I have put together a list of my top 15 albums of 2019. You can check that out below. This is just for fun and I know I probably left out some of your favorites, but these are all the albums that I enjoyed the most this year:
15. Abigail Williams – “Walk Beyond The Dark”:
Abigail Williams’ latest album is a solid display of atmospheric black metal. The band were able to capture the various elements from their past work and fuse them together to create a record that showcases their most dynamic music to date. Some highlights from this one include “Black Waves,” “The Final Failure,” and “I Will Depart.”
14. Fever 333 – “Strength In Numb333rs”:
Fever 333’s debut album seeks to highlight the injustices within modern society through a powerful mix of rock, metal, and hip-hop. The band are on a mission to make a difference in the world and this record serves as their call to action. Some highlights from this one include “Burn It,” “Animal,” and “One Of Us.”
13. Bring Me The Horizon – “Amo”:
Bring Me The Horizon’s latest album is a pop leaning record that left many fans divided. That being said, if you listen to it with an open mind you will find a record full of great tracks from a band that aren’t afraid to push the boundaries of what is seen as acceptable in the rock/metal world. Some highlights from this one include: “Wonderful Life” (feat. Cradle Of Filth’s Dani Filth), “Sugar Honey Ice & Tea,” and “Heavy Metal” (feat. Rahzel).
12. Awake At Last – “The Change”:
Awake At Last’s latest album takes hard rock and mixes it with catchy pop-like elements. It also contains positive lyrics that inspire feelings of hope and encouragement. Some higlights from this one include the title track, which features Spencer Charnas (Ice Nine Kills), “Dead Generation,” and “Fallen Stars.”
11. Venom Prison – “Samsara”
Venom Prison’s latest album only further proves the fact that the band are a force to be reckoned with in the metal world. It is uncompromising, relentless death metal that deals with heavy subjects such as social injustice, depression, and corruption. Some highlights from this one include “Uterine Industrialisation,” “Self Inflicted Violence,” and “Asura’s Realm.”
10. The Agonist – “Orphans”
The Agonist pulled no punches with their latest album. The effort combines heavy and melodic music with powerful vocals to create the band’s finest material to date. Some highlights from this one include “In Vertigo,” “Blood As My Guide,” and “The Gift Of Silence.”
09. Killswitch Engage – “Atonement”:
Killswitch Engage’s latest album contains some of the band’s strongest material since Jesse Leach returned in 2012. The effort is brutal, melodic, and filled with a sense of passion from a band that is firing on all cylinders. Some highlights from this one include “The Signal Fire” (feat. Howard Jones), “I Am Broken Too,” and “The Crownless King” (feat. Testament’s Chuck Billy).
08. Papa Roach -“Who Do You Trust?”:
Papa Roach have been killing it with their last few releases and “Who Do You Trust?” is no exception. The eclectic album combines elements of rock, pop, and alternative to create catchy songs that you can’t help but listening to over and over again. Some highlights from this one include “Not The Only One,” “Elevate,” and the title track.
07. Korn – “The Nothing”:
Korn’s latest album is one of the band’s best. It is a heavy record brimming with raw emotion that takes fans through the grieving process as Jonathan Davis mourns the death of his wife. The effort lives in darkness and pain, but this openness provides the listener with an authentic experience. Some highlights from this one include “Cold,” “Idiosyncrasy,” and “H@rd3r.”
06. Motionless In White – “Disguise”
Motionless In White’s latest album is another banger that you can’t help but blast through your speakers. The effort combines elements of goth, industrial, metalcore, and electronic music to create anthemic tracks that will probably stay in the band’s live set for years to come. Some highlights from this one include “Brand New Numb,” “Thoughts & Prayers” and “Broadcasting From Beyond the Grave: Death Inc.”
05. Jinjer – “Macro”:
Jinjer followed up their excellent “Micro” EP with a full-length record that continued to showcase the band’s brilliance. “Macro” is a diverse, djenty record full of hard-hitting tracks with incredible vocals and lyrics. Some highlights from this one include “Judgement (& Punishment),” “Pit Of Consciousness,” and “The Prophecy.”
04. New Years Day – “Unbreakable”:
New Years Day’s latest release is one of the band’s best. It is an infectious, pop infused, hard rock album that seeks to empower fans through deeply personal lyrics. Some highlights from this one include “Come For Me,” “Done With You,” and “I Survived.”
03. Volbeat – “Rewind, Replay, Rebound”:
Volbeat have a knack for creating extremely catchy rock tracks and this record is no exception. It is a fun album full of hooky riffing that just makes you want to boogie. Some highlights from this one include “Pelvis On Fire,” “Die To Live” (feat. Clutch’s Neil Fallon), and “Cheapside Sloggers” (feat. Exodus’ Gary Holt).
02. Tool – “Fear Inoculum”:
It took 13 years to get a new album from Tool, but it was worth the wait if you are willing to spend time with it. Those that listen to it from beginning to end with no interruptions are taken on what can only be described as a transcendental journey through a passage of mesmerizing music. Some highlights from this one include “7empest,” “Pneuma,” and “Descending.”
01. Slipknot – “We Are Not Your Kind”:
Slipknot’s latest album only further cements the fact that they are one of the strongest acts within the metal genre. The effort has everything, aggression, melody, and experimentation all through a deeply emotional lens that offers a sense of catharsis. Some highlights from this one include “Unsainted,” “Solway Firth,” and “Orphan.”