Chris Nee’s Albums of the Year 2017: 20 to 11

2017 has given us an embarrassment of riches in the world of rock, metal and hardcore. In the last couple of years the great new albums have been coming thick and fast, meaning that coming up with a top twenty has, again, been a difficult task.

But not impossible.

Here are numbers 20 to 11. By the way, I’ve got a 2017 playlist  on Spotify too, and you can still listen to my playlists from 2016 and 2015.

Better yet, we’ve thrown Dave’s choices into a combined playlist as well.

Click here for numbers 10 to 1 and for Dave Musson’s picks, or here to listen to our podcast about these albums.


20. Grave Pleasures – Motherblood (Secret Trees)

This highly rated Finnish post-punk outfit, formerly Beastmilk, are getting a ton of hype for their new album, and deservedly so. It’s heavily influenced by legendary artists of the past, and beautifully executed. [Spotify]


19. Black Map – In Droves (Long Branch Records)

Although it’s laced with post-hardcore, In Droves is, in fact, just a terrific hard rock album. San Francisco’s Black Map have world class hooks coming out of their ears. And, thankfully, into mine. [Spotify]


18. Then Comes Silence – Blood (Nuclear Blast)

On the inside I’m a goth, really. Then Comes Silence are a Swedish band that deal in old-fashioned goth rock and the latest in their prolific run of records is a fabulous modern example of the form. [Spotify]


17. Looming – Seed (No Sleep Records)

In an early episode of our podcast, Dave introduced me to Looming’s first album. Their second, Seed, is a really good follow-up, and the unique character of the band comes through loud and clear again. [Spotify]


16. ’68 – Two Parts Viper (Chariot Music, Inc.)

’68 are another band Dave’s responsible for getting me into, and Two Parts Viper has been in regular rotation since its release. It’s odd and arty, but full of catchiness and groove. The songs do the talking. [Spotify]


15. Converge – The Dusk In Us (Epitaph)

I haven’t devoted nearly enough time to getting to know Converge over the years but when a new album arrived it was bound to be given a fair shake. Sure enough, The Dusk In Us is phenomenal. Shock. [Spotify]


14. Backwards Dancer – Backwards Dancer (Equal Vision Records)

Massachusetts’ Backwards Dancer have done a wonderful job with their self-titled album, delivering gutsy alt-rock that combines vulnerability with undeniable choruses and enough crunch to keep me happy. [Spotify]


13. Power Trip – Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord Recordings)

You’ve heard this, right? You already know that the new Power Trip album is a flat-out thrash metal rager, right? Well, you do now. The best thrash metal album for a long while, in my opinion. Just listen. [Spotify]


12. Knuckle Puck – Shapeshifter (Rise Records)

Illinois pop-punkers Knuckle Puck followed up their excellent album Copacetic with Shapeshifter, which has all the charm, rawness, power and fragility of its predecessor. ‘Double Helix’ and ‘Gone’ are stunning. [Spotify]


11. Battalions – Moonburn (Hull Noise Collective)

So, you just want big, dirty riffs? I present Battalions, sludgy worshippers of the headbanging gods. The titanic, swinging riffs are piled on with abandon, peaking with the powerful stomp of ‘Betrayal & Delusion’. [Spotify]

Chris Nee