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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Don’t hate on fringe metal bands, they do a lot for the genre

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Photo courtesy of fivefingerdeathpunch.com

When I first started getting into the genre of Rock as well as Metal, Avenged Sevenfold was one of the first albums that drew me into the genre. Their self-titled album was basically the only thing I played for months, and it still remains one of my favorites to listen to.

Before listening to Rock and Metal, I was primarily a fan of country music. Guitar Hero drew me into classic rock, and Avenged Sevenfold was my first foray into the heavier spectrum of rock; something I call “fringe metal.”

Disturbed was one of the other bands I really enjoyed. System of a Down and Slipknot helped me become more attracted to the heavier sides of rock and metal. Five Finger Death Punch was the first metal band I became a huge fan of, and the first metal concert I ever went to. Even Linkin Park, who combined electronic sounds with guitar and helped make riffs and solos mainstream. Continue reading