For the most part, 2016 felt like a bit of a slow year, as far as music goes but there was a big wave of releases in October that certainly made me feel like I was suddenly drowning in releases that wanted to be heard. Looking back, I found some really great bands this year and heard some impressive debuts that certainly managed to outweigh the big disappointments that some of the more well-known bands ended up delivering. So, without further ado, let's dive into my top 10 albums of 2016!
10. SPRGM - SPRGM
The first item on this list is the self-titled debut album by SPRGM. These four finns delivered a very powerful debut and channel High on Fire, Kvelertak and Entombed influences into a wild ride of sludge and death metal with punk influences. Lots of blistering and catchy riffing along punk drumming and blastbeats build the foundation on which raw and shouty vocals ride. If you are a fan of any of the aforementioned bands, this album is a must-listen for you.
The review for SPRGM can be found here.
09. Wyrding - Wyrding
Continuing on, we have another self-titled debut album by american Wyrding. Despite being released in March of this year, it took me until very recently to finally finish my first full listen of this album and I'm glad that I got around to it within this year. Wyrding play an incredibly creative take on funeral doom and delivered one of the softest and most textured albums to be found in this genre. Distant, wailing guitars along summery, lush keyboards and choir-like vocal arrangements make this album a comforting and gentle listen with a certain melancholic atmosphere and an occasional underlying, subtle uneasiness.
08. Cantique Lépreux - Cendres Célestes
I was generally impressed by a lot of french canadian bands this year, but especially this debut album by a trio from Québec stood out to me. Cantique Lépreux play an icy, stormy variety of black metal and dropped one of the coldest releases of 2016. The foreboding, dark cloudfronts of guitars, the catchy melodies and passionate vocals made Cendres Célestes one of the most noteworthy black metal albums of this year for me.
The review for Cendres Célestes can be found here.
07. Thrawsunblat - Metachthonia