PopMatters' Best Metal of 2016

PopMatters' Best Metal of 2016

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20. Voivod - Post Society

Voivod - Post Society
February 26, 2016
Critic Score
78
2 reviews
User Score
NR

19. Oceans of Slumber - Winter

Oceans of Slumber - Winter
March 4, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

18. Gorguts - Pleiades' Dust

Gorguts - Pleiades' Dust
May 13, 2016
Death Metal
Critic Score
80
5 reviews
User Score
79
19 reviews

17. Vektor - Terminal Redux

Vektor - Terminal Redux
May 6, 2016
Progressive Metal
Critic Score
84
4 reviews
User Score
79
46 reviews

16. Oranssi Pazuzu - Värähtelijä

Oranssi Pazuzu - Värähtelijä
February 26, 2016
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
78
4 reviews
User Score
79
35 reviews

15. Grand Magus - Sword Songs

Grand Magus - Sword Songs
May 13, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
62
2 reviews

14. Amon Amarth - Jomsviking

Amon Amarth - Jomsviking
March 25, 2016
Melodic Death Metal
Critic Score
74
4 reviews
User Score
65
7 reviews

13. Anciients - Voice of the Void

Anciients - Voice of the Void
October 14, 2016
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
73
3 reviews

12. Aluk Todolo - Voix

Aluk Todolo - Voix
February 19, 2016
Noise Rock
Critic Score
82
2 reviews
User Score
67
17 reviews

11. Psalm Zero - Stranger To Violence

Psalm Zero - Stranger To Violence
July 15, 2016
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
71
2 reviews
User Score
45
1 review

10. Sabaton - The Last Stand

Sabaton - The Last Stand
August 19, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

9. Katatonia - The Fall of Hearts

Katatonia - The Fall of Hearts
May 20, 2016
Alternative Metal
Critic Score
77
3 reviews
User Score
73
11 reviews

8. Cobalt - Slow Forever

Cobalt - Slow Forever
March 25, 2016
Black Metal
Critic Score
83
4 reviews
User Score
79
33 reviews

7. Khemmis - Hunted

Khemmis - Hunted
October 21, 2016
Doom Metal
Critic Score
77
2 reviews
User Score
74
14 reviews

6. SubRosa - For This We Fought the Battle of Ages

SubRosa - For This We Fought the Battle of Ages
August 26, 2016
Doom Metal
Critic Score
76
4 reviews
User Score
76
12 reviews

5. Gojira - Magma

Gojira - Magma
June 17, 2016
Progressive Metal
Critic Score
81
9 reviews
User Score
75
76 reviews

Magma hardly represents the epitome of the avant-garde in today’s metal scene, but in offering a concise anthology of accessible, immediately engaging songs that nonetheless manage to redefine the edge of the commercial envelope, Gojira set the bar for what arena metal could be five years from now, ten years from now… whenever the more casual heavy metal demographic finally catches up.

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4. Opeth - Sorceress

Opeth - Sorceress
September 30, 2016
Progressive Rock
Critic Score
77
7 reviews
User Score
72
31 reviews

Sorceress is another outstanding outing that further solidifies Opeth’s nearly unrivaled legacy.

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3. High Spirits - Motivator

High Spirits - Motivator
September 16, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

2. Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep Of Reason

Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep Of Reason
October 7, 2016
Progressive Metal
Critic Score
69
4 reviews
User Score
75
16 reviews

1. Metallica - Hardwired...To Self-Destruct

Metallica - Hardwired...To Self-Destruct
November 18, 2016
Heavy Metal
Critic Score
67
20 reviews
User Score
64
87 reviews

Hardwired… to Self Destruct shows audiences a side of Metallica that’s been sorely missing for the last 29 years: fiery, focused, aggressive, disciplined.

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