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Top 15 Metal Albums of 2016

In what appears to be my standard fashion, my “top of year” lists seem to always come out later in the following year.  I ask myself why?  It’s just hard to narrow down the best of the best and not be biased towards any other lists.  Each year is getting tougher and tougher to make these lists as more and more bands are breaking through and simply making good music.  Sometimes it’s easy to tell the great stuff upon the first couple of listens.  Sometimes it takes a dozen listens and going back after a month or two of not listening to a specific album at all.  I found myself doing that in many cases last year.  This list is in no particular order.  If it is on my top 15, it was great, at least in this listeners opinion.  I base my choices on feeling – does the music give me that indescribable feeling when I hear it.  I can’t describe it, but it takes me away to that special place where nothing is real and everything is possible…

The Top 15 Metal Albums of 2016

  • Vektor – Terminal Redux
  • Sumac – What One Becomes
  • Cobalt – Slow Forever
  • Neurosis – Fires Within Fires
  • Amon Amarth – Jomsviking
  • Death Angel – The Evil Divide
  • Revocation – Great is our Sin
  • Exmortus – Ride Forth
  • Gojira – Magma
  • Anciients – Voice of the Void
  • Hammers of Misfortune – Dead Revolution
  • Astronoid – Air
  • Inter Arma – Paradise Gallows
  • Metallica – Hardwired…To Self Destruct
  • Anthrax – For All Kings

As with any lists there will be honorable mentions.  This year there is two that desearve recognition.

  • Megadeth – Dystopia
  • Opeth – Sorceress

Quite honestly Megadeth really could have been in the top 15 as I listened to that album.  A lot.  Opeth was one of the albums that initially I was like ‘blah” and then went back again and again.  Took a month off and went back.  It’s started to grow on me.  I like old Opeth best but I appreciate what they are doing now as the music is great, just not used to the completely growl-less Opeth that I was raised on.

2017 has really started off strong and many good albums are already out there and tons of great more to come.  The challenge is finding the time to listen.

Ending this on a different note, although we haven’t brought back the Audible Extacy podcast completely back, we have decided to do some live music talk every once in a while.  It’s a conversation about all types of music and you’re invited to check it out and hear what three old friends like to discuss and argue about.

Audible Extacy Livecast Channel

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Top 3 (for me personally) Gene Simmons Songs!

I’ve enjoyed KISS through the years, but it wasn’t until recently that I really discovered them (I even don’t mind The Elder, don’t tell anyone). Anyway, I started thinking about what might just be my three favorite Gene Simmons songs (I tend to lean more to his songs than the others in the band for some reason). So, without further delay here they are.

1. I Love it Loud

I’ve been into this song for a very long time. This was one of those songs I loved before I even really got to know KISS. Just mean, loud, and aggressive.

2. God of Thunder

This song is just so Metal, so dark, so bloody, and I love every inch of it.

3. War Machine

I have recently discovered this one and I can’t stop singing it or listening to it. Amazing powerful song.

Off now to listen to Creatures of the Night, which has two of these songs on it. Guess I might have to invest in that one at sometime. So, favorite Gene song?


What Lead You To AC/DC?

That is thought on my mind this Sunday afternoon…What lead you to AC/DC?  My first taste is vivid in my mind. I remember being very young and on travel with my mom and brother.   After checking into the hotel, my mom took us down to the local department store, maybe it was called “Hecks”, I can’t remember for sure.  Standing in the record department of Hecks, I come across the AC/DC section.  At that time I was not a fan of AC/DC but had heard a song or two, but I was very unfamiliar with their music.  My actual age would have been close to 10 or 11.   I had already began my journey into metal with my recent jump into Iron Maiden with The Number of the Beast.  So it had to be the summer of 1983, as it’s my best guess.  Now my mom had given me $10 to buy basically whatever I want.  I chose music while my brother is searching toys.  As I browse the few selections of AC/DC, there are two titles that are standing out, based on their covers alone…If You Want Blood… and Let There Be Rock.  Now it was a dilemma.  Do I want the one with guy who has a guitar stabbed into his gut or the one with the entire band on the cover?  Looking at the song titles, both cassettes appear to have a lot of similar songs.  Having no idea that If You Want Blood is a live album, I go for it, based on the “bloody” cover.  My first impression was disappointment.  I suppose the Iron Maiden was much heavier and different and I thought that AC/DC would be similar.  Maybe it was because it was a live album.  I did give it multiple listens over the week of vacation and when I got home I basically put it in the cassette in the case of probably 20 other cassettes at the time, just to gather dust.  Fast forward three years and I’m staying at my grandparents house in Jackson, KY.  Their neighbor has two kids, a boy about my age and a girl a couple of years younger.  Greg, the boy, and I became fast friends.  Little did I know he was already an AC/DC fan.  This would have been the summer of 1986 and Greg was rocking Who Made Who and Blow Up Your Video right off the bat.  What a great couple of weeks.  I learned the history of Bon Scott and Brian Johnson.  I also got to listen to the entire discography up until that point in time.  I realized during those two weeks, I had made a mistake when I had the choice three years earlier.  I should have gotten Let There Be Rock.  That album is a pure rocker, start to finish and is probably my favorite album to this day.  I still listen to it on occasion and enjoy every minute of it.  I owe my old friend Greg a ton of thanks for making me take the time to enjoy those classic albums.  He turned me into an AC/DC fan in the summer of 1986.  A memory I cherish so many years later.  Also a grim reminder that I’m getting old.


Until next time…Let There Be Rock


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