2015, what a year. As a scene, we suffered our losses and were granted some victorious moments. Much like everyone has individually. We lost several artists, both as human and bands. Scott Welland passed away, The Ghost Inside was in a terrible bus accident, the tragedy in Paris and Glamour of the Kill called it a day. That's just the tip of the iceberg.
On a brighter note, we've seen many amazing bands progress their sound through new or debut albums, we've had the chance to attend beautiful tours all across the globe and we've witnessed solidarity beyond believe. 150.000 dollar for The Ghost Inside after their accident is one of the many examples of this phenomenon.
It seems to us that this is a good time to give you another top 10 series. The top 10 albums of 2015. The scene continues to grow and the amount of new music 2015 brought us is mindblowing. It's been the year in which Bring Me The Horizon conquered the world, the year of Asking Alexandria's line-up change, the year of new bands killin' it out there such as Pvris & Against The Current. Bottomline, it's been a hell of a journey and we would love to re-live the year with you by looking back to the best albums this year had to offer.
10: All Time Low - Future Hearts
All Time Low finally released their follow-up to ‘Don’t Panic’ after 3 years.
It is their sixth studio-album called ‘Future Hearts’ and was released on April 3th.
The first single was ‘Something’s Gotta Give’, a very catchy song which immediately got the fans all
excited. The album sold 75.000 copies in its first week, which is the biggest selling week so far for the band.
‘Future Hearts’ was quite a new musical direction for All Time Low which is why the reviews vary
from positive to critics. According to AltPress, this set features tighter songwriting, more complex and layered arrangements and some of the most fully realized songs in the ATL canon, which we couldn’t agree with more.
9: Stick To Your Guns - Disobedient
Stick To Your Guns released Disobedient in February. This album was received very well but by some, not so much.
The band has progressed their sound for sure, but in a way some people couldn't appreciate. Stick To Your Guns got a bit 'poppier' in this album. A good track to notice this is the album's first single 'Nobody'. Eventhough some people critized the album, the majority welcomed this album. Let's be honest, it's a really good album, we are still jammin' out to it on a regular basis!
8: Neck Deep - Life's Not Out To Get You (check our album review here)
Life’s Not Out To Get You is the second studio album from British Pop Punk band Neck Deep. The
album is one of the most anticipated albums of the summer. It is for those who are fans of Blink 182
and Sum 41.
The songs on the album are very old/90s pop punk, with tracks such as “Can’t Kick Up The Roots”,
“Lime Street” and “Kali Ma” bringing a very songs of the summer vibe.
This album is different to others because it sounds like pop punk that is not heard from other artists
7: We Came As Romans - We Came As Romans
We Came As Romans released their self-titled album this year.
The band released their first single off of this record, 'The World I Used To Know' which did incredibly well. It sended the message to the fans that We Came As Romans will have another WCAR sounded album for them, with more experience overall. Then the band released 'Regenerate', an energetic track that'll make you want to drop whatever you're doing and start a moshpit wherever you are. When the album was finally released, the album turned out to be epic all together. With tracks such as 'Savior Of The Week' and 'Blur' the band sure has some new bangers to play live!
6: Sleeping With Sirens - Madness (check our album review here)
Sleeping With Sirens' fourth album Madness is the type of album that has a song for everyone. Whether you're into softer tracks, pop anthems, or heavier rock songs, it's on this album. If you prefer a softer track, you might like "The Strays," if you prefer more of a pop track you might like "Save Me A Spark," and if you're into more a heavy rock track, you might like "We Like It Loud." Madness definitely shows where the band is in terms of their sound now compared to their first album, With Ears to See and Eyes to Hear.
5: Papa Roach - Face Everything And Rise
Papa Roach released their eighth studio album F.E.A.R after nearly two-decades of being in the music industry and over twenty-million albums sold worldwide.
The new album has more of a techno vibe to it unlike their past albums, but still maintains that high energy hard-rocking sound that the fans know and love.
For example the opening track and one of our favorites, “Face Everything and Rise,” starts with an electronic sound in the background leading into a heavy metal guitar lead that backs up front man Jacoby Shaddix’s vocals as he aggressively shouts, “face everything and rise / never gonna quit until I die.”
With this album, Papa Roach proved they are still worth being one of the titans in today's rock scene!
4: Enter Shikari - The Mindsweep
The year started off right with Enter Shikari's new album 'The Mindsweep'. The band released 'The Last Garrison' & 'Never Let Go Of The Microscope' all the way back in 2014 and people got excited. Then a few weeks prior to the release, the band released another single 'Anaesthetist' to make sure everyone was psyched as can be for the album release. Armed with politically charged lyrics, the usual dubstep sound and anger, Enter Shikari released a very impressive album. 12 songs knowing 'The Mindsweep' has it all. A powerful intro/outro, a mix of slower and heavier songs, a lot of diversity and some absolutely epic tracks. I can't imagine you haven't but if you haven't already heard this album, seriously get your shit together and listen to this gem.
3: Parkway Drive - IRE (check our album review here)
Parkway Drive shocked the world last year with their new album 'IRE'.
IRE truly is a brutal, hard hitting album, both lyrically as musically. Anthems such as 'Vice Grip' and breakdowns such as the one in 'Dedicated' are making this album really something special. This album is also a turning point for Parkway Drive. They experimented with a new sound and boy, did it work out well. Parkway Drive is currently touring the globe with amazing special guests. If you get the chance to see them live, we definitely recommend you to take this chance. The new songs are absolutely fantastic live.
2: Twenty One Pilots - Blurryface (check our album review here)
If you haven't heard of Twenty One Pilots yet, then you're really missing out. Unique from sound to their presence at live shows, their latest album, Blurryface, was one of their best yet. Throughout the album you get a taste of reggae tracks, slower tracks, and fast paced tracks. Although the band is known for songs with deep lyrical meaning, one of our favorite tracks would have to be "Heavydirtysoul." This track shows that the band is capable of making songs with hidden meaning while making you feel good at the same time. With radio stations starting to play the their music as they make their way into the mainstream world, there's no doubt that Twenty One Pilots is looking at a successful year for 2016.
1: Bring Me The Horizon - That's The Spirit (check our album review here)
Bring Me The Horizon shocked the scene when their (back then) stand-alone single 'Drown' came out.
We experienced a softer side of Bring Me The Horizon on Sempiternal, but this was next level.
Little did we know, that the entire album 'That's The Spirit' was going to sound entirely different than what we heard so far from the Sheffield based band. The band took the possibilities that Jordan Fish brought with him when he joined the band to a maximum and created a revolutionary album, 'That's The Spirit'. This album is different for sure, but it's fantastic. The electronic sound and the still metal(ish) riffs combined with Oli's clean vocals gives quite the extraordinary effect. This album was given a brilliant campaign and got received very well with many fans aswell as reached a bigger audience. No wonder this album recently got certified with gold in the UK.
Without a doubt, this has been Bring Me The Horizon's year and for that, we seemed it was only fitting that That's The Spirit takes the cake.
Written by The Strife Team
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