Dec 182015

Noisey Best and Worst 2015


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 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).


TOP 10:

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



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


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. Kim always has excellent picks 🙂

  5. Album of the decade: Tyranny – Aeons in Tectonic Internment

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