Arash Khosronejad’s Top 100 Albums of 2018

Arash Top 100 2018

Well, thank you for joining me and Inhale the Heavy to read my top one hundred albums of 2018. I was lucky and, I think, I had enough time to listen to more than 800 albums last year and most of them shocked me very hard. There were ultimately thrilling and joyful albums, countless brilliant songs and mesmerizing moments that surrounded me and didn’t leave for a long time.

To cut it short, this list includes albums, EPs, demos and singles. Thanks again for joining us and reading this list.

100. Wisdom in ChainsNothing in Nature Respects Weakness
99. VreidLifehunger
98. Soul GripNot Ever
97. Giant of the MountainNature’s Wrath
96. XenobioticPrometheus
95. Secret CutterQuantum Eraser
94. TerrorTotal Retaliation
93. GráVäsen
92. WakeMisery Rites
91. The CrownCobra Speed Venom

90. Split CraniumI’m the Devil and I’m OK
89. RabitrupSWVMPS II
88. EigenlichtSelf-Annihilating Consciousness
87. LeechedYou Took the Sun When You Left
86. MølJord
85. Bind Torture KillViscères
84. YOBOur Raw Heart
83. Noise Trail ImmersionSymbology of Shelter
82. Omega PointThe Descent
81. MonotheistScourge

80. Autumn CreaturesFuneral Garden
79. DiscomfortFear
78. Jesus PieceOnly Self
77. SoulflyRitual
76. LLNNDeads
75. UadaCult of a Dying Sun
74. In VainCurrents
73. HuntsmenAmerican Scrap
72. Abysmal TormentThe Misanthrope
71. Marsh DwellerWanderer

70. InferiRevenant
69. Molested DivinityDesolated Realms Through Iniquity
68. Dead HuntDead Hunt
67. Uncle Acid & the DeadbeatsWasteland
66. ConjurerMire
65. SonanceTo Possess You Entirely
64. WallfahrerAnthologie Der Abkehr
63. Graf OrlockAn Examination of Violent Cinema, Vol. 1
62. SqualusMass and Power
61. We Hunt BuffaloHead Smashed In

60. SvartidauðiRevelations of the Red Sword
59. AgrimoniaAwaken
58. EstuarineSic Erat Scriptum
57. IskaldInnhøstinga
56. MayakTrenches
55. The Atlas MothComa Noir
54. Black FastSpectre of Ruin
53. CraftWhite Noise and Black Metal
52. Philip H. Anselmo & the IllegalsChoosing Mental Illness As A Virtue
51. NecrophobicMark of the Necrogram

50. ImmortalNorthern Chaos Gods
49. SaxonThunderbolt
48. Bosse-de-NageFurther Still
47. SargeistUnbound
46. The UglyThanatology
45. HexripperDemo 2018
44. VerheererMaltrér
43. Drawn and QuarteredThe One Who Lurks
42. At The GatesTo Drink From The Night Itself
41. DeceasedGhostly White

40. The Odious ConstructShrine of the Obscene
39. Anaal NathrakhA New Kind of Horror
38. Cult LeaderA Patient Man
37. VoodusInto the Wild
36. KhôradaSalt
35. Order ov Riven CathedralsGöbekli Tepe
34. Judas PriestFirepower
33. Ivar Bjørnson & Einar SelvikHugsjá
32. DødsferdDiseased Remnants of a Dying World
31. UsurpressInterregnum

30. Súl Ad AstralOasis
29. TrappistAncient Brewing Tactics
28. SvalbardIt’s Hard to Have Hope
27. Born to Murder the WorldThe Infinite Mirror of Millennial Narcissism
26. MonstrosityThe Passage of Existence
25. Hate EternalUpon Desolate Sands
24. Wasted TheoryWarlords of the New Electric
23. SoreptionMonument of the End
22. AuguryIllusive Golden Age
21. SatanCruel Magic

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20. Abhorrent DeformitySlaughter Monolith
There were quite a few good brutal death metal albums this year but Abhorrent Deformity have done something bigger, more brutal and phenomenal in Slaughter Monolith with some splendid performances.

19. RespireDénouement
Respire’s Dénouement will be on my mind forever as one of the gloomiest, darkest, most sensational and most phenomenal post-black metal albums of all time. Just listen to the song “Haunt”. It cries and it will make you cry.

18. ManesSlow Motion Death Sequence
Just look at that title. It tells you the whole story. Manes have gone deeper and they have touched the deepest feelings, with pure artistic form.

17. IsenordalEternal Winter of the Mind (Single)
They topped my list of best albums of 2017 with Shores of Mourning and they touched my soul once again with this single, which is nothing short of a hypnotic journey.

16. Coheed and Cambria The Unheavenly Creatures
Now everything looks perfect in Coheed and Cambria’s music. They have returned to their roots and they have made a phenomenal rock opera, which will be remembered as one of their best in their career.

15. Red ApolloThe Laurels of Serenity
Created upon massive sensational hypnotic sludgy soundscapes, The Laurels of Serenity is thrilling from start to finish. Undoubtedly Red Apollo have entered a new era with this album.

14. AncstGhosts of the Timeless Void
Dark, aggressive, reckless, mournful. What did I expect from Ancst?

13. Pig DestroyerHead Cage
Pig Destroyer have released a new album and they’ve become groovier, and it rules. I can’t get enough of it.

12. In the Woods…Cease the Day
Accept these words from someone who isn’t a big fan of progressive metal. This album is magnificent. This is beautiful throughout. In the Woods… have given a new spirit to progressive metal with Cease the Day.

11. Alice in ChainsRainier Fog
William DuVall and Jerry Cantrell killed this record. Alice in Chains are on top of their game with Rainier Fog.

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10. Encircling SeaHearken
A Forgotten Land was a pure blast. Hearken accomplished their mission. This album came from another dimension. “Bloodstone” is a breathtaking start; “Kinsoil” will make you stop breathing.

9. Sagor Som Leder Mot SlutetII
Sagor Som Leder Mot Slutet’s II is a masterpiece, an epic masterpiece, full of moments that will take to an endless bleak journey. It is one of the best post-rock/metal albums of the decade.

8. A Perfect CircleEat the Elephant
Fourteen years wait is over. And it was worth the wait. The circle is complete now. This album is otherworldly.

7. DeicideOvertures Of Blasphemy
It hasn’t happened since The Stench of Redemption, to have a Deicide record on my top 10 albums of the year. Overtures of Blasphemy has changed the story. This album is Deicide’s new brutal masterwork.

6. Sulphur AeonThe Scythe of Cosmic Chaos
Gateway to the Antisphere was a terrific record. The Scythe of Cosmic Chaos is Sulphur Aeon’s best album to date. There is outstanding songwriting and performance and it’s combined with brilliant production.

5. SkeletonwitchDevouring Radiant Light
Skeletonwitch have become… Cascadian black metal? Or they’ve tried something, a bit, different? Devouring Radiant Light stands on top everything Skeletonwitch have recorded, with an impressive, unexpected evolution. “Sacred Soil” is shockingly great.

4. Chapel of Disease…and as We Have Seen the Storm, We Have Embraced the Eye
With an album title like this and an album cover like that, I was absolutely waiting for something way more different than what they’d already done. And I wasn’t wrong. That transformation from a typical death metal to a monster like this was beyond my expectations. Chapel of Disease are now dealing with some artistic hypes around their music that is well-deserved.

3. AvastMother Culture
Avast’s Mother Nature is something I can’t talk about enough. We have an aggressive, emotional, mournful, crusty blackened post-metal. But Mother Nature is more than that. The best debut album of 2018. Norway has a new band to be proud of.

2. DistancesDiableries
This album didn’t hit me hard at first time before I reach the song “Maybe”. That song made me to go back to the beginning and listen to the whole album one more time. Then that album formed a new meaning for me. Dark post-hardcore, sludge/post-metal with weeping violin tunes lied down the surface. Diableries is killer and cruelly beautiful.

dawnwalker - human ruins

1. DawnwalkerHuman Ruins
I don’t even know where I should start to describe it. One of the most unexpected albums I’ve ever encountered now has become my album of the year. Human Ruins is supposed to be known as a post-metal record, but don’t believe this. That atmosphere, those vocal tunes, those lyrics are taking to somewhere you were always looking for. You will witness the meaning of the beauty and human feelings.

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