I figured I would include my personal top 10 albums of 2015, in no particular order. . It’s been a great year for music, so it took a bit to narrow it down. If you haven’t listened to any of these releases this is your chance to do so!
Dance Gavin Dance – Instant Gratification: Chaotic, loud and incredibly catchy, Instant Gratification is arguably DGD’s most cohesive and brilliant album yet. Whether you are a DGD fan or not, this album is worth your time
Wage War -Blueprints: Upon first listen, its surprising that this is only Wage War’s debut album. The album displays a level of maturity not seen in many debuts. Blueprints is hard hitting, aggressive while staying equally melodic and groovy. Keep an eye out for big things to come from Wage War come 2016.
Being As An Ocean – Being As An Ocean- BAAO seems to find a way to get better and better with each release. The album see’s BAAO take a darker turn. They find ways to integrate some of the heaviness of Dead G-d with the more electronic, melodic sound of How We Both Wondrously Perish, making the self titled an consistently excellent listen.
Lifelike – Lifelike EP – Lifelike are newcomers to the electronicore scene, but that is not apparent upon listening to their self titled EP. It contains catchy riffs, bouncy breakdowns and well crafted electronics all mixed together, making it a polished and fun listen.
Neck Deep – Life’s Not Out To Get You – Neck Deep is back with their signature pop punk sound with a bit more edge this time around. Ben Barlow belts out some incredibly catchy choruses all while accompanied by infectious pop punk riffs. Neck Deep continues to climb the ranks and leave their listeners with an AOTY quality album.
Chunk! No Captain Chunk – Get Lost Find Yourself – Chunk! No Captain Chunk dial back the heavy this time around and instead churn out more catchy melodies and hooks. The change is a welcomed one and is surely a sign of big things to come.
Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface – The album contains a myriad of genres from pop, rock , hip-hop and even reggae. While it may not be as strong as their previous album Vessel, its easily one of the best albums of 2015.
Brandon Flowers – The Desired Effect – Desired Effect is the second solo album of The Killers vocalist Brandon Flowers. The album has 80’s influenced pop and Killer-esque songs throughout making it one of the top pop albums of 2015.
Only Rivals – Life Is Perfect – Only Rivals certainly not doing anything new in the rock genre, but damn if its not catchy. Life Is Perfect is incredibly fun and vocalist Stephen absolutely soars throughout. If you haven’t heard of these Dublin rockers yet, then now is your chance.
Bring Me The Horizon – That’s The Spirit – BMTH vow for a huge change in sound this time around. They all but abandon the metalcore sound and aim for a more rock/ambient sound. While some changes in sound can be divisive, its obvious that BMTH have written their best material to date in That’s The Spirit.