ToH Writers Best of 2K15: Old Man Doom, 365 Days of Horror, and Jimmy McNulty


In this collection of listy lists, Old Man Doom, 365 Days of Horror, and Detective McNulty list their lists of favorite albums of 2K15. Dive on in, because these lists are a hoot!

Old Man Doom

a2162007624_1010. Petrychor – Apocalyptic Witchcraft | Independent

A poignant blend of melodic black metal and folk elements that hits hard right in the feels.  It is an incredibly dynamic listen, despite its single track 26 minute run-time.

Listen to — “Apocalyptic Witchcraft”

9. Kontinuum – Kyrr | Candlelight Records USAa3869445934_10-3

A solid, fast-paced post-rock record featuring burly Norse vocals and well-crafted (and relatively short) songs.

Listen to — “Hildargotu Heimsveldi”



a0532705310_108. Mutoid Man – Bleeder | Sargent House

Did someone say party?  Party hardy, folks.

Listen to — “Bridgeburner



a2981479583_107. Publicist UK – Forgive Yourself | Relapse Records

An excellent side project debut from members of Revocation and Goes Cube.  Publicist UK takes the moroseness of post-punk and injects a metallic, socially conscious vitriol and energy into the formula.

Listen to — “Canary”


Ahab-The-Boats-of-the-Glen-Carrig-016. Ahab – The Boats of the Glen Carrig Napalm Records

The masters of “Nautik Funeral Doom” have produced another great slab of their ever-evolving brand of progressively-minded doom.  Tune it slow, play it slow, and read nautical literature.

Listen to — “Like Red Foam (The Great Storm)”


Grave-Pleasures-Dreamcrash5. Grave Pleasures – Dreamcrash | Metal Blade Records

The highly anticipated follow-up to Beastmilk‘s nearly flawless debut.  Dreamcrash, while delving into a new and somewhat restrained sound, definitely stands up to its predecessor as a solid album full of infectiously catchy and memorable post-punk tunes.

Listen to — “New Hip Moon”

High-On-Fire_Luminiferous_Cover4. High On Fire – Luminiferous | eOne Music US

Matt Pike is extreme metal’s resident warlord, and as such, Luminiferous crushes all posers who dare challenge it.  Long live the king.

Listen to — “The Sunless Years”


aaindz63. Intronaut – The Direction of Last Things | Century Media Records

This album takes the weirdness of Valley of Smoke and the catchiness of Habitual Levitations and sends it into nuclear overdrive.  Great songwriting, incredible production, exceptionally cool artwork — this is Intronaut at their finest.

Listen to — “The Direction of Last Things”

a2974805328_102. Turbid North – Eyes Alive | The Pyramid

A nearly flawless album that combines elements of death metal, groove, sludge, twang, and prog into a masterful concoction of mountain metal.  This is bang-your-head-against-the-concrete-and-feel-good-about-it music.  See my five toilet review if you don’t believe me.

Listen to — “The Burning Sky”

Cattle_Decapitation_-_The_Anthropocene_Extinction1. Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction Metal Blade Records

This album is everything I could have wanted and more out of a followup to Monolith of Inhumanity.  From the moment I heard the monstrous, nasally chorus of “Manufactured Extinct,” I knew without a doubt that The Anthropocene Extinction would reign supreme on my list.  Every track is violent, savage, and, at times, a bit weird, which makes for a very rewarding listening experience — one that I found myself experiencing again and again throughout the past few months and for months to come.  It also helps that Travis Ryan is absolutely inhuman in the best way possible and puts on the best vocal performance of his career on this record.

Listen to — “The Prophets of Loss”

Honorable Mentions:
GraveyardInnocence and Decadence |Nuclear Blast | Listen to “The Apple and the Tree”
TyrannyAeons in Tectonic Internment |Dark Descent Records | Listen to “Sunless Deluge”
ElderLore |Armageddon | Listen to “Compendium”

365 Days of Horror

10. Ahab – The Boats of the Glen Carrig Napalm Records

9. Author & PunisherMelk En Honing | Independent

8. ClutchPsychic Warfare | Weathermaker Music

7. Shape of DespairMonotony Fields | Independent

6. ZombiShape Shift | Independent

5. Dog Fashion DiscoAd Nauseam | Rotten

4. My Dying BrideFeel The Misery | Peaceville

3. Swallow The SunSongs From The North I, II & III | Century Media

2. 36 CrazyfistsTime and Trauma | Spinefarm Records

1. SoilworkThe Ride Majestic | Nuclear Blast Records (Review)

Honorable mention: Baroness Purple | Abraxan Hymns



10.  Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion | Interscope Records

Yup, the girl who sang “Call Me Maybe” many years ago created the best pop album of 2015. Dance-able beats, catchy hooks, and a few obligatory cheesy ballads. This one’s a winner; don’t dismiss it because the radio overplays a few songs. It begins with “Come Away With Me” and stays strong throughout the running time.


black fast

9.  Black Fast – Terms of Surrender  | eOne Music

I reviewed this album recently, and it is a straight-up ripper, no filler included. It satisfies the death/thrash-sized hole in my heart that older Revocation used to fill. “The Coming Swarm” and “The Fall” are the best songs Megadeth never wrote.


electric six

8.  Electric Six – Bitch, Don’t Let Me Die | Metropolis Records

Electric Six remains my favorite band of all, and though this record isn’t their best work, it’s still a solid entry to their lengthy discography. About half of the 12 songs are spectacular, and the others forgettable, but that’s not unheard-of from the band. This album will forever be in my rotation, because of who it is alone.  “Two Dollar Two” is a hard rocker that would be included on a greatest hits compilation if the band ever releases one.


7. Cruciamentum Charnel Passages | Profound Lore Records

Here is the standard, face-stomping death metal album of the year, no frills attached. Bone-grinding riffs laced with melodic solos, and the necessary song-writing chops to construct 5+ minute songs. Aborted without the breakdowns, if you will.



6.  Gunship – Gunship | Independent

Retro 80’s style synthwave with vocals. Since hearing the soundtrack to Drive, I’ve been hooked on this stuff. Gunship does it extremely well without sounding contrived, and (coincidentally) the song “Tech Noir” could be considered a spiritual successor to the Cars hit “Drive”. FFO: Kavinsky and Hotline Miami.



5. VHOLDeeper Than Sky | Profound Lore Records

This supergroup of relatively unknown musicians proved that they were more than just a one-shot idea. Deeper Than Sky expands upon many of the ideas presented in their debut album but keeps their signature sound, which comes off as a hybrid of Motorhead and Voivod. It’s intense, hard rocking, sometimes a little punky (the three minute “3 A.M.”) and sometimes a little progressive (the 12-minute “Deeper Than Sky”).


4.  Sarpanitum – Blessed Be My Brothers | Willowtip

Their Fidelium EP had me stoked for a long time, and the pay-off was totally worth it. In a move that sounds like a novelty, one of the heaviest death metal albums of the year also contained some of the most uplifting, melodic leads I’d ever heard. (Hessian Hunter said all the things about this album that I could not.) 10 tracks of excellence, an experiment that not only paid off but still sounds great. No single song stands above the rest; even the two atmospheric tracks are perfect.

hot dad

3.  Hot Dad – TV | Independent

I understand that this was composed as a humorous piece – and the task was accomplished with gusto – but it’s also incredibly well-written with memorable hooks. At any point in the day if someone mentions a TV show from the album, its Hot Dad theme song will pop up in my mind, and I’ll have a huge smile. This album is an achievement, albeit one experienced by only a small handful of deranged listeners. There’s no point in linking individual tracks, head over here and listen to it all.

Amestigon - Thier

2.  Amestigon – Thier | World Terror Committee

Christian Molenaar loved this album; I did too. Four tracks totaling 56 minutes, and I couldn’t have asked for it any other way. Each song takes the listener on a journey which is just the perfect length, intros and outros included. The overall pace is slow and somber, but there are fast movements contained within. Thier is a melodic black metal album that evokes all kinds of feels, even ones I didn’t know I possessed! Oh, and guitar solos.


1. Abyssal – Antikatastaseis | Profound Lore

This was unlike anything I heard prior, the perfect mixture of the brutal and the beautiful (Fine Sexy Ladies reviewed it here.) The first two tracks on here, “I am the Alpha and the Omega” and “The Cornucopian” are easily located in the top 10 metal songs I’ve ever heard. A few songs may not be a 10/10, but the ones that are make this an incredible listen for me. Seriously, go listen to “The Cornucopian” if you haven’t already: an ominous two-minute intro leads into a swarm of madness with a gorgeous riff making an occasional appearance.

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  • Brock Samson

    I have yet to listen to that new Amestigon and I need to fix that

    • Dubs

      It’s rill gud

      • It’s trill gud.

        ftfy bby

        • Guacamole Jim

          It’s krill gud.

          ftf the whales.

          • !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            *high five*

          • Guacamole Jim

            Now I’m just waiting for Sir William Whalus to show up…

          • Thought of you yesterday evening, I pulled up my Minecraft server…. Fiddled around for a bit last night.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Ooh that’s dirty!

          • I would be embarrassed to show anyone all the time I wasted building up one particular world…

          • Sir_William_Whalus

            I apologize for my tardiness, young land-dolphin. I was engaged in glorious combat against a nefarious cephalopod.

            Remember my words, young one. Old squid scars are just a sign of courage.

          • ¡Holaaa!

          • I wonder if the dude who made this realized how many people would get enjoyment out of it.

          • KJM, Shake Zula


          • I am not sure Youtube could even handle how heavy that would be!


    36 Crazyfists had a new album this year???????


    • Salvador Dalí Lama

      A Snow Capped Romance and Rest Inside the Flames were my jams for a while

      • Nice! I have The Tide and Its Takers and Collision and Castaways. Great band!

        • Salvador Dalí Lama

          A Snow Capped Romance definitely stood out to me compared to all the by-the-books metalcore around that time. The had a different vibe.

          • The music was always OK, think his vocals were what really set them apart. They are quite unique, if you ask me.

    • 365 mini-reviewed it.

      • Damn son!

        Fucking love his voice!


          • I have a Repost permission gave by Joe, Masterpants and Dubz Doc, because my stupid internetz connection from the Third World.

          • Also! I have been meaning to ask you. Were you happy with the elections results from last weekend? I heard the Socialist party lost a lot of seats…..

          • It felt good that the President party lost the Assembly, but, to be honest, I feel a weird uncertainty to see if the opposition make real changes on the laws by two factors: intern incompetence and goverment tricks.

            Overall: less power to the socialist, I’m good with it.

          • I kinda assumed you would have that sentiment. Maybe things will be more stable now?

          • It is very difficult to preview what will happen with the new Assembly.

            Some analysis predicts a referendum for next year, another predicts power conflict between the Assembly and the goverment; and they even changed some judges on the Law Power of the country, probably to adjust them to defend the goverment interests.

            I don’t think polarization will end, it will probably became worse because the goverment speech this week has been very confrontational. They’re blaming the chavistas voters of betrayal against the goverment and all the campaign after and before the elections has been unfair. I voted opposition, but we are still anxious for what will become with the results after the new Assembly takes the seats on 5 January.

          • I guess I will hope for the best for you and your family. Hang tough

          • Thanks, friendo. That means a lot!

          • Hopefully you get some meaningful legislation from these people that will improve the lives of your citizens. You guys need it much more than we do over here.

          • Joe definitely would have signed with Papyrus

        • Edit: Link beat me to it.

  • Salvador Dalí Lama

    Carly Rae Jepsen??

    • Not looking forward to KJU’s incoming inappropriate GIF deluge….

    • KJM, Shake Zula


      • Sir Tapir The Based


        • Seen that MCFLURRY tattoo joke from earlier. Nearly cried from laughter. Fine work

        • KJM, Shake Zula


          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Now waiting for season 3…
            *checks clock*

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Gonna be waiting a while, maybe even 2017.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            That’s what Mr. Poopybutthole said. Poor man.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            It’s not his fault that no one had bad memories of him. : (

  • Boss the Ross

    Finally some Psychic Warfare love! Thank you 365! Deserves higher in my opinion, but i will take it!

  • HA

  • ┼yree

    So many colors.

  • I was beginning to wonder if Clutch would ever show up in these lists.

    • Boss the Ross

      Same here, its my number one for the year.

      • I admit it, I’m a sucker for the witch!

        • Boss the Ross

          We are monsters! And they are but men!

      • It’s on my to do list although I was not feeling the single.

        • Boss the Ross

          Listen to it! And then again and again and again.
          You will not be disappointed.
          Xray visions is an excellent song, but not the best on the album.

  • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

    Pleasantly surprised by Gunship. Didn’t know I liked synthwave until hearing that.

    Also VHOL rules.

    • Lacertilian

      I think it warrants an investigation, I did enjoy Dan Terminus earlier this year. Not sure how i’ll go with vocals though.

  • I need Amestigon, Turbid North and Swallow the Sun.

    Good lists, guys. But I need to hug the zombie 365 right now (AND YOU WON’T STOP ME!).

    • Hugs are the only thing that’s real.

    • Lacertilian

      I too, need to buy that Turbid North before bandcamp tries to block me.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    My top 3 worst albums

    1. Slayer-Repentless
    2. Soulfly-Archangel
    3.Unidentifed Flying Object-A Conspiracy Of Stars

    • Jajajaja, Soulfly.

    • Brock Samson

      Did you listen to the Twitching Tongues album this year. That’s my worst album of the year

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I did. It made neither list.

    • lol soulfly had an album?

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        It’s awful.

      • Lacertilian


      • Sexy Supreme Leader >> Trump

        Yes, and they spent more on the album art than the actual CD.

    • The first two have the same number of syllables in each.


    • Salvador Dalí Lama

      I bet you still enjoyed them though.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I didn’t actually.

    • Sexy Supreme Leader >> Trump

      I definitely agree on the new Slayer. They ripped off a Tiamat riff for fuck’s sake.

  • My day is now complete.


  • Good to see someone besides me give Mutoid Man some love. And I’m on the Turbid North train too. They freah and original to me.

    • Old Man Doom

      Hell yeah! Get’em, Deuce!

  • Guppusmaximus

    “could be considered a spiritual successor to the Cars hit “Drive”

    That’s a tall order, my friend. Truly a timeless song that showcased Orr’s beautiful,Elvis influenced tone, The Cars magnificent songwriting and their ability to create layers out of simplicity.

    • i could have worded that strangely. it’s the only song i’ve heard since “Drive” that has similar aesthetics and feels, while also being really good (not as good though, for sure)

      • Guppusmaximus

        I get your pov though. It does have a similar feel but with a chick singing. However, for me, Drive made such an impact that it’s still in my personal rotation some 30 years later. Any kind of comparison triggers the a critical skeptic light in my brain. Like, “How dare you!!” LOL

  • Lacertilian

    Black Fast
    Turbid North
    this pleases me..

  • Heliocrat

    Beween Abyssal, Misthyrming, Nachash, Mgla, Hooded Menace and Death Karma, it has been a pretty good year. (I’m sure I’m forgetting loads of stuff).

    • Heliocrat


    • Dubs

      You just said a lot of words I like.

  • Sexy Supreme Leader >> Trump

    McNulty, all the way. Good picks, but he picked Electric Six. That spells win! Good votes overall though!

  • Waynecro

    Sweet lists, bros. I don’t know how I missed Petrychor. That’s pretty damn good.

  • Sexy Supreme Leader >> Trump
  • xengineofdeathx

    This year I’ve been jamming:

    Vried-Solverv (fucking riffs, man)

    Shape of Despair- The Monotony Fields (lush opressive, catchy as fuck)

    VOD- Razed to the Ground (tough as hell, sneaky songwriting)

    Horrendous- Anareta (those leads)

    Pale Chalice- Negate the Infinite and Miraculous (just awesome orthodox BM)

    Bjork- Vulnicura (those synths)

    Swallow the Sun- Songs From the North (monster album despite some flaws)

    He Whos Ox is Gored- The Camel The Lion The Child. (If Unsane and Dead Can Dance had sex with Botch and hung out in the forest)

    Pinkish Black- Bottom of the Morning. (Gloomy gothish rock)

    New mgla, MDB, and Panopticon fucking ruled too.

  • Sexy Supreme Leader >> Trump

    At least this got 6 votes, and so fucking underrated.

    • i wasn’t aware of this band. currently jamming… thx chicagbro!