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5.0 classic
Cryptopsy None So Vile
Demolition Hammer Epidemic of Violence
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 (expect 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
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
Shpongle Tales of the Inexpressible
The Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating Infinity
The Seatbelts Cowboy Bebop Boxed Set
X Japan Art of Life

4.5 superb
Angel Vivaldi Universal Language
Angelus Apatrida The Call
Atheist Unquestionable Presence
Blotted Science The Animation of Entomology
Diablo Swing Orchestra Pandora's Pinata
Dream Theater Images and Words
Exhorder Slaughter in the Vatican
Heathen Victims of Deception
John Mayer Continuum
Judas Priest Painkiller
Kuroki Nagisa Kuroki Nagisa
Maximum the Hormone Buiikikaesu
Megadeth Rust in Peace
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
Opeth Damnation
Orphaned Land Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)
Pestilence Consuming Impulse
Pestilence Malleus Maleficarum
Sekai no Owari Earth
Shiina Ringo Muzai Moratorium
Shiina Ringo Sanmon Gossip
Shiina Ringo Shouso Strip
Shining (SWE) V - Halmstad
Shpongle Nothing Lasts... But Nothing Is Lost
Shpongle Ineffable Mysteries from Shpongleland
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum Of Natural History
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 Seatbelts Cowboy Bebop
Tigers on Trains Grandfather
Toxik Think This
Versailles Noble
Versailles Jubilee
Whispered Shogunate Macabre
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 From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade
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
Gackt Rebirth
Galneryus Angel of Salvation
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress'
Haggard Eppur Si Muove
Haruka to Miyuki Cyanotype
Hizaki Curse of Virgo
House Rulez & Enne Tom N Toms Coffee Break
Jeff Buckley Grace
Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance
Kashiwa Daisuke Program Music I
Kazumoto Endo While You Were Out
Kuroki Nagisa Hyouhon Bako
Livetune Tell Your World
Maximum the Hormone Yoshu Fukushu
Meshuggah I
My Dying Bride A Line Of Deathless Kings
Necrophagist Onset of Putrefaction (Re-issue)
Ningen-Isu Fuuchiiku
One OK Rock Niche Syndrome
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
Shiina Ringo Kalk Samen Kuri no Hana
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum In Glorious Times
Steven Wilson The Raven That Refused to Sing
Stevie Ray Vaughan Texas Flood
Stone No Anaesthesia!
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
Trophy Scars Holy Vacants
Versailles Lyrical Sympathy
Wormrot Dirge
Wormrot Abuse
X Japan Jealousy
X Japan Vanishing Vision
X Japan Dahlia
Yonin Bayashi Ishoku-Sokuhatsu

3.5 great
7!! Doki Doki
Acid Black Cherry Black List
After Forever Decipher
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
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 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
Draconian Turning Season Within
Dream Theater Awake
Epica The Quantum Enigma
Gackt Crescent
Galneryus Resurrection
Gotsu Totsu Kotsu Mouryou
Green Day American Idiot
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction
Intestine Baalism Banquet in the Darkness
Judas Priest Defenders of the Faith
Kamelot The Black Halo
Kamelot Epica
Kim Jung Mi Now
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Pamyu Pamyu Revolution
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Nandacollection
Livetune Decorator
Malice Mizer Voyage ~Sans Retour~
Malice Mizer Bara no Seidou
Maximum the Hormone Rokkinpo Goroshi
Meshuggah Koloss
Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve
Meshuggah Chaosphere
Mononofu Light of Sunset Seen From Kozuki Castle
Mr. Bungle Disco Volante
Nails Unsilent Death
Nails Abandon All Life
Naked City Torture Garden
Nightmare Killer Show
Nile Those Whom the Gods Detest
Ningen-Isu Burai Houjou
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
Periphery Periphery (Instrumental)
Seventh Wonder The Great Escape
Shiina Ringo Hi Izuru Tokoro
Shpongle Are You Shpongled?
Sigh Imaginary Sonicscape
Silencer (SWE) Death - Pierce Me
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum Grand Opening and Closing
Spastic Ink Ink Complete
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
Tokyo Incidents Adult
Tristania Widow's Weeds
Trophy Scars Darkness, Oh Hell
Troy Baker Sitting In the Fire
Tyr Ragnarok
Versailles Versailles

3.0 good
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
Angel Vivaldi Away With Words - Part I
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Cannibal Corpse The Bleeding
Cannibal Corpse Tomb of the Mutilated
Carach Angren Where the Corpses Sink Forever
Conception Flow
Dissection Storm of the Light's Bane
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 Re:Born
Gotsu Totsu Kotsu Legend of Shadow
Insect Warfare World Extermination
Jamies Elsewhere Rebel - Revive
Katatonia Dead End Kings
Klaha Nostal Lab
Ling Tosite Sigure i'mperfect
Luna Sea Eden
Meshuggah obZen
Metallica Death Magnetic
Metallica Kill 'Em All
Murderdolls Beyond The Valley of the Murderdolls
Nightmare Ultimate Circus
Oddland The Treachery of Senses
Putrid Pile House of Dementia
Razor Violent Restitution
Sekai no Owari Tree
Septicflesh The Great Mass
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
Yanagi Nagi Euaru

2.5 average
Behold... The Arctopus Skullgrid
Kamijo Heart
Mushroomhead The Righteous & The Butterfly
One OK Rock 35xxxv
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 Vampire instead. The first song alone has more spirit, originality, awesome symphonic work and effort than this entire album.

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