While I still have a TON of music to catch-up with that was released this year, I thought I’d share as of today what my favorite albums were from 2015 (in no particular order):

Sleater-Kinney “No Cities To Love” – First album after a 10 year break may be their best – awesome return by an underrated band

Alabama Shakes “Sound & Color” – Second half fades a little but first five songs are so awesome it doesn’t matter – big unexpected step up from their debut release

Blur “The Magic Whip” – Great “reunion” album after a 12 year break, a Britpop album with a lot of variety throughout the 12 tracks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gos0B72nU7E

High on Fire “Luminiferous” – Matt Pike plays with a mission and vengeance throughout this album which is one of their best from what was an already impressive catalog

Kadavar “Berlin” –This German trio made some tweaks to their sound and have written some of the best hard rock songs I’ve heard this year and for the past several years

Black Breath “Slaves Beyond Death” –This band continues to grow and evolve with each release and their 3rd album is a monster – who knows where their potential may take them?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__g3o7ovJCU

Deafheaven “New Bermuda” – The third album is a charm once again as this “new” black metal/shoegaze band have crafted maybe my favorite record of the year – absolutely beautiful and devastating songs

Grimes “Art Angels” – I cannot begin to express how impressed I am by Claire Boucher’s latest album – tremendously talented woman doing everything on her own, writing, playing and producing every sound

Baroness “Purple” – Just released today and I haven’t listened to the whole album yet, but I can’t imagine it not being one of my favorites this year

Black Fast “Terms of Surrender” – I had never heard of this St. Louis thrash band before this album (their second), but I keep coming back to it so they’re doing something right with this release

Honorable Mention (either I haven’t heard these enough yet or they just didn’t crack the top 10):

Trials “This Ruined World”

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Horrendous “Anareta”

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Kylesa “Exhausting Fire”

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Clutch “Psychic Warfare”

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Dead Sara “Pleasure to Meet You”

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Houndmouth “Little Neon Limelight”

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Kendrick Lamar “To Pimp A Butterfly”

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Happy holidays to everyone and looking forward to a great year of music in 2016!

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