Metal Anarchy’s Top Albums Of 2019

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.”

Ice Nine Kills To Film 2019 “Thanx-Killing” Show

Ice Nine Kills have announced that they will be filming their “Thanx-Killing” show at The Palladium in Worcester, MA on November 30. Spencer Charnas had the following to say about the concert, which will also feature Fit For A King, Light The Torch, Make Them Suffer, and Awake At Last:

“The time is upon us once again for a bloodbath of gravy to overflow through the streets of Massachusetts. With a lineup such as this, the 4th annual Thanx-Killing fest will be carved into the nightmares of New England for years to come. This year we will be filming the carnage for the world to see.”

Ice Nine Kills Announce Fall Tour With Fit For A King, Light The Torch, Make Them Suffer, & Awake At Last

Ice Nine Kills have announced that they will be headlining SiriusXM’s “Octane Accelerator Tour” this fall. Fit For A King, Light The Torch, Make Them Suffer, and Awake At Last will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

10/29 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
11/02 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave Club
11/03 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
11/05 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
11/06 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
11/08 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
11/09 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
11/10 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
11/12 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
11/13 Houston, TX – House of Blues
11/14 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
11/16 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
11/17 Tampa, FL – Ritz Ybor
11/18 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
11/20 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theater
11/21 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
11/22 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
11/23 Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theater
11/25 Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts
11/26 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
11/27 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
11/30 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
12/01 New York, NY – Webster Hall

Awake At Last Premiere “More Than Animals” Music Video

Awake At Last have premiered a new video for their new song “More Than Animals” via Alternative Press. This track is from the band’s new album “The Change,” which will be released on June 21.

The group commented:

“‘More Than Animals’ is a song about self-realization and that sometimes our circumstances imprison us in our own minds. The song is about breaking these chains that bind you that we often create ourselves and not falling in line.

Through the video for ‘More Than Animals,’ we wanted to show our listeners that we know what it is like to feel confined by our struggles and circumstances.

We hope our fans can find something to inspire them to break free of their chains and realize they are not alone.”

From Ashes To New Announce Summer Tour With Palisades, Awake At Last, & The Funeral Portrait

From Ashes To New have announced a summer U.S. tour. Palisades, Awake At Last, and The Funeral Portrait will join the band on non-festival dates.

Tour Dates:

07/12 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall (no Awake At Last/The Funeral Portrait)
07/13 Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
07/14 Mansfield, OH – Inkcarceration
07/16 Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall
07/18 Oshkosh, WI – Rock USA
07/19 Cadott, WI – Rockfest
07/25 Toledo, OH – Civic Music Hall
07/26 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
07/27 Harrison, OH – Blue Note
07/28 South Bend, IN – Big Growl
08/02 Sturgis, SD – Sturgis
08/03 Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios
08/04 Lincoln, NE – The Royal Grove
08/07 Pittsburgh, PA – Jergels
08/08 Lynchburg, VA – Glass House
08/10 Laconia, NH – Granite Music Hall

Interview: Awake At Last’s Vincent Torres Talks New Album “The Change”

Awake At Last will release their new album “The Change” on June 21 and I was recently given the opportunity to interview vocalist Vincent Torres about the effort. You can check out that chat below.

METAL ANARCHY: First of all, how would you describe your music for those who may be unfamiliar with you?

TORRES: I like to say that Awake At Last is a theatrical rock band. We use heavy guitars and huge drums with straight forward rhythms, but we also weave in a symphonic dramatic element that gives it some signature. The heavy music represents the obstacles we talk a lot about like mental health, heart break, and the darker elements of the world and the theatrical lyrics and symphonic elements are meant to nurture the listener and inspire them to overcome the obstacles that life loves to throw at us.

METAL ANARCHY: What would you like to tell readers of this site about your new album “The Change”?

TORRES: The Change is a build up of everything we’ve done so far. And for me as the primary lyricist it is a major part of the story I’ve been trying to tell with my music. The story is about a life that is plagued by obstacles of all kinds but still manages to bring about a great artistic revolution in the world. It talks a lot about humanity and the emotional constructs that entails, but also technology and how certain aspects of humanity are lost in this modern world we live in. I hope that the listeners can put themselves into the character and are elevated and inspired by the message The Change brings them.

METAL ANARCHY: Would you say the effort is a natural progression from your “Life/Death/Rebirth” EP?

TORRES: Actually yeah, The Change is actually a direct sequel to LIfe/Death/Rebirth, and follows the character from the previous EP on their journey through the next life as they try and break the reincarnation cycle by imbuing this new vessel with all of the accumulated knowledge and experience of their past lives. They hope that in doing this they can live a perfect life and finally move onto the next step of their souls journey. Listeners will notice that the music is a bit different from our previous works but that’s also because it represents a different character and their current life.

METAL ANARCHY: You have already released three singles from “The Change.” How have fans been responding to the new material?

TORRES: We have been blown away by the love and support our fans have been showing. Sometimes it can be really nerve wrecking to release new material because you never know if it’s what your fans and listeners are looking for from your band. It’s been an absolute blast seeing their response and so far I have very good vibes for what is to come. We have an amazing fan base and we’ve chosen very different singles to roll this album out with, and so far they’ve all gotten great responses so I can’t wait to see whats next.

METAL ANARCHY: What are some of your personal favorite tracks from the album?

TORRES: I love all of the songs for very different reasons, but I will say that “The Change” is one of my all time favorites, and I pretty much had that song fully written in my head going into the studio. There’s also a song called “Unobtainable” that I think is extremely relatable, and one of my all time favorites is “Fallen Stars” which in my opinion really tells the Awake At Last Message. I really can’t wait to see how our fans respond to the new material.

METAL ANARCHY: What was it like working with Spencer Charnas (Ice Nine Kills) on the title track?

TORRES: I was able to meet with Spencer a few times before he recorded his parts for the song, but we didn’t actually sit in the studio together when we did it. Most of it was discussed beforehand and I trusted his ability to perform as awesome as he did. He’s an amazing artist and a great singer so it was awesome to have the opportunity to work with him on one of the tracks on this album.

METAL ANARCHY: What can fans expect from your upcoming shows in support of the effort?

TORRES: We are really excited to bring these songs to a live audience, and every track is accompanied with small pieces of story that help to take our listeners on a journey throughout the live show. We always bring a lot of energy to the stage but it’s also become a lot more about the listeners and the people in the room so the best way to see what we’re bringing to the table live is to come and check out a live show!

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, where do you see your band heading in five years?

TORRES: Man… five years is a long time. Truthfully I would love to see the band gain some real success and I’d love to put out a few more records and maybe introduce a more theatrical vibe in the future. We’ve never really had big production budgets so I’ve never really gotten to mess around with stage props, or maybe a really cool visual element we could bring to the table. I know that one thing is for sure. I hope that we can continue to inspire our listeners to pursue fulfilling lives and to not let their circumstances weigh them down and be living proof that with positivity and perseverance and a little bit of organization you can take your dreams and make them a reality. In 5 years I’d love to be in a position where I’d be able to help other developing artists as well.

I would like to thank Torres for the interview. “The Change” will be released on June 21 and my review of the album can be found HERE.

Album Review: Awake At Last’s “The Change”

Awake At Last will release their debut full-length album “The Change” on June 21 and I was recently given the opportunity to listen to it early.

Musically, the effort takes hard rock and mixes it with catchy pop-like elements that hook you from the start. For instance, tracks like “Unobtainable” and “More Than Animals” are able to maintain a heavier side, while also providing an almost dancey vibe that makes you want to move and sing along.

Lyrically, the album works to inspire feelings of hope and encouragement. The title track, which features Spencer Charnas (Ice Nine Kills), is a perfect example of this, because it gives the listener the sense that they can be “The Change” that can better their lives or even the world. The same can be said about songs like “Bigger Picture,” which tells fans to “be the flame that brings a light to a world so dark,” and “Fallen Stars,” which closes the record by saying “We’re stronger together.”

All in all, “The Change” is a solid hard rock album full of pop sensibilities and meaningful lyrics that will keep you captivated the whole way through.