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2016 Albums of the Year
« on: December 01, 2016, 11:26:03 PM »
I know there's technically a little less than 1-month left, but for the most part, every new album for 2016 has come out sans for the new Klimt 1918 album.

And for me personally and my blog, My Year/Calendar for these ended on Halloween anyway, so the new albums year has been over for quite awhile.

that being said, I'll post my list and hopefully others will start chiming with their own over the next few days/weeks.

Here's what I posted in my blog today (and as I wrote, I mean to edit in some blurbs soon:

http://allmediareviews.blogspot.com/2016/12/2015-2016-albums-countdown.html

27 albums I never had enough time for, or never got enough into.

Astronoid- Air
The Besnard Lakes - A Coliseum Complex Museum
Biffy Clyro - Ellipsis
Black Mountain - IV
Bloc Party- Hymns
The Chap - The Show Must Go
Cloud Caverns - Holy Gloom
Crippled Black Phoenix - Bronze
Deerhoof - The Magic
Dream Theater - The Astonishing
An Endless Sporadic - Magic Machine
Fitz and the Tantrums - Fitz and the Tantrums
Gloria Morti - Kuebiko
Gojira - Magma
Is Tropical - Black Anything
The Jelly Jam - Profit
Jeff Lynne's ELO - Alone in the Universe
Jennylee - Right On!
Lawrence - Breakfast
Memoryhouse - Soft Hate
The Most Serene Republic - Mediac
The Mute Gods - Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me
Snarky Puppy - Culcha Vulcha
Ulver - ATGCLVLSSCAPVAST - Stripped
White Denim - Stiff
Wolf Parade - EP 4 [EP]

10 Albums I did not get to hear (yet, but still mean to)

Braindrill - Boundless Obscenity
Hammers of Misfortune - Dead Revolution
Ihsahn - Arktis.
Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep of Reason
Opeth - Sorceress
School of Seven Bells - SVIIB
Skeleton Staff - Kurfürstendammned
Syd Arthur - Apricity
Tiles - Pretending 2 Run
Virvum - Illuminance

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Albums 50-34
Anderson / Stolt - Invention of Knowledge
Orphaned Land and Amaseffer - Kna'an
O'Brother - Endless Light
Eight Bells - Landless
Josh Benash - The Body Light [EP]
Genders - Phone Home [EP]
Kansas - The Prelude Implicit
Unlocking the Truth - Chaos
John Wesley - A Way You'll Never Be
David Bowie - Blackstar
Obscura - Akróasis
Gracepoint- Echoes
Emanuel and the Fear- Primitive Smile
Radical Face - The Family Tree: Branches
Oddland - Origin
Archive - The False Foundation
Mayer Hawthorne - Man About Town


Singles 5-1
5. Bruce Peninsula and Chris Thomborrow - Don't Wake the Giant [1B]
4. Capital Cities - Vowels [1B]
3. Kimbra - Sweet Relief [1B]
2. The Reign of Kindo - Human Convention [1B]
1. Disillusion - Alea [1B]


Albums 33-1
33. Kyle Morton - What Will Destroy You?
32. Revere - Man of Atom [EP]
31. Steven Wilson - 4 1/2
30. Hands of Despair - Bereft
29. Painted in Exile - The Ordeal
28. Rare Futures - The is Your Brain on Love
27. The Mercury Tree - Permutations
26. Protest the Hero - Pacific Myth [EP] 
25. Mutemath - Vitals
24. Watchtower - Concepts of Math: Book One [EP]
23. iamthemorning - Lighthouse
22. nosound - Scintilla
21. British Theatre - Mastery 
20. The Monkees - Good Times!
19. Dream the Electric Sleep - Beneath the Dark Wide Sky
18. SikTh - Opacities [EP]
17. Ideology - Ideology
16. Avenged Sevenfold - The Stage
15. Warpaint - Heads Up
14. The Woods Brothers - The Woods Brothers
13. Brooke Waggoner - Sweven
12. Vektor - Terminal Redux
11. Falling Up - Falling Up
10. Meniscus - Refractions
9. Local Natives - Sunlit Youth
8. Esparanza Spalding - Emily's D + Evolution
7. Bent Knee - Say So
6. Textures - Phenotype
5. Long Distance Calling - Trips
4. Marillion - F.E.A.R.
3. The Dear Hunter - Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional
2. Cloud Cult - The Seeker
1. Fates Warning - Theories of Flight

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2016, 11:58:16 PM »
Twelve Foot Ninja - Outlier

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2016, 12:58:45 AM »
I'd put the new Metallica somewhere in there.
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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2016, 01:01:38 AM »
I'll probably have a top 5 done eventually (not even in order) and maybe top 10 if I can be bothered, but probably not. There's just too many things this year that I've only listened to once or twice and need to revisit before I can make up my mind in any definitive way.

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2016, 01:03:43 AM »
I'm surprised the new Neal Morse Band album isn't on the list. Album of the year for me. I'll definitely check some these out though, so thanks!

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2016, 01:09:49 AM »
I will unfortunately have to ditch The Groove Train because I'm extremely busy with school and other stuff, I can't be bothered to do a writeup for all the albums.

So I will just post like a top 40 in here :soon:
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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2016, 07:31:36 AM »
It's been a record-breaking year for me, both in total albums bought and albums from this year (36 and 9 respectively, so far). It's at times like this I wish I could write coherent write-ups about albums and my general music-buying year, but how I feel about albums can't be put into words and is usually overwhelmingly positive (you have to hate stuff to be a critic; and I'm just not that kinda guy). It's extremely tough to choose a favourite album, but I've narrowed it down to three. I'll have more of a think about it though.

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2016, 07:43:40 AM »
I know this is your thread, SoundscapeMN, but I kinda want to encourage everyone to post their Top 5 of the year in order. I'd like to count the results we get and see what's the general consensus on DTF AOTY for 2016 (with the first album getting five points, second - four points, etc). I mean, you can post Top 40 and whatnot, but I will only count the Top 5; or you can post the albums in no particular order and I will skip your post when counting the results.

I remember this being done on DTF either for 2013 and 2014, and I think it would be nice to do it again.

I'll probably post my ranking later this weekend.

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2016, 08:02:19 AM »
Hmm I haven't listened to many albums released this year. The ones I did I don't think they qualify for being best of the year.

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2016, 08:06:53 AM »
Fates Warning - Theories of Flight.

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2016, 08:10:34 AM »
1. Redemption - The Art of Loss
2. Dream Theater - The Astonishing
3. Avenged Sevenfold - The Stage

Still need to catch up on this year's releases, particularly, Neal Morse, Sonata Arctica & Epica.

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2016, 08:13:32 AM »
I remember this being done on DTF either for 2013 and 2014, and I think it would be nice to do it again.

It will be cool to see what the consensus is on this community's album of the year.

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2016, 08:45:33 AM »
To me Affinity is easily number 1, but I'd have to think about the rest. Will do a list whenever I have time
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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2016, 09:10:27 AM »
I'm surprised the new Neal Morse Band album isn't on the list. Album of the year for me. I'll definitely check some these out though, so thanks!

As I wrote in the 1st post, I only make mine through Halloween and the new Neal Morse Band album came out in November.  That being said, I've shyed away from Neal's religious-based music ever since not taking much to Testimony. But the new record is getting a lot more buzz than his others, I may have check it out with open ears. But it'll be on Next year's list for me.

I know this is your thread, SoundscapeMN, but I kinda want to encourage everyone to post their Top 5 of the year in order. I'd like to count the results we get and see what's the general consensus on DTF AOTY for 2016 (with the first album getting five points, second - four points, etc). I mean, you can post Top 40 and whatnot, but I will only count the Top 5; or you can post the albums in no particular order and I will skip your post when counting the results.

I remember this being done on DTF either for 2013 and 2014, and I think it would be nice to do it again.

I'll probably post my ranking later this weekend.

that's perfectly fine as this topic was not intended to be just My Own list, as I wrote in the 1st post. People should also be encouraged to post their own Favorites for the year in here and certainly go ahead and tally it up and come up with a Best of for the Forum for 2016.

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #15 on: December 02, 2016, 09:37:48 AM »
To me Affinity is easily number 1, but I'd have to think about the rest. Will do a list whenever I have time

This. 'Affinity' is my album of the year.

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #16 on: December 02, 2016, 09:43:44 AM »
My top 5 atm:
1. Fates Warning - Theories of Flight
2. The Dear Hunter - Act V
3. The Hotelier - Goodness
4. Haken - Affinity
5. Devin Townsend Project - Transcendence
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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #17 on: December 02, 2016, 10:04:31 AM »
1. Fates Warning - Theories of Flight
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« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2016, 10:23:49 AM »
To me Affinity is easily number 1, but I'd have to think about the rest. Will do a list whenever I have time

This. 'Affinity' is my album of the year.

As someone who never cared for Haken before, Affinity would be my n.1 choice as well!

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #19 on: December 02, 2016, 11:58:24 AM »
I think this will do:

1. Falling Satellites - Frost*
2. The Astonishing - Dream Theater
3. Folklore - Big Big Train
4. Affinity - Haken
5. FEAR - Marillion

And for the non-points-scoring ones:

6. Valley of the Windmill - Circa
7. 4½ - Steven Wilson
8. Disconnected - Airbag
9. Your Wilderness - The Pineapple Thief
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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #20 on: December 02, 2016, 12:17:22 PM »
I don't get NEW albums that much anymore but the three I did get this year ...

1. Metallica - Hardwired To Self Destruct - Brilliant.

2. Green Day - Revolution Radio - Not bad. Not their best or their worst. Just good

3. Biffy Clyro - Ellipsis. Oh my God. What a disappointment. Their previous album opposites was so great. Then this. Every other song is a bloody Westlife / Boyzone style pop ballad. Awful album.


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Oops I forgot about The Astonishing :lol

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #21 on: December 02, 2016, 12:24:39 PM »
I was actually thinking about this to myself on my way into work this morning.  It's been a great year of music for me.

1.  Avantasia - Ghostlights
2.  Epica - The Holographic Principle
3.  Dream Theater - The Astonishing
4.  Devin Townsend - Transcendence
5.  Avenged Sevenfold - The Stage

Honorable mentions:

Metallica - Hardwired to Self Destruct (honestly havent given this one enough listens, could crack the top 5 and knock out A7X because I think it's great so far)
Haken - Affinity
Delain - Moonbathers

Disappointments, although not bad just not as good as their predecessors:

Circus Maximus - Havoc
Amaranthe - Maximalism

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #22 on: December 02, 2016, 12:27:38 PM »
Top 5 (any of these albums could be my album of the year):

Alter Bridge - The Last Hero
Avenged Sevenfold - The Stage
Fates Warning - Theories of Flight
Haken - Affinity
Thank You Scientist - Stranger Heads Prevail

Top 6 to 10:

6) Dream Theater - The Astonishing
7) Frost - Falling Satellites
8) Tiles - Pretending 2 Run
9) Levin Minnemann Rudess - From the Law Offices of
10) Metallica - Hardwired... to Self-Destruct

Another really great albuns this year, in no particular order:

Almah - E.V.O.
Eden's Curse - Cardinal
Glenn Hughes - Resonate
Megadeth - Dystopia
Redemption - The Art of Loss
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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #23 on: December 02, 2016, 01:08:46 PM »
Will give all this years albums another go before making a final decision but off the top of my head,

The Astonishing  :metal gets my son's vote too  :biggrin:





Avantasia- Ghostlights

Punky Meadows - Fallen Angel

Myrath - Legacy

Avenged Sevenfold - The Stage

Graham Bonnet Band - The Book

Kansas - Prelude Implicit

Andy Timmons - theme from a perfect world

Megadeth- Dystopia

Fates Warning - Theories of Flight









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« Reply #24 on: December 02, 2016, 01:22:54 PM »
Top 5:

Haken - Affinity (#1)
Fates Warning - Theories Of Flight
Metallica - Hardwired... To Self-Destruct
Opeth - Sorceress
Big Big Train - Folklore

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« Reply #25 on: December 02, 2016, 01:35:24 PM »
After hearing 43 albums full of different stuff (metal, prog rock/metal, modern hard rock, electronic violin stuff, etc.), this was a solid groundbreaking year for me in terms of listening to as many albums of bands that caught my intrigue.  Here's my fave five.

1. Alter Bridge - The Last Hero (Just another tremendous album to add to their great catalog)
2. Black Stone Cherry - Kentucky (After some disappointment in their last two albums, Black Stone Cherry somewhat went back to their roots in modern southern hard rock and delivered a consistent album to me).
3. Sixx: A.M. - Prayers for the Blessed (Sixx, Ashba, and Michael released two albums, this year, both were good, this one was the better album to me)
4. Sick Puppies - Fury (They brought in a new singer/guitarist and delivered a solid radio rock album)
5. Dream Theater - The Astonishing (This was a very bold and ambitious effort for DT and whilst certain parts probably did not work out for the best, this massive 2+ hour album had a great story, musicianship, and, surprisingly, had some strong standalone songs)

Honorable mentions goes to Tremonti's Dust, Poets of the Fall's Clearview, Switchfoot's When the Light Shines Through, Lindsey Stirling's Brave Enough, and Volbeat's Seal the Deal and Let's Boogie.

Great year for me.  Don't think 2017 can top that, but I love to be surprised.

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #26 on: December 02, 2016, 01:47:41 PM »
1.  Haken - Affinity
2.  Thank You Scientist - Stranger Heads Prevail
3.  Fringe -- Self Titled
4.  The Pineapple Thief - Your Wilderness
5.  Weezer -- The White Album
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« Reply #27 on: December 02, 2016, 01:52:12 PM »
1.Terminal Redux-Vektor
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« Reply #28 on: December 02, 2016, 01:58:42 PM »
Fates Warning is the clear winner for me this year.

Primal Fear and Anthrax both released great albums too.

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #29 on: December 02, 2016, 02:29:14 PM »
It's near criminal that anyone with Protest and Sikth in their top 50 doesn't include actual album of the year Destrage A Means To No End on their list (or even on their albums they still need to check out list).

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« Reply #30 on: December 02, 2016, 03:49:00 PM »
1) Avenged Sevenfold: The Stage
2) Dream Theater: The Astonishing
3) Metallica: Hardwired...To Self Destruct

This was a pretty good year for music, but for me these are the three albums that matter. This is only the second time that all of my top three bands released new albums, and the first time since I became a fan of Dream Theater. Also, considering the only other time this happened was 2003 when the new Metallica album was St. Anger, this occurrence is a pretty big deal for me. These three bands absolutely killed it this year, and these albums should be in my listening rotation for years to come.

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #31 on: December 02, 2016, 04:01:08 PM »
1. Dream Theater-The Astonishing
2. Theocracy-Ghost Ship
3. Flotsam & Jetsam- s/t
4. Anthrax-For All Kings
5. Fates Warning-Theories Of Flight
6. Megadeth-Dystopia
7. Innerwish-s/t
8. Sinbreed-Master Creator
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10. Testament-Brotherhood Of The Snake
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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #32 on: December 02, 2016, 04:29:17 PM »
It's near criminal that anyone with Protest and Sikth in their top 50 doesn't include actual album of the year Destrage A Means To No End on their list (or even on their albums they still need to check out list).

I recall seeing it on a blog, and checked out their last album and liked it but wasn't blown away or anything. And it just slipped under my radar more than anything. The new Dark Tranquility as well.

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« Reply #33 on: December 02, 2016, 04:30:19 PM »
1) Avenged Sevenfold: The Stage
2) Dream Theater: The Astonishing
3) Metallica: Hardwired...To Self Destruct

This was a pretty good year for music, but for me these are the three albums that matter. This is only the second time that all of my top three bands released new albums, and the first time since I became a fan of Dream Theater. Also, considering the only other time this happened was 2003 when the new Metallica album was St. Anger, this occurrence is a pretty big deal for me. These three bands absolutely killed it this year, and these albums should be in my listening rotation for years to come.

Yeah 4 of the bands I like all released new music this year :tup. Mastodon is not far behind either. Also new U2 next year.
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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #34 on: December 02, 2016, 04:32:28 PM »
To me Affinity is easily number 1, but I'd have to think about the rest. Will do a list whenever I have time

This. 'Affinity' is my album of the year.

As someone who never cared for Haken before, Affinity would be my n.1 choice as well!

I was blown away, when i heard 1985 for the first time!

Same here, this was my first experience with Haken and 1984 is my favorite from Affinity.  It really rocked my socks off.  However, that was not my #1 album of the year for me.