Best Metal Albums of 2017


The Top Ten

1 Gods of Violence - Kreator

Not quite Phantom Antichrist, but still above most recent work (besides Violent Revolution). - Caleb9000

This masterpiece is slightly above cradle of filths criptonia which isn't even listed to my surprise

2 Urn - Ne Obliviscaris

This was an exceptional surprise. Did not expect to enjoy this album as much as I did. Current contender for AOTY for me. - cjWriter1997

My #1 of 2017 (extreme progressive metal from Australia).
If interested, you can check out the list: Best Songs on Ne Obliviscaris' Urn - Metal_Treasure

3 Emperor of Sand - Mastodon

Easily tops Gods of Violence. Jaguar God and Word to the Wise are among the best songs Mastodon has ever put out in their whole career.

4 Nightmare Logic - Power Trip

Top tier Thrash man - InsanityJoe

5 The Grinding Wheel - Overkill

Should be in the top three.

6 Reflections of a Floating World - Elder

An amazing sludge metal album. My fave of 2017. - IronSabbathPriest

7 In the Passing Light of Day - Pain of Salvation
8 Aathma - Persefone

This is MY pick for best metal album of 2017. Top notch progressive metal album right here, everyone should listen to it. - NuMetalManiak

9 Codex Omega - Septicflesh

A perfect album - Metal_Treasure

10 Conformicide - Havok

Good music, but awful lyrics. - Caleb9000

The Newcomers

? Hell - Hell

The Contenders

11 Healed by Metal - Grave Digger
12 Will to Power - Arch Enemy

Great album but still not as heavy as without grosscrow

13 The Sin and the Sentence - Trivium
14 E - Enslaved

A very good album, possibly their most progressive yet. They pay a tribute to Pink Floyd during the albums closing moments. My main criticism: too short. Only six songs. None of them are bad though and all are different. If you don't like newer Enslaved then you probably won't like this, but if you're a fan of newer, then I think you'll enjoy it. If you're a prog fan and have more of an open mind to black metal then I think you'll enjoy it. - IronSabbathPriest

15 Machine Messiah - Sepultura
16 Diaspora - Cormorant

Anyone enjoy any Prog Death? Vote here! Oh, and listen as well. - InsanityJoe

17 Mirror Reaper - Bell Witch

Such a sad album... Perfect doom metal...

18 Lower the Bar - Steel Panther
19 Incorruptible - Iced Earth
20 Atonement - Immolation
21 Forever - Code Orange
22 Through the Mirror - Endon
23 Psychosis - Cavalera Conspiracy

Max Cavalera man he is great! - InsanityJoe

24 Big Rocks - Krokus
25 As Embers Turn to Dust - Mechina
26 The Source - Ayreon
27 ... of the Dark Light - Suffocation
28 Legends of the Shires - Threshold
29 Ex Eye - Ex Eye
30 Immortals - Firewind
31 The Forest Seasons - Wintersun
32 Tchornobog - Tchornobog
33 Ultu Ulla - Rings of Saturn
34 Embers of a Dying World - Mors Principium Est
35 Malina - Leprous
36 Cryptoriana – the Seductiveness of Decay - Cradle of Filth
37 The Future State of Wicked - Blood Feast
38 Obituary - Obituary

Gona check it out - EliHbk

39 No Grave but the Sea - Alestorm
40 Do Not Deviate - Replacire

Look at that album cover! Breath taking - InsanityJoe

41 The Optimist - Anathema
42 Exuvia - The Ruins of Beverast
43 Profane Nexus - Incantation
44 Thrice Woven - Wolves in the Throne Room
45 Woe to the Vanquished - Warbringer
46 The Immortal Wars - Ex Deo
47 Mass Vi - Amenra
48 Infrared Horizon - Artificial Brain
49 Theater of Dimensions - Xandria
50 Cast the First Stone - Hour of Penance
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Top Remixes (10)

1. Urn - Ne Obliviscaris
2. Codex Omega - Septicflesh
3. Will to Power - Arch Enemy
1. Emperor of Sand - Mastodon
2. Gods of Violence - Kreator
3. As Embers Turn to Dust - Mechina
1. Profane Nexus - Incantation
2. Atonement - Immolation
3. ... of the Dark Light - Suffocation

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