Best of 2019 season has begun! Earlier today, we got Rough Trade's list, and now here's Decibel, who always have the first major metal list of the year. As usual, it's a mix of legends (Candlemass, Nocturnus AD, Abbath, Opeth, Darkthrone, Mayhem, Sacred Reich, Possessed), buzzed-about newer artists (Gatecreeper, Crypt Sermon, Tomb Mold, Lingua Ignota, Spirit Adrift, Devil Master), and plenty of the in-between (Baroness, Full of Hell, etc). And the #1 pick is an album that doesn't come out until next week. As for albums you might argue are glaring omissions: no Tool or Alcest (who happened to be the only two metal -- or at least formerly metal -- bands on Rough Trade's list). Check out Decibel's full list below, and pick up your copy of the magazine's January issue here.


Decibel's Top 40 Albums of 2019
40 Devil Master, Satan Spits on Children of Light, Relapse
39 Smoulder, Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring, Cruz Del Sur
38 Nocturnus AD, Paradox, Profound Lore
37 Elizabeth Colour Wheel, Nocebo, Flenser
36 Misery Index, Rituals of Power, Season of Mist
35 Vastum, Orificial Purge, 20 Buck Spin
34 Candlemass, The Door To Doom, Napalm
33 Toxic Holocaust, Primal Future: 2019, eOne
32 Abbath, Outstrider, Season of Mist
31 Cerebral Rot, Odious Descent Into Decay, 20 Buck Spin
30 Baroness, Gold & Grey, Abraxan Hymns
29 Misþyrming, Algleymi, Norma Evangelium Diaboli
28 Magic Circle, Departed Souls, 20 Buck Spin
27 Schammasch, Hearts of No Light, Prosthetic
26 Opeth, In Cauda Venenum, Nuclear Blast
25 No One Knows What the Dead Think, No One Knows What the Dead Think, Willowtip
24 Inter Arma, Sulphur English, Relapse
23 Falls of Rauros, Patterns in Mythology, Gilead Media
22 Die Choking, IV, DCIVE
21 Idle Hands, Mana, Eisenwald
20 Cattle Decapitation, Death Atlas, Metal Blade
19 Funereal Presence, Achatius, The Anja Offensive
18 Darkthrone, Old Star, Peaceville
17 Haunt, If Icarus Could Fly, Shadow Kingdom
16 Obsequiae, The Palms of Sorrowed Kings, 20 Buck Spin
15 Venom Prison, Samsara, Prosthetic
14 Devin Townsend, Empath, InsideOut
13 Mizmor, Cairn, Gilead Media
12 Mayhem, Daemon, Century Media
11 Full of Hell, Weeping Choir, Relapse
10 False, Portent, Gilead Media
9 Sacred Reich, Awakening, Metal Blade
8 Spirit Adrift, Divided by Darkness, 20 Buck Spin
7 Blut aus Nord, Hallucinogen, Debemur Morti Productions
6 Possessed, Revelations of Oblivion, Nuclear Blast
5 Tomb Mold, Planetary Clairvoyance, 20 Buck Spin
4 Crypt Sermon, The Ruins of Fading Light, Dark Descent
3 Gatecreeper, Deserted, Relapse
2 Lingua Ignota, Caligula, Profound Lore
1 Blood Incantation, Hidden History of the Human Race, Dark Descent

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