Teeth of the Divine Staff Picks for 2018


The way we do the TOP 2018 list here at Teeth is that we’ve waited until the year was actually over. That way, we’re sure we didn’t miss giving proper credit to that one album that released a minute before midnight on the 31st. So just in case some metal band from Tonga got an idea, we were ready for it. Nonetheless, every year there’s more and more material out there for us to listen to and it’s pretty much impossible to cover it all. Yet, 2018 saw plenty of albums that deserve to be remembered next year — and some being which will stick around longer. Maybe you missed something? Maybe you have your own ideas what ruled in 2018 and what should never have been released in the first place? Check our lists out, see how our picks matched up, and let’s hope 2019 doesn’t prove to be worse.

by Staff

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                                                                                                              Kristofor Allred

 

Another year down and in the books, and to be honest, I don’t know where the majority of 2018 went. Seriously, most of this past year seems to have come and gone in the blink of an eye. From the late springtime indulgence in the plethora of extremity of the Maryland Deathfest, to experiencing the summer tour of Dead & Company (aka, the  Grateful Dead) with my hippie wife, to the frontline thrashings of autumn and winter tours from the likes of Exhumed, Incantation, Arsis, Skeletal Remains, and more. All of this, and then some, just came and went until here I am, trying to make heads and tails of a multitude of different aural investments. When I was about 13 years old, I remember my father telling me, “Son, one day you’re going to wake up and 30 years will have passed before you realize it.” I’ll be damned if once again my old man has proven to be correct. Anyways, without further adieu, here are some of the albums that made my boat float this year. As for 2019, all I have to say is, “Always face forward”.

 

                                  Top Albums of 2018 (in no particular order)

 

INFESTUS – Thrypsis (Debemur Morti Productions)

Poignant melancholy mixed with a blackened beast of extremity. Spend a little time with Thrypsis and I guarantee it will become a favorite of yours.

 

SLUGDGEEsoteric Malacology (Willowtip Records)

Brilliant death metal; perfect for combating those pesky Jehovah Witnesses that like to show up on a Saturday morning, when you’re still sitting around in your underwear. Mollusca for the Win!

 

DECEASEDGhostly White (Hells Headbangers)

Finally, the wait is over. So was it worth it? You bet your ass it was! Nothing will probably top the one-two punch of Fearless Undead Machines and Supernatural Addiction, but that said, this is the tits!

 

SKELETONWITCHDevouring Radiant Light (Prosthetic Records)

The first proper album with their new vocalist, and it’s a doozy. A bit less thrash and a tad more black. Glad to see the band isn’t just side stepping, doing the same thing over again.

FLESH CONSUMEDHymn for the Leeches (Sevared Records)

What do you get when you add Shaune Kelley to your line-up and give the man sole song writing responsibilities? A fiery, badass tech-death album full of creative brutality and even groove…Seriously, what else did you think you would get?

 

THE CROWNCobra Speed Venom ( Metal Blade Records)

Cobra Speed Venom = Bombastic Fun Death…the true to form comeback album we’ve been waiting for. Fuck Yes!

 

OBSCURA –  Diluvium (Relapse Records)

Sophisticated extremity. This is death metal for those of us who like to drink our liquor with our pinky fingers out.

 

ARSISVisitant (Nuclear Blast)

Melo-death with a hell of a bite. Probably their best album since the A Celebration of Guilt/A Diamond for a Disease days.

 

SKELETAL REMAINSDevouring Mortality (Dark Descent Records)

Old-school flavored excellence that is full of fat riffs and a catchy genuine charisma that should move these guys up the death metal ladder.

 

GORODAethra (overpowered Records)

This is some tasty progressive and jazzy tech-death right here. Too bad more bands don’t have a Gorod complex .

 

NETERInfernus (Satanath Records)

Do you love Morbid Angel, but feel like last year’s Kingdom Disdained didn’t quite do it for you? Well friends, you’re in luck, as Infernus manages to capture that overall feeling that we really longed for, but overall didn’t get with Kingdoms…

 

ABSENCE BETRAYALEmotions (Self-Released)

One man Russian band that reeks of older/classic Cradle of Filth, but man, even though the style has been done to death a hundred times over, it still hits the spot when it’s done this good.

 

MONSTROSITYThe Passage of Existence (Metal Blade Records)

Quality over quanity must be Monstrosity‘s mantra. A bit long-winded, but worth it; and ultimately, makes sense considering the time since their last release. Let’s just hope we don’t have to wait another 11 years or more for their follow-up.

 

SHED THE SKINWe of Scorn (Hells Headbangers)

As with their debut album, Shed the Skin and We of Scorn had me at Kyle Severn.

 

DEICIDEOvertures of Blasphemy (Century Media Records)

Nothing necessarily new here, but the album seems to have  a little of a Serpents of the Light vibe to it, and what can I say, I like it.

 

CHEMICAUSTUnleashed Upon This World (Dark Rituals)

Not a stand out year for thrash metal, but this Dallas, Tx act gives a hell of a performance  that cultivates, pretty equally, from both sides of the proverbial pond of thrash, i.e. Germany and the U.S.A.

 

PESTILENCEHadeon (Hammerheart Records)

I’ve always dug Pestilence, and with Hadeon, that’s still the case.; especially as it draws a closer comparison to the Testimony of the Ancients and Spheres‘ era.

 

INTERNAL BLEEDINGCorrupting Influence (Unique Leader Records)

A fat grooving offering from a long time favorite; and the new vocalist is a monster on this thing. A fitting chapter to the band’s legacy. Bill is surely proud.

 

ECTOPLASMACavern of Foul Unbeings (Memento Mori)

Dirty, authentic, thick, and awesomely genuine old-school greatness. Go Greece lightning!

 

THE GROTESQUERYThe Lupine Anathema (Xtreem Music)

Another great raucous death metal gem from Rogga Johansson and Kam Lee. That’s right, I said Kam Lee…’nuff said.

 

                                               Honorable Mentions

 

UNBIRTH – Fleshforged Columns of Deceit (New Standard Elite)

SADISTIK FORESTMorbid Majesties (Transcending Obscurity)

FAITHXTRACTORProverbial Limbs to the Ultimate Slaughter (Hells Headbangers)

KRISIUNScourge of the Enthroned (Century Media Records)

DIMMU BORGIR Eonian (Nuclear Blast Records)

HOODED MENACE Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed (Season of Mist)

JUDAS PRIESTFirepower (Epic)

IMMORTALNorthern Chaos Gods (Nuclear Blast Records)

DE PROFUNDISThe Blinding Light of Faith (Transcending Obscurity)

ULTHAR – Cosmovore (20 Buck Spin)

 

                                                 Best/Favorite EP’s

 

DISCHORDIABinge/Purge (Self-Released)

SODOM Partisan (Steamhammer)

ENGULFGold and Rust (Everlasting Spew Records)

RIVER OF SOULSThe Nihilist (Self-Released)

CRYPTOPSYThe Book of Suffering – Tome II (Hammerheart Records)

SACRIFICIAL SLAUGHTER The Hate Divide (HGPD Productions)

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Commented by: Morbid

    Some good stuff in here, lots I missed or haven’t got to yet. Checked out the Aepoch and regret not looking into it earlier.

    Nice to see the Abysmal Torment mentioned a couple of times, it’s phenomenal for the genre but seems to be getting missed elsewhere.

    For me:
    Thrash AOTY (by a mile): Sabateur – Vicious Circle. Fun as hell thrash, charismatic vocals, plenty of ’80s twists, fantastic dual-guitar solos, and unlike some other late thrash albums that won’t be named, the songwriting doesn’t involve stretching 3 minute songs to 6+ minutes by spamming the chorus over and over again and re-playing build up sections. Every song is memorable and has its own character. Could be my AOTY as well, but there’s still a few things I need to check out before making that claim.

    Proggy tech death AOTY: Exocrine – Molten Giant. This album worked its way into my head and has stuck with me better than the Obscura, Beyond Creation, or Gorod, for whatever reason. Hayato is an awesome track.

    Best EP: Teleport – The Expansion. Vektor-twisted Blood Incantation-y death metal. Just got signed up with a label so interested to see what is coming up for them.

    How the hell have I not listened to this yet: Deceased – Ghostly White. Loved the rest of their stuff and part of why I’m not ready to call the Sabateur my AOTY.

    “I’m not yet sure how much I like this, but it intrigues me and I want more” award: Λ S T R Λ – (some Russian writing stuff, a pair of singles released this year). Weirdo atmospheric/avant/blackened death I guess? Their 2017 release is pretty cool too so I can listen to that while I wait.

    Disappointment of the year: Chapel of Disease – ..And As We blah blah blah. Had never listened to them before, but it was an initial AOTY leader for me when I first heard it and after a few more listens while I was working/gaming etc. Then I finally gave it a few dedicated listens where I didn’t have something else distracting me, I fell out of love with it. Too much pointless repetition that left me wishing the song would move on or just end too many times. A disappointment from initial impression, rather than something that failed to deliver on expectations… but that counts.

    Best single-musician release: Nott – The Wretched Sounds. Bleak, heavy stuff that I guess is sorta “deathcore” but that doesn’t seem quite fitting. (Honorable mention to Dysmorfectomy as well though, some good slam.)

    Most irritating song: Exmortus – Strength and Honor. Obnoxious chorus that for some reason they felt needed to be repeated over and over for a solid minute instead of just ending the song. Irritating because it makes me get up and go to the CD player to skip track every playthrough. Yes, I’m a grouch.


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