Metal Awards

Andy's Top 15 albums of 2017

  1. Persefone - Aathma
  2. Pallbearer - Heartless
  3. Dzö-Nga - The Sachem's Tales
  4. Excalion - Dream Alive
  5. Fen - Winter
  6. Ne Obliviscaris - Urn
  7. Pagan Altar - The Room of Shadows
  8. Undrask - Battle Through Time
  9. Sons of Crom - The Black Tower
  10. Tyfon's Doom - Emperor's Path
  11. Spectral Voice - Eroded Corridors of Unbeing
  12. The Negative Bias - Lamentation of the Chaos Omega
  13. Vhäldemar - Against All Kings
  14. Lunacy - Act One. Youth Manifesto
  15. Venomous Maximus - No Warning
Andy's Top 5 surprises of 2017

  1. Dreadful Fate - The Sin of Sodom
Andy's Disappointment(s) of 2017

  1. Wintersun - The Forest Seasons
Andy's words about 2017
  1. 2017 was a strange year, to put it mildly. Accordingly, I ended up hearing some strange but very good metal. In addition to Pallbearer, which seemingly continues from strength to strength without going mainstream or abandoning their roots in doom metal, you'll also see some little-known Bandcamp releases at the top of my list. Black metal has long produced high-quality projects out of its originators' spare bedrooms, and now we're seeing traditional heavy metal is starting to produce the same. Those guys are to be congratulated in producing some great music on a shoestring, seemingly just for the love of the sound, and I strongly urge you all to check it out.

    Not that we're not getting good quality out of some veterans. Fen's black metal improves with every album, Australia's Ne Obliviscaris delighted prog/metal/violin mashup fans with another fantastic album, and I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of heart I could hear in Excalion's Dream Alive.

    Lastly, I strongly urge all of our readership to make going to more metal shows a New Year's resolution. I love the albums I review, but checking out the band live is a different, more personal experience. I saw Manilla Road, Asphyx, and a number of others this year and some of those moments were unforgettable. So support the bands that come through or play in your town, buy their T-shirt if you've got the dough, and enjoy the energy of a live show first-hand -- watching one on YouTube doesn't compare at all.

    We at Metal Reviews are glad to continue to present our reviews of metal for you, our readers, and want to wish all of you a wonderful and metal-filled 2018!