Albums of the year lists usually come easy around here. Oh sure, there’s some always some debate, ‘hmm, should that be at 7 or 8’, but by the time December rolls around, it’s normally become pretty clear exactly who will make the cut. Not so in 2016. This year there could have been a Top 50. As terrible as the last 12 months seem to have been for various parts of the planet, the music has been amazing. At times, it’s been the only thing keeping us going.

So please, seek out the albums that came close, absolute bangers like Norma Jean’s newest, and calming lullabies like ‘Vigils’ by Richard J Birkin, but revel in the records that, for us, propelled themselves above the rest. Moderate Rock’s albums of the 2016. 11 because Spinal Tap.

11. Metallica ‘Hardwired…to Self Destruct’
10. Nothing ‘Tired of Tomorrow’
9. Basement ‘Promise Everything’
8. Thrice ‘To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere’
7. Ian William Craig ‘Centres’
6. Worriedaboutsatan ‘Blank Tape’
5. Every Time I Die ‘Low Teens’
4. Deftones ‘Gore’
3. Bon Iver ’22, a Million’
2. Bossk ‘Audio Noir’
1. The Black Queen ‘Fever Daydream’

Shout out to Run the Jewels for releasing an album on Christmas day that’s so good it almost scraped into the list, and John Carpenter’s ‘Classic Themes Redux’ for being EP of the year.

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