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    Posted: 17 Feb 2018 at 3:29pm
It's never too early to start this I guess. Discuss and list everything that is 2018 in metal, as well as hard rock and hardcore punk here.

I haven't written any reviews for 2018 releases yet, but I've started checking out a few (all draft ratings):

  1. Yhdarl - Loss (Atmospheric Black Metal) - 4.5
  2. Paara - Riitti (Atmospheric/Pagan Black Metal) - 4.5
  3. Аркона - Храм (Pagan Black Metal) - 4.0
  4. Rebellion - A Tragedy in Steel Part II: Shakespeare's King Lear (Heavy/Power Metal) - 4.0
  5. Visigoth - Conqueror's Oath (Heavy Metal) - 4.0
  6. Djinn and Miskatonic - Even Gods Must Die (Doom metal) - 4.0
  7. Kayleth - Colossus (Stoner Metal) - 4.0
  8. Hoeverlord - Satanik Küntkvlt (Black Metal) - 3.5
  9. Hamferð - Támsins likam (Funeral Doom Metal) - 3.5
  10. Spectral Lore / Jute Gyte - Helian (Atmospheric Black Metal / Avant-Garde Black Metal) - 3.5
  11. Lyra's Legacy - Prisoner (Power Metal) - 3.5
  12. Witches Moon - A Storm of Golden Mare and Black Cauldron (Atmospheric Black Metal) - 3.5
And this is everything I currently have on my radar to check out:

  • Black Cyclone - Death is King
  • Black Reaper - Celestial Descension
  • Crow Black Sky - Sidereal Light - Volume One
  • Czort - Czarna Ewangelia
  • Drudkh - Їм часто сниться капіж (They Often See Dreams About the Spring) 
  • Drunemeton - Disciples of the Old Faith
  • Ecloss - Diluvienne
  • Esoctrilihum - Pandaemorthium (Forbidden Formulas to Awaken the Blind Sovereigns of Nothingness)
  • Fu Manchu - Clone of the Universe
  • Harakiri for the Sky - Arson
  • Heavatar - Opus II - The Annihilation
  • Hooded Menace - Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed
  • In Vain - Currents
  • Judas Priest - Firepower
  • Kamelot - The Shadow Theory
  • Moondweller - The Search
  • Ocean of Grief - Nightfall's Lament
  • Panopticon - The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness, Part 1
  • Panopticon - The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness, Part 2
  • Portal - Ion
  • Regnat Horrendum - Heatenland
  • Shining - X - Varg Utan Flock
  • Sojourner - The Shadowed Road
  • Tribulation - Down Below
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These are all the albums I've heard so far that I've enjoyed:

Fu Manchu - Clone of the Universe (Stoner Metal/Rock)
Spartan Warrior - Hell to Pay (Heavy Metal)
Saxon - Thunderbolt (Heavy Metal)
Loudness - Rise to Glory (Heavy Metal)
Visigoth - Conqueror's Oath (Heavy Metal)
Black Label Society - Grimmest Hits (Heavy Metal/Stoner Metal/Southern Rock)
Kayleth - Colossus (Stoner Metal/Rock)
Joe Satriani - What Happens Next (Hard Rock/Instrumental Rock)
Corrosion of Conformity - No Cross No Crown (Stoner Metal)
Phil Anselmo and the Illegals - Choosing Mental Illness as a Virtue (Sludge Metal/Death Metal)

The new Fu Manchu is my AOTY as of now, though I expect the new Judas Priest to surpass it. It's been a good year so far, especially on the classic heavy metal end.


Edited by Unitron - 26 Feb 2018 at 2:12pm
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Here they are (only albums added to MMA):

5 STARS:
  • Orphaned Land - Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs (Folk Metal)
4.5 STARS:
  • Lovebites - Battle Against Damnation (Power Metal)
  • Visigoth - Conqueror's Oath (Heavy Metal)
  • Toundra - Vortex (Post-Rock / Atmospheric Sludge Metal)
4 STARS:
  • Mesarthim - The Density Parameter (Atmospheric Black Metal)
  • Esoctrilihum - Pandaemorthium (Forbidden Formulas to Awaken the Blind Sovereigns of Nothingness) (Atmospheric Black / Death Metal)
  • Sinistro - Sangue Cássia (Atmospheric Sludge Metal)
  • Ecloss - Diluvienne (Atmospheric Black Metal)
  • Hago - Hago (Progressive Metal / Jazz Fusion)
  • TesseracT - Sonder (Progressive Metal)
  • Kalmankantaja / Iku-Turso - Ikuinen tuli (Atmospheric Black Metal)
  • Bloodbark - Bonebranches (Atmospheric Black Metal)
  • Ulvegr - Vargkult (Black Metal)
  • Crow Black Sky - Sidereal Light - Volume One (Atmospheric Black Metal)
  • Modern Day Babylon - Coma (Progressive Metal)
  • Morari - The Light (Blackgaze)
  • Lowered - Lowered (Black Metal)
  • Lione / Conti - Lione / Conti (Power Metal)
  • Wilt - Ruin (Atmospheric Black Metal)
  • Angelus Apatrida - Cabaret de la guillotine (Thrash Metal)
  • Agathos - Nihil est (Black Metal)
  • Widek - Dream Reflection (Progressive Metal)
  • Plini - Sunhead (Progressive Metal)
3.5 STARS:
  • 9th Entity - Wraiths of the Serpent's Throne (Death Metal)
  • Âqen - Méditation Astrale (Atmospheric Black Metal)
  • Abnegation - Inception of a Dream (Melodic Death Metal)
  • Afgrund - The Dystopian (Deathgrind)
  • Alcyona - Trailblazer (Symphonic Metal)
  • Anabiosis - Submerged Into Scattered Patterns (Progressive Metal)
  • Aura Noir - Aura Noire (Blackened Thrash Metal)
  • Axel Rudi Pell - Knights Call (Hard Rock / Heavy Metal)
  • Black Reaper - Celestial Descension (Melodic Black Metal)
  • Exesa - Exesa (Black Metal)
  • Genocide Pact - Order of Torment (Death-Doom Metal)
  • Good Tiger - We Will All Be Gone (Progressive Metal / Post-Hardcore)
  • Hooded Menace - Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed (Death-Doom Metal)
  • Joe Satriani - What Happens Next (Hard Rock)
  • Judas Priest - Firepower (Heavy Metal)
  • Kalmankantaja - Tuulikannel (Atmospheric Black Metal)
  • Kuilu - Monumentti (Depressive Black Metal)
  • Mahr- Antelux (Atmospheric Black Metal)
  • Marty Friedman - B: The Beginning - The Image Album (Alternative Metal)
  • Mesarthim - Coma Wall (Atmospheric Black Metal)
  • Nòtt - Nòtt (Progressive Black Metal)
  • Ophe - Litteras Ad Tristia Maestrum Solitude (Avant-garde Black Metal)
  • Pestilence - Hadeon (Death Metal)
  • Progenie Terrestre Pura - starCross (Atmospheric Black Metal)
  • Shining - X - Varg utan flock (Depressive Black Metal)
  • Sojourner - The Shadowed Road (Atmospheric Black Metal)
  • Spectral Lore / Jute Gyte - Helian (Avant-garde / Black Metal)
  • Trees, Clouds & Silence - Let Me Die on Your Roots (Blackgaze)
  • Vastum / Spectral Voice - Vastum / Spectral Voice (Death-Doom Metal)
  • Veldes - Storm Borrower (Atmospheric Black Metal)
  • Verval - Wederkeer (Atmospheric Black Metal)
  • Weedpecker - III (Psychedelic Rock) *Band added to MMA because of their first album, which is stoner metal.
  • Within Destruction - Deathwish (Deathcore)
3 STARS:
  • Adversvm - Aion Sitra Ahra (Funeral Doom Metal)
  • Beorn's Hall - Estuary (Pagan Black Metal)
  • Buckethead - Pike 275 - Dreamthread (Avant-garde Metal)
  • Dimmu Borgir - Eonian (Symphonic Black Metal)
  • Discordia - Livsvarig nedgangstiden (Atmospheric Black Metal)
  • Fecundation - Decomposition of Existence (Brutal Death / Technical Death Metal)
  • Kostnatění - Konec je všude (Black Metal)
  • Krvvla - Ø (Post-Black Metal)
  • Krvvla - E (Progressive Black Metal)
  • Moongates Guardian - Leave the Northern Mountains (Atmospheric Black Metal)
  • Nadja - Sonnborner (Drone Metal)
  • Necrosadist - Hideous Revelations (Brutal Death Metal)
  • Putrefaction - Slavery Code (Brutal Death Metal)
  • Sleep - The Sciences (Stoner Metal)
  • Summoning - With Doom We Come (Atmospheric Black Metal)
  • Unanimated - Annihilation (Melodic Black Metal)
  • Wintaar - Northernmight (Black Metal)
  • Wintaar - Nordic Glares Bless the Dead (Atmospheric Black Metal)
2.5 STARS:
  • Ehecatl - Rites of Ascension Phase II (Atmospheric Black Metal / Dark Ambient)
  • Fortress of the Olden Days / Wintaar - Von Ruinen und Einsamkeit (Atmospheric Black Metal)
  • Solar Demise - Archaic War (Death Metal)
  • Witches Moon - The Womb of Those Whom Fall from Heaven (Dungeon Synth) *Artist added to MMA because of several black metal albums.
2 STARS:
  • Abigor - Höllenzwang (Chronicles of Perdition) (Black Metal)


Edited by Sisslith - 11 Sep 2018 at 9:49am
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My first 2018 review, finally. Been feeling a bit of the old burnout again.

http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/review/a-tragedy-in-steel-part-ii-shakespeares-king-lear/428888
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote 666sharon666 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Feb 2018 at 2:02pm
I've listened to a handful of 2018 albums so far. Right now my favourite is Kayleth's release. Which you could say is something of a dark horse so far since I don't tend to go for the stoner bands too often. I really enjoyed this one's spacey sound though.

Black Cyclone - Death is King is also quite a good one. Quite fun thrash/speed metal.

I'm quite enjoying the new one from Arkona though it's proving a slow burn.

Rebellion is undoutedly a step down from their usual standard but I'm still enjoying it quite a bit.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Nightfly Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Feb 2018 at 2:39pm
The 2 best albums of the year so far for me are Hamferð - Támsins Likam and Tribulation - Down Below.

In 3rd place would be Watain  - Trident Wolf Eclipse.
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Hamferð didn't grab me too much when I tried it but I will give it another sometime. What I've heard of Tribulation sounds very promising though. 
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New favourite for this year so far:


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^ Definitely a good one. 
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Enjoyed this one. Epic pagan black metal with some symphonic elements.


http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/album/drunemeton/disciples-of-the-old-faith
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I've really slacked on checking out new albums this year. Going to try to do something about that in the remaining months of the year. Might even try to get back into reviewing, if I feel like it. Checking out the new Grave Digger right now and am quite impressed. 
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