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The 100 greatest albums of the 21st century: 50-42

Our poll of the 100 best albums of the 21st century continues. The rules - only one album per band, no lives or compilations, no albums from 2016. Here are entries 50-42


50) IMMORTAL - SONS OF NORTHERN DARKNESS (2002)

Immortal’s uncanny ability to weave the most sublime, frost-charged riffs from their love of Kiss, Motörhead and Venom reached a glorious peak with their seventh album. Taking their concept of Blashyrkh to epic new heights, Sons… forged anthems such as Tyrants and the sky-razing Beyond The North Waves that ripple across the black metal landscape to this day.

What we said: “Not so much a revelation as a statement of purpose, Sons… proves Immortal are no longer ‘just a black metal band’, they’re compelling songwriters.”

49) AMON AMARTH - TWILIGHT OF THE THUNDER GOD (2008)

Amon Amarth’s seventh album took them from rising viking heroes to true conquerors of metal. Pulling in guest appearances from members of Entombed, Children Of Bodom and Apocalyptica, it was truly epic in scale, with the battle-glorious title track and the thundering Guardians Of Asgaard becoming their calling cards.

What we said: “As if to prove that their affinity with viking myths is more than just a gimmick, Amon Amarth have delivered something fearless and thunderous.”

48) CARCASS - SURGICAL STEEL (2013)

Returning after a 17-year hiatus, Carcass smashed their comeback out of the melodic death metal park. Driven by a fresh lineup and an infectious sense of urgency, songs such as Captive Bolt Pistol and Thrasher’s Abattoir were every bit as monstrous, precise and distinctive as the band’s early classics. A triumphant return in every respect.

What we said: “Carcass are back with a seething, unrelenting vengeance, and Surgical Steel is as pure and perfect as can be.”


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