Desert Island Albums

By Torniojaws Torniojaws
updated about 1 year ago

These are the famous desert island albums for me, ie. if I could only bring certain albums to an island and could never listen to any other albums. These are the cream of the crop for me. In no special order.

  1. Dead Can Dance - Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun

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    Such wonder and mystery. The first time I heard it, I knew it was something truly special. Magic and dark in an ambient way.

  2. Darkspace - Dark Space III

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    Most of black metal is fairly similar across bands. Not in this case. This album has exactly zero dull moments and exemplifies how artistic and complex black metal at best can be. A perfect blend of the extreme, the sinister, and the low key. It's more like a piece of art than just music.

  3. Dargaard - In Nomine Aeternitatis

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    Neoclassical can range from boring to magical. This piece is on the magical end, and beyond. It has the perfect blend of ambience, gothic elements and majestic compositions. It's the perfect mid-winter album, when the snow and darkness are at their ultimate.

  4. Strapping Young Lad - City

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    Very rarely, even in the case of the man himself, does extreme metal stay interesting across times. Many of the greatest albums in the genre will eventually taper off into not-listeningness. Not this gem. Sheer chaos, but done so professionally and aggressively with intricate compositions.

  5. Steril (2) - Egoism

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    A peculiar piece in the electronic genre. It is a most careful mixture of darkness, energy and metal, put in a mixer with almost dark ambient level atmosphere. And topped off with a healthy does of awesome and creative melodies. Such variety yet so focused. Not a dull moment from beginning to the end.

  6. Fear Factory - Demanufacture

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    The ultimate album for me, ever. Even 23 years later, it still sounds fresh and modern. The production is sheer perfection and the songs still ring true today. I have probably ripped off of every synth, riff, and part in one way or the other from this piece of musical history. It is still the album I compare other metal albums to.