2019 Metal ’n’ Heavy Rock Poll: VOTING & CAMPAIGNING thread (open until the 21st of February)

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Let the ceremony begin again.

You know the rules: up to 50 votes, weighted/ranked or unweighted/unranked. Here is the voting form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfj_cLkJTyGfm3DqDvxo6RTep8oMptIkJgKF3LiIK4q6yEwWg/viewform

And the full list of nominations:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1bVjW_gga7VJMjN4K8qHwIyA5LppEIY8_aEH4_nT6WRU/edit?usp=sharing

For the love of all that is unholy, please copy and paste titles directly from the spreadsheet to the voting form. To wit:

10 000 Russos - Kompromat
1349 - The Infernal Pathway
9mm Parabellum Bullet - DEEP BLUE
A Secret Revealed - Sacrifices
Abbath - Outstrider

Please post here upon voting that we may double-check whether your ballot made it through.

You have until midnight (PST) on Friday, the 7th of February (i.e. Saturday morning in the UK).

Until then, campaign away!

(I’m leaving Spotify duties up to the others, as I still don’t have an account.)

pomenitul, Sunday, 5 January 2020 00:54 (seven months ago) link

Thanks.

pomenitul, Sunday, 5 January 2020 01:35 (seven months ago) link

Lingua Ignota - Caligula
https://youtu.be/M1ZweG__q-w
I keep comparing this record to later Scott Walker material, maybe just because of the production. Everything sounds uncomfortably close, like she's two inches in front of your face, hissing and spraying blood between her teeth.

Elder - The Gold and Silver Sessions
https://youtu.be/Ra-zDXe8bNc
Elder went motorik. Also the band has moved to Germany full stop now, and they just hired a new drummer.

Moon Tooth - Crux
https://youtu.be/f5n78mg22VM
A little more pop-based structurally than Chromaparagon, but they still shred. No 12 minute closer on this one.

Amygdala - Our Voices Will Soar Forever
https://youtu.be/KI-aBqhzgKc
Queer anti-fascist hardcore is the future of hardcore.

Clouds Taste Satanic - Second Sight
https://youtu.be/awAzbomDsIM
This was the second of two single LPs CTS put out this year, and this one is a giant leap forward melodically, rather than just stoner riffs everywhere. It's exciting to hear them evolve.

Funereal Presence - Achatius
https://youtu.be/XKL3U9AXX8c
This'll teach me to not take Bandcamp's recommendations seriously. Video chosen for the ambiance (skulls!).

Sorry I didn't remember how to embed, I thought about experimenting with it but went with consistently doing it wrong rather than maybe getting it right once and breaking the other four links.

Hilary Duff McKagan (Tom Violence), Sunday, 5 January 2020 13:04 (seven months ago) link

I may not vote for Caligula in this poll because only the trvest of the trve must be honoured but it sure as hell will make the top 10 of my other ballot.

pomenitul, Sunday, 5 January 2020 15:37 (seven months ago) link

no, tom, you did it absolutely the right way. No embedding on this thread.

Dog Is Daed (Oor Neechy), Sunday, 5 January 2020 16:43 (seven months ago) link

Who wants to vote first?

Dog Is Daed (Oor Neechy), Monday, 6 January 2020 09:55 (seven months ago) link

My ballot is more or less ready but I want to sample other people's favourites first.

pomenitul, Monday, 6 January 2020 14:36 (seven months ago) link

Speaking of which, that Elder EP is sounding great, even better than their last LP.

pomenitul, Monday, 6 January 2020 15:06 (seven months ago) link

Epic doom fans, take heed, Troll's Legend Master is well worth your time:

https://trollpdx.bandcamp.com/album/legend-master

For a sample, start with track 3.

pomenitul, Monday, 6 January 2020 15:51 (seven months ago) link

New Multishiva EP is basically Motorhead on bad acid, howling ramalama, total fucking dunkelheit!

https://multishiva.bandcamp.com/album/savup-iv

PLEB AF (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 6 January 2020 17:35 (seven months ago) link

Maybe odd for someone who championed All Bitches Die so heavily but I'm not feeling Caligula at all, even if on the surface it's just more of the same.

Siegbran, Monday, 6 January 2020 19:03 (seven months ago) link

Submitted. Saw there was a Shin Guard repeat. FYI I went with the one spelled with 2 words if that sways which if any you remove.

gman59, Monday, 6 January 2020 19:59 (seven months ago) link

Thanks for the heads up. I'll delete the other one then.

pomenitul, Monday, 6 January 2020 20:28 (seven months ago) link

Maybe odd for someone who championed All Bitches Die so heavily but I'm not feeling Caligula at all, even if on the surface it's just more of the same.

I felt that way at first, partly because of Caligula's length and its more sparing recourse to white noise, but I've come around.

pomenitul, Monday, 6 January 2020 20:34 (seven months ago) link

Caligula is the album that has most sharply divided opinion in my household for a while. (I love it; tt...certainly doesn't)

imago, Monday, 6 January 2020 21:27 (seven months ago) link

That Multishiva ep that DAM posted above is badass. Big dirty whirlwind of sound, reminds me of Hugh Rise a bit

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Monday, 6 January 2020 21:53 (seven months ago) link

whatever happened to shug rise

Dog Is Daed (Oor Neechy), Monday, 6 January 2020 22:15 (seven months ago) link

Bah

High Rise obv

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Monday, 6 January 2020 22:16 (seven months ago) link

Are you going to vote, Mr B?

Dog Is Daed (Oor Neechy), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 16:44 (seven months ago) link

bump

Dog Is Daed (Oor Neechy), Thursday, 9 January 2020 14:24 (seven months ago) link

vote for Fly Pan Am

PLEB AF (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 10 January 2020 20:07 (seven months ago) link

I haven't heard it yet but I'll check it out.

pomenitul, Friday, 10 January 2020 20:13 (seven months ago) link

Three more from based Iceland.

I already mentioned Andvaka: funeral doom with a forceful hymnic bent that recalls Sigur Rós ca. ( ), led by a voice far graver than Jónsi's (start with track 2).

https://andvaka.bandcamp.com/album/andvana

Similarly named (say my mainlander's ears), depressive black metal purveyors Andavald, a musical rendering of Beckett's 'I can't go on, I'll go on'.

https://andavald.bandcamp.com/album/undir-skygg-arhaldi

And of course, Misþyrming, which stands firmly atop last year's pile of meloblack with their infinity riffs and unyielding songwriting.

https://misthyrming.bandcamp.com/album/algleymi

pomenitul, Friday, 10 January 2020 20:40 (seven months ago) link

Xp Haha pomenitul I'll be honest, I suspect FPA not trvth enough to make your ballot but it's a pretty wild listen nonetheless

I still haven't checked out the last Misþyrming record tbh, but I'm pretty I'd need to be made of sterner stuff in order to pass up the tantalizing proposition of ☆infinity riffs☆

PLEB AF (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 10 January 2020 20:58 (seven months ago) link

FPA are fellow Montrealers that have been around for a long time and that I've somehow managed never to hear for no particular reason, so I'd say now's as good a time as any to make up for that.

pomenitul, Friday, 10 January 2020 21:09 (seven months ago) link

Always loved them but the new album is defo blackgaze but also very good as they put their own spin on it. I do recommend it to those reading who aren't tr00 kvlt bores

Dog Is Daed (Oor Neechy), Friday, 10 January 2020 21:40 (seven months ago) link

Good to see FPA 'allowed' here, will def vote for them in this.

Thanks for the recs Pom, it's a dreadfully dark and pissy rainy day to dig into them later!

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 12 January 2020 11:17 (seven months ago) link

Just listening to that Misþyrming album and wow they really, really really like Mgla.

Siegbran, Monday, 13 January 2020 16:05 (seven months ago) link

Listened to it a second time, man that’s shameless. Whoever was representing the Marvin Gaye estate can probably expect a phone call from Poland.

Siegbran, Monday, 13 January 2020 17:06 (seven months ago) link

Algleymi features more 'progressive' touches than the classic & to my ears more minimalistic Mgła sound.

pomenitul, Monday, 13 January 2020 17:34 (seven months ago) link

I can see they try to embellish things a bit with different melodies and some fancy synth interludes but their main groove is *so* similar, the vocals both in sound and cadence, the drums, the song structures...I mean these guys are good at what they do, it's undoubtedly a good record and right up my alley in principle but I'm not sure I can get fully on board here.

Siegbran, Monday, 13 January 2020 19:33 (seven months ago) link

Algleymi features more 'progressive' touches than the classic & to my ears more minimalistic Mgła sound.

Certainly, no one could accuse Mgla of being progressive.

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Monday, 13 January 2020 19:38 (seven months ago) link

this one should be on the list too:
https://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/cul

Bstep, Monday, 13 January 2020 19:51 (seven months ago) link

I can hear where you're coming from, Siegbran, but I do think there's enough variation in terms of structure and atmosphere to impel a distinct effect. Incidentally, as much as I enjoy Age of Excuse, Algleymi tops it in my book, in no small part due to its epic aspirations and more open-ended songwriting.

pomenitul, Monday, 13 January 2020 19:54 (seven months ago) link

Having finally heard the FPA album: C'est ça >>> Love Exchange Failure.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 13:00 (seven months ago) link

well, LEF was basically this year's Deafheaven album so

imago, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 13:02 (seven months ago) link

At times C'est ça comes across as a friendly send-up of blackgaze as a whole, which mirrors my own feelings towards it.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 13:09 (seven months ago) link

Kinda bummed this Calacorn demo didn't get nominated, it's pretty rad. At least Herxheim made it!

a thousand keening bullshit-detectors (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 13:56 (seven months ago) link

My mistake, I guess it's *Calacorm* & holy moley it rules!

a thousand keening bullshit-detectors (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 14:05 (seven months ago) link

I just wanted to remind everybody about the great Vastum album, "Orificial Purge", which I listened to way more than the Tomb Mold album (not that it has to be either/or). The intro to the title track is just beastly. I cannot listen to it without at least slightly head banging.

An album discovered fairly recently - maybe through this thread - is Immortal Bird's Thrive on Neglect. Stand out track for me is Avolition. Another nice discovery is that Jute Gyte finally released something that clicked with me this year, though I don't know if it will make my ballot. That nominations list is intimidating. I feel like with a few exceptions my ballot is going to be almost identical to my nominations.

beard papa, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 17:43 (seven months ago) link

I meant to extend the "slightly head banging" thought, which as written reads like some extremely faint praise, to make it clear that it causes me to do so in inappropriate public places, such as my place of work, the gym, public transportation, etc.

beard papa, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 17:50 (seven months ago) link

There could be a good 'which tracks make you spontaneously head bang' thread! For me, the two that spring straight to mind are Sinners Bleed and Raining Blood.

Life is a meaningless nightmare of suffering...save string (Chinaski), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 19:51 (seven months ago) link

Cosign on the Vastum, one of my favorite death metal albums of 2019, along with Imprecation and Coffin Rot.

o. nate, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 20:01 (seven months ago) link

From the province that turned the word 'tabernacle' into a slur, I give you… Ossuaire, who put out an impressive diptych of albums last year. The first, Premiers chants is very much worth your time, but the second, aptly-named Derniers chants is where it's at:

https://ossuaire.bandcamp.com/album/derniers-chants

This is anti-Catholic melodic atmoblack haunted by the troubadours of yore and which does very little to expand the (primarily francophone) subgenre. Not that it matters: Ossuaire achieves exactly what it sets out to do, thanks in no small part to its superlative songwriting.

pomenitul, Thursday, 16 January 2020 11:16 (six months ago) link

Speaking of medieval-esque BM gestures, Obsequiae's The Palms of Sorrowed Kings is absolutely glorious, although I doubt it'll need my help to place.

pomenitul, Thursday, 16 January 2020 11:18 (six months ago) link

A few more that don't need my laurels to place but that will undoubtedly be on my ballot:

Big Brave – A Gaze Among Them
Cult of Luna – A Dawn to Fear
Mgła – Age of Excuse
Sunn O))) – Life Metal
Tomb Mold – Planetary Clairvoyance

pomenitul, Saturday, 18 January 2020 11:46 (six months ago) link

I like this Elizabeth Colour Wheel song a lot, like I mean a lot a lot (& it's not entirely dissimilar to Big Brave, now that I think about it)

https://youtu.be/VL6fyoQZh2g

a thousand keening bullshit-detectors (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 18 January 2020 13:05 (six months ago) link

I quite enjoyed that album, but Big Brave's dronier tempos and Robin Wattie's voice give them a clear edge imho.

pomenitul, Saturday, 18 January 2020 18:02 (six months ago) link

a few reminders for anyone still making a ballot:

XOTH: insanely fun sci-fi death metal with a perfect balance of goofiness and serious chops
HAUNTER: kitchen sink black-death-whatever with a ton of incredible ornamental flourishes
WEEPING SORES: Stunning violin-aided techy death-doom ft Doug Moore of Pyrrhon
WORMED: the best grindcore(?) band on the planet
NO ONE KNOWS WHAT THE DEAD THINK: the best grindcore band on the planet
FALLS OF RAUROS: Of all the bands doing the "wintry sweeping melodic BM you would listen to on a trek through the woods" thing, FOR do it best

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Friday, 21 February 2020 20:06 (five months ago) link

^ Seconding those Xoth and NOKWtDT takes. I did not know Falls of Rauros had released a new album in 2019!

If you only have space in your ballot for one more tragically beautiful sun-drenched blackgaze album, make it 'Circle of Veins' by Sadness. At the very least, skip ahead to 'Cerrien' and weep.

tangenttangent, Friday, 21 February 2020 20:19 (five months ago) link

FoR are seriously under-known/promoted considering how great they are.

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Friday, 21 February 2020 20:21 (five months ago) link

I like that Cloud Rat and Monolord both had a song called 'Last Leaf' last year

tangenttangent, Friday, 21 February 2020 20:38 (five months ago) link

speaking of, this cloud rat record is a... masterpiece?

i liked it before but it's really hitting me today

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 21 February 2020 21:07 (five months ago) link

it is obviously a huge step up from qliphoth which i thought was incredible

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 21 February 2020 21:08 (five months ago) link

I preferred qliphoth for its greater ratio of dreamy moments, but still think Pollinator is brilliant.

Much as I adore the PUP and Microwave albums, I cannot vote for them in good conscience in this poll.

tangenttangent, Friday, 21 February 2020 21:19 (five months ago) link

Oor Neechy / pomenitul - very sorry - I re-submitted - Imprecation and Xoth had just been getting so many spins lately, I couldn't NOT re-submit! Hope that's cool.

BlackIronPrison, Friday, 21 February 2020 21:25 (five months ago) link

reminder that oozing wound good

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 21 February 2020 21:26 (five months ago) link

resubmitting is fine!

Oor Neechy, Friday, 21 February 2020 21:29 (five months ago) link

2008 30 Ballots
2009 50 Ballots
2010 80 Ballots
2011 74 Ballots
2012 51 Ballots
2013 53 Ballots
2014 62 Ballots
2015 61 Ballots
2016 42 Ballots
2017 40 Ballots
2018 33 Ballots
2019 ?

Oor Neechy, Friday, 21 February 2020 22:31 (five months ago) link

Lol Brad I fuckin love oozing wound and almost listed them upthread

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Friday, 21 February 2020 22:33 (five months ago) link

Sadly there's a lot less interest in the poll now.

xp

Oor Neechy, Friday, 21 February 2020 22:34 (five months ago) link

Not that surprising considering how heavy and/or dark music did in the main polls. I expect Lingua Ignota and Liturgy to do well. I'm fine with the smaller number, though in a way I think the sheer amount of nominations dilutes the end result a little bit.

beard papa, Friday, 21 February 2020 23:14 (five months ago) link

Submitted my weighted ballot of 50! It's not the most perfect order, but it will do. This poll always makes me wonder why I'm not listening to metal constantly.

tangenttangent, Friday, 21 February 2020 23:18 (five months ago) link

tt has gotten 90 down to 50. I have gotten 16 up to 21 with some last-minute scrambling. A couple of things have been given a lot of points based on a very brief impression. Let's hope the whole Ifernach and Akasha records are as kickass as my brief impressions make them out to be...

imago, Friday, 21 February 2020 23:21 (five months ago) link

Lingua might just top this sucker.

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Friday, 21 February 2020 23:47 (five months ago) link

yes, and i reckon my top 5 will all make the top 10

imago, Saturday, 22 February 2020 00:06 (five months ago) link

Anyone else planning to vote?

As long at the voting form is open you can still vote. I think seandalai will post here when he's closing it so post in here if you intend to vote.

You will have another 8 or 9 hours to vote for sure.

Oor Neechy, Saturday, 22 February 2020 00:07 (five months ago) link

Still working out my ballot, thanks!

Just finished Ausmuteants--instantly a total classic--and now listening to Car Bomb, which is a bit more traditional than I'd hoped but there seems to be a lot of interesting passages for one to trip over :D

hooper (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 22 February 2020 00:34 (five months ago) link

I think it will be a shame if nobody else has voted for the best Boris album in a decade.

Oor Neechy, Saturday, 22 February 2020 00:54 (five months ago) link

Voted but my ballot was slim. Metal just wasn't my focus last year.

With considerable charm, you still have made a choice (Sund4r), Saturday, 22 February 2020 00:57 (five months ago) link

Seems to be a common theme this/these past year(s) :(

Oor Neechy, Saturday, 22 February 2020 01:02 (five months ago) link

I will def vote for that Boris album

hooper (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 22 February 2020 01:05 (five months ago) link

Finding seven albums I thoroughly enjoy in one genre in one year doesn't seem that bad to me, honestly.

With considerable charm, you still have made a choice (Sund4r), Saturday, 22 February 2020 01:06 (five months ago) link

fell asleep, looks like i’m gonna miss the deadline oh well

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 22 February 2020 07:58 (five months ago) link

Deadline still not quite here! Hope you managed to scrape together a ballot of your favourites

tangenttangent, Saturday, 22 February 2020 09:51 (five months ago) link

It's not over 'till seandalai says it's over.

romanesque architect (pomenitul), Saturday, 22 February 2020 11:06 (five months ago) link

Hey seandalai give me a 5 minute warning plz🙏, my ballot is about half-dozen in another window

hooper (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 22 February 2020 11:33 (five months ago) link

Godspeed!

romanesque architect (pomenitul), Saturday, 22 February 2020 11:35 (five months ago) link

Ok voted

hooper (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 22 February 2020 12:14 (five months ago) link

It's still open, folks. Vote while you can!

romanesque architect (pomenitul), Saturday, 22 February 2020 13:10 (five months ago) link

forgive me, metal albums were very long this year, but i am submitting a ballot within the next hour

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 22 February 2020 13:47 (five months ago) link

🤘

romanesque architect (pomenitul), Saturday, 22 February 2020 14:13 (five months ago) link

thats fine. no sign of seandalai and as long as the vote form is open its fine!

Oor Neechy, Saturday, 22 February 2020 14:41 (five months ago) link

submitted

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 22 February 2020 14:51 (five months ago) link

all that research just to submit a 20 album weighted ballot but i feel really strongly about those 20 albums

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 22 February 2020 14:51 (five months ago) link

Thanks for voting!

romanesque architect (pomenitul), Saturday, 22 February 2020 14:56 (five months ago) link

Until seandalai says so the voting is open

Oor Neechy, Saturday, 22 February 2020 16:04 (five months ago) link

the disentomb record is all i ever want out of metal

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 22 February 2020 16:18 (five months ago) link

i've said that before but it was worth saying again

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 22 February 2020 16:18 (five months ago) link

Voting still open if anyone wants to avoid the "oh I didn't know this poll was happening" dog latin type post

Oor Neechy, Saturday, 22 February 2020 17:12 (five months ago) link

VOTING IS CLOSED.

I have results.

We might start shortly with the traditional weekend bonus.

Oor Neechy, Saturday, 22 February 2020 17:29 (five months ago) link

77-50 then ten a day?

imago, Saturday, 22 February 2020 17:36 (five months ago) link

we dont do 77

Oor Neechy, Saturday, 22 February 2020 17:40 (five months ago) link

66?

imago, Saturday, 22 February 2020 17:43 (five months ago) link

77

BlackIronPrison, Saturday, 22 February 2020 18:00 (five months ago) link

i can type numbers too

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Saturday, 22 February 2020 18:02 (five months ago) link

the disentomb record is all i ever want out of metal

BRUH! holy shyt! this album is insane!!!!
thank u!!

Bstep, Sunday, 23 February 2020 02:50 (five months ago) link


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