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So the criteria for the Top 20 Albums of 2016, is as always a series of characteristics that are used to generate a final list. Of course, my decisions are soley based on a combination of album sales, chart placement and longevity, the popularity of the band that produced the album, as well as my own opinion regarding the sound and style of the album. The album must fall into ether the heavy metal or hard rock category to make the list. Last year saw a ton of awesome albums to hit the sound board and the winners were extremely difficult to choose. My Top 5 of last year were: 5) Golgatha (WASP), 4) Def Leppard (Def Leppard), 3) Fallen (Stryper), 2) VII Sturm and Drang (Lamb of God) and of course 1) Book of Souls (Iron Maiden). 2016 has saw a rebirth of some thrash metal hits as well as some new twists and turns from bands that usually sound the same. So without further adue...Here is the Voorhees Top 20 of 2016!
There were a few surprises to make the list including Glenn Hughes masterpiece "Resonate" and The Dillinger Escape Plan "Disociation." Avenged Sevenfold finally took their music to a new level with "The Stage" which is a concept album for the ages. Killswitch Engage, Deftones, and Hell Yeahonce agian made one of my Top 20 lists as all bands released significant metal music in 2016. Jim Breur released his new project "Sounds From The Garage" which was a true artwork with the special rock anthem "Old School" which mentions many songs from eighties and nineties metal. Well, this about wraps up my Top 20 List of 2016. Of course, there will always be different lists from different media outlets like Loudwire, Rolling Stone and such. Dont forget to check out Andrew the Axeman and his Top 20 List on "Hair Metal Mansion" which also airs on Philly Rock Radio. There may be a special Top 20 Show to come so stay tuned. Meanwhile...Don't forget to check out THE SALOON with Kevin and Johnny weekly on Philly Rock Radio and have a safe and happy New Year All you Metal Maniacs!!!!!!!!!