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Willie's 2018

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
45Acrid (NL)

Rating: 3.3 -- Genre: Technical Death Metal -- RIYL: Medeia, Pestilence
Liquid Anatomy

Rating: 3.3 -- Genre: Progressive Death Metal -- RIYL: Opeth, Amorphis, Tool
43Satanic Surfers
Back From Hell

Rating: 3.3 -- Genre: Punk -- RIYL: Pennywise, NoFx
42The Lion's Daughter
Future Cult

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
40In Vain

Rating: 3.4 -- Genre: Progressive, Doom -- RIYL: Katatonia, Draconian, Daylight Dies
39Bloodshot Dawn

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
37The Ocean
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
Holy Hell

Rating: 3.4 -- Genre: Progressive Metalcore -- RIYL: Underoath, August Burns Red
34Marissa Nadler
For My Crimes

Rating: 3.4 -- Genre: Indie Pop -- RIYL: Chelsea Wolfe, Love Spirals Downwards
33The 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
31As Oceans
Still Miles To Go

Rating: 3.4 -- Genre: Progressive, Metalcore -- RIYL: Rivers of Nihil, Architects
30Art of Deception
Path of Trees

Rating: 3.4 -- Genre: Metalcore, Melodic Death Metal -- RIYL: Mors Principium Est, Amon Amarth
29Dimmu Borgir

Rating: 3.4 -- Genre: Symphonic Black Metal -- RIYL: Graveworm, Old Man's Child
28Tonight Alive

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
Erase Me

Rating: 3.4 -- Genre: Post Hardcore -- RIYL: Architects, The Used

Rating: 3.5 -- Genre: Modern Prog -- RIYL: Periphery, August Burns Red
23Oceans of Slumber
The Banished Heart

Rating: 3.5 -- Genre: Doom, Post Metal, Prog -- RIYL: My Dying Bride, Draconian
22Project Pitchfork

Rating: 3.5 -- Genre: Electro/Industrial -- RIYL: Skinny Puppy, Kevorkian Death Cycle

Rating: 3.5 -- Genre: Alt Rock, Post Hardcore -- RIYL: Deftones, Brand New
20Warrel Dane
Shadow Work

Rating: 3.5 -- Genre: Traditional Metal, Prog, Thrash -- RIYL: Nevermore
19Senses Fail
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
17Between the Buried and Me
Automata II

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
13Night 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
11Midas Fall

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.
9Sick 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.
8At 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.
7Meg Myers
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.
The Persistence

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.
Esoteric Malacology

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.
The Wake

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.
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