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The Top 25 Metal Albums of 2015

on December 09, 2015, 10:30am

10. Kadavar – Berlin


Kadavar finally made an album worthy of their stunning live show. Berlin is not only the German trio’s finest work to date, but arguably the best straightforward heavy rock album of 2015. Its riffs are the riffiest, and its hooks are the hookiest, with serious pop craftsmanship behind the soaring “See the World with Your Own Eyes” and saccharine “Pale Blue Eyes”. Compositionally, these songs are far beyond anything they’ve ever written, lending themselves to sing-along choruses and air guitar freak-outs. Knock it back. –Jon Hadusek


09. Deafheaven – New Bermuda

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Where Deafheaven could have very easily ridden into this year upon the coattails of their massive 2013 success, Sunbather, they instead presented its antithesis. Rougher around the edges and more existential than wishful, New Bermuda is Deafheaven maintaining their peak form, fearlessly exploring new urban terrains lyrically from the inside looking outwards and sonically presenting a much heavier idea of themselves. The result is a welcome and thought-provoking interpretation and thankfully not just Sunbather 2. –Sean Barry


08. Wrekmeister Harmonies – Night of Your Ascension

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Gathering 30 musicians for an immense and coordinated collaboration is an impressive feat to be sure, but to be done three times now requires an artist with steadfast vision and a story desperate to be told. Here we find J.R. Robinson returning with Wrekmeister Harmonies to present another tale of the mortal follies of man through music that begins meditatively and beautifully before assuming the doomed form of something more brutal and near bestial. Night of Your Ascension is worth its weight in research and continued exploration. –Sean Barry


07. Yellow Eyes – Sick With Bloom

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Even though it was released just this week, Yellow Eyes’ newest album deserves such a high ranking by achieving, nearly immediately and obviously, the accolade as 2015’s best atmospheric black metal album. Riffs cascade atop one another, harmonizing in the unique sorrows that come with the first and final frost. Brothers Will and Sam Skarstad recorded Sick with Bloom to tape in a lonely cabin in the Northern woods of Connecticut, and the result is one of the purest and most refreshing black metal records of the year. –Sean Barry


06. Prurient – Frozen Niagara Falls

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Frozen Niagara Falls is the pinnacle noise release of 2015, but Prurient’s latest also deserves a spot on metal lists. What Dominick Fernow has created here is the closest we’ve come to the industrial nihilism of Nine Inch Nails and Ministry. Fernow screams and shrieks with conviction above pulsing beats, high-frequency noise feedback, and the occasional guitar. It’s an unsettling record, obsessed with the deepest recesses of the human condition and the perpetual chaos of love and existence. –Jon Hadusek