Our year-end LISTMANIA series usually consists of a mix of lists compiled by cross-genre sites and zines much larger than our own, and year-end favorites assembled by our own staff and guests. This next list, however, doesn’t really fall into either category, but I thought it was well worth including.
Bandcamp, of course, has become a vital platform for the digital release of music of all stripes (and eventually physical merchandise as well) since its founding in 2008. Bandcamp hasn’t yet released its annual compilation of performance statistics for 2018, but their 2017 “Year In Review” reported that 3,500 independent labels were participating on the platform, that more than 600,000 artists had then sold something through the site, and that all-time payments to artists through Bandcamp had reached $270 million.
Metal, of course, is only one of hundreds of music genres represented on Bandcamp, but has become a sufficiently important aspect of the business that Bandcamp Daily now publishes a list of the best metal albums of the year. I believe they began doing so last year, but I somehow overlooked it. Thanks to a message from NCS contributor Conchobar, I’ve now discovered Bandcamp Daily‘s list of “The Best Metal Albums of 2018“.
Arranged alphabetically, the list includes 15 albums, and by my lights it’s a very good list indeed, which includes hyperlinks to the album streams themselves that I’ve pasted below. To read the descriptions of the albums that accompany each one on the list, go HERE.