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Magical Albums

Good musical pieces are those that initiate an emotional reaction or a subconscious shift of your subjective perception. The best music are those that elicit the most positive or dramatic of changes to our psyches. This is a list that I return to occasionally for these effects.

It is subjective of course.

1. Agalloch - The Mantle
2. Agalloch - Ashes Against The Grain
3. Amon Amarth - Twilight Of The Thunder God
4. Arcturus - The Sham Mirrors
5. Atoma - Skylight

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Created by Oriax on 08.06.2016

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Current Top 100, 5 Years On

Back when I joined the site in 2011, I did a customary top 100 album list. Every year since then, when I've looked back at it it's become increasingly unrecognisable from my own tastes. Seeing bands I once listened to daily vanish from my playlists, new bands emerge as favourites, and bands even come and go in my reckonings during that time period (Iced Earth, Alcest, even Pain Of Salvation and more certainly peaked in my listening habits around 2011-12 to slowly vanish into obscurity). Now that it's just gone 5 years since I did that list, I thought I might do an updated list just to see how much my tastes have shifted. Whilst compiling the list, I pretty much worked on gut instinct, which was weird as I found myself almost disregarding albums I know I like whilst promoting albums I'm honestly undecided on - it almost seemed to veer away from album quality at times to embracing a subconscious effect the albums have had. Anyway, here it is, plus some honorable mentions that I was surprised missed out.

1. Dream Theater - Images And Words
2. Sylosis - Monolith
3. Sylosis - Edge Of The Earth
4. Agalloch - The Mantle
5. Protest The Hero - Kezia

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Created by musclassia on 23.03.2016

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2000-2014: A 'Factored' Top 100

Take a look at the Top Album lists of recent years and you'll notice an obvious trend. In 2005 the average rating of the top 25 albums is 8.76. Jump to 2014 and the average among the top 25 has dropped to 8.26. An almost linear decrease is observable for the 10 years in between.

I was curious to see what a Top 100 for 2000-2014 would look like if I factored the votes to account for the 'rating decline'. I hope you find it interesting.

1. Agalloch - The Mantle
2. Opeth - Blackwater Park
3. Blindead - Affliction XXIX II MXMVI
4. Aquilus - Griseus
5. Nevermore - Dead Heart In A Dead World

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Created by Moose on 13.09.2015

My Favorite 100 Metal Albums Of All Time

AtoZ (Album)

1. Insomnium - Above The Weeping World
2. Death Angel - Act III
3. Devin Townsend - Addicted
4. Ihsahn - After
5. Sentenced - Amok

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Created by D.C.O on 08.09.2015

Albums Of The Years

1. 1999:
2. Finntroll - Midnattens Widunder
3. Immortal - At The Heart Of Winter
4. Summoning - Stronghold

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Created by Zykloncrawaxx on 18.06.2015

My Top 50 Albums Of All Time

This is my personal favourite top 50 albums of all time, this list can change because i can enter new things and my tastes may differ over time.

1. Cult Of Luna - Somewhere Along The Highway
2. Ulver - Perdition City
3. Agalloch - Ashes Against The Grain
4. Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
5. Bolt Thrower - Those Once Loyal

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Created by basquetal on 18.02.2015

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Childe Roland to the Dark Tower came...

...And since that day, he was never the same.

"He who speaks without an attentive ear is mute."

1. Across The Sun - Before The Night Takes Us
2. Agalloch - Ashes Against The Grain
3. Agent Fresco - Destrier
4. Amorphis - Under The Red Cloud
5. Angel Vivaldi - Universal Language

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Created by Roland de Gilead on 08.02.2015

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A List Of My Favorite Albums, In Any Genre

Favorite means Favorite!

1. Wintersun - Time I
2. Wintersun - Wintersun
3. Amon Amarth - Twilight Of The Thunder God
4. Woods Of Ypres - Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light
5. Týr - The Lay Of Thrym

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Created by HMTurambar on 31.01.2015

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Epic Listens: A Folk Metal List

Folk metal is becoming one of my favorite subgenres within metal. It can fit whether you are dancing around a fire with a fine alcoholic beverage or just cleaning up around your house. I am making this list to provide some of my current favorite pieces of hammer-wielding/booze-chugging/kilt-sporting anthems.

1. Moonsorrow - Voimasta Ja Kunniasta
2. Finntroll - Nattfödd
3. Windir - 1184
4. Ensiferum - Iron
5. Forefather - Steadfast

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Created by Necrodamus on 10.01.2015

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My Top Recommended Albums For Viking/Folk-Influenced Metal (allowing Only One Per Artist)

I feel these are the top ten albums that you must listen to if you consider yourself a fan of the genre. This list could have been dominated by Amon Amarth and Enslaved in particular if I hadn't made the restriction.

1. Bathory - Blood Fire Death
2. Amon Amarth - With Oden On Our Side
3. Borknagar - The Olden Domain
4. Enslaved - Blodhemn
5. Ensiferum - Ensiferum

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Created by flightoficarus on 04.11.2014

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Best Albums Of 2000-2010

In no order, just the my favorite of that decade.

1. Swallow the Sun - The Morning Never Came
2. Equilibrium - Sagas
3. The Defaced - Karma in Black
4. Susperia - Vindication
5. Masterplan - Aeronautics

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Created by EnigmaLake on 08.06.2014

Need Time To Check

in no particular order

1. At The Gates - At War With Reality
2. Eluveitie - Origins
3. Opeth - Pale Communion
4. Alestorm - Sunset On The Golden Age
5. Equilibrium - Erdentempel

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Created by MetalFox on 04.01.2014

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My Top 100 Albums

My top 100 Albums, sorted in descending order of favorites. Pretty rough list, I may update if I become un-lazy sometime. One album per band only. Some explanation and description provided for those who aspire to waste as much time on this site as I do.

1. Lykathea Aflame - Elvenefris
2. Moonsorrow - Kivenkantaja
3. Nevermore - This Godless Endeavor
4. Opeth - Still Life
5. !T.O.O.H.! - Order And Punishment (Řád A Trest)

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Created by MetalDoomMaster on 09.11.2013

My 12 favourite metal albums ever

1. Sacramentum - Far Away From The Sun
2. Wintersun - Time I
3. Hypocrisy - Hypocrisy
4. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
5. Dissection - Storm Of The Light's Bane

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Created by Mario Montes on 08.04.2013

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Fave Metal Albums (No Particular Order)

1. Amorphis - Eclipse
2. Wilderun - Olden Tales & Deathly Trails
3. Æther Realm - One Chosen By The Gods
4. Wintersun - Time I
5. Wintersun - Wintersun

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Created by SlaytanicBacon on 07.03.2013

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