Best of 2015: a metal playlist

I made another metal playlist on Apple Music.

While my last playlist was a bit of a magnum opus, this one is isolated to metal contributions from the year 2015.

Best of 2015

  1. Skydancer (feat. Jonathan Vigil), by In Hearts Wake
  2. Throw Me In The Jungle, by Born of Osiris
  3. No Way Out, by Bullet For My Valentine
  4. Return to Sender, by Elitist
  5. Bleed Heavens Dry, by Solution .45
  6. Dead Choir, by Phinehas
  7. Fail, by Haste The Day
  8. The Sickness, by Imminence
  9. Legion of Monsters (Bonus Track), by Disturbed
  10. Fiat Empire, by All That Remains
  11. Utopia, by Tesseract
  12. The Direction of Last Things, by Intronaut
  13. Question Everything, by Five Finger Death Punch
  14. Coffin, by Disarmonia Mundi
  15. Empty Promises, by Miss May I
  16. The Give And Take, by Like Moths to Flames
  17. Supernova, by The Devil Wears Prada
  18. Loyalty, by Killswitch Engage (from the Game of Thrones Mix Tape II compilation)
  19. Follow The Crossed Line, by The Agonist
  20. Anodized, by Fear Factory
  21. Ghosts (feat. Jeremy McKinnon), by August Burns Red
  22. Enemies in Fidelity, by Soilwork
  23. The Path, by Battlecross
  24. Blind Leading The Blind, by Trivium
  25. Omega, by Periphery
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From Mercy to War

I created a Metal playlist on Apple Music.

Here’s the playlist description:

A collection of some of the best Artists’ songs in metalcore, nu metal, prog metal, Swedish metal, and more

Here’s the list itself:

  1. The Windswept Mercy, by Soilwork
  2. Vengeance, by The Devil Wears Prada
  3. Ultraviolet, by Erra
  4. Dying Breed, by Deadlock
  5. Clandestinity Now, by Solution .45
  6. Time, by Wintersun
  7. Ringside Seat to Human Tragedy, by Disarmonia Mundi
  8. A Rose for Epona, by Eluveitie
  9. Hymn of a Broken Man, by Times of Grace
  10. Erised, by Periphery
  11. Amaranthine, by Amaranthe
  12. I will Fail You, by Demon Hunter
  13. Of All These Yesterdays, by Trivium
  14. Square Nothing, by In Flames
  15. Orbital, by Sybreed
  16. Of Matter: Proxy, by Tesseract
  17. Evolution, by Skyharbor
  18. Doxa, by Monuments
  19. Pleidian Keys, by The HAARP Machine
  20. Broken Man, by Corpus Christi
  21. Machines, by Crown the Empire
  22. The Death of Me, by Asking Alexandria
  23. Fire That Kid, by The Ascendicate
  24. The Place That Most Deny, by Haste The Day
  25. Mad at Myself, by Issues
  26. Tears Don’t Fall, by Bullet For My Valentine
  27. The Ravenous, by I, Omega
  28. Delusions of Grandeur, by Art by Numbers
  29. Backstabbers Need Not Apply, by Close to Home
  30. Glass Faces, by Corelia
  31. Yellowism, by The Safety Fire
  32. We Never Should Have Met, by Aliases
  33. The Hounds of Anubis, by The Word Alive
  34. Tiny Hands (Au Revoir), by Silent Planet
  35. White Flag, by Glass Cloud
  36. Pittsburg, by The Amity Affliction
  37. Healer, by In Hearts Wake
  38. Before You Know It, by Ten After Two
  39. Half Life, by Whether, I
  40. Redemption (With Embedded Track “Mosley”), by August Burns Red
  41. Watcher, by Bury Tomorrow
  42. The Mapmaker, by Jamie’s Elsewhere
  43. The Path, by Upon This Dawning
  44. The Wretched, by Attack! Attack!
  45. How Could I Believe, by Il Niño
  46. Hey Mister, by Miss May I
  47. Five Months, by We Rise The Tides
  48. If Not, For Ourselves, by Woe, Is Me
  49. Your Heart and Mine, by Us From Outside
  50. No Peace, by Affiance
  51. This Ship, A Coffin, by Adestria
  52. Flourish, by The Contortionist
  53. John, The Revelatory, by Righteous Vendetta
  54. Truth Be Told, by Phinehas
  55. Product of a Murderer, by Of Mice & Men
  56. Castles In The Sky, by Mureau
  57. With Ears to See, And Eyes to Hear, by Sleeping With Sirens
  58. From Ashes, by War of Ages
  59. Ceasing Time, by Onward to Olympus
  60. Silhouette, by A Breach of Silence
  61. Legends Never Die, by Betraying The Martyrs
  62. A Greater Sense of Self, by Fit For a King
  63. I Will Destroy The Wisdom Of The Wise, by A Bullet For Pretty Boy
  64. Legacy, by Memphis May Fire
  65. A War Inside, by We Came as Romans
  66. Ten Thousand Feet, by I See Stars
  67. Trapped, by Abandon All Ships
  68. What The Water Gave Me (Rock Mix), by Come The Dawn
  69. Lonely Giant, by Elitist
  70. Strange Comfort, by The Color Morale
  71. Atonement, by Your Memorial
  72. Inheritors, by Serianna
  73. Die to Live, by Confession
  74. Upside Down Kingdom, by As I Lay Dying
  75. The Rise, by Oh, Sleeper
  76. The Silent Divide, by Anterior
  77. Into The Sky, by Armana Reign
  78. Fadeaway, by D Creation
  79. Murder…Savior, by Dirge Within
  80. Guarded, by Disturbed
  81. Harmony., by Forever Orion
  82. Deathmarks, by Like Moths to Flames
  83. I Am Hell (Sonata in C#), by Machine Head
  84. 1.618, by Allegaeon
  85. The Unknown, by Shadows Fall
  86. Reincarnate, by Motionless In White
  87. Before You Finally Break, by Sonic Syndicate
  88. Question Everything, by Five Finger Death Punch
  89. Get Over It, by Battlecross
  90. The Tempest (The Siren’s Song, The Banshee’s Cry), by The Agonist
  91. Exile, by Before The Dawn
  92. Conquer, by God Forbid
  93. Inane, by Threat Signal
  94. Canis Major, by Substructure
  95. Cascade, by Auras
  96. Vahle, by Volumes
  97. The Malignant, by Black Crown Initiate
  98. Machine, by Born of Osiris
  99. The Way We Die, by Devil You Know
  100. Holographic Universe, by Scar Symmetry
  101. Painters of the Tempest, Pt. II (Triptych Lux), by Ne Obliviscaris
  102. The Arms of Sorrow, by Killswitch Engage
  103. Fractured, by Diecast
  104. Melancholy, by Machinemade God
  105. Psychosocial, by Slipknot
  106. Anika, mon frère, by Shoot The Girl First
  107. Fightin’ Words, by Casino Madrid
  108. Stay Captive, by Still Remains
  109. Forsaken, by Mutiny Within
  110. Arise The War Cry, by Unearth

Listen to this playlist in Apple Music by clicking on the link below:

From Mercy to War

Sleddin’ Hill, by August Burns Red

OMG! LOL! ROFLTOFL!

Okay, let’s dispense with the senseless acronyms.

I am very pleased that August Burns Red are coming out with a full Christmas album. I have raved about their seasonal contributions before, but now it will be an actual album rather than a single.

To whet your appetite, feast on their version of Sleigh Ride, available on their site free of charge for streaming and on iTunes for purchase. Pre-order their album now or wait for it to release online and in stores on October 9, 2012!

Prisoners, by The Agonist (#Prisoners @theagonist)

Prisoners on iTunes

Prisoners, by The Agonist

In sum, buy the album. iTunes is a great place to buy it, but if you like a tangible item, buy the CD.

I haven’t been able to listen to it yet, as I, unfortunately, need the $10 for other needs, but I plan on buying it. The Agonist puts together some very well-written songs, and I have trust in them to do it again in their junior album. I recommend it blindly.

Female Metal: Amaranthe

Amaranthe on iTunes | Amaranthe’s Official Website

Female metal–it blows my mind when it is done right. Deadlock. The Agonist. I really like what they have done with Sabine Scherer and Alissa White-Gluz, respectively. And now I’d like to raise awareness for Elize Ryd, the female lead singer for Sweden’s Amaranthe.

Imagine the vocals from Journey tossed into contemporary melodic metal form. When Elize’s vocals combine with male lead clean vocalist Jake E. Lundberg, the combination to me sounds eerily similar to Journey’s Steve Perry. Elize’s voice stands out well when she sings on her own, which creates many fantastic options in their music. Elize’s work is worth a listen, so check out Amaranthe on iTunes!

Unseen Empire by Scar Symmetry

iTunes Store – Unseen Empire by Scar Symmetry

In typical Scar Symmetry style–clean vocals, deep growls, synthesizers, ridiculously sweet drums, and sharp-wielding axes–Unseen Empire picks up where Dark Matter Dimensions left off.

The iTunes Store shows the following songs as the most popular on the album, listed in order of appearance:

  • The Anomaly
  • Illuminoid Dream Sequence
  • Seers of the Eschaton

What do you think of the album?

Amaranthe by Amaranthe

iTunes Store – Amaranthe, self-titled album

I like female metal when the females do clean vocals. Amaranthe produced a solid offering towards the melodic metal genre with a female clean vocalist. What sets it apart from Deadlock, another favorite band within this genre, is that they have a male clean vocalist in addition to male growling and screaming. As a result, instead of dualistic, it is well balanced.

The most popular songs on the iTunes Store from this album are as follows in order of appearance:

  • Hunger
  • Amaranthine
  • Call Out My Name

Do you like female metal? What do you think of Amaranthe?

Impulse by Erra

iTunes Store – Impulse by Erra

I only recently discovered Erra. Boy am I glad that I did. They are amazing. Their latest offering, released in 2011, is nothing short of amazing. Impulse is filled with really technical and complex rhythms. Great sound combined with complexity is a hot combo, and it is what I appreciate the most. Here’s a newfound favorite.

The most popular song on this album according to the iTunes Store is White Noise. My friend, Peter Anthony, pointed out an epic song, Vaalbara, and lightly I do not use that description.