The end of 2017 is quite strange for me as I am in the midst of moving next year, starting up my new band, and already working on 2018 interviews.
But I still wanted to show off the fact that I do more than just interviews and talk about albums. in this article, I am going to speed run through my favorites of everything else I enjoyed this year; the rest of the music I didn't get to, and other forms of entertainment. I hope you enjoy it like I do.
Should also add that these will NOT be in countdown order and sadly are not as detailed at the Top 100 Albums list, ain't nobody got time for that!
THE TOP 5 EP'S OF 2017
1.) The Arson Choir- Trohpy Nation
Combinging the great elements of The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Chariot and Every Time I Die, this California Mathcore band covers so much needed ground. I can't wait to see what they do with their first LP.
2.) Amiensus- All Paths Lead To Death
FFO- Black Metal
This Minnesota Black Metal band wrote an EP that shows off 5 different styles of Black Metal that all fit together seamlessly. One of the best bands Minnesota has to offer put out my favorite MN release of 2017 with this one.
3.) Banshee Child- Banshee Child
FFO- Blues Rock
Sometimes all you need is a down and dirty, catchy and fun Rock and Roll album. You get that with this brand new band and their debut release. GO check them out.
4.) Scour- Red EP
FFO- Black Metal
The Black Metal Supergroup is back with their 2nd EP in a year's time. Just as killer and still no filler.
5.) Cultural Warfare- Future Kill
FFO- Thrash Metal
California Thrash Metal with tinges of groove, prog, and NWOBHM and absolutely stunning vocals. Such fantastic stuff!
THAT DRUMMER GUY'S TOP 10 EPICS OF 2017 (Songs over 10 minutes)
1.) Bell Witch- Mirror Reaper- Mirror Reaper
Length: 1 Hour 23 Minutes 16 Seconds
FFO- Doom Metal
One of, if not the most perfectly written Doom song of the 21st century.
2.) Pain Of Salvation- The Passing Light of Day- In the Passing Light of Day
Length: 15 Minutes 31 Seconds
FFO- Progressive Metal
Much like my review of this album as a whole; this song covers real life aspects I also went through, so it is quite hard not to relate to this album and song. Simply stunning.
3.) Pallbearer- A Plea for Understanding- Heartless
Length- 12 Minutes 40 Seconds
FFO- Doom Metal, Progressive Rock
The most expansive Pallbearer album to date and this song in particular, the song that really show's off the band's growth.
4.) Ne Obliviscaris- Eyrie- Urn
Length- 11 Minutes 51 Seconds
FFO- Extreme Progressive Metal
Somber, haunting, beautiful...this epic from ballad from NeO shows off all the best elements of the band in just under 12 minutes.
The Day That The World Breaks Down
Length- 12 Minutes 30 Seconds
FFO- Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock
Showcasing almost all of the guest vocalists on this album and showcasing what the whole Ayreon story is all about; this song perfectly captures what you are in for with this Progressive Metal masterpiece.
Length- 10 minutes 54 Seconds
FFO- Progressive Black Metal
Combining the best of what Enslaved has done since embracing their Progressive roots; adding more atmospheric moments makes this band's ever expanding sound feel so natural and compelling.
Beneath the Light
Length- 21 Minutes 36 Seconds
FFO- Post Metal, Atmospheric
One of the best sleeper albums of the year and an amazing Epic of a song to go along with it. This captures everything I love about Post Metal in under 22 minutes.
8.) Perihelion Ship
To Paint a Bird of Fire
Length- 11 Minutes 56 second
FFO- Progressive Death Metal
Expanding even more so from their debut release, Perihelion Ship made an epic that even at half the length of their epic from their debut, that helps show off everything this band is excelling at in prog. These guys are only going to get bigger and better.
Into the Grey
Into The Grey
Length- 13 minutes 5 seconds
FFO- Atmospheric Black Metal, Blackgaze
I really hope at one point in time, these guys will be as big, if not bigger than other bands of their style (Alcest, Deafheaven, etc) They are my absolute favorite and this 13 minute epic shows off exactly why.
10.) With The Dead
Love From With The Dead
Length- 17 minutes 36 seconds
FFO- Doom Metal
Much like my review of the album, this is the heaviest song of 2017. No other explanation is needed.
THAT DRUMMER GUYS TOP 5 COVERS OF 2017
*No descriptions needed for these, just go check them out*
DragonForce- Evil Dead (Death cover)- Reaching into Infinity (Special Edition)
Body Count- Raining Blood/Postmortem (Slayer Medley)- Bloodlust
Subterranean Masquerade- Space Oddity (David Bowie cover)- Vagabond
John Garcia- Green Machine (Kyuss cover)- The Coyote Who Spoke In Tongues
Exit Eden- Unfaithful (Rhianna cover)- Rhapsodies in Black
THAT DRUMMER GUY'S FAVORITE MOVIES OF 2017
1.) Get Out
I'll go on record and say that not only is this my favorite movie of the year and the best horror movie of 2017, but quite possibly the best horror movie made to date.
The only X-Men movie to date that I have enjoyed and what a great send off to one of the best superheros Marvel ever had to offer.
3.) Guardians of The Galaxy: Vol 2
Fun, Fun Fun! That's all I want from the Guardians movies and this brings that in strides.
4.) Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
I wanted to see the Star Wars movies turned on it's head instead of just a re-imagining of The Empire Strikes Back. I am so thankful they did this this way. I can't wait to see how things go with Episode IX!
5.) The Belko Experiment
While not the most imaginative horror concept; this film really showcases what human nature is really all about and the realities of why we fail as a society. Fantastic stuff!
6.) Thor Ragnarok
Fun, Funny, and Exciting. While it feels all of the Marvel movies are going to be going into this direction, it's not yet taken precedent over the story *COUGH DC COMICS MOVIE UNIVERSE COUGH* So as long as they maintain this right balance, they are doing things perfectly.
7.) It Comes at Night
Much like The VVitch; this film doesn't offer anything as far as jump scares or torture porn....and that is exactly why I love it. Much like Get Out and The Belko Experiment mentioned above, the real horror is about the human condition under different circumstances. Just brilliant story telling.
8.) Kong: Skull Island
I was very scared going into this movie in fear of messing things up, but as I left the theater, I couldn't have been happier with how it turn out. The fact this is playing into Godzilla as well makes the monster movie fanboy in me scream in joy. I just hope they continue to do it right.
9.) Spider-Man Homecoming
The best showcase of Spider-Man on film. Let's just hope the rest of his adventures continue to do this version justice.
The best remake of 2017 (Which really isn't that hard to do, honestly) but a great re-imagining as well. Less campy, more scares, but also more philosophical and mental scares and storytelling are at hand. What a great way to rework this masterpiece.
THAT DRUMMER GUY'S TOP 3 PS4 GAMES OF 2017
I am only counting brand new games from this year that I've completed. A majority of this year was going back and playing games that I didn't really get to experience much in the past on PS4: Borderlands, Fallout, Skyrim, etc. Possibly next year I will be investing more time into gaming for some side action on this site.
1.) Horizon Zero Dawn
Game of the 21st Century So Far!
2.) Last Day Of June
Short, novel, heartbreaking, and really makes you reevaluate life. Thank you based Steven Wilson!
3.) South Park: The Fractured, But Whole
Expanding upon The Stick Of Truth, this takes on the superhero world in a way only South Park can. I dig the combat style way more this time around and it feels great to have a much longer game this time around as well. If you enjoyed South Park at any point of their incarnation, you'll dig this game.
THAT DRUMMER GUY'S TOP WWE MATCHES OF 2017
After a 17 year hiatus, I got back into wrestling in a big way back in January. The following matches are why I continue to watch: IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
AJ Styles Vs John Cena
Royal Rumble 2017
The match that made me realize the caliber of the actual wrestling matches is better than it's ever been.
Pete Dunn vs Tyler Bate
NXT Takeover: Chicago
The best match of 2017
Authors of Pain VS D.I.Y. (Ladder Match)
NXT Takeover: Chicago
Perfect storytelling from start to finish and after the finish....woah!
The Hardy Boyz vs Shaemus and Cesaro (Steel Cage)
This is how you do proper storytelling in the WWE. The highs, the lows, the surprise ending. It had it all.
Asuka Vs Ember Moon
NXT Takeover Brooklyn III
The best Women's match of the year, if not the best Women's match I have ever seen. It's too bad the main roster will never be as good.
The New Day vs The Usos
The best tag team match of the year?
AJ Styles Vs Finn Balor
Match of the year!
NXT Takeover: War Games
THE ENTIRE BILL
This entire PPV is exactly why I continue to watch!
And that's what I got for 2017! I actually plan on making a video talking more in depth about my life in 2017 as far as personal stuff, but as far as lists go. I hope this continues on the track of showing off the good stuff that's all over this world.
Till 2018, this is That Drummer Guy saying....See Ya!
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