ToH Guest Celebrity Best of 2K15, Featuring Dystrophy and Tempel

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Want to know what members of Dystrophy and Tempel considered the best albums of the year? Look no further!

Peter Lloyd – Dystrophy

10. Iniquitous Deeds Incessant Hallucinations | Independent

Do you like Voivod? How about Defeated Sanity? Or perhaps you just like skronky, technical slamming brutality. If you answered yes to any of those questions, then get off the internet, blast Incessant Hallucinations, and try not to destroy everything around you. This album is full of tasteful slams, bizarre riffs, and barely legible / guttural bellows. For a slammin’ good time, check this album out.


9. DrudkhA Furrow Cut Short Season Of Mist

Drudkh is one of those bands that you know exactly what you’re getting into before listening – atmospheric, droning black metal with folk undertones. A Furrow Cut Short is no different, but that’s not a bad thing by any stretch. Drudkh elicits a sense of majesty and sorrow on this release, which also boasts a much more refined production than what the listener is accustomed to. A Furrow Cut Short clocks in at just under an hour but in that time does a wonderful job of immersing the listener in its dark, melancholic soundscape.


8. The Antichrist Imperium The Antichrist Imperium | Apocalyptic Witchcraft

England’s Akercocke were one of my favorites, perfectly blending black metal with progressive death metal. After their demise, members would go on to form the band Voices, which to me was a poor man’s Akercocke. Fast forward to today, and David Gray (drums) is having another go at it with The Antichrist Imperium. Taking a lot of the elements that made Akercocke so great, The Antichrist Imperium almost feels like a follow up to The Antichrist – the final Akercocke album. Surprisingly catchy and involved, the album transitions from technically proficient blackened death to progressive arpeggios flawlessly. This one was a total surprise and a most pleasant one at that.


7. Hate Eternal Infernus | Season of Mist

Being a huge Morbid Angel (not so popular opinion – Gateways and Formulas are my favorites) and Ripping Corpse fan, I’ve been following Hate Eternal founder Erik Rutan’s career for a while now. I’ve always enjoyed the band’s work, but not until Infernus have I really gotten this stoked on them. The album explodes out of the gates and never lets up, delivering 45 minutes of punishing death metal.


6. Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction | Metal Blade Records

Before 2012, I hadn’t given Cattle Decapitation much of a shot. Not really being a grind fan, I brushed off most of their earlier catalog.  That all changed with the most excellent Monolith of Inhumanity – a record that totally knocked me on my ass. Brutal, tough and bouncy riffs combined with ridiculous vocals and I was hooked. I was really looking forward to The Anthropocene Extinction, and it didn’t disappoint. While not as overly catchy as Monolith, The Anthropocene Extinction picks up right where its predecessor left off to give more of the same brutal death metal – and that’s never a bad thing.


5. Cryptopsy – The Book of Suffering (Tome 1) | Independent

One of the first “extreme” metal albums I heard as a lad was None So Vile, and it totally changed everything I thought I knew about death metal. The sheer technical prowess of Flo Mournier, Jon Levasseur’s absurd riffs and the frantic screams of Lord Worm were insane to me at the time. While the band has never been able to recreate that magic of that record (although I do think Once Was Not came pretty close), The Book of Suffering (Tome 1) Is a step in the VERY right direction. The EP, totaling 16 minutes, gets right to the point and picks up where the band left off from their 2012 eponymous release. Hopefully, the can keep it going for Tome 2.


4. Leviathan – Scar Sighted | DEVOUT rcrds

Are you a happy / cheerful person? Do you enjoy life, for the most part? If so, you probably shouldn’t listen to Scar Sighted, the latest from US black metal band Leviathan. Pulling from the deepest recesses of human sorrow, Scar Sighted is ten tracks of absolute darkness. Dissonant black metal riffs weave their way in and out of melancholic & atmospheric passages flawlessly, drawing the listener into torment.


3. Enslaved – In Times | Nuclear Blast

Progressive Viking Metal. Two genres not normally associated with each other, and for good reason – not many bands can pull it off quite like Enslaved. In Times sees the band sticking to the sound they’ve been refining over the years, but this time in a super catchy and easily accessible way. Seamlessly transitioning from screaming and fast paced black metal riffs to catchy, huge choruses, In Times is a most excellent record from start to finish.


2. Abyssal – Antikatastaseis | Profound Lore

A few years ago, I saw Portal open up for Gorguts in NYC and wanted to love it. The wash of sound coupled with the ridiculous stage setup was just too much for me. Shortly after, I came across Abyssal from the UK and was instantly immersed in their sophomore album, Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius. The bleak, depressing sounds emanating from the speakers drew me in.Antikatastaseis is a continuation of the approach, this time with a bit more experimentation and crushing riffs. If you want to feel like you’re slipping into the void, put some headphones on and turn this up.


1. Nile – What Should Not Be Unearthed | Nuclear Blast

2015 was a great year for death metal, and especially so for genre stalwarts Nile. Not since 2005’s Annihilation of the Wicked has an album hit me like this. The riffs are punishing and catchy, with just the right amount of groove sprinkled between the fast, technical pace. Much respect for these three men, putting out what might be their best album this far into their storied career.


Peter Brown – Dystrophy

10. Intervals – The Shape of Colour | Independent 

I can already feel the incoming flack for this one. The Shape of Colour was just released, like last week, and it’s already made a huge impression on me. My first exposure with Intervals last year left me feeling very “meh”. Last week I was in the mood for something different and saw Intervals was streaming their new album, so I checked it out. I think I listened to the pre-release stream a dozen times in the first 2 days. The Shape of Colour would be way higher on the list had it come out a month or two ago and I had a little more time to digest it. This is a great instrumental/shred album that every instrumental fan needs to check out.


9. Bumblefoot – Little Brother is Watching | Bumblefoot Music 

I’d imagine there weren’t many people as excited as I was when Ron Thal announced he left Guns N’ Roses. I’m a massive Bumblefoot fan; hearing that he was recording a new album under the Bumblefoot name was a highlight of my 2014. Little Brother delivers all of the catchy hooks, silly and topical songwriting and virtuoso shred he’s known for.


8. Cloudkicker – Woum | Independent

I think Cloudkicker’s evolution as a band is one of the coolest progression in today’s newer bands. Ben Sharp is a songwriting machine and each Cloudkicker release is something totally unique from the previous one. The atmospheres Sharp builds on Woum can only be described as fun. Every track has so much going on to keep it interesting but at the same time it’s so easy to just sit back, enjoy the music and just get lost in the album.


7. Atten Ash The Hourglass | Hypnotic Dirge

I discovered these guys totally on a whim bouncing around different doom bands’ “Related Artists” on Spotify. Like Orphans of Dusk, these guys remind me so much of Woods of Ypres in the best ways possible. The singing on “Song for the Dead” and “First Day” caught me completely off guard and made me an immediate fan.


alkaloid6. Alkaloid – The Malkuth Grimoire | Independent

When Alkaloid was announced I joked it was going to be Obscura 2.0. Not only did they destroy that idea but they set a new bar for how a band could write face-melting riffs and incorporate hooks that got stuck in your head for days. The Muenzner/Grossmann combo have yet to disappoint me with a tech death release.


5. Hath – Hive | Independent

Full disclosure, I’m in another band with two of the members of Hath. These dudes kept their debut EP Hive under wraps so well that I only heard it for the first time a few days before it came out. I’ve listened to this EP dozens of times, and I still get jealous because the riffs hit so hard and the songs are so well done.


4. Orphans of Dusk Revenant | Hypnotic Dirge

I discovered Orphans of Dusk through an unsigned band review and have been hooked on Revenant ever since. I’m a huge David Gold/Woods of Ypres fan, and Orphans have done such a fantastic job blending the hopelessness of gothic doom with beautiful soaring melodies in the vocals and music. Its only 4 songs long, but I’ve spent multiple work days with only Revenant on repeat.


3. Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction | Metal Blade Records

Monolith of Inhumanity is an absolute monster of an album and The Anthropocene Extinction is a great follow up. Cattle Decapitation has refined their sound even more and is seamlessly blending grindcore and brutal death metal.

 


2. Plini – The End of Everything | Independent

2015 was the year I finally paid attention to Plini, and The End of Everything is the EP that did it. It’s insane to me that such mature songwriting and tasteful soloing is coming from someone so young. He’s recently started touring, and I’m very excited to see what he does next.

 


1. Rivers of Nihil – Monarchy | Metal Blade

Monarchy turned me onto Rivers of Nihil, and I haven’t stopped looping this album since it was released. Rivers has done a fantastic job blending tech death, groove, shred and hooks, and to top it off, I’m a sucker for concept albums. There are so many parts that immediately got stuck in my head and haven’t left months later. At a recent show I saw them play 4-5 songs off Monarchy, and they absolutely killed it. Not only can they write the songs, but they’re so damn tight in recreating them live.


Matt Thompson’s Two Cents – Dystrophy

Mega Drive Hardwired | Mega Drive Music

I listen to a ridiculously eclectic mix of music, and of all of the “new” music I found this year, I quickly learned that most of it was “new” to me, but not new for 2015! So, sadly, I have only two contributions to this list, and I apologize that this first selection couldn’t be any further from metal. Enter Hardwired, the newest LP released in January of this year by the great Mega Drive. This album is what a Terminator listens to while going to the gym or hunting humans. Full of trippy layers or outstanding percussion and synths, this album (and Retro-New Wave, the genre it belongs to) feels like a reinterpretation of the soundtrack of any classic 80’s Sci Fi movie, made with modern equipment and practices. Mega Drive is a master at weaving melodies on different machines over myriad beats and rhythms, which is why I love listening to this style of music; I love the concrete perfection of machine drummers. If you hate electronic music, I implore you to listen to “I am the Program” and not find your head nodding and your feet tapping. A must listen for any fan of EDM, techno, house, or whatever the kids are calling it these days.


Eternal Fuzz Nostalgia | Independent

Where do I begin with explaining how much I love this band and have loved this album? If Floor combined members with Pelican and was fronted by Justin Broadrick, you would have Nostalgia by Eternal Fuzz. This is one of those records that makes you feel every emotion as you listen to it. Despair, melancholy, happiness, elation, they’re all in there as this band helps you traverse the cosmos through starship Earth. Do yourself a favor and listen to this by yourself under the stars. Or in a room filled with smoke, turned all the way up. It will make no difference as you’ll quickly find yourself lost inside this crushing, sweeping, uplifting album.


Tempel

Your resident reptile got in touch with his #1 pick for 2015 – Tempel. While Ryan and Rich said they didn’t get a chance to listen to a ton of albums this year, they still responded with some of their most loved albums of 2015.


Regarde Les Hommes TomberEXILE | Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions

Read the excellent review + interview our very own Dagon had with the band earlier this year.


Symphony XUnderworld | Nuclear Blast


ElderLore | Meteor City Records

Another one that was covered earlier in 2015 by the noble fishgod Dagon. This review got me on board for this awesome stoner-doom journey of an album.


Steven WilsonHand.Cannot.Erase | Kscope

Reviewed by the enigmatic dip of all dips, Guacamole Jim here.


HorrendousAnareta | Dark Descent Records

Read the glowing review from the Toilet’s very own moustache’d bear here.


VHOLDeeper Than Sky | Profound Lore Records


DrudkhA Furrow Cut Short | Season Of Mist

 

  • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

    I didn’t know Hate Eternal was still around until now. I thought they broke up years back after the one guy died.

    • Max

      You should know full well that in heavy metal, band-members dying is not only not an impediment to bands continuing, it’s actually a catalyst for sustained touring. No matter how prominent the band-members who pass away.

      • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

        Nah, it’s just that I never anything about them afterwards. I like ’em, but they were never a big band on my radar. My best friend, on the other hand, is a huge fan of their’s, and they had a HUGE influence on his drumming.

        • Max

          No drummer who hears Hate Eternal can ever resist some sort of “huge” influence inflicting upon him/her. Even if the influence is only “Maybe I should give up.”

  • Óðinn

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  • ┼yree

    I’ve been meaning to give that Hate Eternal album a shot. I was actually pretty satisfied with the songs I heard way back. I HATE Mr. Rutan’s production but this one was dialed back a bit which was relieving. King of all Kings is still a blast beat masterpiece in my opinion. That album just does not let up. Them one footed blast beats too, goddamn.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Myqq3wqj0RM

    • Max

      I like the one-foot blasts on I, Monarch where Roddy played hat or clave patterns with his other foot simultaneously.

      • ┼yree

        Yup. I remember that video. Back in high school there was a big chunk of time where all I’d watch were drum videos of Derek Roddy.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TPWRpkMX00

        • Max

          I’ve got the book that he wrote!

          I don’t even use it to learn from; I’m too much of an ordinary mortal to even attempt most of it. I just liked having the transcribed, notational proof of what he was capable of to verify against the sometimes less-than-entirely-clear production values of whichever records he was playing on.

          • ┼yree

            Didn’t he eliminate bass drum trigger in I, Monarch too? I’m pretty sure he did. I think it’s the only H.E. album with out kick drum triggers.

          • Max

            Possibly, I don’t have the info on that. Certainly the rest of the kit sounds pretty acoustic from what I can discern.

            Is the video you linked actually from the recording session? It sounds like it could be. And if so, then at the very least I’d say they mic’ed the kick drums in addition to the triggers; because in the shot you can see that there’s a cover draped over the nearest bass drum. That’s used for isolating spill into the kick mic, usually – which would suggest they were putting effort in to capturing a good kick sound rather than resorting to triggers if they succeeded (Or perhaps a blend, etc.).

          • ┼yree

            I can’t remember or find the write-up on that but I thought it was all natural for that album.

            While you were writing this I started listening to the new album. The drums sound really good! I think all of it is natural. I’m sure Rutan sampled the kit but the drums do sound natural. Even the kick drum.

          • Max

            Yeah, it’s really not a bad production job by usual Hate Eternal standards. It’s a pity Chason Westmoreland is now out of the band; he’s my favourite H.E. drummer after Roddy.

            I do get the impression Rutan has entirely moved away from sampling and so on.

          • ┼yree

            Wow! This is a big step for him.

          • Max

            I should add: I really do like the kick drum sound on I, Monarch. It’s got a bit more thump than usual. The snare could’ve been a bit sharper, though. The rest of the kit is fine; although there’s that usual Rutan “cloudiness” getting in the way.

          • ┼yree

            Very very true. I, Monarch will still always be a favorite of mine no matter what. It definitely made a big impact on me in my younger days while I was first starting to play extreme metal. Origin’s Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas, Unmerciful’s Unmercifully Beaten, and Cryptopsy’s None so Vile where all really influential drum albums for me.

          • Max

            I saw them live on the tour for that record, although unfortunately it hadn’t actually been released in my neck of the woods yet – couldn’t even buy it at the merch table that night! That said, they opened with the title track and I immediately remembered it as soon as I’d gotten the album because it’s such a distinctive song.

            And I can say without qualification that even as a three-piece, they were the most relentlessly brutal and heavy band I have ever seen live.

  • Max

    Finally, some love for the latest Hate Eternal. There’s some good stuff on it.

  • Dubs

    I looked up Atten Ash and Orphans of Dusk after pulling this together. Interesting melodic bm that’s a wee bit woodsy.

  • Lacertilian

    Bang!
    Double-barrel Drudkh.

    • Dubs

      I wanted to like that album a lot more than I did.

      • Lacertilian

        It grew on me over Winter.

        • Dubs

          I should probably revisit it.

          • Lacertilian

            I’m just glad it got some notice in these lists, I don’t think I’d seen it prior to this. I thought it was a pretty solid release for a band with 386 albums.

        • Max

          I dunno man; Winter put out some pretty awesome doom when they want to. I think my preference runs the other way over Drudkh.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Also Disembowelment

          • ┼yree

            Transcendence into the Peripheral >>>>>>>>>

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-gRJ-fHDjI

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Ey you should check out Dave Suzuki’s Churchburn as well.

      • ┼yree

        Didn’t do much for me.

    • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

      It was decent. Forgot about it pretty quickly though. Can’t put my finger on it, but it lacked…………….. zazz.

      http://40.media.tumblr.com/e431dac90a2a30b8e7b31e4a5ac3293b/tumblr_muqtccP12j1qi3qp5o1_500.jpg

      • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

        I feel it delivers not inadequate quantities of zorzz.

        • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

          Or pow, zip, or boom.

    • About fucking time

      • Dubs

        SMOHLG!

    • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

      Def a lot more Drukdh love than i expected this year. Not a bad thing whatsoever

  • Finally someone mentions antichrist imperium. That album is the tits and dat ass.

    • Peter Lloyd

      Seriously, came out of nowhere.

      • Right? I don’t think there was any sort of announcement. It was just like bam here you go.

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      It doesn’t help that now that Dave gray’s cut his hair he looks like Roy from the IT crowd.

    • COAL ROLL

      not just the cover art either

  • Dubs

    Thanks Dystrophy and Tempel for your contributions!

    • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

      Both great bands, might I add!

    • Peter Lloyd

      Thanks for having us in the toilet, there’s no where else I’d rather be!

      • COAL ROLL

        you nerds gonna hold hands in your locker together?

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    >Antichrist Imperium

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    I mostly like people’s end of year lists for reminders and tips about all the things I’ve missed through my reliance (mostly) on CD’s and largely on an idle whim purchasing habits. I miss tons of the cooler more obscure stuff and its fun to catch up late December through January. But its also good to see some props for old masters like Drudkh and Enslaved and Nile.

  • Waynecro

    Great lists! Dude, I had essentially the same experience with Intervals. I can’t stop listening to “Meridian.” It’s such a badass, uplifting song.

  • EsusMoose

    Hey there’s some love for Plini!

  • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

    Breezing through the list again, I noticed Mega Drive in there. Good to see some synthpop in at least one of the lists today! *opens up the synthpop pit*

    https://media.giphy.com/media/6JKVsXMv0faQo/giphy.gif

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    Put your right foot forward and your left foot back, and fuckin slide around like on a Nordic track.

    • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

      I DONT GIVE A FUCK IS MY NEW CATCHPHRASE

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Roll credits! Season one, in your face!!

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        I’ll see you muthafuckas at the dance! TINY RICK!!!

        • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

          Tiny Rick >>>>

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Get your shit together, all together. Put it in a backpack and take it to the shit store.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            My new top 10 list of 2015
            1) Personal Space
            2) Hooray For Personal Space!
            3) Stay The (burp) Out Of My Personal Space!
            And so on…

    • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

      Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet, I FINALLY ordered the La Casa Al Mare shirt I’ve been wanting most of the year. Gotta check with Papa Joe when he gets back about any reserve TOH new edition shirts (I remember asking him to hold one for me, but it’s been forever).

      https://f1.bcbits.com/img/0005398677_10.jpg

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Been watching Rick and Morty because you two fucks have circlejerked about it so much. Gotta say I love the show.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Excellent. You can see why I have a fondness for Rick.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Who would have guessed the same person would break my heart twice? Here’s my top sadness of the year

    1. Meeting someone on Tinder, growing to like her and losing her in record time

    • Waynecro

      Bitches, man. I think it was Camus who said that.

      • more beer

        Along with every man since the beginning of time.

      • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

        Camus reference >>>>

        • Waynecro

          If I had a cat, I’d name him Camew.

          • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

            Bonus points

    • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

      Dayum, that sucks!

      Bad news I found out today: Another shooting up the street from me. Third one in the last 4 months, which is unusual for this area, especially since the police station is right up the street and there’s cops around here all the time. Not as bad as back home, but still…………………….

      • what does KSoFM say? fuck humans? nuke them from orbit? we’re all fucked.

        • Sexy Supreme Leader >> Trump

          You forgot to say “cunting” somewhere in there!

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Pro tip: don’t trust people.

    • sorry to hear it dude, but try and thicken that skin up because heartbreak is a part of life. last girl who did that to me, i became a weak, pathetic, vulnerable schmuck who basically begged her to take me back. i’m embarrassed to admit that.

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        Wanna know a secret to not getting your heart broken?

        • don’t leave it exposed to anyone? i wanna hear yours though!

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Misanthropy. Pure, unadulterated misanthropy.

          • puritanical misanthropic euphoria? *shudders*

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            No
            What the fuck dude
            That’s sick

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        Im done with her.

        • high-five, bro. do whatever you can to take your mind off it. maybe check out the new Uriah Heep and give me your thoughts on it?

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I listened to the new album. Enjoyed it quite a bit. Give it a listen.

    • COAL ROLL

      Sounds like the Saga of Kevin Nash and Torrie Wilson

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        That was a good saga.

  • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

    OK, needing some help here………. I’m looking for black/death metal band shirts, and almost all of any I’d be looking for aren’t on Amazon and Ebay (where I usually get mine). Where’s some sites you recommend where I can get them at a decent price?

    • ┼yree
      • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

        Lol, with all the horror film shirts being featured, I see why you like this site! 😉

        • ┼yree

          Hells Headbangers has a ton of black and death metal shirts too.

      • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

        Have you ever ordered from ErodingWinds.com, tyree?

        • ┼yree

          I don’t think I have.

          • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

            The prices are crazy low but im a bit skeptical. But i think its the main distro for Pale Chalice (which ive recently fallen in love with)

    • more beer

      Try the bands websites and their labels site.

      • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

        Just did for one. Look up a couple of posts. And really really thinking about finally giving in and interviewing them.

  • Eliza

    The album art for Anareta is sooooo good!

  • Wow! I need to listen Orphans of Dusk and Atten Ash.

  • Guppusmaximus

    IMHO, I think that a lack of knowledge about roots is what plagues the retro scene regardless of genre.I guess if you’ve never dabbled with Industrial then a band like Mega Drive might seem inaccessible and construed as non-Metal but the fusion of electronic music w/ Metal influences is what spawned that genre (NIN,Ministry,Skinny Puppy, Godflesh), so, reverting back to a dance-able, instrumental mix would make for a great revitalization of the Industrial scene. Here’s to mixing some analog instruments into Mega Drive’s ideas…

  • COAL ROLL

    That AntiChrist Imperium is so underrated. It’s a great album.

    Plus great sleeve art and that white vinyl so so sexy

  • Steven Cannon

    …Maybe it’s just me, but I always thought that Orphans Of Dusk EP reminded me of someone answering the question: “What if Peter Steel from Type O Negative decided to sing in a doom/death band?” LOVE the record however, lots of shades of “October Rust” in there…. Of course, without the Bensonhoist Lesbian Choir… 🙂