Average Rating: 3.52
Rating Variance: 0.61
Objectivity Score: 76% (Well Balanced)
Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicDeath The Sound of PerseveranceEquilibrium SagasHoward Shore The Fellowship of the Ring: The Complete RecordingFew musicians ever hit their mark of brilliance. And of the few that do, even fewer hit it to such a degree that their product is among the greatest music to ever be created. A flawless accompaniment to a flawless film. The greatest film score ever created. Psychotic Waltz Into the EverflowX Japan Art of Life4.5 superbAgalloch The MantleAtheist Unquestionable PresenceBlind Guardian Nightfall in Middle-EarthBlut Aus Nord The Work Which Transforms GodCryptopsy None So VileDream Theater Train of ThoughtDream Theater Images and WordsEdge of Sanity Crimson IIEpica The Divine ConspiracyEpica The Phantom AgonyFates Warning No ExitFates Warning DisconnectedFates Warning A Pleasant Shade of GrayGreen Carnation Light of Day, Day of DarknessHaken AquariusHeavenly VirusIlbeltz Auskan Gabiltz Olatun GainianMy only real gripe is that it's a touch repetitive. Besides that, the album really shines when the folky, non-metal sections are on display. The metal parts are enjoyable too, but they feel somewhat tacked on at times and overall not well-integrated with the softer sections. I honestly could have done with an album that consisted purely of Ilbeltz's folk/baroque-y arrangements. On one last note--the singer's voice carries an incredibly distinct quality that is hard to describe, but it's true pleasure to listen to (despite the lyrics being entirely in Basque).Immolation Close to a World BelowJethro Tull Thick as a BrickMoonsorrow KivenkantajaMoonsorrow Voimasta Ja KunniastaNeal Morse Sola ScripturaNevermore The Politics of EcstasyNile Annihilation of the WickedNokturnal Mortum The Voice of SteelA truly beautiful folk/black metal album with a dreamy atmosphere. A superb release on so many levels. The biggest thing stopping this from perfection is the mediocre By Path of Sun. Every other track is sublime. Opeth Still LifeOpeth MorningriseOpeth Blackwater ParkOrphaned Land Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)A truly unique blend of folk, doom, death, and progressive metal. A classic album that needs to be heard by all fans of any of the above listed genres.Pain of Salvation Remedy LanePsycroptic The Scepter of the AncientsRedemption The Fullness of TimeSimply fantastic musicianship and composition on this album. The vocal melodies in particular are brilliant. A true classic in the progressive metal scene.Riverside Anno Domini High DefinitionRoyal Hunt ParadoxSabaton Carolus RexFantastic production, amazingly consistent. Surely one of the best albums of 2012.Seventh Wonder Waiting in the WingsUndoubtedly Seventh Wonder's best album to date. Not a single mediocre track on here, in fact nearly all of them are jaw dropping, some of them perfect. Unbelievable virtuosity (but not crossing into wankery) and song writing. Some of the most catchy, but progressive, metal you will ever hear.Sigh Imaginary SonicscapeSikTh Death of a Dead DayTheocracy Mirror Of SoulsVirgin Black Requiem - Mezzo ForteWhile Heaven Wept Vast Oceans LachrymoseWuthering Heights Far from the Madding Crowd4.0 excellentAdagio Sanctus IgnusAfter Forever DecipherAgalloch Ashes Against the GrainAghora FormlessAlice in Chains FaceliftAndromeda II=IArch / Matheos Sympathetic ResonanceAtheist ElementsBetween the Buried and Me AlaskaBetween the Buried and Me ColorsBeyond Creation The AuraBlind Guardian Imaginations from the Other SideBlotted Science The Machinations of DementiaCaladan Brood Echoes Of BattleCandlemass Epicus Doomicus MetallicusCeltic Frost To Mega TherionDan Swano MoontowerDeath SymbolicDeicide DeicideDemilich NespitheDevin Townsend Ocean Machine: BiomechDisillusion Back to Times of SplendorDream Theater AwakeDreamscape End of SilenceDying Fetus Destroy the OppositionEdge of Sanity CrimsonEmperor In the Nightside EclipseEnsiferum EnsiferumEnsiferum IronEpica Design Your UniverseEquilibrium Turis FratyrEquilibrium RekreaturEquilibrium ErdentempelFairly simple and straightforward music, but Equilibrium have released their funnest and happiest sounding
album. They've also upped their folk influences to the max, and make no mistake, the music is still epic/huge
(just in smaller doses). Uns'Rer Floten Klang is also one of the best things I've ever heard. Evergrey In Search Of TruthFates Warning Awaken the GuardianGojira From Mars to SiriusGojira The Way of All FleshGojira PossessedGorguts ObscuraGorod Leading VisionHaken VisionsHeavenly Dust To DustA bit bloated. There are a few songs that hinder the album's overall quality but at 70 minutes, there IS a healthy amount of good material here. And the material that's good isn't just good. It's jaw dropping. (for the record, the first half is by far stronger than the second.)Herbst9 The Gods Are Small Birds, But I Am The FalconOne full hour of dark, twisted, brooding evil. Immortal Sons of Northern DarknessJethro Tull AqualungJethro Tull Minstrel in the GalleryJethro Tull Heavy HorsesJohn Arch A Twist Of Fate [EP]Martyr Warp ZoneMartyr Feeding the AbscessMastodon LeviathanMastodon Blood MountainMastodon Crack the SkyeMeshuggah NothingMeshuggah IMeshuggah obZenNazgul De Expugnatione ElfmuthNecrophagist EpitaphNecrophagist Onset of PutrefactionNevermore Dreaming Neon BlackNevermore Dead Heart In A Dead WorldNile Those Whom the Gods DetestObliveon From This Day ForwardOpeth DeliveranceOpeth WatershedOrion's Reign Nuclear WinterSome really interesting songs on this epic power metal debut. The choruses are catchy as fuck and the instrumentalists are awesome. Only problem is originality; there's nothing new here. But that's not a bad thing
necessarily. Orion's Reign takes an already kickass forumla and perfects it.Outworld OutworldPestilence SpheresProtest the Hero KeziaProtest the Hero FortressPsychotic Waltz Demo 1986 (as Aslan)Psycroptic The Inherited RepressionQueensryche Operation: MindcrimeRedemption Snowfall on Judgment DayRevocation RevocationTheir best release so far. A nice fusion of styles from their previous two albums with some new stuff thrown in. Riverside Second Life SyndromeRoyal Hunt Moving TargetRoyal Hunt Show Me How To LiveRoyal Hunt release some of their best material since Paradox.Savatage Streets: A Rock OperaSeventh Wonder Mercy FallsShadow Gallery Room VShadow Gallery TyrannySikTh The Trees Are Dead and Dried Out Spawn of Possession CabinetSunless Rise PromoSymphony X The Divine Wings of TragedySymphony X The OdysseySymphony X Twilight in OlympusSymphony X V: The New Mythology SuiteThe Contortionist ExoplanetTheocracy As The World BleedsTherion TheliThreshold Wounded LandTriptykon Melana ChasmataVanden Plas Chronicles of the Immortals: Netherworld (Path 1)Visions Of Atlantis TrinityWarlord The Holy EmpireWhile Heaven Wept Of Empires ForlornWhispered Shogunate MacabreWilderun Olden Tales & Deathly TrailsWintersun WintersunWintersun Time IMet and shattered every expectation. A grandiose, over-the-top release, while remaining incredibly mature. rOnly complaint is the album length. It just feels a tad underwhelming when you are only left with ~35 minutes rof metal. X Japan DahliaYngwie Malmsteen TrilogyZero Hour The Towers of Avarice3.5 greatAdagio Archangels in BlackAde SpartacusAgalloch Pale FolkloreAgalloch The WhiteVery refreshing mixture of folk and dark ambient. Alestorm Captain Morgan's RevengeAlice in Chains DirtAndromeda Extension of the WishAquilus GriseusBathory Blood Fire DeathBathory HammerheartBlackguard Profugus MortisBlind Guardian A Night at the OperaBrymir Breathe Fire to the SunBurzum Daudi BaldrsThough I understand where the hatred for this album comes from, I will say that it is one that you have to "get" to enjoy. Daudi Baldrs takes the listener through the tortured, dungeonous mind of a Norwegian arsonist and murderer. Though the sounds on this album are of the dreadful quality, a tone is achieved and manages to convey sadness, anger, and torment--and in some way the low quality MIDI sounds work in the album's favor. Never have I heard such minimalism instill so much darkness in my ears. I am in the vast minority when I say that I fully understand what Vikernes was trying to do with this album (though that's not to say anyone is wrong for disliking it). There is only one serious gripe to be made, and that is the pure repetition that is found. Once you hear the first 30 seconds (and often less) of a song you have essentially heard the rest of it. Strangely (and as with the low quality MIDI samples) this repetition somehow works in the album's favor, but when some songs approach 10 minutes long, even I can admit that these melodies have overstayed their welcome. Carach Angren Where the Corpses Sink ForeverBrilliant symphonic black metal matched by an equally brilliant concept. Music doesn't really break new
ground but it practically masters the niche.
"It's hard to breathe within this thick cloak of sulphurius mist, conjuring slaughtering soldiers into sickening
silhouettes." (most memorable part on the album)Carcass Surgical SteelFeels like a mix between Necroticism and Heartwork. Some fantastic material on this record, but I can't help
but feel it's just 47 minutes of the same thing. Celtic Frost Into the PandemoniumCeltic Frost MonotheistCircus Maximus The 1st ChapterDeath Individual Thought PatternsDeath HumanDream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a MemoryDream Theater OctavariumDream Theater Black Clouds & Silver LiningsDreamscape 5th SeasonDying Fetus Reign SupremeEnsiferum From AfarEnslaved Axioma Ethica OdiniEpica Consign to OblivionEvergrey The Inner CircleEvergrey Recreation DayFates Warning The Spectre WithinFates Warning Perfect SymmetryFates Warning FWXGojira The LinkHannes Grossmann The Radial CovenantJoseph Magazine Night Of The Red SkyJudas Priest NostradamusMarillion Misplaced ChildhoodMelechesh EnkiMeshuggah KolossMindwork EtereaNevermore Enemies Of RealityNocternity OnyxObliveon NemesisOpeth OrchidOpeth DamnationOpeth Pale CommunionPain of Salvation The Perfect Element, Part 1Pestilence Consuming ImpulsePestilence Testimony of the AncientsPestilence Resurrection MacabrePestilence DoctrinePestilence ObsideoPsychotic Waltz BleedingQueensryche The WarningSabaton The Art of WarSabaton Coat of ArmsSavatage The Hall of the Mountain KingSavatage Gutter BalletSonata Arctica SilenceSonata Arctica Pariah's ChildSpiral Architect A Sceptic's UniverseSymphony X Paradise LostThreshold HypotheticalThreshold Critical MassThreshold SubsurfaceThreshold Extinct InstinctThy Primordial The Heresy of an Age of ReasonWhispered Thousand SwordsWilderun Sleep at the Edge of the EarthYes FragileYngwie Malmsteen Rising Force3.0 goodAgalloch Marrow of the SpiritIt's definitely a grower album. This is Agalloch's darkest material and is accented very well by the album's warm, organic production. Musically, Marrow contains unique, satisfying moments but unfortunately, they're a bit too scattered. As well, the album is bookended by two unnecessary and tedious tracks, the first of which isn't that bad but the last track--To Drown--is almost completely unredeeming and if not removed from the album entirely, could have easily been cut down by 7 minutes. Alestorm Black Sails at MidnightAlestorm Sunset on the Golden AgeAngel Dust BleedAtheist Piece of TimeAtheist JupiterAtlantean Kodex The White Goddess (A Grammar Of Poetic Myth)Bathory Under the Sign of the Black MarkComus First UtteranceCynic FocusCynic Traced in AirDark Moor The Hall of the Olden DreamsDarkwater Calling the Earth to WitnessDesultor Masters of HateDisillusion GloriaDissection Storm of the Light's BaneDominici 03, A Trilogy Part 3Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner TurbulenceDream Theater Falling into InfinityDream Theater Systematic ChaosDream Theater A Dramatic Turn of EventsEmyn Muil Túrin Turambar Dagnir GlaurungaEnsiferum Victory SongsEquilibrium WaldschreinIt's good but nothing groundbreaking. Though, who would expect otherwise given the nature of this EP?Gojira L'Enfant SauvageHeavenly Carpe DiemThere's two or three standout tracks here while the rest are forgettable. If you can get passed the senseless, shameless, cringeworthy Queen worship on tracks 3 and 5 then it may be worthy a listen. Immortal Pure HolocaustInfected Mushroom Army Of MushroomsJames LaBrie Elements Of PersuasionJethro Tull Songs from the WoodMastodon Once More 'Round the SunMeshuggah Destroy Erase ImproveMeshuggah Catch ThirtythreeMeshuggah ChaosphereMoonsorrow VerisakeetNevermore This Godless EndeavorNevermore The Obsidian ConspiracyOrphaned Land All Is OneThis is Orphaned Land watered down and commercialized. All is One lacks the atmosphere, ambition, and musical variance found on their previous two works. This is nothing more than a collection of pretty decent tracks.Psychotic Waltz MosquitoRedemption This Mortal CoilSabaton Primo VictoriaSeventh Wonder The Great EscapeSigh Gallows GallerySigh Hangman's HymnSummoning Oath BoundSymphony X The Damnation GameThe Last Successor The Last SuccessorThreshold Dead ReckoningThreshold CloneWindir ArntorWinglord The Chosen OneWuthering Heights Salt2.5 averageAlestorm Back Through TimeAlice in Chains Alice in ChainsBlackguard FirefightGeneric metal paired with epic symphonic leads. There is good material on this disc, but those looking for something original will not find it on Firefight.Carach Angren LammendamCarach Angren Death Came Through a Phantom ShipDying Fetus Descend Into DepravityFalkenbach AsaFates Warning Night on BrockenFates Warning ParallelsGentle Giant OctopusHaken The MountainHeathen Foray Armored BardsOpeth Ghost ReveriesPsychotic Waltz A Social GraceQueensryche EmpireRiverside Rapid Eye MovementShadow Gallery Carved In StoneStrapping Young Lad CitySymphony X IconoclastTeramobil Multispectral SupercontinuumThreshold PsychedelicatessenWuthering Heights To Travel For Evermore2.0 poorBlackguard So it BeginsDagoba Post Mortem Nihil EstDream Theater When Dream and Day UniteDreamscape Trance-like StateEnsiferum One Man Armyugh Fates Warning Inside OutFates Warning Darkness in a Different LightOne of my most noteworthy disappointments in music. I can't believe I waited 10 years for this. Fates Warning finally release something worth passing up.In The Woods... OmnioJethro Tull War ChildJethro Tull StormwatchLost Horizon A Flame To The Ground BeneathMichael Pinnella Enter The Twelfth GateYes, as a keyboardist, I do see merit in the musicianship of this release. However, the songwriting is incredibly unfocused and there are essentially no coherent ideas present throughout the album. Pinella has released a record that proves his virtuosity, but he needs to work on refining song structures and album pacing.Moonsorrow V: HavitettyOpeth HeritageRoyal Hunt A Life to Die ForImagine listening to what would equate to 46 minutes of Show Me How to Live b-sides. Stale. Sabaton HeroesThere are a couple of unique moments/experimentations on this disk. There's the folky To Hell and Back. rThere's the pounding vocals on Far From the Fame. There's also the song Ballad of the Bull, (obviously) a rballad but it's unlike any ballad the band have done and wouldn't be too out of place on an X Japan CD. rUnfortunately, besides these isolated moments, I found myself saying "haven't I heard this song before?" way rtoo frequently. Just listen to the first five seconds of Aces in Exile and then the first five seconds of Smoking rSnakes. It's almost offensive. It's not even the fact that the material is familiar, it's the fact that the material is rmediocre and familiar. Carolus Rex was so refreshing because the concept was fresh and so was the music to rmatch it. I think Sabaton needs to consider ditching WWII for longer than just one album.rEasily their worst album (not counting Metalizer)Threshold March of Progress1.5 very poorCruachan FolkloreDark Moor Ars MusicaDream Theater Dream TheaterDreamscape EverlightEnsiferum Unsung HeroesOpeth My Arms, Your HearseX Japan Blue Blood1.0 awfulMorbid Angel Illud Divinum InsanusThe only album that has literally made me let out laughter.Threshold For The JourneyComing from a diehard of some of their previous material: Threshold needs to die already. Hopefully next time around they'll decide against releasing the same album eight times in a row (with each iteration being worse than the last).
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