Josh Thieler’s Favorite Records of 2018


2018 has been quite the year. It was a roller coaster personally, nationally, globally, and in the realm of metal. There are people that I loved that are gone now. There are people who are gone that I should have loved more. I failed a lot of people. I’ve struggled in so many ways. If you are curious about that, just listen to the last Slaves BC record or read any interviews I did during that release cycle. I got fatter, fitter, quit smoking, joined five or six more bands, did artwork for some bands, did PR for some others, and spent a lot (but never enough) of time with my wonderful wife and animals.

Anyway, I listened to a ton of music again in 2018. I didn’t get a chance to talk about any of it very much, but I listened to a ton. 2018 was another fantastic year for metal/hardcore/whatever. I’ve been altering this list for months and I had a real hard time narrowing it down as much as I did. Just like last year, I have compiled my favorite 50 full length metal/hardcore records, favorite 10 non-metal records, and my top 10 favorite EP’s/singles/etc.

I made this playlist with one track from each of the records that are on Spotify for you to listen to a sampling of everything below. Thank you for checking this out and here’s to a better 2019!

Top 10 Favorite Non-Metal Records of 2018

black panther

#10 – #1. Black Panther Soundtrack feat: Kendrick Lamar, The Weekend, SZA, Vince Staples, 2 Chainz, and more

I listened to this record so much in 2018. No other non-metal release came even close to this one for me. I listened to at least one track from this soundtrack every single day. If you haven’t listened, go watch Black Panther and then listen to the soundtrack.


Top 10 Favorite EP/Single/7″/etc of 2018


#10. Fawn Limbs – Towering Heads



#9. Snorlax – Splintering demo

Caligari Records


#8. Oryx – Born into Madness EP

Graven Earth Records


#7. Kostnatění – Konec je vsude

Fallen Empire


#6. Inverser – Demo

Caligari Records


#5. Fluisteraars & Turia – De Oord Split 12”



#4. Chthe’ilist – Passage into the Xexanotth 7”

Profound Lore

Vastum spectral voice

#3. Vastum / Spectral Voice Split EP

Dark Descent Records

zao yashira

#2. Zao/Yashira – Hide from the Light / Led to Ache Split 7”

Mind Over Matter Records

the secret

#1. The Secret – Lux Tenebris

Southern Lord

Top 50 Favorite Full Length Records of 2018

LLNN - Deads

#50. LLNN – Deads

Pelagic Records

innumerable forms

#49. Innumerable Forms – Punishment in Flesh

Profound Lore


author and punisher beastland

#48. Author & Punisher – Beastland

Relapse Records

Gaerea - Unsettling Whispers

#47. Gaerea – Unsettling Whispers

Transcending Obscurity


#46. Forn – Rites of Despair

Gilead Media

Ghastly - Death Velour

#45. Ghastly – Death Velour

20 Buck Spin

arkhtinn vi

#44. Arkhtinn – VI

Fallen Empire


#43. AFSKY – Sorg

Vendetta Records


#42. Frontierer – Unloved


azusa - heavy yoke

#41. Azusa – Heavy Yoke

Solid State Records

vile creature cast of static and smoke

#40. Vile Creature – Cast of Static & Smoke

Halo of Flies

hell to pay

#39. Hell to Pay – Bliss

Get This Right Records

infernal coil

#38. Infernal Coil – Within a World Forgotten

Profound Lore

our place of worship is silence

#37. Our Place of Worship is Silence – With Inexorable Suffering

Translation Loss Records

Panegyrist - Heirurgy

#36. Panegyrist – Hierurgy

I, Voidhanger


#35. Urfaust – The Constellatory Practice

Ván Records

secret cutter

#34. Secret Cutter – Quantum Eraser

Holy Roar Records


#33. Abstracter – Cinerous Incarnate

Sentient Ruin Laboratories

Sylvaine - Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone

#32. Sylvaine – Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone

Season of Mist

portrayal of guilt let pain be your guide

#31. Portrayal of Guilt – Let Pain Be Your Guide

Gilead Media


#30. HIDE – Castration Anxiety

Dais Records

great falls

#29. Great Falls – A Sense of Rest

Corpse Flower Records


#28. Antlers – Beneath.Below.Behold


devouring star

#27. Devouring Star – The Arteries of Heresy

Dark Descent Records


#26. Bufihimat – I

Willowtip Records


#25. Gevurah – Sulphur Soul

Profound Lore


#24. Outre – Hollow Earth

Debemur Morti Productions

Malthusian - Across Deaths

#23. Malthusian – Across Deaths

Invictus Productions


#22. Psicosfera – Beta


depths above

#21. Depths Above – Ex Nihilo



#20. Radien – Syvyys

Black Bow Records

solar temple

#19. Solar Temple – Fertile Descent


Churchburn - None Shall Live...The Hymns of Misery

#18. Churchburn – None Shall Live… The Hymns of Misery

Armageddon Shop


#17. W.A.I.L. – Wisdom Through Agony into Illumination and Lunacy Vol. II

Triumphant Transgressions

adzalaan into vermillion mirrors

#16. Adzalaan – Into Vermilion Mirrors


det eviga leendet

#15. Det Eviga Leendet – Lenience

Fallen Empire


#14. Utzalu – Idiot Hell



#13. Convocation – Scars Across

Everlasting Spew Records

noise trail immersion

#12. Noise Trail Immersion – Symbology of Shelter

Moment of Collapse Records

cult leader a patient man

#11. Cult Leader – A Patient Man

Deathwish Inc

Svartidauði svartidaudi Revelations of the Red Sword

#10. Svartidauði – Revelations of the Red Sword

Ván Records



Fallen Empire


#8. Dakhma – Atonement

Iron Bonehead Productions


#7. Vanhelgd – Deimos Sanktuarium

Dark Descent Records


#6. Guðveiki – Vængför

Fallen Empire


#5. Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want



#4. Hissing – Permanent Destitution

Profound Lore

Mylingar Döda Drömmar

#3. Mylingar – Döda Drömmar

Amor Fati Prodcutions

messa - feast for water

#2. Messa – Feast for Water

Aural Music

Imperial Triumphant - Vile Luxury

#1. Imperial Triumphant – Vile Luxury

Gilead Media

And if anyone cares, here are some of the releases I was involved with in 2018…

Slaves BC – Lo, and I Am Burning

Vocals, drums, art

Twilight Fauna – Where Birds Sing My Name


Arête – Hymnal


Mevrimna – Neùrodny duse

Vocals, drums, art

Anchorhold – From a Father’s Son


CVRSDBRTH multiple singles

Vocals, guitar, drums, noise, samples, recording, art




5 thoughts on “Josh Thieler’s Favorite Records of 2018

  1. No Refugee January 3, 2019 / 12:21 pm

    Nice list(s)! But most every list fails to acknowledge the late-year release of Veilburner’s A Sire To The Ghouls Of Lunacy, which is just plain wrong. Also: congrats on that Arête joint! One of the best of the year!

    • hardcorejoe January 3, 2019 / 12:57 pm

      I’ve only known about that release for about a week, it is fantastic. I may sneak it onto my 2019 list
      Glad you dug Arete!

  2. OJDG January 4, 2019 / 4:30 pm

    Great to see Mylingar end up on a best albums list! Slaves BC is on mine. Too bad I can’t find that record anywhere in Europe…

    • hardcorejoe January 7, 2019 / 1:13 pm

      Thank you!
      That Mylingar record is just insane.
      I think the only distro that picked up Lo and I Am Burning is Nordic Mission in Norway

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