Albums of the Year 2006 - A rundown so far


Nov 17 2006, 23h46

We're fast approaching the end of the year, so I've begun to think about the best albums that have been released so far this year. This of course is not a final list, as there's still a couple of months to go, and I'll undoubtedly buy more music by then, but I want to get the beginnings of a list sorted out already.

I'll sort the albums quite loosely. I'll have a few "Album of the Year Contenders", and then go down in ranking with "Great Album", "Very Good Album", "Good Album" etc. I wont be numbering it at the moment, as that will be pretty tricky, so I'm putting that off for as long as possible =P

Album Of The Year - Possible Contenders:
Agalloch - Ashes Against the Grain
The Adversary
The Mars Volta - Amputechture
Blood in Our Wells
Novembre - Materia
Gorod - Leading Vision

Excellent Albums:
I - Between Two Worlds
Axamenta - Ever-Arch-I-Tech-Ture
Borknagar - Origin
Ljå - Til Avsky for Livet
Xasthur - Subliminal Genocide
Vesperian Sorrow - Regenesis Creation
sunnO))) & Boris - Altar

Great Albums:
Anaal Nathrakh - Eschaton
Amon Amarth - With Oden On Our Side
The Stench Of Redemption
A Line of Deathless Kings
Draconian - The Burning Halo
Murder Nature
Martyr - Feeding the Abscess
Blood Mountain

Good Albums:
Unleashed - Midvinterblot
10,000 Days
Spawn of Possession - Noctambulant
Sombre Chemin - Notre Heritage Ancestral
1349 - Hellfire
Arsis - United In Regret
Frost* - Milliontown
Iron Maiden - A Matter Of Life And Death
Sleep Terror - Probing Tranquility
Gazette - NIL
Moi dix Mois - Beyond The Gate

It's been a very good year for albums, and so there's alot of tough competition for the top spot. Although I've only classed many albums as "Good", this is only relative to some of the exceptional releases we've had this year, and they're still amazing albums.


  • Jc1990

    The Axamenta album is, as you said, excellent. I've never liked Black Metal but the crossover they've done with the Prog and etc... its awesome. :P

    Nov 20 2006, 17h10
  • metalmicky

    I must check some of those out..have a look at my list..

    Nov 21 2006, 17h57
  • Shattered354

    Jc1990, yeah, I know what you mean. They really do the mix well. Prog when mixed with other extreme genres often results in some of my favourite music.

    Nov 21 2006, 22h20
  • spacehxc

    the 1349 album came out in 2005, although it is an awesome album pretty sweet list, i agree with most of these with you being such a huge death metal fan i thought i would see decapitated - organic halucinosis and anata - th econductor's departure on your list. great tech-death albums

    Dez 6 2006, 0h14
  • Shattered354

    Ah, I must have just mistagged the 1349 album then. And I've heard about both those albums, and have been meaning to get them, it's just I have a long list of bands to get through. I may still pick them up before the year is out though.

    Dez 6 2006, 18h20
  • Tremulant_

    great lists, but 10,000 days should be a contender for great or excellent ;)

    Jun 13 2007, 12h05
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