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5.0 classic
Disillusion Back to Times of Splendor
One of the best prog/death metal albums made. This band is often compared to Opeth but I don't see it, sure they both have long songs and mix melody with brutality, but Disillusion are a lot more compact and their songwriting just creatively flows without being random and split up, the vocals are perfect for the sound, the death metal grunt is often used but it's the clean singing that gives this album such an immense quality, the songwriting is great, from start to finish, with some of the catchiest parts of the songs not leaving your head for months. A must buy for any metal fan.
Edge of Sanity Crimson
For those of you who don't know (shame on you), Crimson is a 40 minute song with a bucket load of progressive death metal riffs, many of them which are memorable and stick in your head after the song/album has played through. I bought this album after Purgatory Afterglow and I wasn't sure if this could top that. I loved PG but this... This blows it off the planet. This is when Dan Swan?s at his creative best (in my opinion), his vocals here are also the best he has ever done. This is one of the very very few vocalists that you can actually understand the growling vocals without the booklet, I kid you not! The guitarists all shine on the album, they all sound crisp and powerful and the music has a slightly fuzzy feel from the production which really fits the atmosphere. Epic, creative, unique and damn right powerful. There's a winning combination if ever I saw one.
Garden of Shadows Oracle Moon
Orphaned Land Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)
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 is a great blow to the veracity of mankind’s abilities. It restrains us and holds our minds to the ground below, 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 when they are found, creative barriers are destroyed.

4.5 superb
Altar of Plagues White Tomb
Anomie Discography
Autumn Leaves As Night Conquers Day
Be'lakor The Frail Tide
Be'lakor Stone's Reach
Be'lakor Vessels
Circle Takes the Square As the Roots Undo
Converge Jane Doe
Defeater Lost Ground
Ea Ea II
Ea Au Ellai
Edge of Sanity Crimson II
Edge of Sanity Purgatory Afterglow
In Mourning Shrouded Divine
In Vain The Latter Rain
Island Orakel
Isthmus Land Bridge
Jeromes Dream Seeing Means More Than Safety
Kalisia Cybion
Kashiwa Daisuke Program Music I
La Dispute Vancouver
reminds me of early mewithoutYou, awesome. beastly post-hardcore with a fuck load of emotion and some genius guitar lines
maudlin of the Well Bath
Mercenary 11 Dreams
This album is hard to explain, it sits somewhere between prog metal, death metal, and melodic metal without ever being squashed into one genre, they bring some heavy crushing songs that could scare most other brutal bands in their nightmares but then they come up with some of the most beautiful, enchanting songs in music. The vocals are a definite high point, they go everywhere and beyond, death growl, black shriek, grunt, clean, shout, you get the idea, the vocalist is seriously talented. This album is worth a listen just to hear how weird it is, you won't find many albums that sound like this.
Mesa Verde The Old Road
mewithoutYou Brother, Sister
mewithoutYou Catch For Us the Foxes
Miseration Your Demons ~ Their Angels
Moonsorrow Viides luku - Hävitetty
What makes this album so much better than most released this year, is the ambition of the band. They have quite clearly played their hearts out on this album, the songs are beautifully written and played perfectly, there are too many stand out moments in both songs to mention and after listening you end up feeling like you've just read a great novel. What really actually astounds me about the writing on this disc is the feeling of continuity and various thematic elements that ring true in several parts of one song, and then the other. Not to say that the songs sound exactly the same, but there?s a tinge of meaning and connection between the songs that make sense and are able to relate to one another. Trying to explain why this album is such a majestic triumph is like trying to explain why getting to the top of everest is such an overwhelming feeling, eventually, all you can say is you; have to experience it for yourself.
Novembre The Blue
Oceans of Sadness The Arrogance Of Ignorance
pg.lost It's Not Me, It's You!
Solstafir Köld
Swallow the Ocean Swallow the Ocean
Thurisaz Scent of a Dream
Time To Burn Is.Land
We Insist! The Babel Inside Was Terrible
Wolves in the Throne Room Diadem of 12 Stars
World's End Girlfriend Hurtbreak Wonderland
World's End Girlfriend The Lie Lay Land
Wyrd Heathen
What an album, take away a lot of the needless doodling around and unnecessary spoken word parts out of the middle and this could have been a classic, folky-black metal at this length might make you think of Moonsorrow, but this album is a different beast altogether. Harsh black metal screams contrast with what would best be described as a decent 'epic' clean vocal style, which would improve and become more natural on later albums, the cold sounding riffs lead the way most of the time, along with luscious keyboard/synth work, the climax is stunning, the first fifteen minutes is godly, but the man tries way too much in the middle, still though, it's a fantastic experience. Sure, the production might put some people off, not to mention the beastly length, but for a debut album, you don't get much more impressive or daring than this. Recommended.

(Full review to come tommorow maybe, or even tonight depending on what time I get in)
Wyrd Kammen
Wyrd The Ghost Album
Wyrd Vargtimmen pt.I

4.0 excellent
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step
A Whisper in the Noise Dry Land
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
Akercocke Antichrist
All That Remains The Fall of Ideals
All the Empires of the World ...Will Be Laid To Waste
Anaal Nathrakh In the Constellation of the Black Widow
Arghoslent Hornets of the Pogrom
Arsis A Diamond for Disease
Asgaut Village
Augury Concealed
Battle Of Mice A Day Of Nights
Bucket Full Of Teeth IV
Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
City of Caterpillar City of Caterpillar
Cynic Focus
Cynic Traced in Air
Dantalion Call of the Broken Souls
Dark Tranquillity Fiction
Death Symbolic
Defeater Travels
Dirty Three Horse Stories
Disillusion Three Neuron Kings
Dornenreich Durch Den Traum
Ed Sheeran Loose Change
Edge of Sanity The Spectral Sorrows
Edge of Sanity Unorthodox
Edge of Sanity at their most aggressive, old-school death metal meets the progressive nature of Dan Swano in an interesting, but flawed combination. There are some amazing songs, like Enigma and the odd but interesting When All Is Said, yet some amount of filler creeps on, reducing the final score of this.
Dan's vocals are exemplary, from the rare appearance of his cleans to his varied growls and shouts, and the guitars roll out one memorable riff after another, only a few traces of later Edge of Sanity can be found here, with the occasional melodic lead popping up or the slow-downs, but apart from that, this is their most brutal and aggressive album, recommended to any Edge of Sanity fan or just Death Metal fans in particular, there's plenty to enjoy here.
Empyrean Sky The Snow White Rose of Paradise
Enslaved Vertebrae
Envy A Dead Sinking Story
Envy All the Footprints You've Ever Left and the Fear Expecting Ahead
Estatic Fear A Sombre Dance
Eternal Deformity Frozen Circus
Evoken Antithesis of Light
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Fair to Midland Fables From a Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times is True
Fear My Thoughts Vulcanus
Followed By Ghosts Dear Monsters, Be Patient
Fuck Buttons Street Horrrsing
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
Gospel The Moon Is a Dead World
Gwynbleidd Nostalgia
Heol Telwen An Deiz Ruz
Hypocrisy Virus
I Have Dreams Three Days 'Til Christmas
Ikuinen Kaamos Closure
Indigent Simulacrum
Iron Thrones Visions of Light
Julie Laughs Nomore From The Mist of the Ruins
Kalmah For the Revolution
Kovlo I'm So Happy On This Boat
Kylesa Static Tensions
Lay Down Rotten Gospel Of The Wretched
Loma Prieta Last City
Maegashira The Stark Attic
Make Me Make Me
Manegarm Vargstenen
maudlin of the Well Leaving Your Body Map
Max Richter The Blue Notebooks
Men As Trees Weltschmerz
mewithoutYou A to B: Life
mewithoutYou Ten Stories
Mihai Edrisch Un Jour Sans Lendemain
Moonlyght Progressive Darkness
Moonsorrow Tulimyrsky
Mutyumu Il y a
Nadja Desire in Uneasiness
Nahemah The Second Philosophy
Nahemah A New Constellation
Ne Obliviscaris The Aurora Veil
Neurosis Given to the Rising
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Nevermore Dead Heart In A Dead World
Nightingale White Darkness
Oceans of Sadness Mirror Palace
Off Minor Some Blood
Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse
Orchid Orchid
Pelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...
Phlebotomized Immense, Intense, Suspense
Pig Destroyer Terrifyer
Primordial To the Nameless Dead
Protest the Hero Kezia
Protest the Hero Fortress
Rise Against The Sufferer and the Witness
Romans All Those Wrists
Rotting Christ Theogonia
Senate The Great Northern Scenekill
Sentenced Amok
Sentenced The Cold White Light
Sigh Hangman's Hymn
Since (Time) Entropiate
sleepmakeswaves In Today Already Walks Tomorrow
Souldrainer Reborn
Spires (USA) Flowers And Fireworks
Swallow the Sun Plague of Butterflies
Talk Talk Laughing Stock
Tenhi Kauan
The Old Dead Tree The Nameless Disease
The Project Hate MCMXCIX In Hora Mortis Nostræ
This Heat Deceit
Vaka Kappa Delta Phi
Ved Buens Ende Written In Waters
Vreid Milorg
Warning Watching from a Distance
Wolves in the Throne Room Black Cascade
Wyrd Vargtimmen pt.II
Yellow Ostrich Strange Land

3.5 great
...Who Calls So Loud ...Who Calls So Loud
3 Inches of Blood Fire Up The Blades
Aarni Tohcoth
Amon Amarth With Oden on Our Side
Amorphis Silent Waters
An Arrow In Flight Various Methods and Movements
Arcturus The Sham Mirrors
Arkan Hilal
At the Gates Terminal Spirit Disease
Aussitot Mort Montuenga
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Bilocate Sudden Death Syndrome
Black Sun Aeon Darkness Walks Beside Me
Buried Inside Spoils Of Failure
Celeste Misanthrope(s)
Cor Scorpii Monument
Dan Swano Moontower
Dark The Suns In Darkness Comes Beauty
Dark Tranquillity Character
Darkane Layers of Lies
Daturah Reverie
Detonation Emission Phase
Devin Townsend Ocean Machine: Biomech
Diablo Renaissance
Diablo Eternium
Diablo Mimic 47
Disillusion Gloria
Dissection Storm of the Light's Bane
Drudkh Estrangement
Edge of Sanity Infernal
Eluveitie Slania
Ensiferum Victory Songs
Entombed Left Hand Path
Equilibrium Sagas
Eucharist Mirrorworlds
Flies Are Spies From Hell Mountain Language
Giant Squid The Ichthyologist
Graveworm Scourge of Malice
Green Carnation A Blessing In Disguise
Heaven Shall Burn Iconoclast (Part 1: The Final Resistance)
hitide.lotide The Forest
In Flames The Jester Race
In Flames Colony
In Flames Clayman
Insomnium Above the Weeping World
Insomnium Across the Dark
I've only heard two Insomnium albums, and I think this might be my favourite. Opposed to Above The Weeping World, where each track sort of blended into each other with the end result being unmemorable (for me at least), Across The Dark has a more varied and progressive feel throughout. One of the main talking points will be the clean vocals, which play their part in several songs, and while they fit really well on 'Where The Last Wave Broke' they only hinder songs like 'The Harrowing Years' and don't always work as well as they might. It's a hit-and-miss outcome to a new aspect of Insomnium's sound, and a chance that they might have needed to take.

Alongside this though is Insomnium at their typical solid best. Bellowing forward some of the most occasionally inspiring and consistently powerful melodic death metal you're likely to hear. 'Against The Stream' has some of the best riffs I've heard in the genre for a while, and the epic second half of 'The Lay Of Autumn' contrasts well with the cleanly sung passage in the first. While I still don't see Insomnium as the best band in the genre as many proclaim them to be, Across The Dark is a brilliant example of why it's so popular, and how to do it well. Awesome production, typical atmosphere, powerful and epic, and just some downright fantastic riff work throughout. Fans of the band will eat this up.

p.s - the acoustic interlude in 'Weighted Down With Sorrow' is pure magic, I pretty much creamed myself at that point.
Into Eternity Buried in Oblivion
Iron Maiden Brave New World
Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and Death
ISIS In the Absence of Truth
Johnnytwentythree JXXIII
Kalmah Swampsong
Kataklysm In the Arms of Devastation
Kataklysm Prevail
Katatonia The Great Cold Distance
Kenos The Craving
Lantlos Lantlos
Lights Out Asia Eyes Like Brontide
Marduk Rom 5:12
Martriden The Unsettling Dark
Mirrorthrone Carriers of Dust
Mirrorthrone Gangrene
Mono Hymn to the Immortal Wind
Mouth Of The Architect Quietly
Muse Absolution
Naglfar Harvest
Noumena Anatomy of Life
Obscura Cosmogenesis
Opeth Morningrise
Opeth Watershed
Phalanx (AUS) Psychosis
Pulling Teeth Paranoid Delusions/Paradise Illusions
Raintime Flies and Lies
Sentenced The Funeral Album
Sentenced Crimson
Sentenced North From Here
Septicflesh Communion
SIG:AR:TYR The Stranger
SIG:AR:TYR Sailing the Seas of Fate
Still Remains The Serpent
Symbyosis On the Wings of Phoenix
Symphony X Paradise Lost
Textures Silhouettes
The Absence Riders of the Plague
The Elysian Fields 12 Ablaze
The Faceless Akeldama
The Flashbulb Soundtrack to a Vacant Life
Thurisaz Circadian Rhythm
Torchbearer Warnaments
Transcending Bizarre? The Serpent's Manifolds
Tribes of Cain Retaliation
Wintersun Wintersun
Wolves in the Throne Room Malevolent Grain
Wolves in the Throne Room Two Hunters
Wyrd Huldrafolk

3.0 good
...Who Calls So Loud ...Who Calls So Loud 12"
Abigor Nachthymnen (From The Twilight Kingdom)
After Forever After Forever
Agalloch Tomorrow Will Never Come
Ahab Call of the Wretched Sea
Amorphis Eclipse
Anoice Remmings
Arch Enemy Rise of the Tyrant
Arsis United in Regret
Arsis We Are the Nightmare
Axamenta Ever-Arch-I-Tech-Ture
Before The Dawn Deadlight
Black Comedy Instigator
Devin Townsend Ziltoid the Omniscient
Diabolical Masquerade Deaths Design
Dimension Zero He Who Shall Not Bleed
Dismember Dismember
Disturbed Ten Thousand Fists
Edge of Sanity Nothing But Death Remains
Finntroll Ur Jordens Djup
Fragments of Unbecoming Skywards: A Sylphe's Ascension
Gojira From Mars to Sirius
Graveworm Collateral Defect
Hail of Bullets ...Of Frost and War
HammerFall Threshold
HammerFall One Crimson Night
Heaven Shall Burn Antigone
Illdisposed 1 800 Vindication
In Flames A Sense of Purpose
In Flames Whoracle
Into Eternity The Scattering of Ashes
Kamelot Ghost Opera
Karnivool Themata
Kayo Dot Choirs of the Eye
Marduk Plague Angel
Mercenary Architect of Lies
mewithoutYou It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All A Dream! It's Alright!
anybody who thinks this is as good as previous mewithoutYou is crazy and their opinions are false, this is just alright, nothing more
Muse Black Holes & Revelations
Nightrage A New Disease Is Born
Nine Inch Nails The Slip
Nocturnal Breed Fields of Rot
Norther Mirror of Madness
Norther Till Death Unites Us
Norther N
Opeth Blackwater Park
Opeth The Roundhouse Tapes
Raventhrone Malice in Wonderlands
Samael Above
Scar Symmetry Pitch Black Progress
Slipknot Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses
Soilwork Sworn to a Great Divide
Stone Sour Come What(ever) May
SuidAkrA Caledonia
Swallow the Sun Hope
The Black Dahlia Murder Nocturnal
This Ending Inside the Machine
Tool 10,000 Days
Vader The Art Of War
Watain Sworn to The Dark

2.5 average
At the Gates Slaughter of the Soul
Blinded Colony Bedtime Prayers
Caliban The Awakening
Deadlock Wolves
Dimmu Borgir In Sorte Diaboli
Disturbed The Sickness
Draconian Turning Season Within
DragonForce Sonic Firestorm
From A Second Story Window Delenda
Gwen Stefani Love. Angel. Music. Baby.
Impious Holy Murder Masquerade
Kamelot The Black Halo
Kashiwa Daisuke 5 Dec.
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
Meshuggah obZen
Metallica Master of Puppets
Mors Principium Est Liberation = Termination
Novembers Doom The Novella Reservoir
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Red (USA) End of Silence
Slipknot Iowa
Sonic Syndicate Only Inhuman
The Haunted The Dead Eye
The Human Abstract Nocturne
Tiamat Wildhoney
To-Mera Delusions
Trivium Ascendancy

2.0 poor
Arch Enemy Anthems of Rebellion
Arch Enemy Doomsday Machine
Avenged Sevenfold City of Evil
Children of Bodom Are You Dead Yet?
Demon Hunter Storm the Gates of Hell
Disturbed Believe
DragonForce Inhuman Rampage
Exodus The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A
In Flames Reroute to Remain
In Flames Soundtrack to Your Escape
Into Eternity The Incurable Tragedy
Linkin Park Minutes to Midnight
Mayhem De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
Winds The Imaginary Direction of Time

1.5 very poor
Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold
Blur The Best Of
Bring Me The Horizon Count Your Blessings
Immolation Shadows in the Light
In Flames Come Clarity
Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
Linkin Park Meteora
Linkin Park Projekt Revolution 8/13/07
Tiamat Skeleton Skeletron
Trivium Ember to Inferno

1.0 awful
Atreyu Lead Sails Paper Anchor
Metallica St. Anger
Ozzy Osbourne Black Rain
Static Colours Sun Swells
Trivium The Crusade

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