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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Volbeat “Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie”

Here’s another review done a few weeks too late, but like every time I do that, it’s because I think the album is really worth writing about. This time it’s Volbeat‘s new album Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie. Volbeat, one of today’s biggest metal bands, is the kind of band that couldn’t possibly release an album without having me share my opinion on it. Now on their sixth album, Volbeat show just how far they’ve come since going from a band who was only relatively popular in their home country of Denmark to turning heads while playing the opening bill on Metallica‘s 2009 world tour.

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Megadeth “Dystopia”

Megadeth Dystopia Album Review

I’m a little late in the game for this Megadeth review, but hey, I had a busy January. For years, it Megadeth fans have been longing for a return to the band’s glory days, when they were a defining force in the surge of thrash metal. They’ve shown signs of returning briefly on efforts such as 2011’s Thirteen and it’s 2009 predecessor Endgame, but I think their venture in to traditional heavy metal with 2013’s Super Collider simmered any hope that the once supreme thrash gods were still in there somewhere. Well, after a very public line up change, Megadeth return with Dystopia.

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Trivium “Silence in the Snow”

Trivium Silence_in_the_Snow Review

Trivium owe their success to timing. It was in the height of metalcore that they released their sophomore, and what many consider their finest album Ascendancy. It does stand out over a lot of other albums released from that era, but I think Trivium knew there is only so much you could do on a metalcore album before you realize you can’t do much different on the next one, so they changed it up on its follow up The Crusade, which for some reason people didn’t take to, thus sticking the band in a metalcore hell that would continue over the next three albums. That is until this year, when finally they’ve uprooted once again with Silence in the Snow; a drastic change from anything they’ve done thus far.

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Slayer “Repentless”

Slayer_Repentless_Review

Slayer are one of those bands who, some may say, follow the same dynamic with every album. Even lead guitarist Kerry King has pretty much declared that he agrees to that. Such has really only been the case for the last few albums. Up until and including Season In The Abyss Slayer seemed to change things up quite nicely (I’d love to get in to detail on that but it would take up so much room it may as well be its own article) while still making thrash metal the way thrash metal was supposed to be made. Since then they’ve had some moments where they changed things up, like the punk cover album Undisputed Attitude or the so called “nu metal” album Diabolus In Musica, and album I enjoy than most, including members of the band. So needless to say this same dynamic has been followed on their most recent release Repentless, but just how much was it followed?

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Top 10 Albums of 2013

originally posted on Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Something different today; I decided that rather than reviewing an album, I’d write an article based on my Top 10 albums of 2013. I figured I’d explain why each album made the list. And probably reiterate some of each albums best moments. Hope you enjoy, I’m definitely excited to write this! I’ve provided a YouTube video to each album. Each video is the song I initially considered the highlight.

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Newsted “Heavy Metal Music”

originally posted on Saturday, 31 August 2013

Earlier this year, former Metallica bassist Jason Newted’s new band, simply titled “Newsted” released their 4-track debut EP Metal. Earlier in the summer I wrote an article about it, not actually aware that Metal was so quickly going to be followed up by a full length album. Considering I’ve already written an article about the Metal EP, I suppose I can skip the whole history of the band and what not, besides I’m sure most of you already know who Jason Newsted is anyway.

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