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.
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Agalloch - The Mantle|
Opeth - Blackwater Park|
Blindead - Affliction XXIX II MXMVI|
Aquilus - Griseus|
Nevermore - Dead Heart In A Dead World|