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Best Metal Albums of 2018 So Far

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Halfway through 2018! Here are the albums I enjoyed so far!

5. Nervosa – Downfall of Mankind


Nervosa has released the thrash metal album to beat in 2018. The all-female, Brazilian power trio isn’t afraid to get political, but the energetic riffs and pure aggression are what will keep you coming back for more.

4. Exmortus – The Sound of Steel


Between Exmortus, Visigoth and Gatekeeper, the traditional metal banner is still being held high in 2018. The Sound of Steel sees Exmortus stepping up its already stellar shred game to the next level.

3. Tribulation – Down Below


Tribulation continues to move forward with its on trend, original blend of goth ’n’ roll. Down Below sounds like the album Led Zeppelin would have made if it truly did make a deal with the devil.

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Written by Eric

July 1, 2018 at 9:00 pm

Best Metal Albums of 2016

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All right! Back on track. Here is my “Top 10” list for 2016.

10. Borknagar – Winter Thrice


I’ll admit I never really even discovered progressive black metal supergroup Borknagar until this year. And I was even late to the game on listening to Winter Thrice, but I was totally on board the minute I hit play on epic opener “The Rhymes of the Mountain.” And if black metal isn’t your thing, this album features a heavy dose of fantastic clean vocals. This is also a great listen in the cold of January and February.

9. Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep of Reason


2012’s Koloss was in my top 10 from that year and 2016’s The Violent Sleep of Reason continues the trend. It’s at times a harsher, less structured listen than Koloss and the music takes a few spins to digest. The album is driven by Dick Lovgren’s bass and Thomas Haake’s drums (the duo get the majority of songwriting credits here), and because of this, Meshuggah’s The Violent Sleep of Reason feels fresh and full of groove.

8. Testament – Brotherhood of the Snake


If you found Metallica’s Hardwired…To Self Destruct to be enjoyable, but a little too long-winded in the back half, then Testament’s Brotherhood of the Snake is the album for you. It’s a 45 minute thrash thrill-ride that demands repeat listens. In the words of Chuck Billy “smoke ’em if ya got ’em.” Preach on, brotha.

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Written by Eric

December 31, 2016 at 2:56 pm