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5.0 classic
3 The End is Begun
As I Lay Dying Frail Words Collapse
Carcass Heartwork
Carcass Swansong
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Corrosion of Conformity Blind
Death Symbolic
Death Angel Act III
Hypocrisy Hypocrisy
In Flames Colony
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast
Iron Maiden Killers
Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance
Lamb of God As the Palaces Burn
Machine Head Burn My Eyes
Megadeth Rust in Peace
Megadeth Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?
Mercenary The Hours That Remain
Metallica Master of Puppets
Metallica Kill 'Em All
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Napalm Death Fear, Emptiness, Despair
Overkill The Years of Decay
Pantera Vulgar Display of Power
Prong Cleansing
Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime
Rush Moving Pictures
Rush 2112
Rush Signals
Rush Hemispheres
Sepultura Arise
Sepultura Beneath the Remains
Firmly cemented in the keyserfunk all-time top 10 metal albums. This is by definition a groundbreaking release in that it was born during the critical late 80s/early 90s period of metal -- just when grunge threatened to bore all headbangers to death. The impact of Beneath the Remains cannot be underestimated; it filled that crucial metal void by bridging the gap between the tired, dying thrash metal scene on life support (see increasingly irrelevant Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax releases) and the growing domestic and foreign death metal movement (see Florida-born Death and Morbid Angel and European juggernauts Carcass, Entombed, and many, many others). Every single track stands on its own as a classic; harsh, growling, and deathy yet accessible vocals are combined with the power of countless memorable thrash-like crushing riffs, hooks, tempo changes, and transitions as well as skillful yet melodic solos that send chills down the spine. I defy you to play air guitar or drums and keep up with these renegades. And fear not, despite being spawned from a little-known outfit from Brazil, the production values are more than solid -- the drums and rhythms sound tight and razor sharp, but they won't cut you too badly since they are encased in a warm yet rattling buzz of just enough bass to shake your speaker system OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER...
Slayer Decade of Aggression
Slayer South of Heaven
Testament The Ritual
The Cult Love

4.5 superb
3 Revisions
All That Remains Overcome
Allegaeon Fragments Of Form And Function
This album gets better by the listen. I love me some Allegaeon.
Anterior This Age of Silence
As I Lay Dying An Ocean Between Us
Atreyu Lead Sails Paper Anchor
August Burns Red Constellations
Believer Transhuman
Byzantine ...And They Shall Take Up Serpents
Carcass Wake Up and Smell the Carcass
Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Ascension
Darkest Hour The Eternal Return
Dawnbringer Nucleus
unique, heavy, and addictive. no gimmicks, no formulas, no filler, just some awesome heavy metal like it is
supposed to be played.

one complaint though: I wish they wouldn't have ended "All I See" right in the middle of just a kick ass
galloping guitar solo/interlude. Just cuts right off at 2:53. Bummer!
Death The Sound of Perseverance
Death Individual Thought Patterns
Death Human
Death Angel Relentless Retribution
Amazing as it is to believe, the old dudes comprising Death Angel just released what I consider to be their
best album ever. I was absolutely shocked when I threw it in the cd player and heard it in all its thrash
awesomeness. As far as the traditional thrash kings go, I think the new Slayer is fairly ordinary, the new
Overkill is pretty good, the new Megadeth is bit better, the newest Metallica a cut above Mustaine's output,
and the new Exodus a great album above all the former. However, I put this effort at the top of the pile. I
realize how ridiculous/insane this reads, but I honestly haven't heard such great signature riffs, wicked
solos, and angry purposeful vocals since the 80s /90s thrash heyday. No shit. Pick it up and you'll hear
what I mean. Death Angel? Really? Oh, and one last thing: the vocals sound nothing like Overkill...
Entombed Clandestine
Entombed Wolverine Blues
Forbidden Omega Wave
Wow this is just awesome thrash. Superb production really brings out the power of the riffs, etc. LOVE IT.
Gojira The Way of All Flesh
In Flames Reroute to Remain
In Flames Whoracle
Iron Maiden Live After Death
Iron Maiden Brave New World
Iron Maiden Live After Death (DVD)
Judas Priest British Steel
Judas Priest Defenders of the Faith
Judas Priest Turbo
Lamb of God Ashes of the Wake
Machine Head The Blackening
Megadeth Countdown to Extinction
Megadeth Killing Is My Business...
Megadeth So Far, So Good... So What!
Mercenary 11 Dreams
Mercenary Architect of Lies
Mercenary Metamorphosis
I absolutely love the direction the band took with this album. Exactly what I hoped these guys would sound like with the new lineup and time passing. Still hitting on all cylinders with a heavy rhythm based attack, still bringing melodic choruses, still sprinkling in plenty of catchy hooks and soaring solos. This is simply a unique band with a special sound. Not sure how anyone could say it is derivative.
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Misery Index Heirs To Thievery
Say what you want about staleness of the grind/death core movement, but these guys somehow continue to find really wicked rhythms and grooves that elude legions of pretenders. Listening to it over and over and it pumps me up every time. Nice work.
Misery Signals Mirrors
Napalm Death Diatribes
Napalm Death Time Waits for No Slave
Nightrage A New Disease Is Born
Overkill Horrorscope
Pantera Far Beyond Driven
Queensryche Greatest Hits
Ratt Invasion of Your Privacy
Rush Permanent Waves
Rush Exit...Stage Left
Rush Grace Under Pressure
Rush A Show of Hands
Sepultura Chaos A.D.
Shadows Fall The War Within
Shadows Fall Seeking the Way: Greatest Hits
Slayer Seasons in the Abyss
Slayer Reign in Blood
Testament The Gathering
Testament The Legacy
The Absence Riders of the Plague
The Cult Sonic Temple
The Devil Wears Prada With Roots Above and Branches Below
The Sorrow Blessings From a Blackened Sky
Metalcore = yes. Great metalcore = absolutely. A freight train of aggressive riffage pummelling your skull with reckless abandon = no doubt. I really disagree these guys represent the typical "core" sound out there right now. They play with a remarkable focus/purpose that is lacking these days. The Sorrow's two albums just keep rolling round and round in my iPod.
The Sorrow Origin of the Storm
The bottom line is if you don't like metalcore you won't like this album -- don't even bother checking them out. But if you like that style of metal (and I can take it or leave it), Origin of the Storm is a must have. Amazing production values really bring out a non-stop barrage of ridiculously heavy and pummeling riffs -- but with a really unique touch of melody and emotion not often heard in traditional metalcore circles. These guys have a really great feel for their craft -- demonstrated on this and their previous effort, Blessings From a Blackened Sky...I am very impressed.
The Sword Warp Riders
Times of Grace The Hymn of a Broken Man
Trivium Ascendancy
Unearth The Oncoming Storm
Unearth III: In the Eyes of Fire
Wovenwar Wovenwar

4.0 excellent
10 Years The Autumn Effect
Adversary Singularity
All That Remains The Fall of Ideals
All That Remains For We Are Many
Anthrax Spreading the Disease
Anthrax State of Euphoria
Arch Enemy Doomsday Machine
As I Lay Dying Shadows Are Security
As I Lay Dying Awakened
Atreyu A Death-Grip on Yesterday
August Burns Red Messengers
Before The Dawn Deathstar Rising
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax II: Future Sequence
Born of Osiris The Discovery
Byzantine Byzantine
WELCOME BACK BOYS! Figured they were gone for good after Oblivion...This is a really great comeback album that is flying under the radar with a similar but also different approach to their previous output. The clean vocals are cleaner, the harsh vocals not as harsh, and there are more creative interludes. Make no mistake though, these guys still do a great job of hammering you with steady diet of super heavy thrash riffs, tempo changes, and ripping solos. Psyched.
Caliban The Undying Darkness
Caliban Say Hello to Tragedy
Carcass Surgical Steel
Charred Walls of the Damned Charred Walls of the Damned
Richard Christy's "superband" plays an aggressive, heavy, and melodic brand of hybrid metal that causes involuntary head banging and regular repeat plays. The best characteristics of several genres are present and accounted for. CWOTD deftly leaves no stone unturned in their approach to bringing the soaring vocals and lyrics of power metal, the intricate rhythms interwoven with wicked double-bass drumming of progressive/technical death metal, and the lead guitar work (to include blistering solos) and choruses of traditional thrash. Really an excellent release.
Chimaira The Age Of Hell
Dark Tranquillity Fiction
Darkest Hour Deliver Us
Darkest Hour The Human Romance
Decapitated Blood Mantra
Decrepit Birth Polarity
Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Entombed Morning Star
Entombed Serpent Saints: The Ten Amendments
Evergreen Terrace Almost Home
Evocation Apocalyptic
Agreed. A really nice modern touch to the heyday melodeath coming from ATG/Gothenburg.
Exodus Exhibit B: The Human Condition
Gojira From Mars to Sirius
In Flames Clayman
Into Eternity The Scattering of Ashes
Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time
Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Kalmah For The Revolution
Kalmah 12 Gauge
Kataklysm Waiting for the End to Come
Killswitch Engage The End of Heartache
Killswitch Engage As Daylight Dies
Lamb of God Sacrament
Machine Head Through the Ashes of Empires
Malefice Dawn Of Reprisal
Megadeth Youthanasia
Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve
Meshuggah obZen
Meshuggah Koloss
Metallica Live Shit: Binge & Purge
Metallica Garage Inc.
Metallica Death Magnetic
Misery Signals Of Malice and the Magnum Heart
Misery Signals Controller
Misery Signals Absent Light
Napalm Death Inside the Torn Apart
Napalm Death Words from the Exit Wound
Napalm Death Order of the Leech
Neaera Let The Tempest Come
Neaera Armamentarium
Nightrage Wearing a Martyrs Crown
Nightrage Insidious
Nightrage has remained refreshingly faithful to the Gothenburg melodic death metal sound over the years,
which can't be said of most of their contemporaries, and this album is no different. Heavy, laden with heavy
yet flexible slabs of rhythm guitar riffage, and enhanced with melodic lead guitar wizardry. Great replay
value as well.

I just downgraded to a 4 based on the not-so-hot clean vocals that don't always fit within the song
structures nor are executed very well. Kind of cheesy IMHO.
Prong Rude Awakening
Protest the Hero Scurrilous
Psycroptic The Inherited Repression
Queensryche Empire
Rush Hold Your Fire
Scar Symmetry Holographic Universe
Scar Symmetry The Unseen Empire
Sepultura Schizophrenia
Shadows Fall Fallout From The War
Shadows Fall Of One Blood [Reissue]
Soilwork The Panic Broadcast
Soilwork The Living Infinite
Sylosis Conclusion of an Age
Testament First Strike Still Deadly
Testament The Formation of Damnation
The Absence Enemy Unbound
The Cult Electric
The Devil Wears Prada Dead Throne
The Faceless Planetary Duality
The Faceless Autotheism
The Haunted Unseen
The Sorrow The Sorrow
Threat Signal Under Reprisal
Threat Signal Vigilance
Unearth The March
Woe Of Tyrants Kingdom of Might

3.5 great
10 Years Division
3 Wake Pig
All That Remains This Darkened Heart
Allegaeon Formshifter
Amorphis Skyforger
Anthrax Sound of White Noise
Arsis Starve for the Devil
Outside of the painful opening track (WTF?), Arsis really moved in the right direction on this release. Really kick ass rhythm and lead guitar work throughout. Not sure where all this negativity is coming from -- I sense an agenda -- no wait, a conspiracy.
As I Lay Dying The Powerless Rise
Atreyu Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses
Behemoth Evangelion
Byzantine Oblivion Beckons
Cephalic Carnage Misled by Certainty
Chimaira The Infection
Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Daath The Concealers
Dark Tranquillity Construct
Darkest Hour Darkest Hour
Death Angel Killing Season
Entombed Same Difference
Hacride Lazarus
Heaven and Hell The Devil You Know
Hypocrisy Virus
In Flames The Jester Race
In Flames Come Clarity
Insomnium Above the Weeping World
Into Eternity The Incurable Tragedy
Iron Maiden Powerslave
Iron Maiden Piece of Mind
Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and Death
Judas Priest Painkiller
Killswitch Engage Disarm the Descent
Lamb of God Wrath
Megadeth Hidden Treasures
Metallica Metallica
Napalm Death Smear Campaign
Overkill W.F.O
Pelican City of Echoes
Prong Scorpio Rising
Prong Power of the Damager
Prototype Catalyst
Psycroptic Ob(Servant)
Rush Presto
Shadows Fall Threads of Life
Slayer Christ Illusion
Success Will Write Apocalypse Across... The Grand Partition & The Abrogation Of Idolatry
Testament Demonic
Testament Low
The Cult Ceremony
The Cult The Cult
The Red Chord Prey for Eyes
The Red Chord Fed Through the Teeth Machine
This or the Apocalypse Monuments

3.0 good
Arch Enemy Rise of the Tyrant
Believer Dimensions
There will always be a track reserved for "No Apology" on every metal mix I make.
Born of Osiris A Higher Place
Broadcast the Nightmare Twenty Twelve
Caliban The Awakening
Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade
Dark Tranquillity We Are the Void
DevilDriver Pray for Villains
In Flames Soundtrack to Your Escape
In Flames A Sense of Purpose
Insomnium Across the Dark
Judas Priest Ram It Down
Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage II
Machine Head The Burning Red
Machine Head The More Things Change...
Megadeth Cryptic Writings
Metallica Load
Miss May I Apologies Are for the Weak
Miss May I Monument
Overkill I Hear Black
Prong Carved Into Stone
Queensryche Promised Land
Sepultura Roots
Sepultura Dante XXI
Slayer Divine Intervention
Slayer Diabolus in Musica
Testament Practice What You Preach
Testament Souls of Black
Unholy (USA-NY) New Life Behind Closed Eyes
Veil of Maya [id]

2.5 average
Job for a Cowboy Ruination
Judas Priest Nostradamus
Machine Head Supercharger
Megadeth United Abominations
Megadeth Endgame
Someone please find Dave Mustaine and Megadeth, because either they are lost for good jumping the shark or I am insane. This certainly is not the Megadeth comeback album that critics/fans at this and other sites keep proclaiming. Riffs that are quick and tight - check! (nothing memorable though). Technically impressive rhythms and numerous face melting solos -- check! (but nothing that really stands out). Choruses -- check! (pretty uninspiring though). The bottom line is this album has all the individual components that one would think would create one hell of an album; however, this is a clear instance of the whole not equaling the sum of its parts. Everything is forced, like Dave just tried so hard, too hard, and it has resulted in a morass of check-the-box unremarkable metal. This album without the name Megadeth stamped on it would be getting trashed. Please be objective, look yourself in the mirror, and admit that Megadeth is DED. RIP. Although it pains him, the keyser has spoken, let it be so...
Megadeth Th1rt3en
Metallica St. Anger
Rush Roll the Bones
Rush Test for Echo
Sepultura Nation
Sepultura Roorback
Sepultura Against
Susperia Attitude
A completely unsatisfying rip off of older Testament.
Trivium The Crusade

2.0 poor
Helloween 7 Sinners
Megadeth The System Has Failed
Megadeth The World Needs a Hero
Megadeth Risk
Sepultura A-Lex
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