2018 Favourites: (just over) half-way edition

So, we’re a bit over halfway through 2018, and there’s been some excellent records released. Most notably, 2018 is shaping up to be an excellent year for death metal – bands such as Tomb MoldOur Place of Worship is Silence, MemoriamSlugdge, and practically everyone on the Dark Descent Records roster are killing it with top-tier death metal. Things aren’t quite so grand when it comes to black metal, but the new Immortal is pretty note-worthy, and there’s been a few other strong releases in the underground – including the final release by Cosmic Church.

Here, I’ll pick out ten of my favourite records released so far this year, in alphabetical order. Hopefully you’ll find something new here to enjoy, or be reminded of something you were in to earlier in the year. Enjoy!

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Review: Gaerea – Unsettling Whispers

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Label: Transcending Obscurity Records

Sometimes, an album will take time to grab you. Other times, you know that what you’re hearing is special right from the first spin. Unsettling Whispers by Portuguese black metal band Gaerea most certainly falls in to the later category; by the time second song ‘Absent’ is about half-way through, you’ll be feeling sure that this is one of the most notable black metal records to have been unleashed thus far this year. That’s a feeling that persists not just throughout the album, but over time. Blending melancholy, dark majesty, and a sense of devastating nihilism, Unsettling Whispers is an album that more than deserves your attention.

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