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AGM POLLS - TOP ALBUMS DECADE

Your Top 20 AGM Albums Of The Decade

Story online since:  05.01.2010 / 22:24:36
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A new decade has passed. And much has changed in those 10 years, not just regarding technology and our personal lives, but also regarding music. When looking through these TOP 20 ALBUMS OF THE DECADE 2000 – 2009 it’s fascinating to see how far metal music has developed in those years. More and more bands are willing to experiment. And more and more listeners appreciate that.

Two factors had a positive influence on this development: the technological progress of modern audio recording and the internet.

The progress of modern audio recording (the "homerecording movement”) allows everybody to make professional recordings at home. In earlier times you had to be a millionaire or you had to make commercial music. Otherwise there was no possibility to get an opportunity for high-quality audio recordings. Nowadays you only have to be a poor weirdo with a computer to record everything you have in your sick brain. No limits to your ideas. Everything is possible…and can be recorded.

On the other hand the growing of the internet makes rigid market structures obsolete. You don’t need a powerful record company and huge marketing budget anymore to get your name out. You don’t need to pay dozens of ads in huge print magazines anymore. You only need smart ideas and an internet connection in order to reach potential listeners all around the globe immediately. This put away commercial pressure from the artists. They don’t need the industry anymore to reach their fans and to sell their stuff.

These are two basic conditions that shaped the 2000s. But most important are the artists who manage to fruit these new circumstances as good as possible. And here they are, your favourite avant-garde metal albums of the decade:





01. ARCTURUS - The Sham Mirrors (2002)

aVoid:
Spaced out slick-ass carnival bliss! Might have lost its shimmer, but still it is very dear to me.

Adryuu:
When it came out I was so addicted to this (for several years) that it's just one of my favourite albums all-time.

Ulv:
No words needed for this masterpiece

Seth:
The last great Arcturus record? The first time Kris really gave up trying to sound a certain way and just stretched his natural pipe to it’s full potential. Sideshow Symphonies had a few good tracks but fairly boring riffs and no "magic” for me.

David:
My favourite music genres in a melting pot and Ihsahn with guest vocals. Awesome!





02. DODHEIMSGARD – Supervillain Outcast (2007)

Tentakel P.:
A superb and brutal attack on the musical nerves...

aVoid:
Eternal Return #2. Cleanest, most precise killing machine, encompassing all scopes of feeling. Monumentally possessive Satanic art, crowned King of Kings.

Oliver:
Malicious High-tech Pathological post-Black Indian pop masterpiece. Let's put some order into the psychedelic confusion which 666 Int. was shrouded with.

Seth:
For when I need to feel sick, depraved, and twisted, Vicotnik can always be counted on. Good songs and weird moods.

Adryuu:
Great and anticipated return of the evil mastermind of avant-garde with awesome drumming by Czral!




03. VIRUS – Carheart (2003)

Oliver: The best from Czral. I would like the next album to be at least as varied as this one.

aVoid:
Eternal Return #1. Petroleum-fueled canine grooves - what a production! The bass! The bass!

Adryuu:
Something completely new to me (although I was already enjoying VBE), strange, just came to me in the right moment of my life, as well as Ulver and Arcturus. I've been lucky with that, yeah. Also I just fell in love with "Road" (like everybody), and then with "Carheart", "Queen of the High Ace" and "Hustler".

Ulv:
A trail leading back to where the rainbow ends





04. VIRUS – The Black Flux (2008)

Tentakel P.:
An album so weird as Carl-Michael's grin in the booklet. Fever dreams. The most pleasant unpleasant album ever.

Adryuu:
Yep, I'm a famboy of some sort and don't mind naming 4 or 5 bands only in a 10 items poll. I like The Flux more normally, so I have to put both.

Seth:
Dense layers of non-chords and spectacular riffs churning against themselves, weird Czralian imagery, fun drumming, and what a unique overall MOOD! Big start, big finish. Carl-Michael is a gentleman and a scholar. This album will stand the test of time.






05. <CODE> – Resplendent Grotesque (2009)

Oliver:
The best effort yet to bring AGM into pop music: I love it.

Adryuu:
Repeating list. I could have put "Nouveau gloaming" instead. I really don't care. Also it's the last best album of the year in the decade.

Thor:
I’m sure: the day I’ll pass, I’ll hear Kvohsts voice and it will guide me to the other side(s).

aVoid:
Still has to grow on me, but man, Kvohst's vocal lines are out there. This is the emergence of Youth to cast aside all the ghosts of pre-2004 Avant-Garde Metal.




06. ULVER – Perdition City (2005)

Adryuu:
This album (and previous one and ep) changed my way of thinking and vision on music. Ulver is part of the story of my life.

Ulv:
one of the best (if not the best) pieces of sound I ever heard! It's not simple to picture an atmosphere of a big city at night (in the early hours when the sounds are rare and you hear them between fragments of sleep). "Gold is to give silence a form"

aVoid:
From the forest into the city, all by night. Though dated in sound and style today, the magic is still there for me.






07. KOROVAKILL – WaterHells (2001)

Oliver:
Dreamy and orchestral AG-metal crossed with a somptuously astrological symbolism.

aVoid:
Demise (?) of the Great #2. A hypnotizing journey through the depths of Oceans and Souls; has maybe lost some of its sparkle but still holds an important place in my life.

Jonny Lignano:
If Jesus met his evil twin brother and they'd make music it might sound like this album.








08. THORNS – Thorns (2001)

Oliver:
Dissonance, mechanical hypnosis and cosmic Black riffing. The historical importance of the band for AGM also kind of forced me to pick it up, as I'm quite sure the next one will be something big.

Adryuu:
Grimness has a new meaning.

aVoid:
Music which controls the spheres. Cold in a new form.








09. CYNIC – Traced In Air (2008)

Seth:
I’m just so happy that these guys are active again, and I think they made a really strong album. Meaningful fusion-metal in a pop structure. Tighter than a duck’s ass.

Jonny Lignano:
This album can be described in one word: "Alboom!".














10. ARCTURUS – Sideshow Symphonies (2005)

Tentakel P.:
Only because "La Masquerade Infernale" didn't come out this decade...

Adryuu:
I know, there's Simen on it, but I've played and even sung this a lot of times and will always be emotive for me. It's one of those special albums.













11. <CODE> – Nouveau Gloaming (2005)

Ulv:
retrogressive sepia dreams

Adryuu:
Impressive debut of the best and only noir/victorian brassdog metal band out there. Classy and classic.

aVoid:
A darker side of Britain. Foggy asylums and gas-lit laudanum junkies on the Victorian curb.











12. ABIGOR – Fractal Possession (2007)

Tentakel P.:
Pure Satanic Might. And easily one of the best BM-albums ever.

Adryuu:
A blacker, worthy twist to '666 International' for me, DHG are not the only ones that can handle construction through destruction.















13. UNEXPECT – In a Flesh Aquarium (2006)

Kevin Reichel:
It's such a huge, huge step, which Unexpect have taken, if you compare this album to their debut. The debut was creative, innovative and nice, this one is a piece of art. Jazz, circus music, gypsy sounds, dark/black/death metal and opera all sewed together to one impressive masterpiece

Jonny Lignano:
This album is very go(o)d. Pun intended.












14. MANES – How The World Came To An End (2007)

Ulv:
A turn after the middle of the decade: discarding all the rules and bonds

Jonny Lignano:
Though Kerry King/Queen Latifah is no real king/queen, if anyone from that band were called King/Queen he or she might be.















15. MAYHEM – Ordo Ad Chao (2007)

Oliver:
Black metal made into a labyrinth: a complete re-creation of what a musical structure is supposed to be, as to how it can serve the only purpose of Chaos. As if this wasn't enough, they went for a very controversial soundscape, which is genuine within the album's context as far as I'm concerned.

Ulv:
Their best and blackest album yet, the most shocking one this decade

Adryuu:
Dense horror art that for sure didn't pass unnoticed.

aVoid:
Blasphemer leaving Mayhem with not only a big bang, but a big crunch, where Time and Space folds together into the chaotic maelström of Attilla's throat. DARKNESS.




16. ENSLAVED - Vertebrae (2008)

Tentakel P.:
Getting better and better with each album, what else to say...

Thor:
...maybe that this band will win the 2015 soundcheck with a metal opera that even Sir John Lord would approve as nice piece of music?

Adryuu:
Admirable evolution in a band, the case of Enslaved.











17. ULVER – Blood Inside (2005)

Adryuu:
I know these Ulver go under Beyond, but FOAD. Blood Inside is The Album of the decade, probably.

Seth:
Metal? Not in the usual sense, but a fucking tremendous album looming on the very outer periphery. This thing is an entity. I can’t begin to imagine how these songs were put together. I was listening to this album on July 4 this year, out at my fish research camp, and when ‘Operator’ twinkled out the sound of nearby wolves howling the midnight sunset replaced it - a truly magical moment. Completion.

aVoid:
Baroque mastery. After years in Silence, Ulver turned loud. And how!






18. DEATHSPELL OMEGA - Kenose (2005)

aVoid:
The most important Black Metal-band of this decade, carving new paths both musically and thematically for the genre.

Ulv:
The most compact work of mind blowing complexity

Adryuu:
Haunting dissonant darkness and beauty... and lots of chaos to unleash.










19. OPETH - Watershed (2008)

Thor:
It's time for new Sorskogen-songs!

Adryuu:
Surprised by the great work at replacing Martín López at drums. Opeth seem to have found their track again, after a less inspired album, in my opinion.














20. KLABAUTAMANN - Merkur (2009)

Tentakel P.:
Never before has a new discovery had such a strong impact on me before.

Adryuu:
Merkur proves we will have to be aware of what Klabautamann does in the future, and seek their past, too!













...to be continued in the next decade...

Chrystof

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