Favourite Albums Of 2016

This was harder to put together than I initially thought it would be. Not because there weren’t many good releases this year. In fact it was the opposite. There was a lot of great releases this year, but that wasn’t what made this challenging.

What ended up making this task challenging was that some albums I assumed were released this year actually came out in late 2015. Late enough, that I assumed they came out in in 2016.

That being said…here is my Top 5 releases from 2016 (in no particular order)

Ghost “Popestar” – technically not an album, only an EP but still one of the most listen to albums in my library this past year. I jumped on the Ghost band-wagon a couppopestar-300x300le albums ago and I’ve become a bigger fan with each release.


Skillet “Unleashed” – for a ‘Christian’ band, Skillet has just the right amount of aggression in their songs and this was evident once again with their new album “Unleashed” featuring tracks like “Feel Invincibleskillet-unleashed-album-cover-image


Sixx A.M. “Prayers For The Blessed” – Anyone who knows me probably isn’t surprised to find this album on my list, but in my own defence one of the things that I feel makes this album so good is that I was disappointed with it’s predecessor “Prayers For The Damned”, which also came out this year. I knew there was going to be a ‘Volume 2’ to follow “Prayers For The Damned” but wasn’t expecting it this year, so it getting released so soonunnamed-23 after made it even better.


Anthrax “For All Kings” – I simply just like Anthrax. They are one band that has stayed fairly constant throughout their career (even when switching out lead-singers fanthraxor a couple albums). The chorus in “Breathe Lightning” is HUGE, almost arena-rock anthematic which you typically don’t hear from Anthrax, but this song still screams ANTHRAX


Royal Tusk “Deal Breaker” – Going local for my last pick. I’m not doing this to ‘support local’ or just to help a local band out. I genuinely really enjoyed this album and wroyal-tusk-300x300as proud to know these guys were from Edmonton. You’ll see their single “Fever” on another 2016 list which I will be posting later.

So that’s my list. Let me know what you think. Agree or disagree. Looking forward to hearing new music in 2017.


About thef3k

Danny Fournier is a marketing expert with over 15 years working within the music industry, including 5 years with a major label. With university degrees in both Marketing and Sociology, Danny brings a unique perspective to marketing with a strong understanding of the needs of the end user and how to engage them. Along with his music and business background, Danny has worked as a corporate trainer, facilitating and write courses for corporate audiences. Danny has been commended for his facilitation skills and understanding of adult learning.
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