Eluveitie - Spirit After so much searching for a good folk metal band, I finally find this. Amazing combination of gothenburg and folk metal.
Evergrey - Monday Morning Apocalypse This one was an awful surprise for me of course. After so many great and memorable albums, MMA is released... for my disappointment.
Kalmah - The Black Waltz The album that pushed me away from Kalmah. I rather hear something melodic and enjoyable than these blackish vocals and awful rough guitar riffs.
Machine Head - The Blackening Probably the biggest surprise in years. After some mediocre albums, comes this thrash pearl. Couldn't imagine Machine Head playing 10 minute songs with (great) solos popping everywhere.
Metallica - Death Magnetic A surprise to all of us I guess. After the hard-rock era from 'Load' and the Thing from 'St. Anger', they come up with something between '... and Justice for all' and the Black album.
Within Temptation - The Silent Force After a 'Mother Earth' masterpiece this comes out four years later. Why wait four years for something that I could hear in any Evanescence album or from any other commercial gothic band. Such a shame.
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