EOY List Aggregate: 2016 New Music: Metal

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Ranking

  1. Touche Amore: Stage Four (Epitaph) {50}: AV:17, Bf:16, Blr:6, Bq:29, Ch:4, Crg:3, CV:31, DW:+, In:14, LA:19, Lt:35, Ms:20, N:38, Ne:14, NR:46, Plt:20, Pu:3, Sg:46, Spk:11, Tr:45, Trk:14, Vi:1; lw:19 -- AY:27, V:201-40-4, TH:*
  2. Metallica: Hardwired . . . to Self Destruct (Blackened) {44}: BB:35, Btz:18, ClR:25, Crh:6, FB:92, Gw:18, IT:45, Lt:10, Pu:24, Rev:1, RS:36, RS_A:36, RS_F:8, SE:75, SS:19, Top:47, Upr_h:48, Vi:20; jhs:+, k:2, mh:10, mi:10, pm_m:1, sjm:7, ucr:5 -- V:100-74-8
  3. Oranssi Pazuzu: Varahtelija (Svart/20 Buck Spin) {37}: Bc:16, BG:6, Bw:37, Db:4, DW:56, FB:+, Gg:47, Hi:49, NN:10, Qt:17, RSc:3, S:45, Te:9, Tr:27, Wat:28; ac:8, ex_m:5, pm_m:16, tr_m:1 -- V:116-66-6
  4. Deftones: Gore (Reprise) {36}: BG:90, Blr:36, Bq:90, Btz:47, Crg:82, CS:40, FL:9, Fp:72, Gf_D:20, Gw:51, Lt:38, LW:+, NN:58, Rev:5, Ri:11, RM:97, RS_A:48, Spk:26, Trk:28, Vi:29; d_im:+, ds_a:12, ex_m:7, jhs:+, k:7, lwr:5 -- AY:130, V:176-45-6
  5. The Dillinger Escape Plan: Dissociation (Party Smasher) {32}: BG:18, Crg:35, CV:36, Db:40, Lt:47, Mc:18, Ms:16, NN:75, Pu:19, Rev:8, Ri:30, Spk:18, Te:12; ad:+, ap:+, ex_m:1, mh:6, mi:5, v:8 -- AY:41, V:383-20-3
  6. Oathbreaker: Rheia (Deathwish) {26}: Bc:51, BV:28, Crg:12, Db:20, LA:50, N:20, NN:30, Pu:1, RSc:56, Spk:41, Te:3, Tr:50, Vi:12 -- AY:126, V:131-60-5
  7. Cobalt: Slow Forever (Profound Lore -2CD) {24}: BG:58, BV:2, CM:52, Db:10, DW:+, Gg:38, NN:36, RSc:18, Sg:25, Spk:9, Te:7, Thr:27; pm_m:8 -- V:98-77-7, TH:B
  8. Gojira: Magma (Roadrunner) {24}: CS:33, Dv:18, FB:+, NN:39, Rev:10, RSc:99, Si:17, Spk:46, SS:75, Te:21; ex_m:4, mh:1, pm_m:5, te:+ -- AY:54, V:1276-8-1
  9. Nails: You Will Never Be One of Us (Nuclear Blast) {23}: AV:16, Crg:48, Db:2, FL:32, Mc:+, Ms:38, Ne:10, NN:62, Rev:11, Te:10; ex_m:6 -- AY:18, V:245-33-5
  10. Neurosis: Fires Within Fires (Neurot) {23}: Btz:37, BV:+, Db:24, FB:+, Mc:+, Ne:38, NN:8, Ob:20, RT:97, Te:1, Thr:23, Tr:22; ad:+, tr_m:8 -- AY:82, V:217-38-5
  11. The Body: No One Deserves Happiness (Thrill Jockey) {21}: Bc:24, Btz:46, Bw:9, CV:6, DW:+, F:12, Qt:62, Te:23, Tr:41, VF:49; ah:+, ex_m:2, tr_m:9 -- AY:138, V:156-50-5
  12. Vektor: Terminal Redux (Earache) {19}: DW:5, FB:+, LA:45, Ne:42, NN:37, RSc:72, Spk:7, Te:15; ad:+, mi:4, pm_m:17 -- V:164-48-6
  13. SubRosa: For This We Fought the Battle of Ages (Profound Lore) {18}: Bc:28, Db:26, FB:73, Hi:42, Ob:1, Te:6, Tr:38; ab:+, d_im:+, pm_m:6, tr_m:10 -- V:617-12-1
  14. Khemmis: Hunted () {17}: BG:54, Db:1, FB:4, Tr:37; mi:1, pm_m:7, tr_m:7 -- V:194-41-4
  15. Kvelertak: Nattesferd (Roadrunner) {17}: BV:9, Dv:17, DW:73, Gf_N:29, Sg:49, Te:44, Vi:3; am:+, v_m:+ -- AY:62, V:110-68-5
  16. Inter Arma: Paradise Gallows (Relapse) {16}: BG:46, BV:18, Db:7, Hi:8, Te:33, Tr:26; ab:+, tr_m:3 -- AY:69, V:229-35-4
  17. Meshuggah: The Violent Sleep of Reason (Nuclear Blast) {16}: Db:17, NN:14, Rev:4; jhs:+, mh:4, mi:2, pm_m:2 -- V:678-10-1
  18. Architects: All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us (Epitaph) {14}: Bq:54, Crg:15, Pu:4, Spk:24; k:3, mh:2, rks:2
  19. Every Time I Die: Low Teens (Epitaph) {14}: Ch:14, Crg:8, Pu:8, Rev:14, Vi:17; ad:+, ap:+
  20. Blood Incantation: Starspawn (Dark Descent) {12}: Db:3, Spk:34, Te:14, Trk:17; ab:+, mi:7 -- V:175-46-4
  21. Darkthrone: Arctic Thunder (Peaceville) {10}: C:52, Dv:19, Spk:47, Te:2; ab:+, jhs:+
  22. Puce Mary: The Spiral (Posh Isolation) {10}: Bk:50, Bw:10, DaM:28, Qt:41, RSc:73, TMT:25, W:38 -- V:251-32-3
  23. Baroness: Purple (Abraxan Hymns -15) {8}: Eb:6, Hi:45, NH:22, Tr:24; tr_m:2
  24. Beartooth: Aggressive () {8}: Pu:9, RB_A:19; ap:+, lwr:4
  25. Hammers of Misfortune: Dead Revolution () {8}: Db:8, FB:32, Tr:49; tr_m:5 -- V:1389-5-1
  26. 40 Watt Sun: Wider Than the Sky (Radiance) {7}: FB:52, Te:5; jhs:+ -- V:216-39-3
  27. Alcest: Kodama (Prophecy) {7}: Bw:94, FB:+, Spk:50, Te:25, Vi:22; d_im:+ -- V:652-11-1
  28. Aluk Todolo: Voix (Ajna Offensive) {7}: Bw:29, Db:37, FB:+, RSc:48; jhs:+ -- V:581-14-1
  29. Avenged Sevenfold: The Stage (Capitol) {7}: Rev:3; ap:+, k:5
  30. Sumac: What One Becomes (Thrill Jockey) {7}: Bw:71, Db:34, RB:20, Spk:43; d_im:+ -- V:108-68-7
  31. Gorguts: Pleiades Dust (Season of Mist) {6}: Db:9; jhs:+, pm_m:18 -- V:251-32-3
  32. Ulcerate: Shrines of Paralysis () {6}: NN:82, Spk:6; ex_m:8 -- V:678-10-1
  33. Asphyx: Incoming Death () {5}: Db:12; ab:+, ex_m:9, jhs:+
  34. Deathspell Omega: The Synarchy of Molten Bones () {5}: BG:49, NN:66, Te:11; ex_m:10
  35. Destroyer 666: Wildfire (Season of Mist) {5}: Db:16, Noj:19, Te:26
  36. High Spirits: Motivator (High Roller) {5}: FB:+, N:53; pm_m:3 -- V:678-10-1
  37. Ihsahn: Arktis (Candlelight) {5}: ClR:+, Si:13, Te:28; mh:8
  38. Mizmor: Yodh (Gilead) {5}: BG:28, Db:23, FB:+, Hi:20
  39. Testament: Brotherhood of the Snake (Nuclear Blast) {5}: Db:27, FB:91, Noj:28, Spk:32, Te:50
  40. Rob Zombie: The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration (UME/T-?Boy) {5}: Rev:18; lwr:2 -- V:1389-5-1
  41. Alter Bridge: The Last Hero (Napalm) {4}: ClR:14, Rev:15
  42. Amon Amarth: Jomsviking (Metal Blade) {4}: Rev:6; pm_m:14
  43. Graves at Sea: The Curse That Is (Relapse) {4}: Db:30, Te:18 -- V:678-10-1
  44. Haken: Infinity (Century Metal) {4}: ClR:+; pm_k:9, pr:4
  45. Katatonia: The Fall of Hearts (Peaceville) {4}: Spk:27, Te:41; pm_m:9 -- V:678-10-1
  46. Megadeth: Dystopia (Universal) {4}: Rev:2
  47. Of Mice & Men: Cold World (Rise) {4}: Rev:9; ap:+
  48. Sumerlands: Sumerlands (Relapse) {4}: Bc:64, FB:46, NN:69 -- V:1389-5-1
  49. Wormrot: Voices (Earache) {4}: Te:20; mi:3
  50. Wretch: Wretch () {4}: Crh:23, Db:22, Ob:44, Te:42
  51. Zeal and Ardor: Devil Is Fine () {4}: N:6 -- V:394-20-2
  52. Babymetal: Metal Resistance () {3}: CS:31, Eb:52; k:9
  53. Bolzer: Hero (Iron Bonehead) {3}: Db:25, NN:78, Te:37
  54. Conan: Revengeance (Black Bow) {3}: Ob:19, Te:39
  55. Darkher: Realms (Prophecy) {3}: FB:+, RSc:49, Te:32
  56. Eternal Champion: The Armor of Ire (No Remorse) {3}: Db:39, FB:+, NN:35
  57. Exalt: The Shape You Took Before the Ache () {3}: BG:45; ex_m:3
  58. Fates Warning: Theories of Flight (Insideout) {3}: Spk:8
  59. Inquisition: Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith (Season of Mist) {3}: Db:32, Te:27; ab:+
  60. Jute Gyte: Perdurance (Jeshimoth) {3}: FB:+, On:28, Qt:29
  61. Killswitch Engage: Incarnate (Roadrunner) {3}: Rev:16; mi:9
  62. Lacuna Coil: Delirium (Century Media) {3}: Rev:12 -- V:1363-6-1
  63. Melvins: Basses Loaded (Ipecac) {3}: Df:27, LW:+ -- V:1389-5-1
  64. Moonsorrow: Jumalten Aika (Century Media) {3}: Ne:44, Spk:20
  65. Tombs: All Empires Fall (Relapse) {3}: Rev:19 -- V:333-25-2
  66. Voivod: Post Society (Century Media -EP) {3}: jhs:+, pm_m:20 -- V:1318-7-1
  67. Volbeat: Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie (Vertigo/Capitol) {3}: Rev:7
  68. The Wounded Kings: Visions in Bone () {3}: NN:81, Ob:39, Te:47
  69. Anaal Nathrakh: The Whole of the Law (Metal Blade) {2}: Te:17
  70. Anciients: Voice of the Void (Season of Mist) {2}: FB:50; pm_m:13
  71. Big Business: Command Your Weather (Joyful Noise) {2}: Df:32 -- AY:165
  72. Boss Keloid: Herb Your Enthusiam (Black Bow) {2}: FB:+, Te:22
  73. The Devil Wears Prada: Transit Blues (Rise) {2}: Rev:20
  74. Discharge: End of Days (Nuclear Blast) {2}: Te:13
  75. Eight Bells: Landless (Battleground) {2}: FB:+ -- V:678-10-1
  76. Furia: Ksie Zyc Milczy Luty (Pagan) {2}: FB:+ -- V:678-10-1
  77. Gadget: The Great Destroyer (Relapse) {2}: Te:30 -- V:678-10-1
  78. Harakiri for the Sky: III: Trauma (Art of Propaganda) {2}: df:+, mf:+
  79. Interment: Scent of the Buried (Dark Descent) {2}: Te:34 -- V:678-10-1
  80. Korn: The Serenity of Suffering (Roadrunner) {2}: ap:+, mh:7
  81. Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard: Y Proffwyd Dwyll (New Heavy Sounds) {2}: FB:+, Ob:50
  82. Oceans of Slumber: Winter (Century Media) {2}: pm_m:19 -- V:1363-6-1
  83. Graf Orlock: Crime Traveller (Vitriol) {2}: Te:36 -- V:678-10-1
  84. Palace of Worms: The Ladder () {2}: tr_m:4
  85. Psalm Zero: Stranger to Violence () {2}: NN:70; pm_m:11
  86. Sabaton: The Last Stand (Nuclear Blast) {2}: Te:48; pm_m:10
  87. Slabdragger: Rise of the Dawncrusher (Holy Roar) {2}: FB:+, Te:46
  88. Spirit Adrift: Chained to Oblivion (Prosthetic Records) {2}: FB:22 -- V:678-10-1
  89. Urfaust: Empty Space Meditation () {2}: Te:19
  90. Vokonis: Olde One Ascending (Ozium) {2}: FB:+, Ob:37
  91. 11Paranoias: Reliquary for a Dreamed of World (Ritual) {1}: FB:+
  92. Anagnorisis: Peripeteia () {1}: tr_m:6
  93. Be'lakor: Vessels (Napalm) {1}: Spk:37
  94. Black Sabbath: The End EP (self-released) {1}: FB:+
  95. Bossk: Audio Noir (Deathwish) {1}: Te:31
  96. Brimstone Coven: Black Magic (Metal Blade) {1}: FB:33
  97. Cardinals Folly: Holocaust of Ecstasy & Freedom (Shadow Kingdom) {1}: FB:87
  98. Castle: Welcome to the Graveyard (Van/Prophecy) {1}: FB:94
  99. Cough: Still They Pray (Relapse) {1}: FB:+
  100. Dawnbringer: XX EP (self-released) {1}: FB:+
  101. Goatess: Purgatory Under New Management (Svart) {1}: FB:85
  102. Grand Magus: Sword Songs (Nuclear Blast) {1}: pm_m:15
  103. Gygax: Critical Hits (Creator-Destructor) {1}: FB:+
  104. Hail Spirit Noir: Mayhem in Blue (Dark Essence) {1}: FB:+
  105. Helstar: Vampiro (EMP) {1}: FB:+
  106. Horseburner: Dead Seeds Barren Soil (self-released) {1}: FB:+
  107. Howls of Ebb: Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows (Voidhanger) {1}: Spk:48
  108. Lord Vicar: Gates of Flesh (The Church Within) {1}: FB:86
  109. Narcosatanicos: Body Cults (Bad Afro) {1}: FB:+
  110. Ravensire: The Cycle Never Ends (Cruz Del Sur) {1}: FB:+
  111. Rotting Christ: Rituals (Season of Mist) {1}: Te:35
  112. Seven Sisters of Sleep: Ezekiel's Hags () {1}: ab:+
  113. Show Me a Dinosaur: Show Me a Dinosaur (Elusive Sound) {1}: ad:+
  114. Spiritus Mortis: The Year Is One (Svart) {1}: FB:+
  115. Sunnata: Zorya (self-released) {1}: ad:+
  116. Devin Townsend Project: Transcendence (Hevy Devy/Inside Out) {1}: Te:40
  117. Trna: Lose Yourself to Find Peace (Elusive Sound) {1}: ad:+
  118. Troll: Troll (self-released) {1}: FB:80
  119. Universe217: Change (Van) {1}: ad:+
  120. Uskumgallu: Rotten Limbs in Dreams of Blood (Vrasubatlat) {1}: -- V:678-10-1
  121. Wytch Hazel: Prelude (Bad Omen) {1}: FB:25

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