Dec 302019

(For the 9th year in a row, we asked our old friend SurgicalBrute to weigh in with his year-end list of favorite albums and/or EPs. As expected, his list adds many names of some especially savage underground releases that haven’t appeared before in our 2019 Listmania series.)

By the time you read this, the year, and the decade, will be just about over, Listmania will be in full swing, and if you’re anything like me you’ll probably be ready to shove an icepick into your eye if you have to read one more list showing the same 10 albums you’ve seen on a dozen other websites.

Yes, Tomb Mold and Blood Incantation put out really good albums, but unless you’ve been living under a rock you already know that… no one wants to see the same names again and again. So, with that in mind, Islander has once again turned to me to save you out-of-touch causals from the boredom of the mainstream by giving you a brief glimpse into the metal underground. Grab your bullet belts and corpse paint, because only the grim and trve are allowed beyond this point …enjoy the music \m/



Black Metal



Departure Chandelier – Antichrist Rise to Power





Sadisme – Festering in Telepathic Communion





Dai-ichi – Dai-ichi





Hulder – Embraced by Darkness Mysts





Volahn – El Tigre del sur





Ifernach – Skin Stone Blood Bone





Vothana – Never to Submit





Wampyric Rites – Reflections of a Frostbitten Moon






Heavy/Speed Metal


Chevalier – Destiny Calls





Mystik – Mystik





Mirror – Pyramid of Terror





Vultures Vengeance – The Knightlore





Death Metal


Undeath – Sentient Autolysis





Malignant AltarRetribution of Jealous Gods





Black Curse – Endless Wound





Fetid – Steeping Corporeal Mess





Vastum – Orificial Purge




Chthonic Deity – Reassembled in Pain





Sedimentum – Demo





Cemetarian – Tomb of Morbid Stench






Blackened Death Metal



Antichrist Siege MachineSchism Perpetration





Profane Order Slave Morality





Concrete Winds – Primitive Force





Teitanblood – The Baneful Choir





Vile Ritual – Vile Ritual





  1. Set as many of these to play at the same time as you can & you are in for a real treat

  2. Ah Comrade surgical! I’m always on the lookout for your lists. Have heard most of them, but dai-ichi is such a great find. Really enjoying this. There are several others on your list I still need to check out, especially BM.

    I was wondering whether you checked out the latest from Carnal Tomb. Fun death metal I must admit.

    • Hey Cain…always good to see you pop up.

      I did listen to that Carnal Tomb and I agree.. really good album!

      Honestly, it’s been a really good year for death metal overall…lots of really good releases this year. Almost too many. If I had the time (and I didn’t think it would make Islander’s head explode) I actually wouldn’t mind doing a series of posts at the end of the year and list my top 25 for each genre

  3. Undeath is PERFECT!

  4. So many death metal morsels to gorge myself upon!!! Thanks for taking the time to compile this foul list!!

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