Ryan The Beard's Top Albums Of 2016

December 31, 2016

Car Bomb - Meta

Car Bomb knocked it out of the park with Meta. Meta is the band focusing on their roots, pushing polyrhythms, odd meters and metric modulations to their breaking point, a nice contrast to 2012’s w^w^^w^w, which saw the band focusing more on song structure.

It’s also a bit tongue in cheek, poking fun at djent and modern math metal bands, complete with an epic false fade out.

Martyrdod - List

List stands out as solid example of what can happen when bands blend sub-genres well. With a solid d-beat basis, the album relies heavily on folk and (at some points) black metal inspired melodies and progressions.

LLNN - Loss

LLNN is a different kind of animal. Brooding, pissed, and dark with growling tones down tuned to a house shaking rumble.

An absolute must hear for fans of sludge, black metal and hardcore, Loss really has to be heard to be understood.

Dopethrone - 1312

Canada’s Dopethrone are by far one of my favorite stoner bands. Slow, sludgy, groovy, with a firm footing in blues song structure.

1312 sees the band continuing with their downward spiral into opiate fueled depression.

For fans of Sleep, Weedeater, Eyehategod and Iron Monkey.

Wormed - Krighsu

Wormed is a weird chaotic mix of slam and tech death with sprinklings of grind and prog, and the long awaited Krighsu sees them returning to form.

The album is so unrelenting that it can be a bit of challenge to get through, but it’s beyond the listen if you’re into extreme music.


Watchtower - Concepts of Math: Book One

Concepts of Math: Book One is Watchtower’s first album in 20 years, and it was well worth the wait.

It’s a kaleidoscope of blistering, off kilter riffs and power metal vocals with a rhythm section that puts most lead players to shame.

Watchtower is still pushing boundaries and just as relevant as they were 20 years ago.

Saor - Guardians

One man bands are always impressive, but Saor takes the idea to new levels.

Densely layered with fiddles, flutes, highland bagpipes, and drawing from folk, black and progressive metal, there’s plenty of big engaging riffs and small intricate details throughout, making the entire album a pleasure to listen to. It’s like candy for your ears.

Pg.Lost - Versus

Pg.Lost is a different kind of heavy, relying on long builds and layers of synths to create epic audio tapestries. The ideal soundtrack to a dream.

It’s sombre, hopeful, depressing and uplifting all at the same time. A must hear for fans of post rock/metal and 80s synth tones.

Hogslayer - Defacer

Hogslayer is the audio equivalent to getting repeatedly slapped in the face with a bucket of bricks, but it’s an ass beating that’ll leave you coming back for more.

Slow and chunky with refreshingly clever song writing and big walls of feedback that threaten to melt your face off.

Get your hog slayed.

Ursut - Köp Dig Lycklig

Ursut’s Köp Dig Lycklig sounds like a mental patient set loose in a sketchy crust house. It’s rowdy, unruly, and a hell of a lot more fun than your boring square friends.

Blast it loud and go lower the neighbor’s property value.

Miroed - Gorech

More grind bands need to take a page out of Miroed’s book. It’s chaotic, yet well balanced with epic breaks in all the right places to give your mind a chance to stop circle pitting around your skull.

Knocked Loose - Laugh Tracks

In a sea of cookie cutter deathcore and whiny modern hardcore bands, Knocked Loose are a breath of fresh air. They walk a very fine line without stepping over the edge into cringe territory, taking influence from both, but leaving all the negative aspects far behind.

The perfect thing to use to ween your friends with questionable taste off of the deathcore teat.