I’ve seen some best of lists claiming that metal had a crappy year in 2016, and I just can’t accept that. This year I listened to more metal then I ever have. New releases that is, I still always make time for my favorites, and honestly, all of it was good. There were only three albums this year that I didn’t enjoy at all, and out of so many good ones, that’s saying a lot. This year had so much going for it: the new bands were exciting and refreshing, some older bands came raging back with some of their best work, the tours were fucking awesome (at least in Denver), and bands of all calibers defied genres and limitations. Metal grew this year and it’s better for it and I was so blown away by it that it seems like a crime not to mention all the other bands that simply fucking killed it this year.
My year end list could have been an entirely different mix of albums and have been just as impressive so here are some of the other albums that made an impact on my ears this year, presented in no order or with no descriptions except for this caveat: these are fucking awesome.