Here’s another entry in the part of our annual LISTMANIA orgy where we re-post lists of metal from “big platform” web sites and print zines — the kind of places that get a lot more eyeballs on them than festering little metal-only hovels like ours.
To justify our selection of Noisey for this part of the series, consider these statistics: Noisey is the on-line music channel of Vice Media, which began as a Montreal-based print magazine in 1994 and has expanded into a global media presence. Noisey was started in 2011 and now has 1,285,404 Facebook followers and (according to this site) receives about 966,500 unique visitors and 1,411,090 page views per day.
About one week ago Noisey published its staff’s list of “The Best 100 Albums of 2017“, but due to my ongoing vacation, I overlooked it until today. By my count, 8 of those albums are metal (down from 10 last year). Six of those appear to have made the list as a result of recommendations by Noisey editor Kim Kelly, whose by-line appears on the mini-reviews that accompany those 6 picks. The other two, by Yellow Eyes and Power Trip, are accompanied by different writers’ by-lines.
For those of you who have the time and inclination to listen to genres of music other than metal, you might find some things worth exploring by reading the entire Noisey Best 100 list (here) (I, for example, made the happy discovery that Jason Isbell released a new album this year). What I’ve done is extracted the metal titles from the list, along with where they appear in the ranking — and here they are:
95. Woe – Hope Attrition
81. Sunrot – Sunnata
77. Yellow Eyes – Immersion Trench Revery (Colin Joyce)
73. Primitive Man – Caustic
36. Power Trip – Nightmare Logic (another author)
32. Ragana – You Take Nothing
22. King Woman – Created in the Image of Suffering
14. Dawn Ray’d – The Unlawful Assembly
I’ve heard all of these except the Sunrot and King Woman albums, and certainly can’t quarrel with their selection. And the list provides a bit of balance, in the sense that the excellent albums by Yellow Eyes, Primitive Man, Ragana, and Dawn Ray’d were all sadly missing from every other list we’ve re-posted in this year’s LISTMANIA series.