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5.0 classic
Alter Bridge Blackbird
Fleshgod Apocalypse Agony
Kamelot The Black Halo
One of the best power metal albums ever made, the melodies absolutely soar, definitely Kamelot's shining moment, Khan's voice suit's their style of power metal easily, without resorting to operatic wails, which are pretty much non existent on this album, it's a shame the following albums fall short, although they did have their moments.
Liquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment
Liquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment 2

4.5 superb
Ash Meltdown
Crystal Eyes Confessions of the Maker
Not the most original album out there in terms of power metal, but the guitar riffs and solos in particular are very strong, having Daniel Heiman sing on this album won it for me.
Dream Theater Images and Words
Dream Theater Score
Equilibrium Sagas
Equilibrium Rekreatur
Fleshgod Apocalypse Mafia
James LaBrie Static Impulse
John Petrucci Suspended Animation
Judas Priest Painkiller
Kiuas The New Dark Age
Lost Horizon Awakening The World
Lykathea Aflame Elvenefris
Megadeth Endgame
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Neal Morse Sola Scriptura
Necrophagist Epitaph
Origin Echoes of Decimation
Overkill The Electric Age
Queensryche Empire
Revocation Chaos of Forms
Slayer Reign in Blood
Symphony X The Divine Wings of Tragedy
Symphony X Paradise Lost
Testament The Gathering
Testament The Formation of Damnation
Threshold Hypothetical
Wintersun Wintersun

4.0 excellent
12 Stones 12 Stones
Alter Bridge One Day Remains
Anthrax Among the Living
Anthrax Worship Music
Blind Guardian A Night at the Opera
Brain Drill Apocalyptic Feasting
Circus Maximus Nine
An album absolutely brimming with melody and emotion, definitely one of the best albums to be released this year.
Dark Angel Time Does Not Heal
Dominici 03, A Trilogy Part 3
Dominici O3: A Trilogy, Part Two
Dream Theater Train of Thought
Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Dream Theater A Change of Seasons
Dream Theater Live at Budokan
Dream Theater Awake
Dream Theater Octavarium
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos
Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Ensiferum From Afar
Fleshgod Apocalypse Oracles
Flying Colors Flying Colors
Showcases an eclectic range of styles and very tasteful playing from each member (as can be expected in a lineup of this calibre).
Godsmack Faceless
Godsmack The Oracle
Helloween Gambling With The Devil
Hour of Penance Paradogma
Hour of Penance Sedition
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast
Iron Maiden The Final Frontier
Kiuas The Spirit of Ukko
Kiuas Lustdriven
Kreator Hordes of Chaos
Kreator Phantom Antichrist
A more musically diverse and very solid thrash metal album, even better than Hordes of Chaos.
Lamb of God Wrath
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
Lost Horizon A Flame To The Ground Beneath
Megadeth Killing Is My Business...
Meshuggah obZen
Metallica Metallica
Neal Morse Testimony 2
Neal Morse Momentum
Nile Annihilation of the Wicked
Origin Antithesis
Origin Entity
Planet X Quantum
Slayer Christ Illusion
Sodom In War and Pieces
Staind Break the Cycle
Symphony X The Odyssey
Testament Dark Roots of Earth
The Offspring Ignition
The Offspring Smash
The Offspring Ixnay on the Hombre
The Offspring Americana
Threshold Subsurface
Threshold Dead Reckoning
Threshold March of Progress
Transatlantic The Whirlwind

3.5 great
12 Stones Anthem For The Underdog
Bloodbath The Fathomless Mastery
Borknagar Universal
Borknagar Urd
Brain Drill Quantum Catastrophe
Cephalic Carnage Xenosapien
Damageplan New Found Power
Dream Theater Falling into Infinity
Dream Theater Chaos in Motion
Dream Theater The Number Of The Beast
The band is in top form as usual, Labrie's got a lot of flak for his vocals on here but I feel he did really well, far better than the MOP tribute, and he's hit several real high notes on this one.
Dream Theater A Dramatic Turn of Events
A real breath of fresh air, everyone sounds inspired and renewed. Myung can finally be heard in the mix and he even does some solos himself, his contributions are more apparent. A lot less wank on this album than on previous ones (although I am at the same time a sucker for technical wank), Petrucci and Rudess play some of the most tasteful solos in their career in Lost Not Forgotten, almost reminiscent of the solo tradeoff in Under A Glass Moon. Mangini did not have any creative input in the writing side of things, so I can't comment on that, but his playing on the album is solid. James sounds particularly renewed in my opinion, his vocals are more organic and his dynamics can be heard more than on previous releases. My minor nitpicks will be that this album is on the softer side, part of why I like DT so much is their metal side as well, what Portnoy brought to the table, and 3 ballads is one too many for any album imo, 2 works just fine for me. DT is far from done, and this album proves that.
Exhumed Slaughtercult
Gamma Ray Master of Confusion
Godsmack Awake
Helloween Straight Out of Hell
Hour of Penance The Vile Conception
Iced Earth Dystopia
In Flames Reroute to Remain
In Flames Come Clarity
Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and Death
James LaBrie Elements Of Persuasion
Kiuas Reformation
Kreator Enemy of God
Malevolent Creation Invidious Dominion
Metallica Death Magnetic
Origin Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas
Planet X MoonBabies
Slayer World Painted Blood
Staind 14 Shades of Grey
Staind Dysfunction
Stratovarius Polaris
Stratovarius Elysium
Symphony X Twilight in Olympus
Symphony X V: The New Mythology Suite
The Offspring Splinter
The Offspring Conspiracy of One
Threshold Critical Mass
Trivium Shogun

3.0 good
Adrenaline Mob Adrenaline Mob
Unoriginal stuff, but still enjoyable to listen to.
Adrenaline Mob Omerta
Dismal Lapse Eon Fragmentation
Dream Theater When Dream and Day Unite
Dream Theater Master of Puppets
Dream Theater Wither
Gamma Ray To the Metal
Not a bad album, but it doesn't sound entirely inspired either, production could be improved as well. There are a couple of strong tracks "Empathy" "All You Need To Know" "Mother Angel" "Deadlands" "Chasing Shadows". I picked up Majestic after this and the first two tracks beat anything off this one.
Godsmack IV
HammerFall No Sacrifice, No Victory
In Flames Soundtrack to Your Escape
Megadeth United Abominations
Metallica St. Anger
Metallica Beyond Magnetic
Staind Tormented
The Offspring The Offspring
The Offspring Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace

2.5 average
12 Stones Potter's Field
Staind Chapter V
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