UG Awards 2016: Vote for Album of the Year

Name the best record that was released in 2016. WQ voting system, votes and nominations inside...

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UG Awards 2016: Vote for Album of the Year

It's that time of the year already when you lovely people of UG community get to name the greatest achievements of the year.

Kicking off the 2016 UG Awards, we'd like to ask you this:

What is the best album of 2016?

Also, it would be cool if you included a few comments on why the given effort is the best of 2016 in your opinion.

- Post only one suggestion per comment after checking that your favorite wasn't already nominated (Ctrl+F and all).

- Multiple nominations of one album create heavy confusion, since on one hand it's unfair to the given record to take into consideration only the most upvoted nomination, but seeing that multiple nominations allow one user to give two or more votes to the same effort, it's also unfair to other nominees not to discard it.

- Vote up the ideas you support and vote down the ones you dislike.

- Needless to say, only full-length studio albums with original music released in 2016 are eligible.

We'll sum up your votes soon and bring you the list of top 2016 albums in the eyes of UG community. Show us what you got now!

In related stuff, you can vote for song of the year here.

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    The Claypool Lennon Delirium - Monolith of Phobos
    Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love!
    Yes! I know it's not the same Gambino, but I love experimental way he took and I believe it paid off.
    I personally haven't been very into anything else he'd done before this, but I really like this album. This song in particular kind of reminds me of I'd Rather Be With You by Bootsy Collins, and that's always fun.
    Alter Bridge - The Last Hero
    Aryan Death Man
    I'm a huge Alter Bridge fan, but I can't seem to get into this album. Can you recommend the best songs of The Last Hero?
    The ones SteveStevens picked are essentially the heaviest of the bunch but I would argue they're some of weaker ones. It's all subjective though. I'd say This Side of Fate, Twilight and The Last Hero are my favorites
    The Locust
    I am inclined to agree with Aryan Death Man, the album is good but far from there best material. Massive AB fan, but this lacks compared to there last three albums/
    Aryan Death Man
    Compared to what Fortress was,This album does feel like it's missing something. Fortess blew me away when I first listened to it.This just didn't have the punch.I'm gonna give it another go though.
    I don't know why but it feel this album as "lighter to listen to" than Fortress. Fortress is awesome but sometimes it saturates me...
    Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression Not really my kind of thing, but I know a lot of y'all liked this a lot, so I was surprised no one has posted it yet.
    Oh yes, Sunday and Gardenia are some of best songs I've heard in years, this album doesn't have weak points. Surely one of my favourites and it's great to chill out to
    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds- Skeleton Tree
    Nick Cave has a new album out? I didn't know I'll have to hold off on voting until I hear this, I love his songwriting.
    Avenged Sevenfold - The Stage
    Badass UltraMan
    The Stage is like nothing else they have done before and is so addictive! From the horns in Sunny Disposition to the intro to Roman Sky, there are so many memorable moments. It was wonderful having it dropped on us without prior warning. The guys are far better musicians than people give them credit for and have shown it undoubtedly with this album
    When they first put out The Stage as a single i wasn't massively impressed, i was 100% wrong. The song grew on me and the album was fantastic. As a long time fan i generally considered Nightmare the best stuff, it was a consistently good album with few down points. Other songs from previous albums were better but the overall albums weren't generally as good. I feel The Stage nailed both. It's a consistently great album where all the songs (ignoring Exist, the only one i don't like much) are brilliant on their own.
    Exist is one of my favorite songs on the album! Not even for just the instrumental sections; I really like the song at its core.
    Its alright, it's just not as good as the rest of the album IMO. It's probably my fault for comparing it to Save Me, which I love.
    That's cool. I personally like it more than Save Me, but Nightmare is still my favorite album of theirs.
    Badass UltraMan
    On my first listen through the album I didn't click with it, but after a second listen I found I was loving it and in the weeks since I've barely turned it off. It surprised me to see a band release an album so far in to their career that I feel surpasses their earlier material by quite a margin.
    As a long time fan as well, I agree with you on Nightmare being my previous favorite, with waking the fallen being my 1B. I really didn't like the stage (album) at first, but I loved the single. It took me 4 listen throughs to fully get it. It's not "Avenged Sevenfold" in the sense of dueling guitars and catchy riffs. It's a unique album like nothing theyve ever released. That being said, Im still only a fan of half of the album. I love Shaddow's nasally tone, but some songs Im just like wtf why did he sing it like that even if I love the song itself, which turns me off to it. Then theres other songs where I love the vocals but the music isnt as good to me. I love it for what it is, and its one of the better albums Ive personally heard this year, but idk if I can call it my favorite by a long shot.
    Megadeth - Dystopia
    A7x and Metallica have awesome releases, but for some reason I'm most impressed by this one/enjoy Dystopia the most. Great year for releases after losing so many titans of music.
    Obscura - Akróasis Very underrated. Talent and creativity is apparent and more intense than anything else I've heard this year.
    The best rock album of the year is Nonagon Infinity, by King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard. Great garage/psychedelic vibes. I love how the tracks flow into each other, which feels like one big jam.
    Carnifex - Slow Death I thought this is one of their best albums, moving away from the normal deathcore chug chug, to a mixture of death and black metal. It worked really well, can't wait for what they have next
    Allagaeon's Proponent for Sentience is just a fantastic album.
    Oh damn, I nominated this just now (didn't come up in Ctrl+F). It was a great album, hope they get more recognition (they really deserve it by now)
    That's because it's spelled wrong here, I had voted for your nomination first before I realized this mistake.
    Red Hot Chili Peppers- The Getaway
    Man, this album just did it for me this year. I loved the diversity in the tracks. It was nice to get a fresh sounding Chili Peppers record. Can't wait to see Detroit in Detroit!
    Twelve Foot Ninja - Outlier Really give it a listen you won't regret it
    Fleshgod Apocalypse - King
    This... I think that they have few of their best songs on this album.
    Yeah, absolutely! I personally love "Cold as perfection", "And the vulture beholds" and "Syphilis"
    Autolux - Pussy's Dead best tracks, Selectallcopy - Junk for Code - Change My Head.
    All three members share lead vocals. It's different from anything I heard this year. Also, Trent Reznor likes them... Maynard James Keenan likes them.
    I had no idea there was a new Autolux album Gonna give it a listen.
    Yeah an album every six years now...I hope it doesn't take that long again. Anyways, this time Greg Edwards does lead vocals for most of the tracks, I'd say 6 or 7. Also check out Autolux LIVE at Third Man Records LP; some of the new songs sound even better live.
    Frank Ocean - Blonde
    this, I don't know if people here listened too much about Ocean, but the guy used the best of the best in music industry to make the album, plus he has some great creativity