|Overrated / Underrated|
Albums that I thought were shafted, albums that got more than their rdue, albums that I'm rrrrrrhappy to see got what they deserved.
|1|| ||Need More Love: Underrated|
I get it. People are pissed that they changed style. Whatever. "Firmament" and "The Origin..." are fantastic.
In the Absence of Truth
Deserves to be mentioned alongside Oceanic and Panopticon.
The traded heaviness for progressiveness. It was hella cool. Nearly as good as Machine Head.
As Daylight Dies
It's metalcore, I know. But it has some great variation and the songs pack some serious punch.
Full of Hell
It gets a little monotonous but Full of Hell could be the prelude to something Mastodon-esque.
Their best IMO. "Underrated" only in the sense that it's so far behind Blackwater and Still Life.
|8||Wolves in the Throne Room|
The extended folk/chanted parts in the middle turn a lot of people off. Have a heart. It's pretty. There's
plenty of blistering black metal here to go around.
Theater of Salvation
Gamma Ray and Blind Guardian rightly get all the best reviews, but for a while Edguy stood right with them.
Yeah I know, it's already pretty high. But I wouldn't mind seeing this rated among the very best.
Like Heliocentric, they changed the singer and the sound and people freaked. It's got some great songs
|12|| ||I Don't Get It: Overrated|
Spread Eagle Beagle wasted several minutes of my life which I won't get
They simplified the songs, particularly the drumming. It just sounds so tame compared to Static Tensions.
Most of this album is out-of-tune wailing over power chords and slow drums and it gets old real fast. The
opener is a classic though.
Screaming for Vengeance
The first few tracks are awesome. Then Halford loses his tuning fork and the middle is nearly unlistenable at
times. It's a great album, but I wouldn't call it classic.
Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 2
"Eagle Fly Free" and "I Want Out" are classic, but Keeper 2 isn't as consistent as the first. The title track also
meanders way too long.
Edge of the Earth
Now I'm the one complaining about the new singer. That, and the whole dynamic range of this album seems
stifled compared to its predecessor.
Ashes Against the Grain
The opening quartet is great, particuarly 2 and 4, but the ending to the album is almost not worth listening to
in comparison. Especially that last static thing, wtf mate?
|20|| ||Sunn 0)))|
Monoliths and Dimensions
*croak*...*screech*...*croak* BWWWOOWWWW... Big Church is kinda cool but the other songs are incredibly
I had to. Too bad you can't rate things a zero.
|22|| ||They Got it Right|
This is the best hard rock album ever. Not Zep. Not Sabbath. This one. Especially the last two tracks.
The Headless Children
Yeah, WASP got pretty corny later on. But for just a while, Blackie hit the nail on the head with great driving
|25||My Dying Bride|
The Dreadful Hours
I feel almost masochistic listening to this, but it hurts so good.
End of an Era
Tarja went out with style. "Once" is the focus, as is should be. The drum cam guy forgot his Ritalin.
If only the next two weren't carbon-copies of it, this would look better.
Conclusion of an Age
The songwriting is massive, the guitarwork is fantastic, and the singer kicked ass. Oh well.
Mekanik Destructiw Kommandoh
The greatest experimental music you've never heard.
Somewhere Out in Space
So much more consistently awesome than LotF, this is the best power metal album. Period.
The Destroyers of All
An improvement over Everything is Fire, the post-metal influenced help make Destroyers even more crushing,
depressing and awesome.
The Great Mass
The best use of an orchestra in any recent death metal album. Experimental songs towards the end get big
The perfect length to enjoy the scope of their talent, "I" sees Meshuggah base everything of Haake's
jamming and it turns out awesomely.