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While not metal exactly, the new Clutch album is easily my favorite of the year so far. Each track has stayed stuck in my head since I bought it.
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Originally posted by Unitron Unitron wrote:

While not metal exactly, the new Clutch album is easily my favorite of the year so far. Each track has stayed stuck in my head since I bought it.
I´m pretty sure it´ll end up being my favorite non-metal album of the year too. I´m really liking this one.

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Just woke up and went out to the mailbox, the new Circle II Circle & Stryper cd's arrived but I haven't had the chance to listen to them yet.

Updated 2015 purchase list, in alphabetical order:

Amorphis -- Under The Red Cloud
Angra -- Secret Garden
Beyond The Black -- Songs Of Love And Death
Blind Guardian -- Beyond The Red Mirror
Borealis -- Purgatory
Cain's Offering -- Stormcrow
Circle II Circle -- Reign Of Darkness
Ensiferum -- One Man Army
Halestorm -- Into The Wild Life
Iron Maiden -- The Book Of Souls
Isbell, Jason -- Something More Than Free
Kamelot -- Haven
Lamb Of God -- VII: Sturm Und Drang
Native Construct - Quiet World
Nightwish -- Endless Forms Most Beautiful
Pyramaze -- Disciples Of The Sun
Queensryche -- Condition Human
Riverside -- Love, Fear And The Time Machine
Signum Regis -- Through The Storm
Stratovarius -- Eternal
Stryper -- Fallen
Sylosis -- Dormant Heart
Symphony X -- Underworld
Teramaze -- Her Halo
Vanden Plas - Chronicles Of The Immortals: Netherworld II
Waken Eyes -- Exodus
Wilson, Steven -- Hand. Cannot. Erase.
Xandria -- Fire & Ashes



So far the Amorphis is my album of the year. It just clicks all the right buttons for me, and I truly think it's the best album they've done. I love Skyforger (2009), which might be a 5-star album for me, but I think that Under The Red Cloud is even better.

As a long time fan of Kamelot, I think Haven is as good as anything they put out with Roy Khan (Epica is still my fav, though). 2nd place

Symphony X -- Underworld takes my 3rd place so far. Great album even if it sounds as if Michael Romeo is copying older Symphony X themes for this new album. 


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The new Avatarium album is almost certain to make my top 10 albums of the year even though I prefer their debut - so high is the quality of this great band.
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New WASP - Golgotha is surprisingly good, I haven't enjoyed an album of theirs like that since... well. long time.
Vintage Caravan - Arrival was very enjoyable.
Spock's Beard - The Oblivion Particle is excellent, I warmly recommend it.
Widek - Journey To The Stars - mostly instrumental album (last song has vocals only), djenty and post-rock-ish, very good, one of the best albums I've heard this year.
Sylvan - Home - did not expect to be so good, a very pleasant surprise

I still have quite a few albums to listen to from:
Caligula's Horse
Subsignal
Motorhead
Circle II Circle
Saxon
The Tangent
We Lost the Sea
Magic Pie
Nemo

I just need some time Big smile


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^ Waiting for the new Spock's Beard to arrive - was let down by dodax who kept me waiting over a month before informing me they couldn't supply it so looking forward to that one.
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Today I picked up:

Vanden Plas - Chronicles Of the Immortals: Netherworld pt.2

Native Construct - Quiet World



I've listened to the Vanden Plas so far. It's pretty good, imo, better than pt.1 I'll have to listen to it a few more times to absorb it into my brain, but I still don't think it matches Christ O or The Seraphic Clockwork.


That Native Construct album was recommended to me by some fellow concert-goers last week at the Blind Guardian show. I listened to it a bit on youtube the other day. Experimental metal, not really all that heavy, with reminiscence of Dream Theater, Porcupine tree, etc with some wackiness thrown in.
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there are more 2015 albums to listen to (I'm in an oldies mood now so those 2015 will have to wait - LOL)

Girlschool - Guilty as Sin
Vanden Plas - Chronicles of the Immortals Netherworld II
Mystery - Delusion Rain
The Tangent - A Spark in the Aether
Magic Pie - King for a Day


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It looks like near the end of the year is when the best releases of this year have been coming. Not only is the new Clutch album amazing, but the new Killing Joke and Chastain albums blew me away as well! I really need to catch up on my reviewing of new albums. I'm too much on a punk kick lately though, with some White Zombie, Dark Angel, and Bjork in-between. LOL

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Metal:
Krallice– Ygg Huur (dissonant, blazing hot black metal from the brain child of Colin Marston and Mick Barr)
Deafheaven– New Bermuda (for those who disliked Deafheaven for their lack of variety, this album addresses that problem head on, with an incredibly paced album that feels like one piece without even having segues)
Sannhet– Revisionist (instrumental post-metal)
Bell Witch– Four Phantoms (sprawling, expansive, slowwww doom)
Liturgy– The Ark Work (weird ass rap metal (?) feature bagpipes, glockenspiel, drum machine, electronic stutters, and synth horns and strings)
Kroda– GinnungaGap– GinnungaGaldr– GinnungaKaos (emotive pagan black metal; simple and to the point songwriting)

Non-metal:
Viet Cong– S/t (lo-fi yet inventive post-punk)
Kendrick Lamar– To Pimp A Butterfly (rap genius with a host of first call LA jazz musicians)
Protomartyr– The Agent Intellect (lyrically brilliant, emotive post-punk)
Stern– Bone Turquoise (mathy slowcore)
Father John Misty– I Love You, Honeybear (also lyrically brilliant, but more singer-songwriter stuff with big arrangements)
Girl Band– Holding Hands with Jamie (noise rock inspired by and reminiscent of a psychotic breakdown)
Ought– Sun Coming Down (uplifting post-punk)
Julia Holter– Have You in My Wilderness (like Pet Sounds/Smile-era Beach Boys with smatterings of Spirit of Eden/Laughing Stock era Talk Talk)
Conduct– Fear and Desire (more post-punk, harsher and louder)
Wilco– Star Wars (a lot of fun with beautiful fuzzy tones)
Chelsea Wolfe– Abyss (Goth goes R&B goes electronic goes sludge)
Zs– Xe (minimalist electroacoustic thingamajig)
Kamasi Washington– The Epic (huge, long post-bop album)
Christian Scott– Stretch Music (inventive and exciting jazz album, not sure where to place it)
Panda Bear– Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper (glitchy, psychy, synthy, poppy)

I have high expectations for Sunn O))'s new record.

I have a few metal releases I need to listen to on backlog because I listen to a ton of stuff, but are there any other metal albums from this year you guys think I would like?


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Here´s the 2015 albums I´ve reviewed so far (A few reviews still pending 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
17. Wooden Stake - A Feast of Virgin Souls
18. Sinister - Dark Memorials
19. George Kollias - Invictus
19. Seigmen - Enola
20. Skinless - Only the Ruthless Remain
21. Symphony X - Underworld
22. Obscure Infinity - Perpetual Descending into Nothingness
23. Lamb of God - VII: Sturm und Drang
24. Viking - No Child Left Behind
25. Fear Factory - Genexus 
26. Tribulation - The Children of the Night   
27. Act of Defiance - Birth and the Burial
28. Alkaloid - The Malkuth Grimoire
29. The Black Dahlia Murder - Abysmal
30. Nile - What Should Not be Unearthed
31. Negative Self - Negative Self
32. Soilwork - The Ride Majestic
33. Iron Maiden - The Book Of Souls
34. Slayer - Repentless
35. High on Fire - Luminiferous
36. Stoned Jesus - The Harvest
37. Defaced - Forging the Sanctuary
38. Ghost Ship Octavius - Ghost Ship Octavius
39. Black Breath - Slaves Beyond Death
40. Bone Gnawer - Cannibal Crematorium
41. Encyrcle - Encyrcle
42. Faith No More - Sol Invictus
43. E-Force - Demonikhol
44. My Dying Bride - Feel the Misery
45. Motörhead - Bad Magic
46. Halshug - Blodets Bånd
47. Clutch - Psychic Warfare
48. Supuration - Reveries...
 
Out of those there are two 5 star releases:
Clutch - Psychic Warfare (absolutely fantastic album by Clutch. Their best yet IMO).
Black Breath - Slaves Beyond Death (It´s not everyday I´m blown away by an old school sounding death metal release. I listen to tons of releases in that genre each year and few make a lasting impression, but this one is a Winner).

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 ^ Need to check out that Black Breath album if it's as good as you say.

You've been a busy guy Jonas with all those reviews. Thumbs Up
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Originally posted by Nightfly Nightfly wrote:

 ^ Need to check out that Black Breath album if it's as good as you say.


That Black Breath album is great, I highly recommend it as well.

To make an update to my list:

These are my favorites of the year so far, still haven't reviewed them all:
Clutch - Psychic Warfare
Disturbed - Immortalized
Chastain - We Bleed Metal
Killing Joke - Pylon
Bliksem - Gruesome Masterpiece
Black Breath - Slaves Beyond Death
Nile - What Should Not be Unearthed
Mercy Brown - Mercy Brown
10 Years - From Birth to Burial
Vanlade - Rage of the Gods
Myrkur - M
Slayer - Repentless

Reviewed some of these, but some of them will require more listens before reviewing:
Annalynn - Stare Down the Undefeated
Enter Shikari - The Mindsweep
Marilyn Manson - The Pale Emperor
Coal Chamber - Rivals
Acidrodent - Of Human Toxicity
Melechesh - Enki
Sevendust - Kill the Flaw
Iron Maiden - The Book of Souls
Finger Eleven - Five Crooked Lines
Arena - The Unquiet Sky
Three Days Grace - Human (I wish I didn't hear this album though)

Still need to hear:
The new Helloween, Royal Thunder, Symphony X, Kamelot, and Motorhead albums


Edited by Unitron - 26 Dec 2015 at 1:28pm
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Wow, that new Black Breath albums is brilliant! Ordered it straight away! Thumbs Up
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 I've only listened to Misthyrming's Songvar elds og oreidu once, but it's pretty nice, straightforward black metal with a few surprising turns. Plus the album cover is great.

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^That is some nice album art, nice combination of a muted and bright red. Thumbs Up
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The new albums of Girlschool, Circle II Circle and Mystery are quite good, very enjoyable. Big smile
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Yes, I really like that new Circle II Circle.

It's heavier like what their last album 'Seasons Will Fall' hinted at, but at the same time has more of a Savatage flavor to it, maybe because the keyboards/piano can be heard more clearly, and in some cases is the driving melody of the song.


I just picked up a few more 2015 releases, Beyond The Black -- Songs Of Love And Death, Teramaze -- Her Halo, and Waken Eyes -- Exodus


I've only had the chance to listen to the Teramaze album. It's very good, proggy metal with a good dose of 2010's-era clean vocal style metal (a-la Tesseract, Karnivool, etc.)

Beyond The Black is a German metal act with a female singer, very nice voice reminiscent of Evanescence (singer is hella-cute, too).


Waken Eyes; new prog/power metal band with Marco Minneman on drums (Steven Wilson, The Aristocrats, Paul Gilbert), Michael Lepond on bass (Symphony X), and Henrik Bath (Darkwater, ex-Harmony) on vocals. I think it's the guitarists project, though.


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The new Sunn O))) was pretty good. Nothing new for them, but probably their most melodic album insofar as melody is possible with them.
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The new Panopticon record is Grade A stuff. 
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