Jan 152016

NCS Best of 2015 graphic


Andy Synn alleges that he still intends to deliver his annual list of favorite songs, but with that exception, I think our 2015 edition of LISTMANIA has finally drawn to a close. Unless I’ve forgotten something, in which case we’ll have to supplement the series with whatever I’ve forgotten.  We’re not running a very well-oiled machine here.

But however rusty it may be, we’re damned sure running a list-making machine here. Our 2015 series of lists was more extensive than in any previous year — we posted more than 50 lists (!) with accompanying commentary this time.

As usual, some of these were lists that appeared at “big platform” web sites and print magazines, and others were prepared by our own cadre of writers.  But once again the largest group of list posts came from NCS readers, band members, and assorted other guests, including fellow metal bloggers/writers. Plus, we’ve also received many lists in reader comments on THIS POST.

In this article I’m collecting links to all of the 2015 year-end lists that we published, divided into categories and listed within each category in the order of their appearance. For people who are looking for the best metal that 2015 had to offer, I think these lists provide a tremendous resource.

Thanks again to everyone who contributed to 2015 LISTMANIA and to everyone who made time to read what we pulled together.

P.S. About that not-so-well-oiled-machine that we run here, if we posted your list and you don’t see it below, it’s because I forgot to tag it with “Listmania 2015” when I posted it. Just leave a comment below or e-mail me with the words “You Fucking Moron” in the subject line, and I’ll fix the oversight.








LA Weekly

Rolling Stone



Apple Music




Austin Lunn (Panopticon)

Jonny Pettersson (Wombbath)

Neill Jameson (Krieg)

Cretos Filthgrinder (A Band of Orcs)

Jesse Zuretti (Binary Code)

Ken Sorceron (Abigail Williams)

Patrick Bruss (Crypticus)

Johan Huldtgren (Obitus)

Michael Gonçalves (Windfaerer)


Semjaza (Thy Darkened Shade)

Ayloss (Spectral Lore)

Ne Obliviscaris



KevinP – “You’re the Best Around”

KevinP (Top 25)

Andy Synn – EPs

Andy Synn – The Great Albums

Andy Synn – The Good Albums

Andy Synn – The Disappointing Albums

Andy Synn – The Critical Top 10

Andy Synn – The Personal Top 10

Austin Weber (Part 1)

Austin Weber (Part 2)

Wil Cifer (Mainstream Metal)

Wil Cifer (black metal)

Wil Cifer (death metal)

Wil Cifer (doom metal)

Wil Cifer (experimental/progressive)

Grant Skelton


BadWolf (Non-Metal)



Anti-Gravity Bunny


Angry Metal Guy






Ben Smasher

Kaptain Carbon


Vonlughlio (EPs)

Vonlughlio (Part 1)

Vonlughlio (Part 2)

Deckard Cain

Professor D. Grover the XIIIth

  7 Responses to “LISTMANIA 2015 WRAP-UP”

  1. What a compendium @.@ This could probably last me through all of 2016 as well 😉

  2. The following is my current result from all the posted lists… It figures that I will be checking out albums well into February or even March.
    It also shows that the combined power of NCS posts is capable of impressive amounts of album recommendations. Thank you all.


    Alkaloid – The Malkuth Grimoire
    Sarpanitum – Blessed Be My Brothers…
    FIN – The Furrows of Tradition
    Blaze of Perdition – Near Death Revelations
    Finsterforst – Mach Dich Frei
    Wilderun – Sleep at the Edge of the Earth
    Regarde Les Hommes Tomber – Exile
    Firespawn – Shadow Realms
    Psycroptic – Psycroptic
    Red Moon Architect – Fall
    Prion – Uncertain Process
    Winds of Genocide – Usurping the Throne of Decease
    Maruta – Remain Dystopian
    Howls of Ebb – The Marrow Veil
    Slugdge – Dim and Slimeridden Kingdoms
    Isvind – Gud
    Alda – Passage
    Thulcandra – Ascension Lost
    Desolate Shrine – The Heart of the Netherworld
    Infected Chaos – The Wake of Ares
    Sapraemia – Disintegration of Permanent Atoms
    Hypermass – Clouded Visions
    Atlas Entity – Enceladus
    Lever of Archimedes – Triptych Disentanglement
    Exovoid – Psychotic Shift
    The Abstract – The Abstract
    Dendritic Arbor – Romantic Love
    The Fine Constant – Woven in Light
    Chronostasis – Cosmagida
    Sickening – The Beyond
    Visceral Decay – Implosion Psychosis
    Encenathrakh – Encenathrakh
    Extreme Cold Winter – Paradise Ends Here
    Agos – Irkalla Transcendence
    Awe – Providentia
    Monolord – Vaenir
    Fog Of War – Here Lies Humanity
    Nightrage – The Puritan
    A Loathing Requiem – Acolytes Eternal
    Theories – Regression
    The Ritual Aura – Laniakea


    Mgla – Exercises in Futility
    Rivers of Nihil – Monarchy
    Vallendusk – Homeward Path
    Der Weg Einer Freiheit – Stellar
    Nadiwrath – Circle of Pest


    Akhlys – The Dreaming I
    Protolith – Dark
    Leviathan – Scar Sighted
    Terzij de Horde – Self
    Deluge – Aether
    Turbid North – Eyes Alive

  3. The lack of Inculter – Persisting Devolution on any of these year end list saddens me. I think I looked at all of them, but maybe I missed a few.

    I still never saw Inculter on any lists and that’s a badass record. My favorite of the year.

    Maybe I should contribute my year end list? 🙂

  4. Batushka’s Litourgiya didn’t get enough attention thanks to being released in December. Definitely makes it into my top 10 for the year.

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