Alright. I think I've got a top 10!
Order is just my preference. I'm sure I'd start moving things around, depending on what mood I'm in at that particular moment. Either way, all of these are awesome!
-10. Darkher - Realms
Wonderfully moody and dark, straddling the line somewhere between doom and folk.9. Spektr - The Art to Disappear
A brutal, auditory hallucination of an album. The whole thing bristles with itchy anxiety.8. THYX - Headless
Proggy futurepop. Funky and fearless in it's comitment to the concept.7. Perturbator - The Uncanny Valley
The most enjoyable thing I've heard come out of the synthwave scene. Approachable, yet still providing all the neon drenched aggro you could want.6. Assemblage 23 - Endure
Emotionally charged futurepop. Excelent music with intense lyrics that left a lasting impression.5. Inquisition - Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith
Cosmic black metal with a scuzzy, psychedelic rock vibe. Dying frog vocals continue to cause spontaneous horn flipping.4. King Goat - Conduit
The hairiest of doom!3. Twilight Force - Heroes of Mighty Magic
Disney power metal! Doesn't fall into the trap of being deadly serious or completely tounge in cheek. This is simply joyous, wonderful fantasy music that doesn't care if you think it's too geeky because it's off riding a friggin' dragon!2. Mistur - In Memoriam
Head severing blackened folk metal and breathtaking instrumental passages mixed together in near perfection in this evocative, soaring viking epic.1. Anaal Nathrakh - The Whole of the Law
This is an absolute stormer! combining melody and structure with brutality and rage. It's almost lethal in it's potency. Every song brings it's own tricky wrinkle with it, changing the formula up just enough to keep you off balance. Not everyone of them lands perfectly, but when something nails it, it's intense, unhinged brilliance!
And that's that.
Edit: That's not
that! Did some more fretting over the number one spot. While In Memoriam is an overall more consistent album, The Whole of the Law projects itself to wild heights with reckless abandon.
Listening to both albums again, back to back. I've got to swap their places.
They're both the best damn albums of 2016!(that I've heard so far)