TMMP’s Top Albums Of 2016 [Feature]

The Pretty Reckless Who You Selling For Taylor Momsen Ben Phillips Make Me Wanna Die Going To Hell Light Me Up Hit Me Like A Man The Walls Are Closing In Hangman Oh My God Take Me Down Prisoner Wild City Back To The River Rock Bedroom Window Living In The Storm Already Dead The Devil's Back Solo Mad Love Disco Funk Prog The Rolling Stones The Beatles Pink Floyd Motorhead Punk Gossip Girl Smashing Pumpkins Metallica Sympathy For The Devil The Pretenders Female Fronted Razor And Tie Virgin EMI Universal Music Group Major Heaven Knows Messed Up World Follow Me Down Interview Guitar Guitarist Vocalist Vocals Drummer Drums Bass Bassist Feature Album EP Single Review CD Concert Gig Tickets Tour Download Stream Live Show Torrent Music Musician Record Label News Update Facebook YouTube Twitter VEVO Spotify iTunes Apple Music Band Logo Cover Art Bandcamp Soundcloud Release Date Digital Cover Art Artwork Best Top Album Of The Year Albums Of 2016 TMMP

Sonic Boom Six The F-Bomb No Man No Right Feminism Song Review Camden Rocks Festival 2016 From The Fire To the Frying Pan YouTube Video Single Stream Download Torrent Racism Racist Best Top Album Of The Year Albums Of 2016 TMMP Barney Laila Khan Do What You Wanna Do Drop The Bass And Pick It Up Train Leaves Tomorrow LOVE Worship Yourself Joanna All The Same To Me Echoes In The Dark Interview Guitar Guitarist Vocalist Vocals Drummer Drums Bass Bassist Feature Album EP Single Review CD Concert Gig Tickets Tour Download Stream Live Show Torrent Music Musician Record Label News Update Facebook YouTube channel Twitter VEVO Spotify iTunes Apple Music Band Logo Cover Art Bandcamp Soundcloud Release Date Digital Cover Art Artwork Split Why Did Break Up New Final Last Latest News UpdateThe Dillinger Escape Plan Dissociation Ben Weinman Greg Puciato Billy Rymer Liam Wilson Kevin Antreassian Under The Running Board Mike Patton Calculating Infinity Miss Machine Ire Works Option Paralysis One Of Us Is The Killer Limerent Death Black Bubblegum Milk Lizard Party Smasher Inc Interview Guitar Guitarist Vocalist Vocals Drummer Drums Bass Bassist Feature Album EP Single Review CD Concert Gig Tickets Tour Download Stream Live Show Torrent Music Musician Record Label News Update Facebook YouTube Twitter VEVO Spotify iTunes Apple Music Band Logo Cover Art Bandcamp Soundcloud DEP Symptom Of Terminal Illness Wanting Not So Much As To Fugue Low Feels Blvd Surrogate Honeysuckle Manufacturing Discontent Apologies Not Included Nothing To Forget Best Top Album Of The Year Albums Of 2016 TMMPAs the music industry slows down, its alternative end hibernating while the pop-enamoured mainstream hungrily ogles Christmas shoppers, the time has come to look back on a seriously strong year for organised soundwaves. For me, it’s been heavy, intense, and a hell of a lot of fun thanks to the releases listed below.

With so many exceptional contenders in the running for the top spot, the thought of ranking them in order of quality is plainly ridiculous. So instead, I’ve picked out three releases that had memorable impacts on me when I first heard them, and assembled the others in alphabetical order.

The Pretty Reckless’s Who You Selling For – along with previous effort Going To Hell – is conclusive proof (if it were honestly needed in 2016) that women belong in rock music, and are fully capable of kicking ass. The sexists of the music world are like Wile E. Coyote; they’ve run off the edge of the cliff, nothing surrounds them but empty air, they’ve looked down, and they’re panicking. Sonic Boom Six’s The F-Bomb picks up where that image leaves off – it’s cheeky, chirpy, happy and hard-hitting (sometimes simultaneously), addressing a wealth of gender-related issues and providing a great ska-fuelled party soundtrack as only Sonic Boom Six can.

Musically, Dissociation is The F-Bomb’s polar opposite. The Dillinger Escape Plan’s swan song is crammed with brutal and ultra-experimental mathcore – but it’s also Dillinger’s most delicate and diverse album. The Dillinger Escape Plan are living proof that you can achieve great things without compromise, by sticking to your guns and just going for it.

Beyond that point, you’re free to dive into an epic range of albums including solidly grooving rock sets, monolithic slabs of military-grade metal, and progressive masterpieces. Since I’ve not reviewed many EPs this year, I’ve also included a pair of extended-playing mind-blowers in the form of Dorje’s Centred And One and Toska’s Ode To The Author. Dorje specialise in utterly idiosyncratic rock tunes with added progressive spice, while to me, Toska (made up of Dorje’s backline, namely guitarist Rabea Massaad, drummer Ben Minal, and bassist Dave Hollingworth) represent the future of instrumental metal.

Both Dorje and Toska are bands on the rise – and they fully deserve to hit the same peaks enjoyed by the biggest names on this list.

There’s little more to say; for me, this list represents the top albums of 2016. Enjoy the full reviews linked below, follow TMMP on Twitter, and stay tuned for more world-class music next year!

1) The Pretty Reckless – Who You Selling For

1) Sonic Boom Six – The F-Bomb

1) The Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation

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Posted on 04 December 2016

Tomoyasu Hotei [Interview]

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Tomoyasu Hotei is well on his way to becoming a household name across the world. Already a superstar in his native Japan, Western music fans have already heard Hotei’s music – most notably the modern classic Battle Without Honor Or Humanity, which featured in the Tarantino double-bill Kill Bill. Slowly but surely, Hotei is gaining still more ground – and he deserves every inch of it.

With Hotei’s new single Walking Through The Night making waves generated through his collaboration with Iggy Pop, we got talking about Hotei’s latest endeavours while touching on wise life advice, flying guitars, and David Bowie in the process… Read more…

Posted on 01 December 2016

Farro [Live Review – The Borderline, London, 29/11/2016]

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Playing the Borderline is a rite of passage for every musician who steps onto its legendary stage. Located moments away from Denmark Street, London’s own Tin Pan Alley, the Borderline is the perfect location for the world’s songwriters to showcase their latest efforts. Located below ground, it’s a place where songs can rise into the heavens, or sink without trace even deeper into the earth.

Hailing from Nashville, another of the world’s most important musical locations, Josh Farro naturally knows a thing or two about Read more…

Posted on 01 December 2016

Babymetal – ‘Live At Wembley’ [Review]

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Babymetal – the ultimate Marmite band – have been simultaneously embraced as an international phenomenon, and dismissed as a silly fad. At this point, though, it’s clear that one side have emerged the winners. Babymetal are here to stay, and there’s nothing their haters can do about it.

In the face of scepticism and hostility, you can Read more…

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Posted on 29 November 2016

Metallica – ‘Hardwired To Self Destruct’ [Review]

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Metallica’s world is an odd one. Collectively, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Rob Trujillo have pioneered and evolved the sound that literally defines metal as a genre – and as a result, they’ve attracted and maintained the most die-hard of die-hard fanbases. At the same time, their proclivity for experimental creativity has seen Metallica torn apart in the past, metaphorically flayed alive by legions of gleeful haters.

Few bands have experienced the level of pressure that Metallica do. Even when not pushing the envelope, the Californian masters are expected to blow everyone away whenever they put something new out. Given that Hardwired To Self Destruct is not only Metallica’s first studio effort since Death Magnetic back in 2008 but also a double album running at an hour and seventeen minutes, it feels more like make or break than ever before Read more…

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Posted on 18 November 2016

Josh Farro [Interview]

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Josh Farro knows there’s nothing like a fresh start.

From touring heavily from his mid-teens onward with Paramore to an acrimonious split, eventual civil resolution, and assorted post-Paramore projects all receding in his career’s rear-view mirror, Josh Farro has had a lot to move on from. Still, move on he has – and in the very near future, his next move is sure to have British fans hyped as Farro supports his debut solo album Walkways with a UK tour kicking off at The Waterfront Studio in Norwich and ending at legendary London venue The Borderline…

You’re due to tour the UK starting this Thursday (November 17) – aside from excitement, how’re you feeling right now?

I’m feeling quite a bit of stress. I forgot how much work it is to Read more…

Posted on 14 November 2016

Wakrat – ‘Wakrat’ [Review]

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Everyone is angry right now. Not just angry, in fact – infuriated, livid, countless light years beyond merely “pissed off”. Whether you’re talking rejoicing extremists such as the KKK and Al Quaeda or the millions still compulsively facepalming themselves while trying to come to terms with the fact that Donald Trump, a minted and racist reality TV star, is now the world’s most powerful – and dangerous – man, everyone has anger in common no matter which side they’re on.

If there’s a bright side to one of the biggest political shitstorms in recent memory, it’s this: Read more…

Posted on 11 November 2016

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