Best of 2015: Schuler’s Top 10 Cave-Dwellers

Best 2015

This past year’s been a good one for me as far as music writing goes. Following the early 2015 demise of a site I wrote for with some friends, I wormed my way into regular contributor gigs at three online metal blogs/pubs, all of which I was already a fan. It’s been a good year for metal, too. I’m not gonna lie and say 2015 blew my dick off the way 2014 did… because it just didn’t. But that’s not to say I didn’t hear some killer new shit this year, as well as find out about a handful of new, promising acts with which I wasn’t yet familiar.

End-of-the-year lists are a bitch for me, especially in years like this one. Because while no single release hit me quite like my 2014 favorites, I did hear a shitload of excellent new records. And that’s where having multiple gigs comes in handy; I’ve decided it’s a great opportunity to have multiple lists. Keeping with Nine Circles’ purview of all things underbelly, here’s my list of ten records that made me need to get a tetanus shot in 2015. I’d never heard a couple of these bands before getting acquainted with them this year (some because I’d just missed out, some because they’d never widely released anything prior to now). So in addition to having some killer new tunes from 2015, I get to put a few new bands on my radar for future output. Now choke yourself.

10. Wrvth – Wrvth

9. Bastard Grave – What Lies Beyond

8. Dorthia Cottrell – Dorthia Cottrell

7. Mgla – Exercises In Futility

6. Call of The Void – Ageless

5. Pissgrave – Suicide Euphoria

4. Cult Leader – Lightless Walk

3. Curse of The North – Curse of The North I

2. Sweet Cobra – Earth

1. Ufomammut – Ecate

Honorable Mentions: Dead To A Dying World – Litany; Thou and The Body – You, Whom I Have Always Hated; Harm’s Way – Rust, White Widows Pact – True Will

– Schuler Benson

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