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My Top 20 Albums Of 2020

1. Draconian - Under A Godless Veil
2. Katla. - Allt Þetta Helvítis Myrkur
3. The Ocean - Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic / Cenozoic
4. Oranssi Pazuzu - Mestarin Kynsi
5. Lunatic Soul - Through Shaded Woods

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Created by JoneHK on 17.01.2022



2022 Best Albums

1. Toundra - Hex
2. Shadow of Intent - Elegy

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Created by Liafev on 16.01.2022



2022

1. Fit For An Autopsy - Oh What the Future Holds

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Created by Mighty Machine on 15.01.2022



Best Songs 2021 (pure Heavy Metal)

1. Out of the Glory - Helloween
2. Hail for the Priest - Semonds of Sinner
3. I Love to Be Your Enemy - Vultures Die Alone
4. Burn My Eyes - Reveal the Ravage
5. Live to Ride - Return to Power

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Created by FZ on 15.01.2022



Best Albums of 2022 (in progress)

1. Oar - The Blood You Crave
2. In Loving Memory - The Withering
3. Ereb Altor - Vargtimman
4. Wilderun - Epigone

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Created by Enemy of Reality on 15.01.2022



Ermahgerd Top 2022

Top 2022 in the making.

1. Shadow Of Intent - Elegy
2. Worm Shepherd - Ritual Hymns
3. Enterprise Earth - The Chosen
4. Fit For An Autopsy - Oh What The Future Holds

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Created by Charlotbk on 14.01.2022



Top 11 Favourite Metal Albums Of 2004

Should the number one album even qualify? I don’t know, it’s my list I can bend the rules when I want!

Plus my top three favourite tracks from each release. \m/

Honourable mentions:
Rammstein - Reise, Reise (Industrial)
Megadeth - The System Has Failed (Thrash/Heavy)
Cannibal Corpse - The Wretched Spawn (Death)

1. Anthrax - The Greater Of Two Evils
2. Motörhead - Inferno
3. Saxon - Lionheart
4. Exodus - Tempo Of The Damned
5. Behemoth - Demigod

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Created by blackwreath13 on 14.01.2022



Top 25 Alternative Metal Albums

1. System Of A Down - Toxicity
2. Soen - Lotus
3. Tool - Lateralus
4. Faith No More - The Real Thing
5. Tool - Ænima

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Created by Mrtvozornik on 14.01.2022



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Favourite Albums Of 2022

1. Fit For An Autopsy - Oh What The Future Holds
2. Shadow Of Intent - Elegy
3. Wilderun - Epigone
4. Ereb Altor - Vargtimman

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Created by Umideath on 14.01.2022



Pride Of Lions Albums Ranked

All of Pride of Lions albums ranked plus some albums that could have easily been released under the Pride of Lions name.

1. Pride of Lions - Pride of Lions
2. Pride of Lions - The Destiny Stone
3. Pride of Lions - Lion Heart
4. Pride of Lions - The Roaring of Dreams
5. Peterik & Scherer - Risk Everything

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Created by majormalfunction on 14.01.2022



Glimpses Of Sanity: Top Metal Albums Of 2021

Another year, another traditional list of my top ten, or more like top thirty albums of the year. That list probably doesn't interest anyone, or most people anyway, but I like keeping up with the tradition and refuse to give up trying to influence people to give in and start listening to some obscure bands that I manage to dig up from the depths of Spotify. Well, obscure is a thing of perspective, and I am actually quite sure I have at least five people among my friends and acquaintances that are familiar with most of these bands. If you are not.. well, you should be.
I'm not going to do an album-by-album review, just a quick rundown. Two albums in the Hungarian language in the top ten, maybe I should start learning that shit after all... NOT!!! As the years go on, it seems that I delve deeper and deeper into the obscure post-metal, post-black, atmospheric black, doom whatever.. maybe I'm just finally going insane, it was about time. Anyway, surprise out of nowhere, an album that blew me away, Iotunn - Access All Worlds. Is it progressive? Is it melodic death metal? Is it whatever? Who gives a fuck. It was a very schizophrenic year for me, just like this 'review', at least when it comes to music, a lot of albums that I liked, but very few that had that catchy vibe, that I can't really describe but that I sometimes have. My point here is that I could probably take this list and honourable mentions, and write a program that randomizes the places of albums in the list every time you hit refresh, and whatever result it would yield I would say 'Yeah, that seems about right'. Down the list, I have to mention how happy I am with Thy Catafalque finally deciding to go live and do live shows, now I only pray that this pandemic doesn't fuck up another concert plan. Ephemerald is in a way, as generic Finnish melodic death metal as you can get, obvious influence by Insomnium and the likes, but I really dig it. They are not original or inventive, there is no 'one-hit wonder' catchy song that stands out.. and yet it is a fucking awesome album. Yoth Iria is a project of former Rotting Christ members, and it sounds exactly like that, so if you are into Rotting Christ, you know what to do. Beast in Black, it's the same album again, but it's an awesome album again, so... I think I don't need to comment on Swallow the Sun, yeah, the previous album was better, but this one is still awesome. Epica, well I'm a huge fanboy of Epica, make of that what you will, but if you ask me they don't have a bad or even average album. The same can be said of Be'lakor. Dalriada was kinda unexpected, I really like listening to folk metal in languages I don't really understand. I know about this Hungarian band for .. fifteen years I think, I almost went to Senta to watch them live more than a decade ago, yet this is their best album up to date. Well at least according to your ultimate metal encyclopedia, me. Duskmourn is another of that melodic death, folk, atmospheric black, whatever bands that spawn left and right. Narrowly missing out are Therion, Evergrey, and Soen, really, really good albums. I could put any or all of them in the top ten, but I guess I like going with the obscure underdogs or whatever. Stormkeep is another black metal masterpiece that came out of nowhere. Remember how I mentioned that there is a bunch of atmospheric black / folk metal bands spawning left and right. Yes, Cân Bardd is another one. For more honourable mentions, I would like to point out Romanian Sur Austru, as well as Dordeduh... duh. (OK I'll see myself out.) and another Hungarian band, Vvilderness, but this time at least you can understand what they are singing since lyrics are in the English language. I could, and probably should add at least another dozen of bands to this list, like Darkwoods My Bethrothed, Mare Cognitum, Hypocrisy, Leprous but this is too much even as it is, so feel free to give me recommendations, but just bear in mind that the fact that I did not put it into my picks doesn't mean I dislike the album.
P.S. In case anyone knows how to format album names with those strange characters so they link up properly, do let me know.

1. Iotunn - Access All Worlds
2. Thy Catafalque - Vadak
3. Ephemerald - Between the Glimpses of Hope
4. Yoth Iria - As the Flame Withers
5. Beast in Black - Dark Connection

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Created by RhaegarTargaryen on 13.01.2022



Dark Tranquillity Best To Worst

1. Dark Tranquillity - Haven
2. Dark Tranquillity - Damage Done
3. Dark Tranquillity - Fiction
4. Dark Tranquillity - Projector
5. Dark Tranquillity - Atoma

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Created by Alex Avagianos on 13.01.2022



Year 2022: The Best Releases

1. Fit for an Autopsy - Oh What the Future Holds

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Created by MIXHELL on 13.01.2022



Brutal Death - Listening Log

I've never been that big a fan of brutal death metal.. Until 2022, when I realized it had a lot of great stuff to offer. As a complete newbie to this genre, I'll be ranking every bdm album I listen to, and at the end of the year I'll have a full list of how my tastes in the genre evolved. Feel free to give recommendations!

1. Brodequin - Instruments of Torture
2. Gorgasm - Masticate To Dominate
3. Defeated Sanity - Psalms of the Moribund
4. Dying Fetus - Reign Supreme
5. Chloroma - EP

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Created by doez on 13.01.2022



Metal At The End Of The 80’s 88-89

The eighties was the most productive decade in metal history, the biggest bands born during this decade Iron Maiden, Dio, Slayer, Death, Metallica… for named a few.
The eighties starts with the NWOBHM invasion and new releases from the classic heavy metal bands like Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Judas Priest with renewed sound and heaviness.
New genres of metal start’s in the 80’s Speed Metal, Black Metal, Death Metal, Thrash Metal , the rise and fall of the Glam Rock and the first sign in what dominated the nineties alternative and Grunge.
The most representative records in the end of the 80’s

1. Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
2. Testament - Practice what you preach
3. King Diamond - Conspiracy
4. Death - Leprosy
5. Voivod - NothingFace

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Created by Blackcrowe on 13.01.2022