Although we’re getting deep into our site’s own year-end lists, there are still a few more “big platform” sites whose year-end lists I’ve been waiting for, and this is one of them.
Vice Media, Inc. traces its origins back to a punk magazine called Vice Montreal that was started in 1994. Since then, Vice has grown into a multimedia network that includes not only Vice.com but also nine other digital channels. One of those is Noisey, which was launched in 2011 and focuses on music across a range of genres, including rock, rap, metal, and punk. Noisey proclaims that it “reaches millions and millions of readers and subscribers a month, a must-stop source for new music, investigative journalism, and artist-sourced content.”
This year, Noisey brought metal journalist Kim Kelly on board as a writer and member of its editorial staff, and yesterday the site published her ranked list of “Top 10 (Mostly) Metal Albums of 2015”, followed by an additional un-ranked list of “40 Favorite (And Occasionally Not Metal) Albums of 2015”. Here they are (and to read Kim’s comments about all the albums and listen to music streams, go HERE).
1. Misthyrming – Söngvar elds og óreiðu
2. Cloud Rat – Qlipthoth
3. Vastum – Hole Below
4. Mgla – Exercises in Futility
5. Death Karma – The History Of Death & Burial Rituals Part I
6. Chrch – Unanswered Hymns
7. Yellow Eyes – Sick with Bloom
8. Genocide Shrines – Manipura Imperial Deathevokovil (Scriptures Of Reversed Puraana Dharmurder)
9. Cosmic Church – Vigilia
10. Disemballerina – Poison Gown
THE NEXT 40:
Spectral Wound – Terra Nullius
Black Cilice – Mysteries
Abyssion – Luonnon harmonia ja vihreä liekki
False – Untitled
Eye of Nix – Moros
Leila Abdul-Rauf – Insomnia
Obsequiae – Aria of Vernal Tombs
Khemmis – Absolution
Bell Witch – Four Phantoms
Ares Kingdom – The Unburiable Dead
Locrian – Infinite Dissolution
Pyramids – A Northern Meadow
Christian Mistress – To Your Death
Ethereal Shroud – They Became the Falling Ash
Gloam – Hex of Nine Heads
Tribulation – The Children of the Night
Revenge – Behold.Total.Rejection
Nachtlieder – The Female of the Species
Tovarish – This Terrible Burden
Vattnet Viskar – Settler
Macabre Omen – Gods of War – At War
Chaos Echoes – Transient
Abominor – Opus: Decay
Sivyg Yar – Burial Shrouds
Lluvia – Eternidad Solemne
Magic Circle – Journey Blind
Tyranny – Aeons in Tectonic Internment
Nightfell – Darkness Evermore
RAM – Svbversvm
Skepticism – Ordeal
Thou & The Body – You, Whom I Have Always Hated
Blood Incantation – Interdimensional Extinction
Dark Buddha Rising – Inversum
Napalm Death – Apex Predator – Easy Meat
Devouring Star – Through Lung and Heart
Cult of Occult – Five Degrees of Insanity
Cruciamentum – Charnal Passages
Primitive Man – Home Is Where the Hatred Is
Corrupted – Loss
Saturnine – Mors Vocat
Probably the most interesting list I’ve seen so far, and one I’m probably at odds with the least (even if I vehemently disagree with them having a fairly characterless Deathspell Clonemega as their number 1).
I had no idea there was a new Disemballerina though. That’s made my day. And a new Corrupted? Wow.
Great to see Pyramids and Chaos Echoes make an appearance. Probably in my top 5 those two.
No Batushka. This list is shit.
Haha. I kid. This list rules. Its the most similar list to mine I’ve seen yet. Though Nechochwen is probably my all out number 1.
Batushka just happens to be the reason I recently expanded my list. And then Yellow Eyes, and now it feels like every day theres 5 more amazing records too add to an ever growing list.
And then Andy posted his personal top 10 so i’ll likely have a few more to consider.
Okay..I swear that Saturnine album came out last year, maybe it was just a Bandcamp stream…but either way, really love that band and that album
I enjoyed the majority of her top 10 and definitely agree with at least three of them
Does anyone else do a self-high five when they read a Grim Kim list and recognize most of the bands?
No, but many times through the year I’ll be listening to a band and think “well, I bet this one makes Kim Kelly’s list!”
Oh please…we both know you self-high five when you see something you recognize off of MY list, let alone Kim Kelly’s 🙂
No, I just purge.
Then stop listening to Soilwork
I’m doing that right now. I used to recognize a band or two at most, now I recognize most of these (and recognize their greatness most of the time).
Kim always has excellent picks 🙂
Album of the decade: Tyranny – Aeons in Tectonic Internment