Top 20: John Haseltine
01. Amorphis – Queen of Time
Amorphis have been out doing themselves album by album for many years now. While I am not sure Queen of Time surpasses Under The Red Cloud, it is chalked full of instant classics. Very memorable and sing along verses while still holding on to some of that brutal sound they were born with.
02. Graveshadow – Ambition’s Price
This album shocked me by not only being a great melodic death/power/symphonic metal band, but they are from the U.S. Not necessarily a plus, but a shocker! Within a genre that has been a bit saturated over the years, Graveshadow’s music struck me as the most original sounding while on the boarder of their influences.
03. Judas Priest – Firepower
The mighty Priest gave us a worthy album that ranks up there with some of their best modern Priest albums. It is amazing how they have released 2 great albums after trying to call it quits. For us fans, let’s hope they have a couple more in them and do not try to streach things out too long.
04. Icarus Witch – Goodbye Cruel World
05. Manticora – To Kill To Live To Kill
06. Blackwulf – Sinister Sides
07. Doomed – 6 Anti-Odes To Life
08. Haunt – Burst Into Flame
09. Loudness – Rise To Glory
10. Ashes Of Ares – Well Of Souls
11. Graveyard – Peace
12. Lucifer – Lucifer II
13. Blade Killer – High Risk
14. Sinaya – Maze Of Madness
15. Saber Tiger – Obscure Diversity
16. Eyes of the Living – War On Dead
17. Oubliette – The Passage
18. Riot V – Armor Of Light
19. Glanville – First Blood
20. Crystal Ball – Crystallizer