rock The Best Metal Albums of 2018  

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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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1
86 31
Firepower is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Metal Albums of 2018
Firepower Judas Priest

"Firepower"

"Lightning Strike"

"Never the Heroes"

2
39 31
Thunderbolt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Metal Albums of 2018
Thunderbolt Saxon

"Thunderbolt"

"The Secret of Flight"

"Sniper"

3
19 11
The Sciences is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Metal Albums of 2018
DivingMattSpitz added The Sciences Sleep

4
18 23
The Shadow Theory is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Metal Albums of 2018
The Shadow Theory Kamelot

"RavenLight"

"Phantom Divine (Shadow Empire)"

"Static"

5
15 20
Pounding the Pavement is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metal Albums of 2018
Pounding the Pavement Anvil

"Doing What I Want"

"Smash Your Face"

"Black Smoke"

6
16 22
Avatar Country is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metal Albums of 2018
Avatar Country Avatar

"A Statue of the King"

"The King Wants You"

"The King Speaks"

7
22 35
Catharsis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metal Albums of 2018
Catharsis Machine Head

"Volatile"

"Beyond the Pale"

"Triple Beam"

8
12 20
Khram is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Metal Albums of 2018
Khram Arkona

"Mantra"

"Shtorm"

"Khram"

9
4 8
Tribulation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Metal Albums of 2018
Sascha Jankowski added Tribulation

10
4 9
Tribulation is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Metal Albums of 2018
Sascha Jankowski added Tribulation

11
6 14
Used Future is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Metal Albums of 2018
Used Future The Sword

"Deadly Nightshade"

"The Wild Sky"

"Book of Thoth"

12
13 26
Defy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metal Albums of 2018
Defy Of Mice & Men

"Unbreakable"

"Money"

"Back to Me"

13
8 19
Trident Wolf Eclipse is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metal Albums of 2018
Trident Wolf Eclipse Watain

"Nuclear Alchemy"

"Sacred Damnation"

"A Throne Below"

14
6 16
Too Far Gone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Metal Albums of 2018
Too Far Gone Cane Hill

"Too Far Gone"

"Lord of Flies"

"It Follows"

15
9 23
World Domination is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Metal Albums of 2018
World Domination Band-Maid

"Daydreaming"

"Domination"

"Dice"

16
6 19
Six is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Metal Albums of 2018
Six For the Fallen Dreams

"Stone"

"Unstoppable"

"Burning Season"

17
5 18
Hard Feelings is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Metal Albums of 2018
Hard Feelings Blessthefall

"Wishful Sinking"

"Feeling Low"

"Keep Me Close"

18
17 39
Vale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Metal Albums of 2018
Vale Black Veil Brides

"The Outsider"

"My Vow"

"When They Call My Name"

19
11 31
AmeriKKKant is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Metal Albums of 2018
AmeriKKKant Ministry

"Antifa"

"Twilight Zone"

"Victims of a Clown"

20
5 23
Erase Me is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Metal Albums of 2018
Erase Me Underoath

"On My Teeth"

"Rapture"

"ihateit"