Staff Picks 2005!

After going through 2006 and 2004, we’ve arrived back in time to the year 2005. Chronology has no place in time travel… and we need to fix our De Lorean. Anyway, not only did 2005 saw Youtube come alive, certain bands achieved massive and well deserved breakthroughs as well. Primordial finally saw limelight with The Gathering Wilderness and Nevermore was up on everyone’s lips with This Godless Endeavor. Most importantly. what were YOUR favorites from 2005?

by Staff

Because there are never enough year end lists, here are the staff picks of 2005 from those that were kind enough to submit them.

Chris Dick

1. Opeth – Ghost Reveries
2. Rapture – Silent Stage
3. Arcturus – Sideshow Symphonies
4. Primordial – The Gathering Wilderness
5. Kamelot – The Black Halo
6. Dark Tranquillity – Character
7. Swallow the Sun – Ghosts of Loss
8. Slumber – Fallout
9. Bolt Thrower – Those Once Loyal
10. Akercocke – Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone

Erik Thomas

1. Between the Buried and Me, Alaska
2. Primordial, The Gathering Wilderness
3. Opeth, Ghost Reveries
4. Equlibrium, Turis Fratyr
5. Embrace the End, Counting Hallways to teh Left
6. Aes Dana, Formors
7. Neuraxis, Trilateral Progression
8. Despised Icon, The Healing Process
9. The Berzerker, World of Lies
10. Hiretsukan, End States


1. Nevermore, This Godless Endeavor
2. Primordial, The Gathering Wilderness
3. Gojira, From Mars to Sirius
4. Bolt Thrower, Those Once Loyal
5. Gorefest, La Muerte
6. Kingston Wall, Real Live Thing
7. Nile, Annihilation of the Wicked
8. Antimatter, Planetary Confinement
9. Rapture, Silent Stage
10. Amoral, Decrowning


1. Horna, Envaatnags Eflos Solf Esgantaavne
2. Satanic Warmaster, Carelian Satanist Madness
3. Belphegor, Goatreich- Fleshcult
4. Averse Sefira, Tetragrammatical Astygmata
5. Sargeist, Disciple of the Heinous Path
6. 1349, Hellfire
7. Aes Dana, Formors
8. Morrigan, Headcult
9. Brume d’Automne, Fiers et Victorieux
10. Primordial, The Gathering Wilderness

John Gnesin

1. Overmars, Affliction, Endocrine, Vertigo
2. Jesu, Jesu
3. Solefald, Red for Fire: An Icelandic Odyessy
4. Bolt Thrower, Those Once Loyal
5. Horse the Band, The Mechanical Hand
6. Ulver, Blood Inside
7. Impure Wilhelmina, L’amore, l’morte, l’enfance Perdue
8. Modern Life is War, Witness
9. Antigama, Zeroland
10. Behold…The Arctopus, Nano-nucleonic Cyborg Summoning

Shawn Pelata

1. JOURNEY, Generations
2. KING’S X, Ogre Tones
3. TNT, All The Way To The Sun
4. STARBREAKER, Starbreaker
5. THE MOB, The Mob
7. NICKELBACK, All The Right Reasons
8. GOTTHARD, Lipservice
9. ALLEN LANDE, The Battle
10. BON JOVI, Have A Nice Day

Brent Mittelstadt

1. Rosetta, The Galilean Satellites
2. Opeth, Ghost Reveries
3. The Project Hate, Armageddon March Eternal
4. Buried Inside, Chronoclast
5. Avenged Sevenfold, City of Evil
6. Arsis, A Diamond for Disease
7. Enslaved, Isa
8. Strapping Young Lad, Alien
9. Bolt Thrower, Those Once Loyal
10. Moonsorrow, Verisakeet

Fred Phillips

1. Black Label Society, Mafia
2. Sentenced, The Funeral Album
3. God Forbid, IV: Constitution of Treason
4. Jon Oliva’s Pain, Tage Mahal
5. Soilwork, Stabbing the Drama
6. Opeth, Ghost Reveries
7. Nevermore, This Godless Endeavor
8. Kiuas, The Spirit of Ukko
9. Corrosion of Conformity, In the Arms of God
10. Bruce Dickinson, A Tyranny of Souls

Damien Boorman

1. Nevermore, This Godless Endeavour
2. Between the Buried and Me, Alaska
3. Watchmaker, Erased From the Memory of Man
4. Gojira, From Mars to Sirius
5. Opeth, Ghost Reveries
6. Despised Icon, The Healing Process
7. Porcupine Tree, Deadwing
8. Prostitute Disfigurement, Left in a Grisly Fashion
9. Neuraxis Trilateral Progression
10. Through the Eyes of the Dead, Bloodlust



  1. Commented by: Shawn Pelata

    That’s right…I’m a rebel. :-)

  2. Commented by: gabaghoul


    1. Opeth – Ghost Reveries
    2. Burst – Origo
    2. Akercocke – Words That Go Unspoken
    3. Porcupine Tree – Deadwing
    4. Gojira – From Mars to Sirius
    5. Nevermore – This Godless Endeavour
    6. Rapture – Silent Stage
    7. Nile – Annihilation of the Wicked
    8. Averse Sefira – Tetragrammatical Astygmata
    9. Through the Eyes of the Dead – Bloodlust
    10. Impure Wilhelmina – L’Amour

    (Enslaved – Isa and Slumber – Fallout were both 04 otherwise they would be top 5 here too)

  3. Commented by: gordeth

    Here’s my top 10 in no order:
    Akercocke – Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone
    Fall of the Leafe – Vantage
    Lurker of Chalice – Lurker of Chalice
    Leviathan – Howl Mockery at the Cross
    Crowbar – Lifesblood for the Downtrodden
    Withered – Memento Mori
    Aphotic – Failure
    Jesu – Jesu
    Neuraxis – Trilateral Progression
    Nevermore – This Godless Endeavor

    Honorable mentions:
    Immolation – Harnessing Ruin
    The Dying Light – The Killing Plan
    Strapping Young Lad – Alien

  4. Commented by: mike

    Byzantine – …and They Shall Take Serpents
    The Absence – From Your Grave
    Becoming the Archetype – Terminate Damnation
    Chimaira – S/T
    Darkane – Layers of Lies
    Hypocrisy – Virus
    Equilibrium – Turis Fratyr
    Dark Tranquillity – Character

    And Gojira, Nile, Meshuggah, Neuraxis, Darkest Hour

  5. Commented by: Corbin

    I have probably listened to Bolt Thrower’s “Those Once Loyal” more than any record I have ever owned.

  6. Commented by: Apollyon

    Would have to take Nile and Amoral off my list. Haven’t listened to either of albums since 2005 or 2006. I’d probably add Fall of the Leafe and Akercocke to the list instead. Or Overmars.

  7. Commented by: mike

    nobody has mentioned High on Fire – Blessed Black Wings or Novembers Doom – The Pale Haunt Departure? or how about 2005 releases by Solstafir, Lay Down Rotten and Green Carnation?

  8. Commented by: Apollyon

    Fuck. You’re right. Solstafir’s Masterpiece of Bitterness should be right at the top five. Too bad I only found about it at the beginning of this year, or was it late last year… anyway. The opening track beats a truckloads of albums by itself.

  9. Commented by: Facial La Fleur

    You motherfuckers completely stole my idea!!!!! ;)

    01. Nevermore – This Godless Endeavor
    02. Kamelot – The Black Halo
    03. Between The Buried And Me – Alaska
    04. YOB – The Unreal Never Lived
    05. Nile – Annihilation Of The Wicked
    06. Opeth – Ghost Reveries
    07. Equilibrium – Turis Fratyr
    08. Swallow The Sun – Ghosts Of Loss
    09. Mercenary – 11 Dreams
    10. Pelican – The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw

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