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5.0 classic
Amethystium Transience
BUCK-TICK Kurutta Taiyou
BUCK-TICK 13-kai wa Gekkou
Cryptopsy None So Vile
Demolition Hammer Epidemic of Violence
Dir En Grey Dum Spiro Spero
Dir En Grey Arche
Dir En Grey The Unraveling
Gackt MARS
Along with his work with Malice Mizer (Merveilles being a genius album in my opinion) and the EP Mizerable, this is Gackt's divine jewel. This trio of albums is the ultimate testament to why I hold him in high regard and why he was unstoppable in terms of musical quality. Gackt's voice is at his career peak here, possessing an incredibly sleek and dynamic tone and style, leading the album while having a sense of pure power behind his voice coupled with delicate, slightly high pitched vocals mastered with effortless control on every track. Unlike Gackt's other albums (except of course Mizerable), every single song is a highlight and the songwriting is almost constantly fantastic. Each track takes flight with its own identity from the sexy big band influenced Vanilla to the solemn and angelic Kono Daremo Inai Heya de, each possessing extensive replay value due to Gackt's vocal work, suprising variety on offer and hooks abound. In addition Mars has perfect length, with each track placed to complement the other and the constant high quality performances mean that there's never a dull moment. The ultimate seal of quality to this album, Freesia Op 1&2 is the shining example of this where Gackt trades the rock sound present on most of the album for a mid album Vocal/Piano lead interlude which not only makes the transistion between the album's two halfs seemless, but gives the best songwriting of his career. Even after years this hasn't worn off its first impression on me, to this day Mars is still a beloved favourite in my collection. Despite very few minor flaws in songwriting such as emu-for my dear's sudden silence with no transistion and Kono Daremo Inai Heya de having an outro of chanting children which is overlong, with how consistant and enjoyable the album is and Gackt's vocal performance here being one of my favorite performances ever I simply can't make any reservation in giving this a classic rating: 4.8/5
Gackt Mizerable
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F#A# (Infinity)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada
Kamijo Symphony of the Vampire
Kuroki Nagisa Kuroki Nagisa
Since this is a nightmare to find a download link for in good quality I'll provide. To download click where it says (68M) and some options should pop up. Then click the large button which isn't the blue one (one right next to it). This is incredible J-Rock that is a must hear for anyone who has an intrest in Japanese music or female songwriters. If Shiina Ringo was 19 again in 2013, this would be the album she'd write. 4.9/5, here's the download link:
Malice Mizer Merveilles
If there's one album which continues to baffles me for the rest of my life, it is without a doubt this one. As the title of the album suggests (it's 'Wonders' in English), every song on this album is a separate journey though the wondrous and musically lush world which Malice Mizer has created though their very distinct array of sounds and dramatic portrayal which has never and probably will never be replicated again and it is these array of sounds to create this one of a kind atmosphere which makes this album so baffling. Having a dramatic mix of Baroque Classical music and Synthpop while having pop sensibilities with dark undertones combined and maintaining a dramatic, theatrical feel throughout sounds like a nigh impossible task to only be coherent, but to also be well performed. Malice Mizer not only make these ideas sound coherent, but have also crafted incredibly well written and memorable songs with each having their own individual personality. These overwhelming beautiful sounds are firmly backed by melodies and very direct songwriting which makes each element shine though while all centred upon Gackt's vocals which lead each song who pulls off the album's theatrical style flawlessly, using his sleek and deep voice to incredible effect, compelling the listener and being a perfect counterpart to this album. In my eyes this an incredibly overlooked gem which needs far more love and attention than it has gotten for this a must listen for any fan of music who is looking for anything outside their usual rotation of music: 4.8/5
Meshuggah Catch Thirtythree
Mr. Bungle California
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Opeth Blackwater Park
Shakti Natural Elements
Shiina Ringo Shouso Strip
Shpongle Tales of the Inexpressible
Shpongle Ineffable Mysteries from Shpongleland
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum Of Natural History
Sufjan Stevens Carrie and Lowell
The Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating Infinity
The Seatbelts Cowboy Bebop Boxed Set
X Japan Art of Life

4.5 superb
After Forever Decipher
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
Angel Vivaldi Universal Language
Artillery By Inheritance
Atheist Unquestionable Presence
Blotted Science The Animation of Entomology
BUCK-TICK Razzle Dazzle
BUCK-TICK One Life, One Death
Dark Angel Darkness Descends
Diablo Swing Orchestra Pandora's Pinata
Dir En Grey Uroboros (Remastered & Expanded)
Dir En Grey GAUZE
Dream Theater Images and Words
Electric Masada At the Mountains of Madness
Exhorder Slaughter in the Vatican
Heathen Victims of Deception
Hibria Defying The Rules
John Mayer Continuum
Kashiwa Daisuke Program Music I
Kuroki Nagisa Jiyu Ritsu
Kuroki has returned to prove she is the queen of the Japanese charts, refusing to fall into either Major or Single syndrome. If her self titled was the start of the inferno, 'Hyouhon Bako' the transition to a Japanese Rock Star, then 'Jiyu Ritsu' is her fully embracing her role as one. Not wanting to create the same album again she fuses her poppish, bombastic sound with more of an emotional side along with playful songs such as 'You Will Ruin Me'. Kuroki's vocals are still divine, having a sense of maturity and emotional passion which very few can match, presenting soft and delicate tones combined with a often bombastic approach which is endearing to say the least. Her vocals on '107' are especially noteworthy of attention, subduing to a soft and mournful woman being conflicted with loneliness and looking back with a smile from a relationship that wasn't to be. Songwriting and instrumentally the record is top notch, boasting with a wide variety of sounds and tones from the uplifting violin bombast of the opener, blistering drumming at the end of 'Almond' to the relaxed, soft guitar chords and tambourine of the closer. Everything comes together to create so many incredible melodies which will be stuck in your head forever, composition mainly being relatively simple yet so effective at making you smile at every energised note. Despite her previous outing being still a pretty superb album, this is the follow up to her masterpiece s/t truly deserves. Minus ‘Template’ and to a much lesser extent ‘Inochigake...’, every song is a winner. This still may be just behind her s/t, but damn does it come close. Most likely my album of the year, Kuroki has done it yet again: 4.6/5
Kuroki Nagisa Hyouhon Bako
Maximum the Hormone Buiikikaesu
Megadeth Rust in Peace
Meshuggah Nothing (Re-release)
Metallica Master of Puppets
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Morbid Saint Spectrum of Death
Mr. Bungle Mr. Bungle
Mudvayne L.D. 50
Naked City Naked City
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Opeth Watershed
Opeth Damnation
Pestilence Consuming Impulse
Pestilence Malleus Maleficarum
Rodriguez Cold Fact
Sekai no Owari Earth
Shakti A Handful of Beauty
Shiina Ringo Muzai Moratorium
Shiina Ringo Sanmon Gossip
Shining (SWE) V - Halmstad
Shpongle Nothing Lasts... But Nothing Is Lost
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum In Glorious Times
Sodom M-16
Supercell Today is a Beautiful Day
Symphony X The Divine Wings of Tragedy
The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis
The Dillinger Escape Plan Ire Works
The Dillinger Escape Plan Irony Is a Dead Scene
The Mortal I Am Mortal
You absolute mugs I'm not Hawk'ing this, rating pending :P
The Seatbelts Cowboy Bebop
Tigers on Trains Grandfather
Toxik Think This
Versailles Noble
Versailles Jubilee
Whispered Shogunate Macabre
X Japan Blue Blood
X Japan Jealousy

4.0 excellent
Aborted Goremageddon
After the Burial Rareform (Re-release)
Agalloch The Mantle
Alice in Chains Jar of Flies
Alter Bridge Fortress
Amethystium Odonata
Amethystium Aphelion
Angelus Apatrida The Call
Aspid Extravasation
Atomship The Crash of `47
Blind Guardian Somewhere Far Beyond
Blind Guardian Nightfall in Middle-Earth
Blotted Science The Machinations of Dementia
BUCK-TICK Darker Than Darkness (Style 93)
BUCK-TICK Yume Miru Uchuu
Cannibal Corpse Bloodthirst
Carach Angren Death Came Through a Phantom Ship
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade
Cynic Traced in Air
Death The Sound of Perseverance
Draconian Arcane Rain Fell
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas All That We Have Now
Foreign Fields Anywhere But Where I Am
Galneryus Angel of Salvation
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress'
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.
Haggard Eppur Si Muove
Haruka to Miyuki Cyanotype
Hizaki Curse of Virgo
Jeff Buckley Grace
Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance
Judas Priest Painkiller
Kamelot The Black Halo
Kazumoto Endo While You Were Out
Livetune Decorator
Livetune Tell Your World
Loreena McKennitt The Book of Secrets
Maximum the Hormone Yoshu Fukushu
Mergel Invisible Landscapes
Meshuggah I
My Dying Bride A Line of Deathless Kings
My Dying Bride Songs of Darkness, Words of Light
Naked City Torture Garden
Ningen-Isu Fuuchiiku
One OK Rock Niche Syndrome
Orphaned Land Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)
Ott Mir
Ott Fairchildren
Panzerballett Panzerballett
Perfume Triangle
Pig Destroyer Terrifyer
Pig Destroyer Prowler in the Yard
Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork
Rhapsody of Fire Symphony of Enchanted Lands
Rodrigo y Gabriela Rodrigo y Gabriela
Ryo Fukui Scenery
Sekai no Owari Entertainment
Shiina Ringo Kalk Samen Kuri no Hana
Sodom Agent Orange
Sodom Persecution Mania
Sotaisei Riron Hi-Fi Shinsho
Spawn of Possession Cabinet
Spawn of Possession Incurso
Steven Wilson The Raven That Refused to Sing
Symphony X The Odyssey
Te Naraba, Imi kara Houkaisareta Hibiki ha "Oto" no S
The Dillinger Escape Plan One of Us Is the Killer
The Gathering Mandylion
The Mung Showering in Shit
Tokyo Incidents Adult
Tool Lateralus
Trophy Scars Holy Vacants
Uchu Conbini Feel the Dyeing Note
Uchu Conbini Looking At the Moon's Reflection
Versailles Lyrical Sympathy
Wormrot Dirge
Wormrot Abuse
X Japan Vanishing Vision
X Japan Dahlia
Yanagi Nagi Euaru
Yonin Bayashi Ishoku-Sokuhatsu

3.5 great
Acid Black Cherry Black List
Alice in Chains Black Gives Way to Blue
Alter Bridge Blackbird
Angelus Apatrida Clockwork
Animals As Leaders Animals as Leaders
Animals As Leaders The Joy of Motion
Anthrax Worship Music
Behold... The Arctopus Nano-Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning
Blind Guardian A Night at the Opera
Born of Osiris The Discovery
Bradio Diamond Pops
Bradio Swipe Times
BUCK-TICK Seventh Heaven
BUCK-TICK Kyokutou I Love You
Cannibal Corpse Tomb of the Mutilated
Carcass Heartwork
Carly Rae Jepsen E MO TION
Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Conception In Your Multitude
Cynic Focus
Diablo Swing Orchestra The Butcher's Ballroom
Dokken Under Lock and Key
Draconian Turning Season Within
Dream Theater Awake
Epica The Quantum Enigma
Equilibrium Sagas
Fear Before The Always Open Mouth
Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas PHASE 2
Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas Feeling of Unity
Florence and the Machine Ceremonials
Folks Snowtown
Gackt Crescent
Gackt Rebirth
Galneryus Resurrection
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
Gotsu Totsu Kotsu Mouryou
Green Day American Idiot
Gris A lame Enflammee, lame Constellee
House Rulez & Enne Tom N Toms Coffee Break
Impaled Mondo Medicale
Judas Priest Defenders of the Faith
Kamelot Epica
Kim Jung Mi Now
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Pamyu Pamyu Revolution
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Nandacollection
Malice Mizer Bara no Seidou
Maximum the Hormone Rokkinpo Goroshi
Meshuggah Koloss
Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve
Meshuggah Chaosphere
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Mirrorthrone Gangrene
Mononofu Light of Sunset Seen From Kozuki Castle
Mr. Bungle Disco Volante
Mystery of the Yeti The Mystery of the Yeti
Nails Unsilent Death
Nails Abandon All Life
Naked City Leng Tch'e
Naked City Radio
Necrophagist Onset of Putrefaction (Re-issue)
Nile Those Whom the Gods Detest
Ningen-Isu Burai Houjou
Number Girl School Girl Distortional Addict
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Shahen-Shah
One OK Rock Jinsei x Boku =
One OK Rock Zankyo Reference
Opeth Heritage
Opeth Pale Communion
Outrage (JPN) Black Clouds
Paradise Lost The Plague Within
Perfume JPN
Periphery Periphery (Instrumental)
Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime
Rhapsody of Fire Power of the Dragonflame
Septicflesh Communion
Seventh Wonder The Great Escape
Shiina Ringo Hi Izuru Tokoro
Shpongle Museum of Consciousness
Sigh Imaginary Sonicscape
Silencer (SWE) Death - Pierce Me
Spastic Ink Ink Complete
Stevie Ray Vaughan Texas Flood
Stone No Anaesthesia!
Te Therefore, the illusion of density...
The Contortionist Language
The Last Successor The Last Successor
Thy Catafalque Roka Hasa Radio
Thy Light No Morrow Shall Dawn
Tristania Widow's Weeds
Trophy Scars Darkness, Oh Hell
Troy Baker Sitting In the Fire
Tyr Ragnarok
Ulcerate Everything Is Fire
Versailles Versailles

3.0 good
7!! Doki Doki
Aborted The Necrotic Manifesto
Acid Black Cherry 2012
Yes is so fucking perfect, shame that the rest of album is not as good as that gem.
After Forever After Forever
After the Burial Wolves Within
Agalloch The White
Anathema Weather Systems
Angel Vivaldi Away With Words - Part I
Anti Feminism Nihon wa Shizumu
Artillery When Death Comes
Between the Buried and Me Colors
BUCK-TICK Memento Mori
Cannibal Corpse The Bleeding
Cannibal Corpse Kill
Carach Angren Where the Corpses Sink Forever
Conception Flow
Dir En Grey Vulgar
Dir En Grey The Marrow of a Bone
Dissection Storm of the Light's Bane
Folks Newtown
Gackt MOON
Despite this album's many flaws such as being rather unmemorable, having multiple segments which are either dull or tacked on for the serious tone which album portrays and essentially being far weaker version of Gackt's masterpiece Mars, this album is still worth a listen to any fan of music in general. Gackt's one of a kind smooth yet powerful vocals (with very tasteful and well done vocal effects to make his voice divine), the few great songs abound and the fact that despite its flaws, being a well performed album saves this from being a throwaway. 3/5
Gackt Re:Born
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction
Haruka to Miyuki Sekai
Ikimono-gakari Hajimari no Uta
Impaled The Dead Shall Dead Remain
Insect Warfare World Extermination
Intestine Baalism Banquet in the Darkness
Jamie's Elsewhere Rebel - Revive
John Zorn The Gift
John Zorn Six Litanies for Heliogabalus
Kamelot Haven
Katatonia Dead End Kings
Ling Tosite Sigure i'mperfect
Malice Mizer Voyage ~Sans Retour~
Meshuggah obZen
Metallica Death Magnetic
Metallica Kill 'Em All
Mirrorthrone Carriers of Dust
Miyavi Miyaviuta -Dokusou-
Mogwai Les Revenants
Murderdolls Beyond The Valley of the Murderdolls
Nightmare Ultimate Circus
Nightmare Killer Show
Nutram Kalku Ancestral Vortex
Oddland The Treachery of Senses
Ott Skylon
Poison (DE) Into the Abyss
Putrid Pile House of Dementia
Razor Violent Restitution
Septicflesh The Great Mass
Shpongle Are You Shpongled?
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum Grand Opening and Closing
Slipknot Slipknot
The 3rd and the Mortal Tears Laid in Earth
The Dillinger Escape Plan Miss Machine
Refer to here why I think this is by far Dillinger's worst: Sure it's an enjoyable record (despite my criticisms making the album seem like it's not worth your time) but it's definately Dillinger's dullist hour: 3/5
Tool 10,000 Days

2.5 average
Behold... The Arctopus Skullgrid
By-Sexual Sexuality
Cardiacs Sing to God
Dir En Grey Kisou
Gotsu Totsu Kotsu Legend of Shadow
Jun Maeda x Yanagi Nagi Owari no Hoshi no Love Song
Kamijo Heart
Klaha Nostal Lab
Luna Sea Eden
Mushroomhead The Righteous & The Butterfly
Ni Les insurgés de Romilly
One OK Rock 35xxxv
Periphery Periphery II: This Time It's Personal
Sekai no Owari Tree
the GazettE Dogma
Tokyo Incidents Daihakken
Versailles Holy Grail

2.0 poor
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos
Dream Theater Octavarium
Jupiter (JPN) Classical Element
When it comes to who has made the better album out of Jupiter and Kamijo, Kamijo wins by a mile. Barely any flair or originality from Hizaki or Teru when usually they deliver quality leads and solos abound, Zin has one of the most dull and grating voices I've ever heard and even when being judged by its own merits (i.e. without comparing it to Versailles and Kamjio's Symphony of the Vampire), there's little to praise. This is just a bare bones Power Metal album with talented players and nothing more, not even if Kamijo's incredible vocals were on this record could have saved this album from being not worthy of a purchase, or even a download: 2.2/5. Also if anyone's stumbled upon this album by finding out that Versailles has disbanded, listen to Kamijo's Symphony of the Vampire instead. The first song alone has more spirit, originality, awesome symphonic work and effort than this entire album.
Viraemia Viraemia

1.0 awful
MetaL BrotherS Thunders - Demo

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