AllMusic 2015 Year In Review

Favorite Metal Albums -

 There was plenty of heaviness to go around in 2015, with thunderous albums from High on Fire, Mutoid Man and Torche leading the charge. Also, Iron Maiden delivered their first double album, Slayer returned with their first album since the passing of Jeff Hanneman and one-woman black metal act Myrkur unleashed her elegant and evil debut LP.
The Accuser

Abigail Williams

The Accuser

With a new studio lineup, this continually evolving black metal band deliver their most musically compelling release to date.

Found in Far Away Places

August Burns Red

Found in Far Away Places

A flurry of elliptical, palm-muted riffing as steeped in power metal as it is post-hardcore.

Rise to Power

Battlecross

Rise to Power

This longstanding Michigan outfit blends a dazzling array of styles into its brand of thrash metal on this ambitious offering.

Coma Ecliptic

Between the Buried and Me

Coma Ecliptic

This concept record reveals the adventurous metal band at their most accessible while still exploring new musical terrain.

Beyond the Red Mirror

Blind Guardian

Beyond the Red Mirror

The veteran German power metal outfit's first album in five years and a sequel to their much loved 1995 offering Imaginations from the Other Side.

That's the Spirit

Bring Me the Horizon

That's the Spirit

The English alt-metal unit dives headfirst into the mainstream on its fifth studio album.

I Worship Chaos

Children of Bodom

I Worship Chaos

Recording for the first time as a quartet, these Finns offer their darkest and meanest record in a decade.

Hammer of the Witches

Cradle of Filth

Hammer of the Witches

After three years and personnel changes, England's symphonic extreme metal horde return creatively rejuvenated.

Xeno

Crossfaith

Xeno

Fourth album of electronicore mayhem from the Japanese band that inspires as much moshing as it does dancing.

New Bermuda

Deafheaven

New Bermuda

Deafheaven follow up their triumphant breakthrough album Sunbather with a bleak yet ultimately uplifting third full-length.

In Times

Enslaved

In Times

The Norwegian black metal veterans push hard at the music's boundaries and expand them with an astonishing sonic attack without forsaking tradition.

Sol Invictus

Faith No More

Sol Invictus

Reunion set for the alt-rock pioneers is eclectic and unified, their best work since the confounding masterpiece Angel Dust.

Meliora

Ghost

Meliora

Ghost look toward world domination with their most accessible and expertly executed meld of pop, rock, and metal yet.

Black Age Blues

Goatsnake

Black Age Blues

Fifteen years after its last album, this L.A. quartet returns to glory with monstrous riffs and new ideas.

Luminiferous

High on Fire

Luminiferous

After a three-year wait, the Bay Area trio come roaring back with an exquisite slab of power sludge.

The Book of Souls

Iron Maiden

The Book of Souls

Eagerly awaited, Maiden's first double album is also their longest and most ambitious -- and deeply satisfying.

Haven

Kamelot

Haven

After a three-year break this Florida outfit issues another fine exercise in prog-flavored power metal.

Exhausting Fire

Kylesa

Exhausting Fire

The Georgia band, here down to a trio, is more experimental and accessible than ever before.

VII: Sturm und Drang

Lamb of God

VII: Sturm und Drang

The band's seventh studio long-player, the cathartic Sturm und Drang arrives at the end of a tumultuous three-year period for the veteran metal outfit.

Scar Sighted

Leviathan

Scar Sighted

Terrifyingly unnerving journey into the depths of pain and despair from American black metal icon.

Skills in Pills

Lindemann

Skills in Pills

Deviant sex acts and crunching guitars fuel this fun, furious side project from members of Rammstein and Hypocrisy.

Infinite Dissolution

Locrian

Infinite Dissolution

With an ever expanding sonic palette, this trio deliver a killer soundtrack for the end of humanity's existence.

Poisoned Altars

Lord Dying

Poisoned Altars

On their sophomore full-length, the Northwestern quartet up the ante with a chugging, compelling assault of rhythm and riff.

The Pale Emperor

Marilyn Manson

The Pale Emperor

On their ninth studio album, these icons of evil adopt an unexpectedly blues-steeped style.

Transcendental

Mono / The Ocean

Transcendental

To preview a joint European tour, these bands deliver a seamless, epic, two-track split on the themes of life, death, and rebirth.

Bad Magic

Motörhead

Bad Magic

After a bout with ill health, Lemmy rallies his troops and returns to the studio, bloody but unbowed, and as loud as ever.

Bleeder

Mutoid Man

Bleeder

On their debut full-length, this outsider power trio blur the genres between extreme music and deliver a stone killer of an album.

Feel the Misery

My Dying Bride

Feel the Misery

On their 25th anniversary, the band deliver a stellar gothic doom album that is deliberately inspired by their early classics.

M

Myrkur

M

The Garm-produced debut album from this one-woman black metal band is dark, creative, and innovative.

Quiet World

Native Construct

Quiet World

The Berklee College of Music trio's Metal Blade debut is a mathy, sugary sweet, geek-metal buffet with all the fixins'.

Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Nightwish

Endless Forms Most Beautiful

The eighth studio long-player from the Finnish symphonic metal outfit, and the first Nightwish outing to feature new vocalist Floor Jansen.

Confuse and Conquer

Poison Idea

Confuse and Conquer

First album in almost a decade from Portland punk pioneers sounds fresh and unapologetically inspired to try new things.

From the North

Raised Fist

From the North

Sixth ferocious and unrelenting album from this long-running Swedish hardcore band.

X

Schnellertollermeier

X

The Swiss power trio develops an approach to music where distinctions between conventionally marked genres meet in one place and then vanish.

Pathway

Secrets of the Sky

Pathway

This Bay area doom act reveal no sophomore slump on this date. Their meld of sounds and textures here is startling.

Apex Predator-Easy Meat

Shane Embury / Mark "Barney" Greenway / Mitch Harris / Danny Herrera / Napalm Death

Apex Predator-Easy Meat

After 15 albums and nearly 30 years, Birmingham's extreme metal legends refuse to rest on their laurels and deliver a monster.

International Blackjazz Society

Shining

International Blackjazz Society

Jørgen Munkeby's ever-evolving "Blackjazz" ensemble add hard rock to their provocative meld of noise, punk, metal and jazz.

Volume

Skindred

Volume

Sixth album from Welsh ragga-metalheads packed with a cross-pollinated soundclash of hip-hop, reggae, and propulsive metal.

Repentless

Slayer

Repentless

On their first effort since the death of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman, Slayer look to their past for inspiration.

In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross

Sorcerer

In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross

The veteran Swedish doom metal outfit's debut album was over 25 years in the making.

Songs from the North, Pts. 1, 2, & 3 [Six-LP]

Swallow the Sun

Songs from the North, Pts. 1, 2, & 3 [Six-LP]

Finland's iconic dark metal band issues a triple album that magnificently and artfully showcases its diversity.

Underworld

Symphony X

Underworld

The New Jersey quintet get more aggressive on this epic without sacrificing their trademark power/prog metal sound.

Greatest Hits, Vol. 1

Teenage Time Killers

Greatest Hits, Vol. 1

The debut from the powerhouse punk-metal supergroup led by My Ruin guitarist Mick Murphy and Corrosion of Conformity drummer Reed Mullin.

Abysmal

The Black Dahlia Murder

Abysmal

Despite its title this Detroit metal unit deals out its brightest, fiercest album to date.

You, Whom I Have Always Hated/Released from Love

The Body / Thou

You, Whom I Have Always Hated/Released from Love

Collaborative album by two monsters of noisy doom metal includes harrowing covers of Nine Inch Nails and Vic Chesnutt.

Restarter

Torche

Restarter

A drop-tuned juggernaut of major chord malevolence that distills sludge, doom, pop, punk, and stoner metal into a fist bump that breaks fingers.

Silence in the Snow

Trivium

Silence in the Snow

The Florida quartet shift gears again, using metal's foundations and melodic hooks as they explore arena rock.

The Revenant King

Visigoth

The Revenant King

Salt Lake City, Utah's best power metal album of 2015.

Golem

Wand

Golem

The band's second album goes easy on the psych but heavy on the metal, sounding more Sabbath than Elevators, but still really good.