Top Ten Lists - 2006



  1. Killing Joke Hosannas From The Basements Of Hell
  2. Stolen Babies There Be Squabbles Ahead
  3. The Provenance Red Flags
  4. Giant Squid Metridium Fields
  5. Estradasphere Palace Of Mirrors
  6. Unexpect In A Flesh Aquarium
  7. Motorhead Kiss Of Death
  8. Celtic Frost Monotheist
  9. Devin Townsend Band Synchestra
  10. Hammers Of Misfortune The Locust Years
  1. Iron Maiden A Matter Of Life And Death
  2. Slayer Christ Illusion
  3. Amon Amarth With Oden On Our Side
  4. Mastodon Blood Mountain
  5. In Flames Come Clarity
  6. Celtic Frost Monotheist
  7. Blind Guardian A Twist In The Myth
  8. Tool 10,000 Days
  9. Lamb Of God Sacrament
  10. Motorhead Kiss Of Death

  11. Agalloch (EP) The Grey EP
  12. DragonForce Inhuman Rampage
  13. Satyricon Now, Diabolical
  14. Enslaved Ruun
  15. Katatonia The Great Cold Distance
  16. Amorphis Eclipse
  17. Deicide The Stench Of Redemption
  18. Cannibal Corpse Kill
  19. Trivium The Crusade
  20. Sodom Sodom
  21. Voivod Katorz
  22. Strapping Young Lad The New Black
  23. My Dying Bride A Line Of Deathless Kings
  24. Evergrey Monday Morning Apocalypse
  25. Cradle Of Filth Thornography
  26. Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime II
  27. Into Eternity The Scattering Of Ashes
  28. Vader (EP) The Art Of War
  29. Isis In The Absence Of Truth
  30. Napalm Death Smear Campaign

My tastes in extreme music are becoming even more eclectic, as evidenced by the number of releases from The End, the oddball metal specialists. Still, there is some real metal here, including an appearance by Motorhead, a mere 24 years (!) since they last landed on my top ten list!

An interesting mix of predictability (Iron Maiden and Slayer fans vote very loyally) and surprises (Amon Amarth in particular) highlight this year's list so far. Motorhead hasn't been this high in the polls for some time, and it's deserving this year, as Kiss Of Death really is one of Lemmy's best albums in years.

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