I know we usually have rants on Friday nights but tonight I thought I’d make an end of the year list honoring the best 6 albums of 2016. These spectacular records range from pop-punk, alternative rock, heavy metal and even industrial/electronic music; genres for every musical palette. So without further ado, let’s get right into the Top 6 Albums of 2016!
Best Albums Of 2016:
Green Day “Revolution Radio” - Believe it or not, 2016 was the year of Green Day. The punk rock gods returned after a long break of four years with one of their best records to date, which followed 2012’s “Uno! Dos! Tre!” I haven’t stopped playing this album since it came out. My biggest highlight of the current era had to be when we reviewed it for Nimrod Street. Good times!
Blink-182 “California” - I loved the San Diego trio’s latest album not just because they released a new record since 2011’s “Neighborhoods”, but I finally got to see them in concert since 2004. I drove to Tampa from Orlando and it was absolutely fabulous! Fun Fact about "California" - Blink are up for their first ever Grammy in 2017 for this very same record. We wish them the best of luck!
Lacuna Coil “Delirium” - These Italian goth metalers did it again rocking harder than ever and much more aggressively than they ever have. It was definitely a step up from 2013’s “Broken Crown Halo”. I’ve played it nonstop since its release back in May and I don’t intend to anytime soon. Is it possible for the whole album to be your favorite? If it isn’t, then it should be!
Goo Goo Dolls “Boxes” - The Goos were at the top of their game from 2013’s “Magnetic” in that they zig zagged into different avenues from their more traditional music. These Buffalo, NY natives experimented with electronics and even shared songwriting duties with other music moguls.
Army of the Universe “1999 & The Aftershow” - I met AOU after their show in 2013 when they toured with Skinny Puppy. I’ve been a fan ever the moment I reviewed their sophomore record “The Hipster Sacrifice", and now they return with an amped up club and rave favorite. They show us once again why “Italians Do It Better.”
Deadmau5 “W:/2016ALBUM/” - Deadmau5, otherwise known as Joel Zimmerman, tapped into his creative psyche to bring us a short but sweet record full of ambient instrumental tracks that are dark, edgy, and entrancing. My favorite song is “Let Go (ft. Grabbitz)” because the lyrics and music are a perfect match. Mau5 said he’s releasing another batch of new songs early on in 2017; can’t wait for that!
The Birthday Massacre “Imagica Demo (1998-2001)” - I’ve loved TBM since 2010. Since then I’ve seen these guys in concert 3 times and they’ve been a huge part of our Nimrod Street history. I loved this demo from when they were still named Imagica full of tracks recorded between 1998 to 2001. My favorite song is “Dead”, which used to be mistaken for a cover, but it was in fact discovered to be a new song. I can’t wait for their new material next year.
Sum 41 “13 Voices” - After Deryck Whibley returned to the spotlight after recovering from alcohol abuse, he and his band put together “13 Voices” released Oct. 7th, 2016. I was quite impressed! The Canadian punk rock trio conjured up a decent record I feel could’ve been influenced by AFI.
Dead When I Found Her “Eyes On Backwards” - We’ve been able to review every release DWIFH since “Rag Doll Blues” and I’ve loved every album since then. Here the Oregon native taps into his electro-industrial influences resulting in something that could’ve been mistaken for a retro 80’s/90’s Skinny Puppy record back in the day. I loved how intense this album gets, as well as the melodic electronic prominence weaving itself track by track.
Albums I Still Have To Listen To:
Kaiser Chiefs “Stay Together” and Red Hot Chili Peppers “The Getaway” - I know, I know….I haven’t had the time to really sit down and appreciate new records from Kaiser Chiefs or Red Hots. I’m going to get around to it eventually - hopefully during my winter holidays coming up.
What do you Nimrods think? Did I get it right or wrong? What were your favorites? Comment below or on Twitter (@NimrodStreet) or Facebook to tell me which ones you would list as your top favorite records of 2016.
Be sure to stay tuned next week as I countdown the top best tours of 2016!