BravePicks 2016 - GOJIRA's Magma #17

December 15, 2016, 2 years ago

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BravePicks 2016 - GOJIRA's Magma #17

Another gruelling year of heavy metal mastery is almost over! And all the votes are in and the compiling is complete! It's time to celebrate the winners and call out the not-so winners! So who will be our #1? You’ll find out as we count down the BravePick Of 2016 throughout December! And once again our devout scribes put their collective metal minds together to build the ultimate lists including individual Top 20s (new studio albums ONLY),  Top 5 Brave Embarrassments, Top 3 Concerts, What/Who Needs To Stop In 2017? and Metal Predictions For 2017. All will be showcased come the New Year!

'Tis the season to commence the good, bad and ugly of 2016! Let’s rock!

BravePicks 2016

17) GOJIRA - Magma (Roadrunner)

Gojira’s first album in 4 years was worth the wait. Magma changes the game for the French metallers introducing more ambient moments by dialing back their impressive technicality a bit, but with more emotive sounds. It may not what longtime fans of the band were expecting, but continued listens show how a slightly different Gojira is not necessarily a bad thing and pushes their sound even further. Make no mistake, the Gojira heaviness is still intact and is takes its spot as one of the top albums of the year.

Scribe David Perri gave a glowing review for Magma rating it a score 9.0/10 summarizing:

“Magma is probably not what Gojira's fanbase was expecting, especially after the strength on strength of L'Enfant Sauvage. But perhaps Magma shows us a different kind of strength, the kind it takes to stare down and overcome life's most dreaded experiences. In 2008, this scribe described The Way Of All Flesh as the moment where the abyss stares back at you; however, almost a decade later, Gojira has shown us that Magma is the sound of the abyss not just staring back, but almost swallowing you entirely. And maybe Magma also tells us that the strength to fight off that abyss somehow perseveres under the worst, most unimaginable duress.”

 

BravePicks 2016 Top 31

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17) GOJIRA - Magma (Roadrunner)
18) THE DEAD DAISIES - Make Some Noise (SPV / Spitfire)
19) INSAHN - Arktis. (Candlelight)
20) NAILS - You Will Never Be One Of Us (Nuclear Blast)
21) CROWBAR - The Serpent Only Lies (eOne)
22) BORKNAGAR - Winter Thrice (Century Media)
23)ENTOMBED A.D. - Dead Dawn (Century Media)
24) TREMONTI - Dust (Fret 12)
25) OPETH - Sorceress (Moderbolaget/Nuclear Blast)
26) HAMMERFALL - Built To Last (Napalm)
27) EPICA - The Holographic Principle (Nuclear Blast)
28)  DARK TRANQUILLITY - Atoma (Century Media)
29) SUMERLANDS - S/T (Relapse)
30) RUNNING WILD – Rapid Foray (SPV)
31) AVANTASIA – Ghostlights (Nuclear Blast)

 



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