Sounds from the Dark Side top albums of 2018 (until now)

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Halfway through 2018, we’ve already heard some great new music. Here’s our unranked mid-year list of 10 of the year’s best albums so far.


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Jon Hopkins ā€“ Singularity
Singularity stands as a collection of tracks that connects rugged techno, choral music to acoustic piano and celestial ambient. Very nice for endless gazing into starry skies (WRM – SftDS review).
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Primordial – Exile Amongst the Ruins
A remarkable return to form after a disappointing album, this Irish metal band is sure to end somewhere near the top of this year’s lists (RP ā€“ SftDS review).
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Shame ā€“ Songs of Praise
Itā€™s summer and I still got a lot of pent-up energy. So take it to the floor and letā€™s rock (WRM – SftDS review).
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Orphaned Land – Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs
On Unsung Prophets, Orphaned Land return to the sound that made them so popular in the first place, with a perfect marriage between heavy metal, death metal and traditional sounds (RP ā€“ SftDS review).
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Hot Snakes ā€“ Jericho Sirens
Jericho Sirens is an infurious, fierce and energetic comeback album. Frobergā€™s vocals shatters bones, guitars will cut you in half and the drums feel like punches in the face (WRM – SftDS review).
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Summoning – With Doom We Come
The Swiss duo doesn’t release many albums, but when they do you can count on a remarkable collection of songs. With Doom We Come is no exception (RP ā€“ SftDS review).
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Yo La Tengo ā€“ Thereā€™s a Riot Going On
Yo La Tengo dives into the depths of the human mind. The dreamy premises and subtle soundscapes are unique (WRM – SftDS review).
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Tribulation – Down Below
Down Below is one of the early highlights of 2018, featuring shorter songs with a sense of immediacy to them. A good blend of death metal and rock ‘n roll (RP).
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Nils Frahm ā€“ All Melody
All Melody is a good example of how classic meets electronica, and thus is a celebration of Frahmā€™s core competence: melting his own unconventional imagination into modernity (WRM – SftDS review).
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Ghost – Prequelle
Prequelle might be Ghost’s most commercially sounding album yet, but it might also be their best and is sure to increase the band’s popularity (RP).
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Catch y’all later,

Wander Meulemans & Ralph Plug ā€“ 070718

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