Best Metal Albums of 2018


The Top Ten

1 Firepower - Judas Priest

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.

An easy win.

It’s not even out yet, but I can tell I’m going to love it.

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 Devouring Radiant Light - Skeletonwitch
5 Algorythm - Beyond Creation
6 Northern Chaos Gods - Immortal

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

7 Where Owls Know My Name - Rivers of Nihil

Prog death with sax

8 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.

9 Queen of Time - Amorphis

That's a pretty good album, guys - Metal_Treasure

10 Meditations - Kataklysm

The Newcomers

? Make Them Bleed - Terror Universal
? The Slow Dying of the Great Barrier Reef - Bismuth

This album reminded me of Mirror Reaper by Bell Witch. And they are touring together too. Killer album, people should check it out. Not many atmospheric doom metal albums this year. - InsanityJoe

The Contenders

11 Eonian - Dimmu Borgir
12 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

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

13 Astral Necromancy - Hoth
14 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

15 The Colder the Night - Elderwind
16 Trident Wolf Eclipse - Watain

Cool that this album is getting love. - djpenquin999

17 Our Raw Heart - Yob
18 The Sacrament of Sin - Powerwolf
19 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

20 Manor of Infinite Forms - Tomb Mold
21 Àmir - Ihsahn

Correct spelling: Àmr (or Amr) - Metal_Treasure

22 Down Below - Tribulation
23 Pounding the Pavement - Anvil
24 Thunderbolt - Saxon
25 The Silver Scream - Ice Nine Kills
26 Idol - Horrendous

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

27 Sign of the Dragonhead - Leaves' Eyes
28 Beloved Antichrist - Therion
29 Witch Mountain - Witch Mountain
30 Viktoria - Marduk

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

31 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

32 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

33 A New Kind of Horror - Anaal Nathrakh
34 Esoteric Malacology - Slugdge
35 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

36 Devouring Mortality - Skeletal Remains
37 Catharsis - Machine Head

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

This album was terrible.

That was actually very disappointing - Metal_Treasure

38 The Subversive Kind - Deliverance
39 Liquid Anatomy - Alkaloid

The vocal delivery isn't very good and flawed the entire album. It's very sad because guitarists, bassist and drummer are excellent.
list - Best Songs On Alkaloid's Liquid Anatomy - Metal_Treasure

40 Apocalypse - Primal Fear
41 The Arrow of Satan is Drawn - Bloodbath
42 The Book of Suffering, Tome II - Cryptopsy
43 Ømni - Angra

Brazilian power metal with lead singer Fabio Lione from Rhapsody (Of Fire) - Metal_Treasure

44 Desolation - Khemmis

Anyone who likes mastodon is going to like this - InsanityJoe

45 Rainier Fog - Alice in Chains

I doubt this is metal - Metal_Treasure

46 Grimmest Hits - Black Label Society

This is by far the best

47 Ritual - Soulfly
48 Dominion - Dragonlord

Artists from Testament and Dimmu Borgir released this symphonic black metal album. - InsanityJoe

49 Blind Leading the Blind - 1914
50 Used Future - The Sword
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Top Remixes (4)

1. Diluvium - Obscura
2. Illusive Golden Age - Augury
3. Firepower - Judas Priest
1. Diluvium - Obscura
2. Firepower - Judas Priest
3. The Outer Ones - Revocation
1. Devouring Radiant Light - Skeletonwitch
2. Firepower - Judas Priest
3. Astral Necromancy - Hoth

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