Category: Metal

This was My Life – 1997

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.

In 1997 some of my all-time favorites saw the day of light. I’m referring especially to Ancient Wisdom‘s “The Calling” Limbonic Art‘s “In Abhorrence Dementia”, Strapping Young Lad‘s “City” and Symphony X‘s “The Divine Wings of Tragedy” All albums that I still, 17 years later, listen to on a monthly basis. But 1997 also came with such brilliant albums as: “Kostogher”, “La Masquerade Infernale”, “The Mind’s I”, “Serpents of the Light”, “The Phantom Lodge”, “Death Metal”, “Infernal”, “Mirrorworlds”, “Nighttime Birds”, “The Final Chapter”, “Blizzard Beasts”, “Whoracle”, “Return Fire”, “Brown Album”, “Third Eye Function” and “Facing the Animal”But as always everything can be found in Spotify playlist that goes with the article.

Some bands formed in 1997:

  • Akercocke
  • The Dillinger Escape Plan
  • Finntroll
  • Isis
  • Pig Destroyer
  • Spawn of Possession
  • Turisas

Some events during 1997:

  • Mötley Crüe and former vocalist Vince Neil reconcile their differences, and Neil rejoins the band.
  • Black Sabbath reunites with the original line-up between “Black Sabbath” and “Never Say Die!” (That is in other words with Ozzy etc.).
  • Former Slipknot vocalist, Anders Colsefni, is replaced with current lead singer of Slipknot, Corey Taylor.

MY TOP 10 FOR 1997:

ANCIENT WISDOM – ”THE CALLING”
Avantgarde Music
1997 [February 24]

“The Calling” is for me more than an album. It is the epitome of atmospheric black metal, to the point that I’ve even tattoed myself with the Leviathan Cross found on the front cover.

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CHILDREN OF BODOM – ”SOMETHING WILD”
Spinefarm Records
1997 [February 16]

I still remember the day, it was actually Mr. Sandorf (Gates of Ishtar, The Duskfall, Helltrain), I was introduced for the sound of CoB. As a big fan of guitar shredding I was hooked immediately. To this day this is the only CoB album I need in my collection.

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DEFLESHED – ”UNDER THE BLADE”
Invasion Records
1997 [October 13]

Ever felt being run over by a speeding train of pure thrash and death? If not, give “Under the Blade” a spin. From the ultra-shredding hand of Lars Löfven, razorsharp vocals of Gustaf Jorde to the rapid drumming of Matte Modin. What’s there not to love!!

 

DIMMU BORGIR – ”ENTHRONE DARKNESS TRIUMPHANT”
Nuclear Blast
1997 [May 30]

Oh! how I loathed this album when it was released. “Black metal for girls” I think we called it. Guess what? 17 years later, that teen that was is no more and I don’t care if it’s “Black metal for dolphins”. It’s a solid album that sort of widened the whole genre, both positively and negatively….

 

EMPEROR – ”ANTHEMS TO THE WELKIN AT DUSK”
Candlelight Records
1997 [July 8]

Emperor had quite a pressure on the following up their brilliant debut album “In the Nightside Eclipse” (1994) and to be honest I think that they did a great job. With strong material such as “Ye Entrancemperium”, “The Loss & Curse of Reverence” and “With Strenght I Burn” just to name a few.

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LIMBONIC ART – ”IN ABHORRENCE DEMENTIA”
Nocturnal Art Productions
1997 [December 12]

As with “The Calling”, “In Abhorrence Dementia” is to me the height of Symphonic Black Metal. It’s hard to explain how a single album can bring so much pleasure over the course of 17 years. The only downside with the release of this album was that I never really grew that fond of the albums that followed. This was it for me. The Limbonic Art masterpiece!!


OLD MAN’S CHILD– ”THE PAGAN PROSPERITY”
Century Media Records
1997 [August 18]

1996 was the first time I heard Old Man’s Child and even though I took liking to  “Born of the Flickering” it was “The Pagan Prosperity” that got me hooked on riffmaestro GalderTalk about writing catchy riffs!! The only down-side of this album is that there is no snare drum what so ever during the blastbeats. An yeah, the solo at 3:11 in “The Millenium King” still gives me goosebumps.

 

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD – ”CITY”
Century Media Records
1997 [January 27]

What can I really say? Strapping Young Lad completely changed my musical views. From being a somewhat, well let’s make it simple and say narrow-minded I widened my horizons beyond the world of the ususal thrash, death and black metal metal bubble I was living in. “City” is pure audial agression of the purest form!! All Hail the New Flesh!!


SYMPHONY X – ”THE DIVINE WINGS OF TRAGEDY”
InsideOut Music
1997 [March 24]

Remember the days when you still bought albums just based on the cover artwork without actually have heard a tune from the album in question? I’ve almost forgot it except for the fact that “TDWoT” was one of the last. Then I got this thing called the Internetz and the artform of buying an album unheard seized to exist. So what is this album? Simply 67 minutes of the best Progressive Power Metal-eargasm you’ll ever experience.

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VITAL REMAINS– ”FOREVER UNDERGROUND”
Osmose Productions
1997 [March 25]

I simply love every little thing about this album. From the album title to the production to the……well, just brilliance of honest in-your-face death metal! Simply one of these albums that I have bought at least four times in my life (different presses & formats of course) out of pure love for it.   

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Metal now officially added to Genres & Moods over at Spotify!

Spotify_Metal_Playlists

Now here’s something I actually like a lot with Spotify constantly working with improving their service. In the “Browse” category, under “Genres & Moods”, Metal has finally been added. And you know what?

Well, that “Metal of the 90’s” playlist is done by yours truly so be sure to follow it for the best metal of the 90’s. Playlist updated every week…(and still done so without any real official affiliation nor  financial compensation or whatever, but for the love of metal!)

Summary of August 2014

Summer is over and it really shows when it comes to new quality albums from most labels hitting the shelves. New releases from bands such as: ACCEPT, ALESTORM, ASTRAL DOORS, BELPHEGOR, BLOOD OF KINGU, DRAGONFORCE, ENTOMBED A.D., HAMMERFALL, THE HAUNTED, THE MOON & THE NIGHTSPIRIT, OPETH, PALLBEARER, PELICAN, SOLACE OF REQUIEM, SÓLSTAFIR, THOSE WHO BRIG THE TORTURE, UNISONIC, WOLF and more.


“Summary of August 2014″

This was My Life – 1996

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.

1996 was once again a year that offered fantastic albums, but also some major disappointments, the biggest of them  all being Metallica‘s “Load”  album. The Metallica that once was truly died here. Another band that released a really mediocre album was Sepultura with their “Roots” album. But besides these two mentioned albums 1996 was indeed brilliant with such fantastic albums as: “For Snow Covered the Northland”, “Vile”, “Ravedusk in My Heart”, “A Bloodred Path”, “The Dark Saga”, “Latex Cult”, “The Jester Race”, “Brave Murder Day”, “Louder Than Hell”, “Heaven Shall Burn… When We Are Gathered”, “Irreligious”, “Like Gods of the Sun”, “The Closing Chronicles”, “Morningrise”, “The Great Southern Trendkill”, “Down”, “Nord”, “Skogsgriftens Rike”, “Velvet Darkness They Fear” and “October Rust”But as always everything can be found in Spotify playlist that goes with the article.

Some bands formed in 1996:

  • Arch Enemy
  • Control Denied
  • Decapitated
  • Evergrey
  • Gojira
  • Nightwish
  • Sonata Arctica
  • The Haunted
  • Within Temptation

Some events during 1996:

  • Alice in Chains plays their last ever concert with Layne Staley on July 23, 1996. They later go on hiatus until April 20, 2002 in which Staley is found dead in his apartment after overdosing on a Speedball.
  • The original line-up of KISS (Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, Paul Stanley) come back together.
  • Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens fills the void left by Rob Halford in 1993 as lead singer of Judas Priest.

MY TOP 10 FOR 1996:

BATHORY – ”BLOOD ON ICE”
Black Mark Production
1996 [May 27]

After the 1995 disaster that was spelled “Octagon” it truly came as a blessing to once again hear Quorthon (R.I.P.) back in form. It’s once again epic and big!  This is my favourite of the “after 1991″-era Bathory.

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BEWITCHED – ”DIABOLICAL DESECRATION”
Osmose Productions
1996 [August 12]

Retro-thrash with a splash of black became the thing of 1996 with bands such as Nocturnal Breed, Infernö, Aura Noir and of course my favourites,  Bewitched. It’s simple and straight forward heavy metallish thrashy blackness with lyrics to match the attitude.

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DARK FUNERAL – ”THE SECRETS OF THE BLACK ARTS”
No Fashion Records
1996 [January 28]

Even though I can’t say that the re-recordings of the tracks found on the bands debut-EP are better, “The Secrets of the Black Arts” is an album that continued redefining what black metal could sound like. I’m actually more of a fan of the original recording of this album done over at Dan Swanö’s Unisound Studios.

 

EDGE OF SANITY – ”CRIMSON”
Black Mark Production
1996 [April 2]

A 40 minute long death metal song, can it really work? Well the answer is Yes! This is a brilliant EoS album from start to finish and also the last album from the band before it sort of split up in a Dan Swanö’s EoS and Not-Dan Swanö’s EoS.

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HYPOCRISY – ”ABDUCTED”
Nuclear Blast
1996 [February 13]

The break-through album of Hypocrisy as well as the album that cemented the sound that the band is still pretty much using on album after album.  And with tracks such as “Roswell 47″ and “The Arrival of the Demons (Part 2)” it’s no wonder this became a hit.

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KING DIAMOND – ”THE GRAVEYARD”
Massacre Records
1996 [October 1]

This is the album that sealed the deal when it comes to declaring KD as the true KING!  Strangely a lot of people see this as one of KD’s weakest works. Well, a lot of people are simply wrong. Also managed to caught KD on tour this year, with none other than MF as “opening act”.


MERCYFUL FATE– ”INTO THE UNKNOWN”
Metal Blade Records
1996 [August 20]

Not only did 1996 bring us a new KD album, we were also spoiled with a new Mercyful Fate album. An album that grew to be one of my absolute favourites from MF.  “You would not know of me…we never met before. The name is Damian and I used to live in this house”…….

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SACRILEGE – ”LOST IN THE BEAUTY YOU SLAY”
Black Sun Records
1996 [-]

Such an underrated album. Problem is that it was released during the most hectic period of new melodic death metal being released (in a time before todays so-called “melodic death metal” bands emerged with their clean vocals and whatnots)….This is the GBG-sound at its finest!


SAMAEL – ”PASSAGE”
Century Media
1996 [August 19]

Samael really found their sound with “Passage” (even though “Ceremony of Opposites” drew towards this sound). A great album indeed!!

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THERION– ”THELI”
Nuclear Blast
1996 [August 9]

Listening to “Theli” now compared to back when it was initially released is two quit different things. Back in 1996 this album was really groundbreaking and majestic and therefor deserves a spot in this list.

 

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