No new releases to speak of today so here’s some bonus fun: the HMO Top 5 Songs of 2016. These are the five songs that stood out and stuck in my mind the most, and the ones that I think will most remind me of 2016 when I look back.
Abbath – To War! (from Abbath)
A classic black metal rampage that could have come straight off Immortal’s essential Sons of Northern Darkness album. And the opening riff! Total genius.
Akercocke – Inner Sanctum (from Speed Kills VII)
The return of the legendary Akercocke was proof that 2016 wasn’t all bad. Just classic Ak through and through, raising my excitement for their 2017 comeback album to fever pitch.
Gojira – Stranded (from Magma)
Magma wasn’t a totally consistent release but it made my Top 10 albums on the strength of some especially brilliant songs. And this audaciously simple instant-classic was the best of the lot.
Anaal Nathrakh – Hold Your Children Close and Pray for Oblivion (from The Whole of the Law)
The chorus of the year right here. Enjoy it cause the rest of the track is insanely violent. But with a title like that, you can’t say you weren’t warned.
But the HMO Song of the Year 2016 award goes to…
The King is Blind – Mesmeric Furnace (from Our Father)
This is a deep cut and we’re firmly in goosebump territory here. This track just oozes class. Epic, euphoric, monolithic, climatic. THIS is how you close an album.
And that rounds up 2016 for HMO. Thanks for reading and best wishes to you all for 2017!