This was where the really tough part began. It was difficult enough to narrow my selections down to 75 metal albums. Making a final list of my Top 50 was more challenging still. Choosing my favourites from those 50 for my Top 20 sometimes felt impossible. In some ways it still does.
The challenge was as great in my rankings of the other genres in my hit parades.
My top few on every list shouted out to me clearly that they were extra-special. For the others in my top rankings, the order would quite likely change if I were to re-rank them. Enjoyment of music can change very subtly under the tiniest of emotional or other influences.
I shan’t even try to make a combined top list from all of my preferences in different genres.
Posted in Best of 2015
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So much good metal has come out during the year to date that it’s impossible to listen to all of it. In black metal I took a long time to select the 15 best albums I’ve heard this year, then narrow that down to the five I like the most up to now.
Those who know me won’t expect my top picks to be old-school, aggressive, scrotum-busting tirades of fury and deafening thunder. Because my taste is influenced by my love of prog rock and other non-metal, I tend to prefer the melodic, symphonic, progressive or atmospheric forms of the various metal genres. As for my taste in black metal… hey, blame Dimmu Borgir.
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Tags: Arktos, atmospheric black metal, avant-garde black metal, Beautality, Black Metal, Carnival of Flesh, Ebonillumini, Einfallen: A Tale Ov Torment & Triumph, Mammal’s most recommended new albums, Mother Augusta, Post Atmospheric Black Metal, Stories from a Fallen World, symphonic black metal, The Burning Sun of Despair, The Pulse of Mourning, Thurisaz
Genre: Avant-garde black metal.
Release date: October 29, 2013.
Label: Pagan Records.
Recommended to: Fans of ambient and progressive black metal; atmospheric doom; experimental prog metal; drone and sludge.
This is the kind of music your parents warned you about if your mom and dad were really stupid.
More perceptive parents might encourage their cuddly little 23-year-old children with black-and-white painted faces to listen to this album for its educational qualities. It presents a gripping, disturbing and magnificently moving sensation of what it must feel like to be a tortured soul writhing in the depths of Hell.
If your parents are hyper-intelligent, they’ll listen to this and shout, “Unholy non-gods! This is a splendid exploration of new directions in the darkest of metal!” Read the rest of this entry →