January 18, 2016 Steve Gerrard

My Favourite Rock & Metal Albums of 2015


A couple of days ago I posted my favourite albums of 2015 but left out anything that fell into the heavier end of the spectrum. The reason was simple. I planned on doing a Spotify playlist for anyone who wanted to delve further into my choices and maybe discover some music they’d not heard before. However, mixing a band like Axis into a playlist featuring Drake and Lianne La Havas seemed a little odd, and I suspect a lot of people who like those artists wouldn’t enjoy the playlist if it were littered with extreme music. Hence the separation…

One band came out of nowhere and blew me away with their album, Lightless Walk. Cult Leader are a band you have to check out if you like immense heaviness mixed with intelligent songwriting. I love this band! Hope to catch them live soon.

I almost missed the Refused album, finally stumbling across it quite a while after its release. Another band I still need to see live.

The rest of the list mixes extreme metal, grindcore, hardcore, death metal, whatever Deafheaven are (!) and the return to form of Marilyn Manson.

Here’s the Spotify playlist. TURN IT UP!

1. Cult Leader – Lightless Walk

2. Refused – Freedom

3. Defeater – Abandoned

4. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – Blossom

5. Thy Art Is Murder – Holy war

6. Deafheaven – New Bermuda

7. Axis – Show Your Greed

8. The Wonder Years – No Closer To Heaven

9. Palm Reader – Beside The Ones We Love

10. Lamb Of God – VII: Sturm Und Drang

11. Bring Me The Horizon – That’s The Spirit
12. While She Sleeps – Brainwashed
13. Fit For An Autopsy – Absolute Hope Absolute Hell
14. Enslaved – In Times
15. High On Fire – Luminiferous
16. Cancer Bats – Searching For Zero
17. Parkway Drive – Ire
18. Napalm Death – Apex Predator – Easy Meat
19. Baroness – Purple
20. Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor
21. Faith No More – Sol Invictus
22. Vast – Hole Below
23. Fathoms – Lives Lived
24. Superheaven – Ours Is Chrome
25. Slayer – Repentless

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