Shane Brannagh picks Queens of the Stone Age 'Villains' BEST Album of 2017 for TMV

December 16, 2017


'Musical artist with a work ethic ' Queens of the Stone Age-Villains

by Shane Brannagh- The Metal Voice Writer


2017, was a year devoid of what I would consider is a benchmark album, for any of rock or metal’s biggest players. Foo Fighter’s effort “Concrete and Gold” might find itself becoming numerous awards and commendations, and whilst the album garnered lukewarm to positive reviews, I personally abhor a band that downright refuses to take risks with their output. A half or so dozen, hard rock and metal bands of which I would call myself a devotee have fallen victim to this same pattern. It’s almost a rarity for an established outfit, not to conform to the arbitrary pattern of a worldwide tour, followed by a preposterously extended period of writing and recording, before shipping an overproduced, micromanaged emulation of their better work, just as you were forgetting you were ever a fan. Were Lemmy Kilmeister still kicking, I would state it an absolute certainty that Motörhead would be bestowed my personal award for album of the year.


   There’s nothing I admire more, in a musical artist than a work ethic, directed towards the fans appeasement and not to pad the bottom line. When established acts, do everything they can to avoid, finally releasing an album, there comes with it, a certain arbitrary connotation… An album is something you have to put out there… remind the fans who you were, and more importantly who you are now.


  Whilst there were many stellar releases of smaller outfits this year, including Blaze Bayley’s “Infinite Entanglement – Part Two – Endure and Survive”, which I would state a highlight of his career, and Iced Earths solid release “Incorruptible”, I would have to award the album of the year to Queens of the Stone Age’s latest release “Villains”, through a strange turn of events.


  Now I would state first and foremost, that the band, have in no way strayed from the pack as far as classic rock dinosaurs go. It’s been four years since their last release, “Like Clockwork”. Whether it’s blasphemy or not, I have to say I never really thought much of QOTSA, until this release. As a fanatic of all things rock and metal for the last decade, I thought the band, overrated, repetitive and even a little dull. “Villains” is the album that changed my mind.


  After having been recommended the album, I nodded in agreement, stating I would certainly endeavour to listen through, though I almost never would. By happenstance, a couple of tracks came up through my Spotify recommended playlists, and I was more than surprised by how much I loved the album.


Shaune is a twenty four year old, cinema operative, and freelance writer, living in Galway Ireland.

My favourite artists are Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Alice in Chains and Rush.




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The Metal Voice counts down the Top 10 Metal Albums 2017 in a two part series. Edition 1 goes from Album 10 to 6. 

Shane Brannagh Pick

Best Albums of the Year 2017

Queens of the Stone Age-Villains





K-Man Pick

Best Albums of the Year 2017

Ray Wylie Hubbard- Tell The Devil That I'm Getting There As Fast As I Can


Jimmy Kay Picks







6.   Sons of Apollo- Psychotic Symphony

7.   Overkill- The Grinding wheel 

8    Thunderstick- Something wicked this way come

9    Jag Panzer- The Deviant chord or Panzer Fatal command   

10  Prophets of rage


Alan Dixon Picks







6   Unleash the Archers- Apex

7   Firewind -Immortals

8   Sorcerer- The Crowning of the Fire King

9   Place Vendome- Close to the Sun

10  Black Star Riders- Heavy Load



Giles Lavery  Pick

Best Albums of the Year 2017

Bob Kulick- Skeletons in the Closet


David Reece Pick

Best Albums of the Year 2017

Deep Purple- Infinite


Iron Maiden- Bruce Dickinson 'What does this Button Do? ' Book Review



























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