steel druhmWe’ve reached another December and that means another nostalgic summation of 365 days of anger. Looking back, 2015 was a good little year and I’m glad for all it provided.  AMG Himself had more free time in which to share his scorching case of Astral Rage of Uni-dwarves and blather on about overlong albums, and the site hit some impressive growth milestones too. We heard Jorn‘s take on Dracula, witnessed the birth of unicorn shaming and the introduction of our classtastic new logo. Hell, we even got a little closer to marketing authentic AMG brand merchandise. Our dysfunctional staff didn’t suffer any mysterious casualties or the late night grave digging team building retreats they often necessitate, so I’d call the year a stunning success (minus the whole “Jørnicorn jacking my beer” thingee).

And what would a Top Ten(ish) list be without a maudlin shout out to those who helped make the year a good one. Thanks to AMG for all his vitriol and near constant usurping of the legitimate and trve Record(s) o’ the Month selections. He’s cranky as hell and sometimes delusional, but he’s the heart of the blog even when locked away in his ivory tower and things just wouldn’t be the same without his pompous and grandiose musical elitism. A big thanks also goes out to Madam X for all her editing and promo management skills. We’d truly up the creek without her organizational prowess. As for the rest of the AMG staff, they’re all good eggs (except Dr. A.N. Grier, who is a very bad egg and a degenerate click-baiter). We built this site around good writing and our staff provides it on a regular basis, usually without the need of excessive threats, intimidation and floggery. If only they recognized the heartbreaking genius of Jørn, they’d be perfect.

Musically, the staff saw 2015 through vastly different glasses. While some like AMG and myself thought it was a particularly solid year for metal, Kronos and his jaded, misanthropic ilk found it as barren and infertile as well-salted soil. Regardless of where you stand on the musical merits of 2015, it’s been a fun watching the site grow and communicating with like-minded metal folks in the mob ruled comment section. Our loyal community of snobs grows with the readership and though we’ve gotten considerably bigger, we remain a surprisingly assclown-free website. Kudos to all of you for that.

And so without further verbosity, I present the only Top Ten(ish) you’ll need this year (if you appreciate the heartbreaking genius of Jørn). Enjoy of deep Steel.

Visigoth_The Revenant Kinga(ish) Visigoth // The Revenant King – The olde meets the kvlt and together they run into the trve on this mighty slab of classic metal thunder. Oathcore is the order of the day and those who don’t understand will be judged harshly by the Metal Tribune. Paying dutiful homage to Cirith Ungol and Doomsword, this horde executes the near-perfect 80s metal sound and the cheese is infused with so much damn testosterone, it’ll put hair on your back, palms and even your sword! We need much more of this righteous cheddar in these trying times.

Khemmis - Absolution10. Khemmis // Absolution – I’m very picky when it comes to stoner doom, but unheralded upstarts Khemmis bowled me over with their Rocky Mountain-sized riffs and ace song craft. Sure there’s some Mastodon influence, but there’s so much more here than meets the ear at first spin. Classic Sabbath riffs swirl alongside Kyuss trippiness, Pallbearer atmospherics and classic melo-death trilling for a heady stew that resonates deeply. Some knock the seemingly out-of-place harsh vocals, but it’s a small matter on what is an amazing debut by a band to watch closely in the future.

Goatsnake Band 019. Goatsnake // Black Age Blues – The year’s most tasty southern-fried doom catfish, combining titanic doom riffs and church revival theatrics make for a strange but infectious listen and the song writing is sharp as all hell. This has the most killer guitar tone you’ll hear this year and songs like the brooding “Another River to Cross” and the manic hoedown of “Grandpa Jones” are shockingly accessible despite the sheer weight they park on your chest, neck and buttocks. The whole album rattles and shakes with southern groove, funk and swagger and the touches of harmonica and female choir are placed perfectly. Most importantly, this is a hugely catchy, fun doom album and you don’t see that animal every day, now do you?

Draconian_Sovran18. Draconian // SovranDraconian has been on a run of solid albums and despite some lineup changes, Sovran is another big win for the sad boys (and girl) from Sweden. Containing several of my favorite songs of the year, Sovran shows their undisputed mastery of gothic doom/death and it’s tough to deny the appeal of set pieces like “Pale Tortured Blue” and the haunting “Stellar Tomb.” Equally hard to deny is the charm of new female singer Heike Langhan who brings a strong Within Temptation vibe to the doom and deathery. These peeps can do no wrong and the mood here is perfect for the genre.

Amorphis - Under the Red Cloud7. Amorphis // Under the Red Cloud – With a few “less than Skyforger” albums in a row, even Steely D was beginning to worry the second wave of Amorphis awesomeness might be at end. That was until Under the Red Cloud taught me the error of my ways. This album feels like a fresh start for these beloved Finns, though they aren’t reinventing themselves in any particular way or exploring new soundscapes. This is the excellent follow-up we all wanted after Skyforger but didn’t entirely get. Tomi reaffirms why he’s the best thing that ever happened to Amorphis with a snobberknocker vocal performance and the band shows they haven’t forgotten their death metal roots. Well played, boys. Very well-played.

Crypt Sermon_Out of Garden6. Crypt Sermon // Out of the Garden – Simply put, the best Candlemass album since Ancient Dreams. These youngsters adroitly merge Dio-era Sabbath with classic Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus to create the best “classic doom” release of the year. Heavy, moody as hell and just melodic enough to be memorable and addicting, this is the most successful “throwback” doom album I’ve heard in years that didn’t have Leif Edling involved. Hell, they even take a stab at “Stargazer” heights of metallic grandeur on the monolithic “The Master’s Bouquet.” It’s pretty unfair to ask for anything more from a debut.

Pyramaze_Disciples of the Sun5. Pyramaze // Disciples of the Sun – Easily capturing the power-prog crown for the year, Pyramaze comes back with yet another singer and a totally new sound. Tracking the style of Threshold and Anubis Gate, the band delivers one melodic ear worm after another with just enough punch to keep things metal. Definitely one of the more infectious listens of the year, very few albums got more spins at my Fortress of Snobbery and this leaves me anxiously awaiting the next platter (hopefully with the same line up for a change).

Avatarium_The Girl With The Raven Mask4. Avatarium // The Girl in the Raven Mask – I was quite taken with the first Avatarium platter but Leif Edling’s efforts to take his doom sound even further backward into the past to approximate a Jefferson Airplane meets Sabbath style yields some truly funky and phenomenal results. Jennie-Ann Smith’s jazzy, sultry delivery continues to bewitch and the slick song writing conjures just the right retro mood to blow the listener away. Songs like “Pearls and Coffins” aren’t exactly the doom we know and expect, but that makes them all the more interesting and fascinating.

Nechochwen - Heart of Akamon3. Nechochwen // Heart of Akamon – This is one of those rare albums where you immediately sense something special is going on. It isn’t just the Native American spin on traditional black metal and folk, but how much raw emotion and sincerity they create via heavy doses of Opeth and ’70s prog. Heart of Akamon is a difficult album to explain but an easy one to fall in love with; full of quirky arrangements and offbeat transitions from genre to genre, but the heart of it is so pure and real. I called it the Native America version of Bathory‘s Hammerheart and while that’s certainly true to an extent, this feels like something bigger and more spiritual. That makes for a rare kind of release and one everyone should experience.

A Swarm of the Sun_The Rifts2. A Swarm of the Sun // The Rifts – This came so very, very close to #1 but the very nature of what it is holds it back from the title. This is a slow walk through the stages of pain we as humans must endure when we lose someone or something dear to us, brought into stunningly depressive life through a blend of post-rock, doom and goth. It’s unrelentingly grim and despairing but also hauntingly beautiful and at times, vaguely uplifting. It’s easily one of the toughest listens of the past few years and as much as I admire and respect the album, I can only take it in small doses or it severely damages my happy. Still, it’s one of the top achievements of 2015 so here it sits, lonely and damaged.

1. Enshine // Singularity – Without a doubt the most gorgeous and lush soundscape of the year and the very best melo-death/doom had to offer in 2015. Drawing obvious comparisons to Insomnium, Rapture and Omnium Gatherum‘s almighty New World Shadows, Singularity is awash with beauty, atmosphere and somber melancholia. The trilling leads, weeping solos, forlorn cleans paired with despairing growls—this is where the sad boy emo-death train stops and sobs forevermore. It’s also as close as we’re going to get to a new Rapture album, thereby making it even more precious. AMG thinks it’s boring because he’s become a heartless, soulless Finnophobe, as evidenced by his incessant screedifying against Swallow the Sun. Ignore him, listen to me and marinate deeply in the cold lakes of the soul created by this haunting album.



Honorable Mentions:

  • Pentagram // Curious Volume — With Sabbath retiring these vets are ready to become the vanguard of classic doom.
  • Jess and the Ancient Ones // Second Psychedelic Coming: The Aquarius Tapes — Semi-satanic hippie cult rock now featuring extra shroom power!
  • Trials // This Ruined World The fact these elite thrashards remain unsigned says everything about today’s music industry.
  • Wino & Conny Ochs // Freedom Conspiracy World weary and wonderful anthems to societal estrangement (and meth).
  • Ironsword // None but the Brave – the thinking man’s choice for shirtless barbarian metal ov trveness (ov steel)
  • W.A.S.P. // Golgotha — Blackie is back with a more age appropriate codpiece and a whole lotta sweet, sweet Jesus.
  • Sabbath Assembly // Sabbath Assembly — Everybody’s favorite satanic hippies finally put it all together for one goat licking extravaganza.
  • Queensrÿche // Condition Hüman — Meat withoüt the Tate(rs) never söunded so good.
  • Tau Cross // Tau Cross Away + The Baron = major win.
  • Swallow the Sun // Songs from the North — Ha x 3!

Disappointment o’ the Year

Virgin Steele // Nocturnes of Hellfire and Damnation – Is it really a disappointment when you expect a train smash but get one bigger than anticipated? Semantics aside, my hometown heroes Virgin Steele gave us the aural equivalent of riding a sandpaper horse off a cliff into a pit of sharp pins dipped in iodine and itching powder. So painful, so maddening, so confusing. No album made me ask “what the holy fuck were these guys thinking?” quite so much as this and that wins them the 2015 Crown of Shame. No, wait, it goes to Miss Colombia!

Song o’ the Year

Ereb AltorMidsommarblot” – Something about the downbeat, epic mood and those killer vocals held me in thrall all damn year.


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  • It’s a good list. I’m starting to wonder, though, who’s actually the person with the beef. Is the beef “Angry Metal Guy taking shots at Swallow the Sun?” Or is the beef “Steel Druhm v. Angry Metal Guy”? Are you having a covert alpha fight with me, you big, cuddly gorilla?

    • When you’re on a troll you’re on a troll.

      • So true, so very true…

    • André Snyde Lopes

      Steel v. AMG: Druhm of Jornstice

      Coming to theaters 2016

      • brutal_sushi

        Sounds better than the Zach Snyder travesty.

      • I can’t wait for the sequel: “AMG v. Steel Druhm: The Re-Jörning.”

        • André Snyde Lopes

          You’d be amazed at how well the spin-off series is going. It’s already at episode seven: “Sphere Wars: The Jørn Awakens”

          • My favorite is still “Sphere Wars V: The Jørnicorn Strikes Back.”

    • Oscar Albretsen

      I can’t get into “Swallow the Sun” either. It takes forever to get all the way through it, and I’m finding that listening to it can be almost a chore.

  • Francesco Bordoni

    Good list, but I firmly believe that Goatsnake needed much more love than that. I consumed that album so hard I had dreams about it :w

    Also Kjeld. Where is Kjeld? Won’t somebody please think of the Kjeldrens??

    • El_Cuervo

      Meh. There was better black metal this year.

      • Francesco Bordoni

        But was it FRISIAN? I don’t think so!

        • El_Cuervo

          I do not know that to which you refer. But I’d take Mgla, Misthyrming, Akhlys and Macabre Omen for my preferred black metal from this year.

          • Pimpolho

            No Vardan? What the hell, man!

          • All his releases will be lumped together in the bi-annual Vardan Report.

          • Francesco Bordoni

            I don’t know dude, “frisian” means they’re from …Frisia (?) or some shit. Thanks for the tips anyways, I’ll surely check those bands out: Macabre Omen in particular sounds like really promising stuff.

            Also: does Dead in the manger count as black metal? Because I loved that shit!

  • Dethjesta

    Good job Steel, knew i could reply on you to heap suitable praise on Singularity. I too have to agree that it’s the best of the last year (and i suffer from both WilsonFanboyitis and LucassenFanboycemia).

  • AlphaBetaFoxface

    I thought this list would look doomy-er than a dinosaur extinction so I pulled out my nintendo to cancel out the reek of man odour. But upon seeing not only Nechochwen at 3rd, but Enshine at the top of the pile, I regretted my doubts. What a list!

    And big thanks for the awesome write-ups and incredible control in the comments section. I’m sure the battle to trump your witt is hotly contended by the younger staff! All the best for ’16, Steel!

    • Col_Dax

      Your comment remembers me to get my hands on the New Nintendo 3DS, whose Browser can play HTML5-based videos (in opposite to the original 3DS), because an extraordinary site like this needs to be viewed in an extraordinary device!

      That said, thanks to the AMG staff and commenters ( the “mob staff” ;] ) for an year of insightful reviews and inspiring ramblings in the realm of metal (especially Diabolus occasionally correlating philosophical topics is always fun reading).

      • AlphaBetaFoxface

        Steel looks magnificent on dual screens! I hated how the original couldn’t do jack-squat online because the DS is much more comfortable to hold for browsing and video watching than phones are.

        For anyone wondering, yes, Nintendo is damn metal. Animal Crossing makes Incantation look weak

  • André Snyde Lopes

    Nechochwen is the my favorite from your list, Druhm-senpai. The Serpent Tradition is one of the most awesome songs this year.

    A Swarm of the Sun is excellent as well but I must lock the razor blades before I listen to it…

    Thank you for yet another pun-tastic year and may 2016 be filled with more classic horror monster concept albums.

  • Matt slatz

    Great list, thanks for a year of great reviews. (Simple and too the point)

  • Simon Shrimpton

    Yeeeees a good list! Ennshine is a deserved number one.. but I’d have fit in The Hell’s Brutopia somewhere..

  • You wot m8?

    No Pallbearer? I thought you were quite fond of them, Mr. Steely D.

    Interesting to see Enshine in the #1 spot, and good to see some love for Goatsnake. ggwp

    • El_Cuervo

      You mean Fear and Fury? It was only a single, I don’t think it quite qualifies for a list of albums.

      • You wot m8?

        That’s right, Foundations of Burden came out in 2014… I guess this last year went by faster than I was prepared for.

  • brutal_sushi

    Kauan gets my number one, but Enshine and Pyramaze are right behind it. Killer list, stay metal.

  • Worldeater

    My favorite “quote of Steel” this year was “It’s a jangled, disjointed mess, but it works and feels like walking into a cult ritual whilst chowing a burrito – you don’t know what to do so you listen, chew and await developments.” Besides that i really enjoyed Nechochwen and Khemmis.

  • Iain Gleasure

    “-Mob ruled comment section.”
    All I can think is the classic Dio masterpiece:
    You’re ALL fools (the writers in the commentators eyes)
    The mob rules (us)
    Let the fires of bloody insurrection rise against AMG!

  • Monsterth Goatom

    Good to see Visigoth and Ironsword in here. The Ironsword album has such an overall rolling-thunderous sound. And that orchestral bass drum at the start is an inspired choice.

    Under the Red Cloud has such strong, consistent songs. Even the bonus tracks are killer.

    One album I thought I might see here is Orden Ogan’s Ravenhead.

    This really is the only list you need. Immortal trveness courses through your veins!

    • Oscar Albretsen

      Good call on “Under the Red Cloud!” May be the first album I’ve ever owned on which the bonus tracks are two of the finest songs on the entire album.

    • Indeed it does!

  • Victor T-arthur

    Steel Druhm you rule! But where is My Dying Bride and Tulsadoom upon thy altar?

  • Dr. A.N. Grier

    Damn you, Druhm!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Iain Gleasure

      Hide yourselves! The clickbaiter cometh!

    • What the hell did I do now??

      • Dr. A.N. Grier

        And all I’ve done is shown love. Nothing less.

        • Yes, like you loved that stuffed unicorn in the break room? That was uncalled for and disturbing.

          • Dr. A.N. Grier

            She led me on! She was so sweet and told me my quiche was like none other!

          • Yeah…I’m gonna need you to move your desk down to the basement.

          • Dr. A.N. Grier

            I hate it down there. That’s where AMG keeps all the bodies. And where he empties his mess pot…

          • Think of it as a safe space to focus on your writing.

          • Dr. A.N. Grier

            Fine. But no more corn or processed meats for those that can’t use the company toilet.

          • Pimpolho

            Hahaha, you guys are so awesome! :D

          • Monsterth Goatom

            Oh god, I remember that hidden camera episode from The Unicorn Husbandry Hour. No more AMG channel for me!

    • Pimpolho

      Accept it. Denying it will only make things worse.

      • Dr. A.N. Grier


  • Pimpolho

    Steely rocks! Fantastic list! Nice to see Khemmis and Draconian there! :D

  • One More Thing

    I was certain that StS was going to occupy the top three spots in order to send AMG into a fit of rage. Opportunity lost…

    Very solid list. I particularly like your top five selections. I have neglected to give that Nechochwen album the proper attention though, so I’ll be sure to check that one out. Thank you for all your hard work year round (aka feuding with AMG over literally everything)(it’s hilarious).

    • We feud because we love (and because AMG is often wrong).

  • Scourge

    I’d start a debate about how Sorcerer’s In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross is better than Crypt Sermon but I’ll refrain as you’ve done great work all year and this is a great list. Thanks for all you do!

    • We got no promo for Sorcerer sadly.

    • Pimpolho

      I like to imagine Sorcerer and Crypt Sermon as two gangs fighting over who sounds more like Candlemass.
      “But our singer sounds more like Messiah Marcolin than yours!”
      “Oh yeah? Our sounds more like Johan, and everone knows that’s the only true Candlemass!”

      • Carlos Marrickvillian

        Sounds like I need to investigate me some Sorcerer

        • Scourge

          You totally should. Better vocals, better guitar leads and more memorable songs than Crypt Sermon in my opinion.

          Crypt Sermon gains an edge in the more weird Candlemass type arrangements.

          There’s a marked difference in the production of the two albums. Sorcerer is more clean which I think helps where the vocals and guitar leads are concerned, as well as lending a more traditional metal vibe overall. Crypt Sermon is more sludgey which sounds fine on its own, but when you play the two albums back to back on vinyl, the Sorcerer sounds unbelievably fantastic, while the Crypt Sermon does not.

          • Carlos Marrickvillian

            Right I’ll be checking that out for sure, excellent comment btw!

          • Ernesto Aimar

            And don’t forget about Below. Their debut slbum was one gloomy hell of doom platter! It also holds an outstanding Mercyful vibe

  • Genezer

    This list is surely number one on my 2015 list of lists for 2015. Hard one to beat AMG but you can do it!
    Thank you for A Swarm of the Sun, Druhm sama

  • Oscar Albretsen

    Of the list, Goatsnake is the only thing I’m “meh” on. Major kudos on Khemmis and Avatarium.

    • Carlos Marrickvillian

      You’re not alone, I don’t get the Goatsnake excitement thing either. I did try but, it never happened for me

  • testiklees

    My God good man, our lists draw so many doom parallels! Goatsnake made my #1 slot this year, what an ass-shaker it is! Swarm Of The Sun took me through some bleak days. Excellent list, excellent taste and excellent reviews. Hails 2016!

  • Yes to Draconian, Amorphis and Enshine! (consequently I will obviously be Team Druhm in the inevitable Civil War-like fight)
    Also Nechochwen is on everyone’s list, but somehow I just can’t like it, and I can’t really say why. Weird.

  • Thatguy

    Thanks for the great list and a great year of furry fun, SD.

  • WhamBamSam

    I legitimately, unironically adore Jorn’s Dracula record. Album of the Year, yo.

    I was pretty lukewarm on Out of the Garden when I first heard it, but listening back it seems like it could be in the glut of albums vying for my #10 spot. I honestly wonder sometimes how people manage to get top 10 lists done before July of the following year, even with press copies of stuff being sent their way.

  • De2013

    Great list Steel Druhm! Khemmis, Goatsnake, Crypt Sermon and Nechochwen, besides W.A.S.P. and Pentagram, are on my year end list. I will check out the ones I’ve missed.

    Thanks for all your excellent reviews and comments this year!

  • Refined-Iron Cranium

    I’m gonna say it straight up: other than the beautiful Wilderun album, Pentagram’s “Curious Volume” is one of my absolute favourites this year. I know 99% of this year’s ‘best of’ lists will include it, but I’ll be damned if it didn’t satiate my good riff cravings (Dead Bury Dead? More like Riffs Bury Dead). Crypt Sermon was equally satisfying with all those grandiose harmonies too.
    Good list overall too, looks like there’s some #1 records I have yet to seek out.

    • Carlos Marrickvillian

      Yeah I agree, that Pentegram album is all killer … I must be looking in the wrong places I’ve not been seeing it mentioned anywhere which has been giving me a rising sense of outrage!

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    Well done mr Druhm!
    I love that Enshine album too. I’m sure AMG is just rilling you up for his own amusement. He is right re StS though..:)
    Happy to Finally see some Pentegram love here too.
    If (for me) 2015 was all about death metal, 2016 was the year that the women of metal totally kicked my ass. With Avatarium, Jess and the Ancient ones, Sabbath Assembly, Royal Thunder, Myrkur sand Chelsea Wolfe all slaying me. Miny Parsons vocal performance on ‘Time Machine’ is my moment of the year.
    Also this year was the emergence of high quality previously unknown folky blacky proggy metal like Nechochwen, Obsequise and Wilderun that really floated my boat. All artists I would never have heard of if not for AMG!

    • Monsterth Goatom

      Yea, Miny Parsons is stellar throughout the album. I’m especially fond of The Line, but, hell, the whole album is great – even the very last song, which some might view as a throwaway track. For whatever reason, the Avatarium vocals just rub me the wrong way and I can’t get into it.

      • Carlos Marrickvillian

        That’s a pity Jennie-Ann’s voice is very studied and her approach very theatrical where as Miny is just raw passion, very different singers but I love them both.

        • Monsterth Goatom

          I don’t know, I’m not sure I’d call Miny’s voice raw passion. It’s a very grounded voice in the sense she can take risks, but one feels she has a firm grip on the reins at all times. Husky and honeyed at the same time.

          For me, raw passion would be someone like Janis Joplin or Quorthon. Anywho, Happy new Year, Carlos.

          • Carlos Marrickvillian

            Husky and Honeyed indeed!
            Cheers and same you too MG.

  • Kronos

    Not mopey enough.

  • Luke_22

    Grateful for the heads-up of Nechochwen and Wino & Conny Ochs, both great albums. The latter I strangely neglected come year end list time but it got heavy rotation earlier in the year. I need to revisit Goatsnake, it was enjoyable enough but hasn’t yet hooked me like their earlier work.

  • Zadion

    Call me crazy but I get the idea good ol’e Steely D was really feeling the doom (and its assorted vortex of stylistic deviations) this year. This list is like, half doom!

    Nechochwen was fantastic and I would’ve missed out on it altogether were it not for the fawning review due to my relative apathy towards their backlog. Easily among the top 5 of the year.

  • Iain Gleasure

    Serious news:
    Lemmy is dead
    Rest in peace

  • Nick Maestas

    Weooow Zteel Drumh were da br00tal metal @? All I’s zee iz puzzy muzic her!! Good list surprised to see Enshine as #1 I need to check it out!

  • TminusEight

    Wicked music, and so many great reviews this year (again) Steel Druhm.
    Playing Draconian right now. Khemmis before that. Nechochwen yesterday. Great stuff. Cheers!

  • madhare

    This list gets my official endorsement. Not 100% to my taste, but close enough. Actually, a total agreement would be boring. Then there would be no discussion. (Fanboys collective ranting is not a real discussion.)

  • JL

    Nice list. A bit surprising to see Enshine at number 1. It’s a good album for me but not even in my top 10. Wolfheart’s album is vastly superior in the melo doom/death department IMO. I never got around to hearing the A Swarm of the Sun record so I’ll give that a go. And I agree with Pyramaze releasing a killer record but the power/prog crown this year was the mighty Cain’s Offering album Stormcrow.

  • Kryopsis

    Somehow I completely missed Enshine this year but as of 5 minutes ago, I own the album. It’s just as excellent as you wrote it was. I love melancholic, atmospheric Metal and I consider myself a fan of both Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum. This is exactly what I needed!

  • Good list! Sounds like I really need to check out Nechochwen!

  • Eryops

    Happy to see Visigoth make at least someone’s top ten (even if it is -ish) list. Not necessarily my favourite album of the year, but easily my most listened to.