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We’re now beginning the final month of 2015, and you know what that means: Now begins the countdown to the end of the year and the strengthening onslaught of the annual holiday season. In the world of metal, this month we’ll also start seeing more and more lists of the year’s best albums.

Back in 2009, when this site was just a few days old, I wrote a post about year-end lists and why people bother with them. The best reason still seems to be this: Reading someone else’s list of the albums they thought were best is a good way to discover music you missed and might like.

We don’t do an “official” NCS year-end “best albums” list. However, we publish the picks of each of our regular staff writers as well as a large group of guest writers (which we’ll start doing later this month), and every year we also invite our readers to share their lists. If YOU have made your own list of the albums, EPs, or splits released in 2015 that you think are the best of what you’ve heard this year, we invite you to share it with us in the Comments section to this post. And if you haven’t made a list yet, maybe you should consider doing that.


We don’t have any hard-and-fast rules about year-end lists. Your list doesn’t have to be a specific number — it doesn’t have to be a “Top 10″ or “Top 20″ list, it could be a Top 2 list or a Top 15, or any other number.

And it doesn’t have to be a cross-genre list, i.e., the best of all metal you’ve heard this year. It could be the best hardcore albums you heard, or the best death metal, or the best black metal, or the best grind, or the best folk metal, and on and on — pretty much whatever you want to do and feel comfortable doing, as long as it fits your definition of metal.

Don’t be shy, and don’t worry about being judged — if you haven’t figured it out already, it ain’t our style or the style of our commenters to ridicule what someone else thinks is great metal.

And if you don’t have a list ready yet, no sweat, because you can come back to this post whenever you like and add your list later — or comment on the lists others have posted. I’ll put a link to this post at the top right side of every page so people can find it quickly — look for the link to 2015 NCS READERS’ YEAR-END LISTS. That will make the comments to this post a collection point for “Best of” readers’ lists. And that link will stay on our page throughout 2016.

So start thinking and start commenting (please, and thank you).


  1. This is the first year I’ve been regularly visiting this blog and may I say how much I appreciate a metal blog that focuses on the music and artists instead of gossip and sensational news stories. I am continually turned onto new and exciting bands I would have otherwise missed out on. Thanks! With regards to my list it’s my lucky 13 listed alphabetically; I tend to favor the prog/tech metal bands but there’s a sprinkling of other genres as well.

    1. Alkaloid “The Malkuth Grimoire”
    2. Alustrium “A Tunnel to Eden”
    3. Barren Earth “On Lonely Towers”
    4. Between the Buried and Me “Coma Ecliptic”
    5. Black Fast “Terms of Surrender”
    6. Cattle Decapitation “The Anthropocene Extinction”
    7. Dark Sermon “The Oracle”
    8. Khemmis “‘Absolution”
    9. Leprous “The Congregation”
    10. Paradise Lost “The Plague Within”
    11. Sanzu “Painless” (EP)
    12. Walking Corpse Syndrome “Human Delusion”
    13. Wrvth “Wrvth”

    • Interesting as this will be completely different from my Top 25 list.

      But always good too see other stuff for me to go back and reconsider 🙂

      • Thanks! I always enjoy these year end lists and seeing what everyone has been getting into. I’ve been playing the s**t out of the Paradise Lost and Leprous records particularly. Cheers!

    • That Barren Earth album is so, so damn good. Very nice list.

      • Thanks! Yeah that Barren Earth album has been horribly overlooked imho. Maybe because it came out at the very beginning of the year, who knows? 🙂

        • Yeah I agree. You’d think a band with that sort of pedigree would draw more attention. Imo each of their albums has been better than the last.

  2. Ohhhh shiiiiii…..

  3. Would it be really cheeky to shove a link to a list I already sort of did? Ah well, doing it anyway:

    Not really in any order, though I’m fairly confident The Great Tyrant is my AotY. Listening to it is what I think Swans fans must feel when they go apeshit over whatever Swans album they’re going bananas over. It’s just immense.

    • But I guess the notable ones would be something like this, in no real order:

      The Great Tyrant – s/t
      Dragged Into Sunlight / Gnaw Their Tongues – NV
      L’indécis – Céleste
      Tribulation – The Children Of The Night
      Sea Witch – The Blackened Sea
      Pyramids – A Northern Meadow
      PSUDOKU – Planetarisk Sudoku
      Magister Templi – Into Duat
      Leviathan – Scar Sighted
      Howls of Ebb – The Marrow Veil
      Björk – Vulnicura
      Grey Heaven Fall – Black Wisdom
      Ghost – Meliora
      Anna von Hausswolff – The Miraculous
      Faith No More – Sol Invictus (Sue me: best FNM album if you ask me. Incredible work)
      Echoes of Yul – The Healing
      Chaos Echœs – Transient
      Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss

      Cap it at that I guess.

      • I’ve been meaning to finish a review of Grey Heaven Fall that I’ve left alone for far too long. Seeing it here was a reminder of how badly I’ve been neglecting it. And I guess I need to listen to The Great Tyrant. Had no idea that’s where the Pinkish Black people came from.

      • Yeah, that’s the one. The vocals get quite sublime a bit later on into the record.

        • Literally never heard of this band or their new band until you mentioned it. Sounds interesting and messed up (in a good way) so far. Thanks 🙂

          • No problem! I found them randomly on a couple of months ago. Pinkish Black have been making a little headway in recent times, and aren’t too bad. Like a more dulcet, gothy version of The Great Tyrant I think, though I haven’t explored them too deeply.

  4. This is my list about the albums, demos and EPs that I consider the best I have heard this year. You will find more than a genre. It’s a long list but I know that quality is better than quantity. I hope to read lists made by the other readers and writers of course and thank you for this request:

    Sarpanitum – Blessed Be My Brothers
    Sulphur Aeon – Gateway to the Antisphere
    Hate Eternal – Infernus
    Theories – Regression
    Abhorrent Decimation – Miasmic Mutation
    Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction
    Rivers Of Nihil – Monarchy
    Abyssal – Antikatastaseis
    Ævangelist – Enthrall to the Void of Bliss
    Vorum – Current Mouth
    Rannoch – Age of the Locust
    Human Improvement Process – Enemies of the Sun
    Cruciamentum – Charnel Passages
    Slægt – Beautiful and Damned
    Kaeck – Stormkult
    Devouring Star – Through Lung and Heart
    Adversarial – Death, Endless Nothing and the Black Knife of Nihilism
    Leviathan – Scar Sighted
    Reverie – Bliss
    Panopticon – Autumn Eternal
    Amiensus – Ascension
    Vampire – Cimmerian Shade
    Tribulation – The Children of the Night
    Horrendous – Anareta
    Gruesome – Savage Land
    Undead – False Prophecies
    Sadistic Ritual – Edge of the Knife
    The Monolith Deathcult – Bloodcvlts
    Mgla – Exercises in Futility
    Misþyrming – Söngvar elds og óreiðu
    Serpents Lair – Circumambulating the Stillborn
    Shrine of Insanabilis – Disciples of the Void
    Devathorn – Vritra
    Acherontas – Ma-Ion (Formulas of Reptilian Unification)
    Shape Of Despair – Monotony Fields
    Paradise Lost – The Plague Within
    Alkaloid – The Malkuth Grimoire
    Sanzu – Painless (EP)
    Sanzu – Heavy Over The Home
    Black Breath – Slaves Beyond Death
    Marduk – Frontschwein
    Bloodstrike – In Death We Rot
    Destruktor – Opprobrium
    Possession – 1585 – 1646
    Sacrificium Carmen – Ikuisen tulen kammiossa
    Kampfar – Profan
    Enslaved – In Times
    Drudkh – A Furrow Cut Short
    Kroda – GinnungaGap GinnungaGaldr GinnungaKaos
    Khors – Night Falls onto the Fronts of Ours
    Outre – Ghost Chants
    Serpent Noir – Erotomysticism
    Akhlys – The Dreaming I
    Blaze Of Perdition – Near Death Revelations
    Creeping – Revenant
    Crypt Sermon – Out of the Garden
    Windhand – Grief’s Infernal Flower
    Hooded Menace – Darkness Drips Forth
    Gorrch – Nera Estasi
    Isvind – Gud
    Abjvration – The Unquenchable Pyre
    Aegrus – Devotion for the Devil
    Tsjuder – Antiliv
    Awe – Providentia
    Altarage – MMXV (Demo)
    Tyranny – Aeons in Tectonic Interment
    In Dread Response – Heavenshore
    Thornesbreed – GTRD
    Azavatar – Azavatar
    Inculter – Persisting Devolution
    Deathhammer – Evil Power
    Byzantine – To Release is to Resolve
    Cold Cell – Lowlife
    Ghost Bath – Moonlover
    Pyrrhon – Growth Without End
    Imperial Triumphant – Abyssal Gods
    Katavasia – Sacrilegious Testament
    Cut Up – Forensic Nightmares
    Grave Pleasures – Dreamcrash
    Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss
    Firespawn – Shadow Realms
    Kvltist – Catechesis
    Diavolos – You Lived Now Die
    Autopsy – Skull Grinder
    Clutch – Psychic Warfare
    VI – De Praestigiis Angelorum

    • “There’s just no good music being made anymore,” they say. “Music is dead,” they say.

      • Yes, they say it but is their opinion, not a fact. The music is something directly connected with the emotive part of the listener, you know, seems that for some people music is just a way to kill the silence or to kill boredom or just because is the trend of the moment who probably will never understand why some genres as became “cult” or why some people needs to express themselves through art, well, in some way, they’re lying.

    • I count 11 of these that will be on my Top 25 🙂

      • I’m glad that you appreciate some of the releases in my list, I guees that Imperial Triumphant are one of those names. 🙂

    • Is this your favourites list or is this every album that you listened to this year?

    • I’m sorry but I forgot one album that I think is great Death Metal:

      Demiurgon – Above the Unworthy

    • Thanks a lot for this list. I hadn’t heard of Khors before, and I’m really enjoying it.

      • You’re welcome, thanks for your time and let me suggest you their previous albums in “Wisdom of Centuries” and the debut in “The Flame of Eternity’s Decline” but the entire discography is worthy to be heard.

  5. My top 25 for the year is looking something like this:

    1. Crypt Sermon – Out Of The Garden
    2. Mgla – Exercises In Futility
    3. Visigoth – The Revenant King
    4. Archgoat – The Apocalyptic Triumphator
    5. Death Karma – The History Of Death And Burial Rituals Part I
    6. Embodied Torment – Liturgy Of Ritual Execution
    7. Ghoulgotha – The Deathmass Cloak
    8. Sarpanitum – Blessed Be My Brothers
    9. Ad Nauseam – Nihil Quam Vacuitas Ordinatum Est
    10. Scythian – Hubris In Excelsis
    11. Panopticon – Autumn Eternal
    12. Destruktor – Opprobrium
    13. Rosy Finch – Witchboro
    14. Ghost Bath – Moonlover
    15. Tome Of The Unreplenished – Innerstanding
    16. Wooden Stake – A Feast Of Virgin Souls
    17. Horrendous – Anareta
    18. Dodheimsgard – A Umbra Omega
    19. Iniquitous Deeds – Incessant Hallucinations
    20. Adversarial – Death, Endless Nothing And The Black Knife Of Nihilism
    21. Wolfheart – Shadow World
    22. Advent Sorrow – As All Light Leaves Her
    23. Ruby The Hatchet – Valley Of The Snake
    24. Undergang – Doden Laeger Alle Sar
    25. Employed To Serve – Grayer Than You Remember

  6. Hi, my list is going to be a short one as i found this year good for metal but only a few releases really kick my ass hard.

    Outre – Ghosts chants
    Alustrium – A tunnel to Eden
    MGLA – Exercices in futility
    Abjvration – The unquenchable pyre
    Serpents Lair – Circumambulating the Stillborn
    Good – A maze of recycled creeds

    Hail from France, keep going NCS, you’r great. Thx !

  7. “if you haven’t figured it out already, it ain’t our style or the style of our commenters to ridicule”

    I will totally judge and ridicule your tastes

    • Yeah, Islander was asleep at the wheel on that one. LOL

      On a serious note, any ridicule I dish out is pure fun and ball busting. But even I have softened over the years and learned to play “nice”, for the most part.

      I guess living under a semi Frenchie dictatorship will do that to ya 😉

    • Well, yeah, my language was a little loose. What I meant to say was “it ain’t our style or the style of our commenters OTHER THAN SURGICALBRUTE to ridicule.”

  8. These eleven stand out in my mind (in no particular order):

    Crypt Sermon
    Magic Circle
    Chapel of Disease
    Sulphur Aeon

    This has been a really, really good year for old-school doom and old-school death metal.

    • I disagree about death metal…theres been some really good albums of course, but as far as actual number of releases, I think this is one of the slowest years for that style in awhile

      • Are we in agreement that the style has reached its saturation point already? I’m sorta over it unless it is super well done or adds something interesting into the mix 🙂

        • I totally agree that it’s been a slow year for death metal releases AND that OSDM has more than reached the saturation point . I was actually rather surprised when I realized just how many albums more or less in that style impressed me this year. That said, I’ll take quality over quantity any time, and the handful of truly memorable old school death metal albums I heard this year is noteworthy. If I included the much more “modern” sounding releases from Lost Soul, Abhorrent Decimation, Abhorrent, Contrarian and Alkaloid (all of which I like, but not quite as much as those I mentioned above), then in my eyes it’s been a very strong year for death metal overall.

        • I’d say it pretty much peaked in 2012, with a few stragglers popping up in 2013. Honestly, I’ll never get tired of those bands because I enjoy the style so much, but like you said, at this point it has to be an album that really catches my attention for me to add it to my year end list

    • As an OSDM fan I’m surprised you don’t have the new Cruciamentum here. It’s quite the good thing.

      I have to admit I’m a little burned out on OSDM this year. Probably because 2013 and 2014 saw such strong death metal releases. I think Grave Miasma’s ‘Odori Sepulcrorum’ was probably the peak for me, and since then everything has sounded just a tad worse as a result. This year has definitely had its fair share of good stuff though.

      • Cruciamentum was really underwhelming…not bad, but really not as good as it could have been, especially given the amount of time it took to release it

        • I think it was a couple of years too late to be sure. At the moment I’m much more enthused by the sort of deconstructive death / black like Emptiness, Chaos Echœs and the like that’s been popping up. It’s hard to focus on the more standard fair right now, even if it is good.

        • To be honest, I’m with SurgicalBrute on Cruciamentum – it’s distinctly underwhelming. It’s not bad, just bland (in as much as death metal can be bland).

    • The three “Illusion of Choice” songs/segments/movements at the end of the Alustrium album are some of the most inspired pieces of music released this year. Nice list!

      • Thanks! I love the “Illusion of Choice” suite; it’s the sort of audacious concept that when it succeeds (as it does here) really sets a band apart from their peers.

  9. Something like this:

    1. Draconian – Sovran
    2. Wilderun – Sleep At The Edge Of The World
    3. My Dying Bride – Feel The Misery
    4. Trials – This Ruined World
    5. Ghost – Meliora
    6. Swallow The Sun – Songs From The North
    7. Mgla – Exercises In Futility
    8. Galar – De Gjenlevende
    9. Horrendous – Anareta
    10. Nechochwen – The Serpent Tradition
    11. Paradise Lost – The Plague Within

    Great year for metal.

  10. I don’t have a list, but if I did, it would have to include this:

    Kroda – GinnungaGap​-​GinnungaGaldr​-​GinnungaKaos

  11. I had hoped to have a list by the time this post went up, but I don’t. There’s still a few albums I really want to check out and I’ll probably find a few more from others.

    • I’ll give you 25 in the very beginning of January.

      Or if you want 60, just read my monthly column 😉

      • I’ve been behind on new stuff for most of the year so I was using your columns to help catch up; they’ve been very helpful. Our final lists may not have a ton of overlap but there should be a handful we’d agree on.

    • Plenty of time left. We’ll be posting lists well into January before we finish, and I expect (and hope) the lists in this Comment section will also continue to come in for the rest of this month and into early next year.

  12. I don’t have a carefully ranked list, but if I did, the following five would certainly be somewhere at the very top:

    Mgła – Exercises in Futility
    Misþyrming – Söngvar elds og óreiðu
    FIN – The Furrows of Tradition
    Shrine of Insanabilis – Disciples of the Void
    Ghost – Meliora

  13. My top 25. Not ranking them because I don’t need that unnecessary stress in my life. Alphabetical order cuz I’m cool like that!

    Abhorrent – Intransigence
    Abyssal – Antikatastaseis
    Ad Nauseam – Nihil Quam Vacuitas Ordinatum Est
    BlackQueen – The Directress
    Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction
    Cruciamentum – Charnel Passages
    Crypt Sermon – Out Of The Garden
    Dalkhu – Descend Into Nothingness
    Dystrophy – Wretched Host
    Elder – Lore
    Iniquitous Deeds – Incessant Hallucinations
    A Loathing Requiem – Acolytes Eternal
    Nechochwen – Heart of Akamon
    Nylithia – Hyperthrash
    Obsequiae – Aria Of Vernal Tombs
    Panopticon – Autumn Eternal
    Putridity – Ignominious Atonement
    Repulsive Dissection – Church Of The Five Precious Wounds
    Rivers Of Nihil – Monarchy
    Sarpanitum – Blessed Be My Brothers
    Serocs – And When the Sky Was Opened
    Sulphur Aeon – Gateway To The Antisphere
    Temple Of Baal – Mysterium
    Theories – Regression
    Ur Draugr – With Hunger Undying – I know this album hasn’t been released yet but I’m putting it up here because I’m really looking forward to it and I think it’s gonna be a year end gem

    • First time I’ve seen someone mention Hyperthrash anywhere. That album is so damn good, and so damn fun. Been meaning to review it here, but I keep putting it off to maintain the illusion of diligent academic study.

  14. You guys are going to be so fucking bummed when I just list Jethro Tull’s discography.

  15. I warn everyone that I barely have time to listen to more music than is posted here at NCS, so most albums below should (or at least, could) be familiar to you.

    Top tier:

    Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction
    Tempel – The Moon Lit Our Path
    VI – De Praestigiis Angelorum

    Second tier:

    Alustrium – A Tunnel to Eden
    Irreversible Mechanism – Infinite Fields
    Obsequiae – Aria of Vernal Tombs
    Rivers of Nihil – Monarchy
    Eïs – Bannstein
    Praetoria – Mirror of Modernity
    Enshine – Singularity
    Lost Soul – Atlantis: The New Beginning
    Sunset in the 12th House – Mozaic

    Not listened enough to judge tier:

    Blaze of Sorrow – Eremita del Fuoco
    Abhorrent – Intransigence
    Odious – Skin Age
    Dawn of Dementia – Immolation of Avernis

    Oh, and like last year, the top tier will probably be expanded up to March with all the fantastic material the other posts here contain… There’s not enough time.

    • I was SO looking forward to that VI album, but was a little disappointed. Just makes me want to listen to Arrow in Heart. Still one of the better releases this year.

      • Interesting, I can definitely hear the similarities there. But two years ago I distinctly remember not liking that release. A nice proof of evolving taste 🙂

    • Hail Odious, my Alexandrian komrades, keepers of the Egyptian metal flame

  16. I found this to be a particularly strong year for metal and these were the albums I listened to the most:

    01. Sarpanitum – Blessed Be My Brothers
    02. Hooded Menace – Darkness Drips Forth
    03. Killing Joke – Pylon
    04. Unrest – Grindcore
    05. Skinless – Only The Ruthless Remain
    06. Tombstalker – Black Crusades
    07. Kowloon Walled City – Grievances
    08. Temple Of Gnosis – Mysterium Magnum
    09. Heaving Earth – Denouncing The Holy Throne
    10. The Kill – Kill Them… All
    11. Firespawn – Shadow Realms
    12. Castrator – No Victim
    13. Subterror – Antropomortem
    14. Nile – That Which Should Not Be Unearthed
    15. Grave Ritual – Morbid Throne

  17. 1. Faith No More
    2. Iron Maiden
    3. Finsterforst
    4. Kauan
    5. Macabre Omen
    6. Mgla
    7. Grimoire EP
    8. Grift
    9. Enslaved
    10. Cradle of Filth

  18. 1.The Kill- Kill them….All
    2.Ling Tosite Sigure- Es or S (EP)
    3.Suffering Mind- Waste Farm
    4.Maruta-Remain Dystopian
    5.Leviathan- Scar Sighted
    6.The Crinn-ShadowBreather
    7.Despise You-All your Majestic Bullshit (7″)
    8.Panopticon-Autumn Eternal
    9.Mgla-Excercises in Futility
    10.Sacridose/Triac (Split 7″)

  19. A huge surprise and my favorite album of the year: Abigail Williams – The Accuser. I never, EVER thought I’d write that, but this album has everything, yet sounds like nothing else. It might not be your cup of tea (or blood), but if you’ve avoided this album due to the, um, unevenness of their previous releases, you might be missing out on something very special.

    That being said, here’s my 20.

    Abigail Williams – The Accuser
    Abyssal – Antikatastaseis
    Adversarial – Death, Endless Nothing, and the Black Knife of Nihilism
    Aevangelist – Enthrall to the Void of Bliss
    Amestigon – Thier
    Azavatar – Azavatar
    Blaze of Perdition – Near Death Revelations
    Cult Leader – Lightless Walk
    Imperial Triumphant – Abyssal Gods
    Krallice – Ygg Huur
    Lux Ferre – Excaecatio Lux Veritatis
    Moonreich – Pillars of Detest
    Mord’a’Stigmata – Our Hearts Slow Down
    Outre – Ghost Chants
    Pyramids – A Northern Meadow
    Regardes les Hommes Tomber – Exile
    Shrine of Insanabalis – Disciples of the Void
    This Gift Is a Curse – All Hail the Swinelord
    Tod Huetet Uebel – Malícia
    VI – De Praestigiis Angelorum

    • I’m guessing I’ve liked the previous AW albums more than you did, but I’m totally in agreement that The Accuser was outstanding. I hope it will open the eyes of more people who might have written off AW years back and never realized how really talented Sorceron is (and IMO their current line-up is the best yet). Enjoyed the rest of your list too.

    • I didn’t listen very closely to Tod Huetet Uebel, but, i think, it’s really good stuff. Thumbs up.

    • Nice to see Mord’a’Stigmata and Tod Huetet Uebel up there.

  20. There is always so much to be discovered in these lists. Here are a few in loose order:
    Bloody Tyrant – The Legacy of Sun-Moon Lake
    Bell Witch – Four Phantoms
    Tribulation – Children of the Night
    Hooded Menace – Darkness Drips Forth
    Horrendous – Anareta
    Paradise Lost – The Plague Within
    Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats – Night Creeper
    Moan – First Four Years
    Grave – Out of Respect for the Dead
    Show Me Wolves – Between Man God and False Idols
    Venomous Maximus – Firewalker
    Skeletal Remains – Condemned to Misery
    My Dying Bride – Feel The Misery
    Seagrave – Stabwound
    Secrets of the Sky – Pathway

  21. 01 Antlion – The Prescient
    02 Queensrÿche – Condition Hüman
    03 Rivers of Nihil – Monarchy
    04 Drudkh – A Furrow Cut Short
    05 Symphony X – Underworld
    06 Melechesh – Enki
    07 Gorod – A Maze of Recycled Creeds
    08 Lost Soul – Atlantis: The New Beginning
    09 Satyricon – Live at the Opera
    10 Slayer – Repentless

  22. 1. Swallow the Sun – Songs of the North
    2. Arcane – Known/Learned
    3. Shape of Despair – Monotony Fields
    4. Earthside – A Dream in Static
    5. Between the Buried and Me – Coma Ecliptic
    6. My Dying Bride – Feel the Misery
    7. Native Construct – Quiet World
    8. Riverside – Love, Fear And The Time Machine
    9. Enslaved – In Times
    10. Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase.
    11. Bruce Soord – Bruce Soord
    12. Transience – Temple
    13. Ahab – The Boats Of The Glen Carrig
    14. The Slow Death – Ark
    15. Caligula’s Horse – Bloom
    16. Paradise Lost – The Plague Within
    17. Skepticism – Ordeal
    18. Enshined – Singularity
    19. Alkaloid – The Malkuth Grimoire
    20. Ne Obliviscaris – Hiraeth/Sarabande to Nihil

  23. I didn’t have as much time and money to devote to finding new music this year, so the bulk of my list consists of bands that I was already familiar with.

    Alkaloid – The Malkuth Grimoire
    Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction
    Ghost – Meliora
    Indesinence – III
    Krallice – Ygg Huur
    Lychgate – An Antidote for the Glass Pill
    Panopticon – Autumn Eternal
    Sigh – Graveward
    Sulphur Aeon – Gateway to the Antisphere
    Thy Catafalque – Sgurr
    Tome of the Unreplenished – Innerstanding
    Tribulation – The Children of the Night
    Vhol – Deeper Than Sky

    • Thanks to all who have contributed, I have been able to catch up on stuff I had missed. I’ve padded out my list of great tunes by including new releases from the following:

      A Forest of Stars
      Death Grips
      Death Karma

      Thanks again everybody for once again making this my favorite time of year. Cheers! \m/

  24. My top 25 mainly is made up of:

    A Forest of Stars- Beware The Sword You Cannot See
    Abhor- Ritualia Stramonium
    Amiensus- Ascension
    Ares Kingdom- The Unburiable Dead
    Barus- Barus
    Crimson Swan- Unlit
    Desolate Shrine- The Heart of the Netherworld
    Endlesshade- Wolf Will Swallow The Sun
    Foehammer- Foehammer
    Goatsnake- Black Age Blues
    Jute Gyte- Ship of Theseus
    Kanseil- Doin Earde
    Macabre Omen- Gods of War- At War
    Magic Circle- Journey Blind
    Mare Infinitum_ Alien God Monolith
    Mgla- Exercises in Futility
    Mourning Mist- Mourning Mist
    Nachterror/Altars of Grief- Of Ash and Dying Light
    Negative Mantra- A Hymn To Disappointment
    Obsequiae- Aria of Vernal Tombs
    Porta Nigra- Kaiserschnitt
    Satan’s Host- Pre-Dating God Part 2
    Sunset In The 12th House- Mosaic
    VI – De Praestigiis Angelorum
    Wilderun- Sleep At The Edge of Earth

    Thanks to this site, and AMG’s, I’ve discovered some great bands and some amazing music and I’m looking forward to a very strong 2016 in metal.

    • Seems like every list on here adds some things that haven’t appeared in the others, and on yours I’m especially glad to see Ares Kingdom, Nachterror/Altars of Grief, and Porta Nigra (plus more albums I haven’t heard of before).

      • Most of my top 25 have come from some great commendations on NCS and then getting lost in a bandcamp k-hole! Looking at others’ lists I’ve realised I’ve missed off a lot of great albums that I’ve heard but not had an opportunity to buy yet.

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