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2019 mid-year highlights thread

Discussion in 'Bloodbath' started by the_fiend, Jul 10, 2019.

  1. the_fiend

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    6 months of 2019 are up (and a bit), it's time for this annual thread.

    I haven't heard much new music this year (as every other year). But here are a few that I enjoyed.

    Excellent :
    October Tide - In Splendor Below
    Abbath - Outstrider
    Fractal Universe - Rhizomes Of Insanity
    Kryptos - Afterburner


    Rather good :
    Evergrey - The Atlantic
    Dream Theater - Distance over time
    Cellar Darling - The Spell

    Disappointments :
    Rotting Christ - The Heretics
    Amon Amarth - Berserker
     
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    Metal(-ish)
    Abyssal – A Beacon In The Husk
    Andavald – Undir skyggðarhaldi
    Bergraven – Det framlidna minnet
    Drastus – La Croix de Sang
    Dreadnought – Emergence
    Immortal Bird – Thrive on Neglect
    Inter Arma – Sulphur English
    Kaleikr – Heart of Lead
    Skáphe + Wormlust – Kosmískur hryllingur
    Yellow Eyes – Rare Field Ceiling

    Aside: Still getting into the latest from Dead to a Dying World, Jute Gyte, and Sinmara. New Deathspell Omega is also very good, as expected, but Mikko Aspa is a piece of shit, so I know that's tainted the release for many people.

    Non-metal(-ish):

    Big Brave – A Gaze Among Them
    Elizabeth Colour Wheel – Nocebo
    The Gloaming – The Gloaming 3
    Helms Alee – Noctiluca
    Julia Jacklin – Crushin'
    Murmur – The Boundless Black
    Pinkish Black – Concept Unification
    Self Defense Family – Performative Guilt
    Thom Yorke – Anima
    Vaura – Sables

    Looking forward to:
    Batushka (this band's schism is a mess. I enjoy Панихида, so I'm curious to find out if the Metal Blade version of this band is any good); Chelsea Wolfe; Kayo Dot; Lingua Ignota; Mizmor; No One Knows What the Dead Think; Opeth (even though my expectations are low, the idea of having the same album with two different languages is interesting); Tomb Mold.
     
  3. MadTinus

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    - VLTIMAS - Something Wicked Marches In (great!)
    - SOILWORK - Verkligheten (really good)
    - THENIGHTTIMEPROJECT - Pale Season (good)
     
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    The Gaahls Wyrd album is also worth my attention.
     
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    If were talking only stuff released in 2019 then:

    Ningen Isu - Shin Seinen

    Always thought japanese metal sucked, until I saw those fucking grandpas rocking it. Recommending Heartless Scat.

    As for dissapointments:

    Amon Amarth - Berserker. Two good songs at best
    Opeth - whatever the new shit's called.
     
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    Update:

    - VLTIMAS - Something Wicked Marches In (great!)
    - ASAGRAUM - Dawn of Infinite Fire (great!)
    - DOLD VORDE ENS NAVN - Gjengangere I Hjertets Mørke (EP) (really good!)
    - MGŁA - Age of Excuse (really good)
    - SOILWORK - Verkligheten (really good)
    - GAAHLS WYRD - Gastir - Ghosts Invited (really good)
    - IN MOURNING - Garden of Storms (really good)
    - GATECREEPER - Deserted (really good)
    - THENIGHTTIMEPROJECT - Pale Season (good)

    Need to listen more to make up my mind:
    - OPETH - In Cauda Venenum (sounded pretty good on first listen)
    - BORKNAGAR - True North
    - MORTEM - Ravnsvart

    Really hoping to see a new Unanimated album in 2019!
     
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    This album is also worth your attention if you call yourself a Black Metal fan. Excellent Norwegian Black Metal in the classic Norwegian vein.

    ETERNITY - To Become the Great Beast

     
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    Time to finalise the list of 2019 albums. My band of the year is no doubt Rapture, been revisiting and rediscovering their discography throughout the entire year. In the same process discovering Counting Hours' amazing 2016 demo, REALLY looking forward to their full-length which will hopefully be out next year. But Rapture and Counting Hours did not release new music in 2019 so they're not in my year-end list but deserved a very honourable mention nonetheless.

    THE list (based on Last.fm scrobbles):

    1. SOILWORK - Verkligheten (8,5/10)
    2. VLTIMAS - Something Wicked Marches In (9/10)
    3. ASAGRAUM - Dawn of Infinite Fire (9/10)
    4. ETERNITY - The Become the Great Beast (8,5/10)
    5. THENIGHTTIMEPROJECT - Pale Season (8/10)
    6. MGŁA - Age of Excuse (8,5/10)
    7. GAAHLS WYRD - GastyR - Ghosts Invited (8/10)
    8. GATECREEPER - Deserted (7,5/10)
    9. IN MOURNING - Garden of Storms (7/10)
    10. OCTOBER TIDE - In Splendor Below (6,5/10)

    Though I must say that #9 en #10 have proved somewhat disappointing, those albums were not as good as I hoped. And there's not really a 2019 album which really blew me away. There were some really strong albums which really surprised me (Vltimas, Asagraum, Eternity) but nothing that kept me addicted for weeks on end. But that's probably on Rapture and Counting Hours..
     
  9. DarkGift

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    Gotta say In Cauda Venenum was much better than expected. Need to give the new In Mourning and Thenighttimeproject albums more spins, but both sounded nice as well.
    I have to give Wilderun a shoutout as well for a really solid release, if you haven't checked it out, do so :)
     
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    In Mourning sounded really promising in the beginning, but did not turn out thát great in the end i.m.o. Pretty enjoyable nonetheless.
     
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    He has his list posted for him, wow.
     
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    rj rl multidimensionally dyslexic

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    Peasants shall be bowing down before Stefan :kickass:
     
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    The master needn't lift a finger
     
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    rj rl multidimensionally dyslexic

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    Didn't listen to much new music this year, but discovered an awesome modern jazz fusion band called Snarky Puppy. The best release I've heard all year is their album Immigrance.
     

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