Best albums of 2009


5. Dez. 2009, 23:35

1. EnsiferumFrom Afar (Epic Folk/Symphonic Finnish Melodic Death Metal) 10/10

Still on the run, still on the Throne, Ensiferum are moving from great to incredibly perfect, refining their skill and music more and more with every new release. This is no exception and, while Victory Songs was just a raw masterpiece of new era of the band, From Afar is a mature and bloody awesome album with everything you can ever need of Ensiferum — utterly epic chants to be stunned with, magnificent choruses to sing along, insanely catchy melodies with folk and metal elements blended to drive you mad and with lots of new things on board as well to surprise and astonish.

2. Disarmonia MundiThe Isolation Game (Modern Melodic Death Metal) 9,5/10

Reincarnated back to their rushing, bonegrinding and mindblowing modern melodic death style of the FoD-era, Disarmonia Mundi created another masterpiece in the genre and proved their leading positions. Lacerating your soul, just following the chorus of the respective song, this album will be injected straight to your brains and will spread like a deadly virus into every part of your body. Fast, extremely agressive and deadly melodic, it shows best sides of band's creativity and brilliance.

3. Disarmonia MundiThe Restless Memoirs (EP) (Modern Melodic Death Metal) 9,5/10

Never saw one band featured in the top-charts twice? Time to face that! Re-recorded material off from Nebularium till Mind Tricks era sounds exactly like pre-FoD testing stages, with all the same unbelievable combination of ten thousand various vocal types on the sq. m. of the music, same devastating melodic sense and loads of versatility. From the killing Across The Burning Surface to the tranquil Ghost Song, this short excerpt of the band's past sounds maybe even better than its present day.

4. ConquestEmpire (Power Metal) 9,5/10

A surprisingly excellent album from this Ukrainian band features no brand new solutions or elements, just the good old classical power metal with its traditional high-pitched vocals, beautiful melodies and anthemic choruses. But this time every component of the well-known recipie is taken ten times over the edge with almost no flaws or drawbacks in the final result.

5. Finsterforst...zum Tode hin (Epic Folk Metal) 9/10

Something that could be called more folkish version of Moonsorrow, Finsterforst still have their own unique way of creating epic and melodic music with deep atmosphere running throughout the whole work. Not for everyday listening, this album still shows vast potential on its own and of the band's future creativity.

6. DelainApril Rain (Symphonic Metal) 9/10

Something really special for female-fronted symphonic metal, this album shows much of a fresh vibe and a gentle touch of spring. Extremely high concentration of catchiness and Charlotte's unique and soft voice gives a wonderful result called April Rain.

7. Dead by AprilDead by April (Modern Metal) 9/10

A long-awaited debut album of Dead By April turned out to be an irreproachable example of modern metal, where every song is a hit and every song is made so that it can't be changed to become better even a bit. What is this band capable of in future, one could just ponder of.

8. Eternal Tears of SorrowChildren of the Dark Waters (Symphonic/Finnish Melodic Death Metal) 8,5/10

Back from the ashes in 2005, EToS keep reigning in symphonic/melodic death metal area and will most likely do that and in future. A lot more deep, dark and mysterious effort than bright and colourful BtBS, this album is totally represented by its cover-art.

9. InsomniumAcross the Dark (Melodic Death Metal) 8,5/10

With their new luxurous lead guitar playing, Insomnium made a huge step forward with Across The Dark, featuring still atmospheric, yet now memorable and non-homogeneous tunes of sorrow and grief. An anthem of Finnish metal in general, just like the previous item in this list, the album is a perfect soundtracks for rainy autumn nights.

10. WinterbornFarewell To Saints (Power/Heavy Metal) 8,5/10

Something really queer and bizarre in the power metal field, this thing most likely won't be noticed by many fans even of the genre. Still, with lots of hidden treasures inside, it can easily strike the one who will give it a really closer look. An eclectic interlacements of many styles and moods united with one general idea, a symbiosis of many essences, this sophomore effort of yet another promising Finnish band gives us much to delve into right now and even more hopes for the future.


  • within_darkness

    Loooool, four albums on which we agree O_O Now that's something pretty new. I'd also love to add "unexpectable", but somehow it won't reflect the truth. XDD

    6. Dez. 2009, 14:04
  • Meat_Wolf

    Yeah, last year it was three or something, so we've made some progress. And hah, three, concerning your E/E cheating, which was totally inacceptable, by the way!

    6. Dez. 2009, 14:14
  • TearedSoul

    Целое ОДНО совпадение (и даже позиции близкие, хехе). Для десятки это не так уж мало!

    7. Dez. 2009, 20:28
  • Meat_Wolf

    Да я уж видел и знаю, какое именно :D Но, кстати, я бы ещё упомянул и Аморфис, и ТоТ, просто места не хватило в десятке :)

    8. Dez. 2009, 17:59
  • Lantar

    Со смешанными чувствами читал этот Top 10... Много хороших альбомов упомянуто, но неужели эти Conquest круче чем Celesty или Crystallion?) Третье место отдать не альбому, а EP это оригинально:D А вообще очень интересный топ, да.

    10. Dez. 2009, 18:23
  • Meat_Wolf

    Да, этот Конквест действительно покруче! ^^ Селести вначале вызывали весьма положительные эмоции, но в итоге сильно поблекли к концу года. Кристаллион вообще для меня на такой уровеь, увы, не наиграли. Дизармония — это культ, что тут сказать! А вообще интересно было бы почитать твой топ :Р

    10. Dez. 2009, 19:40
  • Lantar

    Эх, меня с каждым прослушиванием новый Конквест всё меньше радует. По моему у украинцев Sunrise куда круче новый материал, только в этом году вряд ли они успеют альбом выпустить. Дизармония меня вообще разочаровала( А над своим топом я вовсю работаю. Странный на релизы год был, даже первую тройку мне тяжело составить...

    10. Dez. 2009, 21:24
  • Meat_Wolf

    Ну, мнения совпадают не всегда, не всегда. Буду с интересом ждать.

    11. Dez. 2009, 21:00
  • Lantar

    Я надеюсь тебе плохо не будет от моего топа. Сразу предупреждаю прога там достаточно)

    12. Dez. 2009, 0:00
  • Meat_Wolf

    Нетрудно догадаться :Р

    12. Dez. 2009, 9:13
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