TOP METAL ALBUMS 2019 - List from Cyprus Metal Scene Members

Fellow metalheads.

We're already in the 2nd day of the new decade and we'd like to wish you all a happy and productive 2020. May steel and starlight be by your side. 

Just like last year, we asked around a few members of the Cyprus Metal Scene for their favourite releases in 2019 and we summed-up their answers in the following post. The goal was to dig out releases that didn't catch our eyes and to deliver a quality list to you so that you can please your ears while waiting for the 2020 releases. 

First our demographics: 

We asked the same people like last year and we are presenting 19 lists in total (18 male and one female).
These people are/were heavily involved in the Cyprus Metal Scene, either as musicians, promoters, record-label owners, studio owners, etc. 
Bands represented among others were Arrayan Path, Crusifire, Dark Poetry, Diphtheria, Dragonbreath, Hardraw, Kidius Shredius Maximus, Mortem Atra, R.U.S.T.X, Solitary Sabred, Stainlesz, Stormcast, Temple of Evil, Vomitile, Winters Verge.
Labels represented: Pitch Black Records and Deathhammer Records. 

It is worth-mentioning that this was not a poll! We didn't provided the titles ourselves, each person provided their own list independently.

The statistics:

A total of 112 different releases made it to the final cut (nearly all of the full-albums, except from a handful of occasions where an EP or a Single was provided in the list).

20 Countries (+1 international) made it to the selection (see Figure 1) , with the majority of the bands hailing from USA (40), Sweden (13),  followed by Greece (8) and the United Kingdom (8).

Figure 1: Number of bands mentioned per country of origin
Due to the wide spectrum of our audience we tried like last year to have the majority of sub-genres represented. Therefore albums span from rock and traditional heavy metal to black metal and deathcore. 

Figure 2: Results for the TOP Metal Albums of 2019
Unlike last year's results, this time we had a clear TOP-10. To everyone's surprise, the most voted album for 2019 was "Pyramid of Terror" by our local band Mirror. A flawless mixing of 70s and 80s elements, backed by the veteran experiences of Jimmys (Armageddon) and Taz (ex-Electric Wizard) and driven by the killer virtuoso duo of Nicholas and Cotsios on guitars, the band managed to a achieve worldwide recognition with a bright future lying ahead. If you haven't listened to the album yet, here you go.  
Runner-up was "The Door to Doom" by swedish doomsters Candlemass, the first album since their debut in 1986 to feature the original vocalist Johan Längqvist. 

A tie for the third position was achieved by R.U.S.T.X and the newcomers Tanith. R.U.S.T.X, hailing from Ayioi Trimithias in Cyprus elevate their sound to a more commercial sound with their new album "Center of the Universe" released by the Cypriot label Pitch Black Records. Tanith debut their discography with the magnificent "In Another Time", a guitar-oriented hard-rock monument released by Metal Blade.  

The TOP-10 list is completed with "Amon Amarth - Berserker", "Crypt Sermon - The Ruins of Fading Light", "Riot City - Burn the Night", "Rotting Christ - The Heretics", "Soen - Lotus" and the self-titled debut "Traveler - Traveler" from Canada. 

At the bottom of the post the complete list of all the 112 albums selected is presented. Now let's have a look on the individual lists as selected by the Cypriot metal forces. I'll wait to read your TOP-10 as well.

*(Please note that all the lists in this post are in alphabetical order and not in order of preference!)

Michalis and Andreas Benakis
January 2020

The complete list

(Dolch) - Feuer Doom Germany
Abyssal - A Beacon in the Husk Death/Black/Doom United Kingdom
Airbourne - Boneshaker Hard Rock Australia
Akrotheism - Law of Seven Deaths Black Greece
Alan Parsons - The Secret Rock United Kingdom
Alcest - Spiritual Instinct Black France
Alkymist - Wreckage of the Raging World Black Canada
Allegaeon - Apoptosis Technical Death USA
Alter Bridge - Walk The Sky Rock USA
Amon Amarth - Berserker Melodic Death Sweden
Angel Witch - Angel of Light NWOBHM United Kingdom
Anorimoi - Kolasi Heavy Greece
Aoratos - Gods Without Name Black USA
Arch/Matheos - Winter Ethereal Progressive USA
Atlantean Kodex - The Course of Empire Heavy/Doom Germany
Avantasia - Moonglow Power Germany
Batushka - Hospadi Black Poland
Batushka - Панихида Black Poland
Blood Incantation - Hidden History of the Human Race Death USA
Born of Osiris - The Simulation Metalcore USA
Candlemass - The Door To Doom Epic/Doom Sweden
Chelsea Wolfe - Birth Of Violence Rock USA
Chevalier - Destiny Calls Heavy/Speed Finland
Cloak - The Burning Dawn Black USA
Creeping Death - Wretched Illusions Death USA
Crypt Sermon - The Ruins Of Fading Light Epic/Doom USA
Deathspell Omega - The Furnaces of Palingenesia Black France
Devin Townsend - Empath Progressive Canada
Dizziness - Reroute Black Greece
Drastus - La Croix De Sang Black France
Dream Theater - Distance Over Time Progressive USA
Enforcer - Zenith Heavy/Speed Sweden
Equipoise - Demiurgus Technical Death USA
Evergrey - The Atlantic Prog Power Sweden
Fallujah - Undying Light Deathcore USA
Fleshgod Apocalypse - Veleno Technical Death Italy
Flotsam and Jetsam - The End of Chaos Thrash USA
Forever - Forever AOR Sweden
Fortune - II Hard Rock USA
Funeral Storm - Arcane Mysteries Black Greece
Gothic Stone - Haereticus Empyreum Epic Doom Italy
Grand Magus - Wolf God Heavy/Doom Sweden
Hammerfall - Dominion Power Sweden
Horizon's End - Skeleton Keys Progressive Greece
Hour of Penance - Misotheism Technical Death Italy
Howling Sycamore - Seven Pathways to Annihilation Progressive USA
Idle Hands - Mana Heavy/Gothic USA
Infant Annihilator - The Battle of Yaldabaoth Deathcore United Kingdom
Insomnium - Heart like a Grave Melodic Death Finland
Inter Arma - Sulphur English Sludge USA
Iron Griffin - Curse of the Sky Heavy Finland
Kobra and the Lotus - Evolution Heavy Canada
Kosmokrator - Through ruin... Behold Black/Death Belgium
Lacuna Coil - Black Anima Gothic Rock Italy
Legendry - The Wizard and the Tower Keep Heavy USA
Leprous - Pitfalls Progressive Norway
Lord Mantis - Universal Death Church Sludge USA
Lunar Shadow - The Smokeless Fires Heavy Germany
Magnabolt - S/t Heavy/Power USA
Mayhem - Daemon Black Norway
Memoriam - Requiem for Mankind Death United Kingdom
Mephorash - Shem Ha Mephorash Black Sweden
Mgla - Age Of Excuse Black Poland
Midnight Odyssey - Biolume Part 1 - In Tartarean Chains Ambient Black Australia
Mirror - Pyramid of Terror Heavy Cyprus
Myrath - Shehili Prog Folk Tunisia
Mystik - S/t Heavy/Speed Sweden
Opeth - In Cauda Venenum Progressive Sweden
Overkill - The Wings of War Thrash USA
Periphery - Periphery IV: Hail Stan Progressive USA
Possessed - Revelations of Oblivion Death/Thrash USA
Queensryche - The Verdict Heavy/Power USA
Rammstein - Rammstein Neue Deutsche Härte Germany
Reasoning Reflections - Samsara Progressive Death Cyprus
Rings of Saturn - Gidim Deathcore USA
Riot City - Burn the Night Heavy/Speed Canada
Rotting Christ - The Heretics Black Greece
RUSTX - Center of the Universe Heavy Cyprus
Sabaton - The Great War Power Sweden
Sacred Reich - Awakening Thrash USA
Sangreal - S/t Heavy/Epic International
Sanhedrin - The Poisoner Heavy USA
Saor - Forgotten Paths Black United Kingdom
Savage Master - Myth, Magic and Steel Heavy USA
Schammasch - Hearts of No Light Black Switzerland
Sinmara - Hvisl Stjarnanna Black Iceland
Skelator - Cyber Metal Heavy/Speed USA
Smoulder - Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring Heavy/Power Canada
Soen - Lotus Progressive Sweden
Soilwork - Verkligheten Melodic Death Sweden
Spirit Adrift - Divided by Darkness Doom USA
Spirits of Fire - S/t Heavy USA
Steel Panther - Heavy Metal Rules Heavy USA
Suicidal Angels - Years of Aggression Thrash Greece
Sunn O))) - Life Metal Experimental Black USA
Swallow The Sun - When A Shadow Is Forced Into Light Melodic Death Finland
Tanith - In Another World Hard Rock USA
Teitanblood - The Baneful Choir Black/Death Spain
The Great Old Ones - Cosmicism Post-Black France
The Lord Weird Slough Feg - New Organon Heavy USA
The Three Tremors - S/t Heavy/Power USA
Tool - Fear Inoculum Rock USA
Traveler - S/t Heavy Canada
Twisted Tower Dire - Wars in The Unknown Power USA
Tygers of Pan Tang - Ritual NWOBHM United Kingdom
Villagers of Ioannina City - Age of Aquarius Folk Rock Greece
Volbeat - Rewind, Replay, Rebound Heavy Denmark
Vultures Vengeance - The Knightlore Heavy Italy
Waste of Space Orchestra - Syntheosis Sludge Finland
Whitesnake - Flesh and Blood Hard Rock United Kingdom
Within Temptation - Resist Symphonic Netherlands
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