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5.0 classic
Alice in Chains Jar of Flies
Jar of Flies is easily one of the best EP's ever made, and the best of Alice in Chains' 2 fully original ones. You simply cannot say you've experienced this band if you haven't heard this. Essential grunge.
Black Sabbath Master of Reality
Master of Reality is, in my opinion, Black Sabbath's magnum opus. Yes, Paranoid is amazing, and yes, the debut is highly influential. But, at the end of the day, if I were to pick one Sabbath album to take on a trip, it would be this one. Metal just doesn't get any better: a true classic in every sense of the term.
Bloomfield, Kooper and Stills Super Session
Twas a crime to keep this album out of Sputnik. Bloomfield was, quite simply, one of the best guitarists of all time. This album should be heard by any guitar enthusiast, but, especially, by any blues lover. Jazz lovers might also find this appealing.
Camel Moonmadness
One of the best prog albums ever made, 'nuff said.
Caravan Caravan
Charles Mingus Mingus Ah Um
Mingus Ah Um is essential listening for music lovers. The man was ahead of his time: improvisation and upbeat pieces make this feel almost like a 70's fusion record. You can get where the Big 4 of Fusion (Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, Headhunters and Weather Report) got their inspiration. You must hear this before you die, period.
Chuck Berry Chuck Berry Is on Top
Every song here is an absolute classic. Those interested in old-school rock n' roll can't miss this. This here is the definitive Chuck Berry, the perfect sampler of his music. Look no further.
Death Symbolic
Symbolic may very well stand as Death's crowning achievement. It definitely takes more than one listen to comprehend, but behind all the speed and thrashyness in this record, there are also remnants of the jazzy elements present on Individual Thought Patterns. From the epic riff that opens the album on the title track, to the acoustic outro on "Perennial Quest", this album is a real treat. Hell, the case could even be made for this album being the pinnacle of all things metal, it is just THAT good.
Diamond Head Lightning to the Nations
Diamond Head's debut is far and away one of the cornerstones of heavy metal, period. With solid songwriting, impressive riffs and wicked leads, this album is nothing less than essential for metalheads.rThis album is also arguably the best metal album in the 1976-82 period not produced by Judas Priest or Iron Maiden.
Dick Dale Surfer's Choice
This is one of the most unique releases ever. Dale's technique feels quite ahead of its time, and I've a feeling Satriani himself listened to this.
Dokken Tooth and Nail
My favourite Dokken album. Lynch is in his prime here, and every song here is epic. Very awesome album overall.
Electric Sun Earthquake
Eurythmics Be Yourself Tonight
Genesis Selling England by the Pound
What elevates Selling England by the Pound to its well-deserved status is how the band effectively mixes the absurd, the emotional, the folkish, the theatrical, and the satirical. It's amazingly diverse, and the highlights on here are among the highest highs in all of progressive rock. If you call yourself a prog fan, do yourself a favor and listen to this. A true essential.
Heroes del Silencio Senderos de Traicion
John Mayer Battle Studies
Judas Priest Sad Wings of Destiny
Sad Wings of Destiny is one of those albums that requires repeated listening to truly embrace. But, eventually, you'll realize that no JP album riffs as hard, is quite as haunting, or as musically ambitious. There are no weak tracks on this album, and they compliment each other perfectly. In fact, this album is so good that you don't need to be a Priest fan, a metal fan, or even a rock fan, to like this album. Anyone who can appreciate good music can like this album.rPersonal Rating: 5.0
Kansas Song for America
Fantastic album. Arguably their best. Fantastic musicianship.
Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti
Physical Graffiti towers head and shoulders above all the previous studio LP's. Not one track is weak. Without a doubt, this record was a template for many bands to come. More than a rock n' roll achievement, Physical Graffiti is a music essential, period.
Los Jaivas Alturas de Machu Picchu
If you're really looking to expand your musical horizons, seeking something different in the realm of prog, etc., then you can't go wrong with this. Alturas... is truly a breathtaking journey into new waters for progressive rock. While not one of the "indispensable" prog gems, you really can't go wrong with this one.
Mano Negra Casa Babylon
Megadeth Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?
What makes Peace Sells... But Who's Buying such a compelling record is the fact that all the elements come together in a way that no other Megadeth album has captured. Yes, the next two and the previous are all impressive, but this just feels like a more groundbreaking team effort than any of those records. In my opinion, out of the fabled "Thrash Tetralogy", this album probably deserves its reputation the most.
Mercyful Fate Melissa
Few albums in heavy metal history have been quite as ambitious, intricate and grandiose as Mercyful Fate's Melissa. Consisting of an exact 7 tracks, it feels as if purely intended for top-to-bottom listening, rather than separate jamming of each track. The songwriting genius, precision and formidable chemistry of this band cannot be emphasized enough. Definitely a clear example of heavy metal at its finest.
Metallica Kill 'Em All
While all 3 albums of the Burton Trilogy are highly impressive, Kill 'Em All gets the nod because of how ferociously groundbreaking it is. This album ispired countless acts to make heavier and more aggressive music, drawing the concern of many parents in the process. With lyrical content as violent as this to match the aggressiveness of the music, it's no wonder the PMRC stepped in to attempt to censor music, leading to the famous Parental Advisory Warnings that we're so familiar with.
Miles Davis Bitches Brew
This album simply changed the face of jazz forever. Not only that, but it has also influenced artists of diverse genres ever since. You just can't go wrong with this gem.
My Bloody Valentine Loveless
The atmosphere conjured in Loveless is quite unlike any other. You need to be in the right mood for this album, otherwise it won't hit you.r
Opeth Orchid
What tilts Orchid to being Opeth's masterpiece in my eyes is how superbly it flows from top to bottom. Without a doubt their most diverse record, you can't go wrong with songs like "The Apostle in Triumph", "In the Mist She Was Standing" and "The Twilight is My Robe". Essential modern-day prog-metal.
Ozric Tentacles Arborescence
Pearl Jam Ten
What makes Pearl Jam's debut so special is the precise coherence between music and lyrics. The band is simply on fire here, as inspired as you'll ever hear them. While the siingles are great on their own, you shouldn't miss out on the album, as it'll definitely make you a bigger fan of this amazing band. Also of note: the album ends with the same sounds with which it begins.rPersonal rating: 5.0
Pet Shop Boys Actually
The formula in Please is greatly expanded on Actually. An essential for music fans.
Phish A Picture of Nectar
Pink Floyd Animals
An interesting concept album, Animals features 3 long songs book-ended by the brief "Pigs on the Wing" tracks. Many argue that this is the band's magnum opus, but what really matters is that, objectively, this was a major game changer for progressive rock.
Porcupine Tree Signify
Signify is the last of the band's psychedelic space rock works. That this band took the effort to create 3 fine albums in this vein is astonishing; to say that they would go on to create an equally fine commercialized output defies expectations.
Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us
Public Enemy's epic magnum opus. This is one album you must hear before you die, if you are a real music fan.
Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime
Not only is this the band's magnum opus, it's also one of the best albums ever made, period. This is one of those albums you must heaar before you die. The story is fantastic, and there's clearly a lot of political commentary on here. Also, the characters have aspects to be analized as well. Musically, this is perfect, and demonstrates how underrated Wilton and DeGarmo were/are as a guitar duo. The rest of the band is on top form as well. Any track could be a favorite, but I'll go with "The Mission" because DeGarmo's solo on it is flat-out epic.rPersonal Rating: 5.0
Red Hot Chili Peppers Freaky Styley
What gives Freaky Styley the edge over all other RHCP albums is
how catchy, fresh and fun it is. Extremely underrated, this is a true
gem, and revolutionized music in general. One of my all-time fave
albums.
Sade Love Deluxe
Album is just soooo goood!!! Every song on here's a gem, you can't go wrong with this. Call me a sap, but I don't care, this woman's a goddess.
Santana Abraxas
The best Santana album. Caravanserai is great as well, so I was a bit torn between the two. But I think this one represents Santana better.
Seal Seal II
This album kicks ass. Seal is at the peak of his powers in this sublime record.
Snoop Dogg Doggystyle
Soda Stereo Cancion Animal
Soft Machine The Soft Machine
Soundgarden Superunknown
What makes Superunknown such an impressive record is how it works so effectively as a cohesive whole. It also achieves something the previous albums didn't: provide a satisfying closer. Even the weakest link, "Half" manages to be enjoyable enough to prevent the listener from skipping. Perfect album, and second only to Pearl Jam's Ten in grunge royalty.
Stereolab Emperor Tomato Ketchup
Sublime 40 Oz. to Freedom
40 Oz. to Freedom is nothing if not a classic of its generation. Fantastic album, extremely diverse and eclectic, with some solid guitar leads courtesy of the underrated Nowell, tight drumming and wicked bass playing. Truly an album of the ages.
Symphony X Paradise Lost
Tears For Fears The Seeds of Love
As good as Songs From the Big Chair is, The Seeds of Love is more cohesive and hits harder as a whole. A must-listen for music fans.
The Moody Blues Days of Future Passed
I don't often say this, but this isn't only an exceptionally awesome album; it's also one of the greatest albums of all time, period. You must hear "Nights In White Satin" before you die.
The Police Zenyatta Mondatta
Perfect album. There's little more to say.
The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
The brilliance of Siamese Dream is difficult to explain. It's not even because standouts like "Hummer", "Mayonaise", "Soma", "Disarm" and "Cherub Rock" exist. No, that is not the reason this is such a classic of its era.rThe reason this is such a classic is because of how mind-blowingly innovative the album is on the whole. It shattered conventional thinking on what rock n' roll could be. To this day, Siamese Dream still has the same power it did in the early 90's.
Toxik Think This
Traffic Traffic
One of the best albums you'll ever hear. Period.
Tygers Of Pan Tang Spellbound
Interesting arrangements throughout. Will definitely listen to more stuff from these guys.
Watchtower Control and Resistance
Easily the essential Watchtower album. Great jazz influences, great guitar work, epic bass, epic guitar work, fantastic record. If you are interested in progressive metal, you have to hear this.
Yngwie Malmsteen Rising Force
The album that introduced shred guitar to the world. While Yngwie might not be my fave guitarist, this is still an excellent record. Worth the listen.

4.5 superb
A Flock of Seagulls A Flock of Seagulls
The songs are really catchy, it's one of those pop records that really hangs on to you. Loved every bit of it.
Accept Restless And Wild
Agalloch Pale Folklore
Agalloch The Mantle
Al Di Meola Elegant Gypsy
Alice Cooper Billion Dollar Babies
Alice in Chains Dirt
Dirt is truly an album for the depressed. Ten is a hybrid of emotional ups and downs and Superunknown is a dense, layered trip of introspection. But if ever you were looking for an album that understood your angst, suffering and pain Dirt is that album. From the sudden metallic opening of "Dem Bones" to the impressive closure of "Would?", AiC gave us here one of the indispensable albums of the 90's.
Alice in Chains Facelift
Ansur Warring Factions
I didn't expect to enjoy this record this much. But it's a great recording, and these guys outdid themselves a lot.
Anthrax State of Euphoria
State of Euphoria is pure aggression and speed. My favorite on here is probably "Misery Loves Company".
Anthrax Persistence of Time
Persistence of Time probably has the best production out of any Anthrax album. You just gotta love the way the instruments are so perfectly welded together to create a sonic avalanche. My favorites on here are probably "Blood" and "Keep it in the Family".
Anthrax Spreading the Disease
There's never a dull moment on Spreading the Disease, indeed, you'll have a hard time keeping up with this album. Spitz and Ian play like madmen on here, and Benante whips up some wicked fills. Easily one of the band's finest efforts.
Black Sabbath Vol. 4
On Vol. 4, Sabbath has realized that they've already achieved their creative peak. As such, their focus begins to change from pure innovation to technical composition. They manage to adapt well to this change, given that they were obviously a very talented band. And while Vol. 4 stands no chance against the likes of Master of Reality or Paranoid, it's still an impressive and musically interesting record that fans of the first 3 should be able to enjoy.
Black Sabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Taking into consideration that Black Sabbath had already revolutionized rock music with their first 3 records, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath shows a band that realizes that it's coming of age, and has to now cope with the pressures of attempting to justify the sustainment of a career in rock music. Nevertheless, they perform wonderfully here, and this is by far their most varied record. Iommi's riffs are definitely less dense and the band's playing it much more restrained and focused on composition rather than kickass metal. So, while it's not the best album by this band, it nevertheless remains essential for anyone who has enjoyed the ever-so-seminal first 3 records.
Black Sabbath Sabotage
Opener "Hole in the Sky" and especially the 3rd track "Symptom of the
Universe" are pretty impressive. Closer "The Writ" does the job, and
"Am I Going Insane (Radio)" is least strong. Let's not forget epic
"Megalomania".
Black Sabbath Paranoid
Paranoid defined a new generation for rock music, alongside other releases of the time. The genre was developing subdivisions, and hard rock and heavy metal would be among these. It's not hard to see why this album is so relevant, though at first listen it might not feel too impressive. But it's all here: the riffs, the basslines and the fills. From "War Pigs" to "Fairies Wear Boots", Paranoid is more than just an album key to pioneering heavy metal: it's a musical journey that you have to experience for yourself.
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath
I honestly don't care if heavy metal originated specifically with this album or not; that's totally irrelevant. What really matters is that this album opened up the door for a new era in rock music, together with other releases of the time. Admittedly, Black Sabbath while still a solid debut, left room for improvement with regards to the band's potential. In other words, this rules, but the next two albums rule even harder.
Blind Melon Blind Melon
Blind Melon is far and away one of the most overlooked bands of the grunge movement. With this album they prove that they were more than a match for the Big 4. In my opinion, this album easily surpasses any Nirvana record.
Blue Oyster Cult Blue Oyster Cult
Blue Oyster Cult Tyranny And Mutation
Someone should review this. This band is way too relevant to be ignored.
Blue Oyster Cult Secret Treaties
Camel Mirage
It's really pointless to determine which Camel album is best, since both Mirage and Moonmadness rule hard. Mirage, Camel's sophomore release, has a strong, jazzy feel to it, and is definitely one of the most interesting things the 70's produced. Quite simple, you can't go wrong with this one.
Camel The Snow Goose
Candlebox Candlebox
A refreshing listen. These guys did some interesting stuff back in the day.
Coroner Mental Vortex
Corrosion of Conformity Deliverance
Dark Tranquillity The Gallery
Death Individual Thought Patterns
A highly jazzy record, Individual Thought Patterns is notable for the dominant presence of bassist Steve DiGiorgio, alongside guitar wizard Andy LaRocque. While lacking a proper bookending (opener "Overactive Imagination" has no buildup and instead gets straight to business, while closer "The Philosopher" simply fades out), this is still a highly solid and interesting album, and in my opinion slightly better than Human due to the fact that it feels more complete musically thanks to the bass audibility. Essential death metal.
Death Human
Only a select few bands can claim to have perfected heavy metal, and Death lies among those select few. This album is really a roller-coaster, packed with impressive riffs and leads. Guitar enthusiasts should be more than happy with this album, as it's definitely one of the finest the death metal subgenre has to offer. The drum intro in "Flattening of Emotions" is very memorable, as is the guitar work on closer "Vacant Planets". Essential death metal classic.
Death Spiritual Healing
Solid from top to bottom, and generally overlooked in Death's discography, Spiritual Healing flows impeccably. It also features some of Chuck's best lyrical work.
Deep Purple In Rock
In Rock was highly groundbreaking for its time. It was extremely influential for much hard rock and heavy metal that would follow. Bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest definitely borrowed from this. Also of note: you get a fantastic opening/closing combo with "Speed King" and "Hard Lovin' Man".
Deep Purple Fireball
A fantastic record, and it might become my favourite in time. Gotta love "No One Came", easily one of the band's finest closers. Other tracks like "Fools" and "No No No" are epic as well.
Deep Purple Machine Head
An awesome record by DP's All-Star lineup. My faves on here are prob "Highway Star", Pictures of Home" and "Lazy".
Deep Purple Burn
While not necessarily DP's best record, Burn is probably the most musically interesting one of the bunch. The band certainly experiments with funk and soul here, and the Coverdale/Hughes duo proves to be more than capable of replacing Gillan. "Mistreated" and the title track are probably the biggest standouts, but the album as a whole is a highly satisfying listen.
Deep Purple Made in Japan
Having waited quite a long time to hear it, I finally listen to Made in Japan. While I don't think it's appropriate to compare it to the band's studio material. it has definitive appeal as a relic of the 70's.rTracks like "Smoke on the Water" and "Space Truckin'" feel massively improved on here. If ever I were to pick a less strong moment, it'd be "The Mule", a drum solo which, while solid, doesn't impress as much as other moments on the album. As a whole however, this is an excellent, and essential, live recording.
Deep Purple Deep Purple
Deep Purple is clearly Jon Lord's album. His classical leanings dominate this work, but that makes the album all the more special. Blackmore does shine though, on magnificent tracks like "The Painter" and "Why Didn't Rosemary?". Perhaps the more obvious standout is the epic "April", which clocks in at over 12 minutes. With this album, Deep Purple demonstrated just how insightful a band they were, and this deserves to sit right next to the classics In Rock, Fireball, Machine Head and Burn.
Depeche Mode Violator
Whether or not Violator is Depeche Mode's best album is highly debatable. But it can't be denied that it's a well-crafted ball of poppyness.
Depeche Mode Songs of Faith and Devotion
This outing shows a group perfectly capable of adapting to the times. Where many New Wave groups were suffering a slump in the 90's, Depeche Mode managed to continue their quality output.
Depeche Mode Music for the Masses
As much as I enjoyed Violator, Music for the Masses might be superior. The songs are far catchier and it feels much fresher.
Depeche Mode Black Celebration
Black Celebration ranks highly in Depeche Mode's discography. The only issue I have with it is the lack of an approppiate closer, as the existence of 2 versions made this impossible.
DMX It's Dark and Hell Is Hot
Dokken Breaking the Chains
Dokken Under Lock and Key
Eric B and Rakim Paid in Full
Faith No More The Real Thing
I was told this was cheesy, and was pretty much disuaded from finishing this. However, I gave it another shot and it paid off. A fantastic, highly experimental album.
Foreigner 4
Garbage Version 2.0
Garbage improve dramatically from the experiments of their debut to deliver us a masterful blend of alt rock, hard rock and electronica elements. A true 90's gem.
Genesis Wind & Wuthering
Genesis Nursery Cryme
The greatness of this record lies in Hackett's lead work, he shines very well on here. Fantastic album.
Genesis Foxtrot
Foxtrot is easily one of Genesis's finest accomplishments. The band as a whole is in top form, and the songwriting is untouchable. Definitely a prog essential. Can't go wrong with the mighty combo of "Watcher of the Skies" and "Supper's Ready".
Gentle Giant Acquiring the Taste
Fantastic old-school prog. I probably liked Free Hand and Octopus a tad more, but this one comes close.
Gentle Giant Octopus
Octopus is one of the finest prog albums I've ever heard. Impeccable musicianship and highly varied experimentation. Highly recommended for fans of old-school prog.
Gentle Giant In a Glass House
This is a fantastic album. I slightly prefer Octopus, but this one comes pretty close. Great old-school prog.
Gentle Giant Free Hand
Gong Camembert Electrique
A fantastic prog gem. Highly recommended Canterbury scene stuff.
Gorguts The Erosion of Sanity
Guthrie Govan Erotic Cakes
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden
This album is the reason why Iron Maiden is so relevant to heavy metal. Yes, their live shows are legendary, and yes, Dickinson is a major showman. But this, the one that started it all, is what makes the band's name worth it's weight in gold. Even if the Dickinson Era had never happened, Maiden would still have their place in history secured with this one album. Definitely an essential listen for metal fans.
Iron Maiden Killers
Whether or not Killers is better than Iron Maiden is a debatable matter. The two albums are very similar in nature, and remarkably consistent as well. One thing remains clear however: both records were highly revolutionary for heavy metal. Without a doubt, Iron Maiden had taken over from Judas Priest, since the "Metal Gods" had become a lot less relevant musically after their release of Stained Class.
Iron Maiden Piece of Mind
Piece of Mind is easily one of the best Dickinson Era albums. With the notable exception of the cheesy "Sun and Steel", everything else on this album works well. While it must be said that this isn't as innovative as the Di Anno Era records, it's still essential for any Maiden fan.
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast
The Number of the Beast is highly significant because it's the first Dickinson Era album. As such, it marks the dawn of a new age for the band, in which they would achieve worldwide popularity. Having said that, the album itself merits praise: it's fairly consistent and shows fine musicianship. However, the dud "Gangland" prevents it from being at the top of the heap.
Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son marks the end of an era for Maiden. A concept album centered around a sort of messiah, it's quite an inspired performance. The only weak moment is "Can I Play with Madness", which probably works better as a concert staple than as an album track.
Jewel Pieces of You
John Mayall A Hard Road
An impressive tour-de-force, A Hard Road is, quite possibly, one of the missing links between blues and hard rock/heavy metal. Here we see an album which is essentially blues, but at the same time, paving the way for the Unholy Trinity (Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple) to take the blues and convert them to hard-rockin' music.
Judas Priest Stained Class
Let's get this out of the way: this is one of the best metal albums of all-time. It even sounds metallic, and more so for it's time.rBinks was arguably the band's most technically skilled drummer, Tipton and K. K. belt out some of their best guitar work, and Halford shines as well. However, Sad Wings of Destiny just barely edges it out due to being more musically wholesome, among other things.rHaving said all that, you shouldn't miss this one: it's a metal essential.rPersonal Rating: 4.9 r
Judas Priest Sin After Sin
Easily JP's 3rd best album. This is a very impressive record that flows exquisitely. It could've done without the brief "Let Us Prey" section, but other than that, it's a fantastic album and you shouldn't miss it if you're a metal fan. Plus, even the ballads work, something that wouldn't work quite as well on later releases.rPersonal Rating: 4.8
Judas Priest Rocka Rolla
A very underrated record. While many dismiss it as one of the band's weaker albums, I find it to be one of the strongest. The bass is audible, the drums have presence; JP sounds like an actual band here. Sure, the "Deep Freeze" section feels a bit unnecessary, but this is one album that can truly grow on you if you give it a chance. SWOD may be the best, but that doesn't make Rocka Rolla a pushover. Give it several tries, it just may surprise you...rPersonal Rating: 4.7
Kansas Kansas
Kansas gets off to a fantastic start. Their sophomore is better in my opinion, but this is still quite good.
Kansas Leftoverture
Kansas Masque
This is a badass album. Musicianship is impressive, and the band really shines. Symphony X was doubtlessly influenced by these guys.
King Crimson Larks' Tongues in Aspic
Lark's Tongues in Aspic is probably one of King Crimson's most underrated records. It demands multiple listens (meaning I still need to listen to it a lot more. Nevertheless, this is one of those albums that definitely has a sporting chance against the slightly overrated debut.
King Crimson Red
Red is one of the strongest efforts by King Crimson. Unlike the debut, it is much more focused on the music, which has that jazzy feel typical to the band. The highlight here is "Starless", an instrumental which ranks amongst the best closers in the history of progressive rock. A true work of genius.
King Crimson Lizard
Lizard is definitely a true listening pleasure. The obvious highlight is the sprawling title track, but the album is just fantastic on the whole.
King Crimson In the Wake of Poseidon
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
It's impressive to see how this band released 4 albums in an unbelievably short time. "Black Dog" easily ranks among the band's best openers, while "When the Levee Breaks" has a similar standing as a closer. Nevertheless, "Four Sticks" feels out of place here; which is a shame, because this is easily one of Zep's best achievements.
Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy
Let me start by saying that this album deserves its reputation as an essential listen for those wishing to gather a better understanding of rock n' roll. Most of the songs on here are flat out excellent. However, "Dancing Days" proves to be the dud on here, impeding this from being a fully consistent listen. Still, if you're a fan of the band, this should be on your collection.
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin
While still an impressive debut, more so when taking into account that it was revolutionary for its time, Led Zeppelin isn't perfect. 2 songs, namely "Your Time is Gonna Come" and the instrumental "Black Mountain Side" keep this from a higher rating. All the same, it remains an essential listen.
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin's 2nd album is a magnificent display of power. Bonham definitely owned this record: his playing is top-notch here and it's easy to see why, to this day, many still look up to him as an inspiration to bang the kit. JPJ also delivers some of his best basslines on here. But the band as a whole performs wonderfully, demonstrating a unique chemistry that few bands have ever come close to achieving. In synthesis, this remains an essential listen for anyone into classic rock.
Mahavishnu Orchestra Birds of Fire
Maneige Les Porches
Les Porches is far and away one of the most sublime prog records never to have become famous. It's not hard to see why though, gems like these can only be understood by few.
Manowar Fighting the World
Mastodon Leviathan
Mastodon Remission
Ah, Mastodon's debut. It's really hard not to compare Mastodon's trajectory to that of Black Sabbath when they seem to have somewhat imitated their career. Somewhat like Black Sabbath's debut, Mastodon's debut is a straightforward heavy metal opus that easily satiates any thirst for maximum riffage. Highlights for me are "Ol'e Nessie" and "Trainwreck". The only real flaw in this album is the hidden track at the end: it's a minute-long waterfall sequence. Completely stupid and unnecessary, it ruins the album's closure. But don't get me wrong, this is one of Mastodon's finest achievements.
Mastodon Blood Mountain
With debates tending to focus on Leviathan and Crack the Skye, Blood Mountain is unfairly overlooked in the Mastodon discography. Retaining the heavy/dense sludginess of the previous 2 records while at the same time still experimenting with their proggier side, Blood Mountain manages to be another fine accomplishment by Mastodon, if perhaps the last truly great album in their career.
Megadeth So Far, So Good... So What!
Production is the main issue here, but this is still a very consistent record with fantastic guitar work.
Megadeth Rust in Peace
Awesome album, no doubt, but it's not best 'Deth imo. It's certainly the last of their thrash classics, after this their sound would become more mainstream.
Megadeth Killing Is My Business...
Pure speed-metal badassery. Awesome way to start a career.
Mekong Delta The Music of Erich Zann
Melvins Bullhead
Mercyful Fate Don't Break the Oath
While perhaps not quite as revolutionary as Melissa, Don't Break the Oath is still an impressive metal opus on it's own right. The riffs and solos are enough reason for many a metalhead to enjoy this.
Metallica Ride the Lightning
While not as innovative as its predecessor, Ride the Lightning was as impressive follow-up all the same. It's definitely the most melodic of the "Burton Trilogy", and is essential for any fan of the band.
Metallica Master of Puppets
The last in the "Burton Trilogy", Master of Puppets is a straightforward speed-metal record. Filled with classics like "(Welcome Home) Sanitarium", "Battery", the title track, "Disposable Heroes" and "The Thing That Should Not Be", this is definitely the last Metallica record you need to hear.
Michael Jackson Thriller
Some albums deserve their reputation, and Thriller is close to being one of them. Close, but no cigar. With the cheesy "The Girl is Mine" on here, the album fails to achieve perfection. Nevertheless, this is one pop album truly worth hearing, and it's not hard to see why it became such a phenomenon in the 80's.
Midnight Oil Diesel and Dust
Morbid Angel Altars of Madness
This is pure aggression. Riffs galore, intense drumming, you get the idea.
Motorhead Ace of Spades
Motorhead Overkill
Consistent from top to bottom, Overkill is a fine example of quality songwriting. Motorhead never intended to be a technical band nor to be metal icons. They just did what they wanted, and without meaning to, became key in influencing metal. Very interesting, and fun album to look into.
Nelly Furtado Folklore
Diverse, intriguing album. Better than Loose in my opinion.
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
No Doubt Tragic Kingdom
Catchy, poppy album. Honestly, what's not to like?
Oceansize Effloresce
Opeth Morningrise
Morningrise is easily one of Opeth's biggest accomplishments. From the basslines, to the riffs, to the acoustics, to the drums, everything is perfect on here. The performances are jaw-dropping, and this is definitely one of those albums that beckons repeated listening.
Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse
From the piano opening on "Prologue" to the fantastic guitar leads on "Epilogue", My Arms, Your Hearse is yet another fine musical accomplishment courtesy of Mikael Akerfeldt and his gang. The band truly sounds inspired here, and the atmosphere is definitely enthralling.
Opeth Heritage
Heritage is possibly Opeth's biggest achievement since My Arms, Your Hearse. Extremely consistent, with nary a bad song, it's probably the most interesting album they have ever produced, even if it's not their best.
Ozric Tentacles Waterfall Cities
Ozric Tentacles Jurassic Shift
Ozric Tentacles The Hidden Step
Ozric Tentacles Strangeitude
Pallas The Sentinel
Fantastic example of neo-prog.Clearly, there's a lot of Rush influence here, but there's also a hint of pop experimentation as well.
Pantera Vulgar Display of Power
Parliament Mothership Connection
Few albums in music history are must-listens for every self-respecting music fan. Well, this is one of 'em. An amazing example of funk and an excellent introduction to those who are just starting out with the genre. Great stuff, all in all.
Paul Gilbert Get Out of My Yard
Pearl Jam Vs.
Ten may be better, but this is still one hell of a runner-up. It opens and closes perfectly, and is the band at their grittiest and most unvarnished. Together with that fantastic debut, Vs. is the other essential PJ album and played a crucial role in reaffirming the band as titans of their time.rPersonal rating: 4.9
Pet Shop Boys Please
Peter Tosh Legalize It
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
With the sad exception of the overly long "On The Run", The Dark Side of the Moon is by far one of the most cohesive prog-rock albums ever made. And not only is every other track brilliant by itself, but the whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts. Even if it doesn't quite achieve the title of "best Pink Floyd album", it's definitely an album every prog fan must hear before death.
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Wish You Were Here is far and away one of the cornerstones of progressive rock. The highlight is definitely "Have a Cigar", which features one of Gilmour's very best leads. Essential prog.
Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
It took time for me to appreciate the genius behind Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Featuring one of prog's first ever epics ("Interstellar Overdrive"), it's hard to believe that this was the same band responsible for Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and Animals. So comparing this to either of those is a tough task.
Porcupine Tree The Sky Moves Sideways
The Sky Moves Sideways is a fantastic statement for prog. Flowing
effectively as a single unit it easily ranks among Porcupine Tree's
biggest achievements.
Porcupine Tree Stupid Dream
My favourite Porcupine Tree album. Right at the start of their commercial breakout, this band crafted a masterful album that evolves with each listen. I could hear this album and see it each time from a fresh perspective. A truly masterful bridging of the gaps between prog rock and more experimental stylings.
Porcupine Tree Up the Downstair
This is the first of the band's masterworks. Few bands have sustained a creative streak like this band has. Pretty much everything starting here and ending with In Absentia is essential PT in my opinion.
Primus Frizzle Fry
Encompassing a diverse array of influences into an eccentric whole, Frizzle Fry is a debut quite unlike any other. Solid from top to bottom, few debuts have been this good.
Prince Purple Rain
Queen Queen II
With tight songwriting and epic performances, there aren't many albums the 70's produced quite like Queen II. If you're a classic rock fan, this is an essential jam.
Queen Sheer Heart Attack
Queens of the Stone Age Lullabies to Paralyze
Underrated in QotSA's catalog, Lullabies to Paralize is, in my opinion, one of their best records. It has a nice experimental vibe to it and invites repeated listening. I'll go further and say that it surpasses both Rated R and Songs for the Deaf.
Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork
Queens of the Stone Age Era Vulgaris
Era Vulgaris is probably QotSA's most underrated record. Full of fun/experimental jams, this album proves how exceptionally well Josh's songwriting has been aging over the years. Like a fine wine, he just gets better and better.
Queensryche Rage for Order
This is the album on which Queensryche formally begins to use their progressive sound. They would only sound like this for two more releases however, since later on they would embrace an alt-rock sound. While most of the songs on here are classics, the "Gonna Get Close to You" cover and "The Killing Words" feel out of place for me. I also think it could've used better production. But, other than that, this album opens and closes wonderfully, and you really shouldn't miss it.rPersonal Rating: 4.7
Queensryche Empire
Empire is truly "the last of the mohicans". The band would make two quality releases after this, but this is their last essential record. Pitifully, the band's quality would gradually decline after this. It's not their best album, but it sold many copies for a reason: it kicks ass. "Della Brown" is my track pick here, but the album delivers as a whole. It also opens and closes wonderfully.rPersonal Rating: 4.8
Queensryche The Warning
The band's first full-length delivers on the debut's promise. Loud, fast and aggresive, you can definitely taste the Judas Priest and Iron Maiden influences on this. "NM 156" is the standout in my view, but this album is consistent as a whole. The band would change their sound on the next release, so this album is also special in being their last "metal up your butt" release. It's also my 2nd favorite by these guys.rPersonal Rating: 4.9
Radiohead In Rainbows
Charming, atmospheric, and consistent, In Rainbows easily stands among Radiohead's best works.
Rainbow Rising
Red Hot Chili Peppers The Uplift Mofo Party Plan
The Uplift Mofo Party Plan is by far one of RHCP's most underrated works. Lying in the shadow of albums like Blood Sugar Sex Magik and Californication, it is, in fact, far more solid than people give it credit for. From the solid opener "Fight Like a Brave" to the awesome closer "Organic Anti-Beat Box Band", this is the band giving justice to their name in a way few of their fans coul've imagined. Yes, you read right, they are spicy as hell on this album, seemingly possessed by a fiery spirit that nowadays seems long gone. Don't judge it too quickly on first listen, take your time to enjoy and it will reveal to you just how powerful it really is.
Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Running Wild Port Royal
You'll be hard-pressed to find metal better than this. This is the kind of band I sometimes wish Priest and Maiden were: here, it's pretty much a marriage of the killer twin guitars of the former with the effective basslines of the latter. The drums are good and effective as well. Recommended for those looking into new metal.
Running Wild Blazon Stone
Rush A Farewell to Kings
Easily one of Rush's best, a true prog classic. You really can't go wrong with this one. My only complaint is that "Madrigal" is too short for my taste; other than that this is a perfect record.
Rush Hemispheres
One cannot deny the power of this record. 4 impressive tracks that alone don't mean much, but together, have a ton of muscle. I wouldn't go as far as to say this is my fave Rush record, but it's possibly their most influential.
Rush Moving Pictures
This is Rush at their crossroads between pure prog (the time when they wrote 10+ min songs) and their poppier, hyper synthed years.
Sade Promise
This album is quite underrated next to Diamond Life. In fact, it is superior to it both lyrically and musically. It has a deeper feel and Sade seems to show more energy here than on her debut. Highly recommended.
Sade Stronger Than Pride
Very impressive record. Fine musicianship and great songs. For personal reasons, I prefer Love Deluxe, but this might be close second (along with Promise).
Santana Santana
Santana Santana III
Santana Caravanserai
Magnificent record; in my opinion, this is his last essential album.
Scorpions Blackout
Scorpions Savage Amusement
Undoubtedly one of the best releases within their 80's output. Well worth the listen.
Scorpions Fly To The Rainbow
Full of interesting use of melody, complex songs, and musical ideas beyond their time, Fly to the Rainbow is arguably the most underrated of Scorpions' releases, overshadowed by later albums. Fans of their latter-day work might not easily get into this, but it's worth every minute spent.
Seal Seal
Sheryl Crow Tuesday Night Music Club
This is a very good record. I doubt that Sheryl has done a better one since.
Slayer Show No Mercy
Slayer's debut is nothing less than a pummeling roller-coaster ride packed/stuffed/filled with riffs, riffs and more riffs; as well as some fast drumming and leads. Definitely an essential release.
Slowdive Souvlaki
Often contrasted with Loveless, Souvlaki showcases the smoother side of shoegaze. A diverse, spacey album, it definitely keeps the listener hungry for more.
Sodom M-16
Sodom Agent Orange
Soundgarden Badmotorfinger
Soundgarden Louder Than Love
Louder than Love is the beginning of Soundgarden's peak era. An all-around solid album, it's only weakness is much like that of Badmotorfinger: the lack of an appropriate closer. Clearly, providing solid closures wasn't SG's forte, although they pulled it off on Superunknown.
Steely Dan Pretzel Logic
Sweet Smoke From Darkness To Light
Symphony X The Divine Wings of Tragedy
Symphony X Twilight in Olympus
Symphony X The Odyssey
TAD Inhaler
An awesome ball of riffs, basslines and drums. If you're already into bands like Soundgarden and Alice in Chains, this album is for you. If you're looking for riffs, this album is for you. If you're a metal fan looking for something different, this album is for you. Hell, if you're a rock fan bored with the same old same old, just jam this shit and crack up the volume. Hard.
Tesla Mechanical Resonance
Tesla The Great Radio Controversy
Testament The New Order
Testament The Legacy
Impressive debut, possibly one of the best in thrash.
The Beatles Rubber Soul
What gives Rubber Soul it's sheer power aren't the songs themselves, but how well they work together to elevate this album. "In My Life" and "Run for Your Life" are standouts.
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Highly varied and creative, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band rightfully deserves the acclaim it gets, to some degree at least. Those who claim it as the magnum opus of the Beatles sure have a strong case going for them.
The Cult Love
The Cult's music may seem simplistic, yet their guitar work is quite awesome. This is a very overlooked and underrated band.
The Cult Dreamtime
The Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating Infinity
3 things make The Dillinger Escape Plan's debut one of the most fascinating albums of the last generation. 1) The originality: you'll be hard-pressed to find a similar album out there. 2) The songwriting: tight as fuck, without a single wasted moment. 3) The musicianship: tremendously well-executed, with layers upon layers of
interesting points. So yeah, amazing album.
The Doors Morrison Hotel
Bluesy, moody, dark; these are all adjectives associated with the controversial 60's legend The Doors. And this album certainly fits the description. Although the hit "Waiting for the Sun" is an obvious highlight, this album has plenty of underrated jams: "Ship of Fools", "You Make Me Real", "Peace Frog", and others. Essential classic rock.
The Doors L.A. Woman
A worthy swansong if there ever was one, L.A. Woman is as bluesy and introspective as it got for The Doors. Fantastic album.
The Doors Strange Days
Dark, moody and very bluesy (as is expected of The Doors), Strange Days proves to be a worthy follow up to The Doors, proving to be even more consistent than its predecessor.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold as Love
More fluid and cohesive than the slightly mismatched Are You Experienced?, Axis: Bold As Love truly feels like an album, something the debut blatantly lacked. Where the songs on the debut feel as though they are best heard cherry-picked, in here they feel as though they belong in the album. Essential classic rock.
The Mothers of Invention Freak Out!
The Rolling Stones Exile on Main St.
Exile on Main St. makes me think of Pearl Jam's No Code; it really wouldn't surprise me if one inspired the other. The covers are similar, as is the concept of meshing together many different ideas. It might not appeal to everyone, but it's a great album all the same.
The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed
From epic opener "Gimme Shelter" to solid closer "You Can't always Get What You Want", this is one hell of a jamtastic album.
The Rolling Stones Their Satanic Majesties Request
An underrated gem, often written off as a weak imitation of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Their Satanic Majesties Request is, in my opinion, one of the Stones' very best records. It definitely played a hand in influencing the development of progressive rock, so we can no doubt thank them for that.
The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers
Sticky Fingers probably captures all sides of the Stones the best, and has a legitimate case for the "Best Rolling Stones album" title.
The Smashing Pumpkins Gish
Gish is truly an amazing record, and might well be my favourite SP. It just flows wonderfully, without a single bad track. Siamese Dream was/is more popular but this just might be their magnum opus musically.
The Who Who's Next
Van Halen Van Halen
The album that made tapping popular. It's mostly a solid affair. However, it doesn't quite reach perfection: "Jamie's Cryin" slightly ruins the album's flow and is perfectly skippable. Other than that, this album's worth your time.
Van Halen Women and Children First
Solid from start to finish, this just might have been Van Halen's finest hour.
Warlock Burning the Witches
An impressive debut album. The guitar work is amazing, a pity this band is so overlooked.
Warlock Triumph and Agony
Yonin Bayashi Ishoku-Sokuhatsu
Amazing Japanese prog gem. Suggested for fans of Genesis and Camel.
ZZ Top Tres Hombres

4.0 excellent
AC/DC Highway to Hell
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
Alchemist Spiritech
Alice in Chains Sap
Alice in Chains Black Gives Way to Blue
Alphataurus Alphataurus
Amon Amarth Versus the World
Anthrax Among the Living
Among the Living is frequently touted as one of the "Big 4 thrash masterpieces" together with Master of Puppets, Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? and Reign in Blood. It certainly feels similar to the first of those in terms of structure and overall sound. It also shares with that album a bit of sameyness on the riffs and the general structure. Production is another clear flaw of this album: it feels bone-dry and some might need to exert patience to get used to it. The tracks "A Skeleton in the Closet" and "A.D.I./Imitation of Life" feel unnecessary and are outright boring. Having said that, the standouts for me are "Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)" and "One World", but, generally speaking, this is a pretty solid album, with great basslines, drumming, etc.
Anthrax Fistful of Metal
Fistful of Metal is a solid, albeit flawed, debut from Anthrax. The biggest flaw is the production: Turbin's vocals are barely audible and the instruments in general could've benefited from better audio quality. The "I'm Eighteen" cover and "Death From Above" feel somewhat out of place, at least in my view. All the same, this is the sound of a band that's trying to come to terms with itself. They would sound a lot more mature on Spreading the Disease.
Bardo Pond Amanita
Overall, a very good record. A pity the songs are often inaccessible.
Bjork Post
Bjork is one of the most original artists I've ever come across. She literally can't be pinned down to a single genre, and she handles all musical waters with great skill. You must listen to understand this, as it lies beyond the realm of words.
Black Flag Damaged
This album definitely influenced legions of bands in its wake. Raw, primal and aggressive, Damaged is a hardcore punk statement. Some tracks do feel weaker than others though.
Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell
Even though Heaven & Hell might seem very impressive on first listen, it's slightly overrated when compared to true Sabbath classics like Master of Reality and Paranoid. Having said that, Dio does a fine job at replacing Ozzy, and shines impressively on here. But the band as a whole just doesn't have the same magic as on their first 6 records. The music is somewhat standard-fare, and shouldn't be seen (as it often is) as Sabbath at the top of their game.
Black Sabbath Mob Rules
Even though Mob Rules stood no chance of topping the likes of Master of Reality or Paranoid, it's still a very good record, and the best of the classic Dio Era. Even though the album does have a filler track, the rest is highly inspired, even more so than Heaven & Hell. For one, Appice does a fine job on drums; also, Iommi's guitar work easily tops that on the previous record. It's easy to see why Dio left though: he had no business staying with a band that had pretty much released it's last truly great album.
Blue Cheer Vincebus Eruptum
Vincebus Eruptum is more a historical relic than a musical masterpiece per se. Worth looking into for those interested in the roots of bands like Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. It definitely feels dated, and although it is indeed a clear missing link between psychedelia and metal, it will only interest those looking for a deeper insight in the roots of heavy metal.
Blue Oyster Cult Spectres
Bolt Thrower War Master
Bryan Adams Reckless
Budgie Never Turn Your Back on a Friend
Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
Cream Disraeli Gears
Ladies and gentlemen, one of the most iconic albums of the late 60's: Cream's Disraeli Gears. A respectable album in every sense, it's ruined by closer "Mother's Lament", which is very annoying. Other than that, this remains an interesting collection of songs all the same.
Dawnbringer Nucleus
Decent metal record, but nothing too exceptional. Needs more creativity.
Death Scream Bloody Gore
Let me start by saying that Death has no outright bad album, and that songwriting was pretty much impeccable on each of them (with the possible exception of The Sound of Perseverance, where it was near-perfect)> Having said that, what limits Death's debut is the limited scope of the musicianship. The band was barely beginning to transcend thrash metal, and in this album the thrash influences are dominant. Quite a few choruses are memorable ("Evil Dead", "Sacrificial", "Baptized in Blood", "Mutilator" and the title track stand out in this matter). While the band's musicianship would improve on later releases, this album still remains, in and of itself, a major turning point in the rise of death metal.
Death The Sound of Perseverance
The Sound of Perseverance is very different from the rest of the Final Four (which, admittedly, doesn't mean much since they're all different). For this one, Chuck raised his pitch and opted for a full-on progressive approach. He mostly succeeds, but at the end of the day, the material just isn't on the same level as that on Symbolic, Individual Thought Patterns or Human. "Scavenger of Human Sorrow" while a solid track, just doesn't compare as an opener to "Flattening of Emotions" or "Symbolic" (at best, it lies third in that regard above "Overactive Imagination"). And worst of all, the "Painkiller" cover just feels out of place and unnecessary, making it rank easily at the bottom regarding the closers in the Final Four. Nevertheless, tracks like "A Moment of Clarity", "Spirit Crusher" and "Voice of the Soul" make this album more than worth your time.
Death Leprosy
Deep Purple Come Taste the Band
Criminally underrated, Come Taste the Band is the last in Deep Purple's impressive 7-year run. It is the funkiest of the bunch, which might explain the undeserved hate it gets. Nevertheless, it's good for what it is. It's just best to avoid comparing it to the best of Mk. II and simply see it as the end of an era. The band would not release any more studio material until 1984.
Deep Purple Stormbringer
Deep Purple Who Do We Think We Are
In my opinion. Who Do We Think We Are is a criminally underrated record. While it doesn't possess the highs of the other Mk. II albums, Burn or even the often overlooked Deep Purple, it is a solid album in its own right. Also, "Place in Line" is, in my opinion, one of their very best songs.
Deep Purple The Book of Taliesyn
Building slightly on the overwhelmingly psychedelic debut, this album still feels in that vibe, and the band still has room for improvement in terms of songwriting. Nevertheless, this is still a very good album.
Deep Purple Shades of Deep Purple
Psychedelic as fuck, this definitely merits a listen, although it's not as immediate as other works by the band. The band definitely had room for improvement at this point, but this remains an interesting debut. Only fans of Mk II and/or III should check this out, this one is for diehards only.
Depeche Mode Some Great Reward
Excellent album, however I think the next 3 are more mature and therefore better.
Depeche Mode Construction Time Again
Construction Time Again is very consistent, but lacks the maturity of later albums. Basically, the best was still yet to come.
Dokken Back for the Attack
Dream Theater Images and Words
While I find the stuff between the opener and Metropolis pt. 1 uninteresting, I can't deny that the second half is pretty solid.
Dream Theater Awake
Not much to say about this album, other that it's decent enough to get by.
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Edge of Sanity Crimson
Interesting prog-metal work. Might grow in time, we'll see.
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Brain Salad Surgery
It's slightly better than the cartoonish Trilogy, since it has the greatness of the half-hour "Karn Evil 9". However, it doesn't quite achieve the level of the debut or Tarkus.
Fates Warning Perfect Symmetry
Fates Warning was one of the major pioneers of progressive metal, and Perfect Symmetry showcases them exposing their style. Why is this a 4? While it's an enjoyable album, I wouldn't say it's one I'd revisit often. The vocals feel out of place at times, the guitar leads sometimes feel too technical, and the lyrics are a bit too abstract for my liking. Nevertheless, this is worth your time if you're a fan of the subgenre.
Funkadelic Maggot Brain
There's a world of difference between Maggot Brain and Parliament's Mothership Connection. While the latter is a straightforward funk bomb, the former is an experiment of sorts, a hybrid of musical ideas. It might not appeal to all, but it's certainly interesting enough.
Genesis Abacab
Genesis Genesis
Genesis Invisible Touch
Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway is an interesting concept album which also happens to be the swansong of Gabriel Era Genesis. Although I won't argue that it is indeed a solid album, I don't quite consider it as perfect as others claim. While the first disc is flawless, the second disc has a bit of filler which makes the experience a bit dull. Also, I feel the band is rather restrained here, somewhat sacrificing all-out musicianship in favor of the grand-scale concept. That being said, I highly suggest any prog fan who hasn't heard this to do so ASAP and come to his/her own conclusions.
Gorguts Considered Dead
Gorguts From Wisdom to Hate
Gotic Escenes
Iron Maiden The Final Frontier
Iron Maiden Powerslave
It's true, Powerslave has many a strong moment. However, as fun as the first 3 and last 2 songs may be, that doesn't change the fact that the 3 songs in between are downright uninteresting. Still a decent album, but slightly overrated when compared to other classics.
Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time
Somewhere in Time might very well qualify as Maiden's most 80's release. It definitely feels like an attempt to fit in with other bands of the time. Regardless, it is a very good record, but falls short of being the band's best. The cheesy "Heaven Can Wait" and the dull "Sea of Madness" feel unnecessary here. Other than that, this is still a pretty solid record.
John Mayer Room for Squares
A fine recording by Mayer. It feels a tad repetitive at times, but overall a solid debut.
Judas Priest Painkiller
At one point my fave JP album, my opinion of it has changed with time. While I still think it's a very good album , it feels overly rushed and the riffs are rather generic.rPersonal Rating: 4.1
Judas Priest British Steel
British Steel requires several listens to be truly appreciated. It's a good enough album to please fans, although it's easy to diss it due to being associated with the overplayed "Breaking the Law". And no, it's not a masterpiece: 3 out-of-place tracks keep it from being so. Nevertheless, the production on here is a major upgrade from that on Hell Bent for Leather/Killing Machine, and the rest of the tracks are pretty badass. Just take it for what it is: a decent record. rPersonal Rating: 4.0
Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance
Screaming for Vengeance has a well-deserved reputation around rock fans. It never feels dated or passe, and songs like "Electric Eye", "You've Got Another Thing Comin'", "Bloodstone" and the titRtle track are as fun to jam now as they were in the mid 80's.rHowever, it's not flawless by any means. "(Take These) Chains" is a terrible track, and only 6/10 songs are great. The other 3 are okay, but merely serve their purpose.rPersonal Rating: 4.2
Judas Priest Defenders of the Faith
Defenders of the Faith is neither bad album nor metal masterpiece. It simply is what it is, an interesting album with great songs and, well, other stuff. While is has a strong opening in "Freewheel Burning", closer "Heavy Duty/Defenders of the Faith" comes up short and merely delivers an acceptable closure.rAnother flaw is the lack of memorability in both guitar riffs and solos. They simply don't strike as hard as those on other albums (such as it's predecessor). The stinkers "Love Bites", "Eat Me Alive", and "Night Comes Down" feel downright silly. What holds up this album is that it manages to be entertaining enough to interest fans: plus, there are great tracks on here like the opener, "The Sentinel" and "Rock Hard, Ride Free". Overall, a good album, but not the band's best by any stretch.rrPersonal Rating: 3.9
Khan Space Shanty
Solid album, however I have issues with the vocals, plus it kinda gets old after a while and isn't the most interesting or the most original prog album around.
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King
While In the Court of the Crimson King is indeed one of the most seminal albums in progressive rock, that doesn't necessarily make it a masterpiece. Don't get me wrong: the musicianship on here is impressive as it is. But "Moonchild" just drags too much after the first 2 and a half minutes. Another fault is the production: it could've been much better. Having said all this, In the Court of the Crimson King still stands as an essential listen for fans of progressive rock.
King Crimson Starless and Bible Black
King Diamond Abigail
Kreator Coma of Souls
Krokus Metal Rendez-vous
In several ways, I might say this is something of a rock n' roll dream come true. Nice riffs, good solos, plenty of the good stuff here.
Kylie Minogue Fever
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III
Led Zeppelin III is without a doubt one of the most interesting albums in Zep's catalog. Mixing acoustics with bluesy rock n' roll proves to be a winning formula throughout most of the record. Sadly, there are downers, and they are at the end of the record. "Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp" simply feels like it gets nowhere, and "Hats Off to Roy Harper" is downright annoying. Nevertheless, this still remains a fine album to look into.
Megadeth Cryptic Writings
Underrated record. IMO, it's the best thing they did after RiP.
Nelly Furtado Loose
Fun album. Good stuff for when you're tired of music that takes itself too seriously.
Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine
Very interesting and catchy album. "Sin" is probably my fave on here.
Nirvana Nevermind
Nosound Afterthoughts
Oasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Opeth Ghost Reveries
It takes a while to learn to like Ghost Reveries, but after some time you'll realize that there are moments of sheer beauty beneath the shoddy production. While this album doesn't stand a chance against the might of the first 3 albums, it's definitely worth hearing. Be patient, and this album will reveal its worth to you.
Opeth Damnation
Filled with interesting melodies, Opeth demonstrates an ability to stay relevant in a constantly changing musical landscape. The one disappointment is the closing track ("Weakness"), which is uninteresting.
Overkill The Years of Decay
Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz
Ozzy Osbourne Diary of a Madman
Ozzy manages to make good songs; but, album-wise, he doesn't deliver that much punch. Nevertheless, it's the last of the Rhoads-Era albums. RIP R.R.
Paul Wardingham Assimilate Regenerate
One of the easiest 4s I've ever given. Paul's talented, but what this album lacks is style and a fresh direction. Neoclassical shred is passe in my opinion, and new approaches to the guitar are highly in demand.
Pearl Jam Backspacer
Backspacer is a continuation of the return-to-roots phase that the band is currently going through. It's a very good album, but it's not without flaws; the main one being that the album feels a tad oversimplified in general. That being said, it's still a very consistent listen and it's good to see that they can still enjoy themselves after 2 decades of rock n' roll.rPersonal Rating: 4.2
Pearl Jam Riot Act
Like other records of the band's experimental era, Riot Act is a grower. At first it might not seem like much, but this album is in fact more inspired than Binaural. Give it a try, you won't regret it.rPersonal rating: 4.4
Pearl Jam Pearl Jam
The "Avocado Album" is easily my third favorite PJ record. Why? Because it's arguably their most inspired work since Ten and Vs.. It opens and closes wonderfully, and McCready shows off some of his best lead work. The band demonstrates not only that they've still got it, but that they can still make something that equels the best of their prime. Don't miss this if you're a fan.rPersonal Rating: 4.2
Pearl Jam No Code
Vitalogy ended the band's classic era on a messy note (definitely not the band's most inspired moment). With No Code, the band reinvented themselves as experimentalists. Grunge was beginning to wane at this point, however, and many began to desert the band by this time. This is still one fine release though, and the overlooked "Red Mosquito" is among the band's best songs overall.rPersonal Rating: 4.2
Pearl Jam Binaural
Binaural definitely falls in the grower category. It takes several listens to truly appreciate this album, and it definitely hasplenty of texture to it. However, it's also somewhat subdued in terms of musicianship, so it's definitely not the best place to start with the band.rPersonal rating: 4.2
Pearl Jam Yield
Yield proves two things: 1) the band wasn't going to repeat itself, and 2) they were willing to persevere despite the fact that grunge was pretty much passe by this time. And they do a good job of it. If you're a fan, don't miss this one.
Pet Shop Boys Introspective
Actually owns this, but it's still a good album. The last song is a tad dull, sadly.
Pink Floyd A Saucerful of Secrets
Pink Floyd Meddle
Consisting of reasonably tight songwriting, Meddle is one of Floyd's most experimental records. Some might even claim it's their best, however, in my view, "Seamus" impedes that possibility. The one weak point in an otherwise stellar record, it just detracts from the album as a whole. However, this is still a fine accomplishment by Floyd.
Porcupine Tree Lightbulb Sun
Lightbulb Sun continues on the path initiated with Stupid Dream. The band continues experimenting, dabbling on different textures as they go along. This may not top Stupid Dream, but that's no real reason not to listen to this.
Porcupine Tree On the Sunday of Life
This needs more love. Sure, on first listen it feels weak, but after a while it has plenty of growing power. Much like JP's Rocka Rolla, I think this album is undeservedly overlooked in light of later releases.
Primus Sailing the Seas of Cheese
While there's interesting material on Sailing the Seas of Cheese, as a whole this album lacks cohesion and feels like a directionless collection of tracks. That's not to say that this is bad, there are some sweet tracks for sure, but it could've been much better.
Prince Parade
Queen A Night at the Opera
Queens of the Stone Age Queens of the Stone Age
Qotsa's debut demands repeated listening to be truly understood. Not the band's best album by any means, but nevertheless a very interesting record. The downers here are "Walkin' on the Sidewalks", "I Was a Teenage Hand Model", and "I Can't Quit You Baby", but don't let that stop you from experiencing this album.
Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf
There's no doubt that Songs for the Deaf is, at the very least, one of the most interesting albums of the 2000's. However, it isn't quite perfect. Songs like "Do it Again" and "Another Love Song" feel downright dumb and out of place.rStill features some of the band's best material though.
Queensryche Hear in the Now Frontier
HitNF is the last album with Chris DeGarmo as an official member. A lot of people despise this album, and it isn't hard to see why. Here, they sound nothing like on their first four albums, and it seems that internal issues were coming to a head. The song "Hero" is my track pick for this, but the album is generally decent. Granted, it can be harder to get into than the others, but repeated listens can help you enjoy it more.rPersonal Rating: 4.0
Queensryche Promised Land
Promised Land is a wonderful album which has some of the most clever lyrics the band has ever made. But it's definitely a step down from their previous records. And it's not just because of the difference in sound. Quite simply, the band is far more subdued here. Give this several listens before judging though, as it's still a very good record.rPersonal Rating: 4.1
Queensryche Queensryche EP
This EP definitely gives promise of the band's future. All 5 tracks (4+bonus) are fantastic, but "Nightrider takes the cake on here. Great riffs, fastastic soloing, and Tate's voice is in top shape. Don't miss this stellar debut.rPersonal rating: 4.2
Radiohead OK Computer
While OK Computer is a solid album, in my opinion it isn't perfect. "Fitter Happier" and "Electioneering" slightly ruin its flow. However, the rest is impressive enough.
Radiohead Kid A
A spacey, trippy album. Slightly prefer it to OK Computer at the moment.
Radiohead The Bends
A solid album for Radiohead, The Bends no doubt features some of the band's best material. Having said that, it isn't quite perfect: "Just" and "My Iron Lung" slightly ruin the experience. Nevertheless, this album is certainly worth your time.
Ranger Knights of Darkness
Raven Wiped Out
These guys impressed me tbh. The music isn't too original, but it does give you a heckuva good time. Recommended for bored rockers.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Mother's Milk
Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik
What makes Blood Sugar Sex Magik such a good album is how everything works so well on here. The weakest tracks are probably the well-known singles "Give It Away" and "Under the Bridge", along with the title track, since they don't match up with the rest of the songs. Highlights for me include: "Suck My Kiss", "My Lovely Man", "Funky Monks", and "Apache Rose Peacock". But the album in general is worth your time.
Red Hot Chili Peppers One Hot Minute
One Hot Minute is quite the oddity in RHCP's discography. Not quite a top-tier record and yet not a bottom-tier one either, it sits in the middle. To be completely honest, I feel this is one of their most interesting records. Yes, you read right. It still has some of that spirit from BSSM remaining, even if it doesn't execute things on the same level. Not the best place to start, and only worthwhile to fans of the band, it will take a patient listener to enjoy this record. But listen to it. Even if it's not their best, there are gems to be found on here. The major weakness is the midsection: "Pea", "One Big Mob" and "Walkabout" ruin the album's flow are are completely skippable. Even so, I encourage those into the band to check this out, it might be worth your time.
Riverside Anno Domini High Definition
I was surprised with this record. Fresh sounds and new ideas. I don't say this too often, but I might listen to this record again sometime to see if I "get it".
Run DMC Raising Hell
Running Wild Death or Glory
Decent album, but feels a tad draggy sometimes. IMO the follow-up is better.
Rush Vapor Trails
It seems Rush doesn't tire in regards to toying with their formula. In many ways, they both leave behind their traditional prog style while still being able to sound like themselves (an interesting paradox, to say the least). Rush isn't really growing musically here, they're just doing what feels refreshing to them, and they prove to be better at this than many other bands their junior.
Rush Snakes & Arrows
Rush is showing an uncanny ability to age gracefully. Yes, many bands have tried to do the same, but these guys just kill at it. This album cannot even be called mediocre because it isn't. The endurance these guys have shown is truly admirable.
Rush Counterparts
While it's not as great as Presto or Roll the Bones, it's still a fine album in it's own right. Rush demonstrates a fine-tuned ability to adapt to changing times here.
Rush Test for Echo
Test for Echo shows Rush is still able to pull off dazzling experiments. This album has a smoother feel than many earlier albums, but it can still please any Rush fan.
Rush Presto
Not really a classic, Presto nevertheless is decent enough to sit in any fan's collection.
Rush Roll the Bones
Interesting album. Sure, it's not one of their very best, but it's still good enough to appease fans.
Rush Fly by Night
Interesting hard-rocking album. A good entry point for fans of 60's-70's hard rock. Fans of later Rush releases might have a hard time with this, but it's a worthwhile listen.
Rush Caress of Steel
Very underrated album. The 2 epics at the end simply destroy. And to think they would outdo themselves on later releases.
Sade Lovers Rock
Sade Diamond Life
While it has good songs, I'm pretty sure that Sade did better things in her career (Love Deluxe certainly tops this). Nevertheless, a strong debut in my book.
Santana Borboletta
Scorpions Lovedrive
While it's entertaining enough, it lack a bit of the punch that makes other albums by the band so special. Nevertheless, it should be worth your time if you're a fan of classic hard rock.
Scorpions Animal Magnetism
Doesn't have as much punch as some of the earlier and later releases, but still a worthwhile album.
Seal Human Being
Sebastian Hardie Four Moments
Silversun Pickups Swoon
Slayer Hell Awaits
There are significant differences between Hell Awaits and Show No Mercy. Where that album focused on pure balls-out riffage, this one is more cerebral and atmospheric. Definitely not for the squeamish.
Slayer Reign in Blood
My only complaint with Reign in Blood is it's rather excessive focus on speed for speed's sake. Unlike the previous 2 records, this one just isn't quite as strong musically. However, it does deserve the praise it gets, to a point.
Slayer South of Heaven
Extremely heavy stuff. Some badass riffs, as well as some of Lombardo's best drumming.
Slayer Seasons in the Abyss
Sonic Youth Goo
Sortilege M├ętamorphose
Soundgarden Screaming Life
A solid offering courtesy of the grunge sledgehammer. Out of the two major underground EP's, Screaming Life is easily the stronger sibling. A pulse pounding 6-track journey, Screaming Life might well be SG's most overlooked effort.
Steve Vai Alien Love Secrets
Stone Temple Pilots Core
STP's masterpiece. The music is epic, and this is one record I'd listen to again and again.
Sublime Sublime
The last Sublime album has some of the bands best material, but some of it comes off as a bit more than is needed for it. For instance, the album could well have ended on "Caress Me Down", but instead we get a reprise of "What I Got" and the rather odd "Doin' Time". For what it's worth however, it still features some of the band's best material.
Sublime Robbin' the Hood
An underrated gem, Robbin' the Hood is so good it's almost a shame 40 Oz. to Freedom exists. Give it time and jam it patiently, you'll be glad you did.
Super Furry Animals Radiator
I haven't listened to these guys in a long while. Might want to give them another try once the time is right.
Testament Souls of Black
Testament Practice What You Preach
This has some of Testament's biggest songs, but the album itself is draggy at times. Recommended for those seasoned with Souls of Black and/or The New Order.
The Beatles Revolver
Despite the power of opener "Taxman", and the Mid-East tinged "Love You Too", this album kinda lacks momentum, with quite a fair share of songs feeling like they're just "there", as opposed to standing out. Still a solid album though.
The Doors The Doors
Ah, the iconic, legendary, classic debut of controversial California rock band The Doors. Yes, this is an album quite representative of the band; and for the most part, the songwriting is ace. The one dud here is "Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)", which is simply uninteresting and bland.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced
The main issue with Are You Experienced? is the lack of cohesion. This could be explained by the fact that it has two versions with different track listings. The good songs work well on here, but, in my opinion, this album is slightly overrated. Don't get me wrong, this still has some of his best material, but I wouldn't say it's his best work. For all intents and purposes, my soundoff shall refer to the 11 tracks on the North American edition.
The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet
While "Sympathy for the Devil", "Street Fightin' Man" and "Stray Cat Blues" are all fantastic tracks, Beggars Banquet is a hybrid of sorts where a fair share of tracks don't hit quite as hard as those. Interesting listen, all the same.
The Rolling Stones Goats Head Soup
Goats Head Soup is a pretty cool record with a sweet selection of songs. A shame it's quite neglected on Sputnikmusic.
The Rolling Stones Between the Buttons
While imo they improved their songwriting on later albums, this is still a sweet record.
Therapy? Troublegum
Thin Lizzy Jailbreak
An interesting ball of hard rock, Jailbreak is probably ne of the most influential albums in the subgenre. The one drawback is that it feels dated, as opposed to feeling like something that transcends its time.
Thompson Twins Into the Gap
Amazing pop perfection. If you're into Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys or Tears for Fears, you should love this.
Tyr Eric The Red
This is a pretty solid album from a pretty solid band. I look forward to checking out more of their stuff in the future.
U2 The Unforgettable Fire
Univers Zero Heresie
A dark, brooding, KC-ish album, Heresie is an interesting enough listen for those who have an avid interest in obscure prog. There's definitely a lot of things going for this album, but it's certainly not for everyone. Don't judge it too quickly, there's plenty of intelligence behind the music.
Van Halen 1984
Other than "Top Jimmy" and "Drop Dead Legs", this is a solid album.
Van Halen Van Halen II
This is a worthy successor to the debut, however, it has two duds: "Out of Love Again" and "Women in Love......". A shame, because the rest is very solid.
Van Halen Balance
In my opinion this is the best of the Hagar Era. The spark of the Roth Era is somewhat revived here, and musicianship is in quite good form.
Vanilla Fudge Vanilla Fudge
Carmine Appice does a fine job on this one. However, this album is more of a historical relic than anything else. Worth looking into for the influence it had on bands like Deep Purple and Black Sabbath.
Venom Welcome to Hell
Vinnie Moore Mind's Eye
While it doesn't rank among the great classics of the Guitar Virtuoso subgenre (and certainly isn't in league with the Big 4 albums [Surfing With the Alien, Passion & Warfare, Rising Force and Ah Via Musicom]), it's a fine one in it's class, and Moore is no doubt more talented than a lot of wannabes out there.
Voivod Killing Technology
This is an interesting record. Not at all recommended for thrash neophites; but metalheads looking for something new might be pleased with this.
Watchtower Energetic Disassembly
White Lion Pride
Whitesnake Whitesnake
Yes Close to the Edge
Well yes, this is a solid prog record. However, Anderson's vocals prevent me from giving it a higher rating.
Yes Fragile
Not a fan of this band, but it's easy to see that this album was extremely influential, not just for prog, but for heavy metal as well.
Yes The Yes Album
Yngwie Malmsteen Marching Out
Yngwie Malmsteen Trilogy
Yngwie Malmsteen Odyssey
Yngwie Malmsteen Eclipse
ZZ Top Eliminator
ZZ Top Deguello

3.5 great
Aerosmith Pump
Agalloch Marrow of the Spirit
Alice in Chains Alice in Chains
The main issue with Alice in Chains' self-titled swansong (Layne Era anyway) is that it drags more than it should. It's definitely the worst place to start when it comes to this band. You're better off jamming the two previous LP's along with Jar of Flies and SAP before getting into this one.
Beardfish The Void
Great work. I was a bit disappointed with the guitar soloing though, not what I was hoping for. All the same, I liked this enough to consider another possible album in the future.
Biohazard Urban Discipline
Black Sabbath Technical Ecstasy
Not as bad as it's made out to be, Technical Ecstasy requires an open mind to be appreciated. If you're on a journey through Black Sabbath's discography, jam their first 6 and the first 2 Dio records and, when you find the time and have the patience, jam this. It's no musical wonder, but fans might definitely find redeeming features in tracks like "Dirty Women".
Blue Oyster Cult Cultosaurus Erectus
Buckethead Population Override
Dr. Dre The Chronic
Good record, but often too repetitive and saturated. Snoop's Doggystyle tops this imo.
Eurythmics Touch
Genesis We Can't Dance
Even if the album has interesting moments, it lacks some of the punch that made earlier Collins-Era works worthwhile. Had this album had fewer balladry and more attitude, it could've been better. Collins did well in leaving the band after this.
In Vain The Latter Rain
Decent offering. Nothing too exceptional, but it's not too bad either. If you're an average death metal fan, this should suit your tastes.
Judas Priest Killing Machine
Hell Bent For Leather/Killing Machine was the beginning of a new era for Judas Priest. It's an album which somewhat bridges the band's purer metal era and their commercial metal era, but is definitely the first of the latter rather than the last of the former.rThe great songs on here are "Hell Bent for Leather", "Rock Forever" the opener ("Delivering the Goods"), and the Fleetwood Mac cover ("The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown").rHowever, this album has flaws which prevent it from reaching the heights of their best albums: 3 weak songs, rather lacking production, and, most of all, restraint on the part of the band members. Binks must've been very unhappy with this record, seeing as he left soon after (his performance here is miles away from that on Stained Class). All in all, a good album, but proceed with caution.rPersonal rating: 3.9
Judas Priest Turbo
Okay, so it's not even Top 5 JP. Even so, it's a fun album. Most of it is pretty enjoyable, save for the last 3 tracks. Production is also weak and the riffs feel generic. Nevertheless, hardcore fans might find something to like, provided that they're open-minded enough about this release.rPersonal Rating: 3.7
King Crimson Discipline
The main issue with Discipline is that while 4 tracks are fantastic, 3 are outright dragfests (Matte Kudesai, The Sheltering Sky & the title track). Probably KC's first dissapointment.
Led Zeppelin Presence
Presence is a rather disappointing affair when compared to the greatness of its predecessor. While it does possess a fine opener/closer combo in "Achilles Last Stand" and "Tea for One", " For Your Life", "Candy Store Rock" and "Hots for Nowhere" just flat-out suck. Also, as a whole, the album reflects a worn out band that no longer had the level of inspiration that got them through their first 6 records. Recommended only for diehard fans.
Machine Head Through the Ashes of Empires
Mastodon Crack the Skye
Where you stand on Crack the Skye will have a lot to do with what you expect out of this band, and out of music in general. One thing is plain and clear: this is very different from the sludgier first 3 records. Here, Mastodon almost completely embraces a psych-prog vibe, which can easily alienate fans of the band's earlier stuff. But there are those who stand on the other side of the fence, and think that it was good for this band to drop the sludginess. And where do I stand? I say that this is a record with good songs, but a slight step down from the previous 3 records. And why is this so? More than having to do with the lack of sludginess (although that's certainly a factor), it has to do with the fact that some parts do feel a tad draggy, and the band seems to be attempting to execute something a la Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (less overwhelming riffage and more stretched-out composition). Another issue is the vocals: they stick out like a sore thumb, which detracts from the experience. At the end of the day, all this makes out of Crack the Skye an endurance test; although some might claim this to be a masterpiece.
Megadeth Youthanasia
Like CtE, the 2nd half is the weak point of this album. Nevertheless, I find it overall more enjoyable than that album. Better riffs, more entertaining, yeah, I think I explained myself.
Megadeth Countdown to Extinction
The first mainstream-era 'Deth, Countdown to Extinction is a bit disappointing: production is flat-out lame and the second half is rather weak, being saved by the last 2 songs.
Mudhoney Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge
Nightwish Once
Nile In Their Darkened Shrines
Opeth Still Life
The main issue with Still Life is that it downright drags. At the end of the day, I'd rather just stick with "The Moor", "White Cluster", "Face of Melinda" and "Benighted". The rest just gets uninteresting after a while.
Opeth Watershed
Watershed has some of Opeth's most interesting songs, but also some of the most boring. As a result, it's one of the hardest albums to get into in their discography, but given patience, standouts like "Hessian Peel" will reveal their worth.
Opeth Blackwater Park
While it's true that this album is overrated in comparison to the first 3 albums, it still has interesting moments. The highlights for me are the title track, "Harvest" and "The Funeral Portrait".
Pomegranate Tiger Entities
Great ideas, but monotone execution. The album is a passable listen, but respectable musicianship, but gets dull at times. Bottom line: there's lots of room for improvement.
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
Porcupine Tree In Absentia
My main issue with In Absentia is that several songs on here get old after several listens.
Porcupine Tree Deadwing
Not best PT by a long shot, but still an enjoyable release. The opener is fantastic, and the closer is good too. But 4 songs ("Shallow, "Lazarus", "Mellotron Scratch" and "Glass Arm Shattering") feel a tad out of place.
Primus Pork Soda
While it features several strong tracks ("My Name is Mud", "Welcome to This World" and "Nature Boy"), this is one crazy fillerfest. Recommended for diehards only.
Queensryche Q2K
Most QR fans believe that by this point (and many of them gave up even by Hear in the Now Frontier, and some even by Promised Land) the band was kaput. In the end, where you stand on the issue is subjective. Having said that, I'll admit that this album isn't stellar nor fantastic. It's simply an album, one that may prove enjoyable to some listeners, but may seem as a waste of time to others. What matters is that, from now on, the band wouldn't make anything impressive. And that's a shame. Recommended for diehard fans only.rrPersonal Rating: 3.3
Queensryche Tribe
The main issue with Tribe is that it lack inspiration. It's not terrible, but the band doesn't bother to rock out at all. "Rhythm of Hope" is a great song (the best here in my opinion), but this will only interest hardcore fans of the band.rPersonal Rating: 3.4
Queensryche American Soldier
Album isn't that special, but has enjoyable moments all the same. Just put to rest the myth that these guys haven't done anything worthwhile since the mid 90's.

Personal Rating: 3.4
Queensryche Queensryche
Racer X Second Heat
Radiohead Amnesiac
Amnesiac pieces together some of Radiohead's best material with some of their weakest. Although it's not one of their strongest efforts, it still manages to hold up in regards to the quality of most of the individual songs. It just fails when taken in as a whole.
Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way
Like Californication before it, By the Way has issues with regards to consistency. While the first 6 tracks are solid, after that the album goes hit-and-miss. There are no less than 5 weak tracks on here. My fave on here is possibly "Midnight", followed by "The Zephyr Song" and "By the Way".
Running Wild Pile of Skulls
Entertaining listen, but drags on a tad too long. Metal albums like this should only be about 35-40 minutes long. Plus, the songs themselves feel a tad repetitive at times.
Santana Welcome
Seal Seal IV
Soundgarden Fopp
Fopp is pretty much the weaker sibling of the two major cult EP's of Soundgarden's underground era. Out of the 4 tracks herein, 3 are fairly strong, but the dub version of the title track feels totally unnecessary and out of place. Recommended only for diehard SG fans.
Soundgarden Down on the Upside
Soundgarden Ultramega OK
Inconsistency and immaturity are the main issues with Ultramega OK, the legendary debut from grunge pioneer Soundgarden. The band here shows itself as an odd hybrid of punk and 70's hard rock. And while songs like "All Your Lies", "Head Injury" and "Incessant Mace" are executed to perfection, that doesn't justify the filler tracks "665", "667" and "One Minute of Silence". The presence of two weak songs as well ("Circle of Power" and "He Didn't") make for a slightly disappointing affair. Nevertheless, Ultramega OK is still an interesting debut from a band which would improve with time and effort.
The Cult Electric
Decent album, but several instrumental inconsistencies make it a step down from Love.
The Smashing Pumpkins Adore
The Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
The major issue with Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is the concept itself. Corgan's ambition definitely went overboard when it came to effective songwriting. While the first disc is very solid, with only two weak tracks ("Love" and "Cupid de Locke") the second disc is absolutely bursting with filler, especially on the second half (this would be the 4th quarter of the album). It's a shame that this album fails in that regard, because songs like "Bullet With Butterfly Wings", "1979, "Zero" and "Tonight, Tonight" rank amongst the Pumpkins' very best.
The Smashing Pumpkins Machina - The Machines of God
While slightly more interesting than Adore, Machina is nevertheless an inconsistent affair. The main problem lies in the second third of the album, it's pretty much useless. Recommended only for serious fans of the band.
Van Halen Diver Down
Cheese is the issue here. While 7 tracks are worth your time, the other 4 are pretty much a waste. Only fans will appreciate this one.
Van Halen For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
It's good enough, but the band definitely isn't in top form here. Some of the songs are rather weak and forgettable. A decent album, nothing more and nothing less.
Van Halen 5150

3.0 good
Dio The Last in Line
Exodus Bonded by Blood
Genesis Calling All Stations
I don't find this as bad as many people do, but the musicianship is definitely lacking. All the same, Wilson does a good job on the vocals.
Genesis From Genesis to Revelation
In Flames The Jester Race
Judas Priest Point of Entry
This is the first subpar JP album. Only half the songs are worth your time: the opener, the closer, and 3 others. Forget everything else.rThe other issue with this album is the lack of great songs. While the good songs are entertaining, they don't rank with the band's best.rPersonal Rating: 3.2
Judas Priest Ram It Down
Ram it Down is neither a terrible album nor a particularly fantastic one. It has some of the best songs of the band's 80's era, but also some of the blandest.rYou're pretty much better off nitpicking those 5 and forgetting the rest of the album. There's really not much of a point in jamming the whole thing, unless you're a diehard fan of this era, and of this album in particular. rPersonal Rating: 3.4
Mastodon The Hunter
Okay, it's true: this is the band's sellout album. But is it a bad album? As with Crack the Skye opinions can be split here. Some will argue that this is a fun album, while others will claim that it's a sign of decline. In my opinion, it's a decent record, certainly not in the same league as Leviathan, Remission or Blood Mountain, but still enjoyable enough. My only major gripe is the vocals: Hinds seems to be struggling too much to sound like Peter Gabriel, and it doesn't suit him at all (he's at his best when he sounds menacing/threatening/etc. Nevertheless, this album is still inspired enough to be worth the listen, even if it doesn't touch the mighty first 3.
Megadeth United Abominations
Megadeth Endgame
Very overrated album. Don't get me wrong: Broderick is highly talented, but his leads lack passion. Also, the midsection and closing are weak. It seems Dave's running out of ideas.
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Easily one of Metallica's overrated affairs. ...And Justice for All has a fairly solid first half, but a pretty repetitive/formulaic second half. Without a doubt, the seeds of the band's decline were planted with this album.
Motorhead Orgasmatron
By this point, it becomes obvious that the band is running out of ideas. Lemmy should've stopped recording at this point. I personally have little to no interest in anything he has done since the mediocre Rock N' Roll.
Nickelback Silver Side Up
Nirvana In Utero
In Utero is neither fantastic album nor terrible album. It's just an album, plain and simple. If you're into repetitive punkish numbers, this might be in your league. Otherwise, steer clear from this.
Opeth Deliverance
Deliverance is the companion album to Damnation. And as such, it's on the heavier side of things.
Pearl Jam Vitalogy
The main issues I have with Vitalogy are: 1) Poor production, and 2) Excessive filler. In particular, the closer "Hey Foxymophandlemama, That's Me" is terrible, and makes one wonder what the band was thinking at that point. But don't get me wrong, some of the band's best songs are on here. Just skip all the filler and close it on "Immortality". That would've made a better closer anyway.rPersonal rating: 3.2
Porcupine Tree The Incident
This right here is a crazy fillerfest. A few cool songs like "The Blind House", "I Drive the Hearse" and "Time Flies", but I think this is an overblown concept. Now I understand why SW put the band on hiatus. If PT ever get back together, they should just get back to basics and stray from these concepts.
Queens of the Stone Age Rated R
While Rated R contains great songs like "Auto Pilot", "The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret", and "Better Living Through Chemistry" (best on here), it also drags a lot, specifically in the 2nd half. The presence of filler and the lack of cohesion make this a bit of a tedious listen in full, which is a shame for such a fantastic band.
Quiet Riot Metal Health
Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication
While Californication is often regarded as a triumphant return-to-form by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the fact of the matter is that it's reputation far exceeds it's actual quality. While the first 6 tracks and the closer are all fairly solid, the album gets pretty hit-and-miss from there. Doesn't even come close to Blood Sugar Sex Magik.
Republica Speed Ballads
This album does have interesting concepts, but sadly it fails to do anything exciting. Rather, it just stays muddled in a sea of synths without any real musicianship to show for it. Listen to Garbage's Version 2.0 instead.
Seal System
This album is nice, but feels rather uninspired in almost every sense. A decent continuation of Seal's career, but a step down from Seal IV and two steps down from Human Being.
Seal Commitment
Seal manages to put out decent recordings throughout his career. While perhaps a bit cheesy, this is nonetheless a good record.
Soundgarden King Animal
The main issue with King Animal is energy, this album severely lacks it. While it keeps a decent momentum up to "Taree", after that the album loses steam. Recommended only for diehards.
Tool Lateralus
Sadly, this is a rather dull record. Since I managed to finish it, it gets a 3. Some decent songs, but the album pretty much becomes a borefest after a while.
Van Halen OU812
Van Halen Fair Warning
Even though the first 5 tracks are solid, the album goes completely awry after that. Recommended only for those experienced with the band.

2.5 average
AC/DC Let There Be Rock
AC/DC Back in Black
Angra Temple of Shadows
Angra Rebirth
Anthrax Stomp 442
Anthrax We've Come for You All
A very lackluster comeback attempt. Good thing Bush left after this.
Big Wreck Albatross
Average alt rock album. Doesn't bring at all anything new to the table. Nothing original, innovative or refreshing to hear here.
Black Sabbath Never Say Die!
Blue Oyster Cult Club Ninja
Bloated, overproduced album. While at first it may seem on par with their best, the problem here is that the formula that had previously worked wonders for this band has now backfired. You might as well ignore this one (unless you like overproduced/overindulgent albums).
Bulldozer The day of wrath
Deicide Deicide
Eiffel 65 Europop
Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape
Generic, even by alt rock standards. Easily one of the most overrated albums of the 90's.
Immolation Close to a World Below
In Mourning Shrouded Divine
Garden variety death metal. Nothing special here, just what you'd expect from an average band in the subgenre.
Journey Revelation
Judas Priest Angel of Retribution
Halford's back, yayyyyy!!!!!! So, yeah... Let's get to it, this isn't the best comeback album ever made, not by a long shot. Production is bland, and only half the tracks are worth your time. Also. "Eulogy" would've made a fine enough closer, but no, they had to stick in a 13-minute long track instead. Way to go, Metal Gods!!! If ever there was an album that would be for diehards only, this would be it. For only fans will get anything out of this album. Everyone else is advised to either stay away or jam their 70's and 80's stuff first. And trust me, once you do that, you'll doubt if hearing this was a productive use of your time.
Megadeth The System Has Failed
Regarded as the band's "return to form", The System Has Failed is a rather boring record. The first 4 songs are easily the best on here, I honestly don't care much for the rest.
Metallica Metallica
The main issue with The Black Album is that it fails to work as a whole. Too many songs are boring, and while there is some good stuff, you're better off hearing it separately. My favorite on this is probably "Nothing Else Matters". But yes, the band's first 3 records pretty much destroy this.
Motley Crue Dr. Feelgood
Motorhead Rock 'N' Roll
I was rather disappointed with this. It's a rather dull record, and Motorhead clearly were
stuck in a rut at this point.
Muse Absolution
Nirvana Bleach
While the first few tracks on here are promising, the album goes down midway. Many fans will defend this album, but eh, to each their own.
Pain of Salvation Remedy Lane
Guess this band isn't really my cup of tea. A lot of people praise them; I just see them as an overrated band.
Pet Shop Boys Behaviour
Behaviour is the PSB's first subpar album. It has its moments, but is nowhere near the heights of their first three.
Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime II
While there are some okay songs in it, O:MII is mostly a train wreck. The songs are very poorly arranged, the concept itself is weak, and the good songs lack punch. An album that only diehards might be interested in, but casual QR fans should stay away from.
R.E.M. Green
Despite a few good songs, Green is mostly a bland affair. Too many songs are dull and uninteresting.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium
Bloated, overproduced and way too radio friendly, Stadium Arcadium feels devoid of the virtues that used to make the band so great. There's hardly any creativity to be found here, and too many songs are bland and uninspired. Hard to believe that this was the same band responsible for albums like Freaky Styley, The Uplift Mofo Party Plan and Blood Sugar Sex Magik.
Sodom Tapping the Vein
Steppenwolf Steppenwolf
The Angelic Process Weighing Souls With Sand
The Smashing Pumpkins Zeitgeist
Sometime later, I might give this another chance. Definitely not their most inspired work though.

2.0 poor
Beyond the Bridge The Old Man and The Spirit
Gets a 2 because while it's not flat-out terrible, it's just plain uninteresting.
Blue Oyster Cult Fire of Unknown Origin
Coldplay Parachutes
Destruction Eternal Devastation
Dio Holy Diver
I never seem to be able to get into Dio's solo stuff, maybe that will change with time.
Druid Toward the Sun
Boring, uninteresting album. The similarities to Yes (my least fave of the Big 5) don't help at all.
Dysrhythmia Test Of Submission
Egonon Risveglio
Sorry guys, but I find this boring and uninteresting. To each their own.
Gamma Ray Land of the Free
Jay-Z Reasonable Doubt
Didn't enjoy this album that much. Too dull and repetitive.
Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door
In Through the Out Door is easily Zeppelin's weakest studio effort (pre-breakup). While I applaud the band for venturing into uncharted waters here, they simply come up dry. The songs simply lack comeback value and this just feels like a botched-up experiment in general.
Marillion Misplaced Childhood
Megadeth Th1rt3en
Jamming this in full is a waste of time. A very weak and uninspired album with poorly made lyrics.
Megadeth Risk
Motorhead March Or Die
Why, oh why didn't Motorhead stop making albums after releasing Orgasmatron? It's one thing to stick to what works for you musically, but it's something else to be doggedly afraid to experiment. Only the first 2 songs are any good, the way I see it.
Ne Obliviscaris Portal of I
Far too repetitive. Generic extreme metal with hints of prog. Nothing special to see here. By Sputnik standards, I consider this album overrated.
Pain of Salvation The Perfect Element, Part 1
Psychotic Waltz A Social Grace
Pretty generic prog record. Pretty much more of the same, nothing too original.
Ramones Rocket to Russia
The Smashing Pumpkins Oceania
Boring, bland, uninteresting, generic tripe. Miles away from the greatness of the first 2 albums.
Tiamat Wildhoney
Yngwie Malmsteen The Seventh Sign

1.5 very poor
Anthrax Volume 8: The Threat Is Real
Asking Alexandria Stand Up and Scream
Blink-182 Enema of the State
brokeNCYDE I'm Not a Fan, but the Kids Like It!
Chickenfoot Chickenfoot
Danzig Danzig
This is a very boring album in my opinion. I've no problem with dark lyrics (provided that they're not obssesively Satanic) but the music is just too dull for my taste.
Deep Purple Slaves and Masters
DoomThrone Skeleton Veiled in Flesh
DragonForce Inhuman Rampage
DragonForce Valley of the Damned
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos
Duff McKagan Believe In Me
Duff McKagan is truly an overrated bassist. Fans give him far more credit than he deserves. And yeah, this album is very bad.
Emmure Goodbye to the Gallows
Judas Priest Nostradamus
Judas Priest Demolition
Megadeth The World Needs a Hero
Megadeth Super Collider
First 2 tracks are passable, after hearing "Burn", I won't bother with the rest.
Metallica Load
This album really sucks, Ain't My Bitch is probably one of the worst intro songs ever.
Motorhead Bastards
Motorhead 1916
Lemmy has lost his touch since Orgasmatron, possibly his last good album. 1916 shows a band stuck in the same horrid riffs and rhythm sections. The music just feels too monotonous and uninspired here.
Motorhead Inferno
Sputnikers overrate this album. While the first song is passable, the second is too dull. Don't be fooled, and skip this. Not even Steve Vai could save this piece of shit.
Pantera Reinventing the Steel
Pantera Far Beyond Driven
Unlike the fun of Cowboys From Hell or the addictive heaviness of Vulgar Display of Power, Far Beyond Driven feels like a dull chore.
Queensryche Dedicated to Chaos
Album is a mess, and while I usually 2.5 albums I get halfway through, the level of ridiculousness here is so high that this gets a 1.5.
The Smashing Pumpkins Machina II - Friends and Enemies of Modern Music
After you're a few songs in, you realize this pretty much sucks major dick.
The Strokes Is This It
Van Halen Van Halen III
Within the Ruins Elite
Weak, weak album. Album covers can be deceiving, and this one deceived me quite well. Great cover, sucky album.

1.0 awful
Black Sabbath Forbidden
Black Sabbath Seventh Star
Blink-182 Take Off Your Pants and Jacket
Deep Purple The House of Blue Light
Discharge Grave New World
Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Edguy Vain Glory Opera
Gulaggh Vorkuta
Iced Earth Horror Show
Judas Priest Jugulator
Justin Bieber My World 2.0
Korn Follow the Leader
Lady Gaga Born This Way
Lady Gaga The Fame
Lady Gaga The Fame Monster
Lamb of God Ashes of the Wake
Marilyn Manson Antichrist Superstar
Metallica St. Anger
Metallica Reload
Morbid Angel Illud Divinum Insanus
Motorhead Sacrifice
Couldn't even get past the first track, it's that bad.
Motorhead Overnight Sensation
Terrible, terrible album. I can't say anything else.
Motorhead Snake Bite Love
Don't waste your time with this, it's just not worth it.
Motorhead We Are Motorhead
Motorhead Hammered
Motorhead Kiss of Death
Motorhead Motorizer
Motorhead The World Is Yours
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade
Napalm Death Scum
Pantera The Great Southern Trendkill
The Great Southern Trendkill is a dull listen. Can't add anything more to that statement.
Queensryche Frequency Unknown
Yeah, this is utter shite. Complete garbage, a shame my fave vocalist of all time spearheaded this bucket of bullshit.
Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm with You
The bloated production issues that first reared their heads on One Hot Minute have finally reached their climax (or should I say, their unclimax) on I'm With You. This album is just unbearable, with the worst mixing job in the history of mixing jobs (no joke). Worst album ever made? Debatable. Worst RHCP album? Far and away.
Simple Plan Still Not Getting Any...
Skrillex Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
Slayer Diabolus in Musica
Slipknot Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
Slipknot All Hope Is Gone
Tony Macalpine Maximum Security
Just a self-indulgent shredfest, nothing more. MacAlpine's talented, but his overindulgent bombast ruins this album.
Trivium Ascendancy
Trivium The Crusade
Venom Black Metal
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