Broken Amp Is Back


It feels good to be back.

2015 was a chaotic year, both for music and the world it inhabits. A lot of triumphs and a lot of tragedies, which we are aware a handful of paragraphs cannot adequately summarize.

We saw the loss of some incredible people, chief among them one of the cornerstones of metal, and already this year a cornerstone of music itself. Ian Lemmy Kilminster and David Bowie, you are dearly missed. We also mourned far too many others who left behind countless memories for the rest of us. May their legacies live on.

There was also, as always, an onslaught of music promos. It seems there are more coming each year, and we salute the bands who brought out some absolutely stunning releases to stand above the rest, and the labels and PRs we worked with to cover just a slice of the worthy ones. We avoided doing an End Of Year like in 2014, but this editor’s personal picks are listed at the bottom of this article.

What’s the weather looking like? Well, aside from cloudy with a chance of press releases, we’re looking to bounce back more prominently than ever, having learned from the mistakes that 2015 taught us. More energy, more focus and more interesting articles about the goings-on in this wonderful area of music.

We’re looking for high quality dedicated writers. Stay tuned to our social media, or email brokenampmag [at]gmail [dot]com if you want to find out more. We’ve got a lot of exciting projects we want to pursue this year, and we’d love to get you involved.

Broken Amp is back in business.

Mark Angel Brandt’s personal favorite 2015 releases:

1. Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction [progressive deathgrind]

2. Marriages – Salome [fuzz-driven psych-rock]

3. Mgła – Exercises In Futility [traditional black metal]

4. Caspian – Dust and Disquiet [post-rock] [review here]

5. Agent Fresco – Destrier [art rock]

6. Slugdge – Dim And Slimeridden Kingdoms [melodic death metal/grind]

7. God Is An Astronaut – Helios | Erebus [ambient post-rock] [review here]

8. A Swarm Of The Sun – The Rifts [post-metal]

9. Dekadent – Veritas [progressive black metal]

10. Caligula’s Horse – Bloom [progressive metal]

11. Locrian – Infinite Dissolution [blacknoise]

12. Cloud Rat – Qliphoth [grindcore]

13. Mutoid Man – Bleeder [math/sludge rock/metal]

14. Hope Drone – Cloak Of Ash [post-black metal/post-hardcore]

15. Kamelot – Haven [symphonic metal]

16. Bridge Burner – Mantras Of Self-Loathing [grindcore]

17. Pissgrave – Suicide Euphoria [raw death metal]

18. Tau Cross – Tau Cross [crust-heavy metal]

19. Misþyrming – Söngvar Elds Og Óreiðu [black metal]

20. Napalm Death – Apex Predator – Easy Meat [grindcore]

* Links to Bandcamp provided, except 10, 15 and 20 which direct to Spotify.


About Author

Founder, editor-in-chief and general busybody of Broken Amp. Listens to almost every genre under the sun, but tends to enjoy most forms of metal, various sections of rock and punk, and a smattering of ambient and rap.

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