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Best Of 2017- Sound & Films [2017-12-22]

It’s that time of year again- best of the year lists- below you’ll find lists of releases that made 2017 special for our writers. And in keeping with our sites  focus they span a large and varied selection of different musical & non-musical genres. On a few lists you’ll see the addition of a film list, and this is in-line with us featuring  more film reviews on the site…. And in 2018 we hope to expand this even more.

Roger Batty (Site owner & editor)

 1:Geisst - Unstable Spirits [Altar Of Waste]

2:Carrion Black Pit - Cupio Dissolvi [Ominous Records]

3:Bobuck - Nineteen-Sixty-Nine [Klanggalerie]

4:Circle - Terminal [Southern Lord]

5:Prostitutes Of The 19th Century - The Dawn Of Sleaze [Geraeuschmanufaktur]

6:Francisco López - Untitled (2012-2014) [Purple Soil]

7:Clive Henry - Perpetual Endtimes [Palinopsia Recordings]

8:The Residents - The Ghost Of Hope [Cherry Red/ MVD]

9:Anonymous Masturbaudioum - Nylon Encasement [Ominous Recordings]

10:Second Hand - Death May Be Your Santa Claus [Esoteric Recordings/ Cherry Red]

11: Marc Namblard- F.Guyana| [Gruenrekorder]

12: Various Artists - Too Slow to Disco, Vol 3 [How Do You Are?]

13: Vomir - Cloîtrez Et Tuez Vous Tous [Decimation Sociale/Narcolepsia/4iB Records]

14: Ulver - The Assassination of Julius Caesar [House Of Mythology]

15: Principal Edwards Magic Theatre - The Works 1969-1971 [Cherry Red Records]

16: Black Matter Phantasm - Ter Ack [Self Release]

17: Train Cemetry - All Alone [Reason Art Records]

18: Robert Rich & Markus Reuter –: Lift A Feather To The Flood [Soundscape]

19: The Residents- 80 Aching Orphans[Cherry Red/MVD]

20: Art Abscons - The Seperate Republic [Fronte Nordico]

21: Melaine Dalibert - Ressac [Another Timber]

22: The Rita- Toe Cleavage[

23: Nightbringer - Terra Damnata [Season of Mist

24: Steve Roach - Spiral Revelation [Projekt Records]

25: Necrotik Fissure - Hypnopompik Visions [The Level Of Vulnerability]

26: Laster - Ons Vrije Fatum [Dunkelheit Produktionen]

27:Bill and Phil - Songs of Darkness and Despair [Housecore Records]

28: TenHornedBeast - Death Has No Companion [Cold Spring Records

29: Naughty/She Walks Crooked - Self Titled [Ominous Recordings]

30: Acid Witch - Evil Sound Screamers [Hells Headbangers]



Films, etc

1:Train To Busan(DVD) [Studiocanal]

2:The Autopsy of Jane Doe(Blu Ray) [Lions Gate Home Entertainment]

3:Suffer Little Children(DVD) [Intervision/Severin Films]

4:Dunkirk [Warner Bros. Pictures]

5:Borbetomagus - Borbetomagus-A Pollock Of Sound (DVD) [MVD Visual]

6:Creepozoids(Blu Ray) [Full Moon Features]

7:The Untamed(DVD/Blu Ray) [Arrow Academy]

8:Kill Baby, Kill( DVD/ Blu Ray) [Arrow Video]

9:Logan[Marvel Entertainment]

10:Phenomena(blu ray + CD) [Arrow Video]

11:It[New Line]

12:Prime Evil/ Lurkers (Blu Ray/DVD) [Vinegar Syndrome]

13:Life[Columbia Pictures]

14: Just Before Dawn(Blu Ray)[88 films]

15: Beyond The Darkness(Blu Ray +CD)[Severin Films]




Paul Casey

1:Gary Numan - Savage (Songs From a Broken World) [BMG]

2:Suffocation - ...Of the Dark Light [Nuclear Blast]

3:Asmus Tietchens - Eisgang [Klanggalerie]

4:BardSpec - Hydrogen [By Norse]

5:Common Eider, King Eider - Shrines for the Unwanted, Respite for the Cast Aside [Cold Spring]

6:Dedekind Cut - The Expanding Domain [Hallow Ground]

7:Dissecting Table - Zigoku [Nihilist] (reissue)

8:Eggs of Gomorrh - Rot Prophet [Vault of Dried Bones]

9:Henrik Nordvargr Björkk / Margaux Renaud - Anima Nostra [Cold Spring]

10:Karamazov - EP 23:28. [Karamazov]

11:Khost - Governance [Cold Spring]

12:LCC - Bastet [Editions Mego]

13:Replacire - Do Not Deviate [Seasons of Mist]

14:Shakatak - Invitations [Secret Records] (reissue)

15:Shift - Abandon [Cold Spring Records]

16:Skelethal - Of The Depths... [Hells Headbangers]

17:Skullflower - The Spirals of Great Harm [Cold Spring]

18:Svartsinn - Mørkets Variabler [Cyclic Law]

19:Various Artists - Too Slow to Disco, Vol 3 [How Do You Are?]

20:Xordox - Neospection [Editions Mego]

21:Z'ev - Eleven Mirrors to the Light [Cold Spring]



Darren Charles

1:English Heretic – Wish You Were Heretic.

2:Mortlake Bookclub – Mysteriorum Libri Quinque

3:Electric Wizard – Wizard Bloody Wizard

4:Kemper Norton – Hungan

5:Pall Bearer – Heartless

6:Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me

7:Bathsheba – Servus

8:Psychedelic Witchcraft – Magick Rites and Spells

9: Devil’s Witches – Velvet Magic

10: Havok – Conformicide

11:Arthemis – Blood Fury Domination

12:Saturn – Beyond Spectra

13: Attic – Sanctimonious

14:Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper

15:Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun

16:Myrkur – Mareridt

17:Weed Priest – Consumate Darkness

18:Wolves in the Throne Room – Thrice Woven

19:Richard Dawson – Peasant

20:Walpyrgus – Walpyrgus Nights

21:Bjork – Utopia

22: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana

23:Elder – Reflections of a Floating World

24:Enslaved – E

25:Martin Green – Flit

26:Agitation Free - Last, Fragments and Live 74

27: Expo 70 – Solar Drifting

28: Expo 70 – Solar Drifting

29:Laster – Ons Vriie Fatum

30:Circle – Terminal





1:The Thing (Arrow)

2:Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh (Shameless)

3:The Old Dark House (Cohen Media)

4:Witchhammer (Second Run)

5:Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series (Universal)

6:All the Colours of the Dark (Shameless)

7:Don’t Torture A Duckling (Arrow)

8:Kill Baby Kill (Arrow)

9:Red Queen Kills Seven Times (Arrow)

11:The Church (Shameless)

12:A Dark Song

13:Ash Vs Evil Dead Season Two

14:Suspiria (Synapse)

15:Blade Runner 2049




Adam Sykes

1:Lost Horizons - Ojala

2:Collosloth - Heathen Needles(Cold Spring records)

3:Lowly - Heba

4:Morrissey - Low In High School

5:Gary Numan - Savage

6:In The Nursery - 1961

7:Dave Ball + Jon Savage - Photosynthesis

8:Tunnels of ah - Corridors

9:Merzbow - Audron

10:Art Abscons - The Seperate Republic

11:Zu - Jhator

12:Trepaneringsritualen - Kainskult

13:Ab Intra - Henosis I - V

14:Depeche Mode - Spirit

15:Laibach - Also Sprach Zarathustra

16:Aldous Harding - Party

17:Tenhornedbeast - Death Has No Companion(Cold Spring records)

18:Godflesh - Post Self

19:Slowdive - Slowdive

20:Ride - Weather diaries



Ducan Simpson

1:Gnod - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine (Rocket Recordings)

2:The Necks – Unfold (Ideologic Organ)

3:Anjou – Epithymía (Kranky)

4:Kelly Lee Owens – S/T (Smalltown Supersound)

5:The Bug Vs Earth - Concrete Desert (Ninja Tune)

6:Forest Swords – Compassion (Ninja Tune)

7:Felicia Atkinson – Hand in hand (Shelter Press)

8:Electric Sewer Age – Moon’s Milk in Final Phase (Soleilmoon Recordings)

9:Pinkcourtesyphone – Indelicate Slices (Room 40)

10:Cremation Lily - The Processes Αnd Instruments Οf Normal People; Trying Αnd 11:Failing, Falling Αnd Water Running (Strange Rules)

12:BJ Nilsen - Massif Trophies (Editions Mego)

13:Burial - Pre Dawn / Indoors (Non-Plus Records)

14:The Golden Filter - End of Times (Optimo Music)

15:Lussuria - Standstill (Hospital Productions)

16:Chino Amobi - Paradiso (NON)

17:Bambooman - Whispers (Accidental Jnr)

18:Drab Majesty - The Demonstration (Dais Records)

19:John Maus - Screen Memories (Ribbon Music)

20:Martial Canterel - Lost at Sea (Dais Records)

21:Alessandro Cortini - AVANTI (The Point of Departure Recording Company)

22:The Inward Circles - And Right Lines Limit and Close All Bodies (Corbel Stone Press)

23:Johnny Jewel - Windswept (Italians do it Better)

24:Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement - Ambient Black Magic (Hospital Productions)

25:Prurient - Rainbow Mirror (Hospital Productions)

26:Pact Infernal - Infernality (Horo)

27:Sleaford Mods - English Tapas (Rough Trade)

28:Toi Toi Toi - Im Hag (Ghost Box)

29:Ancestral Voices - Divination (Horo)

30:Ulver - The Assassination of Julius Caesar (House of Mythology)




James Shearman

1. Alocasia Garden - Colony (Crow Versus Crow)

2. Amethyst - False Paradise (Male Activity)

3. She Walks Crooked - Pink Foot Bondage Volume 1 (Ominous Recordings)

4. Coldmoon - Ténèbres Des Marais (Reason Art Records)

5. Knifedoutofexistence - Inhibitors (Outsider Art/Illegal Activity)

6. GRVD - Rituals of Shame (Grey Matter Productions)

7. Dawn Ray'd - The Unlawful Assembly (Halo Of Flies/Feast of Tentacles/Action Now!)

8. Frataxin / Garbage Mask - Split (Contradiction Tapes)

9. Mahria - Analemma (self-release)

10. V/A - STATIK - The Ultimate Collection of Static Sounds Made Of Field Recordings (Szara Reneta)

11. Ratteknaeghen - Heerschappij Van Weinigen (Fall Into Void Recs)

12. Pan Daijing - Lack (Pan)

13. Bad Algorithm - dead whale parts (self-release)

14. V/A - The Glamour Of Strangeness (Perfect Aesthetics)

15. I Am A Lake Of Burning Orchids - Hieromartyrology (self-release)

16. Malheurr - Purge Fluids (Causerie Sur Le Temps) (Void Worship)

17. Zen Zsigo - Windowpane, Acid (Strange Rules)

18. SP - Under the Needle (ShchYL-Records)

19. Trans/Human - Trans/Human (Vanity Pill)

20. Shurayuki-hime - U R A STAR (Grey Matter Productions)

21. Age Eternal - Das Meer (Instruments of Discipline)

22. Visitation - Everything Is On The Point Of Decline (self-release)

23. Basic House - I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have To Be Destroyed By Me (Opal Tapes)

24. bluedistance. - SCPH-100x (Image Infinite)

25. Old Tower - The Rise of the Specter (Shadow Kingdom)

26. Death Kneel - Cowards Die Many Times (Total Black)

27. German Army - Pacific Plastic (Seagrave)

28. The Body & Full of Hell - Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light (Thrill Jockey)

29. Geisst - Unstable Spirits (Altar of Waste)

30. Asleep In The Lake - Shroud of Ferns (Dancing Shadows)



Martin P

1:Cannibal Meat Holocaust ‎– Return To The Island Of Cannibals (Reason Art Records)

2:Carrion Black Pit - Cupio Dissolvi ‎(Ominous Recordings)

3:Code Neda ‎– The Death Of Neda (Unsound Recordings)

4:Cosey Fanni Tutti - Time to Tell (Conspiracy International)

5:Daniel Bennett ‎– Roil (Organized Music From Thessaloniki)

6: Dizzee Rascal ‎– Raskit (Dirtee Stank Recordings/Island Records)

7:Escape-Ism - Introduction to Escape-Ism (Merge Records)

8: Friendship - Hatred (Southern Lord)

9:Impalers - Cellar Dweller (Static Shock Records)

10:Jaap Vink - Jaap Vink (Recollection GRM/Editions Mego)

11:JK Flesh - Suicide Estate (Hospital Records)

12:Koufar ‎– Lebanon For Lebanese (Fusty Cunt/Unrest Productions)

13:Naxal Protocol ‎– Anatomo-Pathology Of An Aborted Civilization (Old Europa Cafe/Luce Sia)

14:Necrotik Fissure/Sumbru ‎– Necrotik Fissure/Sumbru (The Level Of Vulnerability) ‎ 15:Phil Julian ‎– Relay (Entr'acte)

16:Pissed Jeans - Why Love Now (Sub Pop)

17:Prmitive Man - Caustic (Relapse)

18:Richard Ramirez ‎– Daffodil (Hallucination Tapes)

19 Roland Kayn - A Little Electronic Milky Way Of Sound ‎(Frozen Reeds)

20:Shift ‎– Abandon (Unrest Productions)

21:Skepta ‎– Konnichiwa (Boy Better Know)

22: S.S. Electronics ‎– GRID (Room 2A)

23:Stormzy ‎– Gang Signs & Prayer (#Merky Records)

24:Trou ‎– Abdijruis (The Level Of Vulnerability)

25:Various ‎– Noise War (Audio Dissection/Industrial Recollections)

26:Various Artists - RAR100 (Reason Art Records)

27:Voivod - Rrröööaaarrr (Noise)

28:Voivod - Killing Technology (Noise)

29:Voivod - Dimension Hatröss (Noise)

30:Wiley - Godfather (CTA Records



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