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Stuff I Discovered Through Sputnik

So, since I joined this site, my musical taste has expanded significantly. Here's the bands that I learned about on here. I'd appreciate any recommendations.
Manic Impressions

Pretty innovative thrash band that is criminally underrated by most people. 4/5
2 Andrew Bird
Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs

Very pleasant music. 4.5/5
3At The Drive-In
Relationship of Command

My first hardcore album. Incredibly strange, and I need some more time to adjust to the vocals. 3.5/5, probably going to go up to about a 4, maybe a 4.5.
Unquestionable Presence

Sounds a bit like the death metal equivalent to Megadeth. 4/5
5Between the Buried and Me
The Great Misdirect

I was put off by the long track times, but after a couple of listens, I began to love this album. 4.5/5
None So Vile

My favorite extreme metal album. Only complaints are that the album is somewhat repetitive, and I can't understand any of the lyrics. 4/5
7Dark Tranquillity
The Gallery

One of the most interesting melodeath albums that I have. There's absolutely no reason for The Jester Race to be more popular than this. 4.5/5
8Darkest Hour
Deliver Us

My favorite album from these guys. Some very memorable riffs and melodies. 4/5
9 Dissection
Storm of the Light's Band

My favorite black metal album, full of amazing melodies and riffs. 5/5
10In Flames
The Jester Race

Overrated but good. Definitely not the best Gothenburg album of all time. 3.5/5
11 Ian Anderson
Secret Language of Birds

I've been a huge Jethro Tull fan for years. I have almost all of their good albums and I've seen them live (awesome show), but I've never heard of this album. This album is almost perfect and certainly the best thing Ian did since 1979. 4.5/5.
12Jeff Beck

All of the band members are great, but the guitar playing and vocals are definitely the highlights for me. Great album. 4/5
13The Mars Volta
De-Loused in the Comatorium

One of the oddest albums that I own. I need to give this a few more listens before I settle on a rating, but right now, its between a 3.5 and a 4.5/5
Crack the Skye

Best sludge band that I know of. Pretty good, but the vocals are definitely an acquired taste. 3.5/5
15Nine Inch Nails
The Downward Spiral

I have PHM and The Slip, and some songs from TDS. I look forward to buying the whole thing, and if the whole album is as good as March of the Pigs and Hurt, then it will be a definite 5/5.
16 Rainbow
Rainbow Rising

Why do so few people know about this album? This is without a doubt one of the best albums that I own. Anybody that likes Dio, Black Sabbath, or Deep Purple (or music in general) should buy this immediately. 5/5.
17Rigor Mortis
Rigor Mortis

Once again, not enough people know this band. One of the better speed/thrash acts that I know of. 4/5.
Gutter Ballet

Nice album filled with emotion. When the Crowds are Gone is the band's best song. Unfortunately, some filler brings this down to a 4/5.

Pretty cool thrash band. Rather solid, but I prefer Kreator. 3.5/5 (Might go up to a 4)

I play classical piano and blues/metal guitar. I can't resist loving a band mixing opera and death metal. 5/5
21Thought Industry
Mods Carve the Pig

My initial reaction to this album was "What the Hell". A good 15 listens later, my reaction is unchanged. 4.5/5

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