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My final 2018 list. This was probably one of the more underwhelming years for me, musically speaking, but here it is. Compare my list to some of the other 'metal' staff and you can see how we all chose different things from the same genre and essentially cancelled each other out for the year-end list.
Rating: 3.3 -- Genre: Post Metal, Black Metal -- RIYL: Gorguts, Ulcerate
The Colder The Night
Rating: 3.3 -- Genre: Post Black Metal -- RIYL: Harakiri For The Sky, Mesarthim
Exile Amongst the Ruins
Rating: 3.3 -- Genre: Black Metal, Folk, Metal -- RIYL: Amorphis, Enslaved
Rating: 3.3 -- Genre: Power Metal, Pop, Metalcore -- RIYL: Nightwish, Soilwork, Evanescence
Never Gonna Die
Rating: 3.3 -- Genre: Punk -- RIYL: Bad Religion, Satanic Surfers
Rating: 3.3 -- Genre: Technical Death Metal -- RIYL: Medeia, Pestilence
Rating: 3.3 -- Genre: Progressive Death Metal -- RIYL: Opeth, Amorphis, Tool
Back From Hell
Rating: 3.3 -- Genre: Punk -- RIYL: Pennywise, NoFx
|42||The Lion's Daughter|
Rating: 3.4 -- Genre: Sludge, Doom, Hardcore -- RIYL: Can't think of any...
Mark of the Necrogram
Rating: 3.4 -- Genre: Melodic Death Metal, Death Metal -- RIYL: Sacramentum, Dissection
Rating: 3.4 -- Genre: Progressive, Doom -- RIYL: Katatonia, Draconian, Daylight Dies
Rating: 3.4 -- Genre: Melodic Death Metal, Progressive Death Metal -- RIYL: Aethereus, Born of Osiris
Realm of the Fallen
Rating: 3.4 -- Genre: Black Metal -- RIYL: Old Man's Child, Naglfar
Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic
Rating: 3.4 -- Genre: Progressive Post Metal -- RIYL: At The Soundawn, Isis
Alba - Les Hombres Errantes
Rating: 3.4 -- Genre: Acoustic Post Metal -- RIYL: The Ocean, At the Soundawn
Rating: 3.4 -- Genre: Progressive Metalcore -- RIYL: Underoath, August Burns Red
For My Crimes
Rating: 3.4 -- Genre: Indie Pop -- RIYL: Chelsea Wolfe, Love Spirals Downwards
|33||The Pineapple Thief|
Rating: 3.4 -- Genre: Progressive Rock -- RIYL: Porcupine Tree, Kingcrow
Constellation of the Black Light
Rating: 3.4 -- Genre: Melodic Death Metal, Folk -- RIYL: Amon Amarth, Insomnium
Still Miles To Go
Rating: 3.4 -- Genre: Progressive, Metalcore -- RIYL: Rivers of Nihil, Architects
|30||Art of Deception|
Path of Trees
Rating: 3.4 -- Genre: Metalcore, Melodic Death Metal -- RIYL: Mors Principium Est, Amon Amarth
Rating: 3.4 -- Genre: Symphonic Black Metal -- RIYL: Graveworm, Old Man's Child
Rating: 3.4 -- Genre: Pop, Indie Pop -- RIYL: Versaemerge, Against The Current
Rating: 3.4 -- Genre: Melodic Death Metal -- RIYL: Insomnium, Mors Principium Est, Heaven Shall Burn
Lore of the Lakes
Rating: 3.4 -- Genre: Black Metal -- RIYL: Dissection, Anorexia Nervosa
Rating: 3.4 -- Genre: Post Hardcore -- RIYL: Architects, The Used
Rating: 3.5 -- Genre: Modern Prog -- RIYL: Periphery, August Burns Red
|23||Oceans of Slumber|
The Banished Heart
Rating: 3.5 -- Genre: Doom, Post Metal, Prog -- RIYL: My Dying Bride, Draconian
Rating: 3.5 -- Genre: Electro/Industrial -- RIYL: Skinny Puppy, Kevorkian Death Cycle
Rating: 3.5 -- Genre: Alt Rock, Post Hardcore -- RIYL: Deftones, Brand New
Rating: 3.5 -- Genre: Traditional Metal, Prog, Thrash -- RIYL: Nevermore
If There Is Light, It Will Find You
Rating: 3.5 -- Genre: Post Hardcore -- RIYL: Funeral For a Friend, A Static Lullaby
Rating: 3.5 -- Genre: Pop Punk, Post Hardcore -- RIYL: The Front Bottoms, Say Anything
|17||Between the Buried and Me|
Rating: 3.5 -- Genre: Progressive Metalcore -- RIYL: Dream Theater, Protest the Hero, Carcass
Rating: 3.5 -- Genre: Black Metal -- RIYL: Emperor, Mayhem
Illusive Golden Age
Rating: 3.6 -- Genre: Technical Death Metal -- RIYL: Beyond Creation, Obscura
I Loved You at Your Darkest
Rating: 3.6 -- Genre: Death/Black Metal -- RIYL: Zyklon, ABBATH
|13||Night in Gales|
The Last Sunsets
Rating: 3.6 -- Genre: Melodic Death Metal -- RIYL: classic In Flames
Rating: 3.8 -- Genre: Technical Metalcore -- RIYL: Periphery, Tesseract
Rating: 3.8 -- Genre: Indie Rock, Dream Pop, Post Rock -- RIYL: Marissa Nadler meets Eisley meets Post Rock
Rating: 4.0 -- Genre: Technical Death Metal -- RIYL: Obscura, Augury, Within The Ruins
There aren't really any surprises here. It's your standard modern technical death metal sound. It's chaotic and crammed full of riffs and leads. The thing that redeems this release is that they also manage to make it memorable with just enough 'calm' in the form of memorable melody and riffs to make it stand apart.
|9||Sick of It All|
Wake The Sleeping Dragon!
Rating: 4.0 -- Genre: Metallic Hardcore -- RIYL: Agnostic Front, Traditional NYC Hardcore
These guys have never released a bad album or even an album that feels tired or bored, but this is still a surprise. It sounds totally refreshed and has more of a fun 'punky' vibe than they've had since their Fat Wreck Chords days. These guys have to be in their 50s, but you'd never know it.
|8||At The Gates|
To Drink from the Night Itself
Rating: 4.0 -- Genre: Melodic Death Metal -- RIYL: (early) In Flames, (early) Dark Tranquillity
At The Gates suffered from some undue criticism when they released At War With Reality because it was directly compared with an album that had grown into an uncontrollable monster built on equal parts hype, nostalgia, and actual quality. To Drink From the Night Itself shouldn’t have that problem because people can now temper their fantasies of unending Slaughter of the Soul rehashes with realistic expectations of a band that always had more to offer than that one release. To Drink From the Night Itself returns to the peak of At The Gates’ creative side by delving into a more moody, nuanced and diverse set of songs that shares more in common with their first few releases than the one everybody seems to remember. In the process, they very well may have released the best album in their history.
Take Me To The Disco
Rating: 4.0 -- Genre: Pop/Indie Pop -- RIYL: I honestly Don't know...
I don't get where all the hate is coming from. Maybe it's because this album isn't nearly as energetic or overtly pop as her previous release. Personally, I like the fact this album is more of a quiet, moody, release that kind of trades a bit of sass for introspection.
Rating: 4.0 -- Genre: Atmospheric Progressive Metal -- RIYL: Katatonia, Anathema, Riverside
This was my first Kingcrow release, and it was definitely a surprise. I like how it blends the moodiness of bands like (modern) Katatonia with the subdued prog of bands like Porcupine Tree, but with a bit of Anathema thrown in as well.
Rating: 4.2 -- Genre: Technical Death Metal -- RIYL: Beyond Creation, Medeia, Bloodshot Dawn
Really solid and original progressive death metal. I didn't take to this as quickly as some other people did, but eventually it did grow on me. The thing that finally brought me around was the awesome riffs.
Rating: 4.3 -- Genre: Progressive Rock/Metal -- RIYL: Riverside, The Pineapple Thief, Pain of Salvation
I'm not really too familiar with these guys, but I like this one. Excellent blend of traditional prog and the more modern stuff. There are moments of prog wank, but the band always keep the 'song' in mind.
Rating: 4.5 -- Genre: Progressive Metal/Technical Thrash -- RIYL: Anacrusis, Vektor, Coroner
Seamless blend of Dimension: Hatross and The Outer Limits with random moments of Nothingface. I hear very little modern Voivod in this, and that's just fine with me.
Black Market Enlightenment
Rating: 4.5 -- Genre: Atmospheric Rock/Progressive Rock -- RIYL: Katatonia, Anathema
This is the definitive Antimatter album. They finally bring everything that has been good about this band. The electronics of the earlier stuff is here, the super morose atmospheres that were most well done on the mid-era stuff is here, the rock/metal sound of the latest stuff is still here, and it is all done so damn well. This might have been a number 1 for me if I had more 2018 time with it (I didn't find it until December).
Queen of Time
Rating: 4.5 -- Genre: Progressive Metal/Progressive Death -- RIYL: Opeth
What can I say? This album sounds like what Tuonela might have sounded like if Amorphis had kept the death metal vocals and totally upped the intensity. What I'm saying is that this is probably their most aggressive, yet progressive, album yet. Somehow, though, the melodies are probably as good as they've ever been and the songs themselves are some of the band's catchiest and most creative.
|I didn't really have time to do a full-blown list with altered artwork and descriptions this year. It wasn't that great a year for music I liked anyway...|
|19 and 25 are god awful but sweet list overall as always. m/|
|Ha ha. I'm surprised you even bothered to listen to those two. They don't seem like anything you'd even think about trying.|
|I was beginning to think you only rated 3.3 exclusively. |
|I love Senses Fail and Underoath overall but those albums are sooooooo bad.|
|New At the gates sucks just not as hard as the last At the gates so thats some kind of progress when your hitting late 40s i guess.|
|--I was beginning to think you only rated 3.3 exclusively.--|
Ha ha. There's a lot of times I'm listening to new albums and thinking this isn't great, but it's pretty good....
--I love Senses Fail and Underoath overall but those albums are sooooooo bad.--
Really? This is my favorite 'traditional' Senses Fail album since Still Searching. Also, Underoath's last three albums are all better than their new one, but this is still better than their other poppy post hardcore releases.
--New At the gates sucks just not as hard as the last At the gates so thats some kind of progress when your hitting late 40s i guess.--
Ha ha. Totally disagree...
|Sounds like I need to check 6 as well.|
This year was definitely felt like the Year of 3.3-3.6. Lots of solid records for sure, but the cream of the crop was an obvious jump from that range for sure.
|i'm going to have to give TMTTD another try some day|
|--Sounds like I need to check 6 as well.--|
6 would almost definitely be your thing. Let me know if you check it out.
--i'm going to have to give TMTTD another try some day--
I think people should. It's might not be what they expected or wanted from her second album, but it's definitely really good.
|Im kinda sad I didnt even know SOIA had a new record like back in the day I saw them about 15 times. They were such an important band for me but I dont care at all when they release stuff now but youve inspired me to check that one for old times sake|
|It's worth a listen. I've always liked all their stuff, but I haven't been instantly impressed with them like this since Scratch The Surface.|
|~Obligatory potsy shit-post~|
But actually Numb by Meg Myers rips. Dont like the rest of the alb as much but still 5/5
|It's worth a listen. I've always liked all their stuff, but I haven't been instantly impressed with them like this since Scratch The Surface.'|
|Nice touch on including similar bands Willie, great list. Happy to see bands like Tonight Alive and Hypno5e up there. And didn't know In Vain had a new one this year, I was about to jam Mantra now.|
|3 is literally garbage|
|And no Black Fast huh, unacceptable.|
|What up dawg! Nice list.|
|I really, really need to set aside some time for #1. The previous was my AOTY 2015.|
|Great list, need to listen 6 (I used to be big on the band), and 2.|
|Great list. Amorphis album grew into a gem. Pretty much equal top for me. Probably their catchiest and love the homage to Tuonela. I rate the Primordial and Necrophobic albums much higher than you and sput. Adding 6 and 7 to my listening.|
|looks like you missed out on a lot of great music this year |
|How come The Ocean are so low? |
|I approve of your #1|
|--And no Black Fast huh, unacceptable.--|
It was in my Top 100 for sure, but I can't remember exactly how far off the Top 50 it was... I keep a running excel sheet ever since I started participating in these end of year things.
--I really, really need to set aside some time for #1. The previous was my AOTY 2015.--
I'm surprised you haven't really bothered with it if their previous album ranked so high for you.
--Great list, need to listen 6 (I used to be big on the band)--
I've checked their previous releases now, and I like the one before this one but didn't really get into any of their earlier releases.
--Great list. Amorphis album grew into a gem. Pretty much equal top for me. Probably their catchiest and love the homage to Tuonela. I rate the Primordial and Necrophobic albums much higher than you and sput. Adding 6 and 7 to my listening.--
Tuonela is one of my favorite Amorphis releases, so I really liked the influence it seemed to have over their new album. 6 was definitely a surprise since I had never heard them before. It's still growing on me.
--looks like you missed out on a lot of great music this year --
Very likely. Are you going to throw out any examples?
--How come The Ocean are so low?--
I'm not huge on post metal, so I can only seem to get so far into it most of the time.
--I approve of your #1--
Thanks. Ha ha.
|There’s a surprising amount of dross on here|
|Was not expecting to see 7 here at all|
|This has given me a few more 2018 releases to check out. Good on ya'|
|I gotta hear 16, 26 and 38 asap.|
Lots of great stuff here too as always. m/
|List has nice jams, as expected. Queen of Time is also my 2018 fav|