Favorite Metal Albums of 2016 🎸🤘🏻

In metal, I continue to be drawn to a mix of "best in class" as well as more unique fringe acts with fresh sounds. There are gems here even for those totally un-interested in metal, and if you're willing to take the plunge you will be handsomly rewarded. https://open.spotify.com/user/nickzuiderveld/playlist/7qNmVjYhTtXBbZYiGGDpIt
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    Blood Incantation // Starspawn
    (death metal) Ever-shifting melodies, riffs & rhythms delivers new surprises with each listen. Favorite track: "Starspawn" https://open.spotify.com/album/75nL1UjHpFVOaaJfhXl3ZX
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    Astronoid // Air
    (post-metal/shoegaze) Uplifting, angelic post-black metal, exchanging the harsh vocals and dissonance for harmonized singing and intricate melodies. Favorite track: "Up and Atom" https://open.spotify.com/album/2jo6mNNlHx8UnlSCdaTFsL
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    Martyrdöd // List
    (crust-punk/melodic death metal) High-octane crust-punk packed to the gills with great riffs and endless guitar solos. Favorite track: "Harmagedon" https://open.spotify.com/album/6wggvPlHeUXkyR3AkDUuCT
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    Virus // Memento Collider
    (experimental rock) Demented, jangly, disorienting guitar riffs with the best bass lines in town. Favorite track: "Steamer" https://open.spotify.com/album/0ARqj9XgStJ0XUnN6OqIh1
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    Palace of Worms // The Ladder
    (black metal) Powerful, weighty, and surprisingly diverse take on black metal. Favorite track: "Nightworld" https://open.spotify.com/album/4rReIjVnj8ApT3nMxZnYY5
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    Mithras // On Strange Loops
    (death metal) Downright crazy compositions with endless twists and turns. Favorite track: "Odyssey's End" https://open.spotify.com/album/42zmrMJs0VefOh3GfEew3A
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    Vektor // Terminal Redux
    (progressive thrash metal) Borderline chaotic, extremely fast-paced, oddly compelling. Favorite track: "Cygnus Terminal" https://open.spotify.com/album/56ZRTTv25E2OO7FLuLokkX
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    Dysrhythmia // The Veil Of Control
    (technical progressive metal) It's incredibly difficult to pull of an instrumental metal album, but this delivers with pristine compositions executed flawlessly. Favorite track: "Internal / External" https://open.spotify.com/album/1AdkyehBZjfm25SosPgGD4
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    Kvelertak // Nattesferd
    (black'n'roll) My metal summer album, filled with nostalgic 70's inspired riffs, paired with conventional black metal vocals. Favorite track: "1985" https://open.spotify.com/album/5EAGz1IagdeJoJ2Cgb4DES
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    40 Watt Sun // Wider Than The Sky
    (doom/atmospheric rock) This is more "slowcore" than metal, with the drawn-out songs, clean guitar tones, and completely un-metal vocals. Downright beautifiul album. Favorite track: "Beyond You" https://open.spotify.com/album/7ejPvGjIXZvNROVwsyNRqa