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2020: Jan-Jun

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. And I'm not broke yet.

1. Regarde Les Hommes Tomber - Ascension
2. Skyforest - A New Dawn
3. Pure Reason Revolution - Eupnea
4. Lotus Thief - Oresteia
5. Elder - Omens

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Created by musclassia on 16.01.2020

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150 Albums To Become An Adult To: 2010-2019

I began this decade in my final year of high school, in the early phases of my metal journey (Mastodon, Machine Head, Dream Theater, Pantera and Avenged Sevenfold were still recent discoveries). One Masters degree and one PhD later, I'm now a tax-paying Londonian, and have ploughed through what must be comfortably over 2000 new releases during the previous ten years. To commemorate the end of a turbulent decade, I've put together a list of the albums that have stuck with me throughout this decade - I wouldn't consider this to be a 'best albums' list, as there have been some truly ingenious works released in more avant-garde territories, but ultimately these are the albums that have ended up dominating my listening habits, or otherwise making a sufficient impression to make this list.

1. Sylosis - Monolith
2. Sylosis - Edge Of The Earth
3. Amorphis - Under The Red Cloud
4. Be'lakor - Of Breath And Bone
5. Cult Of Luna - Vertikal

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Created by musclassia on 27.12.2019

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2019: The Curtain Call (Jul-Dec)

I've just turned 27, I guess if I'm lucky I'll live long enough to finish this list.

1. Cult Of Luna - A Dawn To Fear
2. Schammasch - Hearts Of No Light
3. Abigail Williams - Walk Beyond The Dark
4. Disillusion - The Liberation
5. Esoteric - A Pyrrhic Existence

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Created by musclassia on 12.07.2019

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2019: The Curtain Call (Jan-Jun)

Cos Radu won't leave me alone

1. Bees Made Honey in the Vein Tree - Grandmother
2. Dreadnought - Emergence
3. Methadone Skies - Different Layers Of Fear
4. A Secret Revealed - Sacrifices
5. Cartographs - Wilt & Blossom

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Created by musclassia on 09.01.2019

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2018: Let's Get It On! (Jul-Dec)

I'll be spending 2 months in the US so probably won't manage to beat the 130-odd albums I heard in the first half of the year, but I'll do my best.

1. Dirge - Lost Empyrean
2. Ingrina - Etter Lys
3. Between The Buried And Me - Automata
4. King Buffalo - Longing To Be The Mountain
5. A Forest Of Stars - Grave Mounds And Grave Mistakes

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Created by musclassia on 09.07.2018

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2018: Let's Get It On! (Jan-Jun)

Actually getting onto this year relatively early, let's see what it's got in store for us all.

1. Weedpecker - III
2. Amorphis - Queen Of Time
3. Slugdge - Esoteric Malacology
4. Rolo Tomassi - Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It
5. Aviations - The Light Years

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Created by musclassia on 12.01.2018

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2017, Part 2: But I Haven't Finished The First Half Yet!

Still got plenty of stuff to catch up from Q1 and Q2 from this year, but will probably end up checking out some stuff from second half of 2017 before I'm done with all of that, so here's this list.

1. Mastodon - Cold Dark Place
2. The Contortionist - Clairvoyant
3. Passages - Lucid
4. Enslaved - E
5. Dvne - Asheran

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Created by musclassia on 05.07.2017

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2017, Part 1: It's February Already?!?

Getting started on this later than usual

1. Persefone - Aathma
2. Schammasch - The Maldoror Chants: Hermaphrodite
3. Au-Dessus - End Of Chapter
4. Heretoir - The Circle
5. Mastodon - Emperor Of Sand

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Created by musclassia on 21.02.2017

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2016: Keeping Up With The Joneses (Jul-Dec)

Very late starting on this one, been rather unable to keep up with releases over the summer so will try to catch up on as many cool releases as possible in the last couple of months of the year. Be prepared for pithy reviews

1. Ortega - Sacred States
2. Riverside - Eye Of The Soundscape
3. Oathbreaker - Rheia
4. Devin Townsend - Transcendence
5. Allegaeon - Proponent For Sentience

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Created by musclassia on 06.10.2016

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Current Top 100, 5 Years On

Back when I joined the site in 2011, I did a customary top 100 album list. Every year since then, when I've looked back at it it's become increasingly unrecognisable from my own tastes. Seeing bands I once listened to daily vanish from my playlists, new bands emerge as favourites, and bands even come and go in my reckonings during that time period (Iced Earth, Alcest, even Pain Of Salvation and more certainly peaked in my listening habits around 2011-12 to slowly vanish into obscurity). Now that it's just gone 5 years since I did that list, I thought I might do an updated list just to see how much my tastes have shifted. Whilst compiling the list, I pretty much worked on gut instinct, which was weird as I found myself almost disregarding albums I know I like whilst promoting albums I'm honestly undecided on - it almost seemed to veer away from album quality at times to embracing a subconscious effect the albums have had. Anyway, here it is, plus some honorable mentions that I was surprised missed out.

1. Dream Theater - Images And Words
2. Sylosis - Monolith
3. Sylosis - Edge Of The Earth
4. Agalloch - The Mantle
5. Protest The Hero - Kezia

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Created by musclassia on 23.03.2016

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2016: Keeping Up With The Joneses (Jan-Jun)

For me more than you, as the sheer amount of music in the world has turned me into a goldfish as far as remembering what I've listened to and what I thought of it. However, if you find something cool from here, more power you my friend!

1. Cult Of Luna - Mariner [Collaboration]
2. Fallujah - Dreamless
3. Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika
4. Death Grips - The Bottomless Pit
5. Iamthemorning - Lighthouse

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Created by musclassia on 05.02.2016

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2015: One O' Dem Best Of Lists (Jul-Dec)

Been a bit slow checking releases around the halfway point of the year, but should get back into it soon and hopefully flesh out this list.

1. Amorphis - Under The Red Cloud
2. Horrendous - Anareta
3. Slugdge - Dim & Slimeridden Kingdoms
4. Teramaze - Her Halo
5. Regarde Les Hommes Tomber - Exile

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Created by musclassia on 14.08.2015

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2015: One O' Dem Best Of Lists (Jan-Jun)

Cos by this point it's almost mandatory. I've made a pretty slow start to the year but hopefully I'll start catching up soon enough.

1. A Forest Of Stars - Beware The Sword You Cannot See
2. Maladie - ...Still...
3. Dekadent - Veritas
4. Sylosis - Dormant Heart
5. Marriages - Salome

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Created by musclassia on 02.02.2015

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2010-2014: Top 111 Songs (1 Per Band; WIP)

My second 5-year summary list, just to give mentions to some bands that released songs I have loved over the past few years which didn't necessarily deliver a whole package that won me over. The top order of this list will probably have a greater focus on melodic, hooky, punchy-yet-accessible more mainstream songs, as a) those songs are more likely to stand out and worm into your head, especially on an uneven record, and b) they help fuel my workouts so get a lot more plays.

1. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Widower (Runners-up: N/A)
2. Be'lakor - In Parting (Runners-up: The Dream And The Waking, Remnants, Of Moon And Star)
3. Voyager - A Beautiful Mistake (Runners-up: The Morning Light)
4. Protest The Hero - Drumhead Trial (Runners-up: Skies, C'est La Vie, Sex-Tapes)
5. Sylosis - Serpent's Tongue (Runners-up: The River, Paradox, Kingdom Of Solitude)

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Created by musclassia on 16.01.2015

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2010-2014: Top 100 Albums (WIP)

2008 might've been my first proper taste of metal, with the acquisition of albums from the likes of Metallica, Megadeth, Black Sabbath and that most grandiose of gateway bands, DragonForce. 2009 might've seen me expanding my palette, with Iron Maiden, Alice In Chains, Avenged Sevenfold, and more entering my world, and Guns N' Roses triumphantly re-entering it. But 2010 was when I delved into more 'intense' stuff with Machine Head, In Flames, and most notably of all, Sylosis, and saw my relationship with metal shift from ever-increasing interest into full-blown love affair. To commemorate this 5-year anniversary, and because I love making lists, I decided to do a retrospective of the best albums and songs that have been released during this time period, and give brief tributes to them. Yay music!

1. Sylosis - Edge Of The Earth
2. Sylosis - Monolith
3. Protest The Hero - Volition
4. Orphaned Land - The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR
5. Be'lakor - Of Breath And Bone

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Created by musclassia on 08.01.2015