Saturday, 2 February 2019

2018 End-Of-Year-List - Mikey Ortega (Diclonious)


2018 was everything I was hoping for. Just like every year, it was full of established bands still killing it. Showing everyone they still got it and new bands making their presence noticed. Trying to prove to everyone that they belong. All of my anticipated albums lived up to my expectations. Mike Schmidt recorded YOB’s most stellar record, after coming back from a life threatening health issue.  We had two killer Doom Metal debuts from Sixes and High Priestess, that totally crushed it in 2018. and finally, Brain Fragment recorded something with their new vocalist, Ashley. 2018 was also a great year for the Noise scene, as a lot of killer acts put out their best material to date. Gnaw Their Tounges’ "Genocidal Majesty" was an album that sure disturbed the neighbours. It was great to see Impulse Kill put out another release in "Ruined" and of course Hailey Magdalena putting out some new Ritual Chair and the debut of Cult of Mary. Making these Year-End lists, as always, are so hard to make. But after many many listens, I feel confident that I made my definitive Top 20 Albums of 2018. Like always, most of the albums on my list are from my own collection. There are some albums out there that would have made my list, but I never got around them. Of course being out of a job and going back to school made it a bit difficult to follow some new tunes but luckily I was able to get by. Especially with Bandcamp’s “Pay As You Like” option, I was able to get some albums, that I wouldn’t get in full price. Hopefully after you read this Year-End list, you’ll go out and check out some of these albums that you probably missed. Hope everyone had a great Winter break and wish everyone a Happy New Year. Let 2019 bring us so many awesomeness.

20. Rare Form - Six Months In Hiding
Labels: Wishful Thinking Art & Recordings
Formats: Vinyl/Digital
Release Date: 13 Jan 2018





19. Identity Combat - Time Will Tell
Labels: Self-Released
Formats: Digital
Release Date: 20 Nov 2018




18. Impulse Kill - Ruined
Labels: Lost Light Records
Formats: Digital
Release Date: 30 Nov 2018




17. Coffin Torture - Dismal Planet
Labels: Sludgelord Records
Formats: Vinyl/CD/Digital
Release Date: 16 Feb 2018





16. Goshen - Goshen
Labels: Self-Released
Formats: Digital
Release Date: 09 Jun 2018





15. Ritual Chair - Brock Turner
Labels:: Self-Released
Formats: Digital
Release Date: 28 Jul 2018





14. Brain Fragment - Fungus
Labels: Hellasuarus Records
Formats: Digital
Release Date: 19 Sep 2018





13. High Priestess - High Priestess
Labels: Ripple Music
Foermats: Vinyl/CD/Digital
Release Date: 18 May 2018



12. Gnaw Their Tongues - Genocidal Majesty
Labels: Consouling Sounds/Tartarus Records
Formats: Vinyl/CD/Tape/Digital
Release Date: 09 Feb 2018





11. Them Are Us Too - Amends
Labels: Dais Records
Formats: Vinyl/CD/Digital
Release Date: 29 Jan 2018





10. Sixes - Methistopheles
Labels: Black Bow Records/Forbidden Place Records/Medusa Crush Recordings
Formats: Vinyl/CD/Tape/Digital
Release Date: 01 Mar 2018






9. Bible Black Tyrant - Regret Beyond Death
Labels: Argonauta Records/Anima Recordings
Formats: CD/Tape/Digital
Release Date: 16 Feb 2018





8. Judas Priest - Firepower
Labels: Columbia/Sony Music
Formats: Vinyl/CD/Tape/Digital
Release Date: 09 Mar 2018



7. Neko Case - Hell-On
Labels: Anti- Records/Lady Pilot
Formats: Vinyl/CD/Digital
Release Date: 01 Jun 2018





6. Grajo - Slowgod II
Labels: DHU Records/Underground Legends Records
Formats: Vinyl/CD/Digital
Release Date: 15 Jan 2018





5. Frayle - The White Witch EP
Labels: Lay Bare Recordings/Seeing Red Records
Formats: Vinyl/CD/Digital
Release Date: 01 Apr 2018





4. Hide - Castration Anxiety
Labels: Dais Records
Formats: Digital
Release Date: 23 Mar 2018





 3. YOB - Our Raw Heart
Labels: Relapse Records
Formats: Vinyl/CD/Tape/Digital
Release Date: 08 Jun 2018





2. Miracle - The Strife of Love in a Dream
Labels: Relapse Records
Formats: Vinyl/CD/Digital
Release Date: 16 Feb 2018





1. CHRCH - Light Will Consume Us All
Labels: Neurot Recordings
Formats: Vinyl/CD/Digital
Release Date: 11 May 2018





Once again, thanks to Mikey for submitting his list. Watch out for more guest posts from Mikey this year and please check out his project Diclonious here - https://www.facebook.com/dicloniusdoom.

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