Top Albums

Contaminated Tones has never put out official year-end lists. Mostly because I never really listen to enough albums from one year to provide any sort of real enlightened opinion on what should be included by the year's end. For several years, Apteronotus did a studious analysis of internet year end lists, which was our way of providing a consensus of the best albums of that year, but it was in no way a representation of our own opinions. Over time, lists and thoughts can change, albums can fall out of favor or be rediscovered. Below, you will find a running list, by year, of my personal favorite albums as it currently stands. I am only considering substantial releases so no singles, digital only releases, splits, or best of compilations with redundant material. Full Lengths, EPs, Live Albums, Demos, and Compilations of rare or unreleased material are all considered. Consider this an eternal work in progress which will likely take several years to fill out satisfactorily. Also, I am only adding albums here which I physically own, keeping in the spirit of Contaminated Tones pledge of physical reverence.

As albums shift around, you'll see the date the album has been in that position since change. The older the date, the more it can be said, I revere the album. I'm curious to see how the list shapes up and changes over time.

I have turned off comments for the time being until I have my whole collection, including CDs and Tapes listed. Feel free to email me if you believe something listed should be higher up on the list and I'll revisit the album in question!

2020
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
111/15/2020Cirith UngolForever Black
211/15/2020XenoglyphMytharc
311/15/2020ThecodontionSupercontinent
411/15/2020Glaukom SynodEctoplasmic Revelations
511/17/2020V/AKilling Time: Thrashed From The Vault
611/17/2020Father BefouledAnnointed In Darkness
711/17/2020VivisectVivisect
811/17/2020Silure / FeretroSplit Tape
911/17/2020Psychotic WaltzThe God Shaped Void
1011/17/2020Isle of the CrossExcelsis
1111/17/2020Chronicles of HateThe Birth of Hate

2019
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020AtaraxieResignes
27/19/2020MefitisEmberdawn
37/19/2020Black KnifeSpell Caster
48/9/2020ThecodontionJurassic
59/10/2020Vessel of IniquityVoid of Infinite Horror
69/10/2020Nameless VoidNameless Void
79/10/2020ChakaNeanderthal Tales

2018
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
19/11/2020ShadowkeepShadowkeep
29/22/2020BloodfiendEvil Mass of Putrid Decay

2017
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020NecrotBlood Offerings
28/16/2020La Torture Des TenebresMemoirs of a Machine Girl

2016
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020FuriaKsiężyc Milczy Luty
27/07/2020Baphomet's BloodIn Satan We Trust
37/07/2020FuriaGuido
47/05/2020Vessel of IniquityVessel of Iniquity
57/05/2020The Black Scorpio UndergroundNecrochasm

2015
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020One MasterReclusive Blasphemy
26/25/2020DeathhammerEvil Power
39/03/2020Holy Terror
Guardians of the Netherworld
49/03/2020Iron MaidenThe Book Of Souls

2014
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020FuriaNocel
26/25/2020Sabbath AssemblySabbath Assembly
36/25/2020Grand MagusTriumph and Power
410/27/2020GoddefiedInhumation of Shreds

2013
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020DarkthroneThe Underground Resistance
26/25/2020VastumPatricidal Lust
36/25/2020DemonomancyThrone of Demonic Proselytism
46/25/2020Saturnalia TempleImpossibilum
58/20/2020Volatile SubstanceEmergency Exit
610/27/2020OshiegoThe Great Architect of Nothing

2012
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020VelniasRuneEater
26/25/2020EvokenAtra Mors
36/25/2020War MasterPyramid of the Necropolis
46/25/2020HellwellBeyond The Boundaries Of Sin

2011
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020AdversarialProphetic Plain of Abyssal Revelation
26/25/2020Manilla RoadPlayground of the Damned
36/25/2020Drugs of FaithCorroded
46/25/2020Germ AttackFear of the Unknown

2010
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020DarkthroneCircle The Wagons
26/25/2020OverkillIronbound
38/20/2020DivinationThe Age of Man

2009
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
17/1/2020Brutal HandPurgatory's Rage
26/25/2020Iron ManI Have Returned

2008
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Grand MagusIron Will
26/25/2020ArphaxatLoudun La Maudite
36/25/2020WoeA Spell For The Death of Man
46/25/2020CandlemassLucifer's Rising

2007
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020BesattTriumph of Anticrhsit
26/25/2020AngantyrHaevn

2006
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Scott WalkerThe Drift
26/25/2020LordHell's Fucking Metal

2005
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Grand MagusWolf's Return
26/25/2020VulpeculaIn Dust Apparition

2004
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020AstrofaesHeritage

2003
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Grand MagusMonument
26/25/2020Corpus ChristiiTormented Belief

2002
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Manilla RoadMark Of The Beast

2001
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020AbsuTara

2000
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
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1999
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020ForefatherDeep Into Time

1998
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
111/22/2020Aeternus... And So The Night Became
211/22/2020Pentacle... Rides The Moonstorm

1997
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020WhiplashSit Stand Kneel Prey

1996
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
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1995
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020LugubrumWinterstones
26/25/2020VarathronWalpurgisnacht

1994
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020EmperorIn The Nightside Eclipse

1993
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020PestilenceSpheres
26/25/2020BenedictionTranscend The Rubicon

1992
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
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1991
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Bolt ThrowerWarmaster
26/25/2020Master's HammerRitual

1990
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020RazorShotgun Justice
26/25/2020NorthwindsSleep With Evil
36/25/2020PiercePierce II

1989
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Faith Or FearPunishment Area
26/25/2020Black SabbathHeadless Cross
36/25/2020AnthemHunting Time
46/25/2020RepulsionHorrified
56/25/2020Living DeathWorld's Neurosis
66/25/2020PiercePierce

1988
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
19/21/2020Running WildPort Royal
29/21/2020Holy TerrorMind Wars
39/21/2020Bolt ThrowerIn Battle There Is No Law
49/21/2020OverkillUnder The Influence
59/21/2020GenocideBlack Sanctuary
69/21/2020Death AngelFrolic Through The Park

1987
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020CandlemassNightfall
26/25/2020AnthemBound To Break
36/25/2020Manilla RoadMystification
49/12/2020DeathScream Bloody Gore
59/12/2020Fates WarningNo Exit
66/25/2020Legion of DeathLegion of Death
76/25/2020Le Mystere Des Voix BulgaresVol I
86/25/2020TestamentThe Legacy
96/25/2020HelloweenKeeper of the Seven Keys Pt. I
106/25/2020HadesResisting Success

1986
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Fates WarningAwaken The Guardian
26/25/2020AnthemTightrope
36/25/2020Manilla RoadThe Deluge
46/25/2020Flotsam and JetsamDoomsday for the Deceiver
56/25/2020MedievalMedieval
66/25/2020Van Halen5150
76/25/2020ExciterUnveiling The Wicked
86/25/2020CinderellaNight Songs
96/25/2020The RodsHeavier Than Thou
106/25/2020Bob SegerLike A Rock
116/25/2020TT QuickMetal Of Honor

1985
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020LoudnessThunder In The East
26/25/2020AnthemAnthem
36/25/2020Phil CollinsNo Jacket Required
46/25/2020ExciterFeel The Knife
46/25/2020WaspThe Last Command
56/25/2020AcceptKaizoku-Ban
66/25/2020ImpalerRise of the Mutants
76/25/2020ZZ TopAfterburner

1984
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020QueensrycheThe Warning
26/25/2020Jag PanzerAmple Destruction
36/25/2020ManowarSign of the Hammer
46/25/2020HelstarBurning Star
56/25/2020HellhammerApocalyptic Raids
66/25/2020LoudnessDisillusion
76/25/2020Brocas HelmInto Battle
86/25/2020LoudnessLive Loud Alive
96/25/2020ExxplorerSymphonies of Steel

1983
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Manilla RoadCrystal Logic
26/25/2020Mercyful FateMelissa
36/25/2020ExciterHeavy Metal Maniac
46/25/2020ManowarInto Glory Ride
56/25/2020SaxonPower and The Glory
66/25/2020QueensrycheQueensryche
76/25/2020TankThis Means War
86/25/2020Billy JoelAn Innocent Man
96/25/2020DokkenBreaking The Chains (b)

1982
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020ManowarBattle Hymns
26/25/2020Manilla RoadMetal
36/25/2020LoudnessDevil Soldier
46/25/2020Van HalenDiver Down
56/25/2020Bob SegerThe Distance
66/25/2020RushSignals
76/25/2020SamsonBefore The Storm
86/25/2020RiggsRiggs

1981
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Black SabbathMob Rules
26/25/2020Iron MaidenKillers
36/25/2020Cirith UngolFrost and Fire
46/25/2020Blue Oytser CultFire Of Unknown Origin
56/25/2020Phil CollinsFace Value
66/25/2020MotorheadNo Sleep Til Hammersmith
76/25/2020Tygers of Pan TangSpellbound
88/20/2020Robin TrowerB.L.T
98/20/2020VardisPromo EP

1980
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Manilla RoadInvasion
26/25/2020Shakin' StreetShakin' Street
36/25/2020AC/DCBack In Black
46/25/2020WitchfyndeGive 'Em Hell
56/25/2020Jean Luc PontyCivilized Evil
66/25/2020UFONo Place To Run
76/25/2020DevoFreedom of Choice
86/25/2020Billy JoelGlass Houses
98/20/2020Black SabbathLive at Last
108/20/2020Southside Johnny And The Asbury JukesSacrifice

1979
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Judas PriestPriest In The East
26/25/2020Jean Luc PontyLive!
36/25/2020AngelSinful
46/25/2020Jean Luc PontyA Taste For Passion
56/25/2020Judas PriestUnleashed In The East
66/25/2020Van HalenVan Halen II
76/25/202038 SpecialRockin' Into The Night

1978
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Black SabbathNever Say Die!
26/25/2020RainbowLong Live Rock and Roll
36/25/2020AerosmithLive! Bootleg
46/25/2020Brian EnoAmbient 1: Music For Airports
56/25/2020UFOObsession
66/25/2020AngelWhite Hot
76/25/2020Bob SegerStranger In Town
86/25/2020Billy Joel52nd Street
98/20/2020The WhoWho Are You
108/20/2020MuleskinnerMuleskinner

1977
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Judas PriestSin After Sin
26/25/2020Jean Luc PontyCosmic Messenger
36/25/2020AngelOn Earth As It Is In Heaven
46/25/2020QueenNews of the World
56/25/2020Roy BuchananLoading Zone
67/07/2020Crosby Stills and NashCSN
77/07/2020Southside Johnny And The Asbury JukesThis Time It's For Real
87/07/2020DerringerDerringer Live

1976
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020AerosmithRocks
26/25/2020Blue Oyster CultAgents of Fortune
36/25/2020Gordon LightfootSummertime Dream
46/25/2020Jean Luc PontyAurora
56/25/2020The Marshal Tucker BandLong Hard Ride
66/25/2020Bob SegerNight Moves
76/25/2020Lynyrd SkynyrdGimme Back My Bullets

1975
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Mahavishnu OrchestraVisions Of The Emerald Beyond
26/25/2020Humble PieStreet Rats

1974
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Billy JoelStreetlife Serenade
26/25/2020Deep PurpleStormbringer
36/25/2020Judas PriestRocka Rolla
46/25/2020The Edgar Winter GroupShock Treatment

1973
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Deep PurpleWho Do We Think We Are
26/25/2020The Allman Brothers BandBrothers and Sisters
36/25/2020Roy BuchananSecond Album
46/25/2020Eumir DeodatoDeodato 2

1972
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Black SabbathVol. 4
26/25/2020AmericaHomecoming
36/25/2020The Edgar Winter GroupThey Only Come Out At Night
46/25/2020Aztec Two StepAztec Two Step

1971
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020FocusMoving Waves

1970
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Black SabbathParanoid
26/25/2020Black SabbathBlack Sabbath
36/25/2020Deep PurpleIn Rock
46/25/2020Gordon LightfootIf You Could Read My Mind
56/25/2020Hailu MergiaTche Belew

1969
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Deep PurpleDeep Purple
26/25/2020Neil Young and Crazy HorseEverybody Knows This is Nowhere
36/25/2020Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin II
1968
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Iron ButterflyIn-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
26/25/2020Deep PurpleShades of Deep Purple
36/25/2020Mother EarthLiving With The Animals
46/25/2020Deep PurpleThe Book Of Taliesyn

1967
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Gordon LightfootThe Way I Feel
26/25/2020Johnny RiversRewind

1966
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
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1965
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Vince Guraldi TrioA Charlie Brown Christmas
26/25/2020The VenturesKnock Me Out

1964
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Duane EddyLonely Guitar

1964
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Duane EddyLonely Guitar

1963
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
19/16/2020The VenturesSurfing

1935
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Sergei ProkofievConcerto No. 2 - G Minor (Op. 63)

1923
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Sergei ProkofievConcerto No. 1 - D (Op. 19)

1913
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Igor StravinskyThe Rite of Spring

1910
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Igor StravinskyThe Firebird

1893
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskySymphony No. 6 - B Minor (Op. 74)

1889
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
17/19/2020Cesar FranckSymphony in D Minor

1887
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Cesar FranckSymphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra

1885
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Johannes BrahmsSymphony No. 4 - E Minor (Op. 98)

1883
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Johannes BrahmsSymphony No. 3 - F Major (Op. 90)

1877
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Johannes BrahmsSymphony No. 2 - D Major (Op. 73)

1876
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Johannes BrahmsSymphony No. 1 - C Minor (Op. 68)

1869
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Edvard GriegPiano Concerto - A Minor (Op. 16)

1859
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
111/1/2020Louis Moreau GottschalkNight In The Tropics

1847
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
111/1/2020Anthony Philip HeinrichThe Ornithological Combat of Kings

1840
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Hector BerliozSymphonie Funebre (Op. 15)

1786
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Wolfgang Amadeus MozartConcerto No. 23 - A Major (K. 488)

1784
POSITIONSINCE BAND ALBUM
16/25/2020Wolfgang Amadeus MozartConcerto No. 14 - Eb Major (K. 449)

NOTES:
a. Classical music is by date of first known performance, composer, and title of composition.
b. This is the better known 1983 Breaking The Chains release, not the rarer 1981 version.

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