2017 Favourites – Top 5

And so to the end; here, after a few hundred records, and lots of thought, are the five records I consider to be the best released this year. It’s interesting to note that, whilst 2017 has generally been considered a strong year for death metal, it’s black metal which dominates my list – there were lots of good death metal releases, but none I felt that matched these five. Feel free to disagree, and there’s some strong albums that didn’t make the final cut, but this is a rock-sold five that have, in large part, defined 2017 for me. Enjoy!

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Wiegedood -De Doden Hebben het Goed II

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Label: Consouling Sounds

It doesn’t feel like it was long since the first album from Wiegedood was released, with the Church Of Ra affiliated band unleashing a masterclass in modern black metal that rightly saw them lavished with praise. In the almost two years since the release of De Doden Hebben Het Goeg, the band have been touring and generally building upon the buzz surrounding them, meaning that expectations are high for the follow-up. Now that it’s here, does De Doden Hebben Het Goeg II meet them? The answer is: absolutely. It takes all that was good about the debut and doubles down on it, resulting in an album that is intense, captivating, and sure to be recognised as one of 2017’s finest.

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2015 Favourites – IV

Here’s the fourth part of my 2015 A-Z favourites. One more post remains after this one, containing my 5 favourites, so if there was a record notable by its omission, there’s every chance it will be in my top 5. If you missed the previous posts, then you can always go back and read through parts one, two, and three.

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Wiegedood – De Doden Hebben Het Goed

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Label: Consouling Sounds

This is not an album to go in to unprepared. With De Doden Hebben Het GoegWiegedood have produced the kind of album that demands full attention, as it takes the listener on a journey that is undeniably intense, but equally rewarding. Musically bringing to mind the likes of Drudkh, Wolves In The Throne Room, as well as the likes of Celestia, the atmosphere conjured is one of contemplation and nature, of looking inwards for answers. As such, the Church Of Ra affiliates have created an album that does not just hit hard musically, but is quite an emotional and spiritually cathartic experience too. There’s no denying that expectations were high for this album, but they have certainly been met.

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