We’re stoked to feature Hera Vidal, purveyor of all things heavy and writer/deep metal researcher for sites like Broken Amp and Metal Bandcamp here as a featured guest presenting her Top Albums of 2017. Hopefully we’ll see her pop up here again in 2018. Until then, take it away, Hera!
2017 was a fantastic year for metal. However, this means that I now have another pile of albums to look into that I probably missed. The struggle to keep up with releases is real, you guys.
Anyway, it’s list season!
Now, there is some criteria for me to decide my top albums of the year, and they usually revolve around one key factor: I have not written about them, whether they are planned drafts or have been published elsewhere. That means albums like E, Berdreyminn, and Codex Omega – which I enjoyed – and a bunch of black metal albums are not going to be on this list.
With that in mind, here is a list of 10 albums I enjoyed in 2017. If you think I missed one, please let me know via Twitter and/or any way you can get ahold of me. Continue reading →
It’s difficult to really discuss one of my favorite concept albums in a single post. In fact, you would need to spend hours, if not days, analyzing the infinite complexities and personalities of such an album. The album I’m referring to, of course, is Ayreon’s The Human Equation, which, in all fairness, shouldn’t really be categorized as a collection of songs. In classic Ayreon form, The Human Equation calls upon a wide range of musical influences and musicians for a truly ambitious display of sound. Continue reading →