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A list of quality sophomore releases.

Created by: Nosurper | 09.05.2013



1. Agalloch - The Mantle
2002
2. Alice In Chains - Dirt
1992
3. Anthrax - Spreading the Disease
1985
4. Asphyx - Last One On Earth
1992
5. Atheist - Unquestionable Presence
1991
6. Autopsy - Mental Funeral
1991
7. Baroness - Blue Record
2009
8. Before The Rain - Frail
2011
9. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
1970
10. Candlemass - Nightfall
1987
11. Cryptopsy - None So Vile
1996
12. Danzig - Danzig II - Lucifuge
1990
13. Death - Leprosy
1988
14. Demolition Hammer - Epidemic Of Violence
1992
15. Dio - The Last In Line
1984
16. Discharge - Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing
1982
17. Dissection - Storm Of The Light's Bane
1995
18. Emperor - Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
1997
19. Holy Terror - Mind Wars
1988
20. Isis - Oceanic
2002
21. Judas Priest - Sad Wings Of Destiny
1976
22. King's X - Gretchen Goes To Nebraska
1989
23. Kyuss - Blues For The Red Sun
1992
24. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II
1969
25. Mastodon - Leviathan
2004
26. Megadeth - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
1986
27. Metallica - Ride The Lightning
1984
28. Morbid Angel - Blessed Are The Sick
1991
29. Motörhead - Overkill
1979
30. Obituary - Cause Of Death
1990
31. Om - Conference Of The Birds
2006
32. Opeth - Morningrise
1996
33. Pelican - The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw
2005
34. Pestilence - Consuming Impulse
1989
35. Queens Of The Stone Age - Rated R
2000
36. Slayer - Hell Awaits
1985
37. Sleep - Sleep's Holy Mountain
1993
38. Strapping Young Lad - City
1997
39. Testament - The New Order
1988
40. The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute
2005
41. Tool - Ænima
1996
42. Warning - Watching From A Distance
2006
43. Wolves In The Throne Room - Two Hunters
2007



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Erik M. - 11.05.2013 at 00:50  
Great idea for a list. It's basically a sequel to my list (http://www.metalstorm.net/users/list.php?list_id=2645).

Now it's my turn to recommend albums to you and it's up to you to decide whether to add them or not. Sadly, I don't have the time to do so right now, so I'll be back.
Marcel Hubregtse - 11.05.2013 at 01:06  
Totally DISAGREE with Testament, The Mars Volta, Mastodon, Dio, Candlemass. Especially when it comes to Testament, The New Order is only half decent whereas The Legacy was all killer, no filler, total classic album
Erik M. - 11.05.2013 at 01:23  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 11.05.2013 at 01:06

Totally DISAGREE with Testament, The Mars Volta, Mastodon, Dio, Candlemass. Especially when it comes to Testament, The New Order is only half decent whereas The Legacy was all killer, no filler, total classic album


Haven't heard all of those, but Candlemass? If you don't like it, then why is Nightfall on your facebook profile photo?
Marcel Hubregtse - 11.05.2013 at 01:32  
Written by Erik M. on 11.05.2013 at 01:23

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 11.05.2013 at 01:06

Totally DISAGREE with Testament, The Mars Volta, Mastodon, Dio, Candlemass. Especially when it comes to Testament, The New Order is only half decent whereas The Legacy was all killer, no filler, total classic album


Haven't heard all of those, but Candlemass? If you don't like it, then why is Nightfall on your facebook profile photo?



who says I don't like Nightfall?

Imo Epicus Doomicus Metallicus is superior to Nightfall. The list maker was talking about second albums being better than the debut.

As to why Nightfall is on my FB profile picture? Read At The Gallow's End lyrics and then read the lyric part on the whisky bottle The picture was taken at a vinyl eveing at my place which had as theme alcohol
Erik M. - 11.05.2013 at 01:52  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 11.05.2013 at 01:32

who says I don't like Nightfall?

Imo Epicus Doomicus Metallicus is superior to Nightfall. The list maker was talking about second albums being better than the debut.

As to why Nightfall is on my FB profile picture? Read At The Gallow's End lyrics and then read the lyric part on the whisky bottle The picture was taken at a vinyl eveing at my place which had as theme alcohol


Argh My bad then. Damn, haven't read that discription carefully enough (and now that I've carefully read it, I notice a spelling mistake ). And those lyrics on the bottle are pretty awesome.

Anyway, I thought this list was basically my debut albums list, but then for all the second albums. In that case, I'll never like this list a whole lot. I disagree with Candlemass as well then. Also disagree with Emperor and WITTR (though I like Two Hunters only slightly less, it's not a big difference at all... same is true for Emperor).

Too bad then, this actually could've been a great idea for a list, but now it's definitely not. If he just made a list of "great sophomore albums" then I'd think it's a good idea.
Nosurper - 11.05.2013 at 03:37  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 11.05.2013 at 01:32

Written by Erik M. on 11.05.2013 at 01:23

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 11.05.2013 at 01:06

Totally DISAGREE with Testament, The Mars Volta, Mastodon, Dio, Candlemass. Especially when it comes to Testament, The New Order is only half decent whereas The Legacy was all killer, no filler, total classic album


Haven't heard all of those, but Candlemass? If you don't like it, then why is Nightfall on your facebook profile photo?



who says I don't like Nightfall?

Imo Epicus Doomicus Metallicus is superior to Nightfall. The list maker was talking about second albums being better than the debut.

As to why Nightfall is on my FB profile picture? Read At The Gallow's End lyrics and then read the lyric part on the whisky bottle The picture was taken at a vinyl eveing at my place which had as theme alcohol


AHHH, COMMENT FLOOD! Haha, this thing was dead for the first day or two I posted it. But anyway, yeah this list is intended to be a list that promotes sophomore albums, NOT necessarily meaning that I believe the sophomore effort is better than the debut. It's noting albums in which I felt the artist provided an album that is quality. I haven't really but as much stock into rating albums for a while, so my personal view on debut vs. follow-up accompanies with it feelings of content for both sides. Running through those albums, I think The Legacy is better than New World Order and I could probably side with Epicus Doomicus Metallicus over Nightfall. However, I could go either way with The Mars Volta, Mastodon and Dio. Dio for me would be the most likely candidate for sophomore better than debut.
Nosurper - 11.05.2013 at 04:10  
Written by Erik M. on 11.05.2013 at 00:50

Great idea for a list. It's basically a sequel to my list (http://www.metalstorm.net/users/list.php?list_id=2645).

Now it's my turn to recommend albums to you and it's up to you to decide whether to add them or not. Sadly, I don't have the time to do so right now, so I'll be back.


EMols, recommendations are emphatically welcome!
Jaeryd17‍ - 11.05.2013 at 09:30  
Great list.
Erik M. - 12.05.2013 at 15:33  
Written by Nosurper on 11.05.2013 at 03:37

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 11.05.2013 at 01:32

Written by Erik M. on 11.05.2013 at 01:23

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 11.05.2013 at 01:06

Totally DISAGREE with Testament, The Mars Volta, Mastodon, Dio, Candlemass. Especially when it comes to Testament, The New Order is only half decent whereas The Legacy was all killer, no filler, total classic album


Haven't heard all of those, but Candlemass? If you don't like it, then why is Nightfall on your facebook profile photo?



who says I don't like Nightfall?

Imo Epicus Doomicus Metallicus is superior to Nightfall. The list maker was talking about second albums being better than the debut.

As to why Nightfall is on my FB profile picture? Read At The Gallow's End lyrics and then read the lyric part on the whisky bottle The picture was taken at a vinyl eveing at my place which had as theme alcohol


AHHH, COMMENT FLOOD! Haha, this thing was dead for the first day or two I posted it. But anyway, yeah this list is intended to be a list that promotes sophomore albums, NOT necessarily meaning that I believe the sophomore effort is better than the debut. It's noting albums in which I felt the artist provided an album that is quality. I haven't really but as much stock into rating albums for a while, so my personal view on debut vs. follow-up accompanies with it feelings of content for both sides. Running through those albums, I think The Legacy is better than New World Order and I could probably side with Epicus Doomicus Metallicus over Nightfall. However, I could go either way with The Mars Volta, Mastodon and Dio. Dio for me would be the most likely candidate for sophomore better than debut.


Well, in that case you'll have to change the discription then, because as Marcel said it's rather confusing right now. And since I'm having a busy weekend with concerts and all I still don't have the time to give my recommendations. I'll be back tomorrow.
Erik M. - 13.05.2013 at 18:35  
Written by Nosurper on 11.05.2013 at 04:10

EMols, recommendations are emphatically welcome!


As I said, you'll have to change the discription so it's making more sense. Anyway, here are my recommendations (all of these are 9's and 10's for me, so I think every single one of them is excellent/brilliant, although I'm not sure whether they're all your kind of music since I included quite a few gothic and/or doom albums):
- After Forever - Decipher
- Anathema - The Silent Enigma
- Desire - Locus Horrendus - The Night Cries Of A Sullen Soul...
- Draconian - Arcane Rain Fell
- Empyrium - Songs of Moors and Misty Fields
- Estatic Fear - A Sombre Dance
- Evereve - Stormbirds
- Galadriel - The Mirror of Ages
- Green Carnation - Light of Day, Day of Darkness
- Katatonia - Brave Murder Day
- Limbonic Art - In Abhorrence Dementia
- Moonspell - Irreligious
- Mourning Beloveth - The Sullen Sulcus
- My Dying Bride - Turn Loose the Swans
- October Falls - The Womb of Primordial Nature
- Summoning - Minas Morgul
- Theatre of Tragedy - Velvet Darkness They Fear
- Tristania - Beyond the Veil

So that's basically it for my suggestions. Really amazing albums, all of those.
Dylan - 14.05.2013 at 10:40  
Add Insomium and Be'lakor
PocketMetal - 14.05.2013 at 12:29  
Cormorant and Unexpect need to be on this great list .
Azarath - 14.05.2013 at 17:09  
Dream Theater, Nightwish, Rainbow, Helloween, Iced Earth.
M C Vice - 15.05.2013 at 11:46  
How about Lord, Sinergy, Swashbuckle, Gallhammer (my opinion only), Immortal and Mayhem (I'm probably gonna cop it for that last one).
Erik M. - 15.05.2013 at 22:04  
Now I feel a bit silly by actually naming all of the albums while it wasn't even necessary in the first place. Could've just summed up all those bands and it would've saved me some time too. On the other hand, checking those albums out (IF he does that) is definitely easier for Nosurper now since he doesn't have to search the album title.
Ace Frawley - 16.05.2013 at 14:06  
Great list. Love it. Some great albums on there.
Monolithic - 16.05.2013 at 20:14  
Great list. I think you can check out Ghost Brigade's category, too if you ever had any intentions of expanding the list.
Erik M. - 16.05.2013 at 20:40  
Written by Ace Frawley on 16.05.2013 at 14:06

Great list. Love it. Some great albums on there.


It might be a great list to some people, but not to me. There are way too many favourites of mine (some really excellent essential albums) missing for me to really like it, 18 albums in fact. Not saying he should add all of those albums, but still most of 'em.
Dinkleberg - 20.05.2013 at 01:08  
Cormorant.
Nosurper - 22.05.2013 at 03:13  
Written by Erik M. on 13.05.2013 at 18:35

Written by Nosurper on 11.05.2013 at 04:10

EMols, recommendations are emphatically welcome!


As I said, you'll have to change the discription so it's making more sense. Anyway, here are my recommendations (all of these are 9's and 10's for me, so I think every single one of them is excellent/brilliant, although I'm not sure whether they're all your kind of music since I included quite a few gothic and/or doom albums):
- After Forever - Decipher
- Anathema - The Silent Enigma
- Desire - Locus Horrendus - The Night Cries Of A Sullen Soul...
- Draconian - Arcane Rain Fell
- Empyrium - Songs of Moors and Misty Fields
- Estatic Fear - A Sombre Dance
- Evereve - Stormbirds
- Galadriel - The Mirror of Ages
- Green Carnation - Light of Day, Day of Darkness
- Katatonia - Brave Murder Day
- Limbonic Art - In Abhorrence Dementia
- Moonspell - Irreligious
- Mourning Beloveth - The Sullen Sulcus
- My Dying Bride - Turn Loose the Swans
- October Falls - The Womb of Primordial Nature
- Summoning - Minas Morgul
- Theatre of Tragedy - Velvet Darkness They Fear
- Tristania - Beyond the Veil

So that's basically it for my suggestions. Really amazing albums, all of those.


I own Songs of Moors and Misty Fields but have never been enamoured with it. I may consider adding it at some point. I am unfamiliar with much gothic metal, although I've heard of many of the bands you listed Emols, I haven't listened to them. I'm not really sure if gothic metal is my thing tbh. But, I have checked out Limbonic Art and am interested in giving In Abhorrence Dementia a listen. My Dying Bride interests me as well. I'll be checking some of these recs out for sure.
Erik M. - 22.05.2013 at 23:43  
Written by Nosurper on 22.05.2013 at 03:13

I own Songs of Moors and Misty Fields but have never been enamoured with it. I may consider adding it at some point. I am unfamiliar with much gothic metal, although I've heard of many of the bands you listed Emols, I haven't listened to them. I'm not really sure if gothic metal is my thing tbh. But, I have checked out Limbonic Art and am interested in giving In Abhorrence Dementia a listen. My Dying Bride interests me as well. I'll be checking some of these recs out for sure.


In my opinion Songs of Moors and Misty Fields is essential. Not everything I recommended is gothic metal... a lot of doom too, but seeing your list doom isn't exactly your favourite genre either. Also, Limbonic Art and My Dying Bride are absolutely essential. Other essentials are Green Carnation (this is definitely music for you, so check it out), Katatonia (a true death/doom masterpiece and classic), Theatre of Tragedy and Tristania (those last two are brilliant gothic metal albums). But then again, every album I mentioned received a 9/10 or 10/10 from me...
Nosurper - 23.05.2013 at 00:04  
I also own Katatonia's Brave Murder Day and it didn't tug at my heartstrings at all like I suppose it should. I will definetly check out Green Carnation though, as well as others.

And I like some doom, but I'm partial to traditional doom.
Nosurper - 23.05.2013 at 00:07  
And some death doom
Erik M. - 23.05.2013 at 00:12  
Written by Nosurper on 23.05.2013 at 00:07

And some death doom


Well, (the albums I mentioned of) Anathema, Desire, Katatonia, Mourning Beloveth and My Dying Bride are all death/doom for sure. I didn't mention any traditional doom, sadly... simply because I don't know enough about it. Death/doom is probably my favourite subgenre ever, so I know a lot of stuff in that area.
Lit. - 05.06.2013 at 02:23  
Dream Theater?
Erik M. - 08.06.2013 at 16:22  
Are you not going to update this list or are you just going to add a lot of albums all at once?
Nosurper - 10.06.2013 at 00:30  
Written by Erik M. on 08.06.2013 at 16:22

Are you not going to update this list or are you just going to add a lot of albums all at once?


I'll probably add a lot all at once at some point
Erik M. - 22.08.2013 at 22:59  
Written by Nosurper on 10.06.2013 at 00:30

I'll probably add a lot all at once at some point


Hmmm, I check this list every now and then but you still haven't added more albums...

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