Top 50 Albums of 2016

Once more the site gets its annual prod awake for the Top 50 Album list! There follow the fifty albums that have had me coming back for more, just one list this year so you will see a fair few heavier albums in there as I’ve been listening to far more of that than ever this year.

50. The Drones – Feelin’ Kinda Free

49. Amber Arcades – Fading Lines

48. Oathbreaker – Rheia

47. MAKE – Pilgrimage of Loathing

46. Holy Fuck – Congrats

45. Mogwai – Atomic

44. Cobalt – Slow Forever

43. Dinosaur Jr – Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not

42. Bob Mould – Patch The Sky

41. Kvelertak – Nattesferd

40. UADA – Devoid of Light

39. The Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation

38. Ulver – ATGCLVLSSCAP

37. Oranssi Pazuzu – Värähtelijä

36. NAILS – You Will Never Be One Of Us

35. Hesychast – Ageless

34. Hermóðr – The Darkness of December & Carved In Ice

33. Moderat – III

32. Vindland – Hanter Savet

31. Steve Mason – Meet The Humans

30. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree

29. Årabrot – The Gospel

28. If These Trees Could Talk – The Bones of a Dying World

27. Harakiri For The Sky – III: Trauma

26. Melt Yourself Down – Last Evenings On Earth

25. Woman Is The Earth – Torch Of Our Final Night

24. Ash Borer – The Irrepassable Gate

23. The Radio Dept. – Running Out Of Love

22. Vukari – DIVINATION

21. Wire – Nocturnal Koreans

20. Old Graves – Long Shadows

19. Eagulls – Ullages

18. Deftones – Gore

17. Bossk – Audio Noir

16. Arx Atrata – Spiritus In Terra

15. Ashbringer – Yūgen

14. Saor – Guardians

13. Sojourner – Empires Of Ash

12. School Of Seven Bells – SVIIB

11. Pye Corner Audio – Stasis

10. Fuath – I

Less Folk inspired, more epic hypnotic riffs than Andy Marshall’s other project Saor, this four track monster lodged itself in my brain the moment I first heard it way back in February!

9. Russian Circles – Guidance

Their best album so far? Possibly. Excellent instrumental post-rock/metal from Chicago.

8. Preoccupations – Preoccupations

Change of name and another self titled album from the band that were once Women, then Viet Cong, now Preoccupations. Excellent post punk that is like a darker more intense Interpol!

7. ColdWorld – Autumn

Beautiful, bleak and stirring stuff. The mix of harsh and clean vocals, especially on the track Void, works really well.

6. Alcest – Kodama

I nearly didn’t bother with this album after the last one Shelter left me totally cold and unimpressed with how Niege had dropped all the heavy elements that made previous albums so great. But hallelujah, Kodama is the best thing he’s done since Écailles De Lune!

5. Crippled Black Phoenix – Bronze

Can this band do no wrong? Another fantastic 78 minutes of epic rock, in my opinion possibly their best since I, Vigilante.

4. Car Seat Headrest – Teens Of Denial

Excellent album of indie rock that contains more than its fair share of earworm inducing songs! I couldn’t get one refrain from Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales out of my head for days!

3. Oak Pantheon – In Pieces

I could not stop playing this album when I first heard it, huge expansive tracks of progressive atmospheric black metal. Parts of which reminded me of Opeth of old!

2. Selvans / Downfall Of Nur – Downfall Of Nur / Selvans

Wow, this one knocked me for six, another album that demanded daily plays off me for more than a week! Fantastically flowing 4 track concept album about the Sun and the Moon from this collaboration between Selvans from Italy and Downfall of Nur from Argentina. Just brilliant.

1. Cult Of Luna & Julie Christmas – Mariner

So here it is, the number one. No big surprise really, it’s been at the top since it came out in April and it would have taken something like a new Tool album to knock this beast off top spot! Also seeing them doing it all live at this year’s Damnation festival was the best thing I’ve seen for years!

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