Posts Tagged ‘Top Metal Albums 2016’











1. BABYMETAL – Metal Resistance

Origin: Japan

Genre: Kawaii Metal

Listen To: Sis. Anger, Karate


So, BABYMETAL is a Japanese band fronted by three teenage girls! So, they dance to choreography routines! So, they don’t write the band’s songs! So, they are singing pop vocals and in Japanese! SO, WHAT?

In my book it’s all about the music and the music in their sophomore album ‘Metal Resistance’ is phenomenal! ‘Metal Resistance’ is comprised of impeccable METAL songs of rare quality, most of which could easily have been released as singles. Each and every song has inspiration, originality, hooks and passion, and they are so excellent that they give ‘Metal Resistance’ the air of a “Greatest Hits” album, that any other band might release. This is partly because the songs were not written by one or two members of the band, which is what usually happens in metal bands, but by a team of composers/musicians – some of the most talented, renowned and established musicians in Japan.

In essence BABYMETAL, is the brain-child of self-proclaimed metal fan Kobametal (Key Kobayashi). He found three of the most talented girls in Japan – Su-metal, Yuimetal and Moametal – who were part of Japan’s ‘Idol’ scene and a part of the Japanese music industry’s future. He then found Japan’s best metal musicians to play as the backing band. They have now become an integral part of BABYMETAL, the so called ‘Kami Band’ (Kami meaning God or Divine in Japanese). He even got the most famous Japanese choreographer to create the girl’s dance routines and as mentioned before he recruited some of the crème de la crème of the Japanese music industry’s composers to write the band’s songs. So basically what we have with BABYMETAL is a Japanese super-group! Right from the start of this BABYMETAL “project” every little detail was well thought through and planned for years to come. It has been executed in a way that characterizes the well-known Japanese perfectionist way of doing things.

As the band’s name suggests, BABYMETAL is a new-born metal. A new sub-genre of metal and its name is Kawaii Metal (kawaii meaning cute in Japanese). Their music is an insane, out of this world, ingenious and unique blend of Power Metal, JPop, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Progressive Metal, Metalcore, Punk, Symphonic Metal, Folk Metal, Nu-Metal, Gothic Metal, Industrial Metal, that has to be heard to be believed. In this author’s opinion BABYMETAL is the most exciting, original, innovative, talented, ground-breaking, genre defying and genre defining new band since System of a Down and one of the most fascinating live acts in the world right now. Your first reaction when you will listen to this album will be sheer shock and if you are a metal elitist you may also feel revulsion. By the 3rd listen, however, it will have crawled under your skin and will stay there… FOREVER!

The criteria by which I pick the best albums of the year are: song writing, the level of musicianship, creativity, production, how much enjoyment I got from the album and the impact the album had to the world but above all, what I like to call “The Goosebumps Meter”. In other words it is the intensity and number of goosebumps given to me while listening to an album – and let me tell you – ‘Metal Resistance’ is one mean, hair-raising, spine-snapping, goosebumps fest! If after listening to this album a few times you still can’t feel that… you should have your pulse checked.

So take my advice metalheads… open the eye of your mind and stop being immature, depressed, angry, narrow-minded metal elitists. Life is too short to waste like that. I also used to be a metal elitist until BABYMETAL came my way and changed me for the best. I wholeheartedly recommend this album to all metalheads and music lovers. It’s an album that has already converted legions of new fans to metal. The ones who didn’t reject BABYMETAL, for not being “true metal” – I have named them ‘BABYMETALHEADS’ – we are really having a blast since 2014, when the band’s self-titled debut was released. Something evident from BABYMETAL FAN CLUB ( that has 33,000 passionate BABYMETALHEADS from all over the world!

BABYMETAL, you have turned our lives from grey to colorful.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for that.

~ Mr Metalised (Arnold Metallo)


dystopia2. Megadeth – Dystopia (Deluxe Edition 13 Tracks)

Origin: USA

Genre: Thrash Metal

Listen To: Dystopia, Bullet to the Brain






stuckmojoinfidelscover3. Stuck Mojo – Here Come The Infidels

Origin: USA

Genre: Rap Metal/Nu-Metal

Listen To: Charles Bronson, The Business of Hate






anciients-voice-of-the-void-album-art4. Anciients – Voice From The Void

Origin: Canada

Genre: Progressive/Sludge Metal

Listen To: Following the Voice, Worshipper






gojira_magma_album_cover_15. Gojira – Magma

Origin: France

Genre: Progressive/Groove Metal

Listen To: Silvera, Stranded






destrage6. Destrage – A Means To No End

Origin: Italy

Genre: Progressive/Mathcore/Alternative/Nu-Metal

Listen To: Symphony of the Ego, To Be Tolerated






Caliban-Gravity7. Caliban – Gravity

Origin: Germany

Genre: Metalcore

Listen To: Paralyzed, For We Are Forever






affinity8. Haken – Affinity

Origin: England

Genre: Progressive Metal

Listen To: The Architect, The Endless Knot






killswitchengageincarnatecd9. Killswitch Engage – Incarnate

Origin: USA

Genre: Metalcore

Listen To: Embrace The Journey…Upraised, Strength of the Mind







10. Hail Spirit Noir – Mayhem in Blue

Origin: Greece

Genre: Psychedelic/Progressive/Black Metal

Listen To: Riders to Utopia, I Mean You Harm






theocracyalbumaug11. Theocracy – Ghost Ship

Origin: USA

Genre: Power/Progressive Metal

Listen To: Paper Tiger, Wishing Well






fates_warning_-_theories_of_flight12. Fates Warning – Theories of Flight

Origin: USA

Genre: Progressive Metal

Listen To: Seven Stars, The Ghosts of Home






lacuna13. Lacuna Coil – Delirium

Origin: Italy

Genre: Gothic Metal

Listen To: The House of Shame, Delirium






death-angel14. Death Angel – The Evil Divide

Origin: USA

Genre: Thrash Metal

Listen To: The Electric Cell, Lost






ihsahn-arktis15. Ihsahn – Arktis.

Origin: Norway

Genre: Avant- Garde/Progressive/Black Metal

Listen To: Celestial Violence, Frail






serpentinedominioncdcover16. Serpentine Dominion – Serpentine Dominion

Origin: USA

Genre: Death Metal

Listen To: Sovereign Hate, This Endless War






devintownsendprojecttranscendencecd17. Devin Townsend Project – Transcendence

Origin: Canada

Genre: Progressive/Symphonic Metal

Listen To: Failure, Offer Your Light






blackcrowninitiateselves18. Black Crown Initiate – Selves We Cannot Forgive

Origin: USA

Genre: Progressive Death Metal

Listen To: Belie The Machine, Again






allegaeon-proponents-for-sentience19. Allegaeon – Proponent For Sentience

Origin: USA

Genre: Technical Death Metal

Listen To: All Hail Science, Proponent For Sentience III






ghostlights_by_avantasia20. Avantasia – Ghostlights

Origin: Germany

Genre: Power Metal

Listen To: Master of the Pendulum, The Haunting






Honorable Mentions: Wardrum – Awakening, Metallica – Hardwired… To Self-Destruct, Deftones – Gore, Testament – Brotherhood of the Snake, InnerWish – InnerWish, Alcest – Kodama, Cult of Luna – Mariner, Dark Tranquility – Atoma, Kvelertak – Nattesferd, Suicidal Angels – Division of Blood