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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





29.

ITHEIST

Itheist


Released on June 21, 2019


Black/Death Metal

UK





28.

DIVINER

Realms of Time


Released on June 7, 2019


Heavy Metal

Greece






27.

CULT OF SORROW

Invocation of the Lucifer


Released on September 20, 2019


Doom Metal

USA






26.

TANITH

In Another Time


Released on May 24, 2019


Heavy Rock

(Hard Rock/Proto Metal)

USA





25.

IRON FIRE

Beyond the Void


Released on March 8, 2019


Heavy/Power Metal

Denmark





24.

DIABOLIC NIGHT

Beyond the Realm


Released on November 15, 2019


Black/Speed Metal

Germany





23.

STORMLORD

Far


Released on May 24, 2019


Epic/Symphonic Black/Power Metal

Italy






22.

MIDNIGHT PREY

Uncertain Times


Released on November 8, 2019


Heavy/Speed Metal

Germany






21.

DIALITH

Extinction Six


Released on August 16, 2019


Symphonic/Power Metal

USA





20.

USURPER

Lords of the Permafrost


Released on March 22, 2019


Black/Thrash Metal

USA





19.

OPPROBRIUM

The Fallen Entities


Released on February 22, 2019


Death/Thrash Metal

USA






18.

LORD DYING

Mysterium Tremendum


Released on April 26, 2019


Progressive Sludge Metal

USA






17.

IDLE HANDS

Mana


Released on May 10, 2019


Heavy Metal/Gothic Rock

USA





16.

TWISTED TOWER DIRE

Wars in the Unknown


Released on March 15, 2019


Heavy Metal

USA





15.

CRYPT SERMON

The Ruins of Fading Light


Released on September 13, 2019


Epic Doom Metal

USA






14.

FATAL CURSE

Breaking the Trance


Released on April 19, 2019


Heavy Metal

USA





13.

WIDOWER

Cataclysmic Sorcery


Released on May 24, 2019


Black/Thrash Metal

USA





12.

BOOZE CONTROL

Forgotten Lands


Released on February 22, 2019


Heavy Metal

Germany





11.

ARCTOS

Beyond the Grasp of Mortal Hands


Released on September 20, 2019


Melodic Black Metal

Canada






10.

HYPNO5E

A Distant (Dark) Source


Released on November 22, 2019


Avant-garde Extreme Metal

France





9.

UNENDLICH

Thanatophobia


Released on February 1st 2019


Black Metal

USA





8.

MAESTUS

Deliquesce


Released on February 8, 2019


Black/Doom Metal

USA





7.

ARSTIDIR LIFSINS

Saga á tveim tungum I: Vápn ok viðr


Released on April 26, 2019


Pagan Black Metal

Iceland/Germany





6.

MIDNIGHT PRIEST

Aggressive Hauntings


Released on May 10, 2019


Heavy Metal

Portugal





5.

ATLANTEAN KODEX

The Course of Empire


Released on September 13, 2019


Epic Heavy/Doom Metal

Germany






4.

MONASTERIUM

Church of Bones


Released on May 6, 2019


Epic Doom Metal

Poland





3.

NECROPANTHER

The Doomed City


Released on November 15, 2019


Thrash/Death Metal

USA





2.

FRENZY

Blind Justice


Released on February 4, 2019


Heavy Metal

Spain






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




© 2019 by Emil Chiru

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