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5.0 classic
Agalloch Pale Folklore
Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy
Opeth Blackwater Park
Pain of Salvation The Perfect Element, Part 1
Reverend Bizarre III: So Long Suckers

4.5 superb
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
Amon Amarth Versus the World
Amorphis Elegy
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Black Sabbath Vol. 4
Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell
Children of Bodom Hate Crew Deathroll
Cult of Luna Salvation
Cult of Luna Somewhere Along the Highway
Edge of Sanity Crimson
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Brain Salad Surgery
Evoken Antithesis of Light
In Flames Clayman
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast
Isis Oceanic
Isis Panopticon
Kalisia Cybion
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti
Machine Head The Blackening
Metallica Master of Puppets
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Moonsorrow V: Havitetty
Mourning Beloveth The Sullen Sulcus
Opeth Still Life
Opeth Morningrise
Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse
Opeth are one of the few bands that write lyrics that can actually stand on their own apart from the music. The lyrics on my arms, your hearse flow with an uncontrived articulation seldom achieved. They are dark and emotive telling a well-constructed, layered narrative that, on the surface, is a bizarre parable of a man who dies and returns as a ghost yearning to re-possess his grieving widow. In this case, it is an unusual story of love - lost love, impossible love, even unrequited love - hence the poignancy of the title "my arms, your hearse." Using the four seasons - spring, summer, fall & winter - as a motif, Mikael Akerfeldt exploits this tale to plumb issues that we all must face sooner or later: most notably, the process of dying and the process of grieving. All of this is accomplished as both the subject and his beloved go through the classic stages of denial, anger, depression and, finally, acceptance. The songs of this album are like the chapters of a book. Seen thus, my arms, your hearse, is not a collection of some of Opeth's shorter songs, rather it is one long song, best appreciated in its entirety.
Pain of Salvation Remedy Lane
Pain of Salvation One Hour by the Concrete Lake
Pelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...
Primordial The Gathering Wilderness
Primordial To the Nameless Dead
Queen A Night at the Opera
Queen Queen II
Queen News of the World
Rainbow Long Live Rock 'n' Roll
Reverend Bizarre In The Rectory Of The Bizarre Reverend
Shape of Despair Angels of Distress
Skepticism Farmakon
Slayer South of Heaven

4.0 excellent
Alestorm Captain Morgan's Revenge
Amon Amarth With Oden on Our Side
Black Sabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Children of Bodom Follow the Reaper
Children of Bodom Hatebreeder
Deep Purple Machine Head
Deep Purple Fireball
Dio Holy Diver
Enslaved Isa
Evergrey Recreation Day
Falkenbach Heralding - The Fireblade
Iced Earth The Dark Saga
In Flames The Jester Race
In Flames Colony
In Flames Whoracle
Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door
Metallica Ride the Lightning
My Dying Bride Turn Loose the Swans
I have been listening to this album almost continuously for a week now. It is absolutely addictive. I love Opeth, Agalloch and Isis, and this album measures well alongside these acts. Although slower, more measured and doom oriented, the songs are nevertheless epic, with crunching riffs that are surprisingly catchy. Death metal grunts are used occasionally complementing the low-pitched clean vocals. Violins and pianos provide melodious soundscapes, sometimes in the absence of the distorted guitars (Sear Me MCMXCIII and Black God) but usually as a means to add layers to the simple yet varied riffs that provide the backbone for the album. This is an instantly appealing album to anyone with a shred of interest in the doom metal genre - and what is more it submits to repeated replays without getting old. Highly recommended.
Nightwish Once
Nightwish Wishmaster
Nile In Their Darkened Shrines
Nile Annihilation of the Wicked
Novembers Doom The Novella Reservoir
Pain of Salvation Scarsick
Pantera Vulgar Display of Power
Pelican Australasia
Pelican City of Echoes
Queen Innuendo
Rainbow Rising
Rush Moving Pictures
Slayer Seasons in the Abyss
Slayer Reign in Blood
Summoning Oath Bound
Testament The Gathering
The Gathering Mandylion
Uriah Heep Demons and Wizards
Uriah Heep Look At Yourself

3.5 great
Arch Enemy Anthems of Rebellion
Arch Enemy Wages of Sin
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath Mob Rules
Deep Purple Deep Purple In Rock
Dio Master of the Moon
Dio The Last in Line
Duran Duran Rio
Gamma Ray Majestic
Iron Maiden Dance of Death
Isis In the Absence of Truth
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III
Metallica Metallica
Nightwish Oceanborn
Nile Black Seeds of Vengeance
Nile Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka
Paradise Lost Shades of God
Queen Sheer Heart Attack
Queen Queen
Queen The Game
Reverend Bizarre II: Crush The Insects
Summoning Stronghold

3.0 good
Arch Enemy Doomsday Machine
Black Sabbath Born Again
Black Sabbath The Eternal Idol
Black Sabbath Headless Cross
Black Sabbath Dehumanizer
Children of Bodom Something Wild
Children of Bodom Are You Dead Yet?
Dark Tranquillity Projector
This is very easy listening. A lot of clean vocals on this, but they are pitched deeper (Matthew Barlow-esque). There is still a good mix of harsher singing. There is also plenty of use of piano and keyboard - but this just adds a dimension - the melodic distorted guitars still dominate proceedings. The opening track 'freecard' is a good track to sample if you're in doubt. It opens with piano, before you get blasted out of your seat with a brilliant DT guitar hook and Mikael Stanne's growl. The middle section has an atmospheric interlude with simulated plucked violins before launching back into the principal riff. The song ends with a taste of Mikael's clean vocals. This is a very consistent album and if you like the opener, you'll probably enjoy the whole album. I like all the tracks on this with the possible exception of the balladic experimental 'day to end.' Highlights include the melodic 'auctioned' and the high-speed riffing of 'the sun fired blanks.'
Deep Purple Burn
Dio Killing the Dragon
Dio Strange Highways
Exodus Shovel Headed Kill Machine
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin Presence
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Metallica Kill 'Em All
Metallica Reload
Metallica Load
Nightwish Century Child
Pain of Salvation Be
Pantera Far Beyond Driven
Queen The Platinum Collection
great king rat, my fairy king, liar, ogre battle, father to son, fairy feller's master stoke, march of the black queen, white queen (as it began), brighton rock, lily of the valley, stone cold crazy, death on two legs, '39, the prophet's song, tie your mother down, millionaire's waltz, it's late, spread your wings, mustapha, don't try suicide are a few essential queen songs that are not on this album. This is a collection of Queen's better known songs - that's all. No reason to get excited.
Queen A Day at the Races
Queen Jazz
Queen The Works
Rainbow Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
Rush Signals
Testament The Ritual

2.5 average
Black Sabbath Never Say Die!
Deep Purple Perfect Strangers
Dio Lock up the Wolves
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Love Beach
Iron Maiden Powerslave
Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Lacuna Coil Karmacode
Metallica St. Anger
My main gripe against Metallica is that they are way too lazy. Kill 'em all was in 1983. 2003 gave us St Anger. That's 8 studio albums in 20 years. Fans wait for years for a release with eager anticipation and this is what they get. Black Sabbath with Ozzie produced 8 studio album in nine years. Led Zeppelin gave us 8 studio albums in 10 years. Opeth have produced 8 studio album in 10 years. Let's face it, it's not much fun being a metallica fan. Too much waiting around and too little reward. As for the real fab four. The beatles produced 10 studio albums (discounting yellow submarine & let it be) in 7 years. It must have been so cool being a beatles fan back then - every album a quality product. As for supporting metallica, let's face it, it's mostly boring.
Nightwish Angels Fall First
Nightwish Dark Passion Play
Queen Greatest Hits
Queen The Miracle
Queen Live at Wembley Stadium
Rush Grace Under Pressure
Slayer God Hates Us All

2.0 poor
Black Sabbath Tyr
Deep Purple Who Do We Think We Are
DragonForce Inhuman Rampage
I am bothered by what is meant by the continual application of the adjective "cheesy" to dragonforce - even their fans call them cheesy - and yet cheesy is not a compliment (generally meaning: derivative, shoddy, insincere, low quality, worthless). It has been suggested that dragonforce do not take themselves seriously and once one just realises that being "cheesy" is their intent, then one will begin to appreciate that their music is actually not bad at all (even good). But this makes no sense. It is like saying that a band is c**p and they are deliberately trying to be c**p and once your realise this, you will see they are actually not c**p. I think that a far better adjective for dragonforce is "over-the-top" meaning "exceeding the normal bounds, extravagant, immoderate, more than is usually required, extreme." I am not keen on dragonforce, but that's because I find them a bit much to take - that's all - but I can quite see why some-one would really enjoy them.
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Works Volume 1
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Black Moon
In Flames Soundtrack to Your Escape
Ozzy Osbourne No Rest for the Wicked
Queen Hot Space
Slayer Diabolus in Musica
Testament Demonic

1.5 very poor
Black Sabbath Technical Ecstasy
HammerFall Crimson Thunder
Iced Earth The Glorious Burden
Machine Head Supercharger
Queen Made in Heaven
Slayer Undisputed Attitude
Trivium The Crusade

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