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2018 Extravaganza

Year End Extravaganza: Ian Lovdahl’s 20 Favorite Albums of 2018

What do you mean 2018 is almost over? When you live in the middle of a desert like I do, time appears to pass slowly. Even now, as sleigh bells ring and carolers sing, it’s still sunny and seventy without a fir tree in sight; however, there’s two surefire ways to snap me back into reality and embrace the spirit of the season: 1) healthy doses of old-timey Christmas music (a guilty pleasure), and 2) writing year-end music lists.

But lo, you will not find any jaunty seasonal tunes on this list, good shepherd. The twenty albums you see before your eyes are all shining examples of the very best metal of 2018. To illustrate the sheer excellence of these twenty albums, here’s some background context of my listening habits over the past year: in 2018, I listened to 372 unique albums. I wrote down every album I listened to, metal and non-metal alike, and gave each album a grade. Out of the 372 records, 101 of them scored at least a B- on the IMV scale; therefore, after many crumpled lists and sweat-beading deliberation, my selection process yielded twenty incredible albums, and I can honestly say that I do not regret anything about my final lineup.

Before I get into my list, I want to show my genuine admiration for all the talented writers here at Indy Metal Vault, as well as my sincere gratitude to the senior editing staff for allowing me the opportunity to share my unsolicited opinions on the web; yet, most of all, I offer a dear thanks to you, the reader. Without your continued interest and support, our words would fall on deaf ears (which make for a horrible listening experience). Now, without further ado, I present to you my top twenty metal albums of 2018.

20. An Autumn for Crippled Children – the light of september

19. Bosse-de-Nage – Further Still

18.. Svavelvinter – Mörkrets Tid

17. INHUMANKIND – Self-Extinction

16. Usurpress – Interregnum

15. Morrow – The Weight of These Feathers

14. Serocs – The Phobos/Deimos Suite

13. Beorn’s Hall – Estuary

12. Khemmis – Desolation

11. Napalm Ted – Mouthful

10. Hamferð– Támsins Likam

9. Wayfarer – World’s Blood

8. Sear Bliss – Letters from the Edge

7. Augury – Illusive Golden Age

6. Æpoch– Awakening Inception

5. Deafheaven – Ordinary Corrupt Human Love

4. Beyond Creation – Algorythm

3. Horrendous – Idol

2. KHÔRADASalt

1. Ihsahn – Ámr

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