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5.0 classic
Cynic Traced in Air
Dream Theater Train of Thought
Dream Theater Images and Words
Haken The Mountain
Protest the Hero Fortress
Sieges Even The Art of Navigating by the Stars

4.5 superb
Angra Temple of Shadows
Animals As Leaders Animals as Leaders
Animals As Leaders The Joy of Motion
You could call this a spectacular return to form after the disappointing "Weightless", but that would somewhat undersell this album. While the jazz has made a strong return, this isn't more of the same from their self-titled. The more rock-rooted drumming from "Weightless" returns, and the guitars draw inspiration from much broader ranges of funk, latin, and jazz, bearing more than a tinge of Javier Reyes solo project "Mestis". The overall result is an album much more loyal to their debut and yet fresh and unique in their discography - and likely their best release to date.
Avenged Sevenfold City of Evil
Be'lakor Vessels
Behemoth Evangelion
Bela Fleck and The Flecktones Left of Cool
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax II: Future Sequence
First impressions: might be BTBAM's best album. Simultaneously proggier and heavier than
Hypersleep Dialogues and The Great Misdirect. Some SFaM-era DT influence is noticeable on a
few tracks (esp. intro track "Goodbye to Everything"). The songwriting is tighter and more
cohesive than ever, but this comes at no sacrifice to their eclecticism. As they've matured
they've gotten better at writing smooth transitions, and the many detours to various genres
are less cliche or cheesy than Fossil Genera's gypsy folk or Ants of the Sky's hoedown
(which I found fun, but this is comes across as a more serious record). The song lengths are
well varied, allowing the album to explore a variety of tempos and moods, so it isn't
particularly exhausting to listen to the disc in its entirety.
Blind Guardian Nightfall in Middle-Earth
Blind Guardian A Night at the Opera
Caligula's Horse The Tide, The Thief & River's End
Children of Bodom Follow the Reaper
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Cynic Focus
Dethklok The Dethalbum
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Ensiferum Ensiferum
Evan Brewer Alone
Evan Brewer Your Itinerary
Fair to Midland Arrows and Anchors
Gorguts Colored Sands
Iced Earth Horror Show
In Flames The Jester Race
In Mourning The Weight of Oceans
Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and Death
Jethro Tull Thick as a Brick
Kalisia Cybion
Kamelot The Black Halo
Kiko Loureiro Universo Inverso
A thoroughly enjoyable Latin jazz/Jazz fusion record. Fantastic musicianship and memorable melodies the entire way through.
Lamb of God Sacrament
Levi/Werstler Avalanche of Worms
Liquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment
Mahavishnu Orchestra The Inner Mounting Flame
Mr. Bungle California
Oingo Boingo Only a Lad
Opeth Damnation
Opeth Blackwater Park
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Is this my favorite Opeth album? On the one hand, yes.
Pomegranate Tiger Entities
Porcupine Tree Deadwing
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
Protest the Hero Volition
Quiet Company We Are All Where We Belong
Riverside Out of Myself
Scale the Summit The Collective
Shadow Gallery Tyranny
Shadow Gallery Room V
Shadow Gallery Digital Ghosts
Sieges Even A Sense of Change
SikTh The Trees Are Dead and Dried Out
Steorrah II: Thin White Paint
Switchfoot Nothing is Sound
Symphony X The Divine Wings of Tragedy
The Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating Infinity
The Faceless Akeldama
The Haarp Machine Disclosure
The Human Abstract Digital Veil
The Receiving End of Sirens Between the Heart and the Synapse
The Reign Of Kindo The Reign Of Kindo
The Reign Of Kindo Rhythm, Chord & Melody
How are there no reviews on this? Somebody needs to get on that. I'm too lazy, however.
Wintersun Wintersun

4.0 excellent
3 The End is Begun
7 Horns 7 Eyes Throes Of Absolution
A Million Dead Birds Laughing Xen
Aeon Spoke Aeon Spoke
After the Burial Forging a Future Self
After the Burial Rareform (Re-release)
After the Burial Rareform
Alarum Natural Causes
Alarum Eventuality
An Endless Sporadic Ameliorate
Angra Angels Cry
Angra Rebirth
Angra Holy Land
Angra Hunters and Prey
Anup Sastry Ghost
A surprisingly refreshing "djent" release. Anup's grooves are as tasty as they are technical, and the guitar and bass writing is unexpectedly impressive coming from a drummer. I'm tempted to lower my rating because the guitars/bass are programmed, which seems to me to cheapen the complexity of their parts. However, their sound quality is flawless, and the parts are well-written, so it doesn't detract from the album.
Art By Numbers Reticence: The Musical
As I Lay Dying The Powerless Rise
Atheist Elements
August Burns Red Constellations
August Burns Red Rescue & Restore
Bad Religion True North
BATS The Sleep of Reason
BATS Red In Tooth and Claw
Between the Buried and Me The Great Misdirect
Between the Buried and Me Alaska
Between the Buried and Me Coma Ecliptic
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy This Beautiful Life
This album finds Big Bad Voodoo Daddy mixing vintage swing with vintage rock, resulting in a driving, catchy album with a darker feel countered and complimented by elements of black comedy in the lyrics and a playful snarl tinging the vocal delivery. The musicianship is solid, and, while not highly technical, each musician delivers a memorable performance. The vocals lack range and at times are closer to talking than singing. However, this compliments the sinister bar-room feel, and the vocals add a lot to the album's atmosphere. This is a solid, energetic release that can appeal to fans of jazz, rock, and even metal alike.
Black Crown Initiate Song of the Crippled Bull
Black Crown Initiate Selves We Cannot Forgive
Blind Guardian At the Edge of Time
Blotted Science The Machinations of Dementia
Born of Osiris The Discovery
Caligula's Horse Moments From Ephemeral City
Car Bomb Centralia
Carach Angren Death Came Through a Phantom Ship
Cattle Decapitation The Anthropocene Extinction
Children of Bodom Hatebreeder
Children of Bodom Something Wild
Chimp Spanner At the Dream's Edge
CHON Newborn Sun
Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade
Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow
Cynic Carbon-Based Anatomy
Cynic Demo 1991
Death The Sound of Perseverance
Death Individual Thought Patterns
Death Human
Diablo Swing Orchestra The Butcher's Ballroom
Diablo Swing Orchestra Sing-Along Songs for the Damned & Delirious
Diablo Swing Orchestra Pandora's Pinata
Dream Evil Dragon Slayer
Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos
Dream Theater Octavarium
Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Dream Theater Awake
Dream Theater A Change of Seasons
Dream Theater Score
Ensiferum Iron
Ever Forthright Ever Forthright
Exivious Exivious
Fear My Thoughts Vulcanus
Finger Eleven Finger Eleven
Flogging Molly Drunken Lullabies
Freak Kitchen Land of the Freaks
Freak Kitchen Organic
Freak Kitchen Move
Ghost (SWE) Infestissumam
Ghost (SWE) Meliora
Giraffes? Giraffes! Pink Magick
Gojira L'Enfant Sauvage
Gunship Gunship
Hannes Grossmann The Crypts Of Sleep
Hannes Grossmann The Radial Covenant
He Is Legend I Am Hollywood
Hieronymus Bosch Artificial Emotions
In Mourning Shrouded Divine
Insomnium Shadows of the Dying Sun
Intervals In Time
Intronaut Valley of Smoke
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast
James LaBrie Static Impulse
Jeff Hughell I Came To Hate
Job for a Cowboy Sun Eater
Kalisia Skies [Demo]
Kalmah They Will Return
Kalmah The Black Waltz
Kalmah Swamplord
Karnivool Sound Awake
Kiko Loureiro No Gravity
Killswitch Engage The End of Heartache
Killswitch Engage Alive or Just Breathing
Lamb of God Ashes of the Wake
Lamb of God Resolution
Leprous Malina
Leprous Bilateral
Leprous Coal
Megadeth Rust in Peace
Megadeth Countdown to Extinction
Mestis Basal Ganglia
Mnemic Mechanical Spin Phenomena
Mr. Bungle Disco Volante
Such a hard album to digest. Some tracks, like the "hidden" track following "Carry Stress In The Jaw" and the hidden track "Nothing" at the album's end require some external digging to understand. Some tracks and portions revel in noise and chaos seemingly for the sake of noise and chaos. Yet, for all its quirks, this is one of the most unique and experimental records out there. "Ma Meeshka Mow Skwoz" stands out as an avante-garde masterpiece.
Ne Obliviscaris Citadel
Obscura Omnivium
Oh, Sleeper Son Of The Morning
Oh, Sleeper The Titan
Oingo Boingo Dark At the End of the Tunnel
Oingo Boingo Good for Your Soul
Opeth Deliverance
Opeth Still Life
OSI Blood
P.O.D. Satellite
Pain of Salvation The Perfect Element, Part 1
Pain of Salvation Be
Pain of Salvation Remedy Lane
Pain of Salvation 12:5
Periphery Periphery
Porcupine Tree In Absentia
Protest the Hero Fortress (Instrumental)
Protest the Hero Scurrilous
Rage Against The Machine Rage Against The Machine
Raintime Tales from Sadness
Riverside Second Life Syndrome
Riverside Anno Domini High Definition
Riverside Shrine Of New Generation Slaves
Savage Messiah Plague of Conscience
Scale the Summit The Migration
Schizoid Lloyd The Last Note In God's Magnum Opus
Shadow Gallery Legacy
Shining (NOR) Blackjazz
Sieges Even Paramount
Sieges Even Sophisticated
Easily Sieges Even's fastest album and most metallic album post-Steps. Sieges Even underwent
significant lineup changes between A Sense of Change and Sophisticated, which resulted in an
enormous change in the band's overall sound. New guitarist Wolfgang Zenk replaces the Rush-
influenced, mid-tempo soundscapes of his predecessor with a funky, sometimes angular, always
highly technical and high tempo style of his own, and the rest of the band accelerates to
keep up. Drummer Alex Holzwarth gives a busy, double bass-laden performance on this album,
while bassist Oliver Holzwarth either underscores or mirrors most of the guitar lines. Also
of note is the introduction of vocalist Greg Keller, who gives a more aggressive, theatrical
delivery than either the immediately preceding and following singers in SE's history.
Sieges Even Uneven
Uneven features the same lineup as Sophisticated, with the addition of keyboardist Börk
Keller. The core of their sound from Sophisticated (including guitarist Wolfgang Zenk's
virtuosity) remains unchanged on this album, but the album features heavier influences from
70s progressive rock and jazz fusion and a heavy dose of funk.
Sieges Even Life Cycle
While for the majority of Sieges Even's career they have been most influenced by Rush, Life
Cycle is by far most closely related to Watchtower (though one could argue that Psychotic
Waltz's early work more resembled Life Cycle than Life Cycle resembled Watchtower's
"Engergetic Disassebly"). This album is drenched in Watchtower influence, borrowing both
their overall style (a then-unseen angular, progressive, highly technical thrash) to details
like the flamboyant vocals and use of electronic toms. Fortunately, Sieges Even manage to
distinguish themselves from Watchtower by employing a slower pace, more prominent sense of
melody, and influences from other heavy metal and thrash metal groups (occasionally even
incorporating some psychedelic music). Life Cycle suffers from the same problems as other
tech-metal albums of its time (poor production, overbearing vocals, and terrible electronic
tom samples), but is an essential listen for anyone trying to understand the origins of
tech-metal and progressive metal.
Sieges Even Playgrounds
I'm not a big fan of live albums, but this one is well-recorded, and with 6 songs from
Paramount, 3 from The Art of Navigating by the Stars, and two from A Sense of Change, it
serves as a good summary of the prog rock portion of Sieges Even's discography.
SikTh Death of a Dead Day
Sonata Arctica Ecliptica
Sonata Arctica For the Sake of Revenge
Soul Cycle Soul Cycle II
Stolen Babies There Be Squabbles Ahead
Storm Corrosion Storm Corrosion
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
Suspyre When Time Fades
Suspyre A Great Divide
Suspyre Suspyre
Suspyre tones back on this album, shifting emphasis somewhat from their symphonic and
neoclassical elements to jazz and prog rock influences. New drummer Gabe Marshall gives a
strong performance, though perhaps not as strong as Charley Zeleny's (Behold... The
Arctopus, Blotted Science, session drummer) on "When Time Fades...". Another notable lineup
change is the loss of guitarist and founding member Rich Skibinsky, though what effects this
had is harder to discern. Clay Barton gives as strong a vocal performance as ever, and
utilizes considerable diversity to help lend contrast to tracks like "Tranquility & Stress"
and "The Fire Dancer". While not quite as striking as "When Time Fades...", Suspyre's S/T
feels like a natural progression for the band and, tonally/sonically, sounds more organic. A
very solid prog-metal release.
Recommended tracks:
-Tranquility & Stress
-The Divided Son
-The Whispers Never Written
Symphony X The Odyssey
Symphony X V: The New Mythology Suite
Symphony X Iconoclast
Symphony X Twilight in Olympus
Symphony X Paradise Lost
T.R.A.M. Lingua Franca
Thank You Scientist Maps of Non-Existent Places
The Contortionist Exoplanet
The Dear Hunter Act I: The Lake South, the River North
The Dear Hunter Act III: Life and Death
The Dear Hunter Act II: The Meaning of, & All Things Regarding Ms. Leading
The Dillinger Escape Plan One of Us Is the Killer
The Faceless Planetary Duality
The Human Abstract Nocturne
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
The Protomen Act II: The Father of Death
The Red Chord Fed Through the Teeth Machine
The Reign Of Kindo This Is What Happens
The Safety Fire Grind the Ocean
The Venetia Fair Every Sick, Disgusting Thought...
tobyMac Portable Sounds
Unearth The Oncoming Storm
Unearth The March
Unearth Watchers of Rule
Unexpect Fables of the Sleepless Empire
Unexpect In a Flesh Aquarium
Vadrum Classical Drumming
Vanden Plas Christ 0
Veil of Maya All Things Set Aside
Potentially my favorite VoM album if you disregard the low-fi production.
Veil of Maya The Common Man's Collapse
Waltari Yeah! Yeah! Die! Die! Death Metal Symphony in Deep

3.5 great
A Night in Texas The God Delusion
Abnormal Thought Patterns Manipulation Under Anesthesia
Aeon Spoke Above the Buried Cry
After the Burial In Dreams
After the Burial Wolves Within
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
All That Remains The Fall of Ideals
Angra Aurora Consurgens
Angra Fireworks
Animals As Leaders Weightless
As I Lay Dying Shadows Are Security
Atheist Jupiter
August Burns Red Messengers
August Burns Red Found in Far Away Places
Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold
Becoming The Archetype The Physics Of Fire
Behold... The Arctopus Skullgrid
Behold... The Arctopus Nano-Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning
Between the Buried and Me The Silent Circus
Black Crown Initiate The Wreckage of Stars
Blind Guardian A Twist in the Myth
Blind Guardian Beyond the Red Mirror
Blotted Science The Animation of Entomology
Born of Osiris The New Reign
Car Bomb w^w^^w^w
Elliot Hoffman is spectacular, as always, but I found this album somehow seems both less energetic and less accessible than Centralia. It might grow on me, but it seems a lot harder to latch onto. Still, it deserves a relatively high rating at least on the merits of creativity and musicianship.
Children of Bodom Hate Crew Deathroll
Children of Bodom Halo of Blood
It may not be the best Bodom, but it's the best Bodom in a LONG time.
Chimp Spanner Imperium Vorago
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Ascension
This contains some of the best Coheed songs in a decade, but is also their most inconsistent release to date.
Control Denied The Fragile Art of Existence
Cormorant Dwellings
Cormorant Metazoa
Cyborg Octopus Learning To Breathe
Cyborg Octopus put out a promising debut that showcases a different style of metal on
each track. Whether channeling bands like Native Construct/Animals as Leaders
(Data_M1nefield), cheeky neoclassical metal a la The Human Abstract (Divine Right in D
Minor), sarcastic hardcore (Shark Pit), HAARP Machine/Born of Osiris-like "Sumerian-core"
in Baptism of Clay, or even incorporating funk and post-hardcore influences (think
Venetia Fair) in Discobrain!, a lighthearted attitude and an extremely high level of
competency are constantly present. The common elements of their sound across the album
and its production are very reminiscent of a wackier Mike Semesky project.

Clearly they can play whatever they'd like well, which leaves the listener with a
question: What exactly is it they'd like to play? While a fun listen, this album doesn't
at any point present a sound of its own. These guys are definitely worth keeping an eye
on, as they have the talent to flawlessly execute whatever vision they become inspired to
pursue - and if they instead want to keep putting out goofy variety discs, well, there's
room for that too.
Cynic The Portal Tapes
Dangers Messy, Isn't It?
Dark Tranquillity Damage Done
Death Symbolic
Destrage Are You Kidding Me? No.
Dethklok Dethalbum II
Dethklok Dethalbum III
Dormant Ordeal It Rains, It Pours
Dream Evil The Book of Heavy Metal
Dream Theater Falling into Infinity
Dream Theater Dream Theater
Equilibrium Turis Fratyr
Equilibrium Sagas
Eric Johnson Venus Isle
ERRA Impulse
Fallujah The Flesh Prevails
Fleshwrought Dementia/Dyslexia
Freak Kitchen Spanking Hour
Freak Kitchen Dead Soul Men
Freak Kitchen Cooking With Pagans
Another groovy albeit silly Freak Kitchen album. If you've listened to them awhile, you know what you're getting into. If you've only heard the exceptional Land of the Freaks, you'll be surprised by how goofy this is.
Giraffes? Giraffes! More Skin With Milk-Mouth
Gojira The Way of All Flesh
Gojira From Mars to Sirius
Gorillaz Demon Days
Haste the Day Pressure the Hinges
Ice Nine Kills Safe Is Just A Shadow
Imperanon Stained
In Flames A Sense of Purpose
In Flames Subterranean
In Mourning Monolith
Intervals The Space Between
Intronaut Null
Intronaut Habitual Levitations
Job for a Cowboy Ruination
Kalmah Seventh Swamphony
Kamelot Ghost Opera
Kamelot Haven
Killswitch Engage As Daylight Dies
Killswitch Engage Disarm the Descent
Lamb of God VII: Sturm und Drang
Machinae Supremacy Rise of a Digital Nation
Machine Men Circus of Fools
Mandroid Echostar Mandroid Echostar
A strong debut with influences such as Coheed And Cambria, Protest the Hero, and Periphery.
Masterplan Aeronautics
Mastodon The Hunter
Mnemic The Audio Injected Soul
Mnemic Mnemesis
Mr. Bungle Mr. Bungle
Obscura Cosmogenesis
Oh, Sleeper Children Of Fire
Oingo Boingo Boingo
Opeth Pale Communion
Ordinance Internal Monologues
Periphery Periphery II: This Time It's Personal
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Porcupine Tree Stupid Dream
Portal (Cynic) Portal
Protest the Hero Kezia
Roadrunner United The All-Star Sessions
Savage Circus Dreamland Manor
Scale the Summit Carving Desert Canyons
Shadow Gallery Carved In Stone
Shining (NOR) One One One
Not what I expected. Quite a bit less jazz, and the trance and other experimental
elements have been dialed back quite a bit as well. The result is a fairly experimental
industrial rock album.
Soilwork The Living Infinite
Soilwork Sworn to a Great Divide
Son of Aurelius The Farthest Reaches
Son of Aurelius Under a Western Sun
Souljourners Mind Control
Spastic Ink Ink Compatible
Spastic Ink Ink Complete
Star Monarchy Volume 1
With only two musicians constant throughout the disc, Ray Riendeau's Star Monarchy project is inconsistent by nature, but respectable songwriting and some extraordinary guest lineups yield a mostly solid listening experience and a few magnificent peaks.
Suspyre The Silvery Image
Mid-paced symphonic power metal dominates this disc, and it's neither a diverse nor an original album, but it's done quite well. Barton's singing is less recognizable and less diverse than it is on subsequent Suspyre albums, primarily staying within the traditional high-register clean style common to power metal, but his performance is strong and the melodies memorable. The music, on the whole, is substantially simpler than that of any subsequent Suspyre albums, but the musicianship and songwriting are nonetheless of high quality. There's some prog-metal influence on this album, but the band had not yet embraced prog or eclecticism to nearly the extent they do.
Switchfoot New Way to Be Human
TesseracT One
The Black Dahlia Murder Everblack
The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis
The Faceless Autotheism
Some tracks on here (Autotheist Movement II, Eidolon Reality, Ten Billion Years) make me want to give this a
4, but realistically it's a 3.5. "In Solitude" is the only track that I feel pulls off the proggier sound they were
going for in most of this album without sounding too segmented or derivative.
The Fall of Troy Phantom on the Horizon
The Protomen The Protomen
The Red Chord Fused Together in Revolving Doors
The Reign Of Kindo This Is Also What Happens
The Showdown Temptation Come My Way
The Venetia Fair The Pits
Theocracy As the World Bleeds
Threshold Dead Reckoning
Trivium Shogun
Unearth III: In the Eyes of Fire
Unearth Darkness in the Light
Unexpect Utopia
Somewhat more typical black and blackened death metal than the band's second incarnation. Very melodic. Neoclassical bits stand in place of later carnival motifs. In leu of piano are rather cheesy symphonic/atmospheric black metal keys. The production is thin and otherwise under par.
Veil of Maya [id]
Veil of Maya Eclipse
White Collar Sideshow White Collar Sideshow
A bizarre, oft mildly disturbing, nearly instrumental, surrealist video concept album that frequently approaches drum solo status in the minimalism of its strings and keys. The drums are truly exceptional, however, and manage to be fairly technical, inventive, and groovy. Most of the story, which chronicles addiction, is revealed through the video, and the album is clearly intended to be watched/listened to as a singular composition rather than individual tracks. Musically, this is very difficult to categorize, the drums drawing primarily from prog, metal, and some styles I couldn't identify, and the bass and other instruments drawing largely from industrial and ambient music. The atmosphere is relentlessly dark, though the driving optimism of the fifth track is equally well executed. It's one of the strangest musical experiences I've stumbled upon, but is well worth a listen/watch, at a minimum, and is even available freely from their label, Come & Live! music.
Wintersun Time I
I'm making appointments in advance with my therapist to work through all the inevitable disappointment that's about to rain down.
Witherscape The Inheritance
The immensely over-the-top style of clean singing Swano employs on this album renders an
otherwise largely successful disc rather cheesy.
Within the Ruins Creature
Within the Ruins Invade

3.0 good
Ade Prooemivm Sangvine
Agalloch Pale Folklore
Alcest Shelter
All That Remains Overcome
Alter Bridge Blackbird
Angra Aqua
As I Lay Dying Awakened
August Burns Red Thrill Seeker
August Burns Red Leveler
August Burns Red Sleddin' Hill
Actually a little disappointing. On the whole, these adaptations are a good deal more punk and less metal (and a good deal more straightforward) than previous Christmas singles. It might grow on me, but for now I'm recoiling from the unexpected style here.
Avenged Sevenfold Waking the Fallen
Avenged Sevenfold Nightmare
BATS Cruel Sea Scientist
Becoming The Archetype Terminate Damnation
Becoming The Archetype Dichotomy
Becoming The Archetype Celestial Completion
Blessed by a Broken Heart Feel The Power
Born of Osiris A Higher Place
Carach Angren Where the Corpses Sink Forever
Coheed and Cambria Year of the Black Rainbow
Cyclamen Senjyu
Cynic Re-Traced
Destroy The Runner Saints
Dethklok The Doomstar Requiem
Disciple (USA-TN) Scars Remain
DragonForce Sonic Firestorm
Dream Theater When Dream and Day Unite
Dream Theater A Dramatic Turn of Events
Ensiferum Victory Songs
Escape the Fate Dying Is Your Latest Fashion
Fallujah The Harvest Wombs
Family Force 5 Business Up Front, Party In The Back
Far-Less Everyone Is Out to Get Us
Fear My Thoughts Hell Sweet Hell
Ghost (SWE) Opus Eponymous
Gorillaz Plastic Beach
Haste the Day Coward
Haste the Day return with a heaping helping of genericore.
Helloween The Dark Ride
Hourglass The Journey Into
Ice Nine Kills The Burning
Ice Nine Kills The Predator
Into Eternity The Scattering of Ashes
Kalmah 12 Gauge
Kamelot Poetry for the Poisoned
Kamelot Silverthorn
Keith Merrow Awaken the Stone King
Keith Merrow The Arrival
Megadeth Endgame
Mnemic Passenger
Mutiny Within Mutiny Within
Nocturnal Rites The 8th Sin
Has some strong moments, but too often yields generic verses, mediocre musicianship,
lackluster drumbeats, and poppy choruses. Enjoyable but forgettable, it's hard to justify
fishing this one out of power metal's overcrowded sea.
Oh, Sleeper When I Am God
Opeth Orchid
Opeth Heritage
Opeth Morningrise
Orden Ogan To The End
Despite signs of brilliance like the anthemic and somewhat proggy "The Things We Believe In", the album spends most of its runtime retreading familiar power metal tropes. Still, it's well-executed, and merits keeping an eye on their future endeavors to see if they capitalize on the unique sound occasionally displayed.
Pantera Cowboys From Hell
Pentakill Smite and Ignite
Photoside Cafe The Beauty of Innocence Remains
Pink Floyd The Wall
Pyrithion The Burden Of Sorrow
Riverside Memories In My Head
Shadow Gallery Shadow Gallery
Skillet Alien Youth
Skillet Collide
Soilwork The Chainheart Machine
Switchfoot Hello Hurricane
Switchfoot The Beautiful Letdown
The Algorithm Tr0jans
Highly promising, but needs significant refinement. The Algorithm's blending of dubstep and djent is highly unprecedented. However, neither the dubstep programming nor the djent riffing are anything but ordinary for their respective genres. Additionally, the blend is a bit too dubstep-heavy in my opinion. Track 2 (Isometry) shows the best blend of the genres on the EP, featuring both greater extremes (both dance breaks and heavy breakdowns appear) and a more even mix of influences in the rest of the bits. Finally, I feel that it's essential that live drummer Mike Malyan be utilized on disc in future recordings. The programmed drums are serviceable but highly inorganic and tend to reduce the djent feel of the music. This music is highly unique and has a lot of potential, but some modifications and refinements are necessary for The Algorithm to take the place of a true hybrid rather than djent-influenced dubstep.
The Algorithm Polymorphic Code
The Dear Hunter The Color Spectrum
The Dear Hunter Migrant
The Fall of Troy The Fall of Troy
The Fall of Troy Doppelganger
The Gabriel Construct Interior City
The Human Abstract Midheaven
It certainly has some flaws (most noticeably, the vocals can be just horrendously off at points), but really is not nearly as bad as its reputation suggests. The classical approach was effectively left behind on this disc in favor of some sort of off-kilter hard rock/alternative sensibility. Tracks generally place more emphasis on piano and vocals than Nocturne. The guitar is still quite excellent for the most part, though AJ's presence is certainly missed. Though the vocals are occasionally awful, they are usually appropriate and pleasant, and are often the most memorable aspect of songs.
The Human Abstract Moonlight Sonata
Production was terrible. The music was a good but unexceptional interpretation of the piece.
This doesn't live up to the quality of their "real" releases, but is an interesting side
project that would do really well on a place like YouTube. Although the brilliant A.J.
Minette wasn't involved, the musicianship was of course still impeccable.
The Reign Of Kindo Play With Fire
Kindo no longer rules. All of the indie and prog in their unique blend of indie, jazz, prog, rand pop has been supplanted with funk and R&B, leaving an utterly typical jazz-pop record. Touches of brilliance make appearances, but only once or twice remain long enough to make a song that can stand up to their previous discography.
This Fires Embrace Redemption
Thomas Giles Pulse
Thought Chamber Angular Perceptions
Thought Chamber Psykerion
tobyMac Tonight
Trivium Ascendancy
Unearth The Stings of Conscience
Vanden Plas The Seraphic Clockwork
White Collar Sideshow The Witchunt

2.5 average
Abbath Abbath
By the numbers old-school black metal. Pleasant enough, but rarely memorable or emotionally
gripping, and it doesn't bring anything particularly impressive or artistically interesting to the

I would watch it live, though, if I had the chance. Current live drummer Gabe Seeber is quite
Ade Spartacus
All That Remains ...For We Are Many
Amon Amarth Deceiver of the Gods
Angra Secret Garden
Atreyu The Curse
Black Majesty In Your Honor
Blessed by a Broken Heart Pedal to the Metal
Cormorant The Last Tree
Cynic Kindly Bent to Free Us
DragonForce Inhuman Rampage
Escape the Fate This War Is Ours
Fightstar Grand Unification
George Kollias Invictus
Grits The Art of Translation
Haggard Awaking The Centuries
The purest fusion of true classical and baroque music with heavy metal of any form (doom/death metal, in this case) to ever grace my ears, this album shows no lack of maturity and is fantastically original. If you're looking for technicality, you won't find it here as the guitars take a backseat to the (22 member!) orchestra, but you will find exceptional musicianship nonetheless. However, that said, it has major problems that drag down the album. The album is closer to an EP than a full-length disk, and is filled with short interludes and dialogue tracks. There are only five true songs on this album, and all but one feed heavily upon motifs from the title track, greatly hurting the diversity and giving the overall impression of only perhaps two distinct tracks. The title track, the 9 minute "Awaking the Centuries", is the lifeblood and focus of the disk, and is indeed an essentially perfect and outstandingly beautiful track that outpaces the rest of the album by leaps and bounds. Make no mistake; you are buying the disk for this track, and it is almost strong enough to justify the cost of the purchase despite the majority of filler present. The other distinct track, however, "Prophesy Fulfilled", is a largely lackluster piece that spends much of its time apart from the orchestra, but the riffs are simply weak and uninteresting. Basically, this album *is* the title track and assorted polish. And this track deserves 4.75 to 5 stars. But the rest of the album is hardly worth the price of admittance.
Ice Nine Kills Last Chance to Make Amends
Lamb of God New American Gospel
Oceans of Slumber Winter
Primal Rock Rebellion Awoken Broken
Queensryche Promised Land
Ride the Sky New Protection
Savage Circus Of Doom And Death
Sonic Syndicate Only Inhuman
Trivium The Crusade

2.0 poor
7 Horns 7 Eyes 7 Horns 7 Eyes
Adrenaline Mob Adrenaline Mob
All That Remains A War You Cannot Win
Ayreon The Human Equation
Complete Freedom Alpha
Devin Townsend Project Addicted
Disciple (USA-TN) Southern Hospitality
Firewind Between Heaven And Hell
Inhale Exhale The Lost, the Sick, the Sacred
Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage
Lumsk Asmund Fraegdegjevar
This is a terribly boring album that makes staples of absurdly slow tempos and riffs, absolutely elementary drumming (which pushes the lines of simplicity even within his chosen realm of single-kick), and uninteresting melodies. Neither technicality nor brutality are to be found at all in this release, but it does offer exceptionally strong folk elements (the folk instrumentals such as the opener are some of the strongest tracks, and all of the strings are real), a good female vocalist (though her male counterparts fail to sing to her level), and occasional (though highly infrequent) progressive moments. If you want an album that borders on being more folk than metal, are not a metal fan, or are an exceptionally large fan of Scandinavian folk melodies, than you may consider this album worth the asking price. Otherwise, however, and especially to those with a penchant for the complex or technical, you may want to look into other artists (may I recommend Finntroll, Ensiferum, and Wintersun?)
Majesty (DE) Hellforces
Radiohead Kid A
I honestly have no clue what people see in this. The bizarre vocalizations and effects, the clipping bass drum, Yorke's incessant mumbling, the repetitiveness and utter simplicity... what am I missing? It has some nice ambient atmosphere, but that doesn't even make a dent in its faults.
Skillet Comatose
Sonata Arctica Pariah's Child
Switchfoot Vice Verses
Trvth Black Horse Plague
Volbeat Beyond Hell/Above Heaven
War of Ages Fire From the Tomb

1.5 very poor
3 Inches of Blood Advance and Vanquish
Agalloch The Mantle
Agalloch are undeniable in their originality, which I greatly respect. But originality is
not enough, and Agalloch have crafted one of the most boring albums to grace my ears. While
there are some highlights, such as the wonderful acoustic guitar solo in "...And the Great
Cold Death of the Earth", the memorable "Odal", various portions of the longer tracks, and
the high-pitched, vaguely Celtic plucked lines in "A Desolation Song", the entirety of the
album is drenched in unignorably highly mixed, rhythmically identical, often suspended
chord-based acoustic lines interchangeable not only with any other song on the album, but
even any given CCM/Christian Worship piece. (That last line might sound like an unfair dig,
but I'm serious; the acoustic guitar work would be right at home in a Matt Redman or
Hillsongs United shitpile.) The lack of tempo or build also detracts, especially given that
the songs are longer than most progressive metal tracks, as do the poor vocals, though they
are only present in roughly half the album. Add to this concoction aggravatingly poor
production, and you have an album more appropriate as background music than a serious
musical studypiece. Recommended for ambient fans and die-hard early Opeth fans.
Body Count Manslaughter
It's embarrassing to metal as a whole that this happened.
Christopher Lee Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross
Delightfully terrible. This is a must-listen for anyone who loves Christopher Lee and for anyone who hates him.
Christopher Lee Charlemagne: The Omens of Death
DragonForce Ultra Beatdown
Skillet Awake
War of Ages War of Ages
While I like War Of Ages' later works, their debut is, unfortunately, highly repetitive and generic, using loads of gallop-riffing as the main rhythmic tool. The lead work is decent and the solos are fairly good, but the same rhythmic and melodic ideas are employed song after song, especially during the verses and breakdowns. Most songs are slight variations of the following formula: chugging gallop riffs, alternating metalcore screams and hardcore/punk spoken word vocals, overlayed with semi-melodic lead guitar; the tempo then significantly slows down as a note is allowed to ring before beginning a long breakdown session in which the melody drops; the tempo rises as the solo then ensues, dropping back into another breakdown session at the end. This is a very breakdown heavy album, which is unfortunate only because of the slowed tempos and unoriginality of the breakdowns, compounded by the fact that the melodic segments demonstrate far greater aptitude.
If you're just looking for some brutal music to accentuate your angst or are dedicated to listening to solely Christian artists, this may be a justifiable purchase, but those looking for sophistication, technicality, or songwriting may want to look elsewhere. Unless strongly in one of these camps, I recommend giving each song a listen, and just picking up the highlights.

1.0 awful
Family Force 5 Dance or Die
Skillet Rise

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