Nathan’s Top 30

2015 was another excellent year. While there are some fairly obvious candidates for a top 30 I missed out on or discovered too late in the year (Nechochwen, and Obsequiae to name two) there was still plenty of good material out there this year. Here’s some of it:

Thirty

Melechesh-Enki

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Ashmedi and company returned with a very solid album.

Twenty-Nine

Necrowretch-With Serpents Scourge

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No frills black/death that’s as old-school as it gets.

Twenty-Eight

Vreid-Solverv

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Seven albums in and Vreid are still going strong and releasing quality melodic black metal.

Twenty-Seven

Demon Eye-Tempora Infernalia

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Extremely fun retro hard rock/doom album with some really catchy songs.

Twenty-Six

Locrian-Infinite Dissolution

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An apocalyptic mix of black metal, noise, and post.

Twenty-Five

Vehemence-Forward Without Motion

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Melodic death metal masters return with a vengeance.

Twenty-Four

Tad Morose-St. Demonius

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A welcome return from these power metal stalwarts.

Twenty-Three

Der Weg Einer Freiheit-Stellar

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Yet another great atmospheric black metal album in a year full of them.

Twenty-Two

Abyssal-Antikatastaseis

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Swirling, chaotic black/death/doom that’s as evil and nasty sounding as it gets.

Twenty-One

Motorhead-Bag Magic

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It’s been a rough year for Lemmy and company, but this is another fine album in a legendary discography.

Twenty

Tribulation-The Children of the Night

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Perhaps the year’s most polarizing release, Tribulation shifted to more of an occult rock/psychadelic sound.

Nineteen

Brothers of the Sonic Cloth-Brothers of the Sonic Cloth

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Absolutely crusing stoner doom/sludge.

Eighteen

Ghoulgotha-The Deathmass Cloak

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A great doom/death debut with slight progressive edges.

Seventeen

Hooded Menace-Darkness Drips Forth

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Everything you’ve loved about this Finnish doom/death band is present on their fourth album.

Sixteen

Destruktor-Opprobrium

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If you’re tired of waiting for the new Destroyer 666, give these fellow Aussies a shot. Plus, look at that cover art.

Fifteen

My Dying Bride-Feel the Misery

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Another beautifully depressing album from one of the genre’s longest running and most respected acts.

Fourteen

Year of the Goat-The Unspeakable

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Cosmic occult doom of the highest order.

Thirteen

Christian Mistress-To Your Death

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Incredibly fun retro heavy metal. Christine Davis’s vocals are something special.

Twelve

Blaze of Perdition-Near Death Revelations

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One of the best black metal albums this year. Unrelenting and oppressively heavy.

Eleven

Blind Guardian-Beyond the Red Mirror

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Captivating and catchy as always.

Ten

An Autumn for Crippled Children-The Long Goodbye

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Beautiful, moving, and depressing, this is one of the better atmospheric black metal albums of the year, and there are a lot.

Nine

Witchsorrow-No Light, Only Fire

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One of the year’s strongest doom releases.

Eight

Leviathan-Scar Sighted

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Incredibly varied black metal, including touches of funeral doom.

Seven

Rivers of Nihil-Monarchy

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I’m not normally one for tech death, but for the songs on here I’ll make an exception.

Six

Panopticon

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No surprise, the year’s best atmospheric black metal album.

Five

Paradise Lost-The Plague Within

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Still one of the leaders of doom/death, The Plague Within is the heaviest album Paradise Lost have put out in a while.

Four

Leprous-The Congregation

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Bleak progressive metal with excellent songs. Einar Solberg’s voice is fantastic.

Three

Enslaved-In Times

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This band can seemingly do no wrong; In Times is another fantastic album.

Two

Bell Witch-Four Phantoms

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For not having a guitarist, this duo created one of the most emotionally intense albums of the year and what, to me, is a classic of the funeral doom genre.

One

Mgla-Exercises in Futility

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It’s hard to explain what makes Mgla so great. There are a million ‘orthodox’ black metal bands that sound similar, but Mgla flatten almost all of them.

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