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Best Of 2016 - 2017 Danger Zone (Alun)

CATEGORY: Best Of 2016
AUTHOR: Danger Zone (Alun)
YEAR: 2016


For a while I contemplated not turning in a review of 2016 due to the underwhelming nature of the year in music from my vantage point. I was shocked to only have reviewed nine new releases during the year, a staggering new low for myself, which sadly shows my apathy towards the modern music scene. This train of thought seems to be shared by my fellow reviewers and the lack of quality out there is all too obvious. Thankfully there's still an abundance of music from the glory years waiting to be discovered and that's where the real magic is still to be found. Granted the scene lost a slew of legends in 2016, but let's be thankful their music is still here for us to enjoy.

Best and Worst
Trying to find worthy albums to praise is a challenging endeavor. As is the trend these days even albums which seem memorable on the surface seem to fade after just a few listens, the replay factor almost non-existent. Higher profile releases appeared from the likes of Metallica and.. er.. I'm sure there were a few others. As ordinary as 'Hardwired.. To Self-Destruct' was, it still proved more engaging than releases from ageing peers like Anthrax, Megadeth and Testament, all of whom continue to bore decades later. Exhumer's 'The Raging Tides' was a nifty traditional thrash album and Six Feet Under's 'Graveyard Classics IV-The Number of the Priest' raised a laugh or two. New efforts from Jackyl and Lucifer's Friend provided a day's worth of entertainment before being deserted and I'd totally forgotten I'd reviewed Rick Springfield's new album until researching my reviews for 2016. The worst album I encountered in 2016 was Dee Snider's pitiful 'We Are the Ones' which was so appalling it surely shifted less than 1000 copies worldwide. Hopefully every copy of this travesty was rounded up and smashed to pieces. It came to my attention I had a copy of Airbourne's 'Breakin' Outta Hell', but given it's indistinguishable from all their other albums it faded into obscurity rapidly. As for modern AOR, I claim complete ignorance to its existence.

SummaryWhat's on the agenda musically for 2017 I have no clue, but a new Sepultura album is due to be released shortly, usually a diamond in the rough of any year. Aside from that I'll keep my eyes peeled, but I don't have any expectations. Overall 2016 was just a continuation of the trends this decade has conceived, lack of memorable albums, little replay value, fading interest in the scene and a reliance on the past to get my fix. As I type this I'm listening to .38 Special's 'Wild Eyed Southern Boys' classic from 1981 and that's just fine with me. I'm content to stay there.

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#1 | tompa on January 21 2017 21:57:35
I can only agree about the current music scene. Not much that sticks and you have to go through a lot of dross or "heard it all before only better"-albums to find THAT gem. I've always been choosy and it doesn't get better with time.
Can't believe how people on other sites on the net can list hundreds of albums they like from 2016.
The ones that I DID like were Kansas, Glenn Hughes, Swedish trio Bridge To Mars, Santana's reunion album (only toooo damn long), Cary Grace's "The Uffculme Variations" (spacey and jamlike). Maybe nothing new on them either but for some reason they resonated with me.
Was a bit disappointed in the albums by Syd Arthur and The Golden Grass. Both had in 2014 released masterpieces.
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