IKILLYA’s Jason Lekberg Top 10 Albums Of 2015!

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[/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”2_3″][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code”]<div style="font-size: 200%; float: left; margin:18px 10px;">10.</div><br /> <h3>Soilwork, “The Ride Majestic”</h3>[/et_pb_code][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code”]Good god. How does this band KEEP delivering? Speed is the only original member yet they just keep writing exactly the album we want to hear. 15 years ago I would have never believed they would eclipse In Flames as the Swedish Melo-death mainstays. I keep expecting to be underwhelmed, and then I hit play and get proven wrong again. I’m looking forward to even more solid albums in the years to come. Maybe one day they’ll get the full credit they deserve.[/et_pb_code][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_video admin_label=”Video” src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wLXeWKGRpM”]

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[/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”2_3″][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code”]<div style="font-size: 200%; float: left; margin:18px 10px;">9.</div><br /> <h3>Sylosis, “Dormant Heart”</h3>[/et_pb_code][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code”]At some point many years ago Battlecross, Byzantine and Lamb of God’s dads all went on vacation in the UK, got shitfaced at Crobar in SoHo and got some of those hot British chicks pregnant. The result is Sylosis. Grooves, Thrashes and melodic hooks you never saw coming. The chorus of Mercy is an unexpected payoff that was a breath of fresh air for me. Josh’s vocal work sits right where I want to be. Brutal, but melodic with an undeniable painful yearning. Dudes, lets tour. For real.[/et_pb_code][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_video admin_label=”Video” src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXPQR22UwO0″]

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[/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”2_3″][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code”]<div style="font-size: 200%; float: left; margin:18px 10px;">8.</div><br /> <h3>Battlecross, “Rise To Power”</h3>[/et_pb_code][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code”]Our DUDES! There are a decent number of “neo-thrash” bands out there but for my money Battlecross are the kings. The bands I came up on, like Testament and Megadeth, thrashed their asses off, played circles around the competition – but never forgot to groove. Jamming Battlecross makes me feel 16 again. Lifetime pit ninjas suddenly learn how to circle pit at BX shows. It’s subliminal, you can’t do anything else. If they were around back then, I promise I would play this album so much the tape would break – just like Countdown to Extinction and Holy Diver did. Maybe I shouldn’t have left them on my dash in the sun though…..[/et_pb_code][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_video admin_label=”Video” src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIWZsP1Wm40″]

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[/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”2_3″][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code”]<div style="font-size: 200%; float: left; margin:18px 10px;">7.</div><br /> <h3>Lamb of God, “VII: Sturm Und Drang”</h3>[/et_pb_code][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code”]This is the first LOG release I haven’t been involved with in some way since 2009, and I was bummed about that, but I think it was for the better. I expected a lot from this album. I was of course acutely aware of what they have been through the past few years and I knew it would galvanize them in making the best album they had in years. If I was involved like in past years I would have had to view the album with a critical ear to help devise the right plan to help get it to the most of you possible. I’m not sure I would have felt it lived up to what I expected. But really, how could it? Is any seminal band ever capable of that? I fell victim to my own opinions of the marketing choices, the promotional assets, and eventually the album itself. I had to walk away from it and come back to truly hear it. But I did come back and it is indeed a reinvigorated Lamb of God. More importantly, it is a beautifully honest Lamb of God. I am looking forward to your continued success guys.[/et_pb_code][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_video admin_label=”Video” src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dulxbKkj9Wg”]

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[/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”2_3″][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code”]<div style="font-size: 200%; float: left; margin:18px 10px;">6.</div><br /> <h3>Paradise Lost, “The Plague Within”</h3>[/et_pb_code][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code”]If you’ve ever read my past top 10’s you’ve heard me discuss before how important Paradise Lost’s 90’s catalog was to me and once again, it’s just plain good for my soul to hear them continue to deliver the albums I always wanted to hear them make. I can never seem to write a mid tempo song that feels right, but damn do I love to listen to them lay it down. They have found that perfect balance between haunting, gothic beauty and crushing, metallic power. Thank you dudes.[/et_pb_code][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_video admin_label=”Video” src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7O1z-Vw9Vc”]

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[/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”2_3″][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code”]<div style="font-size: 200%; float: left; margin:18px 10px;">5.</div><br /> <h3>Cloudkicker, “Woum”</h3>[/et_pb_code][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code”]The fact that Ben refuses to be part of the established industry even enough to tell you when he’s about to release an album is annoying. But goddammit if it’s not also amazing. When Woum dropped earlier this year it was exactly what I needed that day, before I even knew I needed it. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – no one does tension and release better than Cloudkicker.[/et_pb_code][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code”]<iframe style="border: 0; width: 100%; height: 120px;" src="http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=305201338/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/transparent=true/" seamless><a href="http://cloudkickermusic.com/album/woum">Woum by Cloudkicker</a></iframe>[/et_pb_code][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”1_3″][et_pb_image admin_label=”Image” src=”http://s3.amazonaws.com/skullnbones/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Bring-Me-The-Horizon-Thats-The-Spirit.jpg” show_in_lightbox=”off” url_new_window=”off” animation=”left” sticky=”off” align=”left” force_fullwidth=”off” always_center_on_mobile=”on” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]

[/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”2_3″][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code”]<div style="font-size: 200%; float: left; margin:18px 10px;">4.</div><br /> <h3>Bring Me The Horizon, “That’s The Spirit”</h3>[/et_pb_code][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code”]Yeah, I heard you groan. I know, screamy kids with neck tattoos. However, at least two of them in this band can write their ASSES off. That’s The Spirit marks the second album in a row jam packed with catchy-like-a-virus distorted pop songs. The songwriting is nearly unfuckwithable. It’s tough to call this “metal” aside from the sonic quality of select parts but as a songwriter, I’m enjoying the hell out of it. Hey, remember when Type O Negative (my favorite band of all time) was called metal without blinking? Maybe, we’ve gotten too segmented….and maybe you should have expected this from me.[/et_pb_code][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_video admin_label=”Video” src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow_qI_F2ZJI”]

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[/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”2_3″][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code”]<div style="font-size: 200%; float: left; margin:18px 10px;">3.</div><br /> <h3>Pro-Pain, “Voice of Rebellion”</h3>[/et_pb_code][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code”]Pro-Pain has been making the same album for 25 years now – and every single one of them is fucking amazing. If this album doesn’t get you pumped you don’t want to hang with me, and if you don’t dig them at all – we just might not be able to be friends……“DIE FUCKER!!”[/et_pb_code][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_video admin_label=”Video” src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6TS6pg7wFc”]

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[/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”2_3″][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code”]<div style="font-size: 200%; float: left; margin:18px 10px;">2.</div><br /> <h3>Yelawolf, “Love Story”</h3>[/et_pb_code][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code”]If you’ve even casually glanced and what IKILLYA has been up to this past year socially, this will come as no surprise to you. Wolf’s Slumerican ethos (Gutter raised with world wide dreams) and innovative, genre bending approach hip hop is something I’ve been down with for many years now. Though I never felt he had really found his voice, until Love Story. I know my childhood in Whiteland Indiana has caused many of the stories he tells to hit closer to home than some of you, but even without that, you cannot deny that this is a painfully honest album written by musician who’s sense of self has been sharpened like the tip of a knife blade. This album is consistently surprising and fulfilling. Do yourself a favor and give it a chance.[/et_pb_code][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_video admin_label=”Video” src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ndpryp2OlUQ”]

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[/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”2_3″][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code”]<div style="font-size: 200%; float: left; margin:18px 10px;">1.</div><br /> <h3>Byzantine, “To Release Is To Resolve”</h3>[/et_pb_code][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code”]Every once in a while someone asks me if there is another band I’d like to be in, aside from IKILLYA. It’s a fun conversation that shows a lot about what inspires a musician. Byzantine are the only band I am aware of that I feel I could be happy in. They push the boundaries just enough. They groove just enough. The shred just enough. While this new album doesn’t have a ground pounder like “Soul Eraser” from their self titled last album, as an album it is a far more complete thought. It is a journey that finds 4 unique musicians exploring all of the emotions and tones that inspire them – genre rules be damned. I can only hope to one day leave such a legacy.[/et_pb_code][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_video admin_label=”Video” src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vqu7i7WCbBY”]

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