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Best albums of 2016

Discussion in 'Music Discussion' started by Keenan, Jan 4, 2017.

  1. Keenan

    Keenan Crippling Self Doubt

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    This forum must live! I figure this will get some conversation going here as this place isn't too busy anymore.

    Anyway! Post your favorite albums from this past year! Top 10, top 5, metal, other genres, anything really.

    I'll start with my top ten.


    10 : Metallica - Hardwired... to Self Destruct
    9 : Insomnium - Winter's Gate
    8 : Witherscape - The Northern Sanctuary
    7 : Testament - The Brotherhood of the Snake
    6 : Megadeth - Dystopia
    5 : Obscura - Akroasis
    4 : Gojira - Magma
    3 : Devin Townsend Project - Transcendence
    2 : Amon Amarth - Jomsviking
    1 : Vektor - Terminal Redux

    Special mention for my all-time favorite band, Dream Theater's "The Astonishing" for being an astonishing BORING album. Never before have I been so disappointed in an album. Shame on you all for releasing this catastrophe.
     
  2. Podgie

    Podgie Young Man, Old Soul

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    From what I've listened to properly this year, these are the albums I've enjoyed the most...

    Ihsahn - Arktis. In my opinion the best thing he's done. Yes, including Emperor.
    Megadeth - Dystopia ...which, I know I'm biased, I think was BRILLIANT. Kiko is a prefect fit and probably the best lead player since Marty. And Chris Adler's work was fantastic, shame he's no longer part of the band because again, I think he was a great fit.

    And the wildcard? Moonsorrow's Jumalten aika ...which I found to be a very impressive listen

    Honourable mention goes tooo... Darkthrone!
     
  3. I-TEND-TO-DIE

    I-TEND-TO-DIE leave this world behind

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    1.) Vektor - Terminal Redux

    The album of the year for me. Masterpiece.

    2.) Mercyless - Pathetic Divinity

    excellent brilliant Death metal album! though there's alot of Morbid angel influence in all the songs.

    3.) Voivod - Post Society
    was a very nice Piece but too short for me. Iam now really looking forward to a new album.

    4.) Suicidal Tendencies - World Gone Mad

    still have to listen to this album but the songs were very good. Also surprising that Lombardo is on the drums now with them.


    All in all Iam just glad this fucking horrible year is over. Looking forward to the new Kreator album.
     
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    Snyde Morph Manipulator

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    This forum will not die until we do.

    10. Ashbringer - Yugen
    9. Fates Warning - Theories of Flight
    8. Cult of Luna/Julie Christmas - Mariner
    7. Russian Circles - Guidance
    6. SubRosa - For This We Fought the Battle of Ages
    5. Hammers of Misfortune - Dead Revolution
    4. Howls of Ebb - Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows
    3. Vektor - Terminal Redux
    2. Hail Spirit Noir - Mayhem in Blue
    1. Spektr - The Art to Disappear

    I am looking forward to Kreator as well.
     
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  5. Keenan

    Keenan Crippling Self Doubt

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    ^I completely forgot about Russian Circles putting out a new album. I meant to get it back in like August and it totally slipped my mind! :lol:
     
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    zerostatic Damned in Flames

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    10) Vader - The Empire
    9) Destroyer 666 - Wildfire
    8) Exmortus - Ride Forth
    7) Fleshgod Apocalypse - King
    6) Witchery - In His Infernal Majesty's Service
    5) Death Angel - The Evil Divide
    4) Vektor - Terminal Redux
    3) Mercyless - Pathetic Divinity
    2) Suicidal Angels - Division of Blood
    1) Anthrax - For All Kings

    Vektor would be #1 except it is too damn long. Some great ideas, and the quality of musicianship is unparalleled, but it is tough to listen to the album as a whole in one sitting. The Anthrax album gets the #1 nod because it has a ton of catchy riffs, hooks, and memorable songs, a quality that is missing from a lot of modern thrash albums.

    Other albums that were of quality this year:
    Aborted - Retrogore -(Best artwork)
    Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep of Reason
    Hellbringer - Awakened from the Abyss
    Amon Amarth - Jomsviking
    Asphyx - Incoming Death
    Khemmis - Hunted
    Ripper - Experiment of Existence
    SellSword - ...And Now We Ride
    Winterfylleth - The Dark Hereafter
    Megadeth - Dystopia
    Metallica - Hardwired

    The Metallica album has forty minutes of good music. Unfortunately, the album is nearly 80 minutes long and suffers from gratuitous use of wah-wah pedal heavy guitar solos.
     
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    I didn't do honorable mentions but Ripper, Asphyx, Anthrax and Mercyless would probably be there. All of them excellent albums. Surprised nobody mentioned the new Watchtower EP. It was damn great.
     
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    I forgot Watchtower did a new EP... I guess I've just grown fucking tired of waiting for it, the hype has worn off.
     
  10. Keenan

    Keenan Crippling Self Doubt

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    I had never heard of Wretched Soul prior to reading your article, Dave. Listened to a few songs off Ghost Road off Youtube and good lord. What have I been missing!?
     
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    Exactly. You're welcome, my friend :)
     
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    Podgie Young Man, Old Soul

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    Oh, I forgot Asphyx! Killer record. Looking forward to seeing them for the first time here in a couple of months.
     
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    Not a patch on Deathhammer, though, hence why it's so low on my list. Incoming Death is a good death metal album - not a great one.
     
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    Podgie Young Man, Old Soul

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    Oh, fo sho.
     

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