I feel like 2016 has been a pretty rough year for album releases – I only really got deep into a couple of records. But that doesn’t mean it’s all bad, I was just spending most of my time listening to albums from 2015. Namely: Intronaut - The Direction of Last Things, which I ranked 7th last year, has easily moved up to the number 2-3 spot.
Katatonia - The Fall of Hearts
Easy #1 this year, Katatonia return with the first full-length record since 2012’s Dead End Kings. If you like Katatonia’s style, this is more of the same and it’s solid as ever. A bit less “metal” than before, but still just as heavy.
Norma Jean - Polar Similar
Listen: Everyone Talking Over Everyone Else
Hellions - Opera Oblivia
If you like that nu-metal sound, mixed with some hardcore, mixed with a little bit of prog, alt, and everything else – this is the record for you.
Listen: Bad Way
Syd Arthur - Apricity
BABYMETAL - METAL RESISTANCE
Motopsycho - Here Be Monsters
Mothra - Decision Process
Twelve Foot Ninja - Outlier
Storm The Sky - Sin Will Find You
The Dear Hunter - Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional
Listen to the whole playlist here: AOTY2016