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Best Of 2019 [2019-12-24]

2019 was another great year for all things experimental, odd, extreme, quirky & bizarre- and once again we at M[m] offering you up a selection of ‘best of list’ from writers that are both varied & wide in their genre coverage- taking music, sound & film.

 

Roger Batty(Editor/Owner)                                       Top 30- Music/sound
1:Melaine Dalibert - Cheminant [Elsewhere Music]
2:Damien De Coene - Interference [Marbre Negre]
3:Magnus Granberg & Skogen - Nun, es wird nicht weit mehr gehn[Another Timbre]
4:Sihir, Dead Palace Clique, Les Cauchemar - Split [Seppuk Tapes]
5:Norfolk Trotter - Raw Flint Wall #1 [Self Release]
6:Philip Thomas - Morton Feldman Piano Box Set   [Another Timbre]
7:Lance Austin Olsen & Gil Sansón - Works On Paper [Elsewhere Music]
8:Hardy Fox - 25 Minus Minutes [Klanggalerie]
9:Evan Parker, Mathew Wright & Trance Map - Crepuscule In Nickelsdorf [Intakt Records]
10:Vomir - Untitled( Boxset) [Urashima]
11:Red Kosmo - Stronger Than Time [Void Singularity Recordings]
12:Remote Viewers Trio - Notes Lost In A Field [Self Release]
13:Anonymous Masturbaudioum/Gamiani - Elettronica Al Nylon Fottutamente Violenta [Ominous Recordings]
14:MZ.412 - Svartmyrkr [Cold Spring Records]
15:Striations - Vietnamization [Old Captainý/ Eibon Records]
16:The Residents - God In Three Persons(Preserved edition) [Cherry Red/ MVD Audio]
17:Christian Winther Christensen - Almost In G [Col Legno]
18:Sorry For Laughing - Sorry For Laughing [klanggalerie]
19:The Rita - The Nylons of Laura Antonelli [Urashima]
20:Frode Haltli - Border Woods [Hubro]
21:Gaahls Wyrd - GastiR - Ghosts Invited [Season Of Mist ]
22:Dosis Letalis/Ushinawareta Tamashi - Split [Required Rate Of Return)
23:Rothko - Refuge For Abandoned Souls [Trace Recordings]
24:Train Cemetery - Drowning In The Wall [Perpetual Abjection]
25:Warui Yume - Tojikome Raremashita [Void Singularity Recordings]
26:Clive Henry & JSH - CH / JSH [Ominous Recordings]
27:Impermanence - Hartlepool [Void Singularity Recordings]
28:23 Threads 'I Woke Up at Dawn' [Zoharum]
29:Paal Nilssen-Love - New Japanese Noise [PLN Records]
30:Sacro E Profano - III [Ominous Recordings]


Top 20 Film
1:The Last Movie [Powerhouse Films ]
2:Blood Hunger: The Films of José Larraz( Blu Ray boxset) [Arrow Video]
3:All The Colors Of Giallo( Blu Ray, DVD, CD) [Severin Films]
4: Bloody Terror: The Shocking Cinema of Norman J Warren [Powerhouse Films]
5:Evil Town(Blu Ray) [Vinegar Syndrome]
6:The New York Ripper(Blu Ray, DVD & CD) [Blue Underground
7:Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich( Blu Ray) [Fangoria Films ]
8:Edwin Brienen Collection - Edwin Brienen Collection [Brink ]
9:Salò, Or The 120 Days Of Sodom(Blu Ray) [BFI
10:A Record of Sweet Murder( Blu Ray) [Unearthed Films
11:The New York Ripper(Blu Ray, DVD & CD) [Blue Underground]
12:Beyond The Door III (Blu Ray & DVD) [Vinegar Syndrome]
13:Schramm (Blu Ray/ CD) [Arrow Video]
14:The Beast In Heat( Blu Ray) [Severin]
15:Close Calls(DVD) [Scream Team Releasing]
16:The Possessed(Blu Ray) [Arrow Video]
17:Invasion of the Blood Farmers( Blu Ray) [Severin]
18:Track 29(Powerhouse)
19:The Day Time Ended(Blu Ray) [Full Moon Features]
20:Savage Harbor( Blu Ray) [Vinegar Syndrome]

 

Darren Charles
Top 30- music/ sound
01 - Burd Ellen – Silver Came (Self Released)
02 - Ex-Reverie – Isobel Gowdie (Self Released)
03 - Nick Cave – Ghosteen (Ghosteen Ltd)
04 - Chelsea wolfe – Birth of Violence (Sargent House)
05 - Opeth – In Cauda Venenum (Nuclear Blast)
06 - Ghost – seven Inches of Satanic Panic (Loma Vista)
07 - Atlantean Kodex - The Course of Empire (Van Records)
08 - Sacred Reich – Awakening (Metal Blade Records)
09 - Death Angel – Humanicide (Nuclear Blast)
10 - Heartwood Institute – Tomorrow’s People (Polytechnic Youth)
11 - Justin Hopper, Sharron Kraus and Belbury Poly – Chanctonbury Ring (Ghostbox)
12 - Forktail – We Are the Ghosts (Menk Recordings)
13 - Nathalie Stern – Nerves and Skin (Cruel Nature/Inverted Grim Mill Recordings)
14 - Ashtoreth and Grey Malkin – Hermit (Reverb Worship)
15 - Repeated Viewing – The Beach House (Lunaris Records)
16 - Kitchen Cynics and Grey Malkin – The Wonder Room (Reverb Worship)
17 - Amon Amarth – Berserker (Metal Blade)
18 - Alcest – Spiritual Instinct (Nuclear Blast)
19 - Overkill – Wings of War (Nuclear Blast)
20 - Meadowsilver – Meadowsilver (Self Released)
21 – Duke 72 – The Mid Shires Herald (Bad Elephant)
22 - Earth - Full Upon Her Burning Lips (Sargent House)
23 - Stance Katarvis – Self Titled (Menk Recordings)
24 - Heilung – Futha (Season of Mist)
25 - Tool – Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional)
26 - Tomb Mold – Planetary Clairvoyance (20 Buck Spin)
27 - Deathspell Omega - The Furnaces of Palingenesia (Norma Evangelium Diaboli)
28 - Rigor Mortiss - Wbrewny (Zoharum)
29 - The Waste of Space Orchestra - Syntheosis [Svart Records]
30 - Gaahls Wyrd - GastiR - Ghosts Invited (Season of Mist

 

Films/DVD/ Bluray/ TV
01 - Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films, 1954-1975 (Criterion)
02 - Blood Hunger: The Films of Jose Larraz (Arrow Video)
03 - Bloody Terror: The Shocking Cinema of Norman J Warren (Powerhouse)
04 - November (Eureka)
05 - City of the Living Dead (Arrow Video)
06 - In Fabric (Curzon/ Artificial Eye)
07 - The Mandalorian (Disney TV)
08 - Blood on Satan's Claw (Screenbound Pictures)
09 - Iguana with the Tongue of Fire (Arrow Video)
10 - Hagazussa (Doppelganger Releasing)
11 - Legend of the Witches/ Secret Rites (BFI Flipside)
12 - Juniper Tree (Arbelos Films)
13 - Decoder (Vinegar Syndrome)
14 - Putney Swope (Vinegar Syndrome)
15 - Scum (Powerhouse)
 16 - Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)
17 – Schramm (Arrow Video)
18 – Hammer Vol. 4- Faces Of Fear (Powerhouse)
19 – Godzilla: King of the Monsters(Warner Bros)
20 – Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror (Weinerworld)

Paul Casey
Top 30- Music/sound
1:Gary Numan/Tubeway Army - Replicas - The First Recordings [Beggars Banquet]
2:Gary Numan - The Pleasure Principle - The First Recordings [Beggars Banquet]
3:Siege - Drop Dead - Complete Discography[F.O.A.D Recordings]
4:Insect Warfare - Entomological Siege 2004/2009[F.O.A.D Recordings]
5:Incapacitants - Ostracised ENigmatic Conqueror [Old Europa Cafe]
6:Ara Pacis - To the Westcoast [The Artless Cuckoo]
7:David Chalmin - La Terre Invisible[Ici D'Ailleurs ]
8:Clavicvla - Sepulchral Blessing[Cyclic Law]
9:Common Eider, King Eider – Égrégore[Cold Spring Records]
10:Darsombra – Transmission[Self Release]
11:Yair Etziony - Ingress [False Industries]
12:Simon Grab - Posthuman Species[-ous ]
13:Institution DOL - Our Love Can Destroy the Whole Fucking World[TORM Ent.]
14:Steve Moore - Beloved Exile[Temporary Residence Limited]
15:Orfeón Gagarin - Orfeón Gagarin[Verlag System]
16:Ornament & Verbrechen - Tapetopia 001[Play Loud! Productions]
17:Tape Dekay - Decadimento Del Nastro - Decadenza Di Tutto
[Old Captain ‎, Narcolepsia] ‎
18:V/A - Cold War On The Rocks – Disco And Electronic Music From Finland 1980–1991[Svart Records]
19 OMD - Souvenir Singles Box [UMC ‎–, Virgin EMI Records]
20 Tomb Mold - Planetary Clairvoyance[20 Buck Spin]
21 Mylingar - Döda Själar  [Amor Fati , 20 Buck Spin]
22 Simon Grab – Extinction[Ous]
23 Abnormality - Sociopathic Constructs[Metal Blade Records]
24 Hans Castrup - Heterogeneous Cell Information[Karl Records]
25 Kollaps - Mechanical Christ[Cold Spring Records]
26 Felix Lee - Inna Daze[Planet Mu]
27 Viviankrist – Morgenrøde[Cold Spring Records]
28 Witchbones - The Seas of Draugen[Iron Bonehead Productions ]
29 Pestilent Death - Chapters of Depravity[Blood Harvest/ Rotten Life Records]
30 Todd Anderson-Kunert – Conjectures[Room 40]

 


Sergey Pakhomov
Top 30- Music/sound
1. Esoteric - A Pyrrhic Existence [Season Of Mist]
2. Dirac Sea - Negative to the Power of Infinity [Perpetual Abjection]
3. Shumoizolyatsiya ‎– Pobochnyy Effekt[Ominous Recordings]
4. Damien De Coene - DWI [Self Release]
5. The Flower Kings - Waiting for Miracles [Inside Outside Music]
6. Dosis Letalis - Tight Squeeze [Supreme Final Ecstasy]
7. The Fire Beyond The Shoulder Of Orion- Self titled[SoundScape 713 ]
8. Se Lusiferin Kannel – Valtakunta[Signal Rex]
9. Casper van der Veen - They Called From a Distance [Self Release]
10. Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal, & Jess - Songs From the Bardo[Smithsonian Folkways]
11. Uitgeschakeld / Shumoizolyatsiya  - Split[Veil Tapes]
12. Pink Floyd  - The Later Years : 1987-2019[Pink Floyd Records]
13. Sataray - Nocturnum [Scry Recordings]
14. Black To Comm - Seven Horses For Seven Kings[Thrill Jockey]
15. Bastard Noise / Xiphoid Dementia - Human Extinction Engine[
Phage Tapes ‎Terror , Existence Establishment , Scry Recordings] ‎
16. Shumoizolyatsiya - Б/Н [Self Release]
17. James Shearman - A Place Among Pebbles[Perpetual Abjection]
18. Darkthrone - Old Star[Peaceville]
19. Richard Ramirez - Cottaging [Room 2A]
20. Earth - Full Upon Her Burning Lips [Sargent House]
21. John Coltrane - Blue World [Impluse]
22. SATANISMO CALIBRO 9  - Live Kaunas 2019 [SoundScape 713]
23. Slow - VI - Dantalion [Code666]
24. Climax Denial - Blackout Suite[No Rent Records] 
25. Akae Beka - Hail The King [
Higher Bound Productions , Baco Records ]
26. Brad Mehldau - Finding Gabriel[Nonesuch]
27. Dosis Letalis / Shumoizolyatsiya - Split [
Wall Noise Action]
28. Anonymous Masturbaudioum/Gamiani - Elettronica Al Nylon Fottutamente Violenta [Ominous Recordings]
29. Jordan Rudess – Heartfelt[Self Released]
30. Bloodyminded - Self Titled [Bloodlust]

 

Josh Landry
Top 30- Music/sound

1. Aglaia - Cosmic Museum [Hic Sunt Leones]
2. Alio Die & Indalaska - Tempus Fugit [Hic Sunt Leones]
3. Cotito - Hechicero (Perspectives on Afro-Peruvian Music. The Collection Vol. 2) [Buh Records]
4. Juarta Putra vs. Putra Jaya Melati - The Sacred Entertainment [Discrepant]
5. Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal, Jesse Paris Smith - Songs from the Bardo [Smithsonian Folkways Recordings]
6. Moljebka Pulse - Komoku [Cyclic Law]
7. Oyvind Torvund - The Exotica Album [Hubro]
8. Robert Rich - Tactile Ground [Soundscape]
9. Thom Brennan - Elysian Fields [TMB Soundworks]
10. Datach'i - Bones [Timesig]
11. Aumanoid - Starship Experience [self-released]
12. K-Freq - K-Freq & Freaks [Black Out Records]
13. Jumpstreet - Nanodroppin [Looney Moon Records]
14. Pluriverso - Another Day in the Multiverse [Dream Crew Records]
15. SourOne - InSpiral [Zenon Records]
16. Yudhisthira - Psychedelic Dream Theater EP [Forestdelic Records]
17. Upavas - The Goose Is Out EP [Sangoma Records]
18. Goch - Sclerophyllous [Kamakhya Records]
19. Arsiaba - Transform [Catar Records]
20. Yungknwn, Detrix, & NOizON - Missing Links - Cerberus EP [Wormhole Music Group]
21. VA [Merkaba Music] - 100th Compilation
22. VA [Cold Tear Records] - Heavy Dub Vol. 4
23. VA [Svart Records] - Think About Music - Musik von Harmönia 2006-2014
24. VA [BMSS Records] - Dead Residents
25. VA [Forestdelic Records & Sangoma Records] - Enter The Labirhythm
26. VA [GoaProductions] - Trophy Munters Vol. 2
27. VA [Mushroom Production] - Mushroom
28. VA [Atman Records] - Mystical Spiral
29. VA [Psynon Records & Vantara Vichitra Records] - Prismatic Symbiosis
30. VA [Dream Project Records] - Marasmarahaua Temple

 

 


Duncan Simpson
Top 30- Music/sound

1:Duke - Uingizaji Hewa (Nyege Nyege Tapes)
2:Varg - Evanescence (a Love Letter) (Posh Isolation)
3:Croatian Amore – ISA (Posh Isolation)
4:Boy Harsher - Careful (Nude Club)
5:Silk Road Assassins – State of Ruin (Planet Mu Records)
6:King Midas Sound - Alone (Cosmo Rhythmatic)
7:Deaf Center – Low Distance (Sonic Pieces)
8:The Caretaker - Everywhere at the end of time Stage 6 (History Always Favours the Winners)
9:Mdou Moctar - Ilana (The Creator)
10:Leafcutter John - Yes! Come Parade With Us (Border Community)
11:The Cinematic Orchestra – To Believe (Ninja Tune)
12:VR Sex – Human Traffic Jam (Dais)
13:HELM – Chemical Flowers (PAN)
14:Drab Majesty - Modern Mirror (Dais)
15:Alfa Mist - Structuralism (Sekito)
16:Equiknoxx - Eternal Children (Equiknoxx Music)
17:Vallmo - Ruin walls (Northern Electronics)
18:Samuel Kerridge & Taylor Burch - The Other (Downwards)
19:Rupert Clervaux - After Masterpieces (Whities)
20:JH1.FS3 - Trials and Tribulations (Dais)
21:The Chi Factory - The Mantra Recordings (Astral Industries)
22:Slowthai - Nothin Great About Britain (Method Records)
23:Sleaford Mods - Eton Alive (Extreme Eating Records)
24:Jenny Hval - The Practice of Love (Sacred Bones Records)
25:Zonal Ft Moor Mother - Wrecked (Relapse Records)
26:OjeRum - Through The Archway Of Mouths (Opal Tapes)
27:Hiro Kone - A Fossil Begins To Bray (Dais)
28:SKRU - Count Zero (Bastakiya Tapes)
29:Dengue Dengue Dengue  - Zenit & Nadir (Enchufada)
30:Billy Woods & Kenny Segal - Hiding Places (Backwoodz Studioz)

 


Hal Harmon
Top 30- Music/sound

1:Sisto Rossi - My Dungeon, My Rules [Ana Ott]
2:Gordon Withers - Jawbreaker on Cello [New Granada]
3:Jain Chain - Kaflia Bay [Self-Released]
4:V/A - Electronic Cottage Compilation 5: Chance Encounters [HalTapes]
5:The RITA - Magazine (Reissue Box Set) [New Forces]
6:Merzbow - Venereology (Remaster Reissue) [Relapse]
7:Fire-Tools - Field Whispers (Into the Crystal Palace) [Orange Milk]
8:Merzbow - Pulse Demon (Remaster Reissue) [Relapse]
9:Orchid - Chaos is Me (20th Anniversary Edition) [Ebullition]
10:Bacon Grease - Bacon Grease [Pop Nihil]
11:Penny Grune-Fae - Chik'n & Waffles [Self-Released]
12:Formaldehydra - Extirpate [Pop Nihil]
13:Chefkirk, Hal McGee, & Ironing - Chefkirk, Hal McGee, & Ironing [Hymns]
14:Uniform & The Body - Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back [Sacred Bones]
15:Trepaneringsritualen - ᛉᛦ – Algir; eller Algir i Merkstave [Cold Spring]
16:Junkie Flamingos - Lemegeton Party [Helen Scarsdale Agency]
17:Human Fluid Rot - This is Depression [Self-Released]
18:Lightning Bolt - Sonic Citadel [Thrill Jockey]
19:Pharmakon - Devour [Sacred Bones]
20:Mark Korven - The Lighthouse (Original Soundtrack) [Sacred Bones]
21:Hammered Hulls - Hammered Hulls [Dischord]
22:Himukalt - Sex Worker [Total Black]
23:Like Weeds - Ourselves Alone [Flag Day]
24:Candy Ricotta - Fuck You Pay Me [No Rent]
25:Molly Nilsson - History [Dark Skies Association/Night School]
26:V/A - Noise: In Theory and Practice [Norcal Noise Fest]
27:Killick - Stay-At-Home-Monk [H(i)nds(i)ght]
28:Bobby Krlic - Midsommar (Original Score By Bobby Krlic) [Milan]
29:Negativland - True False [Seeland]
30:Velma and the Happy Campers - Permatemp [Floating Skull]

 

Jan Warnke
Top 30 muisc/ sound

1:Vanity Productions - Only the Stars come out at night (digital Posh Isolation )
2:Merzbow & Vanity Productions - Coastal Erosion   LP (Ideal)
3:Ato Vari - Stele   CS (Perfect Aesthetics)
4:The Dead Mauriacs - The Tapes From Ipanema CDr (NPH)
5:Chernobyl (OST) Music by Hildur Guðnadóttir   LP (Deutsche Grammophon)
6:Stefan Roigk - Suffering For The Promised   LP (Fragment Factory)
7:Richard Ramirez - Amplified Tactics (Reissue)   LP (Hospital Productions)
8:Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka   2xLP (Polydor)
9: Rainier Lericolais - Voix effeuillées Lam villeneuve d'Ascq LP (self released)
10:Hans Castrup - Heterogeneous Cell Information   LP (Karlrecords)
11:T Soltau & Comrades - Dales And Shores (Redux)   CDr (UnicatipH)
12:Evan Crankshaw & The Dead Mauriacs - Expedition  (Live at Festival BBMIX 15 07 2019)
13: Puce Mary, Francesco Leali, Heith, Alessandro Branca - An Exploitative Version of Surrogacy  (Digital)
14:øjeRum - Hendes Bregneøjne   CS (Perfect Aesthetics)
15:"Grillet Boxes" for Necromunda / Blackstone Fortress
16:Vacation in France & meeting Olivier & Hèlène (The Dead Mauriacs) again
17:Various Artists - Dungeon Rap The Introduction   CS (Natural Sciences)
18:Full Of Hell - Weeping Choir   LP (Relapse)
19:Stranger Things - Season 3 (Netflix)
20:V/A - Summer Storms (Posh Isolation)
21:Eric Boros - Snow Moon   CDr (RFTS)
22:Danielle de Picciotto - Deliverance   LP (Louder Than War)
23:Richard Ramirez Plays Das Synthetische Mischgewebe   CDr (RFTS)
24:Siavash Amini - Serus   LP (Room40)
25:Vile Gash - Agonised Corrosion   CS (Youth Attack Records)
26:Geheimnisvoll - Venomous Sorcery Through Hidden Darkness   CS (Knife Vision)
27:NOPRO - Die You All  (Decimation Sociale)
28: The Art Of Magic Boxset & Book Editions + 7" (Folklore Tapes)
29: MUUR - Bod    CD (Cyclic Law)
30: Internazionale - One Shot, One Life CS (Janushoved)

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