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.
There is a movement afoot that is known as the new wave of old school death metal. It’s the stripping away of all of the super technical elements that have dominated the death metal genre in recent years in favor of the more straight forward elements that defined the early days of the genre. At the very forefront of this movement is an East coast power trio known as Horrendous.
Don’t let the name fool you though; these guys are anything but horrendous! In fact, I recently got my mitts on a copy of the band’s upcoming third full-length album, Anareta (due October 30th on Dark Descent Records), and I’m so blown away that I couldn’t wait to share a bit of it with you guys!
So without further ado, here is the sixth track from Anareta. It’s called “Sum of All Failures” and it is my Massive Metal Monday track for the week. Go get this record when it comes out… you WON’T be sorry.