2016 has been an eventful year for sure
A number of historic moments happened with Brexit, the US election and the absurd amount of tragic deaths of some of the most significant figures in the arts. However, what 2016 will also one day be looked back on is an incredible year for music.
This list wasn't easy to compile, and is just a glance at the amount of excellent music 2016 has had to offer. There's been fascinating hip-hop, highly oddball experimental music, refreshing pop music, plenty of punishing hardcore/metal/noise and inspiring passion from DIY scenes. There's also been a great number of emerging artists, displaying much potential with singles, EP's and captivating performances, where hopefully we'll see them put out records soon which will make 2017 a rich year for music. Shout outs in particular to Iglooghost, Yonaka, Mssingno, Miles Mosley and Kai Whiston, be sure to keep an eye on them.
Here we are though, 2016's 10 finest records in my opinion, that display endless possibilities in this thing we call music.
Continue reading: Max Cussons’ Top Ten Albums Of 2016
The Dillinger Escape Plan have arguably been the finest heavy band or experimental band on the planet for nearly two decades now and certainly one of the most interesting in music in general. 1999 debut 'Calculating Infinity' saw Dillinger become the essential mathcore band with incomprehensible rhythms, uncaged noise and face melting technical ability. With each following release they've welcomed new elements, be it pianos, electronics, pop hooks or jazz interplays. They've always been capable of executing it all seamlessly thanks to guitarist/multi-instrumentalist (and only original member) Ben Weinman being a mastermind, long-time frontman Greg Puciato having incredible range capable of throat tearing barks, conquering soaring and delicate intimacy as well as the most constantly sh*t-hot rhythm section regardless of who's been in or out of it at any particular time. Newest album 'Dissociation' is also unfortunately the band's last before they split up next year, but in true Dillinger fashion they set fire to any kind of rulebook one last time.
Kicking things off is 'Limerent Death' which is a factory of riffs, each one made to flatten you like a pancake. Whether it's all-over-the-place fretwork, sharp, high pitched jolts, burly grooves which flex their muscles or Puciato's manic vocal delivery, Dillinger tick every box when it comes to delivering the aggressive. Just when you think you think you have this song sussed out, the tempo suddenly doubles to leave you ruined.
Luckily there's time to recover with 'Symptom Of Terminal Illness' which instantly switches to a whole other side to Dillinger and that's their catchy one. Thanks to some Latin guitar, bendy Mike Patton-esque vocals and a chorus that soars, Dillinger deliver a song just as memorable as anything conventional, without sacrificing their mad-scientist edge. Whilst they're most well known for their chaos, they're also masters of melodic gold when they want to be and this is a prime example of that.
Continue reading: The Dillinger Escape Plan - Dissociation Album Review