Thursday, October 8, 2009

Autothrall's Best Metal Albums of 2006

The Top 20 Metal Albums of 2006

01. Summoning (Austria) - Oath Bound
02. Mastodon (USA) - Blood Mountain
03. Repugnant (Sweden) - Epitome of Darkness
04. I (Norway) - Between Two Worlds
05. Anata (Sweden) - The Conductor's Departure
06. Negative Plane (USA) - Et in Saecula Saeculorum
07. Death Breath (Sweden) - Stinking Up the Night 
08. Týr (Faroe Islands) - Ragnarok
09. Negură Bunget (Romania) - Om
10. Madder Mortem (Norway) - Desiderata
11. Carpathian Forest (Norway) - Fuck You All!!!
12. Drudkh (Ukraine) - Blood in Our Wells
13. Ajattara (Finland) - Äpäre
14. Forest Silence (Hungary) - Philosophy of Winter
15. Vader (Poland) - Impressions in Blood
16. Melechesh (Israel) - Emissaries
17. Tankard (Germany) - The Beauty and the Beer
18. Motörhead (UK) - Kiss of Death
19. Darkthrone (Norway) - The Cult is Alive
20. Voivod (Canada) - Katorz

The '6 years always have so much to offer, so it's not a surprise to me that, like '86 and '96 before it, 2006 had some real scorchers. The Summoning album was my favorite, a beautiful overture to its subject material, like most of their albums. My favorite Mastodon, Blood Mountain, was not far behind, another perfect score and a fascinating hybrid of hardcore and metal with progressive elements. But then the quality remains quite high deep into the list. Black metal dominates, with European groups like Drudkh, Negură Bunget and Forest Silence hitting their peaks. It was also great to see bands like Tankard and Voivod show up with their best albums in many years.


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