Best Metal Albums of 2018

The Top Ten Best Metal Albums of 2018

1 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

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

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 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

5 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.

Best album cover art!

6 Where Owls Know My Name - Rivers of Nihil

Prog death with sax

Very cool - FacUtGaudeam

7 Northern Chaos Gods - Immortal

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

8 Algorythm - Beyond Creation
9 Devouring Radiant Light - Skeletonwitch
10 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

The Contenders

11 Meditations - Kataklysm
12 Trident Wolf Eclipse - Watain

Cool that this album is getting love. - djpenquin999

13 Jungle Rot - Jungle Rot
14 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

15 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

16 Wasteland - Riverside
17 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.

18 The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness - Panopticon
19 Eonian - Dimmu Borgir
20 Astral Necromancy - Hoth
21 Damned If You Do - Metal Church
22 The Sacrament of Sin - Powerwolf

Absolutely perfect power metal! - James_Hetfield

23 Rainier Fog - Alice in Chains

I doubt this is metal - Metal_Treasure

24 Our Raw Heart - Yob
25 The Colder the Night - Elderwind
26 Steelfactory - U.D.O.
27 Pounding the Pavement - Anvil

Pure and classic

28 Manor of Infinite Forms - Tomb Mold
29 The Endless Road Turns Dark - The Skull
30 A Prelude to Sorrow - Witherfall
31 ...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

32 Àmir - Ihsahn

Correct spelling: Àmr (or Amr) - Metal_Treasure

33 Thunderbolt - Saxon
34 Viktoria - Marduk

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

35 Down Below - Tribulation
36 Idol - Horrendous

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

This album just blew me away - Okk

37 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

38 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

39 The Silver Scream - Ice Nine Kills
40 Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic - The Ocean
41 The Banished Heart - Oceans of Slumber
42 Esoteric Malacology - Slugdge
43 Long Night's Journey Into Day - Redemption
44 Sign of the Dragonhead - Leaves' Eyes
45 Beloved Antichrist - Therion
46 Witch Mountain - Witch Mountain
47 Holy Hell - Architects
48 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

49 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

50 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

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