The 2017 ILX Metal n' Heavy Rock Poll VOTING + CAMPAIGNING thread! Ballots due Saturday, Feb. 3rd!

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It's that time again, kids. Thanks to the significantly longer campaigning period (we're waiting for the main polls to wrap), there's going to be ample time to discover new faves, so campaign liberally!

The rules are as usual: up to 50 votes, weighted/ranked or unweighted/unranked. You can submit your ballot and find the full nominations spreadsheet below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfhF7fGiZ0O7Vy2U6BZ-RCI7Z3MWjFjigtvDzi6JQo6UjOOqA/viewform

For pollrunners' ease, ****please**** copy and paste directly from the spreadsheet to the voting form on individual lines, like so:

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U​.​F​.​O. - Wandering The Outer Space
Aether Realm - Tarot
Aetherian - The Untamed Wilderness
Akatharta - Spiritus Immundus
Akercocke – Renaissance In Extremis

After you vote, please post here so the Metal Authorities can confirm they've received your ballot.

Ballots are due by Saturday, February 3rd!!!

Simon H., Saturday, 23 December 2017 19:11 (three weeks ago) Permalink

And remember to campaign for your faves as boosting really works!

Also the spotify playlist!
https://open.spotify.com/user/pfunkboy/playlist/74IL7uL4YEy2tTiBYtRJ4G

Algerian Goalkeeper (Odysseus), Saturday, 23 December 2017 19:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

imago, you might get some mileage from the Multishiva album? It's basically blackened sludge with lots of Värähtelijä-style effects on top

https://multishiva.bandcamp.com/album/time-messer

― the man from P.O.R.L.O.C.K. (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, December 23, 2017 12:45 PM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

the man from P.O.R.L.O.C.K. (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 23 December 2017 19:22 (three weeks ago) Permalink

We'll all be dead by February

Dinsdale, Saturday, 23 December 2017 19:29 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Well in that case everyone needs to make sure that they hear Retrocausal then.

ultros ultros-ghali, Saturday, 23 December 2017 19:45 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Youre not getting out of voting that easily, Dinsdale!

the man from P.O.R.L.O.C.K. (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 23 December 2017 19:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

redle

calstars, Saturday, 23 December 2017 20:04 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I hope you all give the Solstafir, Sannhet and Au Champ des Morts albums a listen

Algerian Goalkeeper (Odysseus), Saturday, 23 December 2017 20:15 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Aside from Retrocausal, the one I'd like you all (and D.A.M. in particular) to hear is the Corpse Garden, a brilliantly psychedelic death-trip through Costa Rican drug magic, led by a wondrous fretless bass performance

Cardi Acs (imago), Saturday, 23 December 2017 21:12 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Enjoying the Multishiva

Dinsdale, Saturday, 23 December 2017 21:31 (three weeks ago) Permalink

2nd and 4th tracks go off nicely

Cardi Acs (imago), Saturday, 23 December 2017 21:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I may vote later today since I have a day off from visiting my mum in hospital.
(she fell last week and broke her leg on the icy pavement because the council didn't salt them despite the weather being treacherous and she lay on the pavement for two hours in excruciating agony waiting for the ambulance because they had thousands of similar scenarios across the country ) and she wont be home for Christmas.

Fuck the Council!

Algerian Goalkeeper (Odysseus), Sunday, 24 December 2017 08:24 (three weeks ago) Permalink

best to you and yours. although i'm not sure quite how metal a sentiment 'fuck the council' is haha

Cardi Acs (imago), Sunday, 24 December 2017 09:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink

remember to keep nominating in big poll

ILM's 2017 End of Year Tracks & Albums Poll / NOMINATIONS THREAD

Algerian Goalkeeper (Odysseus), Sunday, 24 December 2017 12:18 (three weeks ago) Permalink

If all goes according to plan, I shd def have listened to Cleric & Corpse Garden by Christmas

the man from P.O.R.L.O.C.K. (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 24 December 2017 15:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Merry Christmas folks!

Algerian Goalkeeper (Odysseus), Sunday, 24 December 2017 23:02 (three weeks ago) Permalink

\m/erry xmas :)

Cardi Acs (imago), Sunday, 24 December 2017 23:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Hope everyone had a good Christmas. My dad and I visited my mum in the hospital on Christmas Day.

Algerian Goalkeeper (Odysseus), Tuesday, 26 December 2017 13:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Anybody voted yet?

Algerian Goalkeeper (Odysseus), Thursday, 28 December 2017 11:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Not yet.

Wow, that Couch Slut album is pretty rad, isn't it? Some high-quality noise-rock going around this year

the man from P.O.R.L.O.C.K. (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 28 December 2017 13:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm going to do some campaigning in the new year for sure. Couch Slut will def be on my ballot.

Simon H., Thursday, 28 December 2017 13:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah it's great! closing track is best doom of the year too imo

imago, Thursday, 28 December 2017 13:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

My mum's getting out of hospital tomorrow btw so I shall be voting in the next day or 2

Algerian Goalkeeper (Odysseus), Thursday, 28 December 2017 19:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Such good news, dude!

the man from P.O.R.L.O.C.K. (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 29 December 2017 02:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

^^^^^co-sign!!!

Simon H., Friday, 29 December 2017 05:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

my mum is home!

Algerian Goalkeeper (Odysseus), Friday, 29 December 2017 14:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

welcome back, \m/o\m/

Dinsdale, Friday, 29 December 2017 15:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Spirit Adrift has a lot of what I like about Pallbearer but I think is a better, more musically interesting band overall.

Joan Digimon (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 29 December 2017 20:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Here's an progressive black metal album that is at risk of being overlooked:

Entheos - Le Zahir

Listen to Cité Perdue for a taste.

Dinsdale, Saturday, 30 December 2017 13:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Happy Hogmanay everybody!

Algerian Goalkeeper (Odysseus), Sunday, 31 December 2017 16:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

How many voters have we had so far?

Algerian Goalkeeper (Odysseus), Monday, 1 January 2018 22:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Is it too late to have things added to the spreadsheet? I have a ranked list of 61 metal albums and only 38 of the albums are on the spreadsheet.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 03:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Like, three of my top 10 ain't there... :(

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 03:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

im sure simon could add it

Algerian Goalkeeper (Odysseus), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 13:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

sure, list 'em off here!

Simon H., Tuesday, 2 January 2018 13:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Super! Thanks! I tried to format them in the same manner as the spreadsheet.

Alestorm - No Grave But The Sea
Antisect - The Rising of the Lights
Big|Brave - Ardor
Cursed Moon - Rite of Darkness
Disharmony - Goddamn The Sun
Eluveitie - Evocation II: Pantheon
Falaise - My Endless Immensity
Farsot - Fail Lure
Horn - Turm Am Hang
Ides of Gemini - Women
Light of the Morning Star - Nocta
Mammoth Mammoth - Mount the Mountain
Naudiz - Wulfasa Kunja
Nortt - Endeligt
Overkill - The Grinding Wheel
Pyriphlegethon - The Murky Black of Eternal Night
Reverorum ib Malacht - Ter Agios Numini
Selcouth - Heart Is the Star of Chaos
Slagmaur - Thill Smitts Terror
Tau Cross - Pillar of Fire
The Midnight Ghost Train - Cypress Ave.
The Wizards - Full Moon in Scorpio
Zeal & Ardor - Devil Is Fine

Kinda surprised that a few of these didn't make the list since many of them were discussed in Rolling Metal 2017 extensively.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 14:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

There's always someone who says they missed the nomination period

Algerian Goalkeeper (Odysseus), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 14:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Has anyone voted yet? I don't have access to check and just wondered if people have voted but didn't post here saying so.

Algerian Goalkeeper (Odysseus), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 14:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Happy to add these, I think the Zeal and Ardor album is 2016 though?

Simon H., Tuesday, 2 January 2018 14:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It definitely got some votes last year though I don't think it cracked 101.

Simon H., Tuesday, 2 January 2018 14:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The Zeal & Ardor was released independently and also saw a vinyl release in 2016 however MVKA Records gave it an 'official' US release on 2/24/2017 and it was also the first time it appeared on CD anywhere.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 14:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

(deliberates wisely) I'll allow it

Simon H., Tuesday, 2 January 2018 14:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Thank you, your honor.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 14:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm sort of amazed we missed Big|Brave in the nomination process

Simon H., Tuesday, 2 January 2018 14:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Slagmaur missing was the head-scratcher for me. We discussed that one a lot in rolling metal.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 15:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Sadly a lot of regulars on that thread don't participate in polls.
Hopefully Simon can persuade them? Brian you should try too!

Algerian Goalkeeper (Odysseus), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 15:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'll begin the pestering campaign sometime this week.

Simon H., Tuesday, 2 January 2018 15:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The ones I've listened to a lot this year are Jute Gyte, Akvan (Iranian folk/black metal hybrid that integrates oud with intense black metal), and Árstíðir lífsins (epic progressive Icelandic folk metal). Converge is catching up too. Are there any Branca-metal releases I should check out urgently? Gnaw Their Tongues?

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 14:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

If you haven't heard them already 2 Krallices and a Thantifaxath

queens of the stonage (ultros ultros-ghali), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 16:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Also Blattaria

queens of the stonage (ultros ultros-ghali), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 16:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

2 Krallices
And a Thantifaxath in a pear tree

imago, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 18:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

*in a PURGATORY

imago, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 19:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://tinyurl.com/RYM-2017-Best-Metal

Algerian Goalkeeper (Odysseus), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 21:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Voted for the first time in a year or two! It was a good year for metal and I *still* feel like I missed so much, looking at that nominations list.

beard papa, Thursday, 4 January 2018 07:18 (one week ago) Permalink

I had heard both Krallice releases but hadn't given them enough time. Loum is pretty great, esp, and I just bought it. The Thantifaxath surprises me: pretty eclectic with some dazzlingly intense passages.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 4 January 2018 23:52 (one week ago) Permalink

the general poll voting has started
ILM's 2017 End of Year Tracks & Albums Poll / VOTING THREAD

Algerian Goalkeeper (Odysseus), Saturday, 6 January 2018 15:06 (one week ago) Permalink

I've been listening to In Contact by Caligula's Horse a lot. They blend prog-metal with some mildly djenty elements to uncommonly good effect, and pull off a few gambits that really shouldn't work, most notably a three minute spoken-word-only track (!) and a fifteen-minute closer. Their make-or-break clean vocals sound great to me - there's even a moment in "Dream the Dead" (one of the best openers of the year) that evokes my beloved Anneke-era The Gathering.

Simon H., Saturday, 6 January 2018 16:21 (one week ago) Permalink

I voted. Has anyone else?

Algerian Goalkeeper (Odysseus), Sunday, 7 January 2018 19:26 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm taking the time to discover more stuff, there's almost a whole month left.

Dinsdale, Sunday, 7 January 2018 19:35 (one week ago) Permalink

I voted a week or so ago.

gman59, Sunday, 7 January 2018 19:41 (one week ago) Permalink

pollrunners have to vote early as seandalai prefers it that way. but like anybody else we can change our ballot if we hear something new we want to include.

Algerian Goalkeeper (Odysseus), Sunday, 7 January 2018 20:21 (one week ago) Permalink

I'll try to submit a ballot by week's end

Simon H., Monday, 8 January 2018 13:45 (one week ago) Permalink

Did anyone give these a listen?

I hope you all give the Solstafir, Sannhet and Au Champ des Morts albums a listen

― Algerian Goalkeeper (Odysseus),

Algerian Goalkeeper (Odysseus), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 13:46 (one week ago) Permalink

Also what did you all think of the Electric Wizard album? It seems that those who didn't like the last few loved this one.

Algerian Goalkeeper (Odysseus), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 13:47 (one week ago) Permalink

oh and I hope Agalloch fans checked out the excellent Pillorian album. I wonder when the other ex members of Agalloch will get an album out

Algerian Goalkeeper (Odysseus), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 13:48 (one week ago) Permalink

the Solstafir record is pretty solid

Simon H., Tuesday, 9 January 2018 13:50 (one week ago) Permalink

Au champ des morts is excellent indeed!

Siegbran, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:15 (one week ago) Permalink

Sannhet is great, although I'm not sure if I would call it metal.

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:32 (one week ago) Permalink

they will always be Gannnet to me

#TeamHailing (imago), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 14:44 (one week ago) Permalink

Sannhet is great, although I'm not sure if I would call it metal.


if not metal at the very least it is Heavy Rock.

beard papa, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:49 (one week ago) Permalink

I liked the Sannhet a lot

the man from P.O.R.L.O.C.K. (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 18:37 (one week ago) Permalink

seandalai how many ballots do we have so far?

Algerian Goalkeeper (Odysseus), Thursday, 11 January 2018 16:58 (six days ago) Permalink

On a less false note, I need to also stump for Lich King's insanely fun the Omniclasm, the rare metal album that a) has a non-corny sense of humor and b) still manages to rock the fuck out. Even the sequencing is witty, pairing "Cut the Shit", a rant against scene police and self-serious political bands, with "Our Time to Riot"...a sincere political song about destroying the American government. Also: a song about how awful parenting is ("Preschool Cesspool"), and (along with Kreator) one of the year's two explicitly pro-LGBT thrash songs ("Offense").

Simon H., Thursday, 11 January 2018 18:58 (six days ago) Permalink

I know this hasn't actually been discussed among the pollrunners yet but I'm wondering if it might be wise to extend the voting period for one more week, since the main trax/albums rollout won't actually wrap up until (I believe) February 2nd, and I'm a little concerned there may not leave be lot of spare air for \metal/ while that's going on

Simon H., Friday, 12 January 2018 13:35 (five days ago) Permalink

To be honest? I'd prob move it back to Sunday, to give people the weekend to focus on their metal ballots, but I doubt much more would be needed. That way you benefit from the momentum coming off the albums poll

I think this is the first time that metal poll happens after the big poll...? Usually metal poll acts an okay hype vehicle for like the top 2 or 3 to make it onto the albums poll, but I don't really kniw what the effect will be now that we're reversing the order. Shoukd be interesting...

the man from P.O.R.L.O.C.K. (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 12 January 2018 18:16 (five days ago) Permalink

Yeah this is a first try at doing it in this order AFAIK

Simon H., Friday, 12 January 2018 18:18 (five days ago) Permalink

the longer we open the poll the more people put things off and wait til the last hour to vote

Algerian Goalkeeper (Odysseus), Friday, 12 January 2018 18:37 (five days ago) Permalink

and then ask for another 24 hours..

Algerian Goalkeeper (Odysseus), Friday, 12 January 2018 18:37 (five days ago) Permalink

we only have 6 ballots so far btw, hoping to see more campaigning for albums to encourage others.

Algerian Goalkeeper (Odysseus), Friday, 12 January 2018 20:33 (five days ago) Permalink

I will definitely be voting. Be patient.

I likely won't wait until the last minute either since I am very happy with my Top 60 and placing. I had to get some lists together for earlier deadlines and don't anticipate changing much when I vote here.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 12 January 2018 21:33 (five days ago) Permalink

For those who are interested, I created a Spotify list of my favorite tracks from my favorite albums of 2017. The metal-to-non-metal ratio is about 4-to-1 so if you put it on random and let 'er rip, it won't all be the devil's music. But most of it is.

http://open.spotify.com/user/nyc_native/playlist/6AgLUwOX0KciLqQFAGfWob

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Sunday, 14 January 2018 03:29 (three days ago) Permalink

I totally forgot to nominate Emyn Muil - Elenion Ancalima but it is total Summoning worship that will be high on my ballot, easily better than the actual new Summoning record.

Délétère - Per Aspera Ad Pestilentiam : excellent Canadian BM, excellent mix of the usual fast/furious and catchy rockin' stuff.

Goatpenis is absolutely kickass. Ungfell - Tôtbringære if you like Peste Noire. Slagmaur if you like Ceremony-era Samael. Colotyphus if you like Drudkh. Contaminated if you'd have liked Entombed to be doomier. Lingua Ignota if you like Diamanda Galas.

Siegbran, Monday, 15 January 2018 00:08 (two days ago) Permalink

Goatpenis

alpine static, Monday, 15 January 2018 09:09 (two days ago) Permalink

Let's make a Goatpenis victory happen, we can do it.

Siegbran, Monday, 15 January 2018 10:33 (two days ago) Permalink

Siegbran, I added Emyn Muil to the list.

Simon H., Monday, 15 January 2018 14:05 (two days ago) Permalink

Merci!

Siegbran, Monday, 15 January 2018 14:36 (two days ago) Permalink

billy woods' album Known Unknowns is fantastic and well worth a listen.

Also the Buddy track Find Me was great: https://youtu.be/NWTNbDkalAQ

Other tracks I am campaigning for:
Blanck Mass - Please
Four Tet - Two Thousand and Seventeen

octobeard, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 07:36 (yesterday) Permalink

^ ^ ^ Goddamnit wrong thread. NO metal in any of that.

octobeard, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 07:37 (yesterday) Permalink

I don't know how much appeal it will have, since I'm still kind of puzzled by it still after all these months, but I think Locust Leaves - A Subtler Kind of Light is worthy of consideration. Manages to incorporate tech-death, black metal, progressive metal and ambient within 35 minutes, featuring Ayloss from Spectral Lore on lead guitar. If that helps.

And if you anyone ever liked the idea of Peste Noire but found them too problematic, then Ungfell - Tôtbringære is for you.

you can make fun of birthday parties all you want (ultros ultros-ghali), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 20:52 (yesterday) Permalink

Oh also while I was tinkering with my ballot earlier I noticed The Clearing Path album appears twice, once under the name 'Clearing Path.'

you can make fun of birthday parties all you want (ultros ultros-ghali), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 20:54 (yesterday) Permalink

Duplicate removed, thanks!

Simon H., Tuesday, 16 January 2018 21:01 (yesterday) Permalink


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