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Death metal has been particularly healthy this year in the world of the Killchain. I’ve heard some storming releases, and to whittle it down to only ten seems unfair to the many great records I heard this year. I’m genuinely sorry to anyone I’ve reviewed that hasn’t made it in, because I’ve been totally into almost everything I’ve been sent! But it has to be done, and this is it!

10. Tormention – Chaotic Delusions: A solid, chunky death metal riff war machine of a record. Who needs to reinvent the wheel when the wheel has rarely sounded this good. Tormention crush and batter you into submission.

9. Kataklysm – Of Ghosts and Gods: Superb guitar harmonies mesh with a bombardment of double kicks, guttural but understandable roars and flesh searing riffs. Kataklysm may be getting a bit more melodic, but ‘Of Ghosts and Gods’ will still destroy a pit at ten feet.

8. Desecresy – Stoic Death: A slow, grinding album of Finnish death supreme, where speed has been traded in for a malevolent drudge through some of the darkest waters. Unholy, crawling chaos.

7. Putrevore – Tentacles of Horror: Probably my favourite of all Rogga Johansson’s releases this year, Putrevore smash you into the ground with pure, gurgling death metal. Viciously sludgy and with a simply awesome guitar tone, Putrevore slay.

6. Austerymn – Sepulcrum Viventium: A killer debut of pure Swedeath worship, the UK’s answer to Dismember pulled out all the stops to create a memorably brutal record with razor sharp song writing and crushing heaviness.

5. Obituary – Inked in Blood: Legends fade over time, but Obituary don’t. Still as strong today as they were when they dropped ‘Slowly We Rot’. Iconic vocal belches pepper an album built on heavy as fuck riffing and an atmosphere of reeking death.

4. Abyssus – Into the Abyss: Out Obituary-ing Obituary is no mean feat, but Greek death metal squad Abyssus manage to create one of the finest Floridian death metal albums never to come out of Morrisound. I love the raw, uncompromisingly 90s feel about it, taking me back to the heady days when death metal was a little bit more simple!

3. Shrapnel Storm – Mother War: Filling the Bolt Thrower shaped void in my life, Shrapnel Storm has spun more often than I ever thought it could this year. The band just execute a brand of deathly groove that is totally addictive. The rumble of tanks is alive and well

2. Necrocosm – Damnation Doctrine: Spiralling tech death metal with oodles of melody and stunning fretwork. ‘Damnation Doctrine’ is one of metal’s finest debuts, and is held off the top spot by one of death metal’s most influential and untouchable bands.

1.Nile – What Should Not Be Unearthed: Flailing, raging technicality meets the ancient power of the pyramids once again as Nile emerge from their tombs, laying upon us another blueprint of apocalyptic, ancient death. Once again proving that they are the greatest death metal outfit going, ‘What Should Not Be Unearthed’ is endlessly stunning.

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I did a full genre by genre breakdown last year, and while I’ll try to put that together in the next few days, I thought I ‘d start with my overall favourites. I spent 2015 listening to a shitload of independent, underground stuff, and a lot of older stuff. My favourite non-2015 record of the year was ‘British Steel’, closely followed by Accept’s superlative ‘Balls to the Wall’. It was clearly a classic metal year.I’ve also not heard anywhere near as many of the records I wanted to. So there’s probably been a few good ones you’re wondering why are missing. Tell me, so I can find them!

I’m adding a late disclaimer to this; at point of writing I haven’t heard the new Baroness record. It’d probably be in here, but its not fair to these other great records to stick it in just because I’m guessing how good it is.

10. Zgard – Totem: A Ukrainian windswept masterpiece of folky black metal. ‘Totem’ proved that while fellow countryman Drudkh has perfected the style, there are still bands that can challenge the supremacy. Majestic.

9. Paradise Lost – The Plague Within: What can be said? Yorkshire doom lords return with one of this year’s finest pieces of gothic misery. Proof that you can always rely on the old guard to bring it.

8. Plague Rider – Paroxysm: Only EP to make this list, English tech death stars Plague Rider makes this kind of mind bending death metal look easy. I cannot wait to hear what is coming next.

7. Islay – The Angels Share: German melodeath underground heroes Islay have written one of 2015’s most impressive records. ‘The Angels Share’ is an odyssey, owing debts to At the Gates and Amon Amarth, but always remaining their own.

6. Heathen Beast – Trident: One of India’s brightest hopes, and one of their most talented acts, Heathen Beast bring to you scathing, black metal with enough unique ethnic touches to make them stand out and be instantly recognisable.

5. Chiral – Night Sky: In a year where Sivjr Yar pushed him close, Chiral brought out my favourite black metal of the year. Epic in scope, majestic in execution, and truly heart-wrenching at points, ‘Night Sky’ is how atmospheric black metal should be done.

4. Undersmile – Anhedonia: A scorching, dynamic slab of proper British doom. Melancholy and bleak, but always vital and alive. ‘Atacama Sunrise’ is one of my favourite songs of this year, and it is my top doom record of 2015.

3. Shrapnel Storm – Mother War: In a year of epic death metal, Shrapnel Storm’s album kept getting played. Maybe it’s satisfying my craving for more Bolt Thrower, I don’t know, but maybe its just because it is a crushing machine of riffs and death. Love it.

2. Necrocosm – Damnation Doctrine: In any year where there WASN’T a new Nile record, this would have been my top record. I love the complexity, the unhinged savagery but also the supreme melodic flair with which these guys kill. ‘Damnation Doctrine’ needs to be the death metal record you hear this year

NUMBER ONE: Nile – What Should Not Be Unearthed: I love Nile. I love everything they do. I loved this album before I heard it. But then I did. I heard how Karl Sanders and co had brought their signature sound to yet more intricate, punishing and most importantly GREAT death metal. Writing songs for themselves should be what they do more often, we are all just lucky to hear it.

Did I miss anything essential? Please let me know and I hope you seek out and support all the artists here.

 

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I’ve been looking forward to Necrocosm’s debut since I heard their demo last year. They play some ripping melodic death metal that stays well on the death side of the genre, while throwing out some epic guitar hero riffs. Here at last, is ‘Damnnation Doctrine’.

The title track opens with exactly what I’m talking about. Instrumental, and it is all about the licks, the riffs, the power of metal. ‘Sworn Hatred’ follows that with the kind of death metal fury we can all get behind. A fiercely guttural vocal fights with sleek melodic riffs for attention, reminding you of how good melodeath can be when it is does right. Think early In Flames, not late In Flames. Galloping riffs consume your neck in a frenzy of headbanging moments.

‘Damnation Doctrine’  shows a vast step forward from their demo. Necrocosm are invigorating in the same way as Revocation are, bringing metric fucktons of melody and heaviness in equal amounts. The raging ‘Architects of Death” showcases the latter, with a savage thrust of rampant At the Gates worship, coupled with some brutal grinding sections and a spiralling solo.

My favourite track is the brutal ‘Forcefed Progeny’, which sounds almost like Lamb of God hatefucking Deicide. I love it. The three demo tracks are here as well, and while not quite as stellar as the newer material, still stand up strong against them, particularly the flailing violence of ‘Hypnagogic’. ‘Octopian Eclipse’ is here too, first released back in January as a teaser to ‘Damnation Doctrine’, and is a crushing ode to the part that the Haunted have played in Necrocosm’s songwriting evolution. Necrocosm channel the best bits of melodeath luminaries without tripping over the genre’s many pitfalls. Melod

Remember a few years back when anything tagged as ‘melodic death metal’ was generic, At the Gates clones with lots of musical talent but no songwriting ability? Fear not, Necrocosm are here to save the day. Guitar hero-esque riffing, killer solos, a satisfyingly brutal vocal performance missing all traces of clean vocals and a thunderous drumming performance does a great metal album make. ‘Damnation Doctrine’ is 2015’s first essential melodeath record, and it may be the only one. Buy the shit out of this, because they’ll go far if you do.

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First post of 2015 and it feels like an age since I’ve really got stuck into any proper writing. The festive period is just not good for finding spare time to listen to and write about music. I’ve been sent some bits and bobs to write about in the time I’ve been busy, so I’m starting off with just a short review of Necrocosm‘s new song, ‘Octopian Eclipse‘. Necrocosm, for those who aren’t in the know, are melodic death metallers from North Carolina, whose demo I reviewed last year and found to be refreshingly good considering the general staleness of the whole melodeath idea. They were very listenable, didn’t forget the ‘death’ part (very important), and their demo stirred in me fandom.

Their new song, from their upcoming debut record ‘Damnation Doctrine’, is a rampaging exercise in guitar harmonies, blastbeats and galloping At the Gates worship. It’s raw, the vocals are brutal and the solo is killer. The melodies are strong, but there is still a lot of death metal in there. It’s more in the vein of The Haunted than anything that In Flames or Soilwork have done recently, which is always good. It’s whetting my appetite for the new record!

Necrocosm are from Raleigh, North Carolina and play melodic death metal. Now, generally when you hear that term these days, you don’t think of classic stuff like At the Gates, early In Flames or Soilwork. You feel like it’s going to be yet another cookie-cutter metal band that rip off every Gothenburg riff you can think of. Thankfully, Necrocosm don’t play that game. Necrocosm play the game of brilliant riffs, passion and energy. It’s a pleasant experience to find a band who play this kind of metal with a renewed energy.

Opening track ‘Necrocosm’ starts with a chugging riff and some good growling vocals. Melodic death without the clean vocals? Lindberg be praised! There’s more than a dash of Lamb of God in here too,, which doesn’t hinder matters at all. Some soaring melodic leads and a solid drumming performance make this a good start, and the fact that Necrocosm understand that melodeath can include BOTH melody and death metal in the same place is refreshing.

‘Hypnagogic’ is more of the thrashing vintage, a flailing savagery that is stabbed through it’s dark heart with an ace spiralling solo. ‘Disavow’ finishes the demo on a strong note, a skull rattling vocal performance and take-no-prisoner riffs. Every shite melodeath band should listen to these three tracks and understand the things that Necrocosm do. Don’t sacrifice the death for the melodic and vice versa. Combine them into one tasty whole, like these guys!

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Available from Sixsixsix Music, there are four non profit CD-Rs available for a measly £2 each. These are sold simply to promote the band involved, which at the current moment are India’s Eyes of the Martyr, the UK’s own Slaughter Throne and Nefarious Dusk and American melodic deathsters Necrocosm. Each comes in a plastic slipcase with artwork and is remarkably professional considering you only pay two pounds for it. Just goes to show that Steve at Sixsixsix gives a fuck about the bands he supports. I’ve reviewed the majority of this music before here at the Killchain, so this is only a brief run down:

Nefarious Dusk is one of the UK’s best hidden secrets, playing raw, atmospheric black metal the way it was supposed to be. Eyes of the Martyr are India’s equivalent of Lamb of God; chunky, heavier than a coffin slab and rifftastic. I’ve already dubbed Slaughter Throne to be the UK’s answer to Behemoth, and Necrocosm play some great, solid melodeath tracks without sounding too repetitive. I’ll review the Necrocosm demo in full sometime soon.

Simply put, this is not only a fantastic bargain at £1 per single, but helps to get these bands to a wider audience which is a must. Steve at SixSixSix is constantly thinking of new ways and ideas to promote the music he loves, and more label bosses should be thinking like this, lest we lose the magic of physical releases all together. Buy them here