Laura Wiebe’s 2018 in metal

Every year, Hellbound writers submit their top albums of the year. They all get compiled into Hellbound’s Top Metal Albums of the year (coming soon).


Top Albums of 2018

The Ocean - Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic

10. Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic

  • Artist: The Ocean
  • Label: Metal Blade

Omnium Gatherum - The Burning Cold

9. The Burning Cold

  • Artist: Omnium Gatherum
  • Label: Century Media

Clutch - Book of Bad Decisions

8. Book of Bad Decisions

  • Artist: Clutch
  • Label: Weathermaker Music

Ihsahn - Ámr

7. Ámr

  • Artist: Ihsahn
  • Label: Candlelight

Amorphis - Queen of Time

6. Queen of Time

  • Artist: Amorphis
  • Label: Nuclear Blast

Riverside - Wasteland

5. Wasteland

  • Artist: Riverside
  • Label: InsideOut

Judas Priest - Firepower

4. Firepower

  • Artist: Judas Priest
  • Label: Epic

Virgin Black - Requiem Pianissimo

3. Requiem Pianissimo

  • Artist: Virgin Black
  • Label: self-released

Yob - Our Raw Heart

2. Our Raw Heart

  • Artist: Yob
  • Label: Relapse

Zeal & Ardor - Stranger Fruit

1. Stranger Fruit

  • Artist: Zeal & Ardor
  • Label: MKVA


Album Cover of the Year

Revocation – The Outer Ones by Tom Strom

Best Gig of 2018

Best metal gig: Judas Priest in Hamilton ON, August 27

Best non-metal gig: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in Toronto ON, October 28

Looking Forward to in 2019

The Hellbound invasion of Heavy Montreal

Laura is associate editor of and co-host of weekly metal show Kill Eat Exploit the Weak on CFMU 93.3 FM. She loves doom, prog, cats and basketball, believes in equity and social justice and is not cool with any form of discrimination, marginalization, harassment or oppression.