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Dark Matter webzine's Top 10 Albums of 2018

From natural disasters and government corruption to being forced to share an office with Sandra in Marketing, the year 2018 has serviced us with more than its share of woeful tidings and catastrophes. And that’s all before The Great British Bake Off Christmas special finally sends us hurtling into a Trent Reznor-esque downward spiral of self-loathing and existential dread. But before we brace ourselves for another fresh host of forthcoming horrors lurking just around the corner (hello 2019!) let’s first reflect on what’s been an indisputably brilliant year for extreme metal. So, without further ado, it’s with much nerdish excitement and gushing superlatives that we present to you the Dark Matter webzine team’s Top 10 Albums of the Year.​


ANAAL NATHRAKH ‘A New Kind of Horror’

Metal Blade

Be it in the relentlessly battering throes of old school death or black metal’s wintry, tremolo-laden trappings, precious few dare to deviate beyond the rigidly inflexible rules and parameters of their chosen subgenre. Anaal Nathrakh, on the other hand, apparently didn’t get the memo. Not so much bending these established norms and conventions as violently smashing them to smithereens, ‘A New Kind of Horror’s’ nightmarish melange of blackened atmospherics, battering ultra-violence and mind-altering electronica is a jaw-dropping wonder to behold. And from King Diamond-esque shrieks of torment and careening stints of insanely paced riffage to desolate, war-torn atmospheres that palpably reek of despair, this is nothing short of a compositional masterpiece.



Century Media