Welcome to my first weekly playlist recap of 2015. Believe it or not there are already some decent albums out this year, but only a few. I spent most of this week and last week replaying stuff form 2014 I neglected, catching up on some 2014 albums I missed and diving into the doom metal genre, a genre I’m not all to familiar with but hope to remedy in 2015. Also this year, I’m keeping better notes on new albums so I don’t completely forget some of them. Nerdy, yes, but that’s the way I like it. So let’s get into it.

New Albums:

Caïna – Setter of Unseen Snares
It seems this band is fairly prolific. This is the first work by the duo I’ve heard and I quite enjoyed it. It’s a fusion of black metal and post black metal that whips by at breakneck speeds until it slows for the final song that clocks in at 15 minutes, more than half the length of the entire album. First metal album of 2015 for me.

Satan’s Host – Pre-dating God Part 1
Just learned that this is a Denver band. They play a sort of thrashed up, evil power metal that isn’t so happy or uplifting as typical power metal bands. There are some elements of black metal in there but mostly it’s classic power metal and thrash.

Satan’s Host – Pre-dating God Part 2
More of the same from the first part. This one is a little less aggressive and more power metal, maybe with some King Diamond thrown in for good measure.

The Crown – Death is not Dead
Reunited with their Deathrace King lineup after 10 years, this album is addictively head banging. I’m a slight fan of theirs so I was curious about this release. Categorize it in the party death metal category. Good for getting the blood flowing and I imagine this one getting plenty of spins in the car when I’m stuck in traffic with my blood all angered up.

Sylosis – Where the Wolves Come to Die
I don’t delve into these waters very often. This modern “thrash” crossover stuff hasn’t really ever done it for me. Sylosis on the the other hand managed to impress me with their previous album. On this one, the riffs are catchy and insane like the previous with maybe a little more At the Gates influence than Metallica. It gets a little to much “core” for me at times and the it goes on a bit to long, but it’s a solid album from a genre that is rather stagnant if you ask me. The Smashing Pumpkins cover is utter garbage.

Missed 2014 Albums:

Unsacred – False Light
Ascension – The Dead of the World
Nachtreich/Spectral Lore – The Quivering Lights (Split)
Green Sky Bluegrass – If Sorrows Swim
King Dude – King Dude
Duskmourn – Legends
Rome – Electrocuting an Elephant
Zom – Flesh Assimilation

The Rest of the Week:

Hooded Menace – Never Cross the Dead
Sacrilegium – Wicher
Lydia Loveless – Somewhere Else
Algor – Hierofánia
Shape of Despair – Angels of Distress
Drag the River – Drag the River
Penance – Parallel Corners
Mayhem – Esoteric Warfare
Rome – Electrocuting an Elephant
Thorr’s Hammer – Dommedagsnatt
Falconer – Black Moon Rising
Midnight – No Mercy For Mayhem
Dawn bringer – Night of the Hammer
Darkenhöld – Castellum
The Gathering – Mandolin
Wayfarer – Children of the Iron Age
Paradise Lost – Icon
Stargazer – A Merging to the Boundless
Mortuary Drape – Spiritual Independence
Temple of Void – of Terror and the Supernatural
SubRosa – More Constant Than the Gods
Firewood – Between Heaven and Hell
Death Fortress – Among the Ranks of the Unconquerable
Warhorse – As Heaven Turns to Ash
Bekëth Nexëhmü – De Svarta Riterna

2015 is just off to a start. Plenty of time to get on the metal horse! Make this year metal!