The following is a collection of top releases of 2019 lists by staff members and contributors; as always, feel free to share yours in the comments.
All entries are linked to an official Youtube video or to a Spotify album stream. Click on the links to stream the music!
Patrick Saad‘s Top 5 Releases of 2019
- 1- Wilderun – Veil of Imagination
- 2- Opeth – In Cauda Venenum
- 3- Leprous – Pitfalls
- 4- Tool – Fear Inoculum
- 5- Devin Townsend – Empath
Joe Francis‘ Top 15 Releases of 2019
- 1- Rammstein – Rammstein [Neue Deutsche Härte]
- 2- Opeth – In Cauda Venenum [Progressive Rock]
- 3- Leprous – Pitfalls [Progressive Metal]
- 4- Swallow The Sun – When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light [Doom/Death Metal]
- 5- Myrath – Shehili [Blazing Desert Metal]
- 6- Rotting Christ – The Heretics [Extreme Metal]
- 7- Schammasch – Hearts Of No Light [Avant-Garde]
- 8- Tool – Fear Inoculum [Progressive Metal]
- 9- Jinjer – Macro [Groove Metal]
- 10- Fever 333 – Strength In Numb333rs [Rock/Post-Hardcore]
- 11- Devin Townsend – Empath [Progressive Metal]
- 12- Vltimas – Something Wicked Marches In [Blackened Death Metal]
- 13- Abbath – Outstrider [Black Metal]
- 14- Cult of Luna – A Dawn To Fear [Sludge/Post-Metal]
- 15- Alcest – Spiritual Instinct [Post-Metal]
Rami Rouhana’s Top 5 Releases + WTFs of 2019
One of their best releases, very modern sound and still pushing the envelope.
- 2- Swallow the Sun – When a shadow is forced into Light
- 3- Thank you Scientitst – Terraformer
- 4- Russian Circles – Blood Year
- 5- Vanden Plas – The Ghost Xperiment – Awakening
Top 5 WTFs
Surprise good release! The band has been inactive for long and this is their closing chapter.
The following albums are formulatic; this will forever include Dream Theater.
The following albums are disappointing: not that they are bad, but I had higher expectations.