Shockingly, I also forgot the new Beherit! Awesome album!!!
I have to agree with Malcolm, I really wasn't drawn into the new Teitanblood. Maybe I still need to give it more plays, it could end up being one of those albums that doesn't click for years to come... I'm not saying it's shit or anything, but the Proclamation split material was far better!
I've had loads of albums that have hit me ages after their release but I have to say Teitanblood got me pretty much straight away. Weird really, Triune Impurity Rites took ages to grab me and it's now one of my favourite albums.
Triune took me ages to get into actually. It's an opinion that both Billy and Dani have called me a dickhead for many times, but I actually think the production of Black Mass Desecration is much better, it just had a really evil sound, and because the album sounded so different it took me a lot longer to get into. I really, really love it now though!
Having thought hard about this, I can't actually name any albums for this yet. I've bought a few good albums this year but most of them haven't really been worthy of a 'best of' list. Most of the 2009 albums I've picked up have been a big disappointment.
I have a strong feeling that the new Gates of Slumber would be on the list but having owned it for less than a month i don't feel I can really count it. I liked what I heard of the new Megadeth, and I haven't heard Grave Miasma or Scythian yet (Diamanthian's album should be out soon too with luck)
I'm gonna put Ignis Uranium's Azimuth Nuctemeron Frequency on here because it's struck me as being completely out there on it's own. It's not a Death Metal album, nor an orthodox BM album either really, but it strikes me as being pretty evil all the same. A bit like how Bethlehem might have stood out whilst not necessarily being better or worse than their counterparts back in the day.
I still don't have enough records to make a list, but if I did the self titled album by ARGUS would certainly be top. When I first picked this up I wasn't especially keen on the vocals but the more I play it the more I appreciate it. Its both subtle and crushing, the guitar parts are mesmerising and the lyrics, especially on the first few tracks, are ones that really speak to me (which makes a change from the usual stuff I listen to about murder and / or battle robots). The only album released this year that I've actually wept with pleasure to listen to.
Other than that... THE GATES OF SLUMBER and BONESAW albums would both make my list, everything else has been average at best (eg. General Surgery, Gama Bomb) or rubbish (eg. Slough Feg, Cauldron)
I really have'nt listened to a lot of metal this year, being burnt out from travelling on the road with bands and studying (not really wanting to see/listen to music for a month or so after I got back)
I have picked up the cds that you would expect me (myself) to picked up General Surgery,UKthrash releases,couple of crust releases, stuff from NWN Prod.
Releases I have enjoyed most have been
Warmaster - Demo 2009 MegaDave - Endgame Ignivomous - Death Transmutation Claws - Absorbed in the Nethervoid Gwar - Lust in Space
every ones favorite drunken thrash metal bastard
And you ate a 12 inch before I was halfway through a 9 inch!
There hasn't been an enormous amount of good stuff released this year, but the good stuff has been very very good. I think I'll put off my list until January, when hopefully I'll have obtained a few late 2009 releases.
1. Teitanblood- Seven Chalices 2. Solstafir - Kold 3. Deströyer 666 - Defiance 4. Ares Kingdom – Incendiary 5. Katharsis - Fourth Reich/their side of the split 7" with Antaeus 6. Christian Mistress 7" 7. Arckanum - ÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞ 8. Funeral Mist - Maranatha 9. Assaulter/Trench Hell - Split 7" 10. Beherit - Engram 11. Hunter's Moon - The Serpents Lust 12. Zemial - I Am the Dark 7" 13. Excoriate - On Pestilent Winds... 14. Procession - The Cult of Disease 15. Proclamation - Execration of Cruel Bestiality 16. Weapon - Drakonian Paradigm 17. Forsaken - Before the Fall 18. Metalucifer - Heavy Metal Bulldozer 19. Shackles - Traitor's Gate 20. Archgoat - The Light-Devouring Darkness
Guns and Roses and Anvil Chorus would definitely have been up there if they hadn't been let down by one or two awful songs in each case.
Best re-release is EASILY the Necrophobic demos collection, which is easily one of the best 5 things I've bought this year.
Disappointments: Grave Miasma - Exalted Emanation (not in any way bad, just not as diabolical as I'd hoped for, and a bit one paced) Ignivomous - Death Transmutation (ditto, good for one or two songs, a bit linear overall, only the last track is truly devastating) Asphyx - Death...the Brutal Way (just doesn't have much feeling behind it)