Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) SANTIAGO GUTIERREZ Shares ALL His Favorites

(By Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor, RiffRelevant.com)

Santiago Gutierrez just joined us here at Riff Relevant.  I don’t even have a bio for him on the site yet!  He made it just in time for our first Year End.  He dove right into deep water with his list, too.

Santiago came into the fold with experience as a heavy music reviewer and is a rather prolific listener.  If his submission of this extensive ‘Favorites Releases’ is any indication of what we are in store for in the future, it’s definitely going to be a long haul with Santiago.  This is an amazing list.

RiffRelevant.com now presents Santiago’s Favorites of 2017!  He chose a selection of nearly 125 releases from this year!  While there are links to stream each band and/or release name, we didn’t embed a stream for each in this article, as that might set my editor brain on fire.

He put a lot of thought and care to share such a comprehensive list and give recognition to many bands.  See his list below and go check out these releases! – Leanne


2017 has been quite a year for music.  Like 2016, this year was filled with a plethora of music releases from a wide spectrum of genres.  Doom, death, black, progressive, thrash, traditional metal, etc., it was all represented well.

At times, I discover something I may have missed among the many lists that are posted.  I hope some of you may find something that may have flown under your radar among these entries.  The list is long, so let’s get on with it shall we:

Best of 2017 (Alphabetical order because there is no way I am attempting a rank.)


Best of 2017 (EP)


Top 2 Demos of 2017


Top 3 Splits of 2017


Many thanks to Santiago for sharing his favorites for the year, as well for all his contributions since his arrival in joining us at Riff Relevant. – Leanne

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