Metal Insider contributor Nick Desimone’s Top 10 of 2015

Posted by on December 16, 2015

failure-the-heart-is-a-monster7) Failure, The Heart Is A Monster (InGrooves)

This one’s a lot less metal, but statistically any metal crowd has at least a few people who love Failure’s Fantastic Planet for being an ambitious, melancholy work that’s basically one of the pinnacles of 90’s rock. This picks up like the band hasn’t been away for a very long time, something that’s hard to pull off.

Key track: “The Focus”

Shining_IBS_Front_0006) Shining, International Blackjazz Society (Spinefarm)Initially wasn’t as keen on this one as their previous release, One One One, but it was only because that record started with such an absolute banger (“I Won’t Forget”) and this one’s a bit more on the out-there side. It’s a dense record; this one is about three quarters free jazz, but the rest sounds like Nine Inch Nails, and it 100% works because Shining owns their craziness and doesn’t compromise on it.

Key track “Last Day”



CROWN Natron5) CROWN, Natron (Candlelight)
I’m a huge industrial fan, and the Godflesh-style (their previous record made it into my top 10 for last year as well) formula of huge, barely holding it together detuned guitars and bass droning over a drum machine scratches the same itch that I think most people have more for stoner doom. This band is terrifyingly heavy; “Tension of Duality” has a middle section that gives me chills absolutely every time I hear it. There’s also an acoustic song that’s vaguely dancey, in a real Sad Bastard kind of way, and that’s as perfect as the brutal bits.

Key track: “Serpents”


leprouscongregation4) Leprous, The Congregation (InsideOut)This record is coming from the Porcupine Tree school of “accessible prog.” Their tenure as Ihsahn’s backing band only surfaces in a couple moments of true heaviness over the course of the album, so it’s more along the lines of a 70’s prog act like Yes or King Crimson, but their hooks are razor-sharp on top of being such a brainy band. Brilliant.

Key track: “The Price”

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