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2017 Top 10 Albums Of The Year | Kristian Pugh

For all the horrendous things we have seen transpiring in the music industry over the last 12 months we can all take solace in the fact that 2017 has been an exceptional year for music. New bands bursting into the limelight, old ones re-energised and current ones releasing their best work yet; the genres of rock,metal and everything in between and beyond are in a creative renaissance as we speak. Let's enjoy it. 10: Phinehas - Dark Flag

Gutteral breakdowns and mesmerising tech elements, Phinehas really bought their best foot forward with their latest record. If you're a fan of pounding riffs flowing effortlessly into solos with ripping vocals on top of them; you'll feel at home here. 9: Thy Art Is Murder - Dear Desolation

After leaving the band citing tour exhaustion only a year or so prior, you couldn't be blamed for wondering if vocalist CJ McMahon was really gonna bring it for this record. Turns out; he really bought it. As heavy and carniverous as you would expect with the growls of one of the best guys in the business, what else could you want from a deathcore record? Check out 'Puppet Master' in particular - the breakdown will remove the skin from your face. 8: Code Orange - Forever

A darker tonality in a record than this effort by Code Orange is going to be a real tough find. CO are well and truly the breakout stars of 2017 and Forever more than justifies every accomplishment they have achieved in the last 12 months. Heavy in a way that goes much deeper than texture, with elements of groove and snap; there's a great chance Code Orange are gonna be huge players in the scene of metal soon, and off the back of this album - that's some real exciting shit right there. 7: Employed To Serve - The Warmth Of A Dying Sun

Employed To Serve literally took hardcore to a new level here. It's the kind of hardcore/mathcore release that you can't help but be enamoured by, it's a constant punch to the throat; the screams wince, the guitars soar. The record legitimately never gives you a second to catch your breath and it makes for a hardcore experience like no other you will have found this year. 6: Creeper - Eternity, In Your Arms The weight of expectancy sat firmly on the shoulders of Creeper with this release. Their previous EP's had been delivered with such quality that the country seemingly had expectations to such a degree it was always going to be a challenge for the band to meet. But meet them they did, and in some ways they exceeded them. It's the perfect amalgamation of emo, punk, and symphonic rock that creates for choruses of tremendous scale. We've got a real special band on our hands here. 5: Neck Deep - The Peace And The Panic

The Peace And The Panic not only cemented Neck Deep as the British pop punk band of a generation, but has made them worldwide superstars in an even bigger sense than they already were. Tracks like 'In Bloom' and 'Grand Delusion' add extra salt to their already flavoured ability to craft pop punk bangers with a bit of flair. The band continue to improve with each release and they currently sit high above the pop punk mountain. 4: Get The Shot - Infinite Punishment Sometimes you just like an album to knock the stuffing out of you, and that's what Get The Shot do here. Gargantuan riffs and solos that pick at your pressure points. This is an out and out metal slobber knocker of an album that picks up intense speed early on and very rarely takes its foot off the accelerator. 3: Wage War - Deadweight

It's metalcore done to the same formula that you already know - but still done incredibly right. The blend between heavy and melodic vocalists sits upon its perch beautifully. There's the nu metal esque 'Stitch' which pours with anger and intensity while 'Don't Let Me Fade Away' is the anthemic sing along that captures the heart. Wage War pretty much hit a home run here and announced themselves as a metalcore mob that will soon be spearheading the genre. 2: Malevolence - Self Supremacy Building on an incredibly successful debut album and taking their sweet time releasing the follow up; Malevolence became the violent metal undergrounds heroes. Unmatched intensity and musicianship that consistently excels; Malev bring the pain. Self Supremacy was a 40 minute gut punch of hardcore, doom, and heavy metal that just pours out aggression. It's a listen that remains interesting and invigorating throughout, an absolute diamond. While She Sleeps - You Are We

There isn't many bands that have been as consistent as While She Sleeps; and with the independently funded You Are We - the band finally seem to be getting the recognition they deserve. Progressive steps were made in the right areas without sacrificing the sound that current fans already love. There's extra melody but it's worked into the tracks in a way that still brings that ultra metallic heavyness you were craving from the off. You Are We is a technical marvel that has changed the game for one of metals best bands of the last seven years. It's this years greatest 40 minutes.

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