Terrorizer’s Albums Of The Year 2016 – Part 2

By on 7 December 2016
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2016 has been one hell of a turbulent year, but if there’s one positive we can all agree on, it’s the last twelve months have given us a metric fucktonne of great metal records. Though we’ll probably never be able to agree on which one is definitively “the best”, and there’s something strangely futile about even trying to do so in the first place given the wealth and diversity of music we’ve been granted this year, we persevered, asked our writers to vote for their favourites and then compiled those into a list of 50 of 2016’s most essential albums. We’ve beeen counting down to number one over the last few days, beginning with numbers 50 to 31, and continuing today with 30 to 11, so, don’t get too wound up over the order; instead, kick back, relax and ask yourself, ‘how many of these do I still need to hear?’

30-gadget30. GADGET ‘The Great Destroyer’ RELAPSE
From opener ‘Enemies Of Reason’, it’s obvious Gadget have notched everything up. No longer content to be viewed skirting about Nasum’s shadow, the quartet’s cannon blast of shape-shifting grind moves them into exclusive territory. [Kevin Stewart-Panko]

 

 

 

29-swans29. SWANS ‘The Glowing Man’ MUTE
Just like its two towering predecessors, another gargantuan monster, mostly developed during those gruelling two hour-plus live shows. Nevertheless, ‘The Glowing Man’ felt gentler and more sparse, no doubt a reflection of this being the final recording with this current line-up. [José Carlos Santos]

 

 

 

28-ihsahn28. IHSAHN ‘Arktis’ CANDLELIGHT
One of the originators of black metal continues to push, redraw and obliterate the boundaries of what can be done with the genre, pulling together all his diverse influences into something unique and unmistakable. [Steve R. Jones]

 

 

 

27-inquisition27. INQUISITION ‘Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith’ SEASON OF MIST
The title may be a tad overwrought and unwieldy, but this hypnotic, absolutely mesmerising effort proves that Inquisition are peerless. ‘Bloodshed…’ looks beyond the stars and masterfully channels the limitless void’s cold, unapologetically malignant power. [John Mincemoyer]

 

 

 

26-destroyer-66626. DESTRÖYER 666 ‘Wildfire’ SEASON OF MIST
Thunder from down under. With a dizzying array of riffs and chops, D666 have proved to be the ‘Hounds At Ya Back’ with one of the most addictive and compulsive metal albums of the year. [Pete Woods]

 

 

 

25-alcest25. ALCEST ‘Kodama’ PROPHECY
Inspired by their visits to Japan, the culture, traditions and melodies (as well as anime movies) of the Land of the Rising Sun imbue Alcest’s occasionally blackened dreaminess with a bewitching, otherworldly flair. [Andy McDonald]

 

 

 

24-purson24. PURSON ‘Desire’s Magic Theatre’ SPINEFARM
The ’70s fuzz rock revival continues, but while many of its exponents coast on warm nostalgia, Rosalie Cunningham’s band inject enough captivating, psychedelic twists and turns to keep the retro style within its sell-by. [Andy McDonald]

 

 

 

23-the-body23. THE BODY ‘No One Deserves Happiness’ THRILL JOCKEY
With more electronics finding their way into The Body’s bleak sound, ‘No One…’ is their own twisted take on pop music from another dimension, where doom riffs, trap beats, piercing shrieks, choral elegies and all your innermost fears jostle for the number one spot. [Kez Whelan]

 

 

 

22-boss-keloid22. BOSS KELOID ‘Herb Your Enthusiasm’ BLACK BOW
Harnessing doom groove with flourishes of prog and a smattering of eastern influence, Wigan mob Boss Keloid’s second album has seen the quartet break out of the underground. A heady and invigorating release, ‘Herb Your Enthusiasm’ is highly addictive. [Ross Baker]

 

 

 

21-gojira21. GOJIRA ‘Magma’ ROADRUNNER
Stripping things back a tad, but still with a sense of colossal urgency in their transcendent progressiveness, ‘Magma’ is a storming effort, capturing l’énormité of one of modern metal’s most formidable bands. [Andy McDonald]

 

 

 

20-wormrot20. WORMROT ‘Voices’ EARACHE
After a rough few years, Singapore’s finest are back to grind once more, with their most musically and emotionally complex album yet, as killer grind meets some surprisingly subtle guitar textures in places. [Ed Chapman]

 

 

 

19-urfaust19. URFAUST ‘Empty Space Meditation’ VÁN
Dripping with an incredibly immersive, otherworldly atmosphere and some of the year’s finest black metal riffing, ‘Empty Space Meditation’ is arguably Urfaust’s most well realised album, and could well be their defining moment. [Kez Whelan]

 

 

 

18-graves-at-sea18. GRAVES AT SEA ‘The Curse That Is’ RELAPSE
From the grimly self-referential title to the hatred and loathing in riff after sludgy riff, never has an album encapsulated just what personal struggles went into making it. Well worth the agonising wait. [Steve R. Jones]

 

 

 

17-anaal-nathrakh17. ANAAL NATHRAKH ‘The Whole Of The Law’ METAL BLADE
Nine albums in and definitely not mellowing with age, Kenney and Hunt’s rabid doctrines snarl and seethe like an apocalyptic sermon heralding the end of days. Do what thou wilt, but listen to Anaal Nathrakh! [Pete Woods]

 

 

 

16-opeth16. OPETH ‘Sorceress’ NUCLEAR BLAST
When Opeth turned prog, each release still triggered a yearning for their death metal days. Then ‘Sorceress’ happened, and the nostalgia was truly buried beneath this stand-alone masterpiece. Diving confidently between prog, folk and blues rock, ‘Sorceress’ is the astonishing sound of the Swedes at their most complete. [Serena Cherry]

 

 

15-vektor15. VEKTOR ‘Terminal Redux’ EARACHE
The first song here probably contains more riffs than most bands put on a whole album, and there’s an ethereal, Voivod-like quality to their jazzy, ultra-technical thrash that sets Vektor worlds apart from their peers. [Ian Glasper]

 

 

 

14-blood-incantation14. BLOOD INCANTATION ‘Starspawn’ DARK DESCENT
Though as cryptic as their debut EP, these Colorado lads’ first full-length is a dense 35 minutes full of twisted riffs that trip into another dimension. The kind of obscure yet enlightened death metal that could only have come from the deepest underground. [Olivier ‘Zoltar’ Badin]

 

 

 

13-discharge13. DISCHARGE ‘End Of Days’ NUCLEAR BLAST
It’s been a long time coming, but Discharge are finally back on frightening form, with their best album since 1982’s seminal ‘Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing’, a revitalised rush of unstoppable, pure punk fury. [Ian Glasper]

 

 

 

12-the-dillinger-escape-plan12. THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN ‘Dissociation’ PARTY SMASHER INC.
Dillinger’s swansong is incendiary. ‘Limerent Death’ harks back to the fury of ‘Calculating Infinity’ whereas ‘Nothing To Forget’ showcases how developed their sense of melody became, and ‘Fugue’ proves that they are still unafraid of experimentation. [Tom Saunders]

 

 

 

11-deathspell-omega11. DEATHSPELL OMEGA ‘The Synarchy Of Molten Bones’ NORMA EVANGELIUM DIABOLI
Jarring and dissonant, ‘…Molten Bones’ is the intriguing stuff of nightmares. But for all its ferocity, there’s a complexity at work beneath, as mind-boggling riffs weave together into engrossing, hypnotic patterns, culminating in a supremely intense listen. [Serena Cherry]

 

 

 

Keep your eyes peeled for part 3 tomorrow as we count down our top ten…

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