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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
welshlyarms.com/


 


 

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.
http://hiweretheflips.com/


 


 

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.
ofmiceandmenofficial.com/
 

dearist THIS HOUSE HAS NO WINDOWS
 

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
https://www.facebook.com/DearistUK/
 


 

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.
https://puscifer.com/

 


 

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.
https://www.facebook.com/acodauk
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
http://www.backpocketmemory.com/

 


 

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.
silversunpickups.com/
 

9. Kiska

 

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
http://www.facebook.com/kiskaband


 


 

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


http://facebook.com/theohhellos
 

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.


http://www.serynsound.com/
 


 

12. Dead Letter Circus

 

Aesthesis

 

For Fans of: Chevelle, Coheed and Cambria, Tool
 
deadlettercircus.com/
 

13. Sovereign Seas

 

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

 
For Fans of: Circa Survive, Saosin
 
Interview
 

 
http://facebook.com/sovereignseas
 

Rise Again
 

14. The Dreaming

 

Rise Again

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

https://www.facebook.com/thedreamingmusic
 


 

15. Finger Eleven

 

Five Crooked Lines

 
For Fans of: Finger Eleven
 
Album Review
www.fingereleven.com/
 

 

Honorable Mention:

ourfathers.

Souvenirs
 
 
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Thanks for listening!!!

-Scott

 

 

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