2019


Last year of the decade is here. It was a slow start to 2019 but May has kicked my fucking teeth in. It will probably take numerous listens before the order of the top few is settled.

Created by: Neachy | 12.01.2019



1. Wormlust - Kosmískur Hryllingur [Collaboration]
(9) (Psychedelic Black) Ok, so I pretty much had to like this, right? Wormlust and Skáphe playing as one entity. First of all, it's too fucking short! When they first announced this album I'm pretty sure they said it was 80 minutes long. That might have been a bit excessive but let's find a happy medium, guys. 36 minutes is not enough. I'm expecting a part two. Though I won't hold my breath. Psychedelic and aggressive, do not miss this one if you fancy yourself a fan of black metal.
2. Abyssal - A Beacon In The Husk
(9) (Death) This album was not as immediately gratifying to me as Antikatastaseis. This is more of a grower. After several listens this is proving to be one of the best of the year. Ambient Death metal is a fair genre tag for the sound created here. Truly a visionary band.
3. Hwwauoch - Into The Labyrinth Of Consciousness
(9) (Black) Do you like intense black metal? This is for you. By far the best project of the Prava Kollectiv. Top notch stuff.
4. Hornwood Fell - Damno Lumina Nocte
(9) (Avant-Garde Dissonant Black) Hold up, stop the fuckin' bus. I heard these guys' second album a few years back and it was just another album. They've leveled up. This is technical without being self indulgent. I was hesitant to label this avant garde as the music isn't far out there. The arrangements are simply not the norm for black metal. So its avant garde-lite. Little sprinkles of random instrumentation are thrown in, usually in a way that blends very well with the passage being played. Every track has it's own unique character, they don't fall into a songwriting rut like so many bands where nearly every track is structured the same way. As the track titles would indicate, this is best listened as a full album experience though each track stands on it's own well enough.
5. Misþyrming - Algleymi
(9) (Melodic/Epic Black) Made the mistake of listening to this on crappy ear buds for my first listen. Wasn't impressed. Take 2 on quality speakers. Blown away. Much more consistently melodic than the first offering from this project. Very epic feeling. May 24th has been quite a day for new releases.
6. Deathspell Omega - The Furnaces Of Palingenesia
(9) (Black) DsO have returned from the nether realm to show the mere mortals how it's done. After a few listens this is my second favorite of their full lengths after Paracletus (the EPs are where it's at by and large). Where their last album suffered from many of the same issues I had with Fas, this album doesn't shy away from slowing things down rather than just bombarding the listener with speed and technical riffs.
7. Andavald - Undir skyggðarhaldi
(8.5) (Depressive Black) A second offering from the belly of Mystískaos on this late spring day. Hypnotic and trance inducing, this album is quite a compliment to the Wormlust/Skáphe collaboration. Icelandic in origin, notes state D.G. was involved in the mastering but nothing is yet known of which villains are responsible for this.
8. Mo'ynoq - Dreaming In A Dead Language
(8.5) (Black) It's rare to find good metal out of North Carolina, much less good black metal but lo and behold. Solid, rather unique sounding stuff.
9. Tomb Mold - Planetary Clairvoyance
(8.5) (Death) Probably the best straight forward death metal album I've heard this year. Which is definitely saying something considering the plethora of excellent death metal releases from 20 Buck Spin this year. Top notch production as well.
10. Mahr - Soulmare I
(8.5) (Black/Doom) Including part II in the ranking here. This 2 part EP is much more satisfying to me than their debut LP. One of the better releases of the Prava Kollectiv not under the Hwwauoch moniker. Doomy, well produced, intense and coherent.
11. Mizmor - Cairn
(8.5) Blackened Doom
12. Haunter - Sacramental Death Qualia
(8.5) Blackened Death
13. Triste Terre - Grand Œuvre
(8) Black/Doom
14. Gardsghastr - Slit Throat Requiem
(8) (Symphonic/Atmospheric Black) Alex Poole + Swartadauþuz + Blackburn brothers + Profound Lore = go listen.
15. Celestial Grave - Secular Flesh
(8) Black
16. Advent Sorrow - Kali Yuga Crown
(8) Depressive Black/Doom
17. Noctambulist - Atmospheres Of Desolation
(8) Ulcerate-esque Brutal Tech Death
18. Fetid - Steeping Corporeal Mess
(8) (Doomy Murky Death) This is disgusting death metal done right.
19. Ossuarium - Living Tomb
(8) Murky Doomy Death
20. None - Damp Chill Of Life
(8) Depressive Black
21. Cerebral Rot - Odious Descent Into Decay
(8) Death
22. Mylingar - Döda Själar
(8) Black/Death
23. Serpent Column - Mirror In Darkness
(8) Black
24. Witch Vomit - Buried Deep In A Bottomless Grave
(7.5) Death
25. Lord Dying - Mysterium Tremendum
(7.5) Sludge/Heavy
26. Arnaut Pavle - Arnaut Pavle
(7.5) Black/Crust
27. Kostnatění - Hrůza zvítězí
(7.5) Black
28. Verwoed - De Val
(7.5) Psychedelic Black
29. Arkhaaik - *dʰg̑ʰm̥tós
(7.5) Black/Death/Doom
30. Goregäng - Neon Graves
(7.5) Death/Crust
31. Drastus - La Croix de Sang
(7.5) Black
32. Spirit Adrift - Divided By Darkness
(7.5) Heavy/Traditional Doom
33. Waste Of Space Orchestra - Syntheosis
(7.5) Psychedelic Black/Doom/Ambient



Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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14.01.2019 - 03:09
Alex F
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As an NC native I'll definitely be checking out Mo'ynoq. Like you say, rare to find any good metal from there.
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14.01.2019 - 03:53
Neachy
Written by Alex F on 14.01.2019 at 03:09

As an NC native I'll definitely be checking out Mo'ynoq. Like you say, rare to find any good metal from there.

Huh, I either forgot or never knew you were from NC. As you may have noticed from my profile, I now live in NC as well.
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14.01.2019 - 06:15
Alex F
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Written by Neachy on 14.01.2019 at 03:53

Huh, I either forgot or never knew you were from NC. As you may have noticed from my profile, I now live in NC as well.

Yep! Grew up in Greensboro (see you're in Charlotte, admittedly a much more interesting location lol) and lived there up until the past two years. Only other NC band I can think of right now that I'm a big fan of is Horseback from Chapel Hill.
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17.07.2019 - 18:44
Alex F
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That Triste Terre album is a serious bop. Runs just a bit too long in my opinion, but other than that it's seriously great.
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19.07.2019 - 02:24
Neachy
Written by Alex F on 17.07.2019 at 18:44

That Triste Terre album is a serious bop. Runs just a bit too long in my opinion, but other than that it's seriously great.

Agreed on both points. Have you given a listen to that Hornwood Fell album?
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19.07.2019 - 22:04
Alex F
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Written by Neachy on 19.07.2019 at 02:24

Agreed on both points. Have you given a listen to that Hornwood Fell album?

Yep listened to that one as well. Not sure I like it quite as much as you, but it's seriously good. Need to listen to it a few more times to fully digest it but I'm a definitely a fan.
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