1. Volbeat - Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie - Universal Music
Volbeat has improved with each release, culminating in the smooth execution and high energy that makes this album amazing.
Canadian power trio Double Experience mix the catchy hooks of pop punk with heavy metal power and arena rock appeal. This was the most surprising release of the year.
2016 was a good year for thrash. Genre veterans Anthrax gave us an incredible album mixing classic, punishing metal and sing along melodies. This is one of the best albums of the band’s already distinguished career.
4. Guttermouth - Got It Made - Rude Records
Guttermouth’s formula of high speed punk and lightning fast sarcasm is just as effective as ever on this EP.
Against Me! has been in a state of constant evolution since the band’s inception. This year’s offering hearkens back to the late 1990s/early 2000s releases from Jade Tree Records. High energy tracks like “333” and “Rebecca” are infectious like the plague.
Live Show of the Year: Anthrax