TEETH OF THE DIVINE STAFF PICKS FOR 2017


Another year on the books, another year packed with excellent metal in every style. And while we didn’t see any significant trends emerge this year, you will notice if you look at our collective lists that there’s very little overlap in our picks. The new releases from the old guard, the standard bearers, and the heavy hitters of death, black, doom and beyond only make up a fraction of what’s offered here – everything else is new arrivals and recent rising stars. No matter where you find it, metal has never been so prolific or diverse, and that is great news for all you out there who are black of heart and hard of hearing. So get ready to dig in and get lost in the deepest bowels of the metal underground – when you come up for air, it’ll be 2018.

by Staff

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FRANK RINI

Yet another killer year for extreme metal music and wonderful tours.  Thank you to all the readers supporting Teeth of the Divine and all the different writing styles from us all.  I encourage you all to check out everyone’s best of lists on here, not just mine, and look into some of these great acts.   All my reviews are in order of what I feel were the strongest releases for 2017.  I added some new categories, so keep on reading and compare to my list last year to see what I added.  Looking ahead to 2018 we will see the release of some killer albums from:  Internal Bleeding (with my guest vocal appearance), Megadeth, Deceased, Pestilence, Exodus, Anthrax, Ataraxy, Voivod, Ritual Necromancy, Pyrexia, Abominable Putridity, Hooded Menace, to name a few.  Have a Happy, Safe  and Healthy New Year Metalheads.  \m/

  1. AFTERBIRTHThe Time Traveler’s Dilemma (Unique Leader Records) 
  2. GIGANUndulating Waves of Rainbiotic Iridescence (Willowtip Records) 
  3. UNDERGANGMisantropologi (Dark Descent Records) 
  4. CONDEMNEDHis Divine Shadow (Unique Leader Records) 
  5. ANASARCASurvival Mode (Sevared Records) 
  6. PHRENELITH-Desolate Endscape (Dark Descent Records) 
  7. AOSOTH-V:The Inside Scriptures (Agonia Records)
  8. ERUPTIONCloaks of Oblivion (Xtreem Music) 
  9. SPECTRAL VOICE-Eroded Corridors of Unbeing (Dark Descent Records)  
  10. VOMIT REMNANTSHyper Groove Brutality (Unique Leader Records) 
  11. KREATOR-Gods of Violence (Nuclear Blast) 
  12. SINISTERSyncretism (Massacre Records
  13. SUFFOCATION-…Of The Dark Light (Nuclear Blast) 
  14. NECROWRETCH Satanic Slavery (Season of Mist)  
  15. DESOLATE SHRINEDeliverance from the Godless Void (Dark Descent Records)  
  16. CRAVEN IDOLThe Shackles of Mammon (Dark Descent Records)
  17. NECROTBlood Offerings (Tankcrimes Records)
  18. DYING FETUSWrong One To Fuck With (Relapse Records)
  19. RINGS OF SATURN-Ultu Ulla (Nuclear Blast) 
  20. HIDEOUS DIVINITYAdveniens (Unique Leader Records)
  21. POWER TRIPNightmare Logic (Southern Lord Recordings)  
  22. OBLIVION-The Path Towards… (Unique Leader Records)
  23. ENTRAILS-World Inferno (Metal Blade Records)
  24. BROKEN HOPE-Mutilated and Assimilated (Century Media Records) 
  25. DESULTORY-Through Aching Aeons (Pulverized Records)
  26. SARCASM-Within the Sphere of Ethereal Minds (Dark Descent Records) 
  27. GOREPHILIASevered Monolith (Dark Descent Records)  
  28. ARTIFICIAL BRAINInfrared Horizon (Profound Lore Records) 
  29. CUT UPWherever They May Rot (Metal Blade Records) 
  30. LANTERNII: Morphosis (Dark Descent Records)  

 

BEST COMEBACK ALBUM: WARBRINGERWoe to the Vanquished (Napalm Records) 

BEST EP: DISMA-The Graveless Remains (Profound Lore Records)

BEST REISSUES: VOIVOD- Rrröööaaarrr/Killing Technology/Dimension Hatröss (Noise/BMG)

SLEEPER HIT ALBUM: WITCH OF 1692- Impious Mysterial Hymn (Self-Released)

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: SUICIDE SILENCE-S/T (Nuclear Blast)

MOST ORGANIC SOUNDING DEATH METAL ALBUM: Day of Doom- Descent of Humanity (3 Demons Records)

BEST FULL-LENGTH ALBUM PACKAGING: Goatwhore- Vengeful Ascension [Spell Book Edition] (Metal Blade Records)

SONG OF THE YEAR: ERUPTION “Seven Archons” from Cloaks of Oblivion (Xtreem Music)

BEST ALBUM COVER: BELL WITCH- Mirror Reaper (Profound Lore Records)

SINGLE OF THE YEAR:  INTERNAL BLEEDINGFinal Justice

BEST TECH-DEATH METAL ALBUM: DECREPIT BIRTH-Axis Mundi (Nuclear Blast)

VALOR AWARD: William “Bill” Tolley drummer from INTERNAL BLEEDING (R.I.P. IB Brother)

BEST CONCERT:  I’ll have to go with the IRON MAIDEN & GHOST Tour.  This was the final leg of The Book of Souls tour, for Maiden.  Once again they put on a helluva show and remain solidified as my favorite metal band.  

BEST RECORD LABEL:  Dark Descent Records.  Unique Leader Records was close to usurping the throne, held by Dark Descent Records, who have held the crown, in my book, for the last three years.  But now it’s four years in a row for Dark Descent Records.  They came out swinging, at the beginning of 2017 and Matt Calvert kept shoving awesome releases down our throats.  Let’s not forget the awesome merchandise they released this year, as well.  Excellent varieties of long and short sleeves from: Blood Incantation, Spectral Voice, Undergang, Desolate Shrine, Timeghoul and others.  The distro shop was constantly updated and Matt had multiple sales throughout the year to clear-out inventory, as well as bring in new customers.  Customer Service was spot-on and I received a personal note, in an order, from one of the workers who also is in Blood Incantation/Spectral Voice, regarding the passing of Bill, from IB.  This meant quite a lot to me, more than mere words can say.  For their passion, customer service, quality and quantity of releases, merchandise and true support of the underground death metal scene, Dark Descent Records are the true kings of Record Labels for 2017.

 

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Comments

  1. Commented by: Glenn Whitehead

    Killer list, although i don’t get Bell Witch at all.


  2. Commented by: Nick Taxidermy

    amped to see Tetragrammacide and Godflesh getting some love here.


  3. Commented by: F.Rini

    The Godflesh is great


  4. Commented by: Don Roberts

    you didn’t like the albums from Immolation, Incantation or Cannibal Corpse ?


  5. Commented by: ben orum

    Thanks for the Oblivion love!


  6. Commented by: M Budziszewski

    Spectral Voice and Dying Fetus would’ve been my
    11 and 12 but I didn’t really have a solid 13-15. I’d rather agonize over a limited 10.
    Didn’t finally listen to the Dying Fetus until last
    month but haven’t been on a brutal death metal kick since earlier in the year.


  7. Commented by: EmmersonBiggins

    Don’t understand the love for a band as mundane as spectral voice… You mongos be sure to check out azarath, ascended dead, tomb mold, Acrimonious, degial, lluvia (for fans of Swedish DAWN)


  8. Commented by: Glenn Whitehead

    The Spectral Voice is interesting, not quite Bestial Blackened Death, not Funeral Doom, not quite OSDM…just a huge atmospheric sound world.


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