20 Best Metal Albums of 2018: Judas Priest, Yob, Sleep and More - Rolling Stone
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20 Best Metal Albums of 2018

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Rolling Stone staffers rank the 20 best metal albums of 2018, including the latest from Judas Priest, Daughters and Sleep.

Metal thrived in 2018, as bands from every imaginable genre, subgenre and microgenre tapped into deep wells of anger and disappointment for some of the most stunning heavy albums in years. Doomsters Sleep, Yob and Windhand stretched out their malice; black metal purveyors Immortal and Deafheaven supercharged it with labyrinthine melodies; extreme death dealers like Tomb Mold and Portal crushed it and compacted it; and metal legends Judas Priest rained hellfire down upon it. There were so many strong releases that some projected favorites, like Ghost and High on Fire, ranked too low on our critics’ ballots to make the cut. Here are 2018’s heaviest hitters.


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