20 Best Metal Albums Of 2017 (So Far)

20. BEAR - ///

Kicking off the proceeds is Belgian djent/extreme metal outfit BEAR and their third album, /// (pronounced slash-slash-slash). Packed to the very brim with the most aggressive of riffs, the harshest of growls and a fair dose of muscular melodies, the record is as anarchic as the djent movement could ever hope to get.

With its guitars down-tuned to Hell and its songs short and punchy, /// is not a record for the faint of heart. Not only is it the best release BEAR has put out to date, it also marks a continued evolution of the "djent" moniker after its invention by the likes of Meshuggah in the early 2000s.

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