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Notrap's First Half 2019

It's been a great year so far. These are my first semester highlights.
1Deathspell Omega
The Furnaces of Palingenesia


Behold creatures of the night, behold the colossal return of chaos, darkness and pain. Behold, hear and bow. Album of the year, so far.

Highlights: Ad Arma! Ad Arma! and 1523
2Opera Magna
Del amor y otros demonios


Passionate, theatrical and captivating neoclassical symphonic metal from Spain, whose main virtue is the use of the Castilian / Spanish language. Highly recommended.

Highlights: Por un Corazón de Piedra, La Herida, Para Siempre and La Trampa del Tiempo
3Hath
Of Rot And Ruin


If someone asks me how extreme metal will sound like in the next decade, the answer will be something like "it will take a more hybrid approach, obviously." Of Rot and Ruin is more than a product of its time, it's a taste of what's to come and as the wise man said, we're living great times, the best of times.

Highlights: Currents, Rituals and Worlds Within
4Heilung
Futha


Awesome ritualistic ancestral experience.

Highlights: Traust and Othan
5Misthyrming
Algleymi


There is enough energy in this album to feed Iceland's cold nights for a couple of years.

Highlights: Orgia and Alsæla
6Aoratos
Gods Without Name


Can someone please tell me where the light is? I need to get the HELL out of here.

Highlights: Of Harvest, Scythe and Sickle Moon, Gods Without Name and The Watcher on the Threshold
7Sinmara
Hvísl Stjarnanna


There's music that explores new frontiers; music that explores diverse styles and influences, and there's simply good music, which expresses the feeling, energy and artistic value of a group of musicians at a certain moment in time. You don't have to be an Einstein to figure out where Hvisl Stjarnanna fits. Great album.

Highlights: Apparitions, Crimson Stars and Úr kaleik martraða
8Inter Arma
Sulphur English


Dense, without being too oppressive. Heavy, without being overly aggressive. Diverse, without ever losing focus. Sulfur English is a product of restraint and maturity.

Highlights: Citadel and The Atavist’s Meridian
9Nostromo (CHE)
Narrenschiff


Massive jam.

Highlights: The Drift and Taciturn
10Warforged
I: Voice


Eclectic, fresh, technical, progressive, I: Voice mirrors the modern extreme metal sound of the late 10s.

Highlights: Eat Them While They Sleep and Nightfall Came
11Kampfar
Ofidians manifest


Ofidians manifest is one of those albums that due to its diversity and intrinsic quality, makes us instinctively press the repeat button. Mandatory listening.

Highlights: Dominans, Eremitt and Det Sorte
12Erebos (AUT)
Heretic


Quite interesting balance between aggressiveness and melody. These guys deserve a lot more recognition.

Highlights: Killing Spree, Gallery of Pandemonium and Dualis Flamel
13Soen
Lotus


This band has the recurring habit of creating good songs and, as expected, Lotus keeps the tradition alive. It’s true that they rarely get out of their comfort zone, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Highlights: Lascivious, Martyrs and Rival
14Ceremony Of Silence
Oútis


Unmerciful and intense death metal, which proudly carries the tradition of bands like Immolation into a new era.

Highlights: Invocation of the Silent Eye and Ceremony of a Thousand Stars
15Altarage
The Approaching Roar


Awesome dissonance.

Highlights: Sighting and Cyclopean Clash
16Fleshgod Apocalypse
Veleno


With a more diverse and less conservative approach than previous releases, Veleno is one of the band's most catchy and inspired albums to date, where songs follow each other fluidly, intelligently avoiding moments of greater saturation typical of this frenetic symphonic style. Bel lavoro ragazzi.

Highlights: Sugar, Fury and Prisoner of Time
17Noctambulist
Atmospheres of Desolation


Massive sleepwalking dissonance.

Highlights: Atmospheres of Desolation and Habitual Falsehood
18Krypts
Cadaver Circulation


Cavernous death metal album of the year so far.

Highlights: Sinking Transient Waters and The Reek of Loss
19Rammstein
Rammstein


Deutschland is easily one of my favorite songs of the year.

Highlights: Deutschland, Radio, Was Ich Liebe and Tattoo
20Venom Prison
Samsara


Music that smells like 2019. Relentless metal / hard-core hybrid.

Highlights: Matriphagy, Uterine Industrialisation and Asura's Realm
21Gaahls Wyrd
Ghosts Invited


Gaahls' new project will certainly not be consensual, since its more gothic and clean approach will not please everyone. I personally find Ghosts Invited's atmosphere quite emotional and engaging, presenting a rather interesting diversity. The drumming is definitely one of the highlights, great performance.

Highlights: Ek Erilar, From the Spear and Carving the Voices
22Beast In Black
From Hell With Love


So this how neo-pop metal sounds like.

Highlights: Cry Out for a Hero, Repentless, Unlimited Sin, Killed by Death (cover) and No Easy Way Out (cover)
23Ithaca
The Language of Injury


Great Joe Haley-esque riffs.

Highlights: New Covenant, Impulse Crush and The Language of Injury
24Evergrey
The Atlantic


Englund takes us on a journey through the Atlantic currents into familiarly melancholic shores. We will not find anything truly adventurous along the way, but the ride is quite enjoyable.

Highlights: Weightless, Currents and The Beacon
25Rotting Christ
The Heretics


As expected, The Heretics doesn't hold many surprises since the band has been in a loop mode for some time now, nevertheless, the album has a handful of good songs, with an interesting ecclesiastical approach.

Highlights: Fire God and Fear, Vetry Zlye and The Raven
26Soilwork
Verkligheten


Stalfager will most certainly be among the best songs of the year. Quite catchy release.

Highlights: Arrival, The Nurturing Glance and Stalfager
27Desecravity
Anathema


How do we say tech feast in Japanese?

Highlights: Impure Confrontation, Deprivation of Liberty and Devoured The Psyche
28Al Goregrind
The Temple Is Burning


Welcome to the dark side, my young padawan, here you can find the eclectic brutality you've been looking for.

Highlights: The Temple is Burning and All Hail to Vader
29Brand of Sacrifice
God Hand


Catchy brutality.

Highlights: Charlotte and Divinity
30Allegaeon
Apoptosis


Apoptosis is all that can be expected from Allegaeon, a tech grooving death metal assault, which rests on the same rather distinctive well-known formula of the band's previous albums, and although the band never really get out of their comfort zone, Apoptosis is more stimulating and less exhausting than Proponent For Sentience, despite having 11 songs and more than 55 minutes, revealing a more focused and effective songwriting. Personal highlights: Extremophiles (B and A), Metaphobia, Stellar Tidal Disruption and the title track.

Highlights: Extremophiles (B) and Stellar Tidal Disruption
31Memoriam
Requiem For Mankind


Karl Willetts & Co return with their strongest album to date. No filler here, just damn good old-school UK death metal, that reminds us how great Bolt Thrower were.

Highlights: Undefeated, The Veteran and In the Midst of Desolation
32Hate
Auric Gates of Veles


With Auric Gates of Veles, Hate ends the decade on a high note, and even if it's not enough to achieve the notoriety or success of their omnipresent countrymates, it will surely be remembered as one of the band's most interesting albums to date.

Highlights: The Volga's Vein and Sovereign Sanctity
33Mephorash
Shem Ha Mephorash


Shem Ha Mephorash is that kind of album that takes some patience and the right mood to fully enjoy, preferably at night.

Highlights: Sanguinem and King of Kings, Lord of Lords
34Pulchra Morte
Divina Autem et Aniles


Captivating Paradise Lost-esque death doom, which despite not presenting anything new, has the ability to engage us throughout the album through a collection of good old-school songs, reminiscent of the early 90's.

Highlights: Black Ritual and Fire and Storm
35Noisem
Cease To Exist


A ferocious and vicious thrash assault that makes some genre veterans blush.

Highlights: Putrid Decadence and Eyes Pried Open
36Panzerfaust
The Suns of Perdition - Chapter I: War, Horrid War


Kampfar fans should check this out. Good stuff.

Highlights: The Day After 'Trinity' and The Decapitator's Prayer
37Belzebubs
Pantheon of the Nightside Gods


Sometimes there's no need to invent the wheel, sometimes making good music and having some fun is more than enough, and yes, the Belzebubes sound as if they were having the time of their lives. Don't let the fictional concept or the band's funny videos fool you, Pantheon of the Nightside Gods is a captivating slab of high quality blackened melodic death metal, which will certainly not go unnoticed.

Highlights: Cathedrals of Mourning and Dark Mother
38Istapp
The Insidious Star


More melodic and folksy than Frostbiten, The Insidious Star is a product of a band in full creative maturity. Personal highlights: Natten da gud blundade, Muspelheim and Orrekulle.

Highlights: Natten då Gud blundade and Muspelheim
39Numenorean
Adore


High quality blackened hybrid that efficiently explores various textures and influences throughout the album, and even though we can't find anything truly original, the sum of all parts is still quite interesting.

Highlights: Portrait of Pieces, Horizon, Coma and Adore
40Rhapsody of Fire
The Eighth Mountain


What strikes me most about the album is the combination of the ultra-polished sound and gentle vocals. Yes, it's the same old song within the genre, but I like the velvet package.

Highlights: Master of Peace, White Wizard, The Legend Goes On and Tales of a Hero's Fate
41Bloodbound
Rise of the Dragon Empire


With notably rare exceptions, power metal is not a genre that offers freshness, adventurism or originality, its main goal is to give the listener some epic fun and the chance to fight dragons along the way, and this album accomplishes that purpose quite well.

Highlights: Rise of the Dragon Empire, Magical Eye and Balerion
42Cellar Darling
The Spell


I don't know Eluveitie, so I can't tell if the album is a copy paste from the past, however it seems obvious we're dealing with musicians who know how to write good music.

Highlights: Death, The Spell and Freeze
43Eluveitie
Ategnatos


Less melancholic and introspective than Cellar Darling's The Spell, Ategnatos takes us on pleasant journey through the Swiss Alps and its Celtic Helvetian pagan metal melodies. Personal highlights: Ategnatos, A Cry in the Wilderness and Threefold Death.

Highlights: Ategnatos, A Cry in the Wilderness and Threefold Death
44Syu
Vorvados


While Europeans fight dragons and plunder villages with medieval armours, Syu shreds near the stars. Quite entertaining and frantic neoclassical power metal.

Highlights: ここで区切れと天使は歌う, 暁 And Euphoria
45Gorgon (FRA2)
Elegy


Quite enjoyable symphonic melodic death metal from France.

Highlights: Origins, Nemesis and Ishassara
46Prostitute Disfigurement
Prostitute Disfigurement


The Dutch brutal death metal scene, reminiscent of Suffocation and Cannibal Corpse, has always been my favorite, and even though the overall concept of the band is highly debatable, Prostitute Disfigurement's self-titled is a full-grown, well executed slab of fierce brutality, being a strong contender for the best brutal death metal album of the year.

Highlights: Fight a Transvestite, Happily To The Gallows and Every Woman Lives in Fear
47Demon Hunter
War


Here's a good example of an interesting mainstream approach to music, On My Side, The Negative or Ash are great jams. As a side note, the mixing and mastering leaves a lot to be desired.

Highlights: On My Side, The Negative and Ash
48Wretched Fate
Fleshletting


I hope the Bloodbath lads don't sue these guys, because this is damn fun.

Highlights: Fear Expulsion and Epitaph
49Vltimas
Something Wicked Marches In


A David Vincent / Flo Mounier collaboration is mandatory listening and even though the album doesn't present anything new, its blackened approach is nevertheless quite interesting.

Highlights: Praevalidus, Total Destroy and Everlasting
50Lahmia
Resilience


Interesting melodic death metal from Italy. Mandatory listening for all Kalmah and Be'lakor fans.

Highlights: Her Frantic Call, Divide et Impera and The Age of Treason
51Rifftera
Across The Acheron


There's something fresh and engaging in Across the Acheron that's hard to identify. I don't know if it's the contrast between the Duran Duran-esque cleans and metal background or whether it's the diversity of influences we find on the album, but one thing seems clear to me, with the right support and some luck, this band will find its place in the sun.

Highlights: Burning Paradise, Eye of the Storm, Cutthroat Game and Across the Acheron
52Gomorrah (CAN)
Gomorrah


I've always admired bands that are a product of their time, acts with a fresh sound, that aren't afraid to take risks and explore new territories, while maintaining a connection with their influences. Gomorrah, with its modern approach, fits into this niche. I hope this album helps the band to get the recognition it deserves.

Highlights: Frailty and For Those of Eld
53Hannes Grossmann
Apophenia


More melodic and direct than its predecessor, Apophenia is the accomplished result of a musician who seeks to simplify his creative process without losing neither his identity nor his strong technical component.

Highlights: Reeks Insidious and The War of Intelligence
54Brymir
Wings of Fire


Catchy symphonic melodic death metal with strong highlights, especially in the first half of the album, such as Wings of Fire, Ride on, Spirit or And So We Age.

Highlights: Wings of Fire, Ride on Spirit and And so We Age
55A Novelist
Folie


Challenging progressive music that explores diverse textures with a strong attitude and refreshing approach. Quite interesting release.

Highlights: Exteriors and Folie Noire
56Inculter
Fatal Visions


"Headbanging: Violent rhythmic shaking of the head by fans of heavy metal music when jamming Inculter's Fatal Visions." 2019 Oxford University Dictionaries.

Highlights: Open the Tombs and Final Darkness
57Suffering Hour
Dwell


Modern and relevant stuff, great track.

Highlights: the great track
58Sacrilegia
The Triclavian Advent


Raw, relentless and uncompromising blackened thrash, reminiscent of the old school blasphemers of the mid 80's. The Triclavian Advent will surely be among my favorite albums of the year, within the genre.

Highlights: Bloodstained, Armoured Angel and Unheeded Warnings
59Aephanemer
Prokopton


Epic melodic death metal that take us to the magical and legendary lands of southern France. Mandatory listening for fans of Kalmah-esque melodic metal.

Highlights: The Sovereign, Dissonance Within and Snowblind
60Destrage
The Chosen One


The Chosen One is one of those albums that dispenses extensive arguments, it's a well-crafted, all killer no filler collection of core-ish metal jams.

Highlights: The Chosen One, About That, Hey Stranger!, The Gifted One
61Paladin (USA)
Ascension


Kalmah meets power, speed and thrash is what you get from Paladin's debut, take it or leave it.

Highlights: Awakening, Call of the Night and Vagrant
62Contrarian
Their Worm Never Dies


Good old school tech, reminiscent of 90's Chuck Schuldiner.

Highlights: Exorcism and The Petition
63Profanation
Into Cascades of Blood and Burning Soil


Highly focused and appealing German deathgrind with influences ranging from UK's 80s extreme metal to Suffocation. Mandatory listening for fans of the genre.

Highlights: Seed of Evil
64After the Burial
Evergreen


All killer, no filler release which certainly will not disappoint fans who like their metalcore / deathcore catchy, highly focused and with a mainstream approach.

Highlights: Exit Exit, 11/26 and In Flux
65Nordjevel
Necrogenesis


Insane drumming & blasphemous riffs. Rules

Highlights: Devilry
66Avandra
Descender


Who would have guessed that such a pleasant and fresh progressive metal would come from Puerto Rico?

Highlights: Beyond the Threshold: Part 1 - Helios Awakens and A Decision Must Be Made
67Gods Forsaken
Smells of Death


Interesting balance between melody and early Entombed-esque death metal.

Highlights: Smells of Death and The Dead Laught
68Truth Corroded
Bloodlands


In your face straightforward Misery Index-esque metal.

Highlights: Victims Left Lepers and To the Carnal Earth
69Ashen Horde
Fallen Cathedrals


Interesting blackened hybrid that mixes several influences and genres, such as Enslaved / Emperor / early Ihsahn-esque black metal, tech death and even some brutal death metal, without forgetting Voivod.

Highlights: Parity Lost and Face of the Enmity
70Applaud The Impaler
Ov Apocalypse Incarnate


Punishing modern brutal deathcore. Good stuff.

Highlights: Ov Apocalypse Incarnate
71Blood Command
Return of the Arsonist


If I were a high school teen I'd probably have a shirt of these guys. Cool jam.

Highlights: Don't Strike a Match, Use the Lighter and s01e02.return.of.the.arsonist.720p.hdtv.x264
72Misery Index
Rituals of Power


Rituals of Power lacks the quality and consistency of the band's latest albums, but hey, it's Misery Index, headbanging guaranteed.

Highlights: New Salem, I Disavow and Naysayer
73Kryptos
Afterburner


Title track and Red Dawn will certainly be among my favorite songs of 2019. Accept and Priest fans should check these riffs out.

Highlights: Afterburner and Red Dawn
74Xentrix
Bury The Pain


Bury the Pain is an enjoyable comeback, nothing overly exciting or innovative, as expected, just friends saying "it's been a while, lads" and that's enough for me.

Highlights: Bleeding Out and Let the World Burn
75Abyssal
A Beacon In The Husk


Good underproduced cavern.

Highlights: Dialogue
76Diamond Head
The Coffin Train


Except for the debut I never paid much attention to these guys, so The Coffin Train took me by surprise. Unlike many revivals, which only try to emulate the glory days long gone, the band tries, in its own way, to do something more representative of what they are nowadays, with a much greater focus in the 90s than in their earlier NWOBHM sound signature. Old school fans probably will not like this less heavy, more polished and mainstream approach, I personally find it quite unpretentious and fun.

Highlights: Belly of the Beast and The Coffin Train
77Full of Hell
Weeping Choir


It's all about Armory of Obsidian Glass.

Highlights: Armory of Obsidian Glass
78Inanimate Existence
Clockwork


Cameron Porras & Co return with yet another solid tech, which despite some predictability, always presents interesting harmony hooks.

Highlights: Ocean and Liberation
79Deus Mortem
Kosmocide


Nothing new under the moon, nevertheless Kosmicide shouldn't be ignored since it features an interesting straightforward approach, mostly influenced by the Swedish black metal scene.

Highlights: The Soul of the Worlds, Sinister Lava and Ceremony of Reversion p.2
80Rendered Helpless
Suffer, Seraphim


Best 2019 slam, so far.

Highlights: Matriarchal Devirgination and Delirium
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