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|Metal: Cult Classics Pt. III|
Part 3 of the series.
Helstar's most well known album, straddling the line between NWOBHM-influenced speed metal and quasi-technical thrash metal. Superb musicianship and excellent theatrical vocals work within a "gothic castle"-like atmosphere.
In my opinion, the best thing Vintersorg ever did. Like a "Viking Bergtatt" this album takes you on a trip through snow-covered Nordic mountains and forests with it's icy riffs and infectious pagan vocal melodies. His baritone-style vocals are definitely an acquired taste, but I've grown to love them. And so should you!
King of the Dead
Do these legends need another introduction? Doomy occult metal with (again) an acquired-taste vocal performance that has never been imitated nor duplicated.
BOW DOWN AND KNEEL
MASTEEEEEeeeeerrrRRRR OF THE PIIIIIiiiiiTTTT
None Shall Defy
Don't let the quirky, cartoon-like cover art fool you; this is dark and evil thrash metal. Menacing riffs, vicious snarling vocals and horrorific lyrics giving you a proper old school beatdown.
Court in the Act
Classic metal with tons of energy, a distinct foggy haunting vibe, earworm vocal hooks and proper musicianship. As far as I'm concerned, one of the best NWOBHM albums in existence.
Saviour Machine I
One of the first and purest examples of "gothic metal". Saviour Machine's debut is what happens if you put classic heavy metal in a Fields of Nephilim-like soundscape. The fact that these guys were Christians may deter some, but the air they conjure is truly dark, foreboding and at times almost apocalyptical.
One of the staples in old school US power metal. Forceful riffs and unparalleled vocal work by the great Harry Conklin come together in powerful, memorable metal-as-fuck songs.
Stream From The Heavens
Considered to be a founding father of funeral doom, Stream From The Heavens to this day remains an unique example of the genre. Droning guitars and raspy gutturals seem to tumble down from high above, while mournful wails and whispers swirl around to bleak, almost alien landscape the music creates. It's a divisive album, but to those who were able to get into this piece of work, it remains one of the purest expressions of sadness.
Modern bands have used certain aspects of Timeghoul's sound as an inspiration, nevertheless the style the band used on their recordings has never been duplicated as it befits any "cult classic". What remains unique about Timeghoul is the whole "50's Twilight Zone"-like aura the music has. No other metal band has ever even attempted to evoke this bygone era ambience like Timeghoul (possible unawarely so) managed to create on their recordings.
When All The Laughter Has Gone
Blackened doom or doom-like black metal with a surrealistic undercurrent? Dolorian is one of the many Finnish bands that managed to take the metal genre and mold it into their own peculiar and singular vision.
|Third part of the series. |
Stream From The Heavens at this moment has 99 votes, so it still just fits the qualifications ( less than 100 votes ) to get its inclusion in this series.
|cool list! Can't wait for Till Fjälls pt 2.|
|"Stream From The Heavens at this moment has 99 votes"|
Not any more my dude ;]
Great looking list btw, Thergothon and Dolorian are both wonderful. Been meaning to check Cirith Ungol for ages, and I should probably listen to Timeghoul at some stage as well.
|10 rules so much.|
|Now I'm gonna have to change the rules to "100 or less votes" hahaha|
I'd recommend to check out everything on the list ;]
Curious to see what Till Fjälls pt. 2 is gonna bring. The first Till Fjälls is still my fave Vintersorg release by a long shot. His Borknagar albums don't do anything for me either.
|How many parts are you planning on doing?|
|Really enjoy these lists but I think this one is my favorite. Major props for 6 and sometime I really need to check 2.|
At the moment I have 5 planned (so 2 more). I could do more, but then I'm going to have to add picks that I already had on a previous list of mine (unsettling metal albums) as several picks on that list also meet the criteria for these cult classic lists.
|8 kinda sucks tbh|
|u suck. Thergothon rules|
|I dig Thergothon but I can see why Zip wouldn't like it. Are you big into Doom metal or nah Zip?|
|Been meaning to check Timeghoul|
|Timeghoul is classic. Dope list, props for putting 10 on instead of Voidwards, lots of people haven't jammed the debut and it's pretty well on par. Haven't heard 1, 2 and 6 but will give em a spin|
|Noice list |
Props on 10 very under appreciated release (not in this thread which is good to see).
It's not the usual opinion I have, but I think 10 is actually better than Voidwards
|'What remains unique about Timeghoul is the whole "50's Twilight Zone"-like aura the music has.' |
That sounds awesome.
|never cared much for Vintersorg, but the description of a 'Viking Bergtatt' makes me want to change that.|