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5.0 classic
Death The Sound of Perseverance
Dream Theater Images and Words
Equilibrium Sagas
Howard Shore The Fellowship of the Ring
Howard Shore The Fellowship of the Ring: The Complete Recording
Psychotic Waltz Into the Everflow
X Japan Art of Life

4.5 superb
Agalloch The Mantle
Atheist Unquestionable Presence
Blind Guardian Nightfall in Middle-Earth
Blut Aus Nord The Work Which Transforms God
Cryptopsy None So Vile
Dream Theater Train of Thought
Edge of Sanity Crimson II
Epica The Phantom Agony
Epica The Divine Conspiracy
Fates Warning No Exit
Fates Warning A Pleasant Shade of Gray
Fates Warning Disconnected
Green Carnation Light of Day, Day of Darkness
Haken Aquarius
Heavenly Virus
Howard Shore The Two Towers
Howard Shore The Return of the King
Immolation Close to a World Below
Jethro Tull Thick as a Brick
Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve
Moonsorrow Voimasta Ja Kunniasta
Moonsorrow Kivenkantaja
Neal Morse Sola Scriptura
Nevermore The Politics of Ecstasy
Nile Annihilation of the Wicked
Nokturnal Mortum The Voice of Steel
A 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 Morningrise
Opeth Still Life
Opeth Blackwater Park
Orphaned 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 Lane
Psycroptic The Scepter of the Ancients
Redemption The Fullness of Time
Simply 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 Definition
Royal Hunt Paradox
Sabaton Carolus Rex
Fantastic production, amazingly consistent. Surely one of the best albums of 2012.
Seventh Wonder Waiting in the Wings
Undoubtedly 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 Sonicscape
SikTh Death of a Dead Day
Theocracy Mirror Of Souls
Virgin Black Requiem - Mezzo Forte
While Heaven Wept Vast Oceans Lachrymose
Wuthering Heights Far from the Madding Crowd

4.0 excellent
Adagio Sanctus Ignus
After Forever Decipher
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
Aghora Formless
Alice in Chains Facelift
Andromeda II=I
Arch / Matheos Sympathetic Resonance
Atheist Elements
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Between the Buried and Me Alaska
Beyond Creation The Aura
Blind Guardian Imaginations from the Other Side
Blotted Science The Machinations of Dementia
Caladan Brood Echoes Of Battle
Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
Celtic Frost To Mega Therion
Dan Swano Moontower
Dark Moor The Hall of the Olden Dreams
Death Symbolic
Deicide Deicide
Demilich Nespithe
Devin Townsend Ocean Machine: Biomech
Disillusion Back to Times of Splendor
Dream Theater Awake
Dreamscape End of Silence
Edge of Sanity Crimson
Emperor In the Nightside Eclipse
Ensiferum Ensiferum
Ensiferum Iron
Epica Design Your Universe
Equilibrium Turis Fratyr
Equilibrium Rekreatur
Equilibrium Erdentempel
Fairly 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 Truth
Fates Warning Awaken the Guardian
Gojira The Way of All Flesh
Gojira From Mars to Sirius
Gojira Possessed
Gorguts Obscura
Gorod Leading Vision
Haken Visions
Heavenly Dust To Dust
A 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 Falcon
One full hour of dark, twisted, brooding evil.
Ilbeltz Auskan Gabiltz Olatun Gainian
My 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).
Immortal Sons of Northern Darkness
Jethro Tull Aqualung
Jethro Tull Minstrel in the Gallery
Jethro Tull Heavy Horses
John Arch A Twist Of Fate [EP]
Mastodon Leviathan
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Mastodon Crack the Skye
Meshuggah I
Meshuggah obZen
Meshuggah Catch Thirtythree
Meshuggah Nothing
Nazgul De Expugnatione Elfmuth
Necrophagist Epitaph
Necrophagist Onset of Putrefaction
Nevermore Dead Heart In A Dead World
Nevermore Dreaming Neon Black
Nile Those Whom the Gods Detest
Obliveon From This Day Forward
Opeth Watershed
Opeth Deliverance
Orion's Reign Nuclear Winter
Some 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 Outworld
Pestilence Spheres
Protest the Hero Kezia
Protest the Hero Fortress
Psychotic Waltz Bleeding
Psychotic Waltz Demo 1986 (as Aslan)
Psycroptic The Inherited Repression
Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime
Redemption Snowfall on Judgment Day
Revocation Revocation
Their best release so far. A nice fusion of styles from their previous two albums with some new stuff thrown in.
Riverside Second Life Syndrome
Royal Hunt Moving Target
Royal Hunt Show Me How To Live
Royal Hunt release some of their best material since Paradox.
Savatage Streets: A Rock Opera
Seventh Wonder Mercy Falls
Shadow Gallery Room V
Shadow Gallery Tyranny
SikTh The Trees Are Dead and Dried Out
Spawn of Possession Cabinet
Sunless Rise Promo
Symphony X The Odyssey
Symphony X V: The New Mythology Suite
Symphony X Twilight in Olympus
Symphony X The Divine Wings of Tragedy
The Contortionist Exoplanet
Theocracy As The World Bleeds
Therion Theli
Threshold Wounded Land
Triptykon Melana Chasmata
Vanden Plas Chronicles of the Immortals: Netherworld (Path 1)
Visions Of Atlantis Trinity
Warlord The Holy Empire
While Heaven Wept Of Empires Forlorn
Whispered Shogunate Macabre
Wilderun Olden Tales & Deathly Trails
Wintersun Wintersun
Wintersun Time I
Met 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 Dahlia
Yngwie Malmsteen Trilogy
Zero Hour The Towers of Avarice

3.5 great
Adagio Archangels in Black
Ade Spartacus
Agalloch Pale Folklore
Agalloch The White
Very refreshing mixture of folk and dark ambient.
Alestorm Captain Morgan's Revenge
Alice in Chains Dirt
Andromeda Extension of the Wish
Aquilus Griseus
Bathory Blood Fire Death
Bathory Hammerheart
Blackguard Profugus Mortis
Blind Guardian A Night at the Opera
Brymir Breathe Fire to the Sun
Burzum Daudi Baldrs
Though 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 Forever
Brilliant 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 Steel
Feels 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 Monotheist
Celtic Frost Into the Pandemonium
Circus Maximus The 1st Chapter
Death Individual Thought Patterns
Death Human
Dream Theater Octavarium
Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Dreamscape 5th Season
Ensiferum From Afar
Enslaved Axioma Ethica Odini
Epica Consign to Oblivion
Evergrey Recreation Day
Evergrey The Inner Circle
Fates Warning The Spectre Within
Fates Warning Perfect Symmetry
Fates Warning FWX
Gojira The Link
Hannes Grossmann The Radial Covenant
Joseph Magazine Night Of The Red Sky
Judas Priest Nostradamus
Marillion Misplaced Childhood
Melechesh Enki
Meshuggah Chaosphere
Meshuggah Koloss
Mindwork Eterea
Nevermore Enemies Of Reality
Nocternity Onyx
Opeth Orchid
Opeth Damnation
Opeth Pale Communion
Pain of Salvation The Perfect Element, Part 1
Pestilence Consuming Impulse
Pestilence Testimony of the Ancients
Pestilence Resurrection Macabre
Pestilence Doctrine
Pestilence Obsideo
Psychotic Waltz Mosquito
Queensryche The Warning
Sabaton Coat of Arms
Sabaton The Art of War
Savatage Gutter Ballet
Savatage The Hall of the Mountain King
Seventh Wonder The Great Escape
Sonata Arctica Pariah's Child
Sonata Arctica Silence
Spiral Architect A Sceptic's Universe
Symphony X Paradise Lost
Threshold Extinct Instinct
Threshold Subsurface
Threshold Critical Mass
Threshold Hypothetical
Thy Primordial The Heresy of an Age of Reason
Whispered Thousand Swords
Yes Fragile
Yngwie Malmsteen Rising Force

3.0 good
Agalloch Marrow of the Spirit
It'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 Midnight
Alestorm Sunset on the Golden Age
Angel Dust Bleed
Atheist Jupiter
Atheist Piece of Time
Atlantean Kodex The White Goddess (A Grammar Of Poetic Myth)
Bathory Under the Sign of the Black Mark
Comus First Utterance
Cynic Focus
Cynic Traced in Air
Darkwater Calling the Earth to Witness
Desultor Masters of Hate
Disillusion Gloria
Dissection Storm of the Light's Bane
Dominici 03, A Trilogy Part 3
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos
Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Dream Theater Falling into Infinity
Dream Theater A Dramatic Turn of Events
Emyn Muil Túrin Turambar Dagnir Glaurunga
Ensiferum Victory Songs
Equilibrium Waldschrein
It's good but nothing groundbreaking. Though, who would expect otherwise given the nature of this EP?
Gojira L'Enfant Sauvage
Heavenly Carpe Diem
There'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 Holocaust
Infected Mushroom Army Of Mushrooms
James LaBrie Elements Of Persuasion
Jethro Tull Songs from the Wood
Mastodon Once More 'Round the Sun
Moonsorrow Verisakeet
Nevermore This Godless Endeavor
Nevermore The Obsidian Conspiracy
Orphaned Land All Is One
This 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 A Social Grace
Redemption This Mortal Coil
Sabaton Primo Victoria
Summoning Oath Bound
Symphony X The Damnation Game
The Last Successor The Last Successor
Threshold Dead Reckoning
Threshold Clone
Windir Arntor
Winglord The Chosen One
Wuthering Heights Salt

2.5 average
Alestorm Back Through Time
Alice in Chains Alice in Chains
Blackguard Firefight
Generic 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 Lammendam
Carach Angren Death Came Through a Phantom Ship
Falkenbach Asa
Fates Warning Night on Brocken
Fates Warning Parallels
Gentle Giant Octopus
Haken The Mountain
Heathen Foray Armored Bards
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Queensryche Empire
Riverside Rapid Eye Movement
Shadow Gallery Carved In Stone
Strapping Young Lad City
Symphony X Iconoclast
Teramobil Multispectral Supercontinuum
Threshold Psychedelicatessen
Wuthering Heights To Travel For Evermore

2.0 poor
Blackguard So it Begins
Dagoba Post Mortem Nihil Est
Dream Theater When Dream and Day Unite
Dreamscape Trance-like State
Ensiferum One Man Army
ugh
Fates Warning Inside Out
Fates Warning Darkness in a Different Light
One 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... Omnio
Jethro Tull War Child
Jethro Tull Stormwatch
Lost Horizon A Flame To The Ground Beneath
Michael Pinnella Enter The Twelfth Gate
Yes, 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: Havitetty
Opeth Heritage
Royal Hunt A Life to Die For
Imagine listening to what would equate to 46 minutes of Show Me How to Live b-sides. Stale.
Sabaton Heroes
There 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 Progress

1.5 very poor
Cruachan Folklore
Dark Moor Ars Musica
Dream Theater Dream Theater
Dreamscape Everlight
Ensiferum Unsung Heroes
Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse
X Japan Blue Blood

1.0 awful
Morbid Angel Illud Divinum Insanus
The only album that has literally made me let out laughter.
Threshold For The Journey
Coming 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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