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5.0 classic
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
Alice in Chains Jar of Flies
Alice in Chains Dirt
Alice in Chains Facelift
At the Gates Slaughter of the Soul
Atheist Piece of Time
Black Sabbath Master of Reality
Camel Mirage
Crimson Glory Transcendence
Darkthrone A Blaze in the Northern Sky
David Bowie Heroes
Death The Sound of Perseverance
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
After their rather disappointing and commercial sounding previous album, the boys from Dream Theater went back into the studio, rehashed their Prog Metal sound and released an absolute behemoth of a concept record and an album that has yet to be eclipsed in terms of concept records, even Prog Metal in general. From start to finish, this album is damn near flawless in every aspect. Any Dream Theater virgins who are unsure as to where to begin, Metropolis is sure to please.
Edge of Sanity Crimson
Faith No More The Real Thing
Frank Zappa Hot Rats
Genesis Selling England by the Pound
Isis Oceanic
Jeff Buckley Grace
Judas Priest Sad Wings of Destiny
King Crimson Red
King Diamond Abigail
Kreator Extreme Aggression
Mad Season Above
Mastodon Crack the Skye
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Mr. Bungle Mr. Bungle
Neil Young Rust Never Sleeps
The ultimate Neil Young album, showcasing his beautiful acoustic side for one half, only to then unleashing "Old Black" to massive enjoyment. Music rarely eclipses the brilliance Neil layed down on this tremendous release.
Neurosis Through Silver in Blood
Opeth Still Life
Overkill Horrorscope
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Roger Waters and the boys improved massively with the release of their true opus in my opinion, Wish You Were Here. CFollowing the rather overrated but overwhelmingly successful Dark Side Of The Moon, Pink Floyd managed to create the greatest Rock record of the 1970's. One for the true lover of classic 70's Rock, even if you hate music there is something you will enjoy about this record and to this day it's overlooked in favor of The Dark Side Of The Moon and The Wall despite the acclaim it receives.
Pink Floyd Meddle
Not Pink Floyd's breakthrough, but still deserves much more admiration given the fact it initially received mixed reviews, although retrospective reviews have been very positive, and righfully so as this is truly breathtaking and one of the best Floyd records. Pink Floyd are one of those rare groups whose catalog of music is filled with albums that are vastly overlooked and this is the prime example, which is quite a surprise considering how successful they are. Meddle may take a few listens to really click in as it did for me (it is not as progressive as their future 70's material), but once you're there, you won't get enough of it.
Porcupine Tree In Absentia
Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine
This is my favourite album of all time. There's not a damn flaw on this record. Probably the first album to successfully merge rap and heavy metal, Rage Against the Machine's debut was ground-breaking enough when it was first released, but many would argue that it has yet to be outdone in terms of influence and brilliance, although several bands have tried but haven't come close. Tom Morello takes guitar playing to a different level with all the noises he makes with it and Zack De La Rocha's rapping style suits the music insanely well. It comes as no surprise that this album is labelled as a huge influence on Nu-Metal, and despite Nu-Metal's recent demise, the impact of Rage's seminal debut is still felt by many people today. It's the only record in the world where every track is beyond great. Listening to this album from start to finish for the very first time is something I will never forget. Never had I heard anything so influential yet mysterious and intriguing at the same time, especially the lyrical content. Really consider the history of the rock music scene at the time. Many Hard Rock/Metal bands began to thrive on Mainstream attention and were labelled as selling out, Grunge had just hit its stride and gained monstrous popularity and airplay thanks to groups such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam and even Alternative Rock as a whole was very popular. Rage doesn't really seem to fit into any of that, which is what makes them and this so unique. To sum this album up then: absolutely mind-blowing, an prominent, powerful and exciting record that should belong in everyone?s music collection.
Rainbow Rising
Rush Hemispheres
Steely Dan Aja
Stone Temple Pilots Core
Strapping Young Lad City
Television Marquee Moon
Testament The Gathering
The Clash London Calling
The Contortionist Exoplanet
A monumentally good release from this astonishing group. It mixes Progressive Metal and Djent with Death Metal and Metalcore, which on paper sounds like an unappetizing combination of flavors but Jonathan Carpenter and the boys lay down some technically advanced music that in my opinion eclipses anything Between The Buried And Me have ever released. This record is only three years old, but I definitely see this slowly becoming one of my favourite albums of all time in the future.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced
The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico
Thin Lizzy Live and Dangerous
Tool Lateralus
X Japan Art of Life

4.5 superb
Agalloch The Mantle
The Mantle is one of the most unique albums you'll ever come across. It transports the listener into another world, incorporating numerous styles such as black metal and folk with a tint of avant-garde and progressive metal and if you're in search for something different, definitely consider it. Agalloch's biggest strength however is their ability to write amazingly atmospheric, ambient like music without it getting monotonous or overly complex, making the perfect compromise.
Alter Bridge Blackbird
Alter Bridge Fortress
Anathema Judgement
Anthrax Among the Living
Atheist Unquestionable Presence
Audioslave Audioslave
Black Sabbath Paranoid
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell
Black Sabbath Sabotage
Black Sabbath Mob Rules
Black Sabbath 13
Blind Guardian Imaginations from the Other Side
Carcass Heartwork
Cynic Focus
David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust...
Death Leprosy
Death Individual Thought Patterns
Death Symbolic
Death Human
Deftones Around the Fur
Devin Townsend Terria
Devin Townsend Ocean Machine: Biomech
Devin Townsend Project Epicloud
Dio Holy Diver
Dire Straits Love Over Gold
Dire Straits Brothers in Arms
Dire Straits Dire Straits
Dream Theater Images and Words
Dream Theater A Change of Seasons
Frank Zappa Joe's Garage
Genesis Foxtrot
Iron Maiden Powerslave
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden Piece of Mind
Iron Maiden Killers
Judas Priest Painkiller
Katatonia The Great Cold Distance
King Crimson Discipline
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King
King Crimson Larks' Tongues in Aspic
Korn Korn
Kreator Pleasure to Kill
Ks Choice Paradise in Me
Kyuss Welcome to Sky Valley
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin
Lou Reed Transformer
Mahavishnu Orchestra The Inner Mounting Flame
Mastodon Leviathan
Mastodon The Hunter
Megadeth Rust in Peace
Metallica Master of Puppets
Metallica Metallica
Miles Davis Kind of Blue
Minutemen Double Nickels on the Dime
Muse Origin of Symmetry
Neil Young After the Gold Rush
Neil Young Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Nick Drake Pink Moon
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine
Nocturnus Thresholds
Obituary Slowly We Rot
Opeth Morningrise
Coming off their debut, Opeth really upped the ante with this sophomore release. The songs are longer (every track exceeds the 10 minute mark), the guitar sound is thicker and the production is an improvement, still maintaining its raw sound and energy, but the main highlight on this record is the cold, gray atmospheric listening experience, encompassing many different passages and emotions. Morningrise will repay many repeat listens.
Opeth Damnation
Overkill The Years of Decay
Pantera Cowboys from Hell
Pink Floyd Animals
Pink Floyd Pulse
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
Queen A Night at the Opera
Queen Queen II
Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf
Queens of the Stone Age Rated R
Radiohead The Bends
Rage Against the Machine The Battle of Los Angeles
Rainbow Long Live Rock & Roll
Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way
Rush Moving Pictures
Rush 2112
Sepultura Beneath the Remains
Soundgarden Badmotorfinger
Stevie Ray Vaughan Texas Flood
Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life
Stevie Wonder Innervisions
Stone Temple Pilots Purple
Testament The New Order
The Afghan Whigs Gentlemen
The Butterfly Effect Begins Here
The Doors The Doors
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold as Love
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
The Prodigy The Fat of the Land
The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
The Stooges Raw Power
The Velvet Underground White Light/White Heat
The Who Who's Next
Tool Aenima
Yes Close to the Edge

4.0 excellent
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step
A Perfect Circle Mer de Noms
AC/DC AC/DC Live
Alan Parsons A Valid Path
Alice Cooper Trash
Alice in Chains Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains Black Gives Way to Blue
Alice in Chains The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
Anata The Conductor's Departure
Angra Temple of Shadows
Annihilator Never, Neverland
Audioslave Out of Exile
Black Sabbath Vol. 4
Black Sabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Camel Camel
Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
David Bowie Hunky Dory
Death Scream Bloody Gore
Def Leppard Vault: Greatest Hits 1980 - 1995
Deftones Diamond Eyes
Devin Townsend Project Addicted
Dream Theater Train of Thought
Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Dream Theater Awake
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos
Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Dream Theater Dream Theater
Faith No More Angel Dust
Frank Zappa Zoot Allures
Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Gojira From Mars to Sirius
Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Isis In the Absence of Truth
Judas Priest Stained Class
Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance
Katatonia Brave Murder Day
King Crimson Lizard
King Crimson Starless and Bible Black
Korn Follow the Leader
Korn Untouchables
Kreator Phantom Antichrist
Kyuss Blues for the Red Sun
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III
Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy
Lou Reed Berlin
Lynyrd Skynyrd Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd
Mastodon Remission
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Megadeth Countdown to Extinction
Megadeth Youthanasia
Megadeth Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?
Megadeth So Far, So Good... So What!
Metallica Kill 'Em All
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Metallica Garage Inc.
Metallica Beyond Magnetic
Miles Davis Bitches Brew
Mr. Bungle California
Muse Absolution
Muse Black Holes and Revelations
Muse The Resistance
Muse The 2nd Law
My Morning Jacket Z
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Marks
Nocturnus The Key
Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Opeth Watershed
Overkill Feel the Fire
Pantera Official Live: 101 Proof
Pantera Vulgar Display of Power
Pestilence Consuming Impulse
Porcupine Tree Deadwing
Queen Sheer Heart Attack
Queen News of the World
Queens of the Stone Age Queens of the Stone Age
Queens of the Stone Age Lullabies to Paralyze
Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime
Radiohead Kid A
Rage Against the Machine Evil Empire
Rainbow Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
Rammstein Mutter
Rammstein Sehnsucht
Rammstein Reise, Reise
Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication
Red Hot Chili Peppers Mother's Milk
Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Rush A Farewell to Kings
Rush Permanent Waves
Rush Rush
Rush Snakes & Arrows
Rush Clockwork Angels
Sepultura Roots
Silverchair Neon Ballroom
Silverchair Freak Show
Slayer Hell Awaits
Slayer Decade of Aggression
Soundgarden Superunknown
Strapping Young Lad The New Black
The Mars Volta Scab Dates
The Mars Volta Amputechture
The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath
The Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
The Stooges Fun House
Them Crooked Vultures Them Crooked Vultures
Tool Undertow
Tool 10,000 Days
Yes Fragile

3.5 great
AC/DC Highway to Hell
AC/DC Black Ice
Anthrax Spreading the Disease
Anthrax State of Euphoria
Anthrax Fistful of Metal
Black Sabbath Headless Cross
Death Spiritual Healing
Diamond Head Lightning to the Nations
Dream Theater Octavarium
Husker Du New Day Rising
Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time
Judas Priest British Steel
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
Megadeth Killing Is My Business...
Metallica Load
Muse Showbiz
Oasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Opeth Orchid
Opeth's debut album is a raw sounding, audacious release, with five tracks exceeding the ten minute mark. For a debut it is quite an impressive feat but only when you compare it to albums such as Still Life, Ghost Reveries and their sophormore release Morningrise do you point out the (albeit) minor flaws. Nevertheless, Orchid is definitely worth a listen.
Opeth Blackwater Park
Blackwater Park, the album many consider to be Opeth's magnum opus, has definitely stood the test of time since its release, yet despite that, it's not what I consider their best work, struggling to live up to the hype it has. The songs are good, but at times become repetitive, especially midway through the album and overall it's not on par with the band's previous outputting. This is a good album, a very good album, just not the best Opeth album.
Overkill The Electric Age
Pantera Far Beyond Driven
Pantera The Great Southern Trendkill
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd The Wall
Porcupine Tree The Incident
Queens of the Stone Age Era Vulgaris
Radiohead Amnesiac
Radiohead OK Computer
Red Hot Chili Peppers The Uplift Mofo Party Plan
Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium
Rush Signals
Silverchair Frogstomp
Silverchair Diorama
Slayer Seasons in the Abyss
Soundgarden Louder Than Love
Tool Opiate
Tool's Opiate E.P. has never been regarded all that highly, most likely because of the wealth of brilliant material they have released since, but there's definitely something here that makes it memorable. It isn't very Progressive, but it makes up for a prog absence for possessing such a raw, punk-like sound and vibe, and Maynard's screams are phenomenal.

3.0 good
AC/DC Back in Black
The influence that this album has had on many bands and artists cannot be denied. The classic riffs, straight-up foot tapping beats and Johnson's vocals make it obvious why this was such a monstrous success. That being said, certain songs on here are average and the ones that are good are easy to get sick of ("Back In Black", "Hells Bells", "You Shook Me All Night Long").
Audioslave Revelations
Definitely my least favourite Audioslave album, as well as a lot of other people's. Just doesn't capture the flair of the first two and overall doesn't generate a completely memorable sound, noticeably softer than the other two. It contains its fair share of decent tracks though but nothing spectacular.
Dream Theater Falling into Infinity
Falling To Infinity has never been the most loved album of any Dream Theater fan, some may consider it their worst effort to date, but going back and listening to it made me realise this is a more impressive feat than what people make it out to be. It's not my favourite DT release and there are a few weak tracks, but who can't listen to a song such as "Hell's Kitchen" and not admit there's some worthy content on this album. It's more of a Prog Rock approach as opposed to Prog Metal, but who would complain? Prog Rock is, truly, the shit.
Dream Theater A Dramatic Turn of Events
The only two tracks that are really good are "On The Backs Of Angels" and "Outcry", the remainder being average. Songs such as "Build Me Up, Break Me Down" sound very Linkin Park influenced, lyrically and musically, which isn't a good thing. Maybe LP fans will enjoy this for that reason. Overall, not the best Dream Theater album.
Gorguts Obscura
King Crimson In the Wake of Poseidon
Korn Take a Look in the Mirror
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II
Kinda like Physical Graffiti, I don't understand the hype people build around this album, but unlike Physical Graffiti, there are some songs on here I enjoy, most notably "Heartbreaker" and Bonham's epic drumming performance on "Moby Dick". That being said, it's not the finest of the Zeppelin catalogue.
Metallica Death Magnetic
If the production quality was better, this would be worthy of a 4. The production is such a huge letdown it denies Death Magnetic one star. Production aside, it's a solid album, most songs bring some memorable moments and sections however some of the riffs are average and Kirk really needs to stop using THAT much Wah-Wah, its just too irritating. But what Metallica has released here is a worthy album and certainly better than anything they've outputted since the notorious Black Album.
Opeth Deliverance
My least favourite of Opeth's discography. Overall it is actually quite decent in most areas but falls below par compared to other releases that the bad had output thus far in their careers. There's definitely more aggression and heaviness, but at times the record feels monotonous and some riffs drag on for a very long time, so there is a mixture of pros and cons.
Opeth Heritage
With Heritage, Opeth recorded a very audacious record featuring no death growls and barely any elements of a Progressive Death Metal group. This album combines classic 70's Prog with a touch of Jazz Fusion. Overall it doesn't take your breath away but perhaps in retrospect it will be looked upon more positively.
Pantera Reinventing the Steel
Pantera's last hurrah resulted in a sound that was heavier than ever, combing a mixture of elements and incorporating sounds from all the band's previous outings, which sounds absolutely fantastic, but in reality, it was like drinking coffee and tea at the same time. Well, maybe not that bad but it doesn't capture the skill and amazement of the first two Pantera albums. There is definitely some ferociousness that results in some memorable moments such as "Revolution Is My Name" and "Uplift" but it is let down by inconsistency. Lets put it this way: overall, it's actually good and listen after listen it gradually grows on you but this is my least favourite Pantera release and not the record I would play to introduce people to this Heavy Metal juggernaut.
Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm with You
It sounds crisp, almost perfect in a way, but the overall approach isn't spectacular. I was expecting Josh Klinghoffer to show off his guitar playing and prove to everyone why he is a worthy replacement for John Frusciante but instead we were treated to Flea's bass that at times vastly overpowers the guitar. Other than that, Kiedis' vocals are great and the catchiness of the album cannot be ignored.
Slayer South of Heaven

2.5 average
Dream Theater When Dream and Day Unite
There's actually some good material present here ("Ytse Jam" is a major highlight) but the remainder of the album is average, but for a first time effort it showcases a great deal of potential for the future.
Immolation Close to a World Below
I Don't understand all the hype that surrounds this. Listened to it, thought it was very average, not terrible but very overrated.
Korn See You on the Other Side
The beginning of Korn's journey into the mediocre, if not poor string of releases that do nothing to capture the magnificence of this one time juggernaut in Nu-Metal.
Metallica Reload
Load, surprisingly, brought us a bunch of memorable tracks, more good than bad. ReLoad is split down the middle: half the songs are good, half are not. Therefore, it receives the 2.5 rating. That's it.
Slayer Reign in Blood
Slayer World Painted Blood

2.0 poor
Black Sabbath Born Again
Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti
I've never been a massive Zeppelin fan, I enjoy them but I'm not overly obsessed with them. It's obvious that they're a huge influence and a pivotal part of Rock music, but I don't get they hype that surrounds this double L.P. and that there are people that consider it their best work. Very few memorable songs and even those tracks that feature some redeeming features are not enough to redeem the entire ordeal being presented to us here.
Lou Reed and Metallica Lulu
Yes overall, this is a piece of shit. Musically monotonous and uninteresting, with dull vocals and lyrics and awful riffs and licks, and the fact it?s a two disc release that lasts for more than 90 minutes you will never get back, however it didn?t bother me as much as other fans. Some definitely took Lulu too close to heart not realising it?s not the tenth Metallica record, it?s just something on the side I guess, even if it?s not very, well, good.
Metallica St. Anger
"Well at least it was heavy." Yes, but Load and ReLoad in my opinion contain some memorable tracks, whereas this has none, perhaps that is more to do with the atrocity of the sound (the kitchen pot snare drum) and the nasty Guitar sound, with Hetfield's rubbish vocal delivery over the top. Had all that been of a higher standard, it would've be perceived as more of an accomplishment.
Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Sounds poor, musically and vocally not a fantastic start and the production is lacking desperately. Certain qualities that would make up the Chili Peppers in the future, most notably funk and groove are almost absent.
Red Hot Chili Peppers One Hot Minute
It's always been difficult for bands to follow up a multi-platinum critically acclaimed release with another of the same, if not greater value and importance. The Chili Peppers on this occasion failed to release a solid album due to poor songwriting and an unbalanced sound. The biggest issue is the absence of guitarist John Frusciante, who departed the group and was replaced by Jane's Addiction's Dave Navarro, who is not a bad player but not only does his technique and ability not match up to that of Frusciante's but more importantly the sound generated from his playing doesn't match the funk bass of Flea or the vocal style of Anthony Kiedis, particularly on the track "Coffee Shop". As for the songwriting, it feels as though certain songs try a little to hard to write songs better than their previous album. "My Friends" especially falls flat, feeling as though the band attempted a song to eclipse "Under The Bridge" in terms of meaning and success. There are a couple of decent tracks present on this LP however, but they're not Chili classice and they don't make up for the album's overall disappointment.

1.5 very poor
Silverchair Young Modern
These guys were favourites of mine when I was younger, but once I heard "Straight Lines" and the rest of the release, almost all my appreciation for them had vanished out the window. This was truly selling out and it reflected negatively on not just myself but many others who love or loved the albums Frogstomp and Neon Ballroom.
Slayer Diabolus in Musica

1.0 awful
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Just plain awful and atrocious to listen to. How this band is being heralded as one of the greats of the last ten or so years is beyond me. Very poor in every way.
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