The following is a collection of top releases of 2018 lists by staff members and contributors; as always, feel free to share yours in the comments.

All entries are linked to an official Youtube video. Click on the links to stream the music!

  • Rami Rouhana’s Top Releases of 2018

With many bands coming in and out of the international Rock / Metal scene, Riverside is one of the few band continuously evolving and shifting sound. From complex albums like “Anno Domini High Definition” to simpler structured albums that came after, the band maintained a progressive approach to music writing with well-thought lyrics and catchy melodies. Wasteland for me was the most listened album this year. Hacken’s proggier and more complex Vector would be the second contender but it leaves you with a very different feel. The bonus mentioned EP by Mike Shinoda is dedicated to Chester Bennington after his suicide; as the leading vocals on Linkin Park albums that many of us grew up with, and even got introduced to the taste of Metal through.

  • Joe Francis’s Top 15 Releases of 2018

  • Roy Lteif’s Top 5 Releases of 2018