20 Best Metal Albums of 2016

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

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Khemmis, 'Hunted'

11. Khemmis, 'Hunted'

The sophomore album by Denver's Khemmis showed that there are still depths to be plumbed in stoner doom. Rather than regurgitate Sabbath classics about war and witches, this intrepid quartet created an ambitious monolith of twisting guitar harmonies and skull-shattering drums that relies on fury rather than fuzz to channel the members' devotion to old-school heavy metal. Songs like "Candlelight," "Three Gates" and the sprawling title track are effortlessly huge, packed with enough magic and menace to keep the record grounded in modern times. C.K.

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