TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2017!

The past 12 months that was 2017 has been one hell of a year for music for so many reasons. Some of those reasons aren’t so great, as we all know, but in terms of new records, this year has delivered in absolute spades, both from bands and artists we’ve known and loved for years, and also shining new talent breaking through from the underground.

It’s always pretty tough (to put it mildly) to narrow down the cream of the crop from the entire year, but we sat down, racked our brains to the absolute limit, and have knocked into shape what we feel are the top ten albums of the year. So, grab a drink, take a seat, get nice and comfortable, and read on.


DEAD PRESS! TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2017:

10.) ROAM – ‘Great Heights & Nosedives’

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What we said about it:
“ROAM have proved that they’re more than a one trick pony by showcasing some new influences and elements throughout the eleven tracks. Both musically and lyrically, this is definitely a step up from ‘Backbone’…”

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09.) While She Sleeps – ‘You Are We’

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What we said about it:
“A statement by the stand out band in British heavy metal that they’re capable of the best, and they can do it all on their own. Let’s just hope that this is the record that finally has the world standing up and taking serious notice.”

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08.) Paramore – ‘After Laughter’

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What we said about it:
“Instead of putting down a few chips here and there to try and please everyone, the band have instead aimed to please themselves and gone all in with this next stage of their evolution, and they sound all the more impressive for it.”

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07.) PVRIS – ‘All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell’

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What we said about it:
“Sophomores carry a lot of weight, usually either making or breaking a band, especially when following on from a breakthrough and seminal debut. It’s often difficult to imagine a band outdoing themselves afterwards when they slot into this scenario, but PVRIS have done just that.”

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06.) Creeper – ‘Eternity, In Your Arms’

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What we said about it:
“What Creeper have done is bring a genre that was close to extinction back to the brink of mainstream domination. It’s scarce to hear an album with so much passion and so much lyrical sincerity; it really feels like the start of something special.”

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05.) Marilyn Manson – ‘Heaven Upside Down’

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What we said about it:
“Once slumped, and by his own admission not in a place where he was the person or the artist that he wanted to be, Manson has his confidence and his vision for domination back. With his shoulders back, ready to kick down the door on the doubters, we’re witness to his rebirth.”

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04.) Deaf Havana – ‘All These Countless Nights’

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What we said about it:
“‘All These Countless Nights’ really delivers the impression that Deaf Havana have figured out exactly where they want to be in the music scene, what their strengths are, and how they can use them to create fantastic records. With all this in place, you can’t help but get the feeling that this band are at the top of their game.”

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03.) Neck Deep – ‘The Peace And The Panic’

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What we said about it:
“‘The Peace And The Panic’ is an absolute triumph of a record, and one that is without doubt a crowning jewel amongst the pop-punk elite of 2017.”

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02.) The Menzingers – ‘After The Party’

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What we said about it:
“If this album sounds like more of the same, then you’d be right. If you’re a fan of theirs, that’s only good news. Some credit is due, however, because although they don’t deviate from the roots that make their music so driving and raw, this album sees them slowly dipping their toes into different genres.”

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01.) Enter Shikari – ‘The Spark’

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What we said about it:
“When times are at some of their toughest globally, it’s sometimes easy to forget about the personal struggles. Though a cathartic experience for Reynolds, who by his own admission has a had a few rough years in his life as of late, Enter Shikari have offered that catharsis out in ‘The Spark’. It’s a spark for the disenfranchised, a spark for the down-trodden, a spark for those struggling, a spark for those who feel that there isn’t any way that things can get better, and a spark to illuminate and reveal a brighter future. Sometimes, a spark is all that’s needed to ignite a roaring flame, both lost and new, and ultimately, that’s exactly what the world needs.”

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STAFF TOP 10:

Along with our overall top 10 albums above, we also have our own lists of what rocked our bloody socks off this year, because everyone’s a bit different. Have a look and see what each of us liked below and, if you want to speak to us about it, some of us have put our Twitter links with them too:

Callum Griffin (@CallumGriffinn)
01.) Enter Shikari – ‘The Spark’
02.) Neck Deep – ‘The Peace And The Panic’
03.) Lower Than Atlantis – ‘Safe In Sound’
04.) While She Sleeps – ‘You Are We’
05.) Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – ‘Modern Ruin’
06.) Astroid Boys – ‘Broke’
07.) Royal Blood – ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’
08.) Wolf Alice – ‘Visions Of A Life’
09.) Blood Youth – ‘Beyond Repair’
10.) Creeper – ‘Eternity, In Your Arms’

Chris Yeoh (@Chris_Yeoh)
01.) The Menzingers – ‘After The Party’
02.) Blood Command – ‘Cult Drugs’
03.) Tigers Jaw – ‘Spin’
04.) Kendrick Lamar – ‘DAMN.’
05.) Kamikaze Girls – ‘Seafoam’
06.) Arcane Roots – ‘Melancholia Hymns’
07.) Track And Field – ‘Natural Light’
08.) Free Throw – ‘Bear Your Mind’
09.) SZA – ‘CTRL’
10.) Demons – ‘Embrace Wolf’

Dylan Tuck (@dylankightuck)
01.) Citizen – ‘As You Please’
02.) WSTR – ‘Red, Green And Inbetween’
03.) Enter Shikari – ‘The Spark’
04.) ROAM – ‘Great Heights & Nosedives’
05.) Neck Deep – ‘The Peace And The Panic’
06.) Chapel – ‘Sunday Brunch’
07.) Lower Than Atlantis – ‘Safe In Sound’
08.) Thousand Below – ‘The Love You Let Too Close’
09.) Wage War – ‘Deadweight’
10.) While She Sleeps – ‘You Are We’

Hannah Strong (@hannaah_strong)
01.) The Maine – ‘Lovely, Little, Lonely’
02.) Deaf Havana – ‘All These Countless Nights’
03.) As It Is – ‘okay.’
04.) You Me At Six – ‘Night People’
05.) Linkin Park – ‘One More Light’
06.) PVRIS – ‘All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell’
07.) Neck Deep – ‘The Peace And The Panic’
08.) All Time Low – ‘Last Young Renegade’
09.) Lower Than Atlantis – ’Safe In Sound’
10.) Paramore – ‘After Laughter’

Jack Bellamy (@jackbellamy17)
01.) Emma Blackery – ‘Magnetised’
02.) Eskimo Callboy – ’The Scene’
03.) Marilyn Manson – ‘Heaven Upside Down’
04.) Code Orange – ‘Forever’
05.) Malevolence – ’Self Supremacy’
06.) The Acacia Strain – ‘Gravebloom’
07.) Dying Fetus – ‘Wrong One To Fuck With’
08.) Hollywood Undead – ‘Five’
09.) Deez Nuts – ‘Binge & Purgatory’
10.) Emmure – ‘Look At Yourself’

Jacob Eynon (@itsjustjake93)
01.) Emma Blackery – ‘Magnetised’
02.) Eskimo Callboy – ’The Scene’
03.) Marilyn Manson – ‘Heaven Upside Down’
04.) Code Orange – ‘Forever’
05.) Malevolence – ’Self Supremacy’
06.) The Acacia Strain – ‘Gravebloom’
07.) Dying Fetus – ‘Wrong One To Fuck With’
08.) Hollywood Undead – ‘Five’
09.) Deez Nuts – ‘Binge & Purgatory’
10.) Emmure – ‘Look At Yourself’

Jon Barlow (@Narlow1)
01.) The Gospel Youth – ‘Always Lose’
02.) Deaf Havana – ’All These Countless Nights’
03.) Vukovi – ‘Vukovi’
04.) PVRIS – ‘All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell’
05.) Ed Sheeran – ‘Divide’
06.) Paramore – ‘After Laughter’
07.) Evanescence – ‘Synthesis’
08.) As It Is – ‘okay.’
09.) Lower Than Atlantis – ‘Safe In Sound’
10.) Seafoal – ‘Xeraclius’

Lottie Cook (@pixelottie)
01.) I The Mighty – ‘Where The Mind Wants To Go / Where You Let It Go’
02.) Circa Survive – ‘The Amulet’
03.) Enter Shikari – ‘The Spark’
04.) ROAM – ‘Great Heights & Nosedives’
05.) The Menzingers – ‘After The Party’
06.) Dayseeker – ‘Dreaming Is Sinking /// Waking Is Rising’
07.) wars – ‘We Are Islands, After All’
08.) While She Sleeps – ‘You Are We’
09.) Polaris – ‘The Mortal Coil’
10.) Blood Youth – ‘Beyond Repair’

Mike Heath (@MikeBeef)
01.) Creeper – ‘Eternity, In Your Arms’
02.) The Menzingers – ‘After The Party’
03.) Sorority Noise – ‘You’re Not As ____ As You Think’
04.) While She Sleeps – ‘You Are We’
05.) Can’t Swim – ‘Fail You Again’
06.) Blood Youth – ‘Beyond Repair’
07.) Authority Zero – ‘Broadcasting To The Nations’
08.) The Front Bottoms – ‘Going Grey’
09.) Marilyn Manson – ‘Heaven Upside Down’
10.) Code Orange – ‘Forever’

Nikki Bruce (@nikki29000)
01.) Arcane Roots – ‘Melancholia Hymns’
02.) Royal Blood – ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’
03.) Paramore – ‘After Laughter’
04.) ROAM – ‘Great Heights & Nosedives’
05.) Bad Sign – ‘Live & Learn’
06.) WSTR – ‘Red, Green Or Inbetween’
07.) Marilyn Manson – ‘Heaven Upside Down’
08.) Palisades – ‘Palisades’
09.) Wolf Alice – ‘Visions Of A Life’
10.) The Front Bottoms – ‘Going Grey’

Phoebe Constable (@phoebecnstble)
01.) Deaf Havana – ‘All These Countless Nights’
02.) PVRIS – ‘All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell’
03.) The Gospel Youth – ‘Always Lose’
04.) The Maine – ‘Lovely, Little, Lonely’
05.) Jamie Lenman – ‘Devolver’
06.) Code Orange – ‘Forever’
07.) Mallory Knox – ‘Wired’
08.) The Menzingers – ‘After The Party’
09.) Papa Roach – ‘Crooked Teeth’
10.) One OK Rock – ‘Ambitions’

Zach Redrup (@zachredrup)
01.) Jamie Lenman – ‘Devolver’
02.) Glassjaw – ‘Material Control’
03.) Vukovi – ‘Vukovi’
04.) Enter Shikari – ‘The Spark’
05.) Marilyn Manson – ‘Heaven Upside Down’
06.) Paramore – ‘After Laughter’
07.) Hundredth – ‘Rare’
08.) Loathe – ‘The Cold Sun’
09.) Palisades – ‘Palisades’
10.) Lower Than Atlantis – ‘Safe In Sound’

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Founder & Editor for DEAD PRESS! | Atheist and antitheist. | Judge of the quick & the dead since 1989. |