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Nocte's Q1 2018

Inspired by Sowing's Q1 list I guess it's time to see a few more of these on the site. Here's the noticeable releases I've been listening to Part 1 of 2018.
1Greyhaven
Empty Black


Greyhaven's 'Empty Black' came largely out of nowhere for 2018. A mix of frenetic Dillinger inspired mathcore ties in with an ala Every Time I Die soundscape. The combination of both is a welcome addition to the start of 2018, showing that "core" releases can remain relevant, even if it's not innovative.
2Mournful Congregation
The Incubus of Karma


Australia's Mournful Congregation build a funeral pyre to which all other pyre's should be measured. Continually, funeral doom metal is a lot to take in but 'The Incubus of Karma' shows a band continuing their long stride to success, even if they're shaking things up a little. Yet another AOTY contender.
3Oceans Of Slumber
The Banished Heart


An album splitting listeners' opinions. 'The Banished Heart' is built on a foundation of emotional story-telling, particularly, that of loss and blame. It also defines itself as a "slow grower" needing the listener to be fully engaged, to be invested in the lyrical content. The album is a definite improvement from the band's previous effort doing away with 'Winter's' misgivings.
4Slugdge
Esoteric Malacology


Slugs... That is all.
5Rolo Tomassi
Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It


Another surprising AOTY contender. Rolo Tomassi's latest offering came with instant gratification. A veritable pool of changing sounds, the album walks a tightrope between expansive and unyielding. 'Time...' comes close to transcending, blowing away their on paper sound.
6Usurpress
Interregnum


A combination of soundscapes, defying simple genre classification. 'Interregnum' has equal parts death metal, prog, black metal and touches of fusion jazz. Usurpress have both come a long way, and not very far with their latest release.
7Erdve
Vaitojimas


'Vaitojimas' is a titan of a record, ready made for hyperbolic references, bringing a rather suffocating atmosphere that combines both the heaviness and technical ability to create an album as beautiful as it's well-written. 'Vaitojimas' almost over achieves on its delivery being yet another early AOTY contender.
8Orphaned Land
Unsung Prophets and Dead Messiahs


Orphaned Land hit back strongly in a way that little were expecting. Cheese aside, 'Unsung...' is the band's most promising release since 'Mabool' and while the jury is still out deciding whether it surpasses their magnum opus, 'Unsung...' is everything the band needed to release at this stage of the band's career.
9Arkona (RUS)
Khram


Pagan black metal goodness from Russia. Translating to 'Temple', Arkona has released another solid release. Prone to some levels of repetition between tracks, 'Khram' manages to stand above these short falls to put out another great record.
10Monolithe
Nebula Septem


The album about sevens. 'Nebula Septem' unfortunately falls short of the band's Roman Numeral era albums. Fortunately, it still solid enough to stand alone.
11Horizon Ablaze
The Weight Of A Thousand Suns


The unmentioned love child of early Emperor and Gojira that we actually needed to know about. It's like all the best parts of a baby Frankenstein, without being dragged into a Mary Shelley novel.
12Saxon
Thunderbolt


2018, the year of the quality veteran metal album. Saxon have been at it for forty-ish years. Putting out rocker after rocker. 'Thunderbolt' is yet another solid release for the band's discography.
13Judas Priest
Firepower


One of metal's most long standing acts releasing one of the group's best records in years. 'Firepower' stands as a testament to Priest's longevity within the hard rock/metal industry. A few questions remain: Is this the last J.Priest album we're going to get before Halford and co ride off into the night? What will happen to their leather jackets? And will there be one last album to help long time fans say goodbye?
14Primordial
Exile Amongst the Ruins


The hype train may have just killed this one for me personally and is slightly underwhelming. 'Exile Amongst The Ruins' has a lot of room to grow with repeated listens (hopefully). At the moment, the record would do better with twenty minutes shaved of its run time.
15Beorn's Hall
Estuary


Folk metal with art that promises a great listen. Too bad the battle cries and sword clashes are forced cheese. It's good, but not much else.
16Forbidden Seasons
Promise


Metalcore from Italy. Diverse vocals, stereotypical metalcore. Solid, enjoyable and fun, but far from a revolutionary record.
17Kosmogyr
Eviternity


Scandinavian meets 90s Swedish black metal. While there isn't a lot to say about this release it fits the bill. Unremarkable, but solid black metal.
18Coast
Coast


Jazz Fusion off Art As Catharsis. I'm not a jazz fanatic but I love this sensual little album. Coast dances across the speakers, fulfilling a light ethereal listen.
19Drudkh
They Often See Dreams About The Spring


Drudkh return with a record of bombastic achievement. The album leeches quality. Haunting atmosphere and conjured bleak outlooks permeate throughout the album's run-time. It may not be as "atmospheric" as the group's older releases but it's better written in strides.
20Sojourner
The Shadowed Road


Another album to fill the wanting void Summoning left earlier this year. A quick cursory spin of this record will tell you that Sojourner haven't exactly done anything out of the ordinary. Rather they just do it well.
21Grift
VILSNA ANDARS BONING


A little two-tracked EP that brings out the folk. Mostly acoustic and quaintly sung this Swedish act bring a sense of black metal melancholy and drag the listener through the proverbial ringer.
22Mahr
Antelux


Atmospheric in your face black metal. Fairly this album will probably be ignored by the larger metal community but 'Antelux' is well worth a visit. The production suits the music so very well. It's atmospheric, dark and twisted, just like I like my coffee... I mean metal.
23Sleep in Heads
On the Air


Female-led post rock that brings a few elements reminiscent of Lacuna Coil. It's not a bad sounding combination. Giving way to a short, yet completely solid release.
24Chaos Echoes
Mouvement


Chaotic, frenetic, forward thinking death/noise that combines a pool of genres to culminate in an apocalyptic sound. 'Mouvement' lifts in its ferocity, especially as the album progresses. It's not going to make many AOTY lists, as it will just fall short of the cut.
25Instrumental (adj.)
Reductio ad Absurdum


Another one off Art As Catharsis (my favourite label if you hadn't already worked that out). Imagine a proggier Dillinger and you're not even close.
26Vestals
Metaphysical


Melodic metalcore album about the star signs? Sign me up, it's not like they'd interest me at any other time of my life. The usual traits are here, always. As much as I want to see a metalcore resurgence in this vein it's becoming increasingly unlikely.
27Âqen
Méditation Astrale


See description for #22.
28Cân Bardd
Nature Stays Silent


Mike Lamb (from the band « Sojourner ») gave these guys the extra push to finish this record. Fairly, the music's that good that the "push" could be considered a light nudge. 'Nature Stays Silent' is a great record from start to finish.
29Rivers of Nihil
Where Owls Know My Name


Chances are if you’re reading this list you’re already aware of the opinion splitting nature of this release. First impressions are great until you notice little niggling features of the record that grow like a virus, accentuating the fact that this just does not have the sheer lasting power it was meant to have. Identity issues mix with production flaws and what’s lett is ‘Where Owls Know My Name’.
30Portal
ION


Aussie death metal legends Portal have once again redefined the heaviness of their art. Stripping back on their sound has done two things: refining their technical prowess into new levels Of listenable content and allowing for a huge development of their current fan base. ION takes more of the same Portal sound and remakes it into another clusterfuck of solid death metal.
31Terror Universal
Make Them Bleed


My current contender for “worst album of 2018” and it’s going to take a miracle for this supposed “supergroup” to crawl away from this with some other victim in its place. Consider this my attempt at telling you to stay far, far away from this release - if only for your own good.
32Watain
Trident Wolf Eclipse


Watain are developing a spine for their music finally. Trident Wolf Eclipse cut away a huge amount of the filler found on most of their catalog and make an album that will actually start to define the band.
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