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).

  121 Responses to “LISTMANIA 2018: AN INVITATION FOR READERS’ LISTS OF THE YEAR’S BEST METAL”

  1. In no particular order :

    Chapel of Disease – …And As We Have Seen the Storm, We Have Embraced The Eye
    Deicide – Overtures of Blasphemy
    Depravity – Evil Upheaval
    Portal – Ion
    Irreversible Mechanism – Immersion
    Gutter Instinct – Heirs of Sisyphus
    Noise Trail Immersion – Symbology Of Shelter
    Outre-Tombe – Nécrovortex
    Mutilation Rites – Chasm
    Phantom – Death Epic
    The Aftermath – Vermine
    Deathstorm – The Unfathomable
    Imperial Triumphant – Vile Luxury
    Apophys – Devoratis
    Alkaloid – Liquid Anatomy
    Oceans Of Slumber – The Banished Heart
    Howling Sycamore – Howling Sycamore
    Of Feather And Bone – Bestial Hymns of Perversion

    This was a very good year.

    • Great list but tell me: what do you
      Ike about Portal? I’ve tried so hard to like it cause it checks so many boxes for me but I just cant seem to enjoy the music.

  2. 1. Mire – Shed
    2. Thy Catafalque – Geometria
    3. Horrendous – Idol
    4. Amarok – Devoured
    5. Ihsahn – Amr
    6. Conjurer – Mire
    7. Ungfell – Mythen, Maren, Pestilenz
    8. Alkaloid – Liquid Anatomy
    9. Hamferd – Tamsins Likam
    10. The Skull – The Endless Road Turns Dark
    11. Visigoth – Conqueror’s Oath
    12. Rivers of Nihil – Where Owls Know My Name
    13. Tribulation – Down Below
    14. In Vain – Currents
    15. Khemmis – Desolation

  3. 1. CONVULSING Grievous
    2. TOMB MOLD Manor of Infinite Forms
    3. CHAPEL OF DISEASE …And As We Have Seen The Storm, We Have Embraced The Eye
    4. PANOPTICON The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness Parts I & II
    5. UN Sentiment
    6. KHEMMIS Desolation
    7. INFERNAL COIL Within A World Forgotten
    8. OBLITERATION Cenotaph Obscure
    9. YOB Our Raw Heart
    10. VANHELGD Deimos Sanktuarium
    11. IMMORTAL Northern Chaos Gods
    12. KHORADA Salt
    13. FUNERAL MIST Hekatomb
    14. AGRIMONIA Awaken
    15. HIGH ON FIRE Electric Messiah
    16. SADISTIK FOREST Morbid Majesties
    17. JUDAS PRIEST Firepower
    18. INNUMERABLE FORMS Punishment In Flesh
    19. PETRIFICATION Hollow of the Void
    20. SEPULCHER Panoptic Horror

  4. Funny how when thinking about a 2018 list I realize how much I listen to old albums…..

    In no particular order (except A Forest of Stars):

    A Forest of Stars – Grave mounds and grave mistakes
    Rivers of Nihil – Where owls know my name
    Subtype Zero – The astral awakening
    Pagan – Black wash
    Clandestine Blaza – Tranquility of death
    Deathhammer – Chained to hell
    A Pregnant Light – Lucky all my life
    Marissa Nadler – For my crimes
    Aborted – TerrorVision
    Ævangelist – Heralds of NIghtmare descending
    The Crown – Cobra speed venom
    Lifelost – Dialogues from beyond
    Kwade Droes – De duivel en zijn gore oude kankermoer (unintentionally the funniest title of the year)
    Spearhead – Pacifism is cowardice (runner up for funniest title)
    Anaal Nathrakh – A new kind of horror (pure gym magic)
    Bloodshot Dawn – Reanimation
    Skeletal Remains – Devouring mortality
    In The Woods… – Cease the day
    Antlers – Beneath.Below.Behold
    Construct of Lethe – Exiler (before I forget, ha!)
    Aeternus – Heathen
    Beach House – 7
    Deathstorm – Reaping what is left
    Virulent Spectre – You will succumb to the hate you possess and your failures will destroy you
    Venus Star – Nigredo Expulsion
    Horror Vacui – New wave of fear
    Signal of the Jackal – Breaking the spell (Class of 99!!!!!)
    Kly – Szczerzenie
    Iskandr – Euprosopon
    Drudkh – They often see dreams about the spring
    Black Space Riders – Amoretum vol 1
    Agrimonia – Awaken
    The Doppelgangaz – AAAAAAAAGGHH
    Trampled by Turtles – Life is good on the open road
    Void Meditation Cult – Utter the tongue of the dead

    EPs
    Solar Temple – Fertile crescent
    Idle Hands – Dont waste your time
    Aerith – s/t (ugh just found it this is Final Fantasy-themed, but oh, well)
    High Command – The primodial void

    Split
    Fluisteraards / Thuria

    • Aha Void Meditation Cult wasnt from 2018; my bad!

      Maybe substitute it with Rodentlord

      • Several good selections, but I’m pleased to finally see Kly’s name on someone’s list. It didn’t make my main list, but it nearly did. Can’t wait to find out what their future releases sound like.

  5. Just finished mine up last week. Pretty solid on it.

    1. Necropanther-Eyes of Blue Light
    2. Vreid – Lifehunger
    3. Wolftooth – S/T
    4. Skeletonwitch-Devouring Radiant Light
    5. Lucifer- Lucifer II
    6. Haunt- Burst Into Flame
    7. Tribulation-Down Below
    8. Forming the Void-Rift
    9. Slugdge-Esoteric Malacology
    10. Deafheaven-Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
    11. Necrophobic-Mark of the Necrogram
    12. Temple Desecration-Whirlwinds of Fathomless Chaos
    13. Khemmis-Desolation
    14. Mantar- The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze
    15. Watain-Trident Wolf Eclipse
    16. Thron- Abysmal
    17. Ails-The Unraveling
    18. LLNN-Deads
    19. Lik-Carnage
    20. Gaerea-Unsettling Whispers
    21. Svartkonst-Devil’s Blood
    22. Agrimonia-Awaken

  6. 1. Infernal Coil – Within a World Forgotten
    2. Our Place of Worship is Silence – With Inexorable Suffering
    3. Hissing – Permanent Destitution
    4. Devouring Star – The Arteries of Heresy
    5. The Lion’s Daughter – Future Cult
    6. Extremity – Coffin Birth
    7. Convulsing – Grievous
    8. Barús – Drowned
    9. Ifernach – IV. Gaqtaqaiaq
    10. Malthusian – Across Deaths
    11. Wayfarer – World’s Blood
    12. Slidhr – The Futile Fires of Man
    13. Construct of Lethe – Exiler
    14. Fórn – Rites of Despair
    15. Slugdge – Esoteric Malacology

  7. 1/ Ocean Of Grief – Nightfall’s Lament
    2/ Harakiri for the Sky – Arson
    3/ Apophys – Devoratis
    4/ Necrophobic – Mark Of The Necrogram
    5/ Sojourner – The Shadowed Road
    6/ Ingested – The Level Above Human
    7/ Dimmu Borgir – Eonian
    8/ Obliterate – Impending Death
    9/ Vargrav – Netherstorm
    10/ Euphoreon – Ends Of The Earth
    11/ Hinayana – Order Divine
    12/ Depravity – Evil Upheaval
    13/ Michael Romeo – War Of The Worlds , Pt. 1
    14/ Black Fast – Spectre of Ruin
    15/ Nekrokraft – Servants
    16/ Genocide Pact – Order Of Torment
    17/ Baest – Danse Macabre
    18/ The Ugly – Thanatology
    19/ AcoD – The Divine Triumph
    20/ Krisiun – Scourge Of The Enthroned
    21/ Carnation – Chapel Of Abhorrence
    22/ Aborted – Terrorvision
    23/ Atavisma – The Chthonic Rituals
    24/ Wolfheart – Constellation Of The Black Light
    25/ Thron – Abysmal
    26/ Void Rot – Consumed By Oblivion (EP)
    27/ Agrona – Realm Of The Fallen
    28/ Forlorn Citadel – Songs Of Mourning (Demo)
    29/ Weak Aside – Forward Into Darkness
    30/ …

  8. Slugdge is my clear #1; the rest in no particular order.

    Slugdge – Esoteric Malacology
    The Ocean – Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic
    Silence Lies Fear – Shadow of the Wasteland
    Rivers of Nihil – Where Owls Know My Name
    Parius – The Eldritch Realm
    Horrendous – Idol
    Tribulation – Down Below
    Rolo Tomassi – Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It
    Night Verses – From The Gallery Of Sleep
    Clavicus Vile – The Nightspirit’s Call
    Blame – Almanac
    Skeletonwitch – Devouring Radiant Light

  9. Loosely ordered. Out of 207 albums listened.
    Waiting to hear Cantique Lepreux, Svartidaudi and Sulphur Aeon before I finalize.

    Death Karma – The History of Death & Burials Part II
    Chapel of Disease – …And as We Have Seen the Storm…
    Hooded Menace – Ossuarium Slihouettes Unhallowed
    Slugdge – Esoteric Malacology
    Irreversible Mechanism – Immersion
    Eneferens – The Bleakness of Our Condition
    Glacial Tomb – Glacial Tomb
    Un – Sentiment
    Hamfer∂ – Tamsins likam
    Windfaerer – Alma
    Gaerea – Unsettling Whispers
    Anicon – Entropy Mantra
    Mutilated By Zombies – Scripts of Anguish
    Agrimonia – Awaken
    Totenmesse – To
    夢遊病者 – 一期一会
    Moonreich – Fugue
    Khemmis – Desolation
    Antlers – Beneath.Below.Behold
    Elffor – Impious Battlefields

    Best Non-Metal

    Wild Nothing – Indigo
    Khruangbin – Con Todo El Mundo
    Tony Molina – Kill The Lights
    Car Seat Headrest – Twin Fantasy (Face to Face)
    Beach House – 7
    Landing – Bells In New Towns
    Sangre de Muerdago – Noite
    Iceage – Beyondless
    Kurt Vile – Bottle It In
    Weedpecker – III

  10. Alphabetical order – too hard to choose at the moment – both Black and Death:

    Avslut – Deceptis
    Blood of Serpents – Sulphur Sovereign
    Burial Invocation – Abiogenesis
    Cainan Dawn – FOHAT
    Cist – The Frozen Casket
    Drudkh – They Often See Dreams About the Spring
    Ectoplasma – Cryogenically Revived
    Gra – Vasen
    Human Compost – Exhumations of Death and Horror
    Hyperdontia – Nexus of Teeth
    Khandra – There Is No Division Outside Existence
    Magoth – Zeitgeist
    Oceans of Grief – Nightfall’s Lament
    Raven Throne – I Miortum Snicca Zolak
    Sadistik Forest – Morbid Majesties
    Skeletel Remains – Devouring Mortality
    The Grotesquery – The Lupine Anathema
    Uada – Cult of a Dying Sun
    Ulthar – Cosmovore
    Vultur – Entangled in the Webs of Fear
    Wombbath – The Great Desolation

  11. 2018 Top 50 Metal

    1. Slugdge- Esoteric Malacology
    Funeral Mist- Hekatomb
    Alkaloid- Liquid Anatomy
    Antiverse- Under The Regolith
    Psycroptic- As the Kingdom Drowns
    A Forest Of Stars- Grave Mounds And Grave Mistakes
    Horrendous- Idol
    Gorod- Aethra
    Wild Hunt- Afterdream of the Reveller
    Rivers of Nihil- Where Owls Know My Name

    11. Barús- Drowned
    Ascension- Under Ether
    Revocation- The Outer Ones
    Skeletal Remains- Ripperology
    Imperialist- Cipher
    Gaerea- Unsettling Whispers
    Craft- White Noise and Black Metal
    Depravity- Evil Upheaval
    Augury- Illusive Golden Age
    Construct Of Lethe – Exiler

    21. Verheerer-Maltrér
    Convulsing- Grievous
    Anicon- Entropy Mantra
    HAGO- HAGO
    Tomb Mold- Manor Of Infinite Forms
    Usurpress – Interregnum
    Sear Bliss- Letters From The Edge
    Wolfheart- Constellation Of The Black Light
    Noorvik- Noorvik
    Serocs- The Phobos

    31. Kauan- Live 13
    Infuriate- Infuriate
    Aepoch- Awakening Inception
    Morne- To the Night
    Deus Vermin- Monument To Decay
    Monotheist- Scourge
    Pound – Pound
    Duskburn- Serpentide
    ION- A Path Unknown
    Obscura- Diluvium

    41. Sylff- Inner Devastation – Outer Serenity
    KHôRADA- Salt
    Altars of Grief- Altars of Grief
    Irreversible Mechanism- Irreversible Mechanism
    Existem- Mantle
    Oceans of Slumber- The Banished Heart
    Marduk- Viktoria
    Akhenaten- Akhenaten – Golden Serpen
    Skyglow- Thousand Years of Terror
    Spires- A Parting Gift

    Mentions:
    Michael Romeo, Immortal, Skeletonwitch, Burrows, Yob, Hinayana, Jinjer, Psychotomy, Crypteria, Cult Leader, Aethereus, ASG, Dopethrone, Jonathan Anderson, Kontinuum, Myelin Sheath, Wallfahrer, The Ocean, Orator, Potmos Hetoimos

    EPs:
    Fall of the Albatross- Abscission
    Quantum Hierarchy- Neutron Breed
    Lifelost- Dialogues From Beyond
    Aeviterne- Sireless
    Dead Void- The Looming Spectre
    At The Graves- Lower
    Engulf- Gold and Rust
    Phrenelith- Ornamented Dead Eyes
    Potion- Women of the Wand
    Tomb Mold- Cerulean Salvation
    Soldat Hans- Es Taut
    Empress/Piece Split
    Protonaut- Spectral EP
    Samakaras- Lithification
    Harper Mattraw- The Crow and the Serpent
    Modern Sunlight- Enigma
    Bongripper- Terminal
    Black Tomb/Crud Split
    Beastmaker- Ep. 7
    Armed for the Apocalypse- Palm Reader EP

    Not Metal:
    Blue Dream- Volume Blue
    Cloudyspace- Limits of the Mind
    Evan Marien- Live at the Musicmaker 2018
    In Dreamview- In Dreamview
    Jen Cloher- B-sides and Rarities
    Kontinuum- No Need To Reason (One of my favorite bands!)
    Lead Into Gold- The Sun Behind Sun
    Marbin- 200’000 Likes
    Smash the Crash- JazzMetal

  12. Alkaloid – Liquid Anatomy
    Beyond Creation – Algorythm
    Binah – Phobiate
    Cattle Decapitation – Medium Rareties
    Death Karma – The History of Death & Burial Rituals Part II
    Ghost – Prequelle
    The Konsortium – Rogaland
    Master’s Hammer – Fascinator
    Nechochwen – The Ancient Rites
    The Ocean – Phanerozoic I – Palaeozoic
    Panopticon – The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness I and II
    Progenie Terrestre Pura – StarCross
    Sear Bliss – Letters from the Edge
    Sigh – Heir to Despair
    Slugdge – Esoteric Malacology
    Sulphur Aeon – The Scythe of Cosmic Chaos
    Thy Catafalque – Geometria
    Tomb Mold – Manor of Infinite Forms
    Tribulation – Down Below
    Uada – Cult of a Dying Sun
    Zeal & Ardor – Stranger Fruit

  13. So far,
    Slugdge – Esoteric Malacology 11
    Horrendous- Idol 8
    Gaerea- Unsettling Whispers 6
    Rivers of Nihil- Where Owls Know My Name 6
    Tomb Mold- Manor Of Infinite Forms 6
    Chapel of Disease – …And as We Have 5
    Funeral Mist- Hekatomb 5
    Khemmis – Desolation 5
    Skeletal Remains – Devouring Mortality 5
    Skeletonwitch – Devouring Radiant Light 5
    Yob – Our Raw Heart 5
    1914 – The Blind Leading the Blind 4
    Abigor – Höllenzwang (Chronicles of Perdition) 4
    Agrimonia – Awaken 4
    Antlers – Beneath.Below.Behold 4
    Convulsing- Grievous 4
    Hamferd – Tamsins Likam 4
    Judas Priest – Firepower 4
    Khôrada – Salt 4
    Tribulation – Down Below 4
    Uada – Cult of a Dying Sun 4
    Akhenaten- Akhenaten – Golden Serpen 3
    Alkaloid – Liquid Anatomy 3
    Behemoth – I Love You At Your Darkest 3
    Construct Of Lethe – Exiler 3
    Death Karma – The History of Death & Burials 3
    Deicide – Overtures of Blasphemy 3
    Depravity – Evil Upheaval 3
    Devouring Star – The Arteries of Heresy 3
    Gorod- Aethra 3
    Hate Eternal – Upon Desolate Sands 3
    Ihsahn – Amr 3
    Imperial Triumphant – Vile Luxury 3
    Infernal Coil- Within a World Forgotten 3
    Irreversible Mechanism- Immersion 3
    Kriegsmachine – Apocalypticists 3
    Krisiun – Escourge Of The Enthroned 3
    LLNN- Deads 3
    Mutilation Rites – Chasm 3
    Necrophobic – Mark Of The Necrogram 3
    Obliteration – Cenotaph Obscure 3
    Oceans Of Slumber – The Banished Heart 3
    Outer Heaven – Realms of Eternal Decay 3
    Outre – Hollow Earth 3
    Panopticon – The Scars of Man on the Once 3
    Portal – Ion 3
    Psycroptic- As the Kingdom Drowns 3
    Revocation- The Outer Ones 3
    Spectral Wound – Infernal Decadence 3
    Ulthar – Cosmovore 3

    • Cool – thanks for tallying these – it’s interesting to see everyone’s lists but then get a total like this.

    • I’ll add my thanks for this too. (As you requested, I also deleted the duplicative post. There’s some problem we’ve been unable to diagnose that results in a lag in comments appearing, which has caused some people to repeat their comments.)

      • I think the lag is connected to people using their phones. I posted just fine off of my desktop, but my phone lagged like crazy

        • Our IT guru is on vacation, and I’m not going to mess it up by bugging him to see if he can sort this out now. But as soon as he’s back in Seattle, I’ll light him up.

  14. Top picks for 2018 so far with the top 6 being more or less in order

    Krumkač – Honar I Kroŭ
    Grá – Väsen
    Hegemone – We Disappear
    Makrofagi – Makrofagi
    Paara – Riitti
    Funeral Mist – Hekatomb
    DVNE – Asheran
    All My Sins – Pra Sila – Vukov Totem
    Mourning Dawn – The Dead Years
    Skogen – Skuggorna Kallar
    Wiegedood – De Doden Hebben Het Goed III
    Djevel – Blant Svarte Graner
    Ezkaton – Plague For The Empires: Time
    Make A Change… Kill Yourself – IV
    The Nightly Disease – Smell Of Burning Wood
    Skyborne Reveries – Winter Lights
    Yob – Our Raw Heart

  15. my list is invisible…it is so accurate it is typed in invisible text

  16. All My Sins – Zov iz Magle
    Wiegedood – De Doden Hebben Het Goed III
    Paara – Riitti
    Whoredom Rife – Nid: Hymner av Hat
    Djevel – Blant Sorte Graner
    Glorior Belli – The Apostates
    Kjeld – Banier fan Frisia
    Devouring Star – The Arteries of Heresy
    Orkan – Element
    Svartmálm – Svartmálm
    Yhdarl – Loss

  17. just playing…here it is…

    1. Moondweller-The Search
    2. Mare-Ebony Tower
    3. Vargrav–Netherstorm
    4. Svartidauði – Revelations of the Red Sword
    5. Carpe Noctern — Vitrun
    6. Adaestuo–Krew Za Kru
    7. Mahr–Antelex
    8. Psicosfera-Beta
    9. Death Void Terror-To the great Monolith
    10. Depths Above-Ex Nihilio
    11. Devouring Star – The Arteries of Heresy
    12. Hate Eternal -Upon desolate Sands
    13. Autokrator-Hammer of the heretics
    14-Convulsing -Grievous
    15-Adversvm-Aion Sitra Ahra
    16-Kriegsmaschine-Apocalypticists
    17-Acherontas-Faustian Ethos
    18-Aevangelist-Aeon Death Knell
    19-Borgne (infinity symbol)
    20-Ascension-Under Aether
    21-Slidhr-the Futile fires of man
    ep’s

    1. Ancient Moon/Prosternatur
    2. Malepest/Dysylumn
    3. Elysian Blaze
    4. Tomb Mold

  18. 9.Evoken – Hypnagogia
    8.Watain – Trident Wolf Eclipse
    7.Dimmu Borgir – Eonian
    6.Aborted – TerrorVision
    5.Gorod – Aethra
    4.Funeral Mist – Hekatomb
    3.Hate Eternal – Upon Desolate…
    2.Immortal – Northern Chaos…
    1.Behemoth – ILYAD

  19. The quality this year is phenomenal. There is a progressive experimental quality to metal this year, as it becomes even more technical and virtuosic. Tech Death, OSDM, Black Metal, Post Hardcore are really tremendous genres this year.

  20. As of ^

    Slugdge – Esoteric Malacology 12
    Horrendous- Idol 8
    Funeral Mist- Hekatomb 7
    Tomb Mold- Manor Of Infinite Forms 7
    Gaerea- Unsettling Whispers 6
    Rivers of Nihil- Where Owls Know My Name 6
    Skeletal Remains – Devouring Mortality 6
    Yob – Our Raw Heart 6
    Chapel of Disease – …And as We Have Seen 5
    Convulsing- Grievous 5
    Devouring Star – The Arteries of Heresy 5
    Hate Eternal – Upon Desolate Sands 5
    Khemmis – Desolation 5
    Skeletonwitch – Devouring Radiant Light 5
    Tribulation – Down Below 5
    Uada – Cult of a Dying Sun 5
    1914 – The Blind Leading the Blind 4
    Abigor – Höllenzwang (Chronicles of Perdition) 4
    Agrimonia – Awaken 4
    Alkaloid – Liquid Anatomy 4
    Antlers – Beneath.Below.Behold 4
    Behemoth – I Love You At Your Darkest 4
    Death Karma – The History of Death & Burials Part II 4
    Gorod- Aethra 4
    Hamferd – Tamsins Likam 4
    Judas Priest – Firepower 4
    Khôrada – Salt 4
    Kriegsmachine – Apocalypticists 4
    Panopticon – The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness 4
    Aborted – TerrorVision 3
    Acherontas – Faustian Ethos 3
    Akhenaten- Akhenaten – Golden Serpen 3
    Ascension – Under Ether 3
    Avslut – Deceptis 3
    Beyond Creation – Algorythm 3
    Carpe Noctem – Vitrun 3
    Construct Of Lethe – Exiler 3
    Deicide – Overtures of Blasphemy 3
    Depravity – Evil Upheaval 3
    Dimmu Borgir – Eonian 3
    Ghost – Prequelle 3
    Gra – Vasen 3
    Ihsahn – Amr 3
    Imperial Triumphant – Vile Luxury 3
    Infernal Coil- Within a World Forgotten 3
    Irreversible Mechanism- Immersion 3
    Krisiun – Escourge Of The Enthroned 3
    LLNN- Deads 3
    Mutilation Rites – Chasm 3
    Necrophobic – Mark Of The Necrogram 3
    Obliteration – Cenotaph Obscure 3
    Oceans Of Slumber – The Banished Heart 3
    Outer Heaven – Realms of Eternal Decay 3
    Outre – Hollow Earth 3
    Panphage – Jord 3
    Portal – Ion 3
    Psycroptic- As the Kingdom Drowns 3
    Revocation- The Outer Ones 3
    Spectral Wound – Infernal Decadence 3
    Svartidauði – Revelations of the Red Sword 3
    The Ocean – Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic 3
    Thy Catafalque – Geometria 3
    Ulthar – Cosmovore 3
    Watain – Trident Wolf Eclipse 3
    Zeal & Ardor – Stranger Fruit 3

  21. Whoredom Rife- Nid: Hymner Av Hat ( best of 2018 )
    Avslut- Deceptis
    Funeral Mist- Hekatomb
    Marduk- Viktoria
    Craft- White Noise And Black Metal
    Trollheims Grott- Aligned With True Death
    Drawn and Quartered- The One Who Lurks
    Outre-Tombre- Necro-Vortex
    Outer Heaven- Realms of Eternal Decay
    Innumerable Forms- Punishment in Flesh

  22. Top Ten Favorites of 2018:

    Deus Vermin – Monument to Decay
    Mylingar – Döda Drömmar
    Convulsing – Grievous
    Eagle Twin – The Thundering Heard
    Outre – Hollow Earth
    Hissing – Permanent Destitution
    Tomb Mold – Manor Of Infinite Forms
    Svartidauði – Revelations of the Red Sword
    Vessel of Iniquity – Vessel of Iniquity
    Cult of Erinyes – Veneer

  23. Born to Murder the World – The Infinite Mirror of Millennial Narcissism (2018)
    Rebel Wizard – Voluptuous Worship of Rapture and Response (2018)
    Painted Doll – Painted Doll (2018)
    Lik – Carnage (2018)
    Light This City – Terminal Bloom (2018)
    Immortal – Northern Chaos Gods (2018)
    Visigoth – Conqueror’s Oath (2018)
    Demonical – Chaos Manifesto (2018)
    Cist – The Frozen Casket (2018)
    Sentient Horror – The Crypts Below (2018)
    Orphaned Land – Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs (2018)
    Sepulcher-Panoptic Horror (2018)
    Sylvaine – Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone (2018)

  24. I often feel like a surface dweller posting these lists, a skater whose scared of the black ice. But, as we’re here, and the riffs keep guiding me, blindly:

    10. Aborted – TerrorVision
    9. Haunt – Burst Into Flame
    8. Horizon Ablaze – The Weight of a Thousand Suns
    7. Antisoph – self-titled
    6. The Atlas Moth – Coma Noir
    5. Slugdge – Esoteric Malacology
    4. Obscura – Diluvium
    3. Hate Eternal – Upon Desolate Sands
    2. Entropia – Vacuum
    1. Alkaloid – Liquid Anatomy

    • *who’s

      And, I still see myself as a stoner doom kind of guy, so there’s a dune somewhere I’ve lost myself:

      10. Drug Cult – self-titled
      9. Brant Bjork – Mankind Woman
      8. The Necromancers – Of Blood and Wine
      7. Gozu – Equilibrium
      6. Eagle Twin – The Thundering Heard
      5. Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want
      4. Sleep – The Sciences
      3. Conan – Existential Void Guardian
      2. Grayceon – IV
      1. Boss Keloid – Melted on the Inch

      • There’s a Top 20 list from another, much larger site, that I’m posting tomorrow, and Boss Keloid figures prominently in theirs too, as does Daughters (and Sleep). Seeing Boss Keloid at No. 1 on your list cinches my resolution to check it out.

        • If I would say anything about that Boss Keloid, is that it’s really smart, really well done, something that consistently surprises.

    • Surface dweller or not (and you’re really not), it’s always nice to see your name again.

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