Another strong year is in the books for heavy music, so strong that making a year end list seemed unfair to every release that we did not include in our lists. The underground continues to thrive with releases from legendary bands such as DARK FUNERAL, VADER, and NEUROSIS that will stand the test of time. Actually, most of the long running bands did not fail to meet or exceed expectations. Thrash metal pioneers, MEGADETH, VOIVOD, and TESTAMENT, certainly released excellent records. What is more important is that 2016 saw a lot of great releases from less trendy, more obscure bands.
This past year is personally notable as lost a dear friend and contributor, Brandon Stratton AKA rocknro11chef13. As a small tribute, we’ve included albums that he would’ve likely picked for his year end list. Life is short, my friends. Embrace it.
After the success of last year’s reissue of DESTRÖYER 666’ classic Cold Steel… for an Iron Age, many fans asked for the 2000 masterpiece Phoenix Rising to get the same treatment. Well, that time has come. On August 24th (28th in North America), the Australians’ sophomore album will hit the stores as CD and LP in remastered editions with brand new artwork and liner notes from the band.