The Best Albums of 2K15: TovH Editor’s Picks


Today your friendly editors are sharing their picks for the best of 2K15.


W.’s Top 10 of 2015

10. False – Untitled | Gilead Media

Untitled is a churning sea of riffs, blasts, and keyboard flourishes, each of the five long tracks its own epic tale of heartache and terror. That may sound like standard fare for a black metal album, but what sets False apart from contemporaries is the pomp and grandeur of each individual track combining to form a legendary release. The crown jewel here, though, is Rachel’s throat-shredding voice, beckoning your reckless soul with its siren song to come and bash your worthless life against the toothy rocks.

Listen to — “The Deluge”

9. Adversarial Death, Endless Nothing and the Black Knife of Nihilism | Dark Descent

Death, Endless Nothing and the Black Knife of Nihilism is the sound of an unrelenting death march through the trenches of the Maginot Line. Riffs whir and crunch like tank treads on the skulls of the dead, the drums launch salvo after salvo of mind-shattering artillery, and the vocals belch and groan like the anguished moans of men being put to the torch. This album is anguish, but the clever songwriting and careful attention to each grisly detail is what sets it apart from the other often monotonous releases done in this style.

Listen to — “Old Ruins Slumber in a Crushing Hatred of Man”

8. Turbid NorthEyes Alive | The Pyramid

Turbid North’s previous album, Orogeny, was a near-flawless release that captured the very heart of the mountains in such a perfect and timeless way that I was doubtful that the band would be able to fill their own very large shoes. As Old Man Doom pointed out, though, Eyes Alive sounds as immense as the mountains themselves. With riffs as big as jagged peaks, leads as scorching as the desert sun, and production as crystalline as the driving snow, Eyes Alive is yet another perfect paean to the rugged beauty of mother nature.

Listen to — “Bring Home the Motherlode”

7. Grey Heaven Fall – Black Wisdom | Aesthetics of Devastation

There’s been no shortage of killer black metal releases this year, but if you’re looking for an album that’s got killer chops AND unique flair, look no further than Black Wisdom. Opening track “The Lord is Blissful in Grief” treats you to a surf-rock riff from Satan’s beach party and continues to bring the weird with each subsequent song while never relenting on the intensity. This album is for people who think staring at a Dada painting while tripping on bath salts and eating their neighbor’s scalp sounds like a good time.

Listen to — “The Lord is Blissful in Grief”

6. Imperial Triumphant – Abyssal Gods | Aural Music

Is it black metal? Is it death metal? Does it even matter? No, because either way, Abyssal Gods is easily one of the heaviest albums you’ll hear all year. Discordant riffs brawl for dominance against incessant blasts in the blood-soaked streets of a nightmarish New York City through all ten of the tracks on display, and the soul-crushing intensity never relents. Most impressive, though, is the way the band incorporates obtuse left turns in the form of an avant-garde piano outro or a psychedelic drone while still maintaining a horrific uniformity. This album is repulsively hideous and yet surprisingly gorgeous in its execution, and as Edward said, it lingers with you like a waking nightmare.

Listen to — “Black Psychedelia”

5. Death Karma – The History of Death & Burial Rituals Part 1 | Iron Bonehead

Back in January, I described The History of Death as a “story of cultural treatments of death written in the fragmented bones and torn sinews of black and death metal and sewn together with sinuous and peerless instrumentation.” Although I knew then that the album was something special, I could only hint at the lingering effect it would have on my psyche. Though the songs themselves and the cultural histories they explore are each unique, the final product is a singular focus on confronting the fate we all must one day face. If death is anywhere near as exciting as this album, I cannot wait.

Listen to — “Mexico – Chichén Itzá”

4. Keep of Kalessin – Epistemology | Indie Recordings

Epistemology is immense, polished, heroic, and uplifting. It embraces and revels in a sense of grandeur and majesty that most metal bands can only hope to achieve. Simply put, Epistemology is the album Keep of Kalessin have always wanted to write, and as I indicated in my review earlier this year, this record is a work of transcendental beauty, one that reaches down to your terrestrial position, takes you by the hand, and dares you to do something absolutely epic.

Listen to — “The Grand Design”

3. Jute Gyte – Ship of Theseus | Jeshimoth Entertainment

Jute Gyte is a one-man project that lingers in the corners and shadows of the heavy metal world, snarling through alien tongues and casting hexes against the light with mictrotonal alchemy. Take heed where you tread, for if you stumble upon the vertigo-inducing into riff to “Lugubrious Games”, you will soon find yourself passenger aboard a ship sailing dark, unspeakable waters into places unknown, washing ashore on perverse isles where even the most intrepid hearts may falter.

Listen to “Lugubrious Games (Sans Frontières)”

2. Mgła – Exercises in Futility | No Solace

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 Futility demonstrates how powerful this genre can be when the emphasis is on nothing more than writing a great song.

Listen to — “Exercises in Futility I”

1. Krallice – Ygg Huur | Avantgarde Music

Thrilling. Every time I listen to Ygg Huur, that word returns to my mind. From the moment that Krallice sneakily released this album, I have been utterly enthralled by it. No other record even comes close to matching the lofty heights reached by Barr, Marston, Weinstein, and McMaster. Every note, every fill, every word is carefully and perfectly chosen to take your breath away, carrying you higher and higher as the guitars dance and weave atop an escalating mountain of seething, breathing rhythms until you find yourself drifting among the celestial bodies, baring witness to the splendor to which metal as an art can rise. Every year I try to choose an album as my number one that reflects what metal can be rather than what it is, and Ygg Huur is this year’s thrilling champion.

Listen to — “Over Spirit”

Honorable Mentions:
Embrional  The Devil Inside | Old Temple | Listen to “910”
Ad NauseamNihil Quam Vacuitas Ordinatum Est | Lavadome Productions | Listen to “Terror Haze”
GenevieveEscapism | Grimoire Records | Listen to “Bizarre”


Masterlord’s Top 10 of 2015

10. Obsequiae – Aria of Vernal Tombs | 20 Buck Spin

Utterly dwarfing their (also excellent) debut full-length and self-titled demo, Obsequiae blew me away with their wholly unique approach to black metal atmosphere this year. Tinges of the medieval can be found in black metal all over the globe — and that’s my shit, son — but rarely is it integrated into the fibers of the music as naturally as it is here. Dark Age interludes melt organically into the ol’ trem-and-blast with the right kind of lead melody (i.e., the renaissancy kind of lead melody), managing to be appropriately dark and graceful all at once. I saw this on some other lists, and share the authors’ disdain for how little we’ve talked about this. Put on your finest tunic and get on it.

Listen to — “Pools of A Vernal Paradise

9. Gloryhammer Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards | Napalm Records

I don’t care. This album goes non-stop. It’s irresistible for even the most drakogenophobic of souls, and anyone who says they don’t like it is lying right to your face (Joe). Believing that is how I get to sleep at night. Gloryhammer, the ultimate, railroad-spike-sized thorn in the squishy side of power metal’s less self-aware fans, is back with another well-beyond-over-the-top album dripping with concentrated symphonic power trope juice. Are they making fun of power metal? Are their tongues nestled firmly in their cheeks or do they wear their space-suits with sincerity? Who fucking cares, dude? The riffs burn, the choruses soar, the entire album (with the exception of “The Hollywood Hootsman”, which is the only reason this album isn’t higher up on the list) rules. Give in.

Listen to – “Rise of the Chaos Wizards

8. Ironsword – None But the Brave | Shadow Kingdom Records

If someone told me that, in 2015, Ironsword would be releasing an album that was better than 2004’s Return of the Warrior, I would’ve been like… “Interesting, I don’t necessarily believe you but I await this album you speak of with guarded anticipation.” That person would have been right. None But the Brave is nearly 50 minutes of fist-in-the-air, song-title-chorus-belting, Robert E. Howard-worshiping, no frills metal, and it puts all other traditional heavy metal albums of 2015 to shame (and at the risk of being struck down, I’d argue that that includes this year’s offering by their obvious inspirations in Manilla Road). Not a shower has gone by where I haven’t sung the chorus to “Forging the Sword” and noticed the unfortunate hairlessness of my chest.

Listen to — “Forging the Sword

7. Nocertiny Harps of the Ancient Temples | Iron Bonehead

Okay, so it’s not quite as good as Onyx, but I’m a hopeless sucker for this sort of slow-to-mid-paced black metal, and there’s not enough of it out there that conjures this sort of mood. Plus do you see that there’s another fucking knight on the cover? Listening to Harps of the Ancient Temples is sitting in the moon shadow of an abandoned castle and staring out across a forgotten medieval landscape. Not literally, but… like… figuratively.

Listen to — “Harps of the Ancient Temples

6. Bloodlust Cultus Diaboli | Independent

This has been a damn good year for black thrash. Deathhammer‘s Evil Power and Invincible Force‘s Satan Rebellion Metal undoubtedly brought it, but Bloodlust’s mostly under the radar Cultus Diaboli topped them both, and that is a fact. From the moment I heard “Sworn Servant of the Devil,” I was pretty sure this sucker would end up here. Also I sprouted goat horns and bat wings and started vomiting my Alphabet-O’s in fully formed Latin incantations. This is unholy might at the most breakneck of speeds with downright infectious songwriting. Miss it at your peril!

Listen to — “Sworn Servant of the Devil“, “Apocalyptic War Command

5. Black Cilice Mysteries Iron Bonehead

Quite possibly the rawest release of the year; Mysteries sounds like absolute fucking shit, and in the best way ever. Black Cilice has been around for a while, but when Joe slung me the promo for Mysteries I had no idea what I was getting. During my first cursory listen, I still had no idea what it was. After three or four listens, I still… you get the point. It took a while to settle into its own, but once it did, it did, man. The endless layers of distortion, the dying-whale-in-a-wind-tunnel howling, the hauntingly melodic ebb and flow of deliberate feedback, all coalesce into a suffocating soundscape of coarse but captivating sum of its parts. I had trouble explaining the appeal when I reviewed this way earlier this year, and that hasn’t changed. But this has stuck with me, and I find myself throwing it on every time I need a depressing dose of raw ambiance.

Listen to the whole thing.

4. Trial – Vessel | High Roller Records

Discovering this album and sharing it with me was Randall Thor’s crowning achievement in life, and that’s nothing to sneeze at; it’s more than most of you will ever accomplish. Not because you’re shitty, but because this album is just so damn good. Taking bits of Satan’s Host and warping it into their own game, Trial takes power metal deep — and I do mean deep — into the dark. There’s really nothing quite like this on the market, my people. Ghostly minor key falsetto harmonies pierce through the endless salvo of perfectly-written riffs in 51 minutes of pure, sinister, black-hearted metal. This is power metal befouled.

Listen to “To New Ends

3. My Dying Bride Feel the Misery | Peaceville Records

My Dying Bride rarely fuck up, and when they do fuck up, it’s not really very fucked up. Feel the Misery — and I don’t say this lightly — might be their best work ever. Yeah, maybe even better than Turn Loose the Swans. So there. They’ve torn up the track on their journey from deathy beginnings to the more gothic leanings of their current output, dropping unchallenged classics in each phase. This is the best of their recent work, by a long shot.  Feel the Misery is overflowing with a thick, syrupy sadness. If you don’t have clinical depression before spinning this one, you just might after. The riffs lumber along with listless melancholy, crushing in both the aural and the emotional sense. Aaron Stainthorpe may not be the best singer in the game, but I’ll be damned if you can find someone who emotes like him; someone who can make you feel their pain like he can. Get this. Die inside.

Listen to — “A Cold New Curse

2. Macabre Omen – Gods of War – At War | Ván Records

Epic Hellenic black metal might! The dude behind Macabre Omen is in a league of his own, and has been for quite a while. Nobody, and I mean nobody, has made paganesque battle-worthy metal this good since we lost Quorthon. Taking his obvious Bathory influence and weaving it into the familiar melodic structure of his Greek brothers-in-arms in bands like Rotting Christ and Varathron, Macabre Omen has crafted a gate-crushing siege weapon of epic black metal. From slow stomping marches to sword-raising, galloping rides to glory, Gods of War – At War is enthralling from start to finish. Close your eyes and allow yourselves to be whisked back to a better time, when men fought with steel, shat in chamberpots and died en masse to disease. If 2:45 in “Man of 300 Voices” doesn’t speak to you, don’t speak to me.

Listen to — “Man of 300 Voices

1. Blind Guardian – Beyond the Red Mirror | Nuclear Blast

Look, Blind Guardian could release the shittiest album of their career and it would still be the best album of the year. They’re the greatest and I love them and Hansi is such a good singer and so handsome. Luckily, this isn’t the shittiest album of their career. It’s actually one of the best. There, I said it. But Beyond the Red Mirror has been met with mixed results. It seems like one half of the fanbase is in love and the other half is up in arms. Guess which half is right and which half is fuckin’ dumb. This is Blind Guardian at their most ambitious; their most enthusiastic. They went all out; they packed every song with everything they could muster up. As a result, every song is an earnest, bombastic epic — exactly what I want from Hansi & Co. This might even be more over-the-top than A Night at the Opera (which rules regardless of what some butthole told you). Honestly, I don’t know what the detractors have crammed up their ears and/or asses. This shit is unbeatable.

Listen to — “The Holy Grail“, “The Throne

Honorable Mentions:
Mgła Exercises in Futility | Listen to “Exercises in Futility I”
Adversarial Death, Endless Nothing and the Black Knife of Nihilism | Listen to “Eonik Spiritual Warfare
Kroda  Ginnungagap Ginnungagaldr Ginnungakaos | Listen to the whole thing

Joe at the Bar

Joe Thrashnkill’s Top 10 of 2015

10. Deez Nuts Word is Bond | Century Media

Hip hop influenced NYHC as performed by a bunch of Aussie goons. If that sounds like a joke, you clearly haven’t pressed play on this record. I’ve been championing Word is Bond since I first reviewed it in April, and I still stand by it. Deez Nuts has long been relegated to the scene garbage disposal, neither serious enough to warrant underground approval, nor ironic enough to gain widespread acclaim like The Hell. With Word is Bond, Deez Nuts are no longer a punchline. They’ve delivered my favorite hardcore record of the year. One listen to “What’s Good” will let you know, yeah that’s what’s up.

Listen to – “What’s Good”

9. Adversarial Death, Endless Nothing and the Black Knife of Nihilism | Dark Descent

I tend to shy away from music that allows chaos to distract from the almighty riff. With Adversarial, I’ve found a happy medium between the endless void and interesting (and audible) fretwork. Our dear Dubya introduced me to Death, Endless Nothing and the Black Knife of Nihilism with his brief review in our weekly new music feature, Toilet Tuesday. This record sets itself apart from the pack of dirty death metal by applying an apparent knack for tunefulness in between all of the shredding and blasting. The album will beat you to death, to be sure, but it never feels like a slog. Get your dick crushed.

Listen to – “Eonik Spiritual Warfare

8. Peasant Go To Hell | Self-Released

My favorite find of our Best Unsigned Band in the United States competition was Houston natives Peasant. Unfortunately, you jerks didn’t allow them to advance past the first round of competition. Regardless, Go to Hell is still rocking my jam bones. As I said before, “From the second you click play on “Do You Believe in War?” the opening song on Go to Hell, the latest full-length from this Houston trio, it’s obvious that the New Wave of British Heavy Metal swam it’s way to the third coast. Along the way it picked up some disgusting oily blackness and additional detritus from thrash and OSDM before crashing on the City of Syrup’s shore. By the way, does Go to Hell sound familiar? A little band called Motörhead recorded a song with that very name on their 1982 classic Iron Fist.”

Listen to – “Wretched Codex”

7. Blistered The Poison of Self Confinement | 6131

My boy Dagon really found a gem in the world of metallic hardcore with his review of Blistered’s The Poison of Self Confinement. If you crave the fury of classic Earth Crisis, Blistered is all you need. Allow me to lazily recount his stellar reviewmanship: “The guitars are easily my favorite aspect of the record – a showcase of their metal influences and a library of Riff Ov The Week contenders. Seriously, there are earworms to be found in nearly every song of this LP. “Illusion of Destiny” alternates between a mighty tremolo and a slow & melodic guitar phrase. “Into the Dying Light” has an opening riff that sounds like a call to arms. The guitar tone is really enjoyable, in both lead and rhythm guitars. The first is usually a death metal tone, while the latter is more akin to a hardcore sound. Be it start-stop, chugging, melodic or even a crossover riff found at the beginning of “Caustic Promise”, it’s always tasteful.”

Listen to – “Memories to Burn”

6. Xibalba Tierra Y Libertad | Southern Lord

Waaay back in February, I gave Xibalba’s latest album a glowing mini review in the inaugural edition of Mini Reviews from Around the Toilet Bowl. This record still bangs. At a point in time where Donald Trump’s bullshit is broadcast with up-to-the-minute frequency, Xibalba provides the perfect soundtrack to fighting that orange butthole and his army of racist hillbilly followers. Fans of hardcore, Morbid Angel, and Slayer solos should jump on this. Despite “El Vacio” being just as empty as the name implies, the rest of Tierra Y Libertad is jam packed with death metal riffs and Spanish rage.

Listen to – “Tierra Y Libertad”

5. Baroness Purple | Abraxan Hymns

To be totally honest, I only got this album last week, but Purple was my most anticipated record of the year. It takes an awful lot of nerve to declare an album THE BEST when it’s only had a chance to work through your earholes a handful of times. I think this record is just that good. In between straight-forward anthems like “Shock Me” and “Try to Disappear”, this album chooses to explore a bit with proggish tunes like “Fugue”. It feels like the best possible combination of Blue and Yellow.

Listen to – “Shock Me”

Trails and Ways4. Trails and WaysPathology | Barsuk Records

The way we feel about music is so closely connected to where we are in life when we hear it. Back in July, I was unhappy. In an effort to work myself out of a hole, I decided to fly across the country and interview for a job in Seattle. It didn’t work out for a huge list of reasons. While there, miserable as I’d ever been, I went to see a friend of a friend play at some hole in the wall club. He opened for a young touring band called Trails and Ways that performed sultry pop music in English and Portuguese. I connected with the music in a way that made me feel, for the moment, slightly less alone in a strange place. Pathology was one of the few things that could raise my spirits over those tough months. I highly recommend this album if you’re feeling down (or need jams for your next sexual encounter).

Listen to – “Say You Will” and “Skeletons

3. Harms Way Rust | Deathwish

Rust is another record that I spent months breathlessly awaiting. In our inaugural edition of “Get Prep’d“, I slobbered all of the Harms Way like so: “Next week the band will drop Rust and I’m positive it will be my most played gym record of 2015.” Was my prediction correct? HELL YES, SON. This album continued down the path set by 2011’s Isolation and further explored Godflesh-esque electronic territory in between all the crushing mosh riffs. I want more of this, and I want it now.

Listen to – “Hope

2. Hadean On Fading | Self-Released | Interview with the band

The best surprise of the year was getting an unassuming email in my inbox from a little band I had never heard of. Hadean is a jazz/metal/experimental sextet from Massachusetts that are so dang talented, they’re capable of getting an actual idiot like me interested in their complex compositions. On Fading travels the gamut from formidable chaos (“Noise Reduction Impulse”), to fist-in-the-air riffs (“Inertia”), to groovy doom (“Saudade”). Yacht rock? Prog metal? Jazz doom? Whatever it is, it’s captivating, it’s beautiful, and it’s exciting. You won’t find a more interesting record this year. Expect big things from Hadean.

Listen to – “Inertia”

1. Deafheaven New Bermuda | Anti-

There’s nothing I can say about New Bermuda that hasn’t been said more eloquently by every thoughtful metal writer on the Internet, so I’ll leave it at this: I knew I loved this record from the moment I recognized “Kiss Me” in the first melodic break of “Brought to the Water”. Any band that can mesh Slayer and Sixpence None the Richer is on some completely next level shit. Combine the music with the newly diverse range of World’s Greatest Wizard/Acclaimed Metal Vocalist George Clarke, and you’ve got something sweeter than Yoohoo.

Listen to – “Brought to the Water

Honorable Mentions:
Horrendous Anareta | Dark Descent | Listen to “The Nihilist | Read the review
Ryan Adams Live at Carnegie Hall | Buy it for me here | Listen to “New York, New York
Ghost Bath Moonlover | Self-Released | Listen to “Golden Number”


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  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    How is the Ryan Adams version of 1989 not on Joe’s list? That was a good album.


      because this is a metal blog man; haven’t you been here since the beginning?

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I have been here since the beginning.

      • can you give us a taste of past zzzzzzz days of glory? plz?

        • COAL ROLL

          I’ve been told that imitation is the highest form of flattery

          • OH come on, don’t be a shill! DO IT

          • COAL ROLL

            I’ll flush it at 4

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            It is true.

    • In all seriousness, I’ve listened to that album maybe two dozen times but only two songs have stood out.


    Joe is your #1 really Deafhaven or is that just in spite of the Masterlord?

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      It’s on my list.

  • great call on that Grey Heaven Fall, dubs! there’s some gorgeous soloing on the final song…

    • Dubs

      There were several other black metal albums jockeying for victory, but man, so good.

  • Guacamole Jim

    All hail our glorious overlords!!


    W, im a little disappoint

    These are weird lists.

    You guys are weird

    • Dubs

      Thanks, man. Appreciate it.

      • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

        I expected the Krallice tho. Thats a good album

        • Dubs

          It’s the best, said in a Nacho Libre accent.

      • I am surprised by no Claret Ash, buddy!

        • Dubs

          I really dug it, but there was so much good black metal this year.

    • calling dubya weird is a compliment. The man likes his weird.

  • i shoulda voted for dubya

    • Dubs

      Once I get my shiny robot body, you’ll be able to vote me in again.




  • Remember when people were saying Royal Thunder was album of the year? Time is a cruel mistress.

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      one word….fallujah

    • Lacertilian

      There’s a joke about time machines somewhere here..

      • 1.21 of them to be exact. Wait

  • Dagon

    Next sexual encounter HAHAHAHAHA

  • I fricking love going through all these artists. List mania is the tits!

    • It is bloating my playlist like crazy lol

  • Dagon

    Things I’d like to point out:

    1. Out of these lists, I liked albums from Turbid North, Imperial Triumphant (not2spoopy4meanymoar), Krallice, Nocternity, Death Karma, Blistered, Xibalba, Harm’s Way and Deafheaven. Some of these would probably make my list if I had one.

    2. I tried only a couple times, but I found this latest Jute Gyte album impenetrable. It’s too much for my taste, something I couldn’t get myself to appreciate. Maybe some other time.

    3. Deafheaven’s new album biggest accomplishment was The Wizard’s vocal improvement. Really suited the new, more aggressive riffing on some of the tracks.

    4. I’m yet to hear Purple.

    5. I love y’all.


  • Lacertilian

    Masterlord’s descriptions were the best kind of dorkery.

    • Dubs

      He’s the best.

      • Lacertilian

        I’m glad he gave full spots to Nocternity and Obsequiae. After leaving them as honourable mentions on my list I forgot the code to my drawbridge and lost the keys to my wife’s chastity belt. Filled the moat with tears that night.

        • Masterpants is my pal with medieval merol.

          This Macabre Omen is pretty cool, Fharcy.

          • Lacertilian

            I gave it a run earlier in the year, time to revisit.

          • ┼yree

            You should have clicked play when I posted them like a bunch of times 😉

          • Cool, dude. To be honest, I don’t remember you namedropped it, I remember from Masterpants. Black Cilice, on the other hand, I know it is in your alley.

          • ┼yree

            It was mostly on my personal wall.

          • Oh, yeah. I remembered that I stalk you sometimes without any valid reason.


  • Dubs

    I love that My Dying Bride album and considered it for my own list.

  • Thank you for your lists, benevolent overlords.

    I have to say that I’m buying a plane ticket to visit the Masterlord, because I reeeeally really love his final list. I wouldn’t mind to have the albums I haven’t checked yet of them: Macabre Omen, My Dying Bride (ouch!), Black Cillice, Bloodlust and Gloryhammer.

    W. and Joe had great picks too and I leave this post with a triumphant smile on my face because the level of music displayed in this listmania week has been excellent.

    PD: Big hug to Doctorr Dubz for this week 😉 😉 😉

    • Stockhausen

      I’m going to go out on a limb and say you probably won’t like Black Cilice. But get back to me when you’ve listened to it, I’d like you hear your thoughts!

  • Jom Pootersan

    Taking credit for Dub’s #7

    • Dubs

      I shall give thee this credit, in addition to a firm pat on the behind.

      • Jom Pootersan

        You are a gentlemen and a scholar in the trvest sense, sir

  • I wanna get swole to Xibalba. GOOD TUNES

    • Dagon

      That was my go to album this year when I was still lifting.


      Squats and dead lifts song right there.

  • tigeraid

    No Visigoth or Judicator, but I do spy Blind Guardian and Ironsword. Today was a good day.

    • In my defense, I’m in a band with two of the dorks in Visigoth and I didn’t want to seem nepotistic. But, yeah, that album kills.

      • Dubs



          • Dagon


          • EsusMoose


      • Masterpants is the embodiment of the ideal of the REAL strong and dangerous Power Merol.

        GO AND SLAY.

      • tigeraid

        Hah. I understand.

      • Stanley

        Masterlord continues to drip feed us news of the mysterious Befouler. The tension mounts.

    • Don’t forget trial

  • JWEG

    Unless I missed something, there has been no overlap between my top 10 and any of the writers’ or editors’ picks.

    I may be slipping back into Metalsucks-readers levels of poserdom and disconnect. Or I might have gone too obscure too often. It’s too hard to say.

    • Dubs

      Post thine list again, and let us cast the die.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Indeed. Post again.

        • JWEG

          Ones I expected to see:
          Nylithia, Kadavar, Alda, Khemmmis, Ahab, Iskra (only the last two overlapped, once each)

          Wildcards, unlikely but not impossible overlap:
          Disenchanter – Strange Creations
          Zuriaake – Gu Yan

          Definitely unlikely:
          Shibboleth – Language of the Night
          Hive – Elpis

          • Lacertilian

            Iskra were one of my honourables before the remorseless scythe of the editors cut us down to 3

          • JWEG

            “Blame the Editors” is a policy I find myself going back to often.

            It’s a bit likely to cause strife at home, though, because my editors are family – and unpaid volunteers at that.

          • I fucking love nylithia. It’s more of a fun record that a super amazing one though.

          • it’s catchy as f**k with great riffs and i love the samples/keyboards/whatever

          • Waynecro

            “Fun” is a great way to describe Nylithia. They’re one of my go-to bands for cardio sessions. I need something fun to distract me from the misery.

          • Dubs

            I need to listen to Shibboleth and Nylithia and Hive.

    • you and i share love of CRJ

      • JWEG

        I think I might actually be required by (Canadian) constitutional amendment to choose a fandom between CRJ, Justin Bieber, and Celine Dion.

        The choice, for me, was obvious.

        • i think the name “Justin Bieber” will be erased from the history books in the future…

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      My only overlaps with others have been Ghost, High On Fire, and Clutch.

      • JWEG

        Meliora deserves much love, even if the title is kind of messed up grammatically.

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          I speak neither Latin nor Italian. In fact, I’m not even sure the proceeding sentence was grammatically correct, but I’m posting it anyway. O_O

          • JWEG

            I can’t resist…

            The neuter plural is indeed meliora = “better things”.

            TovH linked a Latin-in-metal blog that I’m pretty sure suggested it could also be nominative or accusative singular feminine, but melior is irregular and has no distinct feminine form from the masculine.

            The real problem is that the phrase it’s taken from (“the pursuit
            of better things”) suggests it should be the genitive/possessive case – even when appearing on its own (Latin, even ‘modern’ Vatican Latin, does it that way: the case matches the implied hidden word).

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            For me it’s not entirely accurate anyway, since I think their last album was much better.

      • Sexy Supreme Leader >> Trump

        So far, mine’s overlapped with no one’s.

  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    Props to all three of y’all BUT my ears gotz to go with W! Yo bamn, thats some heavy shit W.

    • Dubya master race

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        all day

        • *shakes fist at TDTR regarding Fallujah comment

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            memories: the great MS migration, when Tim turned into the crazy cat, fallujah….seems like yesterday.

          • Harvest Wombs master race

          • good times were had by all! too bad Tim fell off, as did a few others

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff


          • –>

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff


  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Where the fuck is Fenriz’s list?

    • ┼yree

      The only list that matters.

  • ┼yree

    Man, I thought Macabre Omen would be your #1 Masterpants.

  • Here’s my top ten if anyone is curious.

  • ┼yree

    Death, Endless Nothing and the Black Knife of Nihilism is indeed dicl crushing.

    • I checked out some of their previous material. Yeeeesh that snare….

  • tertius_decimus

    Lack of empathy and compassion…

    Couple of weeks ago someone told here that it’s the way to nowhere to live with someone who doesn’t care in tough moments. You’ve been right one thousand times, mate. I decided to part our ways tonight with the most incredible girl in my life. She told she doesn’t believe I could create a family with her, however she still wants to be beside me. That’s shitload of hypocrisy if you ask me.

    It’s time to move on. I feel better now, the pain goes away. That also means there will be less whiny posts in ToH comments section.

    Thanks to everyone for your support. You are the best community in the Internet.

    • She doesn’t sound like the one, buddy! Hang in there.

      Statistically you are better off than she is (assuming women outnumber men in Ukraine) !

    • So she doesn’t want kids in general or just with you?

      • tertius_decimus

        She already has two from the first marriage. Since she’s from rich family, I really can give her too little in this regard. I do my best to survive but she doesn’t value my efforts, nor she gives me any credit for doing so.

        • Sorry man, I’m sure that’s rough. Plenty of fish in the sea thogh. I’m sure you’ll find someone.

          • tertius_decimus

            Thanks, JB!

    • “best community in the Internet”… fuck yeah man, and you’re a valuable part!!

    • Sexy Supreme Leader >> Trump
      • tertius_decimus

        Golden! 😀

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Woooooo Macabre Omen! Woooooooo Keep of Kalessin! Woooooooo Deafheaven! Woooooooooo Krallice!!!

  • Eliza

    Seeing these lists makes me kinda sad. I only listened to very little of what was released this year.

    • Time to get started!

      • Eliza

        Well, winter vacation is almost here and I won’t have anything better to do. Just one more week!

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      Good music is meant to last a lifetime, much like teeth!

      • Eliza

        Can I quote that?

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          Please do. I sorta stole it from an old PSA about dental hygiene.

          • Eliza

            OK then. 🙂

    • Lacertilian

      Hey Eliza, ever listen to the Romanian band Sunset In The 12th House?

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        Is that like Romanian Mr. In Your House 4?

      • Eliza

        No, I haven’t but I’ll check them out. Do you know Negura Bunget?

        • Lacertilian

          Nope, but just taking a look now I saw they have ties with Dorededuh which rang a bell. I remember reading about them when researching for my Sunset piece. A few shared members.
          Are they well known in Romania?

          • Eliza

            I’m the metal community yes, but not nationwide.

    • No time like the present!

      • Eliza

        Sure thing! To me, it only applies during vacation.

    • Maik Beninton™

      Me too, I would often check out what’s being shared on the blog, only to forget about it later, thing is I started listening to death and black last year, so I spent most of the year listening to old stuff.

      • Eliza

        Same thing happened to me this year. I had virtually no time to listen to a lot of new bands, so I just stuck with what I knew for certain that I like.

    • EsusMoose

      Last year I went through everything’s year end list, wrote them down then binged for 2-3 weeks on them. Near the end I had enough of almost all genres but found some great things. I’ll be making a list shortly of all the albums I skipped so I can binge on them.

      • Eliza

        I’ll be doing something similar.

    • (use Spotify to catch up!)

      • Eliza

        Unfortunately, Spotify doesn’t work where I live. But when it will, I’ll stream music on it for hours.

        • Ah, that sucks :/ Sorry to hear.

          • Eliza

            I still have YouTube. And a Russian site called ProstoPleer

  • I’ve written about Deez Nuts repeatedly but I’m still pretty sure no one has actually listened to them.

    • Hey! I Listened to them for 20 seconds one time.

    • I’m listening rn. It’s turned down very quiet so my dignity can’t hear.

    • Stockhausen

      I sorta lumped them in with Hot Dad based on the name, liked Hot Dad, got distracted, didn’t listen to Deez Nuts. I’ll check them out after My Dick.

      • It is possible that I write about too many novelty bands.

        • Stockhausen


      • Waynecro

        My Dick never fails to crack me up.

      • stocky’s gonna check out his dick, huehue

        • Stockhausen

          Hehehe dick hehehehehe

    • Sexy Supreme Leader >> Trump

      I did, just for a laugh, and lasted 45 seconds.

    • Maik Beninton™

      I have, but then again like everything I have forgotten now.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Heyheyhey. P sure I said nice tjings about them in some or other comments section. Which I would not have done, had I not listened to them.

    • I listened to Word Is Bond twice.

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    I still say Dreadful Hours is their best post-I am the Bloody Earth work.

    • Sexy Supreme Leader >> Trump

      I still say Turn Loose The Swans is their best one after all these years.

      • Dave Vincent’s Perm

        Well yeah

  • Stockhausen

    I love you Joe and Masterfarts, but W’s list destroys your buttocks. KRALLICE.
    Also, very interested to check out Trials and Ways.
    Also, Black Cilice still hasn’t quite clicked. But I love Tetragrammacide, which seems strange. I know they’re very different, but being so uncompromisingly grating in their own ways seems like it would add up to a like for both bands.

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff


    • Steel will strike you down

  • Sexy Supreme Leader >> Trump

    Deafheaven sounds like Six Pence None The Richer?!?!

    Good picks, though.

  • Waynecro

    Super lists, guys. Thanks! And thanks for everything you do for the Toilet every day.

  • Glad to have been of service masterlord

  • Boss the Ross

    Theres been a lack of Clutch on all of these lists.

  • ┼yree
  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    I’m ashamed to admit I have yet to check out the new Blind Gaurdian or Gloryhammer. My 2015 Power Metal game is weak, bruh.

    • Lacertilian

      I basically listen to zero power metal but that Gloryhammer was fun as shit.

  • The Satan Ov Hell

    May as well post my own top five:

    5- Satan- Atom by Atom

    4- Nocternity- Harps of the Ancient Temples

    3- Bell Witch- Four Phantoms

    2- Revenge- Behold.Total.Rejection

    1- Mgla- Exercises in Futility

    Enjoy your crown Mgla!

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