Can you fucking believe we’re half way through this dumpster fire of a year? Speaking of flaming garbage, while the whole country descends into utter madness my go to reprieve from the idiocy has been metal. True, it’s alway my reprieve even in times of less stupefying magnitude but this year I’ve really fucking needed it, and for the most part, it’s been an awesome year for metal. At least for me. You’re mileage may vary.

So with that being said let me share with you the albums that have been kicking my ass thusly this year. I’m not going to get picky here or do any long winded write ups for these (I save that for the year end list), it’s simple a list full of great music. I will be nice and separate the metal from the non-metal for you though. You’re welcome.

Check some of this stuff out, or all of it. It’s all good and we all need good music right now.

Panphage – Drengskapr
The Drip – The Haunting Fear of Inevitability
Shaarimoth – Temple of the Adversarial Fire
The Flight of Sleipnir – Skadi
The Great Old Ones – EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy
Au Champ Des Morts – Dans la joie
Kreator – Gods of Violence
Power Trip – Nightmare Logic
Witherfall – Nocturnes and Requiems
Overkill – The Grinding Wheel
Horn – Turm am Hang
Abigor/Nightbringer/Thy Darkened Shade/Mortuus – Split
Deletere – Per Aspera Ad Pestilentiam EP
Cellador – Off the Grid
Lunar Shadow – Far From Light
Lock Up – Demonization
In the Company of Serpents – Ain-Soph Aur
Dodecahedron – Kwintessens
Lantern – II: Morphosis
Memoriam – For the Fallen
Falls of Rauros – Vigilance Perennial
Dread Sovereign – For Doom the Bell Tolls
Royal Thunder – Wick
Hellripper – Coagulating Darkness
Hellwell – Behind the Demon’s Eyes
Nightbringer – Terra Damnata
Foreseen – Grave Danger
Wolfbrigade – Run With the Hunted
Coldfells – Coldfells
Night Demon – Darkness Remains
Labyrinth – Architecture of a God
Farsot – FAIL•LURE
Death Rides a Horse – More God Than Man
Sarcasm – Within the Sphere of Ethereal Minds
Havukruunu – Kelle Surut Soi
Eruption – Cloaks of Oblivion
Locust Leaves – A Subtler Kind of Light
Anathema – The Optimist
The Ruins of Beverast – Exuvia
Nokturnal Mortum – Verity
Excommunion – Thronosis
White Ward – Futility Report
Darkenhold – Memoria Sylvarum
Solstafir – Berdreyminn
Loss – Horizonless
Wode – Servants of the Countercosmos
Danzig – Black Laden Crown
Ofermod – Sol Nox
Ironflame – Lightning Strikes the Crown
Unleash the Archers – Apex
Vallenfyre – Fear Those Who Fear Him
Mutoid Man – War Moans
Progenie Terrestre Pura – oltreLuna
Emyn Muil – Elenion Ancalima
Solbrud – Vemod
Walpyrgus – Walpyrgus Nights
Blaze of Sorrow – Astri

Scott H. Biram – The Bad Testament
Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness
The Smith Street Band – More Scared of You Than You Are of Me
The Secret Sisters – You Don’t Own Me Anymore
Torgeir Waldemer – No Offending Borders
Chris Stapleton – From a Room: Volume 1