As 2014 comes to an end, we look back on the stories that defined this year. Whether triumphant, devastating or just plain bizarre, these moments combine to form a snapshot of 2014.

This year, we mourned the deaths of legends, while others struggled with demons very much in the public eye. Artists were finally given the respect they deserved, and controversial moments went viral for both positive and negative reasons.

Reflect on this past year with the gallery above of the 10 Biggest Rock + Metal Stories of 2014.

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