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Under The Ratings Bridge

Not albums that are criminally unknown, but albums that have a bad reputationrating/etc. that I actually quite enjoyed. They're all deserving of at least a 3.5.
1All Shall Perish
Awaken The Dreamers

Even though most people will say otherwise, this album slays. The more melodic guitar work brought a new dimension to the band, and the vocals sounded more human and expressive than on any of their other albums. Sorely underrated; on par with The Price of Existence. Can't wait for their new album to drop, by the way. Hoping some of the guitar wankery and melodic direction remains.
2Eyedea & Abilities
By The Throat

Sure, it's not traditional hip-hop, but that doesn't mean it isn't awesome. The cross-genre influences in the instrumentation bring a new dimension to the E&A sound, Eyedea's lyrics (as always) were simply stunning, and the emotional impact of the title track is amazing. I would've loved to have seen where they went after this. R.I.P. Eyedea
3Iron Maiden
A Matter of Life and Death

Said it before, I'll say it again. This is one of Maiden's strongest albums ever. The songwriting is some of the best they've ever done (Brighter Than A Thousand Suns, The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg), the atmosphere is stellar, and the music is flawless.

Just because it's not White Pony doesn't mean it's not awesome. Criminally underrated. Hexagram, Minerva, Bloody Cape and Lucky You all stand in Deftones' best songs ever, and there isn't a single track anywhere near as weak as Pink Cellphone.
5Parkway Drive
Deep Blue

This got a heap of flak for not sounding like their old releases. Hate to break it to you, but not even Parkway themselves sound like their old releases, and they never did. Joe Barresi brings out the raw, rough and heavy side of Parkway on this release-their true live sound, something sorely lacking with Adam D's homogenized triggered clean production on their previous two albums. The songwriting is nowhere near as bad as anyone says. And the bass is actually audible!
6Born of Osiris
A Higher Place

It's not as good as The Discovery, but I fail to see what's so bad about it. A Descent, Exist and Now Arise are hella catchy. A nice, fun album, and a worthy follow-up to The New Reign.

What's with the hate!? It's easily their strongest album. Once again, atmosphere is awesome, Donegan's guitar work was yet to go downhill, Draiman wasn't irritatingly childish any more. Haunted and Divide are two of Disturbed's best songs ever.

Nah, this album just needs more love. More beautiful than people give it credit for, and in all honesty I still prefer it to Blackwater Park.
In The Absence of Truth

Even the band seem to dislike this album. But nevertheless, it's still a great ride. It's goddamn hard to rank Isis' discography, but no way this album deserves the amount of hate it gets. Especially with its excellent flow, Aaron Harris' newfound drum god-status, and the suitable experimentation with cleans.
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