The Best Heavy / Melodic Metal Album

1.  Amorphis - Circle 492
2.  Ghost B.C. - Infestissumam 280
3.  Darkthrone - The Underground Resistance 99
4.  Hell - Curse And Chapter 87
5.  In Solitude - Sister 86
6.  Atlantean Kodex - The White Goddess 46
7.  Satan - Life Sentence 41
8.  Black Sabbath - 13 (write-in vote) 36
9.  Twilight Of The Gods - Fire On The Mountain 35
10.  Enforcer - Death By Fire 32
11.  Argus - Beyond The Martyrs 16
12.  A Sound of Thunder - Time's Arrow (write-in vote) 14
  Motörhead - Aftershock (write-in vote) 14
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Amorphis - Circle

The masters of melody Amorphis return with their tightest performance yet. Circle is entirely consistent and determinably concise, showcasing the band at a stage in which they show obvious conviction in their focus. Remarkably uncluttered, this is an expectedly polished mix of melodic metal centred on their trademark heaviness and we are left with a well rounded effort as a result.

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Argus - Beyond The Martyrs

Beyond The Martyrs is a veritable feast of melodic solos, straightforward banging riffs and robust vocals. Argus doesn't bring gimmicks or shenanigans to the table. What you see is what you get, and it is mid-paced heavy/doom metal of the best quality.

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Atlantean Kodex - The White Goddess

With their second album, Atlantean Kodex deliver a stunning treat. Compelling lyrics, champion solos, majestic vocals, roaring melodies and beautifully crafted acoustic work are just a few of The White Goddess strong suits. The band shows good instincts, ambitious themes and a certain grandeur to their tunes. Despite being long songs to digest (with interludes), everything is so carefully woven that one can't help but be immersed in it. The White Goddess is a masterpiece of epic proportions.

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Darkthrone - The Underground Resistance

Fenriz and Nocturno Culto have a special kind of chemistry in their secluded, Norwegian jam spot—they're just a pair of dudes in a quaint little cabin thing with their gear and their beer making the sorts of hard, grunting, pounding Nordic sounds we all can't get enough of. They've perfected what a lot of bands just can't pull off; their tunes sound reckless and drunkenly impromptu, but they've clearly been crafted thoughtfully to sound that way. This love letter to metal here is no exception.

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Enforcer - Death By Fire

Enforcer consists of a group of young Swedish men who're like all other young Swedish men in that they're metrosexual. That said, they're case-in-point that no matter what costumes you like to wear, metal burns and smolders from the inside out, not the other way around. These guys play some heartfelt throwback, speedy heavy tunes and they play them really well.

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Ghost B.C. - Infestissumam

Succumb to the Satanic in style with Ghost B.C.'s uniquely sinister yet jovial and hooky heavy metal. With an infectious texture and sound, Infestissumam may be a lighter album than its predecessor but it more than makes up for it with its ghoulish touch of psychedelia, bouncy rhythms and keyboard rich catchiness.

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Hell - Curse And Chapter

If you like old school traditional heavy metal created by old school traditional heavy men, Curse & Chapter is the album for you. Hell have captured the essence of the true metal spirit with their second full-length release, although they aren't exactly new to the scene. Combining experience and maturity with know-how and proficiency, this English quintet honor the foundation of metal's traditions with powerful harmonic vocals and soaring guitar leads, reminding the younger generation of metalheads that newer isn't always better.

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In Solitude - Sister

Now this is an evolution we were not expecting. After two albums of classic heavy metal, In Solitude present us with a new sound that is soaked in amazing post-punk and goth influences. This gives Sister a greater sense of identity. The compositions are dark, strong, memorable, and immensely catchy. What appeared to be a risky move turned out to be an extremely wise decision.

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Satan - Life Sentence

Satan are judge, jury and executioner in this riff tearing return with the sound reminiscing effectively of their debut and times gone by. Never one to fall into a slump, Life Sentence is heavy metal with traditionally styled bite which really does recapture the old days of these Brits. Remarkably consistent and always catchy, this new album revisits the sound of the band's debut in the most successful way possible.

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Twilight Of The Gods - Fire On The Mountain

Fire On The Mountain is what you get when an all-star group of metal musicians come together to write music heavily inspired by the likes of Bathory - which should come as no surprise to those who recognize the band name - while also trying to maintain some semblance of originality. The old school traditional heavy metal feel is augmented by epic melodic guitar leads and powerful vocals that draw you in immediately.

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