KYS Contributors: Our Favourite Albums Of 2017


From The Afghan Whigs, The Maine, Alex Lahey, Warrant, Pallbearer, sleepmakeswaves and The Ongoing Concept, our contributors pull together to show what releases they enjoyed the most across this year! Take a look at what we all loved in MMXVII below:



Owen Morawtiz (Writer/Brisbane buddy):

  1. 1.The Afghan Whigs – ‘In Spades’
  2. 2. Converge – ‘The Dusk In Us’
  3. 3. DEAFCULT – ‘Auras’
  4. 4.Elder – ‘Reflections of a Floating World’
  5. 5. Employed To Serve – ‘The Warmth of a Dying Sun’
  6. 6. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – ‘Modern Ruin’
  7. 7. Frenzal Rhomb – ‘Hi-Vis High Tear
  8. 8. Gold Class – ‘Drum’
  9. 9. Holy Holy – ‘PAINT’
  10. 10. Hypergiant – ‘Father Sky’
  11. 11. Justice For The Damned – ‘Dragged Through The Dirt’
  12. 12. The Menzingers – ‘After The Party’
  13. 13. Mindsnare – ‘Unholy Rush’
  14. 14. Oslow – S/T
  15. 15. Oso Oso – ‘The Yunahon Mixtape’
  16. 16. Pallbearer – ‘Heartless’
  17. 17. Polaris – ‘The Mortal Coil’
  18. 18. Power Trip – ‘Nightmare Logic’
  19. 19. Spirit Adrift – ‘Curse of Conception’
  20. 20. Thy Art Is Murder – ‘Dear Desolation’

Owen Jones AKA Owen #2 (photographer/all-round legend):

  1. 1. Warrant – Louder Harder Faster
  2. 2. L.A Guns – The Missing Peace
  3. 3. Bodyjar – Terra Firma
  4. 4. Pagan – Imitate Me (I don’t give a fuck that’s just a single, this shit rips hard)
  5. 5. DVSR – Therapy
  6. 6. Belle Haven – You, Me, And Everything In Between
  7. 7. The Bronx – The Bronx (V)
  8. 8. Comeback Kid – Outsider
  9. 9. 36 Crazyfists – Lanterns
  10. 10. Reactions – March Of Dissolution
  11. 11. Propagandhi – Victory Lap
  12. 12. Polaris – Mortal Coil
  13. 13. Ocean Grove – Rhapsody Tapes
  14. 14. Steel Panther – Lower The Bar
  15. 15. Kublai Khan – Nomad
  16. 16. Justice For The Damned – Drag Me Through The Dirt
  17. 17. Code Orange – Forever
  18. 18. Trivium – The Sin And The Sentence
  19. 19. CHON – Homey
  20. 20. August Burns Red – Phantom Anthem

Matty Sievers (writer/unpretentiously pretentious bastard):

  1. 1. The Maine – Lovely Little Lonely
  2. Lorde – Melodrama
  3. 3. FJØRT – Coloure
  4. 4. Neck Deep – The Peace and The Panic
  5. 5. Young Lions – Mr Spaceman
  6. 6. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  7. 7. Julien Baker – Turn Out The Lights
  8. 8. Harry Styles – Harry Styles
  9. 9. Poppy – Poppy.Computer
  10. 10. Falling In Reverse – Coming Home
  11. 11. Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun
  12. 12. Niall Horan – Flicker
  13. 13. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Undoing A Luciferian Tower
  14. 14. Ed Sheeran – Divide
  15. 15. The Chainsmokers – Memories… Do Not Open
  16. 16. August Burns Red – The Phantom Pain
  17. 17. Taylor Swift – reputation
  18. 18. Being As An Ocean – Waiting For Morning To Come
  19. 19. Lana Del Rey – Lust For Life
  20. 20. Rebecca Black – RE / BL

Peyton Bernhardt (writer):

  1. 1. Alexandra Savior – Belladonna of Sadness
  2. 2. Blackbear – Digital Druglord
  3. 3. Logic – Everybody
  4. 4. SZA – Ctrl
  5. 5. Halsey – hopeless fountain kingdom
  6. 6. Mansionz – Mansionz
  7. 7. Girli – Hot Mess
  8. 8. Jaden Smith – SYRE
  9. 9. Paramore – After Laughter
  10. 10. Julien Baker – Turn Out The Lights
  11. 11. Princess Nokia – 1992 Deluxe
  12. 12. Hey Violet – From The Outside
  13. 13. The Killers – Wonderful Wonderful
  14. 14. A Boogie Wit da Hoodie – The Bigger Artist
  15. 15. All Time Low – Last Young Renegades
  16. 16. The Maine – Lovely Little Lonely
  17. 17. PVRIS – All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell
  18. 18. Olivia O’Brien – It’s Not That Deep
  19. 19. K. Flay – Every Where Is Some Where
  20. 20. Prequell – The Future Comes Before

Nick “Mad Dog” Dominko (reviewer/hater of top 20 lists):

  1. Ocean Grove – ‘The Rhapsody Tapes’
  2. Can’t Swim – ‘Fail You Again’
  3. Trash Boat – ‘Nothing I Write You Can Change What You’ve Been Through’
  4. Justice For The Damned – ‘Dragged Through The Dirt’
  5. Cursed Earth – ‘Cycles Of Grief Volume 1’
  6. Staunch – ‘Impulse To Destroy’
  7. Honest Crooks – ‘Suffer’
  8. Liam Gallagher – ‘As You Were’
  9. Alpha Wolf – ‘Mono’
  10. Polaris – ‘The Mortal Coil’

Alasdair Belling (writer/drummer boy):

  1. 1. sleepmakeswaves – ‘Made Of Breath Only’
  2. 2. Code Orange – ‘Forever’
  3. 3. Power Trip – ‘Nightmare Logic’
  4. 4. Steve Wilson – ‘Too The Bone’
  5. 5. Thy Art – ‘Dear Desolation’
  6. 6. Ruins of Beverast – ‘Excuvia’
  7. 7. Mogwai – ‘Every Countries Son’
  8. 8. Northlane – ‘Mesmer’
  9. 9. Make Them Suffer – ‘Worlds Apart’
  10. 10. Mutemath – ‘Play Dead’
  11. 11. Nine Inch Nails – ‘Add Violence’
  12. 12. Sannhet – ‘So Numb’
  13. 13. The Physics House Band – ‘Mercury Fountain’
  14. 14. Wolves In The Throne Room- Thrice Woven’
  15. 15. Trivium – ‘The Sin & The Sentence’
  16. 16. My Ticket Home – ‘unReal’
  17. 17. The Contortionist – ‘Clairvoyant’
  18. 18. Kublai Kahn – ‘Nomad’
  19. 19. Glassjaw – ‘Material Control’
  20. 20. Slipknot -‘ Day of Gusano’

Josh Clayton (reviewer/riff lord):

  1. 1. Pallbearer – ‘Heartless’
  2. 2. Young Thug – ‘Beautiful Thugger Girls’
  3. 3. Drab Majesty – ‘The Demonstration’
  4. 4. King Woman – ‘Created in the Image of Suffering’
  5. 5. Citizen – ‘As You Please’
  6. 6. Code Orange – ‘Forever’
  7. 7. Ocean Grove – ‘The Rhapsody Tapes’
  8. 8. Wolves In The Throne Room – ‘Thrice Woven’
  9. 9. Glass – ‘Lure’
  10. 10. Death Bells – ‘Standing at the Edge of the World’
  11. 12. Primitive Blast – ‘Primitive Blast’
  12. 12. Cursed Earth – ‘Cycles of Grief’
  13. 13. Full Of Hell – ‘Trumpeting Ecstasy’
  14. 14. Converge – ‘The Dusk In Us’
  15. 15. Turnover – ‘Good Nature’
  16. 16. Power Trip – ‘Nightmare Logic’
  17. 17. Trapped Under Ice – ‘Heatwave’
  18. 18. Justice For The Damned – ‘Dragged Through The Dirt’
  19. 19. Chelsea Wolfe – ‘Hiss Spun’
  20. 20. Cloakroom – ‘Time Well’

Maddie Bell (photographer/lover of dogs):

  1. Alex Lahey – ‘I Love You Like A Brother’
  2. Ceres – Stretch Your Skin’
  3. The Smith Street Band – ‘More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me’
  4. Lorde – ‘Melodrama’
  5. Dear Seattle – ‘Self Titled’
  6. Paramore – ‘After Laughter’
  7. Julien Baker – ‘Turn Out The Lights’
  8. Zombie Creek – ‘Lost Souls’
  9. Ed Sheeran – ‘Divide 10’
  10. Waxx – ‘Wild and Weak’
  11. Dune Rats – ‘The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit
  12. Amy Shark – ‘Night Thinker’
  13. The Chainsmokers – ‘Memories… Do Not Open’
  14. Halsey – ‘Hopeless Fountain Kingdom’
  15. Aburden – ‘My Old Friend’
  16. Manchester Orchestra – ‘A Black Mile To The Surface’
  17. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard – ‘Flying Mircotonal Bananas’
  18. Pink – ‘Beautiful Trauma’
  19. Wavves – ‘You’re Welcome’
  20. All Time Low – ‘Last Young Renegade’

Jonty Cornford (reviewer):

  1. 1. The Ongoing Concept – ‘Places’
  2. 2. Ocean Grove – ‘The Rhapsody Tapes’
  3. 3. Fleet Foxes – ‘Crack-Up’
  4. 4. Movements – ‘Feel Something’
  5. 5. Julien Baker – ‘Turn the Lights Off’
  6. 6. The Contortionist – ‘Clairvoyant’
  7. 7. Northlane – ‘Mesmer’
  8. 8. Vince Staples – ‘Big Fish Theory’
  9. 9. Romancer – ‘Honeybee’
  10. Lorde – ‘Melodrama’
  11. Make Them Suffer – ‘Worlds Apart’
  12. Have Mercy – ‘Make The Most Of It’
  13. Knuckle Puck – ‘Shapeshifter’
  14. Code Orange – ‘Forever’
  15. Ecca Vandal – ‘Ecca Vandal’
  16. Belle Haven – ‘You, Me and Everything In Between.’
  17. Kendrick Lamar – ‘DAMN.’
  18. Quicksand – ‘Interiors’
  19. August Burns Red – ‘Phantom Anthem’
  20. Tyler, The Creator – ‘Flower Boy’

Tanner Muller (Reviewer/lover of top 10 lists):

  1. 1. Adore Delano – ‘Whatever’
  2. 2. K.Flay – ‘Every Where is Some Where’
  3. 3. A Ghost Orchestra – ‘Blood’
  4. 4. Ghost Atlas – ‘All is in sync and there’s nothing left to sing about’
  5. 5. Slaughter Beach, Dog – ‘Birdie’
  6. 6. Eat Your Heart Out – ‘Mind Games’
  7. 7. Deadlights – ‘Mesma’
  8. 8. Northlane – ‘Mesmer’
  9. 9. Ocean Grove – ‘The Rhapsody Tapes’
  10. 10. Falling In Reverse – ‘Coming Home’

Megan Langley (reviewer/U.S. pal):

  1. 1.Legacy At Heart – ‘Faces’
    2. As It Is – ‘Okay.’
    3. Northshore – ‘Alternative Futures’
    4. Grayscale – ‘Adornment’
    5. Those Who Dream – ‘Life In Cyan’
    6. Dangerkids – ‘Blacklist’
    7. Sleeptalk – ‘Sleeptalk’
    8. Jule Vera – ‘Waiting On The Sun’
    9. My Enemies & I – ‘The Beast Inside’
    10. You Vs. Yesterday – ‘How’s This For Honesty’
    11. A Story Told – ‘Good Looks’
    12. Night Argent – ‘The Fear’
    13. Crooked Teeth – ‘Pastel”
    14. I The Mighty – ‘Where The Mind Wants To Go/Where You Let It Go’
    15. Knuckle Puck – ‘Shapeshifter’
    16. Thousand Below – ‘The Love You Let Too Close’
    17. Our Hollow, Our Home – ‘Hartsick’
    18. Sevsons – ‘Ad Infinitum’
    19. Palisades – ‘Palisades’
    20. Citizen – ‘As You Please’

Callum Walters (reviewer): 

  1. Code Orange – Forever
  2. Statues – No Grave, No Burial
  3. Cursed Earth – Cycles Of Grief
  4. Kendrick Lamar – Damn
  5. Malevolence – Self Supremacy
  6. Zeal and Ardor – Devil Is Fine
  7. Kublai Khan – Nomad
  8. Get The Shot – Infinite Punishment
  9. Glassjaw – Material Control
  10. Tyler, The Creator – Scum Fuck Flower Boy
  11. Julien Baker – Turn Out The Lights
  12. The Senate – Tales From A Galaxy Far, Far Away
  13. Action Bronson – Blue Chips 7000
  14. Canadian Softball – Awkward & Depressed
  15. Loathe – The Cold Sun
  16. Converge – The Dusk In Us
  17. Full Of Hell – Trumpeting Ecstasy
  18. Movements – Feel Something
  19. Power Trip – Nightmare Logic
  20. Brockhampton – Saturation I, II & III



Also, for those who noticed his absence here, Alex’s list isn’t featured as he’ll be putting out a separate editor’s top 20 article very soon – stay tuned!


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