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Top Metal Albums Of 2016

Top Metal Albums Of 2016

Dec 4, 2016

2016 was an interesting year for music. I felt like it was ten years ago with some of the releases, as some bands from our younger days made comebacks with some epic (and not so epic) albums. The pickings were slim outside of metal for me, hence no ‘non-metal’ list this year. Hope you enjoy, leave comments with your top picks of the year!




10. Norma Jean – Polar Similar
Can’t believe I missed them at Krankd Up this year :/


9. Killswitch Engage – Incarnate
Not as good as previous albums, but still some awesome tracks


8. Deftones – Gore
I’m a big fan of Chino’s side projects like Team Sleep, think he bought some of their vibe back into this record


7. Periphery – III: Select Difficulty
Another epic album from Misha and the team. Also big FOMO for missing them at Krankd Up :/


6. Black Crown Initiate – Selves We Cannot Forgive
Heavy. So heavy. So atmospheric. Listen to the whole album in one sitting!


5. Gone Is Gone
Excited for Echolocation being released in Jan after hearing this EP!


4. Ghost – Popestar
Saw them live this year. INSANELY good. Square Hammer has been on repeat for weeks now.


3. Korn – The Serenity Of Suffering
Back to Take A Look In the Mirror Korn! Love it.


2. Metallica – Hardwired… To Self Destruct
Still growing as a band, still putting out epic music. Love this album!


1. Gojira – Magma
Gojira nailed it with this album. Heavy, groovy, nonstop headbanging!


BONUS ALBUM – Bring Me The Horizon – Live at the Royal Albert Hall

It’s live so didn’t count it in my top 10 – but great album & DVD…


These albums didn’t make my cut for 2016…

  • After The Burial – Dig Deep
  • The Amity Affliction – This Could Be Heartbreak
  • Amon Amarth – Jomsviking
  • Animals As Leaders – The Madness Of Many
  • Architects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us
  • Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage
  • Caliban – Gravity
  • Charred Walls Of The Damned – Creatures Watching Over The Dead
  • Devildriver – Trust No One
  • Devin Townsend Project – Transcendence
  • Devin Townsend Project – Iceland + Ancient
  • Giraffe Tongue Orchestra – Broken Lines
  • Hatebreed – The Concrete Confessional
  • Heaven Shall Burn – Wanderer
  • If These Trees Could Talk – The Bones Of A Dying World
  • In Flames – Battles
  • Jason Richardson – I
  • Lamb Of God – The Duke
  • Megadeth – Dystopia
  • Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep Of Reason
  • Of Mice And Men – Cold World
  • Opeth – Sorceress
  • Rival Sons – Hollow Bones
  • The Rolling Stones – Blue And Lonesome
  • Russian Circles – Guidance
  • Scream – Fumble [Reissue]
  • Serpentine Dominion
  • Taylor Hawins – KOTA
  • The Sword – Low Country
  • Trivium – Ember To Inferno Ab Initio [Reissue]
  • Upon A Burning Body – Straight From The Barrio
  • Wovenwar – Honor Is Dead
  • Zakk Wylde – Book Of Shadows II


That’s it for this year. Check out the last few years of best music here:

Best Music Of The Past Few Years


Best Metal Releases Of 2015

Best Albums Of 2015


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