It's been a good last six months — at least, if you like your music heavy, dark, headbangable and/or just plain fucked up. Below, we've compiled our favorite jams from the year so far, spanning rockstar-assisted industrial hardcore, NWOBHM icons' pyrotechnic return to form, a Deftones' surging comic-book–inspired solo cut, raging hip-hop from a metal-loving split-personality rapper, Māori thrash made by a trio of Kiwi teens, and everything in between. Blast our Spotify playlist below (check out more of our playlists here), and if you haven't already, dig into our list of the 25 Best Albums of 2018 So Far.
50 Best Songs of 2018 So Far
Blast our Spotify playlist of the last 6 month's finest heavy, dark, headbangable or just plain fucked-up cuts
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Deicide, Death, Morbid Angel and more tell the story of one of heavy music's most game-changing movements
How Seattle rock giants proved the comeback was real with one of their heaviest records
Corey Taylor: "This album is about making peace with the loss that we've suffered"
How Greg Puciato and Ben Weinman's complex relationship has shaped one of heavy music's most insane bands
Vinnie Paul: "The whole thing was out of control. I don't even know how we finished the album."
Leach: "Being in Killswitch today is worlds apart from what it was 10 years ago"