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My picks for 2019

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Last year was my first year in a decade that did not culminate in an Arsies tournament. That was bittersweet for me, but I still feel good about the decision. And clearly, I did not slack on my Firsties duties: 144 new albums evaluated in 2019! We’ll see how I do in the coming year.

However, that does leave one bit of unfinished business: what do I think was the best metal of last year? Here is my Top Ten list, built with a methodology as arcane as it is arbitrary:

  1. Devin Townsend – Empath
  2. Tool – Fear Inoculum
  3. Destrage –  The Chosen One
  4. The Agonist – Orphans
  5. East Of The Wall – NP-Complete
  6. Soilwork – Verkligheten
  7. In Flames – I, The Mask
  8. Lacuna Coil – Black Anima
  9. Carnifex – World War X
  10. Blood Incantation – Hidden History of the Human Race

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