The Best Melodeath / Extreme Power / Gothenburg Metal Album

1.  Wolfheart - Shadow World 229
2.  Sylosis - Dormant Heart 156
3.  The Agonist - Eye Of Providence 95
4.  Sunless Rise - Unrevealed 72
5.  Soilwork - The Ride Majestic (write-in vote) 37
6.  Swallow The Sun - Songs From The North I, II & III (write-in vote) 19
7.  Solution .45 - Nightmares In The Waking State - Part I (write-in vote) 12
8.  Children Of Bodom - I Worship Chaos (write-in vote) 11
9.  The Neologist - Coming Full Circle 10
Total votes:
702




Sunless Rise - Unrevealed

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Unrevealed deftly combines everything that was once great about Children Of Bodom and everything that is currently great about newcomers Sunless Rise - clearly indebted to its Finnish forebears, but not enslaved to their every move. A little heavier on the electronic elements, more intense overall, and utilizing clean vocals now and again, Unrevealed picks up where Bodom left off and carries on into a very bright future. It's lightning-fast, ultra-precise, and full of crystalline beauty. Sunless Rise are definitely a band to watch out for in the near future.

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Sylosis - Dormant Heart

Crunchy riffs, ripping soli, driving beats and powerful-throated vocals set against melodic sections help Sylosis create one bruiser of an album with Dormant Heart. A punishing album which showcases their ability to integrate elements of metalcore and thrash into their melodeath.

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The Agonist - Eye Of Providence

The Agonist debut on Eye Of Providence their new frontwoman, Vicky Psarakis, and they've saved up a suitable array of groovy, spine-crushing tracks with which to do it. Psarakis's versatile vocals walk the winding path from emotional cleans to devastating growls, with plenty of attention paid to the middle ground. Dropping riff after limber riff into a volcanic mass of metallic energy, Eye Of Providence shows The Agonist striding boldly and confidently into their second decade of life.

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The Neologist - Coming Full Circle

The Neologist have a modern take on metal. They blend metalcore with melodic death metal and infuse prog elements in a reinvigorating way. The result is fully-formed on Coming Full Circle which shows the versatility of this still underrated band. The Neologist shine with impressive guitar work and a wide range of vocal styles which keep things fresh, and sink in melody devotion.

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Wolfheart - Shadow World

Since disbanding Before The Dawn, Dawn Of Solace, Black Sun Aeon, Final Harvest and RoutaSielu, Tuomas Saukkonen has concentrated all his musical ideas into Wolfheart, and is now a full-blown four-man outfit. The result is an amalgam of folk, gothic, doom, thrash and black metal centred around the classic Finnish melodic death metal sound which transports you to the lonesome, frosty winter days where the sun never shines.

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