Immortal Reviews' Favorite Records Of 2017

 
 

1. STARSET - VESSELS

The band's massive follow up to 2015's Transmissions explodes with even more space rock grandiose and cinematic explosions than ever before - the perfect and natural path for Starset to follow.


2. Ed Sheeran - ÷

There's no one in pop music like Ed Sheeran. He does not shy away from the truth; rather, he embraces it and shares his best memories in song. In his third record ÷, Sheeran recalls some of his fondest memories of love. ÷ isn't about love, though: it's about being human. Sheeran covers everything from the nostalgic memories of his childhood home to the loss of his grandmother, with tales of love and passion in between. There's not a second on this record that isn't genuine, and it's packed with songs that'll both get you moving and move you to tears.


3. Soen - Lykaia

Some albums will turn your mind into someone else's, or take you to a new world. Progressive metal band Soen don't do that; instead, they take your mind and put it into something else. You become a wolf in their new album Lykaia, learning the rage, desire, and somberness of the animal as you get taken through epic riffs and beautifully minimal solos.


4. Peter Silberman - Impermanence

Better known as the frontman of acclaimed indie rock band The Antlers, the debut solo album from Peter Silberman proves to go deeper and more aesthetic than anything you may have heard before. From incredible atmospheres to Silberman's chilling vibratos, every track embodies a very personal memory for him. He uses the absolute bare minimum to paint the most vivid and beautiful images your mind can grasp, then looks deep within himself to focus on the black and white memories associated with the colorful images. There is stark beauty in this record, and will not fail to move you.


5. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked At Me

Love is one of the strongest emotion we can feel as humans. The other is sadness. When the two collide, it's as if your entire world falls apart. That's the essence of Mount Eerie's heartbreaking record A Crow Looked At Me. In this record, singer Phil Elverum immortalizes his undying love he has for his late wife and mother to his one-and-a-half year old daughter. He tragically recalls his fondest moments and how the lingering thoughts of her slowly eat away at his heart and world. A Crow Looked At Me might as well be the sonic representation of depression, as you will feel it in one way another, for someone or something, while you listen through this sobering record.



6. MastodonEmperor Of Sand

Be prepared to stare to hell of war dead in the eye. That's what Mastodon's new album Emperor Of Sand is all about. With thrilling riffs to pounding, extreme drums and breakdowns, this album takes you through the whole experience of war and back. You'll fight battles and see the conflicts from afar, all the time building up to one epic final climax to end the war in one big bang. This is an album you won't be sitting down and listening to. This is an album that will have you fighting its battles.


7. You Me at six - Night People

Most bands tend to get poppier as they go through their lives, but You Me At Six took a a heavier, darker turn with their latest record Night People. Filled with powerful, rocking tracks and some signature ballads, You Me At Six prove that no one has to conform to any standard.


8. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

The world is full of problems and corruption, and more times than not it feels like instead of finding solutions to them, our leaders just hide them under a cover and forget about them. There are those rebels that stand up against that and fight for change. One of those soldiers is Kendrick Lamar. He delivered a damning look of our status on racism in America in 2015 with To Pimp A Butterfly, but the crowned savior of hip-hop is back on a new grind. His new record DAMN. not only ponders morality and life and death, but also challenges society and its values in a very eye-opening way. Something of this measure is something only Kendrick can make possible.


9. Depeche Mode - Spirit

When the world is in times of strife, art is what captures all of the pain and suffering and anger. Depeche Mode's fourteenth album Spirit embodies all the anger in America towards the new administration and the blindness of the people following it. The entire album is full of angry tracks, mixing Depeche Mode's classic synthpop with a dark industrial sound to make something both powerful but also effective. The revolution is being incited, it's up to the people to carry it out.


10. Nadia ReidPreservation

There's something about living in an isolated country that really makes the music and art of it burst with a unique introspectiveness. New Zealand's pop scene may be where all the notable music lies that people consume thanks to Lorde, but there are true gems hidden in the rough, such as Nadia Reid's Preservation. Her sophomore album provides a deep look into herself and the quietness of her life, going through both the dark times and the happy times. At times its bittersweet and at others it's joyous, but regardless of the mood at any given time, you'll be feeling her emotions as she retells her tales.



The following is a comprehensive list of all of the albums and EPs we have listened to in 2017 and how they rank with other records.

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  1. Starset - Vessels: 97
  2. Ed Sheeran - ÷: 94
  3. Soen - Lykaia: 92
  4. Peter Silberman - Impermanence: 92
  5. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked At Me: 91
  6. Mastodon - Emperor Of Sand: 90
  7. You Me At Six - Night People: 90
  8. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.: 89
  9. Depeche Mode - Spirit: 89
  10. Nadia Reid - Preservation: 88
  11. Ryan Adams - Prisoner: 87
  12. Sorority Noise - You're Not As _____ As You Think: 87
  13. Frances - Things I've Never Said: 87
  14. David Bowie - No Plan: 87
  15. Brian Eno - Reflection: 86
     
  16. The Chainsmokers - Memories...Do Not Open: 84
  17. Spoon - Hot Thoughts: 84
  18. Joey Bada$$ - All-Amerikkkan Bada$$: 83
  19. San Fermin - Belong: 83
  20. Oddisee - The Iceberg: 82
  21. Father John Misty - Pure Comedy: 81
  22. Circa Waves - Different Creatures: 81
  23. Bonobo - Migration: 80
  24. Duke Garwood - Garden Of Ashes: 80
  25. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes - Modern Ruin: 79
  26. Dangerkids - blacklist_: 79
  27. Dia Frampton - Bruises: 79
  28. Grandaddy - Last Place: 78
  29. Kehlani - SweetSexySavage: 77
  30. Elbow - Little Fictions: 77
  31. Cloud Nothings - Life Without Sound: 76
  32. Murs - Captain California: 76
  33. Jamiroquai - Automaton: 76
  34. Syd - Fin: 76
  35. The xx - I See You: 76
  36. Shy Girls - Salt: 75
  37. Stormzy - Gang Signs & Prayer: 75
  38. Sampha - Process: 75
  39. Northlane - Mesmer: 75
  40. Blanck Mass - World Eater: 75
  41. SOHN - Rennen: 74
  42. Future - FUTURE: 74
  43. Raekwon - The Wild: 74
  44. Amy Macdonald - Under Stars: 74
  45. Julie Byrne - Not Even Happiness: 74
  46. Migos - Culture: 73
  47. Hurray For The Riff Raff - The Navigator: 73
  48. Juana Molina - Halo: 73
  49. Teen Daze - Themes For Dying Earth: 73
  50. Bebe Rexha - All Your Fault: Pt. 1: 72
  51. Freddie Gibbs - You Only Live 2wice: 72
  52. Silja Sol - Ni Liv: 72
  53. Gone Is Gone - Echolocation: 72
  54. Blackfield - Blackfield V: 72
  55. Big Sean - I Decided.: 72
  56. Little Hurricane - Same Sun Same Moon: 72
  57. Minus The Bear - VOIDS: 71
  58. Tall Ships - Impressions: 71
  59. Jacques Greene - Feel Infinite: 71
  60. Jennifer Paige - Starflower: 71
  61. AFI - AFI (The Blood Album): 70
  62. Temples - Volcano: 70
  63. Cold War Kids - LA Divine: 70
  64. Zara Larsson - So Good: 70
  65. Sepultura - Machine Messiah: 70
  66. Baz Francis - Face That Launched A Thousand Shipwrecks: 70
  67. All Them Witches - Sleeping Through The War: 69
  68. James Blunt - The Afterlove: 69
  69. Little Dragon - Season High: 69
  70. Valeria June - The Order Of Time: 69
  71. Code Orange - Forever: 68
  72. Lydia Ainsworth - Darling Of The Afterglow: 68
  73. The Menzingers - After The Party: 67
  74. Austra - Future Politics: 67
  75. Pallbearer - Heartless: 67
  76. John Mayer - The Search For Everything: 66
  77. Drake - More Life: 66
  78. OikosThe Great Upheaval: 65
  79. Lupe Fiasco - DROGAS Light: 65
  80. Less Foss - Alchemy: 65
  81. Half Waif - form/a: 65
  82. Paul White & Danny Brown - Accelerator EP: 65
  83. Vermont - II: 65
  84. Chromadrift - Temporary Escape: 65
     
  85. The Flaming LipsOczy Mlody: 64
  86. The Orwells - Terrible Human Beings: 63
  87. Foxygen - Hang: 60
  88. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness - Zombies On Broadway: 60
  89. Trey Songz - Tremaine: The Album: 60
  90. Tim Darcy - Saturday Night: 60
  91. Splashh - Waiting A Lifetime: 60
  92. Lawrence English - Cruel Optimism: 55
  93. Ty Segall - Sentimental Goblins: 50
  94. Charli XCX - Number 1 Angel: 45
  95. Steel Panther - Lower The Bar: 45
     
  96. Tinie Tempah - Youth: 42
  97. Future - HNDRXX: 40
  98. Bush - Black and White Rainbows: 40
  99. Dropkick Murphys - 11 Short Stories Of Glory & Pain: 39
  100. Disperse - Foreword: 35
  101. Kodak Black - Painting Pictures: 30
  102. Emptyset - Borders:  25
     
  103. Jacob Sartorius - The Last Text EP: 24