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
  26. Deftones Around The Fur
  27. Saxon Unleash The Beast
  28. Iced Earth Days Of Purgatory
  29. Flotsam & Jetsam High
  30. Arcturus La Masquerade Infernale
  31. Therion A'Arab Zaraq Lucid Dreaming
  32. Geezer Black Science
  33. Crisis The Hollowing
  34. Voivod Phobos
  35. Dark Tranquillity The Mind's I
  36. Spastic Ink Ink Complete
  37. Hypocrisy The Final Chapter
  38. Fu Manchu The Action Is Go
  39. Ozzy Osbourne The Ozzman Cometh (compilation)
  40. Iron Savior Iron Savior
  41. Six Feet Under Warpath
  42. Rammstein Sehnsucht
  43. Faith No More Album Of The Year
  44. Jag Panzer The Fourth Judgement
  45. Deicide Serpents Of The Light
  46. Karma To Burn Karma To Burn
  47. W.A.S.P. Kill, Fuck, Die
  48. Queensryche Hear In The Now Frontier
  49. Chastain In Dementia
  50. Forbidden Green
  51. Old Man's Child The Pagan Prosperity
  52. Misfits American Psycho
  53. Kreator Outcast
  54. Vanderhoof Vanderhoof
  55. Deceased Fearless Undead Machines
  56. Crematory Awake
  57. Edge Of Sanity Cryptic
  58. Sigh Hail Horror Hail
  59. Suicidal Tendencies Prime Cuts (compilation)
  60. Aerosmith Nine Lives
  61. Venom Cast In Stone
  62. Exciter The Dark Command
  63. Sacred Reich Still Ignorant
  64. Misery Loves Co. Not Like Them
  65. Lake Of Tears A Crimson Cosmos
  66. Sevendust Sevendust
  67. Sepultura Blood-Rooted (compilation)
  68. Scanner Ball Of The Damned
  69. Rotting Christ A Dead Poem
  70. Annihilator Remains
  71. Y&T Endangered Species
  72. Neuraxis Imagery
  73. Summoning Nightshade Forests
  74. Exodus Another Lesson In Violence
  75. Intense (EP) Dark Season
  76. Borknagar The Olden Domain
  77. Vanden Plas The God Thing
  78. Sadus Elements Of Anger
  79. Memento Mori Songs For The Apocalypse, Vol. 4
  80. EverEve Seasons
  81. Nightwish Angels Fall First
  82. Michael Schenker Group The Michael Schenker Story Live
  83. Body Count Violent Demise: The Last Days
  84. Novembre Arte Novecento
  85. In The Woods ... Omnio
  86. On Thorns I Lay Orama
  87. Greenmachine D.A.M.N.
  88. Brutal Truth Sounds Of The Animal Kingdom
  89. Konkhra Weed Out The Weak
  90. Sodom To Death Do Us Unite
  91. Manowar Hell On Wheels
  92. Slo Burn (EP) Amusing The Amazing
  93. Godflesh Love And Hate In Dub
  94. Electric Wizard (EP) Chrono.naut
  95. Fifth Reason Psychotic
  96. Immortal Blizzard Beasts
  97. Candiria Beyond Reasonable Doubt
  98. Living Sacrifice Reborn
  99. Edguy Kingdom Of Madness
  100. Gwar Carnival Of Chaos

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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