At The Gates, in my humble opinion, is one of the greatest and most influential metal bands of the last 20-25 years.  You’ll be seeing plenty of them on this countdown.  Why do I mention this?  Because after the demise of At The Gates three-fifths of the band went and formed The Haunted.  Carrying the torch of Swedish death metal, The Haunted debuted their self-titled album on Earache Records in […]


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I have to admit that this band took a long time to grow on me.  When Borknagar first exploded out of the Norwegian black metal scene I was immediately drawn to them simply based on the fact that their line-up consisted of dudes who also played in Immortal, Gorgoroth, Ulver, Arcturus and Enslaved just to name a few.  But in the early to mid-90′s I still wanted my black metal […]


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Chastise me all you want in the comments section but I honestly believe that at this particular date and time that Devin Townsend might be the most overrated musician in all the metal world today.  The Devin Townsend Project?  Just don’t get the appeal and I certainly don’t understand the massive amounts of praise heaped upon him in the press.  However, I would be a fool not to include something […]


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If you were to ask me what the best thing about Seattle’s Nevermore was, without hesitation, I’d tell you that it’s how the band formed.  Vocalist Warrel Dane and bassist Jim Sheppard were originally in Sanctuary together.  Sanctuary was signed to Epic Records and when “grunge” started to hit the big time Epic realized they had another band from Seattle on their roster they could market as “grunge” and make […]


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Sweden’s Soilwork are a case study of a band who was doing great things yet somehow, without trying, managed to influence and help generate a ton of really band bands.  Their sound originally combined elements of the melodic Swedish death metal vibe with more progressive, traditional metal elements.  At the time (late 90′s/early 00′s) it was a refreshing take on the Swedish death metal sound.  Now?  A million crappy bands […]


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First and foremost let me put any and all speculation to bed for anyone who is unfamiliar with this band…no, they are not a racist band and no, they should not be taken seriously.  Stormtroopers Of Death, or S.O.D. for short, were formed by Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian in the first half of the 80′s basically because he was a fan of the hardcore/punk scene and wanted to write music […]


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Peter Tagtgren is going to be all over this countdown, mostly as a producer of dozens of classic metal albums but also fronting his own band Hypocrisy.  Tagtgren is from Sweden and Hypocrisy is a Swedish band but just prior to forming Hypocrisy he had spent three years living in Florida where he was part of their burgeoning death metal scene.  I’m pretty convinced that his time spent in Florida […]


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When you include the term “True Norwegian Black Metal” right there on the album cover for all the world to see you better be ready to deliver the goods.  You better be ready to invoke the Dark Lord himself and I’m not talking about Voldemort.  You better be ready to put out an album that gives you instantaneous street cred.   For 25+ minutes this is exactly what Gorgoroth does […]


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In case you haven’t already noticed through this exercise, the 1990′s were a huge decade for the metal scene in Sweden.  Arguably the biggest scene to come out of Sweden at this time was the “melodic death metal” scene.  There are a small handful of albums that really epitomize what melodic Swedish death metal was at this time.  One of those albums is The Gallery by Dark Tranquillity. The Gallery […]


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Well, if you are reading this you’ve survived the Mayan Apocalypse (or you must really, really love metal).  Either way, congrats!  It’s fitting that the first album post M.A. is one entitled Beyond The Apocalypse, no?  It’s also fitting that a band as heavy and brutal as 1349 would title it as such because this album really is one step ahead of most of what we consider “extreme”. Norway’s 1349 […]


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Sometimes an album rocks…well, because it just rocks.  That’s a ridiculously oversimplified way of putting things but when you are looking at an album a dozen ways from Sunday and have listened to it a hundred times the simplest explanation is often the best one.  Orange Goblin hail from the UK and they play loud, riff-oriented stoner rock…and they are really good at it. Orange Goblin has always been in […]


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I’ve watched dozens and dozens of metal bands try to “reinvent” themselves over the years and some times they fall flat on their collective faces.  Other times a band is able to morph their sound and style, even slightly, and come away smelling like roses.  One band that’s a case study on this is Poland’s Behemoth. Originally started as a pure black metal band in the early 90′s Behemoth would […]


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