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My 5/5 Ratings - No Racism

12 albums. 7 metal albums. I'm diverse.
Pale Folklore

This was not an instant classic for me. In fact, this was my least favorite Agalloch release for a very long
time. About a year after I first heard it, however, it clicked. The mix of black metal, folk, and post-rock
displayed flawlessly in this album's 65-minute run time. I can pull a Crysis and say that this is the
soundtrack to being lost in dismal, yet beautiful autumn forest.
2Blind Guardian
A Night At the Opera

Epic, grandiose, cheesey...this is the perfect power metal album if you ask me. Maybe it's a bit over the
top, but it's executed damn well. Plus each member of the band gives near-flawless performances.
3Dream Theater

Took me over two years, but i've decided that this is my favorite album by Dream Theater. As much as I
love Rudess' wankery, I've really been preferring Moore-era DT much more than Rudess-era DT.
the big drawn-out instrumental passages are still present, there is a greater emphasis on songwriting
the albums he was present on, especially on Awake. This is also their darkest, moodiest, and arguably
emotional record. It's almost oppopsite of what DT haters accuse the band of...almost.
4Dream Theater
Images and Words

Metropolis and Learning to Live are good enough for this to warrant a 5/5.
El Cielo

I'm constantly on the fence with this album. The middle of the album is easily weaker than the first few
and last few tracks, but in the end the fantastic bookends are enough for this to warrant a 5/5. The
band work together to craft a chilling, epic masterpiece which feels as sorrowful as it is triumphant.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About

Worship and Tribute may theoretically be the "better album" but the raw emotion contained within this
is unmatched. This album has helped me through some tough times and will most likely always have a
special place in my heart. The end of the title track chills me every time...Palumbo manages to sound so
pained and hopeless in the most beautiful way imaginable.
7Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada

I got this about a week ago. Unlike F# A# ?, this had a very immediate effect on me. It may not be as
"terrifying" as F# A# ? is, but it's a much easier listen, and it's more impressive on a musical scale. Gave
this two back-to-back listens today, and I lost count of how many times I was given goose-bumps.
part in BBF3 where the title character starts raving insanely backed by the swelling and intensifying
orchestrations is perfect.
8Kayo Dot
Choirs of the Eye

Toby Driver is one of my all-time favorite musicians. I'm not huge fans of the other two Kayo Dot
but Choirs of the Eye is certainly one of the most challenging listens i've come across. Though it took a
while for me to fully appreciate it, this is one of the most brilliantly composed albums of all time. I
to find words that do this album justice.
9maudlin of the Well

Another brilliant Toby Driver project, spanning a very wide amount of genres. On paper, death metal
with flourishes of jazz, ambient, progressive stylings, and music which would not be out of place in
horror films seems like a trainwreck. However, unlike my previous sentence, Bath makes these multiple
genres work together flawlessly. The highly ethereal atmospheres make this best listened to when it's
given full attention, with headphones and no distractions. Geography is likely my favorite song of all
Blackwater Park

The capacity of human intelligence seems to limit the capabilities to expand upon any possible
creative aptitudes. Indeed, if one cannot even notice the facets that the ingenuities around him are
comprised of, how can he be expected to fashion a beast of his own? This inveterate sense of constraint
a great blow to the veracity of mankind?s abilities. It restrains us and holds our minds to the ground
averting any possibility of rising above ourselves to something greater; something not fathomed by the
conventional mind. This concept of seeking to go beyond one?s self, known as ?transcendence?, is
essentially a gateway to unlocking pieces of ourselves that can lead to some of the most elaborate and
significant creations of our world. For many, this quest to transcend and form creations that were once
considered unthinkable and overwhelming consumes life. Certainly it is rare to find such people, but
they are found, creative barriers are destroyed.
Still Life

I lurves me Opeth

Took me over a year to fully grasp this album, but when I did it became my favorite Thrice album. I
feel like writing any more so i'm just gonna say that The Earth Will Shake and For Miles are the two best
Thrice songs.
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