2016 Albums - Your Favorites

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  1. JouniK86

    JouniK86 Autistic philosopher

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    Here's my list for Top10 of 2016.

    10. Suede : Night Thoughts
    09. Ulcerate : Shrines of Paralysis
    08. Deru : 1979 & Remixes
    07. Vektor : Terminal Redux
    06. Obscura : Akroásis
    05. Plini : Handmade Cities
    04. Bon Iver : 22, a Million
    03. Oranssi Pazuzu : Värähtelijä
    02. Meshuggah : The Violent Sleep of Reason
    01. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds : Skeleton Tree

    Honorable mentions (in no alphabetical order):
    * Anciients : Voice of the Void
    * The Dear Hunter : Act V - Hymns with the Devil in Confessional
    * The Dillinger Escape Plan : Dissociation
    * Frost* : Falling Satellites
    * Mikko Joensuu : Amen 2
    * Periphery : III - Select Difficulty
    * Perturbator : The Uncanny Void
    * Radiohead : A Moon Shaped Pool
    * Textures : Phenotype
    * Ulver : ATGCLVLSSCAP
     
  2. Grand Moff Tim

    Grand Moff Tim Some call me... Tim

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    My 2016 Top Ten:

    10) Boris/Merzbow - Gensho

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    9) Rotting Christ - Rituals

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    8) SHISHAMO - SHISHAMO 3

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    7) 9mm Parabellum Bullet - Waltz on Life Line

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    6) BABYMETAL - Metal Resistance

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    5) Charles Bradley - Changes

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    4) Chatmonchy - Henshin

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    3) Mayer Hawthorne - Man About Town

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    2) Gesu no Kiwami Otome - Ryouseibai

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    1) Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep of Reason

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    It's weird. Seems like the older I get, the lower the percentage of my annual music haul is metal :lol:. Apparently the percentage that comes from Japan is on an upswing, too, hahaha.
     
  3. Serenity

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    Sixx AM - Prayers For The Damned, Prayers For The Blessed
    The Cult - Hidden City
    Metallica - Hardwired... To Self-Destruct
    Gojira - Magma
    Surgical Meth Machine - Surgical Meth Machine
    Norma Jean - Polar Similar
    The Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome
     
  4. Genocyber

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    Didn't listen to much new stuff this year... Been hitting the classics pretty hard...

    BABYMETAL - Metal Resistance
    Killswitch Engage - Incarnate
    The Amity Affliction - This Could Be Heartbreak
    Megadeth - Dystopia
     
  5. Ordacleaphobia

    Ordacleaphobia Shameless Contrarian Contributor

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    Album of the year: Dance Gavin Dance - The Mothership
    Legit not even a DGD fan. I know these guys are a bit poppy for this site but holy petrucci on a pogo stick did this album blow me away. Deception and Man of the Year were absolute 10/10s.

    Other huge releases this year were....sh*t, it's a long list, but off the top of my head:
    Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep of Reason
    After the Burial - Dig Deep
    Carbomb - Meta
    A Day to Remember - Bad Vibrations (come at me bros, this disc was awesome)
    Periphery - P3: Select Difficulty
    Humanity's Last Breath - Detestor
    Gunna go ahead and list the Doom OST coutesy of Mick Gordon here too. We were all thinking it.
    Ion Dissonance - Cast the First Stone

    Really wanted to list the new Fallujah record but I just can't get into it the way I could with their other stuff.
    New Dillinger is still settling. Not an instant classic like One of Us Is the Killer was but it'll get there.
    Really wanted to see new Persephone this year but I guess that'll just have to be AOTY 2017 instead.
    TDWP's Transit Blues was okay, drum work was pretty impressive I thought. Was hoping more for an 8:18 pt2 but this'll grow on me I think.
     
  6. JustMac

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    In metal, it would have to be

    Protest the Hero
    Revocation
    Meshuggah
    Vektor
    Dillinger Escape Plan

    Usually we're lucky to get one truly great metal record in a year, but 2016 has been just stellar. P3 and AAL were a bit disappointing though, oh well!
     
  7. jonajon91

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    In order
    David Bowie - Blackstar
    Dillinger Escape Plan - Dissociation
    Aesop Rock - The impossible kid
    Swans - The glowing Man

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  8. Sikthness

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    Every Time I Die - Low Teens is probably #1
    Black Crown Initiate - Selves We Cannot Forgive
    Car Bomb - Meta
    Twelve Foot Ninja - Outlier
    Aliases - Derangeable

    A ton of really good releases, hard to pick the top ones, but those really stood out
     
  9. Deception

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    My AOTY:
    Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas - Mariner

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  10. SD83

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    In no particular order

    Black Crown Initiate - Selves we cannot forgive
    Twelve foot ninja - Outlier
    Meshuggah - The violent sleep of reason
    Korn - The serenity of suffering (though if there was an order, this would probably no. 1)
    Vola - Inmazes (technically a rerelease, but it's just so great I had to take the chance and name it again :D )

    There were many great records (Deftones, Fallujah, A sense of gravity) and a lot of really good ones (Metallica, Jimmy Eat World..) and way too many that I have yet to listen to :(
     
  11. AngstRiddenDreams

    AngstRiddenDreams Filthy Casual

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    Car Bomb- Meta
     
  12. extendedsolo

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    I've been really listening to a lot of older music this year so not many new albums have crossed my path. I love reading year-end lists so I know what to focus on. Good suggestions so far.

    I would say that the two releases I keep coming back to are

    Every Time I Die-Low Teens
    Meshuggah-The Violent Sleep of Reason
     
  13. stevexc

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  14. electriceye

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    This is easy:
    Anthrax - "For All Kings" -> Their best album yet. I was blown away by how good it was.
    Meshiaak - "Alliance of Thieves" -> Like Dean Wells' other band, Teramaze, this band got no publicity or respect. A MONSTER of an album from this new group
    Charred Walls of the Damned - "Creatures Watching Over the Dead -> I admittedly dismissed this band when they first came out, despite loving Richard Christie and Tim Owens. It was the goofy name that turned me off and the only clips I heard were borderline death metal. How stupid was I? Some blistering solos, killer riffs and, as expected, mind-blowing drum work. I ended up quickly buying their previous two albums.
    Megadeth - "Dystopia" -> Not nearly as strong as I had hoped, but still another solid offering from, IMO, the most prolific song-writer and guitarist in metal (DM). Still, he hasn't topped the brilliant "Endgame."
    Testament - "Brotherhood of the Snake" -> Always been a fan, but I was taken aback at how great this album is. I'd argue that "The Pale King" is one of the best songs they've ever created. I could listen to it on repeat for hours.
    Metallica - "Hard Wired..." -> Despite Kirk's weak input, I don't think I need to explain this one since everyone has heard it.

    Biggest disappointment - Dream Theater. An absolute garbage album. Garbage.

    I'd also throw in Volbeat's album. It was a huge letdown, after three GREAT albums from them.
     
  15. p0ke

    p0ke 7-string guitard

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    In no particular order:

    • Stam1na - Elokuutio
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    • Moonsorrow - Jumalten aika
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    • Metallica - Hardwired ...
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    • Whispered - Metsutan - Songs Of The Void
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    • Amoral - In Sequence
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    • Equilibrium - Armageddon
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    I guess I misssed a whole bunch, but those are the ones that came to mind straight away.
     
  16. Fraz666

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    my top 9 (?!):
    1. Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep of Reason
    2. Fallujah - Dreamless
    3. Metallica - Hardwired... To Self Destruct
    4. Watchtower - Concepts of Math: Book One
    5. Dillinger Escape Plan - Dissociation
    6. Novembre - URSA
    7. Crowbar - The Serpent Only Lies
    8. Prong - X (No Absolutes)
    9. Hacktivist - Outside the Box
     
  17. Louis Cypher

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    No order in particular

    Korn - The Serenity of Suffering
    Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep of Reason
    Crowbar - The Serpent Only Lies
    Testament - Brotherhood of the Snake
    Extreme - Pornograffitti Live 25
    The Dead Daisys - Make Some Noise
    Skillet - Unleashed
    Led Zepplin - The Complete BBC Sessions

    Dunno if I am pushign my luck with the Zepplin & Extreme albums as none of it is "new" material but they were released this year so I think they qualify :)
     
  18. 70Seven

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    Lots of good albums this year, these stand out for me.

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    But my favorite this year is this one below, if you don't know them check them out! Elm Street, Knock em Out With a Metal Fist!

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  19. BlackMastodon

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    Glad to see The Impossible Kid on here. Easily my most listened to album of the year. I also look forward to this thread every December. :D

    Here's my list:

    1. Aesop Rock - The Impossible Kid (Just an instant classic. It's so rare that every track from start to finish is killer and this is an album that really shows off Aesop's insane talent.)
    2. Devin Townsend Project - Transcendence (I feel like I put DT on these lists every year he releases an album, but this one really deserves it. It feels like the best parts of his older and newer material rolled into one.)
    3. Black Crown Initiate - Selves We Cannot Forgive (The title track alone is one of the best songs I've heard, it absolutely blew me away. The rest of the album is really solid, too, and is a big step forward after their last one imo.)
    4. Russian Circles - Guidance (Is it even possible for them to put out a subpar album? Probably not.)
    5. Fallujah - Dreamless (Similar to Black Crown Initiate, these guys made a huge leap forward after the last album for me.)
    6. Theophany - Time's End II: Majora's Mask Remixed (Just stupidly immense, makes me want to play Majora's Mask forever to the sound of this album, and the first.)

    Albums I need to listen to still:
    1. Stelliferous - North (Jeph Jacques' latest album which just released today {as I am currently listening to it :lol:}. This is his first album under the new name, previously he used Deathmole. He also pops on the forum every now and again, too, so I'm fanboying a bit. I am constantly impressed by his work, though, and every album gets better and better in terms of production and writing. So far only 2 tracks in but yeah, I'd say he's done it again. If you enjoy Russian Circles and Post-Metal than absolutely check his stuff out.)
    2. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool (My girlfriend loves Radiohead and I honestly hadn't listened to anything but Creep until I met her, and then I found out they are 100x better than Creep and that's probably one of their worst songs imo. Not sure if she's listened to it yet either, actually. Xmas present idea? :idea:)

    Worth mentioning:
    1. Gojira - Magma
    2. Deftones - Gore
    Two of my favourite bands but they both released mediocre albums this year, imo. Some great songs on each (The Shooting Star, Silvera, Prayers/Triangles, Phantom Bride) but overall the worse songs on the albums really detracted from them. Magma especially just started getting annoying with the amount of pitch shifter effects they used (the title track in particular)

    Can't wait to sift through this thread and discover some new gems.
     
  20. Spicypickles

    Spicypickles Sweeps & Mops

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    Seeing lots of Revocation love. I dig. Great is our Sin is easily the best album of the year, IMO.


    Messysugar is always awesome, and I really dug the new devin album after I let it sink in a bit. P3 was pretty damn good as well.
     

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