It's December, What are your AOTY Contenders?

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  1. KailM

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    Honorable mention that I forgot to list. If you like your death metal drenched in blackness, filth, and hopelessness -- rest assured, this album delivers nothing but the best of that:
     
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  2. BlackMastodon

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    Speaking of death metal drenched in blackness, how could I forget about this one?!
    Hath - Of Rot and Ruin



    Will also throw in Cradle of Fulth's remaster of Cruetly and the Beast for its blast from the past.
     
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  3. Metropolis

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    Mine too, for 21 hours :lol: They've really evolved as a band, been listening to them since about 2014. According to how I listen Spotify I found over 300 new artists this year, which is quite a lot.
     
  4. fantom

    fantom Misses his 6 strings

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    Just remembered that it came out this year and not last year
     
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    Devin Townsend - Empath
    Alfa Mist - Structuralism
    Northlane - Alien
    Periphery - Hail Stan
    Cult of Luna - Dawn to Fear
     
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    In no particular order:

    Green Lung - Woodland Rites
    Wilderun - Veil of Imagination
    Monolord - No Comfort
    Devin Townsend - Empath
    Tool - Fear Inoculum
     
  7. Ordacleaphobia

    Ordacleaphobia Shameless Contrarian

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    Primrose Path was so well done! Can't believe how consistent that album is, not a bad song on it. Between it and Thornhill / Northlane, UNFD had a great year.

    While I won't count it cause it's not a full album, I'd give an honorable mention for Dealer's Soul Burn EP. Was delightfully gritty.
     
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  8. Mprinsje

    Mprinsje st. anger ain't bad!

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    In no particular order except the first three:

    Uboa - The Origin Of My Depression (Very sad Noise/Ambient/Drone)
    Seeyouspacecowboy - The Correlation Between Entrance and Exit Wounds (Metalcore)
    Knocked Loose - A Different Shade Of Blue (Hardcore)
    Lingua Ignote - Caligula (don't know how to categorize this.)
    Cult Of Luna - Dawn To Fear (sludge)
    Year Of The Knife - Ultimate Agression (Hardcore)
    Alcest - Spiritual Instinct (black/shoegaze)
     
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    Dayn silly person

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    I can barely remember what I listened to this year, but the only thing I can remember that came out this year that I love is Stephen Taranto's EP "Permanence". Really lit a fire under me to improve my playing.
     
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    In no particular order

    Nedarb - Amity (seriously fantastic rap album, Nedarb's production has always been killer and the tracks are loaded with features)
    Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell (new Lana is always welcome)
    Cult of Luna - A Dawn to Fear (an intro track hasn't pulled be in like The Silent Man in a LONG time)
    Astronoid - Astronoid
    Fit For An Autopsy - The Sea of Tragic Beasts
    (go see them live)
    Full of Hell - Weeping Choir
    Crystal Lake/Dealer/Thornhill/
    few others whose names I can't remember (taking the reigns from Northlane as they continue to abandon the sound which made them big)
    Cattle Decapitation - Death Atlas
    Uneven Structure - Paragon
    (felt slightly let down with La Partition for reasons I can't point out but this picked it right back up, seriously creative)
     
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  11. StevenC

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    It's taken me all week to remember that I actually bought a new album of new music this year.

    Bent Knee - You Know What They Mean

    That album is great.
     
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    1) Devin Townsend - Empath
    2) Beast In Black - From Hell With Love
    3) Sabaton - The Great War
    4) Periphery - Periphery IV: Hail Stan
    5) Rotting Christ - The Heretics
    6) In Flames - I, the Mask
    7) Enforcer - Zenith
    8) Idle Hands - Mana
    9) Batushka - Batushka
    10) Suicidal Angels - Years of Aggression

    I think that Devins' album saved the year for me. This year for me was more listening to albums that i have missed from previous years. I also started appreciating the inpact that 70s-80s pop,disco,funk left to music.
     
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    It's occurred to me that this year has mostly been discovering old releases. I haven't been suuuuper impressed with recent releases. Like Empath was..... okay? More of the same? I really like Dev in general, but new stuff just feels tired, formulaic, without direction, etc. The Tool album was... ok. New Dream Theater was.... ok. New Gorod was..... ok. I used to really like Sonata Arctica, and they have new stuff, but they haven't been very good in years.

    In no particular order - here's some stuff I enjoyed from this past year:

    Gloryhammer - Legends from Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex
    Soilwork - Verkligheten
    The Aristocrats - You Know What...?

    And I think that's about it for stuff I've had in rotation that came out in 2019.
     
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  14. coreysMonster

    coreysMonster So long, Germany!

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    Devin Townsend - Empath
    Cloudkicker - Unending


    Short list because I only listened to a couple of new albums this year, Uneven Structure, Periphery and Slipknot were also good. Tool was meh. If the single is anything to go by, Vildhjarta are going to blow my face off next year with Den Heilige Anden so I'm preloading them onto my Favorite Albums of 2020 list.
     
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    In no particular order other than the first one, which is definitely my favorite album of the year:

    Ultra Silvam -- The Spearwound Salvation
    Imprecation -- Damnatio ad Bestias
    Imprecation and Black Blood Invocation (split) -- Diabolical Flames of the Ascended Plague
    Profanatica -- Rotting Incarnation of God
    Havohej -- Table of Uncreation
    Varathron -- Duality of the Unholy Existence (only the Varathron side, I don't like what Rotting Christ is doing these days)
    Takafumi Matsubara -- Strange, Beautiful, and Fast
    Baxaxaxa -- The Old Evil
    Oath of Cruelty -- Summary Execution at Dawn
    Cemetarian -- Tomb of Morbid Stench
    Baptized by Fire -- Upon the Pyre
     
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  16. BlackMastodon

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    Oh shit I forgot to add Cloudkicker to my list! Unending is such a good album.

    I'm surprised how much new music I heard and really liked this year.
     
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    Ah Lists, great!
    My number one: Hath - Of Rot And Ruin.
    Saw that one a long time on youtube in the recommended tab but never clicked on it. Oh boy, what a mistake! For me this one hits just as hard as Conjurer last year. Pretty much every song has at least one awesome riff or even more, great vocal deliveries and the drumming is top notch! I also absolutely love the subtle Dark Souls references, like the bells at the beginning and the end of the album.

    Second: Billain - Nomad's Revenge
    A very ambitious album for DnB. Tracks like Bilocation hit incredibly hard and animate to move. However, the ambient tracks are a bit too drawn out in my opinion. Still, a very strong and diverse effort.

    Third: Periphery - IV
    Some great great songs on here. But imo Blood Eagle overshadows the rest of the songs by far. I could listen to that riff for hours to come.

    Honorable mentions:
    Sadistik - Haunted Gardens: Best Hip Hop album this year for me. Burning Lakes is a massive banger.
    Ihlo - Union: Some compare this to Tesseract, however in my opinion their approach to music is completely different. Very strong debut album and highly recommended!
    Dreadnought - Emergence: Super unique sound. I don't know any artist to compare.
    Madeon - Good Faith: Great feel good sounds for the summer.
    Northlane - Alien: Their best album in my opinion.
    Many great black metal albums this year: Abigail Williams, Vukari, White Ward, Gardsghastr, Temple Koludra, Akrotheism, DSO, Triste Terre...

    Best EP of the year: Ekcle - Yoja
    If you like highly complex and melodic electronic music by the likes of Culprate or Koan Sound (who also put out a great EP this year), you will definitely enjoy this one.
     
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    Me too!

    I only bought two albums; of those, Samantha Fish's Kill or be Kind is very good.
     
  19. HungryGuitarStudent

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    I liked songs from new albums this year, but finding a whole 2019 album I listen to frequently is not easy.

    A track of the year thread could also be interesting.

    I've listened to (probably too much) modern prog this year.

    I've definitely listened to Permanence (by Taranto) way too often.

    Other than that, new tracks from Owane, Jakub Zytecki, McRocklin (Spectrum), Mika Tyyskä and Nick Johnston.

    Keith Merrow's latest has incredible riffs (as one could predict).

    I've been enjoying one of the recent tracks by Pat Metheny, but no one probably cares.

    Same here. Besides an imposed break due to an injury, I've been wood shedding his EP tabs and IG licks for the last couple of months as part of my recovery.
     
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    Killswitch for me.
     

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