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KrigareTjovane
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:12 pm 
 

Skeletonwitch might have shit the bed this year, but Kingdom of Blood's Anthropocene is a decent (if slightly underproduced) alternative that delivers the goods. Directly I'd compare it to a blast heavy At One With the Shadows with some Destroyer 666 and Aura Noir influence thrown in for good measure.

https://kingdom-of-blood.bandcamp.com/releases
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Raindream
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:52 pm 
 

I’m want to check that new Finnr’s Cane album as their previous two are two of the best atmospheric bm records, but alas have not yet. Any thoughts? Similarly I’m tempted to try the new Melvins, but I haven’t followed them in years. Can’t really consider my 2018 listening caught up yet until I’ve heard those.

Until then...

That Ulthar album is my most spun of the year and probably aoty choice, though Ion probably more rightfully deserves the title. Personally I’ve been really digging the new Craft album though it may not measure up to older stuff by them. Hate Eternal’s Upon Desolate Sands is fucking awesome. Necrophobic’s was cool, Sigh’s is so fucking good. Also I secretly love the new Deafheaven shh.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:57 pm 
 

Heavy Blog is Heavy's top 25 albums of the year. Worth reading for the descriptions but otherwise the list is:

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25. Beyond Creation - Algorythm
24. Haken - Vector
23. Revocation - The Outer Ones
22. Tomb Mold - Manor of Infinite Forms
21. Respire - Denouement
20. Holy Fawn - Death Spells
19. Infernal Coil - Within a World Forgotten
18. Sleep - The Sciences
17. Between the Buried and Me - Automata I + II
16. Sectioned - Annihilated
15. Psycroptic - As the Kingdom Drowns
14. Yob - Our Raw Heart
13. Obscura - Diluvium
12. Slugdge - Esoteric Malacology
11. Sumac - Love in Shadow
10. Night Verses - From the Gallery of Sleep
9. Imperial Triumphant - Vile Luxury
8. Zeal & Ardor - Stranger Fruit
7. Frontierer - Unloved
6. Rolo Tomassi - Time Will Die and Love Will Bury it
5. Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want
4. Ihsahn - Amr
3. The Ocean - Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic
2. Alkaloid - Liquid Anatomy
1. Rivers of Nihil - Where Owls Know My Name
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:24 pm 
 

PluviaSomniums wrote:
Septicflesh’s Codex Omega rips and an improvement over Titan (I thought).

I agree with you but that album came out last year. ;)
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:42 pm 
 

D’oh! Thank you!

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Draehl
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:46 pm 
 

Rough top 10 since my overall list has a good bit of non-metal. I'm normally more into plodding/atmospheric shit but there was some great death metal in 2018. Altogether a great year for music overall.

10 Yith
9 Onirism
8 Spaceslug
7 Thy Catafalque
6 Satan
5 Alkaloid
4 Necrophobic
3 Entropia
2 Beyond Creation
1 Urfaust

Lots of other good shit too. Morag Tong, Sunnata, Drudkh/Windswept, Depths Above, Ataraxy, Untamed Land, Ihsahn, Ascension, Uada, Varathron, Elysian Blaze, Druid Lord, Kalmah, Absent and URSA. Couple of downright amazing songs on the Glorior Belli album if only the rest were even close...

Non-metal has Somali Yacht Club, RLYR, Mythic Sunship, Danheim, TORULF, Ulvesang, Winterfylleth, Wardruna, and Gaetir The Mountainkeeper. Somali/Ulvesang/Winterfylleth are of particular note here.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:04 am 
 

Nice list, mate. A couple of those are really awesome.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 1:02 pm 
 

KrigareTjovane wrote:
Skeletonwitch might have shit the bed this year, but Kingdom of Blood's Anthropocene is a decent (if slightly underproduced) alternative that delivers the goods. Directly I'd compare it to a blast heavy At One With the Shadows with some Destroyer 666 and Aura Noir influence thrown in for good measure.

https://kingdom-of-blood.bandcamp.com/releases

I feel like Destroyer 666 comparisons get dropped too often. This sounds more like a mix of new Skeletonwitch and Dissection to me. Not bad but not what I was hoping for.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:04 pm 
 

Some of my top albums from different genres:

Gatekeeper
Harakiri for the Sky
Ungfell
Panphage
Wulkanaz
Thaurorod
Wytch Hazel
Phrenelith
Outer Heaven
Skeletal Remains
Sargeist
Blood Red Fog

There's a ton of albums I need to listen to more (Svartidoody, Tomb Mold, Hyperdontia, Obliteration, Infernal Coil, Innumerable Forms, Deceased, Zealotry, Moenen of Xezbeth, Aorlhac, Sigh, Kriegsmaschine, Necropole, Sulphur Aeon, Sepulcher, Outre, Chapel of Disease, Chthe'ilist, Ripped to Shreds, Manticora, Riot V, Judicator, The Skull, Sacral Rage, Haken, Knelt Rote, Cosmic Atrophy, Siege Column, Svrm, Ulvegr, A Sound of Thunder, Dire Peril, Vomitor, etc).

But these have been great.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:34 pm 
 

Well, the Svartidaudi has finally clicked with me. Takes quite a few listens, it turns out, but some parts are really just mesmerizing. For those interested, they also finally uploaded Flesh Cathedral to bandcamp for digital download.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:15 pm 
 

Nahsil wrote:

There's a ton of albums I need to listen to more (Svartidoody, Tomb Mold, Hyperdontia, Obliteration, Infernal Coil, Innumerable Forms, Deceased, Zealotry, Moenen of Xezbeth, Aorlhac, Sigh, Kriegsmaschine, Necropole, Sulphur Aeon, Sepulcher, Outre, Chapel of Disease, Chthe'ilist, Ripped to Shreds, Manticora, Riot V, Judicator, The Skull, Sacral Rage, Haken, Knelt Rote, Cosmic Atrophy, Siege Column, Svrm, Ulvegr, A Sound of Thunder, Dire Peril, Vomitor, etc).

But these have been great.


That Manticora record absolutely slays. They delivered the goods this year. Outre also crushed it as did Deceased and Sulphur Aeon BIG TIME.

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pfk505
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:34 am 
 

Off the top of my head my list will more than likely include the following:

Summoning
Aorlhac
Bloodbark
Varathron
Wallachia
Runespell
Akitsa
Panphage
Harakiri For The Sky
Elffor

Still have a ton of stuff to go through before finalizing, and will probably do a EPs/splits list as well as there were some good ones.

For this year I think there are more non-metal albums which would go in my overall top 10 than metal albums. Fedrespor, Ulvesang, and Nytt Land are probably my top 3 overall.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:31 am 
 

Pitchfork list came out as well. Hmm. Opinions? I still need to give Horrendous, Deafheaven and Portal a deep proper listen under the influence of alcohol as I am big fans of all 3 but have somehow never found time to hear them. Cutting a bit close for my list here.

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The Armed – “Only Love“
Black Viper – “Hellions Of Fire“
The Body – “I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer.“
Convulsing – “Grievous“
Deafheaven – “Ordinary Corrupt Human Love“
Dödsrit – “Spirit Crusher“
Ghastly – “Death Velour“
Horrendous – “Idol“
Ilsa – “Corpse Fortress“
Mammoth Grinder – “Cosmic Crypt“
Pig Destroyer – “Head Cage“
Portal – “Ion“
Rebel Wizard – “Voluptuous Worship Of Rapture And Response“
Skeletonwitch – “Devouring Radiant Light“
Sleep – “The Sciences“
SUMAC – “Love In Shadow“
Thou/Ragana – “Let Our Names Be Forgotten“
Tomb Mold – “Manor Of Infinite Forms“
Vein – “Errorzone“
Voivod – “The Wake“
YOB – “Our Raw Heart“

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:42 am 
 

Glad to see Ghastly and Black Viper getting some love, but the rest is the same as every other list. I'm not understanding how Horrendous' most boring record by a mile is getting so much praise. They got rid of everything that made them unique and decided to just sound like 1993.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:48 am 
 

narsilianshard wrote:
I'm not understanding how Horrendous' most boring record by a mile is getting so much praise. They got rid of everything that made them unique and decided to just sound like 1993.


Shit, that's part of the reason it didn't catch my attention the first time :(
My favorite will always be Ecdysis.

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themaxie
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:36 am 
 

Since I can't vote yet for BastardHead's AOTY 2018 poll, I might as well post here some of my AOTY contenders!

Shining - X: Varg Utan Flock
I've been following Shining since V: Halmstad; however, their eighth and ninth album didn't do much for me for some reason. X: Varg Utan Flock is easily their best one since a while, comparable to the album that got me into them (I might need to revisit Halmstad for that) and for some reason, even (slightly) better than my personal favorite (Klagopsalmer).

Immortal - Northern Chaos Gods
While their previous effort All Shall Fall fell flat, Northern Chaos Gods shreds every ounce of relevance left on Abbath's S/T, proving that Immortal are indeed (one of) the northern chaos gods.

Behemoth - I Loved You at Your Darkest
Weird album title, that's for sure, but Nergal and Co's post-Satanist follow-up introduced A LOT to the Behemoth sound. The change is a welcome one for me, that's for sure, as it forms a cohesive album without diluting their base sound. Last two or three tracks are filler though...

Lovebites - Clockwork Immortality
Seeing this album's cover while I was streaming on Spotify gave me a wrong impression of the band being a female-fronted modern metal band under the vein of Butcher Babies. Guess what, I only got the first part right! While their debut album, having no filler at all, is undoubtedly superior to their sophomore effort, Clockwork Immortality is no slouch, being equal parts thrash, power metal, and goddamn catchy hooks. Plus I'm a sucker for all-girl Japanese power metal bands, so... there.

Other 2018 albums that I have also enjoyed:
Anaal Nathrakh - A New Kind of Horror
Deicide - Overtures of Blasphemy
Boss De Nage - Further Still
Outre Tombe - Necrovortex
Obscura - Diluvium

So far, those are the only ones that I could think out of my head at the moment. I'm sure I missed something (especially for thrash and power metal), so recommendations are absolutely appreciated!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:49 am 
 

TheMysticWombat wrote:
narsilianshard wrote:
I'm not understanding how Horrendous' most boring record by a mile is getting so much praise. They got rid of everything that made them unique and decided to just sound like 1993.


Shit, that's part of the reason it didn't catch my attention the first time :(
My favorite will always be Ecdysis.

While I agree the new album is their worst (though still great), I think the small factor that distinguishes it from the usual Death-derived prog death stuff is that they give the Death riffs kinda the "Horrendous rhthym" that is a bit distinctive. There's kind of a swing to it that makes their music feel more alive.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:16 am 
 

TheMysticWombat wrote:
Pitchfork list came out as well. Hmm. Opinions?

Thanks. :beer:

https://pitchfork.com/features/lists-and-guides/the-best-metal-albums-of-2018/

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:35 am 
 

narsilianshard wrote:
Glad to see Ghastly and Black Viper getting some love, but the rest is the same as every other list. I'm not understanding how Horrendous' most boring record by a mile is getting so much praise. They got rid of everything that made them unique and decided to just sound like 1993.


Give it some more listens. It's their most intricate and unique one yet, actually. To me it sounds like they just tightened up what was working on Anareta - not hearing what you are at all, really.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:40 am 
 

TheMysticWombat wrote:
narsilianshard wrote:
I'm not understanding how Horrendous' most boring record by a mile is getting so much praise. They got rid of everything that made them unique and decided to just sound like 1993.


Shit, that's part of the reason it didn't catch my attention the first time :(
My favorite will always be Ecdysis.


same here. i was hoping the new one would be as much of a grower as anareta was, but it hasn't really done much growing for me...
it's still a very good album, just not as good their previous stuff
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:39 am 
 

TheMysticWombat wrote:
Pitchfork list came out as well. Hmm. Opinions? I still need to give Horrendous, Deafheaven and Portal a deep proper listen under the influence of alcohol as I am big fans of all 3 but have somehow never found time to hear them. Cutting a bit close for my list here.

Spoiler: show
The Armed – “Only Love“
Black Viper – “Hellions Of Fire“
The Body – “I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer.“
Convulsing – “Grievous“
Deafheaven – “Ordinary Corrupt Human Love“
Dödsrit – “Spirit Crusher“
Ghastly – “Death Velour“
Horrendous – “Idol“
Ilsa – “Corpse Fortress“
Mammoth Grinder – “Cosmic Crypt“
Pig Destroyer – “Head Cage“
Portal – “Ion“
Rebel Wizard – “Voluptuous Worship Of Rapture And Response“
Skeletonwitch – “Devouring Radiant Light“
Sleep – “The Sciences“
SUMAC – “Love In Shadow“
Thou/Ragana – “Let Our Names Be Forgotten“
Tomb Mold – “Manor Of Infinite Forms“
Vein – “Errorzone“
Voivod – “The Wake“
YOB – “Our Raw Heart“


If it's Pitchfork I won't even click on it.

I really don't like those assholes.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:19 am 
 

Akitsa's 'Credo' is fucking destroying me right now. These guys have the "it" factor for riff-writing. Just raw, hungry, primal shit and it's awesome.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:12 am 
 

It's funny, I never understood the hype behind Horrendous until this new album, their debut was boring and generic and their second and third album just sounded really bland to me. Idol was the first time it felt to me like the band had anything to say. Maybe I should go back and relisten to those early albums and see if my opinion has changed now that I "get" the band.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:34 am 
 

true_death wrote:
It's funny, I never understood the hype behind Horrendous until this new album, their debut was boring and generic and their second and third album just sounded really bland to me. Idol was the first time it felt to me like the band had anything to say. Maybe I should go back and relisten to those early albums and see if my opinion has changed now that I "get" the band.


I still don't love the first one, but I think Ecdysis and Anareta are both great. Idol as well, I think if you like it you're sure to like the last two.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:38 am 
 

All three of their last ones are just continuations, evolutions and permutations of that style they started on Ecdysis - I think they've got a good identity, writing style, etc. One of my favorite new acts. Constantly surprising me.
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Ecdysis is actually the only horrendous album i dont like

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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.

Aorlhac is fucking awesome though. Reminds me of Quintessence, in case anyone remembers them.
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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

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I think Horrendous is terribly over rated, all their albums.

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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

Haha yeah, "Spores" is the most "corrupted file" song on the album. I disagree with GTog, though - I quite like this album, and all their albums to various degrees.
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the whole appeal of portal is that they sound like that. In a way they are kinda like fast drone or noise with normal instruments.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:33 pm 
 

^ Well that explains it a bit. If it's just their style, I can at least respect that, but move on. Doesn't appeal to me.
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I started digging Portal once I heard "Black Houses" and picked up Swarth. I gave Ion a proper listen and it's probably their best work they've ever done. Absolutely incredible. It might help if you guys read the interview the guitarist did on Bardo Methodology.

Pitiless Wanderer wrote:
I think Horrendous is terribly over rated, all their albums.


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themaxie wrote:
Outre Tombe - Necrovortex

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You should listen to Burial Invocation and Wombripper man!
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re: portal - i like everything they've done to various degrees, but i don't think ion will end up in my top 10, tho' i can't be sure, since the whole thing is totally up in the air still. swarth is still the album i like most from them
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:28 am 
 

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.

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Apteronotus wrote:
I also wanted to pile on the Abigor disappointment. It was like listening to the B-sides of Leytmotif Luzifer, like a collection of all of the riffs that weren't good enough for that album tacked together into some lackluster songs.

+1.

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Shining - X: Varg Utan Flock
Immortal - Northern Chaos Gods
Behemoth - I Loved You at Your Darkest

Must listen to those again.

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Ion has some of the most nightmarish riffwork of the year on it, if you’ve got the ears to discern it. Horrendous really don’t do anything for me. I’ve tried to like their albums but always end up trying too hard.

This Wald Krypta album is pretty fucking dope.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:20 am 
 

I didn't think too much of Wald Krypta. Ion was a very good album, but the riffwork wasn't great enough to put it in the higher echelon of 2018 albums, though "Spores" is a really cool song imo. Abigor was good. Quality songcraft that intelligently uses free-form song structures without getting too lost in improv. I think the album is one of those artistic works that is intended to be uncomfortable, so whether it is uncomfortable in a good or bad way is contingent on individual taste, as I suppose such things usually are.

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IntoNevermore wrote:
themaxie wrote:
Outre Tombe - Necrovortex

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You should listen to Burial Invocation and Wombripper man!


Burial Invocation sounds monolithic and very dense; unfortunately it didn't do much to me. Maybe I'd give it another spin or two.

As for Wombripper... oh that shit rips! Listening to it while at work and I can't stop myself headbanging. Production sounds obviously dirtier than the usual, but I don't mind.

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