Jan 122018


There’s a possibility that at this late date I might still receive a year-end list or two that I’ve forgotten were coming, but with those possible exceptions our 2017 edition of LISTMANIA has concluded — or at least close enough that I’m ready to provide this wrap-up.

Once again, we had an extensive series of year-end lists. As usual, some of them were re-postings of lists that appeared at “big platform” web sites and print magazines, and others were prepared by our own stable of stable geniuses. But once again the largest group of list posts came from invited band members and assorted other guests, including fellow metal bloggers/writers. Plus, we’ve also received valuable, extensive lists in reader comments on THIS POST (and new lists are still being added there).

In this article I’m collecting links to all of the 2017 year-end lists that we published, divided into categories and listed within each category in the order of their appearance. For people who are looking for the best metal that 2017 had to offer, these lists provide a tremendous resource, as they have in past years.

Thanks again to everyone who contributed to 2017 LISTMANIA and to everyone who made time to read what we pulled together.

P.S. If we posted your list and you don’t see it below, it’s because I forgot to tag it with “Listmania 2017” when I posted it. Just leave a comment below or e-mail me with the words “You Fucking Moron How Could You Forget Me” in the subject line, and I’ll fix the oversight.

P.P.S. We still have one kind of 2017 list that finally began yesterday — my own list of the year’s Most Infectious Extreme Metal Songs.




Rolling Stone
Metal Hammer




Neill Jameson (Krieg) – Part 1
Neill Jameson (Krieg) – Part 2

Johan Huldtgren (Obitus)
Brendan Sloan (Convulsing)

Semjaza – Thy Darkened Shade (Part 1)
Semjaza – Thy Darkened Shade (Part 2)
Semjaza – Thy Darkened Shade (Part 3)
Semjaza – Thy Darkened Shade (Part 4)

Seb Painchaud (Tumbleweed Dealer)
Austin Lunn (Panopticon)
Jacobo Córdova (Majestic Downfall, Zombiefication)




Andy Synn (The EPs)
Andy Synn (The Disappointing Albums)
Andy Synn (The Good Albums)
Andy Synn (The Great Albums)
Andy Synn (The Critical Top 10)
Andy Synn (The Personal Top 10)
Andy Synn (Top 10 Tracks)

DGR (Part 1)
DGR (Part 2)
DGR (Part 3)

Joseph Schafer (Part 1)
Joseph Schafer (Part 2)
Joseph Schafer (Non-Metal Albums)


Wil Cifer
Todd Manning
Austin Weber
Grant Skelton




Black Metal HQ
To the Teeth (A List of Lists)

  6 Responses to “LISTMANIA 2017 WRAP-UP”

  1. More people should wander over to my list and comment…

    …Seriously, I have beer

    • I feel like I should send beer… Because I surveil our traffic in ways no one else can, I see how many people view each of these lists, which the authors have no sense of, apart from (maybe) how many comments they see. And it’s amazing how many views all of them have received this year, including yours.

  2. Well I’d just like to give a big thanks to all the authors of these lists. I think I’ve managed to listen to at least snippets, if not multiple tracks, from each album across about half the lists and have discovered some real gems – and I think sharing the love, err, I mean blackened evil darkness, is what the lists is all about, so in my case – mission accomplished.

    Also, the album I had on highest rotation this year was no doubt Ulvegr. Genuinely surprised I haven’t seen it mentioned at all in any lists.

    • Thank you old friend for such a nice compliment to all the authors, and thanks also for that strong shout-out to Ulvegr. I did do an album premiere with a review, so I know why you feel about it as you do. And more people ought to give it a shot:


      • My suspicion is that there is something about that Ulvegr album artwork that is off-putting and perhaps turns people away. I really don’t like it, more so than just a neutral “eh” I feel for a good deal of album covers. Then again, I put a great deal of importance on album cover artwork.

        • I agree with you. That cover art is the kind of thing I’d expect to see on a clean sounding, overproduced, “modern” metal album. That’s not the kind of impression I want to get from a black metal release

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