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2019 TOP 30 METAL ALBUMS

ALBUM OF THE YEAR


2019 continued the exponential climb on the upward trajectory of the most recent years, in the ever expending realm of underground rock and metal. The black metal, including the growing array of "blackened" crossover styles, continued to dominate the underground. As I've predicted over an year ago, we also witnessed a rise of the more traditional heavy metal, with strong offerings from both, veterans of the scene and newcomers alike. Personally, I was as excited by the music released this year, as I perhaps was back in the mid to late 1980s when I first pledged my allegiance to the Gods of metal. Times might have changed, but our collective love for quality music seems to have only grown stronger! Without further ado, these are the thirty titles summing up my 2019 Top 30 Metal Albums:



30.

HUNTER

Hunter


Released on April 27, 2019


Heavy Metal

Belgium


D&L article


Album's Spotify link



29.

ITHEIST

Itheist


Released on June 21, 2019


Black/Death Metal

UK


D&L article


Album's Bandcamp link



28.

DIVINER

Realms of Time


Released on June 7, 2019


Heavy Metal

Greece


Album's Spotify link





27.

CULT OF SORROW

Invocation of the Lucifer


Released on September 20, 2019


Doom Metal

USA


Album's Spotify link





26.

TANITH

In Another Time


Released on May 24, 2019


Heavy Rock

(Hard Rock/Proto Metal)

USA


Album's Spotify link




25.

IRON FIRE

Beyond the Void


Released on March 8, 2019


Heavy/Power Metal

Denmark


D&L Review


Album's Spotify link



24.

DIABOLIC NIGHT

Beyond the Realm


Released on November 15, 2019


Black/Speed Metal

Germany


D&L Review


Album's Spotify link



23.

STORMLORD

Far


Released on May 24, 2019


Epic/Symphonic Black/Power Metal

Italy


Album's Spotify link





22.

MIDNIGHT PREY

Uncertain Times


Released on November 8, 2019


Heavy/Speed Metal

Germany


Album's Spotify link





21.

DIALITH

Extinction Six


Released on August 16, 2019


Symphonic/Power Metal

USA


D&L Review


Album's Spotify link



20.

USURPER

Lords of the Permafrost


Released on March 22, 2019


Black/Thrash Metal

USA


D&L Review


Album's Spotify link



19.

OPPROBRIUM

The Fallen Entities


Released on February 22, 2019


Death/Thrash Metal

USA


Album's Spotify link





18.

LORD DYING

Mysterium Tremendum


Released on April 26, 2019


Progressive Sludge Metal

USA


Album's Spotify link





17.

IDLE HANDS

Mana


Released on May 10, 2019


Heavy Metal/Gothic Rock

USA


D&L article


Album's Spotify link



16.

TWISTED TOWER DIRE

Wars in the Unknown


Released on March 15, 2019


Heavy Metal

USA


D&L article


Album's Bandcamp link



15.

CRYPT SERMON

The Ruins of Fading Light


Released on September 13, 2019


Epic Doom Metal

USA


Album's Spotify link





14.

FATAL CURSE

Breaking the Trance


Released on April 19, 2019


Heavy Metal

USA


D&L Review


Album's Spotify link



13.

WIDOWER

Cataclysmic Sorcery


Released on May 24, 2019


Black/Thrash Metal

USA


D&L Review


Album's Spotify link



12.

BOOZE CONTROL

Forgotten Lands


Released on February 22, 2019


Heavy Metal

Germany


D&L Review


Album's Spotify link



11.

ARCTOS

Beyond the Grasp of Mortal Hands


Released on September 20, 2019


Melodic Black Metal

Canada


Album's Spotify link





10.

HYPNO5E

A Distant (Dark) Source


Released on November 22, 2019


Avant-garde Extreme Metal

France


D&L Review


Album's Spotify link



9.

UNENDLICH

Thanatophobia


Released on February 1st 2019


Black Metal

USA


D&L Review


Album's Spotify link



8.

MAESTUS

Deliquesce


Released on February 8, 2019


Black/Doom Metal

USA


D&L Review


Album's Spotify link



7.

ARSTIDIR LIFSINS

Saga á tveim tungum I: Vápn ok viðr


Released on April 26, 2019


Pagan Black Metal

Iceland/Germany


D&L article


Album's Bandcamp link



6.

MIDNIGHT PRIEST

Aggressive Hauntings


Released on May 10, 2019


Heavy Metal

Portugal


D&L article


Album's Spotify link



5.

ATLANTEAN KODEX

The Course of Empire


Released on September 13, 2019


Epic Heavy/Doom Metal

Germany


Album's Spotify link





4.

MONASTERIUM

Church of Bones


Released on May 6, 2019


Epic Doom Metal

Poland


D&L article


Album's Spotify link



3.

NECROPANTHER

The Doomed City


Released on November 15, 2019


Thrash/Death Metal

USA


D&L Review


Album's Spotify link



2.

FRENZY

Blind Justice


Released on February 4, 2019


Heavy Metal

Spain


D&L Review


Album's Spotify link




Album of the Year

REVEL IN FLESH

The Hour of the Avenger


Released on December 6, 2019


Death Metal

Germany


Delivering perhaps the best (pure form) death metal album of 2019, Deathkult masters REVEL IN FLESH cemented their name at the top of the death metal food chain! Not only fans of bands like Dismember, Entombed or Bloodbath, will appreciate "The Hour Of The Avenger", but it may also appeal to fans of Memoriam and Wolfheart. This album bites your fucking head off and spits it the fuck out! Fucking vicious! D&L Review


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