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Top 100 Hard Rock and Metal Albums of 2018


It's that time of the year again. The end of another year signals it's time for our annual Pure Rock Radio "Top 100 Hard Rock & Metal Albums of 2018." With thousands of submissions for airplay a year, it's getting harder and harder to narrow the top albums down to even just 100. Again, we've decided to combine our list to include Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. As always, our Top 100 is based on airplay, requests and good 'ol butt kicking goodness!

Congratulations to all of this year's heavy hitters. It truly was an amazing year for music. A huge thanks to all the bands, labels, promoters and public relations reps we have worked with all year to help promote this great music we all love. How did we do? Did we miss something? We are excited to see your comments and your own personal favs or 2018. Comment below to let us know what you enjoyed most this year!

Without further ado, here is our "Top 100 Hard Rock & Metal Albums of 2018":

  1. Judas Priest - Firepower (Epic)

  2. Striker - Play to Win (Record Breaking)

  3. The Dead Daisies - Burn it Down (Curtain Call)

  4. Ghost - Prequelle (Loma Vista)

  5. Kissin' Dynamite - Ecstasy (Metal Blade)

  6. Kobra and the Lotus - Prevail II (Napalm)

  7. Corrosion of Conformity - No Cross No Crown (Nuclear Blast)

  8. Avatar - Avatar Country (eOne Music)

  9. Kataklysm - Meditations (Nuclear Blast)

  10. Architects - Holy Hell (Epitaph)

  11. Brainstorm - Midnight Ghosts (AFM)

  12. Arion - Life is not Beautiful (AFM)

  13. Black Label Society - Grimmest Hits (eOne Music)

  14. Omnium Gatherum - The Burning Cold (Century Media)

  15. Slash (Ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators) - Living The Dream (Roadrunner/Snakepit)

  16. DC4 - Atomic Highway (HighVolMusic)

  17. Disturbed - Evolution (Reprise)

  18. Five Finger Death Punch - And Justice For None (Prospect Park)

  19. Into Eternity - The Sirens (M-Theory Audio)

  20. Godsmack - When Legends Rise (BMG)

  21. Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons - The Age of Absurdity (Nuclear Blast)

  22. Powerwolf - Sacrament of Sin (Napalm)

  23. Stryper - God Damn Evil (Frontiers)

  24. Alice In Chains - Rainier Fog (BMG)

  25. Amorphis - Queen of Time (Nuclear Blast)

  26. Parkway Drive - Reverence (Epitaph)

  27. Monster Truck - True Rockers (Mascot)

  28. High on Fire - Electric Messiah (eOne Music)

  29. Primal Fear - Apocalypse (Frontiers)

  30. Dee Snider - For The Love of Metal (Napalm)

  31. Dynazty - Firesign (AFM)

  32. Icarus Witch - Goodbye Cruel World (Cleopatra)

  33. Metal Allegiance - II: Power Drunk Majesty (Nuclear Blast)

  34. Greta Van Fleet - Anthem of the Peaceful Army (Republic)

  35. Kamelot - The Shadow Theory (Napalm)

  36. Altars of Grief - Iris (Hypnotic Dirge)

  37. Like a Storm - Catacombs (Century Media)

  38. Reece - Resilient Heart (Mighty Music)

  39. Unleashed - The Hunt For White Christ (Napalm)

  40. Halestorm - Vicious (Atlantic)

  41. Lizzy Borden - My Midnight Things (Metal Blade)

  42. Soulfly - Ritual (Nuclear Blast)

  43. Untimely Demise - No Promise of Tomorrow (Independent)

  44. Wilson - Tasty Nasty (RED Music)

  45. Obscura - Diluvium (Relapse)

  46. Angra - Omni (earMUSIC)

  47. TesseracT - Sonder (KScope)

  48. Mob Rules - Beast Reborn (SPV)

  49. Amongst The Giants - Obscene (Rockfest)

  50. Electric Boys - The Ghost Ward Diaries (Mighty Music)

  51. Cauldron - New Gods (The End)

  52. Grave Digger - The Living Dead (Napalm)

  53. Daddy Rock - Daddy Rock (Independent)

  54. Between the Buried and Me - Automata I & II (Sumerian)

  55. YOB - Our Raw Heart (Relapse)

  56. Immortal - Northern Chaos Gods (Nuclear Blast)

  57. Dream Child - Until Death Do We Meet Again (Frontiers)

  58. Lords of the Trident - Shadows from the Past (Junko Johnson/Killer Metal)

  59. Bloodshot Dawn - Reanimation (Hostile Media)

  60. Monster Magnet - Mindf**ker (Napalm)

  61. Pop Evil - Pop Evil (eOne Music)

  62. Anvil - Pounding the Pavement (SPV)

  63. Royal Hunt - Cast in Stone (Northpoint Prod./King Records)

  64. Shinedown - Attention Attention (Atlantic)

  65. A Sound of Thunder - It Was Metal (Mad Neptune/Independent)

  66. Voivod - The Wake (Century Media)

  67. Cancer Bats - The Spark That Moves (Bat Skull)

  68. Black Stone Cherry - Family Tree (Mascot)

  69. Sevendust - All I See Is War (Rise)

  70. Sinbreed - IV (Massacre)

  71. Gama Bomb - Speed Between The Lines (AFM)

  72. Bedlem - Back to Bedlem (Independent)

  73. Skull Fist - Way of the Road (Napalm)

  74. Mike LePond's Silent Assassins - Pawn and Prophecy (Frontiers)

  75. Jizzy Pearl - All You Need Is Soul (Frontiers)

  76. Skindred - Big Tings (Napalm)

  77. Michael Schenker Fest - Resurrection (Nuclear Blast)

  78. Saxon - Thunderbolt (Silver Lining Music/Militia Guard)

  79. Atreyu - In Our Wake (Spinefarm)

  80. Daron Malakian and Scars on Broadway - Dictator (Scarred For Life)

  81. Red Dragon Cartel - Patina (Frontiers)

  82. The Night Flight Orchestra - Sometimes the World Ain't Enough (Nuclear Blast)

  83. Treat - Tunguska (Frontiers)

  84. Memphis May Fire - Broken (Rise)

  85. Of Mice & Men - Defy (Rise)

  86. Kalmah - Palo (Spinefarm)

  87. Tad Morose - Chapter X (GMR Music)

  88. WarKings - Reborn (Napalm)

  89. Obsidian - Wake the Virus (Independent)

  90. Sunstorm - Road to Hell (Frontiers)

  91. Machine Head - Catharsis (Nuclear Blast)

  92. From Ashes to New - The Future (Better Noise)

  93. Stephen Pearcy - View to a Thrill (Frontiers)

  94. Black Veil Brides - Vale (Lava/Universal)

  95. La Chinga - Beyond The Sky (Small Stone)

  96. Metal Church - Damned if You Do (Rat Pak)

  97. Fifth Angel - The Third Secret (Nuclear Blast)

  98. Blade Killer - High Risk (M-Theory Audio)

  99. SaKreD - Amen To Nothing (Independent)

  100. Seven Thorns - Symphony of Shadows (Mighty Music)

Thanks for supporting Pure Rock Radio for another stellar year of killer music, as we enter our 22nd year on the air and online in 2019! Let's see some of your lists??

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