20 Best Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Albums Of 2018 (So Far)

The extreme juggernauts that have defined the early months of 2018.


As far as metal goes, 2018 has been... a weird one. The genre has done so much wacky sh*t over the past few months that it has genuinely boggled the mind on a very regular basis. On this list alone, we have a hooded doom metal group, an act dedicated to Godzilla, a band fronted by a clown and an album dedicated to 1940s film noir.

And then, mixed in with that, we have more black metal than anyone could ever want in their lifetime, prog for days and even some exciting debuts, all alongside a plethora of beloved records that die-hard rock ‘n’ roll addicts have been waiting for for aeons!

Needless to say, this is going to be a pretty jam-packed list. So much has happened in metal this year that condensing it down to twenty for January through to the end of April just feels cruel. But that’s what I’m going to do because A) this music all deserves to be promoted, and B) I’m a glutton for the punishment of your cruel, cruel feedback in the comments section.

Let’s do this.

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