Goatsnake – Black Age Blues (Southern Lord) – The mighty Goatsnake returned this year with a superb album of doomy bluesy groove. The harmonica and soulful female backing vocals lend an awesome Delta Blues feel/influence that works so well in the grand context of this brilliant record. Doomy in the sense that some of the songs are fairly slow, but the record as a whole is not plodding, sludgy, or oppressive. It’s got a really uplifting vibe to it.
Killing Joke – Pylon (Spinefarm) – The British legends new record is absolutely phenomenal. A pure masterpiece of epic proportions. See my separate write up on this here - http://www.gonzogeek.com/Blog/tabid/62/ID/1663/Killing-Joke--Pylon.aspx .
Tau Cross – Self Titled (Relapse Records) – The super group of the year! Comprised of members of Amebix, VoiVod, Misery, and War//Plague. A fantastic blend of Goth, Punk, Industrial, and Metal. Lots of variety and textures on this record. There’s strange electro beeps and blips and an awesome creepy vibe throughout the record. Really really good stuff.
Venom – From The Very Depths (Spinefarm) – Cronos (bass/vocals) continues forth with this highly influential band with two new and talented members on guitar (Rage) and drums (Dante). This is classic Venom with better musicianship. The record is full of mid-tempo stomp and a punk tinged attitude. Really tight and catchy songs that fit really well with their classic catalog. Welcome to Hell!!!!
Clutch - Psychic Warfare (Weathermaker Music) – What more can I say about this fantastic band that hasn’t already been said. This record is a fairly direct continuation of the vibe and style of “Earth Rocker”. Boogie Bluesy Groovy Heavy Rock.
Lucifer – Lucifer I (Rise Above Records) – The gorgeous Johanna Sadonis forges on with her new band after the very quick and disappointing demise of her former band The Oath. Sonically, it sounds a lot like The Oath record with its stripped down classic production. A little more of a doomy vibe going on this one. Johanna’s voice is awesome and paired with Gaz Jennings’ monstrous riffs, you have a powerful combo.
Mammoth Mammoth – Volume IV Hammered Again (Napalm Records) – Australia’s Stoner Sleaze Rock stalwarts are at it again. 11 tracks of unrelenting bombast from a band known for their highly energetic and entertaining live shows. The perfect soundtrack for a night fueled by controlled substances, alcohol, strippers, and rock fuckin roll.
Agnostic Front – The American Dream (Nuclear Blast) – 35 years of existence and the NYC Hardcore kings are still going strong. This is the band’s 11th studio album and it’s full of one pummeling track after another. Lyrically, the band is so on point with stinging social commentary on the state of the police, NYC, the USA, and the world. Still bringin Punks, Skins, and Metal Heads together…united and strong!
Entrails – Obliteration (Metal Blade Records) – Bringing the classic old school Stockholm Death Metal sound back. Even their logo is reminiscent of the classic Entombed logo. The new tech-Death Metal that saturates the scene is so boring and clinical. This is what Death Metal was, is, and should be…ugly, ferocious, thick tones, and fat memorable grooves.
Coliseum – Anxiety’s Kiss (Deathwish Inc) – Kentucky’s power trio returns with another killer record in 2015. Kick-ass post-punk hard rock crunchiness. Driving rhythms, passionate vocals, and searing guitars. The songs are memorable and catchy. Another great record from a really great band.