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Top Ten of 2015 — Day 2

Written by Scott Fugger

1. Silverstein – I Am Alive In Everything I Touch

I knew right from the first single that this would be my album of the year. After 15 years, Silverstein is still brining new things to the table, experimenting, and putting out some of their best material to date.

2. The Wonder Years – No Closer to Heaven

No Closer to Heaven marks the beginning of a new era for The Wonder Years. Despite some production issues, this album continues to grow on me and hits me with something new on each additional listen.

3. Pentimento – I, No Longer

Pentimento should be dominating the world. They have more heart than any other band and constantly put out amazing and meaningful music. With I, No Longer the band has really come into its own and created a unique sound unlike anything else being done in the scene right now.

4. The World Is A Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die – Harmlessness

This band is huge – in title, members, and sound. I could never get into Whenever, If Ever or understand the hype, but I decided to give them another shot this time around. And I am oh so glad I did. The dark horse album manages to make number four!

5. Leftöver Crack – Constructs of the State

Leftöver Crack is back, baby! 12 years later they bring the same energy and “fuck you” attitude. They’ve taken this time to refine their sound and bring high production value into the crust punk world.

6. Foxfires – Pinetum

Foxfires is a breath of fresh air for the hardcore genre. Their deeply personal lyrics are mixed with an almost folk-like storytelling aspect, which paints a clear picture for the listener. Each and every song is an intense banger.

7. Petal – Shame

With soft, chilling melodies and a muted energy this will definitely become a new fall staple. This album is incredibly pure.

7. The Obsessives – Heck No, Nancy

This is the debut full-length from the torchbearers of a new generation of emo. High school sucks, so this duo decided to use it to make real art.

9. Runaway Brother – Mother

Probably this closest thing to this year’s Home, Like No Place Is There, but with its own unique twist.

10. Pet Symmetry – Pets Hounds

This power pop super group is not just heavy on the puns, but also on the jams. The modern-but-retro vibe is easy on the ears and Evan Weiss sure is a crooner. (Plus every song title uses parenthesis!)

Honorable Mentions
All Riot – By Hearts and Ghosts
The Cardboard Swords – The Cardboard Swords
The Foresters – Sun Songs
Sorority Noise – Joy Departed
Trophy Lungs – Day Jobs

Noteworthy EPs & Singles
Brand New – “Mene”
Caleb and Carolyn – Give Me Anything
Ordinary People – Nothing New
Sad Blood – Ultimate Worrier
Splitfist – Straigh Outta Halton