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Quadruple A: Apothecary's Album Art Anthology

I know I probably speak for a lot of people when I say that, very often, the artwork that a band chooses for a particular album can be the icing on the cake, essential to giving a visual depiction that tops off the overall aesthetic of the music. There are plenty of albums that I simply couldn't imagine listening to without staring, zoned out, to the big ball of glorious that is their cover art. Here are some such albums. In alphabetical order by band. Links to full images of the covers have been provided, as well as credits to the artists.

1. Aarni - Bathos
2. Absu - The Sun Of Tiphareth
3. Atheist - Unquestionable Presence
4. Bathory - Blood Fire Death
5. Blue Öyster Cult - Fire Of Unknown Origin

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Created by Apothecary on 06.11.2013



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The Epics (Because I Don't Think Pyramid God Is Coming Back)

My version of The Epics (Best Songs Over 10 Minutes) only this time it's more The Epics (Songs Over 10 Minutes) because we kept griping to PG and he wouldn't update his list. According to his profile he hasn't been on in... 371 days. So I thought "Hey, why not do it myself?"
Arranged by time. If you feel or know a song should be on here, let me know. I'm a mainstream fag, so I only listen to the popular stuff. I might have missed some bands.

1. Be'lakor - Stone's Reach
2. Kalisia - Cybion
3. Sun Of The Blind - Skullreader
4. Nile - Ithyphallic
5. Nightwish - Once

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Created by Lit. on 06.06.2012



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The Best Of Unorthodox Black Metal

Within the past decade, black metal has seen bands from all over the world incorporating new sounds to the style and changing its delivery like never before. As great as the classic acts are, BM bands today seem to be branching out in every possible direction. From the beautiful chaos of the French bands to the psychedelic dabblings of the Finns to the atmospheric scene out West in the U.S... all the experimentation is helping to create a new identity for the genre. So, in no particular order, here are some of the best releases from this growing trend of originality within black metal's foundations (atmospheric, psychedelic, black doom, and otherwise).

1. Deathspell Omega - Fas - Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem Aeternum
2. Blut Aus Nord - 777 - The Desanctification
3. Diapsiquir - Virus STN
4. Glorior Belli - The Great Southern Darkness
5. Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini

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Created by Apothecary on 05.06.2012



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My Favorite Atmospheric Black Metal Albums (WIP)

This is a favorites list, not a guide or anything of that sort. It just highlights the albums that I've enjoyed listening to and spinned extensively since last November (When I got into this monolithic genre.) One entry for each band. The descriptions aren't necessarily descriptions of the music. I just wrote what came to my mind. I will update with new albums frequently.
EDIT: Got to 50 entries, so I guess I'll stop for now. I want more time to revisit these 50, get into the other albums of the bands listed below and delve into other genres of metal. I guess that taking a break from black metal (at least new stuff) will ensure that I won't get bored of it. It is likely that I'll continue this list by the half of July.

1. A Forest Of Stars - Opportunistic Thieves Of Spring
2. Addaura - Burning For The Ancient
3. Agalloch - Pale Folklore
4. Alcest - Écailles De Lune
5. Alda - : Tahoma :

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Created by Oaken on 24.05.2012



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Worthwhile Albums Of 2008

This list, like the others, is only in alphabetical order. If I had to pick a favorite then it would be Darkspace's 'III' hands down.

1. Ásmegin - Arv
2. A Forest Of Stars - The Corpse Of Rebirth
3. Amon Amarth - Twilight Of The Thunder God
4. Averse Sefira - Advent Parallax
5. Black Lotus - Harvest Of Seasons

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Created by DreadfulYgg on 08.08.2010



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Top Black Metal Records

1. Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse
2. Emperor - Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
3. Burzum - Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
4. Setherial - Nord
5. Darkthrone - A Blaze In The Northern Sky

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Created by EmperorIX on 16.06.2010



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BitterCOld's Top 50 Of The Zeroes

The "better half" of my top 100 of the Zeroes. In list format, now with album covers!

1. Warning - Watching From A Distance
2. Negură Bunget - OM
3. Primordial - To The Nameless Dead
4. Neurosis - Given To The Rising
5. Mastodon - Crack the Skye

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Created by BitterCOld on 01.03.2010



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BitterCOld's Albums of 2008, the "Dirty Dozen"

Just an at-a-glance list corresponding to my Best of 2008 blog. Hooray.

1. Esoteric - The Maniacal Vale
2. Enslaved - Vertebrae
3. Skepticism - Alloy
4. Darkthrone - Dark Thrones and Black Flags
5. Darkspace - III

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Created by BitterCOld on 01.03.2010