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2015 according to SWNK

Browsing through other peoples yearlists is my favorite pastime during December and January. I’m wasting loads of time checking out the great records I’ve missed last year. Usually this is also a very expensive period for me as there’s so much great music to be discovered. As we at SWNK wish to share this joy with you, here you’ll find some of the greatest music we have discovered in 2015. Browse through it, let us know what you think and share your lists with us!

1. Ceremony – The L-Shaped Man
2. Deafheaven – New Bermuda
3. Sweet Jesus – You Destroy Yourself
4. Sumac – The Deal
5. Wiegedood – De Doden hebben het Goed
6. Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss
7. The Body & Thou – Whom I Have Always Hated
8. Windhand – Griefs Internal Flower
9. Baroness – Purple
10. Panopticon – Autumn Eternal
11. Blacklisted – When People Grow, People Go
12. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
13. Ghost – Meliora
14. Torche – Restarter
15. Terror – The 25th Hour

1. Super Unison – s/t
2. True Identity – Demo ’15
3. Protester – No Identity
4. Union of Faith – s/t

L’eau Oui Que
I’ve had a shitty year and therefore an also shitty musical year…. These are the only albums within the genre I can remember as being solid enough…

Deafheaven – New Bermuda
Night Birds – Mutiny at muscle beach
Turnstile – Nonstop feeling
Leftover Crack – Constructs of the state
Teenage Bottlerocket – Tales from Wyoming

Shows are even worse….

Lagwagon @ de Melkweg was brilliant

Full lenghts in no particular order:
Ahklys – The Dreaming I
Jaga Jazzist – Starfire
Petrels – Flailing Tombs
High on Fire – Luminiferous
Refused – Freedom
Ceremony – The L-Shaped Man
Lindemann – Skills in Pills
Uncle Acid – The Night Creeper
Kadavar – Berlin
Ghost – Meliora
Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving – Yield To Despair
Saturnalia Temple – To the Other
Hangman’s Chair – This is not supposed to be positive
Dan Terminus – The Wrath of Code
Enablers – The Rightful Pivot
Ahab – The Boats of Glenn Carrig
Max Richter – From Sleep
Blanck Mass – Dumb Flesh
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – Loin Des Hommes
Nightslug – Loathe
Fister – IV
Etienne Jaumet –La Visite
Toundra – IV
Weedeater – Goliathan
Windhand – Grief’s Eternal Flower
Zombi – Shape Shift
Noisem – Blossoming Decay
Pyramids – A Northern Meadow
Steve Von Till – A Life Unto Itself
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress
Napalm Death – Apex Predator – Easy Meat

Oneida / Teeth Of The Sea – Split 7”
Gnod & John Doran – Live At Islington Mill split tape
Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm – Life Story Love And Glory 7”
Primitive Man – Home Is Where The Hatred Is 12”
Eternal Sleep – Belief In The Truth of Nothing 7

here’s my top fifteen full lengths, in no particular order:
Gallows – Desolation Sounds
Archy Marshall – A New Place 2 Drown
CHVE – Rasa
Birds in Row – Personal War
Steve Von Till – A Life Unto Itself
Tempest – s/t
Wiegedood – De Doden Hebben Het Goed
Old Wounds – The Suffering Spirit
Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes – Blossom
Cowards – Rise to Infamy
Windhand – Grief’s Eternal Flower
Action Bronson – Mr. Wonderful
Harms Way – Rust
Sleaford Mods – Key Markets
Disterror – Catharsis

Jesus Piece – s/t
Aesop Rock – Cat Food
Lost Baron – Kelder
Ratking – 700 Fill
Cigarettes After Sex – Affection

My favorite albums of 2015 (in particular order):
1. Calabrese – Lust for sacrilige
2. Fonija – …bez ime
3. Terrible Feelings – Tremors
4. Noah Gundersen – Carry the ghost
5. Beaten To Death – Unplugged
6. Svffer – Empathist
7. Esc Life – Access all areas
8. We Never Learned To Live – Silently I threw them skywards
9. Royal headache – High
10. Goatsnake – Black age blues
11. Clutch – Psychic warfare
12. Blacklisted – When people grow, people go
13. Noviot Pochetok – Jas zum zemja
14. Black Sails – What belongs to the gallows
15. Spirits – Discontent

Just outside of this list are great albums like: Svalbard – One day this will end; Cloud Rat – Qliphot; My Dying Bride – Feel the misery; Iron Maiden – Book of souls; Sulphur Aeon – Gateway to the antisphere; The Eye Of Time – Anti; Planks – Perished bodies; Vhol – Deeper than sky; Orange Goblin – Back from the abyss; Make Do And Mend – Don’t be long; In Cauda Venenum – s/t.
And there’s so much more I need to look into…

The Record Collection – Revolutions
Ends Meet – Nothing to show
Spirits – s/t
RunningLate – Spectators
Deceit – Disconnect

Releases (in no particular order):
Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
Kurt Cobain – Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings
Into Another – Omens
Turnstile – Nonstop Feeling
Muse – Drones (mainly in here because of that Psycho song)

Best show
Off With Their Heads @ Winstom, Amsterdam
Nick Cave @ World Forum Theater, Den Haag
Chuck Ragan @ Doonroosje, Nijmegen

Best 7 inch/EP
Kurt Cobain – And I Love Her / Sappy

Best song
Weezer – Thank God For Girls

Best movie/DVD
Easy. Montage Of Heck. That was expected right? “The Martian”,”Legend” (Tom Hardy is great in this one and they score a zillion points for their poster with the 2 star rating looking like a 5 star rating), “Mad Max”, “It Follows” & “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (and I’m totally not into Star Wars) need a mention too. Still need to watch a couple, so I might be forgetting some. “The Walking Dead” & “Gotham” are still going strong too.

Best game
Arkham Knight without a doubt. Until Dawn was fun too.

Best zines/books
Like last year: The Walking Dead / Batman comics.

The good… (World Peace)
+ Proposing to my girl and her saying yes. Best.thing.ever.
+ Making plans for a trip to the USA. Plane tickets and places to stay are booked. Can’t wait.
+ Becoming uncle of another little one (my little sis her daughter). Nathalie even got asked to be the godmother 🙂
+ Seeing Jax (my godson) growing up to be even more awesome. We have the best of times.
+ 03 Webdesign doing really great in 2015. The new partnership (Lift 3) and office are doing really well.
+ Discovering Beach Slang
+ 2015 was the year of 7 (or something?) trips to Disneyland Paris too. Year subscription go!

The bad… (Can’t Be Done)
– The world is on fire.
– Even less time for SWNK
– Uncharted 4 delayed 🙂

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