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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #35 on: December 02, 2016, 04:50:57 PM »
This is what I like.  Now I know where to start when checking out the 2016 Haken.  1984.  Newish prog has been a hard sell for me as of late, but I still try.
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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #36 on: December 02, 2016, 04:57:21 PM »
This is what I like.  Now I know where to start when checking out the 2016 Haken.  1984.  Newish prog has been a hard sell for me as of late, but I still try.

Just check out the whole album  :metal It's very good.   Honestly felt like it hit that prog spot that DT kind of missed with TA (even as a big fan of TA).  More so because of the long progressiveness of the songs.  I wouldn't say they sound like DT, but 1984 really hit a spot in me that was missing in music this year.

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« Reply #37 on: December 02, 2016, 05:14:03 PM »
Add one and you'll get the real song 1985. :lol
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« Reply #38 on: December 02, 2016, 05:16:48 PM »
Add one and you'll get the real song 1985. :lol

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I was really digging my Youtube 1984 search.  Haken sounded very Van Halen to me. 

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #39 on: December 02, 2016, 05:30:35 PM »
Add one and you'll get the real song 1985. :lol

LOL I won't lie.  84 is ingrained in me.  The year I was born, a great Van Halen album, Bon Jovi debuted (I live near him in NJ and easily his best album).... my bad.  Good catch

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« Reply #40 on: December 02, 2016, 06:08:05 PM »
I love you guys. :lol

BTW,  I was 17 chasing tail in 1984 + 1. :lol
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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #41 on: December 02, 2016, 06:21:47 PM »
Add one and you'll get the real song 1985. :lol

LOL I won't lie.  84 is ingrained in me.  The year I was born, a great Van Halen album, Bon Jovi debuted (I live near him in NJ and easily his best album).... my bad.  Good catch

Saw VH on that tour and saw Bon Jovi as well in '84.

BTW,  I was 17 chasing tail in 1984 + 1. :lol

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #42 on: December 02, 2016, 07:20:26 PM »
This was a year of a lot of good, but not great albums for me. I've listened to more new albums this year than any year before and I'd have a hard time finding 10 albums I like enough to put in a top 10 list. I think a big problem for me is that most of my music listening these days happens at work where I'm unable to give anything a really close listen.

Albums that need a few more listens to draw a final conclusion on, but initial impressions are good:
Metallica - Hardwired... to Self-distruct
Catfish & the Bottlemen - The Ride
Umphrey's McGee - Zonkey

Albums I like, but can't really put in any particular order:
Wolfmother - Victorious
Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
Tremonti - Dust
Thank You Scientist - Strenger Heads Prevail
The Pineapple Thief - Your Wilderness
St. Paul & the Broken Bones - Sea of Noise
Alter Bridge - The Last Hero
Monster Truck - Sitting Heavy

The only two albums that really grabbed me this year:
The Dear Hunter - Act V
Thrice - To Be Everywhere is to Be Nowhere

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #43 on: December 02, 2016, 07:28:24 PM »
My top 3 for the year would be:

1. Swans - The Glowing Man
2. Dream Theater - The Astonishing
3. Nick Cave - Skeleton Tree

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #44 on: December 02, 2016, 08:23:34 PM »

1)  Avenged Sevenfold - The Stage
2)  Haken - Affinity
3)  Fates Warning - Theories of Flight
4)  Blackstone Cherry - Kentucky  -  Thanks to Anguyen92 for the recommendation -  I bought all of the cd's in one amazon order after only hearing a few songs -  The wife thought I was nuts for buying them all after listening to only a few songs 
5)  Redemption - The Art of Loss 

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #45 on: December 02, 2016, 08:36:02 PM »
I'll do mine when I finish catching up with 2016 albums  :corn

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« Reply #46 on: December 02, 2016, 08:46:59 PM »
Swans - The Glowing Man
Fire! Orchestra - Ritual
Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep of Reason

Heard a few others, but nothing worth mentioning.

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #47 on: December 02, 2016, 09:15:58 PM »
Add one and you'll get the real song 1985. :lol

LOL I won't lie.  84 is ingrained in me.  The year I was born, a great Van Halen album, Bon Jovi debuted (I live near him in NJ and easily his best album).... my bad.  Good catch

Saw VH on that tour and saw Bon Jovi as well in '84.

BTW,  I was 17 chasing tail in 1984 + 1. :lol

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #48 on: December 02, 2016, 09:17:34 PM »

Punky Meadows - Fallen Angel


Interesting.........I didn't even bother to check it out.  Took a look at him and thought he must be spending all his time on tanning , leaving not much time for his album to be any good.
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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #49 on: December 02, 2016, 10:12:21 PM »
Thank You Scientist is the only one I'd say for sure would be in my top 5, so it's probably my AOTY right now  :P

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #50 on: December 03, 2016, 07:24:29 AM »
2016 was unbelieveable . Never have I bought more music (around 50 albums).
I'll remember it as the year of thrash. I mean Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeth, Testament, Death Angel, Destruction, Metal Church (and Slayer in very late 2015) released their stuff.
(I'd like to see a poll, perhaps ?)

Here are some random thoughts coming to my mind (not only albums, excuse me):

- 1985 from Haken is one of the most fun and outstanding songs from 2016.

- The funniest song of 2016 was Meta Taro from Babymetal and Tales Of The Destinies
  from the same album is remarkable because of channeling Dream Theater
  (in kick-butt-mode, that is). No album's reception has been more controversial. In my book
  that only speaks for the project.

- Speaking of The Astonishing. My personal dissapointment of  the year. It's so tame and     
  boring, it makes me tremble in fear, because the next album has to be the meanest 
  mother%#%§$ bitch to make up for it.
 
- Fates Warning wipe the floor with it. AOTY and SOTY (TLASOT).

- Square Hammer from the Ghost EP is catchy as hell.

- Soldier Down from Kee Marcello. Best song from a great album.

- Hardwired, Spit Out The Bone and Halo On Fire deserve to be among the best tracks of 2016.

- I really enjoyed the album from Last In Line. RIP Jimmy Bain. He's jamming in heaven or in hell
  with RJD.

- Watchtower's Concepts OF Math: Book One is the proggiest stuff of the year
  (that I have heard).

- Steve Vai - Modern Primitive probably his best work since Sex & Religion.

- It felt good to hear Jon Anderson in fine form on the Invention Of Knowledge album.

- Kip Winger composed his first classical music album for the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.   
  Interesting to say the least.

- In the beginning of 2016 I was listening heavyly to J-Rock  and discovered some really cool
  acts like Scandal or Lisa.

- 2016 was nasty regarding the death of so many musicians. RIP Lemmy, Bowie, Prince...
 

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #51 on: December 03, 2016, 07:43:04 AM »
I've listened to about 14 albums from this year properly. There are only two I'd say weren't disappointments. My favourite of the year is probably Inglorious' self titled album.
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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #52 on: December 03, 2016, 07:44:53 AM »

- 1985 from Haken is one of the most fun and outstanding songs from 2016.

- Speaking of The Astonishing. My personal dissapointment of  the year. It's so tame and     
  boring, it makes me tremble in fear, because the next album has to be the meanest 
  mother%#%§$ bitch to make up for it.
 
- Square Hammer from the Ghost EP is catchy as hell.

- Hardwired, Spit Out The Bone and Halo On Fire deserve to be among the best tracks of 2016.

- 2016 was nasty regarding the death of so many musicians. RIP Lemmy, Bowie, Prince...

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #53 on: December 03, 2016, 07:53:12 AM »

Punky Meadows - Fallen Angel


Interesting.........I didn't even bother to check it out.  Took a look at him and thought he must be spending all his time on tanning , leaving not much time for his album to be any good.

You would think so.  :biggrin:
It's an unassuming album of good rock songs and I kept going back to it so it deserves its spot in the list. It might just be me - have a listen and see what you think. It's a good car album.

I'd have to add Marillion to the list also. Best post Fish album for me

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« Reply #54 on: December 03, 2016, 09:25:01 AM »
I don't listen to as much new stuff as I used to, but for me, the top 3 albums of the year are definitely:

Dream Theater - The Astonishing
David Bowie - Blackstar
Neal Morse Band - The Similitude of a Dream

Good ones:

Devin Townsend - Transcendence (really, really good, but has yet to dominate my CD player for weeks like those top 3 did)
Haken - Affinity (really good)
Opeth - Sorceress (I like it, but still have yet to really get into in a big way at all)
Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool (this was one of those CDs I listened to a lot for like a month and then have barely revisited since)

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« Reply #55 on: December 03, 2016, 10:37:07 AM »
1. Astonishing
2. Warpaint - Heads Up
3. Probably Hardwired, need to give it more listens though

Haken - Affinity.  Wow, good PT vibe.  Dig the retro cover too!
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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #56 on: December 03, 2016, 11:51:35 AM »
I have been following Haken almost since the first album, Affinity did not blow me away. A very good album for sure, but I heard a lot of better music this year.

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #57 on: December 03, 2016, 12:15:33 PM »
And as a fellow follower I love their progression over their career.
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« Reply #58 on: December 03, 2016, 12:21:13 PM »
Definitely not taking anything away from their progression. I am very happy with the way Haken has evolved.
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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #59 on: December 03, 2016, 12:50:10 PM »
1. Haken - Affinity
2. The Devin Townsend Project - Transcendence
3. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
4. Periphery - Periphery III: Select Difficulty
5. Thank You Scientist - Stranger Heads Prevail

Other great albums this year:
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
David Bowie - Blackstar
Metallica - Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep of Reason
Vektor - Terminal Redux
Ghost - Popestar
Steven Wilson - 4 1/2
The Neal Morse Band - Similitude of a Dream
Avenged Sevenfold - The Stage
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« Reply #60 on: December 03, 2016, 12:56:25 PM »
Definitely not taking anything away from their progression. I am very happy with the way Haken has evolved.

I totally get it.  We all have certain styles we love.  No worries at all!  Can't wait for their next album!
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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #61 on: December 03, 2016, 02:26:38 PM »
So far I think:

1: Haken - Affinity (easily my favourite Haken album to date  :angel:)
2: Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
3: The Dear Hunter - Act V
4: Iamthemorning - Lighthouse
5: Bent Knee - Say So
6: Alcest - Kodama
7: The Pineapple Thief - Your Wildernis
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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #62 on: December 03, 2016, 03:16:17 PM »
Top 5

1. Anthrax - For All Kings
2. Dream Theater - The Astonishing
3. Fates Warning - Theories Of Flight
4. Avantasia - Ghostlights
5. Megadeth - Dystopia

Also good but either not top 5 material or not enough listened to yet to rank it:

Meshuggah  -   The Violent Sleep Of Reason
Neal Morse - The Similitude Of A Dream
Kansas - The Prelude Implicit
Korn - The Serenity Of Suffering
Alter Bridge - The Last Hero
Marillion - FEAR

and probably some more which I can't remember at the moment.

Dissapointments (not necessarily bad but not meeting my expectations):

Opeth
Metallica
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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #63 on: December 03, 2016, 03:37:40 PM »
This is really hard, but here goes. Albums within one tier are very close in quality.

Album of the Year

1. The Dear Hunter - Act V: Hymns With the Devil in Confessional

Excellent

2. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
3. Fates Warning - Theories of Flight
4. Anciients - Voice of the Void
5. Ihsahn - Arktis.
6. Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas - Mariner
7. Haken - Affinity

Great

8. Witherscape - The Northern Sanctuary
9. Thrice - To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere
10. Devin Townsend Project - Transcendence
11. Slice the Cake - Odyssey to the West
12. Novembre - Ursa
13. Redemption - The Art of Loss
14. Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika
15. Cliff Martinez - The Neon Demon OST
16. Avenged Sevenfold - The Stage
17. Sonata Arctica - The Ninth Hour
18. Evergrey - The Storm Within
19. Mono - Requiem for Hell
20. David Bowie - Blackstar
21. Avantasia - Ghostlights

Decent

23. Megadeth - Dystopia
24. Alter Bridge - The Last Hero
25. Alcest - Kodama
26. Fallujah - Dreamless

Disappointing

27. Dream Theater - The Astonishing
28. Myrath - Legacy
29. Rhapsody of Fire - Into the Legend

All in all, this was an amazing year. And I still have to listen to the new PtH, the new Destrage, the new Theocracy, the new Metallica, the new Bent Knee... honestly, this might end up being my favourite year in music, period. So many great albums. :heart
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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #64 on: December 03, 2016, 04:30:01 PM »
I'm just gonna rank all I listened to from this year.

1. Avenged Sevenfold - The Stage (my #1 by a mile, so good)
2. Every Time I Die - Low Teens (am I their only fan here?)
3. Dream Theater - The Astonishing (it's a masterpiece, but it's so long I rarely listen to it)
4. Avantasia - Ghostlights
5. Orbs - Past Life Regression (worth the 6 year wait)
6. Metallica - Hardwired (not worth the wait, but still really good)
7. Devin Townsend - Transcendence (an instant classic Dev album)
8. Haken - Affinity
9. Periphery - 3
10. Alter Bridge - The Last Hero
11. Dillinger Escape Plan - Dissociation
12. Destrage - A Means To No End
13. Megadeth - Dystopia
14. Tremonti - Dust
15. Giraffe Tongue Orchestra - Broken Lines

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« Reply #65 on: December 03, 2016, 05:24:34 PM »
I never thought I'd say this, but Avenged Sevenfold put out my favorite album of the year. Previously I couldn't give a rat's ass about this band, but The Stage is just such an epic and diverse metal album. I love the melodies, the proggy arrangements, etcetera. It has the best guitar solos I've heard in ages. The title track still gets daily rotation here. I just freaking love this album so much.
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« Reply #66 on: December 03, 2016, 05:31:09 PM »
Yeah, the stage has incredible and very inspired solos, which have been very rare nowadays in the metal scene.
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« Reply #67 on: December 04, 2016, 01:26:21 PM »
yeah, The Stage to me is probably the best comeback record of the year and one of their best albums. Very unexpected in a really good way.

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Re: 2016 Albums of the Year
« Reply #69 on: December 06, 2016, 07:56:13 AM »
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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