Dec 10, 2019

Top 10 Demos and EPs of 2019

Since mixing the smaller duration releases with full-lengths has never been right, it's wiser to make separate lists with the highlight demos and Extended Plays (EPs) of the year. An additional reason to that is that many bands focus on the release of an EP at a given year instead of a full album, not to mention underground black metal bands solely sticking to demo territories. If you choose to focus on full-lengths only, there's a fair amount of music you're going to miss, but again one sadly can't listen to everything. I myself don't go into demos that much, or to put it in a different way, demos take up the 1/20th of what I will listen to in a year, or maybe less. There are two lists below, one for my favorite EPs and one for the demos, take a nice break into poorly produced gems for now.

~ Top ten demos of 2019 ~

(11. Ish Kerioth - One Of The Twelve)
10. Gråinheim – Aries
9. Sedimentum - Demo
8. Lamp of Murmuur - Melancholy Howls in Ceremonial Penitence 
7. Skelethal - Antropomorphia
6. Chthonic Deity – Reassembled In Pain
5. Minnesjord – Agrura
4. Baxaxaxa – The Old Evil
3. Tornmód - Fullmoon Misanthropy
2. Blood Tyrant - The Realm That Brings Forth Death
1. Kommodus – An Imperial Sun Rises 

~ Top ten EPs of 2019 ~

10. Drowning the Light – A Gleam in the Eye of Set
9. Hellripper – Black Arts & Alchemy
8. Tsjuster - Swarte Heap
7. Monarque - Jusqu'à la Mort
6. Ateiggär - Us d‘r Höll chunnt nume Zyt
5. Bölzer – Lese Majesty
4. Ectovoid – Inner Death
3. Ripped to Shreds - Demon Scriptures
2. Volahn - El Tigre del Sur
1. Panopticon – The Crescendo of Dusk

I was never into Panopticon too much, despite all the praise they get from all sides and the obvious overwhelming talent. Yet the two tracks from this EP I'm listening to everyday. Apart from that, take the rest of the releases numbered above one by one and you will not miss out!

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