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Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicA Perfect Circle Mer de NomsAC/DC PowerageAlice in Chains Jar of FliesWithout question, one of the greatest music releases ever. A big call, perhaps? Well maybe, but the way this album resonates with me is profound. It had a massive impact on a very weird period of my life. The predominantly acoustic instrumentation only enhances the impact this album has had or could have on someone who has never heard it, but Layne's vocals and lyrics are what make this recording most memorable. Every track is glorious, but it's "Nutshell", clocking in at 4:19, that is this release's crown jewel. An absolute must have.Alice in Chains DirtCould possibly rank as my favourite album ever, certainly in the top three or four. Grunge has had several incredible releases under its umbrella, but Dirt eats all of them up for breakfast in every way imaginable. From sludgy, dirgy metallic riffs to eerie guitar melodies, a superb rhythm section and Layne Staley's incredible vocal talents, this record is perfect in every way. The lyrics are extremely thought-provoking as well. It's so difficult just picking a stand-out track, because they all are. "Down In A Hole", "Rain When I Die", "Dirt", "Sickman", even "Rooster" and "Would" are two singles you never get sick of hearing. An absolute masterpiece, a genius piece of work.Anathema JudgementMy "it's night-time and it's raining outside" band, and this is the album I reach for more than any other. Anathema have a number of outstanding albums, but I, much like many others, feel that Judgement is the band's magnum opus. I'd go as far to say it's one of the best albums of all time. It's always classed under the "depressing albums" title, and that's because it is, and it works in its favour. Albums can be dark and depressing lyrically, but the music fails to accompany it. Judgement however, does that in spades. That's why it works so well, why it's become the soundtrack to depressed people's lives, and why it's so damn brilliant.At the Drive-In Relationship of CommandAt the Gates Slaughter of the SoulThe crown jewel of Melodic Death Metal. One of the most brutal albums I've ever come across but an album that is also surprisingly intricate. "Blinded By Fear", "Cold" and "World Of Lies" are the standout tracks.Atmosphere God Loves UglyBen Folds Five Whatever and Ever, AmenBlack Sabbath Master of RealityThis record belongs on the Mt. Rushmore of Heavy Metal. The first two Black Sabbath albums gave birth to what is now known as Heavy Metal. FACT. Master Of Reality however, took it to another level. Iommi's guitar riffs were much heavier, and it layed the foundations for Stoner Rock, Sludge Metal, not to mention Grunge. Geezer and Bill, perhaps the greatest rhythm section in Rock/Metal ever, are at the height of their abilities and power here. This is an album that if isn't in your collection needs to be rectified right away. One of my favourites of all time. It should be one of yours too. ESSENTIAL LISTENING.Botch We Are the RomansCave In JupiterClutch Blast TyrantConverge Axe to FallConverge Jane DoeCrimson Glory Transcendence This record was released in the same year as ...And Justice For All, Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son and Operation: Mindcrime, so it isn't hard to understand why this was vastly overlooked. Transcendence is such a criminally underrated record, it's better than all three and for my money, one of the greatest Metal albums ever recorded. Fantastic musicianship, combining elements of Prog, Power Metal, even a little Glam, with Midnight's freakish vocal abilities. Outstanding work.David Bowie "Heroes"Dead Meadow Dead MeadowDeath The Sound of PerseveranceWhen I was 13 and 14 years old, I began to delve more into both Prog and Extreme Metal. I was keen to expand my taste, and having never heard an Extreme Metal album in full, this was the one I tried out first. I regret having done so, as nothing within the genre I've heard since has eclipsed the sheer brilliance and lunacy that you find on The Sound Of Perseverance. The solos are blistering, the riffs are pummelling, Richard Christy's drumming is monumental and, of course, Chuck Schuldiner. Don't ask me to go more in depth with that, because you already know why. Among the top Metal albums ever, without fucking question, technical Metal at its finest.Death SymbolicNot quite as good as The Sound Of Perseverance, but not many things are. Symbolic is still, pound for pound, one of the best albums of the genre, for many of the same reasons TSOP is. Amazing riffs, incredible solos, and Gene Hoglan giving perhaps his finest drumming performance in his career to date. Although more straightforward than what came after it, Symbolic was also the first true Technical Death Metal offering in Death's catalogue. The title track, "Empty Words", "Without Judgement", you cannot go wrong with any track on this thing. An absolute classic.Deftones Around the FurThis was the first album I bought by this band, and still remains my undoubted favourite. Many would disagree, especially the Nu-Metal detractors, as Around The Fur was the last Deftones release to be fully rooted in the Nu-Metal sound. What came afterwards with White Pony and all their future releases was fantastic, but the personal connection really wins on this one. Sounds and feels just as good in darkness as it does in beaming light, and there aren't many albums that are able to cater to both. Depeche Mode Black CelebrationDio Holy DiverThe fact that this is a 5/5 album and not even the best album Ronnie James Dio sang on in my opinion is quite breathtaking. It's amazing how a vocalist can climb aboard any band or project and record amazing material, regardless of who the musicians are. This is a true sentiment to Dio. Holy Diver is a genius record and one of the true Metal classics, one that needs to belong in your collection. Just picking a favourite track off of this is a very daunting task, but I have to give it to the title track. Dire Straits Brothers in ArmsCapturing beauty at its finest. That is what Dire Straits did best, and nothing proved it more than this absolute gem of a record. Not a single solitary second is wasted, and the length of these tracks only adds more to its allure. The whole band kills it, but of course, you cannot mention Dire Straits in a positive light without mentioning Mr. Mark Knopfler, as this record is the highest showcase of both his vocals and guitar prowess. He shows that you don't have to play at blistering speeds to be an amazing guitar player. It's also about atmosphere, and he has that in spades. The title track is still in my opinion one of the greatest songs ever, ditto with "Your Latest Trick".DJ Shadow Endtroducing...Dr. Dre The ChronicDream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a MemoryIf there's any album that HAS to be played in its entirety every time you go and listen to it, than Dream Theater's conceptual masterpiece would be it (along with a handful of other concept albums). What makes it so unique is that not only is the story integrated into the music very intriguing, but when reading/listening to the lyrics, you can actually figure out the premise. Very few albums fit this mould, and man, do these guys deliver in that sense. Also, the musicianship is downright incredible, combining blistering heaviness with a ton of melody and atmospheric passages. Stupendous stuff, and very few have managed better.Edge of Sanity CrimsonIs it an album or not? I ask this because the holy masterpiece that is Edge Of Sanity's Crimson consists solely of one track that runs for 40 minutes. Why is it a "holy masterpiece"? Because it's one of the most well executed releases ever, and what's disappointing about that is it doesn't garner the appreciation it deserves. Conceptually, it's amazing and musically, it combines Prog/Melodic Death Metal in a most astounding fashion. Could possibly be the greatest Concept album in Metal, and if you're not convinced, Mikael Akerfeldt sings on this thing.Elliott Smith XOEmperor Anthems To The Welkin At DuskExodus Bonded by BloodFaith No More The Real ThingFaith No More King for a Day... Fool for a LifetimeFrank Zappa Hot RatsGenesis Selling England by the PoundIron Maiden Iron MaidenIsis OceanicJeff Buckley GraceKarnivool ThemataKing Crimson RedKyuss Welcome to Sky ValleyMachine Head Burn My EyesMad Season AboveMastodon Crack the SkyeMercyful Fate MelissaMetallica Master of PuppetsMetallica Ride the LightningMetallica ...And Justice for AllMinistry Psalm 69Modest Mouse This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think AboutNo fanfare. No major label. No hit single. Perhaps that?s why Modest Mouse?s debut record was greeted with such little attention, and the reason why 20 years later, it has never really garnered the respect and admiration it truly deserves. To be fair, when listening to this album, it doesn?t exactly scream Top 40 or No.1 on the Billboard charts, probably because Isaac Brock didn?t want to make the kind of music that would be considered accessible for that audience. What Modest Mouse gave us instead was a gut-wrenching portrayal of isolation that one would associate with rural life. The album?s title is a pin-point accurate reflection of the music and lyrics, containing sweeping, beautiful melodies along with tense and abrasive musicianship that can make for an uneasy listen. Some might find the album?s constant theme overwhelming given its vast length, but it is nothing but: This Is A Long Drive is 74 minutes of perfection, from a band that has not put a foot wrong since its inception. Their other records are astounding, but their debut is still their creative peak, one that should be sought after wherever possible.Motorhead Ace of SpadesMuse Origin of SymmetryNeil Young Rust Never SleepsThe ultimate Neil Young album, showcasing his beautiful acoustic side for one half, only to then unleashing "Old Black" to massive enjoyment. Music rarely eclipses the brilliance Neil layed down on this tremendous release.Neurosis Souls at ZeroNick Cave and The Bad Seeds Let Love InNine Inch Nails The Downward SpiralOpeth Still LifeOverkill HorrorscopePantera The Great Southern TrendkillPearl Jam Vs.Peter Gabriel MeltPink Floyd MeddleA dimply breathtaking record. "Echoes" sends shivers up my spine like no other song..Pink Floyd Wish You Were HereI can barely explain how much this album means to me. One of my favourites of all time from arguably my favourite group.Pixies Surfer RosaPoison the Well The Opposite of DecemberPorcupine Tree In AbsentiaPublic Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us BackQueens of the Stone Age Rated RRadiohead The BendsRage Against The Machine Rage Against The MachineThis is perhaps my favourite album of all time. There's not a damn flaw on this record: absolutely mind-blowing, an prominent, powerful and exciting record that should belong in everyone's music collection.Rainbow RisingRefused The Shape of Punk to ComeRush HemispheresSoundgarden SuperunknownSteely Dan AjaStrapping Young Lad CityTelevision Marquee MoonTerrorizer World DownfallThe Afghan Whigs GentlemenThe Afghan Whigs? Gentlemen certainly isn?t going to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. An album all about the downfalls of relationships isn?t one that most would find intriguing, given that it?s an idea that has been done to death since forever, but two things: 1. it?s far more thought-provoking and personal than you?d imagine, and 2. It doesn?t really matter anyways, because musically, this record excels in all aspects. Alt. Rock is something that can be (and was, at this time) very watered down and inexcusably generic, but whatever was running through frontman Greg Dulli?s mind going into this record made this an amazing beast. Undoubtedly, his love for funk and R&B music helped (listen to ?Debonair?, the band?s only minor hit), not to mention the incorporation of strings and piano, but also that he and the band were always very determined, which is a shame considering they fell under the radar. ?My Curse?, sung phenomenally by Marcy Mays of Scrawl, is the album?s emotional peak, but it?s another emotive track ?When We Two Parted? that is this album?s highlight, a delicate, poignant epic that makes this record one of the most underappreciated and unique records of all time.The Clash London CallingThe Cranberries Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?The Dillinger Escape Plan Miss MachineThe Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric LadylandRelocate yourself to England, find the best rhythm section and make great music. Sounds like an ambitious plan that James Marshall Hendrix had when he wanted to form a group, but rather than make just great music, he and his Experience made what many would argue was the most influential and timeless rock music ever made. Whilst Are You Experienced and Axis: Bold As Love are landmark records, they?re relatively straightforward compared to the trio?s third and final album Electric Ladyland. From the straight up rock ?n? roll gems of ?Crosstown Traffic? and the astounding Bob Dylan cover ?All Along The Watchtower?, to the psychedelic freak-out of ?1983? and the extended jam classic ?Voodoo Chile?, Electric Ladyland experiments with different vibes and sounds they hadn?t yet ventured into (thanks to the prominent influence of LSD; go on, google what an ?electric ladyand? is). Its gamete of influences sets it apart drastically from their previous work and any music from that decade. It?s a supremely complete and revolutionary release, making it one of the greatest original double albums as well as the best record of the 1960?s.The Prodigy The Fat of the LandThe Smashing Pumpkins GishThe Stooges Fun HouseTherapy? Infernal LoveTiamat WildhoneyTom Waits Mule VariationsTom Waits Bone MachineTool LateralusTool Ænima4.5 superbAC/DC Back In BlackI initially had this rated a 3, but I realised I was being stupid. It really is a superb album, but it brings back a great deal of nostalgia.AC/DC Highway To HellAC/DC Let There Be RockAgalloch Ashes Against the GrainIt's very difficult picking between this and The Mantle as to which is my favourite album from these guys, but I always lean slightly more towards Ashes, partly because overall it's a heavier sounding album but it has more to do with "Limbs" being one of the most astounding Metal songs of the century. Agalloch The MantleNot as grand in my opinion as Ashes Against The Grain but still an outstanding effort.Alcest Écailles de LuneAlice Cooper Welcome to my NightmareAlice in Chains FaceliftAlice in Chains Alice in ChainsAlice in Chains Black Gives Way to BlueAlter Bridge BlackbirdAlter Bridge FortressAnathema A Natural DisasterAlthough not quite as stunning as Judgement (but pretty damn close), A Natural Disaster is still, from top to bottom, a flawless piece of work. At the time, it was the band's softest sounding record, but what we have here is a collection of beautifully crafted songs, more reliant on keyboards and ambience than guitars, which trust me, isn't a bad thing. It works ever so well. Definitely an album that, along with Judgement, is ideal for being the first piece of music you own from this brilliant band. Depends on where your music taste lies.Anthrax Among the LivingAtheist Piece of TimeUnquestionable Presence is fantastic, but this is the one that always gets me banging my head. Not as complex and "jazzy" as their future albums, a bit more straightforward, but it makes up for it by being their heaviest release and being technical as hell. Incredible stuff and definitely worth checking out. R.I.P. Roger Patterson, one of Metal's most underrated Bassists. He kills it on this.Atheist Unquestionable PresenceAudioslave AudioslaveBaroness Red AlbumBaroness Yellow and GreenBaroness PurpleBaroness Blue RecordBlack Flag DamagedBlack Sabbath 13Black Sabbath Heaven and HellBlack Sabbath SabotageBlack Sabbath Black SabbathBlack Sabbath ParanoidBlack Sabbath Mob RulesBlind Guardian Imaginations from the Other SideBob Dylan Blood on the TracksBob Dylan Bringing It All Back HomeBob Dylan Blonde on BlondeCamel MirageCandlemass Epicus Doomicus MetallicusCarcass HeartworkCreedence Clearwater Revival Cosmo's FactoryCynic FocusDarkthrone A Blaze in the Northern SkyDavid Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From MarsDavid Bowie Hunky DoryDeath LeprosyDeath HumanDeath Individual Thought PatternsDeep Purple Deep Purple In RockDeftones White PonyDevin Townsend Ocean Machine: BiomechDevin Townsend TerriaDevin Townsend Project EpicloudDire Straits Dire StraitsDire Straits Love Over GoldDismember Like an Ever Flowing StreamAlthough they are often looked down upon as being a poor man's Entombed (yes, people actually think that), Dismember's first studio effort is in my opinion better than anything Entombed ever released, not only because it's perhaps the best album to come out of the Swedish Death Metal scene, but within the whole scope of Death Metal. Every song on it is killer and the sound is extraordinary. Paved the road down for many bands to come out of the same scene afterwards.Dream Theater Images and WordsDream Theater A Change of SeasonsElliott Smith Either/OrEmperor In The Nightside EclipseFaith No More Angel DustFleetwood Mac RumoursFrank Zappa Joe's GarageGenesis FoxtrotIron Maiden The Number of the BeastIron Maiden Piece of MindIron Maiden KillersIsis PanopticonJohn Coltrane A Love SupremeJoni Mitchell BlueJudas Priest Sad Wings of DestinyJudas Priest PainkillerKatatonia The Great Cold DistanceKing Crimson In the Court of the Crimson KingKing Crimson Larks' Tongues in AspicKing Crimson DisciplineKing Diamond AbigailKorn KornKreator Extreme AggressionKreator Pleasure to KillKs Choice Paradise in MeLed Zeppelin Led ZeppelinLou Reed TransformerLynyrd Skynyrd Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-NerdMahavishnu Orchestra The Inner Mounting FlameManic Street Preachers The Holy BibleMassive Attack MezzanineMastodon LeviathanMastodon The HunterMastodon Once More 'Round the SunMegadeth Rust in PeaceMelvins StagMetallica MetallicaMiles Davis Kind of BlueMinutemen Double Nickels on the DimeMisfits Static AgeModest Mouse The Lonesome Crowded WestMr. Bungle Mr. BungleNeil Young After the Gold RushNeil Young Everybody Knows This Is NowhereNeurosis Through Silver in BloodNeurosis Times of GraceNick Drake Pink MoonNine Inch Nails Pretty Hate MachineNocturnus ThresholdsObituary Slowly We RotOpeth DamnationOpeth MorningriseEasily ranks as one of Opeth's greatest ever achievements. A must listen for any new fans.Overkill The Years of DecayPantera Cowboys From HellPearl Jam TenPink Floyd The Dark Side of the MoonPink Floyd PulsePink Floyd AnimalsPorcupine Tree Fear of a Blank PlanetPorcupine Tree DeadwingPorcupine Tree Stupid DreamPorcupine Tree Lightbulb SunPrince Purple RainQueen A Night at the OperaQueen Queen IIQueens of the Stone Age Songs for the DeafQueens of the Stone Age ...Like ClockworkRage Against The Machine The Battle of Los AngelesRainbow Long Live Rock 'n' RollRed Hot Chili Peppers By the WayRush Moving PicturesRush 2112Rush Clockwork AngelsSepultura Beneath the RemainsSlayer Seasons in the AbyssSoundgarden BadmotorfingerStevie Ray Vaughan Texas FloodStevie Wonder InnervisionsStone Temple Pilots PurpleStone Temple Pilots CoreStreetlight Manifesto Everything Goes NumbTestament The GatheringTestament The New OrderThe Alan Parsons Project Eye in the SkyThe Butterfly Effect Begins HereThe Contortionist ExoplanetStill can't believe how much I really like this album. One of my favourites from the 2010's thus far.The Cure DisintegrationThe Dillinger Escape Plan DissociationThe Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating InfinityThe Dillinger Escape Plan Ire WorksThe Dillinger Escape Plan One of Us Is the KillerThe Doors The DoorsThe Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold as LoveThe Mars Volta Frances the MuteThe Mars Volta De-Loused in the ComatoriumThe Rolling Stones Exile on Main St.The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese DreamThe Stooges Raw PowerThe Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet Underground White Light/White HeatThe Who Who's NextThin Lizzy Live and DangerousTom Waits Closing TimeTom Waits Small ChangeTom Waits Franks Wild YearsTom Waits Rain DogsTom Waits Glitter and Doom LiveWeezer WeezerWu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)X Japan Art of Life4.0 excellentA Perfect Circle Thirteenth StepAC/DC LiveAC/DC Dirty Deeds Done Dirt CheapAlan Parsons A Valid PathAlice Cooper TrashAlice in Chains The Devil Put Dinosaurs HereAmon Amarth Versus the WorldAnata The Conductor's DepartureAngra Temple of ShadowsAnnihilator Never, NeverlandAudioslave Out of ExileBad Brains Bad BrainsBlack Flag My WarBlack Sabbath Sabbath Bloody SabbathBlack Sabbath Vol. 4Bob Dylan Highway 61 RevisitedBrand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside MeBruce Springsteen Born to RunCamel CamelConverge The Dusk in UsCryptopsy None So VileDeath Scream Bloody GoreDeep Purple Machine HeadDef Leppard Vault: Greatest Hits 1980 - 1995Deftones Diamond EyesDeftones DeftonesDevin Townsend Project AddictedDire Straits Making MoviesDream Theater Train of ThoughtDream Theater Systematic ChaosDream Theater AwakeDream Theater Falling into InfinityVery underrated. Not a masterpiece, but man does this contain some truly brilliant tracks.Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner TurbulenceDream Theater Black Clouds & Silver LiningsDream Theater Dream TheaterFaith No More Album of the YearFaith No More Sol InvictusFrank Zappa Zoot AlluresGodspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero KanadaGojira From Mars to SiriusIron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh SonIron Maiden PowerslaveIsis In the Absence of TruthJason Becker Perpetual BurnJudas Priest Stained ClassJudas Priest Screaming for VengeanceKatatonia Brave Murder DayKing Crimson LizardKing Crimson Starless and Bible BlackKorn UntouchablesKorn Follow the LeaderKreator Phantom AntichristKyuss Blues for the Red SunLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IIILed Zeppelin Houses of the HolyLou Reed BerlinMastodon Blood MountainMastodon RemissionMegadeth Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?Megadeth So Far, So Good... So What!Megadeth Countdown to ExtinctionMegadeth YouthanasiaMelvins HoudiniMercyful Fate Don't Break the OathMetallica Kill 'Em AllMetallica Garage Inc.Metallica Beyond MagneticMetallica Hardwired... to Self-DestructMiles Davis Bitches BrewMinistry The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to TasteMr. Bungle CaliforniaMuse AbsolutionMuse The 2nd LawMuse Black Holes & RevelationsMuse The ResistanceMy Morning Jacket ZNeurosis The Eye of Every StormNeutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the SeaNine Inch Nails Hesitation MarksNocturnus The KeyOpeth WatershedOpeth Ghost ReveriesOpeth Blackwater ParkA bit overrated, but still a great album. "Harvest" and the title track are incredible.Opeth My Arms, Your HearseOverkill Feel the FirePantera Vulgar Display of PowerPantera Official Live: 101 ProofParkway Drive IrePestilence Consuming ImpulsePixies DoolittleQueen News of the WorldQueen Sheer Heart AttackQueens of the Stone Age Queens of the Stone AgeQueens of the Stone Age Lullabies to ParalyzeQueensryche Operation: MindcrimeRadiohead Kid ARage Against The Machine Evil EmpireRainbow Ritchie Blackmore's RainbowRammstein SehnsuchtRammstein MutterRammstein Reise, ReiseRed Hot Chili Peppers Mother's MilkRed Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex MagikRed Hot Chili Peppers CalifornicationRush Permanent WavesRush A Farewell to KingsRush RushRush Snakes & ArrowsSepultura RootsSilverchair Freak ShowSilverchair Neon BallroomSlayer Hell AwaitsSlayer Decade of AggressionSlint SpiderlandStrapping Young Lad The New BlackThe Beatles The BeatlesThe Mars Volta Scab DatesThe Mars Volta The Bedlam in GoliathThe Mars Volta AmputechtureThe Rolling Stones Sticky FingersThe Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite SadnessThe Smiths The Queen Is DeadThem Crooked Vultures Them Crooked VulturesTom Waits The Heart of Saturday NightTom Waits Blue ValentineTom Waits Heartattack and VineTom Waits SwordfishtrombonesTom Waits Real GoneTom Waits AliceTom Waits Bad As MeTool 10,000 DaysTool UndertowTool OpiateActually a better release than what some might think. Very impressive debut E.P.rYes Fragile3.5 greatAC/DC Black IceAerosmith AerosmithAnthrax Spreading the DiseaseAnthrax State of EuphoriaAnthrax Fistful of MetalBlack Sabbath Headless CrossDeath Spiritual HealingDream Theater OctavariumHusker Du New Day RisingIron Maiden Somewhere in TimeJudas Priest British SteelKendrick Lamar To Pimp a ButterflyLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IVMegadeth Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!Metallica LoadMuse ShowbizOasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory?Overkill The Electric AgePantera Far Beyond DrivenPink Floyd The WallPorcupine Tree The IncidentQueens of the Stone Age Era VulgarisRadiohead AmnesiacRed Hot Chili Peppers The Uplift Mofo Party PlanRed Hot Chili Peppers Stadium ArcadiumRush SignalsSilverchair FrogstompSilverchair DioramaSoundgarden Louder Than LoveThe Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandTom Waits Nighthawks At The DinerTom Waits Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and BastardsTom Waits Blood Money3.0 goodAlestorm Black Sails at MidnightAudioslave RevelationsGood, but weak in comparison to their first two records. Boasts some good tracks but overall it's rather bland.Dream Theater A Dramatic Turn of EventsThe only two tracks that are really good are "On The Backs Of Angels" and "Outcry", the remainder being average. Gorguts ObscuraKing Crimson In the Wake of PoseidonKorn Take a Look in the MirrorMetallica Death MagneticIf the production quality was better, this would be worthy of a 4. Musically, not a bad album however.Opeth HeritageWith Heritage, Opeth recorded a very audacious record featuring no death growls and barely any elements of a Progressive Death Metal group. This album combines classic 70's Prog with a touch of Jazz Fusion. Overall it doesn't take your breath away but perhaps in retrospect it will be looked upon more positively.Opeth DeliveranceMy least favourite of Opeth's discography. Overall it is actually quite decent in most areas but falls below par compared to other releases that the bad had output thus far in their careers. There's definitely more aggression and heaviness, but at times the record feels monotonous and some riffs drag on for a very long time, so there is a mixture of pros and cons.Opeth OrchidA good debut, despite it being rather monotonous and poor sounding. Worth checking out, but Opeth have offered us much better since.Pantera Reinventing The SteelPantera's last hurrah resulted in a sound that was heavier than ever, combing a mixture of elements and incorporating sounds from all the band's previous outings, which sounds absolutely fantastic, but in reality, it was like drinking coffee and tea at the same time. Well, maybe not that bad but it doesn't capture the skill and amazement of the first two Pantera albums. There is definitely some ferociousness that results in some memorable moments such as "Revolution Is My Name" and "Uplift" but it is let down by inconsistency. Lets put it this way: overall, it's actually good and listen after listen it gradually grows on you but this is my least favourite Pantera release and not the record I would play to introduce people to this Heavy Metal juggernaut.Radiohead OK ComputerRed Hot Chili Peppers I'm With YouIt sounds crisp, almost perfect in a way, but the overall approach isn't spectacular. I was expecting Josh Klinghoffer to show off his guitar playing and prove to everyone why he is a worthy replacement for John Frusciante but instead we were treated to Flea's bass that at times vastly overpowers the guitar. Other than that, Kiedis' vocals are great and the catchiness of the album cannot be ignored.Slayer South of HeavenSlipknot SlipknotThe Beatles Abbey RoadWeezer PinkertonYes Close to the Edge2.5 averageDream Theater When Dream and Day UniteThere's actually some good material present here ("Ytse Jam" is a major highlight) but the remainder of the album is average, but for a first time effort it showcases a great deal of potential for the future.Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on BroadwayImmolation Close to a World BelowI Don't understand all the hype that surrounds this. Listened to it, thought it was very average, not terrible but very overrated.Korn See You on the Other SideThe beginning of Korn's journey into the mediocre, if not poor string of releases that do nothing to capture the magnificence of this one time juggernaut in Nu-Metal.Metallica ReloadLoad, surprisingly, brought us a bunch of memorable tracks, more good than bad. ReLoad is split down the middle: half the songs are good, half are not. Therefore, it receives the 2.5 rating. That's it.Slayer Reign in BloodSlayer World Painted BloodTom Waits Foreign Affairs2.0 poorBlack Sabbath Born AgainLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IIRanks for me as one of the dullest and most uninteresting Hard Rock albums of all time, yet most people will tell you it's a crown jewel, which I just find unfathomable. Led Zeppelin Physical GraffitiI've never been a massive Zeppelin fan, I enjoy them but I'm not overly obsessed with them. It's obvious that they're a huge influence and a pivotal part of Rock music, but I don't get they hype that surrounds this double L.P. and that there are people that consider it their best work. Very few memorable songs and even those tracks that feature some redeeming features are not enough to redeem the entire ordeal being presented to us here.Lou Reed and Metallica LuluYes overall, this is a piece of shit. Musically monotonous and uninteresting, with dull vocals and lyrics and awful riffs and licks, and the fact it?s a two disc release that lasts for more than 90 minutes you will never get back, however it didn?t bother me as much as other fans. Some definitely took Lulu too close to heart not realising it?s not the tenth Metallica record, it?s just something on the side I guess, even if it?s not very, well, good.Metallica St. Anger"Well at least it was heavy." Yes, but Load and ReLoad in my opinion contain some memorable tracks, whereas this has none, perhaps that is more to do with the atrocity of the sound (the kitchen pot snare drum) and the nasty Guitar sound, with Hetfield's rubbish vocal delivery over the top. Had all that been of a higher standard, it would've be perceived as more of an accomplishment.Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili PeppersSounds poor, musically and vocally not a fantastic start and the production is lacking desperately. Certain qualities that would make up the Chili Peppers in the future, most notably funk and groove are almost absent.Slipknot Vol. 3: The Subliminal VersesSlipknot All Hope Is Gone1.5 very poorRed Hot Chili Peppers One Hot MinuteNot as hideous of an album as I used to think, but it's still pretty bad.Silverchair Young ModernThese guys were favourites of mine when I was younger, but once I heard "Straight Lines" and the rest of the release, almost all my appreciation for them had vanished out the window. This was truly selling out and it reflected negatively on not just myself but many others who love or loved all of their previous albums.Slayer Diabolus in MusicaSlipknot Iowa1.0 awfulBetween the Buried and Me ColorsJust plain awful and atrocious to listen to. How this band is being heralded as one of the greats of the last ten or so years is beyond me. Very poor in every way.
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