After spending the last week or so giving all of these albums a listen, here are the the results. The funny thing is if I started this again today there might be a different set of results. So if you see your favorite go out remember it’s just for fun.The sixteen winners will be drawn against each other and the results will be published in the very near future. . drum rolls if you please….
Evening Fires-Where I’ve Been Is Places…. Vs Trembling Bells-The Sovereign Self
Evening Fires This is a clear winner for me it’s an album full of meandering acid fueled experimental rock brought on a whim because I like the album art. Trembling Bells were one of the live highlights of the year, a mixture of new and old sounding English folk with a twist of acid and prog.
Gnaw Their Tongues-L.V. Vs Hills-Frid
Hills win this with their blistering follow up to ‘Master Sleeps’. Gnaw Their Tongues delivered arguably the best extreme metal albums of the year, full of textured soundscape, an intense listen from start to finish.
Sunn O)))-Kannon Vs Teeth Of The Sea-Highly Deadly…..
TOTS win! Those who know me will understand the struggle that I’ve had picking a favourite out of these two. Sunn O))) are one of my all time favourites, maybe comparing this to the epic ‘Monoliths and Dimensions’ album is futile, but this album is at the moment just a bit safe for them.
Gnoomes-Ngan! Vs Zone 6- Love Monster
Gnoomes Win. An Album of breezy motorik beats, easily one my most played albums of the year. Zone 6 were introduced to me by Andy from Dayz Of Purple And Orange whose reviews could convince me to buy anything and in this I’m glad that I did.
Early Mammal-Take A Lover Vs Workin’ Man Noise Unit-Play Loud
This was the hardest draw, both were released on the much loved Riot Season Records and both are this would make my top 10. I am going to go with Workin’ Man Noise Unit but just because I have to pick one, I urge you all to Check out Early Mammal if you have not already.
Dead Sea Apes- Spectral Domain Vs Hey Colossus- Radio Static High
Shit & Shine-54 Synth… Vs Cathode Ray Eyes- Eyes In The Melancholy Palm
Josefin Ohrn and the Liberation- Horse Dance Vs Hey Colossus-In Black And Gold
Argh! Why have I decided to do this! Hey Colossus Win! In Black and Gold has been on the deck here at Heathen Manor most of the year and has been a firm favourite since its release. The Josefin Ohrn vinyl arrived this week after a long wait, it is great to hear it on wax rather than through tiny speakers, definitely one to watch.
You’re Smiling Now…- Population iv Vs 10000 Rusos- S/T
10000 Rusos played Leicester earlier this year and absolutely smashed it, but the winner has to be you’re smiling now but we’ll all turn to demons. The album was released very early on this year and has remained a firm favourite.
Sonic Jesus-Neither Virtue Nor Anger Vs The Left Outsides-The Shape Of Things To Come
Follakzoid -iii Vs DevilWorshiper-S/T
I give this to Devil worshiper whose debut album is not without fault but deserves a mention and a place in the next 16 just for being a daring debut. Follakazoid are making real waves now and this album shows why.
White Manna-Pan Vs Blown Out- Jet Black Hallucinations
Simon Delic’s review got me into the Blown Out album I’m just gutted I didn’t get round to buying it, I may have to break with tradition and buy a digital copy. White Manna win this though, it really has been one of my 2015 highlights.
Evil Blizzard-Everybody Come To The Church Vs The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol-Masters Of The Molehill
What is not to like about Evil Blizzard? A favourite blogger whose reviews I read a lot, is a big fan, his enthusiasm for the band is infectious, check him out here? Unfortunately TBWNIAS pip them to the top spot, with glorious take on a kinder British stoner.
Gnod-Infinity Machines Vs The Citradels-A Night Of Contemporary Feedback Music
Two completely different albums, but equally two great albums. The Citradels have created fine album of experimental 60’s inspired music. Unfortunately they have came up against what I regard as not only one of the stand out albums of the year but a benchmark for future bands who wish to push themselves. Gnod win.
Minami Deutsch- S/T Vs Les Sorciers Du Theil – Polyte De Thurles
An old and very dear friend put me on to Les Sorciers his blog, his friendship and his love for music have often inspired me. As for Minami Deutsch their debut album has really hit the spot for me this year for that reason they win.
Sleaford Mods-Key Markets Vs The Myrrors-Arena Negra
I sincerely think that music needs Sleaford Mods. Those potty mouthed Midland anger merchants may just be enough to inspire a new youth movement of politically thoughtful music. The Myrrors nip this however, for making some of the most enjoyable music around.