Immortal Reviews' Favorite Albums Of 2018

 
 

1. Thirty Seconds To Mars - America

We live in a tumultuous time. The chaos of every day seems to get lost in the constant dialogue of one big issue after another. Thirty Seconds To Mars perfectly captures the essence of that in their new album America. Neither wholly global nor personal, America is the soundtrack of society today. From the dream-inspiring lead single 'Walk On Water' to the epic orchestral theme of a tragic hero, closing track 'Rider,' Jared Leto and co. take a look at all the aspects of life and how society faces them. The thrill of love is celebrated in 'Dangerous Night' while it is dramatized in 'Love Is Madness' with Halsey, before the admiration of 'Great Wide Open' fills your heart with the want to unite and spread peace and tranquility. America is as much of a call-to-arms as it is a snapshot, but it naturally leads you to want to reach that point of unity by showing you the chaos head on. It's an album about humanity, and begs the question: are we moving forward, or stuck in the past?

 Thirty Seconds To Mars Captures The Essence Of Today In   America

Thirty Seconds To Mars Captures The Essence Of Today In America


2. Mike Shinoda Post Traumatic EP

After losing Chester Bennington last year, the world felt the reverberations. Suicide and depression were no longer just a state of mind some people felt; it was real, and it had taken one of the most powerful figures that stopped it. Perhaps those who felt the hardest waves of pain were Chester's family and his band (who were really one and the same), especially Mike Shinoda. Over the last few months, he's put his grieving and his pain into his music, and released what may be the hardest-hitting and most heartbreaking effort you'll hear in a long time. Filled with sorrow, confusion, anger, and all the emotions under the sun, Shinoda faces his own demons on his debut EP Post Traumatic, and provides another outlet to heal for both fans and himself.

 Mike Shinoda Goes Face To Face With His Demons In  Post Traumatic  EP

Mike Shinoda Goes Face To Face With His Demons In Post Traumatic EP


3. Marmozets - Knowing What You Know Now

Marmozets were the reviving force of punk-infused alternative rock when they broke onto the scene in 2015. Back with more societal anger and even bigger riffs, Knowing What You Know Now is a massive effort full of hard hitters like 'Habits' and the emotional ballad 'Me & You.' They leave no stones unturned, challenging society where they see fit: whether its political turmoil ('New Religion,' 'Like A Battery') or personal battles ('Insomnia'), Marmozets have a vengeance to settle and have proven that their wild spirit was not just a flash in the pan: it's here to stay, and it's staying with a vicious attitude.

 Marmozets Reach New, Massive Heights In  Knowing What You Know Now

Marmozets Reach New, Massive Heights In Knowing What You Know Now


4. Milk & Bone - Deception Bay

The feeling of being in love is one that is hard to qualify. It's pure euphoria, and that is something that doesn't come by easily. The first half of Milk & Bone's Deception Bay is all about that feeling. With childlike curiosity, the duo celebrates and explores young love, from the feelings of an innocent crush to a growing passion, beautifully and sweetly capturing the emotions you'd feel on both sonic and lyrical planes. But, as the album hits it centers, it all turns as loneliness takes over love, heartbreak being all they know. From the melancholy search of 'Tmrw.' that chants "Let's see what tomorrow brings" to the ambient, reflective closure of ':'),' Milk & Bone explore two of life's most powerful emotions and takes you along on the ride, too.

 

 Milk & Bone Beautifully Capture Love and Loneliness In  Deception Bay

Milk & Bone Beautifully Capture Love and Loneliness In Deception Bay


5. Fall Out Boy - MANIA

Everyone loves the Fall Out Boy that dominated mid-2000s alternative radio, and people still love the band's pop rock anthems. In MANIA, Fall Out Boy brought those two worlds together to make what may just be their best effort yet. From the giant, industrial synths that introduce the record on 'Stay Frosty Royal Milk Tea' to the unstoppable alternative jams 'The Last Of The Real Ones' and 'Hold Me Tight Or Don't,' Fall Out Boy finally feel like they've escaped the rut of just-hitting-the-mark pop hits and have finally connected with what made them such a force in the alternative world and didn't forget to take their new tricks for a spin, either.

 Fall Out Boy Explode With Pop Flair In  MANIA

Fall Out Boy Explode With Pop Flair In MANIA



6. Son Lux - Brighter Wounds

A big aspect of Son Lux's music has always been the raw emotion of it, but nothing has hit quite as personally as Brighter Wounds. From trying to achieve your dreams through the darkness of 'Dream State' to the somberness of wanting a love to not fail in 'Slowly,' which somberly cries "Slowly lie to me, like you do when you tell the truth," Son Lux explores their vulnerability and takes your soul along for the ride, as well. Listening to Brighter Wounds is almost like an out-of-body experience, in the best way. It takes you through your weakest areas, whether that may mean memories that hold you back or your insecurities you fight every day.

 Son Lux Sounds Dark and Vulnerable On  Brighter Wounds

Son Lux Sounds Dark and Vulnerable On Brighter Wounds


7. TesseracT - Sonder

Those already familiar with TesseracT will know that their sound is nothing short of fascinating. Filled with complexity, TesseracT has truly honed progressive metal and set themselves apart from the rest. Their new record Sonder takes their already intense formula and adds so much more to it. Their electronic element is established in opening track 'Luminary' with its smooth guitars that lead into epic choruses, and from there things only go up. 'King' is a seven-minute epic that rolls through different parts, each drastically different but equally, if not progressively more powerful. The contrasts between the soft parts and crushingly heavy parts creates a hugely dynamic effect, also explored in other winding, constantly evolving songs like 'Beneath My Skin / Mirror Image.' From the atmospheric beauty of 'Orbital' to the evil 'Smile' and giant, anthemic melodies of 'Juno,' TesseracT prove that they are a force to be reckoned with.

  TesseracT  Make Their Sound Even Bigger In   Sonder

TesseracT Make Their Sound Even Bigger In Sonder


8. Stone Temple Pilots - Stone Temple Pilots

Stone Temple Pilots are a band that has truly felt pain. Over the last three years, they lost both of their previous lead singers: Scott Weiland and Chester Bennington. Now, with a third lead singer Jeff Gutt at the helm, they face a lot more than just the tragedies of the past; they have to face pushing their sound onto a modern stage. However, their second eponymous album Stone Temple Pilots proves that they are more than ready to finally settle in comfortable. With huge, rolling jams such as 'Meadow' and 'Roll Me Under' showing the band still has a lot of life left in them. Their emotional farewells to Bennington in 'Finest Hour' and their coming to terms with the past in 'The Art Of Letting Go' also sees them mature their sound as well, making sure they hit upon all areas as they turn the pain they've felt and make art out of it.

 Stone Temple Pilots Overcome Tragedy With  Stone Temple Pilots

Stone Temple Pilots Overcome Tragedy With Stone Temple Pilots


9. Rae MorrisSomeone Out There

The pop world has been waiting for Rae Morris to take over, and her time has come in a big way. Someone Out There, her sophomore album, sees her sound reach the highest point its come to yet, from pop bangers like 'Reborn' to heartbreaking tracks like 'Wait For The Rain' and 'Physical Form,' Morris redefines her sound while still taking the best of what made her unique already. Everything on this record feels just as unique as the airy indie vibes of her debut, but with new life (and new experiences) breathed into them. It's time for Rae Morris to take over pop's airwaves, and Someone Out There is the first step towards that.

 Rae Morris Comes Into Her Own In Sophomore LP  Someone Out There

Rae Morris Comes Into Her Own In Sophomore LP Someone Out There


10. Haley Heynderickx - I Need To Start A Garden

Imagine waking up alone in a house in the middle of a field. Outside is a dense fog. You walk outside, sit down on the porch and stare out into it. That's the aesthetic of Haley Heynderickx's debut I Need To Start A Garden, and those thoughts you have while you stare out into that oblivion are the words she sings. With folky anthems like the dejected 'The Drinking Song' and the unique, warm memories described in 'The Bug Collector,' Heynderickx establishes her place in the world of alternative folk. Her music is haunting and intimate, while still being technical and passionate. No moment on this record is wasted, and as the fog clears as the album ends, those thoughts still linger and keep you wondering long after the album closes.

 Haley Heynderickx's  I Need To Start A Garden  Is Pure and Enchanting

Haley Heynderickx's I Need To Start A Garden Is Pure and Enchanting




The following is a comprehensive list of all of the albums and EPs we have listened to in 2018 and how they rank with other records.

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Last Updated: May 19, 2018

  1. Thirty Seconds To Mars - America: 99
  2. Mike Shinoda - Post Traumatic: 99
  3. Marmozets - Knowing What You Know Now: 96
  4. Milk & Bone - Deception Bay: 95
  5. Fall Out Boy - MANIA: 92
  6. Son Lux - Brighter Wounds: 91
  7. TesseracT - Sonder: 90
  8. Stone Temple Pilots - Stone Temple Pilots: 89
  9. Rae Morris - Someone Out There: 89
  10. Haley Heynderickx - I Need To Start A Garden: 88
  11. A Perfect Circle - Eat The Elephant: 87
  12. The Neighbourhood - To Imagine: 87
  13. Hayley Kiyoko - Expectations: 86
  14. Agua Rojo - Roses: 86
  15. Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour: 85
  16. The Weeknd - My Dear Melancholy,: 85
     
  17. Lissie - Castles: 84
  18. BTS - Love Yourself 轉 'Tear': 82
  19. Animal Flag - Void Ripper: 82
  20. The Neighbourhood - The Neighbourhood: 82
  21. Oceanator - Lows: 81
  22. Jon Hopkins - Singularity: 80
  23. Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel: 80
  24. S. Carey - Hundred Acres: 80
  25. Logic - Bobby Tarantino II: 80
  26. A Hawk and A Hacksaw - Forest Bathing: 80
  27. Jimi Hendrix - Both Sides Of The Sky: 79
  28. Of Mice & Men - Defy: 78
  29. Mount Eerie - Now Only: 78
  30. Soccer Mommy - Clean: 78
  31. J. Cole - KOD: 78
  32. The Skull Defekts - The Skull Defekts: 78
  33. Dream Wife - Dream Wife: 78
  34. Jonghyun - Poet | Artist: 77
  35. Bishop Briggs - Church Of Scars: 77
  36. Various Artists - Black Panther: The Album: 77
  37. Marian Hill - Unusual: 77
  38. Half Waif - Lavender: 77
  39. Wye Oak - The Louder I Cry, The Faster It Runs: 77
  40. The Atlas Moth - Coma Noir: 77
  41. Post Malone - Beerbongs & Bentleys: 77
  42. Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer: 77
  43. Anna von Hausswolff - Dead Magic: 77
  44. Harakiri For The Sky - Arson: 77
  45. Pianos Become The Teeth - Wait For Love: 77
  46. Jaguwar - Ringthing: 77
  47. Nils Frahm - All Melody: 77
  48. Joe Satriani - What Happens Next: 77
  49. Brian Fallon - Sleepwalkers: 76
  50. Camila Cabello - Camila: 76
  51. Anne-Marie - Speak Your Mind: 76
  52. Moby - Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt: 76
  53. Lord Huron - Vide Noir: 76
  54. First Aid Kit - Ruins: 76
  55. Charlie Puth - Voicenotes: 75
  56. Primordial - Exile Amongst The Ruins: 75
  57. ionnalee - Everyone Afraid To Be Forgotten: 75
  58. Beach House - 7: 75
  59. Iceage - Beyondless: 75
  60. Editors - Violence: 75
  61. PRhyme - PRhyme 2: 75
  62. Geowulf - Great Big Blue: 75
  63. Belle & Sebastian - How To Solve Our Human Problems (Part 3): 75
  64. Vance Joy - Nation Of Two: 74
  65. Jack White - Boarding House Reach: 74
  66. Alison Wonderland - Awake: 74
  67. Caroline Rose - Loner: 74
  68. Underoath - Erase Me: 74
  69. Porches - The House: 74
  70. cupcakKeEphorize: 73
  71. Cardi B - Invasion Of Privacy: 73
  72. BTS - Face Yourself: 73
  73. Teenage Wrist - Chrome Neon Jesus: 73
  74. Kimbra - Primal Heart: 73
  75. Mark Pritchard - The Four Worlds: 73
  76. Francesca Michielin - 2640: 73
  77. Susanna - Go Dig My Grave: 73
  78. Sigur Rós - Route One: 72
  79. Jessica Risker - I See You Among The Stars: 72
  80. The Vaccines - Combat Sports: 72
  81. Carla Bozulich - Quieter: 72
  82. We Are Waves - HOLD: 72
  83. Rhye - Blood: 71
  84. Swae Lee - Swaecation: 71
  85. Totally Mild - Her: 71
  86. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Sex & Food: 70
  87. Godsmack - When Legends Rise: 70
  88. Jouska - From Elson To Emmett: 70
  89. Eternal Summers - Every Day It Feels Like I'm Dying...: 70
  90. Dana Buoy - Ice Glitter Gold: 70
  91. MGMT - Little Dark Age: 70
  92. BØRNS - Blue Madonna: 70
  93. Anna Burch - Quit The Curse: 69
  94. Shinedown - Attention Attention: 69
  95. Rae Sremmurd - SR3MM: 69
  96. Superorganism - Superorganism: 68
  97. Franz Ferdinand - Always Ascending: 68
  98. Lucius - Nudes: 67
  99. Justin Timberlake - Man Of The Woods: 66
  100. The Decemberists - I'll Be Your Girl: 66
  101. Titus Andronicus - A Productive Cough: 66
  102. Desiigner - L.O.D.: 66
  103. Cavern Of Anti-Matter - Hormone Lemonade: 66
  104. Belle & Sebastian - How To Solve Our Human Problems (Part 2): 65
  105. Drake - Scary Hours: 65
  106. Diplo - California: 65
  107. Hookworms - Microshift: 65
     
  108. Simian Mobile Disco - Murmurations: 64
  109. Rich Brian - Amen: 63
  110. YoungBoy Never Broke Again - Until Death Call My Name: 60
  111. Three Days Grace - Outsider: 60
  112. Dungen & Woods - Myths 003: 60
  113. Justine Skye - Ultraviolet: 60
  114. Bonny Doon - Longwave: 59
  115. Sunflower Bean - Twentytwo In Blue: 59
  116. 6ix9ine - Day69: 58
  117. Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino: 56
  118. Kylie Minogue - Golden: 53
  119. Mackenzie Nicole - The Edge: 53
  120. Black Veil Brides - Vale: 50
  121. Tyga - Kyoto: 48
  122. Slim Jxmmi - Jxmtro: 46
  123. Migos Culture II: 45
     
  124. Playboi Carti - Die Lit: 44
  125. Rich The Kid - The World Is Yours: 40
  126. Lil Yachty - Lil Boat 2: 30