Label: Metal Blade Records
Sometimes, after a bad day, you want music that takes you somewhere else – whether that be some calming ambient vibes, or psychedelic explorations of space, or atmospheric black metal that recalls forests you have never visited. And some days, you want music that sounds like a murderous rampage, and for days like that, it’s hard to do better than Cannibal Corpse. Their latest album, Red Before Black, was as strong as you’d expect from such a reliable band of veterans, and as time goes on, its place within their discography becomes clearer.
It doesn’t feel like that long ago since I was writing my list for 2016… and yet, at the same time, it feels like a lifetime has passed. 2017 has been a very busy year, and very trying in parts. As a result, I’ve had less time and energy for The Sound Not That Word than at any time before, which has resulted in less reviews being posted. It’s something I’m still not entirely sure how to balance, and may well see my writing take on different forms in the coming year. We shall see.
Anyway. Enough of that for now. Everywhere else is doing lists, and so am I. Writing this is a good opportunity to go over releases from the year, to remember how good some were, and to give coverage to some I never got to write about. As always, these are my favourites – better records may have been released this year, but these are the ones I enjoyed most. The first twenty will be in alphabetical order, over two posts; with the top five given their own ranking. Enjoy!