Feb 152016

NCS Best of 2015 graphic


Well, unlike last year, I at least finished the list this time — or at least came to an intentional stopping point. I could have kept going — easily. And I’m sure I disappointed more than a few people by leaving out deserving songs. That’s just further evidence of what a great year 2015 was for metal. And I have no doubt that 2016 will be just as great (it’s already off to a hell of  a start).

If nothing else, I hope this list provides a sign of how vibrantly healthy and diverse metal is, notwithstanding statistics about declining sales and increasing pressure on the larger and more commercially inclined labels. Though I’m sure I gave short shrift to a few sub-genres, I did try to make sure that anyone who explores this list will see that, creatively, things are burning hot and bright.

Below is a list of all the songs on this year’s list — 75 of them (!) — in the order in which I listed them, and the songs are hyperlinked to the original posts where you can listen to the music. I know it would have been nicer if I had included all the streams right here in one place, but that would have taken more time than you probably realize.

On the other hand, if you take a look at the first comment to this post at the end of the long list, you’ll see that a very generous person has used his time to create a Spotify playlist that includes all the tracks available on Spotify — and he lists the songs that he wasn’t able to include (thanks dude!).

I’m grateful to everyone who suggested songs for this list, to everyone who read the installments, and especially to all the bands.

Part 1
Wolfheart – Zero Gravity
Enshine – Echoes
Ereb Altor – Midsommarblot

Part 2
Firespawn – Lucifer Has Spoken
Marduk – The Blond Beast
Megiddo – Onslaught Eternal

Part 3
Tau Cross – Lazarus
Ruinebell – Inexistence
Moloken – Subliminal Hymns

Part 4
Alkaloid – The Malkouth Grimoire
Cattle Decapitation – Manufactured Extinct
Ogotay – Enter the Void

Part 5
Altars of Grief – In Dying Light
Advent Sorrow – Absolute Perpetual Death
Havukruunu – Unien Havulinnaan

Part 6
Panopticon – Oaks Ablaze

Part 7
VHÖL – The Desolate Damned
Thrashfire – Chainsaw Metal

Part 8
Motörhead – Thunder & Lightning
Mammoth Mammoth – Lookin’ Down the Barrel
Knife – The Black Noose

Part 9
Abigail Williams – Will, Wish, and Desire
Grift – Svältorna

Part 10
Thy Catafalque – Oldódó formák a halál titokzatos birodalmában
Perihelion – Égrengető
Bakos Attila – Életerő

Part 11
Skepticism – The Departure
Valborg – Sulphur Vitriol Angel

Part 12
Sarpanitum – Glorification Upon The Powdered Bones Of The Sundered Dead
Cruciamentum – Tongue of Night or Piety Carved From Flesh

Part 13
Jøtnarr – Rise by Sin
Ghost Bath – Golden Number

Part 14
Nechochwen – The Serpent Tradition
Obsequiae – Orphic Rites of the Mystic

Part 15
Devouring Star – Decayed Son of Earth
False – Hedgecraft

Part 16
Napalm Death – How The Years Condemn
Theories – Shame
Antigama – Used To

Part 17
Kampfar – Daimon
Akhlys – The Dreaming Eye
Batushka – Yekteniya 3
Vallendusk – Ring of Fire

Part 18
Gorod – Celestial Nature
Horrendous – Acolytes
A Loathing Requiem – The Mortal’s Harvest

Part 19
Zatokrev – Swallow the Teeth
Swallow The Sun – Heartstrings Shattering
Slaegt – Move In Chaos

Part 20
Katavasia – Visions of the Misty Night
Paradise Lost – No Hope In Sight
Sulphur Aeon – Devotion to the Cosmic Chaos

Part 21
Khemmis – The Bereaved
Rivers of Nihil – Circles in the Sky
Byzantine – The Agonies

Part 22
Tribulation – The Motherhood of God
Vampire – Pyre of the Harvest Queen
Third Reich Satan’s Throne – Higher Truth

Part 23
Kronos – Aeons Titan Crown
Shining – Last Day
Murg – Nejderna brinner

Part 24
Amorphis – The Four Wise Ones
Manegarm – Blodörn
Windfaerer – Celestial Supremacy

Part 25
Gloson – The Aftermath/Beginning
Loimann – Haeresis
Crypt Sermon – Temple Doors

Part 26
Death Karma – Slovakia-Journey of the Soul
Abyssion – Kosmoksesta tuli hautani
Mechina – On the Wings of Nefeli

Part 27
Wombbath – Fall of the Weak
Grave Ritual – Adversary Crown
Avulsed – To Sacrifice and Devour
Just Before Dawn – Into the Iron Mist


  1. I took the time to make a Spotify Playlist of these songs:


    Not on Spotify:
    Megiddo – Onslaught Eternal of Fourth Seal
    Ruinebell – Inexistence
    Havukruunu – Unien Havulinnaan
    MGLA – I
    Thrashfire – Chainsaw Metal
    Knives – The Blackest Noose
    Perihelion – Égrengető
    Bakos Attila – Életerő
    Jøtnarr – Rise by Sin
    Ghost Bath – Golden Number
    Devouring Star – Decayed Son of Earth
    Antigama – Used To
    Vallendusk – Ring of Fire
    Slaegt – Move In Chaos
    Katavasia – Visions of the Misty Night
    Sulphur Aeon – Devotion to the Cosmic Chaos
    Third Reich Satan’s Throne – Higher Truth
    Loimann – Haeresis
    Death Karma – Slovakia-Journey of the Soul
    Grave Ritual – Adversary Crown
    Avulsed – To Sacrifice and Devour

  2. I was gonna get mad at you for stopping early, but frankly I had no idea there were so many songs already on the list.

  3. I was going to mock you for stopping late, but then this turned out to be the final list instead of the 28th instalment.

  4. I was just going to mock you

  5. I was.

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