Basically, the following are all albums that I want to get in the near future. Due to my lack of funds, I leave it up to you to inform me as to which is the more worthwhile investment from each artist.
|1|| ||Blind Guardian|
Tales from Twilight World
From what I've seen, opinion on this album is very polarized, so I don't know what to expect.
Imaginations from the Other Side
This album, on the other hand, is hailed by many as BG's finest, but there are those who contend that the former is superior.
Exposures: In Retrospect and Denial
I own all of Dark Tranquillity's other stuff, but I've always been leery of b-side compilations for some reason.
|4|| ||Dark Tranquillity|
I know this isn't an album, per se, but I'm interested in whether or not it stands up as a good concert DVD.
An Accidental Memory in the Case of Death
I've only heard a few songs from this band, but what I've experienced has been pretty damn good. A good number of the material I'm familiar with came from this album.
Basically this is the same case as above.
A Dead Sinking Story
I actually haven't heard any of the songs of off this, only its follow-up, but many maintain that this release is more consistent than the latter.
The songs I've heard from this, like Eluvium, have all been damn good. I'm not sure if they're good enough to warrant its purchase, though.
Yet another example of having limited exposure to a band but liking what you've heard. A buddy of mine recommended them, and I hear this album is a good example of their better work.
The Blueprint Dives
Like Synergy, this is another latter-day Extol disc that I've been toying around with buying.
A Sun That Never Sets
I have several Neurosis CDs, and from what I own I can definitely say I'm a bigger fan of their later stuff. I'm not quite sure how this fits into all that stylistically though.
Times of Grace
This release has been heralded as the band's finest by casual listener and diehard expert alike, but then again the praise heaped on the former isn't too shabby either.
|13|| ||Paradise Lost|
Symbol of Life
Another band where I own the majority of their catalog. Personally, I liked their whole Draconian Times-era, but I'm not as opposed to the newer sound as some seem to be.
The word on the street is that this album sort of furthers the band's attempt to go back to its roots, which can either be a very good thing or a very bad thing.
Symmetric in Design
Many claim this band to be the next big thing in death metal, and that their debut couldn't be topped.
Pitch Black Progress
Likewise, there are many who say that their follow-up is the high point of their career, so I'm pretty baffled.
Once again I own everything else they've done besides these two, and while I've heard that this disc, like Scar Symmetry's, is incredible for a debut, I don't know if it's better than the latter.
The Chainheart Machine
Also like Scar Symmetry, I've heard that their sophomore effort tops their previous work from some reviews.
|19||Strapping Young Lad|
Lastly we have SYL, whose album "Alien" is the only point of reference I have. I thought that album had a lot of potential, but didn't always act on it. City has been claimed to be superior.
|20||Strapping Young Lad|
The New Black
The New Black seems, like this list's opener, to be a bit of a divisive issue. I mean, it might be a slight falteration, but with songs like Far Beyond Metal, it can also be a superbly self-aware disc.