I have crafted my Top 10 Album list for 2015. You can check that out below. This is just for fun, and I know I left out a lot, so these are just some of the albums that I enjoyed this year.
10. Trivium – “Silence In The Snow”
Trivium’s latest album presents a shift in the band’s sound, as they go for a more melodic power metal type of vibe. It has a lack of screaming, but the songs sound bigger than ever, with Matt Heafy’s wide vocal range. The musicianship is also on point as well. Some standout tracks on the effort are the title track, “Blind Leading The Blind,” and “Until The World Goes Cold.”
09. Slayer – “Repentless”
Slayer’s latest album came at an interesting point in their career, considering the tragic death of Jeff Hannemann, and the fact that Dave Lombardo is absent from the outfit once again, but they still managed to create a brutal masterpiece. It captures the thrashiness of earlier work, and is probably some of their best material in awhile. Some standout tracks on the effort are the title track, “Vices,” and “Pride And Prejudice.”
08. Parkway Drive – “IRE”
Parkway Drive really outdid their selves with “IRE.” The effort takes the band’s sound to a new level, and presents some of Winston McCall’s best vocals. Some standout tracks from this one are “Crushed,” “Vice Grip,” and “A Deathless Song.”
07. Lamb Of God – “VII: Sturm Und Drang”
You can’t go wrong with Lamb Of God, and the groove metal titans definitely made a lasting impression with their latest release. The effort is different considering Randy Blythe’s manslaughter trial in the Czech Republic, which is a prominent theme in here, but it is still crushing and relentless as always. Some standout tracks here include: “Overlord,” which sees Blythe experimenting with clean vocals, “512,” which has been nominated for a Grammy, and “Embers,” which features Deftones frontman Chino Moreno.
06. Marilyn Manson – “The Pale Emperor”
There is nothing you can say about this effort except for the fact that Marilyn Manson is back. It is his strongest effort in years, and goes back to the dark themes that made him infamous. This album is great from start to finish, but some standout tracks include: “The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles,” Killing Strangers,” and “Deep Six.”
05. Ghost – “Meliora”
Ghost’s latest album is some of their strongest work to date. It is different from their previous work, but it has a cool ’70’s style sound, while still maintaining the dark undertones that the band is known for. The effort is solid from front to back, but some standout tracks are “Cirice,” “He Is,” and “From The Pinnacle To The Pit.”
04. Bullet For My Valentine – “Venom”
Bullet For My Valentine’s latest album takes them back to a heavier sound, reminiscent of their debut “The Poison.” It is return to form, and has great guitar work, as well as great sounding clean, and screamed vocals. There’s a good variety on the effort, and all the tracks rock, but some standouts include: “No Way Out,” “Pariah,” “Army Of Noise,” and the title track.
03. Bring Me The Horizon – “That’s The Spirit”
Bring Me The Horizon’s latest effort is a complete departure from their metalcore roots, but at the same time it is great, both musically, and lyrically. Oliver Sykes has abandoned screams, and the band has opted for a more pop-sounding style, but somehow managed to create something unique. There isn’t a bad song on the disc, but some standout tracks are “Blasphemy,” “True Friends,” “Follow You,” and “Throne.”
02. Butcher Babies – “Take It Like A Man”
Butcher Babies latest effort is thrashier, and heavier than their debut album “Goliath,” and is jam-packed with great tracks. They also have some diversity in here as well. A good example of that is a slow track like “Thrown Away,” which is a standout on the album. The whole thing rocks, but some good tracks to check out would be “Never Go Back,” “The Butcher,” and “Blood Soaked Hero.”
01. We Are Harlot – “We Harlot”
Fans were shocked when Danny Worsnop exited Asking Alexandria, but he definitely made up for it with his new band. We Are Harlot’s debut album is great rock record, reminiscent of classic acts like Guns N’ Roses, Mötley Crüe, etc. It’s great from beginning to end, and is something that a lot rock fans would enjoy. Standout tracks from this one include: “One More Night,” “Dancing On Nails,” “Someday,” and “The One.”
These are Metal Anarchy’s picks for top 10 albums of the year. I know I left out a lot, and I would have made a top 20 if I had more time. Bands such as Iron Maiden, Huntress, Metal Allegiance, Clutch, Halestorm, Devil You Know, Thy Art Is Murder, New Years Day, and more all had stellar albums as well, making it extremely hard to craft this list, so it probably isn’t entirely complete. Thanks for reading.