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Your Favorite Releases From 2016

Discussion in 'Amorphis (Unofficial)' started by tuonelan, Dec 10, 2016.

  1. tuonelan

    tuonelan Mostly Harmless

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    However many. No ranking necessary. What impressed you? What did you play the crap out of? What caught your attention? For me...:

    Borknagar - Winter Thrice
    Fallujah - Dreamless
    Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika
    Gorguts - Pleiades' Dust
    Be'Lakor - Vessels
    Insomnium - Winter's Gate
    Opeth - Sorceress
    Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep of Reason
    Anciients - Voice of the Void
    Wardruna - Runaljod Ragnarök
    Sig:Ar:Tyr - Northen
    Ereb Altor - Blot Lit Taut
    Oceans of Slumber - Winter
     
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    requiem I bleed sir, but not killed

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    Borknagar - Winter Thrice
    Rotting Christ - Rituals
    Fleshgod Apocalypse - King
    Katatonia - The Fall of Hearts

    These four are easily the masterpieces for me, although I haven't heard a lot of albums that I really would expect to love, such as the new Insomnium and possibly Moonsorrow (although I prefer their older material).

    I haven't explored a lot of new music this year to be honest. There's already too much great music from the past that takes my attention!
     
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    Insomnium - Winter's Gate (album of the year)
    Thrawsunblat - Metachthonia
    Astronoid - Air
    Be'lakor - Vessels
    Oddland - Origin
    Embreach - The World that We Have Lost
    Dark Tranquillity - Atoma

    Those are at least 8/10. I discovered the Thrawsunblat album just recently, some very nice blackened folk metal. Astronoid is something... different.
     
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    I know, nothing from the usual suspects, but...

    * Katatonia - "The Fall of Hearts"
    * The 69 Eyes - "Universal Monsters"
    * Steve'n'Seagulls - "Brothers In Farms"
     
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  5. tuonelan

    tuonelan Mostly Harmless

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    Also, I just have to note how much of a role expectations play in these year end lists. It's really clear this year when so many lists at so many media outlets have Metallica's solidly mediocre Hardwired...To Self Destruct on their year-end list simply because it a) is Metallica and b) is modern day Metallica that bucked the odds and somehow managed to not suck (and usually completely ignoring the fact that Sodom, Testament and Death Angel all put out better thrash albums this year) . Meanwhile Opeth's Sorceress, while not their best album, gets dumped into people's "disappointment" lists on the basis of it being a perfectly fine album but not being the breakout that listeners had hoped for coming on the heels of Pale Communion.
     
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    Pitiless Wanderer Active Member

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    so many awesome albums this year. in no order, these are my favorites:

    mithras
    schammasch
    wandering wind
    vredehammer
    waldgefluster
    astronoid
    vex
    violet cold
    ultar
    an abstract illusion (amazing stuff)
    violet cold
    oak pantheon
    grift
    in the woods
     
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    Eurynome Kukkahattutäti

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    Skálmöld - Vögguvísur Yggdrasils
    Borknagar - Winter Thrice
    Naðra - Allir vegir til glötunar
    Insomnium - Winter's Gate
    Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika
    Trees Of Eternity - Hour Of The Nightingale
    Skuggsjá

    Listening to Sorceress as I type but still don't find it to be more than a pleasant background. Another release that didn't live up to expectations was Omnium Gatherum's "Grey Havens". On the other hand, there's several recent releases that might have ended up in my favorites list if I they hadn't been forgotten on my list of stuff to check out (Brymir, Saattue, Kypck, Oranssi Pazuzu, Ihsahn, Amon Amarth, Be'lakor, Ereb Altor...), will try to lend them an ear before the winter is over....
     
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  8. tuonelan

    tuonelan Mostly Harmless

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    Okay, add Alcest - Kodama on to mine as well, just under the wire.

    Been listening to shoegazer stuff all day as it was and Alcest finally clicked for me.
     
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    In no particular order:

    Devin Townsend Project - Transcendence
    Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika
    Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep Of Reason
    Fallujah - Dreamland
    Gojira - Magma
    Deftones - Gore
    Ghost - Popestar
    Anal Trump - That Makes Me Smart
    Brujeria - Pocho Aztlan
    Aborted - Retrogore
     

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