How come it’s
the long-playing records that always get all the love in the end-of-year lists,
when making an EP can actually be infinitely harder for a band?
does an EP often mean that the band that made it is one heavily buried in the
underground, desperately searching for a label to call home, but, from a
musical perspective, extended plays are just hard work, man!
it: somehow, in a disc half the length of the average LP, you have to pack just
as much awesomeness, wowing audiences while also not showing your best hand
straight up so that you can hopefully lure them back when it is time for your album
to come out.
It’s a ridiculously
difficult balance to get exactly right, but the ten heavy bands on this list
undoubtedly did just that in 2017. So, as we’ve already performed an enormous
run-down of the best rock/metal albums of the year, it’s only fair to do the
same with the past twelve months’ more punchy discs, too.
As always, a
top ten isn’t going to cover every awesome release that this year has seen.
If your favourite extended play hasn’t made the cut here, you can always have a
look at our July “10 Best Heavy Metal EP’s of 2017 So Far” list, too.