Another year ended with a plethora of releases to flood the stores and become an object of desire for every fan of extreme sound. We hope that most of them are reviewed in our magazine. Read our editors’ personal lists and Metal Invader’s Top 12 Album List, as a result of the scoring system we use and we explain below.

In each list the first place gets 17 (12 +5 bonus) points, the second 11, the third 10 and so on, while any recurrence in any list gets 5 extra bonus points.

  1. Blood Incantation – Hidden History of the Human Race 76
     

    “I just love when an album creates soundscapes or brings to my mind a book I love. “Hidden History of the Human Race”belongs in this special kind of records. Even its artwork cover with the 70’s Bruce Pennington’s painting of the alien and the polygon schemes on the background makes me think of many sci-fi books that I have read all these years. Please note that the band had selected this specific artwork for a future work before even record their Starspawn debut album. And it reminds me one of the greatest sci-fi books, the 1953’s “Childhood’s End”. In this science fiction novel written by the British author Arthur C. Clarke, the story follows the peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords, whose arrival begins decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture. This peaceful alien that we can see on the front cover I guess won’t cause any of that and probably will help Blood Incantation gain a massive acceptance for their latest effort. Or not.

    Actually, I believe that they will definitely not get any piece of the cake, as death metal was not born for arenas or charts. A small cameo in a blockbuster comedy is the one and only glory it can taste as a genre… but Blood Incantation’s sophomore album has this quality that makes a record unique and timeless. Even though it has only 4 songs its length is approximately about 35 minutes long. So you can imagine how important is the song structure that is crafted with wisdom in order to avoid being repetitive or boring. Surely the progressive elements that they enclose on the album help their songs to breathe and sound fresh. No I wouldn’t dare to name them Pink Floyd of death metal but certainly they can claim for being bold and proggy without losing their ferocity and brutality. If we have to name a band that their sound is close to, then we have to refer to the mighty Morbid Angel and their labyrinthine compositions and complicated techniques. Their debut was the first hit, a kind a warning that they are here to stay. Now the band has a reason to claim death metal throne. I guess they had some help extraterrestrial for that… but also other factors like the fuckin’ tight guitars with the tons of riffs and the reverb and delay that are always present, or the multiple changes and pauses, or the outstanding drumming that is clear and sounds so analog that it could be described as 70’s like. Speaking of the seventies approach, the entire B’ side of the disc is actually one track (take a breath and read its title “Awakening from the Dream of Existence to the Multidimensional Nature of Our Reality (Mirror of the Soul)”).

    This album is the perfect combination of futuristic aesthetic and analog approaching, “Hidden History of the Human Race” is the must buy of the year. Live it!”

    written by Giorgos Tsekas

  2. Riot City – Burn The Night 70
  3. Angel Witch – Angel Of Light 67
  4. Misþyrming – Algleymi 63
  5. Idle Hands – Mana 55
  6. Smoulder – Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring 52
  7. Atlantean Kodex – The Course Of Empire 51
  8. Borknagar – True North 45
  9. Arch/Matheos – Winter Ethereal 41
  10. Traveler – Traveler 37
  11. Horizon’s End – Skeleton Keys 33
  12. Gatecreeper –Deserted 29
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13. Devil Master – Satan Spits on Children of Light 27
14. Antimob – II 25
15. Villagers of Ioannina City – Age of Aquarius 25
16. Possessed – Revelations 23
17. Saor – Forgotten Paths 22
18. Enforcer – Zenith 21
19. Blut aus Nord – Hallucinogen 21
20. Crypt Sermon – The Ruins of Fading Light 20

Savvas Kofidis
1. Borknagar – True North
2. Insomnium – Heart Like A Grave
3. Starcaller – Perdition
4. Saor – Forgotten Paths
5. Terminus – A Single Point Of Light
6. Can Bardd – The Last Rain
7. Athanasia – The Order Of The Silver Compass
8. Hammerfall – Dominion
9. Children Of Bodom – Hexed
10. Arch/Matheos – Winter Ethereal
11. Xentrix – Bury The Pain
12. Death Angel – Humanicide

Kostas Analytis
1. Possessed – Revelations
2. Villagers of Ioannina City – Age of Aquarius
3. Angel witch – Angel of Light
4. Urn – Iron Will of Power
5. Vulture’s Vengeance – The Knightlore
6. Memoriam – Requiem for Mankind
7. Joel Grind – Echoes in a Crystal Tomb
8. Haunt – If Icarus Could Fly
9. Riot City – Burn the Night
10. Misþyrming – Algleymi
11. Judiciary – Surface Noise
12. AntiMob – II

Andreas Stasinopoulos
1. E-L-R – Maenad
2. Chelsea Wolfe – Birth Of Violence
3. Kampfar – Ofidians Manifest
4. Vanum – Ageless Fire
5. Saor – Forgotten Paths
6. Flukt – Darkness Devour
7. Tool – Fear Inoculum
8. Alcest – Spiritual Instict
9. Lingua Ignota – Caligula
10. Twisted Tower Dire – Wars In The Unknown
11. Penitence Onirique – Vestige
12. Arckanum – Forsta Trulen

Ioannis Kofidis
1. Arch/Matheos – Winter Ethereal
2. Horizon’s End – Skeleton Keys
3. Queensryche – The Verdict
4. Sweet Oblivion – Sweet Oblivion
5. Starbreaker – Dysphoria
6. Ray Alder – What The Water Wants
7. Evergrey – The Atlantic
8. Nibiru Ordeal – Solar Eclipse
9. Silent Call – Windows
10. Warrior Path – Warrior Path
11. Dream Theater – Distance Over Time
12. Mortanius – Till Death Do Us Apart

Crystal Latsara
1. Idle Hands – Mana
2. Abbath – Outstrider
3. The 69 Eyes – West End
4. VIC – Age of Aquarius
5. Order Of the Ebon Hand – VII: The Chariot
6. Leathurbitch – Into the Night
7. Belzebubs – Pantheon of the Nightside Gods
8. Enforcer – Zenith
9. Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell
10. Darkthrone – Old Star
11. Vulture – Ghastly Waves and Battered Graves
12. Lacrimas Profundere – Bleeding the Stars

Nikos Tsiolis
1. Misþyrming – Algleymi
2. Idle Hands – Mana
3. Blut aus Nord – Hallucinogen
4. The Deathtrip – Demon Solar Totem
5. Deathspell Omega – The Furnaces Of Palingenesia
6. Blood Incantation – Hidden History of the Human Race
7. Smoulder – Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring
8. Funereal Presence – Achatius
9. Nocturnus AD – Paradox
10. Kampfar – Ofidians Manifest (Full Album)
11. Departure Chandelier – Antichrist Rise to Power
12. Devil Master – Satan Spits on Children of Light

Thanos Mitras
1. STORM{O} – Finis Terrae
2. La Dispute – Panorama
3. Full Of Hell – Wheeping Choir
4. Storm Of Sedition – Howl Of Dynamite
5. Boy Harsher – Careful
6. Physique – The Rhythm Of Bruality
7. Vidro – Allt Brinner
8. Arboricidio – What We Leave Behind
9. Μαύρο Γάλα (Mavro Gala) – Ζητώ Νερό (Zito Nero)
10. Torso – Build & Break
11. Bleakness – Functionally Extinct
12. Broken Fingers – Ego

Kostas Kondis
1. Overkill – The Wings of War
2. Suicidal Angels – Years of Aggression
3. Diviner – Realms of Time
4. Xentrix – Bury the Pain
5. Exumer – Hostile Defiance
6. Flotsam and Jetsam – The End of Chaos
7. Idle Hands – Mana
8. Enforcer – Zenith
9. Kryptos – Afterburner
10. Riot City – Burn the Night
11. Sanhedrin – The Poisoner
12. Smoulder – Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring

Giorgos Tsekas
1. Gatecreeper – Deserted
2. Blood Incantation – Hidden History of the Human Race
3. Enforced – At The Walls
4. Angel Witch – Angel of Light
5. Tomb Mold – Planetary Clairvoyance
6. Traveler – Traveler
7. Borknagar – True North
8. Dawn Ray’d – Behold Sedition Plainsong
9. Darkthrone- Old Star
10. Tanith – In Another Time
11. Exhumed – Horror
12. Wolfbrigade – The Enemy: Reality

Skylimit
1. Mayhem – Daemon
2. Blood Incantation – Hidden History of the Human Race
3. Smoulder – Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring
4. Angel Witch – Angel of Light
5. Agnostic Front – Get Loud!
6. Traveler – Traveler
7. Borknagar – True North
8. Magic Circle – Departed Souls
9. Nocturnus AD – Paradox
10. Tanith – In Another Time
11. Terminus – A Single Point Of Light
12. Wolfbrigade – The Enemy: Reality

AstralKannibal
1. Waste Of Space Orchestra – Syntheosis
2. Black Curse – Endless Wounds (demo)
3. Funereal Presence – Achatius
4. Magic Circle – Departed Souls
5. Swans – Leaving Meaning
6. Teitanblood – The Baneful Choir
7. Riot City – Burn The Night
8. King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – Infest The Rats' Nest
9. Cave In – Final Transmission
10. Chevalier – Destiny Calls
11. Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell
12. Blood Incantation – Hidden History Of The Human Race

Yiannis Kakavas
1. Atlantean Kodex – The Course Of Empire
2. Crypt Sermon – The Ruins of Fading Light
3. Gothic Stone– HaereticumEmpyreum
4. Eluveitie – Ategnatos
5. Riot City – Burn The Night
6. Diamond Head – The Coffin Train
7. Angel Witch – Angel of Light
8. Traveler – Traveler
9. Tanith – In Another Time
10. Death Angel – Humanidide
11. Diviner – Realms of Time
12. Enforcer – Zenith

Nikos Nakos
1. Riot City – Burn The Night
2. Misþyrming – Algleymi
3. Antimob – II
4. Smoulder – Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring
5. Subhumans – Crisis Point
6. Wolfbrigade – The Enemy: Reality
7. Blut aus Nord – Hallucinogen
8. Devil Master – Satan Spits on Children of Light
9. Crypt Sermon – The Ruins of Fading Light
10. Traveler – Traveler
11. Possessed – Revelations
12. Angel Witch – Angel of Light

Liliana Tseka
1. Atlantean Kodex – The Course Of Empire
2. Devil Master – Satan Spits on Children of Light
3. Blood Incantation – Hidden History Of The Human Race
4. Antimob – II
5. Gatecreeper – Deserted
6. Riot City – Burn The Night
7. Chevalier – Destiny Calls
8. The Deathtrip – Demon Solar Totem
9. Idle Hands – Mana
10. Chelsea Wolfe – Birth Of Violence
11. Borknagar – True North
12. Angel Witch – Angel Of Light

Chris Papadakis
1. Horizon’s End – Skeleton Keys
2. Arch/Matheos – Winter Ethereal
3. Lord Of Light – Morning Star
4. Orodruin – Ruins Of Eternity
5. Gothic Stone – Haereticus Empyreum
6. Atlantean Kodex – The Course of Empire
7. Smoulder – Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring
8. Star.Gate – The Dream
9. Forever – Forever
10. Parallel Dimension – Angular Perceptions
11. Chevalier – Destiny Calls
12. Angel Witch – Angel Of Light

Vj
1. Misþyrming – Algleymi
2. Blood Incantation – Hidden History Of The Human Race
3. Deus Mortem – Kosmocide
4. Andavald – Undir Skyggðarhaldi
5. Drastus – Le Croix De Sang
6. Mgła – Age of Excuse
7. Sinmara – Hvísl Stjarnanna
8. Deathspell Omega – The Furnaces of Palingenesia
9. Vacivus – Annihilism
10. Enthroned – Cold Black Suns
11. Teitanblood – The Banefull Choir
12. Gaahls Wyrd – GastiR – Ghosts Invited