EOY [Mid-Year] List Aggregate: 2018 New Music: Metal

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Some breakdowns by genre:


  1. Sleep: The Sciences (Third Man) {63}: Crh:3, CS:+, Db:22, Dr:54, DT:39, DVk:37, Ex:+, FB:18, Fp:93, Gg:30, Gw:46, Hi:25, LCA:6, Mj:36, Mx:17, Ne:20, Od:48, Pf:43, PO:+, Rev:5, Rf_h:34, RM:32, RS:46, Sb:17, Sg:+, SR:5, Tr:28, UpC:76, V:42(14), YF:+; ex_m:2, hmv:+, lw_m:1, sa:+, tr_m:12, v_ab:8, v_ja:17, vbb:6, vcmj:7, vcw:6, vje:7, vu:9 -- AM:66, RM:125, TH:*
  2. Deafheaven: Ordinary Corrupt Human Love (Anti-) {54}: 405:37, ATH:29, Bq:+, Ch:23, CS:30, Db:14, Eb:18, Fld:14, G:41, Gg:40, LCA:16, M_ha:43, Mc:23, N:69, NME:22, NR:26, Pf:28, PM:7, PR:5, Pu:23, Re:22, Rev:12, Rf_h:10, Rf_k:15, S:44, Tr:5, UpC:47, UR:97, V:59(11), VMP:18; hmv:+, lw_m:30, np:7, tr_m:9, v_ja:7 -- Mc:85, AM:37, RM:46
  3. Ghost: Prequelle (Loma Vista) {39}: Dag:4, Dv:25, DVk:41, L:+, Mx:3, Ne:17, PM:69, PR:1, Rev:1, Ups:39, V:99(6); am:+, an:4, gc:10, gl:++, hmv:+, lw_m:2, vmd:5, yh:10 -- AM:70
  4. Turnstile: Time & Space (Roadrunner) {35}: BB:+, Blr:37, Bq:+, BV:8, Ex:+, L:+, NME:35, PR:10, Pu:12, Rev:3, RkS:33, RS:+, Sb:+, Sg:+, Up:+, V:+(4); av_k:+, ex_m:10, lw_r:15, ny_c:13, vcpa:6, vmd:1, wp:7 -- AM:104, TH:*
  5. YOB: Our Raw Heart (Relapse) {29}: CS:13, Db:1, DVk:29, Mx:12, N:49, Rev:20, Rf_h:12, Tr:25, UpC:51, V:+(4), VMP:21; am:+, lw_m:10, sdc:+, tr_m:2, vbb:3, vu:12 -- AM:105, RM:141
  6. Judas Priest: Firepower (Columbia) {26}: Dag:18, Db:5, L:+, Ne:23, Noj:7, PR:2, Rev:4, RS:+, V:+(3); lw_m:3, sjm:10, tr_m:16 -- AM:98
  7. Zeal and Ardor: Stranger Fruit (MVKA) {25}: AV:+, Bc:47, Dag:24, Db:33, Gf_N:17, M:+, Ms:20, Ne:42, PO:5, Rev:?, Sb:+, Ups:50, V:+(4); av_m:+, lw_m:46 -- AM:148, TH:*
  8. Thou: Magus (Sacred Bones) {24}: Bc:59, BV:15, Db:34, Mx:30, N:12, No:49, NPR:43, NR:20, Rf_h:21, Tr:30, UpC:71, V:+(3); av_m:+, tr_m:1, vbb:9, vspt:5 -- AM:112, RM:135
  9. Tribulation: Down Below (Century Media) {23}: BV:12, Db:2, DVk:8, Gf:8, M_ha:16, Noj:+, Rev:27, Tr:20, V:+(1); av_m:+, lw_m:9, tr_m:3 -- AM:139
  10. Architects: Holy Hell (Epitaph) {16}: Blr:19, Bq:+, Crh:21, GTV:37, I:33, Mc:+, NME:60, Pu:16, RkS:11, Ups:3 -- Mc:90
  11. Sumac: Love in Shadow (Thrill Jockey) {16}: Hi:32, Rf_h:1, Tr:21, V:+(6); av_m:+, lw_m:20, tr_m:4, vbb:1, vbc:10
  12. Behemoth: I Loved You at Your Darkest (Metal Blade) {14}: CS:28, Dag:13, Gf:5, Mc:+, Rev:8, V:+(1); lw_m:22 -- Mc:88, AM:157
  13. Vein: Errorzone (Closed Casket Activities) {14}: Alt:27, Bc:68, NME:89, Rev:2, UpC:90; av_k:+, ex_m:1, lw_m:6 -- AM:179
  14. Conjurer: Mire (Holy Roar) {11}: L:+, Pu:9, Rf_h:3, Ups:14; av_m:+
  15. Alice in Chains: Rainier Fog (BMG) {10}: Crh:34, PR:4; an:1, lw_r:8 -- AM:158
  16. Pig Destroyer: Head Cage (Relapse) {10}: Bc:30, BV:33, Db:10, Qt:51, Rev:13, V:+(4); lw_m:23
  17. The Body: I Have Fought Against It but I Can't Any Longer (Thrill Jockey) {9}: Eb:39, No:16, Qt:64, Rf_h:14, Rf_k:48, V:+(1); av_m:+
  18. Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats: Wasteland (Rise Above) {9}: Db:7, FB:21, Gf:12, V:+(1); lw_m:5
  19. Immortal: Northern Chaos Gods (Nuclear Blast) {8}: Db:8, Ro:6, V:+(1); lw_m:29
  20. Skeletonwitch: Devouring Radiant Light (Prosthetic) {8}: Db:6, Hi:27, Mx:16, V:+(1); av_m:+
  21. Tomb Mold: Manor of Infinite Forms (20 Buck Spin) {8}: Db:17, Od:43, Rev:19, V:+(3); jhs:8, tr_m:15
  22. Voivod: The Wake (Century Media) {8}: Db:13, Tr:38, V:+(4); jhs:3, xce:5
  23. Imperial Triumphant: Vile Luxury (Gilead Media) {7}: Ne:43, On:48, Rf_h:19, V:+(1); ex_m:9, tr_m:10
  24. Mol: Jord (Holy Roar) {7}: 405:20, L:+, Pu:11, Sg:+; lw_m:19
  25. Cult Leader: A Patient Man (Deathwish) {6}: Pu:18, Rev:11, Rf_h:32; ex_m:7
  26. High on Fire: Electric Messiah (Entertainment One) {6}: Rev:15, V:+(2); av_m:+, lw_m:16, tr_m:22
  27. Horrendous: Idol (Season of Mist) {6}: Db:28, Ne:19, Rev:24, V:+(1); tr_m:6
  28. Khemmis: Desolation (20 Buck Spin/Nuclear Blast) {6}: Db:9, FB:28, PM:+; tr_m:13
  29. Panopticon: The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness Part I and II (Nordvis) {6}: Bc:92, Db:40, Hi:8, Qt:21; av_m:+, tr_m:14
  30. Don Broco: Technology (Nuclear Blast) {5}: Bq:+, RkS:2
  31. Graveyard: Peace (Nuclear Blast) {5}: FB:2, V:+(1)
  32. Haunt: Burst Into Flame (Shadow Kingdom) {5}: Db:12, V:+(1); jhs:4
  33. Outer Heaven: Realms of Eternal Decay (Relapse) {5}: Db:20; ex_m:5, rak:+
  34. At the Gates: To Drink From the Night Itself (Century Media) {4}: Db:11, Rev:30, Sg:+
  35. Between the Buried and Me: Automata I (Sumerian) {4}: L:+, Mx:34, SC:+, V:+(1); lw_m:8
  36. Bury Tomorrow: Black Flame (Music for Nations) {4}: Bq:+, RkS:26, Ups:11
  37. Clutch: Book of Bad Decisions (Weathermaker) {4}: PR:7; lw_r:14
  38. Evoken: Hypnagogia (Profound Lore) {4}: Db:4
  39. Madder Mortem: Marrow (Karisma) {4}: V:+(1); vgm:1
  40. Mournful Congregation: The Incubus of Karma (Osmose/20 Buck Spin) {4}: Db:23, Rf_h:44, V:+(2); tr_m:18
  41. Palm Reader: Braille (Silent Cult) {4}: Pu:4
  42. Portal: Ion (Profound Lore) {4}: Db:24, Ne:25, Rf_h:45, V:+(1)
  43. Satan: Cruel Magic (Metal Blade) {4}: Bc:40, Db:16, V:+(3)
  44. Uada: Cult of a Dying Sun (Eisenwald) {4}: Db:3
  45. Windhand: Eternal Return (Relapse) {4}: Bc:62, BV:38, FB:29; av_m:+
  46. Ancestors: Suspended in Reflections (Pelagic) {3}: FB:20, V:+(1)
  47. The Atlas Moth: Coma Noir (Prosthetic) {3}: Db:18, V:+(1)
  48. Corrosion of Conformity: No Cross No Crown (Nuclear Blast) {3}: Db:31, L:+, V:+(1)
  49. Harm's Way: Posthuman (Metal Blade) {3}: Rev:17; ex_m:6
  50. Hopesfall: Arbiter (Graphic Nature/Equal Vision) {3}: ax:1
  51. Messa: Feast for Water (Aural) {3}: FB:12, V:+(1)
  52. Ministry: AmeriKKKant (Nuclear Blast) {3}: Mx:11; lw_m:24
  53. Orphaned Land: Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs (Century Media) {3}: Gf:19, L:+
  54. Rivers of Nihil: Where Owls Know My Name (Metal Blade) {3}: ex_m:3, lw_m:15
  55. Silent Planet: When the End Began (Solid State) {3}: Rf:h:6
  56. Vuur: In This Moment We Are Free: Cities (Inside Out Music) {3}: V:+(1); vgm:2
  57. Agrimonia: Awaken (Southern Lord) {2}: V:+(2); tr_m:7
  58. Aorlhac: L'Esprit Des Vents (Les Acteurs De L'Ombre) {2}: V:+(1); vsh:10
  59. Black Tongue: Nadir (self-released) {2}: Rf_h:18
  60. Body Void: I Live Inside a Burning House (Crown and Throne) {2}: 405:40, Rf_h:37
  61. Candy: Good to Feel (Triple-B) {2}: Rev:25; av_k:+
  62. Cane Hill: Too Far Gone (Rise) {2}: Rev:18
  63. Chapel of Disease: . . . And as We Have Seen the Storm We Have Embraced the Eye (Van) {2}: Db:15
  64. Dark Sarah: The Golden Moth (Inner Wound) {2}: V:+(1); vgm:9
  65. Hate Eternal: Upon Desolate Sands (Season of Mist) {2}: Db:39; lw_m:14
  66. Huntsmen: American Scrap (Prosthetic) {2}: Hi:15
  67. Ihsahn: Amr (Spinefarm) {2}: L:+, V:+(1)
  68. Ineffable Demise: Beyond the Marrow Gates (Realityfade) {2}: V:+(1); vpf:9
  69. Jesus Piece: Only Self (Southern Lord) {2}: Bc:37; tr_m:19
  70. Karg: Dornenvogel (AOP) {2}: Rf_h:17
  71. Lucifer: Lucifer II (Century Media) {2}: FB:16
  72. Daron Malakian and Scars on Broadway: Dictator (Scarred for Life) {2}: V:+(1); lw_r:22
  73. Mammoth Grinder: Cosmic Crypt (Relapse) {2}: N:27; av_m:+
  74. Of Mice & Men: Defy (Rise) {2}: Ups:15
  75. Old Wounds: Glow (Good Fight Music) {2}: Rev:22, V:+(1)
  76. Portrayal of Guilt: Let Pain Be Your Guide (Gilead Media) {2}: N:25; tr_m:8
  77. Powerwolf: The Sacrament of Sin (Napalm) {2}: V:+(1); jan:7
  78. Primal Rite: Dirge of Escapism (Revelation) {2}: V:+(1); av_m:+
  79. Sepulcher: Panoptic Horror (Edged Circle Productions) {2}: Db:30; tr_m:24
  80. Soulfly: Ritual (Nuclear Blast) {2}: Rf_h:49, V:+(1)
  81. Spectral Wound: Infernal Decadence (Vendetta) {2}: Hi:20
  82. Summoning: With Doom We Come (Napalm) {2}: V:+(1); vjo:5
  83. Svalbard: It's Hard to Have Hope (Translation Loss) {2}: Db:29, N:40
  84. Varathron: Patriarchs of Evil (Agonia) {2}: Db:19
  85. Visigoth: Conqueror's Oath (Metal Blade) {2}: Db:26; lw_m:21
  86. Wayfarer: World's Blood (Profound Lore) {2}: Hi:34, V:+(1)
  87. Abhorrence: Megalohydrothalassophobic (Svart) {1}: Db:27
  88. Ails: The Unraveling (The Flenser) {1}: tr_m:17
  89. Akhenaten: Golden Serpent God (Satanath) {1}: lw_m:17
  90. Alter of Perversion: Intra Naos (Norma Evangelium Diaboli/The Ajna Offensive) {1}: Rf_h:23
  91. Amorphis: Queen of Time (Nuclear Blast) {1}: lw_m:13
  92. Anicon: Entropy Mantra (Vendetta) {1}: av_m:+
  93. Author & Punisher: Beastland (Relapse) {1}: tr_m:20
  94. Azusa: Heavy Yoke (Solid State) {1}: V:+(1)
  95. Band-Maid: World Domination (JPU) {1}: ax:6
  96. Beastmaker: EP 10 [-] EP 80 (self-released) {1}: Bc:73
  97. Black Label Society: Grimmest Hits (Entertainmenet One) {1}: lw_m:7
  98. Bleeding Through: Love Will Kill All (SharpTone) {1}: Noj:32
  99. Blood of the Sun: Blood's Thicker Than Love (Listenable/Border) {1}: Noj:42
  100. Bone Sickness: Theater of Morbidity (self-released) {1}: av_m:+
  101. Bongripper: Terminal (Great Barrier) {1}: V:+(2)
  102. Bosse-de-Nage: Further Still (The Flenser) {1}: av_m:+
  103. Brainoil: Singularity to Extinction (Tankcrimes) {1}: V:+(1)
  104. Cantique Lepreux: Paysages Polaires (Eisenwald Tonschmiede) {1}: V:+(1)
  105. Chaos Echoes: Mouvement (Nuclear War Now!) {1}: tr_m:21
  106. Choral Hearse: Mire Exhumed (self-released) {1}: FB:72
  107. Churchburn: None Shall Live . . . The Hymns of Misery (Armageddon Label) {1}: av_m:+
  108. Cloud Rat: Clipped Beaks//Silk Panic (Colline Noire) {1}: V:+(1)
  109. Cosmic Church: Tayttymys (Kuunpalvelus) {1}: Db:38
  110. Craft: White Noise and Black Metal (Season of Mist) {1}: lw_m:27
  111. Dawnbreaker: Deus Vult (1022919 DK) {1}: V:+(1)
  112. Devouring Star: The Arteries of Heresy (Dark Descent) {1}: Db:32
  113. Dodsrit: Spirit Crusher (Prosthetic) {1}: N:74
  114. Eagle Twin: The Thundering Herd (Southern Lord) {1}: V:+(1)
  115. Extremity: Coffin Birth (20 Buck Spin) {1}: tr_m:25
  116. Faustcoven: In the Shadow of Doom (Nuclear War Now) {1}: V:+(*)
  117. Five Finger Death Punch: And Justice for None (Prospect Park) {1}: lw_r:20
  118. Frontierer: Unloved (self-released) {1}: ex_m:8
  119. Funeral Mist: Hekatomb (Horma Evangelium Diaboli) {1}: Db:21
  120. Furze: The Presence . . . (Polytriad Fingerprints) {1}: V:+(1)
  121. Glorior Belli: The Apostates (Season of Mist) {1}: av_m:+
  122. Gyre of Incandescents: Gyre of Incandescents (Wolfspell) {1}: V:+(1)
  123. Ice Nine Kills: The Silver Scream (Fearless) {1}: RkS:35
  124. Ilsa: Corpse Fortress (Relapse) {1}: N:70
  125. Inferi: The Revenant (The Artisan Era) {1}: Rf_h:30
  126. JIRM: Surge Ex Monumentis (Small Stone) {1}: FB:71
  127. JOY: No Light Below (Blood and Ink) {1}: Rf_h:25
  128. Ken Mode: Loved (New Damage/Season of Mist) {1}: Db:37
  129. Knelt Rote: Alterity (Headspin) {1}: V:+(1)
  130. Legend of the Seagullmen: Legend of the Seagullmen (Dine Alone) {1}: lw_m:18
  131. Limbs: Father's Son (UNFD) {1}: RkS:30
  132. Lychgate: The Contagion in Nine Steps (Blood Music) {1}: lw_m:25
  133. Mesarthim: The Density Parameter (Avantgarde Music) {1}: V:+(1)
  134. Moab: Through (Falling Dome) {1}: FB:60
  135. Monster Magnet: Mindfucker (Napalm) {1}: Db:36
  136. Mortuous: Through Wilderness (Tankcrimes) {1}: Db:25
  137. The Ocean: Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic (Metal Blade) {1}: lw_m:11
  138. Omnium Gatherum: The Burning Cold (Century Media) {1}: V:+(1)
  139. Our Hollow Our Home: In Moment//In Memory (//Hollow Music) {1}: RkS:36
  140. Pale Divine: Pale Divine (Shadow Kingdom) {1}: FB:31
  141. Reverorum Ib Malacht: Im Ra Distare Summum Soveris Seris Vas Innoble (AnnapumA) {1}: Rf_h:50
  142. Revocation: The Outer Ones (Metal Blade) {1}: av_m:+
  143. River Cult: Halcyon Daze (Cats on Amps) {1}: V:+(1)
  144. Sex Riders: Sex Riders (Magankiadas) {1}: Re:29
  145. Sick of It All: Wake the Sleeping Dragon! (Century Media) {1}: V:+(1)
  146. Sigh: Heir to Despair (Spinefarm) {1}: lw_m:28
  147. Sleepwalker: [-X-X] (Sentient Ruin) {1}: tr_m:23
  148. Slugdge: Esoteric Malacology (Willowtip) {1}: av_m:+
  149. Tommy and the Commies: Here Come . . . (Slovenly) {1}: V:+(1)
  150. Tragedy: Fury (Tragedy) {1}: V:+(1)
  151. Ulthar: Cosmovore (20 Buck Spin) {1}: Bc:51
  152. Unleashed: The Hunt for White Christ (Napalm) {1}: lw_m:26
  153. Wake: Misery Rites (Translation Loss) {1}: Db:35
  154. Wiegedood: De Boden Hebben Het Goed III (Century Media) {1}: Sb:+
  155. Wombripper: From the Depths of Flesh (Redefining Darkness) {1}: V:+(1)
  156. Yovel: [Hide\'tu] (self-released) {1}: N:55


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