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The Best Metal Albums of 2016

Undoubtedly 2016 has been a stunning year in Metal music, at times reminiscent of the glorious 80’s, Metal’s “Golden Decade”. Something evident from the exceptional quality of all the albums included on our list of the top 30 albums of 2016.

The list is based to a great extent, on what you voted on the poll we conducted, where we asked you of what you think were the best albums of the year, and judging by your choices, you Babymetalheads have a fine taste in Metal music!

Countries Represented On The List: Japan, USA, France, Italy, Germany, Canada, Netherlands, Greece, UK, Sweden, Norway, Finland.

Metal Genres Represented On The List: Kawaii, Thrash, Progressive, Groove, Nu, Gothic, Metalcore, Mathcore, Alternative, Symphonic, Melodeath, Power, Black, Death, Technical Death, Blackened Rock ‘n’ Roll, Progressive Death, Electronicore.

1. BABYMETAL – Metal Resistance

Origin: Japan

Genre: Kawaii Metal

Listen To: Karate, Sis. Anger, Awadama Fever, Yava!

Watch Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvD3CHA48pA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZRvO0S-TLU

 

 

2. Megadeth – Dystopia (Deluxe Edition with 2 Extra Tracks)

Origin: California, USA

Genre: Thrash Metal

Listen To: Dystopia, Bullet to the Brain, Look Who’s Talkin, The Threat is Real

Watch Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK95lWHl7js
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-d6LFLpBvw

 

 

3. Gojira – Magma

Origin: France

Genre: Progressive/Groove Metal

Listen To: Silvera, The Shooting Star, Stranded, Low Lands

Watch Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVvXB-Vwnco
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNdC_3LR2AI

 

 

4. Lacuna Coil – Delirium

Origin: Italy

Genre: Gothic Metal

Listen To: Take Me Home, The House of Shame, Delirium, Blood Tears Dust

Watch Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYIEGaIjklk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o1MoG-cz9Q

 

 

5. Stuck Mojo – Here Come The Infidels

Origin: Georgia, USA

Genre: Rap/Nu-Metal

Listen To: Charles Bronson, Fire Me, Verbal Combat, The Business of Hate

Watch Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0i-v7Uf4J2Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhtnXP91sxM

 

 

6. Killswitch Engage – Incarnate

Origin: Massachusetts, USA

Genre: Metalcore

Listen To: Hate by Design, Embrace The Journey…Upraised, Strength of the Mind, Cut Me Loose

Watch Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-hfXnHemyc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nG7n93dShNQ

 

 

7. Caliban – Gravity

Origin: Germany

Genre: Metalcore

Listen To: For We Are Forever, Paralyzed, brOKen, Walk Alone

Watch Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk6zL8597dw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt65B1oMDDo

 

 

8. Metallica – Hardwired

Origin: California, USA

Genre: Thrash Metal

Listen To: Spit Out the Bone, Atlas Rise!, Moth into Flame, Hardwired

Watch Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhBHL3v4d3I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tdKl-gTpZg

 

 

9. Fates Warning – Theories of Flight

Origin: Connecticut, USA

Genre: Progressive Metal

Listen To: Seven Stars, From the Rooftops, SOS, The Ghosts of Home

Watch Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hguUU-VYug
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRXFODSZSxM

 

 

10. Destrage – A Means To No End

Origin: Italy

Genre: Progressive/Mathcore/Alternative/Nu-Metal

Listen To: Symphony of the Ego, To Be Tolerated, Don’t Stare at the Edge, Blah Blah

Watch Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc4vmOjf7Ps
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmPtpO61yLc

 

 

11. Anciients – Voice From The Void

Origin: Canada

Genre: Progressive Metal

Listen To: Following the Voice, Serpents

Watch Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5qqfBSruM4

 

 

 

12. Epica – The Holographic Principle

Origin: Netherlands

Genre: Symphonic Metal

Listen To: Beyond the Matrix, Universal Death Squad

Watch Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_QLQHkj1XU

 

 

 

13. Devin Townsend Project – Transcendence

Origin: Canada

Genre: Progressive/Symphonic Metal

Listen To: Offer Your Light, Failure

Watch Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhcoLO8vZZU

 

 

 

14. Haken – Affinity

Origin: England

Genre: Progressive Metal

Listen To: The Endless Knot, The Architect

Watch Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ8KqJJJJhk

 

 

 

15. InnerWish – InnerWish

Origin: Greece

Genre: Power Metal

Listen To: Serenity, Rain of a Thousand Years

Watch Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_l1lJPS-a4

 

 

 

16. Amon Amarth – Jomsviking

Origin: Sweden

Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Listen To: At Dawn’s First Light, Raise Your Horns

Watch Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qw5G6fF-wqQ

 

 

 

17. Opeth – Sorceress

Origin: Sweden

Genre: Progressive Rock/Metal

Listen To: Sorceress, The Wilde Flowers

Watch Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhqijfqecvA

 

 

 

18. Theocracy – Ghost Ship

Origin: Georgia, USA

Genre: Power Metal

Listen To: Paper Tiger, Wishing Well

Watch Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9fpNQ67SaE

 

 

 

19. Ihsahn – Arktis.

Origin: Norway

Genre: Avant-Garde/Progressive/Black Metal

Listen To: Celestial Violence, Frail

Watch Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjS8SR6OcXg

 

 

 

20. Sabaton – The Last Stand

Origin: Sweden

Genre: Power Metal

Listen To: Sparta, The Lost Battalion

Watch Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1SlBlB5pzU

 

 

 

21. Hail Spirit Noir – Mayhem in Blue

Origin: Greece

Genre: Psychedelic/Progressive/Black Metal

Listen To: Riders to Utopia, I Mean You Harm

Watch Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jszc51dlmLw

 

 

 

22. Serpentine Dominion – Serpentine Dominion

Origin: USA

Genre: Death Metal

Listen To: Sovereign Hate, Jagged Cross Legions

Watch Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjrJv2L-7rA

 

 

 

23. Avatar – Feathers & Flesh

Origin: Finland

Genre: Alternative/Power/Nu-Metal

Listen To: For The Swarm, The Eagle Has Landed

Watch Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYzR1fMJHvk

 

 

 

24. Death Angel – The Evil Divide

Origin: California, USA

Genre: Thrash Metal

Listen To: Lost, The Electric Cell

Watch Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVYl_hiD1oQ

 

 

 

25. Avantasia – Ghostlights

Origin: Germany

Genre: Power Metal

Listen To: The Haunting, Draconian Love

Watch Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w_58CQWHFQ

 

 

 

26. Deftones – Gore

Origin: California, USA

Genre: Alternative Metal

Listen To: Phantom Bride, Prayers/Triangles

Watch Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aztiwn17vpE

 

 

 

27. Allegaeon – Proponent For Sentience

Origin: Colorado, USA

Genre: Technical Death Metal

Listen To: All Hail Science, Proponent For Sentience III – The Extermination

Watch Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONPMWHP8AZ4

 

 

 

28. Kvelertak – Nattesferd

Origin: Norway

Genre: Blackened Rock ‘n’ Roll

Listen To: Nattesferd, Svartmesse

Watch Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6ZG0QpYAWQ

 

 

 

29. Black Crown Initiate – Selves We Cannot Forgive

Origin: Pennsylvania, USA

Genre: Progressive Death Metal

Listen To: Again, Selves We Cannot Forgive

Watch Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIr7PFa36S4

 

 

 

30. The Browning – Isolation

Origin: Missouri, USA

Genre: Electronicore

Listen To: Dragon, Pure Evil

Watch Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1GIl38709Q

 

 

 

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2017 CALENDAR BY BABYMETAL FAN CLUB

Because we love you BABYMETALHEADS so much, recently we offered you three BABYMETAL FAN CLUB Christmas Cards as one of our two presents that we have prepared for you for Christmas! As promised, here is our second present, a BFC 2017 Calendar to BABYMETALISE your year! The calendar is a creation by the talented couple JunLin Arts. It comes in two A4 paper size pieces, all you have to do is print them and put them on your wall close to each other or frame them together. 

Download for FREE at the link below the BABYMETAL FAN CLUB 2017 calendar:

https://jumpshare.com/v/hbtIZLLpG8sZIBMw9c5F

 

 

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BABYMETAL “KARATE” and the Album “Metal Resistance” nominated for the MTV VMAJ 2016!

BABYMETAL announced that their Music Video for "KARATE" and their second studio Album "Metal Resistance" are nominated in the MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2016! Check more details and how to vote below! 

 

BABYMETAL is nominated for two MTV VMAJ 2016 awards!

BABYMETAL has been nominated for the MTV VMAJ 2016 in three categories. "KARATE" Music Video was nominated for Best Japanese Group Music Video Award and Best Metal Music Video, their second studio Album "Metal Resistance" was nominated for Best Japanese Album Award

 

The winners are determined by your vote, by all means support BABYMETAL visiting MTV Japan's site to vote! Voting period, from September 1 (Thursday) to September 30 (Friday) at 23:59 Japanese Time. 

 

Vote here: http://vmaj.jp

Best Video: http://www.mtvjapan.com/vmaj2016/nominees/best-group-video/babymetal/

Best Metal Video: http://www.mtvjapan.com/vmaj2016/nominees/best-metal-video/babymetal/

Best Album: http://www.mtvjapan.com/vmaj2016/nominees/best-album/babymetal/

 

MTV Japan Video Music Awards 2016 will take place on October 26 (Wednesday). 


Visit The Noh Theater From Megitsune Music Video

The Noh Theater at Asagaya Shinmei will be open to those who visit the shrine. This is where BABYMETAL filmed their music video “Megitsune”. The shrine’s staff confirmed that the place will be open between 9:00 to 16:30 on September 19 and 20, 2016. If you are planning to visit the place, please kindly consider that this is a sacred place and properly follow the instructions by the staff. At first the staff were planning to give BABYMETAL Tokyo Dome special Goshuin (* A seal stamp that was given to the worshipers) to visitors, unfortunately due to some consideration it has been cancelled.

BABYMETAL-san. “First Tokyo Dome concert celebration”. At the time of Megitsune music video filming at Noh theater you were so small, so cute and so polite, now you have become amazing artists who captivate the hearts of people of Japan and the world.

Visit The Noh Theater From Megitsune Music Video

Visit The Noh Theater From Megitsune Music Video

BABYMETAL-san, all of the staff really had been putting their effort into it. “First Tokyo Dome concert celebration” We pray for the success of the concert from the bottom of our hearts.

Visit The Noh Theater From Megitsune Music Video

Visit The Noh Theater From Megitsune Music Video

We will open The Noh theater area for as much worshipers as possible on Saturday, which is the day when many worshipers visit, and on holiday, in case there is not raining. Also the current condition of the lawn in front of the Noh theater is very beautiful.

Visit The Noh Theater From Megitsune Music Video

Visit The Noh Theater From Megitsune Music Video

To all fans of BABYMETAL. It is with much pleasure for us, the staff, to receive a surprising amount of responses. To commemorate September 19, all worshipers at The Noh theater will be able to freely see the autographed colored paper.

Visit The Noh Theater From Megitsune Music Video

Visit The Noh Theater From Megitsune Music Video

To all fans of BABYMETAL. Regarding September 19, our service will be available between 9:00 to 16:30. It would seem as a short period of time, but since there is a shrine, please understand (gate closing at 17:30).

Visit The Noh Theater From Megitsune Music Video

Announcement. Considering the special Goshuin on September 19, having so many responses, with careful consideration the staffs has come to a decision that our service will not be sufficient also to ensure the safety of everyone, we have cancelled the special Goshuin. Please kindly understand, thank you very much.

Visit The Noh Theater From Megitsune Music Video

Announcement. Regarding September 20, although it is a weekday, in response to everyone’s voice, we will take correspondences the same way as in September 19. We would appreciate it if everyone’s feelings for the shrine is just as much as your wish for the success of the Tokyo Dome concert, so that more and more people can visit the Noh theater smoothly.

 

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A BABYMETAL Fan, Takuya Haneda, Got The First Bronze Medal For Japan

A Japanese athlete, Takuya Haneda who is also a fellow BABYMETAL fan (he even went to Rock In Vienna) took the 3rd place in Men’s Canadian Single Canoe Slalom In Rio 2016 Olympic, and he became the first Japanese to stand at the winner’s podium. Takuya has spoken with joy, “I don’t think anyone would have expected that Japan took a medal from this competition. It feels great to finally accomplish it. Without making any significant mistake during qualification, semi-final and final, it was my best performance of all of my sports life.”

  A BABYMETAL Fan, Takuya Haneda, Got The First Bronze Medal For Japan

A BABYMETAL Fan, Takuya Haneda, Got The First Bronze Medal For JapanTakuya Haneda at Rock In Vienna with his fellow athlete and also BABYMETAL fan, Kazuki Yazawa https://www.instagram.com/p/BGNC0DemIJ0/

Congratulations Takuya Haneda, Kitsune Up!!

Source: http://www.nikkansports.com/olympic/rio2016/canoeing/news/1692317.html

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BABYMETAL and Rob Halford | AP Awards

BABYMETAL and Rob Halford | AP Awards

If you haven’t heard yet, Rob Halford has signed on to do a performance with BABYMETAL at this years AP awards show ‘APMAS’.

It is a mystery still if we will be listening to a mashup, or maybe a new song, but look out for the APMAS Monday, July 18th.

The award show will be available on livestream from amazon music and twitch.
https://www.amazon.com/APMAS July 18th at 7pm EST.

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BOH’s blog update about BABYMETAL’s Europan Tour (ENGLISH TRANSLATION)

BOH has safely return home after BABYMETAL’s Europe Tour and finally updated his blog. Please enjoy our English translation here:

Blog entry: June 15, 2016

I have returned to Japan from the European Tour. о (ж>▽<)y ☆

I have received a lot of valuable experience, I am filled with happiness!

I am grateful that I am blessed with the opportunity to go to various countries.

it’s obvious that every country has a different language and customs and although I always have in me the pride of being Japanese, no matter which country I go, I try accepting and be ready to absorb everything, and to act with an open mind.

In particular, in Japan it is a common greeting to bow and show respect, but for me, I am carrying out such courtesy with the highest importance even in foreign countries.

I can clearly remember what the adults around me have said to me when I was small, “Be a man who can properly lower your head to other people.” (*TL’s note: it means to become a humble person)

Even if it has been said as lowering your head, you can really feel the delicacy in a graceful heart-felt bow as an open and fair attitude, although the implication may vary depending on the situation. I think it’s a very wonderful thing.

Rather than constantly lowering your head, there is an elegance in showing a one deep bow.

I’m in an extreme jet lag, I even bow deeply to the PC in front of me while typing these texts ← jk, i’m just sleepy LOL

And so, this is the part where I should say something about the Tour… , but there is something personal in my mind, I will not put BABYMETAL related stuff in the blog for a while.

I am aware that a lot of things happen, but I hope that many of you who always look forward to this can understand the situation.

I will write up on other things up to this point in some other time or when I feel like it in a relaxed manner. (´∀`)

There are a lot of things to be done immediately after returning home, I also haven’t decided when to do Nico douga Live stream, if you have a lot of time to kill, please check my Twitter as I will post anything from random silly things to important announcement time after time. (*^ー^)ノ

Regardless of anything, there sure are a lot of beautiful ladies in Europe. ヽ(゜▽、゜)ノ

Aah, I look forward to the day I can go there again.

Watching a beautiful woman makes me feel better, as I bid farewell to my hair follicles everyday.
That is all from BOH the bassist.(B・o・H)

Source: http://ameblo.jp/bassist-boh/entry-12170969015.html

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Babymetal At FortaRock Review By Metalfan.nl (TRANSLATION)

 

While the legendary Megadeth was far from over on the main stage, the tent was already bulging before the start of the Babymetal show. It was worth the money for the fans who bought their ticket especially for the Japanese formation. While on both Babymetal albums the Japanese girls’ vocals and electronic influences sometimes seem to dominate too much, live the music is rock solid. The fine musicians of the backing band (the Kami Band) get all space to display their talents and give a strong piece of modern metal. Once you get used to her voice, it seems that lead vocalist Su-metal is a fine singer. 

 

Babymetal At FortaRock Review By Metalfan.nl (TRANSLATION)

 

The visual aspect and the interaction with the audience did finish the whole show. The three young ladies perform nice little plays and good choreographed dances and prove that they can deliver. The thrilled response of almost all attendees in the tent (and far outside) shows that Babymetal should be on the main stage next time.

 

Babymetal At FortaRock Review By Metalfan.nl (TRANSLATION)

 

Source: http://www.metalfan.nl/

Translation: Jaap Piening

Photos: Cate Christina

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Babymetal At FortaRock Review By Metalfan.nl (TRANSLATION)

 

While the legendary Megadeth was far from over on the main stage, the tent was already bulging before the start of the Babymetal show. It was worth the money for the fans who bought their ticket especially for the Japanese formation. While on both Babymetal albums the Japanese girls’ vocals and electronic influences sometimes seem to dominate too much, live the music is rock solid. The fine musicians of the backing band (the Kami Band) get all space to display their talents and give a strong piece of modern metal. Once you get used to her voice, it seems that lead vocalist Su-metal is a fine singer. 

 

Babymetal At FortaRock Review By Metalfan.nl (TRANSLATION)

 

The visual aspect and the interaction with the audience did finish the whole show. The three young ladies perform nice little plays and good choreographed dances and prove that they can deliver. The thrilled response of almost all attendees in the tent (and far outside) shows that Babymetal should be on the main stage next time.

 

Babymetal At FortaRock Review By Metalfan.nl (TRANSLATION)

 

Source: http://www.metalfan.nl/

Translation: Jaap Piening

Photos: Cate Christina

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REVIEW: BABYMETAL AT FORTAROCK 2016

 

A risky move or was it bull’s eye, that was the question with Babymetal. Our conclusion is the last one, this Japanese band with three young kawaii singers/dancers were the point of discussion of the whole festival, but they owned the Large Rock Hand Stage. The people, masses consisting of fans but also curious ones, went nuts, and while the curious ones really liked it or quickly left after the second song.

 

REVIEW: BABYMETAL AT FORTAROCK 2016

 

Babymetal consists of fine musicians, who entered the stage during the ‘Fox God’ intro and showed their musical talent during ‘Babymetal Death’, while the ‘dollgirls’ only had use to fire up the audience on each side of the stage. Their first lines of singing was during the megahit ‘Gimme Chocolate!’ this was what most people wanted to hear, but even after this song lots of people stayed.

 

REVIEW: BABYMETAL AT FORTAROCK 2016

 

The voice of lead singer Su-metal even sounds higher live than on the album and live it looked like Yuimetal and Moametal had a little less input, but the choreography of the three girls was fantastic song after song. There was no lack of activity, a circle pit during the third song Catch Me If You Can which sounded great and loud instrumental and at the end a Wall Of Death, Su-metal’s will is law. There was a calmer bit too, Meta Taro showed the cute side of the girls all the way while Su-metal sang beautifully on Ijime Dame Zettai. Also their new hits ‘Karate’ and ‘Road Of Resistance’ where they were waving with flags did fantastic. We are full of praise about this show and atmosphere, just put them on the main stage next time, please!

 

REVIEW: BABYMETAL AT FORTAROCK 2016

 

Source: Festivalblog.be http://www.festivalblog.be/verslagen/review-fortarock-2016-zondag-5-juni

Translation by Jaap Piening.

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