Yearlist 2019:

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Arx Atrata - The Path Untravelled
Score: 10/10
Arx Atrata is one of those bands I bumped into purely by accident. They're not signed on a label, not appear on any compilation, but am I glad I gave them a shot! The atmosphere and melodies is something I haven't heard since the brilliant Woods Of Desolation. As this is their third album I'm amazed they flew under the radar so long. Totally underrated black metal!
 
Tribulation
Alive & Dead at Södra Teatern
Score: 10/10
 
Rotting Christ - The Heretics
Score: 10/10
Three years ago when 'Rituals' ended high in my yearlist, I already wrote about Rotting Christs' tendency to change their style every so often. No surprise then that The Heretics is continuing in the same style. No disappointment either, because it was among my favourite Rotting Christ releases ever. The Heretics is a bit more straightforward and less experimental than Rituals, but still a most excellent release.
 
Mgła - Age of Excuse
Score: 9.5/10
When reviewing Mgła's previous album Exercises in Futility, I couldn't really put my finger on it what made the album so good. But after listening closely I finally figured it out: It's their four-armed drummer! At least that's what he sounds like. Either that, or they summoned Cthulhu and put him behind a drumkit. Age Of Excuse follows the same style of atmospheric black metal with insane drumming. Not quite as brilliant as the previous album, but still it bashes its way to the top of the yearlist.
 
Nasheim - Jord Och Aska
Score: 9.5/10
Nasheim has been on my radar for a while, but never really stood out that much. Good ideas, but execution a bit lacking. On their latest album Jord Och Aska they finally did a lot of things right, and the results shows! Their doomy black metal mix works, the three songs spanning over fourty minutes stay captivating, production is still a bit weak but with songwriting like this it doesn't matter. Hoping for more of these albums in the future!
 
Kampfar - Ofidians Manifest
Score: 9.5/10
Kampfar in my yearlist is no surprise, as all their releases the last decade have been consistenly strong. I must say the originality seems to go down a bit, but with such high quality production, blasting this album at high volume is still a pleasurable torture. Or just torture torture for your neighbors.
 
Mesarthim - Ghost Condensate
Score: 9.5/10
Mesarthim is such an odd band, pushing the border of what Metal is. At moments you have happy keyboard melodies and techno beats, then there's black metal screams and blastbeats. For sure metal purists will hate this, but for those don't mind mixing in a bit of peaceful optimism with their hateful nihilism, this album makes a very nice listening.
 
Waldgeflüster - Mondscheinsonaten
Score: 9.5/10
2019 is turning out to be a good year for atmospheric black metal band, partly due to Waldgeflüster's latest album. While it seems a bit rawer and more black metal than their previous album 'Ruinen', there's still plenty of slower interludes and clean vocals, and I would say the mix works even better for them than previous efforts.
 
Árstíðir Lífsins - Saga á tveim tungum I: Vápn ok viðr
Score: 9.5/10
The Band With The Unpronouncable Name is no stranger to the Lost Souls Domain yearlists, and their latest album that I cannot pronounce is almost as good as their previous album I also couldn't pronounce. All madness aside, their crazy folk and black and deathmetal mixed in a viking movie soundtrack kind of way is so interesting you even forgive them for getting carried away with their male choir thing now and then.
 
Wandar - Zyklus
Score: 9.5/10
Wandar, not to be confused with legendary band Windir, is a German black metal band. When I say they mix in some death and folk with their long atmospheric black metal songs I could be describing most of the albums in this yearlist, but that doesn't take away from the quality of Wandar's latest effort, and the massive improvement they made since their last release.
 
Ataraxie - Résignés
Score: 9.5/10
When you make four songs and they don't fit on one cd, it's likely that you are into funeral doom. Ataraxie from France is one of my favourites in the genre, and I've waited a long time for their new album. Just to prove that nothing in Funeral Doom goes fast, it has been six years since they released their last album. The four tracks of twenty-minute-something unpleasantness are totally worth the wait though.
 
Fen
The Dead Light

Score: 9.5/10
 
The Elysian Fields
New World Misanthropia
Score: 9/10
 
Insomnium
Heart like a Grave
Score: 9/10
 
Esoteric
A Pyrrhic Existence
Score: 9/10
 
Monolithe
Okta Khora
Score: 9/10
 
Wilderun
Veil of Imagination
Score: 9/10
 
Amon Amarth
Berserker

Score: 9/10
 
Seth
Les Blessures de l'Âme : XX Ans de Blasphème
Score: 9/10
 
Runemagick
Into Desolate Realms
Score: 9/10
 
21Der Weg Einer Freiheit
Live in Berlin
Score: 9/10
 
Nailed To Obscurity
Black Frost
Score: 9/10
22
 
23Hermóðr
Forest Sky

Score: 9/10
 
Hecate Enthroned
Embrace of the Godless Aeon

Score: 9/10
24
 
25Thormesis
The Sixth
Score: 9/10
 
Order Of The Ebon Hand
VII: The Chariot
Score: 9/10
26
 
27White Ward
Love Exchange Failure
Score: 9/10
 
October Tide
In Splendor Below

Score: 8.5/10
28
 
29Officium Triste
The Death of Gaia
Score: 8.5/10
 
Old Forest
Black Forests of Eternal Doom
Score: 8.5/10
30
 
31Abusiveness
Ignis Aurum Probat
Score: 8.5/10
 
Ophidian Coil / Septuagint
Vortex
Score: 8.5/10
32
 
33Kalmankantaja
Korpi

Score: 8.5/10
 
Midnight Odyssey
Biolume Part 1 - In Tartarean Chains
Score: 8.5/10
34
 
35Denial Of God
The Hallow Mass
Score: 8.5/10
 
Djevel
Ormer til armer, maane til hode
Score: 8.5/10
36
 
37Thorondir
Des Wandrers Mär
Score: 8.5/10
 
Cavernous Gate / Sun Of The Sleepless
Split
Score: 8.5/10
38
 
39Waylander
Ériú's Wheel
Score: 8.5/10
 
Vargsheim
Söhne der Sonne
Score: 8.5/10
40
 
41Ketzer
Cloud Collider
Score: 8.5/10
 
Helheim
Rignir
Score: 8.5/10
42
 
43Cult Of Erinyes
Æstivation
Score: 8.5/10
 
Alcest
Spiritual Instinct
Score: 8.5/10
44
 
45Akrotheism
Law of Seven Deaths
Score: 8.5/10
 
Falls Of Rauros
Patterns in Mythology
Score: 8.5/10
46
 
47Monolithe
From Equinox To Solstice - Live At Beltane
Score: 8/10
 
Darkthrone
Old Star
Score: 8/10
48
 
49Abbath
Outstrider
Score: 8/10
 
Antropomorphia
Merciless Savagery
Score: 8/10
50
 
51Hermóðr
Arv (digital)
Score: 8/10
 
Ice Ages
Nullify
Score: 8/10
52
 
53Hetman
Stiskajuchi Zubi
Score: 8/10
 
Gratzug
Zeitgeist
Score: 8/10
54
 
55Mustan Kuun Lapset
Valo
Score: 8/10
 
Various
Essence Of Black Mysticism
Score: 8/10
56
 
57Shadecrown
Riven
Score: 8/10
 
Wyrd
Hex
Score: 7.5/10
58
 
59Winterfylleth
The Siege of Mercia - Live at Bloodstock 2017
Score: 7.5/10
 
Eluveitie
Ategnatos
Score: 7.5/10
60
 
61Cult Of Luna
A Dawn to Fear
Score: 7.5/10
 
In Mourning
Garden of Storms
Score: 7.5/10
62
 
63Månegarm
Fornaldarsagor
Score: 7.5/10
 
Saor
Forgotten Paths
Score: 7.5/10
64
 
65Frostmoon Eclipse
Worse Weather to Come
Score: 7.5/10
 
Stworz
Mój kraj nazywa sie Smierc
Score: 7.5/10
66
 
67Deserted Fear
Drowned by Humanity
Score: 7.5/10
 
Blut Aus Nord
Hallucinogen
Score: 7.5/10
68
 
69Stormlord
Far
Score: 7.5/10
 
Memoriam
Requiem for Mankind
Score: 7.5/10
70
 
71The Negative Bias
Narcissus Rising
Score: 7.5/10
 
Blood Incantation
Hidden History of the Human Race
Score: 7/10
72
 
73After Death
Paradox (as Nocturnus AD)
Score: 7/10
 
Istapp
The Insidious Star
Score: 7/10
74
 
75Dimmu Borgir
Live At Dynamo Open Air 1998
Score: 7/10
 
Woe
A Violent Dread
Score: 7/10
76
 
77Morcrof
.:. Codex · Gnosis · Apokryphv .:. Arcano · Verba · Revelatio
Score: 7/10
 
Tomb Mold
Planetary Clairvoyance
Score: 7/10
78
 
79Novembers Doom
Nephilim Grove
Score: 7/10
 
Zuriaake
Shen Ting | Resentment in the Ancient Courtyard

Score: 7/10
80
 
81Cân Bardd
The Last Rain
Score: 7/10
 
Truth Corroded
Bloodlands
Score: 7/10
82
 
83Ultha
Belong
Score: 7/10
 
Numenorean
Adore
Score: 7/10
84
 
85Swallow The Sun
When a Shadow Is Forced into the Light
Score: 6.5/10
 
Dawn Of Disease
Procession of Ghosts
Score: 6.5/10
86
 
87Misþyrming
Algleymi
Score: 6.5/10
 
Darkenhöld / Griffon
Atra Musica
Score: 6.5/10
88
 
89Unaussprechlichen Kulten
Teufelsbücher
Score: 6.5/10
 
Sinmara
Hvísl Stjarnanna
Score: 6.5/10
90
 
91Dark Fury
Flooded Lands

Score: 6.5/10
 
Downfall Of Gaia
Ethic of Radical Finitude
Score: 6.5/10
92
 
93Schammasch
Hearts of No Light
Score: 6/10
 
Svartelder
Pits
Score: 6/10
94
 
95Crest Of Darkness
The God of Flesh
Score: 6/10
 
The Great Old Ones
Cosmicism
Score: 6/10
96
 
97Golgotha
Erasing the Past
Score: 6/10
 
Aeons Confer
Zero Elysium
Score: 6/10
98
 
99Hermóðr
Two Ravens (digital)
Score: 6/10
 
Vastum
Orificial Purge
Score: 6/10
100


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