Exclaim!'s 10 Best Metal and Hardcore Albums of 2019

Exclaim!'s 10 Best Metal and Hardcore Albums of 2019

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8. Tool - Fear Inoculum

Tool - Fear Inoculum
August 30, 2019
Critic Score
78
21 reviews

Musically, Tool have taken the best of Lateralus's dynamism and the heaviness of 10,000 Days to explore the middle ground with great length on Fear Inoculum.

7. Slipknot - We Are Not Your Kind

Slipknot - We Are Not Your Kind
August 9, 2019
Critic Score
81
18 reviews
The album is a tad long, but the diversity in sounds and use of ambient noise make it clear this is to be listened to from beginning to end. There are plenty of single-worthy songs for casual listeners, while offering dedicated fans a more fulfilling experience by pacing the record's heavy moments.

6. BIG|BRAVE - A Gaze Among Them

BIG|BRAVE - A Gaze Among Them
May 10, 2019
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

A Gaze Among Them is a hyper-concentrated version of Big Brave.

5. Whitechapel - The Valley

Whitechapel - The Valley
March 29, 2019
Critic Score
86
6 reviews

While it's tough to imagine Whitechapel ever topping This Is Exile — one of the most important deathcore albums ever — this record is an extremely close second. The Valley solidifies the band in their current musical direction and is easily Whitechapel's most diverse and well-composed album.

4. Full of Hell - Weeping Choir

Full of Hell - Weeping Choir
May 17, 2019
Critic Score
81
4 reviews

3. Baroness - Gold & Grey

Baroness - Gold & Grey
June 14, 2019
Critic Score
84
15 reviews

Baroness have outdone themselves with Gold & Grey. Armed with a fresh sound and well-honed talent, they are finally ready to be recognized as one of the most important bands in modern rock music.

2. Knocked Loose - A Different Shade of Blue

Knocked Loose - A Different Shade of Blue
August 23, 2019
Critic Score
78
4 reviews

A Different Shade of Blue is a disciplined meditation on resentment, grief and loss.

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