The best albums of 2017, right here.
After another amazing 12 months in music, we've rounded up the best, brightest and most life-changing records of 2017.
The full list appears in our current issue, the Rock Sound Awards powered by EMP.
Here's the final part!
10. STAND ATLANTIC
Every so often a truly special band join our world, and this year that band were inarguably Stand Atlantic. On their debut EP, the Aussie trio created something groundbreaking – blending the huge melodies and heart of Tonight Alive with the grit and energy of Knuckle Puck. The result? Five of the best songs of the year. And what’s most exciting? They’re only just getting started.
9. WAGE WAR
Are this Ocala wrecking crew the future of metalcore? They certainly sounded like it on their crushing, flawlessly conceived second album, produced by A Day To Remember’s Jeremy McKinnon. Weaving elements of nu metal into their dynamic, brilliantly inventive take on the genre (seriously, you need to hear ‘Stitch’), they silenced any lingering doubters overnight – and reassured us that heavy music is in safe hands.
8. KNUCKLE PUCK
How do you possibly follow ‘Copacetic’, Knuckle Puck’s blistering, brilliant 2015 debut? With an album like ‘Shapeshifter’, that’s how. Still wounded and world-weary, but smarter about it all, this record boasted some of the best songs the band have ever written – shifting the goalposts for the pop-punk world yet again. We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: Knuckle Puck are on to something special.
7. WHILE SHE SLEEPS
‘YOU ARE WE’
In not necessarily ripping up what had gone before, but cherry picking the very best bits of their output to date, While She Sleeps came of age with the fan-backed ‘You Are We’. An album that found 'Sleeps at their most accessible and at their heaviest, it combined the grit of early EP ‘The North Stands For Nothing’ and hooks of ‘Brainwashed’ into something much bigger than the sum of its parts.
6. THE MAINE
‘LOVELY LITTLE LONELY’
Sad, sweet and beautiful all at once, The Maine’s sixth album was testament to the incredible power of music (more of that on page 52) and how far the Arizona five-piece have come in recent years. From the pop-rock perfection of ‘Don’t Come Down’ and ‘Bad Behavior’ to the understated melancholy running through ‘Taxi’, it emerged as the kind of record you come back to time and time again. Simply put, this was a triumph.
(FUELED BY RAMEN)
More than four years in the making, this power pop influenced banger-fest ushered in a brave new era for one of rock’s best-loved acts. Beautifully crafted and staggeringly honest songwriting was the order of the day, with the likes of ’Hard Times’ and the raw, emotive ‘Fake Happy’ elevating the band to new levels of brilliance. It was a risky move, but in growing up Paramore proved their mettle yet again.
4. ONE OK ROCK
(FUELED BY RAMEN)
Long since Japan’s biggest and best-loved rock band, ‘Ambitions’ was the album that made the rest of the world finally take notice of ONE OK ROCK. Chock-full of huge, sweeping melodies and some of the biggest choruses you’ll ever hear, the quartet’s eighth album transformed them into a truly global force. A superb collaboration with All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth on the infinitely catchy ‘Jaded’ did nothing to hinder its splendour, either.
‘ALL WE KNOW OF HEAVEN, ALL WE NEED OF HELL’
They pulled it off. For Lynn, Brian and Alex to take all of the hurt, doubt and uncertainty in their lives and channel it into something as powerful, beautiful and unique as ‘All We Know Of Heaven…’ took skill and more importantly, an incredible amount of heart. This era of PVRIS could prove to be a defining one for this young band, and we couldn’t be more excited to see it unfold.
2. NECK DEEP
‘THE PEACE AND THE PANIC’
Probably the best pop-punk album ever produced by a British band, the Wrexham mob’s third record was nothing short of a masterpiece. While the likes of ‘Motion Sickness’ and ‘Happy Judgement Day’ captured the band at their familiar best, it was their ventures into bold new territories on the hardcore-tinged ‘Don’t Wait’ (featuring Architects’ Sam Carter) and the stunning ‘In Bloom’ that saw them evolve into genuine world-beaters. Unforgettable.
1. ALL TIME LOW
‘LAST YOUNG RENEGADE’
(FUELED BY RAMEN)
Taking some huge risks, while redrawing the horizons of what All Time Low can do and be, this was a truly incredible comeback from Alex, Jack, Rian and Zack. Their world will never be quite the same again - and neither will ours.
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