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Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #20-16

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.


#20 Ihsahn – angL

I might be considered strange who prefer Ihsahn’s solo albums over his work in Emperor. But who cares, right? By now you all know I’m a sucker for a strong, unique singing voice and Ihsahn is one of a kind. His style of blackened progressive metal includes amazing riffs, dark melodies, relaxing bass lines, vicious screams and thoughtful, poetic lyrics. Like an all-in-one-package. Perfect.

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Song Of The Week: Primordial – Empire Falls

Where is the fighting man? Am I he? You would trade every truth for hollow victories…  

Every empire will fall, every monument crumble 

Forgotten men who watch the centuries”

Primordial are the Irish masters of everything dark and cruel. Few bands can write songs as aggressive and unrelenting and still give so much room for passion and emotions in their music. When listening I can feel their pride, the struggles, the sorrow and despair they are singing about. It’s an unforgettable experience. ‘Empire Falls’ is taken from the album ‘The Nameless Dead’.