Chris Nee’s Albums of the Year 2017: 10 to 1

You’ve seen the lower half of my Top 20 Albums of 2017. Now let’s step it up a notch. My ten best albums of the year are, as you might expect, stupidly good. So, off we go.

Click here for numbers 20 to 11 and for Dave Musson’s picks, or here to listen to our podcast about these albums.

If you’d like to hear both mine and Dave’s favourite songs of the year, check out our Spotify playlist.

10. Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms (Roadrunner Records)

The brilliant Creeper have served up a debut album that delivers on their potential and more, edging them ever closer to the status of being the voice of a generation. They’re going to be huge. [Spotify]

9. Bathsheba – Servus (Svart Records)

For my money, the most overlooked and under-appreciated album of 2017 is this sensational, atmospheric, sludgy doom debut album from Belgium’s Bathsheba. Michelle Nocon’s vocals are incredible. [Spotify]

8. Jamie Lenman – Devolver (Big Scary Monsters)

The new one from Jamie Lenman is a total freakshow of an album. It visits a thousand stops but does it all on the same bus, so it hangs together perfectly. There’s a place for unbridled creativity in rock. [Spotify]

7. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – Modern Ruin (International Death Cult)

Modern Ruin might be the album I’ve played more than any other in 2017, and the songs are banging live as well. Frank Carter is a national treasure and a cracking performer, and the album is absolutely superb. [Spotify]

6. Get The Shot – Infinite Punishment (Get The Shot / New Damage Records)

In the podcast version of this list, I said that Get The Shot sound a bit like a blackened Turnstile. Infinite Punishment is metallic hardcore, unhinged and frantic, heavy and charismatic, and yet so much more. [Spotify]

5. SikTh – The Future In Whose Eyes? (Peaceville Records)

Oh this? Just one of the best bands in Britain turning out one of the best things they’ve ever done, after a significant personnel change. As far as storytelling goes, Mikee Goodman is a unique voice. [Spotify]

4. Code Orange – Forever (Roadrunner Records)

One of the year’s creative triumphs, the new Code Orange record is top of every other list I’ve seen at the time of writing, and I love it too. It’s genuinely new, truly special and exciting beyond words. [Spotify]

3. While She Sleeps – You Are We (While She Sleeps)

And yet there’s still room for bias. While She Sleeps are one of my very favourite bands and their third album dropped this year and brought a collection of infectious songs with it. It’s not Brainwashed but it didn’t need to be. [Spotify]

2. Employed To Serve – The Warmth Of A Dying Sun (Holy Roar Records)

The second album from Employed To Serve caught me just right this year, brimming as it is with crushing riffs, controlled fury and artistry up to the eyeballs. The stupendous songs are too many to name. [Spotify]

And my Album of the Year for 2017 is…

1. Brand New – Science Fiction (PM Traitors)

And the less said about it the better. [Spotify]

Chris Nee