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5.0 classic
Death The Sound of Perseverance
Dream Theater Images and Words
Equilibrium Sagas
Psychotic Waltz Into the Everflow
X Japan Art of Life

4.5 superb
Agalloch The Mantle
Atheist Unquestionable Presence
Bathory Under the Sign of the Black Mark
Blind Guardian Nightfall in Middle-Earth
Blut Aus Nord The Work Which Transforms God
Deicide Deicide
Dream Theater Train of Thought
Edge of Sanity Crimson II
Epica The Divine Conspiracy
Epica The Phantom Agony
Fates Warning No Exit
Fates Warning Disconnected
Fates Warning A Pleasant Shade of Gray
Haken Aquarius
Heavenly Virus
Immolation Close to a World Below
Jethro Tull Thick as a Brick
Marillion Misplaced Childhood
Mastodon Crack the Skye
Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve
Meshuggah obZen
Moonsorrow Voimasta Ja Kunniasta
Neal Morse Sola Scriptura
Nevermore Dead Heart In A Dead World
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 Still Life
Opeth Morningrise
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
Symphony X V: The New Mythology Suite
Theocracy Mirror Of Souls
Threshold Wounded Land
Virgin Black Requiem - Mezzo Forte
While Heaven Wept Vast Oceans Lachrymose
Wintersun Wintersun
Wuthering Heights Far from the Madding Crowd
Yes Fragile
Zero Hour The Towers of Avarice

4.0 excellent
Adagio Sanctus Ignus
Adagio Archangels in Black
After Forever Decipher
Agalloch Pale Folklore
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
Aghora Formless
Alice in Chains Facelift
Andromeda II=I
Aquilus Griseus
Arch / Matheos Sympathetic Resonance
Atheist Elements
Bathory Hammerheart
Between the Buried and Me Alaska
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Beyond Creation The Aura
Blind Guardian A Night at the Opera
Blind Guardian Imaginations from the Other Side
Blotted Science The Machinations of Dementia
Caladan Brood Echoes Of Battle
Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
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)
Celtic Frost To Mega Therion
Celtic Frost Monotheist
Cryptopsy None So Vile
Dan Swano Moontower
Dark Moor The Hall of the Olden Dreams
Death Symbolic
Demilich Nespithe
Devin Townsend Ocean Machine: Biomech
Disillusion Back To Times Of Splendor
Dissection Storm of the Light's Bane
Dream Theater Awake
Dreamscape End of Silence
Edge of Sanity Crimson
Emperor In the Nightside Eclipse
Emyn Muil Túrin Turambar Dagnir Glaurunga
Ensiferum Ensiferum
Ensiferum Iron
Enslaved Axioma Ethica Odini
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
Evergrey Recreation Day
Fates Warning Awaken the Guardian
Gojira From Mars to Sirius
Gojira The Way of All Flesh
Gojira Possessed
Gorguts Obscura
Gorod Leading Vision
Green Carnation Light of Day, Day of Darkness
Haken Visions
Hannes Grossmann The Radial Covenant
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.)
Immortal Sons of Northern Darkness
James LaBrie Elements Of Persuasion
Jethro Tull Aqualung
Jethro Tull Minstrel in the Gallery
Jethro Tull Songs from the Wood
Jethro Tull Heavy Horses
John Arch A Twist Of Fate [EP]
Mastodon Leviathan
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Meshuggah Nothing
Meshuggah I
Meshuggah Catch Thirtythree
Nazgul De Expugnatione Elfmuth
Necrophagist Epitaph
Necrophagist Onset of Putrefaction
Nevermore Dreaming Neon Black
Nile Those Whom the Gods Detest
Obliveon From This Day Forward
Opeth Deliverance
Opeth Damnation
Opeth Watershed
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
Psychotic Waltz Bleeding
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
Silencer Death - Pierce Me
Spawn of Possession Cabinet
Sunless Rise Promo
Symphony X The Divine Wings of Tragedy
Symphony X The Odyssey
Symphony X Twilight in Olympus
The Contortionist Exoplanet
Theocracy As The World Bleeds
Therion Theli
Threshold Hypothetical
Threshold Critical Mass
Threshold Subsurface
Threshold Extinct Instinct
Threshold Clone
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 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

3.5 great
Ade Spartacus
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
Bathory Blood Fire Death
Blackguard Profugus Mortis
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.
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 Into the Pandemonium
Circus Maximus The 1st Chapter
Death Individual Thought Patterns
Death Human
Desultor Masters of Hate
Dominici 03, A Trilogy Part 3
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Dream Theater Octavarium
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos
Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Dreamscape 5th Season
Ensiferum From Afar
Epica Consign to Oblivion
Evergrey The Inner Circle
Fates Warning The Spectre Within
Fates Warning Perfect Symmetry
Fates Warning FWX
Gojira The Link
Heathen Foray Armored Bards
Jethro Tull Stormwatch
Joseph Magazine Night Of The Red Sky
Meshuggah Chaosphere
Meshuggah Koloss
Mindwork Eterea
Nevermore Enemies Of Reality
Nocternity Onyx
Opeth Orchid
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
Queensryche Empire
Riverside Rapid Eye Movement
Sabaton The Art of War
Sabaton Coat of Arms
Savatage The Hall of the Mountain King
Savatage Gutter Ballet
Seventh Wonder The Great Escape
Shadow Gallery Carved In Stone
Sonata Arctica Pariah's Child
Spiral Architect A Sceptic's Universe
Summoning Oath Bound
Symphony X Paradise Lost
Thy Primordial The Heresy of an Age of Reason
Whispered Thousand Swords
Wuthering Heights Salt
Yngwie Malmsteen Rising Force

3.0 good
Alestorm Black Sails at Midnight
Angel Dust Bleed
Atheist Piece of Time
Atheist Jupiter
Atlantean Kodex The White Goddess (A Grammar Of Poetic Myth)
Comus First Utterance
Cynic Focus
Cynic Traced in Air
Darkwater Calling the Earth to Witness
Disillusion Gloria
Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Dream Theater Falling into Infinity
Dream Theater A Dramatic Turn of Events
Dreamscape Trance-like State
Ensiferum Victory Songs
Equilibrium Waldschrein
It's good but nothing groundbreaking. Though, who would expect otherwise given the nature of this EP?
Fates Warning Night on Brocken
Fates Warning Parallels
Gojira L'Enfant Sauvage
Haken The Mountain
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
Mastodon Once More 'Round the Sun
Nevermore This Godless Endeavor
Nevermore The Obsidian Conspiracy
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Opeth Pale Communion
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
Strapping Young Lad City
Symphony X The Damnation Game
Symphony X Iconoclast
The Last Successor The Last Successor
Threshold Dead Reckoning
Threshold Psychedelicatessen
Windir Arntor
Winglord The Chosen One
X Japan Blue Blood

2.5 average
Alestorm Back Through Time
Alice in Chains Alice in Chains
Blackguard So it Begins
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.
Falkenbach Asa
Fates Warning Inside Out
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.
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.
Teramobil Multispectral Supercontinuum
Threshold March of Progress
Wuthering Heights To Travel For Evermore

2.0 poor
Agalloch Marrow of the Spirit
Dagoba Post Mortem Nihil Est
Dream Theater When Dream and Day Unite
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
Lost Horizon A Flame To The Ground Beneath
Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse
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)

1.5 very poor
Dark Moor Ars Musica
Dream Theater Dream Theater
Ensiferum Unsung Heroes
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