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    Posted: 01 Jul 2015 at 12:05pm
Half the year has gone already so you know what time it is. Share what's grabbed you so far from 2015.

I have not listened to half as much this year so far myself, the reason for that being in the later stages on 2014 I was getting pretty burned out on writing reviews, which lasted a bit into 2015 as well. I came to the realization that I was spending too much time shifting through promos and no enjoying the music I already own. So since then I've not been reviewing much, only writing when something really intrigues me. There are a lot of releases I'd like to catch up on of course, but I find I'm a happier listener for taking a slower approach to the year's new albums. I'm finiding more time for old favourites and older releases I've missed out on previously that way.

This is what I've heard and reviewed and/or rated for 2015.

  1. Blind Guardian - Beyond the Red Mirror
  2. Unleash the Archers - Time Stands Still
  3. Wilderun - Sleep at the Edge of the Earth
  4. Pyramaze - Disciples of the Sun
  5. The Gentle Storm - The Diary
  6. Carach Angren - This is No Fairytale
  7. Dysrider - Bury the Omen
  8. Darkology - Fated to Burn
  9. Finsterforst - Mach Dich Frei
  10. Distant Sun - Dark Matter
  11. Vexillum - Unum
  12. Native Construct - Quiet World
  13. Lancer - Second Storm
  14. District 97 - In Vaults
  15. Wind Rose - Wardens of the West Wind
  16. Judicator - At the Expense of Humanity
  17. Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful
  18. Battle Beast - Unholy Savior
  19. Ilium - My Misanthropia
  20. Kamelot - Haven
  21. Masters of Disguise - The Savage and the Grace
  22. Helloween - My God-Given Right
  23. Hysterica - All In
  24. Kantation - Nephilim
  25. Ethernity - Obscure Illusions
  26. Dark Sarah - Behind the Black Veil
  27. Whyzdom - Symphony for a Hopeless God
  28. Ensiferum - One Man Army
  29. Virgin Steele - Nocturnes of Hellfire & Damnation
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Bosh66 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Jul 2015 at 12:45pm
You're right Adam, that's pathetic. Only 30 releases :-)
I'm not sure (aside from a pile of metalcore free downloads I feel obliged to download) how many 2015 releases I've got. Probably half a dozen at a stretch.
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I'm normally around the 50 mark by this point. Wink
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Unitron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Jul 2015 at 12:52pm
This is what I've heard so far:

Enter Shikari - The Mindsweep
Marilyn Manson - The Pale Emperor
Mercy Brown - Mercy Brown
10 Years - From Birth to Burial
Coal Chamber - Rivals
Acidrodent - Of Human Toxicity
Melechesh - Enki
Disturbed - Immortalized
Nile - What Should Not be Unearthed
Iron Maiden - The Book of Souls

And if Hard Rock counts:
Finger Eleven - Five Crooked Lines
Arena - The Unquiet Sky
Three Days Grace - Human (I wish I didn't hear this album though)



Edited by Unitron - 17 Nov 2015 at 4:50pm
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This is what I've heard so far this year:

Angra - Secret Garden
Blind Guardian - Beyond The Red Mirror
Cain's Offering - Stormcrow
Halestorm - Into The Wild Life
Kamelot - Haven
Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful
Sylosis - Dormant Heart
Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase.


There's probably a couple of others I can't think of at the moment.

So far my favorite is the Kamelot. I really, really like that album. I think it's one of their best yet. Yes, I like it that much. But then again, my favorite album of theirs is Ghost Opera, an album most Kamelot fans say is one of the worst of the Roy Khan-era Kamelot albums.

the Cain's Offering is pretty good too. As good as classic-era Sonata Arctica? Maybe not, but it's better than anything Sonata Arctica has put out since Jani was kicked out of the band, and better than the first Cain's Offering album.

I like the Angra quite a bit, surprisingly, and the Steven Wilson album is growing on me. Fantastic musicianship, first-rate sound quality and lovingly crafted album, it bored me to tears when I first heard it (Just like 'Raven').


I've got some more 2015 coming this month when the get released, the Symphony X and the Borealis, along with a couple of others so I could get free shipping from amazon, the Pyramaze, Signum Regis, and a non-metal offering the new Jason Isbell (Americana/alt-country).
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Beardfish - + 4626 Comfort Zone (great album)
Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase. (amazing, as usual)
Angra - Secret Garden (a very pleasant surprise, I admit I wasn't expecting much)
Cain's Offering - Stormcrow (a very enjoyable listen)
Sunset In The 12th House - Mozaic (a project of members of Dordeduh, very good album)
Ghost Ship Octavius - Ghost Ship Octavius (Van Williams' new band, for those who like Nevermore and miss them)
Klone - Here Comes the Sun (I've heard better from these guys but still a solid album I say)
Anekdoten - Until All The Ghosts Are Gone (loved it, great to see them back!)
Helloween - My god Given Right (catchy and enjoyable)
Lucifer - I (female fronted heavy/doom, rather unoriginal but still I enjoyed it)


on my "to listen to" list, the albums from the following bands:

Pyramaze
Demon Eye
Toto
Armored Saint
Darkology
Sylvan
God Is an Astronaut
Muse (just listened to half of it so far LOL)
Freedom Hawk (listened to a few songs, hard rock meets doom)

I won't mention the stuff I disliked or disappointed me. Embarrassed

I'll be back with some more soon.

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I´ve listened to far less than what I usually do, but I´ve still managed to listen to and review these albums (some reviews are in backlog to be posted):
 
1. Napalm Death - Apex Predator - Easy Meat
2. Enslaved - In Times
3. Sickening Horror - Overflow
4. Gruesome - Savage Land
5. Dødheimsgard - A Umbra Omega
6. Morgoth - Ungod
7. Minsk - The Crash and the Draw
8. The Grotesquery - Curse of the Skinless Bride
9. Prong - Songs from the Black Hole
10. Shining - IX – Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends
11. Psycroptic - Psycroptic
12. Pyramaze - Disciples Of The Sun
13. Unleashed - Dawn Of The Nine
14. Melechesh - Enki
15. Paradise Lost - The Plague Within
16. Sigh - Graveward
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So if I was planning to do something about mt lack of exposure to 2015 releases, which two or three of these are most worth paying out cash for?
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^My favorites so far this year have been Nile, 10 Years, Mercy Brown, Killing Joke, Clutch, Bliksem, and Chastain


Edited by Unitron - 17 Nov 2015 at 4:51pm
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I've been slow this year so far as well. Been catching up on a few with Spotify this week but I still have quite a few albums I want to hear.

My favourite so far is Unleash the Archers - Time Stands Still, following by the albums from Blind Guardian, Pyramaze and Carach Angren.
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My favourite album this year so far is prog (Anekdoten) but on the rock/metal front my top picks are the new albums from Melechesh, Morgoth, Unleashed, Royal Thunder, Europe, Enslaved and Angra. 

I suspect there's some great ones to come and have high expectations for Symphony X, lamb of God and Avatarium. I waiting for the Lucifer debut to arrive any day hopefully - think there's a hold-up on the vinyl pressing.
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Originally posted by LittleBig LittleBig wrote:


Muse (just listened to half of it so far LOL)



That Muse album is really good, I find it to be their best album.
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Originally posted by Bosh66 Bosh66 wrote:

So if I was planning to do something about mt lack of exposure to 2015 releases, which two or three of these are most worth paying out cash for?
 
From my list:
1. Napalm Death - Apex Predator - Easy Meat
2. Enslaved - In Times
3. Sickening Horror - Overflow
4. Gruesome - Savage Land
5. Dødheimsgard - A Umbra Omega
6. Morgoth - Ungod
7. Minsk - The Crash and the Draw
8. The Grotesquery - Curse of the Skinless Bride
9. Prong - Songs from the Black Hole
10. Shining - IX – Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends
11. Psycroptic - Psycroptic
12. Pyramaze - Disciples Of The Sun
13. Unleashed - Dawn Of The Nine
14. Melechesh - Enki
15. Paradise Lost - The Plague Within
16. Sigh - Graveward
 
I´d recommend:
1. Napalm Death - Apex Predator - Easy Meat
2. Enslaved - In Times
8. The Grotesquery - Curse of the Skinless Bride
11. Psycroptic - Psycroptic
13. Unleashed - Dawn Of The Nine
14. Melechesh - Enki
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At this very moment the only album I recall, that I'm sure was released this year and that I listened to, is the new A Forest of Stars record. There may be more, I don't remember.

I like it, but not as much as I liked their two previous albums. Review incoming.

EDIT: Oh and Enslaved.


Edited by bartosso - 06 Jul 2015 at 3:33pm
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three albums I should not have forgotten about

Arena - The Unquiet Sky
UFO - A Conspiracy of Stars
Europe - War of Kings
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^ haven't heard the Arena album. I quite liked the last one and bought it but haven't played it in ages so was tempted to get this one. I'll give it a listen though. The Europe albums excellent.
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The new Symphony X album has become my no 1 album of the year so far - going to take some shifting.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote LittleBig Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jul 2015 at 5:18am
Originally posted by Nightfly Nightfly wrote:

The new Symphony X album has become my no 1 album of the year so far - going to take some shifting.


haven't listened to it yet, but I will
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Originally posted by LittleBig LittleBig wrote:

Originally posted by Nightfly Nightfly wrote:

The new Symphony X album has become my no 1 album of the year so far - going to take some shifting.


haven't listened to it yet, but I will

If you like Symphony X you wont be disappointed! 
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The debut album from Lucifer is well worth checking out for lovers of female fronted doom metal/hard rock.
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