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