Yearlist 2001:

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My Dying Bride - The Dreadful Hours
Score: 10/10
Usually when listening to a new My Dying Bride album first I hate it, then I have to listen to it some more, and then I get completely addicted to it. This album wasn't so, I think the style here is so similar to The Light... that there was nothing I had to get used to, I just liked it from the first time I heard it. I guess I'm also a bit disappointed by this, that there are no big surprises style-wise, just more of the same. Though after quite some listens I did discover more and more beautiful things in it. Well, the title track is just great, the "filie..." song is quite unlike anything they've ever done and after some months "The deepest of all hearts" also sounds better everytime I hear it. "Then return to the beautiful" is of course a remake of "The return of the beautiful" from their debut album. It sounds a bit different, not better nor worse, but I do think it's a shame they didn't make it differ more from the original, like the two "Sear Me" remakes. Ah well, still it's just another masterpiece of the gods of doom...
 
Asgaroth
Red Shift

Score: 10/10
 
Alastis
Unity
Score: 10/10
 
Various
Originators of the Northern Darkness - A Tribute to Mayhem
Score: 10/10
 
Opeth - Blackwater Park
Score: 10/10
And again Opeth manages to surprise me. Still Life kind of disappointed me, and if their sound developed furter in the direction they were going with that album it could actually become quite bad. But no, this albums seems to take a big step back to Morningrise. Beautiful long song stuffed full with melodies, emotions and lots of variation. It's also got a bit of 'the songs just go on and on' feeling which makes it for me not as good as My Arms... yet still a great album, one of the best this year!!!
 
Lacrimas Profundere
Burning: a Wish
Score: 10/10
 
Shape Of Despair
Angels of Distress
Score: 10/10
 
Green Carnation
Light of Day, Day of Darkness
Score: 10/10
 
Graveworm
Scourge of Malice

Score: 10/10
 
Hollenthon - With Vilest of Worms to Dwell
Score: 10/10
Aaah it's nice to hear something original agin in this time where everything in metal has been done a million times before. Hollenthon is of course the band led by Pungent Stench's frontman Martin Schirenc, and in this band the death metal is much more melodic and slower and filled with choirs, keyboards and other instruments. It reminds maybe of Therion's "Theli" but still a bit more death metal oriented. I think this album is as good as the previous album in terms of originality but that with its better songwriting and production it's one of the best albums of this year!
 
Wyrd
Heathen

Score: 10/10
 
Aeba
Rebellion: Edens Asche
Score: 10/10
 
...And Oceans
Allotropic / Metamorphic - Genesis of Dimorphism

Score: 10/10
 
The Elysian Fields
12 Ablaze
Score: 10/10
 
Melechesh
Djinn
Score: 10/10
 
The Provenance
25th Hour; Bleeding
Score: 10/10
 
Eternal Mourning
Delusion & Dementia
Score: 10/10
 
Elegeion
Through the Eyes of Regret
Score: 10/10
 
Oathean
Ten Days In Lachrymation

Score: 9.5/10
 
Novembre
Novembrine Waltz

Score: 9.5/10
 
21Obsidian Gate
Colossal Christhunt
Score: 9.5/10
 
Argentum
Stigma Mortuorum

Score: 9.5/10
22
 
23Fenris
Offerings to the hunger
Score: 9.5/10
 
Summoning
Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame
Score: 9.5/10
24
 
25Diabolical Masquerade
Death's Design

Score: 9.5/10
 
Cryptal Darkness
Chapter II The Fallen
Score: 9.5/10
26
 
27The Saints Of Eden
Proteus
Score: 9.5/10
 
Root
Black Seal
Score: 9.5/10
28
 
29Thirdmoon
Sworn Enemy: Heaven
Score: 9.5/10
 
Ancient
Proxima Centauri

Score: 9.5/10
30
 
31MacBeth
Vanitas
Score: 9.5/10
 
Diablerie
Seraphyde

Score: 9.5/10
32
 
33Windir
1184

Score: 9.5/10
 
Dimmu Borgir
Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia

Score: 9/10
34
 
35Fear Factory
Digimortal

Score: 9/10
 
Moonsorrow
Voimasta Ja Kunniasta

Score: 9/10
36
 
37Sear Bliss - Grand Destiny
Score: 9/10
Compared to the previous Sear Bliss album "The Haunting", this one is less experimental. With songs that are faster and more straightforward it gives more of a death metal feel, yet still with lots of slower doomy and black metal parts. The big change in sound is also due to all the changes in the line-up, with only singer András and drummer Zoltán the only remaining original members. This isn't all bad though, especially the bigger brass section gives the music something special, and though changed a lot, it still has the Sear Bliss atmosphere...
 
Moonsorrow
Suden Uni

Score: 9/10
38
 
39Sigh
Imaginary Sonicscape
Score: 9/10
 
Mourning Beloveth
Dust

Score: 9/10
40
 
41Avrigus
The Secret Kingdom
Score: 9/10
 
The Sins Of Thy Beloved
Live

Score: 9/10
42
 
43Paradigma
The Beckoning of Lost Light
Score: 9/10
 
Sunwheel
Prophecies Of Aryan Moon (as Swastyka) (demo)
Score: 9/10
44
 
45Cradle Of Filth
Bitter Suites To Succubi
Score: 9/10
 
Finntroll
Jaktens Tid
Score: 9/10
46
 
47Dismal Euphony
Python Zero
Score: 9/10
 
Ajattara
Itse
Score: 9/10
48
 
49Shining
II: Livets Ändhållplats
Score: 9/10
 
Borknagar
Empiricism
Score: 9/10
50
 
51Moonspell - Darkness and Hope
Score: 9/10
It seems that after the more experimental "Butterfly Effect" Moonspell returns to their usual sound. Not as soft as Sin/Pecado but more in the direction of Irreligious, some soft gothicrock type songs and some faster metal songs. Still it's sometimes a bit too boring for me, but at least it's better than Sin/Pecado. Just a shame that they didn't continue with their industrial influences from the Butterfly Effect.
 
Ensiferum
Ensiferum
Score: 9/10
52
 
53Love Lies Bleeding
S.I.N.
Score: 9/10
 
Fog
Through the Eyes of Night... Winged They Come
Score: 9/10
54
 
55Dolorian
Dolorian
Score: 9/10
 
Vesperian Sorrow
Psychotic Sculpture
Score: 9/10
56
 
57Dunkelgrafen
Triumph des Fleisches
Score: 9/10
 
Sirius
Spectral Transition - Dimension Sirius
Score: 8.5/10
58
 
59Darkside
Cognitive Dissonance
Score: 8.5/10
 
Ancient
God Loves the Dead

Score: 8.5/10
60
 
61Mörk Gryning
Maelstrom Chaos
Score: 8.5/10
 
Godgory
Way Beyond
Score: 8.5/10
62
 
63Emancer
Utopian Illusions
Score: 8.5/10
 
Emperor
Prometheus - The Discipline of Fire & Demise

Score: 8.5/10
64
 
65Immemorial (POL)
Monologue
Score: 8.5/10
 
Silentium
Altum
Score: 8.5/10
66
 
67Nagelfar
Virus West
Score: 8.5/10
 
Trollheim's Grott
Bizarre Troll Technology
Score: 8.5/10
68
 
69Dorn
Brennende Kälte
Score: 8.5/10
 
Oath Of Cirion
Dragonmagick
Score: 8.5/10
70
 
71Nebular Moon
Metamorphosis
Score: 8.5/10
 
Disbelief
Worst Enemy
Score: 8.5/10
72
 
73Morgul
Sketch of Supposed Murderer
Score: 8.5/10
 
Siebenbürgen
Plagued Be Thy Angel

Score: 8.5/10
74
 
75Horna
Sudentaival
Score: 8.5/10
 
Alas
Absolute Purity
Score: 8.5/10
76
 
77Eisregen
Farbenfinsternis
Score: 8/10
 
Amon Amarth
The Crusher

Score: 8/10
78
 
79Aeternus
Ascension Of Terror
Score: 8/10
 
Dragonlord
Rapture
Score: 8/10
80
 
81Atman
Psy Atman
Score: 8/10
 
After Forever
Decipher
Score: 8/10
82
 
83Stone Wings
Dreamscapes (as Elysium)
Score: 8/10
 
Arthemesia
Devs - Iratvs
Score: 8/10
84
 
85Sacred Sin
Translucid Dream Mirror
Score: 8/10
 
Dargaard
The Dissolution of Eternity
Score: 8/10
86
 
87Bal-Sagoth
Atlantis Ascendant
Score: 8/10
 
Therion
Secret of the Runes
Score: 8/10
88
 
89Hades Almighty
The Pulse of Decay

Score: 8/10
 
Traumatic Voyage
Überlebenskunst
Score: 8/10
90
 
91Virgin Black
Sombre Romantic

Score: 7.5/10
 
Aes Dana
La Chasse Sauvage
Score: 7.5/10
92
 
93Runemagick
Dark Live Magick
Score: 7.5/10
 
Aeternus
Burning the Shroud
Score: 7.5/10
94
 
95Nachtfalke
Hail Victory Teutonia
Score: 7.5/10
 
Agathodaimon
Chapter III
Score: 7.5/10
96
 
97Madder Mortem
All Flesh Is Grass
Score: 7.5/10
 
Twin Obscenity
Bloodstone
Score: 7.5/10
98
 
99Haggard
Awaking the Gods - Live in Mexico
Score: 7.5/10
 
Amortis
Gift of Tongues

Score: 7.5/10
100


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