Altars of Grief – Iris (Canada, March 21)
This release is a big surprise to me. Nice mix between death/doom metal and black metal tendencies, conveying plenty of emotion. One of the strongest 2018 albums in the genre. Good job!
Apathy Noir – Black Soil (Sweden, January 31)
I’m yet to check out this album, but the previous Apathy Noir (as Apathy) releases have been solid. I’ll report back when I’ve given it enough spins.
Collapse of Light – Each Failing Step (International, April 29)
Another international death/doom project, display some familar, yet quality sorrow.
Doomed – 6 Odes to Anti-Life (Germany, 22 June)
I wasn’t that impressed by Doomed’s previous album “Anna”. This time, they didn’t just get a very cool album title in “6 Odes to Anti-Life”. The music is great, quite innovative sounding compared to other bands in the death/doom metal genre.
Eye of Solitude – Slaves to Solitude (United Kingdom, May 11)
You know what to expect with Eye of Solitude; slow, miserable funeral death/doom with cavernous growls. This album brings nothing new, but it’s a solid addition to their discography. Worth checking out if you’re a fan.
Faal – Desolate Grief (Netherlands, January 26)
Hamferð – Támsins likam (Faroe Islands, January 12)
Hamferð is one of the most original bands in the death/doom genre and I’m dying to hear their new album. Vocalist Jon Aldara mix brutal death metal growls with operatic vocals from epic doom metal to perfection. The rest of the music is equally enticing. Read my “Evst” review if you want to know more about the Hamferð sound.
Hinayana – Order Divine (United States, March 19)
Very nice offering for the Insomnium fans, solid mix of death/doom metal and melodic death metal. Probably the most Finnish sounding U.S. doom band ever!
Hooded Menace – Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed (Finland, January 26)
The ultra-murky Finns are back with another album in 2018, and it’s sure to be another heavy one. I’m yet to check this one out. The pre-album singles indicate that all is well in Hooded Menace camp. A longer report is coming when I’ve listened to it enough!
Monolithe – Nebula Septem (France, January 26)
The 15 minute song lengths on 2016’s “Zeta Reticuli” scared me off a bit, but I still found the funeral doom-influenced Monolithe quite enjoyable. The new 2018 album is of similar quality.
My Silent Wake – There Was Death (United Kingdom, February 16)
Long-running U.K. death/doom band that switched to dark folk music on their last album “Invitation to Imperfection”.
Ocean of Grief – Nightfall’s Lament (Greece, January 26)
On Thorns I Lay – Aegean Sorrow (Greece, March 12)
Gothic metal-influenced Greek band On Thorns I Lay is complete new to me, despite having a long previous discography. If the rest of the album is as good as this song, it will be a nice one. Update: the album is a good one, that will certainly please fans of Clouds and other projects going for an epic doom style.
Rome in Monochrome – Away from Light (Italy, March 16)
Far from pure death/doom, but I just like Rome in Monochrome too much to not include them. “Away from Light” is some of the saddest, bleakest music out there in 2018. It’s not a very heavy album, but it features growls on some songs. Should satisfy fans of Katatonia and Anathema for sure.
Self-Hatred – Hlubiny (Czech Republic, May 25)
The second Self-Hatred full-length is similar to the first one in quality and style. It’s another solid atmospheric death/doom metal offering.
Shrine of the Serpent – Entropic Disillusion (United States, April 23)
If you like it insanely murky, this is for you! It’s not exactly my style, not enough melodies and variation, but anyone into slow, chainsaw style death/doom will love this. “Desecrated Tomb” was the standout song during my spins.
Soliloquium – Contemplations (Sweden, 2018)
My band Soliloquium plays a mashup of death/doom metal, progressive metal and a few other styles. The new album “Contemplations” came out on June 1st, 2018.
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