Indie Network of Sound understands that music plays a big role in our daily lives. Our mood and state of mind dictates the music we listen to. The top albums of the year, are in our opinion the best work from a genre. With so many hot releases this year, it was not an easy task limiting the list to only 20 albums. Enjoy and keep on listening.
20. Night Drive-Night Drive - Synth-pop with deep dark vibes. Fans of the 80's will love the fresh sound of the band's self titled debut release. The band pays homage through their fuzzy sounds to some of INoS's favourites - Interpol, New Order, and Joy Division. We've been grooving all year to this one.
19. Jlin-Black Origami - A Slick atmospheric sound with obscure vocal samples. INoS would hate to just label Black Origami as an electronic album, it's so much more. Tribal beats and exquisite sounds creating an opus of "dark energy."
18. King Krule-The OOZ - The OOZ seemingly came out of nowhere and everywhere at once. It quickly became an INoS favorite when we learned about it. Out of thin air we were surprised by this gauzy and aggressive lounge music, and couldn't get enough of the interstellar journey it took us on. This release of Incoherent British Proto Punk is everything that we love and live for.
17. Wolf Alice-Visions of Life - The four piece alternative band from London truly delivered on their sophomore release. INoS enjoys the dreamy melodies topped with a scrupulous amount of rock that takes the listener on a journey through the 90's and beyond. Visions of Life is a beautiful seduction from beginning to end.
16. Body Count-Bloodlust - This is one down and gritty release. After 30 years, Ice-T and Ernice C are at it again bringing raw lessons from the streets. Musically, Bloodlust is Body Count's best work to date and features guest appearances from some of metals heaviest hitters - Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) on Civil War, Max Cavalera (Sepultura) on All Love is Lost, and Randy Blythe (Lamb of God) on Walk with Me. From beginning to end the lessons never stop-police brutality, racism, and revenge. One thing you can take away from Bloodlust is #NoLivesMatter,
15. The Black Angels-Death Song - "One day it will all be over." Until then, embrace The Black Angels fifth release - Death Song. A dark and eerie record that truly shines. Garage Psych done right. The Black Angels went back to the basics and mastered their sound on Death Song. Edgy blues riffs with trippy reverb from guitarist Christian Bland weigh heavy on this LP, and we love it. Death Song builds on each track - never slowing down and never looking back. INoS says - hold on and enjoy the ride.
14. Lana Del Rey-Lust for Life - Something about the sentimental sound of Lana keeps bringing us back for more. This time around on Lust for Life, INoS feels a shift in Lana's sound from her usual beautiful tales of pain and misery to a blissful, hazy and dreamy sound. The album cover says it all - It looks great on Lana and sounds so divine. The "flower child" power is strong on this one.
13. Electric Wizard-Wizard Bloody Wizard - INoS have been Electric Wizard fans for many years. One of our favorite albums of all time is the Dopethrone. The Wizard has created the next big thing with Wizard Bloody Wizard. We love everything about this album from the album cover to the deep Sabbath cult classic sound. Stoner induced riffs that flow like a 1980's horror film. On Necromania (Track 2), "So Sweet So Dead." that's right - The Wizard brings you Tales from the Crypt.
12-Austra-Future Politics - Austra Stepped up their game on their third release Future Politics. Packed with Synth-techno beats, intense operatic vocals, and deep lyrics. Austra tackles some serious political issues on this LP, hence the title "Future Politics. The message is loud and clear - "Stand up for what you believe in." I love you more than you love yourself - take that to heart.
11. Daddy Issues-Deep Dream - The power trio from Nashville, Tennessee, kicked INoS in the face with the release of their debut album Deep Dream. This LP is so very charming and reminiscent of the 1990's pop/grunge sound. Daddy Issues are on point. The stories being told are raw, dirty, and eye opening. In Boring Girls, Daddy Issues breaks it down - "Pretty thing don't hurt yourself, You should know he stays with me when he's in town." The lyrics are simple and down to earth, so true - that we all can relate to.
10. Power Trip-Nightmare Logic - Bang your head to this one. Nightmare Logic is the deep, dark, and sinister presence haunting your dreams. Full on - Power Trip delivers a metal masterpiece. Released in February of 2017, INoS has been spinning this one all year. We love it more and more, each and every day. A "throwdown" of rabid thrash metal that cuts deep into your soul. If this LP doesn't rattle your cage-nothing ever will. POWER TRIP
9. Sorority Noise-You're Not As__As You Think - SN is fronted by Cameron Boucher, who also fronts Old Gray. Yet Cameron wrote a bunch of new songs and decided Sorority Noise was the outlet. Their third release is a charm. Dark, moody, and soothing. You're Not As__As You think finds that empty space in your heart and immediately fills the void. This album in a sense is therapeutic, and addresses our darkest fears - death, religion, and the little things that make us smile.
8. Trivium-The Sin and the Sentence - This past year, the metal veterans Trivium hailing from Central Florida, released their eighth studio album on Roadrunner Records. The Sin and The Sentence is a beautifully produced metal album. INoS will tell you that we've been fortunate enough to be part of the evolution of Trivium. The Sin and the Sentence may be Trivium's best work yet-their opus. It's pure metal with some seriously catchy tunes. The vocals are at an all time best for Trivium. The album is packed with power and roaring vocals, but feels so mature. Some of the best work on the album- Beyond Oblivion, The Sin and the Sentence, The Heart from Your Hate, Betrayer, and The Wretchedness Inside - our favorite track on the album. The Sin and The Sentence will keep the die hard metal head happy. Strapping vocals, blistering guitar work, throbbing drums-all equates to one amazing Heavy Metal release.
7. Noga Erez-Off the Radar - Straight outta of the Motherland-Tel Aviv, Israel, Noga brings us some rich seductive beats with some controversial lyrics. Hitting on heavy issues, sexual assault, Middle East tensions, and even an attack on her own government-this is one complex release. INoS loves the way the album is wrapped up and delivered. The message-not so simple, it requires one to think and attempt to understand. The heavy beats get you up and moving, you'll find yourself dancing-even if you don't dance. The big question you must answer - "Can You Dance While You Shoot."
6. Mastodon-Emperor of Sand - The Georgia Metal masters released a gem in their seventh studio album-Emperor of Sand. INoS compares this LP to a well planned road trip on a beautiful Harley Davidson. Feeling free as the journey continues. Starting of with Sultan's Curse, the album builds up speed on Show Yourself, and never lets up until Jaguar God is complete. Our highlight on Emperor of Sand is Roots Remain. It's at this moment you realize this is a metal morsel that's not to be taken lightly. There is not a bad tune on this release. Mastodon-A modern day Motorhead.
5. Ruby The Hatchet-Planetary Space Child - All aboard for a one way ticket into the 1970's with no return - that's how righteous Planetary Space Child is. A Spacey, Classic Rock sound infused with the doom of Black Sabbath. INoS cherishes the sound on this release. A shout out to the slick organ heard throughout Planetary Space Child - bad ass. An honorable mention for our favorite track-Pagan Ritual, is a must listen. Ruby The Hatchet hit it perfectly with this jam. The guitars are on point, the vocals stunning, and the drums-smoking. Climb aboard for an intergalactic adventure-you won't be sorry.
4. Cherry Glazerr-Apocalipstick - On their sophomore release Cherry Glazerr's sound has evolved into a slick retro rock/pop sound. This is such a fun album. It's best summed up on the tune-Trash People. "Trash People, we wear our underpants three days in a row." Who wears their underwear three days in a row? Clementine Creevy is definitely on top of her vocal game, sounding fierce up and down Apocalipstick, both vocally and on her guitar. INoS says-Nurse Ratched-our favorite 2 minutes of 2017.
3. Alvvays-Anti-Socialites - Pronounced "Always," the band formed in Toronto, Ontario, in 2011. INoS has been fans since day one. Anti-Socialites has escalated the band to where they need to be. From beginning to end, Anti-Socialites shines. Dreamy, hazy tales of life and relationships with a definite 60's psych vibe. INoS' favorite track is "Not my baby." A sad song of reality that all should listen closely, and learn. "I'm really not there." Molly Rankin's vocals have recognizably matured and are sounding so beautiful. Alvvays-Indie Pop at its finest.
2. Arch Enemy-Will to Power - By far the best Heavy Metal album of 2017. INoS applauds when a metal band creates a masterpiece. Will to Power marks the rise of Swedish Metal - AE is newly fronted by lead vocalist, Alisa White-Gluz. She is your master. Deep, bellowing scowls that make you cringe-but in the best way humanly possible. This LP has all the necessary ingredients of metal-power chords, intense guitar solos, and lyrics of pain and deceit, best told by Gluz. Darkness shines on the track-"First day in Hell. "Gluz tells a sad but true tale of the Holocaust. Talk about heavy. If you call yourself a heavy metal fan and are not familiar with Will to Power-you screwed up.
1. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit-The Nashville Sound - This piece of work is gorgeous. The song writing and vocals are phenomenal. Isbell continues his evolution as a song-writer and definitely hits it high on The Nashville Sound. Isbell's wife and fiddler-Amanda Shires adds to the mystique of this release. Each song tackles deep issues of life and its struggle. INoS' favorite track - If we Were Vampires. Together Isbell and Shires tell tales of love and how precious it is, all along knowing that one day death will separate them. The message is - "Love is a gift." Truly, The Nashville Sound is a gift and we are so truly fortunate to have enjoyed it.