Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Top Ten of 2016: Nikos Mixas of Twingiant

For some of us 2016 has been a letdown of a year. Not only did we see a handful of rock icons pass (Even though Lemmy passed in 2015, it was really the start of this grisly trend…)

We’ve seen an election year turned up onto its head AND…it seems like everywhere you look, something horrible has happened. 

 It makes you miss 2015 in some respects. I feel the same way with regards to the heavy music that was released in 2016, there are some winners but in my opinion, 2015 was a far better year for releases. 

Without further ado, here are my top ten albums of 2016! 

Dark Funeral – Where Shadows Forever Reign 

One of the best comeback albums of the year and definitely one of, if not THE, best Black Metal album of 2016. 

Cough – Still They Pray 

Heavier than your mom with a 5 gallon buck of rocky road ice cream and two spoons. Just listen to the guitar tones! 

Sharp Weapons – Self Titled

You’re asking yourself “Who???” Google them and check them out, like right now. My favorite album to work-out to thus this year. 

Inquisition - Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith 

Improved production and even catchier riffs from these vets make you forget at time that they’re only a duo. 

Abbath – Self Titled

It’s readily apparent who the star of Immortal really was. Great debut album that was released very early in the year and I still play it with regularity. 

Flotsam and Jetsam – Self Titled

Hometown favorites didn’t disappoint on this one. This is my favorite album from them since No Place For Disgrace.

Vektor – Terminal Redux 

This band is on the verge of something great and this album is proof of that. If King Crimson played metal, they would be Vektor. 

Behexen – The Poisonous Path

I love this album. My favorite Black Metal album of the year for sure. Pure fucking hate! I want to break stuff when I listen to it, or cook a goat! 

 Brujeria – Pocho Aztlan 

Another great comeback album. It’s the typical Brujeria formula of racial tensions, narcos and everything Mexico. Viva Juan Brujo! 

 Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep of Reason

Another band that has found its stride and maintains the formula that works for them. It’s Koloss part two

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