Jacek Leja’s Best of 2017

Jacek Leja is the producer and host of the Doc Metal Show featuring the Real Munson. He also is a reviewer and meme lord for BloodRock Media. 
(Republished from BloodRock Media)

1. Without Waves – Lunar
Label: Prosthetic Records
Release Date: 3/17/2017
Chicago’s own Without Waves’ Lunar is the most amazing ride through so many different emotions, feelings, and musical genres from any release I have heard in years. Not only is the album tight, but their live performance is just as tight as their recording. 

2. Leprous – Malina
Label:  Inside Out Music
Release Date: 8/25/2017
Einar Solberg will become one of your favorite vocalists of all time, once you hear this progtasticilally insane album. Malina is their most wonderful work to date, the future of this band is bright.

3. Elder – Reflections of a Floating World
Label: Armageddon Record Shop
Release Date: 6/2/2017
One listen to this album will make you understand what “progressive stoner doom” really means, and why you need it in your life.

4. Mastodon – Emperor of Sand
Label: Reprise
Release Date: 3/31/2017
Mastodon’s style has progressed beautifully over the years as their seventh studio album is their most powerful to date. 

5. Immolation – Atonement
Label: Nuclear Blast
Release Date:  2/24/2017
Brutal, no bullshit death metal from New York that has been punishing ears for almost 30 years.