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Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicAvenged Sevenfold Waking the FallenThis album will always remain among my favorites of all time. This album is the epitome of metalcore - all aspects of performance are executed with nothing less than perfection. Avoiding the popular trend to scream and churn out heavy, uninspired riffs, A7X puts life into all their songs and will assault you with some of the best riffs you have ever heard. The combination of riffs in "Second Heartbeat," from the intro to the solo, simply cannot be competed with. Shadow's vocals, which are often a topic of debate, are a hit or miss. I believe they fit the bill perfectly, as Shadows explores the soft side of his voice as much as his brutal scream. The main aspect of this album that makes it a classic is that it's truly memorable. The music is one of a kind, and the musiciansnip in every song on this disc is unexpectedly brilliant. A7X set the metalcore bar with Waking the Fallen, and in my opinion it has yet to be beaten.Children of Bodom HatebreederIron Maiden PowerslaveIron Maiden Live After Death (DVD)Led Zeppelin Physical GraffitiMetallica Master of PuppetsMetallica Ride the LightningOpeth Blackwater ParkOzzy Osbourne TributeProtest the Hero KeziaQueensryche Operation: MindcrimeSteely Dan AjaI'm a fair classic rock fan, but mostly Im the kind of guy that has metal blasting on his ipod all day. But when I heard this, I was really blown away at the musical brilliance behind this album. It would be very hard for me to explain myself, this is like a mix of Dream Theater composition and Pink Floyd style with some jazz horns. It's not just another album, it was a showstopper for me. This band has more talent than almost any other band Ive ever heard. Aja is a stand-out track for me, it has to be my favorite classic rock song of all time. Give this a try or atleast download a songStevie Ray Vaughan Live at the El Mocambo (DVD)Yngwie Malmsteen Rising Force4.5 superbAFI The Art of DrowningAFI Sing the SorrowAFI All Hallow's EPThis is easily my favorite EP of all time. The musicianship is great and in some sense I find it is AFI's writing at best. This is a perfect balance between AFI's old fast-paced punk roots and their current gothic, progressive style. A definite must have for punk fans. Stand-out track for me was Totalimmortal, though all 4 songs are incredibly addicting.AFI AFIAntonio Vivaldi The Four SeasonsAvenged Sevenfold City of EvilBehemoth DemigodBetween the Buried and Me AlaskaBetween the Buried and Me ColorsBlack Sabbath Master of RealityBoston BostonBruce Dickinson The Chemical WeddingBruce Dickinson Tyranny of SoulsThis album was a total shock for me. The cover art didnt appeal to me one bit, but the only reason I ended up buying this is because of my undying love for Iron Maiden, hoping this would sound similar. Bruce explored the genre of American hard rock/metal, and this outcome is just plain old rockin' awesome! No one can deny the small Maiden influence on the guitar work, but theres plenty of originality here. I recommend this for anyone who likes the rock genre. Standout track for me is Devil on a Hog (vocals, riffs, solo, all orgasmic!)Burzum Hvis Lyset Tar OssChildren of Bodom Follow the ReaperClutch Blast TyrantCradle of Filth MidianDan Fogelberg Nether LandsDevin Townsend Ocean Machine: BiomechDream Theater Six Degrees of Inner TurbulenceDream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a MemoryDream Theater ScoreElectric Light Orchestra Greatest HitsFair to Midland Fables From a MayflyIron Maiden Dance Of DeathIron Maiden Somewhere in TimeIron Maiden The Number of the BeastIron Maiden Rock In RioIron Maiden Iron MaidenIron Maiden Death On The RoadIron Maiden Rock In Rio (DVD)Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and DeathWhen it comes to great old bands making great new music, no one does it better than Iron Maiden. A Matter of Life and Death proves that the legendary British metal band are still all about making the best music on the planet. Every song contains the standard fresh, galloping riffs, juicy bass lines, and soaring vocals that the band has always been known for - however Maiden show that they progress as songwriters by writing 10 progressively-epic songs that make most rock today seem laughable. This album also reflects their ability to play live - their supporting tour for this album included playing the album in full. It was impressive how so much energy packed into this recorded album can be amplified even greater when played live. The record itself is fantastic - but when played live... stunning. Either way, this only proves that Maiden hasn't left their long legacy in the dust just yet, theyre still here to stay. This is more than great music, this is a continuation of the greatest legacy in metal history.Jeff Beck Blow by BlowKalmah SwamplordKing Crimson In the Court of the Crimson KingLudwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125Megadeth Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?Absolutely excellent album. This album avoids the pitfalls of many other thrash albums, which include unbearable vocals, recycled uninspired riffs, and unattractive shred-fests. Obvious Black Sabbath influences help Megadeth do their share in making Metal the giant of all music, and this album helps roll Megadeth to what is now the most consistent band in Thrash. Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? is borderline perfect, with very little that should displease the listener.Metallica ...And Justice for AllMetallica S&MNirvana NevermindOpeth Still LifeOzzy Osbourne Blizzard Of OzzQueensryche Queensryche EPQueensryche Greatest HitsSonata Arctica EclipticaSonata Arctica Reckoning NightStevie Ray Vaughan Greatest HitsWeezer Pinkerton4.0 excellentAC/DC T.N.T.AFI Black Sails in the SunsetAugust Burns Red Thrill SeekerBetween the Buried and Me Colors_LiveBetween the Buried and Me The Great MisdirectHighly polished and extremely ambitious, but with a little more reserve than their previous releases, The Great Misdirect is Between The Buried And Me's most progressive album to date.
Any BTBAM fans listening to this album will be happy to find that they have strongly retained their style - they are as aggressive and ambitious as ever. However, their death metal antics are more concentrated on The Great Misdirect than their previous albums. Between The Buried And Me have changed their song formula from their black and white genre shifts to a more fluid style. BTBAM were never known for their song coherence, and this album won't change their identity. However, BTBAM have started to ditch their rigid shifts in sound in exchange for more fluent, cohesive advances in sound and style. This makes The Great Misdirect BTBAM's most progressive album to date.
Death metal purists, fear not. Our favorite North Carolina axemen shred to death on this album. The drumming is arguably better than it's ever been, and Tommy's vocals retain the same balance of aggression and melody we've known him for. While this is more progressive than earlier releases, BTBAM do not sacrifice quility for accessibility.
For the fans who may have not been able to stomach BTBAM's earlier style, they may find themselves reborn into the band with The Great Misdirect. For all others, everything you know and love about BTBAM is retained and applied with a more stylistic and progressive tone.
And Swim to the Moon, it's just... yes.Black Sabbath Black SabbathBullet For My Valentine The PoisonCat Stevens Teaser and the FirecatChildren of Bodom Hate Crew DeathrollChildren of Bodom Something WildCradle of Filth ThornographyCrash Test Dummies God Shuffled His FeetDimmu Borgir Death Cult ArmageddonDimmu Borgir StormblastDream Theater Train of ThoughtDream Theater Images and WordsDream Theater OctavariumEnslaved Axioma Ethica OdiniFear Before The Always Open MouthGuns N' Roses Use Your Illusion IIGuns N' Roses Live Era '87-'93In Flames Used And Abused...In Live We TrustIn Flames Come ClarityIron Maiden Piece of MindIron Maiden Edward The GreatIsis OceanicIsis Wavering RadiantKalmah SwampsongKiD CuDi Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. RagerMegadeth The System Has FailedMegadeth Greatest Hits, Back To The StartMetallica Kill 'Em AllMetallica Metallica's Best BalladsMuse AbsolutionNine Inch Nails Pretty Hate MachineO.A.R. In Between Now And ThenOpeth Ghost ReveriesOpeth WatershedOzzy Osbourne Diary Of A MadmanOzzy Osbourne OzzmosisPaul Gilbert Get Out of My YardPaul McCartney Band On The RunPorcupine Tree Fear of a Blank PlanetProtest the Hero FortressRodrigo y Gabriela Rodrigo y GabrielaShadows Fall The War WithinSkid Row Skid RowSonata Arctica SilenceSonata Arctica UniaSymphony X Paradise LostSystem of a Down System of a DownSystem of a Down ToxicitySystem of a Down MezmerizeSystem of a Down HypnotizeThe Beatles 1The Faceless AkeldamaThe Rolling Stones Black and BlueThe Rolling Stones Forty LicksTrans-Siberian Orchestra The Christmas AtticTrivium AscendancyTrivium Ember to InfernoWeezer The Blue AlbumWeird Al Yankovic Running With ScissorsWintersun WintersunWintersun Time IYngwie Malmsteen OdysseyYngwie Malmsteen TrilogyYngwie Malmsteen Inspiration3.5 greatAC/DC PowerageAFI Behind The TimesAFI Crash LoveAll That Remains The Fall of IdealsAmaranthe The NexusAngels and Airwaves We Don't Need to WhisperAs I Lay Dying Shadows Are SecurityAvenged Sevenfold Sounding the Seventh TrumpetAvenged Sevenfold Warmness on the SoulAvenged Sevenfold NightmareBasshunter LOLBlack Label Society MafiaBlack Sabbath ParanoidBon Jovi Slippery When WetChildren of Bodom Trashed, Lost & StrungoutCoheed and Cambria No World for TomorrowCynic Traced in AirDethklok The DethalbumDragonForce Inhuman RampageDream Theater Black Clouds & Silver LiningsEric Clapton SlowhandGuns N' Roses Use Your Illusion IHIM Dark LightIn Flames Soundtrack to Your EscapeIn Flames Lunar StrainIron Maiden KillersIron Maiden Fear of the DarkIron Maiden The X FactorIron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh SonKiD CuDi Man On The Moon: The End Of DayLinkin Park Hybrid TheoryMegadeth Rust in PeaceMegadeth United AbominationsMetallica Death MagneticNightwish OnceNightwish Dark Passion PlayNine Inch Nails With TeethNine Inch Nails Ghosts I-IVO.A.R. The WandererO.A.R. Stories of a StrangerOpeth DamnationOzzy Osbourne Prince Of Darkness (Box Set)Ozzy Osbourne No More TearsOzzy Osbourne Bark at the MoonPhantogram Eyelid MoviesQueensryche American SoldierOld men living in the shadows of their former selves? This album should have been the one to cast Queensryche into utter irrelevance. Instead, they wrote their most mature and arguably most emotional album to date. It's an album for the patient, progressive lovers of music out there, and takes a good straight listen from top to bottom to appreciate the melodies, moods, and styles that describe the love, sorrow, and emotional strength it takes to be a soldier in war. The musicianship is excellent, being far from overdone yet enough to prove these guys still have sparks of genius somewhere in those noggins. It's progressive, paced and meaningful. If you thought Empire and Promised Land were anything near enjoyable, I'd recommend a buy for this.Shadows Fall RetributionSlayer Reign in BloodSlayer Hell AwaitsSonata Arctica Winterheart's GuildSonata Arctica Stones Grow Her NameSoundtrack Dumb and DumberSum 41 Does This Look InfectedSystem of a Down Steal This Album!Testament The Formation Of DamnationThe Beatles RevolverU2 U218 SinglesUnearth III: In the Eyes of FireWeird Al Yankovic Poodle Hat3.0 goodAFI Answer That And Stay FashionableAFI Shut Your Mouth and Open Your EyesAFI Very Proud Of YaAFI I Heard a Voice CDThis is a good release from a band who are at their peak of their popularity after more than a decade of trying to break into the mainstream. The band's performance, fronted by Davey's excellent vocals, is pretty good to say the least. The tracklist caters to a new generation of fans, with most of the tracks appearing off of their latest two albums, Sing The Sorrow and Decemberunderground. Although the performance was well above average, that's about all this disc's got for it. Makes for a damn good listen for fans of their recent works, others won't find this all too interesting. As a big fan, this is my current CD rotation, so if you're like me I'd recommend a buy.Avenged Sevenfold Avenged SevenfoldChildren of Bodom Are You Dead Yet?Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of MadnessDream Theater When Dream and Day UniteDream Theater Systematic ChaosHeaven and Hell The Devil You KnowImperanon StainedIn Flames Reroute to RemainLamb of God SacramentLupe Fiasco The CoolMetallica LoadMetallica MetallicaMuse The ResistanceNine Inch Nails The Downward SpiralNirvana In UteroSonata Arctica The Days of GraysSymphony X The OdysseyThe Audition ChampionThe Rolling Stones A Bigger BangToto Toto IVTrivium The CrusadeI only have a few important words to say about this album.
If no one has ever heard previous Trivium, or any Metallica, the average rating would be higher. Much higher. If Metallica released this same album, it would have a pretty high rating. Unorginality has become too much of a factor. I still find this pleasing to my ears, and I don't see why I shouldn't judge the music by the music I hear.X Japan Blue BloodNow, I try to be professional in writing my criticisms for albums, but I really can't help it here. I want to kill myself everytime this faggot opens his mouth. The guitars, pianos, and cheesy power metal drumming are all excellent, no questions about the talent of the members and how great their riffs are. Yoshi or whatever the fuck his name is sounds like a baby screaming in a blender. The instrumentation, specifically the excellent guitarists, greatly make up for that though.2.5 averageAFI DecemberundergroundBullet For My Valentine FeverBurzum HliðskjálfIluvatar IluvatarIn Flames A Sense of PurposeJames LaBrie Elements Of PersuasionJohn Lennon Lennon Legend Megadeth RiskMetallica St. AngerMetallica ReLoadMetallica Some Kind Of Monster2.0 poorThe Audition Self-Titled Album
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