Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #81-85


A while ago, at the same time as Matt and Reggie, I posted my Top 100 All Time Favourite (Metal) Albums over at the forum The History of Metal on FB. It took a good amount of time and effort to put it together, but it was so much fun! My taste in metal is always changing, so the list will not always look the same. In fact, it’s already a bit different than it was when I first put it together and posted it on the forum seven months ago.

I tried to limit myself to three albums per band to make the list a little more diverse and interesting. I don’t really consider the ‘test of time’-factor when selecting what albums that will go on my list, instead I measure it by how strongly the album has affected me emotionally and how much/often it has helped me through both good and bad phases in my life. That’s why you can find quite a few newer releases among my favourites too. 

#85  At The Gates – Slaughter of The Soul

This is still one of the best melodic death albums in the genre’s history. Relentless, heavy and guitar-oriented. At The Gates was a band that made melodic death metal what it is today. Too bad they broke up after this release.


#84 Krisiun – Southern Storm

Because death metal from Brazil is always better. It’s not an album I listen to for the lyrics, I just want the loud, blasting, Brazilian rawness.


#83  October Tide – Rain Without End

Bleak, slow, emotional, beautiful death/doom. This debut has lots of good, heavy riffs and memorable melodies. It’s a side project by two of Katatonia’s members.


#82 Edguy – The Savage Poetry

This is a re-recording of their first album ‘Savage Poetry’ that Tobias Sammet and the rest of the band wrote when they were still in school, only 17 years old. Even from the start they knew how to create fantastic melodies, speedy power metal songs and wonderful ballads.


#81 In Flames – Clayman

A perfect release from In Flames, there’s not a single bad song on ‘Clayman’. It’s fun, it’s fast and has great choruses and melodies. A consistent and enjoyable album.


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Posted on May 3, 2013, in Metal Lists, Mik's Top 100 Albums and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Slaughter of the soul is probably one of the records Ive listened the most to in my life from the moment Ive got it until now (just yesterday). Its just pure perfection (if you count the two instrumentals out, which are only very good;-)) and I love everything about it and could surely write an twenty page essay about it ;-P

    Clayman is also a great record which played a huge role in the first years when I started becoming a Metal fan. In my ears it’s a very classic Metal record for the genre in kind of marks for me the point from that on they started to decline to a certain point. I know many people deifing the two records after it, which I just find quite good. For me, Come clarity was their last good (also poorly produced) album. Their perfectly designed Pop Metal from nowadays makes me feel just nothing.

    Edguy isn’t really my cup of tea also I like them, when I hear a song. Tobias Sammet is a very likeable person, who has earned his success.

    I should buy a Krisiun record, seriously. Every time I hear a song of them I like it. On the To-Buy-List it is.

    October Tide surprised me after reading Doom Death, because honestly this stlye most times just bores me, I guess because of a lack of melodies. But this sounds quite atmospheric and nice.

    • It’s really nice to read about your opinions on the albums, thanks for sharing! I would read that twenty pages essay, you know 😉

      Yeah, early In Flames was the best. But it’s enough with the good records they have done, really. It’s not a band I listen to much anymore.

      Power Metal isn’t really my thing, but Tobias Sammet is, hehe. Edguy and Avantasia are two of the few power metal acts I can listen to, take seriously and really enjoy. And I still do.

      Yes, melody and atmosphere are very important in certain styles of metal, or it will not keep my attention for very long. Doom is almost a minimalistic style of music, so it really takes skill to make the songs interesting.

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