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    Posted: 05 Jun 2016 at 1:03pm
Time for my yearly thread I think. Share what you've enjoyed so far. As always, feel free to include anything we have on MMA, not just metal. Smile

And don't forget that we have a List Challenge for 2016 releases so far. See what score you get. Wink


This is my list so far, as always any ratings I give without a review should be considered draft:

  1. Lascaille's Shroud - The Roads Leading North (Review)
  2. Eternity's End - The Fire Within (Review)
  3. Blood Ceremony - Lord of Misrule (Review)
  4. Winterhorde - Maestro (Review)
  5. Enthean - Priests of Annihilation (Review)
  6. Entropia - Ufonaut (Review)
  7. Fejd - Trolldom (Review)
  8. Artillery - Penalty by Perception (Review)
  9. Mortillery - Shapeshifter (Review)
  10. Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas - Mariner (Review)
  11. Sojourner - Empires of Ash (Review)
  12. Ashbringer - Yūgen
  13. Astral Path - An Oath to the Void
  14. Fallujah - Dreamless (Review)
  15. Haken - Affinity
  16. Nervosa - Agony (Review)
  17. Mesarthim - Pillars (Review)
  18. Woman is the Earth - Torch of Our Final Night
  19. Flotsam and Jetsam - Flotsam and Jetsam
  20. Chthe'ilist - Le dernier crépuscule
  21. Vektor - Terminal Redux
  22. Jute Gyte - Perdurance
  23. Fenrir - Loki's Slaughter (Review)
  24. Abnormality - Mechanisms of Omniscience
  25. Myrath - Legacy
  26. Messa - Belfry (Review)
  27. Bhavachakra - Bhavachakra
  28. Purson - Desire's Magic Theatre (Review)
  29. Eldamar - The Force of the Ancient Land
  30. Vredehammer - Violator
  31. Paradox - Pangea
  32. Obscura - Akróasis (Review)
  33. Wildhunt - Descending
  34. Electric Citizen - Higher Time
  35. Scythia - Lineage
  36. Skyforest - Unity
  37. Show Me a Dinosaur - Show Me a Dinosaur
  38. Death Fortress - Deathless March of the Unyielding
  39. Mignight Eternal - Midnight Eternal (Review)
  40. Metal Church - XI (Review)
  41. Avantasia - Ghostlights
  42. Sinbreed - Master Creator
  43. Fuath - I
  44. Sylvaine - Wistful
  45. Deviant Process - Paroxysm
  46. Oceans of Time - Trust
  47. Nucleus - Sentient
  48. Headspace - All That You Fear is Gone
  49. Redemption - The Art of Loss
  50. Threnody - Bad Dreams Do Come True (Review)
  51. Zhrine - Unortheta
  52. Auriga - VII - Dimensions of Asymmetry
  53. Wytch Hazel - Prelude
  54. Exmortus - Ride Forth (Review)
  55. Altarage - Nihl
  56. Skáphe - Skáphe²
  57. Lethargic Euphoria - Standstill
  58. Atrocious Abnormality - Formed in Disgust (Review)
  59. Wormed - Krighsu
  60. The Great Cold - The Great Cold
  61. Schammasch - Triangle
  62. Universal Mind Project - The Jaguar Priest
  63. Deadlock - Hybris
  64. Benthik Zone - Alienum a Daemonum Inferni Squali
  65. Oranssi Pazuzu - Värähtelijä
  66. Abbath - Abbath (Review)
  67. La Torture des ténèbres - Choirs of Emptiness (Review)
  68. Sourvein - Aquatic Cult
  69. Cobalt - Slow Forever
  70. Dream Theater - The Astonishing (Review)
  71. La Torture des ténèbres - Acadian Nights (Review)
  72. Aodon - Sharphood
  73. Ravenia - Beyond the Walls of Death (Review)
It's been a pretty good year for me so far, better than last year for certain. I've also found quite a number of decent free albums. 


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Here's my list so far:

Chevelle - The North Corridor
Nervosa - Agony
Helstar - Vampiro
Korn - The Serenity of Suffering
Metallica - Hardwired...to Self Destruct
Buckethead - Hamdens Hollow
Artillery - Penalty by Perception
Testament - Brotherhood of the Snake
Megadeth - Dystopia
Anthrax - For All Kings
Circle of Dust - Machines of Our Disgrace
Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep of Reason
Abnormality - Mechanisims of Omniscience
Metal Church - XI
Anvil - Anvil is Anvil
Alcest - Kodama
Motorpsycho - Here be Monsters
Obake - Draugr
Fejd - Trolldom
Assassin - Combat Cathedral
Razend - White Goat II
Flotsam and Jetsam - Flotsam and Jetsam
Avenged Sevenfold - The Stage
Suicidal Tendencies - World Gone Mad!
Surgical Meth Machine - Surgical Meth Machine
Agoraphobic Nosebleed - Arc
Mortillery - Shapeshifter
Rob Zombie - The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser
3rd Machine - Quantified Self
DevilDriver - Trust No One
Vektor - Terminal Redux
Blood Ceremony - Lord of Misrule
Please Eat the Fucking Sandwich Bitch - PETFSB
Heart - Beautiful Broken
Dunsmuir - Dunsmuir
Prong - No Absolutes
Lacuna Coil - Delirium
Walls of Jericho - No One Can Save You From Yourself
Hellyeah - Unden!able
Thousand Foot Krutch - Exhale
Dream Theater - The Astonishing


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This year so far I have bought 18 albums that were released in 2016, not all metal. If I really like something I'll buy it but I'm sure there's plenty of stuff I'll end up getting that I haven't caught up on yet. There's a couple more on the way like the new Mortillery album. Below is anything I'd give 4 stars or more to (bands on the site only)...

Blood Ceremony - Lord of Misrule
Megadeth - Dystopia
Spiritual Beggars - Sunrise to Sundown
Oceans Of Slumber - Winter
Beastmaker - Lusus Naturae
Artillery - Penalty by Perception
Haken - Affinity
Church of Misery - And Then There Were None
King Crimson - Live In Toronto

Some I have only played once like Chthe'ilist and Obscura may join the above after I've had chance to get to grips with them.

Update - how did I miss out Vektor!


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the albums I've enjoyed so far

Redemption - The Art of Loss
Headspace - All That You Fear is Gone
Artillery - Penalty by Perception
Haken - Affinity
Long Distance Calling - TRIPS
Circus Maximus - Havoc
The Jelly Jam - Profit (happy to see the guys back and rocking!)
A Rebel Few - As The Crow Flies (for those that enjoy hard & Heavy, very enjoyable)
Hexvessel - When We Are Death (vintage sounding rock, very good, the vocals especially)
Lethal Steel - Legion of the Night (heavy metal, like it's 1985 LOL)
Valerinne - Monumenta (experimental post metal, quite atmospheric)
The Mute Gods - Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me (some kinda crossover prog, well played)
Brimstone Coven - Black Magic (vintage sounding hard rock)
Diamond head - s/t (I loved it, I read some negative opinions on it though, oh well, de gustibus...)
Death Angel - The Evil Divide (I doubt anything metal wise will top this one for me)
David Bowie - Blackstar
Frequency Drift - Last (for those that like a little bit of prog)

I still gotta listen to the new albums from Flotsam & Jetsam, Metal Church, Blood Ceremony, Poverty's No Crime.


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^ Bowie's Blackstar is one of my favourite 2016 albums not on MMA.
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Here's all my albums ranked on my RYM list so far, broken up by ratings:

5 Stars:
1. Dream Theater - The Astonishing
2. Oceans of Time - Trust
3. Dynazty - Titanic Mass
4. Mechina - Progenitor
5. Vektor - Terminal Redux

4.5 Stars:
6. Serenity - Codex Atlanticus
7. Wisdom - Rise of the Wise
8. Hell in the Club - Shadow of the Monster
9. Hypersonic - Existentia 
10. Van Canto - Voices of Fire
11. Human Fortress - Thieves of the night
12. Myrath - Legacy
13. Amon Amarth - Jomsviking
14. Sinbreed - Master Creator 
15. Wings of Destiny - Kings of Terror
16. Dyscordia - Words of Ruin
17. Mercury Falling - Introspection
18. Borknagar - Winter Thrice
19. Mob Rules - Tales from Beyond
20. Scythia - Lineage
21. Eternity's End - The Fire Within
22. Avantasia - Ghostlights

4 Stars:
23. Legenda Aurea - Aeon
24. Rhapsody of Fire - Into the Legend
25. The Guardian - Lost World
26. Headspace - All That You Fear is Gone
27. Artillery - Penalty by Perception
28. Beyond the Black - Lost in Forever
29. Metal Church - XI
30. Iron Savior - Titancraft
31. Astralion - Outlaw
32. Katatonia - The Fall of Hearts
33. Thornbridge - What Will Prevail
34. Almanac - Tsar
35. Exmortus - Ride Forth
36. Withem - The Unforgiving Road
37. Wurdalak - Como si no hubiese un mañana
38. Sunburst - Fragments of Creation
39. Haken - Affinity
40. Helion Prime - Helion Prime
41. Fleshgod Apocalypse - King
42. Blood Ceremony - Lord of Misrule
43. Whispered - Metsutan: Songs of the Void
44. Redemption - The Art of Loss
45. Ignite - A War Against You (Not an MMA album. The only one on the list that wouldn't qualify.)
46. Paragon - Hell Beyond Hell

3.5 Stars:
47. Zephaniah - Reforged
48. Brainstorm - Scary Creatures
49. Universal Mind Project - The Jaguar Priest
50. Stam1na - Elokuutio
51. Section A - Wall of Silence
52. Textures - Phenotype
53. Suicidal Angels - Division of Blood
54. The Unguided - Lust and Loathing
55. Midnight Eternal - Midnight Eternal
56. Skeletoon - The Curse of the Avenger
57. Varg - The End of All Lies
58. Sunrise - Absolute Clarity 
59. Blaze Bayley - Infinite Entanglement
60. Mystic Prophecy - War Brigade
61. Therion - Les épaves 
62. Norhod - Voices from the Ocean
63. Arrayan Path - Chronicles of Light
64. Evil Masquerade - The Outcast Hall of Fame
65. Thunderstone - Apocalypse Again
66. Anthrax - For All Kings
67. Axel Rudi Pell - Game of Sins

3 Stars:
68. Exumer - The Raging Tides
69. Rage - My Way
70. Cloudscape - Voice of Reason
71. Lacuna Coil - Delirium
72. Circus Maximus - Havoc
73. Chronos Zero - Hollowlands - The Tears Path: Chapter One
74. Primal Fear - Rulebreaker
75. Megadeth - Dystopia
76. Ecliptica - Ecliptified

2.5 Stars:
77. Lost Society - Braindead
78. Destruction - Under Attack
79. Anvil - Anvil is Anvil

2 Stars:
80. Terra Prima - Second
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Originally posted by Nightfly Nightfly wrote:

^ Bowie's Blackstar is one of my favourite 2016 albums not on MMA.

I know the thread title says "2016 in metal" but still, if something non-metal impresses me, I will mention it here.
Bowie's last album is amazing.

I forgot about Myrath's Legacy. I enjoyed quite a bit.

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Just updated my list. Up to 73 albums now. A few more and I'll have already matched the total number of 2015 albums I've heard. I think I'm back on form with new releases. Smile

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I wish I was a reviewer like some of you guys. I only get to hear what I buy, for the most part. Unless I borrow an album from a friend (if I like it, I buy it. If not, meh…), or maybe the rare whole-album listen on youtube.

So far in 2016:

Airbourne - Breakin' Outta Hell
Alcest Kodama
Amon Amarth - Jomsviking
Anciients - Voice Of The Void
Anthrax - For All Kings
Avantasia - Ghostlights
Beyond The Black - Lost In Forever
Circus Maximus - Havoc
Dream Theater - The Astonishing
Epica - The Holographic Principle
Eternity's End - The Fire Within
Evergrey - The Storm Within
Fates Warning - Theories Of Flight
Haken - Affinity
Headspace - All That You Fear Is Gone
Insomnium - Winter's Gate
Kansas - The Prelude Implicit
Katatonia - The Fall Of hearts
Megadeth - Dystopia
Myrath - Legacy
Nightmare - Dead Sun
Opeth - Sorceress
Redemption - The Art Of Loss
Sabaton - The Last Stand
Serenity - Codex Atlanticus
Sonata Arctica - The Ninth Hour
Sunburst - Fragments Of Creation
Theocracy - Ghost Ship
Steven Wilson - //// 1/2


So far my top 3 are the Fates Warning, Haken, and Amon Amarth. That FW is even better than their last one. Maybe their best ever, imo, and I'm a big fan of their Perfect Symmetry/Parallels/Inside Out era.


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I've given my 2016 list an overhaul and now I'm only including releases I'm sure about the rating of in my main list. So far for 2016 this is what I have, though I may still switch a few on the same rating tier around. 

  1. Lascaille's Shroud - The Roads Leading North
  2. Mare Cognitum - Luminiferous Aether
  3. Eternity's End - The Fire Within
  4. Blood Ceremony - Lord of Misrule
  5. Winterhorde - Maestro
  6. Enthean - Priests of Annihilation
  7. Entropia - Ufonaut
  8. Dark Forest - Beyond the Veil
  9. Fejd - Trolldom
  10. Artillery - Penalty by Perception
  11. Mortillery - Shapeshifter
  12. Vektor - Terminal Redux
  13. Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas - Mariner
  14. Sojourner - Empires of Ash
  15. Jute Gyte - Perdurance
  16. Nervosa - Agony
  17. Fallujah - Dreamless
  18. Mesarthim - Pillars
  19. Krypts - Remnants of Expansion
  20. Running Wild - Rapid Foray
  21. The Spacelords - Liquid Sun
  22. Mare Cognitum / Aureole - Resonance: Crimson Void
  23. Charred Walls of the Damned - Creatures Watching Over the Dead
  24. Fenrir - Loki's Slaughter
  25. Delain - Moonbathers
  26. Allegaeon - Proponent for Sentience
  27. Void Omnia - Dying Light
  28. Messa - Belfry
  29. Purson - Desire's Magic Theatre
  30. Obscura - Akróasis
  31. Edensong - Years in the Garden of Years
  32. Midnight Eternal - Midnight Eternal
  33. Metal Church - XI
  34. Auriga - VII - Dimensions of Asymmetry
  35. Mesarthim - .- -... ... . -. -.-. .
  36. Exmortus - Ride Forth
  37. Sylvaine - Wistful
  38. Threnody - Bad Dreams Do Come True
  39. Witte Wieven - Silhouettes of an Imprisoned Mind 
  40. Atrocious Abnormality - Formed in Disgust
  41. Abnormality - Mechanisms of Omniscience
  42. Abbath - Abbath
  43. La Torture des ténèbres - Choirs of Emptiness
  44. Be'lakor - Vessels
  45. Face of Oblivion - Cataclysmic Desolation
  46. Dream Theater - The Astonishing
  47. La Torture des ténèbres - Acadian Nights
  48. Ravenia - Beyond the Walls of Death



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^Yeah, that's also similar to what I've done this year, which explains my lower than usual numbers (by my standards: The list is still fairly big.) Basically, I only add albums to my list now after at least 3 listens, because that's the minimum amount required to be sure. I often will give more listens and maybe adjust the placements after that, but 3 listens is the absolute bare minimum required to make my lists now.

Here's my updated rankings, including a few I've heard enough times but haven't ranked on RYM yet:

5 Stars:
1. Dream Theater - The Astonishing
2. Temperance - The Earth Embraces Us All
3. Serenity - Codex Atlanticus
4. Oceans of Time - Trust
5. Dynazty - Titanic Mass
6. Mechina - Progenitor
7. Epica - The Holographic Principle
8. Equilibrium - Armageddon
9. Allegaeon - Proponent for Sentience
10. Vektor - Terminal Redux
11. Wisdom - Rise of the Wise

4.5 Stars:
12. Sabaton - The Last Stand 
13. Hell in the Club - Shadow of the Monster
14. Hypersonic - Existentia 
15. Trick or Treat - Rabbits' Hill Pt. 2
16. Rage - The Devil Strikes Again
17. Van Canto - Voices of Fire
18. Human Fortress - Thieves of the night
19. Evergrey - The Storm Within
20. Myrath - Legacy
21. Amon Amarth - Jomsviking
22. Winterstorm - Cube of Infinity
23. Sinbreed - Master Creator 
24. Wings of Destiny - Kings of Terror
25. Twilight Force - Heroes of Mighty Magic
26. Far Beyond - A Frozen Flame of Ice
27. Akribi - Anima
28. Dyscordia - Words of Ruin
29. Wolverine - Machina Viva
30. Kissin' Dynamite - Generation Goodbye
31. Mercury Falling - Introspection
32. Revocation - Great is Our Sin
33. Borknagar - Winter Thrice
34. Mob Rules - Tales from Beyond
35. Fates Warning - Theories of Flight
36. Witherscape - The Northern Sanctuary
37. Eternity's End - The Fire Within
38. Devin Townsend Project - Transcendence
39. Iron Fire - Among the Dead
40. Dark Forest - Beyond the Veil
41. Fallujah - Dreamless
42. DGM - The Passage

4 Stars:
43. Scythia - Lineage
44. Avantasia - Ghostlights
45. Legenda Aurea - Aeon
46. Rhapsody of Fire - Into the Legend
47. Flotsam and Jetsam - S/T
48. Headspace - All That You Fear is Gone
49. Artillery - Penalty by Perception
50. Beyond the Black - Lost in Forever
51. Metal Church - XI
52. Lindsey Stirling - Brave Enough (Not an MMA album in the least, obviously.)
54. Delain - Moonbathers
55. The Guardian - Lost World
56. Iron Savior - Titancraft
57. Astralion - Outlaw
58. Katatonia - The Fall of Hearts
59. Running Wild - Rapid Foray
60. Thornbridge - What Will Prevail
61. Almanac - Tsar
62. Exmortus - Ride Forth
63. Withem - The Unforgiving Road
64. Necromancing the Stone - Jewel of the Vile
65. Wurdalak - Como si no hubiese un mañana
66. Sunburst - Fragments of Creation
67. Haken - Affinity
68. Helion Prime - Helion Prime
69. Fleshgod Apocalypse - King
70. Lanfear - The Code Inherited
71. Blood Ceremony - Lord of Misrule
72. Whispered - Metsutan: Songs of the Void
73. Ignite - A War Against You (Also not an MMA album.)
74. Ghosthill - Ice
75. Gloryful - End of the Night
76. Paragon - Hell Beyond Hell
77. Visionautica - Force of Lune
78. Souls of Diotima - The Sorceress Reveals ~ Atlantis
79. Skeletonwitch - The Apothic Gloom
80. Seven Kingdoms - In the Walls

3.5 Stars:
81. Hangar - Stronger Than Ever
82. Zephaniah - Reforged
83. Envinya - The Harvester
84. Redemption - The Art of Loss
85. Brainstorm - Scary Creatures
86. Medevil - Conductor of Storms
87. Universal Mind Project - The Jaguar Priest
88. Stam1na - Elokuutio
89. Section A - Wall of Silence
90. Textures - Phenotype
91. Psychoprism - Creation
92. Suicidal Angels - Division of Blood
93. The Unguided - Lust and Loathing
94. Midnight Eternal - Midnight Eternal
95. Monument - Hair of the Dog
96. Periphery - Periphery III: Select Difficulty
97. Serious Black - Mirrorworld
98. Skeletoon - The Curse of the Avenger
99. Omen - Hammer Damage
100. Varg - The End of All Lies
101. Sunrise - Absolute Clarity 
102. Blaze Bayley - Infinite Entanglement
103. Mystic Prophecy - War Brigade
104. Therion - Les épaves 
105. Norhod - Voices from the Ocean
106. Arrayan Path - Chronicles of Light
107. Oddland - Origin
108. Evil Masquerade - The Outcast Hall of Fame
109. Thunderstone - Apocalypse Again
110. Anthrax - For All Kings
111. Axel Rudi Pell - Game of Sins

3 Stars:
112. Exumer - The Raging Tides
113. Rage - My Way
114. Cloudscape - Voice of Reason
115. Secret Rule - Machination
116. Lacuna Coil - Delirium
117. Circus Maximus - Havoc
118. Gracepoint - Echoes
119. Chronos Zero - Hollowlands - The Tears Path: Chapter One
120. Primal Fear - Rulebreaker
121. Megadeth - Dystopia
122. Ecliptica - Ecliptified

2.5 Stars:
123. Lost Society - Braindead
124. Destruction - Under Attack
125. Anvil - Anvil is Anvil

2 Stars:
126. Terra Prima - Second
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I just picked up the new Evergrey. A bit disappointed in it. It's a good album, as is every Evergrey album (well, maybe not MMA), but it doesn't blow my socks off.

I think they made a 'safe' album, they didn't really do anything new. And if anything, most of the songs have an upbeat, almost happy feel to them, where as Evergrey songs are usually darker, more sombre affairs.
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^ I was a bit disappointed as well, the previous one was so much better.
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I can't say honestly that any of the last three Evergrey albums have done that much for me. I mena, all seem pretty decent to listen to but none have had anything that's made me want to go back to them. Whever the mood strikes I usually turn to the stuff from between 1999 - 2004. I do quite like Torn as well though. 
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Just posted review number 60 for 2016, which I'm pretty proud of considering I only managed 37 for 2015 albums. 

My summary of this year with two months to go is that it's been a good time for black metal but I haven't found so many really great releases from my other top genres. It's a rare year where my top 20 has more thrash metal than power metal, with 4 albums to 1. While some bands I've followed for a while have produced what I feel are their best albums this year, others have actually failed to crack my top 30 this time around, with Dream Theater being this year's disaster. 

There are still a lot of albums that I want to get reviewed, especially from band's I've previously bought stuff by or reviewed included Sinbreed, Hail Spirit Noir, Evergrey, Opeth, Avantasia and Headspace among others. 
 
This is the updated ranking, with some albums positions changed around a bit since my last post. Albums marked with an * are free downloads (click on the album name).

  1. Lascaille's Shroud - The Roads Leading North
  2. Hail Spirit Noir - Mayhem in Blue
  3. Epica - The Holographic Principle
  4. Mare Cognitum - Luminferous Aether
  5. Eternity's End - The Fire Within
  6. Blood Ceremony - Lord of Misrule
  7. Winterhorde - Maestro
  8. Uada - Devoid of Light
  9. Entropia - Ufonaut
  10. Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas - Mariner
  11. Enthean - Priests of Annihilation
  12. Sojourner - Empires of Ash
  13. Distant Sun - Into the Nebula
  14. Dark Forest - Beyond the Veil
  15. Arkona - Vozrozhdenie 2016
  16. Fejd - Trolldom
  17. Artillery - Penalty by Perception
  18. Mortillery - Shapeshifter
  19. Vektor - Terminal Redux
  20. Jute Gyte - Perdurance *
  21. Fallujah - Dreamless
  22. Haken - Affinity
  23. Nervosa - Agony
  24. Mesarthim - Pillars
  25. Nightmare - Dead Sun
  26. Skyliner - Condition Black
  27. Krypts - Remnants of Expansion
  28. Oathbreaker - Rheia
  29. Mare Cognitum / Aureole - Resonance: Crimson Void (split) *
  30. Running Wild - Rapid Foray
  31. The Spacelords - Liquid Sun
  32. Diabulus in Musica - Dirge for the Archons
  33. Theocracy - Ghost Ship
  34. Charred Walls of the Damned - Creatures Watching Over the Dead
  35. Fenrir - Loki's Slaughter
  36. Delain - Moonbathers
  37. Allegaeon - Proponent for Sentience
  38. Void Omnia - Dying Light
  39. Mizmor - Yodh
  40. Messa - Belfry
  41. Howls of Ebb - Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows
  42. Purson - Desire's Magic Theatre
  43. Obscura - Akróasis
  44. Iron Savior - Titancraft
  45. Edensong - Years in the Garden of Years
  46. Midnight Eternal - Midnight Eternal
  47. Metal Church - XI
  48. Fuath - I
  49. Auriga - VII - Dimensions of Asymmetry
  50. Mesarthim - .- -​.​.​. .​.​. . -. -​.​-​. .
  51. Exmortus - Ride Forth
  52. Metallica - Hardwired... To Self-Destruct
  53. Sylvaine - Wistful
  54. Threnody - Bad Dreams Do Come True *
  55. Witte Wieven - Silhouettes of an Imprisoned Mind *
  56. Atrocious Abnormality - Formed in Disgust
  57. Névoa - Re Un
  58. Abnormality - Mechanisms of Omniscience 
  59. Abbath - Abbath
  60. La Torture des ténèbres - Choirs of Emptiness *
  61. Be'lakor - Vessels
  62. Face of Oblivion - Cataclysmic Desolation
  63. Dream Theater - The Astonishing
  64. Symphonity - King of Persia
  65. La Torture des ténèbres - Acadian Nights *
  66. Ravenia - Beyond the Walls of Death


Edited by adg211288 - 06 Dec 2016 at 9:04am
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Metal albums of 2016 I really enjoyed so far (4 stars or more out of 5):

  1. Vektor – Terminal Redux
  2. Obscura – Akróasis
  3. Fleshgod Apocalypse – King
  4.  Rhapsody of Fire – Into the Legend
  5. Fallujah – Dreamless
  6. Twilight Force – Heroes of Mighty Magic
  7. Sonata Arctica – The Ninth Hour
  8. Veonity – Into the Void
  9. Allegaeon - Proponent for Sentience
  10. Mare Cognitum – Luminiferous Aether
  11. Mesarthim – Absence
  12.  Mizmor – Yodh
  13. Yngwie Malmsteen – World on Fire
  14. Hizaki Grace Project – Rosario
  15. Code I – Phosphenia
  16. Iron Attack! - 皇父の名の下に Takasago Army 2
  17. Iron Attack! - スペースギャラクシー
  18. Crow'sClaw – Seven Wonders of the Lotus Land   

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This one just upset my top 20 and almost my top 10.



I enjoyed their debut from last year - one album I did manage a review for in fact - so was obviously looking forward to this, but I wasn't expecting it to be this good. Clap
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Will there be a collaborator's top albums of 2016?

So many albums I don't get the chance to hear, but if my non-collaborator vote can count for anything, maybe break a tie or something, my top-5 are:

1. Fates Warning - Theories Of Flight

2. Haken - Affinity

3. Theocracy - Ghost Ship

4. Insomnium - Winter's Gate

5. Amon Amarth - Jomsviking

My likes/dislikes come from being a big prog/power metal fan, with '80s/hair-metal, a bit of melo-death metal and thrash added in.

I know you guys already have that area covered, collaborator-wise.
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Originally posted by Jbird Jbird wrote:

Will there be a collaborator's top albums of 2016?


Yup, I believe there's a week left until the lists start getting compiled.
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Yeah voting finishes for the collabs on February 1st. I'll be tallying what everyone came up with after that and getting it formatted for the forum. 
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