2014 came to a close and 2015 is only a few days old. End of Year lists flood media sites of all kinds at this time of the year. In the past we have collated, voted through some complex set of math, akin to black hole calculations, and arrived at a TINAS year end list. This year we thought we would just share the top listens of our writers rather than one list.

Some interesting observations from our picks this year, Opeth, Behemoth, and Yob were very popular among our staff and its really no surprise they all put out cracking albums this year. Slipknot, Alcest, Tryptykon, and Eyehategod all ranked in there too. Bands like Snailking, At The Gates, CrowbarXerath and a few others got more than one mention.

These lists are packed with new and interesting bands to check out. Even though 2015 is upon us nothing prevents anyone from taking a step back in recent time to seek out a new listen. Personally, I love looking at what people enjoiyed this year, I always find a new band or two to check out and enjoy. I hope you enjoy these lists as much as I did – Myron.

Ross Allen

  1. Behemoth – The Satanist
  2. Crowbar – Black Symmetry
  3. At The Gates – At War With Reality
  4. Bast – Spectres
  5. Maybeshewill – Fair Youth
  6. Opeth – Pale Communion
  7. Yob – Clearing the Path to Ascend
  8. Alcest – Shelter
  9. Solstafir – Ótta
  10. Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum

Chris Ward

  1. Ancient VVisdom – Sacrificial
  2. AC/DC – Rock or Bust
  3. Orange Goblin – Back From the Abyss
  4. Obituary – Inked in Blood
  5. Vallenfyre – Splinters
  6. Virgil & The Accelerators – Army of Three
  7. Karma to Burn – Arch Stanton
  8. Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls
  9. Corrosion of Conformity – IX
  10. Blues Pills – Blues Pills

Myron Schmidt

  1. Yob – Clearing the Path to Ascend
  2. Bongripper – Miserable
  3. Novembers Doom – Bled White
  4. Behemoth – The Satanist
  5. Obituary – Inked in Blood
  6. Alterbeast – Immortal
  7. Nux Vomica – Nux Vomica
  8. Triptykon – Melana Chasmata
  9. Indian – From All Purity
  10. Snailking – Storm

Sabrina Ramdoyal

  1. Behemoth – The Satanist
  2. Insomnium – Shadows Of The Dying Sun
  3. Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen
  4. At The Gates – At War With Reality
  5. Xerath – III
  6. Evergrey – Hymns For The Broken
  7. Opeth – Pale Communion
  8. Devin Townsend Project– Z2
  9. Anathema – Distant Satellites
  10. Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter

Mark Wrigley

  1. Killer Be Killed – Killer Be Killed
  2. Machine Head – Bloodstone & Diamonds
  3. Unearth – Watchers Of Rule
  4. Rival Sons – The Great Western Valkyrie
  5. Skindred – Kill The Power
  6. Black Label Society – Catacombs of the Black Vatican
  7. Gus G – I Am The Fire
  8. Grand Magus – Triumph and Power
  9. Seven Deadly – Obliviation
  10. Fallen Fate – Into The Black

Stephen Fallows

  1. Trudger – Dormiveglia
  2. Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire
  3. Vallenfyre – Splibters
  4. USA Out Of Vietnam – Crashing Diseases And Incurable Airplanes
  5. Karma To Burn – Arch Stanton
  6. Earth – Prinitive And Deadly
  7. Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band – Black Power Flower
  8. Corrupt Moral Altar – Mechanical Tides
  9. King Buzzo – This Machine Kills Artists
  10. Primus – Primus & The Chocolate Factory with The Fungi Ensemble

Wade Reitz

  1. Soreption – Engineering the Void
  2. Intervals – A Voice Within
  3. Allegaeon – Elements of the Infinite
  4. Monuments – The Amanuensis
  5. Fallujah – The Flesh Prevails
  6. Xerath – III
  7. The Contortionist – Language
  8. Revocation – Deathless
  9. Soen – Tellurian
  10. Beyond Creation – Earthborn Evolution

Chris Ball

  1. Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
  2. Trail of Dead – IX
  3. Drive By Truckers – English Oceans
  4. Afghan Whigs – Do The Beast
  5. Witch Mountain – Mobile of Angels
  6. Black Moth – Condemned to Hope
  7. Mariachi El Bronx – III
  8. Kate Tempest – Everybody Down
  9. Mark Lanegan – Phantom Radio
  10. Triptykon – Melana Chasmata

Aidan Clucas

  1. Lunatic Soul – Walking on a Flashlight Beam
  2. Opeth – Pale Communion
  3. Mastodon – Once More ‘Round the Sun
  4. Devin Towsend Project – Z2
  5. Royal Blood – Royal Blood
  6. Crobot – Something Supernatural
  7. Killer Be Killed – Killer Be Killed
  8. Soen – Tellurian
  9. Rival Sons – Great Western Valkyrie
  10. Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter

Christine Hager

  1. Thou – Heathen
  2. Gog – Gog
  3. Behemoth – The Satanist
  4. Bastard Sapling – Instinct Is Forever
  5. Code Orange – I Am King
  6. Belphegor – Conjuring The Dead
  7. Columns – Please Explode
  8. Usnea – Random Cosmic Violence
  9. Young and In The Way – When Life Comes To Death
  10. Yob – Clearing The Path To Ascend

Mark Brandt

  1. Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum
  2. Monuments – The Amanuensis
  3. Behemoth – The Satanist
  4. Alcest – Shelter
  5. Yob – Clearing The Path To Ascend
  6. Centiment – Streets Of Rage
  7. OBE – Partners
  8. Mono – The Last Dawn/Rays Of Darkness
  9. Trap Them – Blissfucker
  10. Slugdge – Gastronomicon

Andy Little

  1. Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltey – Going Back Home
  2. Black Moth – Comdemned to Hope
  3. Jack White – Lazaretto
  4. The Skull – For those which are asleep
  5. Kelis – Food
  6. Mark Lanegan – Phantom Radio
  7. Monster Magnet – Milking the Stars: The re-imagining of Last Patrol
  8. The Wolfhounds – Middle Aged Freaks
  9. Archie Bronson Outfit – Wild Crush
  10. Amplifier – Mystoria

James Conway

  1. Triptykon – Melana Chasmata
  2. Vallenfyre – Splinters
  3. Electric Wizard – Time to Die
  4. Decapitated – Blood Mantra
  5. Winterfylleth – The Divination of Antiquity
  6. Ageless Oblivion – Penthos
  7. Behemoth – The Satanist
  8. Eyehategod – Eyehategod
  9. Mayhem – Esoteric Warfare
  10. Tombs – Savage Gold

Mat Davies

  1. Opeth – Pale Communion
  2. The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
  3. Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun
  4. Robert Plant – Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar
  5. Afghan Whigs – Do to the Beast
  6. Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues
  7. Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
  8. Decapitated – Blood Mantra
  9. Sharon Van Etten – Are We There?
  10. Machine Head – Bloodstone and Diamonds

Dewie

  1. Opeth – Pale Communion
  2. Triptykon – Melana Chasmata
  3. Decapitated – Blood Mantra
  4. Prong – Ruining Lives
  5. Grand Magus – Triumph And Power
  6. Destrage – Are You Kidding Me? No!
  7. Alaya – Thrones
  8. Alcest – Shelter
  9. Dripback – Failed Futures
  10. Crowbar – Symmetry In Black

Patrick Thompson

  1. Solstafir – Ótta
  2. Horrendous – Ecdysis
  3. Triptykon – Melana Chasmata
  4. Blut Aus Nord – Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry
  5. Morbus Chron – Sweven
  6. Behemoth – The Satanist
  7. Yob – Clearing the Path to Ascend
  8. Snailking – Storm
  9. Soen – Tellurian
  10. King of Asgard – Karg

Steve Dinsmore

  1. Eyehategod – Eyehategod
  2. Triptykon – Melana Chasmata
  3. Body Count – Manslaughter
  4. Indian – From All Purity
  5. Slough Feg – Digital Resistance
  6. Dead In the Manger – Transience
  7. Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
  8. Worsen – Blood
  9. Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter
  10. Nux Vomica  – Nux Vomica

Vic Anderson

  1. Savage Messiah – The Fateful Dark
  2. Nachtblut – Chimonas
  3. Musk Ox – Woodfall
  4. Greenleaf – Trails and Passes
  5. Suicidal Angels – Divide and Conquer
  6. Vintersorg – Naturbal
  7. Cavalera Conspiracy – Pandemonium
  8. Rough Boys – Blood, Booze, and Gasoline
  9. Dwellers – Pagan Fruit
  10. Slough Feg – Digital Resistance

Wolfgang Merx

  1. Opeth – Pale Communion
  2. Neil Young – A Letter Home
  3. Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems
  4. Pink Floyd – The Endless River
  5. Jennie Abrahamson – Gemini Gemini
  6. Neil Young – Storytone
  7. Scott Walker + Sunn O))) – Soused
  8. Peter Gabriel – Back To Front
  9. David Crosby – Croz
  10. Wolves In The Throne Room – Celestite