Willie
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 Lists
11.29.15 Willie's Final 2015 06.08.15 Willie's 2015 Story so Far
11.26.13 Top 50 Of 2013 11.09.11 Top 50 Of 2011
07.09.11 Willie Turns 4 02.21.11 Willie's Essentials
01.21.11 Users' Best Of The Decade12.13.10 2010 - Finalized
12.10.10 Omitted from the final list09.09.10 Underrated Albums
07.09.10 Willie Turns 306.15.10 Willie's 90 For The 90s
06.08.10 Willie's Decade List01.18.10 Willie's Guide To Industrial
07.10.09 Willie Turns 2

Willie's Final 2015

Here it is, my final 2015...
1Paradise Lost
The Plague Within


Paradise Lost pick up where 1993's Icon left off, but they include the death metal vocals of their debut, the clean singing of their latter albums and the solid songwriting that they've always been known for. Excellent and dynamic doom.
2Arcturus
Arcturian


The best thing they've done since their debut. Mixes the best of the first three albums while smartly ignoring the fourth.
3Void Of Sleep
New World Order


Stoner rock meets a little 'Nothingface'-era Voivod with a bit of modern Katatonia darkness thrown in for good measure. Yes-fucking-please.
4Exgenesis
Aphotic Veil


Some very good doom/death. Atmospheric, dark, and heavy.
5Cradle of Filth
Hammer of the Witches


Cradle of Filth recapture everything that made them so good from 1994 to 2000. The riffs and melodies are awesome. The keyboards are complimentary and the songs writing is finally back on par.
6Moonspell
Extinct


This is the gothic metal album that could have come after Irreligious. This is everything that is right about gothic metal without any of the cheese. Great clean vocals, sparse harsh vocals, great melodies and excellent atmosphere.
7Periphery
Juggernaut: Omega


Melodic and proggy Djent. I never really liked their older stuff, but this one is pretty good.
8Shape of Despair
Monotony Fields


Moody, atmospheric and heavy funeral doom done right.
9Dead When I Found Her
All the Way Down


If you were to take Skinny Puppy's song 'Warlock' from their Rabies album and enhanced the darkness, atmosphere, and melody, you would have this album. The only reason it isn't closer to a 4.5 is because the last three tracks all drag a little bit. Still the best industrial I've heard this year.
10Soilwork
The Ride Majestic


Soilwork takes the best elements from their double album and try to cram them all into a single album. For the most part it works, but not quite as good as the previous release.
11Queensryche
Condition Human


Queensryche are moving right along now that they've got the new singer. Easily the most metal and progressive album they've released. Not nearly as instant and catchy as their previous album together, but still really good.
12Amorphis
Under the Red Cloud


Kind of like the perfect mix of Elegy and Silent Waters with even a bit of 1000 Lakes throwback in places. Definitely a huge step-up from Circle.
13Hanging Garden
Blackout Whiteout


What a surprise. Hanging Garden were always an above-average doom metal band that pretty much played it by the numbers (ignoring their post metal sophomore release), but not this time. This takes the sound made famous by latter-day Katatonia and mixes it with some post rock and the melodic doom of Hanging Garden's first and third album. Very good.
14Atlas Losing Grip
Currents


Great Melodic Punk featuring the vocalist from Satanic Surfers. One of the better punk releases I've heard lately.
15Rivers of Nihil
Monarchy


Starts out kind of sounding like typical modern death metal, but the progressive side slowly shows itself. Very good and interesting from start to finish.
16Pyogenesis
A Century in the Curse of Time


What a comeback. Takes the best parts of their melodic death metal era and their alternative rock era and mixes them together (kind of like their Twinaleblood album did, but way better and in more equal parts). They mix it with a modern sound, punk influence and even a bit of prog. What a surprise.
17Disarmonia Mundi
Cold Inferno


Melodic death metal and metalcore meet. They're kind of a one-trick pony, but it's a good trick.
18RED
Of Beauty and Rage


Red return to what made them great in the first place. Emotional alt. rock driven by some very symphonic melodies.
19Meg Myers
Sorry


Meg Meyers makes some catchy and edgy indie pop. Read Davey's review for a full description.
20Fear Factory
Genexus


Easily the most melodic thing Fear Factory have ever done, but they did it without losing track of their core sound and audience.
21August Burns Red
Found in Far Away Places


I'm not overly familiar with these guys (although I have heard them before). I like their brand of aggressive, progressive metalcore. Good stuff.
22Eskimo Callboy
Crystals


Generic Metalcore meets generic pop and somehow makes a fucking awesome baby.
23Bauda
Sporelights


Chill, lush and melodic progressive rock. For fans of Porcupine Tree, Riverside and other prog rock bands that stick to the mellower side of the house.
24Princess Chelsea
The Great Cybernetic Depression


Strange, spacey, indie pop full of lush melodies.
25For All Eternity
Metanoia


Melodic metalcore. The heavy parts are pretty cool and the melodic musical parts are cool too. The clean vocals leave a little to be desired, though.
26The Bunny The Bear
A Liar Wrote This


Kind of a poppy, electro-post hardcore sound with male/female vocals. People don't like it. I like it more every time I listen to it.
27Born of Osiris
Soul Sphere


Not too much different than anything else they've ever done. Kind of Djent, kind of melodic death metal, kind of industrial, kind of groggy. Kind of good.
28Walking With Strangers
Terra


Kind of a dark metalcore sound with a lot of that Djent sound. No clean singing and very powerful shouts.
29Feed Her to the Sharks
Fortitude


Chugging metalcore. Everyone seems to be bitching about how generic this album is and how it isn't 2006 anymore... who fucking cares? It's good and the only real problem is that a lot of the choruses sound similar.
30Shade Empire
Omega Arcane


Excellent symphonic death/black metal that doesn't rely on the symphonic elements to cover up a general lack of talent. Good stuff.
31Periphery
Juggernaut: Alpha


The more subdued of the two Juggernaut albums. This one isn't as good, but it's still pretty damn great overall.
32Between the Buried and Me
Coma Ecliptic


I've never been a fan of their music, but this is much better. My main problem with these guys is the same one I've always had? they seem to lack any kind of direction or cohesiveness. Songs just go until they stop.
33End of the Dream
All I Am


This is just well done gothic/symphonic metal with excellent female vocals. Is there anything special or unique about this album? Not really, but it's well done without taking the symphonic element too far and the female vocals aren't annoyingly high pitched.
34Bosse-de-Nage
All Fours


Post black metal/screamo/punk whatever. They have an excellent drummer, too.
35Wolfheart
Shadow World


Epic melodic black metal. It's really well done, even if there's really not much to help it stand out.
36Mechina
Acheron


Mechina are nothing if not consistent. They've got the symphonic industrial death metal thing down... it's just too bad that, despite improvement with each album, it just feels like more of the same at this point.
37Klone
Here Comes The Sun


Atmospheric prog. Kind of like a cross between Porcupine Tree and latter-day Katatonia. Not as psychedelic as PT but not as doom & gloom as Katatonia.
38Callisto
Secret Youth


Melodic and atmospheric post metal. Almost feels like the album has an alt. rock feel, too.
39The Dreaming
Rise Again


The core of Stabbing Westward re-unite. There are definitely some Stabbing Westward elements here and should appeal to anyone that liked their brand of Industrialized Rock.
40Graveworm
Ascending Hate


Graveworm's first few albums were pretty damn good, but starting with 'Engraved in Black' they kind of had an identity crisis. It seems that after five albums of varying quality, they have finally worked out their new sound. It's melodic death/black metal with subtle and tasteful keyboard sections that aren't trying to be metalcore or Dimmu Borgir.
41Tad Morose
St. Demonius


Another dark, moody, slab of progressive metal from one of the long running bands in the genre.
42Killing Joke
Pylon


It seems like the band took the melodic side of albums like Brighter Than 1,000 Suns and mixed it with their apocalyptic post punk sound of today. That's a good thing.
43Tempel
The Moon Lit Our Path


Instrumental metal that doesn't include any shredding. Instead they kind of riff their way from beginning to end utilizing a mix of post metal and black metal.
44The Orb
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The Orb's music is an acquired taste. It's kind of an all-over-the-place version of electronic/ambient/club music. Good stuff.
45TesseracT
Polaris


Very mellow progressive rock. It's not bad when I'm in the mood for it.
46The Tumor Called Marla
Trance


Lacuna Coil meets TesseracT. It's pretty damn cool.
47Slayer
Repentless


It's fucking Slayer... or mostly Slayer with a side of Exodus...
48Teramaze
Her Halo


They've taken their modern prog sound and stretched out the moody progressive side a little bit more than the last album. Not as good as the last album, but still really good.
49Annisokay
Enigmatic Smile


More Djenty metalcore. The songs seem more fleshed out than on the debut, but I still prefer that one.
50Hope Drone
Cloak of Ash


Long, droning, post black metal with doom elements.
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