Metal Albums Review for 2019

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All ratings are done on a curve based on the fact that these are my favorite albums of 2019. So, for instance, getting a 1/5 stars on this list would still be something like 4/5 stars on any other list where all albums are taken into consideration; in other words, these stars are all essentially fractions of the fifth star in any five-star review criteria. And now with that explanation out of the way, and without further adieu, here are my top ten picks for metal albums in 2019.

10)  Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult – Mardom

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9)  Carnifex – World War X

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8)  Fuming Mouth – The Grand Descent

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7)  Enthroned – Cold Black Suns

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6)  Mayhem  –  Daemon

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5)  Venom Prison – Samsara

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Venom Prison is a death metal band from the U.K. who specialize in left-leaning political content. Not that it matters, since vocalist Larissa Stupar’s lyrics aren’t intelligible, as is usually the case with death metal.

4)  Tool – Fear Inoculum

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Tool is a band that needs no introduction. That being said, I’ll introduce them: Tool is a progressive metal/rock band from Los Angeles. They have an extremely loyal following who will probably be baffled by the fact that this album is not #1 on my list. I like Tool, but I am not amongst their loyal following, though I can understand why someone would be. Fear Inoculum is another great album by the legendary band. They do a good job of making a song that is good enough to fly by even when it is over ten minutes long. I especially like the first two songs on this album – the title track and Pneuma – which fit together like a hand and glove. Of course, all the songs on this album fit together well, which is just another strength of Tool: they are not just good at putting together a complex song, they are also good at putting together an album. That is why Fear Inoculum is #4 on my list of favorite 2019 metal albums.

3)  Gatecreeper – Deserted

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Gatecreeper is a death metal band from Arizona. This band combines two of the three things I like in death metal: technical proficiency (without going overboard) and the buzz saw sounding guitar. (The third thing is the blackened element of blackened death metal, by the way).

2)  Slipknot – We Are Not Your Kind

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Slipknot, like Tool, is another band that needs no introduction. That being said: Slipknot is a nu-metal / alt-metal band from Iowa. They mix heavy percussion and groovy guitars with both clean and harsh vocals to make a genre-bending style that appeals to both metalheads and rock-and-rollers. We Are Not Your Kind is on the heavier side of Slipknot’s catalogue, hearkening back to their second album Iowa. I like every song on this album except maybe “My Pain” and “Not Long for This World” which are two slower songs, both on the longer side, and right near the end. If it wasn’t for the addition of another banger like “Solway Firth” these two songs would have made the album seem to sort of peter out at the end. The two songs in question are not bad, they just don’t have the same energy that the rest of the album has and therefore make for sort of a slog near the end. I also wish they had put the standalone single “All Out Life” on this album, which I think would have complemented the rest of the album perfectly. That all being said, this is an amazing album and one I find myself going back to over and over again, and for that reason I am putting it at #2 on my list of favorite metal albums for 2019.

1)  Stellar Master Elite – Hologram Temple

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Stellar Master Elite is a black metal band from Germany who make my favorite kind of black metal: weird. Just like my #1 choice from 2017 with Dodecahedron, Stellar Master Elite make black metal about science fiction, technology, and consciousness. Anyone who reads the types of blog posts I make around here will know that is right up my alley.

Honorable Mentions

Mgła – Age of Excuse
Tomb Mold  –  Planetary Clairvoyance
Employed to Serve – Eternal Forward Motion
Jinjer  –  Macro
Hooded Menace  –  Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed

EP Shout Outs

Spiritbox – Singles Collection
Jinjer – Micro

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