6. Napalm Death – Apex Predator – Easy Meat
The self titled opener may have recalled the industrialised clatter of Killing Joke at their most vindictive – a new angle for Napalm Death but then these boys can turn their hand to any style and pull it off with aplomb – album number 15 still delivered exactly what you’d expect from these grindcore/death metal heroes.
Bug-eyed passion, fearless experimentation and a pure lesson in grindcore violence erupted as the likes of “Smash A Single Digit” and “Cesspits” recalled the frenzied wall of sound pioneered on From Enslavement To Obliteration.
Whether you consider this a return to form or a step backwards, one thing is certain; Napalm still make nefarious noise sound appealing. An achievement few bands can match, particularly a band firmly entrenched in their third decade!
5. Enslaved – In Times
One of modern Metal’s most fearless bands returned in March and their status as pioneering scene legends was duly justified once again.
Enslaved may have upped the melodic ante on In Times yet they remained fully aware of their roots and yet architected their own war between light and shade with roaring extreme metal breathing the same air as borderline radio-friendly hard rock.
Black Metal’s double kick drums, tremolo riffing, rasping vocals and violent, caustic atmosphere were ever present but Enslaved are now so ‘post’ Black Metal, they simply plundered the genre’s techniques for their own ends rather than faithfully adhering to its rules.
A truly outstanding album and one of 2015’s finest.