So, what's been tickling your ears this year so far and what are you still lookng forward to? Heard some AOTY contenders already? Four 2017 albums I've thoroughly enjoyed so far: BLACKFIELD - Blackfield V I love the first Blackfield 3 albums pretty much equally, IV however was disappointing i.m.o. V is a true return to form, consistently great album! DOOL - Here Now, There Then Was never a fan of the 'occult rock' genre somehow, still don't like many bands in the genre. Don't care much for Ghost for instance. Somehow decided to give Dool a chance and wow, simply a great album, 8 great songs, from the amazing, atmospheric, doomy opener Vantablack to closer She Goat, it's highlight after highlight. Great album of atmospheric, dark metal/rock. GOD DETHRONED - The World Ablaze Kinda lost interest in them after Into the Lungs of Hell. Took more interest in them because of my friend Mike joining them on guitar with the most recent 'reunion'. When they announced a new album, I was of course going to check it out and to my surprise this might be their most consistent album overal. Just great and highly recommended! LEGACY OF EMPTINESS - Over the Past Just randomly decided to check this out purely based on the cool cover art and hella glad I did! Very well-executed melodic/atmospheric/symphonic Black (Death) Metal from Norway, bringing back this nice 90's atmosphere. Programmed drums, but it never bothers me one bit. Great atmosphere, great lead guitars. Consistently great songs, powerful mix by Dan Swanö, another highly recommended album! And they're labelmates of Desölätör Looking forward to: PARADISE LOST - Medusa (teaser released today sounded promising, Nick seems to have revived his growl for real now, forget Grand Morbid Funeral, he really growls his guts out here! ) NAGLFAR? ALICE IN CHAINS? My band of the year so far is, as you have surely noticed, THE DEVIL'S BLOOD. Defunct already for 4 years and the bandleader dead for 3 years. I decided to give them another chance because of their relation to Dool. And finally the coin dropped, HARD! Holy fuck, they are the best thing I've heard in a loooooong time. I've not been obsessed with a band like that since discovering Porcupine Tree in 2005. It's hard to imagine I even listened to them twice before, in 2009 and 2011, and not realising the greatness then. Better late than never, only a shame I'll never be able to see them live. I'll still be enjoying the albums for many years to come.