Teeth of the Divine Staff Picks For 2019

Shit. Another year of turmoil and the world seems more divisive than ever. The good news is that metal was as strong as ever and kept us united with top notch releases from every genre and every type of band from new and unsigned to perennial heavyweights. One glance at the staff lists below show the quality and quantity of metal released, as you’d be hard pressed to find a common top album amid the bunch.

Here’s to 2020 (where the fuck are the flying cars and shit??) , and you can look forward to more reviews, and maybe even a fresh coat of paint on the site. Skol!!!!!!

by Staff

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Kristofor Allred


Well, here we are again, at the end of another year gone by all too fast as always. As with most of mankind, 2019 was full of ups and downs, highs and lows, great expectatons, and well, some not so great realizations. Never the less, we forge forward and continue, successful or not, to make the most and/or best of every situation. We try, we stumble, we fail, we learn, and hopefully we eventually succeed. It’s life in a nutshell, and for the most part, I’m okay with it. For me personally, I’m blessed in so many ways that to mention them all would take up countless pages. Though I will say that the love of my wife, my dog, and my connection to and love of heavy metal music has helped me this year, as it always seems to, and I am extremely thankful and blessed in those attributes alone.


I am also thankful that here at Teeth of the Divine, we writers are afforded the actual entire year to forge our best of lists. A lot of other sites require their staff to have their lists turned in a month or two early, which essentially takes any November and December releases off the plate. Though that extra afforded time turned out to be a double-edged sword for me this go around, as the holiday week of Christmas had me diving into  quite a few releases that I had previously neglected. In doing so, my pretty much established list took a nose dive and here I am reworking things at the last minute…again. So much for not being a procrastinating dong this year; anyways, on to ‘ze metals…




Top albums of 2019 (in no particular order)


This year I did my list a tad bit different, I opted not to include any opinions or synopsis to accompany any of my top twenty releases of 2019. Obviously, these albums have something I enjoy about them regardless if they are to be considered innovative or just ignorant to the metal masses. So instead of me telling you, the reader, why I think these are cool albums, I implore you to instead take a listening journey through my list, as well as my fellow writer’s lists, and see what peaks your interests and pleases you ears. You never know what may end up becoming your new favorite indulgence.



HATHOf Rot and Ruin (Willowtip Records)

OverKillThe Wings of War (Nuclear Blast)

Blood IncantationHidden History of the Human Race (Dark Descent Records)

The Scars of PneumaThe Path of Seven Sorrows (Promethean Fire)

NileVile Nilotic Rites (Nuclear Blast)

Exhumed Horror (Relapse Records)

Death AngelHumanicide (Nuclear Blast)

Misery IndexRituals of Power (Season of Mist)

Nocturnus A.D. – Paradox (Profound Lore Records)

PathologyReborn to Kill (Pavement Entertainment)

Tomb Mold Planetary Clairvoyance (20 Buck spin)

ContrarianTheir Worm Never Dies (Willowtip Records)

AbnormalitySociopathic Constructs (Metal Blade Records)

Cattle DecapitationDeath Atlas (Metal Blade Records)

NucleusEntity (Unspeakable Axe Records)

Fleshgod ApocalypseVeleno (Nuclear Blast)

Infirmity Descendants of Sodom (Lost Apparitions Records)

AbythicConjuring the Obscure (Xtreem Music)

Xoth Interdimensional Invocations (Independent)

Creeping DeathWretched Illusions (eOne Music)

                                       Honorable Mentions


A lot of these releases could easily be swapped out with those in my proper Best of list, they’re that good; whereas others simply deliver a good and respectable, if not expected, delivery that fully satisfies.


EctoplasmaWhite-Eyed Trance (Memento Mori)

Blood Red ThroneFit to Kill (Mighty Music)

Killswitch Engage Atonement (Metal Blade Records)

GatecreeperDeserted (Relapse Records)

Inverted MatterDetach (Lethal Scissor Records)

FleshcrawlInto the Catacombs of Flesh (Apostasy Records)

Hanging GardenInto That Good Night (Lifeforce Records)

Cannabis CorpseNug So Vile (Season of Mist)

MortiferumDisgorged from Psychotic Depths (Profound Lore Records)

NecropantherThe Doomed City (Independent)

6 (6,6) EP’s that tickled my metal fancy

HorrifiedSentinel (Testimony Records)

AggravatorAggravator (Independent)

Tales of the TombVolume Two: Mendacium (Independent)

Engulf Transcend (Everlasting Spew Records)

Critical ExtravasationMorbid Existence (Independent)

Cianide Unhumanized (Hells Headbangers Records)


13 unlucky albums that I neglected to hear and/or spend any quality time with (something I plan to rectify soon)…


BorknagarTrue North (Century Media Records)

Flotsam and Jetsam The End of Chaos ( AFM Records)

MayhemDaemon (Century Media Records)

Eternity’s EndUnyeilding (Ram It Down Records)

Abigail WilliamsWalk Beyond the Dark (Blood Music)

No One Knows What the Dead ThinkSelf-titled (Willowtip Records)

Disentomb The Decaying Light (Unique Leader Records)

As I Lay DyingShaped by Fire (Nuclear Blast)

WarCrabDamned in Endless Night (Transcending Obscurity Records)

Blut Aus NordHallucinogen (Debemur Morti Productions)

Devourment Obscene Majesty (Relapse Records)

PaladinAscension (Prosthetic Records)

Unfathomable RuinationEnraged & Unbound (Willowtip Records)

       5 albums that took me by surprise, AKA better than I would have guessed


VltimasSomething Wicked Marches In (Season of Mist)

Toxic HolocaustPrimal Future: 2019 (eOne Music)

In FlamesI, the Mask (Nuclear Blast)

Malevolent Creation  – The 13th Beast (Century Media Records)

DestructionBorn to Perish (Nuclear Blast)

      5 albums that took me by surprise, AKA I would’ve guessed they’d be better


Abbath – Outstrider (Season of Mist)

Rotting ChristThe Heretics (Season of Mist)

Sacred Reich Awakening (Metal Blade Records)

Amon Amarth Berserker (Metal Blade Records)

ExhorderMourn the Southern Skies (Nuclear Blast)


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  1. Commented by: Nick Taxidermy

    Man, nobody liked the new Devil Master?

  2. Commented by: M Budziszewski

    Surprised to see Planetary Clairvoyance on just a few lists. I really thought I’d be the only list without it. Same for Blood Incantation. In a way It’s nice to see.

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