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Sacrilegious Impalement First Three Nails3.5

Dead Congregation Promulgation of the Fall4.0
Triptykon Melana Chasmata4.0
Lost Society Terror Hungry3.0
Despite having longer songs and a touch of atmosphere more, this doesn't quite justify the band's current strengths as well as the debut. While most of the riffs range from good to great, the songs themselves could be better. The boys absolutely kill on stage though, seen them twice.
Azrael Rising Anti-Gravity3.0
Solid raw black metal, nothing too unique but God in His Blue Temple is well worth a listen.
Nuclear Omnicide Bringers of Disease3.5
Blasting death/thrash metal from Finland. The boys have certainly taken some influence from Sadus, particularly Illusions. Great start for 2014! 3.7/5

Obliteration Black Death Horizon4.5
This is what you get if Celtic Frost, Autopsy and Necrophobic had group sex. Good sex.
Inquisition Obscure Verses for the Multiverse4.0
Not as immediate a listen as the previous album, but it's an album that gets better by more listens. Inquisition are sure one of the most interesting and unique black metal bands around at the moment. 3.8/5
Carcass Surgical Steel3.5
Grave Miasma Odori Sepulcrorum4.0
Gorguts Colored Sands4.5
Colored Sands roughly sounds like Gorguts with a more dynamic production and some Deathspell Omega influences mixed in. Can't be too bad.
Speedtrap Powerdose4.0
Finnish speed metal! Powerful high-pitched vocals, effective fast riffs and catchy songs make this another great metal release of 2013.
Exhumed Necrocracy4.0
While you can't really call this original, it's obvious Necroticism-era Carcass worship
after all, but guess what? It's done damn well, so I'm not giving a fuck. One of the best
death metal offerings in 2013.
Die Schwarze Sonne Das Letzte Licht4.0
Very very good raw black metal with a distinct atmospheric edge - but without relying very much on synths, keyboards or ambient noises.
Lost Society Fast Loud Death3.5
Darkthrone The Underground Resistance3.5
Paysage d'Hiver Das Tor4.5
A long journey of distant and cold emotions, where Wintherr is the best of all.
Krypts Unending Degradation4.0
Convulse Inner Evil2.5
Voivod Target Earth4.0
I was very pleasantly surprised when I heard a few songs off this on youtube. Then I thought 'right, I NEED to get this album some time' and I did. Definitely no disappointment, Target Earth really sounds quite much like a natural successor for Dimension Hatross and Nothingface.
Church of The Dead Stay Out of My Grave3.5

Vomitor The Escalation2.0
Pretty disappointing, the attitude and evilness is there but most of the songs go nowhere.
Deathspell Omega Drought4.0
Another welcome addition of bizarre black metal with prog.
Dying Fetus Reign Supreme3.5
Brutality in more old school vein, not only speed but some beefy riffing and respectable vocals as well. A very good brutal/technical death metal release. And Trey Williams is a fucking machine gun with the drums.
Backyard Mortuary Lure of the Occult4.0
Cattle Decapitation Monolith of Inhumanity2.5
Inverloch Dusk|Subside4.0
If my expectations for this were quite high (for obvious reasons), this EP surpassed them. Containing only three songs, it feels just right. It's intriguing how Inverloch sounds much like their father band, but still somehow different. Think of "The d" and Incantation having sex, it would result like this. Much recommended if you dig either of those bands.
Overkill The Electric Age3.5
Desaster The Arts of Destruction3.5
Even if not the most unique and memorable, The Arts of Destruction is an enjoyable album that any fan of blackened thrash should give a spin.

Cataleptic Strength Within3.0
Vektor Outer Isolation4.5
holy shit
Esoteric Paragon Of Dissonance4.0
Vader Welcome to the Morbid Reich3.5
Good ol' Vader does it again - nothing new, but the old tricks are used pretty well. Despite being hardly ground-breaking and kinda samey, it's definitely a pleasant and consistent listen of thrash-tinged death metal.
Toxic Holocaust Conjure and Command3.5
Beherit At The Devil's Studio 19903.5
Probably even better than The Oath of Black Blood, raw and bestial as fuck
Deathspell Omega Diabolus Absconditus3.5

Inquisition Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical...4.0
Some of the most unique black metal today. Traditional in a good way, obscure in a good way.
Deathspell Omega Paracletus4.0
Heavy, dark, unrelenting, cold, complex, hypnotic - all to make this a great black metal release.
Destroyer 666 To the Devil His Due4.0
Whether you know Destroyer 666 or not, this is a great addition to any die-hard metalhead's collection.
Rotten Sound Napalm2.5
A decent EP, the production is painfully brickwalled compared to Exit. Haven't watched the DVD yet, though.
Triptykon Eparistera Daimones4.0
Great start for Tom G. Warrior's new band Triptykon. Essentially following the style found on Celtic Frost's Monotheist, this is an excellent example of modern metal. A mesh of doom, thrash, black and whatever that sounds natural and unique.
Immolation Majesty and Decay4.0
Overkill Ironbound3.5

Sacrilegious Impalement Cultus Nex3.5
Quite promising band from Finland. They put more emphasis on melody and atmosphere than most raw Finnish BM bands. I wouldn't call they melodic BM though, more like a bit rawer Necrophobic in that sense. Really worth a listen!
Vektor Black Future5.0
This simply wipes the floor with every other thrash release that has come out after 1992. Damn son.
Megadeth Endgame3.5
Clearly the best Magedeth record since the phenomenal Rust in Peace. The album has got many great tracks such as the opening duo Dialectic Chaos, This Day We Fight! and Endgame. Then there's some quite uninspired, more "regular" heavy metal songs. Album lacks the originality of old-school thrash records, even though the instrumental section is great and Dave is doing pretty nice vocals, too (by Megadeth standards, of course). No big flaws on here really, just nothing very special. Nevertheless, this shows Megadeth is not a forgettable act even these days, and obviously puts the best efforts out of the Big Four in these days.
Ascension With Burning Tongues (demo)4.0
Some genuinely interesting stuff here, sounds like Deathspell Omega, but still isn't quite a
carbon copy. They have doses of the aforementioned band's bizarreness, but Ascension resort
more on traditional black metal riffs and more intelligible vocals, which works just fine to
me. Enough of comparisons, if you're interested in finding new black metal that isn't a
cheap rip-off of countless old bands, give this (and their second album Consolamentum) a listen.
Archgoat The Light-Devouring Darkness3.5
Raw and to the point. Bestial black/death metal in vein of Beherit or Blasphemy, with some nice doomy sections.

Deathspell Omega Veritas Diaboli Manet In Aeternum4.0
One interesting record. I think the concept of making just one long song with somewhat separate parts works great, you more or less need to listen to the whole thing to get full experience. Very weird yet brutal. And above all, damn good.
Arphaxat Loudun la Maudite4.0
Cynic Traced in Air4.0
Is this death metal? No, pretty much as much as Dream Theater are. Is this progressive? Much so. Jazzy? Also yes. Metal? Yeah, I'd say so, although not the usual kind. Well, is this any good? Definitely, but make sure you're open-minded and don't expect it to sound the same as Focus, or death metal.
Acid Witch Witchtanic Hellucinations3.5
Deathhammer Forever Ripping Fast2.5
Some nice riffs here and there, but VERY one-dimensional overall.
Hooded Menace Fulfill the Curse4.0
While the album is very samey throughout, it's hardly a problem as this simply is some quality death doom.
Metallica Death Magnetic1.5
Toxic Holocaust An Overdose of Death...3.5
Great modern thrash with good black metal-ish vocals and unique sound among most "thrash revival" artists. Recommended if you like various thrash metal with a dark vibe and a touch of crust punk (in a good way).
Darkspace Dark Space III4.5
On top of Darkspace's incredibly consistent discography, both quality and music-wise, Dark Space III can be called their best full-length to date. One of the most interesting black metal/ambient bands today.
Esoteric The Maniacal Vale4.5
Makes all life simply decay, frightening as fuck.
Dead Congregation Graves of the Archangels4.0
Easily one of the better death metal albums of the new millennium. NYDM done just right - by a Greek band.

Rituals of the Oak Hour of Judgement3.5
Deathspell Omega Fas - Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem Aeternum4.5
Megadeth United Abominations1.5
Inquisition Nefarious Dismal Orations4.0
It's kind of samey throughout, but if you like Inquisition or raw black metal it's a good
addition. It's surprising they don't get more recognition here, considering they are one of the
most interesting black metal bands at the moment.
Sepulchral Aura Demonstrational CD MMVII2.0
Pretty much a chaotic mesh of black and death metal, and not really in a good sense. Props for the morbid atmosphere this has though.
Vomitory Terrorize Brutalize Sodomize3.5
Some really brutal and heavy death metal. Even if nothing really spectacular, I enjoyed
basically every moment.

Denial of God The Horrors of Satan4.0
It's such a shame the band isn't more known, because this rules. Definitely some of the better black metal from this millennium.
Violator Chemical Assault4.0
One of the very best "thrash revival" albums I've heard. So a fair warning: if you're looking for something new in thrash metal, don't care, this isn't anything new. Otherwise if you like hearing some damn good balls-to-the-wall thrash with great vocals, riffs and everything, definitely do listen to this.
Peste Noire La Sanie des siecles - Panegyrique de la4.0
Excellent outing on raw, emotional black metal. Not emotional in emo way, but the deliverance of hateful, empty, raw emotions is great. Has a nice variation as well.
Doom:VS Aeternum Vale2.0
Celtic Frost Monotheist4.0
If you are waiting for To Mega Therion Part 2, that certainly won't happen on Monotheist. The album is far more akin to the doomy atmosphere of Hellhammer than "old" Celtic Frost, and doing an excellent job at that. Monotheist is more polished and less sloppy for sure, but not an inch less doomy or heavy. If you're new to Celtic Frost, honestly this isn't the best starting point unless you are familiar with doom metal and other less straightforward stuff. But if you are ready to hear some very dark yet aesthetic doom metal with hints of thrash, black and whatever, do it and give Monotheist a listen.
Vinterriket Lichtschleier4.0
Drawn and Quartered Hail Infernal Darkness4.5
Definitely one of the best death metal releases of the last decade. If you love death metal, do yourself a favour and listen to this. Now.

Helwulf Wolves of War & Blood3.0
Darkspace Dark Space II4.0
Bolt Thrower Those Once Loyal4.0
Nortt Ligfaerd3.5
1349 Hellfire2.0
Deathspell Omega Kenose4.5
Sargeist Disciple of the Heinous Path4.0
Sargeist may not reinvent the wheel with their second full-length Disciple of the Heinous Path, but it offers some very solid and varied black metal, with a good atmosphere. Six songs and no filler.
Municipal Waste Hazardous Mutation4.0
Hazardous Mutation might not have reinvented the wheel of crossover thrash. But it does contain several great riffs, fun songs and whatnot. What's best though, it simply FORCES you to damn MOSH!!
Vinterriket Der letzte Winter - Der Ewigkeit entgegen3.5
Destruction Inventor of Evil3.0
Lathspell Fascination of Deviltry4.0
Finnish band Lathspell's Fascination of Deviltry is a compilation that consists of their two early demos, namely Fascination of Devil's Art and Deviltry, in their entirety. Well worth every penny, if you can find it and you are into honest lo-fi demo black metal. Also has got a decent sound that isn't just a shitty mess.
Dusk(hungary) Deathgate3.5
Nile Annihilation of the Wicked4.0
So Nile continues mutilating your ears with another massive album.
Immolation Harnessing Ruin4.0
Far from being Immolation's best, yet this still kicks some good ass. Awesome band.
Beheaded Ominous Bloodline3.5
An enjoyable brutal death metal record, short and sweet - with some ultra-guttural vocals!
Taake Hordalands Doedskvad3.5
This is kinda weird, need more listens. Riffs and musicianship is pretty much top class.
Evoken Antithesis of Light4.5
I'm just on the edge about whether to give this a 4 or a 4.5. Either way, this is some really good and no-cheap-tricks funeral/death doom metal. Very possibly will increase the rating during more listens.

EDIT: And it's at 4.5 now. Awesome.
Horna Envaatnags Eflos Solf Esgantaavne4.0
Rotten Sound Exit4.0
Some very intensive and pissed-off shit! Excellent grind, with that Entombed-esque guitar tone and all.
Dead Congregation Purifying Consecrated Ground4.0

Rammstein Reise, Reise3.5
Very enjoyable piece of industrial metal and electronic.
Inquisition Magnificent Glorification of Lucifer3.5
Bloodbath Nightmares Made Flesh4.0
An essential old school death metal album - even if it's released in 2004, don't let that fool you. This is Bloodbath at their best, they took the punishing sound they already had and cranked it up to 11, without compromising any of their good riffs or simplistic brutality. Nightmares Made Flesh shows that you can make great extreme metal without taking things too seriously, the Swedes were certainly having a fun time recording this.
Megadeth The System Has Failed2.5
Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult Nocturnal March3.0
A solid piece of black metal, gotta listen to it some more.
Suffocation Souls to Deny4.0
Souls to Deny might not be quite as strong as the past full-lengths, but boy is it still some sweet brutal/technical death metal from the forefathers of the genre.
Deathspell Omega Si Monvmentvm Reqvires Circvmspice4.0
Behexen By the Blessing of Satan4.0
By the Blessing of Satan is a very authentic black metal album. No tricks, no flirting with excessive synths (doubt there's any), weird vocals, folk elements or anything. Just black metal, "true" kind, if you may. The production is very good, raw as it should be but not demo junk either, it's... just right. Behexen might not be utterly original, but they're great at what they do. Every fan of 90's classic black metal, give this a run!
Drawn and Quartered Return of the Black Death4.0
Hard to find bands like this today, making pretty atmospheric and genuinely evil old school death metal who still have something of their own. Check out their other albums as well.

VolkeinBlucht To Consume the Darkness Whole....3.5
Darkspace Dark Space I4.0
Some really transcendental ambient black metal - it's heavy, fast, cold, dark and especially moody. You know, we live on this somewhat friendly planet with its blue sky, but outside that, it's just dark, cold space over and over to infinity.
Toxic Holocaust Evil Never Dies3.5
Fleshgrind Murder Without End2.5
Vinterriket Winterschatten3.5
Spawn of Possession Cabinet4.0
Spawn of Possession's debut Cabinet is sure one of the better modern technical death metal albums. Immense technicality combined with pretty well structured songs and a good production that is actually not mastered loud as fuck 4.2/5
Gorerotted Only Tools and Corpses3.5
Watain Casus Luciferi4.0
One of the better 'old school' black metal albums of this century. Some really great guitar lines here, very haunting. Consistency and good production (in black metal sense, nothing too clean) are the album's strongest points.
Nehemah Shadows from the Past...4.0
Sargeist Satanic Black Devotion4.0
If you are seeking for new black metal that's honest, raw, rather atmospheric and actually good, this may well be the album for you!
Drawn and Quartered Extermination Revelry4.0
May not reinvent the wheel, but for all fans of old-school death metal and especially NYDM, this is a must-listen. Just like a few of their other albums.

Bloodbath Resurrection Through Carnage3.5
A great modern old-school death metal album with a true Swedish sound. On one hand very consistent, on the other hand the album is very samey which is the biggest flaw.
Darkspace Minus One4.0
Dio Killing the Dragon2.5
Behemoth Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond)3.0
Taake Over Bjoergvin Graater Himmerik3.5
Survived the almighty boing, this is pretty unique stuff.
Destroyer 666 Cold Steel...for an Iron Age4.5
Filled with brilliant riffs and truly bestial vocals, Cold Steel... for an Iron Age is one mean metal album. Somehow the album is filled with quite brief but epic, yet unrelenting songs. I don't know how they do that, but who cares. Genre? In a way, mix of thrash and black metal, but not really after all. Just metal that fucking slays. Unavoidable for any fan of honest metal.
Nile In Their Darkened Shrines4.0
Classic Nile, nothing else needs to be said. Somewhat combines things from the preceeding two albums.
Deathspell Omega Inquisitors Of Satan3.5
Paysage d'Hiver Winterkaelte4.5
Simply monumental, the atmosphere is quite unbelievable.
Krieg Destruction Ritual2.5
Immolation Unholy Cult4.5
Holy fucking shitschnizel, this is beyond good, beyond great.
Immortal Sons of Northern Darkness4.0
4.0 or 4.5... stupid 0.5 increments. Whatever, this rules as does most of Immortal's material.
Nehemah Light of a Dead Star4.5
Easily the best traditional black metal album I've heard in ages. Brilliant stuff!

Destruction The Antichrist3.0
Contains a number of very good thrash tunes like the opening duo of Days of Confusion and Thrash 'til Death. Sadly much of the stuff is quite uninspired and samey, not very special for thrash. Their early stuff (up to Release from Agony, that is) is definitely better. Still worth a listen or two.
Gorguts From Wisdom to Hate4.0
Very close to 4.5, will probably raise the grade along with more listens. Essential, but well it's Gorguts after all.
Sodom M-164.5
Enough epicness, originality, rawness, purity, darkness and lots and lots more combined rtogether with great yet quite simplistic music and a bit black metal like vocals, and near rperfect consistency, this album is only what it's supposed to be: fantastic. With M-16 Sodom delivers you an atmospheric, but still very original, load of thrash that is ressential for all thrash fanatics. It takes some time to grow, and doesn't impress with technical awesomeness, but when listening to this, it isn't even needed. 4.5/5
Pig Destroyer Prowler in the Yard4.0
Some of the best and most furious grindcore in existence. They know not only how to blast the fuck out, but when to incorporate some crushing, heavy riffing and a violent atmosphere.
Gorerotted Mutilated In Minutes3.5
I love how the Brits are so self-ironic with this, yet producing some quality grind with manic dual vocals.

Nile Black Seeds of Vengeance4.0
Quite massively underrated. Black Seeds of Vengeance is not only absolutely crushing, but tastefully crafted and at times even pretty melodic. Yes, the sound engineering isn't the best, but I personally dig the filthy, somewhat old school sound.
Sadly this was to be the one and only performance of Derek Reddy behind the drum kit of Nile. His playing is absurdly inhuman, both in terms of hyperspeed and creativity. Possibly my favourite drummer they've had, sorry fans of Kollias.
Dying Fetus Destroy the Opposition4.0
Iron Maiden Brave New World3.5
Decapitated Winds of Creation4.0
One impressive album from a group of underage teens! Seriously, you couldn't tell the guys
were this young haven't you read it somewhere.
Vader Litany3.5
Pretty much brutal in-your-face thrashy death metal. The production is not too good, very brickwalled. Nothing too bad though. 3.7/5
Incantation The Infernal Storm4.0
Underrated, this is basically what Incantation is all about.
Deceased Supernatural Addiction4.5
Some of the most enjoyable thrash metal from this millennium. The album is full of great riffs and interesting songs, showing also hints of death metal and yes, heavy metal here and there. It's hard to come up with a thrash album that doesn't sound like countless bands from the 80's and early 90's. If you don't believe me, I challenge you to listen to this album yourself, you won't regret it!
Bloodbath Breeding Death4.0
A great EP, three songs of good ol' straightforward death metal with no tricks.
Immolation Close to a World Below5.0
Unfortunately I have to give this a rating of five stars, I simply have no choice.
Paysage d'Hiver Paysage d'Hiver4.5
Hypnosia Extreme Hatred4.0
One extremely pissed off thrash album with touches of death metal (some of the riffs) and black metal (the vocals) that doesn't only rely on its niche of being some old-school thrash hailing the good old days. It does resemble the listener of Kreator more than occasionally, but the music is, simply put, just excellent extreme thrash that any fan of the genre should not miss.
Destroyer 666 Phoenix Rising4.5
Who the fuck gave this a 2, this is very high quality black/thrash
Deathspell Omega Infernal Battles3.5
MUCH better than the rating says. The album doesn't reinvent the wheel by any means, but it's certainly above average raw black metal. Admittedly DsO has outdone this by a big margin later, but fans of cold black metal should give this a go. The second half suffers from being demo quality (which it actually is, a demo), but it's not that bad. 3.6/5
Destroyer 666 Terror Abraxas4.0
Desaster Tyrants of the Netherworld3.0
Well worth a listen, despite the other ratings. Desaster plays a brand of blackened thrash that is more akin to the thrash side, black metal influences show in fast, powerful riffing and dark themes plus pretty quick overall pace. Don't except Tyrants of the Netherworld to be anything ground-breaking, but it's a consistent album with its highlights and no clear flaws. The epic title track is especially worth of a listen, and is likely the best deal on the album.
Watain Rabid Death's Curse3.5

Taake Nattestid Ser Porten Vid4.0
Esoteric Metamorphogenesis4.0
Not quite as good as the longer albums, for example The Pernicious Engima or The Maniacal Vale, though the styles are a little different as well. This would be the best starting point to the band though, as it's more of the "usual" doom metal.
Testament The Gathering3.5
Worship Last Tape Before Doomsday4.0
Some absolutely devastating (and SLOW) funeral doom, yet beautiful at the same time. Not in a cheesy way though.
Immolation Failures for Gods4.0
You can whine about the production, but not about the sheer quality the album definitely has. One simply does not get disappointed by Immolation.
Immortal At the Heart of Winter4.5

Metallica Garage Inc.1.5
2 Great songs? Yes. A great album? No, hell no. I'm not a huge fan of cover songs, and this album is almost completely ignoreable for me, almost. Am I Evil? and Blizkrieg covers are excellent, but IMO that's all good things here.
Exhumed Gore Metal3.5
Some truly sick stuff in the vein of old Carcass. Very chaotic but good.
Death The Sound of Perseverance4.5
Inquisition Into The Infernal Regions Of The Ancient4.5
Suffocation Despise the Sun4.0
When not quite on par with their nearly phenomenal efforts before this, Despise the Sun is still well worth getting for fans of the band and genre.
Nile Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka4.0
This is one interesting record. Very brutal and chaotic, but at the same time very atmospheric. The atmosphere on here is dare I say, quite mysterious. Even if some fans may find it bad, I think the raw sound fits the album really well. Sadly most the songs feel a bit too short, but otherwise this is some great brutal yet atmospheric death metal.
Blind Guardian Nightfall in Middle-Earth4.0
Certainly the most accessible Blind Guardian album to this point, however it's far from uninspired or generic. Strengthens my opinion that Blind Guardian is the best power metal band ever.
Incantation Diabolical Conquest4.0
Gorguts Obscura4.5
There's one word I can describe Obscura with: A journey. The album is a journey through your mind, well, the music is there too, and it's simply excellent. My only real con is that the album is perhaps a little too lengthy.
Bolt Thrower Mercenary3.5
Very hard to decide between 3.5 and 4, but I'll be conservative for now. Not as essential as most of the band's cataloque, but if you like the band this is a safe buy.
Paysage d'Hiver Steineiche4.5
One massive album... uh, demo, whatever. All songs are very different from each other, yet the result feels consistent. Top tier ambient / black metal by no other than the Paysage d'Hiver mastermind Wintherr. I'm right on the fence whether to give this a 5 or not.
Skepticism Lead and Aether4.0
Horna Kohti Yhdeksän Nousua3.0

HammerFall Glory to the Brave3.5
Children of Bodom Something Wild2.0
Ulver Nattens Madrigal4.5
Sincerely, this is one of the top black metal albums I've ever heard. Structured around lycanthropy, here you have eight songs of pure, raw, dark, lethal but still somehow beautiful black metal... I don't know how the guys did it, but this is one of the greatest things I own.
Necrophobic Darkside4.0
This is great and has a good atmosphere. This review is too short.
Destroyer 666 Unchain The Wolves4.5
Esoteric The Pernicious Enigma4.5
Emperor Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk4.5
Simply incredible. While a notch less raw and primitive than the debut, it's just as mean and evil. Just in a slightly different way.
Emperor are one of the few bands who do 'symphonic black metal' right; Adding elements that add to the music as well, and not taking away anything.
Immortal Blizzard beasts3.5
I can understand that the production puts off a bunch of listeners, it's kinda sucky. But behind that we have yet another good Immortal album with some great Morbid Angel influenced riffs. Nebular Ravens Winter and the epic Mountains of Might are noteworthy tracks.
Horna Hiidentorni3.5

Vinterland Welcome My Last Chapter4.5
Undoubtedly one of the greatest black metal albums I've heard. Vinterland has found the perfect balance between rawness, melody and atmosphere on here. Sheer excellence from start to finish, a likely 5/5 album in the future.
Gorgoroth Antichrist4.0
I must say this album took some time to grow on me, and still needs more... But I think I'm
close to have the album 'clicked' on me!
Even if only mere 25 minutes long, this album has got pretty much variety to keep a listener
interested and curious about what's coming up next.
This may not hit you at first, though, so give it a few listens at least.
Gorgoroth is one truly great song.
Pantera The Great Southern Trendkill2.5
Cannibal Corpse Vile3.0
The songs are all VERY similar, I mean it's not that uncommon amongst death metal but the songs sound way too the same. The instrumental side is good but very generic, the vocals and production are quite good though.
Desaster A Touch of Medieval Darkness4.0
Best Desaster album I've heard so far. Much more black metal and epic than their later releases, but it definitely works here. Hell, I even find this pretty catchy, although not cheesy pop catchy. Fans of the band and second-wave black metal should definitely give A Touch of Medieval Darkness a try, especially the first three songs Skyline in Flames (Intro), In a Winter Battle, the title track and the epic Crypts of Dracul. Despite being quite lengthy, 51 minutes, it never gets boring.
Cryptopsy None So Vile4.0
Whilst slightly overrated, None So Vile is still one sick death metal album essential to every fan of the genre out there.
Dark Funeral The Secrets of the Black Arts3.5
Burzum Filosofem4.0
The first four songs are great, but then comes the pretty useless 25-minute instrumental
collection of a few notes, and Decrepitude II which is not significantly different to the
part I, only that it's a bit less interesting. Aside of those, this is excellent.
Immolation Here in After4.5
Slays just like many other albums of theirs. Great atmosphere and somewhat unconventional instrumentation in terms of death metal.
Black Funeral Vampyr - Throne Of The Beast4.0
Very good underground release, contains a very haunting and well... vampiric atmosphere. Needs more love.

Summoning Minas Morgul4.5
Being my first experience about the band, this album really makes me want to hear more. A great example of how to do atmospheric/ambient black metal right. Indeed, calling this just black metal wouldn't do this album justice. If you like highly ambient music and aren't the most elite black metal purist, you should try this.
Immortal Battles in the North4.0
Another great Immortal album, while not really as good as Pure Holocaust or At the Heart of Winter. I don't really get why this gets so much dislike. The execution is a little sloppier yes, but there are a good deal of great riffs and ferocious drumwork throughout the album. The production makes some of the riffs tricky to distinguish, though. Nevertheless, this is probably Immortal at their most extreme and pure in terms of black metal, and it turned out good.
Krisiun Black Force Domain3.5
Holy damn this is HEAVY. Very very fast but still catchy and skilled.
Abigor Nachthymnen (From The Twilight Kingdom)4.0
A unique, great piece of black metal. Abigor has its roots in the Norwegian second wave
music, but have a sound of their own on here. A slight usage of female vocals and synths
here and there make up a great effect. But trust me, there's no overuse, the music is mainly
very harsh and true black metal, but with an elegant side. In a good way.
Gamma Ray Land of the Free4.5
If you don't like this album, you just suck.
Blind Guardian Imaginations from the Other Side4.0
Death Symbolic5.0
Mr. Schuldiner takes you into a totally different world with Symbolic. The Album is so much
full of everything awesome that I don't know what to say.

This is simply the best album I own. RIP Chuck.
Summoning Lugburz4.0
Kataklysm Sorcery4.0
Ulver Bergtatt - Et eeventyr i 5 capitler3.5
A very good album, but was a slight disappointment for me as the black metal - or just metal
- parts are not that many on this. The music itself is very well written though, not saying
I don't want to listen to this just because it's not all that 'metal'.

There aren't any specific flaws in the music, just the folk/black balance leans more to the
folk side. With a bit more metal parts in it and/or more of a real mixture of black/folk
(now it's more like separated black and folk parts) would make this better.

I may sound harsh, but don't be fooled: it's a great record. I wouldn't recommend this to
people who want 'real' metal, but for those who like good, ambient music that is a blend of
folk and black metal music.
Burzum Burzum/Aske3.5
Sometimes simplicity delivers, and Burzum/Aske is one such occasion. Simple riffs, basic drumming, but so good atmosphere and tortured vocals that I simply like it.
At the Gates Slaughter of the Soul3.0
A good listen, but expected way more from this. Maybe melodeath isn't my thing though.
Suffocation Pierced from Within4.5
On Pierced From Within, Suffocation managed to compose more complex songs while still retaining the brutality and quality of the two previous albums. That combined with superb performances from each member and killer production, the album is nothing short of essential... Go get it NOW, goddammit.
Dissection Storm of the Light's Bane4.5
Some really, really good black metal with good kind of melody. Not melody in your usual melodic metal sense, but something that adds to the music without taking away any of its heaviness and harshness. Actually that's what the album is: Heavy, harsh, cold but still melodic. And damn good.
Mutiilation Vampires of Black Imperial Blood4.0
As black as it gets, Vampires of Black Imperial Blood is one excellent listen - for experienced black metallers, that is. Don't be turned off by the ridiculously raw production and sloppy playing, since the songs are pure black metal gold.
Darkthrone Panzerfaust4.0
Too underrated, likely overshadowed by the phenomenal albums just before this. Panzerfaust is quite different with its more 'old school' approach, but that doesn't mean it's for the worse. The album is full of great tunes and no fillers. Variation is the album's strongest point, aside of the material itself of course. 4.1/5
Deicide Once Upon the Cross4.0
This is Deicide guys, real death metal that ain't for pussies
Behemoth Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic)4.0
Severely overlooked, even if you can't really call this original, it's still some great quality cold black metal with really nice folk elements that actually fit the music.

Marduk Opus Nocturne4.0
Excellent album, extreme speeds mixed with darkness, a hint of beauty and grim slower
parts. The sound is cold like winter in Siberia.
Gorgoroth Pentagram4.0
A superbly atmospheric album, without any cheap tricks. No bullshit, just some great black metal!
Dream Theater Awake3.5
Slayer Divine Intervention2.0
Enslaved Frost4.0
Darkthrone Transilvanian Hunger5.0
Transilvanian Hunger is, simply put, one of the most phenomenal black metal albums ever. Even with the super-simplistic approach, the listener can't do anything but be totally hypnotized by sheer, pure black metal. In terms of black metal, this is second only to their A Blaze in the Northern Sky in my books. Eternal.
Emperor In the Nightside Eclipse4.5
Cannibal Corpse The Bleeding4.0
Graveland The Celtic Winter3.0
Pantera Far Beyond Driven2.5
Incantation Mortal Throne of Nazarene4.5
Just as good as their other two high points. Some of the best very best guttural vocals ever.
Enslaved Vikingligr Veldi4.5
Far too overlooked, this is early Enslaved at their best. Five songs and certainly no horseshit. An immense atmosphere to make you think about everything mystical.
Mayhem De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas4.5
Despite all the infamous events surrounding this album, music-wise this is excellent.rCalling this one of the most talented/capable lineups (well save for the vocalist Attila) ramong the Norwegian second wave musicians wouldn't be too far fetched.rAs this doesn't really have an abysmal production, plus having a few hints of death metal, rthis would be a great introduction into black metal. Add there great songs with variation, rthat's the recipe.
Bolt Thrower ...For Victory4.0
Thergothon Stream From The Heavens4.0
Devastating atmosphere, extreme slowness, utter heaviness, bestial super guttural vocals and loads of dark emotion. Yes, this is funeral doom, done right.
Cryptopsy Blasphemy Made Flesh4.0
Don't think the production is shitty at all, probably a bit murky but that's all, I'm actually happy it's not uber clean and brickwalled to hell
Satyricon The Shadowthrone3.5
A fair disappointment after their more than promising debut Dark Medieval Times. While being oddly inconsistent - the songs themselves, too - the good parts keep this up.
Burzum Hvis Lyset Tar Oss4.0

Immortal Pure Holocaust4.5
A really, really great album of raw black metal by Immortal.
They hit the black metal scene like a meteor with their second LP Pure Holocaust.

The best single element is definitely the drumming, which is just superb, incredibly fast
and with some variation, too (enough for black metal, personally). I'm just annoyed by the
fact that I really don't know who did the drumming!!
Most people say it was Abbath who was behind the kit when recording, but there's also
statemets that it couldn't be him. Nevertheless, Abbath's vocal performance is great,
exactly as it should be in black metal. Some say his voice is annoying on this album, for me it isn't. Demonaz does his job very well as well, not anything complex (as expected
in ol' skool black) but the riffing is fast and very effective, and there's both maniac fast and slow, evil riffs.

Still, it's purely the songwriting and atmosphere that are the best things. And that's what
counts, especially in black metal. Album loses its half a point for being a little too
short. While I have nothing against short (excellent) albums, some songs could've been a
tiny bit longer. It's still great that the band didn't include anything even mediocre
material on the album just to make it longer.

Different, but just as essential as At the Heart of Winter.
Marduk Those of the Unlight4.0
You thought Marduk was all about being brutal as fuck? Wrong. Well at least for this and Opus Nocturne. Some solid traditional black metal right here with more (good kind of) melody and atmosphere than you might think.
Voivod The Outer Limits4.0
Necrophobic The Nocturnal Silence4.5
About as good as blackened death metal gets. Killer riffs.
Burzum Det Som Engang Var4.0
Death Individual Thought Patterns4.5
Death at its peak instrumentally. Even if just behind Symbolic and rHuman, Individual Thought Patterns does nothing but makes me drool liquid rgold. From start to finish.
Morbid Angel Covenant4.0
Suffocation Breeding the Spawn4.5
The trivial aspect everybody notices is the lacking production, especially when compared to
the heavy-as-the-ultimate-fuck-yet-clean-enough work Scott Burns did with their mighty
debut, Effigy of the Forgotten. Personally it isn't that bad at all, everything can
be heard pretty nicely, save for the bass drums at times. Mostly the sound is just different
and unfinished.

When you get over the "bad" production, the music on here, oh yes, is nothing but the same
old Suffocation we all love. This is absolutely NOT your lacking, uninspired successor for a
mighty debut album. No, no no no.
I can say that apart from the production this is definitely on par with the debut, if not
even slightly better.

What you shall do, is to get rid of prejudices, the production is not that bad at all. And
get this now. If you dig all-around great, very tight, vicious old-school death metal, you
will dig this. If you still don't you might just be a plain fool.
Emperor Emperor4.0
A great EP, the versions of 'I am the Black Wizards' and 'Cosmic Keys to my Creations & Times' on this might be even slightly better than those on their debut album. Love the dark production and atmosphere.
Behemoth ....From the Pagan Vastelands3.5
Demilich Nespithe4.5
When the Finns nail their death metal, it's guaranteed to be awesome. And in Demilich's case, weird as hell but induces the hardest boner.
Cathedral The Ethereal Mirror4.0
Darkthrone Under a Funeral Moon4.5
Carcass Heartwork4.0
If only all melodeath was like this. Death metal with a distinct melodic side while still not sounding like watered-down wimpy ass crap.
diSEMBOWELMENT Transcendence into the Peripheral4.5
One truly brilliant album - diSEMBOWELMENT have created a genuinely dark and devastating meld
of death, doom and darkness on here - not to mention original. Essential to anyone searching
for dark, atmospheric and heavy metal. Ambience the album creates is beyond words, listen
to it yourself.
Cynic Focus4.0
Very interesting and layered album, needs several more listens.
Enslaved Hordanes Land4.0
Katatonia Dance of December Souls3.0
A mixed bag, a few very good moments (especially Velvet Thorns (Of Drynwhyl)) but overall the albums sounds a little too long.
Satyricon Dark Medieval Times4.0
Their best and a must for anyone claiming to be a black metal fan.
Disincarnate Dreams of the Carrion Kind3.5
Rather a disappointment, lots of great riffs, solos and the atmosphere is good as well but... somehow the album lacks the final punch, unfortunately.
Coroner Grin4.0
Dissection The Somberlain4.0
Kingston Wall Kingston Wall II4.5
Gorguts The Erosion of Sanity4.5
Fuck Roadrunner for discontinuing bloody awesome metal records such as this. I'm pissed.

Brutal Truth Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses4.0
Bolt Thrower The IVth Crusade4.5
Bolt Thrower is quite an exceptional example of death metal. Musically, or technically,
the band remains pretty simple, and the tempos are mostly closer to doom metal than,
say, grind. But they make it work. Actually, it wouldn't be far too wrong to
call this a death/doom album.

For The IVth Crusade, Bolt Thrower focused more on creating a dark, desperate
atmosphere representing the horrors of war.
The album doesn't have any insane blast-fests that rip you into pieces.
Instead, it will devastate you with its melancholic atmosphere and make you think about how
lucky you are not being involved in war, or the Fourth crusade of the 13th century.
Darkthrone A Blaze in the Northern Sky5.0
My ultimate Number One black metal album ever. Fuck you all
Dream Theater Images and Words4.0
Megadeth Countdown to Extinction2.5
Immortal Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism4.0
While noticeably calmer than their later work, Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism has still got some of the band's best and most haunting riffs, and is a varied album overall. Abbath's vocals are rather typical, screechy black metal on here and thus different from the later albums, but he gets the job very well done. Props for the nice acoustic passages that seem to be largely absent on their other albums.
Blind Guardian Somewhere Far Beyond4.5
Holy shit, I thought they can't match the heights of Tales From the Twilight World. Man, I was wrong. This basically destroys all other power metal.
Black Sabbath Dehumanizer2.5
Deicide Legion4.0
What's wrong with you guys, not liking this as much as the debut? I mean, the debut is also
great, but this, holy lord, is full craziness! About as unrelenting and demonic as death
metal can be.

Iron Maiden Fear of the Dark3.0
Pantera Vulgar Display of Power3.0
Sodom Tapping the Vein3.5
Demolition Hammer Epidemic of Violence4.5
Enslaved Yggdrasil3.5
Very nice and raw debut demo/EP. More characters needed
Vader The Ultimate Incantation3.0
I usually don't bitch about lack of variation on a death metal album, but this is just way too long and samey. Not a disaster though.
Von Satanic Blood (demo)3.0
I guarantee there's no simpler black metal recording than this... yet it's not bad. How? Because it's VERY bestial and the mood is really scary.rOnly for experienced RAW black metal fans
Incantation Onward to Golgotha4.5
Incantation's debut Onward to Golgotha is simply a crushing and tormenting slam of really filthy and dark death metal with tasteful doomy passages. Absolutely essential for fans of awesome death metal. 4.7/5
Convulse World Without God4.0
Kingston Wall Kingston Wall I4.5
This doesn't have a review yet? What the serious fuck!

Cathedral Forest of Equilibrium4.5
Suffocation Effigy of the Forgotten5.0
The blueprint for all brutal death metal remains the best in the genre, and one of the very best in all of death metal.
Death Human5.0
Not quite up to the phenomenal level of Symbolic, but this is very close. Brilliance.
Beherit The Oath Of Black Blood3.5
Pestilence Testimony of the Ancients4.0
Atheist Unquestionable Presence4.5
Metallica Metallica2.5
Sarcofago The Laws of Scourge4.0
Anacrusis Manic Impressions4.5
Morbid Angel Blessed Are the Sick3.5
Unfortunately a great drop in quality from the debut. But that doesn't mean this is bad by any means; Blessed Are the Sick is mostly just different, with not quite the same approach as Altars of Madness. Will probably raise my grading with more listens.
Demolition Hammer Tortured Existence4.5
Heavily underrated, this might not be as ferocious and technical as Epidemic of Violence,
but its darker mood and superb riffs through a consistent album make this a forgotten gem.
Cannibal Corpse Butchered at Birth4.0
Man how have I, a whole-hearted death metal fan, dismissed Cannibal Corpse for this long? Butchered at Birth may not be as layered as their peers' works at the time, but it's so damn fun to listen to. So many good, meaty riffs here. Some of the catchiest Death metal there is.
Dismember Like an Ever Flowing Stream4.0
Suffocation Human Waste4.5
An unrelenting EP with many classic tracks like Infecting the Crypts and Jesus
, both of which are among my very favourite Suffocation songs. Five tracks (if you
don't count the bonuses) and zero bullshit, just the way it should be. Essential if you are
a death metal fan.
Autopsy Mental Funeral4.5
Mental funeral doesn't demolish your family jewels with lightning-fast blast beats or double
bass. It doesn't need to.

What Mental funeral does, is that it fits the name perfectly. The atmosphere is unique for a
death metal album, and every instrument makes sense at every moment. Still, Mental Funeral
is far from being an overly-polished, boring product. The raw nature is very apparent and
this is in no way a melodic metal release.

When compared to the band's another excellent output, Severed Survival, the album is
surprisingly different but still sounds like good ol' Autopsy. The consistency of Mental
Funeral is close to perfect, every track has got something of its own and fits, but still
the album feels like a book: not just a compilation of good songs, but excellent as a whole.
And the same goes for the atmosphere.

My only con would be the less badass bass guitar, which is still pretty apparent but can't
be compared to DiGiorgio's performance on Severed Survival.
Very highly recommended to fans
of old school death metal. 4.5/5
Sepultura Arise4.0
Overkill Horrorscope4.5
Bolt Thrower War Master4.0
I just gotta love the vocals. Awesome. Perfect sounding death metal with some grind parts.
Ripping Corpse Dreaming With the Dead4.0
Entombed Clandestine4.5
Carcass Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious4.5
1991 was one sick year for death metal - Human, Mental Funeral, Effigy of the Forgotten, and many others. Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious is definitely right up there, being my favourite Carcass along with Symphonies of Sickness.
Immolation Dawn of Possession4.5
Rules. Everything is top caliber on this one. This review is likely too short.
Coroner Mental Vortex4.5
Messiah Choir of Horrors4.0
Excellent old-school death/thrash metal all around!
Fates Warning Parallels3.5
A very good progressive metal album with excellent production, instrumentation and vocals. However it gets rather cheesy at points, but still easily a worthy listen if you're into prog metal.

Kreator Coma of Souls4.0
A great album, Frank Godzik definitely adds an extra punch. However the album drags a bit towards the end, but it's still well worth listening.
Slayer Seasons in the Abyss3.5
Blind Guardian Tales from the Twilight World4.5
Blind Guardian simply took my breath away with this. Awesome fusion of classic, fast guitar-heavy speed metal and old-school power metal without any cheesy use of synths. The vocals, while not quite perfected yet, are also fantastic for this type of music. 4.4/5
Iron Maiden No Prayer for the Dying2.0
Megadeth Rust in Peace5.0
Judas Priest Painkiller4.0
Anthrax Persistence of Time3.5
Clearly the most serious and progressive Belladonna-era album of theirs. Definitely a grower, my rating now is a borderline 3.5/4. Might well rise in the future.
Pantera Cowboys from Hell3.0
Deicide Deicide4.0
Entombed Left Hand Path4.5
Bathory Hammerheart5.0
Another colossal album by Bathory, the original viking metal band.
Death Spiritual Healing4.0
Annihilator Never, Neverland4.0
Blasphemy Fallen Angel of Doom3.0
As a lover of raw, filthy and dark-as-hell black metal, I very rarely complain about
production. But on this it sadly annoys me, as it's inconsistent (meaning that on some
tracks it's better/different that on some others) and most of the time much unbalanced,
oriented to the left channel (at least on my CD version). I know I sound like a douche but a
balanced L/R production is the very only thing I must have production-wise.

Otherwise, this is pretty nice slab of some really hatred-full black metal with death metal
influences. The vocals are really good, which is the best thing on this. Not your usual
Norwegian screeching, but a very dark tone he has.

Tracks worth of checking are at least Ritual and Darkness Prevails, the latter
having one of the most demonic and hateful intros ever.
Sadus Swallowed in Black4.5
I don't think any real thrash/death metal fan could not like this. Swallowed in Black is one mean piece of thrash taken to the extreme in terms of aggression and technicality. Plus excellent songs. Get.
Winter Into Darkness4.0
As crushing as it gets. Insane death doom metal. Stupid 50 characters.
Napalm Death Harmony Corruption4.0
Suicidal Tendencies Lights...Camera...Revolution4.0
Sanctuary Into the Mirror Black4.0

Pestilence Consuming Impulse4.5
Running Wild Death or Glory4.5
Blind Guardian Follow the Blind4.0
Overkill The Years of Decay4.0
Voivod Nothingface5.0
The pinnacle of Voivod's all-out space and scifi themed, bizarre progressive metal. There's simply none other like this than Voivod.
D.R.I. Thrash Zone3.5
A very fun listen with lots of great riffs on board! Some of the songs could be a little shorter, but even being slightly overlong the album keeps it up pretty well.
Carcass Symphonies of Sickness4.5
Probably one of the greatest grind albums ever. Fucking sick.
Kreator Extreme Aggression4.5
This is really an excellent album, and Kreator are here on its top musically. While the rmusicianship is near-perfect here, album lacks some of the uniqueness and originality found ron Pleasure to Kill. Nevertheless, any thrash fanatic should get this album!
Coroner No More Color4.5
Coroner are one of the few bands who never do wrong. Kick-ass technical thrash!
Morbid Angel Altars of Madness5.0
Sepultura Beneath the Remains4.5
Autopsy Severed Survival4.5
So ace old-school, a bit doom-influenced death metal.
Annihilator Alice in Hell4.5
lol at 0Thrasher0 giving this a 2, what a true thrasher
Sodom Agent Orange4.0
I'm struggling on whether to give this a 4 or a 4.5 ...

Anyway, the better production enhances the drums nicely, and the drumming is a step up from
Persecution Mania, as is the overall instrumentation.

However, bits of the dark atmosphere is lost, and Angelripper's vocals aren't as evil on
this one. That could be explained as natural progression, from a primitive group to an
advanced band. Not really flaws, as the songs are still great quality... But heck,
Persecution mania is something very evil.
Still, this rules!
Atheist Piece of Time4.0
Terrorizer World Downfall5.0
Holy hell I must have been a true pansy for not giving this a 5.

This is just too good
Bolt Thrower Realm of Chaos4.0
Toxik Think This4.5
This is insanely good. Very progressive, yet very catchy and very original. Puts a large amount of metal, let alone thrash, bands to shame.
Obituary Slowly We Rot4.0
Rules. One of the greater old-school DM albums. The guitar tone is one of the cruelest ever. A must hear for every death metal fan. It's not the fastest or most technical, but it's some real metal done just right!
Exodus Fabulous Disaster3.5
Whilst a slight disappointment, the album's variety is what keeps it interesting to listen to. First three tracks are especially great, plus the doomy "Like Father, Like Son". Would be a honest 4 had it not been a little too long. The two covers, while okay, don't really add anything to the album.
Stone No Anaesthesia!4.0
Fates Warning Perfect Symmetry4.5

Death Leprosy4.5
Deserves more credit than it gets.rWhen does this go to a 4.0....
Anthrax State of Euphoria3.5
Napalm Death From Enslavement to Obliteration4.5
Agreed, this MUST be reviewed. Sigh!
So great stuff.
Helloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II4.0
Metallica ...And Justice for All3.5
Slayer South of Heaven3.5
Voivod Dimension Hatross4.5
D.R.I. 4 of a Kind3.5
Simple and fun crossover thrash - a great balance of hardcore and metal elements.
Blind Guardian Battalions of Fear3.5
Testament The New Order4.5
Can't tell why hadn't I bothered to get this much, much earlier.
A great example of classic Bay Area thrash.
Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime4.5
Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son4.5
Stone Stone4.0
Riot Thundersteel4.0
Very exciting stuff, definitely one of the better heavy/power metal records of the latter 80's. The vocals are gold. 4.2/5
Megadeth So Far, So Good... So What!3.0
Overkill Under the Influence3.5
Morbid Saint Spectrum of Death4.5
Destruction Release from Agony4.5
With no doubt a great Destruction release. It's got a pretty good deal of variety, 7 nearly
equal songs, a nice intro plus a heavy, yet not a perfect production.
Where Destruction does win hard, is uniqueness: You can easily recognize Schmier's psychotic
vocal delivery, he sounds like a madman that accidentally managed to escape from a
madhouse. Add there a bit odd but fitting production, with even pretty audible bass.

The album really has got a creepy atmosphere that won't give up until the funny ending of
Survive to Die. A few really good examples would be the solo section of the title
track or the song Sign of Fear.

If I missed something on here, it would be the furious guitar attack of Infernal Overkill.
Vio-Lence Eternal Nightmare4.0
One of the purest thrash metal albums I've come across. No death metal influences, just very
fast and very good thrash. The vocals might turn off some, but the overall instrumentation
and great songs are enough of a reason to check this out, for anyone considering himself (or
herself) a thrash fan.
No bullshit, just 7 tracks of excellent in-your-face METAL!
Bathory Blood Fire Death4.0
Sadus Illusions4.5
Coroner Punishment for Decadence4.5
Ridiculously good, I can't see any thrash metal fan not digging this.
Razor Violent Restitution4.0
Crimson Glory Transcendence 4.5
The band evolves their sound from the self-titled debut - to different heights. Not necessarily
all-around better, just different. They score, just like with the debut.
Running Wild Port Royal4.5
Flotsam and Jetsam No Place for Disgrace4.0
Fates Warning No Exit4.0

Sodom Expurse of Sodomy4.5
Savatage The Hall of the Mountain King4.5
Jon Oliva has some of the most distinctive (and insane) vocals in heavy metal ever. Recommended? Yes, excellent album.
Kreator Terrible Certainty3.5
Even though I consider Blind Faith as one of the very best Kreator songs, the album itself is a severe step down from Pleasure to Kill. The dark and cataclysmic atmosphere is very much lost on this one, as is the cruelty.
Tankard Chemical Invasion4.0
Great, catchy thrash full of energy and humour, with some awesome vocals!
Overkill Taking Over4.0
Cacophony Speed Metal Symphony3.5
Putting aside the obviously incredible guitar playing, the songs are itself quite
interesting and enough varied. As a positive surprise, the drums are very good as well and
the bass can be heard decently. However, the lacking vocals brings this down a little for me
and so does the average production.

If you like superb guitar virtuosity combined with (mostly) interesting songs, good neo-
classical/hard rock/speed metal fusion with bits of oriental influence, pick this up.
Testament The Legacy4.5
Even when The New Order and The Gathering are really good albums on their own, somehow they don't quite hold the magic The Legacy has got. Hard to explain, this simply god damn rocks.
Voivod Killing Technology4.5
Anthrax Among the Living4.5
Coroner R.I.P.4.0
With more straightforward song structures, R.I.P. is not quite as sophisticated as
Coroner would become later on. Still, this is a genuinely great start for some of the best
thrash metal bands ever. If you enjoy GOOD to-the-point thrash metal with technical guitars,
don't miss this!
Helloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I4.5
A superb album in terms of not only power metal, but all metal. The first real power metal album delivers.
Sodom Persecution Mania4.5
My favourite Sodom album, full of evilness but never too primitive or samey. Short but sweet.
Dio Dream Evil2.5
Death Scream Bloody Gore4.0
This is where it all begun for Death and the genre itself. But even by modern standards, this stands out with its excellent riffs and quite consistent songwriting. For me this was the introduction into the genre, and this still rules.
Bathory Under the Sign of the Black Mark4.5
Quorthon, a lone man gone years ago before the day. Mindblowing, especially as this is among the first released true black metal records!
Sarcofago I.N.R.I.4.0
This is so filthy and damned record I can only like it
Sepultura Schizophrenia4.5
Great rifforama album from Sepultura, first of their three classic albums. Kicks you right in the nuts.
Infernal Majesty None Shall Defy4.0
Very interesting album, flawlessly combines a little death/black elements into excellent dark thrash. Give it a listen!
Destruction Mad Butcher3.5
Napalm Death Scum4.0
Running Wild Under Jolly Roger4.0

Saint Vitus Born Too Late4.5
This is so good that it's definitely not even funny.
Slayer Reign in Blood4.0
Metal Church The Dark4.0
A great thrash album, but to be honest, rarely touches the debut. The song structures are less layered on this, and unfortunately not really for the better. Don't get me wrong, it's well worth hearing though.
Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time4.5
Kreator Flag of Hate3.0
Megadeth Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?4.5
Dark Angel Darkness Descends4.5
Sodom Obsessed by Cruelty3.0
Metallica Master of Puppets4.5
King Diamond Fatal Portrait4.0
Kreator Pleasure to Kill4.5
Soooo awesome, brings a smile to my face every time I listen to this. This is so madness
Flotsam and Jetsam Doomsday for the Deceiver4.5
Destruction Eternal Devastation4.5
Vulcano Bloody Vengeance4.0
While nothing short of primitive really, this is very good. A great mix of very extreme thrash/death/black, take your pick. Only 23 minutes in length but more (well delivered) attitude than in 23 other bands combined. Recommended to fans of raw, somewhat old-school extreme metal.
Morbid Angel Abominations of Desolation3.5
Some genuinely evil stuff, especially the vocals. Need to listen to this more.
Sepultura Morbid Visions4.0
What's with the low rating... It's evil, punishing, fast and lo-fi, just how I like it. Bloody underrated.
Fates Warning Awaken the Guardian4.5
Crimson Glory Crimson Glory4.5
Exumer Possessed by Fire4.0
Pure, punishing Teutonic thrash metal right here. A little-known gem from 1986.

Stormtroopers of Death Speak English or Die4.0
Stormtroopers of Death proves that simple (crossover) thrash with a completely unserious sound or attitude can be awesome and heavy enough without sounding annoying. Thumbs up!
Helloween Walls of Jericho4.5
Walls of Jericho is something I would call the epitome of 'real' metal.
You've got dozens of memorable, meaty riffs, great solo work, raw speed, enjoyable drumming and even audible bass guitar. Not forgetting some soaring but epic vocals. And last but not least, in ways quite simple but so damn powerful songs.

One of the best metal albums of 1985, essential for anyone who claims to be a true metal fan.
Anthrax Spreading the Disease4.0
Celtic Frost To Mega Therion4.5
Simply badass, some great thrashin' with hints of black and death metal.
Slayer Hell Awaits4.0
My favourite Slayer album. There's a great atmosphere haunting in the background through the entire record. Sadly a bit hard to get, but definitely worth the purchase if you're into old-school thrash. Too underrated!
Megadeth Killing Is My Business...3.0
Exodus Bonded by Blood4.5
One of the most insane and best Bay Area thrash albums ever. Exodus certainly isn't as accessible
as say Metallica or even Megadeth, but this album is one brilliant blueprint of pure thrash metal.
Save for a few moments and the production, Bonded by Blood is all killer, no filler and
thus a definite must-have for anyone who isn't afraid to thrash.
Overkill Feel the Fire5.0
Kill kill kill kill KIIIIIILLLLLLLL!!!
Helloween Helloween4.0
Possessed Seven Churches4.0
Destruction Infernal Overkill4.5
Fates Warning The Spectre Within4.5
Yet another awesome Fates Warning album! Right up there with Awaken the Guardian. Absolutely one of the best releases of 1985.
D.R.I. Dealing with It!3.5
Sepultura Bestial Devastation3.0
Not a bad EP, but the first full-length Morbid Visions is definitely a step up from this. The song Antichrist is probably the highlight.

Mercyful Fate Don't Break the Oath4.0
Iron Maiden Powerslave5.0
Destruction Sentence of Death3.5
Slayer Haunting the Chapel3.5
Metallica Ride the Lightning4.5
Metallica's best and one of many great metal albums of 1984.
Dio The Last in Line4.0
Celtic Frost Morbid Tales4.0
Raw, straightforward and kicks major ass. Awesome.
HellHammer Apocalyptic Raids 1990 A.D.3.5
An interesting record, going to the very roots of extreme metal gives a special feel. Superbly primitive at times, but so doomy that it's actually enjoyable. Plus those riffs.
Sodom In the Sign of Evil4.0
Judas Priest Defenders of the Faith3.5
Metal Church Metal Church5.0
Bathory Bathory4.0
Manowar Hail to England3.5

Slayer Show No Mercy4.0
My favourite Slayer at the moment, along with Hell Awaits. So many great riffs and a unique atmosphere. Sure they would get heavier and more diverse later on, but man this is something special...
Mercyful Fate Melissa4.5
Metallica Kill 'Em All3.0
Iron Maiden Piece of Mind4.0
D.R.I. Dirty Rotten LP3.5
Exciter Heavy Metal Maniac4.0
Dio Holy Diver4.0

Accept Restless and Wild4.0
Despite being a little inconsistent, it is classy heavy metal with speed metal and hard rock touches here. Props for Fast as a Shark and Princess of the Dawn.
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast4.5
Manowar Battle Hymns4.0
Venom Black Metal2.5

Black Sabbath Mob Rules3.0
Iron Maiden Killers3.5

Saxon Wheels of Steel3.5
Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell4.0
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden4.5
Rush Hemispheres5.0
One absolutely brilliant progressive rock album. I don't think any more needs to be said, listen
to it yourself.

Rush A Farewell to Kings4.0
Rainbow On Stage3.5
A great live release from one of my favourite hard rock lineups!
Rainbow Rising5.0
Rush 21124.5
Camel Moonmadness4.5
Judas Priest Sad Wings of Destiny4.0

Rainbow Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow3.5
Camel The Snow Goose4.5
King Crimson Red5.0
Camel Mirage5.0
What the fuck is wrong with Allmusic, first they gave Camel 2/5 and then 2.5/5 for this??? Biggest piece of sacrilege ever
Gentle Giant The Power and the Glory4.5

Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon4.5
King Crimson Larks' Tongues in Aspic4.5
Camel Camel4.5
Great debut by Camel, providing smooth and well written prog rock from start to finish.

and yea that maggot who gave this 2/5 at Allmusic clearly doesn't know shit

Deep Purple Machine Head4.0
One truly fine hard rock album with some tasteful blues elements - essential for any fan of
hard rock, or, simply great old-school music.
Yes Close to the Edge5.0

King Crimson Islands3.5
Possibly the hardest KC album to rate, but when you're in the right mood, this is a very nice
Yes Fragile4.5
Definitely a step up from the already great The Yes Album, to big heights.
Deep Purple Fireball4.0
Yes The Yes Album4.0

King Crimson Lizard4.0
The 666th rating for this album, must be a sign. Very hard to decide between 4.5 and 4, but it's secondary, this is a really good album. Fans of the band should definitely not miss this.
Gentle Giant Gentle Giant4.0
The beginning of one of the best, most distinctive and consistent progressive rock groups ever.
Genesis Trespass4.5
Laugh at me for giving this a 4.5, but this is some really enjoyable folky progressive rock. The
mood is quite light for the most part yes, but at the same time adds to the mysterious feeling
which I like.
Black Sabbath Paranoid4.5
King Crimson In the Wake of Poseidon4.0
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath4.0
Deep Purple Deep Purple in Rock4.0
The First of the streak of their three best albums, and of course the legendary Mark II line-up. That said, this is just great as the next two, although containing the best Deep Purple song ever, and one of the greatest songs ever in general, Child in Time.
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King5.0
One with a decent taste in music simply can not deny the greatness of this. It's
progressive, it's deep, it's light, it's beautiful, it's strange. It's In the Court of
the Crimson King
Jethro Tull Stand Up3.5

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