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    Okay, I was just made aware of this guy: VVilderness - and everyone needs to listen to this. Apparently a solo artist with minimal equipment. He does a sort-of atmospheric post-black metal thing, and it is really, really good.
    Dude rules!!
    thanks for bringing this up, I've been digging him for a while!

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    Sure, I'll give it a whirl. 2017 has been a great year for metal, so narrowing it down to ten records that truly deserve the highest recognition may be a bit tough, but here's my attempt.

    8. Cryptic Brood - Brain Eater. Unsophisticated and plain fun Autopsy worship, with a helping of Winter to spruce things up. They pretty much nail this style of grimy death/doom with bits of crusty d-beat interspersed throughout, and the almost retro approach to production helps as well.

    Choice cuts: A Box Full of Bones, Brain Eater

    7. Archspire - Relentless Mutation. If you've heard anything by this band, you know exactly what to expect from this: blasty, hyperspeed technical death metal with a vocalist who sounds like Busta Rhymes learned to death growl. Definitely a record for devotees to the art of the blastbeat.

    Choice cuts: Involuntary Doppelganger, Remote Tumour Seeker

    6. Dying Fetus - Wrong One to **** With. It's been five years since the excellent return to form represented by Reign Supreme, so expectations were high for this one-- and Dying Fetus delivered. Maybe it's just because it's fresher, but this may actually top Reign Supreme by the slightest margin: everything you want in a Dying Fetus record, from the infectious grooves to the technical showboating, is on full display here.

    Choice cuts: Induce Terror, Panic Amongst the Herd

    5. Vampire - With Primeval Force. There's a pretty obvious reason why I dig this album so much: it sounds like Brodequin's take on thrash metal. I've heard comparisons drawn to Castlevania, which you can definitely hear in the band's melodic sensibilities. The songs shift from full-speed-ahead barn-burners to groovier fare, all pulled off with more or less equal aplomb.

    Choice cuts: Ghoul Wind, Midnight Trial

    4. Suffocation - Of the Dark Light. After the mediocrity of most of their recent albums, I wasn't at all prepared for Suffocation to drop an album as energetic and brutal as this, but boy did they do it. It's possible the recent influx of new blood has reinvigorated the band, as you can definitely hear some new ideas being played with here, but the core remains Terrance Hobbes, and his handprint is all over this. It retains the brutality and technicality of their classic albums, but sort of tackles them from a fresher thematic angle-- not sure if I'm quite phrasing that properly, but the point is, it's fantastic.

    Choice cuts: Your Last Breaths, Clarity Through Deprivation

    3. Decrepit Birth - Axis Mundi. Another unexpected masterpiece from a band I hadn't expected much brilliance from anymore. Axis Mundi arrives seven years after the mediocre Polarity, which I found an entirely inadequate followup to their fantastic Diminishing Between Worlds-- and along comes Axis Mundi, which possibly tops that album for Decrepit Birth's best. It's a lot more brutal than their previous fare, but the focus is still on those insanely technical but catchy melodic riffs they've always trafficked in.

    Choice cuts: The Sacred Geometry, Hieroglyphics

    2. Satan's Hallow - Self-titled. Traditional heavy metal isn't really my thing, but I really enjoyed this album when it came out and my fondness for it has only grown since then. A lot of that is down to the sheer charisma of the vocalist, but the riffs themselves are great, especially when they bust out those twin guitar leads, and they keep things varied between Judas Priest-style rockers, driving Mercyful Fate stuff, and slower, more atmospheric fare. Just really good, really fun heavy metal.

    Choice Cuts: Beyond the Bells, Black Angel

    1. Hellripper - Coagulating Darkness. Hadn't even heard of this band before this year, but man, this record really knocked me off my feet. It's blackened thrash with a Motorhead attitude, but it's a bit more sophisticated than your basic Bathory worship-- partially thanks to the solos on this thing, which are absolutely phenomenal and worth hearing all their own. The riffs more than hold their own, of course, and I dig the hell out of the vocals, particularly during the choruses, which are just contagious. Listen to the chorus of Demdike and tell me that isn't the raddest thing you've heard all year.

    Choice cuts: Anneliese, Within the Everlasting Hellfire

    ... turns out I could only really think of eight records that really seemed like album of the year materiel. The rest were, at best, pretty good but flawed. This year had some disappointments, like the new Iron Reagan (I felt like it totally lacked the memorability of the previous album), The Eclipse (I keep trying to find decent melodic death metal but this just sounded like a movie score with some screams over the top of it), and the debut from a slam band called Analepsy (slam death metal bands really need to drop the overly polished production jobs, they totally kill the fun of slam). But on the whole, pretty good year for metal, in my estimation.
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    Sure there's a new Godflesh out, and it's nice and all, but how did I not know that there was a new Jesu in September? It is amazing!

    (I like Jesu WAY more than Godflesh)

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    Dude rules!!
    thanks for bringing this up, I've been digging him for a while!

    So uh - it's time for top 10 lists!

    Who wants to start?
    No it isn't. You're being that guy that puts up Christmas decorations before we're even through Thanksgiving.

    I've got some idea of what my list will be, but with all the great stuff that's come out this year, I've still got a fair bit of listening yet to do before settling on a top 10. Give me a month or so.

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    Here's a rough breakdown with more details to come:

    1. Subrosa - Subdued Live At Roadburn
    2. Pallbearer - Heartless
    3. Chrch/Fister - Split
    4. Primitive Man - Caustic
    5. White Ward - Futility Report
    6. Bell Witch - Mirror Reaper
    7. 1476 - Our Season Draws Near
    8. Crypt Rot - Embryonic Devils
    9. Bloodmoon/Trapped Within Burning Machinery - Split
    10. Spirit Adrift - Curse Of Conception
    11. High Priestess - Demo
    12. Archspire - Relentless Mutation
    13. Full Of Hell - Trumpeting Ecstasy
    14. Monarch! - Never Forever
    15. Spectral Voice - Eroded Corridors Of Unbeing

    Might shift a little bit but that's what I'm feeling. Thoughts?
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    Still a bit early, but I'm not expecting much for the rest of the year. It's been a weird year; the albums I was expecting mostly didn't amaze me, but there were some really great releases from new bands (or bands I'd never heard of). But I'll take a crack at a list.

    Aeternam - Ruins of Empires: The one album I was really looking forward to. It's great; it's a perfect continuation of Moongod. Love the Middle Eastern vibe, the production is great and music kicks ass. They might be moving a bit too much into the orchestral direction, but for now it's great.

    Enslaved - E: Like, Enslaved is always good. In Times was great, but it didn't change much from what they were doing previously. E is a definite evolution, and I really like it. Next time they can take even more chances. (Also, honourable shout-out to Bardspec - Hydrogen; Ivar Bjornson's dark ambient side project. Seriously, it's really really good).

    Foscor - Les Irreals Visions: Never knew about these guys. Catalan progressive post-metal. They remind me of Obsidian Kingdom, in that each song is kinda unique. I haven't really been able to stop listening to this album.

    Lethe - First Corpse on the Moon: Yeah, it's only sort-of metal. It's sort of avant-garde trip-hop post-whatever. Doesn't matter, it's still great. I keep saying; Anna Murphy's voice is seriously good.

    Mastodon - Emperor of Sand: I was kinda skeptic of this album. Their previous album didn't do much for me, and the promos didn't do much to make me excited. But then I listened to the rest of it, and it was great. Even the more poppy parts have grown on me, and I love that they're using all three vocalists again.

    Myrkur - Mareridt: Didn't expect this to be on my list, but here we are. While the black metal parts are nothing spectacular, I really like the more dark ambient parts she's bringing in. Honestly, if she wants to go full-Chelsea Wolfe, I'd be pretty happy.

    Need - Hegaiamas: Never heard of them before this album. Greek prog metal. I know nothing about them except the music is great, the vocals are amazing, and I haven't heard prog metal this good in a long while.

    Sun of the Sleepless - To The Elements: Sort-of a blackened (?) gothic metal thing going on here. I was actually surprised at how good this is. Don't really know why, but I keep coming back for more.

    Ulver - The Assassination of Julius Caesar: Ulver's going full pop. But the music is still pretty moody and Garm's voice just gets better with age. I honestly don't know what Ulver will do next and I love it.

    Unleash the Archers - Apex: Okay, this band has no right to be as good as they are. It's cheesy, over the top power metal, except it's really really well done. The vocals are great, the music keeps stepping up and they're reaching Sabaton-levels of sing-alongness. It's great.

    Edit: oh! almost forgot Katla. - Móđurástin: Icelandlic atmospheric black metal in the realm of Sólstafir. It's quite similar, but it is so much better than Sólstafir's recent album. It's moody, it's melanchoic, it's great. They're going to do good things, I'm sure.


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    A live album at #1 - what's happening to the world :O I'll have to check that out tho
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    Quote Originally Posted by Feytalist View Post
    Aeternam - Ruins of Empires: The one album I was really looking forward to. It's great; it's a perfect continuation of Moongod. Love the Middle Eastern vibe, the production is great and music kicks ass. They might be moving a bit too much into the orchestral direction, but for now it's great.
    I'l have to check this out.

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    Mastodon - Emperor of Sand: I was kinda skeptic of this album. Their previous album didn't do much for me, and the promos didn't do much to make me excited. But then I listened to the rest of it, and it was great. Even the more poppy parts have grown on me, and I love that they're using all three vocalists again.
    Saw them live last week. The three vocalists thing really works well but the rest of their new stuff really doesn't impress that much compared to their older stuff.
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    A live album at #1 - what's happening to the world :O I'll have to check that out tho
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    First time posting in this thread, but I just have to see if any of y'all have heard of the band Crom. The German viking metal band, not the LA band known for their ridiculous live performances (or so the internet tells me). The only person I know who's ever even heard of Crom is my brother, and he introduced me to them (him, I guess; it's a solo act by one Walter Grosse), but I don't have any friends who are big into metal, really.
    Also, he just put out a new album, so that's why Crom is on my mind.

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    First time posting in this thread, but I just have to see if any of y'all have heard of the band Crom. The German viking metal band, not the LA band known for their ridiculous live performances (or so the internet tells me). The only person I know who's ever even heard of Crom is my brother, and he introduced me to them (him, I guess; it's a solo act by one Walter Grosse), but I don't have any friends who are big into metal, really.
    Also, he just put out a new album, so that's why Crom is on my mind.
    OOOH! Haven't thought about him in a while, that Vengeance record is tight!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by grimbold View Post
    OOOH! Haven't thought about him in a while, that Vengeance record is tight!!
    Ya know, I kinda figured you'd have heard of Crom. Also, there's a good reason for not thinking about him in a long time; it's been 6 years since his last album release, and 3 years since his last public contact with the music world. He just released his third album, When Northmen Die, practically out of the blue. It's a pretty good album, I guess, but it could've been great if he hadn't ruined a few songs with poorly thought out voice-overs and the like. I'd say it's worth a listen, but it's not on any streaming services or iTunes Music or anything like that. You pretty much have to buy straight from the label.

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    You know, I thought I knew of Crom. But then I realised I was thinking of Sons of Crom. But then I saw that the link to it on Metal Archives was orange, which means I'd at least checked it out before. Anyway, time to re-acquaint myself, I guess.


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    New Jess and the Ancient Ones out. Great music, they're doing more psychedelic 70s rock these days. Love the vibe.
    This band is so good. I'm really thrilled at how they accurately call up the 70s vibe. So many bands are just pretenders, but Jess & The Ancient Ones really pull up the vibe.
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    Related to Crom
    Associative Pittsburgh nonsense to follow:
    My friend Shy (lead singer of local doom band Horehound and solo ambient project O Heidrun, which is way more my cup of tea) the a day long fest called the Descendants of Crom. Mostly doom, and pretty well received.
    Years ago she and I both played with Chuck Owston's Bonfire Night (her on vox, me on bass, keys, guitar, whatever he wanted at the time). That band started as folk, went goth, then blues rock for a time, then ending up at barbarian/battle metal. In that incarnation, one on his songs was "forged on the anvil of Crom". Because, as it turns out, everyone likes Conan.
    I was mostly out of the band by the time the album happened, but playing in an acoustic version. The bassist wasn't confident enough to play one of the songs, so I got called in to pinch hit. While in the studio, I heard playback on a few other songs. On one of them, the bassist absolutely failed to follow the really simple three note riff in the chorus of one of the songs. I didn't want to step on toes (or join the band full time), but I couldn't let that pass. So I over-played bass on that: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq_...7oN6Gsr7Tpn9Mw I probably should have played on the whole record; there was too much chord strumming and not enough riffing to sound really metal, but on the other hand, I'm not sure my Jack Bruce-esq bass necessarily helped.

    These days Chuck is doing cigar-box guitar traditional blues, so pretty far from my tastes, but Shy is still keeping it heavy.

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    Shy is the coolest - I'm working with her on getting some bands on her festival for 2018. She does a lot of good stuff. I'm glad you know her Josh and I'm stoked on this weird piece of Pittsburgh scene history!

    Seems like we have a lot to discuss when I'm out by you in August!
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    Glad to hear you're working with Shy! She is, indeed, the best! Definitely let me know when you'll be around town!

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    Meanwhile I'm just lurking here in the background, checking out all the bands you guys mention

    Horehound is absolutely amazing. Never heard of them before but damn that is some good doom. Sounds quite a bit like Alunah, and I love Alunah.

    Also that dark ambient or w/e project is something else. That's some hard listening right there... but I think I like it?
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