothamn’s riffs and Major’s melodies, tied together with beautiful composition and arrangement. If You Wait comprises of enchanting tracks (‘Wasting My Young Years’ and ‘Nightcall’ in particular) that will leave you with goosebumps.” – Freya Sizeland


Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockworkqotsa

“As a band ages there is no real need to mature, but if they do, it should be like this. QOTSA’s …Like Clockwork seems to be the best of all their worlds, from the guitar-opera of ‘I Sat by the Ocean’ to the slow funk trawling of ‘If I Had a Tail’. Josh Homme and co are taking the spiked with the smooth and pulling it off brilliantly, and as a bonus they threw in backing vocals from Sir Elton John (‘Fairweather Friends’). Thank you, QOTSA.” – Tom Wade


The National – Trouble Will Find MeThe-National-Trouble-Will-Find-Me-608x608

“2013 sees the return of The National, with their sixth studio album, Trouble Will Find Me. Blending intimate, atmospheric melodies with lyrics that summarise the heartache of life’s heavy baggage, this is definitely the soundtrack to your nostalgic reflection of the year.” – Amelia Ryan


Villagers – {Awayland}villagers-awayland

“Working with a much wider scope to its predecessor, {Awayland} encompasses a huge amount of diversity in the short space of 11 tracks. From the pulsating bassline in ‘The Waves’ to the cinematic swells of ‘Grateful Song’, {Awayland} is a record which will present something new with each listen.” – George Gadd


Check out a Spotify playlist of our albums of the year below!