Yearlist 2016:

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Primordial - Gods to the Godless
Score: 10/10
In a way it's not fair, with a back catalogue as rich as Primordial it's almost easy to make a good live album. Still they amazed me by managing to chuck 82 minutes worth of excellent battle music on one cd. One minus: The title should of course have been "Where Greater Bands Have Fallen - Primordial Stands Guard at Bang Your Head Festival"
 
Various - In Mordor Where The Shadows Are - Homage to Summoning
Score: 10/10
Tribute CDs are usually an uneven collection of hit-and-miss covers, ranging from 'improving upon the original' to 'how could you mess up such a great song?'. But when the band being tributed is as brilliant as Summoning, and the tribute consists of 3 full CDs, there's a whole lot of hit. Standout moments come from Caladan Brood, the Summoning-inspired band finally playing an actual Summoning cover, and the brilliant Kalmankantaja.
 
Arx Atrata
Spiritus in Terra
Score: 10/10
 
Kalmankantaja - Waldeinsamkeit
Score: 10/10
A late addition to the year-list, as I've only recently discovered this excellent Finnish band and I'm still working through their discography. In their short existence they've spit out a new release every month or so, ranging from ambient to very atmospheric black, with the album Waldeinsamkeit as the highlight so far.
 
Hermóðr
The Darkness of December

Score: 10/10
 
Rotting Christ - Rituals
Score: 10/10
Over their almost 30 years career Rotting Christ have gone through several phases musically, each with their own highlight. Rituals is the highlight of a new phase that combines the sound of Khronos with the evil atmosphere of their older work like Non Serviam. Christ is rotting like never before!
 
Harakiri For The Sky
III: Trauma
Score: 10/10
 
Monolithe - Zeta Reticuli
Score: 10/10
The not-quite-funeral-doom of Monolithe again hits you in the face like a bag of bricks. Following the same 3-song formula as Epsilon Aurigae, this time it includes one songs with usual growls, one instrumental, and for the first time one song with clean vocals which works surprisingly well. Running 45 minutes it somehow feels like an EP and ends too soon though.
 
Árstíðir Lífsins
Heljarkviða

Score: 10/10
 
Kawir - Páter 'Ilie Míter Selána
Score: 9.5/10
Kawir is one of those bands in the Greek black metal scene that always left me wondering why they don't get the recognition they deserve. For me their epic black metal song style with folky influences has always guaranteed a solid release with their latest as crowning achievement.
 
Cobalt
Slow Forever
Score: 9.5/10
 
Winterfylleth - The Dark Hereafter
Score: 9.5/10
I discovered Winterfylleth fairly recently, but their Primordial-like atmosphere and guitar layering instantly attracted me. Compared to earlier releases The Dark Hereafter does feel a bit EP-ish, but on the positive it does not disappoint anywhere in its shorter running time.
 
Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika
Score: 9.5/10
Nobody does epic viking-metal songs quite like Moonsorrow. In that aspect you know what to expect here, which is nothing negative if you like their sound. For me it's not as brilliant as Verisäkeet, but an very entertaining release nonetheless.
 
Otkroveniya Dozhdya
Akrasija
Score: 9.5/10
 
Drudkh / Hades Almighty - Split
Score: 9.5/10
I do love me a good split. It's a great way to get to know bands, and it often manages to better hold my attention than a band's full-length. The two strong Drudkh tracks do just that, and while I already heard the comeback-ep of Hades Almighty last year, it is excellent enough to include it here again.
 
Novembre - Ursa
Score: 9.5/10
I used to be a huge Novembre fan, so naturally I was very excited to hear they would release an album again. While it doesn't disappoint, the only downside is that it's the same style as their last albums without adding much news. I hope this is a warm-up to a new masterwork soon!
 
Clouds
Departe
Score: 9.5/10
 
Mesarthim
Pillars

Score: 9.5/10
 
Heimdalls Wacht
Geisterseher
Score: 9.5/10
 
Eldamar
The Force of the Ancient Land
Score: 9.5/10
 
21Wędrujący Wiatr
O Turniach, Jeziorach I Nocnych Szlakach
Score: 9.5/10
 
Atra Hora / Silent Kingdom
Chas Bezmolvija
Score: 9.5/10
22
 
23Kalmankantaja / Wyrd - Split
Score: 9.5/10
As said before, I love when a split album introduces me to a new band. Especially to a band as good as Kalmankantaja, which makes me wonder how I could have missed them for so long. Mostly consisting of cover tracks, the sludgy Sisters of Mercy cover is something I can literally listen to on repeat for days.
 
Kroda
Kälte Aurora - Live in Lemberg II (digital)
Score: 9/10
24
 
25Mistur - In Memoriam
Score: 9/10
Though not a new band, Mistur's last album was long ago and quite different stylistically that it might as well be a new band. On this album there are few of the viking or black influences, instead it contains some very decent mid-tempo death with keys and great production, reminiscent of Hypocrisy. And it doesn't hurt to have a new Hypocrisy.
 
Christ Agony
Legacy
Score: 9/10
26
 
27Laster / Wederganger
Split
Score: 9/10
 
Fenris
...En Doodenakkers tot den Horizon
Score: 9/10
28
 
29God Eat God
Abandonment
Score: 9/10
 
Saor
Guardians
Score: 9/10
30
 
31Is
Glimpses Of Sorrow (digital)
Score: 9/10
 
Fjörd / Heresiarch Seminary
Split
Score: 9/10
32
 
33Nocte Obducta
Mogontiacum (Nachdem die Nacht herabgesunken)
Score: 9/10
 
Timor Et Tremor
For Cold Shades
Score: 9/10
34
 
35Sarkom
Anti-Cosmic Art
Score: 9/10
 
Graveyard Of Souls
Todos los caminos llevan a ninguna parte
Score: 9/10
36
 
37Thy Worshiper
Klechdy
Score: 9/10
 
Waldgeflüster
Ruinen
Score: 9/10
38
 
39Vanhelgd
Temple of Phobos
Score: 9/10
 
Svartelder
Pyres
Score: 8.5/10
40
 
41Abbath
Abbath
Score: 8.5/10
 
Augrimmer
Moth and the Moon
Score: 8.5/10
42
 
43Ancient
Back to the Land of the Dead
Score: 8.5/10
 
Frostmoon Eclipse
The Greatest Loss
Score: 8.5/10
44
 
45Insomnium
Winter's Gate

Score: 8.5/10
 
Ellorsith / Mannveira
Split
Score: 8.5/10
46
 
47Imperious
Tales of Woe - The Journey of Odysseus - Part II: From Hades to Ithaca
Score: 8.5/10
 
Coldworld
Autumn
Score: 8.5/10
48
 
49Gratzug
V: Meyster
Score: 8.5/10
 
Kvalvaag
Malum
Score: 8.5/10
50
 
51Mesarthim
.- -... ... . -. -.-. .
Score: 8.5/10
 
Battle Dagorath
I - Dark Dragons of the Cosmos
Score: 8.5/10
52
 
53Be'lakor
Vessels
Score: 8.5/10
 
Kalmankantaja
Tyhjyys
Score: 8.5/10
54
 
55Dark Lunacy
The Rain After the Snow
Score: 8.5/10
 
The Vision Bleak
The Unknown
Score: 8.5/10
56
 
57Master's Hammer
Formulæ
Score: 8.5/10
 
Various
Metallica - A Tribute to Master of Puppets
Score: 8.5/10
58
 
59Matalobos
Arte Macabro
Score: 8/10
 
When Nothing Remains
In Memoriam
Score: 8/10
60
 
61Ketzer
Starless
Score: 8/10
 
October Tide
Winged Waltz
Score: 8/10
62
 
63Omnium Gatherum
Grey Heavens
Score: 8/10
 
Madder Mortem
Red in Tooth and Claw
Score: 8/10
64
 
65Heavenwood
The Tarot of the Bohemians
Score: 8/10
 
In Mourning
Afterglow
Score: 8/10
66
 
67Graveland / Nokturnal Mortum
The Spirit Never Dies
Score: 8/10
 
Shadecrown
Agonia
Score: 7.5/10
68
 
69Sweet Ermengarde
Ex Oblivione
Score: 7.5/10
 
Mesarthim
The Great Filter (digital)
Score: 7.5/10
70
 
71Cadaveria / Necrodeath
Mondoscuro
Score: 7.5/10
 
Downfall Of Nur / Selvans
Split
Score: 7.5/10
72
 
73Hermóðr
The Howling Mountains

Score: 7.5/10
 
Scorched
Echoes Of Dismemberment
Score: 7.5/10
74
 
75Grave Miasma
Endless Pilgrimage
Score: 7.5/10
 
Skoll
Of Misty Fire We Are
Score: 7.5/10
76
 
77Germ
Escape
Score: 7.5/10
 
Gojira
Magma

Score: 7.5/10
78
 
79Gloomy Grim
The Age of Aquarius
Score: 7.5/10
 
In The Woods
Pure

Score: 7.5/10
80
 
81Saltus
Slavic Battle Swords - Live in Wroclaw
Score: 7.5/10
 
Crest Of Darkness
Welcome the Dead
Score: 7.5/10
82
 
83Herder
Fergean
Score: 7.5/10
 
Amon Amarth
Jomsviking

Score: 7.5/10
84
 
85Inquisition
Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith
Score: 7/10
 
Thränenkind
King Apathy
Score: 7/10
86
 
87Lux Divina
Walk Within the Riddle
Score: 7/10
 
Hermóðr
A Place of Eternal Twilight (digital)
Score: 7/10
88
 
89Bekëth Nexëhmü
De Dunklas Återkomst (demo)
Score: 7/10
 
Wyrd
Death of the Sun
Score: 7/10
90
 
91Novembre
Annoluce
Score: 7/10
 
Mesarthim
Type III (digital)
Score: 7/10
92
 
93Is
November Days (digital)
Score: 7/10
 
Paganland
From Carpathian Land
Score: 7/10
94
 
95Caliban
Gravity
Score: 7/10
 
Behexen
The Poisonous Path
Score: 7/10
96
 
97Spire
Entropy
Score: 7/10
 
Hyperion
Seraphical Euphony
Score: 7/10
98
 
99Alcest
Kodama
Score: 7/10
 
Skálmöld
Vögguvísur Yggdrasils
Score: 7/10
100


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