2016….’The year so far’

We’ve just about hit the half way mark of the year and what an awesome 6 months of music it has been in the world of ‘heavy’ music! From the legends in metal, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath touring Australia to some killer new albums in all genres to the re-formation/re-alignment of bands (Ac/Dc, Guns ‘N Roses, Blink 182).

We asked a handful of our writers and photographers to come with their Top 10 albums so far for 2016 and what they are most looking forward too for the rest of 2016. Some interesting picks and sure to evoke some arguements. Will they change much by year’s end?


James Birkin (aka Plugga73)
Editorial Manager

Recent contributions include:
Steel Panther Gig review Perth
Fear Factory Gig review Perth
Burton C Bell/Fear Factory Interview

“I’m most looking forward to Giraffe Tongue Orchestra featuring members of Alice in Chains, Mastodon and Mars Volta. I love a super group and these guys sound amazing from the snippets I’ve heard”

Top 10 Albums 2016 so far
1.  Be’lakor – Vessels
2.  Hatebreed – The Concrete Confessional
3.  Killswitch Engage – Incarnate
4.  Fallujah – Dreamless
5.  Gojira – Magma (** climbing every listen)
6.  Nails – You Will Never Be One of Us
7.  Megadeth – Dystopia
8.  Anthrax – For All Kings
9.  Ignite – A War Against You
10. Combichrist – This Is Where Death Begins

 Paul Brown (aka Browny)
Editorial Manager

Recent contributions include:
Blink 182 Album Review
Phil Knight/Shihad Interview
Parkway Drive Gig Review Brisbane

“I’m very interested to hear what Every Time I Die come up with on their Low Teens album. Their first single, “The Coin Has A Say” had elements of their earlier/heavier stuff and that made me very moist when listening to it.”

Top 10 Albums 2016 so far
1.  Beartooth – Aggressive
2.  Violent Soho – WACO
3.  Architects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us
4.  Panic! @ The Disco – Death of a Bachelor
5.  letlive – If I’m the Devil…
6.  Killswitch Engage – Incarnate
7.  In Hearts Wake/Northlane – Equinox EP
8.  Tonight Alive – Limitless
9.  Polaris – The Guilt & The Grief EP
10. Blink 182 – California

Ricky Aarons (aka Ricky Saul)

Recent contributions include:
Luke Holmes/Ocean Grove interview
Equinox Gig Review Perth
Deafheaven Gig Review Perth

“Breakdown of Sanity – Co-existence. Will be EPIC”

Top 10 Albums 2016 so far
1.  Killswitch Engage – Incarnate
2.  Adept – Sleepless
3.  Whitechapel – Mark of the Blade
4.  Gojira – Magma
5.  Beartooth – Aggressive
6.  Bury Tomorrow – Earthbound
7.  Asking Alexandria – The Black
8.  Hatebreed – The Concrete Confessional
9.  Babymetal – Metal Resistance
10. Devildriver – Trust No One

Genevieve GAO (aka Genna1_1)
Writer (newby)

Recent contributions include:
Scott Lewis/Carnifex interview

“What am I most looking forward too, for the rest of 2016? Definitely, the Billy Talent Aussie tour in August – first one in four years! “

Top 10 Albums 2016 so far
1. Santana – Santana IV 
2. Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate
3. Blues Pills – Lady in Gold
4. Anthrax – For All Kings
5. Death Angel – The Evil Divide
6. Carnifex – Slow Death
7. Zakk Wylde – Book of Shadows II
8. Fallujah – Dreamless
9. Hatebreed – The Concrete Confessional
10. The Strokes – Future Present Past

Jerika Faithfull 

Jerika’s Photography page can be found –> https://www.facebook.com/JerikaFaithfullPhotography

Recent contributions include:
Fear Factory Photo Gallery Perth
Hailmary Photo Gallery Perth
Trivium Photo Gallery Perth

“I’m most looking forward to the Lamb of God tour in November.” \w/

Top 10 Albums 2016 so far

1. Gojira – Magma
2. Violent Soho – WACO
3. Northlane and In Hearts Wake – Equinox EP
4. Radiohead – A Room Shaped Pool
5. Deftones – Gore
6. Make Way for Man – Evolve and Repair EP
7. Flume – Skin
8. Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Getaway
9. DevilDriver – Trust No One
10. Wolfmother – Victorious


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Writing, reviewing, interviewing, exploring new and old heavy music. From punk to grunge to hardcore to death metal to thrash and everything in between. I've been writing in the music industry now for several years including the websites LOUD, SF Media, Tone Deaf, The Metal Review and AMNplify. I'll be the one talking about bands from the 90s all the time..... Hit me up on twitter @Plugga73

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