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Worse than Stalin

Joined: Thu Aug 18, 2005 7:53 pm
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Location: St. Charles, Illinois
PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:19 pm 

Welcome everybody, and thank you all for voting in the fourth annual ENCYCLOPAEDIA METALLUM ALBUM OF THE YEAR POLL! I always start off this opening post by saying "this was a wild year for the poll" before listing off some preamble stats, but god damn it really was wild this year. Merely three or four days ago we were sitting at roughly 60 ballots, and I was prepared to mark this as possibly the lowest turnout since we started. But no, you maniacs pulled through and absolutely flooded me in the last few days, bringing our grand total up to 140 ballots and 572 unique albums voted for, once again breaking the previous record for the third straight year! I'm very proud of this community for coming together like this once a year, and I'm so pleased that this has become an event here that I can't even fully express it. Thank you all so much for voting!

Anyway enough chitchat, I know why you're here. It's time for:

  1. Blood Incantation – Hidden History of the Human Race: 8-3-6-5-5-4-4-2-2-3 = 525pts
  2. Idle Hands – Mana: 6-6-2-2-1-1-0-0-1-1 = 333pts
  3. Atlantean Kodex – The Course of Empire: 4-5-2-2-1-2-0-0-0-0 = 270pts
  4. Misþyrming – Algleymi: 3-2-2-3-1-3-2-1-1-0 = 229pts
  5. Obsequiae – The Palms of Sorrowed Kings: 4-2-1-0-4-1-2-3-1-3 = 228pts
  6. Traveler – Traveler: 1-4-4-3-2-1-0-1-1-0 = 227pts
  7. Crypt Sermon – The Ruins of Fading Light: 3-0-2-2-3-2-5-2-0-1 = 214pts
  8. Deathspell Omega – The Furnaces of Palingenesia: 3-0-4-2-1-2-0-2-5-0 = 203pts
  9. Tomb Mold – Planetary Clairvoyance: 0-2-3-2-1-5-1-2-1-1 = 172pts
  10. Cult of Luna – A Dawn to Fear: 4-2-0-0-2-1-0-0-2-2 = 170pts
  11. Blut Aus Nord – Hallucinogen: 1-3-2-0-1-1-1-3-3-1 = 164pts
  12. Esoteric – A Pyrrhic Existence: 5-1-0-0-0-2-0-1-0-0 = 163pts
  13. Cattle Decapitation – Death Atlas: 1-3-0-4-0-0-3-4-0-0 = 161pts
  14. Funereal Presence – Achatius: 3-2-0-1-2-1-1-0-0-0 = 157pts
  15. Mgla – Age of Excuse: 2-3-0-0-1-2-1-3-2-2 = 154pts
  16. Possessed – Revelations of Oblivion: 4-2-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-1 = 147pts
  17. Mayhem – Daemon: 1-2-2-2-1-0-3-0-0-4 = 147pts
  18. Chevalier – Destiny Calls: 4-0-1-1-1-0-0-1-0-3 = 144pts
  19. Liturgy – H.A.Q.Q.: 1-3-2-0-0-1-1-1-0-0 = 127pts
  20. Véhémence - Par le sang versé : 1-1-2-0-1-2-4-1-0-0 = 127pts
  21. Darkthrone – Old Star: 2-0-3-0-0-2-1-0-1-2 = 121pts
  22. Tanith – In Another Time: 1-1-2-1-2-0-0-1-0-1 = 110pts
  23. Swallow the Sun – When a Shadow is Forced into the Light: 1-3-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 97pts
  24. Alcest – Spiritual Instinct: 0-0-3-0-2-1-3-1-0-0 = 95pts
  25. Coffins – Beyond the Circular Demise: 0-2-1-1-3-0-0-0-0-0 = 93pts
  26. Saor – Forgotten Paths: 1-1-1-0-0-3-0-0-2-1 = 87pts
  27. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Infest the Rats' Nest: 1-2-0-0-1-1-0-1-1-1 = 86pts
  28. Opeth – In Cauda Venenum: 1-0-1-3-0-0-1-1-0-0 = 86pts
  29. Krypts – Cadaver Circulation: 1-0-2-0-1-0-3-0-1-0 = 85pts
  30. Smoulder – Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring: 0-2-0-1-1-3-0-0-1-1 = 85pts
  31. Nocturnus AD – Paradox: 2-1-0-0-0-1-1-0-0-1 = 83pts
  32. The Lord Weird Slough Feg – New Organon: 0-2-2-1-0-0-0-0-2-1 = 83pts
  33. Devil Master – Satan Spits on the Children of Light: 1-0-2-1-1-0-0-1-0-0 = 81pts
  34. Insomnium – Heart Like a Grave: 1-0-1-2-0-0-1-2-1-1 = 81pts
  35. Riot City – Burn the Night: 1-0-0-2-1-0-2-2-1-0 = 81pts
  36. Teitanblood – The Baneful Choir: 0-1-1-1-2-1-1-0-0-0 = 79pts
  37. Arch/Matheos – Winter Ethereal: 1-1-0-2-0-0-1-1-0-0 = 77pts
  38. Ancient Bards – Origine: 2-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 75pts
  39. Wilderun – Veil of Imagination: 1-0-3-0-0- 0-0-0-2-1 = 75pts
  40. Borknagar – True North: 1-1-0-0-1-1-1-1-0-2 = 73pts
  41. Avantasia – Moonglow: 1-0-1-2-0-0-1-0-0-3 = 73pts
  42. Evergrey – The Atlantic: 2-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 69pts
  43. Devourment – Obscene Majesty: 1-0-0-1-0-2-1-1-1-1 = 66pts
  44. Mirror – Pyramid of Terror: 1-1-0-0-2-0-0-0-1-0 = 65pts
  45. Sanhedrin – The Poisoner: 1-1-0-0-0-2-1-0-0-0 = 65pts
  46. White Ward – Love Exchange Failure: 1-0-0-1-1-1-1-0-0-0 = 61pts
  47. Midnight Odyssey – Biolume Part 1: In Tartarean Chains: 2-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 60pts
  48. Spirit Adrift – Divided By Darkness: 0-1-0-0-3-1-0-0-1-0 = 58pts
  49. Aoratos - Gods Without Name: 0-0-2-2-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 58pts
  50. Sinmara - Hvísl Stjarnanna: 0-0-0-2-2-1-0-0-3-0 = 58pts
  51. Xoth – Interdimensional Invocations: 1-0-1-1-0-0-0-1-0-1 = 57ts
  52. Soilwork – Verkligheten: 1-0-0-2-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 57pts
  53. Lunar Shadow – The Smokeless Fires: 0-1-0-0-2-1-0-2-0-0 = 54pts
  54. Killswitch Engage – Atonement: 1-1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 53pts
  55. Pissgrave – Posthumous Humiliation: 1-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 51pts
  56. Nile – Vile Nilotic Rites: 0-0-0-1-2-0-2-0-3-1 = 51pts
  57. Kryptos – Afterburner: 2-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 50pts
  58. Munarheim – Willens & frei: 2-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 50pts
  59. Waste of Space Orchestra – Sytheosis: 1-1-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1 = 50pts
  60. Vukari – Aevum: 0-0-2-0-2-0-0-0-0-0 = 50pts
  61. Saint Vitus – Saint Vitus: 0-0-0-1-2-1-0-2-1-0 = 50pts
  62. Hath – Of Rot and Ruin: 0-1-2-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 49pts
  63. Novembers Doom – Nephilim Grove: 1-0-1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 48pts
  64. Asagraum – Dawn of Infinite Fire: 1-0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 47pts
  65. Yellow Eyes – Rare Field Ceiling: 0-1-1-0-0-0-2-0-1-0 = 47pts
  66. Candlemass – The Door to Doom: 0-0-1-0-1-1-0-3-1-0 = 47pts
  67. Drastus - La Croix De Sang: 0-1-0-0-1-2-0-0-1-0 = 46pts
  68. Vltimas – Something Wicked Marches In: 0-0-0-1-2-1-0-1-1-0 = 46pts
  69. Full of Hell – The Weeping Choir: 0-1-1-0-0-0-1-1-1-0 = 45pts
  70. Excalion – Emotions: 1-0-1-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 44pts
  71. Kostnateni - Hrůza zvítězí: 1-0-0-1-0-0-0-1-1-1 = 44pts
  72. Zloslut – Sahar: 1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 43pts
  73. Ningen-Isu – Shin Seinen: 0-1-1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 43pts
  74. Vultures Vengeance – The Knightlore: 0-0-2-1-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 43pts
  75. Diamond Head – The Coffin Train: 0-2-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1 = 43pts
  76. Celtefog – Outlands: 1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 42pts
  77. Children of Bodom – Hexed: 1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-2 = 42pts
  78. Inter Arma – Sulfur English: 0-1-0-1-0-0-0-2-2-0 = 42pts
  79. Death Angel – Humanicide: 0-1-0-0-1-1-1-0-0-0 = 42pts
  80. Mortiferum – Disgorged from Psychotic Depths: 0-0-0-0-3-1-0-1-0-0 = 42pts
  81. Serpent Column – A Mirror in Darkness: 1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 41pts
  82. No One Knows What the Dead Think – No One Knows What the Dead Think: 0-1-1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 41pts
  83. Beast in Black – From Hell with Love: 0-0-2-0-1-0-0-0-0-1 = 41pts
  84. Black Sites – Exile: 1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 40pts
  85. Immortal Bird – Thrive on Neglect: 1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 40pts
  86. Volahn – El tigre del sur: 0-0-1-1-0-0-1-1-1-1 = 40pts
  87. Inculter – Fatal Visions: 1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 39pts
  88. Magic Circle – Departed Souls: 1-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-1-2 = 39pts
  89. Vargrav – Reign in Supreme Darkness: 1-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0-0 = 39pts
  90. Sarastus – Enter the Necropolis: 0-1-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 39pts
  91. Wormwitch – Heaven that Dwells Within: 0-0-1-1-0-1-0-1-0-0 = 39pts
  92. Cloak – The Burning Dawn: 0-2-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 38pts
  93. Batushka – Panihida: 0-1-0-0-1-0-0-2-1-0- = 38pts
  94. Toxic Holocaust – Primal Future: 2019: 0-0-0-1-2-0-1-0-0-0 = 38pts
  95. Disillusion – The Liberation: 1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 37pts
  96. Mefitis – Emberdawn: 1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 37pts
  97. Dragonforce – Extreme Power Metal: 1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0 = 37pts
  98. The Great Old Ones – Cosmicosm: 0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-2-0 = 37pts
  99. Imha Tarikat - Kara Ihlas : 1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-1 = 36pts
  100. Blue Hummingbird on the Left – Atl Tlachinolli: 1-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-1 = 36pts
  101. Nucleus – Entity: 0-2-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 36pts
  102. Suffering Hour – Dwell: 0-0-0-3-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 36pts
  103. Coffin Rot – A Monument to the Dead: 0-0-0-1-1-1-1-0-0-0 = 36pts
  104. Haunter – Sacramental Death Qualia: 0-0-0-1-1-1-1-0-0-0 = 36pts
  105. Critical Defiance – Misconceptions: 1-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0 = 35pts
  106. Schammasch – Hearts of No Light: 0-1-0-0-1-0-1-0-0-1 = 35pts
  107. Angel Witch – Angel of Light: 0-0-1-0-1-0-1-1-0-0 = 35pts
  108. Profanatica – Rotting Incarnation of God: 0-1-0-0-0-2-0-0-0-0 = 34pts
  109. Allegaeon – Apoptosis: 0-1-0-0-0-0-2-1-0-0 = 34pts
  110. Fleshgod Apocalypse – Veleno: 1-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 33pts
  111. Battle Beast – No More Hollywood Endings: 0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 33pts
  112. Bodyfarm – Dreadlord: 0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 33pts
  113. Eternity's End – Unyielding: 0-1-0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0 = 32pts
  114. Eluveitie – Ategnatos: 0-0-1-0-0-0-2-1-0-1 = 32pts
  115. Exhumed – Horror: 1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 31pts
  116. Shadow of Intent – Melancholy: 1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 31pts
  117. Avslut – Tyranni: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1 = 30pts
  118. Twisted Tower Dire – Wars in the Unknown: 0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 30pts
  119. Gardsghastr – Slit Throat Requiem: 0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 30pts
  120. Reveal – Scissorgod: 0-0-2-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 30pts
  121. Mizmor – Cairn: 0-0-0-1-1-0-1-0-1-0 = 30pts
  122. Dipygus – Deathooze: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 29pts
  123. Inferi – End of an Era (Rebirth): 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-0 = 29pts
  124. ShadowStrike – Legends of Human Spirit: 0-1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 28pts
  125. Musmahhu – Reign of the Odious: 0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0 = 28pts
  126. Rotting Christ – The Heretics: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-2-0-1 = 27pts
  127. Cenotaphe – Empyree: 0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 27pts
  128. Lord Vicar – The Black Powder: 0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 27pts
  129. Overkill – The Wings of War: 0-0-0-0-1-2-0-0-0-1 = 27pts
  130. Inhuman Nature – Inhuman Nature: 0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 26pts
  131. Baroness – Gold and Grey: 0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 25pts
  132. Legion of the Damned – Slaves of the Shadow Realm: 0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 25pts
  133. Gloryhammer – Legends from Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0 = 24pts
  134. Superstition – The Anatomy of Unholy Transformation: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0 = 24pts
  135. Wormwood – Nattarvet: 0-0-0-2-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 24pts
  136. Xentrix – Bury the Pain: 0-0-0-2-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 24pts
  137. Asphodelus – Stygian Dreams: 0-0-1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 23pts
  138. In Mourning – Garden of Storms: 0-0-1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 23pts
  139. Lacuna Coil – Black Anima: 0-0-1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 23pts
  140. Abbath – Outstrider: 0-0-0-0-0-1-2-0-1-1 = 23pts
  141. Gaahls Wyrd – GastiR – Ghosts Invited: 0-0-0-0-0-1-1-2-0-1 = 23pts
  142. Autumn – Stacking Smoke: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 22pts
  143. Ultra Silvam – The Spearwound Salvation: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 22pts
  144. Infernal Conjuration - Infernale Metallum Mortis: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-0 = 22pts
  145. Ossuarium – Living Tomb: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-0 = 22pts
  146. Concrete Winds – Primitive Force: 0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-1 = 22pts
  147. Belzebubs – Pantheon of the Nightside Gods: 0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 22pts
  148. Imprecation – Damnatio ad Bestias: 0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 22pts
  149. Leprous – Pitfalls: 0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 22pts
  150. Lord Mantis – Universal Death Church: 0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 22pts
  151. Mephorash – Shem Ha Mephorash: 0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 22pts
  152. Abyssal – A Beacon in the Husk: 0-0-0-0-0-2-0-1-1-0 = 22pts
  153. Terminus – A Single Point of Light: 0-0-0-0-0-2-0-1-1-0 = 22pts
  154. Dream Theater - Distance Over Time: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1 = 21pts
  155. Angel Sword – Neon City: 0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 21pts
  156. Flamen – Furor Lunae: 0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 21pts
  157. Pagan Reign – The Art of Time: 0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 21pts
  158. Misery Index – Rituals of Power: 0-0-0-0-2-0-0-0-0-1 = 21pts
  159. Warforged – I: Voice: 0-0-0-0-2-0-0-0-0-1 = 21pts
  160. Memoriam – Requiem for Mankind: 0-0-0-0-1-0-1-1-0-1 = 21pts
  161. Moon Tooth – Crux: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 20pts
  162. 1349 – The Infernal Pathway: 0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 20pts
  163. Seer – Vol. 6: 0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 20pts
  164. Vircolac – Masque: 0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 20pts
  165. Bolzer – Lese Majesty: 0-0-0-0-2-0-0-0-0-0 = 20pts
  166. Capilla Ardiente – The Siege: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 19pts
  167. Stworz - Mój kraj nazywa się śmierć: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 19pts
  168. Vitriol – To Bathe from the Throat of Cowardice: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 19pts
  169. Hate – Auric Gates of Veles: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-3 = 18pts
  170. Despised Icon – Purgatory: 0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 18pts
  171. Myrath – Shehili: 0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 18pts
  172. Nordjevel – Necrogenesis: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-1-1-0 = 18pts
  173. Impiety – Versus All Gods: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 17pts
  174. Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult – Mardom: 0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0-1-1 = 17pts
  175. Andavald - Undir skyggðarhaldi: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-2-1 = 17pts
  176. Gatecreeper – Deserted: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 16pts
  177. Vacivus – Annihilism: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 16pts
  178. Sonata Arctica – Talviyo: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-2-0 = 16pts
  179. Venom Prison – Samsara: 0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0 = 16pts
  180. Risen Prophecy – Voices from the Dust: 0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0 = 16pts
  181. Grand Magus – Wolf God: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-1-0 = 16pts
  182. Wormlust/Skaphe - Kosmískur hryllingur: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-2-0-0 = 16pts
  183. Imperium Dekadenz – When We Are Forgotten: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0-1 = 15pts
  184. Aephanemer – Prokopton: 0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0 = 14pts
  185. Devin Townsend – Empath: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-1-0 = 14pts
  186. Cloud Rat – Pollinator: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-2-0-0 = 14pts
  187. False - Portent: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 13pts
  188. Tyr - Hel: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-1-1 = 13pts
  189. Earth and Pillars – Earth II: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0 = 12pts
  190. Kampfar – Ofidians Manifest: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0 = 12pts
  191. Numenorean – Adore: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0 = 12pts
  192. Runemagick – Into Desolate Realms: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0 = 12pts
  193. Sacred Monster – Worship the Weird: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0 = 12pts
  194. Haunt – If Icarus Could Fly: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-2-0 = 12pts
  195. Volbeat – Rewind, Replay, Rebound: 0-0-0-0-0-0-2-0-0-0 = 12pts
  196. Witch Vomit – Buried Deep in a Bottomless Grave: 0-0-0-0-0-0-2-0-0-0 = 12pts
  197. Akrotheism - Law Of Seven Deaths: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-1 = 11pts
  198. Hideous Divinity – Simulacrum: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-1 = 11pts
  199. Vulture – Ghastly Waves & Battered Graves: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-1 = 11pts
  200. Funeral Fvkk – Carnal Confessions: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0 = 10pts
  201. Sühnopfer - Hic Regnant Borbonii Manes: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0 = 10pts
  202. Negator - Vnitas Pvritas Existentia: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0 = 10pts
  203. Paladin – Ascension: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0 = 10pts
  204. Rings of Saturn – Gidim: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0 = 10pts
  205. Galneryus – Into the Purgatory: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-1 = 9pts
  206. Gruzja – Jeszcze nie mamy na was pomyslu: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-1 = 9pts
  207. Numen - Iluntasuna Besarkatu Nuen Betiko: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-1 = 9pts
  208. Legendry – The Wizard and the Tower Keep: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0 = 8pts
  209. Oksennus – Paholaisten yo: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-0-0 = 8pts
  210. Control the Storm – Forevermore: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1 = 7pts
  211. Disentomb – The Decaying Light: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1 = 7pts
  212. Enforced – At the Walls: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1 = 7pts
  213. Grima – Will of the Primordial: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1 = 7pts
  214. Pounder – Uncivilized: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1 = 7pts
  215. Vastum - Orificial Purge: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0 = 6pts
  216. Hour of Penance – Misotheism: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1 = 5pts
  217. Malum – Legion: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1 = 5pts
  218. Teramaze – We are Soldiers: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1 = 5pts
  219. Downcross – What Light Covers Not: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-0 = 4pts
  220. Dream Troll – Second to None: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-0 = 4pts
  221. Maestus – Deliquesce: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-0 = 4pts
  222. Mysticism – Arcane Forest Rights: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-2 = 4pts
  223. Dawn Ray'd – Behold Sedition Plainsong: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1 = 3pts
  224. Hellripper – Black Arts & Alchemy: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1 = 3pts
  225. Midnight Priest – Aggressive Hauntings: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1 = 3pts
  226. The Dark Element – Songs the Night Sings: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1 = 3pts
  227. Exumer - Hostile Defiance: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2 = 2pts

Ladies and gentlemen and enbies alike, we have a new record holder! I thought nobody was going to top Vektor's stunning performance in the first poll I ran here, but once again I find myself enjoying the taste of foot, as this year saw Coloradoan death metal darlings, Blood Incantation break Vektor's previous points record of 411 with an astounding 525 points! Not only did they break the record by triple digits, but they also beat the previous margin of victory record (also held by Vektor) by 12 points to take the top spot with a 192 point margin. I predicted a dogfight ahead of time between Blood Incantation and Idle Hands, and we had that early on. Idle Hands started the month with a commanding lead, jumping out ahead of the pack by over a hundred points before they stalled. They got maybe four or five more votes after the initial surge in the first week, and eventually relinquished the position to Blood Incantation and never again caught up. This was an exceptionally high scoring year for the entire top ten, but at the end of the day, this bloodbath was bested by Blood Incantation. Congratulations, lads!

And now for something completely the same, all those lonely souls who wound up with only one vote throughout the month. Great albums nonetheless, but still shuttled off to the side to make the list readable. I give you:

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1st place = 25pts
Altar of Oblivion – The Seven Spirits
Anthem – Nucleus
Avatarium – The Fire I Long For
Darkwater – Human
Diabolical Night – Beyond the Realm
Everfrost – Winterider
Firmament – Nightside Valkyries
Horsehunter – Horsehunter
Imber Luminis – Same Old Silences
Lord Dying – Mysterium Tremendum
Non Est Deus – There is No God
Orodruin – Ruins of Eternity
Pharmakeia – Pharmakeia
Rainer Landfermann - Mein Wort in deiner Dunkelheit
Sathamel – Horror Vacui
Skraeckoedlan – Eorþe
Starkill – Gravity
Together to the Stars – An Oblivion Above
Ultha – Belong

2nd place = 18pts
A Million Dead Birds Laughing – To the Ether
All Hell – The Witch's Grail
Antioch – Antioch IV: Land of No Kings
As I Lay Dying – Shaped by Fire
Ataraxie – Résignés
Destroyers of All – The Vile Manifesto
Forêt d'Hiver – La fin du monde
Frostveil – Ephemeral Visions
Hidden – Embalm ~Enbalm After 20 Years~
Inanimate Existence – Clockwork
Lacrimas Profundere – Bleeding the Stars
Magnabolt – Magnabolt
Malevolent Creation – The 13th Beast
Malist – In the Catacombs of Time
Malthusian – Across Deaths
Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard - Yn Ol I Annwn
Mestatöll – Katk kutsariks
Midnight Prey – Uncertain Times
Moon and Azure Shadow – Age of Darkness and Frost
Ordensburg – Wie Stahl und Eisen Hart
Óreiða - Óreiða
Orm – Ir
Sacrimoon – Lost in an Endless Delighted Illusion
Tanagra – Meridiem
Thorondir - Des Wanderers Mär
Troll – Legend Master
Undeath – Sentient Autolysis
Vargsheim - Söhne der Sonne
Vortex of the End – Ardens Frvor
Witnesses – To Disappear and Be Nothing

3rd place = 15pts
Acid Reign – The Age of Entitlement
Anti-Hero – Rolling Thunder
Blasphemathory – War, Blasphemy & Divine Destruction
Blind Guardian – Twilight Orchestra – Legacy of the Dark Lands
Cannabis Corpse – Nug so Vile
Carnal Tomb – Abhorrent Veneration
Carrion Mother – Nothing Remains
Darchon – Oionos
Dawninsection – Dusk Til Dawn
Departure Chandelier – Antichrist Rise to Power
Desairologie – Desairologie Report
Eclipser – Pathos
Eternal Storm – Come the Tide
Forlorn Hope – Over the Hills
Fuming Mouth – The Grand Descent
Helheim – Rignir
Horndal – Remains
Hvit Ulv – Мистерии Леса
Lahmia – Resilience
Laster – Het wassen oog
Mary's Blood – Confessions
Mustasch – Killing It for Life
Nifghtfyre – From Fortune to Ruin
None – Damp Chill of Life
Ripper – Sensory Stagnation
Sadistic Ritual – Visionaire of Death
Screamer – Highway of Heroes
Twilight Force – Dawn of the Dragonstar
Ty Morn – Istor
Warmoon Lord – Burning Banners of the Funereal War
Warrior Path – Warrior Path
Woodhawk – Violent Nature

4th place = 12pts
44 Magnum – Prisoner
Aeon Winds – Stormveiled
After the Burial – Evergreen
An Isolated Mind – I'm Losing Myself
Arallu – En Olam
Ares Kingdom – By the Light of Their Destruction
Astronoid – Astronoid
Blackdeath – Phantashassgorie
Chrome Waves – A Grief Observed
Condemned to Dream – Black Emerald Cold
Dawning Eclipse – Pictures of Dysphoria
Devil Within – Dark Supremacy
Endless Disease – The End of All Life
Enthroned – Cold Black Suns
Father Befouled – Holy Rotten Blood
Fleshcrawl – Into the Catacombs of Flesh
Gothic Stone - Haereticus Empyreum
Grief Collector – From Dissension to Avowal
Harmdaud – Skarvor
Hess – Harpokrates
Holy Serpent – Endless
HWWAUOCH – Into the Labyrinth of Consciousness
Ifernach – Wastow
Iron Griffin – Curse the Sky
Leather Glove – Perpetual Animation
Lurid Panacea – The Insidious Poisons
Majestica – Above the Sky
Mechina – Telesterion
Metalucifer – Heavy Metal Tank
Mosquito Control – Morbid Orations in the Pestilential Age
Officium Triste – The Death of Gaia
S.U.P. - Dissymetry
Seilunvihollinen – Kuolonkylväjä
Stormlord – Far
Thanatonaut – Interstellar
The Agonist – Orphans
The Ossuary – Southern Funeral
Totaled – Lament
Vader – Thy Messenger
Vale – Burden of Sight
Voidsphere – To Exist | To Breathe
Wagner Ödegård - Om undergång och de tretton järtekn
War Cloud – State of Shock

5th place = 10pts
Abkehr – In Feuer
Alpha Hydrae – Spiritual Dimorphism
Arnaut Pavle – Arnaut Pavle
Barbarian Swords – Totemic Anal Turbofucker
Broken Trinity – Robes of Purple and Gold
Carnage Inc. - Tenebris
Dødsfall - Døden skal ikke vente
Drudkh – A Few Lines in Archaic Ukrainian
Elvenking – Reader of the Runes – Divination
Fen – The Dead Light
Frozen Crown – Crowned in Frost
Holy Blood – Voice of Blood
Impure – Satan's Eclipse
Iron Slut – Hollowed be Thy Brain
Jute Gyte – Birefringence
Kalt || Weiss – Serotonin
Manegarm – Fornaldarsagor
Mardelas – Ground Zero
Nephilim's Noose – Rites of a Death Merchant
Oferwintran – Llyfr Coch Gergest
Organectomy – Existential Disconnect
Perverted Ceremony / Witchcraft – Nighermancie / Black Candle
Poems of the Elder – Reawakening the German Spirit
Purification – Destruction of the Wicked
Rübezahl - Tempering of Northern Iron
Ruler – Descent Into Hades
Sadness – Circle of Veins
Scarleth – Vortex
Sunn O))) – Pyroclasts
Temple Koldura – Seven! Sirens! To a Lost Archetype
Without Dreams – Withering
Workshed – Workshed

6th place = 8pts
Aihos - Hävityksen Maa
Bloodred Hourglass – Godsend
Brymir – Wings of Fire
Celophys – Fried Chordata
Deus Mortem – Kosmocide
Esoctrilihum - The Telluric Ashes of the Ö Vrth Immemorial Gods
Exhorder – Mourn the Southern Skies
Finsterforst – Zerfall
Flub – Flub
Frozen Dreams – Rising from the Ashes
Gherzen – 1881
Hagzissa – They Ride Along
Horizon's End – Skeleton Keys
Hovert – Sol
Infant Annihilator – The Battle of Yaldabaoth
Iron Fire – Beyond the Void
Kairos – Queen of the Hill
L'Acéphale – L'Acéphale
Morast – Il Nostro Silenzio
Mylingar - Döda själar
Nervochaos – Ablaze
Ossuary – Supreme Degradation
Othuum – The Astral Horror
Pensées Nocturnes - Grand Guignol Orchestra
Possession / Spite - Passio Christi Part I / (Beyond the) Witch's Spell
Queensryche – The Verdict
Rorcal – Muladona
Sabaton – The Great War
Sidrial – Enigma Code
Skeletoon – They Never Say Die
Takafumi Matsubara – Strange, Beautiful and Fast
Totengott – The Abyss
Unaussprechlichen Kulten - Teufelsbücher
Witch Head – Witch Head

7th place = 6pts
Asphodèle - Jours pâles
Baest – Venenum
Barbarian – To No God Shall I Kneel
Blazon Stone – Hymns of Triumph and Death
Bloodbound – Rise of the Dragon Empire
Cerebral Rot – Odious Descent Into Decay
Charnel Altar – Charnel Altar
Crimson Moon – Mors Omnia Vincit
Fall of Rauros – Patterns in Mythology
FolkStone – Diario di un Ultimo
Freternia – The Gathering
Grailight – Sic Luceat Lux!!!
Green Lung – Woodland Rites
Hell Fire – Mania
Il'ithil – On This Day We were Reborn in a Shroud of Light and Shadow
Intothecrypt – Vakor
Japanische Kampfhörspiele - Verk Ferever
Kaleikr – Heart of Lead
Lifvsleda - Manifest MMXIX
Lothric – Adversarial Light
Nightfell – A Sanity Deranged
Nightrage – Wolf to Man
Noisem – Cease to Exist
Possession / Venefixion - Passio Christi Part II / Necrophagous Abandon
Profane Order – Slave Morality
Quayde LaHüe - Love Out of Darkness
Ragnarok – Non Debellicata
RAM – The Throne Within
Ray Alder – What the Water Wants
Solarus – Darkest Days
Sur Austru - Meteahna timpurilor
The SheGlapes – Back 'n' Forth
The Well – Death and Consolation
Turilli Lione Rhapsody – Zero Gravity
Vimur – Triumphant Master of Fates
Visigoth – Bells of Awakening
Visions of Atlantis – Wanderers
Wallfahrer – Rattenritual
Worsen – Cursed to Witness Life
Заводь - Уже заря зажглась

8th place = 4pts
Abigail Williams – Walk Beyond the Dark
Accursed Spawn – The Virulent Host
Almost Honest – Seiches and Sirens
Alpgeist – Woidmythen
Altarage – The Approaching Roar
Ancient Empire – Wings of the Fallen
Ark Royal – Arise
Bloody Hammers – The Summoning
Crystal Eyes – Starbourne Traveler
Deiphago – I, the Devil
Euphoria Ω – Nanotech
Execrate – Ridicule of Sanity
Flotsam & Jetsam – The End of Chaos
Gatekeeper – Grey Maiden
Gypsy – Gypsy
High Command – Beyond the Wall of Desolation
Ivory Tower – Stronger
Kaatayra - No Ruidar da Mata que Mirra
Kalmankantaja – Kaski
Masters of Ceremony – Signs of Wings
Melancholy Pessimism – Democracy War Crusade
Mortem – Ravnsvart
Naxen – To Abide in Ancient Abysses
Profetus – The Sadness of Time Passing
Red Death – Sickness Divine
Remete – Into Endless Night
Sammath – Across the Rhine is Only Death
Sanguine Eagle – Shores of Avarice
Shadow Limb – Burn Scar
Svirnath - Dalle rive del Curone
Synteleia – Ending of the Unknown Path
Take Offense – Keep an Eye Out
Test – O Jogo Humano
The River – Vessels into White Tides
Tuunbaq – Graves of Ice
Windswept – The Onlooker

9th place = 2pts
Alkymist – Wreckage of a Raging World
Amber Tears (Янтарные Слёзы) – When No Trails (Когда нет троп)
Anatomy – Organize the Organs
Árstíðir lífsins - Saga Á Tveim Tungum I Vápn Ok Viðr
Ayakasi Kagura – Kikoshi Meshi Tamae
Beastwars – IV
Bethlehem – Lebe Dich leer
Birdflesh – Extreme Tornado Graveyard
Bleak Flesh - ...and Save Us from Silence
Blood Stain Child – Amateras
Carcariass – Planet Chaos
ChaosPath – Downfall
Cianide – Unhumanized
Crepuscle – Heavenly Skies
Cult of Extinction – Ritual in the Absolute Absence of Light
Deep Mountains - 平衡世界的意志2 | Will of a Balanced World Volume II
Desolation – Screams of the Undead
Firespawn – Abominate
Fortress – Fortress
Frantic Amber – Bellatrix
Gone in April – Shards of Light
Ice Ages – Nullify
Immanifest – Macrobial
Iron Savior – Kill or Get Killed
Meshiaak – Mask of All Misery
Metalian – Vortex
Necronomicon – Unus
NorthTale – Welcome to Paradise
Sacred Reich – Awakening
Silvertomb – Edge of Existence
Thy Art is Murder – Human Target
Trépas - L'héritage du monde
Triumph, Genus - Po vrhu vždy je prázdno kolébek
Trollfest – Norwegian Fairytales

10th place = 1pt
7 Peles- O Primeiro Evangelho do 7 Peles
And Now the Owls are Smiling – The Comforting Grip of Misery
Attila – Solace
Booze Control – Forgotten Lands
Carcinoid – Metastatic Declination
Chainbreaker – Lethal Desire
Cryptic Brood – Outcome of Obnoxious Existence
De Lirium's Order – Singularity
Dead to a Dying World – Elegy
Denial of God – The Hallow Mass
Deserted Fear – Drowned by Humanity
Dialith – Extinction Six
Equilibrium – Renegades
Exoto – Absolution in Death
Fanebaerer - Fra hånd til jord
Gygax – High Fantasy
Insanity Alert – 666-Pack
Jig-Ai – Entrails Tsunami
Kull – Exile
Łatanu - Eon Hora
Lord Gore – Scalpels for Blind Surgeons
Lowest Creature – Sacrilegious Pain
Metalite – Biomechanicals
Misertus – Daydream
Monarque - Jusqu'à la mort
Monasterium – Church of Bones
Mystik – Mystik
Oath of Cruelty – Summary Execution at Dawn
Ofdrykkja - Gryningsvisor
Phlebotomized – Deformation of Humanity
Posthumous Regurgitation – Glorification of Medical Malpractice
Power Theory – Force of Will
Pretty Maids – Undress Your Madness
Pulchra Morte - Divina Autem et Aniles
Putrescine – The One Reborn
Rock Goddess – This Time
Serpent Warning – Pagan Fire
Sinthgunt – The Infernal Wounds of Man
Slow – VI: Dantalion
Time Lurker / Cepheide – split
Totensucht – Trace of a Cosmic Journey

And lastly, the DEBUT OF THE YEAR tally. We're a bit up on this category this year, with 78 total entries out of 140 ballots, giving us around 56% this year! This is always a tight category, with only Satan's Hallow in 2017 claiming any sort of victory that could reasonably be called "decisive", and that continues this year, because just like 2016, we have a tie!

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  1. Idle Hands – Mana = 5
  2. Traveler – Traveler = 5
  3. Smoulder – Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring = 3
  4. Tanith – In Another Time = 3
  5. Arnaut Pavle – Arnaut Pavle = 2
  6. Blue Hummingbird on the Left – Atl Tlachinolli = 2
  7. Chevalier – Destiny Calls = 2
  8. Concrete Winds – Primitive Force = 2
  9. Riot City – Burn the Night = 2
  10. Vltimas – Something Wicked Marches In = 2
  11. An Isolated Mind – I'm Losing Myself = 1
  12. Andavald - Undir Skyggðarhaldi = 1
  13. Aoratos – Gods Without Name = 1
  14. Belzebubs – Pantheon of the Nightside Gods = 1
  15. Blakylle - Wo uralte Passer fließen = 1
  16. Breaking Wheel – Ceremonial Torture = 1
  17. Coffin Rot – A Monument to the Dead = 1
  18. Consummation – The Great Solar Hunter = 1
  19. Crestfallen Queen – Queen of Swords = 1
  20. Critical Defiance – Misconceptions = 1
  21. Dawninsection – Dusk Til Dawn = 1
  22. Devil Master – Satan Spits on the Children of Light = 1
  23. Dipygus – Deathooze = 1
  24. Eclipser – Pathos = 1
  25. Endymion – Forever Lost = 1
  26. Eternal Storm – Come the Tide = 1
  27. Flesh Temple – Fire, Promise = 1
  28. Frostveil – Ephemeral Visions = 1
  29. Fuming Mouth – The Grand Descent = 1
  30. Gothic Stone - Haereticus Empyreum = 1
  31. Hath – Of Rot and Ruin = 1
  32. Hvit Ulv - Мистерии Леса = 1
  33. Imha Tarikat – Kara Ihlas = 1
  34. Impure – Satan's Eclipse = 1
  35. Infernal Conjuration – Infernale Metallum Mortis = 1
  36. Kaleikr - Heart of Lead = 1
  37. Kostnateni – Hruza Zvitezi = 1
  38. Midnight Prey – Uncertain Times = 1
  39. Misertus – Daydream = 1
  40. Mortiferum – Disgorged from Psychotic Depths = 1
  41. Musmahhu – Reign of the Odious = 1
  42. Mysticism – Arcane Forest Rites = 1
  43. Oferwintran – Llyfr Coch Gergest = 1
  44. ORO – Djupets Kall = 1
  45. Ossuarium – Living Tomb = 1
  46. Paladin – Ascension = 1
  47. Pharmakeia – Pharmakeia = 1
  48. Rübezahl - Tempering of Northern Iron = 1
  49. Sathamel – Horror Vacui = 1
  50. Sedimentum – Demo = 1
  51. Strigae – I: Collision = 1
  52. Sur Austru - Meteahna timpurilor = 1
  53. Synteleia – Ending of the Unknown Path = 1
  54. Thanatonaut – Interstellar = 1
  55. Together to the Stars – An Oblivion Above = 1
  56. Ultra Silvam – The Spearwound Salvation = 1
  57. Vale – Burden of Sight = 1
  58. Warforged – I: Voice = 1
  59. Warmoon Lord – Burning Banners of the Funereal War = 1
  60. Waste of Space Orchestra – Syntheosis = 1
  61. Workshed – Workshed = 1

So a big congratulations to Idle Hands and Traveler on the joint win! There is a part of me that really wanted Idle Hands to come in second place here. Not because I dislike the album necessarily, but because they could've won the dubious honor of getting second place in the debut category two years in a row, since their "Don't Waste Your Time" single was also eligible last year and took part in a huge six-way tie for second place. But luckily for them, they pulled it off and at least managed a joint win! Idle Hands had a spectacular year with this and being our highest scoring second place winner to date (and the first to break 300 points while doing so), and Traveler was no slouch either, also finishing top ten on the main list. Old school styles came to play this year, no doubt.

Despite Blood Incantation's historic win, I can't help but feel like death metal took a gap year in 2019. More extreme styles of metal usually dominate this poll, but the top ten had one hell of a strong showing with cleaner styles thanks to Idle Hands, Atlantean Kodex, Traveler, and Crypt Sermon (and hell if my memory is correct, Obsequiae is hardly "extreme" for black metal themselves). Apart from a few notable exceptions, nearly every album in the top 25 is either trad, doom, or black metal. Another huge shift from last year is the almost complete lack of legacy bands in the upper echelon. Last year 70% of the top ten was populated by bands that have existed in some form since the 80s, but this year the closest things to such a band we have in the top ten are Deathspell Omega and Cult of Luna, who both formed in 1998. Other than those two, every other band in the top ten formed in either this decade or the last, and you need to stretch out into the top 25 to hit any true legacy bands, and even then it's really only Possessed, Mayhem, and Darkthrone. Last year was the Year of the Veteran, this year is the Year of the New Blood. Granted, the winners these last two years were new bands who sounded old, so there's still plenty of evidence that metal is a very conservative genre that seems hesitant to break too far beyond the boundaries set by the classic bands, but that's really kind of a small point. Bands like Blood Incantation and Atlantean Kodex are carrying the flame of genre progenitors while still carving out their own sound and identity, and I think metal has never been stronger in this current age of the internet. Special mentions also must go to Blood Incantation and Deathspell Omega both making their second appearance in the top ten, with Blood Incantation in particular seeing themselves land in the top three for both of their first two albums. They're being viewed as a new institution of death metal by a large swath of fans and I think we now have the stats to back it up. And a completely minor point that I think ultimately means nothing, but despite the aesthetics of metal generally being either dark or red (thanks to all the fire, satan, and gore), all four of our Albums of the Year since the polls started have had cool toned album covers. Doesn't really mean anything, just something neat I noticed.

And for some booby prizes, the Rando Calrissian award for the highest placement despite no first place votes goes to Tomb Mold - Planetary Clairvoyance. They almost made history for being the lowest ranked band to win this award and the highest placement despite no first or second place votes, but they had a surge on the last day and made it to the Hall of Fame with a few second place votes. The Adrian Beltre award for hitting for the cycle (that's at least one vote for every placement on the ballot, for you non-baseball fans out there) goes once again to Blood Incantation - Hidden History of the Human Race, who did so fuckin' well that they managed to pull it off twice and landed two votes for every position. And lastly, I've had a joke with my friends for a while that there is always an album that managed two first place votes early on and then gets nothing else for weeks and ends with exactly 50 points, and I've been calling this album the Spiritual Rando. The way I see it, your album truly succeded if you not only made it onto the main list, but also beat the Spiritual Rando. Two years ago it was Belphegor, last year was Psycroptic, and since it happened again this year, I figure I should make it official and document our tie between Kryptos - Afterburner and Munarheim – Willens & frei! Congrats, two people loved you and absolutely nobody else either noticed or cared!

And that's all for 2019! I hope you all had a wonderful year and an even better decade! Let's now use this thread for discussion and list sharing! How do you feel about the list? Do you love it? Hate it? Want to lament the downfall of MA because Killswitch Engage scored higher than Saint Vitus? Well now's the time! Thank you all so much for voting, and I can't wait to do this again next year! See you all in the summer for the inevitable Best Album of the Decade poll!

Also be sure to tell me where I fucked up in Rando Corner, because I always, always, always do.

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  1. Visigoth – Conqueror's Oath = 293pts
  2. Amorphis – Queen of Time = 292pts
  3. Solstice – White Horse Hill = 245pts
  4. Satan – Cruel Magic = 244pts
  5. Voivod – The Wake = 243pts
  6. Varathron – Patriarchs of Evil = 214pts
  7. Primordial – Exile Amongst the Ruins = 191pts
  8. Judas Priest – Firepower = 179pts
  9. Horrendous – Idol = 168pts
  10. Chapel of Disease - …and as We Have Seen the Storm... = 163pts

  1. Power Trip - Nightmare Logic = 368pts
  2. Immolation - Atonement = 258pts
  3. The Ruins of Beverast - Exuvia = 249pts
  4. Satan's Hallow - Satan's Hallow = 222pts
  5. Spectral Voice - Eroded Corridors of Unbeing = 196pts
  6. Bell Witch - Mirror Reaper = 165pts
  7. Elder - Reflections of a Falling World = 164pts
  8. Nokturnal Mortum - Verity = 160pts
  9. Malokarpatan - Nordkarpatenland = 159pts
  10. Dying Fetus - Wrong One to Fuck With = 158pts

  1. Vektor - Terminal Redux = 411pts
  2. Deathspell Omega - The Synarchy of Molten Bones = 231pts
  3. Blood Incantation - Starspawn = 230pts
  4. Avantasia - Ghostlights = 201pts
  5. Sumerlands - Sumerlands = 197pts
  6. Eternal Champion - The Armor of Ire = 157pts
  7. Ulcerate - Shrines of Paralysis = 137pts
  8. Mithras - On Strange Loops = 137pts
  9. Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika = 132pts
  10. Inquisition - Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith = 130pts
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:31 pm 

Hey, I actually like the top 15. Sad to see Teitanblood so low though. Edit: These are the things from the top 15 I enjoyed (not my actual top of the year):

Blood Incantation – Hidden History of the Human Race
Misþyrming – Algleymi
Deathspell Omega – The Furnaces of Palingenesis
Tomb Mold – Planetary Clairvoyance
Cult of Luna – A Dawn to Fear
Blut Aus Nord – Hallucinogen
Esoteric – A Pyrrhic Existence
Funereal Presence – Achatius
Mgla – Age of Excuse

Thanks for taking the effort of doing this!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:38 pm 

Thanks for doing this. Always interesting!!

Noticed Diamond Head in randos when they were listed!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:39 pm 

At first I was a little disappointed that I've only heard 5 albums on this list, then I realized I'm staring at a guide to help me get caught up on all the hip new shit people are blasting and that fixed everything.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:40 pm 

here's my list - i think this is the first time i don't have any randos at all, tho' i'm surprised only 1 other person voted for 1349 , bölzer, and disentomb

1. blue hummingbird on the left - atl tlachinolli
2. coffins - beyond the circular demise
3. ningen-isu - 新青年
4. devourment - obscene majesty
5. bölzer - lese majesty
6. 1349 - the infernal pathway
7. krypts - cadaver circulation
8. king gizzard & the lizard wizard - infect the rats' nest
9. mgla - age of excuse
10. disentomb - the decaying light

some runners up in no order: blood incantation, vastum, no one gets out alive, vltimas, deathspell omega, tomb mold, concrete winds, ...
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:42 pm 

Not a bad list, at all. I thought this year was pretty mediocre for metal but towards the end of the year I decided to dedicate some time to find some new material and was pleasantly surprised by some of the releases I came across. Crazy how many points Blood Incantation led everyone, the clear album of the year by consensus.

I posted my list on the pinned thread by I'll just post it here as well.

1) Misþyrming- Algleymi
2) Mayhem- Daemon
3) Liturgy- H.A.Q.Q
4) After the Burial- Evergreen
5) Blood Incantation- History of the Human Race
6) Deathspell Omega- The Furnaces of Palingenesia
7) Despised Icon- Purgatory
8) Altarage- The Approaching Roar
9) Thy Art Is Murder- Human Target
10) Eluveitie- Ategnatos

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My personal Top 13 is in my sig, but the short and relevant version for those who don't care to read my extended thoughts is:

1: Crypt Sermon - The Ruins of Fading Light (7)
2: Mgla - Age of Excuse (15)
3: No One Knows What the Dead Think - No One Knows What the Dead Think (82)
4: Kostnateni - Hruza Zvitezi (71)
5: White Ward - Love Exchange Failure (46)
6: Seer - Vol. 6 (163)
7: Batushka - Panihida (93)
8: Venom Prison - Samsara (179)
9: Blood Incantation - Hidden History of the Human Race (1)
10: Xoth - Interdimensional Invocations (51)

Pretty respectable I'd say, and once again I escaped with no randos (though it was a photo fuckin' finish since Seer only got their second vote on the last day). I'm really surprised at Batushka's piss-poor showing compared to the amount of press they got. I figured they'd do well based on name recognition and good will from the legal battle alone, but I guess more people are kinda over their style than I had realized. I still love it obviously, but I figured they'd land way higher on the final list. Same with False, who was my #11 pick but wound up damn near in the 200s.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:44 pm 

An album on my list made it to the top ten(CoL)? Crazy talk!
Again, thank you for your effort BH!


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:45 pm 

Other than Idle Hands, who I knew would be in the top 5, that's pretty great top 10! I was positive Blood Incantation would take the cake, but the real victory in my eyes is Obsequiae making the top 5. Easily my album of the year but I didn't really know what kind of votes they'd get. I thought it'd be a stretch to expect them to make the top 10, so I'm happily shocked to see how well they ended up doing.

But then seeing Liturgy make the top 20 and beating tons of great black metal releases kinda makes me want to throw up on my keyboard and leave this site forever lol. What is wrong with people.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:46 pm 

My "debut of the year" vote is missing from the final poll;
Kaleikr - Heart of Lead

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:48 pm 

idunnosomename wrote:
Noticed Diamond Head in randos when they were listed!

Bachstein wrote:
My "debut of the year" vote is missing from the final poll;
Kaleikr - Heart of Lead

You guys are fuckin' eagle eyes for spotting those mistakes so quickly. Fixed!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:53 pm 

BastardHead wrote:
I'm really surprised at Batushka's piss-poor showing compared to the amount of press they got.

Now that I think about it for more than ten seconds, I can think of probably 3 albums I voted for that I actually like less than the new (legit) Batushka album. I guess it just comes down to momentarily forgetting about it when I was quickly coming up with a list. Then again, I was talking about this with a friend yesterday, and even though the metal community seemed to embrace this album, it's undeniable that it didn't make the splash that the debut did just because of all the drama and controversy and thousands of memes surrounding it. Even though I might actually like it more than the debut, it's almost hard to listen to it on its own terms. I dunno, just thoughts.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:59 pm 

I think Nucleus deserves a higher place, but probably the album's structure makes it challenging to listen to.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:01 pm 

No one else voted for Enthroned or Fen, eh? Damn. 2 really talented bands that ARE getting bigger, yet seem to be glanced over by this community. Cold Black Suns in particular is a monster record!

Thanks for doing this Bastardhead! Now to go through the list and see what I missed, so I can be fully caught up in time for the next poll! :lol:

1. Cult Of Luna - A Dawn To Fear
2. Inter Arma - Sulphur English
3. The Great Old Ones - Cosmicism
4. Enthroned - Cold Black Suns
5. Fen - The Dead Light
6. Abyssal - A Beacon In The Husk
7. Blut Aus Nord - Hallucinogen
8. Blood Incantation - Hidden History Of The Human Race
9. Deathspell Omega - The Furnaces Of Palingenesia
10. Tomb Mold - Planetary Clairvoyance


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:03 pm 

My favorite discovery while doing this, because there's always one, is the French Vehemence. That one is just a fucking front to back belter of black metal with gargantuan heaps of melody. Loved every second of that one. Great vote, everybody who voted for that one.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:09 pm 

No surprises here. The unbeatable Mary Sue wins again.

my list for anyone that cares...

1. Misþyrming - Algleymi
2. Teitanblood - The Baneful Choir
3. Panzerfaust - The Suns of Perdition
4. Tomb Mold - Planetary Clairvoyance
5. Akasha - Canticles of the Sepulchral Deity
6. Profane Order - Slave Morality
7. Temple Kaludra - Seven! Sirens! To A Lost Archetype
8. Murg - Stravan
9. Förgjord - Ilmestykset
10. Akrotheism - Law of Seven Deaths

I think Black Metal definitely had the strongest showing in 2019, and I'd definitely agree that Death Metal took a year off. Seems the ploddy, slow/mid-paced thing was particularly dominant in DM, and I definitely can't wait for this style to be passé.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:11 pm 

Here is my list, with a short commentary for every album. I usually like to dig into the depths of the underground, but for this year, suprisingly, I've chosen many "well-known" bands. To be honest, compared to the previous years, I was not able to listen to as many new albums as I usually do, also the listing process was not so thoroughgoing as I usually handle it; I was basically driven by the instinct of "what I've listened to the most", and I know that there are many many great albums (for example Misþyrming's Algleymi), which could have ended up in my final list, superseding my current votes, if I had enough time to get on to them, but hey, it was a crazy year after all.

1. Shadow of Intent - Melancholy
This album was my discovery of the year. Great melodies, great structures, great execution.

2. Inanimate Existence - Clockwork
C'mon guys, it was the best technical death album of this year. Period. Maybe Wormed's new EP could match it, but I sticked to full lengths only.

3. Twilight Force - Dawn of the Dragonstar
I know, cheesy as fuck, but I love Conti's voice and this whole overacted attitude which the band is representing.

4. Majestica - Above the Sky
Nothing special, to be honest, but every time I've listened to this one, it was always fun and I've listened to it a hunder times... :)

5. Alcest - Spiritual Instinct
The most emotional album for me this year. Beautiful and mesmerizing.

6. Sühnopfer - Hic Regnant Borbonii Manes
If a music could depict the horrors and atmosphere of the dark medieval times, Sühnopfer is the master on that field. I could feel the horrendous plagues, starvation, the bleakness of the dark ages through the music.

7. Bloodbound - Rise of the Dragon Empire
Not as cheesy as Twilight Force, but cheesy enough to make it's way into my list on its scaled wings.

8. Deathspell Omega - The Furnaces of Palingenesia
Especially the second part of the album is a terrifying masterpiece.

9. Trollfest - Norwegian Fairytales
Yeah... I could party to this nonsense all night long. :D

10. Equilibrium - Renegades
Not the usual, familiar Equilibrium that we know, but the secret maybe lies in the new approach.

That was my list, and again, a big thanks to BastardHead for making this voting possible again. Cheers!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:12 pm 

Yeah, it was kind of inevitable that Blood Incantation would come out on top. Still not sold on the album, and the songwriting is, no surprises there, all over the place.

I am kind of surprised that Suffering Hour didn't break top 100. It seems that a lot of people liked In Passing Ascension, and it may be that they got overlooked because of releasing 18 minutes of music this year. But good god damn, Dwell is just fantastic. Had I remembered the poll, it would definitely be no. 1 for me. It's also a bit funny that I wouldn't pick that album by Gruzja that got a whooping 9 points, but I iść dalej as no. 3, would be higher if those dudes from Vorum hadn't decided to form a new band (that everyone needs to hear really).

The thing'd look like this:

1. Suffering Hour - Dwell
2. Concrete Winds - Primitive Force
3. Gruzja - I iść dalej
4. Capilla Ardiente - The Siege
5. Vircolac - Masque
6. Drastus - La croix de sang
7. Andavald - Undir skyggðarhaldi
8. Sanhedrin - The Poisoner
9. Esoteric - A Pyrrhic Existence
10. Blut aus Nord - Hallucinogen

Makes sense that Esoteric and Blut aus Nord were the best shot at a top 10 album for me :lol: Some honorable mentions are Tomb Mold (finally something from them I thoroughly enjoy, if just slightly less than BaN), Infernal Conjuration, Cosmic Putrefaction, Devoid of Thought (Cosmic Apoptosis is very good demo), Vacivus, Pissgrave, Nocturnal Departure, White Ward and Lord Gore (my oh my did not see that one coming). Primitive Force best debut obviously. All in all, it's been a pretty good year.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:17 pm 

Thanks for all the work man.

Terrible results though. But it gives an insight how some genres are over-represented over here.

At least 5 of my picks ended up in the top 223. Still not sure what people like about the winner. The album starts out alright enough but then gets completely derailed.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:18 pm 

great poll, i'll need to listen to some of those top ten :o :)


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:22 pm 

1. Evergrey - The Atlantic (42)
2. Traveler - Traveler (6)
3. Beast In Black - From Hell With Love (83)
4. Avantasia - Moonglow (41)
5. Dragonforce - Extreme Power Metal (97)
6. Blood Incantation - Hidden History of the Human Race (1)
7. Insomnium - Heart Like A Grave (34)
8. Riot City - Burn The Night (35)
9. Gloryhammer - Legends From Beyond The Galactic Terrorvortex (133)
10. Galneryus - Into The Purgatory (205)

I think this is the first year I haven't had something in the rando corner, although all of my picks are pretty mainstream.

The overall list is pretty good. I didn't listen to as much new music in 2019 as I have in previous years, but I plan to change that for 2020. Glad to see both Blazon Stone and Screamer make the list, even if it was in the rando corner. Also kinda surprised to see Sabaton there - I liked the album and thought it deserved more than one vote, even if I didn't put it in my top 10.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:32 pm 

My list:

1. Deathspell Omega - The Furnaces of Palingenesia (8th)
2. Liturgy - H.A.Q.Q. (19th)
3. Serpent Column - Mirror in Darkness (81st)
4. An Isolated Mind - I'm Losing Myself (Rando Corner)
5. Sunn O))) - Pyroclasts (Rando Corner)
6. No One Knows What the Dead Think - No One Knows What the Dead Think (82nd)
7. Waste of Space Orchestra - Syntheosis (59th)
8. Kostnateni - Hrůza zvítězí (71st)
9. Andavald - Undir skyggðarhaldi (175th)
10. Blut Aus Nord - Hallucinogen (11th)

Debut of the Year: An Isolated Mind - I'm Losing Myself (tied last)

As I and many others have said, black metal had a really really strong showing this year - Funereal Presence was on my list at one point, as was Misþyrming. Death metal not so much; the only truly great death metal albums I've heard are the ones everyone will point to - Blood Incantation and Tomb Mold. Trad and doom metal had its fair share of gems too but I think my stylistic preference for more extreme stuff means it probably won't make my list unless it's truly mindblowing and even something as good as Traveler didn't stop me in my tracks.

What I didn't anticipate was having two of my votes end up being randos - that's a first for me in these end of year polls. I also didn't expect one of those randos to be Sunn of all bands; I would sooner have expected Andavald or An Isolated Mind to be randos, indeed the latter was a correct prediction on my part. I guess I also didn't expect Blut Aus Nord or especially Liturgy to place that high; I thought the hype train had left with the former and a lot of people aren't so big on Liturgy here from what I've seen but there you have it. I'm also glad Mana didn't win or be the sole victor for debut of the year. I just don't think it's all that special or amazing.

That top 10 is probably the best of all these polls; apart from Idle Hands and Atlantean Kodex all of those albums are very good in my eyes (Cult of Luna and Tomb Mold were also on my list at one point, and Blood Incantation was very close to making it for me too.)

Once again, thanks for doing this BH; it's always good fun for me at least. Any errors will be swiftly corrected, I'm sure.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:36 pm 

Here's my little list.

1. Exhumed - Horror (115)
2. Superstition - The Anatomy of Unholy Transformation (134)
3. Carnal Tomb - Abhorrent Veneration (Rando Corner)
4. Leather Glove - Perpetual Animation (Rando Corner)
5. Asagraum - Dawn of Infinite Fire (64)
6. Coffin Rot - A Monument to the Dead (103)
7. Lothric - Adversarial Light (Rando Corner)
8. Dipygus - Deathooze (122)
9. Vastum - Orificial Purge (215)
10. Carcinoid - Metastatic Declination (Rando Corner)

I thought this year was a hell of a year for death metal. Interesting list as always! I had a strong feeling Blood Incantation would win, as it really is a great record. Idle Hands really surprises me, as that record while fun, lost it's mojo after repeated listens.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:38 pm 

1. Arch/Matheos - Winter Ethereal
2. Slough Feg - New Organon
3. Excalion - Emotions
4. Atlantean Kodex - The Course Of Empire
5. Possessed - Revelations Of Oblivion
6. Liturgy - HAQQ
7. Blood Incantation - Hidden History of the Human Race
8. St. Vitus - s/t
9. Mirror - Pyramid of Terror
10. Avantasia - Moonglow

Here was mine. Kinda thrown together and the numbers past the first four don't have any hard meaning to em. Just a lot of good shit. Arch/Matheos is one of my top albums of the whole decade I think. It hasn't stopped astonishing me. Slough Feg, too, is just such a great retrospective of their sound.

Runners up were Autumn, Idle Hands, Sonata Arctica, Dragonforce, Sanhedrin... I didn't get to spend much time with Ares Kingdom which a lot of people said they liked. Need to check Crypt Sermon and Obsequiae sometime too I guess.
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BastardHead wrote:
You guys are fuckin' eagle eyes for spotting those mistakes so quickly. Fixed!

You misspelled Freternia (Fraternia). :p

I had one in the top ten - Atlantean Kodex - and then three on the list.
Capilla Ardiente almost made my top ten.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:44 pm 

Aye, since everyone else is sharing, here's my list:

1. Obsequiae - The Palms of Sorrowed Kings
2. Misþyrming - Algleymi
3. Deathspell Omega - The Furnaces of Palingenesia
4. Tomb Mold - Planetary Clairvoyance
5. Rübezahl - Tempering of Northern Iron
6. Kampfar - Ofidians manifest
7. Pagan Reign - Art of the Time
8. Crypt Sermon - The Ruins of Fading Light
9. Celtefog - Outlands
10. Cult of Luna - A Dawn to Fear

Debut of the Year: Rübezahl - Tempering of Northern Iron

Thanks for hosting, Mike. Happy with the overall top 10. Six of the bands in my list made it. :)

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1. Nocturnus AD - "Paradox"
2. Possessed - "Revelations of Oblivion"
3. Novembers Doom - "Nephilim Grove"
4. Fleshcrawl - "Into the Catacombs of Flesh"
5. Vltimas - "Something Wicked Marches In"
6. Blood Incantation - "Hidden History of the Human Race"
7. Cerebral Rot - "Odious Descent Into Decay"
8. Angel Witch - "Angel of Light"
9. Nile - "Vile Nilotic Rites"
10. Exoto - "Absolution in Death"

Honorable mention:
11. Entrails - "Rise of the Reaper"

Really sad that I'm the only one who voted for the new Fleshcrawl...just like last year when I was the only one who voted for the latest Unleashed! But oh well, that's life...
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:49 pm 

Quite surprised that Funereal Presence has surpassed Mgla.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:50 pm 

Opus wrote:
BastardHead wrote:
You guys are fuckin' eagle eyes for spotting those mistakes so quickly. Fixed!

You misspelled Freternia (Fraternia). :p

The best part of being a forum mod now is that you guys can't see how many times I've had to edit the OP at this point, because holy fuck so many more errors than usual slipped by!

I used to be so paranoid that I'd fuck something up that I'd type everything by hand, and that's why the post used to take 7 hours instead of 2. This year I copypasted nearly everything and yet I made way more errors in the first stage than usual!
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1. Lord Dying - Mysterium Tremendum (Rando? The hell is wrong with you people?)
2. Liturgy - H.A.Q.Q. (19)
3. Blood Incantation - Hidden History of the Human Race (1)
4. Chevalier - Destiny Calls (18)
5. Crypt Sermon - The Ruins of Fading Light (7)
6. Gruzja - Jeszcze nie mamy na was pomysłu (206 wtf?)
7. Witch Vomit - Buried Deep in a Bottomless Grave (196 Again, wtf?)
8. Blut aus Nord - Hallucinogen (11)
9. Spirit Adrift - Divided by Darkness (48)
10. Gaahls Wyrd - GastiR - Ghosts Invited (141)

I'm perfectly happy with Blood Incantation getting the first spot. In fact nothing in the top 10 besides Idle Hands really offends me. It's a travesty though that Lord Dying ended up in the rando corner.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:59 pm 

Razakel wrote:
But then seeing Liturgy make the top 20 and beating tons of great black metal releases kinda makes me want to throw up on my keyboard and leave this site forever lol. What is wrong with people.

It's a whole lot better than that Obsequiae, I'll tell you what. :)

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1. Cult of Luna - A Dawn to Fear
2. Autumn - Stacking Smoke
3. Blood Incantation - Hidden History of the Human Race
4. Wagner Ödegård - Om undergång och de tretton järtekn
5. Schammasch - Hearts of No Light
6. Mgła - Age of Excuse
7. Misþyrming - Algleymi
8. Esoteric - A Pyrrhic Existence
9. Insomnium - Heart like a Grave
10. Obsequiae - The Palms of Sorrowed Kings

Debut of the year: Blue Hummingbird on the Left - Atl Tlachinolli (might've substituted with either the new Trepas or Drave but I heard the first one far too late, and Drave released their EP on the 31st...)

Very happy that Cult of Luna managed to make it into the top 10, and that Autumn didn't get shunted off to the rando corner (which I was definitely expecting). Blood Incantation and Obsequiae were always going to be shoo-ins for top 10, but pleased they made it nonetheless. I'm a little surprised that Misþyrming ended up placing above Obsequiae, though, considering Algleymi is a pretty by-the-books, if very well composed BM album. But overall, great list!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:03 pm 

My list:

1. Swallow the Sun - When a Shadow is Forced into the Light
2. Batushka - Panihida
3. Alcest - Spiritual Instinct
4. Opeth - In Cauda Venenum
5. Idle Hands - Mana
6. Blood Incantation - Hidden History of the Human Race
7. Mayhem - Daemon
8. Candlemass - The Door to Doom
9. Abbath - Outstrider
10. Borknagar - True North

Only two of my choices were in the top 10, and my number 1 was just out of the top 20. I thought there’d be a closer gap between Blood Incantation and Idle Hands on the final list, as well.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:05 pm 

My debut of the year is "Blakylle - Wo uralte Wasser fließen", not "Passer"

Anyway. The only thing I'm disappointed about is the fact Vargsheim is a rando, the other 5 picks that ended up in that category I fully expected.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:06 pm 

I was late again this year but here’s my list regardless.

Atlantean Kodex-The Course of Empires
Molten Chains-In the Antechamber Below
Arch/Matheos-Winter Ethereal
Mirror-Pyramid of Terror
Idle Hands-Mana
By Fire & Sword-Freedom Will Flood All Things With Light
Crestfallen Queen-Queen of Swords
Fil De Ferro-Wolfblood
Sanhedrin-The Poisoner
Chevalier-Destiny Calls

Biggest Dissapointment:Slough Feg-New Organon

Hopefully next year I remember to make my list in time.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:12 pm 

Razakel wrote:
But then seeing Liturgy make the top 20 and beating tons of great black metal releases kinda makes me want to throw up on my keyboard and leave this site forever lol. What is wrong with people.

It was my #3 on my list. I don't compare it to black metal, and frankly see it as borderline metal. Just really good music, something different. Made me turn my head the first listen and be like "hm, never heard that shit before". Then listened to it more and more and it really started clicking.

Nevertheless, the frontman is batshit crazy and a little... eccentric? If that's the right word?


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:16 pm 

Here's my list, with a blurb for each album (spoilered because it's kinda long):

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Honorable Mention: Cénotaphe - Empyrée (127)
I feel I would be remiss not to mention #11 on my list, since my rankings for this album and for the bottom three of my top 10 list are packed tighter than a can of sardines. Anyway, this EP had some fantastic moments, mainly on tracks 2 and 3, that brought to mind last year's Horizons EP (which made it to my #5 spot last year, and which I may even rank slightly higher now than I did then). However, the B-side dragged it down somewhat. Not that the B-side is bad or even mediocre by any remote stretch of the imagination, but it just pulls this EP out of the upper echelon of 2019 metal releases.

10. Chainbreaker - Lethal Desire (Rando)
This album is pure, stupid fun. It may be derivative, the lyrics may not exactly be poetic, but the catchy riffs managed to carry this thing to the #10 spot. I've grown to have a soft spot for black/thrash in the recent couple of years, and I think this album scratches that itch more than anything else I heard this year.

9. Traveler - Traveler (6)
Traveler really embody that sort of joyous NWOBHM feel in a way that's hard to resist. The opening song is the real highlight, a scorching, emotive song with epic leads. I don't know if they added a new solo to that song or something--I'm gonna need to listen to their demo again to compare--because it seems like that song is even more amazing than I remember it being on that demo.

8. Nordjevel - Necrogenesis (172)
On their sophomore LP, Nordjevel seem to have moved away from the slower, epic melodies that anchored songs like "Djevel i nord", instead leaning fully into the style of their faster songs. I found their more melodic moments to be the highlights of their earlier material, but fortunately, their songwriting on the faster material has become more refined and skillful with this record to compensate. The complex and inventive drumming certainly helps as well.

7. Vimur - Triumphant Master of Fates (Rando)
This is a dark and introspective album with sophisticated riffing. The sixth song, the slow and brooding "Our Dearest Hopes Lie Buried Here", at first seemed a little too plodding, but its somber riffs eventually won me over. I still think the final track is a bit weaker and more aimless than the other songs, but on the whole this was a great record.

6. Deus Mortem - Kosmocide (Rando)
Merging a classic second-wave style with dashes of more modern melody and dissonance, Kosmocide is the perfect example of why the characteristic Terratur Possessions sound is so infectious. The first track on this still sort of goes in one ear and out the other, but once we get to the no-nonsense brutality of "The Soul of the Worlds", it's clear this band means business. Kosmocide doesn't have any super euphoric moments, but it just maintains a high level of quality from the second track to the end.

5. Véhémence - Par le sang versé (20)
Véhémence have delivered some great, epic, and emotional melodic black metal with this record. The songs are long, but there are plenty of little nuggets to uncover and look forward to with each listen. There are a few euphoric moments that bring parts of the record up into the really high end of my rating scale (which served to pull this album into the upper half of this list) such as the medieval-sounding break halfway through the final track.

4. False - Portent (187)
False may not have a full-blown symphony behind them, just the standard metal instruments + a keyboard, but they manage to sound much more "symphonic" than most symphonic metal I've heard. Each of the three main songs on this is a gushing opus of complex, constantly-evolving riffing, repeated and echoed musical themes, and an irresistible "dark fantasy world" feel. This band tells a story with music in a brilliant way. I am a big fan of the vocals as well, as Rachel always sounds more expressive than the vast majority of black metal vocalists I've heard, and the timbre of the vocals also sounds perfect for this style of metal. This album is really great and honestly in an almost dead tie with my #3.

3. Fuming Mouth - The Grand Descent (also debut of the year) (Rando)
As far as the whole "Entombed-core" sound goes, it's hard to think of an album that is more inventive and dexterous than this one in its riffing. This album is brutal for sure, but it doesn't get boring or get weighed down with filler like too many albums in this style do. The production is also sufficiently loud and angry, which is also crucial for this style to work. It may not be as good as the first two NAILS albums, but The Grand Descent is probably my third-favorite full-length Entombed-core album.

2. Undeath - Sentient Autolysis (Rando)
Now we're really in the big leagues. The reason why Obituary's Slowly We Rot (one of my favorites from the OG death metal records) worked so well was that the songs developed in a kind of dreamlike way. There were no "stock riffs" on that album. Every song just kind of organically flowed from riff to riff in a way that was chaotic and formless, but still "worked." True, most death metal bands eschew the standard verse-chorus form of song structure that dominates pop music, but the songs still develop in pretty predictable ways most of the time. On the other hand, some bands really do sound random, but in a way that makes their music go in one ear and out the other. The fact that Slowly We Rot's songwriting style feels like it has some kind of "internal logic" to it in a way that's hard to put one's finger on is what keeps it in the sweet spot between both camps. Sentient Autolysis freaking nails that style of songwriting, maybe even a bit better than Obituary did. Undeath's first demo was good in its own right, but this second demo absolutely crushes it. Every minute of this is so mesmerizing, and this has a shot at being an all-time classic for me.

1. Blood Incantation - Hidden History of the Human Race (1)
After seeing them play most of this live, I was very confident this was going to be my AOTY. Listening to the album in full confirmed my hunch. Sure, there are other bands mimicking Timeghoul, but Blood Incantation are probably the closest to that distinctive sound that I've heard, even though they still put their own spin on it. This band is every bit as good as it's hyped up to be.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:20 pm 

I'm happy to see my #1 pick ( Kryptos - Afterburner ) make it so high on a list with over 200 individual bands.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:39 pm 

Wow, you guys. You never cease to amaze. And a hearty :headbang: to BH for running this thing again. My list:

1) Ancient Bards - Origine (38th, and I'd like to shake the hand of the other person who voted for 1st place.)
2) Malevolent Creation - The 13th Beast (rando. Really? Just me?)
3) Hate - Auric Gates of Veles (169th)
4) Nordjevel - Necrogenesis (172nd)
5) Overkill - The Wings of War (129th)
6) Bloodred Hourglass - Godsend (rando. I didn't really expect to see more than just my vote...)
7) Ragnarok - Non Debellicata (rando)
8) Avslut - Tyranni (117th. Very surprising this was so low.)
9) Bleak Flesh - ...and Save Us from Silence (rando)
10) Control the Storm - Forevermore (210th)

Debut: Critical Defiance - Misconception

Honorable mentions that I couldn't vote for only because I had to stick to 10:

11) Sinners Bleed - Absolution
12) Xaon - Solipsis
13) Blood Stain Child - Amateras
14) Desecravity - Anathema
15) Carnal Forge - Gun to Mouth Salvation
16) Downcross - What Light Covers Not
17) Insomnium - Heart Like a Grave
18) Inferi - The End of an Era | Rebirth
19) Wormwitch - Heaven that Dwells Within
20) Cloak - The Burning Dawn

I really really wanted my 17-20 to make the top 10, but I just couldn't do it. Nice to see them all up there though.

Special congrats to Blood Incantation for tying Vektor, in my mind, with the exalted "What The Holy Fuck Are Y'all Listening To?" GTog award, given to the most inexplicably popular mediocre album of the year.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:44 pm 

GTog wrote:
Special congrats to Blood Incantation for tying Vektor, in my mind, with the exalted "What The Holy Fuck Are Y'all Listening To?" GTog award, given to the most inexplicably popular mediocre album of the year.

I don't think I've ever explicitly looked for what the worst or most overrated album in the rankings is. Scrolling down through the list, the first album I see that I listened to and would say is outright not good is Kryptos - Afterburner.

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