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5.0 classic
Herbie Hancock Maiden Voyage
Horace Silver Song For My Father
Jethro Tull Thick as a Brick
John Coltrane A Love Supreme
Mahavishnu Orchestra Birds of Fire
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Miles Davis Kind of Blue
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd Animals
Pink Floyd The Wall
Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime
Rush 2112
Rush Hemispheres
The Grateful Dead American Beauty
The Who Quadrophenia
The Who Who's Next
Yes Relayer
Yes Close to the Edge

4.5 superb
Baroness Red Album
Candlemass King of the Grey Islands
Cynic Focus
Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Giant Squid Metridium Fields
It's difficult to accurately describe what's going on here except to say that if you like Mastodon and Baroness, there's a pretty good chance that you'll like Giant Squid as well. Their music is doom-laden, yet highly progressive. The guitars of Squid display a distinct enough tone to seperate them from the two aformentioned bands, but not so much that you couldn't picture all three of these groups on the same bill. I don't know if there's already been a music journalist who's christened this sub-genre with a name yet, but it wouldn't be too far from the mark to describe this stuff as 'Art-Metl'. Can't call it Progressive Metal because that term conjures up thoughts of groups like Dream Theater and Symphony-X. And, these three bands are pretty far removed from that direction anyway. But, while the songs are, on average, much shorter than the material evidenced on the typical 'DT' recording, Squid's music is still highly progressive, extremely artistic and instantly recognizable as a new and original direction. The songs are accesible and melodic, yet there's also a controlled use of dissonance permeating much of their work. There's some sparse layering, a heavy reliance on atmospherics and periodic tinges of keyboard and horn accompaniment scattered throughout the album, that, when all taken together, gives this band a very deep, multidimensional sound. This dynamic is furthered by the decison to pair up a male and female voice on many of the vocal parts. If you demand a level of cerebral sophistication from your Hard Rock/Metal, then Giant Squid's Metridium Fields is probably for you.
Herbie Hancock Headhunters
Iced Earth The Blessed and the Damned
Jethro Tull Aqualung
Jethro Tull Benefit
Jethro Tull Minstrel in the Gallery
Judas Priest Stained Class
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King
Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti
Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy
Megadeth Rust in Peace
Megadeth Countdown to Extinction
Metallica Master of Puppets
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Miles Davis Filles de Kilimanjaro
Porcupine Tree In Absentia
Porcupine Tree Signify
Porcupine Tree Arriving Somewhere...
Queensryche Rage for Order
Return to Forever Romantic Warrior
Return to Forever Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy
Rush Moving Pictures
Rush Permanent Waves
Spiral Architect A Sceptic's Universe
Stanley Clarke Stanley Clarke
Testament The Gathering
The Grateful Dead Blues for Allah
The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed
The Rolling Stones Tattoo You
The Who Who Are You
Wayne Shorter Night Dreamer
Wayne Shorter Speak No Evil
Weather Report Black Market
Yes The Yes Album
Yes Fragile

4.0 excellent
Atheist Elements
Blackfield Blackfield II
Blotted Science The Machinations Of Dementia
This disc is beyond brilliant. It's definitely not something you would envision as product of the average human mind. At least, not a normally functioning human mind. The brain of an 'Idiot Savant' gave rise to this music, no doubt. This is all 'outside-the-box' thinking. And, it will get the listener thinking in different categories as these all-instrumental pieces unfold for you at break-neck speed. The members of this group come from many of the big names in Avant-Garde and Technical Metal. Bands like Watchtower, Spastic Ink, Behold...The Arctopus and Lamb of God. If you get off on the music of the bands listed, you'll be diggin' hard on this sixteen track collection of technical and cerebral insanity.
Cathedral The Ethereal Mirror
Exodus Shovel Headed Kill Machine
Exodus The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A
Fiona Apple Tidal
Genesis Foxtrot
Genesis Selling England by the Pound
Herbie Hancock Thrust
Iced Earth The Glorious Burden
Isis In the Absence of Truth
Jethro Tull Stand Up
Jethro Tull A Passion Play
John Coltrane Giant Steps
John Coltrane Blue Train
Judas Priest Sin After Sin
King Crimson Discipline
King Crimson Beat
King Crimson Red
Lamb of God Sacrament
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin [DVD]
Mahavishnu Orchestra The Inner Mounting Flame
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Megadeth Youthanasia
Megadeth The World Needs a Hero
Metallica Kill 'Em All
Miles Davis Sketches of Spain
Miles Davis E.S.P
Miles Davis Sorcerer
Miles Davis Miles In The Sky
Opeth Watershed
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd The Final Cut
Queensryche Empire
Queensryche Queensryche EP
Rush A Farewell to Kings
Rush Fly by Night
Rush Counterparts
Skeletonwitch Beyond the Permafrost
Testament The Formation of Damnation
I really think that this new offering is among the band's very finest. In fact, I think it's between this one and 'The Gathering' for the top spot. Every single element of the classic Testament sound comes together here and the production is fantastic. Plus, all the songs are memorable after a few spins....I don't know what's been going on in 'Modern Thrash' over the past few years, but me likey. A lot. This effort by Testament, the last two from Exodus, and the last two from Iced Earth have ALL far exceeded expectations. Not only is the writing on these albums far better than the average, but the production quality is literally THE best I've heard on any crop of metal albums from any era. Unbelievably good stuff.
The Flaming Lips At War With The Mystics
The Grateful Dead Workingman's Dead
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath
The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers
The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet
The Who Tommy
The Who Quadrophenia Live
Thought Chamber Angular Perceptions
This record has received some much needed attention, but it's still nowhere near the admiration this band is due. These guys got chops. But, isn't that a 'given' in the realm of Prog-Metal? Everyone in the genre got chops. Musicianship is the name of the game here. You need a sharply honed craft just to earn yourself a place at the table. But, once your seated, it's all about one's compositional skills. It's 'F' or walk, buddy. And, this Texas band walks.....hard. They walk hard. lol. For all of that great musicianship in Prog-Metal, most of the discs are boring as schitt. Repetitive, uninspired, unoriginal drivel, the vast majority of 'em. But, Thought Chamber's music keeps you pinned to those speakers for a nice long bout of compelling musical passages and instantly recognizable melody lines. Along with a few other new Prog outfits like Redemption and Magic Pie, Thought Chamber is the band to be watching.
Trouble Manic Frustration
Trouble Simple Mind Condition
Voivod Nothingface
Voivod The Outer Limits
Weather Report Heavy Weather
Wishbone Ash Argus
Yes 90125

3.5 great
Angel Witch Angel Witch
Black Mountain In the Future
Blackfield Blackfield
Cactus Cactology : The Cactus Collection
Chris Cornell Carry On
Exodus Bonded by Blood
Exodus Tempo of the Damned
Fiona Apple Extraordinary Machine
Genesis A Trick of the Tail
Genesis Wind & Wuthering
Genesis Duke
Genesis Abacab
Iced Earth Overture of the Wicked
Iced Earth Framing Armageddon
Jethro Tull Stormwatch
John Coltrane Live At Birdland
John Coltrane Africa/Brass
Judas Priest British Steel
Judas Priest Angel of Retribution
Judas Priest Sad Wings of Destiny
Judas Priest Killing Machine
Judas Priest Nostradamus
King Crimson The Power to Believe
Lamb of God Ashes of the Wake
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II
Mastodon Leviathan
Megadeth Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?
Megadeth The System Has Failed
Megadeth Cryptic Writings
Megadeth United Abominations
Menomena Friend And Foe
Metallica Metallica
Miles Davis Jack Johnson
Miles Davis Someday My Prince Will Come
Miles Davis 'Round About Midnight
Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Pink Floyd The Division Bell
Porcupine Tree Stupid Dream
Porcupine Tree Deadwing
Porcupine Tree Lightbulb Sun
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
Queensryche Operation: Livecrime
Queensryche Promised Land
Queensryche Greatest Hits
Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime II
Return to Forever Light as a Feather
Rush Vapor Trails
Rush Signals
Rush Snakes & Arrows
Stanley Clarke School Days
Testament Demonic
The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin
The Grateful Dead Shakedown Street
The Grateful Dead Terrapin Station
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang
The Who The Who by Numbers
Tori Amos Scarlet's Walk
Tori Amos The Beekeeper
Tori Amos American Doll Posse
Voivod Dimension Hatross
Voivod Phobos
Weather Report Mysterious Traveller
Witchcraft The Alchemist
Yes Tales from Topographic Oceans
Yes Drama
Yes Big Generator
Yes Magnification

3.0 good
Art Blakey Moanin'
Black Mountain Black Mountain
Blonde Redhead 23
Fiona Apple When the Pawn...
Genesis Trespass
Genesis Nursery Cryme
Jethro Tull War Child
Jethro Tull Songs from the Wood
Jethro Tull Heavy Horses
Jethro Tull A
Jethro Tull The Broadsword and the Beast
Jethro Tull Crest of a Knave
Judas Priest Point of Entry
King Crimson Larks' Tongues in Aspic
King Crimson Starless and Bible Black
Led Zeppelin Presence
Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door
Led Zeppelin The Song Remains The Same
Miles Davis Miles Smiles
Miles Davis Bitches Brew
Miles Davis In A Silent Way
Miles Davis Agharta
Miles Davis Nefertiti
Miles Davis Seven Steps to Heaven
Pink Floyd Meddle
Pink Floyd Obscured by Clouds
Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason
Regina Spektor Begin To Hope
Rush Caress of Steel
Rush Grace Under Pressure
Rush Test for Echo
Spheric Universe Experience Mental Torments
Among the countless hordes of Prog-Metal outifts, the compositional skills of these Franks stand out.
The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon
The Who The Who Sell Out
The Who It's Hard
The Who Endless Wire
Yes Going for the One
Yes Yes
Yes Time and a Word
Yes Union
Yes Talk
Yes Open Your Eyes
Yes Tormato
Yes Keystudio

2.5 average
Jethro Tull This Was
Jethro Tull Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To Die!
Jethro Tull Under Wraps
John Coltrane Stellar Regions
Led Zeppelin Coda
Megadeth Risk
Miles Davis Big Fun
Pink Floyd A Saucerful of Secrets
Queensryche The Warning
Queensryche Hear in the Now Frontier
Rush Hold Your Fire
Rush Power Windows
Testament Low
The Grateful Dead Wake of the Flood
The Mars Volta Amputechture
The Rolling Stones Goats Head Soup
The Rolling Stones Some Girls
The Who Face Dances
Witchcraft Witchcraft
Yes The Ladder

2.0 poor
Cathedral Forest of Equilibrium
Genesis ...And Then There Were Three...
Genesis Genesis
Genesis Invisible Touch
John Coltrane Interstellar Space
John Coltrane Ascension
King Crimson Lizard
Miles Davis Get Up With It
Pig Destroyer Prowler in the Yard
Pink Floyd Atom Heart Mother
Pink Floyd Ummagumma
Rush Presto
The Grateful Dead Reckoning
The Rolling Stones Exile on Main St.
The Rolling Stones Black and Blue
The Rolling Stones Their Satanic Majesties Request

1.5 very poor
Miles Davis On the Corner
The Rolling Stones Dirty Work
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