2016 PLAYLIST

Yearly playlists are always an amusing moment, a funny and often difficult game which aims at wheting our readers' interest towards releases that we consider worthy of your time and money.

Among the many names chosen by our very diverse staff, the winners are definitely öOoOoOoOoOo: the avantgarde-experimental band actually pronounced Caterpillar unexpectedly got three mentions in the «top 5» and two as top emerging band. The second place has been taken by Wardruna's folk (3 votes), while the third one is crowded by big names such as Katatonia and Rotting Christ together with the Roman band Dreariness and the Finnish Stam1na.

The «flop 5» category — usually containing albums objectively bad or just disappointing — is conquered once again by In Flames: "Battles" gets together with the previous "Siren Charms" (2014) as worst release of the year, for as many as seven staff members; an encore we didn't really need. The unwanted silver medal goes then to the already forgettable Metallica (5 votes), followed by Brujeria and Opeth (2).

After having read the preferences of each member of our staff, we can't wait to know your opinions on the past 365 days! Also, you can listen to songs taken off some of these records on our latest SoundCloud playlist!


Bosj

Top 5:

  • Alcest – "Kodama"
  • Anaal Nathrakh – "The Whole Of The Law"
  • Bon Iver – "22 A Million"
  • Cult Of Luna & Julie Christmas – "Mariner"
  • Wardruna – "Runaljod – Ragnarok"

Flop 5:

  • Brujeria – "Pocho Aztlan"
  • In Flames – "Battles"
  • Metallica – "Hardwired… To Selfdestruct"
  • not mentioned
  • not mentioned

Top Demo / Ep / Split:

Emerging Band:

  • Sojourner

Rediscovered Band:

  • Amorphis

Crypt Of Fear

Top 5:

Flop 5:

  • Chthe'ilist – "Le Dernier Crépuscule"
  • Deftones – "Gore"
  • Erra – "Drift"
  • Kanye West – "The Life Of Pablo"
  • In Flames – "Battles"

Top Demo / Ep / Split:

  • Qrixkuor – "Three Devils Dance"

Emerging Band:

  • Blood Incantation

Rediscovered Band:


Dope Fiend

Top 5:

Flop 5:

  • Amon Amarth – "Jomsviking"
  • Brujeria – "Pocho Aztlan"
  • In Flames – "Battles"
  • Metallica – "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct"
  • Opeth – "Sorceress"

Top Demo / Ep / Split:

  • Cult Of Luna & Julie Christmas – "Mariner" [split]

Emerging Band:

  • Moon Coven

Rediscovered Band:


Elisunn

Top 5:

Flop 5:

  • Metallica – "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct"
  • not mentioned
  • not mentioned
  • not mentioned
  • not mentioned

Top Demo / Ep / Split:

  • Madred – "Driver EP" [ep]

Emerging Band:

Rediscovered Band:

  • Nevermore

Giup

Top 5:

  • Ihsahn – "Arktis"
  • Messa – "Belfry"
  • öOoOoOoOoOo – "Samen"
  • Perturbator – "The Uncanny Valley"
  • Skuggsjá – "Skuggsjá: A Piece for Mind & Mirror"

Flop 5:

  • Deftones – "Gore"
  • Hexvessel – "When We Are Death"
  • Novembre – "Ursa"
  • Opeth – "Sorceress"
  • The Devin Townsend Project – "Transcendence"

Top Demo / Ep / Split:

  • Deathspell Omega – "The Synarchy Of Molten Bones" [EP]

Emerging Band:

  • Drought

Rediscovered Band:

  • Mono

Kelvan

Top 5:

  • Haken – "Affinity"
  • not mentioned
  • not mentioned
  • not mentioned
  • not mentioned

Flop 5:

  • In Flames – "Battles"
  • Kyors – "Vox Humana"
  • Metallica – "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct"
  • not mentioned
  • not mentioned

Top Demo / Ep / Split:

  • Aversed – "Renewal" [ep]

Emerging Band:

  • La Bottega Del Tempo A Vapore

Rediscovered Band:

  • Bozzio Levin Stevens

LordPist

Top 5:

Flop 5:

  • Asking Alexandria – "The Black"
  • Autokrator – "The Obedience To Authority"
  • Dream Theater – "The Astonishing"
  • Pain – "Coming Home"
  • Whitechapel – "Mark Of The Blade"

Top Demo / Ep / Split:

Emerging Band:

  • öOoOoOoOoOo

Rediscovered Band:

  • Oathbreaker

M1

Top 5:

Flop 5:

  • Abbath – "Abbath"
  • Anthrax – "For All Kings"
  • Cirith Gorgor – "Visions Of Exalted Lucifer"
  • Keep Of Kalessin – "Heaven Of Sin"
  • Metallica – "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct"

Top Demo / Ep / Split:

  • Sanctuaire – "Le Sang Sur L'Acier" [ep]

Emerging Band:

Rediscovered Band:

  • Cripple Bastards

Mourning

Top 5:

Flop 5:

  • Helmet – "Dead To The World"
  • In Flames – "Battles"
  • Opeth – "Sorceress"
  • Usurpress – "The Regal Tribe"
  • When Nothing Remains – "In Memoriam"

Top Demo / Ep / Split:

  • In Cauda Venenum / Heir / Spectrale – "In Cauda Venenum / Heir / Spectrale" [split]

Emerging Band:

  • öOoOoOoOoOo

Rediscovered Band:

  • Urgehal

Oneiros

Top 5:

Flop 5:

Top Demo / Ep / Split:

Emerging Band:

  • Párodos

Rediscovered Band:

  • Evergrey

Vidur

Top 5:

  • Armory – "World Peace… Cosmic War"
  • Destroyer 666 – "Wildfire"
  • Gehennah – "Too Loud To Live Too Drunk To Die"
  • Nordjevel – "Nordjevel"
  • Svarttjern – "Dodsskrik"

Flop 5:

  • Babymetal – "Metal Resistance"
  • Hellwaffe – "Peace Offering"
  • Lykaionas – "Luciferian Fullmoon Necromancy"
  • Nuclear Aggressor – "Slow Dismemberment"
  • Sarke – "Bogefod"

Top Demo / Ep / Split:

  • Satan's Fall – "Metal Of Satan" [ep]

Emerging Band:

  • Sons Of Balaur

Rediscovered Band:


Vlakorados

Top 5:

Flop 5:

  • Black Tribe – "Martial Industrial Metal"
  • Danny Metal – "Chapter 1"
  • Endlos – "Im Fallen Verlaufen"
  • In Flames – "Battles"
  • Sloth – "♥Anime♥Lover♥"

Top Demo / Ep / Split:

Emerging Band:

  • ぜんぶ君のせいだ。

Rediscovered Band:

  • BiS
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