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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 (two rather conflicting styles) 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
Supercell Today is a Beautiful Day
The Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating Infinity
X Japan Art of Life

4.5 superb
Angel Vivaldi Universal Language
Blotted Science The Machinations of Dementia
Blotted Science The Animation of Entomology
Carach Angren Death Came Through A Phantom Ship
Diablo Swing Orchestra Pandora's Pinata
Dream Theater Images and Words
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
Maximum the Hormone Buiikikaesu
Megadeth Rust in Peace
Meshuggah I
Meshuggah Nothing (Re-release)
Metallica Master of Puppets
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Mr. Bungle Mr. Bungle
Mudvayne L.D. 50
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Opeth Watershed
Orphaned Land Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)
Sekai no Owari Earth
Shiina Ringo Muzai Moratorium
Shiina Ringo Sanmon Gossip
Shiina Ringo Shouso Strip
Shining (SWE) V - Halmstad
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 Seatbelts Cowboy Bebop OST
Toxik Think This
Trophy Scars Holy Vacants
Versailles Noble
X Japan Blue Blood

4.0 excellent
After The Burial Rareform (Re-release)
Alter Bridge Fortress
BUCK-TICK Kurutta Taiyou
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade
Cynic Traced in Air
Draconian Arcane Rain Fell
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas All That We Have Now
Gackt Re:Born
Galneryus Angel of Salvation
Gotsu Totsu Kotsu Mouryou
Haggard Eppur Si Muove
John Mayer Continuum
Kashiwa Daisuke Program Music I
Livetune Tell Your World
Mononofu Light of Sunset Seen From Kozuki Castle
This is excellent Samurai themed extreme metal from Japan which needs more hype and attention. Despite this being Mononofu's only release (excluding Demos and one single), they have delievered 26 minutes of memorable, top class metal with great instrumental work, fantastic production and an incredible, vicious vocal performance which needs to be heard. From its first, killer thrash influenced riff to the epic send off on the final track, near every moment on this is brilliant and even the one non-killer track is well done and doesn't step wrong. If this was expanded to an LP with more killer songs and expanded on its Samurai theme more than a few samples and aesthetics than this could have been an unstoppable Thrash/Death monster but until an LP, we're left with a sizeable chunk of awesome material. A brilliant recommendation for fans of Extreme or Japanese music: 4.1/5
Necrophagist Onset of Putrefaction (Re-issue)
Ningen-Isu Fuuchiiku
One OK Rock Zankyo Reference
One OK Rock Niche Syndrome
Opeth Pale Communion
Rhapsody of Fire Symphony of Enchanted Lands
Ryo Fukui Scenery
The Dillinger Escape Plan One of Us Is the Killer
The Gathering Mandylion
Thy Light No Morrow Shall Dawn
Tristania Widow's Weeds
Versailles Lyrical Sympathy
Versailles Jubilee
Wormrot Dirge
X Japan Jealousy
X Japan Vanishing Vision
X Japan Dahlia

3.5 great
Aborted Goremageddon
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
Carach Angren Where The Corpses Sink Forever
Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Conception In Your Multitude
Diablo Swing Orchestra The Butcher's Ballroom
Dream Theater Awake
Epica The Quantum Enigma
Gotsu Totsu Kotsu Legend of Shadow
Kamelot The Black Halo
Kamelot Epica
Kim Jung Mi Now
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Pamyu Pamyu Revolution
Malice Mizer Voyage ~Sans Retour~
Malice Mizer Bara no Seidou
Maximum the Hormone Yoshu Fukushu
Maximum the Hormone Rokkinpo Goroshi
Meshuggah Koloss
Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve
Meshuggah Chaosphere
Mr. Bungle Disco Volante
Nile Those Whom the Gods Detest
One OK Rock Jinsei x Boku =
Periphery Periphery (Instrumental)
Seventh Wonder The Great Escape
Shiina Ringo Kalk Samen Kuri no Hana
Sigh Imaginary Sonicscape
Silencer (SWE) Death - Pierce Me
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum Grand Opening and Closing
The Last Successor The Last Successor
Versailles Versailles

3.0 good
After Forever After Forever
Angel Vivaldi Away With Words - Part I
BABYMETAL Babymetal
Born of Osiris The Discovery
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 Louis ~Enketsu no La Vie en Rose~
Meshuggah obZen
Metallica Death Magnetic
Murderdolls Beyond The Valley of the Murderdolls
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 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 Night instead. The first song alone has more spirit, originality, awesome symphonic work and effort than this entire album.
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