#5 Metallica Hardwired… To Self-Destruct
Release Date: 18th of November
When Metallica release an album that sounds like they are trying to relive their Thrash days of the 80’s, you know damn well its going to feature on some best of 2016 lists, and we are no different. This was the triumphant return of Metallica for me. The songs, the styles, the riffs and the solos were all on point. Lyrics were decent though not the band’s best ever. Still a solid release from the veterans.
Top Track: 'Murder One'
Release Date: 17th of June
While I had heard of Gojira before, I’d never got into them, but all that changed when I listened to Magma. It mixes the element of Progressive, Groove and Melodic Metal together perfect and gives you something you didn’t expect on your first listen and something you love by the 5th time. While France isn’t known for its Metal acts, Gojira rectifies this and places them clearly on the map.
Top Track: ‘Stranded’
Release Date: 3rd of November
Ever since I stumbled across these dudes on twitter a few years ago, they’ve always feature on my playlists when I’m between albums since all their EP’s kick some serious arse and The Dying Season is no different. I was lucky enough to have gotten early access and enjoyed having the extra time with this release and really look forward to see what these guys will do next.
Top Track: ‘Pieces'
Release Date: 16th of August
While I found it a little difficult to choose a number 1, but it was easy for my second, Sharks in your Mouth, who I discovered when their cover of Linkin Park’s ‘One Step Closer’ made waves through the music world and was reported by several music publications throughout social media. This is Metalcore at its best. The growls are spot on, the clean vocals are great, musically they sound sweet but it’s when you put it altogether that Promises really shines. But what scores this double points in my books is that fact Sharks In Your Mouth have made a flawless debut album.
Top Track: ‘Insanity’
Release Date: 21st of October
My album of 2016, easy, is The Serenity of Suffering as it was Korn’s perfect return to form, where the last few releases were more EDM like, Serenity melded all the sounds of their classic records together. Some reviews called it good but safe, while I said it was awesome and what Korn fans had wanted for ages. As I mentioned in my review, it took me back to being 18 again and felt like an old great friend had come back into my life. If you enjoy your metal, The Serenity of Suffering is a must.
Top Track: ‘A Different World’ featuring Corey Taylor
- Alter Bridge The Last Hero
- King 810 La Petite Mort or a Conversation with God
- Beartooth Aggressive
- BabyMetal Metal Resistance
Written By Dan Harlond
Let me know what you guys think about this and what your list would be!