* Nightwish - Oceanborn (1998)
Still one of the best metal albums whatsoever. It is purely ingenious, and without it... Well, symphonic metal wouldn't be as it is today. Also, it was the album that made me understand that metal is more than hitting a guitar and screaming. Lots of my lyrics and ideas to songs are inspired by this album.
* Hans Zimmer - Pirates of the Carribean III: At World's End (2007)
Hans Zimmer is one of my major influences and a great composer. I have only heard (listened to more than ten times per track) five of his soundtracks, yet this stands out from the rest clearly. Lots of exotic instruments, lots of wonderful ideas. You really understand how much Zimmer loves this.
* Dream Theater - Octavarium (2004)
Less is more? No way! More is less... no wait. But anyway, this album rocks, as do the band. …