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5.0 classic
Agalloch Pale Folklore
Agalloch The Mantle
Burzum Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
Dark Tranquillity The Gallery
Ensiferum Ensiferum
Heaven Shall Burn Whatever It May Take
Insomnium Since the Day It All Came Down
Insomnium Above the Weeping World

4.8 classic
Obliteration Black Death Horizon

4.5 superb
Adramelech Psychostasia
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
Agalloch The White
Amorphis Tales From the Thousand Lakes
Amorphis Silent Waters
Arghoslent Hornets of the Pogrom
Ash Borer 2009 Demo
Autopsy Mental Funeral
Bathory Blood Fire Death
Bathory Under the Sign of the Black Mark
Be'lakor The Frail Tide
Blind Guardian Somewhere Far Beyond
Brutality Screams of Anguish
Burzum Filosofem
Camel Mirage
Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
Candlemass Nightfall
Children of Bodom Hatebreeder
Corrupted El Mundo Frio
Corrupted Garten Der Unbewusstheit
Cult of Luna Somewhere Along the Highway
Dark Tranquillity Damage Done
Dark Tranquillity Fiction
Darkspace Dark Space III
Darkthrone A Blaze in the Northern Sky
Death Symbolic
Death The Sound of Perseverance
Deathspell Omega Paracletus
For all those who are sick and tired of *insert well-know metal band here* having so much hype for their new album *insert album name here* that turns out to be boring and disappointing, just listen to Paracletus, and you will know that the late months of 2010 are not all lost. Deathspell Omega have released here what is arguably the most focused and consistent album of their career, one that takes the ideas of the first two albums in their trilogy Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice and Fas - Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum, sifts through them, and presents on Paracletus the very best of both worlds in a tidy 42 minutes. The mind-boggling technical guitar riffs work alongside slow melodies that aren't fruity and gay, but instead appeal to the album's distinct atmosphere. If you don't like Paracletus, then by all means return to the Marrow Of The Spirit circle jerk. You won't be missed over here, I can assure you that.
Demilich Nespithe
Dissection Storm of the Light's Bane
Dissection The Somberlain
Dissection Reinkaos
Drudkh Autumn Aurora
Emperor Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
Emperor In the Nightside Eclipse
Empyrium Weiland
Entombed Left Hand Path
Garden of Shadows Oracle Moon
Genesis Selling England by the Pound
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F#A# (Infinity)
Heaven Shall Burn Antigone
Immolation Close to a World Below
Immolation Majesty and Decay
Incantation Onward to Golgotha
Insomnium In the Halls of Awaiting
Insomnium Across the Dark
Into Eternity Buried in Oblivion
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast
Kalmah Swampsong
Katatonia Dance of December Souls
Katatonia Dead End Kings
It seems that Katatonia realized that maybe Night is the New Day was just a bit too bland to keep their sound going for an 11-track album, so they went ahead and fixed that. On Dead End Kings, we have the same eleven tracks, but we also have substance that was nowhere near present on their previous effort. Vocals that are dialed in and on-point, riffing that is still minimalist but makes itself more flowing, running with the vocal melodies while still retaining a sense of individuality. Electric guitar solos to harmonious bridges to subtle, simple clean riffs, there is something tangible here that Katatonia have not displayed for quite some time. It is a clash of serenity and brutality, with the guitar solo in "Leech" showing a side that the thunderous chords of "Dead Letters" would not reveal. The stellar production that was placed on Night is the New Day is back, and this time even better given the fact that it has more to work with and so many different shades to accentuate. It is likely that the more this spins, the better it will get, so don't be surprised to see yourself becoming more and more enthralled.
M8L8TH By the Wing of Black
Manilla Road Crystal Logic
Morbus Chron Sweven
Nokturnal Mortum Goat Horns
Nokturnal Mortum The Voice of Steel
Olafur Arnalds ...And They Have Escaped The Weight Of Darkness
Opeth Morningrise
Panopticon Panopticon
Paysage d'Hiver Winterkaelte
Paysage d'Hiver Nacht
Paysage d'Hiver Steineiche
Pestilence Consuming Impulse
Summoning Minas Morgul
Swallow the Sun The Morning Never Came
Taake Hordalands Doedskvad
Thou Summit
Ulver Bergtatt - Et eeventyr i 5 capitler
Ulver Nattens Madrigal
Vali Forlatt
Vali Skogslandskap
Vinterland Welcome My Last Chapter
Weakling Dead as Dreams
Wolves in the Throne Room Two Hunters
Worship Last CD Before Doomsday

4.2 excellent
Darkthrone The Underground Resistance
Panopticon Roads to the North

4.0 excellent
Aborted Goremageddon
Agalloch Of Stone, Wind And Pillor
Alcest Ecailles De Lune
Aldebaran Dwellers In Twilight
Aldebaran Embracing the Lightless Depths
Amon Amarth With Oden on Our Side
Amon Amarth Once Sent from the Golden Hall
Anaal Nathrakh The Codex Necro
Anaal Nathrakh Vanitas
Arghoslent Incorrigible Bigotry
Arghoslent Galloping Through the Battle Ruins
Arizmenda Within the Vacuum of Infinity...
Arizmenda Without Circumference Nor Center
Ash Borer Cold of Ages
Ash Pool Genital Tomb
Asunder A Clarion Call
Ataraxie Slow Transcending Agony
Ataraxie L Etre et La Nausee
Atrium Carceri Phrenitis
Autopsy Severed Survival
Axeman Arrive
Bathory Twilight of the Gods
Bathory is a band which really covers a broad spectrum of emotions. They have their Black Metal stuff, which is really gritty, raw, and battle-themed, and then they have albums like Twilight Of The Gods. Like more of a viking power metal sounding album, this one features insanely epic atmospheres, powerful riffs and clean vocals. Now, Quorthon is NOT a good vocalist when it comes down to his singing, and that is clearly apparent as soon as they come in. His singing is usually off key, overly cheesy, and his transitions from a high to low pitch is quite rocky and obviously troublesome. Putting that aside, though, we have a marvel of epic viking metal with some of the most insane guitar work ever to come from this band. Solos and grandiose riffs abound in this amazing spectacle of what instruments are capable of doing to human emotions, and where they are able to take us.
Bathory Hammerheart
Bathory Bathory
Bathory Nordland I
Be'lakor Stone's Reach
Beherit Drawing Down the Moon
Beyond The Embrace Against The Elements
Blasphemy Fallen Angel of Doom
Blind Guardian Nightfall in Middle-Earth
Blut Aus Nord Ultima Thulee
Boston Boston
Branikald Rdjandalir
Burzum Burzum/Aske
Burzum Det Som Engang Var
Caladan Brood Echoes Of Battle
Camel Moonmadness
Candlemass Ancient Dreams
Carcass Heartwork
Carcass Surgical Steel
Cenotaph (Mex) The Gloomy Reflection of Our Hidden Sorrows
Children of Bodom Follow The Reaper
Coercion Forever Dead
Converge Axe to Fall
Corrupted Se hace por los suenos asesinos
Cryptopsy None So Vile
Cult of Luna Salvation
Dark Tranquillity The Mind's I
Dark Tranquillity Where Death is Most Alive
Dark Tranquillity Of Chaos and Eternal Night
Darkspace Dark Space II
Darkthrone Panzerfaust
Darkthrone Under a Funeral Moon
Dawn of Solace The Darkness
Dead Congregation Promulgation of the Fall
Dead Congregation Graves of the Archangels
Death Human
DeathevokatioN The Chalice Of Ages
Deathspell Omega Drought
Deep Mountains Deep Mountains
Demigod Slumber of Sullen Eyes
Diabolical Masquerade Ravendusk in my Heart
Diocletian Gesundrian
Diocletian War of All Against All
Discordance Axis The Inalienable Dreamless
diSEMBOWELMENT Transcendence into the Peripheral
Disgrace Inside the Labyrinth of Depression
Disma Towards the Megalith
Dismember Like an Ever Flowing Stream
Dissection Rebirth Of Dissection DVD
Doom Formation Definition of Evil
Drudkh Blood In Our Wells
Drudkh Microcosmos
Edge of Sanity Purgatory Afterglow
Edge of Sanity Crimson
Electrocution Inside the Unreal
Elend A World in Their Screams
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
Empyrium Where at Night the Wood Grouse Plays
Encoffination Ritual Ascension Beyond Flesh
Enochian Crescent Black Church
Ensiferum Iron
Ensiferum From Afar
One listen to Ensiferum's new album "From Afar" and one thing is clearly apparent: this isn't the tentative Petri Lindroos who released the deceivingly comfortable album "Victory Songs" a few years ago. No, this is a new era for Ensiferum, a distinct sampling of their older material when Jari was around, yet undoubtedly an innovation in their sound. There are no more tracks which sound exactly like the one which preceded it. Instead, we are left with a daunting amalgam of folk metal compositions which simply work together like nothing since their self-titled album. From the absolutely brilliant and serene female vocals of "Twilight Tavern" to the extended, guitar-solo laden epics of "Heathen Throne" and "The Longest Journey (Heathen Throne Part II)" to the pure- Finnish interlude "Tumman Virran Taa", this is a career-defining album. Without a doubt one of the top 5 of 2009, this is exactly the album both Ensiferum and their fans were looking for; one hour of nothing but the highest-quality folk metal in the world.
Entombed Clandestine
Entrails Tales from the Morgue
Esoteric Paragon Of Dissonance
Estatic Fear A Sombre Dance
Estatic Fear Somnium Obmutum
Eucharist Mirrorworlds
Evoken Atra Mors
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Falls of Rauros The Light That Dwells in Rotten Wood
Fell Voices Fell Voices
Fell Voices Untitled
Funebrarum The Sleep of Morbid Dreams
Funebrarum Beneath the Columns of Abandoned Gods
Garden of Shadows Heart of the Corona
Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Gorement The Ending Quest
Gorgoroth Pentagram
Gorguts Considered Dead
Gorguts From Wisdom to Hate
Gorguts Colored Sands
Grand Belial's Key Judeobeast Assassination
Hacksaw to the Throat Wastelands
Hanging Garden Inherit the Eden
Hate Forest Battlefields
Heaven Shall Burn Iconoclast (Part 2: Bildersturm)
Hetsheads We Hail the Possessed...
Hooded Menace Fulfill the Curse
Hypocrite Into the Halls of the Blind
Iced Earth Burnt Offerings
Ikuinen Kaamos Closure
Immolation Dawn of Possession
Immolation Here in After
Immolation Providence
Impetuous Ritual Relentless Execution of Ceremonial Excrescence
In Flames Whoracle
In Mourning Shrouded Divine
In Mourning The Weight of Oceans
In The Woods... Heart of the Ages
In Vain Mantra
Incantation Diabolical Conquest
Incantation Mortal Throne of Nazarene
Infester To the Depths... In Degradation
Iniquity Serenadium
Innsmouth Consumed By Elder Sign
Insomnium Demo '99
Insomnium Shadows of the Dying Sun
Integrity Those Who Fear Tomorrow
Integrity Humanity is the Devil
Interment Into the Crypts of Blasphemy
Intestine Baalism Banquet in the Darkness
Inverloch Dusk|Subside
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden
Judas Iscariot Distant In Solitary Night
Kalisia Cybion
Kalmah They Will Return
Kalmah 12 Gauge
Karnarium Karnarium
Katatonia December Songs: A Tribute To Katatonia
Katatonia Brave Murder Day
Kreator Enemy of God
Krypts Open the Crypt
Krypts Unending Degradation
Lord Mantis Death Mask
Loss Despond
Lurk Lurk
Lustmord Heresy
M8L8TH Unbreakable Faith
Manilla Road Open the Gates
Mar De Grises Streams Inwards
Marduk Opus Nocturne
Marduk Those of the Unlight
Martial Barrage Call of the Serapeum
Massacra Final Holocaust
Mayhem Live in Leipzig
Megiddo The Devil and the Whore
Mercenary The Hours That Remain
Miasmal Miasmal
Mitochondrion Parasignosis
Mitochondrion Archaeaeon
Moonsorrow V: Havitetty
Moonsorrow Verisakeet
Morbid Angel Altars of Madness
Mount Eerie Wind's Poem
Mount Eerie Ocean Roar
Mournful Congregation The Book of Kings
Musk Ox Woodfall
My Dying Bride The Dreadful Hours
My Dying Bride Turn Loose the Swans
Nest [FIN] Woodsmoke
Neun Welten Vergessene Pfade
Neurosis Given to the Rising
Neurosis The Eye of Every Storm
Neurosis A Sun That Never Sets
Nightwish Oceanborn
Nokturnal Mortum Lunar Poetry (Demo)
Nokturnal Mortum Weltanschauung
Novembre Classica
Obliteration Nekropsalms
Obtained Enslavement Witchcraft
October Falls Tuoni
October Falls The Womb of Primordial Nature
October Falls A Collapse of Faith
Olafur Arnalds Eulogy For Evolution
Opeth Still Life
Opeth Orchid
Panopticon Collapse
Paysage d'Hiver Paysage d'Hiver
Paysage d'Hiver Das Tor
Peste Noire La Sanie des siecles - Panegyrique de la
Peste Noire Ballade cuntre lo Anemi francor
Pig Destroyer Phantom Limb
Portal Swarth
Portal Seepia
Prevalent Resistance Dynamics of Creation
Primordial To the Nameless Dead
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine
Rapture Futile
Rippikoulu Musta Seremonia
Runemagick Enter the Realm of Death
Runemagick The Supreme Force of Eternity
Sarcofago I.N.R.I.
Satyricon Dark Medieval Times
Scar Symmetry Symmetric In Design
Sentenced The Cold White Light
Sentenced Amok
Sermon of Foulness The Jericho Drifter
Shadows Fall The War Within
Shining (SWE) V - Halmstad
Shining (SWE) VI - Klagopsalmer
Skepticism Alloy
Skepticism Stormcrowfleet
Sleepwalker Sleepwalker
Sodom In War and Pieces
Sodom Agent Orange
Solitude Aeturnus Into the Depths of Sorrow
Sombres Forets Royaume De Glace
Sorcery Bloodchilling Tales
Sororicide The Entity
Spectral Lore II
Stench of Decay Where Death and Decay Reign
Steve Von Till A Grave Is a Grim Horse
Steve Von Till If I Should Fall to the Field
Suffocation Pierced from Within
SuidAkrA The Arcanum
Summoning Stronghold
Summoning Dol Guldur
Summoning Old Mornings Dawn
Summoning Nightshade Forests
Sun of the Blind Skullreader
Sunn O))) Dømkirke
Sunn O))) Black One
Sunn O))) and Ulver Terrestrials
Swallow the Sun Hope
Swallow the Sun Ghost Of Loss
Swallow the Sun Plague Of Butterflies
Taake Over Bjoergvin Graater Himmerik
Taake Nattestid Ser Porten Vid
The Morningside The Wind, The Trees And The Shadows...
The Ruins Of Beverast Rain Upon The Impure
Thergothon Stream From The Heavens
Thou/Leech We Pass Like Night, From Land to Land
Tiamat Wildhoney
Tiamat A Deeper Kind of Slumber
Tool Lateralus
Torchure Beyond the Veil
Torture Chain Time is but a Doorway to the Incinerator
Transcending Bizarre? The Serpent's Manifolds
Ulcerate Everything Is Fire
Ulcerate The Destroyers of All
Ulver Kveldssanger
Ulver Shadows of the Sun
Ulver Wars of the Roses
Uncanny Splenium For Nyktophobia
Undergang Indhentet af Døden
Unearth The Oncoming Storm
Unleashed Where No Life Dwells
Various Artists Whom The Moon A Nightsong Sings
Vektor Outer Isolation
Vindensang Terminus: Rebirth in Eight Parts...
Vital Remains Dechristianize
Vlad Tepes/Belketre March To The Black Holocaust
Vordr II
Vordr I
Walknut Graveforests And Their Shadows
Watch Me Fall Worn
Watchtower Control and Resistance
Wedrujacy Wiatr Tam, Gdzie Miesiac Oplakuje Swit
Windfaerer Solar
Windir Likferd
Winter Into Darkness
Wintersun Wintersun
Wodensthrone Curse
Wolves in the Throne Room Diadem of 12 Stars
Woods of Desolation Toward the Depths
Woods of Desolation Torn Beyond Reason
Woods of Desolation As The Stars
With As The Stars, Australia's Woods of Desolation continue to stage a departure from their debut LP Toward The Depths, but as with Torn Beyond Reason that isn't necessarily a bad thing. This album continues on that stylistic road, while imparting a more hopeful, optimistic mood than its predecessor. It's not upbeat to point of daftness like, say, Deafheaven, and it's not as fundamentally sterile as they are either. The production is rough and raw, yet the music surprisingly melodic through the tremolo-laden whir that the mix allows to come forth. It may be a bit too brazen for those who didn't like the direction taken on Torn Beyond Reason, but then again it may also sway some naysayers of that album with its refreshing change in attitude. Woods of Desolation are running that fine line between raw black metal and this new monstrosity of so-called "post black metal", but thankfully things err on the side of the former.
Worship Dooom
Wyrd Heathen

3.9 excellent
Heaven Shall Burn Veto

3.7 great
Behemoth The Satanist
Cannabis Corpse From Wisdom to Baked
Panopticon Social Disservices
Vindensang Alpha

3.6 great
Dark Tranquillity Construct

3.5 great
1349 Hellfire
3 Inches of Blood Advance and Vanquish
A Forest of Stars The Corpse of Rebirth
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step
Abyssal Denouement
Adversarial All Idols Fall Before the Hammer
Adversarial Prophetic Plain of Abyssal Revelation
Adversary (Swe) Remains of an Art Forgotten
Aeternus ...and So the Night Became
Aethyrvorous Demo
Agalloch From Which of This Oak
Agalloch The Compendium Archive
Agalloch Faustian Echoes
Agalloch and Nest Split
Aghast (Norway) Hexerei Im Zwielicht der Finsternis
Ainulindale Nevrast
Alcest Les Voyages De L Ame
All That Remains This Darkened Heart
Amon Amarth Fate of Norns
Amon Amarth Twilight of the Thunder God
Amon Amarth Surtur Rising
Amon Amarth Versus the World
Amon Amarth Deceiver of the Gods
Amorphis Elegy
Anaal Nathrakh In the Constellation of the Black Widow
Anacrusis Manic Impressions
Ancient Svartalvheim
Antediluvian Through the Cervix of Hawaah
Arghoslent Arsenal of Glory
Arghoslent/Martial Barrage Send Forth The Best Ye Breed
Arthemesia Devs Iratvs
As Serenity Fades Lowering Sunset
Ascended The Art of Necromancy
Ascended Temple of Dark Offerings
Ash Borer Ash Borer
Ash Borer Tour Rehearsal Demo
Ash Borer and Fell Voices Split
Ash Pool World Turns On Its Hinge
Ash Pool Cremation is Irreversible
Ashdautas / Bone Awl Split
At the Gates The Red in the Sky Is Ours
Ataraxy Revelations of the Ethereal
Autopsy The Tomb Within
Autopsy Macabre Eternal
Autumn Leaves As Night Conquers Day
Ayr Circling
Ayr Eternal Sustain
Baphomet (NY) The Dead Shall Inherit
Barathrum Eerie
Barghest Barghest
Barren Earth Curse of the Red River
Bathory The Return......
Bathory Blood on Ice
Be'lakor Of Breath and Bone
Behemoth And the Forests Dream Eternally
Beherit The Oath Of Black Blood
Belphegor Pestapokalypse VI
Beyond The Embrace Insect Song
Bilskirnir Atavismus Des Glaubens
Black Boned Angel Verdun
Blaspherian Allegiance to the Will of Damnation
Blaspherian Infernal Warriors Of Death
Blind Guardian Imaginations from the Other Side
Blind Guardian At the Edge of Time
Blind Guardian A Night at the Opera
Bloodbath Resurrection Through Carnage
Bloodbath Nightmares Made Flesh
Bloodbath Unblessing the Purity
Blut Aus Nord Memoria Vetusta II: Dialogue with the Stars
Bolt Thrower Those Once Loyal
Bolt Thrower Realm of Chaos
Bone Awl Meaningless Leaning Mess
Borknagar Borknagar
Borknagar The Olden Domain
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Branikald Kvelduv
Brutality Ruins of Humans
Burzum Draugen - Rarities
Burzum Burzum
Camulos Der Untermensch (Mit Namen Christ)
Canis Dirus A Somber Wind from a Distant Shore
Carcass Swansong
Carcass Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious
Carpathian Forest Through Chasm, Caves And Titan Woods
Catamenia Location:COLD
Cattle Decapitation Monolith of Inhumanity
Celtic Frost Morbid Tales
Children of Bodom Hate Crew Deathroll
Children of Bodom Chaos Ridden Years - Stockholm Knockout
Cold Body Radiation The Great White Emptiness
Coldworld Melancholie
Coldworld The Stars Are Dead Now
Converge All We Love We Leave Behind
Convulse World Without God
Cornigr Relics of Inner War
Cruciamentum Engulfed In Desolation
Cryptopsy Blasphemy Made Flesh
Dahlia's Tear Harmonious Euphonies For Supernatural Traumas Mesm
Dan Swano Moontower
Dark Forest Aurora Borealis
Dark Tranquillity Skydancer/Of Chaos And Eternal Night
Dark Tranquillity Character
Definetly good, but I much perfer old Dark Tranquillity a la "The Gallery", "The Minds I" and "Skydancer/Of Chaos And Eternal Night". This album is nothing more than another solid release, if not a bit sub-par for their usual display of impressive songwriting and sheer emotion. Sure, there are tracks like the impressive "Lost To Apathy" or the modern "The New Build", but seriously, everything else sort of blends into something like a bunch of B-Sides off of "Damage Done". Each song melds into the previous one before doing much the same to the next track. The album is, instrumentally, solid, but in terms of genre overhauling (something DT is known for) this is pretty much a shot in the dark, and a complete miss. Well worth a listen, but keep in the back of your mind the fact that this band has done MUCH better things with their talents.
Dark Tranquillity Haven
I strongly disagree, this is classic Dark Tranquillity. I picked up this CD today and I was very impressed, it was all I had hoped it to be. I also disagree with "self-indulgent" and "radio ready", this CD is perhaps the most overlooked DT album out there, and yet some songs here are so good they are DT classics.rIf you are a fan of DT you will enjoy this a lot. I recommend:rThe Wonders At Your FeetrFeast Of BurdenrThe SamerEgo Drama
Dark Tranquillity Projector
Dark Tranquillity Exposures: In Retrospect And Denial
Dark Tranquillity Skydancer
Dark Tranquillity Zero Distance
Darkest Hour Deliver Us
Darkest Hour Undoing Ruin
Darkspace Dark Space I
Darkthrone Transilvanian Hunger
Darkthrone F.O.A.D.
Darkthrone Too Old, Too Cold
Darkthrone Soulside Journey
Day Of Suffering The Eternal Jihad
Daylight Dies Dismantling Devotion
Deaf Center Pale Ravine
Deafheaven 2010 Demo
who are these guys and why are they so awesome
Deafheaven Roads to Judah
Death Individual Thought Patterns
Death Leprosy
Death Spiritual Healing
Death Scream Bloody Gore
Deathspell Omega Si Monumentum Requires Circumspice
Deathspell Omega Veritas Diaboli Manet In Aeternum
Decapitated Winds of Creation
Deicide The Stench of Redemption
Demon Hunter The Triptych
Demonic Rage Evoking the Pestilence
Demonic Sacrifice Enter the Realm of Pure Darkness
Depravity Silence of the Centuries
Der Sturmer A Banner Greater than Death
Desultory Into Eternity
Desultory Counting Our Scars
Diabolical Masquerade Nightwork
Diecast Internal Revolution
Dimmu Borgir Stormblast
Disciples of Mockery Prelude to Apocalypse
Discordance Axis Jouhou
Dissection The Past Is Alive
Dissection Live Legacy
Dissection Maha Kali
Dragonland Astronomy
Dropkick Murphys The Warrior's Code
Drudkh The Swan Road
Drudkh Forgotten Legends
Drudkh Estrangement
Drudkh Songs of Grief and Solitude
Drudkh Eternal Turn of the Wheel
Ea Ea Taesse
Earth Crisis Firestorm
Edge of Sanity Crimson II
Edge of Sanity The Spectral Sorrows
Electrocution/Hypocrite Split
Elend The Umbersun
Eluveitie Spirit
Eluveitie Slania
Eluveitie Helvetios
Eminem The Eminem Show
Eminem The Slim Shady LP
Emperor Wrath of the Tyrant
Empyrium Songs of Moors and Misty Fields
Encoffination O Hell, Shine In Thy Whited Sepulchres
Enochian Crescent NEF.VI.LIM
Ensiferum Dragonheads
Ensorcelor Crucifuge
Eternal Tears of Sorrow Before the Bleeding Sun
Evilfeast Lost Horizons of Wisdom
Evoken Antithesis of Light
Evoken A Caress of the Void
Exhorder Slaughter in the Vatican
Fall of Serenity Bloodred Salvation
Falls of Rauros Hail Wind and Hewn Oak
Fauna The Hunt
Fell Voices 2010 Tour CD-R
Forefather Steadfast
Forest Like a Blaze Above the Ashes
Forest Stream Tears of Mortal Solitude
Forgotten Tomb Songs to Leave
Forgotten Tomb Springtime Depression
Funebrarum/Undergang ????????????
Gallowbraid Ashen Eidolon
Geist Galeere
Ghost Brigade Until Fear No Longer Defines Us
Gnaw Their Tongues L Arrivee De La Terne Mort Triomphante
God Forbid Gone Forever
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...
Gorgoroth Under the Sign of Hell
Gorgoroth Antichrist
Gorguts The Erosion of Sanity
Gorguts Obscura
Graveland The Celtic Winter
Grendel (ITA) Beowulf
Grief Dismal
Gris Il Etait une Foret...
Heathen Foray The Passage
Heaven Shall Burn Deaf to Our Prayers
Heaven Shall Burn Iconoclast (Part 1: The Final Resistance)
Heaven Shall Burn Asunder
Heaven Shall Burn vs. Caliban The Split Program II
Hell (USA) I
Hooded Menace Never Cross the Dead
Hooded Menace Effigies of Evil
Howls of Ebb Vigils of the 3rd Eye
Hypocrite Edge of Existence
Iced Earth Something Wicked This Way Comes
Ignivomous Death Transmutation
Ihsahn The Adversary
Ihsahn Eremita
Ildjarn Forest Poetry
Ildjarn Ildjarn
Ill Omen Divinity Through Un-Creation
Immortal At the Heart of Winter
Immortal Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism
Immortal Pure Holocaust
Impetuous Ritual Unholy Congregation of Hypocritical Ambivalence
In Flames The Jester Race
In Flames Colony
In Flames Subterranean
In The Woods... Omnio
Innsmouth The Departure Of Shub-Niggurath
Insomnium One for Sorrow
Iron Maiden Piece of Mind
Iron Maiden Killers
Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and Death
Isis Oceanic
Iskald Revelations Of Reckoning Day
Iskra Iskra
Janvs Vega
Kalmah Swamplord
Kalmah The Black Waltz
Kalmah For The Revolution
Kalmah Seventh Swamphony
Kamelot The Black Halo
Katatonia Viva Emptiness
Katatonia Dethroned & Uncrowned
Katatonia Kocytean
Take this for what it is: a limited-edition vinyl containing a collection of b-sides from the past 8 years released exclusively for record store day. The layout of the artwork and packaging is phenomenal - perhaps the greatest artwork of any Katatonia release - and the songs are crisp, evocative tunes ranging from the mellow (and I daresay genius) "Unfurl" to the more aggressive "Ashen", and everywhere in between. It shows evolution of sound in a very clear light, with the differences between years audible in the riffing and vocals. The best part is that these b-sides are all incredibly solid, efficient cuts that form a chronology of a band that has transitioned more in the past few years than many people realize, giving this limited-edition release more purpose than a record store day exclusive would lead you to believe.
Katatonia Last Fair Deal Gone Down
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band Trouble Is...
Killswitch Engage The End of Heartache
Kreator Hordes of Chaos
Kroda Cry To Me River
Krypts Krypts
KYPCK Имена на стене (Name on the Wall)
Leech [US] Ten Black Hymns
Leviathan The Tenth Sub Level of Suicide
Leviathan The Blind Wound
Leviathan Tentacles of Whorror
Leviathan Howl Mockery At The Cross
Lja Til Avsky For Livet
M8L8TH The Black March Saga
Marduk Nightwing
Marduk Fuck Me Jesus
Martriden Martriden EP
Martyr Hopeless Hopes
Massacre From Beyond
Mayhem Dawn of the Blackhearts
Mayhem De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
Mayhem Wolfs Lair Abyss
Mayhem Deathcrush
Mercenary Architect of Lies
Merrimack ...Of Entropy and Life Denial...
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Metallica Metallica
Mirrorthrone Carriers of Dust
Moonsorrow Kivenkantaja
Moonsorrow Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa
For those who know Moonsorrow, Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa won't be too much of a surprise, simply because it doesn't change a whole lot from Moonsorrow's already firmly established style. Even though the band have left the notion of Vikings behind in favor of a post-apocalyptic theme that was also present on V: Havitetty, their core sound remains the same. For those who have always disliked Moonsorrow, their opinions will not be swayed, and purists who cage themselves in the realm of only the most "serious" black metal business need not apply either, lest they wish to senselessly vent their anger. For those who want an engaging folk black metal record that is not only solid in its composition and execution but also a hell of a good time to listen to, Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa provides that and more. Ville Sorvali's vocals are as sharp as ever, the song structures continue to pile riff after riff into an increasingly epic mountain, and the overall theme of the album is unwavering throughout. Take all that and wrap it in an excellent production that incorporates the bass well in the mix and drops the keyboards back so they contribute wonderfully to the atmosphere without strangling you with their oppressiveness and you have an album that knows what it wants to do and gets it done, a trait Moonsorrow have displayed for many years.
Morbus Chron Splendour of Disease (Demo)
Morbus Chron Sleepers in the Rift
Morker Hostmakter
Morpheus Descends Chronicles of the Shadowed Ones
Moss Cthonic Rites
Mount Eerie Lost Wisdom
Mount Eerie Clear Moon
My Dying Bride The Light at the End of the World
Myrkgrav Trollskau, Skromt og Kolabrenning
Nachtmystium Instinct: Decay
Naglfar Harvest
Naglfar Sheol
Nails Unsilent Death
Nails Abandon All Life
Necroccultus Encircling the Mysterious Necrorevelation
Necropsy Another World
Necropsy Go All the Way of Flesh
Necrovation Breed Deadness Blood
Nerlich Defabricated Process
Nest [FIN] Trail of the Unwary
Neurosis Souls at Zero
Neurosis Honor Found in Decay
Nightbringer Death And The Black Work
Nightwish Once
Nokturnal Mortum To the Gates of Blasphemous Fire
Nokturnal Mortum NeChrist
Nonpoint Recoil
Norther Mirror of Madness
Novembers Doom The Novella Reservoir
Novembre Novembrine Waltz
Ocean Here Where Nothing Grows
October Falls The Streams Of The End (EP)
October Falls Marras
October Falls The Plague of a Coming Age
October Tide Rain Without End
October Tide A Thin Shell
Olafur Arnalds Living Room Songs
Old Graves Like Straining Boughs
Opeth Blackwater Park
Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse
Opeth Damnation
Panic Circles
Panopticon On the Subject of Mortality
Panopticon/Lake of Blood Split
Panopticon/Wheels Within Wheels Panopticon/Wheels Within Wheels
Paysage d'Hiver Kristall und Isa
Paysage d'Hiver Kerker
Pelican City of Echoes
Pelican Ephemeral
Peste Noire Folkfuck Folie
Peste Noire L'Ordure a l'etat Pur
Point Of No Return Centelha
Point Of No Return Liberdade Imposta, Liberdade Conquistada
Portal Outre
Primordial Storm Before Calm
Primordial Redemption at the Puritan's Hand
Prosanctus Inferi Red Streams of Flesh
Prosanctus Inferi Pandemonic Ululations of Vesperic...
Prosanctus Inferi Noctambulous Jaws Within Sempiternal Night
Pyramids with Nadja Pyramids with Nadja
Ra From One
Rage Against the Machine The Battle of Los Angeles
Ragnarok Diabolical Age
It's certainly a shame that a band with such talent as Norway's Ragnarok goes completely under the radar. They bring a fresh, more modern and sophisticated sense to the older style of pure, raw Black Metal. With their album Diabolical Age, Ragnarok take the raw ferocity of early '90's Norwegian Black Metal and work in some sweet melodies and atmospheric touches. Whether it's with keyboards or the guitars, there is always something of interest going on. In a day and age where Black Metal bands are a dime a dozen, it's nice to see one of these relatively unknown bands put out something as good as this. Whether it's with the pummeling intricacy of "Heart Of Satan", the sheer energy of "It's War", or the mesmerizing, breathtaking keyboard harmonies of "Diabolical Age", Ragnarok give me a breath of fresh air in a scene full of look (and sound) alike bands. Certainly worth your time, money, and attention. Full review to come.
Rammstein Mutter
Rammstein Liebe Ist Für Alle Da
Rippikoulu Ulvaja
Rise Against Appeal to Reason
Ritual Necromancy Oath of the Abyss
Rotting Christ A Dead Poem
Ruin Lust Demo 2011
Sacramentum Far Away from the Sun
Sacrilege GBG The Fifth Season
Samael Ceremony Of Opposites
Sargeist Let The Devil In
Satanic Warmaster Strength & Honour
Satyricon Nemesis Divina
Satyricon The Shadowthrone
Scar Symmetry Holographic Universe
Scott Kelly The Wake
Seance Fornever Laid to Rest
Sentenced Crimson
Sentenced Down
Shadows Fall Of One Blood
Shadows Fall Somber Eyes to the Sky
Shining (SWE) IV - The Eerie Cold
Shining (SWE) VII: Fodd Forlorare
SIG:AR:TYR Sailing the Seas of Fate
Sigh Scorn Defeat
Skagos Anarchic
Skagos/Panopticon Split
Skyfire Mind Revolution
Skyfire Spectral
Slipknot Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
Slumber Fallout
Soilwork A Predator's Portrait
Soilwork The Chainheart Machine
Soilwork The Panic Broadcast
Soilwork The Living Infinite
Spectral Lore I
Stench of Decay Visions Beyond Death
Stench of Decay Stench Of Decay
Steve Von Till As the Crow Flies
SuidAkrA Caledonia
Summoning Oath Bound
Summoning Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame
Sump Taken Dead
Sunn O))) Oracle
Sunn O))) and Boris Altar
Swallow the Sun New Moon
Swallowed Swallowed
Swashbuckle Back To The Noose
Symptom Caverns Of Katabasis
Taake Taake
Temnozor Folkstorm of the Azure Nights
Tempest (Can) Passages
The Absence Riders of the Plague
The Black (SWE) Alongside Death
The Fall of Every Season From Below
The Ruins Of Beverast Unlock the Shrine
The Unseen State Of Discontent
The Wakedead Gathering Tenements of Ephemera
Thorngoth Leere
Thou Heathen
Thurisaz Circadian Rhythm
"Circadian Rhythm" is an album which encompasses all that can be great about atmospheric metal. It flawlessly combines elements of avant-garde, death metal, and atmospheric black metal to create a near masterpiece which leaves a lasting impression. The album is melodic while incorporating the harshness of black metal and the brutality of death metal, but at the same time is incredibly progressive in nature. It incorporates syths and clean vocals, as well as the relatively frequent time signature changes and abnormal song structures to create a sound which is truly unclassifiable. The only really effective way of describing it is original. It is not an album you've heard before, and in a time when almost every metal album is a re-hash of old ideas, I think that originality means everything, and Thurisaz's "Circadian Rhythm" is the most refreshingly original album I have heard in years.
Todeskult Als Die Farben Alter Wurden
Tool 10,000 Days
Torture Chain Mountains of Hate
Torture Chain Across Great Landscapes to a Legacy of Blood
Towards Darkness Solemn
Transcending Bizarre? The Misanthrope's Fable
Twilight Monument To Time End
Ulcerate Of Fracture and Failure
Ulcerate Vermis
Ulver Messe I.X-VI.X
Unearth The March
Unearth Darkness in the Light
United Nations United Nations
Various Artists Der Wanderer über Dem Nebelmeer
Vasaeleth Crypt Born & Tethered To Ruin
Venom Black Metal
Vermyapre Kommando Vermyapre Kommando
Vintersorg Till Fjälls
Vordr MLP
Vreid Milorg
Vuyvr Eiskalt
Warning Watching from a Distance
Weekend Nachos Unforgivable
Wintersun Time I
Wodensthrone Loss
Wolfchant A Pagan Storm
Wolves in the Throne Room Celestite
Woods of Desolation Sorh [Ep]
Wormrot Dirge
Wormrot Abuse
Worship Terranean Wake
Wyrd Huldrafolk
Wyrd The Ghost Album
Xysma Swarming of the Maggots
Zyklon-B Blood Must Be Shed

3.0 good
1349 Demonoir
A Perfect Circle Mer de Noms
Aborted Strychnine.213
Aeternus Beyond the Wandering Moon
Agalloch Tomorrow Will Never Come
Agalloch The Grey
Ainulindale The Lay of Leithian
Alda Alda
All Out War For Those Who Were Crucified
All That Remains The Fall of Ideals
Altar of Plagues White Tomb
Amon Amarth The Crusher
Amon Amarth The Avenger
Amorphis Eclipse
Amorphis Tuonela
Amorphis The Karelian Isthmus
Amorphis The Beginning of Times
An Autumn For Crippled Children Lost
Anaal Nathrakh Domine Non Es Dignus
Anaal Nathrakh When Fire Rains Down From the Sky...
Ancient Wisdom For Snow Covered the Northland
Angantyr/Nasheim Split
Arafel For Battles Once Fought
Arch Enemy Anthems of Rebellion
Arckanum Kostogher
Arghoslent The Imperial Clans
Arghoslent The Entity
Arsis A Celebration of Guilt
As Serenity Fades Earthborn
Ash Borer Bloodlands
Ash Pool Together They Serve To Define The Process
Asmegin Hin Vordende Sod & Sø
At the Gates Slaughter of the Soul
At the Gates Terminal Spirit Disease
August Burns Red Constellations
Austere To Lay Like Old Ashes
Austlune Austlune
Autopsy The Headless Ritual
Basilisk Vintyrhell
Bathory Nordland II
Bathory Jubileum Volume III
Behemoth Evangelion
Black Horizons A Dream's Funeral
Blind Guardian A Twist in the Myth
Bloodsimple A Cruel World
Blut Aus Nord The Work Which Transforms God
Blut Aus Nord 777 - Sect(s)
Bullet for My Valentine Scream, Aim, Fire
Burzum Aske
Burzum Belus
Belus is certainly not what I was expecting. On the one hand, we have the regressive nature of Vikernes as he sticks to murky, tremolo-picked riffs for a large portion of the album, and also utilizes a less-unique scream than what fans were used to on Hvis Lyset Tar Oss and the like. On the other, Belus shows the signs of over a decade of maturity, utilizing muffled clean vocals and a large heap of melody which is rather out-of-character for a Burzum release. The production, not surprisingly, hasn't evolved much from the likes of Burzum's releases in the early 1990's, but isn't inherently terrible or off-putting. Not a masterpiece in any sense, but then again not a complete failure, Belus closes the book on the mystery of where Vikernes' sound would go upon his release from prison.
Burzum Fallen
Cannibal Corpse Tomb of the Mutilated
Carach Angren Death Came Through A Phantom Ship
Carcharoth (AUS) From The Cavern Come
Catamenia Winternight Tragedies
Catamenia Chaos Born
Cattle Decapitation The Harvest Floor
Celtic Frost Monotheist
Children of Bodom Trashed, Lost & Strungout
Children of Bodom Are You Dead Yet?
Children of Bodom Something Wild
Children of Bodom Halo of Blood
Cobalt Gin
Converge Jane Doe
Converge Petitioning the Empty Sky
Converge/Napalm Death Split
Crimfall As the Path Unfolds...
Cryptic Wintermoon Of Shadows...And The Dark Things You Fear
Cynic Focus
Dark Age Acedia
Dark Fortress Eidolon
Dark Fortress Seance
Dark Funeral In The Sign...
Dark Funeral Diabolis Interium
Dark Tranquillity Enter Suicidal Angels
Dark Tranquillity Live Damage
Dark Tranquillity We Are the Void
With We Are The Void, the concrete sound which Dark Tranquillity have kept since 2000's Haven begins to show slight cracks. While the toss-ups include a slew of guitar solos which are rather out-of-character for DT, they work in favor of keeping things different than what fans are used to. Also, the wonderful screams add a heap of emotion and the improved clean vocals of Stanne work wonders the few times they are implemented, and compliment the more depressed atmosphere with gratifying precision. Songs like the diverse and satisfying "Iridium" show just how much DT have experimented with their songwriting, often to great effect.

However, the opposite end of the spectrum poses a number of issues which DT have had lingering for quite some time, but always kept at bay with interesting riffs and solid musicianship and songwriting. The overbearing use of Martin Brandstrom's keys work wonders in some tracks, yet bore the listener to tears or even irritate in others. It goes without saying that the vast majority of the "melodic" part of their melodic death metal sound emanates from the synth, while the guitars concentrate on heavy chords to keep rhythm or provide rather interesting guitar solos, only periodically emerging to the forefront as the driving force of the music. The work of Henriksson and Sundin is vastly underwhelming, as the riffs of such tracks as "Lost To Apathy" or "Monochromatic Stains" are devoid from the album (let's not get into comparing the riffs here with the ones put forth on The Gallery, because I can assure you I will break into tears). Overall, though, this is another good DT release, nothing more, nothing less.
Dark Tranquillity A Memory Construct
Darkest Hour The Eternal Return
Darkest Hour The Human Romance
Darkthrone The Cult Is Alive
Darkthrone Total Death
Darkthrone Ravishing Grimness
Darkthrone Circle the Wagons
Deathspell Omega Fas - Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem Aeternum
Decomposed (UK) Hope Finally Died...
Deep Mountains Lake of Solace
Deicide Legion
Demonic Resurrection A Darkness Descends
Desire Locus Horrendus - The Night Cries Of A Sullen Soul
DevilDriver The Fury of Our Maker's Hand
Diadem Crimson Sunset
Diadem Empyreal Dusk
Dimmu Borgir Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
Disillusion Back To Times Of Splendor
Dissection Where Dead Angels Lie
Disturbed Believe
Draconian The Burning Halo
Draconian Arcane Rain Fell
Draconian Turning Season Within
Dream Theater Images and Words
Ea Ea II
Earth Crisis Destroy the Machines
Edge of Sanity Nothing But Death Remains
Edge of Sanity Infernal
Eisbrecher Eisbrecher
Eluveitie Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion
Eluveitie Everything Remains As It Never Was
Elvenking The Scythe
Elysian Blaze Cold Walls And Apparitions
Eminem Recovery
Empyrium A Wintersunset
Encoffination Temples Descend Below The Earth
Ensiferum Victory Songs
Enslaved Isa
Enslaved Frost
Enslaved Axioma Ethica Odini
Enslaved RIITIIR
Entombed Wolverine Blues
Entrails The Tomb Awaits
Equilibrium Sagas
Eternal Tears of Sorrow A Virgin and A Whore
Eternal Tears of Sorrow Children of the Dark Waters
Ethereal Beauty/Shyy/Heretoir/Soliness The World Comes To An End In The End Of A Journey
Fall of Serenity The Crossfire
Falls of Rauros Into the Archaic
Falls of Rauros Of Stone and the Stars in the Sky
Farsot IIII
Fauna Rain
Finntroll Nifelvind
Flaw Through the Eyes
Flourishing The Sum of All Fossils
Fluisterwoud Langs Galg En Rad
Forest As a Song in the Harvest of Grief
Forest Mysticism Forest Mysticism
Forest Silence Philosophy Of Winter
Forest Stream The Crown of Winter
Frost Like Ashes Tophet
Frozen Eternity Forgotten Past
Gaza He Is Never Coming Back
Gaza No Absolutes in Human Suffering
God Forbid IV: Constitution of Treason
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Gojira The Way of All Flesh
Gojira From Mars to Sirius
Gorgoroth Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt
Graveland Impaler's Wolves
Gwynbleidd Nostalgia
Hacksaw to the Throat Tear My Eyes Out...
Hanging Garden TEOTWAWKI
TEOTWAWKI, an acronym for "The End Of The World As We Know It", marks Finnish melodic death/doom band Hanging Garden's second full-length album. Following up 2007's Inherit The Eden, TEOTWAWKI is an album which only lives up to its superb predecessor in the instrumental department. Wonderful musicianship and songwriting are present at the core of the album, with the instrumentation seeping out of the walls. Hugely melodic guitar riffs and beautifully atmospheric acoustic movements drive the album in a brilliant manner. Sadly, the vocals threaten to ruin everything which the instruments bring to the table. Instead of the deep, doomy growls which you may remember from Inherit The Eden, we are instead treated to a forced, shout-like vocal display. While barely a scream at all, most of the vocals are a blemish on an otherwise perfect album, a disheartening downside to a release with so much promise. While there are moments where his much superior scream is present, it provides no excuse for the lackluster performance on most of the other tracks. Everything else is there, the atmosphere, the musicianship, the originality, the production. It's like that beautiful girl you met back in college with the hottest body you've ever seen in your life. However, upon approaching her she opens her mouth to reveal a set of rotted black teeth. Case in point, it's only good to admire from a distance, because if you linger too closely you are reminded why you stayed away in the first place.
Heaven Shall Burn In Battle There Is No Law
Heol Telwen An Deiz Ruz
Ihsahn After
Ikuinen Kaamos The Forlorn
Ikuinen Kaamos Fall of Icons
Fall Of Icons is not the album which Closure was hinting at. It is not a masterpiece and, to be honest, it is barely above-average. The tracks mash together in ways which almost strike away any unique features within them, and only during small moments of glory (for example, the clean vocals in "Condemned") does the album deliver on the lofty expectations set for it. The riffing is bland and all-too familiar, the variety in the vocals aren't used to their full potential, and the atmosphere isn't as profound as that of Closure. What promises were made with the massive success of Closure are strangely forgotten, and what we are left with is a lifeless shell of an album which lacks exactly what made Closure stand out from anything else in this genre: a soul.
Immolation Shadows in the Light
Immolation Kingdom of Conspiracy
Immortal Blizzard beasts
Immortal All Shall Fall
In Flames Lunar Strain
In Mourning Monolith
In Vain The Latter Rain
Insomnium Ephemeral
Isengard Høstmørke
It Dies Today The Caitiff Choir
Judas Iscariot Heaven In Flames
Kalter Spiritual Angel
Kamelot Ghost Opera
Kamelot Poetry for the Poisoned
Kataklysm In the Arms of Devastation
Katatonia The Great Cold Distance
Katatonia For Funerals To Come...
Katatonia Discouraged Ones
Katatonia Night Is the New Day
Kayo Dot Choirs of the Eye
Keep of Kalessin Reptilian
Kroda Fimbulvinter
KYPCK Черно (Black)
Lake Of Blood Heed The Primal Calling
Lamb of God As the Palaces Burn
Lamb of God New American Gospel
Lay Down Rotten Gospel Of The Wretched
Leviathan Massive Conspiracy Against All Life
Leviathan A Silhouette in Splinters
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
Manegarm Nordstjärnans Tidsålder
Manegarm Dodsfard
Mar De Grises Draining The Waterheart
Marduk Rom 5:12
Marduk Heaven Shall Burn... When We Are Gathered
Marduk Plague Angel
Marduk Blackcrowned
Marduk Serpent Sermon
Martriden Encounter The Monolith
maudlin of the Well Bath
Mayhem Chimera
Mayhem Ordo Ad Chao
Megaherz Kopfschuss
Mercenary Metamorphosis
Metallica Master of Puppets
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Midnight Odyssey Firmament
Midnight Odyssey Funerals from the Astral Sphere
Miseration Your Demons ~ Their Angels
Molested Blod Draum
Mondstille Am Ende...
Monogrim Realm
Moonsorrow Tulimyrsky
Moonspell Memorial
Mors Principium Est The Unborn
Mount Eerie Black Wooden Ceiling Opening
My Dying Bride The Angel and the Dark River
Nachtfalke Doomed To Die
Nachtmystium Worldfall
Naglfar Teras
Nebelung Palingenesis
Necropsy Never to Be Forgotten
Neurosis Through Silver in Blood
Nevermore This Godless Endeavor
Nightrage A New Disease Is Born
Nightshade Wielding The Scythe
Nightwish Dark Passion Play
Nightwish Angels Fall First
Noctes Pandemonic Requiem
Nokturnal Mortum The Taste Of Victory
Norther Death Unlimited
Norther Till Death Unites Us
Nortt Gudsforladt
Noumena Absence
Nyktalgia Nyktalgia
Obtained Enslavement Centuries of Sorrow
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Panopticon/Wheels Within Wheels II
Papa Roach Infest
Paysage d'Hiver Einsamkeit
Plainwords ...A New World Lies In The Ashes Of...
Portal Vexovoid
Preludium Impending Hostility
Primordial The Gathering Wilderness
Rammstein Rosenrot
Rammstein Sehnsucht
Rammstein Reise, Reise
Reverend Bizarre In The Rectory Of The Bizarre Reverend
Rotting Christ Aealo
Scar Symmetry Pitch Black Progress
Sentenced Frozen
Shadows Fall Threads of Life
Shining (SWE) Redefining Darkness
SIG:AR:TYR Godsaga
Skinless Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead
Skyfire Esoteric
Slayer Divine Intervention
Slipknot Iowa
Soilwork Natural Born Chaos
Sombres Forets Quintessence
Sorcier Des Glaces Snowland
Sterbend Dwelling Lifeless
Stillhet Gjemt I Skyggene
Stormrider First Battle Won
SuidAkrA Signs of the Fallen
Sunn O))) Monoliths and Dimensions
Sunn O))) LA Reh 012
Sykdom Mjollnir
Symphony X The Odyssey
Tarja Turunen What Lies Beneath
Temnozor Урочища Снов
The Absence From Your Grave
The Body All The Waters Of The Earth Turn To...
The Old Dead Tree The Nameless Disease
Thou To The Chaos Wizard Youth
Thought Industry Mods Carve The Pig
Tiamat Clouds
Tool Aenima
Torchbearer Warnaments
Trelldom Til et Annet...
Trivium Ascendancy
Tyr Valkyrja
Ulver Blood Inside
Ulver Perdition City
Ulver A Quick Fix of Melancholy
Undergang Til Doden Os Skiller
Unearth The Stings of Conscience
Unearth III: In the Eyes of Fire
Unfathoms and Blasphymartyr Votre Cote Mon Cote
Urgehal Ikonoklast
Various Artists (Hip Hop) 8 Mile OST
Vastum Carnal Law
Vigrid Throne of Forest
Vindensang The Descent of Man
Vintersorg Solens Rotter
Vordr III
Vreid V
Whispered Shogunate Macabre
Windir Arntor
Winterhorde Underwatermoon
Wolves in the Throne Room Malevolent Grain
Wolves in the Throne Room Celestial Lineage
Wyrd Rota
Wyrd Kammen

2.6 average
Empyrium The Turn of the Tides

2.5 average
3 Inches of Blood Here Waits Thy Doom
A Forest of Stars Opportunistic Thieves of Spring
A Perfect Circle eMOTIVe
Abigail Williams In the Absence of Light
Abyssos Fhinsthanian Nightbreed
Agalloch Marrow of the Spirit
It's difficult to call Marrow Of The Spirit a wholly unique experience, and when compared to its attempt to incorporate multitude of influences, the final product comes up far short of expectations. The welcome addition of a sharper black metal edge is indeed a refreshing element, but unfortunately the creative fervor so present on Agalloch's previous releases is eerily absent. The riffs are stagnant; a fragment of the memorable melodies found on Pale Folklore or The Mantle. The classical guitar piece on "Black Lake Nidstang" is the only thing that even approaches unexpected in terms of the guitar department, the rest sort of holds back in humble restraint as the extracurricular inclusion of electronics, piano, cello, and nature samples drive the creative force of the album. Only a few simple guitar melodies on "Ghosts Of The Midwinter Fires" and "Black Lake Nidstang" and a handful of solos keep things afloat, as the overbearing and shameful nods at Godspeed You! Black Emperor in the closer "To Drown" reminds me of a mix between building post-rock epics and a bad Ridley Scott film. Couple that with an average vocal performance by Haughm, whose clean vocals appear momentarily in "The Watcher's Monolith" with a weakly performed verse (picked up only by the unexpected cries in "Black Lake Nidstang" that are reminiscent of depressive black metal) and whose rasps show little emotion, and you have an album that wastes incredible potential with recycled ideas masked by irregular shots at innovation and ingenuity.
Alcest Souvenirs d'un autre Monde
Alestorm Captain Morgan's Revenge
All That Remains Behind Silence And Solitude
Altar of Plagues Mammal
Amorphis Skyforger
Amorphis Am Universum
Antestor The Forsaken
Arch Enemy Doomsday Machine
Arcturus The Sham Mirrors
Arghoslent Bastard Son of One Thousand Whores
Arsis A Diamond for Disease
Arsis We Are the Nightmare
As I Lay Dying An Ocean Between Us
As I Lay Dying The Powerless Rise
Ash Pool Saturns Slave
At the Gates With Fear I Kiss the Burning Darkness
Atoma Skylight
Bathory Destroyer of Worlds
Before The Dawn Deathstar Rising
Behemoth Demigod
Behemoth The Apostasy
Belphegor Blood Magick Necromance
Between the Buried and Me Colors_Live
Bloodbath The Fathomless Mastery
Blut Aus Nord 777 - The Desanctification
Blut Aus Nord 777 - Cosmosophy
Boreal The Battle of Vosad
Borknagar The Archaic Course
Bullet for My Valentine Hand of Blood
Burzum Hlidskjalf
Burzum The Ways of Yore
Burzum From the Depths of Darkness
Burzum Sol austan, Mani vestan
Cannae Gold Becomes Sacrifice
Cannibal Corpse Evisceration Plague
Carpathian Forest Morbid Fascination of Death
Carpathian Forest Fuck You All!!!!
Catamenia Halls Of Frozen North
Celtic Frost Into the Pandemonium
Children of Bodom Relentless Reckless Forever
It's better than Blooddrunk..... if that really means anything.
Chimaira The Impossibility Of Reason
Chthonic Seediq Bale
Cradle of Filth Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder
Cynic Traced in Air
Dark Funeral Attero Totus Sanctus
Darkthrone Goatlord
Darkthrone Sardonic Wrath
Darkthrone Plaguewielder
Deicide Till Death Do Us Part
Dethklok The Dethalbum
DevilDriver Devildriver
Diablo Mimic 47
Diabolical Masquerade Deaths Design
Disturbed Ten Thousand Fists
Disturbed Indestructible
Divine Souls The Bitter Selfcaged Man
Dornenreich Flammentriebe
Draconian A Rose For The Apocalypse
DragonForce Sonic Firestorm
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos
Drudkh Eastern Frontier in Flames
Drudkh Handful of Stars
It would be easy to pass this off as another Drudkh album, but the fact is that Handful Of Stars is eerily rlacking the atmosphere, songwriting prowess and overall lasting power of previous releases. The riffs are rcycles of tremolo picked notes that slide repeatedly up and down the fretboard without care or cauase, and rthe guitar solos that litter the run time only add the confusion. With a distinct lack of variety and precious few rmoments that rise above "decent", the vast majority of Handful Of Stars lies in a place that Drudkh really rhaven't been in their amazingly consistent career: mediocrity.
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Love Beach
Enfold Darkness Our Cursed Rapture
Ensiferum Unsung Heroes
Enslaved Vertebrae
Enslaved Blodhemn
Enslaved Ruun
Enslaved Thorn
Equilibrium Rekreatur
Eternal Tears of Sorrow Chaotic Beauty
Fear Factory Demanufacture
Fen The Malediction Fields
Fen Epoch
Gehenna First Spell
God Dethroned Lair of the White Worm
Gojira The Link
Gorgoroth Destroyer
Heaven Shall Burn Invictus (Iconoclast III)
Hell Within Asylum Of The Human Predator
Hypocrisy Virus
Illnath Cast Into Fields of Evil Pleasure
Immortal Sons of Northern Darkness
Immortal Damned In Black
Immortal Battles in the North
Impaled Nazarene Rapture
In Flames Come Clarity
In Flames Clayman
In Flames Sounds of a Playground Fading
Into Eternity The Scattering of Ashes
Into Eternity Dead or Dreaming
Isengard Vinterskugge
Isis Mosquito Control
Katatonia Tonight's Decision
Kauan Lumikuuro
Korpiklaani Tervaskanto
Kroda Towards the Firmaments Verge of Life
Lamb of God Ashes of the Wake
Lantlos Melting Sun
Limbonic Art Moon In The Scorpio
Lunar Aurora Andacht
Manegarm Vargstenen
Mar De Grises The Tatterdemalion Express
Marduk Wormwood
Marduk La Grande Danse Macabre
Marduk Iron Dawn
Massacre Back from Beyond
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Mayhem Grand Declaration of War
Mindless Self Indulgence Frankenstein Girls Will...
Mirrorthrone Gangrene
My Dying Bride For Lies I Sire
Naglfar Pariah
Nevermore The Politics of Ecstasy
Nightrage Wearing a Martyrs Crown
Nightwish Wishmaster
Norther N
Nortt Galgenfrist
Omnium Gatherum Spirits And August Light
Omnium Gatherum The Redshift
Omnium Gatherum New World Shadows
Opeth Deliverance
Opeth Watershed
Opeth The Roundhouse Tapes
Opeth Pale Communion
Orphaned Land Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)
Oskoreien Oskoreien
Panopticon Kentucky
Paysage d'Hiver Die Festung
Pentagram Relentless
Protest the Hero Fortress
Protest the Hero Kezia
Rammstein Herzeleid
Roadrunner United The All-Star Sessions
Sargeist Feeding the Crawling Shadows
Satyricon The Age Of Nero
Sentenced North From Here
Slayer World Painted Blood
Slayer Christ Illusion
Slipknot Slipknot
Slipknot All Hope Is Gone
Soilwork Stabbing the Drama
Sonata Arctica Unia
Sonata Arctica The Days of Grays
Strapping Young Lad Alien
Swallow the Sun Emerald Forest and the Blackbird
Swans The Seer
Taake Noregs Vaapen
there's a banjo solo on this fucking record
The Faceless Akeldama
The Howling Wind Into The Cryosphere
The Morningside Moving Crosscurrent of Time
The Red Chord Clients
thorr's hammer Dommedagsnatt
Tiamat The Astral Sleep
Tristania Beyond the Veil
Trivium Ember to Inferno
Twilight III: Beneath Trident's Tomb
Tyranny Tides of Awakening
Ulver Lyckantropen Themes
Ulver Vargnatt
Warning The Strength to Dream
Watain Lawless Darkness
Winterfylleth The Mercian Sphere
Woe Quietly, Undramatically
Wolves in the Throne Room Black Cascade
Woods of Ypres Woods IV: The Green Album
Xanthochroid Blessed He With Boils

2.0 poor
Addaura Addaura
Agalloch The Serpent and the Sphere
Alcest Shelter
Alestorm Black Sails at Midnight
Alestorm Leviathan
All That Remains Overcome
All That Remains For We Are Many
An Autumn For Crippled Children Everything
Anaal Nathrakh Passion
Arch Enemy Rise of the Tyrant
Arch Enemy The Root of all Evil
Arch Enemy Khaos Legions
Arch Enemy War Eternal
I can think of no better example of everything wrong with modern melodic death metal than Arch Enemy, and War Eternal is just another album that, with 13 tracks, overstays a welcome that wasn't really there to begin with.
Arsis Starve for the Devil
Avenged Sevenfold Nightmare
Behemoth Thelema.6
Between the Buried and Me The Silent Circus
Between the Buried and Me The Great Misdirect
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
Borknagar Universal
Brain Drill Quantum Catastrophe
Burzum Umskiptar
Caliban The Awakening
Catamenia Cavalcade
Children of Bodom Blooddrunk
Children of Bodom Skeletons In The Closet
Coal Chamber Dark Days
Cold Body Radiation A Clear Path
Cradle of Filth Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa
Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa shows just how oblivious Cradle Of Filth are in their songwriting process. Their music remains entombed within the pretenses of grand compositions that attempt to create some sort of atmosphere, but the fact is that Dani Filth and his band simply don't possess the songwriting ability to pull off such an ambitious feat. Despite the attempts by Paul Allender to escape his cyclical tremolo-picked riffs and chugging chords, he is often drowned out at his best moments by obnoxious and over-the-top keyboards and theatrics that serve no purpose other than frustrating the listener. Couple that with Filth's degrading vocals that are slowly withering into some mediocre shell of an already mediocre vocalist, and you have an album that is so lost in the band's ego and frustratingly boring "concept" about Adam's first wife Lilith that there is basically no hope to be found here.
Cynic Kindly Bent to Free Us
Dark Funeral The Secrets of the Black Arts
Darkthrone Dark Thrones and Black Flags
Dawn Slaughtersun (Crown of the Triarchy)
Deafheaven Sunbather
Demon Hunter The World Is a Thorn
Dethklok Dethalbum II
Devin Townsend Project Deconstruction
Dimmu Borgir Death Cult Armageddon
Dimmu Borgir Abrahadabra
Disturbed The Sickness
Disturbed Asylum
DragonForce Inhuman Rampage
DragonForce Ultra Beatdown
Drowning The Light Through The Noose of Existence
Eminem Relapse
Emmure Goodbye to the Gallows
Enslaved Vikingligr Veldi
Enslaved Below the Lights
Enslaved Eld
Fragments of Unbecoming Skywards: A Sylphe's Ascension
God Forbid Earthsblood
Gojira Terra Incognita
Hell Within Shadows of Vanity
Heretoir Heretoir
Hypocrisy Into the Abyss
Ihsahn angL
Impending Doom Nailed. Dead. Risen
Into Eternity Into Eternity
Job for a Cowboy Doom
Krallice Dimensional Bleedthrough
Krallice Diotima
Kvist For Kunsten Maa Vi Evig Vike
Leviathan True Traitor, True Whore
Lo-Ruhamah The Glory of God
Lurker Of Chalice Lurker Of Chalice
Lykathea Aflame Elvenefris
Mastodon Crack the Skye
My Dying Bride 34.788%... Complete
My Dying Bride Bring Me Victory
Nargaroth Black Metal Ist Krieg (A Dedication Monument)
Nightrage Sweet Vengeance
Nightwish Century Child
Nile Ithyphallic
Norther Circle Regenerated
Obscura Cosmogenesis
Opeth Burden
Opeth Heritage
Orphaned Land The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR
Ov HELL The Underworld Regime
Pestilence Doctrine
Primal Fear Devil's Ground
Protest the Hero Scurrilous
Satyricon Now, Diabolical
Scar Symmetry The Unseen Empire
Shadows Fall Fallout From The War
Shai Hulud Misanthropy Pure
Sigh Scenes from Hell
Sigh Imaginary Sonicscape
Sigh In Somniphobia
Skagos Ast
Slayer God Hates Us All
Soilwork Sworn to a Great Divide
Stormrider Lucifer Rising
Summoning Lugburz
Sunn O))) White1
Temnozor Horizons...
The Absence Enemy Unbound
The Autumn Offering Embrace the Gutter
The Haunted rEVOLVEr
The Vision Bleak The Wolves Go Hunt Their Prey
Tiamat Sumerian Cry
Tool Undertow
Tsjuder Desert Northern Hell
Tsjuder Demonic Possession
Ulver Svidd Neger
Universum Mortuus Machina
Watain The Wild Hunt
When Bitter Spring Sleeps When Bitter Spring Sleeps
Whitechapel This Is Exile
Winter Solstice The Fall of Rome
Within Temptation Mother Earth
Woods of Ypres Pursuit Of The Sun & Allure Of the Earth
Woods of Ypres Woods III: Deepest Roots and Darkest Blu
Wyrd Kalivägi
Xasthur Portal Of Sorrow

1.5 very poor
1349 Revelations Of the Black Flame
As I Lay Dying Shadows Are Security
Ash Pool For Which He Plies The Lash
Atreyu The Curse
Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold
Bathory Octagon
Bathory Requiem
Behemoth Grom
Beherit H418ov21.C
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Between the Buried and Me Alaska
Bring Me the Horizon Count Your Blessings
Bullet for My Valentine Fever
Bury Your Dead Cover Your Tracks
Burzum Daudi Baldrs
Cannibal Corpse Vile
Celtic Frost Vanity/Nemesis
Celtic Frost Cold Lake
Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade
Cryptopsy The Unspoken King
Darkthrone NWOBHM
Dimmu Borgir In Sorte Diaboli
Eminem Encore
Emmure Eternal Enemies
Enslaved Mardraum - Beyond the Within
Five Finger Death Punch The Way of the Fist
Graveland Thousand Swords
In Flames Soundtrack to Your Escape
In Flames A Sense of Purpose
Into Eternity The Incurable Tragedy
Iron Maiden The X Factor
Killswitch Engage As Daylight Dies
Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage II
Krallice Krallice
Lamb of God Sacrament
Liturgy Aesthethica
Massacre Promise
Mastodon Leviathan
Metallica St. Anger
Morbid Angel Illud Divinum Insanus
Nachtmystium Assassins: Black Meddle Pt.1
Negura Bunget OM
Nickelback Dark Horse
Nile Black Seeds of Vengeance
Nile Those Whom the Gods Detest
Norma Jean Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child
Papa Roach Getting Away with Murder
Papa Roach Lovehatetragedy
Periphery Periphery
Sabaton Primo Victoria
Scar Symmetry Dark Matter Dimensions
With "Dark Matter Dimensions", Scar Symmetry have released the album which has made me lose faith in the band. With the departure of their former singer/growler Christian Alvestam, the band has resorted to hiring two separate singers to replace him. However, with a new vocal department and fresh new songs, Scar Symmetry have showed the world all that is wrong with today's melodic death metal scene. Poor, repetitive song structures yield way to desperately unoriginal, power-chord laden riffs. Couple that with the painfully overused clean vocal chorus/harsh vocal verse pattern and what you have is an embarrassing album. The only real redeeming quality of the album are the guitar solos, and even those are bland, using sweeps and tapping way, way too much. Do us a favor, Scar Symmetry, either clean your act up and quit putting your genre to shame or get out of the way.
Serj Tankian Elect the Dead
Sigh Gallows Gallery
Slayer Diabolus in Musica
Suicide Silence The Cleansing
Summoning Lost Tales
System of a Down Toxicity
Tarja Turunen My Winter Storm
The Black Dahlia Murder Miasma
The Devil Wears Prada Plagues
The Faceless Planetary Duality
Through the Eyes of the Dead Malice
Trivium Shogun
Within Temptation Black Symphony
Xasthur All Reflections Drained

1.0 awful
Armor for the Broken Inspiring Stories of Hope and Love
As I Lay Dying Frail Words Collapse
Asking Alexandria Stand Up and Scream
Atreyu Lead Sails Paper Anchor
Chthonic Mirror Of Retribution
DoomThrone Skeleton Veiled in Flesh
Emmure The Respect Issue
In Flames Reroute to Remain
Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog...
Limp Bizkit Results May Vary
Linkin Park Reanimation
Norma Jean O' God The Aftermath
Ozzy Osbourne Black Rain
Protest the Hero Sequoia Throne: Remixed
System of a Down Mezmerize
Trivium The Crusade
Underoath Define the Great Line
Urfaust Verräterischer, Nichtswürdiger Geist
Waking the Cadaver Demo
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