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Best Of - 2017 Dangerzone

ARTICLE: Best Of 2017, Dangerzone
YEAR: 2017


The last year has come and gone in the blink of an eye, and with it another forgettable year in music. Scanning my reviews for the year I was shocked to see I only reviewed six albums from 2017, a new low. Sadly the nature of my day job prevented me from contributing more reviews than I'd like, something I'll do my best to overturn in 2018. In all honesty I listened to more music than ever before in 2017, the drawback was most of it was from decades past, a trend that sees no pace in slowing down. Of the new music I did brave, most of it was from tried and tested acts, some of whom it beggars belief still continue to exist.

The Best And Not So Best
Nothing really imprinted itself on my consciousness to determine it essential. Looking at my list of albums listened to in 2017, much of it leans towards the more extreme metal side. Albums by death metal veterans like Morbid Angel, Obituary, Cannibal Corpse and Six Feet Under provided a few highlights, but nothing compared to each bands glory years. The usually dependable Sepultura failed to deliver with 'Machine Messiah' unfortunately, but it still exceeded the weak Cavalera Conspiracy 'Psychosis'. I was stunned reading people online saying the latter rates with early Sepultura. What are they listening to? Venom Inc. delivered a satisfying slice of thrash with 'Ave', but Overkill bored with 'The Grinding Wheel'.

On the other side of the musical spectrum, I did listen to Steel Panther's 'Raising The Bar' on a few occasions, with some of the tracks catching my ear. The same can be said for Warrant's 'Louder, Harder, Faster' also, but it quickly faded from my view after a week or two. Upon researching what I'd heard from 2017 I realized I had totally forgotten about new albums from Deep Purple, Brother Firetribe, Night Ranger, Styx, Alice Cooper and L.A Guns, each one of them uninspired and dull. I checked out Midnite City's self-titled album, based on the strength of Jeff's review. No offense to Jeff, but I found it generic and bland, so common among modern AOR bands trying to recapture the 80's sound. The worst of the worst however belonged to Accept, Quiet Riot and a covers album by Krokus. You'd have to travel far and wide to find music more abysmal than what these three offered up. The Krokus album in particular was a travesty, such an embarrassment that I shake my head at the very thought of it. Time for these bands to call it a day, seriously.

On another note, I attended more gigs this year than I have in many years. It has to be said Queen put on a great show, even with the current diluted lineup. Adam Lambert might not be everyone's cup of tea, but he's a showman with an amazing voice. The most disappointing show by a mile was Deep Purple. I've been waiting to see them for over 25 years, and I realize now I left it too late. Headlining over other geriatrics Edgar Winter and Alice Cooper, Purple were so old and tired, in appearance and sound, that I actually walked out halfway through. Watching Ian Gillan struggle to hit the notes was painful, and anyone still wanting to hear 'Smoke On The Water' is mentally ill in my opinion.

In Summary
I accepted years ago that the music scene we once loved, barely exists in its current form. Yes there's still a ton of bands and new albums, but hardly any of it resonates with me. I continue to derive the most joy from exploring undiscovered music from the 70's and 80's, something which will never cease. Does that make me a miserable bugger? Maybe. But at this point it's the only saving grace left.

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#1 | Explorer on January 14 2018 09:55:30
Nice Article Alun, your summary is quite easily something that I could write too. I put it down to my age, I`m getting harder to please the older I get!!.
#2 | melodiapositiva on January 14 2018 15:38:10
I could write it too ,i don´t like almost anything new .The good news is that there are hundreds of albums from the 70´s and 80´s waiting to be discovered .
#3 | jeffrey343 on January 15 2018 04:05:22
No offense taken on the Midnite City album. I had put some comments in my review that it may not appeal to everyone, and your tastes do tend to run heavier than mine.

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