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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:56 pm 
 

Well everybody, here we are. The votes have been tallied and the results are in! Thank you to everybody who voted for the Encyclopaedia Metallum Album of the Year 2016, it was a lot of fun and I hope to do it again next year. In total, there were 94 ballots cast, for 408 unique albums. The results are presented with the final number of votes for each position on their respective ballots. Point totals can be found in the other thread if you'd like a refresher. If anybody tallies everything up and realizes we're twelve points short, I promise it's not an error, there was just one album voted for that wound up being a cover album and I didn't actually notice until I was doing the final tally here, so that one is on me. Anyway, I know what you're all here for, so HERE ARE THE RESULTS:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2016
  1. Vektor - Terminal Redux: 8-2-5-2-2-4-2-2-2-0 = 411pts
  2. Deathspell Omega - The Synarchy of Molten Bones: 3-3-2-2-3-1-0-1-2-2 = 231pts
  3. Blood Incantation - Starspawn: 3-2-2-3-2-1-2-3-0-1 = 230pts
  4. Avantasia - Ghostlights: 5-4-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 201pts
  5. Sumerlands - Sumerlands: 2-2-3-3-1-1-2-0-0-0 = 197pts
  6. Eternal Champion - The Armor of Ire: 2-2-2-0-2-1-1-1-1-1 = 157pts
  7. Ulcerate - Shrines of Paralysis: 2-1-2-1-0-2-1-1-1-1 = 137pts
  8. Mithras - On Strange Loops: 1-1-2-1-2-3-0-1-1-2 = 137pts
  9. Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika: 2-0-0-2-3-2-1-1-1-0 = 132pts
  10. Inquisition - Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith: 1-1-2-3-1-0-1-1-0-1 = 130pts
  11. Anaal Nathrakh - The Whole of the Law: 2-1-0-3-0-0-1-1-1-0 = 116pts
  12. Chthe'ilist - Le Dernier Crepuscule: 0-2-1-2-1-0-2-2-2-1 = 110pts
  13. Oranssi Pazuzu - Värähtelijä: 3-0-1-0-1-1-0-0-0-1 = 109pts
  14. Forteresse - Themes pour la rebellion: 1-1-3-0-1-0-1-0-0-3 = 107pts
  15. Deströyer 666 - Wildfire: 0-1-0-3-2-1-1-1-0-2 = 94pts
  16. Howls of Ebb: Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows: 2-1-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 88pts
  17. Hyperion - Seraphical Euphony: 3-0-0-2-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 87pts
  18. Octaviagrace - Outward Resonance: 3-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 85pts
  19. Agatus - The Eternalist: 1-1-1-2-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 84pts
  20. Katatonia - The Fall of Hearts: 2-1-0-0-1-0-0-0-2-0 = 82pts
  21. Thrawsunblat - Metacthonia: 1-0-1-2-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 72pts
  22. Wormed - Krigshu: 1-0-1-0-0-1-2-2-1-2 = 72pts
  23. Metallica - Hardwired... to Self Destruct: 0-1-1-0-1-2-1-1-1-1 = 72pts
  24. Rotting Christ - Rituals: 1-2-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0 = 69pts
  25. Gorguts - Pleiades' Dust - 0-1-0-1-2-1-1-1-0-1 = 69pts
  26. Borknagar - Winter Thrice: 1-0-0-2-1-0-0-2-0-0 = 67pts
  27. Anthrax - For All Kings: 0-1-1-2-0-1-0-0-1-0 = 67pts
  28. Asphyx - Incoming Death: 1-0-1-0-1-1-1-0-0-0 = 64pts
  29. Grave Miasma - Endless Pilgramage: 0-3-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 64pts
  30. Nails - You Will Never Be One of Us: 0-1-1-0-1-1-2-0-0-1 = 64pts
  31. Megadeth - Dystopia: 1-0-0-0-0-2-1-3-1-2 = 63pts
  32. Defeated Sanity - Disposal of the Dead / Dharmata: 0-1-1-1-0-1-1-0-2-0 = 63pts
  33. Cultes des Ghoules - Coven, or Evil Ways Instead of Love: 0-1-0-2-0-0-2-2-0-1 = 63pts
  34. Khemmis - Hunted: 1-0-0-0-2-0-1-2-1-0 = 61pts
  35. Cobalt - Slow Forever: 0-1-2-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 60pts
  36. The Temple - Forevermourn: 1-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 58pts
  37. Obscura - Akróasis: 0-1-1-2-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 57pts
  38. Death Fortress - Deathless March of the Unyielding: 1-0-1-0-0-2-0-0-0-0 = 56pts
  39. Striker - Stand in the Fire: 0-0-2-0-2-0-1-0-0-0 = 56pts
  40. Delain - Moonbathers: 0-1-1-1-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 53pts
  41. SubRosa - For This We Fought the Battle of Ages: 2-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 52pts
  42. Epica - The Holographic Principle: 0-0-2-1-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 52pts
  43. Spiritus Mortis - The Year is One: 0-0-1-3-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 52pts
  44. Helstar - Vampiro: 1-0-0-1-1-0-0-0-1-1 = 50pts
  45. Uada - Devoid of Light: 0-0-0-1-1-2-1-0-1-2 = 50pts
  46. Amon Amarth - Jomsviking: 1-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0 = 49pts
  47. Gatecreeper - Sonoran Deprivation: 1-0-0-0-1-1-1-0-0-0 = 49pts
  48. Ripper - Experiment of Existence: 0-1-1-0-1-0-1-0-0-0 = 49pts
  49. Zealotry - The Last Witness: 0-1-1-0-0-1-1-0-1-0 = 49pts
  50. Onmyo-za - Karyo Binga: 1-0-1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 48pts
  51. Ihsahn - Arktis: 0-1-0-0-1-1-0-2-1-2 = 48pts
  52. Voivod - Post Society: 0-1-0-1-1-0-1-0-0-0 = 46pts
  53. Abbath - Abbath: 0-0-0-0-3-2-0-0-0-0 = 46pts
  54. Allegaeon - Proponent for Sentience: 1-0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 45pts
  55. Dark Funeral - Where Shadows Forever Reign: 1-0-0-0-1-0-0-2-1-0 = 45pts
  56. Kawir - Father Sun Mother Moon: 1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 43pts
  57. Trees of Eternity - Hour of the Nightingale: 0-1-0-2-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 42pts
  58. Cult of Luna/Julie Christmas - Mariner: 1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 41pts
  59. Wormrot - Voices: 1-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-1-0 = 41pts
  60. Desaster - Oath of an Iron Ritual: 1-0-0-0-0-2-0-0-0-0 = 41pts
  61. Inverloch - Distance | Collapse: 1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 40pts
  62. Hail Spirit Noir - Mayhem in Blue: 0-1-0-0-1-0-2-0-0-0 = 40pts
  63. Demon Bitch - Hellfriends: 0-1-1-0-0-0-0-1-1-0 = 39pts
  64. Neurosis - Fires Within Fires: 0-0-1-1-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 37pts
  65. Bölzer - Hero: 0-0-1-0-1-0-0-2-1-1 = 36pts
  66. Saor - Guardians: 1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 35pts
  67. Dynazty - Titanic Mass: 0-0-1-0-1-0-1-1-0-0 = 35pts
  68. Blood Ceremony - Lord of Misrule: 1-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-1 = 34pts
  69. Eternity's End - The Fire Within: 0-1-0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0 = 34pts
  70. Insomnium - Winter's Gate: 0-1-0-0-0-1-0-1-2-0 = 34pts
  71. Mardelas - Mardelas II: 0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 34pts
  72. Theocracy - Ghost Ship: 1-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 33pts
  73. Wytch Hazel - Prelude: 1-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 33pts
  74. Blazon Stone - War of the Roses: 1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0 = 33pts
  75. High Spirits - Motivator: 1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0 = 33pts
  76. Black Crown Initiate - Selves We Cannot Forgive: 0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 33pts
  77. Ningen-Isu - Kaidan Soshite Shi to Erosu: 0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 33pts
  78. Void Meditation Cult - Utter the Tongues of the Dead: 0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 33pts
  79. Revocation - Great is Our Sin: 0-0-1-0-1-1-0-0-0-0 = 33pts
  80. First Fragment - Dasein: 1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1 = 32pts
  81. Fates Warning - Theories of Flight: 0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 31pts
  82. Devin Townsend Project - Transcendence: 0-0-1-0-0-2-0-0-0-0 = 31pts
  83. Opeth - Sorceress: 0-0-0-0-1-0-2-1-2-1 = 31pts
  84. Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep of Reason: 0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 30pts
  85. Twilight Force - Heroes of Mighty Magic: 0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 30pts
  86. Watchtower - Concepts of Math: Book One: 0-1-0-0-0-0-2-0-0-0 = 30pts
  87. Psychonaut 4 - Neurasenthia: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 29pts
  88. Suicidal Tendencies - World Gone Mad: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 29pts
  89. Demontage - Fire of Iniquity: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-2 = 29pts
  90. Testament - Brotherhood of the Snake: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1 = 28pts
  91. Be'lakor - Vessels: 0-0-0-0-2-1-0-0-0-0 = 28pts
  92. Fleshgod Apocalypse - King: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 27pts
  93. Ghoul - Dungeon Bastards: 0-0-0-0-2-0-1-0-0-1 = 27pts
  94. Behexen - The Poisonous Path: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 26pts
  95. Mylingar - Döda vägar: 0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 26pts
  96. Astronoid - Air: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-2-0-0 = 26pts
  97. Krypts - Remnants of Expansion: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-2-0 = 26pts
  98. Messa - Belfry: 0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0-1 = 26pts
  99. Trap Them - Crown Feral: 0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0-1 = 26pts
  100. Hammers of Misfortune - Dead Revolution: 0-0-0-2-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 26pts
  101. Phobocosm - Bringer of Drought: 0-0-0-1-1-0-0-1-0-0 = 26pts
  102. Temple Nightside - The Hecatomb: 0-0-0-0-1-2-0-0-0-0 = 26pts
  103. Vader - The Empire: 0-1-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1 = 25pts
  104. Latitudes - Old Sunlight: 0-1-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 24pts
  105. Wędrujący Wiatr - O turniach, jeziorach i nocnych szlakach: 0-1-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 24pts
  106. Vindland - Hanter Savet: 0-0-1-0-0-1-0-0-0-1 = 24pts
  107. El-Ahrairah - El-Ahrairah: 0-0-0-1-0-1-0-1-0-0 = 24pts
  108. Eternal Alchemist - Demon Summoning: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 22pts
  109. Hammerfall - Built to Last: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 22pts
  110. This Ending - Garden of Death: 0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 22pts
  111. Mary's Blood - Fate: 0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 22pts
  112. Furia - Księżyc milczy luty: 0-0-0-0-1-0-2-0-0-0 = 22pts
  113. Cantique Lépreux - Cendres célestes: 0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 21pts
  114. Freedom Call - Master of Light: 0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 21pts
  115. Voidspawn - Pyrrhic: 0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 21pts
  116. Coldworld - Autumn: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-1-1-0 = 21pts
  117. Sunburst - Fragments of Creation: 0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 20pts
  118. Conan - Revengeance: 0-0-0-0-2-0-0-0-0-0 = 20pts
  119. Running Wild - Rapid Foray: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 19pts
  120. Witchery - In His Infernal Majesty's Service: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 19pts
  121. Thy Catafalque - Meta: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-2-0 = 19pts
  122. Anciients - Voice of the Void: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 19pts
  123. Draugnim - Vulturine: 0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 18pts
  124. Disqualia - right NOW: 0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0 = 18pts
  125. Nucleus - Sentient: 0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0 = 18pts
  126. Aborted - Retrogore: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-2-0-0 = 18pts
  127. Vermin Womb - Decline: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-1 = 17pts
  128. Zhrine - Unortheta: 0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0-1-1 = 17pts
  129. Altarage - NIHIL: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 16pts
  130. Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard - Y Proffwydd Dwyll: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 16pts
  131. Tears of Tragedy - Statice: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 16pts
  132. A.M.S.G. - Hostis Universi Generis: 0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0 = 16pts
  133. Sodom - Decision Day: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0-1 = 15pts
  134. Brain Drill - Boundless Obscenity: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 14pts
  135. Solstice - To Sol a Thane: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 14pts
  136. Ulver - ATGCLVLSSCAP: 0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0 = 14pts
  137. Urgehal - Aeons in Sodom: 0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0 = 14pts
  138. Void Omnia - Dying Light: 0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0 = 14pts
  139. Alcest - Kodama: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-1-1 = 13pts
  140. Death Angel - The Evil Divide: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-1-1 = 13pts
  141. Clouds - Departe: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0 = 12pts
  142. Quicksand Dream - Beheading the Tyrants: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0 = 12pts
  143. Darkthrone - Arctic Thunder: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-1 = 11pts
  144. Condition Critical - Extermination Pain: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0 = 10pts
  145. Jute Gyte - Perdurance: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0 = 10pts
  146. Sarcoptes - Songs and Dances of Death: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-1-0 = 10pts
  147. Exmortus - Ride Forth: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-1 = 9pts
  148. Temisto - Temisto: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-1 = 9pts
  149. Gruesome - Dimensions of Horror: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0 = 8pts
  150. Garroted - In the Court of Nyarlathotep: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-0-0 = 8pts
  151. Booze Control - The Lizard Rider: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1 = 7pts
  152. Gojira - Magma: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1 = 7pts
  153. Serious Black - Mirrorworld: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1 = 7pts
  154. Skeletonwitch - The Apothic Gloom: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0 = 6pts
  155. Master's Hammer - Formulae: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1 = 5pts
  156. In the Woods... - Pure: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-0 = 4pts
  157. Mare Cognitum - Luminiferous Aether: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1 = 3pts
  158. Oathbreaker - Rheia: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1 = 3pts
  159. Glass Shrine - Lapidary: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2 = 2pts
  160. Metal Church - XI: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2 = 2pts


So when all is said and done, I must say congratulations to Vektor, who absolutely crushed everybody else by an almost cartoonish margin, nobody else was even close. Even if you took away every last one of Vektor's first place votes, they would have still come in third place and would have only lost by twenty points. They took the lead early (the first two ballots I got had them at #1) and only lost the top spot by one point before regaining it a day later and never looking back. This almost wasn't even fair. Way to go, Vektor.

I'm sure some of you are astutely noting "Hey asshole! You said there were 408 albums here, where the heck are they?" Well, in order to break up the list a bit and make it more manageable to read, I retooled something lastdodobird used to do and decided to separate every album that only got *one* vote, because holy shit there were a lot of them. So, in the spoilered section you will find the place where all those lonely souls have gone, which I have dubbed:

RANDO CORNER
Spoiler: show
  • Anaeon - Hypnosophy: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 25pts
  • Ancient Empire - Other World: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 25pts
  • Bestial Raids - Master Satan's Victory: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 25pts
  • Evig Natt - Evig natt: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 25pts
  • Heimleiden - Mysterium Melancholie: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 25pts
  • Imperium Dekadenz - Dis Manibvs: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 25pts
  • Lucifer's Fall - II: Cursed & Damned: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 25pts
  • Morgue Supplier - Morgue Supplier: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 25pts
  • Necropanther - Necropanther: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 25pts
  • Spell - For One and All: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 25pts
  • Unbeing - Ceres: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 25pts
  • Ultha - Converging Sins: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 25pts
  • Veilburner - The Obscene Rite: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 25pts

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  • Blazon Stone - Ready for Boarding: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 18pts
  • Bog of the Infidel - Asleep in the Arms of Suicide: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 18pts
  • Caliban - Gravity: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 18pts
  • Escarnium - Ineritus: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 18pts
  • Fear of Domination - Atlas: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 18pts
  • Harakiri for the Sky - III: Trauma: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 18pts
  • Inter Arma - Paradise Gallows: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 18pts
  • Korijenje Vječnosti - Poglavlje prvo: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 18pts
  • Lacuna Coil - Delirium: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 18pts
  • Madder Mortem - Red in Tooth and Claw: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 18pts
  • Mechina - Progenitor: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 18pts
  • Panphage - Drengskapr: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 18pts
  • Photian Schism - Photian Schism: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 18pts
  • Rami - Aspiration: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 18pts
  • Savage Master - With Whips and Chains: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 18pts
  • Serenity - Codex Atlanticus: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 18pts
  • Shadow of Intent - Primordial: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 18pts
  • Sojourner - Empires of Ash: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 18pts
  • Stone Magnum - Holy Blessings to None: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 18pts
  • Surgikill - Sanguinarian Revelations: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 18pts
  • Surturs Lohe - Seelenheim: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 18pts
  • Take Over and Destroy - Take Over and Destroy: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 18pts
  • Tides of Sulphur - Extinction Curse: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 18pts
  • Wolverine - Machina Viva: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 18pts
  • Zakk Wylde - Book of Shadows II: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 18pts

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  • Acerus - The Clock of Mortality: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 15pts
  • Antaeus - Condemnation: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 15pts
  • Axxion - Back in Time: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 15pts
  • Bushwhacker - The False Dilemma: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 15pts
  • Cauldron - In Ruin: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 15pts
  • Djevel - Norske ritualer: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 15pts
  • Green Yeti - The Yeti Has Landed: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 15pts
  • Hesychast - Ageless: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 15pts
  • In Mourning - Afterglow: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 15pts
  • Intonate - The Swerve: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 15pts
  • Moharebeh - We are at War!!!: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 15pts
  • Monument - Hair of the Dog: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 15pts
  • The Morningrise - Yellow: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 15pts
  • Myrath - Legacy: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 15pts
  • Nadja - The Stone is Not...: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 15pts
  • Novembre - Ursa: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 15pts
  • The Ritualist - Hell's Doom: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 15pts
  • Sonata Arctica - The Ninth Hour: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 15pts
  • Tombs - All Empires Fall: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 15pts
  • Virvum - Illuminance: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 15pts
  • Voluptas - Ved Rums Ende: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 15pts
  • Vukari - Divinations: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 15pts

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  • D - Wonderland Savior - 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 12pts
  • Dark Forest - Beyond the Veil: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 12pts
  • Dark Tranquillity - Atoma: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 12pts
  • Fuath - I: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 12pts
  • Handsome Prick - Enlarged to Show Texture: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 12pts
  • Helion Prime - Helion Prime - 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 12pts
  • Hexengeist - Demo: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 12pts
  • Hitten - State of Shock: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 12pts
  • Jormungand - Silent Enhancers: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 12pts
  • Mai Yajima -The Un-Dead: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 12pts
  • Mithridatic - Miserable Miracle: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 12pts
  • Omnium Gatherum - Grey Heavens: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 12pts
  • Plebeian Grandstand - False Highs, True Lows: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 12pts
  • Recitations - The First of the Listeners: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 12pts
  • Sacrificio - Guerra eterna: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 12pts
  • Schammasch - Triangle: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 12pts
  • Skáphe - Skáphe²: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 12pts
  • Steve Grimmet's Grim Reaper - Walking in Shadows: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 12pts
  • Suicidal Angels - Division in Blood: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 12pts
  • War//Plague - Carrion: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 12pts
  • Wardrum - Awakening: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 12pts
  • Wayfarer - Old Souls: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 12pts
  • Whores. - Gold.: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 12pts
  • Winterfylleth - The Dark Hereafter: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 12pts
  • Wisdom - Rise of the Wise: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 12pts

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  • Arrayan Path - Chronicles of Light: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 10pts
  • Buckethead - The Five Blocks: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 10pts
  • Despised Icon - Beast: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 10pts
  • Dormant Ordeal - We Had It Coming: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 10pts
  • Dun - Hors du gouffre: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 10pts
  • Dymna Lotva - Зямля пад чорнымі крыламі: Дрыгва: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 10pts
  • Eternal of Sweden - Ruins: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 10pts
  • Existance - Breaking the Rock: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 10pts
  • Gargoyle - Taburakashi: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 10pts
  • Gevurah - Hallelujah!: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 10pts
  • Graveland - 1050 Years of Pagan Cult: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 10pts
  • Haken - Affinity: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 10pts
  • Hooded Priest - These Skies Must Break: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 10pts
  • Primal Fear - Rulebreaker: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 10pts
  • Ride for Revenge - Thy Horrendous Yearning: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 10pts
  • Spektr - The Art to Disappear: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 10pts
  • Spellcaster - Night Hides the World: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 10pts
  • Thunderstone - Apocalypse Again: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 10pts
  • The Wounded - Sunset: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 10pts

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  • Alkonost - Песни белой лилии: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 8pts
  • Anagnorisis - Peripeteia: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 8pts
  • Barishi - Blood from the Lion's Mouth: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 8pts
  • Caïna - Christ Clad in White Phosphorus: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 8pts
  • Cardinals Folly - Holocaust of Ecstasy & Freedom: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 8pts
  • Convulse - Cycles of Revenge: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 8pts
  • Darkend - The Canticle of Shadows: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 8pts
  • Dawnbringer - XX: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 8pts
  • Denouncement Pyre - Black Sun Unbound: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 8pts
  • Disrule - Omen Possessor: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 8pts
  • Fallujah - Dreamless: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 8pts
  • Fireleaf - Behind the Mask: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 8pts
  • The Foreshadowing - Seven Heads Ten Horns: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 8pts
  • Game Over - Crimes Against Reality: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 8pts
  • Insane Vesper - Layil: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 8pts
  • Jesu/Sun Kil Moon - Jesu/Sun Kil Moon: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 8pts
  • Ravencult - Force of Profanation: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 8pts
  • Silverbones - Wild Waves: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 8pts
  • Sirius Roar - Qualia: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 8pts
  • Sorcier des Glaces - North: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 8pts
  • Spirit Adrift - Psychic Chasms: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 8pts
  • Tarja - The Shadow Self: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 8pts
  • Trick or Treat - Rabbit's Hill pt2: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 8pts
  • Vanhelgd - Temple of Phobos: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 8pts
  • Witchcraft - Nucleus: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 8pts

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  • Adrastea - The Ruins of Reminiscence: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • Countless Skies - New Dawn: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • Desert Near the End - Theater of War: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • Divine Wind - Reunion: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • The Drowning - Sentient Signs: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • Equilibrium - Armageddon: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • Genuflexion - Animal regilioso: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • Grand Magus - Sword Songs: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • Hell Fire - Metal Masses: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • Irkallian Oracle - Apollyon: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • Liv Moon - R.E.D.: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • Mizmor - Yodh: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • Mourning Beloveth - Rust & Bone: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • Naðra - Allir vegir til glötunar: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • Necronomicon - Advent of the Human God: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • Obsoletenova - Oracle Demo 2016: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • Orphaned Land - Kna'an: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • Portae Obscuritas - Sapientia Occulta: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • Profanatica - The Curling Flame of Blasphemy: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • Quercus - Heart with Bread: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • Rebaelliun - The Hell's Decrees: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • Rhapsody of Fire - Into the Legend: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • Rotten Sound - Abuse to Suffer: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • Scour - Scour: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • Sinbreed - Master Creator: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • Taka Minamoto - War in Heaven: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • Terra Tenebrosa - The Reverses: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • Thralldom - Time Will Bend Into Horror: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • Vex - Sky Exile: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • Villainy - II: Dim: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts

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  • Alhambra - The Earnest Trilogy: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts
  • Arcade Messiah - III: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts
  • Austen - Eschatological Delight: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts
  • Bädr Vogu - Wroth: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts
  • Bus - The Unknown Secretary: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts
  • Caveman Cult - Savage War is Destiny: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts
  • Death Fetishist - Clandestine Sacrament: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts
  • Hizaki - Rosario: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts
  • Illusions Dead - Celestial Decadence: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts
  • Innerwish - Innerwish: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts
  • InThyFlesh - The Flaming Death: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts
  • Kypck - Зеро: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts
  • Lorraine Cross - Army of Shadows: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts
  • Martröð - Transmutation of Wounds: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts
  • Mesarthim - Pillars: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts
  • Mistur - In Memoriam: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts
  • Rage - My Way: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts
  • Ranger - Speed and Violence: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts
  • Rust - Raw Shredding Death: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts
  • Sekhmet - Spiritual Eclipse: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts
  • Skálmöld - Vögguvísur Yggdrasils: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts
  • Symphonity - King of Persia: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts
  • Temple of Gnosis - De Secretis Naturae Alchymica: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts
  • Ultar - Kadath: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts
  • Untimely Demise - Black Widow: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts
  • Waldgeflüster - Ruinen: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts
  • Warfather - The Grey Eminence: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts
  • Whispered - Metsutan - Songs of the Void: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts
  • Wode - Wode: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts

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  • Ancst - Moloch: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • Black Moor - Brave to the Grave: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • Carbonic Acid - Kamakiri Miira: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • Cult of Fire - Life, Sex & Death: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • Dark Haunters - To Perverse is Diabolical: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • Dauþuz - In finstrer Teufe: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • Dead Congregation - Sombre Doom: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • Dementia - Dreaming in Monochrome: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • Doom - Still Can't the Dead: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • Downfall of Gaia - Atrophy: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • Earth and Pillars - Pillars I: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • Fatalist - The Bitter End: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • Gateway to Selfdestruction - Death My Salvation: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • Heaven's Cry - Outcast: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • Infernal Tenebra - As Nations Fall: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • The Infernal Sea - The Great Mortality: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • Ka Gaia An - Neamul Dacilor: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • King Goat - Conduit: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • Krigsgrav - Waves of Degradation: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • Lucifer's Hammer - Beyond the Omens: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • Necrosic - Putrid Decimation: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • Negură Bunget - Zi: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • Obed Marsh - Innsmouth: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • Odal - Geistes Unruh: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • Paroxsihzem – Abyss of Excruciating Vexes: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • Predatory Light - Predatory Light: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • The Raunchous Brothers - Hail Metal... Destroy Faggotry!: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • Sabaton - The Last Stand: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • Universe217 - Change: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • Ustalost - The Spoor of Vipers: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • Witherscape - The Northern Sanctuary: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • Xaos - The Museum: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts

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  • Almanac - Tsar: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1pt
  • Ancient Myth - Aberration: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1pt
  • Antimateria - Valo aikojen takaa: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1pt
  • Ariadna Project - Novus Mundus: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1pt
  • Blood Red Throne - Union of Flesh and Machine: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1pt
  • Bosque - Beyond: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1pt
  • Bossk - Audio Noir: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1pt
  • Bridear - Baryte: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1pt
  • Departe - Failure, Subside: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1pt
  • Euphoria - Operation: Genesis: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1pt
  • Heaven Shall Burn - Wanderer: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1pt
  • Herder - Fergean: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1pt
  • Hollow Senses - Encirclement: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1pt
  • I Am the Crown - On Death and Dying: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1pt
  • Khonsu - The Xun Protectorate: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1pt
  • Kryptos - Burn Up the Night: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1pt
  • Lords of Black - II: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1pt
  • Matravian - Arcadian Rhymes: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1pt
  • Memoriam - The Hellfire Demos: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1pt
  • Obscure Evil - Void Fumes: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1pt
  • Prosternatur - Abyssus Abyssum Invocat: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1pt
  • Ravensire - The Cycle Never Ends: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1pt
  • Sun Worship - Pale Dawn: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1pt
  • The Vision Bleak - The Unknown: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1pt
  • Vulvodynia - Psychosadistic Design: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1pt
  • Wendess - MMXXIII: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1pt
  • White Medal - Lyke Wake: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1pt
  • Withered - Grief Relic: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1pt



And lastly, the DEBUT OF THE YEAR tally. Far, far less people voted for this than I had hoped, so it's a fairly paltry list, with the top spot being a tie with a whopping 3 votes, but I want to extend a hearty THANK YOU to everybody who went the extra mile to nominate one.

DEBUT OF THE YEAR 2016
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  1. Blood Incantation - Starspawn = 3pts
  2. Sumerlands - Sumerlands = 3pts
  3. Eternal Champion - The Armor of Ire = 2pts
  4. Hyperion - Seraphical Euphony = 2pts
  5. Messa - Belfry - 2pts
  6. Sunburst - Fragments of Creation = 2pts
  7. The Temple - Forevermourn = 2pts
  8. Void Omnia - Dying Light = 2pts
  9. Astronoid - Air = 1pt
  10. Cantique Lepreux - Cendres Celestes = 1pt
  11. Chthe'ilist - Le Dernier Crepuscule = 1pt
  12. Demon Bitch - Hellfriends = 1pt
  13. Dispossessed - Insurgency = 1pt
  14. Disrule - Omen Possessor = 1pt
  15. Eternity's End - The Fire Within = 1pt
  16. First Fragment - Dasein = 1pt
  17. Garroted - In the Court of Nyarlathotep = 1pt
  18. Gatecreeper - Sonoran Deprivation = 1pt
  19. Hell Fire - Metal Masses = 1pt
  20. Illusions Dead - Celestial Decadence = 1pt
  21. Inverloch - Distance | Collapse = 1pt
  22. King Goat - Conduit = 1pt
  23. Korijenje Vječnosti - Poglavlje prvo = 1pt
  24. Necropanther - Necropanther = 1pt
  25. Obed Marsh - Innsmouth = 1pt
  26. Photian Schism - Photian Schism = 1pt
  27. Riftwalker - Green and Black = 1pt
  28. Rotting Obscene - Depths of Decay = 1pt
  29. Sarcoptes - Songs and Dances of Death = 1pt
  30. Sirius Roar - Qualia = 1pt
  31. Surgikill - Sanguinary Revelations = 1pt
  32. Tainted DickMen - Tornado Thrashing Bomber = 1pt
  33. Temisto - Temisto = 1pt
  34. Trees of Eternity - Hour of the Nightingale = 1pt
  35. Uada - Devoid of Light = 1pt
  36. Vermin Womb - Decline = 1pt
  37. Xenophile - Systematic Enslavement



BH's FINAL THOUGHTS:
If this survey has taught me anything, it's the way fans of different genres look at things. What I mean by this is that you'll probably notice that Rando Corner is totally saturated with black metal, whereas Avantasia managed to nab fourth place with a measly ten votes, above albums that easily surpassed it in voting total. This tells me that black metal fans are much more spread across the board and have very little unification between each other. They all loved different things and voted as such, meanwhile basically every single power metal fan who liked Avantasia put it in their top two spots somewhere. Hell, all of the people who frequent the General Japanese Metal Discussion thread all voted on the last day, and three of the four of them put that Octaviagrace album as their #1, with one more putting it at #5. The only four vocal Weeb Metal fans on the board rocketed this totally unknown album way up the chart simply because they, as fans of that genre, all decided it was the best one. Does this mean that there is far more black metal worth listening to? Does it mean that power metal fans are too easy to please? Does this play into the stereotype that black metal fans shun success and popularity and place much more value on the most obscure stuff they can find? It's up to you, but it's a cool thing I noticed.

Also, the Yellow Ranger Award for the highest ranked album without a single 1st place vote goes to Chthe'ilist - Le Dernier Crepuscule. Congrats, you were nobody's favorite, but a valuable addition to the team nonetheless.

Well that's it for 2016, folks. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year! Putting all these damn numbers exhausted me, but I'm glad I was able to get it posted for y'all. Feel free now to post your own lists, discuss the results, call for a ban on anybody who voted for Metallica, whatever you'd like. Survey's over, it was fun, thank you all so much for participating, now let's talk about it!
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I'm extremely surprised that 4 of my votes only got the single vote from me (Virvum, Spektr, Temple of Gnosis, Prosternatur). I was hoping they'd make it to the list.

I'm also extremely surprised there were only 94 ballots. I thought you'd get 200, easily.

Congratulations to Vektor. I liked the album but not enough for it to win. I guess everyone else thought differently and it won by a silly margin.

Good stuff, BastardHead. :)

EDIT: I should add that 2016 was a really, really successful year for metal, at least for me. So albums that looked like they weren't popular are still very good. They just had stiff competition this year.
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MikeyC wrote:
I'm also extremely surprised there were only 94 ballots. I thought you'd get 200, easily.


I thought the same thing but hey, you can't always predict these things. I'm glad enough people participated for me to spend my entire day off inputting all this shit, haha. Hopefully next year we can get even more participants!

Two of mine wound up in Rando Corner as well (Desert Near the End and The Infernal Sea), which is surprising because that Desert Near the End album was getting some good hype a few months ago, but oh well. Fun fact, not a single ballot submitted wound up entirely in Rando Corner. Some had nine entries with no other votes, but not a single one was all ten.


Anyway, my personal Top 13 is up on my blog in my sig, but for those who don't want to click it and read my extended thoughts on each release, here's the short version:

13: Rotten Sound - Abuse to Suffer
12: Sinbreed - Master Creator
11: Agatus - The Eternalist
10: Wormed - Krigshu
9: The Infernal Sea - The Great Mortality
8: Sarcoptes - Songs and Dances of Death
7: Desert Near the End - Theater of War
6: Death Fortress - Deathless March of the Unyielding
5: Blood Incantation - Starspawn
4: Anaal Nathrakh - The Whole of the Law
3: Dynazty - Titanic Mass
2: Deathspell Omega - The Synarchy of Molten Bones
1: Avantasia - Ghostlights
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Great job, BH... what a wide variety of albums. I have a lot I still need to hear, like Agatus for example - apparently that one is great. Good job.

Here's mine...

1. Inquisition – Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith
2. Avantasia – Ghostlights
3. Sonata Arctica – The Ninth Hour
4. Wardrum – Awakening
5. Arrayan Path – Chronicles Of Light
6. Fireleaf – Behind The Mask
7. Sumerlands – Sumerlands
8. Dynazty – Titanic Mass
9. Bolzer – Hero
10. Cultes des Ghoules – Coven, or Evil Ways Instead Of Love
11. Demontage - Fire Of Iniquity
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BastardHead wrote:
MikeyC wrote:
I'm also extremely surprised there were only 94 ballots. I thought you'd get 200, easily.


I thought the same thing but hey, you can't always predict these things. I'm glad enough people participated for me to spend my entire day off inputting all this shit, haha. Hopefully next year we can get even more participants!

I hope so, too. :) I did this many years ago and it's actually quite fun counting the ballots, even though it takes ages.

BastardHead wrote:
Two of mine wound up in Rando Corner as well (Desert Near the End and The Infernal Sea), which is surprising because that Desert Near the End album was getting some good hype a few months ago, but oh well. Fun fact, not a single ballot submitted wound up entirely in Rando Corner. Some had nine entries with no other votes, but not a single one was all ten.

I guess hype is one thing, but lasting the distance is another. :) Wow, nine! That is crazy, but it shows that we all have separate tastes that occasionally overlap, and I think that's a great thing.
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Awesome work! Looking through the results, I definitely feel like this is a solid list. Congratulations to all who participated and thanks to BH for putting the whole thing together!
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Thanks again for doing this, really cool to see the results! And you guys have finally convinced me to revisit Avantasia after completely giving up on them after their second album. Excited to see what all the buzz is about for this new one.

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Ugggh I should have voted in that debut of the year list. Would have put Trees of Eternity.

My top 10:

1. Anaal Nathrakh - The Whole of the Law (11th)
2. Trees of Eternity - Hour of the Nightingale (57th)
3. Delain - Moonbathers (40th)
4. Helstar - Vampiro (44th)
5. Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika (9th)
6. Anthrax - For All Kings (27th)
7. Ulcerate - Shrines of Paralysis (7th)
8. Sodom - Decision Day (133rd)
9. Ihsahn - Arktis. (51st)
10. Glass Shrine - Lapidary (159th)

I'm amazed none of mine ended up in the rando corner (not even Glass Shrine!) I thought my taste was shit and I drooled over what other people thought were mediocre albums for the most part, so that's a bit reassuring :lol:

Can't thank you enough BH, this was cool.
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You're welcome, Cantique Lépreux, for the 9th place-tying vote for Debut of the Year!

My list:
1) Avantasia - Ghostlights
2) Serenity - Codex Atlanticus
3) Cantique Lépreux - Cendres Celestes
4) Dark Tranquillity - Atoma
5) Thunderstone - Apocalypse Again
6) Trick or Treat - Rabbit's Hill Pt. 2
7) The Drowning - Senescent Signs
8) Ultar - Kadath
9) Opeth - Sorceress
10) Almanac - Tsar
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I'm surprised at a few of the placements and caught myself kinda double checking votes to make sure I wasn't missing anything. For example, I thought bands like Wormrot, Bolzer, and Gorguts would be way higher than they were, and seeing Sabaton wind up in Rando Corner with only one vote for 9th place was a shock too. I mean, I know I hated it but I thought their star power would carry them much more than that. And I'd never heard ANY buzz about Eternal Champion, even here on the forums, and yet they stormed out of nowhere and nabbed sixth place. Definitely need to check them out (I tried not to listen to any new things getting a lot of votes so I wouldn't be tempted to change my own ballot) and see what all the fuss is about.

Also, I can't stand pretty much any Avantasia album until Ghostlights. I don't know what the heck the difference is, this one is just super, super good.
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Also holy shit the new Avantasia is good... I hate Avantasia but this is great.

Don't regret not putting it on my list though.
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I love everything Avantasia did from The Scarecrow through their double albums and I think Mystery Of Time is pretty good. But with Ghostlights they just really stepped up their game and delivered the best one yet. It's all in the performances - everything is super polished and refined, yet it also feels more muscular and organic and powerful, without the somewhat formulaic feel that their previous albums had. It's execution and songwriting perfection. I'm a huge fan of Tobias Sammet and even I was surprised how fucking good it is.
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Thanks for your efforts.

My initial reply, verbatim:

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My official list:

1. SubRosa-For This We Fought The Battle Of Ages
2. Astronoid-Air
3. Vukari-Divinations
4. Borknagar-Winter Thrice
5. Neurosis-Fires Within Fires
6. Moonsorrow-Jumalten Aika
7. Vex-Sky Exile
8. Waldgefluster-Ruinen
9. Krigsgrav-Waves Of Degradation
10. Nails-You Will Never Be One Of Us

For my money, the Debut Of The Year is Astronoid's Air

For Fun/Casual Thoughts:

I have yet to hear Deathspell Omega's The Synarchy Of Molten Bones; I'd imagine it would make the list had I did (I also imagine it will get plenty of votes anyways).

Five Honorable Mentions:

Behexen-The Poisonous Path
Marsh Dweller-The Weight Of Sunlight
Wormrot-Voices
Gorguts-Pleiades' Dust
Pestifere-Hope Misery Death
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Darkthrone's killing it.
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I don't know if I should be happy that my nominations got good placements, or if I should be worried that I'm being assimilated into some kind of weird hivemind. Anyhoo, here's my official ballot:

1. Vektor - Terminal Redux
2. Avantasia - Ghostlights
3. Epica - The Holographic Principle
4. Mary's Blood - Fate
5. Dynazty - Titanic Mass
6. Metallica - Hardwired Unnecessary Ellipsis to Self-Destruct
7. Freedom Call - Master of Light
8. Symphonity - King of Persia
9. Blazon Stone - War of the Roses
10. Ariadna Project - Novus Mundus

Honorable Mentions:
Burning Point - The Blaze
Trick or Treat - Rabbits' Hill Pt. 2
Cyntia - Urban Night
Iron Savior - Titancraft
Beyond the Black - Lost in Forever
Running Wild - Rapid Foray
Dawn of Destiny - To Hell
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 6:40 pm 
 

Surely if you're voting for Metallica and goddamn Vektor then you'd expect some of your placements to rank fairly high on the list, no?
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I'm just happy I had 3 that cracked the top 100. :) Anyway, great work. I hope we have something like this again next year.

My top 10:
1. Octaviagrace - Outward Resonance
2. Mardelas - Mardelas II
3. 陰陽座 (Onmyo-Za) - 迦陵頻伽 (Karyō Binga)
4. 矢島舞依 (Mai Yajima) - The Un-Dead
5. Disqualia - right NOW
6. Sirius Roar - Qualia
7. Adrastea - The Ruins of Reminiscence
8. Alhambra - The Earnest Trilogy
9. Xaos - Museum
10. Bridear - Baryte

This will probably change a bit over 2017 (it always does), esp. since there still some albums I need to acquire/hear. I think most of my favorite releases were either non-metal or MCDs though.

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Perdition666 wrote:
I'm just happy I had 3 that cracked the top 100. :) Anyway, great work. I hope we have something like this again next year.

My top 10:
1. Octaviagrace - Outward Resonance
2. Mardelas - Mardelas II
3. 陰陽座 (Onmyo-Za) - 迦陵頻伽 (Karyō Binga)
4. 矢島舞依 (Mai Yajima) - The Un-Dead
5. Disqualia - right NOW
6. Sirius Roar - Qualia
7. Adrastea - The Ruins of Reminiscence
8. Alhambra - The Earnest Trilogy
9. Xaos - Museum
10. Bridear - Baryte

This will probably change a bit over 2017 (it always does), esp. since there still some albums I need to acquire/hear. I think most of my favorite releases were either non-metal or MCDs though.


Yeah, that looks like a Perdition list!
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Cool! This is really neat to look at! I'll have to dig through it and listen to everything.

My votes looked like this:

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1. Theocracy - Ghost Ship
2. Delain - Moonbathers
3. Striker - Stand in the Fire
4. Anthrax - For All Kings
5. Buckethead - The Five Blocks
6. Desaster - The Oath of an Iron Ritual
7. Sumerlands - Sumerlands
8. Whispered - Metsutan - Songs of the Void
9. Vektor - Terminal Redux
10. Spiritus Mortis - The Year Is One


My new list is different, but there's nothing wrong with the list I sent in, imo. I'm surprised I was the only one who voted for that Whispered album, I thought it was fantastic. My new list kicks off the final two, adds in Renascent at #4 (yes, it jumps that high) and Lorraine Cross at #10. Also, I swap The Five Blocks out for Sparks in the Dark, because daayumn.

And I know it's lame to be the first to say it, but the new Metallica ABOVE the new Anthrax? Are y'all on fucking crack? :grumble: I LIKED the new Metallica (well, it's okay, not great) but that Anthrax album just slays.

And Ghost Ship does hold the #1 spot for me pretty well. I still think it's another killer release. I like it less than other fans do too!

OH and I voted Sumerlands as debut of the year. That album really is a treat.
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stainedclass2112 wrote:
And I know it's lame to be the first to say it, but the new Metallica ABOVE the new Anthrax? Are y'all on fucking crack? :grumble: I LIKED the new Metallica (well, it's okay, not great) but that Anthrax album just slays.

I just don't like Anthrax. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 7:03 pm 
 

Oh cool, the Octaviagrace coupe was slightly successful. :P Thanks for the tally.

Here was my top 10:
1. Octaviagrace - Outward Resonance
2. Watchtower - Concepts of Math: Book One
3. Tears of Tragedy - Statice
4. D - Wonderland Savior
5. Gargoyle - 誑
6. 陰陽座 (Onmyo-za) - 迦陵頻伽
7. Liv Moon - R.E.D.
8. Hizaki - Rosario
9. Doom - Still Can't the Dead
10. Mardelas - Mardelas II

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 7:16 pm 
 

Am I the only one who thought Ghostlights was only really good, and not, like, really REALLY good? Apparently. Everyone else put it at one or two, and it wound up at 8 on my list. Weird how that panned out. Anyway, might as well post that list here:

1: Subrosa - For This We Fought The Battle of the Ages
2: Ripper - Experiment of Existence
3: Eternal Champion - The Armor of Ire
4: Fates Warning - Theories of Flight
5: Eternity's End - The Fire Within
6: Vektor - Terminal Redux
7: Serious Black - Mirrorworld
8: Avantasia - Ghostlights
9: Death Angel - The Evil Divide
10: Megadeth - Dystopia

Some notes: I admittedly didn't listen to a whole lot of metal this year. There are lots of albums that I've heard fantastic things about but just didn't get to. SubRosa in my mind completely kicked the shit out of the list, I don't even really ever listen to sludge or doom, and yet it's become easily my most played album this year. This album has perhaps the strongest sense of emotion I have ever heard in a work of music; it's a masterfully laid out roller coaster of dystopian doom that never gets old for me. Ripper put out an album that I feel is stronger in many ways than Vektor's Terminal Redux, which was still great, if somewhat oversaturated with ideas. Particularily the basswork and vocals make Experiment of Existence stand out to me, and the riffs overall are exceedingly well laid out within the context of each song, while being individually memorable as well. I forgot about the debut of the year contest, but Eternal Champion definitely gets my vote in that category. Great evocation of an epic atmosphere without the use of excessive orchestration, and the guitar work reminds me of Criss Oliva, who is beyond a doubt my favorite guitarist.
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Looks like the only album in my top 20 that is on the list is Thrawsunblat.

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I guess I'll share my list, then:

1. Wormed - Krighsu
2. Rotting Christ - Rituals
3. Virvum - Illuminance
4. Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep of Reason
5. Spektr - The Art to Disappear
6. Oranssi Pazuzu - Varahtelija
7. Furia - Kseizyc Milczy Luty
8. Temple of Gnosis - De Secretis Naturae Alchymica
9. Megadeth - Dystopia
10. Prosternatur - Abyssus Abyssum Invocat

2016 was so hard to narrow down to 10, and this list misses out on so many others that were worthy of spots, but in the end you can only choose 10 and I came up with this. Wormed beats everything this year (but not by much). It's a perfect showcase of brutality, yet knows when to hit you with awesome riffs. Each song has its own identity while still fitting into the mold of the album, and that's fantastic. I hope they come to Australia because I'm seeing them for sure.

Not many people liked the new direction of Furia, but that album smokes. It makes my list because I enjoy the strangeness of it. It's really interesting and the minimalism appeals to me.

As for others, Meshuggah's is their best in over a decade, Virvum pulled out a great debut, Spektr's is their best overall, Rotting Christ surprised me with their awesome effort, surpassing the last two albums easily, Megadeth was a nice surprise...and on and on. Katalepsy, Shambles, Deathspell Omega, Vektor, Mithras, The Zenith Passage, Unfathomable Ruination, Vale of Pnath, Ulcerate, Inanimate Existence, Handsome Prick, Brain Drill, Cobalt, First Fragment, Epidemia, Fallujah, Pensees Nocturnes, Sodom, Rotten Sound, Howls of Ebb + MANY more miss out, but all these were, at worst, decent! Such a strong year for metal that I don't think 2017 will be able to live up to.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 7:31 pm 
 

Damn, I thought Vader would get more love than it did. It was fucking riffy as hell.

1.Vektor- Terminal Redux
2.Vader-The Empire
3.Cult Of Luna/Julie Christmas-Mariner
4.Whores.-Gold.
5.Khemmis-Hunted
6.Jesu/Sun Kill Moon-Jesu/SKM
7.Void Omnia-Dying Light (Debut Of The Year)
8.Eternal Champion-The Armor Of Ire
9.Amon Amarth-Jomsviking
10.Opeth-Sorceress

Most of my list went into the Rando file, but there is so much shit to check out beofre I even start the new ones this year.
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Darkthrone was beaten by Alcest! :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 9:14 pm 
 

Most of those scores look like djent tablature.

No list from me, I was too busy filling collection gaps with 90s classics to bother with anything much in the way of new albums. Wildfire is definitely #1 though.
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1) Khemmis - Hunted
2) Demon Bitch - Hellfriends
3) Cobalt - Slow Forever
4) Hammers of Misfortune - Dead Revolution
5) Nails - You Will Never Be One of Us
6) El-Ahrairah - self titled
7) Opeth - Sorceress
8) Cultes des Ghoules - Coven, or Evil Ways...
9) Agatus - The Eternalist
10) Demontage - Fire of Iniquity

Well at least Agatus made the top 20! Yay! I'm angry about Avantasia, what a terrible band. SHAME ON Y'ALL!
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1. Wytch Hazel - Prelude
2. Kawir -Πάτερ 'Ηλιε Μήτερ Σελάνα
3. Mithras - On Strange Loops
4. Solstice - To Sol a Thane
5. Conan - Revengeance
6. Blood Incantation - Starspawn
7. Villainy - II: Dim
8. Chthe'ilist - Le dernier crépuscule
9. Wormrot - Voices
10. Herder - Fergean

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Spiner202
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:11 pm 
 

Has everyone who voted for Avantasia already posted here? :lol:

Here was my list:

1. Avantasia - Ghostlights
2. HammerFall - Built to Last
3. Cauldron - In Ruin
4. Twilight Force - Heroes of Mighty Magic
5. Primal Fear - Rulebreaker
6. Game Over - Crimes Against Reality
7. Ripper - Experiment of Existence
8. Untimely Demise - Black Widow
9. Condition Critical - Extermination Plan
10. Exmortus - Ride Forth

Debut of the year: Sunburst - Fragments of Creation
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TrueDynamite
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:15 pm 
 

Spiner202 wrote:
Has everyone who voted for Avantasia already posted here? :lol:

Here was my list:

1. Avantasia - Ghostlights
2. HammerFall - Built to Last
3. Cauldron - In Ruin
4. Twilight Force - Heroes of Mighty Magic
5. Primal Fear - Rulebreaker
6. Game Over - Crimes Against Reality
7. Ripper - Experiment of Existence
8. Untimely Demise - Black Widow
9. Condition Critical - Extermination Plan
10. Exmortus - Ride Forth

Debut of the year: Sunburst - Fragments of Creation


1) I thought a Sabaton vote was from you.
2) I completely forgot about Primal Fear being a band.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:16 pm 
 

Don't we all forget that Primal Fear is a band?

In all seriousness I heard that one was pretty good
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Spiner202
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:42 pm 
 

TrueDynamite wrote:
Spiner202 wrote:
Has everyone who voted for Avantasia already posted here? :lol:

Here was my list:

1. Avantasia - Ghostlights
2. HammerFall - Built to Last
3. Cauldron - In Ruin
4. Twilight Force - Heroes of Mighty Magic
5. Primal Fear - Rulebreaker
6. Game Over - Crimes Against Reality
7. Ripper - Experiment of Existence
8. Untimely Demise - Black Widow
9. Condition Critical - Extermination Plan
10. Exmortus - Ride Forth

Debut of the year: Sunburst - Fragments of Creation


1) I thought a Sabaton vote was from you.
2) I completely forgot about Primal Fear being a band.


I did like that Sabaton (it came in at #15 on my list), but there were definitely much better records this year.

Also, the fact that I was the only person to vote for Primal Fear is crazy to me. Rulebreaker might not be as good as Delivering the Black, but it's still an excellent record.
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zeingard
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:05 pm 
 

Wait, are you trying to tell me that my request to give Vektor a jillion negative points meant nothing?!

This is a travesty.

Thanks for putting this together BH. Biggest surprise was that Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard got two votes: it almost restores my faith in humanity.

I would post my list but it was literally something I threw together in five minutes by scrolling back and forward over the few good metal albums from this year and going "Yeah I guess that's a four or something?".
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:11 pm 
 

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard is by far the best band name I came across during this journey. I just had to check the album out afterwards. Good stuff, not really my usual thing but I liked the contrast between the super deep, heavy riffage and clean female vocals. I would have expected some gurgly Bongzilla or Weedeater type thing. Cool stuff.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:17 pm 
 

So sad missed participating in this! Bah. Next year!

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Xenophon
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:40 pm 
 

1. Wormrot - Voices
2. Blood Incantation - Starspawn
3. Vektor - Terminal Redux
4. Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika
5. Deathspell Omega - The Synarchy of Molten Bones
6. Insane Vesper - Layil
7. Voivod - Post Society
8. InThyFlesh - The Flaming Death
9. Chthe'ilist - Le Dernier Crepuscule
10. Skeletonwitch - The Aphotic Gloom

Great work, B_H! I also enjoyed reading the additional statistics. I especially thought the point on how black metal fans are spread thin and across more obscure albums was interesting. I also realized the albums I voted for that didn't get any other votes (InThyFlesh and Insane Vesper) were both black metal.

That Prosternatur album was indeed really good MikeyC! Didn't make my top 10 but it was up there. It seems almost nobody has paid it any attention unfortunately, as I've barely seen it mentioned on other websites. The Fireleaf debut was also awesome (I have Empyreal's review to thank for discovering that one)--extremely close between that one and Skeletonwitch for that last slot.

I am a little surprised at how high the new Eternal Champion record was. It's a great album and all, but damn. Looks like this board really loves it's Manilla Road-worship.

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zeingard
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:43 pm 
 

BastardHead wrote:
Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard is by far the best band name I came across during this journey. I just had to check the album out afterwards. Good stuff, not really my usual thing but I liked the contrast between the super deep, heavy riffage and clean female vocals. I would have expected some gurgly Bongzilla or Weedeater type thing. Cool stuff.


I went into it with absolutely zero expectations thinking "Well it's that time of year to try out Stoner Band No.42069" and was pleasantly surprised. Same thing happened with Dopelord back in 2015.

I sympathise that the genre demands you pay tithe in the form of referencing weed and various cliches associated with genre as much as physically possible, but is it that hard to have a not shitty name?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:44 pm 
 

I couldn't get together a list as I didn't properly keep up with what albums I actually listened to so I probably have no room to talk, but I'm shocked Metallica beat some of the bands it beat. Nails? Khemmis? All 3 bands BastardHead mentioned? I know they're the biggest band in the world, but it's still mind-boggling to me.
On the plus side, this gives me tons of research to do!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 12:37 am 
 

Here's my list for this poll:

1) Kawir - Father Sun Mother Moon
2) Wedrujacy Wiatr - O Turniach, Jeziorach I Nocnych Szlakach
3) Forteresse - Themes pour la rebellion
4) Sumerlands - Sumerlands
5) Deathspell Omega- The Synarchy of Molten Bones
6) Eternal Champion - The Armor of Ire
7) Blood Incantation - Starspawn
8) Eternal Alchemist - Demon Summoning
9) Ustalost - The Spoor of Vipers
10) Inquisition - Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Towards the Celestial Zenith

Best debut: Sumerlands - Sumerlands


Shouts out BH for doing this, even if it took him way too fucking long to post after it was tallied.
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