Category: Thrash 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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This was My life – 1993

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.

Working with this project is one of the most fantastic journeys back in time I’ve ever done. 1993 is yet another year that offered so many great releases it was nearly impossible to pick 10 favourites. In fact I had to rely extra on special memories from the albums that ended up being chosen. Black metal took even a bigger part of my life during 1993 and most of the amazing releases are present in the list below. But still I have to mention the following bands that released brilliant albums in 1993 but didn’t make it on to the list (even though I wish I could add them all): BURZUM, CYNIC, DARKTHRONE, DEATH, EDGE OF SANITY, ENSLAVED, IMPALED NAZARENE, LEUKEMIA, MACABRE, MARDUK, MAYHEM, MERCILESS, MORBID ANGEL, MY DYING BRIDE, NECROPHOBIC, PAN.THY.MONIUM, PARADISE LOST, PESTILENCE, SEANCE, UNANIMATED and UNLEASHED.

Some bands formed in 1993:

  • Abigor
  • Children of Bodom
  • Dark Funeral
  • Diabolical Masquerade
  • Dimmu Borgir
  • Electric Wizard
  • Limbonic Art
  • Melechesh
  • Nile
  • Satariel
  • Symphony X
  • Theatre of Tragedy
  • Ulver

Some events during 1993:

  • Accept reforms with Udo Dirkshneider on vocals for a new album and European/American tour.
  • After a brief hiatus, Atheist reform to record their final album, Elements, in order to finish their third album contract to their record label. After this, the band breaks up again a year later.
  • Bruce Dickinson leaves Iron Maiden and is replaced with Blaze Bayley.
  • Rob Halford  leaves Judas Priest and starts his own project called Fight.
  • Michael Kiske leaves Helloween due to personal reasons and is replaced by Andy Deris.
  • Euronymous – guitarist and mainman of Norwegian black metal band Mayhem as well as founder and manager of record label Deathlike Silence Productions and Oslo store Helvete – was murdered on August 10, by fellow black metal musician Varg Vikernes (aka Count Grishnackh) of one-man band Burzum as well as bassist of Mayhem.

MY TOP 10 FOR 1993:

CARCASS – ”HEARTWORK”
Earache Records
1993 [October]
CARCASS really developed their style to a more groovy, melodic and easy-listening form of death metal. Initially not to my liking but over the years “Heartwork” grew into a classic.

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DISSECTION – ”THE SOMBERLAIN”
No Fashion Records
1993 [December]
“The Somberlain” was one of those life changing albums that turned my life upside down. How could anything ever beat the perfection of this album? The answer 21 years later is – nothing.

 

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EMPEROR – ”EMPEROR”
Candlelight Records
1993 [June]
The version of “I am the Black Wizards” on this release might for me be Scandinavian Black Metal perfected! I’ve been spinning this EP for 21 years and it still gives me occasional goosebumps.

 

 

EUCHARIST – ”A VELVET CREATION”
Wrong Again Records
1993 [-]
Get past the somewhat unique sound-picture and you’ll be left with the best piece of melodic death metal to ever have emerged from Sweden.

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IMMORTAL – ”PURE HOLOCAUST”
Osmose Productions
1993 [November]
To me IMMORTAL perfected their sound already with “Pure Holocaust” which also assures its place in this list of the best albums of 1993. Storming through red clouds and holocaustwinds!!

 

 

KATATONIA – ”DANCE OF DECEMBER SOULS”
No Fashion Records
1993 [December]
“Without God”with the risk for TMI, was the song I had sex to for the first time with my first love. Kind of a memory that is hard to beat. Guess I have Swedish CLOSE-UP MAGAZINE to thank for this fantastic soundtrack since they included the song on a CD that came with the magazine back then.

MERCYFUL FATE – ”IN THE SHADOWS”
Metal Blade Records
1993 [June]
My first meeting with THE KING and that should pretty much be enough to explain why this album ended up in this list. The start of a love affair that is still burning almost as bright as that day back in 1993 when Melissa entered my world.

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ROTTING CHRIST – ”THY MIGHTY CONTRACT”
Osmose Productions
1993 [November]
Still the most evil-sounding release from Greece. ROTTING CHRIST offered a sound that differed from the Scandinavian bands and also opened up my eyes for the scene n Southern Europe. A true classic!!

 

SENTENCED – ”NORTH FROM HERE”
Spinefarm Records
1993 [June]
“North from Here” is one of the most underrated pieces of technical and progressive death metal I know. Fans of this genre should really give this album more spins and discover its brilliance. Just listen to this!

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TYPE O NEGATIVE – ”BLOODY KISSES”
Roadrunner Records
1993 [August]
16 years old and in need of make-out music. TYPE O NEGATIVE solved that issue. Sadly never got to see the band live, but at least I saw CARNIVORE when they re-united for some gigs before Peter’s Death (R.I.P.).

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