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5.0 classic
AC/DC Highway To Hell
Anathema Judgement
Black Sabbath Paranoid
Blind Guardian Nightfall in Middle-Earth
Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited
Darkthrone Panzerfaust
Deep Purple Machine Head
Deep Purple Deep Purple In Rock
Deep Purple Made in Japan
Deep Purple Fireball
Derek and the Dominos Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
Diamond Head Lightning to the Nations
Even though considered a great album, for some strange reason I had never heard it as NWOBHM wasn't my favorite genre. Great riffs, tight rhythm section and excellent vocals. I have to say that it's as great as The Number of the Beast, Strong Arm of the Law, etc.
Dio Holy Diver
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction
Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time
Iron Maiden Live After Death
Jethro Tull Thick as a Brick
John Mayall Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton
Johnny Winter Johnny Winter
Junior Wells Hoodoo Man Blues
Megadeth Rust in Peace
Mercyful Fate Melissa
Metallica Master of Puppets
Metallica Kill 'Em All
Motorhead Ace of Spades
Motorhead Overkill
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Queen Queen II
Rage Against The Machine Rage Against The Machine
Rainbow Rising
Santana Santana III
Savatage Gutter Ballet
The Beatles Revolver
The Beatles Abbey Road
The Doors The Doors
The Gathering Mandylion
Theatre Of Tragedy Velvet Darkness They Fear
Thin Lizzy Live and Dangerous
Van Morrison Astral Weeks
Van Morrison Moondance

4.7 superb
Black Sabbath Sabotage
Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Metallica ...And Justice for All

4.5 superb
AC/DC Let There Be Rock
AC/DC High Voltage
AC/DC If You Want Blood You've Got It
Albert King In Session
Amorphis Tales From the Thousand Lakes
Anathema Alternative 4
Antonin Dvorak Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, B. 178
Aphrodite's Child 666
Atheist Unquestionable Presence
Basil Poledouris Conan The Barbarian
Bathory Blood Fire Death
Bathory Hammerheart
Bathory Twilight of the Gods
Bing Crosby Merry Christmas
Black Sabbath Master of Reality
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell
Blind Guardian Somewhere Far Beyond
Blind Guardian Live
Blind Guardian Tales from the Twilight World
Blind Guardian Imaginations Through the Looking Glass
Blue Oyster Cult Secret Treaties
Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back Home
Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde
Bob Marley and The Wailers Catch A Fire
Bob Marley and The Wailers Legend
Bob Marley and The Wailers Exodus
Bruce Springsteen Born to Run
Budgie Never Turn Your Back on a Friend
Camel Mirage
Camel Moonmadness
Camel The Snow Goose
Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
Candlemass Nightfall
Captain Beyond Captain Beyond
Carole King Tapestry
Cradle of Filth Midian
Cradle of Filth Dusk and Her Embrace
Cream Disraeli Gears
Danzig Danzig II: Lucifuge
Darkthrone A Blaze in the Northern Sky
Darkthrone Transilvanian Hunger
David Gilmour Remember That Night: Live at the Royal Albert Hall
Death The Sound of Perseverance
Death Symbolic
Deep Purple Burn
Deep Purple Live in Stockholm 1970
Excellent MKII recording that encapsulates all the elements that made Deep Purple one of the best live acts of all-time. Recommended for those who appreciate long jams and improvisations.
Dio The Last in Line
Dionysis Savvopoulos To Perivoli tou Trellou
Dire Straits Love Over Gold
Donovan Sunshine Superman
Dr. John Dr. John's Gumbo
Dream Theater Images and Words
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Dream Theater Awake
Druid Toward the Sun
Elvis Presley Elvis Presley
Eric Clapton Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert
Finch (NL) Glory of the Inner Force
Fleetwood Mac Rumours
Fraction Moon Blood
Gamma Ray Land of the Free
Genesis Selling England by the Pound
Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Grateful Dead Live/Dead
Haggard And Thou Shalt Trust The Seer
Iced Earth Night of the Stormrider
Iron Maiden Powerslave
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden Brave New World
Iron Maiden Maiden England '88
James Brown Sex Machine
Hands down one of the best live performances ever. Serves also as an excellent platform to those who want to become familiar with James Brown's music.
Jethro Tull Aqualung
Jethro Tull Minstrel in the Gallery
Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys
Joni Mitchell Blue
Judas Priest Painkiller
Judas Priest Sad Wings of Destiny
Junior Wells Electric Blues Chicago Style Vol.1
One of the finest Chicago blues albums. Including tracks from Hoodoo Man Blues as well, Wells and Buddy Guy deliver some fine tunes.
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King
King Diamond Abigail
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin BBC Sessions
Limbonic Art Moon In The Scorpio
Loreena McKennitt The Book of Secrets
An amazing album that anyone should listen to at least once regardless of taste in music.
Loreena McKennitt Nights From the Alhambra
Mesmerizing live performance by one of the best female artists.
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
Lynyrd Skynyrd Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd
Manilla Road The Deluge
Manowar Kings of Metal
Manowar Hail to England
Marillion Misplaced Childhood
Mayhem De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
Mercyful Fate Mercyful Fate
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Metallica Live Shit: Binge & Purge
Monster Magnet Dopes to Infinity
Monster Magnet Powertrip
Motorhead No Sleep 'til Hammersmith
Motorhead show today's "heavy" bands how it's done live. Fast, heavy, drenched with sweat, high energy rock n roll from the masters. All rock fans should listen to this album at least once in their lives.
Muddy Waters Hard Again
Muddy Waters His Best: 1947 to 1955
My Dying Bride The Angel and the Dark River
Neil Young Rust Never Sleeps
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Let Love In
Nina Simone Pastel Blues
Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York
Pentagram First Daze Here (The Vintage Collection)
Pink Floyd Animals
Pink Floyd Meddle
Prince Purple Rain
Pyotr Tchaikovsky Swan Lake, Op. 20
Queen A Night at the Opera
Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime
Rainbow Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
Rainbow Long Live Rock 'n' Roll
Rainbow Live in Munich 1977
Renaissance Ashes Are Burning
Renaissance Scheherazade and Other Stories
Renaissance Live at Carnegie Hall
Robin Trower Bridge of Sighs
Rodrigo y Gabriela 11:11
Rory Gallagher Irish Tour '74
Rory Gallagher Rory Gallagher
Rory Gallagher Calling Card
Rotting Christ Triarchy of The Lost Lovers
Rotting Christ A Dead Poem
Running Wild Port Royal
Rush 2112
Rush A Farewell to Kings
Santana Abraxas
Saxon Strong Arm of the Law
Scorpions Lovedrive
Scorpions Taken by Force
Scorpions In Trance
Sepultura Arise
Skyclad Prince of the Poverty Line
Slayer Reign in Blood
Slayer Show No Mercy
Slayer Decade of Aggression
Slayer South of Heaven
Sodom Agent Orange
Spirit Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus
Starcastle Starcastle
Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life
Stratovarius Visions
The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East
The Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers Band
The Beach Boys Pet Sounds
The Beatles Let It Be… Naked
The Beatles Let It Be
The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Cure Disintegration
The Doors Strange Days
The Doors L.A. Woman
The Gathering How to Measure a Planet?
The Gathering Nighttime Birds
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold as Love
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced
The Kovenant Nexus Polaris
The Offspring Smash
The Stooges Fun House
The Who Live at Leeds
The Who Who's Next
The Zombies Odessey and Oracle
Thin Lizzy Jailbreak
UFO Strangers in the Night
Uriah Heep Look At Yourself
Vektor Terminal Redux
Villagers of Ioannina City Riza
If my head explodes one of these days, it'll be because of these fukers. Incredible psychedelic/stoner with strong influences from Northern Greece.
Virgin Steele The House of Atreus: Act II
Wishbone Ash Argus
Yes Close to the Edge
Yes Tales from Topographic Oceans

4.4 superb
Deep Purple Live in Denmark 1972
Absolutely blistering live album by Deep Purple less than a month before the release of Machine Head (you can listen to Ian Gillan introducing "Highway Star" as a song which will open their live shows in the future). In terms of performance, this lies somewhere between the jam heavy Live in Stockholm 1970 and the more refined Made in Japan. The mixing is slightly weird in the beginning with the vocals and drums being quite loud but that doesn't really ruin the experience as Gillan and Paice are on fire. Of course, Blackmore and Lord are at the peak of their abilities exchanging solos and as the show progresses we can listen to the underrated Roger Glover playing some great lines. An additional detail which works in favor of this LP, is that it was recorded during a single show which presents to the listener a genuine early-'70s Deep Purple live. Lastly, a rare live rendition of "Fireball" is included which is an added bonus.

4.3 superb
Iced Earth Something Wicked This Way Comes
Running Wild Black Hand Inn
Addressing the elephant in the room, Black Hand Inn is indeed a typical Running Wild album which contains more or less the exact same formula since 1987 with the exception that is more focused on heavy and less on speed metal. Therefore, what matters is the level of execution which on here is at a very high point. Is this the best Running Wild LP? Well, you can certainly make a case for it. The guitar riffs and leads are as inspired and catchy as ever, the songwriting keep the listener's interest despite the its duration, Rock 'n' Rolf's vocals are great and not too loud, and the only element that is average is the drumming. This is certainly a very enjoyable and fun heavy metal album in the vein of Accept, Judas Priest and Grave Digger.
Sade Promise
Sorcerer In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross
Yngwie Malmsteen Trilogy
Malmsteen's true Magnum Opus that blends seamlessly his neoclassical side with the hair metal tendencies that were about to be brought even more to the surface with the next two albums. By hiring a better vocalist than Jeff Scott Soto (not too hard tbh), Yngwie focuses on his songwriting side and provides classics such as "You Don't Remember, I'll Never Forget" and of course, "Queen in Love". However, there are still jaw-dropping solos and instrumentals such as the emotional "Crying" and "Trilogy Suite Op: 5" which might bring to mind "Far Beyond the Sun" from his debut. Those who love his instrumental side, might prefer Rising Force but in terms of a song-oriented album, Trilogy is the maestro's masterpiece.

4.2 excellent
Angra Holy Land
Black Sabbath Mob Rules
Blue Oyster Cult Fire of Unknown Origin
Cradle of Filth Vempire or Dark Fairytales in Phallustei
Danzig Danzig
Dire Straits Making Movies
Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes Live At The Greek
High-octane live performance which comprises mostly of Led Zeppelin covers and -rdespite the fact that to some it might seem blasphemous - can rival any Led Zeppelin live release. The Black Crowes are an incredible backing band who play the classic Zeppelin tracks to perfection, while Jimmy Page delivers old-school solos that kids these day can only dream of.
Leonard Cohen You Want It Darker
Sorcerer The Crowning of the Fire King
Therion Vovin
Van Morrison Poetic Champions Compose
One of the most underrated and eventually better albums in Van Morrison's vast catalog. Poetic Champions Compose oozes of maturity and quality. Van Morrison through the years has reinvented himself by adding more celtic influences and instruments, and even though Poetic Champions Compose sounds different than his earlier material, it is still based on the same emotional foundations.

4.1 excellent
Dio Holy Dio: A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio
Hands down the best Dio tribute album boasting a ridiculous amount of awesome bands from Blind Guardian and Gamma Ray to Fates Warning and Solitude Aeturnus. Every song is covered in a respectful manner but each band infuses it with its own identity which gives the material a fresh breath of new air. The LP contains several highlights and feels like it lasts less than it actually does. Do not miss out on this one.

4.0 excellent
1000MODS Super Van Vacation
1000MODS Vultures
2Pac Me Against the World
2Pac Greatest Hits
AC/DC Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
AC/DC Back In Black
AC/DC Stiff Upper Lip
AC/DC Powerage
Accept Balls to the Wall
Accept Restless and Wild
Accept Breaker
Acrimony Tumuli Shroomaroom
Active Member Oi Mythoi tou Valtou
Active Member To Megalo Kolpo
Agalloch The Mantle
Agnes Obel Aventine
Albert King Born Under A Bad Sign
Alice Cooper Killer
Alice Cooper Love It To Death
Alice Cooper Welcome to my Nightmare
Alice in Chains MTV Unplugged
America America
Amon Duul II Yeti
Amorphis Tuonela
Amorphis Elegy
Amorphis Under the Red Cloud
Anacrusis Manic Impressions
Anathema A Natural Disaster
Anathema Eternity
Anathema Weather Systems
Andy Timmons That Was Then, This Is Now
Angel Angel
Angel Witch Angel Witch
Anglagard Hybris
Angra Temple of Shadows
It is very rare to find post-'90s power metal albums that are so good but then again Angra is not your typical power metal act, as evident even from the band's debut. Temple of Shadows still includes all the elements that made Angra a sensation such as the brilliant guitar work, the exotic touches that have their roots in the Brazilians' heritage and the progressive tendencies. However, this LP is a bit heavier than their '90s work and the vocals - that may bring Bruce Dickinson to one's mind - are of course not as strong as Andre Matos'. Nevertheless, Temple of Shadows contains interesting ideas which are well executed and result in a very strong offering which feels shorter than it actually is.
Annihilator Alice in Hell
Annihilator Never, Neverland
Annihilator King of the Kill
Anthony Phillips The Geese and the Ghost
Anthrax Spreading the Disease
Antonin Dvorak Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88, B. 163
Antonin Dvorak Stabat Mater, Op. 58
Anvil Metal on Metal
Arcturus La Masquerade Infernale
Aretha Franklin I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You
Aretha Franklin Lady Soul
Aretha Franklin Aretha Now
Aretha Franklin Young Gifted and Black
Armageddon Armageddon
Armored Saint March of the Saint
Art Blakey Moanin'
Artillery By Inheritance
Arzachel Arzachel
Ashbury Endless Skies
Aspid Extravasation
Atheist Piece of Time
Atomic Rooster Death Walks Behind You
Atomic Rooster In Hearing of Atomic Rooster
Aura Noir Black Thrash Attack
Autumn's Grey Solace Within the Depths of a Darkened Forest
Avatarium Avatarium
Axel Rudi Pell Oceans of Time
B.B. King Live at the Regal
B.B. King Live in Cook County Jail
Excellent live performance with on of the best renditions of "The Thrill Is Gone". Only complaint is that the crowd doesn't get much into it.
B.B. King Singin' The Blues
B.B. King Lucille
B.B. King My Kind of Blues
Bad Company Bad Company
Bathory Under the Sign of the Black Mark
Below Upon a Pale Horse
Very interesting slab of melodic/epic doom metal with instrumentation that brings to mind Nightfall/Ancient Dreams-Candlemass and vocals that are reminiscent of Tad Morose's Urban Breed or even Michael Kiske. The songwriting is excellent as the album is very atmospheric and grand, while the vocals bring a power metal flavor which makes the offering less monolithic than your typical doom. The only thing which remains to be seen is how Upon a Pale Horse will age and whether it will make me want to jam it in the future.
Between Dharana
Big Daddy Kane Long Live The Kane
Big Joe Turner Things That I Used to Do
Billy Joel The Stranger
Bjork Debut
Black Bonzo Lady Of The Light
Black Cat Bones Barbed Wire Sandwich
Black Sabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Black Sabbath The Dio Years
Black Sabbath Live at Hammersmith Odeon
Black Sabbath 13
Black Sabbath Live... Gathered in Their Masses
Blackmore's Night Fires at Midnight
Blackmore's Night Under a Violet Moon
Blind Faith Blind Faith
Blind Guardian Imaginations from the Other Side
Blind Guardian Follow the Blind
Blind Guardian Battalions of Fear
Blind Guardian Tokyo Tales
Bloomfield, Kooper and Stills Super Session
Blue Cheer Vincebus Eruptum
Blue Oyster Cult Tyranny And Mutation
Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks
Bob Dylan Desire
Bob Marley and The Wailers Survival
Bob Marley and The Wailers Burnin'
Bolt Thrower The IVth Crusade
Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet
Booker T. and The MGs Green Onions
Borrowed Time Borrowed Time
An excellent debut by a criminally underrated Detroit-based band. Borrowed Time play traditional/speed metal influenced by various NWOBHM acts such as Angel Witch and Iron Maiden (on their longer tracks), while there's also a flavor of Manilla Road throughout. The vocals are on a high level but what really shines is the dual guitar playing with inspired leads and catchy riffs. Lastly, the production is not overpolished, in order for the music to transmit a genuine vintage feeling. As good as modern heavy metal gets.
Brocas Helm Into Battle
Bruce Dickinson The Chemical Wedding
Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of Town
Bruce Springsteen Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.
Bruce Springsteen Hammersmith Odeon London '75
Bruce Springsteen The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle
Buckethead Electric Tears
Buddy Guy A Man & The Blues
Buddy Guy This is Buddy Guy!
Budgie In for the Kill!
Budgie Bandolier
Buena Vista Social Club Buena Vista Social Club
Burn the Sun Crack of Dawn
Burzum Hvis lyset tar oss
Burzum Det som engang var
Caladan Brood Echoes Of Battle
Camel Camel
Canned Heat Boogie With Canned Heat
Canned Heat Future Blues
Cannibal Corpse The Bleeding
Carcass Swansong
Carmen Fandangos in Space
Cat Stevens Tea for the Tillerman
Cathedral The Ethereal Mirror
Celtic Frost Morbid Tales
Celtic Frost To Mega Therion
Chapel Satan's Rock 'N' Roll
Energetic, fun and well played black 'n' roll. A tribute to bands like Venom, Motorhead and Bathory that is bound to be enjoyed by metalheads. Highly recommended to fans of Midnight - No Mercy for Mayhem.
Charles Mingus Blues & Roots
Children of Bodom Hatebreeder
Chris de Burgh Crusader
Chuck Berry Chuck Berry Is on Top
Cinderella Night Songs
Cirith Ungol King of the Dead
Comus First Utterance
Genre-hopping, experimental, trippy and genuinely scary. The combination of folk/prog/psych with
crazy lyrics create a schizophrenic and dreamlike atmosphere.
Conception In Your Multitude
Coroner Mental Vortex
Corpus Creation a Child
Cradle of Filth Cruelty and the Beast
Cradle of Filth Hammer of the Witches
Cradle of Filth Dusk and Her Embrace - The Original Sin
Cream Wheels of Fire
Creedence Clearwater Revival Green River
Creedence Clearwater Revival Bayou Country
Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival
Crimson Glory Transcendence
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young Deja Vu
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young 4 Way Street
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young Crosby, Stills & Nash
Danzig Danzig III: How The Gods Kill
Dark Angel Darkness Descends
Dark Tranquillity The Gallery
Darkthrone Under a Funeral Moon
Darkthrone Ravishing Grimness
Davey Graham Folk, Blues & Beyond
David Bowie Low
Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
Deaf Dealer Journey Into Fear
Death Spiritual Healing
Death Leprosy
Death Individual Thought Patterns
Death Human
Death Angel The Ultra-Violence
Deathrow Deception Ignored
Deep Purple Stormbringer
Deep Purple Deepest Purple
Deep Purple California Jamming
Deep Purple Live in London
Deep Purple Live in Paris 1975
Deep Purple The Deep Purple Singels A's and B's
Def Leppard Pyromania
Deicide Once Upon the Cross
Demolition Hammer Epidemic of Violence
Demolition Hammer Tortured Existence
Dennis Wilson Pacific Ocean Blue
Depressive Silence Demo III
Destroyer 666 Unchain The Wolves
Destruction Eternal Devastation
Deviser Unspeakable Cults
Diafana Krina Έγινε Η Απώλεια Συνήθειά Μας
A monument of Greek rock music and one of the most unique albums/bands of the Greek scene. The combination of poetic lyrics with heavy guitars and a gothic/post-punk/alternative arrangement was not only a novelty in the Greek scene back in mid-90s, but gave voice to a voiceless part of the youth who wanted to express themselves in a different manner than the mass. Music that you live not just listen.
Diamond Head Borrowed Time
Diamond Head Am I Evil
This is basically Borrowed Time with a slightly rawer and less poppy production, plus a couple of extra tracks. Mostly a matter of preference which version one prefers but this is still killer material.
Dimitris Poulikakos Μεταφοραί Εκδρομαί Ο Μήτσος
On one of the most emblematic and significant Greek rock albums, Dimitris Poulikakos blends hard rock, blues, folk, jazz and comedy in a manner similar to Frank Zappa. The instrumentation is very interesting - and quite unusual for a Greek artist - and the lyrics masterful.
Dimmu Borgir Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
Dimmu Borgir Forces of the Northern Night
Imposing, epic, dark and atmospheric. Forces of the Northern Night is a perfectly rehearsed live album which includes Dimmu Borgir's performances in Oslo and Wacken with The Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Choir and the National Czech Symphonic Orchestra and the Schola Cantorum choir, respectively. Half of the setlist comprises of their recent material which might be a turnoff to some older fans but those who are not discouraged will be treated to an awesome audiovisual experience. Dimmu's music is perfectly combined with that of the orchestra and choir and results in a cinematic performance which is even more impressive after the sun no longer rises.
Dio Dream Evil
Dio At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987
Dire Straits Dire Straits
Dire Straits Alchemy: Dire Straits Live
Discipline. Unfolded Like Staircase
Dissection The Somberlain
Diviner Fallen Empires
Domine Emperor of the Black Runes
Donny Hathaway Live
Donovan A Gift From A Flower To A Garden
Donovan The Hurdy Gurdy Man
Donovan Mellow Yellow
Dorthia Cottrell Dorthia Cottrell
Dr. John The Sun, Moon & Herbs
Draconian Arcane Rain Fell
Drawn A New World?
Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Dream Theater A Change of Seasons
Dust Hard Attack
Edge of Sanity Crimson
Electric Sun Earthquake
Elffor Into The Dark Forest - Remastered
Dark and majestic ambient with a medieval flavor. The music is not overly repetitive and there are scarce screaming vocals about battles, ghosts and magic. Overall, a very atmospheric effort.
Eloy Ocean
Eloy Dawn
Eloy Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes
Elton John Elton John
Emancipator Soon It Will Be Cold Enough
Emily Jane White They Moved in Shadow All Together
Emperor In The Nightside Eclipse
Emperor Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
Empyrium Weiland
Enigma The Cross of Changes
Entombed Left Hand Path
Eric Clapton Slowhand
Estatic Fear Somnium Obmutum
Evereve Stormbirds
Evergrey In Search Of Truth
Exodus Bonded by Blood
Exodus Fabulous Disaster
Exuma Exuma
Exumer Possessed by Fire
Fairport Convention Unhalfbricking
Fairport Convention Liege & Lief
Falkenbach ...Magni Blandinn Ok Megintiri...
Fates Warning No Exit
Fates Warning Awaken the Guardian
Fates Warning Perfect Symmetry
Fates Warning Parallels
Fates Warning A Pleasant Shade of Gray
Fates Warning Theories of Flight
Fenton Robinson Somebody Loan Me A Dime
If you dig the blues, this is an album you need to listen now. Excellent Chicago blues, on par with the best (BB, Wells, Muddy, etc.) with elements of jazz.
Fields of the Nephilim Elizium
Finch (NL) Beyond Expression
Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac The Best of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac The Pious Bird of Good Omen
Highly recommended for fans of blues rock. Peter Green is one of the most emotional guitar players and it shows on this compilation.
Fleetwood Mac Greatest Hits (CBS)
Fleurety Min Tid Skal Komme
Flower Travellin Band Satori
FM Black Noise
Focus Focus 3
Focus Focus II
Focus Hamburger Concerto
Frank Sinatra In The Wee Small Hours
Frank Zappa Apostrophe
Frank Zappa Hot Rats
Free Fire and Water
Free Free
Free Tons of Sobs
Fuzzy Duck Fuzzy Duck
Gamma Ray Somewhere Out in Space
Gamma Ray Power Plant
Garden of Shadows Oracle Moon
Gary Moore Still Got The Blues
Gary Moore Victims Of The Future
Gary Moore We Want Moore!
Gary Moore After Hours
Gary Moore Blues Alive
Gary Moore Blues For Greeny
Gehennah Too Loud to Live, Too Drunk to Die
Gene Clark No Other
Genesis Foxtrot
Genesis Nursery Cryme
Genesis A Trick of the Tail
Gentle Giant In a Glass House
Glacier Glacier
Gnidrolog Lady Lake
Gotic Escenes
Grand Funk Railroad Grand Funk
Grand Funk Railroad Closer To Home
Grand Funk Railroad E Pluribus Funk
Grateful Dead Workingman's Dead
Grave Digger Excalibur
Grave Digger Knights of the Cross
Green Day Dookie
Grim Reaper Rock You To Hell
Grotesque In the Embrace of Evil
Grover Washington, Jr. Winelight
Gun Gun
Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion II
Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor
Guthrie Govan Erotic Cakes
Gypsy (U.S.) Gypsy
Haggard Eppur Si Muove
Hank Crawford Tico Rico
One of the easiest jazz albums to get into. Highly recommended for those who want to branch out.
Harmonium Si on Avait Besoin d'une 5ième Saison
Harry Nilsson Aerial Ballet
Havukruunu Havulinnaan
Hawkwind Hall of the Mountain Grill
Hawkwind Warrior on the Edge of Time
Hawkwind In Search of Space
Hawkwind Space Ritual
Heathen Victims of Deception
Heaven and Hell Live From Radio City Music Hall
Hector Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique
Hell (UK) Curse and Chapter
Helloween Walls of Jericho
Helloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I
Helloween Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II
Helstar Nosferatu
High Tide Sea Shanties
Holocaust (Gbr) The Nightcomers
Holocaust (Gbr) Live (Hot Curry & Wine)
Horslips The Book of Invasions: A Celtic Symphony
Howlin Wolf Moanin' in the Moonlight
Howlin Wolf Howlin' Wolf
Howlin Wolf The Howlin' Wolf Album
Howlin Wolf The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions
Howlin Wolf The Back Door Wolf
Humble Pie Rock On
Some excellent doses of blues rock. Features guitarist Peter Frampton.
Hypnos 69 Legacy
Ian Anderson Ian Anderson Plays The Orchestral Jethro Tull
Ibrahim Ferrer Buena Vista Social Club Presents...
Iced Earth Burnt Offerings
Iced Earth The Dark Saga
Immortal At the Heart of Winter
Immortal Pure Holocaust
Immortal Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism
In Flames The Jester Race
In The Woods... Heart of the Ages
In The Woods... Three Times Seven On A Pilgrimage
Incubus (LA-USA) Serpent Temptation
Absolutely relentless thrash/death with excellent guitar work, furious drumming and very good vocals. For fans of Dark Angel, Sepultura, Death Hammer, etc.
Infernal Majesty None Shall Defy
Iron Butterfly In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
Iron Maiden Rock in Rio
Iron Maiden Piece of Mind
Iron Maiden Killers
Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and Death
Iron Maiden The Book of Souls
It's a Beautiful Day It's a Beatiful Day
An excellent album. The first half is more relaxed and flowery whereas the second is more psych. The addition of violin compliments greatly the overall sound of the album.
J.J. Cale Naturally
J.J. Cale Okie
J.J. Cale Five
Excellent album by a sadly underrated bluesman. JJ Cale's laid-back approach to the blues makes this man's music almost always enjoyable.
Jackson Browne Late for the Sky
Jackson C. Frank Jackson C. Frank
Jade Warrior Last Autumn's Dream
Jag Panzer Ample Destruction
James Brown Live At The Apollo
James Brown The Payback
James Brown Love, Power, Peace
James Brown Black Caesar
James Brown Say It Loud, I'm Black And I'm Proud
James Byrd Atlantis Rising
James Byrd Crimes of Virtuosity
Jan Akkerman Tabernakel
Janis Joplin I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!
Jason Becker Perspective
It's very rare to come across an album in this genre without any wankery and with lots of emotion.
Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic Pillow
Jeremy Soule Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Soundtrack
Jerry Lee Lewis Live at the Star Club, Hamburg
Jerusalem (UK) Jerusalem
Jethro Tull Stand Up
Jethro Tull A Passion Play
Jethro Tull Songs from the Wood
Jethro Tull Heavy Horses
Jethro Tull Nothing Is Easy
Jex Thoth Blood Moon Rise
Jim Croce You Don't Mess With Jim
Jimmy Cliff The Harder They Come
Excellent compilation of songs coming from reggae staples of the 1967-72 period. Actually, only the s/t track was written specifically for the album while just the half of it is written and performed by Jimmy Cliff who starred in the movie of the same name. Other notable artists included are The Maytals and Desmond Dekker.
Joanna Newsom Ys
Johann Sebastian Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050
Johannes Brahms Hungarian Dances
John Coltrane A Love Supreme
John Coltrane Blue Train
John Coltrane Ballads
John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman
John Martyn Solid Air
John Mayall A Hard Road
John Mayall Crusade
John Prine Sweet Revenge
Johnny Cash American IV: The Man Comes Around
Johnny Winter White, Hot & Blue
Johnny Winter Second Winter
Johnny Winter The Progressive Blues Experiment
Johnny Winter Still Alive And Well
Johnny Winter Saints & Sinners
Johnny Winter Live At The Fillmore East 10-3-70
Johnny Winter Captured Live!
Johnny Winter Live Johnny Winter And
Joni Mitchell Ladies of the Canyon
Judas Priest Stained Class
Judas Priest British Steel
Judas Priest Sin After Sin
Judas Priest Hell Bent for Leather
Judas Priest Priest...Live!
Judas Priest Unleashed in the East
Judee Sill Judee Sill
Julian Jay Savarin Waiters on the dance
Junior Wells Southside Blues Jam
Another excellent Junior Wells album featuring Buddy Guy on guitar and pianist's Otis Spann last studio appearance.
Junior Wells Blues Hit Big Town (1953-1954)
Kamelot Epica
Katavasia Sacrilegious Testament
Kate Bush Hounds of Love
Killing Floor Out of Uranus
Excellent blend of psychedelic and blues rock. Highly energetic with exceptional guitar playing and drumming.
King Crimson Red
King Crimson Lizard
King Crimson In the Wake of Poseidon
King Diamond The Eye
King Diamond The Graveyard
KISS Alive!
Kreator Pleasure to Kill
Kreator Extreme Aggression
Kyuss Welcome to Sky Valley
Labyrinth Return to Heaven Denied
Lacrimas Profundere Burning: A Wish
Ever wandered how Alternative 4 would sound with Aaron Stainthorpe on vocals? Wonder no more because Lacrimas Profundere are here. Burning: A Wish is so genuinely melancholic and well-written that convinced even me - an unfair judge of any post-1999 gothic/doom - that there is some hope in finding solid gothic/doom metal outside of the '90s. Some might say that the final outcome is too safe or similar to its influences and that does play a role on my rating but it certainly does not influence negatively my enjoyment or the fact that this album transported me to my youth.
Lacrimosa Elodia
Leaf Hound Growers of Mushroom
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy
Little Richard Here's Little Richard
Little Richard Little Richard
Livin' Blues Rockin' At The Tweed Mill
Livin' Blues Bamboozle
Livin' Blues Live '75
Amazing blues rock live performance. If you are a fan of the genre, I highly recommend it.
Loreena McKennitt An Ancient Muse
Loreena McKennitt Parallel Dreams
Loreena McKennitt The Mask and Mirror
Loreena McKennitt The Visit
Loreena McKennitt Elemental
Los Jaivas Alturas de Machu Picchu
Los Jaivas Los Jaivas
Love Forever Changes
Lucifer's Friend Banquet
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Luther Allison Bad News is Coming
Luther Allison Luther's Blues
Lynyrd Skynyrd Second Helping
Lynyrd Skynyrd Street Survivors
Macabre Omen Gods Of War - At War
One of the best albums of 2015. Quality black/epic metal with obvious influences from Bathory combined with elements from Greek heroes, Rotting Christ. Instrumentally, Gods Of War - At War is at a high level but it also impresses lyrically with stories revolving around Greek mythology and the loss of loved ones.
Macbeth Romantic Tragedy's Crescendo
Excellent gothic metal album (with beauty and the beast vocals) that reminds early Theatre of Tragedy.
Magic Sam West Side Soul
Top quality Chicago blues that swings between uptempo moments and soulful cuts. Magic Sam's performance is emotional on the slower tracks and electric on the more playful ones. Lastly, it has that nice "live" feeling that a blues album can benefit from greatly.
Mahavishnu Orchestra Birds of Fire
Majestic Trinity Overture
Manilla Road Open the Gates
Manilla Road Crystal Logic
Manilla Road Mystification
Manilla Road Spiral Castle
Manowar Into Glory Ride
Manowar The Triumph of Steel
Manowar Hell on Stage
Marillion Script for a Jester's Tear
Marillion Fugazi
Marillion Clutching at Straws
Marty Friedman Dragon's Kiss
Marvin Gaye What's Going On
Massive Attack Mezzanine
Maxophone Maxophone
MC5 Kick Out the Jams
MC5 High Time
McLuhan Anomaly
Meat Puppets Meat Puppets II
Medieval Steel Medieval Steel
Medieval Steel The Anthology of Steel
Megadeth Countdown to Extinction
Megadeth Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
Megadeth That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires
Melechesh Enki
Memphis Slim Blue Memphis
Excellent Chicago/jump blues with Peter Green on lead guitar.
Mercyful Fate Don't Break the Oath
Mercyful Fate The Beginning
Metal Church Metal Church
Metallica Garage Inc.
Metallica Metallica
Midnight No Mercy for Mayhem
Miles Davis 'Round About Midnight
Misfits Earth A.D./Wolf's Blood
Misfits Walk Among Us
Mithotyn In The Sign Of The Ravens
Molly Hatchet Molly Hatchet
Monster Magnet Spine of God
Moonspell Irreligious
Morbid Angel Altars of Madness
Morbid Saint Spectrum of Death
Morgen Morgen
Mortiis Ånden Som Gjorde Opprør
Mortiis Keiser Av En Dimensjon Ukjent
Motorhead Bomber
Motorhead Iron Fist
Motorhead Another Perfect Day
Motorhead Motörhead
Motorhead Everything Louder Than Everyone Else
What is impressive about this live album is that it was recorded and released after the worst three album run in the band's history. Nevertheless, Motorhead are so good live and this is such a solid performance that even the weakest tracks sound excellent.
Mountain Climbing!
Muddy Waters After the Rain
Musk Ox Woodfall
My Dying Bride The Dreadful Hours
My Dying Bride Turn Loose the Swans
My Dying Bride A Map of All Our Failures
N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton
Nashville Pussy Let Them Eat Pussy
Nazareth No Mean City
Necromantia Scarlet Evil, Witching Black
Necrophagia Season of the Dead
Necrophobic The Nocturnal Silence
Neil Young After the Gold Rush
Neil Young On the Beach
Neil Young Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Neil Young Live at Massey Hall 1971
Nektar Journey to the Centre of the Eye
Nick Drake Pink Moon
Night Demon Curse of the Damned
Nightfall Athenian Echoes
Nightstalker Just A Burn
Nightstalker Use
A couple of odd tracks are not enough to downgrade what is an excellent stoner album.
Nightstalker Dead Rock Commandos
Excellent stoner album from the masters that brings to mind bands such as Monster Magnet and Spiritual Beggars.
Nightwish Oceanborn
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Symphony No.1 in E minor, Op. 1
Nina Simone Wild is the Wind
Nina Simone I Put a Spell on You
Nina Simone Nina Simone Sings the Blues
Nirvana In Utero
Nirvana Live at Reading
Nosferatu Nosferatu
Nosound Afterthoughts
Obituary Cause of Death
Oceans of Slumber Winter
Oliver Magnum Oliver Magnum
Om Advaitic Songs
Omen Battle Cry
Omen Warning of Danger
Onslaught The Force
Onslaught Power from Hell
Opeth Blackwater Park
Oracle As Darkness Reigns
Orange Goblin Frequencies from Planet Ten
Orphaned Land Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)
Osiris (BH) Myths and Legends
Otis Redding The Dock of the Bay
Overkill The Years of Decay
Ozzy Osbourne Tribute
Paco de Lucia Siroco
Pagan Altar Volume 1
Pagan Altar Lords of Hypocrisy
Pagan Altar Mythical & Magical
Pagan Altar The Room of Shadows
Paladin Charge!
Pantera Cowboys From Hell
Paradise Lost Draconian Times
Paradise Lost In Requiem
Paradise Lost Icon
Paradise Lost The Plague Within
Paradox Heresy
Paramaecium Within the Ancient Forest
Parliament Mothership Connection
Patti Smith Horses
Paul Chain Detaching From Satan
Pavlos Sidiropoulos & Spyridoula Flou
Pearl Jam Ten
Pearl Jam MTV Unplugged
Pendragon The Window of Life
Pentagram Day of Reckoning
Pentagram Pentagram
Pestilence Consuming Impulse
Pestilence Malleus Maleficarum
Peter Bardens The Answer
Peter Tosh Legalize It
Phil Ochs I Ain't Marching Anymore
Phil Spector A Christmas Gift For You
Produced by the legendary Phil Spector and including performances by artists such as Darlene Love and of course The Ronettes, this is one of the greatest Christmas albums. Only reason this does nothing to you, is you either hate Christmas or Christmas music.
Pink Fairies Kings of Oblivion
Pink Floyd The Division Bell
Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii
Planxty Planxty
Point Blank (US) Point Blank
An excellent mix of gritty blues rock and southern rock with influences from ZZ Top. Very energetic with interesting songwriting, great guitar playing and fitting vocals.
Portishead Dummy
Possessed Seven Churches
Praying Mantis Time Tells No Lies
Extremely catchy and melodic NWOBHM with excellent guitar work and great drumming.
Prince 1999
Procol Harum Procol Harum
Procol Harum Shine On Brightly
Psychotic Waltz Bleeding
Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Purple Overdose Reborn
Pyotr Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy-Overture
Queen Sheer Heart Attack
Queen A Day at the Races
Queen News of the World
Queen Live at Wembley '86
Queen Queen on Fire: Live at the Bowl
Queen A Night at the Odeon – Hammersmith 1975
Queensryche Rage for Order
Quintessence (Eng) In Blissful Company
Rage End of All Days
Rage Black In Mind
Rage Against The Machine Evil Empire
Rainbow On Stage
Rainbow Stranger in Us All
Rammstein Mutter
Ramones Ramones
Ranger Knights of Darkness
Ranger Where Evil Dwells
Rata Blanca Magos, Espadas y Rosas
Great outing from a band whose guitar player's excellent performance strongly reminds of Ritchie Blackmore.
Ray Charles The Genius of Ray Charles
Razor Evil Invaders
Realm Endless War
Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Renaissance Turn of the Cards
Rick Wakeman The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Riot Fire Down Under
Riot Thundersteel
Riverside Out of Myself
Robin Trower For Earth Below
Rodrigo y Gabriela Rodrigo y Gabriela
Rory Gallagher Photo-Finish
Rory Gallagher Deuce
Rory Gallagher Tattoo
Rory Gallagher Top Priority
Rory Gallagher BBC Sessions
Rory Gallagher Blueprint
Rory Gallagher Live In Europe
Rotting Christ Kata Ton Demona Eaftou
Roy Buchanan Second Album
Excellent blues album from a seriously underrated guitarist.
Roy Harper Flat Baroque And Berserk
Running Wild Death or Glory
Rush Moving Pictures
Rush Permanent Waves
Rush Fly by Night
Rush Signals
Rush Hemispheres
Ryo Fukui Scenery
S.O.D. Speak English or Die
Sabbat Dreamweaver
Sacred Blade Of the Sun + Moon
Sade Stronger Than Pride
Sade Love Deluxe
Saint Vitus Born Too Late
Saint Vitus Hallow's Victim
Sam Gopal Escalator
Samael Ceremony Of Opposites
Sandy Denny Sandy
Santana Santana
Santana Caravanserai
Saor Aura
Sarcofago I.N.R.I.
Sarcofago The Laws of Scourge
Satyricon The Shadowthrone
Savatage Streets: A Rock Opera
Savatage The Wake Of Magellan
Savatage Hall of the Mountain King
Savatage Dead Winter Dead
Savatage Edge Of Thorns
Saviour Machine Saviour Machine I
Savoy Brown Blue Matter
Sax Moravske Narez
Highly recommended for fans of Aspid - Extravasation.
Saxon Wheels of Steel
Saxon Saxon
Saxon Denim and Leather
Saxon The Eagle Has Landed
Scorpions Blackout
Scorpions Love At First Sting
Scorpions World Wide Live
Scorpions Tokyo Tapes
Scorpions Virgin Killer
Scorpions Fly to the Rainbow
Sepultura Beneath the Remains
Sepultura Schizophrenia
Sergei Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13
Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
Shelagh McDonald Stargazer
Singer-songwriter folk with brilliant vocals and instrumentation. Melancholic and emotional.
Shok Paris Steel and Starlight
SIG:AR:TYR Godsaga
Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water
Simon and Garfunkel Bookends
Simon and Garfunkel Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
Skid Row Skid Row
Skyclad Vintage Whine
Slayer Seasons in the Abyss
Slayer Hell Awaits
Sledgehammer Blood On Their Hands
Sly and The Family Stone Stand!
Snoop Dogg Doggystyle
Socrates Drank the Conium Taste of Conium
Socrates Drank the Conium Phos
Sodom Persecution Mania
Solaris Nostradamus Book of Prophecies
Solitude Aeturnus Beyond the Crimson Horizon
Sonny Boy Williamson Bummer Road
Sonny Boy Williamson The Real Folk Blues
Spirit Caravan Jug Fulla Sun
Spiritual Beggars Ad Astra
Spiritual Beggars Another Way To Shine
Spiritual Beggars Sunrise to Sundown
Spirogyra St. Radigunds
Spooky Tooth Spooky Two
Steeleye Span Below the Salt
Steppenwolf Steppenwolf
Excellent doses of blues rock, Steppenwolf is so much more than "Born to Be Wild". Listen to "The Pusher" and "The Ostrich".
Steve Hackett Voyage of the Acolyte
Steve Hackett Spectral Mornings
Steve Hillage Fish Rising
Steven Wilson The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)
Stevie Nicks Bella Donna
Stevie Ray Vaughan Couldn't Stand the Weather
Stevie Ray Vaughan Texas Flood
Stevie Wonder Innervisions
Stevie Wonder Talking Book
Stone No Anaesthesia!
Stormwitch Tales Of Terror
Strawbs Hero and Heroine
Strawbs Grave New World
Stray (UK) Stray
Suicidal Tendencies Lights...Camera...Revolution
Summoning Minas Morgul
Supertramp Crime of the Century
Sweet Smoke Just A Poke
Sweet Smoke From Darkness To Light
Sword Metalized
Symphony X The Divine Wings of Tragedy
T2 It'll All Work Out in Boomland
Taj Mahal Taj Mahal
Tarot Spell of Iron
Temple of the Dog Temple of the Dog
Ten Years After Ssssh
Ten Years After Cricklewood Green
Ten Years After A Space in Time
Testament The Legacy
Tetsu Inoue Ambiant Otaku
The 3rd and the Mortal Painting on Glass
The Allman Brothers Band Eat a Peach
The Band Music from Big Pink
The Band The Band
The Beatles Rubber Soul
The Beatles A Hard Day's Night
The Beatles The Beatles
The Beatles Help!
The Beatles Hey Jude
The Beatles Love
The Black Crowes Shake Your Money Maker
The Black Crowes The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion
The Byrds Mr. Tambourine Man
The Cult Electric
The Doors Morrison Hotel
The Doors Waiting for the Sun
The Doors The Best of The Doors
The Enid In The Region of the Summer Stars
The Gathering Sleepy Buildings:A Semi-Acoustic Evening
The Gathering TG25: Live at Doornroosje
The Jeff Beck Group Truth
The Jeff Beck Group Beck-Ola
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Live at Monterey
The John Renbourn Group A Maid in Bedlam
The Kinks Lola vs. Powerman and the Moneygoround
The Last Drive Heatwave
Excellent blend of rockabilly, punk and surf rock from a sadly underrated Greek band.
The Left Banke Walk Away Renee/Pretty Ballerina
The Mothers of Invention Freak Out!
The Night Watch The Night Watch
The Notorious B.I.G. Ready to Die
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Paul Butterfield Blues Band
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band The Resurrection Of Pigboy Crabshaw
The Pentangle Basket of Light
The Prodigy Music for the Jilted Generation
The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers
The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed
The Rolling Stones Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!
The Sins of Thy Beloved Lake of Sorrow
The Sisters of Mercy Floodland
The Sisters of Mercy First and Last and Always
The Smiths The Queen Is Dead
The Stooges Raw Power
The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt
The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico
The Waterboys Fisherman's Blues
The Who Tommy
The Who Quadrophenia
The Who The Who at Kilburn: 1977
The Yardbirds For Your Love
Theatre Of Tragedy Aégis
Theatre Of Tragedy Theatre of Tragedy
Therion Beyond Sanctorum
Thin Lizzy Black Rose: A Rock Legend
Thin Lizzy Johnny the Fox
Thin Lizzy Fighting
Three Man Army A Third of a Lifetime
Thurisaz Scent of a Dream
An atmospheric journey by a band whose sound is deeply rooted in the mid-'90s doom/gothic/black metal sound. The songwriting brings to mind Opeth and the soundscapes are similar to Amorphis or sometimes early-Anathema. Lastly, the duration of the album is perfect as it leaves you wanting more which is always a good thing.
Tiamat Wildhoney
Tim Buckley Goodbye and Hello
Titan Force Titan Force
Tommy Bolin Teaser
Tool Lateralus
Toots and The Maytals Funky Kingston
Toots and The Maytals In The Dark
Toundra III
Townes Van Zandt Townes Van Zandt
Toxik Think This
Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman
Trapeze Medusa
Trapeze You Are the Music...We're Just the Band
Trespassers William Different Stars
Tristania Widow's Weeds
Triumvirat Illusions On A Double Dimple
Trouble Trouble
Trouble Psalm 9
Tsjuder Desert Northern Hell
Turbo Kawaleria Szatana
Twelfth of Never Things that Were
Twenty Sixty Six and Then Reflections!
Great album, equally progressive and psychedelic. And those dinosaurs...
Tygers Of Pan Tang Spellbound
Type O Negative October Rust
Type O Negative Bloody Kisses
Tzimis Panousis Disco Tsoutsouni
UFO Phenomenon
Uli Jon Roth Tokyo Tapes Revisited - Live In Japan
If I was to characterize this album with just one word, it would be surprising. It is surprising how Roth managed to recreate the magic of a classic live album and the only element that separates this performance from the original Tokyo Tapes is the eternal voice of Klaus Meine. The setlist is more complete, the arrangements/instrumentation is as good and I dare to say that if Klaus Meine was handling the vocal duties, this would be superior to Tokyo Tapes. Uli Jon Roth's band is perfectly rehearsed and the guitar hero's performance is impeccable despite his age. It takes a special artist to make a song like "Fly to the Rainbow" sound as mystical as 32 years ago but Uli is a true shaman.
Ulver Kveldssanger
Ulver Bergtatt - Et eeventyr i 5 capitler
Ulver Shadows of the Sun
Ulver Messe I.X-VI.X
Uriah Heep Demons and Wizards
Uriah Heep Very 'eavy... Very 'umble
Uriah Heep Salisbury
Uriah Heep Uriah Heep
Utopia Todd Rundgren's Utopia
Vali Forlatt
Vali Skogslandskap
Van der Graaf Generator Pawn Hearts
Van Halen Van Halen
Van Morrison Saint Dominic's Preview
Van Morrison Tupelo Honey
Van Morrison Veedon Fleece
Van Morrison Hard Nose The Highway
Van Morrison Live At The Grand Opera House Belfast
Vashti Bunyan Just Another Diamond Day
Vasilis Papakonstantinou Φοβάμαι...
Vauxdvihl To Dimension Logic
Vaya Con Dios Night Owls
Vektor Black Future
Vektor Outer Isolation
Veni Domine Fall Babylon Fall
Venom Welcome to Hell
Vicious Rumors Digital Dictator
Virgin Steele The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: Part II
Virgin Steele The House of Atreus: Act I
Virgin Steele The Marriage of Heaven And Hell: Part I
Voltz Knight's Fall
Vulcano Bloody Vengeance
W.A.S.P. The Headless Children
W.A.S.P. W.A.S.P.
W.A.S.P. The Crimson Idol
Warlord Deliver Us
Warlord The Holy Empire
Warning Watching from a Distance
Warpig Warpig
Warrior Soul Last Decade Dead Century
Wayne Shorter Speak No Evil
Weeping Silence Opus IV Oblivion
Wes Montgomery Bumpin'
Whiplash Power and Pain
Whiplash Thrashback
Whitesnake Whitesnake
Whitesnake Slide It In
Willie Dixon I am the Blues
Winterhawk Revival
Wishbone Ash There's the Rub
Witchfinder General Death Penalty
Witherfall Nocturnes and Requiems
Progressive metal with neoclassical inclinations that features solid songwriting, fitting vocals that are not over the top, and very interesting guitar playing that brings to mind Yngwie Malmsteen at times. Only complaint is that some of the songs could have been a bit shorter but otherwise, a very promising debut.
Within Temptation Enter
Without Face Astronomicon
Wizard Odin
Quality power metal with influences from Manowar, Blind Guardian and Gamma Ray, from a sadly underrated band. This is a concept album that revolves around Norse Mythology and has a strong epic flavor. Excellent guitar work, great job on the story and good a good singer who stays on his comfort zone by avoiding over the top vocals.
Wolfchant Bloody Tales of Disgraced Lands
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467
Woody Guthrie Dust Bowl Ballads
X Japan Art of Life
Yes Relayer
Yes The Yes Album
Yes Fragile
Yezda Urfa Boris
Yngwie Malmsteen Trial by Fire: Live in Leningrad
Not only a great live album but a compilation of Malmsteen's most classic period. Solid performance by the band on which Yngwie definitely shines with his incredible playing and impressive soloing. A brilliant exhibition of shredding leads to a very fun album fusing hair metal and neoclassical accompanied by a strong Joe Lynn Turner vocal performance.
Yonin Bayashi Ishoku-Sokuhatsu
Zarathustra (Germany) Zarathustra
Zodiac A Bit of Devil
ZZ Top Tres Hombres
ZZ Top ZZ Top's First Album

3.9 excellent
Archarus Render Unto Archarus
It is such a refreshing experience when a band uses its influences as a road map and creates music which has its own identity. Render Unto Archarus with its awesome cover art and fantasy lyrics is influenced by Black Sabbath ("San Sabado" is such a nod to "Hole in the Sky"), NWOBHM, stoner and doom metal, and never lets go right from the beginning. The music is based on infectious grooves and is riff-driven with interesting drumming and fitting vocals; a modern comparison would be The Sword. If these guys manage to build on their formula and improve, they will be a force to be reckoned with.
Highland Loyal to the Nightsky
Excellent second wave black metal with a few elements of frantic thrash that brings to mind Absu and Gorgoroth. There is some variety with a couple of mid-tempo tracks but Loyal to the Nightsky is essentially a storm of riffs that grabs you from the very first seconds and does not let go until the end. Only complaint is that it could have been trimmed slightly but that doesn't impact negatively the overall experience.

3.8 excellent
Amorphis An Evening with Friends at Huvila
Black Sabbath Vol. 4
Blues Pills Blues Pills
Doomocracy Visions & Creatures of Imagination
Quality epic doom metal that even though brings to mind legendary bands like Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus, has its own strong and unique character. The eastern influences - which are used sparingly - fuse the Greek act's music with the necessary spice, while Jim Morris of Morrisound Studios helps in forming a heavy but balanced sound. The highlight of the album is the vocalist's amazing performance which is coupled by the strong songwriting and the convincing atmosphere.
Eternal Champion The Armor of Ire
Fazerdaze Morningside
You know an album is going to be special when from the very first seconds it takes you places and makes you reminisce on various memories. Amelia Murray's dreamy vocals and fairly simplistic yet very effective instrumentation make up for a highly evocative listen which may arouse positive feelings but are a product of frustration and anxiety once you read her lyrics. Overall, Morningside is an emotional and rather cathartic trip.
Ironflame Lightning Strikes the Crown
An excellent take on modern power/speed metal with traditional heavy metal elements. The instrumentation is influenced by the likes of Iron Maiden, Dio and mid-'90s Euro-Power metal which means that the music is guitar driven, and equally melodic and beefy. The vocals are one of the album's highlights and might bring Bruce Dickinson to your mind based on the delivery rather than the tone though. What makes Lightning Strikes the Crown an even more impressive accomplishment is the fact that everything is composed and performed by Andrew D?Cagna (Brimstone Coven, bass) bar the guitar solos. If Andrew manages to release an even better sophomore effort than this one, we may be talking about one of the better modern traditional metal albums of the last years.
Legendry Dungeon Crawler
Masters of Reality Sunrise on the Sufferbus
Calling Sunrise on the Sufferbus a stoner or a hard rock LP would be slightly limiting as it includes a variety of different genres and influences. Overall, the album is blues rock at its core but has a loose mid/late '60s vibe which is probably due to the presence of the legend that is Ginger Baker. The music is quite varied from the boogie of "She Got Me" to The Beatles-esque "Jody Sings" or the Yarbirds-meet-Cream in the '90s "Ants in the Kitchen". Overall, there is a light-hearted atmosphere which is very apparent on "T.U.S.A."; essentially a rant by Baker regarding the American's inability when it comes to making a good cup of tea. Lastly, special mention should be made regarding the sound of drums which is unusually high in the mix but doesn't take away anything from this album because Baker's performance is top-notch.
Omnia Pagan Folk
Paradise Lost One Second
Rage Lingua Mortis
Excellent combination of orchestra and metal which consists of tracks from Black in Mind with the exception of "Lingua Mortis Medley". The songs have been reworked in order to fit with the orchestra and everything works great to the point where I prefer these versions to the original ones even though I am biased by the fact that this was the album the got me to Rage back in 1996 when this was groundbreaking due to the aforementioned combination. The major drawback of the album is the poor production which brings the orchestra to the forefront and buries every instrument and especially the drums. However, given the album's release date and the fact that the mix of metal and orchestra wasn't a thing back then, the production issues are justified.
Running Wild Blazon Stone
A solid successor to Death or Glory, Blazon Stone is a slightly slowed down affair compared to previous releases, probably in an attempt to appeal to a wider audience. This along with the smooth production makes the album lose some edge but it contains quality power/speed metal with an emphasis on catchy riffs and memorable choruses. Overall, Blazon Stone does not include the level of songwriting of Port Royal or the ambitious scope of Black Hand Inn but is released right in the middle of Running Wild's golden era which makes it a definite success and a very enjoyable listen.
Sanctuary Inception
This is essentially the prequel to Refuge Denied as 7 of its 9 tracks were included in Sanctuary's debut back in 1987. Given that the album contains demo versions of these songs, there are slight differences which don't take away anything from the album's value. The sound quality is much better on here, the performances are more dynamic and there are also two tracks that didn't make it on Refuge Denied. Overall, Inception is a fine LP of power/thrash and a very welcome addition to the Sanctuary catalog.
Tardigrada Emotionale Ödnis
Tardigrada play a brand of atmospheric depressive black metal that even though is not anything new under the sun, it is performed at a very high level. Even though Emotionale Odnis is 60 minutes long, it easily draws you into its world and feels much shorter. In addition, the album consists of 5 interludes and 5 tracks that are at least eight and a half minutes long which provides consistency on one hand and the opportunity for the band to fully develop their ideas on the other. The tortured vocals might put some listeners off but they fit the overall mood. Overall, an excellent debut.
The Gathering Superheat
The Muggs The Muggs
Extremely well-performed energetic blues rock which is influenced aesthetically by the Detroit scene and bands like The Stooges or MC5. Nevertheless, the emphasis is on bluesy guitar riffs and the album does not disappoint as Danny Methric delivers an array of catchy riffs and delicious licks. Probably, as good as retro rock gets.
The Obsessed Sacred
At this point of his career, Wino is like a less popular/less revered Lemmy as he is one of the most important living figures in the world of rock/metal. Sacred is not your typical doom metal record as it's sleazy, injected with generous doses of blues and biker rock and sprinkled with some punk. It is really surprising that Wino even at this stage of his career has so many quality riffs in him which help in making this album feel that it last less than it actually does.
The Wizards (ESP) Full Moon in Scorpio
One of the best proto-metal albums I had the pleasure of checking lately. The band's influences vary from KISS and Thin Lizzy to Pentagram and Danzig. The level of songwriting is very high and keeps the listener's attention at a very high level throughout the album's duration.
Trees of Eternity Hour Of The Nightingale
Witchtower Hammer of Witches
Quality NWOBHM that sounds like a slightly less energetic Diamond Head, Tygers of Pan Tang or a simpler early-Iron Maiden. The songwriting is interesting with plenty of hooks in the form of guitar leads and riffs, while the vocalist might bring to mind Paul Di'Anno due to his delivery. Overall, a great effort.
Yngwie Malmsteen Odyssey

3.7 great
Arduini/Balich Dawn of Ages
Quality epic doom with progressive tendencies by guitarist Victor Arduini (ex-Fates Warning) and Argus vocalist Brian Balich. Arduini and Balich both shine with their performance and the songwriting which is influenced by the likes of Rainbow, Martin-era Black Sabbath and Solitude Aeturnus among others, is solid. The long duration of the songs and album make Dawn of Ages a somewhat demanding yet rewarding listen. ?Beyond the Barricade? is not only the longest track of the LP but a highlight as it feels shorter than the 17 minutes of its runtime.
Blind Guardian Live Beyond the Spheres
At this point, Blind Guardian is practically synonymous with blistering live performances. Live Beyond the Spheres is not as magical as Live or Imaginations Through the Looking Glass and the absence of Stauch behind the drum set does show even though Frederik Ehmke does a very good job. However, they present us with a complete setlist and the live performance feels like a party and a compilation of their better moments. In addition, the band has managed to incorporate a few songs from their last albums quite successfully and the audience is participates in a meaningful manner. Overall, another testament by one of the greatest metal acts ever.
Champion Jack Dupree Blues From the Gutter
Piano blues with boogie-woogie elements and a genuine blues joint feeling. The instrumentation is fairly basic but the blend of piano, alto sax, drums and guitar is very effective. Lastly, the lyrics are not only hard-hitting but also controversial on some songs bearing in mind the release date of this LP.
Crazy Lixx Ruff Justice
Solid glam/sleaze with a few hints of AOR that features plenty of hooks, a great sense of melody and harmonic vocals. The music is influenced by the likes of classic '80s acts like Bon Jovi, Ratt, Def Leppard and Firehouse, among others. Even though originality is not one of the LPs selling points, this is a great take on the glorious hair metal days and an excellent alternative for when you had too much Big Guns (if it's ever possible...).
Fragile Vastness Perception
Very well-performed progressive rock with pop elements and a sense of experimentation which brings to mind the shift of gothic bands at the end of the '90s towards more electronic music. The song structure is adventurous without being too complex and the female vocals are very fitting and reasonably constrained. Overall, a great effort which would be better if it included a few more emotional crescendos.
Galley Beggar Heathen Hymns
Very well-composed electric acid/psychedelic folk. There is an emphasis on creating a dreamy and hypnotic atmosphere with a slightly loose instrumentation. The band draws influences from classic acts such as Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and Donovan among others but these guys (and girls) have developed their own sound. The album features some variety by utilizing medieval-type melodies such as on "Lorelei" or different instruments and a bacchanalian atmosphere like on the trippy "Let No Man Steal Your Thyme". Overall, a very interesting slab of modern (?) folk.
Hellripper Coagulating Darkness
Hellripper might not be reinventing the wheel but on Coagulating Darkness delivers some incredibly fun and catchy black/speed metal. The music is energetic, full of memorable riffs and, with a duration of less than 30 minutes, the album finishes before you know it. Perfect for a beer or two.
London Grammar Truth is a Beautiful Thing
Truth is a Beautiful Thing, even though slightly front-loaded, is full of memorable vocal melodies. Hannah Reid?s performance is easily worth the price of admission as she shines upon the minimal soundscapes created by the instrumentation. Overall, London Grammar's sophomore effort is an atmospheric and emotional trip that is both introspective and uplifting.
Lykantropi Lykantropi
As Voivod already mentioned, Lykantropi differentiate themselves by focusing more on the lighter side of the '70s San Francisco psych movement that owes a lot to bands such as Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane, among others. In addition, the band's debut exudes a genuinely vintage odor with its warm sound which only adds to the overall experience. Very promising debut.
Marillion Fuck Everyone and Run (F E A R)
A very emotional approach about the shit our modern society has to deal with. The themes which are prevalent on here are those who affect millions around the globe such as inequality, patriotism and immigration among others. Instrumentally, the album is dominated by Mark Kelly's keys and Steve Hogarth's vocals with Steve Rothery creating the soundscapes in which these two guys shine. A variety of melancholic moments and a few cathartic ones create an experience that is more appreciated during the evening or late at night.
Megadeth Cryptic Writings
Nocturnal Rites The Sacred Talisman
Very well-performed euro-power metal which is driven by catchy guitar riffs and vocals that are, pleasantly, not over the top. There is an emphasis on melody, while the lack of keyboards gives the album a nice old-school vibe. The epic/heroic atmosphere is definitely a plus as well as the few moments where the songwriting goes down a more neoclassical path that may bring to mind Yngwie Malmsteen.
Ruler Rise to Power
It is such a rewarding experience to stumble upon a band who wears its influences on its sleeves but doesn't copy them blatantly. Ruler play traditional metal which is based on Iron Maiden, early-Queensryche, early-Fates Warning, Heavy Load and Warlord but might even bring to mind Rainbow or even Yngwie Malmsteen (guitar work on "...In Conspiracy"). The songwriting is solid which makes the album feel shorter than the 48 minutes it lasts.
Satan's Hallow Satan's Hallow
Slaegt Domus Mysterium
Very good combination of black metal and NWOBHM/rock. These guys do a great job of blending the different elements in order to create music which contains melody/hooks and has a dark atmosphere.
Thangorodrim Taur​-​nu​-​Fuin
Travelin Jack Commencing Countdown
On first glance, Commencing Countdown screamed Love It To Death due to the cover arts' similarity and indeed, Alice Cooper is one of the German outfit's influences. However, this is not their only influence as one can spot KISS, UFO and Budgie elements on Travelin Jack's sound. Overall, this is some pretty solid riff-driven heavy rock with ballsy female vocals which doesn't last more than it should and seems to have a reasonable replay value. Fans of Blues Pills and Royal Thunder should definitely check these guys (and girl) out.
Valhalore Voyage into Eternity
A fusion of folk, viking, symphonic and melodeath that leads to an addictive and epic album. The band uses both growls and clean vocals but what really makes their music enjoyable is the folk elements and melodies which are successfully integrated to their brand of metal.

3.6 great
Axel Rudi Pell The Masquerade Ball
Axel Rudi Pell doing what Axel Rudi Pell does. In a few words, melodic heavy rock with neoclassical tendencies and an epic flavor which borrows many influences from early Rainbow but sounds a bit more commercial. The album is excellent on the longer songs such as the title track or "Night and Rain" but Axel tends to overdo it some times by stretching some of the songs more than necessary. Special mention should be made regarding the vocalist's performance which is reminiscent of Dio but not in a bad way. Overall, a great experience which could have been even better with less fat.
Crazy Lixx Crazy Lixx
Sleaze/glam metal in the vein of Skid Row and Motley Crue. Even though the band's approach is extremely by the numbers, the album is still a very enjoyable listen due to the hooks, melodies and anthemic choruses. Besides the lack of originality, another issue is the brick-walled production which needs to be addressed on any subsequent release.
Disharmony (GR1) Goddamn the Sun
Having formed in the early '90s, Disharmony disbanded in 1995 having released only three demos and an EP. Goddamn the Sun is the Greeks' debut LP and it includes all those elements that characterized Greek black metal bands 25 years ago. Overall, the music is reminiscent of that of early Rotting Christ and Varathron with emphasis on melodies, a distinctive occult atmosphere and mid-tempo song structures. The drumming in particular is pretty good but the band could have avoided the unnecessary album introduction, the starting 1:30 minutes of "Third Resurrection" and have worked a bit more on the production by making the bass a bit more audible and lowering the vocals.
Nocturnal Rites Shadowland
Shadowland is a fine specimen of European power metal with excellent musicianship which includes some impressive guitar-work and a vocal approach which is very smooth and fitting. On this LP, Nocturnal Rites have retained their influences but have increased their personal touch which has resulted in a darker and heavier album than in the past.
OZ Fire in the Brain
An undisputed '80s metal cult classic, Fire in the Brain stands in the middle of NWOBHM and the point where bands were starting to play a faster version called speed metal, of course. OZ's sound might sound slightly typical (or even dated) now, but back then their dark image and instrumentation which was similar to that of early-Grave Digger, early-Running Wild and Accept with a touch of Mercyful Fate must have been pretty cool. Interesting info: The hand on the cover belongs to Tomas Borje Forsberg who is none other than Quorthon. His father (Stig Borje Forsberg) produced the first OZ albums.

3.5 great
1000MODS Repeated Exposure to​.​.​.
4 Non Blondes Bigger, Better, Faster, More
A Canorous Quintet Silence of the World Beyond
Abbath Abbath
AC/DC '74 Jailbreak
Accelerator Accelerator
Accept Metal Heart
Accept Blind Rage
Aerosmith Toys in the Attic
Aerosmith Rocks
Aerosmith Get Your Wings
Afro Cuban All Stars A toda Cuba le gusta
Against Me! Reinventing Axl Rose
Agalloch The White
Agalloch Marrow of the Spirit
Agent Steel Unstoppable Force
Ainulindale Nevrast
Albert King I Wanna Get Funky
As a whole, this album is slightly different than Albert's classic material, as the sound has been fused with strings and a horn section. This results in some soul and funk elements that add well though. However, the best track of the album might as well be "Crosscut Saw" which is more of a classic Albert King tune.
Alcatrazz No Parole from Rock 'n' Roll
Aldo Nova Aldo Nova
Alice Cooper Billion Dollar Babies
Alice Cooper Muscle Of Love
Alice in Chains Jar of Flies
Allegiance (SWE) Hymn Till Hangagud
Alphataurus Alphataurus
Alusa Fallax Intorno Alla Mia Cattiva Educazione
Amboss Those Who Have Lost The Right To Exist
Amken Theater of the Absurd
Highly energetic thrash with influences from the Bay Area and german acts like Kreator, Sodom and Destruction. The solid songwriting and proper runtime contribute in making Theater of the Absurd an interesting and engaging listen. The production is also a plus as it emits a raw feeling and the audible bass is a nice touch.
Amon Amarth Jomsviking
Amorphis Eclipse
Amorphis The Karelian Isthmus
Amorphis Silent Waters
Amorphis Skyforger
Amorphis My Kantele
Amorphis The Beginning of Times
Anathema The Silent Enigma
Anathema Serenades
Anathema Pentecost III
Anathema We're Here Because We're Here
Anathema Distant Satellites
Angantyr Forvist
Angel Dust Into the Dark Past
Angus Warrior of the World
At this point, and with the abundance of forgotten gems on YouTube, it is no secret that cover art plays a significant role when it comes to checking an album, for me. Warrior of the World with its action-adventure Golden Axe Warrior vibes on the cover art, is a solid traditional/epic metal release by the dutch outfit, Angus. With influences from bands such as Saxon, Accept and Dio, an emphasis on melody and a short runtime, Warrior of the World is a nice fix when you're in need for some '80s heavy metal.
Anneke van Giersbergen Everything Is Changing
Anthrax Persistence of Time
Antichrist Forbidden World
Great blackened thrash with an old-school vibe and influences from early Sodom, Kreator and Slayer. Riff driven with frantic drumming and fitting vocals. Not anything new but energetic and fun.
Antonio Carlos Jobim Stone Flower
Anubis (Fr) Cradle of Civilization
Calling Cradle of Civilization simply dungeon synth would be inaccurate. The sound on here can be described as ambient/synth with strong Egyptian vibes and a dungeon feeling, as if being on an Egyptian tomb or playing Prince of Persia (OG version, of course). A definite recommendation if you need a fresh take on dungeon synth.
Anvil Forged in Fire
Aphrodite's Child It's Five O'Clock
Aquilus Griseus
Argus (USA-PA) Beyond The Martyrs
Arkan Sofia
Armored Saint Raising Fear
Armored Saint Armored Saint
ARTCH Another Return
Strong epic flavor with a Maiden-esque instrumentation and a singer whose performance brings to mind Bruce Dickinson, is what this obscure Norwegian band offers. For most part, the album contains quality heavy/power metal while there are parts where the music borders on thrash. Overall highly recommended as apart from the aforementioned, the album reeks of honest, pure metal.
Ashra New Age of Earth
Asia Minor Between Flesh And Divine
At the Gates Gardens of Grief
Atlanta Rhythm Section Third Annual Pipe Dream
Atlantean Kodex The White Goddess (A Grammar Of Poetic Myth)
Attack Destinies Of War
Attacker Battle at Helm's Deep
Old school heavy that borders on power and speed metal. Influences from acts such as Accept, Iron Maiden and Riot, and vocals that might bring Metal Church to some listeners' minds. In addition, great guitar-work and fantasy themes make Battle at Helm's Deep a very enjoyable album for fans of traditional metal.
Attacker The Second Coming
Autopsy Severed Survival
Autumn Rain Melancholy Seven Steps to Infinity
B.B. King King of the Blues
Badlands Badlands
Badlands Voodoo Highway
Balance of Power Book of Secrets
Bang Bang
Baphomet's Blood In Satan We Trust
Filthy speed rock 'n' roll with satanic lyrics that is heavily influenced by the likes of Motorhead and Venom. Only drawbacks are the (obvious) lack of originality and very high compression to the point were it makes Death Magnetic sound like an analog recording.
Barclay James Harvest Everyone Is Everybody Else
Barclay James Harvest Once Again
Barry White Stone Gon'
Bathory Bathory
Bathory The Return of the Darkness and Evil
Bathory Blood on Ice
Bathory Nordland I
Battleroar Blood of Legends
BBM Around The Next Dream
Bee Gees Bee Gees 1st
Ben E. King Don't Play That Song
Bert Jansch Bert and John
Beseech ...from a Bleeding Heart
Bewitched Diabolical Desecration
Beyond Twilight The Devil's Hall of Fame
Big Brother And The Holding Company Cheap Thrills
Big Brother And The Holding Company Big Brother And The Holding Company
Bio-Cancer Tormenting The Innocent
Bjork Vespertine
Black Knight Master of Disaster
Melodic heavy metal with epic tendencies and influences from bands like Warlord, Black Sabbath and Candlemass. First few tracks feature female vocals, which is a pleasant surprise given the time of the album's release, but definitely provide a certain charm. Very good guitar work with well-timed leads and solid songwriting.
Black Magic Wizard's Spell
Black Sabbath Live Evil
Black Sabbath Reunion
Black Sabbath Iron Man — The Best of Black Sabbath
Black Sheep (USA) Black Sheep
Very well-performed blues rock by a band who features vocalist Lou Gramm (Foreigner) that brings to mind Free, Bad Company and the bluesier moments of Foreigner.
Black Soul Horde Tales Of The Ancient Ones
Fans of NWOBHM should really listen to this one. Excellent instrumentally with epic atmosphere and a great production.
Black Trip Goin' Under
Black Trip Shadowline
Black Widow Sacrifice
Black Widow Black Widow
Black Wizard New Waste
Blackfeather At The Mountain of Madness
Blackmore's Night Shadow of the Moon
Blackmore's Night The Village Lanterne
The last (and hopefully not final) great album by the duo with several shining moments in Ritchie's playing and classic Blackmore's Night tracks in the form of "25 Years", "Faerie Queen", "St. Teresa" and emotional instrumentals such as "The Messenger" and "Village Dance".
Blaze Bayley Silicon Messiah
Blaze Bayley Endure And Survive (Infinite Entanglement Part II)
Very enjoyable blend of traditional/power from the eternally underrated Blaze Bayley. His vocals sound a bit off at the first couple of tracks but the album gets progressively better and feels like it lasts less than it actually does. The LP is quite varied as well with some tracks being more elaborate and less straightforward plus a couple of slower songs.
Blazon Stone Return to Port Royal
Blazon Stone War of the Roses
As the band name and album cover suggest, Blazon Stone are directly and hugely influenced by Running Wild. This means that they play speed/power metal with emphasis on melodic galloping riffs and even though listening to War of the Roses feels like a deja vu of some sort, it doesn't take away from the fact that it's a very enjoyable experience. The songwriting is interesting with plenty of hooks and catchy melodies, while the highlight of the album is undeniably its infectious riffs. Nevertheless, if you cannot stand the fact that these guys are in essence Running Wild copycats, this album might not be for you.
Blazon Stone Down In The Dark
Blazon Stone is the apotheosis of the foreseeable. You know what you are getting and the whole album feels like a deja vu but still everything is so enjoyable that the band's rather formulaic approach is not an issue. For those who haven't figured out by the band name and the cover art what music these guys play, it is a mix of power and speed metal with plenty of hooks, pirates and anthemic choruses which is directly influenced by Running Wild. Needless to say, fans of the legendary band and aforementioned genres are in for a treat.
Blessed Death Kill or Be Killed
Blind Guardian The Forgotten Tales
Blind Guardian At the Edge of Time
Blink-182 Dude Ranch
Blitzkrieg A Time Of Changes
Bloody Hammers Spiritual Relics
Blops Locomotora
Blue Cheer Outsideinside
Blue Murder Blue Murder
Blue Oyster Cult Blue Oyster Cult
Blue Oyster Cult Agents Of Fortune
Blue Oyster Cult Spectres
Blue Oyster Cult Some Enchanted Evening
Blue Oyster Cult Imaginos
Blues Pills Bliss
Blues Pills Live At Rockpalast
Blues Pilz Eyes Don't Lie
Bo Diddley Bo Diddley
Bo Hansson Lord Of The Rings
Bob Dylan The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan The Times They Are A-Changin'
Bob Dylan John Wesley Harding
Bob Dylan New Morning
Bob Dylan The Basement Tapes
Bob Marley and The Wailers Natty Dread
Bob Marley and The Wailers Kaya
Bob Marley and The Wailers Uprising
Bob Marley and The Wailers Confrontation
Bob Marley and The Wailers Soul Revolution Part II
Bob Marley and The Wailers Rastaman Vibration
Bob Marley and The Wailers Soul Rebels
Bob Seger Night Moves
Bobby Bland Two Steps from the Blues
Bodkin Bodkin
Bon Jovi New Jersey
Boston Boston
Breitenhold The Inn of Sorrowing Souls
Brewer and Shipley Weeds
Brimstone Coven Black Magic
Briton Rites For Mircalla
For fans of doom metal, riffs and cheesy horror movies.
Bruce Dickinson Tyranny of Souls
Bruce Dickinson Accident of Birth
Buckingham Nicks Buckingham Nicks
Buddy Guy Damn Right, I've Got the Blues
Buddy Guy Living Proof
Buddy Guy Messin' With The Kids
Budgie Budgie
Budgie Squawk
Buffalo Volcanic Rock
Buffalo Springfield Buffalo Springfield Again
Bunny Wailer Blackheart Man
Burzum Hlidskjalf
Burzum Burzum
BUS The Unknown Secretary
Camel Harbour of Tears
Candlemass Tales of Creation
Candlemass Ancient Dreams
Canned Heat Living The Blues
Captain Beyond Sufficiently Breathless
Caravan In the Land of Grey and Pink
Carcass Surgical Steel
Cathedral Forest of Equilibrium
Cathedral Statik Majik
Celtic Frost Into the Pandemonium
Celtic Frost Emperor's Return
Chango Chango
Chariot The Warrior
Quality NWOBHM with epic tendencies and great guitar-playing that brings to mind Thin Lizzy albeit a bit a heavier. The band brings to mind the underrated Tygers of Pan Tang, as it provides driving/energetic heavy metal on this obscure little gem.
Chastain Mystery Of Illusion
Interesting songwriting and plenty of hooks on Chastain's debut which includes '80s heavy metal with female vocals and neoclassical inclinations. At times, the album might bring Malmsteen's Trilogy to mind, while the production is mediocre. Of course, the selling point of the album is David T. Chastain's masterful guitar-playing which includes some mesmerizing solos coupled by Leather Leone's fierce vocal performance that sounds like a crazed female version of Dio.
Chastain The 7th of Never
Chicken Shack Unlucky Boy
Chris de Burgh Spanish Train and Other Stories
Chris Isaak Forever Blue
Chris Squire Fish Out of Water
Christian Death Only Theatre of Pain
Christian Mistress Possession
Great album containing heavy rock/proto-metal. This sounds as if the evolution of heavy metal stopped with bands like Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Dust, Sir Lord Baltimore, etc. Therefore, this is not technically heavy metal rather than heavy psych/hard rock.
Cinderella Long Cold Winter
Cirith Ungol Frost and Fire
Cirith Ungol Paradise Lost
Clawed Forehead My Domain
CocoRosie Grey Oceans
Cocteau Twins Treasure
Complete Freedom Proverbial
Conception Parallel Minds
Control Denied The Fragile Art of Existence
Convulse World Without God
Corrosion of Conformity Deliverance
Corvus Neblus Chapter I - Strahd's Possession
Corvus Neblus was Macabre Omen's dungeon synth project and I must say that I was immediately drawn by the beautiful artwork. This is old-school dungeon synth which is very atmospheric, majestic, evocative and quite varied. In essence, the album is the soundtrack to a D&D adventure and this is felt throughout. Overall, a very enjoyable offering.
Count Raven High On Infinity
Country Joe And The Fish Electric Music for the Mind and Body
Cradle of Filth Nymphetamine
Cradle of Filth The Principle of Evil Made Flesh
Cradle of Filth Lovecraft & Witch Hearts
Cream Fresh Cream
Creedence Clearwater Revival Cosmo's Factory
Creedence Clearwater Revival Pendulum
Crimson Glory Crimson Glory
Crosswind Vicious Dominion
Crush Kingdom of the Kings
Greek heavy/power metal with solid musicianship but somewhat subpar vocal performance and average production.
Crypt Sermon Out of the Garden
Crystal Eyes In Silence They March
How do you judge a badly produced album with a weak drum sound, almost inaudible bass and a singer whose vocals are an acquired taste or even a make or break point? In the case of Crystal Eyes, everything is saved by the magnificent melodies and the brilliant guitars. Right when you are ready to dismiss In Silence They March as a hoax, a beautiful riff, a lead or a catchy chorus pops up and makes everything so much better. The music is influenced by the likes of Helloween, Running Wild, Judas Priest with a few hints of Manowar. If only every element of this LP was as strong as its songwriting...
Culpeper's Orchard Culpeper's Orchard
Curved Air Phantasmagoria
Cypress Hill Cypress Hill
Daemonia Nymphe Krataia Asterope
Dang Tartarus: The Darkest Realm
Danzig Thrall-Demonsweatlive
Danzig Deth Red Sabaoth
Dark Round the Edges
Dark Age (US) Dark Age
Dark Forest (UK) The Awakening
Interesting slab of melodic heavy metal in the vein of Iron Maiden. The instrumentation is excellent and the songwriting interesting, but the average vocals lower the overall experience.
Dark Moor The Gates of Oblivion
Darkher Realms
Darkthrone Sardonic Wrath
Darkthrone The Cult Is Alive
Darkthrone Total Death
Darkthrone Soulside Journey
Darkthrone Goatlord
Darkthrone Plaguewielder
Darkthrone Hate Them
Darkthrone F.O.A.D.
Darkthrone Circle the Wagons
Darkthrone The Underground Resistance
Darkthrone A New Dimension
Darkthrone Arctic Thunder
Darkwoods My Betrothed Witch-Hunts
Atmospheric Finnish black metal with sensible use of keyboards by Tuomas Holopainen (Nightwish) and catchy riffs. I initially checked the album because of the cover art but this is a very enjoyable listen.
Dave Van Ronk Dave Van Ronk, Folksinger
David Bowie The Man Who Sold the World
David Crosby If I Could Only Remember My Name
David Gilmour Rattle That Lock
De La Soul 3 Feet High and Rising
Dead Moon In The Graveyard
Death Scream Bloody Gore
Death Live in Eindhoven
Death (MI) ...For the Whole World to See
Deathrow Raging Steel
Deathspell Omega The Synarchy of Molten Bones
Deep Purple Rapture of the Deep
Deep Purple Who Do We Think We Are
Deep Purple Come Taste the Band
Deep Purple Slaves and Masters
Deep Purple Deep Purple
Deep Purple In Concert 1970-1972
Deep Purple Live at the Royal Albert Hall
Deep Purple Phoenix Rising
Deep Purple Now What?!
Deep Purple New Live & Rare (1969-71)
The classic Purple lineup provide an overall great yet inconsistent performance. The first half of the album is classic Purple at their best whereas the second half is sub-par for their capabilities.
Deep Purple Live in Graz 1975
Deep Purple inFinite
Def Leppard High 'n' Dry
Def Leppard On Through the Night
Demon The Unexpected Guest
Demon Night of the Demon
Starts out well with occult-themed NWOBHM but ends up as a traditional heavy metal album. Could have been much better.
Demon Eye Leave The Light
Demon Eye Tempora Infernalia
Demons and Wizards Demons & Wizards
Depressive Silence The Darkened Empires
Desert Near the End Hunt for the Sun
Destroyer 666 Wildfire
Destruction Sentence of Death
Dexter Gordon Our Man in Paris
Diabolical Masquerade Ravendusk in my Heart
Diamond Head Live at the BBC
Diamond Head Diamond Lights
These guys have on a 4-track ep more sweet riffs than other bands in an entire discography. Highly recommended for fans of Diamond Head.
Diamond Head Four Cuts
Diamond Head Behold the Beginning
Diamond Head Diamond Head
Dimmu Borgir For All Tid
Dio Killing the Dragon
Dio Sacred Heart
Dio Finding the Sacred Heart: Live in Philly 1986
Dio This Is Your Life
Dire Straits Brothers in Arms
Dire Straits Communiqué
Dire Straits On Every Street
Djam Karet Regenerator 3017
Doctor Smoke The Witching Hour
Dokken Tooth and Nail
Dokken Under Lock and Key
Domine Dragonlord
Doomocracy The End Is Written
Doomsword Let Battle Commence
Doom metal with a strong epic flavor and lyrics about vikings, battles and Odin. Instrumentation is all about heavy riffs that create a hypnotic rhythm along with the plodding drumming. The spirit of Bathory's Hammerheart is all over the album in a positive manner along with Candlemass of course.
Dr. John Gris-Gris
Dr. John In the Right Place
Draconian Shades of a Lost Moon
Dream Theater Train of Thought
Dream Theater Falling into Infinity
Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Druadan Forest The Loremasters Time
Drudkh Forgotten Legends
Druid Fluid Druid
Dwellers Pagan Fruit
Eagles Desperado
Earl Hooker Two Bugs And A Roach
East of Eden Mercator Projected
Egonon Risveglio
Elder (USA-MA) Lore
Elderwind The Magic of Nature
Electric Light Orchestra A New World Record
Electric Light Orchestra On the Third Day
Electronomicon Unleashing the Shadows
Elf Elf
Elixir The Son of Odin
Eloy Inside
Eloy Power and the Passion
Eloy Floating
Eloy Colours
A natural transition from Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes, Colours is again a solid offering of spacey prog which sees Eloy stray from their Pink Floyd roots a bit, compared of course with what has preceded this album. The combination of guitar and keyboard creates a feeling of floating in space while this is probably one of the most accessible efforts by Eloy.
Elton John Tumbleweed Connection
Elvis Costello This Year's Model
Elvis Presley The Sun Sessions
Embargo Mighty Killer Ant
Very encouraging debut EP by the Greeks including great doses of instrumental heavy/stoner rock. There are influences from Kyuss and Nightstalker as far as the guitar tone is concerned. Most surprising is the fact that Mighty Killer Ant is a product of a group of guys who still go to school which makes this band very promising.
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Brain Salad Surgery
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Trilogy
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Tarkus
Empire of the Moon Πανσέληνος
Empyrium Where at Night the Wood Grouse Plays
Enforcer Diamonds
Enforcer Death By Fire
Enforcer From Beyond
England Garden Shed
English Dogs Forward into Battle
Enshine Origin
Ensiferum Ensiferum
Ensiferum From Afar
Enslaved Vikingligr Veldi
Entombed Wolverine Blues
Enya Watermark
Epica The Quantum Enigma
Epitaph (Ger) Epitaph
Eric Clapton 461 Ocean Boulevard
Eric Clapton Backless
Mostly laid-back blues with emphasis on melody, which brings to mind the great JJ Cale. One of Clapton's better solo efforts.
Eric Johnson Ah Via Musicom
Estas Tonne Black and White World
Great flamenco music with exceptional violin and guitar.
Estas Tonne Dragon of Delight, Vol​.​II
Eternal Alchemist Demon Summoning
Very encouraging debut by the German black metal outfit with melodic guitar riffing.
Ethereal Riffian Aeonian
Eugene Carnan Eugene Carnan
Energetic and raw hard rock with influences from Blue Cheer and Black Sabbath and a psychedelic aura. Having recorded in two days, everything is practically performed live in studio.
Europe The Final Countdown
Europe Out Of This World
Evil (Dnk) Evil's Message
Great old-school heavy metal EP with very good guitar work and vocals that bring to mind Iron Maiden's Paul Di'Anno.
Evil Invaders Pulses of Pleasure
Exarsis The Human Project
Exciter Heavy Metal Maniac
Exciter Unveiling the Wicked
Faith No More Angel Dust
Fatal Violence Ashes Tell No Tales
Fates Warning Night on Brocken
Fates Warning Darkness in a Different Light
Fields (UK) Fields
Fifth Angel Fifth Angel
Firehouse Firehouse
Firewind The Premonition
Firewind Between Heaven And Hell
Fish Internal Exile
Fleetwood Mac Tusk
Fleetwood Mac Then Play On
Fleetwood Mac Mr. Wonderful
Flotsam and Jetsam Doomsday for the Deceiver
Foghat Fool for the City
Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape
Forbidden Forbidden Evil
Foreigner Foreigner
Foreigner 4
Poppy hard rock that even though borders on cheese, has a variety of hooks and catchy moments. Highlights such as "Juke Box Hero", "Urgent", "Girl on the Moon" and "Waiting for a Girl Like You" lift the album. Lastly, even though Lou Gramm's vocals aren't anything spectacular, they fit the music perfectly and are one of the reasons that make 4 a very enjoyable experience
Forest (UK) Full Circle
Interesting stab of psychedelic folk with quite a few British medieval elements.
Forest Silence Winter Circle
Dark and convincing ambient with some black metal vocals and whispers. The album feels like a walk through a dark forest during heavy snowfall or like being alone in a cabin while watching the snow at night.
Frank Zappa Zoot Allures
Frank Zappa Chunga's Revenge
Great guitar work and one of Zappa's most accessible efforts. Whole album is dedicated to groupies.
Frank Zappa The Grand Wazoo
Freedom Call Eternity
Frijid Pink Frijid Pink
Fu Manchu The Action is Go
Funeral Tragedies
Galar De Gjenlevende
Gamma Ray Sigh No More
Gandalf Gandalf
Gary Moore After the War
Gary Moore Run for Cover
Gary Moore Corridors Of Power
Gary Moore Close As You Get
Gary Moore is simply unbeatable on the slower, more blues-at-night tracks. His more uptempo/shuffle ones don't do much for me but songs like Checkin' Up on My Baby really elevate this album to an overall great experience.
Gary Moore Bad For You Baby
Gary Moore Power of the Blues
A return to form and a strong release after a weak four album run. A great blues album overall with a very solid performance by Gary Moore.
Gary Moore Old New Ballads Blues
Second consecutive solid album by Mr Gary Moore. His return to the blues have benefited him greatly while his guitar tone is incredible as always. If the album was 10 minutes less it would have been even better.
Geezer Gage
Gehenna First Spell
Gehenna Seen Through the Veils of Darkness
Gehennah King of the Sidewalk
Gentle Giant Gentle Giant
Gentle Giant Octopus
Gentle Giant The Power and the Glory
Gentleman's Pistols At Her Majesty's Pleasure
Gillan Mr. Universe
Golden Earring Moontan
Gorgoroth Pentagram
Gorguts Colored Sands
Gospel Oak Gospel Oak
Graham Nash Songs for Beginners
Grand Funk Railroad On Time
Grand Funk Railroad Survival
Grand Funk Railroad Good Singin', Good Playin'
Grand Magus Grand Magus
Grateful Dead American Beauty
Grateful Dead The Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead Wake of the Flood
Grateful Dead Blues for Allah
Grateful Dead From the Mars Hotel
Grave Digger Tunes of War
Grave Digger Heart of Darkness
Grave Digger The Reaper
Graveyard (SWE) Graveyard
Graveyard (SWE) Hisingen Blues
Graveyard (SWE) Lights Out
Great White Once Bitten....
Great White Hooked
Green Bullfrog Green Bullfrog
Green Day Insomniac
Green Day American Idiot
Green Day Kerplunk
Greenleaf Trails And Passes
Greenslade Bedside Manners Are Extra
Grey Wolf Glorious Death
Barbaric heavy metal from the Brazilians, with influences from Manowar, Manilla Road and Iron Maiden. Highly recommended for when you want to wear your fur speedo and swing your sword.
Grim Reaper See You In Hell
Guns N' Roses G N' R Lies
Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion I
Guns N' Roses Live Era '87-'93
Gygax Critical Hits
Thin Lizzy worship done the right way. Melodic hard rock with dual guitar leads, catchy riffs and decent solos. "Draw Breath" might also be one of the best rock tracks of the year. Nevertheless, the lack of originality is bound to affect its lifetime value negatively.
H.P. Lovecraft H.P. Lovecraft II
Half Gramme of Soma Marche au Noir
Halford Resurrection
Hammer King Kingdom Of The Hammer King
HammerFall Glory to the Brave
Hanoi Rocks All Those Wasted Years
Hard Days Hard Days
Great doses of well-performed vintage hard rock with soul influences, that brings to mind Deep Purple of the Coverdale/Hughes-era. Great use of organ, distinctive vocals, very interesting songwriting and the Uriah Heep touches are always welcome.
Harry Chapin Verities & Balderdash
Hawkwind Doremi Fasol Latido
Head Machine Orgasm
Head of the Demon Head of the Demon
Atmospheric doom metal with influences from Celtic Frost. Strong epic flavor backed by strong guitar work and some sparse vocals. Emphasis is placed on creating a dreamlike state with hypnotic, repetitive rhythms.
Heart Dreamboat Annie
Heaven and Hell The Devil You Know
Heavens Gate Livin' In Hysteria
Heavy Load Metal Conquest
Typically great old school heavy metal with lyrics revolving around fantasy themes and metal, addictive riffs and catchy melodies.
Heavy Load Stronger Than Evil
Heir Apparent Graceful Inheritance
Heir Apparent One Small Voice
Hellbringer Awakened from the Abyss
HellHammer Apocalyptic Raids
Helloween Master of the Rings
Helloween Helloween
Hessian (USA-ME) Bachelor of Black Arts
Hexvessel No Holier Temple
Hexvessel Iron Marsh
HIM Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights
Hitten State of Shock
Horacle Dead Eyes Revelations
Horisont Tva Sidor Av Horisonten
Horisont About Time
Hugh Laurie Let Them Talk
Hughes/Thrall Hughes/Thrall
Human Fortress Defenders of the Crown
Hyperion (SWE) Seraphical Euphony
I Between Two Worlds
iamthemorning Belighted
Ian Anderson Homo Erraticus
Ian Dury and the Blockheads New Boots and Panties!!
Icecross Icecross
Iced Earth The Glorious Burden
Iced Earth Enter the Realm of the Gods
The tracks are legendary and the band performs pretty well on almost all of them. Only dud is the cover of Black Sabbath.
Iced Earth Incorruptible
Iggy Pop Lust For Life
Iggy Pop The Idiot
Immortal Sons of Northern Darkness
Immortal Battles in the North
Immortal Blizzard Beasts
Immortal All Shall Fall
In Gowan Ring Hazel Steps Through A Weathered Home
In The Woods... Strange in Stereo
Inculter Persisting Devolution
Highly intriguing old-school extreme thrash with influences from Destruction, Sodom and Kreator. The fact that the oldest member of the band is only 19 years old, makes Inculter one of the most promising acts in the modern thrash metal scene.
Iron Maiden Dance of Death
Iron Maiden Fear of the Dark
Iron Maiden No Prayer for the Dying
Iron Maiden The Soundhouse Tapes
Iron Maiden A Real Dead One
Iron Maiden The Final Frontier
Iron Savior Iron Savior
Ironsword None But the Brave
J.J. Cale Troubadour
J.J. Cale Shades
J.J. Cale's brand of blues makes it almost impossible to dislike any of his material, provided that you're up for a soothing experience. Once again, the album contains Tulsa blues in the familiar J.J. Cale relaxed manner with no fillers (the album's short run time plays a role of course). Try jamming "Cloudy Day" on a rainy day.
Jaaportit Kauan koskematon
Jaded Star Memories From The Future
James Brown Hell
James Brown Hot Pants
James Taylor Sweet Baby James
Jan Akkerman Profile
Jan Dukes de Grey Mice and Rats in the Loft
Jason Becker Perpetual Burn
Jeronimo Cosmic Blues
Jethro Tull Benefit
Jethro Tull Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To Die!
Jethro Tull Stormwatch
Jimi Hendrix First Rays of the New Rising Sun
Jimi Hendrix The Cry of Love
Jimi Hendrix Rainbow Bridge
Joe Cocker With a Little Help from My Friends
Joe Cocker Mad Dogs and Englishmen
Joe Satriani The Extremist
John Lee Hooker Original Folk Blues
John Mayall Bare Wires
John Petrucci Suspended Animation
John Renbourn The Lady and the Unicorn
Johnny Winter And
Johnny Winter First Winter
Johnny Winter John Dawson Winter III
Johnny Winter Nothin' but the Blues
Johnny Winter Raisin' Cain
Jon Lord Sarabande
Joni Mitchell Song to a Seagull
Joni Mitchell Clouds
Joni Mitchell For the Roses
Josefus Dead Man
Joseph (US) Stoned Age Man
Journey Journey
Journey Frontiers
Judas Priest Defenders of the Faith
Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance
Judas Priest Priest, Live & Rare
Judas Priest Battle Cry
Judas Priest are still a force to be reckoned with, as this live album shows. Pretty credible performance from each member of the band despite some slight hiccups from Rob Halford. Nevertheless, the Metal God remains one of the best frontmen due to his presence and aura. The setlist is very good boasting classics such as "Beyond the Realms of Death" and "Victim of Changes", while three songs are from Redeemer of Souls. Lastly, the twin guitar attack is as great as ever and Richie Faulkner seems to have formed a successful cooperation with Glenn Tipton.
Julien Baker Sprained Ankle
Kadavar (DE) Abra Kadavar
Kaleidoscope (UK) Tangerine Dream
Kansas Leftoverture
Kansas Song for America
Kansas Kansas
Katatonia Brave Murder Day
Katatonia Discouraged Ones
Kate Bush The Dreaming
Khemmis Hunted
King Crimson Discipline
King Crimson Larks' Tongues in Aspic
King Diamond House of God
King Diamond ''Them''
King Diamond Fatal Portrait
King Diamond The Spider's Lullabye
King Goat Conduit
King's X Gretchen Goes to Nebraska
KISS Destroyer
KISS Love Gun
KISS Dressed to Kill
Kostas Tournas Απέραντα Χωράφια
Kreator Terrible Certainty
Kreator Endless Pain
Kreator Gods of Violence
Krokus Headhunter
Kyuss Blues for the Red Sun
L.A. Guns LA Guns
Lacrimosa Stille
Lacuna Coil In a Reverie
Lake of Tears Headstones
Lake of Tears A Crimson Cosmos
Lake of Tears Forever Autumn
Lancer Second Storm
Landberk One Man Tells Another
Leaves' Eyes Lovelorn
Leaves' Eyes King Of Kings
Led Zeppelin Presence
Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti
Legend (USA) From the Fjords
Leonard Cohen Songs of Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen Songs of Love and Hate
Leprous Bilateral
Lethal Steel Legion of the Night
Encouraging debut by the Swedes. High quality NWOBHM with lots of galloping and influences from Heavy Load, Gotham City, Jonah Quizz and of course Iron Maiden. The vocals might bring to mind Paul Stanley (KISS) whereas the lyrics deal with fantasy themes.
Leviathan (USA-CO) Scoring The Chapters
Liege Lord Master Control
Life Spring
Lightnin' Hopkins Autobiography in Blues
Lingua Mortis Orchestra Lingua Mortis Orchestra feat. Rage
A truly great album. This is how Rage's XIII should have sounded.
Link Wray Link Wray
Lionize Superczar and the Vulture
Liv Kristine Vervain
Liv Kristine drops her electro, pop and symphonic tendencies and delivers an album that could have been released after Theatre of Tragedy's Aegis. Beautifully crafted gothic rock with few doom elements and a haunting vocal performance by Liv.
Livin' Blues Wang Dang Doodle
Livin' Blues Hell's Session
Lizardia Lizardia
Lord 13 2013
Even though nothing new under the sun this is a very well played stoner rock album.
Lords of Black II
Very well performed power metal with hard rock, traditional and melodic metal tendencies. The highlight of the album is easily the performance of vocalist Ronnie Romero who joined Ritchie Blackmore in Rainbow's resurrection during this summer's shows. One of the drawbacks is the somewhat formulaic nature of the songwriting which, combined with the duration of the album, may tire some listeners. However, this is a very encouraging effort and with a few improvements the band might be able to release something special in the future.
Loreena McKennitt To Drive the Cold Winter Away
Loreena McKennitt The Wind That Shakes The Barley
Lost Horizon A Flame To The Ground Beneath
Lucifer's Friend Lucifer's Friend
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36
Lunar Shadow Far from Light
Very well performed traditional metal with influences from Angel Witch due to atmosphere and other NWOBHM acts such as Iron Maiden and Saxon. The German outfit also uses some extreme metal elements but very sparingly. There is a strong epic flavor, while each song takes its time in order to fully develop. Two elements though that might alienate some listeners are the aforementioned song length and the singer's voice.
Lynyrd Skynyrd Gimme Back My Bullets
Lynyrd Skynyrd Nuthin' Fancy
M.A.R.S. Project: Driver
Machine Head Burn My Eyes
Machine Head The Blackening
Magic Circle Journey Blind
Magnum On a Storyteller's Night
Magnum The Eleventh Hour
Magnum Chase the Dragon
Manegarm Vredens Tid
Manfred Mann's Earth Band Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Manilla Road Out of the Abyss
Manilla Road The Courts of Chaos
Manilla Road Atlantis Rising
Manilla Road Mark of the Beast
Manilla Road The Blessed Curse
Manowar Battle Hymns
Manowar Fighting the World
Manowar Sign of the Hammer
Manowar The Sons of Odin
Manowar Louder Than Hell
Manowar Kings of Metal MMXIV
Manu Chao Clandestino
Marblewood Marblewood
Marduk Heaven Shall Burn... When We Are Gathered
Marillion Seasons End
Martha Velez Fiends & Angels
Great doses of blues rock with catchy melodies and a strong vocal performance by Martha Velez. However, this album must be checked as it includes performances by legends such as Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Paul Kossoff and Mitch Mitchel among others.
Marvin Gaye Let's Get It On
Marvin Gaye Midnight Love
Massive Attack Blue Lines
Mastodon Crack the Skye
Mastodon Emperor of Sand
Max Romeo War Ina Babylon
May-Linn May-Linn
Mayfield's Mule Mayfield's Mule
Mayhem Grand Declaration of War
Mayhem Deathcrush
MC5 Back In The USA
McChurch Soundroom Delusion
Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell
Megadeth Endgame
Melvins Bullhead
Merciless The Awakening
Merle Haggard Mama Tried
Messiah Extreme cold weather
Metallica The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited
Metallica S&M
Metallica Metal Up Your Ass
Metallica Death Magnetic
Methadone Skies Enter The Void
Michael Jackson Dangerous
Michael Schenker Group The Michael Schenker Group
Michael Schenker Group MSG
Midnight Satanic Royalty
Miles Davis Ballads and Blues
Milton Nascimento and Lo Borges Clube da Esquina
Minnie Riperton Come To My Garden
Mirror (INT) Mirror
Quality hard rock with influences from Rainbow, Scorpions and UFO with lots of catchy riffs and solid songwriting.
Misfits Horror Business
Misfits Bullet
Mississippi John Hurt Today!
Mistur In Memoriam
Misty in Roots Live at the Counter Eurovision 79
Moby Grape Moby Grape
Molly Hatchet Flirtin' With Disaster
Mom's Apple Pie Mom's Apple Pie
Mondo Drag Mondo Drag
Monophonics Sound of Sinning
Monster Magnet Monolithic Baby!
Monster Magnet Superjudge
Monster Magnet God Says No
Monster Magnet Last Patrol
Monster Magnet Milking The Stars
Monster Magnet Cobras and Fire (The Mastermind Redux)
Moon Coven Moon Coven
Great debut by the Swedish outfit, playing quality psychedelic/stoner rock. The emphasis is on creating a hypnotic/doomy atmosphere by using the vocals as an extra instrument and by creating atmospheric, melancholic soundscapes.
Moondog Moondog
Moongates Guardian Let Horse Be Bridled, Horn Be Sounded!
Even though I am not a fan of exclamation marks on album covers, I am glad that the beautiful artwork made me check this one. On Let Horse Be Bridled, Horn Be Sounded!, one will find quality atmospheric black metal heavily influenced by The Lord of the Rings which brings to mind Summoning (of course). There are spoken word passages, ambient moments and most of all a very convincing atmosphere. Despite the fact that it feels that there is one band for each copy of LOTR sold, Moongates Guardian's latest effort is a highly addictive offering if you are in the mood for some atmospheric metal.
Morbid December Moon
Morbid Angel Blessed Are the Sick
Morbus Chron Sweven
Morgan Nova Solis
Morgana Lefay Maleficium
Mortal Love All the Beauty...
Mortiis The Stargate
Mortiis Født til å Herske
Motorhead 1916
Motorhead Inferno
Motorhead Bastards
Motorhead Orgasmatron
Motorhead No Sleep at All
Typically high energy live by the masters with material ranging from their classic era to Rock 'n' Roll and Orgasmatron. Not an essential live album by any means, but still very enjoyable and worth a listen.
Motorhead Rock 'N' Roll
Motorhead Motorizer
Motorhead The World Is Yours
Motorhead The Birthday Party
Motorhead BBC Live & In-Session
Motorhead Aftershock
Motorhead Bad Magic
Motorhead Clean Your Clock
Motorpsycho Behind the Sun
Mount Hush Low And Behold!
Moxy Moxy
Mungo Jerry Electronically Tested
Murgrind Inheritor of the Forest Throne
Very atmospheric and not amateurish at all with a variety of "instruments" and an epic ambiance which distances the album from a large number of dungeon synth LPs that sound too restrained for their own good.
My Dying Bride Songs of Darkness, Words of Light
My Dying Bride Like Gods of the Sun
My Dying Bride The Light at the End of the World
My Dying Bride A Line of Deathless Kings
My Dying Bride For Lies I Sire
My Dying Bride The Barghest o’ Whitby
My Dying Bride Feel the Misery
Myrath Tales of the Sands
Mystic Force Shipwrecked with the wicked
Necromandus Orexis of Death
Necromandus Necromandus
Necromandus is a highly interesting case of a band almost like countless others who had the talent but never made it. The significant difference, however, is that these guys finally made it almost 45 years after releasing their unofficial debut. Formed in the '70s, they were discovered and supported by legendary guitarist Tony Iommi who helped them record Orexis of Death and actually played on the album's title track. Necromandus is actually the band's original debut even though it features only the original drummer since every other member of the initial lineup has passed. Featuring a beautiful album cover, the LP consists of modernized proto-metal with a nice twist in the form of progressive touches and of course various blues elements. The vocalist will bring to mind Ozzy Osbourne of the Vol.4/Sabotage era and the guitar playing is very good as well. It would be very interesting to listen to these guys move towards a heavier sound, like Pentagram for example, as I strongly believe that they have what it takes to pull it off.
Necronomicon (DE2) Necronomicon
Need Hegaiamas: A Song For Freedom
Neil Young Harvest
Neil Young Tonight's the Night
Neil Young Zuma
Nektar Remember the Future
Nektar A Tab in the Ocean
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Nevermore Dreaming Neon Black
New Riders of the Purple Sage New Riders of the Purple Sage
Night Demon Darkness Remains
Night Demon once again do a great job of mixing their NWOBHM influences with some Thin Lizzy reminiscent moments but this time around the Diamond Head elements are less than on their debut. The audible bass is also a very welcome addition and the same can be said for their tempo changes. Overall, a very good effort and it is worth to mention that their singer/bass player is also the bassist for legendary band Cirith Ungol.
Night Sun Mournin
Nightfall Lesbian Show
Nightmare (COL) High Speed Venom
Poor lyrics but solid instrumentation and songwriting make up for a very enjoyable listen. Exciting traditional heavy metal with speed tendencies that becomes even more impressive considering the amateurish nature of the album.
Nightstalker Superfreak
Nightstalker The Ritual
Nightstalker As Above, So Below
Nightwish Angels Fall First
Nina Simone High Priestess of Soul
Nine Treasures Wisdom Eyes
Nirvana Nevermind
Noble Beast Noble Beast
Norah Jones Come Away with Me
Novembre Classica
Num Skull Ritually Abused
Oado Life Era
Obsecration The Inheritors Of Pain
A representative mid '90s blend of death and doom metal with a gothic feeling sprinkled in some parts. The music is mostly midtempo which makes the LP fairly accessible. There is a morbid feeling throughout the album which is backed by the singer's deep guttural vocals, while the use of the keyboard provides a sense of mystique. Produced by Necromantia's Magus Wampyr Daoloth.
Obsequiae Aria of Vernal Tombs
Old Man's Will Hard Times - Troubled Man
Omen The Curse
On Thorns I Lay Crystal Tears
Onirism The Well of Stars
A very interesting blend of black metal and new age. The new age instrumentals provide beautiful and melancholic passages whereas the melodic black metal outbreaks create the necessary dynamics which work in favor of the music.
Opeth Damnation
Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse
Opeth Heritage
Opeth Pale Communion
Orang-Utan Orang-Utan
Orange Goblin Time Travelling Blues
Otis Redding Pain in My Heart
Overkill Taking Over
Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz
Ozzy Osbourne No More Tears
Ozzy Osbourne Diary of a Madman
Ozzy Osbourne The Ultimate Sin
Ozzy Osbourne Ozzmosis
Pagan Altar The Time Lord
Paladine Finding Solace
Very encouraging debut by the Athenian power metal act. Their music is influenced greatly by the golden era of power metal (mid-'90s) and more specifically by the German scene and bands like Blind Guardian, Heaven's Gate and Iron Savior. There is also a strong epic flavor courtesy of Manowar and a few classic metal elements reminiscent of Judas Priest while, overall, there is a strong sense of melody. Lastly, the production needs to be more powerful (not over-polished though) and the album does feel a bit tiresome towards the end.
Pantera Vulgar Display of Power
Pantera Power Metal
Paradise Lost Gothic
Paradise Lost Shades of God
Paradise Lost Symbol Of Life
A somewhat return to a heavier form and a mix of Paradise Lost's then modern sound with hints of their 1993-95 era. The album contains a number of hooks in the form of riffs and vocal melodies which make it an addictive listen and make it feel that it lasts less than it actually does.
Paradise Lost Tragic Idol
Paradise Lost Medusa
Parliament Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome
Pat Travers Putting It Straight
Patti Smith Easter
Patti Smith Radio Ethiopia
Paul Butterfield's Better Days Paul Butterfield's Better Days
For those of you who love the blues and Paul Butterfield's harmonica this is highly recommended.
Pavlov's Dog Pampered Menial
Pekel Mannen Van De Maas
Peloma Mpokiou Πελόμα Μποκιού
Pendragon The Masquerade Overture
Pentagram Be Forewarned
Pentagram First Daze Here Too
Pentagram Curious Volume
Peter Green In the Skies
Phantom (USA-NY) Cyberchrist
Pink Floyd Atom Heart Mother
Pink Floyd The Wall
Pink Floyd A Saucerful of Secrets
Pink Floyd The Final Cut
Pink Floyd Obscured by Clouds
Planet Of Zeus Macho Libre
Planet Of Zeus Vigilante
Pluto (UK) Pluto
Poison (DE) Into the Abyss
Porcupine Tree Signify
Possessed Beyond the Gates
Powerlord The Awakening
Pretty Maids Future World
Principality of Hell Fire & Brimstone
Purple Overdose Exit #4
Purson The Circle and the Blue Door
Q5 Steel the Light
Quartz Stand Up and Fight
Quatermass Quatermass
Quayde LaHue Quayde LaHue
Slightly raw and garage-y heavy rock that is equally influenced by the heavy atmosphere of Pentagram and the dual guitar work of Thin Lizzy. The rhythm section is tight, the riffs bring to mind KISS, the female vocals have a lot of potential and the songwriting is interesting enough to keep the listener's attention.
Queen Made in Heaven
Queen Innuendo
Queen The Game
Queensryche The Warning
Quiet Riot Metal Health
R.L. Burnside Sound Machine Groove
How can you even rate with the use of a number someone who pours his heart and soul? In terms of sincerity this is as genuine as it gets. Just a man and his guitar with very support from other instrumentalists, and everything sounds as if it's in one take (it probably is). Check "Jumper Hanging Out on the Line", this is as blues as the blues get.
Rage Against The Machine The Battle of Los Angeles
Rage Against The Machine Renegades
Ragnarok Arising Realm
Rainbow Down To Earth
Rainbow Finyl Vinyl
Rainbow Black Masquerade
Ramones Rocket to Russia
Ramones Leave Home
Ramones Road to Ruin
Ranger Shock Skull
Ranger Speed & Violence
Rata Blanca Guerrero del arco iris
Rata Blanca En vivo Teatro Gran Rex 2003 con Glenn Hughes
Ratt Out of the Cellar
Ratt Invasion of Your Privacy
Raven (ENG) Wiped Out
Raven (ENG) Rock Until You Drop
Raven (ENG) All for One
Ravensire We March Forward
Quality epic heavy metal with plenty of galloping, lyrics about battles and anthemic moments. Solid songwriting for a guitar driven album with numerous addictive riffs.
Ravensire The Cycle Never Ends
Raw Silk Silk Under The Skin
Corny AOR from the Greeks that lacks severely in production but is not short on great ideas.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication
Red Hot Chili Peppers One Hot Minute
Red Hot Chili Peppers Freaky Styley
Renaissance Novella
Reverend Bizarre In The Rectory Of The Bizarre Reverend
Rhapsody of Fire Power of the Dragonflame
Rhapsody of Fire Symphony of Enchanted Lands
Richard and Linda Thompson I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight
Richie Sambora Stranger in This Town
Rimfrost Rimfrost
Riot Rock City
Riot Inishmore
Ripper (CL) Experiment of Existence
Robert Wyatt Rock Bottom
Robin Trower Long Misty Days
Robin Trower Twice Removed From Yesterday
Rod Stewart Every Picture Tells A Story
Rodrigo y Gabriela re-Foc
Roger Waters Amused to Death
Roky Erickson The Evil One
Rory Gallagher Fresh Evidence
Rory Gallagher Jinx
Rory Gallagher Wheels Within Wheels
Rota Fortunae Vespers
Rotting Christ Thy Mighty Contract
Rotting Christ Non Serviam
Rotting Christ Sleep of the Angels
Rotting Christ Theogonia
Rotting Christ Aealo
Running Wild Under Jolly Roger
Running Wild Gates to Purgatory
Running Wild Branded and Exiled
Running Wild Pile of Skulls
Running Wild Masquerade
Running Wild The Rivalry
Variation and differentiation are two terms unknown to the realm of Running Wild. However, the high level of songwriting is enough to hold the listener's interest even though the album is a bit on the long side. Once again, Rock 'n' Rolf & Co. deliver solid power/speed metal with enough melody and hooks.
Running Wild Rapid Foray
Considering that this is the 16th album of a band with more than 30 years of experience, Rapid Foray sounds energetic and catchy. Rock'n'Rolf knows how to write memorable riffs and anthemic choruses, while the band sounds in pretty good form. Only drawback is that most of the album - if not everything - sounds familiar but that doesn't make the offering less enjoyable. Probably the band's best album since The Rivalry.
Rush Caress of Steel
Rush Grace Under Pressure
Rush Power Windows
Sacral Rage Illusions In Infinite Void
Sade Diamond Life
Salem's Pot ...Lurar Ut Dig Pa Prarien
Samsara Blues Experiment Long Distance Trip
Samson Shock Tactics
Sanctuary Into the Mirror Black
Sand Snowman Tell the Trees It's Autumn Again
Santana Live At The Fillmore '68
Santeria Year of the Knife
Sarcofago Rotting
Sarissa Demo 1987
Satan Atom by Atom
Satyricon Dark Medieval Times
Savage Loose 'N Lethal
Savage Grace Master Of Disguise
Savatage Poets and Madmen
Savatage Sirens
Saxon Power and the Glory
Saxon Unleash the Beast
Scald Will of the Gods is Great Power
Scanner Hypertrace
Scorpions Animal Magnetism
Scorpions Savage Amusement
Scorpions Gold Ballads
Secret Stairways Turning Point
Very well-composed ambient which sounds less dark and more ethereal. Lots of mysterious, relaxing and bright moments on here. The clear production and the variety of melodies contribute in making Turning Point an engaging listen.
Septicflesh Mystic Places of Dawn
Sepultura Chaos A.D.
Seventh Angel The Torment
Shadow Gallery Tyranny
Shawn Phillips Second Contribution
Shocking Blue At Home
Sieges Even Life Cycle
Simon and Garfunkel Sounds of Silence
Sir Lord Baltimore Kingdom Come
Sitting Bull Trip Away
Skelator King of Fear
A slice of NWOBHM with moments of speed metal which is influenced by the likes of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Accept with some hints of Dio. The vocalist sounds like a cross between Dickinson and Halford (maybe some Kiske on some high notes) which is a positive of course, while the riffs are melodic and memorable. Pure, honest heavy metal. The lack of originality does not reduce significantly the overall experience.
Skid Row Slave to the Grind
Skip James Today!
Skullview Legends of the Valor
Quality, albeit a bit trite, heavy/power metal with a strong epic flavor. Songwriting is tight while the music is guitar driven, with audible bass and solid drumming. The vocalist seems to be influenced by Dickinson and Halford even though, needless to say, quality-wise he isn't close. Nevertheless, the final product is very enjoyable and certainly recommended for fans of Omen, Slough Feg, Battleroar and early Manowar, of course.
Skyclad The Wayward Sons of Mother Earth
Skyclad A Burnt Offering for the Bone Idol
Skyclad Irrational Anthems
Skyclad Oui Avant-Garde a Chance
Skyclad The Answer Machine?
Very melodic folk rock with heavy use of the violin. Not as heavy but more mellow, with the exception of Oui Avant-Garde a Chance, than previous albums with emphasis on creating catchy and repetitive melodies.
Skyclad Folkemon
Skyclad Outrageous Fourtunes
Slash's Snakepit It's Five O'Clock Somewhere
Slayer Haunting the Chapel
Slayer Live Undead
Slayer Christ Illusion
Slow Season Mountains
Socrates Drank the Conium Socrates Drank the Conium
Socrates Drank the Conium On the Wings
Sodom Obsessed by Cruelty
Sodom In the Sign of Evil
Sojourner Empires of Ash
Solitary Sabred Redemption Through Force
Solitude Aeturnus Through the Darkest Hour
Solstafir Otta
Soltri The Rising of the King Arthur
Beautiful, medieval-influenced dungeon synth that somewhat lacks variety but lasts only 27 minutes so it doesn't become a tiresome listen.
Son House The Real Delta Blues
Sorcerer Sorcerer
Sorcerer Black
Sorcery Bloodchilling Tales
No frills old school death metal with a raw but fitting production. Atmospheric with great riffs and strong vocals but somewhat basic drumming.
Soundgarden Badmotorfinger
Soundgarden Louder Than Love
Speedtrap Straight Shooter
Spellcaster Night Hides the World
Interesting mix of traditional metal with melodic guitar leads a la Iron Maiden, and thrash tendencies with riffing that brings to mind Metallica or Iced Earth. Spellcaster began as a thrash metal band, but Night Hides the World is mostly an ode to '80s heavy metal. The vocals might remind to some that of Ghost even though the highlight of the album is the guitarwork. Overall, a great effort with solid songwriting.
Spettri 2973 La Nemica Dei Ricordi
Spiders Shake Electric
Spina Bifida Ziyadah
Spiritual Beggars Mantra III
Spiritual Beggars Demons
Spiritual Beggars On Fire
Spiritual Beggars Earth Blues
Spitfire (GR) First Attack
St. John Green St. John Green
The sound of a trip gone bad. LSD infused psych album by an obscure LA based band.
Stalker Satanic Panic
Very encouraging debut by the New Zealanders which contains healthy doses of energetic, interesting, well-written, well-performed and ultimately authentic speed metal. Might bring to mind Exciter or Ranger.
Starcastle Fountains of Light
Stark Naked Stark Naked
Steamhammer Steamhammer
Great blues rock with jazz elements. The guitar playing is the highlight of the album with interesting licks and solos while the vocals bring to mind Peter Green. Overall, the LP reminds early Fleetwood Mac.
Steel Panther Feel the Steel
Steeler Steeler
Steeler (DE) Strike Back
Steeleye Span Commoners Crown
Steeleye Span Rocket Cottage
Steelwing Reset, Reboot, Redeem
Great blend of speed, nwobhm and a bit of thrash that leads to an extremely fun album. Interesting
vocal approach and an array of infectious riffs despite the long running time of some of the
songs. The second half of the album is slightly weaker than the first.

Favorite track: "Ozymandias" due to the Mercyful Fate/King Diamond flavor.
Steely Dan Aja
Steely Dan Can't Buy a Thrill
Steely Dan Pretzel Logic
Steppenwolf The Second
Steve Miller Band Fly Like an Eagle
Steve Miller Band Book of Dreams
Steve Vai Passion and Warfare
Stevie Nicks The Wild Heart
Storm Nordavind
Stormwitch Walpurgis Night
Stormwitch Stronger Than Heaven
Well crafted traditional metal with influences from NWOBHM and early power/speed. For fans of Accept, Iron Maiden and Helloween.
Stormzone Death Dealer
Solid slab of old school heavy metal by the Northern Irish act . Great vocals and impressive guitar work with excellent leads, riffs and interesting solos. There are some similarities to more well-known bands like Saxon or even the later days of Thin Lizzy but, overall, the album is not a derivative. Lastly, there are plenty anthemic and bombastic moments that make this a very enjoyable listen.
Stratovarius Episode
Stratovarius Dreamspace
Stratovarius Twilight Time
Stray Cats Stray Cats
Styx The Grand Illusion
Suck Time To Suck
Suicidal Angels Division Of Blood
Suicidal Tendencies World Gone Mad
Sumerlands The Guardian (demo)
Summoning Lost Tales
T-Bone Walker T-Bone Blues
Taake Nattestid Ser Porten Vid
Tank Honour and Blood
Tankard Zombie Attack
Tarot (AUS) Reflections
Ted Nugent Ted Nugent
Ted Nugent Double Live Gonzo!
Ten Years After Ten Years After
Tesla Mechanical Resonance
The 3rd and the Mortal Sorrow
The 3rd and the Mortal Tears Laid in Earth
The Alan Parsons Project Eye in the Sky
The Allman Brothers Band Brothers and Sisters
The Allman Brothers Band Idlewild South
The Allman Brothers Band Win, Lose or Draw
The Animals Animalism
The Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound When Sweet Sleep Returned
The Atomic Bitchwax Gravitron
The Beach Boys Surf's Up
The Beach Boys Today!
The Beatles Please Please Me
The Beatles With the Beatles
The Beatles Past Masters, Vol. 1
The Byrds The Byrds' Greatest Hits
The Chieftains The Bells of Dublin
The Cult Love
The Cure Pornography
The Cure Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
The Delegators All Aboard
The Doobie Brothers The Doobie Brothers
The Doors The Soft Parade
The Doors Absolutely Live
The Doors Bright Midnight - Live In America
The Doors An American Prayer
The Electric Flag A Long Time Comin'
The Enid Something Wicked This Way Comes
The Gathering if_then_else
The Gathering A Noise Severe
Credible performance by the band which goes for a harsher sound on the second part of the album. Anneke is solid overall but sounds her usual self after the first five tracks and a bit tired at places. Nevertheless, her performance on the last couple of minutes of "Travel" is incredible and the Chilean crowd is pretty good.
The Gathering Black Light District
The Gentle Storm The Diary
The Golden Grass The Golden Grass
The Gorlons The Gorlons
The Graham Bond Organisation The Sound of '65
A great blend a jazz and the blues with Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce on drums and bass respectively.
The Graviators Motherload
The Groundhogs Split
The Hellacopters Payin' the Dues
The Hellacopters High Visibility
The Hoochie Coochie Men feat Jon Lord Danger. White Men Dancing
The Hotelier Home, Like NoPlace Is There
The Incredible String Band The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter
The Kinks The Village Green Preservation Society
The Kinks Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)
The Kinks Muswell Hillbillies
The Kinks Something Else by The Kinks
The Mamas and The Papas If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears
The Mamas and The Papas The Mamas and The Papas
The Mediaeval Baebes Worldes Blysse
Worldes Blysse is very successful in transporting the listener to a medieval setting with its solid vocal work and the simple yet effective percussion. For fans of Loreena McKennitt and Dead Can Dance's Aion.
The Middle East The Recordings of the Middle East
The Millennium Begin
The Moody Blues Days of Future Passed
The Moody Blues On the Threshold of a Dream
The Mothers of Invention Over-Nite Sensation
The Mothers of Invention Absolutely Free
The Obsessed The Obsessed
The Offspring Ignition
The Offspring Ixnay on the Hombre
The Order Of Israfel Wisdom
The Parlor Mob Cry Wolf
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band East West
The Rolling Stones Exile on Main St.
The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet
The Rolling Stones Goats Head Soup
The Rolling Stones Between the Buttons
The Rolling Stones It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
The Rolling Stones Brussels Affair
The Saints (I'm) Stranded
The Savage Resurrection The Savage Resurrection
The Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
The Socks The Socks
The Stooges The Stooges
The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground
The Vintage Caravan Voyage
The Who The Who by Numbers
The Who My Generation
The Woods Band The Woods Band
Lively folk in the same vein as Steeleye Span, Planxty or Fairport Convention. Contains a number of lively melodies but its biggest advantage is the genuine countryside feeling.
The Wounded Kings Consolamentum
Theatre Of Tragedy A Rose for the Dead
Theatre Of Tragedy Forever Is the World
Them The Angry Young Them
Therion Theli
Therion Lemuria
Therion Gothic Kabbalah
Therion Secret of the Runes
Therion Deggial
Thin Lizzy Bad Reputation
Thin Lizzy Nightlife
Thin Lizzy Thunder and Lightning
Thin Lizzy Renegade
Thin Lizzy Chinatown
Thou Art Lord Eosforos
Great blend of black (mostly) and death metal from an all-star band featuring Necromayhem (Rotting Christ) and The Magus (Necromantia), among others. There's a strong mystic vibe throughout that becomes even stronger when the sound is fused from elements and rhythms that bring to mind the Greek folklore. Lastly, the album's sound is closer to Rotting Christ's early releases and can be described as a mix of Thy Mighty Contract and Septic Flesh's Mystic Places of Dawn.
Thought Industry Mods Carve the Pig
Three Seasons Understand The World
Three Seasons Grow
Thundermother No Red Rowan
Thy Darkened Shade Liber Lvcifer I: Khem Sedjet
Tiamat Clouds
Tim Buckley Happy Sad
Toad Toad
Todd Rundgren The Ballad of Todd Rundgren
Tokyo Blade Night of the Blade
Toto Hydra
Toundra Toundra
Toundra Toundra (II)
Best part of the album is the last track "Byzantium" which is highly emotional and dramatic at times. Without this track the album would be a 3 for me.
Traffic John Barleycorn Must Die
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas Eve and Other Stories
Trapeze Trapeze
Trial (SWE) Vessel
Tribulation The Horror
Tribulation The Formulas of Death
Tribulation The Children of the Night
Tripes Τρύπες
Tripes Πάρτυ Στο 13ο Όροφο
Triptykon Melana Chasmata
Tristania Beyond the Veil
Tristitia One with Darkness
Trouble Manic Frustration
Trouble The Skull
Trouble Simple Mind Condition
Trvth Black Horse Plague
Tuber Desert Overcrowded
Twilight Force Tales of Ancient Prophecy
Very encouraging power metal debut by the Swedes. Melodic and epic, recounting stories about forests, dragons, elves and swords. A must-listen for fans of Rhapsody.
Twilight Force Heroes Of Mighty Magic
Twisted Sister Stay Hungry
Tyfon's Doom Emperor's Path
Tyfon's Doom play nothing new on Emperor's Path but they are such good apprentices that their blend of NWOBHM, speed and US power metal is so enjoyable that the apparent lack of originality simply does not downgrade the overall experience. The album's replay value remains to be seen and most probably will be low but those who love '80s metal will have a blast with all the tasty leads on Emperor's Path.
Type O Negative World Coming Down
Tysondog Beware of the Dog
Tzimis Panousis OBI - OBI - BI
Tzimis Panousis Ο Ρομπέν των Χαζών
U.D.O. Animal House
UFO Lights Out
UFO Obsession
UFO No Heavy Petting
UFO Force It
UFO UFO 2: Flying
Ugly Kid Joe America's Least Wanted
Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats Blood Lust
Universal Hippies Dead Hippie's Revolution
Great doses of instrumental heavy/stoner rock from the desert of Greece. The album is full of groovy riffs that might bring to some listeners' minds Nightstalker. The Greek folk melodies really enhance the overall experience even though at some points there is a slight feel of repetition. Overall a very strong effort which is recommended to those stoners who enjoy some groove to their music.
Universe 217 Never
Uriah Heep The Magician's Birthday
Uriah Heep Sweet Freedom
Uriah Heep Innocent Victim
Valkyrie (USA-VA) Shadows
Van der Graaf Generator Godbluff
Van Halen Van Halen II
Van Morrison His Band and the Street Choir
A step down compared to his two previous masterpieces, this one is more R&B influenced too.
Van Morrison Blowin' Your Mind
Van Morrison Common One
Van Morrison Into the Music
Van Morrison Beautiful Vision
Van Morrison Roll With The Punches
The blues are far from notes on paper; it's all about soul and nobody knows that better than Van Morrison even though it took him 37 LPs to release his first truly blues album. Most of the material consists of covers of old blues standards and Van the Man does a great job of delivering some convincing performances while he is accompanied by an array of notable musicians including Jeff Beck and Paul Jones. Great stuff.
Vanilla Fudge Vanilla Fudge
Varathron Walpurgisnacht
Velour 100 Fall Sounds
Vendetta Brain Damage
Venom Black Metal
Venom At War with Satan
Vicious Rumors Welcome to the Ball
Victor Feldman Suite Sixteen
Villagers of Ioannina City Zvara​/​Karakolia EP
Vinnie Moore Mind's Eye
Vinnie Moore The Maze
Vio-Lence Eternal Nightmare
Virgin Steele Age of Consent
Virgin Steele Invictus
Visigoth The Revenant King
Voivod Angel Rat
Vredehammer Violator
Vulture (DE) Victim to the Blade
Very encouraging throwback debut ep containing quality speed metal and a blistering cover of Judas Priest's "Rapid Fire". The songs are based around catchy riffs while the vocals remind Agent Steel. Recommended for fans of Ranger.
W.A.S.P. Inside the Electric Circus
W.A.S.P. The Last Command
W.A.S.P. Helldorado
Wailin Storms One Foot in the Flesh Grave
Highly energetic and with a distinctive garage-y scent, One Foot in the Flesh Grave brings the Danzig vibes hard. Hard to place it under just one genre, the listener can find elements ranging from doom, the blues, stoner and punk.
Wardrum Messenger
Wardrum Awakening
Wardruna Runaljod - Yggdrasil
Warhorse (UK) Red Sea
Warlock Triumph and Agony
Warlock Burning the Witches
Warlord And the Cannons of Destruction Have Begun...
Watchtower Control and Resistance
Werwolf Creation
Symphonic prog that might bring to your mind bands such as Renaissance, Curved Air and Camel with some kraut and space elements that are reminiscent of Eloy. The arrangements are interesting and quite atmospheric, while the female vocals remind those of Annie Haslam but they're not as good (of course). Overall, an enjoyable listen.
Wes Montgomery The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery
White Wizzard Over The Top
Whitesnake Ready An' Willing
Whitesnake Lovehunter
Whitesnake Slip of the Tongue
Whitesnake Come An' Get It
Whitesnake Starkers in Tokyo
Whitesnake Live... In the Heart of the City
Wicked Lady Psychotic overkill
Willie Dixon Willie's Blues
Wind of the Black Mountains Sing Thou Unholy Servants
Witchcraft Firewood
Very well-crafted retro rock that has its roots on Pentagram. The similarities to the legendary American act don't stop on the songwriting but can be traced to the voice and technique of the vocalist who brings to mind Bobby Liebling. Great production job as well that makes the album sound genuinely vintage.
Witchcraft Legend
Witchfynde Give 'em Hell
Witchtrap Trap the Witch
Witchwood Litanies from the Woods
Great vintage rock with influenced from bands like Uriah Heep, Jethro Tull and Deep Purple. Only significant drawback is it's unnecessarily long duration as some of the tracks seem to drag on.
Witherscape The Inheritance
Witherscape The Northern Sanctuary
Wizard Bound by Metal
Wolf People Fain
Wolfbane Wolfbane
Dark blend of NWOBHM and early doom in the vein of Angel Witch, Pagan Altar and Witchfinder General. The album is a compilation on demo tracks that were recorded in 81-82 but released in 2009 so the outcome is a bit raw. However, that doesn't take away anything from the basic but catchy riffs, the prominent bass and the amateurish yet fitting vocals.
Wolfchant A Pagan Storm
Wongraven Fjelltronen
Wormwitch Strike Mortal Soil
Riffy blackened thrash with a rock 'n' roll attitude, crust elements and some nice slow and mid-tempo parts. Overall, this is a very solid effort with some variety that sometimes similar material lacks. Provided that these guys improve their songwriting on their next effort and continue to build on the variety department, we might enjoy a killer sophomore LP.
Yes Going for the One
Yngwie Malmsteen Rising Force
Yngwie Malmsteen Fire & Ice
Yngwie Malmsteen injects to his music the most neoclassical elements since Rising Force. However, his songwriting is still on a really high level and songs like "C'est La Vie", "The Final Curtain" and the title track are some of the best of his career. The stronger body of work is located in the middle and some fat could have definitely been trimmed which results in an unnecessarily long album.
Yngwie Malmsteen Eclipse
Yngwie Malmsteen writes first and foremost proper songs and incorporates his shredding into them, which makes Eclipse a very enjoyable album. The album is without a doubt influenced by the hair metal movement but that doesn't stop Yngwie from producing quality material. Best tracks, "Judas" and "Faultline".
Yumi Zouma Yumi Zouma
Zakk Wylde Book of Shadows
Zakk Wylde Book of Shadows II
Quite long for its own good and a bit samey but overall a great effort. Even though Zakk Wylde is known for his shredding, Book of Shadows II is an acoustic affair with a few electric passages mostly on his emotional solos. Heavily influenced at times from the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, this is a blend of southern rock, folk and Americana. The mood is laid-back and melancholic and Zakk's vocals fit the music quite well. Overall, one of Wylde's better efforts and as good as the first installment of Book of Shadows.
Zounds Curse of the Zounds!
ZZ Top Rio Grande Mud
ZZ Top Degüello

3.4 great
Adrian von Ziegler Wanderer
Dungeons and dragons ambient music or in other words, an alternative soundtrack for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. The album consists of three 20-minute tracks which describe a wanderer's life in the forest in the morning, the evening and during the night. Overall, Wanderer is an enjoyable listen and pretty good for background music but my gripe with it is that it sometimes feels like it is not going anywhere specifically.
Dimmu Borgir Abrahadabra
A couple of clunkers do not make Abrahadabra a less enjoyable or fun experience. The instrumentation is very well arranged and performed and the songwriting is pretty catchy especially on tracks like "Gateways", "Chess with the Abyss" and "Dimmu Borgir". Nevertheless, those who seek for a dark and heavy experience might find this one a bit too clean and harmless.
Dream Troll The Knight of Rebellion
Goofy, cheesy, quite formulaic but still very enjoyable. The Knight of Rebellion is a mix of traditional and power metal with epic tendencies which shows a band on the right path. Dream Tr?ll's debut is very promising, the riffs and ideas are certainly there but I would like to see these guys working even more on making their sound slightly heavier.
Fief II
Very well-composed dungeon synth that separates itself from the norm of the genre by being less dark and more dreamy. The artist makes use of a variety of instruments and the music goes even to baroque territory. Overall, this is an evocative trip to hills and forests rather than cold dungeons.
Flying Dutchman Flying Dutchman
A highly interesting and refreshing case of a band which plays pirate-themed metal but is not 100% influenced by Running Wild. Flying Dutchman's sound is very much influenced by Iron Maiden with some hints of Grave Digger and even punk on "Chase The Sun". Nevertheless, album highlight "Flying Dutchman - In The Night Of The Living Dead" bears the seal of Running Wild more than every track on the EP which of course isn't a bad thing. These guys (and girl on vocals) seem to be on the right path and with much effort and sacrifices they may be able to release a solid heavy metal LP in the future.
Half Gramme of Soma Groove is Black
Half Gramme of Soma's latest offering definitely does what its title promises; it grooves. The Greeks' brand of stoner leans more towards a heavy space rock sound which is energetic and melodic and is dominated by the two guitars and the vocals. However, the album feels longer that it actually is and as much as it grooves, the guys haven't perfected their sound to the point were it doesn't feel kinda stale at some points. As fun as the overall experience is, I am not sure about the album's lifetime value.
Journey Escape
"Don't Stop Believin'" really lifts the album but, overall, this is a solid AOR offering with great melodies, memorable moments and a really strong vocal performance by Steve Perry.
Kowai Dissonance
Very well-performed gothic/symphonic metal in the vein of Within Temptation before they decided they want to play Eurovision metal(?). The dutch outfit may rank low in the originality department but they have a knack for writing beautiful melodies and they know how much they should stretch a song. Their female vocalist deserves special mention as she doesn't make the mistake of being too dramatic or going over the top. All in all, a pretty credible effort which should appeal to fans of older Within Temptation.
Moongates Guardian Where Many Paths And Errands Meet
New EP from the resilient Moongates Guardian and even though it seems that their formula has remain unchanged, the album is still very enjoyable. Despite their lack of progress which might turn some listeners off, Where Many Paths And Errands Meet is an atmospheric journey into black metal and the world of Lord of the Rings. The music feels genuinely epic and these guys have a knack for writing catchy tunes. Very good effort once again.
Morass of Molasses These Paths We Tread
Morass of Molasses' brand of stoner rock includes influences from blues rock, desert rock and sludge. When these guys are in the zone like on "Wrath of the Aphrodite", they're almost irresistible as they have a knack for creating groovy fuzzy riffs. However, this is not the case for the entire album which is what makes it a somewhat inconsistent experience. However, if they build on their strengths, they might release something special in the future.
Norns Pazuzu
Pretty standard Finnish black metal which even though doesn't do much to separate itself from the standards of the genre, is very enjoyable. There is a sense of melody throughout the album and the songwriting is catchy and interesting. Next step for Norns would be to release an equally interesting LP.
Nudity Astronomicon
Combining elements from '70s hard rock, psychedelic and even new wave, Nudity is an interesting case of a band which draws influences but ends up with something which is not derivative. Astronomicon is an enjoyable album for fans of the aforementioned genres and probably indie rock, even though it lacks a wow factor.
Sepultura Machine Messiah
Shotgun Valium The Story Of Frank Tranquill
Fuzzy stoner/heavy rock which might sound like your typical stoner but that doesn't take away the fact that the German power trio is well-rehearsed and the guys know how to play. There are influences from bands like Orange Goblin and The Atomic Bitchwax and I think I hear some grunge elements even though it might be my idea. I'd love to see Shotgun Valium working more on their brand of stoner and their songwriting in order to create more memorable songs.
Skyclad Forward Into The Past
New installment by the originators of folk metal (a term whose meaning somehow changed over time), and a surprisingly solid effort. As a whole, one can listen to a variety of different riffs in terms of influences, even though the LP leans less towards metal than we have become used to by Skyclad. However, the melody is always there and it seems that Georgina's fiddle will never become trite. Nevertheless, even though the album doesn't include really weak moments - bar "Last Summer's Rain" maybe - it feels longer than it actually is, despite its short duration. However I am happy that at this point in their career, these guys can write songs like "Change Is Coming" and especially "Words Fail Me".
Steve Morse Band High Tension Wires
Despite Steve Morse's resume and the word "tension" in the album's title, High Tension Wires is mostly a laid back affair. In addition, labeling the music on here as progressive would be a stretch as most tracks are rather short with not much room to develop into something adventurous. However, this is a very good slab of instrumental guitar music that features diversity in the form of various influences, melodies and moods with some eclectic and emotional moments.
Stonila Between Two Worlds
Groovy instrumental rock from Greece that includes some folk-ish melodies. Great guitar tone and a few uplifting parts. The album is certainly enjoyable but it would help if the band developed some of their ideas even further in order to create an even more personal identity.
Tower of Babel Lake of Fire
Very good slab of heavy/power/neo-classical metal/rock in the vain of Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen with a few hints of '90s Riot. The instrumentation is very strong with some excellent riffs, solos and leads and the songwriting is quite engaging. However, the vocals are way forced and overdone as they give the impression of Dio suffering from constipation after having eaten ice-cream which creates that funny gargling sound when you speak. Overall, this is quite promising but the singer's approach might be a deal breaker for some.
Venom Temples of Ice
Second album with Demolition Man and a very pleasant surprise. More groovy that its predecessor, it contains thrashy tracks and lots of midtempo/melodic moments (for Venom standards) which is where this album excels. The production is more polished than their previous stuff and the bass slightly more prominent, which works in favors of the LP. The cover version of Deep Purple's "Speed King" is also a surprising but nice addition before the closing title track which is among the album's highlights.

3.3 great
Accept The Rise of Chaos
Anyone who has heard of Accept, already knows what this album contains; balls-out, hard-hitting, aggressive '80s heavy metal with hints of hard rock that, on the band's newer material, may bring to mind AC/DC. Therefore, the real question has to do with the level of execution, which in this case is solid even though The Rise of Chaos might be Accept's weakest release since they reunited. However, this doesn't mean that this isn't an enjoyable LP with some great riffs by Mr. Wolf Hoffmann and a strong vocal performance. Nevertheless, I am afraid that it might not have the same lifetime value as Blood of the Nations or Stalingrad.
Alice Cooper Paranormal
A surprisingly solid effort by Alice Cooper who sounds like he has aged really well and still manages to release pretty good hard/sleaze/glam rock. There is an emphasis on melody and the fact that the album lasts only 40 minutes contributes in making it a rather easy listen.
Astral Doors Notes from the Shadows
Well performed heavy rock/power metal in the vain of Dio and Black Sabbath. The band's vocalist is surely going to bring Dio to a lost of listeners' minds but he has a style of his own and he is supported by a very good guitar player who might remind you Ozzy's Jake E. Lee.
Avatarium Hurricanes And Halos
Avatarium's third effort finds them wondering more in '70s heavy rock/prog territories rather than
producing a doom metal sound. Hurricanes And Halos is influenced by the likes of Uriah Heep
(hence the increased use of the Hammond), Deep Purple ("Into The Fire / Into The Storm") and even
Black Sabbath/Heaven and Hell such as on the heavy "Medusa Child" with the unexpected mid-section.
However as good as the album is, it somewhat falls behind in the songwriting department which
makes me wonder if I will find myself in the mood to jam it repeatedly in the future.
Body Count Bloodlust
Chevalier A Call to Arms
Pretty encouraging debut EP by the Finnish metal act which contains well composed speed/heavy metal. The addition of female vocals makes the final offering more interesting, even though the band has to keep working on creating catchier moments/melodies. Overall, this is a more than decent effort which has a convincing '80s sound.
Dream Evil Dragon Slayer
Elffor Dra Sad
Dark medieval dungeon synth which emits a certain sense of grandeur but tends to be over-repetitive at points. Overall, a convincing effort but not easy to digest and would benefit from some editing and trimming.
Jess And The Ancient Ones The Horse and Other Weird Tales
Jess And The Ancient Ones' brand of psychedelic rock is deeply rooted on the summer of love which is always a good thing. The instrumentation combined with the female vocals might bring to mind Jefferson Airplane (or the latest Avatarium LP) and there are some hints of The Doors as well, but overall, these guys (and girl) cannot be considered derivatives. All in all, a very good album but I would love a few more memorable and rocking moments.
Jorn Life on Death Road
A successful blend of metal and AOR with a modern flavor. Those who are familiar with Jorn, already know what this album contains; traditional heavy metal/hard rock reminiscent of Dio, AOR in the vein of Whitesnake and quite a few anthemic moments. Jorn's performance is great as always and my only beef with the LP is that even though it's a fun listen, it doesn't make me want to jam it repeatedly.
Lita Ford Lita
My Sleeping Karma Tri
Well-performed instrumental stoner with a few nice riffs but everything sounds too safe which leads to a slightly tame album. The lack of very memorable moments and crescendos contribute in making Tri feel samey and like it lasts longer that it actually does.
On Thorns I Lay Eternal Silence
New album from the Greek outfit which remained in the shadows for far too long. The good news is that the band seems to have returned to their late '90s gothic death/doom sound which was probably the peak of their creativity and for those who are already familiar with them, the female vocals and violin are still an important element of their music which gives emphasis on creating atmospheric soundscapes. The extend to which one enjoys Eternal Silence will depend on Maxi Nil's vocals (which admittedly I'm not a big fan) and the fact that this album is deeply rooted on a sound which reigned almost 20 years ago. All in all, a very good effort and once On Thorns I Lay shake their rust off, they might be able to do even better.
Puta Volcano Harmony of Spheres
Puta Volcano's sophomore effort finds them improving their sound compared to their debut. Their music is a blend of grunge, stoner and psychedelic rock and is characterized by their female vocalist who uses her voice as an extra instrument. The songwriting is quite catchy and energetic but the extend to which one enjoys the album probably depends by how much s/he digs the distinctive vocals.
Royal Thunder WICK
Speed Queen King of the Road
Solid speed metal which brings to mind a less heavy Kill 'em All-Metallica with hints of early Iron Maiden. Despite the fact that the overall offering is nothing new under the sun, its addictive riffs, good songwriting and energy make it an enjoyable listen with limited replay value.
Steel Panther Lower the Bar
Strikelight Beyond The Afterglow
Traditional metal with some epic tendencies that might bring to mind Warlord, Iron Maiden or Diamond Head on the more groovy and dynamic moments. Overall, the songwriting is good but the lack of originality should warrant perfect execution in order for an album such as this one to be special. However, this is an enjoyable listen for any '80s metal enthusiast.
Ten Years After A Sting In The Tale
Ten Years After play within their comfort zone but this is no knock at all as these guys' knowledge of blues rock is as good as anyone's in this business. A Sting In The Tale is best served with a shot of bourbon in your favorite bar/pub.
Thermate Black Desert Highway
Black Desert Highway is the second EP by the Finnish stoner act and they seem to be heading the right way. Their brand of stoner is characterized by fuzzy guitars, desert aesthetics and a melodic approach that is influenced by the heavy rock of the '70s. When they have their groove going such as on "Pipe Dream" their music is very enjoyable but their slower sections or songs ("The Last Stand") need some work. Maybe the addition of a hammond organ would help improve the aforementioned sections. Overall, this band has potential.
Van Morrison Versatile
Van Morrison at his age and with a resume as impressive as his, has literally nothing to prove. Versatile, his 38th studio release, comes only 3 months after Roll With The Punches and consists mainly of covers while only six compositions are his and one of those is from Poetic Champions Compose. Nevertheless, he infuses them with his inimitable flair and style which makes the overall offering quite enjoyable. Granted, Versatile doesn't have the emotional depth of some of his previous albums but its jazzy, laid-back atmosphere still has a lot to offer to Van Morrison fans.
Venom Inc. Avé
Ave is surprisingly solid but at the same time slightly confusing. On the one hand, it is probably Venom's best offering since At War with Satan but on the other, it would undoubtedly benefit from some serious editing and trimming. Album opener "Ave Satanas", "Dein Fleisch" and "Preacher Man" consist a fairly representative sample of great tracks that could have easily been 2-3 minutes less each. However, there is no denying that Venom Inc.'s debut is a very enjoyable blend of classic/speed/thrash metal with a sinister vibe that is traditionally present on every Venom LP. There is a fine balance between aggression and groove, while Mantas and Abaddon are at the top of their game. The production is quite clean, which takes some of the edge off, but at the same time provides a needed modern flavor. Apart from the long runtime, which does not impact the enjoyment so much but will decrease the replay value of the album, Ave is a nice addition to the Venom catalog.
Vhaldemar Against All Kings
Decent power metal which even though offers practically nothing new, is still quite enjoyable due to the solid songwriting and the short duration which is just below the 40-minute mark. The influences that these guys draw range from Hammerfall and Manowar with some Rage in-between. The guitar playing is the backbone here but the vocals and production leave something to be desired.
Wolfsbane Live Fast, Die Fast
Wolfsbane is full of energetic heavy metal with elements of AOR (due to its lyrics), hard rock and punk. Essentially, it is a NWOBHM LP which was released a few years after the movement's golden days. Either way, it is an enjoyable listen but nothing really special even though Blaze Bayley's performance on here is solid.

3.2 good
AC/DC For Those About To Rock We Salute You
Chronomancy Age of Chivalry
Encouraging EP which signifies Chronomancy's shift towards a more traditional epic metal sound rather than the power metal of their debut. The music is very atmospheric with some symphonic elements due to the use of keys. The band seems influenced by the likes of Virgin Steele and Manowar with some hints of the Italian power metal scene of the '90s. Even though the final offering is quite solid, the band still needs to work on their songwriting in order to create a more dynamic and varied album which will help make their music more adventurous and interesting.
Iced Earth The Melancholy EP
Kalmankantaja Demonwoods
Mark Knopfler Kill To Get Crimson
I've yet to find a poor Mark Knopfler album. The man's playing is so good and he always creates an emotional atmosphere with his solos/leads and underrated vocals. Kill To Get Crimson is no exception but the album's duration combined with the lack of variety, make this a rewarding yet flawed offering.
Michael Schenker Group The Unforgiven
Red Wizard Cosmosis
Groovy heavy/stoner rock which is influenced by Vol. 4-Black Sabbath and brings to mind acts like Orange Goblin or The Sword. The singer's voice brings to mind Kyuss' John Garcia which is not a bad thing but contributes to the formulaic nature of the album which eventually left little to my mind. Overall, a solid effort but I doubt if I will jam this one in the future.
Styx Equinox
The Runaways Queens of Noise
The Wizards (ESP) The Wizards
Very encouraging debut containing healthy doses of heavy bluesy rock. Nevertheless, The Wizards, despite their evident potential, still haven't found their sound yet as the overall offering is pretty much Danzig worship, which of course is not a bad thing. However, the best was yet to come.
Ulver The Assassination of Julius Caesar
Walpyrgus Walpyrgus Nights
Walpyrgus Nights is an interesting blend of NWOBHM and punk, similar to what Famous Monsters-era Misfits would play if they were an Iron Maiden cover band. There are also some Thin Lizzy elements, mostly due to the dual guitar leads and solos. Overall, the album contains more hooks than Chris Paul's tackle box after a second round playoff exit and if Walpyrgus improve their songwriting, we might have something special in our hands on their next LP.
Yngwie Malmsteen Marching Out

3.0 good
2Pac 2Pacalypse Now
3 Inches of Blood Advance and Vanquish
35007 Liquid
7-Odds People Wanna See
Abkehr In Asche
AC/DC Ballbreaker
AC/DC The Razors Edge
AC/DC Flick Of The Switch
AC/DC Who Made Who
AC/DC Rock or Bust
Accept Russian Roulette
Accept I'm a Rebel
Accept Accept
Accept Objection Overruled
Accuser The Forlorn Divide
Aggressive and energetic blend of thrash metal and hardcore. Although it's well-performed, it slightly lacks in the songwriting department which leads in a somewhat tiresome listen.
Acid Mothers Temple La Nòvia
Aerosmith Get a Grip
Aerosmith Pump
Aerosmith Aerosmith
Aerosmith Draw the Line
Aerosmith Permanent Vacation
Agatus The Eternalist
Air Raid Night of the Axe
Airbourne Runnin' Wild
Airbourne Breakin' Outta Hell
Those who have checked the Australians more than 5 minutes know what to expect; AC/DC boogie rock with plenty of hooks, catchy choruses and a solid rhythm section. Breakin' Outta Hell is one of their best efforts as it features good songwriting, lots of energy and is recommended while having a pint or two. However, its replay value will probably suffer unless you're a fan of the band, which lowers its rating to a very respectable value.
Akritas Akritas
Alastor (SWE) Black Magic
Alice Cooper School's Out
Alice Cooper Alice Cooper Goes to Hell
Alice Cooper Brutal Planet
Alice in Chains Dirt
Alphaville Forever Young
Amon Amarth Twilight of the Thunder God
Amorphis Am Universum
Amorphis Far from the Sun
Amorphis Circle
Anathema A Fine Day to Exit
Anathema Resonance
Anathema Universal
Ancient Cult Goddess of Solitude
Angel Sword Rebels Beyond the Pale
Excellent instrumentation but poor vocals on this very encouraging debut by the Finnish old-school metallers. The instrumentation combined with the fitting production has a very genuine traditional metal sound but the singer who brings to mind Pasi Koskinen (ex-Amorhis) is almost a deal breaker. Overall, a high 3.
Angel Witch Sweet Danger
Angizia Das Tagebuch der Hanna Anikin
Anguish (SWE) Mountain
Anneke van Giersbergen Drive
Anthrax Among the Living
Anthrax For All Kings
Aphrodite's Child End Of The World
Arachnoid Arachnoid
Armored Saint Delirious Nomad
Asia Asia
Astral Winter Forest of Silence
Atma Weapon Dark Tower
Avatarium The Girl With The Raven Mask
Axel Rudi Pell Into the Storm
Axxis Kingdom of the Night
Bad Brains Bad Brains
Baker Gurvitz Army Baker Gurvitz Army
Barak Tor Wizards of Morcar
Bathory Nordland II
Bell Witch Four Phantoms
Belle and Sebastian If You're Feeling Sinister
Black Oak Arkansas High On The Hog
Black Sabbath Technical Ecstasy
Black Sabbath Seventh Star
Black Sabbath Dehumanizer
Black Sabbath Cross Purposes
Black Star Riders The Killer Instinct
Blackdust Blackdust
Blazon Stone Ready for Boarding
Blind Guardian A Twist in the Myth
Blind Guardian Beyond the Red Mirror
Blood Ceremony Lord of Misrule
Bloodbound Book of the Dead
Bloodbound War of Dragons
Dragons on the cover, dragons on the album title, dragons in the song titles and use of every cliche in the symphonic metal book but somehow War of Dragons is a rewarding listen. Bloodbound are proven very good apprentices and still manage to release a fairly enjoyable album on which everything sounds as if it's been played before. Fans of Rhapsody, HammerFall and Sabaton will probably have a blast. Cynics beware, the amount of cheese on here will cause you stomachache.
Bloodrock Bloodrock 2
Blue Oyster Cult Cultosaurus Erectus
Blue Oyster Cult Heaven Forbid
Blue Oyster Cult Curse of the Hidden Mirror
Blues Pills Lady In Gold
Bob Dylan Nashville Skyline
Bob Dylan Another Side of Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan Street Legal
Bob Marley and The Wailers The Wailing Wailers
Bon Jovi These Days
Booker T. and The MGs Soul Limbo
Brainticket Cottonwood Hill
Brocas Helm Black Death
Bruce Dickinson Balls to Picasso
Bruce Dickinson Skunkworks
Bruce Dickinson Tattooed Millionaire
Budgie Power Supply
Less melodic than their previous effort and a step forward overall.
Burzum Aske
Burzum The Ways of Yore
Cacophony Speed Metal Symphony
Camel Rain Dances
Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band Safe As Milk
Carpathian Forest Through Chasm, Caves And Titan Woods
Cauldron In Ruin
Chroma Key Dead Air For Radios
Chrome Division Doomsday Rock 'N Roll
Chronosphere Embracing Oblivion
Cirith Ungol One Foot in Hell
Climax Blues Band Gold Plated
Climax Blues Band Plays On
Cloven Hoof Cloven Hoof
Cloven Hoof A Sultan's Ransom
Cnoc An Tursa The Forty Five
Middle of the road folk metal which is not bad but fails to engage the listener and ends up being quite forgettable. The concept is very interesting as Cnoc An Tursa draw influences from their Scottish heritage but the album is not consistently great. Unfortunately, this is a step down compared to the band's debut
Cockney Rebel The Human Menagerie
Conception The Last Sunset
Cradle of Filth From the Cradle to Enslave
Cradle of Filth Live Bait for the Dead
Creedence Clearwater Revival Willy and the Poor Boys
Crimson Swan Unlit
Crobot Something Supernatural
Crystal Knight Crystal Knight
Danger Danger Danger Danger
Danzig Danzig 4
Danzig The Lost Tracks of Danzig
Dark Forest (UK) Dawn of Infinity
Dark Funeral The Secrets of the Black Arts
Dark Funeral Where Shadows Forever Reign
Dark Nightmare The Human Liberty
Solid debut from the Greeks containing quality heavy/epic metal with inherent limitations including the vocals (mostly pronunciation) and production. Nevertheless, the songwriting is on a very good level.
Darkest Era Gods and Origins
Darkology Fated To Burn
Darkthrone NWOBHM
Darkthrone Dark Thrones and Black Flags
Darkthrone Too Old, Too Cold
Darkwoods My Betrothed Autumn Roars Thunder
David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
David Coverdale White Snake
David Coverdale Northwinds
Days of Yore The Mad God's Wage
Instrumentally, this is some brilliant power/speed metal with epic lyrical themes. However, the vocals are irritating and the album is too long for its own good.
Dead Meadow Dead Meadow
Death Dealer Warmaster
Death Dealer Hallowed Ground
Deep Purple Nobody's Perfect
In a Ritchie Blackmore interview, which I read recently, he stated that the best Deep Purple live recording isn't Made in Japan but this one. Nevertheless, what we get here is simply decent performances of live staples, accompanied by newer (at the time) material as the album was recorded during the The House of Blue Light tour. Needless to say, the album isn't on par with Purple live classics but has its moments plus a very good performance by Ian Gillan who, unfortunately, was never the same again.
Deep Purple The House of Blue Light
Deep Purple The Very Best Of Deep Purple
Deep Purple Purpendicular
Deep Purple The Book of Taliesyn
Deep Purple Bananas
Deep Purple This Time Around: Live in Tokyo
A bit uneven but with some great moments from the MK IV lineup. Bad production on first songs make Bolin's guitar not audible enough but there are also some great improvisations.
Deep Purple Days May Come and Days May Go
Deep Purple Perfect Strangers Live
Deep Purple Live at Montreux 2011
Deicide Serpents of the Light
Demolition Train Unleash the Hordes
Demonaz March of the Norse
Traditional heavy metal with a strong epic flavor, interesting guitar work and good songwriting. The material is more influenced by the likes of Manowar and Bathory and has very little similarities to Immortal, while it cannot be considered as black metal by any means. Solid overall but a bit trite.
Demons and Wizards Touched by the Crimson King
Denner/Shermann Masters of Evil
Depeche Mode Violator
Desert Near the End Theater Of War
Overall, a solid thrash effort with death metal touches which is negatively affected by the samey songwriting of the first half. A slightly alternate song sequence might have helped but given that this LP is the last part of a trilogy and a concept album, maybe it was not possible. However, these guys have proven once again that they can write pretty good music and now that they are free from the burden of closing the trilogy, they might be able to release a full LP that is more varied.
Destruction Under Attack
Devilment Devilment II - The Mephisto Waltzes
Dio Lock up the Wolves
Dio Master of the Moon
Dio Magica
Domine Champion Eternal
Donovan Barabajagal
Dr. John Babylon
Dr. John Desitively Bonnaroo
Dr. John Remedies
DragonForce Valley of the Damned
Dream Theater When Dream and Day Unite
Dream Theater Octavarium
Dream Theater A Dramatic Turn of Events
Dream Theater Dream Theater
Dream Theater The Astonishing
Dremora Martyrs
Dunwich Eternal Eclipse of Frost
Interesting blend of symphonic metal, gothic and classical music. Not as consistent and well made like Therion or Lacrimosa but still highly enjoyable at times.
Dust Dust
Dusty Springfield Dusty in Memphis
Eagles Hotel California
Earthless From The Ages
Egg The Polite Force
Eldamar The Force of the Ancient Land
Elf Carolina County Ball
Elf Trying To Burn The Sun
Elton John Honky Chateau
Emerald (NED) Down Town
Eminem The Eminem Show
Emperor Reverence
Eric Clapton I Still Do
I Still Do is a worthy addition to Slowhand's long catalogue simply because it doesn't try to do more than it's required from a 71-year old bluesman at this point of his career. Eric Clapton, even more than a performer might be a student of the blues, so it's not surprising that the main body of his latest offering comprises of covers from different blues styles. Taking under consideration Eric Clapton's age and recent health issues, retirement might just be around the corner after every new LP he releases. However, with age comes wisdom and on I Still Do we can listen to a man who feels comfortable in his own skin and this feeling is exactly the album's redeeming quality.
Esben and the Witch Older Terrors
Estas Tonne 13 Songs of Truth
Estas Tonne Bohemian Skies
Estrangement Belong Beneath
Europe Wings of Tomorrow
Europe War of Kings
Far East Family Band Parallel World
Firewind Immortals
Fleetwood Mac Future Games
Fleshgod Apocalypse King
Forteresse Thèmes pour la Rébellion
Frozen Ocean The Prowess of Dormition
Galdur Age of Legends
Gamma Ray Heading for Tomorrow
Gary Moore Back to the Blues
Gary Moore Wild Frontier
Gary Moore Back On The Streets
Gary Moore Grinding Stone
George Michael Older
Ghost (SWE) Opus Eponymous
Ghost (SWE) Infestissumam
Ghost (SWE) Meliora
gift of gods receive
Debut EP from legendary Darkthrone frontman Nocturno Culto. The music is far from the sound of second wave black metal, with influences that are traced to the beginning of the '80s such as Venom and Motorhead. The music is riff-driven, with a gruff approach on vocals but overall it's nothing really special.
Glenn Hughes Resonate
Goo Goo Dolls A Boy Named Goo
Grabesmond Mordenheim
Grace Potter and The Nocturnals Grace Potter and The Nocturnals
Grand Funk Railroad We're An American Band
Grand Funk Railroad Phoenix
Grand Funk Railroad Shinin' On
Grand Magus Iron Will
Great White ...Twice Shy
Great White Great White
Great White Shot in the Dark
Green Day Bullet In A Bible
Grima Tales of the Enchanted Woods
Haken The Mountain
Hallows Eve Tales Of Terror
HammerFall Legacy of Kings
Hammers Of Misfortune Dead Revolution
Helloween The Time of the Oath
Hermodr The Howling Mountains
Horisont Time Warriors
Horisont Odyssey
Horn Turm am Hang
Horna Kohti Yhdeksän Nousua
Iced Earth Horror Show
Iced Earth Iced Earth
Iced Earth Dystopia
Iced Earth Plagues of Babylon
Immortal Damned In Black
Internal Void Unearthed
Iron Butterfly Heavy
Iron Maiden The X Factor
Iron Maiden A Real Live One
Iymrya Tale Of Fallen Throne
J.J. Cale Really
Jeff Beck Emotion & Commotion
Jethro Tull This Was
Jethro Tull War Child
Jethro Tull The Broadsword and the Beast
Jimi Hendrix Valleys of Neptune
Jimi Hendrix Midnight Lightning
Jimi Hendrix People, Hell, and Angels
Joan Baez Diamonds & Rust
Joe Lynn Turner Rescue You
Joe Satriani Surfing With The Alien
Feels more like a guitar workshop rather than an album. This is definitely technically proficient, features a variety of interesting effects and avoids the pitfall of being a wank fest. However, as a non-guitar playing individual, I found it slightly boring despite its short run time.
Joe Satriani Joe Satriani
John Fogerty Centerfield
John Lee Hooker The Real Folk Blues
John Mayall The Blues Alone
John Sykes Loveland
Johnny Touch Inner City Wolves
Johnny Winter Guitar Slinger
Joni Mitchell Court and Spark
Judas Priest Angel of Retribution
Judas Priest Rocka Rolla
Kari Rueslatten To the North
Killer Be Killed Killer Be Killed
King Crimson Beat
King Crimson Starless and Bible Black
King Diamond Voodoo
Kingdom Come Kingdom Come
Good Led Zeppelin cover band. Their singer's bedroom must be full of Robert Plant's posters.
KISS Rock and Roll Over
KISS Hotter Than Hell
KISS Creatures of the Night
KISS Lick It Up
Kontinuum Kyrr
Lacrimosa Angst
Lacrimosa Einsamkeit
Lacuna Coil Unleashed Memories
Lacuna Coil Delirium
Lady Killer Lady Killer
Lancer Mastery
Land Of Kush Against The Day
Last In Line Heavy Crown
Laura Nyro More Than a New Discovery
Leather Nun america (US) Buddha Knievel
Leaves' Eyes Vinland Saga
Leaves' Eyes Njord
Leaves' Eyes Meredead
Lee Aaron Metal Queen
Cheesy but quite enjoyable female fronted hair metal.
Leprous Coal
Liege Lord Burn to My Touch
Little Feat Little Feat
Livin' Blues The Early Blues Sessions 1967-72
Lord Lovidicus The Forges Fire
Lord Vicar Gates of Flesh
Lorde Pure Heroine
Loreena McKennitt A Midwinter Night's Dream
Lou Reed Transformer
Lucifer Was Blues From Hellah
Luciferian Light Orchestra Luciferian Light Orchestra
Machine Men Scars and Wounds
Madder Mortem Mercury
Manilla Road Invasion
Manilla Road Live by the Sword: The Very Best of Manilla Road
Manimal Trapped in the Shadows
Manowar Warriors of the World
Manowar Gods of War
Manowar The Lord of Steel
Marduk Fuck Me Jesus
Marillion Holidays in Eden
Marillion Brave
Masterplan Masterplan
Mastodon Leviathan
Mausoleum Gate Mausoleum Gate
Megadeth Youthanasia
Megadeth Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!
Megadeth So Far, So Good... So What!
Mephisto Mephisto
Mercyful Fate In the Shadows
Metal Sword Harder Than Steel
Typical 80s heavy metal release with elements from power, thrash and NWOBHM reminding bands such as Anvil, Warlock and Accept.
Metallica Load
Metallica Beyond Magnetic
Michael Schenker Group Assault Attack
Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells
Monolord Vænir
Monster Magnet 4-Way Diablo
Monster Magnet Mastermind
Montrose Montrose
Moongates Guardian The Eagle's Song
Mothership High Strangeness
Motley Crue Shout at the Devil
Motorhead March Or Die
Motorhead Kiss of Death
Motorhead We Are Motorhead
Motorhead Overnight Sensation
Motorhead On Parole
Motorhead Beer Drinkers
Motorhead Under Cover
This is one of those albums I'm very on the fence about because when I jam its songs I'm having a great time and everything sounds great. However, from the cover art to the fact that each song, with the exception of "Heroes", has been previously released, screams cash grab and Motorhead has been the absolute opposite of that. Therefore, I cannot deny the fact that I enjoyed the album but there is no way I am going to pay and reward anyone who is behind this release which would have never seen the light of the day while Lemmy was alive.
Motorpsycho Timothy's Monster
My Dying Bride As the Flower Withers
Mythic Mourning in the Winter Solstice
Naxatras Naxatras
Necromancing the Stone Jewel of the Vile
Neil Young Neil Young
Neil Young American Stars 'n Bars
Neil Young Comes a Time
Night Raft of the World
The Swedish outfit combines NWOBHM with melodic rock in a way that brings to mind a mellower Judas Priest or a less AOR Horisont. Even though the songwriting is interesting, it is not dynamic enough and lacks some punch which makes the LP lose steam and replay value. The band has some interesting dual guitar work which does provide a nice backbone but an improvement will be needed in a future release in order to create a really strong offering.
Nightfall Diva Futura
Nightstalker SideFx
Nina Simone Baltimore
Northwinds Chimeres
O Pavlos Sidiropoulos & Oi Aprosarmostoi En Lefko
Old Witch Come Mourning Come
Omen Nightmares
Opeth Still Life
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Opeth Watershed
Orden Ogan Ravenhead
Orphaned Land Sahara
Ozric Tentacles Waterfall Cities
Ozzy Osbourne The Ozzman Cometh
Paice, Ashton & Lord Malice In Wonderland
Panther Panther
Paradise Lost Host
Paradise Lost Symphony for the Lost
Parliament The Clones Of Dr. Funkenstein
Pascal Duffard Dieu est Fou
Pentagram Review Your Choices
Pentagram Sub-Basement
Pink Floyd More
Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason
Pinnick, Gales and Pridgen Pinnick, Gales & Pridgen
Planet Of Zeus Loyal to the Pack
Prejudice Reborn Lord of Light
Enjoyable US metal with influences from Metallica of the Reload period and a vocalist who strongly reminds James Hetfield. Interesting songwriting and fairly good performance by the band members. Middle-eastern elements ("Prejudice") and punk nods ("Dante's Inferno") provide the necessary variety.
Pride and Glory Pride and Glory
Primordial Imrama
Principality of Hell Sulfur & Bane
Procol Harum A Salty Dog
Puta Volcano The Sun
Queen Jazz
Queen Queen
Queen The Miracle
Queensryche Queensryche
Quicksand Dream Beheading Tyrants
R.L. Burnside Come On In
Rage The Missing Link
Rage has gone too far with this one. Too melodic for its own good. It has its ups but its downs are definitely more.
Rage The Devil Strikes Again
Rainbow Bent Out of Shape
Rainbow Denver 1979
Randy Newman 12 Songs
Rata Blanca Rata Blanca
Rata Blanca The Forgotten Kingdom
Descent hard rock/power metal album influenced by Rainbow with Doogie White (ex Rainbow) on vocals.
Rata Blanca Tormenta Electrica
Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way
Red Hot Chili Peppers The Uplift Mofo Party Plan
Red Hot Chili Peppers The Getaway
Refused The Shape of Punk to Come
Renaissance Grandine il Vento
Rhapsody of Fire Legendary Tales
Rick Derringer All American Boy
Ritual (UK) Valley of the Kings
Riverside Second Life Syndrome
Rodrigo y Gabriela 9 Dead Alive
Not a bad album by any account but lacks the enthusiasm of 11:11 and Rodrigo y Gabriela. The instrumentation is not as impressive as the duet's previous efforts but this is not the problem with the album. The improvisations sound rehashed and the songwriting could have been better.
Roger Glover The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast
Roger McGuinn Cardiff Rose
Root The Temple in the Underworld
Rory Gallagher Against The Grain
Rory Gallagher Defender
Rotting Christ Khronos
Rotting Christ Genesis
Rotting Christ Sanctus Diavolos
Royal Thunder Crooked Doors
Ruby The Hatchet Valley of the Snake
Ruby The Hatchet Planetary Space Child
Rush Rush
Rush Hold Your Fire
Rush Presto
Ry Cooder Paradise And Lunch
Sainte Anthony's Fyre Sainte Anthony's Fyre
Samhain November-Coming-Fire
Santana Supernatural
Santana Welcome
Santana Borboletta
Santana Amigos
Uneven album which contains one of Santana's finest moments (Europa), a typically great song (Dance Sister Dance) and an interesting gypsy tune in the form of Gitano. At the same time the funky tunes (Let Me, Tell Me Are You Tired, Let It Shine) are bringing the album down by providing very little in terms of songwriting or even guitar playing.
Santana Zebop!
Santana Santana IV
Savatage Handful of Rain
Savatage Power of the Night
Savatage The Dungeons Are Calling
Saxon Lionheart
Saxon Solid Ball of Rock
Saxon Crusader
Saxon Destiny
Even though this album is quite cheesy and repetitive at some times, it is quite enjoyable and definitely better than their previous 2 releases.
Saxon Killing Ground
Saxon Sacrifice
Schizofrenia Taste of Blues
Scorpions Crazy World
Scorpions Lonesome Crow
Scorpions Sting in the Tail
Scott Walker Scott
Scythia ...Of Conquest
Sepultura Morbid Visions
Sibylle Baier Colour Green
Silverbones Wild Waves
From the very first seconds, one can understand that this is essentially Running Wild worship. Every riff is taken from the Rock'n'Rolf playbook and despite the blatant copy, the album is very enjoyable. Especially, the guitar-work is on a high level with memorable melodic galloping riffs and harmonies which results in a very convincing atmosphere. However, where Wild Waves fails almost miserably is on the vocal department, as the delivery is very clean and tame for the subject matter of the LP. Overall, a very encouraging effort.
Skyclad Jonah's Ark
Slash Made In Stoke 24/7/11
Slayer Repentless
Sleep Sleep's Holy Mountain
Socrates Drank the Conium Waiting For Something
Waiting For Something lacks the truly progressive arrangements or the bluesy character of Socrates' previous albums and as a result is painfully mediocre and tame.
Sorcery (US) Sinister Soldiers
Interesting but raw psych/hard rock with elements of proto doom.
Soundgarden Ultramega OK
Spiritual Beggars Return To Zero
Spring Spring
Starcastle Citadel
Very watered down album compared to their great debut.
Status Quo Whatever You Want
Stealers Wheel Stealers Wheel
Steel Panther Balls Out
Steel Panther All You Can Eat
Steelheart Steelheart
Stella Maris Stella Maris
Steve Miller Band Brave New World
Stevie Ray Vaughan Soul to Soul
Stormride Stormride
Stormwitch The Beauty and the Beast
Uneven album due to the pop metal influenced tracks of the first half. However, when the band decides to play some European power metal, they do it successfully. Also, "Tears by the Firelight" sounds like the blueprint of several power metal ballads.
Stratovarius Fourth Dimension
Stratovarius Fright Night
Stratovarius Nemesis
Striker Stand in the Fire
Stryper To Hell With the Devil
Styx Pieces of Eight
Sumerlands Sumerlands
Summoning Lugburz
Svvamp Svvamp
Very promising debut with some excellent doses of blues rock and influences from bands like Cream, Led Zeppelin and Free. However, despite its short duration it's uneven as some of the tracks are filler material. Nevertheless, if this band works on maintaining their strong points and improving/eliminating their weak moments, we might have something really good.
Syd Barrett Opel
Symphony X Symphony X
T. Rex Electric Warrior
Ta Xylina Spathia Ksessaloniki
Ta Xylina Spathia Pera Ap' Tis Poleis Tis Asfaltou
Talk Talk Laughing Stock
Tank Filth Hounds of Hades
Terminus (UK) The Reaper's Spiral
Terra Tenebrosa The Reverses
The Atomic Bitchwax The Atomic Bitchwax
The Beatles Beatles for Sale
The Black Furs Doomed Blues
The Cure Seventeen Seconds
The Doobie Brothers Toulouse Street
The Ferrymen The Ferrymen
Despite the promising line up, The Ferrymen's debut is a good albeit unspectacular effort. The brand of power metal/hard rock with prog tendencies these guys play brings to mind Dio's solo material, sometimes Symphony X or maybe Yngwie Malmsteen's more commercial moments. The elephant in the room is of course vocalist Ronnie Romero's similarity to Dio which is a given but Ronnie has his own style and is a very competent vocalist even though he tends to overdo it with his gritty/gravely approach. In addition, the songwriting is quite generic and the production makes the music sound even more run of the mill which is worsened by the unnecessary long album duration. Nevertheless, the band has a great sense for melody and instrumentally/vocally The Ferrymen are more than competent. In a nutshell, I would love a follow-up that is less generic, sounds warmer/less "plastic" and definitely listen to a less gritty Romero. Until then, I seriously doubt I will jam The Ferrymen's debut more than 3-4 times.
The Gathering Home
The Gathering Souvenirs
The Gathering Always
The Gathering The West Pole
The Hellacopters Supershitty to the Max!
The Incredible Bongo Band Bongo Rock
The James Cotton Band 100% Cotton
The Jeff Beck Group Rough and Ready
The Kinks Face to Face
The Moody Blues In Search of the Lost Chord
The Night Flight Orchestra Skyline Whispers
The Order Of Israfel Red Robes
The Pretty Things Parachute
The Rods Let Them Eat Metal
The Rolling Stones Black and Blue
The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang
The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon
The Rolling Stones Aftermath
The Rolling Stones Their Satanic Majesties Request
The Rolling Stones Some Girls
The Rolling Stones Blue and Lonesome
The Spirit Cabinet Hystero Epileptic Possessed
The Stills-Young Band Long May You Run
The Who The Who Sell Out
The Who Who Are You
The Who A Quick One
The Yardbirds Yardbirds (Roger the Engineer)
Theatre Of Tragedy Storm
Theatre Of Tragedy Addenda
Thergothon Fhtagn-nagh Yog-Sothoth
Therion Sirius B
Therion Lepaca Kliffoth
Therion Symphony Masses: Ho Drakon Ho Megas
Thin Lizzy Vagabonds of the Western World
Throaat Black Speed
To-Mera Exile
Todd Terje It's Album Time
Tommy Bolin Private Eyes
Toto Toto IV
Toto Turn Back
Trail Of Tears Profoundemonium
Tristania World of Glass
Trouble Plastic Green Head
Troubled Horse Revolution on Repeat
Revolution on Repeat is a slightly frustrating listen due to its positives rather than deficiencies. Variety is a feature which is often missing from retro-rock albums but is present here and the band's brand of garage rock is tight and energetic. However, the songwriting isn't at the necessary level in order to make the album more than just a fun listen and elevate it to the point where it justifies repeat listens.
Tsjuder Kill For Satan
Tygers Of Pan Tang Wild Cat
Tygers Of Pan Tang Crazy Nights
Tytan Rough Justice
Uriah Heep Wonderworld
Uriah Heep Return to Fantasy
Uriah Heep Firefly
Uriah Heep Abominog
Uriah Heep Head First
Uriah Heep Sea of Light
Uriah Heep Wake the Sleeper
Uriah Heep Into the Wild
Van der Graaf Generator H to He, Who Am the Only One
Van Halen Women and Children First
Van Morrison Wavelength
Van Morrison A Period Of Transition
Van Morrison The Inarticulate Speech of the Heart
Vanilla Fudge Renaissance
Various Artists (Metal) Sweet Leaf – A Stoner Rock Salute To Black Sabbath
Venom Prime Evil
A bit samey but thrashes well. Includes a descent cover of Megalomania too.
Venom Cast in Stone
Virgin Steele Visions Of Eden
Virgin Steele Guardians of the Flame
Virgin Steele Virgin Steele
Virgin Steele Noble Savage
Virtue We Stand to Fight
Visigoth Final Spell
Voivod Rrroooaaarrr
Voivod War and Pain
Waldgefluster Ruinen
Weed Weed
Weeping Silence Theatre of Life
Whitesnake Snakebite
Solid debut that is worth a listen just because of the cover of Bobby "Blue" Bland's "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City". While the absolute focus is on Coverdale's strong voice, be aware that the album contains its fair amount of average material.
Whitesnake Trouble
Whitesnake Saints and Sinners
Whitesnake Forevermore
Wild Dogs Wild Dogs
Wings Band on the Run
Winterfylleth The Dark Hereafter
Witchcraft Witchcraft
Witchfinder General Friends Of Hell
Witchunter Back on the Hunt
Very good sophomore release by the Italians, containing equal doses of traditional and speed metal. By nature, the music they play has been covered thousands of times before but their performance is at such a level which makes the overall offering enjoyable. Interesting cover version of "Achilles Last Stand" as an album closer.
Wizard Head of the Deceiver
Wolf Devil Seed
Wolfchant The Fangs of Southern Death (demo)
Wolfchant Call Of The Black Winds
Wolfchant Bloodwinter
Wolfheart Winterborn
Wuthering Heights Far from the Madding Crowd
Y&T Black Tiger
Yes Tormato
Yngwie Malmsteen Inspiration
Overall, a very good effort that unfortunately fails not on the parts where Yngwie does a bit too much, but on those where he made the material heavier without particular success. For example, Pictures of Home and Demon's Eye suffer because they work better with a bluesy sound, whereas a metal version makes them sound "plastic" and mechanical. Among the highlights are "Gates of Babylon" and "Child in Time" that feature an epic atmosphere and an incredible Malmsteen solo respectively.
Yngwie Malmsteen Magnum Opus
A definite upgrade from The Seventh Sign, Magnum Opus is again a blend of neoclassical and commercial rock/metal with a flavor of power metal. The biggest flaws of the album are the song placement along with the subpar vocal performance. The strongest material can be found on the second half with only "Vengeance" being a strong track on the first half. Nevertheless, "Fire in the Sky" alone is worth the price of admission.
Yngwie Malmsteen Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra
ZZ Top Fandango!
ZZ Top Tejas

2.9 good
Mean Mother No Rest For The Wasted
Mean Mother play straightforward hard rock with punk and sleaze elements. Even though their music is rather enjoyable and definitely recommended for a casual listen, it fails to be more than that. The songwriting is average, the riffs aren't memorable enough and No Rest For The Wasted just doesn't make the listener want to jam it repeatedly.
Stygian Fair Into the Coven
Into the Coven is an encouraging slab of traditional heavy metal with some solid guitar playing but overall is raw but not in a good way. Stygian Fair would need to improve significantly in order to release something truly worthwhile.

2.8 good
Arch Enemy Will to Power
Considering the lineup of the band on this release, someone would expected much more. That is not to say that Will to Power does not have its fair share of good moments, catchy riffs and an overall nice vocal performance, but as a whole it is rather generic, mediocre and eventually, too long for what it is. Nevertheless, it is a pleasant experience which unfortunately, for me, doesn't have any replay value.
Argonath Journey to the Otherworld
Communic Where Echoes Gather
Good prog/power metal which technically is at a high level but lacks serious substance or emotion and feels longer than it actually is. Cannot deny the great guitarwork but, overall, this is not my cup of tea.
The Devil and the Almighty Blues II
Really wanted to enjoy this one more but I feel that, for the most part, it lacks a certain direction and almost every track feels like it is linear and longer than it should be. The atmosphere kinda saves the day but these guys neither do the blues nor the fuzzy/psych thing good enough to warrant repeated listens. Don't care that the overall offering is quite simplistic but I expect better riffs and a variety of memorable moments in such cases.

2.7 average
Alestorm No Grave But the Sea
No Grave But the Sea is a fun listen but does not feature the necessary level of songwriting in order to warrant repeated listens or a significant lifetime value. Instrumentally, it sounds like a mix between Running Wild and Skyclad with an emphasis on anthemic choruses and catchy melodies. Overall, it might be a great choice for a symposium which is not a bad thing at all.
Attic Sanctimonious
This is basically King Diamond worship without the solid songwriting, the hooks and amazing stories that KD has released through the years. In addition, the album's duration is way to long for its own good. Overall, the album is not bad and the instrumentation is nice but if we take under consideration the extreme similarity factor, this is just above an average effort.
Leaves' Eyes Symphonies of the Night
Skelator Time of the Sword Rulers
Aggressive mix of heavy/power/speed metal with thrash elements that even though features good riffs and nice songwriting, is pretty raw and unrefined but not in a good way. The overlong duration pushes the overall offering further more towards the average territory.

2.5 average
AC/DC Fly On The Wall
Aerosmith Honkin' on Bobo
Aerosmith Night in the Ruts
Aerosmith Done With Mirrors
Aerosmith Nine Lives
Alcatrazz Disturbing the Peace
Alice Cooper Lace and Whiskey
Altar of Oblivion Barren Grounds
Alter Bridge Fortress
Anathema Resonance 2
Anathema The Optimist
To state that The Optimist consists of poor songs or it is an awful album would be inaccurate. However, Anathema have found a formula which works for them and allows them to write beautiful songs but at the same time everything feels so safe, harmless and calculated. Is their music emotional? It feels like it but to me it is only superficial because emotional music is not calculated or so linear. Are their songs beautiful? They are cute but lack any serious substance that would elevate them. Most of all, this is not what Anathema used to mean. It almost feels that they are afraid to progress or they lack the necessary inspiration. People nag all the time about bands who refuse to change throughout the years and guess what. Congrats Anathema, you are now in the company of legends such as Motorhead, AC/DC and Running Wild; not too shabby.
Art of Anarchy Art of Anarchy
Beggars (GR) Devil’s Highway
Black Label Society Stronger Than Death
Black Label Society Sonic Brew
Black Sabbath Live at Last
Black Sabbath The Eternal Idol
Black Sabbath Headless Cross
Black Sabbath Tyr
Black Sabbath 1969 Demo
Black Sabbath The End
Blackmore's Night Autumn Sky
Some good ideas here and there, a few uplifting moments. I'd say it's an average album. Definitely not their best, most probably their worst.
Blackmore's Night Dancer And The Moon
Blackmore's Night All Our Yesterdays
Blind Guardian A Night at the Opera
Blue Oyster Cult Club Ninja
Bob Dylan Self-Portrait
Bob Dylan Dylan
Bob Dylan Slow Train Coming
Bob Dylan Planet Waves
Body Count Body Count
Body Count Born Dead
Body Count Violent Demise: The Last Days
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Buckethead Population Override
Buddy Guy Sweet Tea
Budgie If I Were Brittania I'd Waive the Rules
The riffs and the aggression just aren't there.
Budgie Impeckable
Much more melodic and softer than their previous releases. Even the damn cat looks like it
has suffered a stroke!
Budgie Nightflight
An average album for Budgie's standards with influences from Saxon and Scorpions.
Burzum Daudi Baldrs
Cain's Offering Stormcrow
Over-dramatic and lyrical power metal that doesn't escape from the inefficiencies of the genre. A few good melodies here and there don't suffice and provide overall and average experience.
Clannad Macalla
Cloven Hoof Dominator
Cradle of Filth Damnation and a Day
Crowbar (CAN) Heavy Duty
Danzig Live on the Black Hand Side
Danzig 7:77 - I Luciferi
Danzig Black Laden Crown
Deep Purple Perfect Strangers
Deep Purple Shades of Deep Purple
Deep Purple Concerto for Group and Orchestra
Deep Purple Extended Versions
Demolition Hammer Time Bomb
Demon Lung A Dracula
Doom metal with an occult concept. There's an emphasis on creating a morose atmosphere but, with the exception of a few interesting riffs, the album is not so interesting.
Diamond Head Canterbury
Diamond Head Death and Progress
Dio Strange Highways
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos
Dreams of Nature Magic Transcendence
A mix of black metal and ambient which brings to mind Elderwind. However, the songwriting isn't as interesting or inspired which makes this album somewhat linear. Nevertheless, there are a few redeeming features such as some very tranquil passages and parts that create dynamics which help Magic Transcendence not become an unpleasant listen.
Edgar Winter Entrance
Edgar Winter Edgar Winter's White Trash
Eldamar / Dreams of Nature Split
Atmospheric black metal without much inspiration which cannot be saved by some pretty melodies here and there and feels much longer that it actually is.
Enemy of Reality Arakhne
Evereve Regret
Exodus Pleasures of the Flesh
Fleetwood Mac Tango in the Night
Fleetwood Mac Mirage
Fleetwood Mac Time
Funkadelic Maggot Brain
Gary Moore Dirty Fingers
Gary Moore G-Force
Gary Moore Scars
Godflesh Streetcleaner
Grand Funk Railroad Born To Die
Grateful Dead Aoxomoxoa
Grateful Dead Anthem of the Sun
Griffin (USA-CA) Flight of the Griffin
HammerFall Renegade
Not an awful listen by any means but this is pretty average in every level. The songwriting is different than its two predecessors as it contains less hooks and catchy melodies which is what made Hammerfall stand out initially. In addition, the whole thing ends up sounding too repetitive, harmless and at the end of the day slightly boring.
Havok Time Is Up
Helloween Chameleon
Helloween My God-Given Right
Hermodr Past the Quiet Forest
Hexvessel When We Are Death
High on Fire Blessed Black Wings
HIM Razorblade Romance
Ian Gillan Accidentally on Purpose
Ian Gillan Band Child in Time
Iced Earth Framing Armageddon
Almost all Iced Earth albums contain certain elements which are almost always present and the the success of each LP depends on the degree of their execution. Unfortunately, Framing Armageddon does not feature many interesting or catchy riffs, the drumming is not as good as on The Glorious Burden and on top of that, it is somewhat bloated which makes it a tiresome listen.
Iced Earth The Crucible of Man
Not a bad album per se but lacks certain elements that make other Iced Earth albums great. It is not as inspired as older material, the riffs aren't very memorable, and various parts sound forced. There is an emphasis in mid-tempo arrangements in order to create an epic atmosphere and a sense of grandeur but this turns the LP into a linear experience. The second half is somewhat better but that doesn't say a lot. Overall, a very average effort even though one of its faults is the Iced Earth name on the cover and what we have come to expect from this band.
Isengard Høstmørke
Jeff Beck Wired
Jethro Tull A
Jethro Tull Crest of a Knave
Jethro Tull The Jethro Tull Christmas Album
Jimi Hendrix Nine to the Universe
Joe Lynn Turner Hurry Up and Wait
Judas Priest Turbo
Judas Priest Point of Entry
Judas Priest Nostradamus
Judas Priest Redeemer of Souls
Justin Hayward Songwriter
Kansas The Prelude Implicit
King Crimson Islands
King Crimson Three of a Perfect Pair
King Crimson THRAK
Kiske / Somerville City of Heroes
KISS Revenge
Laaz Rockit City's Gonna Burn
Lascar Absence
Led Zeppelin Coda
Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door
Liv Kristine Deus Ex Machina
Marsh Dweller The Weight of Sunlight
maudlin of the Well Bath
Meat Puppets Meat Puppets
Megadeth The World Needs a Hero
Megadeth Dystopia
Mephorash 1557 - Rites of Nullification
Metallica Reload
Michael Schenker Group Built To Destroy
Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock Spirit on a Mission
Motley Crue Too Fast for Love
Motorhead Hammered
My Bloody Valentine Loveless
My Dying Bride Evinta
Mythos (GER) Mythos
Newsted Metal
Nomans Land Last Crusade
Omen Escape to Nowhere
Escape to Nowhere's major flaw is probably the Omen moniker on the cover. Produced by Paul O'Neill, it sounds more like a poor man's Hall of the Mountain rather than the power/epic metal one might expect from Omen, which makes it even harder to digest. In addition, the songwriting isn't anything to write home about which results in a rather mediocre LP.
Opeth Deliverance
Opeth Sorceress
Ozzy Osbourne Bark at the Moon
Ozzy Osbourne Speak of the Devil
Ozzy Osbourne Down to Earth
Paragon of Beauty The Spring
Parliament Motor Booty Affair
Paul Simon Paul Simon
Phil Lynott Solo in Soho
Picture Heavy Metal Ears
Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Powerwolf Bible Of The Beast
Prophets of Rage The Party's Over
Queen A Kind of Magic
Rainbow Straight Between the Eyes
Rainbow Difficult to Cure
Rainbow Monsters of Rock - Live at Donington 1980
In essence, a cash grab which is probably released due to Rainbow's recent reunion. The production is very subpar and the setlist quite poor as it features material from Down to Earth but the band manages to omit "Love's No Friend". Nevertheless, the album is saved by Blackmore's performance and a solid rendition of "Stargazer".
Rata Blanca Entre el Cielo y el Infierno
Rotting Christ Rituals
Rough Cutt Rough Cutt
Running Wild Victory
Sacred Steel Wargods of Metal
Old-school power/speed metal with epic tendencies and a "true" image similar of Manowar. However - and despite its awesome cover - the album is average, as the songwriting is quite bland, the lyrics poor, and the epic nature is only depicted on the artwork.
Santana Inner Secrets
Santana Festival
Santana Marathon
Santana Shango
Sarsen Sarsen
Satan Court in the Act
Satan's Fall Metal of Satan
Typical '80s metal worship with influences from heavy, speed and power metal. Instrumentally the album is adequate with a few catchy riffs and interesting solos but the songwriting is quite trite and the vocals are subpar; especially the falsettos are ridiculous but not in a good way.
Saxon Rock the Nations
Saxon's attempt to sound like Van Halen is average at best.
Saxon Innocence is No Excuse
Saxon Metalhead
Scorpions Face the Heat
Scorpions Unbreakable
Scorpions Moment of Glory
Sepultura Roots
Shadow Gallery Carved In Stone
Simo Let Love Show The Way
Sirenia Sirenian Shores
Skid Row (IRE) 34 Hours
Skyclad A Semblance of Normality
Not a bad album per se but Skyclad without Martin is like food without spices; good but with no edge.
Skyclad In The... All Together
Slash's Snakepit Ain't Life Grand
Slayer God Hates Us All
Slayer Divine Intervention
Slayer Diabolus in Musica
Slayer Undisputed Attitude
Slayer World Painted Blood
Sons of Huns While Sleeping, Stay Awake
Stone Sour Hydrograd
For what this album tries to achieve, one can call it successful. It contains some nice melodies and vocal lines, a few catchy riffs, and for background music it is a fairly good choice. However, it is so polished, radio-oriented and harmless that rubs me the wrong way. Nevertheless, this might just be me.
Stud Stud
Unfortunately, the atmosphere that is created by the cover art and the beginning of the album is not maintained throughout its duration. The albums starts promising, with a few interesting folk melodies and guitar strums but ends up in some pretty mediocre hard rock/blues improvisations.
Talking Heads Remain in Light
Testament The Gathering
Thangorodrim Towers of the Teeth (Demo)
The Beatles Yellow Submarine
The Doors Other Voices
The Father of Serpents Age Of Damnation
Gothic death-doom that brings to mind early-Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride. The vocalist's growls might bring to mind Tomi Joutsen (Amorphis) while the use of violin is also quite reminiscent of My Dying Bride. However, the above are just an indication of the band's brand of music because overall Age Of Damnation is a plodding if not highly flawed affair which is somewhat saved by its atmosphere and some interesting guitar leads/riffs here and there. This results into an unnecessary long album which feels even longer. Nevertheless, if The Father of Serpents work on their songwriting a bit more and manage to produce a more streamlined sophomore effort, they might be able to surprise us as they seem to be good students of the death-doom scene of the '90s.
The Gathering Disclosure
The Howling Void The Triumph of Ruin
The Jeff Beck Group Jeff Beck Group
This album could have been much better if Jeff Beck actually played more and was in the forefront. Instead, on a lot of occasions the band turns him into a rhythm guitarist which is frustrating.
The Last Drive Heavy Liquid
The Rolling Stones Tattoo You
The Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge
The Rolling Stones Steel Wheels
The Rolling Stones Emotional Rescue
The Who Face Dances
The Who Endless Wire
Tori Amos Little Earthquakes
Toto Toto
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Letters from the Labyrinth
U2 Zooropa
Uaral Lamentos A Poema Muerto
UFO A Conspiracy of Stars
Uriah Heep Sonic Origami
Uriah Heep Outsider
Valient Thorr Total Universe Man
Various Artists Nativity in Black - A Tribute to Black Sabbath
Venom Possessed
Venom Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Virgin Steele Life Among the Ruins
A few hooks here and there but this isn't really a Virgin Steele album as we are accustomed to. More hard rock and hair metal than epic metal.
Virgin Steele The Black Light Bacchanalia
Virgin Steele Nocturnes of Hellfire & Damnation
W.A.S.P. Golgotha
White Arms of Athena White Arms of Athena
Whitesnake Good To Be Bad
Whitesnake Restless Heart
Whitesnake The Purple Album
Wino And Conny Ochs Freedom Conspiracy
Woods of Ypres Woods V: Grey Skies & Electric Light
Yes 90125
Yngwie Malmsteen The Seventh Sign
A big step down from the previous album that fails mostly on the mellower moments due to their blandness and subpar vocal performance. Bearing in mind what was happening at Yngwie's life at the moment, the mediocreness of the LP is understandable. However, there are some very good moments that are based on Malmsteen's riffs and solos. Best track: "Crash and Burn".

2.3 average
Budgie Deliver Us from Evil
Thunderlord Conqueror
Thunderlord's brand of traditional heavy metal with a barbaric feel does contain a few interesting ideas but overall is too raw and underdeveloped for its own good, specially on vocals. Nevertheless, there are moments that reveal some potential which means that the band's sophomore effort might be a significant improvement.

2.2 poor
Fleetwood Mac Behind the Mask

2.0 poor
AC/DC Blow Up Your Video
AC/DC Rare, Rarer, Rarities
AC/DC Black Ice
Accept Eat the Heat
Aerosmith Just Push Play
Aerosmith Rock in a Hard Place
Alice Coltrane Illuminations
Ancient Voice Око Карпат ​/ ​The Eye of Carpathian
Armonight Tales From the Heart
Bathory Requiem
Beastmaker Lusus Naturae
Billion Dollar Babies Chemical God
Black Demon Rites Motmänniskan
Black Sabbath Never Say Die!
Black Sabbath Born Again
Blue Oyster Cult Mirrors
Blue Oyster Cult The Revolution By Night
Coldplay X & Y
Converge You Fail Me
Corrections House Last City Zero
Cradle of Filth Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder
Cradle of Filth Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa
Danzig 6:66 Satan's Child
Danzig Circle of Snakes
Deep Purple The Battle Rages On...
Deep Purple Made In Europe
Deep Purple Live in San Diego 1974
Deep Purple Come Hell or High Water
Deep Purple Live at the NEC 1993
Defeater Travels
Mommy and daddy issues complimented by not awful songwriting. Overall, a more cheesy album than Dragonforce could craft due to the dysfunctional family story described on here. Props to the band for closer "Cowardice" though.
Diamond Head What's in Your Head?
Diamond Head It's Electric
Dio Angry Machines
Dream Theater Made in Japan
Just listen to LaBrie's attempt to imitate Gillan's scream on "Strange Kind of Woman". I dare you...
Fister Gemini
Fit for Rivals Steady Damage
Fleetwood Mac Kiln House
Frozen Sword Frozen Sword
Gary Moore Dark Days in Paradise
Gillan Magic
Glenn Danzig Black Aria
Grand Funk Railroad All the Girls in the World Beware!!!
Grand Funk Railroad What's Funk?
Green Day iTRE!
Guns N' Roses Chinese Democracy
Helloween Pink Bubbles Go Ape
Iron Maiden Virtual XI
Joe Lynn Turner Nothing's Changed
Judas Priest Ram It Down
KISS Dynasty
KISS Psycho Circus
KISS Unmasked
KISS Sonic Boom
Korn Korn
Korpiklaani Manala
Lita Ford Out for Blood
Lynyrd Skynyrd God & Guns
Manilla Road The Circus Maximus
Manowar Battle Hymns MMXI
Metallica Some Kind of Monster
Metallica The Unnamed Feeling
Metallica Six Feet Down Under
Metallica Live at Grimey's
Metallica Hardwired... to Self-Destruct
Misfits Project 1950
Misfits DEA.D. ALIVE!
Motley Crue Generation Swine
My Dying Bride 34.788%... Complete
Ozzy Osbourne No Rest for the Wicked
Ozzy Osbourne Black Rain
Ozzy Osbourne Scream
Pantera Far Beyond Driven
Pantera I Am the Night
Paradise Lost Believe In Nothing
Paradise Lost Lost Paradise
Persefone Spiritual Migration
Queen The Works
Queen Hot Space
Queen Flash Gordon
Sadness (USA) Otro
Santana Shaman
Santana's attempt towards a Supernatural 2.0 starts off nicely but eventually fails miserably to lead to a successful outcome. The first half of the album has a few nice moments of commercial radio rock with Carlos' trademark solos and latin influences. However, everything eventually crumbles under the weight of less than mediocre material that makes the album an unpleasant experience and makes it feel like it lasts even more than the 76 minutes of its duration.
Santana Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics
Santana Corazón
Savatage Fight for the Rock
Saxon Forever Free
Saxon Dogs of War
Scorpions Pure Instinct
Scorpions Humanity: Hour I
Scorpions Return to Forever
Sepultura Against
Slash Slash
Slipknot Slipknot
Socrates Drank the Conium Breaking Through
Steve Vai Flex-Able
Absolutely boring album which fails to engage the listener due to the poor songwriting that borders on irritating on tracks like "Little Green Men" and "The Boy/Girl Song". If this was an Yngwie Malmsteen LP, people on here would rate it at least one point less.
Swords Of Numenor Of Times Forgotten
Expected more by looking at the cover art but this is pretty much medieval-influenced dungeon synth that feels quite stagnant, like it misses a certain direction. The melodies aren't memorable or atmospheric enough and even though there is an effort to make the overall offering sound a bit dark, it really sounds unconvincing.
The Knack Get the Knack
The Record Company Give It Back To You
The Rolling Stones Undercover
Only suitable for background music. Not awful but at the same time doesn't convey any emotion or possess any attributes that would make this album have longer lifetime value apart from one listen.
The Velvet Underground White Light/White Heat
The Who It's Hard
Theatre Of Tragedy Musique
Theatre Of Tragedy Inperspective
Thin Lizzy Shades of a Blue Orphanage
Uriah Heep High and Mighty
Uriah Heep Fallen Angel
Uriah Heep Raging Silence
Uriah Heep Different World
Validor Hail to Fire
Gimmicky heavy metal with generous power metal doses similar to that of Manowar. The songwriting fails to catch the listener's attention, the vocals are quite poor and, despite the participation of Bob Katsionis, the guitars fail to impress. Overall, Hail to Fire feels a bit amateurish and its only redeeming feature is its high level of energy.
Vanilla Fudge The Beat Goes On
Venom Calm Before the Storm
Venom From the Very Depths
Volbeat Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie
Quite fun rock and all but without substance. There's an emphasis in creating catchy tunes and everything is well-performed but the overall offering lacks soul. It almost feels like everything is crafted in order to achieve recognition from a wide audience as possible. The music isn't awful per se and might even make for good background while doing home improvements, for example. Nevertheless, the nature of the songs is such that has no replay value for me at all.
Wolfmother Wolfmother
Yngwie Malmsteen The Genesis
The compilation consists of songs recorded in 1980 with the sound quality of a demo. There are certainly a couple moments of brilliance but overall, this is almost purely guitar showoff with vocals performed by Malmsteen that make Uli Jon Roth sound like Freddie Mercury.
ZZ Top El Loco

1.5 very poor
2Pac Loyal to the Game
Aerosmith Music from Another Dimension
Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne
Black Sabbath Forbidden
Black Tongue The Unconquerable Dark
Body Count Murder 4 Hire
Bon Jovi What About Now
Bullet For My Valentine Fever
Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band Trout Mask Replica
Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
Creedence Clearwater Revival Mardi Gras
Danzig Skeletons
Deafheaven Sunbather
Deep Purple Abandon
Deep Purple The Essential: Deep Purple
Diamond Head All Will Be Revealed
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Love Beach
Frank Zappa Lumpy Gravy (Capitol Version)
Gary Moore A Different Beat
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons
Glenn Danzig Black Aria II
Green Day 21st Century Breakdown
Green Day ¡UNO!
Guns N' Roses "The Spaghetti Incident?"
HIM Dark Light
Jethro Tull Under Wraps
Joe Lynn Turner The Sessions
One of the most enjoyable albums I've had the pleasure of listening recently! Despite (or simply because of) the array of legends that participate on here, such as Steve Lukather, Michael Schenker, and Steve Morse, the album ends up as a mishmash and a wank fest. The drums are loud, the guitars are loud and pretentious, while Joe Lynn Turner is filling every imaginable space the music has to breathe, with his voice. The ahs and oos are everywhere and Joe does his best imitation of Brian Johnson and Bruce Dickinson as the album consists of covers from bands like Queen, The Doors and Iron Maiden! The outcome is downright hilarious on tracks like "Two Minutes to Midnight", "Hellraiser" and "Back in Black", which actually adds a fun value to the album. Every participant is playing his instrument non-stop, which makes me wonder if the producer (if there is one) had any saying in the artistic process of the album. Highly recommended!
Judas Priest Jugulator
Judas Priest Demolition
KISS Crazy Nights
KISS Monster
Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
Limp Bizkit Three Dollar Bill Y'all
Megadeth Risk
Metallica St. Anger
This album represents the worst period in Metallica's career and we don't even need to watch the documentary "Some Kind of Monster" in order to understand this.
Misfits Friday The 13th
Motorhead Snake Bite Love
Motorhead Sacrifice
Palace of the King Valles Marineris
Pantera Metal Magic
Pantera Projects in the Jungle
Queensryche Frequency Unknown
Scorpions Eye II Eye
Slipknot Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.
Slipknot Iowa
The Doors Full Circle
The Gathering Afterwords
The Rolling Stones Dirty Work
Theatre Of Tragedy Assembly
Uriah Heep Conquest
Uriah Heep Equator
Wolfchant Determined Damnation
Yngwie Malmsteen World On Fire

1.0 awful
Anal Cunt Picnic of Love
Bathory Octagon
Bathory Destroyer of Worlds
Billy Gibbons And The BFG's Perfectamundo
It's not the fact that Billy Gibbons plays Afro-Cuban, which is unusual for him, but the overall quality of the songs that make this album so poor. Boring songwriting, silly effects (both on vocals and instrumentally), "plastic" production and sparse guitar licks that have been played millions of times before are only some of the drawbacks of the album. Far from Perfectamundo...
Black Veil Brides We Stitch These Wounds
Black Veil Brides Set the World on Fire
Blood on the Dance Floor It's Hard to Be a Diamond...
Bret Michaels Rock My World
Bret Michaels Custom Built
Bullet For My Valentine Temper Temper
Coprophagia Shitty Life
Danzig Blackacidevil
Deep Purple Last Concert in Japan
Demi Lovato Don't Forget
Fenriz' Red Planet Engangsgrill
Green Day iDOS!
Hole Nobody's Daughter
John Lennon Unfinished Music No.2: Life with the Lions
John Lennon Wedding Album
KISS Animalize
KISS Asylum
KISS Music from "The Elder"
KISS Hot in the Shade
KISS Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions
Lou Reed Metal Machine Music
Lou Reed and Metallica Lulu
Marilyn Manson Mechanical Animals
Marilyn Manson The High End of Low
Methods of Mayhem Methods of Mayhem
Michael Bolton Time, Love & Tenderness
Michael Bolton, Al Bundy has something to say to you...
Ozzy Osbourne Under Cover
Paris Hilton Paris
Prussian Blue Fragment Of The Future
Prussian Blue The Path We Chose
Spermswamp Extreme Cream
The Gathering Almost a Dance
The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza Danza IIII: The Alpha - The Omega
Tommy Lee Never a Dull Moment
Torsofuck Erotic Diarrhea Fantasy
Torsofuck As Semen Blends with Rot

Ice Giant Ice Giant
In order for a retro album to be enjoyable, the execution has to be almost impeccable. Unfortunately for American heavy metal outfit Ice Giant, this is not remotely the case. Everything is abysmal. The guitar playing is sloppy with uninspired riffs and bad solos, the drumming is all over the place or sounds not in sync such as on "The Tale of Rawonam" and the vocals are childish. The album actually sounds worse than a demo and closer to what high school kids would play in their garage during their initial gatherings.

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