With 2017 coming to an end, it's time to reflect on all the music the year gave us and in this latest Loud List, we've named the 10 Best Metal Albums of 2017.

With most of metal's biggest acts having released a new record over the last two years, this year magnified the importance of the underground as a new crop of bands left their mark on the year, planting their flag as the genre's future torchbearers. We start off with Bell Witch's Mirror Reaper, an exercise in extremism that features just one track that stretches over 80 minutes. Every year, the doom continues to impress and Bell Witch aren't the only doom act to be featured within this Top 10.

Among the relative newcomers are bands like Power Trip, who have reignited old school thrash with a sensational year on the back of Nightmare Logic, meanwhile Code Orange appear to be the next big thing in hardcore upon issuing Forever. Elsewhere, veterans like Cannibal Corpse and Converge added to their already iconic discographies with excellent new records, demonstrating metal isn't about to be handed down to the upstarts on a permanent basis just yet.

We're not going to divulge all the secrets about our 10 Best Metal Albums of 2017, but you can uncover the rest in the video above.

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