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5.0 classic
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
Have a Nice Life Deathconsciousness
Mar De Grises Draining The Waterheart
Orphaned Land Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)
Pink Floyd Animals
Yanni Live at the Acropolis

4.5 superb
Agalloch The Mantle
Alcest Souvenirs d'un autre monde
Amorphis Silent Waters
Anathema Judgement
Arvo Part Tabula Rasa
Minimalist compositions of epic proportion. There is enough here to inspire the imagination to journey beyond the boundaries of sonic space and into that lofty realm where music is born.
Cobalt Gin
Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade
Damien Rice O
Devin Townsend Ocean Machine: Biomech
dredg El Cielo
Drudkh Microcosmos
Elliott Smith XO
Eluveitie Slania
Empyrium Weiland
Forest of Shadows Where Dreams Turn to Dust EP
Insomnium Above the Weeping World
Insomnium Since the Day It All Came Down
Killing Joke Millennium
Luna Sea Style
maudlin of the Well Leaving Your Body Map
Modest Mouse The Moon & Antarctica
Mount Eerie Lost Wisdom
Panopticon Collapse
Pink Floyd Meddle
Samael Passage
Six Organs Of Admittance Luminous Night
The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin
The Red Paintings Walls
Tristania Beyond the Veil
Ulver Bergtatt - Et eeventyr i 5 capitler
Ulver Shadows of the Sun
Ulver Svidd Neger OST
VNV Nation Empires
X Japan Art of Life

4.0 excellent
16 Horsepower Low Estate
16 Horsepower Secret South
Against Me! Crime as Forgiven By
Against Me! Against Me!
Agalloch The White
Agalloch Pale Folklore
Agalloch and Nest Split
Amesoeurs Ruines Humaines
Amesoeurs Amesoeurs
Amesoeurs manage to keep each track on this album interesting. The music if often surprisingly upbeat seeing as this is the "darker half" of the Alcest/Amesoeurs duality. There is more energy and freedom expressed here than in anything I've heard from Neige thus far. Audrey Sylvain's vocals fit the atmosphere like a glove. It is my understanding that Amesoeurs is no more after the release of this album which is truly a shame.
Amorphis Tales From the Thousand Lakes
Amorphis Eclipse
Amorphis Skyforger
Amorphis seems unlikely to release a bad album anytime soon, so I'm not really surprised by this quality album. While perhaps lacking the immediate "wow" factor of Silent Waters, this album is smooth, satisfying, and contains one of my new favorite Amorphis tracks, "Majestic Beast" - a track that solidifies my opinion that at their finest, this group makes Opeth less isolated in their Ascended status. While Opeth arguably exhibits superior technical skill, Amorphis delivers a solid package that doesn't need to show off to stand out. Most tracks on Skyforger are, as I said, smooth - easy to listen to, unobtrusive, and perhaps that's what keeps this from being a true masterpiece. Continuing in the vein of Silent Waters shouldn't come as a surprise given the warm reception of that album, and it shouldn't really be seen as a disappointment. "If it isn't broke, don't fix it" surely applies here.
Anathema A Natural Disaster
Anathema Hindsight
As Cities Burn Come Now Sleep
Assemblage 23 Storm
Autumn Leaves As Night Conquers Day
Black Math Horseman Wyllt
Blood Of The Black Owl A Feral Spirit
Bush Sixteen Stone
Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Dark Tranquillity Character
Dawn of Tears Dark Chamber Litanies
Disillusion Back to Times of Splendor
Draconian Turning Season Within
dredg The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion
Certainly much better than I expected, but beyond surpassing my expectations, it is an excellent album. More pop than Catch Without Arms, yet much more reminiscent of El Cielo/Leitmotif than CWA as well. Loaded with numerous quality tracks, there are only two full-length tracks on this album that I don't absolutely love, and those are still quite tolerable.
dredg Leitmotif
Drudkh Autumn Aurora
Eluveitie Spirit
Empyrium Where at Night the Wood Grouse Plays
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Faunts Feel.Love.Thinking.Of.
Fear Factory Obsolete
Fen The Malediction Fields
Gwynbleidd Nostalgia
Hanging Garden Inherit the Eden
Hawksley Workman For Him And The Girls
Hawksley Workman Treeful of Starling
In Flames Whoracle
In Flames Colony
In Flames The Jester Race
In Flames Clayman
In Mourning Shrouded Divine
Insomnium Across the Dark
Finland's finest Insomnium return with an album that will challenge established fans to stomach the addition of clean vocals on a handful of tracks, but as someone who fits in that category I can safely say "do not despair." There is a lot to digest in the eight tracks that have been leaked, and by the time "Where The Last Wave Broke" ends you will be assaulted with so much rich, swirling melodic metal that you'll forget you just heard what sounded like a less abrasive, more Finnish, later-era James Hetfield singing on top of what I think is only fair to call Insomnium's most radio-friendly track since their beginnings. A dedicated sit-down with this album after weeks of worry following the post-card release of 3 of the new tracks (aforementioned track included) dissolved my fears. Here is a band that even when walking out on a potentially weak limb toying with a new style cannot help but churn out some of the most inspired, brooding, nebulous melodic death metal they have become known for with masterpieces such as Since The Day It All Came Down and Above The Weeping World. A quick word about the production: Though the leak is not the final mix, the quality is very good. Any improvement on it would make the production value top notch. (From my blog, 5/5 rating is placeholder to prevent pre-release buzzkill but my rating will be pretty high.)
Isis Oceanic
Killing Joke Brighter Than a Thousand Suns
Killing Joke Pandemonium
Killing Joke Killing Joke (2003)
Lifelover Konkurs
Lykathea Aflame Elvenefris
Mar De Grises The Tatterdemalion Express
Matisyahu Light
maudlin of the Well Part the Second
Melechesh Emissaries
Modest Mouse The Lonesome Crowded West
Modest Mouse Building Nothing Out of Something
Modest Mouse This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About
Mount Eerie Wind's Poem
Perry Farrell Song Yet To Be Sung
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd A Saucerful of Secrets
Ruhr Hunter Moss & Memory
Ruhr Hunter Torn Of This
Samael Above
Secret Chiefs 3 Book of Horizons
This album only falls short of a 4.5 or 5 star rating due to the weak metal elements that only serve to detract from the brilliance of the progressive majority. I personally never cared much for Mr. Bungle or any other project dominated by Patton, and that influence is what ultimately ruins the ADD, frantic tracks (ie the metal tracks) for me.
Sigh Hangman's Hymn
Sigh Imaginary Sonicscape
Solstafir Köld
Sun of the Blind Skullreader
Surface Of Eceon The King Beneath The Mountain
The Flaming Lips Clouds Taste Metallic
The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
The Gentleman Losers The Gentleman Losers
The Red Paintings Cinema Love
The Red Paintings Destroy The Robots
The Red Paintings Feed the Wolf
Tiamat Wildhoney
Tool Lateralus
Ulver Kveldssanger
Ulver Perdition City
Ulver Blood Inside
Wintersleep Welcome To The Night Sky
Wolves in the Throne Room Black Cascade
1:1 Wolves In The Throne Room sacrificed post-rock and ambient to make a true metal album... 1:2 The metal god saw that it was good, and there was a second day. While those elements aren't truly absent from this album, they are further buried and less showcased. I think what some find boring about this album is its consistency and the persistence of the stylistic direction. But when you're creating landscapes with sound, you have to stick to it. (Dropped from 4.5 because, well, I listened to Two Hunters a few times and this stopped seeming as magical.)
Wolves in the Throne Room Two Hunters
World's End Girlfriend Dream's End Come True
World's End Girlfriend The Lie Lay Land
World's End Girlfriend Hurtbreak Wonderland
Wovenhand Ten Stones
Yonlu A Society In Which No Tear is Shed...

3.5 great
16 Horsepower Folklore
Against Me! As the Eternal Cowboy
Against Me! Reinventing Axl Rose
Agalloch Of Stone, Wind and Pillor
Alexi Murdoch Time Without Consequence
Anathema Alternative 4
Anathema A Fine Day to Exit
Assemblage 23 Defiance
Bat For Lashes Two Suns
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Cop Shoot Cop White Noise
Deconstruction Deconstruction
dredg Catch Without Arms
dredg Orph
Earth Crisis Slither
Fauna Rain
I'd love to give this a higher rating, but I found that after 20 minutes of lead up, I didn't like the BM vocals... which is a lousy thing to discover 20 minutes into a song. Otherwise, this is a really enjoyable way to spend a contemplative hour or so, and further convinces me of my need to move to woods of the pacific northwest and become a reclusive environmentalist anti-establishment full time black metal fan.
Forest of Shadows Six Waves Of Woe
Fuel Sunburn
Gevolt Sidur
Gill Landry The Ballad of Lawless Soirez
Gill Landry of Old Crow Medicine Show goes solo with this folk/blues debut full of dusty, downtrodden-dream lyrics. Something like a concept album, there is a story here that, simple as it is, never really paints a compelling enough picture to follow, but that doesn't detract from the value of the record a whole. The music conjures the atmosphere of a smoky hole in the wall bar in the south where, beneath the raucous of the patrons, a no-name band in the corner lays out sincere, no frills folk/blues, the kind you'd feel bonded with from across the room and raise your beer up to between tracks. That's a genuine compliment.
Hawksley Workman (Last Night We Were) The Delicious Wolves
If These Trees Could Talk Above the Earth, Below the Sky
Killing Joke Killing Joke
Killing Joke Hosannas From The Basements Of Hell
Killing Joke Democracy
Killswitch Engage The End of Heartache
Longing For Dawn Between Elation And Despair
Modest Mouse Interstate 8
Modest Mouse The Fruit That Ate Itself
Modest Mouse Everywhere and His Nasty Parlour Tricks
Modest Mouse Sad Sappy Sucker
Modest Mouse Good News for People Who Love Bad News
Moving Mountains Pneuma
Mudvayne L.D. 50
Orphaned Land Sahara
Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason
Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Poison the Well The Tropic Rot
Samael Ceremony Of Opposites
Savage Garden Savage Garden
Shai Hulud A Profound Hatred of Man [Reissue]
Shai Hulud Hearts Once Nourished With Hope...
Sleeping at Last Keep No Score
Sleepingdog Polar Life
Soap&Skin Lovetune for Vacuum
Sombres Forets Royaume De Glace
The Absence Riders of the Plague
The Red Paintings Angel Flummox
Tristania World of Glass
Ulver Themes From William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
VNV Nation Matter and Form

3.0 good
16 Horsepower Sackcloth 'n' Ashes
Against Me! Searching for a Former Clarity
Agalloch Tomorrow Will Never Come
Aglarond Embraced by Darkness
Alcest Le Secret
Amorphis Elegy
Amorphis Am Universum
Amorphis Far from the Sun
Anathema Serenades
Anathema Eternity
Assemblage 23 Failure
Averse Sefira Advent Parallax
Blue October History for Sale
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Burst Lazarus Bird
Bush Razorblade Suitcase
Cynic Traced in Air
Disillusion Gloria
Dolorian When All The Laughter Has Gone
Hawksley Workman Between the Beautifuls
In Flames Soundtrack to Your Escape
In Flames Reroute to Remain
In Flames Lunar Strain
Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Modest Mouse Baron von Bullshit Rides Again
Mudvayne The End of All Things to Come
Pink Floyd Obscured by Clouds
Samael Solar Soul
Scar Symmetry Holographic Universe
Shai Hulud Misanthropy Pure
Sigh Gallows Gallery
Sleeping Gods New Sensation
Very enjoyable album, but mediocrity creeps into a few of the longer tracks and makes it hard to stay focused. "Sweet Suffering" and "Scene of Emptiness" are stellar tracks, especially the latter even if it is a bit repetitive. It's one of my all time favorite songs (of any band.)
Sun Kil Moon Ghosts of the Great Highway
This Will Destroy You This Will Destroy You
Ulver Nattens Madrigal

2.5 average
Against Me! New Wave
Amorphis The Karelian Isthmus
Anathema The Silent Enigma
Apocalyptica Worlds Collide
Assemblage 23 Meta
Bush Golden State
CKY Infiltrate Destroy Rebuild
CKY An Answer Can Be Found
CKY Carver City
If you aren't afraid of a little synth in your rock, this is a very enjoyable album from
start to finish. While many will likely regard this as simply above-average alt-rock
filler music, I am going to hold it aloft with my mighty anointed hands anyway. There
certainly is filler on this album, tracks such as "Woe Is Me" just didn't do anything for
me at all (though I'd still call them better than 90% of what I hear on the modern rock
station.) However, there are truly some gems here. The opening track, "Hellions on
Parade" is just plain good rock and roll with much improved vocals, the second track
"...And She Never Returned" invokes Propagandhi and actually does it justice, "Rats In
The Infirmary" is equally good. After that exciting introductory trilogy, the songs stop
standing out as much but still aren't bad. The album makes a surprising comeback with "A
#1 Roller Rager" - It's just an excellent, catchy, fun song with a lot of replay value.
If CKY did this style throughout the album it would get old, but on its own it
contributes greatly to the whole package. The album wraps up with an average track
followed by what the band probably intended to be an epic closer. It falls short of that
goal but still does the rest of the album justice enough. Don't expect anything
monumental when you give it a spin, but go into it with an open mind and you might be
pleasantly surprised like me.
Cynic Reflections of a Dying World
Cynic '88 Demo
Cynic '90 Demo
Eluveitie Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion
As I've explored this album, I've found holes in it that have caused me to drop my rating from 3.5 to 2.5. While at times this is an energetic Gaulish folk album with true Eluveitie spirit, at others it is a dull and poorly executed meandering into dead-ends that cut tracks short of their potential. Like many of the tracks, one of the potentially strongest, "The Cauldron of Renascence," fades out into oblivion just when it's getting good. It's a build-up to nothing at all. Instead, it leads into the (perhaps intentionally) roughly-sung "Nata" which only furthered my disappointment. This plagues a lot of tracks on this album, but it doesn't have as noticeable or negative of an affect elsewhere as it does here. It feels as though all of the tracks (Other than Omnos, which is already a bit too repetitive) could have been understandably extended by at least a full minute or two. Some probably could have just been scrapped entirely, or re-written to fit better into the album. I hope part two of this project sees Eluveitie focusing more on quality rather than quantity. Otherwise (someone has to say it), they ought to stick to folk-metal. They are phenomenal at it, not so much at this.
Eternal Tears of Sorrow Chaotic Beauty
Eternal Tears of Sorrow Before the Bleeding Sun
Fear Factory Soul of a New Machine
Fear Factory Transgression
Green Day Bullet In A Bible
High on Fire Blessed Black Wings
High on Fire Death Is This Communion
In Flames A Sense of Purpose
In Flames Come Clarity
Isis Celestial
Killing Joke Fire Dances
Killswitch Engage As Daylight Dies
Mudvayne Lost and Found
Our Lady Peace Burn Burn
Pelican City of Echoes
Primus Pork Soda
Samael Worship Him
Samael Blood Ritual
Samael Eternal
Samael Reign Of Light
The Haunted One Kill Wonder
Tool 10,000 Days
Trivium Shogun
Trivium Ascendancy
Ulver Lyckantropen Themes OST
Virginia Creeper Who's Your God
Independently produced Christian industrial metal. While not entirely set apart from their influences (Manson, CoF, etc, all bands I never cared much for incidentally), they manage to hold my interest for far longer. Perhaps it's the novelty of having a Christian act stir up a little bit of controversy in the Christian scene. The band was banned from the Christian social networking site ShoutLife (more than once if I recall) after users of the site heavily condemned images of the lead singer depicting himself in a Manson-esque Christ get-up. As cheap as it sounds, I actually respect the band a tad bit more for refusing to fit in with the Christian scene while still actively participating in it. The music isn't anything remarkable, but it isn't bad at all for an independent release. Even if you hate the band's influences you might find it worth a listen.

2.0 poor
Alcest Tristesse Hivernale
Anathema The Crestfallen
Ascension of the Watchers Numinosum
Ascension of the Watchers opened for the epic original line-up tour of Killing Joke. I saw them at the House of Blues in Chicago. It was perhaps the most uninspired, boring, repetitive opening act I have ever seen. The album is only marginally better than the live experience. Fear Factory on downers... not a good thing.
Fuel Something Like Human
Green Day American Idiot
Green Day 21st Century Breakdown
HammerFall No Sacrifice, No Victory
HammerFall Threshold
Mudvayne By the People, For the People
Nickelback Silver Side Up
Nickelback The State
Nickelback Hesher
Nickelback Curb
Pink Floyd The Division Bell
Slipknot All Hope Is Gone
Slipknot Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.
The Haunted The Haunted Made Me Do It
The Haunted Versus
Trivium The Crusade
Trivium Ember to Inferno

1.5 very poor
Finger Eleven Them vs. You vs. Me
Mudvayne The New Game
Nickelback All the Right Reasons
Nickelback The Long Road
Seether Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces
Seether One Cold Night
Smile Empty Soul Smile Empty Soul

1.0 awful
brokeNCYDE BC 13
brokeNCYDE The Broken
brokeNCYDE I'm Not a Fan, but the Kids Like It!
Finger Eleven Finger Eleven
Nickelback Dark Horse

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