It’s that time of year again. Here are numbers 20 to 11 in my Top 20 Albums of 2018.
You can click here to find the second half of my 2018 list, along with Chris Nee’s Top 20, and listen to our AOTY podcast special to hear us talking about our album choices and interviewing the artist at the top of our lists.
We’ve also put our favourite songs of the year on our 2018 Spotify playlist.
20. Will Haven – Muerte (Minus Head Records)
I missed Will Haven at their peak; my nu-metal brain wasn’t ready for what they had to offer. Now, I have much more time for them and their ability to ride a riff for an entire song. This album does that a lot, and I like it. [Spotify]
19. Old Wounds – Glow (Good Fight Music)
A band I wouldn’t be aware of without the other half of This Decay. This album was a late entry but a goodie. They’ve been listening to Deftones a lot, haven’t they? [Spotify]
18. A Perfect Circle – Eat The Elephant (A Perfect Circle/BMG)
Let’s get this straight: this album is quite fantastic. It’s a different, up to date version of a band that changed my outlook on music in the mid-00s and it’s great to have them back. Has it been worth the Chinese Democracy wait? Not so sure. [Spotify]
17. Birds In Row – We Already Lost The World (Deathwish Inc)
Shout out to the Riot Act podcast for bringing this gem of an album into my life. Full of ratty, scratchy, frenetic hardcore that makes your want to swing your arms around and shout at the top of your lungs. Marvellous. [Spotify]
16. Ghost – Prequelle (Lorna Vista Recordings)
It’s 2018 and I finally get Ghost. This album is just terrific; stadium-sized rock anthems that ooze ’70s swagger and melodies, and sound every bit as ambitious as the band that plays them. Their imagery makes you think they’re the next Slayer, but they sound more like the next Queen. [Spotify]
15. Nervus – Everything Dies (Big Scary Monsters)
I didn’t think this record would hold on to a Top 20 spot all year, but look, here it is. Why? It’s just so catchy! Those jangled, folksy guitar parts driving a bunch of huge choruses just won’t leave my head and I don’t mind one bit. [Spotify]
14. Judas Priest – Firepower (Sony Music Entertainment)
Ooh yes, have some of this! From the moment the title track kicks things off with its furious, choppy riff, to the end of the whole thing a bunch of cracking songs later, this is an absolute thrill ride. Yes, it’s a cliched thing to say of a band of this, er, vintage, but they’ve never sounded better. [Spotify]
13. Fucked And Bound – Suffrage (Atomic Action!)
If you want blood, go and chat to AC/DC. But if you want all-out rage that gets in, slaps you silly and gets out again, this album is for you. It’s an audio caffeine shot of crusty chainsaw guitars. It’s obnoxious. And it’s bloody great. [Spotify]
12. Basement – Beside Myself (Fueled By Ramen)
I’ve always admired Basement and have enjoyed seeing them live. But I’ve never previously gone in on an album of theirs. Then Beside Myself came along and I’ve rarely been able to go more than a couple of days without giving it a blast. Massive songs, massive melodies, massive record. [Spotify]
11. Svalbard – It’s Hard To Have Hope (Holy Roar Records)
The new record from a band we’re very much fans of at This Decay, and boy, is it bleak. But, when you’re taking a look at the world in 2018 and giving it a very literal translation into songs, I guess that’s always going to happen. There’s an energy and an anger here that might put some off, might make some uncomfortable, but could also make you feel something very moving inside. [Spotify]