Swedish doomsters Monolord have been having a hell of a year. They released their first album for Relapse, No Comfort, and they're about to wrap up an extensive tour that saw them playing two nights at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus (read our review).
As the year is coming to a close, we asked Monolord what their favorite albums of 2019 were, and drummer Esben Willems sent a list that includes Monolord's recent Europe tourmates Firebreather, three different Kyuss-related albums, Nick Cave, Torche, Mizmor, and more. Check out his list -- with commentary on each pick -- below.
Monolord's tour has one show left at LA's Teragram Ballroom on Wednesday (11/27) with Blackwater Holylight and Yidhra (tickets).
ESBEN WILLEMS' (MONOLORD) 10 FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2019
Firebreather - Under A Blood Moon
The riffs, the vocals, the band groove. I can’t stop listening to this and it was truly inspiring seeing them live every night when they opened for us on our latest European tour.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen
Painfully beautiful and heartbreaking. This grows with every listen and it’s now stuck, like a fond sad memory.
Brant Bjork - Jacoozzi
To me, this is one of his best yet. The ultimate chill album, perfect to start or end any day with.
Desert Sessions - Vols. 11 & 12
I’m inspired by what this project aims to do and this album triggers all the creative synapses at once.
Elder - The Gold & Silver Sessions
I was surprised by this one and I like surprises. They’re exploring another side of their band and brilliantly so. This is a gem.
Tinariwen - Amadjar
Tinariwen being Tinariwen. The grooves never stop and they have once again made an album you instantly want to play on repeat.
John Garcia - John Garcia and the Band of Gold
The impression this album made on me is that of an inspired band having a lot of fun recording it. True or not, this is pure John Garcia and it inspires me immensely.
Here Lies Man - No Ground To Walk Upon
Insanely groovy live and that shines through on yet another groove gem. Already looking forward to when I get to see them live again.
Torche - Admission
I always admire bands that actually sound like a band on an album, as opposed to a handful of separated musicians playing in sync. Torche is very much a band, and have released an album that reflects that beautifully.
Mizmor - Cairn
A raw and unfiltered exploration of inner darkness. The antithesis of streamlined mainstream black metal. The ugly is allowed to shine through and I love that.