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daimonos
01-05-2010, 04:48 PM
This year I bought (or recieved from friends) a total of 34 metal albums that were released during the year of 2009. I'll post a couple at a time with a little paragraph or so with my opinion on it.

And take note that I'm not that great of a writer, but I'll try to make it bearable, and I won't be suprised if my lack of writing skills make what i'm trying to get across look absolutely retarded, so keep that in mind.

But thank you for reading and enjoy! :rocker:

daimonos
01-05-2010, 04:53 PM
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34. Dope – No Regrets
We’ll start off with the worst album that found its way into my collection from 2009. I mainly bought it just because I would be seeing them with BLS a couple weeks later. I by no means think that it is a bad album; I just don’t really listen to this kind of music. But what really impressed me about this album is that there are a lot more metal influences on this than any other Dope album I’ve heard has had, and that’s definitely not a bad thing.


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33. Five Finger Death Punch – War is the Answer
I’m not going to lie, whenever The Way of the Fist was first out, I thought it was a great album. I’ve seen them live twice and they put on a great show. But after this album came out and I bought it and listened to it, I realized that one of two things was apparent: Either this band really never was that good, or they were just a “one album band”. And really I think it’s a bit of both. But I do believe that there is hope for this band if some of the members could mature as musicians and lyricists and they stop trying to make mainstream sounding, popular songs. The album isn’t that bad, it’s just repetitive and somewhat cheesy.


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32. Divine Heresy – Bringer of Plagues
Divine Heresy’s second album isn’t that bad. Some songs are heavy as hell while others just aren’t that good. I like the new vocalist more than the old guy, he’s got quite a range. While some of the songs are crushing and great (Facebreaker, The Battle of J. Casey, The End Begins), some just don’t do the job. The “ballad” on the album, Darkness Embedded, is different than the rest, but I think it’s a nice change. Also like the last album, Tim Yeung’s drumming is incredible. But unfortunately Dino’s newest release isn’t quite getting the job done, I’m just waiting for the new Fear Factory.


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31. God Dethroned – Passiondale
This album is quite a disappointment to me. The theme is awesome (The WWI battle of Paschendale), and the lyrics really paint a good picture of whats going on, but the songs all kind of lack variety. Most of them are just your typical melodic death (I’m not sure ifthat’s what everyone else thinks they sound like, I’m new to them, so don’t jump on me about that) songs. “Under a Darkening Sky”, “Poison Fog”, and “Passiondale” all stand out the most to me though.


Don't worry the actual metal stuff is coming soon :finger:

daimonos
01-05-2010, 05:43 PM
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30. Clutch – Strange Cousins From the West
First off just let me say that the packaging that this album came in is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. Very creative indeed. But onto the album, I think it’s a great listen. The album contains 11 rockin’, blues influenced, dirty sounding heavy metal songs. The riffs are all bluesy and groovy, with Neil Fallon’s awesome vocals on top of it all. His voice is filled with emotion and intensity. So in all, whenever I’m not really in the mood for something heavy, but something interesting and fun, with a touch of metal, this is one of the albums I would put on.


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29. Shadows Fall – Retribution
I used to listen to Shadows Fall whenever I was first getting into metal, but my love for them faded pretty quickly. I had no intention of buying or hearing the album until a friend burnt it for me. I figured I’d give it a listen and I have to say that I was very impressed. In my opinion this is the strongest thing they’ve ever released. With Retribution they seem to be moving away from the metalcore sound a little bit and seem to be heading towards a more thrash metal feel, which is good if you ask me. Of course there are still songs that I’m not into, but songs like “My Demise”, “King of Nothing”, and “The Taste of Fear” keep me interested. I hope they continue in this direction in the future.


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28. Isis – Wavering Radiant
I have to admit that this one took a little bit of time for it to grow on me. I am not familiar with Isis but I heard good things about this so I picked it up. It’s a very interesting and unique. A lot of the riffs are creative as well, and the vocalist has a great voice. I’m going to assume that this band has better albums, so I’m definitely going to check them out in the future because they sure are original and talented, but I couldn’t get into this one as much as I would’ve like to.


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27. Chimaira – The Infection
At first whenever I heard this I hated it and I never wanted to listen to it. But whenever I came around to making this list it hit me how much better this album is than I thought it was. Sure they have more breakdowns than before, and Mark Hunters trying some deeper vocal techniques, (I hate deathcore so those two things are probably what turned me off to begin with), but in the end it’s just really heavy groove metal. Like on their other albums, the closing instrumental is beautiful, and songs like “On Broken Glass” and “Secrets of the Dead” are crushing.


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26. Suffocation – Blood Oath
Blood Oath starts off with thundering bass drums and punishing guitars. Really that’s what the whole album is: Heavy as fuck. Frank Mullen just sounds like a beast and Mike Smith’s drumming is spot on. There are plenty of insane riffs, and crazy solos. But despite all these good things, it’s not always the best thing to be listening to. Sometimes I lose track of the album and get bored with it, but in the end it’s still a great death metal album. I don’t think it’s as good as their previous album but these songs will be great in a live setting.

Natrlhi
01-06-2010, 07:35 AM
28. Isis – Wavering Radiant
I have to admit that this one took a little bit of time for it to grow on me. I am not familiar with Isis but I heard good things about this so I picked it up. It’s a very interesting and unique. A lot of the riffs are creative as well, and the vocalist has a great voice. I’m going to assume that this band has better albums, so I’m definitely going to check them out in the future because they sure are original and talented, but I couldn’t get into this one as much as I would’ve like to.
Dude, check out Oceanic.

powerslave_85
01-06-2010, 07:43 AM
I've always prefered Panopticon myself, but you can't go wrong with either one.

Natrlhi
01-06-2010, 08:13 AM
I've always prefered Panopticon myself, but you can't go wrong with either one.

Well that's my second favorite, so yeah. What you said. :D

daimonos
01-06-2010, 11:01 AM
Well that's my second favorite, so yeah. What you said. :D

yeah i'll probably get around to that sometime soon

thanks for the recommendations :D

daimonos
01-06-2010, 11:52 AM
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25. Absu – Absu
This is good black metal right here (or “mythological” whatever the hell you wanna call it), and is also the bands first album in quite awhile. Proscriptors vocals and the hammering blast beats create a lot of intensity, and some songs are epic, while others are quite technical.

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24. Obscura – Cosmogenesis
This is a pretty unique “modern” tech death album. The guitarists in this band have got the right ideas as far as technicality goes, and it’s not technical to the point that it’s annoying either. The fact that they used a fretless bass is just great all on its own, and the clean, electronic sounding vocals add to the songs.


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23. Devin Townsend Project – Ki
The first DTP album, Ki is the mellow one of the series. Sure it’s soft, but it’s still interesting and entertaining enough to listen to it all the time. Devin really shines through with his unique ideas too, take “Trainfire” for example. He sounds like Elvis. There are actually some heavy moments on the album too, such as on “Gato” and “Heaven Send”.

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22. Slayer – World Painted Blood
A lot of you guys on here might not like this album, but I don’t think it’s that bad. It’s defininitely their best album since 1994’s Divine Intervention, so I have no problem with it. It’s way better than the three since then. I think it sounds almost like a combination of Reign in Blood and Seasons In the Abyss. Some of the songs could fit in on South of Heaven or Seasons easily.

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21. Obituary – Darkest Day
Obituary’s newest is heavy, sludgy, groovy, and thrashy all at once. John Tardy’s vocals are fierce as ever, and the rest of the band is just as tight. Obituary is sticking to what they’ve always done, and it turned out pretty good.

Natrlhi
01-06-2010, 01:46 PM
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25. Absu – Absu
This is good black metal right here (or “mythological” whatever the hell you wanna call it), and is also the bands first album in quite awhile. Proscriptors vocals and the hammering blast beats create a lot of intensity, and some songs are epic, while others are quite technical.
This is one of the ones I missed this year that I'll probably wish I hadn't. I have to get my hands on it eventually. BTW, that's some damn sweet artwork on the cover.

jhdeity
01-07-2010, 04:40 AM
You've kinda piqued my interest. If there were 20 better cd's than Slayer and Shadows Fall I didn't hear them and I listened to close to 200 cd's this year. I know I missed some good stuff though

daimonos
01-07-2010, 12:13 PM
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20. Devildriver – Pray for Villains
Devildriver experimented a little bit with this one. The whole album has a different feel than the previous ones in general, and that’s not a bad thing. The drums on the album are incredible, as are the guitars and Dez’s vocals of course, but I’m not sure if I like this as much as the previous two albums. This one has more of a heavy groove influence than those two, and less melodic death influences.


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19. Cannibal Corpse – Evisceration Plague
Even after 20 years, Cannibal Corpse is still trying to make heavier, more brutal albums than their previous ones, and they are succeeding. Every song on Evisceration Plague is just great, heavy, death metal.


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18. Devin Townsend Project – Addicted
I was skeptical going into this album because of how Devin described it, but let me say that I was instantly blown away by it. Listening to this almost surprises me that he’s not on drugs anymore, just because of how strange most of it is. Anneke's vocals really add to it too. I guess the best way I could describe this is a fun, interesting, heavy metal-pop album.


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17. Baroness – Blue Record
I still haven’t heard The Red Album, but I checked this one out because everyone was going on about how good it was. It is a very good record, and a very interesting listen. The songs in general are just all creative. The instrumental interludes are all beautiful, and it’s just a good album the whole way through. Definitely not #1 material in my opinion though.


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16. Dying Fetus – Descend Into Depravity
Another great Dying Fetus album. It’s brutal and technical the whole way through, a lot of great riffs on this one too, and the vocals are badass as ever.

daimonos
01-07-2010, 12:47 PM
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15. Katatonia – Night is the New Day
A lot of people might say that this one is boring, and I can understand why, but I think the whole album is just in a way, beautiful. All the songs are slow and melancholic, but also epic and peaceful at the same time.

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14. Vader – Necropolis
There’s not too much to say about this one, it’s just another great Vader record. Peter did however write it and record all the guitars and vocals by himself. And that proves that after a decent amount of time, he still knows how to make a great album, and he does it well.

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13. Be-Lakor – Stone’s Reach
Most of you have probably never heard of this band, but I definitely recommend checking them out as soon as you can. I would describe is best as “progressive” melodic death metal. It almost sounds like Opeth and Amon Amarth combined. It is one of the most original melodic death albums I’ve ever heard, and I think these guys might be popular in future years.

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12. Goatwhore – Carving Out the Eyes of God
With the help of Erik Rutan handling production, it seems as though Goatwhore has finally figured out how they should be making their music. The songs make much more sense than they did on previous albums, and although they can be a little bit repetitive, it’s a perfect blend of death, thrash, and black metal.

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11. Paradise Lost – Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us
While In Requiem may have been considered their “return to form” or whatever, it still wasn’t that amazing. In my opinion this one is much better. Some of the songs sound like “older” Paradise Lost and the album is filled with emotion.

daimonos
01-09-2010, 07:53 AM
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10. Marduk – Wormwood
Wormwood is a perfect mixture of fast, intense black metal songs, and slower, atmospheric ones. There isn’t a bad song on the album


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9. Vreid – Milorg
Concept album about the WWII resistance in Norway. It’s just epic, rockin’, black metal. Each song has memorable riffs and lyrics, and the vocals really get the job done, the clean vocals are nice too.


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8. Wolves in the Throne Room – Black Cascade
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one, but after listening to it a couple times, it really spoke out to me. Wolves in the Throne Room made a beautiful, epic, engrossing black metal album. All four of the songs are 10+ minutes, but I never lose interest while I’m listening.


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7. Gorgoroth – Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt
This album was definitely worth the legal battles, lawsuits, and the prison time that made everyone wait for this album to be released. Infernus recruited two former members, one of which, Pest, was a classic Gorgoroth vocalist. Frank Watkins from Obituary is also playing bass. The album is almost a return to their earlier, better days.


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6. Mastodon – Crack the Skye
I wasn’t that much a fan of Mastodon, but once again after so many people were talking about how awesome it was, I went out and bought it. I was not disappointed in the least, either. Mastodon really took a sharp right turn with this one as far as sound goes. It’s a musical journey filled with top notch progressive sludge metal.

daimonos
01-09-2010, 07:57 AM
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5. Nile – Those Whom the Gods Detest
This album is insane. Every song has ridiculous guitars, and lightning fast drums. The vocals are also awesome as ever, the whole album just kicks ass. Much better than Ithyphallic.


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4. Belphegor – Walpurgis Rites – Hexenwahn
Ah Belphegor…Blackened death metal from Austria. Most of the album is blasting, fast songs, but songs like “Der Geistertreiber”, “Venerato Diaboli”, and “Enthralled Toxic Sabbat” all go for the slow, heavy method.


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3. Lamb of God – Wrath
I won’t be surprised if I get a lot of shit for having this one up here, but I couldn’t care less. They always have been a great band, and this one is just as good as Palaces and Ashes. This one is much of an improvement from Sacrament, they went for a more raw, heavy album instead, and it’s much better. They also experimented and tried new things such as acoustic guitars in some songs, and different vocal techniques. Good listen every time.


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2. Immortal – All Shall Fall
Immortal’s first album since 2002’s Sons of Northern Darkness. In a way it picks up right where it left off. The songs aren’t too different, maybe just a bit more atmospheric than on previous albums, but it’s great. You could almost compare it to a cross between Sons… and At the Heart of Winter. Some influence from Abbath’s other band, I, can be detected as well.




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1. Behemoth – Evangelion
And here is my number one album from 2009. Whenever I purchased it and listened to it on the day it came out in August, I was completely blown away. The whole album is just a barreling, blackened death metal attack. This is Inferno’s best drum performance on an album, and I could say the same about Nergal’s vocals. They also bring back some of their earlier black metal influences on songs like “Lucifer” and “Alas, Lord is Upon Me”. “Daimonos” is one of the best songs released all year, and all the other songs are incredible. This is may be my favorite Behemoth album.

SomewhereInTime72
01-09-2010, 09:56 AM
Somehow I guessed Evangelion would be particularly high. ;) It deserves it...

daimonos
01-09-2010, 10:31 AM
Somehow I guessed Evangelion would be particularly high. ;) It deserves it...

hahah i guess my name did make it kind of obvious :rocker:

Reivas
01-11-2010, 01:20 AM
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13. Be-Lakor – Stone’s Reach
Most of you have probably never heard of this band, but I definitely recommend checking them out as soon as you can. I would describe is best as “progressive” melodic death metal. It almost sounds like Opeth and Amon Amarth combined. It is one of the most original melodic death albums I’ve ever heard, and I think these guys might be popular in future years.



Very, very pleased so see this, definately one of my favorite albums of the year. Some of the coolest riffs for a melodic death metal band.

Overall, I liked the list though, wouldn't agree with it, but it was nice to see someone else's opinion.

daimonos
01-11-2010, 02:19 PM
Very, very pleased so see this, definately one of my favorite albums of the year. Some of the coolest riffs for a melodic death metal band.

Overall, I liked the list though, wouldn't agree with it, but it was nice to see someone else's opinion.

I'm glad you know about it too hahah! I haven't seen anyone else on the site mention it or talk about them. I was impressed the first time I heard the album.

daimonos
05-08-2010, 06:43 PM
Just a little bit ago I thought I would check out my Best of 2009 List, and see how it's changed since I made it in January. To my suprise almost every album on the list changed it's position since then. Plus I added the two albums from 2009 that I bought since the year ended.

Those two albums were:
Sunn O))) - Monoliths & Dimensions
Swallow the Sun - New Moon

Dunno if anyone cares or not, but here is my updated 2009 rank list:

1- Behemoth - Evangelion
2- Immortal - All Shall Fall
3- Nile - Those Whom the Gods Detest
4- Wolves In the Throne Room - Black Cascade
5- Devin Townsend Project - Ki
6- Belphegor - Walpurgis Rites - Hexenwahn
7- Goatwhore - Carving Out the Eyes of God
8- Swallow the Sun - New Moon
9- Suffocation - Blood Oath
10- Obscura - Cosmogenesis
11- Dying Fetus - Descend Into Depravity
12- Mastodon - Crack the Skye
13- Lamb of God - Wrath
14- Paradise Lost - Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us
15- Cannibal Corpse - Evisceration Plague
16- Vader - Necropolis
17- Gorgoroth - Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt
18- Marduk - Wormwood
19- Vreid - Milorg
20- Katatonia - Night Is the New Day
21- Be'Lakor - Stone's Reach
22- Sunn O))) - Monoliths & Dimensions
23- Absu - Absu
24- Devin Townsend Project - Addicted
25- Baroness - Blue Record
26- Devildriver - Pray For Villains
27- Obituary - Darkest Day
28- Slayer - World Painted Blood
29- Clutch - Strange Cousins From the West
30- Chimaira - The Infection
31- God Dethroned - Passiondale
32- Isis - Wavering Radiant
33- Shadows Fall - Retribution
34- Five Finger Death Punch - War is the Answer
35- Divine Heresy - Bringer of Plagues
36- Dope - No Regrets

mankvill
05-08-2010, 09:39 PM
:rocker: