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2010



Originally Released: October 2005

An album I'd been meaning to add to my collection since I first heard 'Verdelet' on a Terrorizer compilation around the time of it's release. Akercocke's best album, the one that combined the melodic prog elements with the blast beats of blackened death to supreme effect.




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Axe to Fall - Converge


Originally Released: October, 2009

Converge may never top their 2001 masterpiece Jane Doe but boy do they do a great job of coming damn close, the most consistent band in modern extreme metal, bar none (Sorry Opeth, you went lame).
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2011

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Originally Released: October 1996

To say Soundtracks for The Blind isn't an easy album to get into would be a grand understatement. I played it to a girlfriend one time and her reaction was that of a queasy combination of mirth and acid-reflux. Labyrinthine drones, dark ambience, post-rock and surreal narratives cascade across the two discs. It's a masterpiece but defiantly a challenging and emotionally exhausting one.
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Originally Released: January 1995

The bridge between Swans more extreme material and the melodic neo-folk experimentation of the early 90's 'The Great Annihilator might actually be their most accessible album in many ways. Always dark, always intense, and beautiful.


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Perfect Element Part I - Pain of Salvation


Originally Released: October 2000

How on earth isn't this masterpiece wider recognised? In my opinion it should have the appeal that outstrips other prog-metal titans, more commercial than 00's Opeth and more genuine (less sterile sounding) than Dream Theater. Truly a beautiful work of art and as far as concept albums go one of the absolute best.
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Remedy Lane - Pain of Salvation


Originally Released: January 2002

Another extraordinary dramatic concept album, prog-metal doesn't get any better or ambitious than this.


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Judgement - Anathema


Originally Released: June 1999

A masterpiece of heartbreak and atmosphere, the perfect soundtrack of losing the love of your life.
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2012

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Originally Released: August 2006

Another album I took my sweet time adding to my collection since I first heard 'Falling Snow' on a covermount CD upon Ashes Against the Grain's release. Oddly enough I can't remember that much fuss about Agalloch in the rock press at the time (at least in the magazines I was reading) but it was pretty clear they were putting out some incredible music. That it's stood the test of time, over a decade on is testament to its true genius.
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Weather Systems - Anathema


Originally Released: April 2012

How is this stuff not HUGE? Anathema are one Britian's greatest rock bands yet they are still treated as pariahs by the mainstream. Weather Systems proves once again their sublime use of melody and melancholic atmospheres, yet mention their name to the average Joe-schmo on the street and they've never heard of them. Do yourself a favour go out and buy a copy of Weather Systems and do the world a favour by giving the success this nearly thirty year old band richly deserve.



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Wildhoney - Tiamat


Originally Released: August 1994
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The Jester Race - In Flames


Originally Released: February 1996
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Slaughter of the Soul - At the Gates


Originally Released: November 1995
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To the Nameless Dead - Primordial


Originally Released: November 2007
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Om - Negura Bunget


Originally Released: October 2006
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2013

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Originally Released: October, 2012

Regular as clockwork Converge come out with another slab of ferocious Metallic hardcore, shards of trademark melody and tragedy setting them ahead of the pack, as always.


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2014

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The Mantle - Agalloch


Originally Released: August, 2002

Not as instantly accessible as its follow up but equally brilliant, the goth influence is more prominent on this one, as is post-rock and neo-folk, an astonishing work of art, among the pinnacle of post-millennial metal.
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Symbolic - Death


Originally Released: March 1995

Having been listening to heavy metal since 1992 (I'll let you do the math) it's taken me way to long to get around to buying a Death album. After Chuck Schuldiner's death in 2001 I promised myself I'd get around to it eventually...so 13 years later I eventually did. And Symbolic isn't just in my opinion the greatest death metal album of all time...it's one of the greatest greatest heavy metal albums full stop.


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Choronzon - Akercocke


Originally Released: November 2003

Like the ladies bum on the cover this album is pretty damn bad-ass, as creatively exhilarating and awesome as modern British metal gets. The tit's and goats satanic imagery might be a tad garish to some but personally I found it a lot of fun and that along with the venomous energy on Chronozon is severely and sadly absent on the recently reformed Akercocke's newest material.
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Brave Murder Day - Katatonia


Originally Released: August 1996

My interest in Katatonia started just as they took the turn away from death doom into more Gothic metal/alternative rock territories. So eventually I got to their acclaimed sophomore release and boy was it worth the wait, the swelling trance like waves of melancholic doom really put this is in the upper echelons of nineties metal .
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Originally Released: September 1998

I remember this one being released smack bang in the middle of the whole infatuation with Nu-metal and alt-rock that the British metal press was sodden with, and is it surprising that 'The Sound Of Perseverance' was met with so little fanfare? Sure it has much of the venomous technical death metal of the past still to the sound but there is a considerable old school metal and prog-metal influence too, a poke in the eye to the status-quo at the time and a love letter to the genre that defined Schuldiner, tragically it would be Death's last.
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Crimson - Edge of Sanity


Originally Released: April 1996

Edge of Sanity on the other hand I remember reading nothing at all about at the time, which is tragic because quite clearly Crimson is the lost metal masterpiece of the nineties (thank goodness it receives so much acclaim now), in fact I'm of a mind of late that it may well be THE metal masterpiece of the 90's, that along with Death's material (and Opeth's late 90's work) towers over the rest.
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2015

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In Absentia - Porcupine Tree


Originally Released: 24 September 2002

Porcupine Tree are another band I'd been meaning to explore more thoroughly for an age, ever since Steve Wilson's work as a producer on Opeth's sublime Blackwater Park in the early 00's in fact. In Absentia is my favourite work of their's, a brilliant example of modern progressive rock done right.


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Human - Death


Originally Released: October 1991

By this point I think it's pretty clear I'd fully signed onto the Church of Chuck is a Metal god, Human displays yet more examples of why the man was such a damn genius in the realm of extreme metal.
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Originally Released: 22 June 1993

ITP represented the band branching their death metal into incorporating technical and progressive elements to staggering effect.
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To Be Kind - Swans
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2016

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Originally Released: November 2010

Well it opens with what I possibly my favourite track Iv'e heard in years in the form of 'Into The Painted Grey' displaying an extraordinary aggressive black metal styling that puts a considerable amount of their influences to shame. While the rest of Marrow Of The Spirit doesn't quite retain that intensity it certainly displays considerable mastery of atmospherics. At this point I haven't heard a better album released this decade.


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Originally Released: March 2010

Holy shit, those first three tracks though, now if the rest of album had retained that level of quality we would have a 5 star modern classic on our hands, as it is this is a brilliant release and the pinnacle example of Blackglaze.
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2017

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Terminal Redux - Vektor


Originally Released: May 2016

To me Vektor are a new name, though they've been going since 2002 it's Terminal Redux that really brought them to a wider audience. You can understand why too, because this is creatively exciting stuff and defiantly one of the most impressive metal albums Iv'e heard from this decade...of course they're in a state of limbo at the moment what with various members leaving, which boggles the mind after such acclaim but there we go, life sucks.
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Originally Released: September 2, 2016

Given that this is a compilation box set of 5 albums I guess I'm cheating somewhat but there we go. I'd been heavily into SYL and Dev's Ocean Machine when I was 16 but had not done a great job keeping up with his material over the years. These albums from the late 90's to mid 00's were a pretty fantastic way to reconnect with the man's genius.
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2018



Originally Released: December 4, 2015

Jeez, took my sweet time getting White Light From The Mouth Of Infinity, but I guess given the fact that it was out of print for years that would be why. I first discovered Swans through Various Failures eighteen (!) years previously, given that that was a complication of much of the material on here I was always pretty satisfied with that release but hell I just had to give in eventually and with this re-issue (packaged with the slightly weaker Love Of Life) I finally did.
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The Dusk In Us - Converge


Originally Released: November 2017

Converge strike again, another quality release of intense metallic hardcore from these godlike purveyors of the form.
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The Seer - Swans


Originally Released: August 2012
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I have collected quite a few CD's over the years but there are certain ones that stand out in terms of overall quality and lasting impact, these are my personal favourites .

As Iv'e entered my third decade and become long in the tooth as far as music listening habits goes I have grown increasingly cynical and in terms of critiquing harder to please, in the tradition of cynical old f*ckers I'm often in the habit of going back to music from when I was younger, so the 90's and 00's and catching up with what I missed.

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