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Nocte's Best Albums Of 2018

I think you guys/gals and tugboats know the drill by now. 2018 has been a big year, full of hugely positive releases and its share of disappointing albums. Despite this 2018 somewhat rivals those so-called big years in music. Here's what I've been listening to in a somewhat un-ranked list.
1Clouds (INT)
Dor


The funeral doom supergroup to end all supergroups. Tracks of longing and loss fill the void between halls and caverns alike. With its roster made up of Shape of Despair and Eye Of Solitude members (as well as others) there's appeal to those that appreciate the more accessible but completely gravid forms of doom.
2Slugdge
Esoteric Malacology


My usual misgivings to anything musically thematic is now a thought to the wayside as Esoteric Malacology takes over my self indulgent mind and fills it with slime filled fantasy. The death metal is fierce, on point and casts no doubt as to what species is the superior.
3Horrendous
Idol


Death metal has had a big year indeed. There was controversy (not to mention a staple of saxophone parts), but no controversy could outmatch the fierce and unwavering sonic assault of Idol.
4Sul ad Astral
Oasis


A quick look through sput's rating's says that this guy hasn't had too many spins or received anywhere near the attention it deserves. The immersive space between post metal and natural progression. Admittedly, it's a slow grower and at times a hurdle but the journey is as rewarding as the album itself.
5Funeral Tears
The Only Way Out


Doom metal has taken a definite backseat to the powerhouse of death metal this year. That's not death's fault, rather the likes of Clouds and Mournful Congregation just couldn't match the quality and quantity of albums popping up every week. Funeral Tears is another slow moving display of melancholy and not quite as memorable as the other acts mentioned above.
6Arkona (RUS)
Khram


It's early release date hasn't aged Arkona's latest too well, namely because it's been forgotten about. Another quality album that got buried all too quickly.
7Monolithe
Nebula Septem


Nebula Septem is admittedly the weakest offering Monolithe has dressed up in their career. It's not bad, per se. Rather the motif of "seven" doesn't carry well enough into the songwriting to give validation to the fact that Monolithe turn everything to doom filled gold.
8Erdve
Vaitojimas


Erdve dropped the debut of the year. There I said it.
9Horizon Ablaze
The Weight Of A Thousand Suns


Yeah the love child of Gojira and Emperor is heavy, interesting and all over the place in the best possible way. It may not be as heavy as the title suggests but it's one of the year's more interesting metal releases.
10Usurpress
Interregnum


Another genre bender blender. More focused on the band's previous releases and all the quality to match. The 'jazzier' elements run parallel to the death metal grandiosity. It's hard to see how the band will move forward after the death of their drummer shortly after the album's release.
11Rolo Tomassi
Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It


This album has been popping into general discussion throughout the year and deserving of the praise it has been receiving everywhere.
12Judas Priest
Firepower


Leather jackets, flame throwers and an aging legacy that can still bring shame to the kids trying to be like their idols. We all have heroes, we just don't want to see them go.
13Barren Earth
A Complex of Cages


With a bit more polishing these guys could be the next Opeth (the heavier version, not the hippy prog version). The clean vocal work takes some getting used to for sure but there's merit to be found here every day of the week.
14Primordial
Exile Amongst the Ruins


Man crushes are okay for Primordial right? The 'black n' roll' approach of their latest album left a few heads being scratched when one considers the band's past works but Primordial are going to do what they want, even if it's dragging its listeners to the Hangman's Noose.
15Can Bardd
Nature Stays Silent


A few production issues but Can Bardd are on the way to becoming Saor-tier.
16Grift
VILSNA ANDARS BONING


A short blackened folk piece for Atari. Gentle, smooth and pleasantly bringing the Swedish mountain.
17Caliban
Elements


When metalcore started letting everyone down this year Caliban were just waiting in the wings with their stock standard formula and occasional banger.
18TesseracT
Sonder


People got on the hype train quickly for Tesseract, and then got off at the next stop once the album dropped. It's not fantastic, but it's not bad either.
19Ihsahn
Amr


All hail Ihsahn
20Letters From The Colony
Vignette


It's a tech death album with a saxophone, you work it out.
21Alkaloid
Liquid Anatomy


One of the year's more contentious death metal albums. More cohesive than the band's last offering, Liquid Anatomy is a highlight, even if you don't agree.
22Ghost (SWE)
Prequelle


All hail the apocalypse, the world's ending and of course cheese.
23Joan of Arc
1984


I'm not one to waver too far from what's normal and known to me, but I couldn't help appreciate the quirk, the minimalism or the outright abrasive smoothness of Joan of Arc's experimental pop.
24Ulthar
Cosmovore


Blackened thrash that doesn't suck or blow. It's over quickly enough to ensure no one becomes sick of it, plus the art's pretty.
25Moonshade
Sun Dethroned


Amon Amarth-core
26Hissing
Permanent Destitution


Profound Lore have a knack for signing the bands we should be keeping more of an eye on. Hissing's brand of death metal is their own but hearkens both Portal vibes and death revival.
27In Chasms Deep
The Realm Between


Death, Decay, And Magick Foul.
28Ghastly (FIN)
Death Velour


Yet another solid release to add to death metal's 2018 tally.
29Monstrosity
The Passage of Existence


Nothing new, but everything to see here. Another top-tier release from the Monstrosity camp.
30Abstracter
Cinereous Incarnate


Another definition of a slow grower, Abstracter provide doubt on whether they're moving from strength to strength but this shouldn't be missed on a whim.
31Until Death Overtakes Me
Missing


I've always followed the long winded funeral dirges that seep slowly into the mind penetrating the subconscious and reinforcing why it's okay to not be okay. Missing may not have the same potency as A Prelude To Monolith but carries the same vibes.
32Anaal Nathrakh
A New Kind of Horror


The same kind of horror, but cleaner and less vehement than the album's predecessors.
33Beyond Creation
Algorythm


Death metal consistency appealing for supremacy.
34Soulfly
Ritual


Roots, Bloody Roots! Turns out Max has some fight left in him, he just has to remember the good ol' days to bring back the relevancy of Soulfly's groove based mainstream thrash.
35Serocs
The Phobos / Deimos Suite


Cavern built tech death that doesn't feature the use of a certain saxophone.
36Sepulcher
Panoptic Horror


Thrash/death. I wish I had more to say about this apart from it does exactly what it's supposed to and I'm definitely okay with that.
37Anachronism
Orogeny


Another contender for death metal supremacy circa 2018. It comes from nowhere and leaves nothing left when it's done.
38Circles
The Last One


Why is this so god-damn fucking catchy?
39Obliteration
Cenotaph Obscure


Another contender for death metal supremacy circa 2018. Horrendous tier as far as the year's efforts in metal are concerned.
40Northern Crown
Northern Crown


Simples.
41Burial Invocation
Abiogenesis


Solid, albeit meandering death metal.
42Glacial Tomb
Glacial Tomb


Thirty five minutes of solid deathened glory. Overshadowed by its peers, but in the best possible way.
43Gorod
Aethra


Gorod equals god? No wait, don't answer that.
44Outre
Hollow Earth


Dewi reviewed it because I told him to. He loved it like I knew he would and you should too.
45Devouring Star
The Arteries of Heresy


This is beautiful, but dank.
46Winterfylleth
The Hallowing of Heirdom


Why did you guys stop talking about this? Folk you can leave on repeat with a glass of wine in hand.
47The Ocean
Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic


I don't think I could get away with posting a 2018 list without mentioning what actually is my Album Of The Year. Luckily I reviewed it so I don't have to keep repeating myself.
48Entropia (PL)
Vacuum


Suffocating, entrancing and everything in between. Entropia can keep genre hopping, I'll just try and keep up with it all.
49Greyhaven
Empty Black


While mainstream metalcore may have been a let down this year, the left of field stuff is exceptional.
50AEONIAN SORROW
Into The Eternity A Moment We Are


Doom metal that can sit on the shelf right next to my Eye Of Solitude collection. The female led vocals are a nice deviation from the standards the genre now finds itself falling into.
51Agrimonia
Awaken


Another album that suffered from an early release date. Forgotten too early in a year filled with solid to excellent releases.
52Ascension
Under Ether


Smooth tones hide a dark secret.
53ASG
Survive Sunrise


Let the love flow through your locks, caress your back and whisper sweet nothings into your ear.
54The Atlas Moth
Coma Noir


Another early album which to be fair found itself overrated slightly, but only slightly.
55Avslut
Deceptis


Straightforward black metal, up tempo and fierce.
56Behemoth
I Loved You At Your Darkest


A quick glance over a few others' lists and I'm wondering why this isn't getting a similar recognition from when it was released. Regardless, it's deserving of the praise.
57Bleed From Within
Era


While Rob Flynn was disappointing us with Machine Head's latest, Bleed From Within were releasing the album metalcore desperately needed this year.
58 Boar
Poseidon


Sit back, grab a beer and stop giving a fuck.
59Bongripper
Terminal


Slow.Death.
60Chaos Echoes
Mouvement


Disruptive and pleasurable noisy death al a Portal
61Coram Lethe
In Absence


Another death metal album inviting hell on its unwitting victims only to be spat out a shell of their former selves.
62Crippled Black Phoenix
Great Escape


Album of the year potential. Built with grace and beauty.
63The Crown
Cobra Speed Venom


If you like metal (at all) this is a must listen for 2018.
64Deicide
Overtures of Blasphemy


Glen Benton and co. cookie monster their way through one of their better releases in the last few years.
65Destroyer 666
Call of the Wild


Call of the metal fan.
66Eigenlicht
Self​-​Annihilating Consciousness
67Elderwind
The Colder The Night


Such pretty music.
68Encircling Sea
Hearken


Completely overlooked as far as the year's better music goes. There was a lot that was better, even more that is worse.
69Evoken
Hypnagogia


Lost tales of a fallen soldier wrapped into a less than succinct of funeral doom. Sign me up.
70Frayle
The White Witch


Noctus-core
71Glorior Belli
The Apostates


Gators rumble, Apostates quake.
72God Is an Astronaut
Epitaph


Not the best thing ever, but we needed more God Is An Astronaut this year.
73Haken
Vector


Not quite as good as everyone was making out, but it's definitely still great.
74Hands Of Despair
Well of the Disquieted


Well Of The Disquieted runs rampart, building on a foundation that is melodic, deathly and venomous enough to qualify in the realms of black metal. It's forgettable, and unfortunate in design.
75Kalmah
Palo


Epic, straight forward and everything we love about Kalmah.
76King Goat
Debt Of Aeons


Drudging along disquiet.
77King Witch
Under the Mountain


They tried for full Sabbath, fell short of copycatting.
78Lago
Sea of Duress


Fans of Erdve's debut should give this one a go. I seem to have misplaced my wine.
79Locktender
Friedrich


More pretty music from another act that's been left back at the start of the year.
80Lumnos
Ancient Shadows of Saturn


Atmospheric Black Metal
81Lunatic Soul
Under The Fragmented Sky


An acquired taste.
82Marsh Dweller
Wanderer


Pretty lo-fi black metal, genre hopping stuff.
83Noise Trail Immersion
Symbology of Shelter


What is a genre tag for?
84Oceans of Slumber
The Banished Heart


Cammie Gilbert is quickly becoming one of my favourite vocalists. Her dexterity bridges genre gaps and puts heart back into stagnation. The Banished Heart is all the more emotional because of her vocal performance and is a legitimate highlight of the year.
85Orphaned Land
Unsung Prophets and Dead Messiahs


Despite being released way too early in the year to be remembered recently, Orphaned Land has made one of their career highlights, rivaling even that of the legendary Mabool.
86Palm Reader
Braille
87Panopticon
The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness


So magnificent it needed to be shown in two parts The Scars Of Man... should be a feature of many music fans end of year lists.
88Portal
ION


Portal toned down the swarth and released an album that can appeal to a slightly larger audience. With repeated listens ION even matches the band's best performances.
89Riverside
Wasteland


Admittedly, the songwriting here is missing that little something that woulld allow Riverside's newest offering to transcend the classifications and be the album it deserves to be.
90Rota Fortunae
Solstice


Campfires, Trees and a cold winters' night all leave us with how great this little EP is. Solstice is over too soon.
91Saxon
Thunderbolt


Obligatory Saxon mention.
92Sinistro
Sangue Cassia


Robert Davis-core
93Skeletal Remains
Devouring Mortality


Death metal revival, pure and with no frills.
94Sleep In Heads
On the Air


For fans of Alcest and Lacuna Coil simultaneously.
95Sojourner
The Shadowed Road


"We're taking the Hobbits to Isengard"
96Spurv
Myra


Beauty, refined.
97Summoning
With Doom We Come


"We're taking the Hobbits to Isengard" with less production values.
98Taphos
Come Ethereal Somberness


Another genre bender bridging the gaps between black, death metal.
99Thou
Magus


This year is truly the year of Thou. Three EP's and a full length, all top quality. Us plebs can only dream of being that good.
100Thy Catafalque
Geometria
101Tomb Mold
Manor of Infinite Forms


Filthy death.
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