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  • 2006 - The year that was (metal)

    24 dec 2006, 20:07

    Oh boy!After the ride that was 2005, I was kind of thinking to myself "how's 2006 going to top this?" and I must say, I have been pleasantly proven wrong.

    Further, it appears that during the year, I have trodden quite deeper into elitist territory, which totally fucking rules. I now weed out the bad ones faster, eat posers for breakfast and scoff condescendingly at anything that is even remotely not metal in its roots or bearing.All I need now is a jacket with a Tirant Sin patch and I'm all set to punch a few motherfuckers out.Right then , onto my favourite releases of 2006.

    ok, first the honourable mentions before we get onto the torchbearers :

    Deicide - [album]The Stench Of Redemption [/album]
    I can see this will raise a few eyebrows for not having made my top 10.And at this point, I would like to point out how wrong I was for having said on this very same journal that "I do not have very high hopes for the new Deicide.Deicide have hit back at critics and how!The album is a blistering volcano of terrifying brutality, interspersed with exquisite soloing and structuring richly reminescent of Vital Remains, although infinitely more precise and crushing. I mean after all, who's the pioneer here?Ralph Santolla and Jack Owens' inclusion into the ranks have turned Deicide into a raging, veritable panzer of humongously destructive proportions.Ralph Santolla's soloing is simply delicious and although Owens isn't faring too badly for himself, he is positively outplayed by Santolla. THIS IS DEATH METAL! \m/

    Death Breath- Stinking Up The Night

    this IS old school, motherfuckers!there is a none-too-subtle Autopsy influence especially on songs like Dragged Through The Mud. (which, I daresay, at the risk of heresy might not have been out of place on Mental Funeral itself). the whole muddy, cheap (and I can't help saying it over and over again!!!) DIIIRRRTTTTAAAAAHHH style of death metal made so popular by Autopsy/ BatS era Morbid Angel and more recently honed to murderous precision by bands like Abscess and Anatomia is duplicated to ripping voracity by Death Breath.a definite must listen for any death metal fan.

    Funerot - Invasion From The Death Dimension

    think Speak Your Peace era Cryptic Slaughter, only nastier and heavier.I am not such a huge fan of crossover meself but guitar driven riff fests like these are not to be missed.

    Belphegor - Pestapokalypse VI

    Belphegor seem to be putting out good albums with terrifying consistency these days. This is an excellent follow-up to last years' brilliant "The Goatreich Fleshcult"

    Amon Amarth - With Oden On Our Side

    well OK, Fate Of Norns was slightly weak but HUGELY enjoyable nonetheless.With Oden By Our side marches grandly into outright melodic death territory while still retaining the epic viking feel that Amon Amarth made a name for themselves with.

    Mastodon - Blood Mountain

    alright, usually if Mastodon out out an album, I would expect it to be somewhere in my top 10 for the year. Blood Mountain has found wide critical acclaim but somehow, I cannot help but feel slightly cheated when I compare this against Leviathan. the sheer thrashy pace of the mighty Mastodon has given way to a lot of doom elements.I must confess, I still enjoyed songs like Sleeping Giant and Capillarian Quest but overall, Blood Mountain does not score as a Mastodon album.

    Saprogenic - Ichneumonid

    Sinister - Afterburner

    yes!after going through a creative lean patch coupled with having a whiny vocalist doing no justice to the band, Sinister finally woke up, kicked out Rachel, found a good vocalist in Aad Kloosterwaard and returned to the good old ways of death metal.

    The Sword - Age Of Winters

    I am a sucker for most doom/stoner music and The Sword's Age Of Winters excels in being just that.a very enjoyably competent stoner/doom album chock full of groovy,distorted basslines and catchy guitar riffs with a great vocalist to boot.

    Toxocara- Imminent Repulsion

    Bal-Sagoth - The Chthonic Chronicles

    the album is more eclectic than their previous works.and one significantly notable deviation from their earlier sound is that the album is more guitar driven as opposed to a generally keyboard driven melody which usually punctuates any Bal Sagoth album.it is possibly the darkest album Bal Sagoth have to date, especially compared to AA or BM or even TPC which sounded (in a very crude description) slightly happy. songs like the instrumental "To Storm the Cyclopean Gates of Byzantium" are absolutely eerie and coupled with the fact that the theme is mostly Lovecraft-ian, it is all the more brooding and menacing.definitely one of the best melodic/symphonic extreme metal albums in the recent past.

    Unmerciful - Unmercifully Beaten
    mmm.if all brutal death should were kept as precise and RIFF driven as this, I would probably like the genre more.

    Daylight Dies - Dismantling Devotion

    Bible of the Devil - The Diabolic Procession
    Frightmare - Bringing Back The Bloodshed
    Psycroptic - Symbols Of Failure

    Chalky's decision to leave Psycroptic was quite disappointing to any fans of the band for whom his growl/scream vocal style marked one of the distinctive highpoints of Psycroptic's music.neverthless, Joe Haley's still churning out solid monster riffs and if there is a complaint against Symbols Of Failure, it would be the slightly underwhelming vocals but then Chalky's shoes are hard to fill and maybe with future albums, we will see Jason Peppiatt warming up more.

    Yyrkoon - Unhealthy Opera
    Zyklon - Disintegrate

    onward then , to the ownerers (copyright kvltblog) and conquerers

    10.Insomnium - Above The Weeping World

    for bringing back the days of good melo-death.being a genre that I have almost given up on, it took this motherpuncher to convince me that this class of music is still alive, and kicking, as it were.

    9.Amorphis- Eclipse

    OK, it's not the Amorphis we all know and love but so what?I for one think that this melodic turn they've taken has yielded some surprisingly pleasant results. Tomi dosen't exude that raw energy that Koivusaari did but his clean vocals are absolutely delightful and complement the music brilliantly.I must admit though, this album is hard to get into.

    8. Ahab - The Call Of The Wretched Sea

    funeral doom at its hauntingly depressing best.vocalist Droste sounds monstrous and in a genre where riffs are of no particular importance, this brings a whiff of fresh air by being as inventive as it possibly would be, given the constraints that the music generally operates under.plus, I do not think they could've done better thematically.

    7. Celtic Frost - Monotheist

    to paraphrase Nin, Celtic Frost has always been, is and always will be the piquant muse of Tom Warrior and whatever he whims is what is executed.don't mistake me, I am not a blind worshipper.I hated Cold Lake and Vanity/Nemesis too.but this new album is just positively unhealthy in its depressive overtone and maniacal in its torturous intensity.as with Amorphis, the album is best viewed in an objective manner, otherwise as Celtic Frost, you're never going to like it.

    6. Ihsahn - The Adversary
    wow!who knew Ihsahn could SING eh?I mean really SING.I KEEP WARM BY THE FIIIIIIRRRREEE!
    but seriously, I expected quite a lot from this album and I must say it delivered what was expected.there is some element of progressiveness in the album, coupled with some really awesome riffing.

    5. Motorhead - Kiss Of Death

    legends die hard and being the God that he is, Lemmy decided to enthrall us further with this absolute kicker of an album. Lemmy is still gargling steel and burping razors and the album retains the generally anthemic quality of songwriting that we all know and love Lemmy for. songs like Trigger and Under The Gun are the exact reasons why I am proud to be a metalhead, fists pumping in the air, head snapping to the pounding of the drums and proclaiming my allegiance to the music and its gods.\m/

    4. Jorn - The Duke
    he is easily one of THE most brilliant and unique vocalists alive today. the music he makes perfectly matches his talent.MASSIVE sing-along choruses punctuated with deliciously hooksy riffs.yummy.

    3.Hammers of Misfortune - The Locust Years/ Krux - II

    I am positively undecided between these two. I simply can NOT , WILL NOT pick between them.only because of the colossal brilliance of the two albums to follow did these 2 delectable works fall into 3rd place, failing which they both merit pedestals of their own.both of these works literally SCREAM "metal!!" into your face as they grab your face and slap you around like a rag doll.while Hammers Of Misfortune display a more hard rock/progressive style of songwriting, Krux are the very embodiment of slow, encroaching evil which gives a perverse, scary kind of delight. The Locust Years is an absolute heavy metal connoiseur's fantasy. slow, haunting intros giving way to a healthy trot. Cobbett sounds absolutely magnificent on the album (although, he does sound better on Slogh Feg's Atavism) and the female vocalist is top notch as well. Krux are a veritable supergroup, boasting of Candlemass 4 string wielder Leif Edling, Jorgen Sandstrom (Ex- Grave, ex- Entombed) on guitars and Mats Leven (ex-Malmsteen, Abstrakt Algebra) in their ranks. the music has a definite tinge of the early doom laden Candlemass sound, which is not a bad thing at all.there is some absolutely BRILLIANT lead work in there and the vocalist is just on a whole new level altogether.this one is a classic.

    2. Iron Maiden - A Matter Of Life And Death
    Maiden are back!and how!after the fiasco that was Dance Of Death, this was like a mighty left hook to the face.in no element have Maiden faltered in this album.even Gers is writing good songs!the whole album is an eclectic mix of the trademark Maiden sound and the confident experimentation of a band that has weathered it all.Bruce, though a bit strained still sounds as fantastic as ever and that man, my God, Adrian Smith is still belting out solos as melodic and as chilling as he did 25 years ago.this,my friends, is testimony, no IRREFUTABLE proof as to the fact that Maiden are the best metal band that has ever graced this planet.UP THE FUCKING IRONS!

    1. Anata - The Conductor's Departure
    it is witness to the absolute magnificence of this album that it even managed to pip Maiden to being my favourite of the year.this album towers like a colossus even among giants.there has not been a single day since I first listened to this that I have neglected to pay my humble obeisance to this godly piece of work from the Swedish quartet.considering that I was not too fond of Under A Stone With No Inscription in which they went all br00tal, I was not too sure about this one but by the chorus on "Downward Spiral Into Madness", I was a believer.this album encompasses terrifying intensity and enthralling melody, and it's particularly unique aspect is that the two seem to be working TOGETHER and not on seperate planes.the melding of these elements yields a singularly unnerving effect (that pre-lead breakdown on Downward Spiral...for example).Schalin sounds positively monstorous and on top of that, he is playing all those incredible riffs!if there was one teeny weeny complaint I would have against this album ,it would be the slightly plastic,lifeless drum sound but such trivialities shall be dispensed in view of the larger offering.

    and there we have it.I must confess, there are a few albums I haven't yet listened to such as Sodom's S/T, Blind Guardian's "Twist in The Myth" Vicious Rumor's Warball and the just released Manowar's "Gods Of War", all of which I'm sure will find some mention here as soon as I get my hands on them.

    ok I thnk I'll end my rant now.
  • Help wanted.will reward with beer.

    14 nov 2006, 14:40

    OK here's the deal.
    My server effectively blocks any information being sent out from my comp to last.fm (the specifics as to why shall be answered later.it shall suffice to say that I work for an IT company and it is only natural that they are quite anal about IT security and all that crap.)

    now what I need from any geeky nerdy fellow out there is a way to bypass this blockage of precious kvlt information.

    I am a man of honour and shall treat anyone who knows the solution to this with beer (food if you're a tee totaller)
  • Supashi-Bo Japan!

    16 apr 2006, 12:56

    what IS it with Japan and all those brilliant,BRILLIANT bands?no i mean REALLY.it's almost on par with Germany and krieg thrash metal.since my life is so colossally sucky,I have decided to make a pointless list of Japanese bands that pwn and then leave you to figure out,albeit ONLY with complex multiple equations (or deductive logic) why it is what it is.the rulage of Japanese bands that is..although u can also use it to figure out why latin women are so haat too.confused?good.now soak in all the joblessness.

    the first Japanese band I probably loved was ABIGAIL.Abigail are a black/thrash band from Japan who've made some quite exceptional music for that genre.Black/thrash as a genre tends to get rather tiring at times whereas most of the times it's just plain fucking st00pid and pointless (like Sarcofago) but this band has managed to combine some punk/heavy metal elements (in the vein of Motorhead) especially in my fave among their offerings "Forever Street Metal Bitch".and their first full length "Intercourse and Lust",though more of a generic Black Thrash album still manages to hold your attention than have it wither away halfway into the album.

    Manipulated Slaves- let's get the thrash bands done with first.Manipulated Slaves is a vastly unheard of,very underrated,totally brilliant speed/thrash metal band from Japan.the first time I heard "The Legendary Black Jade" (after a PAINFUL wait in queue.DAMN that shit is hard to find.) I was totally blown away!fucking brilliant guitar playing,vocals that vary between clean singing,thrashy screaming and metalcore-ish growls (one rare instance when that hasn't put me off) and some awesome skin work too.although their other albums were slightly disappointing (Burst Into Blue Flame sounded very disappointingly melo-death and though that neceessarily is not a bad thing by itself,I was expecting a thrash record so....) "The Legendary..." is content compensation.
    (btw before somebody gets jumpy and kvlt on me,i DO know that Burst into was released before The Legendary Black Jade but I listened to the latter first so there)

    a genre that Japanese bands seem to have totally mastered is just good ol',plain,no frills heavy metal.some awesome bands in that genre :

    Loudness - haha!what an apt name!the band plays some awesome heavy metal with more than a passing nod to some glam/hard rock elements.Guitarist Akira Takasaki shreds like a fucking madman and it's just so impossibly hard NOT to like this band.overall very enjoyable music with some real brilliance on the technical side too.

    Bow Wow - a band that I was recently introduced to by one of my infinitely knowledgeable friends.although the name seems like something right out a rapper's wet dream,you will do well to look past the general ughness of the name to get into the music.thou shall be rewarded..take my word for it.again,a lot of glam/hard rock influences make their appearance felt here but nothing to deter me from such awesome music as such

    EZO
    X-Japan

    to sign off,i'm gonna leave you with a band that's as far removed from all of the above mentioned bands as Pamela Anderson's titties are from being real - Church of Misery

    Stoner/doom metal band from Japan whose lyrics center around serial killers.I've only listened to their 2004 release "Master Of Brutality" but it's just left me hungry for more by them.yenjaay or as they say in Japan "Konichiwaa!"..or something.
  • Djamitch!

    13 apr 2006, 13:21

    So now my audioscrobbler ISN'T working despite repeated attempts.i've tried running it on my Foobar AND Winamp but zilch.guess my kvltness stays with me.
    but here's some things that have pleased me/ticked me off recently :

    the Kerrang! whores put out a tribute to (the second best metal album ever,IMHO.) "Master Of Puppets" and disgraced entire hordes of metalheads to whom the album represented the pinnacle of perfection in thrash metal by stuffing the tribute line-up with tons of core bands .for those who haven't heard of it,here's the line-up..

    Machinehead-Battery
    Trivium-Master Of Puppets
    Mendeed-The thing that should not be
    Bullet For My Valentine-Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
    Chimaira-Disposable Heroes
    Fightstar-Leper Messiah
    [caveat]Mastodon-Orion[/caveat]
    Funeral For A Friend-Damage,Inc

    With the possible exception of the ever brilliant Mastodon,this album represents suckitude in its unworthy entirety with this promising to containing some of THE most poorly executed covers after Ceremonial Oath's fuckall cover of "Hallowed Be Thy Name".i mean my dear god!Bullet For My Valentine?i know Metallica have *ahem* deteriorated musically over the years but THIS is a fucking insult!i don't know how MetallicA can stand or endorse such faggotry.and here I am,ranting as if it's gonna change a damn thing.oh well,we live in perpetual hope.

    I am still waiting to catch the new Dismember "The God That Never Was" but I've not heard too many pleasing things about it so....

    moving on to some better things to have graced my Winamp in recent times :

    Spiritual Beggars - Side project of erstwhile Carcass guitarist Mike Ammott,this is a band that Ammott has,IMHO, found the musical release that he was looking for.their 2005 release Demons (now an album that I am kicking myself for not including in my "Best Of 2005" list) is a real masterpiece.for the unacquainted,Spiritual Beggars is a retro/stoner/groove project so don't go about expecting any rectum shredding riffs and gargled vocals.my sincere belief is that Ammott should've put out more worthy releases with Spiritual Beggars than having wasted his time with the st00pid Arch Enemy.regardless,just move your ass and get more Spiritual Beggars.vocalist JB is another real high point in the band.overall brilliant vocals,awesome guitaring,solid rhythm section and an almightily infectious groove that simply cannot be ignored.get it,I say.

    Clutch- Robot Hive/Exodus

    Another brilliant stoner band from Maryland,USA.they are slightly "happier" (if that's the word that I'm looking for) than Spiritual Beggars but then it's within the accepted limits for stoner so what the hell..standout track : Mice & Gods.

    IIIrd Sovereign- Horrified Visions
    in your face DM band from India.if you're into the Malevolent Creation type of death metal,you can't go wrong with this one.The band just released their demo EP at India's biggest extreme metal fest, "RESURRECTION" and it's worth a listen for any DM fan.

    Kryptos - Spiral Ascent
    Melodic heavy/thrash metal.fucking brilliant band.fucking brilliant album.it's one of those records which you pop in and wonder if it was made in the 19-fucking-80s cos it thrashes with the intensity of the Bay area scene of that era that we've all come to love.but before discounting my claim as slightly exaggerated,get your copy of Spiral Ascent,bugger.

    P. S: - If ANY of you have any idea how to get my audioscrobbler working again,HELP ME OUT! *-(


    P.P.S - Jo Bench is HAAAAT!
  • what's in store??

    1 feb 2006, 17:20

    2006 promises to be another good year for metal.tons of promising releases lined up.
    2 albums of this year that I've already listened to are

    Sadus - Out For Blood
    i liked the album initially because hell,it's SADUS!!it can't be bad right??i was wrong apparently.the album is NOTHING of the earlier caliber of albums that Sadus have put out like "A Slave To Misery" or "Elements Of Anger".the album does have its moments.for one,the production is killer.Steve DiGiorgio has wielded the 4 stringer in that usual unbelievably godly manner of his.and the track with Chuck Billy (of Testamentfame) is awesome but apart from that,if you're a Sadus fan,you'll be disappointed with the album.

    DragonForce - Inhuman Rampage
    take Sonic Firestorm,speed up the already inhuman tempos some more,work some decent solos,work in catchy choruses and et voila.it's Inhuman Rampage!truly,the album has little to offer apart from the exhilarating speed of ex Bal-Sagoth skin basher Dave Mackintosh.
    it's not a let down,but then it has nothing new that you wouldn't have heard on Sonic Firestorm.

    muchos expected releases of 2006

    Amorphis - Eclipse

    the death/doom masters are hopefully set to shred some anus as they did with "Tales From A Thousand Lakes" or "The Karelian Isthmus"

    Rage - Speak Of The Dead
    it's been getting a lot of hype.let's hope it delivers on the music front too.

    Cannibal Corpse - KILL

    WWWOOOOAAAAAAAARRRRGGGGHHH! \m/

    Manowar - untitled as of now.Other bands play,Manowar KILL. \m/

    Enslaved - Ruun

    Deicide - The Stench Of Redemption.

    i don't have high hopes for this one but let's see how it goes.

    Entombed - Serpent Saints

    Celtic Frost - Monotheist
    after 1990's unbelievably sucky "Vanity/Nemesis",Celtic Frost,after trudging through 16 years of best of compilations and tribute albums in their honour,have suddenly woken up and said "WE AIN'T OUT YET BIYATCHES!!".and so the faithful hope..

    Panzerchrist - Batallion Beast (they;re recording in 2006,not sure of the release date though)

    EDIT : HOW THE FUCK DID I MISS THIS???

    Queensryche - Operation: Mindcrime II

    A sequel to the possibly the best metal concept album ever,1988's "Operation : Mindcrime",it features Ronnie James "GOD" Dio as the voice of Dr.X.definitely looking forward to it.and u can check out one song off the album called "the hands" here : mms://media.metalexpress.no/metalexpress/sound/jukebox/Queensryche - The Hands.wma

    some interesting DVDs coming up too,which I'm sure I can't even download..pfft

    Mastodon - The Workhorse Chronicles

    first release since their shift to major label Warner.let's hope they haven't sold out and it dosen't suck.

    as yet untitled DVD from the prog power masters Manticora

    WOTAAAAPPPPSSSYYYY!!!!!

    Autopsy - Dark Crusades


    whew.feel free to correct or add. \m/
  • 2005 - The most \m/etchul year since 1990??

    1 feb 2006, 04:58

    what an year for metal!!reunions,brilliant albums by eternal defenders of the faith and some pretty good new discoveries too.

    Bolt Thrower once again astounded with the BRILLIANT "Those Once Loyal".this is one band that NEVER disappoints.i can't stop listning to "The Killchain". \m/

    Kaamos's "Lucifer Rising" comes very closely second for my pick of extreme metal album for the year.brilliant production is one of the main plus points of this album.truly crushing.

    Bruce Dickinson proved why he is without a doubt the best vocalist to have graced metal.Tyranny Of Souls was fucking BRILLIANT.it's an album that blows Maiden's "Dance Of Death" to obscurity and makes you wonder why Maiden wasn't writing songs like this instead.or why Dickinson isn't contributing more to the creative output of the band.though age is clearly telling on Dickinson,he has still managed to pull off a vocal performance that commands respect.

    Exodus,Annihilator and Destruction kept the thrash flame alive amidst doubts of this undoubtedly truest form of metal being a dying art.they riff like it's the 19-fucking-80s.and thank Satan for that. \m/

    trad doom masters Candlemass and Cathedral bounced back strongly with their S/T and "The Garden Of Unearthly Delights" respectively.and speaking of doom,Finnish melodic doom metallers Swallow The Sun too came up with a strong follow up to their brilliant 2003 debut "The Morning Never Came" with "Ghosts Of Loss".

    ofcourse there are lots of other awesome albums I'm not putting here due to my colossal laziness,like Aborted's "The Archaic Abattoir", Hate Eternal's "I,Monarch",Belphegor's "The Goatreich Fleshcult",The Deviant's "Ravenous Deathworship",Lost Soul's "Chaostream",Nevermore's "This Godless Endeavor",Kreator's "Enemy Of God" blah blah blah...

    ofcourse,there were the usual share of disappointments,the most crushing being

    Dream Theater - Octavarium (are these the same guys who put out Images & Words???seriously!!)

    Cryptopsy - Once Was Not
    well,nothing was wrong with this album,EXCEPT for Lord Worm.you've done much better Worm,really.but Flo Mounier was spot on and fantastic,as usual.

    Judas Priest - Angel Of Retribution.
    as someone said,I've seen Priest tribute bands who are better than Priest on this album. :/

    Immolation - Harnessing Ruin
    the drummer played like he had his feet set in fucking concrete for god's sakes!

    Mors Principium Est - Reborn
    *puke*

    Meshuggah - Catch 33
    Chaosphere -----> Catch 33??RIDICULOUS I SAY!

    Helloween - The Keeper Of The Seven Keys,Pt III,The Legacy
    listen to it and you'll know what I'm talking about.wait,on second thoughts,don't listen to it.it's crap.take my word for it.

    and ofourse,bands which sucked from the start,like Nile and Opeth,continued to suck through 2005 as well.

    and Emperor REUNITE biyatches!!!Wacken 2006 is gonna slay with Atheist too announcing a reunion appearence at the German metal fest in early 2006. \m/
  • 2005 - The most \m/etchul year since 1990??

    31 jan 2006, 19:39

    what an year for metal!!reunions,brilliant albums by eternal defenders of the faith and some pretty good new discoveries too.

    Bolt Thrower once again astounded with the BRILLIANT "Those Once Loyal".this is one band that NEVER disappoints.i can't stop listning to "The Killchain". \m/

    Kaamos's "Lucifer Rising" comes very closely second for my pick of extreme metal album for the year.brilliant production is one of the main plus points of this album.truly crushing.

    Bruce Dickinson proved why he is without a doubt the best vocalist to have graced metal.Tyranny Of Souls was fucking BRILLIANT.it's an album that blows Maiden's "Dance Of Death" to obscurity and makes you wonder why Maiden wasn't writing songs like this instead.or why Dickinson isn't contributing more to the creative output of the band.though age is clearly telling on Dickinson,he has still managed to pull off a vocal performance that commands respect.

    Exodus,Annihilator and Destruction kept the thrash flame alive amidst doubts of this undoubtedly truest form of metal being a dying art.they riff like it's the 19-fucking-80s.and thank Satan for that. \m/

    trad doom masters Candlemass and Cathedral bounced back strongly with their S/T and "The Garden Of Unearthly Delights" respectively.and speaking of doom,Finnish melodic doom metallers Swallow The Sun too came up with a strong follow up to their brilliant 2003 debut "The Morning Never Came" with "Ghosts Of Loss".

    ofcourse there are lots of other awesome albums I'm not putting here due to my colossal laziness,like Aborted's "The Archaic Abattoir", Hate Eternal's "I,Monarch",Belphegor's "The Goatreich Fleshcult",The Deviant's "Ravenous Deathworship",Lost Soul's "Chaostream",Nevermore's "This Godless Endeavor",Kreator's "Enemy Of God" blah blah blah...

    ofcourse,there were the usual share of disappointments,the most crushing being

    Dream Theater - Octavarium (are these the same guys who put out Images & Words???seriously!!)

    Cryptopsy - Once Was Not
    well,nothing was wrong with this album,EXCEPT for Lord Worm.you've done much better Worm,really.but Flo Mounier was spot on and fantastic,as usual.

    Judas Priest - Angel Of Retribution.
    as someone said,I've seen Priest tribute bands who are better than Priest on this album. :/

    Immolation - Harnessing Ruin
    the drummer played like he had his feet set in fucking concrete for god's sakes!

    Mors Principium Est - Reborn
    *puke*

    Meshuggah - Catch 33
    Chaosphere -----> Catch 33??RIDICULOUS I SAY!

    Helloween - The Keeper Of The Seven Keys,Pt III,The Legacy
    listen to it and you'll know what I'm talking about.wait,on second thoughts,don't listen to it.it's crap.take my word for it.

    and ofourse,bands which sucked from the start,like Nile and Opeth,continued to suck through 2005 as well.

    and Emperor REUNITE biyatches!!!Wacken 2006 is gonna slay with Atheist too announcing a reunion appearence at the German metal fest in early 2006. \m/