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5.0 classic
Agalloch The Mantle
Alice in Chains Dirt
Anathema Judgement
Atheist Unquestionable Presence
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Black Sabbath Paranoid
Black Sabbath Master of Reality
Cryptopsy None So Vile
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
Emperor In the Nightside Eclipse
Faith No More Angel Dust
Genesis Selling England by the Pound
Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Haken The Mountain
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast
Iron Maiden Piece of Mind
Iron Maiden Powerslave
Judas Priest Sad Wings of Destiny
Judas Priest Painkiller
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
Led Zeppelin Celebration Day
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
Morbid Angel Altars of Madness
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
Nirvana Nevermind
Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York
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 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.
Pearl Jam Ten
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd Animals
Pink Floyd The Wall
Porcupine Tree Arriving Somewhere...
Porcupine Tree Anesthetize
Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine
Rainbow Rising
Rush Hemispheres
Savatage Streets: A Rock Opera
Slayer Reign in Blood
Steven Wilson Get All You Deserve
Strapping Young Lad City
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold as Love
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland
Tool Aenima
Tool Lateralus
Yes Close to the Edge

4.5 superb
Acid Bath When the Kite String Pops
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
Agalloch Pale Folklore
Alice in Chains Jar of Flies
Anathema Alternative 4
Anathema We're Here Because We're Here
Anathema Universal
Anthrax Among the Living
At the Gates The Flames Of The End
At the Gates Slaughter of the Soul
Atheist Piece of Time
Bathory Blood Fire Death
Bathory Hammerheart
Between the Buried and Me Alaska
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
Celtic Frost To Mega Therion
Coroner Mental Vortex
Coroner No More Color
Cynic Focus
Dan Swano Moontower
Deafheaven Sunbather
Death Human
Death Individual Thought Patterns
Death The Sound of Perseverance
Deep Purple In Rock
Deftones Koi No Yokan
Deftones Diamond Eyes
Devin Townsend Terria
Devin Townsend Project Ghost
Down NOLA
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 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 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 Purgatory Afterglow
Edge of Sanity Crimson II
Emperor Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
Entombed Left Hand Path
Fates Warning Awaken the Guardian
Fear Factory Demanufacture
Genesis Nursery Cryme
Genesis Foxtrot
Gojira The Way of All Flesh
Gorguts Colored Sands
Gorguts Obscura
Haken Visions
In Flames The Jester Race
Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time
Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Judas Priest Stained Class
Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance
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 Last Fair Day Gone Night
King Crimson Larks' Tongues in Aspic
King Crimson Red
King Diamond Abigail
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 Houses of the Holy
Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin [DVD]
Led Zeppelin How the West Was Won
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
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Metallica Live Shit: Binge & Purge
Morbid Angel Blessed Are the Sick
Morbid Angel Covenant
My Dying Bride The Dreadful Hours
Nine Inch Nails The Fragile
Obituary Cause of Death
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 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 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 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.
Pain of Salvation The Perfect Element, Part 1
Pain of Salvation Remedy Lane
Pantera Vulgar Display of Power
Paradise Lost Draconian Times
Pearl Jam Vs.
Pink Floyd Is There Anybody Out There?
Pink Floyd Pulse (DVD)
Porcupine Tree In Absentia
Porcupine Tree Lightbulb Sun
Porcupine Tree Stupid Dream
Porcupine Tree Deadwing
Porcupine Tree Recordings
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 & Roll
Riverside Second Life Syndrome
Rush Moving Pictures
Rush Permanent Waves
Rush A Farewell to Kings
Rush 2112
Savatage Gutter Ballet
Sepultura Beneath the Remains
Sepultura Arise
Slayer Seasons in the Abyss
Soundgarden Superunknown
Steven Wilson The Raven That Refused to Sing
Steven Wilson Grace for Drowning
Suffocation Effigy of the Forgotten
Suffocation Pierced from Within
Symphony X The Divine Wings of Tragedy
Symphony X V: The New Mythology Suite
Volbeat Beyond Hell/Above Heaven
Yes Fragile
Yes Relayer

4.0 excellent
A Perfect Circle Mer de Noms
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step
Acid Bath Paegan Terrorism Tactics
Agalloch Marrow of the Spirit
Alice in Chains Facelift
Alice in Chains Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains Black Gives Way to Blue
Anathema Eternity
Anathema A Natural Disaster
Anathema Weather Systems
Anathema Distant Satellites
Anathema Hindsight
Anthrax Spreading the Disease
Anthrax Persistence of Time
Anthrax Worship Music
At the Gates Terminal Spirit Disease
Atheist Elements
Audioslave Audioslave
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
Black Sabbath Vol. 4
Black Sabbath Sabotage
Black Sabbath Mob Rules
Bloodbath Breeding Death
Bloodbath Nightmares Made Flesh
Bloodbath Unblessing the Purity
Bloodbath Grand Morbid Funeral
Bush Sixteen Stone
Cannibal Corpse A Skeletal Domain
Cannibal Corpse Torture
Cannibal Corpse Kill
Cannibal Corpse Bloodthirst
Cannibal Corpse Tomb of the Mutilated
Carcass Surgical Steel
Carcass Heartwork
Carcass Symphonies of Sickness
Celtic Frost Monotheist
Celtic Frost Into the Pandemonium
Celtic Frost Morbid Tales
Chevelle Wonder What's Next
Chevelle This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)
Chevelle Vena Sera
Chevelle Sci-Fi Crimes
Chevelle Hats Off to the Bull
Chevelle La Gargola
Control Denied The Fragile Art of Existence
Coroner Grin
Coroner Punishment for Decadence
Coroner R.I.P.
Cryptopsy Blasphemy Made Flesh
Cryptopsy Whisper Supremacy
Cryptopsy Cryptopsy
Cynic Traced in Air
Cynic The Portal Tapes
Deafheaven Roads to Judah
Death Scream Bloody Gore
Death Leprosy
Death Spiritual Healing
Deep Purple Burn
Deep Purple Fireball
Deftones Saturday Night Wrist
Deftones Around the Fur
Devin Townsend Infinity
Devin Townsend Project Ki
Devin Townsend Project Addicted
Devin Townsend Project Deconstruction
Devin Townsend Project Z2
Dio The Last in Line
Dio Dream Evil
Down Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow
Down Down III: Over the Under
Dream Theater A Change of Seasons
Dream Theater Live Scenes From New York
Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Dream Theater Dream Theater
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.
Edge of Sanity The Spectral Sorrows
Emperor IX Equilibrium
Emperor Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire...
Emperor Emperor
Entombed Wolverine Blues
Entombed Clandestine
Exhumed Anatomy Is Destiny
Faith No More The Real Thing
Faith No More King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime
Fates Warning Parallels
Fates Warning Perfect Symmetry
Fates Warning No Exit
Fates Warning The Spectre Within
Fear Factory Obsolete
Fear Factory Mechanize
Foo Fighters Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape
Foo Fighters Wasting Light
Foo Fighters Live at Wembley Stadium
Genesis Wind & Wuthering
Genesis A Trick of the Tail
Gojira From Mars to Sirius
Gojira L'Enfant Sauvage
Gorguts From Wisdom to Hate
Gorguts The Erosion of Sanity
Gorguts Considered Dead
Haken Aquarius
Heaven and Hell The Devil You Know
Ihsahn The Adversary
Ihsahn After
Ihsahn Eremita
Ihsahn Das Seelenbrechen
In Flames Come Clarity
In Flames Clayman
In Flames Colony
In Flames Whoracle
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden Killers
Job for a Cowboy Sun Eater
Judas Priest Sin After Sin
Judas Priest Killing Machine
Judas Priest British Steel
Judas Priest Defenders of the Faith
Katatonia Discouraged Ones
Katatonia Last Fair Deal Gone Down
Katatonia Viva Emptiness
Katatonia The Great Cold Distance
Katatonia Night Is the New Day
Katatonia Dead End Kings
King Crimson In the Wake of Poseidon
King Crimson Lizard
King Crimson Starless and Bible Black
King Diamond Fatal Portrait
King Diamond Conspiracy
Korn Korn
Lamb of God As the Palaces Burn
Lamb of God Ashes of the Wake
Lamb of God Killadelphia
Lamb of God Walk with Me in Hell
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III
Led Zeppelin The Song Remains The Same
Led Zeppelin BBC Sessions
Liquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment
Machine Head Bloodstone and Diamonds
Machine Head Burn My Eyes
Machine Head Through the Ashes of Empires
Machine Head Unto the Locust
Marilyn Manson Antichrist Superstar
Marilyn Manson Mechanical Animals
Marilyn Manson Holy Wood
Mastodon Once More 'Round the Sun
Mastodon Crack the Skye
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Mastodon Remission
Matchbox Twenty Exile on Mainstream
maudlin of the Well My Fruit Psychobells... A Seed Combustible
Megadeth Endgame
Megadeth Countdown to Extinction
Megadeth Killing Is My Business...
Meshuggah Chaosphere
Meshuggah Nothing
Meshuggah Catch Thirtythree
Meshuggah obZen
Meshuggah Koloss
Metallica Metallica
Metallica Kill 'Em All
Metallica S&M
Morbid Angel Abominations of Desolation
Morbid Angel Domination
Morbid Angel Entangled in Chaos
Mother Love Bone Apple
Mudvayne L.D. 50
My Dying Bride Turn Loose the Swans
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
Nile Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka
Nile In Their Darkened Shrines
Nile Annihilation of the Wicked
Nile Those Whom the Gods Detest
Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Marks
Nine Inch Nails Year Zero
Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine
Nirvana In Utero
Nirvana Bleach
Obituary Slowly We Rot
Obituary The End Complete
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 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 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 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.
Pain of Salvation Entropia
Pain of Salvation One Hour by the Concrete Lake
Pain of Salvation Be
Pain of Salvation Road Salt Two
Pantera Far Beyond Driven
Pantera Cowboys from Hell
Paradise Lost Paradise Lost
Paradise Lost One Second
Paradise Lost Gothic
Paradise Lost Icon
Paradise Lost In Requiem
Paradise Lost Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us
Pearl Jam Vitalogy
Pearl Jam Yield
Pink Floyd Meddle
Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
Porcupine Tree Nil Recurring
Porcupine Tree The Incident
Porcupine Tree Signify
Porcupine Tree The Sky Moves Sideways
Protest the Hero Scurrilous
Protest the Hero Volition
Queens of the Stone Age Queens of the Stone Age
Queens of the Stone Age Rated R
Queens of the Stone Age Lullabies to Paralyze
Queens of the Stone Age Over the Years and Through the Woods
Queensryche Queensryche EP
Queensryche The Warning
Queensryche Empire
Queensryche Queensryche
Rage Against the Machine Evil Empire
Rage Against the Machine The Battle of Los Angeles
Rainbow Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
Riverside Out of Myself
Riverside Rapid Eye Movement
Riverside Anno Domini High Definition
Riverside Shrine Of New Generation Slaves
Rush Grace Under Pressure
Rush Fly by Night
Rush Signals
Rush Clockwork Angels
Savatage The Hall of the Mountain King
Savatage Edge Of Thorns
Savatage Dead Winter Dead
Savatage The Wake Of Magellan
Sepultura Schizophrenia
Sepultura Chaos A.D.
Slayer Show No Mercy
Slayer Hell Awaits
Slayer South of Heaven
Slipknot Slipknot
Slipknot Disasterpieces [DVD]
Soundgarden Badmotorfinger
Soundgarden Down on the Upside
Soundgarden King Animal
Staind Staind
Staind Greatest Hits
Steven Wilson Insurgentes
Stone Sour House of Gold and Bones - Part 2
Stone Sour House of Gold and Bones - Part 1
Storm Corrosion Storm Corrosion
Strapping Young Lad Alien
Suffocation Breeding the Spawn
Suffocation Human Waste
Symphony X Twilight in Olympus
Symphony X The Odyssey
Symphony X Paradise Lost
System of a Down System of a Down
System of a Down Toxicity
Temple of the Dog Temple of the Dog
The Black Dahlia Murder Nocturnal
The Black Dahlia Murder Ritual
The Black Dahlia Murder Everblack
The Devin Townsend Band Accelerated Evolution
The Devin Townsend Band Synchestra
The Faceless Akeldama
The Faceless Planetary Duality
Tool Undertow
Tool 10,000 Days
Tool Salival
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas Eve and Other Stories
Triptykon Melana Chasmata
Triptykon Eparistera Daimones
Venom Welcome to Hell
Venom Black Metal
Volbeat The Strength/The Sound/The Songs
Volbeat Rock The Rebel/Metal The Devil
Volbeat Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood
Volbeat Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies
White Zombie La Sexorcisto-Devil Music Vol. 1
White Zombie Astro Creep: 2000 -- Songs of Love, Destruction, a
Whitechapel Whitechapel
Yes The Yes Album
Yes Tales from Topographic Oceans
Yes Going for the One

3.5 great
Agalloch The Serpent and the Sphere
Alice in Chains Sap
Alice in Chains The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
Anathema The Silent Enigma
Anathema A Fine Day to Exit
Anthrax Fistful of Metal
Anthrax State of Euphoria
At the Gates Gardens of Grief
At the Gates The Red in the Sky Is Ours
At the Gates With Fear I Kiss the Burning Darkness
Audioslave Out of Exile
Audioslave Live in Cuba
Bathory The Return......
Behemoth The Apostasy
Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me
Bloodbath Resurrection Through Carnage
Bloodbath The Fathomless Mastery
Bush The Sea of Memories
Bush The Science of Things
Cannibal Corpse Evisceration Plague
Cannibal Corpse The Wretched Spawn
Cannibal Corpse Gallery of Suicide
Cannibal Corpse Butchered at Birth
Carcass Swansong
Carcass Reek of Putrefaction
Chevelle Point #1
Cynic Re-Traced
Cynic Carbon-Based Anatomy
Deep Purple Deep Purple
Deep Purple Stormbringer
Deep Purple Shades of Deep Purple
Deftones Deftones
Deftones Adrenaline
Devin Townsend Physicist
Devin Townsend Ziltoid the Omniscient
Devin Townsend Project Epicloud
Dio Sacred Heart
Disturbed Ten Thousand Fists
Down Down IV - Part I
Down Down IV - Part II
Dream Theater Live at the Marquee
Dream Theater Train of Thought
Dream Theater Octavarium
Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Edge of Sanity Unorthodox
Emperor Wrath of the Tyrant
Exhumed Slaughtercult
Exhumed Gore Metal
Exhumed All Guts, No Glory
Exhumed Necrocracy
Faith No More Album of the Year
Fear Factory Soul of a New Machine
Fear Factory Archetype
Fear Factory The Industrialist
Foo Fighters There Is Nothing Left to Lose
Foo Fighters In Your Honor
Foo Fighters Skin and Bones
Genesis Trespass
Godsmack The Other Side
Gojira Terra Incognita
Gojira The Link
Ihsahn angL
In Flames Reroute to Remain
In Flames Lunar Strain
Job for a Cowboy Doom
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 Tonight's Decision
Korn Life Is Peachy
Korn Follow the Leader
Korn Issues
Lamb of God Sacrament
Lamb of God Wrath
Lamb of God Resolution
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 More Than You Think You Are
Matchbox Twenty Mad Season
Matchbox Twenty Yourself or Someone Like You
Megadeth United Abominations
Megadeth Youthanasia
Megadeth So Far, So Good... So What!
Metallica Garage Inc.
Metallica The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited
Morbid Angel Formulas Fatal to the Flesh
Morbid Angel Gateways to Annihilation
Mudvayne The End of All Things to Come
My Dying Bride As The Flower Withers
My Dying Bride Like Gods of the Sun
My Dying Bride The Light at the End of the World
My Dying Bride For Lies I Sire
My Dying Bride A Map Of All Our Failures
Nile Black Seeds of Vengeance
Nile At the Gate of Sethu
Nine Inch Nails The Slip
Nine Inch Nails Ghosts I-IV
Nine Inch Nails With Teeth
Obituary World Demise
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 Heritage
After 20-plus years of blending death metal fury with progressive ambience, Opeth decided to focus more on their roots. Their newest release, "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 also quite catchy and 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 and may even attract newcomers!
Opeth Pale Communion
As their 25th anniversary draws near, Opeth returns on a stronger note with "Pale Communion", an eclectic mix of old-school blues, progressive hard 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. Very strange and deliciously melodic, "Pale Communion" is yet another winner in Opeth's near-perfect career.
Pain of Salvation Scarsick
Pain of Salvation Road Salt One
Pantera The Great Southern Trendkill
Paradise Lost Symbol Of Life
Paradise Lost Shades of God
Paradise Lost Tragic Idol
Pearl Jam No Code
Pearl Jam Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam Backspacer
Pearl Jam Lightning Bolt
Pink Floyd The Endless River
Pink Floyd The Division Bell
Pink Floyd Obscured by Clouds
Pink Floyd Atom Heart Mother
Pink Floyd A Saucerful of Secrets
Porcupine Tree Up the Downstair
Porcupine Tree Voyage 34: The Complete Trip
Queens of the Stone Age Era Vulgaris
Queensryche Promised Land
Rage Against the Machine Renegades
Rob Zombie Hellbilly Deluxe
Rob Zombie The Sinister Urge
Rob Zombie Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor
Rush Power Windows
Rush Rush
Rush Caress of Steel
Rush Roll the Bones
Rush Counterparts
Rush Snakes & Arrows
Rush Feedback
Savatage Handful of Rain
Savatage Poets and Madmen
Sepultura Roots
Sepultura The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart
Slayer Christ Illusion
Slipknot Iowa
Slipknot Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
Slipknot 9.0: Live
Soundgarden Louder Than Love
Staind Dysfunction
Staind Break the Cycle
Stone Sour Come What(ever) May
Stone Sour Stone Sour
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
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
The Black Dahlia Murder Unhallowed
The Black Dahlia Murder Deflorate
The Black Dahlia Murder Miasma
Tool Opiate
Train My Private Nation
Trans-Siberian Orchestra The Christmas Attic
Trans-Siberian Orchestra The Lost Christmas Eve
Triptykon Shatter
Venom At War With Satan
Whitechapel This Is Exile
Whitechapel A New Era of Corruption
Yes Time and a Word
Yes Drama

3.0 good
3 Doors Down Away from the Sun
3 Doors Down The Better Life
Anathema Serenades
Anathema Falling Deeper
Anthrax Sound of White Noise
Anthrax We've Come for You All
At the Gates At War with Reality
Audioslave Revelations
Black Sabbath Technical Ecstasy
Burn the Priest Burn the Priest
Bush Razorblade Suitcase
Bush Golden State
Cannibal Corpse Gore Obsessed
Cannibal Corpse Vile
Cannibal Corpse Eaten Back to Life
Creed My Own Prison
Creed Weathered
Cryptopsy And Then You'll Beg
Cryptopsy Once Was Not
Cynic Kindly Bent to Free Us
Damageplan New Found Power
Daughtry Break the Spell
Deep Purple Who Do We Think We Are
Deep Purple The Book of Taliesyn
Deep Purple Come Taste the Band
Device Device
Devin Townsend The Hummer
Dio Lock up the Wolves
Dio Strange Highways
Disturbed Indestructible
Disturbed Believe
Disturbed The Lost Children
Disturbed The Sickness
Dream Theater Falling into Infinity
Dream Theater Once in a LIVEtime
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos
Dream Theater Chaos in Motion
Edge of Sanity Nothing But Death Remains
Edge of Sanity Infernal
Fear Factory Digimortal
Five Finger Death Punch The Way of the Fist
Five Finger Death Punch War Is the Answer
Foo Fighters Sonic Highways
Foo Fighters One by One
Foo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Genesis ...And Then There Were Three...
Godsmack IV
Godsmack Faceless
Godsmack Awake
Godsmack Godsmack
Godsmack The Oracle
In Flames Sounds of a Playground Fading
In Flames A Sense of Purpose
In Flames Soundtrack to Your Escape
Job for a Cowboy Job for a Cowboy (Demo)
Job for a Cowboy Genesis
Job for a Cowboy Ruination
Job for a Cowboy Gloom
Job for a Cowboy Demonocracy
Job for a Cowboy Live Ruination
Judas Priest Rocka Rolla
Judas Priest Point of Entry
Judas Priest Ram It Down
King Crimson Islands
Korn Untouchables
Korn Take a Look in the Mirror
Korn See You on the Other Side
Korn The Paradigm Shift
Lamb of God New American Gospel
Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door
Led Zeppelin Coda
Limp Bizkit Three Dollar Bill Y'all$
Limp Bizkit Significant Other
Limp Bizkit The Unquestionable Truth - Part I
Limp Bizkit Gold Cobra
Linkin Park Meteora
Linkin Park The Hunting Party
Machine Head The Burning Red
Marilyn Manson Portrait of an American Family
Marilyn Manson The Golden Age of Grotesque
Matchbox Twenty North
Megadeth Th1rt3en
Megadeth The System Has Failed
Megadeth Cryptic Writings
Meshuggah Contradictions Collapse
Metallica Death Magnetic
Metallica Beyond Magnetic
Morbid Angel Heretic
Mudvayne Mudvayne
Mudvayne Lost and Found
My Dying Bride 34.788%... Complete
Nile Ithyphallic
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 The Devil's Orchard - Live at Rock Hard Festival
Pantera Reinventing the Steel
Paradise Lost Host
Paradise Lost Believe In Nothing
Pearl Jam Binaural
Pearl Jam Riot Act
Pink Floyd The Final Cut
Pink Floyd Ummagumma
Pink Floyd More
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
Rob Zombie Hellbilly Deluxe 2
Rob Zombie Educated Horses
Rush Hold Your Fire
Rush Presto
Rush Test for Echo
Rush Vapor Trails
Sepultura Morbid Visions
Sepultura Dante XXI
Sepultura Kairos
Slayer World Painted Blood
Slayer God Hates Us All
Slayer Divine Intervention
Slipknot .5: The Gray Chapter
Slipknot All Hope Is Gone
Soundgarden Ultramega OK
Staind Tormented
Staind 14 Shades of Grey
Staind Chapter V
Stone Sour Audio Secrecy
Suicide Silence The Cleansing
The Faceless Autotheism
Theory of a Deadman Gasoline
Train For Me, It's You
Train Drops of Jupiter
Train Train
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Beethoven's Last Night
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Night Castle
Venom Possessed
Whitechapel The Somatic Defilement
Whitechapel Our Endless War
Yes Yes
Yes Tormato
Yes 90125

2.5 average
3 Doors Down 3 Doors Down
3 Doors Down Seventeen Days
Anthrax Volume 8: The Threat Is Real
Black Sabbath Never Say Die!
Celtic Frost Vanity/Nemesis
Creed Human Clay
Creed Full Circle
Daughtry Daughtry
Devin Townsend Devlab
Dio Angry Machines
Disturbed Asylum
Dream Theater When Dream and Day Unite
Edge of Sanity Cryptic
Fear Factory Transgression
Five Finger Death Punch American Capitalist
Godsmack 1000hp
Judas Priest Turbo
Korn Korn III: Remember Who You Are
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 Load
Metallica Reload
Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason
Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime II
Sepultura Roorback
Sepultura A-Lex
Slayer Diabolus in Musica
Slayer Undisputed Attitude
Staind The Illusion of Progress
Suicide Silence No Time to Bleed
Suicide Silence You Can't Stop Me
Symphony X Symphony X
Theory of a Deadman Theory of a Deadman
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Dreams of Fireflies (On a Christmas Night)

2.0 poor
3 Doors Down Time of My Life
Anthrax Stomp 442
Bathory Requiem
Black Sabbath Born Again
Cryptopsy The Unspoken King
Daughtry Leave This Town
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
Hellyeah Blood for Blood
Korn Untitled
Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog...
Linkin Park A Thousand Suns
Machine Head Supercharger
Megadeth Super Collider
Megadeth Risk
Mudvayne The New Game
Nickelback Silver Side Up
Nickelback No Fixed Address
Paradise Lost Lost Paradise
Queensryche Hear in the Now Frontier
Queensryche Tribe
Queensryche American Soldier
Sepultura Against
Sepultura Nation
Suicide Silence The Black Crown
Train Save Me San Francisco
Venom Calm Before the Storm

1.5 very poor
Daughtry Baptized
Hellyeah Hellyeah
In Flames Siren Charms
Morbid Angel Illud Divinum Insanus
Nickelback The State
Nickelback All the Right Reasons
Nickelback The Long Road
Proof positive that they are getting worse with each release
Protest the Hero Sequoia Throne: Remixed
Queensryche Q2K
Theory of a Deadman Scars and Souvenirs
Train Bulletproof Picasso
Yes Big Generator

1.0 awful
Bathory Octagon
Celtic Frost Cold Lake
Hellyeah Band of Brothers
Hellyeah Stampede
Korn The Path of Totality
Limp Bizkit Results May Vary
Metallica St. Anger
Nickelback Curb
Nickelback Here and Now
Nickelback Dark Horse
Queensryche Dedicated to Chaos
Fucking horseshit. Can't believe these guys did OPERATION MINDCRIME
Theory of a Deadman The Truth Is...
Train California 37
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