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Friday 5: Tune Soon? Best Jams Of 2016 … So Far

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Happy Friday, MetalSucks reader! Welcome to MetalSucks Friday 5, our awesome series that appears every Friday (duh) on MetalSucks (duhh) and involves the quantity of five (duhhh).

Here’s how it works: A list of best/worst/weirdest/whatever five somethings is posted by one of your beloved MetalSucks contributors or by one of our buds (like you!). Then you, our cherished reader, checks it out, has a chuckle, then chimes in with a list of the same. No sweat, just whatever springs to mind, k? (Just like that movie about those losers working at a Chicago record store!) After all, it’s Friday — the day dedicated by the gods to mindless, fun time-wasting. 

Here we go!

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THE FIVE

What are 2016’s five best jams … so far!!!!!!

THE LISTER

Anso DFMetalSucks senior editor

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“La meute” by Cantique Lépreux
from Cendres Célestes
(Eisenwald)

Hi MetalSucks reader! Don’t you love that mid-year MS series about the best albums from January 2016 to now? Yeah, it’s fun, like a progress report. We’re also curious about what you might think are the five best individual tracks so far this year. Maybe one of two of these aren’t even on those “best” albums? Please share.

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“Fever Queen” by Nothing
from Tired Of Tomorrow
(Relapse)

It is impossible to avoid: Making a list of the year’s best albums (so far) always means unintentionally omitting at least one of your favorites. Take any measures you want — Check, double-check, review the year’s entire canon of STCOT with a loupe, consult your editors and friends … no amount of action or concentration can stop it!!!!!

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“In The Wake Of Moments Passed By” by Sylvaine
from Wistful
(Season Of Mist)

Have you ever halted in your tracks and said, What if Myrkur was more French BM-gaze?

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“Amore” by Babymetal
from Metal Resistance
(Sony)

Albums in Japan’s J-indies scene are in a way a direct reaction to J-pop: They’re speckled with little interludes, spoken word vignettes, and other breaks in action. Why? Because a J-pop album’s every track is a would-be chart-topper. Every jam shoots for the stars. Orgasms one after another until you’re a heaving spectral husk. See Babymetal.

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“Downfall” by Lacuna Coil
from Delirium
(Century Media)

Your thought is, Huh, did Lacuna Coil’s line-up upheaval kinda provide the remaining members a new lease on life, like a reset? And that’s the source of LC’s new vibe? Or did those members depart for the reason that LC was evolving, and now the remainers are free to be as freaky as they always had wanted? Worked out great!

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Your turn! Have a great wknd!

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