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 Killadelphia
  10. DragonForce Inhuman Rampage

  11. Motorhead Kiss Of Death
  12. Agalloch (EP) The Grey EP
  13. Satyricon Now, Diabolical
  14. Cannibal Corpse Kill
  15. Deicide The Stench Of Redemption
  16. Enslaved Ruun
  17. Katatonia The Great Cold Distance
  18. Trivium The Crusade
  19. Amorphis Eclipse
  20. Strapping Young Lad The New Black
  21. Sodom Sodom
  22. Cradle Of Filth Thornography
  23. My Dying Bride A Line Of Deathless Kings
  24. Voivod Katorz
  25. Evergrey Monday Morning Apocalypse
  26. Into Eternity The Scattering Of Ashes
  27. Vader (EP) The Art Of War
  28. Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime II
  29. Isis In The Absence Of Truth
  30. Suffocation Suffocation
  31. Napalm Death Smear Campaign
  32. Lacuna Coil Karmacode
  33. Black Label Society Shot To Hell
  34. I Between Two Worlds
  35. Moonspell Memorial
  36. HammerFall Threshold
  37. The Haunted The Dead Eye
  38. Kataklysm In The Arms Of Devastation
  39. Darkthrone The Cult Is Alive
  40. Devin Townsend Band Synchestra
  41. Metal Church A Light In The Dark
  42. Dissection Reinkaos
  43. Venom Metal Black
  44. Edguy Rocket Ride
  45. Solitude Aeturnus Alone
  46. Sepultura Dante XXI
  47. Angra Aurora Consurgens
  48. Kalmah The Black Waltz
  49. Ministry Rio Grande Blood
  50. Manowar (EP) The Sons Of Odin
  51. Scar Symmetry Pitch Black Progress
  52. Ihsahn The Adversary
  53. Melechesh Emissaries
  54. Killswitch Engage As Daylight Dies
  55. Rage Speak Of The Dead
  56. Poisonblack Lust Stained Despair
  57. Sadus Out For Blood
  58. Borknagar Origin
  59. The Sword Age Of Winters
  60. Beyond Fear Beyond Fear
  61. Dio Holy Diver Live
  62. Korpiklaani Tales Along This Road
  63. Communic Waves Of Visual Decay
  64. Stone Sour Come What(ever) May
  65. Lordi The Arockalypse
  66. Bal-Sagoth The Chthonic Chronicles
  67. Decapitated Organic Hallucinosis
  68. Rhapsody Of Fire Triumph Or Agony
  69. Unexpect In A Flesh Aquarium
  70. Tankard The Beauty And The Beer
  71. Hatebreed Supremacy
  72. Zyklon Disintegrate
  73. The Gathering Home
  74. Arsis United In Regret
  75. Insomnium Above The Weeping World
  76. God Dethroned The Toxic Touch
  77. Summoning Oath Bound
  78. Unleashed Midvinterblot
  79. Keep Of Kalessin Armada
  80. Axxis Paradise In Flames
  81. Shadows Fall Fallout From The War
  82. Sonata Arctica For The Sake Of Revenge
  83. Gorgoroth Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam
  84. Green Carnation The Acoustic Verses
  85. Cult Of Luna Somewhere Along The Highway
  86. Dream Evil United
  87. Wolf The Black Flame
  88. Dismember The God That Never Was
  89. Falconer Northwind
  90. Belphegor Pestapokalypse VI
  91. Godsmack The Other Side
  92. Krisiun AssassiNation
  93. Circle II Circle Burden Of Truth
  94. Martyr Feeding The Abscess
  95. Vicious Rumors Warball
  96. Ensiferum (EP) Dragonheads
  97. Firewind Allegiance
  98. Witchery Don't Fear The Reaper
  99. Rob Zombie Educated Horses
  100. Goatwhore A Haunting Curse

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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