(As part of our annual LISTMANIA series, KevinP brings us his round-up of awards for 2015.)
Here’s my rundown on the best stuff of the year that doesn’t fit into my Top 25 Albums and EP’s of the Year column (which will be published next month).
Best Metal Country: POLAND
How many Polish albums does it take to win the “best of” honors? Apparently 8. 1 to hold the lightbulb… ok, you’re not here for the jokes. This year featured releases ranging from outstanding to solid by Outre, Lost Soul, Blaze of Perdition, Mgła, Infernal War, Manipulation, Ogotay, and Kult Mogil. Greece, who won last years award, had yet another solid year, but was edged out by the big 3 kielbasas of Outre, Lost Soul, and Blaze of Perdition, a trio that’s impossible to beat.
Best Label: W.T.C. Productions
Excellent albums by Devathorn, Acherontas, Amestigon, Barshasketh, Horna, Shrine of Insanabilis, and Kvltist (some of which will be in my Top 25 list). This German outfit consistently puts out quality material and is one of the handful of labels I’ll automatically check out an unknown band on simply because they are releasing it.
Also a special “tip of the proverbial cap” to Blood Music of Finland, who consistenly doesn’t give a PASKA and does what it wants regardless of genre (you’ll see why down below).
Best Song: Aenaon – “Ultima Momentum”
While we await their next full-length (tentatively due in early/mid 2016), they treated us to this beauty that doesn’t fit the theme/feel of the upcoming album. The only thing that drives me nuts is that I don’t collect vinyl and want this song on an officially released CD (eventually).
Most Overlooked Album of the Year: Serpent Noir – Erotomysticism
Even though I was eagerly awaiting this release, I initially wasn’t able to get it to synch to my phone, so I forgot about it. It wasn’t until many months later that I remembered to go back and I’m thankful that I did. But more importantly, I haven’t seen many other people or websites talk about this one either, which is indeed a crime.
Random Weird Album to Check Out: The Black Yo)))ga Meditation Ensemble – Asanas Ritual, Volume 1
If you ever thought, “I need something more dark and evil while doing yoga?”, then this is your ticket.
Best Non-Metal Albums of 2015:
5. Dan Terminus – The Wrath of Code
4. Kristian Harting – Summer of Crush
3. Adele – 25
Yeah, yeah, yeah, you’re sick of hearing about her, blah, blah, blah. Too bad. What’s good is good. You know where to find the album if you want to, but here’s this in case you missed it…
2. GosT – Behemoth
1. Corpo-Mente – Self-titled