APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2016

VirusAnother 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.

Trees of EternityThis 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.

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APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2015

motorheadWhen looking back at 2015, the only thing that seems to matter is the passing of Lemmy Kilmister. Of course losing Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor in November was sad but Lemmy was on another level – one of the pillars of the entire rock ‘n roll universe. Thankfully, he left a voluminous legacy for us to enjoy for eternity, including some of music’s best interviews and quotes possible. Cheers, Lemmy.

Other than that, 2015 was a remarkably strong year for the pioneering, long-running bands in the metal scene.  Everyone from KILLING JOKE, MY DYING BRIDE, FEAR FACTORY to AMORPHIS put out fantastic records. This past year also saw some very good super groups in TAU CROSS and FIRESPAWN make their debuts.  You’ll find that many of them made it to our respective lists.

Additionally, we’ve recruited some fresh blood in Charles Elliott, Andrew Sample, and Jeff Wagner. These industry vets have been in the trenches with us for years and years, and have helped bring you many of the greatest records ever released for the past 20+ years.
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COLISEUM: Resign to Deathwish Inc.; Reissue of Debut Set

Coliseum - ColiseumLouisville, Kentucky’s COLISEUM have resigned to Deathwish Inc. and will have their self-titled debut reissued August 19, 2014.  Coliseum Deluxe Reissue will include their self titled debut album (out of print since 2006) paired with eight essential bonus tracks from their primordial years. Originally recorded by Jason Loewenstein of SEBADOH and now fully remixed by Joel Grind of TOXIC HOLOCAUST, the release also features new deluxe packaging, insightful liner notes, and cover artwork by John Baizley of BARONESS.


Atlanta’s MASTODON have announced another North American tour, but this time through cities they didn’t previously play. The tour, presented by Volcom, will feature support from BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, BARONESS, and VALIENT THORR.

Tickets go on sale Friday February 12. Dates are as follows:

4/16/2010 Charleston, SC Music Farm
4/17/2010 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theater
4/18/2010 Richmond, VA The National
4/20/2010 Baltimore, MD Rams Head
4/21/2010 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
4/22/2010 Hartford, CT Webster
4/23/2010 Worcester, MA Palladium – NEW ENGLAND METAL FEST
4/24/2010 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
4/26/2010 Pittsburgh, PA Palace Theater
4/27/2010 Rochester, NY Water Street
4/29/2010 Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room
4/30/2010 Indianapolis, IN Vogue
5/1/2010 Columbia, MO Blue Note
5/3/2010 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
5/4/2010 Tucson, AZ Rialto
5/5/2010 San Diego, CA House Of Blues
5/7/2010 Pomona, CA Fox
5/8/2010 Oakland, CA TBA
5/9/2010 Reno, NV Knitting Factory
5/10/2010 Eugene, OR McDonald Theater
5/11/2010 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
5/13/2010 Billings, MT The Shrine
5/14/2010 Fargo, ND The Venue
5/15/2010 Omaha, NE Sokol Hall
5/16/2010 Lawrence, KS Liberty Hall
5/18/2010 Madison, WI Orpheum
5/19/2010 Urbana, IL Canopy Club
5/20/2010 Memphis, TN Minglewood
5/21/2010 Knoxville, TN Valarium
5/22/2010 Lexington, KY Busters

On this tour, MASTODON will be offering a new Limited Tour Only color vinyl edition of their latest album, Crack the Skye. Additionally, the band will be celebrating Record Store Day, April 17, 2010, with vinyl reissues of Blood Mountain in both standard and deluxe editions. The later pressed on double 45 RPM discs on super heavy 180 gram vinyl housed in a grand gatefold sleeve that will feature new custom art from Paul Romano.

Visit volcomtour.com for more tour info.


The first confirmed tour dates for the Lambs For Lions Tour 2K8 featuring CONVERGE, THE RED CHORD, and GENGHIS TRON have been announced. Select shows will also feature BARONESS and COLISEUM.

03/30: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium w/ BARONESS
04/01: NYC, NY @ The Blender Theatre @ Gramercy w/ BARONESS
04/03: Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s Downunder w/ BARONESS
04/04: Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick w/ BARONESS
04/05: Chicago, IL @ Reggies Rock Club (2 Nights) w/ BARONESS
04/06: Chicago, IL @ Reggies Rock Club (2 Nights) w/ BARONESS
04/08: Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club w/ BARONESS
04/09: Sioux Falls, SD @ Nutty’s North w/ BARONESS
04/10: Iowa City, IA @ The Picador w/ BARONESS
04/11: Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground w/ BARONESS
04/12: Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck w/ BARONESS
04/13: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre w/ BARONESS
04/15: Boise, ID @ The Venue w/ BARONESS
04/16: Portland, OR @ Satyricon w/ BARONESS
04/18: Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory w/ BARONESS
04/19: Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse w/ BARONESS
04/20: Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse Music Venue w/ BARONESS
04/22: Austin, TX @ Red 7 w/ COLISEUM
04/23: Dallas, TX @ The Door w/ COLISEUM
04/24: Houston, TX @ Red Room @ Meridian w/ COLISEUM
04/26: St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre w/ COLISEUM