In our last issue, we published a compiled list of the favorite releases of 2015, as detetrmined by our community administrators and magazine writers. At that point in time, our friend Stampe from Metalized Magazine Denmark could not yet participate, for he was still doing his yearly Christmas countdown and did not want to spoil anything. With the holidays now behiind us, we got exclusive access to his countdown list. It’s been a great year for Metal! Enjoy!
1. Marduk – Frontschwein
Marduk sends mighty Slayer to the number two position with this, the best album of 2015
2. Slayer – Repentless
Slayer are back, baby. Repentless is the best album they have made in 25 years.
3. Khors – Night Falls Onto The Fronts Of Ours
Track: “For The Last Time”
Holy shit man. I knew that the Ukrainians were good, but THIS good? I had no idea.
4. Lamb Of God – VII: Sturm Und Drang
The boys from Richmond motherfucking Virginia delivers another masterpiece.
5. Paradise Lost – The Plague Within
Track: “No Hope In Sight”
Nick Holms and company completes the comeback with this amazing album
6. Myrkur – M
I had high hopes for Myrkur’s debutalbum and was in no way disappointed. Best Danish album of 2015.
7. Negura Bunget – Tao
Track: “Curgerea Muntelui”
I had the pleasure of watching this wonderful band live twice this year. In Denmark and on their home turf in Romania. Tao is their best album in a long time.
8. So Hideous – Laurestine
I was completely blindsided by this band. And never has a moniker been more misleading. So Hideous is So Beautiful.
9. Gorgoroth – Instinctus Bestialis
Track: “Ad Omnipotens Aeterne Diabolus”
Gorgoroth proves that they can make great music without Gaal and King Ov Hell
10. Massenhnrichtung – Zakon Zbroi
Track: “The Order Of The Force”
This Belarussian band has 140 likes on Facebook. Their fabulous black metal deserves to be known by the whole world.
11. Arcturus – Arcturian
I didn’t know that I liked Arcturus, but the voice of ICS Vortex convinces me.
12. Mgla – Exercise In Futility
Track: “Exercise In Futility V”
Black metal and Eastern Europe go hand in hand, but I had never heard of these polish guys before. I certainly have now.
13. Deafheaven – New Bermuda
Track: “Brought To The Water”
The Hipsters from Deafheaven was set to fail, following their magnificent Sunbather, but magically manages not to disappoint.
14. Melechesh – Enki
Track: “Multiple Truths”
The band from the holy land delivers a great album, once again
15. Ghost Bath – Moonlover
Track: “Happy House”
The band is from USA but pretends to be from China and has a pretentious artsy cover. I should hate it, but can’t stop loving the music.
16. Drudkh – A Furrow Cut Short
The second best Ukrainian release this year. I have been following the band for a long time, and they certainly deserve their spot on my list.
17. Psychonaut 4 – Dipsomania
Track: “Pain Dealer”
Depressive black metal from Georgia. That is a sentence you don’t hear every day. Maybe Psychonaut 4 can change that.
18. Moonspell – Extinct
This lot from Portugal delivered a fantastic concert in Denmark in November, with at setlist where Extinct dominated. Well deserved spot on the list.
19. Nile – What Should Not Be Unearthed
Track: “Evil To Cast Out Evil”
Technical Death Metal is usually not my preferred genre, but I have a soft spot for these American Egyptologists.
20. Spitanger – Spitanger
Track: “Welcome To The Real World”
A new Danish band that kicks your ass from the get go. Awesome groove.
21. Wiegedood – De Doden Hebben Het Goed
Track: ”De Doden Hebben Het Goed”
Dutch Black Metal? Well, what do you know. Not a genre that the Dutch are famous for, but Wiegedood convinces.
22. Ages – The Malefic Miasma
Track: “The Malefic Miasma”
Brand new, beautiful and Swedish Black Metal. The Malefic Miasma is the first album from Ages.
23. Silence Lies Fear – Future: the Return
Track: “Facing The Creator”
Dark Tranquillity has gotten a younger Azerbaijani brother, whos sings with a charming Slavic accent.
24. Vattnet Viskar – Settler
In spite of the name, Vattnet Viskar is from the United States, and their Atmospheric Post-Black Metal is wonderful.
25. Amorphis – Under The red Cloud
The Finns keep delivering quality music.
26. Kampfar – Profan
The hard working Norwegians made my list last year, and makes is again this year with Profan.
27. By The Patient – Gehennah
Track: ”Ruled By The Dead”
This Danish group has just split up, after releasing their best album to date. A shame.
28. Iron Maiden – The Books Of Souls
Track: ”Speed Of Light”
The Best Maiden album in many years. Nicy to hear that the oldtimers still got it.
29. Hate – Crusade Zero
They started higher up on my list, but has been passed by better acts, but they are still really good
30. Kataklysm – Of Ghosts And Gods
Track: ”Breaching The Asylum”
One of the better albums by this Canadian band.
31. Enslaved – In Times
Track: ”Building With Fire”
Didn’t quite catch me when it came out, but is winning on me.
32. Dark Funeral – Nail Them To The Cross EP
Track: ”Nail Them To The Cross”
Had this been a full album, it would have been in a top position on my list
33. Scarab – Serpents Of The Nile
Track: ”Serpents Of The Nile”
Egyptian Death Metal that make your head bang.
34. Echoes Of The Moon – Entropy
Track: ”The Tower Of Babel”
Came out of nowhere and made my list
35. Fear Factory – Genexus
Track: ”Soul Hacker”
The Factory will probaply never reach it’s former glory, but still delivers good music.
36. Dynfari – Vegferd Timans
Beautiful and catchy Islandic Black Metal
37. The Vision Ablaze – Youtopia
Track: ”Under The Killing Moon”
Very beautiful track. Had the rest of the album been as good, they would have reached a higher position
38. Cattle Decapitation – The Antrhopocene Extinction
Track: ”Manufactured Extinct”
This is the best album from the vegans to date.
39. Devil You Know – They Bleed Red
Track” The Way We Die”
Not up to par with their first album, but still worthy of a spot on the list
40. Killing Gandhi – Cinematic Parallels
Track: ” 0100101101000111”
Great debut from this Melodic Death Metal ensemble from Denmark.
41. Satyricon – Live At The Opera
Nothing really new here, but it’s well done.
42. Der Weg Einer Freiheit – Stellar
This German lot has their moments. I’m not always in the mood for them, but when I am, it is very good music.
43. Trna – Pattern Of Infinity
Track: “Morning Trip”
Post Black Metal from St. Petersburg, Russia, that have some very catchy moments
44. Thurisaz – The Pulse Of Mourning
Track: “Patterns Of Life”
Not to be confused with the Finnish Folk Metal band.
45. Ninkharsag – The Blood Of Celestial Kings
Track: “The Essential Salts Of Human Dust”
UK has long lagged behind when it comes to Black Metal. Not anymore.
46. Dødsfall – Kaosmakt
Track: “Forakt For Livet”
Never heard of them before. Gonna check them out now.
47. Tsjuder – Antiliv
Straight up Norwegian Black Metal.
48. Soilwork – The Ride Majestic
Track: “Whirl Of Pain”
Not reaching their glorious past, but the Swedes can still produce memorable melodies.
49. Kain – Seele
Track: “Seele Stirbt”
Melodic Black/Death from Bavaria
50. Akhlys – The Dreaming I
Track: “Breath And Levitation”
The Americans manage to squeeze in on my list with their dark ambient black metal