Next I'll go with a well known genre and one I bet most of us love several records (me included). None other than Traditional Heavy Metal:
Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973): Let me begin with the band that started it all and my favorite album from their catalogue (Paranoid is a...
Three great picks... especially Chimera. I dislike all other Mayhem albums but Chimera has something. Regarding Dissection it was left out by a thread and as much as I like The Somberlain I would go with Storm Of The Light's Bane.
Now here's a genre I like a ton of bands and albums... none other than Thrash Metal:
Slayer - Reign In Blood (1986): Now I often say while both Show No Mercy and Kill 'Em All already had sparkles of Thrash on it they are essentially Speed Metal records IMO. So I consider 1984 the year zero...
Next genre is on the opposite pole of the metal spectrum. Another one I'm not that much into either but also gave us some crazy good records: Black Metal. Here are my picks:
Bathory - Blood Fire Death (1988): Let's face it... Bathory (namely Quorthon - RIP) invented almost the entirety of the...
Self explanatory. Going to start this one with genres I am not too much attached. Let's kick it with Power Metal:
Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part 1 (1987): First and foremost Helloween since a) they're arguably the creators of the entire thing b) are by far the genre's band I like...
Tied with Dimension Hatross and Killing Technology as my favorite Voivod album: a true masterpiece. I simply adore this record... Hugely underrated IMO. But I wouldn't call it Thrash per se. I don't even know how to label it... all I know it's psychedelic, dissonant, prog and heavy as hell. Not...
Actually 5 out of my top ten thrash albums aren't even from the "big 4": Voivod's Dimension Hatross and Killing Technology are surely there, so does Kreator's Coma Of Souls, Testament's Low is a must include in my book and without shadow of doubt I'll go with Sabbat's History Of A Time To Come...
Time out! Time out! Time out! Time out! Am I so off the radar that not only have I completely ignored the fact Hawkwind had a new album but also they have been releasing albums throughout the last two decades????????? Man how could this go under my radar? And what I've listened from Somnia is...
Mixed feelings on this one for me. These are truly somber compositions (by far the darkest album by Mastodon so the tittle is absolutely on point) and that includes even the calmer stuff. The exceptions are Gigantium and Teardrinker, easily the more uplifting material here (nevertheless I don't...
Up till now there's already a fair amount of great releases:
Enslaved - Caravans To The Outer Worlds
Fear Factory - Aggression Continuum
Iron Maiden - Senjutsu
Radiohead - Kid Amnesia Exihbition
Cult Of Luna - The Raging River
EDIT: Hawkwind - Somnia (Thanks @The_7th_one)
Leaving here my 2020 top 10 (2021 is almost over and there are still some great some great albums upcoming - and from the two songs I've listened to I bet my fav will be released at the end of this month):
Paradise Lost - Obsidian (Doom/ Gothic Metal)
PG. Lost - Oscilate (Post Rock)
Here's mine (hard rock songs are strong on this one)
Quest For Fire
Hooks In You
Fear Is The Key
From Here To Eternity
Chains Of Misery
The Angel And The Gambler
Don't look to the Eyes of a Stranger
When Two Worlds Collide