Your TOP 10 Albums of 2016

Sun, 11/12/2016 - 11:27

Its That time of year.. time to list the top 10..

I am still putting my list together, but what do you guys have.. I can tell you now my number 1 is Metallica and number 2 is testament... I am thinking about the rest

nuclearthrasher666's picture

Vektor's "Terminal redux" is easly the absolute best album of this year for me

JackDeRipper168's picture

I already did a top 10 list:

Bölzer - Hero
Cauchemar - Chapelle Ardente
Dark Forest - Beyond The Veil
Savage Master - With Whips And Chains
Spell - For None And All
Spiritus Mortis - The Year Is One
Tarot - Reflections
Urfaust - Empty Space Meditation
Vektor - Terminal Redux
Wytch Hazel - Prelude

Favorite EP of the year was XX by Dawnbringer by the way.

Into Glory Ride's picture

Dark Forest, Wytch Hazel und Tarot. Du bist 'n Guter.

Der Todesking's picture

Have to think about a top 10, my top 3 atm are Bölzer "Hero", Vulture "Victim to the Blade" & new Darkthrone.

ajnin's picture

OK.. this is mine

1 – Metallica – hardwired
2 – Testament – brotherhood of the snake
3 - Megadeth – Dystopia
4 – Anthrax – For all kings
5 – Death Angel - The Evil Divide
6 - Condition Critical - Extermination Plan
7 – Gruesome - Dimensions Of Horror
8 – Gorguts - Pleiadies Dust
9 – Destruction – Under Attack
10 - Suicidal Tendencies - World Gone Mad

Nater90's picture

No particular order but some stuff I enjoyed a lot.

Lightless - Lightless
Lightless - Sordid Species
Lightless - Resurrection Denied
Katatonia - The Fall of Hearts
Deströyer 666 - Wildfire
Entombed A.D. - Dead Dawn
Opeth - Sorceress
Darkthrone - Arctic Thunder
Ihsahn - Arktis
Dark Funeral - Where Shadows Forever Reign

waldpyk's picture

Not very trve or kvlt but here's mine.

Avantasia - Ghostlights
Epica - The Holographic Principle
Myrath - Legacy
Devin Townsend - Transcendence
Evergrey - The Storm Within
Rhapsody of Fire - Into the Legend
HammerFall - Built To Last (first album in years from them that I really like)
Sonata Arctica - The Ninth Hour
Freedom Call - Master Of Light
Grand Magus - Sword Songs

On the bit more extreme side I really liked the latest albums of Winterfylleth, The Vision Bleak, Deströyer 666, Oceans of Slumber, Rotting Christ and Borknagar.

Dr. Fill's picture

Great list! I guess Avantasia are back to making decent albums, which is great!

Jevi's picture

In no particular order:

Megadeth - Dystopia
Anvil - Anvil is Anvil
Metal Church - XI
Black Rain - Released
Testament-Brotherhood of the Snake
Vicious Rumors Concussion Protocol
Fates Warning - Therories of Flight
Reckless Love - InVader
Fair Warning - Pimp My Past
Noa - Hijo de la madrugada

Thrashattck94's picture

Mine are as follows:

1: Under Attack by Destruction
2: Hardwired... to Self-Destruct by Metallica
3: Forced Back to Life by Live Burial
4: Seven Sisters by Seven Sisters
5: Beyond the Celestial Realms by Cryptic Shift
6: Dystopia by Megadeth
7: The Astonishing by Dream Theater
8: Diamond Head by Diamond Head
9: Tygers of Pan Tang by Tygers of Pan Tang
10: Anvil is Anvil by Anvil

The top 2 were hard to pick which was better, I must admit.

andermatten's picture

sorry mate, I'd love to contribute but I don't even know 10 albums from 2016, let alone metal, let alone metal albums I like! perhaps I'll come back later and edit once I've listened my way through the past year's new grindcore, doom, noise, powerviolence etc.

19Philthy16's picture

Won't find ten as well, but 5 albums this year made quite an impression:

1. Oathbreaker - Rheia (definitetly my favourite record of 2016!)
2. Throane - Derrière-nous, la lumière
3. Dark Funeral - Where Shadows Forever Reign
4. Vanhelgd - Temple of Phobos
5. Gutter Instinct - Age of The Fanatics

Oh, I forgot to mention NAILS - You will never be one of us...

InfernalOverkill's picture

1. Vulture - Victim To The Blade
2. Alcest - Kodama
3. Blizzen - Genesis Reversed
4. High Spirits - Motivator
5. Nuclear Devastation - Inferno
6. Cauldron - In Ruin
7. Rapid - Deadly Torment
8. Pox - Door den holder verrezen
9. Eternal Champion - The Armor of Ire
10. Nightstryke - The First Stryke

Still have to give the new Ranger, Darkthrone & Wytch Hazel a spin.

bad_american1992's picture

1. Asphyx: Incoming Death
2. Vektor: Terminal Redux
3: Exmortus: Ride Forth
4. Entombed A.D: Dead Dawn
5. Amon Amarth: Jomsviking
6: Dark Funeral: Where Shadows Forever Reign
7. Darkthrone: Arctic Thunder
8. Metal Church: XI
9: Sodom: Decision Day
10. Megadeth: Dystopia

It was definitely a good year for metal!

Fatal Agent's picture

Asphyx and Deströyer 666 had really good albums this year, same as Vektor
Best EP got to be The Cursed Travails of the Demeter from Vircolac though

judascrust's picture

Profanatica "the curling flame of blasphemy" is the only album from 2016 that I've bought/listened to....probably the only album from this year I was aware of that I had any interest in hearing :/

DraconianStark666's picture

1. Eternal Champion-The Armor of Ire
2. Spell-For None and All
3. Darkthrone-Arctic Thunder
4. Wytch Hazel-Prelude
5. Sumerlands-S/T
6. Dark Forest-Beyond the Veil
7. High Spirits-Motivator
8. Root-Kärgeräs: Return From Oblivion
9. Wretch-S/T
10. Rhapsody of Fire-Into the Legend

Vectrex's picture

Thats really hard cause i haven't listened much of new stuff but what i've heard:

Ranger - Speed & Violence
Crimson Moon - Oneironaut
Savage Master - With whips and chains
Destroyer 666 - Wildfire
Bat - Wings of chains
Deathstorm - Blood Beneath the Crypts
Iron Curtain - Guilty As Charged
Temple Below - The Dark Goddess
Perturbator - The Uncanny Valley
Blood Incantation - Starspawn

Joel's picture

Starspawn is excellent.

satanachist's picture

great year in my opinion, I could count more than 20, but here are the favorites

Occult Burial - Hideous Obscure
Lethal Steel - Legion of the Night
Angel Sword - Rebels Beyond Pale
Tyfon's Doom - Yeth Hound
Destroyer 666 - Wildfire
Gehennah - Too Loud To Live...
Eternal Champion - The Armour of Ire
Cauchemar - Chapelle Ardente
Iron Curtain - Guilty As Charged
Barrow Wight - Knights in Saurons Service

Into Glory Ride's picture

That Angel Sword is such a Killer Killer album! Criminally overlookes, a real gem of eccentric Heavy Metal weirdness. That Voice!!

satanachist's picture

I agree, great record! Check the Tyfon's Doom if you haven't heard it before, also great heavy metal gem

Into Glory Ride's picture

Don't even know the name, thanks!

TheEcumenicalUnifier's picture

From the stuff I found time to listen this year... Some aren't considered full albums and some aren't metal, but I give no fuck cause they are better than most of the stuff out there....

Cultes Des Ghoules - Coven
Antaeus - Condemnation
Bethlehem - s/t
Grave Miasma - Endless Pilgrimage
Teitanblood - Accursed Skin
Emma Ruth Rundle - Marked for Death
Perturbator - The Uncanny Valley
Uada - Devoid Of Light
Gevurah - Hallelujah!
Irkallian Oracle - Apollyon
Witchery - In His Infernal Majesty's Service

I still have to give Dead Congregation, Urfaust, Ulcerate, etc. a proper listen, but I'm sure they're all top tier releases.

TheEcumenicalUnifier's picture

Oh, Mantar's Ode to the Flame was a very good one as well. Surprised no one mentioned it.

Der Todesking's picture

Pertubator - nice! Good stuff!

Jaybe666's picture

In no particular order:
Bölzer - Hero
Messa - Belfry
Graves At Sea - The Curse That Is
Beastmaker - Lusus Naturae
Mizmor - Yodh
Zaum - Eidolon
Slomatics - Future Echo Returns
Cough - Still They Pray
Fistula - Longing For Infection
Downfall Of Gaia ‎– Atrophy
11. (Melvins - Houdini & Stoner Witch Repress (huehuehuehue))

I'm sure there is more stuff I will find in the future and then I will regret it not discovering it earlier....

DonLittleDuck's picture

1. Bornholm - Primaeval Pantheons
2. Rotting Christ - Rituals
3. Thrawsunblat - Metachtonia
4. Kalmankantaja - Thyjyys
5. Deströyer 666 - Wildfire
6. Thy Catafalque - Meta
7. Urgehal - Aeons in Sodom
8. Lost Society - Braindead
9. Zaum - Eidolon
10. Fleshgod Apocalypse - King
(order is random)

Into Glory Ride's picture

A new Bornholm?! Have to hear that at once! is it like the recent one in the much more epix direction?

DonLittleDuck's picture

I think it even tops their last one! Definitely worth giving it a listen.

Nihilistic-Terrorfront's picture

Nice to see Thy Catalgue on a list here. =)

DonLittleDuck's picture

Nice to see someone appreciate Tamás's work besides me here. :D

DonLittleDuck's picture

I also have to mention Ashpyx's Incoming Death. I'm not really into death metal but recently listened to it.

ajnin's picture

This is why I like top 10s... I have never heard vektor and now I am playing their new album and its sick! I will need to get a physical copy!

19Philthy16's picture

haha, same here! ;) Never been really much into thrash, but this album really kicks ass! ^^

Necrowhore Impaler's picture

1. Bölzer - Hero
2. Deströyer 666 - Wildfire

And in no particular order:

3. Mantar - Ode to the Flame
4. Sacrificio - Guerra Eterna
5. Cultes des Ghoules - Coven
6. Kringa - Through the Flesh of the Ethereal Womb
7. Ulcerate - Shrines of Paralysis
8. Inquisition - Bloodshed
9. Urfaust - Empty Space Meditation
10. Wovenhand - Star Treatment

clodsatan's picture

- Circle Of Shadows - Of Mercury Blood
- Vidargängr - A World That Has To Be Opposed
- Vulture - Victim To The Blade
- Nuctemeron - Knights Of Hell
- Phanpage - Drengskapr
- Inquisition - Bloodshed...
- Bölzer - Hero
- Whipstriker - Only Filth Will Prevail
- Deströyer 666 - Wildfire
- Quintessenz - To The Gallows

rusty74's picture

Not really a top ten, but these's one's stood out....

Inverloch - Distance Collapsed
Hellbringer - Awakened From The Abyss
Soulburn - Earthless Pagan Spirit
Belligerent Intent - The Crucifire
Denouncement Pyre - Black Sun Unbound
Vader - The Empire

RavenEffect's picture

found this year to be quite boring comparing to te last ones. still a few good ones came out. heres my top 15

#15) Deftones – Gore
#14) Wode – Wode
#13) Harakiri for the Sky: III Trauma
#12) The Foreshadowing: Seven Heads Ten Horns
#11) Mondo Drag: The Occultation of Light
#10) SubRosa – For this We Fought the Battle of Ages
#9) Insomnium – Winter's Gate
#8) Ustalost – The Spoor of Vipers
#7) Eternal Champion – The Armor of Ire
#6) Nadra - Allir vegir til glötunar
#5) Alcest – Kodama
#4) Vektor – Terminal Redux
#3) Inquisition - Bloodshed Across the Empyrian Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith
#2) UADA – Devoid of Light
#1 Urfaust – Empty Space Meditation

Nihilistic-Terrorfront's picture

In no particular order:
1 Forteresse - Thèmes pour la rébellion
3 Scalpture – Panzerdoktrin
4 Revel in Flesh - Emissary Of All Plagues
5 Mortals Path - Mortals Path
6 Deisidaemonia - Khthonian Hymns
7 Funeral Whore – Phantasm
8 Deströyer 666 – Wildfire
9 Thy Catafalque – Meta
10 Deus Mortem - Demons of Matter and the Shells of the Dead

Also some albums I liked a lot: First Fragment - Dasein, Minotaur Head - Minotaur Head, Gherzen - 1917, Arkhtinn - III (Demo), Krypts - Remnants of Expansion,Rotting Christ - Rituals and Teitanblood - Accursed Skin.

If I have to pick a top 3 this would be my choice:
1: Forteresse - Thèmes pour la rébellion
3: Deisidaemonia – Khthonian Hymns

Der Todesking's picture

No order:

Bölzer 'Hero'
Darkthrone 'Arctic Thunder'
Spell 'For None & All'
The Fog 'Perpetual Blackness'
Vulture 'Victim Of the Blade'
Ranger 'Speed & Violence'
Deströyer 666 'Wildfire'
Mantar 'Ode to the Flame'
Vektor 'Terminal Redux'
Blood Ceremony 'Lord of Misrule'

Dr. Fill's picture

I don't know that I have a top ten for the year but I find it odd that no one mentioned Abbath. I thought that record rocked!

derZeitgeist's picture

01 – Anaal Nathrakh - The Whole of the Law
02 – Testament - Brotherhood of the Snake
03 - Dark Tranquillity - Atoma
04 – Asphyx - Incoming Death
05 – Soulburn - Earthless Pagan Spirit
06 - The Dillinger Escape Plan - Dissociation
07 – Entombed A.D. - Dead Dawn
08 – Sodom - Decision Day
09 – Suicidal Tendencies - World Gone Mad
10 - Architects - All our Gods have abandoned Us

Special mentions for:
Vektor - Terminal Redux
Brujería - Pocho Aztlán
Kvelertak - Nattesferd

PS I simply don't give a fuck if you don't like Mathcore stuff, Architects and TDEP rule!

Into Glory Ride's picture

Ok, i also tossed around my thoughts. It is really hard and i probably have forgotten a lot of stuff. Especially because there is a lot of records i still haven't heard yet (Bölzer, Ranger, Grave Miasma, Panphage, .... yeah, shame on me)

So in no particular order besides the first one:

1. Forteresse - Thèmes pour la rébellion

Saor - Guardians
Au Champs de Morts - Le jour se lève EP
Vultures Vengeance - Where the time dwelt in EP
Bestial Raids - Master Satan's Witchery (Devestation)
Sacridicio - Guerra Eterna
Eternal Champion - The Armor of Ire
Dark Forest - Beyond the Veil
Solvald - To War
Deströyer - Wildfire
Ravensire - The Cycle never ends

Honorable mentions:

Graveland - 1050 Years of Pagan Cult
Cultes de Ghoules - Coven...
Angel Sword - Rebels beyond Pale
Krypts - Remnants of Expansion
Oranssi Pazuzu – Värähtelijä
Heimdalls Wacht - Geisterseher
Ancestors Blood - Hyperborea
Netherbird - The Grander Voyage (secret hint!)
The Re-Release of the Glacier EP

Nihilistic-Terrorfront's picture

Cool, you listen to Netherbird too =D

Into Glory Ride's picture

Their recent release is a really, really strong, quite epic album for me that went under many radards unfortunately. I love it !

rusty74's picture

That Saor - Guardians album, what a ripper, only got the cd last week, first time ive heard of this one man band from Scotland, beautiful work.

Into Glory Ride's picture

If You just learned to know them: Though Guardians is among my Top 10 it is in my opinion his weakest album up to date, mainly because of his vocal style. He is basically barking down all the good ideas , haha
Still i freaking love the atmosphere, especially the first song and "Tears of a Nation" and of course someone who gets out an opinion and worldview like his one out into the world through such positive, breathtaking and epic music,has my vote.

My favorite is probably still his very first Demo still under his old moniker Arsaidh (and under the banner of a rather notorious label ;) ) that came out later as "Roots" under the name Saor:

The second album is his second best effort in my opinion:

O, reignite the flame
Sacred fire of ancient ways
And forge an iron will
Within your heart and soul
This age will rot and decay
But stay focussed. Do not stray
From the overgrown path
Your forefathers once tread

Enjoy Your journey on exploring this magnificent project!

rusty74's picture

cheers, i will definitely check out the band's back catalog now.

Into Glory Ride's picture

Now that i heard it i also have to mention the new Ranger at least under honorable mentions!

Goathammer's picture

I'll do 15 in no particular order.

Vlk - Of Wolves Blood
Sorcier Des Glaces - North
A.M.S.G. - Hostis Universi Generis
Solvald - To War (Even though I've only known about it since yesterday, thanks again to Into Glory Ride)
Cultes Des Ghoules - Coven...
Deus Ignotus - Hexapterygon
Gevurah - Hallelujah!
Necromantic Worship - The Calling
Graveland - 1050 Years of Pagan Cult
True Love - Meditating Through Illusion
Cantique Lépreux - Cendres Célestes
Void Meditation Cult - Utter the Tongue of the Dead
Deathspell Omega - The Synarchy of Molten Bones
Irkallian Oracle - Apollyon
Ancestors Blood - Hyperborea

Into Glory Ride's picture

You're welcome again!

Correct, that Cantique Lépreux was a strong release, completely forgot it.

Goathammer's picture

It's the perfect soundtrack for a cold Canadian winter. And possibly for a cold German one as well!

Into Glory Ride's picture

If we only had one!
When it comes to Black Metal, Canada seldomly disappoints. I have a special connection to that music.

Spectrum's picture

Martyrdod - List
Dark Funeral - where shadows forever reign
Cruz- Culto abismal
Unleashed - Down of the nine
Iron Curtain - Guilty as charged

Too lazy to remember 5 more... but,anyway,Martyrdod new álbum RULES!

Turkey-man's picture

I don't think it was a good year.

1. Amon Amarth "Jomsviking".
2. Eldamar "The Force Of The Ancient Land" (Elderwind №2).
3. Be'lakor "Vessels".
4. In Flames "Battles" (surprisingly good).
5. Insomnium "Winter's Gate".
6. Sodom "Decision Day" (after terrible "Epitome Of Torutre" it's 4/5).
7. Asphyx "Incoming Death" (brutal, but sometimes self-repetitive);
8. Dark Tranquillity "Atoma ("Construct" was better).
9. HammerFall "Built To Last" (better than the previous).
10. Megadeth "Dystopia" (nothing remarkable, unfortunately).

Testament was mediocre, Nervosa "Agony" was pretty lame, and Anthrax... Screw that.

Daniel Sodomaniac's picture

I think it was a very good year :)!

01 Running Wild - Rapid Foray
02 Blaze Bayley - Infinite Entanglement
03 Sacred Steel - Heavy Metal Sacrifice
04 Hobbs Angel Of Death - Heaven Bled
05 Rage - The Devil Strikes Again
06 Protector - Cursed And Coronated
07 Desaster - The Oath Of An Iron Ritual
08 Nervosa - Agony
09 Sodom - Decision Day
10 Paragon - Hell Beyond Hell

Noir.666's picture

I try to geht in 10...

Asphyx - Incoming Death
Dark Funeral - Where Shadows...
Excrementory Grindfuckers - Vorsprung durch Hektik
Ewigheim - Schlaflieder
Bethlehem - same
Slayer - Repentless (was it '16?)
Avantasia - Ghostlights
Imperium Dekadenz
Darkthrone - Artic Thunder

...in no particular order...

Nater90's picture

Slayer was 2015 buddy :D

Noir.666's picture

But slayer was my most heard album last year. :-)

Nater90's picture

It's a great album I enjoyed it too :)

Ravishing Grimness's picture

Bethlehem newest record totally rocks...

TheEcumenicalUnifier's picture

Their best in my opinion!

dubtribe's picture

Uhhhh ... not sure if in 2016 10 albums were released that I really love haha
But there were a few:

Bölzer - Hero
Schammasch - Triangle
Graveyard - ... For Thine Is The Darkness
Gojira - Magma
Hexvessel - When We Are Death
Luke Elliot ‎– Dressed For The Occasion ( no Metal, but cool Rock Music - discovered the artist 2016 )

Think that's it ... can't recall any other release that blew me away

Dave Hogue's picture


MasterDeath's picture

Great year indeed! My worth to mention are:

Darkthrone - Arctic Thunder
Gruesome - Dimensions of Horror
Deströyer 666 - Wildfire
Entombed A.D. - Dead Dawn
Asphyx - Incoming Death
Nucleus - Sentient
Inquisition - Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith
Master - An Epiphany of Hate
Desaster - The Oath of an Iron Ritual
Brutality - Sea of Ignorance

Nater90's picture

Never would've guessed you'd like Master mate...Haha.

I only got Inquisition's recently, Fucking great album!

Attle's picture

To the Gallows by Quintessenz

Into Glory Ride's picture

Holy fuck! Guess i have to add Bölzers "Hero" aswell.
What the hell did i just listen to?!? Massive and really one of a kind!

lak89's picture

1. Witherscape - The Northern Sanctuary
2. First Fragment - Dasein
3. Fleshgod Apocalypse - King
4. Myrath - Legacy
5. Omnium Gatherum - Grey Heavens
6. Mechina - Progenitor
7. Serpentine Dominion - Serpentine Dominion
8. Revocation - Great is Our Sin
9. The Neal Morse Band - The Similitude of a Dream
10. Deviant Process - Paroxysm

Nihilistic-Terrorfront's picture

First Fragment - Dasein is an amazing Album. I have the CD in my collection.

BlackMetalPete's picture

I'm not sure if I posted this already(I've had a few drinks tonight) but Blood Incantation's Starspawn is the best Death Metal album to come out since Disma's Towards the Megalith!

Into Glory Ride's picture

Strong statement, that Disma Record burns everything to the ground. I will have to check this out then.

Into Glory Ride's picture

Time after time i manage now to listen to those albums from '16 that i still was missing.. .. so i definitely have to add Panphages new Opus. Not that i would be surprised about that...
And if Horns "Turm am Hang" would have been released last year, that one aswell. Will probably be on my 2017 list.

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