Uber Rock's Albums Of The Year 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 31 December 2016 04:00

It’s the last day of the year, and what better time to look back on what the rock n roll world has offered us over the past 12 months, by publishing Uber Rock’s definitive rundown of simply the best albums to come our way. Believe us, it was a difficult choice – made all the harder by the fact that, this year, we asked our writers to pick only their top ten faves… Eleven writers submitted a total of 92 different albums, to which a rigorous and carefully monitored counting process was applied to give us our overall Top Ten.

 

First up, we present our writers’ individual choices:

 

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  1. Butch Walker - 'Stay Gold'
  2. Hey! Hello! - 'Hey! Hello! Too!'
  3. CJ Wildheart - 'Robot'
  4. The Posies - 'Solid States'
  5. Hands Off Gretel - 'Burn The Beauty Queen'
  6. Hunters - 'Dead End'
  7. The Urban Voodoo Machine - 'Hellbound Hymns'
  8. Role Models - 'Forest Lawn'
  9. Royal Republic - 'Weekend Man'
  10. The Interrupters - 'Say It Out Loud'

 

Dave Prince

 

  1. Dan Reed Network – ‘Fight Another Day’DRN cover final2
  2. Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors – ‘The Devil’s In The Detail’
  3. Busted – ‘Night Driver’
  4. The Defiants – ‘The Defiants’
  5. Bowling For Soup – ‘Drunk Dynasty’
  6. Toseland – ‘Cradle The Rage’
  7. Theme From Alex – ‘Part Ghost’
  8. Melanie C – ‘Version Of Me’
  1. She Makes War – ‘Direction Of Travel’
  2. Tiffany – ‘A Million Miles’

 

Dom Daley

 

  1. Role Models – ‘Forest Lawn’rolemodles300lawn
  2. Scott Sorry – ‘When We Were Kings’
  3. Hunters – ‘Dead End’
  4. D Generation – ‘Nothing Is Anywhere’
  5. Tyla J Pallas Band – ‘The Extraordinary Fine Line Between Love & Hate’
  6. Iggy Pop – ‘Post Pop Depression’
  7. Bar Stool Preachers – ‘Blatant Properganda’
  8. The Mission – ‘Another Fall From Grace’
  9. Black Bombers – ‘Black Bombers’
  10. Butch Walker – ‘Stay Gold’

 

Jim Rowland

 

  1. Brimstone Coven – ‘Black Magic’Brimstone Coven
  2. Discharge – ‘End Of Days’
  3. Bat – ‘Wings Of Chains’
  4. Rival Sons – ‘Hollow Bones’
  5. Cheap Trick – ‘Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello’
  6. David Bowie – ‘Blackstar’
  7. Witchcraft – ‘Nucleus’
  8. Diamond Head – ‘Diamond Head’
  9. Gong – ‘Rejoice! I’m Dead’
  10. Ian Hunter – ‘Fingers Crossed’

 

Marc Leach

 

  1. Lordi – ‘Monstereophonic: Theoterror vs. Demonarchy’Lordi16cover550
  2. Maverick – ‘Big Red’
  3. Enbound – ‘The Blackened Heart’ 
  4. Gojira – ‘Magma’
  5. Metallica – ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’
  6. Theocracy – ‘Ghost Ship’
  7. Glenn Hughes – ‘Resonate’
  8. Michael Sweet – ‘One Sided War’
  9. Tremonti – ‘Rust’
  10. The Irontown Diehards – ‘The Irontown Diehards’

 

Mark Ashby

 

  1. The Answer – ‘Solas’681 TheAnswer RGB
  2. Tyketto – ‘Reach’
  3. The Radio Sun – ‘Outside Looking In’
  4. Conjuring Fate – ‘Valley Of Shadows’
  5. The Irontown Diehards – ‘The Irontown Diehards’
  6. The Vigil – ‘Save Our Souls’
  7. Angels Or Kings – ‘Go Ask The Moon’
  8. Hand Of Dimes – ‘Raise’
  9. Evergrey – ‘The Storm Within’
  10. Those Damn Crows – ‘Murder And The Motive’

 

Matt Bunting

 

  1. Pkew Pkew Pkew – ‘Pkew Pkew Pkew’Pkew Pkew Pkew
  2. Kvelertak – ‘Nattesferd
  3. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – ‘Nonagon Infinity’
  4. Zeal & Ardor – ‘Devil is Fine’
  5. Trap Them – ‘Crown Feral’
  6. Salem's Bend – ‘Salem's Bend’
  7. The Interrupters – ‘Say It Out Loud’
  8. Skurvi – ‘Get 'Em In’
  9. Whores – ‘Gold’
  10. All Hail The Yeti – ‘Screams From A Black Wilderness’

 

Nev Brooks

 

  1. Bar Stool Preachers – ‘Blatant Propaganda’Barstool-Preachers
  2. Wonk Unit - ‘Mr Splashy’
  3. The Mission - ‘Another Fall From Grace’
  4. New Model Army - ‘Winter’
  5. The Tips - ‘Twists and Turns’
  6. Faintest Idea – ‘The Minimum Rage’
  7. The Heavy - ‘Hurt And The Merciless’
  8. David Bowie - ‘Blackstar’
  9. The Computers - ‘Birth Death’
  10. Surgical Meth Machine- ‘Epon’

 

Nick Russell

 

  1. Gojira - 'Magma'Gojira - Magma cover
  2. Testament - Brotherhood Of The Snake'
  3. Deftones - 'Gore'
  4. Hey!Hello! - 'Too!'
  5. Raging Speedhorn - 'Lost Ritual'
  6. Prong - 'X-No Absolutes'
  7. Opeth - 'Sourceress'
  8. New Model Army - 'Winter'
  9. King 810 - 'La Petite Mort or A Conversation With God'
  10. Vektor - 'Terminal Redux'

 

Rich Hobson

 

  1. LTNT – ‘Rank’6916123
  2. Tropical Contact – ‘XS’
  3. God Damn – ‘Everything Ever’
  4. Asylums – ‘Killer Brain Waves’
  5. The Dowling Poole – ‘One Hyde Park’
  6. Royal Republic – ‘Weekend Man’
  7. Gozu – ‘Revival’
  8. Heck – ‘Instructions’
  9. Spunk Volcano and The Eruptions – ‘Shit Generation’
  10. CJ Wildheart – ‘The Robot’

 

The Dark Queen

 

  1. Tyketto – ‘Reach’tykettoreach550
  2. Alter Bridge – ‘The Last Hero’
  3. Tremonti – ‘Rust’
  4. Kaz Hawkins Band – ‘Feelin’ Good’
  5. Conjuring Fate – ‘Valley Of Shadows’
  6. The Dead Daisies – ‘Make Some Noise’
  7. Lita Ford – ‘Time Capsule’
  8. JOANovARC – ‘Ride Of Your Life’
  9. The Irontown Diehards – ‘The Irontown Diehards’
  10. Maverick – ‘Big Red’

 

And the winners are...

 

So, with all the votes cast, it was up to the highly-trained squad of UR math ninjas to sit down and tally them up and work out our overall Top Ten of 2016. After hours of moving the beads back on forth on their trusty abacus, the final result is as follows…

 

1.   Tyketto – ‘Reach’tykettoreach550

2.   Gojira – ‘Magma’

3.   Hey! Hello! – ‘Too’

4.   Bar Stool Preachers – ‘Blatant Properganda’

5.   Conjuring Fate – ‘Valley Of Souls’

=6. Hunters – ‘Dead End’

=6. Role Models – ‘Forest Lawn’

8.   Butch Walker – ‘Stay Gold’

9.   The Mission – ‘Another Fall From Grace’

10.  New Model Army – ‘Winter’

 

COMING TOMORROW: Über Rock’s gigs of 2016. Plus, our writers look back on their discoveries/surprises, and disappointments, of the past year, plus give us their predictions for the coming one.