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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. Cerebral Rot - Odious Descent Into Decay
(9) (Death) Label 20 Buck Spin has been absolutely killing it this year, particularly with death metal releases. The production is fantastic across all their releases but this one in particular stands out. The production so perfectly creates the intended atmosphere. This album just has so much character while adhering to the tenets of old school death metal.
5. Cult Of Luna - A Dawn To Fear
(9) (Post-Metal) I entered the metal realm as a post metal disciple primarily. Cult Of Luna have been one of the biggest names of the genre for two decades now. However, nothing they've done previously really found itself in my truly beloved albums. I sort of viewed them as the generic store brand version of post metal. It took 2 decades but they've finally hit the mark. This one is a banger through and through.
6. Hornwood Fell - Damno Lumina Nocte
(8.5) (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.
7. Deathspell Omega - The Furnaces Of Palingenesia
(8.5) (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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
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. Mylingar - Döda Själar
(8.5) (Black/Death) Claustrophia inducing, maddening shit. Another 20 Buck Spin home run.
12. Haunter - Sacramental Death Qualia
(8.5) (Blackened Death) This hardly sounds like the same band that put out their debut album. Full on transition from crusty black metal to chunky Death metal. Much more polished. I almost didn't care for this album at first because of how drastically different they sound. But this is undeniably good.
13. Triste Terre - Grand Ćuvre
(8) Black/Doom
14. Misþyrming - Algleymi
(8) (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.
15. Esogenesi - Esogenesi
(8) Death/Doom
16. Gardsghastr - Slit Throat Requiem
(8) (Symphonic/Atmospheric Black) Alex Poole + Swartadauþuz + Blackburn brothers + Profound Lore = go listen.
17. Fetid - Steeping Corporeal Mess
(8) (Doomy Murky Death) This is disgusting death metal done right. More gold from 20 Buck Spin.
18. Mizmor - Cairn
(8) Blackened Doom
19. Tomb Mold - Planetary Clairvoyance
(8) (Death) The production is very clean compared to the filthy albums put out by some of their label mates this year. Sounds very tech death at times.
20. Celestial Grave - Secular Flesh
(8) Black
21. Advent Sorrow - Kali Yuga Crown
(8) Depressive Black/Doom
22. Noctambulist - Atmospheres Of Desolation
(8) Ulcerate-esque Brutal Tech Death
23. Ossuarium - Living Tomb
(8) Murky Doomy Death
24. None - Damp Chill Of Life
(8) Depressive Black
25. Serpent Column - Mirror In Darkness
(8) Black
26. Witch Vomit - Buried Deep In A Bottomless Grave
(7.5) Death
27. Lord Dying - Mysterium Tremendum
(7.5) Sludge/Heavy
28. Arnaut Pavle - Arnaut Pavle
(7.5) Black/Crust
29. Kostnatění - Hrůza zvítězí
(7.5) Black
30. Verwoed - De Val
(7.5) Psychedelic Black
31. Arkhaaik - *dʰg̑ʰm̥tós
(7.5) Black/Death/Doom
32. Goregäng - Neon Graves
(7.5) Death/Crust
33. Drastus - La Croix de Sang
(7.5) Black
34. 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
Slick Dick Rick
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
Slick Dick Rick
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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