Some random comments...


Author:Sumeet
Date:2017-08-08 01:16:54
In Reply To:My favorite 2017 albums so far by BumZen
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Seeing as a lot of you have been complaining about 2017 not being that good, I thought I would share the albums that I like so far for potential inspiration. But yes, 2017 haven't exactly been a smörgåsbord for great releases.

In no particular order:
Persefone - Aathmaa (techy/proggy melodic death metal)
This is one of those bands I always seem to hear about from time to time, but I don't think I've ever actually listened to them.
Kreator - Gods of Violence (teutonic thrash)
A very good album indeed.
Voyager - Ghost Mile (prog metal)
I haven't heard the full album yet for some reason, but I definitely should, because I rate all their previous releases very highly.
Sikth - Future in whose Eyes? (djent???)
Another band I always seem to hear about from time to time, but I don't think I've ever actually listened to them.
One Desire - s/t (hard rock with a whole lot of cheese)
Knight Area - Heaven and Beyond (prog rock)
Ayreon - The Source (prog)
Once again I haven't heard the full album yet for some reason, but I definitely should, because I rate all their previous releases very highly.
Ten - Gothica (Semi-proggy rock/metal)
Eclipse - Monumentum (melodic metal)
Ghost Iris - Blind World (semi techy deathcore/djent)
Secret Sphere - The Nature of time (power metal)
I still consider A Time Never Come and Heart & Anger among the best euro power metal albums in my collection. Then I more or less lost touch with Secret Sphere after 2005, but I should check out their more recent stuff.
Rage - Seasons of the Black (power/speed metal)
I kept up with new Rage releases pretty closely through 2010, then lost touch. But with Peavy's strong lifetime track record, this is another band whose recent material I should check out.
Soen - Lykaia (rock/metal)
Overkill - Mean Green Killing Machine (thrash)
2010's Ironbound is among the strongest records of their career... subsequent releases haven't been quite at that level, but have still been very good. I'm looking forward to seeing them again in a couple months.
Once Human - Evolution (melodic death metal)
Interesting. I just saw them live a couple weeks ago. They put on a very high energy performance, and I would definitely see them live again (and, well, it didn't hurt that their vocalist is remarkably attractive), but the music didn't seem distinctive enough that I necessarily felt I had to listen to the album. Perhaps I should check it out though.
Benighted - Necrobreed (death metal)
Hour of Penance - Cast the first Stone (tech death)
Nightrage - The Venomous (melodic death metal)
I got (and enjoyed) Sweet Vengeance back in the day, largely as a result of Gus G being in the band. I got somewhat diminishing returns with the next few albums and then lost track of them. I take it this new one is good?
Labyrinth - Architecture of God (power metal)
I liked the one song I heard from it, and Return To Heaven Denied being one of the best albums ever made makes Labyrinth a band whose new releases I'll always at least check out. I don't know why I haven't done so yet.
Pyramaze - Contingent (power metal)
I didn't even know they had a new one out. I've enjoyed all their previous albums, so I should check this out.
Avatarium - Hurricanes and Halos (doomy 70's rock/metal)
Pallbearer - Heartless (70's style doom)
I like what I've heard from them, but I need to listen to more of their stuff.
Vintersorg - Till Fjälls Del II (folk metal with black influences)
Man... I remember picking up Cosmic Genesis back in the day and thinking it was pretty offbeat... I sorta kept up with them for the next few years during their english language phase, then lost track of them when they switched back to swedish...
Toxik - Breaking Class (thrash)

Really looking forward to new Leprous, Myrkur, Archspire and Ne Obliviscaris that I know will come out this year.

In conclusion: It could be much worse, though not spectacular.

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