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Top Ten 2019

Discussion in 'Old School Metal Discussion' started by Wyvern, Dec 2, 2019.

  1. Wyvern

    Wyvern Master of Disaster
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    Is that time of the year again, and many know the drill, but there have been newbies coming lately.

    Write your top (10 minimum, no maximum) list of albums, concerts, videos, for 2019.
    No bashing, no hit and run comments, all lists are valid in the eyes of the poster.

    I post mine usually on Dec 31, but anyone who like put it before is welcome. This thread will be "sticky" until Feb 2020 and then will have its own rotation.
     
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  2. Grievous

    Grievous Iron Forged Orgasmatron

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    *Looks Around for a Moment*

    So I'll go first yeah?

    Well...its time to paint a giant target on my back...

    Okay...so...how is everyone?

    So while I'm new here...I'm not here to lie to anyone...
    so with that short disclaimer out of the way...here is

    + The Top 40 (42?) Albums of 2019 + (In alphabetical order)
    Bad Wolves ~ N.A.T.I.O.N
    Big Business ~ The Beast You Are
    Black Sites ~ Exile
    Book Of Wyrms ~ Remythologizer
    Bring Me the Horizon ~ Amo
    Candlemass ~ The Door To Doom
    Cane Hill ~ Kill The Sun
    Cerebral Rot ~ Odious Descent Into Decay
    Contrarian ~ Their Worm Never Dies
    Devin Townsend ~ Empath
    Disentomb - The Decaying Light
    Distant ~ Tyrannotophia
    Exhorder ~ Mourn The Southern Skies
    Gurt ~ Bongs Of Praise
    Jinjer ~ Micro/Macro
    Killswitch Engage ~ Atonement
    Korn ~ The Nothing
    Krypts ~ Cadaver Circulation
    Latitudes ~ Part Island
    Lochness ~ Black Smokers
    Magic Circle ~ Departed Souls
    Meatwound ~ Culero
    Nightfell ~ A Sanity Deranged
    Obsequiae ~ The Palms Of Sorrowed Kings
    Pelican ~ Nighttime Stories
    Penguin On Fire ~ Casket Builder
    Poppy ~ Choke
    Rammstein ~ Rammstein
    Rowsdower ~ The Michael Jordans Of Suicide
    Sacred Reich ~ Awakening
    Sempiternal Dusk ~ Cenotaph Of Defectuous Creation
    Slipknot ~ We Are Not Your Kind
    Spirit Adrift ~ Divided By Darkness
    Sunn O))) ~ Life Metal/Pyroclasts
    The Offering ~ Home
    Thy Art Is Murder ~ Human Target
    Tomb Mold ~ Planetary Clairvoyance
    Vltimas ~ Something Wicked Marches
    Weedsnake ~ Cannabinoide
    Witch Vomit ~ Buried Deep In A Grave

    And because I'm just looking for trouble...how about
    I hand out some meaningless "Awards" as well?

    + The Album(s) of the Year +
    Sunn O))) ~ Life Metal/Pyroclasts

    [​IMG] [​IMG]


    2019 was the year I finally gave Sunn O))) a
    fair chance...and shockingly...I was able to
    "break through the wall" & fully immerse myself
    in their hallowed choirs of guitar driven drone.

    + The Record Label of the Year +
    20 Buck Spin

    [​IMG]

    This label provided 7 of my top 40 (42?) albums of
    the year & I will admit I listened to every album they
    released in 2019. I am very much hoping they can
    keep the momentum going in 2020.

    + The "Play This For The Doubters" Award +
    Devin Townsend ~ Empath
    &
    Obsequiae ~ The Palms Of Sorrowed Kings

    I had to share this award because both these albums
    showed how beautifully brutal & constructively creative
    metal music can truly be.

    + The "Easiest Listening" Album of the Year +
    Sacred Reich ~ Awakening

    Possibly the most "fun" album I listened to this
    year. Hopefully the Reich won't keep us waiting
    too long for their next release.

    + The "Comeback" Album of the Year +

    Sacred Reich ~ Awakening

    While both Exhorder & Candlemass could have easily
    laid claim to this award...I just couldn't go past the Reich
    for this award in 2019.

    + The Best "New" Band +
    Lochness

    https://lochness420.bandcamp.com/releases

    While I personally found a horde of new bands this
    year...Lochness was by far the best. Black Smokers
    was a stunning debut album & I hope the band continues
    to expand & grow as artists in the years to come.

    + The Most Metal Month of the Year Award +
    August

    10 albums in my Top 40 (42?) were released in August...
    which is ironic considering its the month of my birth.

    + The "Why Don't I like This?" Award +
    Babymetal ~ Metal Galaxy

    I want to like Babymetal...& I really should...but
    apart from the odd song here & there...I just can't
    make a solid "connection" with the band.

    + The "Too Much, Too Late" Award +
    Tool ~ Fear Inoculum

    Seeing as it took them 13 years to write, record &
    release it...I'll finally get around to listening to it in
    2032. I'll let you know what I think then.

    + The Most Anticipated Release(s) of 2020 Award +
    Sepultura ~ Quadra
    &
    Poppy ~ I Disagree

    Hopefully Sepultura can top Machine Messiah (although
    for me that is a tall order) & I'm honestly just curious to
    see what Poppy serves up on Sumerian Records.

    Well...there you go...

    What do you guys think?

    *Looks Around for a Moment*

    Please don't throw any vegetables or garbage at me...

    Well...hopefully I'll be seeing you all around the traps.

    :thumbsup:
     
  3. Slammed

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    I can get on board with a few of those, including the meaningless awards. But I haven't checked out what else is still coming for the year so my list wont be ready until I do.
     
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    I was just looking at a list of albums I've got, heard and want to listen to for this year and there is over 70 on the list. Guess I'm going to be busy finding a top 10.
     
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    Give yourself a Top 40 or 50 Slammed.

    :thumbsup:
     
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    All the other threads are a top 10 with HM's so that's probably what I'll end up doing here. Depends how many that list whittles down too after I go through it.
     
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    Impressive list. This year, mine is gonna be the shortest I can remember, a very weak year.

    Post later, still some CDs on my way.
     
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    For me thrash has had a reasonable year. I have had to go hunting for some stuff with regular visits to bandcamp rather than just looking at the mainstream stuff but there was still a few old school thrash bands releasing stuff this year that made a dent for me.
     
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    The best of 2019 for me.

    1. Arch / Matheos - Winter Ethereal
    2. Abigail Williams - Walk Beyond The Dark
    3. In Mourning - Garden of Storms
    4. Andy Gillion - Neverafter
    5. Allegaeon - Apoptosis
    6. Netherbird - Into The Vast Uncharted
    7. Slow - VI - Dantalion
    8. 1349 - The Infernal Pathway
    9. Xoth - Interdimensional Invocations
    10. Fleshmeadow - Daymares

    11. Rings Of Saturn - Gidim
    12. Strigoi - Abandon All Faith
    13. Nile - Vile Nilotic Rites
    14. Wilderun - Veil Of Imagination
    15. Schammasch - Heart Of No Light
    16. Vale Of Pnath - Accursed
    17. Tribe Of Pazuzu - Heretical Uprising
    18. Worsen - Cursed To Witness Life
    19. Windswept - The Onlooker
    20. Shrine Of Insanabiles - Vast Vortex Litanies

    21. Negator - VNITAS PVRITAS EXSISTENTIA
    22. Djevel - Ormer Til Armer, Maane Til Hode
    23. Diamond Head - Coffin Train
    24. Arctos - Beyond The Grasp Of Mortal Hands
    25. Alcest - Spiritual Instinct

    It’s been an incredible good musical year for me. All of these albums are simply fantasic and that’s saying a lot in such a strong year.

    I knew from the moment I heard the Arch / Matheos album for the first time that it would top my year list. I like it even better than their previous release. And like a real fan I immediately ordered the CD and t-shirt package.

    My number two album by Abigail Williams, was a complete surprise for me. I didn’t really like their previous album. But this is the damn best album they ever made! Very strong songs with crushing, but very atmospheric vocals. Really impressive.

    In Mourning live up to their own high standards with this magnificent album. Very dynamic and divers. I have liked those Swedes since I reviewed their first album for Aardschok and I still do, a lot.

    Mors Principium Est guitarist and songwriter Andy Gillion’s solo album ‘Neverafter’ came out of nowhere for me. I remember the many soulless Shrapnel shredding albums in the ‘80s that competed in speed but not in quality songs. Andy’s album is quite different. A stunning combination of symphonic, melodic passages that are interchanged with fiery and amazing leads. If you like some amazing guitar work, check this out.

    Allegaeon is my favorite tech death band. And on this years album ‘Apoptosis’ they show why. Although I liked their 2016 album ‘Proponent For Sentience’ a bit better, this one brings home the cookies just about as good. If you like tech death this is the 2019 album to get.

    I look back on a great year for metal. I can’t imagine 2020 will be as good as this year. But maybe that’s just a lack of imagination on my side.
     

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