Heavy Blog Staff’s Favorite Non-2016 “Discoveries”

Even with the hundreds of albums we come across every year, let's face it, we still sleep on things. Especially with a large group such as ours, even if most of us on staff have listened to and obsessed over a particular album, it's inevitable that at least a few of us won't have jumped on the hype train. For a variety of reasons, we either dismiss certain albums when they come out, can't properly give the time to them at first, or were simply unaware of them until someone recommends them. With that in mind, we've decided to make a fun new addition to our annual end-of-year lists, which is one comprised entirely of our favorite albums we heard for the first time this year or learned to love that weren't released in 2016. Though most of these have been released in the past 5 years, there are a few that are far older, all the way to the most classic of thrash. Being a music enthusiast means constant discovery, and that includes digging back through the annals of music history. We encourage you to share your own favorite non-2016 "discoveries" this year, but in the meantime check out some of our staff's top picks below.

Conquer The UK Frontier With Frontierer’s First Ever Live Show

One of the side affects of the new method of making music is the lack of ability to shepherd a live performance. Few bands make it out of "the bedroom studio", a moniker which no longer makes any sense, and unto the stage. But Frontierer have managed, with Kapper flying all the way "across the pond" so that the band can play live at UK Tech Metal Fest 2016. Not only did they play that set they also recorded it. Now, once again returning to the ether of the Internet, an anachronism if there ever was one, their full set is available for our eyes and ears and boy, is it glorious. The sound quality is without peer and the video unveils a band somehow cohesive, an impressive feat considering the distances which usually lie between them.

A Dark Orbit – Inverted

Maybe the hardest hitting album with an astronaut on the cover, ever, Inverted is going to be the first major milestone people look at when they Google (there are other search engines available...) A Dark Orbit... Read More...