Album of the Year 2016

To those who know me this is not a surprise in the slightest, especially considering it’s omission from the list thus far. However, my album of the year for 2016 is …

Black Peaks – Statues

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I’d never paid much attention to this band before the That’s Not Metal Podcast introduced me to them, so for that I am eternally grateful. I knew as soon as I listened to it that it would be my album of the year, to be honest. I listened to it non-stop, regardless of how I was feeling, it was still ready to play. I missed them when they toured with Toska, which was when I first heard of them and put them onto my list, but I had the pleasure of seeing them play at Download Festival, an undersold show at the Asylum in Birmingham, before bringing it all with what may just be the greatest gig I’ve ever been to; their co-headline show with Heck in Wolverhampton. Sadly I won’t be able to attend the Brighton show later in the year but look forward to the 2017 leg.

For anyone who enjoys progressive rock in the form of Tool and Mastodon then this is for you. It is though, in its own vein. They may not be a totally unique genre, but despite their allusions to other bands, they may be created something totally unique. Their support slot for Deftones was a success, and if their second album is half as good as this they could be a massive band; the potential is certainly there. I know I’ll be listening to this album for years to come, and I’m still telling people to go out and buy it now. All power to you boys

Imagine a band like this headlining arenas … I’m already prepared for that. In the wake of Dillinger leaving, it’s a pleasure to be at the start of a new band.

Thanks for reading. What were your albums of the year? What did I miss? More importantly, what should I look out for next year?

For those interested my Spotify playlist can be accessed by clicking on the image below. Here’s to next year!

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