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Lost List: Best Metal Albums of 2017

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Foiled again! I never actually posted my best of 2017 list here back when I created it, so you’re getting it halfway through 2018. I certainly don’t regret any of the albums I placed on this list.

10. Paradise Lost – Medusa

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Paradise Lost is another band that I was late to the hype train on, but Medusa grew on me after repeat listens and its arguably the best doom metal album of 2017. Feeling some Type O influence here too!

9. Myrkur – Mareridt

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Myrkur continues to advance her atmospheric extreme metal in a way that is intriguing and also still “true” on Mareridt, despite what the haters may say. Her growls are impressive. I wish there were more.

8. Havok – Conformicide

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I debated placing Havok higher on my list, as Conformicide is the closest thing we have to old school Megadeth right now. And the bass playing is stellar on this album. The only real negative here is that certain tracks run noticeably long.

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Written by Eric

July 1, 2018 at 8:44 pm

The Heavy Metal Review’s Top 10 Metal Albums of 2014

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Yes, it’s now well into 2015 and I haven’t posted on this blog since my ‘Top 10 Metal Albums of 2013’ list. Life happened. However, still like putting these lists together for my own personal review of the year in metal.

Here’s my list starting with No. 10!

10. Killer Be Killed – Killer Be Killed

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Most musical “supergroups” tend to sound better on paper than in actual practice. And while Killer Be Killed’s debut, featuring The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Greg Puciato, Soulfly’s Max Cavalera, Mastodon’s Troy Saunders and former Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch, does have a few filler tracks, it provides a mostly consistent listen, where the “supergroup” star of the show is the vocal efforts from the three frontmen.

9. Skull Fist – Chasing the Dream

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I’ll admit I was late to the game in checking out Skull Fist’s Chasing the Dream (and it was actually my point of entry for the band’s music). The follow-up to the group’s 2011 debut, Head of the Pack, is an infectious blend of unadulterated speed metal, combined with all the guilty pleasures of the ’80’s glam scene. This album quickly catapulted into my top 10 on first listen. Skull Fist delivers.

8. Opeth – Pale Communion

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While Opeth surprised many longtime fans by going “full prog” (you never go full prog) on 2011’s Heritage, the band dialed things back just a tad on Pale Communion, returning with some heavy moments, while still embracing the new sound. This is the effort of a band perfecting its musical direction and fans that haven’t fully rejected the new Opeth flavor can rest assured there is plenty more awesomeness still to come.

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Written by Eric

April 19, 2015 at 6:57 pm