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Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #75-71


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.


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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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