Average Rating: 3.47
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Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicDisillusion Back To Times Of SplendorOne of the best prog/death metal albums made. This band is often compared to Opeth but I don't see it, sure they both have long songs and mix melody with brutality, but Disillusion are a lot more compact and their songwriting just creatively flows without being random and split up, the vocals are perfect for the sound, the death metal grunt is often used but it's the clean singing that gives this album such an immense quality, the songwriting is great, from start to finish, with some of the catchiest parts of the songs not leaving your head for months. A must buy for any metal fan.Edge of Sanity CrimsonFor those of you who don't know (shame on you), Crimson is a 40 minute song with a bucket load of progressive death metal riffs, many of them which are memorable and stick in your head after the song/album has played through. I bought this album after Purgatory Afterglow and I wasn't sure if this could top that. I loved PG but this... This blows it off the planet. This is when Dan Swan?s at his creative best (in my opinion), his vocals here are also the best he has ever done. This is one of the very very few vocalists that you can actually understand the growling vocals without the booklet, I kid you not! The guitarists all shine on the album, they all sound crisp and powerful and the music has a slightly fuzzy feel from the production which really fits the atmosphere. Epic, creative, unique and damn right powerful. There's a winning combination if ever I saw one.Garden of Shadows Oracle MoonOrphaned Land Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)The capacity of human intelligence seems to limit the capabilities to expand upon any possible creative aptitudes. Indeed, if one cannot even notice the facets that the ingenuities around him are comprised of, how can he be expected to fashion a beast of his own? This inveterate sense of constraint is a great blow to the veracity of mankind’s abilities. It restrains us and holds our minds to the ground below, averting any possibility of rising above ourselves to something greater; something not fathomed by the conventional mind. This concept of seeking to go beyond one’s self, known as “transcendence”, is essentially a gateway to unlocking pieces of ourselves that can lead to some of the most elaborate and significant creations of our world. For many, this quest to transcend and form creations that were once considered unthinkable and overwhelming consumes life. Certainly it is rare to find such people, but when they are found, creative barriers are destroyed.4.5 superbAltar of Plagues White TombAnomie DiscographyAutumn Leaves As Night Conquers DayBe'lakor The Frail TideBe'lakor Stone's ReachCircle Takes the Square As the Roots UndoConverge Jane DoeDefeater Lost GroundEa Ea IIEa Au EllaiEdge of Sanity Crimson IIEdge of Sanity Purgatory AfterglowIn Mourning Shrouded DivineIn Vain The Latter RainIsland OrakelIsthmus Land BridgeJeromes Dream Seeing Means More Than SafetyKalisia CybionKashiwa Daisuke Program Music ILa Dispute Vancouverreminds me of early mewithoutYou, awesome. beastly post-hardcore with a fuck load of emotion and some genius guitar linesmaudlin of the Well BathMercenary 11 DreamsThis album is hard to explain, it sits somewhere between prog metal, death metal, and melodic metal without ever being squashed into one genre, they bring some heavy crushing songs that could scare most other brutal bands in their nightmares but then they come up with some of the most beautiful, enchanting songs in music. The vocals are a definite high point, they go everywhere and beyond, death growl, black shriek, grunt, clean, shout, you get the idea, the vocalist is seriously talented. This album is worth a listen just to hear how weird it is, you won't find many albums that sound like this.Mesa Verde The Old RoadmewithoutYou Catch For Us The FoxesmewithoutYou Brother, SisterMiseration Your Demons ~ Their AngelsMoonsorrow V: HavitettyWhat makes this album so much better than most released this year, is the ambition of the band. They have quite clearly played their hearts out on this album, the songs are beautifully written and played perfectly, there are too many stand out moments in both songs to mention and after listening you end up feeling like you've just read a great novel. What really actually astounds me about the writing on this disc is the feeling of continuity and various thematic elements that ring true in several parts of one song, and then the other. Not to say that the songs sound exactly the same, but there?s a tinge of meaning and connection between the songs that make sense and are able to relate to one another. Trying to explain why this album is such a majestic triumph is like trying to explain why getting to the top of everest is such an overwhelming feeling, eventually, all you can say is you; have to experience it for yourself.Novembre The BlueOceans of Sadness The Arrogance Of Ignorancepg.lost It's Not Me, It's You!Solstafir KoldSwallow the Ocean Swallow the OceanThurisaz Scent of a DreamTime To Burn Is.LandWe Insist! The Babel Inside Was TerribleWolves in the Throne Room Diadem of 12 StarsWorld's End Girlfriend Hurtbreak WonderlandWorld's End Girlfriend The Lie Lay LandWyrd KammenWyrd The Ghost AlbumWyrd Vargtimmen pt.IWyrd HeathenWhat an album, take away a lot of the needless doodling around and unnecessary spoken word parts out of the middle and this could have been a classic, folky-black metal at this length might make you think of Moonsorrow, but this album is a different beast altogether. Harsh black metal screams contrast with what would best be described as a decent 'epic' clean vocal style, which would improve and become more natural on later albums, the cold sounding riffs lead the way most of the time, along with luscious keyboard/synth work, the climax is stunning, the first fifteen minutes is godly, but the man tries way too much in the middle, still though, it's a fantastic experience. Sure, the production might put some people off, not to mention the beastly length, but for a debut album, you don't get much more impressive or daring than this. Recommended.
(Full review to come tommorow maybe, or even tonight depending on what time I get in)4.0 excellentA Perfect Circle Thirteenth StepA Whisper in the Noise Dry LandAgalloch Ashes Against the GrainAkercocke AntichristAll That Remains The Fall of IdealsAll the Empires of the World ...Will Be Laid To WasteAnaal Nathrakh In the Constellation of the Black WidowArghoslent Hornets of the PogromArsis A Diamond for DiseaseAsgaut VillageAugury ConcealedBattle Of Mice A Day Of NightsBucket Full Of Teeth IVCandlemass Epicus Doomicus MetallicusCity of Caterpillar City of CaterpillarCynic FocusCynic Traced in AirDantalion Call of the Broken SoulsDark Tranquillity FictionDeath SymbolicDefeater TravelsDirty Three Horse StoriesDisillusion Three Neuron KingsDornenreich Durch Den TraumEd Sheeran Loose ChangeEdge of Sanity The Spectral SorrowsEdge of Sanity UnorthodoxEdge of Sanity at their most aggressive, old-school death metal meets the progressive nature of Dan Swano in an interesting, but flawed combination. There are some amazing songs, like Enigma and the odd but interesting When All Is Said, yet some amount of filler creeps on, reducing the final score of this.
Dan's vocals are exemplary, from the rare appearance of his cleans to his varied growls and shouts, and the guitars roll out one memorable riff after another, only a few traces of later Edge of Sanity can be found here, with the occasional melodic lead popping up or the slow-downs, but apart from that, this is their most brutal and aggressive album, recommended to any Edge of Sanity fan or just Death Metal fans in particular, there's plenty to enjoy here.Empyrean Sky The Snow White Rose of ParadiseEnslaved VertebraeEnvy A Dead Sinking StoryEnvy All the Footprints You've Ever Left...Estatic Fear A Sombre DanceEternal Deformity Frozen CircusEvoken Antithesis of LightExplosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead PlaceFair to Midland Fables From a Mayfly...Fear My Thoughts VulcanusFollowed By Ghosts Dear Monsters, Be PatientFuck Buttons Street HorrrsingGodspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...Gospel The Moon Is a Dead WorldGwynbleidd NostalgiaHeol Telwen An Deiz RuzHypocrisy VirusI Have Dreams DemoIkuinen Kaamos ClosureIndigent SimulacrumIron Thrones Visions of LightJulie Laughs Nomore From The Mist of the RuinsKalmah For The RevolutionKovlo I'm So Happy On This BoatKylesa Static TensionsLay Down Rotten Gospel Of The WretchedLoma Prieta Last CityMaegashira The Stark AtticMake Me Make MeManegarm Vargstenenmaudlin of the Well Leaving Your Body MapMax Richter The Blue NotebooksMen As Trees WeltschmerzmewithoutYou A to B: LifemewithoutYou Ten StoriesMihai Edrisch Un Jour Sans LendemainMoonlyght Progressive DarknessMoonsorrow TulimyrskyMutyumu IlyaNadja Desire in UneasinessNahemah The Second PhilosophyNahemah A New ConstellationNe Obliviscaris The Aurora VeilNeurosis Given to the RisingNeutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the SeaNevermore Dead Heart In A Dead WorldNightingale White DarknessOceans of Sadness Mirror PalaceOff Minor Some BloodOpeth My Arms, Your HearseOrchid OrchidPelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...Phlebotomized Immense, Intense, SuspensePig Destroyer TerrifyerPrimordial To the Nameless DeadProtest the Hero KeziaProtest the Hero FortressRise Against The Sufferer and the WitnessRomans All Those WristsRotting Christ TheogoniaSenate The Great Northern ScenekillSentenced The Cold White LightSentenced AmokSigh Hangman's HymnSince (Time) EntropiateSleepmakeswaves In Today Already Walks TomorrowSouldrainer RebornSpires (USA) Flowers And FireworksSwallow the Sun Plague Of ButterfliesTalk Talk Laughing StockTenhi KauanThe Old Dead Tree The Nameless DiseaseThe Project Hate MCMXCIX In Hora Mortis NostrÃ¦This Heat DeceitVaka Kappa Delta PhiVed Buens Ende Written In WatersVreid MilorgWarning Watching from a DistanceWolves in the Throne Room Black CascadeWyrd Vargtimmen pt.IIYellow Ostrich Strange Land3.5 great...Who Calls So Loud ...Who Calls So Loud3 Inches of Blood Fire Up The BladesAarni TohcothAmon Amarth With Oden on Our SideAmorphis Silent WatersAn Arrow In Flight Various Methods and MovementsArcturus The Sham MirrorsArkan HilalAt the Gates Terminal Spirit DiseaseAussitot Mort MontuengaBetween the Buried and Me ColorsBilocate Sudden Death SyndromeBlack Sun Aeon Darkness Walks Beside MeBuried Inside Spoils Of FailureCeleste Misanthrope(s)Cor Scorpii MonumentDan Swano MoontowerDark The Suns In Darkness Comes BeautyDark Tranquillity CharacterDarkane Layers of LiesDaturah ReverieDetonation Emission PhaseDevin Townsend Ocean Machine: BiomechDiablo RenaissanceDiablo EterniumDiablo Mimic 47Disillusion GloriaDissection Storm of the Light's BaneDrudkh EstrangementEdge of Sanity InfernalEluveitie SlaniaEnsiferum Victory SongsEntombed Left Hand PathEquilibrium SagasEucharist MirrorworldsFlies Are Spies From Hell Mountain LanguageGiant Squid The IchthyologistGraveworm Scourge of MaliceGreen Carnation A Blessing In DisguiseHeaven Shall Burn Iconoclast (Part 1: The Final Resistance)hitide.lotide The ForestIn Flames The Jester RaceIn Flames ColonyIn Flames ClaymanInsomnium Above the Weeping WorldInsomnium Across the DarkI've only heard two Insomnium albums, and I think this might be my favourite. Opposed to Above The Weeping World, where each track sort of blended into each other with the end result being unmemorable (for me at least), Across The Dark has a more varied and progressive feel throughout. One of the main talking points will be the clean vocals, which play their part in several songs, and while they fit really well on 'Where The Last Wave Broke' they only hinder songs like 'The Harrowing Years' and don't always work as well as they might. It's a hit-and-miss outcome to a new aspect of Insomnium's sound, and a chance that they might have needed to take.
Alongside this though is Insomnium at their typical solid best. Bellowing forward some of the most occasionally inspiring and consistently powerful melodic death metal you're likely to hear. 'Against The Stream' has some of the best riffs I've heard in the genre for a while, and the epic second half of 'The Lay Of Autumn' contrasts well with the cleanly sung passage in the first. While I still don't see Insomnium as the best band in the genre as many proclaim them to be, Across The Dark is a brilliant example of why it's so popular, and how to do it well. Awesome production, typical atmosphere, powerful and epic, and just some downright fantastic riff work throughout. Fans of the band will eat this up.
p.s - the acoustic interlude in 'Weighted Down With Sorrow' is pure magic, I pretty much creamed myself at that point.Into Eternity Buried in OblivionIron Maiden Brave New WorldIron Maiden A Matter of Life and DeathIsis In the Absence of TruthJohnnytwentythree JXXIIIKalmah SwampsongKataklysm In the Arms of DevastationKataklysm PrevailKatatonia The Great Cold DistanceKenos The CravingLantlos LantlosLights Out Asia Eyes Like BrontideMarduk Rom 5:12Martriden The Unsettling DarkMirrorthrone Carriers of DustMirrorthrone GangreneMono Hymn To The Immortal WindMouth of the Architect QuietlyMuse AbsolutionNaglfar HarvestNoumena Anatomy of LifeObscura CosmogenesisOpeth MorningriseOpeth WatershedPhalanx [AUS] PsychosisPulling Teeth Paranoid Delusions/Paradise IllusionsRaintime Flies and LiesSentenced The Funeral AlbumSentenced North From HereSentenced CrimsonSepticflesh CommunionSIG:AR:TYR The StrangerSIG:AR:TYR Sailing the Seas of FateStill Remains The SerpentSymbyosis On the Wings of PhoenixSymphony X Paradise LostTextures SilhouettesThe Absence Riders of the PlagueThe Elysian Fields 12 AblazeThe Faceless AkeldamaThe Flashbulb Soundtrack to a Vacant LifeThurisaz Circadian RhythmTorchbearer WarnamentsTranscending Bizarre? The Serpent's ManifoldsTribes of Cain RetaliationWintersun WintersunWolves in the Throne Room Two HuntersWolves in the Throne Room Malevolent GrainWyrd Huldrafolk3.0 good...Who Calls So Loud ...Who Calls So Loud 12"Abigor Nachthymnen (From The Twilight Kingdom)After Forever After ForeverAgalloch Tomorrow Will Never ComeAhab Call Of The Wretched SeaAmorphis EclipseAnoice RemmingsArch Enemy Rise of the TyrantArsis United in RegretArsis We Are the NightmareAxamenta Ever-Arch-I-Tech-TureBefore The Dawn DeadlightBlack Comedy InstigatorDevin Townsend Ziltoid the OmniscientDiabolical Masquerade Deaths DesignDimension Zero He Who Shall Not BleedDismember DismemberDisturbed Ten Thousand FistsEdge of Sanity Nothing But Death RemainsFinntroll Ur Jordens DjupFragments of Unbecoming Skywards: A Sylphe's AscensionGojira From Mars to SiriusGraveworm Collateral DefectHail of Bullets ...Of Frost and WarHammerFall One Crimson NightHammerFall ThresholdHeaven Shall Burn AntigoneIlldisposed 1 800 VindicationIn Flames WhoracleIn Flames A Sense of PurposeInto Eternity The Scattering of AshesKamelot Ghost OperaKarnivool ThemataKayo Dot Choirs of the EyeMarduk Plague AngelMercenary Architect of LiesmewithoutYou It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's allanybody who thinks this is as good as previous mewithoutYou is crazy and their opinions are false, this is just alright, nothing moreMuse Black Holes and RevelationsNightrage A New Disease Is BornNine Inch Nails The SlipNocturnal Breed Fields of RotNorther Mirror of MadnessNorther Till Death Unites UsNorther NOpeth Blackwater ParkOpeth The Roundhouse TapesRaventhrone Malice in WonderlandsSamael AboveScar Symmetry Pitch Black ProgressSlipknot Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)Soilwork Sworn to a Great DivideStone Sour Come What(ever) MaySuidAkrA CaledoniaSwallow the Sun HopeThe Black Dahlia Murder NocturnalThis Ending Inside the MachineTool 10,000 DaysVader The Art Of WarWatain Sworn to The Dark2.5 averageAt the Gates Slaughter of the SoulBlinded Colony Bedtime PrayersCaliban The AwakeningDeadlock WolvesDimmu Borgir In Sorte DiaboliDisturbed The SicknessDraconian Turning Season WithinDragonForce Sonic FirestormFrom A Second Story Window DelendaGwen Stefani Love. Angel. Music. Baby.Impious Holy Murder MasqueradeKamelot The Black HaloKashiwa Daisuke 5 Dec.Linkin Park Hybrid TheoryMeshuggah obZenMetallica Master of PuppetsMors Principium Est Liberation = TerminationNovembers Doom The Novella ReservoirOpeth Ghost ReveriesRed End of SilenceSlipknot IowaSonic Syndicate Only InhumanThe Haunted The Dead EyeThe Human Abstract NocturneTiamat WildhoneyTo-Mera DelusionsTrivium Ascendancy2.0 poorArch Enemy Doomsday MachineArch Enemy Anthems of RebellionAvenged Sevenfold City of EvilChildren of Bodom Are You Dead Yet?Demon Hunter Storm the Gates of HellDisturbed BelieveDragonForce Inhuman RampageExodus The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit AIn Flames Reroute to RemainIn Flames Soundtrack to Your EscapeInto Eternity The Incurable TragedyLinkin Park Minutes to MidnightMayhem De Mysteriis Dom SathanasWinds The Imaginary Direction of Time1.5 very poorAvenged Sevenfold Avenged SevenfoldBlur The Best OfBring Me the Horizon Count Your BlessingsImmolation Shadows in the LightIn Flames Come ClarityLimp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog...Linkin Park MeteoraLinkin Park Projekt Revolution 8/13/07Tiamat Skeleton SkeletronTrivium Ember to Inferno1.0 awfulAtreyu Lead Sails Paper AnchorMetallica St. AngerOzzy Osbourne Black RainStatic Colours Sun SwellsTrivium The Crusade
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