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Astrally Aborted: 2017 In Metal

This list will be updated upon finding new releases over the next month.
1Purple Hill Witch
Celestial Cemetery


Basically classic Black Sabbath worship. Heavy psych and doom with total antique vibes.
2Seprevation
Echoes of Mercy


Vicious death/thrash with a focus on Sadus-esque stylings.
3Droid (CAN)
Terrestrial Mutations


Sci-fi Canadian prog thrash - basically Voivod 2.0, with a dash of Obliveon.
4Jordablod
Upon My Cremation Pyre


Brilliant psychedelic/progressive black/death.
5Serpent Column
Ornuthi Thalassa


Technical, progressive and melodic black metal that doesn't sacrifice its density and brutality to show off or pander to fans of any of those three genres - so take those tags with a grain of salt.
6Bestial Invasion
Contra Omnes


Don't let the name and cover fool you, this album is full-on prog/tech thrash. It's very weird, very disjointed. At the best of times it's a mess, but when it works - it's really great. WARNING: the bassist for this band is very misogynistic, and has been harassing a female musician online (and doubtless others I haven't heard of), so if that sort of thing bothers you, give this a pass.
7Horrified (UK)
Allure of the Fallen


This is melodic death metal the way it's meant to be played.
8Faceless Burial
Grotesque Miscreation


Serious contender for best death metal album of the year. These guys just fucking GET IT. Modern classic.
9Triumvir Foul
Spiritual Bloodshed


Not really much different from their last album. Since their early days, my expectations have significantly lowered. So while this isn't nearly as good as I had hoped this band would eventually be, it's a very solid black/death record and is a bit of an improvement on 2015's s/t.
10Vulture (DE)
The Guillotine


One of the very best speed metal bands around right now.
11Hallas
Excerpts From a Future Past


Heavy psych/hard rock. This one is just absolutely magical. Beautiful listen.
12Ululatum Tollunt
Quantum Noose of Usurpation


War metal with a real sense of filth to them. They have a bit of an atmospheric edge, even if only in concept, art and titles if not in the actual music itself.
13Hagzissa
Demo 2017


Promising Austrian black metal demo.
14Howls of Ebb/Khthoniik Cerviiks
With Gangrene Edges ​/​ Voiidwarp


Two of the weirdest and by far two of the best bands in extreme metal right now once again deliver. Wild stuff.
15Sortilegia
Sulphurous Temple


This one is pure 90s black metal worship like all their previous work, but there's no denying that Sortilegia carry the spirit.
16Ensnared
Dysangelium


This one is a lot more diverse than I was expecting. Primarily death metal, but they know how to mix up the songwriting, and the interludes are all completely fleshed out songs in their own right, not just tacked on atmospherics or any of that.
17Sleep White Winter
Degeneracy of Nostalgia


This one's hard to define. With failure to think of anything appropriate, I have to just say it's "blackgaze" or "post-black metal", but it's so much more than that. This doesn't fall prey to the pitfalls or banal homogenous styles that it's tagged with. This is a dreamy, beautiful, melodic and atmospheric album that truly sounds magical. If I was forced to make comparisons, it gives me strong vibes of maudlin of the Well - but take that with a grain of salt. Strong contender for AOTY.
18Calcemia
The Unburning Flame


Wild, technical and progressive death metal that you all need to hear NOW.
19Slaegt
Domus Mysterium


Retro psychedelic black metal with hints of heavy metal but a nice modern atmosphere.
20Tetragrammacide
Primal Incinerators of Moral Matrix


Once one of the worst war metal bands to ever exist, Tetragrammacide shed their terrible "noise" layering and focus on making some rather weird, though entirely strictly brutal black metal music - though they keep up with some noisy/eai-based intros and interludes.
21Malokarpatan
Nordkarpatenland


First wave black metal that's so catchy, brilliant and utterly perfect that you won't be able to turn it off for days. Contender for AOTY.
22Autopsy
Puncturing the Grotesque


It's goddamn Autopsy, hail it.
23Cultes des Ghoules/Sepulchral Zeal
Ageless Malediction / Saturnine Templar


CdG continue to be the most potent force in black metal right now, and Sepulchral Zeal is a promising wonky black/death outfit.
24The Chasm
A Conscious Creation from the Isolated Domain - I


The Chasm are back with another masterpiece. This time completely instrumental. While I do miss Corchado's vocals, the music doesn't need them. They were basically being faded out on Farseeing and are now completely gone.
25Spectral Voice
Eroded Corridors of Unbeing


One of the best bands going around right now, and dare I say it, one of the best death metal bands ever, period. The members of SV/BI are musicians after my own heart. I don't know if any modern death metal musicians understand truly the exact essence and style that I look for the same way these guys do. Absolute masters.
26Fuoco Fatuo
Backwater


Atmospheric funeral death/doom.
27Contrarian
To Perceive Is To Suffer


Progressive death metal chasing that late-era Death dream.
28Pagan Altar
The Room of Shadows


There's nothing to be said of this band that hasn't already been said before. One of the greatest doom metal bands ever and a hell of a great album to go out on. RIP Terry Jones.
29Vile Apparition
Atrocious Captivity


Brutal death metal demo in the early 90s vein.
30Condor (NO)
Unstoppable Power


Thrash that K I L L S
31Tchornobog
Tchornobog


Massive, eldritch, uncompromising black/death chaos.
32Undergang
Misantropologi


These guys deliver time after time and this may just be their best yet. Death metal a la Autopsy, Impetigo, etc.
33Antichrist
Sinful Birth


Thrash that S L A Y S
34Suffering Hour
In Passing Ascension


Extremely solid black/death.
35Cemetery Urn
Cemetery Urn


These guys deliver nothing but ferocious, unadulterated death metal.
36Loss
Horizonless


While everyone else is jerking off over Bell Witch, this one has gone really surprisingly under the radar. Far and away the best funeral doom metal album of the year.
37Nokturnal Mortum
Verity


They focused their sound far further towards folk, and this one is very melodic, majestic and a pure joy to listen to.
38Rebirth of Nefast
Tabernaculum


Wonky Irish/Icelandic black metal worth your time.
39Crurifragium
Beasts of the Temple of Satan


War metal.
40Apostate Viaticum
Before the Gates of Gomorrah


Solid death metal, unfortunately a little overlooked.
41Lantern
II: Morphosis


They upped the weirdness and created one of the coolest modern death metal albums I've ever heard. Everyone slept on this hard for some reason.
42Gloomed
Initial Offering


Great little doom metal demo with a twang of oddness.
43Phrenelith
Desolate Endscape


One of the dirtiest death metal bands around right now. Everything they've put out is pure gold.
44Ascended Dead
Abhorrent Manifestation


I was into this a lot more when it first came out, but see myself coming back to it less and less. Regardless, a great death metal album.
45Pallbearer
Heartless


While this and their last album haven't topped their debut, Pallbearer continue to be a great doom metal band for the everyman.
46Gjendod
Nedstigning


Album cover of the year, and the music is even better. This is some absolutely killer black metal that's unfortunately been very overlooked.
47Venenum
Trance of Death


One of the very best albums of the year. Psychedelic black/death that is basically timeless for me right now. I can see myself listening to this with uninhibited enjoyment for many years to come.
48Question
Gnosis Primordial


These guys got a bit of attention around here with their debut, but this one sadly didn't get them any. A great release by one of the best death metal bands around right now.
49Gorephilia
Severed Monolith


Still stands as a solid dearth metal release, but hasn't held up against some of the brilliant albums that have come out since.
50Naddred
Sluagh (Demo)


Killer Irish black metal.
51Taphos Nomos / Urdun
RIP


Still stands as one of my favourite releases of the year - gory horror death metal.
52Wampyrinacht
We Will Be Watching...


Hellenic black metal with a lot of long-form composition.
53Draugsol
Volaða Land


Icelandic black/death, a refreshing band to hear in the Icelandic scene which is, these days, a bit too samey. The balance of death metal with the typical dissonant Icelandic style gives it a very nice contrast.
54Manilla Road
To Kill a King


There's not much more to say other than...well, it's Manilla Road. They've delivered nothing but quality epic heavy metal for decades, and this is no exception.
55Desecresy
The Mortal Horizon


One of the most unique and brilliant modern death metal bands around, these guys always have a wildly innovative style with spacey guitar leads atop murky rhythms. This album isn't quite as good as their past two, but it's still another great album that will be in regular rotation for me for a long time to come.
56Reverorum Ib Malacht
Ter Agios Numini


Hardcore dedicated Christian black metal/ritual ambient. These guys are as serious about theirs beliefs and their art that it's hard not to have respect for that. It's always meaningful to see a black metal band that isn't just in it for a gimmick, but for a pure and burning passion for their beliefs - Christian or no. It also helps that their music rules. Extremely weird, highly experimental.
57Progenie Terrestre Pura
oltreLuna


This album is even better than their last, an epic sci-fi black metal journey that sees you floating out into space.
58Morbid Angel
Kingdoms Disdained


Azagthoth and Tucker back at it again. This album has some of the coolest labyrinthian riffs I've ever heard and is definitely a worthy addition to the band's mostly incredible discography. The production is a little lame, especially the drums, but considering this band hasn't gotten the production right since 1989, I'm able to get over it pretty easily - especially when the music is this good. As for the cover, it's terrible. But the good thing about digital music is that you can customise your own covers! So here's my new version: https://imgur.com/a/wr43Q
59Acherontas
Amarta (Formulas of Reptilian Unification Part II)


Occult black metal. Ma-Ion was one of my favourite albums of 2015 and this one is a pretty consistent successor. Much shorter, notably due to the lack of ritual ambient compositions breaking up the black metal tracks, which is a bit of a bummer because they were my favourite parts of Ma-Ion, but still, this is a must-hear.
60Impetuous Ritual
Blight Upon Martyred Sentience


Sometimes all you want is an unrelenting wall of noise and darkness, and Impetuous Ritual deliver. This thing's like finding yourself stuck in an ancient underground temple as acolytes of evil come at you from all sides to push you into the howling abyss that sits in a well below. Brb writing up D&D quests.
61Cult of Eibon
Lycan Twilight Sorcery


More Hellenic black metal, but this one slightly more primitive and in-line with the nation's humble black metal beginnings. Riff-centric, raw and mid-paced black metal.
62Thantifaxath
Void Masquerading as Matter


By far one of the coolest and most interesting black metal bands around these days, the wonky style of Thantifaxath still reminds me of what we'd get of Spheres-era Pestilence made black metal music.
63Chaos Moon
Eschaton Mémoire


This band never really did much for me before, so I put this one off for a while, but eventually I couldn't help but listen to it due to the praise and, well, I really love Wrest's artwork. I'm a sucker for albums with good cover art. This is one great black metal album with a domineering atmosphere that sucks you right in.
64Heavydeath
Sarcophagus in the Sky


I've not kept up with Heavydeath, they just pump out too much material. I was on board with their early demos, but they soon overwhelmed me with content and I wasn't into it enough to bother continuing listening. But someone convinced me that this album was their best yet and worth my time, so I decided to listen to it and...wow, this thing is amazing. The riffs are unique, interesting, but still very old-school. The atmosphere for a death/doom record is intoxicating. This is one of the best death metal albums of the year, no doubt. These former Runemagick legends still know how to make...magick.
65Under the Church
Supernatural Punishment


Basically a continuation of killer 90s Swedeath band Nirvana 2002, Under the Church produce similarly brutal buzzsaw death metal that just kicks your ass.
66Degial
Predator Reign


Degial’s best album yet chockablock with deadly riffs, Morbid Angel-esque stylings and one hell of a gripping atmosphere.
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