Average Rating: 3.78
Rating Variance: 0.64
Objectivity Score: 67% (Fairly Balanced)
Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicAmaseffer Slaves for LifeAngra Aurora ConsurgensBlack Sabbath ParanoidCircus Maximus The 1st ChapterCynthesis DeEvolutionDream Theater Six Degrees of Inner TurbulenceDream Theater Images and WordsExtol UndeceivedHaken VisionsI'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 SkyIsis PanopticonIsis OceanicKekal The Habit of FireThe 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 ViolenceKekal Beyond The Glimpse of DreamsMegadeth Rust in PeaceMegadeth EndgameMetallica Ride the LightningMetallica Master of PuppetsPower of Omens Eyes of the OracleRiverside Anno Domini High DefinitionSeventh Angel Lament for the WearyTheocracy Mirror Of SoulsTool LateralusTourniquet Microscopic View of a Telescopic RealmTourniquet Pathogenic Ocular DissonanceVanden Plas Christ 0Zero Hour The Towers of Avarice4.5 superbAesthesys AscendereAlberto Rigoni RebirthWhile 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.Angra Angels CryAnthriel The PathwayAyreon The Human EquationBeliever DimensionsBlind Guardian At the Edge of TimeCircus Maximus IsolateCynic FocusDarkwater Calling the Earth to WitnessDavid Gallegos Mis RecuerdosDream Theater AwakeDream Theater OctavariumDream Theater A Dramatic Turn of EventsEchoes Nature|ExistenceEntropia SimetriaExplosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead PlaceGungor Ghosts Upon the EarthHaken AquariusHeadspace I Am AnonymousImages of Eden Rebuilding The RuinsIron Maiden Brave New WorldIron Maiden PowerslaveIron Maiden Somewhere in TimeIron Maiden The X FactorIsis Wavering RadiantJudas Priest Stained ClassJudas Priest PainkillerKekal Embrace The DeadKekal AcidityLance King A Moment in ChirosLiving Sacrifice Conceived In FireMastodon Blood MountainMastodon Crack the SkyeMenahem Angels and ShadowsMetallica ...And Justice for AllMiseration Your Demons ~ Their AngelsMono Hymn To The Immortal WindMortification Scrolls of the MegillothMyrath HopeMyrath Desert CallOrphaned Land The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriORPain Of Salvation The Perfect Element, Part 1Pantommind LunasensePantommind Shade of FatePower of Omens Rooms of AnguishRedemption Snowfall on Judgment DayRedemption The Origins of RuinRedemption This Mortal CoilRiverside Out of MyselfRiverside Second Life SyndromeRiverside Memories In My HeadRosetta Wake/LiftShadow Gallery Room VSilent Lapse BirthrightSlechtvalk At The Dawn of WarSlechtvalk The War That Plagues The LandsToo 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 NothingWow. 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 AnimaSymphony X The Divine Wings of TragedyTetrafusion HorizonsMuch 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 TheocracyTheocracy As The World BleedsTourniquet Psycho SurgeryTwinspirits The Forbidden CityTwinspirits LegacyVanden Plas Far Off GraceVanden Plas The Seraphic ClockworkZero Hour Specs of Pictures Burnt Beyond4.0 excellentAlberto Rigoni Something DifferentAlberto Rigoni Three Wise MonkeysAll Too Human EntropyAll Too Human Forever and a DayAll Too Human JuggernautWhile 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 Weather SystemsAnathema We're Here Because We're HereAngra Holy LandAngra FireworksAnubis Gate Anubis GateArch / Matheos Sympathetic ResonanceAudrey Assad The House You're BuildingAudrey Assad HeartAudrey Assad Fortunate FallBeliever GabrielBlack Sabbath Master of RealityBlind Guardian A Night at the OperaCircus Maximus NineColdplay A Rush of Blood to the HeadColobar Behind The Veil of OblivionThis 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 My Own PrisonCrimson Moonlight The Covenant ProgressMust 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 AirDarkwater Where Stories EndDisillusion Back To Times Of SplendorDream Theater Train of ThoughtDream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a MemoryDream Theater Systematic ChaosDream Theater Dream TheaterDrottnar WelterwerkEumeria Rebel MindEvroklidon The Flames of SodomExplosions in the Sky All of a Sudden, I Miss EveryoneFates Warning Darkness in a Different LightGojira From Mars To SiriusGojira The Way of All FleshGuilt Machine On This Perfect DayHammock Departure SongsHammock Chasing After Shadows...Living with the GhostsHB Frozen InsideHelloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part IHibernal The MachineHoly Blood Waves Are DancingHorde Hellig UsvartHourglass Oblivious to the ObviousHourglass SubconsciousIf These Trees Could Talk Red ForestImages of Eden Sunlight of the SpiritIona The Book of KellsIron Maiden The Number of the BeastIron Maiden Iron MaidenIron Maiden KillersIron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh SonIron Maiden Piece of MindIsis CelestialJudas Priest Screaming for VengeanceKekal The Painful ExperienceKekal 8King's X Gretchen Goes to NebraskaLengsel SolaceLiving Sacrifice The Hammering ProcessLoraine An Autumn EveningLost in Thought Opus AriseMastodon RemissionMono You Are ThereMortification MortificationMyrath Tales of the SandsNest [FIN] Trail of the UnwaryNightwish OceanbornOutworld OutworldPain Of Salvation Remedy LanePain Of Salvation BePyramaze Legend Of The Bone CarverQueens of the Stone Age Songs for the DeafRedemption The Fullness of TimeRiverside Rapid Eye MovementRosetta A Determinism of MoralityShadow Gallery LegacyShadow Gallery Digital GhostsShadow Gallery TyrannySithu Aye 26Souljourners Mind ControlAn 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 TormentsStryper No More Hell To PayStryper Soldiers Under CommandSymphony X The OdysseyTeramaze AnhedoniaWhile 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 StateThreshold March of ProgressTwinspirits The Music that Will Heal the WorldVanden Plas Beyond DaylightVeni Domine Fall Babylon FallWhile The City Sleeps Back When We KnewWingdom RealityZao The Funeral of GodZero Hour Metamorphosis3.5 greatAeon Zen A Mind's PortraitAndromeda Manifest TyrannyAngra Temple of ShadowsAngra AquaAyreon 01011001Callisto NoirCitadellion Adventurers of TaelothCormorant MetazoaCynthesis ReEvolutionDeep In Thought VersesDivineFire HeroDream Theater Black Clouds & Silver LiningsEdge of Sanity CrimsonEdgend A New IdentityExplosions in the Sky Take Care, Take Care, Take CareExplosions in the Sky Those Who Tell the Truth...Extol BurialExtol ExtolHammock Raising Your Voice... Trying to Stop an EchoHammock KenoticHelloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part IIHemina SyntheticIona Journey Into the MornIona Beyond These ShoresIron Maiden Dance of DeathIron Maiden The Final FrontierJohn Elefante On My Way to the SunKalisia CybionKamelot The Black HaloKamelot EpicaLament Tears Of A LeperLament Through The ReflectionMegadeth The System Has FailedMono For My ParentsMono One Step More and You DieNest [FIN] WoodsmokeOrphaned Land SaharaPelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...Pelican AustralasiaPersona Non Grata Shade in the LightPyramaze Melancholy BeastPyramaze ImmortalRiverside Shrine Of New Generation SlavesRosetta The Galilean SatellitesRussian Circles GenevaScott Stapp Proof of LifeSeventh Wonder The Great EscapeSeventh Wonder Mercy FallsSlechtvalk A Forlorn ThroneSoul Secret Closer to DaylightSpheric Universe Experience UnrealStryper To Hell With the DevilThe Great Gamble Book 1Threshold Dead ReckoningThreshold HypotheticalThreshold Critical MassThreshold Clonetoe For Long TomorrowTomorrow's Eve Mirror of Creation 2 - Genesis IIToundra IIITourniquet Antiseptic BloodbathAntiseptic 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.Transcend The MindVanden Plas The God ThingVeni Domine Spiritual WastelandWolverine Communication LostZero Hour Dark Deceiver3.0 goodA Thousand Shields PortraitAnimations Reset Your SoulBalance of Power Perfect BalanceBlack Majesty Silent CompanyCreed WeatheredDreamscape End of SilenceEmpyrium A WintersunsetExplosions in the Sky How Strange, InnocenceFarzad Golpayegani TwoHibernal ReplacementsImages of Eden Images of EdenIron Maiden A Matter of Life and DeathIron Maiden Fear of the DarkKoloss End of the ChayotLiving Sacrifice Living SacrificeMehida Blood & WaterMetallica LoadMezarkabul UnspokenMiseration The Mirroring ShadowPain Of Salvation One Hour by the Concrete LakePelican City of EchoesShadow Gallery Shadow GallerySole Remedy ApoptosisSpastic Ink Ink CompatibleThe Fractured Dimension Towards the MysteriumThe Twenty Committee A Lifeblood PsalmThreshold SubsurfaceTourniquet Where Moth and Rust DestroyVanden Plas Chronicles of the Immortals: Netherworld (Path 1)2.5 averageDream Theater Falling into InfinityDreamscape EverlightSo 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 OneFates Warning A Pleasant Shade of GrayGreen Carnation Light of Day, Day of DarknessGungor Beautiful ThingsHourglass The Journey IntoIsis In the Absence of TruthKoi In Tomorrow Hid YesterdayMastodon LeviathanMegadeth United AbominationsMetallica Garage Inc.Orphaned Land Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)Orphaned Land El Norra AlilaScar Symmetry Dark Matter DimensionsShadow Gallery Carved In StoneSoul Secret Flowing PortraitsSuspyre SuspyreTemple of Blood Prepare for the Judgment of MankindThought Chamber Angular PerceptionsTourniquet Stop the Bleeding2.0 poorAletheian Dying VineBenea Reach AlleviatCallisto ProvidencePost-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 AscentGungor I Am MountainHoly Blood The WandererImmortal Souls WintereichIron Maiden Virtual XIJakarta Project GeographicA 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 MinorityMetallica Death MagneticPelican What We All Come To NeedVERY 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 CatalystTourniquet Vanishing LessonsVeni Domine 23:591.5 very poorLeverage TidesMetallica MetallicaMortification Primitive Rhythm Machine1.0 awfulIron Maiden No Prayer for the Dying
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