Celebrate metal that didn’t get the big push or the internet buzz like some other albums did in 2017. Power Trip’s Nightmare Logic is great and is a personal favorite of 2017 but maybe these four bands have something for you: new metal you missed.

In no particular order, check these albums out. We got Scottish blackened speed metal, heavy metal, Iranian black metal, and sludge. Take a taste of 2017 with these, especially if you haven’t heard em yet.

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Hellripper

Coagulating Darkness

Loving the output from James McBain’s one man blackened speed metal project. Furious Venom influences that you can hear in other bands, but why not hear it again done at lightning speed. Hellripper is worth every moment of Coagulating Darkness. Also weregoat penis on the cover. Extra points.

Satan’s Hallow

Self-Titled

Ooooooh, sweet heavy metal. Throwback tunes sang by Mandy Martillo who slays that heavy metal vocalist sound, she makes me think of Olof Wikstrand of Enforcer. The music played by the band is straight up 1980’s heavy metal recommended for fans of Dio. Great fun.

Akvan

قلمرو آتش

I enjoyed the 2016 EP میراث a lot and was pleased to see Vizaresa (Akvan) put out a solid single off his upcoming album خون آریایی. Any guitar can be played for black metal which is proven this time with a sitar that really works wonderfully in this setting. If you like folkier black metal you should check it out.

In the Company of Serpents

Ain-Soph Aur

I’ll shamelessly plug ITCOS all day and for good reason, they’re damn good. The newest album from Denver’s sludge kings is further development in their sound. Influenced by composer Ennio Morricone’s spaghetti western output, Grant Netzorg embraces the atmospheric guitar twang found in the euro westerns of the ’60s and ’70s to deliver a fantastic sludge album.

 

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