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The List of our favorite metal albums of 2015

Every year new music comes out, sometimes you get excited and anticipate the release.  Other times you discover a band new to you because of their newly released full length or E.P.  2015 was a great year for metal, we had plenty of albums, E.P.’s singles and tours that happened.

Why make a list of the “best” or the “worst” albums of the year?  This is a list of our favorite albums of 2015, here you will find E.P.’s, full lengths, deathcore, black metal, death metal  grind and everything in between that graced our playlist.

 

In no particular order these are the top albums, our favorites, and the albums we simply cant get enough of.

 

  1. Cattle Decapitation- The Anthropocene Extinction
  2. Vehemence- Forward Without Motion
  3. Cryptopsy – The Book Of Suffering Tome 1
  4. The Black Dahlia Murder – Abysmal
  5. Pronostic – An Atomic Decision
  6. WRVTH – Self Titled
  7. Iron Maiden- The Book Of Souls
  8. Napalm Death- Apex Predator
  9. Skinless- Only The Ruthless Remain
  10. High on Fire- Luminiferous
  11. Baroness- Purple
  12. Antlion-The Prescient
  13. Alterius- Voyager
  14. Fulgora- Stratagem
  15. Hate Eternal- Infernus
  16. Jungle Rot- Order Shall Prevail
  17. Lamb Of God-  VII Sturm Und Drang
  18. Fit For An Autopsy- Absolute Hope, Absolute Hell
  19. Born of Osiris- Soul Sphere
  20. Vattnet Viskar- Settler
  21. Horrendous- Anareta
  22. Solium Fatalis- The Undying Season
  23. Unleashed- Dawn of the Nine
  24. Parius- Saturnine
  25. Punching Moses- Humanity Pandemic

 

While 2015 has given us so many more albums, we like to keep it short and to the point. If we went beyond and tackled the 100+  releases many of you would not stick around for the other notable releases on the list.

 

Feel free to comment with other albums you feel deserve to have made the list, and also it looks as though 2016 will have plenty of great metal coming also.  Big releases coming from  bands like Pig Destroyer, Alterius, Sevenday Curse, Solium Fatalis and many others. \m/

Thank you for following us on Facebook, Twitter and by subscribing to our emails. 2015 was a great year for us, and we couldn’t have done it without, the metal heads out there, the fans, the bands, the P.R. agencies and all the people who helped the bands release their music, and play local shows as well as tour.

 

Here’s to 2015 and all of its greatness, on to 2016,  NOW LETS SEE THOSE HORNS \m/

 

-Badger \m/
http://www.badgersmetalbreakdown.com

 

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Punching Moses- Humanity Pandemic E.P. Review 9/10

Punching Moses

Humanity Pandemic

Out November 20th, 2015 on Seeing Red Records

Jesse Ramsey- Guitar

Shack Erman- Bass

Ben Ihde- Vocals

Jimmy Gasho- Drums

Rob Needham- Guitar

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  1. Intro- venous

This song is exactly what it states in the title, an intro, however it’s a solid four plus minute long introduction. It has a stoner rock feel in the very beginning, just trudging along with some metal/blues sounds to the guitars. They also have a bit of a fuzz to them, but the drums are crisp, leading me to believe these guys want to bring back a bit of sound from the 80’s to the early 90’s style of sound. Right at the 2:00 mark a guitar solo grabs your attention, and it is that southern blues rock sound, nice and cool really getting you comfortable.

  1. In the Gutter

The song starts out like something you would have heard from bands like Integrity or Cause For Alarm, they have a heavy Punk/Hardcore and metal sound about them. I am digging this song, brings me back to when I first got into hardcore and metal, where it has the strong punk influences and that aggressive approach. This is a cool song, and I see many that grew up in a time listening to hardcore, punk and metal around early to mid 90’s may enjoy this song like I am. This song is ripping and rolling, it grabs you from the very beginning and throws you into a pit of mashing bodies. I find myself just nodding my head and saying “YES” because this is awesome.

  1. Humanity Pandemic

This song has a slower tempo than the previous track (in the beginning at least), and then throws a flaming ball of chaos at you with the fast old school blasting. I like the guitar riff during this section as it has that specific build to it that so many songs back in the day had. This has that grimy, high energy, hardcore/ metal sound, those guitars are nailing it. Right at the 1:25 minute mark the song really showcases what I am talking about little bit of a bridge and right into that punk/hardcore rhythm. If the rest of the E.P. is like this, I am going to be happy because these guys absolutely crushing it with their sound. With this one, you will get almost all the way through it, and then hit the repeat button to loop back around and take this one for another spin.

  1. Arguing With The Doctor

No tip toeing around with this song, like a shot gun blast from the hip they are not wasting any time getting things going. They are playing an upbeat tempo, and an old school hardcore rhythm, with some riffing coming from the lead guitars. This song is catchy and now I am trying to determine which one I liked better Humanity Pandemic, or Arguing With the Doctor. I dig the concise sections with the speed picking and blast beats like the one at the 1:52 mark.

  1. Self Control

I find that I am going back and hitting the back button to listen to the song again, because I am enjoying these songs so much, I forget that I am trying to break the songs down for the review. This is a high energy, hardcore punk song, with the hints of metal blended in. Definitely for fans of Integrity, Ringworm, Cast Iron Hike, Cause For Alarm, and older Turmoil It has that hardcore guitar riff that sets things up for a fast paced dental wrecking song. It goes through the first verse, and slows down for a southern rock sounding transition section, they do this for the second verse also. Then the song changes for a moment  to deliver a solo section from the guitars, and really jam out. Its fun to listen to, and sounds like they are having fun themselves. They finish the solos and the vocals come in just red faced yelling the last line of the song, followed by the riff we heard in the very beginning one last time.

This is the first time I am hearing Punching Moses, and I have to say, I dig it, they lock down that old school hardcore/metal sound, and really bring me back to my early teens. Skateboarding and listening to the bands like Integrity, Warzone, Cause For Alarm. This E.P. is too short for their own good, I am hoping a full length will be coming soon, because these guys nail it. From the moment you hit play, all they do is ease you with false comforts in the introduction, and then they down shift, punch the gas, and take you for a wild ride. They do exactly what they came here to do, and it sounds nothing short of awesome. It’s always hard to rate an E.P. as it doesn’t have many songs to breakdown, however this is a rock solid 9/10, the vocals are spot on antagonist fueled rebellious vocals. The drums ride the fine line between hardcore punk and metal. The guitars lock down that old school sound for their distortion and the riffs they are playing, and then the bass. The bass can be heard, it has that strong, heavy hitting approach, like the big guy in the pit. They should probably put a disclaimer on their music because the younger generations will not know what losing teeth feels like until they go to a Punching Moses show.

Do yourselves a favor, go on over to their FACEBOOK PAGE

Then if you are looking to get  music now you can get their Impending Doom album. go to their BANDCAMP PAGE

Lastly if you want to pre order this killer E.P.  check out the Seeing Red Records Bandcamp Page

-Badger \m/
http://www.badgersmetalbreakdown.com