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. No particular order:

    Watain – TRIDENT WOLF ECLIPSE
    Khemmis – Desolation
    Hamferð – Támsins Likam
    Slaegt – The Wheel
    Panopticon – The Scare of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness
    Ghost – Prequelle
    Wayfarer – World’s Blood
    Zeal & Ardor – Strange Fruit
    Windhand – Eternal Return
    Behemoth – I Loved You at Your Darkest

  2. Late to the party, but here goes:

    1. Sigh – Heir to Despair (how this isn’t on EVERY year-end “Best of ” list is beyond me)
    2. Ghost – Prequelle
    3. Zeal & Ardor – Stranger Fruit
    4. Khemmis – Desolation
    5. Tribulation – Down Below
    6. Behemoth – I Loved You At Your Darkest
    7. The Ocean – Phanerozic I
    8. Eneferens – The Bleakness of Our Constant
    9. Anaal Nathrakh – A New Kind of Horror
    10. Gaerea – Unsettling Whispers

    Disappointment of the year: Khorada – Salt. After Pillorian’s mostly ‘meh’ initial effort, I was hoping that Khorada would be the band to capture the Agalloch magic. No such luck.

  3. Top 10 2018
    1. Black Peaks – All That Divides
    2. Turnstile – Time & Space
    3. Skeletal Remains – Devouring Mortality
    4. Architects – Holy Hell
    5. Idles – Joy as an Act of Resistance
    6. Depravity – Evil Upheaval
    7. Bleed From Within – Era
    8. Rolo Tomassi – Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It
    9. Cult Leader – A Patient Man
    10. Black Fast – Spectre of Ruin

    Top 5 new to me in 2018 from previous years
    1. The Prestige – Amer (2015)
    2. Eisbrecher – Sturmfahrt (2017)
    3. Dyscarnate – With All Their Might (2017)
    4. Violator – Chemical Assault (2006)
    5. Polaris – The Mortal Coil (2017)

    These lists aren’t just ‘Metal’ but everything I listened to. Started the year on a DM kick, come spring went on a big thrash streak, mostly old school smaller stuff that I missed the first time around. Then ended the last half of the year leaning hard on more hardcore influenced stuff.

  4. Late to the party…Top albums 2018

    Sorcier des Glases – Sorcier des glases
    Embrace of Thorns – Scorn Aesthetics
    Varathron – Patriarchs of Evil
    Sear Bliss – Letters from the Edge
    Abysmal Torment – The Misanthrope
    Hinayana – Order Divine
    Revocation – The Outer Ones
    Monstrosity – The Passage of Existence
    Eneferens – The Bleakness of Our Constant
    Sargeist –Unbound

    EPs
    Void Rot – Consumed by Oblivion

    Honorable mention

    Gra – Vasen
    Encircling Sea – Hearken
    Brood of Hatred – Identity Disorder
    Paara – Riitti
    Tomb Mold – Manor of Infinite Forms
    Extremity – Coffin Birth
    Bloodtruth – Martyrium

    It was much harder to choose top albums this year than past years. I think this is because, although there was lots of good metal, there was little that truly stood out from the rest. It was a like huge pool of good metal, but with a featureless placid surface over which one spot looked like any other. Anyone else have this problem?

  5. 1. Eternal Helcaraxe – In Times of Desperation (Naturmacht Productions)

    2. Necrophobic – Mark of the Necrogram (Century Media)

    3. Realm Of Wolves – Oblivion (Self Released)

    4.Hinayana – Order Divine (Black Lion Records)

    5. Aborted – TerrorVision (Century Media)

    6. Skeletonwitch – Devouring Radiant Light (Prosthetic Records)

    7. Tribulation – Down Below (Century Media)

    8. Wolfheart – Constellation of the Black Light (Napalm Records)

    9. Bloodbath – The Arrow of Satan is Drawn (Peaceville)

    10. Evoken – Valorous Consternation (Profound Lore)

    11. Giant of the Mountain – Natures Wrath (Self Released)

    12. Soul Dissolution – Stardust (Black Lion Records)

    13. Valdur – Goat of Iniquity (Bloody Mountain Records)

    14. Thou – Magus (Sacred Bones Records)

    15. Night Demon – Live Darkness (Century Media)

    and of course Krigsgrav-Leave No Path to Follow 😉

  6. As of 12/11 8:49p

    Slugdge – Esoteric Malacology 13
    Tomb Mold- Manor Of Infinite Forms 9
    Funeral Mist- Hekatomb 8
    Horrendous- Idol 8
    Gaerea- Unsettling Whispers 7
    Khemmis – Desolation 7
    Skeletal Remains – Devouring Mortality 7
    Tribulation – Down Below 7
    Aborted – TerrorVision 6
    Convulsing- Grievous 6
    Hate Eternal – Upon Desolate Sands 6
    Rivers of Nihil- Where Owls Know My Name 6
    Skeletonwitch – Devouring Radiant Light 6
    Yob – Our Raw Heart 6
    Alkaloid – Liquid Anatomy 5
    Behemoth – I Love You At Your Darkest 5
    Chapel of Disease – …And as We Have Seen 5
    Devouring Star – The Arteries of Heresy 5
    Hamferd – Tamsins Likam 5
    Panopticon – The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness 5
    Uada – Cult of a Dying Sun 5
    Zeal & Ardor – Stranger Fruit 5
    1914 – The Blind Leading the Blind 4
    Abigor – Höllenzwang (Chronicles of Perdition) 4
    Agrimonia – Awaken 4
    Antlers – Beneath.Below.Behold 4
    Avslut – Deceptis 4
    Death Karma – The History of Death & Burials Part II 4
    Depravity – Evil Upheaval 4
    Eneferens – The Bleakness of Our Condition 4
    Ghost – Prequelle 4
    Gorod- Aethra 4
    Gra – Vasen 4
    Judas Priest – Firepower 4
    Khôrada – Salt 4
    Kriegsmachine – Apocalypticists 4
    Necrophobic – Mark Of The Necrogram 4
    Outer Heaven – Realms of Eternal Decay 4
    Outre – Hollow Earth 4
    Revocation- The Outer Ones 4
    Svartidauði – Revelations of the Red Sword 4
    The Ocean – Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic 4
    Watain – Trident Wolf Eclipse 4
    Acherontas – Faustian Ethos 3
    Akhenaten- Akhenaten – Golden Serpen 3
    Ascension – Under Ether 3
    Beyond Creation – Algorythm 3
    Boss Keloid – Melted on the Inch 3
    Carpe Noctem – Vitrun 3
    Cist – The Frozen Casket 3
    Construct Of Lethe – Exiler 3
    Deicide – Overtures of Blasphemy 3
    Dimmu Borgir – Eonian 3
    Embrace of Thorns – Scorn Aesthetics 3
    Evoken- Hypnagogia 3
    Haunt- Burst Into Flame 3
    Hinayana – Order Divine 3
    Horizon Ablaze – The Weight of a Thousand Suns 3
    Ihsahn – Amr 3
    Immortal- Northern Chaos Gods 3
    Imperial Triumphant – Vile Luxury 3
    Infernal Coil- Within a World Forgotten 3
    Innumerable Forms- Punishment In Flesh 3
    Irreversible Mechanism- Immersion 3
    Krisiun – Escourge Of The Enthroned 3
    LLNN- Deads 3
    Monstrosity – The Passage Of Existence 3
    Mutilation Rites – Chasm 3
    Obliteration – Cenotaph Obscure 3
    Obscura – Diluvium 3
    Oceans Of Slumber – The Banished Heart 3
    Paara – Riitti 3
    Panphage – Jord 3
    Portal – Ion 3
    Psycroptic- As the Kingdom Drowns 3
    Sear Bliss- Letters From The Edge 3
    Sleep – The Sciences 3
    Sorcier Des Glaces – Sorcier Des Glaces 3
    Spectral Wound – Infernal Decadence 3
    Thy Catafalque – Geometria 3
    Ulthar – Cosmovore 3
    Wayfarer – World’s Blood 3
    Wolfheart- Constellation Of The Black Light 3

  7. So many excellent ones I’ve missed this year, I’m realizing as I’m writing up this list. So here goes my fragmented view on last year’s metal top 20.

    1 The Ocean – Phanerozoic I : Paleozoic
    2 Enferens – The Bleakness of Our Constant
    3 Heretoir – The Circle
    4 Agrypnie – Grenzgaenger
    5 Anaal Nathrakh – A New Kind Of Horror
    6 Bonjour Tristesse – Your Ultimate Urban Nightmare
    7 Shylmagoghnar – Transience
    8 Funeral Mists – Hekatomb
    9 Omnium Gatherum – The Burning Cold
    10 In Vain – Currents
    11 Amorphis – Queen of Time
    12 Encircling Sea – Hearken
    13 Skeletonwitch – Devouring Radiant Light
    14 In Chasms Deep -The Realm Between
    15 Hegemone – We Disappear
    16 Hundred Year Old Man – Breaching
    17 Crone – Godspeed
    18 Soliloquiem – Contemplations
    19 Immortal – Northern Chaos Gods
    20 Stealing Axion – Eternities

  8. Here are the records that made the most lasting impression on me in 2018. Each stands on its own as a fully original, focused and powerful statement. Slugdge is not in there, not because I don’t like it, but because it does not feel fully focused, to me it’s a great synthesis of many sounds, but not completely integrated, which I find distracting. It almost feels like a playlist with Anaal Nathrakh, Mastodon, Emperor, Gojira and Nevermore taking turns, often in the same song. It’s appealing but I don’t find it ultimately satisfying. That said, I do have one record in my list, Mire’s Shed, that could be blamed for the same “sin”, yet got a pass because I’ve been spinning it so much… Shed did manage to totally transcend the tech-death straightjacket, whilst making “melodic” great again (man, those vocals!).
    As a longtime DM fan, I’m surprised at the number of BM records that made my final list. In retrospect, DM has been looking back a little too much, and while Tomb Mold and many others really came up with the goods this year, none opened up new worlds, in a way for example Panegyrist did with Hierurgy, which stands as one of the most interesting takes on BM of the year.
    Two records in my list have not been mentioned a lot elsewhere if at all. It’s a pity, as Baring Teeth came up with a flawless record, that hopefully will be recognized as such in the future. Despite its apparent abrasiveness, it really is chock full of fantastic riffs and melodies that once heard and recognized just don’t go away. Nightmarer’s Cacophony of Terror is a highlight of 2018, in the way it transcends its deathcore origins, to evolve into a heavy variant of Ulcerate-core that totally scratches my DM itch in a way none of the more obvious proponents of the genre managed to do this year. Anicon is in my lsit because I find its post-Krallician approach to BM is both emotionnally and intellectually satisfying. I initially thought of putting Imperial Triumphant there, but I wanted to stay honest with myself and Vile Luxury is a record I respect more than I actually enjoy.
    Anyway, my top 3 here are three records that push the envelope in a way that is almost scary, with all three striving to reach an elusive essence of metal or of something both beautiful and evil, transcending tastes, genre and musical conventions, and anything else we know and cherish… Simply put, they don’t give a fvck about whether or not we’re going to like it, they evolve in a different plane of existence and that’s what makes them invaluable.

    1. Baring Teeth – Transitive savagery
    2. Infernal Coil – Within a World Forgotten
    3. Kriegsmaschine – Apocalypticists
    4. Carpe Noctem – Vitrun
    5. Convulsing – Grievous
    6. Mire – Shed
    7. Nightmarer – Cacophony of terror
    8. Horizon Ablaze – The weight of a thousand suns
    9. Anicon – Entropy mantra
    10. Panegyrist – Hierurgy

    • Great list and comments. Caught my eye as I’ve been spinning Infernal Coil and really digging it. My tastes skew to technical brutal and brutal DM however. I want to say that Baring Teeth is from my neck of the woods too, so definitely gonna check this album out. Wasn’t a fan of their debut so to speak, kinda how you felt about IT.

      • Thanks man, I strived to focus and therefore have left quite a lot aside as you can well imagine. Lots of great brutal/technical stuff in 2018, right now I’m spinning Exlimitir and loving every minute of it. Definitely AOTY in the Demilich worship category. I feel Baring Teeth takes the cake in the technical/progressive death category because of how so unique they are and how diverse the new record is, from grindy to doomy and all shades in between. If you don’t mind a splash of core in your BDM, try the latest Stillbirth. Cheers.

      • Kriegsmaschine slays.

  9. I made a Imgur album thing compiling my favourite 2018 Metal albums here: https://imgur.com/a/BnRvZMr

    Not sure if it’s better or worse than leaving it as text in the comments. I suspect mine will be 90% to Austin Weber’s. A lot of technical/prog stuff.

    • Love that list of yours. Chock full with stuff I truly enjoyed this year. I will check out what I’m unfamiliar with, with great chances to find gems.

      • Thanks. Your list is decent too. I completely missed out on all of Anicon’s output for the past two years, so it was cool to see they’ve improved.

  10. Tomb Mold – Manor of Infinite Forms
    Hyperdontia – Nexus of Teeth
    Skeletal Remains – Devouring Mortality
    Tomb of Finland – Frozen Beneath
    Outer Heaven – Realms of Eternal Decay
    Gruesome – Twisted Prayers
    Corpsessed – Impetus of Death
    Deicide – Overtures of Blasphemy
    Aborted – Terrorvision
    Innumerable forms – Punishment of Flesh
    Krisiun – Scourge of the Enthroned
    YOB – Our Raw Heart
    Sargeist – Unbound
    Evoken – Hypnagogia
    Forest of Shadows – Among the Dormant Watchers
    Mournful Congregation – The Incubus of Karma
    Deiquisitor – Downfall of the Apostates
    Cardiac Arrest – A Parallel Dimension of Despair
    Lord of Pagathorn – Daimono Philia
    Svartkonst – Devil’s Blood
    Pestilence – Hadeon
    Djevel – Blant Svarte Graner

  11. Best Metal of 2018

    1914 – The Blind Leading The Blind
    Baptist – Beacon Of Faith
    Birds In Row – We Already Lost The World
    Candy – Good To Feel
    Chapel Of Faith – …And as We Have Seen The Storm, We Have Embraced
    Conjurer – Mire
    Deafheaven – Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
    Devil Master – Manifestations
    Dodsit – Spirit Crusher
    Evoken – Hypnagogia
    Extremity – Coffin Birth
    Funeral Mist – Hekatomb
    Genocide Pact – Order Of Torment
    A God or Another – Chaotic Symbiosis
    Hate Eternal – Upon Desolate Sands
    Hissing – Permanent Destitution
    Ilsa – Corpse Fortress
    Infernal Coil – Within A World Forgotten
    Integrity – Split
    Karg – Dornenvogel
    LLNN – Deads
    Mammoth Grinder – Cosmic Crypt
    Marduk – Viktoria
    Nag – Nagged To Death
    NyreDolk – Demo
    Obliteration – Cenotaph Obscure
    Of Feather And Bone – Bestial Hymns Of Perversion
    Outer Heaven – Realms Of Eternal Decay
    Portrayal Of Guilt – Let Pain Be Your Guide
    Primal Rite- Dirge Of Escapism
    Primitive Weapons – Surrender Yourself
    Ragana – Let Our Names Be Forgotten
    Rivers Of Nihil – Where Owls Know My Name
    Scorched – Ecliptic Butchery
    Second To Sun – The Black
    Sectioned – Annihilated
    Slugdge – Esoteric Malacology
    Thou – Inconsolable
    Thou-Magus
    Thou-Rhea Sylvia
    Tomb Mold – Manor Of Infinite Forms
    Tragedy – Fury
    Vein – Errorzone
    Warthog – ST
    Windhand – Eternal Return
    Wolvhammer – The Monuments Of Ash & Bone
    Yob – Our Raw Heart

  12. Greetings, fellows! Listen to my year-end– in descending order– top ten 2018 releases, here: https://bandcamp.com/mkcerati. The favorite tracks are accurate.

  13. Obscura – amazes me on every listen. Perfection to my ears.
    ….
    Rivers of Nihil, Æthĕrĭa Conscĭentĭa – Metal with some sax (seeing as Shining let me down on that front)
    Skeletonwitch – wasn’t prepared for it to be so different, yet excellent.
    Oddzoo, Holywood Burns, 3.2 – my year of synth
    Manticora, Parius – scratching the melodic itch
    Gorod – More proggy tech death
    Shining – Pop that I wasn’t expecting, didn’t want, can’t help but like
    Ghost Ship Octavius – Edge of Time battles the entire Obscura album for my song of the year

    Haven’t spent enough time with Ihsahn, Alkaloid, Between the buried and me

    Glad that the Warrel Dane album was released, a fitting tribute.

  14. 10. Panphage – Jord.
    9. Lampir – Alchemy of Cursed Blood
    8. Coldworld – Nostalgia
    7. Drudkh – They Often See Dreams About the Spring
    6. Norrhem- Vaienneet Voittajat
    5. Blyh – Transparant to the world
    4. Wolfsschrei – Rise Dead Ember
    3. Wallfahrer – Anthologie der Abkehr
    2. Aorlhac – L’esprit des Vents
    1. Lutomisl – Ecce Homo

  15. Greetings. My favorite/best metal albums will follow. There are 100 entries on the actual list itself and then I also have ten favorite EP’s and an array of honorable recognitions. I’ve listened to approximately 400 albums this year. This has been the most horrible year in my life that I can remember, so metal was there through and through and oftentimes was the only aspect I looked forward to waking up to. I’ve witnessed on various blogs and related sites individuals shaming others for the length of their year-end list–fuck ’em. The more the better, in my opinion. Just about all these bands deserve every single mention, praise, encouragement, and manifestation possible (because they’re surely not producing the art they do for monetary benefit). Without further ado:
    1. Alterbeast “Feast”
    2. Obscura “Diluvium”
    3. Monstrosity “The Passage of Existence”
    4. Micawber “Beyond The Reach of Flame”
    5. Hate Eternal “Upon Desolate Sands”
    6. Inferi “Revenant”
    7. Alkaloid “Liquid Anatomy”
    8. Rivers of Nihil “Where Owls Know My Name”
    9. Sulphur Aeon “The Scythe of Cosmic Chaos”
    10. Beyond Creation “Algorythm”
    11. Augury “Illusive Golden Age”
    12. Internal Bleeding “Corrupting Influence”
    13. Harakiri for the sky “Arson”
    14. Gorod “Aethra”
    15. Spectral “Neural Correlates of Hate”
    16. Hands of Despair “Well Of The Disquieted”
    17. Skogen “Skuggorna kallar”
    18. The Ocean “Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic”
    19. Stortregn “Emptiness Fills The Void”
    20. Amorphis “Queen of Time”
    21. Journal “Chrysalis Ordalias”
    22. Khemmis “Desolation”
    23. Slugdge “Esoteric Malacology”
    24. Archemoron “Year of the Harvester”
    25. Æpoch “Awakening Inception”
    26. Imperial Triumphant “Vile Luxury”
    27. Arsis “Visitant”
    28. Vallendusk “Fortress of Primal Grace”
    29. Orcus Patera “Schattenmarsch”
    30. Xenosis “Devour and Birth”
    31. Deicide “Overtures Of Blasphemy”
    32. Soreption “Monument Of The End”
    33. Dysmorphic “An Illusive Progress”
    34. Altars Of Grief “Iris”
    35. Gruesome “Twisted Prayers”
    36. Skeletal Remains “Devouring Mortality”
    37. Lago “Sea of Duress”
    38. Hooded Menace “Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed”
    39. Scorched “Ecliptic Butchery”
    40. Bearing Teeth “Transitive Savagery”
    41. Krisiun “Scourge Of The Enthroned”
    42. Varathron “Patriarchs Of Evil”
    43. Kataklysm “Meditations”
    44. The Afterimage “Eve”
    45. Exmortus “The Sound of Steel”
    46. Bloodshot Dawn “Reanimation”
    47. Sun Speaker “Ov Lustra”
    48. Ingested “The Level Above Human”
    49. Irreversible Mechanism “Immersion”
    50. Celtachor “Fiannaíocht”
    51. Maladie “…of Harm and Salvation”
    52. Convictive “Schemen”
    53. Revocation “The Outer Ones”
    54. Krigsgrav “Leave No Path to Follow”
    55. Outre “Hollow Earth”
    56. Arthedain “Infernal Cadence of the Desolate”
    57. Aborted “Terrorvision”
    58. Kroda “Selbstwelt”
    59. Glorior Belli “The Apostates”
    60. Marduk “Victoria”
    61. Sargeist “Unbound”
    62. Dawn of Winter “Pray For Doom”
    63. Oceans of Slumber “The Banished Heart”
    64. Omnium Gatherum “The Burning Cold”
    65. Exterminatus “Laniakea”
    66. Panopticon “The Scars Of Man On The Once Nameless Wilderness”
    67. Burial In The Sky “Creatio Et Hominus”
    68. Fragments of Unbecoming “Perdition Portal”
    69. Aethereus “Absentia”
    70. Replicant “Negative Life”
    71. Zealotry “At The Nexus Of All Stillborn Worlds”
    72. Moonreich “Fugue”
    73. Horrendous “Idol”
    74. Pestilent Reign “Pyres”
    75. Kenos “Pest”
    76. Funeral Mist “Hekatomb”
    77. Behemoth “I Loved You at Your Darkest”
    78. Wolfheart “Constellation of the Black Light”
    79. Eye of Solitude “Slaves Of Solitude”
    80. Aorlhac “L’esprit des vents”
    81. From The Vastland “Daevayasna”
    82. Vature “In Agony”
    83. Shining “X – Varg utan flock”
    84. Uada “Cult Of A Dying Sun”
    85. Acherontas “Faustian Ethos”
    86. Abigor “Höllenzwang – Chronicles Of Perdition”
    87. Napoleon “Epiphany”
    88. Stormcast “The Ghost Eater”
    89. Cognitive “Matricide”
    90. Moss Upon The Skull “In Vengeful Reverence”
    91. Deafheaven “Ordinary Corrupt Human Love”
    92. A Forest of Stars “Grave Mounds and Grave Mistakes”
    93. Kairos “Simulgression”
    94. Décembre Noir “Autumn Kings”
    95. Wolvhammer “The Monuments of Ash & Bone”
    96. Nightmarer “Cacophony of Terror”
    97. Anaal Nathrakh “A New Kind of Horror”
    98. Pure Wrath “Sempiternal Wisdom”
    99. Apophys “Devoratis”
    100. Kosmogyr “Eviternity”

    EP’s (was too lazy to write the titles, lol):
    Rotten Sound
    Cryptopsy
    Deadwood Lake
    Marche Funèbre
    Geryon
    Quantum Hierarchy
    The Odious Construct
    Claret Ash
    Acrania
    Depths of Hatred

    Honorable Recognitions (not the full list of them):
    Abolishment of Flesh, Abysmal Torment, Acheronte, Agrypnie, Barren Altar, Drawn and Quartered, Embrace of Thorns, Fractal Gates, Harm’s Way, Horizon Ablaze, Hvíldarlauss Dauðr, Immortal, Kill Everything, Lichtblick, Nocturnal Graves, Ritual Necromancy, Rites of Thy Degringolade, Spires, Unbirth, Vein, Venom, Watain, Whoretopsy, and Wilt.

    Thanks for reading. Now, I’m excited to scan everybody else’s lists. I always find a gold mine of stuff I missed or didn’t know about despite the high number of albums I personally listen to.

  16. High Tension – Rise

  17. Voidescent – Eleven Into Nox (EP)
    Devathorn – Inferno – Zos Vel Thagirion (Split Album)
    Urfaust – The Constellatory Practice
    svabhavat – Black Mirror Reflection
    Svartidauði – Revelations of The Red Sword
    Spearhead – Pacifism Is Cowardice
    Obliteration – Cenotaph Obscure
    Ascension – Under Ether
    Ævangelist – Matricide In The Temple Of Omega
    Baise Ma Hache – F.E.R.T
    Carpe Noctem – Vitrun
    Fatum Semitar – Идея Плоти и Корней
    Empty – Vacío
    Ultha – The Inextricable Wandering
    Misanthropic Rage – Igne Natura Renovatur Integra
    Dead Moon Temple – Ænigmasólvoid
    Det eviga leendet – Lenience
    Asagraum – Potestas Magicum Diaboli (late 2017)

  18. An absolutely monster year for extreme metal!

  19. I did a lot of listening the last week or so of December, both of new releases and of things I had missed from earlier in 2018. I finally was able to complete my personal favorites list, which is as follows (quick note, I showed Metal Archives some Facebook posts by Werewolf Records, which clearly establish that Netherstorm was not available until January 2018, so MA lists the album as a 2018 release):

    1. Vargrav – Netherstorm
    2. Hecate – Une voix venue d’ailleurs
    3. Alghazanth – Eight Coffin Nails
    4. Drudkh – They Often See Dreams About the Spring
    5. Windswept – Visionaire
    6. Wyrms – Altuus Kronhorr
    7. Deletere – De Horae Leprae
    8. Sargeist – Unbound
    9. Dødsferd – Diseased Remnants of a Dying World
    10. Blood Red Fog – Thanatotic Supremacy
    11. Aethyrick – Praxis
    12. Utstøt – Járnviðr
    13. Spectral Wound – Infernal Decadence
    14. Elffor – Impious Battlefields
    15. Cantique Lepreux – Paysages Polaires
    16. Asgrauw – Gronspech
    17. Pagan Reign – Once Again
    18. Varathron – Patriarchs of Evil
    19. Aorlhac – L’espirit des vents
    20. Ov Shadows – The Darkness Between Stars
    21. Frostland – Winterkult
    22. Daagh – Daagh
    23. Svartidauði – Revelatons of the Red Sword
    24. Nachash – Phantasmal Triunity
    25. Sarkrista – Under Sentence of Death
    26. Summoning – With Doom We Come
    27. Drowning the Light – Cursed Below the Waves
    28. Helrunar – Vanitas Vanitatvm
    29. Carpe Noctem – Vitrun
    30. Azaghal – Valo Pohjoisesta

    Honorable Mentions:

    Halphas – Dawn of Crimson Empire (December 2017 release I only heard in 2018)
    Shelob’s Lair – Nightfall in Heaven (2018 reissue of a 2001 demo)
    Kyprian’s Circle – Noitatulen vartija (2018 reissue of a 1999 EP)

    Song of the year: Windswept – Your Bitter Bread

  20. As of Jan 5

    Slugdge – Esoteric Malacology 16
    Tomb Mold- Manor Of Infinite Forms 12
    Funeral Mist- Hekatomb 11
    Horrendous- Idol 10
    Rivers of Nihil- Where Owls Know My Name 9
    Skeletal Remains – Devouring Mortality 9
    Aborted – TerrorVision 8
    Hate Eternal – Upon Desolate Sands 8
    Khemmis – Desolation 8
    Skeletonwitch – Devouring Radiant Light 8
    Yob – Our Raw Heart 8
    Alkaloid – Liquid Anatomy 7
    Convulsing- Grievous 7
    Gaerea- Unsettling Whispers 7
    Tribulation – Down Below 7
    Behemoth – I Love You At Your Darkest 6
    Carpe Noctem – Vitrun 6
    Chapel of Disease – …And as We Have Seen 6
    Gorod- Aethra 6
    Obliteration – Cenotaph Obscure 6
    Outer Heaven – Realms of Eternal Decay 6
    Panopticon – The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness 6
    Svartidauði – Revelations of the Red Sword 6
    The Ocean – Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic 6
    Uada – Cult of a Dying Sun 6
    1914 – The Blind Leading the Blind 5
    Abigor – Höllenzwang (Chronicles of Perdition) 5
    Deicide – Overtures of Blasphemy 5
    Devouring Star – The Arteries of Heresy 5
    Eneferens – The Bleakness of Our Condition 5
    Evoken- Hypnagogia 5
    Hamferd – Tamsins Likam 5
    Imperial Triumphant – Vile Luxury 5
    Infernal Coil- Within a World Forgotten 5
    Kriegsmachine – Apocalypticists 5
    Krisiun – Escourge Of The Enthroned 5
    Obscura – Diluvium 5
    Outre – Hollow Earth 5
    Revocation- The Outer Ones 5
    Sargeist – Unbound 5
    Zeal & Ardor – Stranger Fruit 5
    Acherontas – Faustian Ethos 4
    Agrimonia – Awaken 4
    Anaal Nathrakh – A new kind of horror 4
    Antlers – Beneath.Below.Behold 4
    Ascension – Under Ether 4
    Avslut – Deceptis 4
    Beyond Creation – Algorythm 4
    Deafheaven-Ordinary Corrupt Human Love 4
    Death Karma – The History of Death & Burials Part II 4
    Depravity – Evil Upheaval 4
    Drudkh – They often see dreams about the spring 4
    Gra – Vasen 4
    Gruesome – Twisted Prayers 4
    Horizon Ablaze – The Weight of a Thousand Suns 4
    Ihsahn – Amr 4
    Immortal- Northern Chaos Gods 4
    Innumerable Forms- Punishment In Flesh 4
    Irreversible Mechanism- Immersion 4
    Judas Priest – Firepower 4
    Khôrada – Salt 4
    LLNN- Deads 4
    Marduk- Viktoria 4
    Monstrosity – The Passage Of Existence 4
    Necrophobic – Mark Of The Necrogram 4
    Oceans Of Slumber – The Banished Heart 4
    Panphage – Jord 4
    Portal – Ion 4
    Scorched – Ecliptic Butchery 4
    Spectral Wound – Infernal Decadence 4
    Varathron – Patriarchs of Evil 4
    Watain – Trident Wolf Eclipse 4
    Wolfheart- Constellation Of The Black Light 4
    A Forest Of Stars- Grave Mounds And Grave Mistakes 3
    Æpoch – Awakening Inception 3
    Ævangelist – Heralds of NIghtmare descending 3
    Akhenaten- Akhenaten – Golden Serpen 3
    Anicon- Entropy Mantra 3
    Aorlhac 3
    Apophys – Devoratis 3
    Baring Teeth 3
    Boss Keloid – Melted on the Inch 3
    Cist – The Frozen Casket 3
    Construct Of Lethe – Exiler 3
    Dimmu Borgir – Eonian 3
    Djevel – Blant Svarte Graner 3
    Embrace of Thorns – Scorn Aesthetics 3
    Extremity – Coffin Birth 3
    Haunt- Burst Into Flame 3
    Hinayana – Order Divine 3
    Hissing – Permanent Destitution 3
    Hooded Menace- Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed 3
    Hyperdontia – Nexus of Teeth 3
    Kosmogyr – Eviternity 3
    Mutilation Rites – Chasm 3
    Omnium Gatherum – The Burning Cold 3
    Paara – Riitti 3
    Psycroptic- As the Kingdom Drowns 3
    Sear Bliss- Letters From The Edge 3
    Shylmagoghnar – Transience 3
    Sleep – The Sciences 3
    Sorcier Des Glaces – Sorcier Des Glaces 3
    Thy Catafalque – Geometria 3
    Ulthar – Cosmovore 3
    Vargrav – Netherstorm 3
    Wallfahrer – Anthologie Der Abkehr 3
    Wayfarer – World’s Blood 3
    Wolvhammer – The Monuments of Ash and Bone 3
    Zealotry – At The Nexus Of All Stillborn Worlds 3

    581 Bands mentioned. Sorry all album titles not included…

  21. Here in the Black Lodge we planned how to destroy Twin Peaks with these obscure weapons (we just listed the top 25, but our list of great horrific stuff was much longer…).

    1914, “The Blind Leading the Blind”
    Acherontas, “Faustian Ethos”
    Author & Punisher, “Beastland”
    Barus, “Drowned”
    Behemoth, “I Loved You At Your Darkest”
    Borgne, “[∞]”
    Carpe Noctem, “Vitrun”
    Chaos Echoes, “Mouvement”
    Convulsing, “Grievous”
    Cultes des Ghoules, “Sinister, or Treading the Darker Paths”
    Czort, “Czarna Ewangelia”
    Depths Above, “Ex Nihilo”
    Entropia, “Vacuum”
    Gaerea, “Unsettling Whispers”
    Grave Upheaval, “Untitled”
    Guðveiki, “Vængför”
    Kriegsmaschine, “Apocalypticists”
    Obliteration, “Cenotaph Obscure”
    Outre, “Hollow Earth”
    P.H.O.B.O.S., “Phlogiston Catharsis”
    Shining, “X – Varg Utan Flock”
    Slugdge, “Esoteric Malacology”
    Sulphur Aeon, “The Scythe of Cosmic Chaos”
    Varathron, “Patriarchs of Evil”
    Veilburner, “A Sire to the Ghouls of Lunacy”

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