30. Metsatoll – Karjajuht
Amazingly catchy-yet-heavy Estonian pagan metal; one of the best records of this style you’ll hear all year.
29. Triptykon – Melana Chasmata
Some have hailed this as the best album of the year thanks to Tom G. Warrior’s depressing lyrics and heavy riffs; I think that it’s very awesome, but is a bit of a grower to be sure.
28. Swans – To Be Kind
Swans has always challenged its listeners and this record is no exception. If you can survive a 34 minute song in the middle of the album, you’ll be incredibly rewarded.
27. Coffinworm – IV.I.VIII
Hatefull and unique mix of black, death and doom metal with a nice layer of sludge on top courtesy of deranged producer Sanford Parker.
26. Vader – Tibi Et Igni
This legendary Polish death machine doesn’t stop for anyone as they continue to deliver face-alteringly heavy death metal for the third decade in a row.
25. Prong – Ruining Lives
Tommy Victor and co have delivered their second album in a row of perfectly thrashy, catchy rock n’ roll like only Prong can deliver.
24. Barghest – The Virtuous Purge
Black metal with a pulse that’s unafraid to stray from the genre in hopes of expanding and improving their sound.
23. Morbus Chron – Sweven
Another record that a lot of people consider to be the best album of the year thanks to its incredibly unique and awesome take on modern death metal.
22. The Atlas Moth – The Old Believer
You can call The Atlas Moth what you want, whether it be “blackened sludge” or “progressive swamp doom” or what, just don’t call them not awesome.
21. Vallenfyre – Splinters
Old school death/doom metal dudes trying to play old school death metal and produced by Kurt Ballou of Converge…a winning combination!
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