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Epidemic Reign
01-21-2012, 12:09 AM
I'm still relatively new here, considering I've only been posting on a regular basis since September-ish. So if any of you would like to get to know me better, here's your chance :D

MPF's thread inspired me to start my own. As you can see, I'm not doing a proper "all-time" list, because I felt that limiting myself to the decade that had the most impact on my current taste in music would result in a much more cohesive list. About half of these albums would wind up on my all-time list anyway. I'm also limiting this list to METAL only, because my taste in non-metal is very random and that would just complicate things.

To clarify once more, this is my top 50 favorite albums from 2000-2009. Not necessarily the "best" albums released in that ten years, but the ones that mean the most to me. Please give me some feedback, and if you happen to see anything you're unfamiliar with, check it out... you might like it ;)

Starting with #50 shortly!

Epidemic Reign
01-21-2012, 12:34 AM
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50.) Septicflesh - Communion (2008)

When you start your album off with a song about H.P. Lovecraft, it's safe to say you've caught my attention. I discovered Septicflesh when I found out I would be seeing them open for Cradle of Filth and Satyricon in February '09. After listening to "Anubis" on their myspace page, I immediately purchased this album via iTunes... and I was not disappointed in the least. Communion is brutal, beautiful, and epic as fuck.

Favorite Track: "Persepolis"

Epidemic Reign
01-21-2012, 12:54 AM
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49.) Symphorce - Godspeed (2005)

One thing you won't see a whole lot of on this list is power metal. Not that I dislike it, I just haven't taken much time to explore what's out there. I blind-bought this album when I was in Best Buy one day. Not too sure why, considering the cover isn't really all that fascinating... I suppose it was because finding a metal band I hadn't heard of in BEST BUY of all places kind of blew my mind. The music here is really catchy, but also groovy and quite heavy at times. To be honest, it's really more along the lines of hard rock than power metal for the most part. Nevertheless, it's a really good album with solid songwriting and a fantastic vocal performance by Andy B. Franck.

Favorite Track: "Wounds Will Last Within"

Epidemic Reign
01-21-2012, 01:23 AM
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48. Moonspell - Night Eternal (2008)

It was almost a tough call between this and The Antidote (you won't find repeaters in this list), as the latter was my first Moonspell album and essentially played a larger part in developing my overall taste. However, Night Eternal is without a doubt a much better and more diverse album. There is a wonderful blend of gothic/symphonic and melodic death metal on display here, as well as a guest appearance by the ever-so-charming Anneke van Giersbergen on "Scorpion Flower". :lovedup:

Favorite Track: "Spring of Rage"

Epidemic Reign
01-21-2012, 01:39 AM
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47.) Entombed - Inferno (2003)

After pioneering the Swedish death metal scene, Entombed abruptly changed gears to pioneer something else: Death 'n' Roll. A bit of a controversial genre mashup amongst death metal enthusiasts, but Inferno was certainly a game-changer. Who knew that death 'n' roll could be pulled off THIS fucking well? Sadly, this triumphant album was followed by a rather lackluster return to death metal on 2007's Serpent Saints. The band has been relatively quiet for the past five years, yet they promise new material soon... I'm hoping for Inferno II!

Favorite Track: "Descent Into Inferno"

Epidemic Reign
01-21-2012, 01:51 AM
Think I'll stop there for the night. Haven't listened to my #46 in quite a while and I want to revisit it before posting.

MPF
01-21-2012, 02:05 AM
I like where this is going so far. Great stuff!

hellawaits77ny
01-21-2012, 03:00 AM
I never checked out that Entombed album, nor have I really checked out any death n' roll either. Sounds interesting.

Epidemic Reign
01-21-2012, 03:38 PM
I like where this is going so far. Great stuff!

Thanks man! Glad you're liking it. I'm having a lot of fun revisiting these albums.

treghet
01-21-2012, 03:40 PM
I never checked out that Entombed album, nor have I really checked out any death n' roll either. Sounds interesting.

Entombed and Carcass are pretty much the only bands that do it well.

Epidemic Reign
01-21-2012, 03:40 PM
I never checked out that Entombed album, nor have I really checked out any death n' roll either. Sounds interesting.

The other band who did it really well was Gorefest, with their albums Soul Survivor and Chapter 13. Great stuff!

Epidemic Reign
01-21-2012, 03:45 PM
Entombed and Carcass are pretty much the only bands that do it well.

I've actually never heard the album that came after Heartwork. It's pretty good stuff?

treghet
01-21-2012, 04:02 PM
For what it is, I enjoy it. Doesn't compare to the other albums though. :tongue:

This is the song they usually play live from it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4R_RavpIGxo

Epidemic Reign
01-21-2012, 04:15 PM
For what it is, I enjoy it. Doesn't compare to the other albums though. :tongue:

This is the song they usually play live from it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4R_RavpIGxo

Pretty cool. The album is on Spotify so I'll listen to it later tonight.

illuminatus917
01-21-2012, 08:03 PM
Moonspell :fist:

I'm looking supremely forward to their 2012 release.

Epidemic Reign
01-21-2012, 09:08 PM
Moonspell :fist:

I'm looking supremely forward to their 2012 release.

Yeah, I heard the deluxe version is going to have a bonus disc with a good amount of extra material as well. Can't wait!

Epidemic Reign
01-22-2012, 11:21 PM
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46.) Goatwhore - A Haunting Curse (2006)

How can you not love Goatwhore? These guys have consistently put out solid blackened death metal with delightfully ridiculous, random lyrics about blasphemy and apocalyptic shit. What sets A Haunting Curse apart from their other albums is the polished production, which is a nice change of pace. Vocalist Ben Falgoust mostly sticks to his awesome midrange while guitarist Sammy Duet delivers a storming flurry of tasty riffs. I would highly recommend anyone who hasn't checked these guys out yet to start right here.

Favorite Tracks: "In the Narrow Confines of Defilement", "Forever Consumed Oblivion", "I Avenge Myself"

OraclesofAgony
01-22-2012, 11:41 PM
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50.) Septicflesh - Communion (2008)

When you start your album off with a song about H.P. Lovecraft, it's safe to say you've caught my attention. I discovered Septicflesh when I found out I would be seeing them open for Cradle of Filth and Satyricon in February '09. After listening to "Anubis" on their myspace page, I immediately purchased this album via iTunes... and I was not disappointed in the least. Communion is brutal, beautiful, and epic as fuck.

Favorite Track: "Persepolis"

Lovecraft's Death is one of the strongest openers I've ever heard. I think I prefer "The Great Mass" as a whole over this one, but both albums are great.

OraclesofAgony
01-22-2012, 11:43 PM
And also, I love Goatwhore. :rocker:

They are amazing live and on record. I already have their new album preordered and will be seeing them with Hate Eternal next month for sure.

Epidemic Reign
01-22-2012, 11:47 PM
And also, I love Goatwhore. :rocker:

They are amazing live and on record. I already have their new album preordered and will be seeing them with Hate Eternal next month for sure.

I'm gonna try like hell to catch them next month! Definitely one of my favorite live bands :rocker:

Epidemic Reign
01-23-2012, 12:07 AM
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45.) Leng Tch'e - The Process of Elimination (2005)

Grindcore! Not one of my favorite genres, but when it's done well, I love it. Leng Tch'e certainly blew me away with this one. They basically overhauled their entire sound to produce this anthemic album, with squeaky-clean production and an entirely different approach in the vocal department - including some killer backing vocals by Sven from Aborted (the band's former drummer). This album kicks ass from front to back, with some hilarious lyrics to boot. Even if you're not a fan of grind, The Process of Elimination is definitely worth checking out.

Favorite Tracks: "Another Hit Single", "Icon Resizer", "P.I.M.P."

Epidemic Reign
01-23-2012, 12:44 AM
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44.) Amoral - Reptile Ride (2007)

Amoral is a prime example of a great band going to complete shit. Before doing so, however, they released three excellent and sadly overlooked albums... the final of which being this. When I first heard Reptile Ride, I had no doubt in my mind that these guys would continue to fill the void that other once-great Finnish bands such as Children of Bodom and Norther were beginning to leave. Unfortunately, that glory would be short-lived... but at least former vocalist Niko Kalliojärvi, who jumped the ship just before it started sinking, can say that he went out all guns blazing.

Favorite Tracks: "Few and Far Between", "Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Fun", "Pusher"

Epidemic Reign
02-19-2012, 01:41 PM
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43.) Into Eternity - Buried in Oblivion (2004)

Before their two album stint with now-Iced Earth vocalist Stu Block, Into Eternity released one album with a dude named Chris Krall on lead vocals. In all honesty, Chris didn't have the range, power or variation to do what Stu does. But he did have a BADASS voice that was a perfect fit for what the band was doing at the time. This album has a lot of raw energy and some of the band's best songwriting to date.

Highlights:
3 Dimensional Aperture (http://youtu.be/kJb-FZan7Yc)
Spiralling Into Depression (http://youtu.be/aRUxzw68JPc)
Buried in Oblivion / Black Sea of Agony (http://youtu.be/rT32dYvRf38)

Rocco44
02-19-2012, 03:28 PM
Underrated album. Easily the best Into Eternity record for me.

Indestructible
02-19-2012, 04:20 PM
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43.) Into Eternity - Buried in Oblivion (2004)

Before their two album stint with now-Iced Earth vocalist Stu Block, Into Eternity released one album with a dude named Chris Krall on lead vocals. In all honesty, Chris didn't have the range, power or variation to do what Stu does. But he did have a BADASS voice that was a perfect fit for what the band was doing at the time. This album has a lot of raw energy and some of the band's best songwriting to date.

Highlights:
3 Dimensional Aperture (http://youtu.be/kJb-FZan7Yc)
Spiralling Into Depression (http://youtu.be/aRUxzw68JPc)
Buried in Oblivion / Black Sea of Agony (http://youtu.be/rT32dYvRf38)

Great album. Clean vocals and growling I think Stu and Chris are the same, Chris is a little better. But when it comes to the high pitched halford vocals Stu can do that very well. I hear Stu is leaving Into Eternity. They should bring Chris back or the guy from Dead Or Dreaming and do antoher album like that and Buried In Oblivion, but judging by the new song I heard a few months ago the new album might not sound like that.

Splintered Visions should be in your highlights :)

SomewhereInTime72
02-21-2012, 04:53 PM
Buried in Oblivion is definitely my favorite Into Eternity album, very good shit.

Epidemic Reign
02-22-2012, 05:28 PM
Great album. Clean vocals and growling I think Stu and Chris are the same, Chris is a little better. But when it comes to the high pitched halford vocals Stu can do that very well. I hear Stu is leaving Into Eternity. They should bring Chris back or the guy from Dead Or Dreaming and do antoher album like that and Buried In Oblivion, but judging by the new song I heard a few months ago the new album might not sound like that.

Splintered Visions should be in your highlights :)

I haven't listened to the new song yet, but I agree that they should bring Chris back. To me he is the voice of Into Eternity.

And yeah, Splintered Visions almost made my highlights but it was pretty tough to be honest, the whole albums is so awesome :rocker:



Thanks for the feedback guys! I know this list is taking forever but I've been really busy with a new job lately, so updates will be a bit slow for now but I'll fit them in when I can!

hellawaits77ny
02-22-2012, 08:05 PM
That Leng Tch'e album art is awesome :lol: If I worked in a cubicle office like that, I would probably do the same!

Epidemic Reign
02-06-2013, 12:46 AM
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42 1/2.) Necromance - Never Look Back (2009)

I've never heard this album.
Sorry Jeff :(


BRACE YOURSELVES...

dcmetal108
02-06-2013, 02:04 AM
:lol:

kalfitegrdan
02-06-2013, 04:35 AM
Oh god, that's hilarious. :lol: