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Curumbor Elendil's Top Twenty of 2004

That's right - 2004. I only just now feel comfortable making a top twenty list for the year before last. It's a good thing I waited, too, because I only finally purchased my top two CD's recently.

I'm going to give this list without comment, just my grade and a very brief description. If you want to see my opinions on these albums, check out the reviews.

1. Orphaned Land, Mabool - 8.8 (folk/neoclassical/progressive/death/doom)
2. Haggard, Eppur si Muove - 8.7 (baroque/medieval plus death metal)
3. Therion, Sirius B - 8.3 (symphonic)
4. Dragonforce, Sonic Firestorm - 8.3 (shred)
5. Into Eternity, Buried in Oblivion - 8.2 (prog death)
6. Amaran, Pristine in Bondage - 8.1 (very heavy power metal with female vocals)
7. Therion, Lemuria - 8.1 (symphonic)
8. My Dying Bride, Songs of Darkness, Words of Light - 8.1 (deathdoom)
9. Leaves' Eyes, Lovelorn - 8.0 (atmospheric, slightly doomy metal with female vocals)
10. Finntroll, Nattfodd - 8.0 (humppa plus death metal)
11. Yearning, Evershade - 8.0 (doom)
12. Cruachan, Pagan - 7.8 (folk)
13. Evergrey, The Inner Circle - 7.8 (dark power/prog)
14. Xandria, Ravenheart - 7.8 (gothic, female vocals)
15. TOC, Loss Angeles - 7.7 (heavy psychedelic prog)
16. Abydos, Abydos - 7.7 (light progressive/symphonic)
17. Shape of Despair, Illusion's Play - 7.6 (funeral doom)
18. Winds, The Imaginary Direction of Time - 7.6 (symphonic)
19. Greyswan, Thought-Tormented Minds - 7.6 (gothic doom)
20. Borknagar, Epic - 7.5 (progressive black)

January 8, 2006
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