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Hey there Tech-fiends, it's that time of the week again. I thought I'd do something special to end the year with and do an extensive 2016 best of feature for Tech-Death Tuesday. Then once 2017 begins, I'll be right back at it with plenty of early exclusive streams and new underground acts to show you all year long. So until next year, have a good one.

I really hate having to rank my favorites, as they are numerous, and I genuinely rarely think of my favorite releases for any year in a ranked way. So the following list of my favorite 2016 tech-death full-lengths (and the secondary list for favorite EPs) will be unranked to save me the stress and fretting over placing them in some highly specific order. Instead, place a little blind trust in me that each one listed is well worth investing time in (though you'll gravitate to some more then others depending on your tastes) if its one you haven't heard so far. I'm going to place all my lesser known favorites first and the ones from established names after, that way you can get a sense of what you might have missed in an easy streamlined way.


Crator – The Ones Who Create : The Ones Who DestroyListen
Infinite Density – Recollapse Of The UniverseListen
Australis – Spaces Of HopeListen
Polyptych – Defying The Metastasis – Listen
Intonate – The Swerve Listen
Deviant Process – ParoxysmListen
Coma Cluster Void – Mind CemeteriesListen
Azooma – The Act Of EyeListen
Unfathomable Ruination – Finitude – Listen
Dawn Of Dementia – The Immolation Of Avernis – Listen
Spheron – A Clockwork Universe  – Listen
Solinaris – Deranged  – Listen
Virvum – IlluminanceListen
Destroying The Devoid – ParamnesiaListen
Breeding Filth – Perverse DevolutionListen
Vipassi – Śūnyatā  – *Since the band got signed, the album is being re-released in 2017. It's not up in full anymore.
Burial In The Sky – Persistence Of ThoughtListen
Slave One – Disclosed Dioptric Principles  – Listen
Karmacipher – NecroracleListen
Wormhole – Genesis  – Listen
Riftwalker – Green & Black – Listen
Neurogenic – Ouroboric Stagnation  – Listen
Caecus – The Funeral Garden   – Listen
Convulsing – Errata  – Listen
Brain Drill – Boundless ObscenityListen
Obscura – Akróasis  – Listen
Hannes Grossman – The Crypts Of SleepListen
Allegaeon – Proponent For Sentience  – Listen
First Fragment – Dasein  – Listen
Wormed – Krighsu  – Listen
The Zenith Passage – Solipsist  – Listen
Entheos – The Infinite Nothing   – Listen
Mithras – On Strange LoopsListen
Ulcerate – Shrines Of ParalysisListen
Defeated Sanity – Disposal Of The Dead // Dharmata  – Listen
Vale Of Pnath – II  – Listen



Gorguts – Pleiades Dust  – Listen
Mephistopheles – In Reverence Of Forever  – Listen
Cognizance – Illusory  – Listen
Equipoise – Birthing Homunculi  – Listen
Proliferation – Rebirth: The Journey Through Soil  – Listen
A Million Dead Birds Laughing – Umbilical Dystrophy / Air Missile Defense Battle LabListen
Singularity – Voidwalker  – Listen
Enigma – Stars Misaligned  – Listen
Cancerous Womb – It Came To This  – Listen
Malignancy – Malignant Future  – Listen
Divinity – The Immortalist Pt. 2 – Momentum  – Listen
The Noumenon – Terminus   – Listen
Conflux Collective – The Inception  – Listen
Sunless  – Demo 2016  – Listen
Nightmarer – Chasm   – Listen
Unflesh – Transcendence To Eternal Obscurity   – Listen
Brought By Pain – Crafted By Society  – Listen
Boreworm – Entomophobia   – Listen
Torturous Inception – Void  – Listen


As with every other music blog or publication, we at Svbterranean are obligated to give you our silly opinions on what were the top albums of the year. I could list every single release I enjoyed this year, but I am limited on patience and writing ability. So, I was able to narrow it down to a modest 30. These are records that, not limited to just metal and hardcore either, that stuck with me long after the initial listen. Feel free to peruse the list below and tell me how my opinion is bullshit, because I will probably agree with you.

Honorable Mentions:

Brain Tentacles – Brain Tentacles
Lament Cityscape & Theologian – Soft Tissue
clipping. – Splendor & Misery
Black Table – Obelisk
Zvi – Zvi II: Death Stops Us All
Lake of Violet – The Startling Testimony of Plumb Lines
Touché Amoré – Stage Four

30. Vermin Womb – Decline

29. Solange – A Seat at the Table

28. Piss Vortex  – Future Cancer

27. Something is Waiting – The Something is Waiting Band

26. Spotlights – Tidals

25. Eternal Sleep – The Emptiness Of…

24. Spurn – Comfort in Nothing

23. Dead Register – Fiber

22. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition 

21. Heiress – Made Wrong

20. Virus – Memento Collider

19. Neurosis – Fires Within Fires

18. Wang Wen – Sweet Home, Go!

17. Oaken – King Beast

16. Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid

15. Ulcerate – Shrines of Paralysis

14. Planes Mistaken for Stars – Prey

13. Car Bomb – Meta

12. Phantom Winter – Sundown Pleasures

11. Coma Cluster Void – Mind Cemeteries 

10. Plebeian Grandstand – False Highs, True Lows

9. Sealclubber – Stoical

8. Can’t Swim – Death Deserves a Name

7. Deathspell Omega – The Synarchy of Molten Bones

6. Gorguts – Pleiades’ Dust

5. Reproacher – Nature’s Bastard

4. The Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation

3. Muscle & Marrow – Love

2. Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas – Mariner

1. Oathbreaker – Rheia



As 2016 comes to an end, I remain quite thankful to Islander for allowing me to contribute here over the last few years. I really believe in this site and our mission of sharing more of what’s out there than most other sites. So with that in mind, if anyone about to intake this hasn’t seen my prior year-end lists here at NCS, I try to do something different than most people.

My goal is to bring you a massive alternative list of my favorite lesser known releases of the year. Which means I won’t post a lot of releases that you see on other lists. Not because I didn’t dig a lot of them, but because you already know about them and will be seeing a lot of the same names being repeated elsewhere.

Undoubtedly some of the releases will be ones you’ll know or heard mentioned in passing, but hopefully you’ll find more new bands and music you were unaware of overall. Quotes that appear below the following releases were pulled from my reviews, multi-band articles, and song premieres from music covered here at NCS and my 2016 posts from Metal-Injection. You’ll also find some new mini write-ups for releases I didn’t get a chance to cover anywhere this year, but loved as well.

Life Metal (death metal)

Coma Cluster Void album art

Coma Cluster Void – Mind Cemeteries

“Imagine if you will the chaotic and zany ideas found in mathcore groups like Dillinger Escape Plan and Ion Dissonance mixed with the disturbing dissonance of groups like Gorguts, Ulcerate and Deathspell Omega. Then add a pinch of off-kilter groove influence from groups like Car Bomb and Meshuggah to the above blend. Churn all that volatile shit together and make the resulting blend as spastically choppy and discordant as possible, and you’re somewhere near the fucked up and unhinged sound that Coma Cluster Void play. In addition, the modern classical minded interludes on the album are fantastic and give off an almost horror film score vibe that further enhances the grim and eerie atmosphere present throughout Mind Cemeteries.”

Crator – The Ones Who Create : The Ones Who Destroy
Deviant Process – Paroxysm
Seputus – Man Does Not Give
Azooma – The Act Of Eye
Unfathomable Ruination – Finitude
Virvum – Illuminance
Solinaris – Deranged
Overcliff – Depiction of Intimacy
Dawn of Dementia – Immolation of Avernis
Vipassi – Śūnyatā
Karmacipher – Necroracle
Australis – Spaces Of Hope
Intonate – The Swerve
Spheron – A Clockwork Universe
Dischordia – Thanatopsis
Neurogenic – Ouroboric Stagnation
Auroch – Mute Books
Polyptych – Defying The Metastasis
Caecus – The Funeral Garden
Infinite Density – Recollapse of the Universe
Archaic Decapitator – Light of a Different Sun
Wormhole – Genesis
Burial In The Sky – Persistence of Thought
Proliferation – Rebirth: The Journey Through Soil
Mephistopheles – In Reverence Of Forever
Nightmarer – Chasm
Brain Drill – Boundless Obscenity
Malignancy – Malignant Future
Unflesh – Transcendence To Eternal Obscurity
Brought By Pain – Crafted By Society
Singularity – Void Walker
Sunless – Demo 2016
Koronal – Flicker Away
Equipoise – Birthing Homunculi
Cognizance – Illusory
Divinity – The Immortalist Pt. 2 – Momentum
The Noumenon – Terminus
Enigma – Stars Misaligned
Slave One – Disclosed Dioptric Principles
Conflux Collective – The Inception


Instead of genre breakdowns, and given the impossible task of boiling down the hundreds of albums I reviewed this year down to just 10, I have opted to make 3 to cover our 3 ratings scales and also broke the year into two halves.  This particular list is for albums in the second half of 2016 that went beastmode when it comes to shredding and/or drumming. Be sure to also check out my list for the FIRST half of 2016 and also the lists for Musicianship and Enjoyability coming tomorrow and Friday.


10. Spurn - Comfort In Nothing

9. Virvum - Illuminance

8. Seputus - Man Does Not Give

7. Deathspell Omega - The Synarchy of Molten Bones

6. Allegaeon - Proponent for Sentience

5. Hannes Grossman - The Crypts Of Sleep

4. The Dillinger Escape Plan Dissociation

3. Dendritic Arbor / Infinite Waste - Split

2. Coma Cluster Void - Mind Cemeteries

Coma Cluster Void is a maniacal tech death/math metal collective with members from USA, Canada, and Germany and features Mike Disalvo (Ex- Cryptopsy), 10-string guitar, and mind-breaking drumming. Coma Cluster Void is kind of like Meshuggah meets something like Krallice. Some tracks are mathy groove, others are avant-garde devastation. Ulcerate may be another fair comparison for the the latter.  At times, compositions seem to be held together by the finest silk thread. Normally I start to get put off when things get so technical as to abandon any level of convention, but Coma Cluster Void manages to creep right up to that precipice without ever quite diving over the edge. A wonderful surprise this year, and the gift that keeps on giving.

1. Ulcerate - Shrines of Paralysis