As festival season is well underway, we are now at the halfway point of the year and it has proved a fruitful one for rock music. Despite the claims that 'rock is dead', the genre has been revitalized somewhat in the mainstream with bands like Royal Blood and Muse bringing their harder flavor of rock to the general public.
This has been further solidified by the recent study on Spotify that suggests that heavy metal is more popular than pop music. Though slightly misleading, it's clear that both genres still maintain a passionate and loyal fan-base.
2015 has also saw a resurgence of older artists making a return to the center stage with bands like Slayer taking to the metal pulpit once again and the much anticipated album release by Faith No More after eighteen years out of action. It has also been a great year for upcoming rock and metal acts with fantastic albums from the likes of God Damn and Drenge providing a glimpse into the rock sounds of tomorrow.
The rest of the year looks good also with releases due for Lamb Of God, Iron Maiden, Motorhead and a plethora more, but it will take something special to top this number one entry.
Here are the 10 best hard rock and heavy metal songs of 2015 (so far).
Music Journalism graduate and freelance writer from Northern Ireland, who enjoys scouring the music archives for the best sounds from the past and present. Writer for the awesome publications WhatCulture, Metal Injection, Scribol, The Gamer, and Prefix.