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This is very hard to do since there are a lot of albums I would like to put here since I know they would deserve it, but music is a matter of opinions right? Well, this list represents the albums that really made me go "wow" and not just their historical or influential values.

I could have included albums from bands like Enslaved, Darkthrone, Merciless, Katatonia, Immortal, Emperor, Sodom, etc... that, more or less, influenced the albums on this list. But as I've said, they have been very influential and are the reasons why I can have those albums that make me go "wow" and why I am someone who can easily appreciate when bands take the old good influences and try to push it in one way or another, and, remember, the fact that I can go "wow" with these albums is purely subjective! We could say that most bands actually fail and just make me want to go listen to old material but some of those bands can do it so greatly for me that I have no choice but to appreciate the fact that they make me enjoy music that we have these days and make new material that is worth listening to rather than wanting to make me go back to these older albums.

I also could have included more Burzum albums (all first four albums are really good) but I feel like the three first albums have some REALLY great songs but the album structure just feels so weird to me that I can't put them as "favorite albums" but rather, perhaps, a list of favorite songs (My journey to the stars, Ea, Det som en gang var, etc…).

Moonsorrow is a band that is included 3 times here, and with a reason. They can take all the musical elements and influences I enjoy so much and cram it into near-flawless albums. Folk metal is a genre which I mostly dislike because I think it "failed" and bands just made it so mainstream or extremely cheesy. Late-Moonsorrow is a band that was able to make folk elements worthwhile in metal music. They incorporate them in a depressive or sorrowful way that just makes it so enjoyable, devoid of cheesiness and make it impossible to call just "Folk metal", it's great. I am not a big fan of their early albums, but the turn they took with Verisäkeet was definitely for the best. My only problem with this album is the still present folk-cheesiness that gets near completely removed with the 2007 album, and completely removed with their latest effort (2011). It's rare that you see a band gets so much better with time but when there is one, I can't help but respect them!

Created by: essbee | 22.02.2011



1. Moonsorrow - V: Hävitetty
2007
2. Gris - Il Était Une Forêt...
2007
3. Moonsorrow - Verisäkeet
2005
4. Bathory - Blood Fire Death
1988
5. Burzum - Filosofem
1996
6. Agalloch - The Mantle
2002
7. Bethlehem - Dark Metal
1994
8. Nocternity - Onyx
2003
9. Summoning - Stronghold
1999
10. Woods of Desolation - Torn Beyond Reason
2011
11. Cult Of Fire - मृत्यु का तापसी अनुध्यान
2013
12. Moonsorrow - Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa
2011
13. Wolves In The Throne Room - Two Hunters
2007
14. Bathory - Hammerheart
1990
15. Taake - ...Bjoergvin...
2002
16. Forteresse - Métal Noir Québécois
2006
17. Menhir - Hildebrandslied
2007
18. Dissection - Storm Of The Light's Bane
1995
19. Sorcier Des Glaces - Moonrise In Total Darkness
2006



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Alex Fenger - 09.10.2012 at 04:19  
Have you heard Fen's first album? In my opinion it's leagues ahead of Epoch
essbee - 09.10.2012 at 06:11  
Written by Alex Fenger on 09.10.2012 at 04:19

Have you heard Fen's first album? In my opinion it's leagues ahead of Epoch


My list is in constant evolution, I need to fully grasp it before making a conclusion
But yeah, it may be above or below. I will see eventually.
danielllewis - 25.02.2015 at 06:14  
Great list, you and I have very similar tastes
Erik M. - 25.02.2015 at 12:26  
Written by Alex Fenger on 09.10.2012 at 04:19

Have you heard Fen's first album? In my opinion it's leagues ahead of Epoch


Erik M. - 25.02.2015 at 12:30  
Anyway, nice list. I can relate to quite a few albums, especially to Agalloch, WITTR, Summoning and Dissection. Still need to familiarize myself with Moonsorrow more, as well as Bathory (shame on me for barely knowing them, right? ).
Diverge - 25.02.2015 at 15:17  
If you really like Epoch, put it back on here. I consider it to be Fen's greatest accomplishment so far.
essbee - 11.03.2015 at 18:35  
Written by Diverge on 25.02.2015 at 15:17

If you really like Epoch, put it back on here. I consider it to be Fen's greatest accomplishment so far.


Yeah I like Fen but before that it was a longer list (about 50 albums) but I decided to reduce it because it was getting pretty meaningless after the first 20 albums or so.
essbee - 11.03.2015 at 18:39  
Written by Erik M. on 25.02.2015 at 12:30

Anyway, nice list. I can relate to quite a few albums, especially to Agalloch, WITTR, Summoning and Dissection. Still need to familiarize myself with Moonsorrow more, as well as Bathory (shame on me for barely knowing them, right? ).


Thanks

Yeah Moonsorrow and Bathory are really essential (according to me of course hehe). V:Havitetty is a huge grower but is incredibly rewarding when you fully "get it". And no shame is not knowing Bathory that much, if you at least now try to listen to it, you will see all the black and viking metal (and more!) blueprints for the bands that came after! Bathory has been SO influential.

Good luck!
essbee - 11.03.2015 at 18:43  
Written by danielllewis on 25.02.2015 at 06:14

Great list, you and I have very similar tastes

Yep! Indeed

Thank you for your comment!
Cynic Metalhead - 12.03.2015 at 08:07  
Good list.

Suggestion: When you're narrow down your favorites to 20, 15 or 10, just make sure you don't repeat albums from same band. Not only it fill unnecessary positions but also throw out other deserving candidates.
Erik M. - 13.03.2015 at 22:33  
Written by essbee on 11.03.2015 at 18:39

Thanks

Yeah Moonsorrow and Bathory are really essential (according to me of course hehe). V:Havitetty is a huge grower but is incredibly rewarding when you fully "get it". And no shame is not knowing Bathory that much, if you at least now try to listen to it, you will see all the black and viking metal (and more!) blueprints for the bands that came after! Bathory has been SO influential.

Good luck!


I hope I find out what you mean about that Moonsorrow album. So far (3 spins) it's good/very good but nothing amazing. Nothing unusual though, for me.

Btw, which Bathory album would you recommend checking out first? I'd probably go for the one with the highest score.

Edit: yeah, I'd assume you'd recommend Blood Fire Death since that's highest ranked on your list...
essbee - 15.03.2015 at 19:31  
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 12.03.2015 at 08:07

Good list.

Suggestion: When you're narrow down your favorites to 20, 15 or 10, just make sure you don't repeat albums from same band. Not only it fill unnecessary positions but also throw out other deserving candidates.


Yeah good point, but I think Bathory and Moonsorrow deserve two places haha, personal preference ^^
essbee - 15.03.2015 at 19:33  
Written by Erik M. on 13.03.2015 at 22:33

Written by essbee on 11.03.2015 at 18:39

Thanks

Yeah Moonsorrow and Bathory are really essential (according to me of course hehe). V:Havitetty is a huge grower but is incredibly rewarding when you fully "get it". And no shame is not knowing Bathory that much, if you at least now try to listen to it, you will see all the black and viking metal (and more!) blueprints for the bands that came after! Bathory has been SO influential.

Good luck!


I hope I find out what you mean about that Moonsorrow album. So far (3 spins) it's good/very good but nothing amazing. Nothing unusual though, for me.

Btw, which Bathory album would you recommend checking out first? I'd probably go for the one with the highest score.

Edit: yeah, I'd assume you'd recommend Blood Fire Death since that's highest ranked on your list...


Bathory, Black Mark, Blood Fire Death and Hammerheart are all different and influential in their own styles. But yeah as you said, since Blood Fire Death is the highest on my list, I consider it my favorite but Hammerheart is also very good.
essbee - 16.03.2015 at 05:15  
I really want to push this to 20 but I'm worried that it gets insignificant, 10 is pretty much perfect but there are so many albums I want to put in there
Erik M. - 21.03.2015 at 21:00  
Written by essbee on 15.03.2015 at 19:33

Bathory, Black Mark, Blood Fire Death and Hammerheart are all different and influential in their own styles. But yeah as you said, since Blood Fire Death is the highest on my list, I consider it my favorite but Hammerheart is also very good.


Alright, thanks for the info.

Written by essbee on 16.03.2015 at 05:15

I really want to push this to 20 but I'm worried that it gets insignificant, 10 is pretty much perfect but there are so many albums I want to put in there


I don't see why you shouldn't expand it a bit. Even at 15 entries the list is short. My similar list is a top 75 and even that one will be expanded to a top 100 at some point (basically when I have enough time to do so and feel like it, which is almost never ).
essbee - 23.03.2015 at 19:42  
Written by Erik M. on 21.03.2015 at 21:00

Written by essbee on 15.03.2015 at 19:33

Bathory, Black Mark, Blood Fire Death and Hammerheart are all different and influential in their own styles. But yeah as you said, since Blood Fire Death is the highest on my list, I consider it my favorite but Hammerheart is also very good.


Alright, thanks for the info.

Written by essbee on 16.03.2015 at 05:15

I really want to push this to 20 but I'm worried that it gets insignificant, 10 is pretty much perfect but there are so many albums I want to put in there


I don't see why you shouldn't expand it a bit. Even at 15 entries the list is short. My similar list is a top 75 and even that one will be expanded to a top 100 at some point (basically when I have enough time to do so and feel like it, which is almost never ).


Hahaha fair enough, I might do just that when I have time too

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