Best Albums of 2007
by: Pedro Azevedo
The Irish masters are back again: _To the Nameless Dead_ wins the 2007 CoC Album of the Year award, emulating its 2005 predecessor _The Gathering Wilderness_. Wolves in the Throne Room came closest to defeating Primordial thanks to their _Two Hunters_, while Moonsorrow closed a strong top three with _V: Hävitetty_.

In a list surprisingly devoid of any Drudkh for a change, Primordial obtained their second success in as many albums for Metal Blade. Contrary to the 2005 election of _The Gathering Wilderness_ however, this time _To the Nameless Dead_ had to fight off close competition from Wolves in the Throne Room, and to a slightly lesser extent, Moonsorrow.

While Americans Wolves in the Throne Room made their CoC awards debut, Finns Moonsorrow remarkably repeated their 2005 podium finish, when _Verisäkeet_ also conquered third place.

In a black metal dominated list, Marduk shunned past criticism with their strong _Rom 5:12_ edging out Neurosis' _Given to the Rising_ -- in fifth place, the first album without any connection to black metal. Despite never really pushing the leaders, Neurosis were able to improve on 2004's sixth place with _The Eye of Every Storm_. As it turned out, it was Deathspell Omega who repeated their own previous sixth place, with _Fas - Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum_ finishing in the same position as its 2005 predecessor _Kénôse_.

Immolation made it to seventh place with _Shadows in the Light_ -- the first death metal album to feature --, followed by Type O Negative's _Dead Again_, Electric Wizard's _Witchcult Today_ and High on Fire's _Death Is This Communion_. Akercocke and Clutch narrowly missed the top ten.

CoC Writers' Best Albums of 2007

1. Primordial - _To the Nameless Dead_
2. Wolves in the Throne Room - _Two Hunters_
3. Moonsorrow - _V: Hävitetty_
4. Marduk - _Rom 5:12_
5. Neurosis - _Given to the Rising_
6. Deathspell Omega - _Fas - Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum_
7. Immolation - _Shadows in the Light_
8. Type O Negative - _Dead Again_
9. Electric Wizard - _Witchcult Today_
=. High on Fire - _Death Is This Communion_

Pedro Azevedo's Top 10

1. Primordial - _To the Nameless Dead_
2. Moonsorrow - _V: Hävitetty_
3. Dark Tranquillity - _Fiction_
4. Elend - _A World in Their Screams_
5. Marduk - _Rom 5:12_
6. Deathspell Omega - _Fas - Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum_
7. Wolves in the Throne Room - _Two Hunters_
8. Behemoth - _The Apostasy_
9. Before the Rain - _...One Day Less_
10. Mors Principium Est - _Liberation = Termination_

Jackie Smit's Top 10

1. High on Fire - _Death Is This Communion_
2. Marduk - _Rom 5:12_
3. Type O Negative - _Dead Again_
4. Akercocke - _Antichrist_
5. Alchemist - _Tripsis_
6. Neurosis - _Given to the Rising_
7. Red Harvest - _A Greater Darkness_
8. Pig Destroyer - _Phantom Limb_
9. The Dillinger Escape Plan - _Ire Works_
10. Agnostic Front - _Warriors_

James Montague's Top 10

1. Portal - _Outre_
2. Primordial - _To the Nameless Dead_
3. Darkestrah - _Epos_
4. Mayhem - _Ordo Ad Chao_
5. Ulver - _Shadows of the Sun_
6. Marduk - _Rom 5:12_
7. Deathspell Omega - _Fas - Ite, Maledicti, in Ignum Aeternum_
8. Krohm - _The Haunting Presence_
9. Cobalt - _Eater of Birds_
10. Be Persecuted - _I.I_

Nikola Shahpazov's Top 10

1. Primordial - _To the Nameless Dead_
2. Moonsorrow - _V: Hävitetty_
3. Neurosis - _Given to the Rising_
4. Trelldom - _Til Minne..._
5. Kroda – _Fimbulvinter_
6. Wolves in the Throne Room - _Two Hunters_
7. Type O Negative - _Dead Again_
8. Marduk - _Rom 5:12_
9. High on Fire - _Death Is This Communion_
10. Nine Inch Nails - _Year Zero_

Andreas Marouchos's Top 10

1. Primordial - _To the Nameless Dead_
2. Neurosis - _Given to the Rising_
3. Deathspell Omega - _Fas - Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum_
4. Wolves in the Throne Room - _Two Hunters_
5. Immolation - _Shadows in the Light_
6. The Ocean - _Precambrian_
7. Electric Wizard - _Witchcult Today_
8. Jesu - _Conqueror_
9. Om - _Pilgrimage_
10. Rotting Christ - _Theogonia_

Kostas Sarampalis's Top 10

1. Primordial - _To the Nameless Dead_
2. Wolves in the Throne Room - _Two Hunters_
3. Moonsorrow - _V: Hävitetty_
4. Devin Townsend - _Ziltoid the Omniscient_
5. Pain of Salvation - _Scarsick_
6. The Ocean - _Precambrian_
7. Sigh - _Hangman's Hymn_
8. Minsk - _The Ritual Fires of Abandonment_
9. Dream Theater - _Systematic Chaos_
10. Elend - _A World in Their Screams_

Jeremy Ulrey's Top 10

1. Moonsorrow - _V: Hävitetty_
2. Wolves in the Throne Room - _Two Hunters_
3. Electric Wizard - _Witchcult Today_
4. Tomahawk - _Anonymous_
5. Nine Inch Nails - _Year Zero_
6. Clutch - _From Beale Street to Oblivion_
7. Amorphis - _Silent Waters_
8. Om - _Pilgrimage_
9. Akercocke - _Antichrist_
10. Jesu - _Conqueror_

Paul Schwarz's Top 10

1. Immolation - _Shadows in the Light_
2. Ted Maul - _White Label_
3. Doomsword - _My Name Will Live On_
4. Taint - _Secrets & Lies_
5. Clutch - _From Beale Street to Oblivion_
6. Dodheimsgard - _Supervillian Outcast_
7. Unsane - _Visqueen_
8. Om - _Pilgrimage_
9. Akercocke - _Antichrist_
10. Type O Negative - _Dead Again_

Chaim Drishner's Top 10

1. Dirge - _Wings of Lead Over Dormant Seas_
2. Wolves in the Throne Room - _Two Hunters_
3. Arbeit - _Zum einem neuen Licht_
4. Rwake - _Voices of Omens_
5. Abigor - _Fractal Possession_
6. Entombed - _Serpent Saints_
7. Onslaught - _Killing Peace_
8. The Knell – _Harm_
9. V:28 - _VioLution_
10. Worship - _Dooom_

(article submitted 10/2/2008)


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