January 2, 2016

I kept detailed notes on all metal albums released on Bandcamp in 2015, analyzing them all thoroughly using verified scientific methods. Below you can read the result of my meticulous research: The 12 objectively best extreme metal albums on Bandcamp in 2015.


Similar to last year this is simply 12 pages in my Bandcamp diary, containing some of the albums that stuck with me the most. Only time will tell if they are all truly keepers; on the other hand I'm still quite fond of most entries from last year.

One thing that surprised me was how little death metal I kept coming back to. Not for lack of quality releases, my ears were simply not tuned to the metal of death in 2015 (though Vastum's Hole Below was a candidate, if only I had spent more time with it). I should to rectify this at some point; so please tell me: which death metal releases from 2015 do you think you'll be coming back to?

Thanks to all you readers out there. See you around in 2016.

February 7th, 2015.

February 24th, 2015.

April 20th, 2015.

April 20th, 2015.

May 26th, 2015.

July 14th, 2015.

July 30th, 2015.

September 4th, 2015.

As if it wasn't a lifetime spent on connecting the dots
There was no pattern
As if the irony was more than a defense mechanism
And we could actually laugh for a change
As if steel hooks in our backs were more than a nuisance
And we could actually feel something

"Exercises in Futility VI"

September 18th, 2015.

September 18th was a good date for funeral doom fans. By a wonderful coincidence two Finnish grand masters of the genre, Tyranny and Skepticism, released long awaited new albums on that very day. Tyranny's Aeons in Tectonic Interment contains glacial riffs that slowly engulfs you in fathomless misery. Compared Skepticims's Ordeal is a more dynamic, even uplifting affair with tempo shifts, guitar solos, breaks, and haunting organ melodies "full of fog and perpetual longing".

Both albums are formidable examples of the funeral doom genre (one I never seem to tire off). Combined they serve as evidence that you can find great variety even within the funeral doom template. Ordeal is probably my most listened to album of 2015, but Aeons (especially the last song "Bells of the Black Basilica") is also an essential part of this diary.

October 16th, 2015.

December 4th, 2015.

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