*An Addendum to our Albums of the Decade List
This brilliant album somehow slipped my mind back when we were reflecting on the decade as a whole. That travesty will not stand! Thus:
Being a pseudo-medieval Village existing on the cusp of the gothic period, we have a certain appreciation for gothic metal. The fifth and (unfortunately) final effort from Woods of Ypres is both a genre stalwart, and a general shining star in the past decade of heavy music.
The entire affair is obviously informed by the death of vocalist David Gold two months prior to release. Given the death-and-legacy oriented themes, moments such as the refrains of "the dead are to be forgotten" and "we shouldn't worship the dead" on "Adora Vivos" take on an...eerily apropos leaning.
Well, here we are, standing at the end of a long and arduous decade-long road. Rather than wax poetic, however, let's cut straight to what you're all here for: the Albums of the Decade. Drumroll, applause, frivolous bows, etc.
This whole endeavor is an utterly subjective affair. Hence, I'll preface this by saying that, although excellent in their own right, the following 10 albums are almost certainly not the best that the decade has to offer. Nor are they necessarily my favorites. Rather, these are the albums that have significantly impacted the ways in which I consume and enjoy heavy music. They have all earned a coveted spot on this list by benefit of having defined my decade. Nothing more, nothing less.
It has been an honor sharing my love for metal with you all over the past few years, and it is my sincere hope that this list will lead you to some music that you may have otherwise overlooked or forgotten. Without further ado...
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