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Top Albums of 2015


Scott here, AmpKicker.com editor, creator, and independent music advocate. I started this website in 2009 (under a previous domain) to practice some web building techniques and to let my friends (and bands) know who I was listening to. Then it turned into a obsession, to find that ‘one band’ that’s going to break into the scene. An eternal search for the band that hit all the right spots and my friends and I could gush about and go to all of their shows. Music is truly a passion of mine and I only wish that I could dedicate even more of my time to presenting all these great artists to you.


2015 was a great year for independent music. As the landscape of the industry changes, more and more bands emerge from basements and garages everywhere. These are some of the highlights of my 2015 year in music.


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1. Welshly Arms


Welshly Arms


Hearty Soul Rock and Roll that knock the socks off of fellow Ohio band The Black Keys. These guys have the swagger.


Album Review



2. The Flips


Better Days

For Fans Of: Manchester Orchestra, Brand New
Returning for their sophomore album ‘Better Days’ sees a deeper and more refined part of the band that’s truly an experience.



3. Of Mice and Men


Restoring Force – Full Circle

For Fans Of: Breaking Benjamin, Linkin Park, Sevendust
Of Mice and Men blend the hardcore with the melodic rock in this album that covers the gamut of sounds for all rock lovers.


4. Dearist


This House Has No Windows

For Fans of: Brand New, Balance and Composure, Thrice
This debut runs deep in the post-grunge vein and really sounds quite amazing from start to finish.

Album Review


5. Puscifer


Money Shot

For Fans of: Puscifer
If you haven’t heard of these guys, climb out of your cave and listen. Maynard and company really explore alternative rhythms and overlapping time signatures here. Something new to add to the complexity of the music.



6. Acoda


Truth Seeker

For Fans of: Thrice, Thursday, Sevendust
Acoda continues to impress with their range of sounds. Sharp hooks and melodies combined with hardcore elements make for a solid record.
Album Review

7. Back Pocket Memory


Victory & Empire

For Fans of: Jimmy Eat World, Foo Fighters, Fall Out Boy
They return after a 3 year hiatus to lay down some incredibly enjoyable tracks on ‘Victory and Empire’.

Album Review



8. Silversun Pickups


Better Nature

This album was a much needed pick-me-up after the lackluster ‘Neck of the Woods’. This sees the band sticking with the formula that made them a recognizable name in Indie Rock.

9. Kiska



For Fans of: Foo Fighters
Kiska burst onto the scene with a rumbling debut album. A truly unique voice in the hard rock/post-grunge scene. The songs explore fantastical themes and rough sounds.

Album Review + Interview



10. The Oh Hellos


Dear Wormwood

For Fans of: Mumford and Sons, Of Monsters and Men
The much-awaited follow up to their breakthrough debut ‘Through the Deep, Dark, Valley’ this group of musicians have quite the prescence.

Debut Album Review


11. Seryn


Shadow Shows

For Fans of: Ray Lamontagne, Hozier
Seryn’s return finds the band with a solid lineup and advanced sound put these guys ahead of the rest in the overlapping folk-indie-rock genre.



12. Dead Letter Circus




For Fans of: Chevelle, Coheed and Cambria, Tool

13. Sovereign Seas


Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

For Fans of: Circa Survive, Saosin


Rise Again

14. The Dreaming


Rise Again

For Fans of: Stabbing Westward, Filter, Nine Inch Nails
Album Review



15. Finger Eleven


Five Crooked Lines

For Fans of: Finger Eleven
Album Review


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