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5.0 classic
Anathema Judgement
This album embodies pure and bitter pain. After the death of their mother, the Cavanagh brothers must have experienced one hell of an emotional ride, because this album was released in its aftermath, and it is nothing but breathtakingly haunting. Anathema's sorrow does not manifest itself in the form of brute force anymore, but the incredibly powerful riffs and melodies combine with keyboard atmospheres to create dark, moody soundscapes that gather over the album like black clouds. Almost every song screams in bitterness, and the lyrics deal with a seemingly endless depression. It may one of the bleakest albums ever released, but despite its gloom and doom, it is also superbly beautiful, and essential listening for anyone with only the slightest hint of interest in the dark side. A completely stupendously amazing release.
Apocalyptica Apocalyptica
Blind Guardian Imaginations from the Other Side
Dream Theater Images and Words
Iced Earth Burnt Offerings
Kamelot The Black Halo
Nightwish Oceanborn
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
Opeth Still Life
Blackwater Park may be the most critically acclaimed, but this album is certainly a close second, if not the best album in Opeth's oeuvre. A majestic concept album based around love, heresy, occultism, rejection, and religion, its tragic tale unfolds as the music shows an emotional depth almost unbefitting of any metal band. Opeth aren't just a technically accomplished band (though this is one of their most complex outings, and the band don't play so many songs off this live), but they are also lyrically, aesthetically, and compositionally leaps and bounds ahead of the metal scene. It's rare to come across an album that combines its pompous intents with its musical style so well that it becomes a ride for life. And it's not just heavy: some of the most exquisite parts are acoustic jazzy interludes that serve not only as a breather from the more extreme metal onslaught, but make the album a big exercise in dynamics as well. This album is highly recommended for any open-minded music fan, as it shows one of cheesiest genres at its very best. It shatters any notion of music you may have had. And for that, it may just even beat out Blackwater Park as their most historical record.
Opeth Blackwater Park
This is probably one of the best Opeth albums, though when every album they've released is such high quality, that doesn't say much. It pretty much runs smoothly throughout and it's got a more modern edge than the previous albums. The Drapery Falls features a colossal riff and the vocal interplay on Bleak absolutely rules. It doesn't really have many uneven moments, just ones that are less orgasmic than the absolute highlights. This is a great album any prog metal fan should have, and it's a perfect introduction to Opeth's remarkable oeuvre.
Pain Of Salvation Be
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
The most riddling album I have ever experienced, its emotional and sentimental value almost eclipses the benchmark set by its musical genius. This isn't an album, this is 45 minutes of pure genius, describing insanity, society, and humanity with the most meticulous of lyrics. Musically, it is one big waterfall, with each song segueing so easily into the next, it might as well have been recorded as one track. However, the highlight is Welcome to the Machine, not only notable for Gilmour's ascending backing vocals, but also for its excruciatingly sardonic lyrics. Is it the best album of all time? Hard to say, but it's as close as any album will ever come, and that is saying something.
Pink Floyd The Wall
One of the big musical triumphs of Pink Floyd (the other two being Wish you were Here and Dark Side of the Moon), this is a classic album for the ages. Its incredibly bleak lyrical concept makes the music harrowing instead of flat. Gilmour's best solo (and probably one of the best guitar solos ever) appears here on the song Comfortably Numb, but it's a work that stands as a whole. It may seem rather dull at first because almost none of the initial tracks feel right as standalone songs, but once you piece the whole thing together and look at it in helicopter view, you will see that this is possibly, probably, one of the best albums ever. It's such a shame that Pink Floyd have Wish You Were Here in their back catalog, because otherwise this would be their best easily. However, this album is their glorious last stand with the classic line-up, and is highly recommended to anyone.
Pink Floyd Pulse (DVD)
Porcupine Tree In Absentia
Porcupine Tree Stupid Dream
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
Pure perfection released as an album. From the musically intricate soundscapes to the frighteningly depressing lyrical imagery, everything works, fits, and flows as if the album were a 51-minute dream of music. The band ranges from moody trippy sections that recall Portishead's glory, to metal riffs that bring Opeth and Meshuggah to mind, to the technically complex work made famous by 70s progsters a la Rush, and even some pop sentiments on songs like Sentimental. It's a packaged overview of everything that is good about music: emotional value, technical accomplishment, lyrical relevancy, and interesting compositions. A pure tour de force that SW and co. may never be able to top again. Highly recommended buy.
Queen Greatest Hits One
Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime
Radiohead The Bends
Radiohead OK Computer
This album is a classic of the 90s, for the simple reason that every song on here is amazing. The album revels in a sense of claustrophobia and angst, and even the interlude of Fitter Happier is a testament to the alienation present on the record. It personifies this, no doubt inspiring many that felt the same to pick up a guitar and write tunes. Radiohead would go gaga after this, experimenting with electronica, jazz, and other madness, but this stands as their most "tuneful" album, and where they got the mix between oddball synth influences, plain old guitar rock and bleak thematicism completely right. This isn't heralded as the best album of the 90s for nothing.
Slayer Reign in Blood
This album eats babies, slays the christians, and is so brutal in every possible way it's more brutal than most death metal. Tom Araya's vicious snarls are almost tuneless, and his shrieks are blood-curdling; as iffy as this all sounds, it's one of the most enduring and extreme pieces of metal. Who can forget the godly riffs of Raining Blood, or Angel of Death's fanatic opening shriek, or the race-to-the-finish tempo of Jesus Saves? It's all good, and with Dave Lombardo's vital drum performance to boot, this is simply one of the most essential metal records you can find. No metalhead should be without this one, and probably no non-metalhead either. Classic.

4.5 superb
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step
Agalloch Pale Folklore
Alice In Chains Dirt
As sinister as the title sounds, this is an album that really is all about feeling low, down to earth and like dirt. Staley's drug escapades are the focus here, and it turns these songs into brutal monsters: like demons swarming him. Cantrell's off kilter, dark riffs, and the monotone vocal drawls just give everything a completely bleak feel; like the album art, drowning in a desert. I think the world will be hard pressed to find a better depiction of the aftermath of drug use than this record; I don't think the world needs to find one, because this is just the perfect soundtrack.
Anathema A Natural Disaster
Anathema A Fine Day to Exit
Anathema Hindsight
This is even more the culmination of Anathema's sound, perhaps even softer than they went on the previous records... mostly because this is an unplugged acoustic record, and the songs sound like they were always meant to sound. The production is intimate, the "mournful cello" does a great job of conveying atmosphere, and it really sounds like 10 new tracks even though 9 of them appear on previous discs. It's a remarkable achievement that a compilation album might actually be the best record in the band's catalog, and in many cases it would be miserable; but this record just transforms a batch of already amazing songs and gives them a completely fresh and new face. Highly recommended for any fan.
Anathema We're Here Because We're Here
Anthrax Among the Living
Arcturus The Sham Mirrors
Bad Religion All Ages
Bad Religion Against the Grain
Black Sabbath Paranoid
Sabbath were never as satanistic as the opinion of their era would want the general populace to believe. But their inventive use of Diabolus in Musica (also known as the tritone) created this muddy, evil sound every other metal band has wanted to replicate, and many have ripped the band off in the process. However, Sabbath did it first, and best, as the songwriting is ace and Ozzy doesn't sound nearly as annoying as he would on other Sabbath/solo records. And for that, this will stand as the album that changed the face of heavy metal into what it became.
Blackfield Blackfield II
Blind Guardian Nightfall in Middle-Earth
Blind Guardian Somewhere Far Beyond
Blind Guardian A Twist in the Myth
Bloodbath Unblessing the Purity
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Camel The Snow Goose
Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
Clint Mansell & Kronos Quartet Requiem for a Dream
Cynic Focus
Cynic Traced in Air
Dark Tranquillity Character
RA RA RA CHUG CHUG CHUG wtf is this solos and keyboards? blasphemy! not tr00 deth metuhl!!
it's better than anything else in the scene though so check it out
Dark Tranquillity Haven
Dark Tranquillity Fiction
Dark Tranquillity Where Death is Most Alive
Death Human
Deep Purple Made in Japan
Dissection Storm of the Light's Bane
Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Dream Theater Live at Budokan
Dream Theater Awake
Dream Theater Score
dredg El Cielo
Emperor In the Nightside Eclipse
Emperor Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
Faith No More Angel Dust
Fall Out Boy Take This To Your Grave
Frank Turner England Keep My Bones
Frank Turner Tape Deck Heart
Gamma Ray Land of the Free
God Is An Astronaut All Is Violent, All Is Bright
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada
This would be a 5 if it was 20 minutes longer. It's still amazing, but it needs more music.
Howard Shore The Return of the King
Iced Earth Horror Show
Iced Earth Something Wicked This Way Comes
Iced Earth Alive in Athens
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast
Judas Priest Painkiller
Katatonia Viva Emptiness
Katatonia The Great Cold Distance
Katatonia Tonight's Decision
Katatonia Last Fair Deal Gone Down
Katatonia Night Is the New Day
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King
Massive Attack Mezzanine
Megadeth Rust in Peace
Meshuggah I
Metallica Live Shit: Binge & Purge
Moonsorrow Kivenkantaja
Morbid Angel Altars of Madness
Mostly Autumn Heart Full of Sky
Mostly Autumn The Last Bright Light
Mostly Autumn For All We Shared
Muse Absolution
My Dying Bride Turn Loose the Swans
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
sometimes i wander through the streets of amsterdam and i see the people walking around. then i take out my guitar and i play some chords and i try to sing. people throw me a dime because they like it.
Nevermore The Politics of Ecstasy
Nevermore This Godless Endeavor
Nightwish Wishmaster
Opeth Morningrise
Opeth Damnation
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Pain Dancing with the Dead
Pain Of Salvation Remedy Lane
Pain Of Salvation Scarsick
Angry Daniel Gildenlow gives a fuck you to America and commercialism. In the meanwhile, The Bee Gees, 50 Cent, Al Pacino, bros, hoes, homies, strippers, God, commercials, and kids with flowers in their hands all appear, each doing their part. It's a bleak version of the future. The prog year of 2007 would turn bleaker after the release of this record, with Porcupine Tree releasing their seminal mindfuck of "Fear of a Blank Planet", but lovers of doom and gloom anti-commercialism lyrics flavoured with experimentalism and musicianship beyond the limits of the Earth need to pick this up and have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And the best thing of all is: the band don't want you to pay for it.
Paradise Lost Draconian Times
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Pink Floyd Is There Anybody Out There?
Pixies Surfer Rosa
Porcupine Tree Anesthetize
Portishead Dummy
Queen A Night at the Opera
Rammstein Mutter
Rammstein Rosenrot
Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water
Slayer South of Heaven
Snow Patrol Eyes Open
Sonata Arctica Ecliptica
Sonata Arctica Reckoning Night
Steven Wilson Insurgentes
Symphony X The Divine Wings of Tragedy
Symphony X Paradise Lost
System of a Down Toxicity
The Ocean Precambrian
Tiamat Wildhoney
Tori Amos Little Earthquakes
Have you heard that one piano song with a woman singing lately? Well, if you have, it all harks back to this little gem in the end. Tori Amos did it not the first (Kate Bush says hi), but she did it the best. Winter is the best song ever spawned in female singer-songwriter land and Silent All These Years's chorus is an absolute winner. And who else could make an a cappella song about rape work without sounding whiny? Only Tori. If you want a good, emotional ride through a young woman's brain, get this. If you want a record chock full of good, catchy tunes, get this. Hell, if you don't know what you want to get at the store and you don't own this record, get this. It is one of those albums that will keep the lovers drooling and even the haters admire the quality and talent she possesses. Amazing.
U2 The Joshua Tree
Ulver Bergtatt
Vangelis 1492: Conquest of Paradise
This is one of the most epic scores ever composed. It's powerful, haunting and moving, and it fits the theme of the accompanying movie quite well. Conquest of Paradise is a tune for the ages.
VNV Nation Judgement

4.0 excellent
A Perfect Circle Mer de Noms
Aesop Rock Labor Days
After Forever Decipher
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
Age of Silence Acceleration
Alice In Chains Black Gives Way to Blue
Well fuck me sideways with a ten ton dildo. This is actually amazing, and I'd expected way less from a band out of the loop for years, affected by the death of their drugged frontman. I don't know how the fuck they ended up doing this because this is actually a comeback album that is almost as good as anything else they've done. Yes, that includes Dirt. Kudos to this band. Relevant still in 2009, as they were in 1992. Yowzer. I wanna grow old..
Amon Amarth With Oden on Our Side
Cry of the Black Birds might just be the most epic melodeath song ever recorded. The rest of the album is not as good as that song, but it's pretty damn epic nonetheless. Most of this album is pure gold, and when it's not gold, it's silver anyways. This is one of the stronger Amon Amarth albums, and a shoe-in for any fan, and a recommended buy for fans of the genre.
Amon Amarth Once Sent from the Golden Hall
Amon Amarth Twilight of the Thunder God
This album has balls. Probably more balls than you will ever have. This album will make you drop them to the ground and bang your head with the Vikings on stage. Aggressive, melodic and catchy, it's safe to say that these Swedes have perfected their death metal style, and it's also safe to say they have never sounded better than this. Fans of the band should run to pick this up.
Amorphis Silent Waters
Anathema Alternative 4
Antimatter Leaving Eden
Apocalyptica Reflections
More bands should play like these guys. Cello metal? That's exactly what this is, and there are few that can match these guys in pure musical skill. But the songwriting is top-notch too, and these guys aren't wankers. The compositions are terrific, being melodic yet heavy, and the occasional appearance of Dave Lombardo on some tracks just makes the whole thing a tad more exquisite. This is some really fine music, the sound of a band really starting to get into the groove, and they went on to perfect it on their next record.
Arch Enemy Anthems of Rebellion
Blackfield Blackfield
Blind Guardian Live
Blind Guardian A Night at the Opera
Blind Guardian Follow the Blind
Blind Guardian Battalions of Fear
Bloodbath The Fathomless Mastery
Brand New Deja Entendu
Burst Lazarus Bird
Burzum Filosofem
Carcass Heartwork
Celtic Frost To Mega Therion
Children of Bodom Follow the Reaper
Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Converge Jane Doe
Damageplan New Found Power
Damnation A.D. Kingdom of Lost Souls
Danzig Danzig
Dark Tranquillity Damage Done
Dark Tranquillity The Gallery
Darkane Insanity
Darkane Rusted Angel
Darkthrone The Cult Is Alive
Dead Can Dance The Serpent's Egg
Death Cab for Cutie Transatlanticism
Devin Townsend Ziltoid the Omniscient
Dimmu Borgir Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
Draconian Turning Season Within
DragonForce Valley of the Damned
Dream Theater Train of Thought
Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Dream Theater have an obsession with being m34tl now, as the first song features blastbeats and semi-growls from Mike Portnoy. Fortunately for them, they don't completely suck at it (some of the instrumental passages are long, but most of them work in context). Overall this is a pretty good return to form, as the instrumental part of this album is sick, amazing, and over-the-top wicked. James also sounds better than ever. The only downside, apart from some of the overlong solos, are that the lyrics are getting banal and annoying. Also massive props for the cool Trial of Tears section in the Count of Tuscany.
Dream Theater Live Scenes From New York
Ensiferum Ensiferum
Enslaved Vertebrae
Enya The Memory of Trees
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Faith No More The Real Thing
Faith No More Album of the Year
Faith No More We Care a Lot
Fates Warning Awaken the Guardian
Fredrik Thordendal's Special Defects Sol Niger Within
Funeral for a Friend Tales Don't Tell Themselves
The rawness of their earlier recordings has been replaced with a more polished sheen. Gone are the screams and growls and in come exclusively clean vocals. Purists may not like the more mellowed out sound on this record, as they went from posthardcore to sounding more like regular alternative rock a la lostprophets, but the tunes are better and meatier. Apparently these guys have found their songwriting groove, because songs like lead single "Into Oblivion (Reunion)" are exactly what I want to hear from this band at this point. If they keep it up, I can't wait to see where their next one will lead us.
Gamma Ray No World Order
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F#A# (Infinity)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.
Hans Zimmer Inception
He Is We My Forever
Helloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II
Hypocrisy Virus
Iced Earth Night of the Stormrider
In Flames The Jester Race
In Flames Colony
In Flames Clayman
Instant Suppression Domain.Nation
Iron Maiden Dance of Death
Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time
Iron Maiden Piece of Mind
Iron Maiden Brave New World
Iron Maiden Live at Donington
Isis Oceanic
Jeff Buckley Grace
Joy Division Unknown Pleasures
Joy Division The Best of Joy Division
Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance
Kamelot Epica
Kamelot Karma
Kamelot One Cold Winter's Night
King Diamond Abigail
Kreator Enemy of God
Lacrimosa Elodia
Lamb of God Sacrament
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
Machinae Supremacy Redeemer (Underground Edition)
Machinae Supremacy Deus Ex Machinae
Machine Head Burn My Eyes
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Mastodon Crack the Skye
Maximo Park Our Earthly Pleasures
Melechesh The Epigenesis
Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve
Meshuggah Nothing
Meshuggah Catch Thirtythree
Meshuggah obZen
Metallica Master of Puppets
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Mogwai Happy Songs for Happy People
Mogwai Young Team
Moonsorrow V: Havitetty
Moonspell Night Eternal
Muse Black Holes and Revelations
My Dying Bride For Lies I Sire
It sounds like Swans/Angel era MDB. Finally. Because they were getting dull. This was pretty much the best thing they could put out at this point in time. Recommended.
Neurosis Through Silver in Blood
Nevermore Dreaming Neon Black
Nevermore Dead Heart In A Dead World
Nevermore The Obsidian Conspiracy
Nightwish Once
Nightwish Angels Fall First
Nightwish Over The Hills And Far Away
Nightwish From Wishes To Eternity
Nile Annihilation of the Wicked
Nine Inch Nails With Teeth
Nine Inch Nails Broken
Of Monsters and Men My Head is an Animal
Opeth Heritage
Pain Of Salvation The Perfect Element, Part 1
Paradise Lost Symbol Of Life
Paradise Lost Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us
Pink Floyd Animals
Pink Floyd Meddle
Pink Floyd Atom Heart Mother
Pink Floyd Ummagumma
Porcupine Tree Signify
Porcupine Tree Deadwing
Porcupine Tree Lightbulb Sun
Porcupine Tree The Sky Moves Sideways
This album tries very hard to be Wish You Were Here. The band has even bookended the title track just like PF did with Shine on You Crazy Diamond. The songs are all pretty much in a similar format, with The Moon Touches Your Shoulder being something of a Welcome to the Machine and Wish You Were Here hybrid. There are also many Gilmour-influenced spacy guitar solos. Luckily, the darker atmospheres and the ambient/techno influences save this album from being Pink Floyd, part II. Porcupine Tree would later use this prog-rock blueprint to mix it with other styles, effectively broadening their musical range. This just shows their prog-side at its best.
Porcupine Tree Nil Recurring
Protest The Hero Fortress
Queen Sheer Heart Attack
R.E.M. Automatic for the People
Radiohead Kid A
Rammstein Sehnsucht
Rammstein Herzeleid
Rammstein Reise, Reise
Rammstein Liebe Ist Für Alle Da
Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication
Regina Spektor Soviet Kitsch
Rise Against Endgame
Riverside Second Life Syndrome
Rush Moving Pictures
This is quite a solid effort from one of the innovators of the progressive movement. Has all the flaws the genre is famous for, but nevertheless is concise enough to hold up very well as an album. Trails off a little towards the end, but the first four tracks are all hammers, and The Camera Eye is no slouch either. If you like prog, you'll like this album.
Sabaton The Art of War
Sarah McLachlan Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
Sarah McLachlan may be Canada's most overplayed singer-songwriter. It's good she doesn't make those kind of airwaves in Europe, because let's face it: there's only so long you can rely on singles. But she's got some really good tunes on this one, just like female singer-songwriter's ought to, and nobody can argue with choice cuts such as Possession or Fear. And in light of those songs, in hindsight maybe it's not such a bad thing she gets all the airplay she does.
Sentenced The Cold White Light
Septicflesh The Great Mass
Sepultura Arise
Sigur Ros ( )
This album is lush. Very lush. It's like watching the snow fall on a mountain cold breezy winter day. It's like watching that same snow melt as the rivers run wild in spring. It's like watching the sun dry up rivers in the summer. It's like the leaves falling on the banks in the autumn. And when the snow comes back to fall, the circle is perfect; but this album never completes the circle. It's stuck in that winter vibe, but it's so lush, it never leaves its little comfort spot in front of the hearth. But that's right when you want to play it, and you do.
Sigur Ros Takk...
Simon and Garfunkel Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.
Slayer Seasons in the Abyss
Sonata Arctica Silence
Sonata Arctica Unia
Suicidal Tendencies Still Cyco After All These Years
This is a remake of the 1983 self-titled album apparently, but with updated members and sound (Mike Muir, the band's frontman and leader, is the only remaining member from the old lineup.) It sure won't serve as good enough for people who have the original, but since it ran out of print, the band re-recorded it, and the sound is tight and thrashy. If you don't have the original or the reissue, or if you just think "I Saw Your Mommy" is the most obnoxious (and best) song ever, this is for you.
Summoning Oath Bound
Swallow The Sun Hope
Symphony X V: The New Mythology Suite
System of a Down System of a Down
System of a Down Steal This Album!
Taking Back Sunday Tell All Your Friends
Testament The Gathering
The Birthday Massacre Pins and Needles
The Cranberries No Need to Argue
The Devin Townsend Project Addicted
The Devin Townsend Project Deconstruction
The Dismemberment Plan Emergency & I
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
The Ocean Aeolian
The Project Hate MCMXCIX The Lustrate Process
The Receiving End of Sirens Between the Heart and the Synapse
The Smiths The Queen Is Dead
Thirty Seconds to Mars A Beautiful Lie
This Will Destroy You Young Mountain
Thursday War All the Time
Tool Lateralus
Tori Amos Under The Pink
Tristania Ashes
Unexpect In a Flesh Aquarium
Unexpect Fables of the Sleepless Empire
Warrel Dane Praises to the War Machine
Within Temptation Enter
Wolves in the Throne Room Diadem of 12 Stars
Yes Close to the Edge

3.5 great
3 Doors Down The Better Life
After Forever After Forever
Agalloch The Mantle
Alanis Morissette The Collection
Amon Amarth Fate of Norns
Amon Amarth Versus the World
Amon Amarth Surtur Rising
Amy Macdonald This Is The Life
Anberlin Never Take Friendship Personal
Apocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four Cellos
Apocalyptica Inquisition Symphony
Apocalyptica Cult
Apocalyptica Worlds Collide
Apocalyptica 7th Symphony
Arch Enemy Wages of Sin
Arch Enemy Rise of the Tyrant
Arch Enemy Khaos Legions
Arcturus La Masquerade Infernale
Atheist Unquestionable Presence
Ayreon The Universal Migrator, Pts 1-2
Ayreon 01011001
¡T.O.O.H.! Rad a Trest
Behemoth Evangelion
This sounds like a Behemoth album. In case you didn't know what that sounds like, it has blasts, there are growls, it's heavy and fast, and they sing about Satan. Also they spell "of" as "ov" and they don't like Christians. And in case you also didn't know, this album sounding like a Behemoth album is a good thing, because this is pretty much ace as far as songwriting goes.
Black Sabbath Master of Reality
Blackfield Welcome To My DNA
Blind Guardian Tokyo Tales
Blink-182 Enema of the State
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Bruce Springsteen Nebraska
Bruce Springsteen The River
Chevelle Vena Sera
Children of Bodom Hatebreeder
Children of Bodom play an interesting blend of power, black and death metal that would be refined and honed further on later releases, most notably Follow The Reaper. As it is, this is a step up the ladder, but the band was not quite there yet even though the guitar/keyboard flurries are already extremely plentiful here. The main detractor are Laiho's vocals, which are too grating and shrieky and would be better refined on later efforts. Nevertheless it's a quality metal album worth your time.
Circus Maximus Isolate
Cobalt Gin
Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow
Cradle to Grave Texas Medicine
Crystal Castles Crystal Castles
Dark Moor Tarot
The first half of this disc is superb symphonic power metal deluxe. The second part doesn't stand up to the first half, which is sad, but it's still good in parts. Recommended for fans of the style.
Darkthrone A Blaze in the Northern Sky
Dead Kennedys Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death
Death The Sound of Perseverance
Demians Building An Empire
Dream Theater A Change of Seasons
Dream Theater Falling into Infinity
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos
Eluveitie Slania
Eluveitie Helvetios
Ensiferum Iron
Enslaved Isa
Enslaved Axioma Ethica Odini
Eternal Tears of Sorrow Before the Bleeding Sun
Explosions in the Sky All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone
Falconer Among Beggars And Thieves
Firewind Allegiance
Frank Turner Love, Ire & Song
Frank Turner Poetry of the Deed
Funeral for a Friend Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation
Funeral for a Friend Memory and Humanity
Glasgow Grin Saints of the Greatest Sin
Gojira The Way of All Flesh
Grave Into the Grave
Green Carnation The Quiet Offspring
Hans Zimmer Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (Soundtrack)
Hypocrisy A Taste of Extreme Divinity
Iced Earth The Dark Saga
In Flames Whoracle
In Flames The Tokyo Showdown
In Flames Sounds of a Playground Fading
Iron Maiden Powerslave
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Joni Mitchell Turbulent Indigo
Kamelot Ghost Opera
Katatonia Brave Murder Day
Lacuna Coil Comalies
Lamb of God Ashes of the Wake
Liquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment
Machine Head The Blackening
Mastodon Leviathan
Megadeth Countdown to Extinction
Megadeth Rude Awakening
Meshuggah Chaosphere
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Metallica S&M
Mirrorthrone Carriers of Dust
Misguided Aggression Hatchala
Mostly Autumn The Spirit of Autumn Past
Mostly Autumn Passengers
Muse Showbiz
Muse Origin of Symmetry
My Dying Bride The Dreadful Hours
Nas Illmatic
Natalie Merchant Tigerlily
Neurosis Given to the Rising
Nightwish Century Child
Nightwish Dark Passion Play
Nine Inch Nails The Fragile
Nirvana In Utero
Nirvana Nevermind
Opeth Deliverance
Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse
Opeth Watershed
Orphaned Land The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR
Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz
P.O.D. Satellite
Pain Nothing Remains the Same
Pain Psalms of Extinction
Pain Cynic Paradise
Pain Of Salvation One Hour by the Concrete Lake
Pain Of Salvation Entropia
Pantera Cowboys from Hell
Pantera Vulgar Display of Power
Paramore Riot!
this album basically revolves around the premise of:
here are a pair of tits for you to oogle at (o) (o)
Pelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...
Porcupine Tree The Incident
This sounds like Porcupine Tree - the modern metal edition. Bits and pieces (Circle of Manias) could have been taken from Meshuggah records, there are lots of juddering metal grooves, as if NIN were playing and suddenly they are asked to do a duet with Opeth. The album's centrepiece, Time Flies, however, is a disappointing exercise in self-indulgence, and the quieter, mellow moments seem to work the best (particularly Kneel and Disconnect is a fantastic track). The band-collaborated second disc is more conventional PT material, like Lightbulb sun material with an updated guitar tone. Make no mistake: audio-wise it's complete ear candy, the performances are flawless and it's all done like a love of labour. But something's missing here that's on other albums. It seems to lack the uber-tracks that most other PT albums have; "Kneel and Disconnect" is just too short to claim the crown, and heavy thunkers like Octane Twisted seem to meander a tad too often for them to become truly memorable. As far as prog rock/metal goes, Porcupine Tree are undoubtedly on top of their game, but the absence of any truly instantly hitting material, which was always present on previous albums in one way or another, is a disappointment, given SW's ability to pen instantly memorable moments on every album. And that's why this Porcupine Tree record, although great in its own right, can't be rightfully included with the top picks of their extensive discography, metal era or not.
Primordial To the Nameless Dead
Primordial Redemption at the Puritan's Hand
Pure Reason Revolution Amor Vincit Omnia
Radiohead Amnesiac
Radiohead Hail to the Thief
Radiohead In Rainbows
Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Relient K mmhmm
Rush 2112
THE TEMPLES OF SYYYYRIINX no geddy shut the fuck up you're not a banshee.
this album is full of sexcellent technical wank though. it's just that geddy lee sings about two octaves too high all the time. oh well. at least he rules on bass.
Rush Snakes & Arrows
Sarah McLachlan Surfacing
Scar Symmetry Symmetric In Design
Scar Symmetry Holographic Universe
Scar Symmetry The Unseen Empire
Simon and Garfunkel Bookends
Simon and Garfunkel Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme
Simon and Garfunkel Sounds of Silence
Sonata Arctica Winterheart's Guild
Steven Wilson Grace for Drowning
I like the sound but what I don't like is that many of the parts just seem to go on forever. Just why is this a double album again?
Stone Sour Come What(ever) May
Suicidal Tendencies Controlled By Hatred/Feel Like Shit...Deja Vu
Sum 41 Does This Look Infected
Symphony X The Odyssey
System of a Down Mezmerize
System of a Down Hypnotize
The 3rd and the Mortal Tears Laid In Earth
The Cure Disintegration
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
Thee Silver Mount Zion He Has Left Us Alone...
Therion Theli
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II
Tiamat A Deeper Kind of Slumber
Tiamat Amanethes
Tool 10,000 Days
Tristania Illumination
Trivium Shogun
Turisas The Varangian Way
Void Of Silence Human Antithesis
Vomitory Opus Mortis VIII
Wintersun Wintersun
Within Temptation Mother Earth

3.0 good
3 Doors Down Away From The Sun
3 Mile Scream A Prelude to Our Demise
Agalloch Marrow of the Spirit
Alanis Morissette Under Rug Swept
Amorphis Eclipse
Amorphis Skyforger
Amorphis The Beginning of Times
Anathema Eternity
Arch Enemy Doomsday Machine
Arch Enemy Burning Bridges
Arcturus Sideshow Symphonies
At The Gates Slaughter of the Soul
Avantasia The Scarecrow
Bathory Nordland I
Bathory Nordland II
Behemoth The Apostasy
Blind Guardian Tales from the Twilight World
Blind Guardian At the Edge of Time
Blink-182 Take Off Your Pants and Jacket
Brand New Daisy
Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A.
Built To Spill Perfect from Now On
Cartel Chroma
Cartel The Ransom EP
Children of Bodom Hate Crew Deathroll
D.R.I. Dirty Rotten LP
Dark Moor The Hall of the Olden Dreams
Dark Tranquillity Projector
Dark Tranquillity The Mind's I
Devin Townsend Ocean Machine: Biomech
Dido No Angel
Dog Fashion Disco Beating a Dead Horse to Death...Again
Dream Theater When Dream and Day Unite
Dream Theater Octavarium
Dream Theater Greatest Hit
Dream Theater A Dramatic Turn of Events
Epica The Divine Conspiracy
Epica Design Your Universe
Evergrey Recreation Day
This is sort of like the little brother to Symphony X. It has furious guitar leads and monstrous chug riffs, but they aren't as good as Symphony X's. Tom Englund's vocals have a similar range to Allen's, but Russ just sings better. And they like to up the tempo to similar levels, but Evergrey's tempos just aren't as interesting. In the end, they are a competent band with some standout tunes "Blinded", but this is still a band that should always be playing second fiddle to some of the real prog stalwarts.
Evergrey Torn
semi-prog, semi-interesting, semi-catchy, semi-good vocals, semi-well written songs, semi-boring, semi-everything kinda
Fall Out Boy From Under The Cork Tree
Foo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Funeral for a Friend Hours
God Is An Astronaut Far from Refuge
God Is An Astronaut God Is an Astronaut
Gojira From Mars To Sirius
Hum You'd Prefer an Astronaut
Iced Earth The Glorious Burden
Barlow, where art thou? Owens is a good singer, but he's just not in Barlow's league, and his presence is what is really missed here: he keeps the songs and Jon's songwriting in check. Most of the songs on here are pretty predictable power metal fare, and though Declaration Day, Attila and the Gettysburg trilogy keep up a part of the quality level, most of this is subpar compared to other Iced Earth works. If you want to get into the band, go for a Barlow-era album first (Burnt Offerings/Horror Show), and then get this.
Iced Earth The Crucible of Man
In Flames Reroute to Remain
In Flames Lunar Strain
In Flames Come Clarity
In Flames A Sense of Purpose
Iron Maiden Killers
Iron Maiden Fear of the Dark
Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and Death
Isis Wavering Radiant
Neurosis-lite. This is metal for people who are too old too deal with that snotty melodic post-rocky moody stuff, or just not sad enough; but too much of a weaksauce to flesh the deep riffs and go for some real crunchy sounds. Instead, it falls somewhere in between, and therefore sounds decent and appealing enough; but if you take into account this band once got it right on Oceanic, that is a very disappointing state for an album to be in.
Kamelot The Fourth Legacy
Kamelot Poetry for the Poisoned
Katatonia Discouraged Ones
Katy Perry One of the Boys
Kreator Hordes of Chaos
Lacuna Coil Karmacode
Lamb of God Wrath
Marduk Panzer Division Marduk
Megadeth Youthanasia
Megadeth Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?
Mercenary Architect of Lies
Metallica Kill 'Em All
Metallica Metallica
Mostly Autumn Storms Over Still water
Mostly Autumn Glass Shadows
It's pretty much the same MA we're used to, except slower and dreamier. This also means, that despite some great guitar work from Josh, and Heather's better-than-ever vocal histrionics, they've also become more boring. The main influences here are Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and friends; unlike the last album, which marked a return to more progressive waters, even adding that dish of folk back, now they're plodding along in more classic rock territory; and I don't know if I like that as much as I like the oldschool MA with the folk and prog touches. This band needs to keep its Floydy roots. I still like the album, but I can't help wishing for something altogether more... interesting.
Oh, and Tearing at the Faerytale is just the most emotional song the band ever wrote. Check that out.
Muse The Resistance
My Dying Bride Songs Of Darkness, Words Of Light
Necrophagist Epitaph
Nevermore Enemies Of Reality
Nightwish Imaginaerum
Nile In Their Darkened Shrines
Nile Those Whom the Gods Detest
Nine Inch Nails Year Zero
Nine Inch Nails The Slip
Obscura Omnivium
Oceansize Frames
Opeth Orchid
Pagan's Mind God's Equation
this is kinda good, especially the david bowie cover but my god that singer is one screeching fucktard. he's worse than James LaBrie and he overdoes it so much. He can sing but he needs to tone it down. the musicians are all competent. they also probably wank to queensryche, dream theater and iron maiden and all those sorts of bands. which is cool, but it's been done before. gets a 3 on the merit of good musicianship and some ok songwriting.
Pain Rebirth
Paradise Lost Shades of God
Paradise Lost In Requiem
Paradise Lost One Second
Pelican City of Echoes
Pink Floyd The Division Bell
Pink Floyd The Final Cut
Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason
Portishead Third
Samael Solar Soul
Sarah McLachlan Afterglow
Scar Symmetry Pitch Black Progress
Scar Symmetry Dark Matter Dimensions
Sigur Ros Agaetis byrjun
Slayer Christ Illusion
Slipknot Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
Snow Patrol Final Straw
Soilwork Figure Number Five
Static-X Shadow Zone
Stratovarius Visions
Symphony X Twilight in Olympus
The Dear Hunter Act II: The Meaning of, & All Things Regarding Ms. Leading
The Haunted Unseen
The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath
It's The Mars Volta playing The Mars Volta Songs the way The Mars Volta typically play songs. This means they are technically complex, too long, and there is a lot of random wank and bullshit. This album has less ambient filler than previous records, which makes it a bit more energetic, but it's still a chore to sit through the whole thing. If they would just learn the ins and outs of songwriting...
Thee Silver Mount Zion 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons
Thirty Seconds to Mars This Is War
Tiamat Skeleton Skeletron
Tiamat Prey
To-Mera Delusions
Tool Aenima
Tool Undertow
Tori Amos American Doll Posse
U2 All That You Can't Leave Behind
Vangelis Blade Runner Soundtrack
Yndi Halda Enjoy Eternal Bliss

2.5 average
AC/DC Back in Black
Anathema The Silent Enigma
Black Label Society The Song Remains Not The Same
Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of Town
Children of Bodom Are You Dead Yet?
Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head
Dimmu Borgir In Sorte Diaboli
Dio Holy Diver
DragonForce Inhuman Rampage
Edguy Tinnitus Sanctus
Fall Out Boy Infinity On High
it's got some kinda neat tracks but this is the pop version of a band who i liked better when they stuck to their punk roots on the first two albums.
thnks fr th mmrs is a golden song though, and there is some scattered interesting stuff on the rest of the record. but all in all the killer to filler ratio is a bit lower than what I have come to expect of these guys.
God Dethroned Under the Sign of the Iron Cross
Hate Eternal Phoenix Amongst The Ashes
In Flames Soundtrack to Your Escape
In Flames Subterranean
Iron Maiden No Prayer for the Dying
Katatonia Dance of December Souls
Leaves' Eyes Meredead
Megadeth United Abominations
Metallica Reload
Metallica Load
Mudvayne Lost and Found
Odium (CAN) At the Bottom
Pantera Far Beyond Driven
Pantera The Great Southern Trendkill
R.E.M. Out Of Time
Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium
Rhapsody of Fire Legendary Tales
Metal for Mighty Warriors in Enchanted Lands trying to save the Fair Maidens with their Fantasy Swords / Other Magical Items and Superb Wizardry Skill.

This is the kind of power metal album that you want to hear only once. Unless you are a D&D fanatic, I don't see how anything but the LOOK I AM MALMSTEEN neoclassical fretwank could possibly do anything but irritate the listener. This is so over-the-top hilarious power metal posturing it's overbearing and annoying. Probably the worst thing of all is that these guys take it so seriously.

Well, the next time I slay a dragon in the forests, I guess I have a soundtrack.
Samael Above
Samael Lux Mundi
Serj Tankian Elect the Dead
Sigur Ros Med sud i eyrum vio spilum endalaust
Snow Patrol A Hundred Million Suns
Sonata Arctica The Days of Grays
Sybreed The Pulse of Awakening
it's like Fear Factory meets Samael, only with terrible clean vocals
Synastry Blind Eyes Bleed
Taking Back Sunday Where You Want To Be
Tool Opiate

2.0 poor
3 Doors Down Seventeen Days
Autopsy Macabre Eternal
Battlelore Doombound
Between The Buried And Me Colors
too long, too boring, too complex, too pretentious, the vocals are fucking awful, all in all: too much
Breaking Benjamin Phobia
Children of Bodom Something Wild
Coldplay Parachutes
Coldplay X & Y
Derelict Unspoken Words
DragonForce Ultra Beatdown
Power metal: now with +50 dragonslaying, + 50 guitar masturbation, -50 songwriting, and +1010101010101101001100 homosexuality.
Enjoy DRAGON FORCE
Ensiferum From Afar
Tries really hard to be epic, but sounds like power metal with harsh vocals. For the uninitiated, that means speedy metal with epic (read: lame) keyboards, dumb screaming and folksy acoustic guitars. They lost it after Iron, when Jari left, and this album doesn't do anything to change the fact that Jari took the songwriting skill with him. And when you take the seasoning from a stew, you get something drab and boring. That is this record.
Epica Consign To Oblivion
Epica The Phantom Agony
Evanescence Fallen
Evanescence The Open Door
HammerFall No Sacrifice, No Victory
Helloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I
Iced Earth Framing Armageddon
Into Eternity The Scattering of Ashes
Judas Priest British Steel
Kreator Pleasure to Kill
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
Loren Battle Words Begin Wars
I had a review which got lost and cannot be arsed to re-post it, but let me just say that this generic cookie-cutter metalcore by scene kids that jumped on the bandwagon three years later is not of interest to anyone, and can safely be skipped.
Metallica Death Magnetic
After the infinite suckfest of the 90s and early 2000s, Metallica needed to progress. Well, they have progressed notably: they have gone from extreme suckdom to being mediocre and boring. Now that's a great step forward for you! This album is far too long, far too monotonous, and far too grating musically for sustained interest. Hetfield's vocal work is at an all-time low as his monotonous drawl pervades every song. It's time to hang up your studio boots and keep touring off past efforts because even when you try to go back to thrash like Master of Puppets stuff, you end up plodding like the black album. Whatever they tried on here, it's not working, and the lyrical content makes it look like a real joke. I haven't waited five years for them to put out this piece of snoredom.
Panic! At the Disco A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
Rhapsody of Fire Triumph or Agony
Slayer World Painted Blood
Stratovarius Destiny
Therion Gothic Kabbalah
Therion Sitra Ahra
U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Within Temptation The Silent Force

1.5 very poor
Avenged Sevenfold Nightmare
Avril Lavigne Let Go
Bullet For My Valentine The Poison
Children of Bodom Blooddrunk
Coldplay Live 2003
Deicide To Hell With God
Dido Life For Rent
Good Charlotte The Young And The Hopeless
HammerFall Renegade
This album suffers a lot from being a power metal album. This means it's burdened with men singing like women, lyrics about dungeons, dragons, and the almighty conquest of evil (and brave metal warriors), and derivative riffs stolen from Maiden and Priest. Well, bad news, because if you hate that style, this is probably your worst nightmare. The vocalist does sound like a woman. The lyrics are cringeworthy. And, every song sounds like it came from an Iron Maiden B-side collection. It's any sane music fan's worst nightmare. Stay far, far away from this. If you want good power metal, pick up Kamelot or Sonata Arctica instead.
Into Eternity The Incurable Tragedy
Jay-Z and Linkin Park Collision Course
Linkin Park Meteora
This album did not stand the test of time for me. Whereas Hybrid Theory had a formula that deservedly made it a commercial success (regardless of whether you liked it or not), this is just Hybrid Theory 2 with too little Chester, a lot of repetition, quite angsty lyrics, ridiculously simple verse/chorus affairs, and more of that. This is the best band to come out of the nu-metal scene, and this album has let me down very much. Don't get this, it's cool once but it has absolutely zero replay value and is just boring generic nu-metal.
Metallica St. Anger
Morbid Angel Illud Divinum Insanus
Mower Make it a Double
Sum 41 All Killer No Filler
Within Temptation The Heart of Everything

1.0 awful
(hed) p.e. New World Orphans
This is like sticking your dick in a cheese grater. Over and over. The sound that that makes is better than this record.
Blink-182 Blink-182
Britney Spears ...Baby One More Time
The Rasmus Dead Letters
Theatres Des Vampires Moonlight Waltz
Trivium The Crusade
Whitesnake Forevermore
Within Temptation The Unforgiving
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