We’re about to hit the halfway mark of 2017 and some killer albums have dropped whilst Wall of Sound has expanded our coverage into Podcasting as well as welcoming a host of new writers and photographers on board! Killer Content, Done Our Way!

We’ve asked a bunch of our writers and photographers to come with their Top 7 Albums So Far for 2017 and what they are most looking forward too for the rest of the year. Some interesting picks and sure to evoke some arguments. Will they change much by year’s end?


James Birkin (aka Plugga73)
Editorial Manager/Albums Reviews & Interviews

1.  POWERTIP – Nightmare Logic
2.  BARE BONES – Bad Habits
3.  MASTODON – Emperor of Sand
4.  CLOWNS – Lucid Again
5.  BODY COUNT – Bloodlust
6.  MEMORIAM – For The Fallen
7.  MUNICIPAL WASTE – Slime and Punishment

“I’m still clinging onto the hope that Slayer make it down under before the year is out. Besides that, the Ministry and Me First & the Gimme Gimmes shows will be all kinds awesome and I’m looking forward to hearing the new Marilyn Manson album and a new one from Sydney’s LO!”

Recent contributions include;
Powerflo Album Review
Frenzal Rhomb Gig Review
Clowns Gig Review

Paul Brown (aka Browny)
Owner/Editorial Manager/Podcast Host

1.  Bare Bones – Bad Habits
2.  Stone Sour – Hydrograd
3.  Amy Shark – Night Thinker EP
4.  Northlane – Mesmer
5.  Falling In Reverse – Coming Home
6.  Blink 182 – California (Deluxe Edition)
7.  cKy – The Phoenix

“I can’t wait for Mother Fuckin’ Tom Delonge’s return to music. The rumoured Boxcar Racer reunion is blowing my mind every day and I will lose my shit publicly if it happens. Also (shameless self plugging) the Wall of Sound: Up Against The Wall podcast has some BIG things planned in the coming weeks, highly recommend jumping on board if you haven’t yet 😉 \m/”

Recent Contributions;
cKy Album Review
The Top 7 New South Wales Bands That Need a Comeback
Architects Gig Review

Ricky Aarons (aka Ricky Saul)
Writer (Perth)

1. Emmure – Look at Yourself
2. Volumes – Different Animals
3. Motionless in White – Graveyard Shift
4. Betraying the Martyrs – The Resilient
5. Miss May I – Shows Inside
6. Northlane – Mesmer
7. While She Sleeps – You Are We

“I’m most looking forward to new albums from Sworn In, Make Them Suffer, Thy Art is Murder and The Contortionist.”

Recent Contributions;
Volumes Interview
The Darkness Gig Review
Green Day Gig Review

Jerika Faithfull
Photographer (Perth)

1. Ocean Grove – The Rhapsody Tapes
2. The Smith Street Band – More Scared of You Than You Are of Me
3. Dune Rats – Bullshit
4. Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark
5. Northlane – Mesmer
6. Sleepmakeswaves – Made of Breath Only
7. Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – High Visceral {Part 2}

“Keen for new music from Queens of the Stone Age and the boys from Make Them Suffer. Still holding on to the hope that Tool will release something new before the end of 2017…”

Recent contributions;
The Smith Street Band Photo Gallery
Alter Bridge Photo Gallery
Dune Rats Photo Gallery

Kim Anderson (AKA ShootTheWickedWitch)
Photographer (Perth)

1.  Clowns – Lucid Again
2.  Dune Rats – The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit
3.  Bare Bones – Bad Habits
4.  Paramore – After Laughter
5.  Rise Against – Wolves
6.  Frenzal Rhomb – Hi-Vis High Tea
7.  Papa Roach – Crooked teeth

“I refuse to listen to anymore music made in 2017 until Scalphunter finally release their fucking album already”

Recent contributions;
Frenzal Rhomb Photo Gallery
Clowns Photo Gallery
Green Day Photo Gallery

Mick Goddard
Photographer (Sydney)

1.  Taberah – Sinners Lament
2.  Harlott – Extinction
3.  Desecrator- To The Gallows
4.  Dragonforce – Reaching Into Infinity
5.  Overkill – The Grinding Wheel
6.  Firewind – Immortals
7.  Kreator- Gods Of Violence

“I’m most looking forward to new music from Espionage, LORD (maybe 2018) and Blind Guardian.”

Recent contributions;
Body Count Photo Gallery
The Darkness Photo Gallery
Black Stone Cherry Photo Gallery

Den Rad
Photographer (Perth)

1.  Aversions Crown – Xenocide
2.  Boris the Blade – Warpath
3.  Code Orange – Forever
4.  Darkest Hour – Godless Prophets and the Migrant Flora
5.  Fit For An Autopsy – The Great Collapse
6.  Hadal Maw – Olm
7.  The Arson Project – Disgust

“I’m looking forward to new releases from Thy Art Is Murder, Cursed Earth and Burn”

Recent contributions;
Entombed Photo Gallery
Dwarves Photo Gallery
Helmet Photo Gallery

Georgia Moloney
Photographer (Sydney)

1. As It Is – Okay
2. Lorde – Melodrama
3. Sorority Noise – You’re Not As _____ As You Think
4. Halsey – Hopeless Fountain Kingdom
5. The Maine – Lovely Little Lonely
6. Paramore – After Laughter
7. Ocean Grove – The Rhapsody Tapes

“My taste isn’t super ~heavy~, soz; I’m super keen on the upcoming PVRIS, Speak Low If You Speak Love and Neck Deep albums. I am also hoping for a surprise album drop from Lady Gaga.”

Recent contributions;
Hellions Gig Review/Photo Gallery
Taking Back Sunday Photo Gallery
Yellowcard Gig Review

Kurt Boldy
Writer (Queensland)

1.  Northlane – Mesmer
2.  At The Drive In – in·ter a·li·a
3.  David Maxim Micic – Who Bit the Moon
4.  Born Of Osiris – The Eternal Reign
5.  Voyager – Ghost Mile
6.  Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark
7.  Sikth – The Future In Whose Eyes

“I’m excited for Karnivool to announce their album they’ve been teasing us with!”

Recent Contributions;
Northlane Gig Review
Voyager Gig Review
Vices Album Review

Gareth Williams
Writer/Ranga (Perth)

1. Body Count – Bloodlust
2. Taberah – Sinners Lament
3. Sleepmakeswaves – Made Of Breath
4. Silent Knight – The Angel Reborn (EP)
5. Kreator – Gods Of Violence
6. Soen – Lykaia
7. Overkill – The Grinding Wheel

“The one album I’m most looking forward to this year is the new one from Fozzy, due out in September.”

Recent Contributions;
Dragonforce Gig Review
Devin Townsend Gig Review
Taberah Album Review

Dave Mullins
Writer (Perth)

1.  Sepultura – Machine Messiah
Frenzal Rhomb – Hi-Vis High Tea
Body Count – Blood Lust
Bad Cop/Bad Cop – Warriors
Generation Y – Chazz Valentine
The Flatliners – Inviting Light
Western Addiction – Tremulous 

“I’m looking forward to new albums from Anti Flag, Propaghandi, Pour Habit an Teenage Bottlerocket!”

Dylonov Tomasivich
Writer (Sydney)

1. Code Orange – Forever
2. Endon – Through the Mirror
3. Blood Sun Circle – Distorted Forms
4. No Omega – Culture
5. Mastodon – Emperor of Sand
6. Blood Command – Cult Drugs
7. While She Sleeps – You Are We

“Looking forward to listening to some death metal that isn’t shit. But I doubt it.”

Recent Contributions;
Body Count Gig Review
Fleshgod Apocalypse Gig Review
While She Sleeps Album Review

Kaydan Howison 
Writer (Brisbane)

1.  Code Orange – Forever
2.  Mastodon – Emperor of Sand
3.  Creeper – Eternity in Your Arms
4.  King Woman – Created in The Image Of Your Suffering
5.  SikTh – The Future in Whose Eyes?
6.  Blood Command – Cult Drugs
7.  While She Sleeps – You Are We

“I’m looking forward to upcoming releases from TesseracT, Dimmu Borgir, Morbid Angel, Decapitated, Myrkur, PVRIS and hopefully a new album from Kanye West.”

Recent contributions;
Sikth Album Review
Fleshgod Apocalypse Gig Review
The Black Dahlia Gig Review

Emanuel Rudnicki
Photography (Perth)

1.  Ulver – The Assassination of Julius Caesar
2.  Pain Of Salvation – In The Passing Light Of Day
3.  Body Count – Bloodlust
4.  Dragonforce – Reaching Into Infinity
5.  Harem Scarem – United
6.  Mastodon – Emperor of Sand
7.  Labyrinth – Architecture of a God

“Looking forward to releases from Wintersun, Ihsahn, Galaktikon, Judas Priest and Dimmu Borgir.”

Recent contributions;
Dragonforce Photo Gallery
Statues Photo Gallery
Devin Townsend Photo Gallery

Renae Egan
Photographer (Sydney)

1. As It Is – Okay
2. Paramore – After Laughter
3. All Time Low – Last Young Renegade
4. State Champs – Around the World and Back (Deluxe Edition)
5. Halsey – Hopeless Fountain Kingdom
6. In Hearts Wake – Ark
7. Ed Sheeran – Divide

“As you can see, I don’t exactly have the heaviest taste in music. I’m really looking forward to the new Fall Out Boy album as well as PVRIS and Neck Deep.”

Recent contributions;
All Time Low Photo Gallery
Twenty One Pilots Photo Gallery
Panic! At the Disco Photo Gallery

Heather McNab
Writer (Sydney)

1. Paramore – After Laughter
2. Halsey – hopeless fountain kingdom 
3. As It Is – Okay
4. Machine Gun Kelly – Bloom
5. Ed Sheeran – Divide
6. All Time Low – Last Young Renegade 
7. The Maine – Lovely Little Lonely 

“I’m most looking forward to, PVRIS, Lorde, Fall Out Boy (I dont know how good it’ll be but im keen to find out)”

Recent contributions;
Figures Album Review
Belle Haven Album Review

Michael Parente
Writer (Brisbane)

1.  Boombox Cartel – Cartel EP
2.  Northlane – Mesmer
3.  In Hearts Wake – Ark
4.  Deadlights – Mesma
5.  Nickelback – Feed The Machine
6.  Kilter – Through the Distortion
7.  Ocean Grove – The Rhapsody Tapes

“I’m looking forward to the new albums from Wage War, Polaris, Oceans Ate Alaska, Odesza and Tesseract?”

Recent contributions;
Motionless In White Album Review
Deadlights Album Review
Ocean Grove Album Review

Gethin Hill
Photographer (Brisbane)

1.  Sikth – The Future In Whose Eyes?
2.  Mastodon – Emperor of Sand
3.  Soen – Lykaia
4.  sleepmakeswaves – Made of Breath Only
5.  Anathema – The Optimist
6.  At The Drive In – in.ter a.li.a
7.  Sepultura – Machine Messiah

Recent contributions;
The Amity Affliction Photo Gallery 
Voyager Photo Gallery
The Black Dahlia Murder Gallery

Stewart Munro
Photographer (Brisbane)

1. Nickelback – Feed the Machine
2. Scott Stapp – Live and Unplugged
3. Linkin Park – One More Light
4. Katy Perry – Witness
5. Nikki Webster – Strawberry Kisses 2017
6. Jimmy Barnes – Soul Searchin’ 7
7. OST – Logan

“No comment by Stew but after seeing his Top 7 albums, maybe it’s better he didn’t” – Plugga (Editor)

Recent contributions;
Dragonforce Photo Gallery
Wolfmother Photo Gallery
Puscifer Photo Gallery

So we’re an interesting bunch at Wall of Sound and we’re still looking to add even more writers and photographers before the year is over, particularly any Melbourne folk and most definitely some more death metal or the more extreme side of metal fans to add to our website. Interested? Hit us up at wallofsoundau@gmail.com

All our photographers can be contacted direct via the links in the article or our email (above) should you wish to purchase photos from them direct and our writers are available for any freelance jobs including writing up some killer press releases or band bio’s.

So, get involved,  let us know your TOP 7 so far this year on the Wall of Sound Facebook or Twitter!

About Plugga73 (370 Articles)
Writing, reviewing, interviewing, exploring new and old heavy music. From punk to grunge to hardcore to death metal to thrash and everything in between. I've been writing in the music industry now for several years including the websites LOUD, SF Media, Tone Deaf, The Metal Review and AMNplify. I'll be the one talking about bands from the 90s all the time..... Hit me up on twitter @Plugga73