Andy Beresky’s Top 20 Albums of 2017 + Tip of the Cap + Disappointments + Links…

Andy “Dinger” Beresky’s Top 20 Albums, Honorable Mentions

& Biggest Disappointments of 2017


1. The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding


2. Slowdive – Slowdive


3. Quicksand – Interiors


4. Converge – The Dusk In Us


5. Pallbearer – Heartless


6. Elder – Reflections Of A Floating World


7. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy


8. Junius – Eternal Rituals for the Accretion Of Light


9. Unearthly Trance – Stalking The Ghost


10. Queens Of The Stone Age – Villains


11. The National – Sleep Well Beast


12. Electric Wizard – Wizard Bloody Wizard


13. Mastodon – Emperor Of Sand


14. Telekinetic Yeti – Abominable


15. Ruby The Hatchet – Planetary Space Child


16. Kadavar – Troubled Times


17. Pink Frost – New Minds


18. OHHMS – The Fool


19. Ufomammut – 8


20. Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun


Honorable mentions:

Vokonis – The Sunken Djinn (Nice take on Sleep inspired stoner doom with a more stripped down edge)


Monolord – Rust (A definite step towards a more original sound)


Poseidon – Prologue (Nice take on YOB inspired doom metal)


Primitive Man – Caustic (This is some righteous sludge, duder)


Kal-El – Astrodoomeda  (Very promising stoner doom, next time, leave off the Kyuss cover!!! Sweet Lucifer His Dark Majesty, just NO!!!!)


Disasteroid – Screen (Haven’t had the time for a full review and super critical listening, as I got it late in the year. Promising, inventful, and deserves a mention for certain.)


Biggest Disappointments:

Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper ( Really? Really????  This is what everyone is going so ga-ga about? This????)

At The Drive In – in•ter a•li•a  (You guys may want to take a listen to those new Slowdive and Quicksand albums, and use them as references for how to produce a proper comeback album)

Fleet Foxes – Crack-up (Yeah….this is pretty underwhelming for a comeback album as well, especially given the vitality of their earlier output)

Also pretty surprised that Ufomammut made a decent album and didn’t end up on here, as I generally reserve them a spot under Biggest Disappointments.  Their latest did not disappoint me.

RIOT FEST 2017 Shares First Round Of Confirmed Acts Including QoTSA, Dead Cross, N.I.N., Wu-Tang Clan, GWAR, & More

The first round of confirmed artists has been revealed for this year’s Riot Fest 2017 which will take place in Douglas Park in Chicago, IL from September 15th-17th. Headlining acts this year include Nine Inch Nails (Friday), Queens Of The Stone Age (Saturday) and Jawbreaker (Sunday.) Here is who has joined the bill thus far:

Nine Inch Nails
Queens Of The Stone Age
New Order
Prophets Of Rage
Wu-Tang Clan
Mike D
(DJ set)
A Day To Remember
Gogol Bordello
Taking Back Sunday
Vic Mensa
Dirty Heads
TV On The Radio
Dinosaur Jr.
New Found Glory
Bad Brains
Death From Above 1979
Action Bronson
Built To Spill
The Lawrence Arms
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
The Orwells
Say Anything
Mayday Parade
Streetlight Manifesto
Dead Cross
Minus The Bear
The Menzingers
Real Friends
Hot Water Music
Shabazz Palaces
Andrew W.K.
The Story So Far
State Champs
Four Year Strong
Beach Slang
The Cribs
That Dog
Knuckle Puck
The Hotelier
The Flatliners
Saul Williams
Engine 88
Nothing More
Alice Bag
Sleep On It
Downtown Boys
The Smith Street Band
The Regrettes
Kitten Forever
Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue

An additional 25 artists will be revealed in the months to come. Tickets are available NOW via Ticketfly.

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Are Possibly Teasing Something To Do With New LP

After a lengthy hiatus where mastermind Josh Homme released an album with Iggy Pop last year, it appears that Queens Of The Stone Age are up to something. The band members reportedly hit the studio late last year and now they’ve started teasing something new via their social media. A new logo recently surfaced that is being referred to as the “Shattered Q” with the wording “Coming Twenty Five”.

Most are assuming that Twenty Five is a reference to the band’s next studio album rather than an anniversary, as Queens Of The Stone Age officially formed in 1996, which would be 21 years ago. Going back twenty-five years age, Homme was still in Kyuss who were releasing their sophomore album at that time, Blues For The Red Sun. Besides, what would a new QoTSA logo have to do with Kyuss, a band that Josh himself refuses to have any part in as well? It may not be long before we learn exactly what Twenty Five is, as the band have also made the “Shattered Q” logo available for a new t-shirt, with deliveries expected to start shipping on April 17. Then again, Twenty Five could possibly refer to a date also, such as April 25 or something along those lines.

QoTSA 25
Meanwhile, Queens of the Stone Age are starting to line up their tour plans as well. After having previously been announced for the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan on July 28 and at San Francisco’s Outside Lands on Aug. 11, the group just announced a handful of dates down under, playing New Zealand and Australia in mid-July.

The stops include Auckland’s Logan Campbell on July 13, Darwin’s Convention Centre on July 16, Sydney’s Horden Pavilion July 19 and Melbourne’s Festival Hall on July 20. You can find further details and ticket information here.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker