The Best Punk & Hardcore Records and Tapes of 2016 LIST ONLY

Rakta photo stolen from Cvlt Nation (though it probably doesn't belong to them either)
By Nathan G. O'Brien
Look, we all know how this list season bullshit goes, right? Adequately paid music journalists sit in bed drinking tea with their laptops, typing up self-assuring paragraphs about each of "the best albums you didn't hear this year because you're not as cool as me" or whatever.

Let's be real, most of the time those posers haven't even listened to half the stuff they put on the their lists but they don't want to not seem cool, because seeming cool is like, the only reasons to be a music journalist in the first place. And if you don't have something on your list that is on other people's lists, then you're also breaking the main rule of music journalism that clearly states you must copy all other music journalists and never form an opinion that isn't shared by all other music journalists.

Well I'm no saint either. Rest assured I'll be writing up a bunch of lists in the coming weeks for various outlets, because, hey, it's very important that I look cool too. But for now, and in the interest of brevity, here's a description-less master list of all the 2016 punk & hardcore records and tapes that I listened to this year. Not all of it is actually the best stuff--in fact some of it is downright horrible--but if I called it "some punk & hardcore records and tapes" there's very little chance you'd be reading this, thus robbing me of the self-congratulatory pleasure of knowing someone is looking at a thing I did even if that thing is just a list with a terrible intro. I'm sorry; I love you.

Acrylics - Self-Titled LP (Neck Chop)

Anarquia Vertical - Guerra Higienica 7" (Antitodo)

Anxiety - Self-Titled LP (La Vida Es Un Mus Discos Punk)

Bad Breeding - Self-Titled LP (Self-Released)

Baghead - Demo 2016 cassette (Self-Released)

Barcelona - Pueden Ser Ellos 7" (La Vida Es En Mus Discos Punk)

Bib - Demo 7" (Deranged)

Blank Spell - Demo cassette (World Gone Mad)

Blazing Eye - Lonely Corpse 7" (La Vida Es En Muse Discos Punk)

Blood Pressure - Need to Control LP (Beach Impediment)

Booji Boys - Demo 2016 cassette (Self-Released)

The Brood - October Dreams cassette (Self-Released)

The Bug - Room 44 Sessions (Not Normal Tapes)

Commando - Come Out Fighting cassette (More Power Tapes)

Catholic Guilt - Cabin Fever 7" (Kim Pop)

Chew - Demo cassette (Self-Released)

Chroma - Cuerpos Dociles LP (Nada Nada Discos)

Conspiracy - Demo cassette (Self-Released)

Crazy Spirit - Third 7" (Toxic State)

Cretins - Meat 7" (Deranged)

Culprit - Demo cassette (Quality Control HC)

Deny The Cross - Alpha Ghoul LP (Tankcrimes)

Descendents - Hypercaffium Spazzinate (Epitaph)

Dye - Savages with Power cassette (Super Secret)

Dyke Drama - Up Against the Bricks (Salinas)

Efialtis - Self-Titled 7" (Static Shock)

Efialtis - Κολοσσιαίο Γυναικείο Κεφάλι 7" (La Vida Es Un Mus Discos Punk)

Enamel - Demo cassette (Self-Released)

Extermination Rite - Demo cassette (Vile Audio)

Fried Egg - Delirium 7" (Negative Jazz)

G.L.O.S.S. - Trans Day of Revenge 7" (Total Negativity / Nervous Nelly)

Gag - America's Greatest Hits LP (Iron Lung)

Good Throb - Self-Titled 7" (La Vida Es En Mus Discos Punk)

Haram - Self-Titled 7" (Toxic State)

Heavy Hands - Demo cassette (Self-Released)

Holder's Scar - Public Acid cassette (Self-Released)

In School - Cement Fucker 7" (Thrilling Living)

JJ Doll - Demo cassette (Self-Released)

JJ Doll - S/T 7" (Katorga Works)

Kaleidoscope - Vol. 2, No. 1 7" (Katorga Works)

Klout - Demo 7" (Not For You)

Klout - Promo cassette (Self-Released)

Leather Jacuzzi - Monsters, Narcs, and Idiots cassette (Planet of Tapes)

Leisure World - Demo cassette (Self-Released)

Life Fucker -  Self-Titled 7" (Static Age)

Lion's Share - Demo cassette (Self-Released)

Lumpy & The Dumpers - Huff My Sack LP (La Vida Es En Mus Discos Punk)

Machine Gun - The World is Sick cassette (Self-Released)

Mad Existence - Self-Titled 7" (Vinyl Conflict)

Marbled Eye - Demo cassette (Self-Released)

Mommy - Songs About Children LP (Toxic State)

Murder - Demo cassette (Sonic Terror Discs)

Mystic Inane - The EPs of MI cassette (Self-Released)

Narcoestado - Demo 7" (Going Underground)

NASA Space Universe - 70 AD 7" (Feel It)

No Time - You'll Get Yours LP (SFU)

Piss - Self-Titled 7" (Static Age)

Porvenir Oscuro - Demo 2016 cassette (Self-Released)

Primal Rite - Hatred in a Mask of Flowers 7" (Warthog Speak)

Primetime - Going Places 7" (La Vida Es En Mus Discos Punk)

Public Eye - Mood Change Party cassette (Sabotage)

Pure Disgust -  Self-Titled LP (Katorga Works)

Pure Pressure - Demo cassette (Self-Released)

Quitter - Self-Titled 7" (Blow Blood)

Rabid Minds - Demo cassette (Layin' Waste)

Race Car - Build Your Own Go-Kart cassette (Abnormal Broadcasting)

Rakta - III LP (Iron Lung)

Red Death - Deterrence 7" (Lockin' Out)

Rixe - Les Nerfs A Vif 7" (La Vida Es En Mus Discos Punk)

Rogue Trooper - Boots on the Ground 7" (Foreign Legion)

Rubber Mate - Hell Bent for Rubber 7" (Saucepan)

Sad Boys - Demo 12" EP (Discos Enfermos)

Sick Head - Music Time cassette (Self-Released)

Silent Era - Self-Titled 7" (Square One Again)

Snor - Totalna Clsza 7" (Adult Crash)

Strul - Self-Titled 7" (Levande Begravd)

Strutter - Self-Titled 7" (La Vida Es En Mus Discos Punk)

Sweats - Demo cassette (Self-Released)

Trash Knife - Self-Titled cassette (Self-Released)

Trash Knife - Trash Life cassette (Endless Daze)

Triage - Power Beat 7" (Larry Tony Produzioni)

Ultra - España Invertebrada 7" (La Vida Es Un Mus Discos Punk)

Una Bestia Incontrolable - 10-11-12 12" (La Vida Es Un Mus Discos Punk)

Unruly Boys - Demo cassette (Vile Audio)

Vaaska - Futuro Primitivo 7" (Beach Impediment)

VCR - R.I.P. Sportsboy LP (Barfbag)

Video Filth - Self-Titled 7" (Nightrider)

Whipworm - Demo cassette (Self-Released)

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