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PopMatters' Best Metal Albums of 2017

PopMatters' Best Metal Albums of 2017

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19. Mastodon - Emperor of Sand

Mastodon - Emperor of Sand
March 31, 2017
Critic Score
22 reviews

With Emperor of Sand, Mastodon remains one of the most distinctive bands of its ilk, but like a beach that’s been combed over many times before, there’s precious little left to discover this time around.

17. Ex Eye - Ex Eye

Ex Eye - Ex Eye
June 23, 2017
Critic Score
6 reviews
Ex Eye’s self-titled debut is an intriguing amalgam of black metal, progressive rock, minimalism, and free jazz while not sounding of a piece with any representative artist from those genres. Like fellow maverick saxophonist John Zorn, Stetson is paving his own way through the waters of extreme music, making albums that make catharsis physical.

16. Royal Thunder - Wick

Royal Thunder - Wick
April 7, 2017
Critic Score
3 reviews

13. Aosoth - V: The Inside Scriptures

Aosoth - V: The Inside Scriptures
November 17, 2017
Critic Score
2 reviews

12. Power Trip - Nightmare Logic

Power Trip - Nightmare Logic
February 24, 2017
Critic Score
7 reviews

Nightmare Logic is already among the best metal releases of this still-young year and easily one of the most inspired and thought-provoking of the decade. Here’s hoping that Power Trip keeps this level of intensity and inspiration coming for a long, long while.

11. Code Orange - Forever

Code Orange - Forever
January 13, 2017
Critic Score
9 reviews

9. Enslaved - E

Enslaved - E
October 13, 2017
Critic Score
1 review

8. Dodecahedron - Kwintessens

Dodecahedron - Kwintessens
March 17, 2017
Critic Score
1 review

4. Pyrrhon - What Passes For Survival

Pyrrhon - What Passes For Survival
August 11, 2017
Critic Score
1 review

What Passes for Survival is the apex moment of Pyrrhon.

3. Converge - The Dusk In Us

Converge - The Dusk In Us
November 3, 2017
Critic Score
17 reviews

2. Pallbearer - Heartless

Pallbearer - Heartless
March 24, 2017
Critic Score
12 reviews

This music feels like it’s actively on a search for something and in this way, Pallbearer reaches universality previously hit by artists like the Beatles on Abbey Road or Pink Floyd at their most explorative.

1. Bell Witch - Mirror Reaper

Bell Witch - Mirror Reaper
October 20, 2017
Critic Score
8 reviews

Mirror Reaper very nearly reaches the heights/depths of Four Phantoms. One of the most exceptional qualities of Bell Witch is, despite the many aching ways they find to describe death’s sting, the band does not appear to intend to drag listeners down to the grave. That is a significant distinction, as a number of critically and commercially successful heavy metal bands are currently pushing deeper into Nihilism and Satanism.

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