For all the bad things about this year, music releases hasn’t been one of them… it was ages since I’ve had a year with so many great releases and very little in terms of filler music… this is the list of my top records for 2009…

My top 10, there’s a 5-way tie for the #1 spot on my list:

Converge – Axe To Fall
Baroness – Blue Record
Love Of Diagrams – Nowhere Forever
Mastodon – Crack The Skye
ISIS – Wavering Radiant
…And You Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Century Of Self
Voivod – Infini
KMFDM – Blitz
Therapy – Crooked Timber
A Place To Bury Strangers – Exploding Head

The rest of the top 20…

Goes Cube – Another Day Has Passed
Disappearer – The Clearing
Jesu – Infinity
Fleeting Joys – Occult Radiance
Greymachine – Disconnected
Bob Mould – Life And Times
Kylesa – Static Tensions
Strung Out – Agents Of The Underground
Narrows – New Distances
Pelican – What We All Came To Need

The rest of the top 50…

Doomriders – Darkness Come Alive
Gorod – Programers Of A New Decline
Obscura – Cosmogenesis
The Red Chord – Fed Through The Teeth Machine
Silversun Pickups – Swoon
Gliss – Devotion Implosion
Burnt By The Sun – Heart Of Darkness
Callisto – Providence
Coalesce – Ox
Doves – Kingdom Of Rust
Engineers – Three Fact Fader
Shrinebuilder – Shrinebuilder
Alice In Chains – Black Gives Way To Blue
BATS – Red In Tooth & Claw
Bloodhorse – Horizoner
Cave In – Planets Of Old
My Dying Bride – For Lies I Sire
Amesoeurs – Amesoeurs
Clutch – Strange Cousins From The West
Tombs – Winter Hours
Final – Reading All The Right Signals Wrong
Current 93 – Aleph At Hallucinatory Mountain
VNV Nation – Of Faith, Power And Glory
The Sleepover Disaster – Hover
Poison The Well – The Tropic Rot
Hacride – Lazarus
Tides From Nebula – Aura
Thursday – Comon Existence
Constants – The Foundation, The Machine, The Ascension
Between The Buried And Me – The Great Misdirect

The rest of the top 100…

If These Trees Could Talk – Above The Earth, Below The Sky
Every Time I Die – New Junk Aesthetic
Codes in the Cloud – Paper Canyon
Rammstein – Liebe Ist Für Alle Da
Katatonia – Night Is The New Day
Ghost Brigade – Isolation Songs
Early Day Miners – Treatment
Mission Of Burma – Tho Sound The Speed The Light
Nachtmahr – Alle Lust Will Ewigkeit
Cerebrum – Spectrum Extravagance
Junius – The Martyrdom Of A Catastrophist
Gnaw – This Face
Animals As Leaders – Animals As Leaders
Antigama – Warning
Archive – Controlling Crowds
Maybeshewill – Sing The Word Hope In Four-Part Harmony
Brutal Truth – Evolution Through Revolution
Bloody Panda – Summon
Eryn Non Dae – Hydra Lernaia
Echoes Of Yul – Echoes Of Yul
Keelhaul – Triumphant Return To Obscurity
Anaal Nathrakh – In The Constellation Of The Black Widow
Goatwhore – Carving Out The Eyes Of God
Krallice – Dimensional Bleedthrough
Minsk – With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone
Irepress – Sol Eye Sea I
Archive – Controlling Crowds
Samael – Above
Dysrhythmia – Psychic Maps
Alcest/Les Discrets – Split
The Raveonettes – In And Out Of Control
Lighting Bolt – Earthly Delights
The Prodigy – Invaders Must Die
Swallow The Sun – New Moon
The Life And Times – Tragic Boogie
A Storm of Light – Forgive Us Our Trespasses
Dälek – Gutter Tactics
Karnivool – Sound Awake
Zu – Carboniferous
Ephel Duath – Through My Dog’s Eyes
Behemoth – Evangelion
The Holy Mountain / Black Tusk – split
Insomnium – Across The Dark
Khanate – Clean Hands Go Foul
Napalm Death – Time Waits For No Slave
Supermachiner – Rust
Cable – The Failed Convict
The Qemists – Join The Q
Mono – Hymn To The Immortal Wind
Paradise Lost – Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us