What a year… So many great new bands, so many solid releases, yet so many huge losses to music as a whole. It was almost impossible to come up with a solid list that I wouldn’t change completely every 10 minutes. This is the closest I got to what I felt was my definite top 10 of 2016. I better finish this before I change it all over again.
10 : Augustine Azul – Lombramorfose
After a brilliant debut EP, I was excited for what instrumental trio, Augustine Azul, had to offer in a full-length. Lombramorfose features a more diverse sound than their EP, making it a riff-filled fuzzy ride with no letdowns along the way. Hit play and let these guys take you through a journey inside your mind.
9 : Muñoz – Smokestack
The Brazilian duo Muñoz released their second full-length album in September and I still haven’t stopped playing it. Featuring some of the fuzziest blues-driven rock and roll I’ve heard in a long time, this band holds nothing back and manages to build upon their sound and surpass their amazing debut, Nebula.
8 : Day of the Jackalope – Self titled EP
Filled with amazing riffs and songwriting, Day of the Jackalope – EP came as a pleasant surprise with five killer tracks that feature some of the best instrumentation you’ll hear.
7 : Mephistofeles – Whore
Gathering influence from legendary band Electric Wizard, Argentina’s Mephistofeles’ debut album is a doomy work of art. Took me a while to get into Mephistofeles but when I did, it got me hooked.
6 : Stone House On Fire – Neverending Cycle
The Stoner Rock scene in South America brought us tons of amazing releases this year but in my opinion, there lies a standout among the standouts: Stone House On Fire’s second album, Neverending Cycle brings us fuzzy octave-filled riffs and trippy interludes straight from the desert inside their heads.
5 : Electric Citizen – Higher Time
Electric Citizen surprised us one of the best albums of 2014 with Sateen and since then, I felt like I needed more. Higher Time is an excellent follow-up to the album, featuring some of the greatest singles of the year, cementing Electric Citizen’s spot as one of the greatest FFOBRs of today.
4 : Keef Mountain – Self titled
We’ve all been dying to listen to new stuff by stoner rock legends Sleep and the wait feels like forever but it’s bands like Keef Mountain that make it much easier. This fantastic duo from Kansas City, Missouri, released a brilliant debut that aligns both worship and originality, making it one of the greatest releases of 2016.
3 : The Hazytones – Self titled
2016 brought us the terrible news of Graveyard’s indeterminate hiatus and The Hazytones came to (softly) ease the pain with their first release. Graveyard and Uncle Acid fans, listen to The Hazytones. You’re welcome.
2 : Electric Lady – Queen Of Electricity And Her Coming Kingdom
If you told me last year that one of the fuzziest releases of 2016 would come from Beijing, China, I probably wouldn’t believe it. And, man… how wrong would I be. Electric Lady delivers some of the trippiest retro jams I’ve heard in a long time. Jimi would be proud.
1 : Lord Mountain- Self titled EP
While it was pretty difficult for me to rank my favorite albums of the year, the easiest part was choosing the first place. What I got after listening to these four brilliant tracks is that amazing feeling you get when you first come upon what later became one of your favorite bands today. It was love at first sight as not only did the songs individually win me over one by one but every detail in this EP sounds perfect – the mixing, the production, everything. I’m already eagerly awaiting their full-length and I hope it doesn’t take too long for it to come out. On the meantime, you’ll find me overplaying this baby on a daily basis.
Ruínas de Sade – Self titled
The Mountain Season – Self titled
Grotto – Smokonomicon
Mars Red Sky – Providence EP
I Am The Sun – Death Water
Snowburner – Future Primitive
Naxatras – II
The Re-Stoned – Reptile Returns