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Here we are once again; In the end of another year and our annual tribute to the best 20 albums of the year according to the editors’ picks. Talking about music and arts in general, 2016 mostly leaves a bitter taste if you consider the massive losses of so many artists. However, on the other hand, 2016 brought us a few great releases and some of them are featured in the list below. Personally, I believe that this is the most interesting list since the first time we started picking out the best albums of the year. And that’s because a few albums I expected to see in the list finally left out while a few others took their place in. And last but not least, this is the first time that the list features three Greek bands, the most we ever had, and I’m really proud of it!

-Panagiotis Karagiannidis


BEST 20 ALBUMS 2016


20. DARK FUNERAL – “WHERE SHADOWS FOREVER REIGN”

This album does not manifest anything new but does not cease to prove why DARK FUNERAL are one of the most prominent black metal bands still without straying from that shady, left hand path, marching onwards towards destruction and darkness. Based on the fact that this is one of the most popular and long-standing bands in the Swedish scene of black metal scene, it certainly is a safe bet album to listen to, as comforting in the old-school way and old-school is good – tastes like quality wine in the winter and is deservingly one of the top 20 of 2016.

– Maria Aga


19. OATHBRAKER – “RHEIA”

OATHBREAKER‘s third album alters the very labels of music. Hardcore, black, shoegaze, avant-garde, melodic; all combined beautifully to deliver a great album full of emotion and ferocity with impressive guitar work and vocalist Caro Tanghe takes on multiple narrative roles and motifs. The progress that these Belgium guys made since ‘’Eros Anteros’’ is simply amazing. Each track has so strong influence upon you generating various feelings from grief to aggression and vice versa through the whole album. Personal favorites: “Second Son of R.” and “Needles in Your Skin”.

– Stelios Makris


18. AENAON – “HYPNOSOPHY”

AENAON made Greece proud again with their exceptional album. Almost 10 years active in the black metal scene and they still find ways to impress their fans. A unique combination of true black with a variety of different music genres like blues and jazz proving that the band cannot rest and go with the trite. On the contrary, they are always trying to find ways to take black into a whole new level, creating a new path, rather than following an existing one. With their latest album Hypnosophy, they have imprinted their unique sound on the scene for good and they definitely deserve to be in our top 20.

– Alexandros Gounaris


17. PLANET OF ZEUS – “LOYAL TO THE PACK”

But how many of us can really stay loyal to the pack? With this PLANET OF ZEUS album, probably everyone can. Another excellent album from the Greek Southern rock/Stoner band PLANET OF ZEUS. The production really stands off while everything sounds natural, bright and clear. Babis’ vocals are for the first time so clean and melodic. This is something new for the fans and it was a really bold step that paid off. These vocals come out so naturally without the effort of trying hard or pushing the limits and this is the best of it. The album literally gets under your skin and gives you the impression that the band is really into the new direction they have set. “Loyal to the pack” is something more rock and less heavy, more sensitive but still aggressive and most importantly it is a POZ album that attracts anyone’s attention.

– Lazaros-Antonios Chatzilazarou


16. CULT OF LUNA & JULIE CHRISTMAS – “MARINER”

There are very few bands out there that can guarantee you high quality music on every record they release. CULT OF LUNA are definetly one of them. You just know the outcome is gonna be at least above the average! “Mariner” marks the seventh studio album of the Swedes which, actually, is a collaboration with the American vocalist JULIE CHRISTMAS. According to the concept of the album, “Mariner” focuses on space exploration, a journey into the unknown and believe me, you really get this vibe during the listening! The song-writing is exceptional once again with monstrous riffs followed by robust drum and bass rhythms, while the synths and keyboards give a little color to this monochromatic canvas. However, what really blew me away was Julie’s performance which is really marvelous! Sometimes angelic, sometimes poignant, her vocals fit so perfectly that will take your breath away. “Mariner” is overall an awesome post-metal record, offspring of a brilliant collaboration.

– Panagiotis Karagiannidis


15. INSOMNIUM – “WINTER’S GATE”

Finland’s finest melodic death metal band, INSOMNIUM, in their seventh release to date, offered us an epic forty-minute track. “Winter’s Gate” has it all, black metal blast beats, atmospheric parts featuring keyboards, melodic clean vocals, brutal screams and of course the enchanting dual guitar melodies that are the band’s trademark. The conceptual lyrics about a team of Vikings searching for a fabled island while facing the harsh winter made the album even more interesting. Although the feelings that emerge from listening to this album are dark and gloomy, its music flows so well that makes it impossible not to hear it from start to finish. INSOMNIUM at peak form!

– Achileas Noir


14. OBSCURA – “AKROASIS”

When it comes to progressive death metal, there’s always an instant connection to the term with the one and only Chuck Schuldiner. Since he passed away back in 2001, no-one expected death metal to be that progressive, but as it is obvious his reputation and mostly his spiritual influence, took on some bands and the genre goes on, to even more glorious days at our times. For 2016 one of the top prog/death metal releases was “Akroasis” by the Germans OBSCURA. With new elements entering their sound, that really pushed their reputation to a higher level. Outstanding musicality, song structures and melodies, from their own outer-space. Maybe, the only band that deserves the title  “Chuck’s children”.

– Andrew Koran


13. IN THE WOODS – “PURE”

The reunited IN THE WOODS had a surprise for us all. Without an extraordinary promotion, without the attention a new band enjoys, IN THE WOODS managed to slip into the best of’ list of 2016, with “Pure“. Magnificent, emotional and totally doom, “Pure” offers tracks that travel through time, like portals which blend together the music scene as the band has left it when disbanded, with our music scene. For the doom metal fans, as well as for the clique of classics, this record is all they need for to fuel their heavy-metal engines, at least for the past year.

– Kostas Tsotsanis


12. PERIPHERY –PERIPHERY III: SELECT DIFFICULTY

DJuggernaut sextet PERIPHERY, dropped this year their best album to date entitled “Periphery III: Select Difficulty”. Upon listening to the album, someone can easily point out the top-notch musicianship level of each individual and the overall diligence in composition of the aforementioned opus. This result could fail any expectation if it wasn’t for their additional knowledge, and especially Nolly’s touch, in sound engineering. Exquisite outcome that can be easily juxtaposed to and be chosen amongst any progressive rival of this year, such as Transcendence (Devin Townsend Project album) and Jason Richardson’s solo album. I am pretty sure you shall need no more reasons to get a hold of this gem.

– Paschalis Theotokis


11. KORN – “THE SERENITY OF SUFFERING”

KORN’s new album “The Serenity Of Suffering” sounds like a natural evolution from the old school albums; strong songwriting and a significant increase in aggression. The “Serenity of Suffering” is easily KORN’s most diverse release featuring melody, aggression, new and old sound in equal measures wrapped into one of the best releases of the band’s newer records. The most powerful takeaway? We can still enjoy the true nu metal from the pioneers of the genre! Love them or hate them.

– Dimitris “Arkangel” Bouziotis


10. DEFTONES – “GORE”

While this album was taking shape in the recording studio the band’s guitarist Stephen Carpenter had second thoughts about the direction that the songs were going to and if he should continue playing music with DEFTONES. Thankfully he stuck around and “Gore” was released in 2016. This record received acclaim by fans and critics and it earned their highest sales since ‘Saturday Night Wrist’ (2006). Songs like “Hearts/Wires” and “Phantom Bride” (the latter featuring guest guitar work from ALICE IN CHAINS’ Jerry Cantrell) although they were more mellow than their music’s usual alternative metal style, they managed to become concert favorites and maybe someday will be considered classics!

– Achileas Noir


09. ROTTING CHRIST – “RITUALS”

ROTTING CHRIST is one of the best Greek bands concerning dark and satanic sounds. Known for what they do best they couldn’t but produce an excellent album that contains heavy sounds and demonic poetry together with a tremendous artwork. “Rituals” was nothing less than the expected and to be completely honest, these guys will never stop being one of my biggest crushes among the blackest and darkest bands I follow. Big ups for ROTTING CHRIST’s latest work!

– Elena Koubaraki


08. VEKTOR – “TERMINAL REDUX”

In thrash metal, there are some bands that represent its bright present and even brighter future. One of them is (without a shadow of a doubt) VEKTOR. And this is proven through their new masterpiece: “Terminal Redux“. The masterful blend of the teachings of CORONER, VOIVOD and DESTRUCTION with black metal riffage as well as tons of melody that show their range of musical influences (on “Collapse” we even get to hear clean female vocals, bringing Pink Floyd to mind), is the first important element to VEKTOR‘s unique character. And most importantly: they know how to create memorable songs, not just demonstrations of technical proficiency, despite being an highly technical band. And that’s the perfect balance any band of that technical caliber is jealous of. Just press play, and let them take you on a tech-thrash journey to another galaxy. SCI-FI OR DIE!

– John Savvidis


07. DARK TRANQUILLITY – “ATOMA”

DARK TRANQUILLITY and their new album “Atoma” that has been released this late November could not deserve anything less than a place in the top 20 list of the best albums on 2016. Although they’ve get many controversial reviews, this one brings them again to the top. Sweden’s finest ambassadors, now that IN FLAMES became a bit too mellow for metal fans. Melody and aggression combined with great mastery from a band that has been cruel criticized in the past. After some lifeless releases, “Atoma” is here to stay. You just have to give this album a few spins and you will be not disappointed.

– Kostas “Krotidas” Triantafyllidis


06. FATES WARNING – “THEORIES OF FLIGHT”

FATES WARNING is a great band. Perhaps the greatest from the US progressive metal genre, if we realize how much bad music, DREAM THEATER and QUEENSRYCHE have released the last 15 years. None could believe that with their 12th album, would achieve to became the leading force of wide-thinking metal, mixing elements from their whole career and sound more adventurous than ever. Moreover they wrote one of their best songs ever (The Light and Shade of Things) and finally they got rid of the “underrated” reputation, they always had. The sure is that “Theories of Flight” album will teach careful listeners to fly.

– Alexandros Topintzis


05. TESTAMENT – “BROTHERHOOD OF THE SNAKE”

Thrash metal, as a genre, has been reviving the past decade. TESTAMENT, since their formation, are of those bands that never abandoned the genre. The expanded their sound with even more brutal elements (death metal), but never left their musical roots. Being forged with fire, this band has been consistent to everything they’ve released so far, having of course, some top moments and some non-top ones, every now and then. This year’s release “The Brotherhood of the Snake” has been one of their top ones and can easily stand together with some of their top albums of their entire carrier, so far. Powerful, dynamic, melodic, brutal, fast, incredible. This year has been a great year for old school Thrash metal, and TESTAMENT made a record to place them back on top of their own game. Preciously unique!

– Andrew Koran


04. OCEANS OF SLUMBER – “WINTER”

Making music nowadays that stands out from the pile is at least difficult. Making a musical journey that flows of inspiration, OCEANS OF SLUMBER have the right to be proud of that. Cammies’ Gilbert vocals give a bluesy touch bridging death and doom metal with a more prog profile. All these plus the amazing work that has been done musically consisted on “Winter” become one of the best albums for 2016.

– Paris Dimitropoulos


03. IHSAHN – “ARKTIS”

Norwegian black metal master IHSAHN can be easily characterized as the unstoppable machine. Since EMPEROR got into the closet and appeared only on certain circumstances, their master mind has been busy releasing incredible albums under his own name. With each album being even more interesting than every previous one! IHSAHN, creates without music boundaries, that’s why his own music is really unstoppable and his inspiration flame even stronger. As it seems a composer of his level can merge black metal feeling with 80s pop and death metal with hard rock riffs, while no apparent bass being present in the mix! “Arktis” is a certified release diamond for the year 2016 and no-one can defy that! “Arktis” is unique and you can explore the vast North Pole with its music!

– Andrew Koran


02. METALLICA – “HARDWIRED…TO SELF-DESTRUCT”

Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” is not reinventing the steel neither can stand next to the classic records of the band. So what made this album to the best releases of the year? It’s the whole atmosphere it breathes out. The fact that after so many years, METALLICA feel good with themselves. They fought and won their inner demons, their abuses, their complex. The songs are spontaneously written from the heart and that makes you feel that they really enjoyed it. They didn’t write a record because they had to. This time they did it for themselves. James Hetfield’s voice is in great shape, something that really impressed me, while I bet that, in many moments, you will find yourself headbanging and air-guitaring as the record flows. All of this wrapped up in a super-solid production. If you are a fan of the band you simply can’t resist. It’s the first time I feel so excited with a new METALLICA album released in my years and that’s enough itself.

– Panagiotis Karagiannidis


01. GOJIRA – “MAGMA”

Peak of the list, a place well deserved from the French metal pioneers GOJIRA. Their latest release, “Magma“, is more of a statement. GOJIRA are now mature enough to see beyond “From Mars to Sirius” and ‘The Way of the Flesh”. “Magma” reflects self-esteem and a strong desire to create its own philosophical movement. Ambient at moments and as aggressive as it was needed, “Magma” showed GOJIRA’s true potential, who after a rather weak record, returned back to re-write their legacy. It is promised to liberate the spirit, in the extraordinary way that only bands like GOJIRA tend to accomplish it.

– Kostas Tsotsanis


ARTISTS’ CORNER


Three artists whose bands are being featured in the tribute above, leave their comments and wishes for 2017;

Chuck Billy (Testament):It’s killer to be in such a great company this year with all the albums that came out in 2016. Editors’ picks means a lot. It shows they enjoyed our album [“Brotherhood Of The Snake”] and they take the metal seriously, as we do. Metal Forever!

Cammie (Oceans Of Slumber): “Our wish for 2017 is to continue along this journey sharing new experiences, new insights, and a renewal for life and the mission of what is in our hearts. The success of Winter has meant a tremendous amount to us and we do not take for granted a single day of sharing it with the world. We look forward with hope and focus for what is to come in the new year.

Astrous (Aenaon):It’s a a great feeling and makes you proud to see your hard work being recognised among the best of the year. 2016 tough but difficulties are often a great tool and opportunity to make brave decisions, to progress, to become stronger and better. Wish you all the best for 2017.


EDITORS’ LISTS


PANAGIOTIS KARAGIANNIDIS
20. KVELERTAK – NATTESFERD
19. HEXVESSEL – WHEN WE ARE DEATH
18. DARK TRANQUILLITY – ATOMA
17. THE VISION BLEAK – THE UNKNOWN
16. HEAVEN SHALL BURN – WANDERER
15. HAIL SPIRIT NOIR – MAYHEM IN BLUE
14. INSOMNIUM – WINTER’S GATE
13. NEUROSIS – FIREWS WITHIN FIRES
12. TESTAMENT – BROTHERHOOD OF THE SNAKE
11. DEFTONES – GORE
10. ULVER – ATGCLVLSSCAP
09. IN THE WOODS – PURE
08. OCEANS OF SLUMBER – WINTER
07. GHOST BATH – MOONLOVER
06. PERIPHERY – SELECT DIFFICULTY
05. METALLICA – HARDWIRED TO SELFDESTRUCT
04. IHSAHN – ARKTIS
03. OBSCURA – AKROASIS
02. GOJIRA – MAGMA
01. CULT OF LUNA / JULIE CHRISTMAS – MARINER


KOSTAS TSOTSANIS
20. ANCIIENTS- VOICE OF THE VOID
19. ROB ZOMBIE- THE ELECTRIC WARLOCK ACID WITCH SATANIC ORGY CELEBRATION DISPENSER
18. BLACK TUSK- PILLARS OF ASH
17. NEUROSIS- FIRES WITHIN FIRES
16. VOLBEAT- SEAL THE DEAL & LET’S BOOGIE
15. GHOST BATH- MOONLOVER
14. ROTTING CHRIST- RITUALS
13. BLACK ANVIL- AS WAS
12. ABBATH-ABBATH
11. IN THE WOODS- PURE
10. INTER ARMA- PARADISE GALLOWS
09. INSOMNIUM- WINTER’S GATE
08. OCEANS OF SLUMBER- WINTER
07. METALLICA- HARDWIRED TO SELF-DESTRUCT
06. ZHRINE- UNORTHETA
05. COUGH- STILL THEY PRAY
04. HAIL SPIRIT NOIR- MAYHEM IN BLUE
03. GOJIRA- MAGMA
02. DEATHSPELL OMEGA- SYNERGY OF BROKEN BONES
01. FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE- KING


ANDREW KORAN
20. SERPENTINE DOMINION- SERPENTINE DOMINION
19. BORKNAGAR – WINTER THRICE
18. TEXTURES – PHENOTYPE
17.ANAAL NATHRAKH – THE WHOLE OF THE LAW
16. AIRBAG- DISCONNECTED
15. NOVEMBRE –URSA
14. METALLICA- HARD-WIRED TO SELF-DESTRUCT
13. DARK FUNERAL – WHERE SHADOWS FOREVER REIGN
12. REDEMPTION –ART OF LOSS
11. PERIPHERY – SELECT DIFFICULTY
10. IN THE WOODS – PURE
09. DARK TRANQUILLITY- ATOMA
08. SUBROSA – FOR THIS WE FOUGHT THE BATTLE OF AGES
07. KATATONIA- THE FALL OF HEARTS
06. OBSCURA – AKROASIS
05. TESTAMENT – BROTHERHOOD OF THE SNAKE
04. VEKTOR – TERMINAL REDUX
03.THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN – DISSOCIATION
02. IHSAHN-ARKTIS
01. FATES WARNING – THEORIES OF FLIGHT


KOSTAS “KROTIDAS” TRIANTAFYLLIDIS
20. BLOOD INCANTATION – STARSPAWN
19. DARK FUNERAL – WHERE SHADOWS FOREVER REIGN
18. AMON AMARTH – JOMSVIKING
17. ORANSSI PAZUZU – VÄRÄHTELIJÄ
16. VIRUS – MEMENTO COLLIDER
15. IN THE WOODS… – PURE
14. WORMED – KRIGHSU
13. OCTOBER TIDE – WINGED WALTZ
12. ABORTED – RETROGORE
11. DESTRÖYER 666 – WILDFIRE
10. TERRA TENEBROSA – THE REVERSES
09. VEKTOR – TERMINAL REDUX
08. OBSCURA – AKRÓASIS
07. SKUGGSJÁ – SKUGGSJÁ: A PIECE FOR MIND & MIRROR
06. SCHAMMASCH – TRIANGLE
05. GOJIRA – MAGMA
04. OCEANS OF SLUMBER – WINTER
03. DARK TRANQUILLITY – ATOMA
02. ANAAL NATHRAKH – THE WHOLE OF THE LAW
01. IHSAHN – ARKTIS.


JOHN SAVVIDIS
20. TYKETTO – REACH
19. ASPHYX – INCOMING DEATH
18. BLESSED BY PERVERSION – BETWEEN ROOT AND DARKNESS
17. BRUTALITY – SEA OF IGNORANCE
16. MEGADETH – DYSTOPIA
15. VADER – THE EMPIRE
14. DEATH ANGEL – THE EVIL DIVIDE
13. MURDER MADE GOD – ENSLAVED
12. SODOM – DECISION DAY
11. DARK NIGHTMARE – TORTURED SOULS
10. METALLICA – HARDWIRED…TO SELF-DESTRUCT
09. RAVENCULT – FORCES OF PROFANATION
08. DESTRUCTION – UNDER ATTACK
07. TESTAMENT – BROTHERHOOD OF THE SNAKE
06. INNERWISH – INNERWISH
05. RIPPER – EXPERIMENT OF EXISTENCE
04. SUNBURST – FRAGMENTS OF CREATION
03. SUICIDAL ANGELS – DIVISION OF BLOOD
02. EPICA – THE HOLOGRAPHIC PRINCIPLE
01. VEKTOR – TERMINAL REDUX


ELENA KOUBARAKI
20. 1000MODS – REPEATED EXPOSURE TO
19. METALLICA – HARDWIRED…TO SELF-DESTRUCT
18. CULT OF LUNA & JULIE CHRISTMAS – MARINER
17. SUICIDAL TENDENCIES – WORLD GONE MAD
16. LAMB OF GOD – THE DUKE
15. MESHUGGAH – BORN IN DISSONANCE
14. ANTHRAX – FOR ALL KINGS
13. ARCHITECTS – ALL OUR GODS HAVE ABANDONED US
12. DEFTONES – GORE
11. VALLEY OF THE SUN – VOLUME ROCK
10. CYANNA MERCURY – ARCHETYPES
09. PLANET OF ZEUS – LOYAL TO THE PACK
08. VENOM PRISON – ANIMUS
07. COUGH – STILL THEY PRAY
06. KORN – THE SERENITY OF SUFFERING
05. PERIPHERY – PERIPHERY III: SELECT DIFFICULTY
04. TARDIVE DYSKINESIA – HARMONIC CONFUSION
03. GOJIRA – MAGMA
02. OATHBRAKER – RHEIA
01. ROTTING CHRIST – RITUALS


ALEXANDROS TOPINTZIS
20. CULTES DE GHOULES – COVEN, OR EVIL WAYS INSTEAD OF LOVE
19. VEKTOR – TERMINAL REDUX
18. GIRAFE TONGUE ORCHESTRA – BROKEN LINES
17. IHSAHN – ARKTIS
16. SURVIVE – RR7349
15. HOWLS OF EBB – CURSUS IMPASSE: THE PENDLOMIC VOWS
14. ATLANTER – JEWELS OF CRIME
13. URFAUST – EMPTHY SPACE MEDITATION
12. MONDO DRAG – THE OCCULTATION OF LIGHT
11. NIECHEC – NIECHEC
10. TRAP THEM – CROWN FERAL
09. NOT BLOOD PAINT – BELIEVING IS BELIEVING
08. STURGILL SIMPSON – A SAILOR’S GUIDE TO EARTH
07. BRAIN TENTACLES – BRAIN TENTACLES
06. WOLF PEOPLE – RUINS
05. THE BODY – NO ONE DESERVES HAPPINESS
04. SEVEN IMPALE – CONTRAPASSO
03. BLOOD INCANTATION – STARSPAWN
02. DAVID BOWIE – BLACKSTAR
01. FATES WARNING – THEORIES OF FLIGHT


MARIA AGA
20. IN THE WOODS – PURE
19. GERM – ESCAPE
18. WINTERFYLLETH – THE DARK HEREAFTER
17. GOJIRA – MAGMA
16. BAPTISM – V THE DEVIL’S FIRE
15. WOVENHAND – STAR TREATMENT
14. WITCHCRAFT – NUCLEUS
13. DARK FUNERAL – WHERE SHADOWS FOREVER REIGN
12. IMPERIUM DEKADENZ DIS MANIBVS
11. ALCEST – KODAMA
10. HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY – III: TRAUMA
09. NOX FORMULAE – THE HIDDEN PATHS TO BLACK ECSTASY
08. THRANENKIND – KING APATHY
07. MOURNING BELOVETH – RUST & BONE
06. DEATHSPELL OMEGA – THE SYNARCHY OF MOLTEN BONES
05. RAVENCULT – FORCE OF PROFANATION
04. SORCIER DES GLACES – NORTH
03. COLDWORLD – AUTUMN
02. INQUISITION BLOODSHED ACROSS THE EMPYREAN ALTAR BEYOND THE CELESTIAL ZENITH
01. FORTERESSE – THEMES POUR LA REBELLION


DIMITRIS “ARKANGEL” BOUZIOTIS
20. NEUROSIS – THE EYE OF THE STORM
19. CROWBAR – THE SERPENT ONLY LIES
18. BLACK SABBATH – THE END
17. DEFTONES – GORE
16. ANTHRAX – FOR ALL KINGS
15. KVELERTAG – NATTESFERD
14. IGNITE – A WAR AGAINST YOU
13. SUICIDAL TENDENCIES – WORLD GONE MAD
12. MESHUGGAH – THE VIOLENT SLEEP OF REASON
11. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – INCARNATE
10. GOJIRA – MAGMA
09. KORN – THE SERENITY OF SUFFERING
08. METALLICA – HARDWIRED … TO SELF-DESTRUCT
07. EVERY TIME I DIE – LOW TEENS
06. DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN – CALCULATING INFINITY
05. FIT FOR A KING – DEATHGRIP
04. STICK TO YOUR GUNS – DISOBEDIENT
03. WALLS OF JERICHO – NO ONE CAN SAVE YOU FROM YOURSELF
02. DESPISED ICON – BEAST
01. THY ART IS MURDER – THE DEPRESSION SESSIONS


ALEXANDROS GOUNARIS
20. PAIN – COMING HOME
19. KATATONIA – THE FALL OF HEARTS
18. INSOMNIUM – WINTER’S GATE
17. DARK FUNERAL – WHERE SHADOWS FOREVER REIGN
16. MESHUGGAH – THE VIOLENT SLEEP OF REASON
15. GOBLIN COCK – NECRONOMIDONKEYKONGIMICON
14. ROB ZOMBIE – THE ELECTRIC WARLOCK ACID WITCH SATANIC ORGY CELEBRATION DISPENSER
13. DEFTONES – GORE
12. OPETH – SORCERESS
11. VOLBEAT – SEAL THE DEAL & LET’S BOOGIE
10. METALLICA – HARDWIRED…TO SELF-DESTRUCT
09. EPICA – THE HOLOGRAPHIC PRINCIPLE
08. IHSAHN – ARKTIS
07. TWELVE FOOT NINJA – OUTLIER
06. ROTTING CHRIST – RITUALS
05. AENAON – HYPNOSOPHY
04. KORN – THE SERENITY OF SUFFERING
03. DARK TRANQUILITY – ATOMA
02. HAIL SPIRIT NOIR – MAYHEM IN BLUE
01. GOJIRA – MAGMA


ACHILEAS NOIR
20. IN FLAMES – BATTLES
19. KORN – THE SERENITY OF SUFFERING
18. AMON AMARTH – JOMSVIKING
17. KAWIR – FATHER SUN MOTHER MOON
16. DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT – TRANSCENDENCE
15. DARK TRANQUILLITY – ATOMA
14. VEKTOR – TERMINAL REDUX
13. HAKEN – AFFINITY
12. OCEANS OF SLUMBER – WINTER
11. ALCEST – KODAMA
10. UNIVERSE217 – CHANGE
09. PLANET OF ZEUS – LOYAL TO THE PACK
08. 1000MODS – REPEATED EXPOSURE TO
07. ZEAL AND ARDOR – DEVIL IS FINE
06. DEFTONES – GORE
05. GREENLEAF – RISE ABOVE THE MEADOW
04. AENAON – HYPNOSOPHY
03. INSOMNIUM – WINTER’S GATE
02. FATES WARNING – THEORIES OF FLIGHT
01. GOJIRA – MAGMA


PARIS DIMITROPOULOS
20. INSOMNIUM-WINTER’S GATE
19. DARK TRANQUILLITY-ATOMA
18. EVERGREY-THE STORM WITHIN
17. GOJIRA-MAGMA
16. FATES WARNING-THEORIES OF FLIGHT
15. AMON AMARTH-JOMSVIKING
14. SUICIDAL ANGELS-DIVISION OF BLOOD
13. TESTAMENT-BROTHERHOOD OF THE SNAKE
12. INNERWISH-INNERWISH
11. BE’LAKOR-VESSELS
10. ANAAL NATHRAKH-THE WHOLE OF THE LAW
09. IN THE WOODS…- PURE
08. METALLICA-HARDWIRED…TO SELF-DESTRUCT
07. THE VISION BLEAK-THE UNKNOWN
06. ROTTING CHRIST-RITUALS
05. DARK FUNERAL-WHERE SHADOWS FOREVER REIGN
04. KATATONIA-THE FALL OF HEARTS
03. OCEANS OF SLUMBER-WINT?R
02. BORKNAGAR-WINTER THRICE
01. WITHERSCAPE-THE NORTHERN SANCTUARY


STELIOS MAKRIS
20. NEUROSIS – FIRES WITHIN FIRES
19. ENTOMBED AD – DEAD DAWN
18. CROWBAR – THE SERPENT ONLY LIES
17. NOCTE OBDUCTA – MOGONTIACUM
16. GORGUTS- PLEIADES DUST
15. SUMAC – WHAT ONE BECOMES
14. AENAON – HYPNOSOPHY
13. MIZMOR – YODH
12. INTER ARMA – PARADISE GALLOWS
11. URFAUST – EMPTY SPACE MEDITATION
10. MESHUGGAH – THE VIOLENT SLEEP OF REASON
09. WINTERFYLETH – THE DARK HEREAFTER
08. ALCEST –CODAMA
07. GOJIRA – MAGMA
06. ASH BORER – THE IRREPASSABLE GATE
05. ORANSSI PAZUZU – VARAHTELIJA
04. ULCERATE – SHRINES OF PARALYSIS
03. CULT OF LUNA – MARINER
02. OATHBREAKER – RHEIA
01. SCHAMMASCH – TRIAGLE


PASCHALIS THEOTOKIS
20. WHITECHAPEL – MARK OF THE BLADE
19. JASON RICHARDSON – I
18. UPON A BURNING BODY – STRAIGHT FROM THE BARRIO
17. BREAKDOWN OF SANITY – COEXISTENCE
16. DEVANATION – DOMINION OF OBLIVION
15. FIT FOR A KING – DEATHGRIP
14. KORN – THE SERENITY OF SUFFERING
13. KATATONIA – THE FALL OF HEARTS
12. GOJIRA – MAGMA
11. IN FLAMES – BATTLES
10. METALLICA – HARDWIRED…TO SELF-DESTRUCT
09. PERIPHERY – PERIPHERY III: SELECT DIFFICULTY
08. ANY GIVEN DAY – EVERLASTING
07. BURY TOMORROW – EARTHBOUND
06. ADEPT – SLEEPLESS
05. AFTER THE BURIAL – DIG DEEP
04. A DAY TO REMEMBER – BAD VIBRATIONS
03. ARCHITECTS – ALL OUR GODS HAVE ABANDONED US
02. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – INCARNATE
01. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – THE STAGE