2016 has been another killer year for rock and metal. I’ve burrowed further into the underground doom/sludge/whatever scene, and it’s yielded some absolutely mindblowing output over the last twelve months. You’re not going to find any pop punk, emo or metalcore here, so if you’re into nice haircuts and melodious vocals, there’s the door. I’ll wait.
For the rest of you, get comfy, grab a beverage of choice, and get ready to pretend to be interested in what I done gone and thought up are the ten best albums of possibly the worst ever year to be a human being. They’ve made everything just about bearable.
10. Kowloon Walled City – Grievances
San Fran’s post-metal machine Kowloon Walled City continue their explorations into crushing, angsty and introspective riffs. While not as jagged or aggressive as previous efforts Gambling On The Richter Scale or Container Ships, third album Grievances delves further into slower, more considered lines and the melancholy, driving sprawl of closer ‘Daughters And Sons’. Coupled with Scott Evan’s wearied barking vocals, this is the perfect balm to the anxieties 2016 has liberally showered us with.