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Frank Turner Love, Ire & Song3.5
Frank Turner Tape Deck Heart4.5
VNV Nation Judgement4.5
Of Monsters and Men My Head is an Animal4.0
Bruce Springsteen Nebraska3.5
Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A.3.0
Bruce Springsteen The River3.5
Eluveitie Helvetios3.5
Lacuna Coil Karmacode3.0
Frank Turner England Keep My Bones4.5
Frank Turner Poetry of the Deed3.5
Simon and Garfunkel Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme3.5
Simon and Garfunkel Sounds of Silence3.5
Simon and Garfunkel Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.4.0
Simon and Garfunkel Bookends3.5
Nightwish Imaginaerum3.0
Natalie Merchant Tigerlily3.5
He Is We My Forever4.0
The Smiths The Queen Is Dead4.0
The Birthday Massacre Pins and Needles4.0
Steven Wilson Grace for Drowning3.5
I 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?
Hans Zimmer Inception4.0
Hans Zimmer Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (Soundtrack)3.5
Dream Theater A Dramatic Turn of Events3.0
Opeth Heritage4.0
In Flames Sounds of a Playground Fading3.5
Samael Solar Soul3.0
Samael Above2.5
Samael Lux Mundi2.5
Morbid Angel Illud Divinum Insanus1.5
Snow Patrol Final Straw3.0
The Receiving End of Sirens Between the Heart and the Synapse4.0
Hate Eternal Phoenix Amongst The Ashes2.5
Black Label Society The Song Remains Not The Same2.5
Autopsy Macabre Eternal2.0
Arch Enemy Khaos Legions3.5
Amorphis The Beginning of Times3.0
Unexpect Fables of the Sleepless Empire4.0
Unexpect In a Flesh Aquarium4.0
Devin Townsend Project Deconstruction4.0
Joni Mitchell Turbulent Indigo3.5
Thirty Seconds to Mars A Beautiful Lie4.0
Thirty Seconds to Mars This Is War3.0
Primordial Redemption at the Puritan's Hand3.5
Scar Symmetry The Unseen Empire3.5
Deicide To Hell With God1.5
Warrel Dane Praises to the War Machine4.0
Battlelore Doombound2.0
Theatres Des Vampires Moonlight Waltz1.0
Epica Design Your Universe3.0
Leaves' Eyes Meredead2.5
Whitesnake Forevermore1.0
Paradise Lost Symbol Of Life4.0
Paradise Lost One Second3.0
Paradise Lost Shades of God3.0
Paradise Lost In Requiem3.0
Bloodbath The Fathomless Mastery4.0
Bloodbath Unblessing the Purity4.5
Vomitory Opus Mortis VIII3.5
Septicflesh The Great Mass4.0
Agalloch Marrow of the Spirit3.0
Enslaved Axioma Ethica Odini3.5
Enslaved Vertebrae4.0
Therion Gothic Kabbalah2.0
Therion Sitra Ahra2.0
Within Temptation The Unforgiving1.0
Rise Against Endgame4.0
Pixies Surfer Rosa4.5
Joy Division Unknown Pleasures4.0
Joy Division The Best of Joy Division4.0
Blackfield Welcome To My DNA3.5
The Haunted Unseen3.0
God Dethroned Under the Sign of the Iron Cross2.5
Amon Amarth Surtur Rising3.5
Obscura Omnivium3.0
Melechesh The Epigenesis4.0
Kamelot Poetry for the Poisoned3.0
Blind Guardian At the Edge of Time3.0
Apocalyptica 7th Symphony3.5
Avenged Sevenfold Nightmare1.5
Pink Floyd The Final Cut3.0
Porcupine Tree Anesthetize4.5
Antimatter Leaving Eden4.0
Orphaned Land The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR3.5
Nevermore The Obsidian Conspiracy4.0
Anathema We're Here Because We're Here4.5
Instant Suppression Domain.Nation4.0
King Diamond Abigail4.0
Dissection Storm of the Light's Bane4.5
Marduk Panzer Division Marduk3.0
Darkthrone The Cult Is Alive4.0
Darkthrone A Blaze in the Northern Sky3.5
Devin Townsend Project Addicted4.0
Dark Tranquillity Where Death is Most Alive4.5
The Project Hate MCMXCIX The Lustrate Process4.0
Carcass Heartwork4.0
Foo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace3.0
Arch Enemy Wages of Sin3.5
Arch Enemy Doomsday Machine3.0
Arch Enemy Anthems of Rebellion4.0
Grave Into the Grave3.5
Devin Townsend Ziltoid the Omniscient4.0
Devin Townsend Ocean Machine: Biomech3.0
Amorphis Skyforger3.0
Metallica Metallica3.0
Slayer World Painted Blood2.0
Nile Those Whom the Gods Detest3.0
Katatonia Night Is the New Day4.5
Hypocrisy A Taste of Extreme Divinity3.5
Sybreed The Pulse of Awakening2.5
it's like Fear Factory meets Samael, only with terrible clean vocals
Rammstein Liebe Ist Für Alle Da4.0
Alanis Morissette The Collection3.5
Scar Symmetry Dark Matter Dimensions3.0
Paradise Lost Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us4.0
Alice in Chains Black Gives Way to Blue4.0
Well 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..
Muse The Resistance3.0
Brand New Daisy3.0
In Flames A Sense of Purpose3.0
Sonata Arctica The Days of Grays2.5
Porcupine Tree The Incident3.5
This 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.
Ensiferum From Afar2.0
Tries 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.
Behemoth Evangelion3.5
This 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.
Porcupine Tree Lightbulb Sun4.0
Lacuna Coil Comalies3.5
Mower Make it a Double1.5
Maximo Park Our Earthly Pleasures4.0
Nine Inch Nails The Fragile3.5
Nine Inch Nails Broken4.0
Nine Inch Nails With Teeth4.0
Clint Mansell & Kronos Quartet Requiem for a Dream4.5
Pure Reason Revolution Amor Vincit Omnia3.5
Eluveitie Slania3.5
Tiamat Skeleton Skeletron3.0
Tiamat Prey3.0
Taking Back Sunday Tell All Your Friends4.0
Rammstein Rosenrot4.5
Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings4.0
Dream 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.
Dream Theater Greatest Hit3.0
Derelict Unspoken Words2.0
Scar Symmetry Symmetric In Design3.5
Scar Symmetry Pitch Black Progress3.0
Trivium Shogun3.5
Snow Patrol A Hundred Million Suns2.5
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.4.0
Lacrimosa Elodia4.0
God Is An Astronaut Far from Refuge3.0
This Will Destroy You Young Mountain4.0
Mogwai Young Team4.0
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F#A# (Infinity)4.0
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada4.5
This would be a 5 if it was 20 minutes longer. It's still amazing, but it needs more music.
Cobalt Gin3.5
Odium (CAN) At the Bottom2.5
Isis Wavering Radiant3.0
Neurosis-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 Skye4.0
HammerFall No Sacrifice, No Victory2.0
Arch Enemy Rise of the Tyrant3.5
Misguided Aggression Hatchala3.5
My Dying Bride For Lies I Sire4.0
It 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.
Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank4.0
Amon Amarth Fate of Norns3.5
Amon Amarth Once Sent from the Golden Hall4.0
Lamb of God Wrath3.0
Sentenced The Cold White Light4.0
Loren Battle Words Begin Wars2.0
I 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.
(hed) p.e. New World Orphans1.0
This is like sticking your dick in a cheese grater. Over and over. The sound that that makes is better than this record.
Void Of Silence Human Antithesis3.5
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...4.5
Neurosis Given to the Rising3.5
Summoning Oath Bound4.0
Kreator Hordes of Chaos3.0
Turisas The Varangian Way3.5
Tiamat Amanethes3.5
Tiamat A Deeper Kind of Slumber3.5
Moonspell Night Eternal4.0
The 3rd and the Mortal Tears Laid In Earth3.5
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me4.5
Sabaton The Art of War4.0
Mostly Autumn Storms Over Still water3.0
Mostly Autumn Passengers3.5
Mostly Autumn The Spirit of Autumn Past3.5
Glasgow Grin Saints of the Greatest Sin3.5
Regina Spektor Soviet Kitsch4.0
Swallow the Sun Hope4.0
God Is An Astronaut God Is an Astronaut3.0
Thursday War All the Time4.0
Brand New Deja Entendu4.0
Tori Amos Under The Pink4.0
Into Eternity The Incurable Tragedy1.5
God Is An Astronaut All Is Violent, All Is Bright4.5
Crystal Castles Crystal Castles3.5
Funeral for a Friend Memory and Humanity3.5
Steven Wilson Insurgentes4.5
Nile Annihilation of the Wicked4.0
Nile In Their Darkened Shrines3.0
The Ocean Precambrian4.5
The Ocean Aeolian4.0
Burst Lazarus Bird4.0
Edguy Tinnitus Sanctus2.5
Cynic Traced in Air4.5
Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow3.5
Neurosis Through Silver in Blood4.0
Pain (SWE) Cynic Paradise3.5
Pain (SWE) Nothing Remains the Same3.5
Pain (SWE) Rebirth3.0
Mastodon Leviathan3.5
Pagan's Mind God's Equation3.0
this 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.
Dark Tranquillity The Gallery4.0
Nine Inch Nails Year Zero3.0
Portishead Third3.0
Bad Religion All Ages4.5
Dog Fashion Disco Beating a Dead Horse to Death...Again3.0
Gojira The Way of All Flesh3.5
Vangelis 1492: Conquest of Paradise4.5
This 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.
Vangelis Blade Runner Soundtrack3.0
Amon Amarth Versus the World3.5
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago3.5
Nas Illmatic3.5
Gamma Ray Land of the Free4.5
Funeral for a Friend Hours3.0
Funeral for a Friend Tales Don't Tell Themselves4.0
The 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.
Funeral for a Friend Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation3.5
Mirrorthrone Carriers of Dust3.5
Evergrey Torn3.0
semi-prog, semi-interesting, semi-catchy, semi-good vocals, semi-well written songs, semi-boring, semi-everything kinda
Falconer Among Beggars And Thieves3.5
Metallica Death Magnetic2.0
After 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.
Howard Shore The Return of the King4.5
Amy Macdonald This Is The Life3.5
Iced Earth The Crucible of Man3.0
Yndi Halda Enjoy Eternal Bliss3.0
Evanescence The Open Door2.0
Anathema Hindsight4.5
This 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.
Anathema Eternity3.0
Anathema The Silent Enigma2.5
Epica The Phantom Agony2.0
Soilwork Figure Number Five3.0
DragonForce Ultra Beatdown2.0
Power metal: now with +50 dragonslaying, + 50 guitar masturbation, -50 songwriting, and +1010101010101101001100 homosexuality.
Enjoy DRAGON FORCE
Amon Amarth Twilight of the Thunder God4.0
This 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.
Mogwai Happy Songs for Happy People4.0
Pain of Salvation One Hour by the Concrete Lake3.5
Slipknot Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)3.0
Evergrey Recreation Day3.0
This 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.
Nine Inch Nails The Slip3.0
Enslaved Isa3.5
Snow Patrol Eyes Open4.5
Draconian Turning Season Within4.0
Amon Amarth With Oden on Our Side4.0
Cry 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.
Katy Perry One of the Boys3.0
Necrophagist Epitaph3.0
Scar Symmetry Holographic Universe3.5
Death Human4.5
Death The Sound of Perseverance3.5
Mostly Autumn Glass Shadows3.0
It'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.
Celtic Frost To Mega Therion4.0
Sigur Ros Med sud i eyrum vio spilum endalaust2.5
Atheist Unquestionable Presence3.5
Built to Spill Perfect from Now On3.0
Converge Jane Doe4.0
Pain of Salvation Be5.0
Testament The Gathering4.0
Demians Building An Empire3.5
Anathema A Fine Day to Exit4.5
To-Mera Delusions3.0
Circus Maximus Isolate3.5
Avantasia The Scarecrow3.0
Opeth Watershed3.5
Synastry Blind Eyes Bleed2.5
Nevermore Dreaming Neon Black4.0
Nevermore Enemies Of Reality3.0
Cradle to Grave Texas Medicine3.5
Behemoth The Apostasy3.0
Sarah McLachlan Afterglow3.0
Portishead Dummy4.5
Children of Bodom Blooddrunk1.5
Pain (SWE) Dancing with the Dead4.5
Pain (SWE) Psalms of Extinction3.5
Green Carnation The Quiet Offspring3.5
Mercenary Architect of Lies3.0
Tori Amos American Doll Posse3.0
Burzum Filosofem4.0
Rhapsody of Fire Triumph or Agony2.0
Meshuggah obZen4.0
Aesop Rock Labor Days4.0
Thee Silver Mount Zion 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons3.0
Radiohead Hail to the Thief3.5
Radiohead Amnesiac3.5
Gojira From Mars to Sirius3.0
Thee Silver Mount Zion He Has Left Us Alone...3.5
Cynic Focus4.5
Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 34.0
Oceansize Frames3.0
Tiamat Wildhoney4.5
Alanis Morissette Under Rug Swept3.0
Protest the Hero Fortress4.0
The Dismemberment Plan Emergency & I4.0
Hum You'd Prefer an Astronaut3.0
¡T.O.O.H.! Rad a Trest3.5
Sarah McLachlan Fumbling Towards Ecstasy4.0
Sarah 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.
Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head2.5
Dimmu Borgir In Sorte Diaboli2.5
Pain of Salvation The Perfect Element, Part 14.0
Ayreon 010110013.5
Death Cab for Cutie Transatlanticism4.0
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea4.5
sometimes 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.
Radiohead The Bends5.0
Liquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment3.5
Queen Sheer Heart Attack4.0
Porcupine Tree Nil Recurring4.0
U2 All That You Can't Leave Behind3.0
U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb2.0
Fredrik Thordendal's Special Defects Sol Niger Within4.0
The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath3.0
It'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...
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness4.0
Chevelle Vena Sera3.5
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place4.0
Explosions in the Sky All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone3.5
Katatonia Last Fair Deal Gone Down4.5
Katatonia Dance of December Souls2.5
Mostly Autumn For All We Shared4.5
Mostly Autumn The Last Bright Light4.5
Anathema Alternative 44.0
Radiohead Kid A4.0
Nirvana In Utero3.5
The Dear Hunter Act II: The Meaning of, & All Things Regarding Ms. Leading3.0
Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve4.0
Meshuggah Chaosphere3.5
Meshuggah I4.5
Meshuggah Nothing4.0
Massive Attack Mezzanine4.5
Wolves in the Throne Room Diadem of 12 Stars4.0
Moonsorrow Kivenkantaja4.5
Moonsorrow V: Havitetty4.0
Primordial To the Nameless Dead3.5
Katatonia Brave Murder Day3.5
Katatonia Discouraged Ones3.0
Muse Showbiz3.5
Agalloch The Mantle3.5
Agalloch Pale Folklore4.5
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain4.0
Kamelot The Fourth Legacy3.0
Kamelot Karma4.0
U2 The Joshua Tree4.5
Muse Origin of Symmetry3.5
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II3.5
Paramore Riot!3.5
this album basically revolves around the premise of:
here are a pair of tits for you to oogle at (o) (o)
Isis Oceanic4.0
Fall Out Boy Take This to Your Grave4.5
Anathema A Natural Disaster4.5
After Forever After Forever3.5
Wintersun Wintersun3.5
Sigur Ros Agaetis byrjun3.0
Sigur Ros ( )4.0
This 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.
Morbid Angel Altars of Madness4.5
Jeff Buckley Grace4.0
Anathema Judgement5.0
This 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.
Camel The Snow Goose4.5
Amorphis Eclipse3.0
Epica The Divine Conspiracy3.0
Queen Greatest Hits One5.0
Queen A Night at the Opera4.5
Amorphis Silent Waters4.0
Serj Tankian Elect the Dead2.5
Firewind Allegiance3.5
HammerFall Renegade1.5
This 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.
Porcupine Tree Signify4.0
Stratovarius Visions3.0
Riverside Second Life Syndrome4.0
Fates Warning Awaken the Guardian4.0
Kamelot Epica4.0
Kamelot The Black Halo5.0
Symphony X The Odyssey3.5
Symphony X Twilight in Olympus3.0
Symphony X The Divine Wings of Tragedy4.5
Symphony X V: The New Mythology Suite4.0
Dark Moor Tarot3.5
The 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.
Dark Moor The Hall of the Olden Dreams3.0
Radiohead In Rainbows3.5
Rush Snakes & Arrows3.5
Stone Sour Come What(ever) May3.5
My Dying Bride Songs Of Darkness, Words Of Light3.0
Porcupine Tree The Sky Moves Sideways4.0
This 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.
Tori Amos Little Earthquakes4.5
Have 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.
Ulver Bergtatt4.5
Apocalyptica Worlds Collide3.5
3 Mile Scream A Prelude to Our Demise3.0
Nightwish Dark Passion Play3.5
Nevermore The Politics of Ecstasy4.5
Mastodon Blood Mountain4.0
dredg El Cielo4.5
Between the Buried and Me Colors2.0
too long, too boring, too complex, too pretentious, the vocals are fucking awful, all in all: too much
AC/DC Back in Black2.5
Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus4.5
Rhapsody of Fire Legendary Tales2.5
Metal 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.
Anthrax Among the Living4.5
Kamelot Ghost Opera3.5
Kamelot One Cold Winter's Night4.0
Faith No More We Care a Lot4.0
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium3.5
Iced Earth Framing Armageddon2.0
R.E.M. Out Of Time2.5
R.E.M. Automatic for the People4.0
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King4.5
Ayreon The Universal Migrator, Pts 1-23.5
Slayer Christ Illusion3.0
Mostly Autumn Heart Full of Sky4.5
Katatonia The Great Cold Distance4.5
Pelican City of Echoes3.0
Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason3.0
Fall Out Boy Infinity on High2.5
it'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.
Lamb of God Sacrament4.0
Yes Close to the Edge4.0
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute4.0
Muse Absolution4.5
Sigur Ros Takk...4.0
Pain of Salvation Remedy Lane4.5
Eternal Tears of Sorrow Before the Bleeding Sun3.5
Dio Holy Diver2.5
Dark Tranquillity The Mind's I3.0
Iced Earth The Dark Saga3.5
Stratovarius Destiny2.0
Meshuggah Catch Thirtythree4.0
Blackfield Blackfield II4.5
Blackfield Blackfield4.0
Dark Tranquillity Haven4.5
Opeth Still Life5.0
Blackwater 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.
Trivium The Crusade1.0
Within Temptation The Heart of Everything1.5
Symphony X Paradise Lost4.5
Porcupine Tree Deadwing4.0
Lamb of God Ashes of the Wake3.5
Pain of Salvation Scarsick4.5
Angry 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.
Tristania Illumination3.5
Paradise Lost Draconian Times4.5
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos3.5
Machine Head The Blackening3.5
Emperor In the Nightside Eclipse4.5
Sonata Arctica Unia4.0
Muse Black Holes and Revelations4.0
Pink Floyd The Wall5.0
One 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.
Pelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...3.5
Megadeth United Abominations2.5
Dream Theater Awake4.5
Dark Tranquillity Fiction4.5
Machine Head Burn My Eyes4.0
Katatonia Viva Emptiness4.5
Into Eternity The Scattering of Ashes2.0
Rammstein Reise, Reise4.0
Opeth Damnation4.5
After Forever Decipher4.0
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet5.0
Pure 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.
Iced Earth Something Wicked This Way Comes4.5
Porcupine Tree In Absentia5.0
Nightwish Oceanborn5.0
Gamma Ray No World Order4.0
Dream Theater Falling into Infinity3.5
Breaking Benjamin Phobia2.0
DragonForce Valley of the Damned4.0
Dead Can Dance The Serpent's Egg4.0
Dark Tranquillity Character4.5
RA 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 out
Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime5.0
Iron Maiden Powerslave3.5
Iced Earth Alive in Athens4.5
Within Temptation Enter4.0
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon4.5
Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence4.5
Relient K Mmhmm3.5
Pantera Vulgar Display of Power3.5
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory4.5
Katatonia Tonight's Decision4.5
Sonata Arctica Ecliptica4.5
Opeth Ghost Reveries4.5
Arcturus The Sham Mirrors4.5
In Flames Reroute to Remain3.0
Dream Theater Train of Thought4.0
Evanescence Fallen2.0
Blind Guardian Follow the Blind4.0
In Flames Colony4.0
Apocalyptica Apocalyptica5.0
Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and Death3.0
System of a Down Hypnotize3.5
Iced Earth Burnt Offerings5.0
Blind Guardian A Twist in the Myth4.5
Megadeth Countdown to Extinction3.5
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast4.5
Metallica ...And Justice for All4.0
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here5.0
The 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.
DragonForce Inhuman Rampage2.5
Damnation A.D. Kingdom of Lost Souls4.0
Nightwish Once4.0
In Flames Come Clarity3.0
Sonata Arctica Silence4.0
Faith No More Angel Dust4.5
Nightwish Wishmaster4.5
Sonata Arctica Reckoning Night4.5
Dream Theater Images and Words5.0
Nightwish Century Child3.5
Within Temptation Mother Earth3.5
Nightwish Angels Fall First4.0
In Flames Clayman4.0
Pink Floyd Pulse (DVD)5.0
Dream Theater Octavarium3.0
Blink-182 Blink-1821.0
The Rasmus Dead Letters1.0
Britney Spears ...Baby One More Time1.0
Metallica St. Anger1.5
Linkin Park Meteora1.5
This 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.
Good Charlotte The Young And The Hopeless1.5
Coldplay Live 20031.5
Jay-Z and Linkin Park Collision Course1.5
Sum 41 All Killer No Filler1.5
Avril Lavigne Let Go1.5
Bullet for My Valentine The Poison1.5
Dido Life For Rent1.5
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory2.0
Coldplay Parachutes2.0
Children of Bodom Something Wild2.0
Helloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I2.0
Judas Priest British Steel2.0
Coldplay X & Y2.0
3 Doors Down Seventeen Days2.0
Panic! At the Disco A Fever You Can't Sweat Out2.0
Kreator Pleasure to Kill2.0
Within Temptation The Silent Force2.0
Epica Consign to Oblivion2.0
Pantera Far Beyond Driven2.5
Tool Opiate2.5
In Flames Soundtrack to Your Escape2.5
Taking Back Sunday Where You Want To Be2.5
Metallica Reload2.5
Pantera The Great Southern Trendkill2.5
Metallica Load2.5
Mudvayne Lost and Found2.5
Iron Maiden No Prayer for the Dying2.5
Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of Town2.5
Children of Bodom Are You Dead Yet?2.5
Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium2.5
In Flames Subterranean2.5
Metallica Kill 'Em All3.0
Tool Aenima3.0
Blink-182 Take Off Your Pants and Jacket3.0
Tool Undertow3.0
Megadeth Youthanasia3.0
Megadeth Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?3.0
Children of Bodom Hate Crew Deathroll3.0
Iron Maiden Killers3.0
Pink Floyd The Division Bell3.0
Iron Maiden Fear of the Dark3.0
At the Gates Slaughter of the Soul3.0
Dream Theater When Dream and Day Unite3.0
Opeth Orchid3.0
Static-X Shadow Zone3.0
Fall Out Boy From Under the Cork Tree3.0
Dido No Angel3.0
3 Doors Down Away From The Sun3.0
Arcturus Sideshow Symphonies3.0
Arch Enemy Burning Bridges3.0
In Flames Lunar Strain3.0
Cartel Chroma3.0
Blind Guardian Tales from the Twilight World3.0
Cartel The Ransom EP3.0
D.R.I. Dirty Rotten LP3.0
Bathory Nordland I3.0
Bathory Nordland II3.0
Iced Earth The Glorious Burden3.0
Barlow, 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.
Dark Tranquillity Projector3.0
Pantera Cowboys from Hell3.5
Metallica Ride the Lightning3.5
Blink-182 Enema of the State3.5
Sum 41 Does This Look Infected?3.5
The Cure Disintegration3.5
Dream Theater A Change of Seasons3.5
Nirvana Nevermind3.5
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden3.5
Black Sabbath Master of Reality3.5
Apocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four Cellos3.5
Apocalyptica Inquisition Symphony3.5
Children of Bodom Hatebreeder3.5
Children 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.
Rush 21123.5
THE 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.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik3.5
Arcturus La Masquerade Infernale3.5
In Flames Whoracle3.5
Opeth Deliverance3.5
Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse3.5
System of a Down Mezmerize3.5
Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son3.5
Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz3.5
Megadeth Rude Awakening3.5
3 Doors Down The Better Life3.5
Metallica S&M3.5
Sarah McLachlan Surfacing3.5
Sonata Arctica Winterheart's Guild3.5
In Flames The Tokyo Showdown3.5
Suicidal Tendencies Controlled By Hatred/Feel Like Shit...Deja Vu3.5
P.O.D. Satellite3.5
Pain of Salvation Entropia3.5
Apocalyptica Cult3.5
Ensiferum Iron3.5
Anberlin Never Take Friendship Personal3.5
Dead Kennedys Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death3.5
Tool 10,000 Days3.5
My Dying Bride The Dreadful Hours3.5
Blind Guardian Tokyo Tales3.5
Therion Theli3.5
Iron Maiden Dance of Death4.0
Tool Lateralus4.0
Metallica Master of Puppets4.0
System of a Down System of a Down4.0
System of a Down Steal This Album!4.0
In Flames The Jester Race4.0
Children of Bodom Follow The Reaper4.0
Pink Floyd Animals4.0
Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time4.0
Slayer Seasons in the Abyss4.0
Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication4.0
Damageplan New Found Power4.0
Iced Earth Night of the Stormrider4.0
Sepultura Arise4.0
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV4.0
Rush Moving Pictures4.0
This 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.
Faith No More The Real Thing4.0
Iron Maiden Piece of Mind4.0
Rammstein Sehnsucht4.0
Rammstein Herzeleid4.0
Pink Floyd Meddle4.0
Pink Floyd Atom Heart Mother4.0
Nevermore Dead Heart In A Dead World4.0
A Perfect Circle Mer de Noms4.0
Age of Silence Acceleration4.0
Iron Maiden Brave New World4.0
Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance4.0
Danzig Danzig4.0
Pink Floyd Ummagumma4.0
Nightwish Over The Hills And Far Away4.0
Blind Guardian Live4.0
Faith No More Album of the Year4.0
Iron Maiden Live at Donington4.0
Hypocrisy Virus4.0
Dimmu Borgir Enthrone Darkness Triumphant4.0
Blind Guardian A Night at the Opera4.0
Kreator Enemy of God4.0
Nightwish From Wishes To Eternity4.0
Apocalyptica Reflections4.0
More 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.
Helloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II4.0
Suicidal Tendencies Still Cyco After All These Years4.0
This 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.
Tristania Ashes4.0
Ensiferum Ensiferum4.0
Blind Guardian Battalions of Fear4.0
Darkane Insanity4.0
Darkane Rusted Angel4.0
The Cranberries No Need to Argue4.0
Machinae Supremacy Redeemer (Underground Edition)4.0
Dark Tranquillity Damage Done4.0
Enya The Memory of Trees4.0
Machinae Supremacy Deus Ex Machinae4.0
Dream Theater Live Scenes From New York4.0
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step4.5
Black Sabbath Paranoid4.5
Sabbath 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.
Alice in Chains Dirt4.5
As 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.
Megadeth Rust in Peace4.5
Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn4.5
Rammstein Mutter4.5
System of a Down Toxicity4.5
Iced Earth Horror Show4.5
Blind Guardian Nightfall in Middle-Earth4.5
Dream Theater Live at Budokan4.5
Opeth Morningrise4.5
Emperor Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk4.5
Metallica Live Shit: Binge & Purge4.5
Pink Floyd Is There Anybody Out There?4.5
Judas Priest Painkiller4.5
Deep Purple Made in Japan4.5
Slayer South of Heaven4.5
Blind Guardian Somewhere Far Beyond4.5
Nevermore This Godless Endeavor4.5
Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water4.5
My Dying Bride Turn Loose the Swans4.5
Bad Religion Against the Grain4.5
Dream Theater Score4.5
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral5.0
Slayer Reign in Blood5.0
This 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.
Radiohead OK Computer5.0
This 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.
Opeth Blackwater Park5.0
This 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.
Porcupine Tree Stupid Dream5.0
Blind Guardian Imaginations from the Other Side5.0
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