My Favorite Albums of 2017 in No Particular Order

Date:2017-12-27 23:21:49
Edited:2017-12-27 23:30:34
Dodecahedron – Kwintessens

Anyone who calls these guys a Deathspell Omega clone obviously hasn’t listened to more than 2 minutes of their albums. I love how sharp their production is and how they use studio tricks to intensify their sound and the overall experience. Incredibly intense album that leaves you completely drained and enthralled when it ends.

Enslaved - E

Probably my favorite album of the year. After easing their prog rock tendencies in slowly for over a decade, with the addition of new singer/keyboardist Hakon Vinje (of Seven Impale fame) Enslaved have taken their most substantial plunge into prog rock waters and managed to maintain their black metal essence and intensity. Pretty much the exact opposite of the snooze prog of Opeth.

Caligula’s Horse - In Contact

If you grew up on albums like Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt 2: Scenes from a Memory and Pain of Salvation - Remedy Lane and you’re looking for a modern band that’s able to channel that type of classic late 90s/early2000s prog metal essence into a modern sound, look no further. Caligula’s Horse are the perfect bridge between traditional prog metal of old and new.

Locust Leaves - A Subtler Kind of Light

Weirdo Greek outsider metal art that isn’t easily described or categorized. Influenced by a wide range of obscure metal cornerstones, from early Watchtower to Mayhem.

Godflesh - Post Self

A perfect amalgam of Broderick’s entire body of work, from Godflesh to Jesu and everything in between. Dark, oppressive, crushing.

Cleric - Retrocasual

Mr. Bungle meets The Dillinger Escape Plan only 50 times insaner than both bands combined.

The Ruins of Beverast - Exuvia

Meditative, brooding, shamanistic doom/black metal that proves that bands can experiment and take chances without losing the plot. Ritualistic tribal rhythms and subtle electronica mesh perfectly with traditional gloom and doom to create one of the most entrancing listens of the year.

Mastodon - Emperor of Sand

As hordes of unsightly neckbeards continue to incessantly whine about how Mastodon have sold out, the band unflinchingly continues to record nothing but certified arena-ready bangers that, unlike your favorite flavor-of-the-month blackened sludge band, people will actually remember and still jam ten years from now.

Leprous - Malina

It’s hard to believe that these guys keep getting better. “Malina” sees them injecting more melody and emotion into their precise math prog making it quite possibly the best and most complete album of the band’s career.

Artificial Brain - Infrared Horizon

Dissonant/technical death metal with a great splash of more melodic black metal riffage and Demilich-esque bullfrog vocals. One of the rare bands of this style coming out as of late that actually write fairly memorable tunes for this style.

Pyrrhon - What Passes for Survival

These guys are the future of death metal to me. Insane playing, but with an intensity and level of anger and vitriol that not many young bands can muster. And the lyrics are incredible and actually speak very poignantly on a wide range of real modern-day social issues instead of tales of buttfucking zombies or whatever.

Sorcerer - The Crowning of the Fire King

If you’ve ever said to yourself “boy, I wish doom metal wasn’t always this slow and depressing,” man, have I got some good news for you! Equal parts Candlemass, Solitude Aeturnus and Dio/Martin era Black Sabbath - Sorcerer have created pristine, up-tempo, ultra-melodic and epic doom metal with killer shreddy solos and world-class vocals.

Cormorant - Diaspora

A band that is able to mesh tons of different metal styles very effortlessly and create memorable songs with a good bit of complexity. Absolute riff machines and fantastic songwriters that jump from genre to genre with ease and grace.

Yowie - Synchromysticism

Highly advanced instrumental math rock that makes you want to dance and amputate your legs at the same time.

Toehider - Good

Prog metal that’s both complex and incredibly fun. Mike is a modern day prog rock genius. This one is not as good as “What Kind of Creature am I?” overall, but it’s still very excellent and worthwhile.

Threshold - Legend of the Shires

Way too long, but the great moments are truly great. Not many do meat-and-potatoes melodic/catchy prog metal as well as these guys. Glynn sounds awesome, probably even better than back in the day.
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