Best of 2018 – Aaron Yurkiewicz

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Top 20 Studio Albums of 2018

1. Judas Priest – Firepower

Judas Priest - Firepower
Judas Priest – Firepower

At an age when most bands from this generation are settled in as nostalgia acts or plotting their farewell tours, Judas Priest roared into 2018 with their strongest and heaviest album since PAINKILLER. FIREPOWER proved that not only can Priest deliver the goods, but that they can still do it better than just about anybody else.

2. Voivod – The Wake

TARGET EARTH may have officially ushered in Voivod 2.0, but THE WAKE is the album that gets it right.  Bridging the melodic edge of albums like ANGEL RAT and THE OUTER LIMITS with the musical chaos theory of NOTHINGFACE while still maintaining a few new tricks, THE WAKE is pure Voivod doing what Voivod does best.  Blowing your mind.

3. Windhand – Eternal Return

Don’t let the peaceful serenity of ETERNAL RETURN’s cover art fool you, the sounds captured within are nothing short of fever dream rumblings of doom.  Windhand bested themselves and the entire doom genre this year with an album that immerses your senses with massive tunes and sublime melody.

4. Deceased – Ghostly White

 

5. The Skull – The Endless Road Turns Dark

 

6. Internal Bleeding – Corrupting Influence

 

7. Pyrexia – Unholy Requiem

 

8. Haunt – Burst Into Flames

 

9. Yob – Our Raw Heart

 

10. Sleep – The Sciences

11. Immortal – Northern Chaos Gods
12. At the Gates – To Drink From the Night Itself
13. Mournful Congregation – The Incubus of Karma
14. Satan – Cruel Magic
15. Skinless – Savagery
16. The Atlas Moth – Coma Noir
17. Deicide – Overtures of Blasphemy
18. Dopethrone – Transcanadian Anger
19. Gruesome – Twisted Prayers
20. Druid Lord – Grotesque Offerings

Best Metal DVD: Death By Metal

Best EP: Nachtmystium – Resilient

Best Live Album: Alice Cooper – A Paranormal Evening at the Olympia Paris

Best Remake Album: Suicidal Tendencies – Still Cyco Punk After All These Years

Best Demo: Traveler – 2018 Demo

Best Concert: Metallica – Dreamfest 2018, San Francisco

 

Disappointments of 2018:

  1. We inevitably lose members of the metal community each year, but 2018 seemed to hit us harder than most.  We lost Alfred Morris III, Ralph Santolla, Brett Hoffman, Randy Rampage, Killjoy, Fast Eddie Clark, Jill Janus and scores of other metal heroes this year, while the likes of Glenn Tipton, Mark Adams, and Guy Marchais continue to struggle against crippling illnesses.  Time waits for no man.
  2. Too many albums that didn’t live up to the hype.  Behemoth, C.O.C., Ihsahn, Pig Destroyer, Dimmu Borgir – I’m looking at you guys.
  3. The wave of retirement announcements.  Kiss, Slayer, Ozzy, Krokus, Skynrd, and more all announced farewell tours, while Suffocation’s Frank Mullen officially played his last show with the band he founded.  Adulting is overrated.

Hopes for 2019:

  1. Let’s be better to each other in 2019, okay?