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01.09.19 1000th Rating Special: Middle of the Ro01.03.19 Best Everything of 2017
01.02.19 Users' Top 10 of 2018 Predictions12.31.18 Top 20 Drumming Performances of 2018
12.29.18 Blazin's Top 40 Albums of 201812.25.18 Blazin's Top 40 Songs of 2018
09.30.18 Sput's OCT 2018 Song of the Day06.20.18 9 Month Game of Catchup (April and May
06.18.18 9 Month Game of Catchup (Dec. 2017 - Ma06.17.18 9 Month Game of Catchup (Sept. - Nov.
01.28.18 500 Rating Special - Personal Top 10 So10.10.17 A Blazin' Birthday Special Part 1
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Best Everything of 2017

I know this is a full year late, but I don't think I'll have the time to remake actually descript writeups for all these so I'll just drop my main three lists here. This'll include the best drumming performances, songs, and albums of 2017. Enjoy!
100The Great Old Ones
EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy


Top 20 Drumming Performances of 2017:

20. "The Ritual" (Leo Isnard)
99King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
Murder Of The Universe


19. "The Balrog" (Michael Cavanaugh & Eric Moore)

The constant fills are pretty impressive on here. Plus they were bound to be on this list with 5 albums.
98Eidola
To Speak, To Listen


18. “Houses Movement III: Rust/Rebuild” (Matt Hansen)
97Grizzly Bear
Painted Ruins


17. "Sky Took Hold" (Christopher Bear)

Tribal intro for the victory!
96The National
Sleep Well Beast


16. “Guilty Party” (Bryan Devendorf)

This is a nice performance with excellent production and nice improv touches.
95Fox Vibes
Mantra


15. “The Straw Mountian” (Anthony Lusk-Simone)
94Everything Everything
A Fever Dream


14. “Put Me Together” (Mike Spearman)

The amazing little jazz technique they had going here made this a sleeper highlight off the album.
93Shadow of Intent
Reclaimer


13. "The Tartarus Impalement” (Matt Kohanowski)
92Mastodon
Emperor of Sand


12. “Ancient Kingdom” (Brann Dailor)

"Andromeda" came close but this just edged it out.
91Havok
Conformicide


11. "Ingsoc” (Pete Webber)

Great drumming production on this as well.
90Ne Obliviscaris
Urn


10. Ne Obliviscaris - “Intra Venus” (Dan Presland)

This dude's a total monster on the double bass pedals.
89Name
.​.​.​You Are Mostly Nowhere


9. “When Ocean Meets Sky: Cutting in a Corner's Circle” (Armando Armas)
88Exist
So True, So Bound


8. "To Sever the Strings” (Matt Clise)

A surprisingly strong performance from such a weak album.
87Dreadnought
A Wake In Sacred Waves


7. “Vacant Sea” (Jordan Clancy)

Jordan Clancy is one of the most underrated musicians around.
86John Frum
A Stirring In The Noos


6. “He Come” (Eli Litwin)
85Stolas
Stolas


5. “Anhedonia” (Carlos Marquez)

RIP Stolas. Also, the fact that a singer recorded one of the top 5 performances of 2017 is mind boggling.
84Persefone
Aathma


4. “Prison Skin” (Sergi Verdeguer)

The intro switches between 21/16 and 9/8 by each measure. That's not even counting the spectacular bridge.
83Bubblemath
Edit Peptide


3. “The Sensual Con” (James Flagg)

ALL-TIME GREAT

Gotta thank BeyondCosby for rec'ing this album. Weird time signatures (the intro is in 17/16, many parts are in 11/8), wonky fills, and an insane ending establishes this as a performance to remember.
82Nova Collective
The Further Side


2. Nova Collective – “Dancing Machines” (Matt Lynch)

WINNER: Best Drumming Album of 2017 (The Further Side)

ALL-TIME GREAT

If there was any hype for Lynch's appearance on Cynic's upcoming album, this song should be the prime representation of that hype. The paradiddle section and the drum solo just speak for themselves here.
81Leprous
Malina


1. “Coma” (Baard Kolstad)

WINNER: Best Drumming Performance of 2018

ALL-TIME GREAT

Baard Kolstad has now established himself as one of the best drummers in the modern era. This performance is up there with "Rewind" from The Congregation, which makes this yet another all-time great performance from Kolstad.
80Blanck Mass
World Eater


Top 40 Songs of 2017:

40. "Silent Treatment"
79Blood Cultures
Happy Birthday


39. "Moon"
78CityCop
The Same Stories That Never Get Old


38. "The Golden Age of Concern"
77Charlotte Gainsbourg
Rest


37. "Les Oxalis"
76Open Mike Eagle
Brick Body Kids Still Daydream


36. "Hymnal"
75Gallops
Bronze Mystic


35. "Darkjewel"
74Tyler, the Creator
Flower Boy


34. "Foreword"
73Grizzly Bear
Painted Ruins


33. "Sky Took Hold"
72The National
Sleep Well Beast


32. "I'll Still Destroy You"
71Motorpsycho
The Tower


31. "The Tower"
70Bent Knee
Land Animal


30. "Insides In"
69Mount Eerie
A Crow Looked At Me


29. "Swims"
68Falls of Rauros
Vigilance Perennial


28. "Arrow & Kiln"
67Bjork
Utopia


27. "The Gate"
66Boris
Dear


26. "Dystopia/Vanishing Point"
65White Ward
Futility Report


25. "Stillborn Knowledge"
64Blood Command
Cult Drugs


24. "The Secret Impresses No One"
63Mastodon
Emperor of Sand


23. "Jaguar God"
62Low Roar
Once in a Long, Long While...


22. "Once in a Long, Long While..."
61Der Weg Einer Freiheit
Finisterre


21. "Aufbrach"
60Braveyoung
Misery and Pride


20. "Oh Love That Will Never Let Me Go"
59Manchester Orchestra
A Black Mile to the Surface


19. "The Grocery"
58Igorrr
Savage Sinusoid


18. "Opus Brain"
57Pain of Salvation
In the Passing Light of Day


17. "On a Tuesday"
56Name
.​.​.​You Are Mostly Nowhere


16. "When Ocean Meets Sky: Cutting in a Corner's Circle"
55Shadow of Intent
Reclaimer


15. "The Tarturus Impalement"
54Brand New
Science Fiction


14. "Batter Up"
53Wobbler
From Silence to Somewhere


13. "Foxlight"
52Protomartyr
Relatives In Descent


12. "A Private Understanding"/"Half Sister"

Since these two songs are equally good and thematically connected, I think they should share a spot on the list.
51Gang of Youths
Go Farther in Lightness


11. "The Deepest Sighs/The Frankest Shadows"
50Ne Obliviscaris
Urn


10. "Eryie"
49Amenra
Mass VI


9. "A Solitary Reign"
48Pain of Salvation
In the Passing Light of Day


8. "In the Passing Light of Day"
47Tom Rogerson with Brian Eno
Finding Shore


7. "Chain Home"
46Jason Isbell
The Nashville Sound


6. "If We Were Vampires"
45Grails
Chalice Hymnal


5. "After the Funeral"
44The Great Old Ones
EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy


4. "Mare Infinitum"
43Avey Tare
Eucalyptus


3. "Coral Lords"

From Here on out, these are songs I would consider 10/10 classics.

CERTIFIED CLASSIC
42Mount Eerie
A Crow Looked At Me


2. "My Chasms"

CERTIFIED CLASSIC
41Venenum
Trance of Death


1. "Trance of Death Part III: There Are Other Worlds..."

WINNER: Best Song of 2017

CERTIFIED CLASSIC
40Phrenelith
Desolate Endscape


Top 40 Albums of 2017:

From here we start this year's best 8/10's.

Good ol' Classic Death Metal
39Sorority Noise
You're Not As ____ As You Think


Good emo stuff
38Less Art
Strangled Light


Slightly harsher good emo stuff
37Glassjaw
Material Control


Solid comeback record from post-hardcore greats.
36Red Vox
Another Light


Youtuber rock
35YLVA
M E T A


Solid post metal
34Employed to Serve
The Warmth Of A Dying Sun


The very best of a metalcore sound that would eventually become a trend the following year
33Name
.​.​.​You Are Mostly Nowhere


Unconventional-but-not-avant-garde metal
32Low Roar
Once in a Long, Long While...


Great dream pop
31Akercocke
Renaissance in Extremis


Quirky black metal
30White Moth Black Butterfly
Atone


TesseracT and Skyharbor but if either were trip hop groups and if either were good.
29Oxbow
Thin Black Duke


Non-abrasive noise rock
28Amenra
Mass VI


Highly abrasive post metal
27Bent Knee
Land Animal


Artsy prog rock with a female lead
26Falls of Rauros
Vigilance Perennial


Justifyably hyped black metal
25Jason Isbell
The Nashville Sound


Cherished modern country
24CityCop
The Same Stories That Never Get Old


Awesome emo stuff
23Tom Rogerson with Brian Eno
Finding Shore


Electroambient gorgeousness
22Slow (BE)
V - Oceans


Emotionally powerful funeral doom
21Protomartyr
Relatives In Descent


Post punk released when it started to become cool again
20Igorrr
Savage Sinusoid


Even more unconventional-but-not-avant-garde metal
19Tyler, the Creator
Flower Boy


Self-conscious hip hop
18Execration (NOR)
Return to the Void


From here we start this year's 8.5/10's.

Fabulous classic death metal
17The Afghan Whigs
In Spades


Mature alt rock
16Blanck Mass
World Eater


Actually fun bass dropping
15Cormorant
Diaspora


Proggy black metal
14White Ward
Futility Report


Jazzy black metal
13James Holden and The Animal Spirits
The Animal Spirits


Nature's magnificent electrojazz
12Venenum
Trance of Death


Amazing foreign death metal
11Pain of Salvation
In the Passing Light of Day


Revived (literally) prog rock
10Gallops
Bronze Mystic


Non-wank math rock
9The Great Old Ones
EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy


Horror story black metal
8Dreadnought
A Wake In Sacred Waves


Prog death with two goddesses as vocalists
7The Mountain Goats
Goths


Majorly self-aware goth rock
6Mount Eerie
A Crow Looked At Me


Sad lo-fi balladry
5Motorpsycho
The Tower


From here we start with this year's 9/10's.

The best cheese you've ever tasted
4Blood Command
Cult Drugs


Dance metal
3The National
Sleep Well Beast


Sputnik staff-core
2Brand New
Science Fiction


Controversy-core
1Grails
Chalice Hymnal


WINNER: Best Album of 2017

Only the greatest post rock record of the decade. I recently brought it up to a 9.5/10 if that says anything about how amazing this is.
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