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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.



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.



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.



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.



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.
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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.
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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



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.



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.



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.



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.
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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.



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.



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.



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.





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.
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Somehow I guessed Evangelion would be particularly high. It deserves it...
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Somehow I guessed Evangelion would be particularly high. It deserves it...
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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.
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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.
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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
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