Matt’s Favorite 2015 Albums… so far. In No Particular Order.

UCPFaIsAs expected, 2015 is shaping up to be yet another stellar year for us metal fans.  And with Iron Maiden, BtBaM, The Sword, Deafheaven, Avatarium, and Ghost releasing new material in the coming months, it’s only up from here.  Here’s a selection of some albums I’ve enjoyed quite a bit in the past half of the year.  Check ’em out and share what you’ve been digging on.  Peace Love and Metal!!!!

Crooked Doors by Royal Thunder (Hard Rock)

I went head over heels for Royal Thunder’s debut C.V. and I’m even more ecstatic for Crooked Doors.  Mlny Parsonz cements herself as one of the greatest vocalists ever on here and the rest of the band ain’t no slouches either, delivering sick grooves and interesting songwriting.  I’m not ordering this list, but if I were, this would probably be at the top 😉

Moonlover by Ghost Bath (Hipster Black Metal)

Golden Number is not only the best song I’ve heard so far this year, but is also one of the greatest songs I’ve heard in my entire life.  It packs more emotional punch than the first ten minutes of Pixar’s Up.  The rest of the album is damn solid black metal too.

Beware the Sword You Cannot See by A Forest of Stars (Avant-Garde Black Metal)

Gentlemanly black metal with a hint of Earl Grey.  Very strange and angry album, but also very digestible and listenable.  If avant-garde is something you dig on, don’t pass this up.

Out of the Garden by Crypt Sermon (Dooooooooom)

Doom as fuck.  If Ronnie James Dio were in Candlemass it would be Crypt Sermon.  Fellow doomsters, buy this right now!

Sleep at the Edge of the Earth by Wilderun (Prog/Folk Metal)

Easily the best folk metal album of the year (and years past) as well as the best prog metal one.  Always engaging and extremely well written this will go down as the album I’ve listened to the most so far this year.  If you like Blackwater Park-era Opeth and folk metal, click the buy button right now!

Graveward by Sigh (Blackened Thrash)

Somehow Japan’s Sigh have been able to bottle up their bat-shit craziness with accessibility without compromising their nuttier-than-squirrel-turds brand of metal.  Centered around the theme of vintage Italian horror flicks, Sigh knock one out of the park with this blackened thrash masterpiece.

Settler by Vattnet Viskar (Hipster Black Metal)

Beautiful, heavy, astral black metal.  This is my first foray into the world of Vattnet Viskar and boy am I happy I took that step.  I get goosebumps every time I spin this record.

Beyond the Red Mirror by Blind Guardian (Power Metal)

Not the best BG album, imo.  But a good BG album is still a freaking outstanding record.  One big standout on this record is the special edition packaging, where the packaging really does help to enhance the listening experience by including a great little companion short story to go along with record.

This is No Fairytale by Carach Angren (Symphonic Black Metal)

A cheesier, more angry, and more disturbing Carach Angren.  TINFT dives in with a bang and is relentless till the end.  While I do have issues with the production being a bit loud and flat at times as well as the breakneck pacing, I keep finding myself returning to this repeatedly when I need a good dose of blackened adrenaline.

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Posted on July 7, 2015, in Metal Lists and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Awesome 🙂 I admit, Blind Guardian is still a huge favourite here too! Together with Vattnet Viskar and Ghost Bath! (not sure I’ll ever get into Sigh and BTBAM though…)

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