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PopMatters' Best Metal Albums of 2018

PopMatters' Best Metal Albums of 2018

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20. Vein - Errorzone

Vein - Errorzone
June 22, 2018
Critic Score
5 reviews

You're too overwhelmed by the energy and passion of the delivery to care where exactly they have appropriated riffs and sounds from. Vein's feverish spirit on record is, without question, their unique selling point.

19. Thou - Magus

Thou - Magus
August 31, 2018
Critic Score
13 reviews

16. Portal - Ion

Portal - Ion
January 26, 2018
Critic Score
7 reviews

15. Ghost - Prequelle

Ghost - Prequelle
June 1, 2018
Critic Score
10 reviews
Underneath the catchy melodies and snazzy artwork, Forge and his band have created one of the cleverest heavy metal records in recent memory.

14. Tribulation - Down Below

Tribulation - Down Below
January 26, 2018
Critic Score
9 reviews

13. Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want

Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want
October 26, 2018
Critic Score
11 reviews

Considering the band's output so far, You Won't Get What You Want is the perfect return for Daughters. While aspects of the band's creative vision have been altered and their sound has further evolved, the core elements remain intact.

11. Horrendous - Idol

Horrendous - Idol
September 28, 2018
Critic Score
2 reviews

10. Pig Destroyer - Head Cage

Pig Destroyer - Head Cage
September 7, 2018
Critic Score
9 reviews

Their socially transgressive lyrics and musically daring effort may lose the group some listeners. But reinvention after reinvention they have proven themselves to be a metal group who perhaps even enjoys tormenting their fans and who assuredly are afraid of no one. It is more within their style to illicit fear anyway.

8. Agrimonia - Awaken

Agrimonia - Awaken
January 26, 2018
Critic Score
3 reviews

6. Sleep - The Sciences

Sleep - The Sciences
April 20, 2018
Critic Score
10 reviews

4. Slugdge - Esoteric Malacology

Slugdge - Esoteric Malacology
March 2, 2018
Critic Score
1 review

2. Sumac - Love in Shadow

Sumac - Love in Shadow
September 21, 2018
Critic Score
8 reviews

As impressive and imposing The Deal and What One Becomes are, Love in Shadow stands in a league of its own. The change of perspective, the stylistic deviations and the smooth transitions between different modes make Love in Shadow appear as a pivotal record for the band.

1. YOB - Our Raw Heart

YOB - Our Raw Heart
June 8, 2018
Critic Score
9 reviews

The songs do not cohere with the same kind of symmetry as those on Clearing the Path to Ascend did ... but the band's three musicians have history and an evident chemistry that clearly affords them creative flexibility without sacrificing consistency.

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