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Metal Injection Writers' Overall Top 20 Albums of 2017

We've pooled our collective thoughts and lists to determine what was truly Metal Injection's album of 2017.

We've pooled our collective thoughts and lists to determine what was truly Metal Injection's album of 2017.

I started this last year in an effort to effectively calculate what we, the Metal Injection writers, were collectively fans of. For 2017, I decided to employ the same strategy as last year—a two-step approach. This initial count does most of the work. Using this method effectively keeps writers on a level playing field no matter how many albums they listed—at least through the first stage. To give you a little bit of a "behind the scenes:" the lot of us are constantly sharing music that we find and like with each other. This consequently leads to many of us liking similar albums. These common picks created interesting results for the end of the first round. It also made the second round a nailbiter for certain positions.

Submissions were down this year overall, creating a smaller sample size.We had 16 writers turn in lists this year compared to 18 from last year. Genre-specific column lists were also excluded. That means whatever Chris picked for The Monday Grind, Austin for Tech Death Tuesday, or myself for Funeral Doom Friday aren't included. These lists also varied in size and content—ranging from 10 to 40 picks and featured dozens of different albums. I cross-referenced every list to find common albums and determined which albums appeared most frequently.

Naturally, there were ties between albums. This created "tiers" of albums that immediately capped how high or low an album could finish on a list. Step two was an effort to break ties between albums within these tiers. I took the average position of each album within each of the tiers determined from step one and ultimately discovered Metal Injection's collective album of the year. Last year we gave the belt to KhemmisHunted. It won album of the year for a very good reason—that album kicked literally all of the ass. Now let's see who gets the belt this year…


20. Paradise Lost – Medusa

Metal Injection Writers' Overall Top 20 Albums of 2017


19. Moonspell1755

Metal Injection Writers' Overall Top 20 Albums of 2017


18. Primitive Man – Caustic

Metal Injection Writers' Overall Top 20 Albums of 2017


17. Code Orange – Forever

Metal Injection Writers' Overall Top 20 Albums of 2017


T-15. Integrity – Howling, for the Nightmare Shall Consume

Metal Injection Writers' Overall Top 20 Albums of 2017


T-15. Pyrrhon – What Passes for Survival

Metal Injection Writers' Overall Top 20 Albums of 2017


14. Mutoid Man – War Moans

Metal Injection Writers' Overall Top 20 Albums of 2017


13. Archspire – Relentless Mutation

Metal Injection Writers' Overall Top 20 Albums of 2017


12. The Faceless – In Becoming A Ghost

Metal Injection Writers' Overall Top 20 Albums of 2017


11. Spectral Voice – Eroded Corridors of Unbeing

Metal Injection Writers' Overall Top 20 Albums of 2017


10. 3teeth – <shutdown.exe>

Metal Injection Writers' Overall Top 20 Albums of 2017


9. Igorrr – Savage Sinusoid

Metal Injection Writers' Overall Top 20 Albums of 2017


8. Yellow Eyes – Immersion Trench Reverie

Metal Injection Writers' Overall Top 20 Albums of 2017


7. Ne Obliviscaris – Urn

Metal Injection Writers' Overall Top 20 Albums of 2017


6. Full of Hell – Trumpeting Ecstasy

Metal Injection Writers' Overall Top 20 Albums of 2017


5. Spirit Adrift – Curse of Conception

Metal Injection Writers' Overall Top 20 Albums of 2017


4. Mastodon – Emperor of Sand

Metal Injection Writers' Overall Top 20 Albums of 2017


3. Pallbearer – Heartless

Metal Injection Writers' Overall Top 20 Albums of 2017


2. Power Trip – Nightmare Logic

Metal Injection Writers' Overall Top 20 Albums of 2017


1. Converge – The Dusk In Us

Metal Injection Writers' Overall Top 20 Albums of 2017


The Dusk In Us appeared on six lists—the most of any record—and actually held the highest average position amongst albums that appeared on at least three lists. In short, Converge dominated writers' lists this year. Congratulations to Jacob, Kurt, Nate, and Ben on another riveting and successful album!

Are you wondering how some of these bands did so well? Check out all of the writers' submitted lists in our Best of 2017 section. Happy New Year!

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