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The Five Best New Metal Bands Of 2015 Explored

Every year our annual staff awards include a vote for the best new metal band to arrive with a debut full-length. To make the cut, these fresh young outfits have to blow us away and remind us why we love this genre to begin with.

There were a horde of bands nominated for the “best newcomer” category in 2015, and ultimately the title went to U.S. outfit Gruesome, who happened to be in my list of contender.

Since our focus is on helping metal fans find new bands, we're going to take a closer look at all the bands who were in contention for the award, starting with my personal top bands. Here's the 5 groups who just got started in 2015 that you should be getting into as the new year begins:


Fans of Obscura and Blotted Science got an unexpected treat this year when several members of prominent European metal bands came together to release a new album under the banner of Alkaloid. Totally forgoing the label route altogether, Alkaloid's debut self release features the talents of names such as Linus Klausenitzer, Hannes Grossmann, and Christian Münzner.

As might be expected by a band with that sort of pedigree, “The Malkuth Grimoire” is an absolute monster of a release (check out our review here). It's technical, it's progressive, it's melodic, and it's even a little gothic. The end result is some very top notch death metal with a sound you aren't going to hear elsewhere, and it absolutely demands a follow-up release!

You can follow Alkaloid at Facebook here and stream all of the stellar debut full-length album “The Malkuth Grimoire” below.

Third Ion

This Canadian outfit came seemingly out of nowhere but brought out a fantastic first release early in 2015 with “13/8 Bit” (reviewed here), which has a good deal of the video game influence you would expect based on the title.

Third Ion isn't a one-trick pony though, as there's a ton of other sounds to work through on the album, from '90s hard rock to melodic prog metal. This is a very eclectic release with a bit of everything, and it all works really well. With any luck we'll get another release soon and see just how far outside the standard genre boundaries Third Ion can really go.


Hailing from Salt Lake City, this fantasy-based metal band has actually been around for about five years now, but Visigoth only just released a debut full-length in 2015 after inking a well deserved deal with Metal Blade Records.

First proper album “The Revenant King” (read our review) scratches that epic, classic metal itch and strongly brings to a mind another decade. Whether rocking out with your dungeon master or riding a woolly mammoth into battle, this is the soundtrack you want going on in the background. Expect to see this band's name getting a whole lot more traction and recognition in the coming year.


While Death DTA is out touring with the classic Death material, another band came on the scene to pay homage to that '90s Florida sound while pumping out new material. If you are a Chuck Schuldiner fan in any capacity, it should go without saying that Gruesome absolutely needs to be on your radar.

Relapse Records snapped up this group early on and debut album “Savage Land” dropped in April of 2015. The response from Death fans (and death metal junkies in general) was overwhelming, and Gruesome isn't showing any sign of slowing down, as the band is already recording a follow-up release.

Gruesome got enough votes from the staff to actually take home the “best newcomer” award, and it was very much deserved. Follow the latest from the band over at Facebook here.


A surprise release of 2015, Myrkur is a one-woman project that goes all over the map in terms of musical influences. The base sound there is a fuzzy Norwegian style metal filtered through a very different musical viewpoint than would be expected though, and the result is something very interesting that's making black metal fans take note. With blast beats, clean singing, and some serious shoegaze influence, “M” is an album well worth checking out.

These were my top 5 bands nominated for the best metal newcomer of 2015 award, but there were plenty other groups that just got their start last year you should be paying attention to. Stay tuned as our other contributors share their favorite new metal bands of the year, and be sure to let us know who you thought was the best newcomer of 2015 in the comments below.

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Ty Arthur splits his time between writing dark fiction, spreading the word about underground metal bands, and bringing you the latest gaming news. His sci-fi, grimdark fantasy, and horror novels can be found at Amazon.

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