Top 25 Metal Albums Of 2019

Future generations will look back on 2019 as the Year of Power Metal. With very few exceptions, every major power metal band released new material this year, most of which was nothing short of excellent.

However, power metal wasn’t the only dominating force this year. Most of the big prog, heavy, and folk players also released albums, as well as bands that I don’t give a shit about like Slipknot, TOOL, and pretty well everything on the extreme metal side of things.

Anyway, the following features twenty five of the best “melodic” metal albums of the year! The competition was steep; of the 380+ albums I listened to this year, almost seventy of them were serious contenders for this list.

Also, you might notice that, despite a few placements in my monthly Top Tens and my scoring in general, some albums listed here are higher or lower than they “should” be. The main reason here is that, surprise surprise, opinions can change with time, and so can music.

Regardless, you can be damn certain that the following 25 metal albums are the best to come out of the monster than was 2019!

25. Elvenking – Reader of the Runes – Divination

Elvenking’s tenth album, Reader of the Runes – Divination, kicks all sort of ass, pagan-style. Fans will be pleased that Divination still retains the core Elvenking sound: a primarily-pop/punk vocal style, folk melodies, proggy song structure, and a power metal energy. Conversely, though, the album is as much a breath of fresh air as it is an Elvenking album, as it takes the band in two directions that they haven’t really explored in depth before; the road of Divination is generally darker and heavier than their previous material, and it also brings a whole concept that tells of a journey into a mystical world of runes and magic. It’s not the band’s best, but it’s really fucking good.

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24. HammerFall – Dominion

Since their founding in 1993, heavy metal templars HammerFall have fought to continue the legacy of 80s heavy metal, smithing more than ten full-length records and establishing themselves as Sweden’s and Europe’s premier heavy metal masters. Their latest album, Dominion, is an epic powerhouse that easily contends with their early material in terms of quality and heart.

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23. Rhodium – Sea of the Dead

Sea of the Dead is the latest offering of Greek power metal (think Firewind, Diviner, stuff like that). Featuring an almost all-new lineup, the album drives forth with exceptional guitarwork and even more impressive vocals, which sit somewhere between the usual, coarse Greek power vocals and higher Euro power norm. This is one hell of a sophomore album and is more than strong enough to earn spot on this list.

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22. Chaos Magic – Furyborn

Caterina Nix’s second installment of Chaos Magic is, quite simply, amazing. Written alongside Chilean musician Nasson, Furyborn is a far cry from its predecessor and exchanges its typical symphonic metal sound for a more original, albeit poppy, take on melodic metal. It’s full of sick guitars, killer melodies, and boundless attitude. This “pop” metal album blows all other pop metal albums out of the water.

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21. Frozen Crown – Crowned in Frost

Frozen Crown have solidified their sound in a heavier, grittier, more diverse power metal offering than their debut. This female fronted (or should I say, “female fueled,” due to vocalist Jade Etro as well as eighteen-year-old southpaw shredder Talia Bellazecca) powerhouse has created an exceptionally refined record that blasts forth with elements from harsh death metal, traditional heavy metal, and everything in between. Pair that with elaborate guitarwork and numerous vocal styles and you have yourself one ferocious album!

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20. Finsterforst – Zerfall

Furious German folkers Finsterforst are back with a fifth backbreaking album, complete with lengthy arrangements, chanted melodies, and intense orchestrations. Zerfall is a very unique take on folk metal, combining keyboards, orchestras, and heavy guitars with elements of death metal and folk melodies (sorta like Wintersun but heavier). The choruses have a slight ring of Orden Ogan to them that amplifies already-huge atmospheres, so it’s safe to say that you’re in for a poundingly heavy ride with this one.

19. Amulet – The Inevitable War

Blasting forth with a fresh lineup, Amulet’s sophomore record is an exceptional work of classic metal. The Inevitable War takes the band to new heights and is the best classic metal album of the year.

There’s really nothing to dislike. The mixing is flawless, the band is exceptionally talented, and the music simply bleeds energy. Each anthemic chorus hits with a similar impact as classic Manowar, and the galloping rhythm section chugs away with the likeness of Iron Maiden. Get your fix of the classics with this very new release.

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18. Control the Storm – Forevermore

This album is incredible: female-fronted power metal at its finest. The overall atmosphere is bright and energetic, and it’s fueled by symphonic components, folk elements, and rich vocal harmonies. Plus, the arrangements are dynamic and exceptionally written. If you haven’t heard of them before, this album is all you need to get excited about Control the Storm.

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17. Manegarm – Fornaldarsagor

In their best album in probably a decade, Manegarm have something grand in Fornaldarsagor. While primarily a coarser folk metal work, there’s the usual inclusion of impending black metal elements, as well as some female and clean male vocals. While the formula of Fornaldarsagor is typical of Manegarm, far more care has been taken regarding the songwriting that the past three albums.

16. ShadowStrike – Legends of Human Spirit

Legends of Human Spirit is probably the strongest power metal debut of the entire year. It’s insanely fast, vibrant, true power metal to the core. It’s really as simple as that. ShadowStrike, hailing from New York, have busted out of the gate with a DragonForce-influenced sound that manages to steer clear of being too derivative, delivering a unique, shredtastic album.

Part of the driving force of this individuality is the band’s tasteful use of symphonic elements (I would never consider this album “symphonic metal”, though) as well as sophisticated song arrangements. With nothing short of excellent on the record, ShadowStrike have quickly become one of my favourite power metal bands, ever.

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15. Noveria – Aequilibrium

Italian proggers Noveria don’t fuck around. As soon as it starts, Aequilibrium explodes into high-intensity with a death metal atmosphere and epic choirs. Through the rest of the album, we encounter sick riff after sick riff (not the least of which can be found in ‘Awakening’ and ‘Broken’) in all their beefy, syncopated glory, as well as beautiful interludes and pulled back sections. Another aspect that makes Aequilibrium stand out is the fact that, while there’s a dark tone to most of the album, it’s never depressing and it’s always energetic.

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14. Scimitar – Shadows of Man

Canadian pagan metal warriors Scimitar have been around for just over a decade. Early on in their career, they released their debut album, Black Waters, but the band took a bit of a break soon after. Now, nine years later, the band have finally unleashed their sophomore album. Shadows of Man is gritty, furious, and packs way more variety into it than I would have ever expected. With a sound that’s in the realm of Ensiferum and Vanir (although far less refined, production-wise), Scimitar’s combination of death, black, and folk elements will be welcome with any fan of the dark side of folk metal.

(Yeah, I know this is, like, the third melodeath/folk metal album on a “melodic metal” list. Deal with it. This is MY house.)

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13. Brymir – Wings of Fire

Brymir is extreme metal for the power metal fan and Wings of Fire is no exception. If it weren’t for the rough vocals, it’d be epic symphonic power metal through-and-through.No, I shouldn’t say that. It’s way too epic to be just that. It’s the kind of epic that’ll make you believe that you can crush mountains and fly through the sky as the bringer of life or death, sole judge of the universe, with all of the power of the gods in your hands, under your hands, through your hands, about your hands (but not over your hands). It’s that. Fucking. Epic.

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12. Sabaton – The Great War

This year saw the release of Sabaton’s ninth record: The Great War. Despite a lengthy career of two decades, the Swedish metal heroes are showing no signs of slowing down, and they prove that they’re here to stay by delivering their biggest, boldest, most bombastic blast of metal in years. Other than slamming the epic pedal down to the fucking floor, The Great War separates itself from Sabaton’s prior works by hanging a darker atmosphere over the music, as well as putting more emphasis on classical scales, especially in its guitar solos.

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11. Majestica – Above the Sky

After six years of hiatus, power metal cheeseballs Majestica (formerly ReinXeed) are back with their seventh album, Above the Sky. Aside from a drastic name change, Majestica’s sound has grown more mature, despite their lyrical content becoming more juvenile than ever. Of course, these are perfect qualities to have in a power metal album: bullshit, nonsensical lyrics over technically impressive music.

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10. Galneryus – Into the Purgatory

The finest neoclassical power metal band east of the Silk Road have unleashed yet another album of facemelting ferocity. Into the Purgatory is the twelfth album to come from the mighty Galneryus and, despite such a long career, it lives up to the band’s glory, and then some. A slice of Galneryus’ neoclassical edge has been swapped for a bit more of a progressive influence this time around so, while you can still expect a melodic work of shred insanity, it’s different enough from their other albums to keep things feeling new.

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09. Moonlight Haze – De Rerum Natura

Formed by ex-Temperance members Chiara Tricarico and Giulio Capone 2018, Moonlight Haze is a symphonic metal project that combines the talents of musicians from Elvenking, Sound Storm, and Epica to create a melodic, emotionally dynamic, technically-pleasing work of female fronted metal that stands high above your typical Delain or Nightwish ripoff. Complete with countless folk and world music elements, De Rerum Natura is as unique as a symphonic debut could be.

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08. Wind Rose – Wintersaga

Dwarf metallers Wind Rose are back with a rugged sound in their fourth album, Wintersaga. As usual, the Tolkien themes are strong, as is evident in half of the song titles. Additionally, the album is split into two sections; the first contains the fun, catchy party tunes, and the second, which encompasses the final three songs, features a more power prog approach that hearkens to the band’s earlier works. However, the core sound of Wind Rose has shifted as a whole from their progressive power metal roots to settle upon a more bombastic, anthemic sound.

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07. Twilight Force – Dawn of the Dragonstar

As you can expect from Twilight Force, Dawn of the Dragonstar is full of unlimited, overblown storybook energy. With the exception of maybe two moments, the album is consistently happy and heroic from the very first seconds of the galloping ‘Dawn of the Dragonstar’ into its final piano notes. This hyper-melodic, smile-demanding work isn’t just sheen and shine, though; there’s an absolutely staggering degree of talent and proficiency to behold in every track.

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06. NorthTale – Welcome to Paradise

NorthTale was born of vocalist Christian Eriksson (ex-Twilight Force), drummer Patrick Johansson (ex-Yngwie Malmsteem) and guitar maestro Bill Hudson with the dream of bringing back the glory of late 90s/early 00s power metal. Whether you’re in the mood for that golden-age power metal, anthemic stadium metal, or even a vegan happy meal, Welcome to Paradise delivers all that and more, complete with facemelting solos, exciting diversity, and catchy melodies. This is one of the year’s best power metal albums and is as technically impressive as it is fun.

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05. Eluveitie – Ategnatos

Eluveitie have hit their peak in their eighth record, Ategnatos. It’s fantastically fluid for such a diverse folk metal album, and, while it retains the trademark Eluveitie sound, it’s a distinct experience from their other releases.

The songs range from huge melodeath blast beats with rough vocals to softer, mournful tracks like ‘Eclipse’. There’s even a bouncy tune in ‘Ambiramus’ that’ll be stuck in your head for weeks (but don’t worry, you’ll welcome it). The broad instrumentation of this Swiss septet includes traditional instruments and shamelessly skilled drums, as well as three different vocal styles, my favourite of which are the versatile pipes of Fabienne Erni. The control she displays is insane and honestly, without her, the album wouldn’t have made it as one of my top picks.

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04. Wilderun – Veil of Imagination

Not many bands can pull off an exceptional atmospheric album so, when one does, I always get excited. One of the few (and latest) this year to accomplish such a feat are Boston’s Wilderun with their third album, Veil of Imagination. The album combines elements of death, symphonic, progressive, and folk metal to make a sound that bands like Wintersun have been trying so desperately to embody. It expertly conjures deep feelings of wonder, determination, aggression, hate, fear, reflection, and everything in between. With rich orchestrations supporting it, Veil of Imagination is almost impossible colourful.

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03. Gloryhammer – Legends From Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex

Epic, cheesy, heroic. These are words I often use when describing my favourite albums, but make no mistake; I only use these words if I mean it. So, if I were to say that Gloryhammer’s third and latest album, Legends from Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex, was one of the most ridiculously epic tales of heroism that I’ve ever heard from a power metal album, you can be damn sure it’s true.

Between the powerful cries of Angus McFife and the cosmic colours created by the rest of band, there’s no room to criticize the skill of these galactic warriors. Additionally, while the core sound is true, pure power metal (with a healthy dose of symphonic backing tracks), the songwriting is pleasingly dynamic. So, bust out your most enchanted headphones and get a load of this ultra-melodic cheesefest and see for yourself why this just might be the greatest power metal album of the year (or of all fucking time).

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02. Dream Theater – Distance over Time

Dream Theater are legendary. There’s no question about it. These guys are some of the best musicians metal has to offer, and they’ve given rise to more than a few prog masterpieces. While it’s true that their material has lost a bit of steam over the last decade, Distance over Time recaptures all of their former velocity as their best album since Black Clouds and Silver Linings. There’s a perfect mix of mathematical intricacies, solid melodies, and headbangable grooves, and, despite having a sound that’s closer to their earlier works, this is the freshest they’ve sounded in years.

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01. Beast in Black – From Hell with Love

Insane solos? Check. The best vocal performance in modern heavy metal? Check. Synthetic fanfares that demand the construction of a training montage? Check. Pack it up, every other band ever. Beast in Black have achieved the pinnacle of music. It’s all downhill from here. Go home. Show’s over. Nothing else will ever excite you as much as this album will.

Just kidding. Well, kind of. From Hell with Love is what every 80s revival album strives to be: catchy, fun, and technically impressive. Between the limitless voice of Yannis Papadopoulos and the songwriting gold of Anton Kabanen, this album holds nothing back. It’s intense. It’s fucking doused in cheese. It’s the pump up record to end all pump up records.

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Metal Album Release Calendar – October, November, December 2019

This is a calendar of metal albums for Fall and Winter of 2019. Want to see what came out earlier this year? Check out the full Metal Album Release Calendar for 2019!

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1 October:

High Moonlight – Arcturians (Heavy Metal) [EP]

Asuryan – The Eye of Ra (Folk Metal)

Ente – Eterna (Progressive power Metal) [EP]

Grendel’s Syster – Myrtle Wreath / Myrtenkranz (Heavy Folk Metal) [EP]

High Moonlight – Arcturians (Heavy Metal) [EP]

Narwhale – Heart of the Corpse​-​Whale (Progressive Metal)

2 October:

Sereptah – Acoustic (Progressive Power Metal)

Cover My Sigh – Set the World Aflame (Progressive Metal)

Alicia Out of Wonderland – Entre la muerte y el amor (Heavy Power Metal)

4 October:

Iron Kingdom – On the Hunt (Heavy Metal)

Chur – Four-Faced (Folk Metal)

Crow’s Flight – The Storm (Heavy Metal)

Forgotten North – Kinder des Zorns (Symphonic Folk Metal)

Yurei – Saudade (Progressive Metal)

Dawn of Destiny – The Beast Inside (Power Metal)

Fought Upon Earth – Grave Miscalculation (Progressive Metal)

Knightmare – Space Knights (Heavy Power Metal)

The Fall of Eve – Nevermore (Symphonic Metal) [EP]

6 October:

Midnight Force – Gododdin (Heavy Metal)

Iron Attack! – Japonism (Progressive Power Metal)

9 October:

MistFolk – Королева воронья (Folk Metal)

Orthanc – Carnival (Heavy Metal)

Vinnie Moore – Soul Shifter (Shred)

11 October:

The Ferrymen – A New Evil (Power Metal)

Eclipse – Paradigm (Hard Rock/Heavy Metal)

Ethereal Kingdoms – Hollow Mirror (Symphonic Metal)

Screamer – Highway of Heroes (Heavy Metal)

Silent Call – Windows (Progressive Metal)

Stargate – The Dream (Heavy Power Metal)

Unleash the Archers – Explorers (Power Metal) [EP]

FireForce – The Iron Brigade (Power Metal) [EP]

Vanden Plas – The Ghost Xperiment: Awakening (Progressive Metal)

15 October:

Arcane Tales – Power of the Sky (Symphonic Power Metal)

16 October:

Magistina Saga -Invite in the Story (Symphonic Gothic Metal) [EP]

18 October:

Nifrost – Blykrone (Viking Metal)

Secret Chapter – Chapter One (Heavy Metal)

Valcata – Valcata (Symphonic Metal)

Danger Zone – Dont Count on Heroes (Heavy Power Metal)

Induction – Induction (Power Metal)

Aerodyne – Damnation (Heavy Metal)

Rexoria – Ice Breaker (Heavy Metal)

Tandra – Time and Eternity (Folk Metal)

Armored Dawn – Viking Zombie (Power Metal)

Don’t Drop the Sword – The Wild Hunt (Power Metal) [EP]

23 October:

Galneryus – Into the Purgatory (Power Metal)

25 October:

Edenbridge – Dynamind (Symphonic Metal)

Metalite – Biomechanicals (Melodic Metal)

Moon Chamber – Lore of the Land (Heavy Metal)

Noveria – Aequilibrium (Progressive Power Metal)

Savage Master – Myth, Magic, and Steel (Heavy Metal)

Millennium – A New World (Heavy Metal)

Steve Blower – Back in Hell (Heavy Metal)

Turbokill – Vice World (Heavy Metal)

Hevisaurus – Bändikouluun! (Heavy Power Metal)

Dragonfly – Zeitgeist (Heavy Power Metal)

Cathubodua – Continuum (Symphonic Metal)

Rumahoy – Time II: Party (Folk Metal)

Vision Divine – When All the Heroes Are Dead (Progressive Power Metal)

Velvet Viper – The Pale Man is Holding a Boken Heart (Heavy Power Metal)

28 October:

Ironsword – In the Coils of Set (Heavy Metal) [EP]

Bloody Times – By Metal, We Send You to Hell (Heavy Metal) [EP]

30 October:

Elvarhøi – Dansen låter fra graven åter (Folk Metal)

31 October:

Apotheus – The Far Star (Progressive Metal)

Horizon’s End – Skeleton Keys (Progressive Metal)

1 November:

Angel Witch – Angel of Light (Heavy Metal)

Legendry – The Wizard and the Tower Keep (Heavy Power Metal)

Wilderun – Veil of Imagination (Symphonic Folk Metal)

Voyager – Colours in the Sun (Progressive Metal)

Wotan – The Song of the Nibelungs (Heavy Metal)

Dagor Sorhdeam – Fog of War (Power Metal)

French Maide – The Rat (Power Metal)

KingCrown – A Perfect World (Heavy Power Metal)

5 November:

IronThorn – Legends of the Ancient Rock (Hard Rock/Heavy Metal)

6 November:

Genius – Spread Your Wings (Power Metal) [EP]

8 November:

Blind Guardian Twilight Orchestra – Legacy of the Dark Lands (Orchestral Metal)

Dimhav – The Boreal Flame (Progressive Power Metal)

Minotaurus – Victims of the Underworld (Folk Metal)

The Dark Element – Songs the Night Sings (Melodic Metal)

Pretty Maids – Undress Your Madness (Heavy Metal)

Tamás Szekeres – White Shapes of Blue (Neoclassical Metal)

Terminus – A Single Point of Light (Heavy Metal)

Tales of Evening – A New Dawn Awaits (Symphonic Gothic Metal)

9 November:

Alexander Layer – Huginn Muninn (Progressive Power Metal)

Caeli Metallum – Birth of the King (Heavy Metal)

13 November:

Cernunnos – The Svmmoner (Folk Metal)

Atavicus – Di eroica stirpe (Pagan Metal)

14 November:

Great Master – Skull and Bones – Tales from Over the Seas (Power Metal)

15 November:

Conjuring Fate – Curse of the Fallen (Heavy Power Metal)

CyHra – No Halos in Hell (Melodic Metal)

Crusade of Bards – Tales of Bards and Beats (Symphonic Metal)

Nibiru Ordeal – Solar Eclipse (Power Metal)

R.U.S.T.X. – Center of the Universe (Heavy Metal)

Scarleth – Vortex (Symphonic Metal)

Subterfuge – Prometheus (Progressive Metal)

Heaven Shore – Golden Age (Viking Metal)

Phenix – Ignition (Progressive Power Metal)

Dravernue – Proyecto D.A.G.D.A. (Power Metal)

A Persuasive Reason – A Persuasive Reason (Progressive Gothic Metal)

18 November:

Hibernia – Celtic Furor (Folk Metal)

20 November:

Black Sweet – The Lights (Heavy Power Metal)

Illusion Force – Alive (Power Metal)

21 November:

Serpentyne – Angels of the Night (Symphonic Folk Metal)

22 November:

Crystal Viper – Tales of Fire and ice (Heavy Metal)

Eleine – All Shall Burn (Symphonic Metal) [EP]

Magic Kingdom – MetAlmighty (Power Metal)

Redline – Gods and Monsters (Heavy Metal)

Signum Regis – The Seal of a New World (Progressive Power Metal)

Spnus Corona – Time Is Not on Your Side (Progressive Metal)

Thunder and Lightning – Demonicorn (Power Metal)

27 November:

Hizaki – Back to Nature (Symphonic Power Metal) [EP]

29 November:

Coronatus – The Eminence of Nature (Symphonic Folk Metal)

Celesti Alliance – Hybrid Generation (Heavy Power Metal)

Second Brain – The Mind Awakens (Progressive Metal)

Stormwarrior – Norsemen (Speed/Power Metal)

1 December:

Pagan Reign – Art of the Time (Pagan Black Metal)

Energema – A Christmas Night (Power Metal) [EP]

Dawnbreath – Creatures of the Damned (Heavy Metal)

6 December:

Crystal Eyes – Starbourne Traveler (Power Metal)

Human Fortress – Reign of Gold (Power Metal)

Power Theory – Force of Will (Heavy Power Metal)

The Murder of My Sweet – Brave Tin World (Gothic Metal)

Rhodium – Sea of the Dead (Heavy Power Metal)

At Night I Fly – Mirror Maze (Progressive Metal)

Infinitas – Infernum (Heavy Folk Metal)

Bellathrix – No Fear (Heavy Metal)

Steel Witch – In Moss and Fern (Heavy Metal)

Stormburner – Shadow Rising (Heavy Metal)

SL Theory – Cipher (Hard Rock/Heavy Metal)

Of the Cold – The Game (Power Metal) [EP]

The Old Dead Tree – The End (Gothic Metal) [EP]

Leaves’ Eyes – Black Butterfly (Symphonic Metal) [EP]

Burning Witches – Wings of Steel (Heavy Power Metal) [EP]

Burning Shadows – Beneath the Ruins (Heavy Power Metal) [EP]

Running Wild – Crossing the Blades (Heavy Power Metal) [EP]

10 December:

Flaming Row – The Pure Shine (Progressive Metal)

13 December:

Eregion – Age of Heroes (Power Metal)

18 December:

Gauntlet – Departure for the Frontier (Power Metal) [EP]

25 December:

Octaviagrace – Radiant (Progressive Power Metal)

27 December:

Ash-Slater – Reinception (Progressive Metal)

Master Sword – The Final Door (Power Metal)

Album Release Calendar

This is a database of 2019 album releases. Genres included are primarily power, folk, heavy, progressive but there are selections from other genres (gothic, metalcore, fusion) that make it on here. Feel free to contact me with something I may have missed (because it’s impossible to keep up with everything).

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6 February:

Claymorean – Sounds from a Dying World [REISSUE] (Power Metal)

8 February:

Herman Frank – Fight the Fear (Heavy Metal)

Rosy Vista – Unbelievable (Heavy Metal/Hard Rock)

Beast in Black – From Hell With Love (Melodic Heavy)

SkeleToon – They Never Say Die (Power Metal)

Thornbridge – Theatrical Masterpiece (Power Metal)

10 February:

Steel Shock – With Fire & Steel (Heavy Metal)

14 February:

Allegro – Puzzled EP (Power Metal)

15 February:

Steel Raiser – Acciaio (Heavy/Power Metal)

Avantasia – Moonglow (Symphonic Power Metal)

Tigersclaw – Force of Destiny (Symphonic Metal)

Ascheregen – Untot (Heavy Metal)

16 February:

Sylvania – Testigos de las estrellas (Power Metal)

19 February:

Vanir – Allfather (Viking/Folk metal)

22 February:

Rhapsody of Fire – The Eighth Mountain (Power Metal)

Pounder – Uncivilized (Heavy Metal)[DEBUT]

Traveller – Traveller (Heavy)[DEBUT]

Sanhedrin – The Poisoner (Heavy Metal)

Booze Control – Forgotten Lands (Heavy Metal)

Dream Theater – Distance over Time (Progressive Metal)

Imperia – Flames of Eternity (Gothic Symphonic)

Mortanius – Till Death Do Us Part (Prog/Power Metal)

Delain – Hunter’s Moon (Symphonic Metal)

25 February:

Salduie – Viros Veramos (Folk Metal)

1 March:

Queensrÿche – The Verdict (Prog/Power Metal)

Darkwater – Human (Melodic Prog/Power Metal)

Athlantis – The Way to Rock ‘n’ Roll (Power Metal)

Raptor – Universos Paralelos (Prog/Heavy Metal)

Icestorm – Saga (Epic Heavy Metal)

Warrior Path – Warrior Path (Heavy/Power Metal)

2 March:

Symfobia – Smog Of Tomorrow (Symphonic Metal)

Letharia – Dietrich EP (Symphonic Power Metal)

3 March:

Alpha Centauri – Return of the Herakleids EP (Epic Heavy Metal)

5 March:

Mileth – Catro Pregarias no Albor da Lua Morta (Folk/Pagan Metal)

8 March:

Iron Fire – Beyond the Void (Heavy Metal)

Tyr – Hel (Prog/Folk Metal)

Stonecast – I Earther (Heavy Metal)

The Raven Age – Conspiracy (Melodic Groove)

Brymir – Wings of Fire (Symphonic MeloDeath)

9 March:

Elvenpath – The Path of the Dark King (Power Metal)

15 March:

Iron Savior – Kill or get Killed (Power Metal)

Haeredium – Ascension (Folk/Power Metal)

Twisted Tower Dire – Wars in the Unknown (Power Metal)

Obsidian Shell – Mooniversary (Gothic Metal)

21 March:

Joe Stump – Symphonic Onslaught (Shred/ Heavy Metal)

22 March:

Battle Beast – No More Hollywood Endings (Heavy Metal)

Bloodbound – Rise of the Dragon Empire (Power Metal)

Burning Rain – Face the Music (Heavy Metal/Hard Rock)

Meridian – Margin of Error (Heavy Metal)

Frozen Crown – Crowned in Frost (Power Metal)

Avalanch – El Secreto (Prog/Power Metal)

Waylander – Eriu’s Wheel (Folk Metal)

28 March:

Vetrar Draugurinn – Hinterlands (Gothic Metal)

29 March:

Silver Bullet – Mooncult (Power Metal)

Yngwie J. Malmsteen – Blue Lightning (Shred/Power Metal)

Anthem – Nucleus (Heavy Metal)

Infinityum – Alliance (Pagan Metal)

1 April:

West of Hell – Blood of the Infidel (Heavy/Power/Thrash Metal)

2 April:

Age of Artemis – Monomyth (Melodic Power Metal)

3 April:

Jupiter – Zeus ~Legends Never Die~ (Symphonic/Neoclassical Power Metal)

Thunderspell – Power, Blood and Glory (Heavy/Power Metal)

4 April:

Atorc – Under the Raven Banner (Folk Metal)

5 April:

Eluveitie – Ategnatos (Folk Metal)

Lightfold – Deathwalkers (Progressive Power Metal)

Edén – El Despertar de los Sueños (Power Metal)

Silverheart – Destination (Power Metal)

Ossian – A reményhozó (Heavy/Power Metal)

10 April:

Hyerathica – Revolution Now (Heavy/Power Metal)

Pathless Land – Lightyears Collide (Progressive Power Metal)

11 April:

Scarlet Valse – Metamorphosis (Symphonic Power Metal)

12 April:

Solarus – Darkest Days (Power Metal)

Valence – Cognitive Dissidents (Progressive Metal/Rock)

13 April:

Northwind Saga – Mythological World (Melodic Power Metal) EP

19 April:

Atlas Pain – Tales of a Pathfinder (Epic Folk Metal)

Black Sites – Exile (Progressive Heavy Metal)

Dayslived – Flectar (Progressive Metal)

True Strength – Sanguinary Vivication (Heavy/Power Metal)

20 April:

Tillian – Lotus Graveyard (Progressive Rock/Metal)

22 April:

Sunroad – Heatstroke (Progressive Metal)

23 April:

Divine Ascension – Evermore (Progressive Power Metal)

24 April:

Papilio Effectus – Trickster (Progressive Metal ) EP

26 April:

Månegarm – Fornaldarsagor (Black/Viking/Folk Metal)

Astral Doors – Worship or Die (Heavy/Power Metal)

Steel Prophet – The God Machine (Heavy/Power Metal)

Asylum Pyre – N°4 (Progressive Power Metal)

Avandra – Descender (Progressive Metal)

Axenstar – End of All Hope (Power Metal)

Qantice – The Anastoria (Symphonic Power Metal)

Tanagra – Meridiem (Progressive Power Metal)

Ravenous – Eat The Fallen (Progresive Power Metal)

Blazon Stone – Hymns of Triumph and Death (Power Metal)

Taken – Unchained (Power Metal)

29 April:

Deep Sun – Das Erbe der Welt (Symphonic Metal)

30 April:

Lord – Fallen Idols (Heavy/Power Metal)

3 May:

Myrath – Shehili (Prog/Folk Metal [Middle Eastern])

Ruthless – Evil Within (Power Metal)

At the Dawn – The Battle to come (Power Metal)

4 May:

Jager – Four Symbols of the Lust (Power Metal)

5 May:

UNLUCKY MORPHEUS – 並行時空の音楽会 (Power Metal)

6 May:

Celestivl – TenTimesTwo (Symphonic Metal)

8 May:

Silver Lake – The Master of Lightning (Progressive Metal)

9 May:

Сварун – Divide ut Regnes (Symphonic Metal)

10 May:

TIR – Metal Shock (Heavy Metal)

Septris – Legacy (Power Metal)

Pulver – Kings Under the Sand (Heavy Metal)

Vultures Vengeance – The Knightlore (Heavy Metal)

Arch / Matheos – Winter Ethereal (Progressive Metal)

Aeon Zen – Inveritas (Progressive Metal)

Legacy of Silence – Our Forests Sing (Folk Metal)

Magnesium – Forging the Armory (Power Metal)

14 May:

Essence of Datum – Spellcrying Machine (Progressive Metal)

17 May:

Haunt – If Icarus Could Fly (Heavy Metal)

Grimgotts – Dragons of the Ages (Symphonic Power Metal)

Floating Worlds – Battleship Oceania (Progressive Metal/Rock Opera)

Amulet – The Inevitable War (Heavy Metal)

Emerald – Restless Souls (Heavy Metal)

Olathia – Snakecharmer (Metalcore)

Pythia – The Solace of Ancient Earth (Symphonic Power Metal)

Riot City – Burn the Night (Heavy Metal)

David T. Chastain – Alternate View (Heavy Metal Shred/Fusion)

Step in Fluid – Back in Business (Progressive Metal/Fusion)

18 May:

Mustakettu – Reformed Honest Men (Folk Metal)

Storm Seeker – Beneath in the Cold (Folk Metal)

20 May:

Power Tale -Огненный бог Марранов (Power Metal)

21 May:

Divisiv – Adharma (Gothic Heavy Metal)

22 May:

Knights of Round – In the Light of Hope (Power Metal)

Concerto Moon – Ouroboros (Neoclassical Power Metal)

Mesmerizer in Flames – Legend of Victory (Progressive Power Metal)

24 May:

Visigoth – Bells of Awakening (Heavy Metal)

Stormhammer – Seven Seals (Power Metal)

Enchantya – On Light and Wrath (Gothic Heavy Metal)

Rendezvous Point – Universal Chaos (Progressive Metal)

Odyssey – The Swarm (Progressive Metal)

Tanith – In Another Time (Hard Rock/Heavy Metal)

Answer With Metal – Centralia (Heavy Metal)

25 May:

Silent Winter – The Circles of Hell (Progressive Power Metal)

31 May:

Gloryhammer – Legends from Beyond the Galactic Terror Vortex (Power Metal)

Hidden Lapse – Butterflies (Progressive Power Metal)

Constantine – Aftermath (Various/Shred)

Energema – Magical Force (Power Metal)

Ruler – Descent into Hades (Heavy Metal)

Until Rain – Season V (Progressive Metal)

6 June:

Degrees of Truth – Time Travel Artifact (Symphonic Progressive Metal)

Стожар – Холодом битв в объятья зимы (Folk Metal)

7 June:

Diviner – Realms of Time (Heavy/Power Metal)

Majestica – Above the Sky (Power Metal)

Embrace of Disharmony – De Rervm Natvra (Progressive Metal)

11 June:

Barad Guldur – Frammenti di Oscurita (Folk Metal)

Farcaster – Farcaster (Progressive Metal)

Æternal Requiem – Rise (Power Metal)

12 June:

Mary’s Blood – Confessions (Power Metal)

14 June:

Sweet Oblivion – Sweet Oblivion (Progressive Metal)

Ravensire – A Stone Engraved in Red (Heavy Metal)

Chaos Magic – Furyborn (Symphonic Metal)

Beyond Infinity – Welcome to Infinity (Metalcore/ Melodic Power Metal)

Freternia – The Gathering (Power Metal)

Cremisi – Dawn of a New Era (Symphonic Folk Metal)

Mayfair – Frevel (Progressive Metal)

Nightqueen – Seduction (Symphonic Power Metal)

Merging Flare – Revolt Regime (Heavy Power Metal)

Steignyr – Myths Through the Shadows of Freedom (Celtic Folk Metal)

Starbynary – Divina Commedia – Purgatorio (Progressive Power Metal)

Timo Tolkki’s Avalon – Return to Eden (Symphonic Power Metal)

15 June:

Boudika – Chaos Theory (Symphonic Power Metal)

Darksider – Darksider (Heavy Metal)

Dunedain – Memento Mori (Power Metal)

17 June:

Mighty Thor – Ragnarok (Epic Power Metal)

21 June:

Moonlight Haze – De Rerum Natura (Symphonic Power Metal)

Dreamslave – Rest in Phantasy (Symphonic Metal)

28 June:

Majesty – Legends (Heavy/Power Metal [Pop Metal])

Battle Tales – Lè lèjande dè vêr no (Folk Metal)

Centrilia – In the Name of Nothing (Metalcore)

Harpyie – Aurora (Heavy Folk Metal)

Eternal Breath – World of Chaos (Power Metal)

Stille Volk – Milharis (Celtic Folk Metal)

Dreams in Fragments – Reflections of a Nightmare (Symphonic Metal)

Havamal – Tales from Yggdrasil (Viking Metal)

5 July:

TraumeR – History (Power Metal)

Turilli / Lione Rhapsody – Zero Gravity (Rebirth and Evolution) (Symphonic Power Metal)

By Fire & Sword – Freedom Will Flood All Things with Light (Heavy/Power Metal)

6 July:

Velesar – Dziwadla (Folk Metal)

Infinity Factor – Praise the Juggernaut (Heavy/Power Metal)

7 July:

Last Drakma – Here I Am [EP] (Power Metal)

9 July:

Banshee – The Madness (Power Metal)

10 July:

Gradior – Gradior (Heavy Metal)

12 July:

Mind Key – Mk. III – Aliens in Wonderland (Progressive Power Metal)

Visionatica – Enigma Fire (Symphonic Metal)

Intrinsic Souls – Voices of Mind (Symphonic Metal)

Glasya – Heaven’s Demise (Symphonic Metal)

Hollow Haze – Between Wild Landscapes and Deep Blue Seas (Progressive Metal)

Dream Troll – Second to None (Heavy/Power Metal)

Freighter – The Den (Progressive Metal)

ShadowStrike – Legends of Human Spirit (Power Metal)

16 July:

Empyria – Divided [EP] (Progressive Metal)

Elfheim – Hugin’s Drink [EP] (Folk Metal)

19 July:

Sabaton – The Great War (Heavy/Power Metal)

Hellish War – Wine of the Gods (Heavy/Power Metal)

Ривия – Дань героям (Power Metal)

Moonlight Prophecy – Heat Lightning [EP] (Progressive Power Metal)

Nightrider – Rock Machine (Heavy Metal)

Mind of Fury – The Fire (Heavy Metal)

Brocelian – Guardians of Broceliande (Symphonic Metal)

Gates to the Morning – Return to Earth (Progressive Metal)

Valis Ablaze – Render (Progressive Metal)

20 July:

Chaos over Cosmos – Chaos over Cosmos [EP] (Progressive Power Metal)

21 July:

Finis – Finis [EP] (Power/Folk Metal)

25 July:

Morke – Melancholia (Symphonic Gothic Metal)

Control the Storm – Forevermore (Power Metal)

26 July:

The Trigger – The Time of Miracles (Melodic Heavy Metal)

Forlorn Hope – Over the Hills (Heavy/Power Metal)

Arcane Tyrant – War at the Edge of Time (Heavy/Power Metal)

Hellscream – Hate Machine (Heavy/Power Metal)

27 July:

Stormrider – What Lies Within [EP] (Heavy Metal)

Cantus Levitas – Auf Grund (Folk Metal)

30 July:

Desert – Fortune Favors the Brave (Heavy Power Metal)

1 August:

Lord – Fallen Idols (Heavy/Power Metal)

2 August:

Narnia – From Darkness to Light (Power Metal)

NorthTale – Welcome to Paradise (Power Metal)

Crystal Ball – 2020 (Hard Rock/Heavy Metal)

Finsterforst – Zerfal (Post-Black/Folk Metal)

Egor Lappo – Azimuth (Progressive Metal)

Levania – Episode 0 [EP] (Gothic Metal)

3 August:

Sellsword – …Unto the Breach (Power Metal)

8 August:

Retournelle – Эхо времени (Gothic Metal)

9 August:

Unprocessed – Artificial Void (Jam/Progressive Metal)

Hemina – Night Echoes (Progressive Metal)

14 August:

Ark Royal – Arise [EP] (Power Metal)

16 August:

Hammerfall – Dominion (Heavy/Power Metal)

Dialith – Extinction Six (Symphonic Power Metal)

Tarchon Fist – Apocalypse (Heavy Metal)

Twilight Force – Dawn of the Dragonstar (Power Metal)

Parallel Dimension – Angular Perceptions (Progressive Metal)

23 August:

Equilibrium – Renegades (Epic Folk Metal)

Freedom Call – M.E.T.A.L. (Power Metal)

Scimitar – Shades of Man (Pagan Metal)

Cemican – In Ohtli Teoyohtica In Miquiztli (Progressive Power/Folk Metal)

Shiver of Frontier – Can You See the World? (Power Metal)

Ivory Tower – Stronger (Progressive Power Metal)

Astralium – Land of Eternal Dreams (Symphonic Power Metal)

Helvetets Port – From Life to Death (Heavy Metal)

30 August:

Tarja – In the Raw (Symphonic Metal/Rock)

Visions of Atlantis – Wanderers (Symphonic Power Metal)

Elvenking – Reader of the Runes: Divination (Power/Folk Metal)

1 September:

Ancient Empire – Wings of the Fallen (Heavy Metal)

Khepri – Bellymetal Vol. 2 (Progressive Metal {Middle Eastern})

2 September:

Unbound – Prophecy (Power Metal)

3 September:

DEgITx – Digital Hell (Electronic Power Metal)

Metatron – Romelin (Symphonic Power Metal)

Shades of Sorrow – Paradox (Melodic Heavy Metal)

5 September:

Beyond the Labrynth – Brand New Start (Heavy Metal) [EP]

6 September:

Stevie D feat Corey Glover – Torn From the Pages (Hard Rock/Funk Metal)

Sonata Arctica – Talviyo (Power Metal)

Divided Multitude – Faceless Aggressor (Progressive Metal)

Everfrost – Winterider (Power Metal)

Liv Sin – Burning Sermons (Heavy Metal)

Transylvania – II (Heavy Metal) [EP]

13 September:

The Hu – The Gereg (Mongolian Folk Metal)

Centurion – Centurion (Progressive Heavy Metal)

Saint Deamon – Ghost (Power Metal)

Wasted – Electrified (Heavy Metal)

14 September:

Heaven Denies – The Essence of Power Pt. 1 (Power Metal)

20 September:

Gus G – Live in Budapest – Part 1 (Heavy Metal/Shred) [EP]

Ereb Altor – Jartecken (Viking/Black Metal)

Holy Dragons – Unholy and Saints (Heavy Power Metal)

Kobra and the Lotus – Evolution (Heavy Metal)

Michael Schenker Fest – Revelation (Heavy Metal/Hard Rock)

Soul of Steel – Rebirth (Power Metal)

Waterland – Darklight in Riverwood (Power Metal)

Crow’s Flight – Storm (Melodic Heavy Metal)

Dead Kosmonaut – Recviem (Heavy Metal) [EP]

Mystery Blue – 8RED (Heavy Metal)

23 September:

Beyond Forgiveness – Live to Tell the Story (Symphonic Metal)

25 September:

Cerebellar Rondo – The Realizing (Power Metal)

27 September:

DragonForce – Extreme Power Metal (Power Metal)

Wind Rose – Wintersaga (Power/Folk Metal)

Excalion – Emotions (Power Metal)

Borknagar – True North (Viking Metal)

Prime Creation – Tears of Rage (Heavy Metal)

Starborn – Savage Peace (Power Metal)

Vorna – Sateet Palata Saavat (Pagan Metal)

Sarpedon – Before the Nightingale Sings (Progressive Metal)

Sleeping in Traffic – That Which [Saves]/[Destroys] Us (Progressive Metal [Dual EP]

Vortex – Them Witches (Heavy Metal)

1 October:

High Moonlight – Arcturians (Heavy Metal) [EP]

2 October:

Sereptah – Acoustic (Progressive Power Metal)

4 October:

Iron Kingdom – On the Hunt (Heavy Metal)

Chur – Four-Faced (Folk Metal)

Yurei – Saudade (Progressive Metal)

Dawn of Destiny – The Beast Inside (Power Metal)

Fought Upon Earth – Grave Miscalculation (Progressive Metal)

Knightmare – Space Knights (Heavy Power Metal)

The Fall of Eve – Nevermore (Symphonic Metal) [EP]

6 October:

Midnight Force – Gododdin (Heavy Metal)

Iron Attack! – Japonism (Progressive Power Metal)

9 October:

MistFolk – Королева воронья (Folk Metal)

Orthanc – Carnival (Heavy Metal)

Vinnie Moore – Soul Shifter (Shred)

11 October:

The Ferrymen – A New Evil (Power Metal)

Eclipse – Paradigm (Hard Rock/Heavy Metal)

Ethereal Kingdoms – Hollow Mirror (Symphonic Metal)

Screamer – Highway of Heroes (Heavy Metal)

Silent Call – Windows (Progressive Metal)

Stargate – The Dream (Heavy Power Metal)

Unleash the Archers – Explorers (Power Metal) [EP]

FireForce – The Iron Brigade (Power Metal) [EP]

Vanden Plas – The Ghost Xperiment: Awakening (Progressive Metal)

15 October:

Arcane Tales – Power of the Sky (Symphonic Power Metal)

16 October:

Magistina Saga -Invite in the Story (Symphonic Gothic Metal) [EP]

18 October:

Nifrost – Blykrone (Viking Metal)

Danger Zone – Dont Count on Heroes (Heavy Power Metal)

Induction – Induction (Power Metal)

Aerodyne – Damnation (Heavy Metal)

Rexoria – Ice Breaker (Heavy Metal)

23 October:

Galneryus – Into the Purgatory (Power Metal)

25 October:

Edenbridge – Dynamind (Symphonic Metal)

Metalite – Biomechanicals (Melodic Metal)

Moon Chamber – Lore of the Land (Heavy Metal)

Noveria – Aequilibrium (Progressive Power Metal)

Savage Master – Myth, Magic, and Steel (Heavy Metal)

Millennium – A New World (Heavy Metal)

Steve Blower – Back in Hell (Heavy Metal)

Turbokill – Vice World (Heavy Metal)

Hevisaurus – Bändikouluun! (Heavy Power Metal)

Dragonfly – Zeitgeist (Heavy Power Metal)

Cathubodua – Continuum (Symphonic Metal)

Vision Divine – When All the Heroes Are Dead (Progressive Power Metal)

Velvet Viper – The Pale Man is Holding a Boken Heart (Heavy Power Metal)

28 October:

Ironsword – In the Coils of Set (Heavy Metal) [EP]

31 October:

Apotheus – The Far Star (Progressive Metal)

Horizon’s End – Skeleton Keys (Progressive Metal)

1 November:

Angel Witch – Angel of Light (Heavy Metal)

Legendry – The Wizard and the Tower Keep (Heavy Power Metal)

Wilderun – Veil of Imagination (Symphonic Folk Metal)

Voyager – Colours in the Sun (Progressive Metal)

Wotan – The Song of the Nibelungs (Heavy Metal)

8 November:

Blind Guardian Twilight Orchestra – Legacy of the Dark Lands (Orchestral Metal)

The Dark Element – Songs the Night Sings (Melodic Metal)

Pretty Maids – Undress Your Madness (Heavy Metal)

Terminus – A Single Point of Light (Heavy Metal)

14 November:

Great Master – Skull and Bones – Tales from Over the Seas (Power Metal)

15 November:

Conjuring Fate – Curse of the Fallen (Heavy Power Metal)

CyHra – No Halos in Hell (Melodic Metal)

Scarleth – Vortex (Symphonic Metal)

Subterfuge – Prometheus (Progressive Metal)

22 November:

Crystal Viper – Tales of Fire and ice (Heavy Metal)

Eleine – All Shall Burn (Symphonic Metal) [EP]

Magic Kingdom – MetAlmighty (Power Metal)

Redline – Gods and Monsters (Heavy Metal)

Signum Regis – The Seal of a New World (Progressive Power Metal)

Thunder and Lightning – Demonicorn (Power Metal)

29 November:

Coronatus – The Eminence of Nature (Symphonic Folk Metal)

6 December:

Brothers of Metal – Emblas Saga (Heavy Power Metal)

Crystal Eyes – Starbourne Traveler (Power Metal)

Power Theory – Force of Will (Heavy Power Metal)

Running Wild – Crossing the Blades (Heavy Power Metal) [EP]