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After another incredible 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!
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30. THE ONE HUNDRED
‘CHAOS & BLISS’
There are some who will forever baulk at the term rap-metal, but some 20 years after its heyday this London crew succeeded in breathing new life into an often-derided sound. Filled with joyously bouncing riffs and rapid-fire vocals, the band’s debut album was an unexpected gem, marking them as one of the UK’s most distinctive and promising young bands. Get those baggy jeans at the ready…
29. THE WHITE NOISE
You know what they say: variety is the spice of life. That’s a mantra that The White Noise picked up and ran with on this debut album. As red-hot punk fury bled into breezy pop-rock bounce – before mosh-laden hardcore took front and centre – ‘AM/PM’ seemed to take on a whole different form every time you listened to it. And that’s no easy feat.
28. MOTIONLESS IN WHITE
Although some of its ‘unique’ lyrical content stole the headlines upon release, the gothic metallers’ fourth album was deserving of more credit than it publicly received. Featuring some outstanding, heavy-as-all-fuck riffs and a host of big choruses, ‘Graveyard Shift’ put Motionless In White firmly back on track. Although it does have to be said, we’ll never be down with sexing up zombies. Sorry, Chris.
27. BLOOD YOUTH
Been wondering where all of the awesome new heavy British bands have been hiding? Wonder no longer. Blood Youth had already hit the ground running, and in 2017 they built upon hype-worthy EPs ‘Inside My Head’ and ‘Closure’ with one of the debut albums of the year. Now they have the material to go with their pummelling live show, who knows what could happen next.
26. FRANK IERO AND THE PATIENCE
‘KEEP THE COFFINS COMING’
Legend, enigma and man who never stops: Frank Iero may have given us the legacy to end all legacies with My Chemical Romance, but he’s still set on reinvention every step of the way. Following last year’s ‘Parachutes’, Frank fired back right away with this rawer-than-raw EP, featuring new takes on fan favourites and, yep, even songbook classics. This was Frank reminding us that you can never second-guess him.
25. STRAY FROM THE PATH
‘ONLY DEATH IS REAl’
In a year where hope and resolve could often be hard to come by, this Long Island crew offered a none-more-vital vision of defiance. Whether staring down neo-fascists or simply firing out some of the most visceral, vital heavy music of 2017, they tackled the poisonous climate of the moment with massive slammers like ‘Loudest In The Room’ and ‘Strange Fiction’. Your move, world.
24. ASKING ALEXANDRIA
With original vocalist Danny Worsnop back in the fold after a single-album leave of absence, this still-unreleased fifth effort sees the British crew slipping effortlessly back into the groove. Mixing some subtle electronic elements into the radio-bothering formula this lineup mastered on third album ‘From Death To Destiny’, it proves without a shadow of a doubt that there’s plenty of fuel left in their – always unpredictable – tank.
When Northlane dropped their third full-length out of absolutely nowhere – surrounded by some very surreal teasing – it took us all by surprise. It was equally surprising just how expansive, varied and unmistakably punishing as it turned out to be. Continuing to push the boundaries of heavy music, they took another bold leap forward. Mark this one down as a statement of pure intent.
‘GREAT HEIGHTS & NOSEDIVES’
Eastbourne’s cheekiest pop-punks flew across the pond earlier this year to create the follow-up to their much-loved debut ‘Backbone’. Could they top it? Of course they could. ‘Great Heights & Nosedives’ took a more confident, dexterous snapshot of frontmen Alex Costello and Alex Adam’s dual-vocal attack, all tied up with bigger melodies and spikier riffs. ‘Alive’, ‘Playing Fiction’, ‘Guilty Melody’? Take your pick; ROAM have proved themselves true contenders for the pop-punk crown.
‘RED, GREEN OR INBETWEEN’
Proof that they have more depth and better songs than most had given them credit for up until now, WSTR truly delivered on their early promise with ‘Red, Green Or Inbetween’. Songs like ‘Gobshite’ hit hard, the likes of ‘Eastbound & Down’ showcased their ear for a chorus and big, ballsy anthems like ‘Lonely Smiles’ marked them out as maybe, just maybe, UK pop-punk’s next great hopes.