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Apothecary's Awesome 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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Metal Of The Oriental

A collection of metal albums that use Arabian, middle-east and far east folk elements. Recommendations are welcome. Image is the cover artwork of Shangren's Warriors of Devastation.

1. Acyl - Algebra
2. Aeternam - Disciples Of The Unseen
3. Al-Namrood - Estorat Taghoot
4. Al-Namrood - Kitab Al-Awthan
5. Amaseffer - Slaves For Life

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Created by CyberSymphony on 19.03.2013

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BitterCOld Seal of Approval! TOp 25 Albums Of 2010.

weeee! 2010 is pretty much toast and 2011 is coming 'round the bend. here are my top 25 picks from this past year. top six or seven are firmly in place, the rest of the list is a clusterfuck of high 7 's to low 8's, which are likely to go up or down a couple slots within seconds of my posting this.

1. Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini
2. Mar De Grises - Streams Inwards
3. Negură Bunget - Maiestrit
4. Shattered Hope - Absence
5. Eibon - Entering Darkness

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Created by BitterCOld on 30.12.2010

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My Staff Picks

weeeee. all my past staff picks now compiled into one swell list.

1. High On Fire - Snakes For The Divine
2. Krallice - Dimensional Bleedthrough
3. Greymachine - Disconnected
4. Kylesa - Static Tensions
5. Profetus - Coronation Of The Black Sun

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Created by BitterCOld on 22.09.2011

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2010-2014: Top 100 Albums (WIP)

2008 might've been my first proper taste of metal, with the acquisition of albums from the likes of Metallica, Megadeth, Black Sabbath and that most grandiose of gateway bands, DragonForce. 2009 might've seen me expanding my palette, with Iron Maiden, Alice In Chains, Avenged Sevenfold, and more entering my world, and Guns N' Roses triumphantly re-entering it. But 2010 was when I delved into more 'intense' stuff with Machine Head, In Flames, and most notably of all, Sylosis, and saw my relationship with metal shift from ever-increasing interest into full-blown love affair. To commemorate this 5-year anniversary, and because I love making lists, I decided to do a retrospective of the best albums and songs that have been released during this time period, and give brief tributes to them. Yay music!

1. Sylosis - Edge Of The Earth
2. Sylosis - Monolith
3. Protest The Hero - Volition
4. Orphaned Land - The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR
5. Be'lakor - Of Breath And Bone

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Created by musclassia on 08.01.2015

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My Top Albums Of 2010

In alphabetical order

1. Acrassicauda - Only The Dead See The End Of The War
2. Agalloch - Marrow Of The Spirit
3. Al-Thawra - Edifice
4. Atheist - Jupiter
5. Blind Guardian - At The Edge Of Time

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Created by PazuzuOvBabel on 14.05.2010

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Vonpire's 2010 Best

My best of 2010

1. Cradle Of Filth - Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa
2. Dimmu Borgir - Abrahadabra
3. Painted Black - Cold Comfort
4. Alcest - Écailles de lune
5. Agalloch - Marrow Of The Spirit

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Created by Vonpire on 10.10.2010

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Top 20 Albums For 2010

I haven't heard all the albums released in 2010, so this list could and probably will change in time.

1. Iron Maiden - The Final Frontier
2. Exodus - Exhibit B: The Human Condition
3. Death Angel - Relentless Retribution
4. Demonica - Demonstrous
5. Blind Guardian - At The Edge Of Time

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Created by Death To Posers on 17.12.2010

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That Cold Black Magic, By Glenn Killer And His Thorchestra

Same deal as my doom list: this is for my own organizational purposes and is designed purely to help me keep track of all the many black metal bands and albums that I enjoy, since I can't keep all of this information in my head. It has no other benefit whatsoever and will likely result in tantrums should anyone else see it. I'm aware that I haven't listened to every black metal album that I should have. I only went down to the 7s on this list, so it's possible that I have listened to your favorite album that you desperately need to suggest and I thought it was terrible. There are a lot of heinously incompetent black metal bands out there.

1. Forefather - Ours Is The Kingdom
2. Sigh - Graveward
3. Forefather - Steadfast
4. Dissection - Storm Of The Light's Bane
5. Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas

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Created by ScreamingSteelUS on 31.03.2015

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Top 10 Albums Of 2010

1. Agalloch - Marrow Of The Spirit
2. Anathema - We're Here Because We're Here
3. Helevorn - Forthcoming Displeasures
4. Melechesh - The Epigenesis
5. Witchery - Witchkrieg

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Created by Venator on 02.01.2011

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Best Albums Of 2010

1. Atheist - Jupiter
2. Hour Of Penance - Paradogma
3. Flesh Consumed - Ecliptic Dimensions Of Suffering
4. Melechesh - The Epigenesis
5. Canvas Solaris - Irradiance

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Created by gorguts on 25.11.2010

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Top 15 Metal Albums Of 2010

1. Blind Guardian - At The Edge Of Time
2. Ancient Bards - The Alliance Of The Kings
3. Helloween - 7 Sinners
4. Fear Factory - Mechanize
5. Soulitude - Wonderfool World

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Created by Vikcen on 26.01.2011

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Yet Another Useless Folking List

This is the folk edition of the lists I make to keep track of my own preferences and possibly make diehard fans of the genre cry with my apparent ignorance and incorrect opinions. There may even be some crossover with my black metal list, because I live for the thrill of committing horrendous musical crimes.

1. Forefather - Ours Is The Kingdom
2. Forefather - Steadfast
3. Eluveitie - Origins
4. Eluveitie - Slania
5. Chthonic - Takasago Army

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Created by ScreamingSteelUS on 17.05.2016

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Favorite Albums Of 2010

1. Vulture Industries - The Malefactor's Bloody Register
2. Carach Angren - Death Came Through A Phantom Ship
3. Melechesh - The Epigenesis
4. Motorjesus - Wheels Of Purgatory
5. God Is An Astronaut - Age Of The Fifth Sun

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Created by Pierre Tombale on 25.11.2011

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BudDa's Top 20 2010

1. Overkill - Ironbound
2. Ghost - Opus Eponymous
3. Negator - Panzer Metal
4. Akelei - De Zwaarte Van Het Doorstane
5. Enforcer - Diamonds

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Created by BudDa on 31.01.2011