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2018 Relapse Records Staff Album Of The Year Lists

2018 was yet another incredible year for music as an overabundance of amazing new records and reissues were released across all genres and formats. The Relapse Records staff has compiled their favorite albums, musical moments and misc. debris of the year. We decided not to include any Relapse related releases out of fairness to all the equally exceptional records that worked on this year. We look forward to all that 2019 has to offer and to continue releasing the finest independent and underground music for your listening (dis)pleasure. Enjoy!

BOB LUGOWE (Ex-Resident Juggalo) 

1. Post Malone – Beer Bongs and Bentley’s
2. Gunship – Dark All Day
3. Zeal & Ardor – Stranger Fruit
4. Anna von Hausswolf – Dead Magic
5. Szun Waves – New Hymn to Freedom
6. Gogo Penguin – A Humdrum Star
7. Nils Frahm – All Melody
8. High on Fire – Electric Messiah
9. Ghost – Prequelle
10. Drudkh – Їм часто сниться капіж (They Often See Dreams About the Spring)

Honorable Mentions:

Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik – Hugsja
Deafheaven – Ordinary Corrupt Human
Jon Hopkins – Singularity
Morne – To the Night Unknown
Pusha T – Daytona



Sumac – Love In Shadow
Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want
Sunset Rollercoaster – Cassa Nova
Amigo The Devil – Everything is Fine
Shame – Songs of Praise
Tracyanne and Danny – Tracyanne and Danny
Deafheaven – Ordinary Corrupt People Love
Jaye Jalyle – No Trail and Other Unholy Paths
Us:We – Kuroshio
Slow Crush – Aurora




Bongripper – Terminal
Conan – Existential Void Guardian
Churchburn – None Shall Live
Eagle Twin – The Thundering Heard
Fister – No Spirit Within
KEN Mode – Loved
No Gods – Paradise
Thou – Magus
Uncle Acid – Wasteland
Fórn – Rites of Despair

Not Metal

Father John Misty – Gods Favorite Customer
Gouge Away – Burnt Sugar
Snail Mail – Lush
King Tuff – The Other
Drug Church – Cheer
Bill Frisell – Music IS
Yawning Man – The Revolt Against Tired
Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel
Unknown Mortal Orchestra- Sex & Food
Dylan Carlson – Conquistador

Pantera – The Great Southern Trendkill



New Releases (in alphabetical order)
Amen Dunes “Freedom” Sacred Bones Records
Brainoil “Singularity To Extinction” Tankcrime
Fucked Up “Dose Your Dreams” Merge Records
Funeral Mist “Hekatomb” Norma Evenagelium Diaboli
Gaseneta “ガセネタ” Full Contact Records
Goat Girl “Goat Girl” Rough Trade
Hank Wood And The Hammerheads “Hank Woods And The Hammerheads” Toxic State Records
High On Fire “Electric Messiah” Entertainment One
Hillary Woods “Colt” Sacred Bones Records
Innumerable Forms “Punishment In Flesh” Profound Lore Records
Perverts Again “Friday Night Light” Total Punk
Red Hare “Little Acts Of Destruction” Dischord Records
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever “Hope Downs” Sub Pop
S.H.I.T. “What Do You Stand For?”  Iron Lung Records
Spiritualized “And Nothing Hurt” Fat Possum Records
Thee Open Sex “White Horses” Sophomore Lounge
The Breeders “All Nerve” 4AD
The Lavender Flu “Mow The Grass” In The Red Records
Tomb Mold “Manor Of Infinite Forms” 20 Buck Spin
Traden “Traden” Subliminal Sound
Tragedy “Fury” Tragedy Records
Weeping Bong Band “Weeping Bong Band” Feeding Tube Records
Wet Tuna “Livin The Die” Feeding Tube Records
Yuzo Iwata “Daylight Moon” Siltbreeze


Abruptum “Obscuritatem Advoco Amplectère Me” Blooddawn Productions
Acid Attack “Suburbia’s Dream” Radio Raheem
Carola Baer “The Story Of Valerie” Concentric Circles
Che-SHIZU “A Journey” Black Editions
C.Memi “Heavenly Peace” Bitter Lake Recordings
John Coltrane “Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album” Impulse!
David Fair “Ballets (Dance Like This)” Feeding Tube Records
Jesu “Ascension” Robotic Empire
Kath Bloom, Loren Mazzacane Connors “Restless Faithful Desperate” Chapter Music
King Tubby & Riley All Stars “Concrete Jungle Dub” Dub Store Records
Laraaji “Vision Songs Vol. 1” Numero Group
Robbie Basho “Land Of Our Fathers (Rarities 1967-1983)” Holographic Ontological Networks
Robbie Basho “Live In Forti, Italy 1982” Obsolete Records
Sandra Bell “Net” Drawing Room Records
Sodom (JP) “聖レクイエム + ADK Omnibus” FOAD Records
Swans “Soundtracks For The Blind” 4LP Young God Records
Takehisa Kosugi “Catch-Wave” Superior Viaduct
The Beau Brummels “Bradley’s Barn” Run Out Groove
Totalitar “1986-1989” Skrammel Records



Funeral Mist – Hekatomb
Hopesfall – Arbiter
Spurv – Myra
Bloodbath – The Arrow of Satan is Drawn
Harakiri for the Sky – Arson
Kriegsmaschine – Apocalypticists
Conan – Existential Void Guardian
Churchburn – None Shall Live… the Hymns of Misery
Antlers – Beneath.Below.Behold
Trna – Earthcult
Knelt Rote – Alterity
Almyrkvi – Umbra
Holy Fawn – Death Spells
Devouring Star – The Arteries of Heresy
Dakhma – Hamkar Atonement
Jesus Piece – Only Self
Spine – Faith
Alice in Chains – Rainier Fog
Between the Buried and Me – Automata I & II
Cult Leader – A Patient Man
Kataplexis – Kataplexis


Top 10 in Alphabetical Order:

Bone Sickness – Theater Of Morbidity
Bonehunter – Children Of The Atom
Deceased – Ghostly White
Hooded Menace – Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed
Immortal – Northern Chaos Gods
Mortuous – Through Wilderness
Necro – The Notorious Goriest
Outre-Tombe- Nécrovortex
Putrisect – Cascading Inferno
Skeletal Remains – Devouring Mortality

Honorable Mentions in Alphabetical Order :

Big Tray Deee – The General’s List II ‎
Brainoil – Singularity To Extinction
Burial Invocation – Abiogenesis
Deicide – Overtures Of Blasphemy
Extremity – Coffin Birth
Hate Eternal – Upon Desolate Sands
Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap
Ruin – Human Annihilation
Satan – Cruel Magic
Tomb Mold – Manor Of Infinite Forms



Top 10 Concepts For King Diamond’s Next Album:

Haunted Ghost Ship
Restaurant That Ends Up Serving Human Flesh
Firehouse Run By Insane Arsonist
Mattress Warehouse That Steals Dreams
Cursed Cowboy Ghost Town
Real Life Morbid Florist
WWII Ham Radio Enthusiast Invokes The Atom Bomb
School Teacher Insidiously Puts Incantations into his kids’ Word Problems
AI Robot Discovers Feelings…..and Satan
Zoo Keeper Becomes Obsessed With Lions, Dies By Lions

Top 10 New Albums I Listened To Instead of King Diamond’s New Album (Non Relapse)

Judas Priest
Tomb Mold
Uncle Acid



Dead Can Dance – Dionysus
Kaelan Mikla – Nott eftir Nott
David Eugene Edwards & Alexander Hacke – Risha
Ken Mode – Loved
Uncle Acid – Wasteland
Tor Lundvall – A Dark Place
Amen Dunes – Freedom
Tempers – Junkspace
Craft – White Noise and Black Metal



12 life-changing Steely Dan songs in no particular order to excite and perplex your lover for a deeply confusing sexual experience:

1. Bad Sneakers (Katy Lied)

2. Deacon Blues (Aja)

3. Only a Fool Would Say That (Can’t Buy a Thrill)

4. Haitian Divorce (The Royal Scam)

5. Any Major Dude Will Tell You (Pretzel Logic)

6. Razor Boy (Countdown to Ecstasy)

7. Everyone’s Gone to the Movies (Katy Lied)

8. Black Cow (Aja)

9. Turn That Heartbeat Over Again (Can’t Buy a Thrill)

10. Kid Charlemagne (The Royal Scam)

11. Barrytown (Pretzel Logic)

12. Your Gold Teeth (Countdown to Ecstasy)



  1. Westworld Season 2 Soundtrack
  2. Post Malone – Beer Bongs and Bentley’s
  3. Cult Leader – A Patient Man
  4. Tomb Mold – Manor of Infinite Forms
  5. Lingua Ignota – All Bitches Die
  6. Harms Way – Posthuman
  7. Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want
  8. Rolo Tomassi – Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It
  9. Anna von Hausswolff – Dead Magic
  10. Rivers of Nihil – Where Owls Know My Name
  11. Of Feather & Bone – Bestial Hymns of Perversion
  12. Sulaco – The Prize
  13. Daron Malakian and Scars on Broadway – Dictator
  14. Cuphead – Original Soundtrack
  15. Migos – Culture II

Best Song of 2018:

Sheck Wes – “Mo Bamba”



The Armed – Only Love
Churchburn – None Shall Live…The Hymns Of Misery
Drug Church – Cheer
Hate Eternal – Upon Desolate Sands
High On Fire – Electric Messiah
Idles – Joy As An Act of Resistance
Jóhann Jóhannsson – ‘Mandy’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Primal Rite – Dirge Of Escapism
Slugdge – Esoteric Malacology
Un – Sentiment



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  • DEVOURMENT: Announce 5th Full-Length Album Obscene Majesty Coming August 16; Share New Song “Cognitive Sedation Butchery”

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  • PINKISH BLACK’s 4th Full-Length Album Concept Unification Is Out Now

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  • RED FANG: New Song “Antidote” Available On Streaming Services

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  • TORCHE: Share New Song “Times Missing” via Revolver

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  • GRUESOME: Announce EU/UK Summer Headline Tour Dates

    May 2, 2019

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    April 26, 2019

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