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5.0 classic
Dream Evil The Book of Heavy Metal
Ludo Broken Bride EP
Machinae Supremacy Deus Ex Machinae
DragonForce, eat your hearts out.
These guys truly know how to rock the synths, incorporating a special sound module called the Sid Station. The Sid Station is based off of the SID synthesizer chip used in the Commodore 64 computer. What all this means is that Machinae Supremacy can provide the videogame-ish sound that DragonForce themselves have become known for.
MaSu's talent, however, does not end there. Robert Stjarnstrom has a unique voice (at least to me), that is different from the high-pitched power metal vocalists that I've heard in DragonForce and Dream Evil. Quite possibly my favorite member of the band, Jonas Rorling the lead guitarist, shows he can write amazing riffs and solos on tracks like 'Insidious' and 'Player One', sometimes rivaling the speed and sound of Herman Li and Sam Totman from DragonForce. Andreas, Johan, and Tomas, on keyboards, bass, and drums, respectively, while are talented, do not showcase their skills much in this album.
Overall, this is an essential power metal album for those who like the genre.
Recommended Tracks: Insidious, Dreadnaught, Flagcarrier, Player One, Deus Ex Machinae... Never mind, just get the entire album.
NOTE: There being only 2,000 copies of this album made, there isn't much of a chance you'll find this in stores, but you can download the first 14 songs off of MaSu's Last.FM page, and the 15th song off of their official website, www.machinaesupremacy.com
4.8/5
Metallica Metallica
mewithoutYou Brother, Sister
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine
Rush 2112

4.5 superb
AC/DC AC/DC Live
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command
Avenged Sevenfold Waking the Fallen
Avenged Sevenfold City of Evil
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Blink-182 Blink-182
Circle Takes The Square As the Roots Undo
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Decyfer Down End of Grey
Demon Hunter Summer Of Darkness
Demon Hunter The Triptych
Element Eighty Element Eighty
Elvenking The Scythe
Frankly, I just can't find the right words to express my love for this album. It's got everything that a catchy lyric-crazed power metal listener could want, and more. A very radio-friendly metal album to say the least, but that doesn't make this any less enjoyable. Everything is done well, and while no instrument sticks out in particular, they all fit together in such a way that the final product is amazing.

All that being said, I can completely understand why one would dislike this album. For one, it's a bit too radio-friendly, to the point where the catchiness and sheer lack of originality and technicality could possibly be its downfall. This is most likely not for br00tal metal fans, and from what I've heard from others, this is a bit of a change from past Elvenking releases.

Bottom line, this is an overall great album that is at least worth looking into for any (lighter) metal fans.

Review Rating: 4
Personal Rating: 4.5
Check These Out: The Scythe, Lost Hill Of Memories, Poison Tears, The Divided Heart, Dominhate.
Fair to Midland Fables From a Mayfly
Lostprophets Liberation Transmission
mewithoutYou Catch For Us The Foxes
Noah Gundersen Family
Noah Gundersen Saints & Liars
Paramore Riot!
Poison The Best Of Poison: 20 Years Of Rock
Refused Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent
Rise Against The Sufferer and the Witness
Shinedown Leave A Whisper
System of a Down Mezmerize
The Offspring Greatest Hits
Three Days Grace One-X
Thrice The Illusion of Safety
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
Thrice If We Could Only See Us Now
Thrice Vheissu
Beautiful album, although highly deceiving to those who first heard about this album through the single 'Image of the Invisible'. The first song starts out leading you to believe the majority of the album is purely hardcore, when in truth, it is more of a calm-verse and slightly hardcore-chorus type album. I'd recommend 'The Earth Will Shake', 'Music Box', and 'Red Sky' as they are a few of my personal favorites. Awesome album, well worth the $10-15 if you're into the slower stuff.
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV
Thrice Anthology
Yellowcard Ocean Avenue

4.0 excellent
AC/DC Back in Black
AC/DC For Those About to Rock We Salute You
Alice In Chains Greatest Hits
Anthrax Among the Living
Armor For Sleep What To Do When You Are Dead
Ashes Divide Keep Telling Myself It's Alright
Burlap to Cashmere Burlap to Cashmere
Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade
Crossfade Crossfade
Daitro Laisser Vivre Les Squelettes
Daitro Des Cendres, Je Me Consume
Deadlock Wolves
Dinosaur Jr. Bug
Disturbed The Sickness
Disturbed Ten Thousand Fists
Element Eighty The Bear
Enter Shikari Take to the Skies
Fair to Midland Inter.Funda.Stifle
Fall Out Boy From Under The Cork Tree
Falling Up Crashings
Finch Say Hello to Sunshine
Firewind Allegiance
Godsmack Faceless
Godsmack IV
Green Day International Superhits
Green Day Nimrod
Green Day American Idiot
Green Day Bullet In A Bible
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast
Journey The Essential Journey (2-Disc)
Kamelot The Black Halo
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
Lostprophets Start Something
Ludo You're Awful, I Love You
Ludo Prepare the Preparations
Machinae Supremacy Redeemer (Underground Edition)
Matchbox Twenty Yourself or Someone Like You
Matchbox Twenty More Than You Think You Are
Metallica Master of Puppets
mewithoutYou A to B: Life
mewithoutYou It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's all
mewithoutYou Ten Stories
Modest Mouse Good News For People Who Love Bad News
Muse Black Holes and Revelations
Nat King Cole The Christmas Song
This was probably the first Christmas album I've ever listened to. Now I'm not a fan of jazz at all, but Nat King Cole's singing is great. He makes the songs calm and serene, which adds to the overall effect of the relaxing songs. The orchestras and chorus in the background provide an unneeded assist to Nat's singing. In the album, he covers many Christmas songs that are popular around the world. A must have for anyone who loves jazz, or just listening to Christmas songs during the holidays.
Nirvana Nirvana
Noah Gundersen Ledges
Of Monsters and Men My Head is an Animal
Panic! At the Disco A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
Papa Roach Getting Away with Murder
Paramore All We Know Is Falling
Paramore Brand New Eyes
Protest The Hero Kezia
Protest The Hero Fortress
Protest The Hero Fortress (Instrumental)
Puddle Of Mudd Life On Display
Rise Against Siren Song of the Counter Culture
Rise Against The Unraveling
Rubik Dada Bandits
Rush Moving Pictures
Sanctus Real Pieces of a Real Heart
Senses Fail Still Searching
Showbread No Sir, Nihilism Is Not Practical
Showbread Age of Reptiles
Showbread The Fear of God
Showbread Who Can Know It?
Showbread Cancer
Soundtrack Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
Sparta Wiretap Scars
Stevie Ray Vaughan Greatest Hits
Stone Temple Pilots Thank You
Tad Morose Modus Vivendi
The Fall of Troy Doppelganger
The Flatliners Destroy To Create
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Don't You Fake It
The Tallest Man on Earth Shallow Grave
The Tallest Man on Earth The Tallest Man on Earth
The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt
The Tallest Man on Earth Sometimes The Blues Is Just A Passing Bird
Three Days Grace Three Days Grace
Thrice Red Sky
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II
Thrice Beggars
Thrice Major/Minor
Van Halen Van Halen
Will Smith Lost and Found

3.5 great
Aerosmith Greatest Hits
Aerosmith Big Ones
Aerosmith A Little South of Sanity
AFI Decemberunderground
Alcest Souvenirs d'un autre Monde
Andromeda Extension of the Wish
Atreyu The Curse
Atreyu A Death-Grip on Yesterday
Avril Lavigne Under My Skin
Avril Lavigne Let Go
Avril Lavigne The Best Damn Thing
Barenaked Ladies Stunt
Blink-182 Enema of the State
Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet
Bowling for Soup A Hangover You Don't Deserve
Breaking Benjamin We Are Not Alone
Burlap to Cashmere Anybody Out There?
Carbon Based Lifeforms Hydroponic Garden
Catch 22 Keasbey Nights
Children of Bodom Follow the Reaper
Cold Year Of The Spider
Coldplay Viva la Vida
Collective Soul Collective Soul
Creed Greatest Hits
Daughtry Daughtry
Deathchain Deathrash Assault
Deceased Supernatural Addiction
Demon Hunter Demon Hunter
Demon Hunter Storm The Gates Of Hell
Destroyer 666 Phoenix Rising
Dio Dream Evil
DragonForce Inhuman Rampage
DragonForce, known for their cheesy lyrics, lightning-fast guitar solos, mindblowing keyboard solos, and heart pounding drum beats. They prove they're the best at what they do, in only 8 songs. Just one downside, half of these songs sound about the same. Don't get me wrong, Inhuman Rampage is a great album, full of ZP's great lyrics, Sam and Herman's amazing dual-solos, Dave's speedy drumming, Vadim's beautiful keyboarding (shown in 'Trail of Broken Hearts', and even Frederic shows some bass talents in 'Body Breakdown'. If you think this is one of those albums that you will be hooked on from the beginning, you may be wrong. This could turn out to be one of those albums that takes awhile for you to get hooked on, but will hold its place in your heart for a long time.
Dream Evil Evilized
Ensiferum Victory Songs
Explosions in the Sky How Strange, Innocence
Fall Out Boy Infinity On High
Firefly Summer The Classic EP
Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand
Gamma Ray Majestic
Gatsby's American Dream Gatsby's American Dream
Godsmack Awake
Good Charlotte The Young And The Hopeless
Guns N' Roses Greatest Hits
Haste the Day When Everything Falls
Haste the Day Pressure the Hinges
Hootie and The Blowfish The Best of Hootie & The Blowfish (1993-2003)
Jag Panzer Thane to the Throne
Jeremy Camp Stay
Jimi Hendrix Smash Hits
Kamelot Epica
Korn Greatest Hits Vol. 1
Led Zeppelin Best Of, Vol. 1: Early Days
Led Zeppelin Early Days/Latter Days
Led Zeppelin Best Of, Vol. 2: Latter Days
Linkin Park Meteora
Lostprophets The Fake Sound Of Progress
Lynyrd Skynyrd 20th Century Masters
mewithoutYou I Never Said That I Was Brave
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade
Nevermore Dreaming Neon Black
Nevermore This Godless Endeavor
New Found Glory Catalyst
Nickelback All the Right Reasons
Ozzy Osbourne The Essential Ozzy Osbourne
Pantera Vulgar Display of Power
Quiet Riot Super Hits
Red Hot Chili Peppers Greatest Hits
Rush Test for Echo
Russell Allen Atomic Soul
Savatage The Hall of the Mountain King
Savatage Edge Of Thorns
Scorpions Scorpions 20th Century Masters
Seether Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces
Shinedown Us And Them
Skindred Babylon
Slipknot Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
Smash Mouth Astro Lounge
Smash Mouth Smash Mouth
SOiL Scars
Sonata Arctica Silence
Sparta Threes
Story of the Year Page Avenue
Sum 41 All Killer No Filler
Switchfoot The Beautiful Letdown
System of a Down Toxicity
Tad Morose Matters Of The Dark
Taking Back Sunday Louder Now
Thursday Full Collapse
Trapt Trapt
Twain Harte A Sunny Place for Shady People
Van Halen For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
Van Halen Van Halen II
Van Halen Diver Down
Various Artists Tooth & Nail vs. Solid State
Velvet Revolver Contraband
Yellowcard Lights and Sounds

3.0 good
'N Sync No Strings Attached
3 Doors Down Away From The Sun
3 Doors Down Seventeen Days
Aerosmith Toys in the Attic
Aerosmith Just Push Play
Aerosmith Get a Grip
AFI Sing the Sorrow
Alexisonfire Alexisonfire
Anberlin Blueprints For The Black Market
Anthrax Spreading the Disease
As I Lay Dying Frail Words Collapse
Atreyu Lead Sails Paper Anchor
Backstreet Boys Millennium
Backstreet Boys Black & Blue
Bathory Blood Fire Death
Beastie Boys Licensed To Ill
Beatallica Beatallica
Black Eyed Peas Elephunk
Blacklisted Peace On Earth, War On Stage
Chevelle Vena Sera
Creed My Own Prison
Creed Human Clay
Creed Weathered
Dio Holy Diver - Live
DIR EN GREY The Marrow of a Bone
Disturbed Believe
Drop Dead, Gorgeous Worse Than A Fairy Tale
Emanuel Black Earth Tiger
Evanescence Fallen
Exodus Bonded by Blood
Falling Up Dawn Escapes
Finger Eleven Finger Eleven
Firewind Burning Earth
Flyleaf Flyleaf
Goo Goo Dolls A Boy Named Goo
Good Charlotte The Chronicles of Life and Death
Gorillaz Gorillaz
Gorillaz Demon Days
HIM Dark Light
Hinder Extreme Behavior
Hootie and The Blowfish Cracked Rear View
I Mother Earth Scenery & Fish
Jeremy Camp Restored
Jet Get Born
Jimmy Eat World Bleed American
KISS Gold
Korn See You on the Other Side
Ludo Ludo
Mae Singularity
Maroon 5 Songs About Jane
Nickelback Silver Side Up
Nickelback The Long Road
Nickelback The State
Nickelback Curb
Overflow A Better Place
Puddle Of Mudd Come Clean
Relient K mmhmm
Saliva Every Six Seconds
Sanctus Real We Need Each Other
Scorpions Unbreakable
Seether Karma and Effect
Simple Plan Still Not Getting Any...
Soundtrack The Spongebob Squarepants Movie - Music
Staind Chapter V
Steve Vai Infinite Steve Vai: An Anthology
Stutterfly And We Are Bled Of Color
Switchfoot Nothing is Sound
The All-American Rejects Move Along
The Black Dahlia Murder Unhallowed
The Calling Two
The Dillinger Escape Plan Irony Is a Dead Scene
Third Day Offerings II: All I Have To Give
Third Eye Blind Third Eye Blind
Third Eye Blind Blue
Thirty Seconds to Mars A Beautiful Lie
Tool 10,000 Days
Trapt Someone in Control
Underoath They're Only Chasing Safety
Van Halen OU812
Van Halen Women and Children First
Weezer Make Believe
Will Smith Big Willie Style
Will Smith Willenium
ZZ Top Recycler

2.5 average
Anthrax Persistence of Time
Children of Bodom Are You Dead Yet?
Crossfade Falling Away
Fefe Dobson Fefe Dobson
Hawthorne Heights The Silence In Black And White
Limp Bizkit Significant Other
Neutral Milk Hotel On Avery Island
Norma Jean O' God The Aftermath
Norma Jean The Anti Mother
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Seven Mary Three American Standard
The All-American Rejects The All-American Rejects
Trivium The Crusade
Van Halen Fair Warning
Weezer Pinkerton
Winger IV

2.0 poor
'N Sync Celebrity
Hawthorne Heights If Only You Were Lonely
Kid Rock Devil Without A Cause
Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish...
New Found Glory Coming Home
Scott Stapp The Great Divide

1.5 very poor
New Found Glory From the Screen to Your Stereo Part II
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