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    Posted: 25 Feb 2017 at 12:57pm
To continue from last years thread, post your list so far of 2017 releases you've heard and enjoyed.

Here's mine:
Overkill - The Grinding Wheel (AOTY)
Power Trip - Nightmare Logic 
Xibalba - Diablo, Con Amor...Adios
Earth Witch - Out of the Shallow
Dreaming Dead - Funeral Twilight
Rock Goddess - It's More Than Rock and Roll
The White Swan - The White
Obituary - Obituary
Havok - Conformicide
Monolord - Rust
Blessed Curse - Beware of the Night
Paradise Lost - Medusa
Mothership - High Strangeness
Toadies - The Wrong Side of Uptown
Myrkur - Mareridt
Tennger Cavalry - Cavalry From Hell
Skulled - Eat Thrash
Neanderthal - Get a Move On
Dying Fetus - Wrong One to Fuck With
Eloy - The Vision, The Sword, The Pyre Part 1
Nokturnal Mortum - Verity
Sepultura - Machine Messiah
Anthriel - Transcendence 
Grave Digger - Healed by Metal
FreaKings - Toxic End
KXM - Scatterbrain
Necromandus - Necromandus
Dream Machine - The Illusion
Art of Anarchy - The Madness
Marty Friedman - Wall of Sound
Sinister - Syncretism
Code Orange - Forever


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This year so far has been very black metal centric for me. 

Reviewed albums (main list):

  1. Fen - Winter (Atmospheric Black Metal) - 5.0
  2. Ungfell - Tôtbringære (Black Metal) - 4.5
  3. Lorn - Arrayed Claws (Black Metal) - 4.5
  4. Xandria - Theater of Dimensions (Symphonic Metal) - 4.5
  5. Todesstoß - Ebne Graun (Depressive Black Metal) - 4.5
  6. Saille - Gnosis (Melodic Black Metal) - 4.5
  7. Tina Guo - Game On! (Metal Related) - 4.5
  8. Grave Digger - Healed by Metal (Power Metal) - 4.0
  9. Worthless Life - Conscious in Coma (Depressive Black Metal) - 4.0
  10. Wolfchant - Bloodwinter (Power Metal) - 4.0
  11. Moongates Guardian - Let Horse Be Bridled, Horn Be Sounded! (Atmospheric Black Metal) - 3.5
  12. Arcane Existence - The Dark Curse (Melodic Black Metal) - 3.0
  13. Ande - Het Gebeente (Atmospheric Black Metal) - 3.0
  14. Autumn Grave - Existence is No More (Black Metal) - 1.5
  15. Svangur Kvöl - Wreck of the World (Black Metal) - 1.0
Heard but not reviewed (rating range estimated):

Wiegedood - De Doden Hebben Het Goed II (Atmospheric Black Metal) - 4.0-4.5
Pure Wrath - Ascetic Eventide (Atmospheric Black Metal) - 4.5-5.0
Стены Льда - III (Atmospheric Black Metal) - 3.5-4.0
Ad Christi Gloriam (Black Metal) - 1.5-2.0
Gelding Moon - Martian Butchery (Black Metal) - 2.5-3.0
Gone Is Gone - Echolocation (Hard Rock) - 3.0-3.5
Ashenspire - Speak Not of the Laudanum Quandary (Avant-Garde Metal) - 1.5-2.0
Baltimor - Eepos (Speed Metal) - 3.5-4.0
Tome of the Unreplenished - Cosmoprism: The Theurgy - Act I (Metal Related) - 2.0-2.5
Doom's Day - The Whore (Doom Metal) - 3.0-3.5
Sweet Lich - Never Satisfied (Heavy Metal) - 3.5-4.0
The Great Old Ones - EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy (Atmospheric Black Metal) - 4.0-4.5
Dumal - The Lesser God (Black Metal) - 3.5-4.0
Laster - Ons vrije fatum (Atmospheric Black Metal) - 3.5-4.0


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My list (4 stars or more, in no particular order):

1. Sepultura - Machine Messiah
2. Lorn - Arrayed Claws
3. Versailles - Lineage ~薔薇の末裔~
4. Mors Principium Est - Embers of a Dying World
5. Edenbridge - The Great Momentum
6. Coffinshade - In the Darkness I Shall Dwell
7. Pure Wrath - Ascetic Eventide
8. Ex Deo - The Immortal Wars
9. Firewind - Immortals
10. Bloodbound - War of Dragons
11. Tommy Vitaly - Indivisible
12. Pallbearer - Heartless
13. Kelly Simonz's Blind Faith - Overture of Destruction
14. Mesarthim - Presence
15. Progenie Terrestre Pura - oltreLuna
16. Iron Attack! - Keep Your Faith
17. Craven Idol - The Shackles of Mammon
18. Warbringer - Woe to the Vanquished
19. Seven Kingdoms - Decennium
20. Woe - Hope Attrition
21. Genocide Generator - III
22. White Ward - Futility Report
23. Outrun the Sunlight - Red Bird
24. Adagio - Life
25. Altair - Descending: A Devilish Comedy
26. The Sarcophagus - Beyond this World's Illusion
27. Epica - The Solace System
28. Sex Virgin Killer - Vazinism
29. Fellwarden - Oathbearer
30. Marty Friedman - Wall of Sound
31. 梦灵 (Dream Spirit) - · (General Triumphant)
32. The Contortionist – Clairvoyant
33. Cihan Tanriverdi - Mayranus
34. Dreamshift - Seconds
35. Galneryus - Ulimate Sacrifice
36. Angel Vivaldi - Synapse
37. Jupiter - Tears of the Sun
38. Ne Obliviscaris - Urn
39. Concerto Moon - Tears of Messiah



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5.0:
Bloodbound - War of Dragons (Power Metal)
Xandria - Theater of Dimensions (Symphonic Metal)

4.5:
Persefone - Aathma (Progressive Death Metal)
Victorius - Heart of the Phoenix (Power Metal)
Kingfisher Sky - To Turn the Tables (Progressive Metal)
Ignea - The Sign of Faith (Folk Metal)
Tina Guo - Game On! (Modern Classical)
Mechina - As Embers Turn to Dust (Extreme Symphonic Metal)

4.0:
Battle Beast - Bringer of Pain (Melodic Metal)
Stamina - System of Power (Progressive Metal)
Solarus - Reunion (Symphonic Metal)
Crimson Sun - The Spirit of Unchainable (Melodic Metal)
Firewind - Immortals (Power Metal)
Cellador - Off the Grid (Power Metal)
Signum Regis - Decennium Primum (Power Metal)
Mutiny Within - Origins (Melodic Metalcore)
Overkill - The Grinding Wheel (Thrash Metal)
Kreator - Gods of Violence (Thrash Metal)
Grave Digger - Healed by Metal (Heavy/Power Metal)

3.5:
Wolfchant - Bloodwinter (Power Metal)
Seven Kingdoms - Decennium (Power Metal)
The Murder of My Sweet - Echoes of the Aftermath (Symphonic Metal)
Stormhammer - Welcome to the End (Power Metal)
Edenbridge - The Great Momentum (Symphonic Metal)
Soen - Lykaia (Progressive Metal/Rock)
Lancer - Mastery (Heavy/Power Metal)

3.0:
Need - Hegaiamas: A Song for Freedom (Progressive Metal)
Crystal Viper - Queen of the Witches (Heavy Metal)

1.0:
Pain of Salvation - In the Passing Light of Day (Progressive Metal)



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I'm behind on a few release I'm interested in, but I have 11 on my RYM list that I've started working on.

4.5

Ungfell - Tôtbringære (could become a 5.0)
Grave Digger - Healed by Metal
Xandria - Theater of Dimensions
Sweet Lich - Never Satisfied
Baltimor - Eepos

4.0

Wolfchant - Bloodwinter
Hazy Sea - Electric Abyss
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the Rats
Doom's Day - The Whore
Todesstoß - Ebne Graun

3.5

Hey Satan - Hey Satan
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I need to get with it. Only 2017 release I've picked up so far is the new Pain Of Salvation.

Though I've listened to the new Aeternam album on youtube (I need to buy that one...love Aeternam).

Some good stuff I'm stoked about picking up when they come out, the Seven Kingdoms, Helion Prime, MindMaze, Wintersun, and a few others.


Pain Of Salvation - In The Passing Light Of Day
Witherfall - Nocturnes And Requiems


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Originally posted by Jbird Jbird wrote:

the Seven Kingdoms

This is actually already out but so badly handled that unless you're in the same country as them you'll probably be paying an arm and a leg if you want to get a copy.

I'm in the UK and had planned to order the CD at first opportunity but didn't when I worked out what it would cost:

CD = $20 (approx £16) - over the standard for a new release to begin with.
Shipping = $15 (approx £12) - I know that the US charges the Earth for international postage so I guess I can understand.
Import fees = about £10. The UK does not allow the import of any goods from the US over the value of £15 without paying an import fee. I found this out the hard way when I got the last Lascaille's Shroud album. Most would probably mark the package as a Gift even though it's not because that puts the import cost threshold a bit higher, but LS actually did this for me but the UK authorities still charged me. So it obviously doesn't work all the time.

Which means the total cost for a UK buyer for a single CD album would be around the £38 mark. 

Which of course is completely ridiculous. 

Seven Kingdoms decided to cut their label (Nightmare Records) out of the picture and go full DIY. Obviously the label was taking too big a cut for them because they said it was because they wanted to be in a more financially feasible position for worldwide touring. 

For me though this has completely backfired because they've made the album pretty much unattainable without paying stupid money. As much as I love the band, I won't be paying the same money I could get about four other albums with for just their one. They haven't even put it on streaming sites so anyone can hear it in full beforehand even if they were considering dropping that sort of money on it. 
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Fen are getting upset by this one for the top place on my 2017 list. Still picking my jaw up off the floor here. I thought that of all prog albums Ayreon may have a shot of taking it but these guys just beat Arjen to it. 


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Originally posted by adg211288 adg211288 wrote:

Fen are getting upset by this one for the top place on my 2017 list. Still picking my jaw up off the floor here. I thought that of all prog albums Ayreon may have a shot of taking it but these guys just beat Arjen to it. 


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And just like that, MindMaze have pushed this down to second.

One more 2017 review and then I'll have done my first 20 for the year.
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I didn't think it was possible, but I believe something did beat Overkill's new album as AOTY. 



What a punishing album. This is the most raw and aggressive albums I've heard in a long time, fellow thrash fans should all check this out if they want a pure old-school shred-fest. It's rare a new band blows my mind as much as Power Trip have! 
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^ I like the sound of that, going to check it out asap.
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Originally posted by DippoMagoo DippoMagoo wrote:

5.0:


1.0:
Pain of Salvation - In the Passing Light of Day (Progressive Metal)



I've been far too busy to listen to new music or do anything for that matter but i have been able to hear the new Pain Of Salvation. Shocked you're giving it only a 1 star. I quite like it myself. Not comparable to the classics but certainly an interesting listen for me. At least a 3.5 for me :)
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I'm a bit behind of checking out 2017 albums still. I have a few upcoming I'm excited for but my current list is still pretty short and a few of these were for MMA evaluations.

5.0

Ungfell - Tôtbringære
Locust Leaves - A Subtler Kind of Light

4.5

Bathsheba - Servus
Grave Digger - Healed by Metal
Xandria - Theater of Dimensions
Sweet Lich - Never Satisifed
Baltimor - Eepos

4.0

Wolfchant - Bloodwinter
Hazy Sea - Electric Abyss
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the Rats
Doom's Day - The Whore
Todesstoß - Ebne Graun

3.5

Hey Satan - Hey Satan

Suggest some albums for me to check out this weekend please.
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^ Black metal albums I think you'd like (you probably have a few on your list to hear already though). Not counting anything that isn't out yet.

Fen - Winter
Saille - Gnosis (all bar one track is on Spotify now)
Lorn - Arrayed Claws
Wiegedood - De Doden Hebben Het Goed II
Pure Wrath - Ascetic Eventide 
Fell Ruin - To the Concrete Drifts (black/doom)
Imperceptum - The Eternal Path to Nothingness  (black/doom)

I haven't really listened to much from other genres that either isn't out yet or already on your list, but Ex Deo's new one is a solid symphonic death metal release. 
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Haven't heard loads from this year yet but albums I'm enjoying so far...

Immolation - Atonement (album of the year so far and will take some shifting)
Kreator - Gods Of Violence
Bathsheba - Servus
Dool - Here Now, There Then
Mors Principium Est - Embers Of A Dying World
Scenario II - A New Dawn
Overkill - The Grinding Wheel
Ritualization  - Sacraments To The Sons Of The Abyss

Coming soon, that I expect great things from, albums from Pallbearer, Mastodon, Obituary, Pilorian.


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^ so any news on the new Black Rose album, Paul?
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Originally posted by Bosh66 Bosh66 wrote:

^ so any news on the new Black Rose album, Paul?

We're taking our time Chris. The priority has been on getting up to speed on the set ready for gigs so haven't done a lot yet. Don't even have a full album of songs yet. They're likely to be completed song by song I suspect but we have some great stuff written. It's likely to be heavier than anything the band have done before based on what we have so far.
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Thumbs Up look forward to hearing it!
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^ Thanks, I'll let you know.
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Originally posted by adg211288 adg211288 wrote:

Fen - Winter


I've just got this and its excellent. I've also got Saille on order.
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