In the movie industry, most of the Oscar worthy films are released toward the end of the year, and the quality in January falls off dramatically. It's the same thing in the music industry, with a light release calendar at the beginning of the year. There still were some good metal albums released in January, but there wasn't much depth of quality. There are a lot of highly anticipated metal albums set to be released this year, but 2014 is off to a slow start. Check out our choices for the month's best releases.
(album cover courtesy Profound Lore Records)