It was a dark fucking year, but dark times usually equate to great heavy music (see our 20 Best Albums of 2017 list). Such was the case this year, 12 harrowing months that were never at a loss for a good, cathartic song to soundtrack its twists and turns, and provide release. Here are our favorite cuts from a challenging year — from an alt-metal juggernaut's apocalyptic return, to a hardcore band's post-grunge anthem, to a goth-rock outfit's twisted love song, to death-metal vets' new statements of intent and much more.
50 Best Songs of 2017
Our playlist of the finest cuts heavy music had to offer this year
System of a Down frontman soundtracks 'Furious–The Legend of Kolovrat'
"The band was always going to be political because that's who we are as people"
High on Fire's Matt Pike, Primus' Ler LaLonde also cameo
New clip contains straightjackets, Butoh dancers, lots of rose petals
Richmond sludge crew teams with Satan's Satyrs for new split release
Humility and hard work have taken Midwest hardcore kids far
"The Shadow" visual brings thinking of psychoanalyst Carl Jung to life
Ex-Morbid Angel frontman barreled through "Ace of Spades" with Max, Iggor