8. Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction
An eye-opening (or should that be gouging) grindcore/deathgrind companion piece to Napalm Death’s Apex Predator-Easy Meat (more on them later), 2015 saw Cattle Decapitation’s progression reach new heights.
Sprinkling ever more harmony over their relentless death grind assault, Cattle Decapitation are operating at a level thought previously impossible; smashing deathgrind/grindcore’s boundaries in the process and elevating them to the big leagues.
Travis Ryan’s vocals were as unsettling as ever and yet his range had broadened exponentially – growls, screams, hushed tones, barks and that fucking terrifying high-end, pseudo-singing that practically defied description – resulting in a performance that more than matched his bandmates relentless speed and ingenuous way around a corrosive melody.
How the hell are they going to top this?
7. Paradise Lost – The Plague Within
A sumptiously stunning album from one of the UK’s greatest proponents of colossal riff-mongery, Paradise Lost turned back time when they released The Plague Within back in June.
Incorporating the gothic elements they became renowned for with the iconic death/doom that kickstarted their monumental career, it was if 1991 was happening all over again and fans of Paradise Lost’s heavier output wept with joy.
Quite possibly the finest collection of songs the band have ever put their name to, Paradise Lost returned reinvigorated as they re-conqured the land that was first theirs to rule over two decades ago.
Who knew they had it in ’em? Actually, we all did!