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Author:  tomcat_ha [ Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:56 pm ]
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Xenophon wrote:
Come on, guys. Portal has clearly identifiable riffs, even on "Transcending a Mere Multiverse." In fact they're quite a riffy band most of the time.


I agree actually but still feel they got this feel to their material that i only find in noise and drone

Author:  Wilytank [ Sat Dec 22, 2018 2:40 am ]
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ION actually grew on me quite a bit over the year. For me, it benefits from being one of those beginning-to-end albums where I can listen to the album in one sitting (its relative shortness helps) and it actually feels more complete if I do so. Sort of a the whole is greater the sum of its parts experience.

Author:  Lord Tempestuous [ Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:24 am ]
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My 2018 bests in the form of compilations

black metal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npBizQMYNfg

death metal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlGl-ZBlB9s

Author:  stefan86 [ Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:50 am ]
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Did a video of my 2018 favorites :)


Author:  Everflowingstream [ Sat Dec 22, 2018 8:29 am ]
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Xenophon wrote:
GTog wrote:
I don't understand all the love for Portal. Their album is one big noisy mess. When I first listened to one of the tracks on YouTube, I seriously thought maybe I was hearing a corrupted file, and sought out the track elsewhere. Nope, whole thing sounds like that, like a fork stuck in a garbage disposal.

Just an FYI there are more songs on the new Portal album than "Spores." :D


Even my 9 year old boy asked me 'what the hell' was going on when Spores came on.

Author:  ~Guest 354281 [ Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:11 am ]
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I very rarely agree with the Angry Metal Guy stuff but i'm so happy they listed Depravity as a top 10 album i'm just going to share their list. Probably my choice for best DM album of 2018, well, at least for more traditional DM, Autokrator is just too good although there's a lot more than just DM in that one.

https://www.angrymetalguy.com/ferrous-b ... h-of-2018/

Author:  Pitiless Wanderer [ Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:58 am ]
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I can't stand AMG's reviews (I disagree with everything they do literally 90% of the time) but they do cover a good deal of content.

Author:  Draehl [ Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:59 am ]
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Here's my 2018 RYM list. Still tweaking on it. Metal & otherwise.

https://rateyourmusic.com/list/Draehl/t ... dark-folk/

Author:  Spiner202 [ Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:43 pm ]
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I never listened to that Depravity record, but I always found it strange that they used the name of a relatively well-known death metal band from the 90s.

Author:  SD Plissken [ Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:30 pm ]
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This was a great year for me in regards to heavy metal releases. Some great surprises, some huge disappointments, but I'm happy with the outcome.

1. Chapel of Disease...and as We Have Seen the Storm, We Have Embraced the Eye: https://chapelofdisease.bandcamp.com/al ... ed-the-eye

2. AscensionUnder Ether: https://wtcproductions.bandcamp.com/album/under-ether

3. Master’s HammerFascinator: https://mastershammer.bandcamp.com/album/fascinator

4. VoïvodThe Wake: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4qgvVc1KUo

5. VarathronPatriarchs of Evil: https://agoniarecords.bandcamp.com/albu ... hs-of-evil

6. KrisiunScourge of the Enthroned: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsj6UK6hpY4

7. VomitorPestilent Death: https://vomitor-australia.bandcamp.com/

8. Metal Church - Damned if You Do (no full-length stream found)

9. Deceased... - Ghostly White: https://the-true-deceased.bandcamp.com/

10. PortalIon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiVrkjA2Lyc

Author:  MavartMa [ Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:59 pm ]
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Atmospheric/dsbm from Poland. Check them out.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6tc_FqomhSU&

Author:  HeavyMetalYeti [ Sat Dec 22, 2018 2:56 pm ]
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The new Mass Infection new album is good stuff. Relentless drumming and some great riffage! Check them out for sure.

https://massinfection.bandcamp.com/album/shadows-became-flesh

Great year for death metal /,,/

Author:  GTog [ Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:33 pm ]
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The Metal Church album was actually pretty good, and I haven't listened to anything by Metal Church in years. It's not going to make my top 10, but it's an Honorable Mention.

Author:  brain hammer [ Sat Dec 22, 2018 4:57 pm ]
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I think 2018 was a weak year for worthwhile thrash albums. The best thrash album of the year was Rapture "Paroxysm of Hatred," and that came out way back in January. Nothing else topped it all year, it still reigns as the most vicious and intense death/thrash of the year. On the flip side, I wasn't nearly as impressed with the debut Chemicaust album as the rest of the internet seemed to be, and I thought the new Black Fast album sucked. I was also disappointed with the new Nervosa album. No other real stand outs for me all year, not a lot of old school thrash bands released new albums, no new bands hit the scene like Power Trip this year, no killer blackened thrash albums like Antichrist or Condor released last year, hell not even any semi-decent Vektor clonage in 2018.

Author:  Xenophon [ Sat Dec 22, 2018 5:49 pm ]
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brain hammer wrote:
hell not even any semi-decent Vektor clonage in 2018.

There was the new Teleport demo.

I didn't hear any great thrash metal albums either, certainly none that were as good as that Condor album from last year.

Author:  Spiner202 [ Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:52 pm ]
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brain hammer wrote:
I think 2018 was a weak year for worthwhile thrash albums. The best thrash album of the year was Rapture "Paroxysm of Hatred," and that came out way back in January. Nothing else topped it all year, it still reigns as the most vicious and intense death/thrash of the year. On the flip side, I wasn't nearly as impressed with the debut Chemicaust album as the rest of the internet seemed to be, and I thought the new Black Fast album sucked. I was also disappointed with the new Nervosa album. No other real stand outs for me all year, not a lot of old school thrash bands released new albums, no new bands hit the scene like Power Trip this year, no killer blackened thrash albums like Antichrist or Condor released last year, hell not even any semi-decent Vektor clonage in 2018.

I'm really glad to see someone mention Rapture's album. It's the second coming of Ripper (but without the crazy bass playing), but it seemed to get largely ignored.

I also agree on Nervosa - it was totally unmemorable. Black Fast also was a disappointment. Chemicaust was ok, but I never listen to it.

My favourite thrash releases were from the big names: Hatchet, Exmortus, Gama Bomb, and Angelus Apatrida. Slightly more obscure choices (that you are likely aware of) are Oxygen Destroyer, Tantara, and Traitor.

I was let down by the new Untimely Demise and Ultra-Violence records. Both good albums, but not as strong as their previous work.

The one album I'm totally split on is Crisix' record. I'll have to revisit it, but it's just so weird.

Author:  tomcat_ha [ Sat Dec 22, 2018 7:11 pm ]
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Rapture is indeed great, classic turbo thrash in the style of Merciless. Might make it on my aoty list after im done looking everything over for BH's poll.

Author:  Raindream [ Sun Dec 23, 2018 9:00 am ]
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Burial Invocation’s Abiogenesis is a fucking monster.

Author:  themaxie [ Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:09 pm ]
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PluviaSomniums wrote:
Burial Invocation’s Abiogenesis is a fucking monster.


A BIG fucking monster indeed, but my first 2 or 3 listens didn't do much to me. Is there something wrong with me? LOL

Author:  tomcat_ha [ Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:20 pm ]
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it took me a couple listens too

Author:  pale_horse [ Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:52 pm ]
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Somehow I had no idea this hatchet album came out

Author:  themaxie [ Mon Dec 24, 2018 5:04 am ]
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tomcat_ha wrote:
it took me a couple listens too


though I wasnt able to finish the whole record when I listened to it for the first one or two times.

Author:  TheMysticWombat [ Mon Dec 24, 2018 5:49 am ]
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Bit late now, but I really didn't see much talk about the debut from Reversed: absolutely nasty and raw(not in quality) thrash/black, midpaced most of the time. You seriously need to check this out.


Author:  ~Guest 354281 [ Mon Dec 24, 2018 6:31 am ]
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Loved this list. Not agreeing with all the albums, and a few which I didn't listen, but lots of strong choices.

http://www.thelairoffilth.com/2018/12/t ... w&m=1#more

Special mention to the Abyssal/Carcinoma split. Really awesome stuff.

Author:  TheMysticWombat [ Mon Dec 24, 2018 7:17 am ]
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Well, here's my list I've submitted. Already realizing I left out Kraanium and Deceased and more. Hmm.

1. Beyond Creation: Algorythm
(They have ascended so much since The Aura, unbelievable record and godlike musicianship and technicality)

2. Chapel of Disease: ...and as We Have Seen the Storm, We Have Embraced the Eye
(Fucking narsilianshard will forever get my thanks for this, it's like what Morbus Chron could have been except they made it their own style, psychedelic death metal is the best description)

3. Rapture: Paroxysm of Hatred
(Thrash is a fucking monotonous genre but these guys are absolutely insane. Recommended if you like Aspid and Ripper and Epidemic of Violence)

4. Skeletal Remains: Devouring Mortality
(Fucking riffs, drumming, and production are insane especially with Van Drunen jr on vocals)

5. Deafheaven: Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
(Don't laugh at me, this album hit hard)

6. Obliteration: Cenotaph Obscure
(Death/Thrashy at times, great record and been looking forward to this since Black Death Horizon)

7. Portal: Ion
(A monster of an album from start to finish, chaos manifested into riffs, a soundtrack to sleep paralysis)

8. Reversed: Widow Recluse
(primal blackened thrash which is mostly midpaced, this is alcoholism incarnate)

9. Scorched: Ecliptic Butchery
(HEAVY RIFFS)

10. Dödsrit: Spirit Crusher
(one man band with feeling in those beautiful riffs and vocals)


It was a solid year, but the scary thing is that I haven't even heard half of the albums on the list Somar posted. What the fuck. Some cool sounding names in there too. As expected there wasn't much quality output for thrash at all besides Chemicaust. I couldn't get into Satan as much as I should have either. My favorite part is the results, soon!

Author:  themaxie [ Mon Dec 24, 2018 7:37 am ]
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Spiner202 wrote:
I'm really glad to see someone mention Rapture's album. It's the second coming of Ripper (but without the crazy bass playing), but it seemed to get largely ignored.

I also agree on Nervosa - it was totally unmemorable. Black Fast also was a disappointment. Chemicaust was ok, but I never listen to it.

My favourite thrash releases were from the big names: Hatchet, Exmortus, Gama Bomb, and Angelus Apatrida. Slightly more obscure choices (that you are likely aware of) are Oxygen Destroyer, Tantara, and Traitor.

I was let down by the new Untimely Demise and Ultra-Violence records. Both good albums, but not as strong as their previous work.

The one album I'm totally split on is Crisix' record. I'll have to revisit it, but it's just so weird.


Finally some thrash recommendations. I'm gonna try to listen to those.

Author:  ~Guest 354281 [ Mon Dec 24, 2018 8:52 am ]
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TheMysticWombat wrote:
Well, here's my list I've submitted. Already realizing I left out Kraanium and Deceased and more. Hmm.

1. Beyond Creation: Algorythm
(They have ascended so much since The Aura, unbelievable record and godlike musicianship and technicality)

2. Chapel of Disease: ...and as We Have Seen the Storm, We Have Embraced the Eye
(Fucking narsilianshard will forever get my thanks for this, it's like what Morbus Chron could have been except they made it their own style, psychedelic death metal is the best description)

3. Rapture: Paroxysm of Hatred
(Thrash is a fucking monotonous genre but these guys are absolutely insane. Recommended if you like Aspid and Ripper and Epidemic of Violence)

4. Skeletal Remains: Devouring Mortality
(Fucking riffs, drumming, and production are insane especially with Van Drunen jr on vocals)

5. Deafheaven: Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
(Don't laugh at me, this album hit hard)

6. Obliteration: Cenotaph Obscure
(Death/Thrashy at times, great record and been looking forward to this since Black Death Horizon)

7. Portal: Ion
(A monster of an album from start to finish, chaos manifested into riffs, a soundtrack to sleep paralysis)

8. Reversed: Widow Recluse
(primal blackened thrash which is mostly midpaced, this is alcoholism incarnate)

9. Scorched: Ecliptic Butchery
(HEAVY RIFFS)

10. Dödsrit: Spirit Crusher
(one man band with feeling in those beautiful riffs and vocals)


It was a solid year, but the scary thing is that I haven't even heard half of the albums on the list Somar posted. What the fuck. Some cool sounding names in there too. As expected there wasn't much quality output for thrash at all besides Chemicaust. I couldn't get into Satan as much as I should have either. My favorite part is the results, soon!


Nice list.

yeah, a few names in that list i didn't heard too. That's why i always look for this kinds of end of the year best of lists, and why i appreciate you putting yours here and looking forward for others to do the same

Always lots of missed good stuff you can find, specially when you see them together with some names you already know and like

A big surprise on that list was to see Temple Desecration up there. I clearly remember giving that one a couple of spins just to toss it aside and never looking at it again. Certainly will get back to that one and give it another try.

Author:  Twisted_Psychology [ Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:46 am ]
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Got my top 20 list into Indy Metal Vault last week. Not all metal picks.

https://www.indymetalvault.com/2018/12/ ... s-of-2018/

Spoiler: show
20. Khemmis - Desolation
19. Merlin - The Wizard
18. Blackslash - Lightning Strikes Again
17. Yob - Our Raw Heart
16. Forming the Void - Rift
15. Fire Down Below - Hymn of the Cosmic Man
14. 1914 - Blind Leading the Blind
13. Höstblod – Mörkrets intåg
12. Iron Void - Excalibur
11. The Skull - The Endless Road Turns Dark
10. Sergeant Thunderhoof - Terra Solus
9. Judicator - The Last Emperor
8. All Them Witches - ATW
7. Voivod - The Wake
6. Pale Divine - Pale Divine
5. Mos Generator
4. Witchkiss - The Austere Curtains of Our Eyes
3. Wayfarer - World's Blood
2. Wolftooth - Wolftooth
1. Visigoth - Conqueror's Oathj

Author:  Pitiless Wanderer [ Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:08 am ]
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Haven't seen any mention of Misotheist - some excellent black metal

https://terraturpossessions.bandcamp.co ... misotheist

Author:  StainedClass95 [ Mon Dec 24, 2018 2:40 pm ]
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Twisted_Psychology wrote:
Got my top 20 list into Indy Metal Vault last week. Not all metal picks.

https://www.indymetalvault.com/2018/12/ ... s-of-2018/

Spoiler: show
20. Khemmis - Desolation
19. Merlin - The Wizard
18. Blackslash - Lightning Strikes Again
17. Yob - Our Raw Heart
16. Forming the Void - Rift
15. Fire Down Below - Hymn of the Cosmic Man
14. 1914 - Blind Leading the Blind
13. Höstblod – Mörkrets intåg
12. Iron Void - Excalibur
11. The Skull - The Endless Road Turns Dark
10. Sergeant Thunderhoof - Terra Solus
9. Judicator - The Last Emperor
8. All Them Witches - ATW
7. Voivod - The Wake
6. Pale Divine - Pale Divine
5. Mos Generator
4. Witchkiss - The Austere Curtains of Our Eyes
3. Wayfarer - World's Blood
2. Wolftooth - Wolftooth
1. Visigoth - Conqueror's Oathj


Slightly different order, but there's a fair bit of overlap between yours and mine, particularly on doom/stoner albums. I'm glad to see someone else still really enjoys that Wolftooth debut. There was a little attention to it when it came out then nothing. I was wondering if I would be the only one ranking it, but it looks like there will be company.

Author:  Pitiless Wanderer [ Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:09 pm ]
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Jesus christ. The more I listen to this fucking Outre record, Hollow Earth, the higher it creeps up on my list. What an absolutely brutal, unrelenting, masterful display of extreme black/death. Unreal!

https://outremetal.bandcamp.com/

Author:  thewrll [ Tue Dec 25, 2018 12:47 am ]
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No Point In Living's latest album is by far his best. Incredible DSBM from Japan. A hour of pure depression. Just what the doctor ordered.


https://npiljp.bandcamp.com/album/last-hour-of-life

Author:  doomicus [ Tue Dec 25, 2018 10:59 am ]
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Pitiless Wanderer wrote:
Haven't seen any mention of Misotheist - some excellent black metal

https://terraturpossessions.bandcamp.co ... misotheist


Listening to this now. Thanks for the heads up. As a whole I find the bands on Terratur Possessions tend to be extremely hit and miss, but this one sounds promising thus far.

Author:  Pitiless Wanderer [ Tue Dec 25, 2018 2:37 pm ]
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Yes, it's a strong record. Merry Christmas!

Author:  ShreddedHuman [ Tue Dec 25, 2018 5:35 pm ]
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To those disappointed with the thrash albums of 2018, check out Teutonic Slaughter - Puppeteer of Death:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4waV21k ... 5mi2sPSeWg

Extremely good German old school thrash, similar to Sodom, Destruction, Darkness and Violent Force. One of the greatest albums of the year.

Author:  IntoNevermore [ Wed Dec 26, 2018 8:27 am ]
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PluviaSomniums wrote:
Burial Invocation’s Abiogenesis is a fucking monster.

That's my AOTY!

Author:  Raindream [ Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:21 am ]
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^ it’s definitely going to be somewhere on my list too. Phantasmagoric Transcendence wins fucking everything. In other news I’ve finally been listening to Elegy and it rocks - there’s a doom influence at work that wasn’t on the last two. Autumnal, dynamic fare for gravegazing.

Author:  Pitiless Wanderer [ Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:52 am ]
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Death Fortress decided to release a new album out of nowhere and 5 days before the new year. It sounds sick as usual. I love these guys.

https://deathfortress.bandcamp.com/

Author:  Bladius [ Wed Dec 26, 2018 2:24 pm ]
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Svavelvinter - Mörkrets Tid is totally blowing me away...Christian Älvestam being solely responsible for everything you hear...a melodic masterpiece...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31LkkA_1bKQ

Author:  narsilianshard [ Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:15 am ]
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Pitiless Wanderer wrote:
Death Fortress decided to release a new album out of nowhere and 5 days before the new year. It sounds sick as usual. I love these guys.

https://deathfortress.bandcamp.com/

Same with Serpent Column. Krallice for folks who hate Krallice.

https://serpentcolumn.bandcamp.com/album/invicta

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