"One of the main vehicles helping us during this time is music. Heavy, experimental, interesting you name it. And from that perspective, it has been an excellent year! ... Experimentalism is thankfully on the rise, as boundaries are still pushed and new realms are explored" - PopMatters says about this year in metal music. Their top 20 in the genre:
20. Black Curse - 'Endless Wound'
19. Megaton Sword - 'Blood Hails Steel'
18. Kevel - 'Mutatis, Mutandis'
17. Spirit Adrift - 'Enlightened in Eternity'
16. Spirit Adrift - 'Enlightened in Eternity'
15. Wake - 'Devouring Ruin'
14. Pyrrhon - 'Abscess Time'
13. Haken - 'Virus'
12. Thou and Emma Ruth Rundle - 'May Our Chambers Be Full'
11. Faceless Burial - 'Speciation'
10. Wayfarer - 'A Romance With Violence'
9. Oranssi Pazuzu - 'Mestarin kynsi'
8. Expander - 'Neuropunk Boostergang'
7. Old Man Gloom - 'Seminar VIII: Light of Meaning/Seminar IX: Darkness of Being'
6. Neptunian Maximalism - 'Éons'
5. Ulthar - 'Providence'
4. Duma - 'Duma'
3. Paysage d’Hiver - 'Im Wald'
2. SUMAC - 'May You Be Held'
- Imperial Triumphant 'Alphaville'