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2016 In Perspective 3 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 15
During 2016, 250 albums released during the year have entered into my music library in physical format (= CD) and although I am not especially in favour of rating albums, I have given each of them a score ranging between 0.5 for anything absolutely dire (fortunately none are in this category) in increments of 0.5 up to a maximum of 6.0 for the ones I reckon have hit the sweet spot. Some of these might in due course turn out to be bonafide classics, but I am thinking most of them will not. They just happen to be the ones that have had the most profoundly positive reaction from me during the year when being listened to. Of these 250 albums, I have been given two as gifts, while 15 were promotional copies. One was an additional one sent by a label from which I had purchased several in a batch. (Thank you!!) That means I actually purchased 232 2016 releases. Actually it was 234, because I have not included the all whistles and bells versions of Ayreon's 'The Theater Equation' or Nightwish's 'Vehicle Of Spirit' both of which are still as pristine as the day they arrived: unplayed, but occasionally taken off the shelf and admired!! The date of UK release is given in each case followed by abbreviations representing the record label or 'IND' where the release was independent of any label (so far as I have been able to ascertain). Finally - and this is largely for my own use, the source from which each release was obtained.

Here they all are:

5.0 25 YARD SCREAMER - Keep Sending Signals [10/10] WK CAE
4.5 69 EYES, THE - Universal Monsters [22/04] NB HMV
4.0 7HY - Stories We Tell [12/08] LPR LPR
4.0 ABO - Bucket List [08/01] MIG AM
4.5 ACACIA AVENUE - Early Warning [08/07] PER AYM
3.0 AEONIC IMPULSE - A Night For The Troubled [05/08] IND Promo
5.5 AETERNITAS - House Of Usher [21/10] MAS DOD
5.5 AIRBAG - Disconnected [10/06] KAR
4.0 AIRBOURNE - Breakin' Outta Hell [23/09] SPI B
2.0 ALARION - Waves Of Destruction [10/06] FRE BEM
5.0 ALMAH - E.V.O. [07/10] P&J MAR
5.5 ALMANAC - Tsar [18/03] NB B
4.5 ALTAVIA - Kreosote [10/10] WK CAE
4.0 AMARANTHE - Maximalism [21/10] SPI AM
5.0 AMBOAJE - All About Living [29/01] MRR AM
5.0 ANDERSON/STOLT - Invention Of Knowledge [24/06] IO HMV
5.5 ANGELS OR KINGS - Go Ask The Moon [28/10] AORH DOD
3.5 A.O.R. - L.A. Darkness [22/03] ESC
6.0 A PERFECT DAY - The Deafening Silence [08/04] SCA AM
2.5 APOLLO - Water Devils [18/11] ESC
3.5 ARENA - Arena [04/06] IND Promo
5.0 ART X - The Redemption Of Cain [28/10] MET NAG
4.5 ASTRALION - Outlaw [27/05] LMP AYM
5.5 AVANTASIA - Ghostlights [29/01] NB AM
5.5 AXEL RUDI PELL - Game Of Sins [15/01] SPV
5.0 BELLA D - The Crystal Ceiling [13/05] IND
3.0 BEN CRAVEN - Last Chance To Hear [29/03] IND Promo
6.0 BEYOND THE BLACK - Lost In Forever [12/02] af1R Gift
5.5 BIG BIG TRAIN - Folklore [27/05] GEP GEP
4.0 BLACKBERRY SMOKE - Like An Arrow [14/10] EAR B
3.0 BLACKLANDS - Peaceful Shores [31/05] IND
5.5 BLUES PILLS - Lady In Gold (CD + DVD) [05/08] NB B
5.0 BRAINSTORM - Scary Creatures [15/01] AFM MM
5.0 BURNING POINT - The Blaze [02/12] AFM AM
4.0 CAPTAIN BLACK BEARD - It's A Mouthful [01/04] PER AM
4.5 CHANGE OF HEART - Last Tiger [22/07] ESC
5.0 CIRCUS MAXIMUS - Havoc [18/03] FRO AM
5.0 CIVIL WAR - The Last Full Measure [04/11] NAP AM
4.5 CORNERSTONE® - Reflections [29/07] ATO Promo
4.5 COSMOGRAPH - The Unreasonable Silence [10/06] CAE
5.0 CRUZH - Cruzh [26/08] FRO AMP
4.5 CRY OF DAWN - Cry Of Dawn [23/09] FRO AYM
4.5 CRYSTAL BALL - Deja Voodoo [02/09] MAS AM
4.0 CULVER KINGZ - This Time [24/06] ESC
5.5 DAKESIS - The New Dawn [11/03] IND
5.0 DAMIAN WILSON - Built For Fighting [09/09] BLA AM
5.0 DAMIAN WILSON & ADAM WAKEMAN - Weir Keeper's Tale [08/01] AM
5.0 DANGER ZONE - Closer To Heaven [15/04] P&J ZO
5.0 DANTE FOX - Breathless [02/09] AORH B
6.0 DARE - Sacred Ground [15/07] LEG AM
5.0 DARK SARAH - The Puzzle [18/11] IW AM
4.0 DARKWELL - Moloch [23/09] MAS AM
4.5 DAVID FOSTER - Dreamless [27/05 ] IND
5.0 DEAD DAISIES, THE - Make Some Noise [05/08] IND AM
5.5 DEAD OF NIGHT - The Dead Shall Rise Again [22/04] IND
5.5 DEAR HUNTER, THE - Act V: Hymns With The Devil Is Confessional [16/09] IND CAE
4.5 DEC BURKE - Book Of Secrets [29/08] F2 CAE
5.5 DEFIANTS, THE - The Defiants [15/04] FRO AM
4.0 DELAIN - Lunar Prelude [19/02] NAP AM
4.5 DELAIN - Moonbathers (2 CD) [26/08] NAP AM
5.5 DEMON - Cemetery Junction [28/10] IND B
3.0 DGM - The Passage [26/08] FRO AM
4.5 DIABULUS IN MUSICA - Dirge For The Archons [18/11] NAP AYM
4.0 DOOGIE WHITE & LA PAZ - 'Shut Up And Rawk' [06/05] MM Promo
5.5 DREAM THEATER - The Astonishing (2 CD) [29/01] ROA AM
5.0 DREAM THE ELECTRIC SLEEP - Beneath The Dark Wide Sky [22/07] IND Promo
5.5 DRIFTING SUN - Safe Asylum [20/05] VAG CAE
4.5 DRIVE, SHE SAID - Pedal To The Metal [15/04] FRO AM
4.5 DYLEM - Dylem [29/01] 7H AM
5.0 DYNAZTY - Titanic Mass [15/04] SPF B
5.0 EDEN'S CURSE - Cardinal [14/10] AFM AYM
4.5 EDEN SHADOW - Melodies For Maladies [10/10] WK CAE
5.0 ELEVENTH HOUR - Memory Of A Lifetime Journey [22/01] IND
5.0 ENBOUND - The Blackened Heart [18/11] IW AM
4.0 EPIC - Like A Phoenix [06/05] ESC
6.0 EPICA - The Holographic Principle [30/09] NB HMV
6.0 ERIC GILLETTE - The Great Unknown [03/06] IND
3.5 ERIKA - Deaf, Dumb & Blonde [17/06] ESC
4.5 ERIK NORLANDER - Surreal [01/07] NTM AYM
4.5 ETERNITY'S END - The Fire Within [25/03] PPR
5.0 EVERGREY - The Storm Within [09/09] AFM AM
4.0 EVOLVENT - Whatever Happens [08/01] C7 AYM
4.0 E.Z. RIDERS - Wishing Well [03/06] IND Promo
4.5 FAITHSEDGE - Restoration [01/07] SCA AYM
4.5 FALLEN ARISE - Adeline [29/01] C7:R B
5.5 FATES WARNING - Theories Of Flight [01/07] IO AM
5.0 FEATHERSTONE - Northern Rumble [01/07] AORH B
4.0 FINAL CHAPTER - Legions Of The Sun [20/01] US US
4.0 FIRST SIGNAL - One Step Over The Line [03/06] FRO AYM
5.5 FM - Indiscreet 30 [04/11] FRO AM
4.5 FOGHAT - Under The Influence [30/09] IND AYM
4.5 FOREVER STILL - Tied Down (CD + DVD) [21/10] NB HMV
5.0 FREEDOM CALL - Master Of Light [18/11] SPV AM
4.5 FROST - Falling Satellites [27/05] IO CAE
6.0 GANDALF'S FIST - The Clockwork Fable 3CD [13/05] IND Promo
4.0 GARY HOEY - Dust & Bones [29/07] PRO Promo
4.5 GHOST COMMUNITY - Cycle Of Life [24/06] IND CAE
3.0 GLASS HAMMER - Valkyrie [29/09] IND CAE
5.0 GLORYFUL - End Of The Night [26/08] MAS AYM
4.5 GRAHAM BONNET BAND - The Gift (2 CD) [04/11] FRO Gift
5.0 GREAT MASTER - Lion & Queen [17/06] US US
4.5 HAKEN - Affinity [29/04] IO AMP
4.5 HAMMERFALL - Built To Last (CD + DVD) [04/11] NAP AYM
5.0 HANSEN & FRIENDS - XXX: Three Decades In Metal (2CD) [16/09] EAR AYM
4.5 HARDLINE - Human Nature [14/10] FRO B
4.0 HEADSPACE - All That You Fear Is Gone [26/02] IO AM
4.0 HEART - Beautiful Broken [08/07] IND AYM
6.0 HEAVEN BELOW - Good Morning Apocalypse [04/11] EMP AYM
5.5 HOLON - The Time Is Always Now [12/08] IND Promo
4.5 HOUSE OF SHAKIRA - Sour Grapes [26/08] MRR AYM
4.5 HUIS - Neither In Heaven [06/05] UNI CAE
5.0 HUMAN FORTRESS - Thieves Of The Night [18/03] AFM DOD
3.0 IAN PARRY'S ROCK EMPORIUM - Society Of Friends [18/03] ESC
5.0 IMPERIAL AGE - Warrior Race [05/02] IND AYM
4.0 IMPERIUM - Dream Hunter [01/04] AORH AM
3.0 INGLORIOUS - Inglorious [19/02] FRO B
5.5 INISHMORE - The Lemming Project [05/02] DW AYM
4.5 INNERWISH - Innerwish [18/03] IW AM
4.0 IRON MASK - Diabolica [30/09] AFM DOD
5.0 IRON SAVIOR - Titancraft [20/05] AFM AM
4.5 JADIS - No Fear Of Looking Down [14/10] IND CAE
5.0 JOE BONAMASSA - Blues Of Desperation [25/03] PRO AM
5.0 JONAS LINDBERG & THE OTHER SIDE - Pathfinder [01/09] IND Promo
5.0 JOSH & CO LTD - Transylvania Part 1 - The Count Demands It [29/04] MAR CAE
5.5 JUMP - Over The Top [12/03] IND MD
6.0 KANSAS - The Prelude Implicit [23/09] IO AM
5.5 KARFAGEN - Spektra [25/11] CAE CAE
5.0 KARMAKANIC - Dot (CD + DVD) [22/07] IO B
5.0 KEE MARCELLO - Scaling Up [14/10] FRO B
4.5 KIAMA - Sign Of IV [29/01] TM CAE
5.0 KING COMPANY - One For The Road [26/08] FRO HMV
5.0 KISSIN' DYNAMITE - Generation Goodbye [08/07] AFM AYM
5.0 KONCHORDAT - Rise To The Order [29/04] BEM
4.5 LAST AUTUMN'S DREAM - Paintings [26/02] AORH AM
5.0 LAST IN LINE - Heavy Crown [19/02] FRO B
5.0 LAZULI - Nos Âmes Saoules [29/01] IND CAE
4.0 LEE ABRAHAM - The Seasons Turn [25/04] FES CAE
4.5 LORDI - Monsterophonic: Theaterror vs Demonarchy [16/09] AFM AYM
4.5 LORDS OF BLACK - II [18/03] FRO AM
5.0 MAGNUM - Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies [26/02] SPV AM
4.5 MANTRA VEGA - The Illusion's Reckoning [25/01] IND
6.0 MARILLION - FEAR [23/09] EAR AM
3.5 MARY'S CREEK - Infinity [22/01] ESC
4.5 MICHAEL SWEET - One Sided War [26/08] RPR AYM
3.5 MIDNIGHT ETERNAL - Midnight Eternal [29/04] IW AM
5.0 MIRACLE FLAIR - Angels Cast Shadows [21/10] MAS MMO
5.0 MISS BEHAVIOUR - Ghost Play [02/09] AORH HSR
5.5 MOB RULES - Tales From Beyond [18/03] SPV DOD
4.0 MULTI STORY - Crimson Stone [18/07] FES CAE
5.0 MYRATH - Legacy [19/02] NIG AYM
5.0 NARNIA - Narnia [16/09] IND AM
5.5 NEAL MORSE BAND - Similitude Of A Dream (2 CD) [18/11] IND AYM
5.0 NEMESEA - Uprise [29/04] NAP AM
4.0 NINE STONES CLOSE - Leaves [13/05] BAD CAE
5.0 NORDIC UNION - Nordic Union [29/01] FRO AM
5.0 OUTLAWS, THE - Legacy Live (2 CD) [11/11] SPV AYM
5.0 OVERLAND - Contagious [21/10] ESC
5.5 PAIN - Coming Home (2 CD) [09/09] NB HMV
4.5 PALACE - Master Of The Universe [26/08] FRO HMV
4.5 PHANTOM 5 - Phantom 5 [13/05] FRO AM
6.0 PINEAPPLE THIEF, THE - Your Wilderness [12/08] kS AYM
5.0 POETS OF THE FALL - Clearview [30/09] IND AM
5.5 POVERTY'S NO CRIME - Spiral Of Fear [29/04] MET AM
5.0 PREACHER - Aftermath [02/04] IND
5.5 PRETTY MAIDS - Kingmaker [04/11] FRO B
5.0 PRIMAL FEAR - Rulebreaker [29/01] FRO AM
5.0 PROFUNA OCEAN - In Vacuum [10/06] FRE AYM
4.5 PURSON - Desire's Magic Theatre [29/04] SPI Promo
5.0 RAGE - The Devil Strikes Again [10/06] NB HMV
5.5 RAGE OF ANGELS - The Devil's New Tricks [26/02] ESC
3.5 RAIN VEIL - Verses [15/05] US US Free copy
4.0 RAVENIA - Beyond The Walls Of Death [29/04] IW AM
5.0 RAVENEYE - Nova [23/09] FRO AM
5.0 RAY WILSON - Song For A Friend [03/06] IND
5.0 RAY WILSON - Makes Me Think Of Home [01/09] IND HMV
5.0 RECKLESS LOVE - Invader [04/03] SPI B
5.5 RED BAZAAR - Tales From The Bookcase [22/03] WKR CAE
5.5 REDEMPTION - The Art Of Loss [2CD] [04/03] MB AM
3.5 RESURRECTION KINGS - Resurrection Kings [29/01] FRO B
4.0 RHAPSODY OF FIRE - Into The Legend [15/01] AFM MM
4.5 RICK SPRINGFIELD - Rocket Science [19/02] FRO AYM
4.5 RIKARD SJÖBLOM - The Unbendable Sleep [10/02] IND Promo
4.5 RIVAL SONS - Hollow Bones [10/06] EA HMV
5.5 RIZON - Power Plant [10/03] SOU AMP
5.5 ROB REED - Sanctuary II [10/06] TIG CAE
5.0 ROB MORATTI - Transcendent [24/06] ESC
4.5 ROTH BROCK PROJECT - Roth Brock Project [04/11] FRO AYM
5.0 ROYAL HUNT - Cargo 2CD [18/03] FRO AM
4.0 RUNNING WILD - Rapid Foray [26/08] SPV AM
5.5 RUNRIG - The Story [29/01] AM
5.0 SABATON - The Last Stand [19/08] NB AM
6.0 SALVA - Sigh Of Boreas [02/05] WK CAE
4.5 SANTA ANA WINDS - Santa Ana Winds [18/11] AORB eBAY
5.0 SANTANA - IV [15/04] SIVR RSD
5.0 SEBAS HONING - The Big Shift [10/06] FRE BEM
3.5 SECRET RULE - Machination [01/07] SCA AYM
6.0 SERENITY - Codex Atlanticus [29/01] NAP AM
5.0 SEVEN - Shattered [23/09] ESC
5.0 SHAKRA - High Noon [29/01] AFM MAR
5.0 SIMO - Let Love Show The Way [29/01] PRO AYM
4.0 SINBREED - Master Creator [26/02] AFM AM
5.0 SIRENIA - Dim Says Of Dolor [11/11] NAP B
5.0 SIXX A.M. - Prayers For The Damned [29/04] E7 AM
4.5 SIXX A.M. - Prayers For The Blessed [18/11] E7 AM
5.5 SONATA ARCTICA - The Ninth Hour [07/10] NB AM
5.0 SOUTHERN EMPIRE - Southern Empire [18/03] GEP gep
4.5 SPIRITUAL BEGGARS - Sunrise To Sundown [18/03] IO B
5.0 STEELEYE SPAN - Dodgy Bastards [25/11] IND AM
4.5 STEVE HUGHES - Once We Were (part 1) [02/05] PPR CAE
5.0 STEVE THORNE - Island Of Imbeciles [01/04] WKR
4.0 STRIKER - Stand In The Fire [05/02] IND AYM
5.0 SUNBURST - Fragments Of Creation [26/02] IW AM
4.0 SUNSTORM - Edge Of Tomorrow [13/05] FRO AM
3.5 SUSAN AQUILA - Miss Conduct [05/01] IND Promo
4.0 STEVEN WILSON - 4½ [22/01] k-S CAE
4.5 SYMPHONITY - King Of Persia [30/09] LMP AYM
5.0 SYN, THE - Trustworks [25/03] IND
5.0 TED POLEY - Beyond The Fade [13/05] FRO AM
5.0 TEMPERANCE - The Earth Embraces Us All [16/09] SCA AM
5.0 THE DARKER MY HORIZON - No Superhero [22/07] IND
5.5 THEOCRACY - Ghost Ship [28/10] ULT NAG
4.5 THUNDERSTONE - Apocalypse Again [01/04] AFM
2.0 THY SHADE - The Last Goodbye [25/11] MAS MMO
4.0 TILES - Pretending To Run (2 CD) [15/04] TLE
4.5 TOSELAND - Cradle The Rage [11/03] 52M AM
5.5 TREAT - Ghost Of Graceland [15/04] FRO AM
4.5 TREATMENT, THE - Generation Me [18/03] FRO AM
5.0 TRETTIOÅRIGA KRIGET - Seaside Air [25/03] MEL Promo
4.5 TRICK OR TREAT - Rabbits' Hill Part 2 [08/07] FRO AM
5.5 TWILIGHT FORCE - Heroes Of Mighty Magic [26/08] NB AM
4.0 TWINS CREW - Veni Vidi Veci [26/02] ULT AM
5.5 TYKETTO - Reach [14/10] FRO B
4.5 ULYSSES - Law And Order [03/06] BGR AM
5.0 UNIVERSAL MIND PROJECT - The Jaguar Priest [29/04] ULT AM
5.5 VAN CANTO - Voices Of Fire [11/03] EAR AM
5.0 VEGA - Who We Are [13/05] FRO
4.5 VIOLET JANINE - Between Red & Blue [25/05] LP LP
5.0 VISIONATICA - Cult Of Luna [20/05] IND AM
4.5 VOTUM - Ktonik [26/02] IW AM
3.0 WEDINGOTH - Alone In The Crowd [07/10] IND
3.5 WIGELIUS - Tabula Rasa [29/01] AORH AM
5.0 WINTERSTORM - Cube Of Infinity [26/08] NOI B
5.0 WISDOM - Rise Of The Wise [26/02] NOI B
4.0 WITHEM - The Unforgiving Road [03/06] FRO eBAY DOD
5.0 WOLVERINE - Machine Viva [08/07] SEN UP
4.5 WONDERWORLD - II [01/03] IND Promo

I do not intend to purchase anything like the same number of 2017 releases (he says with fingers crossed!!)

Paul
 
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#1947
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Re:2016 In Perspective 3 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 20
Wow, thanks for this Paul! A very interesting list, indeed. But scores on Rocktopia? Are we finally catching up with the rest of the world?!
 
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Re:2016 In Perspective 3 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 15
The scoring system is the one used on www.rockreport.be where I include short reviews of the albums they choose to feature. I remain opposed to the use of scores in Fireworks (and then onto Rocktopia) where the longer reviews encapsulate all that a potential purchaser will need to know!



Cheers,

Paul
 
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