1. Harlott – Extinction
With Extinction, Australian’s number one thrash act entered the thrash big leagues. This blistering album appeared effortless, conjuring images of thrash’s glorious past with each measured assault and offering up enough variations on Slayer’s blueprint to keep attention focused directly on them….and neck muscles strained to absolute breaking point!
This beast was relentless (ironically more so than Slayer’s last release) and stood shoulder to shoulder with anything released and lauded within the last decade. “Extinction”, “Parasite”, “The Penitent”, “Violent Conspirator” and the deliciously experimental “And Darkness Brings the Light” were all killer, drawing on the defining work of Exodus (and the aforementioned Slayer) and yet fashioning something, new, fresh and exciting with each and every pummelling riff.
As already identified, 2017 was a year that thrashed hard but Harlott delivered something above and beyond, they delivered an extinction level event in the thrash world! To put it bluntly, all other modern thrash bands faced total annihilation in Harlott’s wake because Extinction was the finest 2017 thrash release and proved to be modern thrash perfection.
Honourable mentions: Dr. Living Dead! – Cosmic Conqueror / Chaos – All Against All / The Haunted – Strength In Numbers / Overkill – The Grinding Wheel / Jenner – To Live Is To Suffer / Game Over – Claiming Supremacy / Tankard – One Foot In The Grave / Iron Reagan – Crossover Ministry / Impalers – The Celestial Dictator / Antichrist – Sinful Birth / Craven Idol – The Shackles Of Mammon / Urn – The Burning / National Suicide – Massacre Elite / Municipal Waste – Slime And Punishment / Vampire – With Primeval Force / Distillator – Summoning The Malicious / Desecrator – To The Gallows…..2017 has been a bloody good year for THRASH!