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.”

Tool Share Uboxing Video For Expanded Book Edition Of “Fear Inoculum”

Tool have shared an unboxing video for the new expanded book edition of “Fear Inoculum.” That version of the album was released today (December 13) and it includes the following:

  • 5 x 3D lenticular cards with exclusive graphics.
  • An expanded 56-page booklet with never-before-seen-art
  • A download of their ‘Recusant Ad Infinitum‘ visual experience 
  • A CD copy of “Fear Inoculum“

Tool To Release Expanded Book Edition Of “Fear Inoculum”

Tool will be releasing a new expanded book edition of their latest album album “Fear Inoculum” on December 13. That version of the effort is available for pre-order HERE and it will include the following:

  • 5 x 3D lenticular cards with exclusive graphics.
  • An expanded 56-page booklet with never-before-seen-art
  • A download of their ‘Recusant Ad Infinitum‘ visual experience 
  • A CD copy of “Fear Inoculum“

Danny Carey Says Tool Have “Tons Of Material” For Possible Follow-Up To “Fear Inoculum”

It took Tool 13 years to release their new album “Fear Inoculum,” but it looks like fans may not have to wait quite as long for the band’s next. During a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Danny Carey revealed that the group still have “tons of material” and that he his hoping to begin work on a new record after the touring cycle for their current one.

Carey said the following when asked about the group’s future plans:

“It’s hard to say. We’re going to tour on this probably for two or three years at least, I imagine. It feels like what we’ve done on every album, and then I guess we’ll see where we’re sitting after that.

My hope is we get in and knock out another record. We have tons of material. It’s not going to take 12 years, or if it does, I’ll probably be so old I probably can’t pick up my sticks any more! But my hope is we’ll do another record and just keep moving forward.”

He also added the following about “Fear Inoculum” marking the end of the band’s five-album deal:

“There’s more motivation. The carrot on the stick has gotten larger because now we’ll be free agents – we don’t have to deal with a record company or if we do, we deal with it on our terms, because we can do whatever we want now.

This is the last record of a five-album deal, so that’s a good feeling and I hope that will be motivational in the writing processes.”

Carey then continued after being asked how much material they have:

“There are no leftover Tool songs because of the process it takes to compose our songs – the way we hash it out in a room with all three or four of us, that there’s tons of riffs and jams and things. But there’s no put-together songs that are sitting in the eaves.

It’ll take a process of doing it. And if we do do another album, it’ll take three years after touring. That’s just the way it is with our band.”

Tool Top The Billboard 200 With “Fear Inoculum”

Tool have officially hit No. 1 on the Billoard 200 chart with “Fear Inoculum.“ The effort earned the spot with 270,000 equivalent album units counted, including 248,000 from album sales. These numbers are especially impressive considering the band didn’t have any ticket promotions that included the album. According to Billboard, “Fear Inoculum” is the biggest rock record to hit the charts since the Dave Matthews Band‘s “Come Tomorrow,” which topped the chart in June 2018 with 292,000 units. However, those numbers were increased thanks to a ticket promotion. “Fear Inoculum” even beat Taylor Swift’s “Lover,” which is now at the No. 2 spot.