2017 was a fantastic year for Hard Rock and Heavy Metal music. Albums were released left and right this year and as much as I wanted to include every album I heard this year as they mostly had a good level of quality to them, I narrowed it down to twenty. At the bottom I give my short list of honorable mentions of albums you should still check out but here is my top twenty of 2017.
1. Night Demon- Darkness Remains
-What can I say that I haven’t already said about this album. This to me is as good as a traditional Heavy Metal album can be in 2017. The chemistry between Jarvis, Armand and Dusty cannot be understated and are a trio to be reckoned with.
2. Mythra- Still Burning
An album nearly forty years in the making and it delivers on all fronts. With Vince Highs rough rock n roll vocals still in tact and the instrumentation being very tight and memorable, this is a modern day NWOBHM classic.
3. Night Flight Orchestra- Amber Galactic
This album was my biggest surprise of the year. This album takes the sound of 80’s FM radio AOR and makes a modern classic out of that sound. This was my ideal summertime album and doesn’t have one bad song on it.
4.Venom Inc- Ave
-For many the return of the real Venom. This album boasts two thirds of the original line up with Tony Dolan of the underrated “Prime Evil” line up. The album balances more modern heaviness with the more raw sound the band was known for at the start. An album that doesn’t disappoint on getting your old school Black Metal mix
5. Stallion- From The Dead
Another modern day Traditional Heavy Metal album that has power and guts. Stallion took the sound from their first album and made it even better somehow. With more speed, progression and just an overall fun atmosphere, this is another album that should be in your stereo!
6.Crystal Viper- Queen Of The Witches
Another excellent Traditional Metal release this year with solid writing with heavy songs and more somber emotional takes as well. Also look for some very cool guest appearances as well!
7.Tytan- Justice Served!
Another long awaited NWOBHM release is the sophomore effort by Tytan. A great fun album with a lot of high points that will leave fans of the band satisfied.
Chicago’s own Shokkers first debut and its still a very hot release. The albums has a bit of old school and new school thrown in for a good fun experience. Fans of Y&T and that older Hard Rock style will appreciate this album.
9.Hexx- Wrath Of The Reaper
Hexx’s long awaited reunion album sort to speak. Alot of great songs are presented here and a very raw and lively production make this a must listen metal album.
10.Jack Starr’s Burning Starr-Stand Your Ground
Jack Starrs Bunring Starr have returned with another fine release to add to their catalog of old school Power Metal. Featuring some nice surprises even with an old outtake of the legendary Rhett Forrester included in one of the songs.
11. DUEL- Witchbanger
12. Air Raid- Across The Line
13. Savage Master-Creature of the Flames
14. Tbunderstick- Something Wicked This Way Comes
15. Ignitor- Haunted By Rock N Roll
16. Road Rash- Thunder In Paradise
17. EVO- Warfare
18. Vulture- The Guillotine
19. Resistance- Metal Machine
20. Gravedigger- Healed By Metal
And finally, here are just some of my albums I couldnt fit on the list but definitely deserve to heard and recognized.
Satans Hallow- S/T
Sleazer- Fall Into Disgrace
Hellwell- Behind The Demon’s Eyes
Mothership- High Strangeness
And there are my top albums of the past year. It really was a great year for new artists and fresh releases from the old guard as well. Here’s to a just as good 2018!