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5.0 classic
Amaseffer Slaves for Life
Angra Aurora Consurgens
Ayreon The Human Equation
Black Sabbath Paranoid
Circus Maximus The 1st Chapter
Cynthesis DeEvolution
Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Dream Theater Images and Words
Extol Undeceived
Haken Visions
I've heard all eight tracks by now; though not in order, I can satisfactorily rate it. This might be the best CD of the year.
Iona Open Sky
Isis Panopticon
Isis Oceanic
Kekal The Habit of Fire
The Habit of Fire combines the caustic metal of Kekal's early days with a more deliberate approach, an increased focus on dense, unforgettable melodies and dynamic peaks, and a pervasive electronic influence, the totality of which vividly portrays the dramatic struggle between primal human spirit and the encroaching urban sprawl in the postmodern world, even representing the ongoing struggle between good and evil since the beginning of time. "Escapism" is one of my all-time favorite songs. An absolute essential avant-garde metal album and highly recommended for musicians and music enthusiasts, as well as social theorists interested in the thematic content.
Kekal 1000 Thoughts of Violence
Kekal Beyond The Glimpse of Dreams
Megadeth Rust in Peace
Megadeth Endgame
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Metallica Master of Puppets
Power of Omens Eyes of the Oracle
Riverside Anno Domini High Definition
Theocracy Mirror Of Souls
Tool Lateralus
Tourniquet Microscopic View of a Telescopic Realm
Tourniquet Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance
Vanden Plas Christ 0
Zero Hour The Towers of Avarice

4.5 superb
Aesthesys Ascendere
Alberto Rigoni Rebirth
While highly eclectic, drawing from jazz, blues, classical, electronica, progressive rock, hard rock, and pop, "Rebirth" possesses a stunning unity of vision around the concept of that same name. Rigoni's BASS is front and center, and his melodic, reverberating style is refreshing and creates entirely unique, pictorial compositions. If you're a bassist of any style, do NOT miss this release, and yet any musician or music fan, even the casual one, can enjoy this album.
Anathema Weather Systems
Angra Angels Cry
Anthriel The Pathway
Believer Dimensions
Blind Guardian At the Edge of Time
Circus Maximus Isolate
Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head
Creed Human Clay
Cynic Focus
Cynthesis ReEvolution
Darkwater Calling the Earth to Witness
David Gallegos Mis Recuerdos
Dream Theater Awake
Dream Theater Octavarium
Dream Theater A Dramatic Turn of Events
Eagles Hotel California
Echoes Nature|Existence
Entropia Simetria
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Gungor Ghosts Upon the Earth
Haken Aquarius
Headspace I Am Anonymous
Images of Eden Rebuilding The Ruins
Iron Maiden Brave New World
Iron Maiden Powerslave
Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time
Iron Maiden The X Factor
Isis Wavering Radiant
John Elefante On My Way to the Sun
Judas Priest Stained Class
Judas Priest Painkiller
Kekal Embrace The Dead
Kekal Acidity
King's X Faith, Hope, Love
King's X Dogman
Lance King A Moment in Chiros
Living Sacrifice Conceived In Fire
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Mastodon Crack the Skye
Menahem Angels and Shadows
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Miles Davis Kind of Blue
Miseration Your Demons ~ Their Angels
Mono Hymn To The Immortal Wind
Mortification Scrolls of the Megilloth
Myrath Hope
Myrath Desert Call
Oregon Out of the Woods
Orphaned Land The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR
Pain of Salvation The Perfect Element, Part 1
Pantommind Lunasense
Pantommind Shade of Fate
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
Power of Omens Rooms of Anguish
Redemption Snowfall on Judgment Day
Redemption The Origins of Ruin
Redemption This Mortal Coil
Riverside Out of Myself
Riverside Second Life Syndrome
Riverside Memories In My Head
Rosetta Wake/Lift
Rush Moving Pictures
Savatage Streets: A Rock Opera
Shadow Gallery Room V
Silent Lapse Birthright
Slechtvalk At The Dawn of War
Slechtvalk The War That Plagues The Lands
Too much of a good thing is the only measurable complaint about this album. Slechtvalk's combination of symphonic, melodic and Viking black metal is handled with expert songwriting, melodic finesse and a pictorial, emotional lyrical story; it blends together towards the end, with the overall quality and professionalism at a slightly lower standard, but is otherwise an absolute essential for black metal fans.
Sleevenotes We Are Mostly Made of Nothing
Wow. I was not expecting to find this. I had only about 36 hours left in the year 2013, and it became one of my best of 2013 instantly. Combining the epic, uplifting post-rock scope of Explosions in the Sky with the cinematic delicacy and at times sorrowful ambience of Hammock, Sleevenotes write emotionally deep and life-affirming music that hits instantly and never runs out of power.
Spheric Universe Experience Anima
Symphony X The Divine Wings of Tragedy
Tetrafusion Horizons
Much more coherent, intense, accessible and polished than Altered State, and still carries the band's unique charm, eclecticism and sense of intoxicating harmonies. Highly recommended for 2012 prog, and it's free!
Theocracy Theocracy
Theocracy As The World Bleeds
Threshold March of Progress
Tourniquet Psycho Surgery
Twinspirits The Forbidden City
Twinspirits Legacy
Vanden Plas Far Off Grace
Vanden Plas The Seraphic Clockwork
Zero Hour Specs of Pictures Burnt Beyond

4.0 excellent
Alberto Rigoni Something Different
Alberto Rigoni Three Wise Monkeys
All Too Human Entropy
All Too Human Forever and a Day
All Too Human Juggernaut
While significantly less "progressive" than All Too Human's previous releases and leaning strongly towards modern metal with traits often dreaded by prog and/or metal purists, such as gang shouting and groove-inflected riffs, the musicianship is still carefully calculated (drummer Chris Lucci is more notable than ever), new vocalist Gordon Tittsworth obliterates his predecessors, the constantly brooding darkness throughout the recording morphs each song into its own entity, and there is a much greater sense of cohesion and originality within Juggernaut's slimmer borderlines. For those proggers who want odd time signatures and technical chaos, there are tracks with those as well, but as merely another facet of this Corpus Christi quartet's new and improved sound. Ten years was worth the wait.
Anathema We're Here Because We're Here
Angra Holy Land
Angra Fireworks
Anubis Gate Anubis Gate
Anubis Gate Horizons
Arch / Matheos Sympathetic Resonance
Audrey Assad The House You're Building
Audrey Assad Heart
Audrey Assad Fortunate Fall
Believer Gabriel
Black Sabbath Master of Reality
Blind Guardian A Night at the Opera
Circus Maximus Nine
Colobar Behind The Veil of Oblivion
This Bulgarian progressive project, the country's second major prog project after the better-known Pantommind, delivers a debut brimming with artistic talent in many diverse musical colors and the songwriting skill to stitch them together into an intoxicating journey. Colobar freely embraces jazz fusion and Bulgarian folk music as vital components of its style, even more so than the heavy metal crunch left to the background beyond the energetic opener "Change of Ages," and creates refreshingly organic compositions, touching on nouveau riche bands such as Haken and old money bands like Angra and Threshold while sustaining complete distinctiveness. Singer Carl Sentence's Euro-theatrical timbre sometimes comes across as flat, somewhat lessening the impact of the pictorial, even spiritual lyrical content (maybe it's the singer-for-hire syndrome), and given the organic production elsewhere, the dry, sterile drum sound is rather disappointing; there are few remaining criticisms, as Colobar handles risky musical territory while rarely missing a step. Strongly recommended for 2012.
Creed Weathered
Crimson Moonlight The Covenant Progress
Must retract my previous statement...this is VERY good. Didn't listen carefully...now I feel the atmosphere! 4 for now, but full rating on the next listen...
Cynic Traced in Air
Darkwater Where Stories End
Disillusion Back To Times Of Splendor
Dream Theater Train of Thought
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos
Dream Theater Dream Theater
Drottnar Welterwerk
Eumeria Rebel Mind
Evroklidon The Flames of Sodom
Explosions in the Sky All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone
Fates Warning Darkness in a Different Light
Gojira From Mars to Sirius
Gojira The Way of All Flesh
Guilt Machine On This Perfect Day
Hammock Departure Songs
Hammock Chasing After Shadows...Living with the Ghosts
HB Frozen Inside
Helloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I
Hibernal The Machine
Holy Blood Waves Are Dancing
Horde Hellig Usvart
Hourglass Oblivious to the Obvious
Hourglass Subconscious
If These Trees Could Talk Red Forest
Images of Eden Sunlight of the Spirit
Iona The Book of Kells
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden Killers
Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Iron Maiden Piece of Mind
Isis Celestial
Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance
Kekal The Painful Experience
Kekal 8
King's X Gretchen Goes to Nebraska
King's X Out of the Silent Planet
Lengsel Solace
Living Sacrifice The Hammering Process
Loraine An Autumn Evening
Lost in Thought Opus Arise
Marillion Misplaced Childhood
Mastodon Remission
Mono You Are There
Mortification Mortification
Myrath Tales of the Sands
Nest [FIN] Trail of the Unwary
Nightwish Oceanborn
Outworld Outworld
Pain of Salvation Remedy Lane
Pain of Salvation Be
Pendragon Not of This World
Pyramaze Legend Of The Bone Carver
Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf
Redemption The Fullness of Time
Riverside Rapid Eye Movement
Rosetta A Determinism of Morality
Rush A Farewell to Kings
Rush Hemispheres
Rush Permanent Waves
Seventh Angel The Dust of Years
Shadow Gallery Legacy
Shadow Gallery Digital Ghosts
Shadow Gallery Tyranny
Sithu Aye 26
Soul Secret Flowing Portraits
Souljourners Mind Control
An unusual combination of heavy metal, mainstream rock and grunge with progressive tendencies. Michael Couts is the next guitar hotshot, and his angsty baritone is a surprising style in this field. Mind Control is somewhat homogeneous for its lengthy running time, and more attention to detail and craft is desirable, but this is a respectable heavy/prog metal effort.
Spheric Universe Experience Mental Torments
Stryper No More Hell To Pay
Stryper Soldiers Under Command
Symphony X The Odyssey
Teramaze Anhedonia
While slightly homogeneous, AnhedoniA is an impressive tag team of brutal riffage, vocals ranging from the smoothly catchy hook to the feral screaming, inventive interplay, and socially aware lyrics. Some wider tempo, stylistic and tonal contrasts would probably help Teramaze's overall sound more than hurt it, but in the progressive thrash genre, AnhedoniA is well above average.
Tetrafusion Altered State
Thought Chamber Angular Perceptions
Threshold Hypothetical
Threshold Wounded Land
Twinspirits The Music that Will Heal the World
Vanden Plas Beyond Daylight
Veni Domine Fall Babylon Fall
While The City Sleeps Back When We Knew
Widek Outside the Universe
Wingdom Reality
Zao The Funeral of God
Zero Hour Metamorphosis

3.5 great
Aeon Zen A Mind's Portrait
Andromeda Manifest Tyranny
Angra Temple of Shadows
Angra Aqua
Ayreon 01011001
Callisto Noir
Citadellion Adventurers of Taeloth
Cormorant Metazoa
Deep In Thought Verses
DivineFire Hero
Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Edge of Sanity Crimson
Edgend A New Identity
Explosions in the Sky Those Who Tell the Truth...
Extol Burial
Extol Extol
Hammock Raising Your Voice... Trying to Stop an Echo
Hammock Kenotic
Helloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II
Hemina Synthetic
Iona Journey Into the Morn
Iona Beyond These Shores
Iron Maiden Dance of Death
Iron Maiden The Final Frontier
John Mayer Heavier Things
Kalisia Cybion
Kamelot The Black Halo
Kamelot Epica
Kerry Livgren Seeds of Change
Krobak Little Victories
Lament Tears Of A Leper
Lament Through The Reflection
Lights & Motion Save Your Heart
Lights & Motion Reanimation
Megadeth The System Has Failed
Michael Sweet I'm Not Your Suicide
Mono For My Parents
Mono One Step More and You Die
Nest [FIN] Woodsmoke
Oregon Music Of Another Present Era
Oregon Winter Light
Orphaned Land Sahara
Pelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...
Pelican Australasia
Persona Non Grata Shade in the Light
Pyramaze Melancholy Beast
Pyramaze Immortal
Riverside Shrine Of New Generation Slaves
Rosetta The Galilean Satellites
Rush 2112
Russian Circles Geneva
Scott Stapp Proof of Life
Seventh Angel Lament for the Weary
Seventh Wonder The Great Escape
Seventh Wonder Mercy Falls
Slechtvalk A Forlorn Throne
Soul Secret Closer to Daylight
Spheric Universe Experience Unreal
Stryper To Hell With the Devil
The Great Gamble Book 1
Threshold Dead Reckoning
Threshold Critical Mass
Threshold Clone
Threshold For The Journey
toe For Long Tomorrow
Tomorrow's Eve Mirror of Creation 2 - Genesis II
Toundra III
Tourniquet Antiseptic Bloodbath
Antiseptic Bloodbath kind of sounds like just another Tourniquet album when we were expecting something more extreme and risky from this Christian technical thrash metal standby. The group has refined their formula and musicianship, especially in vocalist Luke Easter's energetic, confident performance, has branched out lyrically as well by tackling various aspects of theology and spirituality and delivering a deserved ode to Tyke, the famously abused Hawaiian circus elephant, and delivered a crunchy but clean mix, but the bass is nondescript and the heavily compressed mastering is reprehensible from an experienced band and producer dedicated to producing quality metal productions. I expected a little better from Tourniquet this time, but it's not bad and remains recommended.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Beethoven's Last Night
Transcend The Mind
Vanden Plas The God Thing
Veni Domine Spiritual Wasteland
Wolverine Communication Lost
Zero Hour Dark Deceiver

3.0 good
A Thousand Shields Portrait
Animations Reset Your Soul
Balance of Power Perfect Balance
Black Majesty Silent Company
Creed My Own Prison
Dreamscape End of Silence
Empyrium A Wintersunset
Explosions in the Sky How Strange, Innocence
Explosions in the Sky Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Farzad Golpayegani Two
Hibernal Replacements
Images of Eden Images of Eden
Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and Death
Iron Maiden Fear of the Dark
Koloss End of the Chayot
Living Sacrifice Living Sacrifice
Mehida Blood & Water
Metallica Load
Mezarkabul Unspoken
Miseration The Mirroring Shadow
Pain of Salvation One Hour by the Concrete Lake
Pelican City of Echoes
Shadow Gallery Shadow Gallery
Sole Remedy Apoptosis
Spastic Ink Ink Compatible
Teramaze Tears to dust
The Fractured Dimension Towards the Mysterium
The Twenty Committee A Lifeblood Psalm
Threshold Subsurface
Tourniquet Where Moth and Rust Destroy
Vanden Plas Chronicles of the Immortals: Netherworld (Path 1)

2.5 average
Dream Theater Falling into Infinity
Dreamscape Everlight
So generic it even sounds like other generic prog metal bands; bland, repetitive riffs, generally hackneyed songcraft, and an excessively forward vocalist pull Everlight down into the depths of mediocrity. I've heard two Dreamscape albums, and this will be my last.
Farzad Golpayegani One
Fates Warning A Pleasant Shade of Gray
Green Carnation Light of Day, Day of Darkness
Gungor Beautiful Things
Hourglass The Journey Into
Iona Another Realm
Iona The Circling Hour
Isis In the Absence of Truth
Koi In Tomorrow Hid Yesterday
Mastodon Leviathan
Megadeth United Abominations
Metallica Garage Inc.
Orphaned Land Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)
Orphaned Land El Norra Alila
Scar Symmetry Dark Matter Dimensions
Shadow Gallery Carved In Stone
Suspyre Suspyre
Temple of Blood Prepare for the Judgment of Mankind
Teramaze Esoteric Symbolism
Tourniquet Stop the Bleeding

2.0 poor
Aletheian Dying Vine
Benea Reach Alleviat
Callisto Providence
Post-metal with mostly clean vocals is a slowly growing idea; the potential problem is neutering the music so much that it becomes a mess of nothing, and Providence is mired in generic, meaningless chords, song structures with no direction, poorly orchestrated transitions into the rare and ineffective heavy sections, and a vocalist who just isn't well-suited for this type of music. The title track avoids these problems by building towards a dramatic finish with Callisto's signature cryptic, poetic spiritual lyrics, but perhaps this piece is the only selling point of the album. I look forward to hearing another band try an album like this, but they'll have to succeed where Callisto fail at creating captivating musical journeys.
Glass Hammer Culture of Ascent
Gungor I Am Mountain
Holy Blood The Wanderer
Immortal Souls Wintereich
Iron Maiden Virtual XI
Jakarta Project Geographic
A nice conceptual idea, but executed poorly: entirely faceless music, lacking feeling and any characteristics of good post-rock, from dynamics to tension and atmosphere. It doesn't cost anything but time, but even the 25 minutes you would spend on this isn't worthwhile.
Kekal Audible Minority
Metallica Death Magnetic
Pelican What We All Come To Need
VERY disappointing. Pelican need a rawer, less crisp production, and they just can't play post-hardcore like Rosetta does. Pelican is a loose band - this is so tight that there is next to no passion in the performances, and the songs go absolutely nowhere half the time. BORING.

The vocal experiment on "Final Breath" is abysmal...get a real singer. Isis wouldn't sound as good with a "real" singer...Pelican needs one if it wants to use vocals, unlike the other instruments. The presence of vocals would be an epic moment in Pelican music, so a clear style would convey this sound properly.

Please do not try this again. You used to be so great...
Prototype Catalyst
Tourniquet Vanishing Lessons
Veni Domine 23:59

1.5 very poor
Leverage Tides
Metallica Metallica
Mortification Primitive Rhythm Machine

1.0 awful
Iron Maiden No Prayer for the Dying
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