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Best of 2017, The Obituarist

Better Late Than Trevor: Obituarist Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder’s 100 Favorite Metal Releases of 2017

Posted by on February 20, 2018 at 4:44 pm

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Hey Freaks!  Here is a whopper of a year end list to get you googling while I finish up the return of The Obituarist.  Even though I ducked out of doing the column for a while, it was truly an absolutely phenomenal year for heavy music, especially if you like it dark and dissonant.

It was also a great year for a lot of classic death metal bands.  The thirteen-year old inside me was jumping for joy at all the great nostalgic sounds.  I apologize that you have been without my curating services for some time… real life and The Black Dahlia Murder got in the way.

Now that the smoke that was clouding my vision has cleared, I have found myself a resident of Brooklyn, NY.  Being in the heart of such a great metal scene has reignited the flame inside to extend my hand in an effort to expose as many sick underground bands to the waiting masses as possible.  In the coming days while I tighten up my grand return episode, check out these favorites from last year.

  1. Morbid Angel – Kingdoms Disdained
  2. Obituary – Obituary
  3. Venenum – Trance Of Death
  4. Dying Fetus – Wrong One To Fuck With
  5. Thantifixath – Void Masquerading As Matter
  6. Nightbringer – Terra Damnata
  7. Artificial Brain – Infrared Horizon
  8. Darkest Hour – Godless Prophets and The Migrant Flora
  9. Aosoth – V: The Inside Scriptures
  10. Immolation – Atonement
  11. Cannibal Corpse – Red Before Black
  12. Incinerator – Stench of Distress
  13. American – Violate and Control
  14. Necrot – Blood Offerings
  15. Temple Of Void – Lords Of Death
  16. Vitriol – Pain Will Define Their Death
  17. Suffering Hour – In Passing Ascension
  18. Interminable Corruptions – Xenodimensional Conflux
  19. Contaminated – Final Man
  20. Incantation – Profane Nexus
  21. Cenotaph – Perverse Dehumanized Dysfunctions
  22. Afterbirth – The Time Traveler's Dilemma
  23. John Frum – A Stirring In The Noos
  24. Power Trip – Nightmare Logic
  25. Chaos Moon – Eschaton Memoire
  26. Tomb Mold – Primordial Malignity
  27. Delusional Parasitosis / Ecchymosis / Dissevered / Bleeding – Scaphism 4 way split
  28. Phrenelith – Desolate Endscape
  29. Shit Life – Graveshitter
  30. Degial – Predator Reign
  31. Rotting Kingdom – Rotting Kingdom
  32. Triumvir Foul – Spiritual Bloodshed
  33. Der Weg einer Freiheit – Finisterre
  34. Analepsy – Atrocities from Beyond
  35. Decrepit Birth – Axis Mundi
  36. Altarage – Endinghent
  37. Exhumed – Death Revenge
  38. Suffocation – Of The Dark Light
  39. Grinning Death’s Head – Blood War
  40. Devangelic – Phlegethon
  41. Emptiness – Not For Music
  42. Deserted Fear – Dead Shores Rising
  43. Rude – Remnants…
  44. Yellow Eyes – Immersion Trench Reverie
  45. Ensnared – Dysangelium
  46. Sunless – Urraca
  47. Pyrrhon – What Passes For Survival
  48. Benighted – Necrobreed
  49. Daemusinem – Thy Ungodly Defiance
  50. Archspire – Relentless Mutation
  51. Weregoat – Pestilential Rites of Infernal Fornication
  52. Vomit Remnants – Hyper Grooving Brutality
  53. Wiegedood – De doden hebben het goed II
  54. Dawn Ray’d – The Unlawful Assembly
  55. Cordyceps – Black Blood Butchery
  56. Acephalix – Decreation
  57. Gravebomb – Rot In Putrid Filth
  58. Execration – Return To The Void
  59. Spectral Voice – Eroded Corridors of Unbeing
  60. Wode – Servants Of The Countercosmos
  61. Dodecahedron – Kwintessens
  62. Skelethal – Of The Depths
  63. Azarath – In Extremis
  64. Mnemonic Wetbrain Syndrome – Mnemonic Wetbrain Syndrome
  65. Coprobaptized Cunthunter – Perseveration of Delirious Comprehensiveness
  66. Antropofagus – Methods of Resurrection Through Evisceration
  67. Scatology Secretion – The Ramifications of a Global Calamity
  68. Desecrate The Faith – Unholy Infestation
  69. Aborted Fetus – The Violent Art Of Torture
  70. Menstrual Disconsumed – Enslaving Debauched Mass
  71. Havok – Conformicide
  72. Bonehunter – Sexual Panic Human Machine
  73. Deus Otiosis – Opposer
  74. Visceral – Involución Parasitoide
  75. Krallice – Go Be Forgotten
  76. Seminal Embalmment – Seminal Embalmment
  77. Birth of Depravity – From Obscure Domains
  78. Broken Hope – Mutilated and Assimilated
  79. Mouthing The Offal – Transgender Defunct
  80. Hideous Divinity – Adveniens
  81. Ulsect – Ulsect
  82. Sinister  – Syncretism
  83. The Kennedy Veil – Imperium
  84. Maggot Colony – Vile Reincarnation
  85. Wilderness Dream – Paralysis Rise
  86. Undergang – Misantropologi
  87. Kalopsia – Angelplague
  88. The Ominous Circle – Appalling Ascension
  89. Ingurgitating Oblivion – Vision Wallows in Symphonies of Light
  90. The Drip – The Haunting Fear Of Inevitability
  91. Dysmorfectomy – Hypothermal Dissection
  92. Gangrenous – Necrotic Tumor Of Mankind
  93. Hades Archer – Temple Of The Impure
  94. Dissociative Healing – Dissociative Healing
  95. One Master – Lycanthropic Burrowing
  96. Under The Church – Supernatural Punishment
  97. Akercocke – Renaissance In Extremis
  98. Full Of Hell – Trumpeting Ecstasy
  99. Ascended Dead – Abhorrent Manifestation
  100. Crypt Rot – Embryonic Devils

 

Favorite Non-Metal Albums

Jamiroquai – Automaton

Rozwell Kid – Precious Art

Milk Music – Mystic 100s

Dan Terminus – Automated Refrains

Baconhanger – irafurorbrevisest

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