MATG’s Top 100 Albums of the Year

2016 may have been a horrible year for music considering the amount of legends that have passed on, but hard rock and metal fans were treated to an arsenal of great albums too. Here’s out top ten favorite albums of the year, plus 90 other awesome albums you need to hear.


hqdefault-110. Conniption – Relentless Tides

Genre – Thrash Metal

Release – April 29, 2016

 

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9. Dream Theater – The Astonishing

Genre – Progressive Metal

Release –  January 29, 2016

 

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8. Casket Robbery – Evolution of Evil

Genre – Death Metal

Release – March 4, 2016

 

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7. Iron Savior – Titancraft

Genre – Power Metal

Release – May 20, 2016

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6. GOD – GOD I

Genre – Djent

Release – December 25, 2016

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5. Mercy Isle – Undying Fire

Genre – Symphonic Metal

Release – October 21, 2016

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4. Megadeth – Dystopia

Genre – Thrash metal

Release – January 22, 2016

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Genre – Symphonic Metal

Release – August 26, 2016

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2. Sabaton – The Last Stand

Genre – Power Metal

Release – August 19, 2016

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1. Amon Amarth – Jomsviking

Genre – Melodic Death Metal

Release – March 25, 2016

 

The following 90 albums are listed in no particular order and may go against our review scores. This is because the album was voted for by a different team member. That being said, here’s 90 more awesome albums and extended plays released in 2016.

 

Epica – The Holographic Principle

Genre – Symphonic Metal

Release – September 30, 2016

 

Allegaeon – Proponent for Sentience

Genre – Death Metal

Release – September 23, 2016

 

Ghost – Popestar

Genre – Doom Metal

Release – September 16, 2016

 

Heaven Shall Burn – Wanderer

Genre – Melodic Death Metal

Release – September 19, 2016

 

Sonata Arctica – The Ninth Hour

Genre – Power Metal

Release – October 7, 2016

 

Finsterforst – #YOLO

Genre – Folk Metal

Release – September 14, 2016

 

Skeletonwitch – The Apothic Gloom

Genre – Blackened Thrash

Release – August 19, 2016

 

HEMI – MotorHEMI ‘A Tribute to Motorhead’

Genre – Hard Rock

Release – August 2, 2016

 

Slug Shell – The Agony of Perseverance

Genre – Thrash Metal

Release – August 12, 2016

 

Exmortus – Ride Forth

Genre – Thrash Metal

Release – January 8, 2016

 

Hammer Fight – Profound and Profane

Genre – Heavy Metal

Release – March 25, 2016

 

Caliban – Gravity
Genre – Metalcore

Release – March 25

 

Survivalist – Ascendance

Genre –  Metalcore

Release – May 20, 2016

 

DevilDriver – Trust No One

Genre – Melodic Death Metal

Release – May 13, 2016

 

Infrared – No Peace

Genre – Thrash Metal

Release – March 25th

 

Amber My Ember – Lock’s Apocalypse

Genre – Metalcore

Release – July 23, 2016

 

Civil War – The Last Full Measure

Genre – Power Metal

Release – November 4, 2016

 

Dark Sarah – The Puzzle

Genre – Symphonic Metal

Release – November 18, 2016

 

Midnight Eternal – Self-titled

Genre – Symphonic Metal

Release – April 29, 2016

 

Opeth – Sorceress

Genre – Progressive Metal

Release – September 30

 

Suidakra – Realms of Odoric

Genre – Folk Metal

Release – May 20, 2016

 

Twelve Foot Ninja – Outlier

Genre – Djent

Release – August 26, 2016

 

Rob Zombie – The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser

Genre – Industrial Metal

Release – April 29, 2016

 

I Prevail – Lifelines

Genre – Metalcore

Release – October 21, 2016

 

Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage

Genre – Heavy Metal

Release – October 28, 2016

 

Letters From The Fire – Worth The Pain

Genre – Hard Rock

Release – September 9, 2016

 

Letlive – If I’m the Devil…

Genre – Post-Hardcore

Release – June 10, 2016

 

Death Angel – The Evil Divide

Genre – Thrash Metal

Release – May 27, 2016

 

Blues Pills – Lady In Gold

Genre – Psychedelic Hard Rock

Release – August 5, 2016

 

Crobot – Welcome to Fat City

Genre – Hard Rock

Release – September 23, 2016

 

Avatar – Feathers & Flesh

Genre – Heavy Metal

Release – May 13, 2016

 

The Kreoles – Psycho

Genre – Heavy Metal

Release – September 20, 2016

 

Enemy of Reality – Arakhne

Genre – Symphonic Metal

Release – October 23, 2016

 

SERENITY – Codex Atlanticus

Genre – Progressive Metal

Release – January 20, 2016

 

Shakra – High Noon

Genre – Heavy Metal

Release – January 29, 2016

 

VAN CANTO – Voices Of Fire

Genre – Power A Cappella Metal

Release – April 15, 2016

 

 And Then She Came

Genre – Hard Rock

Release – June 24, 2016

 

Tothem – Gemini

Genre – Gothic Metal

Release – May 10, 2016

 

 Universal Mind Project – The Jaguar Priest

Genre – Power Metal

Release – April 29, 2016

 

Darkwell – MOLOCH

Genre – Gothic Metal

Release – September 23, 2016

 

Temperance – The Earth Embraces Us All

Genre – Power Metal

Release – September 16, 2016

 

Wolfpack 44  – The Scourge

Genre – Black Metal

Release – May 13, 2016

 

Rotting Christ – Rituals

Genre – Extreme Metal

Release – February 12, 2016

 

Ghoul – Dungeon Bastards

Genre – Death Metal

Release – July 29, 2016

 

Anthrax – For All Kings

Genre – Thrash Metal

Release – February 26, 2016

 

Carnifex – Slow Death

Genre – Deathcore

Release – August 5, 2016

 

Profanatica – The Curling Flame of Blasphemy

Genre –  Black Metal

Release – July 22, 2016

 

Aborted – Retrogore

Genre – Death Metal

Release – April 22, 2016

 

Inquisition – Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith

Genre – Black Metal

Release – August 26, 2016

 

Cultes des Ghoules “Coven, or Evil Ways Instead of Love”

Genre – Black Metal

Release – October 31, 2016

 

Alkira – Klotho

Genre – Thrash Metal

Release – November 18, 2016

 

BLUTFLECK – Bloodstain

Genre – Alternative Metal

Release – September 23, 2016

 

Visionatica – Forces of Luna

Genre – Symphonic Metal

Release –  May 20, 2016

 

Wovenwar – Honor is Dead

Genre – Metalcore

Release – October 21, 2016

 

Avatasia – Ghostlights

Genre – Power Metal

Release – January 29, 2016

 

Killswitch Engage – Incarnate

Genre – Metalcore

Release – March 11, 2016

 

Crown the Empire – Retrograde

Genre –Metalcore

Release – July 22, 2016

 

Gone Is Gone- Self Titled

Genre –Stoner Rock

Release – July 8, 2016

 

Lacey Sturm- Life Screams

Genre – Hard Rock

Release – February 12, 2016

 

Highly Suspect- The Boy Who Died Wolf

Genre – Hard Rock

Release – November 18

 

In Flames- Battles

Genre –Melodic Death Metal

Release – November 11, 2016

 

Metallica- Hardwired…to Self-Destruct

Genre – Thrash Metal

Release – November 18, 2016

 

Outright Resistance – Me Vs. I

Genre – Deathcore

Release – July 30, 2016

 

Buried Above Ground – Birth

Genre –  Horror Metal

Release – July 11, 2016

 

Winterborn – Purgatory

Genre – Death Metal

Release – June 14, 2016

 

Devilment – II: The Mephisto Waltzes

Genre –  Gothic/Groove Metal

Release – November 18, 2016

 

Dope – Blood Money

Genre – Industrial Metal

Release – October 28, 2016

 

PAIN – Coming Home

Genre – Industrial Metal

Release – September 9, 2016

 

A Sound of Thunder – Who Do You Think We Are?

Genre – Power Metal

Release – December 10, 2016

 

Gojira – Magma

Genre – Progressive Metal

Release – June 17, 2016

 

Despised Icon – Beast

Genre – Deathcore

Release – July 22, 2016

 

Towering Abomination – Tower-Abomination

Genre – Death Metal

Release – May 7, 2016

 

Putrid Pile – Paraphiliac Perversions

Genre – Death Metal

Release –May 26, 2016

 

Traitors – Mental State

Genre – Deathcore

Release – October 7, 2016

 

Fallujah – Dreamless

Genre – Death Metal

Release – April 29, 2016

 

 Insomnium – Winter’s Gate

Genre – Melodic Death Metal

Release – September 23, 2016

 

Fleshgod Apocalypse – King

Genre – Technical Death Metal

Release – February 5, 2016

 

NAILS – You Will Never Be One of Us

Genre –Powerviolence

Release – June 17, 2016

 

Vader – The Empire

Genre – Death Metal

Release – November 4, 2016

 

Animals As Leaders – The Madness Of Many

Genre – Djent

Release – November 11, 2016

 

Osiah – Terror Firma

Genre – Deathcore

Release –June 24, 2016

 

I Declare War – Songs For The Sick

Genre – Deathcore

Release – October 21, 2016

 

Korn – The Serenity of Suffering

Genre – Alternative Metal

Release –  October 21, 2016

 

Upon A Burning Body – Straight From The Barrio

Genre –  Deathcore

Release – October 28, 2016

 

Testament – Brotherhood of the Snake

Genre – Thrash

Release – October 28, 2016

 

Revocation – Great Is Our Sin

Genre – Technical Death Metal

Release – July 22, 2016

 

Wicked World – Witch Hunt

Genre – Deathcore

Release – June 24, 2016

 

After The Burial – Dig Deep

Genre – Progressive Metalcore

Release – February 19, 2016

 

Dead Eyes Always Dreaming – Defilement of a Wretched Earth

Genre – Deathcore

Release – April 1, 2016

 

 

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