David Rosales’ Expectations for 2016

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Article (obviously) by David Rosales

Five years have elapsed since 2010, a year that seemed to mark a slight renewal in creative forces, a kind of premonition of a metal renaissance that came after 15 years of horrid decadence following the decease of black metal as a movement. By 2013 this force was still incipient but already showed potential for future development as acts with more refined views about composition grounded themselves in tradition, promising to build monuments to a past glory for future times. Musicians from the metal underground’s classical era also formed the bulk of this rebirth, either through perfection or purification of their own take on the art.

The last two years have seen a manner of steady output that is weakened in quantity of quality releases, little manifest presence to speak of, with a few exceptions. The same can be said of the years between 2010 and 2013. This seems to be in accordance with a 3-year pendulum swing as the small cycle of metal. The long one probably signaling stronger points of birth and decay – probably decades: 1970-birth, 1980-underground, 1990-golden era, 2000-dark ages, 2010-renaissance.

It was a different time, and when Slayer, Metallica and Iron Maiden were doing their thing at the beginning of the 1980s, metal was also at a mainstream high with many poopoo acts dominating the scene. When mainstream metal drowns in its filth at the end of the decade and the 90s leave them with unmetal metal like Pantera or Soundgarden is when the underground rears its head in greater numbers.This coincides a little with what is happening now, as nu-funderground and mainstream whoring like female-fronted so-called metal flourishes in numbers just as the shock rock and glam metal (hard rock) plague in the time of Slayer.

To make matters more complicated, we have the internet, along with other means of communication and technology that allow for pockets of both good and bad music to survive with less regard to overall trends. Metal is not yet at another apocalyptic end of an era like the one that saw the explosion of death metal, we may have to wait another decade for that, but there is rise not dissimilar to the rise of underground NWOBHM and soon after speed metal. The next ebbing of the tide is at hand, but not yet its climax. What changes is not the fact that there is or there isn’t more mainstream crap, but how much excellent underground music there is. The year 1990 was a very special time marker that signaled the advent of a climax low for the mainstream and climax high for the underground.

Now, that we posit the existence of such critical years does not mean that no excellent albums occur outside of them, but that there is a sort of genre-wide, or community-wide, perhaps, pulse that pushes general tendencies. Now, according to this idea, the next “big year” in the small cycle would be 2016. Below we give an overview of these so-called big years and some band releases we are looking forward to this year.

What are your expectations in metal releases in 2016?


A quick reference to distinguished metal works in the ‘pulse’ years. Not especially comprehensive.

 

1971:

  • Black Sabbath – Master of Reality

1974: (Not really metal, Black Sabbath is WAY ahead)

  • Deep Purple – Stormbringer
  • Rush – Rush
  • King Crimson – Red (Editor’s note: Probably closer in spirit to future metal than others)

1977:

  • Judas Priest – Sin After Sin
  • Motörhead – Motörhead

1980:

  • Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden
  • Black Sabbath – Heaven and Hell
  • Angel Witch – Angel Witch
  • Cirith Ungol – Cirith Ungol

1983:

  • Metallica – Kill ‘Em All
  • Slayer – Show No Mercy
  • Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind
  • Mercyful Fate – Melissa
  • Manilla Road – Crystal Logic
  • Manowar – Into Glory Ride

1986:

  • Slayer – Reign in Blood
  • Metallica – Master of Puppets
  • Kreator – Pleasure to Kill
  • Morbid Angel – Abominations of Desolation
  • Sepultura – Morbid Visions
  • Fates Warning – Awaken the Guardian
  • Candlemass – Epicus Doomicus Metallicus

1989:

  • Sepultura – Beneath the Remains
  • Morbid Angel – Altars of Madness
  • Bolt Thrower – Realm of Chaos
  • Voivod – Nothingface
  • Helstar – Nosferatu
  • Powermad – Absolute Power
  • Rigor Mortis – Freaks
  • Pestilence – Consuming Impulse

1992:

  • Burzum – Burzum
  • At the Gates – The Red in the Sky is Ours
  • Demigod – Slumber of Sullen Eyes
  • Morpheus Descends – Ritual of Infinity
  • Therion – Beyond Sanctorum
  • Sinister – Cross the Styx
  • Amorphis – The Karelian Isthmus
  • Deicide – Legion
  • Incantation – Onward to Golgotha
  • Atrocity – Longing for Death
  • Autopsy – Mental Funeral
  • Cadaver – …In Pains
  • Asphyx – Last One on Earth
  • Cenotaph – The Gloomy Reflections of Our Hidden Sorrows
  • Darkthrone – A Blaze in the Northern Sky
  • Emperor – Wrath of the Tyrant
  • Graveland – In the Glare of Burning Churches
  • Immortal – Diabolical Full Moon Mysticism
  • Sacramentum – Finis Malorum

1995:

  • Skepticism – Stormcrowfleet
  • Suffocation – Pierced from Within
  • Vader – De Profundis
  • Gorgoroth – The Antichrist
  • Graveland – Thousand Swords
  • Summoning – Minas Morgul
  • Deicide – Once Upon the Cross
  • Sacramentum – Far Away from the Sun
  • Immortal – Battles in the North
  • Abigor – Nachthymmen (From the Twilight Kingdom)
  • Funeral – Tragedies
  • Dissection – Storm of the Light’s Bane
  • Iced Earth – Burnt Offerings

1998:

  • Gorguts – Obscura
  • Vader – Black to the Blind
  • Incantation – Diabolical Conquest
  • Dawn – Slaughtersun
  • Sorcier des Glaces – Snowland
  • Angelcorpse – Exterminate
  • Blind Guardian – Nightfall in Middle-Earth
  • Symphony X – Twilight of the Gods
  • Rhapsody – Symphony of Enchanted Lands
  • Suffocation – Despise the Sun
  • Absurd – Asgardsrei
  • Soulburn – Feeding on Angels
  • Arghoslent – Galloping Through the Battle Ruins
  • Master – Faith is in Season
  • Skepticism – Lead and Aether

2001:

  • Gorguts – From Wisdom to Hate
  • Absu – Tara
  • Martyr – Extracting the Core
  • Lost Horizon – Awakening the World
  • Deeds of Flesh – Mark of the Legion
  • Averse Sefira – Battle’s Clarion
  • Graveland – Raise Your Sword!
  • Krieg – The Black Plague

2004:

  • Avzhia – The Key of Throne
  • Quo Vadis – Defiant Imagination

2007:

  • Blotted Science – The Machinations of Dementia

2010:

  • Avzhia – In My Domains
  • Krieg – The Isolationist
  • Burzum – Belus
  • Divine Eve – Vengeful and Obstinate
  • Atlantean Kodex – The Golden Bough
  • Graveland – Cold Winter Blades
  • Profanatica – Disgusting Blasphemies Against God
  • Autopsy – The Tomb Within
  • Overkill – Iron Bound
  • Decrepitaph – Beyond the Cursed Tombs

2013:

  • Black Sabbath – 13
  • Condor – Nadia
  • Graveland – Thunderbolts of the Gods
  • Satan – Life Sentence
  • Argus – Beyond the Martyrs
  • Autopsy – Headless Ritual
  • Profanatica – Thy Kingdom Cum
  • Imprecation – Satanae Tenebris Infinita

2016:

  • Condor?
  • Sammath?
  • Zealotry?
  • Deströyer 666? (Editor’s note: I have my doubts about this one’s possible… transcendence)
  • Vektor?
  • Voivod?
  • Summoning?
  • Graveland?

32 thoughts on “David Rosales’ Expectations for 2016”

  1. AzureMurakumo says:

    Some other upcoming releases for 2016 that should be good/great:

    Sorcier des Glaces – North
    Divine Eve – new full-length (if it’s released this year…)
    War Master – new full-length
    Blaspherian – Reborn through the Black Flames of Lucifer
    Solstice (UK) – White Horse Hill
    Sammath – new full-length
    Birth A.D. – new full length? (They’ve announced it’s in the works, but nothing on whether or not it’ll be out this year)
    Demoncy – Ascension Of A Star Long Since Fallen

    1. David Rosales says:

      I have no idea how I forgot to include Divine Eve. I’ve been addicted as of late. The other mentions are also worth noting.

      Has Sorcier des Glases officially announced something?

      1. AzureMurakumo says:

        They’ve released the tracklist, an album trailer, and a single full preview track.

        Tracklist:
        1. Passage au-delà des Glaciers Noirs
        2. (to the) Snow-Crowned Mountains
        3. La Noirceur Éternelle (track here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6N3umLkJb8)
        4. Storming from Beyond
        5. Dawn of the Apocalypse
        6. North
        7. Witchcraft (They’ve said this is a cover, of what band is unknown)
        8. Rites of the Black Moon

        Album trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2j4GcrxOKk4

        1. AzureMurakumo says:

          After actually listening to the album trailer, I can confirm that “Witchcraft” is an Obtained Enslavement cover.

  2. Rotten Ralph says:

    I’m also looking forward to Blaspherian, Morbus 666 and Divine Eve. The next Demoncy album as well but not sure if that’ll be a 2016 release. Heresiarch? Ripper?

  3. Nick says:

    I think that’s Incantation who released Diabolical Conquest.

    Really puts into perspective how weak metal was between 2002-2010. I wonder how much the enormous influence of the burgeoning internet discussion forum format had on the development of metal during that era.

    Also, but didn’t this community once hold The Chasm in a much higher regard?

  4. I blew my head off like Per Ohlin says:

    Did the media really label Soundgarden “metal”? Cuz I’m pretty sure they themselves never did.

    Regarding 2016 releases I’m looking forward to the ones on David’s list as well as Sorcier Des Glaces, Chthe’ilist and Blaspherian.

    1. adjsjaos says:

      Soundgarden were usually called grunge.

      They were the “most metal” of that crop (the most proto-metal anyway, they drew a lot from Sabbath and Led Zep), in fairness. But they still sucked.

    2. OliveFox says:

      I am actually looking forward to new Chthe’ilist too. I’ve only heard that demo from a few years ago and a couple of new songs, clips, but I dig the Adramelech vibe. God knows metal can live without ANOTHER Lovecraft inspired band, but whatever, it is a deep well I suppose.

      I’ll also throw Master in the ring for 2016. Odds are it won’t be a masterpiece, but, a working and inspired Speckmann is a good vitality sign for the underground.

  5. ObscureMonk says:

    Diabolical Conquest from 98 is by Incantation not Immolation. Great article despite that mistake.

    1. David Rosales says:

      Thanks for the correction, it was more of a typo. I wouldn’t consciously mix up the releases of two so different and great bands!

    2. TheSpine says:

      Also, ‘Lead and Aether’ by Skepticism is from 1998, not 2001.

      I found this article to be a bizarre format and quite rushed. I think a more comprehensive list would have been more informative; perhaps presented more interestingly (although any layout within this website’s UI is doomed to look like a high school project made in Dreamweaver (or Frontpage).

      It seems odd to skip any years between 1983 and 1996!

      1. David Rosales says:

        Yet another typo…

        If you read the article, it wouldnt be “strange” to skip any years, also, a comprehensive list is not needed because it is not the point. It’s a theory about a 3-year pulse and examples of some of the best albums released in those particular years. In part to show the curve of quality in underground metal.

  6. Phil says:

    Some good shit here.

    Metal as we know it has blown up, fizzled out, matured and reiterated itself for some time now. I guess we are at the stage where all that is left to do is declare that metal will simply fill itself out with studied and competent recordings before something possibly turns the wheel once again.

  7. fenrir says:

    If I may be permitted a rather obscure observation, one can notice how, contrary to heavy, speed and black metal, the crown jewels of black metal (Burzum, Immortal, Emperor…) and its greatest forebears (Bathory, Celtic Frost) almost completely avoid falling in this trend. Perhaps a signal of the occult and purposely veiled nature of that music?

    1. vOddy says:

      Second wave black metal had its own trend. It was a movement that was born, blossomed, withered, and died. But it was a one time thing.

      1. vOddy says:

        Its environment was different enough from the rest of music’s, that its creation process and trend would also naturally be different.

  8. mountain says:

    Sammath and Heresiarch!!

  9. Billy Score says:

    Some new bands on the scene this year:

    -Eurabia
    -White Girl Bleed A Lot
    -Total Economic Collapse

    1. Phil says:

      My fave new band so far this year has been Teutonicucks.

  10. pat redux says:

    Nice to see Zealotry being mentioned. I get hooked on The Charnel Expanse and listen to it back to back all morning some days. Certain aspects of it annoy me at times – the rambling riffage, mostly – but when it work, it really works, coming together very coherently. And the lead guitar work is cool, reminds me a little of how interesting Rob Vigna’s lead work was on Here In After. Very much looking forward to whatever they put out next.

  11. MetalMystic says:

    For 2007 you forgot Blaspherian – Allegiance To The Will Of Damnation. Also didn’t Antichrist come out in 96?

    Otherwise a very intriguing observation. I always thought many of those years were strong for metal as well (83, 89, and 92 in particular). Interesting 94 wasn’t part of the cycle though, some of the best metal releases ever came out that year (including but not limited to Hvis Lyset Tar Oss).

    Also if we’re going to get mystical here, does anyone find it intriguing that the peak years of dark underground metal correspond very closely with Pluto being in Scorpio from 1983 to 1995? Pluto is the planet of Occultism, Death, and Destruction, and in its home sign of Scorpio its influence seems to have been especially prevalent in music.

    1. fenrir says:

      Read my comment up there about Black Metal apparently not being part of this cycle, as if it existed on a separate plane. While speed, heavy and death metal clearly fall on it.

      However, in this renaissance, they probably come fused, as they have come together and numbers of quality acts have run so low.

    2. fenrir says:

      Oh, wow, is that observation serious? if your retelling of astrological tradition is correct, it is, in fact a very peculiar piece of data.

      1. MetalMystic says:

        Yes I’m serious. Pluto moved into Scorpio November ’83. Slayer’s Show No Mercy, arguably the first proto-death metal album, was released a month later. This position lasted until early 95 (though Pluto moved back into Scorpio from April to November that year due to retrograde motion). I think most people here would agree that after 94 metal started to lose its spirit rapidly, and by 96 it was but a shadow of its former self.

        The unfortunate revelation from this is that it is indeed very unlikely that metal (at least in its favored death/black forms) will completely regain its former glory. The extraterrestrial energies that invigorated it in the past are no longer with it.

        1. vOddy says:

          Do you have any scientific evidence for this?

          1. The Nameless Arcana says:

            Science is a joke that is no better than religion. How is a scientist any different from a priest? One person reads the bible, the other reads scientific studies. Religion and Science were both created by the ruling class to control the slave classes, so what is the difference between them?

            There isn’t.

            LIFE itself is MAGIC. Study the ancient texts and experiment on your own and all will be revealed…

            Don’t ask for evidence for anything…LIVE and figure it out yourself! :)

            Because the ONLY thing that is REAL is DEATH. Does that sound familiar?

            HAIL SATAN

            1. vOddy says:

              Science is a method, and a body of knowledge acquired through that method.
              It involves observation, experimentation, and double checking by repeating the same actions to hopefully produce the same results.

              Religion is evidence free mythology, which is why only the dogmatic ones that forbid free thought and doubt survive in the face of knowledge.

              1. The Nameless Arcana says:

                How are you supposed to know if they are telling you the truth about the results or not? Do you realize how much of science is determined by the ruling class?

                If you listen to them, you are still guessing. The only way you can really know ANYTHING is by doing it yourself.

                Do you see why it’s like religion?

                Cross the ABYSS, and then you will realize that we CANNOT KNOW ANYTHING. At all.

                Asking for proof is what made humans WEAK.

                HAIL SATAN

                1. morbideathscream says:

                  Interesting argument you have.

                  I’d say there’s more truth to science than religion, but ultimately corrupt by our government or ruling class. The scientists, or even politicians for that matter, that are demonized by the mainstream press may speak some truth, it threatens the ruling class’ agenda. Not saying that we should blindly follow them neither. Those who solely base their beliefs off science aggravate the shit out of me, in that aspect it is alot like religion. The belief that humans evolved from monkeys is stupid, I’ve always said there’s an infinite amount of possibilities on how the human race came into existence. There’s no 2 choices.

                  In my experience, the way certain things have fallen into place for me, there is some sort of higher dimensional being or entity or maybe just energy, but there’s something. Don’t quite have an answer for it yet, but I’m pretty sure it’s not religion or science. If it ever is scientifically explained it would never be released to the public. Going on somebody else’s word whether it’s a priest, politician or scientist shows that they’re weak minded. Like when Obama chanted hope and change and yes we can, the idiots in this country voted him twice. That’s one example.

                  As for the terminally ill situation, the medicine may not work and you may still die. But if you don’t take it you will certainly die. Taking the medicine will be your only shot, it’s 50/50 at best, but you have no other choice. Trust me, I don’t have any faith in doctors, their only goal is money.

                  Have you crossed the abyss? Do you speak metaphorically? What ancient texts do you speak of? Sumerian, perhaps? Is there a certain philosophy you follow? If any. I’m not being sarcastic, I’m simply curious.

            2. vOddy says:

              “Don’t ask for evidence for anything…LIVE and figure it out yourself! :)”

              I am not going to figure out myself whether or not a medicine works against my terminal illness, because if I guess wrong, I will die.

              I am instead going to study the knowledge that others brought to light for me, and make a decision based on their evidence.

        2. morbideathscream says:

          Is there any chance of Pluto moving into Scorpio again?

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