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The 20 Greatest Albums of 2015

Thanks 2015, you kicked ass....

10. Deafheaven – New Bermuda

Source // cdn2.pitchfork.com

Source // cdn2.pitchfork.com

Was Deafheaven’s New Bermuda even metal? Yes and no. For every black metal squall lay in wait an introspective moment of almost Coldplay (shudder) like melody. An off-putting description on paper but the reality of this astonishing album was far more rewarding.

A post, post (let’s have another one just for emphasis’ sake), post black metal album that teased extremity while embracing achingly emotional indie sensibilities and the detached, distorted nature of shoegaze, there was still enough aggressive animosity to get any open-minded metaller head-banging.   

The kind of band for whom ‘labels’ don’t matter, it was Deafheaven’s total disregard for metal’s often pompous, self-imposed, guidelines that made them – and New Bermuda – such a thrilling proposition.

Either way you look at it, New Bermuda was utterly transcendent.

9. Swallow The Sun – Songs from the North I, II & III

Source // newnoisemagazine.com

Source // newnoisemagazine.com

You’ve either got to be stark raving mad or utterly convinced of your own unwavering talent to write a 21 song, triple album in 2015. Fortunately, Swallow The Sun fall firmly in the latter category and Songs From The North I, II & III was a stunning body of work from a band who knew there were music lovers out there with the attention span to consume the whole package in one sitting.

I embraced the kind of beautiful heaviness only hinted at on previous albums while II saw Swallow The Sun stripped back to their bare essence; an acoustic album par excellence and a tranquil calm before the storm of part III.

III was darker, heavier and a truly soul-devouring experience. Funeral doom may have had a good year (Skepticism, Ahab, Tyranny and Shape Of Despair all released outstanding new material) but Swallow The Sun reigned supreme on this crushing opus

An awe-inspiring achievement.

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I love metal. Always have. Always will. As editor of Worship Metal - a site dedicated to being as positive about metal and its myriad of sub-genres as possible - my aim is to 'worship' metal through honest reviews, current news and a wide variety of features; offering the same exposure to underground bands as we do to mainstream/well known acts. Our mantra; the bands are partners and we exist to serve the bands \m/

18 Comments on The 20 Greatest Albums of 2015

  1. I think that “under the red cloud” from Amorphis should be on here. Or the new luca turilli album “Prometheus” or the new blind guardian ” beyond the red mirror”.

    • Chris Jennings // January 1, 2016 at 1:23 pm // Reply

      Good call on Amorphis Johan, Under The Red Cloud made the shortlist incidentally! Thanks for reading and commenting \m/

  2. Clutch on pole position? Well done! Saxon just number three? Are you kidding? 😉 But hey, good work!

  3. Andrew Davey // January 1, 2016 at 3:35 pm // Reply

    Nice to see Paradise Lost on the list. Awesome album, also fantastic to see Saxon at number 3. Well compiled.

    • Chris Jennings // January 1, 2016 at 6:34 pm // Reply

      Cheers Andrew, Paradise Lost’s The Plague Within was a cracking return to form (if you prefer their death/doom period of course). Battering Ram was just exceptional! \m/

  4. Byzantine album “To Release Is To Resolve” should be on this list and in the top 10… otherwise very well done

  5. if you love heavy metal, where’s iron maiden?

    • Chris Jennings // January 1, 2016 at 6:42 pm // Reply

      How dare you question my love for HEAVY METAL! 😉

      Look, in my opinion (and that’s just my opinion) The Book Of Souls was average. I still love Iron Maiden (and heavy metal, obviously!), I just did not love The Book Of Souls.

  6. How about some 2015 masterpieces like Iron Maiden’s Book of Souls, Slayer’s Repentless, Lamb of God’s Sturm und Drang, Kataklysm’s Of Ghosts and God… and the list goes on.

    • Chris Jennings // January 1, 2016 at 6:58 pm // Reply

      Hey Andy, the lack of Maiden is covered above, Relentless was in our 2015 Best of Thrash feature, the L.O.G & Kataklysm albums were great, just not better than the albums selected. As ever, selecting just 20 albums always means some fall foul of the cull, regardless of merit. Thanks for reading and commenting \m/

  7. Victor T. Arthur // January 2, 2016 at 9:49 am // Reply

    Awesome list, Andy! As always your articles are rich and great to read. The exclusion of My Dying Bride’s “Feel The Misery”, Queensryche’s “Condition Human”, and Mgla’s “Exercises In Futility”, (Melechesh’s “Enki” wasn’t as good as previous works but I would take it over that Nile album)are quite glaring omissions. Ares Kingdom also made a truly remarkable album and although I really love Manilla Road, I would substitute “The Blessed Curse” with Tulsadoom’s “Storms Of The Netherworld” easily.

    All that aside, a really awesome list actually. Nice to see Swallow The Sun’s magnum opus celebrated. To me, it really is the finest they’ve ever been…and on a triple album???? Fancy that! More than I can say for a certain classic heavy metal band that also went big with the album format…

  8. Obviously you did not listen to Michael Schenker’s new effort. It sounds simultaneously fresh and familiar – a sure sign things have been done right. As a classic heavy effort it is miles more inspired than the latest Priest or Maiden albums. The tunes, tones and playing leave no other address besides heavy metal to file it under, so it should be considered here.

    • Chris Jennings // January 2, 2016 at 11:09 pm // Reply

      Was it really that obvious? Actually, you’re right, we didn’t…but we will now! Thanks for reading and commenting \m/

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