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Magic Mike

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:20 pm 
 

Well everybody, here we are. The votes have been tallied and the results are in! Thank you to everybody who voted for the Encyclopaedia Metallum Album of the Year 2017! In total, there were 123 ballots cast, for 524 unique albums. The results are presented with the final number of votes for each position on their respective ballots. Point totals can be found in the other thread if you'd like a refresher. Anyway, I know what you're all here for, so HERE ARE THE RESULTS:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2017
  1. Power Trip - Nightmare Logic: 4-8-2-2-2-4-2-1-1-0 = 368pts
  2. Immolation - Atonement: 0-3-8-2-2-1-4-1-1-2 = 258pts
  3. The Ruins of Beverast - Exuvia: 3-3-2-1-4-1-2-4-1-0 = 249pts
  4. Satan's Hallow - Satan's Hallow: 3-4-2-2-0-1-0-1-4-1 = 222pts
  5. Spectral Voice - Eroded Corridors of Unbeing: 3-1-1-2-4-0-3-1-1-0 = 196pts
  6. Bell Witch - Mirror Reaper: 3-2-0-1-3-1-0-1-0-0 = 165pts
  7. Elder - Reflections of a Falling World: 3-1-2-1-1-1-1-1-0-1 = 164pts
  8. Nokturnal Mortum - Verity: 2-2-2-1-1-2-1-0-0-0 = 160pts
  9. Malokarpatan - Nordkarpatenland: 3-1-2-1-1-0-1-2-0-0 = 159pts
  10. Dying Fetus - Wrong One to Fuck With: 4-1-0-1-1-1-1-1-0-0 = 158pts
  11. Pallbearer - Heartless: 1-3-1-3-1-0-1-2-1-0 = 156pts
  12. Tchornobog - Tchornobog: 2-1-1-2-2-2-1-0-1-0 = 151pts
  13. Kreator - Gods of Violence: 3-1-1-0-0-0-2-2-0-1 = 129pts
  14. Suffocation - ...of the Dark Light: 3-0-1-2-0-1-1-0-0-0 = 128pts
  15. Antichrist - Sinful Birth: 3-0-0-1-2-2-0-0-1-0 = 125pts
  16. Portrait - Burn the World: 1-1-1-2-1-2-0-1-0-0 = 112pts
  17. Archspire - Relentless Mutilation: 1-1-1-2-1-0-1-2-1-1 = 109pts
  18. Lunar Shadow - Far from Light: 2-1-2-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 108pts
  19. Venenum - Trance of Death: 0-3-2-1-1-0-0-0-0-2 = 108pts
  20. Enslaved - E: 0-1-3-1-1-1-2-0-0-2 = 107pts
  21. Threshold - Legends of the Shires: 2-1-1-1-1-0-0-0-0-1 = 106pts
  22. Cradle of Filth - Cryptorania - The Seductiveness of Decay: 2-0-1-0-3-1-0-0-0-0 = 103pts
  23. Septicflesh - Codex Omega: 0-2-1-2-0-1-1-1-0-2 = 95pts
  24. Jordablod - Upon My Cremation Pyre: 1-1-0-2-1-1-1-0-0-2 = 93pts
  25. Havukruunu - Kelle surut soi: 2-2-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1 = 91pts
  26. Ayreon - The Source: 1-2-1-0-1-0-0-0-1-0 = 88pts
  27. Mastodon - Emperor of Sand: 1-0-1-1-2-0-1-1-2-1 = 87pts
  28. Evilfeast - Elegies of the Stellar Wind: 1-1-1-1-0-0-2-1-0-0 = 86pts
  29. Cannibal Corpse - Red Before Black: 2-0-0-0-1-1-2-1-0-1 = 85pts
  30. The Chasm - A Conscious Creation from the Isolated Domain: pt I: 1-2-0-0-0-1-2-0-0-2 = 83pts
  31. Wampyrinacht - We Will Be Watching, really long subtitle: 0-2-2-0-1-0-1-0-0-0 = 82pts
  32. Wolves in the Throne Room - Thrice Woven: 0-3-0-0-2-0-0-1-0-2 = 80pts
  33. Aosoth - V: Inside the Scriptures: 0-1-1-1-1-0-2-2-1-3 = 80pts
  34. Dodecahedron - Kwintessens: 0-2-0-1-1-1-0-2-1-1 = 77pts
  35. Condor - Unstoppable Power: 1-0-1-0-2-0-2-1-0-0 = 76pts
  36. Galneryus - Ultimate Sacrifice: 2-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 68pts
  37. Ulver - The Assassination of Julius Caesar: 1-1-0-1-0-1-0-1-0-0 = 67pts
  38. Sons of Crom - The Black Tower: 1-1-0-0-1-0-1-2-0-0 = 67pts
  39. Vulture - The Guillotine: 0-0-1-3-0-0-2-0-1-0 = 65pts
  40. Air Raid - Across the Line: 1-1-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 63pts
  41. Godflesh - Post Self: 1-0-2-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 63pts
  42. Lorn - Arrayed Claws: 1-0-2-0-0-0-0-0-3-0 = 61pts
  43. The Black Dahlia Murder - Nightbringers: 0-1-2-0-0-1-0-1-0-1 = 61pts
  44. Hellripper - Coagulating Darkness: 0-1-1-1-1-0-0-1-1-0 = 61pts
  45. Paradise Lost - Medusa: 0-0-1-1-1-2-0-1-1-2 = 61pts
  46. Craven Idol - The Shackles of Mammon: 0-2-0-0-1-0-2-0-0-1 = 59pts
  47. Satyricon - Deep Calleth Upon Deep: 0-1-1-0-1-2-0-0-0-0 = 59pts
  48. Necrot - Blood Offerings: 0-0-1-2-0-1-1-1-1-0 = 59pts
  49. Black Cilice - Banished from Time: 1-0-2-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 57pts
  50. Night Demon - Darkness Remains: 0-2-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 57pts
  51. Spirit Adrift - Curse of Conception: 1-1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-2 = 55pts
  52. Warbringer - Woe to the Vanquished: 1-0-0-1-0-1-1-0-0-1 = 52pts
  53. Pain of Salvation - In the Passing Light of Day: 1-1-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0 = 51pts
  54. Temple of Void - Lords of Death: 1-0-0-1-0-1-1-0-0-0 = 51pts
  55. Attic - Sanctimonious: 1-0-0-0-1-0-1-1-3-0 = 51pts
  56. Belphegor - Totenritual: 2-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 50pts
  57. Succumb - Succumb: 2-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 50pts
  58. Shaarimoth - Temple of Adversarial Fire: 1-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 50pts
  59. Akercocke - Renaissance in Extremis: 1-0-1-0-0-0-0-2-1-0 = 50pts
  60. Artificial Brain - Infrared Horizon: 0-0-0-0-2-2-2-0-0-2 = 50pts
  61. Origin - Unparalleled Universe: 1-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0 = 49pts
  62. Pagan Altar - The Room of Shadows: 1-0-0-0-1-0-1-0-2-3 = 48pts
  63. Vassafor - Maladiction: 0-0-0-3-0-1-0-1-0-0 = 48pts
  64. Cormorant - Diaspora: 0-2-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 46pts
  65. Sons of Apollo - Psychotic Symphony: 1-0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 45pts
  66. Firewind - Immortals: 0-1-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 45pts
  67. Blazon Stone - Down in the Dark: 0-1-0-1-0-1-1-0-0-1 = 45pts
  68. Argus - From Fields of Fire: 0-0-2-1-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 45pts
  69. Duskmourn - Of Shadow and Flame: 0-1-0-0-1-2-0-0-0-0 = 44pts
  70. Overkill - The Grinding Wheel: 0-0-1-0-1-0-2-1-1-1 = 44pts
  71. The Obsessed - Sacred: 1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 43pts
  72. Pyrrhon - What Passes for Survival: 1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 43pts
  73. Metalian - Midnight Rider: 1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 42pts
  74. The Flight of Sleipnir - Skadi: 1-0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 41pts
  75. Obituary - Obituary: 0-0-0-1-2-1-0-0-0-1 = 41pts
  76. Crypt Rot - Embryonic Devils: 1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 40pts
  77. Lantern - II: Morphosis: 1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 40pts
  78. Midnight - Sweet Death and Ecstasy: 0-0-1-2-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 40pts
  79. Drudkh/Paysage d'Hiver - Somewhere Sadness Wanders/Schnee IV: 1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 37pts
  80. Grima - Tales of the Enchanted Woods: 1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 37pts
  81. Lovebites - Awakening from Abyss: 1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 37pts
  82. Primitive Man - Caustic: 1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 37pts
  83. Morbid Angel - Kingdoms Disdained: 0-1-0-0-1-0-1-0-0-3 = 37pts
  84. Sorcerer - The Crowning of the Fire King: 0-1-0-0-1-0-1-0-1-0 = 36pts
  85. Horn - Turm am Hang: 1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 35pts
  86. Night Viper - Exterminator: 1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 35pts
  87. Ascended Dead - Abhorrent Manifestation: 0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 35pts
  88. Tetragrammacide - Primal Incinerators of Moral Matrix: 0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 33pts
  89. Orden Ogan - Gunman: 0-0-1-0-1-1-0-0-0-0 = 33pts
  90. Benighted - Necrobreed: 0-0-2-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 32pts
  91. Execration - Return to the Void: 0-0-0-2-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 32pts
  92. Sutrah - Dunes: 1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 31pts
  93. Emptiness - Not for Music: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-2 = 31pts
  94. The Ominous Circle - Appalling Ascension: 0-1-0-0-1-0-0-0-1-1 = 31pts
  95. Der Weg einer Freiheit - Finisterre: 0-0-1-0-1-0-1-0-0-0 = 31pts
  96. Ensnared - Dysangelium: 0-0-1-0-1-0-1-0-0-0 = 31pts
  97. Al-Namrood - Enkar: 0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 30pts
  98. Persefone - Aathma: 0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 30pts
  99. Suffering Hour - In Passing Ascension: 0-1-0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0 = 30pts
  100. Ningen-Isu - Ijigen no Houkou: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 29pts
  101. Red Moon Architect - Return of the Black Butterflies: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 29pts
  102. Yellow Eyes - Immersion Trench Reveries: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 29pts
  103. Fen - Winter: 0-1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-1 = 29pts
  104. Decapitated - Anticult: 0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 29pts
  105. Progenie Terrestre Pura - oltreLuna: 0-0-0-2-0-0-0-0-2-1 = 29pts
  106. Blut Aus Nord - Deus Salutis Meae: 0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 28pts
  107. Wode - Servants of the Countercosmos: 0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 28pts
  108. Amenra - Mass VI: 0-0-0-1-1-0-1-0-0-0 = 28pts
  109. Adagio - Life: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 27pts
  110. Ungfell - Totbringaere: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 27pts
  111. White Skull - Will of the Strong: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 27pts
  112. One Master - Lycanthropic Burrowing: 0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 27pts
  113. Wiegedood - De Doden Hebben Het Goed II: 0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 27pts
  114. Dream Troll - The Knight of Rebellion: 0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 26pts
  115. Dumal - The Lesser God: 0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 26pts
  116. Vampire - With Primeval Force: 0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 26pts
  117. Legendry - Dungeon Crawler: 0-0-0-1-0-1-0-1-1-0 = 26pts
  118. Vallenfyre - For Those Who Fear Him: 0-1-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1 = 25pts
  119. Woe - Hope Attrition: 0-1-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1 = 25pts
  120. White Death - White Death: 0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 25pts
  121. Sasquatch - Maneuvers: 0-1-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 24pts
  122. Vintersorg - Till Fjalls, del II: 0-1-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 24pts
  123. Walpyrgus - Walpyrgus Nights: 0-0-1-0-0-1-0-0-0-1 = 24pts
  124. Outrage - Raging Out: 0-0-0-2-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 24pts
  125. Azarath - In Extremis: 0-0-0-0-1-1-1-0-0-0 = 24pts
  126. Taake - Kong Vinter: 0-0-1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 23pts
  127. Nightbringer - Terra Damnata: 0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-1-0 = 23pts
  128. Selbst - Selbst: 0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-1-0 = 23pts
  129. Accept - The Rise of Chaos: 0-0-0-0-1-1-0-1-0-1 = 23pts
  130. Leprous - Malina: 0-0-0-0-1-1-0-1-0-1 = 23pts
  131. Apostate Viaticum - Before the Gates of Gomorrah: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 22pts
  132. Eruption - Cloaks of Oblivion: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 22pts
  133. Samael - Hegemony: 0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-1 = 22pts
  134. Chevalier - A Call to Arms: 0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 22pts
  135. Incantation - Profane Nexus: 0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0-2-0 = 22pts
  136. Vaivatar - Vanitas: 0-0-0-0-0-2-1-0-0-0 = 22pts
  137. Arrayan Path - Dawn of Aquarius: 0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 21pts
  138. Battle Beast - Bringer of Pain: 0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 21pts
  139. Cnoc an Tursa - The Forty Five: 0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 21pts
  140. Nidingir - The High Heat Licks Against Heaven: 0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 21pts
  141. Procession - Doom Decimation: 0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 21pts
  142. Stalker - Shadow of the Sword: 0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-1 = 21pts
  143. Integrity - Howling, for the Nightmare Shall Consume: 0-0-0-0-1-0-1-1-0-1 = 21pts
  144. The Lurking Fear - Out of the Voiceless Grave: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 20pts
  145. Possession - Exorkizein: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 20pts
  146. Tomb Mold - Primordial Malignity: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-1-0-1 = 20pts
  147. All Pigs Must Die - Hostage Animal: 0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 20pts
  148. Blaze of Perdition - Conscious Darkness: 0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 20pts
  149. Desultory - Through Aching Aeons: 0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 20pts
  150. Nargaroth - Era of Threnody: 0-0-0-0-2-0-0-0-0-0 = 20pts
  151. Legionnaire - Dawn of Genesis: 0-0-0-0-1-0-1-1-0-0 = 20pts
  152. Gigan - Undulating Waves of Rainbiotic Iridescence: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 19pts
  153. Jute Gyte - Oviri: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 19pts
  154. Obskuritatem - U Kraljevstvu Mrtvih...: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 19pts
  155. Crystal Viper - Queen of the Witches: 0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0-1 = 19pts
  156. Pillorian - Obsidian Arc: 0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0-1 = 19pts
  157. Wolfheart - Tyhjyys: 0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0 = 18pts
  158. Stereo Nasty - Twisting the Blade: 0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0-1-0 = 18pts
  159. Tau Cross - Pillar of Fire: 0-0-0-0-0-1-1-1-0-0 = 18pts
  160. Phrenelith - Desolate Landscape: 0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0-2-0 = 18pts
  161. Cloven Hoof - Who Mourn for the Morning Star?: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 17pts
  162. Cover of Night - The Depths: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 17pts
  163. Decrepit Birth - Axis Mundi: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 17pts
  164. Mindmaze - Resolve: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 17pts
  165. Ne Obliviscaris - Urn: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 17pts
  166. Chaos Moon - Eschaton Memoire: 0-0-0-0-0-2-0-0-0-1 = 17pts
  167. Extremity - Extremely Fucking Dead: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 16pts
  168. Sinister - Syncretism: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 16pts
  169. Urn - The Burning: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 16pts
  170. Nocturnal Rites - Phoenix: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 16pts
  171. Wintersun - The Forest Seasons: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 16pts
  172. Wrathblade - God of the Deep Unleashed: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 16pts
  173. Inanimate Existence - Underneath a Melting Sky: 0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0 = 16pts
  174. Falls of Rauros - Vigilance Perennial: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-1-0 = 16pts
  175. Drug Honkey - Cloak of Skies: 0-0-0-0-0-2-0-0-0-0 = 16pts
  176. Trivium - The Sin and the Sentence: 0-0-0-0-0-2-0-0-0-0 = 16pts
  177. Whoredom Rife - Dommedagskvad: 0-0-0-0-0-2-0-0-0-0 = 16pts
  178. Undergang - Misantropologi: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-1-1 = 15pts
  179. Contaminated - Final Man: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 14pts
  180. Ulvedharr - Total War: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0-0 = 14pts
  181. Unleash the Archers - Apex: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0-0 = 14pts
  182. Novembers Doom - Hamartia: 0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0 = 14pts
  183. Father Befouled - Desolate Gods: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-1-0 = 14pts
  184. Droid - Terrestrial Mutations: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0-2 = 14pts
  185. Heresiarch - Death Ordinance: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-2-0 = 14pts
  186. The Great Old Ones - EOD (A Tale of Dark Legacy): 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 13pts
  187. Myrkur - Mareridt: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 13pts
  188. Runespell - Unhallowed Blood Oath = 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 13pts
  189. Sepultura - Machine Messiah = 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 13pts
  190. Battle Dagorath - II - Frozen Light of Eternal Darkness: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0 = 12pts
  191. Cult of Eibon - Lycan Twilight Sorcery: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0 = 12pts
  192. Cold Insight - Further Nowhere: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0 = 12pts
  193. Havok - Conformicide: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0 = 12pts
  194. Slaegt - Domus Mysterium: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0 = 12pts
  195. Witherfall - Nocturnes and Requiems: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0 = 12pts
  196. Analepsy - Atrocities from Beyond: 0-0-0-0-0-0-2-0-0-0 = 12pts
  197. Sun of the Sleepless - To the Elements: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-1-0 = 12pts
  198. Evocation - The Shadow Archetype: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-1 = 11pts
  199. Sortilegia - Sulphurous Temple: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-1 = 11pts
  200. Inconcessus Lux Lucis - The Crowning Quietus: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0 = 10pts
  201. Lor - In Forgotten Sleep: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-2 = 10pts
  202. Acid Witch - Evil Sound Screamers: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0 = 10pts
  203. Desolate Shrine - Deliverance from the Godless Void: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0 = 10pts
  204. Impetuous Ritual - Blight Upon Martyred Silence: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0- = 10pts
  205. Monolord - Rust: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0 = 10pts
  206. Bonehunter - Sexual Panic Human Machine: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0 = 8pts
  207. Helheim - landiwarijaR: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0 = 8pts
  208. Unaussprechlichen Kulten - Keziah Lilith Maeda (Chapter X): 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0 = 8pts
  209. Dyscarnate - With All Their Might: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-0-0 = 8pts
  210. Hideous Divinity - Adveniens: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-2 = 8pts
  211. Wulkanaz - Paralys: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1 = 7pts
  212. Au-Dessus - End of Chapter: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0 = 6pts
  213. Below - Upon a Pale Horse: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0 = 6pts
  214. Labyrinth - Architecture of a God: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0 = 6pts
  215. Loviatar - Loviatar: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0 = 6pts
  216. Black Anvil - As Was: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1 = 5pts
  217. Ingurgitating Oblivion - Vision Wallows in Symphonies of Light: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1 = 5pts
  218. Darkest Hour - Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1 = 3pts
  219. Edenbridge - The Great Momentum: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1 = 3pts
  220. God Dethroned - World Ablaze: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1 = 3pts
  221. Loss - Horizonless: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1 = 3pts
  222. Memoriam - For the Fallen: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1 = 3pts
  223. Hour of Penance - Cast the First Stone: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2 = 2pts
  224. Venomous Maximus - No Warning: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2 = 2pts

So for the second year in a row, we see the denizens of the Archives rally around a thrash album, so I'm proud to say congratulations to Power Trip. Neither their point total nor their margin of victory is quite as ridiculous as Vektor's last year, but they still cleared the 2nd place spot by over 100 points and handily won the top spot. However, unlike last year, the votes remained more or less really tight from about the 5th spot to the 25th-ish. Any one more ballot could have completely upended the bottom half of the top ten, and that's the kind of drama I love. There was a good mix of genres as well, showing that lots of different fans came out to give love to their favorite genres, and a ton of these had a lot of crossover appeal (Satan's Hallow, for example, was on tons of lists that were far from exclusive to trad metal, unlike Avantasia last year who pretty much only appeared on power metal centric lists).

And now let's take a look at the albums that received only one vote throughout the course of the month. Unlike last year, I didn't bother to put out the voting sheet or alphabetize them, because you'd be amazed at how much fucking time that wastes. So instead they're just listed by placement and then by the order they were voted in. Shouldn't be too hard to navigate, and you can always ctrl+f if you're curious about something you can't find on the main list. Either way, here is:


RANDO CORNER
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1st: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 25pts
  • Pestifer – Execration Diatribes
  • Beneath – Ephemeris
  • Metalite – Heroes in Time
  • Aether Realm – Tarot
  • Circle – Terminal
  • Slagmaur – Thill Smitts Terror
  • Clandestine Blaze – City of Slaughter
  • Excalion – Dream Alive
  • Triumvir Foul – Spiritual Bloodshed
  • Imperceptum – Aeons of Saturnine Desolation
  • Cavalera Conspiracy – Psychosis
  • Kassad – Faces Turn Away
  • Tjolgtjar – Vruguun
  • Kyoji Yamamoto – Voice of the Wind
  • Sannhet – So Numb
  • Draugsol – Volada land
  • Enfold Darkness – Adversary Omnipotent
  • Tombs – The Grand Annihilation
  • Obskuritatem – Vampirska Kakofonija
  • Engulfed – Engulfed in Obscurity
  • Beastmaker – Inside the Skull
  • Hallatar – No Stars Upon the Bridge
  • Hellwell – Behind the Demon's Eyes

2nd: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 18pts
  • Bloody Tyrant – Solitary Eagle
  • Serenity – Lionheart
  • Karkaos – Children of the Void
  • Oxbow – Thin Black Duke
  • Melvins – A Walk with Love and Death
  • Laochra – Home and Heart
  • Avatarium – Hurricanes and Halos
  • Black Sites – In Monochrome
  • Blaze Bayley – Endure and Survive
  • Svart Crown – Abreaction
  • Lluvia – Enigma
  • Show-Ya – Aurora
  • Fvneral Fvkk – Lecherous Liturgies
  • Jenner – To Live is to Suffer
  • Slow – V – Oceans
  • Aversio Humanitatis – Longing for the Untold
  • Schammasch – The Maldoror Chants: Hermaphrodite
  • Quayde LaHue – Day of the Oppressor
  • Solarus – Reunion
  • Domgard – Odelagt
  • Anatomia – Cranial Obsession
  • Sadness – Leave

3rd: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 15pts
  • Heavydeath – Sarcophagus in the Sky
  • Serpent Column – Ornuthi Thalassa
  • Vesicant – The Shadows of Cleansing Iron
  • Once Human – Evolution
  • Ex Deo – The Immortal Wars
  • Dark Matter Secret – Perfect World Creation
  • Gratzug/Kalmankantaja – split
  • Ram – Rod
  • Caligula's Horse – In Contact
  • Sale Freux – Vindilis
  • Marty Friedman – Wall of Sound
  • Octaviagrace – Polyhedra
  • Anthem – Engraved
  • Curbeaters – Time is Unforgiving
  • Viscera/// - 3 | Release Yourself Through Desperate Rituals
  • Hell Fire – Free Again
  • Butcher – Bestial Fukkin' Warmachine
  • Book of Wyrms – Sci-fi/Fantasy
  • Ostots – Ezer ezaren araztasuna
  • Excommunion – Thronosis
  • Skulled – Eat Thrash
  • Noumena – Myrrys
  • All Hell – The Grave Alchemist

4th: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 12pts
  • Blattaria – Blattaria
  • Forming the Void – Relic
  • Sorrow Plagues – Homecoming
  • Terrifier – Weapons of Thrash Destruction
  • Wormwood – Ghostlands: Wounds from a Bleeding Earth
  • Goatmoon – Stella Polaris
  • Bliss of Flesh – Empyrean
  • Vulvagun – The Painful Road to Eden
  • The Faceless – In Becoming a Ghost
  • Worthless Life – Conscious in Coma
  • Nyn – Entropy: Of Chaos and Salt
  • Electric Wizard – Wizard Bloody Wizard
  • Hybrid Nightmares – Almagest
  • Altarage – Endinghent
  • Buckethead – Pike 267: Thoracic Spine Collapser
  • Foreseen – Grave Danger
  • Hundred – Charge into Glory
  • Breakout – Burning Lights
  • Audr – Farvegir fyrndar
  • Vouivre – Au Gauffre
  • Tyranex – Death Roll
  • Rude – Remnants...
  • Emyn Muil – Elenion Ancalima
  • Onirik/Grimfaug – MMXIV – MMXVI
  • Elvenking – Secrets of the Magick Grimoire
  • Maim – Ornaments of Severity
  • Obyelskkh – The Providence
  • Palantir – Lost Between Dimensions
  • Thy Art is Murder – Dear Desolation
  • Veldes – The Bitterness Prophecy

5th: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 10pts
  • The Senseless – The Buried Life
  • Through the Eyes of the Dead – Disomus
  • Devil – To the Gallows
  • Demon Eye – Prophecies and Lies
  • Looking for an Answer – Dios Carne
  • Seven Spires – Solveig
  • Nexul – Paradigm of Chaos
  • Cromlech – Iron Guard
  • Perverted Ceremony – Sabbat of Behezael
  • Blackevil – The Ceremonial Fire
  • Oraculum – Always Higher
  • Ermengrond – Wijdse Grond
  • Paladine – Finding Solace
  • Jag Panzer – The Deviant Chord
  • Ghost Bath – Starmourner
  • Necrytis – Countersighns
  • Nemesis Sopor – MMXL
  • Heretoir – The Circle
  • Wederganger/Urfaust – Split
  • Hands of Orlac/The Wandering Midget – Split
  • Antioch – Antioch III: Wings and Warlocks
  • Vacivus – Temple of the Abyss
  • Celestia – Aetherra
  • Ketha – 0 Hours Starlight
  • The Doomsday Kingdom – The Doomsday Kingdom
  • Anubis Gate – Covered in Black
  • Archgoat – The Eternal Damnation of Christ
  • Bear Mace – Butchering the Colossus
  • Lonewolf – Raised on Metal
  • Pure Wrath – Ascetic Eventide
  • Whipstriker – Merciless Artillery

6th: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 8pts
  • Mastodon – Cold Dark Place
  • Solstafir – Berdreyminn
  • Masachist – The Sect (Death REALigion)
  • Krimh – Gendankenkarussel
  • Cadaveric Incubator – Sermons of the Devouring Dead
  • Resurgency – No Worlds... Nor Gods Beyond
  • Thantifaxath – Void Masquerading as Matter
  • Weregoat – Pestilential Rites of Infernal Fornication
  • Fuoco Fatuo – Backwater
  • Netra – Ingrats
  • Fractal Universe – Engram of Decline
  • Profanity – The Art of Sickness
  • Boris – Dear
  • Insatiable Ouroboros – No One Ever Wins
  • Arch Enemy – Will to Power
  • Screamer – Hell Machine
  • Zornheym – Where Hatred Dwells and Darkness Reigns
  • Shroud Ritual – Five Suns
  • Sektor – Allegory
  • Bereft – Lands
  • Cirith Gorgor – Bi den dode hant
  • Ultha/Paramnesia – Split
  • Storrsson – Ages of Darkness
  • Mahakala – The Second Fall
  • Almyrkvi – Umbra
  • Nazghor – Infernal Aphorism
  • Oghre – Gana
  • Arkhon Infaustus – Passing the Nekromanteion
  • Midnight Rider – Manifestation
  • Helengard – Firebird
  • Old Season – Beyond the Black
  • Cruel – Entelechia
  • The Stone – Teatar Apsurda
  • Katavasia – Daemonic Offering
  • Deserter – Coils of the Lesser Serpent
  • Scythra – Human Cesspool
  • Evil – Rites of Evil
  • Thunderstick – Something Wicked This Way Comes

7th: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 6pts
  • Spaceslug – Time Travel Dilemma
  • Iron Reagan – Crossover Ministry
  • Alunah – Solennial
  • Dimman – Guide My Fury
  • Goatpenis – Anasthetic Vapor
  • Toke – (Orange)
  • The King is Blind – We are the Parasite, We are the Cancer
  • Stallion – From the Dead
  • Coldfells – Coldfells
  • Virulent Depravity – Fruit of the Poisoned Tree
  • Mountains Crave – As We Were When We Were Not
  • Dagoba – Black Nova
  • Ice Age – Breaking the Ice
  • Manilla Road – To Kill a King
  • Sacrilegious Rite – Summoned from Beyond
  • Raventale – Planetarium
  • Bloodbound – War of the Dragons
  • Fate Gear – OZ -Rebellion-
  • RUR – RUR
  • Violet Cold – Anomie
  • Apocalypse Orchestra – The End is Nigh
  • Amentia – Scourge
  • Cut Up – Wherever They May Rot
  • Atavistia – One Within the Sun
  • Beast in Black – Berserker
  • The Ritualist – Hell's Doom Eternal
  • Tyfon's Doom – Emperor's Path
  • Ophicvs – Machine Gun Reaper
  • Trail – Motherless

8th: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 4pts
  • Voidsphere – To Call | To Speak
  • Void Cruiser – Wayfarer
  • Vvilderness – Devour the Sun
  • Dust in Mind – Oblivion
  • Vulture Industries – Stranger Times
  • Annihilator – For the Demented
  • Norrskold – Withering Virtue: The Second Chapter
  • The Body/Full of Hell – Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light
  • Necrowretch – Satanic Slavery
  • Six Feet Under – Torment
  • Narcotic Wasteland – Delirium Tremens
  • The Monolith Deathcult – Versus 1
  • Firespawn – The Reprobate
  • La Torture des Tenebres – IV: Memoirs of a Machine Girl
  • Scour – Red
  • Ofermod – Sol Nox
  • Bestial Invasion – Contra Omnes
  • Striker – Striker
  • Mesmur – S
  • Saqra's Cult – Forgotten Rites
  • Abduction – To Further Dreams of Failure
  • Death Yell – Descent into Hell
  • Burning Shadows – Truth in Legend
  • Aldious – We Are
  • Xexyz – Death Mountain
  • Carach Angren – Dance and Laugh Among the Rotten
  • Sin Isomer – Burst into Isomer
  • Grave Digger – Healed by Metal
  • Sanhedrin – Funeral for the World
  • Barathrum – Fanatiko
  • Acephalix – Discreation
  • Ironflame – Lightning Strikes the Crown
  • Cenotaph – Perverse Dehumanized Dysfunctions
  • Porky Vagina – Astroschwein
  • Cromonic – Time
  • Damnation Plan – Reality Illusion
  • Exhumed – Death Revenge
  • Blackfinger – When Colors Fade Away
  • Light of the Morning Star – Nocta

9th: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 2pts
  • Krallice – Loum
  • Avatarium – Hurricanes and Halos
  • Rings of Saturn – Ultu Ulla
  • Acrimonious – Eleven Dragons
  • Deep Purple – Infinite
  • Kobra and the Lotus – Prevail I
  • Emblem – Emblem
  • Squalus – The Great Fish...
  • Vin de Mia Trix – Palimpsets
  • Gorod – Kiss the Freak
  • Hades Archer – Temple of the Impure
  • Iced Earth – Incorruptible
  • Kilta – Harmaa Satama
  • Pounder – Heavy Metal Disaster
  • Alestorm – No Grave but the Sea
  • Hexis – Tando Ashanti
  • Beheaded – Beast Incarnate
  • Evil Invaders – Feed Me Violence
  • Horrified – Allure of the Fallen
  • Misanthrope – Alpha X Omega
  • Infernal Majesty – No God
  • Ewigkeit – Cosmic Man
  • Goliard – Iconoclastic Hymns
  • Mechina – As Embers Turn to Dust
  • Fire Strike – Slaves of Fate
  • Maze of Sothoth – Soul Demise
  • Klabautamann – Samargd
  • Maglor – Asunder
  • Akoma – Revangels
  • Shade Empire – Poetry of the Ill-Minded
  • Bestia Arcana – Holokauston
  • Anathema – The Optimist
  • Chainsaw – Filthy Blasphemy
  • Dread Sovereign – For Doom the Bell Tolls
  • Windswept – The Great Cold Steppe
  • Consummation – Ritual Severance

10th: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1pt
  • Flowers to the Welshman at Dusk – good metal songs
  • Trenchgrinder – Peace is Forfeit
  • Hate – Tremendum
  • The Project Hate MCMXCIX – Of Chaos and Carnal Pleasures
  • Hell – Hell
  • Locust Leaves – A Subtler Kind of Light
  • Weaponizer – Lawless Age
  • Autopsy – Puncturing the Grotesque
  • Sickle of Dust – Between the Worlds
  • Deadlife – Where Life Ends
  • Secret Sphere – The Nature of Time
  • Lock Up – Demonization
  • Madrost – The Essence of Time Matches No Flesh
  • Mediis Tenebris ‎– Là où les Hommes se perdent
  • Tyrannosorceress – Shattering Light's Creation
  • Hellbreaker – Thy Serpent's Coven
  • Disbelief – The Symbol of Death
  • Altu Paganach – Under the Ground
  • Dwoom – Pale Mare Demo MMXVII
  • Aherusia - Prometheus: Seven Principles on How to Be Invincible
  • Lo-Ruhamah – Anointing
  • Asmodeus – Oko Horovo
  • Clouds – Destin
  • Xanthochroid – Of Erthe and Axen Act II
  • Fatherland – Fatherland
  • Shores of Null – Black Drapes for Tomorrow
  • Iron Monkey – 9-13


And lastly, the DEBUT OF THE YEAR tally. We did much better this year in this category, with 71 total entries out of 123 ballots, giving us a decent ~57% of the ballots going out of their way to nominate a debut. Therefore it's thankfully not a tie this year! I want to extend a hearty THANK YOU to everybody who went the extra mile to nominate one.

DEBUT OF THE YEAR 2017
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  1. Satan's Hallow - Satan's Hallow = 9pts
  2. Tchornobog - Tchornobog = 5pts
  3. Vulture - The Guillotine = 5pts
  4. Spectral Voice - Eroded Corridors of Unbeing = 4pts
  5. Jordablod - Upon My Cremation Pyre = 3pts
  6. Extremity - Extremely Fucking Dead = 2pts
  7. Jenner - To Live is to Suffer = 2pts
  8. The Ominous Circle - Appalling Ascension = 2pts
  9. Vaivatar - Vanitas = 2pts
  10. Venenum - Trance of Death = 2pts
  11. Apocalypse Orchestra - The End is Nigh = 1pt
  12. Beast in Black - Berserker = 1pt
  13. Blattaria - Blattaria = 1pt
  14. Butcher - Bestial Fukkin' Warmachine = 1pt
  15. Draugsol - Volada land = 1pt
  16. Dream Troll - The Knight of Rebellion = 1pt
  17. Droid - Terrestrial Mutations = 1pt
  18. Evil - Rites of Evil = 1pt
  19. Hallatar - No Stars Upon the Bridge = 1pt
  20. Hate Moon - The Imprisoning War = 1pt
  21. Hellripper - Coagulating Darkness = 1pt
  22. Jera - Jera = 1pt
  23. Laochra - Home and Heart = 1pt
  24. Legionnaire - Dawn of Genesis = 1pt
  25. Lobotomy Department - New World Coma = 1pt
  26. Lovebites - Lovebites EP = 1pt
  27. N█O – Adrestia = 1pt
  28. The Ossuary - Post Mortem Blues = 1pt
  29. Pillorian - Obsidian Arc = 1pt
  30. Possession - Exorkizein = 1pt
  31. Pure Wrath - Ascetic Eventide = 1pt
  32. Rebirth of Nefast - Tabernaculum = 1pt
  33. RUR - RUR = 1pt
  34. Serpent Column - Ornuthi Thalassa = 1pt
  35. Sin Isomer - Burst into Isomer = 1pt
  36. Solarus - Reunion = 1pt
  37. Some Binary Name that Excel Won't Ctrl+V Because It's Too Long and Converts to Some Shit Like 1100101^30 - S / 2 0 0 4 S 3 = 1pt
  38. Sons of Apollo - Psychotic Symphony = 1pt
  39. Succumb - Succumb = 1pt
  40. Sutrah - Dunes = 1pt
  41. Ungfell - Totbringaere = 1pt
  42. Vesicant - Shadows of Cleansing Iron = 1pt
  43. Wastes - Into the Void of Human Vacuity = 1pt
  44. White Death - White Death = 1pt
  45. Wormwood - Ghostlands: Wounds from a Bleeding Earth = 1pt


So congratulations to Satan's Hallow for taking Debut of the Year 2017! The band has more or less already broken up, and that's a shame, because clearly they had a ton of promise on this self titled debut if these votes were anything to go by.

BH's FINAL THOUGHTS:
Once again we see the split between how certain fans of certain genres voted. Once again Rando Corner is flooded with black metal, which leaves open the eternal question whether or not there is just a shitload more black metal worth listening to in the world or if BM fans value obscurity above all else and therefore struggle to rally around a huge standout album. On one hand, The Ruins of Beverast, Nokturnal Mortum, and Malokarpatan all found themselves in the top ten. On the other hand, one of the albums that got a first place vote in Rando Corner is limited to 20 cassette tapes. You be the judge. I and many others noted that this was a particularly strong year for death metal, and the main list reflects that as there are a ton of death metal albums in there receiving multiple votes. Trad metal also apparently had a much stronger year that I personally realized, because there are quite a few high ranking ones in there. I also notice MA's weird relationship with thrash metal, because as a whole it's seems to be almost looked down upon in the post-UltraBoris, post-retro thrash world, but when an album comes out that seems to transcend the stigma, everybody falls in love with it. Thrash took the top spot in the two years I've been curating this poll, and I never would've guessed that ahead of time. There aren't quite as many surprises as last year, but there are certainly a few. I certainly never would've guessed that Kreator would've ranked as high as they did, and in fact they spent most of the month in the top ten and only fell out within the last two days of voting when Bell Witch went on a fucking tear and jumped from like 200th place to 6th. And I know I joke about how much I hate Wintersun all the time, but them only getting two votes was a total shock. I'd love to see an explanation as to how the hype and review scores didn't translate to the end of the year poll at all. I also want to give props to Dying Fetus, who I am pretty sure didn't get any votes in the second half of the month, but got so many early on that they held on to their place in the top ten all the way down the wire, just barely making the cut at #10 by a whopping two points.

And of course, the Rando Calrissian Award for the highest placement with zero first place votes goes to Immolation - Atonement who defied the odds and managed to land 2nd place despite not topping anybody's list. Truly a feat in itself and also somehow totally indicative of Immolation's general standing here, since everybody seems to like them but they haven't really been on top of the genre since 2002.

Well that's all for 2017, folks. It was a pleasure doing this again and I can't wait to see how things turn out next year. Now let's use this thread for discussion and sharing! Were you pleased with the results? Incensed? Want to ban everybody who voted for Pallbearer? Feel free to now post your own lists and talk about whatever you'd like. Thanks again to everybody for participating!

HALL OF FAME
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2016
  1. Vektor - Terminal Redux = 411pts
  2. Deathspell Omega - The Synarchy of Molten Bones = 231pts
  3. Blood Incantation - Starspawn = 230pts
  4. Avantasia - Ghostlights = 201pts
  5. Sumerlands - Sumerlands = 197pts
  6. Eternal Champion - The Armor of Ire = 157pts
  7. Ulcerate - Shrines of Paralysis = 137pts
  8. Mithras - On Strange Loops = 137pts
  9. Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika = 132pts
  10. Inquisition - Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith = 130pts
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More top 10/20 albums in my list than I'd expect.

1. Godflesh - Post Self (41st)
2. Dodecahedron - Kwintessens (34th)
3. Blut Aus Nord - Deus Salutis Meæ (106th)
4. All Pigs Must Die - Hostage Animal (147th)
5. Antichrist - Sinful Birth (15th)
6. Tchornobog - Tchornobog (12th)
7. Immolation - Atonement (2nd)
8. Dying Fetus - Wrong One To Fuck With (10th)
9. Satan's Hallow - Satan's Hallow (4th)
10. Septicflesh - Codex Omega (23rd)

Debut of the Year: Tchornobog - Tchornobog (2nd)


Here's a question: What criteria do you guys use for an album being on your list? For me, an album has to score above 90% on my scale.
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Here's my list:

1. Metalite - Heroes in Time
A breath of much-needed fresh air in this dreary year--just some of the absolute best earworms to have been assembled in recent years. Obviously it's not to everyone's tastes (since I was the only one smart enough to nominate it), but I couldn't have asked for anything more revitalizing in such a dismal, depressing year.
Top Three Tracks: "The Light of Orion," "Over and Done," and "Afterlife"

2. Serenity - Lionheart
The perfect redemption after the miserably mediocre Codex Atlanticus. Full of excellent hooks and some of their finest tunes yet.
Top Three Tracks: "Eternal Victory," "United," and "Lionheart"

3. Threshold - Legends of the Shires
Glenn may be the band's weakest vocalist, but I was surprised that he was able to help put out the absolute best album in the band's career. These songs are all super-ambitious while simultaneously being incredibly accessible. A monumental feat.
Top Three Tracks: "Stars and Satellites," "The Shire (Part 2)," and "Small Dark Lines"

4. Lovebites - Awakening From Abyss
It's Diet Mary's Blood. Enough said.
Top Three Tracks: "Scream for Me," "The Apocalypse," and "Don't Bite the Dust"

5. Seven Spires - Solveig
I couldn't nominate the Light & Shade album (despite the fact that it basically didn't exist online last year when it came out), so this will have to take its place. Interesting symphonic metal with a lot of atmospheric touches and well-crafted hooks.
Top Three Tracks: "Depths," "The Cabaret of Dreams," and "Ashes"

6. Blazon Stone - Down in the Dark
Yep, this sure is a great Running Wild album.
Top Three Tracks: "Down in the Dark," "Into Victory," and "Captain of the Wild"

7. Battle Beast - Bringer of Pain
Shame on you, Battle Beast--this is your worst album to date. It's still good enough to make the list, but if 2017 had been a better year, you'd have been left on the doorstep. You'd better start shaping up and stop coasting by or you'll be screwed next time.
Top Three Tracks: "Bastard Son of Odin," "Familiar Hell," and "King for a Day"

8. Labyrinth - Architecture of a God
It's not quite Return to Heaven Denied, but I'll be damned if it doesn't sometimes come close. A bit hit-or-miss, but when this album hits home, it REALLY hits home.
Top Three Tracks: "Still Alive," "We Belong to Yesterday," and "Someone Says"

9. White Skull - Will of the Strong
For whatever reason, White Skull have been completely uninteresting to me until now. All their past albums go in one ear and out the other, but Will of the Strong--for whatever reason--just sticks and clicks. Pretty cool stuff.
Top Three Tracks: "Metal Indian," "Shieldmaiden," and "Will of the Strong"

10. Walpyrgus - Walpyrgus Nights
This is just a good album. I don't have much more to add to that, because in a better year, this wouldn't have made the cut.
Top Three Tracks: "Somewhere Under Summerwind," "Dead Girls," and "Lauralone"

Runner Ups:
Keldian - Darkness and Light
Overkill - The Grinding Wheel
Amberian Dawn - Darkness of Eternity
Accept - The Rise of Chaos
Galneryus - Ultimate Sacrifice

Good to see that I helped keep the Rando Corner well-stocked. >:U
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:41 pm 
 

Surprised that Cradle's Cryptoriana made it to 22. It was my number 1 spot and got a higher vote count than many other picks on my list......I would've probably also put Power Trip somewhere on my list but just short of top 10 so I didn't list it. So here was my list

1. Cradle of Filth- Cryptoriana
2. Cormorant- Diaspora
3. Ne Obliviscaris- Urn
4. Enslaved- E
5. Bell Witch- Mirror Reaper
6. Leprous- Malina
7. Kreator- Gods of Violence
8. Mastodon- Emperor of Sand
9. Progenie Terrestre Pura- oltreLuna
10. Wode- Servants of the Countercosmos


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:45 pm 
 

1. Suffocation - ...Of the Dark Light
2. Slow - V - Oceans
3. Lorn - Arrayed Claws
4. Archspire - Relentless Mutation
5. Ketha - 0 Hours Starlight
6. Oghre - Gana
7. Amentia - Scourge
8. Dodecahedron - Kwintessens
9. Maze of Sothoth - Soul Demise
10. Gigan - Undulating Waves of Rainbiotic Iridescence

Goddamn, 5 of mine ended up in the rando corner. :(

I knew Power Trip would win. Everyone loved it (and so did I) but I knew it would get a lot of votes. Funny to see Immolation come 2nd with nobody listing it as a favourite. I guess it was just a solid album but nothing groundbreaking...which I can agree with.

Interesting list, and plenty of albums I loved made it. Good work, BastardHead!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:47 pm 
 

I'm the only one to vote for Melvins, fuck is wrong with you people?!

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:48 pm 
 

1. Spectral Voice - Eroded Corridors of Unbeing
2. Vallenfyre - Fear those who fear him
3. Wiegedood - de doden hebben het goed II
4. Obelyskkh - the providence
5. Archgoat - the eternal damnation of christ
6. Katavasia - Daemonic Offering
7. Amenra - Mass VI
8. Slaegt - Domus Mysterium
9. The Ruins of Beverast - Exuvia
10. Venenum - Trance of Death

debut of the year: spectral voice

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:49 pm 
 

Wow! Thanks for putting these lists together and also for sharing your insights. I skimmed it for now but plan on returning, using it as a reference, and spending time with records I don’t know.

Here’s the list I submitted:

1. Crypt Rot ‘Embryonic Devils‘
2. Eruption ‘Cloaks of Oblivion’
3. Power Trip ‘Nightmare Logic‘
4. Foreseen ‘Grave Danger’
5. Satyricon ‘Deep Calleth Upon Deep’
6. Drug Honkey ‘Cloak of Skies’
7. Attic ‘Sanctimonious’
8. Necrot ‘Blood Offerings’
9. Black Cilice ‘Banished from Time’
10. Aosoth ‘V: The Inside Scriptures’

Gotta say I’m surprised someone else voted for Eruption. Not because they aren’t a worthy band, but because I think their record has been overlooked. It definitely satisfies my Santuary/Artillery cravings and does honor to both bands.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:50 pm 
 

My list was as follows:

1. Lorn - Arrayed Claws
2. Jute Gyte - Oviri
3. Black Cilice - Banished from Time
4. Blattaria - Blattaria (+ Debut of the Year)
5. The Senseless - The Buried Life
6. Phrenelith - Desolate Endscape
7. Spectral Voice - Eroded Corridors of Unbeing
8. Voidsphere - To Call | To Speak
9. Krallice - Loüm
10. Flowers to the Welshman at Dusk - good metal songs

Half my list got rando-cornered this year, so y'all have some pretty terrible taste.
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Thanks for what you did here, BH. Pretty intriguing results. Power Trip and Immolation were definitely good but not really what I wanted. Here's my list:

1. Excalion – Dream Alive
Perfectly written and executed PM. Just snappy, catchy songs and superb emotive hooks. I love it.

2. The Chasm – A Conscious Creation From The Isolated Domain – Pt. 1
Their most daring and complex work - over an hour of instrumental mastery, a clinic in metal guitar.

3. Arrayan Path – Dawn Of Aquarius
A richer, more diverse and complex album from these guys. Huge and expansive.

4. Vulvagun – The Painful Road to Eden
Great riffs, epic songwriting and powerful charisma made this a winner.

5. Threshold – Legends Of The Shires
They didn't do anything here that's terribly new, but they have pretty much nailed their formula and created their most confident album yet. Glynn Morgan is spectacular.

6. Legendry – Dungeon Crawler
A gleeful old school metal album that mashes together its influences in a jubilant way - addictive stuff.

7. Ruins Of Beverast – Exuvia
Masterful waves of evil, ancient sound - loving the Native American folk bent... can't wait to see what he does next.

8. Nocturnal Rites – Phoenix
Heavy, poppy and infectious - their best in probably 15 years or so.

9. Labyrinth – Architecture Of A God
Labyrinth blind-sided me with an album of classy, well-written power metal that recalls Kamelot's old work and the kind of depth the genre can have at its best.

10. Pagan Altar – The Room Of Shadows
A farewell album for this band - magnificently emotional and tender, and also full of epic doom riffs.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:53 pm 
 

MutantClannfear wrote:
1. Lorn - Arrayed Claws
2. Jute Gyte - Oviri

Really good top 2. I put Lorn at #3 and Jute Gyte literally at #11, haha. But I fully support these choices. I'd actually forgotten how great Lorn was until I heard it after a while of putting it away and it shot straight to the top again. Just a superb, superb, superb album.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:56 pm 
 

I always like these lists - because my knowledge of metal beyond the bigger bands is so poor, it functions as a list of things to check out. Particularly this year, where I was out of it for recent metal releases.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:08 am 
 

Not a single vote for Endeligt. No surprise though since the voting cutoff was New Years Eve and the album came out on the 29th. If the voting deadline was extended (as asked by me), then it probably would have cracked the top 10. But, none of the mods ever listen to me around here...

TL;DR - Nortt gets robbed.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:12 am 
 

Thanks for doing this! Here's my list:

1) Aether Realm - Tarot
2) Vintersorg-Till Fjalls Del II
3) Benighted - Necrobreed
4) Wormwood - Ghostlands-Wounds From a Bleeding Earth
5) Sons of Crom - The Black Tower
6) Orden Ogan - Gunmen
7) Dying Fetus - Wrong One to Fuck With
8) Dyscarnate - With All Their Might
9) Archspire - Relentless Mutation
10) Enslaved - E

Surprised no one else voted for the Aether Realm album, it nailed the melodic death/folk sound in a year where both Ensiferum and Wintersun put out records.

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My list is in my blog in my sig, but for those who don't care about my extended thoughts and extra categories and such, it goes like this:

13: Hideous Divinity - Adveniens
12: Evil Invaders - Feed Me Violence
11: SikTh - The Future in Whose Eyes?
10: Full of Hell - Trumpeting Ecstasy
9: Malokarpatan - Nordkarpatenland
8: Cannibal Corpse - Red Before Black
7: Power Trip - Nightmare Logic
6: Craven Idol - The Shackles of Mammon
5: Dying Fetus - Wrong One to Fuck With
4: Deathwish - Unleash Hell
3: The Black Dahlia Murder - Nightbringers
2: Satan's Hallow - Satan's Hallow
1: Suffocation - ...of the Dark Light

Only one of mine to wind up in Rando Corner was Evil Invaders, which is a shame because it rips ridiculously fucking hard and anybody drooling over that Vulture album should also love it. Most of mine did fairly well, with only Hideous Divinity finding itself way down the list and four of them (Power Trip, Malokarpatan, Satan's Hallow, Dying Fetus) winding up in the top ten, with Suffocation very close behind.

CradleOfBurzum wrote:
Not a single vote for Endeligt. No surprise though since the voting cutoff was New Years Eve and the album came out on the 29th. If the voting deadline was extended (as asked by me), then it probably would have cracked the top 10. But, none of the mods ever listen to me around here...

TL;DR - Nortt gets robbed.


You didn't even vote, quit fucking whining.
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CradleOfBurzum wrote:
Not a single vote for Endeligt. No surprise though since the voting cutoff was New Years Eve and the album came out on the 29th. If the voting deadline was extended (as asked by me), then it probably would have cracked the top 10. But, none of the mods ever listen to me around here...

TL;DR - Nortt gets robbed.


This is a poll BH did for fun and, more importantly, for free - he didn't get anything for this. So shut the fuck up you dumb, whiny little baby.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:20 am 
 

CradleOfBurzum wrote:
Not a single vote for Endeligt. No surprise though since the voting cutoff was New Years Eve and the album came out on the 29th. If the voting deadline was extended (as asked by me), then it probably would have cracked the top 10. But, none of the mods ever listen to me around here...

TL;DR - Nortt gets robbed.

Jesus Christ, dude, knock it off.

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1: Suffocation - ...of the Dark Light

I'm glad we agreed on this. :D
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:22 am 
 

Yes, I'm sure that band with polarized reviews playing a rather unpopular style of metal would have cracked the Top 10 if they only had a few more weeks to win us all over.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:24 am 
 

My top 10 for 2017:

1. Tchornobog - Tchornobog
Kinda surprised this didnt break the top 10. Tchornobog out did Ruins of Beverast at their own game this year IMO.

2. Sadness - Leave
This was an extremely late addition, and it looks like I am the only one who voted for it. Great post black metal stuff if anyone is interested.

3. Black Cilice - Banished From Time
Great dirty, filthy black metal that also has a strong post punk vibe... somehow. They really feel influenced by Have a Nice Life.

4. The Ruins of Beverast - Exuvia
Way better than Blood Vaults, still not as good as anything before Blood Vaults.

5. Ensnared - Dysangelium
Weak year for Death Metal, Ensnared pretty much saved the year for the whole genre.

6. Sortilegia - Sulphorous Temple
Held up mostly by the production, which is just perfect for this style of black metal.

7. Impetuous Ritual - Blight Upon Martyerd Sentience
Its another Impetuous Ritual album... which is fine.

8. Ingurgitating Oblivion - Vision Wallowed in Symphonies of Light
Pretty decent tech death in a weak year for tech death. Gorguts, Ulcerate style.

9. Consummation - Ritual Severence
Not as good as their demo. Its fine.

10. The Black Dahlia Murder - Nightbringers
I needed a tenth album.

2017 was not great... only my top 5 really impressed me. But I didnt listen to the new Vassafor... so maybe the order changes in the future

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1. Lunar Shadow - Far From Light - Stan's hollow was fun but THIS is the trad metal album of the year. Epic, folky, meandering metal, like combining Dark Forest with Borrowed Time

2. Spirit Adrift - Curse of Conception - Pallbearer worship no more. This is basically "arena doom", with huge catchy melodies in the style of Metallica or Priest. Gatecreeper topped my list last year, and now their sister band does it again.

3. Pallbearer - Heartless - their best album so far. Didn't think I'd rank it so high but each time I hear it I like it even more. Dropped most of the funeral doom in favor of more prog noodling and catchy melodies, and it really works. A masterpiece is on the horizon if they keep this up.

4. Thy Art is Murder - Dear Desolation - GOES SO HARD. one of the best performances I saw this year as well. TAIM has been consistently the best deathcore band since Hate.

5. Jordablod - Upon My Cremation Pyre - really cool black metal that i never saw coming. Love the freaky, endless guitar solos that sound like they're out of a Manilla Road song, though the riffs are more like DSO.

6. Power Trip - Nightmare Logic - well, duh. been eagerly anticipating this for a while, did not disappoint at all. such an improvement over Armageddon Blues it's stupid

7. Phrenelith - Desolate Endscape - it's death metal. basically the only caverncore album i've been into because RIFFS

8. Immolation - Atonement - i've never been super into Immolation but i got into this and Dawn of Possession hard this year. surprising and awesome to see it do so well on the board.

9. Spectral Voice - Eroded Corridors of Unbeing - gonna go out on a limb and declare this album as MILDLY DISAPPOINTING. it's still really really good, but cutting out some of the nasty Finndeath riffage in exchange for more necrotic funeral doom wasn't up my alley. the demo was better :P

10. Venomous Maximus - No Warning - neat USPM with a sort of gothic/doom approach. Very catchy and infectious, kind of like Danzig if you cut out all the blues shit and just went for the riffs.

Debut of the year: Extremity - Extremely Fucking Dead - really wish I had discovered this earlier, it might have beat Phrenelith or Immolation. nasty fucking Bay Area death the way it's meant to be. Better than the Necrot album IMO.

Notes i'd like to make: I'm shocked that Portrait album did as well as it did. Could not get into it at all, "Martyrs" was the only song I could really dig.

RIP for Thy Art is Murder being relegated to the Rando corner (understandable in this crowd) and for Venomous Maximus just barely making it to a solid last place on the list proper. Was supposed to see them play with Pallbearer in Oakland but they dropped sadly.

I also really enjoyed Woe - Hope Attrition. Could have made my list if it simply hadn't slipped my mind.
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Here's mine, I think this is honestly the most metal I've heard in a year since 2013 or something lol.

1. Yellow Eyes - Immersion Trench Reverie
2. Power Trip - Nightmare Logic
3. Elder - Reflections of a Floating World
4. Amenra - Mass VI
5. Spectral Voice - Eroded Corridors of Unbeing
6. Blaze of Perdition - Conscious Darkness
7. Aosoth - V: The Inside Scriptures
8. The Body / Full of Hell - Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light
9. Lorn - Arrayed Claws
10. Hell - Hell

Honourable mentions:

Kauan - Kaiho (honestly, this one would have probably been a contender for #1 for me had I really gotten into it sooner, always end up sleeping on these guys. Love that they've finally just gone full post-rock and dropped the metal altogether)
All Pigs Must Die - Hostage Animal
Wiegedood - De Doden Hebben Het Goed II
Dumal - The Lesser God
Jute Gyte - Oviri

Oh and that Skáphe EP from March was hella good too.

Quality year yoooooo.

CradleOfBurzum wrote:
Not a single vote for Endeligt. No surprise though since the voting cutoff was New Years Eve and the album came out on the 29th. If the voting deadline was extended (as asked by me), then it probably would have cracked the top 10. But, none of the mods ever listen to me around here...

TL;DR - Nortt gets robbed.


This guy is still on about Nortt, get tf over it dude.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:32 am 
 

HeySharpshooter wrote:
2. Sadness - Leave
This was an extremely late addition, and it looks like I am the only one who voted for it. Great post black metal stuff if anyone is interested.


Agree with this. If I had voted, I would have had this album in my top 3. Terrific album from start to finish.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:34 am 
 

Endeligt could have won album of the year if you had given it more time! WE JUST CAN'T NORTT!!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:41 am 
 

Never heard 99% of the albums posted here. Only Kreator rings a marked bell. I'm familiar with Labyrinth's quality but not my bag.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:21 am 
 

Out of the 222 albums in the list, I only managed to listen to 73 of them.

I was one of two people who placed Urn, Darkest Hour, and Extremity in my top 10.

Out of the random one-off albums, I only listened to 22 of them.

I had the exact same #1 (not surprising) and #6-7, which is kinda funny. My favorite debut (The Ominous Circle) placed 8th.

Here's my list:

1. Power Trip
2. The Ominous Circle
3. Extremity
4. Necrot
5. Artificial Brain
6. Bell Witch
7. Elder
8. Hellripper
9. Darkest Hour
10. Urn

What a crazy good year.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:28 am 
 

BastardHead, I think there was a mistake as I voted for Wrathblade as my 9th place vote.


“Bring The Magik Down” Riddlemaster would have been my 5th place vote but its still in pending status so I couldn't vote for it.

So the top 10 I voted for was:
1. “Behind the Demon's Eyes” Hellwell (RANDO CORNER, really? that's shocking. Did people forget about this?)
2. “Undulating Waves of Rainbiotic Iridescence” (152. deserves better placement.)
3. “Midnight Rider” Metalian (73.)
4. “The Guillotine” Vulture (39.)
5. “Dawn Of Genesis” Legionnaire (151.)
6. “Something Wicked This Way Comes” Thunderstick (RANDO CORNER)
7. “Motherless” Trial(Swe) (RANDO CORNER, thought this would at least place on the bottom half.)
8. “When Colors Fade Away” Blackfinger (RANDO CORNER)
9.“God of the Deep Unleashed” Wrathblade (Appears as 4th in RANDO CORNER?)
10. “No Warning” Venomous Maximus (222. Only managed to escape RANDO CORNER because I couldn't vote for Riddlemaster.)

Debut of the year: “The Guillotine” Vulture (3.)

My full list on my blog:
https://perspectiveofsword.blogspot.com/2017/12/2017-best-albums-end-of-year-list.html

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The Animator wrote:
BastardHead, I think there was a mistake as I voted for Wrathblade as my 9th place vote.


Ah damn, you're right, I'll update it now. There were quite a few albums (The Great Old Ones, Red Moon Architect, and Air Raid off the top of my head) that I had accidentally put on the list twice because I had somehow missed that it was already on the list. I thought I caught all of them but it looks like at least one slipped through the cracks. Wrathblade is on its way to the main list now. Sorry!
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1. Pyrrhon - What Passes For Survival
2. Svart Crown - Abreaction
3. Caligula's Horse - In Contact
4. The Flight Of Sleipnir - Skadi
5. Ulvedharr - Total War
6. Drug Honkey - Cloak Of Skies
7. Warbringer - Woe To The Vanquished
8. Archspire - Relentless Mutation
9. Power Trip - Nightmare Logic
10. Madrost - The Essence Of Time Matches No Flesh

I'd have put Converge in 4th place if they were on the Archives, though. A fair balance. One in Top 10, three in the Rando corner and the rest I'm not alone in. I would have expected more votes for Pyrrhon, but that's probably just me. Surprised someone else voted for Ulvedharr and Drug Honkey, too.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:26 am 
 

And here's my top 10:

1 The Ruins Of Beverast - Exuvia
I've like pretty much everything Meilenwald's been involved in, but even so, this was much more impressive than even I was expecting. I love how genuinely unique this sounds, while somehow not straying from the TRoB sound. Massive, trance-inducing riffs, fantastic mix of black, death and doom metal, great Native American shamanistic atmosphere from time to time without being hokey. Just great all around.

2 Venenum - Trance Of Death

One of those great "old-school" death metal bands who don't sound "old" if that makes any sense. Some nice prog influences elegantly sneak into here, but on the whole this is some absurdly solid death metal.

3 Wampyrinacht - We Will Be Watching​ - Le Cultes De Satan Et Les Mysteres De La Mort

A literally long lost classic Greek black metal album. The fact that this manages to sound progressive and daring right now, makes me wonder what titanic waves this could have made had it been released 2 decades ago like it was supposed to. Very intriguing mix between that warm, mediterranean black metal style and good, old trad and thrash metal. Too bad that the production is a bit too abrasive for its own good, but other than that, this slays.

4 Tchornobog - Tchornobog

I'm having a tough time exactly pinning down which death metal sub-genres apply to this. It does a bit of everything, along with a dose of black and doom metal, but it all sounds so organic and natural together. Ginormous cosmic, cavernous, astral, hellish riffs.

5 Cradle Of Filth - Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay

Cradle of Filth was the band which got me into more extreme metal with Cruelty, so when Hammer of the Witches came out and slayed, it brought the biggest grin on my face. Well, they didn't just equal that album, they freaking surpassed it. Hammer-horror black-heavy metal and I love every second of it.

6 Nokturnal Mortum - Verity

Not quite as mindblowing as the previous album, but I still really dig the crap out of the tasteful folk black metal here. This sounds surprisingly close to Twilightfall in spirit to my mind.

7 Evilfeast - Elegies Of The Stellar Wind

Wintry keyboard black metal is basically my comfort food at this point. Which means I'm not quite as massively impressed as I could have been had I not listened to so many albums in this vein, but regardless, this is still some solid wintry synth and black metal.

8 Septicflesh - Codex Omega

Like many fans of this band, Septic Flesh hadn't really blown my socks off with their last couple releases (though I do still like the Great Mass), but Codex Omega makes up for a lot. Some pretty great songwriting, and a bigger emphasis on actual guitar-playing and a more tasteful use of the orchestra corrects a lot of issues I had with Titan. It's not quite the heights they reached on Sumerian Daemons, but they're certainly back in my good esteem.

9 Cult Of Eibon - Lycan Twilight Sorcery

Just some good, solid classic Greek black metal. Basically a modern continuation of Thy Mighty Contract and His Majesty at the Swamp. It's worship, but it's pretty damn on point.

10 Blut Aus Nord - Deus Salutis Meæ

BaN does a black metal Streetcleaner. I just love the sheer sound of this, the grimy industrial guitars, the booming bass, the sick drum-beat and the fucked up synths and ambience. The only problem I have, is that Vindsval seems to hold back too much here. It could have been longer, bigger, more screwed up. Still cool to put on, but it doesn't stick around in my memory nearly as much as "black metal Godflesh" should suggest.


And the debut of the year, probably no surprise ;) : Venenum - Trance Of Death

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Well everybody, here we are. The votes have been tallied and the results are in! Thank you to everybody who voted for the Encyclopaedia Metallum Album of the Year 2017! In total, there were 123 ballots cast, for 524 unique albums. The results are presented with the final number of votes for each position on their respective ballots. Point totals can be found in the other thread if you'd like a refresher. Anyway, I know what you're all here for, so HERE ARE THE RESULTS:
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Well that's all for 2017, folks. It was a pleasure doing this again and I can't wait to see how things turn out next year. Now let's use this thread for discussion and sharing! Were you pleased with the results? Incensed? Want to ban everybody who voted for Pallbearer? Feel free to now post your own lists and talk about whatever you'd like. Thanks again to everybody for participating!

Thanks, BastardHead! :beer:

Here's my list:
01) (2017) Nokturnal Mortum - Verity: Position 8 with 2-2-2-1-1-2-1-0-0-0 = 160pts.
02) (2017) Ulver - The Assassination of Julius Caesar: Position 37 with 1-1-0-1-0-1-0-1-0-0 = 67pts.
03) (2017) Wolves in the Throne Room - Thrice Woven: Position 32 with 0-3-0-0-2-0-0-1-0-2 = 80pts.
04) (2017) Enslaved - E: Position 20 with 0-1-3-1-1-1-2-0-0-2 = 107pts.
05) (2017) Blut Aus Nord - Deus Salutis Meae: Position 106 with 0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 28pts.
06) (2017) Tchornobog - Tchornobog: Position 12 with 2-1-1-2-2-2-1-0-1-0 = 151pts.
07) (2017) Cradle Of Filth - Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay: Position 22 with 2-0-1-0-3-1-0-0-0-0 = 103pts.
08) (2017) Evilfeast - Elegies of the Stellar Wind: Position 28 with 1-1-1-1-0-0-2-1-0-0 = 86pts.
09) (2017) Memoriam - For The Fallen: Position 221 with 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1 = 3pts.
10) (2017) Morbid Angel - Kingdoms Disdained: Position 83 with 0-1-0-0-1-0-1-0-0-3 = 37pts.

Pretty weak year, in my opinion. As I stated before, the good part was, in most cases, bands releasing NEW albums. :scratch:

Not GOOD ones. :nono:

P.S: Time to check what did I miss! :beer:

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:37 am 
 

Another year where not a single one of my favorite albums makes the top 223. I guess I really either like albums not favored by others or albums that not many have listened to.

My top 10


1.Imperceptum-The Eternal Path to Nothingness

2.Laochra-Home and Heart(Best Debut)

3.Gratzug / Kalmankantaja Split-https://kalmankantaja.bandcamp.com/album/gratzug-kalmankantaja-split

4.Worthless Life-Conscious in Coma

5.Ermengrond-Wijdse Grond

6.Insatiable Ouroboros-No One Ever Wins

7.Mountains Crave-As We Were When We Were Not

8.La Torture des ténèbres-IV: Memoirs of a Machine Girl

9.Kilta-Harmaa satama

10.Sickle of Dust-Between the Worlds

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Here is my top 10.

1. Bell Witch - Mirror Reaper
By and large the funeral doom release of the year. There were several good ones, but this one really hits a unique atmosphere. It is haunting and vividly atmospheric. The vocals echo through desolate surreal plains. I am glad to see this crack the top 10.

2. Pallbearer - Heartless
They almost made it to the top 10. Curse that dang Dying Fetus for being so damn good with death metal. I was very close to putting this at number 1 instead of Bell Witch. Heartless is an album that I listened to at one of the darkest moments in the year. I will leave the gritty details out, but this album actually fills me with sorrow. Doom metal that can do that successfully is rare.

3. Mindmaze - Resolve
These are friends of mine and I think they put out incredible music with each album. I may be a wee bit biased.

4. Incantation - Profane Nexus
Incantation is my favorite death metal band, so this album got a lot more spins than other death metal releases of the year. Hell, I haven't even heard the Cannibal Corpse album.

5. Wolves in the Throne Room - Thrice Woven
This album would have been ranked higher except there were four albums that were better and so this is number 5. But, Wolves in the Throne Room is one of my favorite bands.

6. The Black Dahlia Murder - Nightbringers
I like these guys.

7. Procession - Doom Decimation
I like doom.

8. Cold Insight - Further Nowhere
This album was highly anticipated and it did not disappoint!

9. Origin - Unparalleled Universe
Played this a lot after seeing Origin play live this past summer.

10. Fen - Winter
I love Fen, I hate Winter, but I also had to pick between this and Wrong One To Fuck With and I figured Fen deserved a spot in my list.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:45 am 
 

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2. “Undulating Waves of Rainbiotic Iridescence” (152. deserves better placement.)

Agreed. Such an overlooked gem.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:11 am 
 

So little love for Acrimonious.

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Unorthodox
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:17 am 
 

My list was:

1.Elder- Reflections Of A Floating World
2.Morbid Angel-Kingdoms Disdained
3.Power Trip- Nightmare Logic
4.Vulture- The Guillotine
5.Through The Eyes Of The Dead- Disomus
6.Mastodon-Cold Dark Place EP
7.Spaceslug- Time Travel Dilemma
8.Void Cruiser- Wayfarer
9.Hideous Divinity- Adveniens
10.Enslaved-E

Good to see tee a lot of them up there.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:17 am 
 

Starting my yearly "check out albums I saw while doing this poll that intrigued me" thing and I've gotta say this Venenum record fucking smashes. Excellent call, everybody who voted for them.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:54 am 
 

^ Hell yeah. Fucking awesome album. Venenum landed high on my list and got my vote for debut of the year.

I'll be offering my thoughts, list and year-end wrap up as soon as I finish ironing out the kinks. But of course, I have to say thank you BastardHead for putting in all the work. That's a ton of albums to sort through.

Also, not surprised by Power Trip taking the top spot. Wasn't on my list but it seemed to be a real crowd pleaser basically everywhere. I am surprised by Malokarpatan cracking the list though. They deserve it, that album is a lot of fun.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:58 am 
 

here's mine:

1. shaarimoth - temple of the adversarial fire
2. venenum - trance of death
3. immolation - atonement
4. undergang - misantropologi
5. artificial brain - infrared horizon
6. inconcessus lux lucis - the crowning quietus
7. temple of void - lords of death
8. porky vagina - astroschwein
9. bestia arcana - holókauston
10. aosoth - v: the inside scriptures

i'm really surprised that bestia arcana ended up in rando - seems like a style that's quite popular around here; certainly not surprised that i was the only one to have voted for porky vagina :D

power trip probably would have made my top 15 or so, certainly a top 20 - some others that didn't quite make it include: lo-ruhamah, necrot, craven idol, cannabis corpse, lunar shadow, satan's hollow, barathrum
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:20 am 
 

Congrats! And great thread, i already found some really good albums.. as i predicted too much stuff always flies under my radar

Glad to see Nokturnal Mortum high, it's album i'm sure to spin a lot in the years to come.. i don't wanna know how much work they put into the arrangements, but it shows :)

Also Antichrist scoring 15th is nice! It's not my usual cup of tea and ended mid in my list, but when i'm in the mood i think it has little to envy to a good number if thrash classics

I'm a bit sad to see Samael so down below, their album is basically a Passage 2.0.. but a damn good one :(

Overall: lots of highly enjoyable and above average albums, but only a handful of stuff that i'm sure i will listen in the next years.. kinda like the last year, but a bit better


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:24 am 
 

joppek wrote:
i'm really surprised that bestia arcana ended up in rando - seems like a style that's quite popular around here

I thought so, too, but there were a shitload of albums to choose from so it may have flown under many people's radar. Holokauston is a pretty great album, so it should be discovered.
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