Aaron Jackson

1.    FEVER 333 – STRENGTH IN NUMB333RS

There’s no doubt that 2019 has been yet another fantastic year for music. More specifically, the alternative/heavy scene has continued to grow and climb from strength to strength. This progression is encapsulated in the debut album from one of the most exciting bands ever to grace our ears. FEVER 333 have earned global recognition and acclaim across the globe in the short space of time since their formation in the summer of 2017. With STRENGTH IN NUMB333RS featuring singles as loud and proud as Burn It and One of Us, it’s no wonder that people are paying attention to what these guys have to say. A delightfully abrasive blend of hip-hop and hardcore, STRENGTH IN NUMB333RS is a bold statement of intent from a band with huge ambitions.

2.    Dinosaur Pile-Up – Celebrity Mansions

3.    PUP – Morbid Stuff

4.    Tyler, The Creator – IGOR

5.    Microwave – Death Is A Warm Blanket

6.    SWMRS – Berkeley’s On Fire

7.    Slaughter Beach, Dog – Safe and Also No Fear

8.    The St Pierre Snake Invasion – Caprice Enchanté

9.    Biffy Clyro – Balance, Not Symmetry

10.  Puppy – The Goat

Callum Huthwaite

1. Dinosaur Pile-Up – Celebrity Mansions

2019 belongs to Dinosaur Pile-Up.

Unflinching, attention-grabbing and quite possibly career-defining, Celebrity Mansions feels to have FINALLY put Dinosaur Pile-Up on the map. As one of Britain’s most adored underground talents, it is about time that the three-piece hailing from Leeds had the chance to step firmly into the spotlight… and what a way to do it.

From singles Trash Metal Cassette and Back Foot to album closers Long Way Down and Professional Freaks, every single moment of the band’s fourth studio album is electric. Huge riffs, catchy hooks, spine curling breakdowns and even Matt Bigland rapping, there is something for any fan of alternative music on this record. If you are looking to listen to a fun, crunching album that will leave you longing for more, then Celebrity Mansions is the perfect collection.

Culminating 2019 with an emphatic sold-out headline show at London’s Scala and with the band’s largest ever show booked for April, everything feels to be coming up Pile-Up. In a career that started at the inception of the decade, it is utterly fitting that the band move into the next one on top of their game… cheers for the belters lads.

2. PUP – Morbid Stuff

3. Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties – Routine Maintenance

4. The Menzingers – Hello Exile

5. FEVER 333 – STR333NGTH IN NUMB333RS

6. Slaughter, Beach Dog – Safe and Also No Fear

7. Slowthai – Nothing Great About Britain

8. Remo Drive – Natural, Everyday Degradation

9. Microwave – Death is a Warm Blanket

10. John Floreani – Sin

Will Wilkins

1.    Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

What do we look for when deciding the best album of the year? Personal enjoyment? The number of bangers on the tracklist? Chart rankings? Influence on the industry? In my personal case, Billie checks all the boxes.

I first stumbled across Billie Eilish back in February, whilst working as an intern in a production company that made music videos. The bosses of the company were convinced that Billie’s style – fashion, music, and video aesthetic – would be the next big thing. Fast forward to the end of the year and we can already see that Billie has dominated the industry this year.

In 2019, Billie broke Reading Festival records, was nominated for six Grammy’s (including Record of the Year, Song of The Year, Album of the Year, Best New Artist), the youngest artist to be nominated for all four General Field categories, crowned BIllboard’s Woman of the Year; all at the age of 17. Is there anything she can’t do? I’m so excited to see how she develops her career and how she will continue to dominate the game.

2. BROCKHAMPTON – Ginger

3. Slowthai – Nothing Great about Britain

4. Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell

4. Harry Styles – Fine Line

5. Pup – Morbid Stuff

6. Post Malone – Hollywood’s Bleeding

7. Dinosaur Pile-Up – Celebrity Mansions

8. Biffy Clyro – Balance, Not Symmetry

9. Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent

10. Microwave – Death is a Warm Blanket

 

Celia Moon

1.    Ashnikko – Hi, It’s Me

I may have only found Ashnikko in the last few months of 2019 but I can confidently say that Hi, It’s Me is my favourite album of the year with no contest. I wish I’d heard her sooner, but I like to think I’ve been making up for the lost time by listening to her songs on repeat every single day for the last four months. That should do it.

While only six tracks in total, Hi, It’s Me is filled to the brim with fire and sass and wit and I could ask for nothing more. Stupid ft. Yung Baby Tate found success on TikTok and is exciting, bold, and explicit. Manners has an irresistible beat, memorable lines, and is my personal favourite. Special is another power track, perfect for hyping yourself up to, and the title track Hi, It’s Me is everything you’d need to hear in the wake of a tricky ex.

It left me wanting more. It also left me knowing that there is no one more fun, more open, or more exciting right now than Ashnikko. Her songs are confidence and independence personified. She sings about relationships, sex, power, autonomy, and feelings with iconic boldness and an incredible wit that makes her music so memorable. I can’t wait to see what she brings to 2020, I know she’s got so much more.

2. Catfish and the Bottlemen – The Balance

3. Hozier – Wasteland, Baby!

4. Harry Styles – Fine Line

5. Dave – Psychodrama

6. Quadeca – Voice Memos

7. Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

8. BTS – Map of the Soul: Persona

9. Bastille – Doom Days

10. LOONA – [X X]

 

Megan Foxen

1. Heart Attack Man – Fake Blood

I must admit that I had never heard much of Heart Attack Man before 2019, but since the release of Fake Blood, I can confirm that I am glad to know all about them now.

This album has been on repeat for months and I simply cannot get enough of it. Gritty lyrics, catchy verses and sing-a-long chorus’, every song on this album is diverse but keeps these three features at its core. The album never feels to drop-off as each song adds another layer to the strengths of the record, making it a well-rounded release that made it stand out the most from other albums released this year. 

And, of course, how could I not mention THAT song… Cut My Losses is an amazing track and has the possibility to become one of those records that will be replayed at alternative venues/events for years to come. 

2. Dinosaur Pile-Up – Celebrity Mansions

3.  PUP – Morbid Stuff

4. Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties – Routine Maintenance

5. Billie Eilish – WHEN WE FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

6. Grayscale – Nella Vita

7. FEVER 333 – STR333NGTH IN NUMB333RS

8. Rarity – The Longest Lonesome

9. Remo Drive – Natural, Everyday Degradation

10. Microwave – Death is a Warm Blanket

 

Fraser Wakeling

1. Amo – Bring Me The Horizon

Amo is a no-brainer when it comes to selecting my top album of 2019. Despite criticism from some that the album strayed too far from Bring Me The Horizon’s heavier sound, the album proves how the band can diversify, resulting in a significant expansion of their fanbase. From start to finish, the band have epitomised ‘all killer, no filler’, and have proven just what they are capable of even when out of their more traditionally metal comfort zone.

Amo has sound-tracked a huge portion of my year and has got me through some incredibly tough times, with 2019 being the year I struggled most with mental health. From popular singles medicine and mother tongue, to lesser known tracks such as I don’t know what to say and personal favourite ouch, the album is packed with catchy riffs, hard-hitting licks and of course, killer vocals from Sykes. I was lucky enough to witness some of the album performed live at All Points East Festival in the summer and have to say this experience has only confirmed for me that it deserves the top spot. Furthermore, the band have recently announced their plan to never release an album again but are choosing instead to focus on EPs. It is certainly deserving of the ‘last BMTH album ever’ title and I cannot wait to see what the guys produce in the EPs.

2. Fever 333 – STRENGTH IN NUMB333RS

3. Busted – Half Way There

4. Dinosaur Pile-Up – Celebrity Mansions

5. Biffy Clyro – Balance, Not Symmetry

6. Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent

7. Tiny Moving Parts – Breathe

8. Stormzy – Heavy is the Head

9. Billie Eilish – WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

10. Sam Fender – Hypersonic Missiles

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