TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2015!

A whole year of music has been hitting our inboxes, our ears, and, in some cases, even our hearts. Literally hundreds of albums are released week after week, and though in the whole scheme of things we only got a small snapshot of everything that has been put out, we get a big chunk of it from across the UK, Europe, America and beyond.

However, we’ve pulled in all of our thoughts, opinions, loves and hates, and managed to bring in what we feel have been the best 10 albums and best 5 EPs throughout the whole of the year, and ones that (if you haven’t already) you should be getting shoved down your ears on a regular basis, and as soon as possible too.


DEAD PRESS! TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2015:

10.) While She Sleeps – ‘Brainwashed’

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What we said about it:
“‘Brainwashed’ is a rallying call, harnessing the intense power of all their past personal pressure and recapturing that thrumming, era defining vitality which sees them remain scene kingpins. We can tell that While She Sleeps have come back from the very brink, and they sound all the more unified for it.”

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09.) Fightstar – ‘Behind The Devil’s Back’

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What we said about it:
“Fightstar have always been a band who’ve been able to pin us down with earth shuddering riffs before catapulting us with glossy, giant choruses. This record is no different, and actually comes across as the band’s heaviest and most streamlined record to date.”

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08.) Stick To Your Guns – ‘Disobedient’

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What we said about it:
“Encapsulating all that is great about hardcore’s visceral, basement show aesthetic and the drivingly addictive bedrock of pop-punk, the record feels thoroughly modern and all embracing, yet without a hint of cynicism. And that is no small feat.”

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07.) State Champs – ‘Around The World And Back’

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What we said about it:
“The best thing about this album is that it’s solid; there’s no cutting corners, no twiddling thumbs, no twitching to press the skip button. If you want a pop-punk album that doesn’t waste your time, ‘Around The World And Back’ is the one for you.”

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06.) The Black Dahlia Murder – ‘Abysmal’

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What we said about it:
“All in all, ‘Abysmal’ is a solid album. The music flows great together, and it provides such an enjoyable experience for you as the listener to go along for the ride with the piece.”

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05.) Periphery – ‘Juggernaut: Alpha/Omega’

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What we said about it:
“‘Juggernaut’ not only transcends the djent albatross by an out-of-sight distance, but has all the ingenuity and deftly hidden rewards to etch itself into metal’s great pantheon of time honoured classics. A rich tapestry of state of the art delights.”

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04.) The Front Bottoms – ‘Back On Top’

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What we said about it:
“It becomes difficult not to sing along to ‘Laugh Till I Cry’ and opener ‘Motorcycle’, while ‘West Virginia’ brings a blissful nostalgia of Weezer that you begin to forget that that may have been what they were going for.”

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03.) CHVRCHES – ‘Every Open Eye’

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What we said about it:
“‘Every Open Eye’ really demonstrates why CHVRCHES are currently taking off, proving that their breakthrough release wasn’t by chance. There really isn’t a bad song on this album.”

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02.) Enter Shikari – ‘The Mindsweep’

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What we said about it:
“The attitude of Rou’s lyrics directs this band to greatness, and they’re quickly tightening every aspect of their crazy sound to produce unique music. ‘The Mindsweep’ is just another triumph to add to the collection as they continue holding their position at the top of the ladder.”

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01.) Bring Me The Horizon – ‘That’s The Spirit’

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What we said about it:
“From the mammoth choruses of ‘Throne’ and ‘Avalanche’, the dub-trance laced hooks of ‘Doomed’, the love driven ‘Follow You’, and the ironically lyrically dark dance closer of ‘Oh No’, it’s evident now that ‘Sempiternal’ and Wembley Arena were merely small goals in their scope. This is a grandiose effort much like Bring Me The Horizon’s goals: to dominate the world with both hands.”

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DEAD PRESS! TOP 5 EPS OF 2015:

05.) Track And Field – ‘You Are My Home’

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What we said about it:
“‘You Are My Home’ is an EP which holds everything that emo music once was and more. It’s the answer that the UK scene has been looking for in the wake of a rise of East Coast emo in the United States.”

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04.) Zoax – ‘Is Everybody Listening?’

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What we said about it:
“‘Is Everybody Listening?’ is an intelligent, genre stretching piece of work which is certain to feed the hype deservedly building around these head-turning newbies.”

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03.) Gnarwolves – ‘Adolescence’

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What we said about it:
“The band have tapped into the essence of what made bands such as NOFX, Pennywise, and Rancid exciting and vibrant back in the day.”

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02.) SikTh – ‘Opacities’

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What we said about it:
“SikTh are still as unique, inventive and downright thrilling as we remember them at their untimely parting. True one offs, and still setting the rulebook ablaze.”

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01.) Arcane Roots – ‘Heaven & Earth’

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What we said about it:
“The band truly reach a peak of undeniable excellence. Arcane Roots deliver a unique piece of rock that will be hard to compete with by anyone else on the scene right now.”

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STAFF TOP 10:

Along with our overall top 10 albums and top 5 EPs above, we also have our own lists of what rocked our bloody socks off this year, because everyone’s a bit different. Have a look and see what each of us liked below and, if you want to speak to us about it, some of us have put our Twitter links with them too:

Andy Roberts (@sassensquatch)
01.) Down I Go – ‘You’re Lucky God, That I Cannot Reach You’
02.) Employed To Serve – ‘Greyer Than You Remember’
03.) GHXST – ‘Nowhere’
04.) Cancer Bats – ‘Searching For Zero’
05.) Boston Manor – ‘Saudade’
06.) Svalbard – ‘One Day All This Will End’
07.) Every Time I Die – ‘Salem’
08.) Motion City Soundtrack – ‘Panic Stations’
09.) Jenny Owen Youngs – ‘Slack Tide’
10.) Coheed & Cambria – ‘The Color Before The Sun’

Bradley Cassidy (@bradcassidy170)
01.) Shining – ‘International Blackjazz Society’
02.) Swallow The Sun – ‘Songs From The North I, II & III’
03.) Faith No More – ‘Sol Invictus’
04.) The Black Dahlia Murder – ‘Abysmal’
05.) Ensiferum – ‘One Man Army’
06.) SikTh – ‘Opacities’
07.) Parkway Drive – ‘Ire’
08.) Napalm Death – ‘Apex Predator – Easy Meat’
09.) Lamb Of God – ‘VII: Sturm Und Drang’
10.) Slayer – ‘Repentless’

Calv Robinson (@CalvParty)
01.) mewithoutYou – ‘Pale Horse’
02.) Track And Field – ‘You Are My Home’
03.) August Burns Red – ‘Found In Far Away Places’
04.) Icarus The Owl – ‘Pilot Waves’
05.) While She Sleeps – ‘Brainwashed’
06.) Hawk Eyes – ‘Everything Is Fine’
07.) The Front Bottoms – ‘Back On Top’
08.) Pulo Reve – ‘E’
09.) Enter Shikari – ‘The Mindsweep’
10.) Lamb Of God – ‘VII: Sturm Und Drang’

Cherry Walker
01.) The Front Bottoms – ‘Back On Top’
02.) All Time Low – ‘Future Hearts’
03.) State Champs – ‘Around The World And Back’
04.) Gnarwolves – ‘Adolescence’
05.) While She Sleeps – ‘Brainwashed’
06.) The Darkness – ‘Last Of Our Kind’
07.) Bring Me The Horizon – ‘That’s The Spirit’
08.) Jarrod Alonge – ‘Beating A Dead Horse’
09.) Trivium – ‘Silence In The Snow’
10.) Fall Out Boy – ‘American Beauty / American Psycho’

Ewan MacDonald
01.) CHVRCHES – ‘Every Open Eye’
02.) Knuckle Puck – ‘Copacetic’
03.) Arcane Roots – ‘Heaven & Earth’
04.) Nothing But Thieves – ‘Nothing But Thieves’
05.) Bring Me The Horizon – ‘That’s The Spirit’
06.) Neck Deep – ‘Life’s Not Out To Get You’
07.) Only Rivals – ‘Life Is Perfect’
08.) Tellison – ‘Hope Fades Nightly’
09.) Gnarwolves – ‘Adolescence’
10.) The Story So Far – ‘The Story So Far’

Jon Barlow (@Narlow1)
01.) Broadway – ‘Contexture: Gods, Men, And The Infinite Cosmos’
02.) CHVRCHES – ‘Every Open Eye’
03.) Against The Current – ‘Gravity’
04.) City & Colour – ‘If I Should Go Before You’
05.) Tigress – ‘Human’
06.) Set It Off – ‘Duality: Stories Unplugged’
07.) Emarosa – ‘VS – Reimagined’
08.) Fall Out Boy – ‘American Beauty / American Psycho’
09.) Leopards – ‘Future || Fate || Forever’
10.) We Are The Ocean – ‘Ark’

Mike Heath (@MikeBeef)
01.) John Coffey – ‘The Great News’
02.) Bring Me The Horizon – ‘That’s The Spirit’
03.) Stick To Your Guns – ‘Disobedient’
04.) Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – ‘Blossom’
05.) Jarrod Alonge – ‘Beating A Dead Horse ‘
06.) Enter Shikari – ‘The Mindsweep’
07.) Millencolin – ‘True Brew’
08.) The Front Bottoms – ‘Back On Top’
09.) While She Sleeps – ‘Brainwashed’
10.) Turbowolf – ‘Two Hands’

Neil Criddle
01.) Arcane Roots – ‘Heaven & Earth’
02.) Northlane – ‘Node’
03.) Fightstar – ‘Behind The Devil’s Back’
04.) Zoax – ‘Is Everybody Listening?’
05.) Sylosis – ‘Dormant Heart’
06.) Periphery – ‘Juggernaut: Alpha/Omega’
07.) Press To Meco – ‘Good Intent’
08.) Trivium – ‘Silence In The Snow’
09.) Solution .45 – ‘Nightmares In The Waking State, Pt. 1′
10.) Lamb Of God – ‘VII: Sturm Und Drang’

Rayne Peck (@trappedoldways)
01.) Light You Up – ‘All We’ve Ever Known’
02.) Arcane Roots – ‘Heaven & Earth’
03.) Only Rivals – ‘Life Is Perfect’
04.) Sworn In – ‘The Lovers / The Devil’
05.) Our Last Night – ‘Younger Dreams’
06.) August Burns Red – ‘Found In Far Away Places’
07.) Papa Roach – ‘F.E.A.R.’
08.) Young Guns – ‘Ones And Zeroes’
09.) Nothing But Thieves – ‘Nothing But Thieves’
10.) Palisades – ‘Mind Games’

Sam Lawrie (@SamLawrie)
01.) Sleeping with Sirens – ‘Madness’
02.) We Are Harlot – ‘We Are Harlot’
03.) State Champs – ‘Around The World And Back’
04.) Fearless Vampire Killers – ‘Bruises’
05.) Beach Slang – ‘The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us’
06.) Enter Shikari – ‘The Mindsweep’
07.) ROAM – ‘Viewpoint’
08.) Fall Out Boy – ‘American Beauty / American Psycho’
09.) Mayday Parade – ‘Black Lines’
10.) As It Is – ‘Never Happy, Ever After’

Sean Shore (@seanshorephoto)
01.) Bring Me The Horizon – ‘That’s The Spirit’
02.) Enter Shikari – ‘The Mindsweep’
03.) Stick To Your Guns – ‘Disobedient’
04.) Ghouls – ‘Great Expectation Part II’
05.) Parkway Drive – ‘Ire’
06.) Being As An Ocean – ‘Being As An Ocean’
07.) Blood Youth – ‘Inside My Head’
08.) Surrender The Cost – ‘Lost Souls’
09.) Zoax – ‘Is Everybody Listening?’
10.) ROAM – ‘The Viewpoint’

Tony Bliss (@TBliss88)
01.) Periphery – ‘Juggernaut: Alpha/Omega’
02.) Thy Art Is Murder – ‘Holy War’
03.) The Black Dahlia Murder – ‘Abysmal’
04.) Napalm Death – ‘Apex Predator – Easy Meat’
05.) SikTh – ‘Opacities’
06.) Black Breath – ‘Slaves Beyond Death’
07.) Cattle Decapitation – ‘The Anthropocene Extinction’
08.) Parkway Drive – ‘Ire’
09.) Black Tongue – ‘The Unconquerable Dark’
10.) Employed To Serve – ‘Greyer Than You Remember’

Zach Redrup (@zachredrup)
01.) Marilyn Manson – ‘The Pale Emperor’
02.) Bring Me The Horizon – ‘That’s The Spirit’
03.) Enter Shikari – ‘The Mindsweep’
04.) The Weeknd – ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’
05.) Fightstar – ‘Behind The Devil’s Back’
06.) 36 Crazyfists – ‘Time & Trauma’
07.) iwrestledabearonce – ‘Hail Mary’
08.) Sworn In – ‘The Lovers / The Devil’
09.) Dance Gavin Dance – ‘Instant Gratification’
10.) Thy Art Is Murder – ‘Holy War’

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