Matthew Thomas’ Top 60 Albums of 2017 + Top 10 EPs + Links to Listen…

Matthew Thomas’ Top 60 Albums of 2017

Top 10 EPs of 2017 + Links to Listen & Buy


1. Junius – Eternal Rituals for the Accretion of Light


2. Mastodon – Emperor of Sand


3. Elder – Reflections of a Floating World


4. Samsara Blues Experiment –  One With The Universe


5. Racquet Club – Racquet Club


6. Hobosexual – Monolith


7. Kadavar – Rough Times


8. Our Ceasing Voice – Free Like Tonight


9. Bask – Ramble Beyond


10. Wolf Parade – Cry Cry Cry


11. Telekinetic Yeti – Abominable


12. Sorority Noise – You’re Not As ___ As You Think


13. Ethereal Riffian – Afterlight DVD


14. Quicksand – Interiors


15. Spidergawd – IV


16. Forming the Void – Relic


17. All Them Witches – Sleeping Through the War


18. House of Lightning – Self Titled


19. The Black Angels – Death Song


20. Pallbearer – Heartless


21. Ohhms – The Fool




23. Mother Mars – On Lunar Highlands


24. Crackhouse – Be No One.  Be Nowhere.


25. LCD Soundsystem – American Dream


26. The Atomic Bitchwax – Force Field


27. Spaceslug – Time Travel Dilemma


28. Slowdive – Self Titled


29. Nekromant – Snakes and Liars


30. Frozen Planet…1969 – From the Centre of A Parallel Universe


31. Egypt – Cracks and Lines


32. Electric Orange – EOXXV


33. Electric Age – Sleep of the Silent King


34. Comacozer – Kalos Eidos Skopeo


35. Pink Frost – New Minds


36. Deaf Radio – Alarm


37. Red Scalp – Lost Ghosts


38. Earth Drive – Stellar Drone


39. I, Captain – Tiid


40. Red Mountains – A Slow Wander


41. Olde – Temple


42. Devil Electric – Self Titled


43. Sautrus – Anthony Hill


44. The Janitors – Horn Ur Marken


45. Electric Moon – Stardust Rituals


46. The Re-Stoned – Chronoclasm


47. Clouds Taste Satanic – The Glitter of Infinite Hell


48. Ufomammut – 8


49. Lamina – Lilith



50. Space Witch – Arcanum


The Final Tasty 10


51. Radio Moscow – New Beginnings


52. Geezer – Psychoriffadelia


53. Gypsy Sun Revival – Journey Outside of Time


54. Tau Cross – Pillar of Fire


55. Aphodyl // Cosmic Fall – Starsplit


56. Summoner – Beyond The Realm of Light


57. Contra – Deny Everything


58. Bloodnut – St. Ranga


59. Poseidon – Prologue


60. Propagandhi – Victory Lap



Top 10 EPs of 2017


1. Mastodon – Cold Dark Place


2. Howling Giant – Black Space Wizard Part 2


3. Kal-EL – Astrodoomeda


4. Cachemira – Jungla


5. Derelics – Guilty of Being Young


6. Bad Monster Black – Diablo




8. Traffic Death – Dead End


9. 1968 – 1968 EP


10. Norea – Norea

Ric “Suisyko” Dorr’s Top 25 Albums of 2017 + Links…

Ric “Suisyko” Dorr’s TOP 25 Albums of 2017

In NO particular order…


Matthew James & The Rust Belt Union – Impromptu Musicals For The Skeptic


Rex Brown – Smoke On This


Egypt – Cracks And Lines


Electric Age – Sleep Of The Silent King


All Them Witches – Sleeping Through The War


Bask – Ramble


Bronze – Self Titled

No link…
Dool – Here Now, There Then


Dopelord – Children Of The Haze


Collide – Color Of Nothing


Fairtrade Floyd – In Money We Trust


Freedom Hawk – Sunlight (Remastered)


Lo-Pan – In Tensions


Helmer – Self Titled


Mothersloth – Moon Omen


Otus – 7-38Hz


Plainride – Return Of The Jackalope (Re-issue)


Poste 942 – Long Play


Sautrus – Anthony Hill


Void Cruiser – Wayfarer


El Colosso – Pathways


Fire Down Below – Viper, Vixen, Goddess, Saint (Re-issue)


Murder Love God – The Negative (EP)


Savanah – The Healer


The Sky Is – Telepathie

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BASK Bring ‘A Graceful Shuffle’ In New Official Video; Announces Series Of Record Release Shows & Starkfest 2017 Set

Asheville, North Carolina’s Bask are proudly premiering their brand new Official Video for ‘A Graceful Shuffle‘. The track hails from the southern-infused alternative rock band’s latest effort, Ramble Beyond, and offers some solidly enthusiastic rock music. Ramble Beyond was released on CD and Digital formats on March 24th but Bask are gearing up for the vinyl edition’s release on May 19th via Self Aware Records.

To celebrate the imminent availability of that vinyl format, Bask will embark upon a handful of live dates to serve as their official Record Release events. You can find those planned live excursions listed below along with their just announced inclusion on this year’s Starkfest 2017. That two-day event will be held in Greenville, South Carolina and will see Bask join other amazing bands like Waft, All Hell, Swallow The Sky, Midmourner, Come To Grief, Crawl and many others.

You can find details, information and line ups for Starkfest 2017 here and order Bask‘s Ramble Beyond at this location.

Upcoming Bask record release shows:
May 17th – Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
May 18th – Savannah, GA @ The Jinx
May 19th – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor
May 20th – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Bask LP


One of the best, largest gatherings of underground extreme Metal and Hard Rock bands and their music has been announced with the first annual Starkfest 2017! The two-day and a half day (with pre-show) event is set to ravage Thomas Creek Brewery in Greenville, South Carolina beginning on June 1st to the 3rd. There will be a pre-fest show at Radio Room in Greenville as well that will include several must-see bands. But that is just the start of festivities as the roster of acts for it and the full-on fest weekend is an impressive array of sonic brutalists.

Between both locations you can expect performances from Black Mountain Hunger, Death/Of, Kingdom Faust, Tone, Waft, Abacus, All Hell, Cazador, Dreaded, False Light, Mothmother, Uninhabitable, WVRM, Avalon Steel, Bask, Bathe, Canopy, Cikada, Come To Grief, Crawl, Heathen Bastard, Midmourner, Swallow The Sky, Tar Hag and The Asound.

Along with all of the enjoyable features at Thomas Creek Brewery itself there will also be food truck vendors and folks on hand from retail record outlets including Greenville’s own Pharmacy Records. Starkfest 2017 is being brought to music fans from these sponsors along with Iron Rust Productions.

Tickets for Starkfest 2017 are on sale NOW and available at this location.

The line-ups for each day are as follows:

Thursday, June 1st (6/1 Pre-Show) at the Radio Room:

Black Mountain Hunger
Kingdom Faust
Waft (special set)

Friday, June 2nd (6/2 Day 1) at Thomas Creek Brewery:

All Hell
False Light

Saturday, June 3rd (6/3 Day 2) at Thomas Creek Brewery:

Avalon Steel
Come To Grief
Heathen Bastard
Swallow The Sky
Tar Hag
The Asound

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


New Album Review – Bask “Ramble Beyond”


Ramble Beyond – Vinyl // CD // DD // Merch

Self Aware Records – America

This Charming Man Records – UK/EU – Release Date: March 24th, 2017


“Letter to the listener:

Progressive; heavy; psychedelic; Americana, have all been used to describe Bask. The truth, we are four musicians based in Asheville, North Carolina who love making music. We want rhythm heard for miles, melodies remembered for weeks and an honesty and sincerity felt to your bones. Most of all we want you to listen without concern for what you are hearing. To listen only for the sake of hearing. Esse Quam Vid”

Pro Band Pic


And so was my introduction to BASK a four piece group of individuals that keep to the two guitar / bass/drums formula for pure rock and roll, complete with two part vocals, yet they prefer to refuse any labeling, asking us each to listen for the pleasure of what we are taking in is giving as they weave each of these six compositions together with an ease that makes this second release a gem in and of itself. Scott Middleton , Jesse Van Note , Ray Worth and Zeb Camp make up what is BASK and this six-song offering of 39 minutes of some of the most sonic interlaced meanderings of four energies twisting through time and sound be it the quick fade in of winds stirring skies underneath the trees of ‘Asleep In The Orchard’ before the power chords enter and take you back to the almost dreamy texture as that voice enters describing the fruit hanging around as you close your eyes to see the picture this quartet is painting with lush, lingering strokes that keep you entranced and moving at the same time. ‘A Graceless Shuffle’ comes out with a staggered gallop pace and upbeat yet still rolling along the road type of jaunt with “The paths all closing in” as the tempo shifts to a faster cadence as the shuffle goes on, up until “…the strychnine in my blood.” closes out. ‘In The Black Fir’ begins with that haunting slide that makes your hands grab an air guitar and comes on with that heavy-handed thick chording that drives forward taking you with willingly for the entire seven minute plus opus of our traveler. So many musical textures are contained in this track alone to garner every rock-tag out there and shows exactly why BASK ask you to listen for the sake of the listening itself as they let you savor each flavor as one and a whole, all at once. The dark ominous fade-out is perfection. ‘Kindled Green’ opens cleanly and before you are 30 seconds in, bone-crunching chords are all over you as the clean notes continue in that lofty manner we have come to expect from the first half of this album and then a vocal harmony enters and shows another flavor not expected but full of the savory just the same that washes your palette with a warmth of remembrance and the heavy comes right back to compliment as the vocals echo along in the confines and you grasp each repeat.




The slowing pace belies the end and then… slow fade in of swirling notes that slip around your feet and slightly bending clear notes take you to ‘The Lonesome Sound’ as the words of life describe us all one at a time and all at once together as one and none at the same time. Slower-paced but ever so heavy and plush and just plain complex that there is no denying this band their own request to listen for the pure joy that listening to this WILL give you regardless of musical preferences. Most bands write the greatest record in their arsenal with the first one, and then they try to recapture whatever they think that one had and a lot really do fail miserably. BASK has done the seeming impossible and come out swinging as a band that appears to have grown and matured to become 300% of what they were with the first release. Closer ‘Mush! Carry Me Home’ perfectly wraps this record with another tale that shows the lyrical majesty that has permeated this one from the front and allows each member to shine as this song brings back around each ingredient that has made this meal so satisfying and wanting even more as the last drops off. If they come anywhere close, you GOTTA GO and support them. I have a feeling it will be one to talk about for years to come if this release is any indication. Get the record and go support!!


Words by Ric “Suisyko” Dorr