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Pitchfork's Best Metal Albums of 2018

Pitchfork's Best Metal Albums of 2018

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Deafheaven - Ordinary Corrupt Human Love

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

Five years removed from their landmark Sunbather, Deafheaven have never seemed less interested in being fashionable—as a result, they sound newly content.

Horrendous - Idol

Horrendous - Idol
September 28, 2018
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

Ilsa - Corpse Fortress

Ilsa - Corpse Fortress
March 2, 2018
Critic Score
79
2 reviews

Mammoth Grinder - Cosmic Crypt

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

Pig Destroyer - Head Cage

Pig Destroyer - Head Cage
September 7, 2018
Critic Score
82
9 reviews
The Mid-Atlantic’s grindcore standard bearers have never done it better than they do on their sixth studio album, the strangest, strongest, and most accessible record in the band’s 20-year history.

Portal - Ion

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

Their fifth record, ION, dispenses with murk and brings their sound into the sunlight, letting it burn in agony. It is their clearest, and as a result, most terrifying effort.

Skeletonwitch - Devouring Radiant Light

Skeletonwitch - Devouring Radiant Light
July 20, 2018
Critic Score
82
8 reviews
For the first time in their decade-plus career, nuance is just as important as nastiness, and it pays off in spades.

Sleep - The Sciences

Sleep - The Sciences
April 20, 2018
Critic Score
85
10 reviews

The essential trick of The Sciences—and the reason it feels like more than an overdue cash-in—is these 40something dudes have managed to grow up without growing old. Their minds are still focused on weed and the escape that it offers, but that’s just the gag; these riffs, rhythms, and the mantra-like singing of Al Cisneros are a drug unto themselves, evidence of a band that’s improved upon their animating idea.

Sumac - Love in Shadow

Sumac - Love in Shadow
September 21, 2018
Critic Score
77
8 reviews

A four-track, hour-long, monumental album that feels like the arrival of a band newly unbound.

The Armed - Only Love

The Armed - Only Love
April 27, 2018
Critic Score
75
3 reviews

The Body - I Have Fought Against It, But I Can't Any Longer.

The Body - I Have Fought Against It, But I Can't Any Longer.
May 11, 2018
Critic Score
76
12 reviews
True to form, the record hides moments of grace within an impenetrably violent landscape, capturing a rupture at the boundary of what is bearable.

Vein - Errorzone

Vein - Errorzone
June 22, 2018
Critic Score
79
5 reviews
Yesterday’s Active Rock playlist gets ransacked and reconfigured on the debut full-length from a Boston hardcore quintet whose influences range from Converge to Korn.

Voivod - The Wake

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

YOB - Our Raw Heart

YOB - Our Raw Heart
June 8, 2018
Critic Score
83
9 reviews
YOB wield unbridled metal muscle and disarming openness as if they were an obvious combination.
Original Source: https://pitchfork.com/features/lists-and-guides/the-best-metal-albums-of-2018/
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