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5.0 classic
Death The Sound of Perseverance
Green Carnation Light of Day, Day of Darkness
Howard Shore The Fellowship of the Ring: The Complete Recording
Few musicians ever hit their mark of brilliance. And of the few that do, even fewer hit it to such a degree that their product is among the greatest music to ever be created. A flawless accompaniment to a flawless film. The greatest film score ever created.
Psychotic Waltz Into the Everflow
X Japan Art of Life

4.5 superb
Agalloch The Mantle
Alkaloid The Malkuth Grimoire
2015's biggest surprise. We all knew this would be good. No one knew it would be this good.
Amorphis Tales From the Thousand Lakes
Atheist Unquestionable Presence
Blind Guardian Nightfall in Middle-Earth
Blut Aus Nord The Work Which Transforms God
Cryptopsy None So Vile
Dream Theater Images and Words
Dream Theater Train of Thought
Edge of Sanity Crimson II
Epica The Phantom Agony
Epica The Divine Conspiracy
Equilibrium Sagas
Fates Warning No Exit
Fates Warning A Pleasant Shade of Gray
Fates Warning Disconnected
Gojira The Way of All Flesh
Gorod Leading Vision
Gorod Transcendence
Haken Aquarius
Heavenly Virus
Ilbeltz Auskan Gabiltz Olatun Gainian
Brilliant and unique blackened folk metal from the Basque country. Perhaps the most underrated album of all
Immolation Close to a World Below
Jethro Tull Thick as a Brick
Martyr Warp Zone
Martyr Feeding the Abscess
Moonsorrow Voimasta Ja Kunniasta
Moonsorrow Kivenkantaja
Neal Morse Sola Scriptura
Nevermore The Politics of Ecstasy
Nile Annihilation of the Wicked
Nokturnal Mortum The Voice of Steel
A truly beautiful folk/black metal album with a dreamy atmosphere. A superb release on so many levels. The biggest thing stopping this from perfection is the mediocre By Path of Sun. Every other track is sublime.
Opeth Orchid
Opeth Morningrise
Opeth Still Life
Opeth Blackwater Park
Orphaned Land Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)
A truly unique blend of folk, doom, death, and progressive metal. A classic album that needs to be heard by all fans of any of the above listed genres.
Pain of Salvation Remedy Lane
Psycroptic The Scepter of the Ancients
Redemption The Fullness of Time
Simply fantastic musicianship and composition on this album. The vocal melodies in particular are brilliant. A true classic in the progressive metal scene.
Riverside Anno Domini High Definition
Royal Hunt Paradox
Sabaton Carolus Rex
Fantastic production, amazingly consistent. Surely one of the best albums of 2012.
Seventh Wonder Waiting in the Wings
Undoubtedly Seventh Wonder's best album to date. Not a single mediocre track on here, in fact nearly all of them are jaw dropping, some of them perfect. Unbelievable virtuosity (but not crossing into wankery) and song writing. Some of the most catchy, but progressive, metal you will ever hear.
Sigh Imaginary Sonicscape
SikTh Death of a Dead Day
Taake Hordalands Doedskvad
Theocracy Mirror of Souls
Threshold Wounded Land
Virgin Black Requiem - Mezzo Forte
While Heaven Wept Vast Oceans Lachrymose
Wuthering Heights Far from the Madding Crowd

4.0 excellent
Adagio Sanctus Ignus
After Forever Decipher
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
Aghora Formless
Alice in Chains Facelift
Andromeda II=I
Arch / Matheos Sympathetic Resonance
Arsis A Celebration of Guilt
Asphyx Last One on Earth
Atheist Elements
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Between the Buried and Me Alaska
Beyond Creation The Aura
Black Sabbath 13
By no means a bad record, just a tad generic. r
Blind Guardian Imaginations from the Other Side
Blotted Science The Machinations of Dementia
Caladan Brood Echoes Of Battle
Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
Celtic Frost To Mega Therion
Dan Swano Moontower
Death Human
Decapitated Winds of Creation
Deicide Deicide
Demilich Nespithe
Devin Townsend Ocean Machine: Biomech
Disillusion Back to Times of Splendor
Dream Theater Awake
Dreamscape End of Silence
Dying Fetus Destroy the Opposition
Edge of Sanity Crimson
Emperor In The Nightside Eclipse
Ensiferum Ensiferum
Ensiferum Iron
Ensiferum From Afar
Epica Design Your Universe
Equilibrium Turis Fratyr
Evergrey In Search Of Truth
Fates Warning Awaken the Guardian
Fates Warning The Spectre Within
Fates Warning FWX
Galneryus Under the Force of Courage
I just can't keep up with these guy's releases. But this is a strong album.
Gojira From Mars to Sirius
Gojira Possessed
Gorguts Obscura
Haken Visions
Heavenly Dust To Dust
A bit bloated. There are a few songs that hinder the album's overall quality but at 70 minutes, there IS a healthy amount of good material here. And the material that's good isn't just good. It's jaw dropping. (for the record, the first half is by far stronger than the second.)
Herbst9 The Gods Are Small Birds, But I Am The Falcon
One full hour of dark, twisted, brooding evil.
Immortal Sons of Northern Darkness
Infected Mushroom Converting Vegetarians
Jethro Tull Aqualung
Jethro Tull Minstrel in the Gallery
Jethro Tull Heavy Horses
John Arch A Twist Of Fate [EP]
King Goat Conduit
Mastodon Leviathan
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Mastodon Crack the Skye
Meshuggah obZen
Meshuggah Nothing
Nazgul De Expugnatione Elfmuth
Necrophagist Epitaph
Necrophagist Onset of Putrefaction
Nevermore Dead Heart In A Dead World
Nevermore Dreaming Neon Black
Nile Those Whom the Gods Detest
Obliveon From This Day Forward
Obscura Cosmogenesis
Opeth Watershed
Opeth Deliverance
Orion's Reign Nuclear Winter
Some really interesting songs on this epic power metal debut. The choruses are catchy as fuck and the instrumentalists are awesome. Only problem is originality; there's nothing new here. But that's not a bad thing
necessarily. Orion's Reign takes an already kickass forumla and perfects it.
Outworld Outworld
Pestilence Testimony of the Ancients
Pestilence Spheres
Protest the Hero Kezia
Protest the Hero Fortress
Psychotic Waltz Demo 1986 (as Aslan)
Psycroptic The Inherited Repression
Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime
Ravi Shankar Three Ragas
The appeal of certain albums and alas entire types of music, is often meant to be derived in far
different ways than most Westerners are used to. This is one of such albums. These aren't three
songs, these are three ragas. And trying to listen to them as the former will only lead to
disappointment and confusion. The listener is meant to bask in the flowing river of astounding musical
display put on by Shankar. The listener is meant to enter something of a meditative trance when
listening to this. As vague and pretentious as this may come across, the listener must become the
sitar. If Three Ragas is listened to in such ways, then it won't sound merely like pointless repetitive
sitar twanging (as I've heard mentioned elsewhere online). Shankar is a musicians musician, and this
remains true even if not at all versed in traditional music. The skill is utterly mind-numbing.
Redemption Snowfall on Judgment Day
Revocation Revocation
Their best release so far. A nice fusion of styles from their previous two albums with some new stuff thrown in.
Riverside Second Life Syndrome
Royal Hunt Moving Target
Royal Hunt Show Me How To Live
Royal Hunt release some of their best material since Paradox.
Savatage Streets: A Rock Opera
Seventh Wonder Mercy Falls
Shadow Gallery Room V
Shadow Gallery Tyranny
SikTh The Trees Are Dead and Dried Out
Spawn of Possession Cabinet
Sunless Rise Promo
Symphony X The Odyssey
Symphony X V: The New Mythology Suite
Symphony X Twilight in Olympus
Symphony X The Divine Wings of Tragedy
The Contortionist Exoplanet
The Sword Warp Riders
Theocracy As the World Bleeds
Therion Theli
Threshold Subsurface
Threshold Clone
Threshold Critical Mass
Triptykon Melana Chasmata
Vanden Plas Chronicles of the Immortals: Netherworld (Path 1)
Visions Of Atlantis Trinity
While Heaven Wept Of Empires Forlorn
Whispered Shogunate Macabre
Wilderun Olden Tales and Deathly Trails
Wintersun Wintersun
Wintersun Time I
Met and shattered every expectation. A grandiose, over-the-top release, while remaining incredibly mature. rOnly complaint is the album length. It just feels a tad underwhelming when you are only left with ~35 minutes rof metal.
Yngwie Malmsteen Trilogy
Zero Hour The Towers of Avarice

3.5 great
Adagio Archangels in Black
Ade Spartacus
Not remarkably original. Think if Nile ditched Ancient Egypt for Ancient Rome.
Agalloch Pale Folklore
Agalloch The White
Very refreshing mixture of folk and dark ambient.
Alestorm Captain Morgan's Revenge
Alice in Chains Dirt
Andromeda Extension of the Wish
Aquilus Griseus
Bathory Blood Fire Death
Bathory Hammerheart
Blackguard Profugus Mortis
Blind Guardian A Night at the Opera
Brymir Breathe Fire to the Sun
Burzum Daudi Baldrs
Though I understand where the hatred for this album comes from, I will say that it is one that you have to "get" to enjoy. Daudi Baldrs takes the listener through the tortured, dungeonous mind of a Norwegian arsonist and murderer. Though the sounds on this album are of the dreadful quality, a tone is achieved and manages to convey sadness, anger, and torment--and in some way the low quality MIDI sounds work in the album's favor. Never have I heard such minimalism instill so much darkness in my ears. I am in the vast minority when I say that I fully understand what Vikernes was trying to do with this album (though that's not to say anyone is wrong for disliking it). There is only one serious gripe to be made, and that is the pure repetition that is found. Once you hear the first 30 seconds (and often less) of a song you have essentially heard the rest of it. Strangely (and as with the low quality MIDI samples) this repetition somehow works in the album's favor, but when some songs approach 10 minutes long, even I can admit that these melodies have overstayed their welcome.
Carach Angren Where the Corpses Sink Forever
Brilliant symphonic black metal matched by an equally brilliant concept. Music doesn't really break new
ground but it practically masters the niche.

"It's hard to breathe within this thick cloak of sulphurius mist, conjuring slaughtering soldiers into sickening
silhouettes." (most memorable part on the album)
Carcass Surgical Steel
Feels like a mix between Necroticism and Heartwork. Some fantastic material on this record, but I can't help
but feel it's just 47 minutes of the same thing.
Celtic Frost Monotheist
Celtic Frost Into the Pandemonium
Circus Maximus The 1st Chapter
Cryptopsy The Book of Suffering – Tome 1
Death Individual Thought Patterns
Decapitated Nihility
Decrepit Birth Polarity
Decrepit Birth Diminishing Between Worlds
Diablo Swing Orchestra Pandora's Pinata
Disillusion Alea
Dream Theater Octavarium
Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Dreamscape 5th Season
Dying Fetus Reign Supreme
Edge of Sanity Purgatory Afterglow
Enslaved Axioma Ethica Odini
Epica Consign to Oblivion
Equilibrium Rekreatur
Equilibrium Erdentempel
Fairly simple and straightforward music, but Equilibrium have released their funnest and happiest sounding ralbum. They've also upped their folk influences to the max, and make no mistake, the music is still epic/huge r(just in smaller doses). Uns'Rer Floten Klang is also one of the best things I've ever heard.
Evergrey Recreation Day
Evergrey The Inner Circle
Fates Warning Perfect Symmetry
Gojira The Link
Hannes Grossmann The Radial Covenant
Immortal At the Heart of Winter
Joseph Magazine Night Of The Red Sky
Judas Priest Nostradamus
Marillion Misplaced Childhood
Melechesh Enki
Meshuggah I
Meshuggah Koloss
Meshuggah The Violent Sleep of Reason
Mindwork Eterea
Nevermore Enemies Of Reality
Nocternity Onyx
Obliveon Nemesis
Obscura Omnivium
Opeth Damnation
Pain of Salvation The Perfect Element, Part 1
Pestilence Consuming Impulse
Pestilence Resurrection Macabre
Pestilence Obsideo
Psychotic Waltz Bleeding
Queensryche The Warning
Sabaton Coat of Arms
Sabaton The Art of War
Savatage Gutter Ballet
Savatage Hall of the Mountain King
Sonata Arctica Pariah's Child
Sonata Arctica Silence
Spiral Architect A Sceptic's Universe
Symphony X Paradise Lost
Threshold Extinct Instinct
Threshold Hypothetical
Thy Primordial The Heresy of an Age of Reason
Thy Primordial At the World of Untrodden Wonder
While Heaven Wept Sorrow of the Angels
Whispered Thousand Swords
Wilderun Sleep at the Edge of the Earth
Wuthering Heights Salt
The Mad Sailor = the greatest feel-good metal song of all time.
Yes Fragile
Yngwie Malmsteen Rising Force

3.0 good
Aiumeen Basoa Iraganeko Bide Malkartsutik
Alestorm Sunset on the Golden Age
Amorphis Under the Red Cloud
Angel Dust Bleed
Atheist Piece of Time
Atlantean Kodex The White Goddess (A Grammar Of Poetic Myth)
Bathory Under the Sign of the Black Mark
Comus First Utterance
Cryptopsy Blasphemy Made Flesh
Cynic Focus
Cynic Traced in Air
Dark Moor The Hall of the Olden Dreams
Darkwater Calling the Earth to Witness
Death Symbolic
Desultor Masters of Hate
Disillusion Gloria
Dissection Storm of the Light's Bane
Dominici 03, A Trilogy Part 3
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos
Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Dream Theater Falling into Infinity
Dream Theater A Dramatic Turn of Events
Dying Fetus Wrong One To Fuck With
Really, really surprised by this, especially after hearing the less than remarkable singles. This is
quintessential Dying Fetus, in that the band have finally struck the balance right. Things are
incredibly techy this time around, yet the album is absolutely dripping with groove. Everything
that made Destroy the Opposition great is pretty much here. Nothing is self-servingly technical or
showy; the music is almost always accented with crushing groove and purposeful progressions--
and you don't have to search to find those moments like you have to with other of the band's
albums. Also incredibly consistent with very little to no filler--again, a great achievement for the
band. Quite easily their best album since Destroy the Opposition.
Dying Fetus Grotesque Impalement
Dying Fetus Stop at Nothing
Emyn Muil Túrin Turambar Dagnir Glaurunga
Ensiferum Victory Songs
Equilibrium Waldschrein
It's good but nothing groundbreaking. Though, who would expect otherwise given the nature of this EP?
Fates Warning Theories of Flight
Gorod Process of a New Decline
Heavenly Carpe Diem
There's two or three standout tracks here while the rest are forgettable. If you can get passed the senseless, shameless, cringeworthy Queen worship on tracks 3 and 5 then it may be worthy a listen.
Infected Mushroom Army Of Mushrooms
Infected Mushroom Vicious Delicious
James LaBrie Elements Of Persuasion
Jethro Tull Songs from the Wood
Mastodon Once More 'Round the Sun
Meshuggah Catch Thirtythree
Meshuggah Chaosphere
Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve
Moonsorrow Verisakeet
Nevermore This Godless Endeavor
Nevermore The Obsidian Conspiracy
Opeth Pale Communion
Orphaned Land All Is One
This is Orphaned Land watered down and commercialized. All is One lacks the atmosphere, ambition, and musical variance found on their previous two works. This is nothing more than a collection of pretty decent tracks.
Osaka Punch Voodoo Love Machine
Pain of Salvation In the Passing Light of Day
Pestilence Doctrine
Psychotic Waltz Mosquito
Redemption This Mortal Coil
Sabaton Primo Victoria
Seventh Wonder The Great Escape
Sigh Gallows Gallery
Sigh Hangman's Hymn
SikTh Opacities
Stamina Perseverance
Summoning Oath Bound
Symphony X The Damnation Game
The Last Successor The Last Successor
Warlord The Holy Empire
Windir Arntor
Winglord The Chosen One
X Japan Dahlia

2.5 average
Agalloch Marrow of the Spirit
It's definitely a grower album. This is Agalloch's darkest material and is accented very well by the album's warm, organic production. Musically, Marrow contains unique, satisfying moments but unfortunately, they're a bit too scattered. As well, the album is bookended by two unnecessary and tedious tracks, the first of which isn't that bad but the last track--To Drown--is almost completely unredeeming and if not removed from the album entirely, could have easily been cut down by 7 minutes.
Alestorm Black Sails at Midnight
Alice in Chains Alice in Chains
Battle Beast Bringer of Pain
Blackguard Firefight
Generic metal paired with epic symphonic leads. There is good material on this disc, but those looking for something original will not find it on Firefight.
Carach Angren Lammendam
Carach Angren Death Came Through a Phantom Ship
Cryptopsy Cryptopsy
Decapitated Organic Hallucinosis
Decapitated The Negation
Decrepit Birth Axis Mundi
What is with half of the runtime being taken up by covers?
Dying Fetus Descend Into Depravity
Falkenbach Asa
Fates Warning Night on Brocken
Fates Warning Parallels
Gentle Giant Octopus
Gorod A Perfect Absolution
Gorod Neurotripsicks
Haken The Mountain
Heathen Foray Armored Bards
Mastodon Emperor of Sand
Moonsorrow Jumalten Aika
Nokturnal Mortum Verity
Obscura Akróasis
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Psychotic Waltz A Social Grace
Queensryche Empire
Riverside Rapid Eye Movement
Sabaton Heroes
There are a couple of unique moments/experimentations on this disk. There's the folky To Hell and Back. rThere's the pounding vocals on Far From the Fame. There's also the song Ballad of the Bull, (obviously) a rballad but it's unlike any ballad the band have done and wouldn't be too out of place on an X Japan CD. rUnfortunately, besides these isolated moments, I found myself saying "haven't I heard this song before?" way rtoo frequently. Just listen to the first five seconds of Aces in Exile and then the first five seconds of Smoking rSnakes. It's almost offensive. It's not even the fact that the material is familiar, it's the fact that the material is rmediocre and familiar. Carolus Rex was so refreshing because the concept was fresh and so was the music to rmatch it. I think Sabaton needs to consider ditching WWII for longer than just one album.rEasily their worst album (not counting Metalizer)
Shadow Gallery Carved In Stone
SikTh The Future in Whose Eyes?
Strapping Young Lad City
Symphony X Iconoclast
Teramobil Multispectral Supercontinuum
Threshold March of Progress
While Heaven Wept Suspended at Aphelion
A bit too heartfelt and cheesy at times. Just not enough riffing. Not enough epic.
Wintersun The Forest Seasons

2.0 poor
Adagio Life
Is this a sick joke?
Alestorm Back Through Time
Atheist Jupiter
Blackguard So it Begins
Dagoba Post Mortem Nihil Est
Decapitated Anticult
Dream Theater When Dream and Day Unite
Dreamscape Trance-like State
Dying Fetus Killing on Adrenaline
Ensiferum One Man Army
Fates Warning Darkness in a Different Light
One of my most noteworthy disappointments in music. I can't believe I waited 10 years for this. Fates Warning finally release something worth passing up.
Gojira Magma
Gorod A Maze of Recycled Creeds
Such an insanely tight sound on this album, even for Gorod's standards. The production is also amazing. Unfortunately, many of the songs themselves just aren't very good.
Hypocrisy Virus
Immortal Pure Holocaust
In The Woods... Omnio
Jethro Tull War Child
Jethro Tull Stormwatch
Lost Horizon A Flame To The Ground Beneath
Michael Pinnella Enter The Twelfth Gate
Yes, as a keyboardist, I do see merit in the musicianship of this release. However, the songwriting is incredibly unfocused and there are essentially no coherent ideas present throughout the album. Pinella has released a record that proves his virtuosity, but he needs to work on refining song structures and album pacing.
Moonsorrow V: Havitetty
Obscura Retribution
Opeth Heritage
Royal Hunt A Life to Die For
Imagine listening to what would equate to 46 minutes of Show Me How to Live b-sides. Stale.
Sabaton The Last Stand
Sonata Arctica The Ninth Hour
Theocracy Ghost Ship
Threshold Psychedelicatessen
Wuthering Heights To Travel For Evermore

1.5 very poor
Cruachan Folklore
Dark Moor Ars Musica
Decapitated Blood Mantra
Decrepit Birth ...And Time Begins
Sterile, devoid of character, abysmal production. Atrocious. One of the worst albums in the genre I have ever had the displeasure of hearing.
Dream Theater Dream Theater
Dreamscape Everlight
Dying Fetus War of Attrition
Edge of Sanity The Spectral Sorrows
Ensiferum Unsung Heroes
Fates Warning Inside Out
Gojira L'Enfant Sauvage
Gorod Kiss The Freak
My hunch is that this was just a fun little experiment for Gorod and little more. Because if this is a reflection of their sound to come, we're in trouble. Kiss the Freak sounds exactly if a bunch of musicians decided to tally a list of the most cliche, overused, unoriginal tropes in thrash metal, and then proceed to incorporate every one of said tropes in an attempt to make a thrash metal record of their own. Generic thrash. Generic thrash. That's all this is. They've done nothing unique with the thrash formula. They didn't integrate it. They emulated it. And the only question I'm left wanting to ask is: why?
Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse
Opeth Sorceress
Stamina System of Power
Threshold Dead Reckoning
X Japan Blue Blood

1.0 awful
Cryptopsy The Unspoken King
Ensiferum Two Paths
The list of mistakes this album makes is staggering. What an embarrassment. If my pain fetishist tendencies flare up this month I'll give a shot at expressing how I feel about this album in review form.
Equilibrium Armageddon
Morbid Angel Illud Divinum Insanus
The only album that has literally made me let out laughter.
Threshold For The Journey
Coming from a diehard of some of their previous material: Threshold needs to die already. Hopefully next time around they'll decide against releasing the same album eight times in a row (with each iteration being worse than the last).

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