Best of 2019: Brat

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Brat’s (Sydney Australia) best of 2019

2019 was a great year with so many brilliant album releases I had a very hard time putting them in some sort of ‘I like this better’ order. While this is a metal website and some of my choices are not technically metal, they’re heavy enough to be included in my personal list.

Equal 1st.     Turilli & Lione Rhapsody – Zero Gravity (Rebirth & Evolution)Turilli / Lione RHAPSODY - »Zero Gravity (Rebirth And Evolution)«

Equal 1st.     Sabaton – The Great War  (my Earbook  edition  review  here)Sabaton – The Great War

Equal 1st.   Saint Daemon – Ghost  (my  review  here)

Equal 1st.    Tobias Sammet’s Avantasia – Moonglow  (see my  album  review  here.  See  below for  the  concert  review)AVANTASIA - Moonglow

Equal 1st.   Eclipse – Paradigm

Best song on the album with great footage taken from their appearance at Wacken Open Air 2019

6.     Crazy Lixx – Forever Wild

Not the fastest song on the album, but the best

7.     Rammstein – Rammstein

8.     Sacha Paeth’s Masters of Ceremony – Signs of Wings

9.  Vision Divine – When all the Heroes are Dead

10. Whitesnake – Flesh & Blood

11. Iron Savior – Kill or Get Killed

12. Týr – HelTýr – Hel

13. Marco Hietala – Mustan Sydämen Rovio

14. Devin Townsend – EmpathDevin Townsend – Empath

The genius that is Mr Townsend…

15. Amon Amarth – Berserker

16. Pretty Maids – Undress your MadnessPretty Maids – Undress Your Madness

17. Lacuna Coil – Black Anima

18. The Dark Element – Songs the Night Sings

19. Timo Tolkki’s Avalon – Return to Eden

20. Myrath – Shehili

Best New Band

Sacha Paeth’s Masters of Ceremony

OK so most of these musicians have been around the block a few times, but this is a new group.

Best EP

Delain – Hunter’s Moon

Technically, this album is a full-length one, but only 4 songs are new and are a prelude to the full album to be released in 2020.
The CD/DVD bundle includes footage from the Danse Macabre Tour in Utrecht’s Tivoli Vredenburg featuring George Oosthoek and Marco Hietala (Tarot, Nightwish).

Best Live Album

Graham Bonnet – Live in Tokyo

Jorn – Live on Death Road

Best Rock release

Equally the best:
Eclipse – Paradigm

Crazy Lixx – Forever Wild

Best Industrial/Gothic release

Rammstein – Rammstein

Best Fancy-Schmancy Box Release

Motley Crue – Dr Feelgood 30 year anniversary deluxe edition
Fabulous packaging, but at AUD$560 I can’t afford it.

Best Concert

Avantasia at Metro Theatre, Sydney – an all-star spectacular! See my report here.

Apocalyptica plays Metallica by four cellos 20th anniversary tour at Sydney Opera House with guest 4th cellist Lauri Kankkunen (2nd solo cellist of Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra)

Premium seats for a band I’ve never been able to get this close to.

Turilli/Lione Rhapsody at Crowbar, Leichhardt (Sydney) – a bucket list band that I got to see on my birthday! Could it have been any better!?


Best Festival

Download Sydney – Parramatta Park

I only went to one, but Download put on a great event so it is worthy of this list.

Best Music DVD/Blu-Ray

Helloween – United Alive

My Discovery of 2019 was

Valhalore, heading off to perform at Wacken Open Air 2020

2019 Disappointments

Sonata Arctica – Talviyö
While it’s not a bad album, it’s no longer the music that made Sonata Arctica one of my favourite Finnish bands.

Looking forward to in 2020


Marco Hietala – Pyre of the Dead Heart (English version)

Dynazty’s new album – with Amaranthe singer, Nils Molin up the front

H.E.A.T – H.E.A.T II with the insanely talented Erik Grönwall on vocals. (Erik became an international hit with his vocal performances on Sweden’s Idol in 2009 with his performances of classic rock/metal.)

Nightwish has also announced a new album for 2020.

Festivals and gigs

Vintage and contemporary glam and hair metal at MelodicRock Fest, Melbourne – XYZ, Firehouse, Kip Winger, TNT, Janet Gardner (Vixen), Crazy Lixx, Reckless Love, Eclipse – just to name a few

Finally seeing Michele Luppi live as keyboardist for Whitesnake (although I would prefer to see him live as a lead vocalist)