Our LISTMANIA 2017 series isn’t over yet, though it will be soon. I have five more lists to publish for sure, and I hope a sixth one I’m eager to see will arrive soon, but we should be finished during this coming week. And I’ll also begin rolling out my list of 2017’s Most Infectious Extreme Metal Songs next week as well.
But having said that, we’re also looking ahead to what 2018 will bring us… and of course a huge flood of additional releases is headed our way. We’ve been in the midst of a metal Renaissance for years now, and it shows no sign of ending.
I spent hours over the last two days assembling a list of 2018 releases (by band name) that I’m interested in, or that I think our readers would be interested in. I scrolled through our overstuffed e-mail in-box, visited label Facebook pages, conducted internet searches, and canvassed a few members of our own staff. And the result of that effort is a list of 112 albums, EPs, and splits. And almost all of them are expected to be released in just the first quarter of the year!
Still, the following list isn’t comprehensive by any means. No doubt, I’ve forgotten or overlooked a lot of things, and I intentionally didn’t include reissues. I also didn’t include releases by bands I knew nothing about; although there are some releases on the list by bands whose music I haven’t heard before, I had at least read enough about them to become intrigued.
So here’s the list — BUT, I also want to invite YOU to leave Comments identifying releases that you’re interested in, especially if you don’t see the names on my list. So please do that!
At the Gates
Caecus / Devouring Star collaborative split
Corrosion of Conformity
Crurifragium / Abysmal Lord split
Dark Buddha Rising
Dragged Into Sunlight
Ekstrophë (compilation by Devouring Star, Flagellant, Arfsynd, Ibex Angel Order, Dødsengel, Chalice of Blood)
Gnaw Their Tongues
Harakiri For the Sky
Ocean of Grief
Oceans of Slumber
Of Feather and Bone
Our Place of Worship is Silence
Spectral Lore / Jute Gyte Split
The Atlas Moth
Vessel of Iniquity