20 Best Metal Albums of 2016

Vintage thrashers, modern mathletes and more: The year in heavy

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Crowbar, 'The Serpent Only Lies'
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17. Crowbar, 'The Serpent Only Lies'

Twenty-six years in, and Crowbar sounds more like being killed by a gorilla than ever. On their 11th full-length album, the NOLA sludge-metal quartet returns to form with a pessimistic beatdown that recalls the glory days of classics like 1998's Odd Fellows Rest. Riff master Kirk Windstein shrieks and groans with snarling vigor, while his chugging guitar parts sport renewed heft due to the return of founding bassist Todd "Sexy T" Strange. Certain metal bands, like cast-iron pans, only get better with age and elbow grease. C.K.

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