Top 10 Metal Albums of 2016

Bobby Bevilacqua

This past year has been excellent for metal music. We saw a lot of great newcomers and debut albums, a return to form from the genre’s heavyweights, and a lot of fantastic releases covering many different types of metal music. For someone like myself, who just recently started exploring more of the genre, it’s been a ton of fun.

This is the first time that I’m doing a Best Album list, and I don’t think I could have picked a harder year to give it a shot. There were legitimately 25-30 albums that I was considering for the top 10 spots and they all deserve to be listen to. But this is my best attempt at narrowing it down to be what I consider the 10 best releases in metal music for 2016.

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Metallica – Hardwired… To Self-Destruct – A return to form from the legendary thrash metal band, which sees them return to what made them great. Tracks like “Moth Into Flame,” “Spit Out The Bone,” and “Hardwired” are some of the high points on the band’s best album in 28 years.

Hatebreed – The Concrete Confessional – Hatebreed has been around since 1994, perfecting their blend of hardcore and metal full of anger and aggression. The Concrete Confessional doesn’t necessarily do anything new, but it’s a really solid release full of some awesome songs. Continue reading

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Album Review – Jomsviking by Amon Amarth

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Amon Amarth have cemented themselves as one of the best bands in the melodic death metal genre, crafting their own unique sound and brand of music since they were formed back in 1992. Some of the criticism the Swedish band receives comes from the fact that they have been consistent with their sound, creating an aura of similarity on the last few albums. But they broke the mold a bit, and delivered with one of their best albums to date.

With Jomsviking, Amon Amarth took a crack at their first ever concept album, weaving a tale of love, murder and revenge based on the story of the legendary Jomsvikings, a fierce group of Viking mercenaries in the 10th and 11th century. Here’s Hegg’s own description of the album (From Metalinjection.net);

“It’s a pretty simple story where a young man is in love with a girl but unfortunately she’s being married off. He accidentally kills a man when this happens and he has to flee,” … “But he swears to have revenge and win her back. He can’t let go of the past. He feels that he’s been wronged and his life has been destroyed. The story of the Jomsviking is in the background – it’s the way he finds to go back and claim his revenge. The way the story evolves is not a happy story… it’s a tragedy, I guess! But I like sad endings, because they’re the ones that affect you the most.” – Johan Hegg Continue reading