Metal Insider’s Matt Brown’s Top 10 Metal Albums of 2019

Posted by on December 18, 2019


05) Lingua Ignota, Caligula (Profound Lore)

This might be the single most raw, brutal album I’ve heard all year. Kristin Hayter’s second album under the moniker Lingua Ignota is a seething slab of music that is difficult to pin to a particular subgenre. Hayter’s magnificently diverse vocals layout themes of vengeance and rage all while feeling personal and vulnerable. 



04) Periphery, IV: HAIL STAN (3DOT Recordings)

Periphery’s sixth studio album showcases the band’s many facets, from the bold 17 minute opener “Reptile” to the catchy “It’s Only Smiles”, a.k.a. a pop punk song disguised as a metal song, and ending with the brilliant closer “Satellites”. This is the band’s strongest release to date, and that’s saying something.

Key Track: “It’s Only Smiles”


03) Tool, Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional)

This past summer, my wife and I welcomed our first child. If you’ve ever had to contend with a newborn, you know that the incessant crying really grinds you down after awhile. So I decided to put on my headphones and listen to music while I rocked my daughter to sleep. I wanted something that was loud enough to drown out the crying but also calm enough that it relaxed me. Fear Inoculum became my go-to album. It’s almost meditative and full of invigorating peaks and contemplative valleys. 

Key Track: “Invincible”


02) Alcest, Spiritual Instinct (Nuclear Blast)

I absolutely loved Alcest’s 2016 album Kodama, and I was hoping to love Spiritual Instinct just as much. Luckily, I do. It’s all killer no filler with six stellar tracks that showcase a fantastically somber atmosphere and some of the most reflective songwriting that Neige has ever put together. 

Key Track: “Sapphire”


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