Top 25 Metal Albums of 2015 - George

I have heard some people say that 2015 wasn’t as good a year for metal as last year. I find myself unable to agree with that assessment. For the better part of 2015, I felt like I was spinning around in circles trying to catch all the great albums as they came flying by; I couldn’t shake the feeling that there was a great undiscovered treasure just around the next corner that I had not yet discovered. Despite this, there were a great many wonderful discoveries this year, and I attribute many of these to Bandcamp. When I decided to change over my music collection from MP3 to FLAC this past spring, Bandcamp became my go-to spot for buying music. While I had been using Bandcamp before my FLAC obsession, this year it was probably my greatest resource. Not only can you get albums from many signed bands, but you will also find music from unsigned bands that you are unlikely to find anywhere else. I cannot thank Bandcamp enough for all the great music they have provided me with this year, and you will find some those releases in the following list of my Top 25 albums for 2015. I hope you can find some new music to enjoy in this and the list that follows. - George

Temple of Baal


Exercises in Futility

Stellar Master Elite

Dead to a Dying World

Void of Sleep
New World Order

IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere Ends

The Children of the Night

Dim and Slimeridden Kingdoms

Ur Draugr
The Hunger Undying

Paradise Lost
The Plague Within

The Girl with the Raven Mask

The Boats of the Glen Carrig

1557 - Rites of Nullification

Bell Witch
Four Phantoms

Under the Red Cloud

Sleep at the Edge of the Earth

Yesterday's Saints
Generation of Vipers

High On Fire

A Umbra Omega

Cattle Decapitation
The Anthropocene Extinction

The Malkuth Grimoire


Iron Maiden
The Book of Souls

Swallow The Sun
Songs From the North 1,2,3


  • Baroness - Purple
  • Black Star Riders - The Killer Instinct
  • Catatonic Society - Baptistina
  • Faith No More - Sol Invictus

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In a year ripe with so much great metal music, it was painfully difficult to complile a list of only the top 25 metal albums. While the albums below did not make my top 25, I feel that each of them are worthy of attention as well. Once you have checked out all the albums in the list above, if you still find yourself wanting more great metal, check out the albums listed below. I have been accused of not being able to edit myself, but I cannot help being a huge fan of all these albums. In an effort to appease complainers I actually whittled away 25 other albums to keep this list down to 50. Dig in. I hope you find some great new music you hadn't heard about previously.
  • A Flourishing Scourge - As Beauty Fades Away
  • Arcturus - Arcturian
  • Ascension - The Dead of the World
  • Ashen Horde - Nine Plagues
  • C R O W N - Natron
  • Cave of Swimmers - Reflection
  • Chapel of Disease - The Mysterious Ways of Repetitive Art
  • Corpse Garden - Entheogen
  • Corrections House - Know How to Carry a Whip
  • Cretus - Dux Mea Lux
  • Crypt Sermon - Out of the Garden
  • Cult of Endtyme - In Charnal Lights
  • Dystopia Na - Dweller on the Threshold
  • Elder - Lore
  • Gorilla Monsoon - Firegod: Feeding the Beast
  • Gruesome - Savage Land
  • Haar - The Wayward Ceremony
  • Hate Eternal - Infernus
  • Hooded Menace - Darkness Drips Forth
  • Horrendous - Anareta
  • I am the Trireme - Gnosis - Never Follow the Light
  • Immortal Bird - Empress/Abscess
  • Infera Bruo - In Conjuration
  • Inner Sanctum - Legions Awake
  • Khemmis - Absolution
  • King Giant - Black Ocean Waves
  • Lychgate - An Antidote for the Glass Pill
  • Maieutiste - S/T
  • Majestic Downfall - …When Dead
  • MAKE - The Golden Veil
  • Melechesh - Enki
  • Midnight Odyssey - Shards of Silver Fade
  • Minsk - The Crash and the Draw
  • Mutoid Man - Bleeder
  • My Dying Bride - Feel the Misery
  • Napalm Death - Apex Predator
  • Nechochwen - Heart of Akamon
  • Nile - What Should Not Be Unearthed
  • Outre - Ghost Chants
  • Roundtable - Dread Marches Under Bloodied Ragalia
  • Shape of Despair - Monotony Fields
  • Skraeckoedlan - Sagor
  • Solefald - World Metal
  • Sulphur Aeon - Gateway to the Antisphere
  • Sylosis - Dormant Heart
  • Tau Cross - S/T
  • Valkyrie - Shadows
  • Visigoth - The Revenant King
  • With the Dead - S/T
  • Wolfheart - Shadow World