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BastardHead
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 8:46 am 
 

Fellas. Ladies. Enbies. Y'all're fuckin' wild.

Welcome back once again to the year-end event where we throw down to decide the best albums of the year! We have once again continued the upwards trajectory we've been on since the start, breaking both the voting records for the fifth consecutive year. This year we had 225 total eligible ballots cast for 770 individual albums! This is the most amount of ballots we've ever gotten, and the most individual albums voted for in a year end poll (the mid year polls tend to wipe the floor with those numbers simply due to having much wider fields of eligibility). You guys came to play, and I'll save my rambling bullshit for the end because I know what you're here for. This is!

ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2021

***DISCLAIMER*** As of right now, I'm only putting the vote placements for the top ten and will edit the rest in later. This is purely being done to save time because I've already kept the results from you guys a day longer than I'd prefer and I'd rather not spend hours and hours inputting like twelve thousand dashes and zeroes and equal signs right now. I will come back and get it all added as usual within a day or two (unless literally nobody cares) and you have my Scout's Honor that everything will be placed correctly and accurately, but the actual proof is just gonna have to wait. This is just a side effect of the polls getting so damn popular and me foolishly trying to continue running it all myself. In fact, I don't know why I never thought to do this before but here is the read-only link to the whole damn spreadsheet itself. Have at it!


  1. The Ruins Of Beverast - The Thule Grimoires: 8-3-6-3-4-1-0-0-0-3 = 416pts
  2. Spectral Wound - A Diabolic Thirst: 7-2-3-1-3-6-3-4-3-4 = 390pts
  3. Iron Maiden - Senjutsu: 10-3-2-2-1-0-2-0-2-4 = 388pts
  4. Stormkeep - Tales of Othertime: 3-7-2-1-4-3-2-3-2-1 = 336pts
  5. Hooded Menace - The Tritonous Bell: 4-2-4-4-3-3-3-2-1-4 = 330pts
  6. Carcass - Torn Arteries: 4-4-3-0-4-3-4-1-2-2 = 315pts
  7. Helloween - Helloween: 4-2-4-3-1-2-3-4-2-6 = 302pts
  8. Archspire - Bleed the Future: 5-4-2-2-1-0-2-1-2-3 = 284pts
  9. Pharaoh - The Powers That Be: 5-2-1-1-4-2-1-4-3-0 = 272pts
  10. Suffering Hour - The Cyclic Reckoning: 4-0-5-3-1-1-1-1-1-2 = 243pts
  11. Craven Idol - Forked Tongues: 223pts
  12. Worm - Foreverglade: 221pts
  13. Unto Others - Strength: 219pts
  14. Tribulation - Where the Gloom Becomes Sound: 218pts
  15. 1914 - Where Fear and Weapons Meet: 215pts
  16. Ad Nauseam - Imperative Imperceptible Impulse: 209pts
  17. Mare Cognitum - Solar Paroxysm: 195pts
  18. Steel Bearing Hand - Slay in Hell: 194pts
  19. Enforced - Kill Grid: 192pts
  20. Cannibal Corpse - Violence Unimagined: 190pts
  21. Ethereal Shroud - Trisagion: 182pts
  22. Thy Catafalque - Vadak: 181pts
  23. Panopticon - ...and Again into the Light: 181pts
  24. Herzel - Le Dernier Rempart: 176pts
  25. Demoniac - So It Goes: 170pts
  26. Iotunn - Access All Worlds: 162pts
  27. Këkht Aräkh - Pale Swordsman: 162pts
  28. Darkthrone - Eternal Hails.....: 153pts
  29. Nekromantheon – The Visions of Trismegistos: 146pts
  30. Wolves in the Throne Room - Primordial Arcana: 145pts
  31. Tower - Shock to the System: 131pts
  32. Dordedah - Har: 130pts
  33. Be'lakor - Coherence: 124pts
  34. Stargazer - Psychic Secretions: 122pts
  35. Antediluvian - The Divine Punishment: 121pts
  36. Mastodon - Hushed and Grim: 119pts
  37. Trivium - In the Court of the Dragon: 119pts
  38. Mortiferum - Preserved in Torment: 116pts
  39. Fluisteraars - Gegrepen Door de Geest der Zielsontluiking: 116pts
  40. Bewitcher - Cursed Be Thy Kingdom: 114pts
  41. Cradle of Filth - Existence is Futile: 112pts
  42. Obscura - A Valediction: 98pts
  43. Funeral Mist - Deiform: 94pts
  44. Cryptosis - Bionic Swarm: 94pts
  45. Kenn Nardi - Trauma: 93pts
  46. Mystic Storm - From the Ancient Chaos: 91pts
  47. Exodus - Persona Non Grata: 89pts
  48. First Fragment - Gloire Éternelle: 85pts
  49. Malignant Altar - Realms of Exquisite Morbidity: 84pts
  50. Morgul Blade - Fell Sorcery Abounds: 84pts
  51. Proscriptor McGovern's Apsû - Proscriptor McGovern's Apsû: 82pts
  52. Kauan - Ice Fleet: 82pts
  53. Evergrey - Escape of the Phoenix: 82pts
  54. Mefitis - Offscourings: 81pts
  55. Skepticism - Companion: 80pts
  56. Asphyx - Necroceros: 79pts
  57. Black Soul Horde – Horrors From The Void: 77pts
  58. Wheel - Preserved in Time: 77pts
  59. Dream Unending - Tide Turns Eternal: 77pts
  60. Heavy Sentence - Bang to Rights: 76pts
  61. Archgoat - Worship The Eternal Darkness: 76pts
  62. Der Weg Einer Freiheit - Noktvrn: 74pts
  63. Eternity's End - Embers of War: 73pts
  64. Frozen Soul - Crypt of Ice: 72pts
  65. Voices - Breaking the Trauma Bond: 71pts
  66. Gojira - Fortitude: 71pts
  67. Blazon Stone - Damnation: 69pts
  68. Kanonenfieber - Menschenmühle: 68pts
  69. Mystras - Empires Vanquished and Dismantled: 67pts
  70. Silver Talon - Decadence & Decay: 67pts
  71. Diskord - Degenrations: 66pts
  72. Crystal Viper - The Cult: 65pts
  73. Alda - A Distant Fire: 65pts
  74. Ningen-Isu – Kuraku: 64pts
  75. Epica - Omega: 64pts
  76. Atvm - Famine, Putrid and Fucking Endless: 63pts
  77. Thulcandra - A Dying Wish: 63pts
  78. Dvne - Etemen Ænka: 62pts
  79. Dream Theater - A View from the Top of the World: 61pts
  80. Seth - La morsure du Christ: 61pts
  81. Djevel - Tanker som rir natten: 60pts
  82. Crypta - Echoes of the Soul: 59pts
  83. Cynic - Ascension Codes: 59pts
  84. Ænigmatum - Deconsecrate: 59pts
  85. Paranorm - Empyrean: 59pts
  86. Harakiri For The Sky - Mære: 57pts
  87. Seven Sisters - Shadow of a Fallen Star, Pt. 1: 55pts
  88. Ungfell - Es Grauet: 55pts
  89. Demiser - Through the Gate Eternal: 55pts
  90. Duskmourn - Fallen Kings and Broken Crowns: 55pts
  91. Swallow the Sun - Moonflowers: 55pts
  92. Ophidian I - Desolate: 54pts
  93. Spectral Lore - Ετερόφωτος: 54pts
  94. Orden Ogan – Final Days: 53pts
  95. Rage - Resurrection Day: 53pts
  96. At the Gates - The Nightmare of Being: 52pts
  97. Qrixkuor - Poison Palinopsia: 52pts
  98. King Woman - Celestial Blues: 52pts
  99. Tales of Medusa - Antiquity: 52pts
  100. Рожь - Вечное: 51pts
  101. Veilburner - Lurkers in the Capsule of Skull: 51pts
  102. Empyrium - Über den Sternen: 51pts
  103. Concrete Winds - Nerve Butcherer: 51pts
  104. Rivers of Nihil - The Work: 51pts
  105. Plebeian Grandstand - Rien ne suffit: 50pts
  106. Haunt - Beautiful Distraction: 50pts
  107. Seven Spires - Gods of Debauchery: 49pts
  108. Khemmis - Deceiver: 49pts
  109. Inferno - Paradeigma: 49pts
  110. Beast in Black - Dark Connection: 48pts
  111. Deafheaven - Infinite Granite: 48pts
  112. Hanging Garden - Skeleton Lake: 48pts
  113. Portrait - At One with None: 48pts
  114. Leprous - Aphelion: 48pts
  115. Forhist - Forhist: 48pts
  116. Blaze Bayley - War Within Me: 48pts
  117. Vreid - Wild North West: 47pts
  118. Akhenaten - The Emerald Tablets Of Thoth: 47pts
  119. Stortregn - Impermanence: 47pts
  120. Aquilus - Bellum I: 47pts
  121. Grave Miasma - Abyss of Wrathful Deities: 46pts
  122. Yoth Iria - As the Flame Withers: 46pts
  123. Tyrannic - Mortuus Decadence: 45pts
  124. Dungeon Serpent - World of Sorrows: 45pts
  125. Bonehunter - Dark Blood Reincarnation System: 45pts
  126. Phrenelith - Chimaera: 45pts
  127. Ferriterium - Calvaire: 44pts
  128. Belore - Artefacts: 43pts
  129. Seputus - Phantom Indigo: 43pts
  130. Unanimated - Victory in Blood: 43pts
  131. The Night Flight Orchestra - Aeromantic II: 43pts
  132. Flotsam and Jetsam - Blood in the Water: 43pts
  133. Caverne - La fin de tous les chants: 43pts
  134. Aorlhac - Pierres brûlées: 42pts
  135. Cerebral Rot - Excretion of Mortality: 42pts
  136. Lantlos - Wildhund: 42pts
  137. Sanguisugabogg - Tortured Whole: 41pts
  138. Crescent - Carving the Fires of Akhet: 41pts
  139. Dold Vorde Ens Navn - Mørkere: 41pts
  140. Tardigrada - Vom Bruch bis zur Freiheit: 41pts
  141. Impaled Nazarene - Eight Headed Serpent: 41pts
  142. Labyrinth - Welcome to the Absurd Circus: 40pts
  143. Cult of Eibon - Black Flame Dominion: 40pts
  144. Alustrium - A Monument to Silence: 39pts
  145. Antichrist Siege Machine - Purifying Blade: 39pts
  146. Cân Bardd - Devoured by the Oak: 39pts
  147. Esoctrilihum - Dy'th Requiem for the Serpent Telepath: 38pts
  148. Aeon - God Ends Here: 38pts
  149. Peste Noire - Le retour des pastoureaux: 38pts
  150. Diablo Swing Orchestra - Swagger & Stroll Down the Rabbit Hole: 37pts
  151. Kayo Dot - Moss Grew on the Swords and Plowshares Alike: 37pts
  152. Iskandr - Vergezicht: 37pts
  153. Eyehategod - A History of Nomadic Behavior: 37pts
  154. Year of No Light - Consolamentum: 37pts
  155. Gloosh - Sylvan Coven: 37pts
  156. Whoredom Rife - Winds of Wrath: 37pts
  157. Chainsword - Blightmarch: 36pts
  158. Havukruunu- Kuu Erkylän Yllä: 36pts
  159. Therion - Leviathan: 36pts
  160. The Night Eternal - Moonlit Cross: 36pts
  161. Necromantia - To the Depths We Descend...: 35pts
  162. Omnium Gatherum - Origin: 34pts
  163. The Crown - Royal Destroyer: 34pts
  164. Lamp of Murmuur - Submission and Slavery: 34pts
  165. Koldovstvo - Ни царя, ни бога: 34pts
  166. Dream Troll - Realm of the Tormentor: 34pts
  167. Oxygen Destroyer - Sinister Monstrosities yadda yadda: 33pts
  168. Abysmal Grief - Funeral Cult of Personality: 33pts
  169. Force of Darkness - Twilight of Dark Illumination: 33pts
  170. Durbin - The Beast Awakens: 33pts
  171. Mental Cruelty - A Hill to Die Upon: 33pts
  172. Acid Age - Semper Pessimus: 33pts
  173. Wode - Burn in Many Mirrors: 33pts
  174. Witchseeker - Scene of the Wild: 33pts
  175. Anatomia - Corporeal Torment: 33pts
  176. Primeval Well - Talking in Tongues with Mountain Spirits: 33pts
  177. Dormant Ordeal - The Grand Scheme Of Things: 32pts
  178. Mānbryne - Heilsweg: O udręce ciała i tułaczce duszy: 32pts
  179. Accept - Too Mean to Die: 32pts
  180. Warrior Path - The Mad King: 32pts
  181. Dread Sovereign - Alchemical Warfare: 32pts
  182. Korpiklaani - Jylhä: 31pts
  183. Kvadrat - Ψυχική Αποσύνθεση
  184. Throne - Pestilent Dawn: 31pts
  185. Siderean - Lost on Void's Horizon: 31pts
  186. Coronary - Sinbad: 31pts
  187. Ergholae Somptator - Mille vertiges fondent sur les âmes vides: 30pts
  188. Fyrnask - VII: Kenoma: 30pts
  189. Circle of Ouroborus - Kiromantia: 30pts
  190. Monolord - Your Time to Shine: 30pts
  191. Grima - Rotting Garden: 30pts
  192. Full of Hell - Garden of Burning Apparitions: 29pts
  193. Malignament - Hypocrisis Absolution: 29pts
  194. In Mourning - The Bleeding Veil: 29pts
  195. Old Nick - A New Generation Of Vampiric Conspiracies: 29pts
  196. Inferi - Vile Genesis: 29pts
  197. Evil - Possessed by Evil: 29pts
  198. Insania - V (Praeparatus Supervivet): 28pts
  199. Morgal - Nightmare Realm: 28pts
  200. Cathartic Demise - In Absence: 28pts
  201. Nordjevel- Fenriir: 28pts
  202. Powerwolf - Call of the Wild: 28pts
  203. Aara - Triade I: Eos: 28pts
  204. Fortress - Don't Spare the Wicked: 28pts
  205. Aephanemer - A Dream of Wilderness: 27pts
  206. Auld Ridge - Consanguineous Tales of Bloodshed and Treachery: 27pts
  207. Stone Healer - Conquistador: 27pts
  208. The Temple - The Temple: 27pts
  209. Green Lung - Black Harvest: 27pts
  210. Victory Over The Sun - Nowherer: 27pts
  211. Klabautamann - Numbered: 27pts
  212. Ildaruni - Beyond Unseen Gateways: 27pts
  213. Spelljammer - Abyssal Trip: 27pts
  214. Gabestok - En gang rådden, altid rådden: 27pts
  215. Obsolete - Animate//Isolate: 26pts
  216. Ustalost - Before The Glinting Spell Unvests: 26pts
  217. Hypocrisy - Worship: 26pts
  218. Blood Red Throne - Imperial Congregation: 26pts
  219. Helleruin - War upon Man: 26pts
  220. Nunslaughter - Red is the Color of Ripping Death: 26pts
  221. Transilvania – Of Sleep and Death: 26pts
  222. Shores of Ladon - Witterung: 26pts
  223. Bhleg - Ödhin: 26pts
  224. Leiþa - Sisyphus: 25pts
  225. Bornholm – Apotheosis: 25pts
  226. Bloodbound - Creatures of the Dark Realm: 25pts
  227. Witherfall - Curse of Autumn: 25pts
  228. Reveal! - Doppelherz: 25pts
  229. Our Place of Worship Is Silence - Disavowed, and Left Hopeless: 25pts
  230. Portal - Avow: 25pts
  231. Sanctuaire - Spectre de mondes passés: 24pts
  232. Pestilence - Exitivm: 24pts
  233. Venefixion - A Sign from Below: 24pts
  234. Vulture - Dealin' Death: 24pts
  235. Reinforcer – Prince of the Tribes: 24pts
  236. Claymorean - Eulogy For the Gods: 24pts
  237. Hitten - Triumph & Tragedy: 24pts
  238. Significant Point – Into the Storm: 24pts
  239. Brainstorm - Wall of Skulls: 23pts
  240. The Body - I've Seen All I Need To See: 23pts
  241. Blackdeath - Also Sprach das Chaos: 23pts
  242. Volbeat - Servant Of The Mind: 22pts
  243. Todd La Torre - Rejoice in the Suffering: 22pts
  244. Spire - Temple Of Khronos: 22pts
  245. Alluvial - Sarcoma: 22pts
  246. Wormwood – Arkivet: 22pts
  247. Windfaerer - Breaths of Elder Dawns: 22pts
  248. Untamed Land - Like Creatures Seeking Their Own Forms: 22pts
  249. Memory Garden - 1349: 22pts
  250. Dr. Colossus- I'm A Stupid Moron...: 22pts
  251. Dodsrit - Mortal Coil: 22pts
  252. Baxaxaxa - Catacomb Cult: 22pts
  253. Eisenhand - Fires Within
  254. Midnight Odyssey - Biolume Part 2: The Golden Orb: 21pts
  255. 200 Stab Wounds - Slave to the Scalpel: 21pts
  256. Metalite - A Virtual World: 21pts
  257. Ossaert - Pelgrimsoord: 21pts
  258. Mork - Katedralen: 21pts
  259. Vvilderness - As Above, So Below: 21pts
  260. Gatecreeper - An Unexpected Reality: 21pts
  261. DSKNT - Vacuum y-Noise Transition: 21pts
  262. Varmia - Bal lada: 21pts
  263. Apostle of Solitude - Until the Darkness Goes: 21pts
  264. Decline of the I - Johannes: 20pts
  265. Thyrfing - Vanagandr: 20pts
  266. Baest - Necro Sapiens: 20pts
  267. Hate - Rugia: 20pts
  268. Artillery - X: 20pts
  269. Hyperdontia - Hideous Entity: 20pts
  270. Fear Factory - Aggression Continuum: 20pts
  271. Warmoon Lord - Battlespells: 20pts
  272. Rituals of the Dead Hand - With Hoof and Horn: 20pts
  273. Code - Flyblown Prince: 20pts
  274. Cauldron Born - Legacy of Atlantean Kings: 20pts
  275. Morning Dwell - The Power Will Go On: 19pts
  276. Cave of Swimmers - Aurora: 19pts
  277. Fetid Zombie - Transmutations: 19pts
  278. Zornheym - The Zornheim Sleep Experiment: 19pts
  279. Lucifer - Lucifer IV: 19pts
  280. Eclipse - Wired: 19pts
  281. Moonspell - Hermitage: 18pts
  282. Cathexis - Untethered Abyss: 18pts
  283. Mega Colossus - Riptime: 18pts
  284. Dauþuz - Vom schwarzen Schmied: 18pts
  285. Waldgeflüster - Dahoam: 18pts
  286. Nervosa - Perpetual Chaos: 18pts
  287. Count Raven - The Sixth Storm: 18pts
  288. Altarage - Succumb: 18pts
  289. Ghosts of Atlantis - 3/6/2/4: 18pts
  290. Paydretz - Chroniques de l’insurrection: 18pts
  291. Black Mass - Feast From The Forbidden Tree: 18pts
  292. Running Wild - Blood on Blood: 17pts
  293. Knife - Knife: 17pts
  294. Sielunvihollinen - Teloituskäsky: 17pts
  295. Nature Morte - Messe Basse: 16pts
  296. Lvcifyre - The Broken Seal: 16pts
  297. Häxkapell - Eldhymner: 16pts
  298. Misotheist - For the Glory of Your Redeemer: 16pts
  299. Diabolizer - Khalkedonian Death: 16pts
  300. Starlight Ritual - Sealed In Starlight: 16pts
  301. Bunker 66 - Beyond the Help of Prayers: 16pts
  302. Human Serpent - Heirlooms Eternal: 16pts
  303. Celestial Sanctuary - Soul Diminished: 16pts
  304. Rapture - Malevolent Demise Incarnation: 15pts
  305. The Silver - Ward of Roses: 15pts
  306. Rhapsody of Fire - Glory for Salvation: 15pts
  307. Lucifer's Hammer - The Trip: 14pts
  308. The Lion’s Daughter – Skin Show: 14pts
  309. Crypts of Despair - All Light Swallowed: 14pts
  310. Kjeld - Ôfstan: 14pts
  311. The Flight of Sleipnir - Eventide: 14pts
  312. Conjureth - Majestic Dissolve: 14pts
  313. Cross Vault - As Strangers We Depart: 14pts
  314. Passeisme - Eminence: 14pts
  315. Cadaveric Fumes - Echoing Chambers of Soul: 13pts
  316. Serpent Column - Katartisis: 13pts
  317. Lovebites - Glory, Glory To The World: 13pts
  318. Stam1na - Novus Ordo Mundi: 13pts
  319. Alchemy of Flesh - Ageless Abominations: 13pts
  320. Project: Roenwolfe - Edge of Saturn: 13pts
  321. Funeral Chant - Dawn of Annihilation: 12pts
  322. Graveland - Hour of Ragnarok: 12pts
  323. Reverorum Ib Malacht - Svag I Döden: 12pts
  324. Existance - Wolf Attack: 12pts
  325. The Lurking Fear - Death, Madness, Horror, Decay: 12pts
  326. Deathfucker - Firespawn: 12pts
  327. Evile - Hell Unleashed: 12pts
  328. Vile Haint - Ol Hatchie Haint: 12pts
  329. Lunar Shadow - Wish to Leave: 12pts
  330. Dornenreich - Du wilde Liebe sei: 12pts
  331. Doctor Smoke - Dreamers and the Dead: 12pts
  332. Replicant - Malignant Reality: 12pts
  333. Stress Angel - Bursting Church: 12pts
  334. Lordi - Abracadaver: 11pts
  335. Morbific - Ominous Seep Of Putridity: 11pts
  336. U.D.O - Game Over: 11pts
  337. Wraith - Undo the Chains: 11pts
  338. Aborted - Maniacult: 10pts
  339. Kör - The Horns of Ylmir: 10pts
  340. Sagenland - Oale Groond: 10pts
  341. Fuath - II: 10pts
  342. Sacred Oath - Return of the Dragon: 9pts
  343. Hannes Grossmann - To Where the Light Retreats: 9pts
  344. Møl – Diorama: 9pts
  345. Vallendusk - Heralds of Strife: 8pts
  346. Northtale - Eternal Flame: 8pts
  347. Clouds - Despartire: 8pts
  348. Hulder - Godslastering: Hymns of a Forlorn Peasantry: 8pts
  349. Imperialist - Zenith: 8pts
  350. Inhuman Condition - Rat°God: 8pts
  351. Wizardthrone – Hypercube Necrodimensions: 7pts
  352. Timo Tolkki's Avalon - The Enigma Birth: 6pts
  353. Alkonost - Vedomye Vetrom: 6pts
  354. Lynx - Watcher of Skies: 6pts
  355. Vertebra Atlantis - Lustral Purge in Cerulean Bliss: 5pts
  356. Wardrum - Mavericks: 5pts
  357. King of Asgard - Svartrviðr: 5pts
  358. Acid Mammoth - Caravan: 3pts
  359. Sijjin - Sumerian Promises: 3pts
  360. Ultra Raptor - Tyrants: 3pts
  361. Paladine - Entering The Abyss: 3pts
  362. Sarke - Allsighr: 3pts
  363. KK's Priest - Sermons of the Sinner: 3pts
  364. Paradox - Heresy II: End of a Legend: 3pts
  365. Wormwitch - Wolf Hex: 2pts
  366. Helslave - From The Sulphur Depths: 2pts

Wew fuckin' lad. Three hundred and sixty god damned four non-randos have been tallied and we have our definitive winner. The Ruins of Beverast has taken home the title in 2021 with their/his sixth full length, The Thule Grimoires. We didn't break a total points record for the winner this year (gonna be real tough to top Ulcerate's 526 last year) but we do have the highest overall point total for the top ten as a whole by a galactic longshot. Typically breaking 300 points nearly guarantees you a spot in the top two or three, but this year the top seven all broke that milestone, and you've gotta go down to #17 to get below 200. Part of this is simply because there were more ballots than ever this year, but I find TRoB's win all the more impressive because this means the field was really fuckin' tight this year, so whoever wound up winning was going to have to earn it via sheer teeth grinding attrition instead of the blowout victory we sometimes have. Meilenwald's cult black metal institution pulled it out over some incredibly stiff competition (and I believe the most diverse top ten yet) and I'm proud to give Beverast a sincere Congratulations on winning MA AOTY 2021!

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:

RANDO CORNER
Spoiler: show
1st place: 25pts
Ancient Wisdom - A Celebration in Honor of Death
Bizarrekult - Vi Overlevde
Black Sheep Wall - Songs for the Enamel Queen
Caedes Cruenta - Of Ritual Necrophagia and Mysterious Ghoul Cults
Cirith Ungol - Half Past Human
Crystal Throne - Crystal Throne
Decrepisy - Emetic Communion
Dying Wish - Fragments of a Dying Memory
Embrace of Souls - The Number of Destiny
Ezra Brooks/Serpent Rider - Visions of Esoteric Splendor
Feuerschwanz - Memento Mori
Grand Cadaver - Into the Maw of Death
Grey Aura - Swart Vierkant
Grole - With A Pike Upon My Shoulder
Metal Guard Pacifica - The Crying Game
Pure – Seeds of Despair
Signum Draconis - The Divine Comedy:Inferno
Starer - 18° Below the Horizon
Tassi | 水树-Northland I • II
Tattva - Nirjara
Terra Odium - Ne Plus Ultra
The Slow Death - Siege
Ulvegr - Isbold
Unto Others - I Believe in Halloween
Vetrar Draugurinn - The Night Sky

2nd place: 18pts
Aeon Zen - Transversal
Arde - Ancestral Cult
Arkhé-Dépression
Caliban – Zeitgeister
Carmeria - Advenae
Conviction - Conviction
Crawl Below - 9 Mile Square
Felled – The Intimate Earth
Fulci - Exhumed Information
Gärgäntuäh - Urmystyk
Gargoyle - Hail To the Necrodoom
Gorgon - Traditio Satanae
Gosudar - Morbid Despotic Ritual
Hanternoz - Au fleuve de Loire
Horns of Domination - Where Voices Leave No Echo
Insomnium - Argent Moon
Ironbound - The Lightbringer
Jute Gyte - Mitrealität
Livløs - And Then There Were None
Lycopolis - The Procession
Maquahuitl - Con su pistola en la mano
Marius Danielson's Legend of Valley Doom - Legend of Valley Doom Pt.3
Mentalist - A Journey into the Unknown
Naurrakar – Uranfaust
Oppressive Descent - Astral Projections from Beyond the Grave
Phantom Elite - Titanium
Primitai - Violence of the Skies
Primordial Ooze - Parasitic Intoxicant
Regnans - Serpent Sheds Its Skin
Ruadh - Eternal
Sadness - Rain Chamber
Skyeye - Soldiers of Light
Snailmageddon - Swansong for a Snail
Stíny Plamenů: Jediný poskrvrněný přítok
Violet Cold - Empire of Love
Withered - Verloren

3rd place: 15pts
Body Void - Bury Me Beneath This Rotting Earth
Chest Rockwell - The Existentialist
Death Has Spoken - Call of the Abyss
Defacement - Defacement
Déhà-A Fleur de Peau - IV - No More Dawn
Desaster - Churches Without Saint
Dipygus - Bushmeat
Dodskold - Ödesriket
Fearancy - Dæmonium
Galneryus - Union Gives Strength
Helwetti – Helwetti
House By the Cemetery - Rise of the Rotten
Issolei - Cilicium
Kły - Chen
Korpse- Insufferable Violence
Krossfyre - Rites of Extermination
Lady Beast - Omens
Maléfice: Le dernier drapeau
Malum - Devil's Creation
Marco Garau's Magic Opera - The Golden Pentacle
Midnight Spell - Sky Destroyer
Mournful Winter - Mother's Demise
Nak'ay - Closed Doors, Open Veins
Noctule - Wretched Abyss
Old Nick - Iam Vampire Castle
Olhava - Frozen Bloom
Oryx - Lamenting a Dead World
P.H.O.B.O.S. - Bleaker Beater
Rothadás - Kopár hant​.​.​. az alvilág felé
Sepulcros - Vazio
Skratte – Akt 1 – Ein Feuer entfacht
Sunnata - Burning in Heaven, Melting on Earth
Teramaze - And the Beauty They Perceive
Trhä - endlhëtonëg
Trollfest - Happy Heroes
Tyrann - Djavulens musik
Woman is the Earth - Dust of Forever

4th place: 12pts
Agent Steel - No Other Godz Before Me
Black Sites - Untrue
Bloodbeat - Process of Extinction
Carnal Offerings - From Visceral Plaguelands...
Choria - A Dismal Repertoire
Corpseater - The Stench of Mutilated Corpses
Corpus Diavolis - Apocatastase
Corr Mhóna - Abhainn
Darkwoods My Betrothed - Angel Of Carnage Unleashed
Dead and Dripping - Miasmic Eulogies Predicating an Eternal Nocturne
Demande A la poussière – Quietude Hostile
Dragony - Viribus Unitis
Ekulu - Unscrew My Head
Electric Crown - Prophecy of Doom
Eremit - Bearer Of Many Names
Fluids - Not Dark Yet
Genune - Inert & Unerring
Hamergilde - Wiking
If I Were the Devil - If I Were the Devil
Khandra - All Occupied By Sole Death
Kings Winter – Edge of Existence
Laparotomy - Ascendancy Through Hypnagogic Thought Process
Lordi - Superflytrap
Miasmata – Unlight : Songs of Earth and Atrophy
Mesarthim - Vacuum Solution
Nakhara - The Procession
Need - Norchestrion: A Song for the End
Night Crowned - Hädanfärd
Pan-Amerikan Native Front - Little Turtle's War
Pharmacist – Carnal Pollution
Prison Hell – The Dark Science
Revulsion - Revulsion
Skeletoon - The 1.21 Gigawatts Club
Solemn Echoes - Into the Depths of Sorrow
Solstice - Casting the Die
The Answer Lies in the Black Void - Forlorn
Thumos - Nothing Further Beyond
Thy Light - Thy Light
Vegard - Aeons Of Winter Eclipse
Vokonis - Odyssey
Wanton Attack - Wanton Attack
Yautja - The Lurch

5th place: 10pts
100 Years War - Stand Amongst the Fallen
Agrypnie – Metamorphosis
Apostasy - Death Return
Arion - Vultures Die Alone
Autumnfall - Ghosts of Light
Bohemyst - Čerň a Smrt
Daius - Ascuns
Demon King - The Final Tyranny
Domkraft - Seeds
Elegiac - Father of Death
Emptiness - Vide
Feldgrau - Demo
Firienholt - A Forgotten Legacy
Glyph - We are None of Us
Hämatom – Berlin (Ein akustischer Tanz auf dem Vulkan)
Hegemon - Sidereus Nuncius
Hollow - Tower
Lawrence Wallace - Journey Through Time
Lostregos - Onde Calan os Corazóns, Ruxen as Pedras
Medenera - Bronzo
Moon Coven - Slumber Wood
Moonworshipper - 13 Fullmoon Nights of Doubt
Noctambulist - Noctambulist I: Elegieën
Runespell - Verses in Regicide
Secret Sphere - Lifeblood
Space Chaser - Give us Life
Surturs Lohe - Wielandstahl
The Absence - Coffinized
Tom Gekas-Deliverance
Unleashed - No Sign Of Life
Volc Vermaledide - Nietig
Wharflurch - Psychedelic Realms ov Hell
Words of Farewell - Inner Universe II

6th place: 8pts
Æthĕrĭa Conscĭentĭa - Corrupted Pillars of Vanity
Anakim - The Elysian Void
Animal Man Machine – Until We See the Light
Antioch - Antioch V
Bloodshed Walhalla - Second Chapter
Bodom After Midnight - Paint the Sky with Blood
Cambion - Conflagrate the Celestial Refugium
Canvas Solaris - Chromosphere
Cruda Sorte - Fortgang in Terror
Dakhma - Blessings of Amurdad
Earthshine - My Bones Shall Rest Upon The Mountain
Fallensun - The Wake Of The Fall
Fractal Generator - Macrocosmos
Ghastly - Mercurial Passages
Gold Spire - Gold Spire
Hellsword - Cold is the Grave
Hesperia - Roma Vol. II
Hoofmark - Evil Blues
Impera - Spirit of Alchemy
Kal-El - Dark Majesty
Keys of Orthanc - Of the Lineage of Kings
Lavaborne - Black Winged Gods
Los Males del Mundo - Descent Towards Death
Massacre - Resurgence
Mechina - Siege
Mort Froide-Death in the Wasteland
Mourn The Light- Suffer, Then We're Gone
Odd Dimension - The Blue Dawn
Ravendust – The Gold of the Aura
Sapientia Diaboli - Black is the Messenger. Black is the Destiny.
Shadecrown - Solitarian
Sonic Haven - Vagabond
Spirit Adrift - Forge Your Future
Starforger - Wreath of Frost
Syning - Syning
This Ending - Needles of Rust
Thorium - Empires in the Sun
Thundering Hooves - Vestiges
Tombstoner - Victims of Vile Torture
Urdôl Ur - Seven Portals to the Arcane Realms
Wardruna - Kvitravn
Whitechapel - Kin
Winter Eternal - Land of Darkness

7th place: 6pts
Ad Infinitum - Chapter II: Legacy
Blinding Sun - The Magic Mountain
Cognizance - Upheaval
Dee Snider - Leave A Scar
Demonized Priest – Necromantic Rituals
Devin Townsend - Acoustically Inclined, Live In Leeds
Devoid of Thought - Outer World Graves
Drawn And Quartered - Congregation Pestilence
Elderwind - Fires
Elffor - Condemned to Wander
Goatchrist - Odes to the Radiant Ones
Gotmoor - Zonderlingen
Grabunhold - Heldentod
Gravesend - Methods For Human Disposal
Hellight – Until The Silence Embraces
Hope Drone - Husk
Iron Fate - Crimson Messiah
John The Baptist - John The Baptist
Kaevum - Fedrelandets Alter
Killing - Face the Madness
Knife – The Eye Of Infernal Wisdom
Küenring - Neon Nights
Les Chants de Nihil - Le tyran et l'esthète
Lucifer's Fall - III - From the Deep
Magna Mortalis - Procreation of the Plague
Marius Danielsen's Legend of Valley Doom - s/t pt 3
Mental Devastation - The Delusional Mystery of the Self Part I
Mossgiver - Lead by the Glowing River
Neurotech - Solace
Noltem - Illusions in the Wake
Oldskull- Nether Hollow Of No Return
Osiah - Loss
Outre-Tombe - Abysse Mortifère
Perennial Isolation - Portraits
Primalfrost - Lost Elegies
Profane Desecration - Abysmal Stillness
Profeci – Aporia
Redd Baron - Sands of Time
Sickle of Dust - Where the Sun Glare Danced
Sphere - π
Subterranean Masquerade - Mountain Fever
Superstatic - Glimmering Veil
Temple of Dread - Hades Unleashed
Tentation - Le Berceau des Dieux
The Aggross - City Kids
The Agonist - Days Before The World Wept
The Plague - Within Death
Trance - Metal Forces
Ulver - Hexahedron
Vardok Nalt-Minner Dekket Av Tåke
Vexillum- When Good Men go to War
Волколак - Чёрная Моя

8th place: 4pts
Abigorum – Vergessene Stille
Abiotic - Ikigai
Autokrator - Persecution
Azazel - Aegrum Satanas Tecum
Balmog - Eve
Blazon Rite - Endless Halls of Golden Totem
Bongzilla - Weedsconsin
Carthage - Sicilian Wars
Einherjer - North Star
Enshine - Transcending Fire
Eternal Valley - Kingdom of Misery
Evil King - The Dark Age
Funeral Pile - Evoked in Flames
Funeral Winds: Gruzelementen
Funeralium - Decrepit
Graveyard Of Souls - Infinity Equal Zero
Hands of Despair - Crimson Boughs
Igric - Svet svetlom stvorený
In Crucem Agere - Calling the Void
Kaal Akuma - In the Mouth of Madness
Kły - Cienie
Knowledge Through Suffering - Concealment
Laceration - Demise
Liquid Tension Experiment – LTE3
Marianas Rest - Fata Morgana
Master Spy – The Train
Mavorim - Non Omnis Moria
Memoriam - To The End
Nemorous - Nemorous
Nocturnal Effigy - Gaze ov the Wampyr
Null - Hiraeth
Omination - NGR
Rascal-Headed Towards Destruction
Red Fang - Arrows
Scarred - Scarred
Sexmag - Sex Metal
Shade of Memories - Glaciers of Tomorrow
Sommo Inquisitore - Anno Mille
Spiritworld - Pagan Rhythms
Stagwounder - The Shrouded Muse of the World's Lament
Summoning The Lich - United In Chaos
Thalarion - Dying on the Scorched Plains
Ulver - Scary Muzak
Wellborn Road - Resiliency
White Ward - Debemur Morti

9th place: 2pts
Alkerdeel - Slonk
An Autumn For Crippled Children-All Fell Silent, Everything Went Quiet
Ancient Mastery - Chapter One: Across the Mountains of the Drämmarskol
Anthropophagous - Death Fugue
Ascète - Calamite & les Calamités
Castle of the Winds - Until Segontium Burns
Crystal Coffin - The Starway Eternal
Cult of Occult - Ruin
Deviant Process - Nurture
Doedsvangr: Serpents ov Old
Drakon Ho Megas - Drakon Ho Megas
Fimir - Tomb of God
Fragments of Lost Memories - Where the Soul Goes
Frozen Crown - Winterbane
Gallows - 66 Black Wings
Gautama Buddha - Purvajanam Part 1
Hån - Breathing the Void
Hellrock - This Is Metal
In Vain - All Hope is Gone
Labored Breath - Dyspnea
Mulla - Don't cry my Africa
Odal - Welten Mutter
Pantokrator - Marching Out of Babylon
Rübezahl - Remnants of Grief & Glory
RüYYn- RüYYn
Skorbvstr - Akkurat Min Kopp Te
Solemn Lament - Solemn Lament
Spider God - Skugglösa ljuset / Shadowless Light
Stabat Mater - Treason By Son Of Man
Swampbeast - Seven Evils Spawned of Seven Heads
Teramaze - Sorella Minore
Terrordome - Straight Outta Smogtown
Thronehammer - Incantation Rites
Ulvik - Cascades
Universally Estranged - Reared Up in Spectral Predation
Unmother - Lay Down the Sun
Utburd – Story of Frozen Souls
Varhhorn - Varhhorn
Void Vator - Great Fear Rising
Warloghe - Three Angled Void
Zeegang-De poëzie van vallende sneeuw

10th place: 1pt
Acausal Intrusion - Nulitas
Ars Magna Umbrae - Throne Between Worlds
Asylum - Sharpen
Behemoth - Prometherion
Białywilk - Próżnia
Bihargam - Blood in the Temple
Blackwater Holylight - Silence/Motion
Caina - Take Me Away From All This Death
Carved in Wood-The Beautiful Chaos
Commander Agares: Legions of Descending Twilight
Cursed Past – Defiled Graves
Dark The Suns - Suru raivosi sydameni pimeydessa
Divide and Dissolve - Gas Lit
Divine Incarnation - Wrath
Eldritch - Eos
Ereb Altor - Eldens Boning
Fustilarian - All This Promiscuous Decadence
Gaahls Wyrd - The Humming Mountain
Grunt - Discipline
Haenesy - Garabontzia
Hexorcist - Evil Reaping Death
Hidden Intent - Dead End Destiny
Illudium - Ash of the Womb
Impure Wilhelmina - Antidote
Krallice - Demonic Wealth
Kranholm - A Wind in the Cold Night
Krigsgrav - The Sundering
Lock Up - The Dregs of Hades
Lugubrum - Bruyne Kroon
Melphomene - Shine
Moral Collapse - Moral Collapse
Nightfall - At Night We Prey
Nýr Gata – Luna Aeterna
Percival- Riders Of The Sun
Ringarë - Thrall of Winter's Majesty
Saille - V
Scald - Regius I
Servants to the Tide - Servants to the Tide
Silent Winter - Empire of Sins
Tales and Legends - Struggle of the Gods
Temperance - Diamanti
Tetrarch - Unstable
Thelemite - Thelemism
Times of Grace - Songs of Loss and Separation
Unendlich - Paradox of a Broken World
Vandor - On a Moonlit Night
Vukari - Omnes Nihil
Сергей Маврин - Иди и смотри


I've decided to end the Debut of the Year tally this year, and the fact that only one person in the other thread expressed mild disappointment and only two ballots included a vote for it out of habit, I feel like I made the right choice in just saving myself the work. If you want to give accolades anyway, feel free to give it to Stormkeep, whose debut, Tales of Othertime landed all the way up at #4.

BH's Final Thoughts
Without a doubt this was the most intense month of polling we've ever done, breaking records left and right. As a result I'm completely exhausted (even skipping most of the extraneous data I usually include this still wound up taking like three hours to type up) but beyond please with how the community once again pulled together for this. I usually take this time to note two observations that usually hold true, but I think neither of them really do this year. Firstly I usually note how genres are split, with black metal saturating the fuck out of rando corner while thrash and power metal have comparatively way fewer representatives but tend to place higher on the list. Well, three of the top four, including the winner, are all black metal this year, so even if rando corner is still loaded with obscure raw BM demos I really can't say that fans of the genre didn't have obvious favorites this year. Power metal also nearly managed to pull out a massive underdog victory, since Helloween's self titled was actually keeping the #1 spot warm for almost the entire month, only falling to #2 early in the last week and eventually getting surpassed by several more during The Push that always happens on the final day. My other usual talking point pertains to how legacy bands always do extremely well, to the point where I get personally annoyed with how often old bands seem to get cookies simply for still existing and not releasing Illud. While there's an element of that here as always (it's no secret that I think modern Iron Maiden is terrible) I don't think it's as prevalent as I sometimes feel it is. Sure, the top ten includes Iron Maiden, Carcass, and Helloween, three bands that easily fit my criticism, but the winner is fuckin' Ruins of Beverast. Sure it's a cult classic project and an MA darling but it's nowhere near the level of historical significance and widespread notoriety as the aforementioned three. Darkthrone and Cannibal Corpse both missed the top twenty while much newer and more niche bands like Stormkeep, Ad Nauseam, and Worm beat them without much of a sweat. I think it's safe to say that my ageist bullshit is just that: alarmist bullshit.

I also feel like this could potentially be a very controversial top ten. TRoB is an MA Pet Band so their win isn't necessarily surprising (Exuvium was #3 in 2017 so they have a history of performing well), but Spectral Wound pulled second place despite demolishing the vote total by a wide margin. Spectral Wound placed on 36 ballots while TRoB only placed on 27. Stormkeep, Hooded Menace, Carcass, and Helloween all had equal or more total votes than the winner, but fell short due to placement of the votes themselves, and Iron Maiden had more #1 votes than anybody else but landed #3 overall. But hey, that's why I do the grand prix thing! It's more impressive to be considered "The Best" than "one of the best" as far as I'm concerned. That balance of consistency and excellence is hard to nail and that's why winning isn't easy. And while they didn't win, I'm sure we're gonna keep seeing some Discourse about Iron Maiden's incredibly strong showing considering how many pages of the other thread were spent arguing about whether they were being propped up by oldnoobs with no interest in the present and future of metal or if they were being unfairly shunned by kids and snobs who can't appreciate some classic Heavy Fucking Metal without pretentious modern trappings. Either way, I foresee complaints and slapfights over this top ten more than any previous year, and honestly, I'm here for it! Discussion is good and that's why we do this, because we all love and are passionate about this music.

And lastly, the booby prizes! As always we have the Rando Calrissian Award for "highest placement with no first place votes", which this year goes to Këkht Aräkh - Pale Swordsman, likely the first time it has ever gone to a project I've literally never heard of before. I checked it out and I get the appeal, this type of super poetic/romantic/weepy black metal is pretty unique in the grand scheme of things so it's neat to see it do so well. There's also the Beltre Award for "hitting for the cycle", aka scoring at least one vote in all ten possible positions. This is much less impressive nowadays since we get more and more votes in total each year, but I'll keep tracking it and give special mentions to Spectral Wound, Stormkeep, Hooded Menace, Helloween, Worm, Steel Bearing Hand, and Thy Catafalque for all pulling it off this year. It's funny how this was a big deal after nobody managing the feat for the first three years, and now seven god damned albums pulled it off at once. Oh well, might have to stop keeping track of that one if it keeps trending this way.

Lastly, this means nothing, but at one point during the voting period the top four were Spectral Wound, Helloween, Iron Maiden, and The Ruins of Beverast. Part of me was really hoping that would hold just so the top four could be anagram'd as SHIT.


Thank you all so much for another phenomenal year! Let us now use this thread for discussion, list sharing, and calling me an asshole. This was a ton of fun as usual and I'm glad we pulled it together for the sixth year in a row, even if I did miss posting on the 1st for the first time.

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

HALL OF FAME
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2020
  1. Ulcerate - Stare Into Death and Be Still: 11-6-8-3-1-3-0-1-0-3 = 526pts
  2. Havukruunu - Uinuos syömein sota: 8-6-4-5-2-0-1-2-5-1 = 473pts
  3. Eternal Champion - Ravening Iron: 6-9-0-5-1-2-3-3-4-1 = 437pts
  4. Wytch Hazel - III: Pentecost: 6-5-2-5-3-1-0-3-0-1 = 381pts
  5. Oranssi Pazuzu - Mestarin Kynsi: 3-1-2-0-4-3-3-3-2-1 = 220pts
  6. Akhlys - Melinoë: 0-1-6-2-5-0-3-1-2-1 = 209pts
  7. Unleash the Archers - Abyss: 6-1-1-0-0-1-0-1-0-2 = 197pts
  8. Paradise Lost - Obsidian: 3-0-2-3-0-2-4-1-0-5 = 190pts
  9. Cirith Ungol – Forever Black: 2-1-2-2-3-1-1-2-1-2 = 178pts
  10. Vader - Solitude in Madness: 2-0-4-2-2-1-1-2-0-1 = 177pts


2019
  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


2018
  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


2017
  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


2016
  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: Sun Jan 02, 2022 8:51 am 
 

Fuck yeah. Thank you so much again BH. I definitely have some albums to catch up on now!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 8:55 am 
 

1 stormkeep tales of othertime 4
2 antediluvian the divine punishment 35
3 old nick a new generation of vampiric conspiracies 194
4 tales of medusa antiquity 99
5 funeral mist deiform 43
6 dream unending tide turns eternal 59
7 djevel tanker som rir natten 81
8 lvcifyre the broken seal 294
9 solemn lament solemn lament rando
10 forhist forhist 115

huge thanks as always for doing this, lad
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 8:58 am 
 

A huge thank you as ever for running these BH; always something to look forward to at the end of/the start of a year. :3

1. Plebeian Grandstand - Rien ne suffit (105th)
2. Seputus - Phantom Indigo (129th)
3. Antediluvian - The Divine Punishment (35th)
4. Suffering Hour - The Cyclic Reckoning (10th)
5. Spectral Wound - A Diabolic Thirst (2nd)
6. Full of Hell - Garden of Burning Apparitions (191th)
7. Portal - Avow (230th)
8. Ad Nauseam - Imperative Imperceptible Impulse (16th)
9. Antichrist Siege Machine - Purifying Blade (145th)
10. Ethereal Shroud - Trisagion (21st)
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11. Krallice - Demonic Wealth (Rando Corner, 10th Place)
12. Dodsrit - Mortal Coil (251st)
13. Lvcifyre - The Broken Seal (296th)
14. Nekromantheon - Visions of Trismegistos (29th)
15. Ustalost - Before the Glinting Spell Unvests (216th)
16. Succumb - XXI (N/A)
17. Lamp of Murmuur - Submission and Slavery (163rd)
18. Autokrator - Persecution (Rando Corner, 8th Place)
19. 200 Stab Wounds - Slave to the Scalpel (255th)
20. Hundred Headless Horsemen - Apokalepsia (N/A)
21. Nunslaughter - Red Is the Color of Ripping Death (220th)
22. Këkht Aräkh - Pale Swordsman (27th)
23. Archgoat - Worship the Eternal Darkness (61st)
24. Violet Cold - Empire of Love (Rando Corner, 2nd Place)
25. Worm - Foreverglade (12th)

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This was a stacked year for great metal in my view; and I know I still missed some other great stuff I overlooked in my rush to listen to everything I wanted to and get this list out, and it wasn't super easy cutting it down or ordering it. All of those honourable mentions beneath the main list are also great, so much so and my list feels incomplete without them.

Interesting to see what did really well and what didn't - I knew Worm, Ad Nauseam, Këkht Aräkh, and Ethereal Shroud were all receiving some hype (Worm in particular) but I didn't expect them to place that high; I would have figured they were more niche. Spectral Wound is another but I can also see their sound being more broadly appealing, though it coming in 2nd was still a bit of a shock. It's pretty much all things to all black metal fans though so, it is well-deserved. On the flipside, 229th for Portal is definitely not something I was expecting either - maybe the hype train has finally completely left for them, which is a shame as Avow, whilst not quite as good as Ion is still very strong material for them in my view. There were a few randos on the extended list - and even a couple no one voted for at all - but none on the main one, which I think is the first time that's been the case for one of my lists in a while. Half of my is outside of the top 100 but the other half is in the top 50, which is an interesting distribution of acclaim/hype/obscurity.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 9:02 am 
 

Thanks again for running this poll. This year I spread myself so thin trying to keep up with releases that even the albums that made the list were not given proper attention. Most I only listened to twice. It's a lesson for next year.

Have also been reconsidering my criteria which is a random blend of emotional impact, compositional achievement and variety. So some albums I choose because I recognise them as great, even if they're not my cup of tea. Here I'm likely to purchase only 4 from my top-ten and an equal amount from the contenders list.

  1. Iotunn - Access All Worlds : Thoroughly solid, epic and leaves you with a sense of surprise.
  2. Funeral Mist - Deiform : Achieves variety and uniqueness without losing the orthodox black feel.
  3. Tardigrada - Vom Bruch bis zur Freiheit : Warm-sounding yet intense and complicated black
  4. Seth - La morsure du Christ : A commanding example of French black metal
  5. Windfaerer - Breaths of Elder Dawns : Excellent melodies, atmospheric without sacrificing riffs
  6. Spectral Wound - A Diabolic Thirst : Unoriginal but first-class aggressive black with some beautiful soft passages.
  7. Cân Bardd - Devoured by the Oak : Gently epic, atmospheric black
  8. Aquilus - Bellum I : The classical elements feel authentic
  9. Kjeld - Ôfstân : Straight black with a touch of avant-garde to keep it interesting and crazy drumming
  10. Helloween - Helloween : Production softens it a little too much but just a great album.

A special mention for Demoniac's So It Goes which would have made it had I not treated it as 2020.

No randos for me. My average position (could consider this your elitism index!) was 112 (lowest being Kjeld at 308). Funeral Mist obviously placed lower by being released a week before Christmas, it's worth checking out. I'm surprised at Windfaerer being down at 246, I think it shows how albums can randomly receive excited talk or fly under the radar in different communities.

Other contenders in alphabetical order;

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here's my list

1. Ningen-Isu - 苦楽
2. Concrete Winds - Nerve Butcherer
3. Diskord - Degenerations
4. The Silver - Ward of Roses
5. 1914 - Where Fear and Weapons Meet
6. Tribulation - Where the Gloom Becomes Sound
7. Ænigmatum - Deconsecrate
8. Veilburner - Lurkers in the Capsule of Skull
9. StarGazer - Phychic Secretions
10. Hooded Menace - The Tritonus Bell

and some runners up in no particular order:

Portal - Avow
Demoniac - So It Goes
Intonate - Severed Within
Atvm - Famine, Putrid and Fucking Endless
Lvcifyre - The Broken Seal
Cicada the Burrower - Corpseflower
Ildaruni - Beyond Unseen Gateways

this was probably the hardest list to make yet, with a big bunch of great albums, and none that really stood out clearly above the rest. you could basically take those 17 albums and put them in any order and i'd be reasonably happy with it
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 9:06 am 
 

I don't even get the 0 and 1 so don't fret too much bout it. As usual, thanks for all the effort that went into this.

Not really into this year's top 10 though, I only enjoyed that Suffering Hour album and it was my top 10. At least Ad nauseam made it to the 16 position.

This should probably go in the "Give me your Unpopular Metal Opinion" thread but I think The Ruins Of Beverast are garbage and one of the most boring bands I've ever heard. I even skipped seeing them live at a festival once and went to eat hot dogs and sleep instead, that's how much they bore me. If this was any other band I probably wouldn't have said anything but I really fucking hate them and I will never understand the appeal.

This was my list:

01. Ad Nauseam - Imperative Imperceptible Impulse (16th)
02. Fyrnask - VII - Kenoma (187th)
03. Issolei - Cilicium (rando corner)
04. Ustalost - Before The Glinting Spell Unvests (215th)
05. Qrixkuor - Poison Palinopsia (97th)
06. Dakhma - Blessings of Amurdad rando corner)
07. Fluisteraars - Gegrepen Door de Geest der Zielsontluiking (39th)
08. Iskandr - Vergezicht (151th)
09. Concrete Winds - Nerve Butcherer (103th)
10. Suffering Hour - The Cyclic Reckoning (10th)

11. Antediluvian - The Divine Punishment (35th)
12. Sorguinazia - Negation of Delirium (didn't get a single vote)
13. Plebeian Grandstand - Rien ne suffit (105th)
14. DSKNT - Vacuum γ​-​Noise Transition (259th)
15. Succumb - XXI (didn't get a single vote)
16. Abstracter - Abominion (didn't get a single vote)
17. Altarage - Succumb (286th)
18. Balmog - Eve (rando corner)
19. Monte Penumbra - As Blades in the Firmament (didn't get a single vote)
20. Misotheist - For the Glory of Your Redeemer (296th)

21. Grave Miasma - Abyss of Wrathful Deities (121th)
22. Stargazer - Psychic Secretions (34th)
23. Nekromantheon - The Visions of Trismegistos (29th)
24. Ghastly - Mercurial Passages (rando corner)
25. Siderean - Lost on Void's Horizon (183th)
26. Seputus - Phantom Indigo (129th)
27. The Temple - The Temple (207th)
28. Reverorum ib Malacht - Svag i Döden
29. Alkerdeel - Slonk (321th)
30. Inferno - PARADEIGMA (Phosphenes of Aphotic Eternity) (109th)

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 9:11 am 
 

Thanks a lot for doing this. It's always fun to see this list.

Even if a 2021 Iron Maiden is voted 3rd overall
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 9:12 am 
 

As always, my full thoughts can be read on my blog via the link in my sig, but the short version is:

1: Bewitcher - Cursed Be Thy Kingdom (#40)
2: Spectral Wound - A Diabolic Thirst (#2)
3: Craven Idol - Forked Tongues (#11)
4: Tower - Shock to the System (#31)
5: Dream Troll - Realm of the Tormentor (#165)
6: Green Lung - Black Harvest (#208)
7: Eternity's End - Embers of War (#63)
8: 1914 - Where Fear and Weapons Meet (#15)
9: Hooded Menace - The Tritonous Bell (#5)
10: Demiser - Through the Gate Eternal (#88)

Far and away my least kvlt year yet, escaping with zero randos and only two dropping below the top 100, with the lowest number of votes going to Dream Troll with 4 total. Granted, the list on my blog always goes to 13, and in that respect my #11 would've been a rando (Inoculation - Celestial Putridity) and my #13 is currently a 9th place rando (Fimir - Tomb of God). Regardless, either I'm falling in line with you guys, you guys are falling in line with me, or I was just a basic bitch this year.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 9:14 am 
 

Wow, I got two randos only, but they were not the ones I expected: Felled and Miasmata.

Lion's Daughter had a stronger showing than I expected. Bornholm too.

I'm also surprised to see Senjutsu so high. I mean, they're "Iron Maiden, but". Almost find it annoyingly high. I preferred Helloween, but also think it's too damn high. It's too long, but at least it's more deserving of a top 10 than Senjutsu, IMO anyways.

Also Volbeat. I know they're big, but I thought this board hated them, and as a new fan of them, I thought the new album was just OK (or maybe it's because the best songs were spoiled by the singles? Seriously, people, stop it with the 4 singles before release thing). So I'm surprised it even made it out of the rando corner.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 9:14 am 
 

Gravetemplar wrote:
I don't even get the 0 and 1 so don't fret too much bout it. As usual, thanks for all the effort that went into this.


So if we take a look at TRoB's vote breakdown:

Quote:
8-3-6-3-4-1-0-0-0-3


The 10 numbers tell you how many votes of each position an album got. So the 1st number tells you how many 1st place votes it got (8 in this case), 2nd number tells you how many 2nd place votes it got (3 in this case), etc. etc.

How many points the votes give is a specific system that's been used in every poll, one that's designed to reward higher placements a lot more than lower ones, taken from Formula 1:

Quote:
1 = 25 points
2 = 18 points
3 = 15 points
4 = 12 points
5 = 10 points
6 = 8 points
7 = 6 points
8 = 4 points
9 = 2 points
10 = 1 point


Which is how the point totals are calculated. In this case, TRoB got 200 points from first place votes (8 1st place votes * 25 pts.)
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 9:22 am 
 

Thanks for all the work you did, man - big undertaking as always.

This has to be the first year I've had this many of my list, and my number 1 (Pharaoh), on the top 10, that I can remember.

1. Pharaoh – The Powers That Be
2. Iron Maiden – Senjutsu
3. The Ruins of Beverast – The Thule Grimoires
4. Todd La Torre – Rejoice In The Suffering
5. Panopticon - … And Again into the Light
6. Spectral Wound – A Diabolical Thirst
7. Steel Bearing Hand – Slay In Hell
8. Master Spy – The Train
9. Craven Idol – Forked Tongues
10. Carcass – Torn Arteries
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 9:27 am 
 

Awesome job man, A-W-E-S-O-M-E, as always! Incredible amounts of work!

I have no top 10 release this time, but only two randos, which I'd wholly recommend listening to:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLHtvceYb0I - Drakon Ho Megas - Drakon Ho Megas

Symphonic, Hellenic black metal by a new band and it's just a really promising debut for fans of the style.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0tDnxTjAIE - Nightfall - At Night We Prey

Nightfall releasing a album I truly like...hasn't happened in a while, this time quite a bit heavier and more death-ish, without compromising on the Hellenic elements.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 9:30 am 
 

Great stuff BH, thank you as always.

I did fear that Hooded Menace may miss out on the top 10 for some reason, so very happy to see it at fifth spot. Had two others in the top 100, but other than that I didn't get anything that ranked too highly.

My list:

01 Hooded Menace - The Tritonus Bell (#5)
02 Witchseeker - Scene of the Wild (#173)
03 Morning Dwell - The Power Will Go On (#273)
04 Skeletoon - The 1.21 Gigawatts Club (rando)
05 Bonehunter - Dark Blood Reincarnation System (#125)
06 Heavy Sentence - Bang to Rights (#60)
07 Metalite - A Virtual World (#254)
08 Fear Factory - Aggression Continuum (#268)
09 Crystal Viper - The Cult (#72)
10 Silent Winter - Empire of Sins (rando)
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 9:33 am 
 

Great list! Very diverse! Thanks a lot for all the work BastardHead.

I'm actually surprised and saddened to see that Panopticon's album didn't make the top 10. It really is something special, and Lunn is one of the most achieved musicians in black metal right now.

I only have two of my picks in the top 10 afterall, and they were the most obvious ones, Spectral Wound and Carcass. Both great albums with lots of merits.

I will give a more thorough look at this later, after I've slept a bit more, but I'm already surprised to notice that Blood Red Throne avoided the rando corner, most likely because of me and just one other user.

Thanks a lot everyone who submitted a ballot, and those who posted in the poll thread. It was a quite entertaining month!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 9:44 am 
 

Great work!
I didn't have the time to check out as much music as the last year, so there are some new names i've yet to check out

so far my picks ranked like this:

1) Pharaoh - The Powers That Be
9th! huge result for them considering the years passed from their last album!

2) Nordjevel - Fenriir
200th - just an ep, but should not be slept on by any BM fan. I really loved this and i will keep an eye on them from now on

3) Aorlhac - Pierres brûlées
134th - not as strong as the album before it, but their mastery over this kind of uplifting black metal riffing is still rarely matched

4) Hooded Menace - The Tritonus Bell
5th - pure riffing goodness, and i'm not suprised to see it so high. One of their very best.

5) Nekromantheon - Visions of Trismegistos
29th - again a ton of riffing goodness, even if i expected this to be a bit higher

6) Forhist - Forhist
115th - i've yet to hear a bad album from Vindsval, and he slays even with this more traditional approach

7) Cynic - Ascension Codes
83th - huge surprise for me, as i didn't like much their post Traced albums. Really tasteful playing on this one.

8) Tribulation - Where the Gloom Becomes Sound
14th - great album as usual, even if it's quite "safe" considering their past transformism

9) Necromantia - To the Depths We Descend...
160th - pretty suprised to see it scoring so low. Great comeback and at least on par with their first one

10) Pestilence - Exitivm
231th - the world has pretty much given up on them, but this is even better than the last one.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 9:47 am 
 

I think this might be my first year ever without something in the rando corner! I actually like this list a lot - probably the best one that I can remember. Here were my placements:

1. Iron Maiden - Senjutsu (3)
2. Orden Ogan - Final Days (94)
3. Helloween - Helloween (7)
4. Exodus - Persona Non Grata (47)
5. Eternity's End - Embers of War (63)
6. Hitten - Triumph & Tragedy (236)
7. NorthTale - Eternal Flame (344)
8. Cannibal Corpse - Violence Unimagined (20)
9. Ultra Raptor - Tyrants (358) (thumbs up to the other person who voted for this!)
10. Blazon Stone - Damnation (67)
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 9:48 am 
 

Morn Of Solace wrote:

9) Necromantia - To the Depths We Descend...

160th - pretty suprised to see it scoring so low. Great comeback and at least on par with their first one


I totally, TOTALLY missed that one, last thing I remember was Baron's death and that a farewell album was coming...listening to it now, it's definitely interesting!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 9:48 am 
 

10. Paradox - Heresy II: End of a Legend (364)
9. Eternity's End - Embers of War (63)
8. Craven Idol - Forked Tongues (11)
7. Pharaoh - The Powers That Be (9)
6. Tower - Shock to the System (31)
5. Trivium - In the Court of the Dragon (37)
4. Lovebites - Glory, Glory, to the World (315)
3. Hooded Menace - The Tritonus Bell (5)
2. Cathartic Demise - In Absence (199)
1. Mefitis - Offscourings (54)

My least kvlt year thus far (that I've been keeping track of anyway) going through my top 10, and in dipping into my top 25, only three would've been in the rando corner (Ghost Spawn, Temtris and Ulthima).


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 9:50 am 
 

1. Tales of Medusa - Antiquity 99
2. Nekromantheon - Visions of Trismegistos 29
3. Stargazer - Psychic Secretions 34
4. Evil - Possessed by Evil 196
5. Antediluvian - The Divine Punishment 35
6. Malignant Altar - Realms of Exquisite Morbidity 49
7. Significant Point - Into the Storm 237
8. Mystras - Empires Vanquished and Dismantled 69
9. Pharaoh - The Powers That Be 9
10. Proscriptor McGovern's Apsû - Apsû 51


couple thoughts:

Tales of Medusa - Antiquity managed to get to 99th place which is as far as I understand a very high placement for a demo.
This was a strong year for thrash and even though not a single thrash record broke into the top 10 there are quite a few of them in the top 50 or so compared with previous editions.
no randos this year but only 1 of my votes broke into the top 10.
Looking back at my last years ballot I'd say my top 10 is better this year but maybe my top 2 was better last year.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 9:55 am 
 

I'm going to write this just because your last paragraph actually asks to mention rando mistakes.

Kvadrat has 2 mentions in rando and i think it would've made top200 otherwise with 31 pts.

Fine by me though, i see no point in going through the trouble of changing the list because of it.

Anyway, thank you for all the hard work put into this.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 9:58 am 
 

This is the first time in a long time that there’s a variety of picks on here instead voting for an album just because that certain bands value, popularity, or legacy. So much cheers to everyone and BH putting his own personal time to make this annual poll exciting.

Now my top 10 I’m sure nobody gives a shit about like every year LOL.
1.Grave Miasma - Abyss Of Wrathful Deities
2.Venefixion-A sign from below
3.Force of Darkness-twilight of dark illumination
4.Archgoat-Worship The Eternal Darkness
5.Darkthrone-Eternal Hails
6.Deathfucker-Firespawn
7.Profane Desecration-Abysmal Stillness
8.Cadaveric Fumes-Echoing chambers of soul
9.Gallows 66-Black winds
10.Hexorcist-evil reaping death


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 9:58 am 
 

tomcat_ha wrote:
7. Significant Point - Into the Storm 237

This is such a strong release and I have no idea why it has gotten so little buzz. Maybe it released too early in the year, but hard to imagine any heavy/speed metal fans not loving this album. It didn't make my top 10, but was fairly close.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 9:58 am 
 

My highest placed was Evergrey at 53. 5 albums in rando.
Labyrinth, Memory Garden, Reinforcer and Coronary made the list.

And thanks Bastard, you asshole!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 10:00 am 
 

01. Abysmal Grief - Funeral Cult of Personality [167]
02. Worm - Foreverglade [12]
03. The Ruins of Beverast - The Thule Grimoires [1]
04. Dordeduh - Har [32]
05. 1914 - Where Fear and Weapons Meet [15]
06. Obscura - A Valediction [42]
07. Aquilus - Bellum I [120]
08. Omination - NGR [rando]
09. Darkthrone - Eternal Hails...... [28]
10. Esoctrilihum - Dy'th Requiem for the Serpent Telepath [147]

I guess that a decade of lurking on this forum influenced my taste in metal, because six albums form my list are in top 50! Definitely more than I expected. And only one rando (that one expected). I'd love to find out who else voted for Abysmal Grief...

btw I'm surprised that Drawn and Quartered (rando) and Sarke (360) didn't get more votes, I put them both as my honorable mentions.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 10:08 am 
 

BastardHead wrote:
***DISCLAIMER*** As of right now, I'm only putting the vote placements for the top ten and will edit the rest in later. This is purely being done to save time because I've already kept the results from you guys a day longer than I'd prefer and I'd rather not spend hours and hours inputting like twelve thousand dashes and zeroes and equal signs right now.


wait, you're doing all that by hand?? that shit can easily be formatted with a simple script - i might have time to look at it tomorrow if nobody else beats me to it
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 10:09 am 
 

Thank you BastardHead for once again doing this. I've got a lot of new stuff to check out this week now!

I had a strong feeling TRoB would win given how many people had it high on their lists in the last thread. I listened to some of it a while back and it honestly didn't do much for me. I'll have to give it a proper listen this week at work.

Also, first time ever I had nothing in the rando corner!

My list:
1̶.̶ ̶S̶l̶a̶u̶g̶h̶t̶e̶r̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶P̶r̶e̶v̶a̶i̶l̶ ̶-̶ ̶K̶o̶s̶t̶o̶l̶o̶m̶
1. Korpiklaani - Jylhä (#182)
2. Crystal Viper - The Cult (#72)
3. Durbin - The Beast Awakens (#170)
4. Helloween - Helloween (#7)
5̶.̶ ̶L̶i̶g̶h̶t̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶T̶o̶r̶c̶h̶ ̶-̶ ̶Y̶o̶u̶ ̶W̶i̶l̶l̶ ̶B̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶D̶e̶a̶t̶h̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶M̶e̶
5. Volbeat - Servant of the Mind (#242)
6. Carcass - Torn Arteries (#6)
7. Archspire - Bleed the Future (#8)
8. Cannibal Corpse - Violence Unimagined (#20)
9. KK's Priest - Sermons of the Sinner (#363)
10. Exodus - Persona Non Grata (#47)


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 10:09 am 
 

Pretty sure I've seen Eisenhand twice in the randos.

My list:
1. Ezra Brooks/Serpent Rider - Visions of Esoteric Splendor (rando)
2. Fetid Zombie - Transmutations (275th)
3. Rage - Resurrection Day (95th)
4. Artillery - X (266th)
5. Wheel - Preserved in Time (58th)
6. Blackdeath - Also Sprach das Chaos (240th)
7. Superstatic - Glimmering Veil (rando)
8. Graveyard Of Souls - Infinity Equal Zero (rando)
9. Bewitcher - Cursed Be Thy Kingdom (40th)
10. Ültra Raptör - Tyrants (358th)

Frankly kind of shocked that nothing placed more highly than 40th among my choices, especially Artillery, which I thought was a cert, and
Ültra Raptör which probably arrived a bit late for some people. Honourable mentions to Herzel, Hunted, Fulci, Cryptosis, Drawn And Quartered.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 10:13 am 
 

So many people giving Drawn And Quartered an "honourable mention", if it was a list of top 15 they'd be halfway up the table.

Also, Spiner 202, we are Ultra Raptor buddies!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 10:15 am 
 

snarg wrote:
Kvadrat has 2 mentions in rando and i think it would've made top200 otherwise with 31 pts.


gasmask_colostomy wrote:
Pretty sure I've seen Eisenhand twice in the randos.


Great catches you two. Both have been fixed and added to the main list!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 10:35 am 
 

Interesting results. Didn't expect The Ruins of Beverast to be Number 1. Here's my list:

1: Stormkeep - Tales of Othertime
2: Këkht Aräkh - Pale Swordsman
3: Spectral Wound - A Diabolic Thirst
4: Cannibal Corpse - Violence Unimagined
5: Darkthrone - Eternal Hails......
6: Winter Eternal - Land of Darkness
7: Cradle of Filth - Existence Is Futile
8: Nocturnal Effigy - Gaze ov the Wampyr
9: Graveland - Hour of Ragnarok
10: Mork - Katedralen
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 10:56 am 
 

Well, I send you a MP (27 Dec 2021 14:55) and seems that you did not count my votes, why? Is there a reason?

I do not see neither Olhava, Mesarthim, Moonworshipper, Волколак, Mulla neither Saille in the final poll.

I dunno. All are 2020 albums. All are in the Archives. My account is created before the poll. I send you my opinion in a clear and legible way. I send the MP to Bastardhead on the forum. I didn't break any of your rules. There are the albums I most liked before year.

Very disappointing.

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1. Iron Maiden - Senjutsu
2. Thy Catafalque - Vadak
3. Olhava - Frozen Bloom
4. Mesarthim - Vacuum Solution
5. Moonworshipper - 13 Fullmoon Nights of Doubt
6. Peste Noire - Le retour des pastoureaux
7. Волколак - Чёрная Моя
8. Këkht Aräkh - Pale Swordsman
9. Mulla - Don't cry my Africa
10. Saille - V
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 10:57 am 
 

For comparative value, and for those curious, these are the highest rated albums on MA from 2021 (at least, those albums with more than 3 reviews as aggregated by Empath):

91.0% (27) - Iron Maiden · Senjutsu
90.5% (17) - Helloween · Helloween
88.1% (5) - Obscura · A Valediction
88.0% (5) - Dragony · Viribus Unitis
87.9% (4) - Herzel · Le dernier rempart
87.5% (5) - Epica · Omega
87.3% (8) - Cradle of Filth · Existence Is Futile
87.2% (6) - Hypocrisy · Worship
87.1% (4) - Funeral Mist · Deiform
87.0% (6) - Enforced · Kill Grid

It would seem that Iron Maiden and Helloween were the only ones that landed in the AOTY top 10, with all others listed except Dragony in the non-rando list. As one of the mods who work the review queue, the fact the Iron Maiden album has 27 reviews is pretty impressive. I haven't seen so many reviews for an album within a single year for quite a while, short of the Penis Metal meme.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 11:14 am 
 

TheEtreum wrote:
Well, I send you a MP (27 Dec 2021 14:55) and seems that you did not count my votes, why? Is there a reason?

I do not see neither Olhava, Mesarthim, Moonworshipper, Волколак, Mulla neither Saille in the final poll.

I dunno. All are 2020 albums. All are in the Archives. My account is created before the poll. I send you my opinion in a clear and legible way. I send the MP to Bastardhead on the forum. I didn't break any of your rules. There are the albums I most liked before year.

Very disappointing.

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1. Iron Maiden - Senjutsu
2. Thy Catafalque - Vadak
3. Olhava - Frozen Bloom
4. Mesarthim - Vacuum Solution
5. Moonworshipper - 13 Fullmoon Nights of Doubt
6. Peste Noire - Le retour des pastoureaux
7. Волколак - Чёрная Моя
8. Këkht Aräkh - Pale Swordsman
9. Mulla - Don't cry my Africa
10. Saille - V


Fuckin' OOPS!

This was entirely my fault, just an oversight. Luckily there's nothing keeping the original list timelocked for any arbitrary reason, so I just added your ballot, which shot PKN and Thy Catafalque up a few spots and put Maiden a little closer to #2 (though still not quite enough to pass it). Sorry about that.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 11:15 am 
 

BastardHead wrote:

Fuckin' OOPS!

This was entirely my fault, just an oversight. Luckily there's nothing keeping the original list timelocked for any arbitrary reason, so I just added your ballot, which shot PKN and Thy Catafalque up a few spots and put Maiden a little closer to #2 (though still not quite enough to pass it). Sorry about that.


Thank you very much!

I understand that manual handling of such a list is complicated.

If someone else lost their votes, and can help to BastardHead, it's good to know that the list is open to correction.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 11:17 am 
 

For my own list, I struggled this year compared to previous years, since no album has really stood out as a favorite for me, and all are what I'd consider good but not great. In any case:

1. The Ruins of Beverast - The Thule Grimoires
2. Dordeduh - Har
3. Varmia - Bal Lada
4. Primeval Well - Talkin' in Tongues with Mountain Spirits
5. Paydretz - Chroniques de l'insurrection
6. Bloodshed Walhalla - Second Chapter
7. Kauan - Ice Fleet
8. King of Asgard - Svartrviðr
9. Rübezahl - Remnants of Grief & Glory
10. Ereb Altor - Eldens Boning

I'm happy to see that only 3 of them ended up as randos.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 11:39 am 
 

01: Caverne - La fin de tous les chants
02: Gärgäntuäh - Urmystyk
03: Ossaert - Pelgrimsoord
04: Hamergilde - Wiking
05: Volc Vermaledide - Nietig
06: Sagenland - Oale Groond
07: Sickle of Dust - Where the Sun Glare Danced
08: Whoredom Rife - Winds of Wrath
09: Kör - The Horns of Ylmir
10: Sanctuaire - Spectre de mondes passés

This was my list. I was expecting more to be on the rando list. Happy to see more people voted for those albums.
I was listening to the Volc Vermaledide album again yesterday and I think I should've put it higher and had hoped more people would've voted for it. It's a great black metal album that I would highly reccomend to everyone that also enjoys stuff like Imperium Dekadenz.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 11:41 am 
 

Here were my picks:

1. Iron Maiden - Senjutsu (3rd)
2. Cannibal Corpse - Violence Unimagined (20th)
3. Heavy Sentence - Bang to Rights (60th)
4. Hitten - Triumph & Tragedy (237th)
5. Tribulation - Where the Gloom Becomes Sound (14th)
6. Exodus - Persona Non Grata (47th)
7. Outre-Tombe - Abysse Mortifère (7th in Rando corner)
8. Inhuman Condition - Rat God (350th)
9. Dream Unending - Tide Turns Eternal (59th)
10. Hooded Menace - The Tritonus Bell (5th)

It's nuts to me that I'm the only person who voted for Outre-Tombe. I thought they were way more popular.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 11:42 am 
 

I never end up being happy with my lists on these things and this year was really hard to even pick a number one album. I sort of just winged it at the last minute. I'm surprised I don't see Gràb - Zeitlang anywhere, even in rando corner, when I saw at least a couple people mention it. I only listened to it for the first time on Dec 27th and a couple more times after I already submitted my list. I think I would have put it in the top 5 or so if I had more time with it. Good for Spectral Wound taking second place! Panopticon did worse than I expected and I never got into Ruins of Beverast, but I haven't listened to the new one at all. I enjoyed Stormkeep as well, but only listened a couple times, and never made it around to listening to the entire Iron Maiden or Carcass albums all the way through. I do enjoy classic Maiden and Carcass quite a bit, I just really gotta be in the right nostalgic kinda mood for them. My most listened to band this year was fucking Hermóðr of all things, and he came out with a new album on Dec 27th, but I barely listened to it and have luckily gotten out of the mood of listening to DSBM every night. Another album I found really good at the last minute was Kankar - Dunkle Millennia which is sort of like a more traditional heavy/black metal album I think, it kind of just "rocks".

Here's what I ended up going with:
1: Panopticon - .​.​.​and Again into the Light
2: Helleruin - War Upon Man
3: Djevel - Tanker som rir natten
4: Der Weg einer Freiheit - Noctvrn
5: Human Serpent - Heirlooms Eternal
6: Mare Cognitum - Solar Paroxysm
7: Spectral Wound - A Diabolic Thirst
8: White Ward - Debemur Morti
9: Këkht Aräkh - Pale Swordsman
10: Sielunvihollinen - Teloituskäsky

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