16. Nile – What Should Not Be Unearthed
2015 saw the return of Nile and the death metal legends seemingly took one step forward and two steps back into the death metal past they helped spawn.
With a welcome return to the sound that made their name, What Should Not Be Unearthed saw Nile maximise their brutally technical death metal without ditching that most important factor; memorable songs.
Remembering that the key to their finest moments lay in their ability to lace their Egyptian themes and overwhelming technicality with a straightforward accessibility, Nile finally released an album worthy of the accolades bestowed on Black Seeds Of Vengeance and Annihilation of The Wicked.
Nile hadn’t sounded this comfortable in their own skin for nigh on a decade.
15. Rosy Finch – Witchboro
Kicking the ass of pretty much any female-fronted Hard Rock or Metal outfit doing the rounds right now, Rosy Finch spread their black wings on Witchboro amid woozy psychedelic chord progressions, percussion workouts and haunting vocals.
Deploying a fusion of melody and controlled noise, the beautiful, mysterious mix of English and Spanish lyrics – provocative but never crude – worked brilliantly; akin to hearing a seductive black-magic rite performed before your very eyes.
With retro-horror tones, Paganistic lyrics and the ominous channelling of 70’s rock titans (not least Black Sabbath) Witchboro rocked hard and Rosy Finch became a band to fall in love with. Organic and intelligent.