WHAT WERE MY FAVORITE
ALBUMS OF 2016?
DRILL: Boundless Obscenity
The insane speed we know from the band mixed with more mature songwriting, a real winner.
ZENITH PASSAGE: Solipsist
While a few too many similarities to The Faceless, the debut from The Zenith Passage is still filled with great songs and amazing performances.
Another great album from the tried and true, a very mild improvement over their previous album, which was already pretty awesome.
Periphery III: Select Difficulty
Some really catchy songs and a bit heavier overall, the djent masters keep them coming.
So glad it wasn't another decade wait between albums, their 3rd full length is technical death metal at its best.
|6) MESHUGGAH: The
Violent Sleep Of Reason
A really strong offering from the swedish masters, still nothing can touch their earlier material, but this album rates highly among their last 5 releases or so.
THEATER: The Astonishing
Not quite as good as "Scenes From a Memory", but hugely ambitious and highly entertaining.
Tremendous speed and slams, the most brutal release of the year.
A nice sampling of Devin's various styles over the years, lots of great songs.
You Will Never Be One of Us
Short form grindcore at its best.
So glad this album finally came out, while not as good as their debut, they still pummel the listener with ungodly speed and stamina.
SERPENTINE DOMINION: Serpentine
Cool little side project, short bug a great mix of styles, hopefully they get together again sometime to make a second album.