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It's nearly been a year since I've started listening to metal. I've listened to many albums since then, but it took me some time to get used to some genres, band ideologies and listening to full albums. This is a list of albums that had a big impact on the way I perceive metal. It is NOT a favorite album list as I don't still frequently listen to some of the listed albums anymore. Ordered by impact level.

Created by: Oaken | 13.04.2012



1. Agalloch - Ashes Against The Grain
2006
2. Suffocation - Pierced From Within
1995
3. Immortal - At The Heart Of Winter
1999
4. Agalloch - The Mantle
2002
5. Edge Of Sanity - Crimson
1996
6. Necrophagist - Epitaph
2004
7. Windir - Arntor
1999
8. Dying Fetus - Destroy The Opposition
2000
9. Dismember - Like An Ever Flowing Stream
1991
10. Immortal - Battles In The North
1995
11. Týr - The Lay Of Thrym
2011
12. Autopsy - Mental Funeral
1991
13. Malevolent Creation - Retribution
1992
14. Ensiferum - Ensiferum
2001
15. Monstrosity - Imperial Doom
1992
16. Exodus - Bonded By Blood
1985
17. Drudkh - Autumn Aurora
2004
18. Ulver - Bergtatt - Et Eeventyr I 5 Capitler
1994
19. Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta I - Fathers Of The Icy Age
1996
20. Borknagar - Borknagar
1996



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Troy Killjoy - 13.04.2012 at 22:44  
You reviewed Enslaved's Frost and scored it a 9.2 but it didn't make the list?
Oaken - 13.04.2012 at 22:54  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 13.04.2012 at 22:44

You reviewed Enslaved's Frost and scored it a 9.2 but it didn't make the list?

Those albums are awe-inducing. To me, all the stuff in the list is 9.5+ material. Frost didn't offer anything new or shape up my listening habits. It's a decent effort... But it didn't affect the way I perceive metal.
yumishami - 13.04.2012 at 22:59  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 13.04.2012 at 22:44

You reviewed Enslaved's Frost and scored it a 9.2 but it didn't make the list?

hes average rating is 8.73
Oaken - 14.04.2012 at 02:35  
Written by yumishami on 13.04.2012 at 22:59

Written by Troy Killjoy on 13.04.2012 at 22:44

You reviewed Enslaved's Frost and scored it a 9.2 but it didn't make the list?

hes average rating is 8.73

That is because I only rate the albums I have in my collection, and I only keep the albums that I really like. For example,if I download an album that I would rate with a 5 or lower, I instantly delete it after 2-3 listens.
snake? snaaaake! - 05.05.2012 at 02:23  
I could have sworn you said you had been listening to metal for a year, a year ago.
Mr. Doctor - 05.05.2012 at 12:21  
Written by Oaken on 13.04.2012 at 22:54
It's a decent effort....


You don't really know the meaning of the word "decent" if you give a decent album a 9,2 tbh. Decent is a word I would use fr a 7,0+ album.
Oaken - 05.05.2012 at 12:51  
Written by snake? snaaaake! on 05.05.2012 at 02:23

I could have sworn you said you had been listening to Metallica, Iron Maiden, Killswitch Engage and Judas Priest SONGS for a year, a year ago.

Fixed.
snake? snaaaake! - 05.05.2012 at 13:36  
Written by Oaken on 05.05.2012 at 12:51

Fixed.


Ok great..
Marcel Hubregtse - 05.05.2012 at 14:39  
Written by Oaken on 05.05.2012 at 12:51

Written by snake? snaaaake! on 05.05.2012 at 02:23

I could have sworn you said you had been listening to Metallica, Iron Maiden, Killswitch Engage and Judas Priest SONGS for a year, a year ago.

Fixed.


And alls those songs by those bands are metal
!J.O.O.E.! - 05.05.2012 at 15:29  
How can something have a big impact on you yet you totally stop caring about it? Even in a whole lifetime that's a difficult proposition. To be affected by something and to discard it in the space of only a year screams "tryhard" in the biggest possible way. I don't listen to Korn much these days but I still care about its impact. According to you some of these albums have left no emotional connection which makes me think you're just using them as bridges to reach that perfect "cool and knowledgeable" state (which explains how you've become an "expert" on black and death metal in only a year).

I'm guessing in a couple of months time black metal will be behind you and the next iteration of this list will feature the top 25 cool and elite doom albums that have "affected" you and will be "awe-inducing" despite you "not caring" about them.
tea[m]ster - 05.05.2012 at 16:29  
Listening for one year yet you have a list this long and varied? Seems like you've crammed for a test and desperately spewed out answers. I love your enthusiam but my friend, before you annoint an album "having a big impact" or "life changing" put some more time in the craft first.
Troy Killjoy - 05.05.2012 at 16:53  
I'm with Joe. You seem to listen to music to fit in and not because you like what you're listening to. In less than a year you've managed to go from hating pretty much anything extreme to acting as if you're an encyclopedia of black metal. All of this has been a matter of changing your image as an online persona as opposed to changing because you naturally "evolved" in terms of your listening habits.

I for one find it laughable when I recommend you something (whether directly or inadvertently) and then find you recommending it to everyone in less than 24 hours as if you just discovered some unheard of gem, and then seeing it on a list of albums that are apparently life-changing but not memorable. This list is pretty much a reflection of your try-hard listening habits.
MechanisT - 05.05.2012 at 16:55  
Written by snake? snaaaake! on 05.05.2012 at 13:36

Written by Oaken on 05.05.2012 at 12:51

Fixed.


Gee. Thanks for the fix, asshole.


Fix'd.
No need to thank me.
BitterCOld - 05.05.2012 at 20:54  
Written by Oaken on 14.04.2012 at 02:35

That is because I only rate the albums I have in my collection, and I only keep the albums that I really like. For example,if I download an album that I would rate with a 5 or lower, I instantly delete it after 2-3 listens.


that is a rather foolish practice, given how much your tastes have evolved in the space of a year... in less than a month you went from liking new IMmortal only and hating their older, more raw releases, to loving to the point the sloppy BITN made this list.

given your progression, you'll be listening to doom and other metal genres you've avoided before the end of the year, and in two years time you'll be out of metal completely.
Cynic Metalhead - 05.05.2012 at 21:40  
Okaen now as a brutal swedish killing machine can can really save himself from getting nailed and severe consequences on his music tastes??

May be wrong list at the wrong time but save yourself with shooting of postloads from heavy cannons.
Oaken - 05.05.2012 at 23:52  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 05.05.2012 at 15:29

How can something have a big impact on you yet you totally stop caring about it? Even in a whole lifetime that's a difficult proposition. To be affected by something and to discard it in the space of only a year screams "tryhard" in the biggest possible way. I don't listen to Korn much these days but I still care about its impact. According to you some of these albums have left no emotional connection which makes me think you're just using them as bridges to reach that perfect "cool and knowledgeable" state (which explains how you've become an "expert" on black and death metal in only a year).

I'm guessing in a couple of months time black metal will be behind you and the next iteration of this list will feature the top 25 cool and elite doom albums that have "affected" you and will be "awe-inducing" despite you "not caring" about them.

Well, I DO care. I think "not listen very often anymore" would have been more appropriate. Anyway, even though there is some stuff that gives me eargasms, I agree to some extent that my listening is tryhardy. There are albums which I listen to for more than 7 times, and I end up not remembering a thing from. Which I hate.
Written by BitterCOld on 05.05.2012 at 20:54

given your progression, you'll be listening to doom and other metal genres you've avoided before the end of the year, and in two years time you'll be out of metal completely.

Even though I like the music itself, I think you might be right. And less that two years.
Written by tea[m]ster on 05.05.2012 at 16:29

Listening for one year yet you have a list this long and varied? Seems like you've crammed for a test and desperately spewed out answers. I love your enthusiam but my friend, before you annoint an album "having a big impact" or "life changing" put some more time in the craft first.

Thanks man. I promise you some better lists.
Written by Troy Killjoy on 05.05.2012 at 16:53

This list is pretty much a reflection of your try-hard listening habits.

And is there is a solution to that? Because I do like metal. The riffs, the drumming, the vocals, the atmosphere and the imagery. Tryhard, yes, but not liking metal, I think not.
BoxCar Willy - 06.05.2012 at 02:16  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 05.05.2012 at 15:29

How can something have a big impact on you yet you totally stop caring about it? Even in a whole lifetime that's a difficult proposition. To be affected by something and to discard it in the space of only a year screams "tryhard" in the biggest possible way. I don't listen to Korn much these days but I still care about its impact. According to you some of these albums have left no emotional connection which makes me think you're just using them as bridges to reach that perfect "cool and knowledgeable" state (which explains how you've become an "expert" on black and death metal in only a year).

I'm guessing in a couple of months time black metal will be behind you and the next iteration of this list will feature the top 25 cool and elite doom albums that have "affected" you and will be "awe-inducing" despite you "not caring" about them.

This, this, and More THIS.

Before metal I was a hardcore Ac/Dc fan, it would literally be all I would listen to. now a days Im not that big of a fan but I still respect the impact it had on me. I even spin the records once a week or so, or even watch some live video. If you call An album life changing yet forget about it a week later, it wasn't really life changing.

Check Lokeda's list, it shows his life changing albums for mny genres.

If there's any typos sorry, I'm in my iPod.
Fredd - 10.05.2012 at 21:14  
My most impacting albums (or rather "SONGS") are (from) Korn's Korn, Metallica's Load, Katatonia's Great Cold Distance, Morbid Angels's Gateways to Annihiation, Iced Earth's Burnt Offerings, Candlemass's Epicus Doomicus Metallicus and probably some more that I can't recall right now.

That's the stuff that got me into metal and it's different subgenres, since 2007.
Oaken - 10.05.2012 at 21:17  
Written by Fredd on 10.05.2012 at 21:14

Morbid Angels's Gateways to Annihiation

Quite "different" for a starter. I don't think such stuff would've appealed to me a year ago. But yeah, we differ.
Fredd - 10.05.2012 at 21:25  
Written by Oaken on 10.05.2012 at 21:17

Quite "different" for a starter. I don't think such stuff would've appealed to me a year ago. But yeah, we differ.

"To the Victor The Spoils" was my first brutal death metal song. I was scared of even considering the mere thought of listening to extreme metal before. ^^



Also, Death's Crystal Mountain was the song that got me into death metal. And Cradle of Filth's Nymphetamine/Dimmu Borgir's Sorgens Kammer got me into black.
Oaken - 12.05.2012 at 13:05  
Written by Fredd on 10.05.2012 at 21:25

Written by Oaken on 10.05.2012 at 21:17

Quite "different" for a starter. I don't think such stuff would've appealed to me a year ago. But yeah, we differ.

Also, Death's Crystal Mountain

Hardly a death metal song. I would dub it as "extreme progressive metal" rather than simply death metal.
Slayer666 - 12.05.2012 at 14:08  
Changed your username again?
Fredd - 12.05.2012 at 18:39  
Written by Oaken on 12.05.2012 at 13:05

Hardly a death metal song. I would dub it as "extreme progressive metal" rather than simply death metal.

No, it's death metal. True death metal.
Oaken - 12.05.2012 at 18:54  
Written by Slayer666 on 12.05.2012 at 14:08

Changed your username again?

Yes.

Written by Fredd on 12.05.2012 at 18:39

Written by Oaken on 12.05.2012 at 13:05

Hardly a death metal song. I would dub it as "extreme progressive metal" rather than simply death metal.

No, it's death metal. True death metal.

IMO it isn't.
Chobo_jokeR - 26.05.2012 at 21:15  
Good albums on the list. Went through the comments, and you got shat on pretty damn hard, which served as a good laugh, but thumbs up for the albums (the list is all over the map though, they do have a point there). I've been listening for quite a few years now, and my progression of sound was nowhere near this fast.

Started with the classics (metallica, iron maiden, blah blah), moved into metalcore and similar stuff (shadows fall, killswitch engage, children of bosom), then moved into melodic death (insomnium, be'lakor, etc) and then death / technical (Death & Obscura), then I found doom (swallow the sun), then I spent time moving around the doom genre (death/doom, gothic, and funeral) and last year I spent the majority listening to black (Wolves in the throne room). Just recently I got into brutal death (Benighted). This is over the course of 4 or 5 years. Folk was in there somewhere too (Ensiferum)

If you are actually enjoying all this shit then good for you, but maybe the philosophy ... less is more or stop to smell the roses applies here. I still listen to all the shit I progressed with, just not a lot. I rarely throw on a Metallica album anymore, but if a song comes on the radio or my iPod, I still fucking belt out the lyrics.

That was a longwinded explanation for ... thumbs up to the list lol.
IronAngel - 27.05.2012 at 01:35  
I'm really not sure how this guy's listening habits are any of our business. Granted, he did choose to make this list public and thus invite comment, but it's a little condensending to analyze whether these albums "really" changed his life and if he's genuinely on the metal bandwagon for the long haul.

I make (play)lists for myself of music I've recently discovered or at the moment consider hot too, it's very handy to gather your thoughts like that and look back on them later. I've had to do some serious catching-up myself since getting back into metal properly, as I used to be into lighter stuff and entirely missed classics like Primordial (who I just properly discovered and fell in love with two nights ago) let alone Lurker of Chalice or something. Granted, you probably needn't make every list like this a public one, because as merely a bunch of random names it isn't very interesting to other people.

But then again, there's nothing wrong with try-hard posturing. We all do it to some extent - some more discreetly than others.
Oaken - 03.06.2012 at 00:47  
Written by Chobo_jokeR on 26.05.2012 at 21:15

thumbs up to the list lol.

Thanks a lot dude. And sorry for my late reply. You might as well check out my new list.
Written by IronAngel on 27.05.2012 at 01:35

I'm really not sure how this guy's listening habits are any of our business.

Well, I assure they are. I face difficulty getting into full albums, and that bugs me a lot of times. I'm trying to overcome that, and even though I'm making some progress, I still feel that I always get a "vague" image of what the album resembles.
Thanks dude for thumbing up. My newer list is much better than this one.

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