And the Winner of the ToH Community AOTY 2K15 Is…

You voted for it, and now you’re stuck with it. Here’s Toilet ov Hell’s pick for the best album of 2K15.

Ever since Stanley’s 18 Days of Mgła, M. and Darkside have been riding an unstoppable, black-depression-smoke-billowing, cold-steel grinding, weird-blind-guy crushing hype train here on the blog. The haters tried to downvote it, but ultimately their efforts were an exercise in futility, because Mgła kicked the crap out of everything else this year, coming in at a mighty 39 upvotes. The second closest was Söngvar elds og óreiðu by Misþyrming, but Exercises in Futility was the grand bringer of unity this year, binding together skronkodiles, black metal elitists, normies, trve, and false alike. If you have been living under a rock and still haven’t heard this album, read some of the high praise we’ve given it to get that extra dose of convincing.

If someone asked me to suggest one album that perfectly encapsulates the quintessence of pure black metal, I would hand them Exercises in Futility by Mgła without hesitation. Despite seeming relatively straightforward, this record is a captivating, incredible record that wields and affirms the power of songcraft with a peerless precision and fervor. And what power that is! While most would likely pin the strength of Mgła on M.’s riffs, you mustn’t forget Darkside’s immaculate, mesmerizing drumming. The two are in sync in such an undeniable way that every single aspect of every song on this record is pure gold. Stripped of all pretense, Exercises in Futilitydemonstrates how powerful this genre can be when the emphasis is on nothing more than writing a great song. – W.

I’m pretty sure this is going to make the majority of Toilet writers’ lists. No one does straight forward black metal like Mgła does. Every track is diverse enough to stand on its own, yet every one unites the album in a commanding mix of passionate guitar leads. Melodic, but always just enough to pull out your heart. Heavy, but never enough to crush your dick. – Randall Thor

Ever since I saw Mgła at MDF two years ago I’ve had With Hearts Towards None on a constant playing loop. So after playing the hell of that album for so long I decided to explore Mgła’s catalog a bit more. I found all the past material to be quality work but WHTN still stood as my overall favorite.  So when I heard that Exercises in Futility was coming out this year I got quite excited as did many others. Is Exercises in Futility better than WHTN? I don’t know, but it does not matter because Mgła have once again created another paragon of an album by bringing the strong riffs, lyrics, song writing, and overall musicianship. Mgła prove that they are on top of the black metal game and they don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. – Tyree

I’m sure there are going to be a lot more people who comment on this album with much more eloquence than myself, so I’ll leave it at this: Mgła are the best black metal band going today and Exercises in Futility reinforces this tenfold. If you don’t feel anything while listening to this record, you’re dead inside. DEAD. IN. SIDE. – Leif Bearikson

There you have it. An excellent choice, and well deserved. I’m proud of you, Toileteers.

The entire top 10

10. Abyssal Antikatastaseis (17 votes)
9. Ghost – Meliora (19 votes)
8. Leviathan – Scar Sighted (19 votes)
7. Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction (20 votes)
6. Napalm Death – Apex Predator – Easy Meat (20 votes)
5. High on Fire – Luminiferous (21 votes)
4. SlugdgeDim and Slimeridden Kingdoms (22 votes)
3. Horrendous – Anareta (24 votes)
2. Misþyrming – Söngvar elds og óreiðu (30 votes)
1. Mgła – Exercises in Futility (39 votes)


2K14’s AOTY – Artificial Brain – Labyrinth Constellation

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Published on: December 14, 2015

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  • EsusMoose

    Good job Napalm Death, the album that disappeared from conversation around June came back with a vengeance

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Finished their set with Exercises in Futility VI when I saw them. Perfect.

    • Dubs

      I messaged them on Facebook to let them know I put them in at number 2 on my list, and M. sent me back a very kind reply.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Killer.

    • ┼yree

      The set when I saw them:

      Further Down The Nest I
      With Hearts Toward None IV
      Mdlosci I
      Mdlosci II
      With Hearts Toward None III
      With Hearts Toward None I
      With Hearts Toward None VII

  • ┼yree
    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Fuck, I love that interview.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Ever see Nocturno Culto’s The Misanthrope? It’s a confusing but somehow entertaining mix of garbage.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Yeah, it was really fucked up, and ultimately seemed like a waste of time.

          • ┼yree

            Such as life.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            You make a damn fine point, bro.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Not a whole lot to do up there, apparently. Although ice fishing with Enslaved would be fun.

  • Stanley

    Oops.

  • dr.derelict

    Great list, but…

    • Dubs

      I feel for bands that drop stuff right before or during the metal blog-o-sphere’s listmania.

      • Purple would have had a real shot had it dropped last month.

        • EsusMoose

          If you wait 5 days then edit a certain article and say put Purple at 3, no one would be the wiser and it’d look legitimate.

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          Man, Purple sparked a new interest in Yellow & Green that has so far been much greater than my interest in Purple itself. Going to go through some of their early material for the first time some time now.
          Also, Green is aight, but it ain’t got nothing on Yellow. Shame that a double album is so uneven.

        • Boss the Ross

          I’m looking forward to it.

      • COAL ROLL

        dropping it during the blog-cycle void is a solid plan to stay hipster

        • Dubs

          January-February can be hard too because people lose track of those early-year releases.

    • Stanley

      “The great truth is there isn’t one.”

  • Scrimm

    None of my favorites this year made the list. Damn.

  • 365ChaosRiddenDays

    And Misþyrming has the second place, this is the proof that you have an ability to recognize the quality!

  • that is an excellent yet diverse top 10, friends!

    • ME GORAK B.C.™

      WHERE BODOM!?!?!?!?!?! GORAK WORSHIP CHAOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Ouch.

      • welcome back sweetheart! you should show us your top 10

        • ME GORAK B.C.™

          OTHER 9 NOT BODOM-

          DØDHEIMSGARD
          HIGH ON FIRE
          MGLA
          LEPROUS
          MAIDEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          FAITH NO MORE
          BLIND GUARDIAN
          NILE
          ABYSSAL

          OFF TOP OV GORAK HEAD!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Boss the Ross

            Nice list!

    • tigeraid

      No Power. Not diverse. I has a sad.

  • COAL ROLL

    I think ALMOST everyone here can agree that this was an good choice

    • Maik Beninton™

      I mean we voted for it, democracy bruh.

    • Dubs

      It was downvoted pretty hard.

      • EsusMoose

        I feel most of the top ten stuff had been downvoted fairly hard, that’s just what happens when we have the option to be dingii.

        • Dubs

          Ghost was way, way down the list. I scrolled down quite a ways.

          • EsusMoose

            Yeah I noted that as well, I had a chuckle at what the estimated number of downvotes were on it. I think Napalm Death was fairly unscathed by everyone.

      • COAL ROLL

        it’s certainly not for the casual listener

      • ┼yree

        Downvotes are a Exercises In Futility.

        • Stockhausen

          Heh. Hehehehe.

          Heh.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Heh… heh.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Everything is an exercise in futility.

      • downvotes don’t count, right? i don’t know why it’s even an option anymore, the only way for us viewers to see how many, is to right-click the arrow and choose “inspect element”

        • COAL ROLL

          it supposedly is a part of the comment popularity algorithm in Disqus

          • EsusMoose

            Any idea what the weight of downvotes seemed to be, checked the voting and Mgla only had 2-4 downvotes but that dropped it like 8 positions.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            I think Downvote is a bit more powerful than Upvote. +8 and -2 is something like +5/+6.

          • EsusMoose

            Toilet ov Downvote science, a new division of the toilet where dedicated individuals are dicks and downvote people just to see where it goes.

          • I hope whoever downvoted Leviathan chokes on a dick or something dick-shaped.

        • EsusMoose

          Tried it on this comment, didn’t know that

        • Dubs

          No, I only counted the upvotes.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          I just downvoted you. Suck it.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I downvoted your downvote. Suck harder.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Sucking harder sounds so fucking hot. My naughty bits feel tingly.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Now that gets an upvote!!

  • RJA

    I went through a bunch of records this weekend and added the downloads to my bandcamp. I have a few extra download codes to give away if anyone is interested ryan.ackelson@mchsi.com
    Hexer – Hexer LP
    Usnea – Usnea LP
    Krallice – Years Past Matter
    1 unknown, mystery download!

    • Dubs

      I just emailed you bout that Krallice

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      I too, have emailed you.

    • Boss the Ross

      I didnt know we were supposed to lwt you know here, i am interested in the mystery…

  • RJA

    good list folks! I’m going to give in and give slugdge a try here today.

    • Boss the Ross

      Heavy shit.

    • Dubs

      They’re rad.

      • RJA

        I guess maybe I stayed away because of the jokiness of it – I’m no fun.

        • Stockhausen

          The jokes are in the titles only. The music itself ruuuuules.

          • Lacertilian

            Gastropods ain’t no joke, man!

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    2 albums in common with this list. That’s something, I guess.
    (shrugs, puts ‘Vaenir’ back on)

  • Boss the Ross

    High on Fire, fuzzy heavy sludge groove goodness. It made my top 10.

    • it’s sludgy yah, but there’s also a lot of fierce, fast riffing! sometimes i forget how aggressive some of their work is. <3

      • Boss the Ross

        Matt Pike is aggressive as hell when it comes to ripping out the riffs

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          Saw HOF in August, will be seeing them again in April on my birthday.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            My birthday is in April!

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            April 14(AKA the day Peter Steele died)

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Mine is the 21st!

          • Boss the Ross

            March for me. Can’t wait!

    • ME GORAK B.C.™

      THE CAVE ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 365ChaosRiddenDays

    In the meantime some other killer Icelandic Black Metal who is worthy to be heard: http://toskabm.bandcamp.com/releases

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    At leaat Ghost made it.

  • ME GORAK B.C.™

    GORAK BEEN TRY FIND MGLA ON CD FOR MONTH NOW!!!!!!!!

    • Dubs

      Order from No Solace, amigo.

    • Boss the Ross
    • Stanley

      Vinyl is coming out this month, if that’s your thang.

      • ┼yree

        Where at? No Solace?

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          And Northern Heritage.

          • ┼yree

            Good to know. If it’s any thing like that Misþyrming vinyl. I’ll have to get on it it as soon as they go live.

          • Stanley

            Nope. See below.

        • Stanley

          Yep. Fucking hilarious what M said about the release. I’ll dig it up and post.

          • COAL ROLL

            can you post in FB too so it’s easier to find than searching disqus comments?

          • Stanley

            Vinyl version of “Exercises in futility” is expected mid-December 2015.
            Test pressings received, approved & sounding excellent.
            Heavy black 12″ vinyl, standard sleeve. Not limited. No die hard / coloured vinyl / picture disc etc. planned, just the regular edition.
            Released by No Solace and Northern Heritage.

          • COAL ROLL

            bookmarked, thanks

          • ┼yree

            Keeping it simple. Fucking nice!

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Fuck yes.

      • OH SHIIIIIIT!!! Gotta get on that.

  • Sir Tapir The Based

    NEW ORANSSI PAZUZU ALBUM NEXT YEAR COCKSUCKERS

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      This news is good news. And old.

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        Not old, announced today, fool.

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          The tracklist was announced today, the album and it’s name some time ago.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Soundi doesn’t count, it’s cancer.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            I still receive it. Not paying, but receiving.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Don’t care about that m8.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Ey’, but that means it counts.

          • Sir Tapir The Based
          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          • CyberneticOrganism

          • Is that Cards Against Humanity?

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Yes, a slightly photochop’d card

          • The very first card I ever drew read: Pixelated Bukkake. I love that game.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            That game is amazing, we haven’t met a single person yet that didn’t enjoy it.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Y u posting pics of dead people here?

  • Guacamole Jim
  • CyberneticOrganism

    I need to spend more time with Mgła, apparently

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    There’s ‘Hochelaga’ vinyl available…

    https://dopethrone.bandcamp.com/album/hochelaga-3

  • Stockhausen

    Haven’t heard of these guys, I’ll check it out.

  • NefariousDude

    I hope to be a better participant of this site in the future. End of 2014-all of 2015 has been one kick in balls after another. Stay rad dudes

    • Dubs

      Stay nefarious, dude.

  • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

    I can get down with number one. The rest of the top 10, im not so sure about

  • This is a fucking great top 10 list, boys and girls.

  • A good list is this

  • Eliza

    Well…

  • Salvador Dalí Lama

    Severe lack of Cult Leader. In fact, you could say a dick-wilting absence of Cult Leader.

    • ProfoundHatred

      This has been my first thought I most top ten 2015 lists I’ve seen so far.

  • Max

    I’m one of the naysayers. Let me point out – where Mgla is concerned, I think it’s totally legitimate to be a yaysayer. They’re obviously a talented band. I’ve listened to more of their stuff beyond Exercises and it’s pretty apparent that not only are they good musicians, they’re also quite immersed in black metal lore.

    But I really, sincerely think that Mgla are yet to make a truly remarkable record. Yes, they have the potential. Yes, they can write a stunning song occasionally. But occasionally isn’t often enough to an Album of the Year make. Just my two cents’.

    • I’d add to this that, in the future, if they don’t progress beyond the basic formula they locked down as early as Further Down the Nest, they are going to cease to draw such a wealth of accolades.

    • Dubs

      Let me note something here. I disagree with Stanley in that I think Kriegsmaschine’s Enemy of Man is better than With Hearts Toward None.

    • I feel the same, Max. I voted for it because I thought it was good, and it’s sure enough played and composed with a confidence and expertise that sticks out, but is it Album of the Year? I don’t feel it.

  • Waynecro

    A fine list, though I’m not big on Ghost, Cattle Decapitation, and High on Fire.

  • Jom Pootersan

    IT’S ALL BECAUSE OF STANLEY

  • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

    This is a shocker. I thought it was gonna be Meghan Trainor for AOTY.

  • haven’t been able to listen to High on Fire since Death is This Communion… so boring now… I’m really surprised to see that many votes