Yearlist 2015:

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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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Zuriaake
Guyan
Score: 9.5/10
 
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.
 
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
 
Drudkh
Borozna Obirvalasja (A Furrow Cut Short)
Score: 9.5/10
 
Aethernaeum
Naturmystik
Score: 9.5/10
 
Secrets Of The Moon
Sun
Score: 9.5/10
 
Anomalie
Refugium
Score: 9.5/10
 
Vreid
Sólverv
Score: 9.5/10
 
Forgotten Tomb
Hurt Yourself and the Ones You Love
Score: 9/10
 
Swallow The Sun
Songs from the North I, II & III
Score: 9/10
 
21Graveworm
Ascending Hate
Score: 9/10
 
Celtachor
Nuada of the Silver Arm
Score: 9/10
22
 
23Chapel Of Disease
The Mysterious Ways Of Repetitive Art
Score: 9/10
 
Shape Of Despair
Monotony Fields
Score: 9/10
24
 
25Graveyard Of Souls
Infinitum Nihil
Score: 9/10
 
Zgard
Totem
Score: 9/10
26
 
27Cradle Of Filth
Hammer of the Witches
Score: 9/10
 
Doomed
Wrath Monolith
Score: 9/10
28
 
29Macabre Omen
Gods of War - At War
Score: 9/10
 
A Forest Of Stars
Beware the Sword You Cannot See
Score: 9/10
30
 
31Morgoth
Ungod
Score: 8.5/10
 
Ne Obliviscaris
Hiraeth
Score: 8.5/10
32
 
33Osculum Infame
Axis of Blood
Score: 8.5/10
 
Thulcandra
Ascension Lost
Score: 8.5/10
34
 
35Helrunar
Niederkunfft
Score: 8.5/10
 
Thormesis
Freier Wille - Freier Geist
Score: 8.5/10
36
 
37Lacrimosa
Hoffnung
Score: 8.5/10
 
Borgne
Règne des Morts
Score: 8.5/10
38
 
39Eïs
Bannstein
Score: 8.5/10
 
The Arcane Order
Cult of None
Score: 8.5/10
40
 
41Wolves Den
Deus Vult
Score: 8.5/10
 
Deafheaven
New Bermuda
Score: 8.5/10
42
 
43Kroda
Ginnungagap Ginnungagaldr Ginnungakaos
Score: 8.5/10
 
Ixion
Enfant de la Nuit
Score: 8.5/10
44
 
45Eye Of Solitude / Faal
Split
Score: 8.5/10
 
Keep Of Kalessin
Epistemology
Score: 8.5/10
46
 
47Negură Bunget
Tău
Score: 8.5/10
 
Shining
IX – Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends
Score: 8/10
48
 
49Misþyrming
Söngvar Elds Og Óreiðu
Score: 8/10
 
Various
Split CD
Score: 8/10
50
 
51Odious
Skin Age
Score: 8/10
 
Fluisteraars
Luwte
Score: 8/10
52
 
53Black Breath
Slaves Beyond Death
Score: 8/10
 
Amestigon
Thier
Score: 8/10
54
 
55Aosoth / Order Of Orias
Split
Score: 8/10
 
Tribulation
The Children Of The Night
Score: 8/10
56
 
57Verjnuarmu
1808
Score: 8/10
 
Kalmankantaja / V-Khaoz
Split
Score: 8/10
58
 
59Wallachia
Carpathia Symphonia (digital)
Score: 8/10
 
Månegarm
Månegarm
Score: 8/10
60
 
61Draconian
Sovran
Score: 8/10
 
Hooded Menace
Darkness Drips Forth
Score: 7.5/10
62
 
63Various
Of Poison and Grief - Four Litanies for the Deceased
Score: 7.5/10
 
High On Fire
Luminiferous
Score: 7.5/10
64
 
65Hades Almighty
Pyre Era, Black! (digital)
Score: 7.5/10
 
Paradise Lost
The Plague Within
Score: 7.5/10
66
 
67Ancient Rites
Laguz
Score: 7.5/10
 
Heidevolk
Velua
Score: 7.5/10
68
 
69Mythological Cold Towers
Monvmenta Antiqva
Score: 7.5/10
 
Steak Number Eight
Kosmokoma
Score: 7.5/10
70
 
71Zuriaake
Guyan
Score: 7.5/10
 
Varathron
The Confessional of the Black Penitents
Score: 7.5/10
72
 
73Suffocated
Weixian Lucheng / Perilous Journey
Score: 7.5/10
 
Les Discrets
Live At Roadburn
Score: 7.5/10
74
 
75Enslaved
In Times
Score: 7.5/10
 
Korpiklaani
Noita
Score: 7.5/10
76
 
77Evoke Thy Lords
Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms In Your Cellar!
Score: 7.5/10
 
Scythian
Hubris in Excelsis
Score: 7.5/10
78
 
79Fear Factory
Genexus
Score: 7/10
 
Hæthen
Shaped By Aeolian Winds
Score: 7/10
80
 
81Acherontas
Ma IoN (Formulas of Reptilian Unification)
Score: 7/10
 
Emerald Night
Vo mrake / Per Umbras
Score: 7/10
82
 
83Vargsheim
Träume der Schlaflosen
Score: 7/10
 
Porta Nigra
Kaiserschnitt
Score: 7/10
84
 
85Galadriel
Lost In The Ryhope Wood
Score: 7/10
 
Implode
I of Everything
Score: 7/10
86
 
87Ravnkald
Pure Pagan Blood
Score: 7/10
 
Ad Hominem
Antitheist
Score: 7/10
88
 
89Torche
Restarter
Score: 7/10
 
Molllust
In Deep Waters
Score: 7/10
90
 
91Isvind
Gud
Score: 7/10
 
Various
Death Propaganda
Score: 6.5/10
92
 
93Istapp
Frostbiten
Score: 6.5/10
 
V
Khaoz - Grey
Score: 6.5/10
94
 
95Opera IX
Back To Sepulcro
Score: 6.5/10
 
Horn
Feldpost
Score: 6.5/10
96
 
97An Autumn For Crippled Children
The Long Goodbye
Score: 6.5/10
 
Ensiferum
One Man Army
Score: 6.5/10
98
 
99Djevel
Saa Raa Og Kald
Score: 6.5/10
 
Abscession
Grave Offerings
Score: 6.5/10
100


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