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Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #10-6


Top100A 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.

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#10 Anaal Nathrakh – Vanitas

Intriguing and entertaining in every way. The melodies, the lyrical themes, the insane music and incomprehensible singing/noises. I love this album to bits.

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Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #25-21


Top100A 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.

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#25  Orkenkjott – Onskediktet

‘Onskediktet’ is a really odd, proggy debut album from Norway, with influences from 70’s prog but with a heavier sound. It feels very middle-eastern at times, and it’s not only because the band is called “desert meat” and claim they play “desert rock”. They have an extraordinary vocalist whose voice takes some time to get used to, but I like their unique style, with many weird and amazing moments.

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Songs That Define My Taste In Music #10 & #9 (Mik)


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This was indeed a difficult, but interesting challenge. Exactly what I like and look for in music, and mainly in metal, is something I’ve never thought about to a great extent before. And I wouldn’t say it’s important to know either, it’s just a way to get to know myself better (and a good excuse for making another list). It goes a bit deeper and is more specific than just saying “I like <insert genre here>”. These components I’m describing apply to any style of music I listen to.

#10 The mysterious, nature-bound aspect.

I have a weak spot for art related to nature, fantasy, old cultures and foreign languages. It gives a mysterious aura and feeling to the music, adds an extra dimension to the listening experience, which for me makes it more interesting and captivating. The fantasy-theme in particular has a lot to do with using art as escapism for me. The nature-bound aspect is one of the reasons I’m into bands like Moonsorrow, Sigur Rós, Bathory, Primordial, Negura Bunget, Finntroll and Gojira.

Sólstafir – Djákninn

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Mik’s Top 50 – Intros That Instantly Grab My Attention #19-20


#20 Be’lakor – Remnants

“Winter’s first marrow cracks, mother bides the spring
Ne’er evade the hand of death and coursing pain it brings”

This is a great, haunting intro that immediately gets stuck in your head and makes you tap your foot to the catchy melody. The Australian band Be’lakor are masters of mournful, sweeping guitars and pounding drums; the whole album ‘Of Breath and Bone’ from 2012 is filled with memorable riffs and fantastic compositions. It should not be missed.

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Mik’s Top 50 – Intros That Instantly Grab My Attention #33-34


#34 Anaal Nathrakh – In The Constellation of the Black Widow

From the album ‘In The Constellation of the Black Widow’, released in 2009.

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Video Of The Week – More of Fire Than Blood


It wasn’t until a couple of months ago I sat down to really listen to Anaal Nathrakh. I’ve heard many people say that they make very inaccessible music, but for some reason I have never experienced it that way. It’s a brilliant mix of black/death metal and grindcore with lots of hyperactive heaviness, strong choruses, relentless speed and extreme vocals (or noises if you will) that sound just right to me.

Something tells me this is not for everyone, it might even be a ‘love it or hate it’ band. But I wanted to share it with you because their music brings peace to my mind when I’m upset or frustrated and it gives me energy when I’m exhausted. It affects me in so many ways and I always feel stronger, both mentally and emotionally, after listening to one of their albums.

‘More Of Fire Than Blood’ is the third track from Anaal Nathrakh’s album In The Constellation of the Black Widow, released in 2009.