Yearlist 2015:

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Wolves In The Throne Room
Live at the Bell House 9.12.11
Score: 10/10
 
Selvans
Lupercalia
Score: 10/10
 
Mgła - Exercises in Futility
Score: 10/10
I always thought Mgła were good, but they were lacking a certain something to be truly excellent. Now they found this certain something I still cannot describe what it is, but it is excellent. Yes, most useless review ever.
 
Secrets Of The Moon
Sun
Score: 10/10
 
Midnight Odyssey
Shards of Silver Fade
Score: 10/10
 
My Dying Bride - Feel the Misery
Score: 10/10
No surprise to anyone familiar with Lost Souls Domain to see My Dying Bride here. I have been a massive fan since 1992 and have followed them ever since. And even though their latest album cannot be compared to their earlier work, it is still a solid release, especially the first few tracks.
 
Kalmankantaja / Vardan
Split
Score: 10/10
 
Monolithe - Epsilon Aurigae
Score: 10/10
Solid, heavy, dark and slow. Monolithe always delivers dark and depressive funeral doom with enough speed ups to keep things interesting. Unlike previous releases this album actually has a title and 3 separate tracks, but otherwise it's the same crushing doom.
 
Hermóðr / Is
When the Frost Has Stopped the Time

Score: 10/10
 
Hermóðr / Kalmankantaja
Split

Score: 10/10
 
Zuriaake
Guyan
Score: 10/10
 
Melechesh - Enki
Score: 9.5/10
Melechesh can perfectly blend middle eastern melodies with blasting death metal, and this album is especially successful at blasting you away. Looks like the new drummer set out to prove he could live up to Proscriptor and Xul, and he succeeds amazingly. Best release since Djinn.
 
Fortíð - 9
Score: 9.5/10
I guess you can't really review Fortíðs style of technical riffs and mixed black and clean vocals without referencing Enslaved. But unlike them, Fortíð finds the perfect equilibrium of technique, atmosphere and aggression to captivate the listener for the duration of the full album.
 
Satyricon - Live At The Opera
Score: 9.5/10
I'm a big fan of Satyricon, of good live albums, and of blending black metal with classical music. So it's hard to mess up the combination of the three. The orchestra never overpowers or changes the original Satyricon compositions too much, but instead is the perfect addition. Of course it would have been better if there were more older songs but that's just an old metal head complaint.
 
Ennui - Falsvs Anno Domini
Score: 9.5/10
Ennui was my big discovery last year, and the proof that good music can really come from anywhere in the world: The tiny country of Georgia is not exactly known for its flourishing metal scene. Their latest release blows away most of the more well-established bands in the funeral doom scene though.
 
Kampfar - Profan
Score: 9.5/10
Kampfar is quickly turning into my guilty pleasure band. Each release it seems they go further away from the grim+trve black metal and closer to a sing+drink along kind of metal. But I love to sing along to them. Although not out loud. That would be weird.
 
Nocternity
Harps of the Ancient Temples
Score: 9.5/10
 
Rotting Christ - Lucifer Over Athens
Score: 9.5/10
Nothing like a good live album to remind you the more-than-25-years spanning discography of an awesome band like Rotting Christ. Everything is covered: Their cult sound of the early nineties, their what-were-they-thinking period late nineties and their excellent comeback afterwards.
 
Les Chants De Nihil - Armor
Score: 9.5/10
Les Chants De Nihil is a reasonably new addition to the French black metal scene. Rich in atmosphere like many of their country mates, but for some reason only one of the few who actually sing in their native language. I think this does add a cool factor, except it does sometimes remind me of Julien Doré in Pop Redemption.
 
Himinbjorg
Wyrd
Score: 9.5/10
 
21Drudkh
Borozna Obirvalasja (A Furrow Cut Short)
Score: 9.5/10
 
Aethernaeum
Naturmystik
Score: 9.5/10
22
 
23Shallow Rivers
The Leaden Ghost
Score: 9.5/10
 
Anomalie
Refugium
Score: 9.5/10
24
 
25Vreid
Sólverv
Score: 9.5/10
 
Forgotten Tomb
Hurt Yourself and the Ones You Love
Score: 9/10
26
 
27Swallow The Sun
Songs from the North I, II & III
Score: 9/10
 
Der Weg Einer Freiheit
Stellar
Score: 9/10
28
 
29Graveworm
Ascending Hate
Score: 9/10
 
Celtachor
Nuada of the Silver Arm
Score: 9/10
30
 
31Chapel Of Disease
The Mysterious Ways Of Repetitive Art
Score: 9/10
 
Wederganger
Halfvergaan Ontwaakt
Score: 9/10
32
 
33Shape Of Despair
Monotony Fields
Score: 9/10
 
Graveyard Of Souls
Infinitum Nihil
Score: 9/10
34
 
35Zgard
Totem

Score: 9/10
 
Imperious
Tales Of Woe - The Journey Of Odysseus - Part I: From Ilion To Hades
Score: 9/10
36
 
37Cradle Of Filth
Hammer of the Witches
Score: 9/10
 
Mesarthim
Isolate

Score: 9/10
38
 
39Akhlys
The Dreaming I
Score: 9/10
 
Doomed
Wrath Monolith
Score: 9/10
40
 
41Macabre Omen
Gods of War - At War
Score: 8.5/10
 
A Forest Of Stars
Beware the Sword You Cannot See
Score: 8.5/10
42
 
43Morgoth
Ungod

Score: 8.5/10
 
Ne Obliviscaris
Hiraeth
Score: 8.5/10
44
 
45Osculum Infame
Axis of Blood
Score: 8.5/10
 
Thulcandra
Ascension Lost
Score: 8.5/10
46
 
47Wilderun
Sleep at the Edge of the Earth
Score: 8.5/10
 
Helrunar
Niederkunfft
Score: 8.5/10
48
 
49Thormesis
Freier Wille - Freier Geist
Score: 8.5/10
 
Kalmankantaja / Worthless Lament
Split
Score: 8.5/10
50
 
51Lacrimosa
Hoffnung

Score: 8.5/10
 
Borgne
Règne des Morts
Score: 8.5/10
52
 
53Eïs
Bannstein

Score: 8.5/10
 
The Arcane Order
Cult of None
Score: 8.5/10
54
 
55Wolves Den
Deus Vult
Score: 8.5/10
 
Deafheaven
New Bermuda
Score: 8.5/10
56
 
57Kroda
Ginnungagap Ginnungagaldr Ginnungakaos
Score: 8.5/10
 
Ixion
Enfant de la Nuit
Score: 8.5/10
58
 
59Hiisi
Suden Hetki
Score: 8.5/10
 
Eye Of Solitude / Faal
Split
Score: 8.5/10
60
 
61Keep Of Kalessin
Epistemology
Score: 8/10
 
Negură Bunget
Tău

Score: 8/10
62
 
63Shining
IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends
Score: 8/10
 
Svartelder
Askebundet
Score: 8/10
64
 
65Kalmankantaja
Metsänkulkija

Score: 8/10
 
Is
When the Frost Has Brought the Silence (digital)
Score: 8/10
66
 
67Misþyrming
Söngvar Elds Og Óreiðu
Score: 8/10
 
Various
Split CD
Score: 8/10
68
 
69Matalobos
Matalobos (demo)
Score: 8/10
 
Reinhardt
Novella (digital)
Score: 8/10
70
 
71Odious
Skin Age
Score: 8/10
 
Sulphur Aeon
Gateway to the Antisphere
Score: 8/10
72
 
73Fluisteraars
Luwte
Score: 8/10
 
Black Breath
Slaves Beyond Death
Score: 8/10
74
 
75Amestigon
Thier
Score: 8/10
 
Aosoth / Order Of Orias
Split
Score: 8/10
76
 
77Tribulation
The Children Of The Night
Score: 8/10
 
Verjnuarmu
1808
Score: 8/10
78
 
79Kalmankantaja / V-Khaoz
Split

Score: 8/10
 
Devathorn
Vritra
Score: 8/10
80
 
81Wallachia
Carpathia Symphonia (digital)
Score: 7.5/10
 
Månegarm
Månegarm
Score: 7.5/10
82
 
83Hermóðr
What Once Was Beautiful

Score: 7.5/10
 
Draconian
Sovran
Score: 7.5/10
84
 
85Hermóðr
The Scent of Autumn (digital)
Score: 7.5/10
 
Heimdalls Wacht
Ut de graute olle Tied (Deel Twee) - Land der Nebel
Score: 7.5/10
86
 
87Hooded Menace
Darkness Drips Forth
Score: 7.5/10
 
Various
Of Poison and Grief - Four Litanies for the Deceased
Score: 7.5/10
88
 
89High On Fire
Luminiferous
Score: 7.5/10
 
Hades Almighty
Pyre Era, Black! (digital)
Score: 7.5/10
90
 
91Paradise Lost
The Plague Within
Score: 7.5/10
 
Ancient Rites
Laguz
Score: 7.5/10
92
 
93Heidevolk
Velua
Score: 7.5/10
 
Mythological Cold Towers
Monvmenta Antiqva
Score: 7.5/10
94
 
95Steak Number Eight
Kosmokoma
Score: 7.5/10
 
Zuriaake
Guyan
Score: 7.5/10
96
 
97Varathron
The Confessional of the Black Penitents
Score: 7.5/10
 
Suffocated
Weixian Lucheng / Perilous Journey
Score: 7/10
98
 
99Les Discrets
Live At Roadburn
Score: 7/10
 
Enslaved
In Times
Score: 7/10
100


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