Pedantic Marcel's Top 100 Of 2000-2009

Written by: Marcel Hubregtse
Published: 14.12.2009
After long deliberation, rolling of die, countless bottles of Lagavulin and Stolychnaya, Cohiba cigars I have come to the following top 100 for the past decade.
Have a look at it, be baffled, cry your eyes out, swear your head off, or just shake your head in total disbelief.

Oh yeah before you continue reading... I want to say that no splits, demos, re-releases, compilations, ep's, 7"'s or live recordings were included. Just full-lengths.

So here it is:
Marcel's Top 100 of 2000-2009


1. Warning - Watching From A Distance
2. Esoteric - The Maniacal Vale
3. Primordial - To The Nameless Dead
4. Process Of Guilt - Erosion
5. Negura Bunget - OM
6. Deathspell Omega - Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice
7. Neurosis - Given To The Rising
8. Burst - Origo
9. Gojira - From Mars To Sirius
10. Alchemist - Austral Asian

11. Enslaved - Isa
12. Shining - IV: The Eerie Cold
13. Mastodon - Remission
14. Melechesh - Emissaries
15. Today Is The Day - Sadness Will Prevail
16. Electric Wizard - Dopethrone
17. Enslaved - Below The Lights
18. Skepticism - Farmakon
19. Agalloch - The Mantle
20. Queens Of The Stone Age - Songs For The Deaf

21. Exodus - Tempo Of The Damned
22. Wolves In The Throne Room - Two Hunters
23. Strapping Young Lad - Strapping Young Lad
24. Death Angel - The Art Of Dying
25. Nevermore - Dead Heart In A Dead World
26. Meshuggah - Nothing
27. Mayhem - Ordo Ad Chao
28. Esoteric - Subconcious Dissolution Into The Continuum
29. Leviathan - Tentacles Of Whorror
30. Enslaved - Monumension

31. Hollenthon - With Vilest Of Worms To Dwell
32. Textures - Drawing Circles
33. Mournful Congregation - The Monad Of Creation
34. Opeth - Blackwater Park
35. Emperor - Prometheus: The Discpline Of Fire & Demise
36. Lurker Of Chalice - Lurker Of Chalice
37. Watain - Casus Luciferi
38. Evoken - Quietus
39. Blut Aus Nord - The Work Which Transforms God
40. Mourning Beloveth - Dust

41. Primordial - The Gathering Wilderness
42. The Angelic Process - Weighing Souls With Sand
43. Revelation - Release
44. Officium Triste - Reason
45. Xasthur - The Funeral Of Being
46. Thorns - Thorns
47. Corrupted - El Mundo Frio
48. Funeral Mist - Salvation
49. Baroness - Red Album
50. Khanate - Things Viral

51. Devin Townsend - Terria
52. Shining - III: Självdestruktivitetens Emissarie
53. Satyricon - Volcano
54. Alchemist - Organasm
55. Mar De Grises - Draining The Waterheart
56. Ondskapt - Draco Sit Mihi Dux
57. Drudkh - Autumn Aurora
58. Mar De Grises - The Tatterdemalion Express
59. Krux - Krux II
60. While Heaven Wept - ...Of Empires Forlorn

61. Orodruin - Epicurean Mass
62. Reverend Bizarre - So Long Suckers
63. Mourning Beloveth - The Sullen Sulcus
64. Forest Stream - Tears Of Mortal Solitude
65. Dolorian - Dolorian
66. Immortal - Sons Of Northern Darkness
67. Katatonia - Viva Emptiness
68. Indesinence - Noctambulism
69. Thee Plague Of Gentlemen - Primula Pestis
70. Umbra Nihil - Gnoia

71. Astrofaes - For Those Whose Past Is Immortal
72. Shape Of Despair - Angels Of Distress
73. The Funeral Orchestra - Feeding The Abyss
74. Jack Frost - Wannadie Songs
75. Asunder - Works Will Come Undone
76. Worship - Dooom
77. Aldebaran - Dwellers In Twilight
78. Wreck Of The Hesperus - The Sunken Threshold
79. Keen Of The Crow - Hyborea
80. Morgion - Cloaked By Ages, Crowned In Earth

81. Solitude Aeturnus - Alone
82. Reverend Bizarre - In The Rectory Of The Bizarre Reverend
83. Mirror Of Deception - Foregone
84. Mournful Congregation - The June Frost
85. Yakuza - Way Of The Dead
86. Ahab - Call Of The Wretched Sea
87. Candlemass - King Of The Grey Islands
88. Deinonychus - Deinonychus
89. Khanate - Khanate
90. The Lord Weird Slough Feg - Atavism

91. Krieg - The Black House
92. Shape Of Despair - Illusions Play
93. Yob - The Illusion Of Motion
94. Earth - HEX: Or Printing In The Infernal Method
95. Place Of Skulls - The Black Is Never Far
96. Wijlen Wij - Wijlen Wij
97. Wyrd - Huldrafolk
98. After Forever - Decipher
99. Tool - Lateralus
100. Anaal Nathrakh - Eschaton



Of course my tastes differ immensely from som other staffers. Thos can be checked out here: Bas, BitterCOld, Darkside Momo, Doc Godin, jupitreas, dismaleuphony, The One Who Can't Count To A 100 (The MSer Formerly Known As Lucas)


 




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Stigmatized - 14.12.2009 at 21:38  
Pretty solid list. I think #44 should be higher though. Oh, and #3 shouldn't be anywhere near that high.
Paradox0 - 14.12.2009 at 21:51  
Kind of hard for me to complain, considering I've only listened to 11 of those albums (and for some reason I think that might be exceptional by comparison). Of course I could rabble rabble over the lack of Arcturus or unexpect, or be in utter shock of the lack of Hail of Bullets, thus comes off more of a suprise in your taste rather than anything really all that tangible. I'm surprised with Viva Emptiness being on here, and hats oiff to you with The Maniacal Vale being number two. Such an underrated in my opinion (mainly becaue so sfew people seem to be able to grasp it). I wouldn't mind knowing though atleast what makes the top 10 the way it is?
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.12.2009 at 21:52  
Written by Stigmatized on 14.12.2009 at 21:38

Oh, and #3 shouldn't be anywhere near that high.


You been talking to Pétur?
Stigmatized - 14.12.2009 at 21:53  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.12.2009 at 21:52

Written by Stigmatized on 14.12.2009 at 21:38

Oh, and #3 shouldn't be anywhere near that high.


You been talking to Pétur?


Who?
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.12.2009 at 21:57  
Written by Stigmatized on 14.12.2009 at 21:53


Who?


The MS-inhouse Dutch big Primordial hater who calls himself a pagan and likes sissy-assed happy happy folk metal
Stigmatized - 14.12.2009 at 21:59  
No idea who that that is so it's safe to assume I haven't been talking to him. I like Primordial, just not as much as you do it seems.
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.12.2009 at 22:04  
Written by Stigmatized on 14.12.2009 at 21:59

I like Primordial, just not as much as you do it seems.


Tastes differ, thank God. Or else it would be a very boring world indeed.

Btw check pout Bas' top 100 he just posted and have a guess who he's a fanboy of
Stigmatized - 14.12.2009 at 22:14  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.12.2009 at 22:04

Written by Stigmatized on 14.12.2009 at 21:59

I like Primordial, just not as much as you do it seems.


Tastes differ, thank God. Or else it would be a very boring world indeed.

Btw check pout Bas' top 100 he just posted and have a guess who he's a fanboy of


Indeed.

Haha, yeah. Tastes differ though.
TheBigRossowski - 14.12.2009 at 22:18  
Pretty good list, man!
Elio - 14.12.2009 at 22:22  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.12.2009 at 21:52

Written by Stigmatized on 14.12.2009 at 21:38

Oh, and #3 shouldn't be anywhere near that high.


You been talking to Pétur?


I often talk to him but I still love that album. Would made my top20 for sure too. btw some very good stuff, and a bunch of albums I haven't heard as doom metal isn't really my fav genre.
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.12.2009 at 22:31  
Written by Paradox0 on 14.12.2009 at 21:51

Of course I could rabble rabble over the lack of Arcturus or unexpect,


Arcturus - The Sham Mirrors did cross my mind for a second, but left it out.
As for Unexpect... I never like what they do.

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or be in utter shock of the lack of Hail of Bullets


I love thee Hail Of Bullets album to bits. But decided to leave it because it is actually just recylcing really old death metal with Asphyx influences.

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I'm surprised with Viva Emptiness being on here,

I love old Katatonia and find Viva Emptiness to be by far thier best most emotional and varied album of the new era Katatonia which is marred by wishy washy albums all of which contain filler songs (except for Viva Emptiness that is)

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and hats oiff to you with The Maniacal Vale being number two. Such an underrated in my opinion (mainly becaue so sfew people seem to be able to grasp it).


Underrated? That's the first time I hear anyone call it that. And in my experience loads of people seem to be able to grasp it.
Unconsecrated - 14.12.2009 at 22:41  
Ziyadah seems a little out of place in that list eheh
Pétur - 14.12.2009 at 22:48  
Written by Stigmatized on 14.12.2009 at 21:38

Pretty solid list. I think #44 should be higher though. Oh, and #3 shouldn't be anywhere near that high.

Dude, you're stealing my line >=[

And Marcel, I'm disapppoint... I expected your list to suck way harder. Sure there is awful crap like Primordial, Deathshit Omega, Shining, Watain, Reverend Bizarre. But I expected way more... >=[
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.12.2009 at 23:14  
Written by Unconsecrated on 14.12.2009 at 22:41

Ziyadah seems a little out of place in that list eheh


Crap yeah... by about 7 years
Glabrezu - 14.12.2009 at 23:26  
I think it's an interesting list, even if I know only 14 of the 100 albums of last decade that you prefer.
It's strange that exactly other 14 of this discs are from bands that are in my future interests or bands of whom I listened to other stuff.
I think you have a very great knowledge of the metal scene, so I will try to check for bands that at the moment I'm ignoring (there are too many and I need time to check them all...)
Maybe I'm going to do my own list
Stigmatized - 15.12.2009 at 00:21  
Written by Pétur on 14.12.2009 at 22:48

Written by Stigmatized on 14.12.2009 at 21:38

Pretty solid list. I think #44 should be higher though. Oh, and #3 shouldn't be anywhere near that high.

Dude, you're stealing my line >=[

And Marcel, I'm disapppoint... I expected your list to suck way harder. Sure there is awful crap like Primordial, Deathshit Omega, Shining, Watain, Reverend Bizarre. But I expected way more... >=[


Ah, you're the aforementioned Pétur. Sorry for stealing said line.
InnerSelf - 15.12.2009 at 12:46  
Pretty decent list
I am convinced but I haven't heard your #1 sure I will check it
I would have included Saturnus
and where is StS in your list it is very known that you like them very much:gunner:
Mr. Doctor - 15.12.2009 at 22:11  
What the fuck with Primordial... I never got the hype over that band, very meh to my tastes...

And well, you know what I have to say about Esoteric... I say it again though. It should be in the first place or even higher if that is even possible. But I'm very glad overall with your list as it seems like we have similar tastes. I was surprised to see Things Viral in such a high place such as 51 since I've heard/read too much bashing about that album and I do think that album is absolutely BRILLIANT and I want to hear it fucking LOUD if I have the opportunity to be alone at home.

I also surprised with Xasthur and Opeth. I mean, I remember I read somewhere that you were giving some good opinions about Subliminal Genocide but I didn't think that you liked them enough to put one of Malefic albums in such a list... Same goes to Opeth, I never really saw you on the Opeth thread so that's why I thought you had some "Meh" feelings about the band. I kinda disagree with Burst having such a high place... They are good but not extremely good.
Dopethrone is fucking amazing too! I was really glad to see them there, what a great track Funeralopolis is...

Last thing:
7. Neurosis - Given To The Rising

That maded me smile too, what a crushing experience it was when I first heard that album a couple of years ago, at that time I never thought that I would love such kind of metal... Everytime I hear it I still feel inspired and want to listen to more metal that is crushing.
Marcel Hubregtse - 15.12.2009 at 22:39  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 15.12.2009 at 22:11


I also surprised with Xasthur and Opeth. I mean, I remember I read somewhere that you were giving some good opinions about Subliminal Genocide but I didn't think that you liked them enough to put one of Malefic albums in such a list... Same goes to Opeth, I never really saw you on the Opeth thread so that's why I thought you had some "Meh" feelings about the band.


If you had been on MS for a couple of years longer you would have known I like a lot of Xasthur stuff
As for Opeth, quite a few people are surprise I have one Opeth album in my top 100 but I don't hear anyone go on about After Forever
Mr. Doctor - 15.12.2009 at 22:47  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.12.2009 at 22:39

If you had been on MS for a couple of years longer you would have known I like a lot of Xasthur stuff


Yeah, I don't really know why that surprised me that much. I just thought that Malefic was way too pretentious in your opinion .
Damn I just own Defective Epitaph and it's a good/ok-at-times album but from what I've heard, Malefic has done better... The real drums was a big improvement though. The cello was also a nice touch.

Lol yeah.. the first thing I noticed was After Forever.
Marcel Hubregtse - 15.12.2009 at 22:51  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 15.12.2009 at 22:47

I just thought that Malefic was way too pretentious in your opinion .



I never found anything to be pretentious about Malefic's music whatsoever. And I can't judge on the guy himself since I have never read an interview him or met him.
Mr. Doctor - 15.12.2009 at 22:55  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.12.2009 at 22:51

I never found anything to be pretentious about Malefic's music whatsoever. And I can't judge on the guy himself since I have never read an interview him or met him.


That's the stupid part I was talking about, I just thought that you didn't like [for example] Xasthur because reading most of your comments, looking at your collection or even because of your age [no offense] I thought that Xasthur was too "Meh" for you I can't even understand myself anymore.
jupitreas - 15.12.2009 at 23:18  
Nice list Marcel, albeit a bit too doom-heavy. But then again, ever since you renewed your passion for doom, it is hardly surprising you would lean in this direction for this list. You generally have good taste in metal, a taste that I have grown to depend on more often than not. With this said, we made these lists to bitch at each other all in the name of good fun so I have decided to comment on a few of your choices

1. Warning - Watching From A Distance
I don't get what is so great about this album. Maybe it requires for the listener to be over 30?

2. Esoteric - The Maniacal Vale
Obviously I agree with this wholeheartedly, definitely one of the masterpieces of the decade.

7. Neurosis - Given To The Rising
I think this is one of the most overhyped albums of the decade actually. It is, to me at least, very mediocre compared to Neurosis' output in the 90s. It also seems almost like a sellout album since they were getting soft and then decided to be abrasive once again in a somewhat uncomfortable way (to these ears), perhaps to appease the fans.

14. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Calculating Infinity'
Dillinger definitely deserves a place in this list but IMO Miss Machine is the more worthy disc. Calculating Infinity sounds too embryonic, whereas Miss Machine realised their vision.

21. Queens Of The Stone Age - Songs For The Deaf
I definitely agree that this belongs on this list, but 21 is a bit high.

24. Strapping Young Lad - Strapping Young Lad
I find this album to be too straightforward. It also has slightly over-compressed mastering, which is always an ear-sore. SYL is a unique band but this is simply a very well executed extreme/thrash album.

25. Death Angel - The Art Of Dying
I didnt like this album at all, what can I say?

31. Enslaved - Monumension
Like QOTSA, I think this is a bit too high. Below The Lights is of course better, but IMO Mardraum is also better. But I see we agree that post-BTL Enslaved is inferior.

35. Opeth - Blackwater Park
With Neurosis, the most overhyped album of the decade. Its simply boring as fuck.

100. Tool - Lateralus
We both agree that it needs to be on this list but obviously not the position This album is just so impressive IMO, I am curious what made you rate it so 'low'.
Mr. Doctor - 15.12.2009 at 23:24  
I just wana say: Neurosis' last album is amazing so I want Jupitreas to shut the hell up!
And the iamge I get from the band doesn't seem like an image coming from a band that actually cares about please the fans.. just making what they want to make.

But... I do agree on what Jupi said about Warning, I found it very good... but 1 of the decade? No way, I would put it like on the 40-30 or something. and Blackwater Park IS overhyped as fuck and I think that the albums before that one beat the crap out of Blackwater Park any day of the week.
Darkside Momo - 15.12.2009 at 23:30  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 15.12.2009 at 23:24

I just wana say: Neurosis' last album is amazing so I want Jupitreas to shut the hell up!
And the iamge I get from the band doesn't seem like an image coming from a band that actually cares about please the fans.. just making what they want to make.

Yeah Given to the Rising is great, but some of their 90' stuff is still better imo. but maybe different. As to call it sell out like Jupi said, I really don't think so.
Mr. Doctor - 15.12.2009 at 23:40  
Written by Darkside Momo on 15.12.2009 at 23:30

Yeah Given to the Rising is great, but some of their 90' stuff is still better imo. but maybe different. As to call it sell out like Jupi said, I really don't think so.


Of course that some of their 90' stuff is better! but that doesn't matter if we are talking about the best albums of this decade.
And the two previous that are from this decade are good but not as good as Given To The Rising.
Marcel Hubregtse - 16.12.2009 at 00:38  
Written by jupitreas on 15.12.2009 at 23:18


1. Warning - Watching From A Distance
I don't get what is so great about this album. Maybe it requires for the listener to be over 30?



I remember it being one of your top albums of 2007 So that means you have changed your mind quite a bit about it.
And yes maybe one has to be over 30 to fully appreciate it, like Craig said: I have a greater sense of loss and regret... and that sense of loss and regret only increases with the years. This album truly epitomizes that for me. After having played the album till death since its release it is still growing on me, so it is probably safe to say that currently this album is the single greatest piece of metal art ever created for me.
Marcel Hubregtse - 16.12.2009 at 00:46  
@Jups my problem with Miss Machine is that they try to be too much Faith No Morish at times.

As for Neurosis I find their other 90s stuff way too mellow and meandering.

SYL - SYL, shame City was from 90s else that one would have been in the top without a doubt. I saw you had Alien in there and to me that one is way too one-dimensional till the point of almost being boring. And it is just like SYL, also over-compressed and to my ears even more annoyingly so than SYL

The reason I put Tool - Lateralus that low is that after i's initial impact the album faded like a candle in the night. And tbh it only made it in because originally I had a 1993 release in there Lateralus is an album although musically great I just don't play anymore.


As for all the Blackwater Park naysayers (yes you too Mr Doctor) this is where it all came together finally for me. I like what they did before BWP but there was something missing there.
Marcel Hubregtse - 16.12.2009 at 01:02  
Written by jupitreas on 15.12.2009 at 23:18



31. Enslaved - Monumension
But I see we agree that post-BTL Enslaved is inferior.



I have Isa way higher, so I don't get this remark.
jupitreas - 16.12.2009 at 01:30  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 16.12.2009 at 01:02

Written by jupitreas on 15.12.2009 at 23:18



31. Enslaved - Monumension
But I see we agree that post-BTL Enslaved is inferior.



I have Isa way higher, so I don't get this remark.


So you do, must have had a brain fart there.
jupitreas - 16.12.2009 at 01:33  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 16.12.2009 at 00:38

Written by jupitreas on 15.12.2009 at 23:18


1. Warning - Watching From A Distance
I don't get what is so great about this album. Maybe it requires for the listener to be over 30?



I remember it being one of your top albums of 2007 So that means you have changed your mind quite a bit about it.
And yes maybe one has to be over 30 to fully appreciate it, like Craig said: I have a greater sense of loss and regret... and that sense of loss and regret only increases with the years. This album truly epitomizes that for me. After having played the album till death since its release it is still growing on me, so it is probably safe to say that currently this album is the single greatest piece of metal art ever created for me.


Well, I never felt like listening to it again after 2007, which doesnt so much mean I changed my mind as that it didnt stand the test of time...
BitterCOld - 16.12.2009 at 02:04  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 16.12.2009 at 00:38

Written by jupitreas on 15.12.2009 at 23:18


1. Warning - Watching From A Distance
I don't get what is so great about this album. Maybe it requires for the listener to be over 30?



I remember it being one of your top albums of 2007 So that means you have changed your mind quite a bit about it.
And yes maybe one has to be over 30 to fully appreciate it, like Craig said: I have a greater sense of loss and regret... and that sense of loss and regret only increases with the years. This album truly epitomizes that for me. After having played the album till death since its release it is still growing on me, so it is probably safe to say that currently this album is the single greatest piece of metal art ever created for me.


it topped my list as well - and my list was actually listed in the super secret MS cave prior to Marcel's... so i'm not copying him. although the fact that there are four albums found in both our top 10's make it look like one of us copied off the other.

as for the album and hte "over 30" dig...

i think there is a lot of truth to it. the consistent theme of the album is a sense of loss, regret, and longing.

you younger whippersnappers have your whole lives in front of you. the world is your oyster. anything can happen. blah blah blah insert cheesy saying here...

once you start getting long in the tooth, those options, chances, and sense of youthful invincibility slowly evaporate around you. you won't even notice as it's going on. ultimately one day you'll look in te mirror and just think, "what happened?" looking back on past decisions that perhaps didn't seem so big at the time, you find yourself wondering if you made the right call. you look forward and realize you are just that much closer to wormfood and it's just too late for many of your aspirations of youth to take root.

i think that is why this album seems to perhaps resonate a little more with us older folk.

and the funny thing is i'm not even a depressed/depressing guy. love my wife, love my dogs, love my friends, like my house. i'm the life of the fucking party.

yet even i have that underlying morose sense of loss/regret looking back and dread looking forward.

Watching From A Distance speaks to those feelings and the ultimate realization there is pretty much fuck-all you can do about it now.
Darkside Momo - 16.12.2009 at 02:37  
Written by BitterCOld on 16.12.2009 at 02:04

once you start getting long in the tooth, those options, chances, and sense of youthful invincibility slowly evaporate around you. you won't even notice as it's going on. ultimately one day you'll look in te mirror and just think, "what happened?" looking back on past decisions that perhaps didn't seem so big at the time, you find yourself wondering if you made the right call. you look forward and realize you are just that much closer to wormfood and it's just too late for many of your aspirations of youth to take root.

Very well said, that's the 'I'm 30' syndrome.
So maybe I'll have to listen to this album finally - come on, you don't want me to mess with my top 100 again?
Dangerboner - 16.12.2009 at 08:27  
Written by BitterCOld on 16.12.2009 at 02:04

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 16.12.2009 at 00:38

Written by jupitreas on 15.12.2009 at 23:18


1. Warning - Watching From A Distance
I don't get what is so great about this album. Maybe it requires for the listener to be over 30?



I remember it being one of your top albums of 2007 So that means you have changed your mind quite a bit about it.
And yes maybe one has to be over 30 to fully appreciate it, like Craig said: I have a greater sense of loss and regret... and that sense of loss and regret only increases with the years. This album truly epitomizes that for me. After having played the album till death since its release it is still growing on me, so it is probably safe to say that currently this album is the single greatest piece of metal art ever created for me.

as for the album and hte "over 30" dig...

i think there is a lot of truth to it. the consistent theme of the album is a sense of loss, regret, and longing.

you younger whippersnappers have your whole lives in front of you. the world is your oyster. anything can happen. blah blah blah insert cheesy saying here...

once you start getting long in the tooth, those options, chances, and sense of youthful invincibility slowly evaporate around you. you won't even notice as it's going on. ultimately one day you'll look in te mirror and just think, "what happened?" looking back on past decisions that perhaps didn't seem so big at the time, you find yourself wondering if you made the right call. you look forward and realize you are just that much closer to wormfood and it's just too late for many of your aspirations of youth to take root.

i think that is why this album seems to perhaps resonate a little more with us older folk.

and the funny thing is i'm not even a depressed/depressing guy. love my wife, love my dogs, love my friends, like my house. i'm the life of the fucking party.

yet even i have that underlying morose sense of loss/regret looking back and dread looking forward.

Watching From A Distance speaks to those feelings and the ultimate realization there is pretty much fuck-all you can do about it now.

But.... if it reminds you of those bad things, why do you like it so much? Personally, if something made me think like that, I'd avoid it like it was a Trivium album.
Dangerboner - 24.12.2009 at 07:22  
I think Calculating Infinity was released in 1999. Great album though
BudDa - 24.12.2009 at 13:41  
I think Warning's Watching From A Distance just requires abit of getting into..hence probably more listens than normal to appreciate it. That said, I too would have it under my top 10 metal album list..and am not yet even 25.Ha!
Marcel Hubregtse - 24.12.2009 at 16:40  
Written by Dangerboner on 24.12.2009 at 07:22

I think Calculating Infinity was released in 1999. Great album though


Yep, you're right. Will have to remove it and move everything up a spot and find a new nr. 100.

I wonder how it snuck in there. So, why I thought it was from 2000.
Glabrezu - 26.12.2009 at 21:30  
Written by jupitreas on 15.12.2009 at 23:18


1. Warning - Watching From A Distance
I don't get what is so great about this album. Maybe it requires for the listener to be over 30?



Ehehhh no!! I'm not over 30 yet and I really appreciate the unique vocals of it. I only think that you need a particular mental predisposition to really understand the emotions that some masterpieces communicate. So many great albums are "for a few" and they will remain.
Susan - 28.12.2009 at 12:21  
What a pleasant stroll down memory lane... Sons of Northern Darkness, Dolorian, Tears of Mortal Solitudie ... and it's nice to see After Forever getting a shout-out down there, too! I'd definitely swap the two Primordial albums, though, Gathering Wilderness was faaaar superior!


And this couldn't be more true:

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.12.2009 at 19:28

Of course my tastes differ immensely from som other staffers. For example that of Bas and the one of Jupitreas
Collin - 07.01.2010 at 14:41  
Nice list. I don't agree with everything (and especially not with Warning as #1) but there's nothing really shocking to me. Also, I'm a bit surprised because knowing your current taste I expected less variation. But, did you really not include any Detonation in this list?
Marcel Hubregtse - 07.01.2010 at 15:34  
Written by Collin on 07.01.2010 at 14:41

Nice list. I don't agree with everything (and especially not with Warning as #1) but there's nothing really shocking to me. Also, I'm a bit surprised because knowing your current taste I expected less variation. But, did you really not include any Detonation in this list?


Although I am a big fan of Detonation, as you know, I don't consider any of their three albums top-100 of the decade worthy. Top 150, yes. Hadn't I heard this huge amount of albums over the past decade they would of course have made it.
BitterCOld - 07.01.2010 at 19:11  
Written by Dangerboner on 16.12.2009 at 08:27


But.... if it reminds you of those bad things, why do you like it so much? Personally, if something made me think like that, I'd avoid it like it was a Trivium album.



weird, never got around to responding.

it is not that the album reminds me of such things, they are there in my head and they surface from time to time, whether or not i'm listening to sad Warning, happy-fun Ska Punk, or whatever.

the late, great John Lee Hooker once said of the music he devoted his life to, "The Blues is a Healer". hearing someone else sing of their hard times helps people with their own issues.

within metal, imbo, Doom is the healer.

this album offers commiseration. listening to someone else sing of his loss and regrets helps remove walls of alienation. "this guy has been through similar, he gets it. he understands." type thing.

that make any sense?
Mr. Doctor - 08.01.2010 at 00:54  
That's pretty much why I think that doom can be very uplifting at times...
Collin - 08.01.2010 at 13:05  
Written by Glabrezu on 26.12.2009 at 21:30

I really appreciate the unique vocals of it.


It's spelt whiny, w-h-i-n-y
Marcel Hubregtse - 08.01.2010 at 17:47  
Written by Collin on 08.01.2010 at 13:05

Written by Glabrezu on 26.12.2009 at 21:30

I really appreciate the unique vocals of it.


It's spelt whiny, w-h-i-n-y


One who is deaf would call it whiny People with taste would call it emotive and full of soul
For true whiny vocals go and listen to the last couple of My Dying Bride albums.
Collin - 08.01.2010 at 18:48  
Whiny, emotive, same difference

Somehow I don't mind whininess in MDB but I can't get into Warning because of the vocals. Strange, innit?
Mr. Doctor - 09.01.2010 at 02:01  
Damn.. That IS weird, because I always think of MDB's vocals when I hear the word whiny.
Collin - 09.01.2010 at 15:23  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 09.01.2010 at 02:01

Damn.. That IS weird, because I always think of MDB's vocals when I hear the word whiny.


Aaron Stainthorpe defines whiny. I didn't say MDB aren't whiny, I said that their whininess doesn't bother me, while Warning's does
THE_BLACK_GOD - 18.01.2010 at 13:04  
I didnt see In Mourning in any list.
Bad English - 15.02.2010 at 23:36  
I read all staffers list and Marcels is closser to mine if I shood do, ok I never ever would pic up bets of decaude because 10 years , I might do it since 2004 2000 I was in metal but only what I can get whit out i net and live like 80's where peoploe made coppies ... so this list is realy good many bands what I like I can maybe pic 5 what I dont like , but for me ist be hard make top 50 for year and top 100 for decade ehhh

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