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08.31.18 the long awaited highly anticipated con01.27.17 My personal 100 favorite metal albums(1

My personal 100 favorite metal albums(1 per band)

100 best metal albums (1 per band) also other album and tack recommendations. Attempted some sort of order to this list but its not really possible. *Edit -dont know if i was on drugs or something putting the dark ride at 20 so i dropped it all the way to the bottom. which shot everything else up up one spot. -also dunno why i had ultimate instinct as my Intestine Baalism album, so i changed it. Even though it is quite good i have repeat upon repeat listens of the other 2 albums. _ i clearly got sloppy at the end of making this list too, illdisposed persefone and vinterland probably shouldnt be there but whatever ill leave em.
100helloween
The Dark Ride


helloween have had many fine and not so fine moments, this is the former. While not as intense as much of the discography, its genuinely great.

check out the title track
99augury
concealed


the lair of purity is a favorite track of mine
98illdisposed
1 800 Vindication
97vinterland
Welcome My Last Chapter
96Soilwork
Natural Born Chaos


work checking out this band.

Some better songs from the early thrash days are "sadistic lullaby" "wings of domain" and "spirits of the future sun"
95at the gates
Slaughter of the Soul
94callenish circle
My Passion Your Pain
93blut aus nord
Memoria Vetusta II - Dialogue With The Stars
92Carcass
Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious
91empyrium
Weiland
90unexpect
In a Flesh Aquarium


must listen to unexpect song"A CLOWNS MINDTRAP(The shiver)",

"In Velvet coffins we slept" "Quantum symphony" also highly recommended.
89Fleshgod Apocalypse
Agony
88The Bled
Pass the Flask


this is hardcore
87Persefone
Core
86Eluveitie
Spirit


"of fire wind and wisdom" is my fav eluveitie song
85Entombed
Left Hand Path
84Cryptopsy
None So Vile


listen to phobophile
83Mithras
Worlds Beyond the Veil


brutal, and plain weird
82Circle Takes the Square
As the Roots Undo


more hardcore than metal, if anything. Damn fine
81Lamb of God
Ashes of the Wake
80Deathspell Omega
Paracletus
79Burzum
Det som engang var
78Gojira
From Mars to Sirius


one of the better bands around. "Where dragons dwell" is my favorite of this particular album

"l'enfant sauvage" and "gift of guilt" are other gojira standout songs
77Children of Bodom
Something Wild


love the first 3 albums from this band
76Forefather
Ours is the Kingdom


englands answer to Viking metal.
75Andromeda
Extension of the Wish


prog shreddery that matches if not exceeds the genres greats.

"the words unspoken", "crescendo of thoughts", and the title track are some of my all time favorite songs
74Green Carnation
Journey To The End Of The Night
73The Ruins Of Beverast
Foulest Semen of a Sheltered Elite
72In Flames
Clayman


the pinnacle of the bands prime. every song has value
71Iced Earth
Something Wicked This Way Comes
70Iron Maiden
The Number of the Beast


hallowed be thy fucking name
69Metallica
Kill 'Em All
68Kataklysm
Shadows and Dust


this band makes metal seem to easy
67Manegarm
Vredens Tid


this is what the people want.
66Anata
The Conductor's Departure


a couple of the better songs ever written on this album.
65Katatonia
Brave Murder Day
64All Shall Perish
Awaken the Dreamers


title track is legendary. all other albums worth a check.
63Gardenian
Soulburner
62Hypocrisy
Abducted


band put out a lot of good songs with tons of variety through their days.

speeddeath like "warpath"
doomy like "Deathrow(no regrets)"
61Gods Tower
The Turns


belarussian doom in something semi near to the candlemass style but much more enjoyable.
60Ensiferum
Iron
59Wintersun
Wintersun
58Kekal
Introduce Us to Immortality


a greatest hits album from early in the bands career. I chose it because I used to listed to this album all of the time, and it as my introduction to the band.

The band would go on to release many more albums, some phenomenal.
My other faves
-1000 thoughts of violence
- the habit of fire
-acidity
-audible minority
57The Chasm
The Spell of Retribution
56Vader
Welcome to the Morbid Reich
55Nile
In Their Darkened Shrines
54Dark Tranquillity
The Gallery
53Amorphis
Elegy


one of a kind. great band
52Scorpions
In Trance


old school scorpions, an era many do not know exist. The songs "top of the bill", "In trance", "they need a million" and "well burn the sky" are definitely some of my favorites.
51Testament
The Legacy


the song "The Legacy" off the album souls of black is also one of the best ever written.
50Martyr
Warp Zone


riffs and musical talent galore. Love "carpe Diem" and the recap "Realms of Reverie"
49Lost Horizon
A Flame To The Ground Beneath
48HammerFall
Glory to the Brave
47Meshuggah
Destroy Erase Improve
46Wolves in the Throne Room
Two Hunters
45Drudkh
Blood In Our Wells
44Edge of Sanity
Crimson


crimson 2 maybe even better, but it borrows many riffs from the original so it gets the nod
43Rapture
Futile


"someone i (dont) know"

feels
42Mors Principium Est
The Unborn
41Falkenbach
...Magni Blandinn Ok Megintiri...
40Sybreed
Antares


band blurs the lines between djent, industrial, numetal and melodic death. More people should really have heard of this band.

I highly recommend this album and its predecessor Slave Design. The newer albums have good songs but also have bad songs mixed in
39windir
Likferd


windir songs that will blow your head off "fagning" ,"journey to the end", "svartesmeden og lundamyrstrollet", "saknet"
38Summoning
Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame
37Borknagar
The Olden Domain


real good band, usually only a few good songs per album though.
36Intestine Baalism
Banquet in the Darkness


melodic death the way it was meant to be done. Heavy, evil, great guitar riffs and solos.
35Manticora
Hyperion


a heavy brand of power metal that never receive the deserved attention.

other enjoyable manticora songs
-enigma, dragons mist, forever carousel, dynasty of fear
34In The Woods...
Omnio


I'm not going to try to describe this. listen for yourself

track 1 is priceless
33Nightwish
Wishmaster


yeah I like nightwish
32Necrophagist
Epitaph


technical wizardry.
31Haggard
Awaking The Centuries


a symphony orchestra with drums and death vox.
30Cynic
focus


a difficult listen, but a landmark album
29Sceptic
Pathetic Being


another very overlooked album. Some of the finest guitar solos the world has ever seen, so fine I am able to look past the shit drum sound and shit vocals
28Moonlyght
Progressive Darkness


I have long felt this was probably the most overlooked album in metal history, but somehow didn't listen to the follow up more than once. I still enjoy listening to this after a decade.

note I just discovered they released a 3rd album over a year ago
27Amon Amarth
Once Sent from the Golden Hall


by far my favorite AA album and the rest are pretty fdamn good. Most fans of the band have probably never even heard this record and they are missing out big time.
26Emperor
Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk


a fucking masterpiece. Copied but never matched.

everything this band ever put out deserves your attention
25Demons and Wizards
Demons & Wizards


blind guardian/ iced earth supergroup. and somehow a criminally underrated album, every song is great.
24Insomnium
Above the Weeping World


those damn finns are too good.

choice cut - "drawn to black"

rest of the disco not far behind
23Kalmah
Swamplord


whole discography was great.

basic finnish melodic death well executed.

some other great kalmah songs "ready for salvation", "one from the stands" they will return" "Outremer", "the trapper"
22Alexisonfire
Alexisonfire


deviating from the metal to an extent here, but this band needs or I guess needed to be heard.

Melodic hardcore at its finest, a Canadian treasure to be certain
21Sonata Arctica
Ecliptica


one of the more enjoyable albums ever written. Great catchy melodies at high tempo from start to finish. A keyboard and guitar duel.

other good sonata albums
-winterhearts guild
-silence

other good songs
-paid in full
-in black and white
-caleb
20 Nokturnal Mortum
Lunar Poetry (Demo)


obscure black metal demo from the Ukraine. Nokturnal Mortum have truly had better moments but if I had to pick one album that ever actually creeped me out it was probably this one. Well maybe some deathspell omega or blut aus nord..

rest of the disography is good, an obscure early track I love to death is "autumn opposition"
19Isis
Oceanic


spaced out greatness. I'd argue a genre was launched with this beast, but I sure others would argue back.

rest of the albums are also worthwhile
18 Moonsorrow
Verisakeet


epic Viking metal. Definitely not the only good moonsorrow album
17Into Eternity
Buried in Oblivion


melodic death/ prog blend. The only truly great into eternity album. The earlier ones I really like but are raw, the later are too overproduced, and happy or poppy or something for my taste but have their moments.
16Mercenary
11 Dreams


hardly a legenday album. But a melodic death/ prog mix done to perfection. Again points awarded for the distinctive sound.
15Opeth
Still Life


could really have picked any album here, don't really have a favorite opeth album., but if I had to choose...

Opeth greatest hits
"bleak","deliverance","when" 'twilight is my robe","apostle in triumph""april ethereal""beneath the mire"
14Symphony X
The Odyssey


musicianship of the highest order. Power/prog
13Primordial
The Gathering Wilderness


again a very unique band. Pagan metal from Ireland with a great vocalist. "coffin ships" is a banger.

Other primordial SONGS not on tis album I fucking LOVE.
"dark song""gods to the godless"
12Arcturus
La Masquerade Infernale


some kind of dark carnival music. Fantasic music and vocals. Rest of the catalog is great, I especially like the earlier black metal record aspera hiems syfonia
11Dream Theater
Images and Words


fantastic band, I also really liked the EP A change of seasons released around the same time, as well as metropolis pt 2., hell, the rest of the catalog is worth a listen as well.

"metropolis pt 1" is one of the all time hits of all time
10Ulver
Bergtatt - Et eeventyr i 5 capitler


okay this album and band again are not for everyone, but this is truly my type of music.
9Bathory
Blood Fire Death


'tis a fine day to DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE

legendary band, I personally prefer this album and the following 2 "hammerheart, Twilight of the gods", but I'm sure a lot of others prefer the earlier of later stuff.
8Orphaned Land
The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR


Israeli prog metal,

just listen to it.

Mabool was also a phenomenal album, the earlier stuff wasnt shabby either
7Anathema
Eternity


bleak

brilliant band. melodic doom early. Post rock or whatever later, all good.

the first half of this album slays, the back half nearly matches. other good early doom anathema songs "sleepless" "sleep in sanity" "restless oblivion"
6Agalloch
The Mantle


unique melodic blackened folk. phenomenal songwriting.

Other great agalloch albums
-marrow of the spirit
-ashes against the grain
5Death
Symbolic


very unique tech death album, great riffs and solos.

Listen to DEATH.
4Therion
Lemuria


symphonic opera metal. Again I've got to imagine a lot of people cant stand this band but they are one of my favorites.

Other Therion albums to check out :
-ALL ( even the early death metal years, and espescially the transitional years {lepaca kliffoth})well maybe less so the stuff after this album
3Avantasia
The Metal Opera


nearly flawless power metal album. With collaboration from many of the genres legends

breaking away, the tower, and farewell are great tracks, so are the rest.
2Stratovarius
Episode


not most peoples favorite stratovarius album, but theres great shred/speed tracks like "father time", "will the sun rise",and "speed of light" plus epics like "season of change", and "night time eclipse"

Other Stratovarius albums I like
-destiny
-elements pt. 1
-visions
1Enslaved
Monumension


Epic and bizarre. Viking hyms and thrash ragers mixed with bizarre spaced out black metal. A lot of people dislike this album, but for me its almost perfect.

Other enslaved albums to check out:
-vikingligr veldi
-Below the lights
-Isa
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