This list has become increasingly difficult to decide on as the year comes to its close, with quite a few really strong albums being released in the latter half of 2015 as well as me finding out about lots that I missed; I can’t say how much my top 5 would change, but my top 10 is rotating a bit as I find more releases I’ve missed over the year. I would like to say thanks very much for giving Fetid Dead the time of your day and here’s my top 5!
#5 – Mgła – Exercises in Futility [Black Metal]
Exercises in Futility represents another set of unbelievably catchy passages of nihilism and despiar from this Polish group. The riffs are depressing and have a stench of crushing despair that drags you down along its 40 minutes. Fantastic black metal.
#4 – Pissgrave – Suicide Euphora [Death Metal]
With music as rotten and putrid as the festering sludge pile that once was a body adorning Suicide Euphoria’s album cover, this is easily the filthiest death metal released all year and definitely some of the most relentlessly brutal. Super keen for more material from this US four piece.
#3 – Hooded Menace – Darkness Drips Forth [Death/Doom Metal]
A very late appearance on my list but no less deserving; Darkness Drips Forth is both crushing in its doom laden death metal and haunting with its melodic leads. Hooded Menace have crafted a fantastic and extremely sombre trip into decaying crypts with DDF. A top notch release in a catalogue of already great death/doom from this band.
#2 – Visigoth – The Revenant King [Power/Heavy Metal]
Marrying a loyalty to the lyrical themes and attitude of USPM with the anthemic bombast and soaring melodies of its European strain without all of the cheese that comes along with it; The Revenant King brings a little over an hour of vengeance and metal. Absolutely glorious in its fist raising catchiness.
#1 – Cruciamentum – Charnel Passages [Death Metal]
A fucking superb debut of cavernous death metal from this English group, . The crypt dwelling atmosphere concocted by the riffs, vocals and especially the underlying synths is chilling while, with help from the drums, ramming a level of brutality down your throat befitting of the Incantation worship that makes up this style of death metal. The song writing that Cruciamentum have put on display is top notch, with a seamless feel to the entire album. If you have missed this release this year; rectify immediately. Hail Death!