Average Rating: 3.54
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Objectivity Score: 76% (Well Balanced)
Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name2013 Frank Turner Tape Deck Heart4.52012 Of Monsters and Men My Head is an Animal4.0Eluveitie Helvetios3.52011 Nightwish Imaginaerum3.0Steven Wilson Grace for Drowning3.5I like the sound but what I don't like is that many of the parts just seem to go on forever. Just why is this a double album again?Opeth Heritage4.0Dream Theater A Dramatic Turn of Events3.0In Flames Sounds of a Playground Fading3.5Devin Townsend Project Deconstruction4.0Amorphis The Beginning of Times3.0Arch Enemy Khaos Legions3.5Morbid Angel Illud Divinum Insanus1.5Frank Turner England Keep My Bones4.5Unexpect Fables of the Sleepless Empire4.0Autopsy Macabre Eternal2.0Black Label Society The Song Remains Not The Same2.5Hate Eternal Phoenix Amongst The Ashes2.5Leaves' Eyes Meredead2.5Samael Lux Mundi2.5Primordial Redemption at the Puritan's Hand3.5Vomitory Opus Mortis VIII3.5Blackfield Welcome To My DNA3.5Septicflesh The Great Mass4.0Scar Symmetry The Unseen Empire3.5Obscura Omnivium3.0Amon Amarth Surtur Rising3.5Whitesnake Forevermore1.0Within Temptation The Unforgiving1.0The Haunted Unseen3.0Rise Against Endgame4.0Deicide To Hell With God1.5Battlelore Doombound2.0Theatres Des Vampires Moonlight Waltz1.02010 Agalloch Marrow of the Spirit3.0God Dethroned Under the Sign of the Iron Cross2.5He Is We My Forever4.0Melechesh The Epigenesis4.0Enslaved Axioma Ethica Odini3.5Therion Sitra Ahra2.0The Birthday Massacre Pins and Needles4.0Kamelot Poetry for the Poisoned3.0Apocalyptica 7th Symphony3.5Blind Guardian At the Edge of Time3.0Avenged Sevenfold Nightmare1.5Hans Zimmer Inception4.0Nevermore The Obsidian Conspiracy4.0Anathema We're Here Because We're Here4.5Porcupine Tree Anesthetize4.5Orphaned Land The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR3.52009 Thirty Seconds to Mars This Is War3.0Devin Townsend Project Addicted4.0Sybreed The Pulse of Awakening2.5it's like Fear Factory meets Samael, only with terrible clean vocalsHypocrisy A Taste of Extreme Divinity3.5Nile Those Whom the Gods Detest3.0Slayer World Painted Blood2.0Instant Suppression Domain.Nation4.0Katatonia Night Is the New Day4.5Scar Symmetry Dark Matter Dimensions3.0Dark Tranquillity Where Death Is Most Alive4.5Rammstein Liebe Ist Für Alle Da4.0Epica Design Your Universe3.0Paradise Lost Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us4.0Alice in Chains Black Gives Way to Blue4.0Well fuck me sideways with a ten ton dildo. This is actually amazing, and I'd expected way less from a band out of the loop for years, affected by the death of their drugged frontman. I don't know how the fuck they ended up doing this because this is actually a comeback album that is almost as good as anything else they've done. Yes, that includes Dirt. Kudos to this band. Relevant still in 2009, as they were in 1992. Yowzer. I wanna grow old..Sonata Arctica The Days of Grays2.5Brand New Daisy3.0Porcupine Tree The Incident3.5This sounds like Porcupine Tree - the modern metal edition. Bits and pieces (Circle of Manias) could have been taken from Meshuggah records, there are lots of juddering metal grooves, as if NIN were playing and suddenly they are asked to do a duet with Opeth. The album's centrepiece, Time Flies, however, is a disappointing exercise in self-indulgence, and the quieter, mellow moments seem to work the best (particularly Kneel and Disconnect is a fantastic track). The band-collaborated second disc is more conventional PT material, like Lightbulb sun material with an updated guitar tone. Make no mistake: audio-wise it's complete ear candy, the performances are flawless and it's all done like a love of labour. But something's missing here that's on other albums. It seems to lack the uber-tracks that most other PT albums have; "Kneel and Disconnect" is just too short to claim the crown, and heavy thunkers like Octane Twisted seem to meander a tad too often for them to become truly memorable. As far as prog rock/metal goes, Porcupine Tree are undoubtedly on top of their game, but the absence of any truly instantly hitting material, which was always present on previous albums in one way or another, is a disappointment, given SW's ability to pen instantly memorable moments on every album. And that's why this Porcupine Tree record, although great in its own right, can't be rightfully included with the top picks of their extensive discography, metal era or not.Muse The Resistance3.0Ensiferum From Afar2.0Tries really hard to be epic, but sounds like power metal with harsh vocals. For the uninitiated, that means speedy metal with epic (read: lame) keyboards, dumb screaming and folksy acoustic guitars. They lost it after Iron, when Jari left, and this album doesn't do anything to change the fact that Jari took the songwriting skill with him. And when you take the seasoning from a stew, you get something drab and boring. That is this record.Frank Turner Poetry of the Deed3.5Behemoth Evangelion3.5This sounds like a Behemoth album. In case you didn't know what that sounds like, it has blasts, there are growls, it's heavy and fast, and they sing about Satan. Also they spell "of" as "ov" and they don't like Christians. And in case you also didn't know, this album sounding like a Behemoth album is a good thing, because this is pretty much ace as far as songwriting goes.Mower Make it a Double1.5The Project Hate MCMXCIX The Lustrate Process4.0Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings4.0Dream Theater have an obsession with being m34tl now, as the first song features blastbeats and semi-growls from Mike Portnoy. Fortunately for them, they don't completely suck at it (some of the instrumental passages are long, but most of them work in context). Overall this is a pretty good return to form, as the instrumental part of this album is sick, amazing, and over-the-top wicked. James also sounds better than ever. The only downside, apart from some of the overlong solos, are that the lyrics are getting banal and annoying. Also massive props for the cool Trial of Tears section in the Count of Tuscany.Amorphis Skyforger3.0Derelict Unspoken Words2.0Isis Wavering Radiant3.0Neurosis-lite. This is metal for people who are too old too deal with that snotty melodic post-rocky moody stuff, or just not sad enough; but too much of a weaksauce to flesh the deep riffs and go for some real crunchy sounds. Instead, it falls somewhere in between, and therefore sounds decent and appealing enough; but if you take into account this band once got it right on Oceanic, that is a very disappointing state for an album to be in.Mastodon Crack the Skye4.0My Dying Bride For Lies I Sire4.0It sounds like Swans/Angel era MDB. Finally. Because they were getting dull. This was pretty much the best thing they could put out at this point in time. Recommended.Cobalt Gin3.5Misguided Aggression Hatchala3.5Pure Reason Revolution Amor Vincit Omnia3.5Samael Above2.5Lamb of God Wrath3.0HammerFall No Sacrifice, No Victory2.0Kreator Hordes of Chaos3.0(hed) p.e. New World Orphans1.0This is like sticking your dick in a cheese grater. Over and over. The sound that that makes is better than this record.2008 Steven Wilson Insurgentes4.5Edguy Tinnitus Sanctus2.5Glasgow Grin Saints of the Greatest Sin3.5God Is An Astronaut God Is an Astronaut3.0Pain (SWE) Cynic Paradise3.5Dog Fashion Disco Beating a Dead Horse to Death...Again3.0Cynic Traced in Air4.5Snow Patrol A Hundred Million Suns2.5Enslaved Vertebrae4.0Gojira The Way of All Flesh3.5Funeral for a Friend Memory and Humanity3.5Bloodbath The Fathomless Mastery4.0Amon Amarth Twilight of the Thunder God4.0This album has balls. Probably more balls than you will ever have. This album will make you drop them to the ground and bang your head with the Vikings on stage. Aggressive, melodic and catchy, it's safe to say that these Swedes have perfected their death metal style, and it's also safe to say they have never sounded better than this. Fans of the band should run to pick this up.Trivium Shogun3.5Evergrey Torn3.0semi-prog, semi-interesting, semi-catchy, semi-good vocals, semi-well written songs, semi-boring, semi-everything kindaBurst Lazarus Bird4.0Metallica Death Magnetic2.0After the infinite suckfest of the 90s and early 2000s, Metallica needed to progress. Well, they have progressed notably: they have gone from extreme suckdom to being mediocre and boring. Now that's a great step forward for you! This album is far too long, far too monotonous, and far too grating musically for sustained interest. Hetfield's vocal work is at an all-time low as his monotonous drawl pervades every song. It's time to hang up your studio boots and keep touring off past efforts because even when you try to go back to thrash like Master of Puppets stuff, you end up plodding like the black album. Whatever they tried on here, it's not working, and the lyrical content makes it look like a real joke. I haven't waited five years for them to put out this piece of snoredom.Iced Earth The Crucible of Man3.0Falconer Among Beggars And Thieves3.5Into Eternity The Incurable Tragedy1.5DragonForce Ultra Beatdown2.0Power metal: now with +50 dragonslaying, + 50 guitar masturbation, -50 songwriting, and +1010101010101101001100 homosexuality.
Enjoy DRAGON FORCEAnathema Hindsight4.5This is even more the culmination of Anathema's sound, perhaps even softer than they went on the previous records... mostly because this is an unplugged acoustic record, and the songs sound like they were always meant to sound. The production is intimate, the "mournful cello" does a great job of conveying atmosphere, and it really sounds like 10 new tracks even though 9 of them appear on previous discs. It's a remarkable achievement that a compilation album might actually be the best record in the band's catalog, and in many cases it would be miserable; but this record just transforms a batch of already amazing songs and gives them a completely fresh and new face. Highly recommended for any fan.Sigur Ros Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust2.5Scar Symmetry Holographic Universe3.5Katy Perry One of the Boys3.0Opeth Watershed3.5Sabaton The Art of War4.0Tiamat Amanethes3.5Demians Building An Empire3.5Moonspell Night Eternal4.0Synastry Blind Eyes Bleed2.5Nine Inch Nails The Slip3.0Portishead Third3.0Warrel Dane Praises to the War Machine4.0Children of Bodom Blooddrunk1.5Cradle to Grave Texas Medicine3.5Mostly Autumn Glass Shadows3.0It's pretty much the same MA we're used to, except slower and dreamier. This also means, that despite some great guitar work from Josh, and Heather's better-than-ever vocal histrionics, they've also become more boring. The main influences here are Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and friends; unlike the last album, which marked a return to more progressive waters, even adding that dish of folk back, now they're plodding along in more classic rock territory; and I don't know if I like that as much as I like the oldschool MA with the folk and prog touches. This band needs to keep its Floydy roots. I still like the album, but I can't help wishing for something altogether more... interesting.
Oh, and Tearing at the Faerytale is just the most emotional song the band ever wrote. Check that out.In Flames A Sense of Purpose3.0Dream Theater Greatest Hit3.0Frank Turner Love, Ire & Song3.5Joy Division The Best of Joy Division4.0Odium (CAN) At the Bottom2.5Crystal Castles Crystal Castles3.5Mercenary Architect of Lies3.0Meshuggah obZen4.0Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons3.0Bloodbath Unblessing the Purity4.5Draconian Turning Season Within4.0Porcupine Tree Nil Recurring4.0To-Mera Delusions3.0Eluveitie Slania3.5The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath3.0It's The Mars Volta playing The Mars Volta Songs the way The Mars Volta typically play songs. This means they are technically complex, too long, and there is a lot of random wank and bullshit. This album has less ambient filler than previous records, which makes it a bit more energetic, but it's still a chore to sit through the whole thing. If they would just learn the ins and outs of songwriting...Ayreon 010110013.5Protest the Hero Fortress4.0Avantasia The Scarecrow3.02007 Amy Macdonald This Is The Life3.5Primordial To the Nameless Dead3.5Pagan's Mind God's Equation3.0this is kinda good, especially the david bowie cover but my god that singer is one screeching fucktard. he's worse than James LaBrie and he overdoes it so much. He can sing but he needs to tone it down. the musicians are all competent. they also probably wank to queensryche, dream theater and iron maiden and all those sorts of bands. which is cool, but it's been done before. gets a 3 on the merit of good musicianship and some ok songwriting.The Ocean Precambrian4.5Serj Tankian Elect the Dead2.5Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow3.5Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II3.5Radiohead In Rainbows3.5Apocalyptica Worlds Collide3.5Oceansize Frames3.0Nightwish Dark Passion Play3.5Foo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace3.0Arch Enemy Rise of the Tyrant3.5Between the Buried and Me Colors2.0too long, too boring, too complex, too pretentious, the vocals are fucking awful, all in all: too muchIced Earth Framing Armageddon2.0Amorphis Silent Waters4.0Epica The Divine Conspiracy3.0Turisas The Varangian Way3.5Antimatter Leaving Eden4.0Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago3.5Behemoth The Apostasy3.0Symphony X Paradise Lost4.5Paramore Riot!3.5this album basically revolves around the premise of:
here are a pair of tits for you to oogle at (o) (o)Pelican City of Echoes3.0Dream Theater Systematic Chaos3.5Kamelot Ghost Opera3.5Samael Solar Soul3.0Sonata Arctica Unia4.0The Dear Hunter Act II: The Meaning of, & All Things Regarding Ms. Leading3.0Neurosis Given to the Rising3.5Devin Townsend Ziltoid the Omniscient4.0Megadeth United Abominations2.5Funeral for a Friend Tales Don't Tell Themselves4.0The rawness of their earlier recordings has been replaced with a more polished sheen. Gone are the screams and growls and in come exclusively clean vocals. Purists may not like the more mellowed out sound on this record, as they went from posthardcore to sounding more like regular alternative rock a la lostprophets, but the tunes are better and meatier. Apparently these guys have found their songwriting groove, because songs like lead single "Into Oblivion (Reunion)" are exactly what I want to hear from this band at this point. If they keep it up, I can't wait to see where their next one will lead us.Paradise Lost In Requiem3.0Maximo Park Our Earthly Pleasures4.0Pain (SWE) Psalms of Extinction3.5Rush Snakes & Arrows3.5Tori Amos American Doll Posse3.0Dimmu Borgir In Sorte Diaboli2.5After Forever After Forever3.5Dark Tranquillity Fiction4.5Nine Inch Nails Year Zero3.0Moonsorrow V: Havitetty4.0Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet5.0Pure perfection released as an album. From the musically intricate soundscapes to the frighteningly depressing lyrical imagery, everything works, fits, and flows as if the album were a 51-minute dream of music. The band ranges from moody trippy sections that recall Portishead's glory, to metal riffs that bring Opeth and Meshuggah to mind, to the technically complex work made famous by 70s progsters a la Rush, and even some pop sentiments on songs like Sentimental. It's a packaged overview of everything that is good about music: emotional value, technical accomplishment, lyrical relevancy, and interesting compositions. A pure tour de force that SW and co. may never be able to top again. Highly recommended buy.God Is An Astronaut Far from Refuge3.0VNV Nation Judgement4.5Chevelle Vena Sera3.5Machine Head The Blackening3.5Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank4.0Within Temptation The Heart of Everything1.5Dark Moor Tarot3.5The first half of this disc is superb symphonic power metal deluxe. The second part doesn't stand up to the first half, which is sad, but it's still good in parts. Recommended for fans of the style.Blackfield Blackfield II4.5Explosions in the Sky All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone3.5Mostly Autumn Heart Full of Sky4.5Swallow the Sun Hope4.0Therion Gothic Kabbalah2.0Fall Out Boy Infinity on High2.5it's got some kinda neat tracks but this is the pop version of a band who i liked better when they stuck to their punk roots on the first two albums.
thnks fr th mmrs is a golden song though, and there is some scattered interesting stuff on the rest of the record. but all in all the killer to filler ratio is a bit lower than what I have come to expect of these guys.Yndi Halda Enjoy Eternal Bliss3.0Tristania Illumination3.5Circus Maximus Isolate3.5Loren Battle Words Begin Wars2.0I had a review which got lost and cannot be arsed to re-post it, but let me just say that this generic cookie-cutter metalcore by scene kids that jumped on the bandwagon three years later is not of interest to anyone, and can safely be skipped.2006 3 Mile Scream A Prelude to Our Demise3.0Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me4.5Kamelot One Cold Winter's Night4.0Trivium The Crusade1.0Into Eternity The Scattering of Ashes2.0Amon Amarth With Oden on Our Side4.0Cry of the Black Birds might just be the most epic melodeath song ever recorded. The rest of the album is not as good as that song, but it's pretty damn epic nonetheless. Most of this album is pure gold, and when it's not gold, it's silver anyways. This is one of the stronger Amon Amarth albums, and a shoe-in for any fan, and a recommended buy for fans of the genre.Evanescence The Open Door2.0Rhapsody of Fire Triumph or Agony2.0Mastodon Blood Mountain4.0Blind Guardian A Twist in the Myth4.5Dream Theater Score4.5Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and Death3.0Unexpect In a Flesh Aquarium4.0Lamb of God Sacrament4.0Breaking Benjamin Phobia2.0Slayer Christ Illusion3.0Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain4.0Stone Sour Come What(ever) May3.5Firewind Allegiance3.5Muse Black Holes and Revelations4.0This Will Destroy You Young Mountain4.0Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium2.5Tool 10,000 Days3.5Scar Symmetry Pitch Black Progress3.0Eternal Tears of Sorrow Before the Bleeding Sun3.5Lacuna Coil Karmacode3.0Snow Patrol Eyes Open4.5Summoning Oath Bound4.0Amorphis Eclipse3.0Machinae Supremacy Redeemer (Underground Edition)4.0Katatonia The Great Cold Distance4.5Darkthrone The Cult Is Alive4.0Wolves in the Throne Room Diadem of 12 Stars4.0In Flames Come Clarity3.0¡T.O.O.H.! Rad a Trest3.5Mirrorthrone Carriers of Dust3.5Pain of Salvation Scarsick4.5Angry Daniel Gildenlow gives a fuck you to America and commercialism. In the meanwhile, The Bee Gees, 50 Cent, Al Pacino, bros, hoes, homies, strippers, God, commercials, and kids with flowers in their hands all appear, each doing their part. It's a bleak version of the future. The prog year of 2007 would turn bleaker after the release of this record, with Porcupine Tree releasing their seminal mindfuck of "Fear of a Blank Planet", but lovers of doom and gloom anti-commercialism lyrics flavoured with experimentalism and musicianship beyond the limits of the Earth need to pick this up and have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And the best thing of all is: the band don't want you to pay for it.DragonForce Inhuman Rampage2.52005 The Ocean Aeolian4.0System of a Down Hypnotize3.5Alanis Morissette The Collection3.5Riverside Second Life Syndrome4.0Rammstein Rosenrot4.5Bullet for My Valentine The Poison1.5Panic! At the Disco A Fever You Can't Sweat Out2.0Cartel Chroma3.0Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness4.0Arcturus Sideshow Symphonies3.0Hypocrisy Virus4.0Children of Bodom Are You Dead Yet?2.5Sigur Ros Takk...4.0Scar Symmetry Symmetric in Design3.5Opeth Ghost Reveries4.5Thirty Seconds to Mars A Beautiful Lie4.0Nevermore This Godless Endeavor4.5Arch Enemy Doomsday Machine3.0Funeral for a Friend Hours3.0Dream Theater Octavarium3.0Coldplay X & Y2.0Pelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...3.5Meshuggah Catch Thirtythree4.0System of a Down Mezmerize3.5Mostly Autumn Storms Over Still water3.0Fall Out Boy From Under the Cork Tree3.0Nine Inch Nails With Teeth4.0Porcupine Tree Deadwing4.0The Receiving End of Sirens Between the Heart and the Synapse4.0Mudvayne Lost and Found2.5Epica Consign to Oblivion2.0Nile Annihilation of the Wicked4.0Kamelot The Black Halo5.03 Doors Down Seventeen Days2.0Blackfield Blackfield4.0Green Carnation The Quiet Offspring3.5The Mars Volta Frances the Mute4.0Pain (SWE) Dancing with the Dead4.5Anberlin Never Take Friendship Personal3.5Tristania Ashes4.0God Is An Astronaut All Is Violent, All Is Bright4.5Dark Tranquillity Character4.5RA RA RA CHUG CHUG CHUG wtf is this solos and keyboards? blasphemy! not tr00 deth metuhl!!
it's better than anything else in the scene though so check it outApocalyptica Apocalyptica5.0Kreator Enemy of God4.0Gojira From Mars to Sirius3.02004 Jay-Z and Linkin Park Collision Course1.5U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb2.0Cartel The Ransom EP3.0Within Temptation The Silent Force2.0Rammstein Reise, Reise4.0Relient K Mmhmm3.5Pain of Salvation Be5.0Sonata Arctica Reckoning Night4.5Dream Theater Live at Budokan4.5Nightwish Once4.0Wintersun Wintersun3.5Lamb of God Ashes of the Wake3.5Age of Silence Acceleration4.0Amon Amarth Fate of Norns3.5Mastodon Leviathan3.5Regina Spektor Soviet Kitsch4.0Necrophagist Epitaph3.0Taking Back Sunday Where You Want To Be2.5Meshuggah I4.5Slipknot Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)3.0Ensiferum Iron3.5In Flames Soundtrack to Your Escape2.5Void Of Silence Human Antithesis3.5Snow Patrol Final Straw3.0My Dying Bride Songs Of Darkness, Words Of Light3.0Damageplan New Found Power4.0Enslaved Isa3.5Tiamat Prey3.0Iced Earth The Glorious Burden3.0Barlow, where art thou? Owens is a good singer, but he's just not in Barlow's league, and his presence is what is really missed here: he keeps the songs and Jon's songwriting in check. Most of the songs on here are pretty predictable power metal fare, and though Declaration Day, Attila and the Gettysburg trilogy keep up a part of the quality level, most of this is subpar compared to other Iced Earth works. If you want to get into the band, go for a Barlow-era album first (Burnt Offerings/Horror Show), and then get this.Machinae Supremacy Deus Ex Machinae4.02003 Coldplay Live 20031.5Howard Shore The Return of the King4.5Blink-182 Blink-1821.0Dream Theater Train of Thought4.0Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place4.0Anathema A Natural Disaster4.5Funeral for a Friend Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation3.5Static-X Shadow Zone3.0Death Cab for Cutie Transatlanticism4.0Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 34.0Dido Life For Rent1.5Muse Absolution4.5Children of Bodom Hate Crew Deathroll3.0A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step4.5Thursday War All the Time4.0Iron Maiden Dance of Death4.0Arch Enemy Anthems of Rebellion4.0Nevermore Enemies Of Reality3.0The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium3.5Mogwai Happy Songs for Happy People4.0Brand New Deja Entendu4.0Radiohead Hail to the Thief3.5Metallica St. Anger1.5Epica The Phantom Agony2.0Mostly Autumn Passengers3.5Blind Guardian Live4.0Moonsorrow Kivenkantaja4.5Fall Out Boy Take This to Your Grave4.5Soilwork Figure Number Five3.0Opeth Damnation4.5Katatonia Viva Emptiness4.5Bathory Nordland II3.0Linkin Park Meteora1.5This album did not stand the test of time for me. Whereas Hybrid Theory had a formula that deservedly made it a commercial success (regardless of whether you liked it or not), this is just Hybrid Theory 2 with too little Chester, a lot of repetition, quite angsty lyrics, ridiculously simple verse/chorus affairs, and more of that. This is the best band to come out of the nu-metal scene, and this album has let me down very much. Don't get this, it's cool once but it has absolutely zero replay value and is just boring generic nu-metal.Evergrey Recreation Day3.0This is sort of like the little brother to Symphony X. It has furious guitar leads and monstrous chug riffs, but they aren't as good as Symphony X's. Tom Englund's vocals have a similar range to Allen's, but Russ just sings better. And they like to up the tempo to similar levels, but Evergrey's tempos just aren't as interesting. In the end, they are a competent band with some standout tunes "Blinded", but this is still a band that should always be playing second fiddle to some of the real prog stalwarts.Sonata Arctica Winterheart's Guild3.5Apocalyptica Reflections4.0More bands should play like these guys. Cello metal? That's exactly what this is, and there are few that can match these guys in pure musical skill. But the songwriting is top-notch too, and these guys aren't wankers. The compositions are terrific, being melodic yet heavy, and the occasional appearance of Dave Lombardo on some tracks just makes the whole thing a tad more exquisite. This is some really fine music, the sound of a band really starting to get into the groove, and they went on to perfect it on their next record.DragonForce Valley of the Damned4.0Amon Amarth Versus the World3.5Kamelot Epica4.0The Rasmus Dead Letters1.0Sarah McLachlan Afterglow3.0Evanescence Fallen2.02002 System of a Down Steal This Album!4.0Sum 41 Does This Look Infected?3.5Bathory Nordland I3.03 Doors Down Away from the Sun3.0Opeth Deliverance3.5Paradise Lost Symbol Of Life4.0Symphony X The Odyssey3.5Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.4.0Sigur Ros ( )4.0This album is lush. Very lush. It's like watching the snow fall on a mountain cold breezy winter day. It's like watching that same snow melt as the rivers run wild in spring. It's like watching the sun dry up rivers in the summer. It's like the leaves falling on the banks in the autumn. And when the snow comes back to fall, the circle is perfect; but this album never completes the circle. It's stuck in that winter vibe, but it's so lush, it never leaves its little comfort spot in front of the hearth. But that's right when you want to play it, and you do.Lacuna Coil Comalies3.5Pain (SWE) Nothing Remains the Same3.5Porcupine Tree In Absentia5.0Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head2.5Dark Tranquillity Damage Done4.0Meshuggah Nothing4.0In Flames Reroute to Remain3.0Avril Lavigne Let Go1.5Sentenced The Cold White Light4.0Taking Back Sunday Tell All Your Friends4.0Megadeth Rude Awakening3.5dredg El Cielo4.5Blind Guardian A Night at the Opera4.0Alanis Morissette Under Rug Swept3.0Pain of Salvation Remedy Lane4.5Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence4.5Good Charlotte The Young And The Hopeless1.5Arcturus The Sham Mirrors4.5Nightwish Century Child3.5Isis Oceanic4.0Agalloch The Mantle3.5Nile In Their Darkened Shrines3.0Hans Zimmer Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (Soundtrack)3.52001 My Dying Bride The Dreadful Hours3.5Anathema A Fine Day to Exit4.5Aesop Rock Labor Days4.0Dream Theater Live Scenes From New York4.0P.O.D. Satellite3.5Gamma Ray No World Order4.0System of a Down Toxicity4.5Sonata Arctica Silence4.0Converge Jane Doe4.0Radiohead Amnesiac3.5In Flames The Tokyo Showdown3.5Muse Origin of Symmetry3.5Kamelot Karma4.0Iced Earth Horror Show4.5Nightwish Over The Hills And Far Away4.0Blink-182 Take Off Your Pants and Jacket3.0Sum 41 All Killer No Filler1.5Tool Lateralus4.0Rammstein Mutter4.5Arch Enemy Wages of Sin3.5Nightwish From Wishes To Eternity4.0Darkane Insanity4.0Opeth Blackwater Park5.0This is probably one of the best Opeth albums, though when every album they've released is such high quality, that doesn't say much. It pretty much runs smoothly throughout and it's got a more modern edge than the previous albums. The Drapery Falls features a colossal riff and the vocal interplay on Bleak absolutely rules. It doesn't really have many uneven moments, just ones that are less orgasmic than the absolute highlights. This is a great album any prog metal fan should have, and it's a perfect introduction to Opeth's remarkable oeuvre.Ensiferum Ensiferum4.0Nightwish Wishmaster4.5Katatonia Last Fair Deal Gone Down4.5Mostly Autumn The Last Bright Light4.5After Forever Decipher4.02000 Within Temptation Mother Earth3.5U2 All That You Can't Leave Behind3.0Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven4.5Linkin Park Hybrid Theory2.0Symphony X V: The New Mythology Suite4.0Radiohead Kid A4.0Clint Mansell and Kronos Quartet Requiem for a Dream4.5Apocalyptica Cult3.5In Flames Clayman4.0Dark Tranquillity Haven4.5Coldplay Parachutes2.0Iron Maiden Brave New World4.0A Perfect Circle Mer de Noms4.0Pink Floyd Is There Anybody Out There?4.5Children of Bodom Follow The Reaper4.0Nevermore Dead Heart In A Dead World4.0Ayreon The Universal Migrator, Pts 1-23.5Porcupine Tree Lightbulb Sun4.0Dark Moor The Hall of the Olden Dreams3.0HammerFall Renegade1.5This album suffers a lot from being a power metal album. This means it's burdened with men singing like women, lyrics about dungeons, dragons, and the almighty conquest of evil (and brave metal warriors), and derivative riffs stolen from Maiden and Priest. Well, bad news, because if you hate that style, this is probably your worst nightmare. The vocalist does sound like a woman. The lyrics are cringeworthy. And, every song sounds like it came from an Iron Maiden B-side collection. It's any sane music fan's worst nightmare. Stay far, far away from this. If you want good power metal, pick up Kamelot or Sonata Arctica instead.Pain of Salvation The Perfect Element, Part 14.0Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our 3.51999 Metallica S&M3.5Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory4.5The Dismemberment Plan Emergency & I4.0Pain of Salvation One Hour by the Concrete Lake3.5Opeth Still Life5.0Blackwater Park may be the most critically acclaimed, but this album is certainly a close second, if not the best album in Opeth's oeuvre. A majestic concept album based around love, heresy, occultism, rejection, and religion, its tragic tale unfolds as the music shows an emotional depth almost unbefitting of any metal band. Opeth aren't just a technically accomplished band (though this is one of their most complex outings, and the band don't play so many songs off this live), but they are also lyrically, aesthetically, and compositionally leaps and bounds ahead of the metal scene. It's rare to come across an album that combines its pompous intents with its musical style so well that it becomes a ride for life. And it's not just heavy: some of the most exquisite parts are acoustic jazzy interludes that serve not only as a breather from the more extreme metal onslaught, but make the album a big exercise in dynamics as well. This album is highly recommended for any open-minded music fan, as it shows one of cheesiest genres at its very best. It shatters any notion of music you may have had. And for that, it may just even beat out Blackwater Park as their most historical record.Darkane Rusted Angel4.0Nine Inch Nails The Fragile3.5Tiamat Skeleton Skeletron3.0Katatonia Tonight's Decision4.5Iced Earth Alive in Athens4.5Sigur Ros Ágætis byrjun3.0In Flames Colony4.0Anathema Judgement5.0This album embodies pure and bitter pain. After the death of their mother, the Cavanagh brothers must have experienced one hell of an emotional ride, because this album was released in its aftermath, and it is nothing but breathtakingly haunting. Anathema's sorrow does not manifest itself in the form of brute force anymore, but the incredibly powerful riffs and melodies combine with keyboard atmospheres to create dark, moody soundscapes that gather over the album like black clouds. Almost every song screams in bitterness, and the lyrics deal with a seemingly endless depression. It may one of the bleakest albums ever released, but despite its gloom and doom, it is also superbly beautiful, and essential listening for anyone with only the slightest hint of interest in the dark side. A completely stupendously amazing release.Muse Showbiz3.5Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication4.0Testament The Gathering4.0Blink-182 Enema of the State3.5Dido No Angel3.0Arch Enemy Burning Bridges3.0Children of Bodom Hatebreeder3.5Children of Bodom play an interesting blend of power, black and death metal that would be refined and honed further on later releases, most notably Follow The Reaper. As it is, this is a step up the ladder, but the band was not quite there yet even though the guitar/keyboard flurries are already extremely plentiful here. The main detractor are Laiho's vocals, which are too grating and shrieky and would be better refined on later efforts. Nevertheless it's a quality metal album worth your time.Kamelot The Fourth Legacy3.0Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada4.5This would be a 5 if it was 20 minutes longer. It's still amazing, but it needs more music.Marduk Panzer Division Marduk3.0Nevermore Dreaming Neon Black4.0Britney Spears ...Baby One More Time1.0Sonata Arctica Ecliptica4.5Dark Tranquillity Projector3.0Porcupine Tree Stupid Dream5.0Agalloch Pale Folklore4.5Mostly Autumn For All We Shared4.5Pain (SWE) Rebirth3.0Mostly Autumn The Spirit of Autumn Past3.5Lacrimosa Elodia4.03 Doors Down The Better Life3.51998 Meshuggah Chaosphere3.5Damnation A.D. Kingdom of Lost Souls4.0Death The Sound of Perseverance3.5Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse3.5Iced Earth Something Wicked This Way Comes4.5System of a Down System of a Down4.0Anathema Alternative 44.0Massive Attack Mezzanine4.5Blind Guardian Nightfall in Middle-Earth4.5Symphony X Twilight in Olympus3.0Liquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment3.5Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea4.5sometimes i wander through the streets of amsterdam and i see the people walking around. then i take out my guitar and i play some chords and i try to sing. people throw me a dime because they like it.Amon Amarth Once Sent from the Golden Hall4.0Stratovarius Destiny2.0Nightwish Oceanborn5.0Rammstein Sehnsucht4.0Apocalyptica Inquisition Symphony3.5Katatonia Discouraged Ones3.01997 Metallica Reload2.5In Flames Whoracle3.5Rhapsody of Fire Legendary Tales2.5Metal for Mighty Warriors in Enchanted Lands trying to save the Fair Maidens with their Fantasy Swords / Other Magical Items and Superb Wizardry Skill.
This is the kind of power metal album that you want to hear only once. Unless you are a D&D fanatic, I don't see how anything but the LOOK I AM MALMSTEEN neoclassical fretwank could possibly do anything but irritate the listener. This is so over-the-top hilarious power metal posturing it's overbearing and annoying. Probably the worst thing of all is that these guys take it so seriously.
Well, the next time I slay a dragon in the forests, I guess I have a soundtrack.Dream Theater Falling into Infinity3.5Paradise Lost One Second3.0Godspeed You! Black Emperor F#A# (Infinity)4.0Tiamat A Deeper Kind of Slumber3.5Pain of Salvation Entropia3.5Devin Townsend Ocean Machine: Biomech3.0Sarah McLachlan Surfacing3.5Fredrik Thordendal's Special Defects Sol Niger Within4.0Radiohead OK Computer5.0This album is a classic of the 90s, for the simple reason that every song on here is amazing. The album revels in a sense of claustrophobia and angst, and even the interlude of Fitter Happier is a testament to the alienation present on the record. It personifies this, no doubt inspiring many that felt the same to pick up a guitar and write tunes. Radiohead would go gaga after this, experimenting with electronica, jazz, and other madness, but this stands as their most "tuneful" album, and where they got the mix between oddball synth influences, plain old guitar rock and bleak thematicism completely right. This isn't heralded as the best album of the 90s for nothing.Faith No More Album of the Year4.0Dimmu Borgir Enthrone Darkness Triumphant4.0Stratovarius Visions3.0Children of Bodom Something Wild2.0Within Temptation Enter4.0Symphony X The Divine Wings of Tragedy4.5Built to Spill Perfect from Now On3.0Arcturus La Masquerade Infernale3.5Nightwish Angels Fall First4.0Emperor Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk4.5Dark Tranquillity The Mind's I3.0Mogwai Young Team4.01996 Anathema Eternity3.0Tool Aenima3.0Therion Theli3.5Opeth Morningrise4.5Metallica Load2.5Pantera The Great Southern Trendkill2.5Iced Earth The Dark Saga3.5In Flames The Jester Race4.0Apocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four Cellos3.5Nevermore The Politics of Ecstasy4.5Porcupine Tree Signify4.0Burzum Filosofem4.0Neurosis Through Silver in Blood4.0Katatonia Brave Murder Day3.51995 Dark Tranquillity The Gallery4.0Enya The Memory of Trees4.0Anathema The Silent Enigma2.5Dream Theater A Change of Seasons3.5Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve4.0Natalie Merchant Tigerlily3.5Pink Floyd Pulse (DVD)5.0Gamma Ray Land of the Free4.5Opeth Orchid3.0Paradise Lost Draconian Times4.5Iced Earth Burnt Offerings5.0Hum You'd Prefer an Astronaut3.0Blind Guardian Imaginations from the Other Side5.0Radiohead The Bends5.0Ulver Bergtatt - Et eeventyr i 5 capitler4.5Rammstein Herzeleid4.0Bad Religion All Ages4.5At the Gates Slaughter of the Soul3.0Porcupine Tree The Sky Moves Sideways4.0This album tries very hard to be Wish You Were Here. The band has even bookended the title track just like PF did with Shine on You Crazy Diamond. The songs are all pretty much in a similar format, with The Moon Touches Your Shoulder being something of a Welcome to the Machine and Wish You Were Here hybrid. There are also many Gilmour-influenced spacy guitar solos. Luckily, the darker atmospheres and the ambient/techno influences save this album from being Pink Floyd, part II. Porcupine Tree would later use this prog-rock blueprint to mix it with other styles, effectively broadening their musical range. This just shows their prog-side at its best.Dissection Storm of the Light's Bane4.51994 In Flames Subterranean2.5Megadeth Youthanasia3.0Joni Mitchell Turbulent Indigo3.5Tiamat Wildhoney4.5Dream Theater Awake4.5The Cranberries No Need to Argue4.0Jeff Buckley Grace4.0Portishead Dummy4.5Machine Head Burn My Eyes4.0Emperor In the Nightside Eclipse4.5Nas Illmatic3.5Pink Floyd The Division Bell3.0Pantera Far Beyond Driven2.5Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral5.0Tori Amos Under The Pink4.0In Flames Lunar Strain3.0Vangelis Blade Runner Soundtrack3.01993 Metallica Live Shit: Binge & Purge4.5Iron Maiden Live at Donington4.0Nirvana In Utero3.5Tool Undertow3.0My Dying Bride Turn Loose the Swans4.5Blind Guardian Tokyo Tales3.5Suicidal Tendencies Still Cyco After All These Years4.0This is a remake of the 1983 self-titled album apparently, but with updated members and sound (Mike Muir, the band's frontman and leader, is the only remaining member from the old lineup.) It sure won't serve as good enough for people who have the original, but since it ran out of print, the band re-recorded it, and the sound is tight and thrashy. If you don't have the original or the reissue, or if you just think "I Saw Your Mommy" is the most obnoxious (and best) song ever, this is for you.Katatonia Dance of December Souls2.5Cynic Focus4.5Sarah McLachlan Fumbling Towards Ecstasy4.0Sarah McLachlan may be Canada's most overplayed singer-songwriter. It's good she doesn't make those kind of airwaves in Europe, because let's face it: there's only so long you can rely on singles. But she's got some really good tunes on this one, just like female singer-songwriter's ought to, and nobody can argue with choice cuts such as Possession or Fear. And in light of those songs, in hindsight maybe it's not such a bad thing she gets all the airplay she does.Carcass Heartwork4.01992 Vangelis 1492: Conquest of Paradise4.5This is one of the most epic scores ever composed. It's powerful, haunting and moving, and it fits the theme of the accompanying movie quite well. Conquest of Paradise is a tune for the ages.R.E.M. Automatic for the People4.0Alice in Chains Dirt4.5As sinister as the title sounds, this is an album that really is all about feeling low, down to earth and like dirt. Staley's drug escapades are the focus here, and it turns these songs into brutal monsters: like demons swarming him. Cantrell's off kilter, dark riffs, and the monotone vocal drawls just give everything a completely bleak feel; like the album art, drowning in a desert. I think the world will be hard pressed to find a better depiction of the aftermath of drug use than this record; I don't think the world needs to find one, because this is just the perfect soundtrack.Nine Inch Nails Broken4.0Darkthrone A Blaze in the Northern Sky3.5Dream Theater Images and Words5.0Megadeth Countdown to Extinction3.5Blind Guardian Somewhere Far Beyond4.5Faith No More Angel Dust4.5Iron Maiden Fear of the Dark3.0Paradise Lost Shades of God3.0Tool Opiate2.5Pantera Vulgar Display of Power3.5Tori Amos Little Earthquakes4.5Have you heard that one piano song with a woman singing lately? Well, if you have, it all harks back to this little gem in the end. Tori Amos did it not the first (Kate Bush says hi), but she did it the best. Winter is the best song ever spawned in female singer-songwriter land and Silent All These Years's chorus is an absolute winner. And who else could make an a cappella song about rape work without sounding whiny? Only Tori. If you want a good, emotional ride through a young woman's brain, get this. If you want a record chock full of good, catchy tunes, get this. Hell, if you don't know what you want to get at the store and you don't own this record, get this. It is one of those albums that will keep the lovers drooling and even the haters admire the quality and talent she possesses. Amazing.1991 Iced Earth Night of the Stormrider4.0Death Human4.5Nirvana Nevermind3.5Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik3.5Atheist Unquestionable Presence3.5Metallica Metallica3.0Grave Into the Grave3.5Sepultura Arise4.0R.E.M. Out of Time2.51990 Bad Religion Against the Grain4.5Slayer Seasons in the Abyss4.0Blind Guardian Tales from the Twilight World3.0Iron Maiden No Prayer for the Dying2.5Judas Priest Painkiller4.5Pantera Cowboys from Hell3.5Megadeth Rust in Peace4.51989 Blind Guardian Follow the Blind4.0Faith No More The Real Thing4.0Dream Theater When Dream and Day Unite3.0Morbid Angel Altars of Madness4.5The Cure Disintegration3.5Suicidal Tendencies Controlled By Hatred/Feel Like Shit...Deja Vu3.51988 Helloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II4.0Metallica ...And Justice for All4.0Danzig Danzig4.0Slayer South of Heaven4.5Blind Guardian Battalions of Fear4.0Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime5.0Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son3.5Pixies Surfer Rosa4.5Dead Can Dance The Serpent's Egg4.01987 King Diamond Abigail4.0Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason3.0Anthrax Among the Living4.5U2 The Joshua Tree4.5Helloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I2.0Dead Kennedys Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death3.51986 Slayer Reign in Blood5.0This album eats babies, slays the christians, and is so brutal in every possible way it's more brutal than most death metal. Tom Araya's vicious snarls are almost tuneless, and his shrieks are blood-curdling; as iffy as this all sounds, it's one of the most enduring and extreme pieces of metal. Who can forget the godly riffs of Raining Blood, or Angel of Death's fanatic opening shriek, or the race-to-the-finish tempo of Jesus Saves? It's all good, and with Dave Lombardo's vital drum performance to boot, this is simply one of the most essential metal records you can find. No metalhead should be without this one, and probably no non-metalhead either. Classic.Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time4.0Megadeth Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?3.0The Smiths The Queen Is Dead4.0Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus4.5Metallica Master of Puppets4.0Kreator Pleasure to Kill2.0Fates Warning Awaken the Guardian4.01985 Celtic Frost To Mega Therion4.0Faith No More We Care a Lot4.01984 Iron Maiden Powerslave3.5Metallica Ride the Lightning3.5Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A.3.01983 Metallica Kill 'Em All3.0Iron Maiden Piece of Mind4.0Pink Floyd The Final Cut3.0D.R.I. Dirty Rotten LP3.0Dio Holy Diver2.51982 Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance4.0Bruce Springsteen Nebraska3.5Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast4.51981 Queen Greatest Hits5.0Rush Moving Pictures4.0This is quite a solid effort from one of the innovators of the progressive movement. Has all the flaws the genre is famous for, but nevertheless is concise enough to hold up very well as an album. Trails off a little towards the end, but the first four tracks are all hammers, and The Camera Eye is no slouch either. If you like prog, you'll like this album.Iron Maiden Killers3.01980 Bruce Springsteen The River3.5Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz3.5AC/DC Back in Black2.5Judas Priest British Steel2.0Iron Maiden Iron Maiden3.51979 Pink Floyd The Wall5.0One of the big musical triumphs of Pink Floyd (the other two being Wish you were Here and Dark Side of the Moon), this is a classic album for the ages. Its incredibly bleak lyrical concept makes the music harrowing instead of flat. Gilmour's best solo (and probably one of the best guitar solos ever) appears here on the song Comfortably Numb, but it's a work that stands as a whole. It may seem rather dull at first because almost none of the initial tracks feel right as standalone songs, but once you piece the whole thing together and look at it in helicopter view, you will see that this is possibly, probably, one of the best albums ever. It's such a shame that Pink Floyd have Wish You Were Here in their back catalog, because otherwise this would be their best easily. However, this album is their glorious last stand with the classic line-up, and is highly recommended to anyone.Joy Division Unknown Pleasures4.01978 Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of Town2.51977 Pink Floyd Animals4.01976 Rush 21123.5THE TEMPLES OF SYYYYRIINX no geddy shut the fuck up you're not a banshee.
this album is full of sexcellent technical wank though. it's just that geddy lee sings about two octaves too high all the time. oh well. at least he rules on bass.1975 Queen A Night at the Opera4.5Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here5.0The most riddling album I have ever experienced, its emotional and sentimental value almost eclipses the benchmark set by its musical genius. This isn't an album, this is 45 minutes of pure genius, describing insanity, society, and humanity with the most meticulous of lyrics. Musically, it is one big waterfall, with each song segueing so easily into the next, it might as well have been recorded as one track. However, the highlight is Welcome to the Machine, not only notable for Gilmour's ascending backing vocals, but also for its excruciatingly sardonic lyrics. Is it the best album of all time? Hard to say, but it's as close as any album will ever come, and that is saying something.Camel The Snow Goose4.51974 Queen Sheer Heart Attack4.01973 Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon4.51972 Deep Purple Made in Japan4.5Yes Close to the Edge4.01971 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV4.0Pink Floyd Meddle4.0Black Sabbath Master of Reality3.51970 Pink Floyd Atom Heart Mother4.0Black Sabbath Paranoid4.5Sabbath were never as satanistic as the opinion of their era would want the general populace to believe. But their inventive use of Diabolus in Musica (also known as the tritone) created this muddy, evil sound every other metal band has wanted to replicate, and many have ripped the band off in the process. However, Sabbath did it first, and best, as the songwriting is ace and Ozzy doesn't sound nearly as annoying as he would on other Sabbath/solo records. And for that, this will stand as the album that changed the face of heavy metal into what it became.Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water4.51969 Pink Floyd Ummagumma4.0King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King4.51968 Simon and Garfunkel Bookends3.51967 Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn4.51966 Simon and Garfunkel Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme3.5Simon and Garfunkel Sounds of Silence3.51964 Simon and Garfunkel Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.4.0
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