2015 PLAYLIST

Our year-end playlists usually serve as the perfect moment to wrap up the previous twelve months and give our readers some tips about all the records that deserve some further exploring (you will find the links to our reviews in the list as well), and also about the ones to be avoided. As usual, don't take this as an all-encompassing article about all the records published this year, but more as a list of our impressions about the albums that came through our website, or the ones we have listened to on our own.

If we had to highlight some trends in our staff's choices (in other respects quite diverse), we would have to mention Ufomammut (chosen five times) and Shape Of Despair (four) among the most appreciated, while Iron Maiden came out as the biggest flop with six negative selections, followed by Blind Guardian (five) and Kylesa (four).


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Top 5:

Flop 5:

  • Blind Guardian – "Beyond The Red Mirror"
  • Iron Maiden – "The Book Of Souls"
  • Slayer – "Repentless"
  • not mentioned
  • not mentioned

Top Demo / Ep / Split:

  • Forndom – "Flykt" [ep]

Emerging Band:

  • Soul Rape, Veratrum, Angellore

Rediscovered Band:

  • Amenra

ColeBlack

Top 5:

  • Enslaved – "In Time"
  • Father John Misty – "I Love You, Honeybear"
  • Steven Wilson – "Hand. Cannot. Erase."
  • Sufjan Stevens – "Carrie & Lowell"
  • Ufomammut – "Ecate"

Flop 5:

  • Blind Guardian – "Beyond The Red Mirror"
  • Kylesa – "Exhausting Fire"
  • Muse – "Drones"
  • The Prodigy – "The Day Is My Enemy"
  • not mentioned

Top Demo / Ep / Split:

  • not mentioned

Emerging Band:

  • not mentioned

Rediscovered Band:

  • Amorphis

Dope Fiend

Top 5:

Flop 5:

  • Ghost – "Meliora"
  • Iron Maiden – "The Book Of Souls"
  • Kylesa – "Exhausting Fire"
  • Slayer – "Repentless"
  • The Prodigy – "The Day Is My Enemy"

Top Demo / Ep / Split:

Emerging Band:

  • Il Vuoto

Rediscovered Band:

  • Amenra

Duca Strige

Top 5:

  • Belle & Sebastian – "Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance"
  • Drudkh – "A Furrow Cut Short"
  • FFS – "FFS"
  • Julia Holter – "Have You In My Wilderness"
  • Paradise Lost – "The Plague Within"

Flop 5:

  • Ghost – "Meliora"
  • Myrkur – "M"
  • The Decemberists – "What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World"
  • not mentioned
  • not mentioned

Top Demo / Ep / Split:

  • Kite – "VI" [ep]

Emerging Band:

  • Lucifer

Rediscovered Band:

  • Klaus Schulze

Elisunn

Top 5:

  • Björk – "Vulnicura"
  • Ghost – "Meliora"
  • Kauan – "Sorni Nai"
  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds – "Chasing Yesterday"
  • Symphony X – "Underworld"

Flop 5:

  • Iron Maiden – "The Book Of Souls"
  • not mentioned
  • not mentioned
  • not mentioned
  • not mentioned

Top Demo / Ep / Split:

  • Abaton & Viscera/// – Diade(ms) [split]

Emerging Band:

  • Kanseil

Rediscovered Band:

  • Ghost

Istrice

Top 5:

  • Björk – "Vulnicura"
  • Echoes Of Yul – "The Healing"
  • Grimes – "Art Angels"
  • High On Fire – "Luminiferous"
  • Ufomammut – "Ecate"

Flop 5:

  • Blind Guardian – "Beyond The Red Mirror"
  • Deafheaven – "New Bermuda"
  • Kylesa – "Exhausting Fire"
  • Muse – "Drones"
  • The Prodigy – "The Day Is My Enemy"

Top Demo / Ep / Split:

  • Perfume – "Pick Me Up / Relax In The City" [ep]

Emerging Band:

  • Veratrum

Rediscovered Band:

  • High On Fire

LordPist

Top 5:

Flop 5:

  • Blind Guardian – "Beyond The Red Mirror"
  • Iron Maiden – "The Book Of Souls"
  • Kylesa – "Exhausting Fire"
  • Muse – "Drones"
  • Trivium – "Silence In The Snow"

Top Demo / Ep / Split:

  • Gli Uffici Di Oberdan – "La Velocità Degli Anni" [ep]

Emerging Band:

  • Angakok

Rediscovered Band:

  • The Dillinger Escape Plan

M1

Top 5:

Flop 5:

  • Blind Guardian – "Beyond The Red Mirror"
  • Children Of Bodom – "I Worship Chaos"
  • Cyber Baphomet / Karna – "Void 2.0"
  • Keep Of Kalessin – "Epistemology"
  • Nightwish – "Endless Forms Most Beautiful"

Top Demo / Ep / Split:

Emerging Band:

  • Dawn Of A Dark Age

Rediscovered Band:

  • Strana Officina

Mourning

Top 5:

Flop 5:

  • Annihilator – "Suicide Society"
  • Iron Maiden – "The Book Of Souls"
  • Malevolent Creation – "Dead Man's Path"
  • Myrkur – "M"
  • Nile – "What Should Not Be Unearthed"

Top Demo / Ep / Split:

  • Mother Misery – "Deadication" [ep]

Emerging Band:

  • Lucifer's Child

Rediscovered Band:

  • Delirium

Ul Fieschi

Top 5:

  • Fornace – "My Journey Is Ending But The Torment Will Be Eternal"
  • Hadit – "Introspective Contemplation Of The Microcosmus"
  • Lady Beast – "II"
  • Napalm Death – "Apex Predator – Easy Meat"
  • Taphos Nomos – "West Of Everything Lies Death"

Flop 5:

  • Iron Maiden – "The Book Of Souls"
  • Slayer – "Repentless"
  • not mentioned
  • not mentioned
  • not mentioned

Top Demo / Ep / Split:

  • Gutrectomy – "Slamageddon" [ep]

Emerging Band:

  • Tuer – "Ivresse & Enfer"

Rediscovered Band:

  • Led Zeppelin

Vlakorados

Top 5:

Flop 5:

  • Deafheaven – "New Bermuda"
  • Myrkur – "M"
  • Solefald – "World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud"
  • not mentioned
  • not mentioned

Top Demo / Ep / Split:

Emerging Band:

Rediscovered Band:

  • Ecnephias
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