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Consequence of Sound's Top 25 Metal & Hard Rock Albums of 2018

Consequence of Sound's Top 25 Metal & Hard Rock Albums of 2018

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25. Pig Destroyer - Head Cage

Pig Destroyer - Head Cage
September 7, 2018
Critic Score
82
9 reviews

On Head Cage, the group delivers their signature grind sound but mix in elements of noise, sludge, death metal, doom, hardcore, and a little bit of technical and progressive elements, producing a richer whole.

24. Portal - Ion

Portal - Ion
January 26, 2018
Critic Score
81
7 reviews

23. Clutch - Book of Bad Decisions

Clutch - Book of Bad Decisions
September 7, 2018
Critic Score
79
6 reviews

22. Mammoth Grinder - Cosmic Crypt

Mammoth Grinder - Cosmic Crypt
January 26, 2018
Critic Score
75
5 reviews

21. Ministry - AmeriKKKant

Ministry - AmeriKKKant
March 9, 2018
Critic Score
57
9 reviews

20. High on Fire - Electric Messiah

High on Fire - Electric Messiah
October 5, 2018
Critic Score
79
12 reviews

Although the flow of Electric Messiah occasionally drags in parts, it’s a welcome addition to the band’s discography.

19. Cult Leader - A Patient Man

Cult Leader - A Patient Man
November 9, 2018
Critic Score
82
4 reviews

18. Windhand - Eternal Return

Windhand - Eternal Return
October 5, 2018
Critic Score
77
5 reviews

17. Monotheist - Scourge

Monotheist - Scourge
March 16, 2018
Critic Score
80
1 review

16. Halestorm - Vicious

Halestorm - Vicious
July 27, 2018
Critic Score
69
5 reviews

Despite popular music trends, Halestorm continue to wave the flag for hard rock with pride and power.

15. Tribulation - Down Below

Tribulation - Down Below
January 26, 2018
Critic Score
81
9 reviews
Tribulation has found a fine balance, setting the primordial muck of their blackened roots up into a much soupier pool of influences and musical ideas.

13. A Perfect Circle - Eat the Elephant

A Perfect Circle - Eat the Elephant
April 20, 2018
Critic Score
64
16 reviews

Essential for fans and sporadically thrilling for newcomers, Eat the Elephant is the kind of reunion record that most bands would kill for.

12. Khemmis - Desolation

Khemmis - Desolation
June 22, 2018
Critic Score
75
4 reviews

10. Ghost - Prequelle

Ghost - Prequelle
June 1, 2018
Critic Score
78
10 reviews

9. Vein - Errorzone

Vein - Errorzone
June 22, 2018
Critic Score
79
5 reviews

8. Voivod - The Wake

Voivod - The Wake
September 21, 2018
Critic Score
84
8 reviews

If you’re already a fan of Voivod, then you know how incredibly unique they are, and the quality of songwriting on The Wake is top-notch, making it one of the strongest metal albums of the year.

7. Turnstile - Time & Space

Turnstile - Time & Space
February 23, 2018
Critic Score
67
9 reviews

6. Sleep - The Sciences

Sleep - The Sciences
April 20, 2018
Critic Score
85
10 reviews
The group seem rejuvenated with a long road ahead of them, something no one could have expected prior to this release. Further, it confirms why they are considered the greatest stoner doom band of all time, one of doom metal’s greatest treasures, one of metal’s biggest crossover acts in the broader underground musical world, and one of the greatest heavy rock bands to roam the planet.

5. Judas Priest - Firepower

Judas Priest - Firepower
March 9, 2018
Critic Score
77
8 reviews

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

Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want
October 26, 2018
Critic Score
86
11 reviews

Fans hoping for a repeat of the accessibility and groove of the self-titled album or the spasticity and rawness of earlier albums might be disappointed, but You Won’t Get What You Want is a brave and excellent addition to Daughters’ discography.

3. Deafheaven - Ordinary Corrupt Human Love

Deafheaven - Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
July 13, 2018
Critic Score
83
27 reviews

Ordinary Corrupt Human Love has moving, emotional pieces and sharp performances bolstered by a band clearly stretching out of its comfort zone successfully. The album is a refreshing new shade of their sound without abandoning the band’s core mechanics.

2. Behemoth - I Loved You at Your Darkest

Behemoth - I Loved You at Your Darkest
October 5, 2018
Critic Score
82
8 reviews

I Loved You At Your Darkest is another strong addition to Behemoth’s remarkable run, which has now lasted more than a quarter century. It reveals some welcome growth within a subgenre of heavy music that has often been resistant to evolution.

1. YOB - Our Raw Heart

YOB - Our Raw Heart
June 8, 2018
Critic Score
83
9 reviews
Original Source: https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/12/top-25-metal-hard-rock-albums-of-2018/
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