It’s no secret to people that know me that I love heavy metal, and 2016 was a momentous year for it. As much as I love death metal, black metal, thrash, and other sections of metal’s rich offerings, this list ended up being dominated by some of the best heavy metal by both quality and quantity that have came out in years. It really is incredible that an album like the new Eternal Champion that may have been my album of the year if it came out in 2014 or 2015 didn’t even make my top ten cross-genre cut this year. Exclusions were many and hard to make, and I’m glad for it- I’d much rather have a bunch of tough exclusions than a few easy inclusions. It’s also no secret that I’m terrible at describing music, despite writing for a music blog, so bear with me.
Author: Jan Jakobsen
I want to start off by saying that 2015 has been another great year for metal music and in particular black metal. I hope you’ve found loads of new great bands and albums and I most definitely look forward to seeing what metal has in store for us in 2016. Anyway, here are my top 5 picks for 2015.
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Before I get into it, I want to note that this is my metal only Top 5. Steven Wilson’s prog rock masterpiece Hand. Cannot. Erase. is featured in the #2 slot of my master list. Continue reading
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! Continue reading
2015 ended up being a great year for black and thrash hybrids and variants as well as grindcore. However, I didn’t have a hard time picking the Top 5 as they all made themselves very clear within about a day of review. These are my unambiguous Top 5, in this order. Thanks for reading Fetid Dead and have a good rest of the year! Continue reading
(Ed: Sorry for the lateish post! This begins the posting of the Fetid Dead writers’ top 5 albums of the year, which we’ll be posting across this week and into next week, enjoy!) Continue reading