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|2015 - a breath of fresh air|
The Plague Within
The band reinvent themselves by finally coming full circle back to their doom metal roots. This is not just another superb record by a band that never ceases to amaze, this is one of the strongest efforts in their career, standing strong next to their classic records Draconian Times and Icon.
Highlights: An Eternity of Lies, Victim of the Past
Hand. Cannot. Erase.
A fresh sound for Steven Wilson's solo career, perhaps most similar to some of his Porcupine Tree work. An excellent and diverse record which separates him from the 70s prog influences of the last 2 records and instead delves into old-new creative ground for one of the most important musicians of today.
Highlights: Regret #9, Happy Returns
The Ride Majestic
As if their 2013 comeback, The Living Infinite, didn't prove that Soilwork is a band at the peak of their creativity, having reinvented themselves inside-out, 2015 sees the band continuing at an even more frantic pace in trying to convince everyone that they're one of the strongest bands in metal today. Well, they got my attention pretty good.
Highlights: The Ride Majestic (Aspire Angelic), Whirl of Pain
|all of this is meh to me|
|Three of my top albums of 2015. |
|2015 boils down to three albums it seems|
Yeah, but all of these mark a different turn for the bands. Steven Wilson goes back to embracing his 2000s PPT days taking a new spin on them, Soilwork venture into darker and more aggressive territory, while Paradise Lost finally take the leap, which they've gradually been announcing with the past few albums, each getting darker and heavier than the other, into death/doom metal which they have almost completely abandoned for the past 20 years or so.
Also all of them have been sort of "in their comfort zone", save for Soilwork, for the past few releases. They're back to trying out new things, which defines most of these bands, while embracing their past. This will all probably manifest clearer in their next releases.