Saturday 24 December 2016

Todd Stealey Top Albums Of 2016

Greetings all,
I am psyched as I have never had a chance to write up an official best of list. First off, I would like to take a minute and thank Steve for giving the opportunity to check out all of this killer music and share my thoughts with everyone. With that said, 2016 was a huge fucking dumpster fire, but there was a ton of killer music. So without further ado, here is my top 13 list for 2016:
1. Make – Pilgrimage of Loathing - These Nort Carolina doom metal monsters released this killer in the midst of political firestorm in their homestate of North Carolina. This record, pissed off, angry and disonant, only started to ring more loudly when the political shitstorm took on a national face. This destroyer will only become more relevant over the next four years....
2. Dinosaur Jr – Give a glimpse of what yer not - The Dino Jr has been nothing short of spectacular. I swear to god they get better with each new album. This is the best record since the original line up go back together and is possibly one of the best Dinosaur Jr records ever.
3. Red Fang – Only Ghosts - The heavy rock ear worm record of the year. I still literally walk around with these songs stuck in my head.
4. Big Business – Command Your Weather - A return to form for this sludgy duo. In my opinion, their best record since Head for the Shallow.
5. Deftones - Gore - I've been a huge Deftones fan for years. They never disappoint. This is another ripper to add to their impressive catalog.
6. Neurosis – Fires within Fires - Not much can be said about Neurosis that hasnt been said before. This is a return to form. Heavy and dissonant. Classic.
7. Domkraft – The End of Electricity - Second Swedish Stoner rock entry. Huge and Sludgy. This is one intense masterpiece.
8. Year of the Cobra - ..In the Shadows Below - Huge and sludgy. Filled with killer riffs and some of the most captivating vocals around.
9. Salems Pot – Pronounce this! -Mysterious Swedish stoner/doom. Solid from beginning to end.
10. Gorguts – Pleiades Dust - Typically not a fan of technical metal, nut was intrigued by the 1 track album. It is a killer.
11. -(16)- The Lifespan of a Moth - An amazing blast of face melting sludge.
12. Khemmis - Hunted - This record has been in about every year end list, and rightfully so. A doom metal masterpiece.

13. Netherlands - Audobon - This was a suprising blast of noise rock with wild vocals that made for a most interesting record.
Cheers and here's to a face melting 2017!

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Words by Todd Stealey