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How we liked 2017! The yearlists!

By: Jan-Simon

Following the yearly summing up of 34 lists that resulted in a resounding victory for Kreator, we present the individual Lords of Metal year lists. What made us happy, how do we think of the future and did we do anything besides listening to music? Before you start looking for your personal favorite, here are a few remarkable facts and some dissolutions. What looked beforehand to be the most controversial question (number 2, is metal still alive?) led to a lot of denials – no, nothing to worry about, metal is alive and kicking! – but also to one resignation. The ultimate consequence of agreeing with the statement? Well, we were not looking for such an answer…

Apart from that, reading these year lists is a good medicine against any form of winter blues. Aren’t we Lords of Metal a bunch of positive weirdos? Philosophical ones too. Caring for the world and our fellow humans. We are fantastic ;-)

The simple data analysis did not yield any clear predictions regarding 2018’s winners. It was remarkable though how everybody seemed to feel it was necessary to claim to have no affinity at all with Tool, while the probably never-going-to-be-issued new Tool album was crowned the most anticipated one last year. Perhaps that’s Tool summarized: far past its best-before date. Netflix has become the favourite entertainment besides music and quite a lot of Lords were rather impressed with the new Star Wars.

So for now, enjoy our list of lists. Until next year, when we will do it all over again.

Bart M.

Question 1: What made you happy this year?
Not much in general, but musically My Dying Bride's performance at Roadburn made me very happy, as well as the announcement that Crowbar will be playing there next year. My first visit to Damnation Festival was also something joyful, and of course Paradise Lost's album Medusa!

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
Metal is still very much alive, there are plenty of new acts that don't present themselves with cheesy metal but with original stuff. There are also a lot of bands that have been active for a long while that are still going strong. When Peter Steele passed away in 2010 I thought that would be the end of the world, but I'm glad I was wrong about that.

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why? (add link!)
Electric Wizard's Wizard Bloody Wizard, because it didn't even take me one spin to get into that album.

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why? (add link!)
Goya's Kathmandu. I don't want to just write negatively about an album and it took me a long while to start to appreciate this one.

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
What a silly question! This is way too hard to answer, especially which one was the best concert! There were so many of them. I am going to say, against any of my (and my friends') expectations: Extreme (December 3rd, 013.) All I knew of them was 'More Than Words', so my expectations were pretty low. When they came on-stage and the guitarist started churning out riffs with his guitar I was most pleasantly surprised. Fun fact: I even enjoyed 'More Than Words' quite a bit. Ah, sweet love...

The worst concert for me this year was that of Anathema, October 6th, 013. I'm not one to just listen to and like a band's older material and I appreciate Anathema's more recent stuff a lot, but this performance was so soft, slow (especially the tempo at which we were getting to the end of it) and inspirationless.

Question 6: What song have you played most this year?
'The Return To The Beautiful' by My Dying Bride. (The version that's on 'The Dreadful Hours'.)

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
I was really hoping for a new Sanctuary album.

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
My original answer was "the new Sanctuary album", but alas, that's not going to happen anymore. I am very much worried there will not be a new Tool album in 2018, but if there will be it might make it to number one!

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
The movie IT, but definitely not because of the movie itself, but because of the company with which I watched it.

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?
1. Medusa - Paradise Lost
2. Wizard Bloody Wizard - Electric Wizard
3. Prenatal Suicide - Buried In A Womb
4. Cryptoriana; The Seductiveness Of Decay - Cradle Of Filth
5. Obituary - Obituary
6. Endstrand - Valborg
7. Fear Those Who Fear Him - Vallenfyre
8. Mass VI - Amenra
9. Gods Of Violence - Kreator
10. Here Now There Then - Dool
11. Motherblood - Grave Pleasures
12. Heaven Turned Upside Down - Marilyn Manson
13. Dear - Boris
14. Zero Days - Prong
15. Deep Calleth Upon Deep - Satyricon

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
Because Paradise Lost proves with Medusae that it can still easily transfer that melancholic, nasty, yet comfortable feeling without doing something that they did before.

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
I hope I will be writing the lyrics to a Dutch concept doom album. (But, in Tool's words: "It's just talk now.")



Berto

Question 1: What made you happy this year? (musically or in general)
The renewal of my contract at work

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
Metal Never Dies ! Right? Besides the enormous amount of average and bad albums there still are more than enough good, creative albums released and luckily my taste in metal is broad enough to find some jewels in every niche

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why? (add link!)
Sunlight’s Bane – The Blackest Volume: Like All The Earth Was Buried. Difficult music, very aggressive but for some reason it gets the creative juices going that make it easier to describe what you are hearing.

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why? (add link!)
Rather Be Alive – Origen. Another band that tries to create difficult music, little info on the band and the music is sometimes just hard to label.

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
Best: Flotsam & Jetsam at the Baroeg, Rotterdam.
Worst: Have not seen a bad one, everyone did his best.

Question 6: What song have you played most this year (may be something old)?
Alter Bridge – ‘I Know It Hurts’

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
Karnivool.

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
The new Watain album.

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
Book: Stephen King – 11/22/63
Series: The Crown, Designated Survivor

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?

1. Archspire – Relentless Mutation
2. Sikth – The Future In Whose Eyes?
3. Sons Of Apollo – Psychotic Symphony
4. Deep Purple – Infinite
5.Power Trip – Nightmare Logic
6.Akercocke – Renaissance In Extremis
7.Enslaved - E
8.Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper
9.Obituary - Obituary
10.Immolation - Atonement
11.Mastodon – Emperor Of Sand
12.Replacire – Do Not Deviate
13.Satyricon – Deep Calleth Upon Deep
14.Black Cilice – Banished From Time
15.Aosoth – V:The Inside Scriptures

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
The album that is the ideal mix of styles and had just the right amount of technique and aggression that I needed in 2017

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
More focus on Time Management, more than one party will benefit from that.



Cor

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
Vintage Caravan on the Valkhof festival, Imperial State Electric on Helldorado and Navarone and Dead Lord in Doornroosje were great! The fact that I didn’t succeed to get some gigs for Grande Royale in my neighborhood, still bothers me very much. The live performances they did this past year, were pretty far away, so I still wasn’t able to see this great band live.

Question 6: What song have you played most this year (may be something old)?
Lots of stuff by Gary Moore; still miss the man!

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?

1. Gary Moore – Blues And Beyond (the previously unreleased bonus live CD)
2. Grande Royale – Breaking News
3. Black Country Communion - BCCIV
4. Ironbird - Ironbird
5. Atomic Bitchwax – Force Field
6. The Quill – Born From Fire
7. Mothership – High Strangeness
8. Imperial Sate Electric – All Through The Night
9 . Alice Cooper – Paranormal
10. Navarone - Oscillation
11. UFO – The Salentino Cuts
12. Dead Lord – In Ignorance We Trust
13. Voltage – Around The Bend
14. Marvel – At The Sunshine Factory
15. Radio Moscow –New Beginnings



Dennis

Question 1: What made you happy this year?
I am quite happy about being back in the team of Lords of Metal after a few years of silence. One of the highlights of this year was the interview Elisabeth and I did with Nick Holmes and Greg Mackintosh of Paradise Lost in Düsseldorf and the diner and drinks we had the night before together with them and their label Nuclear Blast

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
Slowly but surely the metalscene as we know it will cease to exist. Heroes like Ronnie James Dio, Lemmy Kilmister, Chuck Schuldiner, Jeff Hannemann, Chris Cornel to name but a few, and more recently Warrel Dane have passed away and I don’t see anybody stepping into their footsteps that easily.

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why?
‘Paradise Lost’s ‘Medusa’. The guys have returned to their roots on their fifteenth album. On the last four albums they were more and more playing doom and death again, but on ‘Medusa’ there is no way around it anymore. Excellent record!

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why?
The hardest review job was probably Agony Kings, not because the music sucks or so, but I just couldn’t find a lot of information about this band and the music didn’t really appeal to me. Personally, I wouldn’t listen to this band voluntarily.

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
The best concert… there were a few, Possessed at Wacken Open Air, living death metal legend Jeff Becerra had a great voice and the band sounded awesome. Anthrax at Tivoli Vredenburg with their ‘Among The Living’ setlist was definitely a blast. Metal Church at the Dynamo club killed it and Megadeth had a huge show at Wacken Open Air which was totally awesome. The worst concert was probably 5RAND supporting Immolation and Vader at Doornroosje in Nijmegen, terrible live band with a very inexperienced and silly frontwoman.

Question 6: What song have you played most this year (may be something old)?
‘Memoriam’ of Memoriam, this song just got stuck in my head. And also Prong’s ‘Broken Peace’ since my six year old daughter kept requesting the song and bought her first CD of Prong.

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
I absolutely missed Bolt Thrower, but luckily we have Memoriam now that fills in the gap.

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
If I should believe Patrick Mameli of Pestilence then it will be their new album ‘Hadeon’. But I want to see and hear it before I believe it.

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
I really enjoyed the series Fargo and Ozark this year.

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?

1. Paradise Lost – Medusa
2. Memoriam – For The Fallen
3. Immolation – Atonement
4. Incantation – Profane Nexus
5. Kreator – Gods of Violence
6. Urarv – Aurum
7. Sorcerer – The Crowning Of The Fire King
8. Solstafir – Berdreyminn
9. Origin – Unparalleled Universe
10. Dyscarnate – With All Their Might
11. Decrepit Birth – Axis Mundi
12. Deny The Urge – As Darkness Falls
13. Haemorrhage - We Are The Gore
14. Vampire – With Primeval Force
15. With the Dead – Love From With The Dead

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
Simply because ‘Medusa’ should have been the album Paradise Lost released in between ‘Gothic’ and ‘Shades of God’

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
One of the things I would like to avoid in 2018 are big mass events for bands like Guns ‘n Roses where you pay way too much money to stand at the back of a 40.000 people crowd, don’t hear the band properly and when you get thirsty you almost have to fight to get your drinks. And then when you need to go to the washrooms you have to wait again for ten minutes.



Elisabeth

Question 1: What made you happy this year? (musically or in general)
That was of course when I got the chance to start writing for Lords of Metal.

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
Especially this year I have the feeling that metal is more alive than ever before. Sure, a lot of our old heroes have left this mortal world and over and over again people question if relevant newcomers can fill the big footsteps of the ancient ones. But somehow the genre changes with the age. For example, I myself am not a big fan of Volbeat and the like, but I have to admit they have a big fanbase and pull big crowds. Furthermore, I am really excited about all those death metal and thrash metal bands that have found their old vibe and strength back and I have seen a lot of great releases from these bands this year. It felt like one band made a statement with their new album and others followed, trying to match the other band’s killer album. This made me really enthusiastic about the metal scene again and I am curious to see what is to come in the new year.

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why?
That was Midnight – Sweet Death And Ecstasy. I was really excited when I found out I had to review this album and somehow this made it easy. Kind of like an adrenaline shot or something like that… and with that one or two beers.

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why?
In this case it was my first ever review I did for the band Badass and their album More Pain, More Gain. It took me about a week and I rewrote every sentence about twenty times, something you shouldn’t really do.

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
I have a really hard time saying this. Had I answered this question at the beginning of December I would be really unhappy by now, because the worst and most disappointing concert until December 13 was Sanctuary at Wacken Open Air. I am a great fan of Warrel Dane’s, but when he entered the stage in August I already had the feeling that something wasn’t right. I was full of high expectations, but as it turned our one could notice he was struggling with his health. Since December 13 and the day Warrel Dane passed away I think this is the best and worst concert of the year for me.

Question 6: What song have you played most this year?
Paradise Lost – Say Just Words

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
I was hoping for Hypocrisy.

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
Hypocrisy of course.

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
This year is was Walter Moers’ new book. He is a totally crazy writer, who writes fantasy stories and is by far my favorite writer.

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?

1. The Night Flight Orchestra – Amber Galactic
2. Paradise Lost - Medusa
3. Sólstafir - Berdreyminn
4. Midnight – Sweet Death And Ecstasy
5. Obituary - Obituary
6. Immolation - Atonement
7. Prong – Zero Days
8. Wormwitch – Strike Mortal Soil
9. In Reverence – The Selected Breed
10.Incantation – Profane Nexus
11. Memoriam- For The Fallen
12.Beyond Our Ruins – A Dreadful Oath
13.Overkill – The Grinding Wheel
14.Vallenfyre – Fear Those Who Fear Him
15. Havok – Conformicide

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
At the beginning of 2017 I first heard about The Night Flight Orchestra and I instantly fell in love with this band. I especially love their album “Amber Galactic”, which is an incredibly strong album with great songs that are mesmerizing. I am a big fan of classic rock and this band has managed to give classic rock a modern touch.

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
Unfortunately I am one of those persons who stick to their new year’s resolutions for about two weeks, but after that I completely forget about them. This year, my new year’s resolutions are not to have any resolutions and take everything as it comes. But isn’t that a new year’s resolution as well? I am just not going to worry about the things I can’t change anyway.



Evil Dr Smith

Question 1: What made you happy this year?
Personal: I found a [temporarily] job that really suits me. Once again a career change?
Global: thanks for the predictable ingenious retarded moves of Trump, there’ll will be another Obama after him that will finally pays off, because then the Republicans (hopefully) start to think before they act (like assholes). Where’s Lee Harvey Oswald when you need him?
Music: records in thrift shops. If you search very good (and have an amount of luck) you’ll find the greatest albums for sheer nothing.

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
Metal lives (yet is more divided into zillion sub cultures) than ever.

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why?
I don’t review new releases, so not applicable.

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why?
I don’t review new releases, so not applicable.

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
Best (metal): Ayreon (013) and the second day at Roadburn with Magma, Big Business, Zu, Amenra and Zeal & Ardor.
Also best (non-metal): DakhaBrakha (Paard, The Hague) and the Carmina Burana by The New Romanian Symphony Choir & The International Symphony Orchestra directed by Raymond Janssen (De Doelen, Rotterdam).
Worst: Warning aka yawning at Roadburn.

Question 6: What song have you played most this year?
Metal: Suffocate For Fuck Sake - ‘They Try To Cheer Me Up By Saying I Did Once Live A Functioning Life’ (2011).
Non-metal but more metal than most metal: Tanya Tagaq – ’Retribution’ (2016).
Utterly non-metal, but extremely controversial for almost all metalheads (yet it kicks fokking ass!): [the name of the artist is censored].

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
Psychotic Waltz finally toured again, yet there’s still no comeback album. The sole new song they played was very convincing though.

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
I’ll guess it’s going to be a game between the new Exodus, Judas Priest, Megadeth and Metal Church. And Nile, Machine Head, Voivod and hopefully the return of Therion will make it to the Top 10 as well. Personally I have high expectations of the new Tribulation album. Tool? No. Never. All hope and faith are gone. But the new A Perfect Circle will be more than a slight comfort.

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
Netflix is bingewatch heaven: Broken Mirrors (season 4 is brilliant!), Peaky Blinders, Stranger Things, Narcos, Suits, Atypical, Bron/Broen, House Of Cards, Fargo, 13 Reasons Why, etc.
Movie: Coco. Pixar di dit again!
Book: it took me three holidays, but Peter Buwalda’s ‘Bonita Avenue’ was definitely worth the time.

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?

1. Progenie Terrestre Pura - oltreLuna
2. Nokturnal Mortum - Істина
3. The Devil and the Almighty Blues - II
4. Ne Obliviscaris - Urn
5. Igorrr - Savage Sinusoid
6. Amenra - Mass VI
7. Myrkur - Mareridt
8. The Ruins of Beverast - Exuvia
9. Exquirla - Para Quienes Aún Viven
10. Venenum - Trance of Death
11. Pain Of Salvation - In the Passing Light of Day
12. Chelsea Wolfe - Hiss Spun
13. Greta Van Fleet - Black Smoke Rising EP
14. Carpenter Brut - CARPENTERBRUTLIVE
15. Avatarium - Hurricanes and Halos

Bubbling under: Ruby the Hatchet, Bell Witch, Spectral Voice, Slow, Tchornobog, Caligula's Horse, Converge, Ayreon, Der Weg einer Freiheit, Leprous, AYS, Soen, Protomartyr, Wobbler, Enslaved

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
Innovative intimidating, explosive eclectic! Where Ne Obliviscaris sets a new standard for progressive death metal, these Italians prove that there’s still room for development in progressive black metal. This is black metal for the future!

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
A job that pays.



Henk Biesterveld

Question 1: What made you happy this year?
Musically from the fact that I play in a heavy metal cover band called Foogle. Next to that because I started writing for Lords Of Metal and reviewing very good albums. And of course interviewing Mr. Big's Eric Martin and having the opportunity to meet him. The good things in life!

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
Hardrock and metal will never disappear in my opinion. They have survived since Chuck Berry did his first duck walk and Ozzy drank his first drink more than half a century ago. This year one also sees bands that go back to a sound that we have heard before. Young musicians who get their examples from the 70s and 80s and give their own twist to that. I am therefore not afraid that somewhere in the next thirty to forty years "someone turns out the light". I simply do not see that happening. Rock and metal in particular will continue to develop but which new styles will come from that is written in the stars.

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why?
Cats In Space with the album ‘Scarecrow’. What a fantastic album. From the first moment that I heard that album, the highlights just passed and then it's nice to write.

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why? (add link!)
Starblind's album 'Never Seen Again'. This Swedish band sounds a lot like Iron Maiden and at first I had a tendency to take the album not so very seriously. Until the moment I listened to the songs a bit more often and then came to the realization that it's just a very good metal album. Yes, it sounds like Maiden. That's true.

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
Many good concerts seen this year. Three are coming to mind. Metallica in Amsterdam, Avenged Sevenfold with Disturbed in Amsterdam and Sabaton in Amsterdam. If I have to choose then Avenged Sevenfold with Disturbed. Two sometimes reviled metal acts that both gave a truly phenomenal show in Amsterdam. The most miserable must have been Fischer Z.'s appearance at City Rock. Completely the wrong band in the wrong place (in my opinion ..)

Question 6: What song have you played most this year?
According to my Spotify list, it was 'Power And The Glory' by Saxon. It will most probably have to do with having to rehearse it for my new cover band. In addition, it is of course a very good song. Other songs that I played a lot this year are: 'Message In A Molotov' by Silius, 'Black Rain' by Eclipse, 'Fallen' by Volbeat and 'Clown In Your Nightmare' by the sensation of the year Cats In Space.

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
The solo album of Myles Kennedy. Fortunately, it is on the way!

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
The year has just started but I put some money into the album of Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons, 'The Age Of Absurdity'. What a terribly good album that has become. There is life after Motörhead!

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
The new novel of Dan Brown, 'Stranger Things' and the German tv series 'Dark' on Netflix. Check it out!

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?

1. Cats In Space - 'Scarecrow'
2. The New Roses - 'One More For The Road'
3. Silius - 'Hell Awakening'
4. Noturnall - '9'
5. Nervcast - 'Locked And Loaded'
6. Kee Of Hearts - 'Kee Of Hearts'
7. Procession - 'Doom Decimation'
8. Mr.Big - 'Defying Gravity'
9. Shakra - 'Snakes & Ladders'
10. Eclipse - 'Monumentum'
11. Accept - 'The Rise Of Chaos'
12. Black Stone Cherry - 'Black To Blues'
13. Starblind - 'Never Seen Again'
14. The Ferrymen - 'The Ferrymen'
15. Gods Of Silence - 'Neverland'

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
Cats In Space has managed to release an album in 2017 that breathes the atmosphere of the seventies and eighties without sounding old-fashioned with surprising songs.

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
Nothing special. Would be nice if we as humanity were once again a little nicer to each other and not constantly beating each other's brains on the world stage as well as in daily life. We are together on this planet to help each other a little bit, don't we?



Horst

Question 1: What made you happy this year?
My wife and kids. Not only because it’s always great to get home to such lovely people, but also because they still allow dad to spend a ridiculous amount of time in that hobby called Lords Of Metal. And of course because my boys now have reached an age we can watch awesome movies together. Furthermore I have planned some major changes for LoM in 2018, which will make things better for everybody.

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
You know, I’m confronted with this kind of crap since I was just a little metalhead, but what do you know? Forty years later the metal scene still stands tall as a rock, with more show and releases than ever. And when the old legends burn out a whole new generation will take their place. Nope, metal is here to stay.

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why?
I don’t review albums anymore.

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why?
See question three.

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
Had a lot of fun at the Eindhoven Metal Meeting and Dynamo Metal Fest, saw a couple of cool bands too. Don’t know about shitty bands, when they play I’m usually at the bar spending time with friends and other interesting people.

Question 6: What song have you played most this year?
Body Count – Institutionalized. FUCK! A VEGAN!!!

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
Over the years those kind of things have become uninteresting to me. When it comes it comes. And if not some other band will probably put out something cool. Plenty of tasty fish in the sea.

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
How the hell should I know? Ask some medium dude. I’m sure such a charlatan will get send some name with an a, e, i, o, u or a y in it from the dark side. You can’t lose. And as far Tool is concerned: as long as I don’t have to listen to that crap I don’t give a single fuck if they even record and release their farts. My precious time goes into real metal. Not into wannabe’s.

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
Alas also this year there was too little time for other joys in life, but I sincerely enjoyed ‘Game Of Thrones’. I also bought the book this year, and that’s just as awesome.

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?

1. Gods Of Violence – Kreator
2. Arch Enemy – Will To Power
3. Avatarium - Hurricanes and Halos
4. Overkill – The Grinding Wheel
5. Body Count – Bloodlust
6. Sons of Apollo – Psychotic Symphony
7. God Dethroned – The World Ablaze
8. Threshold – Legends Of The Shire
9. Portrait – Burn The World
10. Sepultura - Metal Messiah
11. Ayreon - The Source
12. Warbringer – Woe To The Vanquished
13. Iced Earth – Incorruptible
14. Black Star Riders – Heavy Fire
15. Accept – The Rise Of Chaos

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
I am quite the conservative when it comes to metal, and the majority of newer styles that have erupted since the 80s just aren’t my thing. Sure, I’ll probably miss out on a lot of great stuff, but I just don’t have the time to play every record thirty times hoping to see the light some time. And that quite translates directly to my personal top 15 over 2017. But why Kreator on the top spot? Well, once a thrasher, always a thrasher I guess….

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
That every dumbass SJW and/or other genderbineutral dork and/or religiously retarded wacko with unhealthy long toes should be forced to listen to Frank Zappa’s ‘Have I Offended Someone?’ at least three times a day.



Name: Jan-Simon

Question 1: What made you happy this year?
I am happy that after almost a year of preparation, packing, moving, renovating and unpacking our new home is now sort of finished. Musically I was very happy with the many special jubilee rereleases of work from Hüsker Dü (Savage Young Dü) and Ramones. Work I cherish has been cleaned up and beautifully issued with lots of extras. I like that.

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
One does indeed wonder if there is much life left in the old beast. Many of the genre’s household names were household names 25 years ago and now these stars turn out to be mortal after all. For a long time this was hard to imagine, but it has become reality. Just look around at concerts and you will see younger people have become a minority. OK, I don’t think metal will cease to exist, but every now and then I do get nostalgic and think the heyday of metal (think of over 100,000 people at Dynamo Open Air) has been some time ago. The fact that this year the best album of the year list will probably be topped by a band that was already there 15 years ago does not really help much either. I hope that I am wrong though, although I must admit that my personal number one released its first record in 1991…

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why?
Colour Haze with ‘In Her Garden’. They have become the Ramones of stoner rock. Every album is the same.

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why?
Wucan – ‘Reap the Storm’. High expectations, deeply disappointed after the first few spins and then starting to enjoy it more and more. As a result I had to redo the review three times.

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
I don’t go to many concerts, so I can hardly say anything sensible here other than that I thought this year’s Roadburn was once again a unique event. A true “Gesamtkunstwerk”.

Question 6: What song have you played most this year (may be something old)?
That must have been ‘Satellites’ by Litmus, but the fact that I use this song as a ringtone on my phone may have played a role. I have also played the records by Argentinian bands Piel de Pueblo and Montes from the early seventies a lot.

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
Anathema and Paradise Lost released good new albums. My Dying Bride had a great show at Roadburn, but unfortunately did not follow up with new stuff. A pity.

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
I think we will sooner see the Dutch football squad become world champion next year than have the new Tool album topping the charts. I look forward to the new Machine Head and other than that I will wait and see what happens.

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
I enjoyed “Zondag met Lubach”, a kind of Dutch take on the Daily Show with Arjen Lubach, our own (better looking) version of Michael Moore. He has a remarkable influence on public opinion.

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?

1. Circle - Terminal
2. Atavismo - Inerte
3. Septicflesh – Codex Omega
4. Godspeed You Black Emperor – Luciferian Towers
5. Body Count - Bloodlust
6. Elder – Reflections of a Floating World
7. Ex Eye – Ex Eye
8. Electric Wizard – Wizard Bloody Wizard
9. Enslaved - E
10. Paradise Lost - Medusa
11. Godflesh – Post Self
12. Samsara Blues Experiment – One With The Universe
13. Yellow Eyes – Immersion Trench Reveries
14. Aosoth – V The Inside Scriptures
15. Snowy Dunes - Atlantis

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
Circle has been one of my favourite bands for a long time. A status built on their remarkable live performances because their albums always seem to lacking a certain something, not considering the many live albums. ‘Terminal’ is one of the best albums from their huge discography. The combination of eighties Judas Priest metal, repetitive krautrock and utter madness works 100% this time. I have long dubbed whether ‘Inerte’ by Atavismo was just as good, or even better. It was a photo finish and the Finns won, but only just.

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
Some piece of quiet after an extremely busy year.



Job GM van Dongen

Question 1: What made you happy this year?
My new job, my short trip to Düsseldorf in November and the shitload of good music this year!

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
Of course metal is still very much alive. We do need to be realistic though – as massive and untouchable our icons are in our minds, in reality they are as mortal as every single one of us. Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington were the two that affected me the most, and they are very clear examples of this.

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why?
No album is truly easy to review in my opinion. Every record demands a different viewpoint to stay as objective as possible, and while I might have been a bit direct and a little bit too forward with some releases, none spring to mind that were necessarily “easy to review”.

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why? (add link!)
Leprous – ‘Malina’ was a tough one for me; I think I’ve listened to that record fully over twenty times to fully grasp what they’d done.

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
I don’t go to bad concerts, so there’s no “worst” concert for me this year. Ayreon was the best, Textures coming in at a close second.

Question 6: What song have you played most this year (may be something old)?
The Noisia remix for ‘Divide & Conquer’!

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir and Soilwork!

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
Tool is massively overrated, so no. A Perfect Circle, however… In all seriousness – Behemoth and Soilwork will come up high next year if they’re releasing.

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan is a motherfucking god). I also greatly enjoyed Narcos season 3 and Stranger Things season 2.

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?

1. Diablo Swing Orchestra - Pascifisticuffs
2. The Faceless – In Becoming a Ghost
3. Entheos – Dark Future
4. Stone Sour – Hydrograd
5. Sons of Apollo – Psychotic Symphony
6. Leprous - Malina
7. Without Waves – Without Waves
8. Intervals – The Way Forward
9. Veil of Maya – False Idol
10. Igorrr – Savage Sinusoid
11. Novelists - Noir
12. Gravity - Noir
13. The Great Discord – The Rabbit Hole
14. Nesseria - Cette érosion de nous-mêmes
15. Zeal & Ardor – The Devil is Fine

And outside of metal, there’s been a lot of great releases as well:
- Jordan Rakei – Wallflower
- The Juju Exchange – Exchange
- Moonchild – Voyager
- Anomalie – Metropolis

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
Just read the review – what a stunning record by an amazing band!

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
Resolutions are the basis for bad motivation. Just keep playing hard, keep working harder and show the world whatever the fuck you’ve got in store this year!




Jori

Question 1: What made you happy this year?
A new lady in my life, finishing the theoretical part of the long road called master studies, and many other smaller things. Music is one of those things that always makes happiness, even though my list of top albums was not as sparkling as the one of last year.

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
Classical music survived the passing of Mozart, rock ‘n roll the death of Elvis and fascism the death of Hitler. The death of a leader does not spell the end of the group they lead. We will mourn when icons like Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford and of course Ozzy will depart from this existence, be it soon or be it years from now, but metal will life on. Maybe more divided, because the heroes managed to raise heartbeats of a broader audience than the modern big ones like Sabaton, Avenged Sevenfold or Volbeat. So maybe the idea of megafestival is approaching retirement, but already smaller and more specialised festivals jump in that niche.

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why?
That might be this one. When an album sucks so hard you do not need many words.

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why?
The new masterpiece by Almanac was a tough one. When does an album earn a hundred points? Only when it is truly perfect, every note is well-placed and every song is a potential hit. By now I have given scores to over three hundred albums and this is the only one at which the full score remained justified after many spins. Describing this feeling for perfection in words is not easy though!

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
The best was without a doubt the phenomenal bombastics that Ayreon brought us in September. One light year behind but still awesome was the Helloween Pumpkins United show, nostalgia to the max even for this relatively young fellow (yeah thirty, but grant me this small moment). The worst? Twilight Force maybe, but that was an opening act. Luckily, stuff that was really terrible has been kept from me this year.

Question 6: What song have you played most this year?
I really do not have the faintest clue. I am more of an album listener than a song shopper.

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
A new one by Metallica, if only for the amusing social media catfights it ignites.

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
The latest Amorphis album got the number one spot in that year, and they are releasing a new one next year. So statistically I have to go with that one. About the new Tool, I am a teacher. That means I am used to people (politicians) promising me things that never come.

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
It might be cliché by now, but I still really enjoy Game Of Thrones. I am not really a big fan of films and I did not have much reading time this year.

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?

1. Almanac - Kingslayer
2. Ayreon - The Source
3. Iced Earth - Incorruptible
4. Orden Ogan - Gunmen
5. Wolfheart - Tyhjyys
6. Serious Black - Magic
7. Ne Obliviscaris - Urn
8. Kreator - Gods Of Violence
9. Ensiferum - Two Paths
10. Wintersun - The Forest Seasons
11. Paradise Lost - Medusa
12. Sanctuary - Inception
13. Accept - The Rise Of Chaos
14. Firewind - Immortals
15. Overkill - The Grinding Wheel

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
Well, I believe that one was answered already, but still. Rarely have I received such a musical eargasm, let even alone it being completed by not one but three singers. This is neo-classical metal at its peak, period.

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
FINALLY finishing my master studies! If it is not too much to ask I would not mind to get a raise with my new diploma. I am more happy that I managed to live up to my resolutions of last year. My own life is now in steadier tides and I managed to keep up the combination of work, studies and writing for Lords without losing my mind.



Koen B.

Question 1: What made you happy this year?
Sex, drinks and metal. Live your life like every day is the last. Carpe diem!

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
Metal is here to stay forever. The problem however is that heavy metal in general has failed to produce great new and young headliners. These “newbee” headliners are not exactly my cup of tea.

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why?
None.

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why?
None.

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
Takida – Stockholm / Sweden
Keep It True Festival – Lauda / Germany
Manilla Road / Vortex – Leiden / The Netherlands
Them – Tilburg / The Netherlands
Up The Hammers Festival – Athens / Greece
Nord Open Air - Essen / Germany
Turock Open Air – Essen / Germany
Pyrenean Warriors Open Air – Torreiles / France
Heavy Metal Maniacs Festival – Amstelveen / The Netherlands
HRH NWOBHM 2 The XMas Rocka – Sheffield / U.K.
Eindhoven Metal Meeting – Eindhoven / The Netherlands
Touring with Martyr in The Netherlands, Portugal and Japan!

Worst: Tyrant @ Up The Hammers didn’t fulfill my epectations at all!

Question 6: What song have you played most this year?
Mercyful Fate – Burning The Cross

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
I’m still waiting for the Mercyful Fate DVD’s.

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
No way, Tool sucks. We will see what the future brings, I’m not Nostradamus.

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
Me and Harm Kindt started our own management company: Wayland Management.

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?

1. Sinister - Syncretism
2. Graceless - Shadowlands
3. Vandale - KaNieBale
4. Dead Head – Swine Plague
5. Distillator – Summoning The Malicious
6. Defazer – Order Out Of Chaos
7. God Dethroned – The World Ablaze
8. Lovell’s Blade – Stone Cold Steel
9. Disabuse – Death Machine
10. Neocaesar – 11:11
11. Jackal – Gods Of War
12. Wrok – De Onheilsbode
13. Steel Shock – For Metal To Battle
14. Antropomorphia – Sermon Ov Wrath
15. Jurassic Park – Rock ’N Roll Machine

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
Sinister is back with a superb album. They prove to be one of the best ever death metal bands.

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
Watch out for the ‘Forged In The Lowlands’ re-release series on into The Limelight Records / Virginkiller Entertainment in 2018!



Koen De Waele

Question 1: What made you happy this year?
All those new enthusiastic bands and new releases that prove that metal never dies.

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
For this I would like to refer to the answer to the first question.

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why?
Terror Empire - Obscurity Rising - Already from the very beginning, it grabs you so that you realize that you are listening to fun and strong music.

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why?
Life Of Agony – A Place Where There is No More Pain - An album review of one of your absolute childhood idols is not easy. Chances are it turns out to be a huge disappointment. Fortunately this was not the case and Life Of Agony have delivered a strong album.

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
Best: Rotting Christ on the stage of Graspop (Belgium) 2017.
Worst: Marilyn Manson at the Lokerse Feesten (Belgium) 2017. Fortunately, I ended up in the backstage where the beer was still good. I have no idea how that man gets so high on festival bills. In the last five years, I have not read a single positive review of a performance by him.

Question 6: What song have you played most this year?
Rotting Christ - Grandis Spiritus Diavolos

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
I really thought that System of A Down would come up with new work.

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
No idea. Maybe System Of A Down still makes the effort.

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
The fantasy world of writer Marcus Heitz continues to amaze me.

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?
1. Kreator – Gods Of Violence
2. Septicflesh – Codex Omega
3. Belphegor – Totenritual
4. Powerstroke – Omissa
5. Magnacult – Infinitum
6. Distillator – Summoning The Malicious
7. Cavalera Conspiracy – Psychosis
8. Igorr – Savage Sinusoid
9. The Black Dahlia Murder – Nightbringers
10. Elder – Reflections Of A Floating World
11. The Monolith Deathcult - Versus
12. Paradise Lost - Medusa
13. Warbringer – Woe To The Vanquist
14. Life Of Agony – A Place Where There Is No More Pain
15. Terror Empire – Obscurity Rising

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
No band manages to make a thrash album as aggressive and yet as accessible as Kreator.

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
Maybe that the American people will come to some senses and send Trump out of his office.



Koen Smits

Question 1: What made you happy this year?
Most of the shows I have been to were fantastic, also the company I was with and all the albums I have purchased, are without exception good, so I have had a good year.

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
Metal is a genre that reinvents itself all the time and there will always stand up new people to keep the spirit alive.

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why? (add link!)
Extremity – Extremely Fucking Dead because it is such a unpretentious record. I did not know the band, but they really play the death metal I like: raw and old school, without frills.

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why? (add link!)
For me it was a review for the box-set of Vardan. Although it were actually three separate albums that were released on the same day. Because I totally could not connect with it and I really didn't like it. I wanted to slash the 2 hour 30 minute depressive black metal at first, but out of respect for the musician in this one-man band, I changed my opinion and tried to write a more ‘kind’ version.

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
As one of the best concerts I would like to mention Rotting Christ at the Graspop Metal Meeting and not only due to their performance, but also due to the public attendance: I have seen them play several times in nearly empty clubs and I was happy they got the attention they deserve as seen in this pic. As the worst I choose for Doro with Skyline at Wacken because it has no added value: playing the same tune over and over and trying to force the audience to sing along in a brown-nosed setlist, no thank you.

Question 6: What song have you played most this year (may be something old)?
Venenum - Trance Of Death Part III: There Are Other Worlds ..., Earth Rot - Unfurled, The Cover Of Darkness and Slayer – The Antichrist are probably my most played songs.

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
I was waiting for Corpsessed, but I am sure they will release a new album in 2018. I was also expecting a new Vorum, as well as a new Carcariass record.

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
Maybe the new album of Dead Congregation, but who will tell, haha. Maybe the new Disma, maybe Absu or Misery Index, Corpsessed, or Vorum… and I don’t lose my sleep over a new Tool record, so I just don’t need to focus on that.

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
After years of postponing I finally started to watch Game Of Thrones after I already red the books in the past and it is really that good!

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?

1. Venenum – Trance Of Death
2.Gorephilia – Severed Monolith
3. Necrowretch – Satanic Slavery
4. Phrenelith - Desolate Endscape
5. Temple Of Void - Lords Of Death
6. Emptiness – Not For Music
7. Desolate Shrine - Deliverance From The Godless Void
8. Spectral Voice - Eroded Corridors Of Unbeing
9. Lantern - II: Morphosis
10. Triumvir Foul – Spiritual Bloodshed
11. Execration – Return To The Void
12. Crypts Of Despair - The Stench of the Earth
13. Nightbringer – Terra Damnata
14. Excommunion - Thronosis
15. Repulsive – The Flesh Domain

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
Venenum released already a stunner of an EP in 2011: we just needed to wait for the release of their first long player to see where they were going and the result is nothing short of amazing! Innovative, melodic, yet extreme without having to horrify, and with a lot of emotion in it.

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
I would like to attend more small club shows in 2018 instead of the mega outdoor festivals, for the simple reason that the sound in most clubs is better and these shows attract a more specific audience.



Leon

Question 1: What made you happy this year?
Musically speaking this was a very good year for me. I’ve released an album with my progressive metal band Epic Mind and I’ve started writing for Lords Of Metal! This year was also unique because Arjen Lucassen finally did a live performance with Ayreon. I also want to stand still to acknowledge how well our little country is doing. The fact that it took so long for the government to form after the elections, that buying a house in Amsterdam requires a small fortune, and that the most heated discussion of the year was about the color of ‘Zwarte Piet’, prove that it’s going very well with the Netherlands. It was a good year!

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
No, I don’t believe that metal will ever disappear. The threshold to record publish music is at an all-time low, this will ensure that there will always be people who are releasing metal music. I do think that there’s a problem with the increasing amount of sub-genres which makes it so much harder for good bands to be found and make a living out of music.

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why?
Oh, that’s a tough one! I think this has to be For All We Know’s ‘Take Me Home’. From the first notes I was so sure that I was going to love that album! I really think that Wudstik and Ruud Jolie worked much closer together which resulted into his amazing piece of work. If you like an album as much as I liked this one, it’s very easy to write a review.

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why?
Probably Overhaul’s ‘Notes By An Unstable Muser’. The album danced on the fine line between good and okay, I really wanted to like the album which makes it so hard to be objective. It’s a Dutch band and they play exactly the style of music that I tend to love, I almost felt obligated to give them a shining review!

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
Marillion was unbelievably good, even after playing for such a long time they still know how to fascinate the audience. But, also Ayreon and Dream Theater were incredible! To be honest, I don’t believe I’ve ever had a year without bad performances, so that makes this the first one! Although, when I think of it, on ProgPower there were a few bans that I didn’t like so much (Cataya, Kauan). On the other hand, I’ve seen some pretty terrible performances in the past, so all in all it’s a good year for live music.

Question 6: What song have you played most this year (may be something old)?
Probably ‘A Change Of Seasons’ of Dream Theater, it is and always will be a fantastic song, but it could also be ‘Everybody Dies’ from Ayreon, Mike Mills is such a talented singer. Of maybe it’s ‘Prophet’s In Disguise’ from For All We Know….? Well, I guess we’ll never know, but it’s surely one of this three.

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
Honestly, there isn’t anything that I expected to see this year that wasn’t released. Soon I expect to hear something new from a few bands, like maybe a new album from Kamelot.

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
Well, if Arjen Lucassen releases the live CD of the concert in 013 I would say that it has a good chance of ending up on the top of my 2018 list. Of maybe Opeth will release something new again this year?

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
Perhaps the best movie of the year was ‘Arrival’ or ‘Dunkirk’ but honestly I’ve forgotten about most of the movies I’ve seen this year. I was, however, impressed with the TV-show ‘Master Of None’, which I thought was really funny, made by Aziz Ansari who is known for his role on ‘Parks And Recreation’.

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?

1. For All We Know – Take Me Home
2. Leprous - Malina
3. Ayreon – The Source
4. Persefone - Aathma
5. Nova Collective – The Further Side
6. Voyager – Ghost Mile
7. Caligula’s Horse
8. Threshold – Legends Of The Shire
9. Arch Echo – Arch Echo
10. The Tangent – The Slow Rust Of Forgotten Machinery
11. Sons Of Apollo – Psychotic Symphony
12. Sikth - The Future In Whose Eyes?
13. Pain Of Salvation – In The Passing Light Of Day
14. Soen - Lykaia
15. Semistereo - Trans Earth Injection

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
Well, the first album of For All We Know was pretty good already, but on ‘Take Me Home’ you could really hear that Wudstik and Ruud Jolie had truly worked together on this. The album was so easy to listen to that it almost made it sounds like pop! Wudstik is an unbelievably talented singer, the songs are amazing and Jolie’s guitars do exactly what you want them to do. Other albums, that almost made the number one position on my list, were the ones from Ayreon and Leprous but the decision fell when I realized that both albums have at least one or two songs that I didn’t really like. For All We Know doesn’t have that, all songs are really good.

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
Make more music and visit more concerts, but mostly I’d like to do more for less fortuned people.



Marcel Hubregtse

Question 1: What made you happy this year?
There so many little things in life that make it a happy and fun life. Way too many to mention.

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
Metal is as alive and kicking as ever. This is proved over and over by the sheer enormous amount of releases and concerts each and every year. However, truly big bands are a thing of the past. Is that a bad thing? Absolutely not. One should realize that truly big bucks can’t be earned within metal anymore.

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why?
No idea after more than 200+ reviews this year.

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why?
No idea after more than 200+ reviews this year.

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
The best were In The Woods at Dutch Doom Days in Baroeg, Rotterdam, Netherlands and Psychotic Waltz in Fluor, Amersfoort, Netherlands.

Question 6: What song have you played most this year (may be something old)?
Like most years it’s a couple. Namely, KISS – Strutter, KISS – Detroit Rock City, Thin Lizzy – Emerald, Tesla - Love Song.

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
I never look forward to albums. I just let it all come at me and will just see what happens.

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
No idea what album will be our number one in next year’s end-of-year-list. If I could predict that I would have started share trading in order to make enough money to be totally financially independent. And concerning a possibly new album by Tool… Sorry for saying this. But who fucking cares? If it is released well, then we’ll see it hit the stores, and if it isn’t, well so be it. It’s not as if Tool is the best thing since sliced bread or a new album by them is the second coming of Christ.

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
TV-series Mindhunter, The Sinner, The Handmaid’s Tale.

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?

1. Venenum – Trance Of Death
2. Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper
3. Emptiness – Not For Music
4. Loss - Horizonless
5. Pallbearer - Heartless
6. Sorcerer – The Crowning Of The Fire King
7. Façade - Loathe
8. Altar Of Betelgeuze – Among The Ruins
9. Procession – Doom Decimation
10. Spectral Voice – Eroded Corridors Of Unbeing
11. Laster – Ons Vrije Fatum
12. Funeralium – Of Throes And Blight
13. Spirit Adrift – Curse Of Conception
14. Deinonychus – Ode To Acts Of Murder, Dystopia And Suicide
15. Desolate Shrine – Deliverance From The Godless Void

Runners Up: Argus, Black Cilice, Clandestine Blaze, Degial, Dodecahedron, Execration, Fen, Forsaken, Fuoco Fatuo, Gorephilia, Heretoir, Illimitable Dolor, Incinerator, Infernal Majesty, Jupiterian, Lantern, MahakalaMourning Dawn, Night Demon, Ophis, Pagan Altar, Paradise Lost, Phrenelith, Possession, Process Of Guilt, Primitive Man, River Of Souls, Rude, Schammasch, Shaarimoth, Tchornobog, Thantifaxath, Turia, Unaussprechilchen Kulten, Undergang, Ulsect, Usnea, Vallenfyre, Wolves In The Throne Room, Wound

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
Just listen to that album.

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
Just like all other years I don’t do resolutions. Wishes? Well, I’ll keep those to myself.

P.S. I would like to mention an absolute low point of 2017… the passing of Danny ‘Bidi’ van Drongelen. It had a huge impact and me personally as well as the metal world and the blow still resonates loudly.



Martin

Question 1: What made you happy this year?
Releasing a new EP with my band Serotonin, seeing Nick Cave live, publishing a scientific paper. Other than that, this hasn’t been a particularly easy year.

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
Well… I’m far from worried. There is still an abundance of interesting, innovative music. At the same time I do notice I’m developing regressive tendencies in my musical taste. The Celtic Frost and Voivod reissues were more than welcome and more often than not I stick to playing the black metal classics. Ergo, old music, new music… whatever. At least there’s more than enough good music to listen to.

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why?
Dead Cross. A record that is exactly the sum of its parts. Patton acts out, Lombardo hits the drums really well, and most of all nothing new. That’s about all there is to say about that album.

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why?
Amenra – Mass VI. It’s not easy to find the right words to express what this band does on an emotional level. Not unlike Dead Cross, Amenra didn’t exactly reinvent the wheel, but in this case there is just so much more impact.

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
FINALLY Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds!!! Heroes! The honourable mentions go to Huun Huur Tu (Arnhem), stellar performances of Chelsea Wolfe, Amenra and Aluk Todolo at Roadburn, Mysticum’s audiovisual terror (also Roadburn), and Marduk during this summer’s most infernal, torrential rain (Stonehenge). The scores of mediocre death metal bands at Stonehenge were less than overwhelming, with an absolute low point during Macabre’s abysmal performance.

Question 6: What song have you played most this year?
Undoubtedly, this was one of my own band’s songs, while mixing. Listening to the same songs for hundreds of times, sometimes spending hours of work on improving two second fragments of your music, is not exactly beneficial for one’s mental health.

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
I’ve been looking forward to the upcoming Abigor album for quite a while now, but that should be one for 2018.

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
With upcoming releases from Watain, Abigor and Portal there is no need to be worried. Should Tool manage to finally release ‘Chinese Democracy’, then that’s great news. Other than that, I’m always hoping to be blown away by a few albums I didn’t see coming.

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
In a year with a new Star Wars episode that shouldn’t be a hard question. Stranger Things was not too shabby either. Mostly, I’m catching up though, because Netflix has just arrived; ask me again next year.

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?

1. Amenra – Mass VI
2. Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun
3. Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper
4. Abigor / Nightbringer / Thy Darkened Shade / Mortuus - split
5. Blut Aus Nord – Deus Salutis Meae
6. Aosoth – The Inside Scriptures
7. Arkhon Infaustus - Passing The Nekromanteion
8. Igorrr – Savage Sinusoid
9. Tau Cross – Pillar Of Fire
10. Malokarpatan - Nordkarpatenland
11. Wolves In The Throne Room – Thrice Woven
12. The Ruins Of Beverast - Exuvia
13. Converge – The Dusk In Us
14. Tchornobog - Tchornobog
15. Nortt - Endeligt

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
Because I say so.

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
Yes.



Michiel B.

Question 1: What made you happy this year? (musically or in general)
- The nice trips I made of which cycling in Ethiopia was something really special!
- The promotion back to the top league by my beloved NAC Breda and the celebrations that came with it.
- Valuable friendships that became even more special.
- My transformation from long haired scum to former long haired scum at my favorite brew pub.

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
For me the death of my dear friend Bidi van Drongelen must have been the biggest loss for music in the past year. On the other hand the metal future surely looks bright with all metal babies being born or conceived in the past year among my friends.

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why? (add link!)
n/a

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why? (add link!)
n/a

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
Out of over 80 concerts I visited Warning at Roadburn and Klone acousticly were so beautiful it got me to tears. The best bigger show was the Ayreon Universe show. Bring on that DVD! On the other hand Nifelheim at Netherlands Deathfest was so horrible that I finally decided to get my head shaved.

Question 6: What song have you played most this year (may be something old)?
Bidi, this one is for you… <3



Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
I really have no clue since I am already grateful for all the albums that were actually released last year

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
Again: I am ready to be surprise. And to those who are dying for a new Tool album but meanwhile forget to listen to bands such as Klone, Karnivool, Soen and Lizzard I cannot consider being a music fan..

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
Seeing the Matthews Passion being performed in our local big church was just simply amazing

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?

1. Klone - Unplugged
2. Sólstafir - Berdreyminn
3. Dool - Here Now, There Then
4. Morbid Angel - Kingdoms Disdained
5. Sorcerer - The Crowning Of The Fire King
6. The Great Old Ones - EOD: A Tale Of Dark Legacy
7. Loss - Horizonless
8. Sepultura - Metal Messiah
9. Septicflesh - Codex Omega
10. Anathema - The Optimist
11. Ulsect - Ulsect
12. Sons Of Apollo - Psychotic Symphony
13. Suffocation - …Of The Light
14. Dead Cross - Dead Cross
15. Enslaved - E

Close call: 7 Miles To Pittsburgh, Cradle Of Filth, Heretoir, Immolation, Ayreon, Ufomammut, Offerblok, Elder and Bell Witch

Non-metal: Roger Waters - Is This The Life We Really Want?

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
Only great bands can write great songs that stand out both amplified as well as unplugged.

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
Just the same old story: Dear people, can you just be nice to each other?


Neithan

Question 1: What made you happy this year?
There was very little that made me happy, or even something close to that. And that is mostly due to my profession as a teacher. I have a huge working pressure, for years now. Every one of you thinking that my job is great because of the many days off, think again. These days are mostly piled wth obligations like making new tests, reading and correcting reports and other administrative duties. And yes, also in the weekends I have to plan where I can do my extra work. And in that light, a fall of my purchase parity by over 6% in the past years and by 18% according to the experts since 2002, the year started teaching made it that I have no more money left for buying cd’s, tickets and bigger holidays. And with our new cabinet Rutte III I have no confidence that this trend will turn. On the contrary: parents with kids at school, prepare for more strikes and teachers that will finally refuse to work more than 40 hours a week. After that, like in health care, prepare for waiting lists!

What made me happy, is Endezzma’s album ‘The Arcane Abyss’. It took ‘m longer than expected, but the album has that good old vibe of the old Hellhammer/Celtic Frost and Darkthrone combined with a modern sound. By far my album of the year, so there is still some true black metal left alive!

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
Metal is dead. Today’s scene is made out of a happy few visiting each other’s parties and a crowd that follows this happy few like rats following the Pied Piper of Hamelin. In the meanwhile this crowd is buying tickets for that elite to party on, without bands – which should be at number one – profiting from that. On the other hand, for years and years that crowd wants the same bands over and over, and does not care for new bands, so in a way that crowd deserves it. It is totally beyond comparison with what started the metal scene. Today’s scene is nothing but a pop music scene, just played a bit heavier. Record companies no longer have any added value left, and do not know how to handle the internet after all those years. So please, will the last to leave the building please turn off the lights?

And so, I take consequences out of my words. I will stop reviewing and interviewing for Lords of Metal, and I will stop hosting bands and helping out promotors, something I did for ten years. Thank you Horst for your support and loyalty, but there are a lot of people that I will not miss at all!

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why?
Vulture Industries and ‘Stranger Times’: Great people, band and I have been a big fan since the beginning, so no matter how much each album is an album on itself, you know the style and the quality these wonderful guys bring

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why?
Muggnagar’s Bauta: a totally meaningless album that does not go anywhere but into oblivion.

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
I only saw one show and that one was more theater with a crowd mostly consisting of weird and gothic people: Wardruna at Tivoli in october 2017.

Question 6: What song have you played most this year?
Endezzma - Malferno

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
Well, Kampfar is one ice but I would have loved if if Koldbrann would have brought some new darkness to spawn.

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
In today’s scene it has to be a known and settled band, and certainly not a new refreshing act that kicks a dead scene’s ass, so mu two cents is Judas Priest. Yet I hope that those reading this list will check out Profane Burial’s debut ‘The Rosewater Park Legend’ which will be released in March 2018. But hey, who is waiting for that new great band nowadays (see my frustrations described here earlier on).

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
Haha, no….

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?
1. Endezzma – The Arcane Abyss
2. Avatarium – Hurricanes and Halos
3. Vulture Industries – Stranger Times
4. Helheim - LandawarijaR
5. Auðn - Farvegir fyrndar
6. Scenario II – A New Dawn
7. Patria – Magna Adversia
8. Taake – Kong Vinter
9. Dool – Here Now, There Then
10. Septicflesh – Codex Omega
11. Wiegedood – De Doden Hebben Het Goed II
12. Cirith Gorgor – Bi Den Doden Hant
13. Varmia - Z mar twych
14. Nornir - Urd
15. Moonspell - 1755

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
See earlier: good old vibe of Norwegian black metal in today’s sound. By far my favorite album this year showing what black metal is about. In the vein of old evil like Hellhammer/Celtic Frost and good old Darkthrone yet translated to these evil years, my respect for these stellar masters of nekro death!

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
Karma for you all!



Nima

Question 1: What made you happy this year? (musically or in general)
In general 2017 was a very stressful year with lots of misfortunes, but fortunately there were also a few highlights, so let’s not complain. What made me happy?
- my loving partner, family and friends
- having released a demo and the ’For Metal To Battle’ with Steel Shock
- being on tour with Steel Shock as part of a double package with Wizard
- metal, that always gives me strength and joy.

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
Metal has never been dead, nor dying and will never die! There will never be another band from the caliber of Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motörhead, Accept, Rainbow etc. etc., but the scene still has plenty to offer and there will always be new bands that keep the spirit alive. Especially the underground will forever keep the flame burning. And “mainstream metal” will keep on sucking…

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why?
Hard to say, because I haven’t reviewed that many complicated albums. The easiest were probably Rhapsody Of Fire - ‘Legendary Years’ en Iron Savior - ‘Reforged - Riding On Fire’: both a collection of re-recorded old material.

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why? (add link!)
Alpha Tiger - ’Alpha Tiger‘, which had to do with the musical changes the band presented and the progressive character of the album, but also the fact that I experienced that as a rather unpleasant surprise.

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
Best: Doro, 11.11.2017, Iduna Drachten en Alice Cooper, 21.11.2017, Sparkassen Arena, Aurich (D)
Worst: Carpathian Forest, 15.12.2017, Eindhoven Metal Meeting

Question 6: What song have you played most this year?
Own originals due to album recordings.

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
There are so many interesting releases coming out that I didn’t even have the opportunity to miss something. But I think it’s about damn time that Emperor finally releases a new album after all.

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
Who cares? Tool? Haha, fuck Tool… never gave a flying fuck about them.

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
Making music

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?

1. Portrait – ‘Burn The World’
2. Wizard – ‘Fallen Kings’
3. Air Raid – ‘Across The Line’
4. Cradle Of Filth – ‘Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay’
5. Stallion – ‘From The Dead’
6. Overkill – ‘The Grinding Wheel’
7. Infernal Majesty – ‘No God’
8. Accept – ‘The Rise Of Chaos’
9. Tankard – ‘One Foot In The Grave’
10. Evil Invaders – ‘Feed Me Violence’
11. Kreator – ‘Gods Of Violence’
12. Lonewolf – ‘Raised On Metal’
13. Jag Panzer – ‘The Deviant Chord’
14. Sadauk – ‘A New Dawn’
15. Dead Head – ‘Swine Plague’

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
I have loved this band since the beginning. Since I in general am not a big fan of bands that change their musical direction, I have always respected Portrait for not changing, but simply perfecting their sound and style. And that is exactly what this record is. Typical Portrait, but even better, stronger, darker and more aggressive.

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
Nope, not particularly for 2018. If you really wish to change something any moment is the right moment, you don’t need a new year to do so.



Patrick

Question 1: What made you happy this year?
My wife and daughter, the warmth of the sun, drinking a good glass with friends, talking to someone who understands you, a train door that stops right in front of you, an empty to-do list, the smile on the face of a child ... life has so many small, beautiful things and moments to enjoy. You only have to be open to see them. There is one moment of the past year, that I in particular want to mention: hearing the judge pronounce the words: "I declare you guilty of causing the accident". To remain in the words of an unspecified combo: "Justice is done."

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
Once again there was more than enough beautiful music released this year, that touched me deeply or moved me and I do not see why that would not be the case in the future. I like to cherish the thought that this will always happen and that it does not depend on a particular generation of musicians. Is that against better knowledge?

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why?
Knowing a band so thoroughly that writing a review hardly takes any effort. To mention a few names: August Burns Red, Byzantine and Toxik.

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why?
Is it a difficult job when you hear the quality in an album, but that what is offered does not appeal to you? A clash of taste and quality? It happened to me, for example, to the albums of Fleshkiller and Toothgrinder, but to say that that makes reviewing really difficult.

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
I had actually given up hope of seeing this band live once, but this worked out differently: fantastic to be able to see Living Sacrifce (November 4, Brainstorm Festival) live. Gojira (July 15, Dynamo Metal Fest) and Helloween Pumpkins United (November 20, 013) cannot be left unmentioned. And miserable concerts? If I have seen it after a few tracks and I find it a waste of time to keep looking or listening to it, it goes towards the bar or the exit ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdiRptOHnYQ

Question 6: What song have you played most this year (may be something old)?
No, I do not have Spotify to check this and after my old iMac died, a look in '25 most played' in iTunes did not make any sense anymore. In addition: those are only digital tracks, but who counts all songs that come by from CD? So, no choice that I can name adding a number to it, but only one by feeling. It could be another track, but I suspect it is this one

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
I have not been hanging on to high expectations for years. I prefer to be surprised by unexpected gems. And then you can run into surprisingly nice things: A Flourishing Scourge, Grotesque, Order Ov Riven Cathedrals, Spectrum of Delusion, The Last Of Lucy …

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
Paying a visit to a psychic, clairvoyant or oracle, studying the stars, reading tarot cards, looking into a crystal ball, grovel my horoscope, peering into tea leaves or listening to a fortune teller? Do you mind when I say that I do not deal with those things, do not worry about it and just see what the future will bring me?

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a TV-series, a play… whatever
'The Compleat Meadmaker', the 'how to make mead' bible by Kenn Schramm: a true source of inspiration.

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?

1. Archspire - Relentless Mutation
2. NYN - Entropy: Of Chaos And Salt
3. Converge - The Dusk In Us
4. Grotesque - Feedback Loop
5. Order Ov Riven Cathedrals - The Discontinuity's Interlude
6. Power Trip - Nightmare Logic
7. The Last Of Lucy - Ashvattha
8. A Flourishing Scourge - A Flourishing Scourge
9. Torturized - Omnivore
10. Spectrum of Delusion - Esoteric Entity
11. Heretoir - The Circle
12. Your Chance To Die - Ex Nihilo
13. Sorrow Plagues - Homecoming
14. Raster Density - Mother Ov Mankind
15. John Frum - A Stirring In The Noos

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
'Relentless Mutation' is intense, technical, at an amazing pace, without the musicality being handed in for just one moment. Strong compositions, which - even after an uncountable amount of listening - continue to intrigue.

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
To take out even more enjoyment of life and all the beautiful things you encounter every day?



Pim B.

Question 1: What made you happy this year?
Finishing the composing of the new album of my band Officium Triste.

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
Of course it is still alive. There are plenty new bands and the hard rocking elderly are still doing well. Blues hasn’t died either, has it?

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why?
No comment.

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why? (add link!)
No comment.

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
The best was Mare Infinitum at Dutch Doom Days in Baroeg in Rotterdam. The first time a Russian band played that fest and they totally delivered. Bad concerts I gladly forget about.

Question 6: What song have you played most this year?
Black Sabbath’s ‘Over and Over’. Mainly due to the great cover version Pallbearer released, which made me listen to ‘Mob Rules’ a lot too.

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
No comment.

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
Fuck Tool!

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
Blade Runner 2049

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?
A selection of 15 is a hard task. There are so many killer releases, but I made some hard choices and put together this list. Next to that I have to address the fact that the new Solstice album is missing because it came out after the deadline for this list. Otherwise it would have ended up in my top 5.

1. Sorcerer ‎– The Crowning Of The Fire King
2. The Great Old Ones - EOD (A Tale Of Dark Legacy)
3. Spectral Voice - Eroded Corridors Of Unbeing
4. Dead Lord - In Ignorance We Trust
5. RAM – Rod
6. Wiegedood - De Doden Hebben Het Goed II
7. DOOL - Here Now, There Then
8. Pagan Altar - The Room of Shadows
9. Desolate Shrine-Deliverance from the Godless Void
10. Pallbearer - Heartless
11. Degial – Predator Reign
12. Auðn - Farvegir Fyrndar
13. Venenum – Trance Of Death
14. Portrait - Burn The World
15. Walpyrgus – Walpyrgus Nights

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
Give it a listen!

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
To record a killer album with Officium Triste and Extreme Cold Winter as well.



Ramon

Question 1: What made you happy this year?
The cooperation between numerous partners and Lords of Metal is getting stronger and stronger. And without having ever bought a single like we patiently crossed the border of 12,000 likes on the Lords of Metal Facebook page. And that is a little bit warming. And we in the Netherlands have welcomed no less than three new metal heads in the House of Parliament. And all three of them introduced themselves at Lords of Metal (in Dutch only, though) It is magnificent to see that all prejudices about metal fans are taken over on the left and right hand side at the same time.

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
I seriously doubt they populate the sky. As for the prediction, I just checked in my glass bowl for repair. Too bad.

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why?
God Dethroned - The World Ablaze. The album as a whole reached the state of perfection at times. Little before this release I reviewed ‘Necrobreed’ by Benighted and gave them a monster score. But God Dethroned topped that release effortlessly. What kind of score do you give that and where do you find the right superlatives without compromising credibility? And that is a luxury I rarely face. And still, looking back I have listened to ‘Avé’ by Venom Inc. even a bit more, I think.

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why?
The last record by Morbid Angel was not nice to do for me. ‘Kingdoms Disdained’. The CD is brilliant, I like the persons Steve Tucker and Trey a lot, but the record was obligatory and missed direction and focus. Still it is among the best death metal records of 2017. But to the standards of Morbid Angel it was simply substandard, and you have to be dead-honest about that. Everybody expected that after the uncomfortable resignation of David Vincent a revanche like the world has never seen would follow. And it didn’t. The same goes for Steel Panther with ‘Lower The Bar’, which in itself was a fun record, but not what you were hoping for. It was however one of the most fun interview guests I have ever had, while I was prepared for Starr’s adolescent cheap scores. But it was awesome.

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
Finally I saw Benighted live and met Julian personally. Unfortunately I missed support act Dictated, but Benighted made up for that loss more than properly. What an energy and professionalism. If you can digest extreme, definitely check out this band. This was the year of Benighted. In the Netherlands I almost would say that The Lucifer Principle made the comeback of the year. If it wasn’t for God Dethroned doing the same in extremis. But the Dutch Old School Death Metal band does deserve an honourable mention. I am not going to bad concerts and I am not the kind of guy to gun a band with good intentions down. However, I did see a demoband, opening on a night with three other demo bands, with a total of 20 paying visitors, but they acted like true stars. One tip: don’t do that! And If I may believe the common stance in the reviews, I think I was wise leaving my memory of Guns ’N Roses as it is.

Question 6: What song have you played most this year?
From 2017 that almost certainly must have been ‘Forged In Hell’ from Venom Inc. As a whole it probably is ‘With The Gleam Of The Torches’ by Samael.

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
I know that Venom singer Cronos has had songs ready for some time now, but it almost seems he has cold cold feet about releasing them, after the release of ‘Avé’ of his previous band mates in Venom Inc. (NB: after sending over this list Venom announced its new EP, with three songs, for a release of December 22, 2017)

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
I do not follow Tool. And that will most definitely be not my number one in 2018. Who will be.. knowing our editorial staff, possible releases by Megadeth, Abbath, Ensiferum and perhaps Triptykon make a good chance. And I hope the average reviewer will be able to look past the sometimes peculiar sense of humour of Pestilence singer Patrick Mameli and judge their record for what it is. My personal favourite for next year, of all albums currently in process, I estimate to be the next one of Carcass.

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
By the time I write this, ‘The Last Jedi’ is yet to be released, but that is on my calendar for some months. Furthermore I have used my last summer holiday to completely let the news of the world pass me by. And I haven’t caught up on it afterwards. And that was quite liberating, ignorance can indeed be bliss at times. And this year I really enjoyed the somewhat older series ‘Hannibal’, with the truly majestic Mads Mikkelsen, and ‘Dexter’.

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?

1. Venom Inc. - Avé
2. God Dethroned – The World Ablaze
3. Benighted - Necrobreed
4. Cradle Of Filth - Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay
5. Samael - Hegemony
6. Kreator – Gods Of Violence
7. Carach Angren - Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten
8. Satyricon - Deep Calleth Upon Deep
9. Dying Fetus - Wrong One to Fuck With
10. The Lucifer Principle - Play Dead
11. Paradise Lost - Medusa
12. Ne Obliviscaris - Urn
13. Immolation - Atonement
14. Dead Cross – Dead Cross
15. Septicflesh – Codex Omega

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
It was not even my highest score of 2017, but it was a tremendously important release, it represents everything you are looking for in the sound of a metal guitar, it has one of the coolest frontmen in the world and the mere fact that they delivered this insanely good record given the pressure this release was under, I take a deep bow for that. And the Luciferian nature that is incorporated in their music and image fits in perfectly with the long lineage of these musicians. Venom Inc picked up the gloves, “If you want to take a shot, it better be your best”.

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
Seeing Ozzy live one more time is something I would not run away from.



Remco Post

Question 1: What made you happy this year? (musically or in general)
My new job and that I have made progress with my band.

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
Of course bullshit, metal never dies. There are plenty of icons left and new ones are also coming only less fast, but they are there.

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why?
Actually I stopped with doing album reviews and I only do gear, specials and live reviews. Therefore my easiest was my only album review of the debut album of Rex Brown with Smoke On This.

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why?
See answer above.

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
The best was Ghost Popestar tour in Amsterdam, and the worst I cannot remember so maybe I did not had it.

Question 6: What song have you played most this year?
Mastodon – The Motherload (the groove in that song is terrific).

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
The new album from Black Label Society which will be released in January.

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
I hope a surprise this time, and Tool sucks.

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?

1. Mastodon – Emperor Of Sand
2. Mastodon – Cold Dark Place
3. Arch Enemy – Will To Power
4. Black Sabbath – The End
5. Venom Inc. - Ave
6. The Charm The Fury – The Sick, Dumb & Happy
7. Ghost – Ceremony And Devotion
8. Feared - Svart
9. Queens Of The Stone Age - Villians
10. God Dethroned – The World Ablaze
11. Rex Brown – Smoke On This….
12. Sons Of Apollo – Psychotic Symphony
13. Butcher Babies - Lilith
14. Samael - Hegemony
15. Annihilator – For The Demented

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
One of the best bands out there with every time a fantastic and innovative album.

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
Stay healthy, move more and make more music.



René Veerkamp

Question 1: What made you happy this year? (musically or in general)
A lot of good records this year.

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
Metal will never die, but I do think there’s not a lot of ‘new’ things going on. It’s easy to say I heard it all before but as long there will be quality stuff around I’ll stay optimistic.

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why?
No idea.

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why?
No idea.

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
Best concert was Asphyx at Baroeg Open Air. The worst was Carpathian Forest at the Eindhoven Metal Meeting. I expected much of that gig, but the vocalist was drunk and couldn’t sing anymore.

Question 6: What song have you played most this year?
From Hell by Neocaesar.

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
No idea.

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
No idea, but that Tool album will definately be released in 2018

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
The new Star Wars.

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?

1. Neocaesar – 11:11
2. Dying Fetus – Wrong One To Fuck With
3. Obituary – Obituary
4. Suffocation – Of The Dark Light
5. Broken Hope – Mutilated And Assimilated
6. Entrails – World Inferno
7. Incantation – Profane Nexus
8. Kreator – Gods Of Violence
9. Infernal Majesty – No God
10. Exhumed – Death Revenge
11. Decapitated - Anticult
12. Origin – Unparalled Universe
13. Sinister - Syncretism
14. Dead Head – Swine Plague
15. Disabuse – Death Machines

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
The album I play most will always be number one.

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
Just keep on living and I will see what crosses my path.



Roel de Haan

Question 1: What made you happy this year? (musically or in general)
Good music and a new job.

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
Of course metal is still alive and kicking!

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why?
There are no easy reviews!

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why?
I honestly don’t know.

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
Anathema in Tilburg and Der Weg Einer Freiheit in Rotterdam were very good. Bad concerts I always try to suppress in my mind.

Question 6:What song have you played most this year?
You Want It Darker – Leonard Cohen

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
I would have expected some new stuff for Dimmu Borgir by now.

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
Some familiar name probably and I don’t care about Tool.

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
Do I have to keep up with that as well?

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?

1. Heretoir – The Circle
2. The Great Old Ones – EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy
3. Paradise Lost – Medusa
4. Ulver – The Assassination Of Julius Caesar
5. Der Weg Einer Freiheit – Finisterre
6. Slow – V – Oceans
7. Emptiness – Not For Music
8. The Ruins Of Beverast – Exuvia
9. Manetheren – The End
10. Au-Dessus – End Of Chapter
11. Ulsect – Ulsect
12. Aosoth – V – The Inside Scriptures
13.Throane – Plus Une Maine À Mordre
14. Celeste – Infidèle(s)
15. Blaze Of Perdition – Conscious Darkness

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
‘The Circle’ cleverly combines different genres in well written songs.

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
Even more good music!



Sicktus

Question 1: What made you happy this year?
The pear tree in my garden. Holiday in Croatia. Concerts, festivals. Good food, good drink, good people. Doing volunteer work. Craft beer. An evening of just watching sports with mates. Lazy Sundays. Murphy, our cat. Pretty much a ton of things. We do complain a lot, but life is pretty good on this piece of the planet…

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
Hell yeah, metal still lives! The metal scene (just as the rest of the music industry) will have to keep reinventing itself though. Whether it is how to deal with “digital” (which shouldn’t be too hard, given the amount of collectors in the scene who still will want to buy hard copies), or how to replace the classic big festival headliners... I’m very curious to what will happen with the latter. The old ones are gone, or will be gone soon and there aren’t that many “stadium filling” bands to take those spots...

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why? (add link!)
I was gonna say ’Every Scum Is A Straight Arrow’ by Straight Hate, but because that album came out in 2016, I decided to go with ’Caro Data Vermibus’ by Come Back From The Dead. In both cases for the same reason, by the way: they are both pretty straightforward, yet deliciously enjoyable albums. Simple, yet catchy as hell. Those are the ones that write themselves!

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why? (add link!)
Hm, wow... That’s not a list I keep. It probably was ’Mount The Mountain’ by Mammoth Mammoth. Why? Because the #fanboy in me expected quite a bit more from the album…


Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
Hm, another list I don’t keep.... This one I should probably, though... Rock/hardrock coverband Cherrybombz at the central square in Pula, Croatia comes to mind, a case of right time, right place. And more recently: Officium Triste at Baroeg were pretty damn good. Bad gigs… I don’t have time to bother with those and usually will walk away and immediately forget about it... So not a clue...

Question 6: What song have you played most this year (may be something old)?
Since I don’t have Spotify or any other service to provide me with such a list: not a clue... I don’t keep scores for CDs / LPs played...

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
To paraphrase Socrates (rather) freely: I don’t know what I don’t know. But a new Carcass or Jungle Rot album would have been nice. And I did expect the Troikadon debut in 2017...

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
I really dig the early stuff by Tool, but nowadays I’m more into To Øl. And I just used up the last chicken carcass yesterday, so I cannot read any intestines to look into the future…

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
See my answer to the First question! Books… That’s those things that are lined up next to my bed, unread, right? Note to self, read more in 2018…

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?

1. Horrified - Allure Of The Fallen
2. Come Back From The Dead - Caro Data Vermibus
3. Black Anvil - As Was
4. Mordbrand - Wilt
5. Memoriam - For The Fallen
6. Rogga Johansson - Garpedans
7. Vaultwraight – Death Is Proof Of Satan’s Power
8. Wound - Engrained
9. Lifeless - The Occult Mastery
10. Pale King - Monolith Of The Malign
11. Contaminated – Final Man
12. Deserted Fear – Dead Shores Rising
13. Hypnos - The Whitecrow
14. Abhorrent Decimation - The Pardoner
15. Stass – The Darkside

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
Short reasoning? How about a review? Epic, melodic, majestic, grand, overwhelming, gruesome. Absolute greatness.

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
Yes… Read more! And more of my answer to question 1! And Wein, Weib und Gesang, Arti et Amicitea!



Sjak

Question 1: What made you happy this year?
The year 2017 wasn’t exactly a year that made me extremely happy, both from a musical perspective as well as in general. Of course a number of pretty great records were brought to market, but they were nearly all released by old-timers in the genre. In my opinion there are not enough new bands that are able to make the jump to the champions league of metal and that’s somewhat of an alarming conclusion.

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
There will always remain life in metal, because there are so many great bands around in the scene. Of course it’s always sad when a rock star joins the great band in the sky, but in most occasions these are people that have already reached a certain age and who have live the not too healthy rock star lifestyle already for decades. There will always come a new batch of people who will make sure that metal as a musical genre will stay very much alive.

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why?
That will probably have been Warbringer’s ‘Woe To The Vanquished’, which grabbed me by the throat at the very first listen en never let go anymore.

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why?
There are always a number of records that are hard to review, but on this very moment no one in particular comes to mind which was extremely hard. Just a matter of giving it enough spins and waiting for the inspiration to surface…

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
The two best concerts for me were the Megadeth show in 013, Tilburg on August 15th and the Epica show in the Trix, Antwerp on October 18th. Also both Vandenberg’s Moonkings shows (in 013, Tilburg on November 17th and in the Bosuil, Weert on December 23rd) were very worthwhile visiting! Truly bad concerts I haven’t seen this year…

Question 6: What song have you played most this year (may be something old)?
There are three songs that I’ve played very often this year and those were Warbringer’s ‘Silhouettes’, Arch Enemy’s ‘The World Is Yours’ and Angel Nation’s ‘Burn The Witch’, not quite coincidentally tracks from my personal top three of this year.

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
I don’t have the feeling that I really missed something, as I nowadays am more occupied with the music from the present and the past than with the music that is to be released in the future. That will automatically come to me whenever the time is ripe.

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
That’s something that I can’t and won’t say anything about right now, because I will see that in due time. The fact whether the new Tool album will finally be released doesn’t interest me that much, as I’m not really into that band.

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
Besides listening to music I keep myself quite busy with watching TV-series and movies or reading a good book. I must say that I was quite impressed with the new Star Wars movie ‘The Last Jedi’.

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?

1. Arch Enemy – Will To Power
2. Warbringer – Woe To The Vanquished
3. Angel Nation - Aeon
4. Epica – The Solace System
5. Obituary - Obituary
6. Edenbridge – The Great Momentum
7. Vandenberg’s Moonkings – MK II
8. Xandria – Theater Of Dimensions
9. Martina Edoff – We Will Align
10. The Charm The Fury – The Sick, Dumb & Happy
11. End Of The Dream – Until You Break
12. Vuur – In This Moment We Are Free - Cities
13. Iced Earth - Incorruptable
14. Cannibal Corpse – Red Before Black
15. Annihilator – For The Demented

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
On this album everything is to be found what I’m looking for in a great metal release: fantastic songs, lovely riffs and solos, outstanding (female) vocals and a crystal-clear sound. Really the ultimate total package for me…

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
Nope, that’s not for me anymore. Resolutions don’t have to be dependent on the year change-over, because they can be popping up at any time.



Vera

Question 1: What made you happy this year?
The excellent music I got to know this year, attending gigs and interviews that turned out ace. The yearly holidays abroad and smaller trips in between, often related to metal. But actually this is tenable for every year.

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
We should not be too pessimistic, a lot of fine metal is still released, even though I seem to have no mainstream metal taste, because the new bands in all –core styles are on the rise on festivals and that’s not my cup of tea. Sometimes the American tasted market prevails too much.

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why?
That’s always a re-release when I can refer to the former review, very logical.

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why?
No idea. From time to time I think: ‘How shall I put this down in words?’, but in the end it turns out fine.

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
The best ones: Prophecy Fest 2017 in Germany, but also Alice Cooper, John Fogerty, Saturnus, Primordial and Enslaved. The worst: probably I did not attend that.

Question 6: What song have you played most this year (may be something old)?
‘High Hopes’ of David Gilmour live, Soen (‘Lucidity’) and Dool (‘Oweynagat’).

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
Actually I was too busy to miss something, maybe Tool, but that’s since ages.

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
Maybe the new Dimmu Borgir?

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
Not so much time for something else…

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?

1. SOEN – Lykaia
2. ENSLAVED – E
3. SOLSTAFIR – Berdreyminn
4. SORCERER – The Crowning Of The Fire King
5. SUN OF THE SLEEPLESS – To The Elements
6. PARADISE LOST – Medusa
7. ICED EARTH – Incorruptible
8. DOOL – Here Now There Then
9. NE OBLIVISCARIS – Urn
10. PERSEFONE – Aathma
11. EREB ALTOR – Ulfven
12. NAILED TO OBSCURITY – King Delusion
13. WOLFHEART – Tyhjyys
14. MARCHE FUNEBRE – Into The Arms Of Darkness
15. BLACK MESSIAH – Walls Of Vanaheim

Just bubbling under, but also favorites: Katla, Vintersorg, Communic, Wintersun

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
Swedish Soen always was a top notch band, but now with the recruitment of guitarist Marcus Jidell (Avatarium) they are really superb!

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
Being able to review many (hopefully mostly fine) albums and do interviews, also attending some gigs. In brief, on musical level, things should continue as they are now and this was also my wish for 2017.



Wilco

Question 1: What made you happy this year?
The resurrection of the local metal scene in my home city Arnhem.

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
Metal will never end.

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why?
VUUR – In This Moment We Are Free – Cities.

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why?
Arrayan Path – Dawn Of Aquarius

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
VUUR in Leeuwarden and Ayreon in 013, nothing really sucked this year!

Question 6: What song have you played most this year (may be something old)?
Argus – No Right To Grieve

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
Naglfar and Guardians Of Time.

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
I really have no idea what to expect the next year.

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
Star Wars!

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?

1. Argus – From Fields Of Fire
2. VUUR – In This Moment We Are Free – Cities
3. Belphegor - Totenritual
4. Ex Deo – The Immortal Wars
5. Iced Earth - Incorruptible
6. Almanac - Kingslayer
7. Amberian Dawn - Darkness Of Eternity
8. Battle Beast – Bringer Of Pain
9. Benighted - Necrobreed
10. Bloodbound – War Of Dragons
11. Dream Evil - SIX
12. Kobra And The Lotus – Prevail I
13. Magenta Harvest - …And Then Came The Dust
14. Ne Obliviscaris - Urn
15. Nocturnal Rites - Phoenix

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
Just listen to it. You automatically will conclude that this album forges several styles together.

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
None.



William Kampen

Question 1: What made you happy this year?
I have had quite some setbacks this year. Just before the end of the year, everything is turning out just fine and that feels great.

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
Of course metal is still alive. People die. That is rough and there is nothing you can do about it. The music by the legends lives on, though.

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why?
Cannot tell, yet. After a hiatus, I recently rejoined Lords Of Metal. Ask me again next year.

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why?
Same deal here. Ask me again next december.

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
Mysticum at Roadburn was amazing. Vortex opening for Manilla Road was absolutely horrible.

Question 6: What song have you played most this year?
Burzum – Det Som Engang Var

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
I did not really miss anything. I guess a return of Judas Iscariot would be nice.

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
If there will be a new Tool album, I will definitely not listen to it. I will consult my crystal ball in order to answer your question. Be right back.

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
I am a big Twin Peaks fan. I was really excited to see season three of Twin Peaks.

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?

1. Arckanum – Den Förstfödde
2. Sanguine Relic – Bitter Reflections In Luminous Shadows
3. Gnipahålan – I Blodets Kamp
4. Vaal – Geest Van De Verlorenen
5. Gjendød - Nedstigning
6. Spectral Wound – Terra Nullius
7. Ravenzang - Ravenzang
8. Whoredom Rife - Dommedagskvad
9. Black Cilice – Banished From Time
10. Vreemdeling/Zygmythkaupt - split
11. Turia – Dede Kondre
12. Solar Temple – Rays Of Brilliance
13. Ungesehen - Unaussprechliches Entsetzen
14. Wulkanaz - Paralys
15. Third Eye Rapists – Deathtrip Transcendance

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
Shamaatae is a legend. This is his final album.

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
I am hoping to realize my plans to travel to Cambodia and Vietnam. Also, I want to buy a house.



William Pezy

Question 1: What made you happy this year? (musically or in general)
The new Mindmaze and Deathless Legacy albums, and off course….drinking coffee with Europe! That was on my bucket list.

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
Nothing will kill metal.

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why?
MindMaze – Resolve, an amazing album!

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why?
None.

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
Alas haven’t seen too much shows this year.

Question 6: What song have you played most this year?
Anathema – Untouchable 1&2

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
Y&T, Savatage

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
No Fucking Clue.

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
The best? The last day of 2017. Hopefully 2018 will get better.

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?

1. MindMaze – Resolve
2. Ayreon - The Source
3. Europe - Walk The Earth
4. Europe - The Final Countdown live
5. The Silent Wedding - Enigma Eternal
6. Adagio - Life
7. Deathless Legacy - Rituals Of Black Magic
8. The Parity Complex - Dead End Exit
9. Scardust - Sands Of Time
10. Mike Tramp - Maybe Tomorrow
11. Deathless Legacy - Dance With Devils
12. Mindlane - Unspoken Silence
13. Oknos - Old World
14. Starsoup - Castles Of Sand
15. JD Miller - World War X

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
Everything I love in Metal is on this album

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
A good health to all and a fat and filled wallet.



Wim R.

Question 1: What made you happy this year?
To join this nice bunch of peeps at Lords Of Metal.

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
All is not lost But I think the times of the real rock icons are over. Nowadays it’s more the band in a whole. And it seems tob e fashionable tob e part of ten different bands at the same time.

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why? (add link!)
Newman – Aerial. Steve Newman has only produced quality albums in his career and this one is no exception.


Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why? (add link!)
Quayde LaHüe – Day Of The Opressor. My first serious review of an album, and it was a quite bad one. At first I thought or chief played a joke on me.

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
Best one: Leatherwolf at Hair Metal Heaven in Hull (UK).
The most disappointing: W.A.S.P. at 013 in Tilburg.

Question 6: What song have you played most this year?
Keeping The Dream Alive - Kryptonite

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
A new album by Y&T would have been nice, but alas….

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
No idea, let me check paranormal.com

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
I really enjoyed former UFO bass player Pete Way his biography, called ‘A Fast Ride Out Of Here’.
Can I talk footie a bit? The way Ajax played in the Europa League against Olympique Lyonnais. It did not get any better this year.

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best? .

1. Steve Walsh – Black Butterfly
2. Fozzy – Judas
3. Santa Cruz - Bad Blood Rising
4. Newman – Aerial
5. Kreator - Gods Of Violence
6. The Dead Daisies - Live And Louder
7. Accept - The Rise Of Chaos
8. Annihilator - For The Demented
9. Treat – The Road more Or Less Traveled
10. Eclipse – Momentum
11. Revolution Saints – Light In The Dark
12. Primal Fear - Angels Of Mercy: Live In Germany
13. Babylon A.D. - Revelation Highway
14. Bigfoot – Bigfoot
15. Europe - Walk The Earth

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
Steve Walsh is a great vocalist and composer. ‘Black Butterfly’ is just a great showcase of his, already proven, talents. Reminds me of the better days of his former bands Kansas and Streets.

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
Let us hope that 2018 and the years there after will bring us some classic albums again. God, there have not been many classics the last years. And let us hope that the money machine called Guns N' Roses will come to a screeching halt in 2018.



Wim Strijbosch

Question 1: What made you happy this year?
I wasn’t that happy this year, there was no real reason to be happy. It was a year without highs and lows. That happens sometimes, right?

Question 2: This was another year in which many rock stars joined the great band in the sky, so this might be more relevant than ever: is metal still alive or do we wait for the last one to turn out the lights?
I am not really positive about metal in general. And that has nothing to do with the quality of bands and music. I am worried about live performances and the lack of audience. Just the big names still attract a crowd. Years ago metal fans were more used to go to live gigs, also to check out new bands. That does not happen anymore. Just look at my colleagues of Lords of Metal: they are metal fans obliviously but apparently a lot of them hardly ever see a band live.

Question 3: What was the easiest album to review this year and why?
Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun. Because you know what to expect.

Question 4: And what was the hardest review job you had to do in 2017 and why?
None

Question 5: What were the best and the worst concert in 2017?
The best was Satyricon at 013; it was just overwhelming. But also Y&T in the Cacaofabriek was absolutely brilliant. The worst gig was Gorgoroth in Dynamo Eindhoven; this band is the opposite of Satyricon in every aspect. What a bunch of losers, especially that wanker Infernus.,

Question 6: What song have you played most this year?
Lucky Me by Tony Banks (of the ‘A Curious Feeling’ album). With the great Kim Beacon (who died much too soon) on vocals.

Question 7: Every year more records are released than a normal human being can listen to. Even more records are not released. What band did you miss this year? In other words: from which band had you expected a new, great album?
I had hoped for a new Journey album. And I am also curious for the new A Perfect Circle album, especially after hearing ‘The Doomed’.

Question 8: Which album will take the first place in next year’s end-of-the-year list? Will it finally be the new Tool album?
The new A Perfect Circle album.

Question 9: Should you have had the time for other pursuits than listening to music, what did you like best in 2017? Could be a book, a film, a tv-series, a play… whatever
Book: Hay by Sander Donkers, film: ‘Wind River’ by Taylor Sheridan and in the theater the latest show of Her Majesty – Marrakesh Expres.

Question 10: Which fifteen metal albums from 2017 did you like best?

1. Satyricon – Deep Calleth Upon Deep
2. Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun
3. Kreator – Gods Of Violence
4. Obituary - Obituary
5. Memoriam – For The Fallen
6. Motorpsycho – The Tower
7. Havok - Conformicide
8. Bjorn Riis- Forever Comes To An End
9. Anathema – the Optimist
10. Joe Bonamassa – An acoustic Evening Live At Carnegie Hall
11. Dool – Here Now There Then
12. Riverdogs - California
13. Backwood Spirit – Backwood Spirit
14. Greta Von Fleet – From The Fires
15. Threshold – Legends Of The Shires.

Question 11: Please give a short reasoning why your number 1 was this year’s best album.
Because I only knew Satyricon by name, not buy music. I was blown away by their live performance and the songs of the latest album really stood out.

Question 12: Any wishes or resolutions for 2018?
Drink more special beers.

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