2019 was a stellar year for metal, bringing forth a myriad of albums that captivated fans and critics alike. From the icy realms of black metal to the depths of doom, the year was marked by powerful releases that left a lasting impact on the genre. Here are the ten best metal albums of 2019:

1. Djevel – “Ormer Til Armer, Maane Til Hode”

Djevel’s “Ormer Til Armer, Maane Til Hode” stands out as a monumental black metal release. With its raw, unfiltered sound and atmospheric compositions, the album delves deep into the dark and mystical. The intense riffing and haunting vocals create an immersive experience that is both chilling and exhilarating.

2. Mayhem – “Daemon”

Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem delivered a masterful return with “Daemon.” This album captures the essence of their early sound while incorporating modern elements. Tracks like “Worthless Abominations Destroyed” and “Bad Blood” showcase Mayhem’s ability to balance raw aggression with refined musicianship, making “Daemon” a standout release.

3. Hovmod – “Doedsformasjon”

Hovmod’s debut album “Doedsformasjon” is a relentless onslaught of black metal fury. The band’s ferocious riffs and blistering pace are complemented by a dark, brooding atmosphere. This album is a powerful testament to the unyielding spirit of black metal, marking Hovmod as a force to be reckoned with.

4. Mgła – “Age Of Excuse”

Polish black metal duo Mgła continued their streak of critically acclaimed releases with “Age Of Excuse.” The album is characterized by its dense, melodic structures and thought-provoking lyrics. Mgła’s ability to blend hypnotic riffs with deep philosophical themes sets “Age Of Excuse” apart as a profound and compelling work.

5. Kampfar – “Ofidians Manifest”

Kampfar’s “Ofidians Manifest” is a powerful blend of black metal and pagan themes. The album’s intricate compositions and dynamic shifts create an epic atmosphere, while Dolk’s commanding vocals drive the narrative forward. “Ofidians Manifest” is both brutal and beautiful, showcasing Kampfar’s unique artistic vision.

6. Nordjevel – “Necrogenesis”

Nordjevel’s “Necrogenesis” is a brutal and uncompromising black metal record. The album’s ferocity is matched by its technical proficiency, with razor-sharp riffs and relentless drumming. Nordjevel’s intense sound and dark themes make “Necrogenesis” a must-listen for fans of extreme metal.

7. Ondfødt – “Dödsrikets Kallelse”

Ondfødt’s “Dödsrikets Kallelse” is a raw and powerful black metal offering. The album’s cold, bleak soundscapes are punctuated by fierce guitar work and harsh vocals. “Dödsrikets Kallelse” captures the essence of Scandinavian black metal, making it a standout release in 2019.

8. Mephorash – “Shem Ha Mephorash”

Mephorash’s “Shem Ha Mephorash” is a dark, ritualistic journey through esoteric themes and occult rituals. The album’s grandiose compositions and atmospheric depth create an immersive listening experience. Mephorash’s meticulous attention to detail and thematic coherence make “Shem Ha Mephorash” a compelling and haunting album.

9. Wormwood – “Nattarvet”

Wormwood’s “Nattarvet” is a beautifully crafted blend of black metal and folk influences. The album’s rich melodies and evocative lyrics draw on Scandinavian folklore, creating a mystical and atmospheric sound. “Nattarvet” stands out for its emotional depth and musical complexity, marking Wormwood as a band to watch.

10. 1349 – “The Infernal Pathway”

1349’s “The Infernal Pathway” is a relentless barrage of black metal aggression. The album’s high-speed riffs and punishing drums are complemented by an underlying sense of dark melody. 1349’s uncompromising approach to black metal is evident throughout “The Infernal Pathway,” making it a powerful and impactful release.

These ten albums represent the diverse and vibrant landscape of metal in 2019. Each album brings something unique to the table, from raw aggression to melodic sophistication. Whether you’re a die-hard black metal fan or just exploring the genre, these albums are essential listening.