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The 2010s: Apothecary's Favorites

Self explanatory. Favorite metal albums from this current decade. It's probably going to be mostly black, doom, and drone related type albums, as that's mostly what I listen to, but not entirely. Full streams provided when available.

Hopefully this'll be something to return to nostalgically when I'm 40 and we can access the Internet neurologically while we sleep.

Created by: Apothecary | 16.09.2017

1. 2010
2. Ihsahn - After
There's something about After that makes it my favorite from Ihsahn, and the one I keep coming back to the most. Whether it's the vocals, the melodies, the beautiful saxophone, something here just feels a lot more epic and "whole" than on other releases. Wonderful album.
3. The Body - All The Waters Of The Earth Turn To Blood
My first encounter with this nightmarish duo, and it still leaves a powerful impression. A macabre carnival of sludge, industrial, black metal, and dark ambient influences, topped off by odd audio sampling and a resplendent female choir.
4. Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini
I enjoy all that Enslaved have done, but to date I haven't really gotten as much of a "wow!" feeling from the band as I have after first hearing this album. An impressive synthesis of prog and black metal here creates a very intimate, mesmerizing atmosphere that's both beautiful and almost awe inspiring with its more sublime moments as well. I don't think the band have equaled or topped it since.
5. Triptykon - Eparistera Daimones
From the ashes of Celtic Frost came a new Thomas Fischer-led band focusing not on the raw, blackened thrash approach that had won him acclaim but rather on... doom? And some gothic? Going more in the direction of the final Frost album, Triptykon proved with this album their commitment to exploring a heavier, more expansive and luxurious sound, at many points made significantly more poignant and meditative from its darker, more melodic undertones.
6. Samsara Blues Experiment - Long Distance Trip
Well I'm a sucker for old school acid rock, and thankfully there's been a steady revival of it in recent years that both pays homage to classic bands of the 60s and 70s while also sounding refreshingly modern as well. Enter Samsara Blues Experiment, an excellent example of one such band. Replete with beautiful, jammy guitar lines you can get lost in for days, throbbing bass, and some sweet use of organ to boot. Turn on, tune in, drop out.
7. The Meads Of Asphodel - The Murder Of Jesus The Jew
One of the most blatant examples of a band that flies in the face of convention. What is this album anyway? It seems to be mostly black metal but.... oh wait, what's the neoclassical sounding guitar lick over there? Shit, now they're using native folk instruments? Huh, well it still seems mostly black met--- wait, was that a crust punk track they threw out? Arrrrghhh who cares, it's just SO GODDAMN GOOD and that's all you need to know.
8. Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire - Songs Of Ill Hope And Desperation
Today Ethan McCarthy is most known for Primitive Man, and to a lesser extent Vermin Womb, but not too long ago he was in command of this beast as well. An utter monstrosity of a band, CTTTOAFF can best be described as "blackened doomgrind" or something similar, and this album seems to see them tapping into the absolute best from all three in the process of spewing forth their vile, grotesque machinations.
9. Horn Of The Rhino - Weight Of Coronation
Oddly enough, I didn't get into sludge via Eyehategod, Down, Melvins, Acid Bath, or any of the others classics, but through... Horn Of The Rhino. I didn't like much previously but this Spanish trio's thundering riffage and the absolutely fantastic vocals of Javier Galvez won me over. It's sad that this band is gone.
10. Gnaw Their Tongues - L'Arrivée De La Terne Mort Triomphante
This album is a really great example, perhaps the *best example, of how the music of Gnaw Their Tongues can be surprisingly beautiful and almost transcendent at points. Taking a more theatrical, almost operatic type approach, this album sounds a lot more spacious and airy than others, still dark and foreboding, but with added layers of nuance and majesty.
11. Jumalhämärä - Resignaatio
Did you know Finland generates some of the weirdest bands in metal? Ok, well if you didn't, here's one of quite a few testaments to this. With Jumalhämärä it's black metal but... hmm... bouncy and surprisingly groovy? Jazzy drumming? Smothered in a seething psychedelic mist? Wonderful mix between clean and harsh vocals? Yup, sounds like something Apothecary would like. Obscure, underappreciated band and release, but worth your time if you're down with the weirdness BM has had to offer this decade.
12. Coffinworm - When All Became None
One of the best of the "blackened sludge" style to emerge this decade, and forms something of an "unholy trinity" for me together with Hatred For Mankind and Primitive Man's Scorn. Vile, nasty, and all around mean, When All Became None is a gritty blend of black metal fury and plodding, down and dirty sludge antics. While I slightly prefer Coffinworm's follow up to this, there's no denying that here Blood Born Doom and Start Saving For Your Funeral are absolute bangers.
13. 2011
14. Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestial Lineage
After the somewhat lackluster Black Cascade, the Weavers struck back with this triumphant return to form. I honestly consider this their best black metal album, more so than the debut or Two Hunters. It's got what those two have but it also expands upon the greater senses of harmony and ambiance that the band had played around with previously, into an experience that is both harsh and thunderous but also extremely dreamlike and majestic, merging these two sides of the coin better than ever before.
15. Blut Aus Nord - 777 - The Desanctification
The second installation in Blut Aus Nord's enigmatic 777 trilogy, after Sect(s) The Desanctification finds the band turning the knob down on the black metal speed and agression and turning it up on the midpaced, industrial hypnotism. The result is an experience nothing short of ominous, claustrophobic, but also irresistibly entrancing. One of the best albums that "industrial black metal" has to offer.
16. Aderlating - Spear Of Gold And Seraphim Bone Pt. 1
One of a large number of projects from Dutch master Maurice de Jong, Aderlating embraces the drone and dark ambient angles perhaps more than any other work in the guy's discography. This album can only be described as a nightmarish journey through the halls of the unconscious mind, and is one of my absolute favorites for the genre.
17. Full Of Hell - Roots Of Earth Are Consuming My Home
Full Of Hell have never really been your "usual" grind band, as they demonstrated right from the start with this debut. Loaded to the brim with sludgey grooves, abrasive noise and industrial influences, and of course good old fashioned grind violence, this album is a powerful demonstration in how to make grind that's riproaring and fun while at the same time being inspired and having a healthy dose of creativity. Still my favorite from the band.
18. Terra Tenebrosa - The Tunnels
Ah yes, Grandpa Apothecary can clearly remember the day when this came out about 7 years back and started causing an uproar. The Swedes in Terra Tenebrosa are difficult to classify, but getting down to the nitty gritty, their bizarre sound is essentially a combination of black metal, sludge, industrial music, and dark ambient. Headed by a mysterious individual who goes only by "The Cuckoo," The Tunnels is something akin to the nightmares of Salvador Dali.
19. Oranssi Pazuzu - Kosmonument
This was the first album I ever heard that really told me that black metal in the 2010s was going to take a significant turn for the experimental and the unorthodox. I still think it's their best, on Kosmonument the riffing is just tighter and more memorable, the electronic effects are more mindbending, and the bass lines are just fatter and more spacious than anywhere else in the band's discography. A highlight for black metal for this decade, without question.
20. Harm's Way - Isolation
Harm's Way were a band that really helped me get more into hardcore, via their hard hitting fusion of the genre with delicious, pummeling sludge undercurrents. The result is nothing short of energetic, powerful, and savage. Beware: this one is a banger.
21. Virus - The Agent That Shapes The Desert
There are few bands I can think of in the metal spectrum who are as all around fun as Virus are. Incredibly bouncy, catchy, and almost danceable at points, this bizarre slice of dissonant, Avantgarde metal with subtle shades of black and doom metal influence is one of their absolute best.
22. Esoteric - Paragon Of Dissonance
23. 2012
24. Elysian Blaze - Blood Geometry
25. Om - Advaitic Songs
26. P.H.O.B.O.S. - Atonal Hypermnesia
27. Cloak Of Altering - Ancient Paths Through Timeless Voids
28. Botanist - III: Doom In Bloom
29. Love Sex Machine - Love Sex Machine
30. Bell Witch - Longing
31. Swans - The Seer
32. Gaza - No Absolutes In Human Suffering
33. Bong - Mana-Yood-Sushai
34. Aluk Todolo - Occult Rock
35. Chaos Echús - Tone Of Things To Come
36. Hail Spirit Noir - Pneuma
Every year seems to have a small handful of albums that really seem to pop out of nowhere, but just leave your mouth wide open and watering with how spectacular they are. For 2012 this debut from Hail Spirit Noir was probably the prime example. Emerging from the hidden regions of Greece, this band's inaugural album is a fun carnival ride through trippy space rock soundscapes and a bouncy, almost playful black metal edge. One of the rare releases that never gets boring no matter how many times you play it.
37. Lord Mantis - Pervertor
38. 2013
39. Wormlust - The Feral Wisdom
40. Bölzer - Aura
41. Obliteration - Black Death Horizon
42. Cult Of Fire - मृत्यु का तापसी अनुध्यान
I remember this album really took a lot of people by surprise in 2013. Though some may have known the band earlier from their debut, I don't think even those who did were expecting them to improve so drastically with this sophomore effort. Amazing melodies, phenomenal drumming, and a delicious, ensnaring Eastern aesthetic helped to make this one of the standout black metal releases of the year, and probably of the 2010s as a whole.
43. Primitive Man - Scorn
44. Dark Buddha Rising - Dakhmandal
45. Tribulation - The Formulas Of Death
46. Station Dysthymia - Overhead, Without Any Fuss, The Stars Were Going Out
47. The Meads Of Asphodel - Sonderkommando
48. Progenie Terrestre Pura - U​.​M​.​A.
49. Lesbian - Forestelevision
50. Dreadnought - Lifewoven
51. 2014
52. Darkspace - Dark Space III I
53. Herder - Gods
54. Coffinworm - IV.I.VIII
55. Earth - Primitive And Deadly
56. Emptiness - Nothing But The Whole
57. Menace Ruine - Venus Armata
58. Sunn O))) - Terrestrials [Collaboration]
59. Atomikylä - Erkale
60. Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
61. Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestite
62. Chaos Moon - Resurrection Extract
63. 2015
64. Volahn - Aq'Ab'Al
65. Acid King - Middle Of Nowhere, Center Of Everywhere
66. Remmirath - Shambhala Vril Saucers
67. Leviathan - Scar Sighted
68. Bell Witch - Four Phantoms
69. Tyranny - Aeons In Tectonic Interment
70. Goatsnake - Black Age Blues
71. Aderlating - Hell Follows
72. Nibiru - Padmalotus
73. Vulturium Memoriae - Nato Per Ragioni Ignote
74. Marriages - Salome
75. Below The Sun - Envoy
76. A Forest Of Stars - Beware The Sword You Cannot See
77. 2016
78. Oranssi Pazuzu - Värähtelijä
79. Skáphe - Skáphe²
80. Terra Tenebrosa - The Reverses
81. Vermin Womb - Decline
82. Zeal & Ardor - Devil Is Fine
83. The Body - No One Deserves Happiness
84. Weekend Nachos - Apology
85. Horseback - Dead Ringers
86. Pylar - Pyedra
87. Plasmodium - Entheognosis
88. Howls Of Ebb - Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows
89. Plebeian Grandstand - False Highs, True Lows
90. 2017
91. The Ruins Of Beverast - Exuvia
92. Set And Setting - Reflectionless
93. Emptiness - Not For Music
94. Saturndust - RLC
95. Blut Aus Nord - Deus Salutis Meæ
96. Drug Honkey - Cloak Of Skies
97. Progenie Terrestre Pura - oltreLuna
98. Afsprengi Satans - Djöful Leg
99. Succumb - Succumb
100. Spectral Voice - Eroded Corridors Of Unbeing
101. Lingua Ignota - All Bitches Die
102. Entheogen - WIthout Veil, Nor Self
103. 2018
104. Chaos Echús - Mouvement
105. Arkheth - 12 Winter Moons Comes The Witches Brew
106. Slugdge - Esoteric Malacology
107. P.H.O.B.O.S. - Phlogiston Catharsis
108. Imperial Triumphant - Vile Luxury
109. Servants Of The Apocalyptic Goat Rave - Queen Of Darkness
110. Panegyrist - Hierurgy
111. Muyubyosha - 一期一会
112. Voivod - The Wake
113. Corpselium - Storm Of Shadows
114. Offerbeest - Afrika
115. Cult Leader - A Patient Man
116. Guðveiki - Vængför
117. 2019
118. Waste Of Space Orchestra - Syntheosis
119. Sunn O))) - Life Metal
120. Laster - Het Wassen Oog
121. Crowhurst - III
122. Neoandertals - Neanderthal Parallax
123. Full Of Hell - Weeping Choir
124. Deathspell Omega - The Furnaces Of Palingenesia
125. Esoctrilihum - The Telluric Ashes Of The Ö Vrth Immemorial Gods
126. The Meads Of Asphodel - Running Out Of Time Doing Nothing
127. Wormlust - Kosmískur Hryllingur [Collaboration]
128. Lingua Ignota - Caligula
129. Pharmakon - Devour
130. Merlin - The Mortal
131. Bölzer - Lese Majesty
132. Blood Incantation - Hidden History Of The Human Race

Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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Comments: 4   Visited by: 107 users
17.09.2017 - 03:38
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Ripping me off, huh?
17.09.2017 - 04:15
Drone Strike
Written by Guest on 17.09.2017 at 03:38

Ripping me off, huh?

Oh, I didn't even notice you had done one honestly. Just thought to go through this today for the fun of it
Check out Apothecary's Favorite Bands Playlist, brotendo. One track per band.
17.12.2019 - 19:55

Man, 2013 was chock full of great metal music...
18.02.2020 - 23:21
delicious dish
Written by Zap on 17.12.2019 at 19:55

Man, 2013 was chock full of great metal music...

When I went back through the decade I was also in awe at how good some years were. Like 2011 or 2015
You are the hammer, I am the nail
building a house in the fire on the hill

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