Metalistics’ Best Of 2018 Playlist

https://itunes.apple.com/us/playlist/metalistics-best-of-2018/pl.u-06oxxAbsWWyKXW

Since 2015, I have assembled an annual Best Of Metal Playlist, featuring the best song of an artist’s album from that year as I deem worthy. It’s now time to start this year’s playlist, only now I am branding it. Check back throughout the year as this playlist will update often. Add it to your Apple Music library to get the updates automatically!

  1. Lantern, by Sleeping Giant
  2. On The Inside, by Of Mice & Men
  3. Screaming at The Sun, by Machine Head
  4. The Swarm, by We Exist Even Dead
  5. The Fall, by Against the Waves
  6. Parasite, Returning His Crown
  7. The Bee, by Amorphis
  8. Human Empire, by Kobra and the Lotus
  9. RavenLight, by Kamelot
  10. Clarity, by Bleed From Within
  11. Tomb Omnia, by Harakiri for the Sky
  12. The Seventh Aeon, by Obscura
  13. A Home, by Rivers of Nihil
  14. Phalaenopsis, by Nightshade
  15. Speak of Sorrow, by Our Hollow, Our Home
  16. Buried, by Bleeding Through
  17. Lavender, by Thornhill
  18. Slaves, by Naberus
  19. Intoxicated, by Caliban
  20. Digging My Own Grave, by Escape the Fate
  21. Bridge Burner, by A World Extinct
  22. Five Years, by Secrets
  23. Wild Card, by Notions
  24. My Own Grave, by As I Lay Dying
  25. The Decay Of Disregard, by Oceans of Slumber
  26. In Lak’ech, by Persefone
  27. Tower of Pain, Fit for a King
  28. Soul Drift, by Forgetting the Memories
  29. Vultures, by Northlane
  30. Angelwrath, by A Scent Like Wolves
  31. The Safety of Disbelief, by Light The Torch
  32. The Proverbial Bellow, by Between the Buried and Me
  33. Juno, by Tesseract
  34. No Faith No Space, by Kingdom of Giants
  35. Floodgates, by The Afterimage
  36. Erased, by Deceptic
  37. Black Flame, by Bury Tomorrow
  38. Trust Your Gut, by Sink The Ship
  39. Bad Seed, by Five Finger Death Punch
  40. In the Grey, by Shields
  41. Lost In The Dark, by The Word Alive
  42. Cetra, by Shark Infested Daughters
  43. Lost Cause, by Call It Home
  44. Dispersion, by Dream Awake
  45. Feel Alive, by Convictions
  46. Samsara, by The Northern
  47. The False Sovereign, by Seraphim
  48. Officer Down, by Bad Wolves
  49. Comfort in Agony, by Anever
  50. Northern Fires, by Silent Planet
  51. You Need to Know, by Hollow Like Me
  52. Slip, by Levels
  53. Keep Me Close, by blessthefall
  54. Distortion, by Babymetal
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@MfnH release #Catharsis, added Screaming at the Sun to Best of 2018

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/catharsis/1313463113

One of the albums I was looking forward to in 2018, actually the only one, was Catharsis. Machine Head released it Friday. And it is heavy, hard hitting, and thought provoking. These songs are all trending on Apple Music:

  • Volatile
  • Catharsis
  • Beyond the Pale
  • Bastards

In fact, this album is currently #3 on the iTunes top metal charts.

I favored and added Screaming at the Sun to the Metalistics’ Best Of 2018 (https://itunes.apple.com/us/playlist/metalistics-best-of-2018/pl.u-06oxxAbsWWyKXW).

Which songs are you jamming from this album?

Discovered @Sleepingxgiant and their new album #IAm, added Lantern to Best Of 2018

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-am/1326344590

Thanks to Apple Music and New Music Thursday Night, I stumbled upon Sleeping Giant. They released a new album, I Am. Christian or not, this album is worth a listen. As of the time of this writing, the album is #13 on the top metal charts on iTunes.

Several songs are trending on Apple Music:

  • Preachcore Lives!
  • Second Chance Kids
  • No Love

My favorite is Lantern, which I have added to the Metalistics’ Best Of 2018 Playlist (https://itunes.apple.com/us/playlist/metalistics-best-of-2018/pl.u-06oxxAbsWWyKXW).

Give the album a listen and check it out for yourself!

At last! Something of interest in 2018: Of Mice & Men (@OMandM) release #Defy

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/defy/1305294078

2018 has been slow. Regrettably so.

But at long last it finally kickstarted the year with Of Mice & Men’s latest album, Defy.

Trending on Apple Music are:

  • Defy
  • Back to Me
  • Unbreakable

I included Unbreakable in my Best Of 2017 playlist as they released it as a single last year.

I’m not yet sure which song, if any, from this album will make it into the Metalistics Best of 2018. But, I am curious, which songs are you jamming from this album?

Augment, by Erra (@Erra_Band)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/augment/714446770

If you have not heard Augment yet, you are missing out. This album was Erra’s third at full length, and it followed White Noise quite nicely but showed considerable growth in overall song writing that took the band to new heights.

Every song on this album is simply fantastic. Trending on Apple Music are:

  • Alpha Seed
  • Pulse
  • Dreamwalkers
  • Hybrid Earth

My favorite song has been Ultraviolet, which I included in my playlist, From Mercy to War. But every song on this album is worth your time, and I would highly suggest that you listen to it in its entirety on a single play through.

Why do I like this album so much? Wow–it is a delightful blend of so many sounds, techniques, and instruments. As with most metal, it is very energetic: as with much of metal core, it is dualistic. In the first grip of songs, there are also harp, piano, and marimba notes. In other songs, use of drum machines and sonic booms. Lyrically, it is deep. Musically, it is extremely technical. In all, it is supremely skillful, the album exceptional, the artists supremely talented.

What about you? What have you thought about this album? What stands out to you?