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Best Hardcore Releases of 2017

Really a collection of the best heavy releases of 2017, but hey. I have included a decent amount of demos and debuts on this list - while there may have been great LPs I left off this list, 2017 to me was an insane year for new and breakout DIY hardcore bands. There is so much great talent coming up, and I wanted to highlight that in this list. For the newer/lesser-known bands, I have provided Bandcamp links (and descriptions for some) if you want to explore a particular release further. Hope you enjoy.
1Converge
The Dusk in Us


My favorite band of all time. Not their best record, but every Converge record is a banger and this is no different.
2Power Trip
Nightmare Logic


Power Trip take the next step. Nightmare Logic is an incredible record. Hitting the road in 2018 with Sheer Mag, Fury and Red Death, so keep an eye out.
3Impalers (TX)
Cellar Dweller


Fronted by Power Trip drummer Chris Ulsh, Impalers are one of the best hardcore/D-beat bands that very few know about. Right from the jump, this record is fast and aggressive. Can't recommend this band enough to all fans of hardcore. // FFO: Discharge, Motorhead, Negative Approach
https://theimpalers.bandcamp.com/album/cellar-dweller-lp
4Incendiary
Thousand Mile Stare


Imagine Snapcase playing Buried Alive songs being fronted by Zack De La Rocha. Might have listened to this record more than any other in 2017, this goes so hard.
5Full of Hell
Trumpeting Ecstasy


The grind greats do it again. FOH aren't a hardcore band, but do contain plenty of hardcore influences.
6Fury (USA)
2017 Promo


2016's Paramount was my favorite record of the year, and this short but awesome promo tape lives up to the hype. Expect an insane sophomore LP from them in 2018. Also touring with Power Trip.
https://furyhc.bandcamp.com/album/2017-promo
7Free
Ex Tenebris


4/5ths of Have Heart dropped the best EP of the year. Every bit as good as HH, with more of an Inside Out vibe. // FFO: Have Heart, Inside Out (if that wasn't obvious)
https://freehc.bandcamp.com/album/ex-tenebris
8Illusion (NY)
Demo


If Cro-Mags formed in 2017. This band is going places. // FFO: Cro-Mags, Harley Flanagan, Harley Cro-Mags Flanagan, Judge, Bad Brains
https://illusion.bandcamp.com/releases
9Primal Rite
Sensory Link to Pain


This band is about to explode. Thrash-y hardcore from CA. Debut LP drops January 26, 2018 on Revelation Records.
https://primalrite.bandcamp.com/album/sensory-link-to-pain
10Unified Right
If I Can't Listen To Unified Right In Heaven...


Damn near perfect hardcore. Insane record. May very well be remembered as a classic.
https://bbbrecords.bandcamp.com/album/if-i-cant-listen-to-unified-right-in-heaven-then-send-me-straight-to-hell-lp
11Haram (NY)
When You Have Won, You Have Lost


https://haramharam.bandcamp.com/album/when-you-have-won-you-have-lost
12No Warning
Torture Culture


No Warning's return caught me somewhat by surprise, but this record crushes. NW is a different band now, but the best moments on here are just as good, if not better, than anything on Ill Blood.
13Red Death
Formidable Darkness


Crossover thrash from DC. Catch them on tour with Power Trip in 2018.
https://bbbrecords.bandcamp.com/album/formidable-darkness
14Mindforce
The Future Of...


Thrashy NYHC - think Turnstile meets Leeway. Rumor has it, the debut Mindforce LP is coming some time in the first half of 2018 on Triple B Records. Keep an eye out.
https://mindforceny.bandcamp.com/album/the-future-of
15Gatecreeper
Sweltering Madness


https://closedcasketactivities.bandcamp.com/album/sweltering-madness
16Enforced
Retaliation


This really should be both Retaliation and their Demo, but can't fit two on one line. Enforced dropped two EPs this year - a total of seven songs - and they are both true statements of intent. This crossover thrash act from Richmond, VA is the truth.
Retaliation: https://enforced.bandcamp.com/album/retaliation
Demo: https://enforced.bandcamp.com/album/demo
17Protester
Hide From Reality


Another awesome release from DC's Protester.
https://protester.bandcamp.com/album/hide-from-reality-lp
18Fireburn
Don't Stop the Youth


Fireburn is fronted by once-Bad Brains vocalist Israel Joseph I, and the sound here isn't far off. Also features Todd Jones (Nails, ex-Carry On) on guitar. Really fun EP.
https://closedcasketactivities.bandcamp.com/album/dont-stop-the-youth
19Forced Order
One Last Prayer


Another crossover band, but less thrashy; leans more on the heavier/more metal side of the genre.
https://bbbrecords.bandcamp.com/album/one-last-prayer
20Code Orange
Forever


So stoked for this band and their Grammy nomination. Bring it home for the genre.
21Diztort
Demo


OCHC that doesn't sound like OCHC. NYHC? Integrity-ish? Idk. But it's awesome.
https://advancedperspective.bandcamp.com/album/demo-2
22Trapped Under Ice
Heatwave
23Exit Order
Seed Of Hysteria


https://exitorder.bandcamp.com/album/seed-of-hysteria
24Backtrack
Bad To My World
25Higher Power
Soul Structure
26Nosebleed
Nosebleed


Aggressive female-fronted hardcore from Richmond, VA.
https://nosebleedrva.bandcamp.com/album/s-t-7
27Integrity
Howling, For the Nightmare Shall Consume
28Bind
True Colors


https://pleadyourcaserecords.bandcamp.com/album/pyc008-true-colors
29Glassjaw
Material Control
30Counterparts
You're Not You Anymore
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