Our 10 Favourite Releases Of 2017

 

In this list I share my ten favourite releases of 2017. Some will say where’s this? Where’s that? Which is fine! That’s why I titled this my favourite releases. It would be a bit egotistical to say my own choices are the best…

There’s a lot of Irish releases in here. For no other reason than they deserve their spot. If I listened to it more than once, it’s probably on this list. Not to say other releases are bad. I get so much music sent to me on a daily basis and while the majority of it is very good. Some just don’t grab me like others.  

I had planned to do a bigger list but I don’t have a regular job and Christmas is among our busiest times so time restraints dictated I pick just ten.

In no particular order, here’s the releases I keep returning to!

 

The Vicious Head Society – Abject Tomorrow

It’s no secret at this point I considered this to be the best album of 2017. I’ve shouted about this since we got a review copy earlier this year. I love Prog metal, and this is everything about the genre done right! The only way it could be improved would be Mikel from Opeth on vocal duties. A true masterpiece that I will return to many times over the course of my life and always enjoy it. A true timeless classic! 

 

Eternal Helcaraxe – In Times Of Desperation

If ‘Abject Tomorrow’ was not released, this would have been my album of the year! While at its core it’s a Black metal release, it also has real progressive elements to include an instrumental track which is also the title track. I’ve listened to this album on repeat on at least five occasions in the last week as the album only dropped on the 29th. The beauty of this site is the press releases… It’s a true masterpiece and I’ll return to it many more times in the future. The best black metal release this year for me anyway. I’m addicted to this album! 

 

Overoth – The Forgotten Tombe

This was my favourite Irish Death metal album this year without doubt. Another album I played constantly for about a week upon release. I still return to it now, but generally to listen to ‘God Of Delusion’ again as I absolutely love that track! It’s due another repeat play through so I might as well have it on while doing up this list! Another masterpiece that shall be returned to again and again as the years progress. Overoth came of age with this release!  

 

Nautilus – The Wrath Of The Sea

I’ve been a fan of this band for years now. I still remember the first time I saw them play live. Granted I’d had a few shandies and some lad gave me a funny cigarette. I think it may have contained ‘The Weed’. Thankfully I didn’t turn into a serial killer or that as a result… I was just standing there and they completely blew me away! The lads had line up issues and recorded this a long time before it finally saw the light of day. It did not disappoint upon release. Everything I saw coming had manifested. Another masterpiece I’ll be listening to years from now. Incredible album! 

 

The Crawling – Anatomy Of Loss

A band of heavily experienced musicians that all came together to form The Crawling in 2014. In that short time they’ve released an EP, their debut album ‘Anatomy Of Loss’ also playing festivals such as Bloodstock Festival and Metal Days. Their growth is no fluke and this album proved it! Another I’ve listened to numerous times over the year and will no doubt again in the future. A brilliant album start to finish and their D.I.Y videos are always excellent! 

 

 

Jenova – The Less You Know, The More You Sleep

Jenova were neck and neck with Drakonis for our EP award. The fact the lads didn’t have a promo picture just swung it. The day after they published one… I suppose let that be a lesson to any bands reading this. A promo picture is extremely important for media sources. A truly excellent Death metal release that I have listened to many times since release. They’re also one of the best live acts in this country and always blow me away when they play live. Brian is growing into an absolute beast as frontman. He has a scream that almost blows the PA! It’s a true sight to behold. A band that are really going places and I’m very much looking forward to their future releases. 

Drakonis – The Great Miasma

This was our EP of the year and a release I’m still listening to on a regular basis. This band showed real promise and fully delivered with this EP. It’s Black metal of course, but with more! So many dynamics and layers to their sound. A true masterpiece that has me more than enthused for their full album release which is coming next. A band I have to see live in 2018! One of the best black metal bands in this country and releases in the genre this year. Beyond brilliant! 

Oblivion – The Path Towards… 

Oblivion are a super band basically. Members of All Shall Perish, Nile, Suicide Silence as examples involved. The revolving door of musicians involved only make this album better as it never gets in any way boring or one dimensional. We awarded this the best international album of the year and that’s a big one I suppose considering the releases this year. I just keep returning to this album and I’m shocked it is not getting huge attention. It does absolutely everything right and when I play the album it is always start to finish! A true death metal masterpiece that should be so much bigger than it is. The worlds best kept secret, that should not be a secret!  

 

Dyscarnate – With All Their Might

Another album I listened to on repeat for days upon release. I’ve always been a massive fan of this band, but this was just perfect! Al Llewellyn was brought in on Bass/Vocals and was the perfect match for Tom and Matt. While I loved their previous releases, the dynamic on this album was another level. Dyscarnate really came of age with this album. An absolute masterpiece! 

Ne Obliviscaris – Urn

What can I say about this album? It’s just phenomenal. There’s so much going on start to finish and a true work of art! This band have created their own genre with this release and one I’ll be listening to in ten years time without doubt! Absolutely magical. Nothing else needs to be said! 

 

That’s my ten personal favourite releases this year. Some will disagree with my choices, but that’s the beauty of this world. We all have free speech and opinion. Well, in the western world anyway… 

I had planned to do a top 30, but I couldn’t find the time due to work etc sadly so releases you may rate highly could have missed out for that reason. I could name them all here, but it wouldn’t do them justice without a link. 

 

 

 

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