Metal Insider’s Matt Brown’s Top 10 Metal Albums of 2018

Posted by on December 19, 2018

1) The Ocean, Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic (Metal Blade)

Of all the albums I’ve listened to this year, nothing swept me up quite like The Ocean’s latest concept album exploring the Phanerozoic eon a.k.a. the last 541 million years or so. Part one of a double album, the music is filled with slow, heavy riffs mixed with a thick atmosphere that implicates the scale of the songwriting subject. It all builds up to “Permian: The Great Dying” which deals with the largest mass extinction event seen on Earth. The combination of Loïc Rossetti’s clean, melodic vocals and Dalai Theofilopoulou’s low, somber cello delivers a dynamic, melancholic finale. The most disappointing thing I can say about the album is that I have to wait for Phanerozoic II until at least spring 2019.

Key Track: “Permian: The Great Dying”

Honorable Mentions:

Hoth, Astral Necromancy

Sleep, The Sciences

Polyphia, New Levels New Devils

Thy Catafalque, Geometria

Listen to Matt’s highlights in the playlist below:

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