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2016 HAS BEEN ONE HELL OF A TURBULENT YEAR, BUT IF THERE’S ONE POSITIVE WE CAN ALL AGREE ON, IT’S THAT THE LAST TWELVE MONTHS HAVE GIVEN US A METRIC FUCKTONNE OF GREAT METAL RECORDS. THOUGH WE’LL PROBABLY NEVER BE ABLE TO AGREE ON WHICH ONE IS DEFINITIVELY “THE BEST”, AND THERE’S SOMETHING STRANGELY FUTILE ABOUT EVEN TRYING TO DO SO IN THE FIRST PLACE, WE PERSEVERED, ASKED OUR WRITERS TO VOTE FOR THEIR FAVOURITES AND THEN COMPILED THOSE INTO A LIST OF 50 OF 2016’S MOST ESSENTIAL ALBUMS. SO, DON’T GET TOO WOUND UP OVER THE ORDER; INSTEAD, KICK BACK, RELAX AND ASK YOURSELF, ‘HOW MANY OF THESE DO I STILL NEED TO HEAR?’

CRITICS‘ TOP 50 ALBUM OF 2016

1 NEUROSIS

‘Fires Within Fires’

NEUROT

Just like their live show after the departure of Josh Graham, Neurosis became rawer, more hardened and even simpler in a way, following the cycle-closing ‘Honor Found In Decay’. ‘Fires Within Fires’ is their shortest and most concise record since ‘Pain Of Mind’, but at the same time it’s one of the deepest, most memorable and dynamic of an illustrious, world-changing career that has celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. Only five songs, but as one full piece they unleash the spontaneous, exploding-star kind of energy that Neurosis, and no one else, are capable of creating. [JCS]

How does it feel to have ‘Fires Within Fires’ your eleventh album so far, be made album of the year in Terrorizer?

Scott Kelly: “Honoured. Thank you to everyone who supports us in what we do. We are humbled that we are allowed to continue in this sonic experimentation. Our chosen family remains deep and strong.”

Steve Von Till: “I feel humbled and grateful. Thank you. To know that we have been lucky enough to find this brotherhood and this sound and share this emotional release for our entire adult lives is very special. The inspiration feels infinite and more vital now than ever, I believe our best work still lies ahead of us.”

What’s been your favourite album of 2016?

Scott Kelly: “Sumac’s ‘What One Becomes’.”

Steve Von Till: “I would also choose the new Sumac album.”

What does 2017 have in store for Neurosis?

Scott Kelly: “We are going to continue to write and push our work as we feel very inspired and driven. We currently have gigs booked in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the USA during 2017.”

Steve Von Till: “Creation of new sounds and travel to interesting places to share our music.”

Words: Beth Avison, Olivier ‘Zoltar’ Badin, Ross Baker, Adrien Begrand, Ed Chapman, Serena Cherry, Ian Glasper, Jay Hampshire, Steve Jones, John Mincemoyer, José Carlos Santos, Tom Saunders, Kevin Stewart-Panko, Kez Whelan, Pete Woods

2 DARKTHRONE

‘Arctic Thunder’

PEACEVILLE

Just like Neurosis, so too Darkthrone seem to have closed out a cycle with their previous album. In the case of the legendary Norwegian duo of Fenriz and Nocturno Culto, their creative restlessness has become a staple, especially with their 21st century output, but this effort felt more like the beginning of a whole new chapter than most other Darkthrone records have. More unified, consistent and focused, less celebratory, recapturing a more serious vibe, with Nocturno Culto’s vocals reigning over the overall Celtic Frost-ness, ‘Arctic Thunder’ was a veritable catalogue of dark and heavy riffs that few other bands could ever match in their wildest dreams. [JCS]

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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
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