(compiled by Herr Stalhammar)
 

 
TOP 50 ALBUMS OF THE ISSUE
 
1) DREAMSFEAR "Prelude To Destiny"
FINNTROLL "Jaktens Tid"
 
2) PENITENT "Maestro Beethoven"
PROFANITY "Slaughtering Thoughts"
 
3) VOMITORY "Revelation Nausea"
BELPHEGOR "Necrodaemon Terrorsathan"
 
4) FOREFATHER "The Fighting Man"
HIMINBJORG "Third"
 
5) VINTERSORG "Cosmic Genesis"
MORBID ANGEL "Gateways To Annihilation"
 
6) MORBIT "Chronicles Of Amber" / "Sweet Music"
SHAMASH "Eternal As Time"
 
7) HONOR / GRAVELAND "Raiders Of Revenge"
TORTURE SQUAD "Shivering"
 
8) 7TH HEAVEN "Faces Time Replaces"
CORAM LETHE "Reminiscence"
 
9) NOMICON "Halla"
DISGORGE "Forensick"
 
10) RA "Sinnocence"
FAERGHAIL "Blood Will Follow Blood"
 
11) WILLOW WISP "The Building Up And Breaking Down Of Matter"
VINDSVAL "Imperium Grotesque"
 
12) HIGHLORD "When The Aurora Falls…"
VAMPIRIA "Among Mortals"
 
13) DRASTIC "Thieves Of Kisses"
WOMB / DISCIPLES OF MOCKERY "Split CD"
 
14) ETERNAL SADNESS "Set My Soul On Fire"
HADES ALMIGHTY "Millenium Nocturne"
 
15) YATTERING "Murder's Concept"
NOTRE DAME "Vol 1: Le Theatre Du Vampire"
 
16) JACK FROST "Gloom Rock Asylum"
NOCTUARY "When Fires Breed Blood"
 
17) QUO VADIS "Day Into Night"
VADER "Litany"
 
18) CANAAN "Brand New Babylon"
DORNENREICH "Her Von Welken Nachten"
 
19) EVOKEN "Quietus"
KOROVAKILL "Waterhells"
 
20) NIFELHEIM "Servants Of Darkness"
NOKTURNAL MORTUM "NeChrist"
 
21) THUNDERBOLT / KATAXU "Black Clouds Over Dark Majesty" /
"Roots Thunder"
DRAUTRAN "Unter Dem Banner Der Nordwinde"
 
22) CRADLE OF FILTH "Midian"
THYRFING "Urkraft"
 
23) DIES ATER "Through Weird Woods"
HORRID "Blasphemic Creatures"
 
24) ENTWINE "Gone"
DEFYANCE "Time Lost"
 
25) STALWART "Jerk"
DAWN OF DREAMS "Eidolon"
 
26) HAVAYOTH "His Creation Reversed"
MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE "Gates Of Delirium"
 
27) KULT OV AZAZEL "Triumph Of Fire"
AVRIGUS "The Secret Kingdom"
 
28) GRAVEWORM "The Scourge Of Malice"
INFERNAL DREAMS "And I Dream…"
 
29) EVOKE "The Fury Written"
REIGN OF EREBUS "Of Blackest Magick…"
 
30) BLACKSTORM "As Black As Thy Candles Burn"
SENTENCED "Crimson"
 
31) DOMINION CALIGULA "A New Era Rises"
ADENOSINE-TRI-PHOSPHATE "Deranged Angel"
 
32) NOMENMORTIS "How I Learn To Bleed…"
ASTRAY "Alone"
 
33) STONEHENGE "Scum Brigade"
CHINCHILLA "Madness"
 
34) REVENANT "Chaos Paradox"
RAIN FELL WITHIN "Believe"
 
35) DAMMERCIDE "Link"
ICONOCLASM "Marching Evil…"
 
36) SPECTER "Images Of The Innocent"
NORDREAM "Memories Progression"
 
37) LOVE HISTORY "Anasazi"
WITCH-HUNT "Souls Enshrouded Fire"
 
38) GEHENNA "Murder"
HADES ALMIGHTY "The Pulse Of Decay"
 
39) WICKED INNOCENCE "Opium Empire"
KRABATHOR "Unfortunately Dead"
 
40) CHALICE "Chronicles Of Dysphoria"
PANDEMIA "Spreading The Message"
 
41) ANCIENT CEREMONY "Synagoga Diabolica"
AFTERALL "Dead Loss"
 
42) INSANIA "Sunrise In Riverland"
DEMONICON "Condemned Creation"
 
43) MORTIFIER "If Tomorrow Comes"
TORTURE SQUAD "Asylum Of Shadows"
 
44) ANDRALLS "Massacre, Corruption, Destruction…"
ADHUR / AIUMEEN BASOA / ILBELTZ "Triarchy Of Vasconia -
Iluntasunaren Itzulera"
 
45) GORGON "The Spectral Voices"
MIMETIC MUTE "Negative"
 
46) MORTUARY DRAPE "Tolling 13 Knell"
SIZZLE "Natural Elements"
 
47) IZAKARON "Chaoschrist"
LUNGORTHIN "Prophecy Of Eternal Winter"
 
48) RITUAL CARNAGE "Every Nerve Alive"
AMORTIS "Summoned By Astral Fires"
 
49) COFFIN TEXTS "Gods Of Creation, Death And Afterlife"
AURORA BOREALIS "Northern Lights"
 
50) GLACIAL FEAR "Fetish Parade"
WALHALLA "Firereich"
 
… well, the following ones also could have their place in "top 50":
 
ALGOL "Gorgonus Aura"
ANATOMY "Witches Of Dathomir"
 
ODES OF ECSTASY "Deceitful Melody"
MANEGARM "Havets Vargar"
 
MONUMENT "The Millennial Death Of God"
MERENDINE ATOMICHE "The Holy Metal"
 
DREAM WEAVER "Fantasy Revealed"
BLOOD DUSTER "Cunt"
 
NOVEMBER'S DOOM "The Knowing"
THIS EMPTY FLOW "Nowafter"
 
SEVERNIE VRATA "Otchizna"
GODKILLER "Deliverance"
 
SANCTIMONY "Eternal Suffering"
UNSILENCE "Transfiguration"
 
MOTORHEAD "We Are Motorhead"
AVATAR "The Alchemist"
 
GALLERY OF DARKNESS "Sea Of Silence"
BENIGHTED "Harbringers Of The Victorium Aeternus"
 
MERCYLESS "Sure To Be Pure"
PSYCHOMANCER "(si-ko-man-sur)"
 
BEST CD (black metal genre)
 
1) FINNTROLL "Jaktens Tid"
2) BELPHEGOR "Necrodaemon Terrorsathan"
3) FOREFATHER "The Fighting Man"
4) HIMINBJORG "Third"
5) VINTERSORG "Cosmic Genesis"
 
BEST CD (semi-black)
 
1) MORBIT "Chronicles Of Amber" / "Sweet Music"
2) TORTURE SQUAD "Shivering"
3) DRASTIC "Thieves Of Kisses"
4) STONEHENGE "Scum Brigade"
5) TORTURE SQUAD "Asylum Of Shadows"
 
BEST CD (dark ambient, minimal electro, folk noir)
 
1) PENITENT "Maestro Beethoven"
2) CANAAN "Brand New Babylon"
3) MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE "Gates Of Delirium"
4) AVRIGUS "The Secret Kingdom"
5) MIMETIC MUTE "Negative"
 
BEST CD (doom / goth / dark wave)
 
1) 7TH HEAVEN "Faces Time Replaces"
2) RA "Sinnocence"
3) ETERNAL SADNESS "Set My Soul On Fire"
4) JACK FROST "Gloom Rock Asylum"
5) ENTWINE "Gone"
 
BEST CD (death / grind)
 
1) PROFANITY "Slaughtering Thoughts"
2) VOMITORY "Revelation Nausea"
3) MORBID ANGEL "Gateways To Annihilation"
4) CORAM LETHE "Reminiscence"
5) DISGORGE "Forensick"
 
BEST CD (thrash)
 
1) DREAMSFEAR "Prelude To Destiny"
2) MORTIFIER "If Tomorrow Comes"
3) RITUAL CARNAGE "Every Nerve Alive"
4) MONUMENT "The Millennial Death Of God"
5) MERENDINE ATOMICHE "The Holy Metal"
 
BEST CD (heavy / power)
 
1) HIGHLORD "When The Aurora Falls…"
2) DEFYANCE "Time Lost"
3) CHINCHILLA "Madness"
4) INSANIA "Sunrise In Riverland"
5) DREAM WEAVER "Fantasy Revealed"
 
BEST LIVE CD
 
CANNIBAL CORPSE "Live Cannibalism"
 
BEST SPLIT-CD
 
1) HONOR / GRAVELAND "Raiders Of Revenge"
2) WOMB / DISCIPLES OF MOCKERY "Split CD"
3) THUNDERBOLT / KATAXU "Black Clouds Over Dark Majesty" /
"Roots Thunder"
4) ADHUR / AIUMEEN BASOA / ILBELTZ "Triarchy Of Vasconia -
Iluntasunaren Itzulera"
5) - - - - -
 
BEST SELF-RELEASED CD
 
1) DREAMSFEAR "Prelude To Destiny"
2) MORBIT "Chronicles Of Amber" / "Sweet Music"
3) NOMICON "Halla"
4) WOMB / DISCIPLES OF MOCKERY "Split CD"
5) ETERNAL SADNESS "Set My Soul On Fire"
 
BEST TRIBUTE CD
 
SIX FEET UNDER "Graveyard Classics"
 
BEST WORK IN THE SHAPE OF DEMO
 
1) GOREOPSY "Intentional Disfiguration"
2) WARHEAD "The Realms Of Fancy"
3) AMORBITAL "Invidia"
4) MORIA "Skogsfrun"
5) PROPHET "Death Becomes You"
6) FOREST STREAM "Last Season Purity"
7) THRONEUM "The Underground Storms Eternally…"
8) CHRISTABEL "Songs Of Experience"
9) MAHAVATAR "Demo 2000"
10) STORMCROW "Hell On Earth"
11) NECROFLESH "Promo 2000"
12) VINTAGE SOLEMNITY "Curtains Of Adjectives"
13) ELENIUM "Promo '99"
14) CAPTIVUS DIABOLI "Captivus Diaboli"
15) TWISTED TOWER DIRE "Demo 2000"
 
BEST UNSIGNED BAND
 
DREAMSFEAR
 
BEST COMPILATION
 
IN SEARCH OF WEIRD TRUTH
(Weird Truth Productions)
 
BEST NEWCOMER
 
(a little note: "newcomer" means the band who have just released their
debut either demo or CD. They could exist for decades before that;
doesn't matter)
 
Russia (and CIS countries)
 
1) STALWART
2) FOREST STREAM
3) SEVERNIE VRATA
 
Abroad
 
1) DREAMSFEAR (Ireland)
2) 7TH HEAVEN (USA)
3) CORAM LETHE (Italy)
4) HIGHLORD (Italy)
5) VAMPIRIA (Argentina)
 
BEST NON-METAL BAND / PROJECT
 
1) PENITENT
2) CANAAN
3) MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE
4) AVRIGUS
5) MIMETIC MUTE
 
MOST INNOVATIVE EFFORT (metal acts only)
 
1) NOTRE DAME "Vol 1: Le Theatre Du Vampire"
2) DORNENREICH "Her Von Welken Nachten"
3) ADHUR / AIUMEEN BASOA / ILBELTZ "Triarchy Of Vasconia"
4) KOROVAKILL "Waterhells"
5) REVENANT "Chaos Paradox"
 
MOST WEIRD PROJECT
 
1) VORAK
2) NAERVAER
3) TORMENTOR
4) DORNENREICH
5) NEGURA BUNGET
 
MOST VIOLENT WORK
 
GEHENNA "Murder"
 
MOST PATHETIC WANNABES
 
1) WOLFPAC
2) ORCISH BLOOD
3) UNCROSSED
4) CATHARSIS (Rus)
 5) SYMAWRATH
 
CLICHE AWARD
 
LUNGORTHIN
 
WORST ATTITUDE
 
Nergal / BEHEMOTH
 
MOST SELF-CONFIDENT BASTARDS
 
MUTIILATION (France)
 
MOST IMPRESSIVE LYRICAL CANVAS
 
1) RAIN FELL WITHIN "Believe"
2) CRADLE OF FILTH "Midian"
3) SENTENCED "Crimson"
4) AURORA BOREALIS "Northern Lights"
5) BEHEMOTH "Thelema.6"
6) FOREFATHER "The Fighting Man"
7) VINTERSORG "Cosmic Genesis"
8) ENTWINE "Gone"
9) MORBID ANGEL "Gateways To Annihilation"
10) DISGORGE "Forensick"
 
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT
 
1) ENSLAVED
2) NAERVAER
3) DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
4) NIGHT CONQUERS DAY
5) CATHARSIS (Rus)
 
MOST SUCCESSFUL "COMEBACK"
 
1) DAWN OF DREAMS
2) CALLENISH CIRCLE
3) STONEHENGE
4) MERCYLESS
5) HADES ALMIGHTY
 
MOST PLEASANT SURPRISE
 
CASTRUM (Ukraine)
 
MOST SUCCESSFUL LABELS
 
1) Last Episode Productions
2) Red Stream Records
3) Metal Blade Records
4) Spinefarm Records
5) Hammerheart Records
 
BEST UNDERGROUND 'ZINE (printed)
 
KOGAIONON (Romania)
 
BEST SONG FOR A HANGOVER
 
1) 7TH HEAVEN "You Lied" (off "Faces Time Replaces" CD)
2) DREAMSFEAR "Burning Bridges" (off "Prelude To Destiny" MCD)
3) 7TH HEAVEN "Gonna Break" (off "Faces Time Replaces" CD)
4) ETERNAL SADNESS "As I Lay" (off "Set My Soul On Fire" single-CD)
5) DREAMSFEAR "Ruins" (off "Prelude To Destiny" MCD)
6) RA "The Great Wide Shut" (off "Sinnocence" CD)
7) HONOR "Antichrist's Hammer" (off "Raiders Of Revenge" split-CD)
8) 7TH HEAVEN "Boom" (off "Faces Time Replaces" CD)
9) SENTENCED "Killing Me, Killing You" (off "Crimson" CD)
10) ENTWINE "Silence Is Killing Me" (off "Gone" CD)
 
BEST CD / MC APPEARANCE
 
(excluding the CDs I've received in the shape of "promos" due to the fact they lack inlay and the back cover)
 
1) DISGORGE "Forensick"
2) CANAAN "Brand New Babylon"
3) PENITENT "Maestro Beethoven"
4) FINNTROLL "Jaktens Tid"
5) BEHEMOTH "Thelema.6"
6) YEAR ZERO "The Towers Of Avarice"
7) HER ENCHANTMENT "Sagas"
8) NEGURA BUNGET "Maiastru Sfetnic"
9) VAMPIRIA "Among Mortals"
10) DRASTIC "Thieves Of Kisses"
11) MONUMENT "The Millennial Death Of God"
12) GODKILLER "Deliverance"
13) CATHARSIS "Dea"
14) CORAM LETHE "Reminiscence"
15) FOREFATHER "The Fighting Man"
 
PERSONALITY OF THE ISSUE
 
(metal)
 
Christoph Ziegler (VINTERRIKET / Neodawn Productions)
 
(non-metal)
 
Prof. M. Walter