PLAYLIST 2018

Another year comes to an end, a year which has seen a few comebacks, surprises and great albums, both at home and abroad. There have been some changes inside our stuff, and a huge transformation for our website as well, but as usual it’s time to come to terms with 2018, a year that has left us hoping for a quick human extinction: may the wait be pleasant with the following selection of titles.

Coming at a tie for second and third place, in our overall best album chart, are an Italian gem and an album that stretches from one pole to the other, respectively Messa and Sojourner, with 3 mentions each. The gold medal goes to The Ocean (Collective) from Germany, with their monumental Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic which collected 4 preferences. Good scores also for our fellow Italians Marnero and Void Of Silence, along with other artists who stretch a bit far from standard metal vibes, like the Swede Anna Von Hausswolff. Surprisingly, Ghost are mentioned only once even though their new effort is nice and catchy, as well as Behemoth who, in contrast with their previous work, close this poll with one positive mark.

Talking about the worst titles, the situation is more rigid: in 2018 this may sound as a national sport, but the much-awaited Eonian by Dimmu Borgir goes down with 5 negative remarks, closely followed by Deafheaven and another name that was very predictable here, Machine Head. There are a few other bad ones, though, like death godfathers Deicide (2 negative mentions for them) and Ihsahn‘s new effort, probably a bit hard to deal with.

Regarding EPs et similia, the strong presence of Organ from Belluno and Progenie Terrestre Pura, by now a staple in the avantgarde/black scene, with their great work starCross.

Our Spotify channel, therefore, is more active than ever: enjoy our selection of the best material which came out in 2018 according to our modest and, at the same time, aristocratic opinions.


Bosj

Top 5:

  • Aïsha Devi – DNA Feelings
  • Materianera – Abyss
  • Marnero – Quando Vedrai Le Navi In Fiamme Sarà Giunta L’Ora
  • Messa – Feast For Water
  • Sojourner – The Shadowed Road

Flop 3:

  • Deafheaven – Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
  • Dimmu Borgir – Eonian
  • Machine Head – Catharsis

Top EP/Demo/Split:

Newcomers:

  • Materianera

Rediscovered Artist:

  • Paul Kalkbrenner

Crypt Of Fear

Top 5:

  • Convocation – Scars Across
  • Varathron – Patriarchs Of Evil
  • Manes – Slow Motion Death Sequence
  • STORM{O} – Ere
  • Valgrind – The Blackest Horizon

Flop 3:

  • Deafheaven – Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
  • Machine Head – Catharsis
  • Pestilence – Hadeon

Top Demo/EP/Split:

Newcomers:

  • Godless Enthropia

Rediscovered Artist:

  • Primordial

Dope Fiend

Top 5:

  • Infection Code – Dissenso
  • The Ocean Collective – Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic
  • Behemoth – I Loved You At Your Darkest
  • Void Of Silence – The Sky Over
  • Funeral Mist – Hekatomb

Flop 3:

Top EP/Demo/Split:

  • Organ – Eterno [EP]

Newcomers:

  • Bodies On Everest

Rediscovered Artist:

  • Placebo

Elisunn

Top 5:

  • Okra Playground – Ääneni Yli Vesien
  • Ghost – Prequelle
  • The Dogs – The Grief Manual
  • Yawning Man – The Revolt Against Tired Noises
  • Stam1na – Taival

Flop 3:

  • Shining – Animal
  • not specified
  • not specified

Top EP/Demo/Split:

  • Jutta Rahmel – Varjot Kulkevat Mukanani [EP]

Newcomers:

  • Sixcircles

Rediscovered Artist:

  • Caparezza

Giup

Top 5:

  • Messa – Feast For Water
  • Ingrina – Etter Lys
  • Anna Von Hausswolff – Dead Magic
  • King Dude – Music To Make War To
  • The Ocean Collective – Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic

Flop 3:

  • Harakiri For The Sky – Arson
  • Legend Of The Seagullmen – Legend Of The Seagullmen
  • not specified

Top EP/Demo/Split:

  • Progenie Terrestre Pura – starCross [EP]
  • The Secret – Lux Tenebris [EP]

Newcomers:

  • Born To Murder The World

Rediscovered Artist:

  • The Ocean

Huldradans

Top 5:

  • Amorphis – Queen Of Time
  • Summoning – With Doom We Come
  • Eneferens – The Bleakness Of Our Constant
  • Uada – Cult Of A Dying Sun
  • Harakiri For The Sky – Arson

Flop 3:

  • Dimmu Borgir – Eonian
  • Marduk – Viktoria
  • Therion – Beloved Antichrist

Top EP/Demo/Split:

  • Noesis – Unheard Whispers [EP]

Newcomers:

  • Entropia
  • Realm Of Wolves

Rediscovered Artist:

  • Immortal
  • Magnum

LordPist

Top 5:

  • Messa – Feast For Water
  • KhôradaSalt
  • Marnero – Quando Vedrai Le Navi In Fiamme Sarà Giunta L’Ora
  • The Ocean Collective – Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic
  • God Is An Astronaut – Epitaph

Flop 3:

  • not specified
  • not specified
  • not specified

Top EP/Demo/Split:

Newcomers:

  • Materianera

Rediscovered Artist:

  • Tangerine Dream

M1

Top 5:

  • Acherontas – Faustian Ethos
  • Sargeist – Unbound
  • Sojourner – The Shadowed Road
  • Trick Or Treat – Re-Animated
  • Void Of Silence – The Sky Over

Flop 3:

  • Dimmu Borgir – Eonian
  • Watain – Trident Wolf Eclipse
  • not specified

Top EP/Demo/Split:

Newcomers:

  • Délétère

Rediscovered Artist:

  • Body Count

Mourning

Top 5:

  • Cor Scorpii – Ruin
  • Necros Christos – Domedon Doxomedon
  • Una Stagione All’Inferno – Il Mostro Di Firenze
  • None – Life Has Gone On Long Enough
  • Skeletal Remains – Devouring Mortality

Flop 3:

  • Deicide – Overtures Of Blasphemy
  • Machine Head – Catharsis
  • Monstrosity – The Passage Of Existence

Top EP/Demo/Split:

  • Japanische Kampfhörspiele / Nervous Impulse / Meat Cutting Floor / Brud – Grind Cuts [split]

Newcomers:

  • Hellish God

Rediscovered Artist:

  • Paradox

Oneiros

Top 5:

  • Drudkh – Їм часто сниться капіж (They Often See Dreams About The Spring)
  • Harakiri For The Sky – Arson
  • Rome In MonochromeAway From Light
  • Selvans – Faunalia
  • The Ocean Collective – Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic

Flop 3:

  • Dimmu Borgir – Eonian
  • Nightwish – Decades (An Archive Of Song 1996 – 2015)
  • not specified

Top EP/Demo/Split:

  • Veratrum – Visioni [EP]

Newcomers:

Rediscovered Artist:

  • Saor

Nihal

Top 5:

  • Alice In ChainsRainier Fog
  • Amorphis – Queen Of Time
  • God Is An Astronaut – Epitaph
  • Distorted Harmony – A Way Out
  • Borealis – The Offering

Flop 3:

  • Avatar – Avatar Country
  • Machine Head – Catharsis
  • Three Days Grace – Outsider

Top EP/Demo/Split:

  • not specified

Newcomers:

  • Thegiornalisti

Rediscovered Artist:

  • Pain Of Salvation

VACVVM

Top 5:

  • Anna Von Hausswolff – Dead Magic
  • Wrekmeister Harmonies – The Alone Rush
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson – Mandy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Alessandro Cortini & Lawrence English – Immediate Horizon
  • Randall Dunn – Beloved

Flop 3:

  • Cease The Day
  • Ihsahn – Ámr
  • Sol Invictus – Necropolis

Top EP/Demo/Split:

  • Nozomu Matsumoto – Climatotherapy [EP]

Newcomers:

  • Renzo Arbore E L’Orchestra Italiana

Rediscovered Artist:

  • Mount Eerie

Vlakorados

Top 5:

Flop 3:

  • Deafheaven – Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
  • Semargl – New Era
  • not specified

Top EP/Demo/Split:

  • Blackpink – Square Up [EP]
  • Sora Tob Sakana – Alight [EP]
  • 本田華子(CV: 木野日菜)、オリヴィア(CV: 長江里加)、野村香純(CV: 小原好美) – インキャインパルス [EP]

Newcomers:

  • Broken By The Scream

Rediscovered Artist:

  • Anorexia Nervosa
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