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She-Wolf’s Top 10 Albums Of 2015!

Moonspell, Gorod, Skyforger & More on She-Wolf's Top 10 Albums of 2015!
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She-Wolf’s 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>Christian Mistress – To Your Death</h3>[/et_pb_code][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” text_font_size=”14″ use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]

With To Your Death, Christian Mistress has cemented its reputation as the best modern traditional heavy metal band around. The band continues to put out instant classics — they sound like time travelers from the ’80s but they have present-day sensibilities to keep the n00bs entertained.

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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>Moonspell – Extinct</h3>[/et_pb_code][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” text_font_size=”14″ use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]

Moonspell’s “goth for grownups” sound has endeared them to me over the years. Extinct might not be ground-breaking, but it’s definitely solid, especially considering how long Moonspell has been around. It’s hard to believe that the band has been doing this for well over 20 years.

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You all know I am incapable of resisting cheesy power metal, the grandioser, the better. Ravenhead is not only grandiose — it’s downright operatic! German bands have always dominated power metal (Helloween, Blind Guardian, Powerwolf, etc.), but the occasional folk metal instrumentation really helps Orden Ogan stand out in a sea of awesomeness.

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Sometimes you just need a little brutality, and Gorod brings it, consistently and beautifully. A Maze Of Recycled Creeds is Gorod’s ninth album, and the band shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Technical death metal is, as you’ve likely noticed, not usually my genre of choice, but Gorod somehow gets it just right every time.

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When you think of folk metal, you don’t usually think of Denmark. Still, Svartsot has managed to make a name for itself in a genre dominated by its neighbors to the north. Vældet, Svartsot’s fourth full-length album, is a welcome addition to the zeitgeist, and hopefully it can earn the criminally underrated band a spot on Paganfest USA’s roster next year.

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When I first got my hands on One Man Army, I was pretty instantly impressed, even if I didn’t know the extent of my feelings yet. While Unsung Heroes had me feeling cautiously optimistic about Ensiferum’s future, One Man Army makes me look forward to it.

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Gloryhammer’s latest full-length is much too short, but what it lacks in length, it makes up in enthusiasm. If they come to NYC and play “Goblin King Of The Darkstorm Galaxy,” I might literally shit my pants with glee.

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Velua is the last Heidevolk album that guitarist Reamon Bomenbreker and vocalist Mark Splintervuyscht appear on, and boy did they make their farewell performance count! 2015 was a great year for folk metal, and Heidevolk is no exception. I only hope that the newest members keep the band going in this direction.

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As much as I love folk metal, I really love Skyforger’s harder-edged stuff. Senprūsija (“Old Prussia”) is clearly folk-themed, but has a heavy, borderline melodeath sound throughout, and I can’t get enough of it.

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Believe it or not, Månegarm the album was my introduction to Månegarm the band, and I’m still kicking myself for not checking them out sooner. “Blackened” is my folk metal sub-subgenre of choice, so Månegarm is right up my alley. Side note: I now have two songs called “Odin Owns Ye All” in my phone. Ya might be a folk metalhead if… At any rate, Månegarm is the only album on 2015 that I really haven’t been able to stop listening to.

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