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Mark's Q1 2015 List

Here are some albums that I've really enjoyed in 2015 thus far, in no particular order.
1Lucian the Wolfbearer
Paradise


(Funeral doom) A nice concoction of funeral doom and ambient; the ambient parts are gorgeous. Even if you're not into funeral doom, you'd do well to check out the two "Paradise" tracks.
2Death Grips
Fashion Week (Instrumentals)


(Hip-hop, experimental) I enjoyed this one more than most; while it's a little longer than it needs to be, the instrumentals stand on their own very well.
3T'Saatsuna/Reverend Desaad
Churnmilk Peg!!/Hypatian Codex: Compendium Dub


(Experimental, house, downtempo) Experimental house with tribal beats; has a very hip-hop inspired take on things, which appeals to me. This is one of the more inventive releases I've heard this year.
4Dead in the Manger
Cessation


(Black metal) One of my favorites of the year. It boasts varied and inventive songwriting, and the replay value has been great.
5Ethereal Shroud
They Became the Falling Ash


(Black metal, funeral doom) Dense and foreboding, the atmosphere is impenetrable on this one. The songwriting is powerful and moving.
6Heiress
Of Great Sorrow


(Post metal, hardcore) Always the overlooked band, Of Great Sorrow is vast and expansive. John Pettibone (ex-Himsa) offers up one of his best vocal perfomances.
7Hutcher
Hauntpop Vol. 2


(Ambient, experimental) A very interesting project that mashes pop songs with ambient brilliance. Basically, where pop songs go to die; haunting but still fun as fuck. (Still need to write a review for this one, sorry AnimalsAsSummit).
8The Amazing
Picture You


(Folk, psych/indie rock) Some great atmospheric tunes on this one; it can get a little samey but it doesn't take away from the highlights being some of the best tracks I've heard all year.
9Crypt Sermon
Out of the Garden


(Traditional doom) Dirty-sounding doom metal with ripping guitar solos. Overall a very fun listen.
10Blood Gemini
Snow Season


(Ambient, experimental) Beautiful wordless female vocals mix with atmospheric hip-hop beats. Highly recommended.
11Northaunt
Istid I-II


(Dark ambient) Vast and expansive, this album mixes field recordings with icy soundscapes perfectly. It's slow going at times, but a massive and immersive experience.
12Caina
Setter of Unseen Snares


(Black metal) One man black metal that incorporates just enough outside influences to stand out amongst his peers.
13Abstracter
Wound Empire


(Doom metal, sludge) Songwriting is killer on this one, very epic in scope and worthy of more attention.
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