(We present here the lists of 2017 releases that proved to be the favorites of NCS writer TheMadIsraeli.)
2017 was a fucking great year for metal of all kinds, but most particularly the extreme kinds. Keeping it short and sweet again this year, I’ve decided to call this list Blasphemous Foundations. I picked a Top 6 of thrash, black, and death metal, the central pillars of extreme metal (heuhueheue 666 get it!?) followed by a miscellaneous Top 10 of stuff either not in those categories or was its own thing to the extent I didn’t think it fit into them. This will probably be my year-end list format going forward, although there will be differing amounts of exposition and me generally being an overly verbose fuckhead.
But first, some hot takes, and not-so-hot takes I’d like to offer:
1: The number of year-end lists I’ve seen that include Trivium’s The Sin And The Sentence is pretty depressing. This band peaked at Shogun, and it really makes me question the standards of the people who praise this album. Trivium can do better than this record, and have; Ascendency and Shogun are still essential metalcore albums in my mind to this day.
2: Out of the perceived but silly idea of a Sepultura vs The Cavalera’s rivalry, Sepultura certainly came on top this year. Cavalera Conspiracy’s Psychosis was a decidedly lukewarm album from a man who’s always felt he was the heart and soul of Sepultura. While Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy continue to retread old ground and cling to the past, Sepultura continue to take risks, which really paid off in this year’s Machine Messiah.
3: Arch Enemy was a double downer. Will To Power was the band’s most stale record since Anthems Of Rebellion AND Jeff Loomis didn’t get to contribute? I think the band knows they made a mistake here.
4: The saddest musician death of this year, undoubtedly, was Warrel Dane’s. A unique voice who wrote some of the best lyrics with a tonality that will probably never be heard again. I had always hoped Nevermore might reunite, but now it just wouldn’t be right. RIP.
5: Stoner and sludge metal have become an exhaustively derivative corner of the sub-genres, populated by far too many bands (though not all) who never progress or do anything interesting. There are also too many metal blogs that give this stuff too much press.
With all that said, here are my lists, with links to the music:
TOP 6 DEATH METAL
TOP 6 THRASH METAL
TOP 6 BLACK METAL
Cradle of Filth
TOP 10 MISCELLANEOUS