This isn't hyperbole, this isn't wishful thinking, and it certainly isn't a fan being delusional.
2015 has literally been the best year for Hard Rock and Heavy Metal in decades.
First off, any year with a new Iron Maiden album is a good year, but when that album is one of their two best since 1988 that says a lot. The Book of Souls is an outstanding album and ranks high in the Iron Maiden catalog.
Secondly, when you've got newer bands like Trivium and Five Finger Death Punch putting out albums as good as Silence in the Snow and Got Your Six, respectively, you're definitely talking about a good year for Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.
But when you add to those albums outstanding new albums from...
Saxon Armored Saint Queensryche Tank (Tucker and Evans) Black Star Riders Europe Whitesnake Helloween Symphony X Joe Satriani Disturbed Motorhead Slayer Sevendust W.A.S.P. and Stryper
...you're talking about a very special year.
The combination of quality and quantity makes 2015 a standout year in the entire history of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, and arguably the best in 30 years!
Enjoy it. We may never see a year this good in Hard Music ever again. But if we do, that will be a very pleasant surprise (just like this one has been)!