Top 10 Albums 2018: Number 1 Album and Honourable Mentions

Dark Sarah – The Golden Moth

Usually picking a number one record of the year is a tricky feat. It is a task that often takes days, weeks, even months to decide. From the moment I listened to DARK SARAH’s The Golden Moth, I knew this was my number one choice. There are many reasons why I came to this conclusion.

Firstly; the vocal power between Heidi Parviainen (Dark Sarah) and JP Leppäluoto (The Dragon). You don’t have to see the videos to hear the soul and passion in their voices, particularly for the story that is told within the record. You can really hear the emotion behind their voices for particular moments in the songs.

That leads me onto the second point why I admire this album. The storytelling. For those who don’t know, DARK SARAH have released concept albums and this is the third one. The third part of the story. The Golden Moth is a story of adventure, betrayal and strength. Knowing the story makes the album all that more powerful as you are completely involved and not just scratching the surface. Feelings and emotions are delved into.

Third point. The songs; there is a fantastic variety from the sweeping notes of My Beautiful Enemy to the thunderous notes of Gods Speak. These are also emphasised by the number of guest musicians they used. Netta Skog’s skills on the accordion gave I Once Had Wings a fun and bouncy flavour. The vocal powers of Marco Hietala and Zuberoa Aznárez in Gods Speak provide that appropriately godly tone the tracks gives away.

I could explain more reasons why I love this record but there wouldn’t be enough space. The sheer vocal power, storytelling, cinematic musical arrangements and the potential cliff hanger at the end are the reasons why DARK SARAH’s The Golden Moth is my number one album of 2018.

So this is my top ten, do you agree with my choices?

I would also like to give an honourable mention to the following albums.

Firstly to the complex yet catchy The Living Dead from Heavy Metal veterans GRAVE DIGGER, the thought provoking lyrics and messages in ORPHANED LAND’s Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs, the stunning live album Symphonized from the talented Anneke Van Giersbergen and finally STORMCAST’s triumphant return with The Ghost Eater.

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