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20 Best Metal Albums of 2017

Hardcore trailblazers, longform doom and genre-bending savagery: the year in heavy

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Paradise Lost, 'Medusa'

12. Paradise Lost, 'Medusa'

Nearly three decades since Paradise Lost first announced themselves as masters of the morose, they're still plumbing new depths of dejection. Their 15th album, Medusa, is both denser and darker than their gloriously gloomy 2015 offering, The Plague Within, thanks to guitarist Greg Mackintosh's plodding riffs – almost always set to a pulse just above "life support" – and frontman Nick Holmes' lonesome, pained growling. In one lyric that captures the mood of the album, he sings, "Feeling so alive in this hopeless dream," as the chorus to "The Longest Winter" – a crushing, psychedelic-tinged song that opens with the sound of a raven's caw. It's like the soundtrack to a psychotic break. K.G. 

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