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1997

Man, that required way more re-familiarizing than I expected

 

Lord Belial - Enter the Moonlight Gate

Necrophobic - Darkside

Unlord - Schwarzwald

Sorhin - I det glimrande mörkrets djup

Gorgoroth – Under the Sign of Hell

Urgehal - Arma Christi

Moonblood – Blut & Krieg (originally had this on the wrong year)

Blood Storm - The Atlantean Wardragon

Osculum Infame - Dor-nu-Fauglith

Deceased - Fearless Undead Machines

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Two for the price of one!

Aren't you lot lucky today!

 

 

1992

1. W.A.S.P. - The Crimson Idol

2. Black Sabbath – Dehumanizer

3. Manowar - The Triumph of Steel

4. Iron Maiden - Fear Of The Dark

5. Testament - The Ritual

6. Exhorder - The Law

7. Motorhead - March Or Die

8. Megadeth - Countdown to Extinction

9. Suicidal Tendencies - The Art of Rebellion

10. Rollins Band - The End of Silence

 

 

1993

1. Addictive – Kick Em Hard
2. Anthrax – Sound Of White Noise
3. Motörhead – Bastards
4. Death – Individual Thought Patterns
5. Fight - War Of Words
6. Morbid Angel - Covenant
7. Sacred Reich – Independent
8. Anacrusis – Screams And Whispers
9. Konkhra - Sexual Affective Disorder
10. Crowbar - Crowbar

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                    1998  

1. Aeternus - ...And So the Night Became

Desaster - Hellfire´s Dominion

Monster Magnet - Powertrip

Iron Monkey - Our Problem

Dawn - Slaughtersun Crown of the Triarchy

Horna - Kohti Yhdeksän Nousua

Inquisition - Into the Infernal Regions of the Ancient Cult

Ritual Carnage - The Highest Law

Avskum - Crime & Punishment  .

Judas Iscariot - Distant in Solitary Night

Barathrum - Legions of Perkele

Setherial - Lords of the Nightrealm

Alastor/Decayed - A Sacrifice to Darkness (split)

Zeke - Kicked in the Teeth

Nashville Pussy - Let Them Eat Pussy

 

1997 was a weak-ish year for me. (as it apparently was for Blivvie as well) Of course there were plenty of good albums to make a list, but no truly great ones imo that would make my overall 90's list. 1998 was much tougher for me. Some all-time favorites on this list, I almost couldn't stop myself from putting down 20+ albums. Wouldn't even know where to begin to try and rank these other than being quite certain Aeternus is my #1.

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Bias and nostalgia play a big part in my 1998 so I’m sure to have quite the unique list…

10. Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle Earth

Straight out the gate with my favourite power metal album for the longest time. Energetic, catchy, and fun plus Hansi’s vocals just work so well, man has impressive range.

9. Evoken - Embrace the Emptiness

Surprised I have this so low considering my affinity for funeral doom. Heavy, bleak, and atmospheric there’s a reason Evoken are perhaps my favourite FD band.

8. Anata - The Infernal Depths of Hatred

Technical, melodic, and rough around the edges this is a great debut from a band who would go on to reach death metal nirvana later on.

7. Falkenbach - …magnr blandin ok magatiri

Folky, triumphant and heavy I find it as hard to label this album as I do to spell it, Viking/folk/black metal.

6. Centinex - Reborn Through Flames

Dark melodic death metal played extremely well, lots to like here.

5. Gorguts - Obscura

Weird, dissonant, chaotic that seems to be Gorguts’ Modus Operandi and while it takes some getting used to, especially when before this point you’ve only heard considered Dead, I vastly prefer them playing in this style.

4. Astrofaes - Dying Emotions Domain

Hateful and evil black metal, the murky tone works wonders here.

3. Death - The Sound of Perseverance 

This is, in my opinion, the best album Death ever released. You can tell Chuck is just having fun, be chaotic changes in time signature and varied styles of death metal across this album really set it apart from everything which came before it. Once again I have to admit I’m biased here, Death is one of my favourite bands, and this is my favourite album they released, it was always making the list.

2. Inquisition - Into the Infernal Region's of the Ancient Cult

This would probably make a list of my top 25 favourite black metal albums, it might even be in the top five, the mix of slower atmospheric sections and blasts off aggression complement each other so perfectly. If these are the hymns that ancient cult sing where do I sign up?

1. Dawn - Slaughtersun

it was a close run race between Dawn and Inquisition but in the end I had to award top spot to this album. Truly masterful black metal.

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1998

drachenblut by mystic circle

nightwing by marduk

vobiscum satanas by dark funeral

blood, monsters, darkness by gloomy grim

king of the distant forest by mithotyn 

pandemonic incantations by behemoth

halls of the frozen north by catamenia

destroyer by gorgoroth

nexus polaris by covenant 

magni blandinn ok megintiri by falkenbach

 

 

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1 hour ago, SurgicalBrute said:

I can help thin the herd a little bit for you... 😁

Hades - Again Shall Be actually came out in 94

Jesus fucking christ I was way off with that one, 4 years! How does that happen? I usually look these albums up on M-A to grab the artwork and check their info like year of release and country of origin when I add them to my library. I shall go locate my 1998 list to delete that errant and erroneous motherfucker post-haste.

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12 hours ago, RelentlessOblivion said:

Bias and nostalgia play a big part in my 1998 so I’m sure to have quite the unique list…

10. Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle Earth

Straight out the gate with my favourite power metal album for the longest time. Energetic, catchy, and fun plus Hansi’s vocals just work so well, man has impressive range.

9. Evoken - Embrace the Emptiness

Surprised I have this so low considering my affinity for funeral doom. Heavy, bleak, and atmospheric there’s a reason Evoken are perhaps my favourite FD band.

8. Anata - The Infernal Depths of Hatred

Technical, melodic, and rough around the edges this is a great debut from a band who would go on to reach death metal nirvana later on.

7. Falkenbach - …magnr blandin ok magatiri

Folky, triumphant and heavy I find it as hard to label this album as I do to spell it, Viking/folk/black metal.

6. Centinex - Reborn Through Flames

Dark melodic death metal played extremely well, lots to like here.

5. Gorguts - Obscura

Weird, dissonant, chaotic that seems to be Gorguts’ Modus Operandi and while it takes some getting used to, especially when before this point you’ve only heard considered Dead, I vastly prefer them playing in this style.

4. Astrofaes - Dying Emotions Domain

Hateful and evil black metal, the murky tone works wonders here.

3. Death - The Sound of Perseverance 

This is, in my opinion, the best album Death ever released. You can tell Chuck is just having fun, be chaotic changes in time signature and varied styles of death metal across this album really set it apart from everything which came before it. Once again I have to admit I’m biased here, Death is one of my favourite bands, and this is my favourite album they released, it was always making the list.

2. Inquisition - Into the Infernal Region's of the Ancient Cult

This would probably make a list of my top 25 favourite black metal albums, it might even be in the top five, the mix of slower atmospheric sections and blasts off aggression complement each other so perfectly. If these are the hymns that ancient cult sing where do I sign up?

1. Dawn - Slaughtersun

it was a close run race between Dawn and Inquisition but in the end I had to award top spot to this album. Truly masterful black metal.

 

Inquisition hasn't ever released anything less than a stellar album imo and I consider them my all-time favorite band. But still Infernal Regions would rank dead last if I had to rank all my Inquisition albums. Incredible to me that so many people seem to like it the best of them all. I do love the last two tracks 9 & 10 but other than those it's the only Inquisition album I almost never choose to play. Not because it's bad, just because I like all their other ones so much more.

I'm not a big funeral doom guy in general but I do really like Evoken and I almost put Embrace the Emptiness on my list.

I've never heard of Astrofaes so I shall go have a listen now.

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1998:

Opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse 

Katatonia - Tonight's Decision 

Cradle Of Filth - Cruelty And The Beast 

Ulver - Themes From 'A Marriage Of Heaven And Hell' 

Beyond Dawn - Revelry 

Evoken - Embrace The Emptiness 

Enslaved - Blodhemn 

Death - The Sound Of Perseverance

Gorguts - Obscura 

Converge - When Forever Comes Crashing 

 

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1998

Incantation – Diabolical Conquest

The Chasm – Deathcult for Eternity

Dawn – Slaughtersun

Runemagick – The Supreme Force of Eternity

Mortem - The Devil Speaks in Tongues

Orange Goblin - Time Travelling Blues

Sorcier des Glaces - Snowland

Setherial - Lords of the Nightrealm

Horna - Kohti yhdeksän nousua

Månegarm - Nordstjärnans tidsålder

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On 8/4/2022 at 6:09 PM, RelentlessOblivion said:

Wow I forgot about enslaved, still Doesn’t change my list but it would be close.

doesn’t change my list but it would be close.

 

Seems I’ve reached the end of the road for now, don’t have enough albums from 1999 onwards that I could make interesting lists for those years.

i don't have enough for 1999, either. so, i am skipping it

2000

damned in black by immortal

eternal winter's prophecy by catamenia

servants of darkness by nifelheim

nihil by impaled nazarene

thelema.6 by behemoth

swamplord by kalmah

life? by gloomy grim

subliminal antenora by alghazanth

necrodaemon terrorsathan by belphegor

rituale satanum by behexen 

 

honorable 1999 mentions: gathered around the oaken table by mithotyn, at the heart of winter by immortal, arntor by windir, panzer division by marduk and code red by sodom 

 

 

 

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On 8/2/2022 at 5:43 PM, SurgicalBrute said:

Barely missed my list, but I like Under the Sign of Hell better...so 1997

Under the Sign of Hell rules.

On 8/3/2022 at 3:42 AM, KillaKukumba said:

So far I've only done 1990 so I may as well drop a '91 here as well. One day I'll catch up. Sorry there is no black metal but I still haven't got of the trauma of last week when I was forced to listen to some of it!

 

1. Motorhead - 1916

2. Mortal Sin - Every Dog Has It's Day

3. Dark Angel - Time Does Not Heal

4. Overkill – Horrorscope

5. Death – Human

6. Ozzy Osbourne - No More Tears

7. Bolt Thrower - War Master

8. Morbid Angel - Blessed Are The Sick

9. Mortification - Mortification

10. Kyuss - Wretch

 

 

 

 

Some good albums there. Did you ever listen to Immortal-At the Heart of winter-that's a great one with some strong blackened thrash goodness. One of my faves that might win over even BM deniers. 

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             1999  

1. Supersuckers - The Evil Powers of Rock 'n' Roll

2. Mayhemic Truth - In Memoriam

Wizzard - Wizzard

Type O Negative - World Coming Down

Azaghal - Mustamaa

Nargaroth - Herbstleyd

Necrophobic - The Third Antichrist

Barathrum - Saatana

Darkthrone - Ravishing Grimness  .

Judas Iscariot - Heaven In Flames

Hypocrisy - Hypocrisy

Armoured Angel - Angel of the Sixth Order

Angelcorpse - The Inexorable

The Atomic Bitchwax  - The Atomic Bitchwax

Avulsed - Stabwound Orgasm

Nocturnal Breed - No Retreat No Surrender

Triumphator - Wings of Antichrist

 

 

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17 minutes ago, markm said:

Some good albums there. Did you ever listen to Immortal-At the Heart of winter-that's a great one with some strong blackened thrash goodness. One of my faves that might win over even BM deniers. 

No I can't remember where YT took me after that one Immortal album it gave me but it wasn't another Immortal album. I might give it a go soon though because I need to go and clean up my office and I need something to distract me from the task at hand.

 

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                 2000  

Megiddo - The Devil and the Whore

The Chasm - Procession to the Infraworld

Deströyer 666 - Phoenix Rising

Alastor - Crushing Christendom

Mud City Manglers - Heart Full of Hate

Overkill - Bloodletting

Monster Magnet - God Says No

Sorhin - Apokalypsens Ängel

Behexen - Rituale Satanum

Besatt - Hail Lucifer

Desaster - Tyrants of the Netherworld

Wizzard - Songs of Sins and Decadence

Tragedy - Tragedy LP

Napalm Death - Enemy of the Music Business

Avskum - In the Spirit of Mass Destruction

Nunslaughter - Hells Unholy Fire

Warhammer - The Doom Messiah

Atomic Bitchwax - Atomic Bitchwax II

Svartsyn - ...His Majesty

Serpent Obscene - Serpent Obscene

Abhorrence - Evoking the Abomination

The Crown - Deathrace King

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3 hours ago, GoatmasterGeneral said:

             1999  

1. The Chasm - Procession to the Infraworld

2. Supersuckers - The Evil Powers of Rock 'n' Roll

3. Mayhemic Truth - In Memoriam

Wizzard - Wizzard

Type O Negative - World Coming Down

Azaghal - Mustamaa

Nargaroth - Herbstleyd

Necrophobic - The Third Antichrist

Barathrum - Saatana

Darkthrone - Ravishing Grimness  .

Judas Iscariot - Heaven In Flames

Hypocrisy - Hypocrisy

Armoured Angel - Angel of the Sixth Order

Angelcorpse - The Inexorable

The Atomic Bitchwax  - The Atomic Bitchwax

Avulsed - Stabwound Orgasm

Nocturnal Breed - No Retreat No Surrender

Triumphator - Wings of Antichrist

 

Don’t put me on this but I think that The Chasm album came out in 2006, at least that’s what I’ve got written down here.

 

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2001

written in blood by gloomy grim

1184 by windir

proxima centauri by ancient

ziuwari by menhir

osiris (typhoon unmasked) by alghazanth

strength & honour by satanic warmaster

absence of war does not mean peace by impaled nazerene

sudentaival by horna

diabolis interium by dark funeral

puritanical euphoric misanthropia by dimmu borgir

 

honorable mentions: the great beast by mystic circle & ensiferum's self titled

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1999

Immortal – At the Heart of Winter

Taake - Nattestid ser porten vid

Nominon – Diabolical Bloodshed

Runemagick – Enter the Realm of Death

Disciples of Mockery – Prelude to Apocalypse

Blood Storm - Pestilence from the Dragonstar

Demoncy - Within the Sylvan Realms of Frost

Warloghe - The First Possession

Necrophobic - The Third Antichrist

Vomitory - Redemption

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              2001  

1. Morrigan - Plague, Waste & Death

2. Dark Funeral - Diabolis Interium

Darkthrone - Plaguewielder

Extreme Noise Terror - Being and Nothing

Deteriorot - In Ancient Beliefs

Black Dawn - Blood For Satan

Craft - Total Soul Rape

Alastor - Hellward

King's-Evil - Deletion of Humanoise

Doom - World of Shit

Sargatanas - Knights of the Southern Cross

Thorns - S/T

Black Witchery - Desecration of the Holy Kingdom

Monster Magnet - God Says No

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - B.R.M.C.

Vomitory - Revelation Nausea

Evoken - Quietus

Nargaroth - Black Metal Ist Krieg

Sodom - M-16

Barbatos - War! Speed and Power

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I'm catching up :P

Two more

 

1994

1. Bolt Thrower - ...for Victory

2. Bruce Dickinson - Balls to Picasso

3. Armoured Angel – Mysterium EP

4. Pride & Glory - Pride & Glory

5. Suicidal Tendencies - Suicidal for Life

6. Testament - Low

7. Megadeth - Youthanasia

8. Rollins Band - Weight

9. Slayer - Divine Intervention

10. Overkill - W.F.O.

 

1995

1. Strapping Young Lad - Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing

2. Iron Maiden - The X Factor

3. Motorhead – Sacrifice

4. Flotsam & Jetsam - Drift

5. Morbid Angel - Domination

6. Death - Symbolic

7. Pegazus – Pegazus

8. Kyuss - And The Circus Leaves Town

9. Skyclad - The Silent Whales Of Lunar Sea

10. Cruachan - Tuatha Na Gael

 

 

 

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