Trout Steel by Mike Cooper

This is considered the beginning of Mike Coopers descent into experimental music. On first listen it might seem like a normal record to the untrained ear. Rest assured, this is a one-of-a-kind merge of elements into a unique brand of folksy blues rock, or bluesy folk rock. The music is all improvised. The lyrics are amazing. Such good songs. The title track is almost too good. It won’t leave your head for days.

Sketches Of Brunswick East by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard + Mile High Club

This is an interesting album. Always weird, but always classic, typical King Gizzard record if such a thing exists. A lot of nice keyboard work on this album. 70s psych percussion. Spacerock drumming that you can lose your mind to. A journey start to end. It’s like a 70’s car commercial.

Leaving Your Body Map by maudlin of the Well

This is undoubtedly one of my favorite albums of all time. This band is amazing and their songs have infinite listening capacity. They are all individually amazing, and pieces together they are a masterpiece. Amazing concept album of death and transformation, love and the afterlife. Very gothic material, in a true sense of the word. Feels ancient yet modern. When they use a piano in a song like Riseth He, The Numberless 2, its heavy. The album opens up in chaos with Stones of October Sobbing, the rhythm of the track is enough to make you wonder, but it all fits together like magic, even the beeping sound at one of the last breakdowns feels a necessary part of the overall feel. This album rips your heart out and smashes it on the ground, while giving you the capacity to piece the parts back together.

Eschaton by KAFIRUN

Epic black/war metal from Canada. This band is less on the extreme “in-the-battle” side that Heresiarch comes from, but that’s not too say they don’t maintain their heaviness, and a little more on the TRULY epic side, like they are truly playing to the themes of war rather to, perhaps, the actual beat of bloodshed. Bass heavy and dank arpeggios all over, wild blast beats and flawless fills.

Land of Weeping Souls by PAGANIZER

The tenth full length release by self-proclaimed Swedish heavy-weights Paganizer. Their music certainly is heavy even to this day. Most oldschool bands start to lose their edge. Many vocalists lose their edge in later years from damaging their voice and life shit but often remain in integral creative piece, which means bands often have to suck or change. Not the case for Paganizer. They kept at it strong. Heavy black metal from the homeland.

Death Ordinance by Heresiarch

WAR METAL. This is some hard hitting shit, the drums are like a warzone, outright. Constant stabs and bashes. The crash use is amazing for how constant it is at times. Amazing blast beats verging on grindcore while maintaining their distance. This is probably one of the heaviest releases of 2017.