So I’m gonna start doing reviews in January but for now I’m gonna post my favorite records of 2017.
10. Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper
So I’m sure it’s no surprise that bell witch reached my list for 2017. So for starters when the album came out I thought Bandcamp was messing up because I only saw one track but then soon found out that the album was a monolithic 83 minute opus. It’s basically like a slow moving roller coaster it’s got its high points but it’s very slow and outstretched parts, it almost reminds me of shoegaze at some parts. It’s a incredible piece of music and absolutely a work of art.
9. Demonic Death Judge – Seaweed
Next up on my list is Finland’s own Demonic Death Judge with their new album “seaweed”. It’s basically everything you want in a sludge/doom album and then some, it’s got slow thick riffs but it’s also got some progressive, clean and beautiful guitar based songs like “cavity” and “peninkulma”, which is always a nice break from the heavy riffs and that’s why it caught my ear.
8. Toke – Orange
Coming up on number 8 is the heavy hitting group “toke” with their new album “orange” there’s not much to say about it besides that it’s simple, heavy and effective and I think the simplicity of the album is what makes it so great, you can be reading a nice book or laundry and be playing this in the background and you’d absolutely enjoy it because you don’t have to think about it too much. And the production on the album is great, the drums are nice and full and the guitars are blistering and powerful and somehow the bass cuts through with absolute crushing power.
7. Beastmaker – Inside the Skull
Coming in at number 7 is the doom masters themselves “beastmaker” with their new album “inside the skull”. When I first heard this band The first thing that came to mind was their very retro sounding songs, and I think that definitely gives people a nostalgic feeling when they hear these songs that reminds them of sabbath, candlemass or witchfinder general. So I think this scene definitely needs bands like this to really hold the torch for having that classic vibe.
6. Gurt – Skullossus
This might be a surprise but coming in at number 6 is “gurt” with their colossal new album “skullossus”. Now I also like when sludge/doom metal bands throw something new in the mix and gurt definitely does that with their own sound of bludgeoning guitar riffs and hardcore influence. It’s all together just a fun album to listen to, there’s not much to it…and that’s why it’s great.
5. Year of the Cobra – Burn your Dead
Counting down to number 5 with “Burn your Dead” by Seattle’s own “Year of the Cobra”. They are just a two piece band consisting of bass, drums, keys and vocals. This album really striked me as a very “punk rock style” of an album because of their simple approach. This albums got great heavy riffs but also catchy vocals. It’s a fuzz based album I think everyone should check out.
4. Baba yaga – S/T
Continuing the path to number 4 is Wisconsin’s own “Baba Yaga”, I have no idea what it means but man does it sound cool. The album includes just 2 blistering songs, it almost reminds me of Bell witch with their slow and almost shoegaze approach to the genre and that really sticks out to me. The vocals sound like the deepest pit of a demons belly but also has great clean vocals as well. Usually when songs get passed the 10 minuet mark I usually get bored with it but not with this band, it holds you tight for dear life and it never lets you go….
3. The Obsessed – Sacred
Coming at number 3 is a blast from the past with “the obsessed” and their new album “sacred”. And this new album is like they never stopped writing killer riffs and catchy songs that make you wanna join a biker gang. It’s filled with heavy guitars, tambourine shakes and raspy vocals from wino himself.
2. Mephistofeles – (((I’m Heroin)))
We’ve come very far and coming at number 2 is “Mephistofeles” with their new album “(((I’m heroin)))”. This album will make you take a shower after listening to it, the riffs are so gross and fuzzy they make you feel like you’re doing something wrong. They have a big electric wizard feel to them so you know what you’re getting when you listen to this. Slow. Heavy. Fuzz.
1. Kadavar – Rough Times
Finally we’ve made it to number 1! I’m giving it to the boys in “Kadavar”. They put everything in this album that you wanna hear with out it sounding generic and boring. It’s got amazing riffs like on “Skeleton Blues” but also really catchy tracks like “Die Baby Die” and “Evil Words”. They have many weird sounds incorporated to mix it up here and there. And they even go to new boundaries with a track like “The Lost Child”. I couldn’t really find anything wrong with this album other than I wish it was longer.
Well there you go folks, my top 10 albums of 2017, I hope you enjoyed it and I’ll see you in 2018 with album reviews.