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Phoenix Rising Through Fire: Top 10 Metal Albums Of 2019

Another year, another top 10, or should I say top 25 of the year. Plenty of good albums, but Månegarm, Borknagar and Insomnium without a doubt top albums of the year. Villagers of Ioannina City is a revelation of the year, and while it might not be "metal" definitely one of the top albums of this year. Blind Guardian is not bad, far from it, but I expected so much more from this album hence it (un)deservedly gets to bear the shame of the letdown, although it is a decent album. Maybe I expected too much from it. One of the bands that deserve more attention this year for certain is Croatian Old Night, a real masterpiece when it comes to doom. Another recommendation would be Serbian Svartgren with their new black metal album called Divlja Vatra, or Wildfire. The rest of it pretty much boils down to personal taste and preferences. Darkwater and Bloodbound were a very pleasant surprise when it comes to progressive and power metal respectively. When it comes to symphonic and progressive metal, Wilderun was another pleasant surprise, a band I discovered recently through metalstorm website..

1. Månegarm - Fornaldarsagor
2. Borknagar - True North
3. Insomnium - Heart Like a Grave
4. Beast in Black - From Hell With Love
5. Swallow the Sun - When a Shadow is Forced into the Light

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Created by RhaegarTargaryen on 21.12.2019

Aurora Through Darkness Within: Top 10 Metal Albums Of 2018

Yet another annual top 10.. well more like top25 list. I am sure I missed something, and that I would change something depending on the mood, but it is what it is.

1. Primordial - Exile Amongst the Ruins
2. Vermilia - Kätkyt
3. Amorphis - Queen of Time
4. Thy Catafalque - Geometria
5. Cruachan - Nine Years of Blood

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Created by RhaegarTargaryen on 09.01.2019

Crimson Starlight Darkness: Top 10 Metal Albums Of 2017

Honestly, top 25 albums would probably be a more fitting name, given that I have honourable mentions, and few other categories as well. Some of them are self explanatory, while I want to clarify about the few others.
-Greatest disappointment of the year doesn't necessarily mean the worst album of that year, closer to the point would be that it is an album from which I expected a lot more than I received.

1. Myrkur - Mareridt
2. Elvenking - Secrets of the Magick Grimoire
3. Wintersun - The Forest Seasons
4. Hallatar - No Stars Upon the Bridge
5. Vintersorg - Till Fjälls Del II

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Created by RhaegarTargaryen on 09.02.2018

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The Illusions Of Paradox: Top 10 Metal Albums Of 2016

The choice was though, not only because there were some very good albums out there, but also because as you get older, life fucks you up, and you never have enough time to listen to all the albums you want, for as much as you want. Or as much as they deserve. I must add that the list could be different if I made it on any other day, depending on the mood. I would like to note some honorable mentions too, such as Witherscape - The Northern Sanctuary, Rotting Christ - Rituals, Avantasia - Ghostlights, Skuggsja - A Piece For Mind and Mirror, Ihsahn - Arktis, Moonsorrow, Jumalten Aika, Be'lakor - Vessels, Thy Catafalque Meta, and most of all Katatonia - The Fall of Hearts and Fates Warning - Theories of Flight.

1. Borknagar - Winter Thrice
2. Dark Tranquillity - Atoma
3. Insomnium - Winter's Gate
4. Trees of Eternity - Hour of the Nightingale
5. Delain - Moonbathers

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Created by RhaegarTargaryen on 20.02.2017

A Doom Of Things To Come: Top 10 Metal Albums Of 2015

A bit late in coming, the top ten albums of 2015. I had many close calls, as few albums almost made to the list. Edited to the new format I used across all the platforms.... it's very unbalanced list, cause it has too much power and doom, but I picked albums that I either really enjoyed or listened to really really much.. hence on of the honorable mentions were left out, they are good, but I simply didn't listened to them as much as I did to this...

1. Amorphis - Under The Red Cloud
2. Draconian - Sovran
3. Swallow The Sun - Songs From The North I, II & III
4. Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful
5. Månegarm - Månegarm

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Created by RhaegarTargaryen on 28.03.2016

Soul Extinction: Top 10 Metal Albums Of 2014

So, my pick of top 10 albums of the year 2014

1. Evergrey - Hymns For The Broken
2. Behemoth - The Satanist
3. Epica - The Quantum Enigma
4. Insomnium - Shadows Of The Dying Sun
5. Primordial - Where Greater Men Have Fallen

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Created by RhaegarTargaryen on 01.03.2015

Depravation of Sanity: Top 10 Metal Albums Of 2013

1. Dark Tranquillity - Construct
2. Rotting Christ - Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy
3. Leprous - Coal
4. Summoning - Old Mornings Dawn
5. Heaven Shall Burn - Veto

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Created by RhaegarTargaryen on 05.01.2014

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Longing For Creation: Top 10 Metal Albums Of 2012

1. Sabaton - Carolus Rex
2. Wintersun - Time I
3. Eluveitie - Helvetios
4. Kamelot - Silverthorn
5. Mors Principium Est - ...And Death Said Live

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Created by RhaegarTargaryen on 30.12.2012

Delusions Of Silence: Top 10 Metal Albums Of 2010

Just a list of my personal top albums for the year 2010.

1. Rotting Christ - Aealo
2. Dark Tranquillity - We Are the Void
3. Blind Guardian - At the Edge of Time
4. Eluveitie - Everything Remains (As It Never Was)
5. Dimmu Borgir - Abrahadabra

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Created by RhaegarTargaryen on 29.05.2012

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Top 20 Concept Albums


I was always fascinated by the good concept albums, which manage to tell the story in a extraordinary fashion. So I decided to make a list of best concetual metal albums up to date. I decided to concentrate on truly conceptual albums, since loosening the criteria too much would leave me with having bunch of fantastic albums, which would simply be too much to put on the list. Yes, it would probably be a lot easier to make a huge list, but I wanted to concentrate on a truly top concept-related albums. So since they do not strictly tell about some event, or follow the same story, I decided to drop out loose conceptuals. Unfortunately the likes of "Sirenia - At Sixes and Sevens", "Sabaton - The Art of War" or "Nightwish - Century Child", "Bloodbound - Nosferatu" most of the Therion's albums, Amorphis and so on, went out of the list. I raised the criteria for the 'conceptual' since also there is really a lot of top-quality albums that are connected with a loose story, but they are simply not tight enough to label them as truly concept albums…Otherwise I might as well write a list of 100 albums. Also I tried to avoid multiple occurances of the same band, hence only one album from Ayreon, Symphony X, Evergrey, etc, otherwise they would probably fill up half of the bloody list.

1. Sabaton - Carolus Rex
2. Kamelot - Epica
3. Kamelot - The Black Halo
4. Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
5. Turisas - The Varangian Way

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Created by RhaegarTargaryen on 27.02.2012

Leaving The Past Behind: Top 10 Metal Albums Of 2009

1. Amorphis - Skyforger
2. Free Spirit - Pale Sister of Light
3. Delain - April Rain
4. Epica - Design Your Universe
5. Insomnium - Across the Dark

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Created by RhaegarTargaryen on 14.02.2012

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Unnatural Selection: Top 10 Metal Albums Of 2008

Another yearly top 10 list.

1. Ayreon - 01011001
2. Sabaton - The Art of War
3. Eluveitie - Slania
4. Amon Amarth - Twilight of the Thunder God
5. Draconian - Turning Season Within

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Created by RhaegarTargaryen on 02.01.2012

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Brilliance Of Decadence: Top 10 Metal Albums Of 2007

My personal annual choice for top 10 metal albums for each year. 2007 selection, fantastic year with at least 50 quality albums.

1. Epica - The Divine Conspiracy
2. Dark Tranquillity - Fiction
3. Turisas - The Varangian Way
4. Therion - Gothic Kabbalah
5. Sirenia - Nine Destinies and a Downfall

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Created by RhaegarTargaryen on 17.12.2011

A Decimal Of Existence: Top 10 Metal Albums Of 2011

1. Myrath - Tales of the Sands
2. Insomnium - One For Sorrow
3. Nightwish - Imaginaerum
4. Amaranthe - Amaranthe
5. Primordial - Redemption At The Puritan's Hand

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Created by RhaegarTargaryen on 05.12.2011