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Top 10 Metal Albums of 2018 Lists
#1
Hey guys, I believe it is around the right time to start putting together and sharing top albums of 2018 lists!  I already cut off the rest of 2018’s releases as I won’t have enough time to sit with them to make a decision.  I have a list I’m currently finalizing, and I will likely include honorable mentions, EPs, and disappointment albums.  Anyway, feel free to post your top 10s when you’re ready.  I am particularly interested in seeing what you all found worthy of the list as I am sure many of you had different focal points from me, as I found 2018 to be an exceptional year for death metal.  Well, and then there was Visigoth.
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#2
My Top 10 Albums of 2018


1.  Obliteration- Cenotaph Obscure

A unique death metal package from Norway, influenced by many schools of the style, while wearing a bit of early Autopsy on their sleeves, this may be my favorite album of 2018.  There are only 7 tracks, most of which are fairly long for a death metal album, but the song structures and variety are enough to keep things interesting and worthy of my list.

2.  Rapture- Paroxysm of Hatred

A brutal Death/Thrash record from Greece, which I feel follows where Demolition Hammer left off after their “Epidemic of Violence” album.  The ending song finished on an epic and satisfying tremolo riff which I could have enjoyed hearing more within other songs, but it is one of my most listened to albums of the year and incredibly solid.

3.  Skeletal Remains- Devouring Mortality

Originally I got into this band due to my interest in their vocalist who strongly reminds me of classic death metal vocalists Martin Van Drunen (Asphyx and Pestilence) and John Tardy (Obituary), but more importantly, this band is packing much more than great vocals. The drumming is tight, the riffs are amazing and plentiful, and this band knows how to slow it down and groove heavy as well.  The album feels a bit long once you get into the last few numbers, but it is all quality in my opinion.

4.  Gruesome- Twisted Prayers

This one is a given for me.  I am a huge fan of Death, especially early Death.  Gruesome nailed Death again with this album with every detail from the album artwork to the lyrics, and of course the music is a given.  Not my favorite Gruesome record to date, but still a sweet trip of Death nostalgia.  

5.  Tomb Mold- Manor of Infinite Forms

This seemed to be a popular death metal album in a year in which death metal kicked a shit-ton of ass.  First playthrough went in and out for me, but upon second listen, I recognized that the band has incredible riffs, unique and evolving song structures, and rare but effective crazy high vocals. Also, their lyrics are Dark Souls themed. Awesome!

6.  Monstrosity- The Passage of Existence

This band has never disappointed me thus far, and this album was no exception to that.  Featuring the same guitar shredder who joined the ranks of Deicide recently and provided all those beautiful leads and solos, this album is a fretwork masterpiece.  Vocals and drums are also presented in high quality, as with usual quality of this band.  

7.  Visigoth- Conqueror’s Oath

I hardly need to say anything about this one.  It was a big reason I began to dig deeper into traditional heavy metal this year.  You all know this album by now, right?  

8.  Hooded Menace- Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed

I never expected to put a death/doom band in my top 10 albums list, but this band really held my attention, despite my disinterest in doom. Sure, the songs drag along, being a doom band, but the drums are involved enough to keep the album from feeling boring, and the epic guitar leads and solos are worth pushing the rewind button over and over for.

9.  Hate Eternal- Upon Desolate Sands

Erik Rutan is a massively dedicated musician for death metal.  I have seen some mixed reviews on this album, but I personally found it to be incredible.  Sure, they drums are predictable and unrelenting to the point of losing ones interest, but they are well done, and the riffs are fantastic.  I especially appreciated how this album highlighted Rutan as a supremely musical guitarist, which shines in his solos and in his uniquely groovy riffs in some songs.  

10.  Krisiun- Scourge of the Enthroned

After their previous release, I never would have expected to appreciate this record so much.  However, this is Krisiun at a level near or at the same as their massive earlier success, Southern Storm.  The guitar work, the drums, the vocals, the whole damn package is more fierce than a backyard full of angry Rottweilers.  

Honorable Mentions: (Because 2018 was an amazing year full of releases that shouldn’t be ignored)

The Crown- Cobra Speed Venom
Aborted- TerrorVision
High on Fire- Electric Messiah
Hyperdontia- Nexus of Teeth
Extremity- Coffin Birth (This was my favorite album for a good month or two!)
Outre-Tombe- Necrovortex


EPs

Cist- The Frozen Casket
Phrenelith- Ornamented Dead Eyes

Disappointments (Neither of these were bad albums. Just not up to the standard the bands have set up for themselves, not to mention Deicide has an incredible lineup currently with a real shredder)

Deicide- Overtures of Blasphemy
Outer Heaven- Realms of Eternal Decay
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#3
Hmmm... so many albums to choose from. However, I'll try to come up with some sort of a "Best Metal Albums Of 2018" of mine, but it's gonna be tough for sure...
"What does not kill me... Eh, makes me even more pissed off, you punk!!!"  Angry

* "Armageddon Cult" by SURVIVORS ZERO (feat. yours truly)
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#4
A quick look back at 2018 and here's what stands out from the albums I reviewed

1. Immortal - Northern Chaos Gods

No Abbath? No problem. This this is a blistering black metal behemoth

2. Solstice - White Horse Hill

This could easily have been #1 but I gave the edge to Immortal's in-your-face approach. Which makes this album no less impressively moving

3. Frozen Land - Frozen Land

A throwback to power metal from the early 2000's done to near perfection

4. Visigoth - Conqueror's Oath

Like the hordes from which they take their name, Visigoth continue to run roughshod over the metal scene

5. Follow the Cipher - Follow the Cipher

Another power metal album, this one of the more modern variety and standing tall with the likes of Delain and Sabaton

6. Wild - Sin Piedad

Straight-up heavy metal that isn't pretending to be anything else, just kick-ass music

7. Carriage - Visions

Creepy, occult-themed metal with an old-school vibe

8. Riot V - Armor of Light

Considering there isn't one original member left from this band's beginnings in the late 70s, it is amazing they keep putting out quality albums

9. Necrytis - Dread en Ruin

Two veterans of early US metal (Toby Knapp, Shane Wacaster) keep the sound alive

10. Thrust - Harvest of Souls

Metal Massacre veterans come back with a fantastic album over 30 years after their debut
We need it as a liquid in our veins instead of blood
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#5
Here's my "Top Metal Albums of 2018" list below, without any short reviews written for them at all (sorry, no time for that right now as I am looking for new job opportunities). I just wanted to highlight The Top 3 albums especially because they made a huge impression on me this year, but for very different reasons. But that's about it.


So, here we go...

01. Immortal - Northern Chaos Gods
02. Deceased - Ghostly White
03. Judas Priest Firepower
04. Necrodeath - The Age of Dead Christ
05. Wolfheart -Constellation of the Black Light
06. Gruesome - Twisted Prayers
07. Crimson Slaughter - Surveillance States
08. Tumourboy - Condemned to Extinction
09. Krisiun - Scourge of the Enthroned
10. Skeletal Remains - Devouring Mortality
"What does not kill me... Eh, makes me even more pissed off, you punk!!!"  Angry

* "Armageddon Cult" by SURVIVORS ZERO (feat. yours truly)
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#6
It keeps getting harder and harder to make a shortlist of only 10 albums each year, so this time around I'm going to cheat a bit (ok, a lot) by separating what I consider to be the best records of 2018 by genre. Like Luxi, I won't be doing any sort of short reviews or anything like that, so I'll just list what I think is the most killer stuff. Here we go!

PS: I know some of these may seem to be listed in the wrong genre, but I just put it where I found to be the most suitable place for each album when it comes to hybrid genres (death/thrash, prog/power and stuff like that)

HEAVY METAL
1: Visigoth - Conqueror's Oath
2: Savage Machine - Abandon Earth
3: Battleroar - Codex Epicus
4: UDO - Steelfactory
5: Gatekeeper - East of Sun
6: Aria - Curse of the Seas
7: Impellitteri - The Nature of the Beast
8: Espionage - Digital Dystopia
9: Ancient Empire - Eternal Soldier
10: Necrytis - Dread en Ruin

POWER METAL
1: Veonity - Legend of the Starborn
2: Riot V - Armor of Light
3: Frozen Land - Frozen Land
4: Thaurorod - Coast of Gold
5: Frozen Crown - The Fallen King
6: Powerwolf - The Sacrament of Sin
7: Brainstorm - Midnight Ghost
8: Mike Lepond's Silent Assassins - Pawn and Prophecy
9: Ironflame - Tales of Splendor and Sorrow
10: Shadowkiller - Guardians of the Temple

DEATH METAL
1: Sulphur Aeon - The Scythe of Cosmic Chaos
2: Wolfheart - Constellation of the Black Light
3: 1914 - The Blind Leading the Blind
4: Deicide - Overtures of Blasphemy
5: Necrophobic - Mark of the Necrogram
6: Portal - Ion
7: Hooded Menace - Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed
8: Hate Eternal - Upon Desolate Sands
9: Omnium Gatherum - The Burning Cold
10: Hoth - Astral Necromancy

BLACK METAL
1: Varathron - Patriarchs of Evil
2: Grá - Väsen
3: Immortal - Northern Chaos Gods
4: Craft - White Noise and Black Metal
5: Panopticon - The Scars Of Man On The Once Nameless Wilderness
6: Human Serpent - For I, The Misanthropist
7: Uada - Cult of a Dying Sun
8: Drudkh - They Often See Dreams About the Spring
9: Tribulation - Down Below
10: Watain - Trident Wolf Eclipse

THRASH METAL
1: Rapture - Paroxysm of Hatred
2: Insulter - The Misantrhope
3: Disintegrator - Black Legion
4: Bastardizer - Dawn of Domination
5: Empiresfall - A Piece to the Blind
6: Hammer of Daemons - Barbarian Assault
7: Voidhanger - Dark Days of the Soul
8: Panzer Squad - Ruins
9: Hellish - The Spectre of Lonely Souls
10: Darkness - First Class Violence

DOOM METAL
1: Solstice - White Horse Hill
2: Hamferd - Támsins likam
3: Runemagick - Evoked From Abysmal Sleep
4: Pantheist - Seeking Infinity
5: Mournful Congregation - The Incubus of Karma
6: Khemmis - Desolation
7: Albert Bell's Sacro Sanctus - Liber III: Codex Templarum
8: Yob - Our Raw Heart
9: Et Moriemur - Epigrammata
10: Conan - Existential Void Guardian

SPEED METAL
1: Black Viper - Hellions of Fire
2: Rocka Rollas - Celtic Kings
3: Sacral Rage - Beyond Celestial Echoes
4: Manacle - No Fear to Persevere…
5: Mastermind - Conceiver of Doom
6: The Ripper - Hell Rising
7: Iron Angel - Hellbound
8: Armory - The Search
9: Whipstriker - Merciless Artillery
10: Hell Patrol - Leather and Chrome

PROG METAL
1: Shylmagoghnar - Transience
2: Amorphis - Queen of Time
3: Orphaned Land - Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs
4: Seventh Wonder - Tiara
5: Witherfall - A Prelude to Sorrow
6: Redemption - Long Night's Journey Into Day
7: King Goat - Debt of Aeons
8: Manticora - To Kill To Live To Kill
9: Michael Romeo - War of the Worlds / Pt. 1
10: Riverside - Wasteland

BONUS - Since I'm from Brazil, here's what I thought were the best albums from my home country:

1: Funeratus - Accept the Death
2: Decomposed God - Storm of Blasphemies
3: Shadows Legacy - Lost Humanity
4: Whipstriker - Merciless Artillery
5: Krisiun - Scourge of the Enthroned
6: Vulturine - Panegyric ov Death - The Synoptic Picture ov Negativism
7: Warshipper - Black Sun
8: Krull - The Black Coast
9: Martyrdom - Ritual Místico de Adoração à Sabedoria Ancestral
10: Brutallian - Reason for Violence
Metal is forever
In every Single matter
Metal is forever
Nations come together
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(12-20-2018, 02:59 PM)BrunoRedSox Wrote: It keeps getting harder and harder to make a shortlist of only 10 albums each year, so this time around I'm going to cheat a bit (ok, a lot) by separating what I consider to be the best records of 2018 by genre. Like Luxi, I won't be doing any sort of short reviews or anything like that, so I'll just list what I think is the most killer stuff. Here we go!

PS: I know some of these may seem to be listed in the wrong genre, but I just put it where I found to be the most suitable place for each album when it comes to hybrid genres (death/thrash, prog/power and stuff like that)

HEAVY METAL
1: Visigoth - Conqueror's Oath
2: Savage Machine - Abandon Earth
3: Battleroar - Codex Epicus
4: UDO - Steelfactory
5: Gatekeeper - East of Sun
6: Aria - Curse of the Seas
7: Impellitteri - The Nature of the Beast
8: Espionage - Digital Dystopia
9: Ancient Empire - Eternal Soldier
10: Necrytis - Dread en Ruin

POWER METAL
1: Veonity - Legend of the Starborn
2: Riot V - Armor of Light
3: Frozen Land - Frozen Land
4: Thaurorod - Coast of Gold
5: Frozen Crown - The Fallen King
6: Powerwolf - The Sacrament of Sin
7: Brainstorm - Midnight Ghost
8: Mike Lepond's Silent Assassins - Pawn and Prophecy
9: Ironflame - Tales of Splendor and Sorrow
10: Shadowkiller - Guardians of the Temple

DEATH METAL
1: Sulphur Aeon - The Scythe of Cosmic Chaos
2: Wolfheart - Constellation of the Black Light
3: 1914 - The Blind Leading the Blind
4: Deicide - Overtures of Blasphemy
5: Necrophobic - Mark of the Necrogram
6: Portal - Ion
7: Hooded Menace - Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed
8: Hate Eternal - Upon Desolate Sands
9: Omnium Gatherum - The Burning Cold
10: Hoth - Astral Necromancy

BLACK METAL
1: Varathron - Patriarchs of Evil
2: Grá - Väsen
3: Immortal - Northern Chaos Gods
4: Craft - White Noise and Black Metal
5: Panopticon - The Scars Of Man On The Once Nameless Wilderness
6: Human Serpent - For I, The Misanthropist
7: Uada - Cult of a Dying Sun
8: Drudkh - They Often See Dreams About the Spring
9: Tribulation - Down Below
10: Watain - Trident Wolf Eclipse

THRASH METAL
1: Rapture - Paroxysm of Hatred
2: Insulter - The Misantrhope
3: Disintegrator - Black Legion
4: Bastardizer - Dawn of Domination
5: Empiresfall - A Piece to the Blind
6: Hammer of Daemons - Barbarian Assault
7: Voidhanger - Dark Days of the Soul
8: Panzer Squad - Ruins
9: Hellish - The Spectre of Lonely Souls
10: Darkness - First Class Violence

DOOM METAL
1: Solstice - White Horse Hill
2: Hamferd - Támsins likam
3: Runemagick - Evoked From Abysmal Sleep
4: Pantheist - Seeking Infinity
5: Mournful Congregation - The Incubus of Karma
6: Khemmis - Desolation
7: Albert Bell's Sacro Sanctus - Liber III: Codex Templarum
8: Yob - Our Raw Heart
9: Et Moriemur - Epigrammata
10: Conan - Existential Void Guardian

SPEED METAL
1: Black Viper - Hellions of Fire
2: Rocka Rollas - Celtic Kings
3: Sacral Rage - Beyond Celestial Echoes
4: Manacle - No Fear to Persevere…
5: Mastermind - Conceiver of Doom
6: The Ripper - Hell Rising
7: Iron Angel - Hellbound
8: Armory - The Search
9: Whipstriker - Merciless Artillery
10: Hell Patrol - Leather and Chrome

PROG METAL
1: Shylmagoghnar - Transience
2: Amorphis - Queen of Time
3: Orphaned Land - Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs
4: Seventh Wonder - Tiara
5: Witherfall - A Prelude to Sorrow
6: Redemption - Long Night's Journey Into Day
7: King Goat - Debt of Aeons
8: Manticora - To Kill To Live To Kill
9: Michael Romeo - War of the Worlds / Pt. 1
10: Riverside - Wasteland

BONUS - Since I'm from Brazil, here's what I thought were the best albums from my home country:

1: Funeratus - Accept the Death
2: Decomposed God - Storm of Blasphemies
3: Shadows Legacy - Lost Humanity
4: Whipstriker - Merciless Artillery
5: Krisiun - Scourge of the Enthroned
6: Vulturine - Panegyric ov Death - The Synoptic Picture ov Negativism
7: Warshipper - Black Sun
8: Krull - The Black Coast
9: Martyrdom - Ritual Místico de Adoração à Sabedoria Ancestral
10: Brutallian - Reason for Violence
That was a really cool post.  And it’s very clear you listened to way more music than I did this year!  It’s fun going through it.
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(12-23-2018, 06:50 PM)ReignInBloodyGore Wrote: That was a really cool post.  And it’s very clear you listened to way more music than I did this year!  It’s fun going through it.

Thanks, brother! I always list every album I listen to on an excel sheet ahahahahah
That makes it easier for me to remember and rate what I found to be good or bad.
Metal is forever
In every Single matter
Metal is forever
Nations come together
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#9
(12-26-2018, 05:57 AM)BrunoRedSox Wrote:
(12-23-2018, 06:50 PM)ReignInBloodyGore Wrote: That was a really cool post.  And it’s very clear you listened to way more music than I did this year!  It’s fun going through it.

Thanks, brother! I always list every album I listen to on an excel sheet ahahahahah
That makes it easier for me to remember and rate what I found to be good or bad.

Maybe I should start doing that in 2019.
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#10
(12-26-2018, 08:24 AM)metalcrypt Wrote:
(12-26-2018, 05:57 AM)BrunoRedSox Wrote:
(12-23-2018, 06:50 PM)ReignInBloodyGore Wrote: That was a really cool post.  And it’s very clear you listened to way more music than I did this year!  It’s fun going through it.

Thanks, brother! I always list every album I listen to on an excel sheet ahahahahah
That makes it easier for me to remember and rate what I found to be good or bad.

Maybe I should start doing that in 2019.
It sounds a lot like work...
We need it as a liquid in our veins instead of blood
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