- 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