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Mathcore Index's Best of 2016
I hate ranking things I love (especially when it comes to music), and because this year was so exceptionally challenging, I decided to organize my lists based upon pure volume of listens. I also took the time to make a list for unsigned/underground acts, another for signed/major acts (bands that are well known within our scene), and finally 2 smaller lists for EPs and honorable mentions, respectively. Lastly, most of these bands appear on our compilations, so hopefully that doesn't come as a surprise. Allons-i.

Signed/major acts:
10) Every Time I Die - "Low Teens"

9) Nails - "You Will Never Be One of Us"
8) Plebeian Grandstand - "False Highs, True Lows"
7) Wormrot - "Voices"

6) Coma Cluster Void - "Mind Cemeteries"

One of the most underrated and interesting bands in modern death metal.

5) Vermin Womb - "Decline"

4) American Football - "American Football LP2"

3) Ion Dissonance - "To Cast the First Stone"

2) The Dillinger Escape Plan - "Dissociation"

1) Car Bomb - "Meta"



In no particular order...
Plebeian Grandstand - "False Highs, True Lows"

Coma Cluster Void - "Mind Cemeteries"

Deathspell Omega - "The Synarchy of Molten Bones"

Ulcerate - "Shrines of Paralysis"

Teramobil - "Magnitude of Thoughts"
Gendo Ikari - "Unit 1" (ep)

Meshuggah - "The Violent Sleep of Reason"
The Apex - "Underbelly" (ep)
Behold... the Arctopus - "Cognitive Emancipation"
Car Bomb - "Meta"


Bloody Roots Selects Standout 2016 Metal Debuts on SiriusXM
Week of January 7, 2017

This week’s very recent metal history lesson brings the new year an hour of some of the strongest, most original debut metal albums of 2016. Prepare for a stunning display of technical wizardry, bleak darkness, and operatic drama—sometimes all at once—with freshly minted metal by Shed the Skin, Altarage, Chthe’list, Sumerlands, Knocked Loose, Oracles, Uada, Hyperion, Coma Cluster Void, and more! Embrace the future—know your Roots!


SHED THE SKIN – “Putrid and Pious” from HARROWING FAITH
AYAHUASCA – “Violacion a Cielo Abierto” from HUAYRA
ALTARAGE – “Altars” from NIHL
ASTRONOID – “Air” from AIR
ENTHEOS – “Perpetual Miscalculations” from THE INFINITE NOTHING
HYPERION – “Primal Cosmic Ascendancy” from SERAPHICAL EUPHONY
UADA – “Devoid of Light” from DEVOID OF LIGHT

Bloody Roots is Sound of the Beast author (and Bazillion Points publisher) Ian Christe’s heavy metal history show on Sirius XM Liquid Metal channel 40. Since June 2004, each weekly show has examined another subgenre, band, movement, region, or theme in metal, punk, and heavy rock. The show is available on-demand online from


For my personal list, I’ll write about the albums that struck me and that still evoke something when I hear them, or even when I only see their cover art. It’s a very subjective and eclectic list, and shouldn’t be taken as an objective best-of. Instead, I’ll tell you a bit more about what albums I still like, and try to explain why. This list isn’t ranked either; it’s only ordered in alphabetical order of the bands. Let’s move on!

Black Peaks - Statues
The Black Queen - Fever Daydream
Car Bomb - Meta 

Coma Cluster Void have been teasing us for quite some time before their album, Mind Cemeteries, finally dropped. First, it was with pictures of the ten-string guitar, then with names like Mike DiSalvo, and then with musical teasers. It would have been quite easy to miss the mark, in front of such high and intense expectations, but the band more than delivered on their promises, and surpassed what most thought to be unfeasible. The album sets a new bar for rhythmic and harmonic complexity in metal, and it does it so effortlessly, it seems, that I can’t envision anyone challenging their place on the throne anytime soon.

Corima - 天照 (Amaterasu)
Dance Gavin Dance - Mothership
dMu - Synaptic Self
Esperanza Spalding - Emily’s D+Evolution
Fire! - She Sleeps, She sleeps
He Was Eaten by Owls - Chorus 30 from Blues for the Hitchhiking Dead
Little Tybee - Little Tybee
Mammoth - Deviations
The Mercury Tree - Permutations
Öz ürügülüFashion & Welfare
Rorcal - Κρέων (Creon)
Schammasch - Triangle
Shamblemaths - Shamblemaths

That’s it! It’s done. Here’s my personal list of best albums of the year. I tried hard to keep it relatively brief, but there are plenty more albums that were release and that deserve your complete attention. You can start by this list, and then move on to the fifty monthly recommendations we made through the year, and keep your eyes opened because other writers of CTEBCM will be posting their own personal lists as well!

On that note, cheers!


2016 has been a truly amazing year, in music. I’ve never ceased to be surprised and amazed by discoveries and recommendations from friends and readers of the website. Over the course of twelve months, we’ve picked fifty albums that are more than worth your time. To make things easier, we’ve compiled them all into a huge picture, and we’ll put links to all of these albums in this article, so you don’t have to search the website for every separate recommendation we’ve made.

On top of that, we’ll also be writing personal favourites from our little team. Each person will have a different list with its own arguments. These will probably be less daunting than this one right here, and it will also include the many albums we discovered too late to put in our monthly recommendations. They should be coming out throughout this month.

For now, here we go!

Sunless, Lost Salt Blood Purges, The Black Queen, Blumen/With a Smile, Love Sex Machine, Doom Salad, Axon-Neuron, Kurushimi, Wormed, Pitts Minnemann Project, Rorcal, Danimal Cannon, Bird Caravan, Niechęć, Schammasch, The Mercury Tree, Sithu Aye, Travis Orbin, Bent Knee, First Fragment, Anderson/Stolt, Jute Gyte, Little Tybee, Mid Atlantic Title, Thank You Scientist, The Night Watch, Patrick Healy, Third Ion, Talking Points, Contemplator, Cryptovolans, Coma Cluster Void, Cthulu Rise, Ehnahre, Aidan Baker & Tomas Järmyr, Barty's Path, Seven Impale, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Car Bomb, Mammoth, öOoOoOoOoOo, Hashshashin, Corima, öz ürügülü, Ikarus, Noise Trail Immersion, Jyocho, Bullada, Leper Print, Autocatalytcia