Steve Earles’s 2018 in metal

Every year, Hellbound writers submit their top albums of the year. They all get compiled into Hellbound’s Top Metal Albums of the year (coming soon).


Top Albums of 2018

Crystal Viper - At the Edge of Time

10. At the Edge of Time

  • Artist: Crystal Viper
  • Label: AFM Records

Jo Quail - Exsolve

9. Exsolve

  • Artist: Jo Quail
  • Label: self-released

Iron Void - Excalibur

8. Excalibur

  • Artist: Iron Void
  • Label: Shadow Kingdom

Witch Mountain - Witch Mountain

7. Witch Mountain

  • Artist: Witch Mountain
  • Label: Svart Records

John Carpenter - Halloween (OST)

6. Halloween (OST)

  • Artist: John Carpenter
  • Label: Sacred Bones

Corrosion of Conformity - No Cross, No Crown

5. No Cross, No Crown

  • Artist: Corrosion of Conformity
  • Label: Nuclear Blast

Bloodbath - The Arrow of Satan Is Drawn

4. The Arrow of Satan Is Drawn

  • Artist: Bloodbath
  • Label: Peaceville

Sleep - The Sciences

3. The Sciences

  • Artist: Sleep
  • Label: Third Man

Judas Priest - Firepower

2. Firepower

  • Artist: Judas Priest
  • Label: Epic

King Witch - Under the Mountain

1. Under the Mountain

  • Artist: King Witch
  • Label: Listenable Records


Album Cover of the Year

Crystal Viper – At The Edge Of Time by Andreas Marschall

Best Gig of 2018

C.O.C. at Dolans in Limerick – not only a fantastic gig, but courtesy of promoters Bad Reputation, who go from strength to strength by dint of their hard work, dedication and strong local support, I didn’t have to travel to Dublin to see them.

Most Anticipated Album(s) of 2019

A new album from Venom Inc.

My 2018 in Metal

I feel the Irish metal scene is stronger than ever and I see it growing more so.

Looking Forward To in 2019

In 2019 I would simply like to see more people supporting the music we love.

Metal Person of the Year

Laura Wiebe, best editor I’ve ever had, and a decent human being to boot who actually answers her mail, a rarity in this day-and-age.

Steve Earles is author and co-author of numerous projects, including To End All Wars: The WWI Graphic Anthology, available summer 2014 (