If 2016 has been a great year for film, it has been a spectacular one for music. Every week seemed to bring another incredible album from musicians both old and new. It also made putting this list together even harder than it normally is but somehow I managed. As usual, it is purely opinion, and you are welcome to tell me I’m wrong but don’t expect me to care.
The story behind Nervus’s debut album would make it worthy of attention all by itself, the music that story has crafted makes it essential.
On their twelfth album, Rotting Christ show that extreme metal doesn’t have to be a young man’s game.
Trying to pinpoint exactly what ZOAX are isn’t an easy task. However, it is safe to say that I like it.
What can I say that hasn’t been said before? One of our best bands releases a great album, it’s almost boring in its predictability.
Air is an album to get lost in. It takes you on a journey and while you can’t always remember exactly where you went along the way, that just makes you all the more excited to take it again.
Is there anything that Greg Puciato can’t do? The Black Queen’s debut album is as alluring as it was surprising.
Did anyone dare to believe Weezer could release a good album in 2016? Yet, this album of summery hits is so infectious that you might need to call the doctor after your first listen.
Greatness often comes from loss and the inspiration behind Stage Four was the loss of Jeremy Bolm’s mother. It crafted an album that often feels like it’s to pull your heart from your chest for all to see.
It seems a lot of the albums on this list came out of turmoil and Holy Ghost is no exception. With elements of emo, punk and indie in here, Modern Baseball are the kind of band who could become the voice of a generation.
The Dream Is Over may start with a jangle, but it soon finds its roar. Pup perfectly combine raw emotion with songs that you can’t get out of your head.
Some bands are made to play tiny sweaty clubs, and others are meant to fill arenas. After only one album Black Peaks already feel like a band that are destined to do the latter.
To be honest, I’m still not exactly sure what Rheia is. It’s brutally heavy and yet has moments of fragility that break your heart. Whatever it is, it feels like a game changer.
There are times when you want complexity, and then there are those where you want to bounce along to some ska punk. Say It Out Loud very much gives you the later and does it better than anyone since Rancid.
Fuzzed up alternative rock that feels like it could have come roaring out of the early nineties. Surely I don’t have to say anything more?
Heck showed everyone that ever doubted them that they are so much more than that band which goes mental live. If you still don’t believe me put on that last track and remember to pick up your jaw on the way out.
The best metal band on the planet strip things back and still deliver. Gojira own this world, and they just let the rest of us play in it occasionally.
After seeing Milk Teeth support Against Me, I said that if Cobain had written these songs they’d be classics and I stand by it. If they are this good after one album how great will they get?
The events that followed All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us have made it a hard listen. However, it doesn’t change the fact that this release is an astonishing piece of work from one of the UK’s greatest bands.
I swear by this point that letlive could fart into a kazoo and it would be brilliant. If I’m The Devil… continues to show how vital they are. It’s not only an incredible piece of music, but it also has something to say and the more of that we have, the better.
Where to start? Just when you thought The Dillinger Escape Plan had done everything in their power to rip up the rulebook they take it a step further by releasing possibly their best album weeks after announcing it would be their last. Dissociation is a baffling and wonderful piece of work and makes the top of this list because I know that a year from now I will still be finding things in it at which to marvel.