Top Ten Lists - 1998



  1. The Gathering How To Measure A Planet?
  2. Theatre Of Tragedy Aegis
  3. Opera IX Sacro Culto
  4. Hades $avior$elf
  5. Witchery Restless & Dead
  6. System Of A Down System Of A Down
  7. Candlemass Dactylis Glomerata
  8. Bal-Sagoth Battle Magic
  9. Queens Of The Stone Age Queens Of The Stone Age
  10. Spiritual Beggars Mantra III
  1. Iced Earth Something Wicked This Way Comes
  2. Slayer Diabolus In Musica
  3. Fear Factory Obsolete
  4. Bruce Dickinson The Chemical Wedding
  5. Cradle Of Filth Cruelty And The Beast
  6. Death Sound Of Perseverance
  7. Blind Guardian Nightfall In Middle Earth
  8. HammerFall Legacy Of Kings
  9. Helloween Better Than Raw
  10. Iron Maiden Live At Donnington

  11. Stratovarius Destiny
  12. Metallica Garage Inc.
  13. Korn Follow The Leader
  14. Therion Vovin
  15. Soulfly Soulfly
  16. Anathema Alternative 4
  17. Rhapsody Of Fire Symphony Of Enchanted Lands
  18. King Diamond Voodoo
  19. Theatre Of Tragedy Aegis
  20. Sepultura Against
  21. The Gathering How To Measure A Planet?
  22. Angra Fireworks
  23. Witchery Restless & Dead
  24. Black Sabbath Reunion
  25. Symphony X Twilight In Olympus
  26. Cannibal Corpse Gallery Of Suicide
  27. Sentenced Frozen
  28. Meshuggah Chaosphere
  29. System Of A Down System Of A Down
  30. Arch Enemy Stigmata
  31. Judas Priest 98 Live Meltdown
  32. Gorguts Obscura
  33. Nightwish Oceanborn
  34. Mercyful Fate Dead Again
  35. Edguy Vain Glory Opera
  36. Crowbar Odd Fellows Rest
  37. Clutch Elephant Riders
  38. Ayreon Into The Electric Castle
  39. Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse
  40. Moonspell Sin / Pecado
  41. My Dying Bride 34.788% ... Complete
  42. Cryptopsy Whisper Supremacy
  43. Motorhead Snake Bite Love
  44. Rage In Vain I - III
  45. Monster Magnet Powertrip
  46. Marilyn Manson Mechanical Animals
  47. The Haunted The Haunted
  48. Blue Oyster Cult Heaven Forbid
  49. Nocturnal Rites Tales Of Mystery And Imagination
  50. Nothingface An Audio Guide To Everyday Atrocity
  51. Dimmu Borgir Godless Savage Garden
  52. Stuck Mojo Rising
  53. Nile Amongst The Catacombs Of Nephren-Ka
  54. Fates Warning Still Life
  55. Soilent Green Sewn Mouth Secrets
  56. Running Wild The Rivalry
  57. Destiny's End Breathe Deep The Dark
  58. Rob Zombie Hellbilly Deluxe
  59. Labyrinth Return To Heaven Denied
  60. Jag Panzer Age Of Mastery
  61. Virgin Steele Invictus
  62. Ancient Rites Fatherland
  63. Candlemass Dactylis Glomerata
  64. Borknagar The Archaic Course
  65. Bethlehem S.U.I.Z.I.D.
  66. Voivod Kronik
  67. Royal Hunt The Best Live
  68. Himinbjorg Where Ravens Fly
  69. Samael (EP) Exodus
  70. Katatonia Discouraged Ones
  71. Moontower
  72. Pain Of Salvation One Hour By The Concrete Lake
  73. Solitude Aeturnus Adagio
  74. Pro-Pain Pro-Pain
  75. Grave Digger Knights Of The Cross

As is typical in recent years, my top ten have practically nothing in common with the Internet's top ten. Another year with no clear #1, and several good (rather than great) albums. Nice to see some old friends with strong comebacks, though (Hades, Candlemass).

Not many surprises (except Iron Maiden, arguably a vote for the band rather than the album), as power metal, mostly of the Euro variety, has the upper hand here.

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