That said, it was an absolutely stacked, fantastic year for music (again). Obviously, given the title of this post, I'm only getting in to fifteen albums, which is a nearly insignificant amount given the sheer volume of great shit that came out this year. I'm not doing an EP or Splits list (again), which means I just have this tiny space to tell you about Elder's absolutely stunning The Gold and Silver Sessions, or the wonderful doom that both Un and Coltsblood brought to their split very early in the year. I'm similarly not doing a Non-Metal list, which means you don't have to read what I'm sure would be a lot of words on Lana Del Ray's sublime Norman Fucking Rockwell!, which is probably my favorite album of the year, metal or otherwise. Maybe next year. What I do have are fifteen metal albums that have stuck with me through the year, albums that have managed to stand out above the noise and din of (again) another packed year. Without further pretense:
15. Falls of Rauros - Patterns in Mythology
Favorite Track: "Last Empty Tradition"
14. Xoth - Interdimensional Invocations
Favorite Track: "Melted Face of the Soul"
13. Asthma Castle - Mount Crushmore
Favorite Track: "Methlehem"
12. Herod - Sombre Dessein
Favorite Track: "There Will Be Gods"
11. Dawn Ray'd - Behold Sedition Plainsong
Favorite Track: "Soon Will Be the Age of Lessons Learnt"
10. Baroness - Gold & Grey
Favorite Track: "Tourniquet"
9. Alcest - Spiritual Instinct
Favorite Track: "L'îl des Morts"
8. Sleeping Ancient - There Is No Truth But Death
Favorite Track: "Taphephobic Hallucinations"
7. Blood Incantation - Hidden History of the Human Race
Favorite Track: "Awakening..." (I'm not writing it out again and you can't make me)
6. A Swarm of the Sun - The Woods
Favorite Track: "The Woods"
5. Inter Arma - Sulphur English
Favorite Track: "Howling Lands", "Stillness"
4. Russian Circles - Blood Year
Favorite Track: "Quartered"
3. Wormwitch - Heaven That Dwells Within
Favorite Track: "Two Wolves"
2. Pelican - Nighttime Stories
Favorite Tracks: "Abyssal Plain," "Cold Hope"
1. Varaha - A Passage For Lost Years
Favorite Tracks: "Severance," "My World and Yours," "Irreparable"
So that's it. Hope you found a new favorite something to listen to this year, whether it was on this list or not. There's so much music out there, and I hope you're soaking as much of it up as you can. For now, enjoy the holidays with your friends and family, eat too many sweets, drink one or two beers too many, and send this year to the Great Calendar Dumpster in the sky in style. Next year will, I'm sure, be filled with even more music to listen to, and we here at Brutalitopia will do our best to talk about it some more. And if we don't, well... see you next December for some more lists.