This week I took a musical vacation to Sweden in order to brush up on some of the great Swedish metal I’ve overlooked, neglected some or to just hear some amazing classic albums again. I listened to 28 awesome metal albums this week which barely scratches the surface of what that country has to offer.
A couple of things before I get onto the list:
I tried to vary it up as much as possible and not listen to multiple albums from these bands. I tried to pick some I hadn’t heard or only listened to a couple of times as well as some of my favorites so in this process I may have missed out on some well known classic albums or some bands all together. You’ll notice Opeth, Hypocrisy, Ghost, Amon Amarth, Watain, Hammerfall, Manegarm, Arch Enemy and Soilwork are not in here. That is because I am pretty familiar with their music (Opeth, Amon Amarth) have been blasting their most recent albums quite frequently (Manegarm, Watain) don’t think there is anything inherently Swedish in their sound (Ghost, Hammerfall) or just don’t like them (Arch Enemy, Soilwork).
There are bands on here that I could have spent all week listening to just their albums. Sweden has produced some of the all time greatest metal albums and bands. They often get cited for their Swedish Death Metal scene of the early 90’s or the Melodic Death Metal scene that started with the Gothenburg sound but they also produced some crushing Black Metal and are home to the great Bathory, which is all you need to know about how awesome Sweden is right there. On to the list.
I stumbled on this band from a site about overlooked black metal albums a couple months ago. I gave it a few spins and decided it was pretty decent Swedish black metal. This time through I think I caught on to more and enjoyed it even more. It is one of those black metal albums that just oozes a frigid, cold feeling. I get chilly just thinking about it. Remind me to look into more of their stuff.
Ah In Flames. This album is pure melodic death metal at it’s finest and earliest. Too bad it sets them on the path to what ever the heck they are now. I barely make it past this one and Jester Race but Subterranean is an awesome slab of that Gothenburg sound. Plus if you have the bonus addition there is a pretty rad cover of Murder in the Rue Morgue, one of my favorite Iron Maiden songs.
One of my favorite Death Metal albums. This album devastates from beginning to end and is not only a perfect example of the famous Swedish Death Metal sound but a perfect example of Death Metal in general. Plus the cover is amazingly classic.
I can’t do a week of Swedish metal and not listen to Bathory. I probably could have spent most of the week just listening to Bathory but for times sake I only picked one. I am not sure if I can be expected to pick a favorite Bathory album, at least from the first six albums. I think I lean towards the viking stuff more than the black metal stuff but all of it is classic. Bathory’s influence on black metal, viking metal, and metal in general can’t be understated and if there is one band on this list you need to check out it is Bathory.
Naglfar – Vittra
Armagedda – Only True Believers
Marduk – Those of the Unlight
Lost Horizon – Awakening the World
Dark Tranquillity – The Gallery
Entombed – Left Had Path
Edge of Sanity – Purgatory Afterglow
Ofermod – Tiamtu
Entrails – Raging Death
Unleashed – Where No Life Dwells
Necrophobic -Death to All
Dissection – The Somberlain
Dawn – Slaughtersun (Crown of the Triarchy)
Ancient Wisdom – …And The Physical Shape of Light Bled
Diabolical Masquerade – Nightwork
Sorhin – Apokalypsens Angel
Katatonia – Tonight’s Decision
Sacramentum – Far Away From the Sun
Nasum – Shift
Vinterland – Welcome My Last Chapter
Mork Gryning – Tusen Ar Har Gatt
At The Gates – Terminal Spirit Disease
Ofermod – Mysterion Tes Anomias
Ofermod – Thaumiel
So there you have it. Sweden week! If you are looking to get into extreme metal or are looking some new bands to check out or heck, if you just like some awesome music check out all of these bands. You can’t go wrong with any of them.
Stay Creepy My Friends!