New Heavy Metal Music Releases in 2017

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Looking for the latest and greatest in heavy metal music? Check out our list of the top new releases of 2017!


Although the heavy metal music scene has slowed down in recent years, there are still a number of great new releases to check out in 2017. If you’re a fan of the genre, be sure to give these albums a listen.

New Releases

This year has seen some great new heavy metal music releases. Bands like Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax have all released new albums that have been very well-received by fans and critics alike. If you’re a fan of heavy metal, then you’ll definitely want to check out some of these new releases.

Metallica-Hardwired… to Self-Destruct

Metallica’s long-awaited tenth studio album, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct, was finally released on November 18, 2016. The double album is the band’s first release in eight years, following up 2008’s Death Magnetic. Hardwired… to Self-Destruct was produced by Greg Fidelman, who also worked on Death Magnetic.

The album’s lead single, “Hardwired,” was released on August 18, 2016. The music video for the song, which was directed by Clark Eddy and Mark Pellington, premiered on October 31, 2016. “Moth Into Flame” is the second single from Hardwired… to Self-Destruct and was released on October 21, 2016. The music video for “Moth Into Flame” was directed by Robert Valley and premiered on November 3, 2016.

Hardwired… to Self-Destruct debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States and also topped charts in a number of other countries, including Australia, Canada, France and the United Kingdom. The album received generally positive reviews from critics and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album at the 59th annual ceremony.


Dystopia is the 15th studio album by American thrash metal band Megadeth. It was released on January 22, 2016, through Tradecraft, distributed by Universal. This is the first album to feature Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro, best known for his work with Angra, and the last to feature longtime drummer Shawn Drover; he would announce his departure from the band two months after Dystopia’s release. The album entered the US Billboard 200 at number three, selling 61,000 copies in its first week, making it Megadeth’s highest-charting album in 22 years since Countdown to Extinction (1992). It is also their best-selling debut week of all time.

Anthrax-For All Kings

Anthrax is an American heavy metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker. The group is considered one of the leaders of the thrash metal movement from the 1980s and is one of the “Big Four” thrash metal bands with Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer; Anthrax is one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold more than 20 million records worldwide.

The band has released eleven studio albums, a number of singles and EPs, and several video albums. Their debut album Fistful of Metal was released in 1984 on Megaforce Records. In 1986, they signed to Island Records and released Among the Living in 1987 which peaked at number seven on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart. The album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2013. We’ve Come for You All (2003) was also certified platinum.

If you are a fan of Anthrax or just want to check out some new heavy metal music releases in 2017, be sure to give For All Kings a listen!


Slayer is an American metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman. Slayer’s fast and aggressive musical style made them one of the founding “big four” bands of thrash metal, alongside Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. Slayer’s current lineup comprises King, lead vocalist/bassist Tom Araya, drummer Paul Bostaph and guitarist Gary Holt. Hanneman and drummers Dave Lombardo and Jon Dette are former members of the band.

In the original line-up, King, Hanneman, and lead vocalist/bassist Araya contributed to the band’s lyrics about serial killers, necrophilia, Satanism, mass murder (both spree killings and genocides), and other topics that generated controversy among religious groups. Since the front man’s incorporation in 1986, guitarist Kerry King has remained one of the only two original members in Slayer (the other being bassist/vocalist Tom Araya). With twenty-eight years of recording history behind them – during which time they have released twelve studio albums – Slayer has amassed a dedicated global following; their popularity was further bolstered by extensive touring throughout the 1990s and 2000s. While continuing to release albums to mixed reviews throughout their career – most recently with World Painted Blood in 2009 – Slayer has maintained a cult following.

On May 2nd 2017 Slayer released Repentless their first album in six years since World Painted Blood Repentless is pure slayer it is heavy fast relentless! this album is a must for any metal fan!


In conclusion, there were many great heavy metal music releases in 2017. There was a good mix of old and new bands, and a variety of styles represented. While there were some disappointments, overall it was a great year for heavy metal music.

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