Jan 162020


Next week I’ll be posting the fifth installment of a list by Thy Darkened Shade’s Semjaza, but his list is less a 2019 YE list than it is a big group of recommendations that spans more years than just 2019. And so, unless I’m forgetting something (always a possibility) it’s time to wrap up our 2019 LISTMANIA series.

As in years past we posted an extensive series of lists. As usual, some of them were re-postings of lists that appeared at “big platform” web sites and print magazines, and others were prepared by our own stable of race-horse writers. But once again we had a large group of lists from invited band members and assorted other guests. Plus, we’ve again received valuable, extensive lists in reader comments on THIS POST (new lists can still be added there).

In this article I’m setting forth links to all of the 2019 year-end lists that we published, divided into categories and listed within each category in the order of their appearance. For people who are looking for the best metal that 2019 had to offer, these lists and our readers’ lists provide a tremendous resource, as they have in past years.

Heart-felt thanks again to everyone who contributed to 2019 LISTMANIA and to everyone who made time to read what we pulled together. A lot of people put a lot of effort into this series, as we do every year, but I can tell from the page views that it means something to people, and so we’ll continue doing it next year.

P.S. We have one kind of 2019 list that is still rolling on, day-by-day — my own list of the year’s Most Infectious Extreme Metal Songs. If you want another way to re-engage with the metal of 2019 and perhaps still make some new discoveries, hopefully you’ll find that a fun way to do it. You can see where that stands by following this link.



Andy Synn (The Disappointing Albums)
Andy Synn (The Good Albums)
Andy Synn (The Great Albums)
Andy Synn (The Critical Top 10)
Andy Synn (The Personal Top 10)
Andy Synn (The EPs)

DGR (Part 1)
DGR (Part 2)
DGR (Part 3)
DGR (Part 4)
DGR (Part 5)

Wil Cifer
Joseph Schafer (BadWolf) – Not Metal
Todd Manning
Gonzo (Part 1)
Gonzo (Part 2)
Karina Noctum



Neill Jameson (Krieg, Poison Blood) – Part 1
Neill Jameson (Krieg, Poison Blood) – Part 2
Johan Huldtgren (Obitus)
Jacobo Córdova (Majestic Downfall, Zombiefication)
Seb Painchaud (Tumbleweed Dealer)
Austin Lunn (Panopticon)
Semjaza (Thy Darkened Shade) – Part 1
Semjaza (Thy Darkened Shade) – Part 2
Semjaza (Thy Darkened Shade) – Part 3
Semjaza (Thy Darkened Shade) – Part 4



To the Teeth (A List of Lists)



Rolling Stone
Bandcamp Daily

  One Response to “LISTMANIA 2019 WRAP-UP”

  1. I read all the lists as they were appearing day by day: it’s amazing the amount of great music I could find there (and various of the things I discovered here where finally included in my own list).
    Something I think is missing is the count you used to make of the multiple appearances of each album on the different readers’ lists. I know it’s a hell of a work, but it was great as the general list that came off was very interesting (something like the amazing list of lists “To the teeth”, that we really appreciated, but for what concerns the readers’ choices)

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