Rolling Stone's 20 Best Metal Albums of 2016

Rolling Stone's 20 Best Metal Albums of 2016

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20. Black Sabbath - The End

Black Sabbath - The End
January 20, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
82
2 reviews

19. 40 Watt Sun - Wider Than The Sky

40 Watt Sun - Wider Than The Sky
October 14, 2016
Critic Score
93
1 review
User Score
75
6 reviews

18. Virus - Memento Collider

Virus - Memento Collider
June 10, 2016
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
70
1 review
User Score
78
1 review

17. Crowbar - The Serpent Only Lies

Crowbar - The Serpent Only Lies
October 28, 2016
Sludge Metal
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
80
1 review

16. Gorguts - Pleiades' Dust

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

15. Darkthrone - Arctic Thunder

Darkthrone - Arctic Thunder
October 14, 2016
Heavy Metal
Critic Score
73
3 reviews
User Score
67
7 reviews

14. Frontierer - Orange Mathematics

Frontierer - Orange Mathematics
October 30, 2015
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

13. Abbath - Abbath

Abbath - Abbath
January 22, 2016
Black Metal
Critic Score
73
2 reviews
User Score
72
11 reviews

12. Nails - You Will Never Be One of Us

Nails - You Will Never Be One of Us
June 17, 2016
Grindcore
Critic Score
84
7 reviews
User Score
76
78 reviews

11. Khemmis - Hunted

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

10. Whores - Gold

Whores - Gold
October 28, 2016
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
45
1 review

9. Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas - Mariner

Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas - Mariner
April 8, 2016
Sludge Metal
Critic Score
58
1 review
User Score
79
27 reviews

8. Gojira - Magma

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

For those who can appreciate a tightly focused hard rock album infused with emotions that are often just as heavy as its riffs, Magma offers a listening experience that is as rewarding as it is therapeutic.

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7. Deftones - Gore

Deftones - Gore
April 8, 2016
Alternative Metal
Critic Score
76
19 reviews
User Score
72
115 reviews

The strange new demon inside them has driven the band to roughen up some of their mirrored surfaces and make a darker, more uncomfortable record than their last two.

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6. Megadeth - Dystopia

Megadeth - Dystopia
January 22, 2016
Thrash Metal
Critic Score
59
10 reviews
User Score
57
39 reviews

With everything working in concert, Megadeth sound reborn on Dystopia.

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5. Neurosis - Fires Within Fires

Neurosis - Fires Within Fires
September 23, 2016
Post-Rock
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
User Score
75
35 reviews

4. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Dissociation

The Dillinger Escape Plan - Dissociation
October 14, 2016
Mathcore
Critic Score
81
9 reviews
User Score
76
59 reviews

3. Sumac - What One Becomes

Sumac - What One Becomes
June 10, 2016
Sludge Metal
Critic Score
76
8 reviews
User Score
75
24 reviews

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
85 reviews

The mostly epic-length tracks – almost entirely written by drummer Lars Ulrich and singer-guitarist James Hetfield – are melodically assured furies of serial riffing and tempo shocks.

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Original Source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/20-best-metal-albums-of-2016-w454251

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