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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2024 11:12 pm 
 

Holy SHIT

Fellas, ladies, and enbies, it's that time again! For the seventh straight year, the upwards trajectory has continued and we've smashed some more records. The mid-year polls always crush in terms of pure numbers because the pool of eligibility is always much wider, but even taking those into account we have the most total ballots of all time with 278, and the second highest number of unique albums with 842 (which is still behind the lip-flapping insane 979 from the 2000s poll). There's a lot to talk about but I'll save that for the back half, because I know what you're here for. This is!

ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2023

***DISCLAIMER*** Like the last few years, I'm only going to be inputting the Meshuggah tabs alongside the top ten to showcase the vote distribution instead of the for the entire list. It just takes an outrageous amount of time to do that for all of them so I don't bother anymore. But of course, this also means that I now just post the spreadsheet I used all month so y'all can just see inside the sausage casing yourselves. So enjoy, here is the read-only link to the whole damn spreadsheet itself. Have at it!

  1. Dødheimsgard - Black Medium Current: 12-8-5-1-4-3-0-1-1-1 = 602pts
  2. Hellripper - Warlocks Grim & Withered Hags: 8-5-7-7-3-1-4-2-3-5 = 560pts
  3. Malokarpatan - Vertumnus Caesar: 8-4-5-7-1-2-4-3-2-1 = 498pts
  4. Cattle Decapitation - Terrasite: 6-5-5-3-4-1-1-5-2-2 = 431pts
  5. Dying Fetus - Make Them Beg for Death: 4-7-3-4-3-3-2-2-3-2 = 401pts
  6. Sacred Outcry - Towers of Gold: 6-6-2-3-2-4-0-4-1-1 = 395pts
  7. Moonlight Sorcery - Horned Lord of the Thorned Castle: 4-5-5-4-3-4-2-0-2-2 = 393pts
  8. Panopticon - The Rime of Memory: 6-5-2-2-3-3-2-3-4-0 = 380pts
  9. Cirith Ungol - Dark Parade: 4-4-3-3-2-2-2-6-1-6 = 333pts
  10. Overkill - Scorched: 4-4-2-4-5-1-2-1-3-0 = 330pts
  11. Tomb Mold - The Enduring Spirit
  12. Horrendous - Ontological Mysterium
  13. Demoniac - Nube Negra
  14. Kostnateni - Upal
  15. Wayfarer - American Gothic
  16. Spirit Possession - Of the Sign...
  17. Smoulder - Violent Creed of Vengeance
  18. Blood Star - First Sighting
  19. Nithing - Agonal Hymns
  20. Sulphur Aeon – Seven Crowns and Seven Seals
  21. Blackbraid - Blackbraid II
  22. Insomnium - Anno 1696
  23. Marduk - Memento Mori
  24. Katatonia - Sky Void of Stars
  25. Cruciamentum - Obsidian Refractions
  26. Autopsy - Ashes, Organs, Blood, and Crypts
  27. Enslaved - Heimdal
  28. Cruel Force - Dawn of the Axe
  29. Enforced - War Remains
  30. Lovebites - Judgment Day
  31. Wytch Hazel - IV: Sacrament
  32. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - PetroDragonic Apocalypse
  33. Majesties - Vast Reaches Unclaimed
  34. Obituary - Dying of Everything
  35. Thantifaxath - Hive Mind Narcosis
  36. Twilight Force - At the Heart of Wintervale
  37. Cannibal Corpse - Chaos Horrific
  38. Godthrymm - Distortions
  39. Theocracy - Mosiac
  40. Suffocation - Hymns from the Apocrypha
  41. Xoth - Exogalactic
  42. Afterbirth - In but Not Of
  43. Triumpher - Storming the Walls
  44. Green Lung - This Heathen Land
  45. Ahab - The Coral Tombs
  46. ...and Oceans - As in Gardens, So in Tombs
  47. Gatekeeper - From Western Shores
  48. Primordial - How It Ends
  49. Kalmah - Kalmah
  50. VoidCeremony - Threads of Unknowing
  51. Varathron - The Crimson Temple
  52. Lamp of Murmuur - Saturnian Bloodstorm
  53. Metallica - 72 Seasons
  54. Sól Án Varma - Sól Án Varma
  55. Immortal - War Against All
  56. Blut Aus Nord - Disharmonium - Nahab
  57. Century - The Conquest of Time
  58. The Zenith Passage - Datalysium
  59. Aara - Triade III: Nyx
  60. Angra - Cycles of Pain
  61. The Night Eternal - Fatale
  62. Church of Misery - Born Under a Mad Sign
  63. Cryptopsy - As Gomorrah Burns
  64. Helms Deep - Treacherous Ways
  65. Sorcerer- Reign of The Reaper
  66. Oromet - Oromet
  67. Frozen Soul - Glacial Domination
  68. Fires in the Distance - Air Not Meant for Us
  69. Saturnus - The Storm Within
  70. Flight - Echoes of Journeys Past
  71. Iron Savior - Firestar
  72. Ulthar - Anthronomicon
  73. Urfaust - Untergang
  74. Tanith - Voyage
  75. Kruelty - Untopia
  76. Gorod - The Orb
  77. Metal Church - Congregation of Annihilation
  78. Taake - Et hav av avstand
  79. Thy Darkened Shade - Liber Lvcifer II Mahapralaya
  80. Vomitory - All Heads are Gonna Roll
  81. Faidra - Militant:Penitent:Triumphant
  82. Afsky - Om hundrede år
  83. Odz Manouk - Ծուռ (Tzurr)
  84. Ascension - Under the Veil of Madness
  85. Gridlink - Coronet Juniper
  86. Fabricant - Drudge to the Thicket
  87. Curta'n Wall - Siege Ubsessed!
  88. Ne Obliviscaris - Exul
  89. Ascended Dead - Evenfall of the Apocalypse
  90. Valdrin - Throne Of The Lunar Soul
  91. By Fire and Sword - Glory
  92. Megaton Sword - Might & Power
  93. Helleruin - Devils, Death and Dark Arts
  94. Warcrab - The Howling Silence
  95. Myrkur - Spine
  96. Angus McSix - Angus McSix and the Sword of Power
  97. Scar Symmetry - The Singularity (Phase II - Xenotaph)
  98. Heavy Load – Riders of the Ancient Storm
  99. Tribunal - The Weight of Remembrance
  100. Bonjour Tristesse - Against Leviathan
  101. Incantation - Unholy Deification
  102. Blood Ceremony - The Old Ways Remain
  103. Sammath - Grebbeberg
  104. Carnosus - Visions of Infinihility
  105. Enforcer - Nostalgia
  106. Fossilization - Leprous Daylight
  107. Excalion - Once Upon a Time
  108. Fleshvessel - Yearning: Promethean Fates Sealed
  109. Ningen Isu - Shikisokuzekū
  110. Godflesh - Purge
  111. Air Raid - Fatal Encounter
  112. One of Nine - Eternal Sorcery
  113. Signum Regis - Undivided
  114. Arnaut Pavle - Transylvanian Glare
  115. Hexvessel - Polar Veil
  116. Trha - Al​ë​ce i​Ω​ic
  117. Lunar Chamber - Shambhalic Vibrations
  118. Dead And Dripping - Blackened Cerebral Rifts
  119. Haken - Fauna
  120. Ὁπλίτης - Τρωθησομένη
  121. Ebony Pendant - Ebony Pendant
  122. Meurtrières - Ronde de nuit
  123. Crypta - Shades Of Sorrow
  124. Owlbear - Chaos to the Realm
  125. Warmen - Here for None
  126. Alkaloid - Numen
  127. Weald & Woe - For the Good of the Realm
  128. Wolvennest - The Dark Path Towards the Light
  129. Miserere Luminis - Ordalie
  130. Kerrigan - Bloodmoon
  131. Riverside - ID.Entity
  132. Khanate - To be Cruel
  133. Uada - Crepuscule Natura
  134. Pest Control - Don't Test the Pest
  135. Wings of Steel - Gates of Twilight
  136. Onmyo-za - Ryūō Dōji
  137. Ulthar - Helionomicon
  138. Victory Over the Sun - Dance You Monster to My Soft Song!
  139. Jag Panzer - The Hallowed
  140. Ruïm - Black Royal Spiritism - I​.​ O Sino da Igreja
  141. Nightmarer - Deformity Adrift
  142. Midnight Odyssey - Biolume Part 3 - A Fullmoon Madness
  143. Minenwerfer - Feuerwalze
  144. Marthe - Further in Evil
  145. Beyond the Black - Beyond the Black
  146. Fen - Monuments to Absence
  147. Finsterforst – Jenseits
  148. Mephorash - Krystl-Ah
  149. Nothingness - Supraliminal
  150. In Flames - Foregone
  151. Savage Oath - Savage Oath
  152. Arkona - Kob
  153. Shining - Shining
  154. Dream Unending / Worm - Starpath
  155. Anubis Gate - Interference
  156. Solitary Sabred - Temple of the Serpent
  157. Mansion - Second Death
  158. Vastum - Inward to Gethsemane
  159. Vile Ritual - Caverns of Occultic Hatred
  160. Auld Ridge - Folklore From Further Out
  161. Azaghal - Alttarimme on luista tehty
  162. Skyblazer - Infinity's Wings
  163. Bell Witch - Future's Shadow Part 1: The Clandestine Gate
  164. Outer Heaven - Infinite Psychic Depths
  165. Delain - Dark Waters
  166. Sylosis - A Sign of Things to Come
  167. Tyranex - Reasons For The Slaughter
  168. Legion of the Damned - The Poison Chalice
  169. Primal Fear - Code Red
  170. Redemption - I Am the Storm
  171. Spirit Adrift - Ghost at the Gallows
  172. Frozen Crown - Call of the North
  173. Phobocosm - Foreordained
  174. Gotsu Totsu Kotsu - Back from the Underworld
  175. Laster – Andermans Mijne
  176. Inculter - Morbid Origin
  177. Altarage - Worst Case Scenario
  178. Edoma – Buried by Permafrost
  179. Raven - All Hell’s Breaking Loose
  180. Diamonds Hadder - Beyond the Breakers
  181. Entheos - Time Will Take Us All
  182. Frozen Dawn - The Decline of the Enlightened Gods
  183. Jute Gyte - Unus Mundus Patet
  184. Odz Manouk - Bosoragazan (Բոսորագազան)
  185. Impetuous Ritual - Iniquitous Barbarik Synthesis
  186. Nanowar of Steel - Dislike To False Metal
  187. Vortize - Desde Bajo Tierra
  188. Sühnopfer - Nous sommes d'hier
  189. The Ocean - Holocene
  190. Conjureth - The Parasitic Chambers
  191. Liturgy - 93696
  192. Xandria - The Wonders Still Awaiting
  193. Night Demon - Outsider
  194. Leiþa - Reue
  195. Sanguisugabogg - Homicidal Ecstasy
  196. Shylmagoghnar - Convergence
  197. Thriller - Street Metal
  198. Aetherian - At Storm's Edge
  199. Dying Wish - Symptoms Of Survival
  200. Kamelot – The Awakening
  201. The Abbey - Word Of Sin
  202. Arghoslent - Rescusitation of the Revanchists
  203. Rotten Sound - Apocalypse
  204. Sadus - The Shadow Inside
  205. The Howling Void - Into Darkness Ever More Profound
  206. Derdian - New Era Pt.IV - Resurgence
  207. Mournful Congregation - The Exuviae of Gods - Part II
  208. Mourning Sun - Bahía desolación
  209. Project Roenwolfe - Project Roenwolfe
  210. Blood Oath - Lost in an Eternal Silence
  211. None - Inevitable
  212. Memoriam - Rise To Power
  213. Abduction - Toutes blessent, la dernière tue
  214. Marc Hudson - Starbound Stories
  215. Skálmöld – Ýdalir
  216. Sorrow - Death of Sorrow
  217. Blazon Rite - Wild Rites and Ancient Songs
  218. Colony Drop - Brace for Impact
  219. Evermore - In Memoriam
  220. Umbrío - Proclamación al Vórtice de los Tiempos
  221. ShadowStrike - Traveler's Tales
  222. U.D.O. - Touchdown
  223. Profane Order - One Nightmare Unto Another
  224. Hrothgar - Rise of Ragnarök
  225. Tetragrammacide - Typho-Tantric Aphorisms
  226. Voidescent - Dust and Embers
  227. Freeroad - Do What You Feel!
  228. Undergang - De syv stadier af ford​æ​rv
  229. Thron - Dust
  230. Vision Master - Scepter
  231. Albionic Hermeticism - Nova Nativitas Mundi
  232. Epheless - Promesses
  233. Extermination Dismemberment - Dehumanization Protocol
  234. Non Est Deus - Legacy
  235. Within Temptation - Bleed Out
  236. Firmament - We don't rise, We just fall
  237. Isole – Anesidora
  238. Legendry - Time Immortal Wept
  239. Screamer - Kingmaker
  240. Secret Sphere - Blackened Heartbeat
  241. Tsjuder - Helvegr
  242. Ballot Squanderer - Uh Oh You Made a Mistake After Christmas
  243. Haunt - Golden Arm
  244. Stray Gods - Olympus
  245. The Anchoret - It All Began with Loneliness
  246. Turbid North - The Decline
  247. Délétère - Songes d'une nuit souillée
  248. Serpent of Old - Ensemble Under the Dark Sun
  249. Antrisch - Expedition II : Die Passage
  250. Corvus Corone - Abandoned in Spring
  251. Wretched Fate - Carnal Heresy
  252. Cloak - Black Flame Eternal
  253. Imperium Dekadenz – Into Sorrow Evermore
  254. Mari Hamada - Soar
  255. Ocean of Grief - Pale Existence
  256. Mork - Dypet
  257. Protean Shield - Protean Shield
  258. Thy Catafalque - Alfold
  259. Cursebinder - Drifting
  260. Deiquisitor - Apotheosis
  261. KK's Priest - The Sinner Rides Again
  262. Prong - State of Emergency
  263. Ascendency - A Manifest of Imperious Destiny
  264. Kraanium - Scriptures of Vicennial Defilement
  265. Morokh - Insomnia
  266. Invultation - Feral Legion
  267. Werewolves - My Enemies Look and Sound Like Me
  268. Dawn Ray'd - To Know the Light
  269. Mizmor - Prosiac
  270. Theophonos - Nightmare Visions
  271. Left Cross - Upon Desecrated Altars
  272. Endstille - DetoNation
  273. Fortíð – Narkissos
  274. Pyramaze - Bloodlines
  275. Trichomoniasis - Makeshift Crematoria
  276. Úlfúð - Of Existential Distortion
  277. Begravement - Horrific Illusions Beckon
  278. Knife - Heaven Into Dust
  279. Aphotic - Abyssgazer
  280. Graveworm - Killing Innocence
  281. Heretoir – NightSphere
  282. Therion - Leviathan III
  283. Dryad - The Abyssal Plain
  284. Envelde - En Gildere Død
  285. Hinayana - Shatter and Fall
  286. Mourning Forest - L'Immonde Fanaison
  287. Nervosa - Jailbreak
  288. Stygian Love - Ghost Light
  289. Ov Sulfur - The Burden ov Faith
  290. Soulless - The Supreme Resurgence
  291. The Lion's Daughter - Bath House
  292. Mortuary Drape - Black Mirror
  293. Goat Explosion - Threatening Skies
  294. Hanging Garden - The Garden
  295. Stikkersvin - …og de levede ulykkeligt og alt for længe
  296. Dozer - Drifting in the Endless Void
  297. Marianas Rest – Auer
  298. Passéisme - Alternance
  299. Karne - Condamnés
  300. Blindfolded And Led To The Woods – Rejecting Obliteration
  301. Gravesend - Gowanus Death Stomp
  302. Hail the Void - Memento Mori
  303. Hounds of Baynay - Legends of the North
  304. Ouijabeard - The Well to Hell
  305. Vargrav - The Nighthold
  306. Veriluola - Cascades of Crimson Cruor
  307. Battle Born - Blood, Fire, Magic, Steel
  308. Inherits the Void - The Impending Fall of the Stars
  309. Signs of the Swarm - Amongst the Low & Empty
  310. Tar Pond - Petrol
  311. Vintersea - Woven Into Ashes
  312. Bio-Cancer - Revengeance
  313. Bloodbound – Tales From The North
  314. Heidevolk - Wederkeer
  315. Imperishable - Come, Sweet Death
  316. Ljå - 1943
  317. Roadwolf - Midnight Lightning
  318. Terminalist - The Crisis as Condition
  319. Thy Art is Murder - Godlike
  320. Vertebra Atlantis - A Dialogue With the Eeriest Sublime
  321. Demoncy - Black Star Gnosis
  322. Edu Falaschi - Eldorado
  323. High Spirits - Safe on the Other Side
  324. Hitten - While Passion Lasts
  325. Invicta - Triumph and Torment
  326. Carcariass - Afterworld
  327. Clandestine Blaze - Resacralize The Unknown
  328. Dogma - Dogma
  329. Galneryus - Between Dread and Valor
  330. On Thorns I Lay - On Thorns I Lay
  331. The Gauntlet - Dark Steel and Fire
  332. Thulcandra - Hail the Abyss
  333. Wormhole - Almost Human
  334. Wothrosch – Odium
  335. Plague Bearer - Summoning Apocalyptic Devastation
  336. Blaze of Sorrow - Vultus Fati
  337. Profanatica - Crux Simplex
  338. Afraid of Destiny - Contra Omnes
  339. October Tide - The Cancer Pledge
  340. Acid King - Beyond Vision
  341. Akitsa - Devenir le Diable
  342. Distention - Nothing Comes from Death
  343. Efraah Enhsikaah - One Thousand Vultures Waiting To Be Fed
  344. Keep of Kalessin - Katharsis
  345. Runemagick - Beyond The Cenotaph Of Mankind
  346. Sea Mosquito - Igitur
  347. Unearth - The Wretched; The Ruinous
  348. Alcatrazz - Take No Prisoners
  349. DGM - Life
  350. Angelus Apatrida - Aftermath
  351. Dopelord- Songs for Satan
  352. Burial Hordes - Ruins
  353. Circle of Ouroboros - Lumi vaientaa kysymykset
  354. Iron Attack! - Mythology
  355. Asagraum - Veil of Death, Ruptured
  356. Autrest - Follow the Cold Path
  357. Arrogant Destruktor - Written in Blood from the Blade
  358. Stortregn - Finitude
  359. Trespasser - Ἀποκάλυψις
  360. Malleus - The Fires of Heaven
  361. War of Ages - Dominion
  362. Serenity - Nemesis AD
  363. Baroness - Stone
  364. Fathomage - Autumn's Dawn, Winter's Darkness
  365. RüYYn - Chapter II: The Flames, the Fallen, the Fury
  366. Vahrzaw - in the shallows of a starlit lake
  367. Vulture Industries - Ghosts from the Past
  368. Disguised Malignance - Entering the Gateways
  369. Antioch - Antioch VI Molten Rainbow
  370. Crom - The Era of Darkness
  371. Eternal Evil - The Gates Beyond Mortality
  372. Horre - Kuumet
  373. Thanatomass - Hades

And so, after another record of three hundred and sixty eight non-randos, our eighth winner for Encyclopaedia Metallum Album of the Year goes to Dødheimsgard with this decade's album Black Medium Current! This one is fun for me because, for I think the first time ever, I know jack fuckin' nothing about the band that won a poll! Somehow DHG just kinda slipped past me and I never even got around to checking this one out (nor have I heard A Umbra Omega or 666 International after both albums did well in their respective decade poll), so I can't even make an offhand comment about what kind of music they even make because having "avant-garde" in their genre means they could basically sound like anything. But the fact that they've made so many appearances on these lists in the mid-year polls means they've been around for a long time, release an album once per generation, and somehow always land with a knockout, and 2023 was no exception. So I'm pleased to extend a huge congratulations to the Norwegian cult legends on this hard fought victory and the highest point total in a year-end poll to date with 602, a full hundo over last year's winner and 76 over the previous record holder, Ulcerate, and their final score of 526!

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
Abyssal/Ellorsith - Abyssal/Ellorsith
Aeon Winds - Night Sky Illuminations
All Against – The Day Of Reckoning
Aprilmist - Homesick
Crimson Dreams - Kaleidoscope Metal
Cromlech - Ascent of Kings
DARK PRINCESS ‘Phoenix’
Déhà - Averses II
Earthshaker - 40
Ectoplasmorphosis - Vortex of Possessable Flesh
Gama Bomb - Bats
Grand Celestial Nightmare - The Great Apocalyptic Desolation
Heimdalls Wacht - Mystagogie - Lieder voll Ewigkeit
Lugubrious Cult - Suicidal Self Harm
Mavorim - Ab Amitia Pulsae
Moonreich - Amer
Okkultist - O​.​M​.​E​.​N.
Pestigor - Baptized in Pus
Pyramid Mass - Monolith
Reverorum ib Malacht - Kyrie Eleison
Scream Maker - Land of Fire
Terrifier - Trample the Weak, Devour the Dead
The Aggros - Rise of the Aggros
The Raven Age - Blood Omen
Unhallowed - Awaken the Black Flame
Wallowing - Earth Reaper
Witch Ripper - The Flight After the Fall
Рожь - В​с​ё

2nd Place = 18pts
Apokatastasis- The Consecratory Secretion
Attila - Devil's Carnival
Blood Incantation - Luminescent Bridge
Buithur - Пісня Хромленого списом
Causam - Holistic Despair
Dominance - Slaughter of Human Offerings in the New Age of Pan
Eufory - Fifth Dimension
Firienholt - White Frost and Elder Blood
Fjoergyn - Judasmesse
Gloryhammer – Return To The Kingdom Of Fife
Gruzja - Koniec Wakacji
Klone - Meanwhile
Kypck - Преступления против человечества
Mortajas - Mortajas II
Morte France - Souveraineté radiale
One Master - The Names of Power
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Land of Sleeper
Porta Nigra - Weltende
S.U.P. - Octa
Shadows - Out for Blood
Skinher- Heartstruck
Spectre - Lonesome Gambler
Strahor - Gde Vukovi Zavijaju
The Color of Rain – Oceans Above
Trhä - Lhum'ad'sejja
Tyrann - Besatt
Urbain - A Soul Purged
Varmia - Nie nas widzę
Vengeance - Sewer Surge
Year of the Knife - No Love Lost

3rd place = 15pts
Acid Force - World Targets in Megadeaths
Ad Infinitum - Chapter III - Downfall
Adversvm - Vama Marga
Aegrus - Invoking the Abysmal Night
Asenheim - Nibelungenblut
Beyondition- Abysmal Night
Bloedmaan - Castle Inside the Eclipse
Calligram - Position | Momentum
Chronicle - Where Chaos Thrives
Crowne - Operation Phoenix
Downfall of Gaia - Silhouettes of Disgust
Entrancement – Of Passion’s Cruelty
Fatuous Rump - I Am at Your Disposal
Florid Ekstasis - Trepanning
Furia - Huta Luna
Green Yeti - Necropolitan
Happy Days - En Enfer, J'ai Régné
Irillion- Mélamar
Le prochain hiver - Talvi
Man Must Die - The Pain Behind It All
Marco Garau's Magic Opera - Battle of Ice
Marthyrium - Through The Spheres Of Darkness
Mental Cruelty - Zwielicht
Mithridatum - Harrowing
Narnia - Ghost Town
Nebulae Come Sweet - De Lumiere
Organ Dealer - The Weight of Being
Pénitence Onirique - Nature morte
Pestifer - Defeat of the Nemesis
Phlebotomized - Clouds of Confusion
Ritual Clearing - Penitence
Sanguine Glacialis - Maladaptive Daydreaming
Smallpox Aroma – Festering Embryos of Logical Corruption
Tardigrade Inferno – Burn the Circus
Transgressive - Extreme Transgression
Tygers of Pan Tang - Bloodlines
Venus - Obscured Until Observed
Violent Sin - Serpent's Call
Voltax - Ardentis
Wintarnaht - Anþjaz
Witches Hollow - Grimoire
Xorsist - At the Sombre Steps to Serenity

4th place = 12pts
Artificial Scarcity - Empires to Ashes
Ashen - Ritual of Ash
Botanist - VIIII: Selenotrope
Caixão – Knaga
Calderum – Lord Cramidor
Celestial Sanctuary - Insatiable Thirst for Torment
Coffin Mulch - Spectral intercession
Colpocleisis - Elegant Degradation
Cosmic Jaguar - The Legacy of the Aztecs
Deitus - Irreversible
Devil's Reef - The Droste Observer
Dieth - To Hell and Back
Eterknight - Forgotten Tales
Gabestok - Med freden kommer hadet
Heimdall - Hephaestus
Kvelgeyst - Blut, Milch und Thränen
Laang - Riluo
Locus Animae - Buio
Misanthrope - Les déclinistes
Moon Oracle - Ophidian Glare
Nattehimmel - Mourningstar
Neo Inferno 262 - Pleonectic
Night Crowned – Tales
No Cure - The Commitment To Permanence
Panzerchrist - Last of a kind
Parity Boot - Fast Forward
Reverence To Paroxysm - Lux Morte
Shakma - On Tenebrous Wings
Skratte - Akt II - Des Wolfes Klagen
Slomatics - Strontium Fields
Solarcycles - Lunar
Sorrowful Land - Faded Anchors of the Past
Subsignal - A Poetry of Rain
Swords of Dis - Melancholia
Taubrą - Therizo
Tribulation - Hamartia
Turpitude - Une interprétation...
Valentino Francavilla - Midnight Dreams
Virgin Steele - The Passion of Dionysus
Void - Jadjow
Vosbúð - Heklugjá
Warfuck - Diptyque
Wild Beyond - Wild Beyond
Ynkleudherhenavogyon - Honan Bleydh II
Ὁπλίτης - Ψευδομένη
Бездна Анального Угнетения - Русская мечта
МЕЩЕРА ‘Сказки Чёрных Лесов’

5th place = 10pts
A Constant Knowledge of Death - Dissecting a One Winged Bird
Ageless Summoning - Corrupting The Entempled Plane
Alfa Obscura - Sisyfos Speil
Andy James - Fury From Above
Avernus Gate - Poetry of Leathered Wings
Chris Boltendahl's Steelhammer - Reborn in Flames
D.R.E.P. - Drastically Reducing Earth's Population
Danava - Nothing but Nothing
Demoncy – Diabolica Blasphemiae
Desecresy- Deserted Realms
Diabolic Night - Beneath the Crimson Prophecy
Domhain - Nimue
Eleine - We Shall Remain
Elffor - The Black Sentinel
Envision - The Gods that Built Tomorrow
Ershetu - Xibalba
Falaise - After All This Time
Fange - Privation
Gromoverzh - Izdrevle
Grymheart - Hellish Hunt
Hasard - Malivore
Ignominy - Imminent Collapse
Lo! - The Gleaners
Lotan - Lotan
Lowest Creature - Witch Supreme
Lucifuge - Monoliths of Wrath
Margarita Witch Cult - Margarita Witch Cult
Nephilim's Noose - Blood Chants of Impiety
Olkoth - At the Eye of Chaos
Quasarborn - Novo oružje protiv bola
Shadow Legion - Shadow Legion
Temple Balls – Avalanche
The Acacia Strain - Failure Will Follow
Toter Fisch - Aspidochelone
Voyager - Fearless Love
War Cry - Sons Of Thunder
Ὁπλίτης - Ἀ​ν​τ​ι​τ​ι​μ​ω​ρ​ο​υ​μ​έ​ν​η

6th place = 8pts
1782 – Clamor Luficeri
Aeffect - Theory of Mind
Atomwinter - Sakrileg
Atrocity - Okkult III
Augrim - The Sceptre
Black Stag Rising - Temples
Celtefog - Δ​έ​λ​τ​α
Ch'ahom - Knots of Abhorrence
Craving – Call Of The Sirens
DARK EMBRACE ‘Dark Heavy Metal’
Desekryptor - Vortex Oblivion
Desolate Realm - Legions
Drain - Living Proof
Gateway - Galgendood
Guerra Nuclear - Fim de Todas as Formas
Guts- Decay
Gyrdleah – Spellbinder
Hagatiz – Cured to the Night
Häxanu - Totenpass
Helfró – Tálgröf
Hellwitch - Annihilational Intercention
King - Fury And Death
Kriegszittern - Flamethrower
Maȟpíya Lúta - Wowahwala
Majesty - Back to Attack
Martin Simson's Destroyer of Death - Eternal Reign
MDXX- MDXX
Milligan - Play Me
Milorganaut – Jones Island
Nameless Mist - Lifeless
Nine Altars - The Eternal Penance
Oceangrave – The Buried Inheritance
Raspberry Bulbs - The World Is Empty, The Heart Is Full
Redshift - Laws of Entropy
Returning - Severance
Rexoria - Imperial Dawn
Sakis Tolis - The Seven Seals of the Apocalyse
Satan's Fall - Destination Destruction
Slow Fall - Obsidian Waves
Tailgunner - Guns for Hire
The Plague - Erosion of Gods
Thelemite - Survival of the Fittest
Thlipsis – Dawn of defiance
Three Eyes of the Void - The Atheist
Thronehammer - Kingslayer
Trest - Sorginak
Vale of Amonition - Immortalizing the Lugubrious
Venusburg Cardinal - Atlas of Dungeons
Wyrgher - Panspermic Warlords
Xysma – No Place Like Alone

7th place = 6pts
Adavänt - The Mystic and the Mountain
Anachronism - Meanders
Arjen Lucassen's Supersonic Revolution - Golden Age of Music
Athanatheos - Cross. Deny. Glorify.
Austere – Corrosion of Hearts
Bacchus - II
Bizarrekult - Den tapte krigen
Blodtår - Det Förtegna Förflutna
Bongzilla - Dab City
Bretwaldas of Heathen Doom - Summoning the Gatekeepers
Brujeria - Esto es Brujeria
Burning Witches - The Dark Tower
CEMETERY OF SCREAM ‘Oceans’
Chaos Control - The Legacy Within
Chepang - Swatta
Cicada The Burrower - Blight Witch Regalia
Damnation Plan - The New Horizon
Devangelic - Xul
DevilDriver - Dealing With Demons Vol. II
Druid Stone - The Grateful Undead
Dymna Lotva - The Land Under The Black Wings
Dyoxidon - The Decaying Multiverse
Electrocutioner - False Idols
Elvenking - Reader of the Runes - Rapture
Enisum - Forgotten Mountains
Esoctrilihum - Astraal Constellations of the Majickal Zodiac
Eternal Rot - Moribound
Faithxtractor - Contempt for a Failed Dimension
Gomorrha- Doomed Mankind
Gross Reality - Return to Ruin
Heáfodbán - Heáfodbán
Hellevaerder / Duindwaler / Schavot / Asgrauw - Verloren vertellingen
Hippie Death Cult - Helichrysum
Holy Moses - Invisible Queen
Ignea - Dreams of Lands Unseen
Impalement – The Dawn of Blackened Death
Into Darkness - Cassini
Krallice - Porous Resonance Abyss
Kringa - All Stillborn Fires, Lick my heart
Kryss – Reflections of Nature
Leper Colony - Leper Colony
Oak Pantheon - The Absence
Phoebus the Knight - Ferrum Fero Ferro Feror
Plague Rider - Intensities
Purtenance - The Rot Within Us
Ruadh - 1296
Ruin Lust - Dissimulant
Sacrenoir - Comme des revenants parmi les ruines
Sarcoptes - Prayers to Oblivion
Snuffed on Sight - Smoke
Sonic Demon - Veterans of the Psychic War
Suotana - Ounas I
The Magus - Βυσσοδομώντας
Thorium- Extraordinary Journeys Pt. 1
Torpor - Abscission
Trhä - §​º​an​Ω​ë aglivajsamë cá n​ë​lh​¶​iha i eddana pi​¶​e
Tulus – Fandens Kall
Ŭkcheănsălâwit - Mjijaqamij
Vampyroteuthis Infernalis - Vampyroteuthis Infernalis
Viikate - Askel
Weeping Assault - Extinction
Xibalba - Aztlán
Zørormr - The Monolith

8th place = 4pts
Act of Impalement - Infernal Ordiance
Adversor - Portrait of a Wasteland
Akrethion - Between the Worlds
Altai-Sayan - S​ä​ngke​-​T​ū​rem Najt Mut​-​Mor​ä​h
Angstskríg - Angstkrig
Árstíðir Lífsins - Hermalausaz
Bodyfarm - Ultimate Abomination
Chromeskull - Screaming To The World
Convocation - No Dawn for the Caliginous Night
Coven Japan - Earthlings
Decadence Dust - Lighthouse
Decipher – Arcane Paths to Resurrection
Demon King - Vesania
Der Tod und die Landsknechte - Wir fürchten weder Tod noch Teufel
Dikasterion - Chaos As A New World
Distaste - Der Ertraeger und das Fleisch
Dreadnought - The Endless
Drüben - Volden er naturens mejsel
Ettinskjalf - Between Walls and Delusion
Exulansis - Overtures of Uprising
Foretoken - Triumphs
Full of Hell & Primitive Man - Suffocating Hallucination
Haliphron - Prey
Hellix - Montage
Helytube - Din canale
High Priest - Invocation
Kommodus - Wreath of Bleeding Snowfall
Korgull the Exterminator - Built to Kill
Krieg - Ruiner
Lalu - The Fish Who Wanted To Be King
Limbes - Ecluse
Molested Divinity - The Primordial
Mrak - No Hope
Nordicwinter – This Mournful Dawn
Oros Kau - Thanatos
Ossaert - Offerdier
Penny Coffin - Conscripted Morality
Perc3ption - Art In Extreme Situations
Phrozen - Questioning Society's Secrets
Powerwolf - Interludum
Pustilence - Beliefs of Dead Stargazers and Soothsayers
Raider - Trail By Chaos
Sepulchral Curse - Abhorrent Dimensions
Serpent Corpse - Blood Sabbath
Silver Bullet - Shadowfall
Siver - По Зарослих Стежках
Slaughtered Priest - Bang Your Head for Satan
Slow - Abîmes I
Svartkonst - May the Night Fall
Sworn - A Journey Told Through Fire
The River - A Hollow Full of Hope
The Spectre Beneath - The Ashen Child
This White Mountain - Icons of the Melancholy
Trépas - Les Ombres Malades
Ûkche​â​ns​â​l​â​wit - Mjijaqamij
Unfelled - Pall of Endless Perdition
Ûngrûn: Itjinge tonei barre scil
Velvet Viper - Nothing Compares to Metal
Yellow Eyes - Master's Murmur
ГРОМОВЕРЖ ‘Издревле’

9th place = 2pts
Agriculture - Agriculture
Amun - Spectrum and Obsession
Angerot – The Profound Recreant
Argenthorns - The Ravening
Asphodelus - Sculpting from Time
Atheosophia - Shadowgate of Winter's Spirit
Caged - From Roving About the Earth
Cause N Effect - Validation Through Suffering
Crymych - Songs of Sistrum
Destructor - Blood, Bone, and Fire
Doro - Conqueress - Forever Strong and Proud
Eclipse - Megalomanium
Eternal Dark - Gânduri
Eunomia - The Chronicles of Eunomia Part II
Fifth Angel - When Angels Kill
Funeral Winds: Stigmata Mali
Go Ahead And Die - Unhealthy Mechanisms
Great Master - Montecristo
Høstsol - L​ä​nge leve dö​den
Ice Age – Waves of Loss and Power
Imperceptum - Chaos Pilgrimage
Intöxicated - Sadistic Nightmares
Kaevum - Kultur
Kataklysm - Goliath
Katara - Aeonian Sorrow
Manbryne - Interregnum: O pr​ó​bie wiary i jarzmie zw​ą​tpienia
Manii - Innerst I Mørket
Mercenary - Soundtrack for the End Times
MOROK ‘Час Прошлой Веры’
Mutual Hostility – Inhuman Anguish
Nocte Obducta - Karwoche
Old Ruins - Always Heading East
Omnivortex - Circulate
Sovereign - Rewired
Sporae Autem Yuggoth - .​.​.​However It Still Moves
Starchild - Magic Well
Stoned Jesus - Father Light
Strike - Break the Chains
Sylvatica - Cadaver Synod
The Answer Lies in the Black Void - Thou Shalt
The Crawling - All of This for Nothing
Tramalizer - Fumes of Funeral Pyres
Ufomammut - Crookhead
Warkings - Morgana
Ὁ Μέɣας - Κ​ή​ρ​υ​ξ π​ῦ​ρ
БѢСЪ - Ѿ Лукáвагѡ

10th place - 1pt
Aeon Furnace - Providence Descends
Aggression - Frozen Aggressors
Anarchy - Eyeclöser
Aufnorden - Return To Jötunheimr
Carnation - Cursed Mortality
Ceremonial Bloodbath - Genesis of Malignant Entropy
Crème Flesh - Casablumpkin
Cryptworm - Oozing Radioactive Vomition
Cultus Sanguine - Dust Once Alive
Deadly Carnage - Endless Blue
Demon Rat - El Ataque De La Rata Demonio
Dokken - Heaven Comes Down
Eisenkult - Vulgäre, deutsche Hassmusik
Elffor - The Wintery Warrior Spirit
Ene - Et alter av forakt
Fellowship - The Saberlight Chronicles
Fugitive Wizard - Ultima Magus Chapter II
Full of Hell & Nothing - When No Birds Sang
Ghosts of Atlantis - Riddles of the Sycophants
Goatmoon - What Once Was... Shall Be Again
God Disease - Apocalyptic Doom
Grand Cadaver - Deities of Deathlike Sleep
Gravecrawler - Chapter III: Fallen Kingdoms
Graveripper - Seasons Dreaming Death
Hellcrash - Demonic Assassinatiön
Horda - Form
Ice Giant- Ghost of Humanity
Infinity - The Untamed Hunger
Kilta - Varjojen laulu
Livin' Evil - Prayers and Torments
Lord Mountain - The Oath
Lordi - Screem Writer's Guild
LUNATII ‘Insomniashes’
Maladie - For We Are the Plague
Malformed - The Gathering of Souls
Mechina - Cenotaph
Melancholia - Book of Ruination
Nöldr – Chaotic Mysticism from the Tormented Silence
Ophanim - Tämpelskläng
Oplitis - Pseudomeni
Óreiða - The Eternal
Parasitario - Everything Belongs To Death
Paroxysm Unit - Fragmentation // Stratagem
Plaguemace - Reptilian Warlords
Predatory Void - Seven Keys to the Discomfort of Being
Prydain - The Gates of Aramore
Purification - Elphinstone
Pyrolatrous - Inveterate
Receiver - Whispers Of Lore
Salacious Gods: Oalevluuk
Sasti - Chapter III: Happiness Aboard
Scarlet Aura - Rock în sânge și voință
Scars of Oblivion – Misanthropy
Slidhr - White Hart!
Solar X- Hard 'n Heavy
Somnuri - Death is the Beginning
Sorry... - Self Inflicted Razor Cutting
Tales of Medusa - The Titan Sun
Temperance - Hermitage - Daruma's Eyes, Part Two
The Circle - Of Awakening
The Shredderz - The Shredderz
Torture Rack - Primeval Onslaught
Walg - III
Woe - Legacies of Frailty
Уводь - Пламенем прошлого
Эпидемия - Загадка волшебной страны


BH's Final Thoughts
This was a very fun year and a very tough one to predict. DHG won pretty decisively in the end, and as the notes on the spreadsheet point out, passed every hundred point threshold first besides the 100 point barrier (which went to Dying Fetus). So they got ahead and stayed ahead, but for the most part Hellripper and Malokarpatan really kept on their heels for a good chunk of the time. Really though, what's most interesting about their victory is exactly how they achieved it. If you look at the point spread, you'll see that a huge majority of their points came from 1st and 2nd place placements. They actually had fewer total votes than both Hellripper and Malo, mirroring a similar situation in 2020 when The Ruins of Beverast pulled out a win despite nabbing fewer votes than Spectral Wound in 2nd place. In fact, if they had ONLY gotten those 12 first place votes, they'd have landed in 13th with 300 points, and if you include the second place votes as well they'd be #4. The strength of those high placements carried them across the finish line. I can anticipate and even understand the argument for why this is a bad thing, but I think weighing quality along with popularity is important for exactly this reason. DHG has proven here exactly what it means to be a cult classic, because comparatively fewer people seemed to hear them, but a majority of people who did and liked it at all considered it one of the absolute best albums they'd heard all year. That, to me, is both more valuable and more representative of what "The Best" album truly is.

There were a few other fun things I watched unfold. Overkill stayed pretty high up the whole time but didn't make it into the top ten until the last few ballots, while Horrendous did the opposite, hanging on to the bottom half of top ten all month and just barely squirted out at the last minute, missing their chance to repeat a top ten performance. Oromet exclusively had first place votes for most of the month until the last few days, and Tetragrammacide had the opposite and had exclusively tenth place votes until near the end. I don't remember if this is the first year where the entire top ten landed over 300 points but that's a cool detail if it is.

There are always booby prizes, but they're a lot harder to come up with as the poll gets more popular each year. For example our Rando Calrissian Award for "Highest placement with no first place votes" this year goes to Enslaved - Heimdal, but they're all the way down in the 27th slot, which is much less interesting than something like 2017 where Immolation managed to get second place with that accolade. I used to do the Beltre Award for "earning at least one vote in all ten spots" but four-fuckin'-teen albums got it this year so it's totally meaningless now. I also did the At Least Somebody Likes Milhouse Award for "lowest placement with at least one first place vote" but that's a five way tie this year. So who knows, maybe I'll be able to think of more fun imaginary awards to give out in the future, but as it stands, a lot of them are much less special now that participation has shot through the roof. I dunno, make up your own!

(As for the question from the other thread, the correct answer for #28 was Cruel Force - Dawn of the Axe. KaiKasparek and irishpip were the closest with their guesses, both being two off in either direction, but I'm gonna give the win to Kai because the last time I did this game he also won by being only two off from the correct answer. Dude's got a knack for being Almost Right!)


And that's all for this year! Thank you all so much once again. I love this community and these polls are fantastic way for us to get together and celebrate the obnoxious music we all love so much. Let's now use this thread for discussion, list sharing, slapfights, and commiseration!

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

[the Hall of Fame will go here later after I edit it in, right now I just want to stop looking at numbers]
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2024 11:17 pm 
 

Not got a big fancy post this year, but I did manage to make a top 25:

1. Liturgy - 93696 (191st)
2. Nithing - Agonal Hymns (19th)
3. Kostnatění - Úpal (14th)
4. Gridlink - Coronet Juniper (85th)
5. Spirit Possession - Of The Sign... (16th)
6. Thantifaxath - Hive Mind Narcosis (35th)
7. Chepang - Swatta (R [7th])
8. Victory Over the Sun - Dance You Monster To My Soft Song! (138th)
9. Theophonos - Nightmare Visions (265th)
10. Blut aus Nord - Disharmonium - Nahab (56th)

11. Fawn Limbs & Nadja - Vestigial Spectra (U)
12. Ὁπλίτης (Hoplites) - Τρωθησομένη (Trothisoméni) (120th)
13. Cognizant - Inexorable Nature of Adversity (U)
14. Odz Manouk - Bosoragazan (Բոսորագազան) (184th)
15. Impetuous Ritual - Iniquitous Barbarik Synthesis (185th)

16. Body Void - Atrocity Machine (U)
17. Agriculture - Agriculture (R [9th])
18. Anti-God Hand - Blight Year (U)
19. Krallice - Mass Cathexis 2 - The Kinetic Infinite (U)
20. Khanate - To Be Cruel (132nd)

21. Swarrrm - 焦​が​せ -Kogase- (U)
22. Jute Gyte - Unus Mundus Patet (183rd)
23. Full of Hell & Primitive Man - Suffocating Hallucination (R [8th])
24. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - PetroDragonic Apocalypse... (32nd)
25. Trichomoniasis - Makeshift Crematoria (270th)

And of course, the collage:

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Looking at it, this is probably the most obscure list I've ever made for MA's year-end poll - still not obscure by any means, but definitely a lot more so than my previous lists. Looking at either the top 10 or top 25, none of MA's top 10 lands on my list. I think I have more unranked albums in the 11 - 25 portion than in any year previous, as well as albums in the 100 - 300 range; hell my #1 metal album of the year only came 191st, which is definitely the lowest any of my #1s have placed in these polls. I don't really have much to say here, it's just interesting to note.

And with that, another year is done; and man there was a lot of great metal released this past year. I originally had a longer list planned but had to ditch it; and still now a part of me keeps thinking I should add more albums to the list. With that said, in doing all that listening a clear top tier - in this case, the top half roughly, as I had 57 albums ranked at that point - had emerged, and after some final adjustments I got this top 25 I'm very happy with.

And as ever, my biggest thanks to BH for running these every year! It's always a fun time to see how it all plays out, and it also gets me listening to more stuff - I've found some amazing things just through my listening for these polls.
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I_Am_Vengeance
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2024 11:17 pm 
 

Woo Hoo

Let's see how my results stacked up

1. Sacred Outcry - Towers of Gold (6)
2. Wytch Hazel - IV: Sacrament (31)
3. Heavy Load - Riders of the Ancient Storm (98)
4. Malokarpatan - Vertumnus Caesar (3)
5. Cruel Force - Dawn of the Axe (28)
6. Helms Deep - Treacherous Ways (64)
7. Sorcerer - Reign of the Reaper (65)
8. Cirith Ungol - Dark Parade (9)
9. Destructor - Blood, Bone, and Fire (Rando)
10. Triumpher - Storming the Walls (43)

All top 100 except for 1 in the Rando. Think maybe if it came our earlier in the year it would have a few more votes. All in all a great year for metal and I can't wait to listen to some of the others on the list.

Thanks for all the hard work BastardHead again.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2024 11:18 pm 
 

Haha I didn't even remember DHG released an album this year.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2024 11:20 pm 
 

1. nithing agonal hymns 19
2. spirit possession of the sign... 16
3. enevelde en gildere dod 279
4. blut aus nord disharmonium - nahab 56
5. dodheimsgard black medium current 1
6. venusberg cardinal atlas of dungeons rando
7. moonlight sorcery horned lord of the thorned castle 7
8. vargrav the nighthold 300
9. marduk momento mori 23
10. kostnateni upal 14

big thanks as always for doing this, bh. truly a lad
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Derigin
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2024 11:25 pm 
 

Thanks, and much appreciated for this, BH.

My top 10 and where they placed:
1. Weald and Woe - For the Good of the Realm (#127)
2. One of Nine - Eternal Sorcery (#112)
3. Nithing - Agonal Hymns (#19)
4. Moonlight Sorcery - Horned Lord of the Thorned Castle (#7)
5. Ershetu - Xibalba (Rando)
6. Kostnatění - Úpal (#14)
7. Oak Pantheon - The Absence (Rando)
8. Karne - Condamnés (#294)
9. Cruel Force - Dawn of the Axe (#28)
10. Infinity - The Untamed Hunger (Rando)

Hmm, not too shabby. Only three randos.
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lord_ghengis
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2024 11:28 pm 
 

Well my impression that you might win with like 350 points this year was wrong haha.

Anyhoo, checking my performance:

1. Nithing - Agonal Hymns #19
2. Trichomoniasis - Makeshift Crematoria #270
3. Dead And Dripping - Blackened Cerebral Rifts #118
4. Ὁπλίτης (Hoplites) - Τ​ρ​ω​θ​η​σ​ο​μ​έ​ν​η #120
5. Undergang - De syv stadier af ford​æ​rv #228
6. Desekryptor - Vortex Oblivion Rando
7. Impetuous Ritual - Iniquitous Barbarik Synthesis #185
8. Khanate - To Be Cruel #132
9. Arnaut Pavle - Transylvanian Glare #114
10. Tetragrammacide - Typho-Tantric Aphorisms From the Arachneophidian Qur'an #225

Well shit, this was my kvltest year ever. ONE album in the top 100, which only made it to 19. The totals may have been higher than I picked but the breadth I predicted was there.

As for the 10 that made it, I've only heard half of them so clearly I'm off the pulse here. My disagreement is reflected here with none of that 10 cracking my own top hundred. DHG sucked ass, hadn't heard of it before December so I'm stunned to see it cracked the 600 (Personal #322). Hellripper was alright and was my pre-poll prediction, so I was close there at least (Personal #203). Malokarpatan just ain't my jam, that heavy/black thing never does it for me, and adding a mountain of prog rock didn't enhance it, still fine enough I guess (personal #220). Dying Fetus was solid legacy filler (personal #124). Cirith Ungol keep doing one song over and over, I need some frenzied attack tunes to break up the endless midpaced epics (personal #187).
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2024 11:36 pm 
 

I would have been so pissed if Frozen Crown got rando'd. Thank you to whoever voted it in 4th on the other ballot. The silent majority does NOT give a shit about that band anymore. :(

Also LOL at Lovebites beating RYM favorite King Gizzard and Metallica. (I was close dammit!) Edit: HOLY SHIT I WON ANYWAY!

Edit 2: Thanks for all your hard work on this BH!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2024 11:38 pm 
 

Alright! Time to post my official list:

Top 10 Albums of 2023:

1. Marc Hudson - Starbound Stories (#214)
Ah, cheese. Sweet, delicious cheese. In this miserable, no-good, downright awful year that made me want to quit pretending that happiness is even possible for me, I needed this wedge of tasty cheese to at least help keep my head above water. Bizarre how the title track is the weakest track by far, though. Funny how that happens.
Top Three Tracks: "Freedom Heart," "Call of the Martyrs," and "The Siren"

2. Lovebites - Judgement Day (#30)
This is probably my 2nd favorite Lovebites album, after Clockwork Immortality. I love me some hooky melodies, and they were here in spades, despite being conspicuously absent on Electric Pentagram. Funny how that happens.
Top Three Tracks: "My Orion," "Wicked Witch," and "Stand and Deliver (Shoot 'Em Down)"

3. Overkill - Scorched (#10)
Pre-1991 Overkill does nothing for me. 2010-onwards Overkill is my favorite thrash metal band of all time. You'd think a veteran band like this would slow down and start dipping in quality by this point, but they just haven't. They just keep kicking ass. Funny how that happens.
Top Three Tracks: "The Surgeon," "Scorched," and "Know Her Name"

4. Blood Star - First Sighting (#18)
I might just not be as in-touch with the scene as I used to be, but these guys feel like they came outta nowhere, and boy am I glad they did, because this is the retro-80s-throwback band I've been waiting for. Everything about them is just so fresh and exciting, despite their sound being so familiar. Funny how that happens.
Top Three Tracks: "All For Nothing," "Going Home," and "Cold Moon"

5. Iron Savior - Firestar (#71)
It is an Iron Savior album. Funny how that happens.
Top Three Tracks: "Rising From Ashes," "In the Realm of Heavy Metal," and "Firestar"

6. Theocracy - Mosaic (#39)
Ghost Ship was a bit of a disappointment, so it's nice that these past 7 years of inactivity have resulted in a fantastic comeback album for them. Extremely memorable and enjoyable all-around, and it's obvious that time and care went into its creation. Which is why it's so good. Funny how that happens.
Top Three Tracks: "Liar, Fool, or Messiah," "Flicker," and "Mosaic"

7. Metal Church - Congregation of Annihilation (#77)
I like Metal Church's first two albums, but after that, they completely fell off a cliff for me. It was only on a whim that I gave this album a shot, and hot damn! I was not expecting anything nearly this good! Well, you know what they say about assumptions--you made an ass out of you and umptions. Funny how that happens.
Top Three Tracks: "Congregation of Annihilation," "Another Judgement Day," and "Say a Prayer with 7 Bullets"

8. Metallica - 72 Seasons (#53)
Speaking of surprises, I had expected Hardwired to be the last gasp of quality writing to ever be squeezed out of the tired, battered udder that is Metallica, but it seems like they're in the midst of a second wind of sorts. Another veteran act that put out a shockingly consistent, high-quality album. Funny how that happens.
Top Three Tracks: "Inamorata," "Shadows Follow," and "Lux Aeterna"

9. Serenity - Nemesis AD (#357)
After the disappointment that was The Last Knight, I was expecting Serenity to be on their way out, but nope! They bounced right back. Funny how that happens.
Top Three Tracks: "The Fall of Man," "Reflections (of AD)," and "Ritter, Tod und Teufel (Knightfall)"

10. Xandria - The Wonders Still Awaiting (#192)
It's strange. I keep forgetting that Xandria have been excellent since 2012, largely because their music before then has always been so flat and forgettable. So a new album comes out, my expectations are way too low, and then I'm shocked at how much I enjoy it. You'd think I'd have learned by now to expect good things. Funny how that happens.
Top Three Tracks: "Your Stories I'll Remember," "Reborn," and "The Wonders Still Awaiting"

Runner Ups:
Ascension - Under the Veil of Madness (Top Track: "Monsters")
Beyond the Black - Beyond the Black (Top Track: "Winter is Coming")
Angra - Cycles of Pain (Top Track: "Ride Into the Storm")
Derdian - New Era Part IV (Top Track: "Dorian")
Fifth Angel - When Angels Kill (Top Track: "Blinded and Bleeding")

Totally Should Count as 2023 Release:
EYE - Graffiti (Top Track: "Bye Bye")

Best Songs From Albums That Didn't Make the Top 10 or Runner Ups Lists:
"Twilight Force" (from Twilight Force - At the Heart of Wintervale)
"Eternal Fire" (from Kerrigan - Bloodmoon)
"The Phoenix Died (Remember)" (from Winterstorm - Everfrost)
"Midnight Fyre" (from Skull & Crossbones - Sungazer)
"Fire in the Sky" (from Frozen Crown - Call of the North)
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2024 11:52 pm 
 

Alright, let's see where my list stands...

1. Legion of the Damned - The Poison Chalice (168)
2. Vastum - Inward to Gethsemane (158)
3. Dozer - Drifting in the Endless Void (291)
4. Enslaved - Heimdal (27)
5. Insomnium - Anno 1696 (22)
6. Overkill - Scorched (10 - the highest rank from my list)
7. Thron - Dust (229)
8. Bodyfarm - Ultimate Abomination (rando!)
9. Impetuous Ritual - Iniquitous Barbarik Synthesis (185)
10. Aphotic - Abyssgazer (274)

Highest album on the official rankings that I listened to:
Hellripper - Warlocks Grim & Withered Hags [ended up just within my personal top 25]

Highest album on my personal 2023 listening tracker that didn't receive a vote, even as a rando:
Omicida - Sacrifice the Bastard Son [great thrash metal]

I could go through the rest of my list to see what didn't get a vote like I did a year ago, but I listened to so much more this past year, and I don't feel like searching all of it and posting about it. Though I was still curious about a couple of brutal death albums I would say are easily better than that Nithing album, and neither got a vote. They were Ophiocordyceps - Anthropocene and Internal Suffering - Rituals.

2023 non-metal album shoutouts:
Foo Fighters - But Here We Are
The Hives - The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons
Electric Six - Turquoise

Probably have a few more observations I could make, but no one would care anyway. Here's to 2024 and the music it will bring.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2024 11:58 pm 
 

Thanks BastardHead! Great work once again.

I didn't even get to hear all the ones I wanted to hear this year, like Gorod, Runemagick, Phobocosm, Gotsu Totsu Kotsu, Urfaust, and others. No reason, just never got to them. Never mind. From what I did hear, here's my top 20:

1. Cattle Decapitation - Terrasite (#4)
Definitely my AOTY. I feel like the band just upped their game in all facets to create an album dripping with aggression, great riffs, incredible vocals, and mournful lyrics. I generally don’t pay the most attention to lyrics, but they’re simply fantastic here, in a masochistic way. This is most likely their best album, and with it being this far into their career, it’ll be awesome to see what comes next. For the time being, though, this is the best album I’ve heard this year.

2. The Zenith Passage - Datalysium (#58)
I love the syncopation and heavy helpings of tech/groove on offer here. Super catchy and fun to listen to. It took a while to warm up to the two last songs, but now that I have, I can safely say this album is a complete banger from start to finish. I love tech-death and this delivers what I like in spades.

3. Florid Ekstasis - Trepanning (rando)
This album is a weird and wild ride. Easy contender for best experimental death metal album of the year. The music is completely off-kilter and when it feels like it’s all crumbling down, they pick it right back up again. The 22-minute track is the centrepiece here, but all 4 tracks bring something awesome and will keep you guessing.

4. Parity Boot - Fast Forward (rando)
Huge surprise for me. This is some wonderfully crafted melodic industrial metal. The cleans are great, the hooks are even better, and each song will be etched in your mind long after the album ends. Highly recommended.

5. Turbid North - The Decline (#246)
This album is basically death/grindcore/groove, but is much more than the sum of its parts. It takes 2 tracks to really get into the album, but that melodic opener is just spine-tingling. I love the 8 minute instrumental track, how it can change from groove to grindcore on a dime, and how the melodies are seamlessly interwoven. I haven’t heard their older material, but this one is super unique in how it’s presented that it kept me coming back over and over through the year.

6. Aeffect - Theory of Mind (rando)
In a year without Meshuggah, this is a great substitute, but at the same time they are doing their own thing. Massive downtuned riffs with death metal vocals. The band knows when to add blasts, but also when to add atmospheric sections. Their mix of djent, groove, and death metal make this one a winner, since I’m a big fan of all those things. Not too shabby for a debut album.

7. Dyoxidon - The Decaying Multiverse (rando)
I love industrial elements in my music, and this one has that in spades. Beyond that, this album is dense. It’s unrelenting, dark, and pummeling to the point that you’ll be gasping for air by the end of it. Deathened, blackened, industrialised goodness, thicker than peanut butter, and utterly captivating.

8. Molested Divinity - The Primordial (rando)
On paper, this band shouldn’t be in the top 10, but something about this brand of brutal death metal just resonates with me. It’s unrelenting, but the way they’ve done it for three straight albums clicks for me. It’s one I’ve kept coming back to this year and one I’ll continue to come back to in years to come.

9. Sovereign - Rewired (rando)
Apart from the final track, which has vocals, this is basically instrumental sci-fi cyber metal. I don’t care how robotic or plastic it sounds, but I love it. Listening to this makes me feel like I’m in the future. Whether that future is The Jetsons or Cyberpunk is up to the individual. Nevertheless, I’m a huge sucker for industrial sounds and this one hits a specific spot for me that keeps me coming back.

10. Paroxysm Unit - Fragmentation // Stratagem (rando)
After the disappointing 7 H. Target album, this one basically fills that void with supremely off-kilter slam-but-not-too-much-slam death metal. It’s chaotic, noisy, but a whole lot of fun, basically demanding repeated listens.

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11. S.U.P. - Octa
Love everything this band has done, and this is no exception. Great avant-garde metal with varied vocals and interesting musicianship.

12. Neurectomy - Overwrought
Killer technical death metal with John Longstreth of Origin fame drumming. Awesome riffs and songwriting.

13. Extermination Dismemberment - Extinction Protocol
I loved their last album and had to wait a while for this one. The bass drops are back and it’s just as good, if not better.

14. Cause n Effect - Validation Through Suffering
More tech-death, and this one kind of came out of nowhere. Has the songwriting chops to keep up with their more experienced peers. An up-and-coming band to keep an eye on.

15. Wothrosch - Odium
Death/black metal. Doesn’t go all out with speed, but makes up for it with interesting songwriting. Another band to keep an eye on.

16. Ophiocordyceps - Anthropocene
Utterly unrelenting, but retains my interest throughout.

17. The Last Eon - Infernal Fractality
My love of industrial continues. This time industrial black metal, where great vocals combine with pounding beats and interesting songwriting.

18. Cryptopsy - As Gomorrah Burns
Another great comeback. Maybe not quite as good as their self-titled, but still packs quite a punch, and contains their brand of schizophrenic death metal.

19. Somnium de Lycoris - In the Failing Hours
Great debut album from another band that should be talked about among the giants of tech-death.

20. Godflesh - Purge
Still got it this far into their career. Rivals their best albums of decades past, in my opinion.

Honourable mentions:

Baring Teeth - The Path Narrows
Blindfolded and Led to the Woods - Rejecting Obliteration
Blut Aus Nord - Disharmonium - Nahab
Djinn-Ghul - Opulence
Hasard - Malivore
Mithridatum - Harrowing
Nightmarer - Deformity Adrift
Nithing - Agonal Hymns
Suffocation - Hymns from the Apocrypha
Tyrant of Death - Nuclear Nanosecond Remastered
Ulthar - Anthronomicon/Helionomicon
Whalesong - Leaving a Dream
Ὁπλίτης (Hoplites) - Ψ​ε​υ​δ​ο​μ​έ​ν​η
Ὁπλίτης (Hoplites) - Τρωθησομένη
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 12:01 am 
 

Fuck yeah, Make Them Beg for Death came at #5 along with Cattle Decap the two best death metal albums of the year by far, sad to see Suffocation didn't make the top ten.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 12:02 am 
 

Strange year, despite planning to be more selective I listened to 330 albums and enjoyed so many I had a shortlist of 75. Unsurprisingly I didn't fully get through it in making the list, but am happy enough with the result. The weirdest part is it contains a whole bunch of non-extreme albums, and the top two are bordering on pop.

  1. Angus McSix - Angus McSix and the Sword of Power (96) Would never have thought something like this would be my #1. Pure, catchy fun (the video clips really add to the experience). Dance-inflected power with no duds and Thomas' amazing voice. The bonus track is possibly the best. My kids absolutely love this which I choose to interpret as a good thing.
  2. Beyond the Black - Beyond the Black (145) More pop-influenced, catchy metal that fails to suck. Jennifer's voice is equivalent to Thomas' - rich and full where most of their power metal colleagues sound strong but have a thinness that gets on my nerves.
  3. Lovebites - Judgement Day (30) They still have the wrong vocalist for the style but somehow dialed the intensity up from previous efforts.
  4. Wytch Hazel - IV: Sacrament (31) More mature songwriting. I'll still always prefer III as my first exposure but this is really well-crafted.
  5. Helleruin - Devils, Death and Dark Arts (93) Love the variety of the interludes. Sadly got removed from Bandcamp.
  6. Leiþa - Reue (194) Some elements, like the crusty vocals, seem wrong on the surface but it builds underneath to greatness.
  7. Bizarrekult - Den tapte krigen (rando ~633) Nicely written and uniquely-voiced, beautifully mixes black and post.
  8. Blood Star - First Sighting (18) Musically simple but simply excellent (except the middle track where the guitarist does vocals).
  9. Demoniac - Nube Negra (13) Slightly more polished and progressive than So it Goes.
  10. Уводь - Пламенем прошлого (rando ~804) Not necessarily original but reminds me of a blend of one of my favourite bands, Algaion, and Drudkh (also a Mgła influence in there).

Average placement (kvlt index): 206 (77 without randos)

Congratulations to Dødheimsgard taking out the poll, was certainly on the shortlist.

Disappointment 1: Gotsu Totsu Kotsu releasing an album in the last days with no time to listen to it. The Final Stand is still a regular listen for me.
Disappointment 2: New Trisophere album MIA (supposedly mostly done in Oct 2022, then silence).


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 12:03 am 
 

I fell way behind in my new album search again so my list will probably change when I post on my blog, but Here was the top 10 I voted for.

1. "Suicidal Self Harm" Lugubrious Cult - Sorry to see this ended up in rando corner. In spite of the generic title for a DSBM band, its an excellent album.
2. “We Don't Rise We Just Fall” Firmament
3. “Threatening Skies” Goat Explosion
4. “IV: Sacrament” Wytch Hazel
5. "Golden Arm" Haunt
6. "Treacherous Ways" Helms Deep
7. "The Grateful Undead" Druid Stone - Another in Rando, but this one is expected. Obscure band and I didn't like any of their other albums I listened to, but this one people should really check out.
8. "Follow the Cold Path" Autrest
9. "色即是空"("Shiki Soku Ze Kuu") 人間椅子 ( Ningen-Isu)
10. "The Coral Tombs" Ahab

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 12:05 am 
 

My top 10 was:
1) Sacred Outcry - Towers of Gold (6)
2) Finsterforst - Jenseits (147)
3) Fires in the Distance - Air Not Meant for Us (68)
4) Katatonia - Sky Void of Stars (24)
5) Riverside - ID.Entity (131)
6) Gatekeeper - From Western Shores (47)
7) Viikate - Askel (X)
8) Lalu - The Fish Who Wanted to Be King (X)
9) Eclipse - Megalomania (X)
10) Ne Obliviscaris - Exul (88)

I have at least a couple comments to make:

1. I made a tournament bracket featuring my Top 10 Albums for each month, and did single elimination for the first two rounds. I had DHG beat Aara the opening round, but lost to Sacred Outcry in the second round.

2. You're the man now, dog!
I found a bunch of metal that played a huge role in forming my taste in music on YTMND, like Moonsorrow, Ensiferum, DragonForce, and Lost Horizon. Sacred Outcry making it to the Hall of Fame is special, particularly because it features the voice of a hilarious meme that came from YTMND, so I am forever grateful to that site.

3. Honorable mentions:
The Enigma Division is worth mentioning for releasing my favorite debut, since there aren't any on my ballot.
Haken, Stam1na, Scar Symmetry, and Klone each get an honorable mention as well.

A lot of albums (1689 this year) have been listened to, and I wanted to find ways to keep more in mind of what I run into, and I think it paid off. Congratulations to DHG on this victory, thank you BH for your work in this, and thank you any new and returning voters for your ballots this year.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 12:10 am 
 

Nice. Welp, here's the top 10 I ended up submitting.

10. Therion - Leviathan III
I've actually quite enjoyed this "Leviathan" trilogy. It seems to be slightly polarizing, though not nearly as polarizing as "Beloved Antichrist" (which was indeed dull as dishwater). Personally though, I thought most of these songs were pretty fun. The first part is still the best one, though I think this one's in second place (I really like II as well though). These albums were essentially fanservice and as a massive fan of this band (aside from one or two albums), that's okay with me.

09. Serenity - Nemesis AD
Such vibrant, strong and catchy melodies. I liked "Lionheart" and "The Last Knight", but these songs are just better written - more on par with "War of Ages" and "Death & Legacy". If you're disappointed in the latest Kamelot album, I suggest giving this a go instead - it's very similar to what they were doing in the early 00s, though it has its own quirks.

08. Immortal - War Against All
Much like the last album, this is simply Immortal being Immortal and that's okay. Not much else to say except I think it's fun and cool (or maybe grim (and frostbitten)). Yes, it's essentially a Demonaz solo album, but whatever.

07. Twilight Force - At the Heart of Wintervale
What I like about these guys is that they turn every power metal trope up to 11 without coming off as a jokey meme band (like the godawful Victorius). They just genuinely love this kind of music and it shines through in what they do. Also, "Skyknights of Aldaria" might be my favorite song they've done so far.

06. Cruciamentum - Obsidian Refractions
Now for something much darker... I'll admit I wasn't too familiar with this band until hearing this album - I'd heard some songs here and there, but this one convinced me to dig deeper into their music. Just utterly fantastic death metal through and through, really. Great atmosphere, fantastic riffs.

05. Cannibal Corpse - Chaos Horrific
I mean, it's Cannibal Corpse - you know what you're going to get. They have a particular sound that they're very good at. Not much else to say except this rules.

04. Moonlight Sorcery - Horned Lord of the Thorned Castle
Reminds me of late 90s Children of Bodom, but with more black metal influence. Fast-paced and aggressive but with richly melodic (and catchy!) guitar work. Black metal and power metal can indeed work together quite well, this is proof of it. Nice to see it in the top overall top 10.

03. Dying Fetus - Make Them Beg for Death
"Wrong One to Fuck With" was good, but a bit overly long. I could feel it drag as I was listening to it. This one absolutely doesn't have that problem - they cut the fat and delivered some excellent brutal death metal. There are slams, but they aren't over done. There's some technical riffing, but it isn't overdone. Everything is just right, basically. One of their absolute best albums. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if it eventually becomes my favorite thing they've done. We'll see. Not surprised to see this one in the overall top 10.

02. Sacred Outcry - Towers of Gold
This is a dense album, it takes some time to reveal itself to you. I wasn't entirely sure what the hype was all about when I first heard it, but after another spin it started clicking with me. Then I played it again... and again... and again... and kept playing it repeatedly throughout the year, lol. Some very strong power metal and easily the best power metal album of the year, no contest. I'm definitely glad it made it into the board's top 10 too.

01. Autopsy - Ashes, Organs, Blood and Crypts
I mean, it's fucking Autopsy. They usually do a pretty good job, barring "Shitfun" (never liked that one). Riffs that make you want to bang your head until your neck can't take it anymore and a sinister atmosphere... and a distinct sound that you just don't get from anyone else. I'm surprised they put out something so good barely a year after the last one... but hey, I'm pretty glad they did. If they can offer up something just as good as this in 2024, so be it.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 12:12 am 
 

KaiKasparek wrote:
I would have been so pissed if Frozen Crown got rando'd. Thank you to whoever voted it in 4th on the other ballot. The silent majority does NOT give a shit about that band anymore. :(


Seems so. I loved The Fallen King but nothing since then has grabbed me in the same way. They've moved a bit towards a 'modern metal' sound and lost the catchiness. Will still automatically listen to anything they release though.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 12:16 am 
 

BigTom10_4 wrote:
10) Ne Obliviscaris - Exul (88)

Oh wow, I somehow totally forgot this came out. I'll maybe give it a listen sometime this year, haha.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 12:19 am 
 

First of all, I would like to thank everyone who contributed. I really enjoy reading the lists and discovering new music. There are certainly a number of albums in the top 100 I haven’t listened to yet, and even some bands that I’m not all that familiar with.

As far as my list, the ones I thought would do well did quite well (Tomb Mold, Marduk) in the end. I was expecting a lot of randos, but had only two in the end (Tulus, Moonreich). And one of those albums, Tulus, I saw on a couple of short lists. Other groups I chose had a reasonable showing as well (Suffocation). Although Incantation (101) was a bit lower. However, I think the reaction to that album was pretty mixed among the reviews I read.

As far as the surprises, I guess for me I didn’t expect that Overkill album to finish that high. I was thinking it would be around the 30-40 rank. I guess it was surprising that it beat out Tomb Mold for a top 10 place.

I also thought that a number of albums finished lower than I imagined. I was surprised to see Ahab (45), Xoth (41), and Kalmah (49) that low in the final poll.

In particular, I thought I would see the Angra (60) album much higher than it ended up. I thought it might be an album that people would galvanize around, a bit like Blind Guardian last year. It didn’t quite make my top 10, but I really liked that album and I’m not a huge power metal guy.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 12:21 am 
 

Do you member that time in 2021 when Maiden was voted #3 and cynics said it was just because they were a legacy band?

Let me see if I can find it here...

Ah! Here we are!

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=133910

Well, if Maiden placed #3 due to their legacy, how do those folks esplain Metallica's poor showing at #53 this year?

Truth is, Senjutsu will likely go down as the best metal album of this century, and the Chives polling proves it.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 12:23 am 
 

Cheers to BH for being a good bastard and putting in another huge effort! It's been a great year for the heavy metal sounds.

Metla's Top 10:
1.Cirith Ungol - Dark Parade [Epic Heavy/Doom Metal][9] https://cirithungol.bandcamp.com/album/dark-parade
2.Heavy Load - Riders Of The Ancient Storm [Heavy/Power Metal][98] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3u-J-NuorU0
3.Godthrymm - Distortions [Epic Doom Metal][38] https://godthrymmdoom.bandcamp.com/album/distortions
4.Overkill - Scorched [Thrash Metal][10] https://overkillmetal.bandcamp.com/album/scorched
5.Obituary - Dying Of Everything [Death Metal][34] https://obituary.bandcamp.com/album/dying-of-everything
6.Prong - State Of Emergency [Crossover/Thrash/Groove][262] https://prongband.bandcamp.com/album/state-of-emergency
7.Memoriam - Rise To Power [Death Metal][212] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=463cdG0LJ2s
8.Autopsy - Ashes, Organs, Blood And Crypts [Death Metal][26] https://peaceville.bandcamp.com/album/a ... and-crypts
9.Raven - All Hell's Breaking Loose [NWOBHM/Heavy/Speed Metal][179] https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=VE0FE9-O7Ek
10.Jag Panzer - The Hallowed [Heavy/Power Metal][139] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJJ2i_2Gi6s

Very honorable mentions:
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Varathron - The Crimson Temple [Black Metal] https://varathron.bandcamp.com/album/the-crimson-temple
Vision Master - Sceptre [Heavy Metal] https://visionmaster.bandcamp.com/album/sceptre
Pest Control - Don't Test The Pest [Crossover/Thrash Metal] https://pestcontroluk.bandcamp.com/albu ... t-the-pest
Wings Of Steel - Gates Of Twilight [Heavy Metal] https://officialwingsofsteel.bandcamp.c ... f-twilight
Triumpher - Storming The Walls [Heavy/Power Metal] https://triumpher.bandcamp.com/album/storming-the-walls
Tribunal - The Weight Of Remembrance [Gothic/Doom Metal] https://20buckspin.bandcamp.com/album/t ... emembrance
Helms Deep - Treacherous Ways [Heavy Metal] https://helmsdeep666.bandcamp.com/album ... rous-ways8
Inculter - Morbid Origin [Blackened Thrash Metal] https://edgedcircleproductions.bandcamp ... bid-origin
Cruel Force - Dawn of the Axe [Black/Thrash Metal] https://cruelforceofficial.bandcamp.com ... of-the-axe
Godflesh - Purge [Industrial Metal] https://godflesh1.bandcamp.com/album/purge
Marduk - Memento Mori [Black Metal] https://centurymedia.bandcamp.com/album/memento-mori
Trespass - Wolf At The Door [NWOBHM, Heavy Metal] https://targetgroup.bandcamp.com/album/wolf-at-the-door
Enslaved - Heimdal [Progressive Black/Viking Metal] https://enslaved.bandcamp.com/album/heimdal
Sacred Outcry - Towers Of Gold [Heavy/Power Metal] https://sacredoutcry.bandcamp.com/album/towers-of-gold
Go Ahead and Die - Unhealthy Mechanisms [Groove/Thrash/Death Metal] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftIVjR6CmDY
Dying Fetus - Make Them Beg For Death [Brutal Death Metal] https://dyingfetus.bandcamp.com/album/m ... -for-death
Metal Church - Congregation Of Annihilation [Heavy/Power/Thrash Metal] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ifd9jJIGDyU
Mortuary Drape - Black Mirror [Black/Death Metal] https://peaceville.bandcamp.com/album/black-mirror
Wytch Hazel - IV: Sacrament [Hard Rock/Heavy Metal] https://wytchhazel.bandcamp.com/album/iv-sacrament
Suffocation - Hymns from the Apocrypha [Brutal/Technical Death Metal] https://suffocation.bandcamp.com/album/ ... -apocrypha
Cadaver - The Age Of The Offended [Death Metal] https://cadavertheband.bandcamp.com/alb ... e-offended
Rotten Casket - Zombicron [Death Metal] https://rottencasket.bandcamp.com/album/zombicron
Blazon Rite - Wild Rites And Ancient Songs [Heavy Metal] https://blazonrite.bandcamp.com/album/w ... nt-songs-2
Green Lung - This Heathen Land [Stoner/Doom Metal/Rock] https://greenlung.bandcamp.com/album/this-heathen-land
Tanith - Voyage [Hard Rock/Heavy Metal] https://tanithnyc.bandcamp.com/album/voyage
Drain - Living Proof [Crossover/Thrash Metal/Hardcore] https://drain831.bandcamp.com/album/living-proof
Aftermath - No Time To Waste [Technical/Progressive Thrash Metal] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXTEtc_VKMA
Cannibal Corpse - Chaos Horrific [Death Metal] https://cannibalcorpse.bandcamp.com/alb ... s-horrific
Primordial - How It Ends [Celtic Folk/Black Metal] https://primordialofficial.bandcamp.com ... ow-it-ends


Significant Comps, Re-recordings & Live:
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Triumph of Death - Resurrection Of The Flesh [Live][Speed/Thrash/Black Metal] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hPJkx4gqJU
Cavalera - Morbid Visions [Re-recording][Thrash/Death Metal] https://cavaleraconspiracy.bandcamp.com ... id-visions
Cavalera - Bestial Devastation [Re-recording][Thrash/Death Metal] https://cavaleraconspiracy.bandcamp.com ... evastation
Voivod - Morgoth Tales [Re-recording][Progressive Metal] https://centurymedia.bandcamp.com/album/morg-th-tales
The Troops of Doom - Prelude to Blasphemy [Comp][Death/Thrash Metal] https://thetroopsofdoom.bandcamp.com/al ... -blasphemy
Blind Illusion - The Demos Ultimate Anthology Vol 2 (1980-1986) [Comp][Progressive Thrash Metal] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4niwyHmQcHA
Rotting Christ - The Apocryphal Spells [2CD Comp][Melodic Black Metal] https://rottingchrist.bandcamp.com/albu ... hal-spells
Vio-lence - Kill on Command - The Vio-Lence Demos [2CD Comp][Thrash Metal]
Kreator / Tormentor - Bonecrushing Demos & Rehearsals '84 - '85 [Comp][Thrash Metal] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sZcCOE9QyU
Spiritus Mortis - Spiritism 2008-2017 [Comp][Doom Metal] https://spiritusmortis.bandcamp.com/alb ... -2008-2017


Overlorde - Awaken The Fury [Not considered due to not being able to listen to it!]


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 12:29 am 
 

1. Panopticon – The Rime Of Memory (8)
2. Warcrab – The Howling Silence (94)
3. The Anchoret – It All Began With Loneliness (245)
4. Hellripper – Warlocks Grim & Withered Hags (2)
5. Godthrymm – Distortions (38)
6. Alkaloid – Numen (126)
7. Cirith Ungol – Dark Parade (9)
8. Suffocation – Hymns From The Apocrypha (40)
9. Vastum – Inward To Gethsemane (158)
10. Dawn Ray’d – To Know The Light (263)

No randos baby. Cheers to BH as always!

Not mad at these results. It was really clear that Dødheimsgard would come first at some point and I'm genuinely impressed that Hellripper made it to 2nd place. Thank you for having good taste y'all.

I'm also impressed that MA still maintains their loyalty to Katatonia no matter how bland or forgettable the album :-P
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HeavenDuff
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 12:32 am 
 

As always, thanks a lot BH for all the work you put into this!

Also, and before I list my top 10 and their final ranking, I want to say I'm glad that Black Medium Current finished 1st overall. It's a great album, it totally deserves the 1st spot, and I also know it's going to piss off a few wannabe tough guys, and I can definitely live with that.

So here's my top 10:

1. Ahab - The Coral Tombs (45th)
2. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - PetroDragonic Apocalypse (32nd)
3. Blackbraid - Blackbraid II (21st)
4. Ebony Pendant - Ebony Pendant (121st)
5. ...and Oceans - As in Gardens, So in Tombs (46th)
6. Frozen Soul - Glacial Domination (67th)
7. Kalmah - Kalmah (49th)
8. Panopticon - The Rime of Memory (8th)
9. Dødheimsgard - Black Medium Current (1st)
10. Sulphur Aeon - Seven Crowns and Seven Seals (20th)

I'm mostly happy with these results, and was actually positively surprised with Ahab landing at 45th. I was expecting it to finish lower. On the other hand, it's quite obvious that my 1st place vote made it rank something like 15+ positions higher than if I didn't. The other rankings are not all that suprising. Ebony Pendant didn't get rando'ed, which is neat, but I was also not expecting it to finish with a high ranking.

I'm also quite happy to see Panopticon's The Rime of Memory making it into the top 10! I ranked it 8th and it finished at 8th place :) Absolutely solid album, and I'm glad that it got to rank that high even if it was released late in the year (November) which could have really played against it.

I didn't come close to voting for an album that would have been a rando. I considered voting for Ignominy's Imminent Collapse, which is in the rando corner, but then it would not have been in the rando corner.

I also had Wolves in the Throne Room at 22nd, which seems to have gotten zero votes. And I've got to say, I'm quite suprised! I know it's just an EP, but still. I would have expected at least one person to vote for this one.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 12:33 am 
 

1) Solitary Sabred - Temple of the Serpent [156th]
Last year, a band I had never before heard of, Mirror, crept onto my list. This year I heard of another band, featuring the guitarist from Mirror, and it was one of the final albums I checked out in 2023. At first it did not grab me quite as much, but then it quickly rocketed to the top of my list. I get a lot of the same feelings listening to this album that I get from Mercyful Fate (not saying they sound exactly alike). And since Mercyful Fate is my favorite band ever...

2) Tyranex - Reasons for the Slaughter [167th]
This band is also a new one for me. Extremely catchy and intense thrash with over the top vocals that I absolutely love. I can see them not being for everyone, but in an age where it seems most thrash bands rely on stock death, blackened, or hardcore vocals, this was really refreshing.

3) Witches Hollow - Grimoire [Rando]
Yet another new discovery. Witches Hollow scratches a riffy black metal itch that few other bands can reach. I'm really not surprised this was random cornered though.

4) Aara - Triade III: Nyx [59th]
Aara play a very different and more atmospheric brand of black metal than my number 3 pick. This is the third album in a trilogy based on the gothic novel Melmoth the Wanderer. As I've long loved the novel, I was excited about this trilogy from the first entry in 2021. The first two didn't quite make the final cut for me, although they came close. I'm glad that this one finally did.

5) Overkill - Scorched [10th]
Overkill is a band that can almost (ReliXIV and Immortalis being the only notable exceptions) do no wrong in my book. They've been on a hot streak for several albums, and this is in my opinion their best since Ironbound.

6) Autopsy - Ashes, Organs, Blood, and Crypts [26th]
This album was a bit of a surprise for me. I liked Autopsy's album from last year well enough, but with one coming out so soon on its heels, I did not expect to like it this much more. But man, every song on this hits hard for me. And I absolutely love the bass on this album.

7) Owlbear - Chaos To the Realm [124th]
This album is tons of fun! Every song is catchy as hell and makes me want to sing along over and over again.

8) Korgull the Exterminator - Built To Kill [Rando]
Second time for this band to make my top 10 for the year. Just like the previous Sharpen Your Spikes, Built To Kill is probably my favorite blackened thrash act. On some tracks you can hear the early Voivod influence which coupled with their special brand of intensity is what gives them that special something for me.

9) Spirit Possession - Of the Sign... [16th]
This is my introduction to Spirit Possession and I really dug their sound. They conjure up a vibe that really sounds like nobody else I know of, and I will have to check out their earlier work.

10) Eternal Evil - The Gates Beyond Mortality [366th]
I actually thought this one would get a few more votes than it did. I really enjoy the sense of melody they weave into their thrash, and this album moved around in position in my list quite a few times before settling in the last spot.

Runners Up
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Thron - Dust
Esoctrilihum - Astraal Constellations of the Majickal Zodiac
Mansion - Second Death
Ekrom - Uten Nadigst Formildelse
Leathurbitch - Shattered Vanity
Kostnateni - Upal
Cloak - Black Flame Eternal
Valdrin - Throne of the Lunar Soul
Legendry - Time Immortal Wept
Amalekim - Avodah Zaram
Uada - Crepuscule Natura
Varathron - The Crimson Temple

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 12:37 am 
 

HeavenDuff wrote:
I'm also quite happy to see Panopticon's The Rime of Memory making it into the top 10! I ranked it 8th and it finished at 8th place :) Absolutely solid album, and I'm glad that it got to rank that high even if it was released late in the year (November) which could have really played against it.

Yeah, I liked this one, too, but I just didn't hear it enough to give it a proper ranking. Not that it matters now, but I'll need to give it more listens to see how I go with it. But, despite that, I'm happy it ended up so high, too.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 12:45 am 
 

Did not expect Dødheimsgard to get number one. Didn't check out the album yet, but I think I might now. Here's my list:

1. Trhä - Al​ë​ce i​Ω​ic
2. Dream Unending / Worm - Starpath
3. Lamp of Murmuur - Saturnian Bloodstorm
4. Cannibal Corpse - Chaos Horrific
5. Majesties - Vast Reaches Unclaimed
6. Immortal - War Against All
7. Vargrav - The Nighthold
8. Altai-Sayan - S​ä​ngke​-​T​ū​rem Najt Mut​-​Mor​ä​h
9. Blood Star - First Sighting
10. Dawn Ray'd - To Know the Light
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 12:50 am 
 

1 - Dodheimsgard "Black Medium Current" (1)
2 - Marduk "Momento Mori" (23)
3 - Faidra "Militant : Penitent : Triumphant" (81)
4 - Ruïm "Black Royal Spiritism - I​.​ O Sino Da Igreja" (140)
5 - Taake "Et Hav Av Avstand" (78)
6 - Shining "Shining" (153)
7 - Dying Fetus "Make Them Beg for Death" (5)
8 - Enevelde "En Gildere Død" (279)
9 - Edoma "Buried By Permafrost" (178)
10 - Vomitory "All Heads Are Gonna Roll" (80)

It makes me very happy that DHG, symbolically, got what they deserve. That album is going to be a cult classic for the years to come. Can't wait to see them live this summer.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 12:57 am 
 

Metal_On_The_Ascendant wrote:
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Do you member that time in 2021 when Maiden was voted #3 and cynics said it was just because they were a legacy band?

Let me see if I can find it here...

Ah! Here we are!

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=133910

Well, if Maiden placed #3 due to their legacy, how do those folks esplain Metallica's poor showing at #53 this year?

Truth is, Senjutsu will likely go down as the best metal album of this century, and the Chives polling proves it.


You're stupid and annoying!


Why did you quote DemonFilth2001 referencing Bahana in your signature? Do you know who those folks are? Do you know where they come from?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 1:00 am 
 

Thank you for the hard work and putting this together. I am excited to go through and listen to what I may have missed. Here is the list I submitted and where they ranked overall.

1. Cruciamentum - Obsidian Refractions (25)
2. Tomb Mold - The Enduring Spirit (11)
3. Hellripper - Warlocks Grim and Withered Hags (2)
4. Ulthar - Anthronomicon (72)
5. Horrendous - Ontological Mysterium (12)
6. Majesties - Vast Reaches Unclaimed (33)
7. Panopticon - The Rime of Memory (8)
8. Enforced - War Remains (29)
9. Spirit Possession - Of the Sign... (16)
10. Thantifaxath - Hive Mind Narcosis (35)

Awesome year. I am looking forward to listening to all of the 2024 releases.

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motorsport
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 1:05 am 
 

1. Tomb Mold - The Enduring Spirit (#11) (2023-09-15 // 20 Buck Spin // Progressive death metal)
Tomb Mold took it ahead of all of the other excellent progdeath releases this year for me due to what I found was an excellent production that gives off osdm vibes while also allowing the softer parts to shine.
Highlights: "Will of Whispers," Fate's Tangled Thread," "The Enduring Spirit of Calamity"

2. Gorod - The Orb (#76) (2023-03-10 // Base Productions/Independent // Progressive death metal)
I've really been a fan of Gorod's work lately and this is my favourite yet. More technical than Tomb Mold and the leads throughout are wonderful.
Highlights: "We Are the Sun Gods," "The Orb," "Victory"

3. Enslaved - Heimdal (#27) (2023-03-03 // Nuclear Blast // Progressive black/viking metal)
In what was a very strong year for black metal, Enslaved comes out on top for me, continuing to evolve their sound and sounding as inspired as ever. My favourite album since RIITIIR (my 2010's Aot Decade).
Highlights: "Behind the Mirror," "Kingdom," "Caravans to the Outer Worlds"

4. Overkill - Scorched (#10) (2023-04-14 // Nuclear Blast // Thrash metal)
Speaking of inspired performances by older bands, Bobby Blitz shows no signs of quitting anytime soon. Seriously, this entire run of albums starting with 2010's Ironbound has been incredible and this ranks amongst the best of them.
Highlights: "Goin' Home," Won't be Comin' Back," "Harder They Fall"

5. Immortal - War Against All (#55) (2023-05-26 // Nuclear Blast // Black metal)
Yes, I have three so-called "legacy" acts, all signed to Nuclear Blast, in a row. Demonaz shows here that he doesn't need Abbath, Horgh or Peter Tagtgren at all. No, who needs any of them when you can just get Arve Isdal and Herbrand Larsen (current and ex-Enslaved members) to work their magic. This is easily the best work to come from Abbath or Demonaz since they split.
Highlights: "Thunders of Darkness," "Return to Cold," "Nordlandihr"

6. Spirit Adrift - Ghost at the Gallows (#171) (2023-08-18 // Century Media // Heavy/doom metal)
This was a new discovery for me; Lots of Khemmis vibes without nearly as much galloping or stoner themes, but the same catchy grooves and penchant for melody both in the leads and the vocals.
Highlights: "Barn Burner," "Death Won't Stop Me," "Siren of the South"

7. Horrendous - Ontological Mysterium (#12) (2023-08-18 // Season of Mist // Progressive death metal)
I am kicking myself for not taking the opportunity to listen to this band several years ago; This was an album I only listened to after seeing others list it here and I was not disappointed.
Highlights: "Chrysopoeia (The Archaeology of Dawn)," "Preterition Hymn," "The Death Knell Ringeth"

8. Skálmöld - Ýdalir (#215) (2023-08-18 // Napalm Records // Viking metal)
I was not a fan of the production of their previous effort; not only do the band correct this here, but they also show a clear step up in songwriting. Is Iceland capable of making bad music?
Highlights: "Urður," "Verðandi," "Veðurfölnir"

9. Kataklysm - Goliath (Rando) (2023-08-11 // Nuclear Blast // Death/groove metal)
Not too surprised this made it to randos, this is a very groove metal-influenced record, taking a page from Decapitated. But this is also Kataklysm's best album is quite some time; I'm a big fan of the riffing style here
Highlights: "Die as a King," "Combustion," "From the Land of the Living to the Land of the Dead"

10. Marduk - Memento Mori (#23) (2023-09-01 // Century Media // Black metal)
It's everything good about Frontschwein combined with everything good about Rom 5:12.
Highlights: "Heart of the Funeral," "Shovel Beats Sceptre," "Coffin Carol"

11-40
11. Enforced - War Remains (Death metal/Crossover thrash)
12. ...and Oceans - As in Gardens, So in Tombs (Symphonic black metal)
13. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - PetroDragonic Apocalypse; or, Dawn of Eternal Night: An Annihilation of Planet Earth and the Beginning of Merciless Damnation (Thrash metal/Garage rock)
14. Insomnium - Anno 1696 (Melodic death/doom metal)
15. Cannibal Corpse - Chaos Horrific (Death metal)
16. Shining - s/t (DSBM)
17. Dying Fetus - Make Them Beg for Death (Death metal)
18. Dødheimsgard - Black Medium Current (Avant-garde/black metal)
19. Faidra - Militant : Penitent : Triumphant (Atmospheric black metal)
20. Sermon - Of Golden Verse (Progressive metal)
21. Nervosa - Jailbreak (Death/thrash metal)
22. In Flames - Foregone (Melodic death metal/alternative metal)
23. Anachronism - Meanders (Dissonant death metal)
24. Azaghal - Alttarimme on luista tehty (Black metal)
25. Thron - Dust (Black metal)
26. The Lion's Daughter - Bath House (Progressive sludge metal)
27. Crypta - Shades of Sorrow (Death metal)
28. Suffocation - Hymns from the Apocrypha (Brutal death metal)
29. Werewolves - My Enemies Look and Sound Like Me (Death metal)
30. Hellripper - Warlocks Grim & Withered Hags (Black/speed metal)
31. The Ocean - Holocene (Progressive sludge metal)
32. Exmortus - Necrophony (Technical death/thrash metal)
33. Kold - Intent mere er (Black metal)
34. Green Lung - This Heathen Land (Stoner/heavy metal)
35. Mork - Dypet (Black metal)
36. Panopticon - The Rime of Memory (Atmospheric black metal)
37. Dethklok - Dethalbum IV (Melodic death metal)
38. Voidescent - Dust and Embers (Black metal)
39. Turbid North - The Decline (Death/groove metal)
40. Hippie Death Cult - Helichrysum (Stoner metal)
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 1:21 am 
 

BastardHead wrote:
(As for the question from the other thread, the correct answer for #28 was Cruel Force - Dawn of the Axe. KaiKasparek and irishpip were the closest with their guesses, both being two off in either direction, but I'm gonna give the win to Kai because the last time I did this game he also won by being only two off from the correct answer. Dude's got a knack for being Almost Right!)

There were a couple of others that were two off by guessing the Autopsy album, rarezuzuh and Durag. However... Tular666 was one off by guessing Enslaved: https://forum.metal-archives.com/viewtopic.php?p=3133909#p3133909

No one won the pizza, though. Personally, I was going to guess the Autopsy album as well, if only because their album from a year ago finished near the same spot. Didn't post a guess because I didn't want the free pizza.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 1:36 am 
 

Thank you BH for the hard work, and still making it within the first day of the year! Can confidently say that I was listening to enough MA-forward albums and following the voting thread closely enough that the final top 10 isn't surprising, though I expected Hellripper to cinch first place and Panopticon to rank a little higher.

Here's how mine fared in the rankings, which I found more surprising:

1. Oromet – Oromet (66)
2. Kostnatění – Úpal (14)
3. Panopticon – The Rime of Memory (8)
4. Nithing – Agonal Hymns (19)
5. The Night Eternal – Fatale (61)
6. Wothrosch – Odium (329)
7. Varathron – The Crimson Temple (51)
8. Decipher – Arcane Paths to Resurrection (Rando!)
9. Tribunal – The Weight of Remembrance (99)
10. Dozer – Drifting in the Endless Void (291)

So all over the board, with some pairs closer to each other. Did not expect Decipher to be the rando pick instead of Wothrosch, but I'm glad that Varathron places higher than I anticipated, just 3 points shy from the top 50. Lovely album, that one.

Thanks to everyone who participated as well. Now I've got a lot of cool albums to catch up on – great way to start off 2024!

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HeavenDuff
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 2:38 am 
 

BH, I posted a typo in your Google Sheet (and the final results too. Line 520, the band is called Ignominy, and not Ignomity.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 2:42 am 
 

1. Reverorum ib Malacht - Kyrie Eleison /Rando
2. Enslaved - Heimdal #27
3. Demoniac - Nube negra #13
4. Cirith Ungol - Dark Parade #9
5. Urfaust - Untergang #73
6. Nithing - Agonal Hymns #19
7. Sühnopfer - Nous sommes d'hier #188
8. Afterbirth - In But Not Of #42
9. Høstsol - L​ä​nge leve dö​den /Rando
10. Mortuary Drape - Black Mirror #287

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 2:52 am 
 

Looking forward to spending the next few months checking out everything on here.

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AWinterShadow
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 3:06 am 
 

Thanks for the hard work BastardHead and congrats on getting it done before the 2nd!

I was a bit surprised on how many entries there were this year that placed high in the list including the #1, that I was either unaware of or barely knew of them. It's a bit daunting to know I could be missing out on so many great albums, due to a lack of time or just availability/sourcing.

This year I was surprised with how many Rando entries were in my list, despite them being somewhat 'larger fanbase' bands. But at the same time, not quite so surprised as the quality was a bit more modest this year to my ears among them. Still here is my final list and how it performed.


1) Cirith Ungol - "Dark Parade" [#9] - I feel this one definately deserved the placement in the top 10.
2) Overkill - "Scorched" [#10] - Same for Overkill, this was a very deserving album.
3) Marduk - "Memento Mori" [#23] - I'm actually a little surprised this one didn't rank higher, I guess it just didn't get enough higher rank votes.
4) Immortal - "War Against All" [#55] - Ranking feels slighly low, but not that far off as it was surprisingly good. I just got it too late in the year to like it more.
5) Bell Witch - "Future's Shadow" [#163] - For Funeral Doom, this one felt a goodly amount more 'mellow' than the previous, so while I do like it, the ranking feels fine.
6) Blood Ceremony - "The Old Ways Remain" [#102] - I think this was a reasonable placement for a good album.
7) Brujeria - "Esto Es Brujeria" [Rando 7th] - I'm surprised this one was one of my Rando's...but than again I only noticed it in November a couple of months after release.
8) Powerwolf - "Interludum" [Rando 8th] - This one might be mis-labeled in the database. The archives lists it as a "Compilation", Wikipedia has it as a Full-Length and the Powerwolf website itself has it as a 'special release'. But isn't exactly outright stating if it is an EP, Double EP, EP+Bonus or something else. Due to all the new songs you can't even really call it a 'Single Compilation'! So with 6 new tracks and 4 'other' tracks (None of which I believe were released elsewhere.) I'm going to apply the label 'Full Length' to it myself given the content. Also the archive lists "Missa Cantorem II" as a Full-Length, but it was an alternate version of the "Call Of The Wild" album released the year before, but with alt singers and is not a stand alone Full-Length album!
9) Godflesh - "Purge" [#110] - This one feels ranked pretty decently.
10) Lordi - "Screem Writers Guild" [Rando 10th] I got this one late in the year and it made my list simply because it was from 2023 and it inched out the remaining two extra albums I had.

(For completeness, here's the albums I dropped off my list since there were only two.)
11) Night Demon - "Outsider" [#193] - This one needed to stand out more to make my top 10. As such it's placement on the actual list was pretty spot on I think.
12) Metallica - "72 Seasons" [#53] - I was kinda surprised by how decent this one was. But I feel that it's place in the list is overrated. It's just too bland overall. Better than anything they've done since Load/ReLoad, but there's no standout tracks I can point to, just some riffs and melodies that you can kinda get into without getting strongly engaged.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 3:18 am 
 

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Bachstein
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 3:25 am 
 

Wow, interesting results. Below is my list + some thoughts.

1. Uada - Crepuscule Natura [133] - I'm kinda surprised they ended up quite "low" in the final results. I like their approach after Djinn, great melodies and hooks, captivating lyrics, with no "filler" songs.
2. Horrendous - Ontological Mysterium [12] - Yeah, what can I say, their best album so far. A unique hodgepodge from the different eras of death metal, with a sleazy, playful approach. Loved it.
3. Mithridatum - Harrowing [Rando] - What the fuck. Seriously, the BEST dissonant death/black metal of the year. If you're into the genre, check it out.
4. Kalmah - Kalmah [49] - One of the first band I've discovered, like them from the very beginning. This is also a pure Kalmah album, nothing I don't like about it.
5. Ignominy - Imminent Collapse [Rando] - The other significant dissonant death metal release of the year.
6. Wormhole - Almost Human [328] - Technical, brutal, crushing.
7. ...and Oceans - As in Gardens, So in Tombs [46]
8. Blaze of Sorrow - Vultus Fati [331] - Beautiful and haunting atmospheric black from Italy.
9. Nightmarer - Deformity Adrift [141] - The third significant dissonant metal album for me from 2023.
10. Maladie - For We Are the Plague [Rando] - Funny, fucked up but still enjoyable avant-garde black metal. I can understand that it can be divisive, but I liked their release.

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BastardHead
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 3:26 am 
 

I haven't even started writing the annual Top 13 post on my blog yet, and I input my ballot last because I just never felt like whatever list I put together was satisfactory in any real way. So I just threw one together based on vibes and memories of an unsatisfactory amount of relistens. I'm happy with it despite there being huge albums for me that I missed.

1) Xoth - Exogalactic (41)
2) Hellripper - Warlocks Grim & Withered Hags (2)
3) Dying Fetus - Make Them Beg for Death (5)
4) Gotsu Totsu Kotsu - Back from the Underworld (174)
5) Quasarborn - Novo oružje protiv bola (RANDO)
6) Lovebites - Judgment Day (30)
7) Sarcoptes - Prayers to Oblivion (RANDO)
8) Lamp of Murmuur - Saturnian Bloodstorm (52)
9) Church of Misery - Born Under a Mad Sign (62)
10) Plaguemace - Reptilian Warlords (RANDO)

The ones I had completely forgotten about when putting the list together were Green Lung and Wayfarer, and I'd probably put the former above Lovebites and the latter above Plaguemace, so it wouldn't have changed the rankings much anyway. My picks did reasonably well in some regards, with two in the top ten and the four well into the upper 1/6th of the non-rando board, but I'm pretty sure three randos is a record for me. Considering how well my list did besides those I'd say anybody who likes what I voted for should check them out, but I mean there isn't much of a genre theme to the albums that did chart either. Quasarborn is a bit hard to describe and most people seemed to agree that the least-worst answer is "modern metal" but it's a very aggressive and twisty style with buttloads of melodies and hooks. Sarcoptes released a fucking rager followup to their debut from like six years ago or whenever, they upped the thrash in their sound to the level of just basically being black/thrash at this point and managed to crank out several 13+ minute tracks that are both interesting and intense the entire time. Plaguemace is meaty, the note I put down when I first heard it was "Hockey Jersey Death Metal", it's really knuckly hardcoreified death metal that sounds like Jungle Rot doing spinkicks.

I'm also a little annoyed that GTK released an album ten days before the deadline, made me say out loud "Man I hope this isn't more of the same and I love it anyway because that would be super fucking predictable of both them and me", and then filled the album with their catchiest songs yet, one that's like 6 straight minutes of Megadeth riffs, and a super punk rock HEY HEY HEY chant over a guitar solo. God damn you GTK stop releasing the albums I wrote in my imagination when I was 14. I love you.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 3:29 am 
 

Before looking them up, here's hoping nine of mine are in Rando, here's hoping.


-Ok after searching, it's far worse than I thought, who else voted for Hrothgar, Stygian Love, and Umbrío? You people are evil.


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