(We invited Jonny Pettersson — vocalist and riff-maker at Wombbath, Lieutenant General at Just before Dawn, and vocalist/guitarist at Ashcloud (among many other projects) — to let us share with our readers his year-end list for 2015, and we are grateful that he agreed!)
I started this list thinking that this year it would be easy to pick the top 10. Halfway through I realized that, as always, there are too many good releases to make easy choices.
1. Desolate Shrine – The Heart of the Netherworld (Death metal)
Album of the year! A perfect album down to every last second.
2. The Grotesquery – Curse of the Skinless Bride (Death metal)
Excellent album from an excellent song-writer.
3. Grave – Out of Respect for the Dead (Death metal)
The legends are back with an album that lives up to their legendary status.
4. Infected Chaos – The Wake of Ares (Death metal)
Continuation of Chaosreign, and I must say Infected Chaos takes the best parts of Chaosreign and makes them better.
5. Malevolent Creation – Dead Man’s Path (Death metal)
MC is back with a bang!
6. Temple of Baal – Mysterium (Death metal)
This album is full of dark and atmospheric passages that take Temple of Baal to a much darker place than most death metal bands.
7. Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction (Death metal)
I have to admit, I was not a big fan of CD’s earlier albums, but with 2012’s Monolith of Inhumanity I fell head over heels for this band. And with The Anthropocene Extinction they just got an even tighter grip on me.
8. Entrails – Obliteration (Death metal)
It is about time we stopped calling the last few years’ wave of old school Swedish death metal bands a trend now. Entrails is a perfect example that the boss HM-2 peddle is here to stay.
9. Vredesmord – 1000 Aldrig Nog (Crust punk)
Swedish crust punk showing the strength of Swedish d-beat at its best.
10. Down Among the Dead Men – Exterminate! Annihilate! Destroy! (Death metal)
Second album on the list featuring Rogga Johansson. Crusty death metal made the right way!
(The list of following albums might as well have ended up on the top 10 list, as they are equally as good!)
11. Cut up – Forensic Nightmares
12. Revolting – Visages of the Unspeakable
13. Feral – Where Dead Dreams Dwell
14. High on Fire – Luminiferous
15. Kronos – Arisen New Era
16. Leprous – The Congregation
17. Millencolin – True Brew
18. Napalm Death – Apex Predator-Easy Meat
19. Nile – What Should Not Be Unearthed
20. Overtorture – A trail of death
21. Winds of Genocide – Usurping the Throne of Disease
22. Under the Church – Rabid Armageddon
23. Black Breath – Slaves Beyond Death
24. Bodyfarm – Battle Breed
25. Horrendous – Anareta
26. Outre Tombe – Répurgation
27. Bastard Grave – What Lies Beyond
28. Success – Radio Recovery
29. Strung Out – Transmission.Alpha.Delta
30. Fredag den 13’e – Domedagar
31. Beast – dead or alive
32. Utter failure – Eroding forces
33. Firespawn – Shadow Realms
34. Corrosive Carcass – Forsaken Lands
35. Ravens Creed – Ravens Krieg
36. Gravesite – Horrifying Nightmares
37. Paradise Lost – The Plague Within
38. Galar – De gjenlevende
39. Hot Graves – Magnificent Death