Fuck Brumpxit its the 2016 Metal and Hard N' Heavy Rock Poll Results Thread (With spotify and bandcamp links)

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Firstly thanks to all who voted we were 20 or so ballots down on recent years but hopefully the results will be ok.

I don't actually have them yet but seandalai said I'd get them on Saturday and he closed voting a few hours ago so I'm sure he wont be too long. Big thanks to seandalai for doing all the hard work in the poll.

But the purpose of starting the thread is because of Simon H's offer of a prize.

oh btw I reiterate this pledge if anyone feels up for an extra layer of tomfoolery

FYI everyone I will be offering a **special metal mystery prize** to whoever most accurately guesses the top 20

*N. Americans only, fuck intercontinental postage

― (Simon H.), Thursday, 15 December 2016 20:30 (two days ago)

I'm sure he would still send it outwith North Americanada if you pay the postage so please make your predictions.

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What do you think of the state of metal in 2016?

Stereogum dude wasn't impressed

I could go either way on this one, but I think I’m primarily sort of dispirited by the fact that nobody in metal appears to be having the same conversation as anybody else. (Incidentally, by my count, 10 titles from Decibel’s list are included on our own top 40 below.)
I think music benefits from having ubiquitous figures inspiring universal debate. I think prominent artists push forward the entire art form. I think metal today lacks standard-bearers — and maybe even standards — and as such, it fails to meaningfully engage with the culture at large.
Right now, it barely seems to understand how to substantively connect with its most-devoted community members. You can be a serious metal enthusiast and probably not give a shit about a single one of the 40 albums on Decibel’s list — or our list, for that matter. And while I understand how we got here, I think that’s ultimately probably not a great development for metal.

Stereogum’s own Tom Breihan summed it up pretty damn well in his late-November review of Worm Ouroboros’ What Graceless Dawn, saying:

Underground metal is a funny thing. These days, it feels less like a genre and more like a loose constellation of vaguely connected mini-scenes … Seriously: Sometimes I think metal is less a kind of music and more a design sensibility.

It’s hard to argue with that, except perhaps to say that even the design aspect is pretty inconsistent at this point. Notably, a number of metal bands enjoyed brief periods of commercial success in 2016. Anthrax’s For All Kings debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200. Both Korn’s The Serenity Of Suffering and Volbeat’s Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie debuted at #4. Megadeth’s Dystopia debuted at #3. Deftones’ Gore debuted at #2.

In a different world, that would mean something — those albums would be central to our collective understanding of this music. But in this world? Nah. None of those albums were included on Decibel’s list. None of them are included on our list. But, like, then you see that two of them were included on Rolling Stone’s list. So, I mean, I dunno. I’m not trying to single anybody out here. I’m pretty egalitarian in my view. Nobody’s right, nobody’s wrong, but mostly, my point is, nobody’s talking about the same music.

You can read the rest here
http://www.stereogum.com/1914718/the-40-best-metal-albums-of-2016/franchises/2016-in-review/

What are your thoughts on metal in 2016?

Cosmic Slop, Saturday, 17 December 2016 20:56 (six months ago) Permalink

No metal album this year connected with me like several metal albums from 2015 and 2014. Maybe I wasn't listening closely enough, maybe I just didn't reach far enough. Most of what I really liked in those other two years I discovered through this poll, so I've got my fingers crossed 2016 pulls through.

Tom Violence, Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:01 (six months ago) Permalink

As long as we've been friends you've always been playing catch up. Tom. Hopefully you can discover more as we roll out the results.

Care to predict the top 20 so you can win Simon's prize?

Cosmic Slop, Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:03 (six months ago) Permalink

eagerly waiting to quit with the silly articles and get on with the metal listening. tt is playing the guitar next to me, that'll have to do for now

illbient microtonal poetry Surbiton (imago), Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:03 (six months ago) Permalink

nothing stopping you listening to metal and joining in thread conversation

Cosmic Slop, Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:17 (six months ago) Permalink

Vektor
Oranssi Pazuzu
Aluk Todolo
Jute Gyte
Chthe'ilist
Virus
Schammasch
SubRosa
Gorguts
DSO
CoL/Julie Xmas
Sumac
Bolzer
Asphyx
Abbath
Khemmis
Wormrot
Furia
one of the Mesarthims (but only one, prob the morse code one)
and the obvious number one, MOON TOOTH

Tom Violence, Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:19 (six months ago) Permalink

I have no opinion about the state of metal in 2016 but jfc that Stereogum article...

I refuse to believe that someone who actually reviews metal hasn't heard more than 5 records on that Decibel list. I've been absolutely terrible at listening to new music this year and I've heard 10 and I didn't even listen to the big ones (Meshuggah, DEP, Neurosis...)

Dinsdale, Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:24 (six months ago) Permalink

I don't think I could even begin to guess beyond the top 3 (though I would really like to win the prize).

dance band (tangenttangent), Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:26 (six months ago) Permalink

Do you know how many ballots you ended up with, Kerr?

sushi and the banh mis (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:27 (six months ago) Permalink

top 20

1. metallica
2. vektor
3. oranssi pazuzu
4. idk i'm lost now. some shit like inter arma
5. sumac
6. thy catafalque
7. idk idk darkthrone
8. howls of ebb
9. GOAT
10. GOATESS
11. GOAT GYTE
12. GOATGUTS (GORGOAT?)
13. sub rosa
14. furia
15. schammasch
16. ulcerate
17. nails
18. aluk todolo
19.hail spirit noir
20. wormed

wormrot, dillinger, deathspell, xoth all probably in there somewhere but instead of what i do not know

moon tooth will have received a massive boost in the last day or so of voting, but a top-20 boost? we'll see

illbient microtonal poetry Surbiton (imago), Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:28 (six months ago) Permalink

lol at tom leaving out metallica. if only we all could

illbient microtonal poetry Surbiton (imago), Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:28 (six months ago) Permalink

As for the state of metal this year... I don't know. I feel like metal suffers more than most genres from a vaunting of tradition and all the defiance in the face of experimentation just means that a lot of really great, boundary-pushing stuff gets buried in obscurity. Maybe that's true for a lot of genres, idk.

What I'm saying is that I've found a lot of the more interesting things I've heard this year just during the voting process for this poll. I doubt there's a dip in quality or a lull in progression, just that it is not immediately as obvious.

dance band (tangenttangent), Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:30 (six months ago) Permalink

imago's list is perfect, but I'd definitely switch 1 and 2

dance band (tangenttangent), Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:31 (six months ago) Permalink

actually forgotten spell will win this whole damn poll, it cannot fail

illbient microtonal poetry Surbiton (imago), Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:31 (six months ago) Permalink

I want a drum kit

dance band (tangenttangent), Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:32 (six months ago) Permalink

it's not about chops. it's about unleashing the metal within, as frantically as your little legs and arms can carry you

illbient microtonal poetry Surbiton (imago), Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:33 (six months ago) Permalink

George I'm not sure because of people resubmitting ballots but I think around 40. Will need seandalai to confirm

Cosmic Slop, Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:36 (six months ago) Permalink

I thought it was a pretty good year for metal? Like, I bought a lot of metal. So it was a good year for it.

rudy githyanki (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:40 (six months ago) Permalink

Id swap out Metallica for Neurosis tbh in your list imago (which looks a lot like mine lol), but I think Vektor's probably comfortably #1

sushi and the banh mis (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:40 (six months ago) Permalink

My guess is Metallica in the 30s? I want to believe Varahtelija is top 5, but part of me thinks there's no way it isnt hanging out with its bloghype twin Voix in the 7-10 range

sushi and the banh mis (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:42 (six months ago) Permalink

Not seen the results so I can comment freely but id be shocked if vektor, and metallica werent miles ahead of others but as adrien,phil etc didnt vote who knows.

Cosmic Slop, Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:45 (six months ago) Permalink

they didn't vote?

demote metallica forthwith

illbient microtonal poetry Surbiton (imago), Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:45 (six months ago) Permalink

One thing with metal poll is that it's never been predictable

Cosmic Slop, Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:46 (six months ago) Permalink

Metallica could do well just from having been heard by the most people, even without being in many top 10s.

jmm, Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:47 (six months ago) Permalink

"No drum kits for anyone!" xp

sushi and the banh mis (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:47 (six months ago) Permalink

especially lars?

Cosmic Slop, Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:48 (six months ago) Permalink

fwiw neither tt nor i have heard the metallica yet

illbient microtonal poetry Surbiton (imago), Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:49 (six months ago) Permalink

Aye, you dont necessarily need loads of #1s if everyone has it in the top 10.

No idea what points weighting seandalai is using

Jute gyte for instance often get a couple of #1s but get nowhere near the top 10

Cosmic Slop, Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:50 (six months ago) Permalink

sub-genre wise has it been a good year for death, black,doom, thrash metal etc?

Cosmic Slop, Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:50 (six months ago) Permalink

oh shit megadeth did an album as well didn't they. probably enough to get it in the top 20 regardless of how bad it is

illbient microtonal poetry Surbiton (imago), Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:50 (six months ago) Permalink

how do you know it was bad? It got good reviews I think

Cosmic Slop, Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:53 (six months ago) Permalink

xp black metal seems to have done well this year, although the subgenre stuff like blackgaze or black-krautrock and so forth are the things that seem to have gotten all the attention. The thrashy old-school sounding stuff I haven't seen on any lists. I assume that's the way of black metal, though, tr00 kvlt underground grim frostbitten necrodeath etc

Tom Violence, Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:55 (six months ago) Permalink

Yeah, I voted for one black metal album and it's the arty krautrock one.

jmm, Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:57 (six months ago) Permalink

It seems to have been a great year for SPACE

dance band (tangenttangent), Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:58 (six months ago) Permalink

Also grindcore

dance band (tangenttangent), Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:58 (six months ago) Permalink

It seems to have been a great year for SPACE

― dance band (tangenttangent), Saturday, December 17, 2016 9:58 PM (fifty-two seconds ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this, this above anything else

illbient microtonal poetry Surbiton (imago), Saturday, 17 December 2016 22:00 (six months ago) Permalink

are Metallica really going to do that well? I thought most people were saying it was surprisingly good for Metallica in 2016, but that doesn't read to me like a great album better than most other metal albums of the year.

Tom Violence, Saturday, 17 December 2016 22:07 (six months ago) Permalink

rolling metal thread folk raved about it

Cosmic Slop, Saturday, 17 December 2016 22:09 (six months ago) Permalink

at this point i think theres a huge willing for metallica to be great again

Cosmic Slop, Saturday, 17 December 2016 22:10 (six months ago) Permalink

2016: the almighty throes of reactionism

illbient microtonal poetry Surbiton (imago), Saturday, 17 December 2016 22:11 (six months ago) Permalink

:P

illbient microtonal poetry Surbiton (imago), Saturday, 17 December 2016 22:11 (six months ago) Permalink

SAVE US SEAN

illbient microtonal poetry Surbiton (imago), Saturday, 17 December 2016 22:12 (six months ago) Permalink

Terrorizer wasn't impressed

50. TESTAMENT ‘Brotherhood Of The Snake’ NUCLEAR BLAST
49. KRYPTS ‘Remnants Of Expansion’ DARK DESCENT
48. SABATON ‘The Last Stand’ NUCLEAR BLAST
47. THE WOUNDED KINGS ‘Visions In Bone’ SPINEFARM
46. SLABDRAGGER ‘Rise Of The Dawncrusher’ HOLY ROAR
45. HORSEBACK ‘Dead Ringers’ RELAPSE
44. KVELERTAK ‘Nattesferd’ ROADRUNNER
43. WARDRUNA ‘Rudaljod – Ragnarok’ SEASON OF MIST
42- WRETCH ‘Wretch’ BAD OMEN
41. KATATONIA ‘The Fall Of Hearts’ PEACEVILLE
40. DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT ‘Transcendence’ HEVY DEVY/INSIDE OUT
39. CONAN ‘Revengeance’ BLACK BOW
38. DÄLEK ‘Asphalt For Eden’ PROFOUND LORE.
37. BÖLZER ‘Hero’ IRON BONEHEAD
36. GRAF ORLOCK ‘Crime Traveller’ VITRIOL
35. ROTTING CHRIST ‘Rituals’ SEASON OF MIST
34. INTERMENT ‘Scent Of The Buried’ PULVERISED
33. INTER ARMA ‘Paradise Gallows’ RELAPSE
32. DARKHER ‘Realms’ PROPHECY
31. BOSSK ‘Audio Noir’ DEATHWISH
30. GADGET ‘The Great Destroyer’ RELAPSE
29. SWANS ‘The Glowing Man’ MUTE
28. IHSAHN ‘Arktis’ CANDLELIGHT
27. INQUISITION ‘Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith’ SEASON OF MIST
26. DESTRÖYER 666 ‘Wildfire’ SEASON OF MIST
25. ALCEST ‘Kodama’ PROPHECY
24. PURSON ‘Desire’s Magic Theatre’ SPINEFARM
23. THE BODY ‘No One Deserves Happiness’ THRILL JOCKEY
22. BOSS KELOID ‘Herb Your Enthusiasm’ BLACK BOW
21. GOJIRA ‘Magma’ ROADRUNNER
20. WORMROT ‘Voices’ EARACHE
19. URFAUST ‘Empty Space Meditation’ VÁN.
18. GRAVES AT SEA ‘The Curse That Is’ RELAPSE
17. ANAAL NATHRAKH ‘The Whole Of The Law’ METAL BLADE
16. OPETH ‘Sorceress’ NUCLEAR BLAST
15. VEKTOR ‘Terminal Redux’ EARACHE
14. BLOOD INCANTATION ‘Starspawn’ DARK DESCENT
13. DISCHARGE ‘End Of Days’ NUCLEAR BLAST
12. THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN ‘Dissociation’ PARTY SMASHER INC.
11. DEATHSPELL OMEGA ‘The Synarchy Of Molten Bones’ NORMA EVANGELIUM DIABOLI

10. NAILS ‘You Will Never Be One of Us’ NUCLEAR BLAST
9. ORANSSI PAZUZU ‘Värähtelijä’ SVART
8. CULT OF LUNA AND JULIE CHRISTMAS ‘Mariner’ INDIE
7. COBALT ‘Slow Forever’ PROFOUND LORE.
6. SUBROSA ‘For This We Fought The Battle of The Ages’ PROFOUND LORE.
5. 40 WATT SUN ‘Wider Than The Sky’ SVART
4. TRAP THEM ‘Crown Feral’ PROSTHETIC
3. OATHBREAKER ‘Rheia’ DEATHWISH
2. DARKTHRONE ‘Arctic Thunder’ PEACEVILLE
1. NEUROSIS ‘Fires Within Fires’ NEUROT

Cosmic Slop, Saturday, 17 December 2016 22:16 (six months ago) Permalink

Decibel

Decibel
40. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Dissociation
39. Eternal Champion - The Armor of Ire
38. Venomous Concept - Kick Me Silly VC III
37. Aluk Todolo - Voix
36. Inverloch - Distance | Collapsed
35. Eerie - Eerie
34. Sumac - What One Becomes
33. Child Bite - Negative Noise
32. Inquisition - Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith
31. Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas - Mariner
30. Graves at Sea - The Curse that Is
29. Chthe’ilist - Le Dernier Crépuscule
28. Phobocosm - Bringer of Drought
27. Testament - Brotherhood of the Snake
26. SubRosa - For this We Fought the Battle of Ages
25. Bölzer - Hero
24. Neurosis - Fires Within Fires
23. Mizmor - Yodh
22. Wretch - Wretch
21. Virus - Memento Collider
20. Oathbreaker - Rheia
19. Ghoul - Dungeon Bastards
18. Diamond Head - Diamond Head
17. Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep of Reason
16. Destroyer 666 - Wildfire
15. Crowbar - The Serpent Only Lies
14. Funeral Moth - Transience
13. Blood Ceremony - Lord of Misrule
12. Asphyx - Incoming Death
11. Trap Them - Crown Feral
10. Cobalt - Slow Forever
9. Gorguts - Pleiades Dust
8. Hammers of Misfortune - Dead Revolution
7. Inter Arma - Paradise Gallows
6. Gehennah - Too Loud to Live, Too Drunk to Die
5. Abbath - Abbath
4. Oranssi Pazuzu - Värähtelijä
3. Blood Incantation - Starspawn
2. Nails - You Will Never Be One of Us
1. Khemmis - Hunted

Cosmic Slop, Saturday, 17 December 2016 22:17 (six months ago) Permalink

Kerrang

Kerrang top 50

50 Electric Century - From The Night To Control
49 Alcest - Kodama
48 Vodun - Possession
47 Pup - The Dream Is Over
46 Descendents - Hypercaffum Spazzinate
45 Billy Talent - Afraid Of Heights
44 Black Peaks - Statues
43 Against The Current - In Our Bones
42 The Pretty Reckless - Who You Selling For
41 Swmrs - Drive North
40 With Confidence - Better Weather
39 Brian Fallon - Painkillers
38 Cane Hill - Smile
37 Bury Tomorrow - Earthbound
36 Sum 41 - 13 Voices
35 Russian Circles - Guidance
34 The Amity Affliction - This Could Be Heartbreak
33 Beach Slang - A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings
32 Modern Baseball - Holy Ghost
31 Letlive - If I'm The Devil.
30 Weezer - (The White Album)
29 Waterparks - Double Dare
28 Alter Bridge - The Last Hero
27 Asking Alexandria - The Black
26 Lonely the Brave - Things Will Matter
25 Beartooth - Aggressive
24 A Day To Remember - Bad Vibrations
23 Jimmy Eat World - Integrity Blues
22 Hellions - Opera Oblivia
21 The Black Queen - Fever Daydream
20 Nails - You Will Never Be One Of Us
19 Milk Teeth - Vile Child
18 Muncie Girls - From Caplan to Belsize
17 The Dillinger Escape Plan
16 Biffy Cunto - Ellipsis
15 Gojira - Magma
14 Moose Blood - Blush
13 Blink-182 - California
12 Pierce The Veil - Misadventures
11 Every Time I Die
10 Twin Atlantic - GLA
9 BABYMETAL - Metal Resistance
8 Panic At The Disco - Death Of A Bachelor
7 Deftones - Gore
6 Against Me - Shape Shift With Me
5 Avenged Sevenfold - The Stage
4 Frank Iero And The Patience - Parachutes
3 Architects - All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us
2 Metallica - Hardwired... To Self-Destruct
1 Green Day - Revolution Radio

Cosmic Slop, Saturday, 17 December 2016 22:17 (six months ago) Permalink

Not really for this thread, but that Milk Teeth album is great in its way

dance band (tangenttangent), Saturday, 17 December 2016 22:22 (six months ago) Permalink

Hardly surprising Kerrang loves the Metallica and its no surprise if the casual ilxor voting who doesnt hang out in rolling metal thread loves it that metallica are back in form.

Cosmic Slop, Saturday, 17 December 2016 22:27 (six months ago) Permalink

keep the top 20 guesses coming folks, the more guesses the metalllller

btw here's my guess - I reserve the right to beat you all and treat myself to something nice instead

1. Oranssi Pazuzu
2. Vektor
3. Khemmis
4. Hammers of Misfortune
5. Cobalt
6. Sumac
7. Metallica
8. Deftones
9. Subrosa
10. Blood Incantation
11. Inter Arma
12. Kvelertak
13. Moon Tooth
14. Jute Gyte
15. Neurosis
16. Destroyer 666
17. Nails
18. Darkthrone
19. Asphyx
20. Ulcerate

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Saturday, 17 December 2016 22:51 (six months ago) Permalink

Metal lists do seem the least predictable. In the last installment of the Metal Sucks podcast, they featured many odd choices, and both agreed on #1 and said it wasn't even close, was Astronoid - Air. Which hasn't been on any other list that I'm aware of.

http://www.metalsucks.net/2016/12/05/the-best-of-2016-on-the-metalsucks-podcast-173/

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 17 December 2016 22:52 (six months ago) Permalink

WAIT NEVERMIND I FORGOT ALUK TODOLO xp

1. Oranssi Pazuzu
2. Vektor
3. Khemmis
4. Hammers of Misfortune
5. Aluk Todolo
6. Cobalt
7. Sumac
8. Metallica
9. Deftones
10 Subrosa
11. Blood Incantation
12. Inter Arma
13. Kvelertak
14. Moon Tooth
15. Jute Gyte
16. Neurosis
17. Destroyer 666
18. Nails
19. Darkthrone
20. Ulcerate

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Saturday, 17 December 2016 22:53 (six months ago) Permalink

Here's mine, and thanks again for running this thing.

Khthoniik Cerviiks - SeroLogiikal Scars (Vertex of Dementiia)
Cadaveric Fumes - Dimensions Obscure EP
Head of the Demon - Sathanas Trismegistos
Khanus - Rites of Fire EP
Cultes des Ghoules - Coven, or Evil Ways Instead of Love
Darkthrone - Arctic Thunder
Void Meditation Cult - Utter the Tongue of the Dead
Ghoulgotha - To Starve the Cross
Wakedead Gathering - Fuscus: Strings of the Black Lyre
Gorguts - Pleiades' Dust
Ripper - Experiment Of Existence
Zealotry - The Last Witness
Occult Burial - Hideous Obscure
Skáphe - Skáphe²
Qrixkuor - Three Devils Dance
Oranssi Pazuzu - Värähtelijä
Forgotten Spell - Epiphaneia Phosphorus (Angel, God or Insanity)
Bestial Raids ‎– Master Satan's Witchery
Blood Incantation - Starspawn
Chthe'ilist - Le dernier crépuscule

Dominique, Thursday, 22 December 2016 02:58 (six months ago) Permalink

Urfaust - Empty Space Meditation
Asphyx - Incoming Death
Mourning Sun - Último Exhalario
Desaster - The Oath Of An Iron Ritual
Metallica - Hardwired...To Self Destruct
ColdWorld - Autumn
Batushka - Litourgiya
Anaal Nathrakh - The Whole Of The Law
Destroyer 666 - Wildfire
Furia - Księżyc milczy luty
Wardruna - Runaljod - Ragnarok
Nokturnal Mortum/Graveland - The Spirit Never Dies (split)
Eternal Champion - The Armor Of Ire
Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika
Abbath - Abbath
Fuath - I
Schammasch - Triangle
Witchery - In His Infernal Majesty's Service
Mesarthim - Isolate
Sabaton - The Last Stand
Gehennah - Too Loud To Live Too Drunk To Die
Megadeth - Dystopia
Bat - Wings of Chains
Forteresse - Thèmes Pour La Rébellion
Thy Catafalque - Meta
Alcest - Kodama
Goatpenis - Apocalypse War
Insomnium - Winter's Gate
Countess - Fires Of Destiny
Basarabian Hills - Attraction
Death Angel - The Evil Divide
Inquisition - Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith
Melankoli - Fallen
Is - Glimpses Of Sorrow
Soulburn - Earthless Pagan Spirit
Mesarthim - .- -... ... . -. -.-. .
Pensées Nocturnes - À Boire Et À Manger
Skáphe - Skáphe²
Ripper - Experiment Of Existence
Autumn, Leaves, Scars/Dreams Of Nature/Lumnos - A Desolate Landscape (split)
Lethargic Euphoria - Standstill
Brutus - Murwgebeukt
Trna - Lose Yourself To Find Peace
Mare Cognitum - Luminiferous Aether
Saor - Guardians
Nonsun - Black Snow Desert

Siegbran, Thursday, 22 December 2016 08:57 (six months ago) Permalink

Bolded didn't make it:

Forgotten Spell - Epiphaneia Phosphorus (Angel, God or Insanity)
Wormrot - Voices
Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard - Y Proffwyd Dwell
Car Bomb - Meta
Sinistro - Semente
Mesarthim - Pillars
Comet Control - Center of the Maze
Jute Gyte - Perdurance
Ophidian Forest - Susurrus
Völur - Disir
The Dillinger Escape Plan - Dissociation
Virus - Memento Collider
Oranssi Pazuzu - Värähtelijä
Oathbreaker - Rheia
Mesarthim - Isolate
Dawnwalker - In Rooms
Wormed - Krighsu
Subrosa - For This We Fought The Battle of Ages.
Sumac - What One Becomes
Cadaveric Fumes - Dimensions Obscure EP
Hail Spirit Noir - Mayhem in Blue
Moon Tooth - Chromaparagon
Basarabian Hills - Attraction
Alcest - Kodama
Gorguts - Pleiades' Dust
Horse Latitudes - Primal Gnosis
Schammasch - Triangle
Sorrow Plagues - Sorrow Plagues
Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas - Mariner
Helen Money - Become Zero
Vektor - Terminal Redux
The Body - No One Deserves Happiness
Monolord - Lord of Suffering / Die in Haze
Dysrhythmia - The Veil Of Control
Blut aus Nord/Ævangelist - Codex Obscura Nomina
Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik - Skuggsjá
The Body, Full of Hell - One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache
Capra Informis - Womb of the Wild
Aluk Todolo - Voix
Deathspell Omega - The Synarchy of Molten Bones
Helms Alee - Stillicide
Wardruna - Runaljod - Ragnarok
Entropia - Ufonaut
Krallice - Hyperion
Jambinai - A Hermitage
Okkultokrati - Raspberry Dawn
The Re-Stoned - Reptiles Return
Xoth - Invasion of the Tentacube
Goat - Requiem
Ulver - ATGCLVLSSCAP

dance band (tangenttangent), Thursday, 22 December 2016 12:22 (six months ago) Permalink

We could have got Basarabian Hills into this so easily lol, and then everyone would have heard the title track, and then the metal poll would have been cancelled forever

illbient microtonal poetry Surbiton (imago), Thursday, 22 December 2016 12:25 (six months ago) Permalink

His logo is a cloud of trees

dance band (tangenttangent), Thursday, 22 December 2016 12:33 (six months ago) Permalink

Glad everyone enjoyed it, big thanks to everyone who voted and commented and of course seandalai for doing the hard work running it.

Hope everyone discovered new albums and will post about it here!

Cosmic Slop, Thursday, 22 December 2016 13:48 (six months ago) Permalink

Based on the first two tracks, this could be the first Alcest album I've really liked since Souvenirs. Sounds great so far.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Thursday, 22 December 2016 14:50 (six months ago) Permalink

Here's mine - I'm so enjoying the new Krallice and it probably would have been top ten had I heard it prior to noms. I've cooled on the 11Paranoias, and probably should have had the Mizmor higher based on how much I still listen to it and enjoy it. Same with Desaster. I really dug the Khanus EP and the Wormed rekkid and they were bubbling under for sure.

Vektor - Terminal Redux
Ulcerate - Shrines Of Paralysis
Oranssi Pazuzu - Värähtelijä
Krypts - Remnants of Expansion
Testament - Brotherhood of the Snake
Entropia - Ufonaut
Inter Arma - Paradise Gallows
The Dillinger Escape Plan - Dissociation
Insomnium - Winter's Gate
Virvum - Illuminance
Inverloch - Distance|Collapsed
Suma - The Order Of Things
Furia - Księżyc milczy luty
Zhrine - Unortheta
In The Woods ... - Pure
Wormrot - Voices
Dysrhythmia - The Veil Of Control
Deathspell Omega - The Synarchy Of Molten Bones
Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas - Mariner
Obscure Sphinx - Epitaphs
Nails - You Will Never Be One of Us
Deftones - Gore
Desaster - The Oath Of Iron Ritual
Sumac - What One Becomes
Panphage - Drengskapr
Anaal Nathrakh - The Whole Of The Law
Darkthrone - Artic Thunder
Gojira - Magma
Mare Cognitum - Luminiferous Aether
Schammasch - Triangle
Cobalt - Slow Forever
Crowbar - The Serpent Only Lies
Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep of Reason
Gorguts - Pleiades Dust
Voivod - Post-Society
Mizmor - Yodh
Sumerlands - S/T
Whores. - Gold
11Paranoias - Reliquary For A Dreamed World
Eternity’s End - The Fire Within
Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika
Saor - Guardians
Witchery - In His Infernal Majesty's Service
Uada - Devoid Of Light
Black Tomb - Black Tomb
Magrudergrind - II
Katatonia - The Fall of Hearts
Mithras - On Strange Loops
Spirit Adrift - Chained To Oblivion
Subrosa - For This We Fought The Battle of The Ages

BlackIronPrison, Thursday, 22 December 2016 15:09 (six months ago) Permalink

I'm sure this isn't a complete list, but it's interesting to see which non-metal albums metal voters like. One notable album that wasn't nominated that has had metalhead support in the past was Wovenhand.

19 Horse Lords - Interventions 384.0 11 0
20 Virus - Memento Collider 371.0 12 0
28 40 Watt Sun - Wider Than The Sky 284.0 7 0
31 Opeth - Sorceress 265.0 7 0
37 Comet Control - Center of the Maze 235.0 6 0
44 Deftones - Gore 215.0 5 1
46 Astronoid - Air 201.0 6 0
47 Russian Circles - Guidance 200.0 6 0
49 Blues Pills - Lady In Gold 200.0 4 1
93 Truckfighters - V 116.0 4 0
94 Sunwatchers - Sunwatchers 112.0 3 0
95 Wardruna - Runaljod - Ragnarok 110.0 4 0
98 Blood Ceremony - Lord Of Misrule 109.0 3 0
114 Horseback - Dead Ringers 92.0 3 0
122 The Cosmic Dead - Rainbowhead 83.0 3 0

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 22 December 2016 15:54 (six months ago) Permalink

The new Wovenhand is very good - but yes - not metal - much like some of the nomination polluters above. Funny how I personally still consider the stoner rock/alt metal/former stars genre-changing (40 Watt Sun) still somewhat eligible as metal. Oh well. I guess the poll title did include "Hard N' Heavy Rock" so I should stop grousing.

BlackIronPrison, Thursday, 22 December 2016 16:10 (six months ago) Permalink

Another one I thought would get more attention:

260 Crippled Black Phoenix - Bronze 30.0 1 0

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 22 December 2016 17:18 (six months ago) Permalink

I would argue that Astronoid totally counts as metal.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 22 December 2016 23:29 (six months ago) Permalink

Astronoid are definitely metal...but by way of New Found Glory. I am besotted with it.

I always get Wovenhand mixed up with Windhand.

dance band (tangenttangent), Thursday, 22 December 2016 23:52 (six months ago) Permalink

One's a hand made of yarn
One's when you fart in your hand and wave it in someone's face

Forty Watson & the Jute Gute (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 22 December 2016 23:56 (six months ago) Permalink

X-(

dance band (tangenttangent), Friday, 23 December 2016 00:02 (six months ago) Permalink

That's the reaction it tends to get.

Forty Watson & the Jute Gute (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 23 December 2016 00:25 (six months ago) Permalink

HOLY SHIT THIS FURIA ALBUM WHY DIDN'T ANYONE SAY ANYTHING?!

alpine static, Friday, 23 December 2016 01:12 (six months ago) Permalink

I bought the Astronoid album tonight. "Tin Foil Hats" is really jumping out at me right now.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Friday, 23 December 2016 02:34 (six months ago) Permalink

yeah, Tin Foil Hats is the best. did you buy it on CD, Sund4r? or did you find vinyl?

alpine static, Friday, 23 December 2016 04:44 (six months ago) Permalink

I put the vinyl on my xmas wish list but no one claimed it :/

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 23 December 2016 10:40 (six months ago) Permalink

(first-world metal problems)

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 23 December 2016 10:44 (six months ago) Permalink

I bought Astronoid on ALAC. Does that make me false?

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Friday, 23 December 2016 13:56 (six months ago) Permalink

alas &

illbient microtonal poetry Surbiton (imago), Friday, 23 December 2016 13:57 (six months ago) Permalink

it makes you smug :P

Cosmic Slop, Friday, 23 December 2016 13:57 (six months ago) Permalink

HOLY SHIT THIS FURIA ALBUM WHY DIDN'T ANYONE SAY ANYTHING?!

3 Furia - Księżyc milczy luty 751 Points, 20 Votes, TWO #1's

Well somebody must have said something at some point.

Tom Violence, Friday, 23 December 2016 20:55 (six months ago) Permalink

I also forgot to nominate, campaign for, or vote for this year's Solium Fatalis album. They're local to where I went to high school and they're pretty darn good. I keep meaning to spend more time with the new album (their third).

Tom Violence, Friday, 23 December 2016 20:57 (six months ago) Permalink

Oh and the Abbath record is really good so far. Is this what late period Darkthrone sound like, heavy metal by black metal guys?

Tom Violence, Friday, 23 December 2016 21:02 (six months ago) Permalink

Not really. Stylistically, Abbath closer to something like Inquisition.

Dominique, Friday, 23 December 2016 21:20 (six months ago) Permalink

Not at all, Darkthrone is al garage-y retro-thrashy fun, Abbath is super tight and heavy.

Siegbran, Friday, 23 December 2016 21:43 (six months ago) Permalink

If you like Abbath, you'll probably dig Desaster too.

Siegbran, Friday, 23 December 2016 21:44 (six months ago) Permalink

(xxxxxxpost: i was making a dumb joke.)

alpine static, Friday, 23 December 2016 23:52 (six months ago) Permalink

Here's a metal poll that seems could have a lot to say to ILXors (& not just bcz FS is #5 lol)

http://antigravitybunny.com/?p=10923

U2 (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 27 December 2016 13:53 (five months ago) Permalink

Not poll, EOY list actually

U2 (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 27 December 2016 13:53 (five months ago) Permalink

Cool to see at least one other person heard Nevoa, heh

Forty Watson & the Jute Gute (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 27 December 2016 14:02 (five months ago) Permalink

That is a fuckin list ty

illbient microtonal poetry Surbiton (imago), Tuesday, 27 December 2016 14:07 (five months ago) Permalink

I feel like the next Zeal & Ardor album is going to be massive

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 27 December 2016 14:11 (five months ago) Permalink

A friend who introduced me to Slough Feg in the late 90s put this in his top 10 this year:

RAVENSIRE "The Cycle Never Ends" - "Portugal's answer to the best metal band ever, Slough Feg"
https://ravensire.bandcamp.com/album/the-cycle-never-ends

He also likes black metal more than I do, here's those + Cough:

ASHBRINGER "Yugen" (crazy-melodic and dense black metal by teenagers from Minnesota)
MANTAR "Ode To The Flame" (thick and evil old-school black metal)
COUGH "Still They Pray" (the best Electric Wizard album in at least a decade)
DRAUGNIM "Vulturine" (heroic black metal from Finland)

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 27 December 2016 16:33 (five months ago) Permalink

Yep, I like the Furia. Vektor is also really clicking this time around.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Tuesday, 27 December 2016 20:11 (five months ago) Permalink

GODDABMITT!

i have shit in my head so i missed this :'(

anyway, these are The Official Best Metal Albums of 2016:

1. Hammers of Misfortune – Dead Revolution
2. Vector – Terminal Redux
3. Astronoid – Air
4. Khemmis – Hunted
5. Oranssi Pazuzu – Värähtelijä
6. Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard - Y Proffwyd Dwyll
7. Zeal & Ardor – Devil Is Fine
8. Gorguts – Pleiades Dust
9. Messa – Belfry
10. Sumac – What One Becomes
11. Chthe’ilist – Le Dernier Crepuscule
12. Hail Spirit Noir – Mayhem in Blue
13. Darkthrone – Arctic Thunder
14. Furia – Księżyc Milczy Luty
15. Blood Incantation – Starspawn
16. מזמור/Mizmor – Yodh
17. Alcest – Kodama
18. Ulcerate – Shrines of Paralysis
19. Cultes des Ghoules – Coven, or Evil Ways Instead of Love
20. Gygax – Critical Hits
21. Howls of Ebb – Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows
22. Blood Ceremony – Lord of Misrule
23. Sumerlands – Sumerlands
24. Jute Gyte – Perdurance
25. First Fragment – Dasein
26. Khthoniik Cerviiks – SeroLogiikal Scars (Vertex of Dementiia)
27. Imperial Triumphant – Inceste (EP)
28. Spellcaster – Night Hides the World
29. Wormrot – Voices
30. Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik – Skuggsja: A Piece for Mind and Mirror
31. Destroyer 666 – Wildfire
32. Inter Arma – Paradise Gallows
33. Wormed – Krighsu
34. Inquisition ‎– Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith
35. Deathspell Omega – Synarchy of Molten Bones
36. Temisto – Temisto
37. Xoth – Invasion of the Tentacube
38. Thy Catafalque – Meta
39. Inverloch – Distance|Collapsed
40. High Spirits – Motivator …
41. … Dawnbringer – XX
42. Kvelertak – Nattesferd
43. Subrosa – For This We Preordered the Colored Vinyl

“Remember,” he says, “Noddy Holder is a gangster.” (contenderizer), Monday, 2 January 2017 21:15 (five months ago) Permalink

\m/

I've only listened to the Hammers of Misfortune once but I was bowled over by the songwriting, so a return I feel is imminent

illbient microtonal poetry Surbiton (imago), Monday, 2 January 2017 21:31 (five months ago) Permalink

Hi metal and hard rock people! We haven't finished picking over the corpse of 2016 just yet, please join us in nominating and voting over in the all-ILM all-genre EOY poll:

ILM's 2016 End of Year Albums & Tracks Poll / NOMINATIONS THREAD

my hangover is a time machine (seandalai), Monday, 2 January 2017 21:56 (five months ago) Permalink

xp - Yeah, the songwriting is brilliant throughout, complex enough to remain interesting over time, yet catchy & immediate in the manner of all good pop. Plus sharp lyrics, a timely theme (the co-option of the Bay Area by its tech overlords), dazzling musicianship, and tons of energy. Perfect combo of old-school riff worship, pirate-punk swagger, and prog excess. I fucking love Hammers, though, so ymmv.

“Remember,” he says, “Noddy Holder is a gangster.” (contenderizer), Monday, 2 January 2017 23:06 (five months ago) Permalink

Retrospective haw @ "Vector"

“Remember,” he says, “Noddy Holder is a gangster.” (contenderizer), Monday, 2 January 2017 23:22 (five months ago) Permalink

Very nice top 2. Those were my top picks also, but the other way around.

If I were to redo my list, Moon Tooth would be up there too.

jmm, Tuesday, 3 January 2017 01:45 (five months ago) Permalink

last day to nominate in the big ilm poll
ILM's 2016 End of Year Albums & Tracks Poll / NOMINATIONS THREAD

Cosmic Slop, Tuesday, 3 January 2017 15:08 (five months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

last 24 hours to vote in that poll btw. see if we can get some metal in the 77

Cosmic Slop, Thursday, 19 January 2017 23:13 (five months ago) Permalink

my #1 in both tracks and albums is metal, but by different bands

illbient microtonal poetry Surbiton (imago), Thursday, 19 January 2017 23:16 (five months ago) Permalink

ILM's 2016 End of Year Albums & Tracks Poll / VOTING THREAD

Cosmic Slop, Thursday, 19 January 2017 23:22 (five months ago) Permalink

101 Khthoniik Cerviiks - SeroLogiikal Scars (Vertex of Dementiia) 108 4 1
98 Abbath - Abbath 109 3 0
98 Blood Ceremony - Lord Of Misrule 109 3 0
98 Lord Vicar - Gates of Flesh 109 3 0
97 Dawnwalker - In Rooms 109 4 0
95 Madder Mortem - Red In Tooth and Claw 110 4 0
95 Wardruna - Runaljod - Ragnarok 110 4 0
94 Sunwatchers - Sunwatchers 112 3 0
93 Truckfighters - V 116 4 0
92 Atomikylä - Keräily 118 3 0
91 Wo Fat - Midnight Cometh 121 4 0
90 Grand Magus - Sword Songs 122 3 0
89 Rotting Christ - Rituals 123 4 0
88 Wrong - Wrong 124 3 0
87 Melvins - Basses Loaded 126 4 0
86 Batushka - Litourgiya 127 3 0
85 Bloodiest - Bloodiest 128 3 0
84 Wretch - Wretch 128 4 0
83 Urfaust - Empty Space Meditation 128 4 1
82 Mare Cognitum - Luminiferous Aether 128 6 0
81 ColdWorld - Autumn 129 3 0
80 Void Meditation Cult - Utter the Tongue of the Dead 131 4 0
79 Car Bomb - Meta 134 3 0
78 Anciients - Voice of the Void 137 4 0
77 Wormrot - Voices 138 4 0
76 Saor - Guardians 138 6 0
75 Asphyx - Incoming Death 139 3 0
74 The Body, Full of Hell - One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache 139 5 0
73 High Spirits - Motivator 140 4 0
72 Inverloch - Distance | Collapsed 141 4 0
70 Occult Burial - Hideous Obscure 142 4 0
70 Testament - Brotherhood Of The Snake 142 4 0
69 Horse Latitudes - Primal Gnosis 143 4 0
68 Howls of Ebb - Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows 148 5 0
67 Sumerlands - s/t 154 6 0
66 Eight Bells - Landless 156 5 0
65 Anicon - Exegeses 160 4 0
63 Cadaveric Fumes - Dimensions Obscure EP 164 5 0
63 Nails - You Will Never Be One of Us 164 5 0
62 The Body - No One Deserves Happiness 165 6 0
61 Woman is the Earth - Torch of Our Final Night 166 4 1
60 Anaal Nathrakh - The Whole Of The Law 166 5 0
59 Amon Amarth - Jomsviking 174 5 0
58 Chthe'ilist - Le dernier crépuscule 177 6 0
57 Mesarthim - Pillars [EP] 180 5 0
56 Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas - Mariner 185 5 0
55 Lotus Thief - Gramarye 186 6 0
54 Ulcerate - Shrines Of Paralysis 187 5 0
53 Sabaton - The Last Stand 190 5 0
52 Skáphe - Skáphe² 195 6 0
51 The Dillinger Escape Plan - Dissociation 196 6 0
50 Inquisition - Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith 198 7 0
49 Blues Pills - Lady In Gold 200 4 1
48 Megadeth - Dystopia 200 5 1
47 Russian Circles - Guidance 200 6 0
46 Astronoid - Air 201 6 0
45 Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard - Y Proffwyd Dwell 209 6 0
44 Deftones - Gore 215 5 1
43 Blood Incantation - Starspawn 216 7 0
42 Moon Tooth - Chromaparagon 219 5 1
41 Ophidian Forest - Susurrus 222 6 0
40 Mesarthim - .- -... ... . -. -.-. . 228 7 0
39 Ulver - ATGCLVLSSCAP 228 9 0
38 Wormed - Krighsu 231 6 0
37 Comet Control - Center of the Maze 235 6 0
35 Krallice - Hyperion 246 8 0
35 Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep of Reason 246 8 0
34 Darkthrone - Arctic Thunder 259 8 0
33 Oathbreaker - Rheia 262 7 1
32 Cultes des Ghoules - Coven, or Evil Ways Instead of Love 263 7 0
31 Opeth - Sorceress 265 7 0
30 Mesarthim - Isolate 266 7 0
29 Metallica - Hardwired...To Self Destruct 270 9 0
28 40 Watt Sun - Wider Than The Sky 284 7 0
27 Entropia - Ufonaut 298 9 0
26 Völur - Disir 302 8 0
25 Khemmis - Hunted 307 8 1
24 Kvelertak - Nattesferd 316 8 0
23 Inter Arma - Paradise Gallows 319 10 0
22 Gojira - Magma 337 9 1
21 Dysrhythmia - The Veil Of Control 341 10 0
20 Virus - Memento Collider 371 12 0
19 Horse Lords - Interventions 384 11 0
18 Hammers of Misfortune - Dead Revolutions 408 12 0
17 Forgotten Spell - Epiphaneia Phosphorus (Angel, God or Insanity) 413 9 3
16 Thy Catafalque - Meta 424 10 1
15 Neurosis - Fires Within Fires 444 11 0
14 Gorguts - Pleiades' Dust 464 13 0
13 Hail Spirit Noir - Mayhem in Blue 473 12 1
12 Alcest - Kodama 482 14 0
11 Bölzer - Hero 511 13 0
10 Jute Gyte - Perdurance 539 14 2
9 Schammasch - Triangle 543 15 1
8 Deathspell Omega - The Synarchy of Molten Bones 558 16 1
7 Sumac - What One Becomes 559 15 1
6 Cobalt - Slow Forever 563 14 1
5 Subrosa - For This We Fought The Battle of Ages 648 16 2
4 Vektor - Terminal Redux 657 17 3
3 Furia - Księżyc milczy luty 751 20 2
2 Aluk Todolo - Voix 806 20 2
1 Oranssi Pazuzu - Värähtelijä 1372 33 5

for Chap

Odysseus, Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:12 (four months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

lol Moon Tooth sounds like Red Hot Chili Peppers

alpine static, Thursday, 15 June 2017 19:13 (one week ago) Permalink


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