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MS Awards 2015 - Staff Picks!!

Written by: D.T. Metal
Published: March 14, 2016

Every year, the Metal Storm Team puts together the Awards to allow you, our beloved users, to choose the absolute best albums of the previous year. And every year, you people screw it up so badly that we subsequently share with you our divine wisdom. Of course, even we happy few are not without our drama and shake-ups.

Though Melechesh, Deathhammer, and Chaos Ech?s comfortably eclipsed their fellows like an Eclipse-class Star Destroyer, Post and Sludge/Stoner saw support for nearly every nominee.

Marriages thoroughly obliterated their "competition," crushing the other nominees like a Haor Chall seismic tank in a surprisingly brutal takeover for such a non-brutal album. We spent less time deciding that one than George Lucas did writing dialogue for the prequel trilogy.

Symphonic, Folk, and Black alike fell into disarray; like the Imperial warlords during the Thrawn crisis, the other nominees were so divided amongst themselves (six, six, and seven albums, respectively, each receiving a single vote) that none could stand against the ultimate victors.

Meanwhile, we pitted Sigh and Dødheimsgard against each other viciously in Avant-garde, an interminably escalating conflict that made the Jedi Civil War look like a minor turf dispute in Taris's Lower City. Both sides made threats, promised vengeance, insulted each other's honor, agreed to a duel, showed up, chickened out, got ice cream, went home, posted nasty comments, got bored, fell asleep, and then woke up to find that somehow somebody had resolved the tie.

Iron Maiden and Magister Templi nearly faced the same fate in Heavy/Melodic, but cooler minds prevailed and brought imbalance to the votes.

After all that, the final chapter in the Metal Storm Awards 2015 has come to an end, and here are the 2015 picks from your MS Staff, Elites and Official Contributors. We hope you have enjoyed the journey. Me juuz ku, wermo.

2015 Metal Storm Staff Picks

Alternative Metal
Marriages - Salome

Ambient / Drone Metal
Echoes Of Yul - The Healing

Avantgarde / Experimental Metal
Sigh - Graveward

Black Metal
A Forest Of Stars - Beware The Sword You Cannot See

Death Metal
Chaos Ech?s - Transient

Djent / Math Metal
SikTh - Opacities [EP]

Doom Metal
Shape Of Despair - Monotony Fields

Extreme Doom Metal
Ahab - The Boats Of The Glen Carrig

Extreme Progressive Metal
Enslaved - In Times

Folk / Pagan / Viking Metal
Negură Bunget - Tău

Gothic Metal
Enshine - Singularity

Cloud Rat - Qliphoth

Hard Rock
Clutch - Psychic Warfare

Hardcore / Metalcore / Deathcore
Anopheli - The Ache Of Want

Heavy / Melodic Metal
Magister Templi - Into Duat

Industrial / Cyber / Electronic Metal
Killing Joke - Pylon

Melodeath / Extreme Power / Gothenburg Metal
Sunless Rise - Unrevealed

Melodic Black Metal
Melechesh - Enki

Sannhet - Revisionist

Izah - Sistere

Power Metal
Gloryhammer - Space 1992: Rise Of The Chaos Wizards

Progressive Metal
Leprous - The Congregation

Sludge / Stoner Metal
Regarde Les Hommes Tomber - Exile

Symphonic Metal
Leah - Kings & Queens

Thrash Metal
Deathhammer - Evil Power

Clandestine Cut Of The Year
Exgenesis - Aphotic Veil

Chaos Ech?s - Transient

So, and now that this year's Metal Storm Awards are a wrap, we hope that despite your displeasure that your favorite band was not nominated, you still were able to discovered some new tunes. Since this is what it's all about. Now, lets get back to the year 2016.

The Metal Storm Awards Team

Written on 14.03.2016 by Former boss lady. Now just a professional concertgoer... dangerously armed with a camera!

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Written by [user id=4365] on 04.10.2016 at 20:19

Written by X-Ray Rod on 04.10.2016 at 19:55

I was going to ask for Le Secret but if he diodn't bother checking out that album and its impact "back in the day"... Then I can't say I'll bother with the rest of the discussion. xD

Also Souvenirs d'un autre monde is quite blatantly shoegaze over post-rock too (and admittedly little to no black metal) so I'm wondering just how much of Alcest LoG actually bothered with afterall (kinda evident that he's sharing a song from an album that was literally just released).

Not much But Ill check that one.

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