Demon Head Post “Hic Svnt Dracones” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on March 3rd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Last time Copenhagen doom rockers Demon Head posted a video, back at the end of January, there was apparently some measure of confusion on my part as to the release date of their impending second album, Thunder on the Fields. Actually, scratch that “apparently some measure” part. I was confused. The full-length, originally slated for an April 7 release through The Sign Records and Caligari Records when it was first announced in December, appeared to have been bumped up to Feb. 24.

As Demon Head unveil a second video from the follow-up to their 2015 debut, Ride the Wilderness (review here), it seems that we’ve gone back to April 7. Fair enough, since at very least that means I’m not already behind in not having reviewed it yet — or, for that matter, heard it in its entirety — but it does mean we’re still more than a month away from the actual release date. Was it ever Feb. 24? Was it a dream? Was it for one format and not another? Was the plan scrapped altogether? Where did I get Feb. 24 from to start with? These questions may never be answered — mostly because I don’t have the time to go find out. Mark your calendar for April 7 and leave it at that, folks. Some mysteries just have to be accepted.

Oh wait, the PR wire info said it.

Okay.

I guess we solved that one after all.

Way to go, I guess.

As you check out Demon Head‘s new clip for “Hic Svnt Dracones” below, please find included a healthy slew of live dates for the band, including two release shows in Sweden in Denmark and noted tour intentions still TBA for the UK, Finland and the wider European sphere that ensure the band will be plenty busy leading up to and through the summer. They’ve also got a couple festival shows and I would be surprised if they didn’t end up with a few more before the year is out, so stay tuned.

And yeah, I’m hoping to review the album at some point. Will it be before April 7? Another mystery for the ages. Or at least the next couple weeks.

Enjoy:

Demon Head, “Hic Svnt Dracones” official video

HIC SVNT DRACONES is the second single from Demon Head’s album ‘Thunder On The Fields’ released by The Sign Records 7th of April 2017.

HIC SVNT DRACONES is a heavy anthem with a burning drive. The song is about throwing off the shackles that wear us down, daring to go were the maps have white spots. Follow the sinister leads and groove to a place between borderland and underworld…

Live Dates:
4/3 Copenhagen, DK. Ungdomshuset 10 years
31/3 Gothenburg, SWE
1/4 Linköping, SWE – The Sign Fest
7/4 Malmö, SWE – Release show
8/4 Copenhagen, DK – Release show
13/4 – 17/4 England Tour – Tour Dates TBA
28/4 Copenhagen – Nothern discomfort festival
11/5 – 14/5 Finland Tour – Tour Dates TBA
26/5 Aarhus, TBA – Denmark
27/5 Aalborg, 1000fryd – Denmark
16/8 – 22/8 European Tour – Tour Dates TBA

Album preorder:

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The Sonic Dawn Announce April 21 Release for Into the Long Night

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 28th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Danish heavy psych composers The Sonic Dawn have set an April 21 release date for their second full-length, Into the Long Night and revealed the cover art for the album. You can see below it’s tripped-out in classic form, and not that I’ve heard it yet or anything, but the album works in like-minded fashion, though one thing striking is the depth of arrangement The Sonic Dawn bring to their fluid jams, whether it’s keyboard or flourish of sitar sounds, percussion or whatever else. There’s little that seems to be out of their reach, but they maintain a core natural dynamic underneath, giving the whole affair a blended feel of organic performance and conceptual intent to go with a subtly clean production. Or so I might think, if I’d heard it.

Anyone who heard the 2015 Nasoni-issued debut, Perception (review here), already knows to look forward to this one, and rightly so.

Heavy Psych Sounds, which picked the band up at the end of last month, sent this down the PR wire:

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The Sonic Dawn – Into the Long Night

Heavy Psych Sounds Records is proud to present: ***THE SONIC DAWN*** the new album: “Into The Long Night”

Into the Long Night is the second album by The Sonic Dawn, one of the most remarkable bands to come out of the new psychedelic wave in Denmark. Just a few seconds into this album, you will realize that you are in for a mind altering experience.

“It’s a trip! By taking the listeners to places they didn’t expect to go, we hope to make them aware – that they’ll stop up and think about life for a minute. Awareness is the first step to change in the world,” says Emil Bureau (guitar/vocals).

To achieve the dramatic changes of mood and feeling that The Sonic Dawn excel at, they mix a wide range of styles, from jazzy sitar pop to heavy acid rock. A pleasant-sounding analog production makes the album easy to approach, not to water it down, but rather to pull the unsuspecting listener into the deep.

The songs were written by day and recorded at night, during a month of complete isolation in a remote house by The North Sea. The tracklist can be interpreted as a trip through the night, into a new dawn. Close your eyes and see it:

Go through the hill country with its long yellow grass, to the beach where the setting sun dances on the cold waves. Slide into the darkest hours, alone with your thoughts and doubts. Suddenly come the first blue rays, separating past from present, before a golden dawn is born and everything takes its right shape, perhaps for the very first time.

Into the Long Night was made in collaboration with some of Scandinavia’s most regarded personnel. It features Swedish Hammond legend Erik ‘Errka’ Petersson on keys and Morten Grønvad on vibraphone/perc., which adds to its soundtrack-like qualities. Mixed in The Village Recording with jazz producer Thomas Vang (Oscar Peterson, Randy Brecker etc.). Mastered in Svenska Grammofonstudion with Hans Olsson Brookes (Graveyard, Blues Pills, José González etc.).

Fans of psychedelic rock, neo-psych, freak beat and classic rock will surely enjoy this record.

Nine tracks, 36 minutes and 22 seconds. Released by Heavy Psych Sounds (Italy) on April 21st, 2017.

The Sonic Dawn European concert dates:
15/04/2017 DK Christiania, Operaen (release party).
21/04/2017 DK Svendborg, Maskinen.
18/05/2017 DE Hamburg, MS Stubnitz.
19/05/2017 DE Berlin, Bassy Club.
23/05/2017 DE Dresden, Ostpol.
24/05/2017 DE Nierstein, E-Werk.
25/05/2017 DE Karlsruhe, PsyKa Underground Experience.
26/05/2017 DE Essen, Soulhell Café.
27/05/2017 DE Hofheim/Taunus, Jazzkeller.
31/05/2017 DE Miltenberg, Beavers.
01/06/2017 DE Mannheim, Kurzbar.
03/06/2017 BE Mechelen, Kafee Zapoi.
04/06/2017 BE Assenede, Flanders Chopper Bash.
06/06/2017 DE Mainz, Schon Schön.
19/08/2017 DE Waffenrod, Woodstock Forever Festival.
15-17/09/2017 UK Bedford, The Trip Out.
22-24/09/2017 UK Liverpool, Liverpool Psych Fest.

The Sonic Dawn is:
Emil Bureau (guitar, lead vocals)
Jonas Waaben (drums)
Neil Bird (bass guitar)

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The Sonic Dawn, Perception (2015)

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Causa Sui Taking Preorders for Live in Copenhagen

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 23rd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

If you’d like to make yourself sad this morning, afternoon, whatever, go ahead and take a listen to the streaming live Causa Sui track at the bottom of this post and realize that the limited-to-300-copies-3LP-plus-bonus-10″ version of Live in Copenhagen has already sold through its pressing on preorders. The regular 3LP box is still available, as is the CD for those of us who retain an affection for the format, and honestly, I don’t think there’s much more you really need to know about it other than it’s Causa Sui caught live at the release shows for their last two albums, they cover John Coltraine, and Niklas from Papir sits in on one of the sets. No wonder that shit’s already sold out. I’d buy it twice just to make the point, and I may yet.

Those who heard it will recall that the Danish band’s last live outing, 2014’s Live at Freak Valley (review here), was little short of manna from heavy psych heaven, so it goes without saying that if you haven’t yet gotten your order in for Live in Copenhagen, you probably want to get on it.

And seriously, take a listen to “Eternal Flow” down at the bottom of the post. Might make you sad. Will also make your day.

Behold:

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Causa Sui – Live in Copenhagen – El Paraiso Records

This limited boxset captures Causa Sui at two very special nights: At the release parties of Euporie Tide (2013) & Return To Sky (2016). While the two albums are tight and meticulous sizes, that helped propel the band to the very pinnacle of European stoner-psych, this heavy package documents the band at their most free and adventurous. Since the band seldomly performes live, this may very well be your best chance to experience what the band is capable of at their best! One show is recorded at avantgarde institution extraordinaire Jazzhouse, while the other captures the sounds of legendary underground venue Dragens Hule in a warm summer night of 2013, where the band played in front of a small, ecstatic crowd until the wee hours. Both shows were recorded multitrack with an A-grade selection of mics and mixed and mastered by Jonas Munk.

During these three discs Causa Sui aren’t merely running through classic cuts from the catalogue. Each track is explored, reinterpreted and given new life – often straying far away from its original roots with a fervent energy. One minute the band is bluesy and heavy, the next they’re repetitive and blissed-out or venturing into a cacophony of Albert Ayler-like sax bursts, free-form electronics and feedback. Swedish saxophone player Johan Riedenlow joins both shows and Papir-guitar player Nicklas Sørensen occasionally adds his magic to the Dragens Hule set – including a towering 13-minute version of Eternal Flow, that seems to channel the energy of mid-1970s Popol Vuh, as well as a breezy cover version of Agitation Free’s ”First Communication”.

”Ju-Ju Blues” from the Jazzhouse set is Causa Sui at their most fuzzed out and Hendrixian, reaching new improvisational heights, whereas ”Dawn Passage” feels like an obvious fusion of Tame Impala and Allman Brothers. On the Dragens Hule sets the band goes all the way out! ”Portixeddu / Tropic Of Capricorn” turns Bitches Brew-era Miles Davis into a crazed sludge-fest, and fan-favourites ”El Paraiso” and “Red Valley” appear here in their ultimate versions. To cap things off the band delivers a 17-minute exclusive tribute to John Coltrane’s ”A Love Supreme” featuring both Johan Riedenlow and Nicklas Sørensen.

The vinyl version of Live In Copenhagen comes as three LPs in heavy duty sleeves packed in a deluxe slipcase box. Limited to 1000 copies.

140 minutes worth of music – recorded at the release parties of Euporie Tide & Return To Sky.

Jazzhouse
01 Rip Tide 6:38
02 The Source 4:42
03 The Juice 8:53
04 Mondo Buzzo 8:35
05 Dawn Passage 9:48 *
06 Eugenie 8:00
07 Ju-Ju Blues 10:45

Dragens Hule pt. 1
01 Eternal Flow 13:01
02 El Paraiso 12:20
03 Mireille 7:39
04 Portixeddu / Tropic Of Capricorn 15:22

Dragens Hule pt. 2
01 First Communication 6:30 (Agitation Free)
02 Homage 9:28
03 Red Valley 10:13
04 Euporie 11:58 *
05 A Love Supreme 16:47 (John Coltrane)

* Digital bonus tracks

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Bellhound Choir to Release Worried Kid April 28

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 14th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Danish singer-songwriter Christian Hede Madsen made his debut under the Bellhound Choir moniker with the 2015 EP Stray Screech Beast (review here), which marked a radical departure from his band at the time, Pet the Preacher. Where the band had a hard-driving heavy rock foundation, Bellhound Choir turned toward darker country and folk vibes, blues and so on.

He signed to respected purveyor Bad Afro Records for the ensuing first full-length, Imagine the Crackle, which you can stream below, and in April will release his quick-turnaround second outing, Worried Kid, having also formed his own label in the new Salbar Records. Oh yeah, and dude has a novel out. Some people just like to stay busy. I can respect that.

From the PR wire:

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BELLHOUND CHOIR TO RELEASE BRAND NEW ALBUM!’WORRIED KID’ COMING APRIL 28th!

On April 28th 2017, singer, songwriter and guitarist Christian Hede Madsen aka BELLHOUND CHOIR will release his second solo album ‘Worried Kid’ – a contemporary blues album dealing with the struggles and winding roads of the soul – and now he announces a special release event at this year’s SPOT FESTIVAL in Denmark.

Bellhound Choir is the sound of where it all began as well as the sound of now. Bellhound Choir is contemporary blues, a kind of folk music that with an eternal voice exposes the trouble of the soul as well as its hopes. Bellhound Choir is songwriter, singer and guitarist Christian Hede Madsen. Madsen is primarily known for his music, partly from his former band Pet The Preacher and now with the solo project Bellhound Choir, which released the debut album “Imagine The Crackle” through Bad Afro Records last year.

Apart from being a musician, Madsen is a man of many other talents – an artist ever interested in finding new ways of expression. He experiments with film, interactive media and not least litterature, which occupies an essential part of his music and beyond. Madsen just recently released the debut novel ‘Mørkeræd’ (‘Fear of the Dark’), which is yet another take on his description of the existential conditions of mankind.

These conditions are equally described on Bellhound Choir´s second album ‘Worried Kid’ – eight songs about being shrouded in darkness, with the shadows chasing you, on the way to something better. An album that revolves around the eternal struggle of being alive and preserving hope. ‘Worried Kid’ is produced by Sebastian Wolff, front man in Kellermensch, who besides producing also contributes with vocals for a duo with Madsen on the album. ‘Worried Kid’ will be released through Madsen´s own label Salbar on April 28th 2017, and the album will be accompanied by a string of cinematic, fictional live-sessions presented on an interactive online platform ahead of the release.

It is ‘Worried Kid’, its stories, the interplay between different media and off course Madsen´s intimate, stripped down performance, which is the heart of the acoustic performance that Bellhound Choir will deliver on the primary Danish showcase event SPOT FESTIVAL in Aarhus, Denmark on May 5th.

More info on the album and additional dates will follow in the time to come.

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Bellhound Choir, Imagine the Crackle (2016)

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Demon Head Post Official Video for “Gallow’s Omen”

Posted in Bootleg Theater on January 31st, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Last time I heard, April 7 was the appointed release date of the second full-length by Copenhagen cultish doom rockers Demon Head, but The Sign Records seems to have bumped Thunder on the Fields up to Feb. 24. Here I was thinking the band had decided to be generous and give an extra-early preview of the album ahead of its arrival, but the timing actually works out about right. I’ll take it either way, frankly.

The first audio to be made public from Thunder on the Fields, “Gallow’s Omen” hits as a new video suitably rife with creeper imagery and footage that looks both originally captured and culled from the vast public domain, varied in level of grit and origin as it seems to be. It all comes together around the swinging, rolling groove of “Gallow’s Omen,” the track itself, which basks in the ways of classic doom without getting lost in retro redundancies. Demon Head‘s first record, 2015’s Ride the Wilderness (review here), was a sonic blowout of similar cohesion, but I’m looking forward to hearing how Thunder on the Fields builds on what they accomplished their last go. One doesn’t want to speculate not having heard the full release, but I think they’re giving a few hints here.

And the good news — you know, apart from the video, the preorders, etc. — seems to be that we’ll get to find out more about Thunder on the Fields sooner than anticipated. Mark that a win for sure. Just by way of a warning, this one might be NSFW depending on how stuffy your situation is, so use your best judgment.

Please enjoy:

Demon Head, “Gallow’s Omen” official video

We now have the pleasure of giving you Gallow’s Omen, the first song and video from our coming album Thunder on the Fields. Listen, watch and pre-order the album below:

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Deezer: http://bit.ly/2jM30OP
Preorder CD/LP: http://freighttrain.se/en/

‘Gallow’s Omen’ is the first single from Demon Head’s second album ‘Thunder On The Fields’ that will be relesed 24th of February on the Sign Records. The song concern situations when fear becomes generalized. Suspicion grows and society searches for enemies within, in an attempt to keep power or rid itself of a certain kind of people: witches, terrorists, heretics, illegals….

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The Sonic Dawn Sign to Heavy Psych Sounds; Into the Long Night Due in April

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 25th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Cheers to Copenhagen trio The Sonic Dawn on signing to Heavy Psych Sounds for the release of their upcoming second album, Into the Long Night. Due in April, the new full-length follows behind Perception (review here), which Nasoni Records issued on Halloween 2015, and which reveled in classic pop-tinged psychedelia, creating a fluid but still coherent impression across its graceful span, whether surfing through “The Mustang” or basking in the sun-soaked drift of “Watching Dust Fall.”

I haven’t the faintest idea what their second record might hold in terms of direction or movement from the first one, but Heavy Psych Sounds posted word to keep an eye out for a somewhat darker approach, and that’s enough to further pique my interest.

Word from the label follows:

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THE SONIC DAWN – HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS

HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS Records & Booking is proud to announce the signing of a new incredible band!

The Sonic Dawn is a trip – a psychedelic mixture of styles, from jazzy sitar pop to heavy acid rock. Expect melodic songs with a 60s flavor, laced with dreamy vocals and delivered with an explosive stage presence.

Since their acclaimed album debut in 2015, The Sonic Dawn has been on several European tours. A highlight of 2016 was opening the notorious Freak Valley Festival, sharing the stage with Graveyard and White Hills. This year they can be experienced all over Europe again, confirmed for some of the best venues and festivals.

The new “Into the Long Night” is the trio’s most ambitious album yet. Written by day and recorded at night during a month of complete isolation by The North Sea, it is as light and gracious as it is dark and mysterious. The journey has just begun.

The band just signed with HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS RECORDS and ready to release the new album in April 2017.

Cover art and album details will be unveil soon, so stay tuned for more infos!

The Sonic Dawn is:
Emil Bureau (guitar, lead vocals)
Jonas Waaben (drums)
Neil Bird (bass guitar)

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The Sonic Dawn, Perception (2015)

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Doublestone Sign to Ripple Music; Devil’s Own / Djævlens Egn out May 12

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 23rd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Copenhagen boogie rockers Doublestone have signed to Ripple Music and will release their second album, Devil’s Own / Djævlens Egn on May 12. Late in 2013, the three-piece issued their debut full-length, Wingmakers (review here), to much fairly-earned hullabaloo, and the follow-up outing finds them once more under the tutelage of producer Tony Reed of Mos Generator, also known for his board-work for the likes of Saint Vitus, Seedy Jeezus, and of course his own sundry projects. A lot’s changed in Euro heavy over the last four years, so I wonder how that might manifest in their style, but the first record was loaded with potential either way and it’s cool to see the next step bring them to a new level in working with Ripple, whose reach continues to expand internationally and creatively.

The PR wire takes it from here:

doublestone (Photo by Andreas Krohn)

Doublestone Signs World-wide Deal with Ripple Music; New Tony Reed-Produced Album Out in May

Ripple Music is thrilled to announce the signing of Danish retro-heavy rockers, Doublestone to their stellar roster of international bands. Formed in 2011 Copenhagen, Denmark, by long time friends, Jamie and Bo as a duo. Doublestone, later that year became a power-trio as (the cousin) Kristian joined the band. The stoner-rock trio released a few EP’s, and in 2013, joined forces with Mos Generator’s Tony Reed to record their first full length “Wingmakers.”

The debut album was recorded in an old cheese factory’s basement under the city of Copenhagen and catapulted the trio into the international stoner-rock scene, with their 70’s inspired, straightforward hardrock.

Now digging even deeper and going even further under ground, the long awaited second album, was created in the World War II bunker which is now Wolf Ram Studio, produced and mixed by Doublestone and Andreas Krohn, and mastered once again by the legendary by Tony Reed.

“Devil’s Own/Djævlens Egn” is finally ready for the world to hear and will be released worldwide by Ripple Music.

MEMBERS:
Bo Blond Daugaard – Guitar/Vocals
Michael James Bruun – Drums
Kristian Blond Møller – Bass/Vocals

Over that last 5 years, Ripple Music has distinguished itself as one of the leading puryeors of heavy rock. With a roster that includes such bands as Wo Fat, Mothership, Freedom Hawk, Roadsaw and more, Doublestone’s Bo says he’s “over the clouds excited to be working with such a label, with such amazing bands and such a reputation for bringing quality music to the scene.”

“Devil’s Own/Djævlens Egn” will be released on May 12th, on vinyl, limited-edition, multi-colored vinyl, CD and digital world-wide via MVD Distributors, Ripple Music webstore, Ripple Music Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon and distributors world-wide.

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Doublestone, Wingmakers (2013)

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The Top 20 of 2016 Year-End Poll — RESULTS!

Posted in Features on January 1st, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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The poll is closed, the results are counted and the top 20 albums of 2016 have been chosen. Hard to argue with the list as it’s shown up over the course of the past month, so I won’t try. Instead, let me just say thanks to incredible amount of participants who contributed this year.

All told, between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31, 612 people added their picks to the proceedings, compared to 388 in last year’s poll. Considering how much that number blew my mind on Jan. 1, 2016, I’m sure you can imagine how I feel about adding another 200-plus lists to the pot. In short, I’m astounded, deeply humbled and so, so, so grateful. I feel like we got enough of a sampling this year to give a genuinely representative showing for where people’s heads have been at, so thank you if you were a part of it.

Thank you as well as always to Slevin for running the poll’s back end and tabulating the results. As ever, the weighting system is one in which a 1-4 ranking is worth five points, 5-8 worth four, 9-12 worth three, 13-16 worth two and 17-20 worth one. You’ll find that list (plus some honorable mentions) below, followed by the raw-vote tally.

And after the jump, as has become the tradition, are the full lists of everyone who submitted, alphabetized by name. I’m in there too. It’s a huge amount to wade through, and even if you thought you heard everything in 2016, it should be more than enough to keep you busy for the next year.

One last note: I’m no statistician. Please allow for these numbers to change over the next couple days on some small level.

Let’s go:

Top 20 of 2016 — Weighted Results

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1. Wo Fat, Midnight Cometh (375 points)
2. Greenleaf, Rise Above the Meadow (368)
3. Elephant Tree, Elephant Tree (324)
4. Asteroid, III (302)
5. Brant Bjork, Tao of the Devil (295)
6. Gozu, Revival (274)
7. Neurosis, Fires Within Fires (253)
8. King Buffalo, Orion (244)
9. Mars Red Sky, Apex III (Praise for the Burning Soul) (238)
10. Conan, Revengeance (232)
11. Cough, Still They Pray (228)
12. Holy Grove, Holy Grove (218)
13. SubRosa, For this We Fought the Battle of Ages (213)
14. Truckfighters, V (206)
15. Blood Ceremony, Lord of Misrule (200)
16. Khemmis, Hunted (192)
16. Red Fang, Only Ghosts (192)
17. Inter Arma, Paradise Gallows (181)
18. Witchcraft, Nucleus (174)
19. Opeth, Sorceress (173)
20. Church of Misery, And then there Were None (159)

Honorable mention to:
Causa Sui, Return to Sky (157)
Goatess, II: Purgatory Under New Management (157)
Black Mountain, IV (148)
Mos Generator, Abyssinia (144)
Wretch, Wretch (140)

Look at those tallies for number one and two. That race was close all month. Wo Fat kept out front for the most part, but Greenleaf kept it interesting and Elephant Tree’s debut snuck in there at third, which I love to see, both because it’s their first album and because that record was indeed so great. King Buffalo, another debut, also made the top 10, underscoring those two as bands to watch, and though Brant Bjork, Conan, Asteroid, Neurosis, Gozu and Mars Red Sky might be more expected names, they still certainly delivered excellent records, so again, nothing to fight with here. Things flesh out a bit in the 10-20 range, but I don’t think there’s one album on this list you could call is “miss.”

Top 20 of 2016 — Raw Votes

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1. Wo Fat, Midnight Cometh (109)
2. Greenleaf, Rise Above the Meadow (92)
3. Brant Bjork, Tao of the Devil (87)
4. Elephant Tree, Elephant Tree (82)
5. Asteroid, III (80)
6. Gozu, Revival (76)
7. Conan, Revengeance (73)
8. Cough, Still They Pray (70)
9. Mars Red Sky, Apex III (Praise for the Burning Soul) (68)
10. King Buffalo, Orion (67)
11. Truckfighters, V (62)
12. Red Fang, Only Ghosts (61)
13. Khemmis, Hunted (60)
14. Blood Ceremony, Lord of Misrule (59)
14. SubRosa, For this We Fought the Battle of Ages (59)
15. Holy Grove, Holy Grove (58)
16. Church of Misery, And then there Were None (53)
17. Inter Arma, Paradise Gallows (49)
17. Witchcraft, Nucleus (49)
18. Opeth, Sorceress (47)
19. Mos Generator, Abyssinia (45)
20. Black Mountain, IV (44)
20. Causa Sui, Return to Sky (44)
20. Wretch, Wretch (44)

Honorable mention to:
Goatess, II: Purgatory Under New Management (43)
Mondo Drag, The Occultation of Light (43)
Geezer, Geezer (41)
Crowbar, The Serpent Only Lies (41)
Gojira, Magma (37)
Slomatics, Future Echo Returns (36)
Graves at Sea, The Curse that Is… (35)
Black Rainbows, Stellar Prophecy (33)
Beastmaker, Lusus Naturae (32)
Vokonis, Olde One Ascending (31)

Left a few more honorable mentions in the raw-vote count, just for fun and so you could get more of a feel beyond the top 20 itself, which you’ll notice has a couple ties in it as the raw votes usually do and reorganizes a bit from the weighted results. One and two remain the same, however, and in the same order, and you’ll see Wo Fat was the only album that scored more than 100 votes on its own. As a whole, there were over 2,400 separate entries for albums this year, which is by far the most spread out that the voting has ever been. Frankly, with so many people involved and such a variety of stuff being voted on, I’m amazed anyone managed to agree on anything at all, but of course they did and once again a stellar list is the result.

Well, Happy New Year.

Before I go, thanks again to Slevin for the work put into running the back end of this site and this poll particularly. I show up with the finish lists, but it’s his code that makes it happen, and his efforts are appreciated more than I can say. Dude has never asked me for anything in the nearly eight years I’ve been a constant pain in his ass.

After the jump, you’ll find everybody’s list, alphabetized by name. Please enjoy browsing. I hope you find something awesome, because there’s certainly plenty in there that qualifies, and if you see something that looks like it appears often enough that it should be included in one or both of the counts above, let me know in the comments.

Thanks.

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