My Picks for Best Metal Albums of 2017

by daniellestemarie Email

Hello Bangertv and metal fans of other stripes! I am going to give my picks of the best metal albums of 2017 and 2018, right here, right now.

But first, you may ask, 'Who is she and why should I care?' Well, honestly, I don't know that you should care, but let me fill you in on some pertinent details of my life. First, I am a full-time poetess and authoress of over 30 books. My website, daniellesaintemarie.com will fill you in a bit more. I am the daughter of Jim Morrison, and no, I don't care if you believe it or not. It's very true. Second, I am a world-class martial artist in Ninjutsu, having attained the rank of hachi-dan (8th degree black belt), and I have trained with everyone from Hatsumi-sensei to Hayes-sensei to Bud Malstrom-sensei, and Shawn Havens-sensei. I live on my ranch and have my own private dojo.

But third, and probably most important to all you metalheads out there, I am a lover of heavy fucking metal. I have been in love with metal ever since some of its earliest tunes began creeping into my ears. I started out with Judas Priest's Rocka Rolla, which blew my young mind and helped me understand the melancholia of Winter. I then got into the hard rock of AC/DC, with the song Whole Lotta Rosie being a particular favorite. And, over the years, I listened to and studied it all. Grim Reaper's See You in Hell My Friend was played ten thousand times (don't you know, some young punk vandal spray-painted that in two foot high letters across a wall in Shoreham, NY. Now, imagine that! :-)). Celtic Frost, Death, Satan, Exodus, Tank...the list goes on and on. I have filled my soul with metal. And, Judas Priest? Well, I have their logo tattooed on my left arm, and I own every single album. Does that tell you how I feel about them? And, guess what? I found my way into Primal Fear's Nuclear Fire liner notes. When you're a writer you can help with lyrics, it seems. I also became friendly with Al Atkins, the original lead singer of Judas Priest. We shared some quality time discussing the origins of Caviar and Meths. So, that's just a little bit about me.

Before I get to my picks for the best metal records of 2017 and 2018, I want to remind you to support Bangertv and head over to their Patreon site and make a donation.

For the year 2018, I pick the following:

1. Spectral Wound, Infernal Decadence


This is the most unique black metal album I have ever heard. With dissonance drumming and singing in the background, and the sounds of a hulking, mystical, satanic force rising in the foreground, these guys created something that lies really beyond description. Buy this record and sit there mesmerized!

2. The Ocean Collective, Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic


This band crushed it with this haunting, multi-layered album. We're talking a lush tapestry of different instruments with occasional death growls. This is a record for metalheads who like their music hyper-intelligent, and who just sometimes enjoy kicking back and letting Zen take their thoughts away through music to a wiser, deeper place.

For the year 2017, I pick the following:

1. Satan's Hallow, Satan's Hallow


This band is so amazing that when I first heard this record, I thought I had time-tripped into 1982 and was hearing an album I had missed. Judas Priest and Iron Maiden riffs, big vocals right on the key she's most interested in, and a spooky tale of ghosts. My goddess, this band rips and powers through this album, lighting every song with fire. I cannot wait for their next release. Amazing!

2. Okay, for the final album in this series, I have to go with: Mastodon, Emperor of Sand


Mastodon like to keep it fresh, and experiment. I love this approach, because I do not need my metal to sound the same everytime. I am open to the possibilities of music. This album really was amazing. It had snappy hard-rock-like numbers with intense death metal, all packaged together like a present that would make you bang your head as it strategized on how to eat you. Truly wonderful effort by the mighty Mastodon!

So, that's it, my picks for best metal albums of 2017 and 2018. Many honorable mentions, but if you go back to 2015, pick up Lucifer's Lucifer I, which fuses doom metal and glorious vocals with spectacular song-writing. Lucifer II is also awesome. That is a great band! Okay, see you later and keep your horns flying high and proud!

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