Andrew's 2018 in Review: Favourite Punk/Hardcore Albums

My favourite punk/hardcore albums of 2018.

2 years ago

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Punk music is by far my favourite musical genre. The DIY nature, not following a set of rules (makes for great experimentation), and of course the intensity. Punk has many popular offshoots, notably hardcore punk and post-punk. I grew up with a love for pop punk, like most angsty teenagers, giving me an anthem to rebel. Gradually like all teen trends, pop punk seemed to fade into obscurity around the people I loved - but for myself my interest just always grew.

2018 for punk music we saw a lot of hardcore acts utilizing more screamo elements (screamo is not Attack! Attack!, screamo is Orchid), post-punk bands start finding their own sound without being carbon copies of past bands, and a bunch of noise influences all around. My focus towards punk music has shifted towards more post-punk/more unique hardcore acts, but of course there is tons of great stuff in the entire genre.

Like I have stated before, these lists are just showing you some of my favourites from this year. I will only be posting the album art and a short description of the album - later my full list will come out with more in depth discussion.

Ought - Room Inside the World

Ought returns with a new, dancey direction. Catchy hooks with some estranged guitar, bass, and drum work.

Tropical Fuck Storm - A Laughing Death in Meatspace

Already discussed on the show, but one of the most ambitious punk albums this year. Politically driven post-punk with a strong Drones influence (naturally).

KEN Mode - Loved

It feels great to support a local band. KEN Mode have been at it more years creating some of the most interesting hardcore music of our generation. Taking their noisy brand of hardcore and slapping some saxs onto it.

Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want

Noise rock masters dip their toes into the no wave music scene, and pull it off incredibly well. Giving us one of the best albums in any genre this year.

Guttersnipe - My Mother the Vent

Yeah did I mention I like more interesting hardcore? Well, this album is insane (like literally). Punk band takes the sounds of krautrock, free jazz, and hardcore. Yes there's no mistaken this is one of the most unique releases this year.

Vein - Errorzone

Hardcore band takes influence from... nu-metal?? Oh, and mathcore as well. But hell, if it doesn't sound amazing.

FRIGS - Basic Behaviour

Lets support another close by province. Saskatchewan band brings more post-punk to the prairies - bringing a dark sound, with lots of off kilter instrumentation.

The Armed - Only Love

The Armed bring a chaotic hardcore sounds, with influences of electronic chiptune sounds throughout their entire album.

Gillian Carter - ...This Earth Shaped Tomb

Yeah the artwork on this for sure caught my eye. Great that the music with it is incredible. This is the screamo tinged hardcore music I've been missing from my life.

Rolo Tomassi - Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It

Legendary mathcore bands makes their return in huge fashion. This time around combining the chaos with a more melodic sound.

Further Listening

Gouge Away - Burnt Sugar

Portrayal of Guilt - Let Pain Be Your Guide

Fucked Up - Dose Your Dreams

Respire - Denouncement

Closer - All This Will Be

Jeff Rosenstock - POST-

Sectioned - Annihilated

Turnstile - Time & Space


The Skull Defekts - S/T

Pill - Soft Hell

Andrew Kalichak

Published 2 years ago