Thursday, October 8, 2009

Autothrall's Best Metal Albums of 2005

The Top 20 Metal Albums of 2005

01. Darkane (Sweden) - Layers of Lies
02. Pagan's Mind (Norway) - Enigmatic Calling
03. Mörk Gryning (Sweden) - Mörk Gryning
04. Ondskapt (Sweden) - Dödens Evangelium
05. Taake (Norway) - Hordalands doesdsvkad
06. Gojira (France) - From Mars to Sirius
07. Opeth (Sweden) - Ghost Reveries
08. Hellveto (Poland) - Prelude to Dying
09. Craft (Sweden) - Fuck the Universe
10. Kreator (Germany) - Enemy of God
11. Deceased (USA) - As the Weird Travel On
12. Helloween (Germany) - Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legacy
13. Ingurgitating Oblivion (Germany) - Voyage Towards Abhorrence
14. Klabautamann (Germany) - Der Ort
15. Primordial (Ireland) - The Gathering Wilderness
16. Solefald (Norway) - Red for Fire: An Icelandic Odyssey Part I
17. The Meads of Asphodel (UK) - Damascus Steel
18. Candlemass (Sweden) - Candlemass
19. Bolt Thrower (UK) - Those Once Loyal
20. Witchcraft (Sweden) - Firewood

All told, 2005 was a surprisingly strong year for metal, even if it would be surpassed by the next few. The top two choices are both mind melting masterpieces of excellence for their respective genres, and the immense quality runs pretty deep into the list. It was great to see Kreator rise to the occasion once more, and as with many of the years in the 'oughts, there is quite a versatile mix of genres here with a lot of new faces showing up. Total 70s Sabbath worship via Witchcraft, some great folk/black with Klabautamann just to name a few. Mörk Gryning left us on a high note, with their most diverse record blending black, death and thrash. Some other killer black metal here from Taake and Ondskapt. I had begun to play metal again (locally) about this time, so I was paying attention to the underground more, though perhaps not as much as I have obviously in recent years with the blog.


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