Best of 2015: Brendan’s (Totaly Weak and Untrve) List

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Guys, 2015 was pretty rad, at least in terms of music (I’d also argue it was a watershed year in almost all creative and entertainment media I follow, but that’s a different discussion. Plus, I just had a really good year, in general).

The nine albums listed below earned their spots because they stuck with me all year for one reason or another. However, I wanted to give lip service to a few that ultimately didn’t make the top nine, but that still brought some great musical moments into my life. For instance, I have spent many a rainy night nodding to the cyberpunk synthwave of GosT’s Behemoth while riding the train home, feeling like a character in a William Gibson novel; I took long hikes in Oregon’s lower Willamette Valley to the sounds of Enslaved’s In Times and Misthyrming’s Söngvar elds og óreiðu; and I got to experience the sonic energy of Mutoid Man’s Bleeder (and Helium Head) live in its entirety, in what was probably my favorite show of 2015. These little moments are just a few in a year filled with them.

Anyway, enough nostalgic waxing from me. Here’s to hoping 2016 is as good of a year as 2015 (I’m looking at you Gorguts, Gojira, and Horrendous).

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Best of 2015: Manny-O-War’s List (Top 50)

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And with that, 2015 has come and gone. A stupendous year for metal. So many bands deserve a nod for their forays into death metal, experimentalism, progressiveness, power metal, speed metal, black metal, blackened death metal and even technical death metal. So without further ado, here are the best albums of 2015 (in my opinion of course). Continue reading

Best of 2015: Zak Carter of Castle Freak

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As part of our ‘Best of 2015’ series that will continue over the next two weeks, we will also be featuring the top albums of a number bands and musicians within the genre we love so dearly. So, without further delay, allow us to kick things off with Castle Freak, the death metal/grindcore group out of Philadelphia. Guitarist Zak Carter was generous enough to share his ten favorite albums from 2015.

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

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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. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 28

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It’s the final episode of 2015! Co-host emeritus Kevin Davis joins and the guys each break down their top five albums of the year — including stuff from Tribulation, Dead to a Dying WorldArcturus and more!

All that and…really, not all that much more in Episode 28, but check it out anyway. ‘Cause hey–after this, we’re off ’til 2016!

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Keep it heavy,
Dan