Perdition's Best of 2018
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Here's my best of 2018 list, as of the end of August.

Rules and Rating System
1. 1 release per band per category.
2. For my purposes, singles and EPs will be 1-3 songs and up to about 15 minutes. MCDs will be 4-5 songs from 15 to 30 minutes.
3. If a single is cannibalized by an album, it may be removed from this list altogether.
4. Albums rated 4-5 will be in order by preference and 3.5 will in alphabetical order.
5. Anything less than 3.5 stars will not be listed.

☆☆☆☆☆ - Masterpiece (96-100%)

☆☆☆☆½ - Excellent (90-95%)

☆☆☆☆ - Very Good (84-89%)

☆☆☆½ - Good (75-83%)

☆☆☆ - Fair (60-74%)

☆☆ - Mediocre (40-59%)

☆ - Worthless (0-39%)

Metal/Progressive Rock/Hard Rock:

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☆☆☆☆☆
Nothing yet.

☆☆☆☆½
Nothing yet.

☆☆☆☆
Onmyo-Za (陰陽座) - 覇道明王
Genre: Folk/Heavy Metal
Format: Album
Audio: None

Mardelas - Mardelas III
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
Format: Album
Audio: World Vs. Honor (PV)

SWARRRM - こわれはじめる
Genre: Grindcore/Screamo
Format: Album
Audio: マーチ

Narumi - The Seed
Genre: Shred/Instrumental
Format: MCD
Audio: Sample

Rakshasa - 憂愁録-月読
Genre: Power Metal
Format: MCD
Audio: 人身御供 (PV)


☆☆☆½
Adrastea - Pathetic Bluemoon
Genre: Power Metal
Format: MCD
Audio: None.

Amiliyah - Departure
Genre: Gothic/Power Metal
Format: Album
Audio: daisy (PV)

Angers - Killing Moon
Genre: Gothic Metal
Format: MCD
Audio: Scared (PV)

BAND-MAID - WORLD DOMINATION
Genre: J-Rock
Format: Album
Audio: Dice (PV)

BRIDEAR - HELIX
Genre: Power Metal/J-Rock
Format: MCD
Audio: Dear Bride (PV)

D_Drive - GEKIRIN-逆鱗- / Gradation
Genre: Neoclassical Power Metal/Shred
Format: Single
Audio: None.

DenKare (電気式華憐音楽集団) - prima dynamis
Genre: Power Metal
Format: Single
Audio: prima dynamis

Fate Gear - 7years ago
Genre: Power Metal
Format: MCD
Audio: 7 years ago -refrain- (PV)

Mary's Blood - Revenant
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
Format: Album
Audio: Trailer

Nameless One - シャンバラの扉
Genre: Melodeath/Power Metal
Format: MCD
Audio: 壮途のナグルファル (PV)

Onyx - Dearest
Genre: Power/Gothic Metal
Format: Single
Audio: Trailer

ROMAN SO WORDS - Roman's
Genre: Power Metal
Format: Album
Audio: Trailer

Unlucky Morpheus - CADAVER / REVADAC
Genre: Symphonic Power Metal
Format: Single
Audio: Trailer

Yuka & Chronoship - SHIP
Genre: Progressive Rock
Format: Album
Audio: Trailer


J-Rock/J-Indie/Other (Albums):
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☆☆☆☆☆
Nothing yet.

☆☆☆☆½
Nothing yet.

☆☆☆☆
Haru Nemuri (春ねむり) - 春と修羅
Genre: Noise Pop/Indie Rock
Audio: 春と修羅 (PV)

Ling Tosite Sigure (凛として時雨) - #5
Genre: Post-Hardcore/Math Rock
Audio: Chocolate Passion (PV)

Chiriwaka (チリヌルヲワカ) - ノンフィクション
Genre: Indie Rock
Audio: 極楽浄土 (PV)

MASS OF THE FERMENTING DREGS - No New World
Genre: Indie Rock
Audio: New Order (PV)

Spira Spica (スピラ・スピカ) - 雪と星と僕ら
Genre: Pop Punk/Indie Rock
Audio: 僕らなら (PV)


☆☆☆½
Amelie - ビューティフルライフ
Genre: Indie Rock/Pop Punk
Audio: ライアーゲームじゃ始まらない (PV)

Hitsuji Bungaku (羊文学) - 若者たちへ
Genre: Indie Rock
Audio: 天気予報 (PV)

Potali (ポタリ) - ポタリの2
Genre: Pop-Punk/Indie Rock
Audio: MUSIC (PV)

Qaijff - POP is YOURS
Genre: Symphonic/Progressive Pop
Audio: None

Ryokushaka (緑黄色社会) - 緑黄色社会
Genre: Indie Pop/Rock
Audio: 大人ごっこ (PV)

September Me (セプテンバーミー) - セプテンバーミー
Genre: Indie Rock
Audio: プラスティックワールド (PV)

Tesla Doesn't Know How to Cry (テスラは泣かない。) - 偶然とか運命とか
Genre: Indie/Piano Rock
Audio: 万華鏡のようだ (PV)

Uchudan (宇宙団) - それなりのつよがり
Genre: Indie Pop/Rock
Audio: ヘルプ! (PV)


J-Rock/J-Indie/Other (MCDs):

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☆☆☆☆☆
Nothing yet.

☆☆☆☆½
AINSEL -WILL
Genre: J-Rock
Audio: 零れ桜 (PV)

Split End - 夜
Genre: Indie Rock
Audio: サイレン (PV)

ariel makes gloomy - oxymoron
Genre: Indie Pop/Rock
Audio: Twilight (PV)


☆☆☆☆
Yubisaki Nohaku (指先ノハク) - TAMAMONO
Genre: Indie Rock
Audio: 尼将軍の恋 (PV)

lical - filmeld filament
Genre: Math Rock/Pop
Audio: 群青的終末論 (PV)

Mikkai to Miminari (密会と耳鳴り) - NEW
Genre: Indie/Punk Rock
Audio: バンド売れたい (PV)

Soko ni Naru (そこに鳴る) - ゼロ
Genre: Math Rock
Audio: 掌で踊る (PV)

Hitsuji Bungaku (羊文学) - オレンジチョコレートハウスまでの道のり
Genre: Shoegaze/Indie Rock
Audio: マフラー (PV)

cinema staff×アルカラ - undivided E.P.
Genre: Indie Rock
Audio #1: first song(at the terminal) (PV) (Cinema Staff)
Audio #2: サースティサースティサースティガール (PV) (アルカラ)

☆☆☆½
ayutthaya - dejavu
Genre: Indie Rock
Audio: mottainai (PV)

Egw Eimi - それでも何かを
Genre: Indie Pop/Rock
Audio: はっぴーえんど (PV)

JYOCHO - 互いの宇宙 e.p
Genre: Math Rock
Audio: 互いの宇宙 (PV)

Kamitsuki (カミツキ) - REAR SIDES HERO
Genre: J-Rock
Audio: 月華の奏 (PV)

Kotofull (コトフル) - 覚醒
Genre: Indie Rock
Audio: 覚醒 (PV)

littleneem - colors
Genre: Piano Rock
Audio: None

眩暈SIREN - 深層から
Genre: Indie/Piano Rock, Metalcore
Audio: 思い出は笑わない (PV)

Momoiro Dorothy (桃色ドロシー) - 能動ブリリアント
Genre: Indie Rock/Pop Punk
Audio: 暁 (PV)

nolala - Harmony
Genre: Indie Rock
Audio: ハルカゼ (PV)

PENGUIN RESEARCH - 近日公開第二章
Genre: J-Rock, Indie/Piano Rock
Audio: None, thanks Sony!

Polkadot Stingray (ポルカドットスティングレイ) - 一大事
Genre: Indie Rock
Audio: ICHIDAIJI (PV)

Toranoko Rammy (虎の子ラミー) - 予期せぬ事態と必然の園
Genre: Punk/Indie Rock
Audio: ゲゲゲのパクチー (PV)

Zekkei Kujira (絶景クジラ) - Seasick
Genre: Indie Rock
Audio: KAIBUTSU (PV)


J-Rock/J-Indie/Other (Singles):

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☆☆☆☆☆
Nothing yet.

☆☆☆☆½
Cö Shu Nie (コシュニエ) - asphyxia
Genre: Math Rock/Pop
Audio: Asphyxia (PV)

Lapintet (ラパンテット) - おちゃらか
Genre: Indie Rock
Audio: おちゃらか (PV)


☆☆☆☆
Spira Spica (スピラ・スピカ) - スタートダッシュ
Genre: Indie Rock, Pop Punk
Audio: None, thanks Sony!

Xeno (ゼノ) - 寄生
Genre: Indie/Math Rock
Audio: 寄生 (PV)

Qaijff - ワタシフルデイズ
Genre: Progressive/Symphonic Pop
Audio: None, thanks Sony!

Itodenwa (イトデンワ) - to she
Genre: Piano Rock
Audio: Trailer

☆☆☆½
Eri Kitamura (喜多村英梨) - 妄想帝国蓄音機
Genre: J-Rock
Audio: Trailer

Market Shop Store - アンビュランスを呼ばないで
Genre: Indie Rock
Audio: サイレンパラサイト (PV)

Oh No Darkness!! - リワインド
Genre: Indie Rock
Audio: リワインド (PV)

Potali (ポタリ) - MONSTER
Genre: Pop Punk/Indie Rock
Audio: MONSTER (PV)

Pupirittoparo (プピリットパロ) - p.s.
Genre: Pop Punk/Indie Rock
Audio: p.s. (PV)

ЯeaL - 未来コネクション
Genre: Pop/Rock
Audio: None, thanks Sony!
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#2
I gave this a bit of an update. I'll add in my thoughts for a few releases once I've played them a bit more. I'll also add May/June for my anticipated titles later.

Kinda slow so far, but its only 3 months in. My MCD list is looking ok though. There's some autists on RYM with over 100 entries on their list so far. Disgusting... Laugh

I may change the EP/singles a bit so it covers MCDs with 1-4 songs. I guess it really depends on how many entries I get. I may remove that Onmyo-Za single once their full-length comes out (I tend to not bother listing singles that have been cannibalized by albums, unless it has an exceptional B-side or two).
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#3
Minor update, removed pics, and added collages.

I'll do a major update once I get Fate Gear, Bridear, Mary's Blood, Gacharic Spin, etc. My stance on some CDs may change a bit (ie that Unlucky Morpheus is growing on me).
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#4
I gave this a major "end of Summer" update. I removed comments cuz I'm too lazy to do them. I opted to group metal/prog/hard rock together, and I separated it from J-Rock/Indie/etc. I'll probably adopt this format for any future list, and will revise previous ones to this format.

I'd say this year has been solid, but nothing mindblowing. Metal has been kinda lackluster. Indie has been solid, but maybe not as good as previous years. Still quite a few releases I strongly like though. Haru Nemuri came out of nowhere for me.
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