Best Metal Albums of 2018


The Top Ten

1 Firepower - Judas Priest Firepower - Judas Priest

This was a great album. My favorite song here is actually Sea of Red. - PhoenixAura81

Oh yeah! This album was awesome! All of the tracks were just plain awesomeness and I loved all the guitars! - UltraLunalaX

I'd place this one between Defenders and Painkiller. A great return to form! - Relixx599

An easy win.

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2 Diluvium - Obscura

This band... Hands down.
I liked a YouTube comment on Obscura's new album: "It is ironic that a band named OBSCURA has made everything so clear."
100% true. - Metal_Treasure

Such prog, Such feels. - InsanityJoe

3 Illusive Golden Age - Augury

Great album (progressive/ technical death metal)
List to check out - Best Songs On Augury's Illusive Golden Age - Metal_Treasure

4 Northern Chaos Gods - Immortal

Even without Abbath the band still kicks ass! Love the album! - InsanityJoe

5 Queen of Time - Amorphis

The combination of folk element and death metal is SUPERB.
The vocals are perfect too.
Definitely recommend it. - InsanityJoe

That's a pretty good album, guys. It sounds quite poppy at times but it's good for beginner metal fans. - Metal_Treasure

6 The Outer Ones - Revocation

Best album cover art!

That's a really really good album! - Metal_Treasure

If you liked this album you should definitely check their album Deathless. That album is a flawless masterpiece. - InsanityJoe

Great is our sin is the best.

7 Trident Wolf Eclipse - Watain

Cool that this album is getting love. - djpenquin999

8 Where Owls Know My Name - Rivers of Nihil

Prog death with sax

9 Algorythm - Beyond Creation
10 Devouring Radiant Light - Skeletonwitch

The Newcomers

? Kulkija - Korpiklaani

The Contenders

11 Meditations - Kataklysm
12 The Arrow of Satan is Drawn - Bloodbath

Best 1 so far, old Nick sounds possessed, and the brutal riffs crush the old bloodbath albums into dust period.

In my humble opinion this album is better than their last album.
Good album not bad. Will have fun while listening, but it's not on the level of their first three albums. - InsanityJoe

Brutal, Holmes is a freak.

13 Ion - Portal

This is a really heavy album from Australia - contains Experimental Death Metal.
Sounds like Gorguts meets Morbid Angel meets Nile, and more. - Metal_Treasure

14 Jungle Rot - Jungle Rot
15 Stranger Fruit - Zeal & Ardor Stranger Fruit - Zeal & Ardor

An interesting combination of black metal and spiritual/gospel music. Sounds silly on paper, but in practice, you'd be surprised by just how good it is. The lead single "Gravedigger's Chant" is both catchy and powerful, and the closing track "Built on Ashes" is honestly one of the most beautiful tracks I've heard in a long time. - MetalFoREVer1228

16 Eonian - Dimmu Borgir
17 Holy Hell - Architects
18 Astral Necromancy - Hoth
19 Damned If You Do - Metal Church
20 Our Raw Heart - Yob
21 The Sacrament of Sin - Powerwolf

Absolutely perfect power metal! - James_Hetfield

22 The Colder the Night - Elderwind
23 Steelfactory - U.D.O.
24 Pounding the Pavement - Anvil

Pure and classic

25 The Sciences - Sleep

This is Stoner Rock. With long, slow and repetitive songs about weed. How can you think this is metal? This is like the opposite of metal - musically and lyrically. - Metal_Treasure

Well it can be argued that this is stoner/doom metal. It doesn't have to be fast or about killing someone's dog.
These guys are one of the biggest sabbath worshipers.
I mean if you say these guy's aren't metal then Black Sabbath isn't metal. - InsanityJoe

26 Manor of Infinite Forms - Tomb Mold
27 The Endless Road Turns Dark - The Skull
28 Wasteland - Riverside
29 I Loved You at Your Darkest - Behemoth

Not as good as the satanist but still amazing. God = dog is now one of my favorite behemoth songs - Okk

30 Sonder - Tesseract
31 A Prelude to Sorrow - Witherfall
32 ...And as We Have Seen the Storm, We Have Embraced the Eye - Chapel of Disease

8/10, I enjoyed the album. Kinda reminded me of Chinese folk music. - InsanityJoe

33 Àmir - Ihsahn

Correct spelling: Àmr (or Amr) - Metal_Treasure

34 Thunderbolt - Saxon
35 Viktoria - Marduk

Never liked this band but really like this album, kicks serious ass.

36 Down Below - Tribulation
37 Idol - Horrendous

This album just blew me away - Okk

Wow this year is a good year for technical death metal - InsanityJoe

38 Conqueror's Oath - Visigoth

This album is OK. But nothing more than that.
Visigoth are a new Power/Heavy Metal band from the US formed in 2010. - Metal_Treasure

The album cover is super cool

39 The Wake - Voivod

This happened to be one of their best recent albums. Most of it is progressive/technical thrash - it sounds like the thrash version of Rush or King Crimson.
Voivod drummer "Away" said "Our new album "The Wake" is vintage Voivod with a new twist". I would agree with that. - Metal_Treasure

40 The Silver Scream - Ice Nine Kills
41 Funeral Mist - Hekatomb
42 The Banished Heart - Oceans of Slumber
43 Esoteric Malacology - Slugdge
44 Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic - The Ocean
45 Sanguine Vigil - Galvanizer
46 Long Night's Journey Into Day - Redemption
47 Moon Calls to Wander the Winter's Majesty - Mooncitadel
48 Sign of the Dragonhead - Leaves' Eyes
49 Beloved Antichrist - Therion
50 Witch Mountain - Witch Mountain
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Top Remixes (8)

1. Trident Wolf Eclipse - Watain
2. Firepower - Judas Priest
3. Northern Chaos Gods - Immortal
1. Diluvium - Obscura
2. Illusive Golden Age - Augury
3. Firepower - Judas Priest
1. Diluvium - Obscura
2. Queen of Time - Amorphis
3. Firepower - Judas Priest

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