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Topic: 2017 in metal so far
Posted By: Unitron
Subject: 2017 in metal so far
Date 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
Morbid Angel - Kingdoms Disdained
Havok - Conformicide
Xibalba - Diablo, Con Amor...Adios
Rock Goddess - It's More Than Rock and Roll
Earth Witch - Out of the Shallow
The White Swan - The White
Obituary - Obituary
Neanderthal - Get a Move On
Sepultura - Machine Messiah
Monolord - Rust
Godflesh - Post Self
Code Orange - Forever
Dreaming Dead - Funeral Twilight
Toadies - The Wrong Side of Uptown
Trivium - The Sin and the Sentence
Electric Wizard - Wizard Bloody Wizard
Myrkur - Mareridt
Mothership - High Strangeness
Psycho Mania - Subliminal Brainwash
Blessed Curse - Beware of the Night
Paradise Lost - Medusa
Tennger Cavalry - Cavalry From Hell
Skulled - Eat Thrash
Dying Fetus - Wrong One to Fuck With
Eloy - The Vision, The Sword, The Pyre Part 1
Nokturnal Mortum - Verity
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


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Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 25 Feb 2017 at 1:39pm
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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Posted By: Sisslith
Date Posted: 25 Feb 2017 at 2:07pm

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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Posted By: DippoMagoo
Date Posted: 25 Feb 2017 at 4:02pm
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)



Posted By: 666sharon666
Date Posted: 26 Feb 2017 at 5:34am
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


Posted By: Jbird
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2017 at 8:34am
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


Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 28 Feb 2017 at 1:26am
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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Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 28 Feb 2017 at 9:32am
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. 


http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/album/locust-leaves/a-subtler-kind-of-light


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Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 09 Mar 2017 at 1:47pm
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. 


http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/album/locust-leaves/a-subtler-kind-of-light

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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Posted By: Unitron
Date Posted: 09 Mar 2017 at 2:07pm
I didn't think it was possible, but I believe something did beat Overkill's new album as AOTY. 


http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/album/power-trip/nightmare-logic" rel="nofollow - http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/album/power-trip/nightmare-logic

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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Posted By: Nightfly
Date Posted: 09 Mar 2017 at 4:14pm
^ I like the sound of that, going to check it out asap.


Posted By: siLLy puPPy
Date Posted: 09 Mar 2017 at 5:35pm
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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Posted By: 666sharon666
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2017 at 1:28am
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.


Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2017 at 1:52am
^ 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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Posted By: Nightfly
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2017 at 10:36am
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.


Posted By: Bosh66
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2017 at 10:48am
^ so any news on the new Black Rose album, Paul?


Posted By: Nightfly
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2017 at 4:07pm
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.


Posted By: Bosh66
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2017 at 4:48pm
Thumbs Up look forward to hearing it!


Posted By: Nightfly
Date Posted: 13 Mar 2017 at 3:27pm
^ Thanks, I'll let you know.


Posted By: 666sharon666
Date Posted: 14 Mar 2017 at 12:31pm
Originally posted by adg211288 adg211288 wrote:

Fen - Winter


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


Posted By: Jbird
Date Posted: 12 May 2017 at 1:40am
I only have five 2017 albums so far (ordered the Helion Prime but for some reason it hasn't shipped to me...haven't gotten charged until it does).

I have the Pain Of Salvation, Witherfall, MindMaze, Pyramaze, and Seven Kingdoms. I like all of them, but the MindMaze is my favorite so far. Killer album, MindMaze certainly topped their 2014's Back From The Edge.


Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 22 May 2017 at 1:20pm
Finally at 30 albums reviewed as of today though three of them are currently sitting in draft so I can stagger posting them over the next few days. Had a really productive reviewing day today with five written. 

Here's my 30 reviewed albums. * = review waiting to be posted.

  1. MindMaze - Resolve
  2. Ayreon - The Source
  3. Locust Leaves - A Subtler Kind of Light
  4. Fen - Winter
  5. Ungfell - Tôtbringære
  6. Vandroya - Beyond the Human Mind
  7. The Doomsday Kingdom - The Doomsday Kingdom*
  8. Pure Wrath - Ascetic Eventide
  9. Artificial Brain - Infrared Horison
  10. Lorn - Arrayed Claws
  11. Mesarthim - Presence (EP)
  12. Xandria - Theater of Dimensions
  13. Todesstoß - Ebne Graun
  14. Saille - Gnosis
  15. Tina Guo - Game On!
  16. Unleash the Archers - Apex*
  17. Seven Kingdoms - Decenniun
  18. Bathsheba - Servus
  19. Grave Digger - Healed by Metal
  20. Worthless Life - Conscious in Coma
  21. Deus Otiosis - Opposer*
  22. Fell Ruin - To the Concrete Drifts
  23. Wolfchant - Bloodwinter
  24. Kobra and the Lotus - Prevail I
  25. Pyramaze - Contingent
  26. Moongates Guardian - Let Horse Be Bridled, Horn Be Sounded! 
  27. Arcane Existence - The Dark Curse
  28. Ande - Het Gebeente
  29. Autumn Grave = Existence is No More (EP)
  30. Svangur Kvöl - Wreck of the World


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Posted By: UMUR
Date Posted: 22 May 2017 at 3:33pm
I have listened to very few 2017 albums, compared to new albums the previous years. Just don´t have as much time to review new releases these days. Thankfully I have a shitload of backlog reviews, so I won´t dry out any time soon. At least not when it comes to old releases.

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Posted By: 666sharon666
Date Posted: 23 May 2017 at 11:41am
I've been sort of keeping track of all the releases for this year that I've heard in a private RYM list, but I'm pretty bad at keeping it up to date. I'll try to get it sorted by the time of the next album of the year vote.


Posted By: UMUR
Date Posted: 23 May 2017 at 11:35pm
My list so far (in no particular order):
 
1. Kreator - Gods of Violence
2. Code Orange - Forever
3. Sepultura - Machine Messiah
4. Overkill - The Grinding Wheel
5. Obituary - Obituary
6. Lock Up - Demonization
7. Memoriam - For The Fallen
8. Theory in Practice - Crescendo Dezign
9. Sinister - Syncretism
10. Iron Reagan - Crossover Ministry
11. John Garcia - The Coyote Who Spoke in Tongues
12. Immolation - Atonement
13. Sanctuary - Inception
14. Body Count - Bloodlust
15. Crystal Fairy - Crystal Fairy


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Posted By: 666sharon666
Date Posted: 24 May 2017 at 4:01am
This is mine grouped by star ratings, some of them are only a first impression though:

5*

Ayreon - The Source
Fen - Winter
Locust Leaves - A Subtler Kind of Light (I might put this down to 4.5 because even though I love it, it sounds like half an album to me)
MindMaze - Resolve
Pure Wrath - Ascetic Eventide
Ungfell - Tôtbringære
Vandroya - Beyond the Human Mind

4.5*

Atlas Pain - What the Oak Left
Baltimor - Eepos
Bathsheba - Servus
Cnoc An Tursa - The Forty-Five
Grave Digger - Healed by Metal
Mesarthim - Presence
Saille - Gnosis
Satan's Hallow - Satan's Hallow
Seven Kingdoms - Decennium
The Doomsday Kingdom - The Doomsday Kingdom
Windswept - The Great Cold Steppe
Wormwood - Ghostlands: Wounds form a Bleeding Earth
Xandria - Theater of Dimensions

4*

Au Champ Des Morts - Dans La Joie
Crystal Fairy - Crystal Fairy
Dool - Here Now, There Then
Doom's Day - The Whore
Falls of Rauros - Vigilance Perennial
Hazy Sea - Electric Abyss
Lancer - Mastery
Lorn - Arrayed Claws
Multishiva - Time Messer
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the Rats
Sweet Lich - Never Satisifed
Todesstoß - Ebne Graun
Wiegedood - Do Doden Hebben Het Goed II
Wolfchant - Bloodwinter
Worthless Life - Conscious in Coma

3.5*

Crystal Viper - Queen of the Witches
Dumal - The Lesser God
Hey Satan - Hey Satan
Ritual Haze - Machine Sun
Scáth na Déithe - Pledge Nothing But Flesh

3*

Pyramaze - Contingent (I found this really generic and boring compared to their last album, it's this year's biggest disappointment for me so far)

2*

As Lions - Selfish Age
Ghost Bath - Starmourner


Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2017 at 9:25am
I passed 40 reviews for 2017 albums recently, but my total heard is over 100. I need to catch up on actually writing about a few more of them. 

Top album is currently oltreLuna by Progenie Terrestre Pura.


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Posted By: Psydye
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2017 at 7:37pm
Man, I feel so left out...I haven't heard of any of these, w/ say maybe a few exceptions(and even then haven't actually listened to them).


Posted By: Unitron
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2017 at 7:58pm
^What are you in the mood for? I can give you some recommendations for new albums to listen to. 

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Posted By: Psydye
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2017 at 8:12pm
Well right now I'm finishing up a death metal binge, however as soon as that's done I'm certainly gonna be checking out some of these.


Posted By: Unitron
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2017 at 9:32pm
^Obituary's new album is great, as is Xibalba's new EP. Those are my favorite death metal albums of the year so far.

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Posted By: Psydye
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2017 at 11:40pm
Originally posted by Unitron Unitron wrote:

^Obituary's new album is great, as is Xibalba's new EP. Those are my favorite death metal albums of the year so far.

Will definitely check those out then!Smile


Posted By: keefer1970
Date Posted: 19 Jul 2017 at 12:01pm
Off the top of my head I think the only 2017 releases I've heard have been Overkill and Body Count. (I like them both just fine, for whatever that's worth.) 
I will have to look closer at the other bands/albums mentioned in this thread to see what else is out there that might be up my alley... 


Posted By: Unitron
Date Posted: 19 Jul 2017 at 4:14pm
^The new Overkill album slays, it's my AOTY as of right now (Though Power Trip's Nightmare Logic comes close).

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Posted By: Jbird
Date Posted: 21 Jul 2017 at 11:43pm
How is the new Wintersun?

None of my local or mall record stores had the cd today, so I had to order it online, should be here next week sometime.


Posted By: Nightfly
Date Posted: 22 Jul 2017 at 8:41am
Metal/hard rock albums I've bought this year so far, though I've heard a lot more...

GODS OF VIOLENCE - KREATOR
ATONEMENT - IMMOLATION
SERVUS - BATHSHEBA
HERE NOW, THERE THEN - DOOL
EMBERS OF A DYING WORLD - MORS PRINCIPIUM EST
THE GRINDING WHEEL- OVERKILL
HEARTLESS- PALLBEARER
SACRAMENTS TO THE SONS OF THE ABYSS - RITUALIZATION
OBITUARY - OBITUARY
OBSIDIAN ARC - PILLORIAN
EMPEROR OF SAND - MASTODON
ABREACTION - SVART CROWN
WICK - ROYAL THUNDER
WINTER - FEN
REVOLUTION ON REPEAT - TROUBLED HORSE
FOR THE FALLEN - MEMORIAM
II: MORPHOSIS - LANTERN
DEMONIZATION - LOCK UP
SHADOW ARCHETYPE - EVOCATION
WITH PRIMEVAL FORCE - VAMPIRE
SACRED - OBSESSED
THE SOURCE - AYREON
THE DOOMSDAY KINGDOM - DOOMSDAY KINGDOM
ADVENIANS - HIDEOUS DIVINITY
GODLESS PHROPHETS & THE MIGRANT FLORA - DARKEST HOUR
THE REPROBATE - FIRESPAWN
OF THE DARK LIGHT - SUFFOCATION
HURRICANES AND HALOS -AVATARIUM
BEFORE THE GATES OF GOMORRAH - APOSTATE VIATICUM
DYSANGELIUM - ENSNARED
APEX - UNLEASH THE ARCHERS
FEAR THOSE WHO FEAR HIM - VALLENFYRE
INCORRUBTIBLE - ICED EARTH
SIX - DREAM EVIL
ANTICULT - DECAPITATED
VENGEFUL ASCENSION - GOATWHORE
BLOOD OFFERINGS - NECROT



Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 18 Aug 2017 at 7:23am
I'm at 50 reviews for 2017 albums now. I've heard quite a lot more but not reviewed them yet though. I've mostly focused on the releases I really like this year (with a few exceptions) so there are a lot more high scores than low ones.

1. Progenie Terrestre Pura - oltreLuna (Atmospheric Black Metal), 5.0. ( https://goo.gl/uuQdSf" rel="nofollow - Review )
2. MindMaze - Resolve (Progressive Power Metal), 5.0. ( https://goo.gl/9GHbnG" rel="nofollow - Review )
3. Ayreon - The Source (Progressive Metal), 5.0. ( https://goo.gl/HSZEE4" rel="nofollow - Review )
4. Esoctrilihum - Mystic Echo From a Funeral Dimension (Atmospheric Black Metal), 5.0. ( https://goo.gl/kgMvSH" rel="nofollow - Review )
5. Locust Leaves - A Subtler Kind of Light (Progressive Metal), 5.0. ( https://goo.gl/NCUVA8" rel="nofollow - Review )
6. Madrost - The Essence of Time Matches No Flesh (Technical Thrash Metal), 5.0. ( https://goo.gl/L4FJag" rel="nofollow - Review )
7. Fen - Winter (Atmospheric Black Metal), 5.0. ( https://goo.gl/mQJrab" rel="nofollow - Review )
8. Iced Earth - Incorruptible (US Power/Heavy Metal), 4.5. ( https://goo.gl/7e7XZP" rel="nofollow - Review )
9. Tchornobog - Tchornobog (Black/Death Metal), 4.5. ( https://goo.gl/rDBufq" rel="nofollow - Review )
10. Ungfell - Tôtbringære (Black Metal), 4.5. ( https://goo.gl/LaAMkY" rel="nofollow - Review )
11. Saturndust - RLC (Doom Metal), 4.5. ( https://goo.gl/itectS" rel="nofollow - Review )
12. Vandroya - Beyond the Human Mind (Progressive Power Metal), 4.5. ( https://goo.gl/iMMii5" rel="nofollow - Review )
13. The Doomsday Kingdom - The Doomsday Kingdom (Traditional Doom Metal), 4.5. ( https://goo.gl/dfqREL" rel="nofollow - Review )
14. Pure Wrath - Ascetic Eventide (Atmospheric Black Metal), 4.5. ( https://goo.gl/bQk9GC" rel="nofollow - Review )
15. White Ward - Futility Report (Jazzy Blackgaze), 4.5. ( https://goo.gl/nJKTrG" rel="nofollow - Review )
16. Kalmankantaja - Demonwoods (Atmospheric Black Metal), 4.5. ( https://goo.gl/zYwYj2" rel="nofollow - Review )
17. Divine Element - Thaurachs of Borsu (Melodic Death Metal), 4.5. ( https://goo.gl/K7RAsD" rel="nofollow - Review )
18. Artificial Brain - Infrared Horizon (Brutal Technical Death Metal), 4.5. ( https://goo.gl/bNUz5W" rel="nofollow - Review )
19. Lorn - Arrayed Claws (Black Metal), 4.5. ( https://goo.gl/tJvV5V" rel="nofollow - Review )
20. Severoth - Forestpaths (Atmospheric Black Metal), 4.5. ( https://goo.gl/KntHK8" rel="nofollow - Review )
21. Mesarthim - Presence (Atmospheric Black Metal), 4.5. ( https://goo.gl/WdEgJf" rel="nofollow - Review )
22. Xandria - Theater of Dimensions (Symphonic Metal), 4.5. ( https://goo.gl/pxyx1f" rel="nofollow - Review )
23. Todesstoß - Ebne Graun (Depressive Black Metal), 4.5. ( https://goo.gl/fpFPmE" rel="nofollow - Review )
24. Saille - Gnosis (Melodic Black Metal), 4.5. ( https://goo.gl/ehsuad" rel="nofollow - Review )
25. Tina Guo - Game On! (Metal influenced Classical), 4.5. ( https://goo.gl/DokF5X" rel="nofollow - Review )
26. Unleash the Archers - Apex (Power Metal), 4.0. ( https://goo.gl/NykjqP" rel="nofollow - Review )
27. Avatarium - Hurricanes and Halos (Heavy Psych), 4.0. ( https://goo.gl/b4wxDU" rel="nofollow - Review )
28. Seven Kingdoms - Decennium (Power Metal), 4.0. ( https://goo.gl/JELN8n" rel="nofollow - Review )
29. Brume - Rooster (Doom Metal), 4.0. ( https://goo.gl/g4517R" rel="nofollow - Review )
30. Bathsheba - Servus (Doom Metal), 4.0. ( https://goo.gl/tBFSjx" rel="nofollow - Review )
31. Grave Digger - Healed by Metal (Power/Heavy Metal), 4.0. ( https://goo.gl/UwGieH" rel="nofollow - Review )
32. Worthless Life - Conscious in Coma (Depressive Black Metal), 4.0. ( https://goo.gl/zH4PFa" rel="nofollow - Review )
33. Colotyphus - Spiritual Journey of a Forlorn Soul (Atmospheric Black Metal), 4.0. ( https://goo.gl/ccqhRe" rel="nofollow - Review )
34. Nephilim's Howl - Through the Marrow of Human Suffering (Pagan Black Metal), 4.0. ( https://goo.gl/MW94WX" rel="nofollow - Review )
35. Deus Otiosus - Opposer (Death Metal), 4.0. ( https://goo.gl/XxaevF" rel="nofollow - Review )
36. Spaceslug - Time Travel Dilemma (Stoner Metal), 4.0. ( https://goo.gl/apkgF5" rel="nofollow - Review )
37. Fell Ruin - To the Concrete Drifts (Black/Doom Metal), 4.0. ( https://goo.gl/HHv3cS" rel="nofollow - Review )
38. Wolfchant - Bloodwinter (Power Metal), 4.0. ( https://goo.gl/d7v6u7" rel="nofollow - Review )
39. Atlas Pain - What the Oak Left (Folkish Symphonic Metal), 3.5. ( https://goo.gl/NUuvwT" rel="nofollow - Review )
40. Les Chants du Hasard - Les Chants du Hasard (Blackened Classical), 3.5. ( https://goo.gl/Kq6qHE" rel="nofollow - Review )
41. Kobra and the Lotus - Prevail I (Heavy Metal), 3.5. ( https://goo.gl/hHVDZP" rel="nofollow - Review )
42. Pyramaze - Contingent (Progressive Metal), 3.5. ( https://goo.gl/dBy6LV" rel="nofollow - Review )
43. Wiegedood - De Doden Hebben Het Goed II (Atmospheric Black Metal), 3.5. ( https://goo.gl/eV5zrw" rel="nofollow - Review )
44. Alestorm - No Grave But the Sea (Folk Metal), 3.5. ( https://goo.gl/VMySzW" rel="nofollow - Review )
45. Moongates Guardian - Let Horse Be Bridled, Horn Be Sounded! (Atmospheric Black Metal), 3.5. ( https://goo.gl/PzYKU9" rel="nofollow - Review )
46. Fogalord - Masters of War (Power Metal), 3.0. ( https://goo.gl/CQswWY" rel="nofollow - Review )
47. Arcane Existence - The Dark Curse (Melodic Black Metal), 3.0. ( https://goo.gl/u92iq5" rel="nofollow - Review )
48. Ande - Het Gebeente (Atmospheric Black Metal), 3.0. ( https://goo.gl/ABrtes" rel="nofollow - Review )
49. Autumn Grave - Existence Is No More (Black Metal), 1.5. ( https://goo.gl/VjJv9S" rel="nofollow - Review )
50. Svangur Kvöl - Wreck of the World (Black Metal), 1.0. ( https://goo.gl/mmS7to" rel="nofollow - Review )


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Posted By: keefer1970
Date Posted: 18 Aug 2017 at 8:08am
I am really enjoying the new Accept disc... I think it may be their best since Blood Of The Nations


Posted By: bartosso
Date Posted: 20 Aug 2017 at 6:37pm
Immolation - Atonement (pretty good but too hooky for Immolation)
Fen - Winter (listened a little bit, not ready to form an opinion)
Dying Fetus - Wrong One to Fuck With (good shit, kicks ass)
Cormorant - Diaspora (again, not ready to form an opinion but I love what these guys did in the past)
Cloak of Altering - ​I Reached For The ​​Light That Drowned In Your Mouth (great)

That's it when it comes to metal, I listen to a lot of non-metal stuff lately, hence the laughable list.

EDIT: Ah, I forgot about Elder - Reflections of a Floating World! Awesome stoner doom with a prog edge to it, recommended. 

EDIT2: Ah, and Pallbearer - Heartless. Pretty good, not crazy about it.

EDIT3: Ah, and of course the new Mastodon - Waste of Time. Yeah, a waste of time.

EDIT4: Fuck me if I didn't listen to the new Havok album - Conformicide. Preatty kick ass thrash metal album, but when it comes to the new wave thrash, Vektor still rules.


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Posted By: Jbird
Date Posted: 27 Aug 2017 at 1:26pm
I've bought a crap ton of albums this year, but not alot of 2017 releases. I guess I need to get cracking on that.

So far I have:

Aeternam - Ruins Of Empires
Anthriel - Transcendence
Avatarium - Hurricanes And Halos
Iced Earth - Incorruptible
Kobra And The Lotus - Prevail I
MindMaze - Resolve
Mors Principium Est - Embers Of A Dying World
Nocturnal Rites - Phoenix
Pain Of Salvation - In The Passing Light Of Day
Persefone - Aathma
Pyramaze - Contingent
Scardust - Sands Of Time
Serenity - Lionheart
Seven Kingdoms - Decennium
Seven Spires - Solveig
Soen - Lykaia
Threshold - Legends Of The Shires
Unleash The Archers - Apex
Wilson, Steven - To The Bone
Wintersun - The Forest Seasons
Witherfall - Nocturnes And Requiems
Xandria - Theater Of Dimensions




Posted By: keefer1970
Date Posted: 28 Aug 2017 at 9:39am
Stormspell Records was nice enough to send me digital sneak peeks of their Fall 2017 releases, so I've got a bunch of new stuff to plow thru for my blog:

Blazon Stone - Down in the Dark
Fire Strike - Slaves of Fate
Numenor - Chronicles
Yuri Fulone - Your Kingdom Will Fall 
Stereo Nasty - Twisting the Blade
Palantir - Lost Between Dimensions


Posted By: Psydye
Date Posted: 28 Aug 2017 at 10:50pm
2017 albums I've enjoyed so far are:

Immolation - Atonement
Iced Earth - Incorruptible

and that's about it! I really can't think of anyone else, either because I haven't checked out that many 2017 releases or I just have an incredibly bad memory.


Posted By: Nightfly
Date Posted: 29 Aug 2017 at 6:51am
^ You picked 2 good ones anyway.


Posted By: Jbird
Date Posted: 07 Sep 2017 at 7:28pm
I have a question regarding Soen & Avatarium.

I just picked up the newest Soen cd, and there was a sticker on it saying 'ex-members of Opeth, Amon Amarth, and Avatarium'.

Now, I know that Martin Lopez played in both Opeth and Amon Amarth. Marcus Jidell is the guy from Avatarium...is he now an "ex-member" of Avatarium?!?! I certainly hope not.


Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 07 Sep 2017 at 11:00pm
He's not left Avatarium. It's probably just a badly worded sticker. 

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Posted By: Jbird
Date Posted: 13 Sep 2017 at 8:15am
I have got to keep up more with Symphonic metal.

I just found out about two very cool bands. Scardust, from Israel, released a full-length album in August (mp3 only Cry ) and their couple of videos from their 2015 ep on youtube, they sound excellent, and not your typical symphonic metal.

Then I discovered a band out of Boston called Seven Spires, they also released an album in August. The gal singing has a killer set of pipes, and they also have a quite unusual sound to them, based on the couple of videos I've watched.

Both bands aren't weird by any means, but they do go above and beyond the typical Nightwish-type style you hear from so many symphonic metal bands with female singers.






Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 15 Sep 2017 at 5:21am
Good first impressions here, even RYM seems to like this one.



I feel like her dark folk side is more prominent here so it's actually even less of a pure metal album than M was, but it works for me. There are some stronger doom metal elements too, especially in the track Funeral which features Chelsea Wolfe. 


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Posted By: Nightfly
Date Posted: 15 Sep 2017 at 9:44am
^ First listen and I think it's amazing! 


Posted By: 666sharon666
Date Posted: 15 Sep 2017 at 9:54am
I'm impressed too. M took a bit of time to grow on me, but I like this one a lot right away.


Posted By: Psydye
Date Posted: 15 Sep 2017 at 10:59am
I can add Overkill's 'The Grinding Wheel' to my list now...hell of an album!


Posted By: Nightfly
Date Posted: 16 Sep 2017 at 5:22am
This is great!...




Posted By: Jbird
Date Posted: 26 Sep 2017 at 7:46pm
I just got the Seven Spires - Solveig album, holy Toledo, that's a very good album

I think my top 3 albums of 2017 so far are Threshold - Legends Of The Shires, MindMaze - Resolve, and that Seven Spires - Solveig.

The new Iced Earth is great too, best album with Stu. And the Unleash The Archers is great.


Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 06 Oct 2017 at 2:27pm
We're in the last quarter of the year now and I have to say I think it's been a very good one so far!

I try to be more reserved with giving out five star ratings than I used to be, but I've had no less than nine albums this year where I couldn't justify anything less (and did try to in some cases). Quite a few 4.5's as well. Of course this is only counting reviewed albums. I've been reviewing steadily this year but not done as many as some years and have been picking and choosing mostly the albums I feel most positive about, especially those I'm purchased for myself. Promo reviewing interests me little these days. I currently stand at 58 2017 reviews. I think I'm going to try to aim for at least 70 before the year is out. 

It's also been a funny year for someone who keeps saying how burned out he is on prog metal, with three albums in my top 5 being prog albums. 

Anyhow, here's how my current top 10 stands, a couple of them actually being very recent reviews:


http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/album/progenie-terrestre-pura/oltreluna

I can't see this one being unseated from my number one spot now. These guys incorporate many unusual elements into their black metal sound and it still blows me away every time I stick it on.


http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/album/mindmaze/resolve


http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/album/ayreon/the-source




http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/album/anubis-gate/covered-in-black


http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/album/ruby-the-hatchet/planetary-space-child


http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/album/esoctrilihum/mystic-echo-from-a-funeral-dimension


http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/album/locust-leaves/a-subtler-kind-of-light


http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/album/madrost/the-essence-of-time-matches-no-flesh

This one is the only one of these I don't physically own, mostly because it's a self-released CD and the postage is excessive to the UK. I still say it's better than Terminal Redux though. Tongue


http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/album/fen/winter


http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/album/iced-earth/incorruptible

The only 4.5 review here. There's a few other 4.5's that could get swapped into this position yet though, so long as a 10th 5.0 doesn't appear that is. 

One last note while I'm here, I will opening MMA's best of year list for everyone to take part in this year - not just site collaborators - so if you're a regular in this thread start thinking of your lists and watch for a submission thread come the year's end. 


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Posted By: Unitron
Date Posted: 06 Oct 2017 at 4:58pm
Originally posted by adg211288 adg211288 wrote:

One last note while I'm here, I will opening MMA's best of year list for everyone to take part in this year - not just site collaborators - so if you're a regular in this thread start thinking of your lists and watch for a submission thread come the year's end. 

Is it going to be set up the same as last year, where everyone's top album gets a mention if it doesn't make the list? Also, I think it would be a good idea to let people have a MR recommendation outside of the main list if anyone has one. 


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Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 07 Oct 2017 at 1:37am
Originally posted by Unitron Unitron wrote:

Originally posted by adg211288 adg211288 wrote:

One last note while I'm here, I will opening MMA's best of year list for everyone to take part in this year - not just site collaborators - so if you're a regular in this thread start thinking of your lists and watch for a submission thread come the year's end. 

Is it going to be set up the same as last year, where everyone's top album gets a mention if it doesn't make the list? Also, I think it would be a good idea to let people have a MR recommendation outside of the main list if anyone has one. 

There are likely to be a few tweaks to the normal rules to be decided closer to the time. I'm considering allowing MR in the main list but not Non-Metal. Mostly because last year disallowing MR nearly screwed the entirely result when albums that were in Metal subs or even Hard Rock were voted into the top 100 then got moved to MR after the event or even during the result compile. 

Though I would also like to avoid another 2013 situation where people felt the winning album was barely relevant to be on a metal site's top album list.

One change that may happen this year is a scoring overall that rewards people's top album more points. 


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Posted By: Unitron
Date Posted: 07 Oct 2017 at 1:45am
Originally posted by adg211288 adg211288 wrote:

Originally posted by Unitron Unitron wrote:

Originally posted by adg211288 adg211288 wrote:

One last note while I'm here, I will opening MMA's best of year list for everyone to take part in this year - not just site collaborators - so if you're a regular in this thread start thinking of your lists and watch for a submission thread come the year's end. 

Is it going to be set up the same as last year, where everyone's top album gets a mention if it doesn't make the list? Also, I think it would be a good idea to let people have a MR recommendation outside of the main list if anyone has one. 

Though I would also like to avoid another 2013 situation where people felt the winning album was barely relevant to be on a metal site's top album list.

That's why I'm suggesting having where someone could give a single MR recommendation outside of the main list similar to what was done in 2014. That way an MR/Non-metal album doesn't get in the top of the year albums, but gets a little attention.

I'm not that attached to if MR is included or not, just a suggestion I had for if there is anyone who wants some attention given to an MR album. (There is one non-metal album that I really enjoyed, it has a good amount of hard rock, but not enough for the new rules.)


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Posted By: TheHeavyMetalCat
Date Posted: 07 Oct 2017 at 2:15am
I know it may compilcate matters but maybe MR could be allowed if the artist has previously released metal albums? It felt a bit wrong last year to bar Opeth from the vote. Only disallow them if the artist is solely here as MR/Non-Metal.


Posted By: Jbird
Date Posted: 07 Oct 2017 at 9:49am
I just went to youtube and listened to that Madrost posted above ^^.

Not bad at all, very thrashy & progressive, but it didn't quite catch my attention like the Vektor album did. Still, I might have to pick it up one of these days. Thanks for the post mentioning it


Posted By: Nightfly
Date Posted: 08 Oct 2017 at 9:13am
Originally posted by adg211288 adg211288 wrote:

We're in the last quarter of the year now and I have to say I think it's been a very good one so far!




http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/album/madrost/the-essence-of-time-matches-no-flesh

This one is the only one of these I don't physically own, mostly because it's a self-released CD and the postage is excessive to the UK. I still say it's better than Terminal Redux though. Tongue



Love this album myself and like you didn't buy it because of the ridiculous shipping cost.


Posted By: Unitron
Date Posted: 09 Oct 2017 at 1:43am

I've never been much of a Trivium fan, but this song is so damn amazing! This is what I call heavy fuckin' metal. This is one of the best songs I've heard this year.


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Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 21 Oct 2017 at 1:56am
Definitely looking like 2017 belongs to doom metal based on the current 2017 chart on RYM. I need to give that Ruins of Beverast album some more listens. Spectral Voice review is lined up next. 



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Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 21 Oct 2017 at 2:56am
The Ruins of Beverast is a real grower. When I reviewed it I was initially going to give it a 3 and ended up with a 5.


Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 29 Oct 2017 at 6:51am
I've done a little bit of re-ordering within rating tiers and I may adjust a few scores to realign with my rating system before the year's end, but I present my 70 album review list (four reviews still waiting to be posted publicly - will put one up this evening or tomorrow morning). 

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Posted By: Sisslith
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2017 at 9:50am
Very nice list! I need to listen to some of those albums before the year ends.


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Posted By: TheHeavyMetalCat
Date Posted: 10 Nov 2017 at 12:00pm
I'm pretty bad at rating the new stuff I've heard, but I'm spent a bit of time today going through and cataloguing everything in prearation for the best of year vote.

In no order except for star rating groupings and I can't be sure that I haven't left something off.

Current top album:

Spectral Voice - Eroded Corridors of Unbeing

5.0

Lovebites - Awakening from Abyss
Wode - Servants of the Countercosmos
Paradise Lost - Medusa
Progenie Terrestre Pura - oltreLuna
Ayreon - The Source
White Ward - Futility Report
Pure Wrath - Ascetic Eventide

4.5

Todesstoß - Ebne Graun
Wolves in the Thron Room - Thrice Woven
Tchornobog - Tchornobog
Iced Earth - Incorruptible
Fen - Winter
Locust Leaves - A Subtler Kind of Light
Hour of Penance - Cast The First Stone
Falls of Rauros - Vigilance Perennial
Unleash the Archers - Apex
Rage - Seasons of the Black
Ruby the Hatchet - Plantary Space Child
Esoctrilihum -  Mystic Echo From A Funeral Dimension
Havukruunu - Kelle Surut Soi
Pillorian - Obsidian Arc
Hideous Divinity - Adveniens
Devil Electric - Devil Electric
The Doomsday Kingdom - The Doomsday Kingdom
Anubis Gate - Covered in Black
Threshold - Legends of the Shires
MindMaze - Resolve

4.0

Enslaved - E
Belphegor - Totenritual
Cnoc An Tursa - The Forty Five
Black Anvil - As Was
Carach Angren - Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten
Kalmankantaja - Demonwoods
Sun of the Sleepless - To the Elements
Fellwarden - Fellwarden
Severoth - Forestpaths
Au-Dessus - End of Chapter
Wiegedood -  De doden hebben het goed II
The Great Old Ones - EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy
Highland - Loyal to the Nightsky
Asagraum - Potestas Magicum Diaboli
Diaspora - Cormorant
Bezmir - Void
Fell Ruin - To the Concrete Drifts
Wormwood - Ghostlands: Wounds From a Bleeding Earth
Horn - Turm Am Hang
Lorn - Arrayed Claws
Saille - Gnosis
Archspire - Relentless Mutation
Dark Matter Secret - Perfect World Creation
Ulsect - Ulsect
Chelsea Wolfe - Hiss Spun
Myrkur - Mareridt
The Ruins of Beverast - Exuvia
Bathsheba - Servus
Argus - From Fields of Fire
Orden Ogan - Gunmen
Vandroya - Beyond the Human Mind
DragonForce - Reaching Into Infinity
Seven Kingdoms - Decennium
Anthriel - Transcendence
Galactic Empire - Galactic Empire
Hair of the Dog - This World Turns
Black Country Communion - BCCIV
Avatarium - Hurricanes and Halos
Madrost - The Essence of Time Matches No Flesh
Droid - Terrestrial Mutations
Overkill - The Grinding Wheel

3.5

Blut Aus Nord - Deus Salutis Meæ
Arch Enemy - Will to Power
Elder - Reflections of a Floating World
Kalmankantaja - Routamaa
Vature - Misery's to Regret
Time Lurker - Time Lurker
Veldes - The Bitterness Prophecy
Death Fortress - Triumph of the Undying
Nephilim's Howl - Through the Marrow of Human Suffering
Black Cilice - Banished from Time
Laster - Ons vrije fatum
Anakim - Monuments to Departed Worlds
Wintersun - The Forest Seasons
Artificial Brain - Infrared Horizon
Ex Deo -  The Immortal Wars
Sunless - Urraca
Exocrine - Ascension
Bell Witch - Mirror Reaper
Trivium - The Sin and the Sentence
Accept - The Rise of Chaos
Adrenaline Mob - We Are the People
Kobra and the Lotus - Prevail I
Crystal Viper - Queen of the Witches
Grave Digger - Healed by Metal
Pyramaze - Contingent
Mastodon - Emperor of Sand
Royal Blood - How Did We Get So Dark?
Power Trip - Nightmare Logic

3.0

Satyricon - Deep Calleth upon Deep
Eskapism - Tales of Elder Forest
Au Champs Des Morts - Dans la joie
Weregoat - Pestilential Rites Of Infernal Fornification
Royal Thunder - Wick
Annihilator - For the Demented
Wreche - Wreche
Jute Gyte - Oviri

2.5

Ex Eye - Ex Eye

2.0

Vattnet - Vattnet

1.5

Lonely Star - My Personal Heaven

1.0

Ghost Bath - Starmourner

0.5

If I Could Kill Myself - Ballad of the Broken


Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 11 Nov 2017 at 1:12pm
Nice list Ashley, there's a few there I still want to check out. 

That Lovebites album may be about to dethrone oltreLune on my 2017 list. Been writing a review on and off for a day or two now, piecing bits together, listening to it over and over. I thought it was going to settle on a 4.5, but then I cracked up the volume for my current listen which has sealed the deal on a 5.0. 


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Posted By: TheHeavyMetalCat
Date Posted: 11 Nov 2017 at 2:36pm
It's a really good one. Surprised me completely considering the Japanese all female scene has a bit of a reputation for being influenced by j-pop.


Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 11 Nov 2017 at 2:45pm
^ Which they kind of look like they're going to be playing from the promo pictures (I even googled all girl j-pop groups to make sure I wouldn't out of line pointing this out in my upcoming review and lo and behold their picture came up). In a way though that gives the album all the more impact when you realise that they're pretty far removed from everything else that's come before them in that growing scene. 

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Posted By: DippoMagoo
Date Posted: 11 Nov 2017 at 3:10pm
I finally reached 100 albums on my RYM list, which is probably going to be my goal for future lists at this point, since I'm listening to music a lot less than I was in the past few years. Here's an updated list of my metal/rock albums rated for this year, now with a revised rating system:

5.0:
Ayreon - The Source
Serenity - Lionheart
Ensiferum - Two Paths
Lovebites - Awakening from Abyss
Brothers of Metal - Prophecy of Ragnarok
Mindmaze - Resolve

4.5:
Wind Rose - Stonehymn
Bloodbound - War of Dragons
Xandria - Theater of Dimensions
Palantir - Lost Between Dimensions
Progenie Terrestre Pura -oltreLuna
Carach Angren - Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten
Elvenking - Secrets of the Magick Grimoire
Anthriel - Transcendence
Mindmaze - Beyond the Human Mind
Beast in Black - Berserker
Atlas Pain - What the Oak Left 
Keldian - Darkness and Light
Alestorm - No Grave but the Sea
Persefone - Aathma
Rage - Seasons of the Black
Cryonic Temple - Into the Glorious Battle

4.0:
Dragonforce - Reaching Into Infinity
Victorius - Heart of the Phoenix
Metalite - Heroes in Time
Madrost - The Essence of Time Matches No Flesh
Bare Infinity - The Butterfly Raiser
Galderia - Return of the Cosmic Men
Majesty - Rebels
Altair - Descending: A Devilish Comedy
Power Quest - Sixth Dimension
Dragonfly - Genesis
Ignea - The Sign of Faith
Noumena - Myrrys
Iced Earth - Incorruptible
Kingfisher Sky - To Turn the Tables
Angel Nation - Aeon
Exit Eden - Rhapsodies in Black
Harlott - Extinction
Fen - Winter
Kaledon - Carnagus - Emperor of the Darkness
Crimfall - Amain
Dragony - Lords of the Hunt
Hell in the Club - See You on the Dark Side
Firewind - Immortals
Stamina - System of Power
Overkill - The Grinding Wheel
Mechina - As Embers Turn to Dust
Unleash the Archers - Apex
Battle Beast - Bringer of Pain
Solaris - Reunion
Crimson Sun - The Spirit of Unchainable
Kreator - Gods of Violence

3.5:
Sons of Apollo - Psychotic Symphony
Eagleheart - Reverse
Orden Ogan - Gunmen
Anubis Gate - Covered in Black
Signum Regis - Decennium Primium
Adagio - Life
Mutiny Within - Origins
Secret Sphere - The Nature of Time
Aldaria - Land of Light
Grave Digger - Healed by Metal
Saille - Gnosis
Cellador - Off the Grid
Trivium - The Sin and the Sentence
Seven Kingdoms - Decennium
Ancestral - Master of Fate
Witherfall - Nocturnes and Requiems
Stormhammer - Welcome to the End
Wolfchant - Bloodwinter
Pyramaze - Contingent
Wolfpakk - Wolves Reign
Avatarium - Hurricanes and Halos
Blaze Bayley - Endure and Survive (Infinite Entanglement Part II)
The Murder of My Sweet - Echoes of the Aftermath
Edenbridge - The Great Momentum
Soen - Lykaia
Blood Stain Child - Tri Odyssey

3.0:
Amberian Dawn - Darkness of Eternity
Masterplan - Pumpkings
Fogalord - Masters of War
Lancer - Mastery
Nocturnal Rise - Phoenix
Stone Sour - Hydrograde
Need - Hegaiamas: A Song for Freedom
John Frum - A Stirring in the Noos
Crystal Viper - Queen of the Witches

2.5: 
Insatia - Phoenix Aflame
Next to None - Phases
Annihilator - For the Demented
Mastercastle - Wine of Heaven
SikTh - The Future in Whose Eyes?
Astral Doors - Black Eyed Children

1.5:
Arthemis - Blood Fury Domination

1.0: 
Pain of Salvation - In the Passing Light of Day



Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 11 Nov 2017 at 3:19pm
I'm on 154 total heard with 73 reviewed. Had 80 reviewed for last year, but a handful of those have come after the event, so I'm expecting this to be my best year in a while if I can keep the pace up, since 2015 was the year of the burnout. It's probably past the time I add unreviewed 2016 releases into my main list to be honest: I have a few unranked that I've actually got the CD of even. 

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Posted By: rushfan4
Date Posted: 22 Nov 2017 at 12:51pm
Here is a preliminary list of nonprog albums from my records at ProgFreak.  Not all metal and doesn't include the prog metal albums, but when I tried delineating by "metal" it listed all of my albums from 2017.



  I don't know why the formula won't sort out only the metal albums.  ???  I would like to have included prog metal albums too.


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