KYS Contributors: our end-of-year lists for 2019


December, AKA Listcember, is finally almost over. Shortly, 2020 will kick-off a new decade and we will have to do it all over again next year, lists and all, because god knows we’re all slaves to sharing our tastes and interests within an arbitary period of time on the internet. So as it is the season for it, here’s what we here at KYS enjoyed the most in 2019, whether it be our top 20 records of the year or just our top 10 (despite the fact my email specified 20, Bill). Have a look, and then hit us with your 2019 release list! We hope you had a lovely Christmas (or whatever you celebrate this time of year) and that you stay safe over the new year period. See ya’ll next year! 



Alex Sievers (editor, writer):

  1. Northlane – Alien
  2. Sleep Token – Sundowning
  3. Lingua Ignota – Caligula
  4. Whitechapel – The Valley
  5. SeeYouSpaceCowboy – The Correlation Between Entry and Exit Wounds
  6. Chelsea Wolfe – Birth Of Violence
  7. Greet Death – New Hell
  8. Numenorean – Adore
  9. Health – Slaves Of Fear
  10. Gravemind – Conduit
  11. Norma Jean – All Hail
  12. Nova Charisma – Exposition I & Exposition II
  13. Thank You Scientist – Terraformer
  14. Johnny Booth – Firsthand Accounts
  15. Port Noir – The New Routine
  16. Emarosa – Peach Club
  17. Spiritbox – Singles Collection
  18. Tycho – Weather
  19. Totally Unicorn – Sorry
  20. American Football – LP3

Owen Morawitz (writer):

Astronoid – S/T
Benny The Butcher – ‘The Plugs I Met’ EP
Blood Incantation – ‘Hidden History of the Human Race’
Dear Seattle – ‘Don’t Let Go’
Denzel Curry – ‘ZUU’
Eat Your Heart Out – ‘Florescence’
Frank Crater & The Rattlesnakes – ‘End of Suffering’
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – ‘Bandana’
Gatecreeper – ‘Deserted’
He Is Legend – ‘White Bat’
Inclination – ‘When Fear Turns To Confidence’ EP
Johnny Booth – ‘Firsthand Accounts’
SeeYouSpaceCowboy – ‘The Correlation Between Entrance and Exit Wounds’
She Cries Wolf – ‘Liar’
Sleep Token – ‘Sundowning’
Spirit Adrift – ‘Divided by Darkness’
Spiritbox – S/T EP
WAAX – ‘Big Grief’
The Warriors – ‘Monomyth’
We Lost The Sea – ‘Triumph & Disaster’

Bill Peel (writer):

Clipping. – There Existed An Addiction To Blood
Danny Brown – uknowwhatimsayin?
Malibu Ken – Malibu Ken
Liturgy – H.A.Q.Q.
Dawn Ray’d – Behold Sedition
Plainsong Archivist – Triumvirate
Vanum – Ageless
Fire Falls of Rauros – Patterns in Mythology
Hope Drone – Void Lustre
Kollaps – Mechanical Christ

JP Pallais (writer):

Warforged – I: Voice
Cult of Luna – A Dawn to Fear
Illyria – The Carpathian Summit
Clément Belio – Patience
Thank You Scientist – Terraformer
Saor – Forgotten Path
Devin Townsend – Empath
Hypno5e – A Distant (Dark) Source
Abigail Williams – Walk Beyond the Dark
Bent Knee – You Know What They Mean
Liturgy – HAQQ
Norma Jean – All Hail
.clipping – There Existed an Addiction to Blood
Heilung – Futha
Leprous – Pitfalls
Numenorean – Adore
Moron Police – A Boat on the Sea
Northlane – Alien
Ashbringer – Absolution
From Indian Lakes – Dimly Lit

Hunter Hewgley (writer):

1. The Acacia Strain – It Comes In Waves
2. Fit For An Autopsy – The Sea Of Tragic Beasts
3. Knocked Loose – A Different Shade Of Blue
4. Kublai Khan TX – Absolute
5. JPEGMAFIA – All My Heroes Are Cornballs
6. Northlane – Alien
7. Trade Wind – Certain Freedoms
8. American Football – LP3
9. Turnover – Altogether
10. Slipknot – We Are Not Your Kind
11. Counterparts – Nothing Left To Love
12. Left Behind – No One Goes To Heaven
13. The Devil Wears Prada – The Act
14. Better Off – Reap What You Sow
15. Surfaces – Where The Light Is
16. Microwave – Death Is a Warm Blanket
17. Denzel Curry – ZUU
18. Motionless In White – Disguise
19. Mat Kerekes – Ruby
20. Emarosa – Peach Club

Owen Jones (photographer):

Steve Hackett – At The Edge Of Light
Overkill – The Wings Of War
In Flames – I, The Mask
Devin Townsend – Empath
Whitechapel – The Valley
PUP – Morbid Stuff
The Damned Things – High Crimes
Bad Religion – Age Of Unreason
Sammy Hagar & The Circle – Space Between
Whitesnake – Flesh & Blood
Biffy Clyro – Balance, Not Symmetry
Northlane – Alien
Knocked Loose – A Different Shade Of Blue
Killswitch Engage – Atonement
SeeYouSpaceCowboy – The Correlation Between Entrance and Exit Wounds
Gravemind – Conduit
Disentomb – The Decaying Light
Voyager – Colours In The Sun
Baroness – Gold & Grey

Megan Langley (writer):

Hot Milk – “Are You Feeling Alive?”
Telltale – “Timeless Youth”
Northshore – “For What It’s Worth”
Yours Truly – “Afterglow”
Noah Kahan – “Busyhead”
Pacific Nerve – “Feel Alive”
I Prevail – “Trauma”
Arrested Youth – “Sobville: Episode I”
Point North – “Retrograde”
Wage War – “Pressure”
Youth Fountain – “Letters To Our Former Selves”
Grayscale – “Nella Vita”
Last Night Saved My Life – “Cherry”
In Her Own Words – “Steady Glow”
Awaken I Am – “The Beauty In Tragedy”
Waterparks – “FANDOM”
Sleep On It – “Pride And Disaster”
Young Culture – “(This Is) Heaven”
Cory Wells – “The Way We Are”
Victory Lane – “Bare Bones”

Christopher Michael Ovens Sneddon (writer):

20. Angel Du$t – Pretty Buff
19. Lost in the Riots – Bonds
18. Ithaca – The Language of Injury
17. Spielbergs – This is Not The End
16. Bats – Alter Nature
15. Idle Hands – Mana
14. Jamie Lenman – Shuffle
13. Black Dresses – Thank You
12. Fontaines DC – Dogrel
11. Blockhead – Free Sweatpants
10. Gender Roles – Prang
9. Microwave – Death is a Warm Blanket
8. St Pierre Snake Invasion – Caprice Enchante
7. Press Club – Wasted Energy
6. Billy Woods – Hiding Places
5. Brutus – Nest
4. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Ghosteen
3. Black Futures – Never Not Nothing
2. Dinosaur Pile-Up – Celebrity Mansions
1. PUP – Morbid Stuff




2 Responses to “KYS Contributors: our end-of-year lists for 2019”

  1. EngineNo9 EngineNo9

    I always struggle to remember what came out in a calendar year. From memory, here’s what impressed me and what albums I’ve returned to frequently:

    The Dead Love – The extinction of unicorns
    Northlane – Alien
    Slipknot – We are not your kind
    TOOL – Fear inoculum
    Sleep Talk – Everything in colour
    Knocked Loose – A Different Shade Of Blue
    Angel Du$t – Pretty Buff
    Trade Wind – Certain Freedoms
    Whitechapel – The Valley
    Dear Seattle – Don’t Let Go

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