TARTAREAN DESIRE'S BEST OF 2005
Moving further into the 21st century it seems as if metal has made a comeback to stay. Many wonderful new albums have been released and the metal festivals have been more successful than ever before. The previous two years we have presented only the top ten albums as chosen by our staff. In order to take full advantage of the fact that Tartarean Desire has grown rather quickly the past year we have decided to present you with a wide range of other top lists which can all be found below. Each and every staff member has participated in this process and the lists found here are the results of the summarized votes of the entire Tartarean Desire crew. With this we wish you all a happy and prosperous 2006!


INDIVIDUAL STAFF PICKS



TARTAREAN DESIRE OVERALL TOP LISTS


Top albums released in 2005
1. Dark Tranquillity - Character
2. Moonsorrow - Verisäkeet
3. Opeth - Ghost Reveries
4. Nevermore - This Godless Endeavor
5. Nile - Annihilation Of The Wicked
6. System Of A Down – Mesmerize / Hypnotize
7. Sentenced - The Funeral Album
8. Kiuas - The Spirit Of Ukko
9. Masterplan - Aeronautics
10. Strapping Young Lad - Alien
 
Best black metal albums 2005
1. Naglfar - Pariah
2. Dimmu Borgir - Stormblast MMV
3. Catamenia - Winternight Tragedies
4. Old Man's Child - Vermin
5. Satanic Warmaster – Carelian Satanist Madness
 
Best compilation album 2005
1. Roadrunner United - The All-Star Sessions
 
Best death metal albums 2005
1. Dark Tranquillity - Character
2. Nile - Annihilation Of The Wicked
3. Hypocrisy - Virus
4. Immolation - Harnessing Ruin
5. Gorefest – La Muerte
 
Best doom metal albums 2005
1. Candlemass - Candlemass
2. Mourning Beloveth – A Murderous Circus
3. Evoken - Antithesis Of Light
4. Monolithe - II
5. Rapture - Silent Stage
  November's Doom - The Pale Haunt Departure
 
Best folk metal albums 2005
1. Moonsorrow - Verisäkeet
2. Korpiklaani - Voice Of Wilderness
3. Equilibrium - Turis Fratyr
4. Thyrfing - Farsotstider
5. Falkenbach - Heralding The Fireblade
 
Best gothic / industrial / neo-folk album 2005
1. KMFDM - Hau Ruck
  Of The Wand And The Moon - Sonnenheim
3. Sentenced - The Funeral Album
  Charon - Songs For The Sinners
5. The Vision Bleak - Carpathia
 
Best hard rock album 2005
1. Bon Jovi - Have A Nice Day
 
Best hardcore / metalcore albums 2005
1. As I Lay Daying - Shadows Are Security
2. God Forbid - IV: Constitution Of Treason
3. Pro-Pain - Prophets Of Doom
4. Trivium - Ascendancy
  Still Remains - Of Love And Lunacy
 
Best heavy / power metal albums 2005
1. Kiuas - The Spirit Of Ukko
2. Nevermore - This Godless Endeavor
3. Masterplan - Aeronautics
4. Brainstorm - Liquid Monster
5. Epica - Epica
  Nocturnal Rites - Grand Illusion
 
Best nu-metal / modern rock album
1. System Of A Down – Mesmerize / Hypnotize
 
Best progressive rock / metal albums 2005
1. Opeth - Ghost Reveries
2. Green Carnation - The Quiet Offspring
3. Dream Theater - Octavarium
4. Nevermore - This Godless Endeavor
5. Communic - Conspiracy In Mind
 
Best thrash metal album 2005
1. Kreator - Enemy Of God
2. Exodus - Shovel-Headed Killing Machine
3. Soulfly – Dark Ages
 
Best demo 2005
1. Angtoria - Demo
 
Best newcomers 2005
1. Kiuas
2. Communic
3. Savage Circus
 
Best singles / mini albums 2005
1. Vader- Art Of War
2. Behemoth - Slaves Shall Serve
3. Children Of Bodom - In Your Face
4. Norther - Solution 7
5. Charon - Ride On Tears
 
Best cover art 2005
1. Dark Tranquillity - Character
2. Opeth - Ghost Reveries
3. Communic - Conspiracy In Mind
 
Best cover songs 2005
1. Warmen - Somebody's Watching Me (Rockwell cover)
2. Children Of Bodom - Oops I Did it Again (Britney Spears cover)
3. Mors Principium Est - Blood Of Heroes (Megadeth cover)
 
Best festivals 2005
1. Wacken Open Air
2. Sweden Rock Festival
3. Rock Hard Open Air
  Graspop Metal Meeting
5. Summer Breeze Open Air
 
Best record labels 2005
1. Century Media
2. Spinefarm Records
3. Nuclear Blast
4. Napalm Records
5. Roadrunner Records
 
Best live acts 2005
1. Arcturus
2. Behemoth
3. Sonata Arctica
 
Best magazine 2005
1. Terrorizer Magazine
 
Best songs 2005
1. Sentenced - End Of The Road
2. Dark Tranquillity - Through Smudged Lenses
3. Rapture - Misery 24/7
 
Best videos 2005
1. Soulfly - Carved Inside
2. Arch Enemy - Nemesis
3. Rammstein - Rosenrot
 
Best websites 2005
1. Blabbermouth.net
2. Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives
3. Rockdetector
 
Best webzines 2005
1. The Metal Observer
2. Vampire Magazine
3. Chronicles Of Chaos
 
Best bassists 2005
1. Henkka T. Blacksmith
2. Lauri Porra
3. Steve Harris
 
Best drummers 2005
1. Gene Hoglan
2. Mike Portnoy
3. Frost
4. Dave Mackintosh
5. Thomas 'Thomen' Stauch
 
Best female singers 2005
1. Angela Gossow
2. Simone Simons
3. Liv Kristine Espenæs
4. Kimberly Goss
5. Sharon Den Adel
 
Best male singers 2005
1. Mikael Åkerfeldt
2. Mikael Stanne
3. Devin Townsend
4. Bruce Dickinson
5. Warrel Dane
 
Best guitarists 2005
1. Alexi Laiho
2. Jeff Loomis
3. Christopher Amott
 
Best keyboardist 2005
1. Janne "Warman" Wirman



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