It's hard to believe but the calendar year of 2017 is quickly approaching the end. The fall always features a flurry of major album releases, but most of the major discs for the year all arrive prior to Thanksgiving, just in time for the biggest shopping days of the year. While September and October were both stacked, the month of November gives us a wealth of great music as well.

It all starts on Nov. 3 where metal fans are anxiously awaiting the release of Cannibal Corpse's Red Before Black. There's also been a five-year gap between Converge albums, making fans salivate for The Dusk in Us with great anticipation. Metal vets Annihilator are back with their 16th studio album For the Demented, while punk patrons Anti-Flag stir things up with their 12th release, American Fall. Metalcore upstarts Like Moths to Flames and hard rocking up and comers Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown also continue to build their base with the Dark Divine and self-titled albums.

Nov. 10 is the busiest week of the month, led by Evanescence's orchestral reimagining of their music with the Synthesis album. Joey Jordison's busy schedule includes a new Sinsaenum EP titled Ashes. Michael Sweet and George Lynch team up again for the Sweet & Lynch disc Unified and former Nightwish singer Anette Olzon turns up on The Dark Element's self-titled disc. Plus you can look for doom masters Electric Wizard delivering the deliciously dark Wizard Bloody Wizard. And for the completists out there, Metallica will dish out their expansive Master of Puppets reissue.

There are two releases expected to be hugely popular on Nov. 17 due to their broader career view -- Green Day's Greatest Hits: God's Favorite Band and the concert collection from Iron Maiden, The Book of Souls Live Chapter. Elsewhere on Nov. 17, Cavalera Conspiracy are ready to release more mayhem with their Psychosis disc, Korn bassist Fieldy serves up his Bassically solo set and Tarja gets in the holiday spirit with From Spirits and Ghosts (Score for a Dark Christmas). Plus look for Skillet taking Unleashed Beyond and The Obsessed reissuing their self-titled set.

And, given the holiday, the Nov. 24 schedule is pretty light with the Dimebag Darrell CD/DVD set, Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It or Get Rolled leading the way. Check out the full November hard rock and metal release schedule below and be aware that more albums may be announced between now and the beginning of the month while some dates could also shift.

Nov. 3, 2017

Annihilator - For the Demented
Anti-Flag - American Fall
Beast in Black - Berserker
Blues Pills - Lady in Gold Live in Paris DVD
Cannibal Corpse - Red Before Black
Converge - The Dusk in Us
Like Moths to Flames - Dark Divine
Lustre - Still Innocence
Madam X - Monstrocity
Moonspell - 1755
Polaris - The Mortal Coil
Primitive Race - Soul Pretender
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown - Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
Until the Sky Dies - The Year Zero Blueprint

Nov. 10, 2017

Amberian Dawn - Darkness of Eternity
Axis - Shift
Babylon A.D. - Revelation Highway
Cloak - To Venomous Depths
The Dark Element - The Dark Element
Destruction - Thrash Anthems II
Electric Wizard - Wizard Bloody Wizard
Entheos - Dark Future
Evanescence - Synthesis
Forgotten Tomb - We Owe You Nothing La Caida de Tonatiuh
Metallica - Master of Puppets Reissue
Nekrasov - The Mirror Void
The Offering - The Offering EP
Pink Cream 69 - Headstrong
Primal Fear - Best of Fear
Quicksand - Interiors
Santa Cruz - Bad Blood Rising
Sinsaenum - Ashes EP
Spock's Beard - Snow Live DVD/CD
Sweet & Lynch - Unified
Threat Signal - Disconnect
Toothgrinder - Phantom Amour
The Unguided - And the Battle Royale
Witchery - I Am Legion

Nov. 17, 2017

Asphyx - The Rack Reissue
Black Death - Black Death Reissue
The Body and Full of Hell - Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light
Cavalera Conspiracy - Psychosis
Conan - Man Is Myth: Early Demos
Fieldy - Bassically
Game Over - Claiming Supremacy
Green Day – Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band
Iron Maiden - The Book of Souls Live Chapter
Kissing Candice - Safe Word EP
Nullingroots - Into the Grey
Oblivion - The Path Towards...
The Obsessed - The Obsessed Reissue
Phinehas - Dark Flag
Skillet - Unleashed Beyond
Tarja - From Spirits and Ghosts (Score for a Dark Christmas)
Tyfon's Doom - Emperor's Path

Nov. 24, 2017

Dimebag Darrell - Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It or Get Rolled DVD/CD
Genus Ordinis Dei - Great Olden Dynasty

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