(KevinP weighs in with his year-end list of top EPs and albums.)
441 albums. That was the total amount of metal I consumed this year. Easily the most I’ve ever listened to and almost double last year’s consumption. Even though most of these are from my Albums of the Month columns (if you have followed that, GOOD, if not, get with the program in 2016), there are 3 that made my final list that I either overlooked initially or grew on me enough over the course of the year to warrant inclusion.
All 12 number one albums from the monthly series made the list (naturally), but not all of them held up, as 3 albums in my Top 10 were not ‘Best Of’ their respective month. Anyways, enjoy the list. Hopefully, there’s some new music you overlooked that I put on your radar. Feel free to discuss what albums tickled your fancy in the comments below.
TOP 5 EPs
5. Extreme Cold Winter – Paradise Ends Here
4. Abjvration – The Unquenchable Pyre
3. Temple of Gnosis – Mysterivm Magnvm
2. Denner / Shermann – Satan’s Tomb
1. Agos – Irkalla Transcendence
TOP 25 ALBUMS
25. Tyranny – Aeons in Tectonic Interment
24. Dalkhu – Descend…into Nothingness
23. Sarpanitum – Blessed Be My Brothers
22. Akhenaten – Incantations Through the Gates of Irkalla
21. Batushka – Litourgiya
20. Desolate Shrine – The Heart of the Netherworld
19. Tribulation – The Children of the Night
18. Amestigon – Thier
17. Majestic Downfall – …When Dead
16. Death Karma – The History of Death & Burial Rituals part 1
15. Marduk – Frontschwein
14. Autopsy – Skull Grinder
13. Temple of Baal – Mysterium
12. Porta Nigra – Kaiserschnitt
11. Serpent Noir – Erotomysticism
10. Katavasia – Sacrilegious Testament
A glorious ode to Greek metal by an All Star lineup of tzatziki lovers.
9. My Dying Bride – Feel the Misery
Somewhat of a return to form, due to the inclusion of more death metal than the past few releases.
8. Sunset in the 12th House – Mozaic
Proggy psychedelic metal/rock with touches of traditional oriental music from members of Dordeduh.
7. Awe – Providentia
Supreme Greek black metal for a new generation.
6. Blaze of Perdition – Near Death Revelations
Poland had an insane year of fabulous black metal releases, this being one of the better ones.
5. Sulphur Aeon – Gateway to the Antisphere
Eclipses their debut (which is no small feat) and cements them as THE death metal band to watch going forward.
4. Crypt Sermon – Out of the Garden
For a new band to put out such a potent album that mixes classic doom/heavy metal, while still retaining its own identity, bodes great things for future releases.
3. Outre – Ghost Chants
Tortured black metal from Poland with a freshness seldom heard these days.
2. Lost Soul – Atlantis: The New Beginning
Completely blistering death from start to finish, like getting hit upside the head with a frozen kielbasa multiple times.
1. Wolfheart – Shadow World
Just based on the law of averages, Tuomas Saukkonen will eventually put out an album I’m not totally head over heels and fanboy crazy about. But until that time, I’m just going to enjoy the ride.
Clearly he’s inspired to write killer material by reading NCS