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Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicAC/DC Highway to HellBlack Sabbath ParanoidThat Paranoid is Black Sabbath's best album, is without doubt. Even discounting the gigantic impact it had at the time and the influence that is still felt in heavy metal today, the material is as strong as it ever got. With the epic War Pigs, the relentless Electric Funeral and Hand of Doom and the jazzy closer Fairies Wear Boots, this album has many highs, and doesn't go wrong at any point. Absolutely essential.Camel MirageCoroner Mental VortexDeep Purple Made in JapanDepeche Mode ViolatorDio Holy DiverTogether with Rainbow's Rising and Black Sabbath's Heaven and Hell, Dio's Holy Diver is one of the three peaks of the little man with the big voice. A stellar record for 80's metal, with powerful bluesy guitar leads next to Dio's dramatic vocal performance.Fleetwood Mac RumoursGenesis The Lamb Lies Down on BroadwayHeathen Victims of DeceptionIron Maiden The Number of the BeastAs strong as Powerslave might be, Number of the Beast is the finest definition of the classic Maiden era. Killer riffs, fantastic solos, galloping bass lines, a wicked first performance by Dickinson and very solid last one by Burr create an album that is still as powerful and exciting today as it was nearly 30 years ago. And yeah, Hallowed Be Thy Name.
Jeff Buckley GraceJudas Priest Sad Wings of DestinyKing Crimson In the Court of the Crimson KingThe seminal, groundbreaking progressive rock album that King Crimson have never managed to equal. The sheer madness of 21st Century Schizoid Man, the soothing dream that is I Talk to the Wind, the haunting, towering centrepiece Epitaph and the majestic, lyrically and vocally brilliant title track are four masterpieces. Moonchild is the infamous knack in the album, interesting but too long and unfocused. Nevertheless, In the Court of the Crimson King is the single most important progressive album ever made, and still one of the genre's finest accomplishments.Kyuss Welcome to Sky ValleyMetallica Ride the LightningNick Drake Pink MoonProof that the man was a genius.Overkill The Years of DecayPearl Jam TenPink Floyd Wish You Were HereQueensryche Operation: MindcrimeR.E.M. Automatic for the PeopleRadiohead OK ComputerRory Gallagher Irish Tour '74The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore EastThe Beatles Abbey RoadThe Beatles RevolverThe Clash London CallingThe Who Live at LeedsThe Zombies Odessey and OracleU2 The Joshua TreeYes Close to the Edge4.5 superbAC/DC Let There Be RockAlanis Morissette Jagged Little PillAlice In Chains DirtAlice In Chains Jar of FliesMixing acoustic and electric in an EP recorded in just a couple of days, Alice in Chains were in fact just messing around with some ideas when creating Jar of Flies. The results are outstanding to say the least, with the three first songs forming the best part of the album. Rotten Apple and especially Nutshell perfect that beautiful depression AiC had since some time had copyright on, and I Stay Away is the album's most powerful piece, featuring one of Staley's best vocal performances in his career. You can't really go wrong with Jar of Flies. It is not as consistently heavy as Dirt, but neither is it as light as the band's first EP Sap, instead making for a perfect blend between the two.Alice In Chains MTV UnpluggedAnacrusis Manic ImpressionsAnathema We're Here Because We're HereAnathema JudgementAnglagard Viljans OgaAnnihilator Never, NeverlandAnthrax Among the LivingAnthrax Spreading the DiseaseArctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am...Artillery By InheritanceAtheist Unquestionable PresenceBeardfish The VoidBlack Sabbath Black SabbathThey've topped it on a few occasions since, but Black Sabbath's epynomous debut remains a milestone in rock music. The very foundation of heavy metal was laid here, and though the heavy blues-rock influence of the band's earlier days still very much lingers, the first metal cuts are already amazing. The title track is still, after 40 years, everything that embodies the message and purpose of this movement. It's strange how this particular sound came to life: if Tony Iommi had never lost part of his fingers, this record, and Sabbath themselves, for that part, would have sounded quite different. They wouldn't have been able to develop as well as they did. The judgement is ever simple: if you like heavy metal, and this is not in your collection, you should be ashamed.Black Sabbath Master of RealityReleased not a year after the classic Paranoid, Sabbath's third record Master of Reality was an even heavier, more relentless and unforgiving affair than its predecessor. Ironically, some of its themes are supportive of theological beliefs, but with the doom-inspiring riffs Iommi created on Sweet Leaf, Children of the Grave and Into the Void, there is really no question about what is this group's heaviest record. Master of Reality took Paranoid a step further, and whether it may not be as influential and varied, it comes very close to equalling it.Black Sabbath Heaven and HellStorming in came the tiny man with the tall voice, as he went on to save Black Sabbath with tales of dragons and witches. Heaven and Hell is not only a fantastic comeback, but also remarkably found its place in the top 3 albums this legendary band ever put out. Iommi and company sound full of renewed energy, and nobody really should have had any reason to miss dear Ozzy after this was released.Black Sabbath Sabbath Bloody SabbathThe last superb record to come out of Sabbath's classic era, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath revitalized a sense of creativity in Iommi's writing, which had been showing some signs of detoriation with the nevertheless great Volume 4. Conjuring up the title track in a creepy dungeon, the rest of the group's fifth album swiftly followed. It also marked a more experimental direction for the band, working with synthesizers and such. While this direction would eventually distance them from their work and lead to their downfall at the end of the 70's, it worked miracles here. With prime cuts such as Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Spiral Architect, Killing Yourself to Live and of course Sabbra Cadabra, this record is an overlooked classic next to Sabbath's famed first three.Blind Guardian Nightfall in Middle-EarthBlof OmarmBon Iver For Emma, Forever AgoBrand X Unorthodox BehaviourBruce Springsteen Born to RunBudgie Never Turn Your Back on a FriendCamel MoonmadnessCandlemass Epicus Doomicus MetallicusCandlemass NightfallClutch Blast TyrantCoroner No More ColorCounting Crows August And Everything AfterCream Disraeli GearsCrimson Glory Transcendence Dark Tranquillity The GalleryDeath HumanThe first and second best of what is one of the greatest consecutive album streaks in the history of metal, Human marked the beginning of Death's golden period. By 1991, Chuck Schuldiner had developed his writing ability to the point nearly everything he touched turned to gold. This, combined with the band's most talented line-up up to that point, including Paul Masvidal on guitar and a far more noticeable rhythm section consisting of Steve DiGiorgio and Sean Reinert, made sure all the pieces were set. Do not be fooled by the album's length either, because every second on Human is worth your time. Chuck made it so good he could only top it once.
Best cut: Together as OneDeath SymbolicArguably Death's best album, Symbolic had the seminal death metal band move into their final period with notable progressive influences. Superior songwriting, masterfully crafted riffs, and some of Schuldiner's greatest lyrical and vocal work made this album into Death's finest hour.
Best cut: Symbolic Death Individual Thought PatternsThough it doesn't say that much, Individual Thought Patterns is altogether the least impressive of Death's Final Four. Once again, half the line-up was replaced, with only bassist Steve DiGiorgio and of course Schuldiner himself coming over from Human. The addition of guitarist Andy LaRocque and drummer Gene Hoglan brought in the new talent, both of them proving more than capable of handling the task. With another rock-solid ensemble at its core, Individual Thought Patterns became yet another essential piece in Death's quality discography.
Best cut: Trapped in a CornerDeath The Sound of PerseveranceChuck certainly knew how to go out with a bang. Death's last work The Sound of Perseverance is also one of their most impressive records. The completely new formation that replaced Symbolic's line-up does not let down here, but it is as always Schuldiner who amazes the most. Employing a higher shriek for his vocals, he leads the way through some of the group's most progressive and unyielding material, including a cover of Judas Priest's Painkiller, which closes the set. An amazing last statement from the Father of Death Metal. Rest in Peace.
Best cut: Scavenger of Human SorrowDeep Purple Deep Purple in RockDeep Purple Machine HeadDeep Purple BurnDerek and the Dominos Layla and Other Assorted Love SongsEric Clapton invites Duane Allman to record with him, and is pushed creatively to make quite possibly his most accomplished work.Diamond Head Lightning To The NationsDire Straits Brothers in ArmsDown NOLADream Theater AwakeDream Theater Images and WordsEdge of Sanity CrimsonEric Chevalier Rayman 2: Original SoundtrackExodus Fabulous DisasterExodus Bonded by BloodExplosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead PlaceFates Warning Perfect SymmetryFates Warning Awaken the GuardianFleetwood Mac Then Play OnFocus Hamburger ConcertoFocus Focus IIIFoo Fighters The Colour and the ShapeGenesis FoxtrotGenesis Selling England by the PoundGenesis Nursery CrymeGenesis Seconds OutGentle Giant In a Glass HouseGeorge Harrison All Things Must PassGuns N' Roses Appetite for DestructionHarmonium Si On Avait Besoin d'une 5eme SaisonHelloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part IHorslips The Book of Invasions: A Celtic SymphonyHoward Shore The Lord of the Rings: Complete TrilogyIced Earth Burnt OfferingsIn Flames The Jester RaceIncubus S.C.I.E.N.C.E.Iron Maiden PowerslaveIron Maiden Iron MaidenIron Maiden's debut certainly showed that they were great to begin with. It is clearly the rawest of all their albums, which is a combination of Paul Di'Anno's raspy vocals and the fact that the production wasn't very good. This seems to suit the style of the album, however, as it showcases lots of this raw energy, evident on songs as 'Prowler' and 'Running Free', which, while they may not be Maiden's best, they are a hell of a lot of fun to listen to. The album did already contain hints of the melodic side Maiden later more strongly developed, for example heard in 'Remember Tomorrow' and 'Strange World'. High point is of course the epic 'Phantom of the Opera', which is truly an achievement for the band in their young days.
Simply put, Iron Maiden is outstanding for a first output, and tons of fun to listen to. It may well be one of metal's finest debuts, and set a standard for the British New Wave of Heavy Metal.Iron Maiden Live After DeathJeff Buckley Live at Sin-é (Legacy Edition)Jethro Tull AqualungJethro Tull Thick as a BrickJethro Tull Bursting OutJohn Frusciante Shadows Collide with PeopleWhile not among his most ambitious works, Shadows Collide With People is perhaps Frusciante's most coherent effort overall, and features some of the most passionate writing and performing of his career.John Frusciante CurtainsJoni Mitchell BlueJudas Priest PainkillerIT'S THE PAAAIIIINNNKIIIIIIIILLLLLLEEEEEEEEERRRRR!Judas Priest Screaming for VengeanceJudas Priest Stained ClassKamelot The Black HaloKate Bush Hounds of LoveKing Crimson RedKing Crimson Larks' Tongues in AspicKing Crimson DisciplineKing Crimson The Great DeceiverKing Crimson Absent LoversKing Diamond AbigailKreator Extreme AggressionKyuss Blues for the Red SunLed Zeppelin Physical GraffitiLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IILed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IVLed Zeppelin How the West Was WonLive Throwing CopperSelling millions of copies, Throwing Copper is not only Live's most popular album, but also by far their best. The popular singles Selling the Drama, I Alone, Lightning Crashes and All Over You, all having become essential 90's staples, are among the record's best moments, but careful listening to the entire thing will reveal a great find of hidden gems. Especially The Dam at Otter Creek, an unusually dark song for the group, the epic Pillar of Davidson and closer White, Discussion count among Live's very finest. Sadly enough, the sudden success of Throwing Copper brought the band so much mainstream attention that it eventually became their downfall, failing to live up to the reputation of this peak moment.Mahavishnu Orchestra The Inner Mounting FlameMarillion Script For A Jester's TearMegadeth Rust in PeaceMegadeth Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?Mercyful Fate MelissaMercyful Fate Don't Break the OathMetallica Master of PuppetsMetallica Live Shit: Binge & PurgeMike Oldfield Tubular BellsMiles Davis Kind of BlueMono Hymn To The Immortal WindHymn to the Immortal Wind does not expand the borders of the post-rock genre, but rather perfects it beauties. Mono pairs stunning epics with two gorgeous interludes and thus create one of 2009's finest hours. It's fully and superbly orchestrated, it's epic, it's touching, and it's just overall amazing. If one were to name one essential post-rock album, Hymn to the Immortal Wind is a good way to go.Mono You Are ThereMorbid Angel Altars of MadnessMorbid Saint Spectrum of DeathMotorhead Ace of SpadesThe pinnacle of all things Motorhead, Ace of Spades is the definitive album by Britain's most badass trio.
Motorhead OverkillMotorhead No Sleep 'til HammersmithNirvana MTV Unplugged in New YorkNirvana, and more specifically, Kurt Cobain, never made the album they had wanted to make. Bleach was too raw and underproduced, Nevermind was the fame catapult Cobain wasn't at all looking for, and though In Utero is often credited as the group's finest studio effort, with good reason, it still was far from perfect. With their Unplugged performance, Nirvana realised what it had been wanting to realise all the years before it. The angst in Cobain's voice is haunting, and carries the record for a great deal, but the beautiful, and sometimes equally haunting instrumentation is full of emotion and atmosphere just the same (the addition of cello doing the extra trick). The set list is perfect for the occasion, and as such, MTV Unplugged eventually became the essential Nirvana album.Nobuo Uematsu Final Fantasy VII: Original SoundtrackCreating music for video games is an art in itself, and time after time, Nobuo Uematsu has proven to be the master.Opeth MorningriseOpeth Still LifeMore ambitious than their more revered work Blackwater Park, Still Life is Opeth's most accomplished work. Not only is the tragic concept that forms the backstory of the album very well-written, it never becomes too blown-up or unbelievable. The musical aspect that accompanies the storytelling is nearly flawless. The band's signature light vs. heavy style has always had one major pitfall: it seems to be meandering between the two for no particular reason sometimes. Still Life completely avoids this problem because of its concept. During the sad, reflective moments in the story, Akerfeldt's tender singing is fittingly accompanied by acoustic instrumentation (Benighted), while his demonic growling is perfect for the angry, aggressive ones(Serenity Painted Death). The two songs that combine these two elements best are epic opener The Moor and the gorgeous Face of Melinda, both easily counting among Opeth's very best. Still Life is one of those rare occasions where a concept album succeeds as a whole, but also builds on the sheer strength of its individual songs. Haunting, thrilling and dynamic, Still Life is the essential Opeth album. Opeth My Arms, Your HearseOverkill Feel the FirePatti Smith HorsesPearl Jam Vs.Pearl Jam at both their loudest loud and softest soft. With menacing instrumentation and actual screams from Vedder next to some of the band's most subtle work, Vs. is an absolute winner. Almost a shame Ten is so fantastic, because this is definitely not a record to be overlooked.Peter Gabriel MeltPhil Collins HitsPink Floyd MeddlePink Floyd The Dark Side of the MoonYou have to give Dark Side of the Moon your full and undivided attention before its brilliance can truly sink in. While moments such as the popular Money and Time have become classic rock staples and are the most recognizable tracks here, they work even better within the context and concept of the album. The creativity used to produce the trippy On the Run and wrenching The Great Gig in the Sky is boundless, and when at first these tracks will be underappreciated, the flow they provide for the album is later realised to be nothing less than essential. From the opening heartbeat of Speak to Me until the last fading seconds of Eclipse, Dark Side of the Moon is, over and over, again and again, a real journey, full of powerful emotions, stunning lyrics and musicianship that only the brilliant mind of Pink Floyd could provide at the height of its power. Coming only shortly after their magnum opus Wish You Were Here, this album is easily the group's second most seminal piece of work.Pink Floyd AnimalsPorcupine Tree The Sky Moves SidewaysRadiohead The BendsRadiohead Kid ARage Against the Machine Rage Against the MachineRainbow RisingRainbow is a very much underrated band. In their early days, that is. Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio made an excellent pair musically, and put out a classic hard rock album with Rising. The only thing that prevents it from being a true classic is the length of 33 minutes, which ultimately falls short. However, it is most certainly worth a listen because of Dio's powerful vocals, which are on his best here, and Blackmore's phenomenal guitar skills. Too bad that these two men's egos couldn't be in one space, they could've made so many good stuff together.Razor Evil InvadersRed Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex MagikRush HemispheresRush Moving PicturesRush A Farewell to KingsRush Rush in RioScreaming Trees Sweet OblivionSigur Ros ( )Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled WaterToo many albums have become famous without good reason. Bridge Over Troubled Water is not one of those albums.Simon and Garfunkel Greatest HitsA perfect introduction to the greatest pop duo of all time.Slayer Reign in BloodSmashing Pumpkins Siamese DreamSoundgarden SuperunknownSteve Hackett Voyage of the AcolyteStevie Wonder InnervisionsStevie Wonder Songs in the Key of LifeSupertramp Crime of the CenturySymphony X The Divine Wings of TragedyTalk Talk Laughing StockTestament The LegacyTestament The New OrderThe Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandThe Beatles Rubber SoulThe Beatles The Beatles: Stereo Box SetThe Clash The Clash (UK)The Cure DisintegrationThe Doors The DoorsThe Gathering How to Measure a Planet?The Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold as LoveThe Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You ExperiencedThe Moody Blues Days of Future PassedThe National BoxerThe National AlligatorThe Tallest Man on Earth The Wild HuntThe Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Who QuadropheniaApart from being among the very finest of rock operas, Quadrophenia is also The Who's strongest album overall.Third Eye Blind Third Eye BlindBrilliant lyrics. So much energy. Highly emotional. Incredibly catchy. Third Eye Blind is stunning in every sense of the word, and an incredible document of the 90's.Tool AenimaU2 Achtung BabyVan der Graaf Generator GodbluffVan der Graaf Generator Pawn HeartsVan Halen Van HalenVoivod Dimension HatrossVoivod NothingfaceWishbone Ash ArgusYes FragileYes The Yes AlbumYes Relayer4.0 excellentAC/DC High VoltageIf anything, High Voltage proves that AC/DC was DYNAMIIITE from the very start. After all, who can go wrong with classics such as It's A Long Way to the Top and T.N.T.?AC/DC Back In BlackAC/DC If You Want Blood You've Got ItAC/DC at their rawest & loudest, and more importanly: with a living, yelping and screaming Bon Scott. If You Want Blood You've Got It proves one thing very well: These boys were the purest incarnation of loud and true rock 'n roll in 1978. This was AC/DC's heyday, and they want you to hear it.Accept Balls To The WallAerosmith Toys In The AtticAgalloch The MantleAgalloch Pale FolkloreAgalloch Ashes Against The GrainAlcest Ecailles De LuneAlice In Chains FaceliftAlice In Chains Black Gives Way to BlueAlice's is back in business as Black Gives Way to Blue delivers vintage heaviness, vocal harmonisations and songwriting like the boys have never been out. Matching Staley is of course impossible for anyone to achieve, but newling DuVall seems to be the man for the job, and while he doesn't even try to imitate his predecessor, his tone and range are very similar. Standard but great rock songs (Check My Brain), simple yet effective ballads (Your Decision) and pounding heaviness (A Looking in View), Black Gives Way to Blue really has everything we could possibly wish for after Staley's unfortunate passing. Less bleak than classic Alice, but perhaps even heavier than the likes of Dirt, the album is both fresh and nostalgic, and surely delivers the goods. Alter Bridge BlackbirdPretty much all mainstream rock records tend to, well, suck. We're just so lucky most rules have an exception. With Blackbird, Alter Bridge have done away with the criticism that they were a complete Creed-clone, taking a far heavier approach. The record is still home to those big choruses that are perhaps mainstream's biggest trademark, but the songwriting is coherent, catchy, and, as cuts such as Ties That Bind and the title track show, even amazing at some points. Blackbird won't have to be anyone's guilty pleasure, and just maybe you'll even get your mom to like it.Amon Amarth With Oden On Our SideAmon Amarth Twilight Of The Thunder GodMaybe it is because I hadn't heard any of Amon Amarth's earlier albums when I listenend to this, but this one hell of a fun ride. That the band has perfected their style is easily assumable, as all factors that make a record in this genre great are there. The melodic guitars are fantastic, the drums are pounding, and vocalist Johan Hegg roars about like a true viking more than I've heard any other viking metal vocalist do so far. On top of that, the album contains some very good guest performances: a guitar solo by Roope Latvala (CoB), guest vocals by Lars Goran Petrov (Entombed) and the marvellous cello work of Apocalyptica, which is the most unique and best of the three perfomances. Twilight of the Thunder God is worth your while, especially if you're in search of simple fun and adrenaline.Amorphis Silent WatersAmorphis Tales From the Thousand LakesAmy Macdonald This Is The LifeAnacrusis ReasonAnacrusis Screams and WhispersAncestors In Dreams And TimeAnglagard HybrisAnglagard EpilogAnnihilator Alice in HellAnthrax Persistence of TimeAnvil Metal on MetalApocalyptica ApocalypticaArcade Fire FuneralArch / Matheos Sympathetic ResonanceArtillery Fear of TomorrowArtillery Terror SquadAsylum On The Hill Passage to the Puzzle FactoryAt The Gates Slaughter of the SoulAtheist Piece of TimeAvantasia The Wicked SymphonyBeardfish MammothBeastwars BeastwarsBeastwars Blood Becomes FireBee Gees Saturday Night Fever SoundtrackBill Withers Just As I AmBilly Cobham SpectrumBlack Sabbath Mob RulesBlack Sabbath Vol. 4Often seen as a major dissapointment after Sabbath's first three classic albums, Volume 4 may not be the best work from the metal-pioneering act, but in the end, it yields its own specialties and sound. Some experiments, like the ballad Changes, prove to be a huge failure, but with the consistent classic 'Sabbath' feel in others such as Supernaut, as well as the creativity displayed in the opener and closing tracks, this fourth record is definitely not without power. Let's not forget the would-be-title-track either, the classic Snowblind.Black Sabbath SabotageSabbath's first six have always been adored as their classics by the hardcore fan base, but although the last effort of this streak, Sabotage, was still pretty good, it had also been the most inconsistent record by the group so far. Given prime Sabbath cuts such as Hole in the Sky and Symptom of the Universe, there is enough to be enjoyed here, but one shouldn't overlook the dip Sabotage takes towards the end, both Am I Going Insane (Radio) and the strange Supertzar start dabbling into areas Sabbath need not dwell. This is still an essential record for any Sabbath fan to own, but it is, without doubt, the worst of their famed six.Black Sabbath We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' RollBlack Sabbath Symptom of the UniverseBlack Sabbath Past LivesBlackfield BlackfieldBlind Guardian A Night at the OperaBlind Guardian Imaginations from the Other SideBlind Guardian Somewhere Far BeyondBlind Guardian Tales from the Twilight WorldBlind Guardian Tokyo TalesBlind Guardian LiveBlind Melon SoupBlind Melon Blind MelonBloc Party Silent AlarmBlof BovenBlof Blauwe RuisBob Dylan Blood on the TracksBob Marley and The Wailers LegendBrian Eno Ambient 1: Music For AirportsBruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of TownBruce Springsteen Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.Bruce Springsteen The RiverBruce Springsteen NebraskaBudgie BudgieBudgie SquawkBudgie In for the Kill!Budgie BandolierBurzum Hvis Lyset Tar OssCamel CamelCamel The Snow GooseCamel RajazCaravan In the Land of Grey and PinkCaravan If I Could Do It All Over Again...Carcass Surgical SteelCarl Orff Carmina BuranaCeltic Frost Morbid TalesCeltic Frost To Mega TherionClutch Robot Hive/ExodusClutch ClutchClutch Earth RockerColdplay A Rush of Blood to the HeadColdplay Live 2003Coldplay Viva La VidaCoroner R.I.P.Coroner Punishment for DecadenceCoroner GrinCounting Crows Across A WireCoverdale and Page Coverdale/PageThis excellent one-off collaboration is a rockin' record that effectively combines elements from both Zeppelin and Whitesnake into an old-school sound. Page is churning out some of his best work since Zeppelin, and Coverdale seems to be having equal fun, although he has trouble not imitating Robert Plant.Cream Wheels of FireCreedence Clearwater Revival Green RiverCrimson Glory Crimson GloryCrosby, Stills, Nash and Young Deja VuCult of Luna VertikalCurved Air PhantasmagoriaCynic FocusCynic Traced in AirDamn the Machine Damn the MachineDan Swano MoontowerDark Tranquillity ProjectorDark Tranquillity FictionDark Tranquillity CharacterDark Tranquillity Damage DoneDarkthrone The Underground ResistanceDarkthrone A Blaze in the Northern SkyDarkthrone Under a Funeral MoonDarkthrone Transilvanian HungerDave Matthews Band CrashDave Matthews Band Before These Crowded StreetsDavid Bowie LowDe Dijk Het Beste Van De DijkDead Letter Circus Dead Letter CircusDeath LeprosySuch a step up from Scream Bloody Gore, Death's second album Leprosy truly developed their signature sound. Schuldiner put together an actual band (he recorded everything on Scream Bloody Gore himself, except the drums), and the difference is remarkable. While not the most talented formation Death would ever see, Andrews' fast, far more impressive drumming and the addition of a real second guitarist in Rozz, who, although a bit overshadowed by the man who made it all happen, still manages to hold his own when necessary. Leprosy packs much more technicality, and even a touch of melody, which was a much needed change. One of many prime moments in Death's quality career.
Best cut: LeprosyDeath Spiritual HealingSacrificing brutality for flow and technicality, Spiritual Healing may not carry as much punch as its predecessor Leprosy, or any of Death's last four albums, but still manages to hold its own. This is also where Schuldiner started adressing social and ethical themes, once again implementing new things into what would eventually become the band's signature style. An often overlooked album next to their more impressive work.
Best cut: Spiritual HealingDeath Angel The Ultra-ViolenceDeep Purple Perfect StrangersDeep Purple FireballDemians MuteDemolition Hammer Tortured ExistenceDemolition Hammer Epidemic of ViolenceDepeche Mode Black CelebrationDepeche Mode Music for the MassesDepeche Mode Songs of Faith and DevotionDepeche Mode Playing The AngelDestruction Infernal OverkillDestruction Eternal DevastationDestruction Release From AgonydEUS Keep You CloseDinosaur Jr. FarmA shame I have to discover this so late in 2009, as it has everything to instantly put you in a good mood. Superbly performed, overpowering guitar melodies, a smooth flow and relaxing vocals: these are what create this very, very excellent album.Dio The Last in LineDio Dream EvilDire Straits Dire StraitsDream Theater Six Degrees of Inner TurbulenceDream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a MemoryDream Theater Black Clouds & Silver LiningsDream Theater ScoreDream Theater Live Scenes From New YorkDream Theater Live at BudokanDropkick Murphys Sing Loud, Sing Proud!Dropkick Murphys BlackoutDropkick Murphys The Warrior's CodeEarth, Wind & Fire Greatest HitsEdge of Sanity Crimson IICrimson > Crimson II.
But this one's still great.Edge of Sanity The Spectral SorrowsEdge of Sanity Purgatory AfterglowEdge of Sanity When All Is SaidEisley The ValleyEloy FloatingEloy DawnEloy OceanEloy Silent Cries And Mighty EchoesElton John Madman Across the WaterEluvium CopiaEluvium Nightmare EndingEmerson, Lake and Palmer Emerson, Lake & PalmerIt's quite heavy on Keith Emerson's keyboards, it doesn't feature Greg Lake's awe-inspiring voice enough, Carl Palmer never gets a real chance to shine except on Tank; yes, the debut from prog titants Emerson, Lake and Palmer is flawed in some senses. It is however also an excellent display of masterful musicianship, even if this comes in the form of bombast and (too) lengthy instrumental pieces. The main problem with Emerson, Lake and Palmer is that the balance sometimes isn't quite right, but as with many records in the genre, the virtuostic craftsmanship makes up for it. The Barbarian, Take a Pebble and the popular Lucky Man are all impressive, and any 70's prog fan has got to love this.Emerson, Lake and Palmer Brain Salad SurgeryEminem The Marshall Mathers LPEnsiferum EnsiferumEnsiferum Victory SongsEquilibrium SagasEric Clapton SlowhandEric Clapton UnpluggedExhorder Slaughter in the VaticanExodus Tempo of the DamnedExplosions in the Sky How Strange, InnocenceExplosions in the Sky Those Who Tell the Truth...Faith No More The Real ThingFaith No More Angel DustFates Warning A Pleasant Shade of GrayFates Warning DisconnectedFates Warning ParallelsFates Warning No ExitFates Warning The Spectre WithinFates Warning Darkness in a Different LightFleet Foxes Helplessness BluesFleet Foxes Fleet FoxesFleetwood Mac Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac TuskIn the wake of Rumours, Fleetwood Mac were emotionally drained, but also had a reputation to live up to. The result is the ambitious, lengthy Tusk, which could not have been anything but a dissapointment. The main problem here is coherency: the album feels as the solo outings of Buckingham, McVie and Nicks put together, without any sense of overall structure. While this kind of writing was a part of what Rumours so wonderful, Tusk does not really benefit from it at all. However, despite any of the songs even coming close to what had been done 2 years earlier, there are no bad tunes on here, and the likes of Sara, Storms and the title track have found their way into the classic material of the group.Fleetwood Mac The Best of Peter Green's Fleetwood MacFlogging Molly Drunken LullabiesFlorence and the Machine LungsFlorence and the Machine CeremonialsFlotsam and Jetsam Doomsday for the DeceiverFoals Total Life ForeverFocus Moving WavesFoo Fighters Wasting LightIt should be safe to say that the Foos have never rocked this loud.Foo Fighters Greatest HitsFoo Fighters The Colour and The Shape (Expanded)Forbidden Forbidden EvilForbidden Twisted into FormFranz Ferdinand Franz FerdinandFree Fire and WaterFrightened Rabbit The Midnight Organ FightGamma Ray Land of the FreeGary Moore Still Got The BluesGary Moore We Want Moore!Gates of Winter Lux AeternaGenesis Platinum CollectionThe perfect compilation for any casual fan of the group, Genesis Platinum Collection is particularly aimed at the mainstream audience, but also may interest them to look further. More than half of the space here is logically devoted to the band's commercially successful period with Phil Collins as a lead singer, and contains all the classics from that era, but a surprising lot of effort has been made to interest those who never even knew Genesis made music before the 80's. Even though classics such as Watcher of the Skies and Dancing With the Moonlit Knight never made it here, the selection of tracks from Genesis' classic era is very representative, spanning all the way from Trespass to The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. And really, you've got to admit: some of those infectious 80's and early 90's cuts such as Land of Confusion, I Can't Dance and Jesus He Knows Me are still great songs.Genesis Invisible TouchWhile it can in no way whatsoever be held up to classic Genesis, Invisible Touch is, with its well-crafted pop songs such as the title track, Land of Confusion, In Too Deep and Throwing It All Away, a great record its own right. The attempts at making the album more appealing by adding some of the group's earlier progressive stylings in Tonight, Tonight, Tonight and Domino may seem like a half-hearted bid to satisfy hardcore prog-era Genesis fans, giving them another reason to completely dismiss Invisible Touch, but the truth is: this is an essential 80's staple and one of Genesis' finer post-Gabriel outings, despite pop almost completely having driven out the prog.Genesis A Trick of the TailGenesis LiveGenesis DukeGenesis Archive #1 (1967-1975)Gentle Giant Gentle GiantGentle Giant Acquiring The TasteGentle Giant OctopusGentle Giant Free HandGentlemans Pistols At Her Majesty's PleasureGeorge Harrison All Things Must Pass (30th Anniversary Edition)George Harrison The Concert for BangladeshGerry Rafferty City to CityGod Is An Astronaut All Is Violent, All Is BrightGod Is An Astronaut Far from RefugeGodspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero KanadaGodspeed You! Black Emperor F#A# (Infinity)It would be impossible to argue this album is not a unique piece of music, because it most definitely is. The apocalyptic concept is brilliant, but is not carried out flawlessly as some like to think. Some sections, like the spoken words and violin/guitar part in The Dead Flag Blues, the climax in East Hastings and the main build-up Providence are nothing short of amazing, but one cannot help but feel there are parts in these 63 minutes that are redundant. F#A#Infinity is ambitious and shows marvellous display of calculated, serious musicianship, but all the while it has some parts that tend to drag and pull the listener out of the atmosphere in intends to create. This record has potential like no other. It could have been a masterpiece. It could have been.Golden Earring CollectedGong Flying TeapotGong Angel's EggGong YouGorguts Colored SandsGorguts From Wisdom to HateGorguts ObscuraGorguts The Erosion of SanityGorguts Considered DeadGuns N' Roses Use Your Illusion IIGuns N' Roses Use Your Illusion IHammock Departure SongsHans Zimmer InceptionHarmonium L'HeptadeHawkwind Warrior on the Edge of TimeHawkwind In Search Of SpaceHawkwind Doremi Fasol LatidoHawkwind Space RitualHawkwind Hall of the Mountain GrillHeart Little QueenHeathen Breaking the SilenceHeathen The Evolution of ChaosHelloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part IIHelloween HelloweenHelloween Walls of JerichoHelloween The Dark RideHigh on Fire De Vermis MysteriisHoward Shore The Fellowship of the RingHoward Shore The Two TowersHoward Shore The Return of the KingIced Earth Night of the StormriderIced Earth Horror ShowIced Earth The Dark SagaIced Earth Something Wicked This Way ComesIced Earth Alive In AthensIced Earth Live In Ancient KourionIn Flames ColonyIn Flames WhoracleIn Flames ClaymanIncubus Make YourselfIncubus Morning ViewIntronaut Valley of SmokeIron Maiden KillersMaiden's second effort Killers is a more refined affair than their debut, mostly in terms of production, but also in style. Where Iron Maiden had rawer songs like 'Running Free' and 'Sanctuary', these now have been replaced by more polished efforts. The band still hadn't lost their rawer sound completely, however. This would take place after the leaving of Paul Di'Anno, who was very important in creating their early sound. The man is just a lot of fun to listen to, for example on 'Wrathchild', 'Murders in the Rue Morgue' and 'Killers', all true early Maiden classics. Killers is also more consistent than its predecessor, but then again carries a few weaker songs like 'Drifter'. Though this may be true, it does not even ruin the listening experience, as all songs are still great fun, and the album is highly recommended even if you're not a Maiden fan, or if you always thought Mr. Dickinson used an exeggerated vocal style.Iron Maiden Piece of MindIron Maiden Somewhere in TimeWith their 6th album, Iron Maiden changed their style slightly, leaning towards an experimental side of things, something they would eleborate further on Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. Guitar and bass synths were added, giving their sound a futuristic touch, which coincides with the album's theme perfectly. The synths gave a new edge to Maiden signature sound, while not dominating the music.
Opener 'Caught Somewhere in Time' applies this new feature perfectly, having guitarists Dave Murray and Adrian Smith displaying one of their best dual guitar harmonizations, something that Maiden has become known for. Overall, Somewhere in Time has a refreshing sound and contains often overlooked classics such as 'The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner', and 'Stranger in a Strange Land'. Also a highlight is the accessible 'Wasted Years'. Harris' epic 'Alexander the Great' is also strong, be it not so much lyrically as instrumentally. Somewhere in Time is often overlooked next to albums such as Number of the Beast and Powerslave, but is actually one of Maiden's finest, and deserves to be in anyone's collection. Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh SonIron Maiden Brave New WorldIron Maiden A Matter of Life and DeathIron Maiden Rock in Rio (DVD)Iron Maiden Live After Death (DVD)Iron Maiden Somewhere Back In TimeIron Maiden Best of the BeastIron Maiden Rock in RioIron Maiden Flight 666 (DVD)Iron Maiden Maiden Japan (Complete Concert)Iron Maiden Beast Over HammersmithIron Maiden BBC ArchivesIron Maiden Maiden England '88Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan HawkJames Blake James BlakeJanis Joplin PearlJefferson Airplane Surrealistic PillowJethro Tull A Passion PlayJethro Tull Stand UpJethro Tull Minstrel In The GalleryJethro Tull Songs From The WoodJethro Tull Heavy HorsesJethro Tull Nothing Is EasyJimi Hendrix Live at WoodstockJimi Hendrix Band of GypsysJoe Jackson Night and DayJohn Coltrane A Love SupremeJohn Frusciante The EmpyreanFar better than anything The Red Hot Chili Peppers have put out since '99's Californication, John Frusciante's 10th solo record The Empyrean is a new high in his career. Its sound manages to be loud, blistering with top-notch guitar, but there is yet so much sensitivity to it, as it manages to carry out its concept in an unfailing manner. After so many consecutive releases in '04, Frusciante took his time with The Empyrean. And that paid off.Jon Hopkins ImmunityJudas Priest British SteelJudas Priest Defenders of the FaithJudas Priest Sin After SinJudas Priest Unleashed in the EastKamelot KarmaKamelot EpicaKamelot One Cold Winter's NightKarnivool Sound AwakeAn excellent follow-up effort from the promising Australian quintet. Succesfully mixing alt rock with prog rock, Sounds Awake is solid overall, although needing a little more songwriting effort in the epics.Katatonia Viva EmptinessKate Bush The Kick InsideKate Bush The DreamingKate Bush AerialKayo Dot HubardoKilling Joke MMXIIKing Crimson In the Wake of PoseidonKing Crimson LizardKing Crimson Starless and Bible BlackKing Crimson EpitaphKing Crimson The Night WatchKing Crimson USAKing Crimson The Great Deceiver (Volume 1)King Crimson The Great Deceiver (Volume 2)King Crimson VROOOM VROOOMKing Diamond ThemKing Diamond ConspiracyKings of Leon Only By The NightKreator Pleasure to KillKreator Terrible CertaintyKreator Coma of SoulsKyuss ...And The Circus Leaves TownLaura Stevenson Sit ResistLed Zeppelin Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IIILed Zeppelin Houses of the HolyLed Zeppelin Celebration DayLo-Pan SalvadorLynyrd Skynyrd Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-NerdMad Season AboveMahavishnu Orchestra The Lost Trident SessionsMahavishnu Orchestra Birds of FireManchester Orchestra Mean Everything To NothingManchester Orchestra Simple MathManeige Les PorchesMangoo NeverlandManowar Battle HymnsMarillion Market Square HeroesMarillion FugaziMarillion Real to ReelMarillion Misplaced ChildhoodMarillion Clutching at StrawsMarvin Gaye What's Going OnMC5 Kick Out the JamsMeat Loaf Bat Out of HellMegadeth Countdown to ExtinctionMegadeth EndgameMegadeth is back with an excellent album chocked with agression, technical riffs, impressive solos and whatnot. This obviously won't be enough to rival the classics Peace Sells... and Rust in Peace, but the most remarkable feat here is putting out a true quality record that doesn't stray too far from 'Deth's roots and is still a fresh experience. Mustaine shows that some veteran metallers still have the chops.Megadeth YouthanasiaMercyful Fate Mercyful FateMeshuggah KolossMeshuggah Destroy Erase ImproveMeshuggah ChaosphereMeshuggah NothingMeshuggah IMeshuggah Catch ThirtythreeMetal Church Metal ChurchMetal Church The DarkMetal Church Blessing in DisguiseMetallica MetallicaMetallica ...And Justice for AllMetallica Kill 'Em AllMetallica Cliff 'Em AllMichael Jackson Thriller'Cuz this is THRILLER, THRIIILLLEERR NIGHT!Miles Davis Bitches BrewMiles Davis Sketches of SpainMiles Davis Jack JohnsonMoonsorrow V: HavitettyMorbid Angel Abominations of DesolationMorbid Angel Blessed Are the SickMorbid Angel CovenantMother Love Bone AppleMotorhead BomberMotorhead Iron FistMotorhead Another Perfect DayMuse Origin of SymmetryMuse AbsolutionMuse H.A.A.R.PMy Bloody Valentine LovelessNaam VowNeal Morse MomentumNeil Young HarvestNektar Journey to the Centre of the EyeNektar A Tab in the OceanNektar Remember the FutureNevermore This Godless EndeavorNick Drake Five Leaves LeftNirvana NevermindNirvana In UteroNirvana Live At ReadingNo Doubt Tragic KingdomNoel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Noel Gallagher's High Flying BirdsNorther Mirror of MadnessNuclear Assault Game OverNuclear Assault SurviveNuclear Assault Handle With CareOasis Definitely MaybeOasis (What's The Story) Morning Glory?Opeth OrchidOpeth WatershedOpeth Blackwater ParkOpeth DamnationOpeth LamentationsOpeth The Roundhouse TapesOrange Goblin A Eulogy for the DamnedOtis Redding The Definitive CollectionOur Lady Peace NaveedOur Lady Peace ClumsyOur Lady Peace Happiness...Overkill HorrorscopeOverkill Taking OverOverkill Under The InfluencePantera Cowboys from HellPantera Vulgar Display of PowerParades Foreign TapesPaul Simon GracelandPearl Jam No CodePearl Jam VitalogyPearl Jam YieldPearl Jam Lost DogsPearl Jam rearviewmirror (Greatest Hits 1991-2003)Peter Gabriel SoPeter Gabriel SecurityPhil Collins No Jacket RequiredPink Floyd The WallPink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of DawnPink Floyd Live At PompeiiPink Floyd Is There Anybody Out There?Pink Floyd PulsePorcupine Tree Up the DownstairPorcupine Tree Fear of a Blank PlanetPorcupine Tree DeadwingPorcupine Tree In AbsentiaPorcupine Tree Lightbulb SunPorcupine Tree Stupid DreamPorcupine Tree SignifyPorcupine Tree RecordingsPorcupine Tree Stars Die: The Delerium YearsPossessed Seven ChurchesQueen A Night at the OperaQueen A Day at the RacesQueens of the Stone Age Songs for the DeafQueens of the Stone Age Queens of the Stone AgeQueens of the Stone Age Rated RQueens of the Stone Age ...Like ClockworkQueensryche EmpireQueensryche Rage for OrderQueensryche Queensryche EPR.E.M. MurmurR.E.M. New Adventures In Hi - FiR.E.M. DocumentR.E.M. ReckoningRage Against the Machine The Battle of Los AngelesRage Against the Machine The CollectionRainbow Long Live Rock & RollRamones RamonesRazor Violent RestitutionRazor Executioner's SongRed Hot Chili Peppers CalifornicationRed Hot Chili Peppers By the WayRed Hot Chili Peppers Mother's MilkRegina Spektor FarRenaissance Turn of the CardsRenaissance Ashes Are BurningRenaissance Scheherazade and Other StoriesRiverside Out of MyselfRiverside Second Life SyndromeRobert Johnson The Complete RecordingsRobin Trower Bridge of SighsRory Gallagher Live In EuropeRory Gallagher TattooRory Gallagher DeuceRory Gallagher Rory GallagherRory Gallagher Calling CardRory Gallagher Photo-FinishRory Gallagher Top PriorityRory Gallagher BBC SessionsRotting Christ Triarchy of The Lost LoversRotting Christ Non ServiamRotting Christ Kata Ton Daimona EaytoyRotting Christ A Dead PoemRotting Christ TheogoniaRush 2112Rush Permanent WavesRush SignalsRush Grace Under PressureRush CounterpartsRush Clockwork AngelsRush All the World's a StageRush Exit...Stage LeftRush Different StagesRush R30: 30th Anniversary TourRush Snakes & Arrows LiveRush Retrospective I: 1974 - 1980Rush Retrospective II: 1981 - 1987Rush GoldRush Retrospective III: 1989 - 2008Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in ClevelandRx Bandits MandalaSabbat History of a Time to ComeSabbat DreamweaverSadus IllusionsSadus Swallowed In BlackSadus A Vision Of MiserySaint Vitus Saint VitusSaint Vitus Hallow's VictimSaint Vitus Born Too LateSamsara Blues Experiment Waiting For The FloodSantana AbraxasSarah McLachlan SurfacingSaxon Wheels of SteelSaxon Strong Arm of the LawSaxon Denim And LeatherScale The Summit The MigrationScorpions In TranceScorpions Virgin KillerScorpions Taken By ForceScorpions Tokyo TapesScorpions LovedriveScorpions BlackoutScorpions Love At First StingSex Pistols Never Mind The BollocksWhatever Nick Butler said.Sigur Ros KveikurSimon and Garfunkel BookendsSimon and Garfunkel Sounds of SilenceSimon and Garfunkel Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and ThymeSlayer Show No MercySlayer Hell AwaitsSlayer South of HeavenSlayer Seasons in the AbyssSleep Sleep's Holy MountainSleep DopesmokerSleepy Sun FeverSmashing Pumpkins GishSmashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite SadnessSodom Persecution ManiaSodom Agent OrangeSoft Machine ThirdSoilwork The Living InfiniteSolomon Burke Don't Give Up On MeSoundgarden BadmotorfingerSpock's Beard XSteve Hackett Spectral MorningsSteve Hackett Beyond the Shrouded HorizonSteven Wilson The Raven That Refused to SingStevie Nicks Bella DonnaStevie Wonder Talking BookSuperstition may be the grooviest song ever recorded, but the rest of Mr. Wonder's work here isn't too shabby either.Stone Temple Pilots Thank YouStone Temple Pilots CoreStrawbs Grave New WorldStrawbs Hero and HeroineSubRosa More Constant Than The GodsSupertramp Breakfast in AmericaSwans The SeerSymphony X V: The New Mythology SuiteSymphony X The OdysseySymphony X Paradise LostTalk Talk The Colour of SpringTalking Heads Remain in LightTemple of the Dog Temple of the DogTestament Practice What You PreachTestament The GatheringTestament The Formation of DamnationTestament Dark Roots of EarthTestament Live in LondonTestament Dark Roots of ThrashThe Alan Parsons Project Eye in the SkyThe Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers BandThe Allman Brothers Band Idlewild SouthThe Allman Brothers Band Eat a PeachThe Allman Brothers Band Brothers and SistersThe Antlers Burst ApartThe Band Music From Big PinkThe Band The BandThe Beach Boys Pet SoundsThe Beach Boys The Smile SessionsThe Beatles The BeatlesThe Beatles Let It BeThe Beatles Magical Mystery TourThe Beatles 1967 – 1970The Black Crowes Shake Your Money MakerThe Black Keys BrothersDynamic is a great word to describe this particular 2010 release. The Black Keys are a dynamic duo, and Brothers is a dynamic album. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney play old blues with a new edge, and do so in a fashion that has both immediate likeability and real staying power. Laying down a perfect groove from the record's very first seconds, the music remains catchy and creative, from the high-register Everlasting Light, the funky attitude on Tighten Up, to terrific slower tracks as The Only One and Never Gonna Give You Up. To some it may slightly outstay its welcome, but ultimately, Brothers counts among the year's most memorable and charismatic moments, coming from a group that will likely continue to do well in the coming years. The Clash Give 'Em Enough RopeThe Cranberries No Need to ArgueThe Cranberries Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?The Cranberries Stars: The Best of 1992–2002The Doors Strange DaysThe Doors Morrison HotelThe Drones I See SeaweedThe Fall of Every Season AmendsThe Gaslight Anthem The 59 SoundThe Gathering SouvenirsThe Gathering Nighttime BirdsThe Gathering MandylionThe Gathering DisclosureThe Groundhogs Thank Christ For The BombThe Groundhogs SplitThe Hold Steady Boys and Girls in AmericaThe Jezabels PrisonerThe Mars Volta De-Loused in the ComatoriumThe Moody Blues On the Threshold of a DreamThe Moody Blues This Is The Moody BluesThe Moody Blues To Our Children's Children's ChildrenThe Moody Blues In Search of the Lost ChordThe National High VioletThe National Trouble Will Find MeThe Ocean PelagialThe Pineapple Thief Someone Here Is MissingThe Rolling Stones Beggars BanquetThe Rolling Stones Let It BleedThe Rolling Stones Sticky FingersThe Rolling Stones Exile on Main St.The Smiths The Queen Is DeadThe Stooges Raw PowerThe Strokes Is This ItThe Sword Warp RidersThe Tallest Man on Earth Shallow GraveThe Tallest Man on Earth There's No Leaving NowThe Veils The Runaway FoundThe Veils Nux VomicaThe War on Drugs Slave AmbientThe Who Who's NextThe Who TommyEver since it was first released, many have hailed Tommy as a masterpiece, especially for its concept and originality; it became a pioneering record for what would become known as the rock opera. The tale of the deaf, dumb and blind boy still has many fans today, and is one that only could have been created in its era. For The Who, the album caused not only a massive surge in fame (which would eventually become too much for them to bear), but also an important development in their music, which moved towards a more album-oriented approach, strongly influencing their to-be classics Who's Next and Quadrophenia. The latter is in many ways its superior, better crafted, musically more diverse and engaging, but Tommy will remain legendary despite its flaws: it can be a bit bare and unexciting in places, yet it contains some of very strong Who tunes: Overture, Amazing Journey, The Acid Queen, I'm Free, and the ever-iconic Pinball Wizard. Considering they were the first to do this kind of thing, The Who actually did a pretty terrific job at it.Thin Lizzy JailbreakTim Hecker VirginsTitus Andronicus The MonitorTom Waits Rain DogsTool LateralusToxik Think ThisTraffic John Barleycorn Must DieType O Negative October RustU.K. U.K.U2 WarU2 The Unforgettable FireU2 Under A Blood Red SkyUlver Wars of the RosesUlver Messe I.X-VI.XUriah Heep Demons and WizardsUriah Heep SalisburyUriah Heep Look At YourselfVan der Graaf Generator Still LifeVan der Graaf Generator H to He, Who Am the Only OneVan Halen 1984Veil Veil Vanish Change in the Neon LightVoivod Warriors of IceVoivod Killing TechnologyVoivod The Outer LimitsVoivod Target EarthDaniel Mongrain proves himself the ideal guitarist for Voivod here, truly capable of replacing Piggy. Even better, his addition seems to have inspired the band with enough fresh ideas to make what is possibly their best record since Nothingface. Target Earth definitely needs a couple of listens before it sinks in, but they're worth it.Volbeat Beyond Hell/Above HeavenWild Beasts SmotherWings Band On The RunWintersun WintersunWitch Mountain Cauldron Of The WildWolf People FainYes Tales from Topographic OceansYes DramaYes Yessongs3.5 great3 Doors Down The Better Life30 Seconds to Mars 30 Seconds to Mars30 Seconds to Mars A Beautiful LieA Perfect Circle Mer de NomsAC/DC PowerageAC/DC The Razor's EdgeAccept Restless And WildAccept StalingradAdele 21Aerosmith AerosmithAgalloch Faustian EchoesAirbag The Greatest Show On EarthAlcest Les Voyages De L AmeAlice Cooper Along Came a SpiderAlice In Chains SapAlice In Chains Alice in ChainsAlice In Chains The Devil Put Dinosaurs HereThough not as easily accessible as its predecessor, Alice in Chains' newest record is a very satisfying continuation of the sound that they established on Black Gives Way to Blue. The slower, relatively sludgy nature of these tracks makes them longer on average, which is only fitting, but the album's total length can be overbearing. It's an issue that could have been avoided, but does not take away any credit from the band's abilities. In fact, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here only strengthens their reputation as a group that never truly disappoints.Alter Bridge FortressAmon Amarth Fate of NornsAmon Amarth Versus the WorldAmon Amarth Surtur RisingAmon Amarth Sorrow Throughout the Nine WorldsAmon Amarth Once Sent from the Golden HallAmon Amarth Deceiver of the GodsIn 2013, Amon Amarth release a consistent, thoroughly enjoyable melodic death metal album, adding to their catalogue of consistent and thoroughly enjoyable melodic death metal albums. It's business as usual.Amorphis EclipseAmorphis ElegyAmorphis CircleAmy Macdonald A Curious ThingAmy Winehouse FrankAmy Winehouse Back to BlackAnacrusis Suffering HourAnathema Weather SystemsAnciients Heart Of OakAngel Witch Angel WitchAnthrax Fistful of MetalAnthrax State of EuphoriaAnthrax Sound of White NoiseAnthrax Worship MusicAnvil Juggernaut Of JusticeAnvil Hard 'n' HeavyAnvil Forged in FireApocalyptica Inquisition SymphonyArcade Fire Neon BibleArctic Monkeys Favourite Worst NightmareArctic Monkeys Suck It and SeeArctic Monkeys AMArgus Beyond The MartyrsArtillery When Death ComesArtillery My BloodAsia AsiaAstra The Black ChordAt The Gates Gardens of GriefAt The Gates The Red in the Sky Is OursAt The Gates With Fear I Kiss the Burning DarknessAt The Gates Terminal Spirit DiseaseAtheist ElementsAtheist JupiterAtoma SkylightAudioslave AudioslaveAudrey Horne YoungbloodAutopsy The Headless RitualAvantasia The ScarecrowAvantasia The Mystery Of TimeBayside Killing TimeBe'lakor Stone's ReachVery solid progressive melodic death metal that has been influenced by many artists from the Scandinavian scene, especially Opeth. Stone's Reach gets on the repetitive side after the first two highlights Venator and From Scythe to Sceptre, but provides a necessary break with the short and acoustic Huks (there's your proof for the Opeth-influences), and closes off on a high note, with the truly worthy epic Countless Skies.Be'lakor Of Breath And BoneBeliever TranshumanBelle and Sebastian TigermilkBeyond the Bridge The Old Man and The SpiritBirds Of Tokyo Birds Of TokyoBlack Country Communion Black CountryBlack Sabbath ReunionBlack Sabbath The Dio YearsBlack Sabbath Live EvilBlack Sabbath Live at Hammersmith OdeonBlack Sabbath 13Although Black Sabbath's long-awaited comeback came out stronger than many had even dared to hope, their first album in nearly two decades is not without faults. In most aspects, 13 is tailored to please fans of the band's earlier, once groundbreaking sound. This intent in itself is hardly a cause for complaint, but the incomparable, dynamic heaviness that made Paranoid and Master of Reality the monumental records that they are is not something that is brought back easily. Bill Ward's absence is naturally disappointing, but Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler have always been Sabbath's musical backbone, and the two of them are still up to the task. Ozzy Osbourne's performance, his first full studio recording with Sabbath since 1978, is fairly decent, as good as can possibly be expected after all this time.
The overall content is very much worth returning to, even if the level of these compositions isn't always entirely up to scratch. A couple of songs tend to overstay their welcome, with too few different ideas between their 7-8 minutes. Ultimately however, 13's most serious flaw is its production. For all his encouragement towards the band to revisit the past, Rick Rubin seems oblivious to the very essence of their music, doing his awful best to sabotage the sound he claims to be reviving. Despite their commendable efforts, Black Sabbath fall as any other victim to the loudness war. It dampens the impact they could have made, unfortunately, but in the end the momentum is great enough to pull them through.Blackfield Blackfield IIBlind Guardian Battalions of FearBlind Guardian Follow the BlindBlind Guardian At the Edge of TimeBlind Guardian Memories of a Time to ComeBlind Melon NicoBlof UmojaBlof HelderBlof WatermakersBlof Alles Blijft AndersBlood Red Shoes Fire Like ThisBlood Red Shoes Box Of SecretsBlood Red Shoes In Time To VoicesBlood Red Throne Blood Red ThroneBlue Oyster Cult Fire of Unknown OriginBlue Oyster Cult Agents Of FortuneBoards of Canada Tomorrow's HarvestBon Iver Blood BankBreaking Benjamin We Are Not AloneBreaking Benjamin PhobiaBruce Springsteen The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street ShuffleBruce Springsteen Wrecking BallBudgie If I Were Brittania I'd Waive the RulesCaleb McAlpine Science FictionCamel Harbour of TearsCamel Dust and DreamsCamel Rain DancesCamel Stationary TravellerCamel NudeCamel A Nod and A WinkCandlemass Psalms For The DeadCandlemass Ancient DreamsCandlemass Tales Of CreationCaravan CaravanCaravan Waterloo LilyCaravan For Girls Who Grow Plump in the NightCathedral The Last SpireChildren of Bodom Follow the ReaperChildren of Bodom Halo of BloodChristian Mistress PossessionCircus Maximus NineClutch The Elephant RidersClutch Pure Rock FuryClutch From Beale Street to OblivionClutch Strange Cousins From The WestCold War Kids Mine is YoursColdplay ParachutesColdplay X & YColdplay Prospekt's MarchColdplay Mylo XylotoColour Haze She SaidCounting Crows Saturday Nights and Sunday MorningsCounting Crows Recovering The SatellitesCream Fresh CreamCreedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater RevivalCrippled Black Phoenix (Mankind) The Crafty ApeCrowbar Sever The Wicked HandCurved Air Air CutDanko Jones Below The BeltDanko Jones Rock and Roll Is Black and BlueDark Tranquillity The Mind's IDark Tranquillity Of Chaos and Eternal NightDark Tranquillity SkydancerDark Tranquillity Lost to ApathyDark Tranquillity Zero DistanceDark Tranquillity HavenDark Tranquillity ConstructDarkthrone Soulside JourneyDave Matthews Band The Central Park ConcertDavid Bowie HeroesDawnbringer Into the Lair of the Sun GodDays Of The New Days of the NewDead Letter Circus Next In LineDead Letter Circus This Is The WarningDeath Scream Bloody GoreSince Scream Bloody Gore, Death has grown immensely. Their first album was seminal to the creation of the death metal genre, but considering what they have done since, it looks a bit pale in comparison. A consistently savage, heavily distorted guitar assault combined with Schuldiner's (also underdeveloped) menacing screams makes up for a lack of variation, as many of the riffs end up sounding the same, and the drumming patterns don't seem to change whatsoever. It was luckily only the beginning of better things to come, but gets bonus points for influence.
Best cut: Zombie RitualDeep Purple StormbringerDeep Purple Deep PurpleDeep Purple PurpendicularDeep Purple Now What?!Def Leppard PyromaniaDeftones Koi No YokanDepeche Mode UltraDepeche Mode Some Great RewardDepeche Mode Sounds Of The UniverseDepeche Mode Delta MachineDestroyer KaputtdEUS Following SeaDevilDriver BeastDinosaur Jr. I Bet on SkyDio Sacred HeartDisillusion Back To Times Of SplendorDown Down III: Over The UnderDown Down II: A Bustle In Your HedgerowDragonForce Sonic FirestormDream Theater A Change of SeasonsDream Theater Train of ThoughtDream Theater OctavariumDream Theater A Dramatic Turn of EventsDream Theater Live at the MarqueeDream Theater Once in a LIVEtimeDream Theater Live at Luna Parkdredg El Cielodredg Catch Without ArmsDropkick Murphys Do or DieDropkick Murphys The Gang's All HereDropkick Murphys The Meanest of TimesDropkick Murphys Going Out In StyleDrudkh Eternal Turn of the WheelDuff McKagan's Loaded The TakingEddie Vedder Into The Wild [Music For The Motion Picture]Vedder's work on a film soundtrack turns out to be a great start for his solo career, and proves to be a very relaxing listen. Ditching Pearl Jam's louder, rougher edges and rather opting for a folky approach that suits him just as well, Vedder created an album with more intimacy than could be realized with his work with the band. The advise is indeed simple: lay down and relax, and let Vedder's excellent voice and acoustic guitar take you away.Edge of Sanity UnorthodoxEdge of Sanity Until Eternity EndsEditors The Back RoomEditors An End Has A StartElbow Build A Rocket Boys!Elbow The Seldom Seen KidElectric Light Orchestra Face the MusicEloy InsideEloy Power and the PassionEloy PlanetsEloy Time to TurnEloy Ocean 2 - The AnswerEloy VisionaryEluveitie SlaniaEluvium SimilesEmerson, Lake and Palmer TarkusTarkus ends up in the same pitfall Rush's 2112 would 5 years later: while the 20-minute epic title track is everything a progressive fan could wish for, the record's second half is considerably less interesting. Despite some good moments in Bitches Crystal, Infinite Space and A Time and A Place, the annoying Jeremy Bender and Are You Ready Eddy? feel very much out of place, making Tarkus uneven and not a pleasurable listen as a whole. It really is the title track that puts this up so high.Emerson, Lake and Palmer TrilogyEmerson, Lake and Palmer Pictures at an ExhibitionEmerson, Lake and Palmer Welcome Back To The Show That Never EndsEnforcer Death By FireEnshine OriginEnsiferum IronEnsiferum From AfarOnce again, everyone's favourite folk/viking metal act Ensiferum release a solid slab of heroic tunes that will surely please fans of their other work. While indeed slightly more bombastic than we are used to, From Afar adds nothing really new to the table, but then again, who cares? Equilibrium Turis FratyrEurythmics Ultimate CollectionEverclear So Much For The AfterglowExodus Shovel Headed Kill MachineExodus Exhibit B: The Human ConditionExplosions in the Sky The RescueExplosions in the Sky All of a Sudden, I Miss EveryoneFates Warning Inside OutFates Warning FWXFates Warning Night on BrockenFifth Reason PsychoticFleetwood Mac Tango In The NightFleetwood Mac Peter Green's Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac Future GamesFleetwood Mac Bare TreesFlotsam and Jetsam The ColdFoals AntidotesFoals Holy FireFocus At the RainbowFocus Focus Plays FocusFocus Ship of MemoriesFoo Fighters Foo FightersFoo Fighters There Is Nothing Left to LoseFoo Fighters In Your HonorFranz Ferdinand You Could Have It So Much BetterGamma Ray Somewhere Out in SpaceGary Moore Blues for JimiGazpacho March of GhostsGenesis TrespassGenesis Archive #2 (1976-1992)Genesis Wind & WutheringGenesis Three Sides LiveGenesis Turn It On Again: The HitsGentle Giant Three FriendsGentle Giant The Power And The GloryGeorge Harrison Let It Roll: Songs by George HarrisonLet It Roll is the first George Harrison compilation that spans his entire post-Beatles career, and it's surprising it took this long to be released, especially considering his unfortunate death nearly ten years ago. The fact that his three biggest songs with the Fab Four are all live takes from his famous Concert for Bangladesh is very welcoming to this being a true solo overview, despite that they might be not as crisp as their studio originals, and with the great songs that George has created in his lifetime, this has potential to be a superb compilation. It's a pity (no pun intended) that the balance is a little off: the non-chronological order can be a mess, the album opening with his 80's smash Got My Mind Set On You, in order to jump around between what is mostly a selection from his major achievement All Things Must Pass, his comeback Cloud Nine, and his last record Brainwashed. It leaves little room for his work between 1970 and 1987 to breathe, which is a shame because it doesn't exactly make this a career overview. Complaints aside, George's music was, is, and will remain immortal. For longtime fans it won't make much of a difference, but for those who've never really looked into the man's solo career, Songs By George Harrison is an adequate introduction.George Harrison Living In The Material WorldGhost B.C. Opus EponymousGhost B.C. InfestissumamGod Is An Astronaut The End of the BeginningGod Is An Astronaut A Moment of StillnessGodsticks The Envisage ConundrumGojira L'Enfant SauvageGotye Making MirrorsGozu The Fury Of A Patient ManGreen Day American IdiotGreenleaf Nest of VipersGuns N' Roses G N' R LiesGuns N' Roses Live Era '87-'93Guns N' Roses Greatest HitsHaken The MountainHarmonium HarmoniumHawkwind HawkwindHeart Dreamboat AnnieHelloween Gambling With The DevilHelloween made a strong move for themselves with their latest record, combining the classic power metal sound that they pioneered with a strong dose of Painkiller. The result, Gambling with the Devil, is as good as it gets for the somewhat aged band, and contains some classic material in the form of Kill It and The Bells of the 7 Hells, next to some good old cheese.Helloween 7 SinnersHelloween Straight Out of HellHelloween Better Than RawHelloween High LiveHelloween The Time of the OathHelloween Live in the U.K.Helloween Keeper of the Seven Keys: The LegacyHelloween Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legacy World TourHigh on Fire Snakes For The DivineHugh Laurie Let Them TalkHurt Vol. IIHypocrisy End of DisclosureIan Anderson Thick as a Brick 2Iced Earth Iced EarthIced Earth The Glorious BurdenIced Earth DystopiaImmolation Kingdom of ConspiracyIn Flames Lunar StrainIn Flames Reroute to RemainIn Flames Come ClarityIn Flames Black-Ash InheritanceIn Flames SubterraneanIn Mourning The Weight of OceansIn Vain AEnigmaIncubus A Crow Left of the Murder...Interpol Turn on the Bright LightsInterpol AnticsInterpol Our Love to AdmireIntronaut Habitual LevitationsIron & Wine Kiss Each Other CleanIron Maiden Dance of DeathIron Maiden Edward The GreatIron Maiden Death on the RoadIron Maiden Live at DoningtonIron Maiden The Soundhouse TapesIron Maiden Maiden JapanIron Maiden The Final FrontierThe Final Frontier is the first Iron Maiden album in four years, so expectations were bound to be high. Although it is thoroughly enjoyable, it is also very predictable. The band continue the brand of epic heavy metal they've been practicing and developing since Brave New World, and since we've been treated with three full albums of that kind, surprise is never in the picture. Maiden have obviously slipped into a comfort zone by now, and while the material may be pretty similar to their latest albums, it doesn't feel lazy. Harris and the boys are still inspired to write great songs, even if the absence of real classics is a dissapointment. The Final Frontier is Maiden by the book, but that isn't such a bad thing: the book is still a great read.Iron Maiden The Essential Iron MaidenIron Maiden Flight 666: The Original SoundtrackIron Maiden From Fear To EternityIron Maiden En Vivo!Iron Maiden Best of the B'SidesIron Maiden The First Ten YearsJack White BlunderbussJeff Beck Blow by BlowJeff Buckley Live at Sin-éJeff Buckley Sketches For My Sweetheart The DrunkJeff Loomis Plains of OblivionJethro Tull The Broadsword And The BeastJethro Tull BenefitJethro Tull Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To Die!Jethro Tull StormwatchJethro Tull Roots To BranchesJimi Hendrix Valleys of NeptuneEven in death, Jimi Hendrix is so very alive.Jimi Hendrix People, Hell, and AngelsJoe Satriani Surfing With The AlienJohn Frusciante To Record Only Water for Ten DaysJohn Frusciante Inside of EmptinessJohn Lennon ImagineJohnny Cash At Folsom PrisonJoy Division Unknown PleasuresJoy Division CloserJudas Priest Killing MachineJudas Priest Angel of RetributionJudas Priest Priest...Live!Kaiser Chiefs EmploymentKalmah Seventh SwamphonyKamelot Ghost OperaKamelot SilverthornKamelot The Fourth LegacyKamelot The ExpeditionKansas LeftovertureKarnivool ThemataKatalepsy AutopsychosisKatatonia Night Is the New DayDespite claims of progression, Katotonia haven't changed their sound all that much since Viva Emptiness. Still, that doesn't mean Night is the New Day is a dissapointment. In fact, it is great.Katatonia Dead End KingsKate Bush 50 Words for SnowKate Bush LionheartKate Bush Never for EverKate Bush The Sensual WorldKeane Hopes & FearsKing Crimson THRAKKing Crimson Three of a Perfect PairKing Crimson BeatKing Crimson The Power to BelieveKing Crimson Happy With What You Have To Be Happy WithKing Crimson Ladies of the RoadKing Crimson B'BOOMKing Crimson Heavy ConstruKctionKing Crimson Level FiveKing Crimson EleKtriKKing Diamond Fatal PortraitKing Diamond The EyeKings of Leon Because Of The TimesKings of Leon Come Around SundownKreator Phantom AntichristKreator Endless PainKreator Violent RevolutionKreator Enemy of GodKreator Hordes Of ChaosKyuss WretchLandberk One Man Tells AnotherLaura Marling A Creature I Don't KnowLaura Marling Once I Was an EagleLed Zeppelin PresenceLeprous CoalLinkin Park Hybrid TheoryLiquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension ExperimentLiquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment 2Live Secret SamadhiLive Awake: Best OfLou Reed TransformerMachine Head Unto the LocustMahavishnu Orchestra Visions Of The Emerald BeyondManchester Orchestra I'm Like a Virgin Losing a ChildManowar Into Glory RideManowar Hail to EnglandManowar Sign of the HammerManowar Kings of MetalMarillion The Thieving MagpieMarillion Seasons EndMarillion BraveMarillion Afraid of SunlightMark Lanegan Blues FuneralMaroon 5 Songs About JaneMassive Attack MezzanineMastodon The HunterMegadeth Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!Megadeth So Far, So Good... So What!Megadeth Cryptic WritingsMegadeth The System Has FailedMercyful Fate The BeginningMercyful Fate Return of the VampireMercyful Fate In the ShadowsMercyful Fate The Bell WitchMercyful Fate TimeMeshuggah obZenMetallica Wherever I May RoamMetallica OneMetallica The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-RevisitedMetallica Creeping Death/Jump In The FireMetallica S&MMetallica Orgullo, Pasion, Y GloriaMetallica No Life 'Til LeatherMetallica Garage Inc.Metallica Turn the PageMetallica Whiskey in the JarMetallica All Nightmare LongMetallica Six Feet Down Under Part IIMetallica Live At Grimey'sMetallica Cunning StuntsMetallica Francais Pour Une NuitMiles Davis Birth Of The CoolMinus the Bear OmniModest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even SankMogwai Hardcore Will Never Die, But You WillMoonsorrow Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden MaassaMorbid Angel Entangled in ChaosMorbid Angel DominationMorbid Angel Gateways to AnnihilationMorbid Angel Formulas Fatal to the FleshMother Love Bone ShineMotorhead The World Is YoursOnce again, it becomes all too obvious that Lemmy can simply do no wrong.Motorhead MotörheadMotorhead OrgasmatronMotorhead Rock 'N' RollMotorhead 1916Motorhead BastardsMotorhead Overnight SensationMotorhead We Are MotorheadMotorhead InfernoMotorhead Kiss of DeathMotorhead MotorizerMotorhead AftershockMuse ShowbizMuse Black Holes and RevelationsMy Bloody Valentine Isn't AnythingMy Bloody Valentine m b vNeil Young Everybody Knows This Is NowhereNeil Young Psychedelic PillNektar Sounds Like ThisNektar Down to EarthNektar RecycledNektar EvolutionNeurosis Honor Found in DecayNick Drake Bryter LayterNirvana BleachNirvana IncesticideNonpoint MiracleO'Brother DisillusionOak Pantheon From a WhisperOasis Dig Out Your SoulOceansize Self Preserved While The Bodies Float UpOctober Tide Tunnel of No LightOm Advaitic SongsOmnium Gatherum BeyondOpeth DeliveranceOpeth Ghost ReveriesOpeth Heritage...and the sputnik masses disagree whether or not Heritage needs moar Opeth.Our Lady Peace Burn BurnOur Lady Peace Spiritual MachinesOverkill IronboundOverkill The Electric AgeOverkill From the Underground and BelowOzzy Osbourne Blizzard Of OzzOzzy is lucky to have had such a solid backing band, or he would have never pulled off his solo work, and especially his 'classic' debut Blizzard of Ozz. The Prince of Darkness' first album surely features some catchy tunes like I Don't Know, the ever-popular Crazy Train, Mr. Crowley and Steal Away the Night, but Osbourne lacks in his vocal prowess. Cuts like No Bone Movies only work because of the great instrumentation (especially the guitar, of course) that makes us partly forget the undeniably bland vocals. Next to that we get a purposeless and unsatisfying instrumental named Dee, which doesn't exactly showcase Roads' talent nearly as well as the other material does. The vocals are, in the end, more of an acquired taste, and the band balances them out for the best, resulting in nothing more than a very decent metal album.Pantera Far Beyond DrivenPantera The Great Southern TrendkillParadise Lost Tragic IdolPaul Simon So Beautiful or So WhatPearl Jam Riot ActPearl Jam Pearl JamPearl Jam BackspacerEleven great tracks. Nothing more, nothing less. Pearl Jam is back with its greatest release since Yield.Pearl Jam MerkinballPearl Jam Live On Ten LegsPearl Jam Live On Two LegsPearl Jam Pearl Jam Twenty SoundtrackPearl Jam Lightning BoltPeter Gabriel ScratchPhil Collins ...But SeriouslyPink Floyd A Saucerful of SecretsPink Floyd Atom Heart MotherPink Floyd The Final CutPink Floyd The Division BellPink Floyd Obscured by CloudsPink Floyd London '66–'67Pink Floyd RelicsPink Floyd The Early SinglesPink Floyd Delicate Sound of ThunderPJ Harvey Let England ShakePorcupine Tree Voyage 34: The Complete TripPorcupine Tree Nil RecurringPorcupine Tree The IncidentThe Incident more or less continues where Fear of a Blank Planet left off, but lacks the coherence of previous Porcupine Tree albums. It's a little ironic, given the fact that it is the band's first proper attempt at a concept. The music itself is of the high quality we have come to expect from Steven Wilson and consorts, but without an element that really binds it together, the record leaves something to be desired in the end.Porcupine Tree FutilePorcupine Tree Staircase InfinitiesPorcupine Tree MoonloopPremiata Forneria Marconi Photos of GhostsProcol Harum Procol HarumQueen Queen IIQueen QueenQueen News of the WorldQueen JazzQueen InnuendoQueens of the Stone Age Lullabies to ParalyzeQueensryche Promised LandQueensryche QueensrycheQueensryche The WarningR.E.M. Out Of TimeR.E.M. Lifes Rich PageantR.E.M. Fables of the ReconstructionR.E.M. AccelerateR.E.M. Collapse Into NowR.E.M. Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth...Radiohead Pablo HoneyRadiohead Hail to the ThiefRadiohead In RainbowsRadiohead My Iron LungMy Iron Lung shows transition between Pablo Honey and The Bends, created in the days of Radiohead's more rockish era. Aside from the title track, which would later appear on The Bends, this has some seriously fantastic b-sides on it, most notably The Trickster. The acoustic Creep is one of the album's most interesting, although not entirely succesful moments, having Yorke providing more personal vocals at the cost of powerful instrumentation. Never got into anything post-OK Computer? Check this out.Radiohead The King of LimbsOnce the hype dies down we'll all realize the new Radiohead record wasn't up to their previous levels of innovation and surprise. Still pretty neat though.Rage Against the Machine Evil EmpireRainbow Ritchie Blackmore's RainbowUnfortunately Rainbow's first record suffers from an untalented input. Sure, Ritchie Blackmore is a fantastic guitar player, and also Dio is well known for his voice. The members that were with Rainbow on this first release though, the members from Elf (Dio's previous band), do nothing really interesting musically. The record is also very bluesy compared to later Rainbow (also caused by the presence of the Elf members). Still, after all, Rainbow's first 3 albums are Ritchie's and Dio's show, and those two also make this one a decent output. With the addition of Toney Carey, Cozey Powell and Jimmy Bain, they greatly topped it with Rising. Highlights here are Man on the Silver Mountain and Catch the Rainbow.Rainbow Down To EarthRammstein MutterRazor Malicious IntentRed Hot Chili Peppers One Hot MinuteRed Hot Chili Peppers Stadium ArcadiumRed Hot Chili Peppers Greatest HitsRed Hot Chili Peppers' Greatest Hits is an ideal package for newcomers to the band, and is obviously aimed at the mainstream audience. It doesn't span their early, pre-Mother's Milk-era, it contains only the more popular and accessible material from Blood Sugar Sex Magik, and most songs are from their, in the big audience's eye magnum opus Californication. It's exactly what can be expected of a compilation album created after By The Way, and remains a just about perfect overview of the band's more commercial work.Red Hot Chili Peppers The Uplift Mofo Party PlanRegina Spektor What We Saw from the Cheap SeatsRhapsody of Fire From Chaos to EternityRhapsody of Fire The Frozen Tears of AngelsRick Wakeman The Six Wives of Henry VIIIRingo Starr Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo StarrRise Against EndgameRiverside Rapid Eye MovementRiverside Anno Domini High DefinitionRiverside Shrine Of New Generation SlavesRobert Plant & Alison Krauss Raising SandRory Gallagher Stage StruckRory Gallagher BlueprintRory Gallagher Against The GrainRory Gallagher JinxRory Gallagher Live At MontreuxRose Tattoo Rose TattooIt's Australian blues/hard rock from the late 70's, and it sounds very much like AC/DC. Gotta love it or hate it.Rotting Christ Thy Mighty ContractRotting Christ KhronosRotting Christ GenesisRotting Christ Sanctus DiavolosRotting Christ AealoRush RushRush Fly by NightRush Power WindowsRush Hold Your FireRush Roll the BonesRush Snakes & ArrowsRush A Show of HandsRush FeedbackRush The Spirit of Radio: Greatest HitsS. Carey All We GrowSahg Delusions of GrandeurSaint Vitus Mournful CriesSamson Shock TacticsSantana SantanaSarah Fimm Near Infinite PossibilitySarah McLachlan Fumbling Towards EcstasySatan Life SentenceSavages Silence YourselfSaxon SaxonSaxon Into the LabyrinthScale The Summit The CollectiveScorpions Fly To The RainbowScorpions Animal MagnetismShearwater The Golden ArchipelagoSimon and Garfunkel Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.Slayer Haunting the ChapelSlayer Christ IllusionSleepingdog With Our Heads in the Clouds...Sleepy Sun Spine HitsSnow Patrol Eyes OpenSocial Distortion Hard Times and Nursery RhymesSodom Obsessed by CrueltySoen CognitiveSolomon Burke Hold on TightSonata Arctica SilenceSonata Arctica Winterheart's GuildSonata Arctica Reckoning NightSpock's Beard VSpock's Beard Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless SleepSquackett A Life Within A DaySteven Wilson Grace for DrowningSteven Wilson InsurgentesStevie Wonder Music of My MindStevie Wonder Fulfillingness' First FinaleStone Temple Pilots PurpleStrawbs From the WitchwoodSuffocation Pinnacle of BedlamSummoning Old Mornings DawnSwans My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The SkySymphony X Twilight in OlympusSymphony X The Damnation GameSymphony X IconoclastSymphony X Live on the Edge of ForeverSymphony X Prelude to the MilleniumTalk Talk It's My lifeTears For Fears Songs From The Big ChairTen Years After A Space in TimeTestament First Strike Still DeadlyTestament Souls of BlackTestament The RitualTestament LowTestament Live at EindhovenTestament Live at the FillmoreTestament Live at Eindhoven '87The Alan Parsons Project Tales of Mystery and Imagination The Answer RiseThe Beatles Help!The Beatles A Hard Day's NightThe Beatles Hey JudeThe Beatles 1962 - 1966The Beatles Past Masters, Vol. 2The Beatles 1The Beatles Let It Be… Naked The Black Keys ThickfreaknessThe Black Keys Rubber FactoryThe Black Keys Attack & ReleaseThe Black Keys El CaminoThe Boxer Rebellion The Cold StillThe Bravery The Sun and the MoonThe Civil Wars Barton HollowThe Cranberries To the Faithful DepartedThe Dead Weather Sea of CowardsThe Decemberists The Crane WifeThe Decemberists The Hazards Of LoveThe Decemberists The King Is DeadThe Dillinger Escape Plan One of Us Is the KillerThe Doors L.A. WomanThe Flaming Lips The TerrorThe Flower Kings Banks of EdenThe Fratellis Costello MusicThe Gaslight Anthem Sink or SwimThe Gaslight Anthem American SlangYou can't help but feel American Slang is a slight dissapointment after the excellent The '59 Sound, but perhaps this record is just a logical progression for The Gaslight Anthem, who have crafted 10 fine songs headlined by Brian Fallon's usual charm, be they without the same sense of intensity the band has become known for. By no means, that is an entirely bad thing; American Slang succesfully shows another side to the band's sound, while maintaining the standard they have set with their two previous efforts.The Gathering The West PoleThe Gathering HomeThe Gathering if_then_elseThe Good, The Bad & The Queen The Good, The Bad & The QueenThe Guess Who American WomanThe Hives Veni Vidi ViciousThe Hives Your New Favourite BandThe Hives Tyrannosaurus HivesThe Hives Black And White AlbumThe Horrible Crowes ElsieThe Killers Hot FussThe Killers Sam's TownThe Last Shadow Puppets The Age Of The UnderstatementThe Marshall Tucker Band The Marshall Tucker BandThe Moody Blues Every Good Boy Deserves FavourThe Moody Blues A Question of BalanceThe Moody Blues Seventh SojournThe Pineapple Thief All The WarsThe Rolling Stones Out Of Our HeadsThe Rolling Stones AftermathThe Rolling Stones Goats Head SoupThe Rolling Stones Some GirlsThe Rolling Stones Tattoo YouThe Strokes AnglesThe Sword ApocryphonThe Veils Time Stays, We GoThe Verve A Storm in HeavenThe Who My GenerationThe Who The Who Sell OutThe Who The Who By NumbersThird Eye Blind BlueThursday No DevolucionTom Waits Bad As MeTool UndertowTool OpiateTool 10,000 DaysToxik World CircusTraffic The Low Spark of High Heeled BoysTriumvirat Illusions On A Double DimpleU2 BoyU2 All That You Can't Leave BehindU2 How to Dismantle an Atomic BombUlcerate The Destroyers of AllUlcerate VermisUnexpect Fables of the Sleepless EmpireUriah Heep Very 'eavy... Very 'umbleUriah Heep The Magician's BirthdayUriah Heep Sweet FreedomVan der Graaf Generator World RecordVan der Graaf Generator The Least We Can Do Is Wave to...Van Halen A Different Kind of TruthVan Halen Van Halen IIVan Halen 5150Vista Chino PeaceVoivod KatorzVoivod War and PainVoivod RrroooaaarrrVoivod Angel RatVoivod PhobosVoivod InfiniVolbeat The Strength/The Sound/The SongsVolbeat Rock The Rebel/Metal The DevilVolbeat Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac BloodWarlord The Holy EmpireWarpaint The FoolWithin Temptation EnterWithin Temptation The Silent ForceWithin Temptation The UnforgivingWitxes A Fabric of BeliefsWo Fat The Black CodeWolfheart WinterbornWU LYF Go Tell Fire to the MountainX Japan Art of LifeYellowcard When You're Through Thinking, Say YesYes YesYes Going for the OneYes 90125Yes Keys to Ascension 2Yes Keys to AscensionYes YesshowsYo La Tengo FadeYOB AtmaYuck YuckZZ Top Eliminator3.0 good3 Doors Down Away From The SunA Perfect Circle Thirteenth StepAC/DC Dirty Deeds Done Dirt CheapAC/DC Who Made WhoAC/DC BallbreakerAC/DC Stiff Upper LipAC/DC '74 JailbreakAccept Blood Of The NationsAdele 19Agalloch Marrow Of The SpiritAlice In Chains We Die YoungAlter Bridge AB IIIAmon Amarth The CrusherAmon Amarth The AvengerAmorphis The Karelian IsthmusAmorphis TuonelaAmorphis Far from the SunAmorphis The Beginning of TimesAmy Macdonald Life In A Beautiful LightAnthrax We've Come for You AllAnvil Hope in HellApocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four CellosArctic Monkeys HumbugArctic Monkeys Five Minutes With Arctic MonkeysArctic Monkeys Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?Armistice ArmisticeArtillery B.A.C.K.Artillery LegionsLegions is solid, but simply does not manage to stand up to Artillery's other work.Barren Earth The Devil's ResolveBe'lakor The Frail TideA solid basis that served for their more refined, and therefore slightly better effort Stone's Reach, Be'Lakor's The Frail Tide is still raw in terms of writing, but already shows great promise for the Australian band, which incorporates progressive and aspects in their own brand of melodic death metal.Beady Eye Different Gear, Still SpeedingBilly Joel Piano ManBlack Sabbath DehumanizerBlack Sabbath Technical EcstasyBlack Sabbath Never Say Die!Black Sabbath The Eternal IdolBlack Sabbath Cross PurposesBlackfield Welcome To My DNABlind Faith Blind FaithBlind Guardian A Twist in the MythBlind Guardian The Forgotten TalesBlof OktoberBlof Naakt Onder de HemelBlof AprilBon Iver Bon Iver, Bon IverBrandon Boyd The Wild TrapezeBreaking Benjamin SaturateBreaking Benjamin So ColdBright Eyes The People's KeyBudgie Power SupplyBudgie ImpeckableBudgie You're All Living in CuckoolandButcher Jones No Gods West EpCamel BreathlessCamel I Can See Your House From HereCandlebox CandleboxNow wait, these guys aren't grunge. The common misconception that any alt rock created in Seattle in the 90's falls under the terms proves to be very true here, as Candlebox misses out on what defines a grunge album. I hear traditional bluesy guitar leads derived from 70's classic rock, and while the vocalist has the right voice for it, he sounds just a little too optimistic. Nevertheless, this is still a pretty decent rock record. Nothing more, nothing less.Clutch Transnational Speedway LeagueClutch Jam RoomCounting Crows This Desert LifeCounting Crows Hard CandyCream GoodbyeCreed My Own PrisonCrossfade We All BleedDark Tranquillity Enter Suicidal AngelsDark Tranquillity We Are The VoidDavid Bowie LodgerDavid Gilmour On An IslandDeep Purple The Book of TaliesynDeep Purple Shades of Deep PurpleDeep Purple BananasDeep Purple Rapture of the DeepDepeche Mode ExciterDio Lock up the WolvesDisturbed The SicknessDisturbed BelieveDisturbed IndestructibleDolores O'Riordan Are You Listening?DragonForce Valley of the DamnedDream Theater When Dream and Day UniteDream Theater Falling into InfinityDream Theater Greatest HitDream Theater Chaos in MotionDream Theater Dream TheaterEddie Vedder Ukulele SongsEdge of Sanity Nothing But Death RemainsEdge of Sanity InfernalElf ElfEloy ColoursEloy EloyEloy The Tides Return ForeverEluveitie HelvetiosEmery We Do What We WantEnsiferum DragonheadsEric Clapton ClaptonEternal Tears of Sorrow Saivon LapsiExodus Pleasures of the FleshExodus Force of HabitExodus The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit AExodus Let There Be BloodExplosions in the Sky Take Care, Take Care, Take CareFaith No More Live At The Brixton AcademyFaithless ReverenceFiction Plane Left Side of the BrainFleetwood Mac Kiln HouseFleetwood Mac Mystery To MeFleetwood Mac Say You WillFlogging Molly Speed of DarknessFocus Mother FocusFoo Fighters One by OneFoo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & GraceFranz Ferdinand Tonight: Franz FerdinandFranz Ferdinand Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right ActionFuneral Party The Golden Age Of KnowhereGamma Ray Heading For TomorrowGamma Ray Sigh No MoreGamma Ray Power PlantGamma Ray No World OrderGenesis We Can't DanceGenesis ...And Then There Were Three...Genesis GenesisGenesis The Way We Walk, Volume 2: The LongsGenesis The Way We Walk, Volume 1: The ShortsGenesis Spot the PigeonGenesis Live Over Europe 2007George Michael FaithGod Is An Astronaut God Is an AstronautGrand Magus The HuntGuns N' Roses Live Like a SuicideHeaven and Hell The Devil You KnowHelloween Master of the RingsHelloween Rabbit Don't Come EasyIn Flames Soundtrack to Your EscapeIn Flames A Sense of PurposeIn Flames Sounds of a Playground FadingIncubus Fungus AmongusIron Maiden Fear of the DarkIron Maiden No More LiesIron Maiden Live!! + OneIron Maiden Ed HunterIron Maiden A Real Live Dead OneJethro Tull AJethro Tull This WasJoss Stone LP1Judas Priest Rocka RollaJudas Priest A Touch Of Evil LiveKamelot Poetry for the PoisonedKamelot Live From WackenKamelot Ghost Opera: The Second ComingKamelot Myths & Legends of KamelotKamelot EternityKamelot DominionKamelot Siege PerilousKarnivool AsymmetryKate Bush The Red ShoesKeane Under The Iron SeaKeane StrangelandKing Crimson IslandsKing Crimson VROOOMKings of Leon Mechanical BullKreator RenewalLamb of God ResolutionLead Hands DecoderLed Zeppelin CodaLed Zeppelin In Through The Out DoorLinkin Park MeteoraLive The Distance To HereLove Axe PhenomenomenonsMahavishnu Orchestra ApocalypseManowar Fighting the WorldMarillion Holidays in EdenMaroon 5 It Won't Be Soon Before LongMatthew Good Lights of Endangered SpeciesMaximo Park A Certain TriggerMegadeth Th1rt3enMegadeth United AbominationsMelvins HoudiniMercyful Fate Into the UnknownMercyful Fate 9Meshuggah Contradictions CollapseMetallica Death MagneticMetallica Through the NeverMetallica The Unforgiven IIMetallica FuelMetallica Quebec MagneticMetallica Broken, Beat & ScarredMotorhead On ParoleMotorhead March Or DieMotorhead SacrificeMotorhead Snake Bite LoveMotorhead HammeredMouth of the Architect DawningMumford and Sons Sigh No MoreNe Obliviscaris Portal of INektar Man in the MoonNektar Time MachineNewsted MetalNewsted Heavy Metal MusicOasis Standing On The Shoulder Of GiantsOasis Don't Believe The TruthOur Lady Peace Healthy In Paranoid TimesOverkill I Hear BlackOverkill W.F.OOverkill The Killing KindOverkill NecroshineOverkill BloodlettingOverkill Killbox 13Overkill Relix IVOverkill ImmortalisOzzy Osbourne Diary Of A MadmanOsbourne's follow-up to his famous Blizzard of Ozz, the second and last record to be recorded with his original and arguably strongest backing formation, before guitarist's Rhandy Roads young death broke it apart, is yet another solid, although slightly less memorable moment in The Prince of Darkness' career. Diary of a Madman has, like its predecessor, its fair share of memorable tunes, especially in Over the Mountain, Flying High Again and the dark, somewhat epic closing title track. Fans of classic 80's metal will be enjoyed, but not amazed.Pantera Power MetalPantera Reinventing the SteelPatti Smith Radio EthiopiaPearl Jam BinauralPeter Gabriel Peter Gabriel (Car)Phil Collins Hello, I Must Be Going!Phil Collins Face ValueIn the Air Tonight may be nothing less than a classic, but the remainder of Collins' solo debut Face Value definitely was a letdown. While some of the songs on the first half are quite enjoyable (Behind the Lines, Droned), the album dwindles, even closing with a rather awkward cover of The Beatles' Tomorrow Never Knows. While Collins' had fantastic potential to make wonderful pop songs, he only shows it on one of them here, and that doesn't make the affair all too interesting.Pink Floyd UmmagummaPink Floyd MorePink Floyd The Best of the Pink FloydPink Floyd EchoesPorcupine Tree On the Sunday of LifePorcupine Tree Yellow Hedgerow DreamscapePorcupine Tree InsignificancePorcupine Tree MetanoiaPrince Purple RainQueen Made in HeavenQueen Sheer Heart AttackQueen The GameQueens of the Stone Age Era VulgarisQueensryche American SoldierR.E.M. RevealR.E.M. GreenR.E.M. MonsterRadiohead AmnesiacRage Against the Machine Live at the Grand Olympic AuditoriumRainbow On StageRainbow Stranger in Us AllRazor Custom KillingRed Until We Have FacesRed Hot Chili Peppers Freaky StyleyRed Hot Chili Peppers I'm With YouRevocation RevocationRhapsody of Fire Dawn of VictoryRhapsody of Fire Power of the DragonflameRhapsody of Fire Rain of a Thousand FlamesRhapsody of Fire Symphony of Enchanted Lands IIRhapsody of Fire The Cold Embrace of FearRise To Remain Bridges Will BurnRishloo FeathergunRory Gallagher DefenderRory Gallagher Fresh EvidenceRotting Christ Sleep of the AngelsRush Caress of SteelRush PrestoRush Test for EchoRush Vapor TrailsSaint Vitus VSamson Head OnSaxon Call to ArmsSaxon SacrificeScorpions Lonesome CrowScorpions Savage AmusementScorpions Crazy WorldScott Lavender The Piano Tribute to Iron MaidenSilversun Pickups SwoonSlayer Divine InterventionSlayer World Painted BloodSmashing Pumpkins AdoreSnow Patrol Final StrawSodom Epitome of TortureSonata Arctica EclipticaSonata Arctica UniaSoundgarden Louder Than LoveSoundgarden Down on the UpsideSoundgarden TelephantasmSoundgarden King AnimalStevie Nicks In Your DreamsStorm Corrosion Storm CorrosionStrawbs Bursting at the SeamsStyx The Grand IllusionSymphony X Symphony XSymphony X Dance MacabreTalk Talk Spirit of EdenTesseracT Altered StateTestament DemonicTestament Return to the Apocalyptic CityThe Beatles Please Please MeThe Beatles Beatles for SaleThe Beatles With The BeatlesThe Beatles Past Masters, Vol. 1The Black Keys The Big Come UpThe Black Keys Magic PotionThe Bravery The BraveryThe Clash Combat RockThe Cranberries Wake Up and Smell the CoffeeThe Cranberries RosesThe Damned Things IroniclastThe Flower Kings Desolation RoseThe Fratellis Here We StandThe Gaslight Anthem Señor and the QueenThe Gaslight Anthem HandwrittenThe Gathering AlwaysThe Hives Barely LegalThe Killers SawdustThe Killers Day & AgeThe Moody Blues OctaveThe Moody Blues The Magnificent MoodiesThe Rasmus IntoThe Rasmus Dead LettersThe Rasmus Hide From The SunThe Rolling Stones The Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones No.2The Rolling Stones Between the ButtonsThe Rolling Stones It's Only Rock 'n RollThe White Stripes ElephantThe Who A Quick OneThe Who Who Are YouThe Zombies Begin HereThem Crooked Vultures Them Crooked VulturesAll three gentlemen on this here record have been capable of better things in their respective pasts, but that doesn't mean Them Crooked Vultures are not a decent band that created a decent record. A shame it is then, that this record never gets further off the ground than just being a nice listen. Homme is definitely taking the lead here, unsurprisingly, and if he perhaps had given space to the more Grohl- or Jones-ish waves of musical creativity, the sound of Them Crooked Vultures could have truly been the sum of its parts.Tyr ValkyrjaU2 Rattle And HumU2 ZooropaU2 No Line on the HorizonU2 The Best Of 1980-1990U2 The Best Of 1990-2000Uriah Heep Into the WildUriah Heep has existed over 40 years; most of their members have passed 60; aside from
founding guitarist Mick Box and longtime bass player Trevor Bolder, none remain from the
golden 70's. This is hardly the same group that created the uniqe and iconic sound found on
the likes of Demons and Wizards. They're a bunch of old geezers past their prime, and
their sound is dated. It wouldn't have been wrong if they had quit already, but it's also
obvious they're still having fun making old-fashioned rock tunes. Into the Wild is
exactly what that sounds like. No surprises, a little monotonous at times, but a good album
with good songs.Uriah Heep FireflyUriah Heep WonderworldUriah Heep Return to FantasyVan der Graaf Generator The Quiet Zone/The Pleasure DomeVan der Graaf Generator The Aerosol Grey MachineVan Halen Women and Children FirstVan Halen Fair WarningVan Halen Diver DownVan Halen For Unlawful Carnal KnowledgeVoivod NegatronVoivod VoivodVolbeat Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady LadiesWhite Lies To Lose My LifeWhite Lies RitualWhitesnake Good To Be BadWithin Temptation Mother EarthWolfmother WolfmotherYes Time and a WordYes The LadderYes Fly From Here2.5 averageAC/DC Flick Of The SwitchAFI The Art of DrowningAFI Sing the SorrowAFI AFIAlter Bridge One Day RemainsAlter Bridge were described as a Creed-clone by some, and One Day Remains is what made that happen. While the album is home to some quite enjoyable songs like opener Find the Real, the material is too generic to make the appeal last, and cringe-inducing works such as In Loving Memory and Down to My Last also weigh it down significantly.Amorphis Am UniversumAmorphis SkyforgerAnnihilator FeastAvantasia Angel of BabylonBlack Sabbath Headless CrossBlack Sabbath The Sabbath StonesBlack Sabbath Cross Purposes LiveBloc Party A Weekend in the CityBudgie Deliver Us From EvilBudgie NightflightCounting Crows Underwater SunshineCrimson Glory Strange and BeautifulCrimson Glory AstronomicaDeep Purple AbandonDisturbed Ten Thousand FistsDragonForce Inhuman RampageDream Theater Systematic ChaosDream Theater Dark Side of the MoonDream Theater Made in Japandredg OrphEdge of Sanity CrypticEditors The Weight of Your LoveEloy PerformanceEloy MetromaniaEmerson, Lake and Palmer Works Volume 1Emerson, Lake and Palmer Works Volume 2Ensiferum Unsung HeroesEquilibrium RekreaturEurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)Exodus Impact Is ImminentFleetwood Mac MirageFleetwood Mac PenguinFleetwood Mac Heroes Are Hard To FindGamma Ray Insanity and GeniusGamma Ray MajesticGamma Ray Land of the Free IIGenesis AbacabGenesis 3X3Guns N' Roses Use Your IllusionHeart MagazineIced Earth Framing ArmageddonIncubus If Not Now, When?Iron Maiden The X FactorIron Maiden No Prayer for the DyingEven the best bands make bad albums, and Iron Maiden proves it with No Prayer for the Dying. The album is too bland and unispired overall, but what makes it even worse is that its the single Maiden album that contains none of their classics.
Some of these problematic tracks are opener Tailgunner, The Assasin, Hooks in You and Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter, the latter having charted surprisingly well for such a bad song. These tracks have all got the same problem. They are frustratingly repetitive and have boring choruses, and there seems to be no creative input in any of them. There are some excellent efforts on No Prayer for the Dying though, such as its title track. Iron Maiden A Real Live OneIron Maiden A Real Dead OneJethro Tull Catfish RisingJethro Tull Crest Of A KnaveJethro Tull War ChildJethro Tull The Jethro Tull Christmas AlbumJudas Priest Point of EntryJudas Priest Ram It DownJudas Priest NostradamusJudas Priest Live in LondonKaiser Chiefs Yours Truly, Angry MobKing Crimson EarthboundKreator Cause for ConflictKreator OutcastLazarus A.D. Black Rivers FlowLive Mental JewelryLive VLive Birds Of PrayLive Songs From Black MountainMeat Loaf Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into HellMegadeth The World Needs a HeroMercyful Fate Dead AgainMetallica LoadMetallica Beyond MagneticDeath Magnetic b-sides that sound exactly like Death Magnetic b-sides.Metallica Until It SleepsMetallica Hero of the DayMetallica Mama SaidMetallica The Memory RemainsMetallica FranticMetallica The Unnamed FeelingMiles Kane Colour of the TrapMorbid Angel HereticNektar Magic is a ChildNektar The Prodigal SonNektar Book of DaysNickelback The StateNickelback Silver Side UpOasis Heathen ChemistryOmnium Gatherum New World ShadowsOur Lady Peace GravityPain Of Salvation Road Salt OnePain Of Salvation Road Salt TwoPeter Sinfield StillPink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of ReasonPink Floyd A Collection of Great Dance SongsPink Floyd A Foot in the DoorQueen The WorksQueen A Kind of MagicQueen The MiracleQueensryche TribeQueensryche Operation: Mindcrime IIR.E.M. UpRadiohead The Best OfRainbow Difficult to CureRhapsody of Fire Legendary TalesRhapsody of Fire Symphony of Enchanted LandsRhapsody of Fire Triumph or AgonySlayer Diabolus in MusicaSlayer God Hates Us AllSnow Patrol Songs for PolarbearsSnow Patrol When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear UpSoundgarden Ultramega OKStratovarius ElysiumStratovarius NemesisSymphony X Rarities and DemosSystem of a Down ToxicityDespite Serj Tankian's unique voice and performance, as well as some very good moments in the form of Chop Suey!, Forest, Science and Toxicity, System of a Down's immensely popular album does, in the end, not have it all. Their chaotic structures tend to work at times, but the record is inevitably barred by the subpar, repetitive performance of the guitarists, who churn out overly similar riffs that tend to get boring far too soon.The Beatles Yellow SubmarineThe Cranberries Bury the HatchetThe Doors Waiting for the SunThe Killers Battle BornThe Police SynchronicityThe Rascals RascalizeThe Rolling Stones Their Satanic Majesties RequestThe Rolling Stones Black and BlueThe Rolling Stones Emotional RescueThe Script Science & FaithThe Strokes Comedown MachineThe Who Face DancesThe Who Endless WireU2 OctoberU2 PopU2 U218 SinglesUriah Heep High and MightyVan Halen OU812Van Halen BalanceWithin Temptation The Heart of EverythingWolfmother Cosmic EggYes TormatoYes UnionYes TalkYes Magnification2.0 poor3 Doors Down Seventeen Days3 Doors Down 3 Doors Down30 Seconds to Mars This Is WarAside from trying too hard to sound epic, 30 Seconds to Mars' newest record This is War lack the simplest of things: a sufficient amount of good material. Though Leto manages to start things up in a well enough manner with Escape and follows it up with three single-worthy tunes in Night of the Hunter, Kings and Queens and the title track, This is War goes steadily downhill soon afterwards. Hurricane is already pretty bland, but the band reaches an all-time creative low when the they hit Search and Destroy. Ballad Alibi is the last to just make the mark, until the album crashes down will all-or-nothing attempt Stranger in a Strange Land, which tries to make things even more epic than the sum of all that came before it. In the end, This is War fell down just as much as it tried to stand up.AC/DC For Those About To Rock...AC/DC Fly On The WallAC/DC Black IceAFI DecemberundergroundAirbourne Runnin' WildAmorphis Privilege of EvilAnthrax Stomp 442Anthrax Volume 8: The Threat is RealArch Enemy Khaos LegionsBetween The Buried And Me ColorsYou think you are wise, BTBAM, yet for all your riffage you have not actual good music. Do you think the ears of every Sputnik user are deaf? I have heard more than you know. With your great riffing you would distract me, and with your awful vocals and unstructured prog you would seek to supplant me! I know that which fares well with the majority of Sputnik. Oh yes! Word has reached my ears of this Colors, so-called 'classic', and I tell you now: 'I will not bow to this metal disgrace, last of a ragged house, long bereft of lordship!'Black Label Society Order Of The BlackBlack Sabbath Seventh StarBlack Sabbath TyrBloc Party IntimacyCamel The Single FactorDeep Purple Who Do We Think We Are!Deep Purple The House of Blue LightDeep Purple Come Taste the BandDeep Purple Made In EuropeDisturbed AsylumDragonForce Ultra BeatdownThese guys have one major problem, and just one. They are not very much original. In any way. At all. And yeah, I'm still making an understatement. Sure, DragonForce may have the two fastest guitarists in the world, that doesn't make them GOOD. Well, it did, in fact, with their first album, which was alright, and their second, which was great. Their sound could be called refreshing even, they were a 'one of a kind' band, really. The potential was there, but where DragonForce doesn't sound like anyone else, this 4th record make them sound too much like themselves. Again. And that, frankly enough, is unforgivable. If they pull of this trick again with their next, I will be forced to give them even lower than this.DragonForce The Power WithinDream Theater WitherDream Theater Master of PuppetsDream Theater The Number Of The BeastEloy RaEloy DestinationEmerson, Lake and Palmer Black MoonEmerson, Lake and Palmer In the Hot SeatFleetwood Mac Behind The MaskFleetwood Mac Mr. WonderfulGamma Ray To the MetalGenesis From Genesis to RevelationGuns N' Roses The Spaghetti Incident?Guns N' Roses Chinese DemocracyHammerFall InfectedHelloween Pink Bubbles Go ApeIced Earth The Crucible Of ManIncubus Light GrenadesIron Maiden Virtual XIJethro Tull Rock IslandJethro Tull J-Tull Dot ComJudas Priest TurboJudas Priest JugulatorJudas Priest '98 Live MeltdownKaty Perry Teenage DreamKeane Perfect SymmetryKeane Night TrainKing Crimson The ConstruKction of LightKing Crimson THRaKaTTaKKreator EndoramaLinkin Park Minutes To MidnightLinkin Park Live In TexasLinkin Park A Thousand SunsLinkin Park Living ThingsMeat Loaf Hang Cool Teddy BearBat Out of Hell was a fantastic album. It may have been over-the-top, but that was what made it fun. Hang Cool Teddy Bear is just an overblown record that tries to be loud and epic and ends up sounding, very, very silly and ridiculous. The guest appearences change nothing to that, or instead even worsen the problem at hand. My advice is that Meat Loaf had best stop creating new music and continue acting and performing the great tunes he once made. Please, we don't want another Hang Cool Teddy Bear.Megadeth RiskMegadeth Super ColliderMetallica ReloadMetallica St. Anger (EP)Metallica Some Kind of MonsterMetallica Six Feet Down UnderMuse The ResistanceIt had to happen, right? Muse finally release a below-standard album, that can be best described as a collection of tracks that mix their earlier Orgin/Absolution sound with the newfound poppier direction on Black Holes, with weaker results than before. Add to that that Bellamy rips off both Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody (United States of Eurasia) and his own New Born (Unnatural Selection), and you've already got a letdown album. The closing epic Exogenesis Symphony is promising, and indeed very pretty, but altogether not consistenly impressive. Muse's eventual downfall was inevitable.Nickelback The Long RoadNickelback All the Right ReasonsThis album was made for All The Wrong Reasons instead.Oasis Be Here NowOpeth BurdenOzzy Osbourne ScreamOzzy's BACK on his new album Scream, on which he still excels at so many pointss, such as still not being able to sing and being a lousy songwriter. Lead single Let Me Hear You Scream was the most enjoyable song on this album. That should say enough.Pantera Projects in the JunglePantera I Am the NightPink Floyd WorksQueen Hot SpaceQueensryche Hear in the Now FrontierQueensryche Q2KR.E.M. Around The SunRage Against the Machine RenegadesRainbow Straight Between the EyesRed Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili PeppersSlayer Undisputed AttitudeSnow Patrol A Hundred Million SunsTalk Talk The Party's OverThe Clash Sandinista!The Doors The Soft ParadeThe Gathering Almost a DanceThe Who It's HardUriah Heep Innocent VictimUriah Heep Fallen AngelYes Open Your Eyes1.5 very poor3 Doors Down Time of My LifeWere this their third release or so, 3 Doors Down's new album could be observed as an unfortunate, surely temporary creative low. Kryptonite and most of their other good songs are 10 years behind us, however, and Time of My Life is rather creatively dead. It is always a sad thing when a band makes such a blantantly obvious attempt at recycling their own songs, simply because they've got zero new ideas coming out of the way. Not to worry though, it's not like their audience will hear the difference.A Perfect Circle eMOTIVeAC/DC Blow Up Your VideoAirbourne No Guts. No Glory.Airbourne are BACK!
Back with more AC/DC ripoffs and predictable songwriting, that is. Runnin' Wild was, to some extent, fun, but after hearing it, we already knew that following it up was a doomed effort from the start. No Guts. No Glory. hasn't even got a single standout, something that made its predecessor bearable, and ends up being a very, very average hard rock record. VERY average.Black Sabbath Born AgainDeep Purple Slaves and MastersDeep Purple The Battle Rages On...Editors In This Light and On This EveningEmerson, Lake and Palmer Love BeachFleetwood Mac TimeGenesis Calling All StationsHelloween ChameleonJethro Tull Under WrapsJudas Priest DemolitionKaiser Chiefs Off With Their HeadsMetallica St. AngerMorbid Angel Illud Divinum InsanusNickelback CurbPantera Metal MagicQueen Flash GordonQueensryche Dedicated to ChaosQueensryche Frequency UnknownRainbow Bent Out of ShapeVan Halen Van Halen III1.0 awfulAlestorm Black Sails at MidnightBlack Sabbath ForbiddenbrokeNCYDE I'm Not A Fan, But The Kids Like It!The term 'awful' just got redefined.Circle Takes The Square As the Roots UndoAnd how exactly did anyone figure this is called music?Nickelback Dark HorseThe Clash Cut The CrapYes Big Generator
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