Chris Galea – Staff Poll 2018

Best Albums

No doubt there were many amazing releases I didn’t get to listen to. But from those I did hear, the ones in this list hit a special chord. In no particular order….
 
Therion – Beloved Antichrist
Royal Hunt – Cast In Stone
Orphaned Land – Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs
Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins – Pawn & Prophecy
Witchsorrow – Hexenhammer
Michael Romeo – War Of The Worlds Part 1
Solstice – White Horse Hill
Satan – Cruel Magic
Obscura – Diluvium
VoiVod – The Wake
On Thorns I Lay – Aegean Snow
The Night Flight Orchestra – Sometimes The World Ain’t Enough
Deicide – Overtures Of Blasphemy
Virgin Black – Requiem: Pianissimo
Primordial – Exile Amongst The Ruins
Cruachan – Nine Years Of Blood
Haken – Vector
Clouds – Dor
Circles – The Last One
Jason Becker – Triumphant Hearts
Into Eternity – The Sirens
Sadist – Spellbound

Welcome Surprises

Bands I heard for the first time and which, although their releases might not be in the ‘Best Albums’ list, impressed me a great deal.
 
Medic (Egypt)
The Chapter (Portugal)
Motor Militia (Bahrain)

Best live event attended

Very few gigs and almost zero festivals attended in 2017. But things were not that bad…

Chris Tsangarides memorial – 7th October – Ashford (England)

Satan + Airforce + Primitai + Toledo Steel – 14th November – London (England)

Best cover-arts of the year

Albert Bell’s Sacro Sanctus – Liber III: Codex Templarum

The Chapter – Angels And Demons

Yob – Our Raw Heart

Amorphis – Queen Of Time

Best Music Videos of the year

The Moor “Lead The Difference”

Skáld “Rún”

Things to look forward to in 2019

Attending more gigs and festivals. And new albums from: More, Airforce, Blind Saviour, Vision Divine, The Deep (amongst others).

Biggest disappointments of the year

This is a Pandora’s Box best left unanswered.

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