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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Album of the Day: Of Feather and Bone – Bestial Hymns of Perversion

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Label: Profound Lore Records

Of Feather And Bone haven’t so much evolved in recent years, as they have morphed into something new. The change from their early, more hardcore sound on Embrace the Wretched Flesh to the cavernous death metal of Bestial Hymns of Perversion is remarkable – especially when you consider that Bestial Hymns… is one of the most impressive death metal albums of the year. Filled with that sense of the other that the likes of Incantation tap in to, whilst also possessing a very human feeling of brutality, what Of Feather And Bone have created is remarkable.

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