The Top 6 Albums of 2015 (longhairedpoet)

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 7:32 PM (PST)


With news late this year that Eddie Hermida is getting back together with All Shall Perish, with an Ozzy solo album expected in 2016, with talk of another Black Sabbath album and with another Meat Loaf album in the works, there’s a lot to look forward to in the coming years.

2015 was a bad year for me personally, but I wanted to make sure that unlike in 2014, I came and did a ‘best of’ list.

Looking back at the year that was, I tried to be as thorough as I could be. In the end I came up with six brutal fucking albums.

So, without any further ado, here it is – my top 6 albums of 2015.


1. Venom‘s From The Very Depths


The rest of this list won’t necessarily be in any particular order, but from the time I heard this album, I knew that it had to be on this list. It’s always perplexed me the way that folks have said Venom is a pioneer of black metal, and yet I don’t think I’ve ever heard any band, black metal or otherwise, like Venom. The first time I ever listened to the album Black Metal I almost shat myself from how wonderfully crafted it was. And by wonderfully crafted I mean it was a cacophony of raunchy debauchery, speed metal blasting and black metal cacophony. Satanic mythology and high literature without any of the murder or any national socialist tendencies. A-fucking-plus.

The thing about Venom is that I’ve always said they just have this pure fucking rock-n-roll quality. A characteristic that’s easy to apply to Damn Yankees, AC/DC or Judas Priest, but that may be more surprising from a band of Venom’s blackened speed-thrash cred. But on From The Very Depths Venom don’t want you to call what they do rock-n-roll, as a matter of fact they speak of “The Death of Rock ‘N’ Roll”.

Light up the marshall stacks
We’re killing kid creole
With devastating thrash
The death of rock n roll yeah

Venom declare thrash to be the new sound – long after they helped to birth black metal and a good while since the old hey-days of thrash metal. While calling for the death of rock-n-roll and the crowning of thrash Venom play with a constant, incessant chug that I’ve never heard in their music before and that is reminiscent to me of groove metal as much as anything else.

Whether you’re a classic Venom fan or new to heavy metal altogether, I think that From The Very Depths deserves its place at the top of the list. From the title track, to “The Death of Rock ‘N’ Roll” through “Long Haired Punks” and on down through this twisted fucking journey, this album will grip you by the throat with one hand and the genitals with the other and won’t let go of you until you’re hailing Satan in one breathe and begging for more the next.


2. Butcher Babies’ Take It Like a Man


So what the fuck could live up to the monumental tome that fucking is From The Very Depths? Well, I had to look in a quite different fucking direction. Otep hasn’t released any music in almost three years, but the Butcher Babies are prepared to take the world by storm. Take It Like A Man starts with a track that should be remembered as nothing less than a fucking mosh pit anthem (“Monsters Ball”) for that is both literally and figuratively what it is. Other ways this album earned the place on this list that it got was through tracks like “The Cleansing” with the growl-clean back-and-forth of the lyrics:

We built these walls
We built them for protection
Just to crumble to my feet
We built these walls
We built them for protection
In the end I’ll be the one who’s killing me
It’s killing me! It’s killing me! It’s killing me!


3. Fit For An Autopsy’s Absolute Hope/Absolute Hell


While deathcore fans wait for more Suicide Silence and All Shall Perish (seriously, that Sacred Words EP was killer, but I for one definitely want more), Fit For An Autopsy dropped a strong album. Songs like the title track are standard fair, but the band surprised with songs like “Swing The Axe”.


4. Born of Osiris‘s Soul Sphere


Reporting in for prog metal is the keyboard-cacophony of Born of Osiris’s Soul Sphere. As layered in vocal difference as in instrumental atmosphere, this album doesn’t once seem crowded or claustrophobic, instead I felt as if I was being taken on a journey. A lot of room is made for the synths on this album, but only BOO could layer it with chugging guitars and heavy drums in a way that makes it all the more brutal.


5. Rivers of Nihil‘s Monarchy


The album starts with this trance-like instrumentation that’s almost enough to drive you mad before it plummets you into the blasting brutality of the album.


6. Church’s Unanswered Hymns

I listened to and considered a lot of doom albums, and none of them stood out more to me than Church’s Unanswered Hymns.

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