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    Posted: 31 Dec 2019 at 5:50am
MMA Best of Year 2019 Public Voting Thread

Welcome to MMA's public vote for the best metal and related albums of 2019! Voting officially opens on January 1st however we are releasing the rules and voting thread a day early so it's ready and available. If you do make your votes before January 1st, don't worry, we will still count them. 

Who Can Vote?

Anyone with an MMA account, from new members to admins.

When is the Voting Deadline?

The deadline for submitting your votes is February 15th 2020.

You may edit your submission at any point up until the closing date, so don't worry if you change your mind.

There is a little leeway for last minute edits, dependant on what time of the day we can look at the results. The vote only ends once an MMA admin posts in this thread saying that it is closed. After that point no new votes or edits will be counted. Be warned that we collect votes based on the order they appear in this voting thread, so the earlier you post, the earlier your votes be counted and the less leeway you will have to change them. We will not go back and change anyone's submission once it has been added to our tally. 

What Can I Vote For?

You may vote for any release that is tagged as 2019 on Metal Music Archives with some restrictions:

Release Sub-Genre: Non-Metal and Proto-Metal tagged releases may not be voted for. The latter is likely to only have been used for any archival releases that may have come out during the year. These are not be counted among the best 2019 albums. Metal Related tagged albums are permitted, however we expect voters to use their discretion with such albums and considered whether a Metal Related tagged release really deserves to be placed on a metal website's best of year list.

Release Type: Live Album, Single, Boxset/Compilation, Demo, Promo/Other and Split (unless that split can be considered a full, unique record in its own right* and is not just random tracks taken from the contributor's other releases) may not be voted for. EP's are generally okay to vote for so long as they are made up entirely of new studio material. Ask an admin to verify a particular release if in doubt.

* An examples of a split from a previous year that would count as acceptable is Spectral Lore/Mare Cognitum - Sol

You cannot vote for something that is not in our database at all. If it should be, then please suggest the artist for inclusion as soon as possible, or if the artist is here but not the release, report the need for an update or add it yourself. 

Additionally, while recording musicians are welcome to take part, you may not vote for any release in which you took a part in recording, to avoid accusations of bias or rigging. 

Making Your Votes - Important: Read This

You may vote for up to 30 releases in your submission. There is no minimum, but it is preferable that you get as close to the maximum as you can without giving points away to releases that you don't actually like very much. 

Please only post one submission and edit it if you change your mind. We will work through adding everyone's votes from the start of this voting thread which means that your earliest submission will be the one that is counted. We will not go back and edit the one we have already taken if we encounter a second from the same member. 

Please lay your submission out in the following format only - others will not be counted.

Artist – Release
Artist – Release 

And so forth, where the album you list first is your top album of the year. 

To be perfectly clear, this means no numbering, no Release – Artist lists, no spaces between each line (your list should be a maximum of 30 lines long, one for each album) and no commentary on your choices, at least in line (you may talk about or campaign for your choices separately to your heart's content). 

You should also use the standard forum font and colour (you're reading it now!). It should not look like this

And especially important: no reverse lists even when the rest of this is taken into account: you don't want us to count your opinion in the wrong order and give the most points to your 30th ranked album instead of your first. 

Sticking to the requested format speeds up tallying the result considerably, so please be considerate and stick to it. Admins may edit the formatting before the tally but do not count on it!

Other Things to Consider - Important: Read This

MMA is a website run by a small group of volunteers who have to get most of their information about what they add from outside sources, rather than personal experience. Should you encounter a release placed in a sub-genre that is eligible, tagged as 2019 or as the wrong release type, but you know it's misplaced or mistagged (this is especially important if a release should actually be in Non-Metal), that doesn't mean you should ignore it and can go ahead and include it in your submission. We check every release that makes it onto our final tally and if we find a release that shouldn't have been included in anyone's votes, we often end up having to completely recalculate the whole result, which just wastes our time. So please, for the sake of everyone involved's sanity, report releases that are tagged wrong in some way. Don't just go ahead and try to get it into our results. Last year's presentation was almost ruined because of this. Thank you for your understanding. 

How Will the Submissions be Scored?

We will be using a score range of 1 to 100 points, rewarding higher placed albums on submitted lists with more points. The exact breakdown from 1st place to 30th is as follows:

Place - Points
1 – 100
2 – 85
3 – 70
4 – 60
5 – 55
6 – 50
7 – 47
8 – 44
9 – 41
10 – 38
11 – 35
12 – 32
13 – 29
14 – 26
15 – 23
16 – 20
17 – 18
18 – 16
19 – 14
20 – 12
21 – 10
22 – 9
23 – 8
24 – 7
25 – 6
26 – 5
27 – 4
28 – 3
29 – 2
30 - 1

How Can I Help Promote This Vote?

The best way that you can help out is just spread that it is happening via word of mouth and to share that it is happening on social media. If you know others who like metal, both online and off, invite them to take part. This is a public vote, so we don't require those who take part to be MMA veterans. 


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Sabaton - The Great War
Opera Magna - Del amor y otros demonios
Rhapsody of Fire - The Eighth Mountain
Ancient Bards - Origine: The Black Crystal Sword Saga Part 2
Gloryhammer - Legends from Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex
Astralium - Land of Eternal Dreams
Elvenking - Reader of the Runes - Divination
Twilight Force - Dawn of the Dragonstar
Allegaeon - Apoptosis
Beast in Black - From Hell With Love
Freedom Call - M.E.T.A.L.
Wind Rose - Wintersaga
Dragonforce - Extreme Power Metal
Týr - Hel
Avantasia - Moonglow
Fleshgod Apocalypse - Veleno
Myrath - Shehili
Majestica - Above the Sky
Thornbridge - Theatrical Masterpiece
Paladin - Ascension
Kull - Exile
Octaviagrace - Radiant
Amon Amarth - Berserker
Hammerfall - Dominion
Magic Kingdom - MetAlmighty
Blazon Stone - Hymns of Triumph and Death
Eluveitie - Ategnatos
Darkwater - Human
Metalite - Biomechanicals
Galneryus - Into the Purgatory


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Lord Mantis - Universal Death Church
Inter Arma - Sulphur English
Alcest - Spiritual Instinct
Cult of Luna - A Dawn to Fear
Mgla - Age of Excuse
Sunn O))) - Life Metal
Herod - Sombre Dessein
Vaura - Sables
This Gift Is A Curse - A Throne of Ash 
Possessed - Revelations of Oblivion
Entombed A.D. - Bowels Of Earth
MUSMAHHU - Reign of the Odious
Russian Circles - Blood Year
Sunn O))) - Pyroclasts
Cloudkicker - Unending
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Korn - The Nothing
Vargskelethor - Skeleton Metal III
Overkill - The Wings of War
Dealer - Soul Burn
Ningen Isu - 新青年
Slipknot - We Are Not Your Kind
Sabaton - The Great War
Saint Vitus - Saint Vitus
Rock Goddess - This Time
Alpha Wolf - Fault
Iron Griffin - Curse of the Sky
Vainglory - Manifesting Destiny
Death Angel - Humanicide
Grayscale Season - Everything Hurts


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Opeth - In Cauda Venenum
Cult of Luna - A Dawn to Fear
Avatarium - The Fire I Long For
Arch/Matheos - Winter Ethereal
Blood Incantation - Hidden History of the Human Race
Astralium - Land of Eternal Dreams
Blazon Stone - Hymns of Triumph and Death
Waste of Space Orchestra - Syntheosis
Wilderun - Veil of Imagination
Nile - Vile Nilotic Rites
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Infest the Rats' Nest
In Human Form - III
Esoteric - A Pyrrhic Existence
Saor - Forgotten Paths
Allegaeon - Apoptosis
Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult - Mardom
Elvenking - Reader of the Runes - Divination
Esoctrilihum - The Telluric Ashes of the Ö Vrth Immemorial Gods
Thank You Scientist - Terraformer
Abbath - Outstrider
Avantasia - Moonglow
Ancient Bards - Origine: The Black Crystal Sword Saga Part 2
Mizmor - Cairn
District 97 - Screens
Midnight Odyssey - Biolume Part 1: In Tartarean Chains
Krypts - Cadavar Circulation
Kadavar - For the Dead Travel Fast
Borknagar - True North
Les Chants Du Hasard - Livre Second
White Ward - Love Exchange Failure

Dropped off (but could get back in):

Dream Theater - Distance Over Time
Brume - Rabbits

Very much subject to change as I try to binge as many missed albums and relisten to some of these as much as I can across this month. 


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Okay, let's get something down but as usual subject to change and added to.


Opeth - In Cauda Venenum
Blood Incantation - Hidden History Of The Human Race
Vltimas - Something Wicked Marches In
Possessed - Revelations Of Oblivion
Wilderun - Veil Of Imagination
Wormwitch - Heaven That Dwells Within
Nile - Vile Nilotic Rites
Mayhem - Daemon
Disowning - Human Cattle
Crypt Sermon - The Ruins Of Fading Light
Insomnium - Heart Like A Grave
Tomb Mold - Planetary Clairvoyance
Grand Magus - Wolf God
Candlemass - The Door To Doom
Acid Death - Primal Energies
Paladin - Ascension
Memorium - Requiem For Mankind
Angel Witch - Angel Of Light
Dream Theater - Distance Over Time
Alunah - Violet Hour
Borknagar - True North
Avatarium - The Fire I Long For
Exhorder - Mourn The Southern Skies
Firespawn - Abominate
Soilwork - Verkligheten
Malevolent Creation - The 13th Beast
Abbath - Outstrider
In Mourning - Garden Of Storms
Nocturnus A.D. - Paradox
1349 - The Infernal Pathway



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Arch / Matheos - Winter Ethereal
Vltimas - Something Wicked Marches In
Idle Hands - Mana
Soilwork - Verkligheten
Overkill - The Wings Of War
Nocturnus A.D. - Paradox
Dream Theater - Distance Over Time
Sacred Reich - Awakening
Waste of Space Orchestra - Syntheosis
Memoriam - Requiem for Mankind
Vale of Pnath - Accursed
Legion of the Damned - Slaves of the Shadow Realm
Hatriot - From Days Unto Darkness
Entombed A.D. - Bowels Of Earth
Death Angel - Humanicide
Opprobrium - The Fallen Entities
Volbeat - Rewind, Replay Rebound
Nucleus - Entity
Malevolent Creation - The 13th Beast
Queensrÿche - The Verdict
Nihility - Thus Spoke The Antichrist
A Pale Horse Named Death - When The World Becomes Undone
Fallujah - Undying Light
Dawn of Nil - Culminating Ruins
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Vltimas - Something Wicked Marches In
Soilwork - Verkligheten
Cattle Decapitation - Death Atlas
Dream Theater - Distance Over Time
Darkthrone - Old Star
Tomb Mold - Planetary Clairvoyance
Blood Incantation - Hidden History Of The Human Race
Borknagar - True North
Rotting Christ - The Heretics
Opeth - In Cauda Venenum
1914 - The Blind Leading The Blind
Possessed - Revelations Of Oblivion
Mgla - Age Of Excuse
Officium Triste - The Death Of Gaia
Devin Townsend - Empath
Amon Amarth - Berzerker
Swallow The Sun - When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light
Toxic Holocaust - Primal Future: 2019
Tyr - Hel
Dragonforce - Extreme Power Metal
Abbath - Outstrider
Legion Of The Damned - Slaves Of The Shadow Realm
Arkona - Age Of Capricorn
Avantasia - Moonglow
Exumer - Hostile Defiance
Baest - Venenum
Vitriol - To Bathe From The Throat Of Cowardice
Antropomorphia - Merciless Savagery



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Klone - Le Grand Voyage
Arch / Matheos - Winter Ethereal
Retrospective - Latent Avidity
Thank You Scientist - Terraformer
Death Angel - Humanicide
Holocaust - Elder Gods
Soen - Lotus
Mother of Millions - Artefacts
Candlemass - The Door to Doom
Smoulder - Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring
Avatarium - The Fire I Long For
Evergrey - The Atlantic
Year Of The Goat - Novis Orbis Terrarum Ordinis
Darkwater - Human
Dream Theater - Distance Over Time
Voyager - Colours in the Sun
Diamond Head - The Coffin Train
Officium Triste - The Death of Gaia
Sacred Reich - Awakening
Flotsam and Jetsam - The End of Chaos
Narnia - From Darkness to Light
Queensrÿche - The Verdict
Vanden Plas - The Ghost Xperiment - Awakening
Insomnium - Heart Like A Grave
Possessed - Revelations Of Oblivion
Memoriam - Requiem for Mankind
Opeth - In Cauda Venenum
Haunt - If Icarus Could Fly
Kadavar - For the Dead Travel Fast
Xentrix - Bury the Pain


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Possessed - Revelations of Oblivion
Pissgrave - Posthumous Humiliation
Overkill - The Wings of War
Sacred Reich - Awakening
Ramallah - The Last Gasp of Street Rock N' Roll
Birdflesh - Extreme Graveyard Tornado
Exhorder - Mourn The Southern Skies
Agnostic Front - Get Loud!
Exhumed - Horror
Amon Amarth - Berserker
Usurper - Lords of the Permafrost
Dawn Ray'd - Behold Sedition Plainsong
Raised By Owls - Dreadful
Death Angel - Humanicide
Malevolent Creation - The 13th Beast
Death Before Dishonor - Unfinished Business
Nocturnus AD - Paradox
Meads of Asphodel - Running Out Of Time Doing Nothing
Neckbeard Deathcamp - So Much For The Tolerant Left
Gaylord- Barbarism Supreme: The Prevailing Age of Unrelenting Annihilation of Abhorrent Nationalism
Nile - Vile Necrotic Rites
Infant Annihilator - The Battle of Yaldabaoth
Fleshgod Apocalypse - Veleno
Xentrix - Bury The Pain
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Might change yet, but here's 30 for a first draft. 

Avatarium - The Fire I Long For
Blood Incantation - Hidden History of the Human Race
Arch/Matheos - Winter Ethereal
Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult - Mardom
Esoctrilihum - The Telluric Ashes of the Ö Vrth Immemorial Gods
Abbath - Outstrider
Nile - Vile Nilotic Rites
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Infest the Rat's Nest
Opeth - In Cauda Venenum
Wilderun - Veil of Imagination
Fen - The Dead Light
Blazon Stone - Hymns of Triumph and Death
Elvenking - Reader of the Runes - Divination
Allegeaon - Apoptosis
Saor - Forgotten Paths
Amon Amarth - Berserker
Avantasia - Moonglow
Insomnium - Heart Like a Grave
Kadavar - For the Dead Travel Fast
Mizmor - Cairn
Borknagar - True North
Deathspell Omega - The Furnaces of Palingenesia
Falls of Rauros - Patterns in Mythology
Iron Savior - Kill or Get Killed
Downfall of Gaia - Ethic Of Radical Finitude
Midnight Odyssey - Biolume Part 1: In Tartarean Chains
Mesarthim - Ghost Condensate
Darkthrone - Old Star
Evergrey - The Atlantic
Dream Theater - Distance Over Time
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So far..

Vltimas - Something Wicked Marches In
Starkill - Gravity
Insomnium - Heart Like A Grave
Soilwork - Verkligheten
Possessed - Revelations of Oblivion
Overkill - The Wings of War
DragonForce - Extreme Power Metal
Iron Savior - Kill or Get Killed
Twisted Tower Dire - Wars in the Unknown
Esoteric - A Pyrrhic Existence
Avatarium - The Fire I Long For
Tool - Fear Inoculum
Rotting Christ - The Heretics
HammerFall - Dominion
Darkthrone - Old Star
Crystal Viper - Tales of Fire and Ice

..Yeah I've got a LOT more listening to do!


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Surra - Escorrendo Pelo Ralo
Wilderun - Veil of Imagination
Hammerhands - Model Citizen
Blood Incantation - Hidden History Of The Human Race
Avandra - Descender
Tool - Fear Inoculum
Arctic Sleep - Kindred Spirits
!T.O.O.H.! - Komous
Bask - III
Beastmaker - Eye of The Storm
Cloudckicker - Unending
Haunt - Mosaic Vision
Alcest - Spiritual Instinct
Dream Theater - Distance Over Time
Car Bomb - Mordial
Full of Hell - Weeping Choir
Slough Feg - New Organon

So far!


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Waste Of Space Orchestra - Syntheosis
Opeth - In Cauda Venenum
Blood Incantation - Hidden History Of The Human Race
Helium Horse Fly - Hollowed
Haunter - Sacramental Death Qualia
Vltimas - Something Wicked Marches In
Tomb Mold - Planetary Clairvoyance
Russian Circles - Blood Year

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Announcement: Voting closing time is now February 15th. 

The extension is because I won't be able to really look at compiling this around the original due date. The reason for that is personal and can't be avoided. Please use these extra two weeks to get as many votes in here as possible so the 2019 presentation is the best we've ever had. 
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