2015 has sucked in almost every way for me and for a lot of people that I know, too. You could say it was full of Trials and Tribulation (that’ll be funny AFTER you see the top of my list). Fortunately, we were gifted a litany of top-shelf metal albums to get us through it without losing our minds. The following are the top 20 metal records that I subjected my children to while driving them all over L.A. I have to admit that there was so much great stuff this year that I sort of cheated here by including a very extensive “honorable mentions” category for all of the other albums that might have made the list had the year ended when they came out. All of them are excellent efforts that I know I’ll be listening to for years to come.
Check out the list and let me know what you think in the comments below because if I know metalheads (and believe me, I do) you’ll all have some very strong opinions about your own likes and dislikes. The best thing about other people’s year-end “best of” list is that I always discover a few absolute gems that got past me during the year. Last year, you, the readers, even turned me on to Ne Obliviscaris and Solstafir, two amazing bands that I was unfamiliar with and whose albums should have been on my list. It is my hope that no matter what your opinion of my personal list is, that it will inspire you to check out some artists or records that you haven’t yet discovered. Who knows, maybe you’ll find your new favorite metal band contained herein.
Have a wonderful holiday season and rest up, because 2016 promises to be another pummeling year in extreme music. And be sure to stay tuned here at GoD because you know we’ll be doing our very best to keep you informed about all of it.
Norwegian viking metal stalwarts Enslaved are gearing up for the release of their thirteenth album In Times. The record drops on March 6th in Europe, March 9th in the U.K., and March 10th in North America. But thanks to the awesome folks over at the band’s label Nuclear Blast Records, fans can check out the album in its entirety, as it is streaming for a limited time online. Scroll to the bottom of this page to listen to the full stream.
I’ve only had the chance to listen to it once through, but I am definitely digging it so far. It’s exactly the sort of epic extreme metal that these guys have been delivering for the last 25 years. Check it out and, whether you are an old or new fan, be sure to catch Enslaved on tour with YOB and Ecstatic Vision. (See tour dates below.)