At the same time it was also fantastic year regards progressive/avantgarde/experimental black metal as there were superb albums from Reverence, Klabautamann, Oranssi Pazuzu, Semen Datura, Code.
And then there were numerous great instrumental albums from Exivious, Animals as Leaders, Kong, If These Trees Could Talk, Ozric Tentacles.
Somewhat disappointing compared to their previous albums were: Porcupine Tree, Secrets of the Moon, Irreversible, Ghost Brigade, A Storm of Light.
The best positive surprises compared to their previous albums were: Indukti, Mastodon, Isis, Karl Sanders, Minsk.
My top 80 albums of 2009
1. Indukti – Idmen
2. Isis – Wavering Radiant
3. Reverence – Inactive Theocracy
4. Callisto – Providence
5. Klabautamann – Merkur
6. Riverside – Anno Domini High Definition