Best Albums 2019
Best Rock Albums 2019
Best Metal Albums 2019
And yes, they'll be a couple of albums that may not fall into the Rock or Metal genre, but who cares.
1Opeth - In Cauda Venenum
“I don’t expect us to conquer the world,” says Åkerfeldt. “We’re not going to be the next big thing now that we’re 45 and into our thirteenth record. So, as time has moved on, OPETH is becoming more and more for us...In a way, that makes the music and the record more pure. We’re not trying to get to the next level of popularity. We’re trying to get to the next level of creativity. So, making the record in Swedish was the spark. It got the music going.” Don’t worry, there’s an English version.
2CRASHDÏET - RUST
Rust ultimately sees the return of the Kings Of Sleaze Metal to their rightful throne. Originally signed to Universal for their first record back in 2006, Rest In Sleaze, these guys have powered through to deliver some incredible albums over the years, despite being ditched by singers who seemed to be only interested in their own careers, not the bands, twice!
CRASHDÏET fucking deserve this! True diamonds in the rough...
3Enforcer - Zenith
This is exactly why we need Enforcer. A band that truly follow their hearts when it comes to music. Olof Wikstrand’s voice is one of the most underrated and unique you can hear in modern Metal music. Not only does he demonstrate an almost incomparable range with outstanding pitch, he manages to effortlessly complement every single melody on Enforcers new record, Zentih. This is a talent Olof has demonstrated on every single Enforcer record since their debut ‘Into The Night’ back in 2009 and it’s seriously impressive.
4Rammstein - Untitled
They once again stirred up some much-needed controversy with their first single, Deutschland, by depicting Nazi officers at the gallows, as well as being in space, ancient wars, and some strange transexual kidnapping. Many fans were pretty disgruntled at the more mellow tone to this record, but it’s Rammstein, and Puppe was a beast, second only to SEX.
5Andy McCoy - 21st Century Rocks
After Hanoi Rocks officially called it quits in 2008, McCoy kind of vanished but now he's back with a powerful Rock N Roll record. his first solo effort in 23 years.
6Dust Bolt - Trapped In Chaos
Dust Bolt embrace iconic 80’s style metal vocals, riffs, and attitude. Vocalist Lenny Bruce delivers the purest of Thrash Vocals that echo a time long lost but with a fresh and modern production.
7Slipknot - We Are Not Your Kind
However, that didn't stop them from releasing one of the heaviest records of the year, decade even. Nero Forte and Unsainted becoming fan favourites from the get go, and Spiders offering an interesting abstract from the norm.
8Bring Me the Horizon - AMO
9The 69 Eyes - West End
“After a night out at a bar, I didn’t go to sleep and I went out to sit on my hotel room’s balcony and watched the sunrise over Sunset Strip. And I thought: I have time for myself, so I listened to the new demos and started to write lyrics” Jyrki explains. This is the reason The 69 Eyes have lasted so long and done it with style. It’s called passion. “...everybody’s a legend and they should realize that we should enjoy what we do instead of worrying what other people think.”
10Backyard Babies - Sliver & Gold
11TOOL - FEAR INOCULUM
12Desert Sessions - Vol 11 & 12
13Megadeath - Warheads on Foreheads
14MISTER MISERY - Unalive
15Steel Panther - Heavy Metal Rules
16Alter Bridge - Walk The Sky
17Jinjer - Macro
18Wednesday 13 - Necrophaze
While still consistently horrifying, this new album certainly carries with it a more humorous sentiment than its gloomy predecessor (and first album with Nuclear Blast Records), »Condolences« (2017). Songs like ‘Bring Your Own Blood (BYOB),’ clearly a play off the phrase “bring your own booze,” manage to intertwine opposing ideas of the blood sucking undead with a teenage house party. “In every 80’s horror movie there’s always a party,” Wednesday chuckles, “so we wanted to get that vibe.
19Krysthla - Worldwide Negative
20Killswitch Engage - Atonement
Regarding the decision to work with Hope for the Day, Leach says, "I personally chose Hope for the Day to be the organization we partner with for this song. I admire their tireless efforts to spread mental awareness and suicide prevention. The phrase and the hashtag #ItsOkNotToBeOk is a simple yet powerful statement.
21Till Lindemann - F & M
22Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen
23Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes - End of Suffering
24Bitch Queens - City Of Class
25Vex Red - Give Me The Dark
26PHIL CAMPBELL - Old Lions Still Roar
27Royal Republic - Club Majesty
29OVERKILL - The Wings Of War
30In Flames - I, The Mask
31THE DAMNED THINGS - High Crimes
32While She Sleeps - SO WHAT?
33MUNICIPAL WASTE - The Last Rager EP
34Grave Robert - The Nightmare Begins
35The Hip Priests - Stand For Nothing
36Michael Monroe - One Man Gang
373TEETH - Metawar
38The Darkness - Easter Is Cancelled
39Pretty Wild - Interstate 13
40Nitrate - Open Wide
41Hellyeah - Welcome Home
42Iggy Pop - Free
43Hollywood Vampires - Rise
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