17 Of ’17: The Über Rock Albums Of The Year Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 31 December 2017 04:30

It’s the last day of the year commonly known as 2017, and so there is no better time to look back on what the rock ‘n’ roll world has offered us up over the past 12 months.

 

Yesterday, our crack team of writers told us what live experiences they had enjoyed most. Today, we present to you what albums have tickled their aural fancies over the past 365 days. Eighteen writers submitted more than 200 different albums, demonstrating both the diversity and richness has come our way over the course of this year about to consign itself to history… These choices were subjected to a rigorous and carefully monitored counting process to give us our overall ’17 Of ’17’. But, first, here are their individual choices:

 

Allan Maxwell

 

  1. Rise Against – ‘Wolves’220px WolvesRiseAgainst
  2. Papa Roach – ‘Crooked Teeth’
  3. Stone Sour – ‘Hydrograd’
  4. Blink 182 – ‘California’
  5. Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes – ‘Modern Ruin’
  6. Hollywood Undead – ‘Five’
  7. Employed To Serve – ‘Warmth Of A Dying Sun’
  8. Frank Carter – ‘Songbook’
  9. Silverstein – ‘Dead Reflections’
  10. Anti-Flag – ‘American Fall’
  11. Linkin Park – ‘One More Light’
  12. Ho99o9 – ‘United States Of Ho99o9’
  13. The Bronx – ‘V’

 

Ben Hughes

 

  1. Role Models - 'Dance Moves'Role Models Dance Moves
  2. Chris Catalyst - 'Life Is Often Brilliant’
  3. Cyanide Pills - 'Sliced & Diced'
  4. Junkyard - 'High Water'
  5. Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind - 'Super Natural'
  6. Wyldlife - 'Out On Your Block'
  7. Heavy Tiger - 'Glitter'
  8. Biters - 'The Future Ain't What It Used To Be'
  9. Ginger Wildheart - 'Ghost In The Tanglewood'
  10. Vain - 'Roll With The Punches'
  11. The Idol Dead - 'Tension & Release'
  12. CJ Wildheart - 'Blood'
  13. Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics – ‘The Man With Stars On His Knees’
  14. Barb Wire Dolls - 'Rub My Mind'
  15. The Jesus Ponies - 'Unconditional Love Casino'
  16. King Salami & The Cumberland Three - 'Goin' Back To Wurstville'
  17. Dirtbag Republic - 'Downtown Eastside'

 

Cronohn Pipror

 

  1. Benighted – ‘Necrobreed’Benighted artwork
  2. Suffocation – ‘…Of the Dark Light’
  3. Infected Dead – ‘Archaic Malevolence’
  4. The Haunted – ‘Strength in Numbers’
  5. Paradise Lost – ‘Medusa’
  6. Belphegor – ‘Totenritual’
  7. The Black Dahlia Murder – ‘Nightbringers’
  8. Enslaved – ‘E’
  9. Cannibal Corpse – ‘Red Before Black’
  10. Shrouded – ‘Ominous Divinity’

 

Dave Prince

 

  1. Midnite City – ‘Midnite City’MIDNITE CITY 3000x3000px
  2. Dan Reed – ‘Confessions’
  3. Inger Lorre – ‘Live at the Viper Room’
  4. Radioux City – ‘Soul Survivor’
  5. Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors – ‘Capital Spirits - An Acoustic Evening LIVE in London’
  6. Bad Sam – ‘Bring Me The Head of...’
  7. The Dollyrots – ‘Whiplash Splash’
  8. Waywards Sons – ‘Ghosts Of Yet To Come’
  9. Cats In Space – ‘Scarecrow’
  10. Steven Wilson – ‘To The Bone’
  11. Matt Berry – ‘Night Terrors’
  12. Revolution Saints – ‘Light in the Dark’
  13. Mike Tramp – ‘Maybe Tomorrow’
  14. Miles & Erica – ‘We Came Here To Work’
  15. Jaimz/Vokins – ‘Time Machine’
  16. Sunglasses Kid – ‘Graduation’
  17. Wednesday 13 – ‘Condolences’

 

David O’Neill

 

  1. Jeff Lynne's ELO – ‘Wembley Or Bust'ELO artwork
  2. Bigfoot – ‘Bigfoot’
  3. Von Hertzen Brothers – ‘War Is Over’
  4. Theia – ‘Back In Line’
  5. Stone Sour – ‘Hydrograd’
  6. Trucker Diablo – ‘Fighting For Everything’
  7. Wayward Sons – ‘Ghosts Of Yet To Come’
  8. Inglorious - ‘Inglorious 2’
  9. ‎Fireroad – ‘Flesh, Blood And Bone’
  10. Starsick System – ‘Lies, Hope And Other Stories’
  11. Scream Serenity – ‘Eye Of The ‎Storm’
  12. ‎The Cadillac Three – ‘Legacy’

 

DJ Astrocreep

 

  1. M.O.D. - 'Busted, Broke & American'MOD artwork
  2. Deep Purple – ‘Infinite’
  3. Pallbearer – ‘Heartless’
  4. Kreator – ‘Gods of Violence’
  5. Iron Reagan – ‘Crossover Ministry’
  6. Anathema – ‘The Optimist’
  7. Municipal Waste – ‘Slime and Punishment’
  8. Electric Wizard – ‘Wizard Bloody Wizard’
  9. Psychedelic Witchcraft – ‘Sound of the Wind’
  10. The King Is Blind – ‘We Are The Parasite We Are The Cancer’
  11. Deadsmoke – ‘Mountain Legacy’
  12. Kadavar – ‘Rough Times’
  13. Satyricon – ‘Deep Calleth Upon Deep’
  14. Paradise Lost – ‘Medusa’
  15. Adrift For Days – ‘A Sleepless Grey’

 

 

Dom Daley

 

  1. Role Models – ‘Dance Moves’Cyanide Pills artwork
  2. Cyanide Pills – ‘Sliced & Diced’
  3. Bloodclot – ‘Up In Arms’
  4. T.S.O.L. - 'The Trigger Complex
  5. Bash & Pop – ‘Anything Could Happen’
  6. Wyldlife – ‘Out On Your Block’
  7. Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind – ‘Super Natural’
  8. Cock Sparrer – ‘Forever’
  9. Duncan Reid & The Big Heads – ‘Bombs Away’
  10. Bullet Proof Lovers – ‘Shot Through The Heart’
  11. Bad Sam – ‘Bring Me The Head Of...’
  12. The Bronx – ‘V’
  13. Barrio Tiger – ‘Ave Maria’
  14. Suspect Parts- ‘Suspect Parts’
  15. JJ & The Real Jerks – ‘Back To The Bottom’
  16. Jeff Dahl – ‘Made In Hawaii’
  17. Jaya The Cat – ‘Good Day For The Damned’

 

Gerald Stansbury

 

  1. Soraia - 'Dead Reckoning'Soraia artwork
  2. Heavy Tiger - 'Glitter'
  3. Low Cut Connie - 'Dirty Pictures Part 1'
  4. Anti-Flag - 'American Fall'
  5. Dan Baird - 'SoLow'
  6. Tyler Childers - 'Purgatory'
  7. The Rumours - 'Hotbang'
  8. The Darts - 'Me.Ow'
  9. Dan Baird and Homemade Sin - 'Roller Coaster'
  10. J Roddy Walston and the Business - 'Destroyers of the Soft Life'
  11. Turnpike Troubadours - 'A Long Way From Your Heart'
  12. Shanda And The Howlers - 'Trouble'
  13. Biters - 'The Future Ain't What It Used to Be'
  14. Creeper - 'Eternity, In Your Arms'
  15. Circus of Power - 'Four'
  16. Tyla J. Pallas - 'Connoisseur of Junk'
  17. The Jesus Ponies - 'Conditional Love Casino'

 

Jim Rowland

 

  1. Cock Sparrer – ‘Forever’Cock Sparrer Forever
  2. Sharks – ‘Killers Of The Deep’
  3. Electric Wizard – ‘Wizard Bloody Wizard’
  4. Troubled Horse – ‘Revolution On Repeat’
  5. Cats In Space – ‘Scarecrow’
  6. Peter & The Test Tube Babies – ‘That Shallot’
  7. Afghan Whigs – ‘In Spades’
  8. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Flying Microtonal Banana’
  9. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Murder Of The Universe’
  10. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Polygondwanaland’
  11. Robert Plant – ‘Carry Fire’
  12. Municipal Waste – ‘Slime and Punishment’
  13. The Adicts – ‘And It Was So!’
  14. Cheap Trick – ‘We’re All Alright’
  15. Gary Lammin – ‘Gary Guitar Lammin’
  16. Mastodon – ‘Emperor of Sand’
  17. Alice Cooper – ‘Paranormal’

 

Jonni D

 

  1. The Menzingers – ‘After The Party’Menzingers artwork
  2. Code Orange – ‘Forever’
  3. Black Anvil – ‘As Was’
  4. Anathema – ‘The Optimist’
  5. Sorority Noise – ‘You’re Not As _ As You Think’
  6. Black Star Riders – ‘Heavy Fire’
  7. Manchester Orchestra – ‘Black Mile To The Surface’
  8. Thy Art Is Murder – ‘Dear Desolation’
  9. Zeal & Ardor – ‘Devil Is Fine’
  10. Trivium – ‘The Sin And The Sentence’
  11. Grave Pleasures – ‘Motherblood’
  12. Satyricon – ‘Deep Calleth Upon Deep’
  13. AFI – ‘The Blood Album’
  14. Silverstein – ‘Dead Reflection’
  15. Papa Roach – ‘Crooked Teeth’
  16. Creeper – ‘Eternity, In Your Arms’
  17. Demon Hunter – ‘Outlive’

 

Marc Leach

 

  1. Syron Vanes – ‘Chaos From A Distance’Syron Vanes Chaos From A Distancealbum cover1
  2. Kobra & The Lotus – ‘Prevail I’
  3. Rabid Bitch Of The North – ‘Nothing But A Bitter Taste’
  4. Firewind – ‘Immortals’
  5. Custard – ‘The Realm Of Tales’
  6. Frontback – ‘Heart Of A Lion’
  7. Alestorm – ‘No Grave But The Sea’
  8. Sumo Cyco – ‘Opus Mar’
  9. The Crawling – ‘The Anatomy Of Loss’
  10. Tragedy – ‘The Joys Of Sex’
  11. Fozzy – ‘Judas’
  12. Nickelback – ‘Feed The Machine’
  13. Stereo Nasty – ‘Twisting The Blade’
  14. And So I Watch You From Afar – ‘The Endless Shimmering’
  15. Ghost – ‘Ceremony & Devotion (Live)’
  16. In This Moment – ‘Ritual’
  17. Mastodon – ‘Emperor Of Sand’

 

Mark Ashby

 

  1. The Radio Sun - 'Unstoppable'The Radio Sun artwork
  2. Belphegor – ‘Totenritual’
  3. Trucker Diablo – ‘Fighting For Everything’
  4. Black Star Riders – ‘Heavy Fire’
  5. Fire Red Empress - 'Black Morphine'
  6. Satyricon – ‘Deep Calleth The Deep’
  7. Boulevard – ‘Luminescence’
  8. Shrapnel – ‘Raised On Decay’
  9. Overoth – ‘The Forgotten Tome’
  10. Thunder – ‘Rip It Up’
  11. Burnt Out Wreck – ‘Swallow’
  12. New Generation Superstars – ‘King Of The World’
  13. Midnite City – ‘Midnite City’
  14. Me And That Man ‘Songs Of Love And Death’
  15. CJ Wildheart – ‘Blood’
  16. Little Steven – ‘Soulfire’
  17. Kickin Valentina – ‘Imaginary Creatures’

 

Martin Haslam

 

  1. The Scaramanga Six - 'Chronica'Scaramanga Six artwork
  2. The Godfathers - 'A Big, Bad, Beautiful Noise'
  3. Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons - 'Ain't No Pussy'
  4. Chris Catalyst - 'Life Is Often Brilliant'
  5. The Flamin’ Groovies - 'Fantastic Plastic'
  6. Bernie Torme - 'Dublin Cowboy'
  7. Deathtraps - 'Justice For The Risca One'
  8. Gary Numan - 'Savage'
  9. Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind - 'Super Natural'
  10. Imelda May - 'Life, Love, Flesh, Blood'

 

Nev Brookes

 

  1. Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes – ‘Modern Ruin’Frank Carter Modern Ruin
  2. Jaya The Cat – ‘A Good Day For The Damned’
  3. Aaron Buchanan And The Cult Classics – ‘The Man With Stars On His Knees’
  4. Grave Pleasures - ‘Motherblood’
  5. The Sly Persuaders – ‘The Sly Persuaders’
  6. Then Comes Silence – ‘Blood’
  7. Bad Sam – ‘Bring Me The Head Of…’
  8. Cock Sparrer – ‘Forever’
  9. Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind – ‘Supernatural’
  10. Bash And Pop – ‘Anything Can Happen’
  11. Church Of The Cosmic skull – ‘Is Satan Real?’
  12. The Atomic Bitchwax – ‘Forcefield’
  13. The Cravats – ‘Dustbin Of Sound’
  14. Black Devil Byrds – ‘Dead And In Prison’
  15. Junkyard – ‘High Water’
  16. The Role Models – ‘Dance Moves’
  17. Deathtraps – ‘Justice For The Risca One’

 

Nick Russell

 

  1. The King Is Blind – ‘We Are The Parasite We Are The Cancer’The King Is Blind artwork
  2. The Haunted – ‘Strength In Numbers’
  3. Life Of Agony – ‘A Place Where There Is No pain’
  4. Mage – ‘Green’
  5. Elder – ‘Reflections Of A Floating World’
  6. Mastodon – ‘Emperor Of Sand’
  7. Pallbearer – ‘Heartless’
  8. Powertrip – ‘Nightmare Logic’
  9. Mutation – ‘Dark Black’
  10. Anathema – ‘The Optimist’
  11. Body Count – ‘Bloodlust’
  12. Prong – ‘Zero Days’
  13. Lionheart – ‘Welcome To The Coast II’
  14. Hyborian – ‘Hyborian: Vol 1’
  15. Enslaved – ‘E’
  16. Paradise Lost – ‘Medusa’
  17. Cannibal Corpse – ‘Red Before Black’

 

Rich Hobson

 

  1. Mastodon – ‘Emperor of Sand’Mastodon Emperor
  2. Zeal & Ardor – ‘Devil Is Fine’
  3. IDLES – ‘Brutalism’
  4. Creeper – ‘Eternity, In Your Arms’
  5. Gone Is Gone – ‘Echolocation’
  6. Chris Catalyst – ‘Life is Often Brilliant’
  7. Mutation – ‘Dark Black’
  8. Sepultura – ‘Machine Messiah’
  9. Body Count – ‘Bloodlust’
  10. While She Sleeps – ‘You Are We’
  11. Jaya The Cat – ‘A Good Day For The Damned’
  12. Paramore – ‘After Laughter’
  13. All Them Witches – ‘Sleeping Through The War’
  14. Barrabus – ‘Barrabus’
  15. Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes – ‘Modern Ruin’
  16. Jamie Lenman – ‘Devolver’
  17. Suicide Silence – ‘Suicide Silence’

 

The Dark Queen

 

  1. Baleful Creed – ‘Seismic Shifter’Baleful Creed artwork
  2. Alter Bridge – ‘Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities’
  3. Trucker Diablo – ‘Fighting For Everything’
  4. Beth Blade And The Beautiful Disasters – ‘Bad Habit’
  5. Saints Of Sin – ‘Welcome To The Circus’
  6. Wayward Sons – ‘Ghosts Of Yet To Come’
  7. Midnite City – ‘Midnite City’
  8. Mr Big – ‘Defying Gravity’
  9. Thunder – ‘Rip It Up’
  10. Gun – ‘Favourite Pleasures’

 

Tim Bolitho-Jones

 

  1. Kreator – ‘Gods Of Violence’Kreator Gods Of Violence artwork
  2. Synaptik – Justify & Reason’
  3. Solstafir – ‘Berdreyminn’
  4. Our Hollow, Our Home – ‘Hartsick’
  5. Sepultura – ‘Machine Messiah’
  6. Creeper – ‘Eternity, In Your Arms’
  7. Power Quest – ‘The Sixth Dimension’
  8. Warbringer – ‘Woe To The Vanquished’
  9. Shrapnel – ‘Raised On Decay’
  10. Darkest Hour – ‘Godless Prophets And The Migrant Flora’
  11. GraVil – ‘No More Forgiveness’
  12. Overkill – ‘The Grinding Wheel’
  13. Mutiny Within – ‘Origins’
  14. The Lurking Fear – ‘Out Of The Voiceless Grave’
  15. Cellar Darling – ‘This Is The Sound’
  16. Grave Pleasures – ‘Motherblood’
  17. Zeal & Ardor – ‘Devil Is Fine’

 

AND THE WINNER IS…

 

So, we fed all the submissions into a fancy-dancy mainframe thingy and set the highly-trained team of UR elves to do their number-crunching on their finely-tuned abacus, and, after much rigorous checking and re-checking, in the style of the best polls we have come to a result which gives us Über Rock’s definitive ‘17 Of ’17’ Albums Of The Year. So, without further ado, fanfare or hurrah, here is the result of our annual poll of polls:

 

  1. Creeper - 'Eternity, In Your Arms’Creeper Eternity
  2. Cock Sparrer – ‘Forever’
  3. Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind – ‘Supernatural’
  4. The Role Models – ‘Dance Moves’
  5. Chris Catalyst – ‘Life Can Be Brilliant’
  6. Trucker Diablo – ‘Fighting For Everything’
  7. Mastodon – ‘Emperor Of Sand’
  8. Cyanide Pills – ‘Sliced & Diced’
  9. Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes – ‘Modern Ruin’
  10. Kreator – ‘Gods Of Violence’
  11. Grave Pleasures – ‘Motherblood’
  12. Midnite City – ‘Midnite City’
  13. Zeal & Ardor – ‘Devil Is Fine’
  14. Heavy Tiger – ‘Glitter’
  15. Papa Roach – ‘Crooked Teeth’
  16. Satyricon – ‘Deep Calleth Upon Deep’
  17. Wayward Sons – ‘Ghosts Of Yet To Come’

 

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