Doom Charts 2019 Favorites – Hector Hurtado

Today we feature Hector “Mr. Heavyhead” Hurtado, who’s a featured reviewer over at More Fuzz. Hector like his doom like he likes his heavy metal and that is epic. He’s shared 30 of his top albums from 2019 with short reviews. Pay attention, he knows his shit. Thanks Hector and thanks to all the bands who have sent in material for us to check out.

Welcome to Doom Charts, representing some of the finest bloggers, journalists, radio, podcasters and album reviewers from the heavy underground around the globe.  Each month, our critics submit their picks for the best new doom, sludge metal, stoner-psychedelic and heavy rock albums.  The results are compiled and tabulated into the chart below.  This is a one-stop shop for the best new albums in the world…

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1. Atlantean Kodex – The Course of an Empire

Six years after the incredible “The White Goddess” The Germans are back with their trademark Epic Metal sound, making this, at least for me, the best album of the year. The artwork is also incredible, thanks to the work of Polish artist Mariusz Lewandowski. MAGNIFICENT!

https://atlanteankodex-vanrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-course-of-empire

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2. Crypt Sermon – The Ruins of Fading Light

So you like Epic Doom Metal and wanna hear something more besides Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus? Crypt Sermon shouted out the world how great they were back in 2015 with their debut “Out Of The Garden”. With their sophomore they’ve reach a new level as musicians and composers. Pay attention to those lyrics and vocals work, it’s not for free they’re the only band with clean vocals signed to Dark Descent Records.

https://cryptsermon.bandcamp.com/album/the-ruins-of-fading-light

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3. Smoulder – Time of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring

When you finish “Time Of Obscene And Evil Wild Daring” you know you have listened to one of the best debut albums of recent times. Bands like Smoulder come to claim the rightful place of epic doom metal within the heavy underground scene.

https://smoulder.bandcamp.com/album/times-of-obscene-evil-and-wild-daring

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4. Orodruin – Ruins of Eternity

John Gallo is is synonymous with consistency and quality. After 2003’s (!!!) “Epicurean Mass” they are back with their sophomore “Ruins Of Eternity”, an album full of darkness vibes and catchy riffs that could serve perfectly as the soundtrack of a 70’s Italian horror movie.

https://orodruin.bandcamp.com/album/ruins-of-eternity

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5. Officium Triste – The Death of Gaia

These Dutch are an institution within the underground scene, you would thought all has been said since the days of Peaceville Unholy Trinity (Paradise Lost, Anathema and My Dying Bride) regarding Death/Doom Metal. Guess what? You need to listen to this album as soon as possible to see what’s going on within Death Doomsters. As a bonus, check the tasty vinyl editions Transcending Obscurity Records has made for the album.

https://officiumtriste.bandcamp.com/album/the-death-of-gaia-atmospheric-death-doom-metal

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6. Candlemass – The Door to Doom

A new album from the creators of Epic Doom Metal always deserves to be listened. You can see that the band is comfortable with the return of Johan Längqvist in the band, which results in a very good album, probably their best one since 2009’s “Death Magic Doom”.

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7. Saint Vitus – Saint Vitus

Architects of the Traditional Doom Metal sub-genre, there it’s not too much “new” you can said about Saint Vitus. I’m a “Wino” lover but you can’t deny that the return of original vocalist Scott Reagers reinvigorated the band’s sound, creating one of the best albums of their career.

https://saintvitus.bandcamp.com/album/saint-vitus

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8. Brume – Rabbits

Brume has been one of my favorite bands since I started digging in the depths of Bandcamp back in 2015. Ethereal and haunted Doom Metal fronted by the talented Susie McMullan.

https://brumesf.bandcamp.com/album/rabbits

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9. Capilla Ardiente – The Siege

My favorite Latin American release of the year. The Chileans are an institution within the Epic Doom Metal depths. Grandiloquent, emotive, theatrical and more. FFO: Solstice, Candlemass, Crypt Sermon.

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10. Idle Hands – Mana

Heavy Metal meets 80’s Gothic Rock, an unusual marriage that works perfectly fine. 4AD Records could have easily edited this album back in the day.

https://idlehandspdx.bandcamp.com/album/mana

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11. Monasterium – Church of Bones

Another fantastic Epic Doom Metal release. The band is tight and Michał Strzelecki vocals reminds me of late Candlemass material with Messiah Marcolin.

https://monasterium.bandcamp.com/

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12. Eremit – Carrier of Weight

Enormous Funeral/Blackend Doom from Germany. Without a bass player, the trio manages to build one of the heaviest albums I’ve heard in quite a few years. Hypnotic, abrasive and demolishing, this is the real definition of a wall of sound.

https://eremitdoom.bandcamp.com/album/carrier-of-weight-atmospheric-sludge-doom-metal

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13. Lord Vicar – The Black Powder

Excellent new album from the masterminds behind Reverend Bizarre and Count Raven. You can’t expect anything less than true Doom Metal.

https://lordvicar.bandcamp.com/album/the-black-powder

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14. Obsidian Sea – Strangers

Traditional Doom Metal with a strong sabbathesque and progressive vibe.

https://ripplemusic.bandcamp.com/album/strangers

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15. Illimitable Dolor – Leaden Light

A truly epic album and a really good one if you’re into Doom/Death Metal. These Aussies have been delivering despair with their somber sound for the last 5 years or so. This is their sophomore album and it’s quite an accomplishment for the band, without a doubt one of my favorite releases of 2019.

https://illimitabledolor.bandcamp.com/album/leaden-light-atmospheric-death-doom-metal

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16. Troll – Legend Master

Sophomore album from this Oregon band that delivers a fine Stoner/Doom Metal. The music is the perfect companion for the stories of magic, witches, wizards and more.

https://shadowkingdomrecords.bandcamp.com/album/legend-master

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17. Salem’s Bend – Supercluster

Salem’s Bend are back with another piece of retro rock, an album full of bluesy and fuzzy riffs that makes it a guaranteed funny listening.

https://ripplemusic.bandcamp.com/album/supercluster

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18. The Drowning – Radiant Dark

2019 has been a good year for Death/Doom Metal lovers. Welsh band The Drowning delivers an album that it’s both devastating and beautiful.

https://drowningwales.bandcamp.com/album/the-radiant-dark-death-doom-metal

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19. Djiin – The Freak

One of the most unique albums I heard this year. Psychedelic Stoner Rock with a ritualistic and mystical vibes.

https://djiin.bandcamp.com/album/the-freak

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20. Duel – Valley of Shadows

Texan Stoner Rock with a strong 1970’s sound, an absolute wall of sound.

https://duel3.bandcamp.com/album/valley-of-shadows

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21. Arrowhead – Coven of the Snake

One of the best bands from the Australian heavy scene. Excellent Stoner Rock full of fuzziness, great riffs, melodies, guitar solos and more. What else do you need?

https://ripplemusic.bandcamp.com/album/coven-of-the-snake

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22. IAh – ii

The Argentinean trio did it again. psychedelic and stonerized jams that serves as the perfect musical companion for a journey to the hidden corners of your mind.

https://iahbanda.bandcamp.com/album/ii

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23. War Cloud – State of Shock

Heavy Metal attack that sound as good as it looks. Imagine early NWOBHM bands with some Motörhead vibes, delivering great riffs and twin guitar harmonies. Explode!

https://ripplemusic.bandcamp.com/album/state-of-shock

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24. Book of Wyrms – Remythologizer

A mystical journey delivered thru six tracks of ethereal and fuzzy Stoner Metal. With this album the band surpassed what they accomplished with Sci-Fi/Fantasy. Great addition to the Twin Earth Records catalog.

https://bookofwyrmsrva.bandcamp.com/album/remythologizer

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25. Merlin – The Mortal

Another strong addition to the catalog of the Saxo/Psychedelic/Stoner Rockers. If you don’t know them, imagine a stonerized version of your favorite Space Rock band, maybe Hawkwind or Pink Floyd? Anyway, enjoy the trip as much as I do.

https://merlin666.bandcamp.com/album/the-mortal

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26. Ogre – Thrice As Strong

27. Los Tabanos Experience – Rise of the Melted Eagle

28. Howling Giant – The Space Between Worlds

29. The Neptune Power Federation – Memoirs of a Rat Queen

30. Ancestro – Ancestro

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Special thanks to the ongoing contributors to the monthly Doom Chart.  You folks help give voice to the heavy underground:
Aaron Pickford (The Sludgelord); Adam Walsh (Earmunchies); Andy Benson (Nerve Salad); A.S. Van Dorston (Fast n’ Bulbous); Bryan Coffey (Indy Metal Vault); Bill Goodman (The Evil Engineer); Billy Goate (Doomed & Stoned); Rob Blasko (VolumeForever.com); Bob “Mr. Weird Beard” Baker (More Fuzz Podcast); Bobby Rayfield (Trendkill Radio); Brandon Collins(Super Dank Metal Jams); Bryan Coffey (Indy Metal Vault); Bucky Brown (The Ripple Effect);  Clint Willis (Hand of Doom Radio); Chris Beck (Doom Tomb Podcast); Chris Latta (Indy Metal Vault); Doktor420 (Stoner HiVe);  Doombeard (DoomBeardZine); Frazer Jones (Desert Psychlist);  Geoff Leapord (Atom Heart Mutha); Gram ‘Son of Sam’ Pola (Dirty Denim);  Héctor “Mr. Heavyhead” Hurtado (More Fuzz); Hugo Hulleman (Metalfan.nl,Orange Maze); Jamey Morris (Fistful of DOOM); Jason Roach (Indy Metal Vault); Jay Morgan (High Desert Valley Radio); Jim Thompson (Heavy in the Hills); Joe Eldridge (Shadebeast Records); John Gist, (Vegas Rock Revolution); Joop Konraad (Stoner HiVe); Ken Elliott (Heavy Planet);  Kyle Twadelle (Stoner HiVe); Leanne Ridgeway (Riff Relevant); Lucas Klaukien (Outlaws of the Sun); Lyk (Phantasmagoria); Magnus Tannergren (Into The Void Radio); Marc-Eric Gagnon (Stonefly Effects); Marc C. Pietrek (VITRIOL, INC / A DARK UNITED FRONT); Marcus Greybeard (FuzzHeavy Podcast); Mari Knox Knox (Doomed & Stoned); Mark Partin (The Ripple Effect); Martin Petrov (Rawk’n’Roll); Matt Slighter (Cheeto) (Hwy 420, Core of Destruction Radio) Matthew Thomas (Taste Nation); Matheus Jacques (October Doom); Mathieu Van Der Hert (Dutch European Stoner Rock);  Melissa Marie (Doomed & Stoned); Melissa Spence, (Stoner Witch Radio);  Mike Williams (I Talk to Planets); Pat Harrington (Electric Beard Of Doom);  Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker (Riff Relevant);  ‘Papa’ Paul Rote (Doomed & Stoned); Reek of STOOM (Stoner HiVe); Remi (Remi VL); Roberto Lucas (Denpa Fuzz); Roberto Fuentes (La Habitación 235); Rod Reinhardt (Captain Beyond Zen); Samir Asfahani (Super Dank Metal Jams); Steve Howe (Outlaws of the Sun);  Shasta Beast (Stoner Hive); Steve Miller (Vertical Chamber Apparatus); Steve Rodger (God’s Holy Trousers); Steve Woodier (Shrieks From Below); Svempa Alveving (Into The Void Radio); Tanguy ‘Mr Fuzz’ Dupré (More Fuzz); Tom Hanno (Tom’s Album Reviews); Tom Schmahl (Rock Circuz); Tony Maim (Black Insect LaughterStoner HiVe); Tony Van Dorston (Fast n Bulbous)

Feel free to send in your albums to stonerdoomcharts@gmail.com where they’ll be delegated to the crew above to determine their thoughts and gather the votes at the end of the month. Leave us comments below and let us know what you think about the Charts.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Doom Charts 2019 Favorites – Hector Hurtado

  1. Dear doom people.

    I’ve lost track on how many doom album emails I have gotten the past two months. Seems like one a day lately. I’ve looked at one- The best of 219 one.

    Why can’t you just have your regular email and a monthly guest to spread out the likes and interests and talent throughout the year. You’re not actually doing any bands any service here by having a new list every day because I won’t read them. It is read an excel spreadsheet with hyperlinks. I don’t have time to listen to them all at once. Here’s my Process- from your monthly- I pick a cool name and album cover then randomly pick 2-3 songs, if no good then I move on. If 2-3 pass, then I listen to the rest of the album and sit in it a few days where I re listen. It’s sucks I don’t have time. And I don’t have the money to buy 18 awesome albums bulked out in a two month period- my average is two LPs a month which is $40 each with shipping with the canadian exchange rate.

    I do appreciate your services as I’ve found many new sounds from all your reviews. Keep up the good work- but consider spreading it out. Thanks,

    Stephane Pigeon

    cell 403.609.8534 l home 250-365-8258

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    1. Dear Stephane, thank you for the reply. We understand exactly what you are saying and if you pay attention to the normal monthly lists they are but once a month. All of these are individual contributor favorite albums of the year we thought we’d share to distribute the different tastes of all the contributors who are on the Doom Charts team. Business will resume as usual for January as we are pretty much done with the 2019 favorite albums lists. They are in addition to the standard monthly charts. We can’t manage how you choose to listen and purchase albums, and we are well aware of the massive quantity of bands and albums are releasing new music every day. We disagree that its doing the bands a disservice and will continue on our normal broadcasting with one chart entree each month listing the top 25 albums on rotation each month. Thanks again.

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