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  /  The Most Influential Heavy Metal Albums of 2017

THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, WE STAY BUSY TRACKING JUST HOW MANY TIMES NEW HEAVY ALBUMS ARE SHARED ACROSS SOCIAL MEDIA TO GIVE YOU A NUMBERS-BASED VIEW OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL RELEASES OF 2017.

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Artist / Album Label Total Shares
Mastodon / Emperor of Sand Reprise 67,340
Kreator / Gods of Violence Nuclear Blast 28,550
Sepultura / Machine Messiah Nuclear Blast 25,090
Code Orange / Forever Roadrunner 17,192
Obituary / Obituary Relapse 14,891
Danzig / Black Laden Crown Nuclear Blast 13,508
Pallbearer / Heartless Profound Lore 11,749
Gone Is Gone / Echolocation Rise 5,982
Power Trip / Nightmare Logic Southern Lord 5,488
Immolation / Atonement Nuclear Blast 3,609
Darkest Hour / Godless Prophets & the Migrant Flora Southern Lord 3,498
Benighted / Necrobreed Season of Mist 2,499
The Great Old Ones / EOD : A Tale of Dark Legacy Season of Mist 2,061
Black Anvil / As Was Relapse 2,032
Nightbringer / Terra Damnata Season of Mist 2,019
Ghost Bath / Starmourner Nuclear Blast 1,749
King Woman / Created in the Image of Suffering Relapse 1,191
Beheaded / Beast Incarnate Unique Leader 1,156
Fen / Winter Code666 1,026
Pillorian / Obsidian Arc Eisenwald 955

Influence is calculated based on the total number of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and Linkedin shares generated directly from editorial coverage. Share counts were accurate at time of research, typically 1-2 weeks after the official release of each album, but current share counts may differ.

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