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Old 01-13-2007, 02:07 PM
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Thumbs up ADD's Top 100 Albums of 2006

Though the title is a bit misleading, since 100 is the number of total albums I actually have from this year and therefore I didn't have to condense anything down to make it 100, this thread counts down all the albums I bought/borrowed/downloaded in 2006. As I mentioned in my previous posting, collecting albums by year is very important to me, for a number of reasons, but this year I really went a little over-the-top. Next year I'll probably cut it to 50, because I was hoping to accompany each entry with a short summary or blurb about the album, but with so many to do there just wasn't enough time. Plus, it gets overwhelming having to go through so much music, and sometimes its just arbitrary that one album gets more plays than another. Its impossible to accurately rank 100 albums in a least favorite to favorite ordering, but I did my best. I have no specific formula of how I base my opinions on an album, or why they are in a specific spot in this list, but some of the things I consider are; songwriting talent, individual skills of the instrumentalists, how memorable the music is, the artwork and entire production, the lyrics and concepts, and most importantly of all the reaction it has on me. With such a wide array of styles here, I could throw on an album for any mood I'm in really, and the emotional, spiritual, or mental effects it has on me weighs in greatly on how much I attach myself to it. Being able to sort of 'identify' with an album is a great thing, thats why I always try to pay attention to the circumstances I'm listening under; the weather, the ambiance, how I'm feeling, etc. This is how music leaves a lasting mark for me at least. Not to make it sound so scientific, as in practice these things happen more subconsciously without really thinking about it, but that's kind of my insights on the subject. By any account, this was a hard and sometimes tedious process, but I only do it cuz I really truly love music with all my being, and to me there are few things I'd rather be doing otherwise. So, without further ado, I will count down my top 100 albums of 2006.

Remember, if anyone is curious about an album from a band they aren't familiar with perhaps, or just would like a more in-depth opinion I would love to write up a review or something, so don't be hesitant to chime in. Also, the only reason Trivium is on here is because of a cruel trick my friends played on me; I let my friend from school borrow the new Edguy album, and upon giving it back he had put in the new Trivium inside, which I didn't realize until I opened up the case back at home. I figured what the hell and gave it a listen. It stands as a landmark for me, a reminder of everything wrong with the trendy metal scene today, about what happens when labels start mass-producing metal bands the way that pop stars are churned out. Listening to The Crusade was actually a depressing experience, because I just got the notion that whatever artistic integrity and fire this band may have once had has been completed drained by the label seeking to capitalize on their popularity and the rise of metalcore. At least on Ascendancy this band sounded like themselves, like hungry musicians who wanted to play the music they liked (no matter how geigh it might sound to my ears). To see how they have been so neatly packaged and assembled for mass consumption is really a frightening testament to the power of the music industry and its effect on bands. I actually felt sorry listening to it, practically imagining the producer telling Heafy to try to imitate Hetfield, and to make every song a cookie-cutter wannabe metal anthem with half-assed "catchy" riffing and no soul whatsoever. I'm glad I have it here as my definitive last-place album, a stark reminder of the horrors of mass-produced metal.

NOTE: the list will count down from #100 to #1, and I will post it out #99-90, #89-80, #79-70, and so on. I'd appreciate if nobody made any posts in this thread after the whole thing is done so that it goes neatly together. Thanks.




EDIT: Ok, the second half of the list will go up tonight.

EDIT 2: Top 20 later.

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100.) Trivium- The Crusade
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Old 01-13-2007, 02:22 PM
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99.) Satyricon- Now, Diabolical



98.) Kataklysm- In The Arms Of Devastation



97.) Red Sparowes/Battle Of Mice/Made Out Of Babies- Triad



96.) Om/Current 93- Inerrant Rays Of Infallible Sun (Blackship Shrinebuilder)



95.) Cannibal Corpse- Kill




94.) Goatwhore- A Haunting Curse




93.) Krisiun- AssassiNation



92.) Place Of Skulls- The Black Is Never Far



91.) Keep Of Kalessin- Armada



90.) Sepultura- Dante XXI
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Old 01-13-2007, 02:35 PM
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89.) Dismember- The God That Never Was




88.) Katatonia- The Great Cold Distance




87.) Zoroaster- Zoroaster





86.) Om/Six Organs Of Admittance- split




85.) Sunn O))) & Boris- Altar




84.) Decapitated- Organic Hallucinosis




83.) Celtic Frost- Monotheist




82.) Vader- Impressions In Blood




81.) Intronaut- Null





80.) Kalmah- The Black Waltz
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79.) Zyklon- Disintegrate




78.) Moonspell- Memorial




77.) Ihsahn- The Adversary




76.) Death And Revenge- Never Bet The Devil Your Head NO IMAGE AVAILABLE




75.) Sahg- Sahg 1





74.) Manticora- The Black Circus Part 1: Letters




73.) Wolfmother- Wolfmother




72.) De La Fuente- Feigned Future NO IMAGE AVAILABLE



71.) Tarot- Crows Fly Black




70.) Blind Guardian- A Twist In The Myth
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Old 01-13-2007, 03:01 PM
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69.) Leviathan- The Blind Wound




68.) Enslaved- Ruun




67.) Kylesa- Time Will Fuse Its Worth




66.) Dysrhythmia- Barriers & Passages




65.) Sick Of It All- Death To Tyrants




64.) Xasthur- Subliminal Genocide




63.) Isis + Aereogramme- In The Fishtank 14




62.) Kayo Dot- Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue



61.) Seemless- What Have We Become



60.) Mouth Of The Architect/Kenoma- split
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Old 01-13-2007, 03:17 PM
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59.) Green Carnation- Acoustic Verses




58.) Rob Zombie- Educated Horses




57.) Mogwai- Mr. Beast




56.) Unearthly Trance- The Trident




55.) Herem- I Am The Sun/Dogs Of Doom NO IMAGE AVAILABLE




54.) My Dying Bride- A Line Of Deathless Kings




53.) Zombi- Surface To Air




52.) Queensryche- Operation: Mindcrime II





51.) Light This City- Facing The Thousand




50.) Om- Conference Of The Birds
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49.) Jesu- Silver





48.) Motorhead- Kiss Of Death




47.) Ahab- The Call Of The Wretched Sea




46.) Mammatus- Mammatus




45.) The Mars Volta- Amputechture





44.) Asunder- Works Will Come Undone




43.) Killing Joke- Hosannas From The Basement Of Hell




42.) Slayer- Christ Illusion




41.) Colour Haze- Tempel




40.) Cult Of Luna- Somewhere Along The Highway
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39.) The Sword- Age Of Winters




38.) Tankard- The Beauty And The Beer





37.) Pharaoh Overlord- #4




36.) Witch- Witch




35.) Don Caballero- World Class Listening Problem




34.) Voivod- Katorz





33.) Nebula- Apollo





32.) Kalas- Kalas





31.) Eyes Of Fire- Prisons





30.) Darkthrone- The Cult Is Alive
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29.) Red Hot Chili Peppers- Stadium Arcadium




28.) Zebulon Pike- II: The Deafening Twilight




27.) Six Organs Of Admittance- The Sun Awakens




26.) The Devin Townsend Band- Synchestra




25.) Edguy- Rocket Ride




24.) Canvas Solaris- Penumbra Diffuse




23.) Converge- No Heroes



22.) David Gilmour- On An Island




21.) Sodom- Sodom




20.) Drudkh- Songs Of Grief And Solitude
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