|Best Mostly Metal Albums of 2017|
It's the extremely belated best-of list no one asked for. Non-metal fans, 10, 13-16, 25, 28, 30, 33, and 35 may interest you.
The Immortal Wars
An epic slab of death metal about Hannibal's march over the Alps.
Attic performs blatant King Diamond worship, but they do the king justice. Sanctimonious tells a gripping and evil story of a pregnant nun named Alice. Admittedly, this album is cheesy, but it is also addictive.
Very proggy black metal with a smooth sax (instead of that obnoxious squeaking goose people always use in metal). This album will take you on a journey from black metal to jazz to light rock to electronic and back.
|39||Shadow of Intent|
Halo-themed tech deathcore. Sounds terrible, right? Wrong. Intent use breakdowns judiciously and features neoclassical melodies. Is this even deathcore?
This gorgeous 80 minute behemoth of funeral doom feels shorter than it is.
Ruins of Empires
Montrously epic MENA prog melodeath
Epic and proggy folk metal with great storytelling and excellent female vocals.
|35||Premiata Forneria Marconi|
Exceptionally catchy and smooth Italian prog rock
|34||August Burns Red|
Anthem features the same ABR metalcore writing, but all the segments are better than ever. Riffs are catchier, breakdowns are heavier, and the band doesn't need to make strange genre transitions to impress.
Reflections of a Floating World
Incredibly melodic and flowing stoner/doom rock/metal, but a bit too meandering to get any higher for me.
With All Their Might
The album art says it all. This is pure pit-inducing, muscle-building, meathead death metal. However, the writing is strong and the pace varies enough that you can enjoy this outside of a gym.
Ghostlands - Wounds From A Bleeding Earth
Infectiously melodic blackened folk metal featuring great dynamics and the occasional heavy metal solo. The songs with female vocals are a step above the rest.
Dark electronic prog with haunting atmospheres and excellent vocals.
A brutal death metal onslaught with little twists to keep you on your toes (or creeped out).
Two Parts Viper
Viper is fun, raw, and heavy all at the same time. The album blends hardcore with more accessible sounds of indie/alt rock.
|27||The Great Old Ones|
EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy
Black metal can be a chore for me sometimes, but the wonderful melodies on this record create an effortless listening experience.
To Venomous Depths
This band plays the same gothic death as Tribulation, but with a bit more death and less catchiness.
The Deviant Chord
These veterans of heavy/power metal prove they still have gas left in the tank (Ich habe ein Witz gemacht).
Do Not Deviate
Tech death that keeps you on your toes with clean vocals and keys.
The Dusk in Us
Converge's trademark metalcore: absolutely blistering and gut-wrenchingly emotional.
Irate political thrash with one of the best rhythm sections in all metal and incredible production (especially the drums).
Servants of the Countercosmos
One raging wreckingball of black metal that just so happens to be as catchy and succinct as it is extreme.
Emperor of Sand
On EoS, Mastodon opts for a less sludgy and more accessible sound, including one completely radio-friendly tune, but they keep their proggy songwriting and wild drumming in tact. What the band lost in weight was converted melody.
Disorienting, sci-fi themed, Ballou-produced crossover trash with a guitarist hooked on surf rock.
This is one massive prog metal concept album. It's 80 minutes and features more vocalists than a hip-hop album. Although the apocalyptic story drags a bit, the superbly written and diverse tracks seem to last half as long as they actually do.
The Further Side
Four prog metallers from bands such as BTBAM and Haken unite to perform impressive jazz fusion wizardry (or wankery depending on who you ask).
Dark, dynamic, and, most of all, sad. Brand New's angst-ridden emo has come to a mature, morose end
|14||The Night Flight Orchestra|
A poppy 70's rock side project of members of metal bands such as Soilwork and Arch Enemy. This is an unabashed rehash of old ideas, but I love it.
No Grave But the Sea
These pirate-obsessed, folk metal jokers finally learn how to write great music to go along with their ridiculous lyrics.
The Unlawful Assembly
These UK anarchists create exceptionally catchy raw black metal. They use folk melodies and a violin to add levity to blistering black metal.
American made, Finnish sounding melodeath folk metal about tarot cards. Despite the album's length, these catchy and superbly written songs never get boring.
Pretty, upbeat prog metal with a friendly Australian accent and a hint of djent. In Contact is so light and accessible It could appeal to fans of prog rock and alt rock.
The Room of Shadows
Doom with a NWOBHM sound and excellent production, especially the intro to the title track. It's a stroll down Manilla Road on a Black Sabbath.
Absolutely brutal tech-death that incorporates some Gorguts and Pyrrhon weirdness but manages to maintain headbangability throughout.
In Forgotten Sleep
A surprisingly unique and raw fusion of power metal and folk metal from an underground band. They eschewed the tropes of these typically cheesy sub-genres.
|6||Unleash The Archers|
Canadian power metal band with the best female vocalist in all metal writes an album with a cohesive story and superbly written songs.
Fun, catchy stoner rock influenced by variety of metal sub-genres and Converge.
Renaissance in Extremis
Proggy blackened death that repeatedly and suddenly transitions from punishingly heavy to full on prog-rock and back. The clean vocals may take some getting used to though.
Tech death that doesn't get lost in trying to be as technical as possible. It features insane vocals, memorable melodies, excellent rhythmic interplay, and even dynamics! At only 30 minutes in length, you won't get bored before the end.
Trance of Death
Death (not the band) goes prog-rock, but not in an Opeth way. This still has a grimy old school sound, but the organ is in the band instead of the lyrics. The suite at the end is a highlight.
Gorgeous proggy doom. Heartless's crushing riffs float gracefully through extended songs . It's like watching a power lifter excel at ballet.