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Find the best metal albums we have chosen for you, click on the title of the album to access to it’s detailed post. You’ll find the related albums of the band at the bottom of it’s post. Use the search textbox upper to quickly find your favourite bands, artists or songs. Enjoy! \m/

Cryptic wintermoon (A coming storm)

“A Coming Storm” showcases tremendous musical skill. There are lots of great guitar solos, subtle keyboard created atmospheres, blasting drum assaults, and acoustic guitar passages. The vocals vary slightly from song to song. Guys who pretty much think that melodic death metal had its best days end around 1995 are wrong.

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Cryptic wintermoon (The age of cataclysm)

After a few minor releases, Cryptic Wintermoon surprise us in the year 1999 with their first full-length album, entitled “The Age of Cataclysm”, a proud and stable album with only very few little, negligible flaws. The album itself follows a rather strict pattern, combining very melodic elements such as synths and keyboards with a harsh, but digestible modern black metal sound, resembling “Gehenna” at moments. The guitar work that follows on this LP is decent, coexisting perfectly with the keyboards, which is rather seldom in this particular genre of metal, none overriding the other. The riffs are vehemently played, with a rather romantic passion. They may sound fairly simple, but very straightforward and catchy.

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Crematory (Klagebilder)

Klagebilder opens with the instrumental title track, a surprising stylistic detour for this long-running German goth metal band; it’s not even the usual pretty, proggy keyboard-based interlude one often finds on goth metal albums, but a slice of full-on downtempo electronica that wouldn’t sound out of place on an Air or Stereolab album. Following that, things move into more traditional metal territory, but there’s a distinctly pop-oriented cast to much of the album. “Kein Liebeslied,” for example, features a catchy, harmony heavy chorus that recalls ’80s pop-metal acts like Whitesnake or Skid Row, and “Kaltes Feuer” and “Hollenbrand” blend heavy guitar riffs with synthesizer pulses straight out of vintage New Order. Some subsets of the metal audience will no doubt be somewhat put off by this album, which is almost entirely lacking in the signifiers one expects of European metal these days — the singer doesn’t even sound much like the Cookie Monster — but Klagebilder is an interesting updating of metal tropes from a couple of decades previous.

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Clawfinger (Use your brain)

A few years before Limp Biskit, Slipknot or any other band considered part of the Nu Metal scene from the 90’s/2000’s started, there was already a Swedish band called Clawfinger playing a very original mix of Rap Metal, Hardcore, Rapcore, Funk Metal and even Industrial Metal in a very aggressive, politicized and anti-racist way.

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Children of Bodom (I worship chaos)

I Worship Chaos is a consistent album that delivers everything Bodom fans expect along with a couple surprises. One of those surprises is “Morrigan,” an extremely catchy and accessible song, or at least as accessible as they can be with Alexi Laiho’s raspy vocals.

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Children of Bodom (Hatebreeder)

Hatebreeder is Children Of Bodom’s second album, and was released two years after their debut release, “Something Wild.” However, Hatebreeder is considered to be by many a Children Of Bodom fan their best work. That is because it is riddled with Neo-classical passages, great guitar and keyboard melodies, flawless technique and outstanding musicianship. I have no idea why this album is called Hatebreeder, besides it being the title track, because I love it, and it certainly breeds no hatred within me.

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Charon (The dying daylights)

Our Finnish guys are back with their fourth release only 18 months after the release of Downhearted. If you’re going to college, you know that when you’re in your fourth year you are considered as a senior and that it’s your last year, therefore you’re supposed to give the best of yourself.

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Charon (Downhearted)

While on the second album, Tearstained, Sentenced’s influence was obvious, what we have here can be classified somewhere halfway between Sentenced and HIM. But make no mistake – it’s not “love metal”! On Downhearted heavy riffs are not sacrificed for the sake of more melodic sound. Still sounding heavy and aggressive, this album still somehow manages to capture this melancholic atmosphere finnish bands are known for… Incredible and catchy vocal lines, perfect arrangements, songs filled with deep emotions – dark and bitter sweet, but in no way cheesy; beautiful female back vocals on almost every track – just about everything you can expect from a gothic metal album, you’ll find here.

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Charon (Tearstained)

They may not be all that original, but there is a touch of an x-factor in Charon — something which is essential for any great band — which sets them apart from the chaff of mere imitating hangers-on that every scene is polluted by. Comparisons between Charon and their Finnish cousins Sentenced hold ground beyond the band photos presented in _Tearstained_’s inlay, but Charon acquit themselves in producing this stunningly catchy and impressive album of distinctly gothic-leaning songs, but songs which never forget to be invigoratingly metal. Since their _Sorrowburn_ debut of two years ago Charon have evidently worked hard, honing their songwriting skills and expanding their musical thinking. It has all paid off and the impact is felt throughout _Tearstained_’s forty-five minutes. Should Charon build on this momentum, then I can only see them go from strength to strength in the years to come, provided they don’t allow themselves to slip into a one-dimensional groove and thus stop exploring new musical territory.

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Borknagar (Empiricism)

Empiricism is the fifth full-length studio album by Norwegian melodic/ symphonic black metal act Borknagar. After the recording of Quintessence (2000) vocalist/ bassist I.C.S. Vortex left the band and new lead vocalist on Empiricism is Vintersorg. New bassist is Tyr.

The music on Empiricism is much in the same vein as on Quintessence though. The lineup changes doesn´t mean that much even though I know some people find Vintersorg´s vocals to be an aquired taste. The vocals still alternate between raspy black metal style vocals and clean male vocals. Well executed vocals IMO. The music is dominated by loads and loads of classical inspired keyboards, organ and synths by Lars A. Nedland ( Age of Silence, Winds, Vintersorg, Solefald) and the guitars which are normally the most prominent instrument in metal is a bit more in the background.

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