2020 Metal ’n’ Heavy Rock Poll: NOMINATIONS Thread (open until the 8th of January 2021)

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It’s that unholy time of year again. There’s no shortage of metallic catharsis to be had in the age of covid, so let’s do this.

You know the drill. The format is Artist – Album. And, for the love of Lucifer, don’t forget to bold!

Here’s the spreadsheet (please use ctrl + f to check for duplicates):

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1oansNE_3srFiESacKOqgY6nQwqSnt6KfmHzS_tmb9p0/

I don’t have Spotify but Neechy has graciously started a collaborative playlist for everyone to use:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3a0enQtah5VT4hADz1wdnf?si=Iqpu73C7R56zXNPzEM_9aQ

Lastly, please note that this year you may ‘only’ nominate up to 100 albums so I’d really appreciate it if you could include a little counter at the end of each nom post and update it as needed (e.g. ‘(26/100)’, ’(58/100)’, etc.), just like for the main ILM poll.

Have fun!

pomenitul, Friday, 27 November 2020 16:26 (two months ago) link

To get things started, here’s a sample nom post (on behalf of Neechy, so these are his):

Blues Pills - Holy Moly
Boris - No
Botanist - Photosynthesis
Envy - The Fallen Crimson
Hum - Inlet
Kairon; IRSE! - Polysomn
Neptunian Maximalism - Éons
Old Man Gloom - Darkness of Being/Light of Meaning
Oranssi Pazuzu - Mestarin kynsi
Paysage d'Hiver - Im Wald
Slift - Ummon
Sólstafir - Endless Twilight of Codependent Love
Sumac - May You Be Held
Thy Catafalque - Naiv
Zombi - 2020

(15/100)

pomenitul, Friday, 27 November 2020 16:27 (two months ago) link

(16/100)
Regarde Les Hommes Tomber - Ascension

Oor Neechy, Friday, 27 November 2020 16:29 (two months ago) link

Ripped to Shreds-Luan
Of Feather and Bone-Sulfuric Disintegration
Napalm Death-Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism
Mr Bungle-The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo
Pallbearer-Forgotten Days
Black Curse-Endless Wound

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Friday, 27 November 2020 16:30 (two months ago) link

Molassess - Through the Hollow

Brad C., Friday, 27 November 2020 16:38 (two months ago) link

Meth Leppard - Woke
Pig Destroyer - The Octagonal Stairway
Wayfarer - A Romance with Violence
Undeath - Lesions of a Different Kind
Zeal and Ardor - Wake of a Nation
Cadaver - Edder & Bile
Sodom - Genesis XIX
Fuck the Facts - Plene Noirceur
Macabre - Carnival of Killers
Venom Prison - Primevil
Junior Bruce - Pray for Death
Carcass - Despicable
Benediction - Scriptures
Necrophobic - Dawn of the Damned

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Friday, 27 November 2020 17:17 (two months ago) link

Here's my list. Sorry for any duplicates.

At The Altar Of The Horned God - Through Doors of Moonlight (I, Voidhanger Records)
Barfbag - Let's Stop a War (Stay Gold Records)
Black Magnet - Hallucination Scene (20 Buck Spin)
Boris - No (Fangs Anal Satan)
Celestial Season - The Secret Teachings (Burning World Records)
Chrome Waves - Where We Live (Disorder Recordings)
Cirith Ungol - Forever Black (Metal Blade Records)
Cosmic Burial - Impakt (Purity Through Fire)
Couch Slut - Take A Chance On Rock 'n' Roll (Gilead Media)
Crippled Black Phoenix - Ellengæst (Season of Mist)
Dola - Dola (Independent)
Drottinn - Í helgum dýrðar ljóma (Terratur Possessions)
Drown - Subaqueous (Prophecy)
Duma - Duma (Nyege Nyege Tapes)
Early Moods - Spellbound (Dying Victim Productions)
Ensiferum - Thalassic (Metal Blade Records)
Eternal Champion - Ravening Iron (No Remorse Records)
Eternal Rot - Putridarium (Godz ov War Productions)
Eye of Nix - Ligeia (Prophecy)
Feminazgûl - No Dawn For Men (Independent)
Finntroll - Vredesvävd (Century Media)
Fluisteraars - Bloem (Eisenwald)
Frayle - 1692 (Aqualamb Records)
Griiim - Bête Immonde (Purity Through Fire)
Haunt - Mind Freeze (Shadow Kingdom)
Horn - Mohngang (Iron Bonehead)
Hyporian - Volume II (Season of Mist)
Ihsahn - Telemark (Spinefarm)
Imperial Triumphant - Alphaville (Century Media)
Insect Ark - The Vanishing (Profound Lore)
Krallice - Mass Cathexis (Hathenter)
Lili Refrain - ULU (Subsound Records)
Liturgy - Origin Of The Alimonies (YLYLCYN)
Lotus Thief - Oresteia (Prophecy)
Lucifer - III (Century Media)
Macabre - Carnival Of Killers (Nuclear Blast)
Maggot Heart - Mercy Machine (Rapid Eye Records)
Melted Bodies - Enjoy Yourself (Sweatband Records)
Myrkur - Folkesange (Relapse Records)
Napalm Death - Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism (Century Media)
Of Feather And Bone - Sulfuric Disintegration (Profound Lore)
Onslaught - Generation Antichrist (AFM Records)
Oranssi Pazuzu - Mestarin Kynsi (Nuclear Blast America)
Paradise Lost - Obsidian (Nuclear Blast America)
Paysage d'Hiver - Im Wald (Kunsthall Produktionen)
Pig Destroyer - The Octagonal Stairway (Relapse Records)
Protokult - Transcending The Ruins (Self-Released)
Pyrrhon - Abscess Time (Willowtip Records)
Rebel Wizard - Magickal Mystical Indifference (Prosthetic Records)
Riot - Rock World (Rare & Unreleased 87-95) (Metal Blade Records)
Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou - May Our Chambers Be Full (Sacred Bones Records)
Serpent Omega - II (Icons Creating Evil Art)
Sightless Pit - Grave of a Dog (Thrill Jockey Records)
Skepticism - Alloy (Reissue) (Svart Records)
Smoulder - Dream Quest Ends (Cruz Del Sur Music)
Sólstafir - Endless Twilight of Co-Dependent Love (Season of Mist)
Thy Catafalque - Naiv (Season of Mist)
Tombs - Under Sullen Skies (Season of Mist)
Tombs - Monarchy of Shadows (Season of Mist)
Total Fucking Destruction - ...to be alive at the end of the world (Translation Loss Records)
Triptykon - Requiem (Live At Roadburn 2019) (Century Media)
Uniform - Shame (Sacred Bones Records)
Venom Prison - Primeval (Prosthetic Records)
Vile Creature - Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm! (Prosthetic Records)
Violet Cold - Noir Kid (Independent)
Warbringer - Weapons Of Tomorrow (Napalm Records)
Witching - Vernal (Independent)
Wolftooth - Valhalla (Ripple Music)
Yatra - All is Lost (Grimoire Records)
Yatra - Blood of the Night (STB Records)
Nechochwen / Panopticon - Split (Bindrune Recordings)

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 27 November 2020 17:26 (two months ago) link

(71/100)

I do not anticipate nominating anything else.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 27 November 2020 17:27 (two months ago) link

Hmm... I think me adding the label makes things harder so here's the same list without that info.

At The Altar Of The Horned God - Through Doors of Moonlight
Barfbag - Let's Stop a War
Black Magnet - Hallucination Scene
Boris - No
Celestial Season - The Secret Teachings
Chrome Waves - Where We Live
Cirith Ungol - Forever Black
Cosmic Burial - Impakt
Couch Slut - Take A Chance On Rock 'n' Roll
Crippled Black Phoenix - Ellengæst
Dola - Dola
Drottinn - Í helgum dýrðar ljóma
Drown - Subaqueous
Duma - Duma
Early Moods - Spellbound
Ensiferum - Thalassic
Eternal Champion - Ravening Iron
Eternal Rot - Putridarium
Eye of Nix - Ligeia
Feminazgûl - No Dawn For Men
Finntroll - Vredesvävd
Fluisteraars - Bloem
Frayle - 1692
Griiim - Bête Immonde
Haunt - Mind Freeze
Horn - Mohngang
Hyporian - Volume II
Ihsahn - Telemark
Imperial Triumphant - Alphaville
Insect Ark - The Vanishing
Krallice - Mass Cathexis
Lili Refrain - ULU
Liturgy - Origin Of The Alimonies
Lotus Thief - Oresteia
Lucifer - III
Macabre - Carnival Of Killers
Maggot Heart - Mercy Machine
Melted Bodies - Enjoy Yourself
Myrkur - Folkesange
Napalm Death - Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism
Of Feather And Bone - Sulfuric Disintegration
Onslaught - Generation Antichrist
Oranssi Pazuzu - Mestarin Kynsi
Paradise Lost - Obsidian
Paysage d'Hiver - Im Wald
Pig Destroyer - The Octagonal Stairway
Protokult - Transcending The Ruins
Pyrrhon - Abscess Time
Rebel Wizard - Magickal Mystical Indifference
Riot - Rock World (Rare & Unreleased 87-95)
Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou - May Our Chambers Be Full
Serpent Omega - II
Sightless Pit - Grave of a Dog
Skepticism - Alloy (Reissue)
Smoulder - Dream Quest Ends
Sólstafir - Endless Twilight of Co-Dependent Love
Thy Catafalque - Naiv
Tombs - Under Sullen Skies
Tombs - Monarchy of Shadows
Total Fucking Destruction - ...to be alive at the end of the world
Triptykon - Requiem (Live At Roadburn 2019)
Uniform - Shame
Venom Prison - Primeval
Vile Creature - Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm!
Violet Cold - Noir Kid
Warbringer - Weapons Of Tomorrow
Witching - Vernal
Wolftooth - Valhalla
Yatra - All is Lost
Yatra - Blood of the Night
Nechochwen / Panopticon - Split

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 27 November 2020 17:28 (two months ago) link

reissues do not count

Oor Neechy, Friday, 27 November 2020 17:41 (two months ago) link

If that's the case (which I didn't know) then I think only Skepticism - Alloy needs to be removed.

Riot - Rock World (Rare & Unreleased 87-95) has mostly newly released material, it's just old stuff that was never released before.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 27 November 2020 18:48 (two months ago) link


Sweven - The Eternal Resonance
Behold... The Arctopus - Hapeleptic Overtrove
Bindrune Recordings - OVERGROW TO OVERTHROW
Plague Organ - Orphan
Serpent Column - Endless Detainment
Serpent Column - Kathodos
Ocrilim - Plvence Abrost R Msitloun
殞煞 Vengeful Spectre - 殞煞 Vengeful Spectre
Touché Amoré - Lament
Gulch - Impenetrable Cerebral Fortress
Deftones - Ohms
Infant Island - Beneath
Skáphe - Skáphe³

(13/100)

that overgrow to overthrow comp can be overruled if you need to. it's a mixed bag including old stuff but not technically a reissue.

gman59, Friday, 27 November 2020 19:52 (two months ago) link

Aktor - Placebo
Lamp of Murmuur - Heir of Ecliptical Romanticism
Necrot - Mortal
Poppy - I Disagree
Ulcerate - Stare Into Death and Be Still

umarell of the year (jmm), Friday, 27 November 2020 19:57 (two months ago) link

I’ll add ‘em all later but please be mindful of duplicates! Much appreciated.

pomenitul, Friday, 27 November 2020 20:40 (two months ago) link

I've got them but if there're any duplicates please post here to let us know so one of us can deal with it.

Oor Neechy, Friday, 27 November 2020 20:54 (two months ago) link

<strong>Mare Cognitum / Spectral Lore - Wanderers: Astrology of the Nine
Sunken - Livslede
Shaidar Logoth - Chapter III: The Void God
Xibalba - Años En Infierno
Fluisteraars - Bloem
Ahab - Live Prey
Bell Witch / Aerial Ruin - Stygian Bough Vol. I
Lanterns - Dimensions
Förfallet - Förfallet
Primitive Man - Immersion</strong>

black dice live ft. jerry garcia (rizzx), Friday, 27 November 2020 20:57 (two months ago) link

Sorry for that :(

Mare Cognitum / Spectral Lore - Wanderers: Astrology of the Nine
Sunken - Livslede
Shaidar Logoth - Chapter III: The Void God
Xibalba - Años En Infierno
Fluisteraars - Bloem
Ahab - Live Prey
Bell Witch / Aerial Ruin - Stygian Bough Vol. I
Lanterns - Dimensions
Förfallet - Förfallet
Primitive Man - Immersion

black dice live ft. jerry garcia (rizzx), Friday, 27 November 2020 20:58 (two months ago) link

I've not been able to keep up this year, and I don't like voting for albums I heard in voting period, so if anyone wishes to recommend or boost albums, then please do so now and I'll give them a listen.

Oor Neechy, Friday, 27 November 2020 21:23 (two months ago) link

As ever, we’ll have a designated thread for campaigning once the noms are closed but if people want to start early, that’s totally cool with me and, in some ways, preferable, since it gives everyone more time to catch up.

pomenitul, Friday, 27 November 2020 21:28 (two months ago) link

Dark Buddha Rising - Mathreyata
Wyrmwoods - Gamma
Crisis Sigil - Small Towns
Moldé Volhal - Into The Cave Of Ordeals...
Mystras - Castles Conquered And Reclaimed
Hail Spirit Noir - Eden In Reverse
Biesy - Transsatanizm
Elder - Omens
Salqiu - Orfeu
Azusa - Loop Of Yesterdays
Mamaleek - Come And See
Stabscotch - Twilight Dawn
Lychgate - Also Sprach Futura
Psalm Zero - Sparta
Fortress Of The Olden Days - Verlassenheit
Victory Over The Sun - A Tessitura Of Transfiguration

I would like to boost all of these, but especially Mystras (epic and extremely well-written folk-BM with a leftist historical viewpoint from Spectral Lore, best thing he's done), Dark Buddha Rising (fucken psychedelic monster-doom), Psalm Zero (magnificently melodic industrial art-metal from the Extra Life guy), Azusa (beautiful post-post-popcore) and Victory Over The Sun (gnarly microtonal and intense BM journey which interprets the artist's gender transition in terms of Andrei Rublev)

imago, Friday, 27 November 2020 21:36 (two months ago) link

ok here's some noms

Esoctrilihum - Eternity of Shaog
Horisont - Sudden Death
Kadavar - The Isolation Tapes
Malokarpatan - Krupinské ohne
Wake - Devouring Ruin

Frobisher, Friday, 27 November 2020 23:10 (two months ago) link

Ahna - Crimson Dawn
Aseitas - False Peace
Autolith - Caustic Light
Balmog - Pillars Of Salt
Barishi - Old Smoke
Bastard Priest - Vengeance... Of the Damned
Bleeding Out - Lifelong Death Fantasy
Caustic Wound - Death Posture
Ceremonial Bloodbath - The Tides Of Blood
Chaotian - Festering Excarnation
Coffin Apartment - Full Torso Apparition
Deafkids & Petbrick - Deafbrick
Dødskvad - Krønike I
Errant - s/t
Exploatör - Avgrundens Brant
Funeral Leech - Death Meditation
Head Of the Demon - Deadly Black Doom
Hot Graves - Days Before Plague
Jordablod - The Cabinet Of Numinous Song
Karst - Genesis Of Nervous Decay
Okkultokrati - La Ilden Lyse
Perversion - Archaic Death Metal
Question - Reflections Of the Void
Raspberry Bulbs - Before the Age Of Mirrors
Seeds In Barren Fields - Sånger som rämnar
Sentient Divide - Haunted By Cruelty
Siderean - Sidereal Evolution
Skeleton - s/t
Socialstyrelsen - Med Rädsla För Livet
The Death Wheelers - Divine Filth
The Passing - s/t
Tøronto - Under Siege
Töxik Death - Sepulchral Demons
Transcendence - Towards Obscurities Beyond
Utzalu - The Grobian Fall
Void Rot - Descending Pillars

36/100

where do all these unsold amps go? (gaudio), Saturday, 28 November 2020 00:07 (one month ago) link

Ad Infinitum – Chapter I: Monarchy
Ænigmatum – Adorned in Wrath
Almyrkvi / The Ruins of Beverast – Almyrkvi / The Ruins of Beverast
Angel Morgue – In the Morgue of Angels
Armagedda – Svindeldjup Ättestup
Atavisma / Void Rot – Atavisma / Void Rot
Atramentus – Stygian
Ayyur – Balkarnin
Black Flux – Black Stream
Bognor – Brain Paralysis
Cultum Interitum – Poison of Being
Draug – Irreelle sindelag
Empyrean Grace – Bestowment of the Seraphic Key
Faceless Burial – Speciation
Genfærd – Blodhævn
Grifteskymfning – Bedrövelsens härd
Kaatayra – Toda história pela frente
Lowrider – Refractions
Mourning Beloveth / The Ruins of Beverast – Don’t Walk on the Mass Graves
Nero di Marte – Immoto
Plague – Portraits of Mind
Precambrian – Tectonics
Prosternatur – Mortuus et sepultus
Selbst – Relatos de angustia
Serment – Chante, ô flamme de la liberté
Slutet – Love & Beauty
Svartsyn – Requiem
Turia – Degen van licht
Wytch Hazel – III: Pentecost
Ygg – The Last Scald

(30/100)

pomenitul, Saturday, 28 November 2020 02:21 (one month ago) link

EPs also fair game btw.

pomenitul, Saturday, 28 November 2020 02:22 (one month ago) link

here's a few more

Dirt Woman - Lady of the Dunes
Núll – Entity
Tombstone Eyes - Land in the Sky
Worm - Gloomlord

9/100

Frobisher, Saturday, 28 November 2020 03:29 (one month ago) link

Bedsore - Hypnagogic Hallucinations

(1/100)

o. nate, Saturday, 28 November 2020 03:32 (one month ago) link

Prometheus - Resonant Echoes From Cosmos Of Old

(2/100)

o. nate, Saturday, 28 November 2020 04:01 (one month ago) link

215 albums nominated so far.

Oor Neechy, Saturday, 28 November 2020 20:50 (one month ago) link

Machine Girl - U-Void Synthesizer
Died - Less Life
Izthmi - To Traipse Alone
Uboa - The Flesh of the World
Shaam Larein - Sculpture
My Dying Bride - The Ghost of Orion
Cryptic Shift - Visitations from Enceladus
Los Hijos del Culto - Hijos del Culto
Vladislav Delay - Rakka
Borgne - Y
Dragged Into Sunlight - Terminal Aggressor II
Elephant Tree - Habits
Invent, Animate - Greyview
Mrs. Piss - Self-Surgery
Hex A.D. - Astro Tongue in the Electric Garden
Secrets of the Moon - Don’t Look Now
Godthrymm - Reflections
Lonker See - Hamza
Kvelertak - Splid
Odraza - Rzeczom
Yuri Gagarin (SWE) - The Outskirts of Reality

21/100

tangenttangent, Saturday, 28 November 2020 21:27 (one month ago) link

Khthoniik Cerviiks - Æequiizoiikum
Escuela Grind - Ppoowweerrvviioolleennccee
Nawaharjan - Lokabrenna
Fuzzriders - Fuzzriders
Bong Wizard - Left Hand Pass
Suum - Cryptomaas
Bernelius - Grave Dancer
Voidlurker - Industrial Nightmare
Dwaal - Gospel of the Vile
Adzes - No One Wants to Speak About It
Kvaen - The Funeral Pyre
Terminal Nation - Holocene Extinction
Body Void/Keeper - split LP
Modarin - In the Distance...

(14/100)
There's tons more I haven't gotten around to hearing yet, I might nominate those later but I felt silly nominating stuff I hadn't heard.

Iannis Xenakis double fisting Cutty Sark (Tom Violence), Saturday, 28 November 2020 21:55 (one month ago) link

Gezan - Klue
Taras Bulba - Soul Weaver
Moor Jewelry - True Opera
Kooba Tercu - Proto Tekno

more haim than good (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 28 November 2020 23:18 (one month ago) link

Svalbard - When I Die, Will I Get Better?

more haim than good (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 28 November 2020 23:56 (one month ago) link

Caligula's Horse - Rise Radiant

1/100

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Saturday, 28 November 2020 23:58 (one month ago) link

Some of these are very obviously NØT TRVE METÅL (Vladislav Delay?!?!?) but I'll allow them.

pomenitul, Sunday, 29 November 2020 05:27 (one month ago) link

I thought that might raise an eyebrow or two, but it's noise! Nøise cøvnts.

tangenttangent, Sunday, 29 November 2020 12:51 (one month ago) link

Limalla - ¿Ké futuro? Directo if live albums count
Faron - Interloper
Cosmic Putrefaction - The Horizons Towards Which Splendour Withers

(17/100)

Iannis Xenakis double fisting Cutty Sark (Tom Violence), Sunday, 29 November 2020 13:23 (one month ago) link

The rules are:

Everything counts
In small amounts

xp

pomenitul, Sunday, 29 November 2020 15:20 (one month ago) link

Live albums are fine btw.

pomenitul, Sunday, 29 November 2020 15:23 (one month ago) link

Gareth Davis and Merzbow - Broken Landscapes
Stephen O'Malley - Auflosung der Zeit
Senyawa and Stephen O'Malley - Bima Sakti
Anaal Nathrakh - Endarkenment
Testament - Titans of Creation
Cloudkicker - Solitude
Verval - Beeldenstorm
Desolate Entity - Deconstruction
Gaerea - Limbo

(26/100)

Iannis Xenakis double fisting Cutty Sark (Tom Violence), Sunday, 29 November 2020 15:27 (one month ago) link

xp yeah it occurred to me, discounting live albums would take the Triptykon out of the running, which I don't think anybody wants to do.

Iannis Xenakis double fisting Cutty Sark (Tom Violence), Sunday, 29 November 2020 15:28 (one month ago) link

Or the Ahab, for that matter!

pomenitul, Sunday, 29 November 2020 15:30 (one month ago) link

i haven't thought about nominating Rakka in here. on board with it

he used to play in metal bands, drums of course; it's documented his staning for all Death Metal Earache; and would anyone be surprised to spot a Beherit hoodie at one of his shows?

where do all these unsold amps go? (gaudio), Sunday, 29 November 2020 16:18 (one month ago) link

Live albums have always been allowed, dont recall if any of them ever get in the poll rundown.

Oor Neechy, Monday, 30 November 2020 19:15 (one month ago) link

You are all going to vote for Triptykon, right? 😠😠😠 Good.

jmm, Monday, 30 November 2020 19:19 (one month ago) link

I dont usually vote for live albums but we'll see.

Is everyone remembering to add their nominations to the collaborative Spotify playlist?

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3a0enQtah5VT4hADz1wdnf?si=qZiCkvMcSWa6hmqOFIcsnw

Oor Neechy, Tuesday, 1 December 2020 14:59 (one month ago) link

Triptykon's interesting in that part of what they played live was a new composition.

it feels like it was two years ago that this live album came out. when will 2020 end

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 1 December 2020 16:06 (one month ago) link

for Deftones lovers

Loathe - I Let It In And It Took Everything

(2/100)

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Tuesday, 1 December 2020 16:10 (one month ago) link

Afterbirth - Four Dimensional Flesh
Enslaved - Utgard
Human Impact - Human Impact
Huntsman - Mandala of Fear
Igorrr - Spirituality and Distortion
Intronaut - Fluid Existential Inversions
Darren Korb - Hades: Original Game Soundtrack
Leeched - To Dull the Blades of Your Abuse
The Ocean - Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic
Voidceremony - Entropic Reflections Continuum: Dimensional Unravel

beard papa, Tuesday, 1 December 2020 18:38 (one month ago) link

People should give the Enslaved another chance. It left me cold the first couple of listens, but eventually hit me the right way. I know they're pretty much nothing like they used to be, but I don't see how someone who loves music could not at least appreciate the craft of it even if it didn't resonate emotionally. I don't even know why I gave a new Enslaved release more listens or why I'm suddenly OK with pop-oriented Enslaved, but I'm glad I did. I might even go back and check out the last ten years of releases I skipped.

Igorrr doesn't get much any love around here, but Spirituality & Distortion kicks ass. If tracks Nervous Waltz or Himalaya Massive Ritual don't do it for you, you can probably confidently say you're not a fan and move on, but if you like and haven't heard 2017's Savage Sinusoid (which I also nommed that year, and I think it received one vote in the poll) which is slightly more chaotic and unfocused but probably slightly better for it.

Darren Korb's "Hades" soundtrack is worth checking out. It's on Spotify and Bandcamp. My young daughter who is ambivalent to most hard rock/metal I play absolutely loves it. The game is outstanding as well.

beard papa, Tuesday, 1 December 2020 19:09 (one month ago) link

If anyone needs any help due to a bad memory then sites like RYM et al are worth posting links for

https://rateyourmusic.com/charts/top/album/2020/g:metal/

https://www.decibelmagazine.com/2020/11/12/spoiler-here-are-decibels-top-40-albums-of-2020/

Oor Neechy, Wednesday, 2 December 2020 00:01 (one month ago) link

Dawnwalker - Ages

^the guy behind this is a former webforum buddy of ultros' and mine lol, it is p good

imago, Tuesday, 22 December 2020 17:57 (one month ago) link

Huh, I thought for sure that one had been nominated already. I like it a lot.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 22 December 2020 18:46 (one month ago) link

Spectral Voice – Necrotic Demos
Valravn – Prey

(68/100)

The former is a compilation but it also features a track that was released this year so I say it should count. It's also really fucking good.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 00:17 (one month ago) link

Voidsphere – To Sense | To Perceive

(69/100)

Anyone with even a passing interest in the cosmic Darkspace aesthetic needs to hear this btw.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 22:27 (one month ago) link

Err should be

Voidsphere – To Sense | To Perceive

(b's are just dual mirrored q's after all.)

pomenitul, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 22:28 (one month ago) link


Shaman Elephant – Wide Awake But Still Asleep
Witchwood – Before The Winter
High Spirits – Hard To Stop
Haunt – Flashback
Fuzz – III
Dead Lord – Surrender
Butterfly – Doorways Of Time
Puta Volcano – Amma
Enigma Experience – Question Mark
Wild Tinderbox – Hardboiled Fire
Dead Quiet – Truth And Ruin
Ironflame – Blood Red Victory
Megaton Sword – Blood Hails Steel – Steel Hails Fire
Haunt – Triumph
Grayceon – Mothers Weavers Vultures
Rickshaw Billie’s Burger Patrol – Burger Babes…FROM OUTER SPACE!
Familiars – All In Good Time
Gama Bomb – Sea Savage
Troll Teeth – Goes Nowhere, Does Nothing
Cortez – Sell The Future
Dark Forest – Oak, Ash & Thorn
Pale Divine – Consequence Of Time
Night – High Tides – Distant Skies
Rough Spells – Ruins At Midday
Lady Beast – The Vulture’s Amulet
Witchskull – A Driftwood Cross
Brimstone Coven – The Woes Of A Mortal Earth
Freeways – True Bearings
Sumoken – Prajnaparadha
The Burning Brain Band – The Burning Brain Band
Sun Of Grey – Outerworld
Lightmaker – Lightmaker
Molten Chains – Torment Enshrined
Oceans Of Slumber – Oceans Of Slumber
Lord Loud – Timid Beast
Sons Of Otis – Isolation
Spell – Opulent Decay
Zakk Sabbath – Vertigo
Hällas – Connundrum
R.I.P. – Dead End
Midnight – Rebirth By Blasphemy
Galactic Superlords – Freight Train
Crystal Spiders – Molt
Smoulder – Dream Quest Ends EP
Dictator Ship – Your Favorites
SpellBook – Magick & Mischief
King Witch – Body Of Light
10 Code – Ride
Michael – Tell Your Friends
The Absurd – The Sun Still Rises
Mountain Tamer – Psychosis Ritual
White Magician – Dealers Of Divinity
Grin – Translucent Blades
Polymoon – Caterpillars Of Creation
Swamp Lantern – Phantasms
Distortion Ride – Burning Waves Of Silence
Sun Crow – Quest For Oblivion
Bogwife – Halls Of Rebirth
Raven – Metal City
Green Carnation – Leaves Of Yesteryear
Dark Quarterer – Pompei
The Kings Of Frog Island – VI
Kitchenwitch – Earth And Ether
Saturnalia Temple – Gravity
ACxDC – Satan Is King
Purification – Perfect Doctrine
Mothers Of The Land – Hunting Grounds
Slomosa – Slomosa
Occult Hand Order – The Chained The Burned The Wounded
Light Field Reverie – Another World
Witchrider – Electrical Storm
Thammuz – Into The Great Unknown
Dool – Summerland
Lord Fowl – Glorious Babylon
Starbenders – Love Potion
Hair Of The Dog – It’s Just A Ride
Dixie Goat – There’s No Light Without Darkness
Vestal Claret – Vestal Claret
Thøtcrime – ønyøurcømputer
Majestica – A Christmas Carol
Alarum – Circle’s End
Twin Wizard – Glacial Gods
Humulous – The Deep
Malsten – The Haunting of Silvåkra Mill
Intervals – Circadian
Phe – Glooming Dawn
Hammada – Atmos
New Standard Elite – Putrescent Seepage | Dead and Demented
Havok – V
The Wizar’d – Suberranean Exile
Orbital Junction – Egos And Instincts
Gaytheist – How Long Have I Been On Fire?
Ruff Majik – The Devil’s Cattle
Horizon - The White Planet Patrol
High Priestess – Casting The Circle
Empress – Premonition
Fates Warning – Long Day Good Night
Might – Might
Electra Hydra – Electra Hydra
King Buffalo – Dead Star

(100/100)

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 26 December 2020 16:36 (one month ago) link

The Putrescent Seepage and Smoulder are duplicates so you've got room for two more.

pomenitul, Saturday, 26 December 2020 17:07 (one month ago) link

Kings Of The Valley – Kings Of The Valley
Turtle Skull – Monoliths

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 26 December 2020 17:33 (one month ago) link

I'm also gonna nom some stuff that sounds good on paper and that I may not have time to hear before the deadline, just in case. Feel free to do the same, all.

pomenitul, Saturday, 26 December 2020 19:01 (one month ago) link

Right on, fnb! Welcome! Will def be giving some of those a listen!

more haim than good (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 27 December 2020 12:32 (one month ago) link

AC/DC - Power Up
4/100

Marconi plays the mamba (Sund4r), Monday, 28 December 2020 05:06 (four weeks ago) link

Sorry, here it is again with the bold formatting:
AC/DC - Power Up
4/100

Marconi plays the mamba (Sund4r), Monday, 28 December 2020 05:07 (four weeks ago) link

We have 590 nominations so far.

Anyone else care to nominate? We like to see all forms of metal nominated.

Oor Neechy, Tuesday, 29 December 2020 18:28 (four weeks ago) link

Bütcher - 666 Goats Carry My Chariot

3/100

o. nate, Tuesday, 29 December 2020 19:06 (four weeks ago) link

Happy Hogmanay and wishing you all a very happy new year when it comes

Oor Neechy, Thursday, 31 December 2020 21:55 (three weeks ago) link

1 week to get your nominations in

Oor Neechy, Friday, 1 January 2021 14:59 (three weeks ago) link

Anhedonist / Spectral Voice - Abject Darkness​/​Ineffable Winds
Black Magick SS - Rainbow Nights
DEOGEN - The Endless Black Shadows of Abyss
NIMBIFER - DEMO II
Circle of Ouroborus - Viimeinen Juoksu
Pink Siifu - NEGRO
Zopp - Zopp
On Thorns I Lay - Threnos
…And Oceans - Cosmic World Mother
One Desire - Midnight Empire
Sutrah - Aletheia
DRAIN - California Cursed
UUBBUURRUU - UUBBUURRUU
Revenge - Strike.Smother.Dehumanize
Al-Namrood - Wala’at
Vulkan - Technatura
Nuvolascura - As We Suffer From Memory & Imagination
Havukruunu - Uinuos Syömein Sota
Blacklab - Abyss
Occlith - Gates, Doorways, and Endings
Fostermother - Fostermother
Black Crown Initiate - Violent Portraits of Doomed Escape
Sprain - As Lost Through Collision
Phoxjaw - Royal Swan
Wobbler - Dwellers of the Deep
Panzerfaust - The Suns of Perdition - Chapter II: Render Unto Eden
Thy Catafalque - Zápor
Sadness - holding
Hatari - Neyslutrans
Völur - Death Cult
Bagdadski Vor - Колхида
Bring Me the Horizon - POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR
Korgonthurus - Kuolleestasyntynyt
Departure Chandelier - Dripping Papal Blood

(55/100)

tangenttangent, Saturday, 2 January 2021 13:28 (three weeks ago) link

Lör - Edge of Eternity

6/100

stylish but illegal (Simon H.), Saturday, 2 January 2021 14:40 (three weeks ago) link

the Spotify playlist has been supersized

stylish but illegal (Simon H.), Saturday, 2 January 2021 16:40 (three weeks ago) link

thank you very much, Simon

Oor Neechy, Saturday, 2 January 2021 17:50 (three weeks ago) link

Danke schön, Simon!

pomenitul, Saturday, 2 January 2021 18:45 (three weeks ago) link

I'm assuming noone else has anything else left to nominate?

How about Glenn & Unperson, would you like to nominate?

Oor Neechy, Sunday, 3 January 2021 19:00 (three weeks ago) link

Adrien?

Oor Neechy, Sunday, 3 January 2021 19:01 (three weeks ago) link

What is the preference for voting?

Would you prefer voting to open next weekend or wait until the big ilm eoy poll rollout is finished which will allow proper attention to metal poll without distraction of big poll?

Oor Neechy, Sunday, 3 January 2021 19:10 (three weeks ago) link

Either option works for me, especially since I won't be voting in the main poll this year.

pomenitul, Sunday, 3 January 2021 19:13 (three weeks ago) link

So yeah, tell us your preferences and we'll schedule accordingly.

pomenitul, Sunday, 3 January 2021 19:14 (three weeks ago) link

We cant compete with enthusiasm for the big polls so I think we should try leaving voting until after main poll so it gets full attention. As most only vote in the last week I think a 2 week period for voting would suffice.

Those who wish to campaign for albums could still do so in a separate thread for it. Might even help get more metal and adjacent into big poll.

Oor Neechy, Sunday, 3 January 2021 19:15 (three weeks ago) link

So the question really is, would you like a campaign thread now so people can 'study listen' to nominations or leave it for the 2 week voting thread which starts after the big album poll rollout?

Oor Neechy, Sunday, 3 January 2021 19:20 (three weeks ago) link

I’d be interested in seeing a campaigning thread now to study! And voting after the main poll is customary, right? Always good to discover some new metal in January.

tangenttangent, Sunday, 3 January 2021 20:16 (three weeks ago) link

It does give time for late releases in 2020 time to sink in and get past the initial listens to see if it still stands up.

Poll always ran in december but we changed it a few years back for the above reasons but voting usually was open before big poll voting opened but results were after big poll.

I think having voting period after big poll rollout allows 100% concentration on it. Lets see if it helps turn out.

Oor Neechy, Sunday, 3 January 2021 20:22 (three weeks ago) link

I'll start a campaign thread tonight then, with a link to the spotify playlist that simon helpfully massively expanded.

Im playing catch up on albums now anyway and im sure its the same for a lot of you so why wait for voting period to start it.

I'll post the link below once I've done it, but I want a cup of tea first. Im gasping!

Oor Neechy, Sunday, 3 January 2021 20:24 (three weeks ago) link

As I lunched doing nominations for the main poll can we pls have -

Motorpsycho - The All Is One

Noel Emits, Thursday, 7 January 2021 11:30 (two weeks ago) link

Motorpsycho - The All Is One

(1/100)

Noel Emits, Thursday, 7 January 2021 11:34 (two weeks ago) link

Akantha – Gnothi Seauton
Grifteskymfning – Malignant Morningstar
Grifteskymfning – Svart materia
Hate Forest – Hour of the Centaur
Mors Principium Est – Seven
Omination – The Pale Horseman
Sinister Downfall – A Dark Shining Light
Vrenth – Baptism Death

(76/100)

pomenitul, Friday, 8 January 2021 23:22 (two weeks ago) link

A few Danish ones:

Afsky - Ofte jeg drømmer mig død
Orm - Mit blod
Sol - Bersærk

Frederik B, Saturday, 9 January 2021 00:12 (two weeks ago) link

Sup Fred? Wb.

Haven't heard the last couple but I quite enjoyed the Afsky.

pomenitul, Saturday, 9 January 2021 00:14 (two weeks ago) link

Sup Fred? Wb.

One in, one out ;)

imago, Saturday, 9 January 2021 01:54 (two weeks ago) link

we may as well not officially close noms just yet because there are always people who claim not to have seen the thread and voting wont happen for a few weeks yet

Oor Neechy, Saturday, 9 January 2021 18:59 (two weeks ago) link

Thee Arcadians - Current Events

Noisy garage punk from Western Mass

(28/100)

Iannis Xenakis double fisting Cutty Sark (Tom Violence), Saturday, 9 January 2021 19:09 (two weeks ago) link

Dira Mortis – Ancient Breath of Forgotten Misanthropy

(77/100)

pomenitul, Saturday, 9 January 2021 23:01 (two weeks ago) link

fvck it, it's heavier than the Nothing album that's already nominated:

Black Foxxes - Black Foxxes

stylish but illegal (Simon H.), Saturday, 9 January 2021 23:18 (two weeks ago) link

Hellripper - The Affair of the Poisons
Midnight Dice - Hypnotized

63/100

Judi Dench's Human Hand (methanietanner), Saturday, 9 January 2021 23:41 (two weeks ago) link

Montuln – Arquetipo

(78/100)

pomenitul, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 01:57 (two weeks ago) link

one more:

Old Nick - The Night Of The Ambush And The Pillage By The Queen Ann Styl'd Furniture, Animated By One Of The Dozen Or So Spells That Thee Eastern Vampyre Has Studied (T.N.O.T.A.A.T.P.B.T.Q.A.S.F.A.B.O.O.T.D.O.S.S.T.T.E.V.H.S)TYER

stylish but illegal (Simon H.), Thursday, 14 January 2021 16:17 (one week ago) link

err nix that "TYER" at the end. boy that title sure is long and silly with those extra four characters tacked on!

stylish but illegal (Simon H.), Thursday, 14 January 2021 16:19 (one week ago) link

More metal bands should channel Fiona Apple.

pomenitul, Thursday, 14 January 2021 16:23 (one week ago) link

Vuur & Zijde / Impavida – Vuur & Zijde / Impavida

(79/100)

I think that's it.

pomenitul, Friday, 15 January 2021 03:41 (one week ago) link

One last big dump if that's okay as several of these I thought I had already nominated or just assumed other people would (looks like someone else mentioned Cirith Ungol above, but it wasn't added to the spreadsheet so I'm listing it again just to cover our bases).

Nucleus / Ectoplasma / Fetid Zombie / Temple of Void - 4 Doors To Death Vol. II (Split)
Atræ Bilis - Divinihility
Beneath the Massacre - Fearmonger
Bloodsoaked Necrovoid - Expelled into the Unknown Depths of the Unfathomable
Cirith Ungol - Forever Black
Contrarian - Only Time Will Tell
Cordyceps - Betrayal
Deeds of Flesh - Nucleus
Depravity - Grand Malevolence
Deranged - Deeds of Ruthless Violence
Foul - Of Serpents
Gorephilia - In The Eye of Nothing
Hemotoxin - Restructure the Molded Mind
Intellect Devourer - Demons Of The Skull
Katalepsy - Terra Mortuus Est
Miasmatic Necrosis - Apex Profane
Old Nick – Haunted Loom!!!
Ominous Scriptures - The Fall of the Celestial Throne
Possessed Steel - Aedris
Psychotic Waltz - The God-Shaped Void
Psycroptic - The Watcher Of All
Sépulcre - Ascent Through Morbid Transcendence
Voracious Scourge - In Death

(86/100)

Judi Dench's Human Hand (methanietanner), Sunday, 17 January 2021 14:25 (one week ago) link

No idea what happened there, re: Cirith Ungol, so thanks for the heads up!

pomenitul, Sunday, 17 January 2021 15:15 (one week ago) link


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