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5.0 classic
Amaseffer Slaves for Life
Anathema We're Here Because We're Here
Ayreon The Human Equation
Big Big Train English Electric
Black Sabbath Paranoid
Camel Mirage
Circus Maximus The 1st Chapter
Cynthesis DeEvolution
Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Dream Theater Images and Words
Extol Undeceived
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.
Iona Open Sky
IQ The Road of Bones
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast
Isis Panopticon
Isis Oceanic
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
Kekal Beyond The Glimpse of Dreams
Kingcrow Eidos
Marillion Misplaced Childhood
Marillion Clutching at Straws
Megadeth Rust in Peace
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Metallica Master of Puppets
Mike Oldfield Ommadawn
Mono Hymn to the Immortal Wind
Mono For My Parents
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.
Orphaned Land Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)
Orphaned Land The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR
Pain of Salvation Remedy Lane
Pantommind Searching for Eternity
Pendragon Not of This World
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
Spock's Beard V
Spock's Beard Snow
The Moody Blues Days of Future Passed
Theocracy As the World Bleeds
Tool Lateralus
Tourniquet Microscopic View of a Telescopic Realm
Tourniquet Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance
U2 The Joshua Tree
Vanden Plas Christ 0
Yes Close to the Edge
Zero Hour The Towers of Avarice

4.5 superb
Aesthesys Ascendere
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 Temple of Shadows
Angra Angels Cry
Angra Secret Garden
Anthriel The Pathway
Anubis Gate Anubis Gate
Anubis Gate Andromeda Unchained
Arcane Known/Learned
Asia Asia
Believer Dimensions
Believer Transhuman
Between the Buried and Me Coma Ecliptic
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Big Big Train Folklore
Big Big Train English Electric Part 2
Big Big Train Grimspound
Blind Guardian At the Edge of Time
Boston Boston
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 ReEvolution
Darkwater Calling the Earth to Witness
Dave Bainbridge Celestial Fire
David Gallegos Mis Recuerdos
Disperse Foreword
Distorted Harmony Chain Reaction
Distorted Harmony Utopia
Dream Theater Awake
Dream Theater Octavarium
Dream Theater A Dramatic Turn of Events
Dream Theater The Astonishing
Eagles Hotel California
Echoes Nature|Existence
Eleventh Vibration Illusions
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Brain Salad Surgery
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Enchant A Blueprint of the World
Enchant Time Lost
Enchant Tug Of War
Entropia Simetria
Evergrey The Storm Within
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Extreme III Sides to Every Story
Fates Warning Disconnected
Fates Warning Awaken the Guardian
Genesis Foxtrot
Gentle Giant In a Glass House
Green Carnation Light of Day, Day of Darkness
Gungor Ghosts Upon the Earth
Haken Aquarius
Headspace I Am Anonymous
Headspace All That You Fear Is Gone
Hibernal Replacements
Images of Eden Rebuilding The Ruins
Iona Journey Into the Morn
IQ Dark Matter
Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and Death
Iron Maiden Powerslave
Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time
Iron Maiden The Book of Souls
Isis Wavering Radiant
John Elefante On My Way to the Sun
Judas Priest Stained Class
Judas Priest Painkiller
Kamelot The Black Halo
Kansas Song for America
Kansas The Prelude Implicit
Kekal Embrace The Dead
Kekal Acidity
King's X Gretchen Goes to Nebraska
King's X Faith, Hope, Love
King's X Dogman
Lance King A Moment in Chiros
Leah Kings & Queens
Lights and Motion Dear Avalanche
Living Sacrifice Conceived In Fire
Lunatic Soul Fractured
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Mastodon Crack the Skye
Matchbox Twenty More Than You Think You Are
Matchbox Twenty Yourself or Someone Like You
Megadeth Endgame
Menahem Angels and Shadows
Metal Church Blessing in Disguise
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells
Miles Davis Kind of Blue
MindMaze Back From the Edge
MindMaze Resolve
Miseration Your Demons ~ Their Angels
Mono The Last Dawn
Mortification Scrolls of the Megilloth
Myrath Hope
Myrath Desert Call
Mystery Delusion Rain
Neal Morse The Similitude of a Dream
Oregon Out of the Woods
Pain of Salvation Be
Pain of Salvation The Perfect Element, Part 1
Pain of Salvation One Hour by the Concrete Lake
Pain of Salvation In the Passing Light of Day
Pantommind Lunasense
Pantommind Shade of Fate
Pendragon The Masquerade Overture
Pendragon The Window of Life
Persefone Aathma
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
Power of Omens Rooms of Anguish
Pyramaze Melancholy Beast
Pyramaze Legend Of The Bone Carver
Pyramaze Immortal
Pyramaze Disciples of the Sun
Pyramaze Contingent
Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way
Redemption The Origins of Ruin
Redemption This Mortal Coil
Redemption The Art of Loss
Riverside Out of Myself
Riverside Second Life Syndrome
Riverside Memories In My Head
Riverside Shrine Of New Generation Slaves
Riverside Love, Fear and the Time Machine
Rosetta Wake/Lift
Royal Hunt Paradox
Rush Moving Pictures
Saviour Machine Saviour Machine I
Seventh Wonder Mercy Falls
Shadow Gallery Tyranny
Shadow Gallery Room V
Sigur Ros Takk...
Sigur Ros Agætis byrjun
Silent Lapse Birthright
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.
Spheric Universe Experience Anima
Spock's Beard Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep
Steve Rothery The Ghosts Of Pripyat
Steven Wilson Hand. Cannot. Erase.
Stryper No More Hell To Pay
Stryper Fallen
Subsignal Beacons of Somewhere Sometime
Subsignal Touchstones
Suspyre When Time Fades
Symphony X The Divine Wings of Tragedy
Symphony X Paradise Lost
TesseracT Polaris
Tetrafusion Dreaming Of Sleep
The Contortionist Language
The Evenfall The Waiting Room
The Flower Kings Banks of Eden
Theocracy Mirror of Souls
Theocracy Theocracy
Theocracy Ghost Ship
Threshold March of Progress
Threshold Subsurface
Threshold For The Journey
Threshold Legends of the Shires
Tourniquet Psycho Surgery
Transatlantic Bridge Across Forever
Twinspirits The Forbidden City
Twinspirits Legacy
Vanden Plas Far Off Grace
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 Light
Veni Domine Material Sanctuary
Votum Metafiction
Voyager V
Voyager Ghost Mile
Widek Journey to the Stars
Wolverine Communication Lost
Wolverine Machina Viva
Work of Art Framework
X Japan Art of Life
Yes Fragile
Yndi Halda Under Summer
Zero Hour Specs of Pictures Burnt Beyond
Zero Hour Dark Deceiver

4.0 excellent
Abydos Abydos: The Little Boy's Heavy Mental Shadow Opera
Alberto Rigoni Something Different
Alberto Rigoni Three Wise Monkeys
All Too Human Entropy
All Too Human Forever and a Day
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 Amaranthe
Anathema Distant Satellites
Anathema Judgement
Anathema The Optimist
Anesthesia An Infinite Winter, Vol. II: Time
Angel Dust Border of Reality
Angra Holy Land
Angra Aurora Consurgens
Angra Rebirth
Anubis Gate The Detached
Anubis Gate Horizons
Arch / Matheos Sympathetic Resonance
Audrey Assad The House You're Building
Audrey Assad Fortunate Fall
Ayreon The Source
Believer Gabriel
Big Big Train The Underfall Yard
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
Circus Maximus Nine
Circus Maximus Havoc
Coldplay Parachutes
Coldplay Mylo Xyloto
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.
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
Daniel Cavanagh and Joseph Geraci The Passage
Darkwater Where Stories End
Dave Bainbridge Veil of Gossamer
Daydream XI The Grand Disguise
Disillusion Back to Times of Splendor
Disperse Journey Through The Hidden Gardens
DragonForce The Power Within
Dream Theater Train of Thought
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos
Dream Theater Dream Theater
Drottnar Welterwerk
Echosmith Talking Dreams
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Trilogy
Enchant The Great Divide
Enchant Break
Entransient Entransient
Eumeria Rebel Mind
Evergrey Hymns for the Broken
Evergrey The Inner Circle
Evroklidon The Flames of Sodom
Explosions in the Sky All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone
Explosions in the Sky The Rescue
Fates Warning Darkness in a Different Light
Fates Warning FWX
Fates Warning Parallels
Fates Warning No Exit
Flares Solar Empire
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
Hammock Departure Songs
Hammock Chasing After Shadows...Living with the Ghosts
Hammock Everything and Nothing
Hammock Mysterium
HB Frozen Inside
Helloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I
Hemina Venus
Hemina Nebulae
Hemina As We Know It
Hibernal The Machine
Hibernal After The Winter
Holy Blood Waves Are Dancing
Horde Hellig Usvart
Hourglass Oblivious to the Obvious
Hourglass Subconscious
Hourglass The Journey Into
If These Trees Could Talk Red Forest
If These Trees Could Talk The Bones of a Dying World
Images of Eden Sunlight of the Spirit
Iona The Book of Kells
Iona The Circling Hour
IQ Subterranea
Iron Maiden Brave New World
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden Killers
Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Iron Maiden Piece of Mind
Isis Celestial
Joanne Hogg Uncountable Stars
Joanne Hogg Raphael's Journey
John Mayer Room for Squares
Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance
Kamelot Epica
Kamelot Haven
Kamelot Silverthorn
Kansas Kansas
Katatonia The Fall of Hearts
Katatonia Dead End Kings
Kekal The Painful Experience
Kekal 8
King's X Out of the Silent Planet
Krobak Little Victories
Leah Of Earth & Angels
Lengsel Solace
Lights and Motion Save Your Heart
Living Sacrifice The Hammering Process
Loraine An Autumn Evening
LORD Digital Lies
Lost in Thought Opus Arise
Loszeal Ideal World
Lunatic Soul Impressions
Mastodon Remission
Matchbox Twenty Mad Season
Metallica Metallica
MindMaze Mask of Lies
Mono You Are There
Mortification Mortification
Myrath Tales of the Sands
Myrath Legacy
Mystery The World is a Game
Neal Morse The Grand Experiment
Neal Morse Testimony
Nest (FIN) Woodsmoke
Nest (FIN) Trail of the Unwary
Nightwish Oceanborn
Numph Theories of Light
Outworld Outworld
Pain of Salvation Entropia
Pendragon Men Who Climb Mountains
Persefone Spiritual Migration
Peter Gabriel Car
Pink Floyd The Wall
Pray for Sound Dreamer
Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf
Redemption The Fullness of Time
Riverside Rapid Eye Movement
Riverside Eye of the Soundscape
Rosetta A Determinism of Morality
Rush A Farewell to Kings
Rush Hemispheres
Rush Permanent Waves
Russian Circles Station
Savatage Dead Winter Dead
Scale the Summit V
Seventh Angel The Dust of Years
Shadow Gallery Legacy
Shadow Gallery Digital Ghosts
Sigur Ros ( )
Sithu Aye 26
Sleepmakeswaves Made Of Breath Only
Sleevenotes The Pain of Nostalgia
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
Symphony X The Odyssey
Symphony X Underworld
Takaakira Goto Classical Punk and Echoes...
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.
TesseracT Altered State
Tetrafusion Altered State
The Flower Kings Desolation Rose
The Gentle Storm The Diary
This Patch of Sky This Patch of Sky (S/T)
Thought Chamber Angular Perceptions
Threshold Dead Reckoning
Threshold Hypothetical
Threshold Critical Mass
Threshold Clone
Threshold Wounded Land
Threshold Psychedelicatessen
Toundra IV
Transcend The Mind
Tuesday The Sky Drift
Twinspirits The Music that Will Heal the World
U2 The Unforgettable Fire
Vanden Plas Beyond Daylight
Vanden Plas The God Thing
Vanden Plas Colour Temple
Vanishing Point The Fourth Season
Vanishing Point Distant Is the Sun
Veni Domine Fall Babylon Fall
Votum Harvest Moon
Voyager The Meaning of I
Voyager I Am the reVolution
Wang Wen Eight Horses
Wang Wen Sweet Home, Go
While The City Sleeps Back When We Knew
Widek Hidden Dimensions
Widek Outside the Universe
Wingdom Reality
Within Temptation The Silent Force
Yndi Halda Enjoy Eternal Bliss
Zero Hour Metamorphosis

3.5 great
Aeon Zen A Mind's Portrait
Amaranthe Massive Addictive
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
Atomic Opera Gospel Cola
Atomic Opera For Madmen Only
Audrey Assad Heart
Ayreon 01011001
Ayreon Universal Migrator Part 1: The Dream Sequencer
Ayreon Flight of the Migrator
Ayreon The Theory of Everything
Believer Sanity Obscure
Callisto Secret Youth
Citadellion Adventurers of Taeloth
Coldplay X & Y
Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams
Comedy of Errors Spirit
Cormorant Metazoa
Deep In Thought Verses
DivineFire Hero
Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Edge of Sanity Crimson
Edgend A New Identity
Enchant Juggling 9 Or Dropping 10
Enchant Blink of An Eye
Enchant Wounded
Explosions in the Sky Those Who Tell the Truth...
Extol Burial
Extol Extol
Fates Warning Perfect Symmetry
Gazpacho Molok
Genesis Nursery Cryme
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.
Hammock Raising Your Voice... Trying to Stop an Echo
Hammock Kenotic
Helloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II
Hemina Synthetic
Inward Oceans Paths from Home
Iona Beyond These Shores
IQ The Seventh House
IQ Ever
IQ The Wake
Iron Maiden Dance of Death
Iron Maiden The Final Frontier
Jakarta Project Beauty Lies in Lover's Eyes
John Mayer Heavier Things
Kalisia Cybion
Kansas Masque
Kerry Livgren Seeds of Change
Lament Tears Of A Leper
Lament Through The Reflection
Leah Otherworld
Lights and Motion Reanimation
Lights and Motion Chronicle
Marco Ragni Mother From The Sun
Marillion Fugazi
Megadeth The System Has Failed
Michael Sweet I'm Not Your Suicide
Millennial Reign Carry the Fire
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.
Next To None A Light in the Dark
Oregon Music Of Another Present Era
Oregon Winter Light
Orphaned Land Sahara
Pelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...
Pelican Australasia
Pendragon Believe
Persefone Shin-Ken
Persona Non Grata Shade in the Light
Riverside Voices In My Head
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
Soul Secret Closer to Daylight
Spheric Universe Experience Unreal
Spock's Beard The Kindness Of Strangers
Steve Hackett Wolflight
Stryper To Hell With the Devil
Subsignal Paraíso
Sweet and Lynch Only to Rise
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 Intrinsic
The Contortionist Exoplanet
The Flower Kings The Sum of No Evil
The Great Gamble Book 1
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.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Beethoven's Last Night
Wang Wen 0.7
Wolverine Still
Wolverine The Window Purpose
Worldview The Chosen Few
Zao The Funeral of God

3.0 good
A Thousand Shields Portrait
Abnormal Thought Patterns Altered States of Consciousness
Amaranthe Maximalism
Animations Reset Your Soul
Balance of Power Perfect Balance
Black Majesty Silent Company
Coldplay Ghost Stories
Creed My Own Prison
DragonForce Inhuman Rampage
Dreamscape End of Silence
Empyrium A Wintersunset
Explosions in the Sky How Strange, Innocence
Explosions in the Sky Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Explosions in the Sky The Wilderness
Farzad Golpayegani Two
Hillsong United Zion
Images of Eden Images of Eden
Iona Another Realm
Iron Maiden The X Factor
Iron Maiden Fear of the Dark
Koloss End of the Chayot
Living Sacrifice Living Sacrifice
Magic Pie King for a Day
Mehida Blood & Water
Metallica Load
Mezarkabul Unspoken
Miseration The Mirroring Shadow
Mono Requiem For Hell
Pelican City of Echoes
Pendragon Pure
Pendragon The World
Pink Floyd The Endless River
Shadow Gallery Shadow Gallery
Shadow Gallery Carved In Stone
Sole Remedy Apoptosis
Spastic Ink Ink Compatible
Teramaze Tears to dust
The Fractured Dimension Towards the Mysterium
The Twenty Committee A Lifeblood Psalm
Tourniquet Where Moth and Rust Destroy

2.5 average
Dream Theater Falling into Infinity
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.
Farzad Golpayegani One
Fates Warning A Pleasant Shade of Gray
Fates Warning Inside Out
Gungor Beautiful Things
Hillward Flies In Amber Stones
Isis In the Absence of Truth
Koi In Tomorrow Hid Yesterday
Mastodon Leviathan
Megadeth United Abominations
Metallica Garage Inc.
Orphaned Land El Norra Alila
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.
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
Tourniquet Vanishing Lessons
Veni Domine 23:59

1.5 very poor
Leverage Tides
Mortification Primitive Rhythm Machine

1.0 awful
Iron Maiden No Prayer for the Dying

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