For whatever my opinion is worth (which probably isn’t much), I think this year has been quite an incredible one for heavy music. Some long-awaited returns, some exceptional grind, some progressive masterpieces, and some pretty substantial EPs, to say the least. Here are my top 20 picks for the best releases of 2016.
As with every other music blog or publication, we at Svbterranean are obligated to give you our silly opinions on what were the top albums of the year. I could list every single release I enjoyed this year, but I am limited on patience and writing ability. So, I was able to narrow it down to a modest 30. These are records that, not limited to just metal and hardcore either, that stuck with me long after the initial listen. Feel free to peruse the list below and tell me how my opinion is bullshit, because I will probably agree with you.
The Body – No One Deserves Happiness
With the release of I Shall Die Here and their slew of recent collaborations, The Body has somehow gotten even more experimental with their already experimental style of noise/metal/whatever by straying into catchier, even poppier territory. The interesting combination of noisy, yet highly structured songwriting as well as frequent collaborator Chrissy Wolpert’s sung vocals mixing with Chip King’s signature distorted howls in the background reinforces that feeling of genres intermingling, but also creates something new and original.
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New Zealand progressive death metallers Ulcerate are releasing their new album, Shrines of Paralysis, in a couple days, but they’re offering up a full stream of the record right now on Soundcloud. Picking up where 2013’s Vermis left off, the album features an hour’s worth of complex organized chaos, featuring unorthodox song structures, intricate guitar work, dark melodies and harsh, dynamic riffs. Check out Shrines of Paralysis after the break. Continue Reading
New Zealand progressive death metallers Ulcerate have premiered the title track off of their upcoming album, Shrines of Paralysis. The track features over nine minutes of complex structures, technically proficient guitar work, unorthodox melodies and crushingly heavy rhythms. Stream “Shrines Of Paralysis” after the break. Continue Reading
New Zealand tech metal titans Ulcerate have premiered a new track from their anticipated new album, Shrines of Paralysis, at Clrvynt. Titled “Abrogation”, the hellacious six-minute tune showcases what the band do best – craft insanely complex and dense passages comprised of writhing, rhythmically-jarring instrumentation that never skimps on the melody nor the dissonance. Check out the track now.
Shrines of Paralysis will be released on October 28 via Relapse Records. Pre-order here.
The band’s upcoming tour dates can be seen below.
New Zealand tech metal outfit Ulcerate have released a new track from their highly-anticipated forthcoming album, Shrines of Paralysis, which is due out on October 28 via Relapse Records. The new track is titled “Extinguished Light” and features nearly nine-minutes of monolithic, complex, dissonant instrumentation in true Ulcerate fashion. Check it out after the break.
Pre-order the record here.
The band’s upcoming touring schedule can be seen below.
New Zealand tech metal outfit Ulcerate have announced the release of their fifth full-length album and follow-up to 2013’s critically-acclaimed Vermis. The new record will be titled Shrines of Paralysis and will be released on this fall (official date still pending) through Relapse Records. The album’s official artwork and track listing can be seen below.
The band have also announced a North American headlining tour in support of the album, with Zhrine and Phobocosm in tow. Those dates can be seen below as well.