Ramblings About’s Top Twenty Albums Of 2017

Why do I get to choose twenty albums when I only do ten films? I have no idea; it’s just the way I do it. I’m not planning on over thinking it because I listened to a lot of new music this year, and most of it was good. Much like my film list, this had to be cut down from around fifty choices, and I’m still not entirely sure I’ve got it right. It’s what I’m going with, though, so let’s get on with it.

As usual, this is all my opinion so don’t bother telling me I’m wrong. I’m also not going to go into great detail because there are twenty of the buggers. I will give you a song to listen to, though. Ain’t that nice?

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Metal Hammer




This week the sad news came out that TeamRock had gone into administration and in doing so was taking down Metal Hammer, Classic Rock and Prog Magazine. 73 people lost their jobs just a week before Christmas, and the rock and metal community lost the only mainstream magazines that still truly catered to that demographic. Basically, it was a colossal fuck up.

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Covering the Best

Covers.  They are as much a part of music as anything else.  A great cover can put a band on the map while murdering a classic is never a good career move.  So what makes a cover stand up?  Why are people like Marilyn Manson and Johnny Cash as well known for their interpretations of someone else’s music as they are their own?  While others efforts are scorned.

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That’s Not Metal

My musical education took off when I discovered the Metal Hammer Podcast.  It was the show that kindled my love of hardcore and introduced me to a whole host of bands that I still love today.  When it ended, I was genuinely gutted.  It was a weekly insight into heavy music provided by a group of guys who knew what they were talking about.  Therefore, I was rather chuffed when Terry Bezer and Stephen Hill, who were both on the aforementioned podcast, started That’s Not Metal.  A new podcast which is looking to fill the gap the death of that show left in my life.

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MG & The Juggernaut

Before kicking off this review, I should perhaps throw in the disclaimer that I discovered MG & The Juggernaut due to Simon Miller’s other job as a truth knowing games journalist.  I’m a big fan of what he does at VideoGamer and I am a supporter of their Patreon.  Of course, that makes no difference to my opinion on the EP and I’m more likely to be swayed by the fact he’s a big dude who could easily kick my arse if I ever met him.

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Linkin Park in 2014

I’m of a generation of rock and metal fans who probably all, despite what they may claim now, at one point loved Linkin Park.  They were releasing their best work when I was hitting that age where I was beginning to make my way over to the dark side, but I wasn’t quite ready to give up on the traditional musical formula I’d grown up with.  Therefore, to sit here and completely destroy Linkin Park would be very hypocritical, this band meant a lot to me once and while I’ve got past that, it doesn’t erase it from history.  Despite that, there is no denying that their recent output has all been a bit shit, as they disappeared up their collective arses into a world of synths and musical wankery.  Yet this year seems to have seen a turn around from the band, playing Hybrid Theory in full (still their best work) at Download was the first step and then they started promoting The Hunting Party, their most recent album, as a return to their rocking roots, but is it too late?  Even if The Hunting Party is great is there still a place for Linkin Park in the minds of people like me?

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