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2019 Extravaganza

Top 20 Albums of 2019: The Frasier Edition

Fellow mutants and odious comrades, the new year is almost upon us! Before we’re swallowed by 2020’s promising onslaught of releases, let’s take a glance back at some of my favorite records of 2019. I felt physically harmed while trimming this list down to 20, and I can easily recommend up to 100 heavy albums that warranted enthusiastic revisitation this year.  So if your favorite band or your own band isn’t here, please restrict your disapproval to a strongly-worded complaint written in seraph blood and bury it in haunted soil by moonlight. When your curse catches up to me, you’ll know it.

When I first started writing for Decibel Magazine almost 7 years ago my wheelhouse was pretty much old school death and the murkiest sludge. Over the years I’ve seen my taste morph into an affinity for psychedelic genre-bending and most things that can be described as “cosmic.” While my boots might be a foot deep in rat shit and taxes here on Earth, my mind is chasing riffs into black holes and astral planes. That said, I think my list reflects the sprawl of my extreme tastes. There’s everything from epic crust and black ‘n’ roll to desert rock and trad doom. The ratio of clean singing to growls and snarls has also skyrocketed over the past few years. Am I softening like weathered leather after years of uncompromising brutality, or is this an unreliable and temporary change in vocal preferences? As a stat nerd I’m happy to verify next year once I have another 365 days of data. Until then, check out my favorite albums from 2019 below:

20. Coffins – Beyond the Circular Demise

19. Martyrdöd – Hexhammaren

18. Sentient Horror – Morbid Realms

17. Inter Arma – Sulphur English

16. Lord Dying – Mysterium Tremendum

15. Duel – Valley of Shadows

14. Abyssal – A Beacon in the Husk

13. Haunter – Sacramental Death Qualia

12. Devil Master – Satan Spits on Children of Light

11. Spirit Adrift – Divided by Darkness

10. Kosmokrator – Through Ruin… Behold

9. Dead to a Dying World – Elegy

8. Troll – Legend Master

7. Weeping Sores – False Confession

6. Bewitcher – Under the Witching Cross

5. Lingua Ignota – Caligula

4. Tomb Mold – Planetary Clairvoyance

3. Blut Aus Nord – Hallucinogen

2. Crypt Sermon – The Ruins of Fading Light

1. Blood Incantation – Hidden History of the Human Race

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