Albums That Made Me What I Am

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This is not a list over my favourite albums, although some of them on the list of course are. These are albums that formed me, had a huge impact on me and defined my musical taste. Without some of these releases I probably wouldn't even be the person that I am today.

Created by: Warman | 09.08.2015

1. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
The album is genious and one of the best of all time. But it's here mainly for the title track. I was 13 when I bought this album. I had never heard something like "Master of Puppets" before. It instantly became my favourite song and still is these days. It has always been there for me. It always brings out so many emotions and memories in me. If someone asks me what metal is I'd say: "Master of Puppets".
2. Iron Maiden - Rock In Rio
3. Iron Maiden - Dance Of Death
4. Iron Maiden - Killers
5. Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time
6. Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
7. Iron Maiden - Brave New World
Maiden was my first metal band. I was 11, my best friend showed me the "Rock in Rio" version of "Fear of the Dark" and the "Aces High" video. That's the start of my metal journey. The start of me becoming a whole new person. The mentioned albums are those which are closest to me. Those with songs that really stuck with me. "Dance of Death" was also the first album I bought.
8. Dream Theater - Images And Words
I bought "Awake". It was good. I bought "Images and Words". I pushed play. Nothing has ever had that much impact on me that fast. It took three seconds of "Pull Me Under" and I stopped myself, thinking "this is the best thing I've ever heard". And so it was. This is the best album of all time and it still keeps impressing me. I was doing the dishes a while ago, had the album playing in the background and yet again, many years later, I stopped myself and thought "this is the best thing I've ever heard".
9. Children Of Bodom - Follow The Reaper
10. Children Of Bodom - Hatebreeder
11. Children Of Bodom - Hate Crew Deathroll
12. Children Of Bodom - Something Wild
The first four Children of Bodom albums changed my life. I started listening to Iron Maiden and Metallica when I was 11. And that was it for two years. Then me and my friends discovered CoB and their first four albums was the shit for many years. It got me into growl and the more extreme side of melodic metal. I wouldn't be the same person without CoB.
13. Metallica - Load
What? No Kill? No Lightning? No Justice? Not even the black one? Odd choice, I know. I love this one, certainly not as much as the first four albums but "Load" has always been dear to me. I was very young when I got this album and then went out travelling with my family. So this was the only music I had for a while. I was still new to metal so with "Load" as my only soundtrack it had a huge impact on me.
14. Cradle Of Filth - Damnation And A Day
Say what you want, I know this album and band gets a lot of crap. But to me this is an epic masterpiece. I bought the album even though I had never heard CoF before. But it was cheap. I was 15 and after the intro and during the second track everything changed. I had never heard something like it before. That orchestration, those vocals, lyrics like that. I love this album and even though it's not black metal, that's the genre this album made me look up. And what would I be without my favourite genre today?
15. Shining - V - Halmstad
One of the masterpieces of black metal. My first taste of more modern black metal. "Låt oss ta allt från varandra" is one of the best songs of all time and the lyrics and the flow of them are still just as genious these days as it was 10 years ago. I'm obsessed with depressive black metal today. It's Halmstad's fault.
16. Deathstars - Termination Bliss
Simple and short, yet so atmospheric and catchy. "Termination Bliss" is not the kind of metal I'm usually drawn to yet I'm a huge Deathstars fanboy. It hasn't really shaped my music taste, but it's very important to me emotionally. This album has always been there for me. An album I'll never get tired of.
17. Devil Doll - The Girl Who Was... Death
This is not an album, this is an experience. The album that made me see that metal, rock and music can be so much more. That it can tell a story and crawl deep into your... soul, maybe? Just that the best solo of all time isn't a guitar solo, it's a violin solo. Mr. Doctor's voice hasn't let go of me since I first heard it.
18. In Flames - Lunar Strain
I heard "Clayman" first and loved it, "Lunar Strain" isn't as good but the atmosphere in that album was the start of my appreciation of atmospheric music.
19. Lifelover - Pulver
I had no idea what this band was. I bought the album because of two reasons: it had a naked chick covered in blood and a song called "M/S Salmonella", a play on the name "M/S Amorella" which used to be the boat me and my friends went on when we wanted to drink till we couldn't take no more. It was and still is some of the most genious music I've ever heard. Sure, Shining was first but "Pulver" got me into that psychotic side of black metal.
20. Nightwish - Wishmaster
21. Nightwish - Oceanborn
I used to despise female fronted metal. Tarja's voice changed everything and made me ask many bands for forgiveness.
22. Norther - Dreams Of Endless War
23. Norther - Mirror Of Madness
24. Norther - Death Unlimited
Norther is my high school years. But Norther also means Metal Storm. A place I've been hanging around for 10 years now and my main source for new music. I think I googled for something like "bands like Children of Bodom" and MS came up and showed me Norther. Metal Storm has had a huge impact on me as a metal head. So has Norther.
25. Opeth - Blackwater Park
Åkerfeldt's clean voice and growls was some of the best I've ever heard. I think this was my real taste of progressive metal. I had never heard something like it. In many ways, I still haven't. That's how genious this album is in every way.
26. Sonata Arctica - Silence
Heard it first when I was in high school. It has since then been the power metal album of my choice. To me this is what all other power metal albums have to strive for.
27. Watain - Sworn To The Dark
I believe this was it for me. The album which made black metal my favourite genre. I had never heard anything as this before. The melodies, the heaviness, the atmosphere. Everything is just the way I want it to be. Back then I had no idea that a black metal album could be this good.
28. Rush - Grace Under Pressure
My way into prog rock. My parents had a huge vinyl collection. I went through everything related to rock and metal. This one stuck with me. Still does. Beautiful, catchy, easy on the ear. It has it all. Maybe not the best example of how genious Rush is. But this was my first and because of that my favourite.
29. Celtic Frost - Monotheist
I was only 16 when this came out and I was a fan of the older albums. But this one blew my mind. Right from "Progeny" I was that "Vulgar Display of Power" dude getting punched in the face. "Monotheist" is still very important to me, one of the masterpieces and it made me search for more extreme music like it.
30. Morbid Angel - Formulas Fatal To The Flesh
Certainly not their best but still a decent album. I was only 11 and my teacher used to stay after school with my and my friends to play some kind of horror role playing game. He was really good at creating atmosphere and used the instrumental stuff on this album during certain parts of our game. I loved it and borrowed all the Morbid Angel albums from my teacher. Morbid Angel and "Formulas" stayed with me, even though it's nowhere near as good as their best stuff.
31. Emperor - Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
The step I took after I became a Cradle of Filth fan. Suddenly black metal was the best thing ever.
32. Hellhammer - Apocalyptic Raids A.D 1990
"Triumph of Death". That's it. When Warrior did those pig like tortured screams, I was hooked. I needed more atrocious stuff like that.
33. Mayhem - Ordo Ad Chao
It shouldn't be. It's so wrong in every way. But apparently this is how music can sound. A revelation.
34. Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
An album I keep on returning to, always finding new stuff to admire. The album is stuck on me, I can't let it go, but why would I? I was mainly into Dream Theater and more extreme prog. Mindcrime showed me another side of progressive metal, although there probably never will be a better album like it.
35. Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory
Do I have to explain? Everyone who appreciates this album knows the impact it had on progressive metal and possibly yourself. It showed me stuff I'd never heard before. It's the blue print of concept albums in my opinion.
36. Slayer - Reign In Blood
Not only is it one of the best albums of all time, it's also one of the shortest. A dangerous combo, been playing it over and over and over for the last ten years. "Angel of Death" and "Raining Blood" has become songs I just have to compare every other thrash song too. Perfection.
37. Sepultura - Dante XXI
I was 16 and was going to see In Flames live. Sepultura opened up. I didn't listen to many metal bands but I still thought I was it. I thought "okay let's get over with the openers so I can see In Flames". Sepultura opened with "Dark Wood of Error". Those drums was some of the most genious and extreme things I've ever heard. I was stunned. I'll never forget that moment. I had never seen drumming like that before and still haven't. "Dante XXI" was for me a way into extreme metal.
38. Wintersun - Wintersun
Being a member on Metal Storm in the middle of the last decade there was no way you could miss this album. Everyone discussed it. All. The. Time. I had Children of Bodom and Norther. I loved that style of melodic metal. Wintersun was perfect for me, yet something a little bit different. It changed a lot when it came to my metal interest.

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