10) Darkest Hour – Godless Prophets & the Migrant Flora
Returning to the front of the pack with a career best record. Darkest Hour’s ninth studio record is a vicious, kick to the balls of a record. Combing the best elements of all their previous fan favorites with a newfound ferocity.
FFO: At The Gates, Power Trip
9) Coltsblood – Ascending into Shimmering Darkness
Quite possibly the heaviest doom band on the planet. Ascending into Shimmering Darkness is the soundtrack of the human psyche’s worst thoughts. Proper horrible music.
FFO: Primitive Man, Grief, Bell Witch
8) Full of Hell – Trumpeting Ecstasy
Trumpeting Ecstasy sees Full of Hell taking their brutal mix of death metal, grindcore, power violence and harsh noise to newfound levels of suffering. Definitely not a easy listen, but one of the most extreme and rewarding.
FFO: Nails, Merzbow, Napalm Death
7) Corrupt Moral Alter – Eunoia
Liverpuddlian grind-violence of the most extreme order. Fourteen tracks of relentless blast-beats and riffs that could flay the skin right off your face.
FFO: Napalm Death, Trap Them, Pig Destroyer
6) Nihility – Imprisoned Eternal
Debut record from Southampton’s hardest. Showcasing the best crossover of metallic hardcore with 80’s death metal. Headbang your life away whilst avoiding getting spin kicked in the face.
FFO: Bolt Thrower, Kickback, Suffocation
5) Perturbator – New Model
Sidestepping away from the confines of the Synthwave palace the parisian producer has crafted himself. Perturbator brings forth a darker, moodier, heavier sounding record, showing there’s more to life than being an 80’s film throwback.
FFO: John Carpenter, Akira, Carpenter Brut
4) Glassjaw – Material Control
A surprise last minute addition. Fiftteen years down the line and Glassjaw drop one of the heaviest post-hardcore records since Worship and Tribute. Jaw dropping stuff.
FFO: Deftones, At The Drive In, Thursday
3) Converge – The Dusk in Us
Showcasing that they’re incapable of producing a record of less than near perfection. While The Dusk in Us sees Converge producing their most accessible work to date, they’ve also produced a record of such magnitude, it even gives Jane Doe a run for its money.
FFO: Neurosis, Cave In
2) The Black Dahlia Murder - Nightbringers
Going from strength to strength, The Black Dahlia Murder have taken al the best things about themselves and sharpened them to knifepoint precision. A career & genre defining best.
FFO: Carcass, At the Gates
1)Dawn Ray’d – The Unlawful Assembly
Raw, uncompromising, politicised black metal from the north. Hands down one of the best black metal records since Deafheaven’s Sunbather took the world by storm, only this is more important.
FFO: Wolves in the Throne Room, Smashing fascists.
Honorable Mentions: Code Orange - Forever
Wolves in the Throne Room – Thrice wolven
Integrity – Howling… For the Nightmare Shall Continue
Incendiary – Thousand Mile Stare
Ulver – The Assassination of Julius Caesar
Heaven in Her Arms – White Halo
Artificial Brain – Infrared Horizon
Power Trip – Nightmare Logic
Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun
Cloud Rat/Moloch – Split
Eighteen Visions – XVIII
Dying Fetus – Wrong One to Fuck With
Nine Inch Nails – Add Violence
END – From the Unforgiving Arms of God
Pallbearer - Heartless