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Fred Phillips’ Best of 2015 (Hard Rock + Metal): Iron Maiden, Marilyn Manson, Queensryche

Fred Phillips’ Best of 2015 (Hard Rock + Metal): Iron Maiden, Marilyn Manson, Queensryche

Picking a Best of 2015 list wasn’t easy. A few albums were outstanding, but I sometimes had a hard time finding new music that connected.

Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister Was a One of a Kind Legend, Warts and All

Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister Was a One of a Kind Legend, Warts and All

Uncompromising, unafraid and utterly cool, the late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister embodied the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll.

Queensryche – Condition Human (2015)

Queensryche – Condition Human (2015)

‘Condition Human’ marks the full return of the Queensryche that I know and love.

Louis Minus XVI – Kindergarten (2015)

Louis Minus XVI – Kindergarten (2015)

Experimental French quartet Louis Minus XVI’s ‘Kindergarten’ is easier to like because it’s harder to pin down.

Fastway – ‘Trick or Treat’ Original Soundtrack (1986)

Fastway – ‘Trick or Treat’ Original Soundtrack (1986)

The campy Halloween film ‘Trick or Treat’ doesn’t hold up so well anymore. But Fastway’s original soundtrack? That’s another matter entirely.

Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor (2015)

Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor (2015)

‘The Pale Emperor,’ more than any from Marilyn Manson in the intervening years, seems like the natural successor to ‘Mechanical Animals.’

Kiss’ return-to-form Sonic Boom was anything but a guilty pleasure for me

Kiss’ return-to-form Sonic Boom was anything but a guilty pleasure for me

Kiss’ ‘Sonic Boom,’ released on Oct. 6, 2009, was packed with hooks, anthemic choruses, and a lifetime supply of innuendo. What’s not to like?

Inside a life-changing moment from Savatage’s 1991 triumph Streets: A Rock Opera

Inside a life-changing moment from Savatage’s 1991 triumph Streets: A Rock Opera

A key track from Savatage’s Streets: A Rock Opera, released on Oct. 4, 1991, made all the difference in the world for one troubled fan.

Slayer – Repentless (2015)

Slayer – Repentless (2015)

Does ‘Repentless’ match Slayer’s classics? Not really. But it’s probably the best complete album they’ve done in decades and, for me, that’ll do.

Savatage, “Prelude to Madness / Hall of the Mountain King” (1987): One Track Mind

Savatage, “Prelude to Madness / Hall of the Mountain King” (1987): One Track Mind

Savatage’s classic ‘Hall of the Mountain King,’ released on Sept. 28, 1987, was an eye-opening experience for first-time producer Paul O’Neill.