2017 showed a lot of different types of music, changing sounds, emotions, and a lot of other awesome things. Typically, I only have a top 10 list, but this year, I had to open it up to 15 because there was so much great music released this year. So here it is…my favorite 15 albums of 2017!
15. Like Moths To Flames – Dark Divine
I was genuinely surprised with this release by LMTF this year. To me, this band had always been a band that made decent albums and they always had potential to make great albums but they couldn’t find what made them great. With this one, they did. LMTF strayed away from fitting as many breakdowns as they could on one album and decided to hone their musicality and their talents to create a hard-hitting and beautiful album. Vocalist Chris Roetter’s has never sounded better until this album and the musicianship has never been better. Let’s hope any future albums will be just as good or better than this one.
Check out the single “Nowhere Left To Sink”
14. Citizen – As You Please
Somehow, Citizen managed to create an album better than Youth. The emotions, the feeling, the musicianship; it’s an album that really makes you want to sit down and hone in on the lyrics and really feel the album instead of just listening to it. I was a little worried after Citizen released Everybody Is Going To Heaven because I never really understood or liked that album, but it seems that Citizen remembered who they were and what they loved to do, because they just created their best album yet.
Check out the single “Jet”
13. Being As An Ocean – Waiting For Morning To Come
After leaving fans wondering if this album was ever going to be released, Being As An Ocean pulled through after buying out their contract from Equal Vision Records. They took a different direction on this work, mixing a lot of elements of post-rock, ambient rock, and few instances of melodic hardcore that honestly, took me a minute to understand. After giving it a few listens all the way through, it almost sounds like a movie soundtrack. It has a lot of dynamic contrast, very intense moments, and very mellow moments that really keep you on your toes as a listener. For old BAAO fans, it was definitely hard to get used to it, but I promise it’s worth the listen once you appreciate it.
Check out the single “Thorns”
12. I, The Mighty – Where The Mind Wants To Go/Where You Let It Go
This is an album that caught me completely by surprise with how good it is. I listened to this album on a whim and had never paid much attention to I, The Mighty beforehand. Post-rock has consumed yet another band, but this band knows exactly how to do it right, with soaring choruses, catchy hooks; in all essence, the best post-rock/pop-rock album of 2017. This album sounds like something that could get I, The Mighty competing with other Top 40 artists, and honestly, I hope it does.
Check out the single “Degenerates”
11. Rain Check – Things Change
Hands down, my favorite pop-punk album of the year. I’ve had the pleasure of becoming good friends with these guys over the past year. With young bands, it can sometimes take a while to figure who they are and what their sound is as a band. But it already sounds like they know exactly who they are and people are noticing. You can check out my full review of the EP here so I’ll keep this short. Seriously, do. not. sleep. on. this. band. They’ve got great things going for them.
Check out the single “Life Lessons”
10. Blood Between Us – Let It Kill You
Another young band that I’ve become great friends with over the past year are the dudes in Blood Between Us who released an AMAZING album this year. BBU have found their own style of chaotic and melodic metalcore, citing influences like Underoath, Norma Jean, and The Chariot, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them. Be sure to check out their music video for their single “Blanco”, directed by Daniel Wand of Capsize. Again, do. not. sleep. on. this. band.
9. My Ticket Home – Unreal
Continuing on with the theme of genuine surprises this year, we have My Ticket Home’s newest album coming in at number nine. This was another band that I hadn’t ever payed attention to but I listened to this album on a whim to see what it was like and it was completely different from anything they had done for their comeback album. The album is tarnished in ’90’s grungy alternative rock a la Korn, Nine Inch Nails, and Tool and really isn’t anything like anything else I’ve heard released in the past five years. Hopefully we can see more from them in the coming years because this is a sound that will get them to where they want to go.
Check out the single “Hyperreal”
8. END – From The Unforgiving Arms of God
Easily one of the best hardcore supergroups to come out in recent time, this EP is a whirlwind of brutality and never keeps the pressure off through the whole listen. Consisting of members Brendan Murphy (Counterparts), Will Putney (Fit For An Autopsy), Gregory Thomas (ex-Shai Hulud), Jay Pepito (Reign Supreme), and Andrew McEnaney (Trade Wind), this EP will make you want to hate mosh practically wherever you are listening to it. There’s not much more to say. It’s HEAVY.
Check out the single “Love Let Me Die” and listen to my favorite breakdown of 2017.
7. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
This was the album that we all wanted from Tyler ever since the release of Wolf. This album shows Tyler taking a much less angry and angsty approach to his rap style. This album truly shows that there is no better musicianship in the rap industry than Tyler, The Creator. Fusing elements of hip-hop, soul, funk, and many other genre styles, this album is truly an experience for anyone looking for a breath of fresh air within the rap genre.
Check out the single “Foreword”
6. Limbs – Sleep
Limbs is another one of those bands that caught me by surprise, but I was instantly hooked by their new EP Sleep. Along with an announcement of signing to Equal Vision Records, the Tampa metalcore outfit released this hard-hitting label debut, filled with unmatched riffage and ferocity, this EP put the band on the map and will be a great stepping stone for them in their career. I can’t wait to hear more from these guys.
Check out the single “Poison”
5. Code Orange – Forever
Anyone who pays attention to music will know that this album basically changed the game in hardcore and sent Code Orange on a crash course to being one of the biggest hardcore bands in the scene right now. After touring with bands like System of A Down, Gojira, and many others, this album truly put this band on another level and will only continue to give them success in the future. With elements of hardcore, nu-metal, and punk, this album showed hardcore fans and the hardcore community that Code Orange are truly a force to be reckoned with. Get ready to watch them take over the world.
Check out the single “Bleeding in The Blur”
4. Ghost Key – If I Don’t Make It
One of my favorite things about this band after talking to them is their message of vulnerability and how it’s okay to allow yourself to be vulnerable and share with others the struggles and hardships that you’re going through. That message is evermore apparent in their debut full-length If I Don’t Make It. Lyrically, this album explores topics that are rare to be found in hardcore music and puts Ghost Key on the map with their own twist to the genre. This album isn’t only heavy musically, but lyrically, it can really make you think about the context of the song and understand the struggles and hardship this band faces.
Check out the music video for “Solstice”
3. Hundredth – Rare
Also for anyone who’s been paying attention, Hundredth certainly ruffled some feathers in their fan base with the release of Rare, which shows the band taking a completely different direction musically than in past albums, trading in their hardcore elements for a more dreamy, shoegaze approach, but hanging on to some of their punk elements, and forming something completely fresh and new. I had honestly not been a huge fan of Hundredth’s albums before this, and I only liked maybe a few songs off each album. But I feel that this album is where they’re supposed to be and once you appreciate it for what it is, it’s truly an amazing album.
Check out the single “Neurotic”
2. Counterparts – You’re Not You Anymore
There’s really not much you can say about this new Counterparts album. It’s beautiful, it’s heavy, it’s just all around incredible and showcasing what Counterparts does best in their best album to date. If you haven’t listened to Counterparts or this new album before, crawl out from under the rock you’ve been living under and grace your ears with some great music. FFO: good music
Check out the single “Swim Beneath My Skin”
1. Movements – Feel Something
Coming at #1 is obviously going to be Movements, another band that is taking over the scene one day at a time. Ever since the release of their debut EP Outgrown Things, everyone was wondering what Movements were capable of next, and I don’t think they let anyone down. Vocalist Patrick Miranda puts himself on display, tackling heart-breaking topics such as knowing that you’re not good enough for someone, dealing with the loss of a close family member, and the feeling of yourself breaking down after you’ve tried to be strong. The smartest move was teaming up with producer Will Yip who I believe was an integral part of making this album as amazing as it was. Check it out if you haven’t.
Check out one of my favorite songs of the year “Daylily”
Thanks for reading, everyone! Let me know what your favorites were this year!