MetalSucks Writers Agree: These Are the Best Metal Albums of 2019


We never do a collective year-end list here at MetalSucks. That’s because we genuinely love to participate in heated arguments cordial debate, and believe that everyone is entitled to their opinion.

Having said that…

It’s always interesting to see what albums the staff of MetalSucks agrees upon as being amongst the year’s best. There’s an argument to be made that these are the creme de la creme of the year’s extreme music releases… or at least the ones with the most diverse appeal. Or maybe the fact that they were selected repeatedly says more about who we work with than it does about the records themselves. I dunno!

In any case, the albums that made multiple lists are, uh, listed below. The individual lists are here. Interestingly, no one album made more than three lists.

You can vote for your own favorite metal album of 2019 in our readers poll, which is underway now.

Appears on Two Lists (in alphabetical order by band name)

Astronoid – Astronoid (Blood Music)

Batushka (Krzysztof Drabikowski) – Панихида/Panihida

Cattle Decapitation – Death Atlas (Metal Blade)

Crypt Sermon – The Ruins of Fading Light (Dark Descent)

Haunt – If Icarus Could Fly (Shadow Kingdom)

Opeth – In Cauda Venenum (NB)

Smoulder – Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring (Cruz Del Sur)

Appears on Three Lists (in alphabetical order by band name)

Devil Master – Satan Spits on Children of Light (Relapse)

Devin Townsend – Empath (HevyDevy / Inside Out)

Spirit Adrift – Divided by Darkness (20 Buck Spin)

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