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10. The Dear Hunter – Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional
10. The Dear Hunter - Act V Hymns With The Devil In Confessional

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What started as an ambitious project became a jaw-dropping odyssey that got bigger and better with each act. Undoubtedly, The Color Spectrum – and even Migrant to a certain extent – have helped expand mastermind Casey Crescenzo’s sonic horizons, so when the band returned to the Acts and released IV, the diversity level was considerably higher. The break felt necessary to keep their relevancy at an all-time high. Moreover, nobody expected to listen to the follow-up one year later, yet here it is in all its splendor. While it was written and recorded at the same time, this shares a different atmosphere.

Story-wise, Act V finds the protagonist (“The Boy”) during his last days, incapable to mend the wrongs he’d done during his ego-tripping. Plotting revenge on his nemesis (“The Pimp and the Priest”), the consequences lead to his imminent death. Such dramatic events call for a matching soundtrack, and The Dear Hunter deliver. From pop, rock, and Americana leanings to swing or folksy cuts, the tunes are constantly complemented by an entire orchestra, which sometimes takes the forefront, too. Building up to the grand finale, we arrive at it with “A Beginning”, an amazing and touching coda to this brilliant album. Acting both as an end and as a new start (as the title implies), the song carves the path for the purported final act, which for the time being remains veiled in mystery. That said, this might as well have been the final record in the series, as it offers a truly rewarding, encompassing journey. Even though each one shares its own musical path and debates on which is best will continue, Act V is undoubtedly the most consistent and ambitious so far. –Raul Stanciu

9. Cobalt – Slow Forever
9. Cobalt - Slow Forever

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Gaps of nine and seven years exist between Slow Forever and Gin and Eater of Birds, respectively. While the latter two records might not be mentioned in the same breath as Vampyr – Throne of the Beast, Instinct: Decay, or Judeobeast Assassination, they are nevertheless gems in the USBM genre. Slow Forever might not have seen the light of day, though, and it wasn’t until Erik Wunder decided to boot Phil McSorley from Cobalt where recording seemed like a distinct possibility. It must have been a difficult decision knowing their history together, but there’s a prerequisite level of trust inherent in working with a colleague to ensure that the shared vision for your creative outlet doesn’t become fragmented. Tapping Charlie Fell (most recently of Lord Mantis), whose malevolent presence is arguably more intense, Cobalt’s aural identity metamorphosed into a more progressive and expansive sound. Almost akin to a blackened Tool-meets-Neurosis hybrid, Slow Wonder is a monolithic convergence of black metal, sludge, and hardcore punk crossover.

What I’m surprised most about Slow Forever is that, since its March release date, there’s still so much to talk about. Cobalt have created a masterpiece; a profound metal statement that marks the genius of Wunder. His ability to make metal tropes from every conceivable subgenre sound fresh, vital, and invigorating is a feat unto itself. At a primal and basal level, Slow Forever feels so damn good to hear. The riffs, the throaty shrieks, unrivaled drumming, the expertly-conceived ebb and flow — it’s all unmatched. Side A and Side B have punishing openers in “Hunt the Buffalo” and “Elephant Graveyard”, capturing the animalistic mindset that permeates throughout the record, and songs like “Ruiner” and “Final Will” bring riff after riff after riff. Cobalt’s Ernest Hemingway worship continues, too, as his Nobel Prize-winning speech is sampled in “Iconoclast”, one of two interludes that provide temporary amnesty from Wunder’s formidable riffs and impassioned drumming.

Even though 2016 was merely a good year for metal, Slow Forever would stand as a masterclass at any time. –Eli K.

8. Fates Warning – Theories of Flight
8. Fates Warning - Theories of Flight

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In so many ways, lyrical and musical works of Fates Warning feel analogous to the legacy of French author Marcel Proust. According to the legions of literature theoreticians who studied his work, Proust’s central belief was that it is imperative for writers to infuse their writings with their past experiences as well as their inner/publicly undisclosed selves. Long before he saw other writers following Proust’s convictions, his were unanimously embodied in his magnum opus In Searching for the Lost Time, a personal log of memories, experiences and thoughts past, all soaked in drama and despair. By recalling past affairs of love, hate, the bereavement that comes with the passing of beloved relatives, and liberation through the infinite forms of art, Proust attempted at reclaiming the lost time.

It’s almost as if Ray Alder had Proust’s teachings in mind when he confided in promotional interviews for Darkness in a Different Light that Fates Warning should make haste in reclaiming the lost time, as there’s nothing the latter can’t end (sic). Indeed, the band came up with their “sophomore” album in a timely fashion, if not to overly refine, then to cement the sense of familiar innovation that its predecessor brought about. On par with Proust – who sought inspiration in what had been – and the intricate devilry that lurks therein, Fates Warning echoed anew all the instances that mark them as individuals and musical compatriots, all while incorporating the anticipated amount of lyrical and musical ingenuity. –Voivod

7. Vektor – Terminal Redux
7. Vektor - Terminal Redux

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I grew up on many kinds of music, with thrash metal being one of the most essential. For almost a decade now, I’ve been jamming with the same friends on various instruments; first, on Rock Band and Guitar Hero, then on to real instruments. By high school, we were able to play classics by the likes of Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer. We alternated between guitar, bass, and drums at our choosing, with our jamming sessions becoming more sporadic while attending our various colleges. The thrash metal genre we had bonded over had seemed to be largely stagnant during this time, lending to 1983-1990 being the primary years of music that we covered.

Enter Vektor, exploding onto the scene and blowing listeners like us away with Terminal Redux. Instrumentally, well, let’s just say our unnamed cover band would not be able to cover this music unless we diligently practiced for at least a few years, and maybe not even then. Vektor showcase dazzling technical skill at breakneck speeds, but have a purpose to the music that few bands like this have been able to convey in over two decades. With its heady sci-fi concept told through the relentlessness of album opener “Recharging the Void”, to the progressive rock elements in interlude “Mountains Above the Sun” and “Collapse”, Terminal Redux erupts forth in creative vitality. When I first pressed play, showing this to those same friends with whom I continue to jam, this album really brought back the power and fun of what this style of music can be. Terminal Redux is among the most important metal albums of the decade, not only for capturing the magic of the past, but for pushing the genre forward with new, innovative ideas with stunning musicianship and unabashed energy. –Ben K.

6. Ulcerate – Shrines of Paralysis
6. Ulcerate - Shrines of Paralysis

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No doubt I’m just blinded by idolatry at this stage, because no matter how hard I attempt to rationalise or explain my deification of this Kiwi trio, I always feel as though I’ve come up short of the mark. That isn’t to mean what I see in them isn’t actually there, but more so that it’s beyond my ability as a writer to put into words just how brilliant they are. However, I’ll be withered and obsolete before I stop trying. To merely break Shrines of Paralysis down by way of technical analysis would be to sell it short by light-years. One could go for eons about Jamie Saint Merat’s unparalleled ability behind the kit or Michael Hoggard’s vivid, angular melodies and stupefying use of counterpoint without even beginning to describe Shrines of Paralysis as a whole body of work.

Seldom have I heard music so utterly destructive but simultaneously rife with nuance. “Abrogation” opens with a motif that seems to be overpowered by countless others in the composition’s first half, only to return in the midst of a fiery climax – ugly and disfigured, it shapeshifts until it becomes virtually unrecognisable. Ulcerate’s knack for building songs around variations on a theme is perhaps best exhibited on “Chasm of Fire” than anywhere else in their discography. A solitary guitar line paves the way for something that is cataclysmic but ebbs and flows at the same time; all the while, it remains anchored despite the song’s bedrock being shaken the core. As a metal band in 2016, Ulcerate occupy a plane belonging wholly and solely to themselves, with the only valid point of comparison for Shrines of Paralysis being its creators’ prior feats of genius. –Jacquibim

5. Solange – A Seat at the Table
5. Solange - A Seat At The Table

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Solange’s got soul; she’s that kind of special singer with the ability to make you truly feel her emotions as if they were your own. If Beyonce’s lesser-known sister had doubters before, they’re now being hushed with her most eloquent and engrossing work to date. As much a celebration of black culture as it is an album, A Seat At The Table is one of the most ambitious and revealing efforts of the year by a long shot. With several interludes scattered throughout a hefty twenty-one tracks, Solange’s latest is adorned with so many chill vibes and intoxicating beats that it feels much shorter than it really is. Due to an immaculate production job, the album’s always elegantly constructed, but never goes overboard with its slick arrangements. “Where Do We Go” displays this balance perfectly, with a breezy yet funky intro that leads into some of Solange’s most arresting vocal inflections to grace the album. Another highlight would be “Don’t Wish Me Well”, with its tender synths that sound like they crept out of the ’80s to mesh with the singer’s airy vocal harmonies. Even the interludes are worth listening to — subtle pianos and smooth rhythms mirror the album’s soulful nature, with spoken words enriching the album’s underlying themes.

Whether or not you’re interested in the message presented on A Seat At The Table, it’s an album that deserves your attention; at the very least, it’s an album that represents a musician who’s proud of who she is and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. You may not have much in common with her or understand her battles, but once you hear her sing, you’ll soon be infatuated with her story. She certainly has a lot to say, but most importantly, she has the powerful voice to back it all up. Even with its pristine production and over a dozen guest musicians contributing some added flavor to the experience, it’s always Solange’s striking performance that cuts you to the core. –Atari

4. Angel Olsen – My Woman
4. Angel Olsen - My Woman

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My Woman does a damn fine job of taking any stylistic box you may have painted Angel Olsen in over the past few (excellent) albums of lo-fi folk she’s put out and tossing that box right out the window. An intoxicating mixture of classic Laurel Canyon singer-songwriter, ’70s glam, ’60s girl group, and, most importantly, a bloody pop heart, Olsen’s fourth record is unflinching in its dissection of relationships both sexual and something else, like the epic and tragically distant admiration of “Sister”. This is a record obsessed with love and lust and volatility, a painfully detailed portrait of Olsen travelling from awkward and shy (“Never Be Mine”), to dangerously obsessed (“Shut Up Kiss Me”), to the wistful “Those Were The Days”, a narrative arc that follows a traditional Side A and Side B pattern. The spartan, smoky “Pops” lays the devastation bare at the record’s conclusion: “You can go on home, you got what you need / take my heart and put it up on your sleeve / live out your life, I’ll never tell you you’re wrong / baby, don’t forget, don’t forget it’s our song / I’ll be the thing that lives in the dream when it’s gone.”

In “Pops” and elsewhere, Olsen may seem crippled by these experiences — “All my life I thought I’d change,” she sings and sings again on “Sister”, as if the act of repetition will make it true — but the path of My Woman is of growth. The playfulness of “Shut Up Kiss Me” belies deep-seated insecurities, until “Heart Shaped Face” finds the strength to realize those insecurities are just excuses for another’s fuck-ups. “Woman”, meanwhile, inverts the ostensible torch song by making it a passionate middle finger: “I’d do anything to see it all, to see it all the way that you do / but I’d be lying baby, lying to you.” That “Woman” ends with a Stevie Nicks-ian vocal, powerful and soaring (“I dare you to understand / what makes me a woman”), and a guitar part that screams its defiance is the strongest evidence yet that this is not something ruinous but instead a triumphant severance, Olsen decisively reclaiming her agency. It’s a journey to assert control, both artistically and emotionally, and one that Olsen is happy to leave raw and open — after all, was there ever any doubt it was hers to own? Not Your Woman, or His Woman; always My Woman. –Rudy K.

3. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
3. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

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If any mainstream band could be labeled as musical chameleons throughout their existence, it would be the members of Radiohead. The band have handled their widespread popularity perfectly over the years by refusing to compromise their experimental nature while never veering too far into the abstract. A Moon Shaped Pool harnesses these qualities to rewarding effect, building on the boundary-pushing nature of its predecessors beautifully. Spacey atmospheres and engaging compositions are its heart, recalling the warm, melancholy qualities of In Rainbows wonderfully. It still retains the coldness of The King of Limbs and Kid A as well, but rest assured that this is very much its own incarnation. A Moon Shaped Pool relies upon fewer electronics than on The King of Limbs, with an increased emphasis on strings lending to the beauty of songs like “Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief” and “Glassy Eyes”.

Despite largely being a downtempo, more enveloping affair, there are moments of driving guitars with tense builds, like in album highlight “Ful Stop”. This is among the best on A Moon Shaped Pool, along with the otherworldly “Decks Dark”, ambient “Daydreaming”, mournful album closer “True Love Waits”, and fusionist “Present Tense”. Every song here is worthwhile, though, with something to offer for fans of any side of the band. A Moon Shaped Pool takes many listens to fully sink in, especially given the diversity on display. Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood are masters of their craft, always seeking new ways to explore and reinvent their sound, and we will always be anticipating their next unpredictable move with an anticipation that only they could muster in people. A Moon Shaped Pool is Radiohead’s most quiet and subtle offering yet, being five years in the making and well worth the wait. When you give it a chance, it becomes clear that this is counted among the best music of the year. –Ben K.

2. Thrice – To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere
2. Thrice - To Be Everywhere is to Be Nowhere

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2016 was a year of great change and turmoil, highlighting the gradual shift in the United States that has been in the making throughout history. This has resulted in much distress during the intense presidential election and increasing divide in the nation regarding social and cultural issues alike. Politics in music is generally hit-and-miss, with social or political messages running the risk of sounding shallow or clichéd by musical stars. Thrice flirted with these themes in the past, but have never focused on them in quite the way they do here. It has been five years since we heard any music from Thrice, and in a year full of big returns and tragic losses among musicians, one of the most successful and highly anticipated returns was their comeback. Profoundly capturing the tumultuous times we live in, To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere is written from a personal point of view while bringing to light the conflicted state of the modern world.

Emotional instrumentation supports the social and cultural themes well, making for highlights like “Death From Above”, “The Long Defeat / Seneca”, and “Hurricane”. Thrice are aiming for all facets of relevance here, delivering some surprisingly catchy songs while dealing with these themes. The U2-inspired “Stay With Me” and radio-friendly tracks like “Blood on the Sand” and “Wake Up” will surely go down in the Thrice canon as controversial among their longtime fans, especially for those who love their early work most. Much of To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere may sound like a move towards the mainstream, but this is hardly a negative, as post-hardcore influences of the past are still present and the songwriting engaging. The dynamic qualities of “The Window” and Alchemy Index II-reminiscent “Salt and Shadow” show Thrice being as diverse as ever.

All sides of the band are represented here and put through a sobering framework of rebellion against the controversial realities of war and international conflict. The most bellicose song, “Death From Above”, sees Dustin Kensrue challenging the morality of using drone strikes; he’s also confrontational about how fear is used to justify violence in the more straightforward “Blood on the Sand”. Thrice are pulling no punches and taking their own side, while being just as compositionally adventurous in their new incarnation as before. They aren’t answering to anyone, with To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere showing the triumphant return of a band still releasing high-quality music with topical lyrics, emotional resonance, and instrumental prowess. –Ben K.

1. David Bowie – Blackstar
1. David Bowie - Blackstar

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As consumers of music, we tend to throw the term artist around like it describes anyone who creates music. I suppose it can be accurate, as all music in its own right is a unique expression, but there are those throughout history who have truly given the term leverage. Since he first made his way onto people’s radars with 1969’s Space Oddity, David Bowie has been challenging the confines of rock and pop music. We’ve seen it not only within his musical craft, but also in fashion and even movies. Artistry isn’t something limited to one aspect of your life; it’s who you are. For Bowie, his life ended true-to-form, as Blackstar marks both a flourishing period of creativity in his storied career as well as a haunting curtain-call that will forever be tied to his legacy.

Even before we learned of Bowie’s affliction – the cancer that ended his life on January 10, 2016 – Blackstar was sure to find its way near the top of our 2016 list. It was a clever reinvention of his sound, taking spacey alt-pop atmospherics and marrying them to jazz textures that tip their hat to a more mature, refined Outside. While some of the allusions to death didn’t totally make sense at the time – from the title track’s killing of Major Tom to pretty much all of “Lazarus” – they still informed an intriguingly abstract, alternate reality. Once the subtle hints that were planted and strategically veiled became obvious with his passing, the final piece of the puzzle fell into place and everything clicked. Suddenly, things that seemed ambiguous before came into focus: “I’ve got scars that can’t be seen / . . . Oh, I’ll be free / Ain’t that just like me?” It’s almost unsettling the way that we were able to listen to Bowie’s farewell for days without realizing what it was. He was essentially writing his own eulogy; expressing to us through music a secret that he kept hidden for eighteen months. As a fan of Bowie the person, it’s jarring, eerie, and depressing. As a fan of Bowie the artist, it’s downright brilliant.

It’s nearly impossible to think of 2016 and not immediately look to this record. It has a little bit to do with when it was released – for many of us, it was the first album to capture our collective attention in 2016. Bowie’s tragic passing is another obvious contributor, although chalking up Blackstar‘s success to that alone would be simultaneously disingenuous as well as an insult to what the album actually brings to the table. There were few tracks this year as epic as “Blackstar”, as emotionally gut-wrenching as “Lazarus”, as catchy as “Girl Loves Me”, or as smooth and rewarding as the saxophone-infused “I Can’t Give Everything Away”. At just seven tracks in length with nary a down moment, there is nothing that would cause us to doubt Blackstar as a clear album of the year front-runner. That’s why it gives me great pleasure to honor one of the all-time greats with this year’s top spot. Bowie was a true artist in life, and he remains one in death. Rest in peace to an absolute legend. –SowingSeason

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List of participating staffers who made this Top 50 possible (alphabetical order): 204409, Atari, Athom, AtomicWaste, Crysis, DaveyBoy, Greg., insomniac15, Irving, Jacquibim, JohnnyOnTheSpot, Jom, kingsoby1, klap, Metalstyles, mynameischan, plane, robertsona, SowingSeason, theacademy, TalonsOfFire, Voivod, Willie, Xenophanes





Jom
12.24.16
That does it for us! Users' List will be published in a couple weeks. Stay tuned for that one! Special shout-out once more to Willie, who did all the artwork for us (as is tradition). As always, thanks for reading (and no, no one cares/will be surprised that you "totally called" Bowie at 1, alright? Even a stopped clock is right twice a day, John Maddens of this website)! Happy Holidays!

SowingSeason
12.24.16
awww yea

bring the hate sput ; )

calmrose
12.24.16
lol Thrice at #2, that fact that Gold Panda didn't make the list makes me sad

rabidfish
12.24.16
Cool... It seems I'm on the minority that thinks that burn your fire for no witness was better, but still.

Asdfp277
12.24.16
angery react only

Jasdevi087
12.24.16
lol you guys

TheCrocodile
12.24.16
oh fuck yeah Fates Warning

hal1ax
12.24.16
Hmmmmm

Irving
12.24.16
list is shit lol butts

Irving
12.24.16
(it's tradition)

theacademy
12.24.16
im a simple guy and just proud to be part of something that ranked thrice above radiohead

its a christmas MIRACLE

RogueNine
12.24.16
And then Thrice comes out of nowhere at #2.

ScuroFantasma
12.24.16
Besides 1 and 7 this is quite unexpected

TVC15
12.24.16
Ew 6

ScuroFantasma
12.24.16
"AtomicWaste, DaveyBoy, Crysis, Greg"

Not quite alphabetical do the list again pls

Rowan5215
12.24.16
literally shaking

(nah that My Woman write-up is fucking superb though)

BlackTaxi2d
12.24.16
Thrice at 2. Hotelier MIA. RIP in peace Sputnik

Jacquibim
12.24.16
You're all lovely people and I'm glad that I get to spend time with you :3

TheCrocodile
12.24.16
actually apart from dear hunter and thrice I'm super fine with this top 10

TheMrAlexK
12.24.16
lol Thrice at #2, that fact that Gold Panda didn't make the list makes me sad [2]

Asdfp277
12.24.16
i'm SHOOKEDT AND GAGGEDT

TVC15
12.24.16
Where's Angelic 2 the Core you goddam ducks?

SnakeDelilah
12.24.16
dammit i really wanted to eat that hat

DaveyBoy
12.24.16
"Not quite alphabetical do the list again pls". Yeah, I should be first!

"im a simple guy and just proud to be part of something that ranked thrice above radiohead"
What he said

dmp3131
12.24.16
I'm glad the Dear Hunter and Fates Warning made the top 10 but Thank You Scientist not making the top 50? I dunno. But thats why differing opinions exist!

ShadowRemains
12.24.16
save for a couple this is a pretty legit top 10

Crysis
12.24.16
two metal albums on top 10 i am satisfied

Rowan5215
12.24.16
I'm trying to wrap my small brain around this sentence

"If any mainstream band could be labeled as musical chameleons throughout their existence, it would be the members of Radiohead."

it's not really happening for me

TVC15
12.24.16
^There's 3, Vektor, Cobalt, and Ulcerate

Brandon
12.24.16
Mitski and Kaytranadas album are so overrated I dont feel like they deserve the immense amount of praise they've been getting considering there have been much better electronic/indie pop records to come out this year.

Crysis
12.24.16
fuck forgot cobalt. 3 thats even better

Xenophanes
12.24.16
There are four metal albums Kyle?

ScuroFantasma
12.24.16
Fates Warning?

Crysis
12.24.16
aaaaaaaaaaaaaand fates warning

THERE ARE "X" METAL ALBUMS IN THE TOP 10

Jom
12.24.16
I'll have one of whatever you're having, Crysis.

SowingSeason
12.24.16
and people say this site has gone soft with indie

Jacquibim
12.24.16
I expect Sowing to up his metal game hard in 2017

SowingSeason
12.24.16
I suppose I've been meaning to listen to more Shinedown

BlazinBlitzer
12.24.16
Pretty nice top 10; much better than the other segments of the list. Also, I must be in the minority who thought 6 wasn't that good.

SowingSeason
12.24.16
Full disclosure I've heard exactly 4 of these

Crysis
12.24.16
sowing jam darkthrone lmk what you think

hesperus
12.24.16
Aww yeah Cobalt made the top 10.

That blurb is perfect, too. Slow Forever was a 4 when I first listened to it, but I was surprised at how much I kept coming back to it and thinking about how well Fell and Wunder pull everything off.

Great job everyone.

theBoneyKing
12.24.16
Great top 4 excluding Thrice

TenSecondsToThink
12.24.16
i support the thrice pick but there's no way i'm reading through all fiddy albums

Masochist
12.24.16
Surprised that Thrice came in at #2. It was a great album, but I really don't see it that high at all.

Also, big snub, I think, for Anderson .Paak.

Jom
12.24.16
I know this is going to be a silly question, but I'm going to ask it anyway:

What blurb(s) did you like in the top fifty? People did a fantastic job and worked really well together this year, so any extra shine you'd like to send their way would be wonderful.

SowingSeason
12.24.16
replace Dear Hunter and Thrice with Gold Panda and Nick Cave and this becomes an almost perfect top 10

Toondude10
12.24.16
Thrice for Number 2? Wow, didn't expect that.

Bowie for 1 though, that was pretty obvious. Great job to all the staffers.

TVC15
12.24.16
Naw 6 is over an hour of muddy, directionless nothing of the same dirty chugging and blast beats with no purpose

Divaman
12.24.16
I about killed myself trying to keep up with new music this year, but the only two of your top 30 I even listened to Bowie and Radiohead.

Anyway, Happy Holidays Sputnik staff.

SowingSeason
12.24.16
my favorite blurb is still acad's writeup for Testament

Jom
12.24.16
>> What blurb(s) did you like in the top fifty?

lol u expect me to read all this

I'm only here to look at the pictures and say list is shit lol butts

runaways
12.24.16
List is shockingly terrible, but also I don't really give a shit so whatever.

Masochist
12.24.16
"lol u expect me to read all this

I'm only here to look at the pictures and say list is shit lol butts"

That about sums it up, lol

Dylan620
12.24.16
What surprises me is that Vektor wasn't even metal AOTY

Was kinda starting to look forward to the fallout that would've resulted from DGD, TYS, Korn and Beyonce all making the top 10

Been meaning to get on Cobalt and Ulcerate myself

Dylan620
12.24.16
Vektor wasn't even staff metal AOTY*

Rowan5215
12.24.16
" What blurb(s) did you like in the top fifty? People did a fantastic job and worked really well together this year, so any extra shine you'd like to send their way would be wonderful."

rudy for angel olsen

Toondude10
12.24.16
Sowing did a great job with that Bowie blurb

Toondude10
12.24.16
Also surprised that DGD didn't make it on here

calmrose
12.24.16
"Naw 6 is over an hour of muddy, directionless nothing of the same dirty chugging and blast beats with no purpose"

...no

MarsKid
12.24.16
Lol, Hotelier gets snubbed and Kanye makes the list

Terrible

BlazinBlitzer
12.24.16
I had to catch up on 2016 music the day the user's list poll was activated, and I was about an hour away from missing out on voting.
I literally just went through the charts and listened to anything that was a 4 or above.

Toondude10
12.24.16
Hotelier wasn't even that good tbh

TheCrocodile
12.24.16
Hotelier getting snubbed is the best part of this list tbh

MarsKid
12.24.16
Hotelier was awesome and at the very least much better than Kanye's shitty attempt at an album.

TheMrAlexK
12.24.16
Didn't realize how real the Solange hype was

shauno5166
12.24.16
Kinda surprised how much sputnikcore was left out.
But of course a sputnik is a sputnik and that awful thrice album is number 2. Also sad Car Seat Headrest didn't get on here, even if that album was a bit overhyped by critics.

porcupinetheater
12.24.16
Great to see Cobalt making the Top 10

Although is there really anyone that thinks Instinct: Decay is better than any of Cobalt's last three albums?

TheSupernatural
12.24.16
I'm a Thrice fanboy and that album certainly doesn't belong in the top 10

Conmaniac
12.24.16
this was the most bullshit predictable list but what did I expect

Irving
12.24.16
"What blurb(s) did you like in the top fifty?"

Was a massive fan of Plane's piece for Atrocity Exhibition.

TheMrAlexK
12.24.16
Wait Car Seat Headrest didn't make the list????????????????? And fucking Alcest did?

Keyblade
12.24.16
Dear hunter, thrice, cobalt damn it's 2007 all over again

TVC15
12.24.16
I quite liked the blurb for Arctic Thunder

Brandon
12.24.16
Hotelier just as overrated as that Mitski album.

VirtualBlaze
12.24.16
Are there going to be blurbs for the user's list? If so, are there still possible openings for plain old users to write them?

AsleepInTheBack
12.24.16
the hotelier? death grips? car seat headrest? ):

kascetcadettt
12.24.16
AWWW ANGEL OLSEN SO HIGH I LOVE YOU GUYS

grandfather
12.24.16
Very interesting list this year. Thrice album sucks so badly though

Jom
12.24.16
>> Are there going to be blurbs for the user's list? If so, are there still possible openings for plain old users to write them?

You've asked this four or five times now and the answer is always the same (yes).

Do you remember how there was that Google Form that users could fill out? Do you think it was for my health? For the hell of it?

cryptologous
12.24.16
Was an interesting start seeing Gojira above Alcest and Howls of Ebb but you win some, you loose some

Top 10 was cool though

Ovrot
12.24.16
cool list
didn't expect cobalt

fromtheinside
12.24.16
How is Pablo not top 10

Alondite
12.24.16
Lol. How does "Stranger Heads Prevail" not even make the top 50? That alone makes it hard to take anything on this list seriously.

Ignimbrite
12.24.16
because not everyone likes the same thing, silly

especially when that thing is drenched in what might be the most obnoxious vocals ever put to tape

Relinquished
12.24.16
"I'm only here to look at the pictures and say list is shit lol butts"

bless

tre
12.24.16
The real question is where tf is Feldman?

fromtheinside
12.24.16
all these quality arguments aside

my question still stands

anarchistfish
12.24.16
Thrice #2 lol ok

Irving
12.24.16
How is Pablo not top 10 [2]

deathschool
12.24.16
Irving, this is completely and only your fault. Stop shifting the blame.

GreyShadow
12.24.16
No DGD? This list sucks. Also totally thought Thank You Scientist and James Blake would make it but whatever

Piglet
12.24.16
thrice is about at the top of the chain of boring americn alt rock bands but yeah still fucken boring

fromtheinside
12.24.16
Pig for prez pls

Alondite
12.24.16
"especially when that thing is drenched in what might be the most obnoxious vocals ever put to tape"

And in today's edition of "Things Not Remotely Close to Truth"...

deathschool
12.24.16
"...we will NOT be exploring that quote, because it IS remotely close to the truth."

SB129
12.24.16
Thrice record was ass.

Trebor.
12.24.16
Dear Hunter is a sputnik inside joke at this point

dmp3131
12.24.16
Is that a good or a bad thing Treb

Trebor.
12.24.16
A bad thing considering they're the musical equivalent of a saltine without the salt

manosg
12.24.16
Great job guys. So glad to see Fates Warning that high.

theacademy
12.24.16
saltines woule be better if they didnt have so much white flour

Piglet
12.24.16
really happy about the exclusion of thank you scientist tho

Aspenshadow
12.24.16
dear hunter in top 10 and hotelier nowhere to be found ya came through for me this time sput

ComeToDaddy
12.24.16
Fates Warning? Angel Olsen? Cobalt?? Unexpected, but still ace top 10

xenocide.
12.24.16
I remember when there was like one metal album on the whole list. Glad to see things changed.

ChaoticVortex
12.24.16
Expected Vektor to rank higher. Blackstar at No. 1 was the least suprising thing ever. Good list.

insomniac15
12.24.16
Many of us were surprised to see Thrice so high, but oh well, it's a great album. The Dear Hunter should've been higher, sigh...

TheFantasticDangler
12.24.16
oh dear

Artuma
12.24.16
1 simply has to be 1, there's no room for arguing. 2 at 2 is a joke

kascetcadettt
12.24.16
leave a nice comment under my list art

Sinternet
12.24.16
Lol vektor is so bad

kascetcadettt
12.24.16
yeah 2 is hilarious lmao

Keyblade
12.24.16
has a thrice album never not been in the to 5

Cimnele
12.24.16
metuhl

Oceandrowned
12.24.16
Lol insomnium is better than Be'lakor? You must be kidding. Well, atleast this year is not about worshiping Kendick Lamo, americans getting tired of black color, huh?

Artuma
12.24.16
^ has 80% metal in his pie chart

EvoHavok
12.24.16
Didn't expect to see Thrice on 2nd spot at all.

DoofusWainwright
12.24.16
I thought even Thrice fans thought 2 sucked the big one?

DoofusWainwright
12.24.16
I mean it's currently sitting 186 on the 2016 list, about two negative votes away from dropping off the chart entirely. Imagine a 2nd place on this list not even making the user's top 200 :D

zakalwe
12.24.16
It's inevitable that a sput staff list would refer to its user base as 'As consumers of music' without any hint of irony.

At least Blackstar is rightfully tops.

trackbytrackreviews
12.24.16
that solange album doesn't even have a review lmao

LoLifant
12.24.16
Surprised how uninteresting these Top 50 is for me. Almost nothing I want to check out.

Dewinged
12.24.16
Looking forward to users' list. This top 10 is... predictable.

danielcardoso
12.24.16
"that solange album doesn't even have a review lmao"

I've been meaning to get on that.

CalculatingInfinity
12.24.16
This comment section has been quality, never change Sput.

FreddieDelaney31
12.24.16
I actually laughed out loud when I saw Thrice at #2. Also yeah, Hotelier MIA. Lame.

kascetcadettt
12.24.16
here's a vid of me jumpin on da table at work:
https://vid.me/Xuwg

kascetcadettt
12.24.16
just a little something to take the edge off

Keyblade
12.24.16
hook me up to ur plug

danielcardoso
12.24.16
Lmao.

Illoomorpheme
12.24.16
lol Ulcerate above Vektor wtf

DoofusWainwright
12.24.16
No Thank You Scientist or Dance Gavin Dance shows that Christmas miracles can happen

kascetcadettt
12.24.16
oh fuck i spilled tea on my foot

Artuma
12.24.16
"lol Ulcerate above Vektor wtf"

vektor settles to be just above average thrash. ulcerate makes the earth fucking shake. so yeah, it makes sense

FullOfSounds
12.24.16
Well this is a surprise

FullOfSounds
12.24.16
Ulcerate as metal AOTY is pretty good

guitarded_chuck
12.24.16
guys that thrice album was the most average music i have ever heard

theBoneyKing
12.24.16
I think it's time for the proletariat uprising

KevinKC
12.24.16
Damn ! No Serenity of Suffering. This would have made me laugh so much. But well,

I find it weird to see Blackstar on the first place. I cannot understand why people need to give the deads some sort of priority. Why rewarding someone who is not there to appreciate the symbol ? To me, the fact that the guy is dead should prevent him from getting the first place, not the contrary.

Shattered_Future
12.24.16
Thank God you fuckers didn't put that shitty Hotelband album in the top 10, I was worried there for a moment.

SowingSeason
12.24.16
"To me, the fact that the guy is dead should prevent him from getting the first place, not the contrary."

We didn't award him number 1 because he's dead lol

TVC15
12.24.16
^Because it's a fuckin good album??? It's like saying Quadrophrenia is overrated because it has a unique story line; context for a piece of art is everything in understanding it's meaning and motive. That aside, don't get up my ass about me being a Bowie dickriders cos he died, I love the album not because he died but because he delivered on an album with a sound that I had been yearning for since he dabbled with avant-grade jazz in his early days like on Aladom Sane

TVC15
12.24.16
Also Kevin read the goddam blurb (and if you did try to actually absorb its contents rather than skim thru it) because Sowing clearly transcends the "he's dead thus he is GOAT" thing

Sniff
12.24.16
Sowing killed it with the Nick Cave and Bowie blurbs.


Cimnele
12.24.16
so glad we collectively decided to call them "blurbs"

Ryus
12.24.16
seeing 10, 8, 7 and 2 on here is pretty repulsive

onionbubs
12.24.16
No skeleton tree in top 10? Okay...

SowingSeason
12.24.16
I mean it is #12 so it's not like it's that far off the mark

DirEnRefused
12.24.16
thrice at number two lmao

TalonsOfFire
12.24.16
Skeleton Tree was my AOTY so I'm just happy it made the top 50 at all this year, considering how little attention Cave got on this site before it was released.

theacademy
12.24.16
i think thrice is pretty neat fellas

hamid95
12.24.16
Nice list, guys!

Though missing Car Seat Head Rest and The Jezabels are way too low.

JS19
12.24.16
This is even worse than 30-11

FullOfSounds
12.24.16
That Solange cover is so pleasing to look at

Irving
12.24.16
Would this be a good time to tell the users that not a single one of us actually ranked Blackstar at #1 on our personal lists, and that it got to pole position mainly on the back of a handful of seconds and a third?

someguest
12.24.16
Solange in top 5 lol

I guess all you have to do is cry at a Kraftwerk show to get some notice these days.

TVC15
12.24.16
Wait ranking mattered when we submitted the lists???

someguest
12.24.16
Yes, ranking matter. Are you new to lists?

TVC15
12.24.16
I didn't see anywhere when we submitted them that ranking did matter I just put them all on as they came to memory in chronological order as well as revisiting it and replacing a few with some better ones when I listened to those

someguest
12.24.16
They shouldn't have to tell you ranking matters. How else would they choose order in a top 50 of everyone's favorites?

theacademy
12.24.16
hahahah

TVC15
12.24.16
I assumed by how often they appeared on the lists as well as their averages, amount of votes, etc

someguest
12.24.16
Their averages? Do you think they would go by a bunch of troll voters and idiots who would never take the time to list their favorites in a list?

(btw I didn't participate in any year end shenanigans lul)

klap
12.24.16
lol the whole point of lists is to rank...

someguest
12.24.16
Just when I think the userbase couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do this...

StarlessCore
12.24.16
lol thrice

sput cant let u go

Pangea
12.24.16
Good to see solange here. Amazing album

adr
12.24.16
lol 10 and 2
good to see Ulcerate atleast, 50-30 has the best entries tho.

Cygnatti
12.24.16
not a good list. solange sucks btw.

MO
12.24.16
Good stuff giving #1 to bowie. Whether or not you agree we have to honour a legend

DoofusWainwright
12.24.16
Six good albums out of a list of 50 makes this probably the worst 2016 list on the site ;D The user's list will have at least 12 quality albums I predict

DoubtGin
12.24.16
Haven't listened to the new Cobalt album, but great list otherwise.

Gyromania
12.24.16
Dear hunter, Vektor, and Thrice... wow. Awful picks. And epic lol at Thrice taking the #2 spot of the year. Enjoyed most of the rest of this list and obviously a lot of work went into it tho

robertsona
12.24.16
Thrice at #2 is epic win

sixdegrees
12.24.16
epic

TVC15
12.24.16
Epic fail yeah

Tyler.
12.24.16
2 lmao ok

TheFantasticDangler
12.24.16
who in gods name didnt expect vektor in the top 10. regardless if you didnt like it

brainmelter
12.24.16
disapointment

Consigliere
12.24.16
No Russian Circles ? Pfft.....

fromtheinside
12.24.16
"I expect Sowing to up his metal game hard in 2017"

another cradle of filth is dropping?

brainmelter
12.24.16
best year in music in the last of couple years tbh and we get the worst sput year end list in the last couple of years lol

Artuma
12.24.16
"another cradle of filth is dropping?"

lol burn

Gyromania
12.24.16
Good burn 4/5

Alex why you gotta trollololol

OneOverCosine
12.24.16
apparently the staff really likes metal, who knew?XD hopefully the user top 50 doesn't look as one-sided.

MeatSalad
12.25.16
What the fuck are you guys thinking putting Thrice at 2

That album was legitimately one of the worst I've heard all year

hesperus
12.25.16
gee it's almost like sputnik is a diverse community with differing opinions between the staff and the userbase instead of a monolithic hivemind that can unanimously agree on an objective list of best music

calm tf down

Atari
12.25.16
Haven't even heard the new Thrice yet haha

Green Baron
12.25.16
I'm still survived Thrice made #2

Tyler.
12.25.16
What a list

Danred97
12.25.16
Not surprised by 1, but still a cool list. The fact that my #1 made it to the top ten is awesome in my book. Very surprised Thrice made it to 2. I liked it a lot, but that just seems bizzarely high. Great as usual, and I can't wait to check out more of these albums.

anarchistfish
12.25.16
I like thrice but that album was boring as fuck

Shemson
12.25.16
Had to do a double take, thought Angel Olsen was Agnes Obel. Shame :(

kascetcadettt
12.25.16
lmao angel olsen would kick agnes obel's ass or whoever those fucks are with a fucking blindfold over her eyes

Dylan620
12.25.16
Checked 9 last night and it's an absolute banger.

AmericanFlagAsh
12.25.16
No Car Seat Headrest?? Laaaaaame

Ryus
12.25.16
im really glad that car seat headrest and the hotelier aren't here

Irving
12.25.16
Checked 9 last night and it's an absolute banger. [2]

I admit that I totally slept on this one

hikingmetalpunk
12.25.16
"Ulcerate as metal AOTY is pretty good"
meh, the following had better albums
darkthrone
inquisition
bolzer
destroyer 666
neurosis
dso

Cimnele
12.25.16
pokemon
digimon

theacademy
12.25.16
digimon > pokemon for rpgs, anime

Keyblade
12.25.16
true

sumyunguy
12.25.16
You're really gonna act like James Blake isn't in the top 50 best albums of the last 12 months. You're really gonna act like that...

FullOfSounds
12.25.16
lol agreed

Willie
12.25.16
This was an awesome list. The staff finally pulled away from all indie all the time. I never thought I'd see the day... and Fates Warning in the top 10. Hell yeah. Good job everybody.

Irving
12.26.16
Yeah there definitely was a time when we had two metal albums in the entire top 50 hahahah

Toondude10
12.26.16
wasn't that last year?

Jasdevi087
12.26.16
There were at least two metal albums in the top 10 last your Toondude cause I distinctly remember Maiden and Intronaut being in it

FullOfSounds
12.26.16
I can't 2015's list

FullOfSounds
12.26.16
nvm was looking the wrong place

pjquinones747
12.26.16
Just made a Spotify playlist with 3 songs from each album on here except the two or three not on there. Gonna gitgud real quick.

jcismulti
12.26.16
I liked the Thrice album but damn did not expect it to go #2

Voltimand
12.26.16
Top 10 wasn't quite predictable to me, glad to see Fates Warning on there.

Surprised no Lenard Cohen on the list, not surprised no DGD or TYS.

LordePots
12.26.16
pukes in mouth

plane
12.26.16
pre sure theacademy railroaded the list for thrice because of... something. not entirely sure. i don't even think he believes in the album

wwf
12.26.16
honestly if you flip this list upside down it's not bad

dfevil085
12.26.16
A bit sad that Thank You Scientist didn't make the list, but some good picks on here regardless.

TronaldDump
12.27.16
"With its heady sci-fi concept told through the relentlessness of album opener “Recharging the Void”, to the progressive rock elements in interlude “Mountains Above the Sun” and “Collapse”, Terminal Redux erupts forth in creative vitality."


Charging the Void is the album opener, not Recharging the Void xd

JayVex
12.27.16
Has seriously nobody noticed the Rickroll at the end of the list yet

LibGyps
12.27.16
The Dear Hunter Act V is still the true album of the year.

204409
12.27.16
a) metal music
a2) the ~actual~ AOTY is mine
a2.2) for emma, forever ago
a2.3) >> forum profile
b) protest the hero on vinyl
b2) snackary_binx
b2.3) mxtabs.net
c) kasabian
c3) david bowie / prince - split ep
cc) george michael too
d) overrated albums
dd) Objectivity: 89%
d3) kid a
e) rap album (must be RTJ)
ee) other rap album (also RTJ)
f) technical death specifically
g6) is this hardvapour?
i) staff vs. users... emeriti?
jk) on you
l) THRICE
m) bop
n) word
o) trivium ft. jason mraz - "The Dear Hunter Act V is still the true album of the year."
204409) when will this die?
z) big avatars

Cimnele
12.27.16
marry me

CaliggyJack
12.27.16
I'm genuinely surprised that Total Depravity did not make this list.

FullOfSounds
12.27.16
I'm not, but I would have liked to see it

FearThyEvil
12.27.16
thrice is such fucking overrated trash. 1 certainly feels appropriate though

LordePots
12.27.16
"Has seriously nobody noticed the Rickroll at the end of the list yet"

i dont think anyone wants to know whats 'next' after a shit list like this

DoofusWainwright
12.27.16
Yeah, that actually speaks volumes

Titan
12.27.16
lol 3

SowingSeason
12.27.16
"Has seriously nobody noticed the Rickroll at the end of the list yet"

haha I seriously didn't. This is why we love you Jom.

LoLifant
12.27.16
when's the user list coming and how is it actually created

jmh886
12.27.16
surprised at the lack of norma jean.

Jom
12.27.16
> when's the user list coming

Currently working out the details with the contributors, but I'm looking at January 4th (best-case) or 11th (worst-case -- depending on how the blurb-writing goes).

calmrose
12.27.16
"surprised at the lack of norma jean."

I'm not, though I feel it has a good chance at making the users' list, at least I hope so

also thanks for the info Jom, looking forward to it

MyNameIsPencil
12.27.16
Norma Jean will almost certainly end up on the users list or I will eat a bullet

LoLifant
12.28.16
So userlist is basically a contributerlist?

FullOfSounds
12.28.16
No, users vote for the albums, and users can write blurbs if they want

ElegantElephant
12.28.16
fuck this list to hell

ElegantElephant
12.28.16
some great blurbs throughout though, cheers

deathschool
12.28.16
fuck this list to hell [666]

iambandersnatch
12.28.16
thrice #2? I was excited for their return too but then I actually listened to it.. the album was pedestrian as fuck with a lot of phoned in material.

Honestly it would have been controversial but I think A7X's The Stage would have been a better choice to put somewhere on this list than Thrice's offering. On a good day I like Thrice more but The Stage is simply a better album than To Be Everywhere.

Bowie top 10 is fine but bumping him to #1 because he died (RIP) is cheesy and disingenuous. Lists like this should be solely about ranking albums by their merit, you shouldn't take into account artists' careers/impact/etc.

OmairSh
12.28.16
FATES. WARNING

Toondude10
12.28.16
"Bowie top 10 is fine but bumping him to #1 because he died (RIP) is cheesy and disingenuous. Lists like this should be solely about ranking albums by their merit, you shouldn't take into account artists' careers/impact/etc."

You know I don't think and can come up with a comment snarky enough to tell you just how stupid you are for actually thinking that.

Irving
12.28.16
"Has seriously nobody noticed the Rickroll at the end of the list yet"

hahahahahahahaha neither did i

Voivod
12.28.16
^^I just saw it too hahaha awesome!!

Toondude10
12.28.16
took me a minute to find it but yeah

plane
12.28.16
"Bowie top 10 is fine but bumping him to #1 because he died (RIP) is cheesy and disingenuous."

It's a point system. Dude literally got the most votes.


iambandersnatch
12.28.16
Right, i'm not disputing that. I'm saying the voters gave him higher votes/scores/whatever the system was because he died. Maybe poor wording on my part.

Jacquibim
12.28.16
The album was rocking a 4.2-4.3 average even before he died.

Relinquished
12.28.16
I don't consider it a classic but I liked it enough to vote for it (under certain time constraints)

Toondude10
12.28.16
Or maybe it was just that damn good?

Sure it didn't make my top 10 but I still really enjoyed it for what it was.

Asdfp277
12.28.16
"The album was rocking a 4.2-4.3 average even before he died." [2]

y'all, memory is fragile but

Asdfp277
12.28.16
besides, it's just a list, even if that was the case, that he got bumped because he died, who cares? just one more list on the vast ocean of internet music websites

plane
12.29.16
"bandersnatch got a point tbh

like:
'Before the recent death of its creator, I wasn't sure if Blackstar was worthy of a "perfect" 5, as our system dictates'"

Look, give credit and context where it is due, because Sowing has written so many words now on the subject. But if it must be argued, here: the sentiment is not, "It is a 5 Because He Died," but instead, "in another year where we are further inundated with new music at increasingly alarming rates from legends and new artists alike, a spectacular event gave me pause to further evaluate a chosen album that I might have scrutinized in a different, perhaps *by my new standards a **wrong way***, considering the content and nuance." And honestly, as he damn well should have: it's a masterpiece. We will never know what the album slot would have landed on had Bowie lived to see 2017 (though knowing this crew, and how disparate our lists were, it would have probably taken the top spot anyway), but don't tell a group of dedicated music lovers that the album they had the longest of any this year to dwell upon took the top spot because of an empathy issue. Fuck.

plane
12.29.16
but still #downwiththrice

MarsKid
12.29.16
As already mentioned, it was already highly rated before his death and would probably be right up in the number 1 spot.

Didn't find the album that incredible personally.

MarsKid
12.29.16
#IStandWithNiechec

erizen826
12.29.16
Fucking Architects made the list but not DGD?

Asdfp277
12.29.16
Niechec rules

Dylan620
12.29.16
Team Niechec

fromtheinside
12.29.16
Look how salty plane is lol

Funeralopolis
12.29.16
thrice even being top 50

lol


fromtheinside
12.29.16
is this the year sputnik turns on thrice?

LordePots
12.29.16
Plane doesnt seem salty at all, you're just a moron.

He's just very literately defending the album, thats what intelligent people are capable of.

iambandersnatch
12.30.16
Maybe i was off-base on the bowie comment. I'll concede that. But I still stand firm that the Thrice album being at #2 is an absolutely off-your-rocker fuck-me-senseless level of insanity.

MarsKid
12.30.16
I'd be pre sad if the users didn't vote in Niechec

neekafat
12.30.16
I don't really get why people are freaking about Solange. I mean, it's a good record, but nothing crazy. Probably a 3.5

MarsKid
12.30.16
Didn't even hear about it, would probably hate it.

neekafat
12.30.16
I only listened because all the critics wouldn't stop talking about it and it's Beyonce's sister tbh.

MarsKid
12.30.16
Not a fan of Beyonce so I guess that confirms that

geofftatortott
12.30.16
Should have Operation: Mindcrime - Resurrection as #1!

Giansk
12.30.16
Iamthemorning wins the Album of the year on progressive-music-awards is not even on the list

MarsKid
12.30.16
That album put me to sleep tbh

MarsKid
12.30.16
I forgot I listened to it this year at all lol

Suli
12.30.16
Where is Meshuggah

Atari
12.30.16
"Not a fan of Beyonce so I guess that confirms that"

I don't like Beyoncé's music at all, but I dug the new Solange. You might be surprised.

WatchItExplode
12.30.16
probably the worst Sputnik year end list I've ever seen

probably the best year end list comment section I've ever seen

Thrice can die in a fire

AnswerOnce
12.31.16
Okay, I wouldn't normally bitch about a Thrice album making the list, but at #2? Nah, man. To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere was just okay. Even Thrice diehards know better. Also: how the fuck did The Colour in Anything not make top 50?

teamster
01.01.17
Astronoid did not make the top 50? While every other webzine on the planet has it number 1? (Not quite, but you get the idea). No other surprises here really. Typical, par for the course, safe picks as usual by Sputnik. Boring.

Ending
01.01.17
Bowie at #1 yep list seems good to me.

DatBeefPudding
01.01.17
how Slice the Cake's Odyssey... not even secure a top 50 is beyond me

Faraudo
01.02.17
I would put DEP's Dissociation at #2.

Kalamanka
01.02.17
No Cult of Luna and Julie Christmas makes me wonder... but otherwise great list.

Toondude10
01.02.17
it'll probably make the user's list if anything

oweinerwaltini
01.03.17
Vektor and Bowie are the two best of the year.

DikkoZinner
01.03.17
Darkthrone probs AOTY

Flugmorph
01.03.17
isnt it due time for the users list already?

MarsKid
01.03.17
They said to expect it around the 4th I think

alman219
01.03.17
would've liked to see Preoccupations on here, Memory is one of my favorite songs of the year

Pangea
01.03.17
Yeah agreed. Phenomenal album

MarsKid
01.03.17
Lotta divisive opinions over that release. I think it could fit tho, I liked it too

EaglesBecomeVultures
01.03.17
holy

EaglesBecomeVultures
01.03.17
shit

Flugmorph
01.03.17
nevermind jom said hes working on it today so i can wait.

gypsyrick
01.04.17
This list is comically bad, and makes me ashamed that two years ago I got almost all of my music recs from sput. Still have love for this site for showing me CTTS and Guthrie Govan, though ~

user
01.04.17
I audibly gasped when I saw thrice at #2

TheStoebZ
01.09.17
Bunch of pussies mad about Thrice being at number 2. Taste the salt.

decisions
01.09.17
Can someone explain to me how Thrice and Yellowcard are on this but Low Teens, which contains some of the emotionally effective tracks that ETID have ever wrote, are not? Like what the...

decisions
01.09.17
Especially when that emotional aspect is accompanied by great musicianship all around...:/

Asdfp277
01.09.17
cuz "emotionally effective etid tracks" don't mean a thing

choices...

m4j3stiq
01.09.17
Dear Hunter top 10. Yesssssss xD


m4j3stiq
01.09.17
In all honesty. I love the list, thanks guys. No biased fanboy influenced bullshit ratings. Let the peasants moan I don't care - I may not agree with all of it but it's a great selection, thanks.

Jom
01.09.17
Users' list will be published either today or tomorrow. I'm waiting on a small handful of blurbs, so we're either looking at Monday-Thursday or Tuesday-Friday.

guilouzzz
01.09.17
pretty good list

CrazyDiamond7
01.12.17
Easily the most disappointing year-end list I've ever seen on this site. Way too much emphasis on metal, and Chevelle (album was good, but hardly AOTY good) and TLOP being on here is just lol. The top 5 is good at least.

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