Because everyone else is doing it... BitterCOld's top 100.

Written by: BitterCOld
Published: 16.12.2009
Seeing as all the cool kids are doing it, and seeing as your tears sustain me, I present my list of the Top 100 metal albums of the decade. At least i'm different and my list is in descending order to heighten the suspense.

Preface:

First of all, this list is a snapshot of my top 100 albums as of the time of compilation and posting. It could very well fluctuate with some albums moving up or down several notches within half an hour of my posting. I ranked these based upon my own MS ratings, which means it is highly likely I missed an album or five because we don't have the band listed, or I heard/liked an album and somehow failed to rank it.

Additionally, I left off EP releases (sorry, Jesu, Procession, Deathspell Omega), as well as works of artists that were formerly metal or I consider outside of metal, i.e. OM, Clutch, Mogwai and all of Ulver's works this decade.

This list pretty much exposes what I have already known about myself… While I own a lot of CDs, a good chunk of them are from artists I really like. Why take a gamble from Band A when I know I like what Band B does? So a couple bands have a handful of releases in this list, so rather than 94 different artists in 100 slots, there's a lot of the same name repeated ad nauseum. Bully for them. They deserve it in my bitter opinion, and this is my blog and my list, so that's really the only opinion that matters.

(Finally, if you're big into power metal, you can save yourself some time, skip to the end of the list, and start whining that I failed to include Band C's "awesome:banger:" release. )


100. Godflesh - Hymns
99. Samael - Above
98. Withered - Folie Circulaire
97. Slayer - World Painted Blood
96. Melechesh - Emissaries
95. Tombs - Winterhours
94. Orange Goblin - Healing Through Fire
93. Birds Of Prey - Hellpreacher
92. Finntroll - Jaktens Tid
91. Ministry - Houses Of The Mole
90. Anorexia Nervosa - The Redemption Process
89. Skepticism - Farmakon
88. Isole - Bliss Of Solitude
87. Korpiklaani - Voices Of The Wilderness
86. Drudkh - Forgotten Legends
85. Gama Bomb - Citizen Brain
84. Warbringer - War Without End
83. Mastodon - Blood Mountain
82. Satyricon - Volcano
81. Thorns - Thorns
80. Kylesa - Static Tensions
79. Shrinebuilder - Shrinebuilder
78. Wolves In The Throne Room - Diadem Of 12 Stars
77. High On Fire - Surrounded By Thieves
76. Dark Tranquility - Character
75. Krallice - Krallice
74. Red Harvest - Internal Punishment Programs
73. Darkthrone - Sardonic Wrath
72. Landmine Marathon - Rusted Eyes Awake
71. Colosseum - Chapter 2: Numquam
70. Nortt - Galgenfrist
69. Forsaken - After The Fall
68. Saviours - Accelerated Living
67. Asphyx - Death… The Brutal Way
66. Solstafir - Kold
65. Opeth - Blackwater Park
64. Emperor - Prometheus: The Discipline Of Fire And Demise
63. Gorath - Misotheism
62. Nachtmystium - Assassins: Black Meddle, Part I
61. Ministry - Rio Grande Blood
60. Enslaved - Isa
59. Bongripper - Hippie Killer
58. Municipal Waste - The Art Of Partying
57. Shining - V - Halmstad
56. Jesu - Conqueror
55. Minsk - Ritual Fires Of Abandonment
54. Behemoth - Evangelion
53. Celtic Frost - Monotheist
52. Primoridal - The Gathering Wilderness
51. Evoken - Antithesis Of Light
50. Napalm Death - The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code
49. High On Fire - Blessed Black Wings
48. Arcturus - The Sham Mirrors
47. Mastodon - Leviathan
46. Baroness - Red Album
45. Mayhem - Ordo Ad Chao
44. Candlemass - Death Magic Doom
43. Agalloch - The Mantle
42. Shining - IV - The Eerie Cold
41. Deathspell Omega - Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem Aeternum
40. Wolves In The Throne Room - Two Hunters
39. Tool - Lateralus
38. Nortt - Gudsforladt
37. Enslaved - Monumension
36. Nachtmystium - Instinct: Decay
35. Glorior Belli - Manifesting The Raging Beast
34. Oranssi Pazuzu - Muukalainen Puhuu
33. Immortal - Sons Of Northern Darkness
32. Leviathan - Massive Conspiracy Against All Life
31. Minsk - With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone
30. Darkthrone - Dark Thrones And Black Flags
29. Weakling - Dead As Dreams
28. Skepticism - Alloy
27. Lurker Of Chalice - Lurker Of Chalice
26. Drudkh - Autumn Aurora
25. Darkthrone - The Cult Is Alive
24. Enslaved - Vertebrae
23. Mar De Grises - Draining The Waterheart
22. Neurosis - The Eye Of Every Storm
21. Drudkh - Blood In Our Wells
20. Enslaved - Mardraum - Beyond The Within
19. Darkspace - III
18. Ahab - The Call of The Wretched Sea
17. Alcest - Souvenirs D'Un Autre Monde
16. Bolt Thrower - For Those Once Loyal
15. Jesu - Jesu
14. Enslaved - Below The Lights
13. Cobalt - Gin
12. Baroness - The Blue Record
11. Process Of Guilt - Erosion
10. Darkthrone - Hate Them
9. Shape Of Despair - Shades Of…
8. High On Fire - Death is This Communion
7. Esoteric - The Maniacal Vale
6. Ahab - The Divinity Of Oceans
5. Mastodon - Crack the Skye
4. Neurosis - Given To The Rising
3. Primodrial - To The Nameless Dead
2. Warning - Watching From A Distance
1. Negura Bunget - OM


 



Written on 16.12.2009 by
BitterCOld
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Darkside Momo - 16.12.2009 at 01:52  
Well seeing as you all do it, I migh as well post mine.
Or not.
jupitreas - 16.12.2009 at 04:23  
Strange that there is no love for Anaal Nathrakh in any of the lists published so far but mine (and I rated it very high).
Ellrohir - 16.12.2009 at 10:13  
Wow...reversed order...what an invention
Mr. Doctor - 16.12.2009 at 18:05  
7. Esoteric - The Maniacal Vale

That surprised me a little bit because judging by your blog from 2008's albums I thought you would put it in the best three of the decade... The Manical Vale could have tyaken Primordial's place

I still don't see what's good with that band
Darkside Momo - 16.12.2009 at 18:18  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 16.12.2009 at 18:05

I still don't see what's good with that band

Emotions, I guess. Alan has a very soulfoul singing, just listen again to As Rome Burns, or to The Coffin Ships.
Mr. Doctor - 16.12.2009 at 18:19  
Written by Darkside Momo on 16.12.2009 at 18:18

Emotions, I guess. Alan has a very soulfoul singing, just listen again to As Rome Burns, or to The Coffin Ships.


Interesting... I thought that his vocals sucked

I love subjectivity.
Darkside Momo - 16.12.2009 at 18:24  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 16.12.2009 at 18:19

Written by Darkside Momo on 16.12.2009 at 18:18

Emotions, I guess. Alan has a very soulfoul singing, just listen again to As Rome Burns, or to The Coffin Ships.


Interesting... I thought that his vocals sucked

I love subjectivity.

Well, I can't say he sings well, technically speaking. Indeed it's sometimes a bit false I think. But whatever, as the emotions outweight the rest by far for me
Marcel Hubregtse - 16.12.2009 at 18:37  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 16.12.2009 at 18:19


Interesting... I thought that his vocals sucked



But then again 90% of all metal vocalists suck. Just listen to Electric Wizard or Cathedral's vocals, they are as sucky as they come, but does that make them bad hell no, at least it gives soemthing unique to the music. And like Momo said Alan's emotions outweigh his lack in technical ability by far...
Mr. Doctor - 16.12.2009 at 19:04  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 16.12.2009 at 18:37

But then again 90% of all metal vocalists suck. Just listen to Electric Wizard or Cathedral's vocals, they are as sucky as they come, but does that make them bad hell no, at least it gives soemthing unique to the music. And like Momo said Alan's emotions outweigh his lack in technical ability by far...


Of course that those bands have terrible vocals but they add to the music.
My problem is that the Alan's vocals don't add shit to the music...
It was just a "what the hell is that? Why?"-Moment when I listened to them.
BitterCOld - 16.12.2009 at 20:40  
Esoteric's Maniacal Vale represents a quandary. it's up there with Streetcleaner as perhaps the most overwhelming and crushing release i've laid ears upon. but that and that alone won't necessarily make it my favorite album (neither are. if/when i put up a top 100, Ulver's Bergtatt will have the top spot)...

the list is partially based on how often i have listened to those and how much they still succeed in drawing me in. if my randomized pc decides that amongst 8,000 songs or so, it feels like selecting a Warning track, i'll often find myself adjusting the playlist and just playing the entire album straight.

Primordial, as with Warning, i dig because of the emotions in the vocals... amongst other things. I also like how that album sort of picks up in intensity as it goes along. it seems like the harshest tracks are the last.
Shadowcross - 08.02.2010 at 19:32  
Sweet list i must say
BitterCOld - 30.06.2010 at 06:22  
Bah, looking back i already want to make tons of changes... including many in the top 25. it's funny how much opinions can change in just 60 days.
RobertNowhere - 17.09.2010 at 19:47  
This is a great list! of all ive seen since joining the site, i think our tastes align the most...but i still see some bands listed i havent heard yet, so that's pretty cool...
PrimalAntagonist - 29.01.2011 at 08:40  
No opeth?????????????wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh?????????????
BitterCOld - 29.01.2011 at 08:47  
Written by Guest on 29.01.2011 at 08:40

No opeth?????????????wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh?????????????


nopeth. no opeth. i like BWP, but not as much as their prior works - which all fall in the prior decade.
WhiskeyBay - 29.03.2011 at 22:44  
I noticed alot of Enslaved throughout your list. As far Viking Influened metal goes who are some of your favorite bands? I'm a huge fan of Amon Amarth. Also, any chance of an updated list?

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