2018 was no exception for fantastic Rock and Metal. With big names like Judas Priest and Sleep releasing great albums, to lesser known workhorses like Slugdge or Thou releasing album of the year contenders, there's a good chance a few great albums slipped by without notice.
Even if you left new music playing 24/7, you still wouldn't even make a dent in the amount of music that came out in 2018. That's why we have people on the internet willing to sift through the rough to find the diamonds.
Whether you need an album to headbang to all night or one to hypnotize you with pure atmosphere, or some combination of both, don't skip over these impressive efforts from 2018.
10. Tyranny Of Hours - Darkling
The four-piece band from Oregon released their debut album back in 2013 and made us wait 5 whole years for a follow-up. Hard to blame them as the band is admittedly a side project and not their main effort.
Take the musicianship of progressive metal, throw in some power metal vocals, top it off with a symphonic backing, and you have Darkling. Don't let that fool you into thinking you know what to expect. Yes, the soaring vocals by Michelle Mattair seem prototypical, but Alex McDonald's drumming is captivating on nearly every track and Matt Galligan and Don Graham prove to be quite the duo with their charging riffs and creative backing when not the focal point of the track.
The tone of everything will be this album's hardest criticism. The guitars do seem a bit muffled and Michelle sounds like she's holding back throughout the album. Or that could just be how she sounds normally. Nonetheless, lovers of Symphonic and Progressive Metal should find themselves at home with Darkling.