Top 10 Albums of The Decade

Continuing with my Top 10 Lists of The Decade we now move on to albums.  I should state that I’m a big fan of metal music so most of what’s included in this list are from that genre, however I do like to think I have a pretty diverse music taste so hopefully there should be something you recognise in there.

As always comments are welcome, and like the Top 10 Movies list this is in no particular order.

Alcest – Souvenirs d’un autre monde (2007)

I know I said this list was in no particular order, but this is easily my top album not only of the decade but of all time.  It’s a post-rock/shoegaze masterpiece by a French musician who plays all the instruments himself, and what he produces is simply astonishing beautiful music.

Unfortunately it only has six tracks but the album length is adequate, Alcest is releasing a new album in early 2010 and chances are that could well be my top album of the next decade.

InMe – Overgrown Eden (2003)

British rock has never before or since sounded as unique as InMe’s 2003 release.  It’s one of those rare albums where almost every track can be enjoyed over and over again, there’s absolutely no filler to be found at all here.

The album features a good mix of melody, technicality and song-writing and at times it’s hard to believe they’re only a three-piece band as front man Dave McPhearson somehow handles both guitar and vocal duties and pulls it off perfectly.

Kalmah – The Black Waltz (2006)

My favourite band released their best album in 2006, The Black Waltz is a pleasure to listen to from start to finish.  The album itself falls into the melodic death metal genre with elements of power metal thrown in, and the band altered their vocal and music style for this release compared to their previous albums and take a much deeper, more aggressive approach to great success.

Their entire discography is fantastic but this album stands out as the very best.

Explosions In The Sky – The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place (2003)

I was not a big fan of the post-rock genre (apart from crossover bands like Anathema and Alcest) before listening to The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place, but it’s sheer brilliance drew me to other bands in the genre like The Autumn Leaf and Aerogramme.

This is still one of the best I’ve heard from the genre to date and probably always will be, it’s an instrumental piece of brilliance from start to finish despite only containing five tracks.

Fozzy – Happenstance (2002)

Despite starting out as a sort of joke/tribute band Fozzy got serious with the 2002 release of Happenstance, putting together an album of songs that paved the way for their future success with their own songs.

The band is fronted by Chris Jericho (wrestling fans will no doubt know who he is) and this album is a collection primarily of cover songs but done to a degree of utter brilliance, Jerichoholics and old-school rock/metal fans should enjoy this one.

Opeth – The Roundhouse Tapes (2007)

The Round House Tapes is definitely one of the best live albums I’ve ever heard, progressive death metal outfit Opeth perhaps don’t play enough of their signature songs on this release but what they do play is outstanding and features very good production values.

The song ‘Blackwater Park’ is a particular highlight for me, and the way the band connect with the crowd for the duration of the performance is fantastic.

King Diamond – The Puppet Master (2003)

I was torn between adding this or the more recent ‘Give Me Your Soul… Please’ album to this list, but The Puppet Master just takes it as it’s a wonderful record.

Heavy metal legend King Diamond is at his absolute best vocally (he had weakened slightly from his 1980’s performances) for this release and tells a memorable story as only he can on his concept albums, and female vocals add a new dimension as well.

Agalloch – The Mantle (2002)

The Mantle is a beautifully atmospheric album that incorporates doom metal growls and melodic folk-like guitar passages. Acoustic guitars are also used frequently to great effect, particularly on the final track ‘A Desolation Song.’

Its lyrical matter focuses mainly on earth imagery and nature and parallels the feelings of loss, despair, and intense introspection created by the music. Agalloch lead the listener through the darkest parts of nature and human emotion, wonderful stuff.

Evergrey – The Inner Circle (2004)

Evergrey are a very considtent band that haven’t released a bad album to date, and The Inner Circle is just about their best effort.  It’s another concept album involving a story of child abuse, religion and hidden agendas, and the progressive nature of the album allows it to feature both crushing and soft songs depending on the theme of the song.

Frontman Tom Edgar is one of the best singers in metal in my opinion and his powerful display is a huge part in what makes this album so good.

In Vain – The Latter Rain (2007)

The Latter Rain is an innovative progressive death metal accomplishment, featuring many different styles including doom and gothic metal elements.

The songs are very polished and breathes high quality with powerful melodies, cutting guitar work and aggressive drumming often present and forms a thick atmosphere of rock solid metal. ‘In the Midnight Hour’ is a more thumping, doom-ish oriented song while many of the others feature pure melodic death metal at furious speeds.

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Posted on December 19, 2009, in Music and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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