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5.0 classic
Atheist Unquestionable Presence
Cryptopsy None So Vile
Demolition Hammer Epidemic of Violence
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F#A# (Infinity)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada
Kamijo Symphony of the Vampire
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 near 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
The Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating Infinity
X Japan Art of Life

4.5 superb
Angel Vivaldi Universal Language
Blotted Science The Animation of Entomology
Diablo Swing Orchestra Pandora's Pinata
Dream Theater Images and Words
Gackt Mizerable
Gackt MARS
Along with his work with Malice Mizer ('Merveilles' being a genius album in my opinion), this is Gackt's divine jewel, being a testament to why I hold him in high regard and why he was unstoppable. 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, every single song is a highlight and 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' with each being extremely memorable with extensive replay value. In addition thankfully (again, unlike Gackt's other works) the album has perfect length and flow with every track placed to complement the other, especially with Freesia Op 1&2 making this album flow like water in a frictionless river where the album could have dragged on needlessly. To conclude, Gackt's vocal performance (being one of my favourite vocal performances on a record), the near impeccable songwriting and extremely high replay value makes Mars a beloved favourite in my collection with minor flaws in songwriting such as Illness Illusion's unnecessary chorus reprise and having Oasis being less electronic based than it should have prevents this as being regarded as an all time legendary album. A must listen: 4.6/5
John Mayer Continuum
Judas Priest Painkiller
Maximum the Hormone Buiikikaesu
Megadeth Rust in Peace
Meshuggah Nothing (Re-release)
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Mr. Bungle Mr. Bungle
Mudvayne L.D. 50
Opeth Damnation
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Opeth Watershed
Pestilence Consuming Impulse
Pestilence Mallevs Maleficarvm
Sekai no Owari Earth
Shiina Ringo Sanmon Gossip
Shiina Ringo Shouso Strip
Shiina Ringo Muzai Moratorium
Shining (SWE) V - Halmstad
Shpongle Nothing Lasts... But Nothing Is Lost
Shpongle Tales of the Inexpressible
Shpongle Ineffable Mysteries from Shpongleland
Supercell Today is a Beautiful Day
Symphony X The Divine Wings of Tragedy
The Dillinger Escape Plan Irony Is a Dead Scene
The Dillinger Escape Plan Ire Works
The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis
The Seatbelts Cowboy Bebop
Tigers on Trains Grandfather
Toxik Think This
Versailles Noble
X Japan Blue Blood

4.0 excellent
Aborted Goremageddon
After the Burial Rareform (Re-release)
Alice in Chains Jar of Flies
Alter Bridge Fortress
Aspid Extravasation
Blind Guardian Somewhere Far Beyond
Blotted Science The Machinations of Dementia
Cannibal Corpse Bloodthirst
Carach Angren Death Came Through a Phantom Ship
Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Cynic Traced in Air
Death The Sound of Perseverance
DIR EN GREY Arche
Draconian Arcane Rain Fell
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas All That We Have Now
Galneryus Angel of Salvation
Gotsu Totsu Kotsu Mouryou
Haggard Eppur Si Muove
Hizaki Curse of Virgo
House Rulez & Enne Tom N Toms Coffee Break
Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance
Kashiwa Daisuke Program Music I
Livetune Tell Your World
Maximum the Hormone Yoshu Fukushu
Meshuggah I
Metallica Master of Puppets
My Dying Bride A Line Of Deathless Kings
Necrophagist Onset of Putrefaction (Re-issue)
Ningen-Isu Fuuchiiku
One OK Rock Niche Syndrome
Orphaned Land Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)
Panzerballett Panzerballett
Pig Destroyer Terrifyer
Rhapsody of Fire Symphony of Enchanted Lands
Rodrigo y Gabriela Rodrigo y Gabriela
Ryo Fukui Scenery
Sekai no Owari Entertainment
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum Of Natural History
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
Trophy Scars Holy Vacants
Versailles Jubilee
Versailles Lyrical Sympathy
Wormrot Abuse
Wormrot Dirge
X Japan Dahlia
X Japan Jealousy
X Japan Vanishing Vision
Yonin Bayashi Ishoku-Sokuhatsu

3.5 great
Acid Black Cherry 2012
Yes is so fucking perfect, shame that the rest of album is not as good as that gem.
After Forever Decipher
Animals As Leaders Animals As Leaders
Animals As Leaders The Joy of Motion
Behold... The Arctopus Nano-Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning
Blind Guardian A Night at the Opera
Born of Osiris The Discovery
BUCK-TICK Kurutta Taiyou
Carcass Heartwork
Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Conception In Your Multitude
Cynic Focus
Diablo Swing Orchestra The Butcher's Ballroom
DIR EN GREY Uroboros
Dream Theater Awake
Epica The Quantum Enigma
Gackt Crescent
Gackt Re:Born
Gotsu Totsu Kotsu Legend of Shadow
Green Day American Idiot
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction
Judas Priest Defenders of the Faith
Kamelot The Black Halo
Kamelot Epica
Kim Jung Mi Now
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Pamyu Pamyu Revolution
Malice Mizer Bara no Seidou
Malice Mizer Voyage ~Sans Retour~
Maximum the Hormone Rokkinpo Goroshi
Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve
Meshuggah Chaosphere
Meshuggah Koloss
Metallica Kill 'Em All
Mononofu Light of Sunset Seen From Kozuki Castle
Mr. Bungle Disco Volante
Nile Those Whom the Gods Detest
Ningen-Isu Burai Houjou
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Shahen-Shah
One OK Rock Zankyo Reference
One OK Rock Jinsei x Boku =
Opeth Pale Communion
Periphery Periphery (Instrumental)
Razor Violent Restitution
Seventh Wonder The Great Escape
Shiina Ringo Kalk Samen Kuri no Hana
Shiina Ringo Hi Izuru Tokoro
Shpongle Are You Shpongled?
Sigh Imaginary Sonicscape
Silencer (SWE) Death - Pierce Me
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum Grand Opening and Closing
Te Therefore, the illusion of density...
The Last Successor The Last Successor
Thy Light No Morrow Shall Dawn
Tristania Widow's Weeds
Trophy Scars Darkness, Oh Hell
Versailles Versailles

3.0 good
Aborted The Necrotic Manifesto
After Forever After Forever
Angel Vivaldi Away With Words - Part I
BABYMETAL Babymetal
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Cannibal Corpse Tomb of the Mutilated
Cannibal Corpse The Bleeding
Carach Angren Where the Corpses Sink Forever
Conception Flow
DIR EN GREY DUM SPIRO SPERO
Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas PHASE 2
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 DIABOLOS
Jamies Elsewhere Rebel - Revive
Kamijo Heart
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Nandacollection
Meshuggah obZen
Metallica Death Magnetic
Murderdolls Beyond The Valley of the Murderdolls
Oddland The Treachery of Senses
Opeth Heritage
Putrid Pile House of Dementia
Septicflesh The Great Mass
The Dillinger Escape Plan Miss Machine
Refer to here why I think this is by far Dillinger's worst: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?reviewid=56636&page=172#lastpost. 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
Mushroomhead The Righteous & The Butterfly
Periphery Periphery II: This Time It's Personal
Versailles Holy Grail

2.0 poor
Dream Theater Octavarium
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos
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.
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