My Top Ten post-2000 Metal albums

Since I did a top ten 80s Metal albums post, I better do a post on my top ten post-2000 Metal albums. Yeah, I’m an old Metalhead, but that doesn’t mean I don’t support today’s Metal. There are still plenty of Metal bands today that are excellent and need our moral and financial support.

So here it is. My top ten post-2000 Metal albums. Yes, 2000 may be old for you, but it’s new for me. Let’s not forget the bulk of my music comes from the 1800s. For instance, you might want to read my top five violin concertos of all-time list if you like Classical music.

10. High on Fire’s Luminiferous 2015

High on Fire hails from Oakland. So they’re a local band. Yet, I still haven’t seen them live or run into them in person. Shame on me. Great band. Great album. It’s what’s in my car right now and I’ve been listening to it over and over.

9. Opeth’s Blackwater Park 2001

I’m not a Prog guy. Skitz is. I’m not. So I can’t listen to Opeth all the time because their stuff is so long and depressing.

But I get it. They’re a great band. They have immense talent. And Mikael Åkerfeldt is one of the most innovative songwriters on the planet. I will duly note them as a band that has pushed the boundaries of Metal.

This is my favorite album of theirs.

8. High on Fire’s Snakes for the Divine 2010

I freaking love this album. Yes, their songs are also long. But they’re headbanging rather than Prog. I’m just not a Prog guy. Like I said, Skitz is, I’m not.

High on Fire is quickly becoming one of my favorite bands. And although they drink like Bukowski, they’re about as smart. Don’t underrate them lyrically.

7. Nightwish’s Century Child 2002

I love Nightwish. That said, don’t be comparing us to them. I have witnesses that I’ve been wanting to do some form of Symphonic Metal since 1989. Just never had the funds. Also, I orchestrate. They don’t. Let’s make that clear right now.

Still, I love Nightwish. And this is their second best album. I especially love “Ocean Soul.” I wish I got a chance to see them with Tarja. Saw them with Annette though.

6. HIM’s Love Metal 2003

I’m a minority here. I call HIM a Metal band. I could care less what other people call them. HIM is pretty much Metal for lovers. Thus, my wife and I really love them. We finally saw them in ’07.

5. Cradle of Filth’s Midian 2000

I unapologetically love Cradle of Filth and this was their best album. This isn’t the tour we saw them on though. We caught the Bitter Suites to Succubi tour, just missing this one. Despite missing this tour, they put on a hell of a show. You must see them live if you haven’t already.

My wife loves Clive Barker so lyrically, we really appreciated this album. Sonically, it’s fascinating. Cradle of Filth really cemented their sound with Midian.

4. Dimmu Borgir’s Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia 2001

When this album came out, it blew my mind. “Kings of Carnival Creation” to this day is one of my favorite songs. And I love their swagger. Who else can come up with a song called “Perfection or Vanity”?

California today’s full of wimps. We do have some MMA champs, but have you seen our universities? Feminazis and their beta male fan boys (who want to fuck them but never can close the deal) want to practically ban masculinity. So screw them. Dimmu Borgir may be in your face masculinity, but I’d much rather err on the side of overly masculine than beta male.

I’m bummed though that both Mustis and ICS Vortex are out of the band. Mustis is a good composer and ICS Vortex has a beautiful voice. His voice complimented Shagrath’s very well.

3. Judas Priest’s Angel of Retribution 2005

Priest is my favorite band of all-time. I like Ripper Owens, don’t get me wrong, but those two Ripper albums just weren’t that good. Therefore, it was a welcome surprise to hear Halford rejoined the band in ’03 or ’04.

We saw them on this tour and they were magical. They had it.

“Loch Ness” is my favorite song on this album, despite being over thirteen minutes long. They went backwards with this album and it worked. Sometimes, you have to return to what works. I rank this album almost up there with Painkiller, so I rank it #5 for Priest.

2. HIM’s Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights 2004

Sadly, HIM themselves do not like this album. They said that they let the record label make too many decisions. However, it’s my favorite HIM album, despite it being their lightest.

“In Joy and Sorrow,” “Pretending”, “Close to the Flame,” and “Love You Like I Do” are all perfect songs.

1. Nightwish’s Once 2004

Hands down best album of the decade, any genre. I’d call “Dark Side of the Moon” best album of the 70s, “Screaming for Vengeance” best album of the 80s, “OK Computer” best album of the 90s, and “Once” best album of the 2000s. It’s my favorite album since the 80s and by far the best thing Nightwish ever did.

Of course, Tarja got fired right after this tour ended. Bummer, because I didn’t even know who Nightwish was when she got fired.

When I first heard this album, I realized its greatness. I mean, immediately. Nothing sounded like it. “Ghost Love Score” and “White Night Fantasy” are two of my favorite songs all-time.

Roman lists his top 10 post-2000 Metal albums

Roman lists his top 10 post-2000 Metal albums


Roman is an artist, composer, writer, and travel junkie, and he can still throw a football

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