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Top 20 metal albums of 2018

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20Metal Allegiance
Volume II - Power Drunk Majesty

I love Alex Skolnick along with many of the artists on this album, but I wouldn't say that it's greater than the sum of it's parts.
Dying To Exist
Operation Misdirection

Another album that didn't excite me as much as I'd hoped, but it is a well crafted and intricate thrash metal.
17At The Gates
To Drink from the Night Itself

This album isn't as great as I had hoped, but it turned out to be a grower, getting better and better with multiple listens.
The Outer Ones

Revocation has been one of the most interesting bands in metal for a long time, mixing technical skill with thrashy death metal. This album goes full on sci-fi.

Ihashn is reigning supreme as a solo artist, making music that's arguably more revolutionary than those he released with the legendary Emperor.
14Harakiri for the Sky

Absolutely amazing album. They play post-black metal.
Sum of Forces

Norwegian Thrash metal. Not as good as their previous album, a gold mine of modern thrash, but still a great release.
12Rivers of Nihil
Where Owls Know My Name

Progressive death metal buy a bunch of guys who like Pink Floyd and Saxophones.
Twisted Prayers

This band is pure, unabashed Death worship, and I for one veru much welcome it. It's unbelievable how well Matt Harvey can harness the sound Chuck Schuldiner. Can't wait to hear more.
10Orphaned Land
Unsung Prophets and Dead Messiahs

One of the leading bands mixing metal and Middle Eastern music together (along with Melechesh). They were once a death/doom metal band, they now play a more accessible style. This album brings back some of the heavier elements they left behind in their previous effort.
9Beyond Deth
The Age of Darkness

Crushing album that rides through elements of thrash, black, and death metal.

Testament's Eric Peterson releases a new album under his black metal side project. Well, not black metal, but symphonic black metal. Dragonlord holds a powerful punch, with amazing drumming by Alex Bent. It essentially Testament riffs through a Dimmu Borgir filter, and I mean that in the best way.
7The Crown
Cobra Speed Venom

Amazing Swedish thrashy death metal.
Eyes of Blue Light

Another band from the fertile Denver scene. They combine all the greatest elements of death, thrash, and black metal, similar to Vektor or older Skeletonwitch, but with a heavy melodic punch! Mastered by Fredrik Nordstrom at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden. One of the leading bands of the local Denver scene.

Khemmis are one of the most iconic bands of recent time. Born of the amazing Denver metal scene, these guys play a melodic form of doom metal that was unique to them and bound to influence many in the future of doom.
4Angelus Apatrida
Cabaret de la Guillotine

Angelus Apatrida leading NWOTM band from Spain. This album continues there Melodic Thrash Metal dominance.
Devouring Radiant Light

Tie for #1: with a new vocalist, Skeletonwitch have moved into a new era of their career. Stripping much of the thrash metal from their previous albums, they've taken on a stronger black metal aesthetic. Apothic Gloom was an amazing EP, and this album continues in that vain.

Tie for #1: Horrendous' last album, Anareta, was my 2nd favorite album of 2015.The greatest modern death metal band in the game! Just like Black Fast, these guys move into a proggier direction. Also like Black Fast, their last album, Anareta, is a must hear album!
1Black Fast
Spectre of Ruin

Tie for #1: Black Fast released my favorite album of 2015. These guy are ever evolving. Amazing, unique band playing progressive thrash metal with a death and black metal vibes. This album moves into an even more proggy direction then their previous album, and is produced by the one and only Eric Rutan! Everyone must hear their previous album Terms of Surrender.
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