2019 Best of Metal: #6 The Moth Gatherer-Esoteric Oppression

Release date:  3/22/2019

Origin:  Stockholm, Sweden

Personnel:  Victor Wegeborn-vox/guitar, Ronny Westphal-guitar, Dan Hemgren-bass, Svante Karlsson-drums

So, we’ve reached the point in the list where any of the next six albums could have easily ended up with the top spot.  The terms of quality that separate these albums is basically inconsequential and their rankings really are a result of their gut-level impact on me personally.  All of these next albums are masterpieces and their creators should be very proud of their artistic statements for the year of 2019.  These are the albums I will truly remember for 2019.

First up is a post-metal masterpiece by Sweden’s The Moth Gatherer.  To me, this is a perfect album to simply put on and meditate to.  It’s layers of atmospheric riffs and sonic landscapes are a perfect avenue in which to fall into a state of reflection and transcendence.  This album was a bit of a surprise for me in that I’ve been a fan of their past work, but this latest effort just jumped by leap and bounds ahead of all of their previous output.  This was a visionary piece of art.

5 flip flops out of 5

The list so far:

6.  The Moth Gatherer-Esoteric Oppression
7.  The Claypool Lennon Delirium-South of Reality
8.  Warforged-I: Voice
9.  Russian Circles-Blood Year
10.  Ray Alder-What the Water Wants
11.  Imperium Dekadenz-When We Are Forgotten
12.  Memoriam-Requiem For Mankind
13.  Horseburner-The Thief
14.  Cult of Luna-A Dawn To Fear
15.  Bask-III
16.  Cave In-Final Transmission
17.  The Neal Morse Band-The Great Adventure
18.  Borknagar-True North
19.  Herod-Sombre Dessein
20.  Vintersea-Illuminated

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