Top Releases Of 2017, Now With A Smoked Salmon Bagel!


This year, I will be posting far more thoroughly than I have in the last two years or so. The list below is ranked in order from best to worst, but I'll likely end up cutting some albums in the end. I will also be temporarily evaluating albums I have not yet heard based on one or two songs, denoting these albums with *. Using the list, I can then come back to them later in the year. Feel free to give me any 2017 recommendations you might have. Cheers!

LAST UPDATED: June 10th, 2017

Created by: Diverge | 15.01.2017



1. Combat Astronomy - Symmetry Through Collapse (Avant-garde metal [9.0/10.0] - http://tinyurl.com/hvlur6j Potential AOTY)
2. Fen - Winter (Atmospheric black metal [9.0/10.0] - http://tinyurl.com/h9gg5vp)
3. Oceanic - Trappist (Instrumental progressive/ambient metal; djent [9.0/10.0] - https://tinyurl.com/yamlsl5k)
4. Hubris - Apocryphal Gravity (Instrumental post metal [8.9/10.0] - https://tinyurl.com/ybgl82y4)
5. The Ominous Circle - Appalling Ascension (Death metal [8.7/10.0] - http://tinyurl.com/gtn68gl)
6. David Maxim Micic - Who Bit The Moon (Instrumental prog; djent [8.7/10.0] - http://tinyurl.com/glr5rpu)
7. The Death of Money - Ghost Pains (Heavy noise rock/shoegaze [8.7/10.0] - http://tinyurl.com/jjrwcmk)
8. Persefone - Aathma (Progressive death metal [8.5/10.0] - http://tinyurl.com/zdcrt8c)
9. Cryptic Ruse - Pineal Algebra (Experimental djent; microtonal [8.3/10.0] - http://tinyurl.com/gp7evrv)
10. DispersE - Foreword (Djent; alternative metal [8.3/10.0] - http://tinyurl.com/jg353er)
11. Bathsheba - Servus (Doom metal [8.3/10.0] - http://tinyurl.com/zmkjjj2)
12. Dora The Destroyer - Dependent Secondary [EP] (Djent; instrumental prog metal [8.3/10.0] - http://tinyurl.com/z4gwodc)
13. God's Empire - God's Empire [EP] (Alternative metal; post-metal [8.2/10.0] http://tinyurl.com/zwqon2q)
14. Bonjour Tristesse - Par Un Sourire (Black metal [8.0/10] * - http://tinyurl.com/h3zdy8r)
15. Amniac - Matriarch (Post metal; sludge metal [8.0/10.0] - http://tinyurl.com/jthec8k)
16. Increate - Void (Instrumental prog metal [8.0/10.0] * - http://tinyurl.com/hp7at6p)
17. Pregnant Whale Pain - Blank [EP] (Avant-garde; progressive metal [7.5/10] - http://tinyurl.com/j9adllq)
18. Sawsoer - Unceasing Growth (Instrumental djent; post metal [7.4/10.0] - http://tinyurl.com/h5ftsj6)
19. Soen - Lykaia (Alternative metal [7.3/10.0] - http://tinyurl.com/heuvxfc)
20. Nostril Caverns - Spatial Lacerations (Death grind [7.1/10.0] - http://tinyurl.com/jsx68tt)
21. Paper Shirt - Fragmented Body (Instrumental prog metal [7.1/10.0] - http://tinyurl.com/jsg8v98)



Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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15.01.2017 - 12:43
Zaph
The Nothingth
I don't like salmon, but I will keep an eye on your list!
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15.01.2017 - 18:05
3rdWorld
The Psilosopher
Good list. Never heard of any band here.
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15.01.2017 - 20:35
Diverge
Written by 3rdWorld on 15.01.2017 at 18:05

Good list. Never heard of any band here.

Thanks! Normally I do have tons of albums from Metal Storm, but lately I've been exploring Bandcamp through the genre tags. It just so happens that I've almost exclusively listened to rare artists so far in 2017.
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20.02.2017 - 07:38
Chobo_jokeR
Thumbs up to the salmon bagel and the ominous circle.

Definitely will be following your list!
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20.02.2017 - 17:27
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
Written by 3rdWorld on 15.01.2017 at 18:05

Never heard of any band here.

That is the best part...
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01.03.2017 - 02:25
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
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04.03.2017 - 06:01
Diverge
Written by tea[m]ster on 01.03.2017 at 02:25

Indulge.
http://superfirecords.bandcamp.com/album/ghost-pains

Amazing. I listened to it yesterday and greatly enjoyed it!

The new Fen album leaked and it's pretty stunning. I also learned that Combat Astronomy has a new album out, and it absolutely trounces the album that preceded it. Good day for music
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04.03.2017 - 06:18
no one
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Written by 3rdWorld on 15.01.2017 at 18:05

Good list. Never heard of any band here.

Not even fen?
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04.03.2017 - 06:21
Diverge
Written by Guest on 04.03.2017 at 06:18

Written by 3rdWorld on 15.01.2017 at 18:05

Good list. Never heard of any band here.

Not even fen?

Yeah I recently updated the list with a few bands that more people would recognize. When I first started the list, I was just searching through Bandcamp and finding bands that were only moderately impressive at best.
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04.03.2017 - 06:24
3rdWorld
The Psilosopher
Written by Guest on 04.03.2017 at 06:18

Written by 3rdWorld on 15.01.2017 at 18:05

Good list. Never heard of any band here.

Not even fen?

Wasn't there when i wrote the comment.
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10.03.2017 - 22:11
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
First person I thought of was you...

http://themutegods.com/tmg/listen/
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17.03.2017 - 01:47
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
More surprises...
bandcamp
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19.03.2017 - 18:47
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
Dude. Thanks for the Combat Astrology rec. I listened to the first and fourth song. I am brainwashed. I shouldn't like it. But their is something about it. Mesmerizing. Droning. Hypnotizing...and her voice, wow. Production is flawless. Tons of layers in the music. Gonna give it a full spin within next couple days.
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20.03.2017 - 06:48
Diverge
Written by tea[m]ster on 19.03.2017 at 18:47

Dude. Thanks for the Combat Astrology rec. I listened to the first and fourth song. I am brainwashed. I shouldn't like it. But their is something about it. Mesmerizing. Droning. Hypnotizing...and her voice, wow. Production is flawless. Tons of layers in the music. Gonna give it a full spin within next couple days.

Not a problem at all, man. Their earlier album also appealed to my avant-garde sensibilities a bit, but there are no vocals and most of the MSers around here found it to be pretty self-indulgent. You might enjoy that one too. Thanks for the other recommendations! I listened to the first link a few days ago and found it interesting indeed. When I get some time, I'll investigate further.

I listened to the Combat Astronomy and the new Fen album on the same day, and I'm not sure 2017 is gonna have better albums than those two. I actually think the new Fen could be an Epoch-beater.
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03.04.2017 - 17:45
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
How does Cryptic Ruse achieve microtonality? Do they use fretless instruments, or do they use custom fret spacing on the guitars or something? Definitely interested in that album if they are truly experimenting with microtones.
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03.04.2017 - 18:15
Diverge
Written by Alex F on 03.04.2017 at 17:45

How does Cryptic Ruse achieve microtonality? Do they use fretless instruments, or do they use custom fret spacing on the guitars or something? Definitely interested in that album if they are truly experimenting with microtones.

I'm actually not too sure, unfortunately. I don't believe they use fretless instruments. It's definitely not as awesome as anything produced by Last Sacrament, but I found it interesting a few months ago. (I'm not sure if Last Sacrament ever released that 2016 album- are you aware?!?)
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08.04.2017 - 23:05
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
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08.04.2017 - 23:24
Diverge
Written by tea[m]ster on 08.04.2017 at 23:05

Buckle up...

http://momentofcollapserecords.bandcamp.com/album/dark-towers-bright-lights

Two songs in, and I'm greatly enjoying this so far. No doubt this is going to be high on my list.
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08.04.2017 - 23:30
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
Written by Diverge on 08.04.2017 at 23:24

Two songs in, and I'm greatly enjoying this so far. No doubt this is going to be high on my list.

There really isn't a lot to it - repetitive, drawn out riffs. Almost too simple. But the tone is dense and bludgeoning as fuck. Shit is right up my alley.
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24.04.2017 - 18:58
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
Lòdz
Vocals may take some time.
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24.04.2017 - 19:13
Paz
News Man


Trivia: Łódź is one of the largest cities in Poland
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21.05.2017 - 04:50
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
Album of the year candidate...

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21.05.2017 - 16:10
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
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20.06.2017 - 01:05
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
I am not sure where you stand on dissonant post black metal like Au Dessus, The Great Old Ones or Regarde les Hommes Tomber. If you like, check out BitterCold's staff pick Time Lurker. Amazing stuff.
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20.06.2017 - 05:09
Diverge
Written by tea[m]ster on 20.06.2017 at 01:05

I am not sure where you stand on dissonant post black metal like Au Dessus, The Great Old Ones or Regarde les Hommes Tomber. If you like, check out BitterCold's staff pick Time Lurker. Amazing stuff.

I checked out Au Dessus' debut and wasn't too impressed, but maybe it's worth a revisit. I've liked the limited amount of material I've heard from The Great Old Ones and Regarde les Hommes Tomber. Good reminders to check them out
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13.07.2017 - 23:48
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
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15.09.2017 - 23:09
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
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16.09.2017 - 04:45
Diverge
Written by tea[m]ster on 15.09.2017 at 23:09

http://sunrot.bandcamp.com/


Holy cow, that's such a fucking banger. Best rec I've received in a long time- thanks!
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17.09.2017 - 01:09
mz
If u want to check some more albums out if metalstorn, check my list , too. Although it is mostly filled with drone/ambient type of stuff and I'm not sure if u are too fond of those varieties of metal.
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17.09.2017 - 01:21
Diverge
Written by mz on 17.09.2017 at 01:09

If u want to check some more albums out if metalstorn, check my list , too. Although it is mostly filled with drone/ambient type of stuff and I'm not sure if u are too fond of those varieties of metal.

I do like those types of metal as well! I went through a phase in the middle of the summer where I was only listening to my old stuff, but now I'm actively exploring music again. Thanks for the reminder to check out your list!
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