Release date: 4/26/2019
Origin: Portland, OR
Personnel: Erik Olson-vox/guitar, Chris Evans-guitar, Alyssa Maucere-bass/vox and Kevin Swartz-drums
The 2019 Golden Flip Flop goes to Lord Dying for their absolute masterpiece, Mysterium Tremendum.
I honestly cannot heap enough praise on this album for its sheer breadth and ambition in both its sound and its lyrical content. Sound wise, this album feels a bit in line with early era Mastodon. There are places of death metal vocals intertwined with some of the more lovely harmonies created in 2019. Seriously, there are moments on here that recall some of the amazing harmonies of King’s X. The album ranges from heavy grunge influenced metal to soft acoustic passages to even some fairly progressive influenced synths. On the lyrical side, this is an album about death. For someone who has always had an undercurrent of fear of death and the unknown that comes with our final end, this was a particular poignant album. All in all, this one just stood above all of the other albums that came out this year. It was just a fresh take on metal that never lags and never failed to surprise and impress. Play this one loud!
I’ve included two songs from this album because these two songs honestly feel like a single piece of music to me and I feel like they should be listened to together.
I’ve also included a link to a Spotify playlist that I’ve created that contains songs from all of the albums included on the list this year. Enjoy!
That’s it for 2019. I’ll be taking a bit of a break from here, but fear not. I’ll be back in January to spread the joy of all things metal for the year of 2020. Thanks for tuning in and stay metal, you freaks!
5 flip flops out of 5
The final list:
1. Lord Dying-Mysterium Tremendum
2. Spirit Adrift-Divided By Darkness
3. Tool-Fear Inoculum
4. Alcest-Spiritual Instinct
5. Monolord-No Comfort
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
16. Cave In-Final Transmission
17. The Neal Morse Band-The Great Adventure
18. Borknagar-True North
19. Herod-Sombre Dessein