TovH Best of 2K15: The Best Songs of the Year

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As we close the door on 2015, let’s take some time to celebrate the songs that we couldn’t stop spinning all year long.

If you’re anything like me, you’re an actual moron with an attention span of roughly three-and-a-half minutes. There is so much music out there, and so many self-indulgent artists that I rarely have the patience to listen to a full riff, much less a full album. Oh you’re putting out a concept record that fits on three CDs? Cool, I look forward to never, ever hearing it. Fortunately there are artists out there banging out the jams in single-song bursts, in addition to their Big, Long, Important albums. Gather round crew, some of the Toilet ov Hell writers are going to share the tunes that got stuck in their heads and will likely get stuck in yours.


Dubya

“Apex Predator – Easy Meat” is easily my favorite song of 2K15 due to how stupidly unique it is, both in terms of Napalm Death‘s own catalogue and in comparison to the metal world at large. The gothic chanting, dwarven drumming, and oppressive martial atmosphere make me feel like I’m one of the last defenders of human decency about to do battle with an overwhelming legion of malevolent corporate orcs. Grab an axe, put “Apex Predator” on blast, and prepare for war.


Dagon

Everything Kylesa stood for since its inception is crystallized in the single “Lost and Confused”. A song of disparities where driving, addictive riffing meets eerie ambiance, where Laura’s ethereal voice contrasts against Cope’s aggressive delivery, resulting in a short, focused and catchy as hell song.


Link Leonheart

After the pummeling attack of opener “Captivity & Devourment”, and the proggresive sledgehammers of “Locked In” and “Rendition”; “Fugitive Dust” opens a Pandora Box of space hard rock slice. Bassist Sara Claudius and drummer Márton Veress provide a solid foundation in which Joey Concepcion and Christopher Amott tenderly craft melodic lines and solemn riffing. The solo, on the other side, is a testament of power that increases its attitude with each listen. Fugitive Dust cracks the record in two, being the song a monolith that resumes what’s the musical merit of this Armageddon record: an incredible manifesto with mood-shifting melodies.


Lacertillian

After reaching the mountain’s treacherous summit on their debut On The Steps Of The Temple, there was only one way to go for the Arizona duo, down. Descending Into The Labyrinth took me deeper into the chasms of my mind than I imagined were possible. From the memorable opening riff, to the glorious Orion-esque outro, this track is transcendent. The first time I heard the acoustic bridge I cried. I still well-up everytime but with a smile on my face. Months later, I’m still here exploring this intricate labyrinth of textures. I invite you to see what you can find.


Nordling Rites of Karhu

Repeating riffs and rhythm loops, minimal presentation. A long trip into the dark side of the mind. Suffocating dread, and like an ass I forgot this when compiling my EOTY-list.


Old Man Doom

From the blackened fury of the intro riff to the violently anthemic outro, “Prophets of Loss” is a distillation of everything I love about Cattle Decapitation. It is the perfect track for making savage Travis Ryan faces at the other drivers on your way home from a shit work day.


JAG

Catchy songs about Satan are just the best.


Dr. Kolkey

I plan on venturing to Texas for the first time next month. I thank Neil Fallon for offering a crash course in local customs and geography in advance. Plus, this is just extremely fun to sing with whiskey in hand. In the end, however, what truly makes the song is the cowbell breakdown.


Simon Phoenix

Well these boys from Ireland were already dominating your tender ears with the riffiest riffs for the past 20 or so minutes. This penultimate track starts off with more of the same, then out of nowhere they come with a doomy breakdown for the ages. When James Beattle croons “Swarming…out of the sky.”, you will briefly look to the horizon cause you’ll swear a vast army of death just came out of hyperspace to wage war against those who wronged them. Simon says embrace the riff and prepare for BATTLE.


Ron Deuce

This isn’t even a song, it’s an anthem. “Outcast Stomp” is seething with a raw, passionate energy that is felt throughout its entire 1:56 runtime. From start to finish, it’s an in your face punk/hardcore trashing that has you engaged both musically and lyrically. Text book song writing that takes all the fucks and refuses to give them. Despite the very strong presence of LBGT subject matter in the lyrics, there’s still plenty going on in here that we can all get behind.


Celtic Frosty

“Acolytes” combines everything that makes Horrendous one of the best, if not the best old school death metal bands in the game right now. Dizzying, full speed riffs combined with just enough technical prowess to keep you on your toes. A bitching guitar solo at around the 3:50 mark that demands your best air guitar work. That’s all well and good, but what really brings this track home is the final two minutes, where Horrendous breaks from their trademark old school brutality and launches into a beautiful post metal crescendo that brings out all of the feels. It’s a truly surprising and breathtaking moment from one of the year’s most inspired metal albums.


HessianHunter

The G.L.O.S.S. demo is the angriest music I have heard in years- a product of ferocious riffing married to righteously pissed-off pro-queer politics. The opening screed of their eponymous song introduces the band far better than I ever could, so spend 91 seconds getting the patriarchy stomped right the fuck out of your mind and listen to this hair-raising vision of times yet to come.

 


Guacamole Jim

Out of all the songs I’ve heard this year, few come close to Twelve Foot Ninja‘s “One Hand Killing.” One of my unguiltiest pleasures, Twelve Foot Ninja consistently ups the ante in the djent game, opting for an excellent singer who doesn’t sound like a 12 year old girl and abandoning the djent stereotype of being all over the fucking place. “One Hand Killing” is one of TFN’s best songs, even if the kinda rap bit at the beginning is a bit cringeworthy. Stay strong, because in a few seconds it busts into the headbangingest headbanging riff of the year. (Skip to 2:11)


Joe

It was either this or 9-time Riff ov the Week entry “Golden Number“. So, like last year, I will completely ignore the genre you are specifically here to read about so I may write about a pop song I just plain love. It was a dream come true when I first heard Ryan Adams, my favorite artist across any genre, would cover my favorite Pop artist, Taylor Swift. “All You Had to Do was Stay” is the worst song on Tay Tay’s magnum opus 1989, and in Ryan’s hands it becomes the best. Sounding like a lost 80s Springsteen demo, “Stay” explores a relationship ended too soon, with all the resentment, longing, and sadness that go along with it. It really is a wonderful little tune. <3 u tay tay & ry ry.


Randall Thor

Randall is too sick to write his own blurb, so he asked me to write it for him. “The Path to Talmor” begins with two minutes of Final Fantasy music before delving deep into the magickal realm of ribald dragon husbandry. For Twelve-and-a-half minutes, ye and ye questing party shall partake in the brotherly mead horn of ‘al Shegraaat’th upon the battlefield of Do’rito before ascending to the heights of Mount D’ew. Hail warrior and avast ye dragonly hindquarters.

 

What was your favorite tune of the year? Share it below.

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  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
    • ME GORAK B.C.™
    • ┼yree

      Definitely the most stand out track from this album in my opinion. Good pick bro.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Yeah, it’s just catchy and quirky as fuck.

  • Guacamole Jim

    “For Twelve-and-a-half minutes, ye and ye questing party shall partake in the brotherly mead horn of ‘al Shegraaat’th upon the battlefield of Do’rito before ascending to the heights of Mount D’ew.”

    I fucken just about cried laughing at that shit.

  • thanks Joe. I don’t feel like I want to die today, so I’m improving!

  • ┼yree

    Sort of a tie.

    This fucking song is just brilliant. So much pain and emotion, plus some of the best ride cymbal work in any song ever…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuOyDQ9j7mY

    The frosty riffs in this song just brings the chills. Funny how this album did not make my list but this song just kicks so much ass.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3n1nmBjUnE

    • Dubs

      I like EiF I better, but all the tracks are good.

      • ┼yree

        EiF V just strikes the right feels for me. It’s really a very simple track with not many parts or riffs but they are the right parts and riffs. Mgla go to show that you don’t need much to make an incredible song.

    • Guacamole Jim

      I gotta admit, when I first heard this album I wasn’t really sold. Being on the Toilet hasn’t let me escape it, though.. and that’s been good. It’s really growing on me.

    • ┼yree

      Ah, shit. This song is great too. Too many…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jLlChbWEEM

      • Waynecro

        YES!!!

  • EsusMoose

    It was this, Revenant King by Visigoth, or Alpha by Periphery (fitemeh). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPlrKifWwKY

    • Waynecro

      Dude, “Paradise Day” is one of my favorite get-pumped songs. I often finish workouts with this one.

      • EsusMoose

        Almost any mood is made better with it, a lot of this album was on my workout, driving and focus playlists.

        • Waynecro

          I admit to screaming along with the song in my garage numerous times.

          • EsusMoose

            I keep forgetting the lyrics besides the ending WE’RE THE GREATEST BAND IN THE WHOLE WORLD part, or at least that’s that I think they’re saying

          • Waynecro

            Luckily, one doesn’t need to know the lyrics to scream along.

          • EsusMoose

            Very true, it’s what I do while driving, scream what I think are words and quiet down when I get near other cars.

          • Waynecro

            Totally! My parents live about 45 minutes away from me. My voice is always shot by the time I get there.

          • EsusMoose

            To get to family is a 4+ hour drive for me, I can only sing so long before I’m tired or I forget to sing.

          • Waynecro

            Yeah, I had to drive from the Bay Area to San Diego a few times. My voice did not last seven hours.

    • This one is nice but Polarizer is my fav video/song from that album.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ec_JpR-Cs_E

      • EsusMoose

        I prefer Polarizer’s video and the quieter moment in the middle helps as a refresh before the song goes back to its full intensity, but I just liked the in you face aspect of Paradise day

  • Boss the Ross

    Dr. KOLKEY!!! CLUTCH!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • tigeraid

    Thank you Simon Phoenix, for upholding the Power Metal law.

    • Hi

      • tigeraid

        o shit! It wasn’t a youtube imbed so I scrolled right past it! Kudos.

    • Phoenix of the House Tendies

      No prob.

  • Paris Hilton

    Tay Tay did have a killer year, I’ll give her that. She’s joined MJ and Katy Perry for the most #1 singles in an album. That being said, Carly Rae’s Emotion was the best pop album of 2k15 by far. Much like the colossal, unfuckablewith Kiss, many people just heard the main singles and never checked out the hidden gems where the greatest hooks of all time can be found (this goes for both Emotion and Kiss).

    Long story short- Emotion rules, Carly Rae Jepsen rules, and I apologize for nothing.

    • Guacamole Jim

      I would upvote you.. but… Kiss sucks the biggest, hairiest, smelliest, smegma-ridden dong of possibly all time.

      • Paris Hilton

        That is blasphemy!!! Although I will say the radio edit of Curiosity is considerably better than the album version

  • tigeraid

    But here’s the correct answer tho:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a61R5VX_N2o

    • EsusMoose

      Coping Mechanism was my favorite track off that album, gallop riff too gud.

  • Sir Tapir The Based

    Dis one
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9YJmIiUI3gE
    Also, gg Bear, you actually chose a good song for once.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    JAG wins. Also Ryan Adams 1989 is awesome.

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Nope

  • To date my most played song of 2015 is The Ledge, by Lynch Mob.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoIQc6LJtYg

    Oni’s vocals are top notch.

  • Waynecro
    • EsusMoose

      Settler was great.

      • Waynecro

        Love that album, man.

        • EsusMoose

          After or maybe during the middle of my end of the year missed album binge I’ll give it another solid listen, I loved the thing when it first came out but played it too much in a short period. A lot of good post stuff this year.

          • Waynecro

            Settler just hits all the feels for me. It sounds sad and uplifting at the same time, which totally tickles my depressed meat pickle.

  • Salvador Dalí Lama

    Best chorus 2015. Whenever I have a bad day, it cheers me up.

    NSFW WARNING: don’t watch at work, or listen to out loud.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWE_M0CX9So

    • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

      I can imagine Al Bundy singing this after work.

  • RJA

    I back Frosty 100% – absolutely best song of the year.

  • G.L.O.S.S. goes hard. Link’s pick has a siqqq riff. Twelve Foot Ninja doesn’t annoy me as much as I assumed. Horrendous is tight.

    • Dubs

      THANKS FOR MENTIONING MINE I HATE YOU

      • WE’VE TALKED ABOUT THIS BEFORE. WE BOTH LISTENED TO THAT ALBUM AN AWFUL LOT WHEN IT DROPPED.

        • Dubs

          I KNOW I JUST WANTED TO GET ON THE ANGRY TRAIN

          • Boss the Ross

            ME TOO! AAAAAAARGH!

          • GL

          • i bet you’ve never been angry ever

          • Boss the Ross

            I wouldn’t go so far as to say “ever”, but I do try to not be angry. I feel like I’m a pretty chill individual.

    • EsusMoose

      I guess you’ve been busy

    • more beer

      That Twelve Foot Ninja annoyed me more than enough for the both of us.

  • Boss the Ross

    Personal favorite from the new Maiden album. Though perhaps not THE song of the year.

    https://youtu.be/_ewSpTCndhE

    • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

      Best one from the CD, but pretty average by IM standards. Beats the fuck out of Empire Of The Clouds, which was a total waste of 18 minutes.

      • Boss the Ross

        Damn, harsh on Empire. But, hey, it’s your opinion.

  • Grooves. Feels. Guitar distortion and drumsets. Yelling!

    I don’t know what the exact lyrics to the chorus are, but it sounds like “Stuck in a dream/ about nothing!” Which is basically a very accurate definition for consciousness itself.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwS-P_viwt4

  • Dubs

    Jammed this song a ton this year too.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYD-t_49BeM

    • ┼yree

      Creepy xylophone.

    • I feel like crying when the toy piano (or xylophone or whatever) part lines up with the deathmetalling near the end.

      But why?

    • no need for me to post another Abyssal song, this album is full of rippers

  • Upon first listen to Anthropocene Extinction, Prophets of Loss is the song that is like “oh yea did you think Manufactured Extinct was cool? You ain’t heard nothin yet.” THEN IT FUCKING OBLITERATES YOUR EXISTENCE

    • Old Man Doom

      WE FUCKING DIE TONIGHT

      • AND THATS PERFECTLY ALRIGHT WITH MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAEEEEEEE

  • Count_Breznak
    • This is very Brain Drill-ish

      • ahhhhhhh maybe thats why I don’t like it

      • Count_Breznak

        With a side of Psyopus

  • Stanley

    Not my song of the year, but I checked iTunes and this song got a shit ton of plays. Even when I was totally fucked during 20+ long runs, I could always put this song on and sing out loud to the pre-chorus/chorus.

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

    • Dubs

      Orden Ogan, eh? Not a band I’d associate with you, Stannis.

      • Stanley

        I try not to associate myself with them either. Don’t tell anyone.

    • *icky*

  • ┼yree

    A non metal song that got a lot of plays this year…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJjaXtniw8o

  • Stanley

    45 plays on iTunes. Does not count plays of CD on stereo or in car.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Evlb2MHBfJo

    • Sweet album art. Vocals are ripping toooooooooo

  • Dubs
    • I feel like these guys deserved more attention than they got.

      • Waynecro

        It’s one of my top gym albums for the year.

  • Old Man Doom and Celtic Frosty’s choices >>>>

  • Your lack of Slugdge is disturbing

  • Stanley

    THIS. THIS. THIS. That riff at 3:17. Oh, my.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxLoyHlZ9LU

    • ┼yree

      Wish this was a tad bit less polished but still a fierce album.

      • Stanley

        Yep, agreed.

  • EsusMoose

    I find the lack of Golden Number pleasing.

  • ┼yree
    • Pagliacci is Kvlt

      Have you heard anything about a line-up change with them? They were approached to play SWMF’16, but their response was something like they are currently no longer a live unit and don’t know if they will be in the future.

    • Lacertilian

      Amongst The Forlorn Larch, this track and Absence Of The Eternal.

  • RJA

    I made it to 3:26 of 12ft Ninja – Unfortunately the track doesn’t start until 2:11! I’ll take vibraphone over this.

    • more beer

      I would take the city jack-hammering my street over that.

      • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

        *slides over some Einsterzande Neubauten, then*

    • Stockhausen
    • Stockhausen

      VIBRAPHONE (and a little marimba)!!!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFFAqsV9JxQ

      • RJA

        Ok, this Stefon Harris kid is pretty good.

        • Stockhausen

          I got to see him live last month, and he was unreal. Then I saw him at 1 AM after the show in a hotel lobby, we had both enjoyed several beverages, and we exchanged a thumbs up and a “Dude, yeah man,” look.

    • ┼yree

      Did you get the album so you can hear even more great songs?

      • I did :D. So fucking good.

        • ┼yree

          Well done.

  • ┼yree
    • Phoenix of the House Tendies

      It’s all about either Pain Enchantment or the reworked Fields of Scattered Bones.

      Fucking savagery.

      • ┼yree

        I’m hoping for a tour soon. I’d love to see these maniacs destroy it live.

        • Dave Vincent’s Perm

          Didn’t they tour with dead congregation a couple of years back?

  • ┼yree

    BEST OPENING SONG TO ANY ALBUM THIS YEAR. That break 8 seconds in is insane!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHhoXXQW6SQ

  • D. Lee

    Off the top of my head I’d go with this, just a fucking blast to listen to https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kcoTfcF86Jw

    • Old Man Doom

      I was very close to picking “Bridgeburner.” Good, good stuff

      • Dagon

        Bridgeburner is the best cut from that album, god damn!

        • Every time folks mention that song I get excited until I remember you’re not talking about Magrudergrind’s Bridgeburner : (

          • Dagon
          • Phoenix of the House Tendies

            Best groovy song by a grind band ever, or best groovy song by a grind band ever (other than Nasum’s Wrath.)?

          • Old Man Doom

            Magrudergrind is awesome too, Joe.

  • Guppusmaximus

    I know the album doesn’t come out till next year but this song’s got me pumped here in 2015

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8t-9o-jyrI

  • COAL ROLL

    BATUSHKA – Litourgiya – Yekteniya 1 through 8

    • Dubs

      I like this. I like you.

      • COAL ROLL

        plz don’t let Masterlord disqualify my from riff of year due to my jimmy rustling on saturday

        • Dubs

          I’ll put in a good word.

          • COAL ROLL

            the very nature of the entry is jimmy rustling as it is

  • ┼yree

    One of the most menacing sounding bestial songs I’ve heard this year. I love that cavernous production too. So gross.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu0Bko5ROfQ

    • Stockhausen

      This is awesome.

  • JWEG

    Literally my most played tune of 2015 in bandcamp, downloaded, and YouTube forms:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–8_kA30McU

    Even though technically first released (last song in the WOLFCop credits) in 2014, it was only officially released within an EP in June of this year.

    PS: I unironically also love the Gowan original. Fight me.

    • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

      Damnit, I keep forgetting to check out Wolfcop!

      • CyberneticOrganism

        It’s pretty good

    • Waynecro

      You, sir, have very good taste.

  • Max

    Ironically, given the panning of Mgla’s record I did yesterday, I could now put “Exercises in Futility Part I” as Song of the Year since it is about as great as anything else I’ve heard.

    But there are a few others I’ve heard that I like as least as much. Let’s go with Sectorial’s “Autumn Silence is Covered With Ice”:

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

    Or, for something non-metal, it’s a toss-up between David Hasselhoff’s “True Survivor” (non-ironically, but I won’t post it since you’ve doubtless all heard it) and this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wk72KxcfJWA

    • Waynecro

      I approve of the outfits in that The Veronicas video. I wonder how many Hot Topic kids had to die to make them.

      • Max

        It can never be too many. Especially for The Veronicas.

  • KJM, Shake Zula
  • KJM, Shake Zula
    • Boss the Ross

      Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.

  • KJM, Shake Zula
  • Stanley

    Instrumental song of the year?

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

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Can’t say for sure if this is my top song of 2015, but it, along with the rest of the album, is something that’s quickly become one of my new favorites.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXh2ef0wD0A

    • ┼yree

      Oh, nice one. An album that completely slipped my mind.

  • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

    Kinda hard for me to pick just one favorite, but if I gotta choose:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlHEeT5jDLs

    Plenty of twists and turns on his newest one, but this one right at the beginning of the CD wins it for me. Some widdly diddlies, plenty of crescendos and time shifts, atmospheric vocals (which sound just a bit like Maynard at times), all without losing a beat or becoming one big musical clusterfuck salad. I also highly recommend his main band, Disperse, if you haven’t heard them.

  • i appear to be the only person with Amestigon in his/her top 10. shame.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zg2pBVD7EKM

    • ME GORAK B.C.™

      GORAK LIKE!!!!!!!!

  • Air Raid From The Top Bunk
    • KJM, Shake Zula

      Sometimes it’s hard to believe, but that dude probably smokes as much herb as I do.

      • Air Raid From The Top Bunk

        Lol, him and Lachte both smoke like a pair of broke stoves!

  • Pagliacci is Kvlt
  • CyberneticOrganism

    One of the catchiest songs I heard all year

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-5qlsW56gQ

    • EsusMoose

      I love the intro portion, lyrics are a little silly but yeah this sits right behind Cirice, Pinnacle and Absolution

      • CyberneticOrganism

        It sounds like a modern rock opera song in the best possible way.

        • EsusMoose

          Unlike Dream Theater who seem to be doing the exact opposite.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            That would make a great article. “Which modern metal band would write the best rock opera?”

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Ghost would be a strong candidate.

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      Absolution is the number one track on Meliora imo.

  • J.R.™

    In a totally opposite direction, since the Toilet introduced me to this I have been all up in it. Like all up in it.
    Also, hello friends, long time no see.
    https://bobbyrapscorbin.bandcamp.com/track/burdened

  • it’s all fvcking heresy

    Holy shit how have I never heard of Tanagra? I’m really digging this.

  • Boss the Ross

    The real best song.

    https://youtu.be/ty0PBp1E4NU

  • prowlerdante

    The song I’ve been ripping most this year is Maha Kali by Dissection, but the song is like 10 years old. Oh well.

  • Eliza

    I glad to see some love for the new Clutch album.

    • Boss the Ross

      I’m glad to see that someone is glad to see some love for the new Clutch album.

      It’s amazing.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        I upvote the mutual gladness.

      • Eliza

        It is! What’s your favourite song on it. Mine’s Firebird.

        • Boss the Ross

          Our Lady of Electric Light. Followed closely by Sucker for the Witch.

          • Eliza

            I like those songs a lot as well. 🙂

  • xengineofdeathx

    Im torn between two as well. I think I listened to this SOD song more than anything this year. The end just makes you feel like you have a concrete pillar on your chest. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Y17Gxi53Z2s

    Also I listened to this on 5 grams of mushrooms and just had my mind blown apart and its stuck with me ever since. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mj5kY1JKWZk

  • wow fharc cried

  • Surprised to see G.L.O.S.S. twice! those chicks kill it