2018 has proven to be a year of resurgence, triumph, and kick ass music.
Reviewing all the albums (good, bad, and just plain unlistenable), here are my top 10 albums for 2018.
Released August 31st, 2018
Though I’m not much of a rap fan, I will say that Eminem’s Kamikaze was a pleasant surprise. When Eminem first came onto the scene, I thought to myself ‘Great. Another Vanilla Ice.’ I was wrong. Eminem consistently steps up his game. He blends old school hip-hop and R&B into his music. He features guest vocalists that he likes knowing that he or she will compliment his style. My favorite tracks off the album include: “Lucky You” featuring Joyce Lucas and “Stepping Stone.”
9.Florian Grey’s Ritus
Released September 28th, 2018
Genre: Indie Rock (According to iTunes)
I’ve been a fan of Florian Grey since he was is Eve’s End (though it took me forever to put two and two together that it was the same guy). Grey has the wonderful baritone voice reminiscent of Vile Valo. His sophomore album, Ritus, really showed his growth as a solo artist. Notable tracks include “Glimmer (Save Me)” and “Until We Go Down.”
8.Panzie’s The Joke’s on You
Release date: April 1st, 2018
When I was approached by Panzie to review their EP The Joke’s On You, I really didn’t want to do it. But, boy am I glad I did. What an amazing sound. There isn’t a bad track on the EP. This band is so undefinable. Their aesthetics match their music perfectly. Though I have never seen them live, you can feel their stage presence come through the speakers. A total-non-stop ride from track 1 to track 8. Highlights include: “Say Something” and “Shape Shifter” (my personal favorite).
7.DJ Phoenix’s One Man Apocalypse
Release Date: October 10, 2018
So this guy has been trying to convert me to an EDM fan for a while. One Man Apocalypse was the album that did it Drawing from personal life experiences, DJ Phoenix takes you on a whirl-wind adventure of love, heartbreak, and anger. Some of my favorite tracks include “Low and High”, “Start a Riot”, “My Greatest Mistake”, and “Hell and Back.”
6.Emigrate’s A Million Degrees
Release Date: November 30th, 2018
Honestly, I bought this album because my boy Cardi C was featured on the album. That being said, the whole album was a pleasant and welcome surprise. Though I loved “I am not Afraid”, I found that I really enjoyed the entirety of the album. Kruspe’s ability to show he can go beyond Rammstein really shows how smart and versatile he is with music. Other highlights on the album include his duet with Till Lindemann “Let’s Go” and the title track “A Million Degrees”
Release Date: January 5th, 2018
Genre: Dance (According to iTunes)
Nyxx is what happens when you take Britney Spears and hit upgrade 47million times. Her latest single “Voodoo” featured Daniel Graves of Aesthetic Perfection. I kinda want “Voodoo” to be my own personal theme song. Nyxx is a genius with the lyrics showing the double-standards imposed on women. Her video further drives her point home. (Nothing but love for my girl Nyxx.)
4. Lord of the Lost’s Thornstar
Release Date: August 3rd, 2018
Lord of the Lost is like my child. Every time this band releases an album I become more and more proud of their accomplishments. I’ve been a HUGE fan since 2013. Though they have attempted concept albums before, Thornstar is by far their best concept album to date. There is not a bad song on the album. Lord of the Lost is great at reinventing and experimenting with their sound on each album. This, in my opinion, is largely due to the variety of musical influences from each band member. Highlights on the album include “On This Rock I Will Build My Church”, “Black Halo”, and “Voodoo Doll.”
3. Aesthetic Perfection’s Ebb and Flow
Release Date: February 2nd, 2018
Genre: Industrial Pop
“Ebb and Flow” is yet another example of a musical artist who is constantly evolving his sound. Daniel Graves continues to experiment and create new sounds while blending standards fans associate with his industrial pop music. This single also featured a cover of ‘NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye” with the help of Nikki Misery. Overall, I saw ace job on the music Mr. Graves.
2.Night Club’s Scary World
Release Date: August 24th, 2018
Night Club’s sophomore album Scary World is an amazing piece of work. Seeing the duo’s evolution from their first album is truly remarkable. Lyrics that touch on the taboo ideas of mental illness combined with some sick electronic beats make an amazing album. The duo also created an album that feels amazingly cohesive. Favorite tracks include “Scary World”, “Imaginary Friend”, and “Candy-Coated Suicide.”
Release Date: June 1st, 2018
Genre: Scooby Doom Metal
Is this really a surprise? Almost every music critic and magazine has placed this album at the top of their lists. Tobias Forge has outdone himself with this record. It’s like he took music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s and put it in the blender with tongue-in-cheek messages about religion. Two instrumental songs show his ability to really be a “band director.” His unique talent of being able to see and hear how all instruments need to blend together to create different sound is incredible. Highlights include: THE WHOLE FRIGGIN’ ALBUM. Just go buy it and listen to it.
2018 has been an amazing year for music. There are so many other albums that I have purchased, worshipped, and reviewed, but these are the best of the best.
Do you think I missed anything? If I did, drop me a comment and let me know! I’m always looking for new music to review.