Category: Metal

This was My Life – 1995

If you wanna read more about the idea and thought with this article series, read the first post HERE. Just to clarify – the order of the albums is not a toplist but instead ordered from A to Z.

1995 was a fantastic year. Not only did some real classics get released that year but it was also the year when I started my first real band in the form of melodic death/black metal band Twilight. A band that went through quite a lot of musical changes until finally morphing into death/grind outfit Deathbound. Making this months top 10 has been agonizing to say at least  - I’ve had to cut such fantastic albums as: “Imaginations from the Other Side”, “Swansong”, “The Gallery”, “Panzerfaust”, “Once Upon the Cross”, “Massive Killing Capacity”, “HEart of the Ages”, “Slagry”, “Destroy Erase Improve”, “Wolfheart”,  “The Breathing Shadow”, “Orchid”, “Draconian Times”, “Amok”, “Pierced from Within”, “Minas Morgul”, “The Damnation Game”, “Bergtatt”, “Written in Waters” and “Blood Must Be Shed”. But as always everything can be found in Spotify playlist that goes with the article.

Some bands formed in 1995:

  • Aborted
  • Agalloch
  • Borknagar
  • Ensiferum
  • Evergrey
  • Shadows Fall
  • Slipknot
  • Solefald
  • Moonsorrow
  • System of a Down
  • Thyrfing
  • Twilight (later became Deathbound)

Some events during 1995:

  • “Würzel” leaves Motörhead.
  • S.O.B.’s vocalist Tottsuan committed suicide by jumping onto railroad tracks.
  • Ingo Schwichtenberg of Helloween Died.

MY TOP 10 FOR 1995:

AT THE GATES – ”SLAUGHTER OF THE SOUL”
Earache Records
1995 [November 14]

A disappointment at first, but truly an album that grew into a classic. My third* favourite album from ATG after the magnificent debut fullenght “The Red in the Sky is Ours” and “Terminal Spirit Disease”.  (*Would’ve been fourth if “With Fear I Kiss the Burning Darkess” had a better production.)


DEATH – ”SYMBOLIC”
Roadrunner Records
1995 [March 21]

Fantastic album withnot a single bad song. Death was truly at its peak around this time.  Just listen to a song like “Crystal Mountain”, it has it all!

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DISSECTION – ”STORM OF THE LIGHT’S BANE”
Nuclear Blast Records
1995 [November 17]

There is a reason to why I have 5 different versions of this album (1 MC, 3 CD, 1 LP). This is as near melodic death/black metal perfection as it can get. And even though “The Somberlain” is my absolute favourite from Dissection, this album will always have a special place in my heart.

 

IMMORTAL – ”BATTLES IN THE NORTH”
Osmose Productions
1995 [May 15]

I still remember the day as it was yesterday when I put on a compilation CD that came with an issue of Swedish magazine;  Close-Up Magazine. The bass-intro for “Cursed Realms of the Winterdemons” has been etched in my brain ever since. Blashyrkh – Mighty Ravendark!!!!

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KING DIAMOND – ”THE SPIDER’S LULLABYE”
Metal Blade Records
1995 [June 6]

This is the very first KD album that I bought after hearing at a party. Let’s just say that it has been a love affair ever since that faithful day. “My name is Harry and I am from the country side. I‘m looking for a doctor, Eastmann is the name”.

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MORBID ANGEL – ”DOMINATION”
Earache Records
1995 [May 9]

It is truly amazing that someone managed to  make the album coverart even more hideous with the 2011 re-issue. I applaud thee!! Luckily the music compensate for the monstrosity called art. David Vincent’s last good deed in MA. “Dawn of the Angry” is death metal victory!!


MY DYING BRIDE– ”THE ANGEL AND THE DARK RIVER”
Peaceville Records
1995 [May 22]

To me this is the most beautiful album ever made. As well musically as lyric-wise. A track title such as “A Sea to Suffer In” is quite suggestive since I always seem to drown in the music when listening to this masterpiece!!

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MÖRK GRYNING – ”TUSEN ÅR HAR GÅTT…”
No Fashion Records
1995 [-]

There was a lot of controversy around the band at the time this was released.  This was considered as UNTRVE-black metal for some reason I’ve forgotten about. I tried to stay away for a while, but just had to surrender eventually. That bee-swarm guitarsound, just Wow!…still…


NAGLFAR – ”VITTRA”
Wrong Again Records
1995 [May 27]

There is a reason to why I am the owner of the world’s largest Naglfar-collection“Vittra” is one of the big reasons as to why. Albums like this is one of the biggest reason for why I miss the 90′s as much as I do.

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UNANIMATED– ”ANCIENT GOD OF EVIL”
No Fashion Records
1995 [March 1]

Unanimated already nailed it with “In the Forest of the Dreaming Dead” back in 1993, but still they did manage to step it up a notch with “AGOI”. Just listen to the melodies on a track like “Ruins”. It’s magical.

 

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Click on the button above to listen to the rest of my favorites from 1995.

Summary of June 2014

June was a really hot month for great new releases. Or what about new albums from bands such as: ANATHEMA, ARCH ENEMY, BODY COUNT, BURZUM, CANNABIS CORPSE, DEATHSTARS, EQUILIBRIUM, FALCONER, HELLYEAH, ILLDISPOSED, INCANTATION, MASTODON, MAYHEM, NUNSLAUGHTER, SECTU, SEPTICFLESH, TANKARD, VINTERSORG and more.……..


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Summary of May 2014

May2014

2014 continues to deliver interesting releases. This time from bands such as: AGALLOCH, AVATAR, BLACK ANVIL, CROWBAR, DEAD CONGREGATION, EYEHATEGOD, HOUR OF PENANCE, LANTLôS, MISERY INDEX, NECRODEATH, SABATON, SOULDRAINER,  VADER, VALLENFYRE, VANHELGD and YOUNG AND IN THE WAY……..


“Summary of May 2014″

This was My Life – 1994

If you wanna read more about the idea and thought with this article series, read the first post HERE. Just to clarify – the order of the albums is not a toplist but instead ordered from A to Z.

1994 is another year in a streak of magnificent years for metal music. A lot of immortal classics saw the light of day – or how about titles such as “Tales from the Thousand Lakes”, “The Principle of Evil Made Flesh”, “Purgatory Afterglow”, “In the Nightside Eclipse”, “Soulless”, Opus Nocturne”, “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas”, “Burn My Eyes”, “Far Beyond Driven”, “Lunar Strain” and more…..

Some bands formed in 1994:

  • Ayreon
  • Deströyer 666
  • Dødheimsgard
  • Hatebreed
  • Lacuna Coil
  • Rammstein
  • Scarve
  • Six Feet Under
  • Strapping Young Lad
  • Symphony X
  • Vintersorg

Some events during 1994:

  • Kurt Cobain of NIRVANA commits suicide on April 5.
  • Ralf Scheepers leaves Gamma Ray.

MY TOP 10 FOR 1994:

AMORPHIS– ”TALES FROM THE THOUSAND LAKES”
Relapse Records
1994 [September 1]

The keyboard intro to “Black Winter Day” is a true classic. Brilliant Finnish tunes and melodies weaved in a quilt of death metal.

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CRADLE OF FILTH – ”THE PRINCIPLE OF EVIL MADE FLESH”
Cacophonous Records
1994 [Februrary 24]

CRADLE OF FILTH, with their crust-influenced black metal, introduced something totally new to the market. Never really bought the romantic gothic vampire theme, but as far as CoF being trendsetters there is no doubt about it.

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DARK FUNERAL – ”DARK FUNERAL”
Hellspawn Records
1994 [May 4]

As the album above, DARK FUNERALs sound was something a bit different and a welcomed breath of fresh air in the black metal scene. Blackmoon (R.I.P)/Ahriman-combo sure knew how to cook’em riffs.

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EDGE OF SANITY – ”PURGATORY AFTERGLOW”
Black Mark Production
1994 [October 1]

Perhaps not the best album from the band but still a brilliant album with classics such as “Twilight”, “Blood-Colored” and the more gothic sounding “Black Tears”.

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EMPEROR – ”IN THE NIGHTSIDE ECLIPSE”
Candlelight Records
1994 [February 21]

Even though I still prefer the EMPEROR/ENSLAVED split, this is truly a must-have album for everyone that claims to listen to black metal. EMPEROR truly set a new standard for black metal music with great musicianship with “In the Nightside Eclipse”.

 

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GRAVE – ”SOULLESS”
Century Media
1994 [June 1]

As classic as the intro-drumming on JUDAS PRIEST’s “Painkiller” track is for heavy metal, as classic is the beginning of the track “Soulless” for death metal.

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MACHINE HEAD– ”BURN MY EYES”
Roadrunner Records
1994 [June 1]

Classic post-thrash/groove metal album with classics such as “Davidian” and “Old” along with some awesome drumming from Chris Kontos. Let freedom ring with a shotgun blast!!!

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MARDUK – ”OPUS NOCTURNE”
Osmose Productions
1993 [December 1]

The best Swedish black metal album of all time. Why I was disappointed when I first got the album is still one of the biggest mysteries in my life. This album is just 100% black metal perfection!


MAYHEM – ”DE MYSTERIIS DOM SATHANAS”
Deathlike Silence Productions
1994 [May 24]

Just like with “Opus Nocturne” this was a big disappointment when I first heard it, why was no mystery though. What was up with them vocals? Nothing it seemed…pure brilliance.

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PANTERA– ”FAR BEYOND DRIVEN”
EastWest Records
1994 [March 22]

As far as groove metal goes, this is its crown jewel. “Far Beyond Driven” is fully packed with hit after hit delivered with an energy that few have possessed (not even the band themselves).

 

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Click on the button above to listen to the rest of my favorites from 1994.

Summary of April 2014

April2014A whole bunch of April 2014 releases came as total surprises. Just check out the amount of personal favourites from the month that passed are: ABORTED, ABYSMAL TORMENT, ARCHSPIRE, AUSTRIAN DEATH MACHINE, CARNAL FORGE, CRIB 45, ENTHRONED, GRAVEHILL, THE GREAT OLD ONES, HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY, IMPALED NAZARENE, INFESTUS, INSOMNIUM, LORD MANTIS, LOST SOCIETY, LOUDBLAST, PACT, PATRIA, PESTIFER, PORTRAIT, SKOGEN, TRIPTYKON and VREDEHAMMER.


“Summary of April 2014″