Honey Badger’s Top 30 albums of 2016

Honey Badger’s Top 30 albums of 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, it’s time for those of us in the journalism community to share our top albums of the year. Keep in mind that these are my opinions and not those of The Lady Herself, Nem, or our amazing staff of authors. I don’t consider myself an expert by any means and I’m sure that there were albums that I missed or just plain forgot about..or just didn’t care for. The main point of publishing this list is to shine a spotlight on the hard working bands that created the music that touched me deeply this year. These bands deserve all the credit and I hope by sharing these picks and videos I have given you the reader some new music to check out and support! So with that said..on to the picks!

30. Thunderstone Apocalypse Again

Thunderstone – The Path

29. Serenity – Codex Atlanticus

SERENITY – Follow Me (Official Video) | Napalm Records

28. Freedom Call – Master of Light

FREEDOM CALL – "Hammer Of The Gods" (Official Lyric Video)

27. Withem – The Unforgiving Road

Withem "Exit" (Official Music Video)

26. Hammerfall – Built to Last

Hammerfall – Hammer High (Official Video) | Napalm Records

25. Sinbreed – Master Creator

SINBREED – Moonlit Night (2016) // official clip // AFM Records

24. Rhapsody of Fire – Into The Legend

RHAPSODY OF FIRE – Into the Legend (2015) // official clip // AFM Records

23. Iron Savior – Titancraft

IRON SAVIOR – Way of the Blade (2016) // official clip // AFM Records

22. Oceans of Slumber – Winter

OCEANS OF SLUMBER – Winter (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

21. Twilight Force – Heroes of Mighty Magic

TWILIGHT FORCE – Flight Of The Sapphire Dragon (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

20. Enbound – The Blackened Heart

Enbound – Give Me Light [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]

19. Sunburst – Fragments of Creation

Sunburst – Out Of The World [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]

18. Devin Townsend Project – Transcendence

DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT – Stormbending (Album Track)

17. Innerwish – Innerwish

InnerWish – Machines of Fear [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

16. Amaranthe – Maximalism

15. Eternity’s End – The Fire Within

14. Nordic Union – Nordic Union

Nordic Union – Hypocrisy (Feat. Erik Martensson & Ronnie Atkins) [Official Music Video]

13. Dynazty – Titanic Mass

Dynazty – The Human Paradox

12. Light & Shade – The Essence of Everything

LIGHT & SHADE – You Are (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

11. DGM – The Passage

DGM – "Fallen" (Official Music Video)

10. Epica – The Holographic Principle

EPICA – EDGE OF THE BLADE (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

9. Blind Ego – Liquid

BLIND EGO – Blackened (official)

8. Universal Mind Project – The Jaguar Priest

Universal Mind Project – Truth feat. Mark Jansen [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]

7. Haken – Affinity

HAKEN – Initiate (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

6. Delain – Moonbathers

DELAIN – The Glory And The Scum (Official Lyric Video) | Napalm Records

5. Myrath – Legacy

Myrath – Believer

4. Pretty Maids – Kingmaker

Pretty Maids "Face The World" (Official Music Video)

3. Fates Warning – Theories of Flight

FATES WARNING – Seven Stars (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

2. Evergrey – The Storm Within

EVERGREY – In Orbit (feat. Floor Jansen) (2016) // official clip // AFM Records

at at the top…my top pick for concert of the year in NYC, favorite song of 2016 Let The Storm Descend Upon You, and the album never budged from my top stop…..

1. Avantasia – Ghostlights

Avantasia – Let The Storm Descend Upon You (Ghostlights, 2016)

AVANTASIA – Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

AVANTASIA – Draconian Love (OFFICIAL CLIP)

About the author

Honey Badger
I am a lifelong fan of hard rock/metal since I discovered my childhood idols KISS. Music is my passion and progressive and power metal are my favorites in the sub genres of heavy metal. I also work for the premier metal festival in the U.S. ProgPower USA as a co-admin for their official Facebook page. In my spare time (what little i have of it!) I enjoy working out