Year-End Lists

Top 16 of 2016

  1. Spirit AdriftBehind-Beyond / Chained to Oblivion
  2. Marsh DwellerThe Weight of Sunlight
  3. NorthLight the Way (review)
  4. (a.) AenaonHypnosophy (review)
    (b.) Hail Spirit NoirMayhem in Blue (review)
  5. Devil to PayA Bend through Space and Time (review)
  6. Hollow LegCrown (review)
  7. WolvserpentAporia:Kala:Ananta
  8. MAKEPilgrimage of Loathing (review)
  9. The ReticentOn the Eve of a Goodbye
  10. WretchWretch (review)
  11. SlomaticsFuture Echo Remains
  12. CobaltSlow Forever
  13. Lord MantisNTW (review)
  14. Slaves BCAll is Dust and I am Nothing (review)
  15. Graves at SeaThe Curse that Is (review)
  16. ConanRevengeance (review)

Top 15 of 2015

Honorable Mention:

  • DerkétaIn Death We Meet (review)
    Over twenty years in the making and originally released in 2012, this album took on a whole new life when it was given a new mix and master for the vinyl release and CD reissue in 2015.
  1. Brothers of the Sonic ClothBrothers of the Sonic Cloth
  2. Year of the GoatThe Unspeakable (review)
  3. NorilskThe Idea of North
  4. Hooded MenaceDarkness Drips Forth (review)
  5. Wrekmeister HarmoniesNight of Your Ascension (review)
  6. Cave of SwimmersReflection (review)
  7. FoehammerFoehammer
  8. Dead to a Dying WorldLitany
  9. Primitive ManHome is Where the Hatred Is (review)
  10. AniconAphasia (review)
  11. Krakowamaran / genesis (review)
  12. Kowloon Walled CityGrievances
  13. AhabThe Boats of the Glen Carrig
  14. UfomammutEcate
  15. MAKEThe Golden Veil (review)

Top 14 of 2014

Honorable Mentions:

  • Musk OxWoodfall (review)
    I wasn’t sure how to categorize this one, since it’s so different from what we usually deal with around here, but this was quite a remarkable album — and besides, after being published in June 2014, this soon became the most frequently visited review in VOS history, by quite a wide margin!
  • Brimstone CovenBrimstone Coven (review)
    It didn’t feel right including this with the rest of the current year’s releases, but this Metal Blade reissue was such an improvement over the original version, representing much more clearly how good this band actually sounds, that it warranted a shout-out here.
  1. PallbearerFoundations of Burden (review)
  2. PilgrimII: Void Worship (review)
  3. The Great SabatiniDog Years
  4. Imperial TriumphantShrine to the Trident Throne
  5. (a.) AenaonExtance (review)
    (b.) Hail Spirit NoirOi Magoi (review)
  6. GholasLitanies (review)
  7. Cold Blue MountainOld Blood (review)
  8. Cave of SwimmersCave of Swimmers (review)
  9. Black Tar ProphetDeafen (review)
  10. Wrought IronRejoice and Transcend (review)
  11. PrimordialWhere Greater Men Have Fallen
  12. AgallochThe Serpent & the Sphere (review)
  13. IndianFrom All Purity (review)
  14. YOBClearing the Path to Ascend

Top 13 (+13) of 2013

(Originally published at Valley of Steel)

  1. SatanLife Sentence (review)
  2. BorrachoOculus (review)
  3. Devil to PayFate is Your Muse (review)
  4. Seven Sisters of SleepOpium Morals (review)
  5. The Bloody SeamenAhoy Motherfuckers (review)
  6. MonsterworksAlbum of Man (review)
  7. FatalityPsychonaut (review)
  8. Cultura TresRezando al Miedo (review)
  9. (a.) HivelordsCavern Apothecary (review)
    (b.) SadgiqaceaFalse Prism (review)
  10. Monuments Collapse / Bréag NaofaSplit LP (review)
  11. IntronautHabitual Levitations (review)
  12. GNAWHorrible Chamber (review)
  13. FenDustwalker (review)
  1. Brujas del SolMoonliner (review)
  2. Cold Blue MountainCold Blue Mountain (review)
  3. The Lion’s Daughter and Indian BlanketA Black Sea (review)
  4. Corrections HouseLast City Zero (review)
  5. LumbarThe First and Last Days of Unwelcome (review)
  6. DarkthroneThe Underground Resistance (review)
  7. The Ravenna ArsenalI. (review)
  8. BovineThe Sun Never Sets on the British Empire
  9. Sleepers AwakeTranscension
  10. SupervoidFilaments
  11. Neon WarshipNeon Warship
  12. TalbotScaled
  13. Old Man of the MountainOld Man of the Mountain

Top 12 of 2012

(Originally published — with some additional commentary — at No Clean Singing)

  1. The ReticentLe Temps Detruit Tout (review)
  2. Titans EveLife Apocalypse (review)
  3. (drama)Zastor Tišine (review)
  4. AgrussMorok (review)
  5. Pinkish BlackPinkish Black (review)
  6. (a.)AnhedonistNetherwards (review)
    (b.)ObolusLament (review)
  7. Hail Spirit NoirPneuma (review)
  8. MAKETrephine (review)
  9. Vattnet ViskarVattnet Viskar (review)
  10. VultureOblivious to Ruin (review)
  11. UndersmileNarwhal (review)
  12. Solarburn13 (review)

Top 11 of 2011

(Originally published — with explanation of the limited scope of this particular list, as well some brief remarks about each item — at No Clean Singing)

  1. In SolitudeThe World, the Flesh, the Devil
  2. Battle PathStorm & Stress
  3. WihtThe Harrowing of the North
  4. GraveyardHisingen Blues
  5. Oak PantheonThe Void
  6. De StaatMachinery
  7. BorrachoSplitting Sky
  8. BatillusFurnace
  9. YggdrasilIrrbloss
  10. The Hanna BarbariansSyzygy
  11. USXThe Valley Path
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