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Album Of The Year Day #23 : Ihsahn – Akrtis
23rd December 2016, 14:43
Posted by Tristan

And so the time has come, I reveal my final pick of 2016. It’s been a good ride! We’ll have coverage as usual for anything we deem Metal worthy! See you on the other side of Christmas! Make it Metal!!

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Album of The Year #21 : Metallica – Hardwired…To Self Destruct
21st December 2016, 14:35
Posted by Tristan

Can I get an “Ooh yeah-yeah?!” Day 21 sees us welcomed back into the Metallica familiyeah! With the brilliant Hardwired…To Self Destruct.

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Album Of The Year #19 : Fallujah – Dreamless
19th December 2016, 14:25
Posted by Tristan

As we come into the final five Fallujah astounded the world with their work of pure genius that is Dreamless.

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Album Of The Year #17 : Deftones – Gore
17th December 2016, 13:30
Posted by Tristan
Despite its bloody title, Deftones’ Gore is a work of beauty and understanding. Arriving in at #17 in our Album of The Year Christmas Countdown, find out why below!
  1. Iamthemorning – Lighthouse
  2. Myrath – Legacy
  3. Touche Amore – Stage Four
  4. Ghost/Aeon – Metanoia
  5. Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep Of Reason
  6. Avantasia – Ghostlights
  7. Gojira – Magma
  8. Devilment – II : The Mephisto Waltzes
  9. The Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation
  10. Periphery – III : Select Difficulty
  11. Opeth – Sorceress
  12. Epica – The Holographic Principle
  13. Katatonia – The Fall Of Hearts
  14. Twilight Force – Heroes Of Mighty Magic
  15. Revocation – Great Is Our Sin
  16. Equilibrium – Armageddon

As they say if things were easy everybody would be doing it. Taking somewhat longer than previous records to finish up their new record, Deftones were in the studio for what seemed like an unfeasibly long time. At last breaking the silence with their single “Prayers / Triangles” it was clear that good things do come to those who wait. Finding it harder than usual to get his head around the record, Stephen Carpenter, the band’s thunderous riff machine slowly but surely cottoned on to the record. Delivering knockout classics the likes of “Doomed User” to the rather more arid “Hearts / Wires“.

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Album of The Year #15 : Revocation – Great Is Our Sin
15th December 2016, 15:00
Posted by Tristan
Now having gone further than the halfway line in our Christmas Album of The Year Countdown we continue with a new breed of Death Metal pedigree in the form of Revocation. Check out the list to see a more in depth analysis of why we chose each below!
  1. Iamthemorning – Lighthouse
  2. Myrath – Legacy
  3. Touche Amore – Stage Four
  4. Ghost/Aeon – Metanoia
  5. Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep Of Reason
  6. Avantasia – Ghostlights
  7. Gojira – Magma
  8. Devilment – II : The Mephisto Waltzes
  9. The Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation
  10. Periphery – III : Select Difficulty
  11. Opeth – Sorceress
  12. Epica – The Holographic Principle
  13. Katatonia – The Fall Of Hearts
  14. Twilight Force – Heroes Of Mighty Magic

Returning back to the vanguard of Death Metal, Revocation wasted no time this year in delivering their calculated masterstroke of Metal once again. Like clockwork the band put out albums every two years. Deciding instead go for a more well rounded approach this time, Dave Davidson decided that thematically the record would center around humanity and its varying degrees of idiocy in its idea of humanity in itself. However this was also the first record not to feature long time drummer Phil Dubois-Coyne. Enlisting the help of one Ash Pearson of previous 3 Inches of Blood fame, the drummer in a word totally floored everyone. From the fluttering Jazz style beats to the all out blasting that Revocation are known for Pearson truly stepped up his game.

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Album Of The Year #13 : Katatonia – The Fall Of Hearts
13th December 2016, 15:00
Posted by Tristan

Leading the way at lucky #13 we have the astounding and quite possibly my personal favourite release of 2016, Katatonia’s The Fall Of Hearts.

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Album of The Year #11 – Opeth – Sorceress
11th December 2016, 14:00
Posted by Tristan

On Day 11 of our Album of The Year Christmas Countdown, Sweden once again graced us with their presence with the brand new record from the Progressive stalwarts, Opeth.

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Album of The Year #9 : The Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation
9th December 2016, 15:00
Posted by Tristan

Day Nine sees us say goodbye to one of the greats in the Extreme music category with The Dillinger Escape Plan’s swansong, Dissociation.

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Album of The Year #7 : Gojira – Magma
7th December 2016, 16:00
Posted by Tristan
Coming into Day Seven of our Album of The Year Christmas Countdown we look to France for their fantastic contribution this year.
  1. Iamthemorning – Lighthouse
  2. Myrath – Legacy
  3. Touche Amore – Stage Four
  4. Ghost/Aeon – Metanoia
  5. Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep Of Reason
  6. Avantasia – Ghostlights

Being very lucky to have been able to see this band in their infancy in their early support slot with Trivium at the Hammersmith Apollo in London back in 2008 it was hard to predict that the band would be a group of this magnitude in the year 2016.Having released their last record the game changing L’Enfant Sausage four years ago, after the initial touring plans the Gojira camp fell silent. Resolving to write an album The dynamic duo of brothers Duplantier went into the newly built Silver Cord Studios in New York to lay down the next album when they received news of their mother falling ill. Resulting sadly in her death the brothers resolved to scrap everything that had been written and entirely rethink the album.

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Album of the Year #6: Avantasia – Ghostlights
6th December 2016, 18:29
Posted by Chris

Call it want you want, but there’s no arguing that Tobias Sammet produces some of the finest power metal in the industry. His grandiose ambitions have come in the form of Avantasia in recent years, but ‘Ghostlights‘ is probably his greatest achievement yet.

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Album of The Year #5 : Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep Of Reason
5th December 2016, 13:20
Posted by Tristan

Champions of innovation, upon hearing that the gears have begun to shift in the Meshuggah machine the coveted title of Album of The Year is beginning to slip through other bands’ fingers. Always wanting to push the envelope this time the Swedes focused their attack on the recording itself. Previously toiling with tone and experimenting with additional strings now the band look to themselves as exactly that, a band.

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Album of the Year #4: Ghost/Aeon – Metanoia
4th December 2016, 19:43
Posted by Chris

It’s pretty obvious by now that the djent genre has become a bit of a trend. So many bands are doing it, and so many bands are making it really boring. But every now and then a djent band comes along that is absolutley sublime, and in 2016 that came in the form of Ghost/Aeon.