The Best of 2017 (Feature)

First of all, hello, and welcome to Decibel Geek. For the uninitiated, we are a hard rock/heavy metal website and weekly podcast. Decibel Geek began as a weekly podcast presented by hosts Chris Czynszak and Aaron Camaro and has consequently grown into what you find here today. Alongside the weekly issued, absolutely free podcast episodes, our website features photo galleries from live events around the world as well a direct feed to our YouTube channel, DBGTV. Our website team encompasses some 40 authors and contributors from Sweden, UK, Japan, USA, Belgium, Australia, and Canada. While you’re here feel free to look around, listen to a podcast, read some album reviews or watch some live concert videos. Furthermore, feel free to share and let us know what you think.

In addition, our staff grew by quite a bit throughout 2017, we were able to welcome new contributors from around the globe to the team. In 2017, Decibel Geek also celebrated its 6th birthday and a podcast milestone of 300 episodes. The weekly podcast reached new highs in the iTunes podcast charts, expanding the audience through exciting and informative weekly episodes and entertaining special guests such as Perry RichardsonWallygator & The MeisterBrian DavisCasey ConspiracyToddzillaJoe BechtDavid Hudson, Michael Wagener & Toby WrightSandy GennaroPixie Esmonde, Gene Simmons BandDonny VieSteven MichaelStevie RachelleHenning MielkeScott Van ZenSonny PooniRikki RockettRik FoxDenman, Luc Carl and, Bobby Rock!

As the year draws to a close, many of the staff here at Decibel Geek Podcast/Website have compiled their list of the top ten albums, the best of 2017. This year saw a whopping amount of strong releases issued in every sub-genre. With the widely varied tastes and interests of our staff, you can imagine our top ten is quite widespread. Participating staff submitted their personal top ten lists (each of which appears below) and the bands were assigned points depending on where they ranked in that particular list (1 point for #10 and 10 points for #1).

Decibel Geek LogoThe points were then tallied up to provide the collective best of 2017 from all of us here at the Decibel Geek Website. We decided that including EPs was acceptable, however, we discounted Live albums and Greatest Hits collections. Many of these albums have seen reviews here on Decibel Geek and those links appear next to the album title in this list. To purchase the album simply click the album’s title and you’ll be spirited to Amazon.

Finally, while we might not always agree on these things, one thing’s for sure: we all love music! Due to some of my colleague’s picks, I personally, have been inspired to revisit some albums that did not make the cut for me, as well as explore some new ones. We hope that we can turn you onto some of the great efforts of 2017 if you haven’t been already.

Please support these bands and all of your favorite artists to keep the music alive and flowing by clicking on the included links to purchase. With some already exciting releases on the horizon for 2018, don’t forget to check out our “Upcoming Release” section updated regularly and follow Decibel Geek on Social Media: iTunes / Facebook / Twitter / YouTube / Instagram


(Click on the blue album name for purchase link)


Neil “Beezer” Bees (staff writer – Australia)

“Bakko” (staff writer/photographer – USA)

Steven Michael (staff writer – USA)

Sonny “Hollywood” Pooni (staff writer – USA)

Andy Lafon (staff writer – USA)

Graham “Sparky” Spark (staff writer – UK)

Adam “Coxy” Cox (staff writer/Facebook Guru – UK)

Wally “Wallygator” Norton (staff writer – Canada)

“Loose Cannon” (staff writer – USA)

Phil Lisotti (staff writer – Canada)

“Metal Mama” (staff writer – USA)

Metal Mama’s Personal Top Ten Article

Tom Cornell (staff writer – UK)

Tom Cornell’s Personal Top Ten Article

Dave “Man in Japan” Glynn (staff writer – Japan/USA)

Jeremy Bednarski (staff writer – USA)

Cheap Trick - We're All Alright! Album Cover

“Rockin’ Ron” Runyon (Decibel Geek TV YouTube Master – USA)

Shawn “Animalize” Irwin (photographer/staff writer – Canada)

Shawn’s Personal Top Ten Article

“Jerry Lee Lucifer” (staff writer – USA)

Jerry Lee Lucifer’s Personal Top Ten Article

Alex Dale (photographer/staff writer – USA)

Brian “That 70s Guy” Ronald (photographer/staff writer – Canada)

Brian Ronald’s Personal Top Ten Article

Matt “Ashcrafty” Ashcraft (staff writer – USA)

Rich “The Meister”  Dillon (website editor/staff writer – Canada)

Best of 2017 - Lady Beast

The Meister’s Personal Top Albums Article

Leslie Delaere (photographer/staff writer – Belgium)

Best of 2017 L.A. Guns

Mikael Svensson (staff writer – Sweden)

Best of 2017 Brother Firetribe

Colin “Starchild” Francis (staff writer – UK)


….and there we have the collective Best of 2017 Albums of the Year lists from many of our staff. What are your top ten? Let us know in the comments.

Thanks to all the bands that issued albums and played shows in 2017! It was a great year and even if you didn’t make our list it doesn’t mean that we don’t love ya!

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