Top Ten Lists - 1997



  1. Tiamat A Deeper Kind Of Slumber
  2. Kong Earmined
  3. The Gathering Nighttime Birds
  4. Holocaust Covenant
  5. Voivod Phobos
  6. Alchemist Spiritech
  7. Ocean Machine Biomech
  8. Spastic Ink Ink Complete
  9. Red Tide Themes Of The Cosmic Consciousness
  10. Dismal Euphony Autumn Leaves - The Rebellion Of Tides
  1. Megadeth Cryptic Writings
  2. Bruce Dickinson Accident Of Birth
  3. Judas Priest Jugulator
  4. Gamma Ray Somewhere Out In Space
  5. Stratovarius Visions
  6. HammerFall Glory To The Brave
  7. The Gathering Nighttime Birds
  8. Machine Head The More Things Change ...
  9. Entombed (EP) Wreckage
  10. In Flames Whoracle

  11. Dream Theater Falling Into Infinity
  12. Strapping Young Lad City
  13. Tiamat A Deeper Kind Of Slumber
  14. Overkill From The Underground And Below
  15. Savatage The Wake Of Magellan
  16. Fates Warning A Pleasant Shade Of Gray
  17. Emperor Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
  18. Pantera Official Live: 101 Proof
  19. Metallica Reload
  20. Dimmu Borgir Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
  21. Paradise Lost One Second
  22. Rhapsody Of Fire Legendary Tales
  23. Coal Chamber Coal Chamber
  24. Grip Inc. Nemesis
  25. Testament Demonic

A Deeper Kind Of Slumber received wildly conflicting reviews, some noting it as one of the best releases of the year, others finding it unmetallic and worthless. I'll opt for the former opinion. The original version of the list below was on the weak side, but recent additions such as Ocean Machine, Alchemist, and Dismal Euphony have improved the overall quality, making 1997 a good BNR metal year.

Bruce's strong showing here was one of the biggest surprises of my entire poll -- that is, until I actually heard a song or two.

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