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Top 10

Put into alphabetical order

1. Blindead - Affliction XXIX II MXMVI
2. Blut Aus Nord - The Work Which Transforms God
3. Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini
4. Godflesh - Streetcleaner
5. Lurker Of Chalice - Lurker Of Chalice

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Created by VIG on 12.08.2017



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My Favoritest Favorites Of 2010-2020

All of my favorite albums metal and non metal released between 2010 and 2020.
I probably missed a bunch of stuff.

1. Blindead - Affliction XXIX II MXMVI
2. Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini
3. 40 Watt Sun - The Inside Room
4. Esoteric - Paragon Of Dissonance
5. Terra Tenebrosa - The Tunnels

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Created by VIG on 31.07.2017



My Top 10 Of 2010

1. Watain - Lawless Darkness
2. Killing Joke - Absolute Dissent
3. Shining (NOR) - Blackjazz
4. Finntroll - Nifelvind
5. Rotting Christ - Aealo

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Created by Archie 666 on 19.02.2017



My Favorite Albums

1. Acid Witch - Stoned
2. Arcane Sun - Arcane Sun
3. At The Gates - Slaughter Of The Soul
4. Atheist - Piece Of Time
5. Atheist - Unquestionable Presence

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Created by DyersEve88 on 03.12.2016



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Chronological Arrangement Of The Best Black Metal

I got drunk and made a list of my favorite black metal albums. Give me suggestions or remind me what I left out. I'll add mini-reviews eventually because otherwise it's just a boring list of albums with no context.

1. Master's Hammer - Ritual
2. Dissection - The Somberlain
3. Bethlehem - Dark Metal
4. Dawn (SWE) - Nær Sólen Gar Niþer For Evogher
5. Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse

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Created by Alex F on 20.06.2016



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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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My Top 50 Albums

This serves as a memory note, pretty much.

1. Insomnium - Above The Weeping World
2. Amorphis - Under The Red Cloud
3. Be'lakor - Of Breath And Bone
4. Ghost Brigade - IV - One With The Storm
5. Metallica - Ride The Lightning

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Created by Risto on 23.02.2016



Growing's Top Metal Albums

Basically, what I consider to be the best albums in metal history, at this moment in my life (that's why it's quite a thrash-centric list).
criterias: memorable riffs/ideas/vocals, song-writing,originality,importance in metal history, diversity/conistency ratio, passion/pathos/conviction
One Album per Band.

1. Metallica - Ride the Lightning
2. Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness
3. Megadeth - Rust In Peace
4. Death - Leprosy
5. Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus

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Created by Growing on 30.11.2015



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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



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A Progressive Metal Journey

1. 1980's
2. Fates Warning - The Spectre Within
3. Slauter Xstoyes - Winter Kill
4. Watch Tower - Energetic Disassembly
5. Trilogy - Life On Earth

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Created by Floflo79 on 04.06.2015



Top 100 Albums From The First Half Of The 2010's [REVAMPED]

Exclusively stuff off Metalstorm, list would be way too big if not.

1. Woods of Ypres - Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light
2. Devin Townsend - Deconstruction
3. Death Grips - The Money Store
4. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
5. Swans - To Be Kind

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Created by FullyOttoMatic on 16.05.2015



Top 30 Albums Of 2010

1. Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini
2. Alcest - Écailles De Lune
3. Ghost - Opus Eponymous
4. Agalloch - Marrow of the Spirit
5. Barren Earth - Curse of the Red River

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Created by FullyOttoMatic on 08.05.2015



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Circles....

A bunch of albums with a big circle on the cover

1. Karnivool - Sound Awake
2. Skyclad - The Silent Whales Of Lunar Sea
3. Death - Scream Bloody Gore
4. Pentagram - Pentagram
5. Russian Circles - Empros

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Created by me<3mertl on 03.04.2015



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Systematic Desensitization: Black Metal Edition

For many, some of the more extreme types of metal can be challenging to penetrate. I'll admit that my first time listening to Burzum was nearly the equivalent of listening to a buzz-saw. But over time, I found my ears became acclimated, so to speak. All of the beauty and subtlety within became more and more apparent. Now I find listening to Darkthrone to be little different from listening to Vivaldi. Okay, maybe that is an overstatement, but you get the idea. The point of this list to help those looking for a more gradual path from unkvlt to kvlt, if you will. IHopefully it provides some assistance. The top represents some of the more mainstream, well-produced (but still solid) releases, while working your way down results in a stripping away of sound quality, melody, and radio-friendly content. The list ends with a mixture of gritty second wave and mentally challenging avant guarde stuff. This is far from comprehensive, so feel free to hit the forums for some deeper cuts. I also welcome thoughts on reordering as this was no easy task for one set of ears.

1. Dimmu Borgir - Death Cult Armageddon
2. Melechesh - Enki
3. Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini
4. Immortal - All Shall Fall
5. Dimmu Borgir - Enthrone Darkness Triumphant

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Created by flightoficarus on 19.02.2015



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Enslaved: Another Opinion-Heavy Best To Worst

More like Best to less-best and one dud. My full reviews of each album are available under my same name at metal archives. Feel free to message me with what you think. My full reviews below:
Mardraum
Blodhemn
Isa
Frost
RUUN
Axioma
VV
In Times
RIITIIR
Monumension
Eld
BTL
Vertebrae

1. Enslaved - Mardraum - Beyond The Within
2. Enslaved - Blodhemn
3. Enslaved - Isa
4. Enslaved - Frost
5. Enslaved - RUUN

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Created by flightoficarus on 21.01.2015