It’s that time of the year again already. Time to look over the brilliance that has graced my ears over the last twelve months and put together the best of the best. So here it is, the best albums and EPs from 2018.
18. Halfnoise – Flowerss
17. The Faim – Summer Is A Curse
16. Can’t Swim – This Too Won’t Pass
15. Shinedown – ATTENTION ATTENTION
14. Hollywood Undead – PSLAMS
13. Dance Gavin Dance – Artificial Selection
12. Good Charlotte – Generation Rx
11. You Me At Six – VI
10. Architects – Holy Hell
9. Five Finger Death Punch
8. Fizzy Blood – Pink Magic
7. Panic! At The Disco – Pray For The Wicked
6. Waterparks – Entertainment
5. Halestorm – Vicious
Halestorm have been making a name for themselves in the rock hall of fame and their fourth studio album is yet another example of their very well-deserved place there. The sound is fuller than ever and fiercer than their previous releases, making this one of their finest and well-rounded piece of matieral since ‘The Strange Case Of…’.
4. Don Broco – Technology
After hearing tracks like ‘Come Out To LA’, ‘Pretty’ and ‘T-Shirt Song’ prior to 2018, it was already clear that the Bedford quartet were bound to make their way onto the top albums of the year list. Their quirky personas that are displayed on stage is neatly contained into a valiant third album that will only push the group further into the spotlight.
3. Popes of Chilitown – Work Hard, Play Hard, See You In The Graveyard
The brilliant ska sextet Popes of Chilitown made their return with ‘Work Hard Play Hard, See You In The Graveyard‘ and the result of their hard work was thirteen tracks of unique, genre-bending excellence. There is plenty of quirk and fluctuating rhythms that will forever keep listeners on their toes.
2. Boston Manor – Welcome to the Neighbourhood
Anyone who has known or heard of Boston Manor over the years is aware of their brilliant ability to dominate everything they touch. Their second full-length album ‘Welcome to the Neighbourhood’ is their biggest triumph to date and one they must be immensely proud of. With excellent consistency and engaging flow throughout, every minute is enjoyable. With such strong, unique tracks such as ‘Halo’, ‘Digital Ghost’ and title track ‘Welcome to the Neighbourhood’, this young quintet are on a massive rise.
1. Dead! – The Golden Age of Not Even Trying
2018 was truly Dead!’s year, for bittersweet reasons. The four boys from London grasped the attention of many with their fierce tunes and bold stage show. This year was one of massive highs as they finally released their debut album in January, took on hectic touring schedules supporting Mallory Knox and Waterparks in February and April, all leading up to the announcement of their biggest headline spot to date at The Underworld. Dead! shared their biggest bombshell of the year on June 5, stating “Dead! is dead”. Despite the eventual break-up of the band, ‘The Golden Age of Not Even Trying’ will stick around for years to come. 2018 saw Dead! share the album of the year, I described as ‘a complete triumph from start to finish’ and I wholeheartedly stand by that statement.