After the amazing Baby Woodrose and stunning Mars Red Sky albums featured on Number 16 we once again find two bands on Number 15. One of which was definitely not expected! So, let’s start with that one first. For we definitely recognized its glory and merit, it’s just that this kind of metal isn’t featured a lot on the HiVe. Sure, one could always claim this French band to be a weird kind of lovechild of bands such as Meshuggah, Neurosis and Mastodon. And that the band has been drifting ever forward towards its own sound. A strange amalgam of prog, death and math metal. And all of that, in a very open and hopeful way. And listening to this record again, while writing this, it immediately proves why all you freaks out there voted for it. It is universally good and an album that transcends boundaries. The Italians however, who received the same amount of points for the 2016 Top 20 Countdown are ofcourse definitely meant to be on it. Expected even, probably. Right? For every one of us heavy rock lovers dug their former album. The one released last year and which ended on Number 5 of the Top 20. This time around the trio aim their fuzzy electric blues for the stars and riff out a new prophecy for themselves. Much more esoteric and grandiose and less meant to this earth or this time. This is meant for the ages and to live on forever!
Gojira – Magma
Black Rainbows – Stellar Prophecy