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5.0 classic
AC/DC Highway To Hell
AC/DC Back In Black
Agalloch The Mantle
Alice in Chains Dirt
Anathema Judgement
Atheist Unquestionable Presence
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Between the Buried and Me Future Sequence: Live at the Fidelitorium
Is it me or have these boys gotten better and better with age. From my perspective, we may have finally found the American version of Opeth.
Black Sabbath Paranoid
Black Sabbath Master of Reality
Coroner Mental Vortex
Coroner No More Color
Cryptopsy None So Vile
Cult of Luna Somewhere Along the Highway
Cult of Luna Eternal Kingdom
David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
David Bowie Low
David Bowie Station to Station
David Bowie Blackstar
Death Symbolic
Deep Purple Machine Head
Deftones White Pony
Devin Townsend Ocean Machine: Biomech
Dio Holy Diver
Dream Theater Images and Words
An excellent release in every sense of word, Dream Theater's "Images and Words" hits all the right notes. It combines the best of pop sensibilities with the best of heavy metal and progressive rock sensibilities. Every song here is killer, and every bandmember is at their A-game; there's very good chemistry this time around, and the songwriting is impressive to say the least. Move over, Queensryche!!
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
An intoxicating musical journey about a modern man haunted by a heinous crime, "Scenes from a Memory" is a triumph of musical storytelling and unabashed rock and roll. Even though a couple songs could be trimmed for time, the musical content here is just breathtaking. This is quite possibly the peak of Dream Theater's musical career, and the best progressive rock album since Rush's "Moving Pictures".
Edge of Sanity Crimson
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
Emperor In the Nightside Eclipse
Faith No More Angel Dust
Genesis Selling England by the Pound
Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Gorguts Obscura
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction
Haken The Mountain
Iron Maiden Powerslave
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast
Iron Maiden Piece of Mind
Isis Oceanic
Isis Panopticon
Jay-Z Reasonable Doubt
Joe Hisaishi Spirited Away
John Williams Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope
John Williams Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
John Williams Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Judas Priest Painkiller
Judas Priest Sad Wings of Destiny
Katatonia Last Fair Day Gone Night
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King
King Diamond Abigail
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin Celebration Day
Lost Horizon A Flame To The Ground Beneath
Lost Horizon Awakening The World
maudlin of the Well Bath
maudlin of the Well Leaving Your Body Map
Megadeth Rust in Peace
Metallica Master of Puppets
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Michael Jackson Thriller
They don't call MJ "The King of Pop" for nothing.
Morbid Angel Altars of Madness
Nas Illmatic
Ne Obliviscaris Portal of I
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York
Nirvana Nevermind
Nobuo Uematsu Final Fantasy VII: Original Soundtrack
Nobuo Uematsu Final Fantasy IX: Original Soundtrack
Novembre Dreams D'Azur
Novembre Memoria Stoica
Opeth Still Life
A general step up from first three albums, this 1999 concept album is probably the closest Opeth have ever gotten to a perfect record (until "Blackwater Park"). "Still Life" begins with an outcast returning to see his longtime love (Melinda), only to run into mass trouble along the way. All seven tracks of this record do a splendid job complementing the deeply mapped-out storyline. It is a love letter to music, and continues to show the band's ever-increasing strengths. I can't say much more other than the fact "Still Life" is a must-have release.
Opeth Blackwater Park
An essential album for heavy metal, Opeth's 2001 magnum opus "Blackwater Park" contains such amazing musicianship and band chemistry, it's hard not to find anything bad about it. The peak of Lindgren and Akerfledt's music careers, this album has everything to offer for both the close-minded metal head and the casual listener. Songs are not limited to, but include "The Leper Affinity", "Bleak" "Patterns in the Ivy", "Harvest", and the eponymous title track. Like all the Opeth records before it, "Blackwater Park" will take time to get use to, but in the end, will certainly pay off in many big ways. A fantastic release of the highest order.
Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse
The third chapter in Opeth's expansive saga is hardly the cheeriest of concept albums around. A character who dies and becomes a ghost is watching over his loved one in increasing turmoil, suspecting she did not grieve enough about his passing. The whole story is spread out across 9 tracks, none of which surpass the 10-minute mark. Is that a bad thing? No! In fact, this album is actually more focused than their first two titles. Many things you'll notice here are the slight increase in production quality, Akerfeldt's improvement as a musician, and an overall heavier feel. Best appreciated as a somber 52-minute storybook, "My Arms, Your Hearse" is one of Opeth's finest achievements: a well-layered, complex and heartfelt narrative aided greatly by the band's trademark sound. And did I forget the bonus tracks? Covers of Celtic Frost's "Circle of the Tyrants" and Iron Maiden's "Remember Tomorrow" are also decent highlights.
Opeth Deliverance & Damnation Remixed
In 2016, Opeth revisits the now-famous albums "Deliverance" and "Damnation", pairing them up in a single package, but not without giving the albums a makeover with help from Steven Wilson and Bruce Soord. How is it, you ask? The end result is spectacular, which is no surprise considering Opeth's legendary status. The remix is stunning. Mendez's bass takes on a warmer tone, Mike's vocals stand out more, the guitars are more powerful, and even the drums possess clarity and nuance! A welcome addition to any Opeth fans' collection for two albums which were always meant to be together. Can Steven Wilson and Mikael Alerfeldt finally win some Grammy awards now??
Pantera Cowboys from Hell
Pearl Jam Ten
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd Animals
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd The Wall
Pomegranate Tiger Boundless
Porcupine Tree Arriving Somewhere...
Porcupine Tree Anesthetize
Prince Purple Rain
Prince Sign o' the Times
Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine
Rainbow Rising
Rush Hemispheres
Rush Exit...Stage Left
Savatage Streets: A Rock Opera
Slayer Reign in Blood
Steven Wilson Get All You Deserve
Strapping Young Lad City
Testament The Legacy
The Gathering How to Measure a Planet?
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold as Love
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced
The Notorious B.I.G. Ready to Die
The Roots Things Fall Apart
Tool Lateralus
Tool Ænima
Turbid North Orogeny
Ulver Bergtatt - Et eeventyr i 5 capitler
Vektor Terminal Redux
Voivod Nothingface
Weezer Pinkerton
Weezer Weezer
Yes Close to the Edge

4.5 superb
2Pac Me Against the World
AC/DC Let There Be Rock
Acid Bath When the Kite String Pops
Agalloch Pale Folklore
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
Alice in Chains Jar of Flies
Alter Bridge Fortress
Anathema Alternative 4
Anathema We're Here Because We're Here
Anathema Universal
Anthrax Among the Living
At the Gates Slaughter of the Soul
At the Gates The Flames Of The End
Atheist Piece of Time
Bathory Blood Fire Death
Bathory Hammerheart
Battle Of Mice A Day Of Nights
Between the Buried and Me Alaska
Between the Buried and Me Colors_Live
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax II: Future Sequence
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell
Cannibal Corpse The Bleeding
Carcass Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious
Cattle Decapitation Monolith of Inhumanity
Celtic Frost Morbid Tales
Celtic Frost To Mega Therion
Celtic Frost Emperor's Return
Coroner Punishment for Decadence
Cult of Luna The Beyond
Cult of Luna Salvation
Cult of Luna Vertikal
Cult of Luna and Julie Christmas Mariner
Cynic Focus
Dan Swano Moontower
David Bowie Hunky Dory
David Bowie Aladdin Sane
David Bowie "Heroes"
David Bowie Scary Monsters
Deafheaven Sunbather
Deafheaven New Bermuda
Death The Sound of Perseverance
Death Individual Thought Patterns
Death Human
Deep Purple Deep Purple in Rock
Deftones Diamond Eyes
Deftones Koi No Yokan
Devin Townsend Terria
Devin Townsend Project Ghost
Down NOLA
Dr. Dre The Chronic
Dream Theater Live at Budokan
Dream Theater's second filmed appearance in Japan since 1993 may very well be the best thing they ever put out, and for many good reasons. It showcases their more metallic side (Train of Thought and Six Degrees are the main focus), and illustrates that Portnoy's filmmaking skills have finally caught up with his drumming and lyrical skills. Don't worry, they play a couple classics as well. The band shows more power and chemistry here than any of their previous concerts - even their softer moments have bite. The only criticism I have would be James LaBrie's uneven vocal performance. But when the music around him is this good, why am I complaining?!?!
Dream Theater Awake
A darker, more aggressive album than its predecessor, "Awake" features some of the best guitar work from Petrucci to date, and values songwriting over technicality. Portnoy has never sounded better behind the kit, and LaBrie's vocals are also more confident. This is one of the finest albums that Dream Theater would ever put out.
Dream Theater Score
Dream Theater gives another powerhouse performance here in this 2006 film, shot at the renowned Radio City Music Hall in NYC. The film, entitled "Score", represented their 20th anniversary, and not only closed the Octavarium tour in grand fashion, but also shows a more melodic side of the band. It is a perfect companion piece to their metal-minded "Live At Budokan" and easily better than the Octavarium LP! James's vocals are much improved, the band's still playing their heart out, and their emphasis on songwriting is a breath of fresh air. Look for an eclectic mix of new and old cuts. It's great to hear orchestra-backed versions of "Metropolis pt. 1", "Sacrificed Sons" and the whole "Six Degrees" suite. The mix is stellar. Between this and Opeth's 2010 London performance, I can't tell which is better because they're both fucking excellent!
Dream Theater A Dramatic Turn of Events
An admirable effort, with a renewed focus on songwriting, "A Dramatic Turn of Events" is Dream Theater's true return-to-form. It is focused, cohesive, and best of all, very melodic. The songwriting is purely original and really stands out - it puts their last few albums or so to shame. And newcomer Mike Mangini shows a ton of promise, even though his drums are a little soft in the mix. I know I'll get scorned for saying this, but I'm not afraid to say it: this is Dream Theater in their best shape since "Scenes from a Memory". And that says a lot.
Edge of Sanity Crimson II
Edge of Sanity Purgatory Afterglow
Emperor Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
Enslaved Isa
Enslaved Axioma Ethica Odini
Enslaved RIITIIR
Enslaved In Times
Entombed Left Hand Path
Fates Warning Awaken the Guardian
Fates Warning Darkness in a Different Light
Fates Warning Theories of Flight
Fear Factory Demanufacture
Genesis Foxtrot
Genesis Nursery Cryme
Gojira The Way of All Flesh
Gorguts The Erosion of Sanity
Gorguts Colored Sands
Gorguts Pleiades' Dust
Haken Visions
Heathen Victims of Deception
Ice Cube Death Certificate
Ihsahn Arktis.
In Flames The Jester Race
Incubus S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time
Iron Maiden Brave New World
Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Isis In the Absence of Truth
Isis Wavering Radiant
Judas Priest Stained Class
Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance
Kanye West The College Dropout
Katatonia Brave Murder Day
In 1996, Katatonia recorded what is definitely their masterpiece, Brave Murder Day. At that point, drummer and co-founder Jonas Renkse was no longer able to sing in the guttural style (Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt took care of that), yet the album marked a new chapter in the band's sound overall. They were no black metal elements, and the doomier aspects were set aside for a leaner, higher tempo -- yet firmly metal -- dynamic. In fact, Brave Murder Day is the most thorough and accomplished release from the band, and a true favorite of mine. The music is simple, trance-like gothic metal topped with Akerfeldt's signature death growls; it's a real delight! There are also quieter moments on tracks like "Day" which showcase a nice touch and a warm balance to the album. These softer spots never really hint at the band's coming genre shift, and unlike later outings, there are no alt-rock moments on Brave Murder Day, which is actually a good thing. Consistent and fully realized, this 1996 offering represents a young band reaching its creative peak.
Katatonia Sanctitude
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
King Crimson Discipline
King Crimson Red
King Crimson Larks' Tongues in Aspic
King Diamond ''Them''
Lamb of God Hourglass: Anthology Collection
Celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2010, Lamb of God released the three-disc compilation "Hourglass", named after a song that appeared on their 2004 masterpiece "Ashes of the Wake". The first disc is the spanning of their early days ("Burn the Priest" included), the second contains songs from their recent material (except for "Resolution", which wasn't recorded until 2011), and the final disc is bonus tracks and demos. All of which are guaranteed to blow out your eardrums and make you break stuff. This is PURE AMERICAN METAL at its finest - a perfect anniversary present for a band that started heavy and never looked back.
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti
Led Zeppelin How the West Was Won
Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin [DVD]
Leprous Tall Poppy Syndrome
Leprous Bilateral
Liquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment 2
Machine Head The Blackening
Mastodon Leviathan
maudlin of the Well Part the Second
Megadeth Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
Mercyful Fate Melissa
Mercyful Fate Don't Break the Oath
Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve
Meshuggah I
Meshuggah Alive
Meshuggah The Ophidian Trek
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Metallica Live Shit: Binge & Purge
Michael Jackson Bad
Morbid Angel Blessed Are the Sick
Morbid Angel Covenant
Morbid Angel Juvenilia
My Dying Bride The Dreadful Hours
My Dying Bride Turn Loose the Swans
N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton
Ne Obliviscaris Citadel
Nine Inch Nails The Fragile
Nobuo Uematsu Final Fantasy VIII: Original Soundtrack
Nobuo Uematsu Final Fantasy X: Original Soundtrack
Novembre Novembrine Waltz
Novembre Materia
Novembre Ursa
Novembre Annoluce
Obituary Cause of Death
Opeth Damnation
At 43 minutes in length, "Damnation" is by far the shortest Opeth record ever. But that's not by any means a bad thing! This album is a softer, more melodic (and mellow) twin to "Deliverance" (it was originally conceived as a double LP) and in fact, a very strong album by the band. This 8-track affair boast some healthy variety of sounds, some fine instrumentation, and also, the absolute best vocal delivery from Mikael Akerfeldt on any Opeth album. Not to mention, it has a really good flow to it. Best tracks here are a no-brainer: "Closure", "Hope Leaves", "Windowpane", and the mellotron-laden finale "Weakness". Clearly inspired by progressive rock albums of yesterday, "Damnation" officially marks Opeth as one of the least predictable, but also one of the most respected and enjoyable bands around.
Opeth Ghost Reveries
"Ghost Reveries" holds a very special place in my heart, not just because it was yet another great Opeth record, but also because it was the first Opeth record I ever listened to. My first exposure to "The Grand Conjuration" on the radio when this came out just left me speechless. I've been listening to various forms of music when I was in middle school, but none took me by surprise like this one! Breathtaking melodies, earth-shattering brute force, dynamic instrumentation, an epic scope, grade-A production values, triumphant band chemistry, honest expression and expansive variety all mixed perfectly into every single track. Such tracks are not limited to, but include the aforementioned Conjuration, "Reverie/Harlequin Forest", "Soldier of Fortune" (yes, a cover of Deep Purple), "Ghost of Perdition", and the jazzy, other-worldly "Atonement". This album, the last to feature long-time members Peter Lindgren and Martin Lopez, is probably the only Opeth album to be on the same leagues of "Still Life" and "Blackwater Park". Hell, it may even topple them both! That may be up to you to decide, but I will most likely remember "Ghost Reveries" for as long as I live.
Opeth Lamentations
Opeth's first official DVD, 2004's "Lamentations" contains two completely different setlists: A softer set consisting mostly of "Damnation" songs, and a heavier set with songs from "Deliverance" and "Blackwater Park". This two-hour concert film, shot in England, just took my breath away. The alternation of heavy and soft is executed seamlessly, with genuine emotion, mind-bending instrumentation, sharp mixing, and to top that off, a first-rate performance from the Reigning Kings of Metal themselves. The standard just couldn't get higher; all hail Opeth!
Opeth Opeth (Box Set)
This 2006 box set contains the band's three biggest albums, and a CD version of "Lamentations", so fans will definitely have a field day. My only complaint about this is the fact "Still Day Beneath the Sun" wasn't included, nor is the "Lamentations" DVD. Otherwise, this set is worth a look.
Opeth The Candlelight Years
If you're an Opeth fan who doesn't have their first three albums, do yourself a favor and find a copy of this set! You'll be glad you did.
Opeth In Live Concert at the Royal Albert Hall
No band has ever done a balls-out birthday bash better than the five-piece Swedish "Kings of Metal" Opeth. This extravagant film, taking place at London's celebrated Royal Albert Hall, has a two-set layout not seen since the exquisite "Lamentations". The first set consists of "Blackwater Park" done in its entirety, while the second contains songs from their back catalog that just happen to include "Advent", "Forest of October", "April Ethereal", and the list goes on! Each song here is performed so brilliantly and optimistically, it's hard not to imagine why these guys are a force to be reckoned with. The mixing is so much better than the "Roundhouse Tapes", the musicianship is unparalleled, and the grand spectacle is overwhelming. Not to mention, some copies are paired with CD versions of the set, so you're basically getting the full package. Mikael Akerfeldt is officially an iconic figure in the world of hard rock and heavy metal.
Opeth The Wooden Box
The first three records... On vinyl... A total win indeed.
Pain of Salvation Remedy Lane
Pain of Salvation The Perfect Element, Part 1
Pantera Vulgar Display of Power
Paradise Lost Draconian Times
Paradise Lost Icon
Pearl Jam Vs.
Pestilence Consuming Impulse
Pink Floyd Is There Anybody Out There?
Pink Floyd Pulse (DVD)
Porcupine Tree In Absentia
Porcupine Tree Stupid Dream
Porcupine Tree Deadwing
Porcupine Tree Lightbulb Sun
Porcupine Tree Recordings
Porcupine Tree Ilosaarirock
Porcupine Tree Atlanta
Prince 1999
Prince Dirty Mind
Prince Parade
Protest the Hero Kezia
Protest the Hero Fortress
Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf
Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork
Queensryche Rage for Order
Rage Against the Machine Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium (DVD)
Rainbow Long Live Rock 'n' Roll
Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication
Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Riverside Second Life Syndrome
Riverside Out of Myself
Rush Moving Pictures
Rush 2112
Rush A Farewell to Kings
Rush Permanent Waves
Rush All the World's a Stage
Rush R30: 30th Anniversary Tour
Rush Rush in Rio
Savatage Gutter Ballet
Scale the Summit The Collective
Sepultura Arise
Sepultura Beneath the Remains
Seventh Wonder Mercy Falls
Seventh Wonder The Great Escape
Skid Row Slave to the Grind
Slayer Seasons in the Abyss
Soilwork The Ride Majestic
Soundgarden Superunknown
Steven Wilson Grace for Drowning
Steven Wilson The Raven That Refused to Sing
Steven Wilson Hand. Cannot. Erase.
Suffocation Pierced from Within
Suffocation Effigy of the Forgotten
Swallow the Sun The Morning Never Came
Swallow the Sun Hope
Symphony X The Divine Wings of Tragedy
Symphony X V: The New Mythology Suite
Testament The New Order
The Gathering if_then_else
The Gathering Nighttime Birds
The Roots Illadelph Halflife
The Roots undun
The Weeknd Trilogy
Triptykon Eparistera Daimones
Triptykon Melana Chasmata
Twelve Foot Ninja New Dawn
Twelve Foot Ninja Smoke Bomb
Ulver Perdition City
Ulver Shadows of the Sun
Vektor Black Future
Vektor Outer Isolation
Voivod Dimension Hatross
Voivod Killing Technology
Watchtower Control and Resistance
Wintersun Wintersun
Yes Relayer
Yes Fragile

4.0 excellent
2Pac 2Pacalypse Now
2Pac All Eyez on Me
2Pac The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step
A Perfect Circle Mer de Noms
AC/DC Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
AC/DC Powerage
AC/DC T.N.T. (Australia)
Acid Bath Paegan Terrorism Tactics
Agalloch Marrow of the Spirit
Alcest Souvenirs d'un autre monde
Alcest Écailles de Lune
Alice in Chains Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains Facelift
Alice in Chains Black Gives Way to Blue
All That Remains The Fall of Ideals
Alter Bridge Blackbird
Alter Bridge AB III
Amon Amarth Versus the World
Amon Amarth With Oden on Our Side
Amon Amarth Twilight of the Thunder God
Anathema A Natural Disaster
Anathema Eternity
Anathema Hindsight
Anathema Weather Systems
Anathema Fine Days: 1999-2004
Anathema A Sort of Homecoming
Animals As Leaders Animals as Leaders
Animals As Leaders The Joy of Motion
Anthrax Spreading the Disease
Anthrax Persistence of Time
Anthrax Worship Music
Apollyon Sun Sub
At the Gates Terminal Spirit Disease
Atheist Elements
Audioslave Audioslave
August Burns Red Constellations
August Burns Red Rescue & Restore
August Burns Red Found in Far Away Places
Avenged Sevenfold Waking the Fallen
Baroness Red Album
Baroness Blue Record
Baroness Purple
Bathory Bathory
Bathory Under the Sign of the Black Mark
Bathory Twilight of the Gods
Behemoth Demigod
Behemoth Evangelion
Behemoth The Satanist
Between the Buried and Me The Silent Circus
Between the Buried and Me The Great Misdirect
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
Between the Buried and Me Coma Ecliptic
Black Sabbath Vol. 4
Black Sabbath Sabotage
Black Sabbath Mob Rules
Bloodbath Nightmares Made Flesh
Bloodbath Breeding Death
Bloodbath Unblessing the Purity
Bloodbath Grand Morbid Funeral
Bush Sixteen Stone
Cannibal Corpse Bloodthirst
Cannibal Corpse Tomb of the Mutilated
Cannibal Corpse Kill
Cannibal Corpse Torture
Cannibal Corpse A Skeletal Domain
Carcass Heartwork
Carcass Symphonies of Sickness
Carcass Surgical Steel
Cattle Decapitation The Anthropocene Extinction
Celtic Frost Into the Pandemonium
Celtic Frost Monotheist
Celtic Frost Tragic Serenades
Celtic Frost Morbid Tales/Emperor's Return
Chevelle This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)
Chevelle Wonder What's Next
Chevelle Vena Sera
Chevelle Sci-Fi Crimes
Chevelle Hats Off to the Bull
Chevelle La Gargola
Chimp Spanner At the Dream's Edge
Control Denied The Fragile Art of Existence
Coroner Grin
Coroner R.I.P.
Cryptopsy Blasphemy Made Flesh
Cryptopsy Whisper Supremacy
Cryptopsy Cryptopsy
Cult of Luna Cult of Luna
Cynic Traced in Air
Cynic The Portal Tapes
David Bowie The Man Who Sold the World
David Bowie Diamond Dogs
David Bowie Heathen
David Bowie Outside
David Bowie Lodger
David Bowie The Next Day
Deafheaven Roads to Judah
Death Scream Bloody Gore
Death Spiritual Healing
Death Leprosy
Deep Purple Fireball
Deep Purple Burn
Deftones Around the Fur
Deftones Saturday Night Wrist
Deftones Gore
Dethklok Dethalbum II
Dethklok Dethalbum III
Dethklok The Doomstar Requiem
Devin Townsend Infinity
Devin Townsend Project Ki
Devin Townsend Project Addicted
Devin Townsend Project Deconstruction
Devin Townsend Project Transcendence
Dio The Last in Line
Dio Dream Evil
Down Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow
Down Down III: Over the Under
Dr. Dre 2001
Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Dream Theater A Change of Seasons
Dream Theater Dream Theater
Dream Theater Live Scenes From New York
Dream Theater Live at Luna Park
Dream Theater Breaking the Fourth Wall
With their 30th birthday looming, Dream Theater releases another film. This one, filmed back in April at the Boston Opera House, has more in common with Score than their previous film (both feature a local orchestra at the end). It features a good chunk of material from their self-titled 12th LP, and also the second half of their now-classic "Awake" album. Did I forget the epic finale is made of choice cuts from "Metropolis, pt. 2"?? As always, there's a good range of diversity and even stronger musicianship (for example, Mangini steals the show during "Enigma Machine", and the band's take on "Space-Dye Vest" would make Kevin Moore proud). However, the sound mix is uneven like always (Bass is flat and lacks power, while vocals, drums, guitars and symphonic elements up front). Some of it may have to do with the venue's acoustics, while others have blamed Richard Chycki's mix job. Who knows? I still recommend this film to DT fans and newcomers alike, but next time out, the band may want to dial Steven Wilson and his technical department.
Eazy-E Eazy-Duz-It
Edge of Sanity The Spectral Sorrows
Elliot Goldenthal Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Eminem The Slim Shady LP
Eminem The Eminem Show
Emperor IX Equilibrium
Emperor Emperor
Emperor Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire...
Enslaved Frost
Enslaved Below the Lights
Enslaved Ruun
Enslaved Vikingligr Veldi
Enslaved Monumension
Enslaved Vertebrae
Entombed Clandestine
Entombed Wolverine Blues
Exhumed Anatomy Is Destiny
Faith No More King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime
Faith No More The Real Thing
Fates Warning No Exit
Fates Warning The Spectre Within
Fates Warning Perfect Symmetry
Fates Warning Parallels
Fates Warning A Pleasant Shade of Gray
Fear Factory Obsolete
Fear Factory Mechanize
Foo Fighters Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape
Foo Fighters Live at Wembley Stadium
Foo Fighters Wasting Light
Frank Ocean channel ORANGE
Frank Ocean Blonde
Genesis A Trick of the Tail
Genesis Wind & Wuthering
Ghost (SWE) Opus Eponymous
Ghost (SWE) Meliora
Gojira From Mars to Sirius
Gojira L'Enfant Sauvage
Gorguts Considered Dead
Gorguts From Wisdom to Hate
Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion II
Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion I
Haken Aquarius
Haken Restoration
Haken Affinity
Hans Zimmer Inception
Hans Zimmer Interstellar
Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard The Dark Knight
Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard Batman Begins
Heathen Breaking the Silence
Heathen The Evolution of Chaos
Heaven and Hell The Devil You Know
Ice Cube The Predator
Ice Cube AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
Ihsahn The Adversary
Ihsahn After
Ihsahn Das Seelenbrechen
In Flames Colony
In Flames Clayman
In Flames Whoracle
In Flames Come Clarity
Incubus Make Yourself
Incubus Morning View
Iron Maiden Dance of Death
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden Killers
Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and Death
Iron Maiden The Book of Souls
Isis Celestial
James LaBrie Elements Of Persuasion
James LaBrie Static Impulse
Jay-Z The Blueprint
Jay-Z The Black Album
Job for a Cowboy Sun Eater
Judas Priest British Steel
Judas Priest Defenders of the Faith
Judas Priest Sin After Sin
Judas Priest Killing Machine
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience
Kanye West Late Registration
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Katatonia Viva Emptiness
Katatonia The Great Cold Distance
Katatonia Discouraged Ones
Katatonia Last Fair Deal Gone Down
Katatonia Night Is the New Day
Katatonia Dead End Kings
Katatonia The Fall of Hearts
Kendrick Lamar Section.80
King Crimson Lizard
King Crimson In the Wake of Poseidon
King Crimson Starless and Bible Black
King Diamond Conspiracy
King Diamond Fatal Portrait
Korn Korn
Kvelertak Kvelertak
Kvelertak Nattesferd
Lamb of God Ashes of the Wake
Lamb of God As the Palaces Burn
Lamb of God Killadelphia
Lamb of God Walk with Me in Hell
Lamb of God Music from the Film "As the Palaces Burn"
Lamb of God VII: Sturm und Drang
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III
Led Zeppelin The Song Remains the Same
Led Zeppelin BBC Sessions
Leprous Coal
Leprous The Congregation
Liquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment
Machine Head Through the Ashes of Empires
Machine Head Burn My Eyes
Machine Head Unto the Locust
Machine Head Bloodstone and Diamonds
Marilyn Manson Antichrist Superstar
Marilyn Manson Mechanical Animals
Marilyn Manson Holy Wood
Mastodon Remission
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Mastodon Crack the Skye
Mastodon Once More 'Round the Sun
Matchbox Twenty Exile on Mainstream
maudlin of the Well My Fruit Psychobells... A Seed Combustible
Megadeth Countdown to Extinction
Megadeth Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!
Megadeth Endgame
Meshuggah Nothing
Meshuggah Catch Thirtythree
Meshuggah Chaosphere
Meshuggah obZen
Meshuggah Koloss
Metallica Kill 'Em All
Metallica Metallica
Metallica S&M
Michael Jackson Dangerous
Morbid Angel Domination
Morbid Angel Abominations of Desolation
Morbid Angel Entangled in Chaos
Mother Love Bone Apple
Mudvayne L.D. 50
My Dying Bride The Angel and the Dark River
My Dying Bride Songs of Darkness, Words of Light
My Dying Bride A Line of Deathless Kings
My Dying Bride Feel the Misery
N.W.A. Niggaz4Life
Nas STILLmatic
Nas It Was Written
Nile In Their Darkened Shrines
Nile Annihilation of the Wicked
Nile Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka
Nile Those Whom the Gods Detest
Nile What Should Not Be Unearthed
Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine
Nine Inch Nails Year Zero
Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Marks
Nirvana Bleach
Nirvana In Utero
Novembre The Blue
Novembre Classica
Obituary Slowly We Rot
Obituary The End Complete
Opeth Orchid
Although not as technically polished as its successors, "Orchid" was an astounding debut for Opeth, marking the birth of a unique sound that would become synonymous with the band, and setting the tone for their future endeavors. The biggest highlights on this record are the epic 14-minute opus "In Mist She Was Standing", followed by the all-piano "Silhouette", then "The Twilight is My Robe" and the ever-triumphant finale, aptly titled "The Apostle in Triumph". Multiple tracks on this record feature a fine balance between raw death metal brutality and beautiful acoustic-driven calmness. These traits are illuminated in a brilliant fashion thanks to melodic metal harmonies, folk-influenced guitar work, and Mikael Akerfeldt's diverse vocal range that goes from clean singing all the way down to growls. All that said, this is one progressive metal romp that will captivate many upon the first listen.
Opeth Morningrise
Despite somewhat gruff production, "Morningrise" is another fine accomplishment for Opeth. The biggest highlights on this record are "Advent", followed by the sonic orgasms that are "Black Rose Immortal" and "To Bid You Farewell". There's only five tracks on the album (three of them aforementioned), so it seems like the album doesn't have much to offer. But look closer, and you'll find that it has all the goods. "Morningrise" expands on the formula that made "Orchid" a hit with fans, but also features the band stretching its musical footings a bit, although I can't describe them all in detail. Anyway, Akerfeldt and co. are brilliant, and so is this album.
Opeth Deliverance
One of the heaviest Opeth albums (post-Blackwater Park), 2002's "Deliverance" can be best described as a 61-minute trip to hell. The title track itself is pretty much worth the full price of admission; the signature Opeth brand of beauty and brutality with just enough mind-bending moments, and also the greatest outro I've ever heard in a recent metal album. Another strong track on this album is the all-melodic "A Fair Judgement". While the other 4 tracks are well put together, they simply don't have the same level of character of past albums. If you hear closely, you may notice some monotonous segments. For example, "Wreath", the opening track. It's hard-hitting, but can't always reach the higher levels of Opeth canon due to its somewhat repetitive nature. And the hidden track on the climatic "By the Pain I See in Others" is just a re-cap of dialogues from the preceding track "Master's Apprentices". Overall, "Deliverance" is not Blackwater Park, but still packs a punch big enough for it to be worthy of the Opeth name.
Opeth The Roundhouse Tapes
Their second concert film to date, 2007's "The Roundhouse Tapes" is everything you would expect from an Opeth DVD, and so forth. The biggest thing you'll notice is that the band uses a more varied setlist (unlike Lamentations) that features some older songs like "When", "Face of Melinda", "Bleak" and "Demon of the Fall". And while these songs are performed in typical Opeth fashion, the mixing is a bit subdued (Mikael's voice ended up a bit higher than the instruments!!), which brings this down a bit. Not to mention, it kinda feels like Lamentations 2 considering the timing and release of the two films: They are three years apart, and shot in England.
Opeth Watershed
"Watershed" marks Opeth's first serious line-up change since 1997; gone is Peter Lindgren and Martin Lopez, replaced by Fredrik Akesson and Martin Axenrot (from "The Roundhouse Tapes"), respectively. The album retains the classic Opeth juxtaposition of soft and heavy, but also throw in some fresh twists to The formula. My favorite tracks here are "Coil", "Heir Apparent", "Hessian Peel", the all Swedish "Den standiga Resan" and the jazzy "Lotus Eater". More often than not, this album proves that after all those years, Akerfeldt and the gang haven't lost their touch.
Opeth Book of Opeth EP
An exclusive vinyl release from the recent "Book of Opeth", this features two never-before-heard versions of the fan-favorites "Atonement" and "Demon of the Fall". And they're acoustic. But the surprise is, they actually represent a more interesting dimension of Opeth not explored in any of their albums. New layers are discovered in these tracks, which come highly recommended for die-hards.
Pain of Salvation Be
Pain of Salvation One Hour by the Concrete Lake
Pain of Salvation Entropia
Pain of Salvation Road Salt Two
Pantera Far Beyond Driven
Paradise Lost Gothic
Paradise Lost Shades of God
Paradise Lost In Requiem
Paradise Lost One Second
Paradise Lost Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us
Paradise Lost Tragic Idol
Paradise Lost The Plague Within
Pearl Jam Vitalogy
Pearl Jam Yield
Periphery Periphery
Pestilence Testimony of the Ancients
Pestilence Malleus Maleficarum
Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Pink Floyd Meddle
Pomegranate Tiger Entities
Porcupine Tree Signify
Porcupine Tree Stars Die: The Delerium Years
Porcupine Tree The Sky Moves Sideways
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
Porcupine Tree Nil Recurring
Porcupine Tree Staircase Infinities
Porcupine Tree We Lost the Skyline
Porcupine Tree Octane Twisted
Prince Around the World in a Day
Prince Controversy
Protest the Hero Scurrilous
Protest the Hero Volition
Queens of the Stone Age Rated R
Queens of the Stone Age Queens of the Stone Age
Queens of the Stone Age Lullabies to Paralyze
Queens of the Stone Age Over the Years and Through the Woods
Queensryche The Warning
Queensryche Empire
Queensryche Queensryche
Queensryche Queensryche
Rage Against the Machine Evil Empire
Rage Against the Machine The Battle of Los Angeles
Rainbow Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way
Red Hot Chili Peppers Mother's Milk
Red Hot Chili Peppers Greatest Hits
Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium
Riverside Rapid Eye Movement
Riverside Anno Domini High Definition
Riverside Shrine Of New Generation Slaves
Riverside Love, Fear and the Time Machine
Rush Fly by Night
Rush Signals
Rush Grace Under Pressure
Rush Clockwork Angels
Savatage The Wake Of Magellan
Savatage The Hall of the Mountain King
Savatage Dead Winter Dead
Savatage Edge Of Thorns
Scale the Summit Carving Desert Canyons
Scale the Summit The Migration
Sepultura Chaos A.D.
Sepultura Schizophrenia
Skid Row Skid Row
Slayer Show No Mercy
Slayer Hell Awaits
Slayer Haunting the Chapel
Slayer South of Heaven
Slipknot Slipknot
Slipknot Disasterpieces [DVD]
Soilwork The Chainheart Machine
Soilwork A Predator's Portrait
Soilwork Natural Born Chaos
Soilwork The Living Infinite
Soundgarden Badmotorfinger
Soundgarden Down on the Upside
Soundgarden King Animal
Staind Greatest Hits
Staind Staind
Steven Wilson Insurgentes
Steven Wilson 4 1/2
Stone Sour House of Gold and Bones - Part 1
Stone Sour House of Gold and Bones - Part 2
Storm Corrosion Storm Corrosion
Strapping Young Lad Alien
Suffocation Human Waste
Suffocation Breeding the Spawn
Swallow the Sun Ghosts Of Loss
Swallow the Sun Plague Of Butterflies
Swallow the Sun Songs From The North I, II & III
Symphony X The Odyssey
Symphony X Twilight in Olympus
Symphony X Paradise Lost
Symphony X Underworld
System of a Down System of a Down
System of a Down Toxicity
Temple of the Dog Temple of the Dog
TesseracT One
Testament Practice What You Preach
Testament The Gathering
Testament The Formation of Damnation
Testament Dark Roots of Earth
The Black Dahlia Murder Nocturnal
The Black Dahlia Murder Ritual
The Black Dahlia Murder Everblack
The Contortionist Exoplanet
The Contortionist Language
The Devin Townsend Band Synchestra
The Devin Townsend Band Accelerated Evolution
The Faceless Akeldama
The Faceless Planetary Duality
The Gathering Home
The Gathering Souvenirs
The Gathering Mandylion
The Gathering Disclosure
The Notorious B.I.G. Life After Death
The Roots Phrenology
The Roots Game Theory
The Roots Do You Want More?!!!??!
The Roots Rising Down
The Roots How I Got Over
The Weeknd House of Balloons
The Weeknd Echoes of Silence
Tool Undertow
Tool Salival
Tool 10,000 Days
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas Eve and Other Stories
Turbid North Eyes Alive
Twelve Foot Ninja Silent Machine
Ulver Kveldssanger
Ulver Nattens Madrigal
Ulver Blood Inside
Ulver Messe I.X-VI.X
Unearth The Oncoming Storm
Unearth III: In the Eyes of Fire
Unearth Watchers of Rule
Venom Black Metal
Venom Welcome to Hell
Voivod The Outer Limits
Voivod Target Earth
Volbeat The Strength/The Sound/The Songs
Volbeat Rock The Rebel/Metal The Devil
Volbeat Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood
Volbeat Beyond Hell/Above Heaven
Watchtower Energetic Disassembly
White Zombie Astro Creep: 2000
White Zombie La Sexorcisto-Devil Music Vol. 1
Whitechapel Whitechapel
Wintersun Time I
Yes Going for the One
Yes The Yes Album
Yes Tales from Topographic Oceans

3.5 great
2Pac Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.
2Pac Thug Life
AC/DC The Razors Edge
AC/DC For Those About To Rock We Salute You
AC/DC High Voltage (Australia)
Adele 21
Agalloch The Serpent and the Sphere
Alcest Le Secret (Re-release)
Alcest Les Voyages de l'Âme
Alcest Shelter
Alice in Chains Sap
Alice in Chains The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
All That Remains This Darkened Heart
Alter Bridge One Day Remains
Amon Amarth Fate of Norns
Amon Amarth The Crusher
Amon Amarth The Avenger
Amon Amarth Once Sent from the Golden Hall
Amon Amarth Surtur Rising
Amon Amarth Deceiver of the Gods
Amon Amarth Jomsviking
Anathema A Fine Day to Exit
Anathema The Silent Enigma
Anathema Pentecost III
Anathema Distant Satellites
Animals As Leaders Weightless
Anthrax State of Euphoria
Anthrax Fistful of Metal
At the Gates With Fear I Kiss the Burning Darkness
At the Gates The Red in the Sky Is Ours
At the Gates Gardens of Grief
Atheist Jupiter
Audioslave Out of Exile
Audioslave Live in Cuba
August Burns Red Messengers
August Burns Red Leveler
August Burns Red Sleddin' Hill
Avenged Sevenfold City of Evil
Baroness Second
Baroness First
Baroness Yellow and Green
Bathory The Return of the Darkness and Evil
Behemoth The Apostasy
Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me
Beyonce Beyonce
Bloodbath Resurrection Through Carnage
Bloodbath The Fathomless Mastery
Bush The Science of Things
Bush The Sea of Memories
Cannibal Corpse Butchered at Birth
Cannibal Corpse Gallery of Suicide
Cannibal Corpse The Wretched Spawn
Cannibal Corpse Evisceration Plague
Carcass Reek of Putrefaction
Carcass Swansong
Celtic Frost Parched With Thirst Am I and Dying
Chevelle Point #1
Chimp Spanner All Roads Lead Here
Cynic Re-Traced
Cynic Carbon-Based Anatomy
David Bowie Space Oddity
David Bowie Earthling
David Bowie Young Americans
David Bowie Reality
Deep Purple Stormbringer
Deep Purple Deep Purple
Deep Purple Shades of Deep Purple
Deftones Adrenaline
Deftones Deftones
Dethklok The Dethalbum
Devin Townsend Physicist
Devin Townsend Ziltoid the Omniscient
Devin Townsend Project Z2
Dio Sacred Heart
Disturbed Ten Thousand Fists
Down Down IV - Part I
Down Down IV - Part II
Drake Nothing Was the Same
Dream Theater Train of Thought
Dream Theater Octavarium
Dream Theater Live at the Marquee
Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Edge of Sanity Unorthodox
Eminem Infinite
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Emperor Wrath of the Tyrant
Enslaved Eld
Enslaved Blodhemn
Enslaved Mardraum - Beyond the Within
Exhumed Gore Metal
Exhumed Slaughtercult
Exhumed All Guts, No Glory
Exhumed Necrocracy
Faith No More Album of the Year
Faith No More Sol Invictus
Fates Warning Night on Brocken
Fates Warning Inside Out
Fates Warning Disconnected
Fear Factory Archetype
Fear Factory Soul of a New Machine
Fear Factory The Industrialist
Fear Factory Genexus
Foo Fighters In Your Honor
Foo Fighters There Is Nothing Left to Lose
Foo Fighters Skin and Bones
Genesis Trespass
Ghost (SWE) Infestissumam
Ghost (SWE) If You Have Ghost
Godsmack The Other Side
Gojira The Link
Gojira Terra Incognita
Gojira Magma
Guns N' Roses G N' R Lies
Hans Zimmer The Dark Knight Rises
Hans Zimmer Man of Steel
Ice Cube Lethal Injection
Ihsahn angL
Ihsahn Eremita
In Flames Reroute to Remain
In Flames Lunar Strain
Incubus A Crow Left of the Murder...
Incubus Fungus Amongus
Iron Maiden The Final Frontier
James LaBrie Impermanent Resonance
Jay-Z American Gangster
Jay-Z In My Lifetime, Vol. 1
Jay-Z Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life
Job for a Cowboy Doom
Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds
Kanye West Graduation
Kanye West Yeezus
Katatonia Tonight's Decision
Katatonia Dance of December Souls
After a couple years in the death metal underground, Swedish heavyweights Katatonia got off to a promising start with their first LP, Dance of December Souls. Released in December 1993 no less, it proved that classic death/doom need not come from England, whence, until then, the genre had flourished at the hands of Paradise Lost, Anathema, and My Dying Bride. In fact, Dance of December Souls manages to drag heavy metal to a near-standstill along with the best of 'em, combining cookie-monster growls, slothful riffing, morbid guitar (and synthesizer) melodies, and slow but busy drumming into a mesmerizing wash of depression. Eight-minute highlight "Gateways of Bereavement" and the desolately beautiful instrumental "Elohim Meth" are both perfect examples of these exquisitely sluggish and gloomy capabilities, although other offerings like "In Silence Enshrined" and the fan favorite "Without God" do eventually pick up the pace somewhat -- also with very positive results. I also like the ensuing twin monoliths "Velvet Thorns (Of Drynwhyl)" and "Tomb of Insomnia," which boast a number of memorable passages despite their back-to-back length of around 13 minutes each. With grimly inspired lyrics to back up the sorrowful riffs and melodies, Katatonia succeed in their mission, and despite poor production, Dance of December Souls remains one of the death/doom genre's important building blocks. The 2007 re-release includes the demo album "Jhva Elohim Meth", which has a bit more of a black metal influence.
Katatonia Dethroned & Uncrowned
Kendrick Lamar Overly Dedicated
Korn Issues
Korn Life Is Peachy
Korn Follow the Leader
Kvelertak Meir
Lamb of God Sacrament
Lamb of God Wrath
Lamb of God Resolution
Lamb of God Wrath Tour 2009-2010
Led Zeppelin Presence
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
Machine Head The More Things Change...
Marilyn Manson Born Villain
Mastodon Call of the Mastodon
Mastodon The Hunter
Matchbox Twenty Yourself or Someone Like You
Matchbox Twenty Mad Season
Matchbox Twenty More Than You Think You Are
Megadeth Youthanasia
Megadeth So Far, So Good... So What!
Megadeth United Abominations
Metallica The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited
Metallica Garage Inc.
Michael Jackson HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I
Morbid Angel Formulas Fatal to the Flesh
Morbid Angel Gateways to Annihilation
Mudvayne The End of All Things to Come
My Dying Bride Like Gods of the Sun
My Dying Bride The Light at the End of the World
My Dying Bride A Map of All Our Failures
Nas God's Son
Nas Untitled
Nas Life Is Good
Nile Black Seeds of Vengeance
Nile At the Gate of Sethu
Nine Inch Nails With Teeth
Nine Inch Nails Ghosts I-IV
Nine Inch Nails The Slip
Novembre Arte Novecento
Obituary World Demise
Obituary Frozen in Time
Opeth Heritage
After 20-plus years of blending death metal fury with progressive ambience, Opeth decided to focus more on their roots. Their tenth album, "Heritage" eschews the death metal in favor of a more jazzy, 70's inspired progressive rock sound with clean vocals, reminiscent of some key influences: Deep Purple, Genesis, and King Crimson. The slow-burn "Heritage" completes the transition last seen on "Watershed" and represents one of the more predictable albums in their career. It's very melodic. Highlights include "Folklore", "Famine", "The Devil's Orchard" and "Slither". It may not be the five-star quality of past albums, but it's nowhere near the slouch everyone claims it is. Heritage is a decent chapter in Opeth's career.
Opeth The Devil's Orchard - Live at Rock Hard Festival
Opeth Pale Communion
Opeth's eleventh album, "Pale Communion", is an eclectic mix of old-school blues, rock and jazz fusion. As far as I am concerned, these boys may finally start transcending metal. The one-two punch of "Eternal Rains Will Come" and "Cusp of Eternity" suggest new live staples in rtheir ever adventurous catalog, while the mind-bending "Goblin" represents a new creative high for the Swedish titans. And let's not forget the brilliant album closer "Faith in Others". Ever since "Watershed", the band had been changing, and now "Pale Communion" improves this new-meets-old style. It's not for everyone, but it proves Opeth are still alive and well.
Pain of Salvation Scarsick
Pain of Salvation Road Salt One
Pantera The Great Southern Trendkill
Paradise Lost Paradise Lost
Paradise Lost Symbol Of Life
Pearl Jam No Code
Pearl Jam Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam Backspacer
Pearl Jam Lightning Bolt
Periphery Juggernaut: Omega
Periphery Juggernaut: Alpha
Pestilence Spheres
Pink Floyd The Division Bell
Pink Floyd Atom Heart Mother
Pink Floyd A Saucerful of Secrets
Pink Floyd Obscured by Clouds
Porcupine Tree Voyage 34: The Complete Trip
Porcupine Tree Up the Downstair
Porcupine Tree Futile
Porcupine Tree The Incident
Porcupine Tree Lazarus
Queens of the Stone Age Era Vulgaris
Queensryche Promised Land
Queensryche Condition Human
Rage Against the Machine Renegades
Red Hot Chili Peppers The Uplift Mofo Party Plan
Rihanna Rated R
Riverside Memories In My Head
Rob Zombie The Sinister Urge
Rob Zombie Hellbilly Deluxe
Rob Zombie Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor
Rush Feedback
Rush Caress of Steel
Rush Rush
Rush Counterparts
Rush Power Windows
Rush Roll the Bones
Rush Snakes & Arrows
Savatage Handful of Rain
Savatage Poets and Madmen
Scale the Summit Monument
Scale the Summit V
Sepultura Roots
Sepultura The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart
Shinedown Leave a Whisper
Shinedown The Sound of Madness
Slayer Christ Illusion
Slipknot Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
Slipknot Iowa
Slipknot 9.0: Live
Soilwork Steelbath Suicide
Soilwork Stabbing the Drama
Soilwork Figure Number Five
Soilwork The Panic Broadcast
Soundgarden Louder Than Love
Staind Break the Cycle
Staind Dysfunction
Stone Sour Stone Sour
Stone Sour Come What(ever) May
Strapping Young Lad Strapping Young Lad
Strapping Young Lad The New Black
Strapping Young Lad Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing
Suffocation Despise the Sun
Swallow the Sun New Moon
Symphony X The Damnation Game
Symphony X Iconoclast
System of a Down Steal This Album!
System of a Down Mezmerize
System of a Down Hypnotize
Taylor Swift Speak Now
TesseracT Altered State
Testament Souls of Black
Testament The Ritual
The Black Dahlia Murder Unhallowed
The Black Dahlia Murder Miasma
The Black Dahlia Murder Deflorate
The Black Dahlia Murder Abysmal
The Contortionist Apparition
The Contortionist Intrinsic
The Gathering The West Pole
The Weeknd Thursday
Tool Opiate
Train My Private Nation
Trans-Siberian Orchestra The Christmas Attic
Trans-Siberian Orchestra The Lost Christmas Eve
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Letters from the Labyrinth
Triptykon Shatter
Trivium Ascendancy
Trivium Shogun
Ulver The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
Ulver ATGCLVLSSCAP
Unearth The March
Unearth Darkness in the Light
Venom At War with Satan
Voivod Angel Rat
Voivod War and Pain
Volbeat Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies
Volbeat Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie
Whitechapel This Is Exile
Yes Time and a Word
Yes Drama

3.0 good
3 Doors Down Away from the Sun
3 Doors Down The Better Life
50 Cent Power of the Dollar
AC/DC Ballbreaker
AC/DC Stiff Upper Lip
AC/DC Flick Of The Switch
Adele 19
Adele 25
All That Remains Behind Silence and Solitude
All That Remains For We Are Many
Anathema Serenades
Anathema The Crestfallen
Anathema Falling Deeper
Anthrax Sound of White Noise
Anthrax We've Come for You All
At the Gates At War with Reality
Audioslave Revelations
August Burns Red Thrill Seeker
August Burns Red Lost Messengers: The Outtakes
Avenged Sevenfold Sounding the Seventh Trumpet
Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold
Avenged Sevenfold Nightmare
Beyonce B'Day
Beyonce Dangerously in Love
Beyonce 4
Black Sabbath Technical Ecstasy
Bullet for My Valentine The Poison
Bullet for My Valentine Venom
Burn the Priest Burn the Priest
Bush Razorblade Suitcase
Bush Golden State
Cannibal Corpse Gore Obsessed
Cannibal Corpse Eaten Back to Life
Cannibal Corpse Vile
Cattle Decapitation Karma.Bloody.Karma
Cattle Decapitation Humanure
Cattle Decapitation The Harvest Floor
Celtic Frost Wine in My Hand (Third from the Sun)
Creed My Own Prison
Cryptopsy And Then You'll Beg
Cryptopsy Once Was Not
Cynic Kindly Bent to Free Us
Damageplan New Found Power
Daughtry Break the Spell
David Bowie Pin Ups
David Bowie Let's Dance
David Bowie Hours
David Bowie David Bowie
David Bowie The Buddha of Suburbia
Deep Purple Who Do We Think We Are
Deep Purple Come Taste the Band
Deep Purple The Book of Taliesyn
Device Device
Devin Townsend The Hummer
Devin Townsend Project Epicloud
Dio Lock up the Wolves
Dio Strange Highways
Disturbed The Sickness
Disturbed Believe
Disturbed Indestructible
Disturbed The Lost Children
Drake Take Care
Dream Theater Once in a LIVEtime
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos
Dream Theater Greatest Hit
Dream Theater Chaos in Motion
Dream Theater Wither
Edge of Sanity Infernal
Edge of Sanity Nothing But Death Remains
Eminem Recovery
Faith No More Introduce Yourself
Fates Warning FWX
Fear Factory Digimortal
Five Finger Death Punch The Way of the Fist
Five Finger Death Punch War Is the Answer
Foo Fighters One by One
Foo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Foo Fighters Sonic Highways
Genesis ...And Then There Were Three...
Godsmack Godsmack
Godsmack Awake
Godsmack Faceless
Godsmack IV
Godsmack The Oracle
In Flames Soundtrack to Your Escape
In Flames A Sense of Purpose
In Flames Sounds of a Playground Fading
Incubus Light Grenades
Iron Maiden Fear of the Dark
Jay-Z Vol. 3: Life and Times of S. Carter
Jay-Z The Blueprint²: The Gift & the Curse
Jay-Z The Blueprint 3
Job for a Cowboy Demo 2004
Job for a Cowboy Genesis
Job for a Cowboy Ruination
Job for a Cowboy Live Ruination
Job for a Cowboy Gloom
Job for a Cowboy Demonocracy
Judas Priest Ram It Down
Judas Priest Point of Entry
Judas Priest Rocka Rolla
Justin Timberlake Justified
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2
Kanye West 808s and Heartbreak
King Crimson Islands
Korn Take a Look in the Mirror
Korn Untouchables
Korn See You on the Other Side
Korn The Paradigm Shift
Lady Gaga The Fame
Lamb of God New American Gospel
Led Zeppelin Coda
Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door
Limp Bizkit The Unquestionable Truth - Part I
Limp Bizkit Significant Other
Limp Bizkit Three Dollar Bill Y'all
Linkin Park Meteora
Linkin Park The Hunting Party
Machine Head The Burning Red
Marilyn Manson The Golden Age of Grotesque
Marilyn Manson Portrait of an American Family
Matchbox Twenty North
Megadeth The System Has Failed
Megadeth Cryptic Writings
Megadeth Th1rt3en
Megadeth Dystopia
Meshuggah Contradictions Collapse
Metallica Death Magnetic
Metallica Beyond Magnetic
Michael Jackson Invincible
Morbid Angel Heretic
Mudvayne Lost and Found
Mudvayne Mudvayne
My Dying Bride As the Flower Withers
My Dying Bride 34.788%... Complete
My Dying Bride For Lies I Sire
Nas Hip Hop Is Dead
Nas Street's Disciple
Nas I Am...
Nile Ithyphallic
Novembre Wish I Could Dream It Again...
Obituary Back from the Dead
Opeth Burden
Had this been included as part of "Watershed", it would have gotten top honors. The music is still good, though (There is a cover of the Alice in Chains classic, "Would?")
Opeth Apostle in Triumph
Opeth Sorceress
This is the first time I felt disappointed by an Opeth album. Not because it lacks death metal elements. But because the lyrics are bland, the writing is erratic, and the production is god-awful. It sounds like it was recorded in a box. That's a shame, because the album reintroduces some of the heavier elements in Opeth's sound, has some nice grooves, and Mikael's voice is an improvement over "Pale Communion".
Pantera Reinventing the Steel
Paradise Lost Host
Paradise Lost Believe In Nothing
Pearl Jam Binaural
Pearl Jam Riot Act
Periphery Icarus
Periphery Periphery II: This Time It's Personal
Periphery Clear
Pestilence Resurrection Macabre
Pink Floyd The Final Cut
Pink Floyd Ummagumma
Pink Floyd More
Pink Floyd The Endless River
Porcupine Tree On the Sunday of Life
Protest the Hero A Calculated Use of Sound
Protest the Hero Gallop Meets the Earth
Rainbow Down To Earth
Red Hot Chili Peppers One Hot Minute
Red Hot Chili Peppers Freaky Styley
Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You
Rihanna Good Girl Gone Bad
Rihanna Loud
Rob Zombie Educated Horses
Rob Zombie Hellbilly Deluxe 2
Rush Vapor Trails
Rush Hold Your Fire
Rush Presto
Rush Test for Echo
Sepultura Morbid Visions
Sepultura Dante XXI
Sepultura Kairos
Shinedown Us and Them
Shinedown Amaryllis
Skid Row Subhuman Race
Slayer God Hates Us All
Slayer Divine Intervention
Slayer World Painted Blood
Slipknot All Hope Is Gone
Slipknot .5: The Gray Chapter
Soilwork Sworn to a Great Divide
Soundgarden Ultramega OK
Staind 14 Shades of Grey
Staind Chapter V
Staind Tormented
Stone Sour Audio Secrecy
Suicide Silence The Cleansing
Swallow the Sun Emerald Forest and the Blackbird
Taylor Swift Fearless
Taylor Swift 1989
TesseracT Polaris
Testament Low
The Contortionist Shapeshifter
The Faceless Autotheism
The Gathering Always
The Notorious B.I.G. Born Again
The Roots The Tipping Point
The Roots ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
The Weeknd Kiss Land
The Weeknd Beauty Behind the Madness
Theory of a Deadman Gasoline
Tool 72826
Train For Me, It's You
Train Train
Train Drops of Jupiter
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Beethoven's Last Night
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Night Castle
Trivium Ember to Inferno
Trivium In Waves
Ulver Wars of the Roses
Unearth The Stings of Conscience
Usher Confessions
Venom Possessed
Voivod Katorz
Voivod Phobos
Voivod Rrroooaaarrr
Voivod Infini
Whitechapel The Somatic Defilement
Whitechapel A New Era of Corruption
Whitechapel Our Endless War
Whitechapel Mark of the Blade
Yes Yes
Yes 90125
Yes Tormato

2.5 average
3 Doors Down Seventeen Days
3 Doors Down 3 Doors Down
50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin'
A Perfect Circle aMOTION
AC/DC Blow Up Your Video
AC/DC Fly On The Wall
AC/DC Black Ice
AC/DC Rock or Bust
All That Remains Overcome
Anthrax Volume 8: The Threat Is Real
August Burns Red Looks Fragile After All
Beyonce I Am... Sasha Fierce
Black Sabbath Never Say Die!
Bullet for My Valentine Scream, Aim, Fire
Celtic Frost Vanity/Nemesis
Creed Human Clay
Creed Weathered
Daughtry Daughtry
David Bowie Black Tie White Noise
Devin Townsend Devlab
Dio Angry Machines
Disturbed Asylum
Disturbed Immortalized
Drake Thank Me Later
Dream Theater Falling into Infinity
Dream Theater When Dream and Day Unite
Edge of Sanity Cryptic
Eminem Encore
Fear Factory Transgression
Five Finger Death Punch American Capitalist
Godsmack 1000hp
Guns N' Roses Chinese Democracy
Incubus If Not Now, When?
Iron Maiden The X Factor
Iron Maiden No Prayer for the Dying
Jay-Z Magna Carta... Holy Grail
Judas Priest Turbo
Katy Perry Prism
Korn Korn III: Remember Who You Are
Lady Gaga Artpop
Linkin Park Minutes to Midnight
Linkin Park Living Things
Marilyn Manson Eat Me, Drink Me
Marilyn Manson The High End of Low
Megadeth The World Needs a Hero
Metallica Reload
Metallica Load
Pestilence Obsideo
Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason
Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime II
Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Rihanna Talk That Talk
Sepultura Roorback
Sepultura A-Lex
Slayer Diabolus in Musica
Slayer Undisputed Attitude
Slayer Repentless
Staind The Illusion of Progress
Suicide Silence No Time to Bleed
Suicide Silence You Can't Stop Me
Symphony X Symphony X
Taylor Swift Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift Red
Theory of a Deadman Theory of a Deadman
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Dreams of Fireflies (On a Christmas Night)
Trivium Vengeance Falls
Turbid North Under the Eight
Usher Here I Stand
Usher Looking 4 Myself
Voivod Negatron
Voivod Voivod

2.0 poor
3 Doors Down Time of My Life
50 Cent Before I Self Destruct
A Perfect Circle eMOTIVe
Anthrax Stomp 442
Avenged Sevenfold Hail to the King
Bathory Requiem
Black Sabbath Born Again
Black Veil Brides Black Veil Brides
Bullet for My Valentine Fever
Cattle Decapitation To Serve Man
Celtic Frost Are You Morbid?
Creed Full Circle
Cryptopsy The Unspoken King
Daughtry Leave This Town
David Bowie Tonight
Dream Theater The Astonishing
Eminem Relapse
Five Finger Death Punch The Wrong Side of Heaven and The Righteous Side...
Five Finger Death Punch The Wrong Side of Heaven... Vol. 2
Genesis From Genesis to Revelation
Guns N' Roses "The Spaghetti Incident?"
Hellyeah Blood for Blood
Imagine Dragons Night Visions
Iron Maiden Virtual XI
Jay-Z Kingdom Come
Jay-Z The Dynasty: Roc La Familia
Katy Perry One of the Boys
Katy Perry Teenage Dream
Kesha Warrior
Korn Untitled
Lady Gaga Born This Way
Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog...
Limp Bizkit Gold Cobra
Linkin Park A Thousand Suns
Machine Head Supercharger
Megadeth Risk
Megadeth Super Collider
Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz
Mudvayne The New Game
Nas Nastradamus
Nickelback Silver Side Up
Nickelback No Fixed Address
Paradise Lost Lost Paradise
Pestilence Doctrine
Queensryche Hear in the Now Frontier
Queensryche Tribe
Queensryche Take Cover
Queensryche American Soldier
Rihanna Unapologetic
Sepultura Nation
Sepultura Against
Shinedown Threat to Survival
Suicide Silence The Black Crown
Testament Demonic
The Gathering Almost a Dance
The Gathering Afterwords
The Notorious B.I.G. Duets: The Final Chapter
Train Save Me San Francisco
Trivium The Crusade
Usher Raymond v. Raymond
Venom Calm Before the Storm

1.5 very poor
50 Cent Curtis
All That Remains A War You Cannot Win
Black Veil Brides Set the World on Fire
Black Veil Brides Rebels
Black Veil Brides Wretched and Divine
Bullet for My Valentine Temper Temper
Daughtry Baptized
Hellyeah Hellyeah
In Flames Siren Charms
Miley Cyrus The Time of Our Lives
Miley Cyrus Bangerz
Morbid Angel Illud Divinum Insanus
Nickelback The Long Road
Proof positive that they are getting worse with each release
Nickelback All the Right Reasons
Nickelback The State
Protest the Hero Sequoia Throne: Remixed
Queensryche Q2K
Theory of a Deadman Scars and Souvenirs
Train Bulletproof Picasso
Whitechapel Recorrupted
Yes Big Generator

1.0 awful
50 Cent The Massacre
All That Remains The Order of Things
Bathory Octagon
Black Veil Brides We Stitch These Wounds
Celtic Frost Cold Lake
David Bowie Never Let Me Down
Five Finger Death Punch Got Your Six
Hellyeah Stampede
Hellyeah Band of Brothers
Iggy Azalea The New Classic
Imagine Dragons Smoke + Mirrors
Jonas Brothers Jonas Brothers
Jonas Brothers It's About Time
Jonas Brothers A Little Bit Longer
Jonas Brothers Lines, Vines and Trying Times
Jonas Brothers Jonas L.A.
Justin Bieber My World
Justin Bieber My World 2.0
Justin Bieber Under the Mistletoe
Justin Bieber Believe
Kesha Animal
Korn The Path of Totality
Limp Bizkit Results May Vary
Meghan Trainor Title EP
Meghan Trainor Title
Metallica St. Anger
Miley Cyrus Breakout
Miley Cyrus Can't Be Tamed
Nickelback Curb
Nickelback Dark Horse
Nickelback Here and Now
Queensryche Dedicated to Chaos
Fucking horseshit. Can't believe these guys did OPERATION MINDCRIME
Queensryche Frequency Unknown
Theory of a Deadman The Truth Is...
Train California 37
X Ambassadors VHS
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