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2018 Favorites

My top ten favorite albums of the year as of today. The albums are ordered by release date.
1Black Label Society
Grimmest Hits


Another solid album from Zakk Wylde and company, no surprises but that’s not expected from BLS
4/5
2Of Mice and Men
Defy


The band shows that they can pull of a solid release without Austin Carlile. There’s a ton of songs on here that have been on repeat all year.
4/5
3Judas Priest
Firepower


Priest came back this year with their strongest release since Painkiller. Lots of classic Priest moments here, with some modern elements as well.
4.5/5
4Rivers of Nihil
Where Owls Know My Name


Beautiful and Brutal. That’s what this album is all about, mixing some fantastic Death Metal with excellent Jazz inspired passages.
5/5
5Light the Torch
Revival


The band’s first album under the new name sees a slight change in direction. This was not a misstep however as Howard Jones shines in both clean and screamed vocals.
4/5
6Breaking Benjamin
Ember


The band doesn’t break the mold here, but they continue to execute their style extremely well with some of the best vocals Ben Burnley has ever put to track.
4.5/5
7Parkway Drive
Reverence


Parkway Drive chose a new stylistic approach for this release and it certainly worked. The album definitely has shades of Metallica’s Black Album with Maiden and Priest influences being felt as well.
4/5
8At the Gates
To Drink from the Night Itself


At the Gates continue to prove their worth after their long hiatus. The riffs and melodies really steal the show here, and the vocals are nice as well.
4.5/5
9Obscura
Diluvium


Musicianship. That’s the word that sums up this album. Every member of the band contributes and no instrument overshadows another.
5/5
10Soulfly
Ritual


Max Cavalera and company seem rejuvenated on this release. There’s an urgency behind the vocals, the riffs are solid, and the rhythm section keeps the tribal elements alive. There’s a neat instrumental track as well.
4.5/5
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