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.
CULT OF LUNA have posted a message up on their official website proclaiming the completion of the recording process for their new, as of yet untitled album scheduled for release later this year:
“The recording of our new album is now finished and we have started the mixing process. Album title and release date are not yet confirmed but expect news about that soon.”
Having completed 8 songs during their time in the studio, the new material will see the band attempt to adapt their sound, welcoming a harsher and more primal element to their already complex approach.