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Paulo J. Mendes
Musician at: Caedeous

1. Cradle Of Filth - Dusk And Her Embrace
2. Dimmu Borgir - Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
3. Tvangeste - Damnation Of Regiomontum
4. Moonspell - Wolfheart
5. Fleshgod Apocalypse - King

"Hard task to narrow down tons of albums that I love so much into a list of TOP 5, I mean how it is possible with so many good artists and bands that have influenced me so much... quickly shuffling into my head I managed to get this five albums which absolulety are a must have on my playlists which are still fresh since I first listened to them."


Fabio Arcangeli
Musician at: Deadly Carnage, Omega

1. Drudkh - Blood In Our Wells
2. Alcest - Les Voyages de l’Ame
3. Wolves In The Throne Room – Celestial Lineage
4. If These Trees Could Talk - Above The Earth Below The Sky
5. Spite Extreme Wing - Vltra

"It's really hard to choose only five albums from my large collection, but I have always loved atmospheric music that transports me to another dimension and these albums are perfect for this purpose and I could never do without them."


Emilio Crespo
Musician at: Sojourner

1. Draconian - Arcane Rain Fell
"This album is the epitome of doom in my eyes. It is perfect in every aspect. Entrancing, heavy, melancholic, aggressive and beautiful. This is without a doubt my favourite band of all time and the best album to ever grace music."
2. Caladan Brood - Echoes Of Battle
"As a huge Summoning fan I have to say that Caladan Brood bested the fathers of the genre. This album is simply sublime. The best album not made by Summoning."
3. Doom:VS - Dead Words Speak
"Another doomy trip through despair and anguish created by the mastermind behind Draconian, Johan Ericson. This album will have you longing for a light at the end of the tunnel, yet there none is to be found."
4. Epica - Design Your Universe
"The best symphonic metal album ever. What separates Epica from all the generic symphonic "female" bands out there is their identity. They actually have one. They are an actual symphonic metal band.
5. Wolves In The Throne Room - Two Hunters
"Cascadian, atmospheric (hipster) or whatever else you want to call it, this album encompasses all that I look for in my black metal. It fucking kills."

"This list was definitely not an easy task. Whenever you are asked to do these you feel as if you are not valuing all the other hundreds of albums you love. For the sake of keeping it in metal I have only listed albums of the genre. I want also thank Terra Relicta for having me on this article. For those who may be interested, check out Sojourner. We just released our second album, The Shadowed Road, via Avantgarde Music. There is also a cassette release available through Folkvangr Records."


Musician at: Mortiis, ex-Emperor, ex-Vond, ex-Fata Morgana, ex-Cintecele Diavolui

1. Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
2. Ministry - The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste
3. W.A.S.P. - W.A.S.P.
4. Venom - Welcome To Hell
5. David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars

"This are the albums that somehow meant the most to me during various stages of my life. Well, Nine Inch Nails and Ministry were hugely important to me in the second half on the 90s and early 2000s when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my music, and it was inspiring to see that other people were ventilating their anger and frustration over life, the world, etc into their music.
W.A.S.P. was the biggest thing for me as a kid, after KISS, especially as I was growing up, and looking for something that was perhaps a bit less "cartoonish" than KISS, but still larger than life stylistically/visually, and W.A.S.P. just filled that niche perfectly for me.
Venom were obviously extremely important for the eary Norwegian black metal evolution, and I was a fan of them back in the 80s too, way before that stuff ever happened. Their first album, Welcome To Hell, has this fantastic combination of sounding like a sloppy Motorhead and pure evil, which is never wrong.
The David Bowie album always blew me away simply on account of the great songs and melodies. I played it non stop towards the end of my time in Sweden, around 1998 and 1999. That record, and Iggy And The Stooges - Raw Power were on the turntable pretty much non-stop during my many after parties in those days."


Tom Simonsen
Musician at: Omit, Havnatt, Dævvskævv, Skumring, Vagrant God, It’s The End

1. Behold... The Arctopus - Skullgrid
2. Frank Zappa - Studio Tan
3. Mr. Bungle - Disco Volante
4. Magma - Slag Tanz
5. Igor Stravinsky - The Rite Of Spring

"It’s an almost impossible task to put together a list of just five albums or works that I love. There are so many to choose from. I ended up with these five - not listed in any particular order - because hearing this music moved, changed, or influenced me - each piece of music in its own ways, at different points in my life. Well written, well arranged, truly beautiful and great creative inspirations."


S. Sairanen
Musician at: Kuilu, Fallen Icons

1. Rome - Flowers From Exile
"There's a certain sense of warm romanticism and noble grace but still with a down-to-earth style presentation. Not every song is hit-material but the whole is great. One of the best memories from our tour with Asphodelus in Eastern Europe was drinking whiskey in a warm bath and listening to this album."
2. Genocide Organ - Leichenlinie
"Violent, ugly, addictive and intoxicating industrial noise. Often rhytmic in an oppressive and hostile way. I love this album."
3. Oksennus - Kolme Toista
"Weird, original death metal. Each of the three songs is 13 minutes long but the oppressive and intriguing swarming of the instruments and great vocals never gets dull."
4. Revenge - Behold.Total.Rejection
"Insane.Relentless.Masterpiece Ourgh.Ourgh.Ourgh"
5. Deep Purple - InFinite
"Not a perfect album or 5/5 star material, but damn good still. To me, Deep Purple is very important, and now they're playing their farewell gigs in Finland, so I've been listening to this all the time. Deep Purple is a relevant and great band from start to finish."

"This list is in no particular order. This list is composed of recent favorites, not all time favorites."


Jan Johansson
Musician at: Vanha, Frostvang, JJ Musicworks

1. Sentenced - The Cold White Light
2. Dissection - Reinkaos
3. Vivaldi - The Four Seasons (Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante)
4. Amorphis - Eclipse
5. Katatonia - The Great Cold Distance

"If I ever need a surefire card for great music, this is it."


Ruby Bouzioti
Musician at: Ruby Bouzioti (solo artist)

1. Draconian - Arcane Rain Fell
"I stumbled upon this masterpiece a lot of years back and I find it unique in every way until today."
2. SepticFlesh - The Great Mass
"I don't know if there are any words that could ever describe this album. It became one of my favorites from the very first moment I listened to it. The music of it is just brilliant."
3. Black Sun Aeon - Darkness Walks Beside Me
"I am a fan of Tuomas Saukkonen since Before The Dawn. The "Song For My Funeral" is in my Top 3 favourite songs ever!"
4. Nightwish - Century Child
"I absolutely love Nightwish from Angels Fall First to Once. I just had to pick one for this Top 5!"
5. SepticFlesh - Communion
"Oh, did I mention that I love SepticFlesh? Haha!"


Andrey Tollock
Musician at: Sunset Forsaken, Haissem

1. Rotting Christ - Triarchy Of The Lost Lovers
"First of all, this album hooked me with its stunning, memorable melodies combined with a competent compositions. In my opinion, this is the best work of this band. The talent of Sakis Tolis was revealed here at 100% and the other participants also did a great job and their contribution to the creation of this masterpiece is out of the questions! But, most of all, I was attracted to the guitar work as a guitarist. This is the pearl of this LP."
2. Old Man's Child - Ill–Natured Spiritual Invasion
"Personally, I like all the works of these Blacksters. But this album, I think, is special for two reasons: a) its especially  outstanding for its atmospheric, genuine anger; b) drummer Gene Hoglan, whose drumming made this opus truly incredible. Everything is fine here – compositions, arrangements, production. Galder is a great musician and he definitely knows how to hook the fans. This album is forever in my top-list!"
3. Death - Symbolic
"There's no secret that Chuck Schuldiner is a cult figure in the world of metal music and his contribution to its development is difficult to overestimate. In my humble opinion, the album Symbolic is the crown of creation of the Great Chuck and company. This album is fascinating; it doesn't let you go for a second during the whole listen. It really breaks the patterns and destroys the stereotypes. Melody, aggression, pressure, skill, guitar work and rhythm section (the same Gene Hoglan paired with Kelly Conlon) – in one bottle called Symbolic! For me, it's the best death metal album of all time!"
4. Katatonia - Dance Of December Souls
"An odious debut of young Swedes, who were at the time of recording about 18 years old, which made a lasting impression on me from the first second and made a real blast in the whole metal world! Again, as a guitarist, I was literally "bought" by the guitar melodies created by Anders Nistrom that build the entire album. This nuclear kettle of unique melodies, piercing screams of the vocalist, skillful keyboard inserts and high-quality production had turned my mind upside down. One of the best - undeniably and definitely!"
5. Dream Theater - Metropolis II: Scenes From A Memory
"I am not a big fan of progressive style, but this album brought me to a state of a light stupor combined with wild delight after listening. Superhuman virtuosity, favorable melodism that I like very much, composer's resourcefulness, non – standard approach to the song structuring. These are the successful components of this magnificent conceptual creation. A unique fusion of musical ingenuity and freedom, creativity, incredible solutions and energy."

Angelo Russo
Musician at: Grimmates, Ssick
Manager/owner at Stridente Records

1. The Prodigy - The Fat Of The Land
2. Moby - Play
3. Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
4. Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory
5. Massive Attack - Mezzanine

"This are five records in no particular order. As a producer and fan I am intrigued by the mix of electronic and acoustic/electric music hence I have mentioned records by producers that push the boundaries of genres."