Top Ten Lists - 2005



  1. The Provenance How Would You Like To Be Spat At
  2. Frantic Bleep The Sense Apparatus
  3. Primordial The Gathering Wilderness
  4. Opeth Ghost Reveries
  5. Tristania Ashes
  6. Cemetary Phantasma
  7. Moonsorrow Verisäkeet
  8. Silent Stream Of Godless Elegy Relic Dances
  9. Mahavatar Go With The No!
  10. Carnival In Coal Collection Prestige
  1. Opeth Ghost Reveries
  2. Nevermore This Godless Endeavor
  3. Judas Priest Angel Of Retribution
  4. Exodus Shovel Headed Kill Machine
  5. Kreator Enemy Of God
  6. Arch Enemy Doomsday Machine
  7. System Of A Down Mezmerize
  8. Dark Tranquillity Character
  9. Children Of Bodom Are You Dead Yet?
  10. Bruce Dickinson Tyranny Of Souls

  11. Nile Annihilation Of The Wicked
  12. Dream Theater Octavarium
  13. Candlemass Candlemass
  14. Slipknot 9.0 Live
  15. Helloween Keeper Of The Seven Keys - The Legacy
  16. Annihilator Schizo Deluxe
  17. Iron Maiden Death On The Road
  18. Demons & Wizards Touched By The Crimson King
  19. Hypocrisy Virus
  20. Strapping Young Lad Alien
  21. Kamelot The Black Halo
  22. Overkill RelixIV
  23. Soilwork Stabbing The Drama
  24. Trivium Ascendancy
  25. Obituary Frozen In Time
  26. Bolt Thrower Those Once Loyal
  27. Black Label Society Mafia
  28. Rammstein Rosenrot
  29. Cryptopsy One Was Not
  30. Arcturus Sideshow Symphonies
  31. Dimmu Borgir Stormblåst
  32. Napalm Death The Code Is Red ... Long Live The Code
  33. HammerFall Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken
  34. Soulfly Dark Ages
  35. Meshuggah Catch 33
  36. Chimaira Chimaira
  37. Corrosion Of Conformity In The Arms Of God
  38. Sentenced The Funeral Album
  39. 1349 Hellfire
  40. Disturbed Ten Thousand Fists
  41. Testament Live In London
  42. Gamma Ray Majestic
  43. Yngwie Malmsteen Unleash The Fury
  44. Destruction Inventor Of Evil
  45. Moonsorrow Verisäkeet
  46. Fear Factory Transgression
  47. Old Man's Child Vermin
  48. Grave Digger The Last Supper
  49. Akercocke Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone
  50. Redemption The Fullness Of Time
  51. Hate Eternal I, Monarch
  52. Paradise Lost Paradise Lost
  53. Cathedral The Garden Of Unearthly Delights
  54. DevilDriver The Fury Of Our Maker's Hand
  55. Stratovarius Stratovarius
  56. Masterplan Aeronautics
  57. Mudvayne Lost And Found
  58. God Forbid IV: Constitution Of Treason
  59. Primordial The Gathering Wilderness
  60. Six Feet Under 13
  61. Primal Fear Seven Seals
  62. Black Dahlia Murder Miasma
  63. Brainstorm Liquid Monster
  64. Audioslave Out Of Exile
  65. Queens Of The Stone Age Lullabies To Paralyze
  66. Dark Funeral Attera Totus Sanctus
  67. High On Fire Blessed Black Wings
  68. Running Wild Live 2002
  69. Naglfar Pariah
  70. Alice Cooper Dirty Diamonds
  71. Clutch Robot Hive/Exodus
  72. Biomechanical Empires Of The World
  73. H.I.M. Dark Light
  74. Falkenbach Heralding - The Fireblade
  75. Epica Consign To Oblivion
  76. Darkane Layers Of Lies
  77. Tristania Ashes
  78. Pelican The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw
  79. Flotsam & Jetsam Dreams Of Death
  80. Avenged Sevenfold City Of Evil
  81. Immolation Harnessing Ruin
  82. Crowbar Lifesblood For The Downtrodden
  83. Static-X Start A War
  84. Novembers Doom The Pale Haunt Departure
  85. Ulver Blood Inside
  86. Green Carnation The Quiet Offspring
  87. Communic Conspiracy In Mind
  88. Pagan's Mind Enigmatic: Calling
  89. Spiritual Beggars Demons
  90. Nightrage Descent Into Chaos
  91. Dragonlord Black Wings Of Destiny
  92. Fantômas Suspended Animation
  93. Shadow Gallery Room V
  94. Leaves' Eyes (EP) Elegy
  95. Nuclear Assault Third World Genocide
  96. Sepultura Live In São Paulo
  97. Hatesphere The Sickness Within
  98. Edguy (EP) Superheroes
  99. Nocturnal Rites Grand Illusion

Comparatively speaking, this list is about the same quality-wise as last year's, but a step below 2003 and several steps below 2001, still by far the best year of the new millennium.

Opeth does it again -- they are practically unstoppable at this stage of their career. The BNR prediction for top album, Judas Priest's Angel Of Retribution, does make a solid showing. Note: due to an unfortunate error in the early version of the voting page, both of System Of A Down's albums were counted as one. Thus, the position of Mezmerize is not accurate with respect to the other albums. In time, this may be corrected. Still, an interesting year for metal.

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