10. The Ominous Circle - Appalling Ascension
Starting off the year as well as this list, The Ominous Circle came out with a debut album that put Portugal back on the map for many metal fans. With Portal and Incantation influences worn on their sleeves, the band strived to put their own spin on the dissonant and cavernous style of death metal that has seen a rise in popularity over the course of this decade. A memorable debut and a project to keep an eye on.
Read the review for The Ominous Circle - Appalling Ascension here.
09. Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy
After taking a break from Tyler's output with 2015's Cherry Bomb, the good reviews for his latest effort caught my attention. Previously a controversial figure it seems that Tyler's sound, much like him, has reached maturity on this album. Exploring his interest in jazz and R&B more thoroughly, Tyler has come out with a rather mellow and lush album, creating a stark contrast to his grimy and abrasive early output. Despite being a bit of a grower, Flower Boy is Tyler's most coherent and well-crafted album.
08. Archspire - Relentless Mutation