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Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicAgalloch The MantleThe 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.Alice In Chains Jar of FliesAlice In Chains DirtAlter Bridge BlackbirdAtheist Piece of TimeBlack Sabbath Master of RealityBlack Sabbath Mob RulesCamel MirageCrimson Glory Transcendence Dark Angel Time Does Not Heal"9 songs, 67 minutes, 246 riffs." That was the tagline released with Dark Angel's seminal fourth and final release and boy, does this album live up to the hype. It really packs a punch. Reign In Blood contained 10 songs and ran for a total of 28 minutes, so that tells you what an audacious album this is. Riff after riff, song after song, it's very intoxicating, combining the ferocity of Thrash with Progressive, Dark Angel may have invented a new sub-genre: Technical Thrash Metal. Anyone in search or metal bands and albums that flew under the radar, Time Does Not Heal is a great example of a Thrash album that deserves more credibility, a brutal but brilliant release sure to impress any Thrash-head.Death The Sound of PerseveranceDeftones Around the FurDeftones Diamond EyesDream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a MemoryAfter 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 CrimsonFaith No More The Real ThingGenesis Selling England by the PoundIron Maiden KillersIsis OceanicJeff Buckley GraceKing Crimson RedKing Diamond AbigailKs Choice Paradise in MeMad Season AboveMastodon Crack the SkyeMetallica Ride the LightningMinutemen Double Nickels on the DimeMuddy Waters His Best: 1947 to 1955Neil Young Rust Never SleepsThe 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.Neil Young After the Gold RushOpeth Still LifeOverkill HorrorscopePink Floyd MeddleNot 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.Pink Floyd Wish You Were HereRoger 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.Porcupine Tree In AbsentiaRage Against the Machine Rage Against the MachineThis 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.Rush HemispheresSteely Dan AjaTelevision Marquee MoonTestament The GatheringThe Clash London CallingThe Contortionist ExoplanetA 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 Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric LadylandThe Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & NicoThin Lizzy Live And DangerousTool LateralusX Japan Art of Life4.5 superbAlter Bridge FortressAnthrax Among the LivingAtheist Unquestionable PresenceAudioslave AudioslaveBlack Sabbath 13Black Sabbath Heaven and HellBlack Sabbath SabotageBlack Sabbath Black SabbathBlack Sabbath ParanoidCarcass HeartworkCynic FocusDeath SymbolicDeath LeprosyDeath HumanDeath Individual Thought PatternsDio Holy DiverDire Straits Dire StraitsDire Straits Love Over GoldDire Straits Brothers in ArmsDream Theater Images and WordsDream Theater A Change of SeasonsFrank Zappa Joe's GarageFrank Zappa Hot RatsGenesis FoxtrotIron Maiden PowerslaveIron Maiden The Number of the BeastIron Maiden Piece of MindIron Maiden Iron MaidenJudas Priest Sad Wings of DestinyJudas Priest PainkillerKatatonia The Great Cold DistanceKing Crimson In the Court of the Crimson KingKing Crimson DisciplineKorn KornKyuss Welcome to Sky ValleyLed Zeppelin Led ZeppelinLou Reed TransformerMahavishnu Orchestra The Inner Mounting FlameMegadeth Rust in PeaceMetallica Master of PuppetsMetallica MetallicaMiles Davis Kind of BlueMuse Origin of SymmetryNeil Young Everybody Knows This Is NowhereNeurosis Through Silver in BloodNick Drake Pink MoonNine Inch Nails The Downward SpiralObituary Slowly We RotOpeth DamnationOpeth MorningriseComing 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.Overkill The Years of DecayPantera Cowboys from HellPink Floyd PulsePink Floyd AnimalsPorcupine Tree Fear of a Blank PlanetQueen A Night at the OperaQueens of the Stone Age Rated RQueens of the Stone Age Songs for the DeafRadiohead The BendsRage Against the Machine The Battle of Los AngelesRainbow RisingRed Hot Chili Peppers By the WayRush Moving PicturesRush 2112Sepultura Beneath the RemainsSoundgarden BadmotorfingerStevie Ray Vaughan Texas FloodStevie Wonder InnervisionsStevie Wonder Songs in the Key of LifeTestament The New OrderThe Butterfly Effect Begins HereThe Doors The DoorsThe Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold as LoveThe Mars Volta Frances the MuteThe Mars Volta De-Loused in the ComatoriumThe Prodigy The Fat of the LandThe Smashing Pumpkins Siamese DreamThe Stooges Raw PowerThe Who Who's NextTool AenimaYes Close to the Edge4.0 excellentA Perfect Circle Mer de NomsA Perfect Circle Thirteenth StepAC/DC AC/DC LiveAlice Cooper TrashAlice In Chains FaceliftAlice In Chains Alice in ChainsAlice In Chains Black Gives Way to BlueAlice In Chains The Devil Put Dinosaurs HereAnnihilator Never, NeverlandAudioslave Out of ExileBlack Sabbath Sabbath Bloody SabbathBlack Sabbath Vol. 4Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside MeCamel CamelCandlemass Epicus Doomicus MetallicusDeath Scream Bloody GoreDef Leppard Vault: Greatest Hits 1980 - 1995Dream Theater Train of ThoughtDream Theater Systematic ChaosDream Theater AwakeDream Theater Six Degrees of Inner TurbulenceDream Theater Black Clouds & Silver LiningsDream Theater Dream TheaterFaith No More Angel DustFrank Zappa Zoot AlluresGenesis The Lamb Lies Down on BroadwayGojira From Mars To SiriusIron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh SonIsis In the Absence of TruthJudas Priest Stained ClassJudas Priest Screaming for VengeanceKatatonia Brave Murder DayKing Crimson Larks' Tongues in AspicKing Crimson LizardKing Crimson Starless and Bible BlackKorn UntouchablesKorn Follow the LeaderKreator Phantom AntichristKyuss Blues for the Red SunLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IIILed Zeppelin Houses of the HolyLou Reed BerlinLynyrd Skynyrd Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-NerdMegadeth Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?Megadeth So Far, So Good...So What!Megadeth Countdown to ExtinctionMegadeth YouthanasiaMetallica Kill 'Em AllMetallica ...And Justice for AllMetallica Garage Inc.Metallica Beyond MagneticMiles Davis Bitches BrewMuse AbsolutionMuse The 2nd LawMuse Black Holes and RevelationsMuse The ResistanceNeutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the SeaOpeth WatershedOpeth Ghost ReveriesOpeth My Arms, Your HearseOverkill Feel the FirePantera Vulgar Display of PowerPantera Official Live: 101 ProofPorcupine Tree DeadwingQueens of the Stone Age Queens of the Stone AgeQueens of the Stone Age Lullabies to ParalyzeQueensryche Operation: MindcrimeRadiohead Kid ARage Against the Machine Evil EmpireRammstein SehnsuchtRammstein MutterRammstein Reise, ReiseRed Hot Chili Peppers Mother's MilkRed Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex MagikRed Hot Chili Peppers CalifornicationRush Permanent WavesRush A Farewell to KingsSepultura RootsSilverchair Freak ShowSilverchair Neon BallroomSlayer Hell AwaitsSlayer Decade of AggressionSoundgarden SuperunknownThe Mars Volta Scab DatesThe Mars Volta The Bedlam in GoliathThe Mars Volta AmputechtureThe Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite SadnessThe Stooges Fun HouseThem Crooked Vultures Them Crooked VulturesTool 10,000 DaysTool UndertowYes Fragile3.5 greatAC/DC Black IceAC/DC Highway to HellAnthrax Spreading the DiseaseAnthrax State of EuphoriaAnthrax Fistful of MetalBlack Sabbath Headless CrossDeath Spiritual HealingDiamond Head Lightning to the NationsDream Theater OctavariumIron Maiden Somewhere in TimeJudas Priest British SteelLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IVMegadeth Killing Is My Business...Metallica LoadMuse ShowbizOasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory?Opeth Blackwater ParkBlackwater 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.Opeth OrchidOpeth'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.Overkill The Electric AgePantera Far Beyond DrivenPantera The Great Southern TrendkillPink Floyd The Dark Side of the MoonPink Floyd The WallPorcupine Tree The IncidentQueens of the Stone Age Era VulgarisRadiohead OK ComputerRadiohead AmnesiacRed Hot Chili Peppers The Uplift Mofo Party PlanRed Hot Chili Peppers Stadium ArcadiumRush SignalsSilverchair FrogstompSilverchair DioramaSlayer Seasons in the AbyssSoundgarden Louder Than LoveTool OpiateTool'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 goodAC/DC Back in BlackThe 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 RevelationsDefinitely 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 InfinityFalling 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 EventsThe 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.King Crimson In the Wake of PoseidonKorn Take a Look in the MirrorLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IIKinda 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 MagneticIf 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 HeritageWith 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.Opeth DeliveranceMy 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.Pantera Reinventing the SteelPantera'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 YouIt 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 Heaven2.5 averageDream Theater When Dream and Day UniteThere'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 BelowI 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 SideThe 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 ReloadLoad, 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 BloodSlayer World Painted Blood2.0 poorBlack Sabbath Born AgainLed Zeppelin Physical GraffitiI'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 LuluYes 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 One Hot MinuteIt'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.Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili PeppersSounds 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.1.5 very poorSilverchair Young ModernThese 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 Musica1.0 awfulBetween The Buried And Me ColorsJust 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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