Sunday Sesh: The Halfway Mark

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It’s 2016.5, let’s hear your top 5 albums from the first half of the year…

Here at the Toilet ov Hell, we get you. We understand, we care, we listen. We gently stroke your head and reassure you that “everything is going to be ok” as you suckle upon our myriad teets that steadily leak musical nourishment. Every week we save you a spot at our communal feeding trough and invite you to gorge yourself silly. And at the close of each week we all leave the latrine a little older and a little more rotund. The gradual loss of hearing is also a price we all pay for the enjoyment of these opulent porcelain surroundings. This very bowl is the only place where the riches actually complete the trickle-down.

We also know how damn much you all like lists. Even terrible ones. Come to think of it… especially terrible ones. So as 2016 has reached its halfway point and continues to mosey along, before we miss this opportunity, we’re giving you the floor today so that you can make your own terrible lists and ridicule each other even more than usual.

My top 5 albums of 2016 thus far:

  • 5 – Dubya’s daily art album on the TovH FB group page.
  • 4 – Cybro’s Icelandic photo album.
  • 3 – The cover art from all 136 Sequestered Keep albums released thus far in 2016.
  • 2 – NASA’s Cassini Mission pictorial album.
  • 1 – The collection of GandAlf pictures I am currently amassing.

So have at it, give us your top 5 albums of 2016 below and maybe a little description of each one to let us know why we should be listening to it and/or how badly we’re fucking up.


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  • Lacertilian

    Ok, so I may have exaggerated. I’ve only made one GandAlf pic (so far), but I’m pretty happy with it.

    • tigeraid

      oh god. Can I have this for a Christmas present?

  • Abradolf Lincler

    is this really half way thru the year?
    fuck i am getting old, and fuck if time doesnt fly

    • It feels like my 4 years since college all happened within a single year. It’s crazy how fast time flies once you’re done with school.

      • Abradolf Lincler

        those were the glory days, ann.

    • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

      I’ve noticed that it goes by really fast after 30 or so.

  • tigeraid

    oooooookilly dokilly.

    1. Grand Magus – Sword Songs
    2. Ihsahn – Arktis
    3. Dragon’s Bane – Servants of the Forsaken Orb
    4. Amon Amarth – Jomsviking
    5. Hedonist – The Collapse
    6. Barbarian – Cult of the Empty Grave (cuz fucka top 5)

  • Super Nintendo Chalmers

    I’ll give you eight albums.

    Inverloch – Distance|Collapsed – Heavy as fuck.
    Sourvein – Aquatic Occult – Riffy as fuck.
    Ripper – Experiment of Existence – Rippy as fuck.
    Interment – Scent of the Buried – OSDM fun as fuck.
    Primitive Weapons – The Future of Death – Mix of stuff as fuck.
    Aborted – Retrogore – Aborty as fuck.
    Sorcier des Glasses – North – Québécois black metally as fuck.
    Gutter Instinct – Age of Fanatics – This is just good.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Lacertilian, you sly bastard, that isn’t a music list… If you’re making us choose I demand you to fully realize your top 5 albums of the year so far!!!

    • Lacertilian

      Now if only there was a place to find out what music I’ve been listening to…
      heh heh

  • EsusMoose

    Arksis-Ihsahn: Just a fun album with all the tones and styles it stretches
    Terminal Redux-Vector: Space is cool
    Paradise-White Lung: Straight punk catchyness
    Nonagon Infinity – King Gizzard the Lizard Wizard: If the band title isn’t appealing then the riffs or the infinity of the album will (each song blends into the next so left on repeat you’d never know when it would end)
    Panopticon & Waldgefluster split or new Death grips, both solid releases but hard to compare.

    • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

      I finally listened to Arksis last week. Not bad, not great, just kinda meh. Ihashn’s solo stuff’s always been sorta hit or miss with me. *shrugs*

  • So far:
    1. Parasit – A Proud Tradition Of Stupidity
    2. Smut – Slop
    3. Destroyer 666 – Wildfire
    4. Caveman Cult – Savage War Is Destiny
    5. Okus – Scourge

    On the back burner:
    
1. Gutter Instinct – Age Of The Fanatics (Still need to listen to this one more than once)
    2. Gadget – The Great Destroyer
    3. Inverloch – Distance | Collapsed
    4. WAKE – Sowing the Seeds of a Worthless Tomorrow
    5. Hostium – The Bloodwine Of Satan

    • Abradolf Lincler

      whatd they say about your gut, buddy?

      • Nothing unfortunitly. Doctor just assumes ulcers and told me to stick to a liquid diet for now until Wednesdays endoscopy. So far Rice pudding, cream of wheat, saltine crackers, and bananas are my go too.

        • Abradolf Lincler

          got dat supermodel diet going on

          • Yeah, it’s not helping my already slender physique. At least I’m not running at the moment.

          • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

            Minus the heroin, laxatives and bulimia.

          • more beer

            Heroin addicts unlike people doing a lot of coke or meth can eat. It does nothing to suppress appetite.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            they just cant afford food

          • more beer

            But heroin addicts don’t typically have an issue with stealing. So they won’t go hungry.

          • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

            True, but it does break down the body in a hurry, especially when it comes to muscle mass. I’ve never known one junkie who’s anywhere near chunky, and I knew more than my share back home.

          • more beer

            I have known plenty. If they manage to not overdose. They tend to live a pretty long time. Compared to people doing a lot of coke or speed. Which tend to break down the body twice as fast as heroin.

        • more beer

          Have they done a CT scan or you or a Colonoscopy? I needed both of those done for them to figure out what was wrong with my gut when I was having issues with it. They told me for years it was Gastritis. They were wrong it was Diverticulitis. Make them do these tests, if they haven’t already. Knowing what’s wrong is half of the battle.

    • Stanley

      Hostium would be much closer to the top of my “So Far” list.

      • Yeah, great black metal album if not my favorite of this year. Just not in my current mind-set at the moment. Perhaps later in the year my mood will change again.

      • Abradolf Lincler

        im gonna have to give that album another spin

    • more beer

      That Smut is so good. It is too bad they are done.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    SUBJECT TO CHANGE!
    Abbath – Abbath
    Wasteland Riders – Speed Rock n Roll EP
    Thangorodrim – Taur-nu-Fuin
    The Great Cold – The Great Cold
    Ragehammer – The Hammer Doctrine/Barbarian – Cult of the Empty Grave (I can’t decide which I like more)

    Honorable mentions that are really close, but can’t fit into a top 5 (6) list:
    Spaceslug – Lemanis
    Sojourner – Empires of Ash
    Sequestered Keep – The Oldest Realm/The Land Beyond Dreams
    Ripper – Experiment of Existence
    Amon Amarth – Jomsviking

  • Stanley

    Hostium – The Bloodwine of Satan
    Destroyer 666 – Wildfire
    Desaster – The Oath of an Iron Ritual
    Panphage – Genom Konst & Krig (not technically 2016 but released this year)
    Diabolus Amator – Despotic Conjuring Of The Soulless

    Probably Ragehammer, but I’m waiting for the vinyl (coming out soonish) and I don’t want to play it too much just yet.

    Also, EP wise (both by Sir N):
    Grav – Astrala Ödemarker
    Draug – In Glorification of Dark Legions

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      RAGEHAMMER VINYL?!? WOOOOOOOOO! Best news all day.

      • Stanley

        Yeah, I sent Pagan an e-mail a while back to see if it was gonna happen and I got a resounding YES.

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          HOTDAMN!

          I’m still waiting to hear back about the Occult Burial vinyl.

    • RJA

      Dude, Diabolus Amator is pretty sweet – never heard before – thanks.

      • Stanley

        The new one takes a lot of listening. There is so much variation in the songs although they all stick within the genre confines.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      The Cheerwine of Satan

  • Destroyer 666 – Wildfire
    Deviant Process – Paroxysm
    Gutter Instinct – Age of the Fanatics
    Architects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us (yes, I am a poser)
    Ancst – Moloch

    Others: Dat new Vale of Pnasty, Vektor, Plebeian Grandstand, Ragehammer, WORMED

  • Abradolf Lincler

    Ihsahn – Arktis
    Odal – Der Dunkelheit Reiter
    Nadra – iceland words
    Uada – Devoid of Light
    . . . I guess we will tack on Destroyer 666, since everyone else is doing it.

    • Stanley

      Destroyer 666 FTW.

      • more beer

        That is in the cd player in my truck. That has gotten a lot of plays since it came out.

    • EsusMoose

      Guess I’ll have to give D666 a try if it’s popping up so much

  • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

    Top picks so far:

    1. Myrath – Legacy
    2. Persona – Elusive Reflections
    3. Qntal – VII
    4. Everfrost – Blue Eyed Emotion (Ok, it was released last December, but goddamnit, close enough for me!)
    5. Universal Mind Project – The Jaguar Priest

    Biggest Disappointments:
    1-5. The newest (artists otherwise known as NewbornMetal). I really had my hopes up for the new one, but one spin and it got flushed with extreme authority.

    Ones I’m looking forward to getting (from this year):

    1. Gutter Instinct
    2. new DRI
    3. new Fitz And The Tantrums
    4. Vicious Rumours – Concussion Protocol
    5. Aeryon – The Theater Equation
    6. new Decoded Feedback

    GIGA-ULTRA-BUTTZ:
    1-5. new Blink 182 album in July (KJU, please! Me and Joe both already pre-ordered this!)

  • Sir Tapir The Based

    Tähtiportti – Eetterimessu
    Behexen – The Poisonous Path
    Ulver- ATGCLVLSSCAP
    Moonsorrow – Jumalten Aika
    K-X-P – III part 2

    Swans – The Glowing Man (hasn’t been released yet but it will be a best)

    • Abradolf Lincler

      i still havent had a chance to get to Behexen, sry bb

      • Stanley

        It’s quite noisy. Hard to hear the riffs.

        • Abradolf Lincler

          huh

    • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

      Definite on the new Moonsorrow!
      Checked out two of the tracks for Glowing Man, and yes, as usual, it’s looking pretty fucking good (as if Swans ever puts out bad CDs in the first place)

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        They’ve only officially released one track fromnthe album (When Will I Return), if I remember correctly

        • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

          I was counting that and the excerpt/preview of the album on their Youtube page.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            It’s just a 2 minute excerpt of a 28 minute song.

          • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

            Close enough! :-p

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            It is a good excerpt, tho. With good luck the album will will arrive before the release date and my expanded dong will be glowing, man.

          • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

            White Light From The Dong Of Tapir

  • Rob M

    Subject to me probably having forgotten 100 other albums when I wrote this:

    Shed The Skin – Harrowing Faith
    Caveman Cult – Savage War Is Destiny
    Bat – Wings of Chains
    Zhrine – Unortheta
    Gevurah – Hallelujah!

    • Dubs

      I was pleased with the new Gevurah, but I need to spend more time with it.

      • Rob M

        Its definitely made a strong impression with me so far, but yeah, I’ll have to see where it stacks up once Ive had it for a bit

    • Yeah, that Shed The Skin album and Bat album I still need to hear. Looking forward to it.

      • Rob M

        Bat is pretty straightforward, if you liked the demo and the EP you wont be disappointed with the full length.

        I was actually surprised how much I ended up liking Shed the Skin. That name made me think they were some kind of brutal death band, so Id passed them by until my friends made me see them at MDF…ended up really digging the set and the album

  • RJA

    Inverloch – Distance|Collapsed did not disappoint!
    Ripper – Experiment of Existence takes me back 25 years to when I got into metal – in the best possible way.
    Skaphe – Skaphe2
    Eucharist – Endarkenment
    HolyArrow – Oath of Allegiance epic black metal – just keep coming back to this one

  • 1.Chthe’ilist-fuck it auto correct is being a cunt and not letting me the album name
    2. Entropia-ufonaut
    3. Zhrine-Unortheta
    4. First Fragment-Dasein
    5. Vale of Pnath-II

  • ME GORAK B.C.™

    ABBATH!!!
    AMON AMARTH!!!
    MOONSORROW!!!
    HYPERION!!!!
    IHSAHN!!!!

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    Haven’t actually heard any stuff from this year.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    • Oranssi Pazuzu
    • Vredehammer
    • Abbath
    • Hädanfärd (old but found it this year)
    • Altarage

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      We can include old new things? Oh no… my list… it is broken

    • What is #4?

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        #4 is Hädanfärd

        • Are you being sarcastic?

        • Abradolf Lincler

          i think a #4 is when you bleed from your anus.

          • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

            Or the #4 combo meal that caused it.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Can’t seem to find the full album rip, but this: https://youtu.be/k0EZluvWbo4

      • Stanley

        Sir N, again. That guy is both prolific and amazing.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Sir N? Interesting stage name. What else does he do?

          • Stanley

            What doesn’t he do? The guy is a genius.

            Svartrit, Grav, Draug, Esh, Helgedom, Grifteskymfning, Reverorum ib malacht, Dödfödd, Vanskapt, Acerbitas, Kaos Sacramentum, Hädanfärd, Ondo, etc.

            Svartrit is my favorite.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Z71-KsTNrI

          • CyberneticOrganism

            I’ve got a Grifteskymfning album that I really like also, makes sense it was the same guy as they’re very similar sounding.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Here’s mine

    1. David Bowie-Blackstar
    2. Santana-IV
    3. Bob Dylan-Fallen Angels
    4. Filter-Crazy Eyes
    5. Megadeth-Dystopia
    6. Meat Loaf-Braver Than We Are (It’s not even out yet but it’s on the list)

    • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

      Damn, didn’t know there was a new Dylan out. Might have to check that one out.

    • tigeraid

      This reminds me that Holy CHRIST JJD is going to RUIN us in next week’s RotW.

      • more beer

        People can vote for something other than his pick. If there are any other submissions.

        • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

          The only submission allowed will be a 23 hour playlist transmitted from his Zune.

          • more beer

            I do see a loophole though. Metal has been around for a long time. I know many dads who listen to metal. In a way making it dad rock.

          • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

            Quite true!

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            KJU plz! I don’t have a Zune, I use my Galaxy S5!

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        Don’t even bother submitting any riffs next week. I already won and I’m not even trying with my choice.

        • more beer

          Everyone could could think your riff sucks. Because they don’t like dad rock and vote for someone else. It is not you saying your riff is best. It is the amount of votes.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Even I know my riff sucks. It’s just that I know so few people will submit or vote that I will most likely win. My riff is from an album cut off a Phil Collins era Genesis album. How good can it be?

          • more beer

            Even if there is one other submission you still need the votes.

  • Count_Breznak

    Wormed.

    ..and still waiting for the Defeated Sanity and Totenmond albums.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    And thanks for the photo album shoutout lizard. Treat yourself to another 4 hours of outback sunshine.

  • Skaphe
    Nadra
    Howls of Ebb
    Virus
    ——-?

    Eps:
    Cadaveric Fumes
    Almyrkvi

    • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

      Howls Of Ebb?!?!?!

      http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v220/geistimsturm/Woolie_Approves.gif

      Easily one of the worst bands I’ve heard all year. I really really tried to like them after everyone singing their praises, but GAH!

    • Dubs

      That Hows of Ebb album is rad. You’re rad.

      • Abradolf Lincler

        i listen to that album and i go, “This is something ₩ listens to. My brain hurts.”

        • Dubs

          “Git gud, scrub” is my response.

        • Whenever I think “This is something W listens to,” I then think “This is something I should probably listen to.” The brain pain is half the fun.

      • Are you calling me rad? ARE YOU CALLING ME RAD?? ARE YOU CALLING ME RAD???

        (Thanks, you’re not too shabby yourself.)

  • Simon PhoenixKing Rising

    Thus far:

    Ripper – Experiment of Existence
    Ravensire – The Cycle Never Ends
    Desaster – The Oath of an Iron Ritual
    Chthe’ilist – Le Dernier
    Sojourner – Empires of Ash

    Honorable mention: Deadly Nights – Descent into Madness

    Thanks to Randall for that one.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Empires of Ash is beautiful.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Tähtiportti – Eetterimessu
    Yona – Jano
    Eevil Stöö – Iso Vauva Jeesus
    Lasten Hautausmaa – II
    Sleep of Monsters – II:Poison Garden

    • Stanley

      I’ve heard of 0/5 of those. I’m handing in my kvlt card as we speak.

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        0/5 of those are metal… no need to.

        • Between you and JJD I don’t even know where I am anymore…

        • Stanley

          Ahh, I see.

          *snatches kvlt card back from kvlt card collector.

          • more beer

            What really matters. Is you would have done the honorable thing. Had his choices been a bunch of kvlt black metal you didn’t know about. Cheers Stanley!

  • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

    1. Altarage – Nihl
    2. Desaster – The Oath of an Iron Ritual
    3. Chthe’ilist- Le Dernier Crépuscule
    4. Coffin Lust – Beyond The Dark
    So basically, Reverb Metal+Desaster.
    Still haven’t decided on the 5th, Sewercide or Inverloch might take that spot. Zhrine’s also pretty good.

  • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

    Hmmmm, seeing quite a lot of mentions about the new Destroyer 666. Might have to mosey on over and check this out.

  • JWEG

    I almost feel like I should wait until July 1 – the actual midpoint – in case a release on this week’s or next week’s Toilet Tuesday grabs me enough to displace my top 5. I wanted to include the new Psychedelic Witchcraft, for instance, but its release date in Canada is apparently late June and since I don’t do shifty torrent things I haven’t heard it yet.

    These albums have my Seal of Approval.

    – Borknagar: Winter Thrice (of course)
    – Black Wizard: New Waste
    – Release the Long Ships: Holocene
    – Kurushimi – Kurushimi
    – Purson: Desire’s Magic Theatre

    http://i.imgur.com/QFPhUAH.gif

    EPs, unfortunately (see: Pleiades Dust) were excluded.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Black Wizard>>>>>

      Why did you exclude EPs?

      • JWEG

        It seems to be typical, but not standard, procedure with AOT(H/)Y lists to exclude EPs.

        Might be a moot point though: I think I need a lot more time with Gorguts to decide if it really should displace one of those, or sit in the unmentioned 6-10 range.

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          Understandable.
          I think that if you give more listens to an EP and enjoy it more than other full lengths, then it should take its rightful place above the rest.

  • Dialectician

    In no particular order:
    1. Gorguts – Pleiades Dust
    2. Ulver – ATGCLVLSSCAP
    3. Chthe’list – Le Dernier Crepescule
    4. Ihsahn – Arktis
    5. Vektor – Terminal Redux

    Also really liked the new Orannsi Pazuzu, the Body, Savages, and Bowie

    • Surprised Gorguts isn’t on more lists. It’s not on mine because I somehow forgot I bought it last weekend.

    • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

      Might have to check out the new Savages, since I haven’t heard them in quite a while.

  • Hans Müller

    I’ll flip this mf and tell you what I look forward to the most this year:

    1. Inquisition
    2. Throttlerod (stoner-ish rawk)
    3. Wreck and Reference (real gud, check out for sample-based noisy blackish misery)
    4. Vermin Womb (hopefully this year)
    5. at least one or two others I forgot the name of. They’re gonna be bangers though.

    • I am going to lose my shit waiting for that new W&R.

      Otherwise, I eagerly await new Psalm Zero, Subrosa, the dim possibility of new Have a Nice Life, and some other shit I forgot so it must not be that important.

      • Abradolf Lincler

        Wolves and Alcest

        • Alcest? More like . . . um . . . INcest, right?

          And what’s the deal with the new Wolves? More dungeon synth?

          • Abradolf Lincler

            no word yet. i doubt the whole album will be ambient. the pic they posted was of live instruments anyway

      • Hans Müller

        What what? Possible new HANL? I’m supposed to be working, but I think I must investigate…

        • I think they mentioned it briefly in an email from the Enemies List “Legrand Society”. The subscription to the society is $2 per month, and you get access to all kinds of neat downloads.

  • Max

    1. Dune
    2. Dune
    3. Dune
    4. Dune
    5. Dune

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      See here… Max is doing it right.

  • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

    What, no one else looking forward to the new Sodom in August?!

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      This is about the previous 6 months…

      • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

        Whoopsie, kinda getting ahead of myself. *wipes the drool and foam from my mouth*

        And a couple people were mentioning releases that they were looking forward to (like Tapir and the new Swans), so there’s that. :-p

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    zhrine
    Che theilist
    uada
    Ripper
    Vektor

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    Oh and that Dominhate EP

  • …Ellipsis…

    1: Obscura – Akróasis
    2: Vektor – Terminal Redux
    3: Chthe’ilist – Le Dernier Crépuscule
    4: Ihsahn – Arktis.
    5: Ulver – ATGCLVLSSCAP

  • Guacamole Jim

    There is a serious lack of THE BODY here. “No One Deserves Happiness” is a masterpiece. Also, dat new Death Grips is stellar AF.

    • Lacertilian

      I think both of your points indicate a serious lack of Ed more than anything else.

  • A lil’ late, but I’m here!

    In alphabetic order, these are the 5 picks:

    AbbathAbbath.
    CandlemassDeath Thy Lover.
    HyperionSeraphical Euphony.
    KatatoniaThe Fall of Hearts.
    Spiritual BeggarsSunrise to Sundown.

    I am gathering my picks on RateYourMusic. Is public right now: https://rateyourmusic.com/list/Linkleonhart/favorite_releases_on_2016/

  • jberd

    Late to the party, but I’d have to say:
    Orannsi Pazuzu’s Värähtelijä (we all copy and paste that)
    Vektor’s Terminal Redux
    UADA’s Devoid of Light
    Death Fortress’ Deathless March of the Unyielding
    Funeral Moth’s Transience

    and Imperial Triumphant’s Inceste, but it’s an EP so I usually separate them.