Much like the year that came before it, 2017 has been a
heavy metal beast, albeit in a very different way to 2016. While last year saw
gigantic albums from the likes of Metallica and Megadeth, the past
twelve months have asked metalheads to look a little bit deeper beneath the
surface to find the truly quality material.
While groups like Mastodon, Creeper
and Stone Sour have affirmed their status as acclaimed yet chart-friendly rock acts, artsy
and experimental extremity from the likes of Uneven Structure, Ne Obliviscaris and SikTh has been the true cream of the 2017 crop.
As a result, this list goes out of its way to balance out
titles from both underexposed and hugely popular bands, in an attempt to
demonstrate the sheer versatility and ever-expanding reach of heavy music over
the course of the past year.
As an addendum, if there’s an album that you don’t find on
this list that you think deserves a spot, you might be able to find it in
our “20 Best Metal Albums of Winter/Spring 2017” and “20 Best Metal Albums of
Summer 2017” articles. Also, EP’s aren’t going to be making the cut, so if you’re
waiting for releases like Mastodon’s Cold
Dark Place and Schammasch’s Maldoror
Chants: Hermaphrodite to get their just deserts, worry not: their time will come very