Thursday, December 24, 2015

Matts favorite releases of 2015

The following releases are my personal favorites for 2015.

  • 20. Hooded Menace - Darkness Drips Forth
  • 19. Trenchgrinder - Demo 2015
  • 18. Eucharist - Demise Rites (re-release)
  • 17. Trapped Within Burning Machinery - The Filth Element
  • 16. Abyssal - Antikatastaseis
  • 15. Tyranny - Aeons in Tectonic Interment
  • 14. Chaos Echoes - Transient
  • 13. Sarpanitum - Blessed Be My Brothers
  • 12. Vile Creature - A Steady Descent Into the Soil
  • 11. Forn - Weltschmerz
  • 10. Sunn O)) - Kannon
    I've always considered Sunn's music as something to be seen live, not recorded.  This is the first Sunn album other than their collaboration with Boris that I really enjoy listening to at home on  my tiny little speakers.  Its repetitive, cyclical and meditative. 
  • 9. Dead to a Dying World - Litany
    Lots has been written about these guys lately.  I think I even saw that they were streaming it on NPR a while back.  Its well deserved.  Litany is a really well written, using violins, brass and even a dulcimer.
  • 8. Anopheli - The Ache of Want
    High energy crust infused punk with some nice Cello for the melodic interludes.  The final track Trade has been on repeat at home for a long time.
  • 7. Demon Head - Ride the Wilderness
    Kind of a combination of Danzig meets Jim Morrison singing in Pentagram.  A really fun and catchy proto doom album.
  • 6. Shrine of the Serpent - Shrine of the Serpent
    The opening riff on the EPs first track, 9 Gates of Shadow, is so fucking heavy I would probably include this release on my top 10 even if the rest of the EP sucked.  But the other tracks don't suck, they're all great.
  • 5. Shape of Despair - Monotony Fields
    I feel as if that as of late, funeral doom has been thrown around as a label for any sludgey doom band that plays a few BPM slower than normal.  Thats not the case with Finalnd's Shape of Despair.  Monotony Fields is heavy, but maintains a sense of introspective melancholy.  Favorite track has to be Descending Inner Night.
  • 4. Sulphur Aeon - Gateway to the Antisphere
    While there are a lot of death metal bands this year getting much higher praise than Sulphur Aeon (Vastum, Abyssal, Cruciamentum, Malthusian), something about Gateway really strikes a chord with me.  Its technically strong, great recording, and diverse enough that 51 minutes doesn't ever start feeling old.
  • 3. Batushka - Litourgiya
    I've only been listening to these guys for a couple weeks, but it has been non stop.  Combining doom and black metal with a wide variety at what is probably best described as liturgical vocals.
  • 2. Ruined - Hunter's Premonition
    Gloomy wandering drum and bass duo.  Hunter's Premonition is simultaneously heavy with its low distorted bass, and ethereal with the buried, reverb-laden chanting and singing.  Its music that picks you up and then throws you back down.
  • 1. King Woman - Doubt
    Plodding doom with clean female vocals.  Both sad and beautiful, the type of album I'll be listening to for years to come.

Some other noteworthy stuff from 2015 that I just didnt get around to fully listening to:

Desolate Shrine - The Heart of the Netherworld, Devouring Star - Through Lung and Heart, Chapel of Disease - The Mysterious Ways of Repetitive Art, Abstracter - Wound Empire, Ethereal Shroud - They Became the Falling Ash

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