GMD Poll: Top Ten Albums of 1996

There was some pretty good power metal this year as well. Holy Land, Episode, Tunes of War, Planet E, to name a few. This will be a good year.
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Work in progress, probably forgot lots of gems:

1. Scald - Will of the Gods is Great Power
2. Katatonia - Brave Murder Day
3. Summoning - Dol Guldur
4. Bathory - Blood on Ice
5. Burzum - Filosofem
6. Nokturnal Mortum - Lunar Poetry
7. Adramelech - Psychostasia
8. Arcturus - Aspera Hiems Symfonia
9. Bal-Sagoth - Starfire Burned Upon the Ice-Veiled Throne of Ultima Thule
10. Forgotten Woods - The Curse of Mankind
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Fun year.

In order:

1. Sacramentum - Far Away from the Sun
2. Amorphis - Elegy
3. Bethlehem - Dictius te Necare
4. Opeth - Morningrise
5. Edge of Sanity - Crimson
6. Forgotten Woods - The Curse of Mankind
7. Lux Occulta - Forever Alone Immortal
8. Neurosis - Through Silver and Blood
9. Burzum - Filosofem
10. Abigor - Opus IV
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1. Annon Vin - A New Gate
2. Cryptopsy - None So Vile
3. Psychotic Waltz - Bleeding
4. Minas Tirith - The Art of Becoming
5. Bruce Dickinson - Skunkworks
6. Darkthrone - Goatlord
7. Thought Industry - Outer Space Is Just a Martini Away
8. Nevermore - The Politics of Ecstasy
9. Disciples of Power - Mechanikill
10. Sadist - Tribe

Good year for prog and alt metal, if not much else.
@HamburgerBoy considering your interest in that redneck Demigod album, have you heard Waltari - Yeah! Yeah! Die! Die! Death Metal Symphony in Deep C ? I think you may find it even more ambitious, and I'm curious to hear what you think.

Someone recommended it to me years ago but I never got around to it. I'll put it on the queue for the weekend, thanks.

i kinda love SKUNKWORKS but i'm pretty dubious about calling it metal, even if it has some metal moments.

Remove Filosofem from the game and I'll retract my Skunkworks vote.