Well, it’s that time again. Best of 2015. I will only talk about albums that I own. That narrows down the possible list to about 30 albums. These are also signed /national acts. So, here are my favorite albums of 2015.
- Soilwork- The Ride Majestic
I have been a casual fan of Soilwork for years. I have a few albums that I got from friends but I have never gone out of my way to get Soilwork CDs. I just happened to be looking for CDs on and found this CD on release day. I really didn’t think anything of it. Then after listening to the CD a few times, it started to make sense. This CD has most of what I love about metal within its 13 tracks. Fast and aggressive, melodic and emotional. The CD has a lot of pain on it. I think that is what got me hooked. It helped me get through a lot of things over the last few months. The title track talks about facing your mortality. It is the first instance I heard of the CD and one I highly recommend.
- Coal Chamber – Rivals
This CD has been brewing for awhile. I love Coal Chamber. To me, They are fun. I have all of their CDs that came out in their first run. I’ve been following Dez in Devildriver but always hoped that Coal Chamber would come back. Thankfully they did. Rivals is great. I love the fact that Dez can growl and scream with melody. Not many singers can pull it off and sound good. Dez does! My favorite example is “Light in the Shadows”.
- Bullet for my Valentine- Venom
I have never been a big fan of Bullet for my Valentine. Again it came out and I bought it. I wasn’t really sure what to expect. The CD starts with Matt yelling “No way out!”. A perfect for the feeling of the song and the rest of the record. There is a new ferocity that made the band stand out to me this time around. The kind of ferocity that can set the tone for the rest of their career if they let it. I really hope that they do!
- Ghost – Meliora
I had heard of Ghost before this year. I thought that they were funny but never actually listened to them. I was out at the store buying CDs and saw this one marked for $1.99. I couldn’t believe it! I got it because it was cheap. If I was disappointed I was only out $2. I actually enjoyed the CD. I hear a lot of 70’s in their music. I also dig the fact that the band are all faceless. The mystery is fun but I feel it helps focus on the music. Plus, “Mummy Dust” has a keytar solo!!!
- Trivium- Silence in the Snow
I have grown up with Trivium. After Ascendancy there were a lot of people that began to either love or hate them. I honestly don’t get it. They are a band that you know will change with the next record. Why is it hard for people to enjoy? Silence in the snow is a great example of what the band is about. It does sound influenced by Dio and Maiden but with a newer flair on it. I hope this is where metal will continue to go because it is an awesome road to be started on.
- Lindemann- Skills in Pills
My wife showed me the single for this CD. I was instantly hooked. Til is amazing in Rammstien but with Lindemann he is different. He’s singing in English. He’s throwing around innuendos and word play like it’s nothing. The subject matter could be considered immature. Seriously, it’s just fun. Sometimes you need to have fun! Also another element (music) is really good by itself. The instrumental parts work really well for the lyrical content.
- Hollywood Vampires
Alice Cooper!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I heard about the CD right after I read Joe Perry’s autobiography called ”Rocks”. He actually talks about trying to work with Alice in the 80’s after he left Aerosmith. That was really cool to see. However, what surprised me most was Johnny Depp being part of this project. I have seen him play with Manson but I had no idea that he was an actually musician before he acted. The only problem I have with the album was that has too many covers. The bands songs that they wrote aren’t bad at all!. There should be more.
- Lamb of God- VII: Strum und Drang
After everything that happened to Randy, I was surprised that the band began recording such a short time after. I got really excited about this CD and it was because of one song. “Overlord” was completely different than anything that Lamb of God has ever released. I was happily surprised that Randy could actually sing clean AND SOUND GOOD! The rest of the album was as you would expect from Lamb of God. Major points for having the balls to do something completely different and against what you did in the past. It is truly a great song.
- Metal Allegiance
Metal Allegiance was an All-star kind of thing. A bunch of well-known musicians would get together and jam on covers for a night. The crowds liked the concept. Fans in general liked the concept. Thankfully Mike Portnoy liked the concept enough to run with it and make an album. I love records like this. Roadrunner United is one of my favorite records of all time! There isn’t a bad song on this record either. Plus, the addition of the Dio cover doesn’t hurt anything.
- Sons of Texas – Baptized on the Rio Grande
The last album on this list is actually a new comer. At least to me. I heard about these guys from a YouTube dude. He said they were good. I played the video and was blown away. Southern Metal is always great. The title track was good but “Nothing King” and “Blameshift” are heavy hitters and 2 of my favorite on the CD. I can see this band going far with the right kind of push. Great example of what Texas still has to give to Metal.