The Unrefined Jagoff’s Top Albums of 2018

With December winding down, I figured it’s time to share my top albums for 2018 (no, I did not include any of my own albums).

Most people do a top 10, but I can’t narrow my list to less than 15, so you get 5 bonus albums AT NO ADDITIONAL COST!

1. Memoriam – The Silent Vigil

2. Hot Snakes – Jericho Sirens

3. Surfbort – Friendship Music

4. Pile – Odds and Ends

5. Secret Cutter – Quantum Eraser

6. Superstition – Surging Throng of Evil’s Might

7. Ron Gallo – Stardust Birthday Party

8. Mammoth Grinder – Cosmic Crypt

9. Soulfly – Ritual

10. Anguish – Anguish

11. Innumerable Forms – Punishment in Flesh

12. Nequient – Wolves at the Door

13. Bass Drum of Death – Just Business

14. Drawn and Quartered – The One Who Lurks

15. At the Gates – To Drink from the Night Itself

In case you want my opinions:

1. Memoriam – The Silent Vigil

This is a no brainer- KARL WILLETTS. One of the best things about Memoriam is that Karl seems to have more freedom/flexibility lyrically to deliver messages like anti-racism in songs like “Bleed the Same,” and a lot of times you really hear the punk in him shine through.

2. Hot Snakes – Jericho Sirens

Hot Snakes returns, basically picking up harder than where they left off. John Reis’ surfy/post-punk riffs pummel into your head and never leave. His energy level in concert is off the charts, easily one of the best performances I’ve seen in the last few years.

3. Surfbort – Friendship Music

Fun, goofy, often political, dumb (in the best way) punk. I mean, their name is Surfbort, what’s not to like?

4. Pile – Odds and Ends

A collection of singles and unreleased tracks, some more on the post-hardcore side and some more indie. As a whole, it’s a pretty solid album. Vocalist Rick Maguire’s voice kicks ass when he pushes it into screams, but his clean singing voice is good too.

5. Secret Cutter – Quantum Eraser

Sludgy grind that kind of reminds me of when I saw Catheter live in 2009. Heavy down-tuned riffs, violent vocals, the kind of thing you’d expect me to like I guess.

6. Superstition – Surging Throng of Evil’s Might

Reverberant yet surprisingly tight death metal.  I’d go more in depth, but my review of this is mostly “it’s awesome!”

7. Ron Gallo – Stardust Birthday Party

Ron Gallo has been putting out a ton of great albums in a short amount of time.  This album floats between 70’s rock, indie, and punk, and is a great follow up to the EP released just at the beginning of this year, “Really Nice Guys” (which I would also recommend). Listen to “Bridge Crossers.”

8. Mammoth Grinder – Cosmic Crypt

My friend Adam’s band played a show with them sort of recently and said they ruled and sounded like Entombed.  That’s my attempt at explaining why this album is awesome. It’s super echoey, spacey, thumpy, old school death metal.

9. Soulfly – Ritual

Exactly what you want from a post-Sepultura Max Cavalera.  A lot of this album is just straight death metal and even features Ross from Immolation on “Under Rapture.” Super heavy riffs. While listening to “Bite the Bullet,” Christina keeps singing along “buy tabouleh,” and now that’s all I can hear when I listen to it.

10. Anguish – Anguish

Is this some sort of hip hop/jazz/poetry album? Probably, it’s not exactly my area of expertise. What I do know, is that anything dälek gets involved with ends up being good, and this is no exception.

11. Innumerable Forms – Punishment in Flesh

Probably my favorite death doom band from the last decade, they take “Contaminated” off their first EP and expand/extend it into “Re-Contaminated”

12. Nequient – Wolves at the Door

My buddies in Chicago put out their heaviest album yet! “On the Day of Execution” is super sludgy, definitely my favorite track.

13. Bass Drum of Death – Just Business

Fun garage rock, although more cleaned up than the first two albums. I think I listened to the title track disproportionately more than the rest.

14. Drawn and Quartered – The One Who Lurks

Drawn and Quartered always deliver exactly what you expect them to, and that’s super evil underground death metal. “Horned Shadows Rise” is one of the standout tracks, definitely check it out.

15. At the Gates – To Drink from the Night Itself

I think this album grew on me a lot. The first time I listened to it, I thought it was good, but I definitely like it more now. Obviously it’s not Slaughter of the Soul, but it’s not trying to be. It’s just an excellently bleak melodic death metal album.

Lastly, here’s the ongoing Spotify playlist I’ve been adding my favorite songs to all year (whenever I remember):

2018 – A Big Year for Hildsvfar Records!

2018 has been a productive year!
For all of you out there making your Top 10 albums lists for 2018 already, check out the four albums I released this year and consider adding them to your list!
Go listen on Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes, Google… whatever you kids are using these days!

Satan's Basement - Appeal to Your Denial

Satan’s Basement – Appeal to Your Denial
Bandcamp (digital/cassette) – Spotify – iTunes – Amazon

Satan's Basement - The Pit of Loneliness

Satan’s Basement – The Pit of Loneliness 
Bandcamp – Spotify – iTunes – Amazon

The Astronaut King - Divide By Zero Tolerance

The Astronaut King – Divide By Zero Tolerance 
Bandcamp – Spotify – iTunes – Amazon

Now That's What I Call JAGOFF! Vol. 2018

(various artists) – Now That’s What I Call JAGOFF! Vol. 2018
Bandcamp (FREE TO DOWNLOAD, only available on Bandcamp)

Here’s to hoping I can keep this up in 2019!

Satan’s Basement – The Pit of Loneliness

Do you crave more Satan’s Basement?

Do you have an insatiable taste for evil music?

Do you want a large assortment of both those things AND an evil Christmas song??

Well, go download the newest collection of Satan’s Basement songs, “The Pit of Loneliness,” from Bandcamp (or iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc.)!

It’s a collection of demos, splits, compilations, and unreleased tracks from the last 11 years in between Cerebral Apocalypse (2007) and Appeal to Your Denial (2018), not including the Corporate Manufactured Purgatory EP.

Now I can be on your Top Ten albums list TWICE this year!

Go buy it.