Alright so its everyones favorite time of year. all the best of lists are coming out. unlike everything else that took place on this god forsaken rock this year, the music world had an exceptionally fantastic 2016. heres my top 20. let the arguing over omissions and inclusions and placement commence.
#20- Howls of Ebb
Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows
a nightmare inducing slab of black/death metal insanity. not recommended for children or those with weak stomachs
#19- Funeral Chic
the debut ep was full on blackened rage. everythings on "hatred swarm" is stepped up to the nth degree from that debut
Eradication of Nescience
scathing black metal. definitely one of the albums that pushed me further into that realm
#17- Cara Neir
Perpetual Despair is the Human Condition
black metal/crust/grindcore duo focus on black metal this time around and the results are as expected, fantastic
this was a surprise for me. and really its the best bolt thrower style death metal album by anyone not named bolt thrower
equal parts black metal, industrial, and post punk. and all parts great
Icelandic black metal at its finest. just as ugly as it is beautiful
my 2nd favorite colohan project. and the closest we will probably ever get to cursed again
amazing how after over 25 years into their career they just keep getting better
blackened d-beat perfection. and I do mean perfection.
#10- Palace of Worms
melodic twists and turns from crusty black metal to post metal and all roads lead back to palace of worms finest hour
these guys were my first post on here and for good reason. angry and passionate and fantastic
posted this a couple weeks ago. similar to okkultokrati but more melodic and less mechanical. I love this album more every time I listen to it
all those reviews you've ever read that included the word "brutal", yeah they were wrong. this my friends, this is brutal.
3 discs worth of the most ambitious black metal ever made by humans. at least I assume schammasch are human...
You Fail Me Redux
ok so technically not a new album but fuck you its my list. with the vast improvement in sound, it might as well be a new album so I'm counting it
#4- Zeal and Ardor
Devil Is Fine
without a doubt the biggest surprise of the year. really can you think of a more eclectic mashup of genres that works this well? no? I didn't think so
You Will Never Be One of Us
nails is a bulldozer of violence. no one else, and I mean no one, can cram as much rage into 40 seconds they way nails can.
The Well-Intentioned Virus
damn...I hated the last zao-less 7 years. the world is whole again. they executed to perfection every aspect of why I love this band.
#1- Trap Them
if you saw my post on ryan mckenney from a few weeks ago then this should be no surprise. but all those reasons aside, this album is great. its a more streamlined trap them and stands up next to darker handcraft as a worthy 2nd place on the list of trap thems greatest output
so that's my list. I can only hope that 2017 is as good or better than this year. and with black anvil, emptiness, and unearthly trance albums on the horizon it looks like it will be starting out great. I just hope that the secret, early graves, moral void, yaitw, and torch runner either end their silence or at least make more of an impact than just a split or an ep. and once again id like to thank adam for the chance to be a part of this and all the readers out there that keep coming back, thank you as well.