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
Avenged Sevenfold singer gains audience with Metallica's founding duo in classic story
From Prague's Pankrác Prison to LOG's 'VII: Sturm und Drang'
Deicide, Death, Morbid Angel and more tell the story of one of heavy music's most game-changing movements
How Seattle rock giants proved the comeback was real with one of their heaviest records
Corey Taylor: "This album is about making peace with the loss that we've suffered"
How Greg Puciato and Ben Weinman's complex relationship has shaped one of heavy music's most insane bands
Leach: "Being in Killswitch today is worlds apart from what it was 10 years ago"
Singer Jesse Leach: "This album literally drove me crazy"