Article - Steen´s Favorite Albums of 2005

Written by Steen

Hey, what was that?
That was another year, mate.
Oh, that was quick, do I get another go?
Sorry mate, that was it.

The list below shows my top 10 albums of 2005. All these come highly recommeded. If you think I missed something essential be sure to enlighten me with a comment.

Top 10 albums of 2005

1. Redemption - The Fullness Of Time - Read review by Tommy
Album of the year for me. This one has everything I want from a piece of music. It is challenging, filled with emotion and every element in the music just feels right. Sapphire is my song of the year.

2. Sieges Even - The Art Of Navigating By The Stars - Read review
Simply a wonderful album that you can grow old with. Beautiful is a word that doesn't even begin to cover what this album is.

3. Shadow Gallery - Room V - Read review
Impressive continuation of their classic Tyranny album. It managed to capture the same feeling on occassion but also stood on its own.

4. Kamelot - The Black Halo - Read review
Kamelot continue to evolve and they released one of their very best albums in 2005.

5. Ill Nino - One Nation Underground

My surprise of the year was this very impressive and quite unique genre-mix. A full review is coming soon.

6. Stream of Passion - Embrace The Storm
- Read review
This album holds a great experience if you give it a little time to sink in. The music is like a sea of emotions, with different moods washing over you with each wave.

7. Lanfear - aNother gOlden rAge - Read review
This album is a relentless ride through a realm of hellish Power Metal. The sound is amazingly full and I do not hesitate to call this the most powerful album of the year.

8. Allen Lande - The Battle - Read review by Alanna
Two fantastic vocalists unite for an unforgetable hour of melodic hard rock heaven.

9. Bon Jovi - Have A Nice Day - Read review by Tommy
The title says it all. If you want to get in a good mood, then give this album a listen. I'm still singing along to most of these songs today.

10. To/Die/For - IV - Read review
The band took a somewhat straighter path this time, leaving some of their electronic elements behind. A wrong decision in my opinion, but in spite of this the album still has some of the catchiest songs of the year. Lies, Fragmented and Endlessly have become staples in the back of my brain. All in all a rock solid offering of melancholic heavy rock.

Disappointment of the year

DeadSoul Tribe - The Dead Word
After devouring the Psychotic Waltz albums, Buddy Lackey's solo album and the past three DeadSoul Tribe albums with an ravenous appetite I spat this one back out again after a few nibbles. I find it lacking in every aspect. The intensity is almost gone and the music sounds uninspired. I'm sad to say that this one left me cold and unmoved.

Laugh of the year

SkyLark - Fairytales - Read review
Never has an album, that did not have the Monty Python moniker, had this many laugh out loud moments. Unfortunately all these laughs are unintentional and on count of the supremely bad music. Horrible, just horrible... Read the review for an extended insight into this travesty.

Discovery of the year

X Japan
There is nothing better than discovering an old band where you think "Wow, how did I not hear this band before". X Japan was one of those experiences that brought me back to my childhood in music, when I would discover new and exciting bands every second week.

Written by Steen
Friday, January 27, 2006

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Comment by Pat (Anonymous) - Friday, January 27, 2006
You haven't listened to Ghost Reveries yet?

Comment by Little Drummer Boy (Anonymous) - Saturday, January 28, 2006
Rather Surprising that Allan/Lande was not amoung the top three concidering your review of it. I would agree that Redemption would be #1. When that came out I figuered that would be a tough one to beat. Though there was a couple I had questioned on that list. I would have thrown in there C2C, DT, Epica and or Machine Men. But I have to admit I have not heard all on that list such as the SE or SP.

Comment by Steen (Staff) - Saturday, January 28, 2006
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@Pat: No, even though I bought the album several months ago I haven't given it the time it needs yet.

@Little Drummer Boy:
I didn't review Allen Lande, that was Alanna. While I think it's a great album I wouldn't rate it quite so high.

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Comment by Pat (Anonymous) - Saturday, January 28, 2006
Alright, you're in for a treat.

Comment by Little Drummer Boy (Anonymous) - Saturday, January 28, 2006
That would explain the 8th spot for Allen/Lande. I feel kind of sheepish now....

Comment by Ben@MetalReviews (Anonymous) - Monday, January 30, 2006

I like your list man it sorta looked like mine with the Bon Jovi and Redemption and Lanfear. The top pick for me though was Vanishing Point's new one. Hit me up man and are you gonna make a Statside journey for Prog Power this year?

Take care dude

Comment by Steen (Staff) - Monday, January 30, 2006
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@Little Drummer Boy: Baah baah baaaaahh... Sorry, couldn't help it :)

@Ben: Yo duuuuude!! I don't think I will make it to ProgPower this year either. Would love to see especially Pyramaze and Wastefall, but at the moment the trip is too expensive. Vanishing Point! Another addition to the list of releases that I missed out on...

Stay heavy!

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Monday, January 30, 2006

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