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5.0 classic
Alice in Chains Jar of Flies
Jar of Flies is easily one of the best EP's ever made, and the best of Alice in Chains' 2 fully original ones. You simply cannot say you've experienced this band if you haven't heard this. Essential grunge.
Bloomfield, Kooper and Stills Super Session
Twas a crime to keep this album out of Sputnik. Bloomfield was, quite simply, one of the best guitarists of all time. This album should be heard by any guitar enthusiast, but, especially, by any blues lover. Jazz lovers might also find this appealing.
Camel Moonmadness
One of the best prog albums ever made, 'nuff said.
Chuck Berry Chuck Berry Is on Top
Every song here is an absolute classic. Those interested in old-school rock n' roll can't miss this. This here is the definitive Chuck Berry, the perfect sampler of his music. Look no further.
Death Symbolic
Symbolic may very well stand as Death's crowning achievement. It definitely takes more than one listen to comprehend, but behind all the speed and thrashyness in this record, there are also remnants of the jazzy elements present on Individual Thought Patterns. From the epic riff that opens the album on the title track, to the acoustic outro on "Perennial Quest", this album is a real treat. Hell, the case could even be made for this album being the pinnacle of all things metal, it is just THAT good.
Deep Purple Made in Japan
As impressive as the first 3 Mark II Era albums are (and I dig Who Do We Think We Are as well, unpopular as it may be), they never quite captured the band's full potential. That potential is truly unleashed live, as demonstrated by this recording. It captures the band in their prime, delivering an energy you won't quite get in their studio work. it might well be said that this is the essential Deep Purple recording.
Dick Dale Surfer's Choice
This is one of the most unique releases ever. Dale's technique feels quite ahead of its time, and I've a feeling Satriani himself listened to this.
Eurythmics Be Yourself Tonight
Heroes del Silencio Senderos de Traicion
Kansas Song for America
Fantastic album. Arguably their best. Fantastic musicianship.
Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti
Physical Graffiti towers head and shoulders above all the previous studio LP's. Not one track is weak. Without a doubt, this record was a template for many bands to come. More than a rock n' roll achievement, Physical Graffiti is a music essential, period.
Los Jaivas Alturas de Machu Picchu
If you're really looking to expand your musical horizons, seeking something different in the realm of prog, etc., then you can't go wrong with this. Alturas... is truly a breathtaking journey into new waters for progressive rock. While not one of the "indispensable" prog gems, you really can't go wrong with this one.
Miles Davis Bitches Brew
This album simply changed the face of jazz forever. Not only that, but it has also influenced artists of diverse genres ever since. You just can't go wrong with this gem.
My Bloody Valentine Loveless
The atmosphere conjured in Loveless is quite unlike any other. You need to be in the right mood for this album, otherwise it won't hit you.r
Pearl Jam Vs.
Ten may be better, but this is still one hell of a runner-up. It opens and closes perfectly, and is the band at their grittiest and most unvarnished. Together with that fantastic debut, Vs. is the other essential PJ album and played a crucial role in reaffirming the band as titans of their time.rPersonal rating: 4.9
Pet Shop Boys Actually
The formula in Please is greatly expanded on Actually. An essential for music fans.
Phish A Picture of Nectar
Porcupine Tree Signify
Signify is the last of the band's psychedelic space rock works. That this band took the effort to create 3 fine albums in this vein is astonishing; to say that they would go on to create an equally fine commercialized output defies expectations.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Freaky Styley
What gives Freaky Styley the edge over all other RHCP albums is
how catchy, fresh and fun it is. Extremely underrated, this is a true
gem, and revolutionized music in general. One of my all-time fave
albums.
Sade Love Deluxe
Album is just soooo goood!!! Every song on here's a gem, you can't go wrong with this. Call me a sap, but I don't care, this woman's a goddess.
Santana Abraxas
The best Santana album. Caravanserai is great as well, so I was a bit torn between the two. But I think this one represents Santana better.
Seal Seal II
This album kicks ass. Seal is at the peak of his powers in this sublime record.
Sublime 40 Oz. to Freedom
40 Oz. to Freedom is nothing if not a classic of its generation. Fantastic album, extremely diverse and eclectic, with some solid guitar leads courtesy of the underrated Nowell, tight drumming and wicked bass playing. Truly an album of the ages.
Symphony X Paradise Lost
The Moody Blues Days of Future Passed
I don't often say this, but this isn't only an exceptionally awesome album; it's also one of the greatest albums of all time, period. You must hear "Nights In White Satin" before you die.
Toxik Think This
Traffic Traffic
One of the best albums you'll ever hear. Period.
Tygers Of Pan Tang Spellbound
Interesting arrangements throughout. Will definitely listen to more stuff from these guys.
Watchtower Control and Resistance
Easily the essential Watchtower album. Great jazz influences, great guitar work, epic bass, epic guitar work, fantastic record. If you are interested in progressive metal, you have to hear this.
Yngwie Malmsteen Rising Force
The album that introduced shred guitar to the world. While Yngwie might not be my fave guitarist, this is still an excellent record. Worth the listen.

4.5 superb
Agalloch Pale Folklore
Agalloch The Mantle
Alice Cooper Billion Dollar Babies
Alice in Chains Dirt
Dirt is truly an album for the depressed. Ten is a hybrid of emotional ups and downs and Superunknown is a dense, layered trip of introspection. But if ever you were looking for an album that understood your angst, suffering and pain Dirt is that album. From the sudden metallic opening of "Dem Bones" to the impressive closure of "Would?", AiC gave us here one of the indispensable albums of the 90's.
Alice in Chains Facelift
Ansur Warring Factions
I didn't expect to enjoy this record this much. But it's a great recording, and these guys outdid themselves a lot.
Anthrax State of Euphoria
State of Euphoria is pure aggression and speed. My favorite on here is probably "Misery Loves Company".
Anthrax Persistence of Time
Persistence of Time probably has the best production out of any Anthrax album. You just gotta love the way the instruments are so perfectly welded together to create a sonic avalanche. My favorites on here are probably "Blood" and "Keep it in the Family".
Anthrax Spreading the Disease
There's never a dull moment on Spreading the Disease, indeed, you'll have a hard time keeping up with this album. Spitz and Ian play like madmen on here, and Benante whips up some wicked fills. Easily one of the band's finest efforts.
Blind Melon Blind Melon
Blind Melon is far and away one of the most overlooked bands of the grunge movement. With this album they prove that they were more than a match for the Big 4. In my opinion, this album easily surpasses any Nirvana record.
Blue Oyster Cult Secret Treaties
Camel Mirage
It's really pointless to determine which Camel album is best, since both Mirage and Moonmadness rule hard. Mirage, Camel's sophomore release, has a strong, jazzy feel to it, and is definitely one of the most interesting things the 70's produced. Quite simple, you can't go wrong with this one.
Camel The Snow Goose
Candlebox Candlebox
A refreshing listen. These guys did some interesting stuff back in the day.
Coroner Mental Vortex
Corrosion of Conformity Deliverance
Dark Tranquillity The Gallery
Death Individual Thought Patterns
A highly jazzy record, Individual Thought Patterns is notable for the dominant presence of bassist Steve DiGiorgio, alongside guitar wizard Andy LaRocque. While lacking a proper bookending (opener "Overactive Imagination" has no buildup and instead gets straight to business, while closer "The Philosopher" simply fades out), this is still a highly solid and interesting album, and in my opinion slightly better than Human due to the fact that it feels more complete musically thanks to the bass audibility. Essential death metal.
Death Human
Only a select few bands can claim to have perfected heavy metal, and Death lies among those select few. This album is really a roller-coaster, packed with impressive riffs and leads. Guitar enthusiasts should be more than happy with this album, as it's definitely one of the finest the death metal subgenre has to offer. The drum intro in "Flattening of Emotions" is very memorable, as is the guitar work on closer "Vacant Planets". Essential death metal classic.
Death Spiritual Healing
Solid from top to bottom, and generally overlooked in Death's discography, Spiritual Healing flows impeccably. It also features some of Chuck's best lyrical work.
Deep Purple Deep Purple
Deep Purple is clearly Jon Lord's album. His classical leanings dominate this work, but that makes the album all the more special. Blackmore does shine though, on magnificent tracks like "The Painter" and "Why Didn't Rosemary?". Perhaps the more obvious standout is the epic "April", which clocks in at over 12 minutes. With this album, Deep Purple demonstrated just how insightful a band they were, and this deserves to sit right next to the classics In Rock, Fireball, Machine Head and Burn.
DMX It's Dark and Hell Is Hot
Dokken Breaking the Chains
Dokken Under Lock and Key
Eric B and Rakim Paid in Full
Faith No More The Real Thing
I was told this was cheesy, and was pretty much disuaded from finishing this. However, I gave it another shot and it paid off. A fantastic, highly experimental album.
Foreigner 4
Garbage Version 2.0
Garbage improve dramatically from the experiments of their debut to deliver us a masterful blend of alt rock, hard rock and electronica elements. A true 90's gem.
Genesis Wind & Wuthering
Genesis Nursery Cryme
The greatness of this record lies in Hackett's lead work, he shines very well on here. Fantastic album.
Genesis Foxtrot
Foxtrot is easily one of Genesis's finest accomplishments. The band as a whole is in top form, and the songwriting is untouchable. Definitely a prog essential. Can't go wrong with the mighty combo of "Watcher of the Skies" and "Supper's Ready".
Gentle Giant Acquiring the Taste
Fantastic old-school prog. I probably liked Free Hand and Octopus a tad more, but this one comes close.
Gentle Giant Octopus
Octopus is one of the finest prog albums I've ever heard. Impeccable musicianship and highly varied experimentation. Highly recommended for fans of old-school prog.
Gentle Giant In a Glass House
This is a fantastic album. I slightly prefer Octopus, but this one comes pretty close. Great old-school prog.
Gentle Giant Free Hand
Gong Camembert Electrique
A fantastic prog gem. Highly recommended Canterbury scene stuff.
Heart Little Queen
Heart Dreamboat Annie
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden
This album is the reason why Iron Maiden is so relevant to heavy metal. Yes, their live shows are legendary, and yes, Dickinson is a major showman. But this, the one that started it all, is what makes the band's name worth it's weight in gold. Even if the Dickinson Era had never happened, Maiden would still have their place in history secured with this one album. Definitely an essential listen for metal fans.rPS: What keeps this from being a full-blown masterpiece is the ineffectiveness of the title track (which carries the band name) as a closer. While the song is good, it just falls short in such a position.
Iron Maiden Killers
Whether or not Killers is better than Iron Maiden is a debatable matter. The two albums are very similar in nature, and remarkably consistent as well. One thing remains clear however: both records were highly revolutionary for heavy metal. Without a doubt, Iron Maiden had taken over from Judas Priest, since the "Metal Gods" had become a lot less relevant musically after their release of Stained Class.
Jewel Pieces of You
John Mayall A Hard Road
An impressive tour-de-force, A Hard Road is, quite possibly, one of the missing links between blues and hard rock/heavy metal. Here we see an album which is essentially blues, but at the same time, paving the way for the Unholy Trinity (Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple) to take the blues and convert them to hard-rockin' music.
Kansas Kansas
Kansas gets off to a fantastic start. Their sophomore is better in my opinion, but this is still quite good.
Kansas Leftoverture
Kansas Masque
This is a badass album. Musicianship is impressive, and the band really shines. Symphony X was doubtlessly influenced by these guys.
King Crimson Larks' Tongues in Aspic
Lark's Tongues in Aspic is probably one of King Crimson's most underrated records. It demands multiple listens (meaning I still need to listen to it a lot more. Nevertheless, this is one of those albums that definitely has a sporting chance against the slightly overrated debut.
King Crimson Red
Red is one of the strongest efforts by King Crimson. Unlike the debut, it is much more focused on the music, which has that jazzy feel typical to the band. The highlight here is "Starless", an instrumental which ranks amongst the best closers in the history of progressive rock. A true work of genius.
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
It's impressive to see how this band released 4 albums in an unbelievably short time. "Black Dog" easily ranks among the band's best openers, while "When the Levee Breaks" has a similar standing as a closer. Nevertheless, "Four Sticks" feels out of place here; which is a shame, because this is easily one of Zep's best achievements.
Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy
Let me start by saying that this album deserves its reputation as an essential listen for those wishing to gather a better understanding of rock n' roll. Most of the songs on here are flat out excellent. However, "Dancing Days" proves to be the dud on here, impeding this from being a fully consistent listen. Still, if you're a fan of the band, this should be on your collection.
Mahavishnu Orchestra Birds of Fire
Maneige Les Porches
Les Porches is far and away one of the most sublime prog records never to have become famous. It's not hard to see why though, gems like these can only be understood by few.
maudlin of the Well Bath
Impressive album. Feels like an odd collage of musical ideas, but it's really well executed.
Megadeth So Far, So Good... So What!
Production is the main issue here, but this is still a very consistent record with fantastic guitar work.
Mekong Delta The Music of Erich Zann
Michael Jackson Thriller
Some albums deserve their reputation, and Thriller is close to being one of them. Close, but no cigar. With the cheesy "The Girl is Mine" on here, the album fails to achieve perfection. Nevertheless, this is one pop album truly worth hearing, and it's not hard to see why it became such a phenomenon in the 80's.
Morbid Angel Altars of Madness
This is pure aggression. Riffs galore, intense drumming, you get the idea.
Motorhead Ace of Spades
Nelly Furtado Folklore
Diverse, intriguing album. Better than Loose in my opinion.
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
No Doubt Tragic Kingdom
Catchy, poppy album. Honestly, what's not to like?
Oceansize Effloresce
Opeth Heritage
Heritage is possibly Opeth's biggest achievement since My Arms, Your Hearse. Extremely consistent, with nary a bad song, it's probably the most interesting album they have ever produced, even if it's not their best.
Ozric Tentacles Waterfall Cities
Ozric Tentacles Jurassic Shift
Ozric Tentacles The Hidden Step
Ozric Tentacles Strangeitude
Pallas (UK) The Sentinel
Fantastic example of neo-prog.Clearly, there's a lot of Rush influence here, but there's also a hint of pop experimentation as well.
Parliament Mothership Connection
Few albums in music history are must-listens for every self-respecting music fan. Well, this is one of 'em. An amazing example of funk and an excellent introduction to those who are just starting out with the genre. Great stuff, all in all.
Paul Gilbert Get Out of My Yard
Pet Shop Boys Please
Peter Tosh Legalize It
Pink Floyd Animals
An interesting concept album, Animals features 3 long songs book-ended by the brief "Pigs on the Wing" tracks. Many argue that this is the band's magnum opus, but what really matters is that, objectively, this was a major game changer for progressive rock.
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Wish You Were Here is far and away one of the cornerstones of progressive rock. The highlight is definitely "Have a Cigar", which features one of Gilmour's very best leads. Essential prog.
Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
It took time for me to appreciate the genius behind Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Featuring one of prog's first ever epics ("Interstellar Overdrive"), it's hard to believe that this was the same band responsible for Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and Animals. So comparing this to either of those is a tough task.
Porcupine Tree The Sky Moves Sideways
The Sky Moves Sideways is a fantastic statement for prog. Flowing
effectively as a single unit it easily ranks among Porcupine Tree's
biggest achievements.
Porcupine Tree Up the Downstair
This is the first of the band's masterworks. Few bands have sustained a creative streak like this band has. Pretty much everything starting here and ending with In Absentia is essential PT in my opinion.
Primus Frizzle Fry
Encompassing a diverse array of influences into an eccentric whole, Frizzle Fry is a debut quite unlike any other. Solid from top to bottom, few debuts have been this good.
Prince Purple Rain
Queens of the Stone Age Lullabies to Paralyze
Underrated in QotSA's catalog, Lullabies to Paralize is, in my opinion, one of their best records. It has a nice experimental vibe to it and invites repeated listening. I'll go further and say that it surpasses both Rated R and Songs for the Deaf.
Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork
Queens of the Stone Age Era Vulgaris
Era Vulgaris is probably QotSA's most underrated record. Full of fun/experimental jams, this album proves how exceptionally well Josh's songwriting has been aging over the years. Like a fine wine, he just gets better and better.
Radiohead In Rainbows
Charming, atmospheric, and consistent, In Rainbows easily stands among Radiohead's best works.
Rainbow Rising
Ray Charles The Genius of Ray Charles
Red Hot Chili Peppers The Uplift Mofo Party Plan
The Uplift Mofo Party Plan is by far one of RHCP's most underrated works. Lying in the shadow of albums like Blood Sugar Sex Magik and Californication, it is, in fact, far more solid than people give it credit for. From the solid opener "Fight Like a Brave" to the awesome closer "Organic Anti-Beat Box Band", this is the band giving justice to their name in a way few of their fans coul've imagined. Yes, you read right, they are spicy as hell on this album, seemingly possessed by a fiery spirit that nowadays seems long gone. Don't judge it too quickly on first listen, take your time to enjoy and it will reveal to you just how powerful it really is.
Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Running Wild Port Royal
You'll be hard-pressed to find metal better than this. This is the kind of band I sometimes wish Priest and Maiden were: here, it's pretty much a marriage of the killer twin guitars of the former with the effective basslines of the latter. The drums are good and effective as well. Recommended for those looking into new metal.
Running Wild Blazon Stone
Rush Moving Pictures
Pretty consistent record. Rush does have better songs than Tom Sawyer, but it does the job as the opener, even if many of us have heard it múltiple times.
Sade Promise
This album is quite underrated next to Diamond Life. In fact, it is superior to it both lyrically and musically. It has a deeper feel and Sade seems to show more energy here than on her debut. Highly recommended.
Sade Stronger Than Pride
Very impressive record. Fine musicianship and great songs. For personal reasons, I prefer Love Deluxe, but this might be close second (along with Promise).
Santana Santana
Santana Santana III
Santana Caravanserai
Magnificent record; in my opinion, this is his last essential album.
Scorpions Blackout
Scorpions Savage Amusement
Undoubtedly one of the best releases within their 80's output. Well worth the listen.
Scorpions Fly to the Rainbow
Full of interesting use of melody, complex songs, and musical ideas beyond their time, Fly to the Rainbow is arguably the most underrated of Scorpions' releases, overshadowed by later albums. Fans of their latter-day work might not easily get into this, but it's worth every minute spent.
Sheryl Crow Tuesday Night Music Club
This is a very good record. I doubt that Sheryl has done a better one since.
Slayer Show No Mercy
Slayer's debut is nothing less than a pummeling roller-coaster ride packed/stuffed/filled with riffs, riffs and more riffs; as well as some fast drumming and leads. Definitely an essential release.
Slowdive Souvlaki
Often contrasted with Loveless, Souvlaki showcases the smoother side of shoegaze. A diverse, spacey album, it definitely keeps the listener hungry for more.
Sodom M-16
Sodom Agent Orange
Steely Dan Pretzel Logic
Sweet Smoke From Darkness To Light
Symphony X The Divine Wings of Tragedy
Symphony X Twilight in Olympus
Symphony X The Odyssey
TAD Inhaler
An awesome ball of riffs, basslines and drums. If you're already into bands like Soundgarden and Alice in Chains, this album is for you. If you're looking for riffs, this album is for you. If you're a metal fan looking for something different, this album is for you. Hell, if you're a rock fan bored with the same old same old, just jam this shit and crack up the volume. Hard.
Tesla Mechanical Resonance
Tesla The Great Radio Controversy
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Highly varied and creative, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band rightfully deserves the acclaim it gets, to some degree at least. Those who claim it as the magnum opus of the Beatles sure have a strong case going for them.
The Cult Dreamtime
The Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating Infinity
3 things make The Dillinger Escape Plan's debut one of the most fascinating albums of the last generation. 1) The originality: you'll be hard-pressed to find a similar album out there. 2) The songwriting: tight as fuck, without a single wasted moment. 3) The musicianship: tremendously well-executed, with layers upon layers of
interesting points. So yeah, amazing album.
The Doors Morrison Hotel
Bluesy, moody, dark; these are all adjectives associated with the controversial 60's legend The Doors. And this album certainly fits the description. Although the hit "Waiting for the Sun" is an obvious highlight, this album has plenty of underrated jams: "Ship of Fools", "You Make Me Real", "Peace Frog", and others. Essential classic rock.
The Doors Strange Days
Dark, moody and very bluesy (as is expected of The Doors), Strange Days proves to be a worthy follow up to The Doors, proving to be even more consistent than its predecessor.
The Doors L.A. Woman
A worthy swansong if there ever was one,
L.A. Woman is as bluesy and
introspective as it got for The Doors.
Fantastic album.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold as Love
More fluid and cohesive than the slightly mismatched Are You Experienced?, Axis: Bold As Love truly feels like an album, something the debut blatantly lacked. Where the songs on the debut feel as though they are best heard cherry-picked, in here they feel as though they belong in the album. Essential classic rock.
The Mothers of Invention Freak Out!
The Rolling Stones Their Satanic Majesties Request
An underrated gem, often written off as a weak imitation of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Their Satanic Majesties Request is, in my opinion, one of the Stones' very best records. It definitely played a hand in influencing the development of progressive rock, so we can no doubt thank them for that.
The Smashing Pumpkins Gish
Gish is truly an amazing record, and might well be my favourite SP. It just flows wonderfully, without a single bad track. Siamese Dream was/is more popular but this just might be their magnum opus musically.
The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
The brilliance of Siamese Dream is difficult to explain. It's not even because standouts like "Hummer", "Mayonaise", "Soma", "Disarm" and "Cherub Rock" exist. No, that is not the reason this is such a classic of its era.rThe reason this is such a classic is because of how mind-blowingly innovative the album is on the whole. It shattered conventional thinking on what rock n' roll could be. To this day, Siamese Dream still has the same power it did in the early 90's. rProblema with this álbum: Luna's an underwhelming closer.
The Who Who's Next
Warlock Burning the Witches
An impressive debut album. The guitar work is amazing, a pity this band is so overlooked.
Warlock Triumph and Agony
Yonin Bayashi Ishoku-Sokuhatsu
Amazing Japanese prog gem. Suggested for fans of Genesis and Camel.
ZZ Top Tres Hombres

4.0 excellent
'Til Tuesday Voices Carry
AC/DC Highway To Hell
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
Alchemist Spiritech
Alice in Chains Sap
Alice in Chains Black Gives Way to Blue
Alphataurus Alphataurus
Amon Amarth Versus the World
Anthrax Among the Living
Among the Living is frequently touted as one of the "Big 4 thrash masterpieces" together with Master of Puppets, Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? and Reign in Blood. It certainly feels similar to the first of those in terms of structure and overall sound. It also shares with that album a bit of sameyness on the riffs and the general structure. Production is another clear flaw of this album: it feels bone-dry and some might need to exert patience to get used to it. The tracks "A Skeleton in the Closet" and "A.D.I./Imitation of Life" feel unnecessary and are outright boring. Having said that, the standouts for me are "Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)" and "One World", but, generally speaking, this is a pretty solid album, with great basslines, drumming, etc.
Anthrax Fistful of Metal
Fistful of Metal is a solid, albeit flawed, debut from Anthrax. The biggest flaw is the production: Turbin's vocals are barely audible and the instruments in general could've benefited from better audio quality. The "I'm Eighteen" cover and "Death From Above" feel somewhat out of place, at least in my view. All the same, this is the sound of a band that's trying to come to terms with itself. They would sound a lot more mature on Spreading the Disease.
Bardo Pond Amanita
Overall, a very good record. A pity the songs are often inaccessible.
Bjork Post
Bjork is one of the most original artists I've ever come across. She literally can't be pinned down to a single genre, and she handles all musical waters with great skill. You must listen to understand this, as it lies beyond the realm of words.
Black Flag Damaged
I don't know how often I would listen to this. But the raw agression on display here is
undeniable, and there's also a sense of density that I don't think many punk acts have portrayed
(disclaimer: I'm not really a punk guru, so that last bit is based on conjecture from the sample
of punk I have heard).
Blue Cheer Vincebus Eruptum
Vincebus Eruptum is more a historical relic than a musical masterpiece per se. Worth looking into for those interested in the roots of bands like Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. It definitely feels dated, and although it is indeed a clear missing link between psychedelia and metal, it will only interest those looking for a deeper insight in the roots of heavy metal.
Blue Oyster Cult Spectres
Bolt Thrower War Master
Bryan Adams Reckless
Budgie Never Turn Your Back on a Friend
Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
One of the most revered doom metal records, Epicus Doominus Metallicus offers enough to impress the listener throughout it's running time. I won't go as far as saying it's one of the best metal albums I've ever heard, that's saying a bit too much as far as I'm concerned. But, it's an interesting enough listen and should be of interest to most riff lovers out there.
Cream Disraeli Gears
Ladies and gentlemen, one of the most iconic albums of the late 60's: Cream's Disraeli Gears. A respectable album in every sense, it's ruined by closer "Mother's Lament", which is very annoying. Other than that, this remains an interesting collection of songs all the same.
Danzig Danzig
Dawnbringer Nucleus
Decent metal record, but nothing too exceptional. Needs more creativity.
Death Scream Bloody Gore
Let me start by saying that Death has no outright bad album, and that songwriting was pretty much impeccable on each of them (with the possible exception of The Sound of Perseverance, where it was near-perfect)> Having said that, what limits Death's debut is the limited scope of the musicianship. The band was barely beginning to transcend thrash metal, and in this album the thrash influences are dominant. Quite a few choruses are memorable ("Evil Dead", "Sacrificial", "Baptized in Blood", "Mutilator" and the title track stand out in this matter). While the band's musicianship would improve on later releases, this album still remains, in and of itself, a major turning point in the rise of death metal.
Death The Sound of Perseverance
The Sound of Perseverance is very different from the rest of the Final Four (which, admittedly, doesn't mean much since they're all different). For this one, Chuck raised his pitch and opted for a full-on progressive approach. He mostly succeeds, but at the end of the day, the material just isn't on the same level as that on Symbolic, Individual Thought Patterns or Human. "Scavenger of Human Sorrow" while a solid track, just doesn't compare as an opener to "Flattening of Emotions" or "Symbolic" (at best, it lies third in that regard above "Overactive Imagination"). And worst of all, the "Painkiller" cover just feels out of place and unnecessary, making it rank easily at the bottom regarding the closers in the Final Four. Nevertheless, tracks like "A Moment of Clarity", "Spirit Crusher" and "Voice of the Soul" make this album more than worth your time.
Death Leprosy
Deep Purple Come Taste the Band
Criminally underrated, Come Taste the Band is the last in Deep Purple's impressive 7-year run. It is the funkiest of the bunch, which might explain the undeserved hate it gets. Nevertheless, it's good for what it is. It's just best to avoid comparing it to the best of Mk. II and simply see it as the end of an era. The band would not release any more studio material until 1984.
Deep Purple Stormbringer
Deep Purple Who Do We Think We Are
In my opinion. Who Do We Think We Are is a criminally underrated record. While it doesn't possess the highs of the other Mk. II albums, Burn or even the often overlooked Deep Purple, it is a solid album in its own right. Also, "Place in Line" is, in my opinion, one of their very best songs.
Deep Purple The Book of Taliesyn
Building slightly on the overwhelmingly psychedelic debut, this album still feels in that vibe, and the band still has room for improvement in terms of songwriting. Nevertheless, this is still a very good album.
Deep Purple Shades of Deep Purple
Psychedelic as fuck, this definitely merits a listen, although it's not as immediate as other works by the band. The band definitely had room for improvement at this point, but this remains an interesting debut. Only fans of Mk II and/or III should check this out, this one is for diehards only.
Depeche Mode Some Great Reward
Excellent album, however I think the next 3 are more mature and therefore better.
Depeche Mode Construction Time Again
Construction Time Again is very consistent, but lacks the maturity of later albums. Basically, the best was still yet to come.
Dokken Back for the Attack
Dream Theater Images and Words
While I find the stuff between the opener and Metropolis pt. 1 uninteresting, I can't deny that the second half is pretty solid.
Dream Theater Awake
Not much to say about this album, other that it's decent enough to get by.
Edge of Sanity Crimson
Interesting prog-metal work. Might grow in time, we'll see.
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Brain Salad Surgery
It's slightly better than the cartoonish Trilogy, since it has the greatness of the half-hour "Karn Evil 9". However, it doesn't quite achieve the level of the debut or Tarkus.
Eurythmics Touch
Fates Warning Perfect Symmetry
Fates Warning was one of the major pioneers of progressive metal, and Perfect Symmetry showcases them exposing their style. Why is this a 4? While it's an enjoyable album, I wouldn't say it's one I'd revisit often. The vocals feel out of place at times, the guitar leads sometimes feel too technical, and the lyrics are a bit too abstract for my liking. Nevertheless, this is worth your time if you're a fan of the subgenre.
Funkadelic Maggot Brain
There's a world of difference between Maggot Brain and Parliament's Mothership Connection. While the latter is a straightforward funk bomb, the former is an experiment of sorts, a hybrid of musical ideas. It might not appeal to all, but it's certainly interesting enough.
Genesis Abacab
Genesis Genesis
Genesis Invisible Touch
Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway is an interesting concept album which also happens to be the swansong of Gabriel Era Genesis. Although I won't argue that it is indeed a solid album, I don't quite consider it as perfect as others claim. While the first disc is flawless, the second disc has a bit of filler which makes the experience a bit dull. Also, I feel the band is rather restrained here, somewhat sacrificing all-out musicianship in favor of the grand-scale concept. That being said, I highly suggest any prog fan who hasn't heard this to do so ASAP and come to his/her own conclusions.
Gotic Escenes
Iron Maiden The Final Frontier
A tough pill to digest, but worth hearing all the same. My mind's not entirely made up with it, but maybe later I'll have a stronger opinion on it.
Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and Death
Arguably the best of Maiden's first 3 comeback era records. There are interesting songs like "These Colours Don't Run", "Brighter than a Thousand Suns", and "For the Greater Good of God", however I didn't care much for the last 2 tracks. Nevertheless, this destroys anything Priest did post-Painkiller, with the possible exception of Redeemer of Souls, which I haven't heard.
Iron Maiden The X Factor
Highly underrated album. People most likely judge it due to the change in vocals. Nevertheless, The X Factor marked a significant improvement over the mediocre No Prayer for the Dying and the decent-but-lacking Fear of the Dark.
Iron Maiden Virtual XI
Harshly criticized to this day, Virtual XI is a decent album and easily superior to the likes of No Prayer for the Dying and Fear of the Dark.
John Mayer Room for Squares
A fine recording by Mayer. It feels a tad repetitive at times, but overall a solid debut.
Journey Escape
Most of this is really good, save for Lay it Down. I'm also tired of hearing Don't Stop Believin'. Still, this album rocks.
Khan Space Shanty
Solid album, however I have issues with the vocals, plus it kinda gets old after a while and isn't the most interesting or the most original prog album around.
King Crimson Starless and Bible Black
King Diamond Abigail
Kreator Coma of Souls
Krokus Metal Rendez-vous
In several ways, I might say this is something of a rock n' roll dream come true. Nice riffs, good solos, plenty of the good stuff here.
Kylie Minogue Fever
Megadeth Cryptic Writings
Underrated record. IMO, it's the best thing they did after RiP.
Melvins Lysol
Impressive collection of material. However, I find it too short to impress.
Melvins Houdini
Some impressive tracks on here, but the filler tracks "Pearl Bomb" and "Spread Eagle Beagle" really ruin the experience.
Melvins Stoner Witch
Morbid Angel Formulas Fatal to the Flesh
Formulas Fatal to the Flesh is, quite simply, a relentless onslaught of riffs, which kinda softens when you get to the last 2 tracks. The highlight here is definitely the epic "Invocation of the Continual One", which easily ranks among the band's very best songs. Highly recommended.
Morbid Angel Abominations of Desolation
There's an aggression and energy on Abominations of Desolation that you won't find on several MA records. The fact that this album is so well-executed is a testament to this band's potential at the time. Of special note is the role of Browning as both drummer and vocalist. He lacks Vincent's depth in his growls, and doesn't quite have Sandoval's punch, but makes up for both with his sheer intensity. Where this ranks for you in MA's discog will depend on how raw you like your MA.
Morbid Angel Covenant
Morbid Angel Gateways to Annihilation
With a dark atmosphere, bone-crushing riffs and impressive leads, Gateways to Annihilation follows up Formulas Fatal to the Flesh quite well.
Motley Crue Too Fast for Love
Bar Merry Go Round and Starry Eyes, this is a fun jam.
Nelly Furtado Loose
Fun album. Good stuff for when you're tired of music that takes itself too seriously.
Neurosis Souls at Zero
Neurosis Enemy of the Sun
Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine
Pretty Hate Machine is, as far as debuts go, in the "fairly impressive but not mindblowing" category. While it boasts what is arguably one of the best 5-track successions in the history of rock music, the second half doesn't quite have the same level of strength. Still, this is a good place to start with NIN.
Nirvana Nevermind
Nosound Afterthoughts
Oasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Overkill The Years of Decay
Ozzy Osbourne Diary of a Madman
Ozzy manages to make good songs; but, album-wise, he doesn't deliver that much punch. Nevertheless, it's the last of the Rhoads-Era albums. RIP R.R.
Pearl Jam Backspacer
Backspacer is a continuation of the return-to-roots phase that the band is currently going through. It's a very good album, but it's not without flaws; the main one being that the album feels a tad oversimplified in general. That being said, it's still a very consistent listen and it's good to see that they can still enjoy themselves after 2 decades of rock n' roll.rPersonal Rating: 4.2
Pearl Jam Riot Act
Like other records of the band's experimental era, Riot Act is a grower. At first it might not seem like much, but this album is in fact more inspired than Binaural. Give it a try, you won't regret it.rPersonal rating: 4.4
Pearl Jam Pearl Jam
The "Avocado Album" is easily my third favorite PJ record. Why? Because it's arguably their most inspired work since Ten and Vs.. It opens and closes wonderfully, and McCready shows off some of his best lead work. The band demonstrates not only that they've still got it, but that they can still make something that equels the best of their prime. Don't miss this if you're a fan.rPersonal Rating: 4.2
Pearl Jam No Code
Vitalogy ended the band's classic era on a messy note (definitely not the band's most inspired moment). With No Code, the band reinvented themselves as experimentalists. Grunge was beginning to wane at this point, however, and many began to desert the band by this time. This is still one fine release though, and the overlooked "Red Mosquito" is among the band's best songs overall.rPersonal Rating: 4.2
Pearl Jam Binaural
Binaural definitely falls in the grower category. It takes several listens to truly appreciate this album, and it definitely hasplenty of texture to it. However, it's also somewhat subdued in terms of musicianship, so it's definitely not the best place to start with the band.rPersonal rating: 4.2
Pearl Jam Yield
Yield proves two things: 1) the band wasn't going to repeat itself, and 2) they were willing to persevere despite the fact that grunge was pretty much passe by this time. And they do a good job of it. If you're a fan, don't miss this one.
Pet Shop Boys Introspective
Actually owns this, but it's still a good album. The last song is a tad dull, sadly.
Pink Floyd A Saucerful of Secrets
Pink Floyd Meddle
Consisting of reasonably tight songwriting, Meddle is one of Floyd's most experimental records. Some might even claim it's their best, however, in my view, "Seamus" impedes that possibility. The one weak point in an otherwise stellar record, it just detracts from the album as a whole. However, this is still a fine accomplishment by Floyd.
Porcupine Tree Lightbulb Sun
Lightbulb Sun continues on the path initiated with Stupid Dream. The band continues experimenting, dabbling on different textures as they go along. This may not top Stupid Dream, but that's no real reason not to listen to this.
Porcupine Tree On the Sunday of Life
This needs more love. Sure, on first listen it feels weak, but after a while it has plenty of growing power. Much like JP's Rocka Rolla, I think this album is undeservedly overlooked in light of later releases.
Primus Sailing the Seas of Cheese
While there's interesting material on Sailing the Seas of Cheese, as a whole this album lacks cohesion and feels like a directionless collection of tracks. That's not to say that this is bad, there are some sweet tracks for sure, but it could've been much better.
Prince Parade
Queen A Night at the Opera
Queens of the Stone Age Queens of the Stone Age
Qotsa's debut demands repeated listening to be truly understood. Not the band's best album by any means, but nevertheless a very interesting record. The downers here are "Walkin' on the Sidewalks", "I Was a Teenage Hand Model", and "I Can't Quit You Baby", but don't let that stop you from experiencing this album.
Queensryche Hear in the Now Frontier
HitNF is the last album with Chris DeGarmo as an official member. A lot of people despise this album, and it isn't hard to see why. Here, they sound nothing like on their first four albums, and it seems that internal issues were coming to a head. The song "Hero" is my track pick for this, but the album is generally decent. Granted, it can be harder to get into than the others, but repeated listens can help you enjoy it more.rPersonal Rating: 4.0
Queensryche Queensryche EP
This EP definitely gives promise of the band's future. All 5 tracks (4+bonus) are fantastic, but "Nightrider takes the cake on here. Great riffs, fastastic soloing, and Tate's voice is in top shape. Don't miss this stellar debut.rPersonal rating: 4.2
Radiohead OK Computer
While OK Computer is a solid album, in my opinion it isn't perfect. "Fitter Happier" and "Electioneering" slightly ruin its flow. However, the rest is impressive enough.
Radiohead Kid A
A spacey, trippy album. Slightly prefer it to OK Computer at the moment.
Radiohead The Bends
A solid album for Radiohead, The Bends no doubt features some of the band's best material. Having said that, it isn't quite perfect: "Just" and "My Iron Lung" slightly ruin the experience. Nevertheless, this album is certainly worth your time.
Ranger Knights of Darkness
Raven Wiped Out
These guys impressed me tbh. The music isn't too original, but it does give you a heckuva good time. Recommended for bored rockers.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Mother's Milk
Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik
What makes Blood Sugar Sex Magik such a good album is how everything works so well on here. The weakest tracks are probably the well-known singles "Give It Away" and "Under the Bridge", along with the title track, since they don't match up with the rest of the songs. Highlights for me include: "Suck My Kiss", "My Lovely Man", "Funky Monks", and "Apache Rose Peacock". But the album in general is worth your time.
Red Hot Chili Peppers One Hot Minute
One Hot Minute is quite the oddity in RHCP's discography. Not quite a top-tier record and yet not a bottom-tier one either, it sits in the middle. To be completely honest, I feel this is one of their most interesting records. Yes, you read right. It still has some of that spirit from BSSM remaining, even if it doesn't execute things on the same level. Not the best place to start, and only worthwhile to fans of the band, it will take a patient listener to enjoy this record. But listen to it. Even if it's not their best, there are gems to be found on here. The major weakness is the midsection: "Pea", "One Big Mob" and "Walkabout" ruin the album's flow are are completely skippable. Even so, I encourage those into the band to check this out, it might be worth your time.
Riverside Anno Domini High Definition
I was surprised with this record. Fresh sounds and new ideas. I don't say this too often, but I might listen to this record again sometime to see if I "get it".
Run-D.M.C. Raising Hell
Running Wild Death or Glory
Decent album, but feels a tad draggy sometimes. IMO the follow-up is better.
Rush Caress of Steel
Very underrated album. The 2 epics at the end simply destroy. And to think they would outdo themselves on later releases.
Rush Hemispheres
I wouldn't go as far as to say this is my fave Rush record, but it's possibly their most influential.rIn terms of my opinion of it, most of it rules, especially the epic Book 2. However, Circumstances doesn't work for me, it's another singing misfire for Geddy.
Sade Lovers Rock
Sade Diamond Life
While it has good songs, I'm pretty sure that Sade did better things in her career (Love Deluxe certainly tops this). Nevertheless, a strong debut in my book.
Santana Borboletta
Saxon Saxon
An interesting slice of NWBHM. Worth checking out if you're into bands like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden.
Scorpions Lovedrive
While it's entertaining enough, it lack a bit of the punch that makes other albums by the band so special. Nevertheless, it should be worth your time if you're a fan of classic hard rock.
Scorpions Animal Magnetism
Doesn't have as much punch as some of the earlier and later releases, but still a worthwhile album.
Scorpions Love At First Sting
Save for I'm Leaving You and especially Crossfire, most of the album is pretty solid and damn entertaining rawk.
Seal Human Being
Sebastian Hardie Four Moments
Silversun Pickups Swoon
Slayer Hell Awaits
There are significant differences between Hell Awaits and Show No Mercy. Where that album focused on pure balls-out riffage, this one is more cerebral and atmospheric. Definitely not for the squeamish.
Slayer Reign in Blood
My only complaint with Reign in Blood is it's rather excessive focus on speed for speed's sake. Unlike the previous 2 records, this one just isn't quite as strong musically. However, it does deserve the praise it gets, to a point.
Slayer South of Heaven
Extremely heavy stuff. Some badass riffs, as well as some of Lombardo's best drumming.
Slayer Seasons in the Abyss
Sonic Youth Goo
Sortilege Métamorphose
Soundgarden Screaming Life
A solid offering courtesy of the grunge sledgehammer. Out of the two major underground EP's, Screaming Life is easily the stronger sibling. A pulse pounding 6-track journey, Screaming Life might well be SG's most overlooked effort.
Steve Vai Alien Love Secrets
Sublime Sublime
The last Sublime album has some of the bands best material, but some of it comes off as a bit more than is needed for it. For instance, the album could well have ended on "Caress Me Down", but instead we get a reprise of "What I Got" and the rather odd "Doin' Time". For what it's worth however, it still features some of the band's best material.
Sublime Robbin' the Hood
An underrated gem, Robbin' the Hood is so good it's almost a shame 40 Oz. to Freedom exists. Give it time and jam it patiently, you'll be glad you did.
Super Furry Animals Radiator
I haven't listened to these guys in a long while. Might want to give them another try once the time is right.
Taylor Swift Reputation
The Doors The Doors
Ah, the iconic, legendary, classic debut of controversial California rock band The Doors. Yes, this is an album quite representative of the band; and for the most part, the songwriting is ace. The weaker tracks here are "Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)", and "Looked at You".
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced
The main issue with Are You Experienced? is the lack of cohesion. This could be explained by the fact that it has two versions with different track listings. The good songs work well on here, but, in my opinion, this album is slightly overrated. Don't get me wrong, this still has some of his best material, but I wouldn't say it's his best work. For all intents and purposes, my soundoff shall refer to the 11 tracks on the North American edition.
The Mothers of Invention One Size Fits All
Therapy? Troublegum
Thin Lizzy Jailbreak
An interesting ball of hard rock, Jailbreak is probably ne of the most influential albums in the subgenre. The one drawback is that it feels dated, as opposed to feeling like something that transcends its time.
Thompson Twins Into the Gap
Amazing pop perfection. If you're into Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys or Tears for Fears, you should love this.
Tyr Eric The Red
This is a pretty solid album from a pretty solid band. I look forward to checking out more of their stuff in the future.
U2 The Unforgettable Fire
Univers Zero Heresie
A dark, brooding, KC-ish album, Heresie is an interesting enough listen for those who have an avid interest in obscure prog. There's definitely a lot of things going for this album, but it's certainly not for everyone. Don't judge it too quickly, there's plenty of intelligence behind the music.
Van Halen Balance
In my opinion this is the best of the Hagar Era. The spark of the Roth Era is somewhat revived here, and musicianship is in quite good form.
Vanilla Fudge Vanilla Fudge
Carmine Appice does a fine job on this one. However, this album is more of a historical relic than anything else. Worth looking into for the influence it had on bands like Deep Purple and Black Sabbath.
Venom Welcome to Hell
Vinnie Moore Mind's Eye
While it doesn't rank among the great classics of the Guitar Virtuoso subgenre (and certainly isn't in league with the Big 4 albums [Surfing With the Alien, Passion & Warfare, Rising Force and Ah Via Musicom]), it's a fine one in it's class, and Moore is no doubt more talented than a lot of wannabes out there.
Voivod Killing Technology
This is an interesting record. Not at all recommended for thrash neophites; but metalheads looking for something new might be pleased with this.
Watchtower Energetic Disassembly
White Lion Pride
Yes Close to the Edge
Well yes, this is a solid prog record. However, Anderson's vocals prevent me from giving it a higher rating.
Yes Fragile
Not a fan of this band, but it's easy to see that this album was extremely influential, not just for prog, but for heavy metal as well.
Yes The Yes Album
Yngwie Malmsteen Marching Out
Yngwie Malmsteen Trilogy
Yngwie Malmsteen Odyssey
Yngwie Malmsteen Eclipse
ZZ Top Eliminator
ZZ Top Degüello

3.5 great
Aerosmith Pump
Agalloch Marrow of the Spirit
Alice in Chains Alice in Chains
The main issue with Alice in Chains' self-titled swansong (Layne Era anyway) is that it drags more than it should. It's definitely the worst place to start when it comes to this band. You're better off jamming the two previous LP's along with Jar of Flies and SAP before getting into this one.
Beardfish The Void
Great work. I was a bit disappointed with the guitar soloing though, not what I was hoping for. All the same, I liked this enough to consider another possible album in the future.
Biohazard Urban Discipline
Blue Oyster Cult Cultösaurus Erectus
Buckethead Population Override
Dr. Dre The Chronic
Good record, but often too repetitive and saturated. Snoop's Doggystyle tops this imo.
Genesis We Can't Dance
Even if the album has interesting moments, it lacks some of the punch that made earlier Collins-Era works worthwhile. Had this album had fewer balladry and more attitude, it could've been better. Collins did well in leaving the band after this.
In Vain (NO) The Latter Rain
Decent offering. Nothing too exceptional, but it's not too bad either. If you're an average death metal fan, this should suit your tastes.
Iron Maiden Brave New World
When compared to the likes of No Prayer for the Dying or Fear of the Dark, Brave New World comes out as a return to the classic Dickinson Era sound, at least for the most part. And while this album doesn't quite match up to the likes of any of the First 7, it easily tops the two that followed. Dickinson still sounds fresh and the band still delivers here, it's just that on points it seems that the band overdid things for their own sake, retaking the concept behind their classic epics and attempting to deliver the same feel. It clearly isn't gonna happen, and that, along with the fact that the 2nd half is weaker than the first, sums up my complaints regarding this album.
Iron Maiden Dance of Death
Following a similar approach to Brave New World, Dance of Death feels a bit safer, although not in a negative sense. Maiden has aged well and remains an interesting metal act at this time, which is more than can be said for bands like Judas Priest. There are weak points, but, overall this album doesn't feel like a sign of decline or anything. A worthwhile listen for fans of the band.
King Crimson Discipline
The main issue with Discipline is that while 4 tracks are fantastic, 3 are outright dragfests (Matte Kudesai, The Sheltering Sky & the title track). Probably KC's first dissapointment.
Led Zeppelin Presence
Presence is a rather disappointing affair when compared to the greatness of its predecessor. While it does possess a fine opener/closer combo in "Achilles Last Stand" and "Tea for One", " For Your Life", "Candy Store Rock" and "Hots for Nowhere" just flat-out suck. Also, as a whole, the album reflects a worn out band that no longer had the level of inspiration that got them through their first 6 records. Recommended only for diehard fans.
Machine Head Through The Ashes Of Empires
Megadeth Youthanasia
Like CtE, the 2nd half is the weak point of this album. Nevertheless, I find it overall more enjoyable than that album. Better riffs, more entertaining, yeah, I think I explained myself.
Megadeth Countdown to Extinction
The first mainstream-era 'Deth, Countdown to Extinction is a bit disappointing: production is flat-out lame and the second half is rather weak, being saved by the last 2 songs.
Mudhoney Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge
Nightwish Once
Nile In Their Darkened Shrines
Pomegranate Tiger Entities
Great ideas, but monotone execution. The album is a passable listen, but respectable musicianship, but gets dull at times. Bottom line: there's lots of room for improvement.
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
Porcupine Tree In Absentia
My main issue with In Absentia is that several songs on here get old after several listens.
Porcupine Tree Deadwing
Not best PT by a long shot, but still an enjoyable release. The opener is fantastic, and the closer is good too. But 4 songs ("Shallow, "Lazarus", "Mellotron Scratch" and "Glass Arm Shattering") feel a tad out of place.
Primus Pork Soda
While it features several strong tracks ("My Name is Mud", "Welcome to This World" and "Nature Boy"), this is one crazy fillerfest. Recommended for diehards only.
Queensryche Tribe
The main issue with Tribe is that it lack inspiration. It's not terrible, but the band doesn't bother to rock out at all. "Rhythm of Hope" is a great song (the best here in my opinion), but this will only interest hardcore fans of the band.rPersonal Rating: 3.4
Queensryche Queensryche
Racer X Second Heat
Radiohead Amnesiac
Amnesiac pieces together some of Radiohead's best material with some of their weakest. Although it's not one of their strongest efforts, it still manages to hold up in regards to the quality of most of the individual songs. It just fails when taken in as a whole.
Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way
Like Californication before it, By the Way has issues with regards to consistency. While the first 6 tracks are solid, after that the album goes hit-and-miss. There are no less than 5 weak tracks on here. My fave on here is possibly "Midnight", followed by "The Zephyr Song" and "By the Way".
Running Wild Pile of Skulls
Entertaining listen, but drags on a tad too long. Metal albums like this should only be about 35-40 minutes long. Plus, the songs themselves feel a tad repetitive at times.
Saint Deamon In Shadows Lost From the Brave
Santana Welcome
Seal Seal IV
Soundgarden Fopp
Fopp is pretty much the weaker sibling of the two major cult EP's of Soundgarden's underground era. Out of the 4 tracks herein, 3 are fairly strong, but the dub version of the title track feels totally unnecessary and out of place. Recommended only for diehard SG fans.
Taylor Swift 1989
Entertaining stuff, but there's little here that can be called great pop imo.
The Cult Electric
Decent album, but several instrumental inconsistencies make it a step down from Love.
The Smashing Pumpkins Adore
The Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
The major issue with Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is the concept itself. Corgan's ambition definitely went overboard when it came to effective songwriting. While the first disc is very solid, with only two weak tracks ("Love" and "Cupid de Locke") the second disc is absolutely bursting with filler, especially on the second half (this would be the 4th quarter of the album). It's a shame that this album fails in that regard, because songs like "Bullet With Butterfly Wings", "1979, "Zero" and "Tonight, Tonight" rank amongst the Pumpkins' very best.
The Smashing Pumpkins Machina/The Machines of God
While slightly more interesting than Adore, Machina is nevertheless an inconsistent affair. The main problem lies in the second third of the album, it's pretty much useless. Recommended only for serious fans of the band.

3.0 good
Dio The Last in Line
Genesis Calling All Stations
I don't find this as bad as many people do, but the musicianship is definitely lacking. All the same, Wilson does a good job on the vocals.
Genesis From Genesis to Revelation
In Flames The Jester Race
Iron Maiden Fear of the Dark
With 5/12 songs on the weak side, Fear of the Dark is slightly better than it's predecessor, but still a far cry from the legendary First 7. Having said that, "Childhood's End", the title track, and "Judas Be My Guide" are well worth the time of any Maiden fan.
Mastodon The Hunter
Okay, it's true: this is the band's sellout album. But is it a bad album? As with Crack the Skye opinions can be split here. Some will argue that this is a fun album, while others will claim that it's a sign of decline. In my opinion, it's a decent record, certainly not in the same league as Leviathan, Remission or Blood Mountain, but still enjoyable enough. My only major gripe is the vocals: Hinds seems to be struggling too much to sound like Peter Gabriel, and it doesn't suit him at all (he's at his best when he sounds menacing/threatening/etc. Nevertheless, this album is still inspired enough to be worth the listen, even if it doesn't touch the mighty first 3.
Megadeth United Abominations
Megadeth Endgame
Very overrated album. Don't get me wrong: Broderick is highly talented, but his leads lack passion. Also, the midsection and closing are weak. It seems Dave's running out of ideas.
Morbid Angel Domination
Motorhead Orgasmatron
By this point, it becomes obvious that the band is running out of ideas. Lemmy should've stopped recording at this point. I personally have little to no interest in anything he has done since the mediocre Rock N' Roll.
Nickelback Silver Side Up
Nirvana In Utero
In Utero is neither fantastic album nor terrible album. It's just an album, plain and simple. If you're into repetitive punkish numbers, this might be in your league. Otherwise, steer clear from this.
Pearl Jam Vitalogy
The main issues I have with Vitalogy are: 1) Poor production, and 2) Excessive filler. In particular, the closer "Hey Foxymophandlemama, That's Me" is terrible, and makes one wonder what the band was thinking at that point. But don't get me wrong, some of the band's best songs are on here. Just skip all the filler and close it on "Immortality". That would've made a better closer anyway.rPersonal rating: 3.2
Porcupine Tree The Incident
This right here is a crazy fillerfest. A few cool songs like "The Blind House", "I Drive the Hearse" and "Time Flies", but I think this is an overblown concept. Now I understand why SW put the band on hiatus. If PT ever get back together, they should just get back to basics and stray from these concepts.
Queens of the Stone Age Rated R
While Rated R contains great songs like "Auto Pilot", "The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret", and "Better Living Through Chemistry" (best on here), it also drags a lot, specifically in the 2nd half. The presence of filler and the lack of cohesion make this a bit of a tedious listen in full, which is a shame for such a fantastic band.
Quiet Riot Metal Health
Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication
While Californication is often regarded as a triumphant return-to-form by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the fact of the matter is that it's reputation far exceeds it's actual quality. While the first 6 tracks and the closer are all fairly solid, the album gets pretty hit-and-miss from there. Doesn't even come close to Blood Sugar Sex Magik.
Republica Speed Ballads
This album does have interesting concepts, but sadly it fails to do anything exciting. Rather, it just stays muddled in a sea of synths without any real musicianship to show for it. Listen to Garbage's Version 2.0 instead.
Seal System
This album is nice, but feels rather uninspired in almost every sense. A decent continuation of Seal's career, but a step down from Seal IV and two steps down from Human Being.
Seal Commitment
Seal manages to put out decent recordings throughout his career. While perhaps a bit cheesy, this is nonetheless a good record.
Tool Lateralus
Sadly, this is a rather dull record. Since I managed to finish it, it gets a 3. Some decent songs, but the album pretty much becomes a borefest after a while.

2.5 average
Angra Temple of Shadows
Angra Rebirth
Anthrax Stomp 442
Anthrax We've Come for You All
A very lackluster comeback attempt. Good thing Bush left after this.
Big Wreck Albatross
Average alt rock album. Doesn't bring at all anything new to the table. Nothing original, innovative or refreshing to hear here.
Blue Oyster Cult Club Ninja
Bloated, overproduced album. While at first it may seem on par with their best, the problem here is that the formula that had previously worked wonders for this band has now backfired. You might as well ignore this one (unless you like overproduced/overindulgent albums).
Bulldozer The Day of Wrath
Deicide Deicide
Eiffel 65 Europop
Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape
Generic, even by alt rock standards. Easily one of the most overrated albums of the 90's.
Immolation Close to a World Below
In Mourning Shrouded Divine
Garden variety death metal. Nothing special here, just what you'd expect from an average band in the subgenre.
Iron Maiden No Prayer for the Dying
While possessing gems like "Mother Russia", this is a far cry from Maiden's first 7. Here, the band gave up it's complex style in favor of a more straightforward, 80's approach. A sad low point in the band's career.
Megadeth The System Has Failed
Regarded as the band's "return to form", The System Has Failed is a rather boring record. The first 4 songs are easily the best on here, I honestly don't care much for the rest.
Motorhead Rock 'N' Roll
I was rather disappointed with this. It's a rather dull record, and Motorhead clearly were
stuck in a rut at this point.
Muse Absolution
Nirvana Bleach
While the first few tracks on here are promising, the album goes down midway. Many fans will defend this album, but eh, to each their own.
Pain of Salvation Remedy Lane
Guess this band isn't really my cup of tea. A lot of people praise them; I just see them as an overrated band.
Pet Shop Boys Behaviour
Behaviour is the PSB's first subpar album. It has its moments, but is nowhere near the heights of their first three.
Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime II
While there are some okay songs in it, O:MII is mostly a train wreck. The songs are very poorly arranged, the concept itself is weak, and the good songs lack punch. An album that only diehards might be interested in, but casual QR fans should stay away from.
R.E.M. Green
Despite a few good songs, Green is mostly a bland affair. Too many songs are dull and uninteresting.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium
Bloated, overproduced and way too radio friendly, Stadium Arcadium feels devoid of the virtues that used to make the band so great. There's hardly any creativity to be found here, and too many songs are bland and uninspired. Hard to believe that this was the same band responsible for albums like Freaky Styley, The Uplift Mofo Party Plan and Blood Sugar Sex Magik.
Sodom Tapping the Vein
Steppenwolf Steppenwolf
The Angelic Process Weighing Souls With Sand
The Smashing Pumpkins Zeitgeist
Sometime later, I might give this another chance. Definitely not their most inspired work though.
Van Halen OU812
Too many disposable songs. IMO When It's Love is the only great track on here.

2.0 poor
Beyond the Bridge The Old Man and The Spirit
Gets a 2 because while it's not flat-out terrible, it's just plain uninteresting.
Blue Oyster Cult Fire of Unknown Origin
Destruction Eternal Devastation
Druid Toward the Sun
Boring, uninteresting album. The similarities to Yes (my least fave of the Big 5) don't help at all.
Dysrhythmia Test Of Submission
Egonon Risveglio
Sorry guys, but I find this boring and uninteresting. To each their own.
Gamma Ray Land of the Free
Jay-Z Reasonable Doubt
Didn't enjoy this album that much. Too dull and repetitive.
Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door
In Through the Out Door is easily Zeppelin's weakest studio effort (pre-breakup). While I applaud the band for venturing into uncharted waters here, they simply come up dry. The songs simply lack comeback value and this just feels like a botched-up experiment in general.
Marillion Misplaced Childhood
Megadeth Th1rt3en
Jamming this in full is a waste of time. A very weak and uninspired album with poorly made lyrics.
Megadeth Risk
Motorhead March Or Die
Why, oh why didn't Motorhead stop making albums after releasing Orgasmatron? It's one thing to stick to what works for you musically, but it's something else to be doggedly afraid to experiment. Only the first 2 songs are any good, the way I see it.
Ne Obliviscaris Portal of I
Far too repetitive. Generic extreme metal with hints of prog. Nothing special to see here. By Sputnik standards, I consider this album overrated.
Pain of Salvation The Perfect Element, Part 1
Psychotic Waltz A Social Grace
Pretty generic prog record. Pretty much more of the same, nothing too original.
Ramones Rocket to Russia
The Smashing Pumpkins Oceania
Boring, bland, uninteresting, generic tripe. Miles away from the greatness of the first 2 albums.
Yngwie Malmsteen The Seventh Sign

1.5 very poor
Anthrax Volume 8: The Threat Is Real
Asking Alexandria Stand Up and Scream
blink-182 Enema Of The State
brokeNCYDE I'm Not a Fan, but the Kids Like It!
Chickenfoot Chickenfoot
DoomThrone Skeleton Veiled in Flesh
DragonForce Inhuman Rampage
DragonForce Valley of the Damned
Duff McKagan Believe In Me
Duff McKagan is truly an overrated bassist. Fans give him far more credit than he deserves. And yeah, this album is very bad.
Emmure Goodbye To The Gallows
Judas Priest Nostradamus
Megadeth The World Needs a Hero
Megadeth Super Collider
First 2 tracks are passable, after hearing "Burn", I won't bother with the rest.
Metallica Load
This album really sucks, Ain't My Bitch is probably one of the worst intro songs ever.
Motorhead Bastards
Motorhead 1916
Lemmy has lost his touch since Orgasmatron, possibly his last good album. 1916 shows a band stuck in the same horrid riffs and rhythm sections. The music just feels too monotonous and uninspired here.
Motorhead Inferno
Sputnikers overrate this album. While the first song is passable, the second is too dull. Don't be fooled, and skip this. Not even Steve Vai could save this piece of shit.
Pantera Reinventing the Steel
Pantera Far Beyond Driven
Unlike the fun of Cowboys From Hell or the addictive heaviness of Vulgar Display of Power, Far Beyond Driven feels like a dull chore.
Queensryche Dedicated to Chaos
Album is a mess, and while I usually 2.5 albums I get halfway through, the level of ridiculousness here is so high that this gets a 1.5.
The Smashing Pumpkins Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music
After you're a few songs in, you realize this pretty much sucks major dick.
The Strokes Is This It
Van Halen Van Halen III
Within the Ruins Elite
Weak, weak album. Album covers can be deceiving, and this one deceived me quite well. Great cover, sucky album.

1.0 awful
Black Sabbath Forbidden
Black Sabbath Seventh Star
blink-182 Take Off Your Pants And Jacket
Discharge Grave New World
Edguy Vain Glory Opera
Gulaggh Vorkuta
Iced Earth Horror Show
Justin Bieber My World 2.0
Lady Gaga Born This Way
Lady Gaga The Fame
Lady Gaga The Fame Monster
Lamb of God Ashes of the Wake
Marilyn Manson Antichrist Superstar
Metallica St. Anger
Metallica Reload
Motorhead Sacrifice
Couldn't even get past the first track, it's that bad.
Motorhead Overnight Sensation
Terrible, terrible album. I can't say anything else.
Motorhead Snake Bite Love
Don't waste your time with this, it's just not worth it.
Motorhead We Are Motorhead
Motorhead Hammered
Motorhead Kiss of Death
Motorhead Motorizer
Motorhead The World Is Yours
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade
Napalm Death Scum
Pantera The Great Southern Trendkill
The Great Southern Trendkill is a dull listen. Can't add anything more to that statement.
Queensryche Frequency Unknown (Tate's Queensryche)
Yeah, this is utter shite. Complete garbage, a shame my fave vocalist of all time spearheaded this bucket of bullshit.
Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You
The bloated production issues that first reared their heads on One Hot Minute have finally reached their climax (or should I say, their unclimax) on I'm With You. This album is just unbearable, with the worst mixing job in the history of mixing jobs (no joke). Worst album ever made? Debatable. Worst RHCP album? Far and away.
Simple Plan Still Not Getting Any...
Skrillex Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
Slipknot Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses
Slipknot All Hope Is Gone
Tony Macalpine Maximum Security
Just a self-indulgent shredfest, nothing more. MacAlpine's talented, but his overindulgent bombast ruins this album.
Trivium Ascendancy
Trivium The Crusade
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