Bas' Best of the decade! My top 100 albums 2000-2009

Written by: Bas
Published: 14.12.2009
Some of the staff members have been busying themselves with the question what their favourite 100 albums of this decade are and after completing my list I found it right to share it with you.

Note that my list does not consider the importance or impact of the albums on their respective genre, nor are all albums on the list on it due to an amazing feat of both originality or talent. In other words this is by no mean an objectively evaluated ranking. The list is based purely on how much I enjoyed the respective CDs. As I don't only listen to metal, some other genres are represented too.

Demos, compilations and live albums have not been considered for this list.

Feel free to criticise those "horrible ear-raping 'artists'" I included, moan about me not listing your favourite CDs, full-heartedly agree with a few of the inclusions or comment in any other way you feel like!



1 Ayreon - 01011001
2 Sepia Dreamer - The Sublime
3 Green Carnation - Light Of Day, Day Of Darkness
4 The Lonely Island - Incredibad
5 Haggard - Eppur Si Muove
6 Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Beethoven's Last Night
7 Ayreon - The Human Equation
8 Falconer - Falconer
9 Ayreon - The Universal Migrator Part I: The Dream Sequencer
10 Evanescence - Origin


11 Arid - All Things Come in Waves
12 Iron Maiden - Brave New World
13 Star One - Space Metal
14 Falconer - Chapters From A Vale Forlorn
15 Diablo Swing Orchestra - The Butcher's Ballroom
16 Evergrey - The Inner Circle
17 Stream Of Passion - Embrace The Storm
18 Immortal - Sons Of Northern Darkness
19 Guilt Machine - On This Perfect Day
20 Vital Remains - Dechristianize
21 Kamelot - Karma
22 Infected Mushroom - Vicious Delicious
23 Die Streuner - Schnorrer, Penner, schräge Narren
24 Shakra - Rising
25 Dawn Of Destiny - Rebellion In Heaven
26 Ill Niño - Confession
27 Lunatica - The Edge Of Infinity
28 Sabaton - Primo Victoria
29 Within Temptation - The Heart Of Everything
30 Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory
31 Wizard - Odin
32 How Like A Winter - ...Beyond My Grey Wake
33 Infected Mushroom - Classical Mushroom
34 Falconer - Among Beggars And Thieves
35 DeepTrip - DeepTrip
36 Haggard - Awakening The Centuries
37 Eeriness - Paths
38 Sirenia - Nine Destinies And A Downfall
39 Clawfinger - A Whole Lot of Nothing
40 Lifelover - Pulver
41 Die Streuner - Fürsten in Lumpen und Loden
42 Forgotten Tales - All The Sinners
43 Darkmoon - Of Bitterness And Hate
44 Adagio - Sanctus Ignus
45 Tenacious D - The Pic Of Destiny
46 Wizard - Goochan
47 Infected Mushroom - IM The Supervisor
48 Orphaned Land - Mabool
49 Mithras - Forever Advancing ...... Legions
50 Dawn Of Destiny - Human Fragility
51 Kamelot - The Black Halo
52 Soulfly - 3
53 Linkin Park - Meteora
54 Rammstein - Mutter
55 Green Carnation - Acoustic Verses
56 Soulfly - Primitive
57 Tenacious D - Tenacious D
58 Infected Mushroom - Converting Vegetarians: Trance Side
59 Kamelot - Epica
60 Axel Rudi Pell - Mystica
61 Apocalyptica - Apocalyptica
62 The Offspring - Conspiracy Of One
63 Mithras - Behind The Shadows Lie Madness
64 Ayreon - The Universal Migrator Part II: Flight Of The Migrator
65 Adagio - Dominate
66 Wolf - Black Wings
67 Moonspell - Memorial
68 Mägo De Oz - Gaia
69 Sirenia - At Sixes And Sevens
70 Blutengel - Seelenschmerz
71 Inchoate - Inchoate IV: The Revenant
72 Ambeon - Fate Of A Dreamer
73 Paradise Lost - Paradise Lost
74 Günther And The Sunshine Girls - Pleasureman
75 Avantasia - The Metal Opera Pt. I
76 Infected Mushroom - B.P. Empire
77 Evergrey - Monday Morning Apocalypse
78 Stratovarius - Elements Pt. 1
79 Felony - First Works
80 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - Burepolom
81 Sabaton - Attero Dominatus
82 Taake - Over Bjoergvin Graater Himmerik
83 Wizard - Magic Circle
84 Aborted - Engineering The Dead
85 Kataklysm - Shadows & Dust
86 Rage - Speak Of The Dead
87 Rhapsody Of Fire - Power Of The Dragonflame
88 Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way
89 Green Carnation - A Blessing In Disguise
90 The Offspring - Splinter
91 Aborted - The Archaic Abattoir
92 Savage Circus - Dreamland Manor
93 Blutengel - The Oxidising Angel
94 Sonata Arctica - Silence
95 Symphony X - The Odyssey
96 Nightmare - The WORLD Ruler
97 Subway To Sally - Bastard
98 Mithras - Worlds Beyond The Veil
99 Hammerfall - Crimson Thunder
100 Whyzdom - From The Brink Of Infinity



You can also check out Marcel's list here


 




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BitterCOld - 14.12.2009 at 22:47  
Sorry, hoss, had to share Dane's handiwork with the rest of the class:

cold103 - 14.12.2009 at 22:56  
Yay! I also love "01011001".
Fat & Sassy! - 14.12.2009 at 23:02  
Hahahaha! XD That pic sums up exactly what I was thinking while looking at the Top Ten.

Nice to see that Beethoven's Last Night is getting some love.
Paradox0 - 14.12.2009 at 23:03  
Nice to see that someone else genuinely enjoys 0101001. Too bad I could badly get through the rest of the list without gouging my eyes out (sorry)
Fat & Sassy! - 14.12.2009 at 23:05  
Oh, and seeing as how you're obviously a big prog fan, I am really surprised that The Perfect Element I or Remedy Lane isn't on here... Seeing as how they are both masterpieces. :O
dismaleuphony - 15.12.2009 at 01:04  
Ambeon - Fate Of A Dreamer - I love this disc, great to see it on the list. I continue to regret never buying it when it was released and am now left with mp3s, albeit high quality ones. I'd be able to sell it for well over $100 USD, or better yet, 100 euros and buy another 20 cds with it due to its ridiculously high ebay/amazon rates.

Falconer - Falconer - Yeah, no matter how many times I listen to Among Beggars And Thieves, the self-titled disc is still great and had the biggest impact to me of any Falconer disc. I'm still hoping to see them live someday...

Evergrey - Monday Morning ApocalypseHmm, I just can't get into this disc, but I guess I can see why it could make a top list because it was such a departure for the band, particularly the production. I'd still have gone with "Torn" though.

Whyzdom - From The Brink Of Infinity - There's something to be said about the number 100 on the list it seems for people, as I wonder where it will place (higher or lower) in a few years. Perhaps you need to see them live now to make up your mind on this

Sepia Dreamer - The Sublime - For something so high on your list, I'd never heard of it all. After checking some samples, it seems really good - maybe not something for me, but I know a friend or two who'd love it. And maybe after some further listenings myself too. It feels impressive, yet not pretentious, something rare in this type of music to me.
Doc Godin - 15.12.2009 at 07:11  
Bas, your list sucks. Ayreon, Linkin Park, Stratovarius? Jesus, what a load of crap.

Not to worry, children. Doc's awesome list will be posted soon.
Bas - 15.12.2009 at 15:51  
Written by Paradox0 on 14.12.2009 at 23:03

Nice to see that someone else genuinely enjoys 0101001. Too bad I could badly get through the rest of the list without gouging my eyes out (sorry)

Like I said it's a very subjective list
But feel free to tell me what releases disturb you the most

Written by dismaleuphony on 15.12.2009 at 01:04

Falconer - Falconer - Yeah, no matter how many times I listen to Among Beggars And Thieves, the self-titled disc is still great and had the biggest impact to me of any Falconer disc. I'm still hoping to see them live someday...

Sepia Dreamer - The Sublime - For something so high on your list, I'd never heard of it all. After checking some samples, it seems really good - maybe not something for me, but I know a friend or two who'd love it. And maybe after some further listenings myself too. It feels impressive, yet not pretentious, something rare in this type of music to me.

Same for me, seeing Falconer live would be something like a dream come true for me, they've been my favourite power metal band since a long time now, their debut being my top favourite power metal album of all time

Yeah Sepia Dreamer is pretty obscure as far as I know, I originally checked them out because Leon Macey of Mithras (my favourite band at the time) does the drumming on that album. I'm sure it's not for everyone due to the nature of the music and it being instrumental, but I absolutely love it.
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 14.12.2009 at 23:05

Oh, and seeing as how you're obviously a big prog fan, I am really surprised that The Perfect Element I or Remedy Lane isn't on here... Seeing as how they are both masterpieces. :O

I just never really managed to get into Pain Of Salvation. The songs I've heard of them so far never really managed to get me interested in the band, I've been planning to give one of their albums a full spin since a while but haven't really had the opportunity yet.

And yeah Beethoven's Last Night is a pretty sweet album, have you listened to their new one yet? I still have to do that too
Fat & Sassy! - 15.12.2009 at 23:12  
Written by Bas on 15.12.2009 at 15:51

I just never really managed to get into Pain Of Salvation. The songs I've heard of them so far never really managed to get me interested in the band, I've been planning to give one of their albums a full spin since a while but haven't really had the opportunity yet.

And yeah Beethoven's Last Night is a pretty sweet album, have you listened to their new one yet? I still have to do that too


That may be your problem. You haven't listened to a full album. I suggest that you listen to The Perfect Element I. There are a lot of very clever and well orchestrated reoccurring themes (lyrics and melodies) spread throughout the album. Daniel Gildenlöw's brilliance as a musician and songwriter really shine on the album.

Yeah, I've listened to Night Castle quite a few times. It's really good, but not as good as BLN imo. There are a couple of 10 minute power ballads that Robert Even destroys. I'm interested in where they will be going with their music in the future seeing as their Christmas Trilogy is done. Night Castle is a pretty good start.
Ag Fox - 17.01.2010 at 20:00  
>Evanescence - Origin
did not expect that at all, or "The Heart Of Everything". I like both btw

I still think Star One is better than Ayreon
Bas - 18.01.2010 at 13:58  
Written by Ag Fox on 17.01.2010 at 20:00

>Evanescence - Origin
did not expect that at all, or "The Heart Of Everything". I like both btw

I still think Star One is better than Ayreon

Yeah I absolutely love Origin, one of the best albums ever to relax to
I don't like Fallen or any other of their later works though

As for Star One, imo it's definitely his best non-Ayreon album, compared to Ayreon I like some of Ayreons discography better (0101, Human Equation and Universal Migrator 1) but prefer Space Metal to the rest of the Ayreon discography
Ag Fox - 18.01.2010 at 20:14  
Eh? What's wrong with "Fallen"? Forgotten to mention that "Fallen" and "The Heart Of Everything" is why I started listening to metal, so treat me like a fan boy for these two albums (albums only, not bands)
Bas - 18.01.2010 at 22:32  
Well for me Origin is a really beautiful album that manages to stir a lot of emotion in me and Fallen just doesn't manage to do that at all.

Yeah I like The Heart Of Everything a lot as well, The Silent Force too, not all that fond of the earlier stuff though, I simply like the last two better
Sulac - 07.07.2010 at 06:39  
Nice to see Trans-Siberian Orchestra getting some love!
RobertNowhere - 16.09.2010 at 18:56  
Thanks so much for doing this...ive already discovered some amazing new music on your list...i tend to gravitate towards the dark, extreme end of things, so discovering the more melodic/progressive bands that you have listed is really quite wonderful
Bas - 16.09.2010 at 23:40  
Written by RobertNowhere on 16.09.2010 at 18:56

Thanks so much for doing this...ive already discovered some amazing new music on your list...i tend to gravitate towards the dark, extreme end of things, so discovering the more melodic/progressive bands that you have listed is really quite wonderful

Hey

That's a very nice feedback to get, thanks
What bands did you listen to and enjoy from the list?
RobertNowhere - 17.09.2010 at 17:47  
Sepia Dreamer and Star One are the two i think i will actually go out and buy off the shelfs....outstanding

possibly Green Carnation too...
Fat & Sassy! - 17.09.2010 at 18:06  
Written by RobertNowhere on 17.09.2010 at 17:47

possibly Green Carnation too...


DO IT. If you are into prog, you will not regret purchasing such a classic as Light of Day, Day of Darkness.
RobertNowhere - 17.09.2010 at 19:30  
The only critcism i have of many of the bands on this list is the overly-produced nature of their music...it's just my individual tastes speaking here, of course...but i tend to prefer my metal more raw, chaotic, even psychedelic...many of these bands have a sound that is so professional and perfect, it can come off as a bit generic and sterile...but the best of them manage to transcend those "limitations"...i think when im in the mood for this type of thing, ill keep digging through this list...

quite enjoying Post Traumatic Stress Disorder...
Bas - 19.09.2010 at 21:15  
Written by RobertNowhere on 17.09.2010 at 19:30

The only critcism i have of many of the bands on this list is the overly-produced nature of their music...it's just my individual tastes speaking here, of course...but i tend to prefer my metal more raw, chaotic, even psychedelic...many of these bands have a sound that is so professional and perfect, it can come off as a bit generic and sterile...but the best of them manage to transcend those "limitations"...i think when im in the mood for this type of thing, ill keep digging through this list...

quite enjoying Post Traumatic Stress Disorder...

Yeah, that seems to be a taste thing, personally I enjoy most of my melodic metal (especially the progressive ones) crystal clear (I like my black metal slightly raw too though)

You could also check out Redemption - Snowfall On Judgement Day
I didn't know it yet at the time of making that list, but at the moment it's one of my top 2 albums
It's extremely emotional prog metal with a dark edge to it too.

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