This year has been a truly productive time for the metal community. Veteran acts, up-and-comers and even the underground have produced offerings that have given the metal masses more than enough reason to put their horns in the air all year long. The most notable acts who have released standout albums this year include, and are not limited to from All Hail The Yeti, Judas Priest and Artillery just to name a few bands.
Keeping this in mind, rock and metal critics the world over will have to agree that developing a list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal offerings was a monumental task. That was especially the case for this critic. This critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums features new albums from bands from both sides of the Atlantic and from the mainstream and the underground.
Taking the top spot in this year’s list from Phil’s Picks is none other than the British prog-metal outfit TesseracT, Sonder. The band’s latest offering is both musically and lyrically a truly in-depth offering that holds its own in the metal community and the prog community.
Second place this year goes to Florida’s own Nonpoint. The band’s aptly-titled X is a powerhouse offering from the veteran hard rock band that shows Nonpoint as a band at the top of its game both musically and lyrically.
Judas Priest takes the bronze this year with its new album Firepower. This one was not an easy choice to make, as Nonpoint, Judas Priest and TesseracT are all outstanding bands in their own right. Firepower harkens back to some of Judas Priest’s best work from days long gone, and is such a welcome album. With lyrics that pay tribute to the military, that make a bold statement of standing up for one’s self and more, it is that much stronger, so it was not with ease that the album ended up in third.
Also featured in this year’s list are new albums from Artillery, All Hail The Yeti and Soulfly just to name a few more. As always, the top 10 albums are the main list while the five that follow are all honorable mention titles. With all of this in mind, here is Phil’s Picks 2018 Top 10 New Hard Rock and Metal Albums.
PHIL’S PICKS 2018 TOP 10 NEW HARD ROCK & METAL ALBUMS
- TesseracT — Sonder
- Nonpoint — X
- Judas Priest — Firepower
- Between The Buried and Me — Automata
- Soulfly — Ritual
- Sevendust — All I See Is War
- All Hail The Yeti — Highway Crosses
- Exmortus — The Sound of Steel
- Artillery — The Face of Fear
- The Amsterdam Red Light District — Sapere Aude
- Ice Nine Kills — The Silver Scream
- Black Label Society — Grimmest Hits
- Unearth — Extinction(s)
- Atreyu — In Our Wake
- Zardonic — Become
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