It’s hard to make this kind of broad list, I just want to say that from the get-go. How do you do this? Do you choose your favorites, or do you choose the genre defining records? Because saying, for example, that some of the following records are really genre defining wouldn’t be true. On the other hand, these are the records that when I go back and look at the 2000s I think of pretty immediately as some of the best stuff and the things that I keep coming back to.

But the 2000s have been an interesting time for metal in a lot of ways. One of the things that happened was that death metal and death metal-influenced music really hit the mainstream in a lot of ways. For the first time since the 1980s there were larger groups of young people who really started getting into metal and there is an entire generation of musicians who have been influenced by the heavy metal of the 80s and the underground of the 1990s (particularly black and death metal). While I believe that metal is on the ebb again (in a popular music sense) and will once again retreat underground to lick its wounds and come up with something fascinating, interesting and new, the 2000s have been a great time to be a fan of the genre.

This list is going to take a lot of hits. I can already hear some of them, and some of them will come out of left field. But, as usual, I refuse to apologize for my taste. The focus on “magazine metal” bands will probably irritate some, and others will argue that my choices from one genre or another aren’t representative of the best of that genre during the period (specifically death metal in this case). But when I look back on the last 9 years, these are the ones that stand out. And trust me, there’s some stuff that I wish I could get on there, but I didn’t include an honorable mentions section since I expanded the list to 15. But there are some amazing records (Moonsorrow‘s Hävitetty, Anata‘s Under a Stone with No Inscription and The Conductor’s Departure, Agalloch‘s The Mantle, TurisasThe Varangian Way, Necrophagist‘s Epitaph, Ásmegin‘s Hin Vordende Sod & Sø¸, Absu‘s Tara, Rhapsody‘s Power of the Dragonflame, Anathema‘s A Fine Day to Exit, Nile‘s Black Seeds of Vengeance, Otyg‘s Sagovindars Boning, Obscura‘s Cosmogenesis, Watain‘s Sworn to the Dark, Akercocke‘s Antichrist, Enslaved‘s Below the Lights are just a few of my major oversights) that came out during this period that haven’t ended up on this list and I’m aware of that.

Anyway, I hope you find this list enjoyable, shocking, provocative and maybe even dead on. Backwards this time…

#(ish): Unearth // The Stings of Conscience [2001] –  For #(ish) I thought I’d include something that no one expected to see on this list (and something that I sort of rediscovered myself as I was writing it). This record came out in 2001 and I have to say at the time it made me very interested in the up-and-coming metalcore scene. I had a friend who was really into punk and hardcore who showed it to me and it was… well, great! This record is melodic and awesome while still having the originality and freshness of the time and the guitar playing to match it. There is an energy to this album that still comes across, in my opinion, and it should be fairly obvious to anyone who gives this record a chance that these guys were for real. Metalcore has since become a joke and Unearth hasn’t produced anything I liked since, but this album is a time-capsule of awesome.

#15: Ihsahn // angL [2008] –  One of the finest progressive records of the decade, Ihsahn‘s angL definitely was an awakening for me. This was like the best Emperor material with a progressive sensibility that I hadn’t been expected. This record has rarely left my playlist since I first got it in 2007. I have been consistently proseltyzing about this album to everyone who will listen. If you like Emperor and you like progressive music, you should definitely thinking about getting this album because it is a truly fantastic record that will be hard to match. This might not be on this list in 5 years time for me, I dunno (the list above is filled with records that could be in this spot), but for the time being I think I have to put this album here because it’s just such a damn fine piece of work.

#14: Fleshgod Apocalypse // Oracles [2009] – There are few bands who have ever done the technical metal thing as well as it’s done on this album. What’s so good about Fleshgod is how they blend the melodic metal with the technical stuff so seamlessly by making it neo-classical. This may be the first neo-classical death metal band and I think more bands should consider giving this kind of thing a try. From start to finish Oracles is chalk full of baroque harmonies and arrangements and it’s still balls-to-the-walls and wicked heavy. There have been a lot of great death metal records in the last 10 years, but I think that this is one of the ones that I’ve listened to the most and that’s mainly ’cause it’s awesome and original.

#13: Orphaned Land // Mabool [2004] – Really, Orphaned Land is just a damn impressive band. While their earlier material feels a bit halting and isn’t perfection, Mabool just blew me away when I picked it up. I found it in the new releases section of one of my favorite old record stores in Minneapolis, MN (which has sadly shut down after the death of the owner) and listened to it on the drive back home and was just blown away by the material on here. While the production could have been better (see it’s follow up from 2010), the song-writing here is amazing. And not only that, but this really signaled the beginning of the global era of metal which, with the dawn of the Internet, downloading and webzines has really just expanded outwards. Mabool was the beginning of this realization for me, that we were beyond Scandinavia now and that there was no way to know what kind of mind-blowing music we would get. This is really one of the best records from the era, for sure.

#12: Amon Amarth // With Oden on Our Side [2006] – Another band that I have listened to a ton in the last decade has been Amon Amarth. These guys are just tremendously talented and tremendously good at what they do. This music is never, ever complicated. It is never anymore than the melodic death metal in the veins of Unleashed and other Swedish death metal bands and it is never anything that much more than pretty damn entertaining, solid death metal. Except once. I’m not sure exactly what makes With Oden on Our Side better than previous records, but for whatever reason it just all clicked on this album. “Valhall Awaits Me,” “Cry of the Black Bird,” “Prediction of Warfare” all of these tracks makes me rock out every single time. Seeing them live on this tour was amazing because all of these songs just drove the whole crowd into a total frenzy. These guys have a lot of good records, but With Oden on Our Side definitely is the crowning jewel.

#11: Amorphis // Eclipse [2006] | Silent Waters [2007] | Skyforger [2009] – I know, I’m cheating by putting three records on here at the same time, but I have to say that for me this is a trilogy even if it’s not exactly meant to be one. These three albums are probably the finest string of records from any band in the decade and, on top of that, this is the best band re-branding and resurrection from obscurity that I can possibly think of. Eclipse burst out the door for me and I was totally hooked. And I have been singing the praises of the “new” vocalist Tomi Joutsen since he joined the band. The only time I’ve ever witnessed a band come out with this kind of passion and produce these kind of fantastic records is when it’s a young band, and Amorphis has been doin’ this a long, damn time. So more power to ’em. Buy all three of these albums.

#10: Katatonia // The Great Cold Distance [2006] – This was a torturous decision for me. Choosing between this record and Last Fair Deal Gone Down just hurt like hell because both of these records are such great albums and such fantastic writing. I finally decided I’d go with The Great Cold Distance because this is the first Katatonia record that I just loved instantly since Brave Murder Day. These guys define a bit of the trend of leaving metal behind as we understood it from the 90s to the 2000s. These guys weren’t the only ones who left those roots behind. Anathema, In Flames, Paradise Lost and others abandoned their roots and starting doing other shit. But Katatonia just got better and better while the others were hit and miss or, well, worse. For me The Great Cold Distance was the culmination of this sound and it is a record that lives on.

#9: Primordial // To the Nameless Dead [2007] – Primordial is one of those bands that has become sort of iconic in this era against what one would actually have expected to happen. With very unconventional clean vocals and long, fairly simplistic songs, these records shouldn’t be the bee’s knees. But there is an energy to Primordial‘s material that cannot be denied. Choosing between this record and 2005’s The Gathering Wilderness was pretty damn tough (largely because my favorite song by the band is “The Coffin Ships”), but I think that To the Nameless Dead is the more consistent of the two and is a record that I have consistently come back to. Every track on here is 5/5. And, actually, 2007 was a damn good year.

#8: Taake // Over Bjoergvin Graater Himmerik [2002] – There was a while when black metal was doing exactly what I wanted from it. In the early 2000s a group of Norwegian bands (and American bands) came out that sounded like they were more influenced by 80s thrash and melodic metal than others. The result were some fantastic records that really still get me excited. For me, the peak of this group was definitely Over Bjoergvin Graater Himmerik which includes some of the wickedest riffing and best black metal vocals since Garm quit doing black metal vocals. Taake‘s first three are all recommended from this Angry Metal Guy, but …Bjoergvin… is the best.

#7: Vintersorg // Visions from the Spiral Generator [2002] – So Vintersorg is often an afterthought for a lot of people, and I’ve always thought that was a shame. The records of his that tend to get love are actually from the late 90s and I get that. I, too, was reared up on Till Fjälls and Ödemarkens Son, but one record that has always been overlooked for its pure brilliance and progressive approach and that is truly unique (largely due to the drums of Asgier Mickelsen and the bass of Steve DiGiorgio). Also, Mr. V was one of the first to sort of break away from what he was doing and just change course mid-career with great success. He decided that singing songs to Sweden wasn’t really as fulfilling as writing about quantum mechanics and more power to him! In any case, I think Visions is one of my favorite albums by him and it certainly is among the best records I own from those years.

#6: Cynic // Traced in Air [2008] – Oh, this record has generated a hell of a lot of hate since it came out. All the true metal guys have their panties in a bundle because this ‘magazine metal’ band has gotten so popular. You know what I say? Fuck those dudes. This record is great. And what’s good about it? Well, it’s basically just a progressive album. It’s not exactly the most metal thing I’ve ever heard, and as a sucker for progressive metal I hadn’t expected this to be anywhere near so interesting as what it ended up being. The musicianship is fantastic, the vocals are great and the song-writing is out of the box. It’s damn hard to compete with a record of this caliber and few do. Also, what the outcome of this record’s release will be is yet to be seen. We have not seen how influential this record will be in a decade, but I think it’s foolish to underestimate it.

#5: BLAZE // Tenth Dimension [2002] – When Blaze Bayley left Iron Maiden I think I was among the very few who were genuinely disappointed about it. While Virtual XI had been a lackluster record, The X Factor had definitely turned my crank and appealed to a darker side of me. So I went actively seeking out his project afterwards and I’d have to say that BLAZE, the band which followed, is probably one of the best-kept secrets of the early 2000s, and that is a shame of tremendous proportion. There are a number of things that went wrong for the band early on, but Silicon Messiah and its concept record follow-up Tenth Dimension are Andy Sneap-produced ingenuity. This record had some of the most thoughtful and interesting material that Blaze Bayley ever wrote and it saw the end of what was a formidable band line-up including two fantastic guitarists, a great bassist with some writing chops and Jeff Singer on the drums (he deserves a special mention for being the nerdiest looking awesome drummer ever). The band never recovered from this album, but I have listened to this record so many times and sang a long at the top of my lungs like mad. It is genius and it has been sadly ignored.

#4: Enslaved // Vertebrae [2008] – This one is going to ruffle some feathers, I’m sure. But as far as I’m concerned Enslaved nailed their perfect album in 2008 with what is easily my favorite in their long and storied career. This one was a long time coming and it really just… ruled. One of the things that made this record so cool was the clean vocals on it that were totally unexpected. Since Isa the band had been mixing more cleans in, but their usage on Vertebrae was surprising but actually quite welcome. As the band produced some of their most interesting material in a progressive sense, they doubled out that approach by putting in beautifully seamless cleans and still keeping the black metal visible. I was pleasantly surprised when I got this record, but the most pleasant surprise is how years later I still want to pull it out and listen to it. Often.

#3: Shining // V:/Halmstad [2007] –  With song titles like “Besvikelsens Dystra Monotoni” (The Depressing Monotony of Disappointment) and “Neka Morgondagen” (Deny the Future), I got hit right over the head with this record and have yet to let it go. While I’m a big fan of the band’s entire discography Halmstad really got stuck on me. Really, Shining gives meaning to “depressive” black metal in a way that no other band really does for me. This music isn’t evil like the other black metal bands that are so influential in the modern era, but instead the music is beautiful and mournful while still being raw, selfish and most of all, self-destructive. Few bands convince me of what they’re singing. When most bands sing about Satan, I could care less. But I believe Kvarforth. And that’s what makes this record a truly significantly awesome record.

#2: Symphony X // V: The New Mythology Suite [2000]  – The first record you hear from a band is usually the one you love the best, right? I mean, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son converted me to an Iron Maiden fan at the tender age of 6 when my brother got it for Christmas in 1988 and I can’t ever get over that album. The same is true for V: A New Mythology Suite because, well… I just can’t get over it. This record is the perfect example of what a progressive power metal band’s concept records should sound like hands down. This is 62 minutes of heavy metal symphony done right and with the expertise that only these guys have ever shown. Other bands try, but no one produces music that is as catchy and yet still technically amazing as Symphony X. While Paradise Lost did come close for me, it’s hard to imagine any power metal record ever outstripping this record.

#1: Opeth // Ghost Reveries [2005] –  This is bound to be the most controversial of all of the CDs on this list. And I get it, Blackwater Park is considered to be the band’s crowning opus and really the record that pushed the band into the mainstream. And when it came out I loved that record. I’ve listened to every Opeth album dozens to hundreds of times, I’m sure, and I’m to the point where I think that Ghost Reveries is not just the finest album they ever produced but the epitome of their sound hitherto this point. While BWP definitely belongs on this list, so does Ghost Reveries and even more so because this was Åkerfeldt taking the band to its ultimate conclusion and nailing it. What makes the record so cool is that because of the tuning choice they made, they were forced to change how they were writing. This makes for an interesting and dynamic record, but it also adds a level of unfamiliarity into the mix. This record is perfect from the first note to the heartbreaking last and is easily the best album of the entire era, in my opinion

  • Soze

    An interesting list, you picked the only album by Opeth I didn`t like much and the worst Enslaved album IMO!! I`d have Below the Lights for Enslaved, This Godless Endeavor by Nevermore would be number 1. A difficult list to make though.

    • Yeah, I know everyone shits themselves over Enslaved’s other stuff, but man.. Vertebrae is godly, IMO. And so is Ghost Reveries. I think it really is the band’s best record. And that’s saying something ’cause I’m a huuuuuge Opeth fanboy.

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  • Head Ov Metal

    Amorphis – Eclipse is one of the finest albums of the decade. Something about those melodies. Very nice.

    • Yes, yes it does. I love that record. Though I’m surprised that you’re not mentioning the Enslaved record. Are you one of those who disagrees with me on my Enslaved assessment? I really do think Vertebrae is the best, but that doesn’t appear to be a popular assessment. :)

  • Chris

    In my opinion, Ghost Reveries=Metal perfection…I’m glad I’m not alone on that thought.

    • Definitely not alone. I love that record. I hated it when it came out, but I saw them live several times on that tour and it just grew and grew on me.

  • Björn

    Shit.. that’s one hard list to make. Good #1 pick given the amount of top quality music Opeth’s been producing through the decade.
    Will definitely have a day with this list to check on what I have missed.

  • Björn

    ..and it’s a bit weird there’s not a single mention of Kamelot on the entire site. They fit very well alongside Symphony X, Rhapsody (of Fire) and Blind Guardian.
    The Black Halo is one of the most given albums on my own top15 list, and Epica and Ghost Opera is not far behind.
    Check them out if you haven’t already :)

    • Kamelot’s work is not on par with Symphony X’s, at least not from a complex, great songwriting, versatility and musicianship point of view.

  • I agree with your choice of Vertebrae, it’s my favorite Enslaved as well – Reflection is an amazing song. Well, they’re all amazing, but Reflection is the amazingnest.

    This must have been an incredibly difficult list to assemble. So much great music came out during this decade – what’s more important, so much forward-looking music came out, evolving metal to new and interesting places.

  • Ernesto

    Isn’t Blackwater Park better than Ghost Reveries??? IMO it’s their best effort, and it’s from 2001, so I would probably choose that. The same with Vintersorg, IMO Cosmic Genesis is far better than VFTSG. Primordial and Orphaned land are nice picks.

    Things I would never highlight of this decade: Symphony X, Blaze, Cynic and Unearth. Still by seeing that someone picks those albums as highlights show how versatile taste can be, even when we are all into metal.

    Agalloch’s “The Mantle” to me is a must, and so is Green Carnation’s epic “Light of Day…”. Also, among my top 3 I would choose Opeth’s “Damnation”….a higher piece of ART!!!

    Anyway, nice excercise though. It’s always fun to rank one’s favourite albums of a certain time period, even that that may change with time.

    • No, I don’t think it is. I think that it’s very good. If forced I’d probably give both Blackwater Park and Ghost Reveries a 5/5, but honestly, I think that BWP is a 4.95/5 and Ghost Reveries is a hair better. Largely because it’s the one I always come back to.

      That Vintersorg one is a choice, but I feel that Cosmic Genesis is the transitional album and what I love so much about Visions is that it’s sooo much more progressive than his earlier stuff. Asgeir and Digiorgio make it amazing and it’s such a good record.

      Unearth was highlighted more as a symptom of the times, I think. The one good metalcore record from the entire era. Cynic was an amazing record, though it has dropped on my list from a year ago when I wrote the first one. That Blaze record is amazing—and forward thinking IMO. definitely underrated.

      Also, Opeth’s Damnation is great, but doesn’t belong on the list. The Mantle.. I have a love-hate relationship with and Green Carnation’s Light of Day never stuck with me.. though it’s been years since I heard it.

      It is a fun exercise, isn’t it? Tough to do. And I’d love to do it again in 5 or 10 years and see how I feel.

      • Ernesto

        You should check that Green Carnation album again, i Think it’s a true masterpiece, even when their other albums are not so good.

        In my own personal list I’d also have DT’s “Fiction”, one hell of Gothemburg death metal album. Suidakra’s “Emprise to Avalon” fills me with energy and melancholy everytime I listen to it and Moonsorrow’s “Verisakket” it’s the zenith of viking/folk metal…..damn, there are soooo many good albums…..Empyrium’s “Weiland”, Saturnus “Martyre”, Evergrey “The Inner Circle”, Therion “Sirius B”……anyway, because of this post I got to thinking….do you realize HOW difficult it would be to do a top 15 (or even top 20) from the 90’s????

      • jetblindracos

        Thanks man.It was fun searching and listening,finding out enjoyment in almost all listed(less one) and also from the comments section,the suggestions were amazing.Thanks again.

  • Shit… this is a nice idea, and something I’m going to have to try out on TNOTB after the new year. There are some great picks on here. The inclusion of Unearth is interesting… I actually really, really loved The Oncoming Storm back when it came out. I prefer the new Ihsahn over AngL, but it’s a good choice. Fleshgod Apocalypse is indeed great.

    With Oden On Our side is my favorite Amon Amarth album… like you said, it just has something about it that clicks. You nailed it with the inclusion of Amorphis’ last three albums. Cynic’s Traced In Air is another great album. I couldn’t agree more with the choice of Vertebrae, too. And Ghost Reveries is my favorite Opeth album by a hair over Blackwater Park, mainly because it’s the album that really got me interested in Opeth.

    So, yeah. Great list.

    • Interesting. My comments then basically match up with my comments now. Good to see that my tastes haven’t changed too much since then.

  • anonymouscoward

    Where is Equilibrium Sagas ? Deserved to be on this list – even though they are relatively new.

    • While Sagas is an entertaining record, it doesn’t deserve to be on this list. There are bands who do what they do, but better.

  • johan

    The one thing I like about lists like this are I learn about albums or bands I hadn’t even heard of before. On that note good job listing Vintersorg and Godflesh Apocalypse because those bands are fucking awesome and I have never heard them before reading this list. By the way, Ghost Reveries at #1 is an excellent choice, that record is amazing.

  • Barry Neilson

    I too am a massive Opeth fanboy…and I couldn’t agree with you more that if there is to be only one Opeth record on this list, it should be Ghost Reveries. There are a couple others on here that I see what you’re getting at, and a few I’ve simply not heard. I would however argue that Night is the New Day is better than The Great Cold Distance, although I still think that is an amazing album.

    • Aaron Bennett

      Hmm, I gave that album a listen, and really didn’t think Opeth was all that great. Not sure what people see in them.

  • Dániel

    Nice choice for first place. There’s something I really miss though.
    There’s a great record that pretty much introduced me to quality metal, a record heavy, serious and original, one that has shaped the way I (we?) look at metal in this century.
    Even at the risk of being called a mainstream pussy I have to ask this:
    Where is Toxicity?

    •  XD  not to call you a mainstream pussy, but Toxicity does not top any of these other albums (or many others not mentioned here). It is a “cool” album at best, in my opinion.

  • Zak

    i think “Colors” by Between the Buried and Me should DEF be on here, but at the same time, the CD isnt really “Metal” it fits more in the terms of “flawlessly beautiful music” :’)

    but still, BTBAM grew from metal roots, and they should def have some kinda involvement on this website, cuz i love dis’ website. :)

  • Zadion

    Cosmic Genesis is way better than Visions, Mabool deserves to be in the top 5 (and so does Silent Waters), and The Black Halo is indeed one of the best of the decade. So is A Night at the Opera. My personal #1 is Holographic Universe, but eh.
    Ghost Reveries is a good choice though. Best Opeth record, bar Damnation.

    • lol. The Black Halo. Hahahahahaha. Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

      • Zadion 3.83 average and widely acclaimed as one of the best power metal albums of the decade for a reason, bruh. I rarely use the masses to attempt to validate an opinion, but hey… the masses can be right at times.

        taking 3 years to offer a reply is truly spectacular, though. Bravo.

    • Oh god. YOu were serious. The Black Halo! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. omg. omg. your taste.

  • Al Heckman

    It is quite an undertaking to try to compile such a list… but where is Dark Tranquillity?? Character was surely deserving of an ish if not a top ten.  I consider their grand trio of Damage Done, Character, and Fiction to be a staple of the 2000s.  

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  • Ben Carbery

    Late to the party here, but wholeheartedly agree Ghost Reveries is the pinacle of Opeth and probably Top 10 of the decade. My Black Metal mates hate it!
    Disillusion – Back to Time of Splendour comes to mind as a potential omission.

    • maurismind

      II know I’m three years late… but Back To Times Of Splendor really deserves a mention, my favourite Progressive Death Metal album ever, it is hugely underrated and over-looked.
      Another album that should be included are Tribulation’s The Horror (best straight up Death Metal album I’ve ever listened to, every song hits so hard and sounds exactly how I’d want Death Metal to sound).

    • Vicente Urrutia

      I was re-checking this list recently… glad I read your comment! The moment I listened to Back to Times of Splendor, it got me right away, such an excellent album, already one of my all time favorites.

      • maurismind

        Just saw your reply, I’m happy to see that you loved the album as well! It’s one of those albums that either fully connect with you or just do nothing for you, glad that it was the former with you ;)

        • Vicente Urrutia

          Yup! Still 8 months since I heard it… still one of my all time favorites.

  • Aaron Bennett

    Odd that Nokturnal Mortum isn’t on this list. I have been listening to metal a long time, and they are one of the best black metal bands I have heard.

    • maurismind

      True, The Voice of Steel is excellent from start to finish

  • I am late to the party too and this is not a list of top albums of the 90’s, but I just wanted to say that Pungent Stench – Dirty Rhymes and Psychotronic Beats is an albums that is underrated and overlooked a great deal. If you don’t know the album, check it out and read the lyrics. Never since have I heard an album quite so groovy, depraved and hilariously funny.

  • skooly d

    I dont like your list. It makes me very itchy and I am totally confused at all the stuff you didn’t mention. These are your favorite cd’s of the past 14 years?? Im literally shocked.

  • Guest

    Great list. Here are some recommendations of mine for minds that love to explore:
    – Virgin Black // Requiem – Mezzo Forte
    – Falconer // Falconer
    – Ouroboros // Ouroboros (never get tired of listening to this)
    – Diablo Swing Orchestra // Pandora’s Pinata
    – Finntroll // Nattfödd
    – Haggard // Awaking the Centuries
    – Ne Obliviscaris // Portal of I
    – Battle Beast // Steel
    – Landforge // Servitude to Earth
    – Lost Horizon // Awaking the World

    • Several good ones there. Though Ne Obliviscaris, Battle Beast and DSO don’t fit the criteria of this list.

      • Tarık Ay

        I had added 5 more albums in a new comment without knowing that this was already posted. Anyway, the bands that you mention may not be eligible for a list like this, but I like them nonetheless. The list was not my aim though. Just wanted to share some good stuff.

  • Tarık Ay

    Great list. Here are some recommendations of mine which I frequently listen to, for minds that love to explore.
    – Virgin Black // Requiem – Mezzo Forte
    – Falconer // Falconer
    – Ouroboros // Ouroboros
    – Diablo Swing Orchestra // Pandora’s Pinata
    – Finntroll // Nattfödd
    – Haggard // Awaking the Centuries
    – Ne Obliviscaris // Portal of I
    – Battle Beast // Steel
    – Landforge // Servitude to Earth
    – Lost Horizon // Awakening the World
    – Galneryus // Angel of Salvation
    – Protest the Hero – Scurrilous
    – Stormlord // At the Gates of Utopia
    – Myrath // Tales of the Sands
    – Voyager // The Meaning of I

    • We’ve reviewed quite a few of these.

      • Tarık Ay

        And that’s how I found most of them.

  • Sudev Madhav

    sorta late… but the lack of insomnium here is disturbing

    • Later still, but I don’t like Insomnium. They’re boring.

  • Lord Gronbuske

    Leaving Agalloch out with just an honorable mention is not enough, The Mantle is perfection! I’ll try to make my own list:

    15. Nightwish – Wishmaster
    14. Sabaton – Primo Victoria
    13. Eluveitie – Spirit
    12. Drudkh – Blood In Our Wells
    11. Drudkh – Songs of Grief and Solitude
    10. Be’lakor – The Frail Tide
    9. Iron Maiden – Brave New World
    8. Empyrium – Weiland
    7. Onmyouza – Mugen Houjou
    6. Agalloch – Ashes Against The Grain
    5. Dornenreich – Her Von Welken Nächten
    5. Nokturnal Mortum – The Voice Of Steel
    4. Dornenreich – Hexenwind
    3. Onmyouza – Chimimouryou
    2. Agalloch – The Mantle
    1. Onmyouza – Kongou Kyuubi

    Some bands got more than one spot but that’s just because they are good enough to deserve it. wanted to have Vintersorg on the list but the albums released during that time are their weakest in my opinion.

    • Lord Gronbuske

      Haha, posted this almost 5 years to late… Stop posting old articles like this on facebook just to trick me AMG!

  • Ugh, I hate most of this list aside from Amon Amarth and Enslaved. To each his own though! Thanks for posting man!