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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Volbeat “Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies”

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Whenever I think of Danish metallers Volbeat, I think of the first time I ever discovered them. Like so many of their fans, it was their fortune of touring with Metallica in 2009 that first introduced me to their unique sound. Having not one clue about this band beforehand, not even knowing that Metallica had more than one band (Lamb of God) opening for them, I was completely taken. They didn’t put on a spectacular show, for the most part they just stood there and played their instruments, and let their music do the talking.
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