Musicwise, 2017 was pretty good. Some awesome releases, some good ones. I always find it hard to make lists. I will stick to what I did before. There is only one number one spot. All the rest is runner-up. And number one is:
Blanck Mass - World Eater
This is not an album. It's a force of nature. His previous work blew me away, but World Eater left me dumbfounded. The track 'Rhesus Negative' alone is worth the price of admission. It transcends genres. It's breathtaking, exhilarating and quite unlike anything you have ever heard before.
The runners up are:
Unreqvited - Disquiet
Yes, a blackgaze album in my yearlist. But what a brilliant blackgaze this is. The first ever album in this genre that genuinely moved me to tears.
Urall - Nothing but these bright edges
Amazing dark ambient/noise/industrial that I thought wasn't made anymore in this day and age. I was wrong. So wrong.
Project Nefast - Sex Money Power
Beauty in monotony. Raw, intense passion made into sound. Pure genius.
Also worth mentioning are the following:
Antzaat - The black hand of the father
Leyland Kirby - We, so tired of all the darkness in our lives
Wolves In the Throne Room - Thrice Woven
Concert of the year: Devin Townsend Project in 013, Tilburg
Thank you all for sticking with us in 2017. Stick with us for 2018. Please give love and kindness to animals. True peace starts with equality for all living beings. Strive for peace. Ahimsa.