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Norway’s Attan kick things off in style on the Terrorizer Stage, with their chaotic, seething hardcore providing the perfect wake-up call for those who made it down early. Over on the Eyesore Merch Stage, Dialects shimmer with their intricate post rock textures and tight yet fluid guitar lines. The Glaswegians’ quiet, heads down approach doesn’t quite ignite the touch paper but their inherent sense of melody generates a polite response from the early crowd.

It’s a good thing the unnamed and recently renovated fourth Stage can hold more people than previous years, as the place is absolutely rammed for Birmingham’s Kroh. The quartet certainly don’t disappoint and crack on with doing what they do best, laying down monolithically sized doom grooves as Oliwia Sobieszek’s soaring vocals ring out triumphantly through the venue. The Eyesore Merch stage is also packed for Conjurer– when a band on the bill this early reduce things to ‘one in, one out’ you know they have to be good. They stride the stage confidently, throwing down truly destructive sludgy riffs. Jan Krause clatters away behind the kit, his fills sounding massive, even among the squalls of dense feedback and the guttural roars of guitarists Dan Nightingale and Brady Deeprose. The Terrorizer Stage is fit to bursting too (you may be noticing a recurring theme here) as Svalbard prove why they’re one of the best hardcore bands in the country right now, with a selection of the best cuts from last year’s ‘One Day All This Will End’ opus. Their mixture of post rock and black metal riffing sounds more stirring than ever, and after having seen them lay waste to tiny venues for the last few years, it’s an absolute pleasure to see such a deserving band on a stage this size.

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I love reading Album Of The Year features and it’s always fun compiling them – generally because they are often a great reminder of all the great albums that have come out over the last twelve months, as well as providing an opportunity to see how much in agreement we are all in here at Terrorizer HQ when it comes to displaying our own individual musical tastes. I’m sure you’ll read somewhere how 2016 has been a weak year for musical output, I read such articles every year and have done for as long as I can remember, but taste is in the ears of the beholder and frankly I reckon 2016 has provided some quality moments. I write this on the first day of hearing the new Metallica album as well. We didn’t get to hear the album prior to release – it would appear that someone in the band’s Ivory Tower didn’t consider the Terrorizer readers worthy of having a review in this issue. A shame really, and consequently the album hasn’t made our AOTY list. Rest assured that everything else that HAS made the list has been lovingly enjoyed for more than one measly advance stream anyway. We always try and keep things real at Tezza HQ. So who did make the Number One spot? Turn these ‘ere pages to find out! That’s also why you’ll find the mighty Crowbar on our cover. One of the most reliably heavy and honest bands out there – Kirk’s in mighty fine form and it’s a pleasure to have them on our final cover of the year. We hope you enjoy the story behind their new album and why he and Todd are back backing music once again. Here’s to a storming 2017! Adios Darren Sadler