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Best Of 2015 [2015-12-16]

2015 has been another splendid year for many great and highly rewarding releases, below you’ll find lists of releases that made this year special for our writers. And in keeping with our sites remit they span a large and varied selection of different musical & sonic genres.

Roger Batty (Site owner, Editor, reviewer & article writer)
1:Charlotte Braun - Happy Being Sad [Geräuschmanufaktur]
2:Various - Dust On The Nettles: A Journey Through The British Folk Underground [Grapefruit/ Cherry Red]
3:Version - Version [Textural Nightmares]
4: Steve Roach - Skeleton Keys [Projekt]
5:The Residents Featuring Snakefinger - Live In The USA - 13th Anniversary [Klanggalerie]
6:DJ Hidden – Directive[Ad Noiseam]
7:A Raja's Mesh Men - Borophagus [Maniacal Laugh]
8:Nightmare Castle - Phibes [Altar Of Waste]
9:John Wiese - Deviate From Balance [Gilgongo Records]
10:Kerovnian - Far Beyond, Before The Time[ Cold Spring Records)
11:D.S.W.A.C.V - Venus In Furs [DeathSex Electronics]
12:Nar/Ch - (untitled)
13:Bong - We are, we were and we will have been[Ritual Productions]
14:Tony Tears - Music From The Astral Worlds (2000-2014) [Minotauro]
15:Yen Pox - Between the Horizon and the Abyss [ Malignant Records]
16:Infernus - Grinding Christian Flesh[Moribund Records]
17: Ecco - The Curse Of Her Flesh [Nahàsh Atrym Productions]
18:Boar - You Will Never Be Happy [Breaching Static]
19:RRR - Obscene Death Pulsion [Required Rate of Return]
20:23 Threads - Conspicuous Unobstructed Path [Zoharum]
21:Small Hours/The Ebony Tower - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest [Self Release]
22:Allerseelen - Terra Incognita [Aorta / Ahnstern]
23:Tipi & Sylvester Stallone - Soi vienosti murheeni kryyni / Kootut teokset 1978 [Ektro Records]
24:Zombi - The Zombi Anthology [Relapse Records]
25:Dead Body Collection - Highways of Tears [Autistic Campaign]
26:Absurde/Chier - Absurde VS Chier [Required Rate Of Return]
27:Vomir - Black Bag [Signora Ward Records]
28:Iron Maiden- Book Of Souls[Parlophone]
29:The Incredible String Band - Wee Tam and the Big Hug [BGO Records]
30: Inquisition - Into The Infernal Regions of The Ancient Cult [Season of Mist]


Josh Landry (review & article writer)
1. Coil - Backwards [Cold Spring Records]
2. Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper [Domino]
3. Steve Roach - Skeleton Keys [Projekt]
4. Alio Die & Lorenzo Montana - Holographic Codex [Projekt]
5. Quadrant & Iris & Kid Hops - 206 [Commercial Suicide]
6. Nicolas Jaar - Pomegranates [Other People]
7. VA [World Alchemist Records] - World Alchemist Records 10 EP
8. VA [Transfigured Time] - Ritual in Transfigured Time Vol. 2
9. VA [Silent Existence] - The Final Theory
10. VA [Blue Hour Sounds] - Dark Side of Dawn
11. VA [Clocktail Records] - 10 Wonder Drops
12. VA [Lycantrop Records] - Synchronicities
13. VA [Purple Hexagon Records] - Ancient Technology
14. VA [Sangoma Records] - Tanuki Tandava
15. Ception - Oval Window EP [Ektoplazm]
16. Digitnick - Virtualizer EP [Liquid Seed Recordings]
17. Dirty Saffi - Umami [Bom Shanka Music]
18. Exelization - Antinoisis [Ektoplazm]
19. Voidscream - Cadaverous Bloom [Scared Evil Records]
20. Spruce - Mru [Anomalistic Records]
21. Jumpstreet - Brain Parasites EP [GloOM Music]
22. Qiujan - Ritual to the Light [Ektoplazm]
23. EVP - Next Gen Ready [Wild Things Records]
24. Hutti Heita - Hutti Heita [Yggdrasil Records]
25. Cosmic Replicant - Landscapes Motion EP [Pureuphoria Records]
26. Priapizzm - 'Murican [Anomalistic Records]
27. Sonik Scizzor - Intergalaktik Magik [Dark Prisma Records]
28. Seven Strategy - Sampling Singularity [Relative Records]
29. Psyonysus - Unity [Ektoplazm]
30. Hans Dunkelkammer - Analgesic Underworld EP [Glitchy.Tonic.Records]

 

Martin P(review & article writer)
1:Absurde/Chier - Absurde VS Chier (Required Rate Of Return)
2:Am Not - Unpunished ‎(Unrest Productions)
3:Marc Baron - Carnets (Glistening Examples)
4:Bikini Kill ‎– Revolution Girl Style Now (Bikini Kill Records)
5:Peter Brotzmann - Munster Bern (Cubus Records)
6:Charlotte Braun - Happy Being Sad (Geräuschmanufaktur)
7:Ornette Coleman ‎– Beauty Is A Rare Thing: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (Rhino Records)
8:Con-Dom / The Grey Wolves ‎– Waging War Against You (Unrest Productions)
9:Dead Body Collection & Die Reitenden Leichen ‎– Predatory Instinkts Part One (Monolithische Aktion)
10:Beatriz Ferreyra - GRM Works ‎(INA-GRM)
11:Gruesome ‎– Savage Land (Relapse)
12:Howlround ‎– Tales From The Black Tangle (The Fog Signals)
13:I Watched You Die - Untitled (Breaching Static)
14:Alejandro Jodorowsky ‎– The Holy Mountain - The Original Soundtrack (Finders Keepers Records)
15:Kevlar - Criteria (Unrest Productions)
16:Koufar - Lebanon For Lebanese ‎(Fusty Cunt)
17:Peter Kutin - Burmese Days (Gruenrekorder)
18:Mastery - Valis (Flenser Records)
19:Meat Wave - Delusion Moon (SideOneDummy Records )
20:Nuits Rouge - The Night Of Clocks ‎(Room 2A)
21:Dave Phillips & Chrs Galarreta* ‎– The Invisible Cage Of Comfort (Fragment Factory)
22:Persona ‎– Persona (Textural Nightmares)
23:The Rita ‎– Queen Sheets (Urashima)
24:Sauna Youth ‎– Distractions (Upset! The Rhythm)
25:Sleaford Mods - Key Markets (Harbinger Sound)
26:Tissa Mawartyassari - Red Succubus (Palinopsia Recordings)
27:TV Freaks - Bad Luck Charms (Deranged Records)
28:Various - Acts Of Vengeance - UFoI II (Unrest Productions)
29:Various ‎– Excavated Shellac: Reeds (Parlortone)
30:XYZ ‎– XYZ (Radical Elite Records)‎


Hal Harmon(review & article writer)
1:PSICOPOMPO [Hermann Kopp + Lorenzo Abattoir] - Synchronicity (theory of Carl Jung) (4iB)
2:Pedestrian Deposit - The Architector (Monorail Trespassing)
3:THE RITA/Power Monster - Basque Into Tights (Signora Ward)
4:XOME - Double Live Gonzo! 2 x CD (Love Earth Music)
5:Integrity - Humanity is the Devil: 20th Anniversary Remix & Re-master (Magic Bullet Records)
6:Juice Machine - Behind This Abundance (Poor Little Music)
7:Su Sous Toulouse en Rouge & Hal McGee - Left Devices (HalTapes)
8:Merzbow + Xiu Xiu - MERZXIU (Kingfisher Bluez)
9:Cold Waste/Burnt Hair - Burnt Waste (Dead Tank Records)
10:Breakdancing Ronald Reagan - J.C. (Confessions of a Cyberbully) (CTC Records)
11:Iron Fist of the Sun - We Can Yield Our Own Footsteps (Cold Spring)
12:No Milk - For Real (Hag Bloom Tapes)
13:Permanent Makeup - Taker (No Clear)
14:Developer & Tinnitustimulus - Remixes (Factotum Tapes)
15:She Spread Sorrow - Rumspringa (Cold Spring)
16:Theologian - A Means By Which To Break The Surface Of The Real (Nothing Under the Sun)
17:Various Artists - Florida Noise: Exposure One (Florida Noise)
18:Trepaneringsritualen - Veil The World (Reissue) (Cold Spring)
19:White Matter Phantasm - The Temple of the Clay Flower (Nahàsh Atrym Productions)
20:Burnt Hair/Ars Phoenix - Shinju (Dead Tank Records)
21:William Davenport - The Great American Cassette Masters (Talk Story Films)
22:Dhouser - Dhouser (Self-released)
23:Prurient - Frozen Niagara Falls (Profound Lore)
24:Debbie Jaffe and Hal McGee - Invisible Shadows (HalTapes)
25:Italics - Widows/Orphans (Self-released)
26:Oscuro - II (Textural Nightmares)
27:Hafdís Bjarnadóttir - Sounds of Iceland, field recordings by Hafdís Bjarnadóttir (Gruenrekorder)
28:The Nihilistics - Psychic Psoriasis (in four movements) (Fork and Spoon)
29:Raven/Astro - Raven/Astro (Autistic Campaign)
30:Housefire - burnthemasters (Hot Releases)

 

Paul Casey(review & article writer)
1:Ad Nauseam - Nihil Quam Vacuitas Ordinatum Est [Lavadome Production ]
2:Various Artists - Too Slow to Disco Vol. 2 [How Do You Are? ]
3:Zombi - The Zombi Anthology [Relapse Records ]
4:Zombi - Shape Shift [Relapse ]
5:Yen Pox - Between the Horizon and the Abyss [Malignant Records]
6:Skinless - Only the Ruthless Remain [Relapse ]
7:Orbweaver - Strange Transmissions from the Neuralnomicon [Corpse Flower]
8:Pig Destroyer - Prowler in the Yard (reissue) [Relapse ]
9:Kesä - Kesä [Svart Records ]
10:Funerary Call - The Mirror Reversed - Part II [77th Cycle ]
11:Dark Buddha Rising - Inversum [Neurot Recordings ]
12:Exhumed - Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998-2015 [Relapse ]
13:Inner Vision Laboratory - Austeros [Zoharum ]
14:Gruesome - Savage Land [Relapse ]
15:Jim Haynes - Scarlet [The Helen Scarsdale Agency ]
16:Khost - Corrosive Shroud [Cold Spring Records]
17:Undergang - Døden Læger Alle Sår [Dark Descent]
18:Troum & raison d'etre - De Aeris In Sublunaria Influxu [Essence ]
19:Kristoffer Oustad - Filth Haven [Malignant Records]
20:Kave - Ominousium [Cyclic Law/79th Cycle]
21:Kammarheit - The Nest [Cyclic Law ]
22:Juice Machine & Andrew Quitter - Self Titled [Forever Escaping Boredom]
23:David Borden - Music For Amplified Keyboard Instruments [Spectrum Spools]


Duncan Simpson(review & article writer)
1:Prurient – Frozen Niagra Falls (Profound Lore)
2: Helm – Olympic Mess (PAN)
3: The Necks – Vertigo (RER Megacorp)
4: Kamasi Washington – The Epic (Brainfeeder)
5: Max Richter – Sleep (Deutsche Grammophon)
6: Anna Maria Friman, Ariel Abramovich & Jacob Heringman John Potter - Amores Pasados (ECM)
7: Coil - Backwards (Cold Spring)
8: Arcturus – Arcturian (Prophecy)
9: Ricardo Donoso - Saravá Exu (Denovali)
10: Cremation Lily - Fires Frame the Silhouette (Alter)
11: Anna von Hausswolff - The Miraculous (City Slang)
12: Ron Morelli – A Gathering Together (Hospital Productions)
13: Vainio & Vigroux – Peau Froide (Cosmo Rhythmatic)
14: Pinkcourtesyphone – Sentimental Something (Important Records)
15: M.E.S.H. – Piteous Gate (PAN)
16: Kerridge - Always Offended Never Ashamed (Contort)
17: Shampoo Boy – Crack (Blackest Ever Black)
18: Consumer Electronics - Repetition Reinforcement (Diagonal)
19: CHRA – Empty Airport (Editions Mego)
20: Nurse With Wound / Blind Cave Salamander – Cabbalism 1-3 (ICR)
21: Thighpaulsandra - The Golden Communion (Editions Mego)
22: Drew McDowall - Collapse (Dais Records)
23: Katatonia - Sanctitude (KScope)
24: Vatican Shadow - Death is Unity with God (Modern Love)
25: Evan Caminiti - Meridian (Thrill Jockey)
26: Jasmine Guffond - Yellow Bell (Sonic Pieces)
27: Tropic of Cancer - Stop Suffering (Blackest Ever Black)
28: Koenraad Ecker - Sleepwalkers in a Cold Circus (L-NE)
29: Triac - Days (L-NE)
30: Shape of Despair - Monotony Fields (Season of Mist)

 

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