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2016 - My Best To Worst


Welcome to my 2016 list. Most of you are aware how lists on MS work :- If the album appears at the top it's amazing (imo) and highly recommend you give it a listen... if it's featured at the bottom then I probably don't like it. If you have any recommendations for albums, feel free to leave a message in the comments section!!

AOTY :- 2016 was not a bad year for metal. I ended up with less 10/10's than the previous year but 2016 produced a few albums that i'll always go back to, most notably Whispered - Metsutan: Songs Of The Void, which is full of oriental and Japenese influences and is exactly what I envisioned Wintersun Time to sound like before they released Time I. It's also one of those albums that for me, sums up all that metal is about, it's full of energy, relentless, catchy, and every song gives me goosebumps. Mesarthim - Pillars is also a fantastic EP, if you like black metal with futuristic/spacy keyboard influences, then you must give it a spin!!!

Anyway back to the list - each album on this list has been:

- Listened to 3 (or more) times.
- Released in 2016 only.
- Rated as a whole album and not song-by-song.

Rating guide:
✮✮✮✮✮ - Incredible, possibly AOTY
✮✮✮✮½ - Excellent
✮✮✮✮ - Praiseworthy
✮✮✮½ - Good
✮✮✮ - Meets Expectations
✮✮½ - Nothing Special
✮✮ - Disappointing
✮½ - Bad
✮ - Terrible

There really aren't many albums I give ✮✮✮✮✮ to, so if you see an album that has 5 stars, you can bet each song on the album has been played 20+ times on my ipod.

Some albums get bumped up/down, depending on their impact.

Created by: Sword_Chant | 03.01.2016



1. Whispered - Metsutan - Songs Of The Void
Style: Oriental Death Power Metal / Country: Finland / Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮
2. Mesarthim - Pillars
(EP) Style: Atmospheric Black Metal / Country: Australia / Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮
3. Equilibrium - Armageddon
Style: Viking Folk Metal / Country: Germany / Rating: ✮✮✮✮½
4. Omnium Gatherum - Grey Heavens
Style: Melodic Death Metal / Country: Finland / Rating: ✮✮✮✮½
5. Twilight Force - Heroes Of Mighty Magic
Style: Symphonic Power Metal / Country: Sweden / Rating: ✮✮✮✮½
6. Insomnium - Winter's Gate
Style: Melodic Death Metal / Country: Finland / Rating: ✮✮✮✮½
7. Avenged Sevenfold - The Stage
Style: Alternative Metal / Country: USA / Rating: ✮✮✮✮½
8. Desaster - The Oath Of An Iron Ritual
Style: Blackened Thrash Metal / Country: Germany / Rating: ✮✮✮✮½
9. Myrkgrav - Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen
Style: Folk Metal / Country: Norway / Rating: ✮✮✮✮½
10. Theocracy - Ghost Ship
Style: Progressive Power Metal / Country: USA / Rating: ✮✮✮✮½
11. The Algorithm - Brute Force
Style: Extreme Djent / Country: France / Rating: ✮✮✮✮½
12. Heavenwood - The Tarot Of The Bohemians: Part 1
Style: Gothic Doom Metal / Country: Portugal / Rating: ✮✮✮✮½
13. Neurotech - Symphonies
Style: Electronic Industrial Metal / Country: Slovenia / Rating: ✮✮✮✮½
14. Fleshgod Apocalypse - King
Style: Symphonic Death Metal / Country: Italy / Rating: ✮✮✮✮½
15. Brymir - Slayer Of Gods
Style: Extreme Folk Metal / Country: Finland / Rating: ✮✮✮✮½
16. Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika
Style: Black Folk Metal / Country: Finland / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
17. Church Of Misery - And Then There Were None...
Style: Doom + Stoner Metal / Country: Japan / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
18. Throes Of Dawn - Our Voices Shall Remain
Style: Symphonic + Gothic Metal / Country: Finland / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
19. The Algorithm - Brute Force: Overclock DLC
(EP) Style: Extreme Djent / Country: France / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
20. Ulver - ATGCLVLSSCAP
Style: Electro-Ambient / Country: Norway / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
21. Astwind - Spell Of The Melancholic Landscapes
(Not featured on MS) Style: Atmospheric Black Metal + Ambient / Country: Colombia / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
22. Epica - The Holographic Principle
Style: Symphonic Metal / Country: Netherlands / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
23. Neurotech - In Remission
Style: Symphonic Industrial Metal / Country: Slovenia / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
24. Rhapsody Of Fire - Into The Legend
Style: Power Metal / Country: Italy / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
25. Winterhorde - Maestro
Style: Melodic Black Metal / Country: Israel / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
26. Skálmöld - Vögguvísur Yggdrasils
Style: Viking Folk Metal / Country: Iceland / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
27. Vale Of Pnath - II
Style: Technical Death Metal / Country: USA / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
28. Deströyer 666 - Wildfire
Style: Blackened Thrash Metal / Country: Australia / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
29. Nadja - Sv
Style: Drone / Country: Canada / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
30. Thy Catafalque - Meta
Style: Avantgarde Black Metal / Country: Hungary / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
31. Testament - Brotherhood Of The Snake
Style: Bay Area Thrash Metal / Country: USA / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
32. Alcest - Kodama
Style: Metalgaze / Country: France / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
33. Inquisition - Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith
Style: Black Metal / Country: USA / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
34. Celldweller - Transmissions: Vol. 03
Style: Ambient Industrial / Country: USA / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
35. Abbath - Abbath
Style: Black Metal / Country: Norway / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
36. Latitudes - Old Sunlight
Style: Post-Sludge Metal / Country: UK / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
37. Dyscordia - Words In Ruin
Style: Progressive Metal / Country: Belgium / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
38. Narnia - Narnia
Style: Power Metal / Country: Sweden / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
39. Suidakra - Realms Of Odoric
Style: Folky Death Metal / Country: Germany / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
40. Westfield Massacre - Westfield Massacre
Style: Metalcore / Country: USA / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
41. Mesarthim - .- -... ... . -. -.-. .
Style: Atmospheric Black Metal / Country: Australia / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
42. Myrath - Legacy
Style: Proggy Oriental Folk Metal / Country: Tunisia & France / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
43. Avantasia - Ghostlights
Style: Symphonic Power Metal / Country: Germany / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
44. Serenity - Codex Atlanticus
Style: Symphonic Power Metal / Country: Austria / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
45. Mistur - In Memoriam
Style: Black Folk Metal / Country: Norway / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
46. Darkthrone - Arctic Thunder
Style: Black Metal / Country: Norway / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
47. Violet Cold - Magic Night
Style: Metalgaze / Country: Azerbaijan / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
48. Horse Latitudes - Primal Gnosis
Style: Doom + Sludge Metal / Country: Finland / Rating: ✮✮✮✮
49. Degradead - Degradead
Style: Gothenburg / Country: Sweden / Rating: ✮✮✮½
50. Allegaeon - Proponent For Sentience
Style: Death Metal / Country: USA / Rating: ✮✮✮½
51. Winterstorm - Cube Of Infinity
Style: Folk Power Metal / Country: Germany / Rating: ✮✮✮½
52. Borknagar - Winter Thrice
Style: Melodic Black Metal / Country: Norway / Rating: ✮✮✮½
53. Dark Tranquillity - Atoma
Style: Melodic Death Metal / Country: Sweden / Rating: ✮✮✮½
54. Anciients - Voice Of The Void
Style: Grungy Progressive Metal / Country: Canada / Rating: ✮✮✮½
55. DGM - The Passage
Style: Progressive Metal / Country: Italy / Rating: ✮✮✮½
56. Ihsahn - Arktis.
Style: Prog Avantgarde Metal / Country: Norway / Rating: ✮✮✮½
57. Exmortus - Ride Forth
Style: Melodic Thrash Metal / Country: USA / Rating: ✮✮✮½
58. Anthrax - For All Kings
Style: Thrash Metal / Country: USA / Rating: ✮✮✮½
59. Metallica - Hardwired...To Self-Destruct
Style: Heavy Metal / Country: USA / Rating: ✮✮✮½
60. Bury Tomorrow - Earthbound
Style: Metalcore / Country: UK / Rating: ✮✮✮½
61. Obscura - Akróasis
Style: Technical Death Metal / Country: Germany / Rating: ✮✮✮½
62. Megadeth - Dystopia
Style: Thrash Metal / Country: USA / Rating: ✮✮✮½
63. Morphinist - Nihil
Style: Post Metal + Atmospheric BM / Country: Germany / Rating: ✮✮✮½
64. Nonsun - Black Snow Desert
Style: Droney Sludge Metal / Country: Ukraine / Rating: ✮✮✮½
65. Death Angel - The Evil Divide
Style: Bay Area Thrash Metal / Country: USA / Rating: ✮✮✮½
66. The Foreshadowing - Seven Heads, Ten Horns
Style: Gothic Doom Metal / Country: Italy / Rating: ✮✮✮½
67. Vektor - Terminal Redux
Style: Extreme Thrash Metal / Country: USA / Rating: ✮✮✮½
68. An Abstract Illusion - Illuminate The Path
Style: Melodic Death Metal / Country: Sweden / Rating: ✮✮✮½
69. Evergrey - The Storm Within
Style: Progressive Power Metal / Country: Sweden / Rating: ✮✮✮½
70. Oranssi Pazuzu - Värähtelijä
Style: Psychedelic Black Metal / Country: Finland / Rating: ✮✮✮½
71. Dark Funeral - Where Shadows Forever Reign
Style: Black Metal / Country: Sweden / Rating: ✮✮✮½
72. Sonata Arctica - The Ninth Hour
Style: Power Metal / Country: Finland / Rating: ✮✮✮½
73. The Morningside - Yellow
Style: Doom Metal / Country: Russia / Rating: ✮✮✮½
74. Periphery - Periphery III: Select Difficulty
Style: Prog Math Metal / Country: USA / Rating: ✮✮✮½
75. SIG:AR:TYR - Northen
Style: Blackened Folk Metal / Country: Canada / Rating: ✮✮✮½
76. Babymetal - Metal Resistance
Style: J-Metal / Country: Japan / Rating: ✮✮✮½
77. Mechina - Progenitor
Style: Industrial Death Metal / Country: USA / Rating: ✮✮✮½
78. Steven Wilson -
Style: Progressive Rock / Country: UK / Rating: ✮✮✮½
79. Hellyeah - Unden!able
Style: Groove Heavy Metal / Country: USA / Rating: ✮✮✮½
80. Onirism - The Well Of Stars
(EP) Style: Symphonic Black Metal / Country: France / Rating: ✮✮✮½
81. Trees Of Eternity - Hour Of The Nightingale
Style: Gothic Doom Metal / Country: Finland / Rating: ✮✮✮½
82. Nadja - The Stone Is Not Hit By The Sun, Nor Carved With A Knife
Style: Drone / Country: Canada / Rating: ✮✮✮
83. Novembre - URSA
Style: Extreme Progressive Metal / Country: Italy / Rating: ✮✮✮
84. Be'lakor - Vessels
Style: Melodic Death Metal / Country: Australia / Rating: ✮✮✮
85. Drowning Pool - Hellelujuah
Style: Alternative Metal / Country: USA / Rating: ✮✮✮
86. Blues Pills - Lady In Gold
Style: Psychadelic Rock / Country: Sweden / Rating: ✮✮✮
87. Haken - Affinity
Style: Progressive Metal / Country: UK / Rating: ✮✮✮
88. In Flames - Battles
Style: Alternative Metal / Country: Sweden / Rating: ✮✮✮
89. Opeth - Sorceress
Style: Progressive Rock / Country: Sweden / Rating: ✮✮✮
90. Saor - Guardians
Style: Black Folk Metal / Country: UK / Rating: ✮✮✮
91. Korn - The Serenity Of Suffering
Style: Nu Metal / Country: USA / Rating: ✮✮✮
92. DevilDriver - Trust No One
Style: Death Metal + Groove Thrash / Country: USA / Rating: ✮✮✮
93. Killswitch Engage - Incarnate
Style: Metalcore / Country: USA / Rating: ✮✮✮
94. Cult Of Luna - Mariner [Collaboration]
Style: Post-Sludge Metal / Country: Sweden / Rating: ✮✮✮
95. Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep Of Reason
Style: Progressive Math Metal / Country: Sweden / Rating: ✮✮✮
96. Katatonia - The Fall Of Hearts
Style: Alternative Rock + Gothic Doom Metal / Country: Sweden / Rating: ✮✮✮
97. Caliban - Gravity
Style: Metalcore / Country: Germany / Rating: ✮✮✮
98. Wildernessking - Mystical Future
Style: Prog Black Metal / Country: South Africa / Rating: ✮✮✮
99. Fifth To Infinity - Omnipotent Transdimensional Soulfire
Style: Death + Black Metal / Country: Sweden / Rating: ✮✮✮
100. Negură Bunget - ZI
Style: Blackened Folk Metal / Country: Romania / Rating: ✮✮✮
101. Dream Theater - The Astonishing
Style: Progressive Metal / Country: USA / Rating: ✮✮½
102. Taatsi - The Isle
Style: Atmospheric Black Metal / Country: Finland / Rating: ✮✮
103. Église - Église
Style: Hardcore + Post Metal / Country: Denmark / Rating: ✮½
104. Rob Zombie - The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser
Style: Alternative Industrial Metal / Country: USA / Rating: ✮



Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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24.02.2016 - 00:17
EmeraldSword
So far I've only heard "Frontiers" off of Omnium Gathering's "Grey Heavens," but it sounds epic. Glad to see it at the top of your list.
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24.02.2016 - 01:12
Sword_Chant
Written by EmeraldSword on 24.02.2016 at 00:17

So far I've only heard "Frontiers" off of Omnium Gathering's "Grey Heavens," but it sounds epic. Glad to see it at the top of your list.


It's the first album i've checked out by them but I loved it, it's a really solid album, so far i'd say "Skyline" is my favourite song. The melody and key change at the end of the song has been stuck in my head all week
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04.03.2016 - 23:55
Jannik
I actually really liked the Église record
to bad you not so much
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10.03.2016 - 23:42
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
The Morphinist dude comes out with waaay to much music in a short amount of time. Wish he would take a year or so and just put out a full-length.
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rekt
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11.03.2016 - 00:20
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
You only listen to mainstream metal music?
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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11.03.2016 - 02:10
Sword_Chant
Written by tea[m]ster on 10.03.2016 at 23:42

The Morphinist dude comes out with waaay to much music in a short amount of time. Wish he would take a year or so and just put out a full-length.


Haha yeah, that guy needs to take a break, along with Buckethead and Senmuth... those guys are permanently in the new releases list
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12.03.2016 - 12:07
Koen Smits
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 11.03.2016 at 00:20

You only listen to mainstream metal music?


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RIP: Frank Vandenbroucke (6 nov 1974 - 12 oct 2009)

Written by Bad English on 05.04.2014 at 15:05

but spoil thius film is like spoil porn and say porn ends whit cum shot ...
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13.03.2016 - 19:56
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 11.03.2016 at 00:20

You only listen to mainstream metal music?

Wouldn't really call Nonsun, Oranssi Pazuzu, Eglise, Taatsi, Wildernessking, or Morphinist mainstream.
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