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Evok’s 2017: In Retrospect

Nothing quite like making a ranked retrospective list to make you question how you even came to rate a bunch of half-remembered albums from 3 years ago. That said, 2017 was a very pivotal year of music exploration for me, and most of these still find fairly frequent rotation on my listening apparatuses. I figured I’d take a trip down memory lane and rattle off all the full-length albums that got 4 stars or more in my collection. What a bloody waste of time this is.
1The Ruins Of Beverast
Exuvia


Esoteric to its core, Exuvia is a fascinating exploration of entheogenic ritualism wrapped in a dense layer of blackened doom metal. It writhes like an oily liquid between the realms of the flesh and spirit, firing its pitch-black hallucinations through a kaleidoscope of shamanistic power that transmutes the clutches of mortal comprehension. This album will break you apart, it will show you things, it will cleanse you, and it will put you back together. What more could you arrogantly ask for? Kneel before the void and let it speak.

10/10
2Cormorant
Diaspora


In my humble and ever questionable opinion, Cormorant are up there with Opeth and Neurosis as ranking among the very best metal bands to ever grace this mortal sphere. Lofty praise I know, but I just love their brand of black metal/heavy metal/progressive metal/progressive rock to bits, and Diaspora is among their finest work. Epic, expansive, colourful, passionate and memorable; this is peak music, pure and simple.

9.6/10
3Fleet Foxes
Crack-Up


With enough immediacy to wrought splendour from breezy springtime walks and a nuanced nature that makes a perfect sidekick to a blossoming mushroom trip, Crack-Up is the definitive statement on modern folk music. Infinitely replayable and staggeringly detailed, in this case hearing really is believing.

9.6/10
4Fen
Winter


When Fen came around and dropped Carrion Skies on the world, I was of the staunch opinion that they crafted the best black metal album of the new millennium, and I still stand by that sentiment. Now, with Winter unleashed as a follow up, I'm of the opinion these wizards lay claim to not one, but two black metal albums of the absolute highest order. Winter is a sprawling behemoth of pure majesty that perfectly encapsulates its namesake season from an angle that no other album has pulled off so... perfectly. In a word, it's a goddamn landmark.

9.5/10
5Cigarettes After Sex
Cigarettes After Sex


Nothing beats a cigarette after some good sex. Detractors be damned, when you sound this lovely, being one-dimensional isn't so bad. Keep at it you hopeless romantics, your music is the perfect nightcap.

9.4/10
6Falls Of Rauros
Vigilance Perennial


Passion, valour, catharsis. Screams from the mountain tops above the forest. Feathers and stone. Blood and ice. Fire and wind. This is atmospheric black metal at its most triumphant.

9.3/10
7Edamame
Bask


Edamame might not be the biggest name in downtempo, but his consistent output year after year brings forth some of the most chilled out and lush beats you could ever hope to find. Bask is simply another amazing LP from a guy who humbly does his thing better than everyone else in the scene. He's just flexing on us at this point, and that's perfectly alright.

9.2/10
8Brand New
Science Fiction


I have nothing to say about Brand New that hasn't already been said. Please consult staff writer extraordinaire SowingSeason for more information on this album.

9.1/10
9The Great Old Ones
EOD: A Tale Of Dark Legacy


Viciously writhing Lovecraft inspired atmospheric black metal with a heavy bite that damn near leans on sludge metal. An absolutely essential album if you want a proper ass whoopin'.

9.1/10
10Woe
Hope Attrition


9/10
11Dauwd
Theory Of Colours


9/10
12Yellow Eyes
Immersion Trench Reverie


Yellow Eyes have their share of detractors but for the life of me I can't figure out why. They levelled up in a big way with Immersion Trench Reverie; an album overflowing with unique amalgamations of Eastern European mystique and clever atmospheric black metal that creeps towards a Krallice-esque sense of angular oddity. With a timbre rich in orange and brown hues, this album is an essential autumn companion.

8.9/10
13Analepsy
Atrocities From Beyond


From a production standpoint, Atrocities From Beyond is one of the heaviest albums ever put to tape. This thing -and I cannot emphasize this enough- absolutely fucking SLAPS. This is some serious balls-to-the-wall slamming death metal that stands well above the vast majority of its peers in a genre rife with wholly forgettable brutality. If you want a broken neck, just turn that volume knob to 11 and let 'er buck because this gurgling slab of mindless fun is irresistibly juicy.

8.9/10
14Spectral Voice
Eroded Corridors of Unbeing


8.8/10
15Artificial Brain
Infrared Horizon


8.8/10
16Der Weg Einer Freiheit
Finisterre


8.8/10
17Full Of Hell
Trumpeting Ecstasy


"All matter is just the devil crawling back to God."

8.7/10
18Venenum
Trance Of Death


8.7/10
19Destroyer
ken


8.7/10
20Usnea
Portals Into Futility


8.6/10
21Emancipator
Baralku


8.6/10
22Sunless
Urraca


8.6/10
23Wode
Servants Of The Countercosmos


A perfect marriage of ballistic-grade melodic black metal and sprinkles of the NWOBHM. Servants Of The Countercosmos will suck you in like a black hole.

8.5/10
24Kelela
Take Me Apart


I'm gonna quote fellow sputnik swami Slex regarding this alternative r&b masterpiece because they summed it up better than I could ever hope to; "A deep focus rumble of effortless cool and crackling heat, Kelela creates a transportive world of sounds and voices that conveys longing, passion and independence on her own ever-shifting terms. A stunningly generous and singularly alien album."

8.5/10
25Chee
Fear Monger


The pitch black mechanizations of Chee's debut LP are a shining example how multi-bpm bass music can still push the sonic envelope. Swaddled in the young South African producer's unmistakable style and nestled uncomfortably between dubstep, drum & bass, halftime and glitch, Fear Monger is an all-out assault of the senses that you won't soon forget.

8.5/10
26Slow (BE)
V - Oceans


8.5/10
27Phrenelith
Desolate Endscape


A modern take on classic death metal meat. Cut thick and piled high.

8.4/10
28Circa Survive
The Amulet
29Alter
Pendulum
30Converge
The Dusk In Us
31Immolation
Atonement
32Elder (USA-MA)
Reflections Of A Floating World
33The National
Sleep Well Beast
34Bonobo
Migration
35Abkehr
In Asche
36Havukruunu
Kelle Surut Soi
37Gang Of Youths
Go Farther In Lightness
38Counterparts
You're Not You Anymore
39Chaos Moon
Eschaton Mémoire
40Gorephilia
Severed Monolith
41Dumal
The Lesser God
42DB1
Zwischenwelt


Modular ambient experimental techno made with euclidean rhythms. It's an absolute mindfuck, but it's also a beautifully meditative experience.

8.1/10
43Below The Sun
Alien World
44Manchester Orchestra
A Black Mile To The Surface
45Bokassa
Divide And Conquer
46Martin Nonstatic
Ligand
47Chelsea Wolfe
Hiss Spun
48Phoebe Bridgers
Stranger In The Alps
49Archspire
Relentless Mutation
50Less Art
Strangled Light
51Slowdive
Slowdive
52Gas
Narkopop
53Kamancello
Kamancello
54Hammock
Mysterium
55Cannibal Corpse
Red Before Black
56The Menzingers
After The Party


I usually despise pop punk with a burning vitriol, but this album is simply a blast. It's catchy and memorable, but above all else, it's a genuine exploration of the emotional ups and downs that come with being a touring band and entering your 30's. It's an interesting take on an uninteresting genre, and gets by on pure charm and honest heart.

7.6/10
57DJ Sports
Modern Species
58The Black Dahlia Murder
Nightbringers
59hubris
Apocryphal Gravity
60Cranial
Dark Towers, Bright Lights
61Blood Cultures
Happy Birthday
62DJ Python
Dulce Compañia


Janky curbside rhythm meets ethereal ambiance. DJ Python's blend of moombahton, deep house, and ambient is a seriously one-of-a-kind of sound with an equally singular vibe that you just can't find anywhere else.

7.5/10
63Krallice
Go Be Forgotten
64Everything Everything
A Fever Dream
65Incantation
Profane Nexus
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