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Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicChildren of Bodom Follow The ReaperIf anyone ever wants to define the extreme Finnish power metal sound, Follow the Reaper is it. Full of cold, atmospheric keyboards, musical virtuosity from all angles, and guitar/keyboard shredding that could turn Jesus into a pagan, Children of Bodom took their third album as the time to really refine their signature style. Musicianship and production are cleaner than ever with the melodies are as unique and memorable as ever. Alexi's voice sounds savage without crossing the line to completely indecipherable. From start to Finnish (yes, pun) the album makes you bang your head while inspiring legions of guitarists to grab their axes and shred until winter and heavy metal reign supreme.Children of Bodom Hate Crew DeathrollAfter three albums of pure power metal virtuosity, the Finnish pentet decided to take thier sound in a different route. This time, Laiho decided it was time to get back to heavy metal's roots: riffs. And riffs he delivered. The entire album is nearly an hour full of fast, brutal, hammering riffs backed by their traditional keyboard atmospheres and Alexi's intense vocals. The album is essentially a cross between power metal and extreme death/thrash. Keyboard and guitar shredding have not been spared at all. In fact, this may be Alexi and Janne's finest soloing album to date. With some old style influences and a brand new sound, Hate Crew Deathroll is undoubtedly a chaotic metal experience.Children of Bodom HatebreederAlexi Laiho may have tried to kill himself right around the time this album was released, but the quality didn't suffer at all. Brutality and keyboard soloing take a backseat to guitar shredding and Mozart in this neoclassical extreme metal classic. Alexi's vocals veer into the black metal realm as his piercing shrieks are backed by gut-wrenching drums and bass complete with gothic keyboard atmospheres. The licks and solos here must've made Malmsteem cry into his Fender as Laiho's searing tones leave no survivors from this dark, classical-influenced extreme power metal record. Absolutely essential for those interested in extreme Finnish power metal.Mirrorthrone Carriers of DustWith godlike writing skills and instrumental talent beyond measure, it would be fair to say that if Mozart had been alive today, he’d have made something like Carriers of Dust. It is exceedingly difficult to single out specific instances of exceptional writing on an album such as Carriers of Dust. At its core is indeed brutal black death metal, as the album plainly displays with the opener A Scream to Express the Hate of a Race. Vladimir immediately displays his affinity for extreme metal vocal ability, putting forth black metal shrieks and beastly growls that could force Mikael Akerfeldt into submission. While the drums rage on and the guitars are layered with monstrous riffs, definite melody shows through at all times. Mirrorthrone may very well be the very first to seamlessly blend epic, melodic, technical, brutal, atmospheric, and experimental features with classical-influenced black/death metal. Opeth Blackwater ParkOpeth’s music can most accurately be compared to snowflakes. Every snowflake is unique; diverse; one of a kind. Each one has something special about it. On its own it symbolizes the advent of something beautiful and captivating, while as one of a flurry it falls serenely, forming a picturesque scene so stunning it defies words. Just like snowflakes, every Opeth song is special in its own right. Within an album, the music is like a flurry ensnaring the senses with emotionally charged progressive. Given the excellent structures and production values of Blackwater Park, the tidal waves of emotionally epic metal crash down harder than ever. Words cannot describe the beautiful pain inflicted by such progressive metal.Shadows Fall The Art of BalanceBeware the new fucking age of thrash metal. Shadows Fall has written some of the fastest, most technical riffs and the most melodic, shredgasmic solos in existence. 80% of them are right here on their third album. It's no surprise that this became the first Century Media album to ever break the 100,000 sales mark. The Art of Balance was a wakeup call for the world to get the hell off their asses and realize that heavy metal isn't dead and never will be. Guitar harmonies are fast, brutal, technical, yet melodic - a metal axemurderer's dream come true. Jon Donais easily tops today's supposed "guitar gods" with his style alternating between shred madness and steady, melodic ballads. Make no mistake - Shadows Fall's third album is a ride that will show you the depths of hell and gates of heaven.Shadows Fall Of One BloodThe Art of Balance may have grabbed listeners' attention mercilessly, their second album Of One Blood remains the unsung hero of Shadows Fall's collection. Ranging from thrash to death metal and Gothenburg, no band has released an album quite like this. Riffs are again unique, technical, and harmonized to percfection. Jon Donais shreds his best solos ever in songs such as Of One Blood and The First Nobel Truth. Other tracks list Pure and Revel in My Loss are savagely brutal with a raw atmosphere. Only two albums into their careerm Shadows Fall had already mastered the art of covering both the insanely heavy and technical and the beautifully melodic ends of the spectrum.4.5 superbArsis A Celebration of GuiltArsis may only have one album so far, but they are already well on their way to becoming the best modern extreme metal band in existence. It's almost disgusting how well these guys can write and perform, especially considering there's only two of them. James Malone, a total fucking musical virtuoso, handles all of the punishing riffs and multiple harmonized solos as well as the basslines and the best melodic death vocals ever. Mike Van Dyne relentlessly pounds away with his lightning speed double ba Full of ss and blast beats with a dark-sounding low end drum tone that creates a menacing feel. Full of catchy and unique riffs and bursts of insane shredfests, Arsis sounds like no other band in the world and have already redeemed America's otherwise dying heavy metal scene.Arsis A Diamond for DiseaseThere's almost no journalist in the world who could efficiently describe Arsis's first EP and first release after their debut, A Diamond for Disease. The release is centered entirely around the title track, a 13 minute technical melodic death epic track with more guitar layers than any shredder could comprehend. Every second is packed full of brutal riffs with melodic harmonies raging over the top with James Malone's combined high shriek and death growl vocal styles. Together, Malone and Mike Van Dyne are truly musical prodigies of the modern metal age. to boost the length up to 20 minutes we also have an extreme Alice Cooper cover with a re-recorded demo track, The Promise of Never, a blazing riff-fest that pummels listeners at 400 bpm. Overall, A Diamond for Disease is an incredible showing of technical proficiency and perfectly honed songwriting.Autumn Leaves Embraced by the AbsoluteAutumn Leaves As Night Conquers DayBehemoth DemigodThere really is no death metal quite like new Behemoth. After traveling to many exotic places around the world and putting part of themselves into each piece of music they wrote, the band managed to produce powerful yet meaningful extreme metal with Demigod. Inferno's drums and Nergel's voice come together to hit listeners like a Polish death metal sledgehammer. The riffs and solos, while not overly technical, show a strong proficiency towards piecing together thousands of riffs with unusual techniques to achieve an overall sound. The eastern influence in the music only helps Behemoth differentiate themselves even more from other death metal. Songs like Sculpting the Throne ov Seth are loaded with vengeful vocals and technical, mind-boggling riffs while Slaves Shall Serve and Demigod are full-blown crushing metal tracks scientifically designed to allow Behemoth to display their awesome synchronized hair whipping skills.Blind Guardian Somewhere Far BeyondBlind Guardian's fourth album is one their many releases considered their best to date. Embodying the band's transition from speed metal to a more epic power metal, Somewhere Far Beyond features chaotic chorus chants with memorable guitar melodies and vocal harmonies. Speed and melody are blended beautifully to metal perfection. It would be tough to find a better power metal band than Blind Guardian, and this album is a perfect testament as to why. Tracks such as Time What Is Time and Journey through the Dark encompass thashing speed metal rhythms while songs like Ashes to Ashes and Somewhere Far beyond deliver epic, melodic masterpieces. Truly the pinnacle of this metal genre.Blind Guardian A Night at the OperaBlind Guardian A Twist in the MythIf any metal band can be called the single most reliable, consistent, creative, and all-around best band ever, Blind Guardian is it. Their progressive experimentation on each album is what keeps their 22 year reign exciting through every move they make. After doing the speed metal, power metal, symphonic metal, and throwing in progressive elements here and there, A Twist in the Myth comes along as a sort of musical blend of everything, including Blind Guardian's mastery of symphonic and epic arrangements. A Twist in the Myth is also arguably the most hard-edged Blind Guardian album yet, featuring powerfully heavy songs such as Another Stranger Me and The Edge, both boasting sing-along metal choruses and epic climaxes topped with the much-needed Andre Olbrich guitar solos. Burzum Hvis Lyset Tar OssChildren of Bodom Something WildIt's tough to summarize an album like Something Wild. Children of Bodom has gone on to achiev metal success, but it would be a crime to forget where they started. Their first album, while a mere 7 songs and 32 minutes, was a very interesting combination of neoclassical power metal and atmospheric melodic black metal. Laiho's voice at the time is topped in quality only by his skill on a guitar, despite his apparent sloppiness at the time. Still, songs such as Deadnight Warrior and Lake Bodom have become Children of Bodom classics, and the range of elements present on the album makes for a very interesting, exciting listen.Children of Bodom Tokyo WarheartsChildren of Bodom Are You Dead Yet?There's no doubt that Children of Bodom has changed over the years. Are You Dead Yet? isn't the dark neoclassical voyage that their first albums were. Instead, the Finnish kings of power metal have served up a buffet of well-rounded metal ass kickings, complete with the brutal riffs and screaming solos. The keyboards provide a very unusual atmosphere for some very thrashy riffs, which almost makes it sound like extreme metal with a vague industrial overtone. The one thing that hasn't changed is the intensity of the band; there's no doubt that this album is fucking metal, and Alexi Laiho isn't backing down. As usual, every song features a trademark Laiho shredgasm. Don't let the sudden change in style and brutal riffs fool you - Children of Bodom is as good as ever. Cradle of Filth MidianCradle of Filth Dusk and Her EmbraceCradle of Filth Damnation and a DayDark Angel Darkness DescendsDark Tranquillity CharacterDarkthrone A Blaze in the Northern SkyDemigod Slumber of Sullen EyesDissection Storm of the Light's BaneEmperor Anthems to the Welkin at DuskInsomnium Since the Day It All Came DownIron Maiden PowerslaveKreator Coma of SoulsNine Inch Nails The Downward SpiralNine Inch Nails The FragileOpeth OrchidThere's something about Opeth's first two albums that hits me unlike any other music I've ever heard. It's difficult to put into words how and why. Each song encompasses a whole spectrum of emotions into an intense constellation of progressive riffs. If extreme metal could ever be "spiritual" in a positive, non-religious way, Orchid will be the album that those bands model themselves after. The production was rough back then - the guitars were overly crunchy, the bass was a bit prominent, the drums were poorly mixed, and Mikael's voice was not yet at its peak. But listening to the sheer genius of the songwriting that went into the making of Orchid, those things quickly become mear minor technical difficulties. For well over an hour it's almost impossible not to enjoy the Swedish melodic metal harmonies, incredible folk acoustic guitars, and versatile vocal performances on the debut of a band that would later change the face of extreme metal.Opeth DamnationDamnation is the perfect title for Opeth’s seventh album, an experimental record delving into the band’s interest in 70’s progressive rock. Damnation is the musical embodiment of the feelings one experiences while shunned in such a way. Throughout the gloomy clean guitar riffs and melotronic effects, lyrics dealing with seclusion, rejection, and depression echo eloquently amidst the music. No artist has ever created such a beautiful yet hauntingly perfect incarnation of a terrible emotion.Opeth My Arms, Your HearseOpeth Ghost ReveriesNever straying from their self-beaten path of one-of-a-kind extreme progressive metal, Opeth took their latest album, Ghost Reveries, in somewhat of a "road less travelled". The introduction of keyboardist Per Wiberg opened up a whole new realm of ambient electronic effects and melancholic atmospheres to compliment the usual array of brutal metal sections and soft, clean passages. Featuring some of the band's most rhythmic metal moments (The Baying of the Hounds), shred-tacular guitar playing (Beneath the Mire), and somber ballads (Atonement), Ghost Reveries enabled a revolutionary musical act to shatter the boundaries that they themselves had previously pushed.Orphaned Land Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)Pestilence Testimony of the AncientsShadows Fall The War WithinShadows Fall Somber Eyes to the SkyShadows Fall Threads of LifeThe Absence Riders of the PlagueVital Remains DechristianizeWindir ArntorWindir 1184Windir rapidly became more and more intricate as time went on. Prior to Valfar's death, their once raw style of black metal became a rather enchanting display of cultural black metal. With vocals performed in the band's native north Norwegian dialect, heavy synth work, and folk-themed guitar riffs, 1184 can easily be considered Windir's crowning achievement. The flowing sweep guitar melody of Todeswalzer precedes the heavy nordic-sounding Dance of Mortal Lust. Songs such as the crushing Spiritlord and tribal-esque Destroy offset the mix, adding a viking feel to the already unique brand of Norse black metal. Though Windir's second album, Arntor, can be argued as their finest, 1184 features the finest blend of extreme metal, fancy musicianship, folk themes, and clean production that the band would achieve in their four-album career.Wintersun WintersunWhile a little-known two-man act may been seen as monopolized by garage rock bands and kvlt black metal bands, the essence of extreme metal seems to be captured intelligently by any number of people anymore. Finland's Wintersun has succeeded in creating their own unique style while retaining influences from past projects and experiments. After departing from folk metal band Ensiferum, Jari Maenpaa combined folk/viking themes with an affinity for guitar-driven power melodic death metal. The Scandinavian feel combined with the heavy use of synth atmosphere creates an incredibly epic production while Jari's instrumental virtuosity is bound to inspire legions of aspiring metal shredders. Wintersun's debut is an incredibly impressive display of musical and songwriting talent, full of catchy melodies, multiple vocal performances, fast, riveting metal passages, and an overall powerful arrangement of unique extreme metal that no metal fan should pass up.4.0 excellent1349 HellfireAborted GoremageddonAgalloch The MantleAgalloch Pale FolkloreAkercocke Words That Go Unspoken...Amon Amarth Versus the WorldApocalyptica ApocalypticaArch Enemy StigmataArch Enemy Black EarthAt the Gates Slaughter of the SoulAt the Gates Terminal Spirit DiseaseAutopsy Severed SurvivalBathory Blood Fire DeathBehemoth Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond)Behemoth The ApostasyBlack Sabbath Black SabbathBlind Guardian Nightfall in Middle-EarthBlind Guardian Imaginations from the Other SideBlind Guardian Tales from the Twilight WorldBurzum Det Som Engang VarBurzum Burzum/AskeCannibal Corpse The Wretched SpawnCannibal Corpse KillCarcass Necroticism: Descanting the InsalubriousCarcass HeartworkChildren of Bodom Trashed, Lost & StrungoutChildren of Bodom Chaos Ridden Years - Stockholm KnockoutCradle of Filth NymphetamineCradle of Filth Vempire or Dark Fairytales in PhallusteiCradle of Filth Cruelty and the BeastCradle of Filth ThornographyCryptopsy Blasphemy Made FleshCryptopsy Whisper SupremacyDarkestrah Embrace of MemoryDarkthrone Transilvanian HungerDeath SymbolicDeathchain Deathrash AssaultDecapitated Winds of CreationDeicide The Stench of RedemptionDestruction The AntichristDestruction Inventor of EvilDimmu Borgir Puritanical Euphoric MisanthropiaDimmu Borgir Enthrone Darkness TriumphantDimmu Borgir In Sorte DiaboliDismember Like an Ever Flowing StreamDismember The God That Never WasDismember's first album, Like an Ever Flowing Stream, will forever be remembered as a Swedish death metal classic. Since then, the band has continued to produce their own brand of raw, violent death metal, but nothing stood out like the aforementioned record. Well over a decade later, they're back with another astonishing album. The God That Never Was combines the familiar Dismember death metal sound, raw and aggressive, while adding the timely harmonized guitar solos and melodic riffs. Creating a perfect balance of melody and brutality, Dismember has convinced many that Like an Ever Flowing Stream may not be their crowning achievement anymore. The God That Never Was is an excellent staple in the accomplishments of old-school death metal bands in the modern times.Dissection The SomberlainEmperor In the Nightside EclipseEmperor Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire...Entombed Left Hand PathEpheles L'ombre de la CroixEpheles Souviens-ToiFalkenbach Heralding - The FirebladeFalkenbach Ok Nefna Tysvar TyFragments of Unbecoming Sterling Black IconGorod NeurotripsicksTechnical death metal has been an underrated genre. There are bands that are capable of taking its unending chaos to new levels while still creating intricate, listenable music. Gorod breaths new life into a world where many were getting bored waiting around for the new Necrophagist album. With sickening vocals, chugging riffs, and mind-blowing lead guitar, Gorod is a fucking intensely brutal band. They also throw in elements of melody that compliment the brutality in such a way as to create images of prison rapes and bar brawls. You'd never guess such an extreme band would have a female drummer, but it just goes to show that women are always welcome in extreme metal.Hypnosia Extreme HatredIn Flames The Jester RaceInsomnium Above the Weeping WorldInto Eternity The Scattering of AshesIron Maiden Brave New WorldIron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh SonKataxu Hunger of ElementsKreator Pleasure to KillKreator Extreme AggressionLacuna Coil Unleashed MemoriesLacuna Coil KarmacodeLamb of God Ashes of the WakeIt's pretty much unanimous that Lamb of God's second album, As the Palaces Burn, is their best. However, it wasn't until their third album, Ashes of the Wake, that they really broke through and garnished the recognition they have to day. Taking a close examination it's no surprise why. Ashes of the Wake featured the cleanest, most refined sound Lamb of God had at the time. The band had always prospered in Morton and Adler's affinity for brutal groove riffs, and this is where they shine the brightest. Every song is packed full of hair-whipping thrashy groove metal riffs with gut-wrenchingly powerful drum patterns. The technicality of the music increased dramatically since As the Palaces Burn. Though Ashes of the Wake may not be the common pinnacle, it's more than deserving of a close second. Just listen to those fucking riffs.Lamb of God As the Palaces BurnMirrorthrone Of Wind and WeepingMorbid Angel Altars of MadnessNightwish Century ChildNightwish OceanbornNile Annihilation of the WickedNorther Mirror of MadnessOpeth Still LifeOpeth MorningriseOpeth DeliveranceOpeth LamentationsPestilence Consuming ImpulsePestilence Mallevs MaleficarvmPsycroptic Symbols of FailureSacramentum Far Away from the SunSatyricon Nemesis DivinaShadows Fall Fallout From The WarSlayer Reign in BloodI don't profess to be a thrash afficianado, let alone one of metal's many Slayer fanatics. Their third album, Reign in Blood, is considered the most essential thrash album written. While it is obviously a staple in extreme music, it is no without flaws. At roughly 28 minutes, it is not for casual listening. The songs are played at such high speeds that Slayer is able to cram a full 4-5 minute song into the span of 3 minutes or less. Structures and predictable patterns are out the window here - Slayer brings balls-to-the-wall brutality and unrelenting thrash metal. Every riff demands attention, every blast beat causes an infant to explode. While the mid-section of the album consists entirely of 2 minute songs, it will be the most neck-breaking session of headbanging a metalhead can endure. Be sure to check out Angel of Death and Raining Blood, some of thrash metal's best songs.The Red Chord Fused Together in Revolving DoorsThrough the Eyes of the Dead BloodlustUlver KveldssangerVader The Art Of WarVader Impressions In BloodWarmen Accept The FactWeird Al Yankovic The Food AlbumYyrkoon Dying Sun3.5 great1349 Beyond the ApocalypseAborted Engineering the DeadAborted The Archaic AbattoirAborted Slaughter & Apparatus: A Methodical OvertureAeon Bleeding the FalseAeon Dark OrderAFI Sing the SorrowAFI DecemberundergroundAgalloch Ashes Against the GrainAkercocke The Goat of MendesAkercocke ChoronzonAmon Amarth With Oden on Our SideAnaal Nathrakh The Codex NecroArch Enemy Doomsday MachineArch Enemy Wages of SinArch Enemy Burning BridgesArghoslent Incorrigible BigotryAt the Gates With Fear I Kiss the Burning DarknessAtheist ElementsBehemoth Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic)Behemoth SatanicaBetween the Buried and Me AlaskaBlind Guardian Follow the BlindBlind Guardian Battalions of FearBloodbath Resurrection Through CarnageBurzum HlidskjalfCannibal Corpse Gore ObsessedCannibal Corpse BloodthirstCannibal Corpse Tomb of the MutilatedCannibal Corpse The BleedingCarcass Reek of PutrefactionCoroner No More ColorCradle of Filth The Principle of Evil Made FleshCradle of Filth Bitter Suites to SuccubiCryptopsy None So VileCynic FocusDark Angel Leave ScarsDark Tranquillity Damage DoneDarkestrah Sary OyDaylight Dies Dismantling DevotionDeath The Sound of PerseveranceDeath HumanDecapitated Organic HallucinosisDeicide Once Upon the CrossDeicide DeicideDekapitator We Will Destroy...You Will Obey!Demigod Shadow MechanicsDemolition Hammer Epidemic of ViolenceDestruction Metal DischargeDimmu Borgir Death Cult ArmageddonDimmu Borgir For All TidDimmu Borgir StormblastDimmu Borgir Stormblast (Re-Recording)DragonForce Sonic FirestormEmperor Emperial Live CeremonyEnsiferum IronEnslaved RuunFear My Thoughts Hell Sweet HellFragments of Unbecoming Skywards: A Sylphe's AscensionGorgoroth Twilight of the Idols (In Conspiracy...)Gorgoroth Ad Majorem Sathanas GloriamGuns N' Roses Use Your Illusion IHate Eternal I, MonarchHIM Razorblade RomanceImmortal Sons of Northern DarknessImmortal At the Heart of WinterIn Flames Come ClarityInsomnium In the Halls of AwaitingInto Eternity Buried in OblivionJohn 5 VertigoKalmah The Black WaltzKamelot The Black HaloKatatonia Viva EmptinessLacuna Coil ComaliesLamb of God SacramentLeviathan The Tenth Sub Level of SuicideMayhem Live in LeipzigMetallica Ride the LightningMetallica S&MNecrophagist Onset of PutrefactionNightwish WishmasterNile In Their Darkened ShrinesNine Inch Nails With TeethNorther Dreams of Endless WarNorther Death UnlimitedNorther Till Death Unites UsPsycroptic The Scepter of the AncientsSatanic Warmaster Carelian Satanist MadnessSauron Thrash AssaultSlayer Show No MercySlayer Hell AwaitsSlayer Christ IllusionSlipknot Vol.3: (The Subliminal Verses) [Reissue]Sodom M-16Sonata Arctica EclipticaSpawn of Possession CabinetHailing from Sweden, Spawn of Possession can be seen as a brutal Necrophagist on steroids. Instead of high, spastic lead guitar riffs, we have a flurry of brutal, pummeling, 7-string wankfests played at absolutely blinding speeds. The vocals are roared so fast and so deeply that they sound more inhuman and indecipherable than ever, while the drums are everything one could come to expect from a technical death metal outfit. Swarm of the Formless features a rolling tremolo attack backed by savage onslaught of double bass, and is merely one of many extreme mind-grinding experiences contained within the album. Featuring plentiful shredding and ear-raping vocals, Spawn of Possession has shown a promising future with this debut.Summon FallenTenacious D Tenacious DTorture Squad PandemoniumUnearth III: In the Eyes of FireVesania God the LuxVintersorg Cosmic GenesisWinds The Imaginary Direction of TimeWitchery Dead, Hot and ReadyWormed Planisphaerium3.0 good1349 LiberationAnaal Nathrakh When Fire Rains Down From the Sky...Arcturus The Sham MirrorsArsis United in RegretAt the Gates The Red in the Sky Is OursAtheist Unquestionable PresenceBehemoth Pandemonic IncantationsBetween the Buried and Me Between the Buried and MeBetween the Buried and Me The Silent CircusBorknagar EmpiricismBullet for My Valentine Bullet for My ValentineCarcass SwansongCellador Enter DeceptionCeltic Frost MonotheistControl Denied The Fragile Art of ExistenceCryptopsy Once Was NotDark Angel Time Does Not HealDark Angel We Have ArrivedDark Tranquillity HavenDark Tranquillity ProjectorDarkthrone The Cult Is AliveDarkthrone Soulside JourneyDarkthrone GoatlordDemiricous One (Hellbound)Demonoid Riders of the ApocalypseDissection ReinkaosDragonForce Valley of the DamnedElvenking The Winter WakeEmperor Scattered Ashes: Decade of Emperial WrathEnsiferum EnsiferumExodus Tempo of the DamnedFragments of Unbecoming Bloodred TalesGory Blister Art BleedsGreen Carnation The Acoustic VersesGuns N' Roses Use Your Illusion IIHIM Dark LightHimsa Courting Tragedy & DisasterHimsa Hail HorrorHypocrisy VirusIn Flames WhoracleKataklysm In the Arms of DevastationKatatonia The Great Cold DistanceLight This City Facing The ThousandLocal H As Good as DeadLykathea Aflame ElvenefrisMayhem De Mysteriis Dom SathanasMegadeth Rust in PeaceNaglfar SheolNevermore Enemies Of RealityNevermore Dreaming Neon BlackNevermore This Godless EndeavorNightrage Sweet VengeanceNile Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-KaNine Inch Nails Pretty Hate MachineOrigin Echoes of DecimationPearl Jam Vs.Pelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...Pestilence SpheresPorcupine Tree DeadwingSeether Karma and EffectSeether DisclaimerSlayer Seasons in the AbyssSlayer Haunting the ChapelSlipknot Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)Stone Sour Stone SourStratovarius Elements, Pt. 1Superjoint Ritual A Lethal Dose of American HatredThe Absence From Your GraveThe Amenta OccasusThe Smashing Pumpkins Siamese DreamThis Ending Inside the MachineVio-Lence Eternal Nightmare2.5 averageAll That Remains The Fall of IdealsArcturus La Masquerade InfernaleArcturus Sideshow SymphoniesBehemoth GromBloodbath Nightmares Made FleshCradle of Filth From the Cradle to EnslaveCryptopsy And Then You'll BegDisarmonia Mundi Mind TricksDragonForce Inhuman RampageDream Theater Train of ThoughtEmperor IX EquilibriumExodus Shovel Headed Kill MachineFalconer NorthwindGod Forbid DeterminationGodsmack GodsmackHIM Love MetalIn Flames ColonyIn Flames ClaymanKataklysm Shadows and DustMastodon Blood Mountainmaudlin of the Well BathMeshuggah Contradictions CollapseMetallica Master of PuppetsMorbid Angel Formulas Fatal to the FleshMorbid Angel Gateways to AnnihilationNapalm Death ScumPelican AustralasiaQuo Vadis Defiant ImaginationRoadrunner United The All-Star SessionsSlayer South of HeavenSlipknot Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.Testament LowThe Axis of Perdition The Ichneumon MethodThe Black Dahlia Murder UnhallowedThe Black Dahlia Murder MiasmaThe Devin Townsend Band SynchestraThine Eyes Bleed In the Wake of SeparationUnearth The Oncoming StormWeird Al Yankovic Poodle HatYngwie Malmsteen Rising ForceZyklon World ov WormsZyklon Aeon2.0 poorAll That Remains This Darkened HeartAudioslave AudioslaveBattlelore Sword's SongBleeding Through This Is Love, This Is MurderousBurzum Daudi BaldrsChevelle Point #1Converge No HeroesDanzig DanzigDeicide InsineratehymnDimmu Borgir Spiritual Black DimensionsDissection Maha KaliDream Theater Images and WordsDream Theater Six Degrees of Inner TurbulenceDream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a MemoryDream Theater OctavariumGreen Carnation Light of Day, Day of DarknessImperanon StainedIron Maiden The X FactorKreator Enemy of GodMeshuggah IMetallica ReloadMetallica MetallicaMnemic Mechanical Spin PhenomenaMorbid Angel HereticMors Principium Est The UnbornSeether Disclaimer IISlayer Divine InterventionSlayer Diabolus in MusicaSlipknot IowaSoilwork The Chainheart MachineSpiral Architect A Sceptic's UniverseStaind DysfunctionThe Agony Scene The Agony SceneThe Agony Scene The Darkest RedThe Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating InfinityThe Sawtooth Grin CuddlemonsterZao Where Blood and Fire Bring Rest1.5 very poorAs I Lay Dying Shadows Are SecurityBlink-182 Take Off Your Pants and JacketCannae Gold Becomes SacrificeChimaira ChimairaCombatwoundedveteran I Know A Girl Who Develops Crime Scene PhotosDevilDriver The Fury of Our Maker's HandDevourment Butcher The WeakGodsmack AwakeIn Flames Reroute to RemainIn Flames Soundtrack to Your EscapeJob for a Cowboy DoomKillswitch Engage As Daylight DiesLamb of God New American GospelMetallica ...And Justice for AllMetallica LoadMy Chemical Romance Three Cheers for Sweet RevengePapa Roach Getting Away with MurderSlayer God Hates Us AllStone Sour Come What(ever) MayTerror One With The UnderdogsThe Red Chord ClientsTim McGraw Live Like You Were DyingTrivium AscendancyFull of catchy riffs and flashy playing, Trivium's outer appearence is one of the most attractive in the modern metal scene. Unfortunately for the band, taking a closer look reveals generic, recycled riffs and arguably the worst vocals to ever receive praise. With 12 songs featuring only miniscule differences, the only valuable aspect is the soloing throughout the album, despite the fact that the shredding shows nothing above the hundreds of other metal guitarists around today. Trivium may have the physical ability, but their songwriting is the epitome of underdeveloped.Trivium Ember to InfernoUlver Nattens Madrigal1.0 awfulAs I Lay Dying Frail Words CollapseAtreyu Suicide Notes and Butterfly KissesAtreyu The CurseBlink-182 Blink-182Chevelle Wonder What's NextGodsmack FacelessGodsmack The Other SideKhanate Things ViralKorn KornKorn Take a Look in the MirrorKorn IssuesKorn Life Is PeachyKorn Follow the LeaderKorn UntouchablesLimp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog...Linkin Park Hybrid TheoryLinkin Park MeteoraLinkin Park ReanimationMetallica St. AngerWords cannot describe how insanely bad this album is, so I won't waste anyone's time making them up. Metallica, 20 years after solidifying themselves as one the most essential metal bands ever, has been reduced to redundant, obnoxious garbage. Yes, hope is lost completely for a once respected metal band. No unique riffs, no solos at all, and vocals dripping with nu metal angst. Music stores worldwide must've found themselves overstocked with frisbees after this abomination was released.Metallica Some Kind of MonsterMetallica The Unnamed FeelingP.O.D. SatellitePsyopus Ideas of ReferenceAlthough music has obviously become more and more extreme over the years, a line has to be drawn somewhere. Not ever band sounds like Iron Maiden anymore - extreme music has gotten faster, heavier, louder, and it's no surprise that most of it comes off as noise to our older generations. However, I've still become an avid extreme music listener. Fortunately, I haven't lost all sense. Music is music; Psyopus is not. At the risk of sounding closed-minded or whatever else people may think, Psyopus is undoubtedly the most garbled, incoherent piece of crap ever to be distributed in worldwide music stores. The musicianship may be mind-blowing, but the writing is nothing more than worthless noise.Psyopus Our Puzzling Encounters ConsideredPuddle of Mudd Life On DisplayPuddle of Mudd Come CleanSatyricon VolcanoSix Feet Under 13Slipknot SlipknotSmile Empty Soul Smile Empty SoulStaind Break the CycleSunn O))) Black OneSunn O))) White2Sunn O))) White1Trivium The CrusadeThe Crusade runs invariably dry on memorable content just as quickly as the album starts. The only songs that actually stick out for positive reasons are To the Rats and Tread the Floods, both of which feature sufficiently interesting riffs. That is, until once again, the music is flooded with derivative Metallca riffs and melodies, so much so that the listener is virtually beaten aurally until the decent riffs are completely forgotten. It almost sounds as if Trivium was desperate to write a long instrumental song, as The Crusade features dozens of completely unrelated riffs thrown together in a rather haphazard manner. While perhaps good in very small doses, The Crusade is not at all the technical thrash metal masterpiece that media sources hailed it.
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