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.”

Hatebreed, Stick To Your Guns, & Venom Prison Added To Parkway Drive’s European/UK Tour

Hatebreed, Stick To Your Guns, and Venom Prison have been added to Parkway Drive’s April European/UK tour. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

04/01 Hamburg, GER – Sporthalle
04/02 Leipzig, GER – Arena
04/03 Munich, GER – Olympiahalle
04/04 Zürich, SWI – Samsung Hall
04/06 Budapest, HUN – Papp László Budapest Sportaréna
04/07 Vienna, AUT – Stadthalle
04/09 Frankfurt, GER – Festhalle
04/10 Schijndel, NET – Paaspop (no Stick To Your Guns/Venom Prison)
04/11 Dortmund, GER – Westfallenhalle
04/13 Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX – Rockhal
04/15 Paris, FRA – Zenith
04/16 Brussels, BEL – Forest National
04/18 London, UK – SSE Arena

My Chemical Romance, Deftones, Etc. Set For 2020 Australian Download Festival Shows

The first set of bands have been revealed for the 2020 Download Festival events in Australia. The Melbourne show will be held at the Showgrounds on March 20, while the Sydney show will be held at Parramatta Park on March 21. Here’s the lineup: My Chemical Romance, Deftones, Jimmy Eat World, Clutch, Ministry, In Flames, Testament, Carcass, Alestorm, Lacuna Coil, Hands Like Houses, In Hearts Wake, The Hu, Baroness, Ne Obliviscaris, Bodyjar, New Years Day, Clowns, Venom Prison, Skynd, Thornhill, Disentomb, Stand Atlantic, Plini, Redhook, and Dregg.

Venom Prison Premiere “Self Inflicted Violence” Music Video

Venom Prison have premiered a new video for their song “Self Inflicted Violence.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Samsara.” Ash Grey told Decibel the following:

“‘Self Inflicted Violence‘ is taken from our album Samsara and captures the raw approach of Venom Prison on the road, playing shows day to day. This footage was filmed earlier this year in Europe but we’re back on the road in the U.S. right now. The purpose of the video was to capture the energy of our shows for people who are yet to experience Venom Prison live.”

Watch Venom Prison Play An In-Studio Live Set

Venom Prison have shared footage of themselves performing “Uterine Industrialisation,” “Matriphagy,” “Asura’s Realm,” and “Implementing The Metaphysics Of Morals” live at Vagrant Recordings in Southport, England. You can can check that out below. All four tracks appear on the band’s latest album “Samsara.”

The group commented:

“Vagrant is like a second home to the artists who record there, we have worked with Tom [Dring] on both our records and so when the opportunity arose to do a live session, Vagrant felt like the right place. We have created some of our best work in Vagrant Most of the material that those attending shows have heard was recorded right there between those four walls, so to play the tracks back to back in there is quite a unique memory. Dring engineered the session and anyone who has recorded at Vagrant knows that when he is behind the controls, the results are guaranteed to be explosive.”

[via Decibel]

Venom Prison & Homewrecker Announce Co-Headlining North American Tour

Venom Prison and Homewrecker have announced a co-headlining North American tour. Call Of The Void, Joy, and Great American Ghost will join them on select dates.

Tour Dates:

09/13 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks (with Call Of The Void & Joy)
09/14 Quebec City, QC – La Source de la Martinière (with Call Of The Void & Joy)
09/15 Waterford, NY – Chrome (with Call Of The Void & Joy)
09/16 Somerville, MA – Once Ballroom (with Call Of The Void & Joy)
09/18 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus Bar (with Call Of The Void & Joy)
09/19 Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose (with Call Of The Void & Joy)
09/20 Indianapolis, IN – The Citadel (with Call Of The Void & Joy)
09/21 Detroit, MI – Sanctuary (with Call Of The Void)
09/22 Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge (with Call Of The Void)
09/24 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room (with Call Of The Void)
09/25 Denver, CO – Larmier Lounge (with Call Of The Void)
09/26 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court (with Great American Ghost)
09/27 Boise, ID – The Shredder (with Great American Ghost)
09/28 Seattle, WA – El Corazon (Funhouse) (with Great American Ghost)
09/29 Portland, OR – Paris Theatre (with Great American Ghost)
10/01 Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk (with Great American Ghost)
10/02 Los Angeles, CA – Five Star Bar (with Great American Ghost)
10/03 Las Vegas, NV – American Legion Post 8 (with Great American Ghost)
10/04 Mesa, AZ – Club Red (with Great American Ghost)
10/06 Dallas, TX – Club DaDa (with Great American Ghost)
10/07 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall (with Great American Ghost)
10/08 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live (with Great American Ghost)
10/09 New Orleans, LA – Santos (with Great American Ghost)
10/10 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (with Great American Ghost)
10/11 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 (with Great American Ghost)
10/12 Washington, DC – The Pinch (with Great American Ghost)
10/13 Amityville, NY – Revolution (with Great American Ghost)

Bring Me The Horizon & BABYMETAL Added To 2019 Glastonbury Festival

Bring Me The Horizon and BABYMETAL have been added to The Other Stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. The event will take place on June 26-30 at Worthy Farm, UK and previously announced rock/metal acts include: Gojira, The Damned, Venom Prison, Entombed A.D., and Employed To Serve, who will all be performing in the Shangri-La area on the Truth and Scum stages. Headliners for the festival include acts like The Killers, The Cure, Stormzy, etc.