's Top 15 albums of 2016
Oranssi Pazuzu - Värähtelijä
Inquisition - Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith
Ihsahn - Arktis.
Khemmis - Hunted
Cult of Luna / Julie Christmas - Mariner
Insomnium - Winter's Gate
Deftones - Gore
Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep of Reason
Anthrax - For All Kings
Mithras - On Strange Loops
Baptism - V: The Devil's Fire
In Mourning - Afterglow
Vader - The Empire
Metallica - Hardwired... To Self-Destruct
Inverloch - Distance | Collapsed
's Top 5 surprises of 2016
Almanac - Tsar
Superb power metal from the expert hand of Victor Smolski. Not a surprise, when you think about it, but it did hit out of the blue.
Black Fucking Cancer - Black Fucking Cancer
A band with a bad name, Black Fucking Cancer brought the fucking noise. Tremendous debut.
's Disappointment(s) of 2016
Be'lakor - Vessels
Didn't strike me as near as good as the band's previous outings.
Dark Tranquillity - Atoma
A real shame, perhaps I've just not listened to it enough times? But this just struck me as a boring, played-safe album.
Grand Magus - Sword Songs
Speaking of boring and playing it safe... The fire that Grand Magus once burned with seems almost entirely gone.
Opeth - Sorceress
, but this is a real step down in songwriting quality. Bitterly disappointed in Mikael and the lads.
Wretch - Wretch
Far duller than I expect from the men behind The Gates of Slumber.