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2016's Best Metal Albums So Far

by Chuck Eddy

2016's Best Metal Albums So Far

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In case you didn’t know, March is Metal Month, so in honor of that momentous occasion, here are samplings from a dozen of the most stellar new albums to rear their heavy heads thus far in 2016. They come from old thrashers like Voivod and Megadeth; young thrashers like Septagon and Holy Grail; forest-folk Finns like Hexvessel and South American Vikings like Ravensire. Atlanta’s funky Mother’s Finest; Houston’s proggy Oceans of Slumber; and Switzerland’s just plain weird Erkonauts show up, too. There’s also Toronto power-metal pirates Anvil, England’s majestic Magnum, and Sweden’s grime-encrusted Gehennah. That last gang of reprobates even spend a couple songs on their album amusingly complaining about metal not always being so great anymore -- but there’s plenty in this mix proves them dead wrong.

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