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07.02.13 Top 10 Metal Concept Albums

Top 10 Metal Concept Albums

My personal list of the best concept metal albums that follow original storylines created by rrthe musician(s) themselves. I introduced that rule because it would not be fair to judge an rralbum by its story when the story is actually written by J. R. R. Tolkien (as it is the case in rr"Nightfall in Middle-Earth" by Blind Guardian, which is one of my all-time favorites) or some rrother iconic author. Some random other bands with great concept albums: Pain of Salvation, rrSavatage, Avantasia, Rhapsody.
The Black Halo

It shares its throne with its predecessor "Epica". They both tell the best concept story I have heard yet, centering around the long quest for the meaning of life. Music and atmosphere are top-notch.

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Operation: Mindcrime

An iconic metal album that inspired the whole genre. The story is excellent and emotional, the music is catchy as hell! Also mentionable: Even though it was released way back in 1988, the story about crime and corruption is still as up-to- date as it could possibly be.
4Dream Theater
Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory

Dream Theater have succeeded to create an album that feels like one 77 minute song. Main character Nicholas is not the only one who experiences some "Strange Deja Vu"s - the listener also does while listening to this. A truly epic piece!
5Symphony X
V: The New Mythology Suite

It is pure coincidence that an album named after the number five whose lyrics occure about the number five is placed on - number five! It is an excellent Prog Metal album with an epic storyline that corssbreeds Greek and Egypt mythology.

Silverthorn has become one of my favorite albums. The storyline is only one of the many things to admire about this album. It is a shame that the storybook is not able to tell the story in such an exciting way as the album itself does. But if you desist from the mediocore literary conversion and let the album tell the story on its own you'll find out that there is much to love about the tragic story of two brothers whose world slowly falls apart.
7Seventh Wonder
Mercy Falls

A very emotional story told with a huge amount of passion and genius musicianship. Only the partially dumb dialogues bug me, but there are only 4 of them scattered over the album.
The Human Equation

The cast is incredible, including singers like James LaBrie and Mikael Akerfeldt. The album tells a simple story in an exciting way. I especially like the sung dialogues between the characters.
My Arms, Your Hearse

An atmospheric masterpiece. Though the story is very simple, the album conveys the feeling of a coherent piece of art.
Still Life

Another concept album by Opeth. It is one of my very favorite albums because it is a masterpiece in musical manners. But the concept story, while being decent, is not able to hold a candle to most of the other ones gathered in this list.
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