These lists seem to become more difficult to make with every year. 2015 had a lot of ups and downs in the metal world but one thing is for certain – it was a great year for music! I somehow managed to narrow down a large list down to 61 entries and further narrow it down to a top 20 albums, 11 EPs, and a boat load of runner ups in the buffet. So without further adieu, here are my favorite metal / prog / hardcore type releases from the year of our lorde 2015… Though the lorde may not approve. Bon appétit.


Top 20 Albums


20. Frontierer (dudes from Sectioned) – Orange Mathematics

Nothing can prepare you for this madness.

Links: Facebook // Bandcamp


19. Iron Maiden – The Book of Souls

Every year Eddie arrives is a better year.

Links: Facebook // Twitter // iTunes // Official Website


18. Gods Of Eden – Self-Titled

Left hook towards the end of 2015. Well played, Gods of Eden.

Links: Facebook // Official Website // Bandcamp


17. MISÞYRMING – Söngvar Elds Og Óreiðu

Exhilarating, terrifying, original Black Metal right here.

Links: Facebook // Official Website // Bandcamp


16. Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful

They’re back with their new and possibly best singer. This was an ambitious release gone right.

Links: Facebook // Twitter // iTunes // Merch


15. Gruesome – Savage Land

The best Death tribute band of all time.

Links: Facebook // Merch // Bandcamp


14. Rivers Of Nihil – Monarchy

Stronger than ever before.

Links: Facebook // Twitter // iTunes // Merch


13. MESTIS (Javier from Animals As Leaders) – Polysemy

The whale song is strong in this one.

Links: Facebook // Twitter // Official Store


12. Our Oceans (aka Exivious) – Self-Titled

Oh no. Emotions.

Links: Facebook // Official Website // Bandcamp // Merch


11. Veil Of Maya – Matriarch

So catchy it’s contagious.

Links: Facebook // Twitter // Official Website


10. WRVTH (formerly Wrath of Vesuvius) – Self-Titled

Damn! Looks like the name change was appropriate.

Links: Facebook // Twitter // Bandcamp // iTunes


9. Gorod – A Maze Of Recycled Creeds

Gorod does things with music that can’t be put into words.

Links: Facebook // Official Website // iTunes


8. Jakub Zytecki (from Disperse) – Wishful Lotus Proof

This man is a genius with a guitar in his hands. It shows.

Links: Facebook // YouTube // Physical Copy // Bandcamp


7. Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction

Absolutely brilliant and damn near relentless.

Links: Facebook // Twitter // Merch // YouTube // Metal Blade Records


6. TesseracT – Polaris

God level groooooovin’. Oh, and Dan Tompkins is back.

Links: Facebook // Twitter // iTunes // Merch


5. August Burns Red – Found in Far Away Places

These are The Circle Pit’s local champs. Nothing but love for ABR.

Links: Facebook // YouTube // Merch


4. Periphery – Juggernaut: Alpha & Omega

The infamous Juggernaut finally set foot. It was heard in kind.

Links: Facebook // Twitter // iTunes


3. David Maxim Micic – EGO & ECO

These are what emotions sound like.

Links: Facebook // Bandcamp // iTunes


2. Agent Fresco – Destrier

One of the most creative bands I can think of. Period.

Links: Facebook // Official Website // Twitter // iTunes


1. Alkaloid – The Malkuth Grimoire

Some of my favorite musicians got together and made an albun. Roll Necrophagist, Obscura, Aborted, Spawn of Possession and Blotted Science up and smoke it. They didn’t lie when they claimed to be the world’s “most extreme prog metal band!”

Links: Facebook // Official Website // Merch // Bandcamp


Top 11 EPs


11. Priest – Rust And Grief

Easily one of the most intense releases in recent history.

Links: Facebook // Bandcamp


10. Humality – Now Here

The sequel to Nowhere.

Links: Facebook // YouTube // Bandcamp


9. Nott – Abyssal

Downtempo done right.

Links: Facebook // Soundcloud // Bandcamp


8. The Sun Explodes – The Calm, The Storm

Oh no. More emotions.

Links: Facebook // Bandcamp // Merch


7. Dark Matter Secret – Xenoform

Keep it secret. Keep it safe. Fretless Bass.

Links: Facebook // Bandcamp


6. Dora The Destroyer – The Singularity

Psst. Emotions. Arguably some of the best guitar work from last year.

Links: Facebook // YouTube // Bandcamp


5. Omega District – The Deconstruction of a Universe

Easily among the most pleasant surprises of 2015. Looking forward to what 2016 holds for Omega District.

Links: Twitter // Bandcamp


4. Cryptopsy – The Book of Suffering- Tome 1

Fuck a duck. This is too wicked for mortal man. Cryptopsy are back!

Links: Facebook // Official Website // Merch


3. SikTh – Opacities

SikTh are back!? SikTh are back!

Links: Facebook // iTunes


2. Plini – The End Of Everything

Plini is like listening to Chicken Noodle Soup. That’s meant in the best way possible.

Links: Facebook // Bandcamp // Merch


1. Haunted Shores – Viscera

I’ve waited years for this moment.

Links: Facebook // Bandcamp // Merch


Runner Up Music Buffet in No Particular Order


Bedowyn – Blood of the Fall

Nile – What Should Not Be Unearthed

Sound Struggle – Rise

Blind Guardian – Beyond the Red Mirror

Good Tiger – A Head Full of Moonlight

Vials Of Wrath – Days Without Names

Between the Buried and Me – Coma Ecliptic

Native Construct – Quiet World

Virial – Organic Universe

Bell Witch – Four Phantoms

A Trust Unclean – Reality Relinquished

The Devils Of Loudun – Entering Oblivion

Pomegranate Tiger – Boundless

Tengger Cavalry – Nature Ganganbaigal: The Mantra

Skinless – Only The Ruthless Remain

Sigma Project – Reality Field

Haamoja – Natural Evolution

No Consequence – Vimana

Leprous – The Congregation

Nylithia – Hyperthrash

CHON – Grow

Venom – From the Very Depths

Lamb of God – VII: Sturm und Drang

Sirens – Surge

Vector Of Underground – Original

Monasteries – The Empty Black

Human Improvement Process – Enemies Of The Sun

The Black Dahlia Murder – Abysmal

Reflections – The Color Clear

Born Of Osiris – Soul Sphere