4. Satan – Atom By Atom
The NWOBHM proved as strong as ever in 2015 and Satan were at the forefront of the movement.
Furnished with exquisite riffs and the soaring vocals of the talismanic Brian Ross, Satan’s kingdom was a stronghold of modern yet classic heavy metal that was beyond shit hot, it was positively searing!
A stunning tour de force from a group of musicians who somehow, after 35+ years in the business, are operating at a level most bands can only dream of, while expectations for Atom By Atom were high, few could have expected an album of this calibre. With no weak tracks, no weak links and no end of highlights, 2015 belonged to Satan.
3. Saxon – Battering Ram
Saxon album number 21 battered down our doors in October and Biff and the boys delivered yet another classic slab of time-honoured heavy fuckin’ metal!
Beyond reliable, Saxon are now an institution and while Battering Ram may have reigned in some of the thrashier moments displayed on 2013’s Sacrifice, this album was still overflowing with the kind of pure, punchy and powerful heavy metal that Saxon deliver so well.
After 39 years, Saxon’s ferocious hunger and passion for their craft proved ever present and they remain proud standard bearers for the music we love; Battering Ram simply reaffirmed Saxon’s position as the best British heavy metal band in operation.