ADAM'S BEST OF 2017

Hey gang, I feel like a total piece of human garbage for not properly posting anything in ages, so I felt the absolute least I could do was to copy Jerm and give you my list of favorites from this year. I really appreciated Chris' almost daily posts this year, keeping the site relevant once again. And I love how active the chat has been lately, with special thanks going out to the chat MVP, GodsColdHands, who has some magic ability to literally fill any request, seemingly. But anyway, thanks again to everyone for visiting, I promise I will try to post more in 2018. 

Here's my list of Top 10 (and more) releases (in alphabetical order)...        *♫*
ALL PIGS MUST DIE - Hostage Animal (October)

BELLE HAVEN - You, Me and Everything In Between (June)

CORRUPT MORAL ALTAR - Eunoia (August)

DARK HABITS - Cave Paintings (May)

END IT - Self Titled (June)

GEIST - Disrepair (September)

MORAL VOID - Deprive (August)

SECT - No Cure For Death (November)

SUNLIGHT'S BANE - The Blackest Volume (February)

WVRM - Can You Hear The Wind Howl (September)
Honorable mentions...
FANGE - Pourrissoir (March)

GOD MOTHER - Vilseledd (October)

LEECHED - Nothing Will Grow From The Rotten Ground (October)

NECRODANCER - Void (October)

RITUAL BLADE - Hidden Pain (October) & Hollow Gods (March)

JERM'S BEST OF 2017

Well it's that time again. I tried to come up with a "20 best of" like last year but honestly there was so much good shit released this year that trying to carve that list down to just 20 was impossible. So i'm doing it a bit different. The first list is my top 10. these are ones there was no doubt about. then a second list of albums that were all really good and it was just too hard to rank them. anyway, on to the list...


1. DEAD CROSS "DEAD CROSS"
its extremely rare that an album surrounded by this much hype lives up to it. dead cross far exceeded that hype as far as I'm concerned.

2. MORAL VOID "DEPRIVE"
id started to give up hope that this was ever coming out. well worth the wait though.

3. EXPANDER "ENDLESS COMPUTER"
"timezapped neuropunks". no idea what that means. but ill go with it.

4. GRINNING DEATHS HEAD "BLOOD WAR"
earlier demos and albums were good, but this....well damn...

5. WAILIN STORMS "SICK CITY"
comparisons can be made. all are inaccurate.

6. PLAGUES "THE GREAT DARK DEVOTION"
1st full length from these guys. I expect great things.

7. CONVERGE "THE DUSK IN US"
youd think that a band 25 years into their career would be out of surprises. converge says youre wrong.

8. ZAO "PYRRHIC VICTORY"
I think its perfectly clear now that the hiatus did wonders for zao. the last couple years have seen them drop their best material since the self titled album.

9. EMPTINESS "NOT FOR MUSIC"
pretty much all resemblance to black/death metal is gone at this point. emptiness are better for it.

10. WORMWITCH "STRIKE MORTAL SOIL"
I was really excited to see these guys get picked up by prosthetic records. their debut did not disappoint.



CALLIGRAM "ASKESIS"
NECROT "BLOOD OFFERINGS"
CRYSTAL FAIRY "CRYSTAL FAIRY"
HERESIARCH "DEATH ORDINANCE"
CELESTE "INFIDELE(S)"
ACEPHALIX "DECREATION"
ALTARAGE "ENDINGHINT"
SUNLIGHT'S BANE "THE BLACKEST VOLUME"
ALL HELL "THE GRAVE ALCHEMIST"
SCHAMMASCH "THE MALDOROR CHANTS:HERMAPHRODITE"
DAWN RAY'D "THE UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLY"
DANZIG "BLACK LADEN CROWN"
MELVINS "A WALK WITH LOVE AND DEATH"
REBEL WIZARD "TRIUMPH OF GLOOM"
FULL OF HELL "TRUMPETING ECSTACY"
'68 "TWO PARTS VIPER"
MUTOID MAN "WAR MOANS"
PRONG "ZERO DAYS"
OVERKILL "THE GRINDING WHEEL"
POWER TRIP "NIGHTMARE LOGIC"
SECT "NO CURE FOR DEATH"
AKATHARSIA "NO GENERATION WITHOUT CORRUPTION"
RIVER BLACK "RIVER BLACK"
GODFLESH "POST SELF"
ME AND THAT MAN "SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH"
EARTHLING "SPINNING IN THE VOID"
WILDSPEAKER "SPREADING ADDER"
HEXIS "TANDO ASHANTI/XII"
UNEARTHLY TRANCE "STALKING THE GHOST"
CORRUPT MORAL ALTAR "EUNOIA"
MEMORIAM "FOR THE FALLEN"
MARK LANEGAN "GARGOYLE"
ALL OUT WAR "GIVE US EXTINCTION"
ALL PIGS MUST DIE "HOSTAGE ANIMAL"
INTEGRITY "HOWLING, FOR THE NIGHTMARE SHALL CONSUME"
LANTERN "II-MORPHOSIS"
HAVUKRUUNU "KELLE SURUT SOI"
DRAUGSOL "Volaða Land"
ACRIMONIOUS "ELEVEN DRAGONS"
ALMYRKVI "UMBRA"
KHMER "LARGA SOMBRA"
MEATWOUND "LARGO"
GRAVE PLEASURES "MOTHERBLOOD"

like I said, no real order to that secondary list. just a lot of albums that had a significant impact on me this year. probably forgot some but what the hell. thanks again to all readers that show up here and to adam for keeping it alive.

BEASTWARS

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so ive been really busy with work lately and ive had neither the time nor the desire to look for any new music. been spending time with old favs like jane's addiction, dinosaur jr., deftones, and loads of stp. I did however recently get turned on to these guys. I saw a comparison somewhere of early gritty mastodon combined with the stoned head bobbing groove of kyuss. that's pretty damn accurate. except the vocals...damn... the vocals. this guy is fucking phenomenal. excellent range. blows away brent hinds and john Garcia.  hes recently been diagnosed with lymphoma and is undergoing treatment so they could really use some support. copies of the newest album, 2016s "the death of all things" can still be found on ebay and discogs and of course theres always bandcamp. 

Division Of Mind-Dermo (2017)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk

Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 3
Length: 6.50'

Division Of Mind is a Richmond, VA based band who formed in 2017, from the looks of things.  Division Of Mind play a metallic style of hardcore/punk.  Musically, Division Of Mind can be loosely compared to bands such as Incendiary, Suburban Scum, Trenchfoot, and other like-minded bands.  This is the band's debut demo, which was released on January 6th, 2017.  On their debut demo, Division Of Mind offer up three tracks of brutal sounding hardcore/punk.  Overall, this is a really solid demo and is definitely worth checking out.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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(U.S.) Mutant Video-Vanity Of Life LP (2017)

Country: USA
Genre:  Punk, Industrial, Experimental 

Label: Iron Lung
Tracks: 8
Length: 34.35'

MUTANT VIDEO - Vanity Of Life LP w/download (LUNGS-098)
MV's outsider punk thug basement is dead and crawling with a drugged out Chrome kinship steady bashing out a soundtrack to some Derek Jarman super-8s. Nothing but psycho fuzzed out chill grease on your Reeboks fist grinding grit worship 'music' here. A posthumous release for people who like early industrial music made by punks like Missing Foundation, Factrix and Minimal Man. (Press Note)

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(U.S.) Plaque Marks-Anxiety Driven Nervous Worship EP (2017)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Sludge, Noise Rock

Label: Learning Curve/Reptilian Records
Tracks: 6
Length: 20.33'

Plaque Marks are a four piece band from Philadelphia, PA who formed in 2016, from the looks of things.  Plaque Marks features members of Fight Amp, Creepoid, Powder Vision, and Ecstatic Vision, so going on that alone, you know you're in for something truly special.  Plaque Marks play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, sludge, and noise rock within their sound.  Anxiety Driven Nervous Worship is the band's debut EP, which was released via Learning Curve records on October 27th, 2017.  On Anxiety Driven Nervous Worship, Plaque Marks offer up six tracks of blown out/, discordant, and feedback heavy hardcore, punk, sludge, and noise rock.  Overall, Anxiety Driven Nervous Worship makes for an amazing listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Bummer/Pinko-Split 12" (2017)

Country: USA
Genre: Punk, Noise Rock, Grunge, Sludge

Label: High Dive
Tracks: 9
Length: 20.15'

Here's a killer split featuring new material from KC's Bumer and TX's Pinko.  Bummer is a three piece band from Kansas City, Missouri who formed in early 2013, from the looks of things.  Bummer play a highly distorted, dirty, and blown-out style of music that incorporates elements of punk, noise rock, and sludge within their sound.  Musically, Bummer can be loosely compared to bands such as Big Business, Jesus Lizard, Bardus, War Brides, T-Tops, Whores, and Buildings.  Since forming in 2013, Bummer have released a three song EP titled Young Ben Franklin in October of 2013, a four song EP titled Milk in October of 2014, and most recently, a digital single titled King Shit in October of 2016, and a six song EP titled Spank in July of 2015.  On their side of the split, Bummer offer up five tracks of dirty, distorted, and blown out sounding punk, grunge, noise rock, and sludge.  PINKO is a three piece band from San Antonio, Texas who formed in August of 2014.  PINKO play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of post hardcore, punk, and noise rock within their sound.  Musically, PINKO can be said to be influenced by bands such as Drive Like Jehu, Fugazi, Hot Snakes, Science Of Yabra, Haymarket Riot, and early 2000's Ebullition records style post hardcore bands.  Since forming in 2014, Pinko have released a  self-titled cassette in August of 2015.  On their side of the split, Pinko offer up four tracks of killer post hardcore, punk, and noise rock within their sound.  Overall, this is a killer split LP and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!
 This killer split LP was released on vinyl and cassette via High Dive records on April 7th, 2017.

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Crowning-Funeral Designs EP (2017)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Screamo, Emoviolence
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 5
Length: 8.15'

Crowning is a four piece band from Chicago, Illinois who formed in 2017, from the looks of things.  Crowning features members of Itto, so going on that alone, you know you're in for something truly special.  Crowning play a chaotic and volatile style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, screamo, and emoviolence within their sound.  Musically, Crowning can be loosely compared to bands such as Off Minor, Ampere, Orchid, Jerome's Dream, and other like-minded bands.  Funeral Designs is the band's debut EP, which was released on February 14th, 2017.  On Funeral Designs, Crowning offer up five tracks of chaotic and volatile sounding hardcore, punk, screamo, and emoviolence.  Overall, Funeral Designs makes for a great listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Autolith-S/T EP (2017)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Sludge, Black Metal, Doom
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 3
Length: 10.30'

Holy shit!  This absolutely rips.  Autolith is a two piece band from Memphis, Tennessee who formed in 2017, from the looks of things.  Autolith features members of Sepaph The Light and Shards Of Humanity, so going on that alone, you know you're in for some amazing music.  Autolith play a brutal and vicious as fuck style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, sludge, black metal, and doom within their sound.  Musically, Autolith can be loosely compared to bands such as Pharoh, Hexis, Sunlight's Bane, Bone Awl, and other like-minded bands.  This is the band's debut EP, which was released on May 22nd, 2017.  On their debut EP, Autolith offer up three tracks of raw, filthy, and vicious as fuck sounding hardcore, punk, sludge, black metal, and doom.  Overall, Autolith's debut EP makes for an amazing listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Typecaste-Demo (2017)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Metal
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 4
Length: 4.40'

Typecaste is a Boston, MA based band who formed in 2017, from the looks of things.  Typecaste play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, and metal within their sound.  Musically, Typecaste can be loosely compared to bands such as Suburban Scum, Incendiary, Trenchfoot, and other like-minded bands.  This is the band's demo, which was released on August 9th, 2017.  On their self-titled debut, Typecaste offer up four tracks of vicious and brutal as fuck sounding hardcore, punk, and metal.  Overall, this is a really solid demo and definitely worth checking out.  Great stuff! Enjoy!

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Videodome-Nocturnal Omissions EP (2017)

Country: USA
Genre: Post Hardcore, Punk, Alt. Metal, Sludge, Noise Rock

Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 5
Length: 14.10'

Videodome is a four piece band from New Haven, CT who formed in October of 2016.  Videodome features members of CT's Heavy Breath and Warm, so going on that alone, you know you're in for some killer music.  Videodome play an off-kilter/weirdo style of music that incorporates elements of post hardcore, punk, Alt. metal, sludge, and noise rock.  Videodome can be best described at mixing elements of bands such as Helms Alee, The Catalyst, Big Business with the vocal stylings of bands such as Punch and Libyans.  Nocturnal Omissions is the band's debut EP, which was released on November 16th, 2017.  On Nocturnal Omissions, Videodome offer up five tracks of off-kilter/outsider post hardcore, punk, alt. metal, sludge, and noise rock.  Overall, Nocturnal Omissions makes for a great listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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The Catalyst-Megapost

*The Catalyst-Killer sludgy, dirty, raw noise damaged hardcore, grunge, and stoner metal band from Richmond, Virginia who existed from 2008-2012!  FFO: Fight Amp, Bone Dance, Helms Alee, and Engineer!  Absolutely love this band!









                                                                 
                                                        Marianas Trench+9 LP (2008)    


                                                          Swallow Your Teeth (2009) 

                                                                   Voyager (2012)          

Dead In The Dirt Megapost

Dead in The Dirt is an Atlanta, GA-based grindcore trio featuring member of SXE Hardcore band Foundation. Dead In The Dirt play a blast-laden auditory dissent that is absolutely crushing. Musically, the band takes lessons from bands like His Hero Is Gone, Dropdead and older Napalm Death to create a pummeling final product.  Here's the band's sadly limited discography for your listening pleasure.  Fucking amazing, to say the least.  Enjoy!




                                               
                                                           The Blind Hole LP (2013)
                                                                                                          
                                                        
                                                                    Fear 7" (2011) 
                                                                   Void EP (2010)

Meteors The Entire Night-Descend Towards The Earth EP (2017)

Country: United Kingdom
Genre: Post Hardcore, Post Rock, Punk, Screamo
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 5
Length: 14.45'

Meteors The Entire Night is a five piece band from Coventry, UK who formed in 2017, from the looks of things.  Meteors The Entire Night play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of post hardcore, post rock, punk, and screamo within their sound.  Musically, Meteors The Entire Night can be loosely comparted to bands such as Damezumari, Funeral Diner, Who Calls So Loud, older Pianos Become The Teeth, and We Were Skeletons.  Descent Towards The Earth is the band's debut EP, which was released on August 16th, 2017.  On Descend Towards The Earth, Meteors The Entire Night offer up five tracks of killer post hardcore, post rock, punk, and screamo.  Overall, Descend Towards The Earth makes for a great listen and is definitely worth checking out.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Prolefeed/Henry Kane-Split LP (2017)

Country: United Kingdom/Sweden
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Crust, Powerviolence
Label: WOOAAARGH/Goatshead Records
Tracks: 15
Length: 19.57'

This split marks the long awaited third vinyl release of crusty North East UK hardcore oinks Prolefeed, written immediately following 2015s ear pummeling split with War All The Time. The fact that this was recorded and mixed in a single day speaks to the raw speed and agression on display and the ten tracks blitz past within 13 mins.
This is drummer Rob Woodcock’s final release with the band but he goes out on a high, bullying the snare through relentless thrashing d-beats and rapid, clattering fills. This whole side buzzes with a screaming treble-strung intesity to the production, and a suprising (for those unfamiliar with the band) clarity to the instrumentals. The bass in particular has a very clear tone, Dan's fantastic, lighning fast runs cutting through the tradtitionally crusty buzzsaw guitar for some stand out moments of musicianship, running counter to the abrasive vocal screams of frontman Dickie (also of Sawn Off).
Ten rapid fire songs with signature caustic guitar riffs, blitzkrieg basslines and Melvinsesque drumming, this isn’t your average hardcore record.
Quickly following up their debut "Den förstörda människans rike", Henry Kane provides 9 minutes of punishing one-man Swedish Swedeath grindcore. Following the same path of audial terror. Henry Kane is the solo effort of Johnny Pettersson of Wombbath, Ashcloud, Gods Forsaken and dozens of other nightmare inducing death metal bands. Recorded, mixed and mastered at Studio Unbound, you could be forgiven for thinking this side of the split was a previously unreleased Rotten Sound effort. Absolutely relentless clinical blast beats and ear shattering chainsaw guitar sounds argue with throat shredding vocals here.
These five tracks have no time for pretension, no prog moments of atmosphere or technical peacocking. The only atmosphere is that of a dense cloud of gain, the only technicality the speed of the performence. Proper blasting grind! 
Art by Prolefeed bassist Daniel Hughes in response to a wave of religious violence and thoughtless hatred perpetuated by the media. Fuck religious violence//Fuck religious hate. The Mass Forfeiture of Collective Responsibility comes with a wrap around 2 foot poster and is released on the 13th October via WOOAAARGH & Goatshead Records! (Press Note)

*This is some insanely vicious, brutal and completely unhinged hardcore, punk, crust, and powerviolence from UK's Prolefeed and Sweden's Henry Kane.  Overall, this split makes for a killer listen.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!  This killer split was released via WOOAAARGH! and Goatshead records on October 13th, 2017.