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My 5/5 Ratings - No Racism

12 albums. 7 metal albums. I'm diverse.
1Agalloch
Pale Folklore


This was not an instant classic for me. In fact, this was my least favorite Agalloch release for a very long time. About a year after I first heard it, however, it clicked. The mix of black metal, folk, and post-rock is displayed flawlessly in this album's 65-minute run time. I can pull a Crysis and say that this is the soundtrack to being lost in dismal, yet beautiful autumn forest.
2Blind Guardian
A Night At the Opera


Epic, grandiose, cheesey...this is the perfect power metal album if you ask me. Maybe it's a bit over the top, but it's executed damn well. Plus each member of the band gives near-flawless performances.
3Dream Theater
Awake


Took me over two years, but i've decided that this is my favorite album by Dream Theater. As much as I love Rudess' wankery, I've really been preferring Moore-era DT much more than Rudess-era DT. Though the big drawn-out instrumental passages are still present, there is a greater emphasis on songwriting on the albums he was present on, especially on Awake. This is also their darkest, moodiest, and arguably most emotional record. It's almost oppopsite of what DT haters accuse the band of...almost.
4Dream Theater
Images and Words


Metropolis and Learning to Live are good enough for this to warrant a 5/5.
5Dredg
El Cielo


I'm constantly on the fence with this album. The middle of the album is easily weaker than the first few and last few tracks, but in the end the fantastic bookends are enough for this to warrant a 5/5. The whole band work together to craft a chilling, epic masterpiece which feels as sorrowful as it is triumphant.
6Glassjaw
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About


Worship and Tribute may theoretically be the "better album" but the raw emotion contained within this cd is unmatched. This album has helped me through some tough times and will most likely always have a special place in my heart. The end of the title track chills me every time...Palumbo manages to sound so pained and hopeless in the most beautiful way imaginable.
7Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada


I got this about a week ago. Unlike F# A# ?, this had a very immediate effect on me. It may not be as "terrifying" as F# A# ? is, but it's a much easier listen, and it's more impressive on a musical scale. Gave this two back-to-back listens today, and I lost count of how many times I was given goose-bumps. The part in BBF3 where the title character starts raving insanely backed by the swelling and intensifying orchestrations is perfect.
8Kayo Dot
Choirs of the Eye


Toby Driver is one of my all-time favorite musicians. I'm not huge fans of the other two Kayo Dot releases, but Choirs of the Eye is certainly one of the most challenging listens i've come across. Though it took a while for me to fully appreciate it, this is one of the most brilliantly composed albums of all time. I struggle to find words that do this album justice.
9maudlin of the Well
Bath


Another brilliant Toby Driver project, spanning a very wide amount of genres. On paper, death metal mixed with flourishes of jazz, ambient, progressive stylings, and music which would not be out of place in early horror films seems like a trainwreck. However, unlike my previous sentence, Bath makes these multiple genres work together flawlessly. The highly ethereal atmospheres make this best listened to when it's given full attention, with headphones and no distractions. Geography is likely my favorite song of all time.
10Opeth
Blackwater Park


The capacity of human intelligence seems to limit the capabilities to expand upon any possible creative aptitudes. Indeed, if one cannot even notice the facets that the ingenuities around him are comprised of, how can he be expected to fashion a beast of his own? This inveterate sense of constraint is a great blow to the veracity of mankind?s abilities. It restrains us and holds our minds to the ground below, averting any possibility of rising above ourselves to something greater; something not fathomed by the conventional mind. This concept of seeking to go beyond one?s self, known as ?transcendence?, is essentially a gateway to unlocking pieces of ourselves that can lead to some of the most elaborate and significant creations of our world. For many, this quest to transcend and form creations that were once considered unthinkable and overwhelming consumes life. Certainly it is rare to find such people, but when they are found, creative barriers are destroyed.
11Opeth
Still Life


I lurves me Opeth
12Thrice
Vheissu


Took me over a year to fully grasp this album, but when I did it became my favorite Thrice album. I don't feel like writing any more so i'm just gonna say that The Earth Will Shake and For Miles are the two best Thrice songs.
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