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: Vilkacis – Beyond the Mortal Gate

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Label: Psychic Violence Records

Good things can take their time to come. Whilst there’s something to be said for bands who can capture lightning and unleash it in a rush of releases, others will achieve sterling results by taking their time, and finely honing their songs. Given that it’s been five years since Vilkacis released their initial EP, The Fever of War, it’s safe to say that plenty of time has been spent working on Beyond the Mortal Gate. Either way, it’s been more than worth the wait. This is modern USBM of the highest quality, from one of the scene’s most notable individuals.

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