The Best Death Metal Album - Metal Storm Awards 2015

1.  Tribulation - The Children Of The Night 190
2.  Sulphur Aeon - Gateway To The Antisphere 93
3.  Ouroboros - Emanations 90
4.  Abyssal - Antikatastaseis 63
5.  Horrendous - Anareta 56
6.  Slugdge - Dim And Slimeridden Kingdoms 40
7.  Chaos Echús - Transient 31
8.  Cruciamentum - Charnel Passages 30
9.  Desolate Shrine - The Heart Of The Netherworld 22
10.  Nile - What Should Not Be Unearthed (write-in vote) 17
11.  Kataklysm - Of Ghosts And Gods (write-in vote) 15
12.  Gruesome - Savage Land (write-in vote) 13
13.  Chapel Of Disease - The Mysterious Ways Of Repetitive Art 12
14.  Gorod - A Maze Of Recycled Creeds (write-in vote) 10
  Grave - Out Of Respect For The Dead (write-in vote) 10
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We don't know much about the band's mastermind G.D.C. but one thing is certain, this guy knows how to write an outstanding blackened death metal album. In Antikatastaseis, the guitars have an unprecedented dose of melody. However, don't expect an easy run. The newly-recruited session drummer, Timo Häkkinen, with his blast beats galore, won't let you breathe even for a minute. Also, the growls, a little buried in the mix, are occasionally supported by unexpected keys and choirs. It's probably their best work to date.

Transient is without a doubt one of the most daring debuts made in recent times. Refusing to limit themselves to only the doomy side of death metal, Chaos Echús also borrow elements of black, drone, noise and jazz in their psychedelic jams. To make these improvisations work, a vast knowledge of songwriting and understanding of metal genres is vital. Luckily for all of us, these Frenchies are experts. Go for the unknown and see how the molds of metal break before you.


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Expecting another old-school death metal album? You can be forgiven for thinking so when the atmospheric intro is playing, then you'll suddenly catch yourself nodding rhythmically as the eighties-inspired thrash spews forth. Before long, the smile on your face is wider than your face and the riff-fest on display will certainly help you master the repetitive art of headbanging!

Cruciamentum sound cavernous as balls. Charnel Passages is designed to swallow up the listener in infinitely-echoing chambers of haunting foulness, and then drown them in the crashing waves of unnerving riffs. Flailing solos and persistent attacks of harsh, death metal noise make Charnel Passages a venture ill-suited for the faint of heart.

Desolate Shrine seems to be fond of bigness. Listening to The Heart Of The Netherworld feels like being in the heart of a big--really, really big--netherworld. You'll be crushed by thick, spiraling, 63-minute long clouds of heavy dying and come out bruised and reeking of offal, probably with a collapsed lung, too, or something.

Horrendous has squeezed out of the position of being a really good, young OSDM band to just being a really good band, like, in general. Anareta is more technical and more melodic than what they've done before; it's also more spacious, more memorable, more good, and more and stuff.


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Talk about bands making progress: Ouroboros is definitely a textbook example of being able to take their sound the next step forward despite falling a bit under the radar. It's not like the band has lost their ability to write catchy riffs, and the songs are still as brutal as ever, but now the sense of melody is much stronger than before by borrowing some of the symphonic tendencies of Septicflesh while still retaining their technical edge.

Slugdge are a fine example of how, these days, within metal, there's really very little that bands simply can't get away with writing about. You want some pounding, slug-themed blackened death metal, with a bit of sludge thrown in for good measure? If you answered "yes," then congratulations, home viewer: this UK duo is in your corner. Heavy, catchy riffs, an amusing parody of popular metal song titles, and a surprisingly good use of melody abound on this one, all while hymns of worship are sung to those glorious little gastropods.

Zero keyboards nor orchestras, but the sheer scale of the Cosmic Chaos that is the Gateway To The Antisphere is truly the Call of the Cthulhu From Below the Abysshex. Sulphur Aeon's brand of suffocating blackened death metal is surely going to Drown This World.

Tribulation continue to build upon the game-changer that was their sophomore album. Now, with The Children Of The Night, they are greater than ever which should not come off as a surprise since there is something for everyone. The band further expands their sound, incorporating aspects of goth and heavy metal, which paradoxically make them sound even fresher. The clash between the triumphant melodies of the old and the forward-thinking aggressiveness of the new will leave no ear indifferent.


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