Best of 2017: Hera’s List – Woes of Research

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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! 

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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

Best of 2017: Zyklonius’ List

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Another trip around the sun, another stellar year for metal, with a wealth of riveting riffage, pulverizing beats, blood-curdling growls and blazing tremolos. Verily, this is an era of abundance, where it is impossible to stay on top of the deluge of top-shelf metal released every week. Best of all, quality seems to go hand in hand with quantity. If there ever was an antithesis to the contemporary temptation for instant gratification and disposability, every album I included in my mid-year stocktaking exercise ended up on my end-of-year list, having continued to impress and astonish me as time went by, testament to the spectacular songwriting, boundless creativity and killer riff delivery of the bands that conjured up these stunning works of art. And just when I thought things could not get any better, both seasoned veterans and hungry newcomers arrived, bearing gifts of seismic impact. I hope the following releases enrich your life, even if only with a fraction of the effect they had on me. Now, dig in! Continue reading

Best of 2017: Zorn of Zornheym

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Sweden’s extreme metallers Zornheym released their debut full length, Where Hatred Dwells and Darkness Reigns, back in September on Non Serviam Records. Epic and grandiose are just a couple of words that describe the nine tracks found on this symphonic metal album, it’s heavy and extreme in precisely the right places but the atmosphere is the real star here and the super crisp production helps drive the point home. Zorn (lead guitarist) sent us his picks from 2017, head inside to see what he chose.  Continue reading

Best of 2017: Cole’s List

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Many of you know Cole from Twitter (@KVLTland) or maybe you know him from his Columbus Scene Report, but either way he’s back with his picks of 2017. In lieu of a list he decided to go the video route, and he’s wearing a killer shirt, so without further ado here’s Cole…

With 2017 being a salty, wretched year as far as social norms go, the year did however provide us with a light from heaven (or hell) in the music department. Being granted the ability to transport myself outside my city, I was able to go to shows to see some of my favorite bands in the city of Atlanta, GA. With one show in particular as an honorable mention in my video, this year has brought me closer to metal than any year of my life, which is a HUGE win. If you enjoyed my EOY List For 2017, don’t forget to hit the “Like” button and subscribe to my channel for future content. Continue reading