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50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 10. Intronaut – The Direction Of Last Things [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Love it or hate it, progressive metal is a tough genre to tackle because it takes true skill to balance technicality and emotion. At the same time, it’s another skill to make it sound completely engaging even when it’s nothing […]

Oh, you thought this was going to be the Top Ten LPs of 2015 feature? It’s okay. You can come back tomorrow (maybe) for the 10-1 LPs. –Jom 10 (tie). Foreign Fields – What I Kept in Hiding [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] 10 (tie). Plini – The End of Everything [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] // […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 30. Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] It took me a long time to come around to Choose Your Weapon. Even as an avid fan of their debut, the follow-up is incomparably perplexing. Every time you start to wrap your head around the groove, tracks […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 50. The Tallest Man on Earth – Dark Bird Is Home [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Despite expanding his sound to fill a much broader scope, Kristian Matsson’s fourth full length shares a vital component with its predecessors: an unmistakable feeling of connection with the listener. Deemed his most […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 10. Dance Gavin Dance – Instant Gratification [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Holy shit. Hooooooooooooooooooly shit, you guys. Just picture me, sitting here, profound grin across my face as I read every single comment about Bring Me The Horizon coming in at #42… Let’s just say I’m truly thankful to be able to join […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 30. Cult Leader – Lightless Walk [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] In 2012, I felt a renewed faith in “heavy” music. When Gaza dropped No Absolutes In Human Suffering, it was refreshing, to say the least. Three years later, Cult Leader have risen from the ashes and released an album mired in […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 50. Fightstar – Behind the Devil’s Back [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Following a surprise hiatus and the ongoing reunion rumors of front-man Charlie Simpson’s seemingly buried boy-band past, anyone could be forgiven for thinking that 2009’s superb Be Human would be Fightstar’s swan song. However, the English post-hardcore, come-alternative metal quartet […]

10. Sun Kil Moon – Benji Official Site // Spotify // Facebook Carissa Stream: ‘Carissa’ (6:55) The fact Mark Kozelek’s “dispute” with The War on Drugs has overshadowed Benji in press coverage speaks volumes for how fucking stupid it was, but at least it proved Mark doesn’t hold anything back. When he spends an album […]

30. La Dispute – Rooms Of The House Official Site // Spotify // Facebook Woman (Reading) Stream: ‘Woman (Reading)’ (3:30) La Dispute’s third full length release sees the bands continually shying away from their flashy post hardcore roots, instead focusing on cohesiveness, both musically and lyrically. And while Rooms of the House has been met […]

50. Gates – Bloom And Breathe Official Site // Spotify // Facebook Not My Blood Stream: ‘Not My Blood’ (5:56) Many have taken to calling Gates “Thrice with post rock”, which, while meant as a compliment in most cases, does a massive disservice to what they’ve created with Bloom and Breathe.  Gates have crafted a […]

10. Cult Leader – Nothing For Us Here Official Site // Spotify // Facebook Skin Crawler Stream: ‘Skin Crawler’ (2:52) What happens when your lead singer is accused of a heinous crime and the event begins to overshadow your music and message? It was quite simple for the remaining members of Gaza as they moved […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 10. Touche Amore – Is Survived By [Review] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Is Survived By is a frantic exercise in frustrating melancholy – that emotion you feel when you scream at yourself in your head for getting caught in a funk. It’s that whole experience of being down and self-aware, a prisoner […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 30. Obliteration – Black Death Horizon [Review] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] OSDM revival was a pretty interesting novelty around the 2009-2010 period when pissed off metalheads (rightfully so) realized how terrible modern metal was and remembered how sweet it was back in the day and just started playing the same stuff they […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 50. Strawberry Girls – French Ghetto [Review] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] I’ll admit that French Ghetto flew under my radar all the way to the creation of this list, but there’s always time to repent, right? Fresh from the get-go, the pop hooks of this insanely catchy math rock release create a […]

10. Rush – Clockwork Angels [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Rush’s latest musical endeavor was without a doubt one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year. Clockwork Angels, at its core, is a reflection of both the trio’s past artistic accomplishments as well as their latest aspirations. It’s a musical collage of […]

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