Nov 292018


We’re now about to enter the final month of 2018, and that begins the final countdown to the end of the year (and the strengthening onslaught of the annual holiday season). In the world of metal, this month we’ll also start seeing more and more lists of the year’s best releases.

Back in 2009, when this site was just a few days old, I wrote a post about year-end lists and why people bother with them. The best reason still seems to be this: Reading someone else’s list of the albums they thought were best is a good way to discover music you missed and might like.

We don’t do an “official” NCS year-end “best albums” list. However, we publish the picks of each of our regular staff writers as well as a group of guest writers (which we’ll start doing in December).

Every year we also invite our readers to share their lists and we’re doing that again right here, right now.

If you’ve been pondering what you’ve heard this year and have made your own list of the albums, EPs, or splits released in 2018 that you think are the best of what you’ve heard, we invite you to share it with us in the Comments section to this post. And if you haven’t made a list yet but want to, there’s still plenty of time (read below).


We don’t have any hard-and-fast rules about year-end lists. Your list doesn’t have to be a specific number — it doesn’t have to be a “Top 10″ or “Top 20″ list, it could be a Top 2 list or a Top 15, or any other number.

And it doesn’t have to be a cross-genre list, i.e., the best of all metal you’ve heard this year. It could be the best death metal, or the best black metal, or the best grind, or the best crust or folk metal, and on and on — pretty much whatever you want to do and feel comfortable doing, as long as it fits your definition of metal.

Don’t be shy, and don’t worry about being judged — if you haven’t figured it out already, it ain’t our style or the style of our commenters to ridicule what someone else thinks is great metal.

And if you don’t have a list ready yet, no sweat, because you can come back to this post whenever you like and add your list later — or comment on the lists others have posted. I’ll put a link to this post at the top right side of every page so people can find it quickly — look for the link to 2018 NCS READERS’ YEAR-END LISTS. That will make the comments to this post a collection point for “Best of” readers’ lists. And that link will stay on our page from now through this same date in 2019.

So start thinking and start commenting (please, and thank you).


  1. So basically fuck every album that’s coming out in December huh.

    • I used to have that same frustration, but I think ultimately it’s just how it’s going to be. Reviewers get advance copies of albums by weeks or even months, so people writing blogs, magazines, columns, etc. have already had time to review the December albums that haven’t yet been publicly released. More traditional publications have every incentive to publish lists before the end of the year to drive sales for the holiday season and cash in the general end-of-year hubbub. Everyone else, including blogs like NCS, I suspect follows suit so as to stay relevant. If they waited until mid-January to ask for reader lists, nobody would care anymore. Most people will have already been burned out on looking at lists for the past month and a half and will have already made their own mental lists if they were inclined to do so, anyway. I do wish more people would try to push it back because albums released around this time of the year definitely do have a tendency to fall through the cracks. At the very least, I think it would be cool to see something like “Most Underappreciated/Forgotten Albums from the Previous Year” lists to help highlight things that sometimes get released without immediate fanfare or take awhile for the general metal community to appreciate.

      • I would often have a “late to the party” pick in my year-end list – as in a release that came out earlier that I’d only just got around to discovering. There’s just so much good metal coming out these days that it’s hard to hear everything the year it comes out.

    • “And if you don’t have a list ready yet, no sweat, because you can come back to this post whenever you like and add your list later — or comment on the lists others have posted. I’ll put a link to this post at the top right side of every page so people can find it quickly — look for the link to 2018 NCS READERS’ YEAR-END LISTS.”

  2. Lychgate – The Contagion In Nine Steps
    Slugdge – Esoteric Malacology
    Kriegsmaschine – Apocalypticists
    Boss Keloid – Melted on the Inch
    Abigor – Höllenzwang (Chronicles of Perdition)
    Jeff Anderle – Branching Patterns
    Scott Johnson – Mind Out of Matter
    Yob – Our Raw Heart
    Koenji Hyakkei – Dhorimviskha
    Aphex Twin – Collapse

    • Love that Lychgate album. I wasn’t super into their previous release but something about the new one just clicks. “Republic” is a helluva weird, awesome song.

  3. Still catching up but here goes…
    10 Spectral Wound- Infernal Decadence
    9 Evoken- Hypnagogia
    8 The Body- Oh God who avenges…
    7 Gaerea- Unsettling Whispers
    6 Firtan- Okeanos
    5 YOB- Our Raw Heart
    4 LLNN- Deads
    3 1914- The Blind Leading the Blind
    2 Portrayal of Guilt- Let Pain be Your Guide
    1 Infernal Coil- Within a World Forgotten

    • Thanks for Firtan–missed that one.
      Also, in your quest of catching-up, based on your selections, I’d personally recommend the following:
      Hands of Despair “Well Of The Disquieted”
      Archemoron “Year of the Harvester”
      Orcus Patera “Schattenmarsch”
      Arthedain “Infernal Cadence of the Desolate”
      Wolvhammer “The Monuments of Ash & Bone”
      Embrace of Thorns “Scorn Aesthetics”

  4. For me, 2018 has been THE year of Incantation-Worship so I’ve gotta big-up;
    Drawn and Quartered – The One Who Lurks, Burial Invocation – Abiogenesis, Scorched – Ecliptic Butchery and Innumerable Forms – Punishment In Flesh.
    Black-Metal-wise, I’ve loved Craft – White Noise and Black Metal and Carpe Noctem – Vitrun.

    • Hooded menace ossuarium silhouettes unhallowed

      Outre hollow earth

      Acherontas faustian ethos

      Cult of occult antilife

      Abigor hollenzwang

      Altar of perversion intra naos

      Mournful congregation the incubus of karma

  5. I’m waiting for your list.


    Yes, I am (with empathy) ridiculing your own refusal to engage in listing.

    I have had to move towards top 10 labels (with examples) to be able to do this with any level of parsimony.

  6. Like with the infectious songs lists, I can only recommend that which has enhamced my ability to perform on the next level of retro-philiaing my neurotransmitters with Toca3 and Quake4 this year.

    Rivers of Nihil – Where owls know my nomenclature be progressive as fuckin sax.
    Mesarthim – Density Parameter of the edges of metallic conception
    Voivod – The Wake of dystopia

    • I’ll remember not to write in drunk again. My sincerest apologies for the above drivel^^^
      Forgot to mention:

      Esoctrilihum – Inhüma
      Horrendous’ latest is a grower, albeit also a show-er
      Bane that you guys just premiered here is fuckin sick
      The Ocean, can’t wait for Part 2

  7. My Favorites:
    Chapel of Disease – …And as We Have Seen the Storm, We Have Embraced the Eye
    Tomb Mold – Manor of Infinite Forms
    House of Atreus – The Madness of Ixion
    Uada – Cult of a Dying Sun
    Skeletonwitch – Devouring Radiant Light
    Vermilia – Katkyt
    Psycroptic – As the Kingdom Drowns
    Slugdge – Esoteric Malacology

    Also really great:
    Morne – To the Night Unknown
    1914 – The Blind Leading the Blind
    Shylmagoghnar – Transience
    Gorod – Aethra
    Hate Eternal – Upon Desolate Sands
    Mutilation Rites – Chasm
    Superstition – Surging Throng of Evil’s Might
    LLNN – Deads
    Ripped to Shreds – 埋葬
    Cemetery Urn – Barbaric Retribution
    Necrovortex – Outre-Tombe
    Baest – Danse Macabre

    Favorite EPs:
    Chthe’ilist – Passage into the Xexanotth
    Funeral Leach – The Funereality
    Raider – Urge to Kill
    Tomb Mold – Cerulean Salvation
    Abhorrence – Megalohydrothalassophobic

  8. In no particular order:

    Verheerer – Maltrér
    Kriegsmaschine – Apocalipticists
    Entropia – Vacuum
    Slugdge – Esoteric Malacology
    Panphage – Jord
    Cosmic Church – Täyttymys
    Eternal Rot – Cadaverine
    Kosmogyr – Eviternity
    Uada – Cult of a Dying Sun
    In Twilight’s Ebrace – Lawa
    Death Karma – The History of Death & Burial Rituals Part II
    Zeal and Ardor – Stranger Fruit

    Sulphur Aeon – The Scythe of Cosmic Chaos
    (which admitedly hasn’t come out yet, but based on the excellent single they’ve released a couple weeks ago I’m quite confident it will be at the very least a fun, thorougly enjoyable album.)

    Some disappointing albums this year:
    Akhenaten – Golden Serpent God
    Hoth – Astral Necromancy
    (while I’m a big fan of both of those bands and wish them all the success in the world, their new releases are simply inferior to their previous albums.)

    • With you on that Hoth and that Sulphur Aeon.

      Hoth didn’t blow me away like the last did. Oh well. I still liked, it but it wasn’t the dark magic I was looking for.

      Sulphur Aeon is bound to be on my list one way or another. Band is immense.

  9. Too many to real off, so just gonna link to it. All in Bandcamp format.

    • That’s so much homework man, but seems so easy with all the bandcamp lind… Hating you righ now : )

      • Haha, well it’s useful but also a pain as the more it grows the longer it all takes to load, especially on a phone. It’s nice having all the art in one place though.

        Also, that should be “reel” off, not “”real” off, erghh…

  10. Hoooded menace ossuarium silhouhettes unhallowed

    Altar of perversion intra naos

    Abigor hollenzwang

    Outre hollow earth

    Mournful congregation the incubus of karma

    Acherontas faustian ethos

  11. LPs
    1. Carpe Noctem – Vitrun
    2. Svartidauði – Revelations of the Red Sword
    3. Hamferð – Támsins Likam
    4. Convulsing – Grievous
    5. Woundvac – Terrorizing the Storm
    6. Sargeist – Unbound
    7. Claret Ash – The Great Adjudication
    8. Hecate – Une voix venue d’ailleurs
    9. Devouring Star – The Arteries of Heresy
    10. ESOCTRILIHUM – Inhüma

    • Gaerea – Unsettling Whispers
    • Torri – A Judgement Devine
    • Wallfahrer – Anthologie Der Abkehr
    • Aseitas – Aseitas
    • Abigor – Höllenzwang (Chronicles of Perdition)
    • Tvær – Old Gods Whom Chaos Knew
    • Autokrator – Hammer of Heretics
    • Infestus – Thrypsis
    • Horrendous – Idol
    • The Body – I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer
    • Kommandant – Blood Eel
    • Lago – Sea of Duress
    • Funeral Mist – Hekatomb
    • Crawl – Rituals
    • Warfuck – This Was Supposed To Be Fun
    • Dead Moon Temple – Ænigmasólvoid
    • Shylmagoghnar – Transience
    • Antlers – beneath.below.behold
    • Imperial Triumphant – Vile Luxury
    • Malthusian – Across Deaths
    • Convocation – Scars Across
    • Jesus Ain’t In Poland – No Man’s Land
    • UADA – Cult of a Dying Sun
    • Atra Vetosus – Apricity
    • Dysylumn – Occultation
    • Ulthar – Cosmovore
    • Outer Heavens – Realms of Eternal Decay
    • Zealotry – At The Nexus Of All Stillborn Worlds
    • Gevurah – Sulphur Soul
    • Lifelost – Dialogues From Beyond
    • Solium Fatalis – Genetically Engineered to Enslave
    • BA’A/ Verfallen / Hyrgal – Split
    • Marsh Dweller – Wanderer
    • Outre – Hollow Earth
    • Kriegsmachine – Apocalypticists
    • Mallephyr – Womb of Worms
    • Khragkh – ΓVΛΩ
    • Det Eviga Leendet – Lenience
    • Omnipotence – Paths to Oblivion
    • Totenmesse – To
    • Viscera/// – City of Dope and Violence
    • Begotten – A Waning Silhouette
    • Necrospell – Awakening of Tyrants
    • Obliteration – Cenotaph Obscure
    • Gudveiki – Blodhunang
    • 1914 – The Blind Leading the Blind
    • Veilburner – A Sire to the Ghouls of Lunacy
    • Korpsesoturi – Malus Corpus

    • Teth-Nahash – Ι . Α . Ω
    • Phrenelith – Ornamented Dead Eyes
    • Elysian Blaze – The Virtue of Suffering
    • Twilight – Trident Death Rattle
    • Void Ritual – Death is Peace
    • Chthe’ilist – Passage Into The Xexanotth
    • Curse Upon A Prayer – The Three Woes
    • Sentient Horror – The Crypts Below
    • Jade – Smoking Mirror- MMXVIII
    • Begotten – And the Wind Cries Death

    • Just FYI…Gevurah was an EP, not a full length

    • Lol, awesome list. I too have a ton of albums that aren’t top 10, but are super albums I will keep coming back to forever.

    • Appreciate you for Hamferð, Wallfahrer, and Solium Fatalis (I especially don’t know how I have never heard of that first one). Awesome list overall. many of the releases included in my list as well or if not on my actual list, definitely in my listening repertoire for 2018.

  12. My list isn’t a best-of, because I didn’t listen to every single album that was released this year and I’m sure there are some great ones I missed. This is just some of my favorites in no particular order. There’s also some of my own stuff, because I like my own music a lot (I wouldn’t spend all that time writing and recording it if I didn’t), and some non-metal stuff, because their damn good albums regardless of their genre. There’s also a link to the same list on my personal blog, if you’d like to see the album art.

    Judas Priest – Firepower

    Burn The Priest – Legion:XX

    Six Feet Under – Unburied

    Skeletonwitch – Devouring Radiant Light

    Alice In Chains – Rainier Fog

    Skeletal Remains – Devouring Mortality

    Gruesome – Twisted Prayers

    Krisiun – Scourge Of The Enthroned

    Sevendust – All I See Is War

    Metal Allegiance – Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty

    Monstrosity – The Passage Of Existence

    Horrendous – Idol

    Portal – Ion

    Black Label Society – Grimmest Hits

    Deicide – Overtures Of Blasphemy

    Terrorizer – Caustic Attack

    Bloodbath – The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn

    Cryptopsy – The Book Of Suffering – Tome II

    Hate Eternal – Upon Desolate Sands

    Cancer – Shadow Gripped

    Rivers Of Nihil – Where Owls Know My Name

    Pistol Annie’s – Interstate Gospel

    Eric Church – Desperate Man

    Whitey Morgan – Hard Times and White Lines

    Cody Jinks – Lifers

    Atomic Zombie Records – Metal To Wake The Dead Volume One

    Godless Angel – Six Years Of Sin

    • As usual, in my haste I forgot some great albums. Hopefully this is my only addendum.

      Ashley McBryde – Girl Going Nowhere

      Brothers Osborne – Port Saint Joe

      Ashley Monroe – Sparrow

      Colter Wall – Songs Of The Plains

      Old Crow Medicine Show – Volunteer

      • At last, someone else recognizes the magnificent comeback the almighty Monstrosity has had. I’m honestly flabbergasted at the lack of love for that release. True, it’s not necessarily anything unorthodox, they haven’t introduced any real new ideas to death metal, but the album is spectacular nonetheless, especially the superb guitar solos found in EVERY, SINGLE, SONG. Favorite: “The Hive”.

  13. Hooded menace Ossuarium silhouettes unhallowed

    Altar of perversion intra naos

    Acherontas faustian ethos

    Abigor hollenzwang

    Dire omen formless fire embodied

    Mournful congregation the incubus of karma

    Hegemone we disappear

  14. My list…

    …is something you’ll all have to wait for 🙂

  15. I already have a long list of albums I still have yet to check out, but of the albums I’ve heard this year I would consider these the great ones (unordered, except Top 5):

    1. Imperial Triumphant – Vile Luxury
    2. Hamferð – Támsins likam
    3. Slugdge – Esoteric Malocology
    4. Khôrada – Salt
    5. Panopticon – The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness

    Æpoch – Awakening Inception
    Aklash – Where the Ocean Meets the Sky
    Ataraxy – Where All Hope Fades
    Behemoth – I Love You At Your Darkest
    Eneferens – The Bleakness of Our Constant
    Holy Fawn – Death Spells
    Horrendous – Idol
    Huntsmen – American Scrap
    Ihsahn – Àmr
    Lychgate – The Contagion in Nine Steps
    Møl – Jord
    Wayfarer – World’s Blood
    Zeal & Ardor – Stranger Fruit

    Ulvesang – The Hunt
    Emma Ruth Rundle – On Dark Horses

    • Oops, non-metal list didn’t get finished:

      Carpenter Brut – Leather Teeth
      Hollywood Burns – Invaders
      Liz Cooper & the Stampede – Window Flowers
      Soft Kill – Savior
      Trampled By Turtles – Life Is Good on the Open Road

  16. More or less in that order, with still A TON of album in the always growing waiting list:

    Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want
    Scorched – Ecliptic Butchery
    Outer Heaven – Realms of Eternal Decay
    Galvanizer – Sanguine Vigil
    Deszcz – III
    Tomb Mold – Manor of Infinite Forms
    Outre-Tombe – Nécrovortex
    Horrendous – Idol
    Ulthar – Cosmovore
    Embrace of Thorns – Scorn Aesthetics
    Hyperdontia – Nexus of Teeth
    Cabbage – Nihilistic Glamour Shots
    Mutilation Rites – Chasm
    Mammoth Grinder – Cosmic Crypt
    Haken – Vector
    Funeral Mist – Hekatomb
    Street Sects – The Kicking Mule
    Spectral Wound – Infernal Decadence
    Noname – Room 25
    Chaos Echœs – Mouvement
    Horizon Ablaze – The Weight of a Thousand Suns
    Ryan Porter – The Optimist
    Necrophobic – Mark of the Necrogram
    Mythic Sunship – Another Shape of Psychedelic Music
    Pill – Soft Hell
    Whispering Sons – Image

  17. Damn another year and I feel like I’m drowning in the number of releases I still haven’t managed to listen to. I’m going to have to head to an abandoned island, with plenty of solar power, and become a hermit in order to catch up at this rate.

    A few picks from what I have managed to hear:
    Aegaeon – Age (so happy they finally released an album). Heavy and interspersed with truly atmospheric interludes. Such a fascinating listen.
    Rivers of Nihil – Where Owls Know My Name. This and Monarchy have been on heavy rotation for me this year
    Dimmu Borgir – Eonian. Say what you like, I love this album. Not super heavy or reinventing the wheel, but damn easy to leave on and listen all the way through.
    Beyond Creation – Algorythm. I still haven’t given this enough time to absorb fully, in fact, I’ll put it on right now 😉
    Order Ov Riven Cathedrals – Gobleki Tepe
    Alien Weaponry – Tu. A little uneven and I think it does suffer from “first album syndrome” to some extent – where some tracks are obviously written earlier than others, where differences in song-writing and “finding their sound” show (probably more so than usual for this band due to their age). But other tracks are killer and I’m stoked for them to have pulled this off and look forward to see them grow.
    Mordant Rapture – The Abnegation (EP)

    • Nice. Since you liked Aegaeon (which I thought the atmospheric incorporation was nice to listen to as well), try out: Exterminatus “Laniakea”. It’ll tie us over until Rings of Saturn is able to yank us into another black hole and ravish our flesh (hopefully sometime this year). Also, Sun Speaker “Ov Lustra”. (My recommendation for starters, begin with track 3: Felle).
      Beyond Creation’s new release was good (good, as in Andy’s use of the term). “Earthborn Evolution” and “The Aura” were much more impressive releases. Again, “Algorythm” was not a bad release by any means, but I think the majority of Beyond Creation fans were expecting a bit more unorthodoxy and further expansion/layers of their already well-established elements. Maybe they’ll dislocate our frontal lobes with the next release. Wait for it…
      On that note, if Beyond Creation didn’t bring you to full erection, give this one a listen: Spectral – “Neural Correlates of Hate”. Spectral have taken more than just a few pages from Beyond Creation’s book.

      A few other miscellaneous recommendations:
      Skogen “Skuggorna kallar”
      Hands of Despair “Well Of The Disquieted”
      Journal “Chrysalis Ordalias”
      Archemoron “Year of the Harvester” (Just listen to that beauty of a solo in track 8: Crawling Plague”)
      Kairos “Simulgression”

  18. Enscelados – The Devouring God
    Antlers – beneath.below.behold
    Wallfahrer – Anthologie Der Abkehr
    Sorcier Des Glaces – Sorcier Des Glaces
    Negativa – 03
    Cultus Profano – Sacramentum Obscurus
    Hord – Parallels
    Ultha – The Inextricable Wandering
    Severoth – When the Night Falls
    Ripped to Shreds – Mai- Zang

  19. (long winded)

    I doubt I can pick one number one top favorite, but if Cultes des Ghoules and Chapel of Disease hadn’t released anything, Faustcoven would have taken it. As it is, I’m calling it a tie between these three.

    Faustcoven (Nor) – In the Shadow of Doom
    Malicious, evil, irresistible. meticulously crafted blackened doom. Brilliant from start to finish.

    Cultes Des Ghoules (Pol) – Sinister, or Treading the Darker Paths
    Bow to the masters. They never fail to make music that’s unfailingly interesting.

    Chapel of Disease (Ger) – …And As We Have Seen the Storm, We Have Embraced The Eye
    An exceptional death metal album. Lots of progressive and bluesy/rock touches.

    I don’t know if I just listened to more music this year, or if I just needed more aural extremity in my life, or if there were just more amazing releases this year than in recent years (iwith several more expected in December), but whatever the reason, I couldn’t restrict myself to just a couple. So fuck it, I’m doing a top 20. My top picks are above. The rest (including demos, EPs, and splits) are below. This turned out to be a fine year for black metal, with exceptional blackened doom, blackened death, and blackened black metal. It was also apparently a good year for cults of various spellings.

    Abysmal Lord / Crurifragium (USA) – (split)
    I think my speakers just held me down and fucked me.

    Chthe’ilist (Can) – Passage into the Xexanotth (EP)
    Great, but only one original song and one cover.

    Corpsessed (Fin) – Impetus of Death
    Killer. My new obsession.

    Cult of Extinction (Ger) – Black Nuclear Magick Attack (demo)
    Terrifying war metal. Maybe it’s an EP. Too scared to decide.

    Cultus Profano (USA) – Sacramentum Obscurus
    Fantastic black metal. The unhinged vocals really sold me on this.

    Dead Void (Den) – The Looming Spectre (demo)
    This has an atmosphere so thick it feels like breathing solid cement. It’s hard to argue with Immortal Shadow Hydra, and that’s not even the best song.

    Doomortalis (Mex) – Splendor…then Gloominess
    Splendor indeed. Now gloominess that I’m waiting for more from them.

    Eternal Rot (UK/Pol) – Cadaverine
    This is the foulest, most rotten, stinking death metal from a hellish sewer I’ve heard all year. I love it.

    Grave Dust (USA) – Pale Hand (EP)
    Impressive debut for this death metal maelstrom.

    Grave Upheaval (Oz) – (wtf?)
    This is so heavy my balls finally dropped (really needed that after listening to Cult of Extinction).

    Inisans (Swe) – Transitions
    Perfect old school Swedish death metal for when you just need to break stuff.

    Kingdom (Pol) – Putrescent Remains of the Dead Ground
    Their best album yet.

    Necros Christos (Ger) – Domedon Doxomedon
    Starts with a whimper from Christ, ends 2 hours later with a headbanging. If this really is their last album, they did it right.

    Profanatica (USA) – Altar of the Virgin Whore (EP)
    Nothing less than the highest quality you’ve come to expect.

    Tomb Mold (Can) – Manor of Infinite Forms
    Really really good death metal.

    Wargoat (Gre) / Black Ceremonial Kult (Chl) – Unapproachable laws of the abyss (split)
    Damn amazing from both bands

    Witch King (USA) – Voice of the Ossuary
    Raw, bloody, WAR METAL! This will snap your neck in half.

    Zorn (USA) – s/t (demo)
    A far-too-short offering from these occult punk / death metal madmen from Philadelphia.

    And honorable mention (because I can’t help myself) goes to:

    Goat Sperm (Ukr) – Voice in the Womb (EP)
    Open yourself to the experience and soak up all of this spunky band’s virgin release.

  20. in no particular order:

    Tomb Mold
    Idle Hands
    Outer Heaven
    Antichrist (Peru)
    Lingua Ignota
    Innumerable Forms
    Fluisteraars/ Turia

    … and many more than I’m forgetting/ haven’t fully digested yet

  21. These are just my favorites from what I’ve managed to get my ever busy hands on this year. It’s a mix of albums and EPs in alphabetical order because ranking is just too much fuckin’ worry.

    Ails – The Unraveling
    Anticosmos – Waters of Dissolution
    Behemoth – I Loved You at Your Darkest
    Black Label Society – Grimmest Hits
    Corrosion of Conformity – No Cross No Crown
    Deadbird – III: The Forest Within the Tree
    Deicide – Overtures of Blasphemy
    Ghost – Prequelle
    High on Fire – Electric Messiah
    Judas Priest – Firepower
    Lucifer – Lucifer II
    Panopticon – The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness
    Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals – Choosing Mental Illness as a Virtue
    Skeletonwitch – Devouring Radiant Light
    Skinless – Savagery
    Sleep – The Sciences
    Thou – Magus
    Thou – Rhea Sylvia
    Thou – Inconsolable
    Thou – The House Primordial
    Watain – Trident Wolf Eclipse
    Wolvhammer – The Monuments of Ash and Bone

  22. 1914 – The Blind Leading the Blind
    Avslut – Deceptis
    Carpe Noctem – Vitrun
    Devouring Star – The Arteries of Heresy
    Funeral Mist – Hekatomb
    Gaerea – Unsettling Whispers
    Grá – Väsen
    Outre – Hollow Earth
    Ov Shadows – The Darkness Between Stars
    Sorcier des Glaces – Sorcier des glaces
    Spectral Wound – Infernal Decadence
    Valdur – Goat of Iniquity

  23. Death Karma – The History of Death & Burials Part II
    Paragon Impure – Sade
    Urfaust – The Constellatory Practice
    Varathron – Patriarchs of Evil
    Taphos – Come Ethereal Somberness
    Abigor – Höllenzwang (Chronicles of Perdition)
    Degial – Predator Reign
    Svartidauði – Revelations of The Red Sword
    Panphage – Jord
    Acherontas – Faustian Ethos
    Obliteration – Cenotaph Obscure
    Ascension – Under Ether
    Chaos Invocation – Reaping Season, Bloodshed Beyond
    Aura Noir – Aura Noir
    Clandestine Blaze – Tranquillity of Death
    Embrace of Thorns – Scorn Aesthetics
    Necros Christos – Domedon Doxomedon
    Cultes des Ghoules – Sinister, Or Treading the Darker Paths

  24. 1. Judas Priest – Firepower
    2. Revocation – The Outer Ones
    3. Satan – Cruel Magic
    4. At the Gates – To Drink From The Night Itself
    5. Voivod – The Wake
    6. Black Fast – Spectre Of Ruin
    7. Deaf Heaven – Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
    8. Ihsahn – Ámr
    9. Bad Wolves – Disobey
    10. Omnium Gatherum – The Burning Cold
    11. Obscura – Diluvium
    12. Thy Catalfalque – Geometria
    13. Oceans Of Slumber – The Banished Heart
    14. Between The Buried And Me – Automata
    15. Vein – Errorzone
    16. Hate Eternal – Upon Desolate Sands
    17. Behemoth – I Loved You At Your Darkest
    18. Psycroptic – As the Kingdom Drowns
    19. The Ocean – Phanerozoic I: Palaezoic
    20. Azusa – Heavy Yoke
    21. Gorod – Aethra
    22. Ghost – Prequelle
    23. Primal Fear – Apocalypse
    24. U.D.O – Steel Factory
    25. Boss Keloid – Melted On The Inch
    26. Esben And The Witch – Nowhere
    27. YOB – Our Raw Hearth
    28. Arsis – Visitant
    29. Corrosion Of Conformity – No Cross No Crown
    30. Soulfly – Ritual
    31. The Crown – Cobra Speed Venom
    32. Alice In Chains – Rainier Fog
    33. Witch Mountain – Witch Mountain
    34. Krisiun – Escourge Of The Enthroned
    35. Slugdge – Esoteric Malacology
    36. Beyond Creation – Algorythm
    37. Howling Sycamore – Howling Sycamore
    38. Nothing – Dance On The Black Top
    39. Tribulation – Down Below
    40. Sylvaine – Atoms Aligned, Coming, Undone
    41. Ken Mode – Loved
    42. Cryptopsy – The Book Of Suffering Tome II
    43. Portal – Ion
    44. Atrocity – OKKULT II
    45. Skeletal Remains – Devouring Mortality
    46. Pig Destroyer – Head Cage
    47. Internal Bleeding – Corrupting Influence
    48. Light This City – Terminal Bloom
    49. Monstrosity – The Passage Of Existence
    50. Khôrada – Salt

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