ToH Guest Celebrity Best of 2K15, Featuring Judicator, Mindmaze, Tanagra, Scars of Armageddon, and Final Sign


Curious what members of the US Power and Progressive Metal scene think about 2015? We got you covered!

Tony Cordisco – Judicator

10. Crypt SermonOut of the Garden | Dark Descent Records

9. Barren EarthOn Lonely TowersCentury Media Records

8. Paradise LostThe Plague WithinCentury Media Records

7. EntrailsObliteration | Metal Blade Records

6. AmorphisUnder the Red Cloud | Nuclear Blast Records

5. HorrendousAnareta | Dark Descent Records

4. Blind GuardianBeyond the Red Mirror | Nuclear Blast Records

3. Guardians of TimeRage and Fire | WormHoleDeath Records

2. Steven WilsonHand. Cannot. Erase. | Kscope

1. Iron MaidenThe Book of Souls | Parlophone

John Yelland – Judicator, Disforia, Dire Peril

10. The ProdigyThe Day is My EnemyTake Me to the Hospital/Cooking Vinyl/Three Six Zero Music/Warner Bros. Records

9. Gama BombUntouchable Glory | AFM Records

8. Carach Angren This is No Fairy Tale | Season of Mist

7. Iron MaidenThe Book of SoulsParlophone

6. Chaos FramePaths to Exile | Nightmare Records

5. GhostMelioraLoma Vista Recordings

4. QueensrÿcheContidition Hüman | Century Media Records

3. Ur DraugrWith Hunger UndyingAeternitas Tenebrarum Musicae Fundamentum

2. NekrogoblikonHeavy Meta | Mystery Box

1. Blind GuardianBeyond the Red Mirror | Nuclear Blast Records

Jeff Teets – MindMaze

10. EuropeWar of KingsUDR Music

9. Serious BlackAs Daylight Breaks | AFM Records

8. Vanden PlasChronicles of the Immortals: Netherworld II | Frontiers Records

7. BorealisPurgatory | AFM Records

6. PyramazeDisciples of the Sun | Inner Wound Recordings

5. Iron MaidenThe Book of SoulsParlophone

4. SubsignalThe Beacons of Somewhere, Sometime | Golden Core Records

3. EclipseArmageddonize | Frontiers Records


2. Full NothingFull Nothing | Independent

1. Iris DivineKarma Sown | Independent

Steven Soderberg – Tanagra

10. GloryhammerSpace 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards | Napalm Records

9. Thomas HappAxiom Verge OST | Independent

8. Blind GuardianBeyond the Red Mirror | Nuclear Blast Records

7. A Sound of ThunderTales from the Deadside | Independent

6. WilderunSleep at the Edge of the Earth | Independent

5. T-SquareParadise | Orange Lady

4. VisigothThe Revenant King | Metal Blade Records

3. JudicatorAt The Expense of Humanity | Divebomb Records

2. Steven WilsonHand. Cannot. Erase. | Kscope

1. Iron MaidenThe Book of SoulsParlophone

George Lohan – Scars of Armageddon

10. Kingcrow Eidos | Sensory Records

9. Queensrÿche Condition Hüman | Century Media Records

8. Tech N9neSpecial Effects | Strange Music


7. Guardians Of TimeRage and FireWormHoleDeath Records

6. Amorphis Under The Red Cloud | Nuclear Blast Records

5. Twisted InsaneVoodooBrainsick Muzik

4. Judicator At The Expense Of Humanity | Divebomb Records

3. Cain’s OfferingStormcrow | Frontiers Records

2. Paradise LostThe Plague WithinCentury Media Records

1. Iron MaidenThe Book Of SoulsParlophone

Honorable mentions:
HelloweenMy God Given Right | Nuclear Blast Records
SoilworkThe Ride Majestic | Nuclear Blast Records
RiversideLove, Fear and the Time MachineInsideOut Music

Shawn Pelata – Final Sign

10. GruesomeSavage Land | Relapse Records

9. EntrailsObliteration | Metal Blade Records

8. EuropeWar Of Kings | UDR Music

7. SorcererIn The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross | Metal Blade Records

6. Crypt SermonOut Of The Garden | Dark Descent Records

5. House Of LordsIndestructible | Frontiers

4. RamSvbversvm | Metal Blade Records

3. Paradise LostThe Plague WithinCentury Media Records

2. ChastainWe Bleed Metal | Leviathan Records

1. WulfhookThe Impaler | Tribunal Records

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  • ┼yree

    Even more colors.

    • I just like looking through the lists for all the colors

    • RJA

      I thought to myself “which cover here is the worst?”. I think I have to go with T-Square, but It wasn’t easy.

      • it’s japanese jazz jusion that’s been going since 1978, for what it’s worth

        • RJA

          No shit – well that makes me want to check it out!
          I gave a couple on your list a listen and Trial was definitely my favorite (of the ones outside of my list that is).

          • Trial I could definitely see a lot of non heavy/power dudes getting into because of the riffing style

  • I think this are the lists with which I share more picks. Thanks to all for sharing!

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Fuck yeah Wulfhook. Also, Fenriz’s list or GTFO.

    • ┼yree

      Did he post a list? I have not seen it yet.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        No idea. Just wanted to see his.

        • ┼yree

          He usually does one. I’ll be curious to see it too.

    • You’ll probably enjoy tomorrow’s list more.

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        Who’s else’s is running?


          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            NO SPOILERS
            ONLY AUTHORS

          • Didn’t I tell you already?

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod


          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Yes you would. You said you don’t have an inside voice.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            That’s because my “inside” is a big, scary-ass cave. I has to yell to be heard. I has to.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Your “inside” is fucking Helsinki. The place where all the fuckfaces gather.

          • Look at you two arguing about imaginary lands

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Don’t you get into this Back Jauer

          • Too late tir bapir she tased

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Hey! I’m no filthy Helsinkiän!

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Yes you are! You’ve said it yourself!

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Almost! Only almost!

          • Sir Tapir The Based


          • ┼yree

            Wow, this must be hard for you then.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            That’s what he said.

          • ┼yree

            Well played good sir.

          • your comment.
            my head

        • Nocturno Oculto, Necrobutcher, Samoth and the guy from Immortal not-nicknamed Abbath.

          • we got lists from George Clinton, Beck, Kendrick Lamar and Varg Vikernes

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            AYYY LMAO

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Ayy lmao.
            That’s a marathon I’d watch.

          • Necrobutcher wrote his list while being drunk. It’s pure disco, 70s norwegian pop and dad-rock.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I want to read this list.


      it;s that Europe album 1-10

      • I liked that album. Just wish I could have spinned it more.

  • Dubs

    Somewhere in western America, Scrimm just experienced an intense tingling sensation.

    • Maik Beninton™

      For having Iron Maiden appear 5 times? And three of them in first place?

      • Dubs


        • i didn’t even notice that when collecting these

      • I thought it was for the insane amount of power metal, listened by members of power metal bands.

        • Maik Beninton™

          lol, gotta love Tanagra’s list, power metal makes half of it.

        • Scrimm

          I’ll overlook that this time.

    • Scrimm

      I may have cracked a smile.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Chastain is still a goddamn thing! Why won’t Dave just die!?

  • Ur Draugr>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    • Dubs

      Glad that album is getting so much love despite dropping so late.

      • I’m annoyed it slipped my mind when making my top ten last night even though I was fucking listening to it.

    • Stanley

      I’ve not heard it yet, but every time I see that album cover, I stop and pause to stare.

      • Dubs

        It’s a bit too skronky for your palate, but the art is rad.

        • Hmmm I don’t detect any skronk. Just pure malice

          • Dubs

            Your skronkdar is broken.

          • It’s Randall’s fault

        • Stanley

          Maybe that’s why I haven’t bothered. When I have time I’ll give it a spin though. Gotta keep my ear to the ground, dubs. Otherwise Iron Maiden will end up in my top ten, and that ever gonna happen.

          • Dubs

            Somewhere in Australia, ted Nu-Djent just had a stroke.

          • Lacertilian

            He’s forever stroking

          • shots fired

      • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

        I listened to it for the first time at the gym the other night. It was okay

        • Stanley

          Not all metal is gym-metal.

          • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

            No, but its a good chance to listen to something uninterrupted

          • Stanley

            For sure. I listen to a lot of music exercising and some definitely motivates better than others.

  • Rob M

    RAM was really good, but still dosnt hold a candle to new Enforcer

    ..also, really shocked to Entrails pop up as much as they have

  • Boss the Ross

    Loving the Iron Maiden and Blind Guardian picks. These are solid lists. With a few i need to check out.

  • Every time you guys post anime a cute little kitten is choked to death by Phil Lebonte. NO ANIME

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    I wanna see the cover beasts from Wulfhook and Entrails face off.

  • it’s all fvcking heresy

    These look pretty Similar to my list only I’d have to throw Unleash the Archers in at number one right now. I’m waiting for the New Galneryus album to arrive though and if its all as good as the single they released it may be a contender for album of the year for me.

    • it’s all fvcking heresy

      Forgot to mention that they already won manliest album cover of the year


    do all these guest Best of lists mean that these dudes are reading all of our nonsense here too?

    • Maik Beninton™

      I got upvoted from John Yelland.
      So yes.

      • John

        hey bae

    • Dubs

      I know the dudes from Dystrophy and Vod check stuff out from time to time.

    • Lacertilian

      A great deal of the bands we post about come and read their articles/reviews. Some even wade through the 148 messages about poop to see what people think of their music.

      • COAL ROLL

        Lotta fecal clutter

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        That’s why I try not to be too harsh in my opinion.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Someone besides me knows who House Of Lords is? Yay!

    • You should check out MindMaze. They’re really into dad rock

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I sure will!

  • Lacertilian

    Lots of overlap here.

  • Guppusmaximus

    Huh…I had no idea Subsignal released a new album. My last listen with them was that Angels(?) album.Thanks for the heads up!!

  • tigeraid

    These lists. THESE LISTS.

    • excellent avatar bro

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        One might even say it’s Groovy.

  • tigeraid

    I’ll point out yet again that VIsigoth, A Sound of Thunder and Judicator SLAYED this year. And Slayer certainly did not.

    • Boss the Ross





    Yo, i hate to be a bummer here but that TECH N9NE was fuckin garbage. So many better hiphop albums came out this year

  • Waynecro


  • Boss the Ross

    That Wulfhook is intense! I like it a lot.

    • Boss the Ross

      Correction. It SLAYS!

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Top 5 reissues and live albums of the year

    1. A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters- John Coltrane
    2. Loaded 45th Anniversary Edition: Velvet Underground
    3. Tusk-Fleetwood Mac
    4. The Complete Concert By The Sea-Erroll Gardner
    5. Freedom: Atlanat Pop Festival-Jimi Hendrix

  • These lists are beautiful.

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    “I hear Nebraska’s kinda nice…”


      The new clutch make it on your list kj?

      • KJM, Shake Zula