The Biggest Disappointments of 2016

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It’s Xmas Eve and I’ve got terrible news: you ain’t gettin’ shit from Santa. Do you feel that? Do you feel bitter disappointment at reading those words? Good. Now you’re in the spirit to relive the biggest disappointments of this awful fucking garbage ass year. Enjoy.

The SwordLow Country. First and foremost, I am a massive fan of The Sword. These Austin boys bring the riffs and even when a majority of their fans high-tailed out of sight last year, I remained. High Country was one of my most played records of last year, so when they announced and all acoustic version I was fairly excited. Fully prepared for some bad ass, Rick Rubin producing Johnny Cash, massive sounding acoustic album, I pre ordered Low Country in a heartbeat. I received it in the mail and played it once. One time was all it took for me to realize how the low the mighty had fallen. All of the energy and emotion felt on High Country was sucked away by thin sounding instruments, poor production and flat performances from the band. Sorry The Sword, this didn’t do anything for me but leave a bad, coffee shop taste in my mouth. –Boss the Ross


Dream TheaterThe Astonishing. You know when your favorite band has such a diverse discography there’s absolutely no way you could be negatively surprised by the direction of new material? Apparently, Dream Theater decided to sit down and say “Hey! We’ve been way too acceptable in our output, so here’s an idea. Let’s write a concept album around a story Rush did almost 40 years ago, only instead of 20 minutes it’ll be over two hours long. We ABSOLUTELY need to make sure exactly 0 minutes of it are memorable, so every one of these 34 tracks needs to be as bland as possible, both in terms of music and production. We’ll make hundreds of thousands!” The result was The Astonishing. –Mosh Hoff


In FlamesBattles. Not because anyone expected anything drastically different, but because Battles is essentially pop music.

ALSO, Varg and his 90k+ subscribers on youtube who devour his ramblings like starving dogs. Racist starving dogs. –CyBro


Kayo Dot Plastic House on Base of Sky. While I liked Coffins a little bit, this album was basically more of the same and I was hoping for a classic Kayo total shift of genre. –Joaquin Stick

The songs are long and directionless. It feels like several talented musicians doing freeform jazz, 80’s synth style. –McNulty


NailsYou Will Never Be One Of Us. This album is a great nine song EP when you subtract the eight minute closer that is sucking up almost half of the album’s runtime. They would’ve been better served to exclude that song altogether or write a couple more shorter tracks to round out the album. –Ron Deuce


Omnium GatherumGrey Heavens. Like any other year, 2016 was filled with bad records. Grey Heavens isn’t bad per se, but it is disappointing. After two magnificent AOR death metal records, they blundered. Vanhala had been saying he’d want to make a record consisting only of longer songs. Grey Heavens is the opposite. It’s their simplest, most immediate, has lacking songwriting, and occasionally sounds like 00’s In Flames. Almost makes me wanna call it their pop record. OG should have stayed happy instead of seeking the grey. –Karhu


KawirFather Son, Mother Moon. It’s a shame. Hellenic BM is probably my current favorite strain of BM. And Kawir I always felt were one of the premier bands of the scene. “To Cavirs” is a near masterpiece of an album IMO; equal parts vicious and elegant. You will find none of that in their 2016 release “Father Son, Mother Moon”. All of the songs wander with no interesting riffs or other instrumental passages to catch my attention. And the band as a whole just seems lifeless. While it’s not recent Rotting Christ bad, I’m still wondering what the hell happened. –Simon Phoenix


Blood IncantationStarspawn. Yes, I went there. The debut EP was wild and spastic and fun from start to finish. Starspawn starts out with a very long and snoozeworthy track and never alters course from there. The whole thing just sounds like space-death pudding: more music yet a perplexing dearth of ideas. (Sorry Leif.) –-Richter


GojiraMagma. It hurt that Joe described this album as buttrock, but only because it’s true. –Dubya


The American people. –Jason Kolkey


Metal fans the world over. The fact that every English-speaking metalhead on Earth isn’t regularly reading this blog and compulsively listening to Toilet Radio is a goddamn travesty. –Joe Thrashnkill

What was the worst box of shit you unwrapped in 2016? Share it below! Everything is terrible.

  • KyleJMcBride

    An LOTR Christmas(stolen from Twitter)

    seven swans to rule them all,
    six geese to find them,
    five gold rings to bring them all,
    and in the pear tree bind them
    In the land of Christmas,
    where the presents lie.

  • Abradolf Lincler

    Richter bout to set the place on fire

    • Eliza

      I respectfully disagree with his opinion.

      • Abradolf Lincler

        same.

        • Abradolf Lincler

          except for the respectfully part

          screw you, you armless freak!

          • You can change your disqus name but can’t hide the fact that you’re a filthy buttleather-sniffing Pirate.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            mmmmmm buttleather

            when ur rite ur rite, bro

      • mother☆shabubu

        I disrespectfully agree with it.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    While Starspawn is fucking awesome, all of the other albums listed above weren’t only disappointing, they were downright godawful.

    • Rob M

      Really…I didnt think Kawir’s new one was awful, just not especially memorable

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        I just thought it was rather bland and boring, especially in comparison to how good Isotheos was. I didn’t think Gojira’s new one was completely unlistenable either, just rather snooze-worthy with a lack of ideas, creativity and balls. In Flames was over for me after The Jester Race (which is their only exceptionally good album imo) and Dream Theater’s last outstanding album was Metropolis Pt. II, but even the fact that they’ve been releasing mediocre to downright crappy stuff ever since didn’t prepare me for the two turds they unleashed upon us last year. Kayo Dot needs to get some metal again in their sound. Nails is a live band first and foremost as far as I’m concerned (their albums really aren’t anything special). And The Sword and Omnium Gatherum never did much for me to begin with.

        • Rob M

          Definitely agree with most everything you said, especially about Nails….I dont understand the hype that album has been getting this year. It seems beyond average, but it pops up on almost every big big-name year end list…usually in the top five

          • Abradolf Lincler

            will third the nails thing, though the only track ive ever really dug by them was “Wide Open Wound”

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            I don’t really get the hype the band gets in general. They’re a solid live band that gets the crowd going, but as far as their albums go? The first two were alright, but I could never see what was so unique or special about them, and their most recent one was just uninspired. Not a bad band, but their music is nothing to die for either.

  • Rob M

    Bolzer – Hero
    Hyperion – Seraphical Euphony (just because it was hyped to hell, and it turned out to be just highly melodic Dissection)

    • Abradolf Lincler

      man, i didnt think Bolzer was all that bad. just because it wasnt another Aura or Roman Acupuncture

      • Rob M

        Too much emphasis seemed to be on those clean vocals, and not nearly enough on the riffs. Theres also a lot of filler on there…it gets downright boring at times

        • Abradolf Lincler

          fair enough. i didnt say it was amazing, just didnt think it was as bad as everyone made it out to be

          • Rob M

            I appreciate KzR wanted to change things up…He seems like the kind of guy who dosnt like to do the same thing over and over again, I just think his reach exceeded his grasp with this one

        • Agreed

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        I don’t know if many would agree with this sentiment, but I rate Aura as one of the best metal EP’s of all time. Many EP’s feature good music, but Aura is one of the few EP’s I really consider worth owning physically. Hero wasn’t bad, just really disappointing. His vocals didn’t feature the same intensity, the riffs didn’t crush and it had none of the vast atmosphere that was promised with Aura.

    • Eliza

      Blozer’s album was ok to me. Not bad, just not very memorable.

      • Rob M

        Loved everything they did up to the full length, and when I saw them live a few years back they completely crushed it as well, so my expectations for that album were probably set way too high to begin with

        • Eliza

          I didn’t have any expectations from it, that why I can’t say it’s a disappointment. I even kinda enjoy the title track.

          • Rob M

            Theres some okay stuff on there…I think maybe another EP, to cut all the filler, would have been the way to go

    • mother☆shabubu

      I feel like I’m one of the few people who really enjoyed Bölzer here.

      • Rob M

        Ive seen a lot of people say they do really like it, but even they usually say it takes awhile before it clicks

        • mother☆shabubu

          It clicked for me rather quickly. Maybe it’s because I had only listened to them a little prior to Hero, I had no idea they were a hyped band, or that they can be a bit…testy on social media.

          • Rob M

            I get the impression KzR is what you would call a type “A” personality

      • KSoFM likes it a lot too. i bought the thing, as there are times when a few of those songs REALLY scratch an itch. but it’s tough to listen to the whole thing in one setting. it’s not bad, brotha!

      • NDG

        Nah man, I really like it. I love the two EPs but I find the album really interesting. It took me a couple of listens but i find myself continuously coming back to it.

        The thing that I dig is that it is 100% sincere and that is always my main criteria when it comes to music.

    • Spear

      Highly melodic Dissection >>>>>>>>>

      • Rob M

        Overly melodic Dissection<<<<<<<<<

        When I want that kind of cheese I listen to power metal

  • Zeke

    Seconded on blood incantation. I keep going back to it to see what I’m missing. Everyone compares them to morbid angel, but Trey’s always brought the riffs. Anyway, merry Christmas Christians, happy Hanukkah Jews, happy Saturday others

    • I’m with you.

    • I listen to it while cleaning the apartment and even then it bores me.

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      Covenant is the best death metal album of every year anyway

  • Randall’s Sweaty Space Pants

    Vektor.

    There I said it. Bunch of incoherent, out of place, riff noodling about something to do with space and aliens or whatever. Throw in some space related artwork, release merch that incorporates your band name and the NASA logo, whatever. This band does what people (Randall) accuse Chuck Schuldiner of doing. Placing riffs and solos in a way that only leads to jarring, unwieldy transitions. Big whoop.

    Wanna fight about it?

    • Abradolf Lincler

      didnt have this big of a gripe with it. would just place it in the “hype train” and “overrated” category

    • Upvote for the rustling of jimmies.

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      I’d be mad if you didn’t already tell me this 6 months ago

  • KyleJMcBride

    Yeah, I’d have to go with “US voters” as the biggest disappointment this year.

  • KyleJMcBride

    I watched the Blair Witch sequel last night. That was pretty disappointing.

  • Ayreonaut

    Myself

  • KyleJMcBride

    I haven’t even listened to Low Country yet. It’s basically a novelty album anyways.

    • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

      I really liked Low Country.

      • KyleJMcBride

        I liked High Country as is for the most part.

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          One of my most played last year!

          • KyleJMcBride

            Great Thin Lizzy influence throughout.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Very much so. Them and ZZ Top

        • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

          I loved that album. It’s one of the greatest albums by The Sword.

          • KyleJMcBride

            They’re all good in their way.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Yeah, but I was hoping for some awesomely bad ass jams

  • Abradolf Lincler

    Was very disappoint with the new Mare Cognitum

  • mother☆shabubu

    Albums in 2016 I was bummed by:
    Gojira – Magma. I really enjoyed it at first, but the more I listened the more it felt so…just not that gripping. Which is weird. Usually a record grows on you, not off of you.

    Deftones – BoreGore. I loved the first single, I loved the second single. I LOVE “Rubicon”. Everything else just didn’t do it for me. Not that it’s bad, just that it felt like a 7/10, not a 10/10, which is unusual for the Deftones.

    Protest the Hero – Pacific Myth. I like their approach to trying new ways to put out music, and I don’t have any criticism towards that. However, the music sounded like Volition b-sides. Except for “Harbinger”, I couldn’t remember much from the other songs, even after just listening to them.

    2016 things I was bummed by/Shitlist 2016:
    -David Bowie’s death.
    -The general malaise that has permeated this year for most people.
    -Humanity, but this is a shitlist staple every year.
    -Myself. Hey, I gotta ride that “depression chic” thing out before the next trend in 2017.
    -Memes. There were good ones, but there were a lot of irritating ones.

    • Eliza

      I agree with you about some of the the memes of this year. The Bee Movie ones especially.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      Being a huge fan of Deftones, I liked Gore. Now several months have passed and I have to conclude that whenever I’m in mood for Deftones, I basically throw on any of their previous albums while I rarely listen to Gore – despite that I “like” the album and even own a copy. It’s good stuff, but “something” is definitely missing.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlYq6cLQp8M

      • Eliza

        Whereas Deftones usually bring both their aggressive and their soft sides together, Gore mainly showcases their soft side, so maybe that what you feel it’s missing from the album. I really like it despite that.

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          i like Gore as well. I dunno, there’s still plenty heaviness to be found on Gore…it’s just not as memorable as their previous albums…

          • Eliza

            It’s certainly doesn’t leave as much of an impression as the better part of their discography does, but for what it is, I liked it enough to buy it.

        • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

          That’s pretty much how I felt about last year’s Sol Invictus. It needed one heavy intense number to make it feel complete

        • mother☆shabubu

          Saturday Night Wrist showcases their soft side way better, at least for me. Gore is kinda lacking the dynamic and punch that Stephen’s style brings even in quieter songs.

      • mother☆shabubu

        Sounds like Stephen is missing.

    • The Tetrachord of Archytas

      New protest grew on me a little bit. I found that it had some overall stylings that were a bit different for them. Production was 2nd rate at best though so it’s got a weird sound for sure

  • Eliza

    One album that let me down this year was Lïan by Rïcïnn. Going in, I expected some sort of fascinating experience. What I got, instead, was one of the most boring albums I’ve ever put myself through. Another disappointment was Red Fang’s Only Ghost’s, which is not bad, just more of the same, and I would’ve liked it better if it has brought something new to the table.

    • Rïcïnn was marketed heavily to metalheads but I personally didn’t hear anything but a whole lot of Meh.

      • Eliza

        I think that the ideas in the album are ok, but the execution was poor.

  • tigeraid

    EMPEROR. NAFARYUS.

    • ME GORAK™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      ME WILL STOP READING SENTENCE HALFWAY THROUGH!!!!!!!
      https://youtu.be/4kI7bG_61yU

      • Abradolf Lincler

        GORAK RITE

  • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

    Here’s my two disappointments of 2016:

    1. In Flames-Battles
    2. Santana-IV

  • J.R.™

    The only album I was disappointed about his year (of the few that I actually purchased, that is) was the new Twelve Foot Ninja. Some of the songs off this album are actually my favorites of theirs, but the sum total is still meh

  • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

    Also did you shit talk Santa? You know what Body Count says about talking shit, especially when it comes to Santa:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sokdL-0iV9s

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      ACT HARD MUTHAFUCKA!!!

      • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

        I take anything involving Santa very seriously. That’s why I posted this.

      • KyleJMcBride

        GET SHOT!

    • KyleJMcBride

      Especially not around Mick Foley. He has a serious Santa obsession.

      • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

        You don’t want him to bring out Mr. Socko! He may even put you through a table if you badmouth Santa enough!

    • Santa is a cuck

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    It hurt me to write those words about The Sword.

    • Rob M

      Yeah..it hurts me anytime anyone mentions that 3rd rate band as well =D

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        WATCH YOUR TONGUE AND READY YOUR STEEL!

        😛

        • KyleJMcBride

          The Sword kills posers dead.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Literally.

          • Rob M

            If I was a lesser man, I would point out the irony of The Sword killing posers, yet still being alive…but Im above such things

          • KyleJMcBride

            It’s a play on the old Raid bug spray commercial “RAID! Kills bugs dead!”. #Context

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          Sorry Boss, I gotta side with Rob on this one. The Sword puts me to sleep.

          • Rob M

            There we go…knew I could count on you, brother

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa
          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Now THAT’s more like it.

          • Eliza

            I like The Switch too, but all’s good if you like Sleep.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            The difference between The Sword and Sleep is that Sleep rules and The Sword doesn’t.

          • KyleJMcBride

            booooooo

          • Eliza

            The band that I like more out of the two is Sleep, so I can overlook that.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Sleep is superior, but I will not overlook Frank’s transgressions.

          • Eliza

            A fierce battle is neigh, I can feel it.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Eliza’ll definitely pick my side when I tell her that I own a copy of a Romanian metal album that – unlike The Sword’s music – rules.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-SCyXecLZg

          • Eliza

            And it’s one of favourites too…

          • mother☆shabubu

            Who needs sleeping pills when there’s Sleep music?

          • KyleJMcBride

            (jimmies rustled)

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            (sword readied)

          • Eliza

            (pitchforks and torches on standby)

          • Abradolf Lincler

            (listens to black metal while baking ham and wrapping gifts)

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            I’ve got your back, Jack

      • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

        Rob plz! High Country and Low Country were so good!

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          And Age of Winters, Gods of the Earth, Warp Riders and Apocryphon, the Hammer of Heaven single and their split with Witchcraft.

          • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

            I enjoy all their work as well.

      • KyleJMcBride

        Plz to remain standing right there whilst I get my sledge hammer.

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          *dodges sledge hammer*

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            *swings axe*

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            *catches axe and EATS the axe*

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            *summons a mighty necromancer*

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Fuck…

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa
          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Fuck yeah!

          • Abradolf Lincler

            why would you summon a necromancer?

            . . . wouldnt you be the necromancer to do the summoning?

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Nah, I just called him up and said, “Hey, help a brother out?”

          • Abradolf Lincler

            this is solid tactic

            why waste all your mana summoning skeletons when you can just summon one necromancer and have him summon for you

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Exactly! Dwarf Paladins don’t have much skill in the summoning skeletons department.

          • Rob M

            Im impressed dwarves can get that kind of reception living under all that stone

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            We may walk in the daylight when the time is proper

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            When the call of adventure is strong.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            sometimes a dorf gets cast out

          • KyleJMcBride

            Always have at least one Magic User in the party.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            well, pref two. one heal (or at least an offheal) and one DD

          • KyleJMcBride

            Usually it’s the Cleric’s job to handle healing, at least that’s how we used to do it.

          • Black Unbeard

            well yeah, assuming you have a cleric. sometimes you can just have a paladin off heal, some games having a bard or monk can off heal

        • Rob M

          I was born invulnerable to sledgehammers

        • i wanna be……………your sledge hammer KJM!

    • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

      I liked Low Country quite a bit. In Flames was awful though. I’m sure GL will try and defend it but it’s so bad.

  • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

    Speaking of disappointments your wallet will be disappointed after you spend all your money on the Steam sale. Total Annihilation is only 1 dollar and 24 cents. You can buy a coffee from McDonald’s for that price or you can buy one of the greatest RTS games ever.

    • That’s tempting! Haven’t played an RTS in way too long.

      • Spear

        Grey Goo. Do it.

    • yeah buddy, TA >>>
      hopefully it runs on the #1 Nerd Rated OS, Linux

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    US voters and Brexit have been the worst, but really the entire year has been like swimming through an open sewer. Music has been one of the few pluses. Haven’t been disappointed by anything I was particularly looking forward to, though the new Old Corpse Road definitely isn’t quite up to some of the praise. At the movies, I was a little underwhelmed by The Hateful Eight, which I thought overindulgent, taking too much time to do something quite simple (although Samuel L Jackson’s old man tormenting was ace). And Karaoke Crazies, which is generally charming and funny, but has a bizarrely misfiring horror subplot that should have been ditched, and definitely didn’t qualify it as a good choice for a largely horror film festival.

    Has there been an article for surprising triumphs of the year yet?

  • AeonsOvChaos

    I disagree about “Starspawn” but not about the last albums by Gojira and In Flames.

  • GL
  • The Tetrachord of Archytas

    I think the biggest disappointment was probably The Dear Hunter Act V.
    My other disappointments were not digging into Thrawsunblat (out of ingnorance) and Oak Pantheon (out of forgetfulness) in time to really put them in my top ten this year

    • Joaquin Stick

      Didn’t like act V? I thought it was on par.

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        I believe quite a few fans of Act IV felt V didn’t deliver.

      • The Tetrachord of Archytas

        I’ve been a fan since act 1 and I think more than anything, Caseys a better songwriter than he is a composer or story teller (dude apparently can’t even read music, which isn’t intrinsically bad, just means that someone else is handling is orchestrations). Anyway, the album for the most part just seems like a constant rehashing of all his themes, which is probably necessary, but I didn’t hear any memorable songs until Gloria which comes in when the album is almost over.

        • Joaquin Stick

          Yeah I can see that. When I went through the album to pick a song I liked for the EOTY list, it was basically impossible. There are a lot of great moments, but most songs have a long passage of just story or something else that’s strange that might not be appealing to new listeners. In other words, the songs can no longer separate from the concept and be standalone excellent songs.

          • The Tetrachord of Archytas

            Yeah I can see that. I’ve been with him since the beginning and I still think act 1 (act 2 would be the best if the drummer was his brother for that album) probably the most original (not that originality really matters). I don’t really have anything against the long passages of story and concept expect that I just think it is generally not very good in this case. It was cool at first when it was almost frontier feeling but once he gets to the vaudeville vibe…it just gets too panic at the disco/hot topic vibes when it should’ve been more tom waits. I also think the guy doing his orchestrations isn’t that great.

    • Abradolf Lincler

      you slept on that Thrawsunblat?

      • The Tetrachord of Archytas

        I don’t even remember hearing about it until the year end lists

  • Warheart

    Longtime lurker reporting once in a while. This was an awful year in every level, but first, honestly, how can anyone be disappointed with In Flames at this point? We lost them many, many years ago.

    Personally, I think my biggest disappointment was Opeth, I was hoping for another Pale Communion but I got a new Heritage. That has to be some kind of meme.

    On a positive note, I expected a half baked shit from Dark Tranquillity but they managed to make a decent album, not like their classics, but decent.

    • Eliza

      I forgot about Opeth’s new album. It was bland, but I liked it better than Pale Communion.

      • Warheart

        I don’t like their 70’s phase, but somehow I really loved Pale Communion, that album blew my mind. Heritage and Sorceress are just MEH.

        • Eliza

          None are albums that I consider to be among Opeth’s best, though.

          • Warheart

            Pale Communion it’s good as prog rock, but indeed, it pales against their former records. Personally I think their top is Still Life, and from then on everything went downhill.

        • KyleJMcBride

          Liked Heritage, didn’t like Pale Communion or Sorceress.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      I felt the latest Opeth was their most competent of the prog-era, but also the worst in terms of songwriting and interestingness.

      • Warheart

        That could be the best way to describe it.

    • Zeke

      I liked pale communion the most of their prog albums by far

  • Sir Crawfish The Based

    “It feels like several talented musicians doing freeform jazz, 80’s synth style.”
    Sounds like a good. And it is!

  • Karhu disagrees that the new In the Woods… sounds like bad Borknagar because, presumably, he does not believe that Borknagar has made any bad albums. But, for the record, he is wrong.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      I didn’t say they haven’t made bad albums, you said they sucked, I said they’re amazing.
      And In The Woods sounds a lot more like a stupid-ass stoner dicks tryin’ ta make prog.

  • GL

    It is always kinda trendy to be a downer about certain things (misery loves company?). I tried just ignore all the junk this year and simply some things… 2016 was a banger of a year. Lots of great music and such. Wouldn’t change it. I am looking forward to 2017 and all of the new music that yearns to be discovered!

    Thanks,

    GL

    • Abradolf Lincler

      GL! GL! GL! GL!

      • GL

        keep it down you smuck, I have a next-day-wine-headache.

        • *aggressive heckling*

        • GL

          *I guess I am disappointed in myself for thinking that I would not have a headache after drinking that much wine.

        • Abradolf Lincler

          gl! gl! gl! gl!

          • GL

            das betta

    • Max

      I think 2017’s going to be a great year for music, now that it can finally move forward from underneath the creative monopoly cast over it by Prince, David Bowie, Glen Frey, Greg Lake, Keith Emerson, and the guy from Mott the Hoople.

      • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

        Max plz! I’m still depressed that Dale Griffin of Mott The Hoople died!

  • Jack Rabbit

    Meshuggah’s new one was pretty dissapointing imo

  • Black crown Initiate, revocation, gojira, inanimate existence, fallujah to a lesser extent (a lot of it felt like filler)

    • Fine Sexy Ladies

      BCI are too far gone down their hole to write anything of consistent quality anymore.

      • They shot their wad with their first ep.

    • Shakes 999

      Oh wow. Nailed it. Even my band crush on Fallujah was diminished this year. I still love em but the structure of the albums are a mess, and most of the songs feel half-finished. They’ve yet to put out anything that is as epic as the 2 (2!!!!!) songs on Nomadic. BCI has the same problem. Revocation was losing me with Deathless and I didn’t even bother with this years.

      • I actually really liked deathless, but yea this years was super forgettable. I dont think BCI will ever achieve the level of greatness of that Ep and I don’t think they care to either. As far as Fallujah goes, i love a few of the songs like scar queen the void alone etc, but then they have those tracks that just are entirely too focused on the ambient part of their sound. I would LOVE if they went back to Harvest Wombs/Nomadic sounding stuff, but I doubt they will. Don’t even get me started on gojira. Thankfully a lot of bands nailed it this year so those bands disappointing doesn’t hurt as much.

  • Nipples ‘n’ Such

    Some of my disappointments for 2016:
    >>Åkerfeldt’s new Opeth album being just more of the same boring 70’s-style prog-rock nonsense he’s been doing for the past several releases. I know he’s no longer interested in doing death metal or even metal at all anymore, but it still makes me sad that what was once one of my favorite bands ever is now barely recognizable as being the same band.
    >>DISTURBED’S GOD-AWFUL COVER OF “THE SOUND OF SILENCE”; FUCK THAT COVER, FUCK ALL OF THE ROCK & ALTERNATIVE RADIO STATIONS THAT PLAY IT 20 TIMES A DAY, FUCK EVERY POSER/NON-METALHEAD DOUCHE WHO THINKS IT’S GOOD AND ASKS ME IF I’VE HEARD IT, FUCK THE GRAMMYS FOR NOMINATING THAT ABOMINATION OF A COVER SONG AT ALL, FUCK THE GRAMMYS PERIOD, FUCK DAVID DRAIMAN AND HIS STUPID BALD HEAD AND HIS EVEN STUPIDER FACIAL PIERCINGS, FUCKYOUFUCKYOUFUCKYOU FFFFFFFUUUUUUUCCCKKKKK!!!!!
    …*ahem*…
    >>Destrage’s new album. I was looking forward to hearing it because of how much I loved Are You Kidding Me? No. But the new album just didn’t grab me at all. It felt like it was missing whatever made the previous album so fun and memorable. Maybe I need to give it more listens to let it sink in, idk…
    >>All of the great musicians and other people whom 2016 murdered

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Upvote for Destrage, not Opeth

  • I disagree with blah blah blah merry buttmas eve, nerds

  • KyleJMcBride
  • Count_Breznak

    Bölzer, I guess.

  • KyleJMcBride
  • James

    Realizing your not a very good person.

    • KyleJMcBride

      He’s a repulsive human with GI Joe hands.

      • more beer

        The GI Joe hands with the Kung Fu grip!

  • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

    Because I can barely hold my contempt towards anything not involving Christmas here’s the greatest Christmas song ever:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUHcoAYJWx0

    • KyleJMcBride

      I’m hanging out with Jessicka Havok and Su Yung on Twitch.

      • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

        Lucky.

        • KyleJMcBride

          Sami Callahan showed up for a bit as well. We even got a cameo from Space Cat(Sami’s alter ego).

    • Sir Crawfish The Based

      >great
      >christmas song
      Choose one

      • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

        It’s great. I love it.

        • Sir Crawfish The Based

          Pleb

  • EsusMoose

    Not the biggest but definitely a well fuck it disappointment. Family’s Future History was garbage. I only knew about Family because I link it to my initial delving into the metal blogsphere and underground metal. I really dug that album so after forgetting about, seeing they had a new album and then listening to that disappointment was a slight downer. There’s definitely bigger ones but that’s one that fell close to home https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dr1PFvxXO2o

  • Óðinn

    Meh. Wasn’t such a great year for music. Metallica, D666 very overrated. Also, KK Warslut screams like girl.

    • Black Unbeard

      wasnt a great year for music? thats crazy talk man

      • KyleJMcBride

        Gotta agree with you and the former tapir, some great tunes came out this year.

    • Sir Crawfish The Based

      What are you saying? A bunch of really good stuff was released.

    • Howard Dean

      Definitely disagree on the D666. People can get all pissed and hurt about KK/D666 because of the shit he said, but Destroyer 666 is a better extreme metal band than 90% of the stuff people cream themselves to on the internet, and Wildfire was a good album.

      • Black Unbeard

        seconded. i doubt it made my top 10 in a year full of bangers but it was def good. i do miss their older, more black influenced stuff but Wildfire was good.

      • Óðinn

        Aside from what anybody said, a pretty disappointing album, rehashed riffs, boring songs, etc. Nothing new or exciting. Just okay.

  • Heliocrat

    RICHTER is a total loser poser. SAD!

  • AeonsOvChaos
  • Black Unbeard

    MERRY CHRISTMAS, POSERS. HAIL, SATAN & BLAH, BLAH, BLAH . . .
    https://youtu.be/9PsjnI7gAxs

  • KyleJMcBride
  • KyleJMcBride
  • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

    Here’s the best song from Roy Buchanan aka the best, most underrated blues guitarist ever.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deeBQZ8Aklc

  • SomeGuyDude

    Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like it’s fucking stupid to call an album the “biggest disappointment” solely because of the closing track (Nails). It’s not in the middle, you don’t have to go out of your way to skip it and the flow isn’t interrupted. If you hate the closer, just stop once it hits.

  • Sadistikexekution

    So many rekords of 2016 sukked bikk blakk kokk, so where to start?
    I am disappointed bekause I’m loving the new Epika.
    Not very trve and kvkt of me.

    ** flushes toilet **

  • Dumpster Lung

    I got divorced this year. That was definitely the biggest disappointment for me hands-down. I was disappointed in the election and that whole thing too, but I’ve always been fairly apolitical for the most part, and besides that, I’d have voted for Trump a thousand times in exchange for personal shit turning out differently.

    But, on the plus side, silver linings and all that, it was a great excuse to jam that last The Body album a billion times 😛 Seriously though, I got some finances in order, I started a modest vinyl collection, bought another leather jacket (and a denim one, my ex wife hated denim jackets and never wanted me to have one lol), and I feel like I became even closer with a few really good friends, plus my family (not that we weren’t on good terms or anything, I had just been bad about visiting and keeping in touch). So there were definitely some good things that came out of it.

    Overall though, fuck 2016 and let’s see what 2017 brings.