Perdition's Best of 2018 (Updated: April 16)
#1
Might as well get this started. I'm going to have this organized by tiers, and will collate it into a proper list towards the end of the year. Everything will be in alphabetical order for the time being. My list of anticipated albums will be at the bottom of the page. Ratings/order is highly subject to change.

Rules and Rating System
1. 1 release per band per category.
2. For my purposes, singles and EPs will be 1-4 songs and up to about 15 minutes. MCDs will be 5-7 songs from 15 to 30 minutes.
3. If a single is cannibalized by an album, it may be removed from this list altogether.

☆☆☆☆☆ - Masterpiece (95-100%). AoTY contender and will be an all-time favorite. Releases like this are extremely rare and the reason why I keep doing this. These will be ranked in order of preference (assuming I find any).

☆☆☆☆½ - Excellent (88-94%). Upper-tier albums which I strongly enjoy. A good year would be marked by having 5+ albums of this caliber. These will be ranked in order of preference.

☆☆☆☆ - Very Good (80-87%). Mid-tier albums which I find to be quite good (but not "all time favorite" material). The bulk of my list should be fleshed out by these. These will be ranked in order of preference.

☆☆☆½ - Good (70-79%). Lower-tier albums. Good, solid release, but probably not list-worthy (unless its a weak year). Fans of a particular band or genre will find such albums particularly worthwhile. These will not be ranked, but will be sorted alphabetically. I will probably cull this at years end, depending on how bad of a year it is. I won't bother putting comments in for albums in this range.

☆☆☆ - Fair (60-69%). Either musically solid (but unmemorable or nothing special) or a mixed bag. There's still definitely more good than bad here. Only fanatics of a band or genre need apply.

☆☆ - Mediocre (40-59%). Equal parts good and bad, or it simply does nothing worthwhile at all. Not completely offensive, but releases like this aren't worth the waste of my time. Usually albums that "go in one ear and out the other" wind up here.

☆ - Bad (0-39%). A flat-out bad release. Albums that bore or irritate me will usually end up here too. I'm doing my best to avoid releases like this (esp. since I don't download anymore).

Albums:

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☆☆☆☆☆
Nothing yet.

☆☆☆☆½
Nothing yet.

☆☆☆☆
凛として時雨 (Ling Tosite Sigure) - #4
Genre: Post-Hardcore/Math Rock
Audio: Chocolate Passion (PV)
Thoughts: Quite a varied release with some nice curveballs. Not sure it'll be my favorite of theirs, but its a worthy entry into their discography.

Amiliyah - Departure
Genre: Gothic/Power Metal
Audio: daisy (PV)
Thoughts: Probably their best album, adopting some power metal influences this time around.

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

CROSS VEIN - Gate of Fantasia
Genre: Symphonic Power Metal
Audio: Graceful Gate (PV)
Thoughts:

SWARRRM - こわれはじめる
Genre: Grindcore/Screamo
Audio:
Thoughts:

宇宙団 (Uchudan) - それなりのつよがり
Genre: Indie Pop/Rock
Audio: ヘルプ! (PV)
Thoughts: Artsy indie pop/rock. I think I like this one slightly better than their debut. They're at their best when they get more experimental, which I hope to see more of in the future.

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

☆☆☆½
BAND-MAID - WORLD DOMINATION
Genre: J-Rock
Audio: Dice (PV)
Thoughts:

ポタリ (Potali) - ポタリの2
Genre: Pop-Punk/Indie Rock
Audio: MUSIC (PV)
Thoughts: Pretty solid release, no real surprises on this one. Pity there's so much overlap with singles.

Mini-albums and MCDs:

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☆☆☆☆☆
Nothing yet.

☆☆☆☆½
指先ノハク (Yubisaki Nohaku) - TAMAMONO
Genre: Indie Rock
Audio: 尼将軍の恋 (PV)
Thoughts: Probably their most mature and consistent offering. I think I like its predecessor a bit more, but this is still quite worthy.

Split End - 夜
Genre: Indie Rock
Audio: サイレン (PV)
Thoughts: All-girl emo/indie band. They've been around for a few years, but finally released something nationwide. Vocals took some time to tolerate, but this band appeals to me strongly on an emotional level. Pretty nice guitarwork and some technical flourishes which I'd love to see them explore further.

密会と耳鳴り (Mikkai to Miminari) - NEW
Genre: Indie/Punk Rock
Audio: バンド売れたい (PV)
Thoughts: This may be their most mature and accomplished offering yet. Well, music-wise. Tongue

☆☆☆☆
Rakshasa - 憂愁録-月読
Genre: Power Metal
Audio:
Thoughts: A definite improvement over their debut album, offering better songwriting and atmosphere.

Narumi - The Seed
Genre: Shred/Instrumental
Audio: Sample
Thoughts: Normally I'm not huge on instrumental music, but this one is pretty nice. She was always one of my favorite guitarists out of those girl-bands, but I didn't realize she could play at this level. Good variation and feel too.

眩暈SIREN - 深層から
Genre: Indie/Piano Rock, Metalcore
Audio: 思い出は笑わない (PV)
Thoughts: A bit more consistent and subtle than their previous album. The harsh vocals are a bit more tolerable this time, and they're confined to one song. I don't think this release has as many highs as its predecessor, but it doesn't have any lows either.

虎の子ラミー (Toranoko Rammy) - 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)
Thoughts:

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

☆☆☆½
Nameless One - シャンバラの扉
Genre: Melodeath/Power Metal
Audio: Waiting for PV

Adrastea - Pathetic Bluemoon
Genre: Power Metal
Audio:

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

MINT mate box - beside
Genre: Indie Pop
Audio: メイクキュート (PV)

Singles and EPs:

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☆☆☆☆☆
Nothing yet.

☆☆☆☆½
Nothing yet.

☆☆☆☆
Qaijff - ワタシフルデイズ
Genre: Progressive/Symphonic Pop
Audio: None, thanks Sony!
Thoughts: Pretty nice single, the best out of their last 3.

羊文学 (Hitsuji Bungaku) - 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)
Thoughts:

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)
Thoughts: Essentially a continuation on their debut MCD. I think they may be showing off some slight experimental tendencies with this one.

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

☆☆☆½
Unlucky Morpheus - CADAVER / REVADAC
Genre: Symphonic Power Metal
Audio: Trailer

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

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

D_Drive - GEKIRIN-逆鱗- / Gradation
Genre: Neoclassical Power Metal/Shred
Audio:

陰陽座 (Onmyo-Za) - 桜花忍法帖
Genre: Folk/Heavy Metal
Audio: 桜花忍法帖 (Sample)

Anticipated titles:
Upcoming albums I'm interested in or albums from this year which I haven't heard yet

K=AOS - Amrita
Genre:
Audio:
Thoughts: March 19, 2018

Mary's Blood - Revenant
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
Audio: Trailer
Thoughts: April 18, 2018

Gacharic Spin - G-litter
Genre: J-Rock
Audio:
Thoughts: April 11, 2018

Egw Eimi - それでも何かを
Genre: Indie Pop/Rock
Audio: はっぴーえんど (PV)
Thoughts: April 23, 2018

ROMAN SO WORDS - Roman's
Genre: Power Metal
Audio:
Thoughts: May 2, 2018

SoundWitch - Speak
Genre: Industrial/Alternative Metal, J-Rock
Audio:
Thoughts: May 9, 2018

チリヌルヲワカ (Chiriwaka) - ノンフィクション
Genre: Indie Rock
Audio: 極楽浄土 (PV)
Thoughts: May 10, 2018

Mardelas - Mardelas III
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
Audio:
Thoughts: May 16, 2018

テスラは泣かない。 (Tesla Doesn't Know How to Cry) - 偶然とか運命とか
Genre: Indie/Piano Rock
Audio:
Thoughts: May 23, 2018

Amelie - ビューティフルライフ
Genre: Indie Rock/Pop Punk
Audio:
Thoughts: May 30, 2018

Onmyo-Za (陰陽座) - 覇道明王
Genre: Folk/Heavy Metal
Audio:
Thoughts: June 6, 2018

LOVEBITES - Battle Against Damnation
Genre: Power Metal
Audio:
Thoughts: June 6, 2018



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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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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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