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: 10/10
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
 
27Havukruunu
Havulinnaan
Score: 9/10
 
Swallow The Sun
Songs from the North I, II & III
Score: 9/10
28
 
29Der Weg Einer Freiheit
Stellar
Score: 9/10
 
Graveworm
Ascending Hate

Score: 9/10
30
 
31Celtachor
Nuada of the Silver Arm
Score: 9/10
 
Chapel Of Disease
The Mysterious Ways Of Repetitive Art
Score: 9/10
32
 
33Wederganger
Halfvergaan Ontwaakt
Score: 9/10
 
Shape Of Despair
Monotony Fields
Score: 9/10
34
 
35Graveyard Of Souls
Infinitum Nihil
Score: 9/10
 
Zgard
Totem

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

Score: 9/10
38
 
39Wallachia
Live At Dark Bombastic Evening VI 2015 (digital)
Score: 9/10
 
Mesarthim
Isolate

Score: 9/10
40
 
41Akhlys
The Dreaming I
Score: 9/10
 
Doomed
Wrath Monolith
Score: 9/10
42
 
43Macabre Omen
Gods of War - At War
Score: 8.5/10
 
A Forest Of Stars
Beware the Sword You Cannot See
Score: 8.5/10
44
 
45Panopticon
Autumn Eternal
Score: 8.5/10
 
Morgoth
Ungod

Score: 8.5/10
46
 
47Ne Obliviscaris
Hiraeth
Score: 8.5/10
 
Osculum Infame
Axis of Blood
Score: 8.5/10
48
 
49Thulcandra
Ascension Lost
Score: 8.5/10
 
Wilderun
Sleep at the Edge of the Earth
Score: 8.5/10
50
 
51Helrunar
Niederkunfft
Score: 8.5/10
 
Thormesis
Freier Wille - Freier Geist
Score: 8.5/10
52
 
53Kalmankantaja / Worthless Lament
Split

Score: 8.5/10
 
Lacrimosa
Hoffnung

Score: 8.5/10
54
 
55Borgne
Règne des Morts
Score: 8.5/10
 
Eïs
Bannstein

Score: 8.5/10
56
 
57The Arcane Order
Cult of None
Score: 8.5/10
 
Wolves Den
Deus Vult
Score: 8.5/10
58
 
59Deafheaven
New Bermuda
Score: 8.5/10
 
Kroda
Ginnungagap Ginnungagaldr Ginnungakaos
Score: 8.5/10
60
 
61Ixion
Enfant de la Nuit
Score: 8.5/10
 
Hiisi
Suden Hetki
Score: 8.5/10
62
 
63Eye Of Solitude / Faal
Split
Score: 8/10
 
Keep Of Kalessin
Epistemology
Score: 8/10
64
 
65Negură Bunget
Tău

Score: 8/10
 
Shining
IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends
Score: 8/10
66
 
67Svartelder
Askebundet
Score: 8/10
 
Kalmankantaja
Metsänkulkija

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

Score: 8/10
80
 
81Verjnuarmu
1808
Score: 8/10
 
Kalmankantaja / V-Khaoz
Split

Score: 8/10
82
 
83Devathorn
Vritra
Score: 7.5/10
 
Wallachia
Carpathia Symphonia (digital)
Score: 7.5/10
84
 
85Månegarm
Månegarm
Score: 7.5/10
 
Hermóðr
What Once Was Beautiful

Score: 7.5/10
86
 
87Draconian
Sovran
Score: 7.5/10
 
Hermóðr
The Scent of Autumn (digital)
Score: 7.5/10
88
 
89Heimdalls Wacht
Ut de graute olle Tied (Deel Twee) - Land der Nebel
Score: 7.5/10
 
Hooded Menace
Darkness Drips Forth
Score: 7.5/10
90
 
91Various
Of Poison and Grief - Four Litanies for the Deceased
Score: 7.5/10
 
High On Fire
Luminiferous
Score: 7.5/10
92
 
93Hades Almighty
Pyre Era, Black! (digital)
Score: 7.5/10
 
Paradise Lost
The Plague Within
Score: 7.5/10
94
 
95Ancient Rites
Laguz
Score: 7.5/10
 
Heidevolk
Velua
Score: 7.5/10
96
 
97Mythological Cold Towers
Monvmenta Antiqva
Score: 7.5/10
 
Steak Number Eight
Kosmokoma
Score: 7.5/10
98
 
99Zuriaake
Guyan
Score: 7.5/10
 
Lucifer's Child
The Wiccan
Score: 7.5/10
100


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