We're continuing the biggest countdown of 2018!
In the Rock Sound Awards issue (available now from AWARDS.ROCKSOUND.TV) we counted down the Top 50 albums of the year.
As another incredible year for music draws to a close, here are the most groundbreaking, unforgettable and flat-out brilliant albums of 2018. Check out 50-41 here, as we continue our countdown with 40-31 below.
40. PARKWAY DRIVE - REVERENCE
At turns ominous, melodic and sombre, the evolution of Parkway Drive continued on sixth album ‘Reverence’. The Aussie crew braved new waters with a focused and atmospheric metal record - grief and devastation fuelling a staggeringly visceral performance from Winston McCall. This was fearless stuff, and all the more laudable for it.
39. MILESTONES - 'RED LIGHTS'
The perfect soundtrack for 2018’s seemingly endless summer, Milestones’ debut (and sadly, given their looming break-up, apparently final) album was a pop-rock masterclass, overflowing with addictive hooks. With tracks like ‘Bittersweetheart’ and ‘Paranoid’ projecting an unstoppable energy, they ensured they’d leave an admirable legacy.
38. TRASH BOAT - CROWN SHYNESS
For their second record, Trash Boat journeyed further into the hardcore elements of their sound - setting themselves firmly apart from the crowd. With a swarm of infectious . breakdowns and enough candid, touching moments to melt even the steeliest of hearts, ‘Crown Shyness’ edged the band into an intriguing new world.
37. PIANOS BECOME THE TEETH - 'WAIT FOR LOVE'
Leaving screamed vocals and blistering fury behind, the post-hardcore heavyweights embarked upon a captivating re-imagination of their intense and emotive sound on this fourth album. With often-haunted frontman Kyle Durfey now crooning verses about love and family life, ‘Wait For Love’ was a beautiful reminder that things can always get better.
36. OUR HOLLOW, OUR HOME - 'IN MOMENT // IN MEMORY'
This was a poignant return from the Southampton powerhouses. For their second full-length, they dove deep into the journey of coming to terms with loss, and emerged on the other side with an album that’s so raw and aggressive that you can imagine it becoming a metalcore staple in years to come.
35. ICE NINE KILLS - 'THE SILVER SCREAM'
It’s no surprise that Boston’s most theatrical mob managed to nail an album themed around horror films. Combining scares, scorching breakdowns and soaring choruses with references to classic chillers, ‘The Silver Scream’ was not only an entertaining listen, but also an exhilarating slice of metalcore that’s a fine addition to their catalogue.
34. THE PLOT IN YOU - 'DISPOSE'
Heartbreak has never sounded so fucking incredible. From Landon Tewers’ captivating, wounded vocals to the inventive whizzes and bangs hidden in the crevices of every track, ‘Dispose’ was without a doubt the most complete body of work The Plot In You have ever produced - one that deserves to be revisited again and again.
33. TURNSTILE - 'TIME & SPACE'
Kicking and stomping their way into our hearts with a second album of genre-blending mayhem, Turnstile put the exuberance back inhardcore. Full of unforgiving tracks that give away occasionally - and without warning - to the sounds of sweet, smooth jazz, Turnstile continued to keep us guessing on the superb ‘Time & Space’.
32. SHIELDS - 'LIFE IN EXCILE'
A bittersweet testament to the talents of guitarist George Christie, who passed away earlier this year, Shields’ debut album hit hard. The band have since called it a day, and understandably so, but what a mark they’ve left. From the ferocious ‘Upside Down’ to the shattering ‘Mother’, they shook the earth and created something special.
31. THRICE - 'PALMS'
Sounding remarkably fresh on their 10th run around the block, Thrice took things to an even more concentrated and thoughtful level with ‘Palms’. Though it was measured stuff, their ferocity still hasn’t waned, and neither has their ability to write songs that reflect yearning and a grounded, hard-won hope.