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04.01.15 Thank you Sputnik07.01.14 Best Of 2013 Metal
12.25.12 Drew Tyler's 2012 Metal Picks

Thank you Sputnik

Before I joined this site, I was a naive teenager and thought I had great taste in music. Seriously, I was quite content with my limited collection of CD's that included artists like Metallica, Korn, System of a Down, Alice In Chains and Soundgarden. I was musically stagnant for a few years, clinging to albums by these bands and refusing to branch out. Sputnik quickly taught me the joy of finding new artists. Below is a list of my favorite bands that this site has helped me discover. When it comes to this website, I have a lot to be thankful for.
Manic Impressions

Probably the very first band I stumbled upon when I joined up. I really enjoy Reason, Manic and Screams thoroughly. A big thanks to Willie for this one.
Alice in Hell

This band helped me get into more technical metal. Alice in Hell and Never, Neverland are their very best albums, but I also secretly enjoy King of the Kill immensely.
Mental Vortex

This expanded on my fascination with technical metal. I have come to realize that they may be one of the best thrash bands of all time. I also like the direction they took on Grin a lot.
The Years of Decay

Overkill may not be as technical as Coroner or early Annihilator, but they are one of the most consistent and honest thrash bands out there.
5Sacred Reich

I thought this was one of the heaviest thrash albums I had heard until I listened to the one below.
6Demolition Hammer
Epidemic of Violence

Seriously, it will kick your ass.
The New Order

I would say that these guys are actually more consistent than Overkill and are still going strong to this day. Their debut is a close second behind this one.
Evil Invaders

Somewhere along the way I became cool with old/rough production. This album helped me with that. So raw and heavy.
By Inheritance

By Inheritance helped me get into more melodic sounding music, which eventually led to my discovery of power metal.
10Blind Guardian
Imaginations from the Other Side

My love for Blind Guardian was almost instantaneous. I quickly devoured their discography, My top three from these guys are Imaginations, Nightfall and Somewhere Far Beyond in that order.
11Gamma Ray
Land of the Free

After Blind Guardian I was hungry for more power metal. I decided to check these guys out and wasn't impressed with nearly every album leading up to Land of the Free. This one was on a constant loop in my house for days though.
12Iced Earth
Burnt Offerings

Due to my obsession with thrash, this band was a no-brainer. They play a thrash/power metal hyrbid style and this album shreds hard.
The Hall of the Mountain King

Kind of along the same lines as power metal, these guys were 80's as fuck, with a more classical approach to metal.
Fabulous Disaster

I almost forgot! Although I wasn't impressed with their debut immediately, Fabulous Disaster made me an instant fan.
Twisted into Form

This should have gone with the technical thrash albums. This one was 5'd for a little while.
Blackwater Park

After listening to nothing but thrash and power metal for about a year or so, I decided to try some heavier music. I was never really into death metal vocals, but the instrumentals drew me in and eventually I grew fond of Akerfeldt's vocals. This album blew me away and Opeth quickly took over my life for a while.
17Ne Obliviscaris
Portal of I

Fresh off of Opeth, this album dropped at just the right time for me latch on to it. The similarities between Opeth and Ne Obliviscaris can be debated, but the transition made sense to me.

2012 was my favorite year in music. The above album and RIITIIR really made me want to check out more death and black metal. So far I have yet to find a band that matches up to Enslaved within the black metal genre, but I think that it's because they are more into the viking scene than sataning. Enslaved quickly become one of my favorite bands of all time and I'm still going through their long and consistent discography.

This seemed like the best place to really start within the death metal genre, and oh boy was I right.

I just recently checked out these guys, hoping to find a band similar to Enslaved. Instead I found a promising band with their own Identity and I'm digging this album.
Pale Folklore

This site was at one point obsessed with Agalloch, so I decided to give them a try the other day. Still jamming this now and I'm thinking that this album might just be 5 worthy, but it's too early to tell.
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