My Top 10 Albums of 2016

Best albums of 2016

2016 has proven to be a year to forget in respect to my reviews. The amount of albums I accepted and committed to reviewing completely overwhelmed me to the point of practically hiding myself and only coming out every once in a while. This includes writing reviews for the other two great sites that I love writing for. I’ve accepted considerably less albums to review this year and really just stuck with reviewing what I wanted to review, and for all of those emails that I never responded to and to the one or two reviews that I never wrote, I sincerely apologize and I hope that 2017 will bring me back to my old self.

That being said, 2016 was perhaps the best year in a long time for new albums, and as I so love to do every year, I want to talk about my top ten album picks of 2016. There are surely a lot of great independent albums that I passed up that could deserve mentions, and even a major release or two that could have stood a chance. For instance, had I listened to Kaleo‘s A/B in full I’m sure it would probably be on this list, considering how great everything I’ve heard from it is, but I haven’t heard the full album and thus can’t really assess it. But here are the ten picks that I know are great.

And please check out my past top 10 lists here.

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Avenged Sevenfold “The Stage”

Avenged Sevenfold The Stage Album Review

It’s about time I review this album. Avenged Sevenfold‘s The Stage was one of the 2016 releases I anticipated the most, even though nothing much about it, including its name or even its release date was correctly known until the very day it was released. This once pure metalcore band left us with a controversial traditional sounding heavy metal album three years ago, so as per usual I was curious to see what direction Avenged Sevenfold would take on this adventure, thinking they have covered everything possible by this point. Then a few weeks before the album was released, the title track came out.

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Alter Bridge “The Last Hero”

Alter Bridge The Last Hero Album Review

Alter Bridge is that rare band in the modern day who are such professionals that no matter what they do, you have to respect it. They have a confidence that I don’t think any other band rightfully has and with it they have produced album after album of pure unmatched drive and power. With their fourth album Fortress released in 2013, they went back to a familiar formula after experimenting in fine form on AB III (an album which I openly gushed about in my Fortress review) and this time around on their new album The Last Hero they continue with that formula that made their first two albums such great fan favourites.

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Erra “Drift”

Erra is a progressive metalcore band from Alabama. Like any progressive band of any sort, they change the way their style of music is played. They make it more complex and altogether they separate themselves from the herd of other metalcore bands out there trying to make music that sounds like the last band’s. Now three albums into their career with the recently released Drift, Erra are out to spread their name even further throughout the metal world.

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Mondo Drag “The Occultation of Light”

As I continue reviewing albums, the one thing I always look forward to are the bands unlike anyone I’ve ever reviewed before. They come around every couple of months or so. This time around is California band Mondo Drag and their soon to be released album The Occultation of Light. Their psychedelic sound mixed with classic progressive rock influences and their jam band physique make for an interesting project.

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My Top Albums of 2015

2014 was no 2013 in respect to the albums that were released. I don’t know if there are many other years that had as many amazing albums released as 2013 did. 2015 showed a bit more promise, leaving me a little more excited about writing this post about my favourite albums of 2015. Like last year and the year before I’ll be talking a bit about each album and posting a song to accompany the album, for those who have never listened to each respective album. This year sees an increase in bands which were given to me for review who I had never previously heard of. Almost half of the list as well as some honourable mentions have that in common, which makes this year’s Top 10 different from last year and completely different from the year before that. Continue reading

Copilots “Sunstroke”

Copilots Sunstroke Review

Copilots is a band out of Vancouver. It’s been a while since I’ve been given a Canadian band to review, at least it feels that way, so I’m happy to be featuring some of my home and native land’s music. They are an avant-garde type progressive rock band, almost straight out of the textbook too, with trance inducing rhythms and strange effects placed in almost every corner. In June Copilots released their most recent album Sunstroke.

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