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.
20: Falling In Reverse – Just Like You
Falling In Reverse released their third studio-album ‘Just Like You’ in 2015.
After releasing their second album fans were a bit complainining about the amount of rap that Ronnie threw in the music. Ronnie ensured the fans that there would be less rap in the third album now that he has his own mixtape aswell. He will keep the two things seperate.
He kept his promise! Just Like You has some rap influences but it’s mostly top shelf post-hardcore. Hard hitting lyrics, proper riffs and catchy chorusses. They really nailed it at this album!
19: While She Sleeps – Brainwashed
Besides Bring Me The Horizon, Sheffield has more amazing metal bands to offer. A good example is While She Sleeps. While She Sleeps released their second full-length album ‘Brainwashed’ on March 23th last year. There are a lot of metalcore bands out there and every day we’re introduced to new ones. To make it in such a cutting edge scene, you’re going to have to bring some excellent music. While She Sleeps did just that. The album is filled with dark melodies, epic guitar solo’s and uptempo beats perfect to mosh on. If you’re into metalcore, this is a must!
18: Ice Nine Kills – Every Trick In The Book
2015 has been Ice Nine Kills’ year. The band has been around for a while, but finally got the record deal of a lifetime. They signed with Fearless Records. A few months later, the band already toured the US headliner style and a new album was on the way. The album ‘Every Trick In The Book’ eventually came out on December 4th. Ice Nine Kills is not your average band, as every song is inspired by literature such as Animal Farm, Dracula & The Exorcist.
The horror based metalcore band sure brought their A-game on this record. Perhaps even making people curios about the literature itself?
17: Being As An Ocean – Being As An Ocean (check our album review here)
Melodic hardcore band Being As An Ocean released their third and self-titled album on June 29. Being As An Ocean have stayed true to their sound, but advanced it quite a bit. This album consists mostly of faster tracks which are a major treat to hear live. Especially ‘Little Richie’ & ‘Ain’t Nobody Perfect’ made an impact on us. It would be a crime to not include this beautiful album in the top 20 gems of 2015!
16: Bullet For My Valentine – Venom (check our album review here)
Venom is Bullet for My Valentine’s 5th studio album. Venom is a new sound for Bullet for My Valentine; they are taking their music in a new direction. However they still keep their heavy sound, which definitely doesn’t disappoint. Some memorable tracks are “Army of Noise” and “Worthless”. These tracks show the new direction that the band is going in. “Venom” the title track is also one to look out for, especially with the meaningful music video that it has. Venom as an album shows how far the band can grow from their first album “The Poison”. This album illustrates the new, less heavy direction that the band is successfully trying to go in.
15: Blessthefall – To Those Left Behind (check our album review here)
Blessthefall has maintained their sound quite a bit through the albums. This album is no different. Rather than changing their sound, Blessthefall is more likely to evolve, which they did quite excellent on this album. With powerful tracks such as ‘Up In Flames’ & ‘Walk On Water’, this band has a bright future ahead. If the band keeps going this strong, who knows what might happen on the records to come.
14: The Maine – American Candy
The Maine released their fifth album American Candy in March last year. They managed to create catchy and almost carefree jams that are clever and refreshing. The band spend years growing and pushed their sound and songwriting. But American Candy has the Maine’s original sound. It approaches old and new fans in the same way by being a perfection of their consistent and trademark sound. American Candy is an easygoing record and can be enjoyed by anyone.
13: Fall Out Boy – American Beauty/American Psycho
American Beauty/American Psycho is Fall out Boy’s sixth album. Why not open with fanfares and create a stadium sized pop rock power anthem album? While ‘The Kids Aren’t Alright’ creates a lighters-in-the-air-moment , but right after that you can dance to ‘Uma Thurman’. Another track that is worth mentioning is ‘Novocaine’. You can hear robotic noises and sounds a bit like the title track and yet it’s completely different. Another pop-rock track is ‘Fourth of July’ which explodes just like Patrick Stump’s voice does all over the album. Sometimes the tracks don’t stick together but it makes up for that with it’s colourful and powerful sound.
12: Breaking Benjamin – Dark Before Dawn
Breaking Benjamin’s 5th studio album Dark Before Dawn really is a memorable album. This album really has a song for everyone, the perfect mix of softer songs and the classic Breaking Benjamin sound. If one is looking for their classic sound, I recommend “Failure” and “Defeated”. However if one is looking for a bit of a softer track, I recommend “Ashes of Eden” and “Dawn”. Dark Before Dawn really shows how the band was able to keep the classic sound even with an almost completely new lineup.
11: Three Days Grace – HUMAN
January 9th, 2013 will always be a sad day for any Three Days Grace fan. Adam Gontier left the band to work on solo material. Adam was unhappy about the way the producers were only caring about the music and not about the band’s well being. Matt Walsh had big shoes to fill as new Three Days Grace frontman! Three Days Grace released their fifth studio-album and first album with Matt as frontman on March 31st. Matt has his own sound but does manage to no stray too far from the path. Adam Gontier channels the old TDG sound without being a replica of the original singer. HUMAN is a very heavy pill to swallow lyrically. Musically it’s not oustanding but the total package makes this an absolutely stunning album. I see a bright future for Three Days Grace with Matt Walsh as frontman.
Written by the Strife Team
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