Here’s another entry in the part of our annual LISTMANIA orgy where we re-post lists of metal from “big platform” web sites and print zines — the kind of places that get a lot more eyeballs on them than festering little metal-only hovels like ours.
Rolling Stone magazine should need no introduction, so I’m not going to provide one. Not long ago they published their list of The 50 Best Albums of 2019. The sub-headline for the article reads as follows: “From ‘Lover’ to ‘Cuz I Love You,’ ‘Death Race to Love,’ and beyond, here are the records that defined the year”. The list didn’t exactly define the year for metal. In fact, I didn’t spot even one metal album on that list. Not one.
However, more recently Rolling Stone published a separate list of The 10 Best Metal Albums of 2019 (presented by Mercedes-Benz, because of course that’s the brand preferred by most metal bands when they’re throwing around their big piles of cash).
On the one hand, the list was slightly more interesting and certainly more surprising than I was expecting. I’m actually somewhat tempted to now figure out what that Moon Tooth album is all about. On the other hand, seeing Slipknot at No. 1 was neither surprising nor interesting.
Also, just to be extra-clear, even after all these years: This is not our list. This is Rolling Stone‘s list.
10. Korn, ‘The Nothing’
9. Opeth, ‘In Cauda Venenum’
8. Rammstein, ‘Rammstein’
7. Tomb Mold, ‘Planetary Clairvoyance’
6. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, ‘Infest the Rats’ Nest’
5. Darkthrone, ‘Old Star’
4. Alcest, ‘Spiritual Instinct’
3. Gaahls Wyrd, ‘Gastir — Ghosts Invited’
2. Moon Tooth, ‘Crux’
1. Slipknot, ‘We Are Not Your Kind’