As 2009 draws even closer to the end, we’ve continued to think back about albums we really enjoyed this year. Among them were releases from five UK bands that could loosely be classified as death metal, though they sound almost nothing alike. Four of them — Man Must Die, Viatrophy, Ignominious Incarceration, and Xerath — turned out killer new albums in 2009, and the fifth — Theoktony — was a prodigiously talented band we only discovered this year, though sadly its future is in doubt.
We don’t pretend that this post is a comprehensive review of the best UK death metal of the year, because we’ve no doubt there are awesome 2009 releases we simply haven’t heard. The five we’re covering here are simply albums that happened to grab our attention — and didn’t let go.