The Inevitable End // 2018

This year has been incredible for music and metal in particular. Choosing records to include on a “best of” list is a personal thing and so I chose records that I enjoyed for their creativity, emotion, spirituality or message.

I did some cool things in 2018 in terms of writing and I went to some new places. Switzerland felt more like home each day. My day job in interesting and I’m learning a lot. I took lots of photographs and some will be included on an album release.

I hope to continue writing for Metal Hammer, The Quietus, Scene Point Blank and sporadically, myself in 2019 and I hope to hear a lot more exciting music.

Here are 25 metal records I really liked in 2018. This year I chose not to include links to my reviews (if I did one) and added a bandcamp link instead.

Abigor – Höllenzwang (Chronicles of Perdition) (Avantgarde Music)

Akitsa – Credo (Profound Lore Records)

Antlers – Beneath.Below.Behold (Totenmusik)

Arkhtinn – 最初の災害 (Amor Fati Productions)

Cultes Des Ghoules – Sinister, Or Treading The Darker Paths (Hells Headbangers)

Deafheaven – Ordinary Corrupt Human Love (Anti)

Devouring Star – The Arteries of Heresy (Dark Descent Records)

Entropia – Vacuum (Arachnophobia Records)

Evoken – Hypnagogia (Profound Lore Records)

Fórn – Rites of Despair (Gilead Media)

Funeral Mist – Hekatomb ( Norma Evangelium Diaboli)

Imperceptum – Heart of Darkness (Grey Matter Productions)

Khemmis – Desolation (20 Buck Spin)

Kriegsmaschine – Apocalypticists (No Solace)

Mournful Congregation – The Incubus of Karma (20 Buck Spin)

Panopticon – The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness (Bindrune Records)

Reverorum ib Malacht – Im Ra Distare Summum Soveris Seris Vas innoble (Annapurna)

Sargeist – Unbound (World Terror Committee)

Slugdge – Esoteric Malacology (Willowtip Records)

Svalbard – It’s Hard To Have Hope (Translation Loss)

Svartidauði – Revelations of the Red Sword (Ván Records)

The Body – I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer (Thrill Jockey)

Thou – Magus (Sacred Bones)

Vile Creature – Cast of Static and Smoke (Halo of Flies)

Yob – Our Raw Heart (Relapse Records)

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