An alphabetically sorted list of 2015 albums that did not quite make it to the top-20, yet are just a step below. I found that ranking them was time-consuming and non-essential, since the difference in quality between them was almost non-existent, hence the alphabetic hierarchy. A Forest Of Stars – Beware The Sword You Cannot See … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε 2015 – The Good Albums (21-40).
Manii - Skuggeheimen This one is “outside” the list, since it does not contain any new material, but rather just a re-recording of two tracks from the second and third Manes demos (for those not familiar with Manii, they are -since 2011- the old-school aspect of Manes), which are however still throbbing with perfection. Less eerie, the … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε 2015 – Demo, EP, and Split releases Top-10.
There may be no moment more glorious in black metal than when the underground shines with blazing inspiration. Panphage, a one-man band from Sweden, was a completely unknown to me entity before this summer, when I was introduced by a friend to their “Ursvöl” demo, a raw exemplar of 90's Scandinavian black metal riffing with … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε Panphage – Storm (2015) review.
Crepusculo Negro is a label that I have been stalking for some years now, and one I am particularly fond of (as was evident in my last year's list, including both Volahn and Arizmenda's full-lengths), both due to the quality of its bands, as well as the existence of a unified artistic and spiritual concept … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε Volahn/Shataan/Arizmenda/Kallathon – Desert Dances & Serpent Sermons.
Grimoire – L' Aorasie des Spectres Reveurs ep One-man black metal band from Quebec. It is not overtly difficult to take a correct guess as to Grimoire's style; atmospheric (in a nostalgic, crave-for-past-glories way) black metal, with a furious edge, graced with excellent guitar riffing (simple yet highly effective in conjuring pure epicness), sparse use … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε Four from this year’s Crypt.
How does one listen to epic metal? (I limit the question's scope only on epic metal, since the album in question is a prime example of this sound) With this question, I mean, on what level of immersion inside an album's concept (including music, lyrics, aesthetics), has one to descend, in order to fully enjoy … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε Macabre Omen – Gods of War, at War review.
When I saw this, Ebonillumini's second album, pop up on my mail, I was rather surprised; the band's name was totally unknown to me, while the (beautiful) cover art of the album had little in common with the average promo I receive. What grasped my attention was mainly the album's tracklisting: each song's title is … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε Ebonillumini – Arktos.
Checking out Akhlys' entry in metal archives, I was surprised to discover that this year's “The Dreaming” is actually the band's second full-length, preceded by the dark ambient “Supplication” album of 2009. For those unfamiliar with the name, Akhlys is a project of Nightbinger's Naas Alcameth, having just released their sophomore album “The Dreaming I” … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε Akhlys – The Dreaming I review.
Drowning the Light is a prime example of a band whose discography sheer volume can easily discourage those who have not been following them from the beginning, the “uninitiated” one could say. I find myself among the ranks of this latter group, having been acquainted with the Australian sometime during 2010, 7 years after the … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε Drowning the Light – From the Abyss review.
Top notch Albums: Awe / Vacantfield / End – Moerae A mighty collaboration, a split release of extraordinary thematic cohesion. Review here. Crypt Sermon – Out of the Garden (Epic) doom metal, of great heaviness and terrific guitar work. Memorable tracks, most of them of stellar status. Death Karma - The History Of Death & … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε 2015: A first retrospect.