Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #66-70
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.
#70 Nightwish – Dark Passion Play
I was sad to see Anette Olzon leave Nightwish, she was the reason I started to really like this band and their music. Anette and Marco (bass player/vocals) really complement each other so well. The folk music influences makes this album more interesting than their previous ones and it doesn’t have a single bad song on it. Fortunately I had the chance to see them live with Anette after this album was just released and it was a really great show.
#69 Iced Earth – Horror Show
This is a dark, horror-themed album filled with epic songs. The best thing is the vocal arrangement and most noticeable Matt Barlow’s powerful voice that’s like a driving force through every track. The whole thing is catchy, beautiful and heavy.
#68 Pain of Salvation – One Hour By The Concrete Lake
One reason why I love Pain of Salvation is because they write songs that are more than just songs. They are a story, an emotional journey and an unusual experience. You never know where they will take you. This is an aggressive album, a desperate, majestic, unique and captivating collection of songs. It’s a concept album about a man that works in the weapon industry when he begins to question the morals and ethics of his occupation. He travels around the world to discover what effects his duty at work has on the world. He’s just a wheel in a big machine…
#67 Dark Tranquillity – Character
‘Character’ is the best album from a band that consistently releases solid albums and keeps their music interesting by changing their sound slightly with each one. I like how they create songs with repetitive, heavy riffing and subtle melodies. It’s quite addictive.
#66 Borknagar – The Archaic Course
This release is less black metal and more folk/progressive than their first one and it has one of my favourite singers, ICS Vortex, on it. His strong and dramatic cleans sound just as good in Borknagar as they did in Dimmu Borgir, although he gets much more time to show off his pipes in this band. Every instrument shines; I love the bass-work, the intense drums and the driving guitars and the combination of heavy music and mostly clean vocals is something I really like, something that seems difficult to find in metal.
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Posted on July 5, 2013, in Metal Lists, Mik's Top 100 Albums and tagged Borknagar, Dark Tranquillity, Heavy Metal, Iced Earth, metal, Music, Music Videos, nightwish, Pain of Salvation, Top 100 Albums. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.