Tuonela Magazine’s Annual Staff Picks: Samuel’s edition


2019 has come to an end. Whether this year has been a great success to you or a complete disaster, it’s undeniable that throughout these 365 days a lot of brilliant music was released. 2019 was one of the biggest years for metal in quite a while with a couple of long-promised new records that we have been looking forward to for years, such as TOOL, RAMMSTEIN, and SLIPKNOT.

Tuonela Magazine‘s staff took a look at all the releases, and each member of the staff choose their favorite ones for each category. Today we’d like to introduce you to our reporter Samuel Järvinen‘s list.

Note: As you can see we have a division within Finnish bands. Given our focus on young bands and rising stars, we also want to share several talents from the Finnish metal scene that have managed to capture our attention within the past year. We refer to these bands as local bands, even though some of these bands are growing incredibly fast. Think of them as the most promising acts the Finnish metal scene hosts.

Top 10 international albums

1.Sleep Token – Sundowning

2. Leprous – Pitfalls

3. Blood Incantation – Hidden History Of The Human Race

4. Humanity’s Last Breath – Abyssal

5. Helium Horse Fly – Hollowed

6. Car Bomb – Mordial

7. Periphery – Periphery IV: Hail Stan

8. Fit For An Autopsy – The Sea of Tragic Beasts

9. Cattle Decapitation – Death Atlas

10. Wage War – Pressure

Read more: Leprous – Pitfalls (Review)  |  Leprous (Interview)  | Periphery – Hail Stan (Review)

Top 10 Local Albums  

1.Wheel – Moving Backwards

2. Somehow Jo – Tusk

3. Palehorse – Palehorse

4. Chronoform – From The Void

5. Mireplaner – A Mountain Of Saola Hooves

6. Ikinä – Milleniaalin itsehoito-opas epävarmaan elämään  

7. Alase – Vastaus

8. Apocryfal – Crushing Black Death

9. Krypts – Cadaver Circulation

10. Rats Will Feast – Scarcity

Read more: Wheel – Moving Backwards (Review)  | Wheel (Interview)  |  Palehorse – Palehorse (Review)  |  Chronoform – From The Void (Review)  |  Ikinä – Milleniaalin itsehoito-opas epävarmaan elämään  (Review)  | Ikinä (Interview)  |  Alase – Vastaus (Review)

Best concert

Idles @ Sideways Festival

Best local gig

Somehow Jo @ Lost In Music

Best newcomer


5 Best international songs

Sleep Token – The Night Does Not Belong To God

Leprous – Distant Bells

Wage War – Low

Thank You Scientist – FXMLDR

Maraton – Blood Music

5 Best domestic songs

Wheel – Wheel

Somehow Jo – The Fear

Humavoid – Monkey Trap

Palehorse – Pale Horse

Atlas – Aika

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