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(belated) halfperus 2018

here are the albums I really dug from the first half of this year. everything is a 4 or higher. top 10 are ranked, the rest is alphabetical
35Antlers (DE)
Beneath.Below.Behold


blackgaze
34Basalte
Vertige


atmospheric black metal
33Christina Vantzou
No. 4


ambient/neoclassical
32Closer (US)
All This Will Be


screamo
31Conjurer
Mire


sludge/post-metal
30Erdve
Vaitojimas


sludge/post-metal
29Florence and the Machine
High as Hope


choral/orchestral pop
28Gatherers
We Are Alive Beyond Repair


post-hardcore
27Harakiri for the Sky
Arson


post-black metal
26Hegemone
We Disappear


post-metal
25Janelle Monae
Dirty Computer


afrofuturist pop
24Jon Hopkins
Singularity


electronic
23Kaoteon
Damnatio Memoriae


extreme metal
22Mastersystem
Dance Music


indie rock. RIP Scott
21mol
JORD


post-black metal
20Phantom Winter
Into Dark Science


evil doom metal. "Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?"
19Sectioned (Metalcore)
Annihilated


noisy metalcore
18Slaves BC
Lo, and I Am Burning


blackened doom/death
17Svalbard
It's Hard To Have Hope


feminist screamo
16Veld
S.I.N.


death metal
15Verheerer
Maltrér


black metal
14Wake
Misery Rites


grindcore
13Yashira
Shrine


sludge/post-metal
12YOB
Our Raw Heart


sludge/doom metal
11Zeal and Ardor
Stranger Fruit


black metal/gospel
10Nine Inch Nails
Bad Witch


industrial. probably the best album NIN has put out since Still, thanks to its willingness to experiment with structure and genre. even "Shit Mirror," which i wasn't crazy about at first because it was too close to the With Teeth style, grew on me with its horns and muted production.
9Rivers of Nihil
Where Owls Know My Name


progressive death metal. i know there's a significant contingent that finds this album overrated, and i get that. what can i say, i have a soft spot for the Fallujah style, and this is an excellent example of that.
8Storm{O}
Ere


screamo/crust. Storm{O} had one of the best and most overlooked screamo releases of 2014 with Sospesi Nel Vuoto Bruceremo..., which was fantastically haggard and turbulent. Ere isn't quite as good, but it continues the same sound and spirit with awesome results.
7Slugdge
Esoteric Malacology


gastropod-themed progressive death metal. come for the tasty riffs and the fun sci-fi concept revolving around slugs, stay for the surprisingly deep politics.
6The Armed
Only Love


post-hardcore/noise rock. the combination of chaotic hardcore and electronic noise here is nothing short of exhilarating, and there are times when the album is even catchy, bordering on danceable. i've been mildly addicted to the pummeling onslaught of "On Jupiter" since April
5Smile to the Wind
Illusions


screamo. it's not as good as an Orchid reunion, but it's the next best thing.
4Tanpopo Crisis
Millennium Flower


post-black metal. best black metal of the year so far, and yes i will fight you on that. Tanpopo Crisis finds a unique take on PBM via consistently tense, subtly dissonant guitar work that still maintains PBM's melodic qualities, and finishes it all off with killer vocals.
3Big Ups
Two Parts Together


post-hardcore. the album's foundation is very obviously inspired by great 90s punk like Slint and Fugazi, but i also noticed traces of more contemporary bands like The Austerity Program, BATS, and post-reunion Swans. if the second half was as good as the first, this would be an easy 4.5, but as is, it's still an awesome album.
2The Dead Mantra
Saudade Forever


lo-fi post-punk/shoegaze. i wrote a review for this album, but it's admittedly not my best work, so just go check out the album on Bandcamp. it's NYP, so you have no excuse. https://thedeadmantra.bandcamp.com/album/saudade-forever
1HIRS
Friends. Lovers. Favorites.


super queer grindcore. i reviewed this bad bitch, go check it out.
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