For what it's worth, here is my Top 10 albums that came out this year. If you missed any of these when they came out, do yourself a favor and check them out. They are well worth your time and when played loud enough, they are sure to annoy your neighbours.
Top 10 Best Albums (in no particular order)
Ship Thieves – No Anchor
When The Ship Thieves released their new album way back at the beginning of the year, I knew it was going to be a good year. And looking at the other albums in this list, I guess I was right. For once.
It It Anita – AGAAIIN
If you think their band name is a bit weird, wait until you get a load of the songs on "AGAAIIN"! But holy shit, what a debut album! And the live show by these Belgian noisemongers is one you absolutely do not want to miss.
Face To Face – Protection
Every Face To Face album is worth listening to. But I honestly wasn't expecting that 25 years into their career, they would release an album as good as "Protection".
Oathbreaker – Rheia
"Rheia" haunting, aggressive and beautiful all at once and has been destroying my eardrums since I got the album.
Mannequin Pussy – Romantic
There is a lot going on on “Romantic”, yet somehow it only takes Mannequin Pussy less than 20 minutes to get the job done. The result is an album that is raw, thrashy, angry and loud and that you will want to hear again the second it ends.
Descendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate
Face To Face Descendents album is worth listening to. But I honestly wasn't expecting that 25 years this far into their career, they would release an album as good as "Protection" "Hypercaffium Spazzinate".
Super Unison – Auto
Punch's Meghan O’Neil started a new band. It's really good.
Direct Hit – Wasted Mind
Inspired by William S. Burrough’s Naked Lunch and Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, “Wasted Mind” is a drug and paranoia fueled trip into the minds of Direct Hit. If that sounds heavy, don't worry... this album is pure punk rock bliss!
The Bouncing Souls – Simplicity
Face To Face Bouncing Souls album is worth listening to. But I honestly wasn't expecting that 25 years into their career, they would release an album as good as "Protection" "Simplicity".
Pulley – No Change In The Weather
I started the list with an album that came out way back in January and am going to end with one that came out just a couple of weeks ago. "No Change In The Weather" is the glorious return of Pulley and that's pretty much all you need to know about it.
5 Albums That Just Barely Did Not Make My Top 10
The Sore Losers – Skydogs
Nothing – Tired Of Tomorrow
Muncie Girls – From Caplan To Belsize
Joyce Manor – Cody
Dowsing – Okay
Top 3 Best EPs (in no particular order)
The Pooches – Heart Attack
Western Settings – Old Pain
Kamikaze Girls - Sad
Albums I wish came out in 2016 so I could have already spent more time with them
Cloud Nothings – Life Without Sound