December 17, 2015

Connor’s Favorite Albums from 2015

Mgla - Exercises in futility
Essential Black Metal, incredibly bleak and powerful at the same time. An absolutely complete album, the chemistry between lead guitar and drummer is magical.

Elder - Lore
Stoner rock at its best, thick analog production, blistering lead guitar. Also the only non-Black Metal album on my list. So you know it fucking rocks.

Enslaved - In Times
Another great album from one of the best metal bands of all time, Enslaved's brand of progressive space viking black metal soundscapes has produced an insanely deep discography. Unbelievable live band.

Winterfylleth - The Divination of Antiquity
Triumphant, epic Black Metal from the UK. Super melodic guitar work, great production, awesome acoustic instrumental breaks. Just a solid, kick-ass band.

Panopticon - Autumn EternalBluegrass/American Folk influenced Black Metal from Kentucky, super earthy, organic production. Sounds like it was recorded in a backwoods cabin.
Misþyrming – Söngvar Elds Og Óreiðu
Icelandic Black Metal that sounds like it was recorded in a cave. If you're into that type of thing, then you will love this album.

Amestigon - Thier
"Side" project from some heavy hitters on the Austrian Black Metal scene, last half of the closing track Hochpolung is transcendent.

Obsequiae - Aria of Infernal Tombs
Weirdly brilliant and seamless mashup of medieval chamber music and black metal.