We’re well into our own putrid site’s lists of the year’s best metal, but yesterday we got the last of the “big platform” metal lists I’ve been waiting on, and so I’m interrupting our own roll-out to bring it your way.
This one is a Top 25 list (with honorable mentions as well) prepared by Brandon Stosuy, the chief metal writer for Pitchfork. Pitchfork is a Chicago-based online music magazine, which proclaims that it is “the most trusted voice in music, celebrating and exploring emerging artists and established pioneers across all genres”. The site also claims an audience of more than 7 million unique visitors per month.
In October of this year, Pitchfork was acquired by Condé Nast, which also owns more than 20 other magazines or online brands, including Bon Apetit, The New Yorker, GQ, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and Golf Digest.
Not surprisingly, this list includes many of “the usual suspects”, by which I mean albums that are routinely appearing on the majority of lists I’ve seen at these larger sites (and elsewhere). But I was happy to see that it also includes some albums that deserve broader recognition than they have received at many of these heavily trafficked portals, including the releases by Obsequiae, False, Skepticism, and Dead To A Dying World.
However, I expect some eyebrows to be raised around here (to put it mildly) by Pitchfork’s choice as the Best Metal Album of 2015.
To read Brandon Stosuy’s comments about the albums and listen to music streams, go HERE. Pitchfork also published separate year-end metal lists by five other contributing writers, and you can see those by following this link.
25. Windhand – Grief’s Infernal Flower
24. Myrkur – M
23. Noisem – Blossoming Decay
22. Obsequiae – Aria of Vernal Tombs
21. False – Untitled
20. Pinkish Black – Bottom of the Morning
19. Vastum – Hole Below
18. High On Fire – Luminiferous
17. Kowloon Walled City – Grievances
16. VHÖL – Deeper Than Sky
15. Skepticism – Ordeal
14. Paradise Lost – The Plague Within
13. Bosse-de-Nage – All Fours
12. Prurient – Frozen Niagara Falls
11. Locrian – Infinite Dissolution
10. Sannhet – Revisionist
09. Horrendous – Anareta
08. Mgła – Exercises In Futility
07. Dead To A Dying World – Litany
06. Baroness – Purple
05. Khemmis – Absolution
04. Panopticon – Autumn Eternal
03. Bell Witch – Four Phantoms
02. Tribulation – The Children of the Night
01. Deafheaven – New Bermuda
My Dying Bride: Feel the Misery [Peaceville]
Cruciamentum: Charnel Passages [Profound Lore]
Krallice: Ygg Huur [self-released]
Leviathan: Scar Sighted [Profound Lore]
Crypt Sermon: Out of the Garden [Dark Descent]
Vattnet Viskar: Settler [Century Media]