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5.0 classic
Amaseffer Slaves for Life
Anathema We're Here Because We're Here
Anthrax Among the Living
Ayreon The Human Equation
Big Big Train English Electric
Black Sabbath Paranoid
Dream Theater Images and Words
Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Dream Theater Awake
Evergrey The Atlantic
Extol Undeceived
Extreme III Sides to Every Story
Fates Warning Theories of Flight
Genesis Selling England by the Pound
Haken Visions
I've heard all eight tracks by now; though not in order, I can satisfactorily rate it. This might be the best CD of the year.
Hibernal The Dark of the City
Insomnium Winter's Gate
Iona Open Sky
IQ The Road of Bones
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast
ISIS Oceanic
ISIS Panopticon
Judas Priest Painkiller
Kansas Leftoverture
Kansas Point of Know Return
Kekal The Habit of Fire
The Habit of Fire combines the caustic metal of Kekal's early days with a more deliberate approach, an increased focus on dense, unforgettable melodies and dynamic peaks, and a pervasive electronic influence, the totality of which vividly portrays the dramatic struggle between primal human spirit and the encroaching urban sprawl in the postmodern world, even representing the ongoing struggle between good and evil since the beginning of time. "Escapism" is one of my all-time favorite songs. An absolute essential avant-garde metal album and highly recommended for musicians and music enthusiasts, as well as social theorists interested in the thematic content.
Kekal 1000 Thoughts of Violence
Kingcrow Eidos
Marillion Misplaced Childhood
Marillion Clutching at Straws
Megadeth Rust in Peace
Metallica Master of Puppets
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Mike Oldfield Ommadawn
Miles Davis Kind of Blue
Mono Hymn to the Immortal Wind
Mono For My Parents
Orphaned Land Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)
Orphaned Land The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR
Pain of Salvation Remedy Lane
Pendragon (UK) The Masquerade Overture
Pendragon (UK) Not of This World
Persefone Aathma
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd Animals
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Power of Omens Eyes of the Oracle
Redemption Snowfall on Judgment Day
Riverside Anno Domini High Definition
Savatage Streets: A Rock Opera
Sepultura Arise
Spock's Beard V
Spock's Beard Snow
Stratovarius Visions
The Moody Blues Days of Future Passed
Theocracy As the World Bleeds
Threshold Legends of the Shires
Tool Lateralus
Tourniquet Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance
U137 Chapter Two
U2 The Joshua Tree
Vanden Plas Christ 0
Wobbler From Silence to Somewhere
Yes Close to the Edge
Zero Hour The Towers of Avarice

4.5 superb
7 Horns 7 Eyes Throes Of Absolution
Aesthesys Ascendere
Aesthesys Achromata
Alberto Rigoni Rebirth
While highly eclectic, drawing from jazz, blues, classical, electronica, progressive rock, hard rock, and pop, "Rebirth" possesses a stunning unity of vision around the concept of that same name. Rigoni's BASS is front and center, and his melodic, reverberating style is refreshing and creates entirely unique, pictorial compositions. If you're a bassist of any style, do NOT miss this release, and yet any musician or music fan, even the casual one, can enjoy this album.
Amaranthe The Nexus
Anathema Weather Systems
Angra Angels Cry
Angra Temple of Shadows
Angra Secret Garden
Anthriel The Pathway
Anubis Gate Andromeda Unchained
Anubis Gate Anubis Gate
Anubis Gate Interference
Aramid Mountain Sounds
Aramid Bound
Arcane Known/Learned
Arch Echo Arch Echo
Arch Echo You Won't Believe What Happens Next!
Arena The Visitor
Arena Contagion
Audrey Assad Evergreen
Believer Dimensions
Believer Transhuman
Bethel Music You Make Me Brave
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Between the Buried and Me Coma Ecliptic
Big Big Train English Electric Part 2
Big Big Train Folklore
Blind Guardian At the Edge of Time
Boston Boston
Camel Mirage
Camel Moonmadness
Christoffer Franzen Mountain
Christoffer Franzen Wide Awake
Circus Maximus The 1st Chapter
Circus Maximus Isolate
Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head
Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
Creed Human Clay
Cynic Focus
Cynthesis DeEvolution
Cynthesis ReEvolution
Damian Wilson Thank You
Daniel Cavanagh Monochrome
Darkwater Calling the Earth to Witness
Dave Bainbridge Celestial Fire
David Maxim Micic Who Bit the Moon
Death The Sound of Perseverance
Devin Townsend Empath
Distorted Harmony Utopia
Distorted Harmony Chain Reaction
Dream Theater Octavarium
Eagles Hotel California
Echoes Nature|Existence
Echoes of Giants The Way To Us
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Brain Salad Surgery
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Enchant A Blueprint of the World
Enchant Time Lost
Entropia Simetria
Evergrey The Storm Within
Explosions in the Sky The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place
Explosions in the Sky All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone
Extol Extol
Fates Warning Awaken the Guardian
Fates Warning Disconnected
Floating in Space Liftoff
Frost* Milliontown
Galactic Cowboys Space In Your Face
Galactic Cowboys Long Way Back To The Moon
Galneryus Angel of Salvation
Galneryus Under the Force of Courage
Galneryus Ultimate Sacrifice
Genesis Foxtrot
Gentle Giant In a Glass House
Gleb Kolyadin The Outland
Green Carnation Light of Day, Day of Darkness
Gungor Ghosts Upon the Earth
Haken Aquarius
Haken The Mountain
Haken Affinity
Headspace I Am Anonymous
Headspace All That You Fear Is Gone
Hibernal Beyond
Hibernal Repentance
Images of Eden Angel Born
Images of Eden Weathered and Torn
Insomnium Above the Weeping World
Inward Oceans Paths from Home
IQ Dark Matter
Iron Maiden Powerslave
Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time
Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and Death
Iron Maiden The Book of Souls
ISIS Wavering Radiant
Jakub Zytecki Feather Bed
Jakub Zytecki Ladder Head
Jean-Michel Jarre Oxygene
John Elefante On My Way to the Sun
Judas Priest Stained Class
Judas Priest Firepower
Judas Priest Invincible Shield
Kamelot The Black Halo
Kekal Acidity
Kekal Beyond The Glimpse of Dreams
Kekal Embrace The Dead
King's X Gretchen Goes to Nebraska
King's X Faith, Hope, Love
King's X Dogman
Kingcrow The Persistence
Leah Kings & Queens
Lights and Motion Dear Avalanche
Living Sacrifice Conceived In Fire
Lunatic Soul Fractured
Lux Terminus The Courage to Be
Mastodon Leviathan
Mastodon Crack the Skye
Matchbox Twenty Yourself or Someone Like You
Matchbox Twenty More Than You Think You Are
Megadeth Endgame
Metal Church Blessing in Disguise
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Mikaali Karlsson The Summit
Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells
MindMaze Back From the Edge
MindMaze Resolve
Mono The Last Dawn
Mono Pilgrimage Of The Soul
Montear The Hunt
Mortification Scrolls of the Megilloth
Myrath Hope
Myrath Desert Call
Mystery Delusion Rain
Native Construct Quiet World
It couldn't be more off-the-wall if it was drunk. Maybe it is drunk.rAnd that's why it turns out to be so incredible.
Neal Morse The Similitude of a Dream
Needtobreathe Into The Mystery
Ole Børud Outside the Limit
Oregon Out of the Woods
Ostura The Room
Pain of Salvation One Hour by the Concrete Lake
Pain of Salvation The Perfect Element, Part 1
Pain of Salvation In the Passing Light of Day
Pantommind Searching for Eternity
Parachute The Way It Was
Pendragon (UK) The Window of Life
Pendragon (UK) Love Over Fear
Plini Handmade Cities
Poets of the Fall Carnival of Rust
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
Power of Omens Rooms of Anguish
Pride of Lions Lion Heart
Pyramaze Melancholy Beast
Pyramaze Legend of the Bone Carver
Pyramaze Immortal
Pyramaze Contingent
Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way
Redemption The Fullness of Time
Redemption The Origins of Ruin
Redemption This Mortal Coil
Redemption The Art of Loss
Redemption Long Night's Journey Into Day
If DoctorVelvet is referring to Indulge in Color ripping the intro from Black and White World,
that's totally intentional because it's a sequel to that song. You seem so much of an expert on
this band that you would probably know that they've done this many times before on purpose. Like
many other prog bands do. So why single Redemption out to give them a 1.5 rating?

This album is pretty spectacular, by the way.
Riverside Second Life Syndrome
Riverside Out of Myself
Riverside Memories In My Head
Riverside Love, Fear and the Time Machine
Riverside Wasteland
Ronnie Atkins Make It Count
Rosetta Wake/Lift
Rush Moving Pictures
Saviour Machine Saviour Machine I
Sepultura Chaos A.D.
Seventh Wonder Mercy Falls
Seventh Wonder Tiara
Shadow Gallery Tyranny
Sigur Ros Agætis byrjun
Sigur Ros Takk...
Silent Lapse Birthright
Silent Skies Dormant
Six Days Of Calm The Ocean's Lullaby
Slechtvalk At The Dawn of War
Slechtvalk The War That Plagues The Lands
Too much of a good thing is the only measurable complaint about this album. Slechtvalk's combination of symphonic, melodic and Viking black metal is handled with expert songwriting, melodic finesse and a pictorial, emotional lyrical story; it blends together towards the end, with the overall quality and professionalism at a slightly lower standard, but is otherwise an absolute essential for black metal fans.
sleepmakeswaves Love of Cartography
Sleevenotes We Are Mostly Made of Nothing
Wow. I was not expecting to find this. I had only about 36 hours left in the year 2013, and it became one of my best of 2013 instantly. Combining the epic, uplifting post-rock scope of Explosions in the Sky with the cinematic delicacy and at times sorrowful ambience of Hammock, Sleevenotes write emotionally deep and life-affirming music that hits instantly and never runs out of power.
Soen Lotus
Sound of Contact Dimensionaut
Southern Empire Southern Empire
Southern Empire Civilisation
Southern Empire Another World
Spheric Universe Experience Anima
Spheric Universe Experience Back Home
Spock's Beard Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep
Steffany Gretzinger The Undoing
Steve Perry Traces
Steve Rothery The Ghosts Of Pripyat
Steven Wilson Hand. Cannot. Erase.
Stryper No More Hell To Pay
Stryper Fallen
Stryper Even the Devil Believes
Subsignal Beacons of Somewhere Sometime
Subsignal A Poetry Of Rain
Suspyre When Time Fades
Symphony X The Divine Wings of Tragedy
Symphony X Paradise Lost
Teramaze Her Halo
TesseracT Polaris
Testament The Gathering
Tetrafusion Dreaming Of Sleep
The Chicks Home
The Contortionist Language
The Flower Kings Banks of Eden
The Pineapple Thief Your Wilderness
The Sun Burns Bright Through Dusk, Came The Light
Theocracy Mirror of Souls
Theocracy Ghost Ship
Theocracy Mosaic
Threshold Hypothetical
Threshold Subsurface
Threshold March of Progress
Threshold For The Journey
Threshold Dividing Lines
Tourniquet Psycho Surgery
Tourniquet Microscopic View of a Telescopic Realm
Transatlantic Bridge Across Forever
U137 Imagination
Vanden Plas The Seraphic Clockwork
Vanden Plas Chronicles of the Immortals: Netherworld (Path 1)
Vanden Plas Chronicles of the Immortals: Netherworld II
Vanishing Point Embrace The Silence
Veni Domine Spiritual Wasteland
Veni Domine Material Sanctuary
Veni Domine Light
Votum Metafiction
Voyager V
Voyager Ghost Mile
W.E.T. Retransmission
While Heaven Wept Vast Oceans Lachrymose
Wolverine Communication Lost
Wolverine Machina Viva
Work of Art Framework
Work of Art In Progress
X Japan Art of Life
Yes Fragile
Yndi Halda Under Summer
Zero Hour Dark Deceiver
Zero Hour Specs of Pictures Burnt Beyond

4.0 excellent
Abydos Abydos: The Little Boy's Heavy Mental Shadow Opera
Alberto Rigoni Something Different
Alberto Rigoni Three Wise Monkeys
Amaranthe Amaranthe
Amaranthe Massive Addictive
Anathema Judgement
Anathema Distant Satellites
Anathema The Optimist
Anesthesia An Infinite Winter, Vol. II: Time
Angel Dust Border of Reality
Angra Rebirth
Angra Holy Land
Angra Aurora Consurgens
Angra Cycles Of Pain
Anneke van Giersbergen The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest
Anthriel Transcendence
Antimatter Leaving Eden
Anubis Gate The Detached
Anubis Gate Horizons
Anubis Gate Covered In Black
Aramid Beacons
Aramid Ashes & Echoes
Aramid Over Fences
Arch/Matheos Sympathetic Resonance
Asia Asia
Astronoid Air
Audrey Assad The House You're Building
Audrey Assad Heart
Audrey Assad Fortunate Fall
Audrey Assad Death, Be Not Proud
Ayreon The Source
Believer Gabriel
Believer Extraction From Mortality
Big Big Train The Underfall Yard
Blaakyum Line of Fear
Black Sabbath Master of Reality
Blind Guardian A Night at the Opera
Born of Fire Dead Winter Sun
Boston Don't Look Back
Callisto Noir
Carly Comando The Calm Before
Carly Comando Epic
Chinaski 11
Circus Maximus Nine
Circus Maximus Havoc
City and Colour Little Hell
Coldplay Parachutes
Coldplay Mylo Xyloto
Coldplay Ghost Stories
Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams
Coldplay Everyday Life
Communic Waves Of Visual Decay
Communic The Bottom Deep
Creed Weathered
Crimson Moonlight The Covenant Progress
Must retract my previous statement...this is VERY good. Didn't listen carefully...now I feel the atmosphere! 4 for now, but full rating on the next listen...
Cynic Traced in Air
Damian Wilson Built For Fighting
Daniel Cavanagh and Joseph Geraci The Passage
Darkwater Where Stories End
Dave Bainbridge Veil of Gossamer
David Gallegos Mis Recuerdos
David Gallegos Mi Rosa Blanca
Daydream XI The Grand Disguise
Daydream XI The Circus Of The Tattered And Torn
Devin Townsend Ziltoid the Omniscient
Devin Townsend Lightwork
Disillusion Back to Times of Splendor
Disperse Journey Through The Hidden Gardens
Disperse Foreword
DragonForce The Power Within
DragonForce Reaching into Infinity
Dream Theater Train of Thought
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos
Dream Theater A Dramatic Turn of Events
Dream Theater Dream Theater
Drottnar Welterwerk
Echosmith Talking Dreams
Eclipse (SWE) Monumentum
Elevation Worship Hallelujah Here Below
Eleventh Vibration Illusions
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Trilogy
Enchant The Great Divide
Entransient Entransient
Eumeria Rebel Mind
Evergrey The Inner Circle
Evergrey Hymns for the Broken
Evergrey Escape of the Phoenix
Evergrey A Heartless Portrait (The Orphéan Testament)
Evergrey Theories of Emptiness
Explosions in the Sky The Rescue
Explosions in the Sky Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Extol Burial
Fates Warning No Exit
Fates Warning Parallels
Fates Warning FWX
Fates Warning Darkness in a Different Light
Floating in Space A New Dawn
Galactic Cowboys Galactic Cowboys
Galneryus Vetelgyus
Genesis A Trick of the Tail
Gentle Giant Octopus
God Is an Astronaut All Is Violent, All Is Bright
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress'
Gojira From Mars to Sirius
Gojira The Way of All Flesh
Greylevel Hypostatic Union
Guilt Machine On This Perfect Day
Haken Vector
Haken Virus
Hammock Chasing After Shadows...Living with the Ghosts
Hammock Departure Songs
Hammock Everything and Nothing
Hammock Mysterium
HB Frozen Inside
Helloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I
Hemina As We Know It
Hemina Nebulae
Hemina Venus
Hemina Night Echoes
Hemina Romancing the Ether
Hibernal The Machine
Hibernal After The Winter
Hibernal Relic
Hibernal Infiltrators
Hibernal The Void
Holy Blood Waves Are Dancing
Hourglass Subconscious
Hourglass Oblivious to the Obvious
If These Trees Could Talk Red Forest
If These Trees Could Talk The Bones of a Dying World
Images of Eden Rebuilding The Ruins
Images of Eden Sunlight of the Spirit
Images of Eden Soulrise
Insomnium Shadows of the Dying Sun
Iona The Circling Hour
IQ Subterranea
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden Piece of Mind
Iron Maiden Killers
Iron Maiden Brave New World
Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Isildurs Bane IB & S. Hogarth : Colours Not Found Nature
ISIS Celestial
Jakob Solace
Jakob Sines
Jakub Zytecki Nothing Lasts, Nothing's Lost
Jakub Zytecki Remind Me
Jean-Michel Jarre Equinoxe
Joanne Hogg Uncountable Stars
Joanne Hogg Raphael's Journey
John Mayer Room for Squares
Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance
Kamelot Epica
Kamelot Silverthorn
Kamelot Haven
Kansas Song for America
Kansas Kansas
Kansas The Prelude Implicit
Katatonia Dead End Kings
Katatonia The Fall of Hearts
Kekal The Painful Experience
Kekal 8
King's X Out of the Silent Planet
King's X King's X
Kingcrow In Crescendo
Krobak Little Victories
Lacey Sturm Life Screams
Lance King A Moment in Chiros
Lance King ReProgram
Lauren Daigle How Can It Be
Lauren Daigle Look Up Child
League of Lights League of Lights
Leah The Quest
Lengsel Solace
Levi Patel Affinity
Levi Patel A Shifting Lightness
Lights and Motion Save Your Heart
Lights and Motion Bloom
Lincoln Brewster God of the Impossible
Living Sacrifice The Hammering Process
Loraine An Autumn Evening
Lord (AUS) Digital Lies
Lost in Thought Opus Arise
Lost in Thought Renascence
Lunatic Soul Impressions
Mahavishnu Orchestra Birds of Fire
Manticora 8 Deadly Sins
Marillion Fuck Everyone and Run (F E A R)
Mastodon Remission
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Matchbox Twenty Mad Season
Metallica Kill 'Em All
Metallica Metallica
Miseration Your Demons ~ Their Angels
Mono You Are There
Mono Nowhere Now Here
Moonlit Sailor We Come from Exploding Stars
Mortification Mortification
Myrath Legacy
Mystery One Among The Living
Mystery The World is a Game
Mystery Lies and Butterflies
Neal Morse Testimony
Neal Morse The Grand Experiment
Neal Morse Life & Times
Needtobreathe Out Of Body
Nest (FIN) Trail of the Unwary
Nest (FIN) Woodsmoke
Nightbirde It's OK
Nightwish Oceanborn
Nospun Opus
Numph Theories of Light
Olafur Arnalds Some Kind of Peace
Orphaned Land All Is One
Orphaned Land Unsung Prophets and Dead Messiahs
Our Destiny Awakening
Outworld Outworld
Owane yeah whatever
Pain of Salvation Be
Pain of Salvation Entropia
Pain of Salvation Panther
Pantommind Shade of Fate
Pantommind Lunasense
Pendragon (UK) Men Who Climb Mountains
Persefone Spiritual Migration
Peter Gabriel Car
Pink Floyd The Wall
Plini Sunhead
Poets of the Fall Jealous Gods
Poets of the Fall Ultraviolet
Power Quest Neverworld
Pray for Sound Dreamer
Pride of Lions Fearless
Pride of Lions Dream Higher
Pyramaze Disciples of the Sun
Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf
Quidam Alone Together
Red (USA) End of Silence
Red (USA) Innocence and Instinct
Redemption I Am The Storm
Riverside Rapid Eye Movement
Riverside Shrine Of New Generation Slaves
Riverside Eye of the Soundscape
Riverside ID.Entity
Ronnie Atkins One Shot
Rosetta A Determinism of Morality
Royal Hunt Paradox
Rush A Farewell to Kings
Rush Permanent Waves
Rush Hemispheres
Russian Circles Station
Sanctuary Refuge Denied
Savatage Dead Winter Dead
Scale the Summit The Migration
Scale the Summit V
Seventh Angel The Dust of Years
Seventh Wonder Waiting in the Wings
Shadow Gallery Room V
Shadow Gallery Legacy
Shadow Gallery Digital Ghosts
Sigur Ros ( )
Sigur Ros ÁTTA
Silent Skies Satellites
Silent Skies Nectar
Sithu Aye 26
Six Days Of Calm My Little, Safe Place
sleepmakeswaves Made Of Breath Only
Sleevenotes The Pain of Nostalgia
Sleevenotes Anchorage
Smalltape The Ocean
Soen Lykaia
Soul Secret Flowing Portraits
Souljourners Mind Control
An unusual combination of heavy metal, mainstream rock and grunge with progressive tendencies. Michael Couts is the next guitar hotshot, and his angsty baritone is a surprising style in this field. Mind Control is somewhat homogeneous for its lengthy running time, and more attention to detail and craft is desirable, but this is a respectable heavy/prog metal effort.
Spheric Universe Experience Mental Torments
Spock's Beard The Oblivion Particle
Steve Hackett Voyage of the Acolyte
Steve Von Till A Life Unto Itself
Stryper Soldiers Under Command
Subsignal Beautiful & Monstrous
Subsignal Touchstones
Subsignal La Muerta
Symphony X The Odyssey
Takaakira Goto Classical Punk and Echoes...
TesseracT Altered State
TesseracT War of Being
Tetrafusion Altered State
The Evenfall The Waiting Room
The Flower Kings Desolation Rose
The Gentle Storm The Diary
The Pineapple Thief Little Man
The Pineapple Thief Dissolution
The Sun Burns Bright Longing For A Place, Yet To Be Seen
The Sun Burns Bright In Death We Rest
Theocracy Theocracy
This Patch of Sky This Patch of Sky (S/T)
Thought Chamber Angular Perceptions
Threshold Critical Mass
Threshold Dead Reckoning
Threshold Wounded Land
Threshold Psychedelicatessen
Threshold Clone
Tool Fear Inoculum
Toundra IV
Transcend The Mind
Tuesday The Sky Drift
U137 Dreamer On The Run
U2 The Unforgettable Fire
Vanden Plas Beyond Daylight
Vanden Plas The God Thing
Vanishing Point The Fourth Season
Veni Domine Fall Babylon Fall
Vestevent Onward and Upward
Vestevent Kalsin
Votum Harvest Moon
Voyager I Am the reVolution
Voyager The Meaning of I
Wang Wen Eight Horses
Wang Wen Sweet Home, Go!
While The City Sleeps Back When We Knew
Widek Journey to the Stars
Widek Hidden Dimensions
Widek The Garden Of Existence
Wingdom Reality
Winger Pull
Within Temptation The Silent Force
Yndi Halda Enjoy Eternal Bliss
Zero Hour Metamorphosis
Zero Hour Agenda 21

3.5 great
Aesthesys Camera Obscura
Alien Weaponry
All Too Human Forever and a Day
All Too Human Entropy
Allan Holdsworth Metal Fatigue
Anathema A Natural Disaster
Anathema A Fine Day to Exit
Anderson/Stolt Invention of Knowledge
Andromeda Manifest Tyranny
Anesthesia An Infinite Winter, Vol. I: In Memoriam
Angra Fireworks
Angra Aqua
Anubis A Tower Of Silence
Aramid Shallow Dialects
Aramid Epoch: Abyssal
Arch/Matheos Winter Ethereal
Asmodeus (CZE) Prosincova noc blize neurceneho roku
Astronoid Radiant Bloom
Atomic Opera Gospel Cola
Atomic Opera For Madmen Only
Ayreon 01011001
Ayreon Flight of the Migrator
Ayreon The Theory of Everything
Ayreon The Dream Sequencer
Believer Sanity Obscure
Bellarive Before There Was
Big Big Train Grimspound
Big Big Train Welcome to the Planet
Blurry Lights Our New World
Callisto Secret Youth
Celine Dion S'Il Suffisait D'Aimer
Christoffer Franzen Reflections
Christoffer Franzen Ghost of You
Christoffer Franzen Phenomenon
Coldplay X&Y
Colobar Behind The Veil of Oblivion
This Bulgarian progressive project, the country's second major prog project after the better-known Pantommind, delivers a debut brimming with artistic talent in many diverse musical colors and the songwriting skill to stitch them together into an intoxicating journey. Colobar freely embraces jazz fusion and Bulgarian folk music as vital components of its style, even more so than the heavy metal crunch left to the background beyond the energetic opener "Change of Ages," and creates refreshingly organic compositions, touching on nouveau riche bands such as Haken and old money bands like Angra and Threshold while sustaining complete distinctiveness. Singer Carl Sentence's Euro-theatrical timbre sometimes comes across as flat, somewhat lessening the impact of the pictorial, even spiritual lyrical content (maybe it's the singer-for-hire syndrome), and given the organic production elsewhere, the dry, sterile drum sound is rather disappointing; there are few remaining criticisms, as Colobar handles risky musical territory while rarely missing a step. Strongly recommended for 2012.
Comedy of Errors Spirit
Communic Conspiracy In Mind
Communic Where Echoes Gather
Cormorant Metazoa
David Maxim Micic ECO
David Maxim Micic BILO IV
Deep In Thought Verses
Delain Apocalypse & Chill
DGM The Passage
Diversity Awake
DivineFire Hero
Dream Theater Falling into Infinity
Dream Theater Black Clouds and Silver Linings
Dream Theater The Astonishing
Dream Theater Distance Over Time
Dream Theater A View from the Top of the World
Dymytry Revolt
Echosmith Inside a Dream
Eclipse (SWE) Paradigm
Edge of Sanity Crimson
Edgend A New Identity
Elevation Worship Graves Into Gardens
Enchant Tug Of War
Enchant Break
Enchant Juggling 9 Or Dropping 10
Enchant Blink of An Eye
Evanescence Fallen
Evroklidon The Flames of Sodom
Explosions in the Sky Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die...
Explosions in the Sky End
Extreme Six
Fates Warning Perfect Symmetry
Fates Warning Long Day Good Night
Flares Solar Empire
Floating in Space Dreamland
Fragile Vastness Tribute to Life
Frost* Falling Satellites
Galactic Cowboys Machine Fish
Gazpacho Molok
Genesis Nursery Cryme
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.
Haken Fauna
Hammock Kenotic
Hammock Raising Your Voice... Trying to Stop an Echo
Helloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II
Hibernal Replacements
Horde Hellig Usvart
Hourglass The Journey Into
Iona The Book of Kells
Iona Beyond These Shores
Iona Journey Into the Morn
IQ The Wake
IQ Ever
IQ The Seventh House
IQ Frequency
Iron Maiden Dance of Death
Iron Maiden The Final Frontier
Jakarta Project Beauty Lies in Lover's Eyes
John Elefante The Amazing Grace
John Mayer Heavier Things
John Mayer Sob Rock
Kalisia Cybion
Kansas Masque
Kansas The Absence Οf Presence
Katatonia City Burials
Kerry Livgren Seeds of Change
Lament Tears Of A Leper
Lament Through The Reflection
Leah Of Earth & Angels
Leah Otherworld
Lights and Motion Reanimation
Lights and Motion Chronicle
Long Distance Calling Boundless
Maciej Meller Zenith
Marco Ragni Mother From The Sun
Marillion Fugazi
Mastodon Emperor of Sand
Megadeth The System Has Failed
Menahem Angels and Shadows
Metallica Hardwired...To Self-Destruct
Michael Sweet I'm Not Your Suicide
Millennial Reign Carry the Fire
MindMaze Mask of Lies
Mono One Step More and You Die
Mono Rays of Darkness
I'm not telling you what the surprise is. Or where.rBut I will tell you that it will scare the hairs off your head.
Moonlit Sailor Colors in Stereo
Myrath Tales of the Sands
Myrath Karma
Mystery Beneath the Veil of Winter's Face
Mystery Redemption
Next To None A Light in the Dark
Oblivion Protocol The Fall of the Shires
Oregon Music Of Another Present Era
Oregon Winter Light
Orphaned Land Sahara
Pain of Salvation Scarsick
Pelican Australasia
Pelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...
Pendragon (UK) Believe
Persefone Shin-Ken
Persona Non Grata Shade in the Light
Power Quest Sixth Dimension
Psychotic Waltz A Social Grace
Pyramaze Epitaph
Quidam surRevival
Ray Alder What The Water Wants
Riverside Voices In My Head
Ronnie Atkins Trinity
Rosetta The Galilean Satellites
Rosetta Quintessential Ephemera
Rush 2112
Russian Circles Geneva
Scar Symmetry The Singularity - Phase I: Neohumanity
Scott Stapp Proof of Life
Seventh Angel Lament for the Weary
Seventh Wonder The Great Escape
Slechtvalk A Forlorn Throne
Sons of Apollo Psychotic Symphony
Soul Secret Closer to Daylight
Soul Secret 4
Spheric Universe Experience Unreal
Spock's Beard The Kindness Of Strangers
Steve Hackett Wolflight
Stryper To Hell With the Devil
Stryper God Damn Evil
Stryper The Final Battle
Subsignal Paraíso
Sweet & Lynch Only to Rise
Symphony X Underworld
Teramaze Anhedonia
While slightly homogeneous, AnhedoniA is an impressive tag team of brutal riffage, vocals ranging from the smoothly catchy hook to the feral screaming, inventive interplay, and socially aware lyrics. Some wider tempo, stylistic and tonal contrasts would probably help Teramaze's overall sound more than hurt it, but in the progressive thrash genre, AnhedoniA is well above average.
Teramaze I Wonder
TesseracT Sonder
Tetrafusion Horizons
Much more coherent, intense, accessible and polished than Altered State, and still carries the band's unique charm, eclecticism and sense of intoxicating harmonies. Highly recommended for 2012 prog, and it's free!
The Contortionist Exoplanet
The Contortionist Intrinsic
The Flower Kings The Sum of No Evil
The Great Gamble Book 1
The Pineapple Thief It Leads To This
The Sea Within The Sea Within
The Sun Burns Bright A Hollow World
Threshold Extinct Instinct
toe For Long Tomorrow
Tomorrow's Eve Mirror of Creation 2 - Genesis II
Torman Maxt The Foolishness of God
Toundra III
Tourniquet Antiseptic Bloodbath
Antiseptic Bloodbath kind of sounds like just another Tourniquet album when we were expecting something more extreme and risky from this Christian technical thrash metal standby. The group has refined their formula and musicianship, especially in vocalist Luke Easter's energetic, confident performance, has branched out lyrically as well by tackling various aspects of theology and spirituality and delivering a deserved ode to Tyke, the famously abused Hawaiian circus elephant, and delivered a crunchy but clean mix, but the bass is nondescript and the heavily compressed mastering is reprehensible from an experienced band and producer dedicated to producing quality metal productions. I expected a little better from Tourniquet this time, but it's not bad and remains recommended.
Tourniquet Gazing at Medusa
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Beethoven's Last Night
Twinspirits The Music that Will Heal the World
Twinspirits The Forbidden City
Twinspirits Legacy
Vanden Plas Colour Temple
Vanden Plas Far Off Grace
Vanden Plas The Ghost Xperiment: Awakening
Vanishing Point Distant Is the Sun
Vestevent Titus
Voyager Colours in the Sun
Wang Wen 0.7
Wang Wen Invisible City
Widek Outside the Universe
Wolverine Still
Wolverine The Window Purpose
Work of Art Exhibits
Worldview The Chosen Few
Zao The Funeral of God

3.0 good
A Thousand Shields Portrait
Abnormal Thought Patterns Altered States of Consciousness
Aeon Zen A Mind's Portrait
All Too Human Juggernaut
While significantly less "progressive" than All Too Human's previous releases and leaning strongly towards modern metal with traits often dreaded by prog and/or metal purists, such as gang shouting and groove-inflected riffs, the musicianship is still carefully calculated (drummer Chris Lucci is more notable than ever), new vocalist Gordon Tittsworth obliterates his predecessors, the constantly brooding darkness throughout the recording morphs each song into its own entity, and there is a much greater sense of cohesion and originality within Juggernaut's slimmer borderlines. For those proggers who want odd time signatures and technical chaos, there are tracks with those as well, but as merely another facet of this Corpus Christi quartet's new and improved sound. Ten years was worth the wait.
Amaranthe Maximalism
Amaranthe Helix
Angra Ømni
Animations Reset Your Soul
Aortes Falling Motions
Aramid This Great Distance
Aramid Fading Light
Balance of Power Perfect Balance
Black Majesty Silent Company
Blurry Lights A Romantic Dream
Blurry Lights Blurry Lights
Cellar Darling This Is The Sound
Christoffer Franzen Endeavour
Citadellion Adventurers of Taeloth
Coldplay Music of the Spheres
Creed My Own Prison
DragonForce Inhuman Rampage
DragonForce Extreme Power Metal
Dreamscape End of Silence
Echosmith Echosmith
Empyrium A Wintersunset
Enchant Wounded
Explosions in the Sky How Strange, Innocence
Explosions in the Sky The Wilderness
Farzad Golpayegani Two
Floating in Space The Edge Of The Light
Gentle Knife Clock Unwound - Gentle Knife II
Hemina Synthetic
Hillsong United Zion
Images of Eden Images of Eden
Iona Another Realm
IQ Tales from the Lush Attic
Iron Maiden Fear of the Dark
Iron Maiden The X Factor
Joseph Magazine Night Of The Red Sky
Koloss End of the Chayot
Leah The Glory and the Fallen
Lights and Motion The Great Wide Open
Living Sacrifice Living Sacrifice
Loszeal Ideal World
Magic Pie King for a Day
Matchbox Twenty Where the Light Goes
MaYaN Dhyana
Mehida Blood & Water
Metallica Load
Mezarkabul Unspoken
Miseration The Mirroring Shadow
Mono Requiem For Hell
Myrath Shehili
Needtobreathe Caves
Pelican City of Echoes
Pendragon (UK) Pure
Pendragon (UK) The World
Pink Floyd The Endless River
Ray Alder II
Red (USA) Of Beauty and Rage
Royal Hunt Devil's Dozen
Shadow Gallery Shadow Gallery
Shadow Gallery Carved In Stone
Shania Twain Queen Of Me
Sole Remedy Apoptosis
Spastic Ink Ink Compatible
Taylor Swift The Tortured Poets Department
Teramaze Tears to dust
Teramaze Are We Soldiers
The Fractured Dimension Towards the Mysterium
The Twenty Committee A Lifeblood Psalm
Tourniquet Where Moth and Rust Destroy
Widek Dream Reflection

2.5 average
Dreamscape Everlight
So generic it even sounds like other generic prog metal bands; bland, repetitive riffs, generally hackneyed songcraft, and an excessively forward vocalist pull Everlight down into the depths of mediocrity. I've heard two Dreamscape albums, and this will be my last.
Echosmith Lonely Generation
Farzad Golpayegani One
Fates Warning Inside Out
Fates Warning A Pleasant Shade of Gray
Gungor Beautiful Things
Hillward Flies In Amber Stones
ISIS In the Absence of Truth
Kari Jobe Kari Jobe
Koi In Tomorrow Hid Yesterday
Megadeth United Abominations
Metallica Reload
While I see a lot of reviews that say that Reload has more left curves than Load and is thus better...I think that strategy has its good and bad points.
There's more variety and generally better tracks, though there are some silly compositions still scattered around. But the consistency suffers with all the different moods of this album.
On the whole, it cancels out and makes the two albums equal.
But it still feels like a saga, so if you really have to buy both of them, go ahead. But either stay away or embrace it.
Metallica Garage Inc.
Orphaned Land El Norra Alila
Pyramaze Bloodlines
Rosetta The Anaesthete
Scale the Summit In a World of Fear
Scar Symmetry Dark Matter Dimensions
Suspyre Suspyre
Temple of Blood Prepare for the Judgment of Mankind
Teramaze Esoteric Symbolism
Tourniquet Stop the Bleeding

2.0 poor
Aletheian Dying Vine
Benea Reach Alleviat
Callisto Providence
Post-metal with mostly clean vocals is a slowly growing idea; the potential problem is neutering the music so much that it becomes a mess of nothing, and Providence is mired in generic, meaningless chords, song structures with no direction, poorly orchestrated transitions into the rare and ineffective heavy sections, and a vocalist who just isn't well-suited for this type of music. The title track avoids these problems by building towards a dramatic finish with Callisto's signature cryptic, poetic spiritual lyrics, but perhaps this piece is the only selling point of the album. I look forward to hearing another band try an album like this, but they'll have to succeed where Callisto fail at creating captivating musical journeys.
Dymytry Homodlak
Glass Hammer Culture of Ascent
Gungor I Am Mountain
Holy Blood The Wanderer
Immortal Souls Wintereich
Iron Maiden Virtual XI
Jakarta Project Geographic
A nice conceptual idea, but executed poorly: entirely faceless music, lacking feeling and any characteristics of good post-rock, from dynamics to tension and atmosphere. It doesn't cost anything but time, but even the 25 minutes you would spend on this isn't worthwhile.
Kekal Audible Minority
Metallica Death Magnetic
Pelican What We All Come to Need
VERY disappointing. Pelican need a rawer, less crisp production, and they just can't play post-hardcore like Rosetta does. Pelican is a loose band - this is so tight that there is next to no passion in the performances, and the songs go absolutely nowhere half the time. BORING.

The vocal experiment on "Final Breath" is abysmal...get a real singer. Isis wouldn't sound as good with a "real" singer...Pelican needs one if it wants to use vocals, unlike the other instruments. The presence of vocals would be an epic moment in Pelican music, so a clear style would convey this sound properly.

Please do not try this again. You used to be so great...
Prototype Catalyst
Spheric Universe Experience The New Eve
Tourniquet Vanishing Lessons
Veni Domine 23:59

1.5 very poor
Leverage Tides
Mortification Primitive Rhythm Machine

1.0 awful
Exoustia The Beginning
Iron Maiden No Prayer for the Dying

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