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Yes, it's September, but scribes have deadlines! This is the place to talk about the standouts of the year in heavy metal without having to dig through the massive rolling metal thread, and later on we can post the year-end magazines/webzine lists here. Have at it!

Defender Of The Girly Metal Faith (J3ff T.), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 18:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

Cobalt's a lock for my top spot.

A. Begrand, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 18:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'll make my list at the end of 2009

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 18:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

but this isn't about making a list, dude, it's about discussing what's been good in '09 (so far).

all you need is love vs. money (that's what i want) (Ioannis), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 18:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

Hey Adrien, I thought I remembered you being on the fence with that Cobalt. What pushed you over? Or am I thinking of someone else?

With Metal Edge kaput, I don't have any lists to compile this early so I've not really thought about it too much yet.

Size-zero-brigade-embrace-token-chubby-chops (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 18:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

Gates of Slumber
Gnaw
Cobalt
Eagle Twin
Nachtmystium EP
Big Business
Iron Age
Baroness

probably some others

What are the benefits of Western democracy, better elections? (DJ Mencap), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 18:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

i'll think of some stuff then and post here

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 18:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

So totally throwing these out off the top of my head with very little thought and no order, here is who is likely to appear on my list:

Mastodon
Sunn O)))
Baroness
3 Inches of Blood (loving the shit out of this, nice improvement!)
Cobalt
Augury
Coalesce
Kylesa
Tombs
Isis (I feel kinda like these guys bear the brunt of NeurIsis clone overload, but this is a great album)
Megadeth

Probably forgetting stuff and I still haven't heard Gates of Slumber, Slayer, Between the Buried and Me, Converge, Yob, or Krallice (all of which I'd imagine have at least a fair shot).

Size-zero-brigade-embrace-token-chubby-chops (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 18:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

i didn't listen to too much new metal this year, actually. i listened to a lot of old metal. i listened to some streaming stuff online, but i could never love anything that i only heard online. i forget what i hear online ten minutes after i listen to it. and nobody sells new metal around here. and all i get in the mail are napalm voiceover CDs that i don't listen to and other random junk. every once in while god will smile on me and i will get a package from no colours or somewhere else brutal.

shit, i should totally take out a loan and sell metal CDs in my store. i could corner the market in western mass.

scott seward, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 18:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

This is everything I've heard that I've liked...standouts in bold, but no idea what's gonna make the final list.

3 Inches of Blood, Here Waits Thy Doom
Ambassador Gun, When in Hell
Antigama, Warning
Anvil, This is Thirteen
Artillery, When Death Comes
Augury, Fragmentary Evidence
Baroness, Blue Record
Behemoth, Evangelion
Bergraven, Till Makabert Väsen
Born Of Osiris, A Higher Place
Brutal Truth, Evolution Through Revolution
Canis Dirus, A Somber Wind from a Distant Shore
Cannibal Corpse, Evisceration Plague
Cauldron, Chained to the Nite
Converge, Axe To Fall
Crucifist, Demon-Haunted World
Darkest Hour, The Eternal Return
Defeatist, Sharp Blade Sinks Deep Into Dull Minds
Divine Heresy, Bringer of Plagues
Dodsferd, Suicide and the Rest of Your Kind Will Follow
Evile, Infected Nations
The Fall Of Troy, In the Unlikely Event
Fleshgod Apocalypse, Oracles
Funeral Mist, Maranatha
The Gates Of Slumber, Hymns of Blood and Thunder

God Forbid, Earthsblood
Gorod, Process of a New Decline
Graves Of Valor, Salarian Gate
Greymachine, s/t
Grief Of War, Worship
Hacride, Lazarus
Heaven And Hell, The Devil You Know

Insect Warfare, World Extermination
Iron Age, The Sleeping Eye
Isis, Wavering Radiant
Job For A Cowboy, Ruination
Judas Priest, A Touch of Evil - Live

Kylesa, Static Tensions
Lamb of God, Wrath
Laudanum, The Coronation
Lazarus A.D., The Onslaught
Liturgy, Renihilation
Magrudergrind, s/t
Man Must Die, No Tolerance for Imperfection
Manowar, Thunder in the Sky
Marduk, Wormwood
Mastodon, Crack the Skye
Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, III
Megadeth, Endgame

Memphis May Fire, Sleepwalking
Minsk, With Echoes in the Movement of Stone
Mumakil, Behold the Failure
Municipal Waste, Massive Aggressive
Obituary, Darkest Day
Obscura, Cosmogenesis
Orthodox, Sentencia
Revocation, Existence is Futile
Saviours, Accelerated Living

Shadows Fall, Retribution
Showbread, The Fear of God
Shrinebuilder, s/t
Skeletonwitch, Breathing the Fire
Slayer, World Painted Blood
Suffocation, Blood Oath
Sunn O))), Monoliths & Dimensions

Tenet, Sovereign
Ulcerate, Everything is Fire
Vader, Necropolis
War From A Harlots Mouth, In Shoals
Warbringer, Waking Into Nightmares
White Wizzard, High Speed GTO
Wino, Punctuated Equilibrium
Wolf, Ravenous

neither good nor bad, just a kid like you (unperson), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 18:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

Shit, right there I'm reminded of Suffocation, Behemoth, and Born of Osiris. Still need to hear that Skeletonwitch.

Size-zero-brigade-embrace-token-chubby-chops (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

i would listen to all this metal.

scott seward, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'm gonna wait til everyones posted then pick from that what i liked as i cant remember what was out this year

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, III

There's a 2009 release that totally flew by me. Didn't even know they had a new one until not too long ago. I liked their last album, so I should give this a shot.

A. Begrand, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

Haven't listened to all that much new stuff this year:

Napalm Death - Times Waits For No Slave
Syphilitic Vaginas - Complete Studio Recordings
Agoraphobic Nosebleed - Agorapocalypse
Khanate - Clean Hands Go Foul

Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

Liturgy's "Renihilation" is looking like the best of the year so far. Also really enjoyed the Irrwisch debut. Both of the Velvet Cacoon releases are cool, though I can't say that either is actually classic.

Soukesian, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

i really dug the new Ahab, surprisingly; one of the most beautiful sounding records this year, by my tired ears--which is probably why the Decibel review of it in the Sept. issue really pissed me off.

all you need is love vs. money (that's what i want) (Ioannis), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

the Ahab is great

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

YOB

Nate Carson, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 20:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'm not going to try to make a list until the year's nearly over, either, but here are some things I'll be revisting intently between now and then:

Absu
Amesoeurs
Amorphis
Anaal Nathrakh
Antigua & Barbuda
Blut Aus Nord
Candlemass
Eluveitie
Ensoph
Entwine
Funeral Mist
Heaven & Hell
Kreator
L'Acephale
Liturgy
Madder Mortem
Magnum
Obsidian Shell
Samael
Saros
Satyricon
Secrets of the Moon
Sirenia
Sunn O)))
1349
Tyr
Urna
Wardruna
Witchbreed
Wolves in the Throne Room
Xasthur

Of these Funeral Mist and Madder Mortem are probably the only two I feel certain will end up in my top 10.

glenn mcdonald, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 20:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

some lists for reference:

A 2009 List Made for 2009 Lists! - A list by BloodyHawk39 - 2009 metal lists
http://rateyourmusic.com/list/BloodyHawk39/a_2009_list_made_for_2009_lists_

Top 1000 Metal Albums of 2009 - rateyourmusic.com custom chart
http://bit.ly/hhfrz

djmartian, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 20:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

current

Metal Storm - Top 20 Albums of 2009
http://www.metalstorm.ee/bands/albums_top.php?album_year=2009

1. Diablo Swing Orchestra Sing-Along Songs For The Damned & Delirious 9.14 | 22
2. Kalisia Cybion 8.60 | 235
3. Megadeth Endgame 8.60 | 159
4. Ghost Brigade Isolation Songs 8.57 | 37
5. Ensiferum From Afar 8.57 | 139
6. Riverside Anno Domini High Definition 8.57 | 119
7. Artillery When Death Comes 8.56 | 61
8. Be'lakor Stone's Reach 8.52 | 94
9. Obscura Cosmogenesis 8.51 | 137
10. Fairyland Score To A New Beginning 8.50 | 66
11. Amorphis Skyforger 8.47 | 215
12. Mastodon Crack The Skye 8.47 | 230
13. Candlemass Death Magic Doom 8.45 | 132
14. Porcupine Tree The Incident 8.41 | 32
15. Powerwolf Bible Of The Beast 8.40 | 35
16. Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings 8.39 | 241
17. Persefone Shin-ken 8.38 | 24
18. Kreator Hordes Of Chaos 8.38 | 289
19. Drudkh Microcosmos 8.37 | 27
20. Ahab The Divinity Of Oceans 8.36 | 42

djmartian, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 21:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

Anvil, This is Thirteen
Baroness, Blue Record
Behemoth, Evangelion
Brutal Truth, Evolution Through Revolution
The Gates Of Slumber, Hymns of Blood and Thunder
Isis, Wavering Radiant
Mastodon, Crack the Skye
Sunn O))), Monoliths & Dimensions
Yob, The Great Cessation

so far

both HOOSlarious and truthful (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 21:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

Not saying much other people haven't, but

YOB
Sunn 0)))
Baroness
Big Business
Bergraven
Isis
Eagle Twin
Mastodon
Bergraven
Xasthur
Khanate

I thought I could make it work because you look a bit like a man (aldo), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 21:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

my year-end list has only 3 metal albums on it. they are irritate, ten stabs of demented violence; blut aus nord, memoria vetusta II dialogue w/the stars; and cattle decaptiation, the harvest floor. love all three, feel like irritate is the class of the field but I have the scott problem - the metal sound I'm feeling most right now is an old sound. irritate has that. man I love that record to pieces.

a full circle lol (J0hn D.), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 21:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

Check out the Crucifist album, Demon-Haunted World, on Profound Lore, John. I think you might like it.

neither good nor bad, just a kid like you (unperson), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 21:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

Peste Noire is the only one this year that I already know will be in my top 5. Drudkh was also very good but so overfamiliar. Absu, Asphyx and Anaal Nathrakh also solid but nowhere near career best. Quite liked Austere and Skagos, these could end up there. New Arckanum, I have to let that sink in too. Archgoat delivered too. On the whole, established bands dissappointed more than ever & I haven't really found any new blood that really impressed me this year yet.

Siegbran, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 22:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

the Funeral Mist is pretty easily my favorite metal album of the year this year. wasn't Blut Aus Nord technically 2008? That's the only thing that competes with Funeral Mist for me.

A polar bear you can see in a snowstorm (rockapads), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 22:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

In totally fluid and not-closely-calibrated order of preference (and sorry if not all of these are truly metal enough for everybody; I actually left a few more marginal ones out, so there):

Sigh – Imaginary Soundscape (The End reissue)
Dirty Little Rabbits – Simon (The End EP)
Angus Khan – Black Leather Soul (Nickel and Dime)
Diagonal – Diagonal (Rise Above)
Thin Lizzy – Still Dangerous: Live At The Tower Theatre Philadelphia 1977 (VH1 Classic reissue)
White Wizzard – High Speed GTO (Earache EP)
Meercaz – Meercaz (Gulcher)
Sinner – Crash And Burn (Candlelight USA)
Anvil – This Is Thirteen (VH1 Classic)
Status Quo – In Search Of The Fourth Chord (Eagle)
(Various) – Heavy Metal Killers (Earache)
Steadlür – Everything Is Nothing (Roadrunner)
Elder – Elder (Meteor City ’08)
Firebird -- Grand Union (Rise Above)
The Last Vegas – Whatever Gets You Off (Eleven Seven)
Edguy – Tinnitus Sanctus (Nuclear Blast)
Cauldron – Chained To The Nite (Earache)
UFO – The Visitor (SPV)
The Pinx – Look What You Made Me Do (The Pinx)
The Answer – Everyday Demons (The End)
Saxon – Into The Labyrinth (SPV)
Dead Man – Euphoria (Crusher)
Church Of Misery – Houses Of The Unholy (Rise Above)
Fires Of Rome – You Kingdom You (The Hours)
Cross Stitched Eyes – Coranach (Alternative Tentacles EP)
Ian Gillan – One Eye To Morocco (Eagle Rock)
Cheap Trick – The Latest (cheaptrick.com)

xhuxk, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 22:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

i really need to hear this blut aus nord

both HOOSlarious and truthful (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 22:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

Okay guys, I know the movie was really compelling and all but I just do not hear anything special in that Anvil record.

Size-zero-brigade-embrace-token-chubby-chops (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 22:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

btw Siegbran I don't know if a retro sound is not your thing (couldn't blame you if so, I have no patience for neo-thrash) but that Irritate album on Bestial Burst is so great. Very VERY ancient death metal sound, atmosphere comparable to the mighty Autopsy. Not in that league of course but still really great.

which Peste Noire are you talking about btw? I got one that never quite sank in, was a huge stan of the Lorraine Rehearsal album

a full circle lol (J0hn D.), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 23:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

man i read the most ridic peste noire interview. maybe it was just the translation, but it kinda put me off buying their 'La Sanie des siècles - Panégyrique de la dégénérescence' rekkerd. which i thought was good! but that dude FAMINE kinda comes off like a racist meathead imo. not the kinda thing i wanna support, even if the product is good.

ian, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 23:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

Insect Warfare (if reissues count) and L'acephale absolutely need to be in mine

What are the benefits of Western democracy, better elections? (DJ Mencap), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 23:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

I had forgotten how much I liked the Millions album earlier this year. One of the better metal-hardcore crossovers of 09.

And that Peste Noire album is cool.

A. Begrand, Wednesday, 23 September 2009 00:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

Perhaps they've put all this behind them, but you might want to have a look at some of the early Peste Noir demos on Metal Archives

Soukesian, Wednesday, 23 September 2009 07:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

We're all aware.

A. Begrand, Wednesday, 23 September 2009 08:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

this thread needs more ABSU.

also really enjoyed the Warbringer lp; think they're probably my favourite of the current thrash
revivalists

Jamie_ATP, Wednesday, 23 September 2009 08:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

blut aus nord is definitely my #1. love it. my most listened-to 2009 record for sure. and I was never even a huge fan of the earlier records!

out of curiosity, just checked my top plays for the year on last.fm. like I was thinking, not much metal:
http://www.last.fm/user/mcgarnickle/charts?rangetype=year&subtype=artists

guess I'm a poser.

liked yob and baroness a bunch too. but I need to spend more time with those. and the gates of slumber. (first listen right now. rules!)

...but that Irritate album on Bestial Burst is so great. Very VERY ancient death metal sound, atmosphere comparable to the mighty Autopsy. Not in that league of course but still really great.

you like coffins, j0hn? kind of remind me of a band that just plays the slow parts in autopsy songs. really nasty production too. (in the best way, again, like autopsy.)

I'm gonna check out this irritate album.

need to listen to the new absu album some more. listened to it twice and promptly filed it away.

still, tara is one of my all-time fave metal albums to put on while driving!

PILLARS
OF MER-CY

original bgm, Wednesday, 23 September 2009 15:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

Lazarus - The Onslaught was originally available in 2007 via CD Baby. Good old school thrash along the lines of 3 Inches Of Blood. Looks like they finally found a label, and changed their name to Lazarus A.D. Does anyone know if it's any different than the original?

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 23 September 2009 15:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah I do like Coffins. sometimes when I'm listening I love Coffins. but they never quite stick to my ribs, you know - I mean, this is highly subjective, but they seem a little gimmicky with their bringin-it-back styles. doing an older/we've-moved-past-that style and having it come off convincing is a tricky job I think.

a full circle lol (J0hn D.), Wednesday, 23 September 2009 15:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

hah, not sure I follow. is this a "coffins are more conceptual but irritate are just playing what they wanna play" kinda thing?

anyway, the other side of blasphemy always rings tr00 for me. but I feel ya on the "sticking to your ribs" thing re: buried death. I like it but it never clicked like blasphemy did.

original bgm, Wednesday, 23 September 2009 15:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

I love Coffins

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 24 September 2009 13:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

Here is my tentative list, more or less in order:

Baroness - Blue Record
Mastodon - Crack the Skye
God Forbid - Earthsblood
Behemoth - Evangelion
Hacride - Lazarus
Kylesa - Static Tensions
Ross the Boss - New Metal Leader
Kreator - Hordes of Chaos
Novembers Doom -Into Night's Requiem Infernal
Slough Feg - Ape Uprising
Clutch - Strange Cousins from the West
The Gates of Slumber - Hymns of Blood and Thunder
Cable - The Failed Convict
Goatwhore - Carving out the Eyes of God
Iron Age - the Sleeping Eye
Candlemass - Death Magic Doom
Eluveitie - Evocation I - The Arcane Dominion
Cauldron – Chained To The Nite
Animals As Leaders - Animals As Leaders
Maylene and the Sons of Disaster - III

Defender Of The Girly Metal Faith (J3ff T.), Saturday, 26 September 2009 17:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

Since the aforementioned foldage of Metal Edge, my review sources have dried the eff up. So so far for me it's a small but powerful list that many of you will find corny as fucc:
Spinal Tap, Back From the Dead
Mastodon, Crack the Skye
OTEP, Smash the Control Machine
Saxon, Into the Labyrinth
Boris Salvodelli & Elliott Sharp, Protoplasmic
Speed Caravan, Kalashnik Love
Sonic Youth, The Eternal (wait no maybe not)
Radio Moscow, Brain Cycles
Prohrála V Kartách, KanibaLOVE
and Cheap Trick The Latest seconded but yeah probably not on some level

mojitos (a cocktail) (Cave17Matt), Saturday, 26 September 2009 17:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

Okay, listening to the new Immortal this morning, and I'm thinking that this is definitely going to bump Maylene off the list.

Defender Of The Girly Metal Faith (J3ff T.), Saturday, 26 September 2009 18:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

I booked the Coffins tour this year and I liked them live a lot more than on album. Total party-doom.

Nate Carson, Saturday, 26 September 2009 19:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

That's a really good list, Jeff. I have to buckle down and finalize mine.

A. Begrand, Saturday, 26 September 2009 19:22 (eight years ago) Permalink


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