Thursday, December 31, 2009

Autothrall's Best Metal Albums of 2009

Autothrall's Top 20 Metal Albums of 2009

01. Oranssi Pazuzu (Finland) - Muukalainen Puhuu
02Peste Noire (France) - Ballade Cuntre lo Anemi Francor
03. Klabautamann (Germany) - Merkur
04. Sólstafir (Iceland) - Köld
05. Nokturnal Mortum (Ukraine) - The Voice of Steel
06. Tribulation (Sweden) - The Horror
07. Insomnium (Finland) - Across the Dark
08. Nazxul (Australia) - Iconoclast
09. Blut Aus Nord (France) - Memoria Vetusta II
10. Pestilence (Netherlands) - Resurrection Macabre
11. Arckanum (Sweden) - ÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞ
12. Midnight Odyssey (Australia) - Firmament
13. Onirik (Portugal) - After Centuries of Silence
14. Hellveto (Poland) - Od południa na północ...

15. Thy Catafalque (Hungary) - Róka hasa rádió
16. Vektor (USA) - Black Future
17. Paradox (Germany) - Riot Squad
18. Absu (USA) - Absu
19. Ealdulf (UK) - Hrimcealde sæ
20. Abigail (Japan) - Sweet Baby Metal Slut

Through the years since 2009, I've docked dozens of album that I reviewed by about a half-point, since so many of them lost just that minimal amount of shine to me. Despite that, this was still an OBSCENE year in metal music, across many varieties. While the only 10/10 for me is my #1 choice,  there is such a depth of quality releases that I probably have another 30 or so albums that rank around a 9/10 which aren't even on the list! Extremely strong time for black metal, with a lot of bands really expanding that niche's portfolio of sounds, or evolving outside of it. There were some mighty tech/thrash records and a comeback from one of my favorite death metal bands that really delivered. But Oranssi Pazuzu wins the year with an amazingly memorable psychedelic black metal debut which remains my favorite in their excellent catalog.


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