What is the best drum album of 2017?

Watching drummers perform solo in clinics or on YouTube videos can be mightily impressive, but most drummers pick up sticks because they want to create music with other musicians and make people dance or play to their emotions. 

Recorded music is a way to indelibly document those creative, musical moments, and it’s often the place where drummers create their most defining moments. That’s why this year we decided to introduce a new category – best drum album.

Shortlisted here is a collection of albums ranging from the biggest rock and metal bands on the planet, to solo drummers who have produced unique, musical albums that put the drummer firmly at the front. We’ve also included a drumless shed album, written by a supremely talented drummer that has proven incredibly popular this year. 

The question is, which album has been a firm fixture on your speakers in 2017?

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