2015 is a another proof of how healthy is the creative scene all around the world – although we are all aware that the music industry is crapping its pants as we speak. The year that has received with open arms the return of true legends like Faith No More, Joanna Newsom, Iron Maiden, Paradise Lost, Sleater-Kinney, Refused, and others, also found space and time to love newcomers like Algiers, Courtney Barnett, War On Women, Downtown Boys, Myrkur, etc. It was through all of that, and what stands in the middle, that we came up with this list of 60 albums that we believe to be the very best of what is an another undeniably great year.
50. Parkway Drive – Ire (Epitaph)
Parkway Drive as group reached that point of their career where they really needed to aim everything in this new release, plus they should be ambitious as fuck and push their own limits. Because they have done all that, Ire rocks like an absolute bastard. Heavy and brave, Ire is accomplished, heavy and unbelievable powerful from start to finish.
49. Drenge – Undertow (Infection Music)
A year and a half after their angst-ridden adrenaline rush of a debut album, Drenge are back with a less visceral, more layered sound and a determination to create something new.
48. Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface (Fueled By Ramen)
The record sounds schizophrenic, but yet, totally natural. Chaotic but logical. Weird but comfortable. Like everyone of us. Like Blurryface. He’s one of us. He’s all of us, and each one of us. Everybody and nobody.
47. The Beverleys – Brutal (Buzz Records)
Sharp and heavy, noisy and grungy, with a pile of riffs upon riffs, Brutal, their debut album, is undeniable different, full of sonic explosions and screamy caustic noise.
46. Dilly Dally – Sore (Partisan Records)
Sore blends the best of pop and noise, Monks’ voice is just a roller coaster of vulnerability and bravery. Strong and empowering, the perfect debut album for a band that have a lot of potential.
45. Dødheimsgard – A Umbra Omega (Peaceville)
A Umbra Omega is a unique work that bears as much relation to Wagner as to Watain and again vindicates those who know the truth – there’s no-one quite like Dødheimsgard.
44. Rolo Tomassi – Grievances (Holy Roar Records)
Rolo Tomassi over the years have ignored all the genre trends, they have their own sound and led by Eva Spence menacing barks, we must say, Grievances is their most intense yet dark, but at the same time stunning noisy visceral experience for the listener.
43. John Grant – Grey Tickles, Black Pressure (Bella Union)
John Grant is an astute motherfucker, his music can be as itchy as his thoughts and as profound/witty as his lyrics. Whether you like it or not, Grant is one of the best, most crafty songwriters of this generation.
42. Deafheaven – New Bermuda (Anti-)
Way heavier than its predecessor, the indie-shoegaze-post-rock esque is still here, but it’s fair to say that New Bermuda is a passionate and sophisticated black metal album.
41. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love (ATO Records)
Multi-Love introduces some tropical sounds that accentuate the beauty of the work without distorting the quality or ability to captivate. Even when it’s calm, it embraces us with meaning and purpose.