Metal Insider’s Bram Teitelman’s Top 10 Metal Albums of 2018

Posted by on December 21, 2018

1) Tribulation, Down Below (Century Media)
Tribulation’s third album, The Children of the Night, seemingly came out of nowhere to kick my ass a few years back. When black metal combines with pretty much any other genre and is pulled off well, it’s a welcome surprise, and they nailed it. So how did they follow that up? By making an even more diverse and arguably better record. Vocalist Johannes Andersson’s croaking vocals are instantly off-putting, but once you can look past that, they crafted some of the catchiest riffs I’ve heard this year. They’re also a live spectacle, looking like an undead version of an ‘80s glam metal band, scratching an itch for rock, metal, black metal and death metal fans alike.
Key track: “Nightbound”
Other stuff I liked a bunch:
Khorada, Salt (Prophecy) 
Key Track: “Ossify”
Haken, Vector (InsideOut)
Key Track: “A Cell Divides”
Rivers of Nihil, Where Owls Know My Name (Metal Blade)
Key Track: The one with the sax on it
Pig Destroyer, Head Cage (Relapse Records)
Key Track: “Army of Cops”
The Night Flight Orchestra, Sometimes The World Ain’t Enough (Nuclear Blast)
Key track: “This Time”
Sleep, The Sciences (Third Man)
Key Track: “Giza Butler”
Listen to Bram’s highlights in the playlist below:

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