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Mik’s Best Albums of 2013, part 1


 download20. Wormed – Exodromos

“It’s like the sound of a caveman running around a spaceship”. Fun, fun, fun. Listen here.

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a0475207647_1019. Moth – Endlessly In Motion   Review 

An early release of proggy death with some of the best lyrics I’ve seen this year. It hasn’t left my playlist since it came out in January. Listen here.

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download (1)18. Dark Tranquillity – Construct 

It might make hardcore DT-fans go “You don’t know what you’re talking about!”, but I think this is the band’s best effort since.. since ever. These songs make me melt like butter in sunshine. Listen here.

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index_0817. Hacride – Back To Where You’ve Never Been

Intense, emotional, technical, groovy. With great lyrics and huge riffs, Hacride was one of the best new discoveries this year. Listen here.

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Mechina-Empyrean16. Mechina – Empyrean 

This album provides a very special, epic journey through distant industrial constellations and symphonic galaxies. The Fear Factory-like singing is amazing and the female vocals are a wonderful addition to the symphonic orchestration and the relentless double bass drums.  This could be a soundtrack to an epic movie. Listen here.

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a3971053867_1015. David Maxim Micic – Bilo 3.0

This is a late release, that made it on my list at the very last minute. It would most likely been placed higher if I could have given it the time it deserves. Just like the fantastic album cover, the album is filled with uplifting, unexpected twists and turns that will make you go “ah!” and “oh!”. No other music this year has cheered me up like ‘Bilo 3.0‘; impressive performances by very talented young musicians. Listen here.

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Amenta_cover.jpg.scaled.100014. The Amenta – Flesh Is Heir

‘Flesh Is Heir’ is as grim, cold and evil as it can be, but at the same time it’s melodic and relaxing. Dense atmosphere, disgusting and ugly…and so, so lovely. Listen here.

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a3412057688_1013. The Sun Explodes – We Build Mountains 

Although painfully short, it’s impossible to not like this album. Honest, fun and at times weird, but always passionate and absolutely captivating! Listen here.

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a0565097344_1012. Crimson Dawn – In Strange Aeons…     Review

Crimson Dawn is a band that has managed to create a refreshing, modern epic doom sound in both their songwriting and the production. There is clearly lots of soul and thought put into every detail on the album and I hope more people will discover this über-tasty Italian delicacy. Listen here.

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VattnetViskar_SkySwallower-RGB__33203_zoom-604x60411. Vattnet Viskar – Sky Swallower

A very impressive debut album filled with bleak, beautiful, explosive music. It’s gigantic and earthy. They balance the extreme feelings perfectly and gracefully. Goosebumps! Listen here.

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Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #66-70


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 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.

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#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.

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Mik’s Top 50 – Intros That Instantly Grab My Attention #45-46


Here’s a list where you only have to listen to the first 30 seconds of the songs to know what I’m talking about!

#46    ISIS – Ghost Key

“It’s cold.
Snowing blue light dusk settles…”

There’s just such a wonderful flow in this intro, it’s calm, dreamy and uplifting and connects so well with the rest of the song. It creates a nice contrast to the more heavy and intense parts that show up every now and then throughout the track.  I love the subtle, majestic and sludgy feeling in ISIS’ music.  ‘Ghost Key‘ is from the album ‘Wavering Radiant’, released in 2009.

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Album Review: Elysian – Wires of Creation


4198506320-1It was the unique cover art and the band name that drew my attention to this record. For a fan of Dark Tranquillity and old In Flames, like me, this was a really nice find! Elysian created a fine and diverse melodic death metal album that I think metalfans of any genre can appreciate. It’s aggressive music with a melancholic mood, with bits of traditional heavy metal, thrash and some proggy influences at times.

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Album Review: Lahmia – Into The Abyss


The album cover for Into The Abyss by Lahmia.
When a band has ticked most of my personal criteria for melodic death metal by the end of the first two songs, I can feel fairly reassured that the remainder of the record is going to provide some aural delight for my two ears. Lahmia offer a blend of various extreme metal genres such as melodeath (primary basis), black (mostly Swedish), death and some goth, but actually hail from Italy despite their Scandinavian sound. Their first full-length slab, Into The Abyss, is a honed hour which brings together influences such as Arch Enemy, Thurisaz and Dark Tranquillity, the latter of which remains most prominent, and is still quite a ride after multiple spins.

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