Metal Mixtape, 20 August 2016

Follow the Metal Mixtape playlist on Spotify here for 10 new metal tracks every day.

Today’s tracks:

  1. Circle II Circle – Burden of Truth
  2. Dordeduh – Zuh
  3. Tristania – Evenfall
  4. Communic – History Reversed
  5. Moonsorrow – Tähdetön
  6. Type O Negative – Prelude to Agony
  7. Motörhead – In Another Time
  8. Monolithe – Monolithe II
  9. Krisiun – Soul Devourer
  10. Dark the Suns – Everlasting

Enjoy, and please leave any comments or suggestions in the comments! What’s your favourite and your least favourite track today?

Top 10 Metal Albums of 2016 So Far?

Apologies for the lengthy spell of silence. As I try to get back on top of annoying real-life work hurdles and settle into a new flat, I thought it would be interesting to reflect on the current top 10 metal albums of 2016 so far, according to Rate Your Music (soon to be Sonemic). The full list of top metal albums of 2016 is available here, and I urge you to sign up to the site and cast your own votes if you’re into your music. I guess you probably are if you’ve stumbled on to this. Alas, without further ado, here’s the current list of the year’s top 10 metal albums (with Spotify links to each album embedded in the album titles):

  1. Moonsorrow – Jumalten aika (Century Media)
  2. Oranssi Pazuzu – Värähtelijä (Svart)
  3. Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas – Mariner (Indie)
  4. Fallujah – Dreamless (Nuclear Blast)
  5. Obscura – Akróasis (Relapse)
  6. Ihsahn – Arktis (Candlelight)
  7. Deströyer 666 – Wildfire (Season of Mist)
  8. Chthe’ilist – Le dernier crépuscule (Profound Lore)
  9. Myrath – Legacy (Verycords)
  10. Cobalt – Slow Forever (Profound Lore)

As you can see, the excellent Canadian label Profound Lore has a couple of its releases represented here, followed by one each from other big players such as Century Media, Indie, Nuclear Blast, Relapse and Season of Mist, and emerging labels such as Svart and Indie. I’d never heard of the independent, Paris-Based Verycords until writing this post, and I’m guessing the new Ihsahn album will be the swan song from Candlelight, since they announced they had been acquired by Spinefarm earlier this year.

Looking over this top 10, you’d be hard pressed to argue that this hasn’t been a strong year for metal releases thus far. There’s a really variety there, with many different subgenres represented, and an abundance of quality throughout. What comes to mind for me are some of the incredible closing tracks on these albums, from Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas’s impassioned ‘Cygnus’ and Ihsahn’s powerful ‘Celestial Violence’, to Destroyer 666’s anthemic ‘Tamam Shud’. My only recommendation is to give them all at least a couple of listens and decide for yourself, regardless of the style of metal you generally have a preference for.

What do you think of this top 10? What do you make of the albums that are currently included? What are some of your favourite albums of the year that don’t currently make an appearance? For me, I’m pretty certain the new Schammasch triple-album, Triangle, will make an appearance here once everyone’s actually had a chance to have a listen or two and absorb what sounds like it could be a career-defining masterpiece.

Metal for the 2010s

Top 100 Metal Albums of the 2010s

Following on from my last post about the Rate Your Music best metal albums of all time, I thought I’d focus on making things a bit more contemporary and relevant to today’s music scene. So I set the limits on the chart system to show me the best metal albums again, but this time from the 2010s, and have added all of these to my Spotify collection. Once again, the list is not set in stone, and will be likely to change a lot more due to its more up-to-date and current nature in comparison with a more ‘rigid’ all-time list. So here are the best 100 metal albums from the 2010s, as they were as of the writing of this post. No embedded or linked playlist this time, since these are now the entirety of my Spotify ‘Your Music’ collection, which at this time is not browsable by anyone else, but you can see the list over at Rate Your Music here.

  1. Deathspell Omega – Paracletus
  2. Vektor – Outer Isolation
  3. Agalloch – Marrow of the Spirit
  4. Gorguts – Colored Sands
  5. Enslaved – Axioma Ethica Odini
  6. Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
  7. Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats – Blood Lust
  8. Blindead – Affliction XXIX II MXMVI
  9. Inquisition – Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm
  10. Elder – Dead Roots Stirring
  11. Ne Obliviscaris – Portal of I
  12. Leprous – Bilateral
  13. Enslaved – RIITIIR
  14. Deafheaven – Sunbather
  15. Haken – Visions
  16. Alcest – Écailles de lune
  17. Thy Catafalque – Rengeteg
  18. Ihsahn – After
  19. Septicflesh – The Great Mass
  20. Gris – À l’âme enflammée, l’âme constellée…
  21. Moonsorrow – Varjoina kuljemme kuolleiden maassa
  22. Deftones – Koi no yokan
  23. Seventh  Wonder – The Great Escape
  24. Esoteric – Paragon of Dissonance
  25. Accept – Blood of the Nations
  26. Ne Obliviscaris – Citadel
  27. Sólstafir – Svartir Sandar
  28. Avatarium – Avatarium
  29. Threshold – March of Progress
  30. Nails – Unsilent Death
  31. Haken – The Mountain
  32. Subrosa – More Constant Than the Gods
  33. Behemoth – The Satanist
  34. Cult of Luna – Vertikal
  35. Be’lakor – Of Breath and Bone
  36. Insomnium – One for Sorrow
  37. Overkill – Ironbound
  38. Woods of Desolation – Torn beyond Reason
  39. Primordial – Redemption at the Puritan’s Hand
  40. Mgła – With Hearts Toward None
  41. Blind Guardian – At the Edge of Time
  42. Cattle Decapitation – Monolith of Inhumanity
  43. Leprous – Coal
  44. Saor – Aura
  45. Triptykon – Melana Chasmata
  46. Àrsaidh – Roots
  47. Midnight – Satanic Royalty
  48. Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen
  49. Blood Ceremony – Living with the Ancients
  50. Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones
  51. Between the Buried and Me – The Parallax II: Future Sequence
  52. Murmuüre – Murmuüre
  53. Galneryus – Resurrection
  54. Carcass – Surgical Steel
  55. Mastodon – Once More ‘Round the Sun
  56. Atoma – Skylight
  57. Deftones – Diamond Eyes
  58. Darkspace – Dark Space III I
  59. Dir en Grey – Arche
  60. Mastodon – The Hunter
  61. Inquisition – Obscure Verses for the Multiverse
  62. Immolation – Majesty and Decay
  63. Satan – Life Sentence
  64. Myrath – Tales of the Sands
  65. Mournful Congregation – The Book of Kings
  66. Omnium Gatherum – New World Shadows
  67. Aquilus – Griseus
  68. The Dillinger Escape Plan – One of Us Is the Killer
  69. Dordeduh – Dar de duh
  70. Summoning – Old Mornings Dawn
  71. Star One – Victims of the Modern Age
  72. Enslaved – In Times
  73. Beyond Creation – The Aura
  74. Panopticon – Roads to the North
  75. Hell – Human Remains
  76. Altar of Plagues – Teethed Glory and Injury
  77. The Ocean – Pelagial
  78. Todtgelichter – Angst
  79. Devin Townsend Project – Deconstruction
  80. Dead Congregation – Promulgation of the Fall
  81. Theocracy – As the World Bleeds
  82. Hell – Curse & Chapter
  83. Ancient Bards – Soulless Child
  84. Nails – Abandon All Life
  85. Symphony X – Iconoclast
  86. Year of No Light – Ausserwelt
  87. Ash Borer / Fell Voices – Ash Borer / Fell Voices
  88. Svartidauði – Flesh Cathedral
  89. Uneven Structure – Februus
  90. Arch / Matheos – Sympathetic Resonance
  91. Ulcerate – The Destroyers of All
  92. Cormorant – Dwellings
  93. Testament – Dark Roots of Earth
  94. Mors Principium Est – …And God Said Live
  95. Cult of Fire – मृत्यु का तापसी अनुध्यान
  96. Soilwork – The Living Infinite
  97. Dragonland – Under the Grey Banner
  98. Ufomammut – Eve
  99. Blindead – Absence
  100. Insomnium – Shadows of the Dying Sun

I hope you are turned on to some excellent releases through this list. There are a few that aren’t available on Spotify, but these are generally available with a quick search on Bandcamp or Youtube if you’re curious to check them out. Otherwise, the (nearly) full list of albums makes for a truly excellent, and contemporary, shuffled listening experience. Not to mention an excellent collage of album covers…