Metal's best releases of 2018...so far

This is a very necessary and flexible list.

With the year halfway gone, it’s my sincere obligation as a music journalist to present to you a list of my top releases for 2018. I’m so glad I can do this list in this format, and not as a social media post, where I’d have to bear the opinion of everyone else who for some reason thinks theirs should be seen as an addendum to my list, let alone heard at all? Shut up. This is my list. Go make your own.

Harm’s Way - Posthuman

Imagine you took the tough guy metallic-hardcore archetype, gave it an education on Swedish death metal, informed it that it’s very much ‘in’ to be ‘into’ industrial music right now, scrapped the hypermasculine lyrics about facing your demons in favour of some serious contemplation of the technological horrors/wonders we find ourselves living amongst, and then sent that archetype off to take steroids. That’s this album.

Parkway Drive - Reverence

To put it simply – this album rocks. Hell yeah, brother.

Judas Priest - Firepower

I’ve got big love for Halford, and a huge respect for Judas Priest and all the pioneering work they’ve done. However, this was something I had to learn in retrospect – the band had already released ten albums by the time I was born, and as a young child of nu I didn’t care to learn about the pioneering Dads that came before. That’s a really long way of saying that this is the first Judas Priest album I was ever truly engaged with from its day of release. It sounds modern. It’s tough and it’s got groove, but it’s still got that classic feel. Shout out to the Dads.

Gost - Possessor

Did you go to LAN parties as a kid? Maybe you still do? Is The Matrix one of your favourite films? Do you also like death metal and gratuitously crapping on about Satan and stuff, but you also have been to a handful of bush doofs and/or raves? Ever double dropped before putting on your favourite goregrind album, or just want to know what that might feel like? Possessor is for you.

Rolo Tomassi - Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It

Prior to this record, Rolo Tomassi was one of those bands that sometimes had some moments that made me go, “Oh fuck yeah that rules, lemme fist bump,” but also made me sometimes think, “I’ve heard this before but better when The Dillinger Escape Plan/Converge did it and now I want to go listen to those bands instead.” This record isn’t like that – it’s like, “Woah, Rolo Tomassi is like totally its own thing now.” This is a truly gripping journey from start to finish, full of textures and troughs that we’ve never heard the band tackle before.

Extra shoutouts to the albums I wasn’t going to write about a second time: High Tension - Purge,Møl - Jord, Drudkh - They Often See Dreams About The SpringZeal and Ardor - Stranger Fruit, Harakiri For The Sky - Arson, plus Rivers of Nihil - Where Owls Know My Name, and all the singles that Attila have been releasing.