Re: My favorite 2017 albums so far

Author:John Frank
Date:2017-08-04 16:11:16
In Reply To:Re: My favorite 2017 albums so far by Pirage
Need - Hegaiamas: A Song for Freedom
Amazed you consider it first tier but it is a real captivating listen.
First tier for the 2017 list so far. It would be second tier on my 2016 list.
Undrask - Battle through Time
Again amazed you like it that much. Great melodeath though and I barely even try that style anymore.
"Great melodeath" - agreed. Again, all these first tier releases on this list would likely be second tier on my 2016 list.
Witherfall - Nocturnes and Requiems
Ended up thinking it's far too long winded for my ADD addled brain to enjoy on repeated listens.
I have not replayed this yet, so perhaps my enthusiasm will also wane.
Battle Beast - Bringer of Pain
A bit surprised but good to see it here!
Me too. The first I have liked from the band.
Eclipse - Monumentum (disappointed that this is not first tier)
Well you're impossible to please. Can't see what else they could do. Just as great as ever.
Their previous two albums were ranked very highly by me. I would not say I am impossible to please. IMO, the songwriting on Monumentum is not nearly as engaging as it is on their best albums.
Mastodon - Emperor of Sand (shocker!)
That you like it you mean? I think it's pretty great.
Yeah, this is the first I have dug from the band since their all-time classic, Crack the Skye.
Mean Streak - Blind Faith
Glad you like it.
Metalian - Midnight Rider
solid trad but I like it less than you I believe.
Need to listen to both of these again, but they seemed decent.
MindMaze - Resolve (disappointed that this is not first tier)
Ended up not even liking it.
Their last one was in my top 10 that year. This one is decent, but it does not measure up to their best work.
Virulent Depravity - Fruit of the Poisoned Tree
No idea about these 4 I believe but maybe I dismissed the last one.
I never know if you will like a given tech death album. This one works for me.

"It's not exactly a horrible album, but it's no better than something by, I dunno, Pagan's Mind or some other shirt-tucking nerdprog band." - Matt Johnsen of Pharaoh
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