And the Winner of the ToH Community AOTY 2K16 Is…

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You voted for it, and now you’re stuck with it. Here’s Toilet ov Hell’s pick for the best album of 2K16.

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On Terminal ReduxVektor ultimately delivered on the potential they’ve been cultivating throughout their career. Finally breaking free of Voivod‘s shackles, the band seems to have found their own voice, and they’ve chosen to use it to blast off into the outer reaches of the progressive thrash stratosphere. Terminal Redux is an imposing, monolithic record, one that demands your attention and focus. Patient listeners, however, have discovered an embarrassment of killer riffs and catchy melodies smattered across each of the ten tracks on offer. Perhaps most impressive, though, is the way the band was able to craft an album that is utterly engaging despite its length and demandingness; each song is like a unique planet with a diverse ecosystem of riffs, vocal effects, drum patterns, and atmosphere. Most impressive are the two bookends, “Charging the Void” and “Recharging the Void” that serve to introduce us to Vektor 2.0, a band unafraid to use choral effects, emotive clean passages, and somber thoughtfulness amid the barrage of hailing comet-like riffs. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for these galactic heralds.

But don’t just take my word for it. See what some of the other Toilet faithful had to say about Terminal Redux.

I can think of few albums as deserving of the “Album of the Year” accolade as Terminal Redux. Vektor has always been an exemplary band, but this is on another level by even their lofty standards. Everything from the piercing shrieks to the mind-bending solos comes together in a perfect storm of power and emotion; no mean feat for a thrash band. While they could have simply stuck to their strengths and put out what would have been a good album anyway, they took risks and experimented to tremendous payoff. Five years may have been a long wait, but it was more than worth it in the end. — Spear

 

To try and sum up my thoughts on the thrash album of the year: LISTEN TO IT. No matter what particular strand of metal you usually infect your brain with, Terminal Redux will probably have something to appease even the most selective of cortexes. Neck-breaking, tightly technical riffs and drumming under ear-destroying shrieks telling the tale of a man finding the key to immortality IN SPACE is what you’ll find here. If you’re still not convinced, I don’t really know what else to say without including copious amounts of various profanities. I’m extremely happy that one of my favorite bands is finally getting the recognition they deserve, and also really glad to be able to refer to Vektor by their name and not by “This Really Good Progressive Thrash Band from Arizona You Need to Hear”. SCI-FI OR DIE. — Moshito

There you have it. You Toileteers have done thrash proud this day.

The entire top 10:

10. Ihsahn – Arktis
9. Mithras – On Strange Loops
8. Dischordia – Thanatopsis
7. Sumerlands – Sumerlands
6. Oranssi Pazuzu  Värähtelijä
5. Ulcerate – Shrines of Paralysis
4. Khemmis – Hunted
3. Chthe’ilist – Le Dernier Crépuscule
2. Blood Incantation – Starspawn
1. Vektor Terminal Redux


2K15’s AOTY – MgłaExercises in Futility
2K14’s AOTY – Artificial Brain – Labyrinth Constellation

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  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Good list, Toilet, good list.

  • Meh, I lost interest in this one quickly, but I can see why people dig it.

    • Papa Ted loves it. That’s all the validation I need 😉

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        Yesssssss!

  • Seeing them play the album in its entirety was life-changing. I was so engulfed in the journey, that after each song I would have to look around and remember where I was. For every passage that reaches up into bizarre prog-metal territory, there’s a barrage of light speed thrashing to follow; its this ebb and flow which makes for a gud album.
    TL;DR – Almost as good as Shrines of Paralysis

  • The_Dude

    The community has great taste cause that’s a hell of a top ten.

    • tigeraid

      It’s fair to say, you don’t see a top 10 like this that are free of shit albums, incorporates all the good modern metal, with several sub-genres and plenty of variety, all of which are of high quality, whether we all personally agree on each one or not.

      It warms the cockles of my black black heart this season.

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Not enough TRUE METAL POWER

        • *ROCK

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            OH, THIS IS WHY I’M MAD AT YOU

        • Abradolf Lincler

          didnt see any love for that dope Barbarian record

          • tigeraid

            UUUUUUUAGGGH! ABSOLUTE METAL.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            That was good, and was definitely a contender in my list. Along with Ragehammer.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            I thought about those 2. Highly enjoyable but not EOY good

        • tigeraid

          There’s never enough, el Jefe. Never enough.

          Dat Sumerlands tho.

        • Not enough MENOWAR!!!

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Just the one “Man”, actually.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            MaNOPEwar

      • The_Dude

        Couldn’t have said it better. Every album is diverse and deserves it’s spot, plus it was chosen by fans all with different taste. This is the best list you see for this year no doubt.

    • No power metal? the community is posers

    • Óðinn

      Thanks, dude.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Maybe I should finally give this a listen.

    • Abradolf Lincler

      i finally jammed it in the gym the other day. it be ok

    • Eliza

      Yes. Yes you should.

    • Freedom Jew

      You’re such a sheep, Senor Rosa.

      • ME GORAK™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        BUT VEKTOR SO GOOD!!!!!!

    • KyleJMcBride

      Tried it twice, not my thing at all.

    • Jack Rabbit

      You should, and then make one of those reaction videos on the Youtubes that all the kids are doing these days

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Wait? You haven’t heard Terminal Redux? I am disappoint

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        And I am sorry to be a disappointment

  • mother☆shabubu

    #notmyalbumoftheyear

    • Maik Beninton™

      #nãomerepresenta

    • RustyShackleford

      Disqus has been hacked by the Russians!!!

      • Dark Spirit of Cold Ural Mount

        Да

    • We will seize the means of listmaking

    • Abradolf Lincler

      thats what happens when you use a popular vote not the electoral college

    • ChuggaChuggaDeedleyDoo

      Chill. It’s only locker room talk

  • RustyShackleford

    Excellent top 10 and I will never not like something from Vektor! Also, I think I missed the voting thread but stoked to see our boys Dischordia on the list. They are dudes about which I would say that are good dudes who make music that is both good and not bad. YEP!

  • tigeraid

    s’alright.

    But yeah, solid top 10 throughout.

  • Ayreonaut

    Freak on a leash

  • Despite not super liking anything on this list I must concede that it is the Only List That Is Real. All other lists should not be called lists and should be renamed something else. Like…shit.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Well, this we can agree on.

      • NO WE CAN’T

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          FINE

          • mother☆shabubu

            WE’RE AMERICANS, not AMERINO WE CAN’TS!

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Too bad Richter is a got dang Martian.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO BE MAD AT A MISFITS SONG?!

          • YOU’LL FIGURE SOMETHING OUT

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            I ALREADY DID

    • Space Monster W.

      Only 1/10 was on my list, but the people have spoken. Long life the Porcelain Republic.

      • Long Life and Prosper.

        • Space Monster W.

          Today has been a rough typo day, and it’s only 11:30.

        • and also with you

  • Maik Beninton™

    Really like that Stocky is on here.

    • He’s Ihsahn rite?

      • Abradolf Lincler

        not enuff turtleneck

      • Maik Beninton™

        Yeah, the former Immortal frontman.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      That album is an album that is good.

  • Scrimm

    Balls

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Heh

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Terminope Redux

  • Very happy for Vektor. Congrats to everyone on the list.

    ..

    BLOOD INCANTATION WAS FUCKING ROBBED AND THE VOTERS CANNOT BE TRUSTED

    • nbm02ss

      SOMEONE CONTACT JILL STEIN, WE NEED A RECOUNT!!!

    • Ayreonaut

      I demand a recount

    • CyberneticOrganism

      #JUSTICEFORANAAL

    • Óðinn

      Vektor denies colluding with Vladamir Putin to hack Blood Incantation’s email and release information via WikiLeaks, even though they totally did it.

  • Thought Wormrot would’ve cracked the top 10 on this, I am disappoint.

  • Freedom Jew

    #NotMyFavoriteAlbum #IDidntVoteForIt

    • Space Monster W.

      Aren’t you a little tool old to be a whining millennial?

      • Freedom Jew

        Fcking Russians.

  • Howard Dean
    • RustyShackleford

      ….who on the Toilet is responsible for this incredible work?!?! WHERE HAS IT BEEN ALL MY LIFE?!?!

      • Howard Dean

        Here’s a follow up that was released last month. There’s also a vaporwave album coming in January. Pure bliss. Like a ketamine shotgun blast to the solar plexus.

        https://mrinyourhouse4.bandcamp.com/album/mr-in-your-traditional-holiday-standards-the-christmas-album

        • RustyShackleford

          Is this JJD?! I’m contacting the National Endowment for the Arts as I type this. Great art deserves recognition.

          • Howard Dean

            Yep. JJD is Mr. In-Your-House 4. Just straight up insanity. All-time favorite track is “Blind Rage at a Foghat Concert in Eden.”

            The “Mr. In Your Traditional Holiday Standards: The Christmas Album” is good for a few nightmares (not for the suicidal):

            https://mrinyourhouse4.bandcamp.com/album/mr-in-your-traditional-holiday-standards-the-christmas-album

          • Joaquin Stick

            HD, the one and only MIYH4 scholar.

          • Howard Dean

            “Milwaukee’s Best is a misnomer. It actually tastes like a deep fried corpse.”

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Not the only one.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Oh, you figured it out

          • RustyShackleford

            It took me awhile to put the wrestling theme and the location together but THEN it was obvious lol

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            I always thought the name was m ant to be some kind of creepy stalker. Now that it’s just named after some wrestling event, it’s lost all of its cache

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          I don’t know which I like more.

        • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

          I released the second vaporwave album already.

          • Howard Dean

            Oh shit! I’m behind the times.

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        It’s JJD

    • Eliza

      This is the masterpiece we need and deserve.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      YES!

      Mr. In Your Liver>>>>>>>>>>

      Still waiting on number 3

      • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

        Number 3 will be coming.

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          MY MAN!

    • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

      Exactly.

    • If only the one person that obnoxiously interjects about power metal would write about it to share it with the people of the Toilet… perhaps they would enjoy it too. If only he had a WordPress login and everything too…

      • Freedom Jew

        You mean, do work?

      • Then the tables will turn and WE can use the poser button meme, mwahaha

      • Let me consult my 4 hours of free time this week.

        Nope, all dedicated to the podcast and Dragonball Super

        • Freedom Jew

          Pudding before Dragonball.

        • Waynecro

          DRAGON BALL SUPER!!!

          • I am having so much fun with it!

          • Waynecro

            It’s fucking great. And Goku hasn’t been quite so entertainingly stupid since he was a kid in Dragon Ball.

          • Depechemodeisgangsta

            Can’t wait for the next story line, with HIT, should be entertaining.

          • Waynecro

            Hit is definitely one of the more interesting genital-headed DB villains.

          • Depechemodeisgangsta

            I enjoyed his tournament run, since he is gives the vibe of “super chill bad guy” and doesn’t use flashy moves, like energy attacks, pure hand to hand, something that they haven’t probably done since DB.

          • “He’s the god of destruction of Universe 6”

            ‘YOU LOOK LIKE A FAT BEERUS’

          • Waynecro

            *Goku says something doofy and inappropriate*
            *proceeds to pick up the most powerful being in existence and shake him all around*

    • I see you managed to use thise meme properly.

    • Sir Crawfish The Based

      Maybe, just maybe, power metal is shit? Have you thought about that?

    • FALSEttos

  • Eliza

    Seriously, solid list. I like most of the albums on it. Except for Arktis, I haven’t listened to that one yet.

    • Abradolf Lincler

      How does one of my favorite people here disappoint me so much

      • Eliza

        I have heard some songs from it, and I definitely liked what I’ve heard, I just haven’t heard the whole thing in order, and unless I do, I can’t say I’ve finished it.

        • Abradolf Lincler

          I can’t stay mad at you

          • Eliza

            ^_^ My problem was that the YouTube upload of the album hot taken down, so I have to find another stream of it. I could, of course, but the album, but I have a strict “listen before buy” policy.

          • ME GORAK™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            GREAT ALBUM!!!!! LIKE EVERY SONG!!!!!

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Let those who voted be your ears and trust in their taste

          • Eliza

            It their taste I shall, for I always do and always have done.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Awww yisss

    • EsusMoose

      It’s so good

    • tigeraid
    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Listen to Arktis

  • Jom Pootersan
    • it’s an asshole with teeth

      • Abradolf Lincler

        I hope that’s not what your a****** looks like Joe

    • nbm02ss

      When you say, “poop”, your mouth makes the same motions as your butthole.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Way, WAY too fucking close to that shit chute

  • Freedom Jew
  • Dumpster Lung

    I’m definitely happy about this list, but even if I didn’t love the hell out of Vektor, I’d just be happy to see them in the top 10 at all. I think the best way to enjoy these lists is the simple inclusion of your favorite album, not it’s literal number ranking.

    With that said, this list is top-notch in terms of all the bands on it. I don’t really care if Mithras is below Sumerlands, I’m just happy to see ’em both!

  • I feel like Vektor just recycled the previous two albums which I listened to to death and then added prog elements.

    • We don’t pay you to feel.
      Wait…we don’t pay you at all! Somebody get this man on the payroll

    • Dumpster Lung

      I can totally see that. I love everything they’ve done so far, and I honestly haven’t absorbed this album entirely yet, but I knew after just a couple listens that I needed to really spend more time with it. I’ve been skipping around an awful lot this year. I jammed a lot of bummer tunes for most of it, haha (The Body – No One Deserves Happiness, Beastmilk’s self-titled from a couple years ago, lots of Thou).

      I didn’t get into Mithras until this year (and only then because of having gotten into Sarpanitum last year), but man I’m loving those guys a lot. I’m glad they made it. That new album of theirs is pretty sweet, too. I might even say that one was my favorite. It’s really hard to say though, I hate quantifying things. If anyone asks me to rate something by number, I give them something that is most definitely not a number.

      “Can you rate how much this hurts on a scale of 1-10?” Me: “not bad”

      What was your favorite?

      • Blood Incantation and it wasn’t really even close.

        • Dumpster Lung

          That’s definitely a killer album. I really didn’t expect Vektor to be at the top. I figured they’d barely make it on there or maybe not at all, but I thought it was kind of a cool surprise. It just evens out with their being left off of Decibel’s list entirely, and that was a fuckin’ top 40! (Still annoyed that the new Diamond Head is at like 20 on their list lol).

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      So band continued with their signature sound and built upon it? No band ever does that hey? Fucking hacks

  • Jack Rabbit
    • Howard Dean

      CHANGE

      HOPE

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    It seems my vote went down the Toilet.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Everything eventually does.

    • Howard Dean

      Yep, 0/10. I live in the proverbial California/Alabama of metal voting. Shit doesn’t count. I knew I shouldn’t have voted!

      • Space Monster W.

        I think the site’s writers skew a bit more extreme than the general commentariat, and that’s okay.

        • Joaquin Stick

          Not I, said the fox. (I’d be happy with 7/10 on my top 10 list). The toliet is the only place in the world where I feel like the mainstream outsider.

          • Space Monster W.

            I’m glad we have you around. Serious.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Unless I comment baby

  • Freedom Jew
    • Howard Dean

      Well, power metal is better when it’s US power metal. So I can get behind this.

      • Jack Rabbit

        But why buy US power metal when Chinese power metal is so much more affordable

        • ME GORAK™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          WHAT CHINA POWER METAL HAVE JUDICATOR QUALITY??????? OR KAMELOT????? ICED EARTH?????? ETERNAL CHAMPION??????

        • Howard Dean

          You don’t understand. Chinese power metal? Pshh. Slaves making iPhones for your precious little apple. Oh p’shaw! You don’t understand because you don’t understand liberty. You don’t understand freedom. So you put a crack in my arm like the crack in the Liberty Bell! You hear me?

        • not sure if trump joke or early toilet days joke

        • JWEG

          Chinese Power Metal. Basically the same thing, but with these Dragons instead:

          https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/45/ee/af/45eeaf3513cddfa4a0d18dd59fca293a.jpg

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Backed.

      • Count_Breznak

        US power metal exists ?

    • nbm02ss

      So, if you’re a US PM band and you go overseas, do you have to pay a tax to get back into the US?

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    Wonder bread

  • JWEG

    I was quite certain that Anciients was going to crack into the top 10.

    It was on a roll for a bit, then dropped off almost completely…

    • Abradolf Lincler

      people get tired of making duplicate accounts eventually

      • ME GORAK™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        WRONG!!!!!!!!

        • Abradolf Lincler

          hah!

  • SupremeKrieg

    Where is Bölzer, you posers? You bunch of non-instrument playing false ones.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    It is a good list and not a bad list. Mine would be a little different as I’ve not listened to all on there and of the ones I have a couple wouldn’t be my top ten although I do like them. But it is a good enough list that I will not have to use the death ray.

  • Óðinn

    Oh, for fucks sake! Donald Trump and his cabal of fucktards…

    https://youtu.be/Uuv9IFCXTzg

  • Rob M

    To put this in terms of the electoral college…I had about as much influence as Alaska

    • Space Monster W.

      Keep fighting that good Irkallian fight.

  • Waynecro

    The absence of Wormed, Virvum, and Vermin Womb concerns me.

  • The Tetrachord of Archytas

    I actually own most of the records on this list…I’m slowly developing toilet taste

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      I’m 60% toilet approved

  • The most awesome space thrash evening I’ve ever had was in October when I listened to Vektor…while walking to a Voivod gig. Shit was crazy, son.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7b30efe29a9b8c2d180eb765edbd84604f9f39d50addb2b3948d6434f332586f.gif

  • Kyle Reese

    Holy shit, you guys picked something listenable. Congratulations.

    • Óðinn

      Thanks, Kyle Reese. We have so many people to thank for this……

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Better than those weirdly obsessed over no-name Bandcamp guitarists amirite?

      • Kyle Reese

        I don’t know what you’re talking about….or do I?
        http://disq.us/p/1e813lh

        • Ted Nü-Djent ™

          Oh yeah, these comments made for a pretty good thread over in the Facebook group ?

  • Stanley

    Not a single black fucking metal album on the list, at least not one that’s tainted by other shit.

    “La liste est mort, vive la liste!”

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    There must be a glitch in the Matrix. Not once has my AOY coincided with the toilets choice until now