Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #75-71
Posted by Irmelinis
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 almost a year 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.
#75 Symphony X – The Divine Wings of Tragedy
I discovered this band in a record store in Stockholm. This song ‘Sea of Lies’ was playing through the speakers, I liked it immediately; the melodic heaviness with dark undertones and fantastic choruses and composition was something I hadn’t heard before and I bought the album the same day. I’m glad I did, it has given me so many great experiences over the years. Released in 1997, it’s still their best album in my opinion.
#74 Dimmu Borgir – Stormblåst
Sorrowful and depressing ‘Stormblåst’ is a classic Dimmu Borgir record. This is raw black metal with piano and synth effects, but much more emotional and a bit slower than their earlier albums. It bears a good balance of the “old” and “new” Dimmu Borgir sound, of which I prefer the newer sound, as you will see later in this list.
#73 Elysian – Wires of Creation
Aggressive music with a melancholic mood, with bits of traditional heavy metal, thrash and some proggy influences at times makes this album really enjoyable. Awesome riffs, chugging guitars, great bass lines and melodies, it has all you can really ask for in a melodic death metal piece.
72 Bathory – Nordland I
Icy, dead landscapes. Horses and fur cloaks in snowstorms over barren lands. Icy breath and frozen fingers. The dark mountains loom behind me and a vast sea lies ahead. I take one last glance at the snowy fields while the chilly wind takes my boat out to sea. That’s the pictures I get in my head when I put on this album. An honest, real, epic Viking journey, that’s what Bathory’s ‘Nordland I’ is.
#71 Istapp – Blekinge
Catchy, cool and fun melodic black metal. Just what I need sometimes, in between all the serious music. These guys are into it to a 100%, they have a storyline , costumes and an epic soundtrack for hiking in the forest during the winter. Even though it’s about snow, winter and freezing cold stuff, there’s still inescapable warmth in their tone and music.
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Posted on June 28, 2013, in Metal Lists, Mik's Top 100 Albums and tagged Bathory, Black Metal, Dimmu Borgir, Elysian, Heavy Metal, istapp, metal, Music, Music Videos, Symphony X, Top 100 Albums, top 100 metal albums. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.