Metal Shop's Top 30 Metal Albums Of 2018

December 30, 2018
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2018 was an incredible year for metal music. With so many bands releasing solid material, it’s a pretty daunting task to sit down and choose a year end list for Metal Shop. But that’s our task! Each year, the three of us (Ian, Ryan the Beard and I – Kevin) sit down and go over the 250+ new metal albums we played on the show this year and make our choices. A lot of things go into this decision - of course quality of music is a big one, but remember it’s not our personal year end lists… it’s the Metal Shop year end list – so the amount of requests and love that we get from the listeners plays in just as much if not more than how much we like it. 
After all was said and done, we came up with this list. 
Without any further ado, here it is…

Metal Shop’s Top 30 Metal Albums of 2018
30. Terrorizer – “Caustic Attack” (The End Records)
29. Soulfly – “Ritual” (Nuclear Blast)
28. Visigoth – “Conqueror’s Oath” (Metal Blade)
27. Bloodbath – “The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn” (Peaceville)
26. Harm’s Way – “Posthuman” (Metal Blade)
25. Psycroptic – “As The Kingdom Drowns” (Prosthetic)
24. Skeletal Remains – “Devouring Mortality” (Dark Descent)
23. Soreption – “Monument of the End” (Sumerian Records)
22. Immortal – “Northern Chaos Gods” (Nuclear Blast)
21. High On Fire – “Electric Messiah” (EOne)
20. Hate Eternal – “Upon Desolate Sands” (Season Of Mist)
19. Vein – “Errorzone” (Closed Casket Activities)
18. Amorphis – “Queen Of Time” (Nuclear Blast)
17. Aborted – “Terrorvision” (Century Media)
16. YOB – “Our Raw Heart” (Relapse)
15. Ghost Ship Octavius – “Delirium” (Iceburn Multimedia)
14. Pound - “Pound” (Silent Pendulum)
13. Aethereus – “Absentia” (The Artisan Era)
12. Anaal Nathrakh – “A New Kind Of Horror” (Metal Blade)
11. Obscura – “Diluvium” (Relapse)
10. Pig Destroyer – “Head Cage” (Relapse)
9. Drawn and Quartered - “The One Who Lurks” (Krucyator)
8. Sleep – “The Sciences” (Third Man)
7. Gorod – “Aethra” (Overpowered) 
6. Behemoth – “I Loved You At Your Darkest” (Metal Blade)
5. Omnium Gatherum – “The Burning Cold” (Century Media)
4. Rivers Of Nihil – “Where Owls Know My Name” (Metal Blade)
3. Warrel Dane – “Shadow Work” (Century Media)
2. At The Gates – “To Drink From The Night Itself” (Century Media)
1. Judas Priest – “Firepower” (Columbia)