It’s been a pretty solid year, as far as heavy music is concerned. Some of my favorite artists surpassed even the highest of my expectations, such as Full of Hell, Primitive Man and Blood Sun Circle, while I feel lucky to have been introduced to a few stellar new acts. Bands like Chepang and Sunlight’s Bane completely blew me away with their debut full-length releases, which are both refreshingly unique and utterly intense. This year was also an incredible one for death metal, with a slew of legendary bands offering up impeccable releases, and in some cases, their best work in years. Without further delay, here are my top 20 picks for the best of 2017.
Your neighborhood weirdo is here with his list of favorite “you call that music?” that came out this year. Most of this stuff people will hate, but hopefully it’ll entice some to explore the world of noise music. This year was probably my least varied year as far as genres explored; I definitely spent most of my time and money on the experimental side of things.
2017 has come to a close, which means every blog and music publication gets to bombard you with their shitty opinions on what they thought the best music of the year was. Svbterranean is no different, I am sorry to say. Starting today, a bulk of our writers will begin posting their favorite releases of 2017. Feel to comment and tell us your favorites and what we might have missed. You can also troll us, we don’t mind.
Without further adieu, here is my top 30 releases of the year. There was a multitude of good releases this year and it was extremely difficult to narrow it down to JUST 30. These are the releases that made an impression on me and stuck with me the most year. Just like last year, my favorite records listed span across genres and are not limited to just the extreme music we typically cover on the site. I hope you find something you like. Get into it.
Acclaimed Canadian duo MARES OF THRACE unveiled to the world that they are recording a new ep. Vocalist/Guitarist Trez recently announced on social media the outfit’s plans to record new material. This will be their first work after a 3-year hiatus in which Trez returned to academia and subsequently settled into a new career in Video Game design. Continue Reading
Brisbane’s Idylls deliver a half-hour of concussive noise metal in their third full-length record, The Barn.
Since 2011, this Australian quartet have been perfect their chaotic craft through a handful of splits, EPs and two hellacious full-length releases. The most recent of these aforementioned full-lengths, 2014’s Prayer for Terrene, sat at the apex of this evolution of madness: unleashing a maelstrom of off-kilter mathcore awash with noise and spiced with zany saxophone accompaniment. It was like a fiery collision between the most frenetic of Converge‘s material and the erratic weirdness of John Zorn’s Naked City. In short, Prayer for Terrene was insanity incarnate. Continue Reading
Sacramento noise metal outfit Will Haven have revealed the official track listing to their forthcoming sixth full-length album, Muerte. The record is due out next year according to the band and will feature guest contributions from Deftones‘ Stephen Carpenter and Yob’s Mike Scheidt. The band also stated that music videos for the tracks “Hewed With the Brand” and “El Sol” are slated to come out soon.
Check out the track listing and teaser trailers after the break.
Back in October, Arizona weirdos The Oxford Coma released the follow-up to their well-received 2015 LP, Paris is Mine, titled Everything Out of Tune. Much like its predecessor, Everything Out of Tune continues to build upon the band’s eclectic sound; a mix of psychedelic rock, grunge, stoner, progressive rock and many others. To promote this eccentric album further, the band created a lyric video for the track “Patterns of Thought”, which we at Svbterranean are proud to present to you. The track is an interesting mashup of acid-laced desert rock vibes and angular, jagged guitar work, which is set to video clips with anti-Trump sentiments. If you like catchy, oddball tunes, or dislike Number 45, check out the clip after the break.
Purchase Everything Out of Tune here.
Vancouver, BC, Canada, Noise Rock outfit MESS have launched their debut album, Silver Kidney. MESS is the latest project from Johnny Matter. Matter spent time in the well-regarded Anion and Bog, among others in the past. In addition to being a writer/performer, Matter also runs Apocalypse Sunrise Productions which is responsible for the long-running Diecember Fest Metal Festival and Taco Fest as well. Silver Kidney was recorded at Noise Floor Studios on picturesque Gabriola island by Jordan Koop.
Noise rock pioneers Unsane are set to release their eighth studio album, Sterilize, tomorrow (September 29) via Southern Lord. But first, they’re offering up a full stream of the new record via Noisey. The record, which follows 2012’s Wreck, was recorded by bassist/vocalist Dave Curran at Gatos Trail Studios in Yucca Valley, California, mixed by Andrew Schneider at Acre in New York City, and mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering in Chicago.