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

The Black Angels “Death Song” Album Review & Music Videos


Death Song – Vinyl // CD // DD

Partisan Records – Released:  April 21, 2017

Reviewed by Ric “Suisyko” Dorr


Hometown: Austin, Texas

Band Members:

Sttephanie Bailey – drums & percussion

Christian Bland – vocals, guitar, drone machine/organ

Kyle Hunt – keyboards, percussion, bass, guitar

Alex Maas – vocals, bass, drone machine/organ

Jake Garcia – guitar


Previous Releases:

“Clear Lake Forest” EP / “Indigo Meadow” / “Directions To See A Ghost” / “Phosphene Dream” / “Passover” / “The Black Angels & Roky Erikson” 7″ vinyl


THE BLACK ANGELS – “Death Song” / 11 items, 48 minutes… this is what I knew of this ‘gathering of 5 individuals’ as I pushed play for the first time. Had not heard anything previously. Wide open with a clean palette. No expectations, nothing preconceived.

For the next 48 minutes, I sat, transfixed on every note, every beat, each word that was delivered in the purest expressions of control, dissonance, commitment, greed, desperation and the ultimate loss. I had no urge to rise, no need to leave, and dropped below the surface in the echoing timbre of Christian’s vocals, Stephanie’s perfect mix of body and fill as Kyle, Jake and Alex flex their individual AND collective muscle to offer one of the most original releases I have heard yet this year. Showing their influences and sounding like no one else in particular, this collection of compositions is nothing short of stellar.

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From the lumbering, quick fade in droning and then power punch pace of ‘Currency’ through the almost surf-punk guitar tone of ‘I’d Kill For Her’,  to ‘Half Believing’ with the soft-touch intro as Christian tells of ‘half believing, half suspicious’ show that this disc is full of the things we have come to expect and so much MORE than imagined. ‘Comanche Moon’ opens with a ferocity not implied by the name of the song while ‘Grab As Much (As You Can)’ has this ‘happy’ bouncing bass line that belies the real feel of, just as ‘Estimate’ could be a dirge by the beginning measures and ‘I Dreamt’, ‘Hunt Me Down’ and ‘Medicine’ are even more expressions of the multiple directions that THE BLACK ANGELS show they are more than capable of and are happy to lead us to.

The last two tracks on this opus, ‘Death March’ and ‘Life Song’ fit the flow of this track order and help define the title of this record and, in MY opinion, should be played one after the other in a live format as they compliment each other and again seem to offer the defining moments of this album serving as the bookend. If you are familiar with this band, you will be thrilled beyond what you may have been thinking you could expect. If you have never heard of them, this is a great place to start and then the previous releases will serve as the ultimate “pre-quels” for you. Grab the record IMMEDIATELY and support them by going to see them if they come to your area, tell everybody you know about them and turn it UP!!

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