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Here's ten albums that you guys should check out. Honestly, everything here is a 4 at the very least (for me). These aren't necessarily the most unknown records out there, but they aren't recognized by the majority of the users.
1 Harmonium
Si on avait besoin d'une 5ième saison

Progressive folk. Really nice, melodic stuff. Soothing, ethereal, and heartfelt, this album skillfully depicts each of the four seasons, along with an imaginary fifth season, the mood of which is captured perfectly in the album's climax, the seventeen minute long epic, Histoires Sans Paroles. For fans of: Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, King Crimson.
The Ghost Of Heritage

Atmospheric black metal. At times, they seem kind of like a slightly more aggressive Drudkh, though they manage to create a relatively unique sound. Perfect album for this time of year. For fans of: Drudkh, early Ulver, Burzum.
The Dawn Of Dying

Thrash. Sodom's frontman pretending to be Clint Eastwood. Sounds like above-average Sodom material with some Ennio Morricone leads thrown in. For fans of: Sodom, Kreator, Megadeth.
Ein Toter fahrt gern Ringelspiel

Avant-garde/progressive. Manages to do what many Gothic rock bands try (and fail) to accomplish: create dark, classical motifs that manage to both scare and enthrall. Disturbing album, largely due to the unorthodox singing, but strangely beautiful and fragile at the same time. The klezmer motifs are really great. For fans off: I'm not really sure, but probably Comus.
5Dschinghis Khan
Dschinghis Khan

Pop. Dated German pop about Genghis Khan and other historical figures. Oddly catchy and fun, if you're not willing to take it seriously. Might become much less entertaining once the gimmick wears off. For fans of: Bonney M, 80's pop music.
Fandangos In Space

Prog. A mixture of prog rock's complexity and flamenco's festivity and danceable rhythms. If you ever wished that King Crimson or Jethro Tull would embrace Spanish motifs, this is for you. For fans of: Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Jethro Tull.
Before The Tales

Death metal. A brief shot of Swedish death metal with some hints of melody (not really melodeath, though). If only it were a bit longer. For fans of: Death, Dismember, Morbid Angel
End Progress

Ska punk mixed with black metal. For fans of: Bomb The Music Industry!, Dissection
First Utterance

Progressive folk. Much like Angizia, the vocal style here is anything but accessible and conventional, though after a few listens, one can get accustomed to it. Very haunting, but still graceful. Opeth's acoustic segments were influenced by this album, particularly the interlude in The Herald. For fans of: Opeth, Jethro Tull.
10Rick Wakeman
The Six Wives Of Henry VIII

Progressive rock. Yes' keyboardist's first solo album, and also his best. Mixes classical music and prog rock in an attempt to illustrate the personalities of each of Henry VIII's wives (in this respect, it's very successful). Unlike almost all of his later works, this album never becomes overbearingly cheesy or boring and is always a thoroughly entertaining listen. For fans of: Yes, Pink Floyd.
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