Metallica – Hardwired… To Self-Destruct
To say Metallica’s latest offering is a disappointment is somewhat of an understatement. After the release of their first single, “Hardwired,” which is now a Grammy nominated song and rightfully so, I and millions of others had hoped for more of that fast paced aggression Metallica was known for in the early 80’s– but instead we were given a double album full of B-side material that was best left in the studio. You can read the Hardwired…To Self-Destruct review here and see why this album was such a huge let down.
Joy – Of Nothing EP
This year’s biggest surprise came from a young blackened hardcore band from North Carolina, Joy. At under ten minutes, their EP was one of the best pieces of music released this year. Crushing guitars and drums will leave your hearing numb for a bit, but it’s definitely worth it. If these dudes can do this much sonic damage in ten minutes, I’m super excited to see what they would do with thirty minutes. You can read the Of Nothing review here.
6 - Volbeat – Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie
This is not what you would call one of the most “brutal” records of the year, but it is one of the most well written and composed pieces of heavy music 2016 managed to put out. The record boasts catchy anthems, a couple of covers and a shit load of spunk. With every record, Volbeat just seem to be getting better and better, and with this release they’ve accomplished to put out a fucking hit. You can read the Seal the Deal review here.
5 – Aborted - Retrogore
This is where this list’s true brutality starts. Aborted killed it with the release of Retrogore. The Belgian death metal band, who’ve been rocking it for two decades now, absolutely rip through every track with the sole purpose of annihilating ear drums. You can read the review for Retrogore here.
4 – Ghoul – Dungeon Bastard
Metal up your fucking ass. You can read the review for Dungeon Bastards here.
3 – Discharge – End of days
The number three album on this list comes from some dudes who have been in the heavy music game for over two decades, and it ain’t fucking Metallica, that’s for sure. Hardcore punk OG’s, Discharge put out a fierce beast of a record– a headbanging opus that will leave you craving more, classically designed and composed for the mosh pit. You can read the End of Days review here.
2 – Fleshgod Apocalypse – King
King is a freaking classic. An awesome record, with some insanely good composition. Sweeping operatic melodies and grand orchestral pieces blended with brutal death metal make this one of the best albums of the year. You can read the King review here.
1 – Every Time I Die – Low Teens
The best album of the year belongs to Low Teens. Every Time I Die’s latest studio album is by far the catchiest piece of heavy metal produced in 2016. From start to finish this record cooks. The heavy riffs and the perfectly timed breakdowns make this a treat to listen to. Tracks like “Petal,” “It Remembers,” and “Religion of Speed” are just a few that make the replay value of Low Teens so high. Check out the review here