There Is Always Good Music To Find – 2017 Releases


How many of us have friends that give us the cliched line of “there is no good new music anymore”.  I have always found this to be pretty comical, I often ask them if they have Al Bundy syndrome, you know reminiscing about scoring five touchdowns in high school, and never really progressing in life beyond that point.  Ok, I get it, so nothing is going to touch Master Of Puppets, Destroyer, Back In Black, Volume 4, Number Of The Beast, Appetite For Destruction, or any album of yesteryear that you may have clung on to, and considered your favorite album of all time.  That doesn’t mean that bands aren’t putting out good music.  I always feel that good music outweighs bad releases by bands.  For example, the last album by Scorpions that I really liked was Humanity, so I think about how much I like that album more than how much, for my personal taste. the albums that have come out after by the band.  That doesn’t mean that others can’t enjoy those albums because I don’t, it just means that I’m not into them, or hung up on “nothing will ever eclipse Love At First Sting”.  Apply this logic to food, “I will never make pasta at home again because it will never compare to that one time I had spaghetti in Little Italy.”  Why would you do that?  Sometimes when you make food it’s a home run, and other times, for whatever reason, not so much.  That also doesn’t keep people from finding other experiences that are as good or better.

So, what I’m getting at is that although you may not be able to compare something new, something you’ve been listening to since your childhood, it doesn’t mean you should forego searching out new music by some of your favorite artists, or new artists that you may not be aware of.  New music supplements what I am currently listening to, and in some cases, makes me reach back deeper into a band’s catalog to make a playlist even better.

With this in mind, here are some releases that I have really enjoyed, and not reviewed for Talking Metal, that have the good likelihood of making my year-end lists.  – List by Victor M. Ruiz of earpeelerMars Attacks Radio & Podcast, and Galaxy Of Geeks Podcast.  Connect with him on Twitter:  @vmr907


Stephen Pearcy – Smash:–B-eC7xI

Diablo Blvd – Zero Hour:

Life Of Agony – A Place Where There’s No Pain:

Wayward Sons – Ghosts Of Yet To Come:

Josh Todd & The Conflict:



Night Demon – Darkness Remains:

Byzantine – The Cicada Tree:

Sons Of Apollo – Psychotic Symphony:

The Haunted – Strength In Numbers:

Iced Earth – Incorruptible:


And if you’re in the mood to check out some rock or pop releases check some of these out:

Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark?:

At The Drive In – In Ter a li a:

Gary Numan – Savage (Songs From A Broken World):

Liam Gallagher – As You Were:

Beck – Colors:

Sons of Apollo – Billy, Mike, Jeff, Derek & Bumblefoot.

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1 comment

  1. Joe Becht November 27, 2017 6:34 pm 

    Don’t forget the best of 2017 :

    Living Colour

    Black Country Communion

    Stone Sour

    Venom Inc

    Great Van Fleet

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