The Biggest Disappointments of 2017

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It’s Xmas Eve and I’ve got terrible news: you ain’t gettin’ shit from Santa. Do you feel bitter disappointment at reading those words? Good. Now you’re in the spirit to relive the biggest disappointments of this awful fucking garbage ass year. We spent a lot of time and energy writing about the albums we most enjoyed this year. Now it’s time to yell incoherently about the records that left a foul stench in our nostrils and a skidmark upon our couches. I asked members of the Toilet ov Hell community to share their most uninformed and belligerent opinions about the records they found disappointing in 2017. Please enjoy their rage.

Wolves in the Throne Room‘s Thrice Woven. If I wanted to hear an entry level atmoblack band imitate Agalloch, I’d listen to…Agalloch. –Richter
Same. It’s boring as fuck listening to the same song 5 times at various lengths –Bert Banana

Gwar‘s new album, but then again, we always knew it was going to be a disappointment. It’s not even the band’s fault. They’re just completely different without Oderus at the helm. –365

Enslaved‘s E because I couldn’t make it through without falling asleep –Jom Pootersan

Spectral VoiceEroded Corridors of Unbeing. All that hype. All that talent behind it and… it’s probably the weakest of the recent slate of DDR doomdeath releases. –Roman

Kreator‘s Gods of Violence. I wanted thrash metal and I got Blind Guardian/Amon Amarth worship. Which.. is fine..but I wanted a Kreator album. –Joseph V

Morbid Angel – Kingdoms Disdained. Mainly cuz of the production/solos –Jake H
Seconded. Disappointing because I’m pretty sure there’s a decent album buried in there somewhere, but I CAN’T HEAR THE FUCKING GUITARS –Issac

Black Dahlia MurderNightbringers was pretty weak. Really cool on the first listen but absolutely nothing making me go into repeat listens. Shouldn’t be surprised, it’s been a steady downward slope since deflorate/nocturnal (with a massive drop at Ritual) –Jack D.

Temple of VoidLords of Death. The vocals weren’t nearly as prominent in the mix and the whole production was kinda flat imo. Not enough evil sounding riffs. The debut was far and away the better death doom record. –Sam T.

Spirit Adrift – Curse of Conception. Listened to the first few songs, liked it enough, but realized I may as well just put on King Diamond, then did. –Calvin B.

Even though they have been shite for a while now, the new Arch Enemy album was just awful. I was hoping that Jeff Loomis would give them a bit of the creative boost that they sorely need, but then I learn that he wasn’t allowed to write anything? Instead we got some uninspired songs that sound like cuts from their previous album. Uninspired production, cringe inducing lyrics, and dull riffs. Basically just a modern day Arch Enemy album, but for some reason, I was hoping for more. –Iain 

Coma Cluster Void because it went for less than 25 minutes. –Anon

Ne Obliviscaris – Urn. I didn’t hate it but I still expected much more, the last couple tracks were particularly boring and disappointing. I feel like losing Cygnus at such a key time in making a new album really hurt them. –Jason S.

Vulture‘s The Guillotine. Good record with a few great tracks but I guess compared to other speed/thrash from this year it felt pretty thin to me  –Megan

I really wanted to like that Expulsion record because I’m a big fan of the two component bands that make it. The songwriting just wasn’t there, really. Had good energy but nothing that really stuck with me like some older Exhumed stuff did.  –Mike K

I hate to say this because I like the band and I’m pretty sure they’re friends o’the blog, but probably Ghost Bath‘s Starmourner. I don’t think it was a bad album, but it didn’t have nearly the impact on me that Moonlover did. I felt like the first single sounded like somewhat an attempt to copy Golden Number, and the rest of the album just sort of never peaked for me. I had really high expectations though, so I may have set myself up for the disappointment. Hoping the third part of their triology gets me. –Alex B.


Is there a record that just ruined your whole year? Post it in the comments below. 

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  • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

    I know their new album won’t be out until next year, but those new Machine Head songs

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f70ddb9cbdbb3657d43851ac3719edd038fae0004a7d4bc84e48650b6844d974.gif

    • GoatForest

      That gif says it all.

      • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

        The fact that they are promoting the bonus live DVD that will come with the album more than the album itself is just sad

  • WhamBamSam

    I was hoping for more out of Iced Earth. I loved Dystopia and it seemed like Stu injected some life into the band, but Schaffer’s writing fell off again a bit after that and Plagues of Babylon and now Incorruptible are just decent.

    • tigeraid

      I wasn’t super impressed with it either.

      • God

        seven headed whore was a banger tho.

    • The album exists to fulfill contractual obligations. There were a few gems, but now that the band has complete creative control I look forward to what they’ll put out.

  • Mosh Hoff

    Humanity. DOTY was definitely humanity.

    And Decapitated.

    • Bert Banana

      Decapitated has been disappointing since they came back

  • Retchin’ Rites ov Karhu

    Interesting that Labyrinth Constellation made the community AOTY back when, and iirc several lists as well. But Infrared Horizon, as pumped as everyone seemed to receive it, barely made the community top5 and appeared on no lists at all, sans one or two guests (I think). Although that’s basically how I feel about it, it’s all there, all good – just not having the impact on me.
    That’s not really a disappointment though.

    Enslaved E I said about thusly “Takes much longer to go anywhere, the ride is nap-inducing, and the when we finally get there – it’s anticlimactic. Each song overstays it’s welcome by a mile. Mellotron + blues scale ad nauseam does not an engaging experience make. One of the least interesting Enslaved albums made.”
    Pretty sure that counts as a disappointment.

    • Bert Banana

      Man…I have this sitting in my shelf. I haven’t played it yet because I just haven’t been in the mood for it. Now, I’m probably going to delay listening to it because it’s the album I’ve been fearing for Riitiir

    • EsusMoose

      3 and a half years possibly reduced the impact of their sound. Prior to LC, I wasn’t to aware of stuff like it, and now I feel it stands out less

    • Slimylimey

      Totally agree about Enslaved. The first whiff of disappointment started with Vertebrae and has steadily increased with each successive release. I still admire and respect them for following their own muse, but we need to start seeing other people (it’s not them, it’s me).

    • Matthew David Allred

      Infrared Horizon was Stereogum’s #2 metal album of the year out of 40. I’d say that’s a pretty significant splash. As for me I think I liked it just as much as Labyrinth Constellation, if not more.

  • Mosh Hoff

    The new (Good) Shining song that came out this year was so bland and not good that I’d forgotten about it until just now.

    • Retchin’ Rites ov Karhu

      The new (bad) Shining was better, lolololololololo
      You know you’re fucked when that happens.

      • Mosh Hoff

        Kvarfvkked

        • Bert Banana

          wait….which one if the good and which one is the bad?

          • Retchin’ Rites ov Karhu

            Bad is the one that suck (but doesn’t suck so much anymore) and good is the one that doesn’t suck (except they kinda suck now) obviously.

          • Bert Banana

            They both suck tho

          • Retchin’ Rites ov Karhu

            Isn’t that what I just said? I think it was, wasn’t it? Guys, I can’t tell.

          • Bert Banana

            Yeah you did…Dude, I’m just a banana with surgically attached banana hands, a substance abuse problem and a knack for domestic violence. Cut me some slack

          • Mosh Hoff

            Good Shining = Jazz people who now want to be NIN really bad

            Bad Shining = Mopey Nazi shitbag

          • Bert Banana

            You know…When the Good Shining came out with One One One…I absolutely loved it. I revisited it a couple of months ago and thought it was trash.

            Amazing how opinions change over time

          • Slimylimey

            One One One was a huge disappointment after the spastic brilliance of Blackjazz.

          • Mosh Hoff

            I agree that their progression has been markedly towards a less spastic, more streamlined sound. But I think they really struck gold with One One One: it’s catchy and memorable, but it’s still really pissed off and weird. Then the latest album is that but less angry and way less weird, and that new song… bad flasbacks.

          • Slimylimey

            Streamlined is a very good way of putting it. More often than not this is a good thing, as cuts out the extraneous chaff and distills it down to its essence. However, for me it was the lack of streamlining that made Blackjazz so great. The more polished approach on One One One just didn’t hit me with the same impact.

          • GoatForest

            I think he’s more into riding GG Allen’s dick than truly espousing white supremacy. On the other hand, an ass is still an ass.

          • more beer

            That is an awfully small dick to ride.

          • GoatForest

            Yet, Kvarforth is obviously just plain ole obsessed with the little fella. Seriously, I just wish that jackass would go into seclusion and just release an album now and then.

          • EggBeater

            Do you think he shoots heroine into that baby penis, and then eats the shit? Or just eats it sober?

        • Marvel Mills

          What are the good shining and bad shining? I keep seeing people refer to them. Which one is this? https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Shining/2256

  • The new Power Trip is just OK.

    • Mosh Hoff

      I second this, I’m glad that they’re blowing way up and I like the album, but it didn’t tickle my rectum like Manifest did/does.

      • Retchin’ Rites ov Karhu

        “First demo or go to hell”
        – Joe Thrashnkill, 2017

        • Honestly tho. I’m stoked those dudes are on the come up because they 100% deserve it but I want more of the earlier shit.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vINIWTyBrX0

          • Retchin’ Rites ov Karhu

            Suffer No Fool is just about their best track, and I do kinda think NL had more “fun” than riffs, so I’m not really in disagreement.

    • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

      Yes, Nightmare Logic is a sweet thrash album, and they are amazing live, but it is definitely not AOTY material

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      Thank you for this nugget of truth.

    • Lord of Bork

      As soon as I listened to the copy I ordered, I wished that I’d saved the 20 bucks instead.

    • Simon PhoenixKing Rising

      Agreed. None of the songs stick with me. And I like Rizik’s production on anything else, but I miss the over-drenched reverb laden mix of Manifest. There were so many better thrash records this year.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Warrant. The album they released this year isn’t as good as the last one, let alone opuses like Cherry Pie and Belly To Belly

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    I like the new Gwar album. They still rule live as well.

  • Dr. Wvrm

    Ensnooziferum.

  • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

    I’d also add Code Orange. A friend hyped them so much but to me their album was just meh, except for one song. If only they had more songs like this one

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9-l8_t4AS8

    They should let the girl sing all the songs imo. The other singers in this band ain’t much

    • Mosh Hoff

      CO blew the fuck UP this year too and I enjoyed the album, but at the end of the day it just feels like a disjointed mess of chopped up and rehashed nu metal riffs. And then that song which rules butt.

      • Bert Banana

        I enjoyed the album, especially the first half. The second half is a little eh…but man, they fucking bring it live

    • more beer

      The way those douches on that other site hyped this album made me not even bother. I have found almost everything they have considered the best thing since sliced bread to be shit.

    • themaleshoegaze

      Wasn’t disappointed bc I didn’t expect anything but I truly don’t get the hype. What do people see in this band?!? It confounds me.

  • Jack Bauer

    I won’t be dissapppointed because even though I’m working today I have some Mountain Dew since I was craving Mountain Dew earlier so I went to a gas station that I figured would have Mountain Dew and bought a liter of Mountain Dew so now even though it’s snowing at least I have my Mountain Dew to keep me from going somewhat insane even though there is probably cocaine in this Mountain Dew cause why else would it be so hard to stop drinking Mountain Dew honestly Mountain Dew is so good that it just makes you want more Mountain Dew after you finish your first Mountain Dew and then you kinda wanna go for a third Mountain Dew but figure that a third Mountain Dew is probably a bad idea so you stick to two mountain dews because even with two mountain dews you can still do the Dew so now I’m driving around dropping off packages while drinking Mountain Dew and driving slow cause it’s snowing and listening to suffering hour while drinking Mountain Dew let me tell you Mountain Dew makes all things better however Mountain Dew can’t save metal sucks cause honestly Mountain Dew is too good for metalsucks they probably don’t even like Mountain Dew anyhoo gonna keep drinking munchies Mountain Dew and lolbuttzing all the way to the end of my shift so that I can go hope and crack open a cold Mountain Dew with the bois.

    • Brutalist_Receptacle

      Sometimes tight pants cut off his circulation

      • Jack Bauer

        This is kind of like a fucked up xmas tradition of mine.

    • RustyShackleford

      I feel personally attacked by this relatable content.

    • EsusMoose

      I ended up napping most of yesterday afternoon and ended up having to chug a mountain dew to even get moving. It was like drinking 357 days worth of regret and battery acid.

    • Upvoted without reading. Much like with the new Bell Witch album, I don’t have the requisite attention span.

  • Brutalist_Receptacle

    Sometimes tight pants cut off his circulation

  • Giuseppe Emanuele Frisone

    My biggest disappointment is Bell Witch – Mirror reaper. B O R I N G as fuck.

    • Bert Banana

      You’re now my biggest disappointment of the year

      • much apresh for the Chrimbus gift duder!

        • Bert Banana

          That Aosoth album rips…I felt an obligation to add it to someone’s collection

      • Giuseppe Emanuele Frisone

        Lol

    • Brutalist_Receptacle

      PLEASE NEVER STOP NOT SHUTTING UP

    • Jack Bauer

      I don’t like it for the same reason I don’t like pleadeez nuts. Not a fan of the one long song format.

    • EsusMoose

      I’ve been meaning to play it at like 2x speed to see if I don’t fall asleep during it

      • I’ve heard lots of people say that it’s an amazing record and I will never, ever know because no one can force me to listen to one 90 minute song.

        • EsusMoose

          I think one riff went for like 15 minutes, so just wait for the abridged version where all 6 riffs are condensed to a solid 1:30.

        • Zeke

          I finally forced myself to give it a shot a few days ago because it has been on so many best of lists. I turned it on when I was getting dressed and left it on while I drove to work. When I got to work I was about 25 minutes in and it still hadn’t gotten anywhere. That’s it for me; I don’t have time for that kind of shit anymore

          • Mosh Hoff

            I think Funeral Doom must only make sense on the REALLY hard drugs.

          • Zeke

            You’re probably right

          • zackflag

            If you were to take enough ketamine to the point where you’re physically unable to move then I could see funeral doom making sense

          • Dubby Fresh

            I like funeral doom, and the only drug I hit is life, man.

          • Slimylimey

            Love funeral doom, and am so insanely happy (yes, I realize the irony) there’s a new Nortt album.

          • Matthew David Allred

            I’ve never done drugs or gotten drunk in my life, and I love Mirror Reaper.

          • Bert Banana

            I can see why people don’t like it. You gotta be in the mood for that album. It does go somewhere…and when it finally gets there, the payoff is amazing. However, when I popped that record on…I was in such an emotional state that the record really appealed to my mood. When they came to town, it was like perfect timing.

            Looking back…that was probably the turning point for my year because it helped me get over a lot of things.

        • GoatForest

          That’s me with Dopesmoker, and I love stoner doom.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY
    • I tried to listen to it once. I glanced at the time at one point, thinking it must be almost over, but it was only 37 minutes into it. Not even half fucking way! I do not understand the appeal.

      • I’ll give the whole thing a dedicated listen, if you will. We could say, meet back here in one week, and discuss.

        • Because it will take a week to listen to the whole thing? Badum tssss.

        • It’ll take a week to listen to it! I’ll give it another shot though, sure.

    • Matthew David Allred

      I can’t stop playing it. Agree to disagree

  • new Blunt Ass Nord is p average

    • Jack Bauer

      I like the one song with the riff and the rest eh

    • GrumpLumpusCrumpus

      IT MAKES THE SOUND OF SOMEONE YELLING AT ME TO GO BACK AND PUT ON THE WORK WHICH TRANSFORMS GOD AGAIN

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    Joe plz! Anon was Ted on that CCV review.

  • Hammered-Heathen

    Mine was the new Ensiferum. I so wanted to love it, and while the production makes me pretty happy, the whole thing just doesn’t catch hold of me like I’d hoped.

  • RustyShackleford

    Not metal but the latest Eminem album is a huge disappointment. Idk if I’m a loser for thinking this but it’s true okay. Yep.

    • GoatForest

      Nah, I am completely with you. How the fuck did he go from MMLP2 to this mediocrity?

      • Óðinn

        Google Maps? 😉

        • GoatForest

          Maybe, because it’s not even in the same country as his previous album.

      • more beer

        Money has a way of making people lose their anger.

        • GoatForest

          Definitely. Anyone who says money can’t bring happiness has never been poor.

          • more beer

            Very true, even if you aren’t happy if you have money you aren’t struggling for basic necessities.

      • RustyShackleford

        Need Dre back at the board lol

    • Dubby Fresh

      Eminem hasn’t been good for a very long time.

      • Bert Banana

        Correction: Eminem was never good

        • GoatForest

          Now, that’s just plain wrong, sir! I do believe I’ll wave myself with this here fancy fan in a flustered manner.

      • more beer

        Hip hop in general hasn’t been good for a really long time.

      • RustyShackleford

        Nah I don’t think that’s true. His albums have been bad but he’s had good songs here and there. The thing about Revival is that a couple tracks show he can go with his normal flow and it’s awesome as hell. He still has good songs, just trapped in albums full of mediocre Rick Rubin produced shit.

      • GoatForest

        I disagree. The second self titled was phenomenal.

  • Death Fortress‘s 2016 album was awesome but their 2017 output totally sucked.

    • GoatForest

      For a second I misread that as Dark Fortress, and I was getting my blood pressure up.

    • zackflag

      Yup. I’m not normally a production snob but their latest album is unlistenable

  • Lol at Vulture being a disappointment

  • GrumpLumpusCrumpus

    TCHORNOBOG BUT IT’S MY OWN FAULT FOR OVERHYPING IT TO MYSELF RIFFS TOO LONG NOT ENOUGH SAX = JUST LISTEN TO PAN.THY.MONIUM INSTEAD

    • Not enough sax? That is a motherfluffin paddlin’!

  • JWG

    Biggest disappointment of the year…

    I’m going with Mastodon’s LP. Not because I wasn’t going to be predictably indifferent based on the prior few albums, but because the subsequent EP showed that it could have been better.

    • folks made me believe the new Mastodon would sound like their older material. there were cries of “if you didn’t like The Hunter or The One After It, still give Emperor of Sand a shot!”

      then it’s verse-chorus-verse-chorus, aaaaaand i’m out

  • God

    I know opinions inherently aren’t wrong…
    but y’all got some wrong opinions.

    • Your opinions about opinions in general and our opinions specifically are incorrect.

      • God

        that’s your opinion

  • lagerbottoms

    Persefone’s Aathma was my biggest disappointment, mainly because Spiritual Migration is so perfect and Aathma has seemingly none of the elements that made me love Migration

  • Nukenado

    Rise Against’s Wolves.
    It’s not only just a rehash, but it’s also miserably brickwalled. It’s mastered like a fucking Anaal Nathrakh album. What’s frustrating is that there is so much potential. Welcome to the Breakdown and How Many Walls are excellent melodic hardcore and punk rock songs, respectively.

    Propaghandi’s Victory Lap.
    It’s good. But it’s not the second coming like everyone is hailing it as.

    • Victory Lap is a major step down from the last two Propagandhi albums

      • Nukenado

        When I checked out Failed States at the tender age of 13, I thought “boy, is this harsh”.
        Victory Lap sounds like the dozen other “punk rock” bands. THe problem is nobody does this sound better than Bad Religion IMO, and so… I just go and listen to Bad Religion.

  • Simon PhoenixKing Rising

    I’m pretty much the only one on the Toilet who cares, but the new Infernal Majesty gets my vote for DOTY.

    None Shall Defy is a thrash masterpiece, one of my top five thrash albums of all time, but every album they released since then has been a downhill decline. No God has no memorable songs, the production is way too loud and compressed, and the lyrics are cringey anti-religion nonsense (which has always been their bread and butter, but not as bad as this.) Ugh, just so disappointing.

    • i’d never heard of Infernal Majesty, but i decided to give both of the aforementioned albums a shot just to see what you’re talking about (i love hearing about bands who “sell-out”, to use a parlance of our times).
      yeah boyeeee, you ain’t kidding. that one-two punch of N.S.D. to N.G. would be like jumping from Metallica’s first album to “Hard-Wired….”. Infernal’s new stuff sounds like some folks with dollar signs in their eyes, hoping to cash in one that new, modern, HINGED sound of melodic death metal mixed with a pinch of thrash.

      • Simon PhoenixKing Rising

        Accurate, but here’s the thing. Kreator has pretty much that exact same sound you described now, but Gods of Violence is quite good. So what happened here exactly?

        A part of me wants to blame IM not doing much in way of touring or studio time for 7+ years and losing their edge as a result. But I honestly couldn’t tell you.

  • Cloak is a blatant Tribulation rip-off and everyone needs to recognize and flush accordingly

  • Óðinn

    To be fair, Ne Obliviscaris puts out the most disappointing album every year.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      I also have to thank you for this nugget of truth.

  • more beer

    Most people are the most disappointing thing about 2017, like every other year. As for music if don’t like something I just don’t listen to it.

  • Slimylimey

    I would like to propose that Suffocation’s album be considered for inclusion on this list. Even if it had sucked it still would have been more interesting than this bland blancmange. The Light canceled out the Dark and all we were left with was Beige.

  • Hans

    Oh man, seconded all the way on that Expulsion. I was psyched to hear something new from Repulsion members, but the unhinged energy of Horrified has not aged well.