Yesterday we re-posted a lot of year-end lists from “big platform” music sites and print zines, or at least the portions of them that included metal albums (where such portions existed). I’ve come across another one since then, and it’s a list from Exclaim!
For those who may not know, Exclaim! Media Inc., which was established in 1991, describes itself (here) as “Canada’s foremost source of news and information on the best in emerging new music”. In its print format, Exclaim! has “a monthly circulation of over 100,000 copies distributed through more than 3,000 outlets across Canada”. Exclaim.ca is the company’s digital platform, which focuses on streaming music, news, reviews, interviews and original video content across a range of music genres.
Yesterday, Exclaim! published its staff list of The Top 10 Metal and Hardcore Albums of 2016.
Here’s the list — and to read the explanations, go to this location:
10. Deathspell Omega – The Synarchy of Molten Bones
9. Asphyx – Incoming Death
8. Ulcerate – Shrines of Paralysis
7. Deftones – Gore
6. Nails – You Will Never Be One of Us
5. Oranssi Pazuzu – Värähtelijä
4. Gojira – Magma
3. Exalt – The Shape You Took Before the Ache
2. The Body – No One Deserves Happiness
1. The Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation
From my standpoint, this is one of the better lists we’ve seen from the big, cross-genre web platforms. I’m sure most people seeing the list here wouldn’t put the same 10 albums on their own list, or necessarily arrange them in this order — that’s kind of a given for year-end lists, regardless of who makes them. But I think it’s a respectable list of very good albums, even if your own list might look different from this one.
There are a few more “big platform” lists I’m waiting for before we close out this part of our LISTMANIA series, and they’ll probably surface next week, or maybe even sooner. In the meantime we’re going to start rolling our own year-end lists, from our staff and invited guests — beginning today.