TOP 10 OF 2018

The following is the list of the best METAL/ROCK/PUNK releases for 2018 by some of staff members at Metal Revolution Webzine.
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Top 10 of 2018 by Bato

1 Immortal – Northern Chaos Gods (Nuclear Blast)

Earlier in 2018, Immortal released their first album in 9 years, titled Northern Chaos Gods. On their ninth studio album they delived a raw piece of Norwegian black metal. Although it might sound a cliché, but Northern Chaos Gods marks a return to form for Immortal. An album that should be on any top-ten-of-the-year list for any fan of nordic black metal.

2 Voivod – The Wake (Century Media)

The Wake is the concept album by Canadian veteran act Voivod. It is huge and complex and as such it fights right in with bands heritage of cinematic concepts. With The Wake, Voivod has not just recorded one of the best 2018-albums, but also one of the finest releases of their long career.

3 A Perfect Citcle – Eat The Elephant (BMG)

2018 was the year that saw the return of many rock and metal giants to the scene. One of these was Maynard J. Keenan' A Perfect Circle. Nearly 15 years have passed since the release of last A Perfect Circle full length album, Thirteenth Step. Eat The Elephant is definately a good, but also unusual record from a band who was unique to begin with.

4 Nine Inch Nails - Bad Witch (The Null Corporation/Capitol)

Bad Witch is the ninth studio album by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails. It also marks the conclusion to Nine Inch Nails' EP trilogy. Musically, Bad Witch is a concise album that blends the industrial rock aggression of Nine Inch Nails with slower and more somber moments, most clearly seen in the two instrumental pieces. Bad Witch is probably band' best release in a decade.

5 Godsmack – When Legends Rise (BMG)

When Legends Rise is the seventh studio album by Godsmack. It marks the band's first album away from heavy metal into a more hard rock sound. 20 years since the release of their debut album and 20 million album sales later, Godsmack anno 2018 are an even stronger than before.

6 Blood Of The Sun - Blood's Thicker Than Love (Listenable)

Blood of the Sun are a hard rock quintet from Texas and Blood's Thicker Than Love is their latest album. This new six-tracker sounds exactly as if it comes from the early 80s being a potent, mature and a highly enjoyable release, a perfect study in how a decent hard/blues/jazz/prog rock anno 2018 should sound.

7 Alice In Chains – Rainier Fog (BMG)

With the release of their sixth studio album Rainier Fog, the Seattle legends have time again proved that they are capable of creating new music that stands proudly next to their massive legacy. Rainier Fog is an album that perfectly encapsulates the sound of Alice In Chains; highly emotive and dark ballads, while remaining progressive and modern.

8 Black Stone Cherry – Family Tree (Mascot)

Family Tree is the sixth studio album by American southern rock band Black Stone Cherry. It comes as a follow-up to 2016's Kentucky which I was also a big fan of. It's rather encouraging to see the band deliver what should stand as one of the top releases of their career.

9 Soulfly – Ritual (Nuclear Blast)

Ritual is the eleventh album by Soulfly, but also the third album with Max Cavalera's son Zyon behind the kit. Ritual honours the bands roots and core sound, bringing them into this new chapter, a rebirth of Soufly. With Ritual, Cavalera an co. have produced what is easily the best Soulfly album in years.

10 Judas Priest – Firepower (Columbia)

Forty-eight years and eighteen albums into band's career, Firepower is the latest studio album by British heavy metal giants Judas Priest. Firepower is as sharp as can be, as powerful as a nuclear bomb. Firepower is exactly what you would expect of Priest – one of the best albums of 2018!

Top 10 of 2018 by Simona

1 P.O.D. - Circles (Mascot)

Tenth album from P.O.D. is entitled Circles. The album pretty much contains all the know ingredients of P.O.D. music, which I started to like at the beginning of the century. The diversity and various rap, nu metal, reggae influences are still here. Circles is more accessible then some of band’s previous album and therefore good enough to make it at my Top 10 list.

2 Omnium Gatherum - The Burning Cold (Century Media)

The Burning Cold is their eighth edition. “Gods Go First,” an upbeat track with catchy riffs and an extended shredding solo that adds some progressive touches. There are lots of melody and aggressive vocals on this album. Omnium Gatherum should get some additional exposure for The Burning Cold, so more people are able to hear one of metal's most underrated bands.

3 Venom - Storm The Gates (Spinefarm)

Storm The Gates is the fifteenth studio album from the iconic metallers Venom. The cover says a lot about their music on this disc. It's all about brutality and speed, it’s raw and dirty as well. It's black magic at its best. This is the true Venon style that we are use to hear. Storm The Gates is definitely one of my favorites album in 2018.

4 Baest - Danse Macabre (Century Media)

Hate, death, aggression and destruction. These are some of the subjects you will hear dealt with on this old school death metal release from Denmark. The best domestic release in the year 2018 without competition.

5 Outloud - Virtual Hero Society (ROAR)

Excellent with charming melodies and keyboards combined with traditional heavy metal influences. The sound is so clear, and this is one of the best discs I have listen to this year. Plain and simple old-school heavy metal.

6 A Perfect Circle - Eat The Elephant (BMG)

Eat The Elephant is a moody album with lots of thought. Each instrument is equally prominent and met in good harmonies. The music is mainly based on a progressive approach. Another fantastic album of 2018.

7 Antimatter - Black Market Enlightenment (Music In Stone)

On this disc there are tons of dramatic riffs, every song is unique story mixed with melancholic atmospheric rock, doom metal, art rock, progressive rock etc. influences. This album is weighty, both musically and lyrically.

8 Jason Becker - Triumphant Hearts (Mascot)

Those 14 tracks on the album show a lot of Jason’s passion for melody, and his knowledge of classical composition & orchestral arrangements. The music on this album personifies the loving spirit of its creator. The album is one of the most remarkable musical spirits of the modern rock era.

9 Daron Malakian And Scars On Broadway - Dictator (Scarred For Life)

One unexpected side-effect of this passive-aggressive intra-band soap opera is that it turns out well. And Dictator is a strong release that touches on a lot of the elements of System of a Down. There are aggressive vocals and heavy riffs.

10 Khemmis - Desolation (Spin)

Their internal engine works with maximum efficiency and power. Make no mistake, there are witheringly hot riffs, complex arrangements that turn and twist through a pocket history of heavy music. Another unexpected well-executed 2018 release.)

Top 10 of 2018 by Zoran

1 Antimatter – Black Market Enlightenment (Music In Stone)

The outpour of emotion on Black Market Enlightenment is colossal and it swirls around the listener with ease. At times it’s so immersive that it feels almost paralyzing, which is a rare quality in music and one Mick Moss has mastered to the perfection.

2 Sunnata – Outlands (Self-released)

The tribal and oriental influences make the already psychedelic post doom even more vibrant. The layers of raw yet fragile textures are breath-taking, and the Swans-inspired repetitive nature with all its overall simplicity serves extremely well with complexity of arrangements. Sunnata is a unique band and Outlands is a perfect validation of that statement. If you give it time it will swallow you whole into its dark yet gorgeous and hypnotic world.

3 Voivod – The Wake (Century Media Records)

With The Wake Voivod have created one of the finest releases of their career. This is musical art on whole another level delivered by a band, which more than 35 years into their career is so apparently hungry, curious and creative to a degree that they test their own rather broad boundaries.

4 Hypno5e - Alba-Les ombres errantes (Pelagic Records)

Hypno5e took the foot off the speeder and unplugged. What came out if it is their by far finest release, with brilliant stripped down song-writing, atmosphere and so much soul. This might not be what you’d expect from the band and it might feel more like a solo project by the bands singer Emmanuel Jessua, but who cares, when the result is something as outstanding as this.

5 Sigh - Heir to Despair - 絶望を受け継ぐもの (Candlelight Records)

Once you succumb toHeir to Despair you can’t help, but think where in the world does this band go from here. But that’s the case with just about every Sigh album, yet they indisputably manage to amaze and deliver with each following album. Perhaps that’s the part of beauty and genius of this band. We might not know where they are going, but they sure as hell do and they are sure to take us by surprise, also here almost three decades into their career. Chew on that for a sec, if you would.

6 VOLA – Applause of a Distant Crowd

Song-writing on the debut was very good, but what makes it stand out on the Applause of a Distant Crowd is the balance and deep understanding of the fact that the vitality and dynamics often come from pulling back and not going all-in at all times. This album is not only a massive step forward, but at the same time it feels like VOLA has on their sophomore album already found themselves and their path.

7 Riverside – Wasteland (InsideOut)

Throughout Wasteland, Riverside is displays quality expected from them. After passing ofr guitarist Piotr Grudziński it was a heavy record for band to make on many levels. But the band have triumphantly risen to the occasion and delivered an album, which not only stands next to their heritage, but is also a clear step forward. Grudziński is and will be missed, but his impact on this album is colossal and his band mates have truly done him right.

8 Manes – Slow Motion Death Sequence (Debemur Morti Productions)

On Slow Motion Death Sequence, Manes sound like a band that has found its ground and found an effective and lasting way to present their song-writing skills. This album is many things, but it’s at all times elegantly dark and immersive.

9 Monster Magnet – Mindfucker (Napalm Records)

Mindfucker is simple and dirty. It’s more a sticky floor of a bar, than a dusty desert road. It’s bombastic and as such just what doctor ordered after the majestic psychedelic trip that was Last Patrol.

10 Legend Of The Seagullmen – Legend Of The Seagullmen (Dine Alone Records)

The project featuring a movie director, members of Tool, Mastodon, Zappa Plays Zappa etc. is very much as you’d imagine even before you see the band’s name. It’s odd. It just is. Its wacky, yet musically profound. It’s cinematic, yet jammy. It’s silly, yet you can’t help but being impressed.

Top 10 of 2018 by Brian

1 Sadness – Rain (Self-released)

On a list dominated by the French (I am well aware that I have a weakness in that regard) it is a sole American who takes the top stop. The almost ludicrously active Depressive Black Metal one-man band sprung an album on us almost out of the blue, and it lives up to his usual high standards. Sadness never disappoints, which is even more impressive given his very long discography – As such, this record is heavily recommended for anyone looking for an powerfully impactful experience.

2 A Forest of Stars - Grave Mounds And Grave Mistakes (Prophecy)

Fifth full-length wax cylinder by British Psychedelic Black Metal septet, staying in tune with their former releases, although drawing heavily on their earlier work. The Victorian clock keeps on turning ever so slowly, and the Gentlemans Club A Forest of Stars continue to philosophize about the debauchery, nature and society around them. The year might be 1898, but it is a brave new world indeed.

3 Baume - Les Années Décapitées (Self-released)

A side project by the same artist that gave us the band Cepheide. In many ways similar (still an Atmospheric Black Metal act), yet at the same time dissimilar enough to warrant creating a new band to make room for a little experimentation. The easiest way to sum up the band would to be as follows: It you loved Cepheide, chances are you would love Baume – As long as you do not expect exactly the same.

4 Monolithe – Nebula Septem (Les Acteurs de l'Ombre)

Yet another band filled to the brim with talented musicians, many of which having a decade or more worth of experience. Monolithe boasts a grand total of seven members, all of them dedicated and fiercy loyal to the heavily depressive and all-consuming sound that they have managed to create for themselves. By far the best Funeral Doom Metal album that I have stumbled across this year.

5 Ennui – End of the Circle (Non Serviam)

Originally an American Atmospheric Black Metal duet that suddenly went silent about three years ago. Said silence was suddenly broken earlier this year, revealing that not only had the band been steadily working on new material, they had employed two new members – Turning the powerful duet into an even more powerful quartet. Each track is different from one another (but not enough to make the album itself feel incoherent), showing a desire and willingness to experiment and take risks – While still staying true to their original premise.

6 Cor Scorpii – Ruin (Dark Essence)

For me not to put this Norwegian band on a list like this would be almost illegal. Originally made up primarily of members of legendary band Windir the surviving members poured all of their experience, dedication and ideas into creating Cor Scorpii, while at the same time making sure that they are still significantly different from their previous project. That being said however, this is still a band that is clearly aiming at their old fan-base and, two records in, they are doing a great and very respectful job at it.

7 Hyrgal – Serpentine (Les Acteurs de l'Ombre)

Re-reading my original thoughts about this record, I am reminded about why I had such a hard time placing this one. I cannot for the life of me, even today, pin-point exactly what it is that makes it a good album – It is very similar to many other albums released by similar French Black Metal band that I also love, yet I still hold this one in very high regard. But as I read a fellow reviewer stating somewhere, maybe that is why it is so good – It leaves me at a loss for words.

8 Moonreich – Fugue (Les Acteurs de l'Ombre)

Both a spiritual and musical successor to their previous release, Moonreich has decided that there is no need to reinvent the wheel as long as they have a very well-functioning one. Instead, the French Black Metal act has spent their year honing their sound, making it cleaner, stronger, better. And I for one agree that they have succeeded.

9 Mortis Mutilati – The Stench of Death (Self-released)

One of the first releases to see the light of day in 2018 (being released early on the 1st of January) takes the form on a conversation (or rather, a monologue) between the audience and a protagonist walking through a cemetary. This deceptively simple premise easily builds up to create a very interesting and, at times captivating experience – I do not speak a word of French, yet still found myself being dragged into this musical conversation with ease.

10 Farsot & ColdWorld – Toteninsel (Lupus Lounge)

This record could theoretically be considered an homage to an almost legendary picture carrying the same name – One performed and delivered by two of Germanys (in my opinion at least) most powerful and influential Atmospheric Black Metal artists, Farsot and ColdWorld. Both of them agreed to write two songs about the picture, either in relation to stories of the portrait itself or its history, which gave us this little gem. Fittingly enough, the art-work is even the picture in question, albeit in a black-and-white version.