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Jac's Top 30 of 2017

I was a slacker this year. Listened to lots of flavour-of-the-month metal albums and neglected entire genres - maybe I don't like music anymore and I don't know it. Oh well, here's a compendium of some 2017 tunes that tickled my lobes in all the right ways.
30Musica Secreta / Celestial Sirens
Lucrezia Borgia's Daughter

Renaissance music / choral - Best not to listen when you're in a hurry, but I can think of less cathartic things to listen to when you've 73 minutes to spare.

29Funeral Chant
Funeral Chant

Black Metal - Nails the balance between atmosphere and musicianship.

28Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Tüür: Peregrinus ecstaticus; Noēsis; Le poids ...

Modern Classical - Somehow strings together in a cohesive way despite drawing from a muddled pool of influences from all eras and styles.

27Tomb Mold
Primordial Malignity

Death Metal - If you like riffs you'll like this.

26Luc Ferrari
Hétérozygote / Petite symphonie…

Musique concrete - I listened to this unaware it was an archival release at first, then it dawned upon me that the dog you can hear barking is long dead and it made me sad.

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25Jean Rondeau
Dynastie: Bach Concertos

Baroque music - Very interesting to hear how trends in the common practice period evolved as illustrated by Bach and fam.

24Vanessa Rossetto

Musique concrete - Uncanny blend of musical escapism and the "real world". Fascinating though not always pleasant.

Salzinnes Saints

Renaissance music / plainsong - A no frills testament to the beauty of the human voice.

22Brecon Baroque
Grandissima Gravita

Baroque / chamber music - The Tartini pieces are some of the best music I've heard in 2017 - hear this for those alone.

Relentless Mutation

Tech death - See my review.

20Impetuous Ritual
Blight Upon Martyred Sentience

Tech death / "caverncore" - Pushing the fold of extremity once again.

19Rossella Spinosa
Scelsi: Opere per pianoforte

Modern classical - Scelsi's piano works don't quite possess the other-worldliness of his works for strings but these are still delightfully creepy.

18Spectral Voice
Eroded Corridors of Unbeing

Death doom metal - Appeal stems from aesthetic as much as it does from composition but I still love it.

17Collegium Vocale Gent
Bach: Du treuer Gott: Leipzig Cantatas

Baroque music / oratorio - Wasn't familiar with these pieces but this steadily crept up in my estimations as the year went on. Beautifully recorded renditions of The Maestro's work from Herreweghe as ever.

16Angles 9
Disappeared Behind the Sun

Jazz / experimental big band - Trades in some of the ear worm-y phrasing of Injuries for spontaneity but remains impossibly easy to get into.

15RIAS Kammerchor / Freiburger Barockorchester
Requiem - Sussmayr / Dutton 2016 Completion

Classical period / Choral - A slight revision on Sussmayr's original completion of Mozart's Requiem. Sounds pretty faithful to these ears.

Trance of Death

Death metal - Psychedelic tunes with atmosphere that you could cut with a knife.

13Irvine Arditti

Modern classical - Frenetic solo violin works from various modern composers. Extended technique in droves; have no idea how to dissect this, don't really care.

Desolate Endscape

Death metal - What it lacks in innovation it more than compensates for in energy. Production is superb as well.

11Forest Swords

Ambient Dub - Doesn't quite nail the melancholia like Engravings but that's not really a slight. "Panic" is a contender for SOTY.

10Gringolts Quartet
Schoenberg: String Quartets 2 and 4

Serialism / chamber music - The scores are brilliant enough that any rendition of Schoenberg's string quartets without discernible flaws was bound to end up here. Always keen to hear more.

9The Doppelgangaz
Dopp Hopp

Hip hop - More of the same from Doppelgangaz but I'm not complaining. Plenty of mentions of strong ankles, in fact, there's even a namesake song.

8Silesian String Quartet
Weinberg: String Quartet No. 7 + Piano Quintet

Modern classical / chamber music - Content with its eccentricities while also being tactfully performed.

What Passes for Survival

Dissonant tech death / mathcore - Took until the twilight of the year to grow on me but once it did, oh my.

6Stile Antico
Giaches de Wert: Divine Theatre

Choral / Renaissance Music - Unassuming and poignant, with just the right amount of aural slickness so as to make for comfortable listening while shirking grandiosity.

5Inconcessus Lux Lucis
The Crowning Quietus

Black / heavy / speed metal - See my review.


Dissonant tech death - Was an early pick for AOTY but was usurped along the way. Still probably my fav production job this year.

3Jurg Frey
Ephemeral Constructions

Lowercase - Sparse at a glance but vividly textured - you could hear a pin drop. Best played in isolation with out (any potential for) distractions.

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2Arditti Quartet / Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France
Pascal Dusapin: Quatuor VI; Quatuor VII

Chamber music / modern classical - Tense, chaotic, discordant, [buzzword] pieces from a dude who studied under Xenakis, performed to perfection by Arditti.

1Artificial Brain
Infrared Horizon

Dissonant tech death - Shocker, the 2017 album with the most enduring appeal for me was what some scrubs would call a "Gorguts clone". I'm even less surprised than you are.

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