Angry Metal-FiTwenty-sixteen was a year that started so well. I’d recently performed a counter coup, reorganized things, appointed Steel Druhm to my Internet Banana Republic Enforcer for Life and I was reviewing a lot of stuff. The Record(s) o’ the Month were landing on time, and the trains were on schedule. Then tragedy struck… Alas, the good that was the beginning of the year turned into a fucking bullshit slog where I became progressively overcome by life. Longtime readers will know that I have been much less involved on the back half of this year than at any point in our long history.1 And I’ll just be honest, I’ve been considering even setting aside the mantle of Angry Metal Guy altogether. This year has been a year of endings, in a way. The end of my faith in humanity. The end of Agalloch‘s post-Ulver reign of terror. The end of a lot of famous lives.

Yet, as is custom, when I put together a list of the stuff that’s really sat with me throughout the year I find that I cannot leave it all behind. It’s true that I haven’t been present so much recently, but I still have Very Important Opinions™, a website, and relative anonymity. What is more precious than such a position? From whence would bombs be thrown if not from positions of such privilege? Who would offend record labels by not playing the game if not me? What, I ask, would become of if Angry Metal Guy were to hang up his Lederhosen and drinking horn? Nary a website would rate things they love so lowly as we do. Who here would make snarky comments and threaten to fire everyone? Who would bitch like a bitter old man about the metal scene crawling up its own ass? (Probably lots of people, honestly. But I’ll maintain the narcissistic delusion that I’m a unique snowflake that everyone is reading this website for.2)

Still, there are reasons for this situation. I’m writing a dissertation. This means that while I’m still doing fieldwork during the first half of 2017 I’m going to be pretty absent. I will still listen to new music3, and I’ll still write occasional reviews. And I will, of course, force my opinions on you about the Record(s) o’ the Month. But you’re just going have to cope with my absence. Then when I get back I’ll probably spend a lot of time getting to know the n00bs, since I have no idea who these people are or how they ended up writing for my blog. After I’ve covered up the mass grave, I hope things will return to normal. But maybe they never will.

Because of that I just want to say: thank you all for everything. Thank you for reading this blog, for showing up every day, for being great commenters (25,000+ comments in 2016! Holy balls!) and broad listeners. Thanks for your opinions (even your contrary ones) and for all the time you have spent making Angry Metal Guy the amazing place that it is today. Watching you give great bands bumps on BandCamp, hearing about the albums you’re buying and the shows you’re seeing, and knowing that you want us all to hear the things you love, too, leaves me feeling remarkably un-angry, actually. It has been so fucking cool to watch this website grow into something that is no longer an extension of my personality, but its own thing. It’s weird, but it’s incredible. Just know that I totally love you and this blog and I plan to get back. But as I’ve been learning, sometimes things are momentary. A lot of review blogs have been born and died since I founded this website in 2009. Our longevity has been due to a single-minded stubbornness on my part, and then on the part of Steel Druhm and Madam X particularly. And the Angry Metal Guy isn’t really just me anymore. The Angry Metal Guy is an archetype we all know and love (and occasionally love to hate). And I love that this little blog that could has moved from a personal mouthpiece to an institution. And I owe it all to me being fucking amazing. Er, to you guys.


– AMG >:{>

 Wilderun - Sleep at the Edge of Earth#(ish): Wilderun // Sleep at the Edge of the Earth — Yeah, sure, Sleep at the Edge of the Earth didn’t come out this year, but let’s be honest with ourselves here: Wilderun produced a Multiple Year Album. The kind of record that probably belongs in one’s Top 10(ish) multiple years in a row because it’s just that good. I’ve been coming back to Wilderun more than a lot of my favorite albums from this year because it’s just so perfect. It’s a rare record, indeed, that inspires such devotion in myself and others (here’s looking at El Cuervo) and if you haven’t actually bothered to check out my Record o’ the Year from 2015, I suggest you take the time to do so now! Also, someone please organize a tour with Wilderun and Turisas so that I can die happy.

The Dread Crew of Oddwood - Lawful Evil#(ish): The Dread Crew of Oddwood // Lawful Evil — “Pirate metal” isn’t exactly something I’ve ever been into. I think it’s kitschy, one dimensional, and a bit dumb. And yet Lawful Evil is none of the above. Maybe because it’s got that D&D™ theme and I’m a sucker for nerdity, but much more likely it’s because this band is really talented. The songs are short, tight and super catchy, showing off excellent composition in addition to great musicianship. And Lawful Evil is a great change of pace when I want something epic, but a bit fun or cheesy. In a way my only regret is that they haven’t electrified this stuff, because some of these songs belong in playlists with Blind Guardian (“Heavy Mahogany”) or Finntroll (“Sulfur”). It’s hard to put this on the “proper” list because it’s not a “proper” release as such, but Lawful Evil comes highly recommended if you’re into good music.

Ihsahn - Arktis10. Ihsahn // Arktis. Ihsahn‘s latest album got relatively high praise from me earlier in the year. Yet, it’s a bit of a spotty record and it even includes one full song that I skip entirely every time. The problem is that I just keep coming back to it anyway because Ihsahn gets riffs (and writes them) and composes excellent music. And Arktis. is hardly a perfect album, but it is one that loaded with more than enough riffs and great compositions to justify its place on this list. Tracks like “Mass Darkness” or “Celestial Violence” are pure and epic, great songs the like of which I haven’t heard rivaled this year. So while Arktis. might not be angL, it continues to call me back and is one more example of why Ihsahn continues to be one of the most respected musicians in heavy metal.

Oceans of Slumber - Winter9. Oceans of Slumber // Winter — Once in a while I write a positive review and people (and bands) react like I wrote a negative one. I feel like people’s response to my Oceans of Slumber review was that I did not actually like this record because I had some critiques of it. Contrary to popular belief, however, this isn’t the case! I adore Winter and think it was easily one of the coolest albums I heard this year. I fell hard for the sultry vocals, the great riffing, and the genuinely unique soundscape that these Texans built. In a metal scene that tends toward imitation, Oceans of Slumber is a breath of fresh air. They are totally unafraid of doing what they do well and it marks Winter as a great album. I strongly recommend Winter if you haven’t already heard it, and I look forward to whatever these guys do next.

8. Anciients // Voice of the Void — Anciients sophomore album is one that has not received the kind of fanfare their debut did. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure why that would be. Voice of the Void is a stronger set of songs than the debut, and one thing that Anciients has in spades is riiiiiiiiiiffs. I cannot listen to this album without being impressed again and again by the intense, groovy, brutal, sweet, fat chops these dudes have. Pop on any song on Voice of the Void and you will find a riff that will give you a sore neck the morning after. These guys have mastered the art of the riff better than almost any band in recent memory, and Voice of the Void features nine songs which demonstrate this with alacrity. This album is a pummeling from start to finish, and Anciients should be proud of this effort. I hope it’s getting a lot of love out there, because it’s a damned fine record.

Sunburst - Fragments of Creation7. Sunburst // Fragments of Creation — Goddammit I love this album. There’s a soft spot deep in me for power/prog that has heft and great songwriting. And yeah, Fragments of Creation has irritating modern power metal production—but it also has awesome songs and one of the best metal vocal performances of 2016. Littered throughout the album are a bunch of top notch riffs, great solos and excellent compositions. In the tradition of Nocturnal RitesSunburst knock out anthemic, but heavy and occasionally impressive, songs that are anchored by truly top notch vocals from Vasilis Georgiou. I wrote in my initial review that these guys “buck the trend of testicle-less prog and power” and I still stand by that totally sexist trope. Fragments of Creation flows perfectly from start to finish, is heavy, engaging and impressive, and marks one of the first genuinely required power metal albums for me in a very long time.

6. Katatonia // The Fall of Hearts — As with several Katatonia albums before it, I did not like The Fall of Hearts when it was released. If I had reviewed it at the time, I would have easily given it a 2.5. I thought the album was flat, I didn’t think they had managed to justify the progressive bits, and I hated the production. And while the last bit is true—because I do still hate the production—I kindly beg to differ with my earlier opinion. The Fall of Hearts sees Katatonia progressing as a band in ways that I think do them real credit. Three important things stand out about the album. First, as songwriters, Katatonia has progressed a long ways since its earliest days of its post-doom metal. What once was minimalist to the point of simplicity, has become mature and complex. Second, The Fall of Hearts has a Jazz på svenska feel to it that I absolutely adore. There’s a jazzy, piano-driven melancholy that is subtle at first, but has become a defining feature that I love about this album. Third, I saw the band live in Stockholm and the songs there absolutely popped with energy. They were heavy and they made me need to go back and listen. Once I pushed beyond the production, I became addicted to these songs. Katatonia is at their peak right now and The Fall of Hearts is 68 minutes of evidence of that thesis. I just wish they’d produce the next album to sound more live, so that it wouldn’t take me 6 months to figure out that their albums are this good.

Vektor - Terminal Redux5. Vektor // Terminal Redux — If you’d have told me that a 74 minute thrash metal record was going to get anywhere near my Top 10(ish) list I’d probably have not included it just to spite you. I’d also have been surprised. Vektor is not a band that I previously had spent a lot of time with, but Terminal Redux is a totally ridiculous and fantastic album across the board. Even at 9 minutes tracks like “Charging the Void” and “Collapse” are immensely engaging—with the Lion King blast beat will go down in history as one of metal’s most surprising and endearing moments—and the whole album is a remarkable piece of progressive thrash metal. Terminal Redux rocks a near black metal intensity, but the songwriting chops of guys who don’t wear corpse paint. I also quite like the tone of the production on this album, even if it did end up a DR6. The album is kind of raw, with a ‘natural’ sound that suits it well. And when all is said and done, Terminal Redux is going to be remembered as one of 2016’s finest moments. The whole band quitting, on the other hand, is going to sour 2017 a bit for fans of the band.

4. Witherscape // The Northern Sanctuary — When I finally got my hands on The Northern Sanctuary this year, I listened to it non-stop for days. I e-mailed Dan Swanö and said something in the style of “Holy shit, man, this new record is amazing.” He responded with (I paraphrase): “I know it is, I wrote it!” Touché, Mr. the Man, touché. The Northern Sanctuary is another incredible album from Witherscape, who I’d say has melodeath down to a formula—except this album is anything but formulaic! The Northern Sanctuary is laced with surprising riffs, beautiful melodies and all the Metal Michael Bolton vocals you could soak a middle-aged lady from the ’80s in. And I keep coming back to The Northern Sanctuary because I just can’t get enough of the unabashedly catchy music and one of the best sounding metal albums of 2016. Honestly, that there isn’t a statue of Swanö in Gothenburg only demonstrates that Swedes don’t realize they’re in the presence of a living legend.

Mistur - In Memoriam3. Mistur // In Memoriam — My favorite black metal record of the year is, unsurprisingly, historically attached to one of my favorite black metal bands of all time: Windir. While Mistur‘s In Memoriam is not a clone of the legendary band by any means, it hits all the right notes for me. The songs are sweeping, epic affairs without ever falling back on the “atmospheric” approach (read: same riff, 15 minutes, lots of misty-eyed feelz). Instead, In Memoriam has a distinctly Scandinavian feel and while it’s not raw, it still feels like it would be crushing live. Mistur writes great riffs that never grow stale in spite of the sweeping breadth of their songs, and In Memoriam clearly demonstrates the power of the riff in a tour de force of superb songwriting, fantastic performances, and sweeping epicity. In Memoriam is one of the best black metal records I’ve heard in years, not just in 2016.

Fleshgod Apocalypse - King2. Fleshgod Apocalypse // King — I have been waiting literally years for Fleshgod Apocalypse to produce King. Neoclassical death metal is kind of becoming a thing, but the finest renditions of the genre are still Fleshgod‘s own Oracles and the Mafia EP. Since then, the band has been trying to evolve and, frankly, failing. King set all of that right and we have none other to thank than Jens Bogren—who probably gets more shit on this blog than he deserves.4 Rather than suffering from the heinous production jobs of the past, King features Fleshgod doing precisely what they do best: blending their classical sensibilities with brutal death metal in an epic, soaring and beautifully intense album without the drums being STUCK ON CAPSLOCK. There is not a weak moment on King and the album flows perfectly. Kudos to the band for not backing away from opera, too. King is epic and pretty much perfect.

1. King Goat // Conduit — The biggest surprise of the year has turned into my favorite album of the year. Slowly, but surely, it became clear to me that I was not going to get better than King Goat‘s Conduit in 2016. Every time I put on Conduit, I am impressed again by its details and flow. I know the other guys in the band is going to hate reading this—because singers, man—but while King Goat‘s music is great, this album is transcendent because of a near-virtuoso vocal performance by Anthony Trimming. I don’t mean virtuoso necessarily in terms of the ‘difficulty’ of the material that Trim is performing, but rather the way in which he navigates all the different sounds and feels with the grace and emotionality required of each moment. The vocals range between Messiah, Johan Hegg, and the dude from Ofermod without seeming to blink an eye. As the compositions swell and fall, the band is held on course by one fantastic moment after another emanating from the throat of one guy. Such powerful, evocative vocals help the band’s own grungy doom to shine. And shine, Conduit does. I have listened to it dozens of times this year and I cannot get enough of it. Every song is great, but it’s meant to be listened to from start to finish; a complete album from a band just getting its footing.

Top 5(ish) Unicornings of 2016

Reviewing ain’t easy. But it’s especially difficult when you’re trying to fill out a website with imagery and promotional material for bands or labels, and those bands or labels don’t want to give you promotional material to help promote them. Particularly, the promotional photos of bands have become sillier and sillier as time has gone on. Initially, the kvltish black metal bands were the only ones who would send no photos or stupid photos where you can’t see the band. But now it feels like it’s every goddamned band. And if you’re too cool for promotional photos? We here at Angry Metal Guy aren’t afraid of public shamings. So let’s rack up our favorites from the year.

#(ish): Cryfemal // D6s6nt6rro

#5: Unbegotten // Proem of the Unborn

#4: Pogavranjen // Jedva čekam da nikad ne umrem

#3: Brainstorm // Scary Creatures — To be fair, we didn’t really unicorn them. They unicorned themselves, we just helped them complete the picture.

#2: King Goat // Conduit — Being my Record o’ the Year doesn’t make you exempt from unicornings

King Goat 2016

#1: Chthe’ilist // Le Dernier Crépuscule — From Kronos, the artful turn in Unicorning was begun in earnest after this

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  1. Except the one period when Druhm wrote all the reviews and I listened to nothing but Camel and Meatloaf for an entire summer. Ahh, memories I’ve tried to repress.
  2. And don’t you try to disabuse me of that notion.
  3. The new Soen is fucking awesome, you guys, soooo awesome…
  4. Though, that fucking Haken master…
  • Its about time! Can’t you read a calendar?! Its 2017 already! Your list is completely wrong. Everything about it. Where is the Jorn? If you’re going to put Wilderun on here from a previous year, why not include Ne Obliviscaris? Nice list of unicorn pictures, though if I had a unicorn horn, I know of one place I would shove it!

    Seriously, great list. I love your site. Of any site on any subject matter online, yours is the one I come back to nearly every day, since ~2012 when I first discovered it.

    Life can get in the way of many things, but the music you love is the number one reason to keep coming back.

    May 2017 be the angriest year yet! :)

    • That first paragraph is pure gold. Thank you for reminding me what my opinion is worth, Eckman.

    • sir_c

      Couldn’t agree more.
      Angry Metal Guy better be Angry, says Chuck Norris.

  • Why so much Fleshgod Apocalypse??

    • Huck N’ Roll

      I don’t understand why it isn’t #1. And #2. And…

    • Monsterth Goatom

      Why not like you hammering hole of glory?

    • It’s brilliant.

  • Lucas Lex DeJong

    Why no Fleshlight Analopo- Oh. OH. OH!!! Someone alert the mad Brazillian!

    Thanks for pumping out great reviews, all you guys. I travel a lot and often need to backtrack months to find good releases, and you guys are always reliable. Glad King Goat and Sunburst are getting some attention; great songcrafting by both bands. And I still think King Goat’s vocalist sounds like a more diverse, talented and un-annoying David Draiman.

    We’ve had spheres, we’ve had unicorns. What is the next obnoxious trend we’re going to beat to death over every review? Because I want to get a head start.

    • André Snyde Lopes

      What’s next?

      king fleshgod apocalypse

    • I’m honestly pretty OK with stickin’ to unicorns for a while. It’s just fucking great.

  • Kronos

    Very proud to see Chthe’ilist’s unicorning on display here.
    That being said, your list has nary a whiff of brutality. Where’s the Gomorrah? That was by far your best find this year.

  • LR

    So glad to finally see Anciients and Katatonia getting some love. Also loved the vocals in Conduit, my record of the year too, not that it matters.
    I would like to thank you and all the team for your amazing work, if that isn’t being said enough already.
    Happy new year for us all!

    • Ugo Poifol

      When AMG speaks, I force myself to listen to the albums one last time… And Anciients finally clicked with me right now. There is just so much good music nowadays man, it’s hard to give a proper listen to everything…

      • That’s a big compliment! Thanks!

        • Ugo Poifol

          There are still so many albums from this list that I haven’t given a proper listen to. Arktis, The Fall of Hearts, King…

          But I really want to thank you for the review for In Memoriam. Listening to Mistur’s last album this summer is what made me excited for Metal again after a 4 years dry spell. Haven’t been listening to as much Metal as right now in years. Really happy to see it make your list, it’s my favourite album of the year.

    • brklyner

      I’ve been dismissing Anciients as early-Mastodon clones for the better part of the year, but finally came around to their ability to write well-crafted, catchy songs (even if I still believe this band would not exist were it not for Mastodon).

  • Name’s Dalton

    Hi. I’ve been inspired to compile a year-end list. The slotting, it turns out, is fairly interchangeable, and any one of the top ten could lay claim to the top spot on any given day. (I even feel sheepish about not placing Vektor first, because good gravy, is that a record for the ages.

    One helluva year, too, when established stalwarts like Revocation, DEP, Ulcerate, and Wormed turn in smashing albums and because their offerings are compared to their respective prior releases, they’re greeted with a shrug and a nod rather than ecstatic glee. Such is life at the top in our fickle world.

    Anyway, here’s my Top 30. I know you e all been clamoring to read it. Be chill, fellow readers, for your wait is over:

    30 Sumac
    29 Crator
    28 Ruinous
    27 Death Angel
    26 Denominate
    25 Chthe’ilist
    24 Krallice
    23 Imperium
    22 Hyperion
    21 Inter Arma
    20 Dillinger Escape Plan
    19 Plebeian Grandstand
    18 Zealotry
    17 Seputus
    16 Mithras
    15 Dawn of Demise
    14 Coma Cluster Void
    13 Departe
    12 Gomorrah
    11 Wormed
    10 Ulcerate
    9 Third Sovereign
    8 Vredehammer
    7 Setentia
    6 Virvum
    5 Unfathomable Ruination
    4 Revocation
    3 Big Business
    2 Vektor
    1 Dormant Ordeal

    These Demos and EPs are worthy of special merit, particularly the debuts from Sunless (if you like Baring Teeth, you’ll love Sunless) and Nightmarer:

    Venom Prison

    Songs of the year:
    Third Sovereign “Sakei Al Hal/Grave of Humanity”
    Vredehammer “Light the Fucking Sky”
    Big Business “Popular Demand”
    Revocation “Only the Spineless Survive”
    Rob Crow “Oh the Sadmakers”
    Vektor “LCD Liquid Crystal Disease”

    Special mention from 2015:
    Craw – Received a massive box set reissue replete with a 200+ page book. Quite the undertaking for a band all but ignored in the 90s yet by one that undoubtedly influenced the heavier side of the indie underground.

    Cherubs – L I T E R A L L Y the last band from whom I ever thought I’d hear new music released an addicting new album 20 years after breaking up in a parking lot after a show over fisticuffs. They’ve toned down the sludge some but the noise rock is still a staple and it’s tempered by a keen sense of melody and a knack for swing.

    Kardashev – Thanks, Kronos, for mentioning this band in your year-end preamble. Wowsa.

    Lightning Bolt – Another band releasing challenging music 20 years in. Bass/drums duo are still confounding and jaw-slackening after all these years. Hats off.

    I wanted to thank AMG and its contributors for this site. I visit every day and read everything, comments and all. Between it and Bandcamp, I have found so many terrific bands I would otherwise not have heard. I dove headlong into the seas of metal maybe four years ago, and I’ve scarcely surfaced for air, and before my bloated carcass floats ashore, I plan to ingest as much music as possible. Who knows? Maybe someone aboard the 70,000 tons of metal cruise will spot my sunburned, dehydrated body drifting and throw me a life preserver. Either way, I throw goat horns your way, AMG.

    • Diego Molero

      top 30? Is that legal? You have to suffer like the rest of us and only do 10 man! Cool list though, have to check some bands in there.

      • Name’s Dalton

        Sssh or they’ll yellow card me, which probably consists of being forced to listen to the band Yellowcard. (shudder).

        Anyway, glad you enjoyed the list.! 2016 was a great year for metal.

    • Meriyas

      “Light the Fucking Sky” is a great song! It popped up for me in a discover playlist on Spotify and I loved it instantly. I didn’t end up getting into the album though, probably just didn’t give it enough time.

  • Fuinha

    I almost never agree with your reviews but somehow your list is always my favorite

  • Dr_Fisting

    Great list, boss — but how come no Fishguts Analingus – “Kong”?

    • Monsterth Goatom

      Strange, but I was thinking the same thing. And where is that Brazilian girl? This is her day.

      • Carlos Marrickvillian

        Her work is done

  • Alex

    Great review of katatonia. Saw them on last year’s 70000 tons of metal, both shows. They slayed on the top deck ending the show with ‘Without God’ from dance of December souls. I later saw the guitarist rocking a Jimmy eat world hoodie and all I could say was trve. Those guys kick ass and will for a long time…Just like this blog as you’ve built something bigger than yourself which is awesome.

  • André Snyde Lopes

    What Ihsahn track do you skip?

    Anyway, as is tradition at this point, here is my top 10 list:

    10. Ashbringer – Yugen
    9. Fates Warning – Theories of Flight
    8. Cult of Luna/Julie Christmas – Mariner
    7. Russian Circles – Guidance
    6. SubRosa – For This We Fought the Battle of Ages
    5. Hammers of Misfortune – Dead Revolution
    4. Howls of Ebb – Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows
    3. Vektor – Terminal Redux
    2. Hail Spirit Noir – Mayhem in Blue
    1. Spektr – The Art to Disappear

    It has been a magnificent year to be a part of this community. I hope you can make it through your dissertation alive. I might not…

    • I also want to know this

    • Monsterth Goatom

      The last track, maybe? That’s the one I skip.

      • Diego Molero

        You mean the bonus track, right? That one is boring as hell.

        • Monsterth Goatom

          The poem one, right? Cool if you know Norwegian… maybe. Someone here or in the forums was saying they found it to be a soothing (or something to that effect) way to end the album. I kind of get that, but 9+ minutes of spoken word is too much.

          • Diego Molero

            Agreed. Is just to much. And I think that “Celestial Violence” ends the album on a perfect note, there is no need for that bonus track imo.

    • Name’s Dalton

      Nice to see Russian Circles on the list. Their drummer once played in Riddle of Steel, an excellent post-hardcore band with hard rock sensibilities.

      • gus rodrigues

        How did I miss the new Russian Circles?? will definitely buy it tonight! Love the band!

    • tomasjacobi

      I think South Winds is super annoying and if I remember correctly, AMG complained about that song in his review, so it might be that one.

      • André Snyde Lopes

        I thought it was strange myself but I’ve come around to it. The weakest track for me (barring that bonus) is Celestial Violence. It’s just so cliché!

        • tomasjacobi

          I don’t mind strange, I just don’t think it works.
          Celestial Violence, on the other hand, is a great way to end the album. I don’t see what makes it cliche. Compared to the rest of the album it relies more on emotion than riffs and complexity, but I think that is just what the album needs at that point :-)

      • Yeah, I pretty much hate that song. I just think it’s ill-conceived. But the rest of the album is awesome, so no harm done.

        • DrChocolate

          Yeah, here’s where we disagree a bit. I love Arktis and ‘South Winds’ might be my favorite track on that album. Granted, I’m a not-so-closeted lover of goth and gothy electrodance and eye liner industrial. It’s right up my Halloween, black finger nail polished alley.

      • Niviss

        you people are weird! Celestial Violence! South Winds! both AMAZING songs. love them both. hell, every single track on arktis is incredible. Bonus tracks are bonus

        • tomasjacobi

          You’re precisely 50% correct.

    • Carlos Marrickvillian

      Love your work, great list Sub Rosa is the only one not floating my boat and Spectre is a priority on my to do list.

      • André Snyde Lopes

        Thanks a lot. But work? Where’s my paycheck?! DRUHM!!

    • Carlos Marrickvillian

      Arktis could’ve been album of the year for me if not for the last overly long and not very compelling track.

      • Diego Molero

        But it’s a bonus, man!! Just pretend it doesn’t exist, that’s what I do.

        • tomasjacobi

          Exactly. Bonus tracks don’t count when assessing albums.

        • Carlos Marrickvillian

          Damn why didn’t anyone tell me that before!
          Though I say if its released with the album it’s part of the album.

          • Diego Molero

            See the footnote that AMG wrote on his review, over there it’s all explained.

          • Carlos Marrickvillian

            I don’t include footnotes ;)

      • JMoherPerc

        Though it doesn’t fit the post-“Celestial Violence” flow very well, “Til Tor Ulven” has always been a standout track to me, stimulating the hairs on the back of my neck in all the right ways and having beautiful composition as well, *almost* hearkening to pre-pantonal Schoenberg. The vocal part is definitely reminiscent of Sprechstimme.

        I see that it’s probably just me who loves the track, but oh, well.

    • [not a Dr]

      This list is missing sometking…

    • Diego Molero

      Hey man, I told you I would ask: Deeper Than Sky or Terminal Redux? If you could elaborate, super awesome.
      Although Terminal Redux ended up #3 in your list, thouhgt it would be #1, so I’m guessing you finished liking more DTS since it was #1 last year (It doesn’t mean that of course, just guessing).

      • André Snyde Lopes

        Vhol is better than anything released this year, I’m afraid. I’d retroactively award it a 5.0. It’s more fun, more creative (yeah, I know) and more John Cobbett. Vektor has the concept but the riffing insanity of previous records has given way to a more conceptual insanity which, while great in itself, is less universally appealing, I think. Anyway, they’re both great fucking records so no sense in agonizing over this question.

        • Dethjesta

          I agree. I don’t have a first class ticket on the Vektor train, It’s good but not amazing IMHO. But regardless, Vhol is better than anything that 2016 has offered up.

        • Diego Molero

          Agree, also like more Vhol. Did you hear the single they release last year for Adult Swim? Great song.

    • TheTransmuted

      LOVE the inclusion of Ashbringer. I’ve come back to that album again and again.

      • André Snyde Lopes

        Yeah and the more I listen to it, the more I like it!

    • Jean-Claude


    • John

      Nice list dude. Ashbringer actually crept into my top five.

    • Well, I pretend the bonus track doesn’t exist. And I dislike the techno.

      I don’t even know that we ever got that Subrosa record. I think they got pissed when I criticized their out of tune vocals on their last one.

      • André Snyde Lopes

        Yeah, the bonus track was a mistake and nearly soured me on the album. I have no problem with the rest of it, aside from being a bit… predictable? and navel-gazing.

        Regarding SubRosa, it was the first I heard from them. The strings are super powerful on this one. The singing is kinda shaky, but it kinda fits with the theme (the album is based on Zamyatin’s “We”). It’s charming and uncanny. I am kinda stricken by it but I recognize that it has many flaws.

    • Ein Sophistry

      Aw, damn…I forgot Spektr’s album came out this year.

  • WE’RE ALL SPECIAL SNOWFLAKES!!! #justmillenialthings

    • Name’s Dalton


      • Name’s Dalton

        Never mind. Missed that part earlier.

  • Adam

    My list… after much deliberation, excellent year imo :

    1 King Goat – Conduit
    2 Vektor – Terminal Redux
    3 Mistur – In Memoriam
    4 Be’lakor – Vessels
    5 Hyperion – Seraphical Euphony
    6 Anciients – Voice of the Void
    7 Insomnium – Winter’s Gate
    8 Khemmis – Hunted
    9 Haken – Affinity
    10 Rhapsody of Fire – Into the Legend

    Vektor was my feeling most of the year, it has higher highs but King Goat is just slightly more cohesive as an album. Fuck it, my 1 and 2 are basically a dead heat.

  • Carl Anderson

    Good, thought provoking (or at least provoking) stuff — though “from whence” seems a tad redundant.

    • Name’s Dalton

      Because it is, as is “myriad of”. It happens.

      • Goldicot

        How is “myriad of” redundant? I’m not seeing it.

        • Name’s Dalton

          Style has relaxed on it, but myriad – at least how I was taught to use it – included the word “of” in its meaning. So myriad styles meant “a great number of,” which would make adding an “of” after “myriad” redundant.

          • Goldicot

            But how would one use it? “I listened to a myriad albums this year?”

          • Carl Anderson

            I believe English tends to admit myriad as both an adjective and a noun. So as an adjective, “I listened to myriad [i.e. many] albums”, though as a noun I think it would have to be “I listened to a myriad of albums”.

  • Reaper

    I got to see Wilderun live with the Dread crew, the show was a lot more enjoyable than I thought it would be.

  • Kmill

    I have been touting Sunburst since I saw the review here on AMG as one of the best albums of the year. I have received unceasing mocking from my more sophisticated “metal friends”. Thank you AMG from the bottom of my heart. I now feel completely vindicated.

  • AMG and I probably could sit in a room and listen to shit we each like and never disagree on a single fucking thing.

    That having been said, the two (literally only 2) things on this list that I haven’t heard I must immediately investigate.

  • Diego Molero

    Sleep at the Edge of the Earth is an absolute monster of a record, it has become easily one of my top 5 records of all time (love you for that, Cuervo), can’t wait to hear what those guys come up after that album.

    Also can’t wait for that new Soen album, I know it’s going to be killer.
    Glad to see Ihsahn on your list, love Arktis.

    I love Conduit, but really thought that King was going to be #1. Love every album on this list except Sunburst, I just hate power metal.

    Hope you can get time and write more reviews in the future. And don’t you even think of pulling the plug on this blog, man! Don’t know what I would do if that happens.

    Also, happy new year to all of the people on this site. Here’s to another great year of metal, great reviews, and unicorns! m/

    • The Nerd.

      Garden of Fire made that album from a “AOTY” to an Album of the Decade. Can’t wait for the new Soen either.

      • Diego Molero

        My personal favorite is “The Means to Preserve”, but I agree on “The Garden of Fire” being the best song of the album.

        • Meriyas

          “The Means to Preserve” is such a metal song. It’s definitely my favourite on the album too, it makes me want to go on a crusade.

    • Meriyas

      I kept reading Soen as Saor… It only just clicked to me, I had no idea Soen was releasing a new album! February has me excited now! New Soen and Persefone!

      • Diego Molero

        Well, both bands are super awesome, so it’s ok!

  • Shrümpelstiltskin

    I’m jealous that you got to exchange emails with Dan Swano. That must have been the coolest.

  • Meriyas

    I can’t believe Fleshgod finally came up! No more wondering where it is in everyone’s lists.

    I’ve enjoyed coming back to AMG day after day this year to read the reviews and comments that are posted by every staff member, the usual readers and all the newbies. Thank you all for providing me with numerous recommendations throughout the year and some entertainment on a daily basis. Best of luck with your dissertation AMG, we all look forward to having you back; but know that the site is in very good hands while you’re busy.

    Thanks for everything guys!
    For anyone that is interested, here is my top 10 for this year (which I thought was amazing):
    Honorable Mentions:
    Khemmis – Hunted
    Harakiri for the Sky – III:Trauma
    Oak Pantheon – In Pieces
    Saor – Guardians
    10. Mithras – On Strange Loops
    9. Hannes Grossman – The Crypts of Sleep
    8. Anaal Nathrakh – The Whole of the Law
    7. The Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation
    6. Anciients – Voice of the Void
    5. Hyperion – Seraphical Euphony
    4. Allegaeon – Proponent for Sentience
    3. Slice the Cake – Odyssey to the West
    2. Xoth – Invasion of the Tentacube
    1. Vektor – Terminal Redux

    • Diego Molero

      I love your list. Everyone forgot about Hannes. Xoth was also practically non-existent on everyone’s lists. Also glad to see Hyperion.
      Have no idea who Slice the Cake are though, have to check that one, but you seem to have great taste, so I’m sure I’ll like it.

      • Meriyas

        Cheers mate! Slice the Cake are a bit Djenty and the album is quite long, but I absolutely adore the whole thing.

        I’m kind of surprised about Xoth not being as popular as it should be, it’s a seriously good album. Although it did release late in the year and a little under the radar too. Hannes Grossman’s “To Sow the Seeds of Earth” is one of the best album openers I’ve heard this year.

        • Diego Molero

          Djent isn’t exactly my cup of tea, but I can enjoy the good stuff, and if it’s long but good, no problem.

          Agree with Xoth and Hannes, that song is awesome.

          • Meriyas

            It’s not really mine either. It’s mostly prog metal but a lot of prog can have Djenty undertones nowadays (guitars and vocals). Give it a try and see if you like it. You’ll know if it’s your cup of tea after the first 2 or 3 songs :)

          • Diego Molero

            Will do man, thanks! I’ll let you know what I think about it when I listen to it.

          • Diego Molero

            Just finished listening to Slice the Cake’s album. I can give you my full opinion yet, but on first listen it’s pretty good. It really is super long and there is a lot to absorb, but I like it and I will come back to it later enough times to fully absorb the music and make a final opinion.

          • Meriyas

            I look forward to hearing your opinion once you’ve absorbed it more. On first listen I enjoyed it but wasn’t overly engaged, but I tried it out again later in the year and found myself much more interested. Hopefully it’s the same for you.

          • Diego Molero

            Well, you certainly will be the first one to know!

    • [not a Dr]

      Why no King? (Fleshgod Apocalypse)

      • Meriyas

        ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
        In all seriousness, I quite liked it at the start of the year, but it didn’t age well for me. Maybe it deserves an honorable mention

    • Carlos Marrickvillian

      Solid list there!

      • Meriyas

        Cheers mate, it was truly a great year for metal

    • El_Cuervo

      Slice the Cake was a band which I really tried to love this year but it never quite got there for me. They’re certainly interesting though.

      • Meriyas

        I get the hit and miss nature of an album like Odyssey to the West, It can be a lot to take in. The intensity of the spoken word style sections are what I like, it’s like nothing I’ve heard.

  • Zach Ward

    While Wilderun is definitely amazing, still wasn’t my Number 1 for last year. That would be The Boats of the Glenn Carrig. Which yall’s severely underrated, and I almost stopped reading yall cause of it. But I forgive ya.

    • Diego Molero

      Always see your comments and look at your picture and I tell myself I will check that album, but I always ended up forgetting about it. But I will, you convince me, I promise. Althoug I doubt it’s better than Wilderun…

      • Zach Ward

        Not much people like funeral doom. But the album floored me.

    • tomasjacobi

      That Ahab album is amazing! Just had a listen again some days ago…

    • El_Cuervo

      It’s ok, AMG also thought I underrated it haha

  • Gaëtan Baratin

    No December record o’the month?

    • Diego Molero

      Don’t push it man…

      • Gaëtan Baratin

        Push the envelope
        Watch it bend

  • Monsterth Goatom

    Hyped for the new Soen. I find Source’s Return to Nothing similar in style to Tellurian.

    • Diego Molero

      But Tellurian has “The Words”, which makes Tellurian about 10 times better.

  • Monsterth Goatom

    I wonder if Wilderun have been signed yet. Damn shame if not. These guys richly deserve it.

  • Treble Yell

    Seeing Katatonia live also made me appreciate The Fall of Hearts more. Still wish it was a tad shorter.

  • Monsterth Goatom

    While I do very much like King, Agony remains my favourite FA album. I know AMG has mixed feelings about that album, but to me it’s the one where they struck the perfect balance between symphonic music and metal.

  • Dammage

    Thanks for creating this amazing website. I just started reading it around the start of 2016 and it has turned me on to so many different bands that I would have never heard of otherwise. I’ve bought more music this year than I have in my whole life thanks to you guys (my wallet would like a word with you though) and I’m looking forwards to another year of new discoveries. Sad that Winterhorde didn’t get any love in the top 10s though, every song on the album has something unique that I love on it from the train intro to Maestro to the Sax on Cold and pretty much everything about They Came with Eyes of Fire. It was really something special for me, and even got ALMOST as much playtime as Wilderun this year from me. Thanks you AMG for writing the amazing review for it.

    10. Saor – Guardians
    9. Astronoid – Air
    8. Khonsu – The Xun Protectorate
    7. Dark Tranquility – Atoma
    6. Vektor – Terminal Redux
    5. Countless Skies – New Dawn
    4. Whispered – Metsutan
    3. Witherscape – The Northern Sanctuary

    2. Be’lakor – Vessels

    1. Winterhorde – Maestro

    Honorable mention to Avantasia for having the most freaking catchy songs that I’ve heard all year

  • Monsterth Goatom

    Anyone else here feel their faith in humanity poked back to life a little by all the camaraderie generated here and in the forums?

    • Diego Molero

      A little. But then I keep seeing all the shit that happens every damn day and how bad people are, and it just dissapears.
      That’s why I like this website so much, it lets me forget about it for a while.

      • Carlos Marrickvillian

        Damn straight

      • Iain Gleasure

        I agree, I need to read all of this to ignore that Juve have signed Rincon. As a Venezuelan you are clearly responsible for this tragedy of all that is good and no protests that you do not personally know all 30 million people in your country will be accepted. /s

        Here’s to the new year.

        • Diego Molero

          Man I’m buzzing with Rincon going to Juve!!. I’m not only Venezuelan, but also a Juve fan. It really is an incredibly achievement by Rincon, he is the first Venezuelan to play for a elite Europe club.

          • Iain Gleasure

            I’ll never forgive you for liking Juve, but you’re right they are Italy’s best right now and it’s big for Rincon.
            Just remember Milano Siamo Noi! And we’re coming back, one day at a time

          • Diego Molero

            Hahaha I know, I know. My best friend is a Milan fan, you would get along with him. And It’s true, Milan IS coming back, you already won us on the Supercoppa on december, Donnarumma is a beast. I’m actually glad Milan seems to be getting back on form, a little competition wouldn’t hurt Juve…

    • Carlos Marrickvillian

      Right on MG

    • Dammage

      We need to start our own nation, a true angry metal haven where we can all be kvlt as fvck together.

      • Mephisto

        Kvlt and fvck together… I’m in..

    • The Nerd.

      I love this site and the Metal-Fi forum. Even when we are at each other’s throats we still have a respect for one another.

    • AlphaBetaFoxface

      Your chili con carne recipe was a moment of pure joy tbh

      • Monsterth Goatom


    • Yes, and then I watch political news.

  • Kill The King

    Finally…..AMG has come back!….to post on here. Been waiting for the list of all lists!! There’s a couple on here I’ll definitely seek out. Also…..when are we ever going to get a chance to buy some AMG merchandise? Hoodies would be killer. Thank you.

  • 1 Screaming Dizbuster

    Here are my favorite Metal albums for 2016 in alphabetical order (although Raspail has to be my top pick at the moment)

    Anciients – Voice of the Void
    Be’lakor – Vessels
    Dark Forest – Beyond the Veil
    Devil to Pay – A Bend Through Spave and Time
    Dyscordia – Word’s in Ruin
    Fates Warning – Theories of Flight
    Frostbite – Etching Obscurity
    Hammer’s of Misfortune – Dead Revolution
    Harakiri For the Sky – III:Trauma
    Hex AD – The Last Nail in the Coffin Lid
    Hyperion – Seraphical Euphony
    Ihsahn – Arktis
    In Mourning – Afterglow
    Keoma – Synthsis
    Khemmis – Hunted
    Klyver – The Island
    Raspail – Dirge
    Revocation – Great is Our Sin
    Salem’s Pot – Pronounce This
    Sleep of Monsters – II: Poison Garden
    Throes of Dawn – Our Voices Shall Remain
    Wastewalker – Funeral Winds
    Whispered – Metasun: Songs of the Void
    Witherscape – The Northern Sanctuary
    Wode – Wode
    Wolf Hoffmann – Headbangers Symphony

  • dduuurrrr dddduuuurrrr

    I thought this year was… weird for metal, lots of unexpected albums turning out good, bad or boring. My top slot went to a non-metal album for the first time.

    1. Ital Tek: Hallowed
    2. Winterhorde: Maestro
    3. Bethlehem: Bethlehem
    4. Hail Spirit Noir: Mayhem In Blue
    5. Vektor: Terminal Redux
    6. Summit: The Winds That Forestall thy Return
    7. Deathspell Omega: The Synarchy Of Molten Bones
    8. Zeal & Ardor: Devil Is Fine
    9. Fleshgod Apocalypse: King
    10: Plebeian Grandstand: False Highs True Lows

    • Carlos Marrickvillian

      Never heard of Ital Tek before fantastic cover art.

  • 1 Screaming Dizbuster

    Just saw this on another site. Now bands aren’t even waiting to get themselves Unicorned! Space Unicorn on Fire a Slovenian power metal band

    • Carlos Marrickvillian


  • LExpoZiod

    Thanks to all the fellas at AMG for introducing me to a load of awesome music this year. I only got into metal in a big way this year and this site was on of the main reasons why.

    Also, my list (if anyone still cares):

    (ish 2): Opeth – Sorceress
    (ish 1): King Goat – Conduit
    10: Cult of Luna and Julie Christmas – Mariner
    9: Slice the Cake – Odyssey to the West
    8: Astronoid – Air
    7: Latitudes – Old Sunlight
    6: Devin Townsend Project – Transcendence
    5: The Reticent – On the Eve of a Goodbye
    4: Mistur – In Memoriam
    3: Novembre – Ursa
    2: Saor – Guardians
    1: Haken – Affinity

    Song of the Year:

    Devin Townsend Project – Higher

    Honourable Mentions:

    Winterhorde – Maestro
    Moonsorrow – Jumalten aika
    Insomnium – Winters Gate
    Sylvaine – Wistful
    Messa – Bellfry

    Best Non-Metal Things:

    Thank You Scientist – Stranger Heads Prevail
    The Neal Morse Band – The Similitude of a Dream
    David Bowie – Blackstar
    The Bad Plus – It’s Hard

    Biggest Disappointment:

    Dream Theater – The Astonishing

    • Name’s Dalton

      I need to listen to Haken.

      • Name’s Dalton

        I listened to Haken.

    • Diego Molero

      Upvote because Latitudes.

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    As usual an excellent and thought provoking list! I really like that two years in a row we’ve had AotY by unsigned self releasing artists. One of them literally two years in a row…
    Thanks for keeping it real AMG.

    Also hats of for another great year with this blog still hands down the best dark, dank and strange smelling corner in the internet. My thanks to all the staff new and old (not naming names) + all of us peasants, punters and commenters here too. I look forward to shooting the shit and talking metal with you all again this year.

    Last year Wilderun and Vhol were my albums of the year. This year my top ten-ish favourite albums were.

    ish – Inter Arma – Paradise Gallows
    When this came out I thought it would be AotY but as the year wore on it slipped further and further down my list, as if dragged by it’s own weight. Even though it’s its own worst enemy by being at least 15-20 minutes too long it’s still a great album and I wish it could be higher in my list. When these guys manage to combine their brooding epic style with some tighter song writing. They will be the best metal band on the planet.

    10. Neurosis – Fires within Fires
    9. Saor – Guardians
    8. Howls of Ebb – Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows
    7. Obscura – Akrosis
    6. Hammers of Misfortune – Dead Revolution
    5. Mithras – On Strange Loops
    4. Messa – Belfry
    3. Ihsahn – Arktis
    This is such an artful album by an artist thats always been one step sideways. Classic metal riffs and catchy vocal lines woven into his unusual arrangements I’ve heard it described as Ratt-Core, which made me laugh and like it more. So pleased to see this on your list. I thought this would’ve been every where but it seems sorely under represented.
    2. Vektor – Terminal Redux
    What everyone already said.
    1. Hail Spirit Noir – Mayhem in Blue
    Was hard to choose between Vektor and HSN for my favourite album from this year but in the end i gave it to HSN because I think this is almost THE perfect album. It ebbs and flows is dark, spacious and heavy, With brilliant all round performances and all the colour and noise of satanic circus blowing through town. This will be in rotation for years to come. I’m kind of surprised how little it featured in the AMG EoY lists.

    Honourable mentions
    Xoth – Invasion of the Tentacube // Fates Warning – Theories Of Flight // Witherscape The Northern Sanctuary

    EP of the year
    Zeal and Ardour – Devil is Fine
    Can’t wait to hear what this guy does next.

    Ohh and there’s awards too

    – The Enjoy of NO award – Most overrated / disappointing release.
    SAHG… Man what happened :( !?! I hope this album is an aberration and they can get back to delusions of grandeur … grandeur

    – High Pants award – For best dad thrash / urban gentleman band.
    This year I’ll stand up and give my seat on the bus to Sodom.
    A lot of contenders, but these guys are my old favourites and who can say no to Sodom…

    – Ear of the year – For production excellence
    Dan Swano, the new Witherscape album is a joy to listen to

    – The Cup O Phlegm – Best vocals
    Elizabeth Blackwell for being a goddess.

    – Six strings that drew blood – Best guitar
    David DiSanto, Holy fuck most people don’t write as many excellent riffs in their life as he squeezes into the average Vektor song.

    – Master of Puppets – Metals MVP
    Colin Maston how many bands / instruments can this guy play in while recording and producing so many others… sheesh give it a rest buddy.

    – The Lazarus – For comeback of the year
    I give it to Obscura after basically losing his band and key contributors Stefan came back with their best work (IMO) yet completely outdoing his former bandmates…

    – Stone Deaf Forever
    Metal lost a few warriors this year and none more felt than Lemmy RIP a true rock n’ roll hero.

    – Like a version – Best Cover
    Silver Machine Voivod. Wasn’t meant as a tribute to Lemmy but was a great one.

    – No one called Pablo Picasso an asshole award – For best album art.
    Equal 1st, Inter Arma – Paradise Gallows + Mizmur Yodh
    Close second Fuath – I.

    – Spitting the dummy – Best forum on the Net
    Metal Fi / AMG forums you peeps should stop by.

    • Meriyas

      Paradise Gallows is my favourite album art from the year too, the colours and image itself are stunning! Nice post, I enjoyed reading your awards and cannot agree enough about the Six strings that drew blood award. Elizabeth Blackwell from Castle? I haven’t heard of them but you have my attention (enough to do some research).

      • Carlos Marrickvillian

        Yes from Castle they’re a great bluesy Danzig esq doom band. Definitely worth checking out! I love her voice could listen to it all day.

        • Meriyas

          I’ll definitely check them out, cheers!

    • André Snyde Lopes

      I always love the Enjoy of No Award!

      • Carlos Marrickvillian

        It’s the award that doesn’t keep giving…:)
        Was hard not to give to Metallica for their boring record and stupid videos, but I didn’t want to start ranting….

    • El_Cuervo

      This is a great post, there’s a reason we enjoy you around here Carlos.

      I only got on Howls of Ebb this week but holy shit is it cool. It would have had list potential if I’d been on it earlier.

      • Carlos Marrickvillian

        Thanks man.
        It’s my great pleasure to hang here with you lot!
        You gotta get into Howls of Ebb definitely one of the more unique bands out there!

      • It *almost* made my list. *Almost*.

    • FutureBeyondSatan

      Too much Vektor. Not enough stuff I like. I can help you pick better stuff to listen to in 2017 ;)

      • Carlos Marrickvillian

        I think Horendeous will be AotY!

        • FutureBeyondSatan

          Album of the yawn?

          • Carlos Marrickvillian

            One day you will see the light…

          • FutureBeyondSatan

            I can’t only not see light, I can’t find the tunnel…

          • Carlos Marrickvillian

            See this is the problem why are you looking for tunnels when you should just be listening to Horrendous!

    • I hope that an unsigned record o’ the year is something I will be lucky enough to keep finding. It’s just a coincidence. You guys know that I’m a major label whore.

      • Carlos Marrickvillian

        Lol you can’t fool us AMG ve know your trveness.. Well I don’t think it’s as much of a coincidence more a result of AMG being independent and not locked into the label train

        In 2014 there was Dreamgrave as well, who went close… I believe they have something new on the way this year, maybe it’ll be their year…

  • Unfathomable Procrastination

    Great list, King Goat has been on rotation since it came out. Just a great album.

    • André Snyde Lopes

      Best username of 2017.

  • Daniel Ritson

    In no particular order, ten records that I do not believe were mentioned and that I highly recommend (I also loved the efforts by Plebeian Grandstand, Howls of Ebb, Vredehammer, Hyperion, Unfathomable Ruination, and Jute Gyte, all of which I know or am pretty sure were mentioned elsewhere):

    Ash Borer/The Irrepassable Gate
    Black Table/Obelisk
    Setentia/Darkness Transcend
    Athame/With Cunning Fire and Adversarial Resolve
    The Lion’s Daughter/Existence is Horror
    Nadra/Allir vegir til glotunar
    Sarcoptes/Songs and Dances of Death

    I think the Goatspalm may have popped up in one other list, but I had to include it because it was my favorite of the year and I am pushing it on everyone. Happy new year to all.

    • El_Cuervo

      It was a HM for me. It has a really transportative (not a word, I know) effect.

    • Name’s Dalton

      The Lion’s Daugjter album is really good!

    • Jrod1983

      Man this list is awesome, a few of my favourites and a few more to check out, thank you!

      • Daniel Ritson

        Thanks! Glad you dug it. More suggestions welcome!

  • Meriyas

    So what’s the “Lion King blast beat” on Terminal Redux? I’ve listened to that album dozens of times but don’t know what it’s referring to?

    • Diego Molero

      “Recharging the Void”, around the end.

      • Meriyas

        I think I know the section… My problem was being reasonably unfamiliar with the Lion King music

        • Diego Molero

          You should rewatch that movie, it may be a kids movie, but it’s awesome.

  • GardensTale

    I’m utterly giddy our Overlord agreed with me on the Album of the Year! I haven’t heard quite a few of the rest of the list, interesting to see how many of the albums appeared on no one else’s list. I’ll have to give Sunburst a listen, you’re not the only one with a chubby for power prog done well

  • Innit Bartender

    I don’t even make it to a top ten. I’m so much cvlt… ^___^
    Seriously, my old-lazy-slacker-albums of the year features:
    – Cobalt in the top spot. No other metal record came out expressing such urgency and rage. It’s a perfect photograph of our time and a call to arms to do something about it.
    – Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas
    – Hail Spirit Noir
    – The Sword – Low Country. I know this album has been taking a lot of s*it from reviewers everywhere, but I just can’t stop listening to it. It’s the best Americana album of the year.
    – Zun – Since OM haven’t released an album this year, this one makes up for it nicely.

    • Bas

      Nice to see Zun listed, it was in my ’10ish’ list. I really love the songs with John Garcia, but the ones with the other singer are nice, but for me not more than that. Check out the new Yawning Man album (if you don’t mind a bit of tango influence in your desert rock) !
      Let hope Om will release an album this year :-)

      • Innit Bartender

        Curiously, I am the exact opposite regarding Zum: I like more Sera Timm’s vocals. I have a soft spot for dark ladies… Will surely check out Yawning Man! Thanks!

        • Bas


  • TminusEight

    Totally agree that the site has a life of its own. Been my daily read since 2012 and the excellent music and writing just keeps coming. Highlights for me from this year:

    Be’lakor (4 tracks blow my mind, but does anyone else feel like this record was unfinished?)
    Grey Heaven Fall
    Unfathomable Ruination
    and the amazing, late-breaking Sentient Horror. Wow.

    … and because it usually takes me time to get into things, some of my favourite new music this year actually came out a while back, but what the hell, they’re part of my list:

    Fen – Carrion Skies
    Obscure Sphinx – Void Mother
    Bolt Thrower (!)

    Happy New Year everyone, and stay Angry!

  • Sharp-Blunt Boy

    I’d like to add a sharp yet blunt heartfelt thanks for another stellar year of musical discovery.

    The addition of noobs went against the less is more philosophy but it worked out a treat. They are already a credit to the site and the quality remains sky high.

    As the door of doom closes on another quality year in metaldom, and the keys of destiny seem unsure whether opening room 2017 seems a good idea at all, i wish you all a very angry new year.

  • ayou

    Will there be top songs of the year? I really liked it in the previous years.

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    While King put FA back on the map for me with a few killer tracks I really didn’t feel all that much for probably half the album…. Coming in at 2 here means I really need to back and see what I missed first time around.

  • Dethjesta

    Surprised to see King Goat as number one. An album I love too and is in my Top 10 for 2016 too (No 10 for me).

  • Shawn Cypher

    I feel like he only person in the world who made Zao’s new album their AOTY. Maybe just because it came out in the last few weeks. It’s been getting great reviews. Even here.

  • AndySynn

    Why king fleshgod apocalypse?

    (See what I did there?)

  • Emil

    I discovered AMG back in the end of 2015 and it has made this year so much more enjoyable. I’ve never had such a huge influx of great albums as I do now, and AMG is solely responsible for that. Thanks for the work you and all co-writers put in.

    Here’s my personal top 5:

    #(ish): Blind Guardian – Nightfall in Middle-Earth
    If you get to name old records, so do I! This album has been played almost daily the past few months and if someone else gets a blind guardian revival from reading this comment, you’re welcome!

    #(ish): Eternal Champion – The Armor of Ire
    This album is a raw diamond in my opinion, showing great promise of things that could come to be. If you look past its flaws (bit short, filler tracks) it shows some great material and I wish those involved put more time into this side project in the future.

    #5: Katatonia – The Fall of Hearts
    #4: Insomnium – Winter’s Gate

    #3: Khemmis – Hunted
    I’m not at all familiar with doom. Gave this a few spins on the merit of being RotM and it’s just great. If anyone wants to recommend more albums like it I’d appreciate it :)

    #2: Mithras – On Strange Loops
    Enjoyable complexity. I think this album will keep growing every listen for quite some time to come. Extra kudos for doing the full dynamics remaster.

    #1: Vektor – Terminal Redux
    Terminal Redux is a damn masterpiece. AotY by a wide margin. I think it might be one of the best albums of all time.

    • El_Cuervo

      Like Hunted? Pallbearer seems the obvious first stop. Try Foundations of Burden.

    • While Heaven Wept – start with Of Empires Forlorn.

      Candlemass – Epicus Doomicus Metallicus and Nightfall to start.

      Atlantean Kodex – Any.

    • GardensTale

      Get on AMG’s AotY. King Goat is what got me into doom.

  • VikingSchism

    While 2016 may have been an awful year for a lot of people, it will forever be the year that I truly got into metal, and discovered this fine blog (which has exposed me to so much good music, I barely have time to listen to it all – still need to get around to some of the more classic albums as well) and that makes it a pretty good year in my opinion

  • Levly

    A great list, with which mine overlaps quite a bit (Fleshgod, Ihsahn and Katatonia are on, Mistur and Witherscape almost).
    I put Oceans of Slumber aside after a few listens due to the excessive length and, I felt, overly winding compositions, but now I’ll give it a nother shot.

    Also, sorry to whine, but why no honorable mentions, most disappointing and best song?

    Anyway, I’m writing a PhD myself so I know how overwhelming it can feel but please do not leave AMG completely, it truly woulnd’t be the same without the founding father at the helm, however absently. Good luck for the end of the dissertation!

  • AgonMcDuck

    First of all, thanks for another wonderful year, for all the great work you do on this site. 2016 may have been terrible and we have no certainty 2017 will be any better but this site is one of those bright spots that kept me going. All the new music I discovered. I follow a good number of music blogs (I lurk Consequence of Sound, Stereogum, Invisible Oranges, Brooklyn Vegan, Toilet ov Hell, Lambgoat, the now-defunct Metal Hammer, and several others I forgot to mention), both metal and otherwise, and yours is by far my favorite. So thank you, and I’d like to extend my thanks to all the other wonderful folk who keep this blog running! :D

    Best of luck with your dissertation. Academia is tough, I can certainly relate, so kudos to you for sticking it out all the way! May you never lose your passion for metal, for music in general. Out of curiosity, are you teaching any classes? Would sit in one if only I could, haha.

  • Thatguy

    Thanks for another great year AMG and I hope your life becomes more manageable.

    I do, however, disagree with your list so completely that I am unable to say anything beyond ‘I like the unicorns.’

    • [not a Dr]

      Wait… You actually like something?

      • Thatguy


        I am too lazy/busy to make my own list but I do like to whinge about other people’s…it’s what I do.

        Plenty of music to love this year.

  • Kelli Caltabiano

    uauuuu King is here!!!!

    • GardensTale

      but why

      • Kelli Caltabiano

        because is the only list

        • AndySynn

          Is clearly not the only list.

    • AgonMcDuck

      And #2 no less! Haha. You’ve done good work. :D

    • You’re welcome. Such a great record.

      • Kelli Caltabiano

        you are the best, well king goat i am listening now and is very gooddd txs

    • Carlos Marrickvillian

      I had a suspicion you were AMG trolling everyone

  • My list is nothing like yours, but here’s mine for 2016. I honestly found this year to be a little disappointing, especially finding albums with real personality and staying power.

    1, Kvelertak – Nattesferd
    2. Alcest – Kodama
    3. Astronoid – Air
    4. Negura Bunget – ZI
    5. Devin Townsend Project – Transcedence
    6. Imperium Dekadenz – Dis Manibvs
    7. Sektemtum – Panacea
    8. Downfall of Gaia – Atrophy
    9. Clouds – Departe
    10. Vola – Inmazes

    Okay, I cheated a little with Vola as it was independently released at the end of 2015, but it has been rereleased this year on a label and I only heard it this year, albeit early this year. It missed my 2015 list and it deserves a spot somewhere.

    The following I also liked from 2016:

    Pil & Bue – Forget the Past, Let’s Worry About the Future
    Far Beyond – A Frozen Flame of Ice
    Skuggsja – A Piece of Mind & Mirror
    Hyperion – Seraphical Euphony
    Ortega – Sacred States
    Rage – The Devil Strikes Again
    Naora – Allir Vegir til Glotunar
    Seven Wilson – 4 ½
    Sivyj Yar – The Unmourned Past

    I’ve got a lot of listening to do of albums not reviewed on Angry Metal Guy based on some lists I’ve seen on the forums.

    • Joshua Walker

      Nice list. I love that Vola album as well. I will have to check out some of your others I have not listened to yet (e.g. Imperium, Sektemtum, Skuggsja, etc…).

  • Zadion

    Great list actually filled (mostly) with albums I have at least partial familiarity with (unlike most the other top 10s posted). Since my fiancee passed on in the early-mid year, I haven’t found much interest to keep up with the heavy metal scene (or any other scene, frankly) and per consequence haven’t been a frequent reader either. But it’s nice to come back now and then and see the review quality hasn’t declined and neither has the staffs’ proclivity toward superior taste — yes, even yours. The lists posted over the last few days have brought so much quality music to my attention that I have no idea where to begin with it, really. Thanks fam.

    P.S. Nice to see Oceans of Slumber still getting some sweet loving. Remarkably overlooked album in these end year lists, that.

    • Carlos Marrickvillian

      I’m sorry to hear that. I hope you’re doing ok

    • Wow, truly sorry to hear about your fiancee. I lost a family member this summer and know how tough it can be. I hope you are doing okay.

    • Reese Burns

      I’m so, so sorry to hear that. I wish you a peaceful new year.

    • Man, I didn’t know about your fiancé. My condolences and I hope you’re doing as well as you can. Enjoy the music: it’s a refuge.

      • Zadion

        Thanks man. As a fellow lover of metal, she also loved the blog and found some of her favorite music here, such as Angra and Gloryhammer.

  • Dead1

    Sorry to say but the site is getting suckier without your presence. Your reviews had a vibe of their own.

    Your new guys don’t have the same charisma and in some instances seem like wannabe intellectuals from that wanker fest known as heavy blog.

    Damn shame but then all good things have to cone to an end…

    • Carlos Marrickvillian

      Lol dead 1 that glass might in fact be half full :)

    • GardensTale

      That’s always the difficulty with growth. When a site expands from one or a handful of reviewers to a dozen or more there will be less consistency in writing style and music taste, so there’s also a bigger chance some will not appeal to you. But you can see the writer of the article on the front page underneath the title, so you can always skip the articles whose authors you don’t like.

      As for things coming to an end, we ain’t going anywhere.

  • Hark

    No Top 10 songs this year? AMG must have been overworked… :|

  • Yes, Katatonia! I love that record so much. Seeing as Vektor is on everyone and their mother’s list, I feel bad for not liking it that much. I never liked thrash vocals, and these particular ones make me want to crawl up a wall, but for the music I might give it another chance.

    • GardensTale

      I’m with you. Musically, Vektor is awesome, but I could not get past the vocals. They ruined it for me.

      • Diego Molero

        Do you like Death?

        • GardensTale

          As much as it hurts my metal cred to admit this, not as much as I should, for the same reason. The hoarse, airy style of growling never appealed to me at all, and it’s the same reason I have trouble getting into Asphyx albeit to a lesser degree. I can see the appeal, there’s a nasty and desperate ring to that vocal style, but it’s nearly always a turnoff for me.

          • Diego Molero

            Are you the guy who doesn’t like death metal in general? I remember a couple of months a go I have a discussion with one of the new reviewers about him not liking death metal, but I can’t recall if it was you.
            Anyway, I don’t agree with you, but I do get your point. I like those nasty and desperate vocal style, that’s why I liked so much this year Mortichnia’s album, it’s just pure desperation, it doesn’t even has lyrics.

          • GardensTale

            No, that wasn’t me! I’m not easily impressed with death metal generally, but that’s because it’s a subgenre where a lot of bands don’t have a clear identity of their own, and I do tend to lean a bit more towards melodic genres (as evidenced by my backlog here, which is mostly prog, power and stoner, barring exceptions). But when a death metal band gets it right I fucking love it, like Mithras this year which is an insane record.

            That hoarse style I dislike might be something I can learn to appreciate, but I have a hard time powering through it. But I managed to learn to like Ram-Zet’s vocals and those aren’t too far off either.

            I will admit to being difficult and picky, and I don’t always make sense. Hehehe…

          • Diego Molero

            Fair enough! What’s your favorite death metal band? I personally hate power metal, can’t stand that sub-genre, I can’t even think of an exception.

            Ram-Zet, don’t know that band. Any recommendation on where to start?

          • Joshua Walker

            I too am not a big fan of Power Metal, but I keep trying to find some of it I like. It doesn’t happen often, but every once in a while I find something decent, IMO. AMG’s #7 entry of Sunburst is pretty good for Power Metal and I also liked Spellcaster’s album a lot this year (if that is considered Power Metal).

          • Diego Molero

            I agree with Sunburst being pretty good for power metal, and perhaps there are power metal bands that I can even enjoy at some extent, my problem is that there are so many quality music out there, that I just think that listening to power metal is kind of a waste of time.
            I get why people like it, but overall, I can’t tolerate it.

          • GardensTale

            Mithras and Gorefest are among my favourites, though I haven’t delved into their back catalogs much. I often get addicted to one album of an artist, and then decline to check out their previous works. Not sure why. I’m also big on Amon Amarth though I count them more as melodeath.

            Ram-Zet is a bit of an odd one. A mixture of gothic, industrial and black metal, with harsh male vocals dueling great clean female vocals. Their latest was a bit of a joke but Escape and Neutralized are solid albums. “Queen” is a good point of entry.

          • Dr. A.N. Grier

            Still dig that Mortichnia record.

          • Joshua Walker

            I was a big fan of Mortichnia’s album this year as well. I haven’t listened to it in a few months and need to give it another spin. Thanks for reminding me about them!

  • Joshua Walker

    Thanks for another year of great reviews, AMG. You and the staff keep me occupied with exploring new music constantly and I love it. I am sorry 2016 was rough and I am hopeful things will get better in 2017. I will be praying for you.

    There were so many good releases this year that I would have probably missed out on if not for this site. On that note, this was my hardest top ten to ever rank. Several got tagged as honorable even though they could have been on this list. And I am still trying to figure out why my favorite album of the year was not on anyone’s list. I think it is a fantastic album.

    10. Far Beyond – A Frozen Flame of Ice – Beautiful melodic death with an epic feel. Reminds me of Wintersun.
    9. Xoth – Invasion of the Tentacube – Interesting and different. Love the guitars…and most everything else.
    8. Harakiri For The Sky – III: Trauma – Powerful and emotional music…
    7. Wildernessking – Mystical Future – One word, Agalloch-y. I might have just made that up.
    6. Witherscape – The Northern Sanctuary – Reminds me of Crimson II. That is a good thing!
    5. Moonsorrow – Jumalten Aika – I tried to kick this out of my top ten for something “new” and “different”, but I just can’t do it.
    4. Vektor – Terminal Redux – My favorite thrash album since the 90’s?
    3. Thy Catafalque – Meta – I love the variety in this album…and that guy looks like Pee Wee Herman.
    2. Hyperion – Seraphical Euphony – Melodic death metal done exactly right.
    1. Winterhorde – Maestro – What is it about Israeli metal that I love so much? I think this one is close to a masterpiece and it never gets old for me.

    Honorable Ten(ish)

    The four that just missed:

    Devin Townsend Project – Transcendence – My favorite DT album since Synchestra.
    Haken – Affinity – I like this one more than The Mountain.
    Barishi – Blood from the Lion’s Mouth – A nice change of pace progressive metal album. It just flows.
    Spire – Structures of the Universe – I found this by accident, when searching for a group Madam X reviewed in August. It is a very nice progressive death offering.

    The rest:

    Frozen Ocean – The Prowess of Dormition
    Winterfylleth – The Dark Hereafter
    Thrawsunblat – Metachthonia
    Source – Return to Nothing
    Insomnium – Winter’s Gate
    Votum – :Ktonik:
    The Vision Bleak – The Unknown
    SIG:AR:TYR – Northen
    Be’lakor – Vessels
    Mithras – On Strange Loops
    King Goat – Conduit

    Favorite Non-Metal: Dot Legacy – To the Others

    • Diego Molero

      Really nice list man.

    • Ein Sophistry

      Nice to see Wildernessking getting some love. Beautiful album.

    • Name’s Dalton

      Xoth’s new album is sitting there in my Bandcamp wishlist and I’m a fool for not paying attention to it yet.

      • Joshua Walker

        The whole album is very enjoyable, but Antediluvian Annihilation and Terramorphosis
        are probably my favorite tracks. I hope you like it.

    • Carlos Marrickvillian

      Up vote for the Xoth reference!

  • gus rodrigues

    Great list! It has several of my favorites: the new Katatonia is their best in years, the new Ihsahn is also excellent, Fleshgod Apocalypse’s King is “majestic” as well (sorry for the pun… it was intended), Vektor was not on my top ten, but I gave it a try after so many listed it on their top ten and it is truly great (can say the same thing about Khemmis, which entered my revised top ten list and also about Hammers of Misfortune, which did not enter my top ten, but is great nonetheless). It also brought several albums that I haven’t listened to yet, and this is why I love this end of the year lists (I will listen, once I get home: Mistur, King Goat and Oceans of Slumber). Cheers!

  • Ferrous Beuller

    One list to rule them all, one list to find them, one list to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

    • Diego Molero

      That bring me to mind the introduction to SSoaSS.

      • Ferrous Beuller

        Yeah, I know what you mean! It’s actually from Lord of The Rings because, like everyone else here, I’m a huge nerd.

  • AjmsaenZ

    I’m finding the lack of Winterhorde worrisome

    • Joshua Walker

      I could not agree more with this!

      • AjmsaenZ

        It should take ROtY on lyrics alone! It’s truly a beautiful album.

  • Nag Dammit

    Sweet list AMG. Thanks for not slaughtering any newbs at the altar this year. The site / community is all the better for it.

  • Mephisto

    Lest I forget, thank you AMG and accomplices (including the guys below), for making my waste of time a feast. According to my ‘Book of Low Standards and Common Dread’ 2016 was a blast, partly thanks to you!

  • Tyr

    Nice to see Fleshgod made someone’s list. :)
    I’m wondering if their drummer took some pointers from Fotis when they toured with Septic? He’s definitely dialed it back and added much more flavor to his playing.

    • basshole

      Rather have him sing and Mauro still be the drummer…. aka the Oracle lineup.

      • Tyr

        Oracles was too one dimensional…..let the rock throwing commence lol.

        • basshole

          True… but also their most punishing. I loved how fast and insane Francesco growled..

          • Tyr

            Fast, not enough dynamics. Just my opinion.

  • Sabs

    Absolutely check the 5.1 DVD of The Fall of Hearts! I legitimately think it’s the best sounding metal album of 2016, it’s a ridiculous improvement over the CD.

    • Interesting. I don’t have the equipment for 5.1. :(

      • Sabs

        Good headphones will suffice! I downmixed the DTS 5.1 track to keep it in my portable device and it sounds fantastic. It went from DR7 to DR12, speaking in numbers.

        • I don’t suppose you’d be interested in sending me an email (editor at angrymetalguy dot com)?

  • Ein Sophistry

    Fraternal feels all ’round, and sympathies from one (sometimes) dissertator to another. Very tough this year to narrow its best down to just ten, so pardon the liberal use of the (ish) category.

    Car Bomb – Meta
    Départe – Failure, Subside
    Katatonia – The Fall of Hearts
    Maeth – Shrouded Mountain
    Terra Tenebrosa – The Reverses

    10. Alcest – Kodama
    9. Oranssi Pazuzu – Värähtelijä
    8. Khemmis – Hunted
    7. Schammasch – Triangle
    6. Sioum – Yet Further
    5. Saor – Guardians
    4. Slice the Cake – Odyssey to the West
    3. Wildernessking – Mystical Future
    2. Thy Catafalque – Meta
    1. Cobalt – Slow Forever

    It was very close between 1. and 2. I can’t seem to get enough of these albums.

    • Reese Burns

      Those are some real good picks right there. Not enough love for Wildernessking and Cobalt.

      • Ein Sophistry

        The Cobalt album was bound to be divisive, but for my money (and I’m a big fan of Gin), it’s the best in their catalogue. Love the Tool-at-the-OK-Corral vibe, and Eric apparently drew a lot of inspiration from The Road, which was a pleasant surprise to this McCarthy fanboy.

  • kmal666

    Not enough Obscura.

    • Did you read my review? I didn’t like it.

      • A large number of other commenters on the end of year list posts seem to have difficulty with the concept that someone might have a different opinion to them regarding their favourite albums.

        Thankfully, you put Fleshgod Apocalypse on your list otherwise He Who Should Not Be Named would have appeared to complain about its omission.

  • guineapigmafia

    I’ve been a lurker on this site for about a year, but I’ll go ahead and give my top ten in no particular order that I heard in 2016 (not necessarily released in 2016)

    Dissociation – The Dillinger escape plan
    Pink Lemonade – Closure in Moscow
    Maps of non-existent places – Thank you Scientist
    The blackening – Machine head
    Wake – Hail the sun
    King – Fleshgod Apocalypse
    The congregation – leprous
    Pale Communion – Opeth
    Affinity – Haken
    Giles Corey – Giles Corey

  • Christian Mele Nociforo

    It´s a shame that you don’t pick Gojira’s Magma, Haken’s Affinity, Fates Warning’s Theories of Flight or Insomnium’s Winter’s Gate. Those were exceptional records. Anyway, you appoint good material. Fleshgod, Katatonia and Ihsahn, do excellents albums this year. I also really like, Rotting Christ’s Rituals, but doesn’t was on the best list.

  • Please come back and keep them from posting pieces on Sum 41 and avenged sevenfold. please.
    December’s AOTM goes to— I’d pick Zao. And Gnaw their Tongues.

  • JMoherPerc

    This list is awful. Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” isn’t at no. 1? I’m finding a new review site.

    In seriousness, though, there’s a reason I keep coming back to this site. Even when I disagree, it forces me to reevaluate *why* I disagree, which is the most important part of having an opinion: being able to justify it. Through busy or tough times, I’m glad you didn’t give up on this monster.

    Though I’m still waiting for a review of DTP’s “Transcendence”…

  • Alex Benedict

    Hope for the dying – legacy
    Best metal album of the year. I don’t really care about the other 9

  • AnnieK13

    I’m liking your list – I have 6 of them in my top 10 as well.

  • devns

    I’ll always remember 2016 as The Year I Got Into Metal. I’d listened to the odd band here or there in the past, mostly Metallica and various alt-metal / prog-metal bands, but I was basically pretty metal-ignorant. Then this year, being an avid archivist, I decided to listen to as many albums in as many genres as possible, and put all the best material into a giant, multi-part compilation.
    In doing so I discovered metal.
    I have to say, as someone who’ll listen to most anything, I think metal is possibly the most “alive” genre in popular music. So many genres, so many bands, so many different sounds, and most importantly – so, so many brilliant albums! I had to draw a bit of a line eventually, because the metal was starting to distract me from everything else, but I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface and there are at least 20 metal albums from 2016 that I still need to hear.
    Anyway, many thanks to all you folks at AMG. You’ve been an invaluable guide. Much more useful than certain other more “industry-oriented” metal websites!

  • Eli Valcik

    hmmmmm, I enjoyed Conduit but in no way at all is it my number one, I guess I am a bit bias me being a huge Vektor fan. Even more so I found Khemmis (another band I greatly enjoy) to be a superior doom record even though Conduit did out do them with more progressive elements. I don’t really know what this comment is about, maybe to express my surprise at this pick and to discuss my different opinion when it comes to the number one spot for 2016.

  • Kryopsis

    I don’t like this site because your opinions are similar to mine. In fact, there are a lot of things I disagree with you on. This said, over the years I’ve come to respect your opinions even if they contradict my own. I enjoyed tremendously discussing some of the albums you the the rest of the staff covered and sometimes you even changed my mind (Sylosis being the latest example)! This is my favourite Metal blog bar none and I’m very grateful to everyone for contributing to it.

    Incidentally I agree with a lot of your picks this year, not that it matters. :)

  • Marius Flataas

    Thank you for this great blog AMG, introducing me to esoteric, weird stuff like Wilderun and Gazpacho. By the way, the fact that Windir is one of your all time favorite black metal bands makes me hold you, and this angry blog of yours, in even higher esteem. (As I write this I realize that I actually have my “Valfar, Ein Windir” t-shirt on).

  • Excentric_13073

    I don’t know if anyone else has commented about it, but I see on the Facebook page that there’s a corrective post: Vektor is not breaking up after all.

  • Carlos Parlo

    Late to the commenting party so unsure if anyone will even read this. I’m a list fiend and have thoroughly enjoyed reading the AMG picks which were unsurprisingly the best year-end metal lists on the web. Here are my (unrequested) top 10 metal albums of 2016:

    10) Bethlehem- Bethlehem
    9) Insomnium- Winter’s Gate
    8) Nails- You Will Never Be One of Us
    7) Aborted- Retrogore
    6) Gevurah- Hallelujah!
    5) AMSG- Hostis Universi Generis
    4) Cobalt- Slow Forever
    3) Subrosa- For This We Fought the Battle of Ages
    2) Anthrax- For All Kings
    1) Khemmis- Hunted

    I haven’t heard anyone anywhere mention AMSG or Gevurah so either I was the only one who liked those records or they weren’t heard much.

    • Carlos Marrickvillian

      I don’t like this list…but I enjoyed reading it :)

  • Dudeguy Jones


    Your top 3 is awesome. I feel like King Goat is something Im going to continue to love more as time goes.

  • Oscar Albretsen

    I’m here way too late, so no one’s gonna read this anyway, but really great list. Your feelings pretty much mimic mine with the new Haken album. Every few months or so, I’ll bring it out of the garage, and the first couple listens, I’m thinking “man, these songs are great! Catchy, confident, eighties-vibe. What more could anyone want!? But, then, it’s always back in the garage by the end of the week. I do enjoy the music, but something about it keeps it from having the staying power of the earlier Haken stuff, so it must be the sound/production.

    I’d only heard brief bits of King Goat on spotify, but had always liked it. I’ve had the page where you can order a physical copy of the CD bookmarked for months, but kept putting it off. But, finally got it, so hoping it lives up to all the hype.

    • GardensTale

      Joke’s on you, I just read it! Got around to Conduit yet?

      • Oscar Albretsen

        Yep, it’s been a constant in my CD player since I got it (the CD is actually a CDR, but that doesn’t matter because the packaging’s still nice. And I got a cool King Goat sticker, which I stuck on the side of my speaker, so all the other kids in the neighborhood are really jealous, while I just get to laugh at them and say – ‘got this?’). I can tell it’s a great album but I haven’t found that uber deep connection I have with some past prog albums like “Visions,” or Out of Myself” quite yet. Just a matter of time though. Never happens quickly with this genre and my faves are always these ones that I enjoy a little more with each listen until – POW!

  • Exitium

    Heh, I think of all the reviewers here, my tastes more closely align with AMG’s than any other (although not exactly the same). Sunburst, Witherscape, Fleshgod Apocalypse and yes, King Goat were definitely in my personal top ten of 2016.

    However, my absofuckinglutely number one is Anciients’ Voice of the Void. Opeth is one of my all time favorite bands, and with their wussification, the band I once loved is now just a pretentious corpse of a 70s band. Anciients on the other hand seems to be picking up the slack just fine, and then some (along with Wilderun of course!). Their growls are just so damn rich sounding too.

  • Serjien

    Howdy, I am new to the comment section but I have been following your blog since 2015. Just wanted to say thanks to you the the team! I have discovered so many awesome bands through this blog, it is pretty amazing. Keep up the good work and keep the reviews coming!



  • Henkka

    First of all, thank you guys for posting your top 10s (both reviewers and users contributing). I have already discovered new music because of that.

    I’ll contribute too, but I’m afraid top 5 will have to do. I don’t generally listen hundreds of records in a year.. (more like 20 or so).

    5. Vektor – Terminal Redux
    This was new band for me. I must say I don’t particularly like the singer, but compositions keep me entertained. Great stuff.

    4. Moonsorrow – Jumalten Aika
    Return to form for Moonsorrow as far as I’m concerned.

    3. Hyperion – Seraphical Euphomy

    I’m a sucker for Symphonic stuff.. this is another new band for me. As is the next too..

    2. Mistur – In Memoriam
    Really like this one. Good old, honest to god metal riffing and just sheer energy. Makes me want to head bang like it was early 90’s again. Cor Scorpii had a little bit same vibe going at times.

    1 Stam1na – Elokuutio
    This came out early in the year and has been steadily growing on me. Unfortunately lyrics are such a big part of Stam1na, that I don’t think you can kind of get the full experience unless you know finnish.. :/

  • herrschobel

    this made me cry a little….lovely go back to being amazing..i often disagree with the reviews but i love coming here…it´s also one of the view places on the internet without trolls and a-holes…that is one hell of an accomplishment ! great crowd

  • Gaslighting POTUS

    I’ve listened to all of these, and unfortunately I find most of them to be operatic… and way too much singing. I like a little more doom, fuzzy sort of doom – or balls to the wall, really digging cobalt all year. None of these fit those styles unfortunately

  • Geno816

    I love Fleshgod’s “King,” although I must say I was disappointed with their live performance (saw them last year in SF). I think there’s just too much going on with their sound, and it’s hard to get it all sorted out.

  • Caio

    There’s no Record o’ the Month for December?

    • AMG’s Record o’ the Year is the Record o’ December.

  • Davy Bonnevalle

    There’s one album that totally flew under the 2016’s radar and rules that #1 album of the year spot for me… easily!

    Check out Oathbreaker’s Rheia if you haven’t you won’t regret it.

    It’s a immensely intense female fronted, black, post, shoegaze, post-hardcore album that gives me chills each and every time. Saw a live performance in Gent last month and they just rules that stage and audience..

    There’re also an Audiotree live session on youtube in case you want the full experience.

    • GardensTale

      Rheia rips indeed, saw Oathbreaker back in April at Roadburn and it was massive!