Shawn’s Top 30 Albums of 2015

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Another great year down. 2015 was one of the strongest in recent memory. My list is quite diverse this year, which just means that no subgenres really stood out among others this time around. As always, feel free to make recommendations in the comments or get in touch to discuss your favorites.

Click on the band – album for the review link (if applicable). Click the cover art for music.

T H I R T Y

Band of Spice – Economic Dancers

Band of Spice - Economic Dancers

“The strongest Swedish stoner rock offering of the year.”

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T W E N T Y – N I N E

Odetosun – The Dark Dunes of Titan

Odetosun - The DarkDunesOfTitan

“Of Saturnine moons and making death metal progressive again.”

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T W E N T Y – E I G H T

A Sound of Thunder – Tales From the Deadside

A Sound of Thunder - Tales from the Deadside

“This is what happens when traditional metal bands listen to lots of doom.”

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T W E N T Y – S E V E N

Chiral – Nightsky

Chiral - Night Sky

“Progressive, atmospheric, beautiful. Bear witness to the slow fading of sunlight.” _______________________________________________

T W E N T Y – S I X

AWE – Providentia

 AWE Providentia

“Transcendental black metal to journey through chaos and darkness.” ________________________________________________

T W E N T Y – F I V E

Nocternity – Harps of the Ancient Temples

Nocternity - Harps of the Ancient Temples

“Pulsing Hellenic glory straight from the stronghold.”

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T W E N T Y – F O U R

Katechon – Coronation

Katechon - Coronation

“Occult and esoteric ruminations by way of barbaric atavism.” ____________________________________________________

T W E N T Y – T H R E E

Corpus Christii – PaleMoon

Corpus Christii - PaleMoon

“Nocturnus Horrendus returns with a batch of cold fire.”

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T W E N T Y – T W O

The Gentle Storm – The Diary

The Gentle Storm - The Diary

“Anneke’s finest hour.'”

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T W E N T Y – O N E

Blackdeath – Gift

Blackdeath - Gift

“The current peak of Russian black metal.”

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T W E N T Y

Katavasia – Sacrilegious Testament

Katavasia Sacrilegious Testament

“The new awakening of Hellenic black metal.”

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N I N E T E E N

Non Opus Dei – Diabeł

Non Opus Dei - Diabel

“What the hell did I just listen to? It still doesn’t make sense, but I like it.” _______________________________________________

E I G H T E E N

Diavolos – You Lived, Now Die

Diavolos - You Lived, Now Die

“Primitive and beastly death metal. An unholy amalgamation of all things heavy” ____________________________________________________

S E V E N T E E N

Judicator – At the Expense of Humanity

Judicator - At the Expense of Humanity

“Blind who? Judicator does Blind Guardian better than Blind Guardian.” _________________________________________________

S I X T E E N

Gravewürm – Doomed to Eternity

Gravewurm - Doomed to Eternity

“In a land that time forgot,

Destruction of man, evil sought.

Banners were carried near and far,

The howling death wolves of Isengard.”

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F I F T E E N

Motörhead – Bad Magic

Motorhead - Bad Magic

“Health scares don’t mean a thing, baby.”

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F O U R T E E N

Ulvesang – Ulvesang

Ulvesang - Ulvesang

“Near perfect neofolk. They kinda came out of nowhere, but I’m glad their here” ___________________________________________________

T H I R T E E N

Satan’s Host – Pre-Dating God, Parts 1 & 2

Satan's Host - Pre-dating God, Part 1

“I’d much rather have this than another Jag Panzer album.” __________________________________________________

T W E L V E

Gloaming – Keep Close the Watchfires

Gloaming - Keep Close the Watchfires

“Don’t go it alone. Things in the night have sharp teeth.”

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E L E V E N

Infera Bruo – In Conjuration

Infera Bruo - In Conjuration

“All hail the wintry realms of New England.”

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T E N

Gotsu Totsu Kotsu (兀突骨) – Insane Battlefield (狂気ノ戦野)

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“Inhuman Japanese death metal that is better than what you normally listen to.” ______________________________________________________

N I N E

Archgoat – The Apocalyptic Triumphator

Archgoat - The Apocalyptic Triumphator

“The band that every other black/death band wants to be.” ________________________________________________

E I G H T

Human Serpent – Inhumane Minimalism

Human Serpent - Inhumane Minimalism

“Entering nihilistic waters.”

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S E V E N

Glittertind – Blåne for blåne

Glittertind - Blane for Blane

“Glittertind goes folk pop and nails it.”

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S I X

Panopticon – Autumn Eternal

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“Hymns to grandeur of autumn landscapes.”

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F I V E

Macabre Omen – Gods of War – At War

Macabre Omen - Gods of War - At War

“The glory of Bathory taken for a ride through Hellenic waters.” _________________________________________________

F O U R

Clutch – Psychic Warfare

Clutch - Psychic Warfare

“Psychic warfare is real. You better believe it, brother.” ____________________________________________________

T H R E E

Mgla – Exercises in Futility

Mgla - Exercises in Futility

“The cold realization that nothing matters, ever.”

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T W O

Obsequiae – Aria of Vernal Tombs

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“Tombs and greenery. Medieval folk metal of the highest order.” __________________________________________________

O N E

Nechochwen – Heart of Akamon

Nechochwen - Heart of Akamon Large

“Blending blackened folk metal with traditional Native American instruments,
Heart of Akamon is 2015’s greatest triumph.”

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