Best Metal Albums of 2018


The Top Ten

1 Firepower - Judas Priest Firepower - Judas Priest

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

Gotta say, I really enjoyed this one. Well done Judas Priest. - cjWriter1997

Priest are still the metal gods they were back in the 70's.

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

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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 The Outer Ones - Revocation

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.

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 - Metal_Treasure

6 Northern Chaos Gods - Immortal

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

7 Algorythm - Beyond Creation
8 Meditations - Kataklysm
9 Devouring Radiant Light - Skeletonwitch
10 Where Owls Know My Name - Rivers of Nihil

Prog death with sax

The Newcomers

? Moon Calls to Wander the Winter's Majesty - Mooncitadel
? Long Night's Journey Into Day - Redemption

The Contenders

11 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

12 Stranger Fruit - Zeal & Ardor Stranger Fruit - Zeal & Ardor

Just to let people know this band isn't on the Metal Archives which means they aren't metal and shouldn't be on this list. - Metal_Treasure

That has to be one of the dumbest, most narrow-minded reasons to not include this album as a contender. The metal archives isn't the definitive source for metal music. Matter of fact, there's a lot of good metal bands that aren't even on there. That's like saying an album doesn't deserve credit because it doesn't have a Wikipedia article. It's a stupid argument. - MetalFoREVer1228

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

13 Trident Wolf Eclipse - Watain

Cool that this album is getting love. - djpenquin999

14 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

15 Jungle Rot - Jungle Rot
16 Eonian - Dimmu Borgir
17 Astral Necromancy - Hoth
18 Pounding the Pavement - Anvil

Pure and classic

19 Damned If You Do - Metal Church
20 The Sacrament of Sin - Powerwolf

Absolutely perfect power metal! - James_Hetfield

21 The Colder the Night - Elderwind
22 Steelfactory - U.D.O.
23 Our Raw Heart - Yob
24 The Endless Road Turns Dark - The Skull
25 Manor of Infinite Forms - Tomb Mold
26 Wasteland - Riverside
27 The Arrow of Satan is Drawn - Bloodbath

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.

28 A Prelude to Sorrow - Witherfall
29 Àmir - Ihsahn

Correct spelling: Àmr (or Amr) - Metal_Treasure

30 ...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

31 Viktoria - Marduk

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

32 The Silver Scream - Ice Nine Kills
33 Thunderbolt - Saxon
34 Conqueror's Oath - Visigoth

The album cover is super cool

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

35 Esoteric Malacology - Slugdge
36 Idol - Horrendous

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

37 Down Below - Tribulation
38 Catharsis - Machine Head

This album was terrible.

I miss the real Machine Head that made masterpieces like Unto The Locust and The Blackening.

That was actually very disappointing - Metal_Treasure

39 Sign of the Dragonhead - Leaves' Eyes
40 Beloved Antichrist - Therion
41 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

42 Funeral Mist - Hekatomb
43 The Banished Heart - Oceans of Slumber
44 Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic - The Ocean
45 Sanguine Vigil - Galvanizer
46 Hadeon - Pestilence

I was disappointed to be honest. I'm so sorry to say this band was good in the past. But now they offer generic compositions (esp. riffs) and bad vocal delivery. - Metal_Treasure

47 Witch Mountain - Witch Mountain
48 A New Kind of Horror - Anaal Nathrakh
49 The Book of Suffering, Tome II - Cryptopsy
50 Holy Hell - Architects
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Top Remixes (7)

1. Diluvium - Obscura
2. Illusive Golden Age - Augury
3. Firepower - Judas Priest
1. Diluvium - Obscura
2. Queen of Time - Amorphis
3. Firepower - Judas Priest
1. Devouring Radiant Light - Skeletonwitch
2. Firepower - Judas Priest
3. Astral Necromancy - Hoth

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