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So this was it. The decade which saw me turning into a metalhead. Actually I've been listening to metal since 17 years now, but not on a regular basis. This changed (to the better) when I joined this site in the good old days of MSR. Agalloch, Anathema and Tristania got me used to growls, Immortal and Agathodaimon to extreme metal as a whole and soon enough I was hooked to the vast plethora of styles which are to be found in heavy metal. The following list presents my personal top 50 of this decade. The order isn't really set in stone, neither is my musical taste, but at least the top 10 are somewhat fixed. Especially the 2009 releases, of which none made it into my top 25, might not stand the test of time. And please don't message me because you disagree with some of the genres, they are neither there to be discussed nor to educate, but to give an impression what the bands sound like. If you have about the same (broad) taste as I have, but aren't familiar with some of these releases, try to get your hands on them. You won't regret it

Created by: Promonex | 01.03.2010



1. Negură Bunget - OM
2006 / Folk Black Metal
2. Agalloch - The Mantle
2002 / Neofolk/Blackened Gothic Metal
3. Redemption - The Origins of Ruin
2007 / Progressive Metal
4. Dark Tranquillity - Character
2005 / Gothenburg Metal
5. Anaal Nathrakh - The Codex Necro
2001 / Grindcore/Black Metal
6. Septicflesh - Sumerian Daemons
2003 / Atmospheric Death Metal
7. Fjoergyn - Ernte im Herbst
2005 / Symphonic Pagan Metal
8. Immortal - Sons of Northern Darkness
2002 / Black Metal
9. Nevermore - Dead Heart, in a Dead World
2000 / Thrash Metal
10. The Ocean - Fluxion
2004 / Symphonic Sludge/Post-Metal
11. Watain - Sworn to the Dark
2007 / Black Metal
12. Benighted - Icon
2007 / Death Metal
13. Insomnium - Above the Weeping World
2006 / Melodic Death Metal
14. The Monolith Deathcult - Trivmvirate
2008 / Brutal Death Metal
15. Kamelot - The Black Halo
2005 / Power Metal
16. Primordial - The Gathering Wilderness
2005 / Pagan Metal... kinda
17. Tristwood - Amygdala
2004 / Industrial Death/Black Metal
18. The Prophecy - Revelations
2006 / Death/Doom Metal
19. Ayreon - The Human Equation
2004 / Progressive Metal
20. Throes Of Dawn - Quicksilver Clouds
2004 / Dark Metal
21. Dark Suns - Existence
2005 / Dark Metal
22. Tool - Lateralus
2001 / Alternative/Progressive Metal
23. Keep Of Kalessin - Armada
2006 / Black Metal
24. Rotting Christ - Theogonia
2007 / Melodic Black Metal
25. After Forever - After Forever
2007 / Symphonic Progressive Metal
26. Amorphis - Silent Waters
2007 / Progressive/Folk/Melodeath Metal. Or something like that.
27. Equilibrium - Sagas
2008 / Viking Metal
28. Amesoeurs - Amesoeurs
2009 / Post-Punk/Black Metal
29. Epica - Design Your Universe
2009 / Symphonic Metal
30. Finsterforst - ...zum Tode hin
2009 / Folk Metal
31. Die Apokalyptischen Reiter - All You Need Is Love
2000 / Thrash/Death Metal
32. Disillusion - Back to Times of Splendor
2004 / Progressive/Melodic Death Metal
33. Sólstafir - Köld
2009 / Progressive Black/Post-Metal
34. Riverside - Anno Domini High Definition
2009 / Progressive Metal
35. Nocte Obducta - Nektar Teil II: Seen, Flüsse, Tagebücher
2005 / Black Metal
36. High On Fire - Death Is This Communion
2007 / Stoner Metal
37. Communic - Waves of Visual Decay
2006 / Progressive Metal
38. Paradise Lost - Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us
2009 / Gothic Metal
39. Manticora - Hyperion
2002 / Progressive Power/Thrash Metal
40. Benighted - Identisick
2006 / Death Metal
41. Eluveitie - Spirit
2006 / Folk/Gothenburg Metal
42. Ensiferum - Victory Songs
2007 / Viking Metal
43. The Crown - Deathrace King
2000 / Death Metal
44. Volbeat - Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil
2007 / Heavy Metal/Rockabilly
45. Vomitory - Terrorize Brutalize Sodomize
2007 / Death Metal
46. Cryptopsy - Once Was Not
2005 / Brutal Death Metal
47. Kekal - 1000 Thoughts of Violence
2003 / Experimental Black Metal
48. Oceans Of Sadness - The Arrogance of Ignorance
2008 / Progressive Metal
49. Sonata Arctica - Winterheart's Guild
2003 / Power Metal
50. Suidakra - Emprise to Avalon
2002 / Melodic Death/Folk Metal



Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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Tomas Piller - 31.10.2014 at 18:22  
What an interesting list. Half of the records I know and consider as great ones and the other half I've never listened to.
Seems like I have an exciting to-do list here
tea[m]ster - 01.11.2014 at 17:01  
Great list. I know most of them, don't like some of them, love a few of them. #48 is quite possibly the best album here

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