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My Top Music Picks of 2015

2015 was a great year for music releases.

Album of the Year: the GazettE – DOGMA

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DOGMA is the strongest album from the GazettE by far. After all these months, I still come back to it. DOGMA, INCUBUS, and OMINOUS are the best tracks. It’s impressive how the band keeps all the songs catchy in the midst of the very dark and heavy tones. The first (not the intro) and last song have a progressive style song writing that makes it stand out than any songs the band has come out with. It’s a must listen for any metal listeners out there.

 

Honorable Mentions:

Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas – Feeling of Unity

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It must really suck for these guys because PHASE 2 was already a great album but somehow, Feeling of Unity surpasses it. Now they gotta find some way to make the next album even better! Favorite tracks are Party Boys and The Demon Called Careless. Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas to me is like the better version of Blood Stain Child.

 

lynch. – D.A.R.K.-In the Name of Evil-

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I don’t know what lynch was thinking when naming this album but it’s the worst I’ve heard this year. Aside from that, it’s still a good alternative metal album. D.A.R.K. and Fallen are highlight tracks for me. You’ll hear plenty of satisfying double bass drumming and breakdowns.

 

coldrain – VENA

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Man, coldrain has come a long way since their debut album, Final Destination. Everything in VENA screams improvement. I really hope these guys find success internationally since their songs are sung in good actual english. VENA is nice post hardcore/alternative album worth your time. The Story and Whole are my favorite songs in the album.

 

she – Chiptune Memories

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she does it again! This time, it sounds like its gone back to the original chiptune roots. The entire album is fantastic, so if you’re into electronic or chiptune music, look no further. The title song stands out the most.

 

SawanoHiroyuki[nZk] – o1

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Lastly, there’s Hiroyuki Sawano. This man does pop music right by using mostly actual instruments and writes melodic songs that’s not generic garbage you hear everyday on the radio. There are a few rock songs in the album but the rest is pop. s-AVE is an amazing track that has an emotional tone that sounds like it needs a storytelling music video to make it more compelling. Any songs with Aimer singing is bound to be gold.

 

Single of the Year: the GazettE – UGLY

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2015 has got to be the GazettE’s year. For them to come out with a great album and an excellent single following afterwards is really impressive. UGLY is a sick track and the b-sides actually sound better than hearing it from the previews. It makes me feel excited for whatever they’re gonna release next.

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