The Best Metal Albums Of 2018

Metal music is meant to convey intense emotions through bold, evocative sounds, and these new heavy metal albums of 2018 do just that. If you're in desperate need of some new music, read this list below for some great recommendations. 

Marked by a loud, somewhat distorted sound with its roots in blues and rock, metal music has been a staple of the music scene since the 1960s. With various sub-genres - from death to black to thrash - metal offers an eclectic range of music that many diehard fans adore. 

What are the best metal albums of the year? Browse this list of 2018 albums, and vote up your favorites. Feel free to add any albums you feel are missing as well! 

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  • Firepower
    1
    Judas Priest
    259 votes
    • Genres (Music): Heavy metal, Speed metal

    "Firepower"

    "Lightning Strike"

    "Never the Heroes"

  • Thunderbolt
    2

    Thunderbolt

    Saxon
    154 votes

    "Thunderbolt"

    "The Secret of Flight"

    "Sniper"

  • The Shadow Theory
    3

    The Shadow Theory

    Kamelot
    103 votes

    "RavenLight"

    "Phantom Divine (Shadow Empire)"

    "Static"

  • For The Love Of Metal
    4

    For The Love Of Metal

    Dee Snider
    95 votes

    "Lies Are A Business"

    "Tomorrow's No Concern"

    "I Am the Hurricane"

  • Avatar Country
    5

    Avatar Country

    Avatar
    107 votes

    "A Statue of the King"

    "The King Wants You"

    "The King Speaks"

  • Pounding The Pavement
    6

    Pounding The Pavement

    Anvil
    87 votes

    "Doing What I Want"

    "Smash Your Face"

    "Black Smoke"