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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
2The Ocean

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.
4Deep Purple

The traded heaviness for progressiveness. It was hella cool. Nearly as good as Machine Head.
5Killswitch Engage
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.
Ghost Reveries

Their best IMO. "Underrated" only in the sense that it's so far behind Blackwater and Still Life.
8Wolves in the Throne Room
Celestial Lineage

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.
11Judas Priest

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
Spiral Shadow

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.
16Judas Priest
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
21Justin Bieber
My World

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
heavy metal.
25My 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.
Sonic Firestorm

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.
29 Magma
Mekanik Destructiw Kommandoh

The greatest experimental music you've never heard.
30Gamma Ray
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.
32Septic Flesh
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.
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