My 50 favorite albums of all time. Whatever inconsistencies exist with my genre lists exist because those were thought up with some thought given to seniority, and I tried my best not to pick albums based on my emotional attachment to them. Here the method was completely the opposite: this list is 100% subjective. Enjoy.
|49||Dead Can Dance|
The Serpent's Egg
This band is often sold as being better than it is by hessians trying to look open-minded, but they're a still a pretty good listen, particularly this album and their first EP.
The Supreme Force of Eternity
Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98
The Karelian Isthmus
|44|| ||DJ Shadow|
|42||Godspeed You! Black Emperor|
Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada
I'm not big on post-rock, but this band, Yndi Halda and that one Mono album really are quite something.
The Monad of Creation
Perotin (The Hilliard Ensemble)
I'm not sure whether Lovecraft would actually dig it, but I do think it captures the spirit of his works masterfully.
A work that feels almost incomplete at points and is therefore all the more exciting to the imagination. Underrated as fuck.
To The Nameless Dead
Unlike the bands who would imitate and follow them, Magma's madness had a point, and once you manage to crack through a few of the layers it reveals a strange beauty.
Miserere; Messe; Motets
A Faust Symphony
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
Especially the Jacqueline DuPre recordings. She makes the piece come alive like no one else.
Transcendence Into the Peripheral
Last CD Before Doomsday
One of the most harrowing experiences in metal, there are times when I can't really bring myself to listen to it because I know I'll end up in an awful mood.
De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
String Quartet No.14 (Death and the Maiden)
My favorite composer of chamber music, also a master of the symphony and the song. The quintessential romantic hero.
Under A Funeral Moon
Slumber of Sullen Eyes
Mystic Places of Dawn
Somewhere Far Beyond
|18||The Bulgarian Voices Angelite|
Fly, Fly My Sadness
In The Nightside Eclipse
The Spectre Within
Reign in Blood is better, of course, but I like this one more. Its more immersive and atmospheric, it feels like there's more to discover.
In The Court of the Crimson King
The greatest progressive rock band, with Magma a close second.
|11||At The Gates|
The Red In The Sky Is Ours
Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82
Epicus Doomicus Metalicus
...And Justice for All
The Four Seasons
Larmes de Héros
The heroic Weltanschauung ideal that permeates all true metal is perfected.
|2|| ||Ludwig Van Beethoven|
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55
Where there not an implicit one album per "band" rule this man would absolutely rule the list.
The soundtrack to all my dreams and visions.