Category Archives: Metal Lists
This is a section for our metal lists, i.e. top 20 bands, top 10 albums, etc. If you have a list, post it! If you disagree with us, let us know.
Dark Metal Cat agrees. He say’s it’s high time humans started worshipping cats again. I gently reminded him that I already do.
It may seem ironic that Chimaira wins one of the top three spots in my year-by-year hit parade a week after they finally split up, supposedly for ever. They made a live come-back that reportedly drew ridiculously small audiences.
Whatever the reasons for their calling it a day, I wish all of them well. They gave me some good listening, which is ultimately all that anyone can ask of a band.
Black Label Society and Ozzy bring the temperature back down to normal in my office.
Without preamble, herewith a foreword. This hit parade has been compiled in compliance with the principles of not using a preamble to introduce the methodology. The results were not audited by a big accounting firm in exchange for high-profile TV exposure.
Although I love almost every style of metal, not much core music or industrial metal has made it into my annual hit parades. It has to compete against my usually preferred variations of melodic, progressive, folk, symphonic and atmospheric metal, often built on black, death or doom metal
None the less, when good ‘core or factory music hits my ears, it wins my heart.
This selection completes ten years of my personal hit parades. Looking at the medals table to date (i.e. 2002), Sweden has had five of my favourite songs of the year; the USA, three; and the Netherlands and the UK, one each.
From this it is manifestly clear that my best musical place in the world is right here in my office, where I can listen to the best of every country.
At the end of the 21 years, I must work out a points system to name my top music country, my top band and my top metal genre over two decades.
If I had to answer those questions, it wouldn’t be beyond the bounds of probability that I was in my office listening to one of these bands. Of course it’s just as probable I was playing “Baldur’s Gate” and reloading because I got killed so often.
Dark Metal Cat caught and killed a mouse this morning. I had to buy a new one from the computer shop.
Eternal, endless infinity. Against the seasons. Here and beyond. The themes of metal songs may be predominantly dark and bleak, but they are certainly more wide-ranging than “Hey, hey, do you wanna be my boyfriend.”
Come to think of it, I can’t offhand remember any metal love songs. Maybe I’ll have to do a series of Most Tender Metal Songs of Hugging and Affection. Or maybe not. I hugged Dark Metal Cat and lost both my forearms.