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.

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 Where Owls Know My Name - Rivers of Nihil

Very cool - FacUtGaudeam

Prog death with sax

8 Trident Wolf Eclipse - Watain

Cool that this album is getting love. - djpenquin999

9 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.

10 Algorythm - Beyond Creation

The Contenders

11 Devouring Radiant Light - Skeletonwitch
12 Meditations - Kataklysm
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 The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness - Panopticon
17 Eonian - Dimmu Borgir
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 Holy Hell - Architects
26 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

27 Manor of Infinite Forms - Tomb Mold
28 The Endless Road Turns Dark - The Skull
29 Wasteland - Riverside
30 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

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 Sonder - Tesseract
38 Idol - Horrendous

This album just blew me away - Okk

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

39 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

40 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

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

1. The Arrow of Satan is Drawn - Bloodbath
2. The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness - Panopticon
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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