Kyle Ward

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Taake Kong Vinter3.5
Silencer (SWE) Death - Pierce Me4.0
Hanging Garden I Am Become3.5
Wolves in the Throne Room Thrice Woven3.5
Kauan Kaiho4.5
Ensiferum Two Paths1.5
Wintersun The Forest Seasons2.5
Pantera Vulgar Display of Power3.5
Pantera Cowboys From Hell4.0
Black Sabbath Master of Reality4.0
Black Sabbath Paranoid4.5
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath4.0
Metallica Hardwired... to Self-Destruct2.5
Metallica Reload2.5
Metallica Load2.0
Metallica Death Magnetic3.0
Metallica Kill 'Em All3.5
Nokturnal Mortum Verity3.0
Defeater Letters Home3.0
Defeater Empty Days and Sleepless Nights3.5
Emperor Emperor4.0
Ulver The Assassination of Julius Caesar2.0
October Tide Tunnel of No Light3.5
Fen Winter2.5
Falls of Rauros Vigilance Perennial4.5
Elder (USA-MA) Dead Roots Stirring4.0
Fauna Avifauna4.0
Pillorian Obsidian Arc2.5
Blood Incantation Starspawn4.0
Saor Guardians3.5
Taake Stridens hus3.0
Deathspell Omega The Synarchy of Molten Bones4.0
Moonsorrow Suden Uni3.5
Ulcerate Shrines of Paralysis4.0
In Flames Battles1.0
Dark Tranquillity Atoma3.5
Darkthrone Arctic Thunder4.0
Opeth Sorceress2.0
Heaven Shall Burn Wanderer3.0
A solid, one-dimensional record that is Heaven Shall Burn through and through, but little else. It lacks the unabashed riffage of their early era a la Whatever it May Take and also loses the visceral heaviness of their more recent material. What is left for Heaven Shall Burn is a highly streamlined, often cliche distillation of their own sound that is neither engaging nor very dynamic aside from a few outliers. There is little that deviates from what has become the norm - the same steady-state mindset that made Invictus so monumentally dull. It is still quality metalcore, and still carries their trademark political underpinnings, but the sincerity of their more notable works is eerily absent on Wanderer. With little fanfare yet notable length the album presses forth, forging little in the way of progress for a band that hasn't pushed the limits in 12 years. Fans of the band will find some moments to praise, but as a whole the album takes a seat firmly in the lower tier of Heaven Shall Burn's growing catalogue.
Batushka Litourgiya4.0
Insomnium Winter's Gate3.5
Coldworld Autumn2.5
Eyehategod Dopesick4.0
Be'lakor Vessels4.5
Katatonia The Fall of Hearts3.0
A restrained, incohesive collection of tracks that, when added together, amount to very little indeed. There is little sincerity in the arching cleans as they reach high and dig down low, and there is scarce instrumental flair to catch your ear. It is a smattering of very safe songwriting wrapped in the guise of a well-produced, thoughtful record. Be assured, though, that The Fall of Hearts is deceptively simple; a facade of thoughtfulness that quickly collapses when looking for anything that truly has substance.
In Mourning Afterglow3.0
Vektor Terminal Redux4.0
Moonsorrow Voimasta Ja Kunniasta4.0
Moonsorrow Jumalten Aika4.5
Graveland/Nokturnal Mortum The Spirit Never Dies3.0
Amon Amarth Jomsviking3.5
Novembre Ursa4.0
1349 Massive Cauldron of Chaos3.5
1349 Beyond the Apocalypse4.0
1349 Liberation3.5
Amorphis Far from the Sun3.0
Swallow the Sun Songs From The North I, II & III3.0
Blind Guardian Tales from the Twilight World4.0
Cryptopsy The Book of Suffering – Tome 13.0
Horrendous Anareta4.0
Kauan Sorni Nai4.5
Panopticon Autumn Eternal3.5
Children of Bodom I Worship Chaos2.5
Deafheaven New Bermuda2.5
Mgla Exercises in Futility3.5
Amorphis Circle3.5
Iron Maiden The Book of Souls3.5
Cruciamentum Charnel Passages4.0
Amorphis Under the Red Cloud4.5
Myrkur M1.5
Kauan Kuu..3.5
Kauan Pirut4.5
Forseti Erde4.0
Tenhi Vare4.0
Tenhi Kauan4.0
Tenhi Maaaet4.5
Nokturnal Mortum Twilightfall4.0
Threnos By Blood and By Earth3.5
Chapel of Disease The Mysterious Ways of Repetitive Art3.5
Drudkh A Furrow Cut Short2.0
Let's start this off with a quick summation: there is exactly one memorable riff on this record and it occurs on the very first track. The rest of A Furrow Cut Short is lethargic and in dire need of some invigorating lift to bring the muddy, grey riffing back to life. It's a ceaseless dirge of cyclical guitar patterns and monochromatic moods that runs its course before the album escapes from its opener. The production is heavy and loud, swallowing the once-legendary bass lines Drudkh unleashed as recently as a few albums ago and opting to replace them with thundering drumming that envelop any attempt at dissidence to the one-dimensional songwriting. To put it in plain words, A Furrow Cut Short is Drudkh's worst album to date, supplanting even A Handful of Stars which, unlike the alarming display of stagnation here, at least attempted to try to achieve more than this...this...pure mediocrity. The only melancholy here is that instilled in the listener by the fact that Roman Saenko, who is capable of so, so much more, appears a fragment of his former self.
Wombbath Internal Caustic Torments3.5
Blind Guardian Beyond the Red Mirror3.0
Enslaved In Times2.5
Leviathan Scar Sighted4.0
Adramelech Spring of Recovery4.0
All That Remains A War You Cannot Win1.5
All That Remains The Order of Things1.0
Ensiferum One Man Army2.5
Antestor Martyrium4.0
Shadows Fall The Art of Balance3.0
Marduk Frontschwein3.5
Obsidian Tongue A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time3.0
A Nest of Ravens... is an album that is at its best when it strays away from the rather progressive atmospheric black metal dirges that it stubbornly insists on dragging on. The band is talented and has vision, but clearly has some issues in crafting an identity based on those aspirations, instead opting to break more frequently into dreary, tiresome heaviness that permeates the album's core. Things become truly interesting, though, when Obsidian Tongue slow things down and become deliberate, because in these moments the weary tremolos fade and become displaced by massive atmospheres. The title track is the prime example of this breakthrough, because through the use of extremely simple melody and masterful pacing the track rises into a marvelous beast of its own. Driven by John Haughm's session vocals, the track shows what Obsidian Tongue have hidden beneath the cliches and the lack of true identity in a scene that is almost entirely dependent upon creativity in order to thrive. Build on that, and Obsidian Tongue are a force to be reckoned with.
Paysage d'Hiver Schattengang3.5
Defeater Travels4.0
Katatonia Teargas EP4.0
Ravenmoon Sanctuary Winter Desolation of Death4.0
Anaal Nathrakh Desideratum4.0
At the Gates At War with Reality2.5
Horrendous Ecdysis3.7
Swallowed Lunarterial4.0
Slipknot .5: The Gray Chapter2.5
Blut Aus Nord Memoria Vetusta III - Saturnian Poetry3.5
Bethlehem Dark Metal3.5
Oado Life Era4.0
Sons of Crom Riddle of Steel3.5
Falls of Rauros Believe in No Coming Shore4.0
Lifelover Konkurs3.5
Eluveitie Origins3.0
Spectral Lore III4.5
Darkspace Dark Space III I4.5
In Flames Siren Charms1.5
Atrum Tempestas Neant3.0
Windfaerer Solar4.0
Opeth Pale Communion3.0
Old Graves Like Straining Boughs3.5
Empyrium The Turn of the Tides2.6
Musk Ox Woodfall4.0
Rippikoulu Ulvaja3.5
Wolves in the Throne Room Celestite3.5
Cannabis Corpse From Wisdom to Baked3.5
Arch Enemy War Eternal2.0
I can think of no better example of everything wrong with modern melodic death metal than Arch Enemy, and War Eternal is just another album that, with 13 tracks, overstays a welcome that wasn't really there to begin with.
Panopticon Roads to the North4.0
Burzum The Ways of Yore2.5
Diocletian Gesundrian4.0
Prosanctus Inferi Noctambulous Jaws Within Sempiternal Night3.5
Lantlos Melting Sun2.5
Diabolical Masquerade Nightwork3.5
Dead Congregation Promulgation of the Fall4.0
Agalloch The Serpent and the Sphere2.0
Deep Mountains Lake of Solace3.0
Lord Mantis Death Mask4.0
KYPCK Имена на стене (Name on the Wall)3.5
Novembre Novembrine Waltz3.5
Katatonia Tonight's Decision2.5
Katatonia Last Fair Deal Gone Down3.5
Katatonia Kocytean3.5
Take this for what it is: a limited-edition vinyl containing a collection of b-sides from the past 8 years released exclusively for record store day. The layout of the artwork and packaging is phenomenal - perhaps the greatest artwork of any Katatonia release - and the songs are crisp, evocative tunes ranging from the mellow (and I daresay genius) "Unfurl" to the more aggressive "Ashen", and everywhere in between. It shows evolution of sound in a very clear light, with the differences between years audible in the riffing and vocals. The best part is that these b-sides are all incredibly solid, efficient cuts that form a chronology of a band that has transitioned more in the past few years than many people realize, giving this limited-edition release more purpose than a record store day exclusive would lead you to believe.
Skepticism Stormcrowfleet4.0
Thergothon Stream From The Heavens4.0
Symptom Caverns Of Katabasis3.5
Impetuous Ritual Unholy Congregation of Hypocritical Ambivalence3.5
Dark Funeral Diabolis Interium3.0
Dark Funeral In The Sign...3.0
Emmure Eternal Enemies1.5
Insomnium Shadows of the Dying Sun4.0
Watain The Wild Hunt2.0
Candlemass Ancient Dreams4.0
Candlemass Nightfall4.0
Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus4.5
Brutality Ruins of Humans3.5
Massacre Promise1.5
Massacre From Beyond3.5
Massacre Back from Beyond2.5
Cold Body Radiation A Clear Path2.0
Sargeist Let The Devil In3.5
Howls of Ebb Vigils of the 3rd Eye3.5
Ainulindale Nevrast3.5
Sargeist Feeding the Crawling Shadows2.5
Twilight III: Beneath Trident's Tomb2.5
Dark Tranquillity A Memory Construct3.0
Xysma Swarming of the Maggots3.5
Grief Dismal3.5
Nebelung Palingenesis3.0
Zyklon-B Blood Must Be Shed3.5
Thou Heathen3.5
Ainulindale The Lay of Leithian3.0
Tiamat The Astral Sleep2.5
Tiamat Sumerian Cry2.0
Vindensang Alpha3.7
Tiamat Clouds3.0
Tiamat A Deeper Kind of Slumber4.0
Entombed Clandestine4.0
Whispered Shogunate Macabre3.0
Morbus Chron Sweven4.5
Morbus Chron Sleepers in the Rift3.5
Ulver Vargnatt2.5
Five Finger Death Punch The Way Of The Fist1.5
Cynic Kindly Bent to Free Us2.0
Behemoth Evangelion3.0
Behemoth The Apostasy2.5
Behemoth The Satanist3.5
Sunn O))) LA Reh 0123.0
M8L8TH The Black March Saga3.5
Drudkh Eastern Frontier in Flames2.5
Sunn O))) and Ulver Terrestrials4.0
Innsmouth Consumed By Elder Sign4.0
Slayer Divine Intervention3.0
Slayer Christ Illusion2.5
Slayer God Hates Us All2.0
Slayer Diabolus in Musica1.5
Woods of Desolation As the Stars4.0
With As The Stars, Australia's Woods of Desolation continue to stage a departure from their debut LP Toward The Depths, but as with Torn Beyond Reason that isn't necessarily a bad thing. This album continues on that stylistic road, while imparting a more hopeful, optimistic mood than its predecessor. It's not upbeat to point of daftness like, say, Deafheaven, and it's not as fundamentally sterile as they are either. The production is rough and raw, yet the music surprisingly melodic through the tremolo-laden whir that the mix allows to come forth. It may be a bit too brazen for those who didn't like the direction taken on Torn Beyond Reason, but then again it may also sway some naysayers of that album with its refreshing change in attitude. Woods of Desolation are running that fine line between raw black metal and this new monstrosity of so-called "post black metal", but thankfully things err on the side of the former.
Summoning Nightshade Forests4.0
Alcest Shelter2.0
Vuyvr Eiskalt3.5
Midnight Odyssey Funerals from the Astral Sphere3.5
Ulcerate Vermis3.5
Immolation Kingdom of Conspiracy3.0
Obliteration Nekropsalms4.0
Obliteration Black Death Horizon4.5
Metallica Metallica3.5
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step3.5
Arghoslent Bastard Son of One Thousand Whores2.5
Arghoslent The Imperial Clans3.0
Arghoslent The Entity3.0
Marduk Fuck Me Jesus3.5
Darkspace Dark Space II4.0
Ash Borer Bloodlands3.0
Ataraxie L Etre et La Nausee4.0
Ill Omen Divinity Through Un-Creation3.5
Wedrujacy Wiatr Tam, Gdzie Miesiac Oplakuje Swit4.0
Insomnium Ephemeral3.0
Portal Vexovoid3.0
Tyr Valkyrja3.0
Vali Skogslandskap4.5
Ulver Messe I.X-VI.X2.5
Katatonia Dethroned & Uncrowned3.5
Carcass Surgical Steel4.0
Gorguts Colored Sands4.0
Autopsy The Headless Ritual3.0
Skagos Anarchic3.5
Amon Amarth Deceiver of the Gods3.5
Children of Bodom Halo of Blood3.0
Burzum Sol austan, Mani vestan2.5
Summoning Old Mornings Dawn4.0
Deafheaven Sunbather2.0
Kalmah Seventh Swamphony3.5
Dark Tranquillity Construct3.5
Asunder A Clarion Call4.0
Caladan Brood Echoes Of Battle4.0
Heaven Shall Burn Veto4.0
October Falls The Plague of a Coming Age3.5
Soilwork The Living Infinite3.5
Paysage d'Hiver Das Tor4.0
Nails Abandon All Life3.5
Darkthrone The Underground Resistance4.2
Krypts Unending Degradation4.0
Xanthochroid Blessed He With Boils2.5
Worship Terranean Wake3.5
Ataraxy Revelations of the Ethereal3.5
Shining (SWE) Redefining Darkness3.0
Neurosis Honor Found in Decay3.5
Dark Tranquillity Zero Distance3.5
Anaal Nathrakh Vanitas4.0
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!3.0
Wintersun Time I3.5
Carcass Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious3.5
Converge All We Love We Leave Behind3.5
Obtained Enslavement Centuries of Sorrow3.0
Obtained Enslavement Witchcraft4.0
Enslaved RIITIIR3.0
Blut Aus Nord 777 - Cosmosophy2.5
Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and Death3.5
Lurk Lurk4.0
Hooded Menace Effigies of Evil3.5
Weekend Nachos Unforgivable3.5
Ensiferum Unsung Heroes2.0
Ash Borer Cold of Ages4.0
Katatonia Dead End Kings4.5
It seems that Katatonia realized that maybe Night is the New Day was just a bit too bland to keep their sound going for an 11-track album, so they went ahead and fixed that. On Dead End Kings, we have the same eleven tracks, but we also have substance that was nowhere near present on their previous effort. Vocals that are dialed in and on-point, riffing that is still minimalist but makes itself more flowing, running with the vocal melodies while still retaining a sense of individuality. Electric guitar solos to harmonious bridges to subtle, simple clean riffs, there is something tangible here that Katatonia have not displayed for quite some time. It is a clash of serenity and brutality, with the guitar solo in "Leech" showing a side that the thunderous chords of "Dead Letters" would not reveal. The stellar production that was placed on Night is the New Day is back, and this time even better given the fact that it has more to work with and so many different shades to accentuate. It is likely that the more this spins, the better it will get, so don't be surprised to see yourself becoming more and more enthralled.
Gaza No Absolutes in Human Suffering3.0
Cornigr Relics of Inner War3.5
Converge/Napalm Death Split3.0
Entombed Wolverine Blues3.0
Mount Eerie Ocean Roar3.0
Evoken Atra Mors4.0
Swans The Seer2.5
Iron Maiden Killers3.5
Summoning Lugburz3.0
Deathevocation The Chalice Of Ages4.0
Agalloch Faustian Echoes3.5
Deathspell Omega Drought4.0
Ihsahn Eremita3.5
Aldebaran Embracing the Lightless Depths4.0
Ash Pool Saturns Slave2.5
Ash Pool Cremation is Irreversible3.5
Slumber Fallout3.5
Integrity Humanity is the Devil4.0
Marduk Serpent Sermon3.0
Be'lakor Of Breath and Bone3.5
Panopticon Kentucky2.5
Camulos Der Untermensch (Mit Namen Christ)3.5
Wodensthrone Curse4.0
Cattle Decapitation Monolith of Inhumanity3.5
Mount Eerie Clear Moon3.5
Hacksaw to the Throat Tear My Eyes Out...3.0
Adversary (Swe) Remains of an Art Forgotten3.5
Unleashed Where No Life Dwells4.0
Torture Chain Time is but a Doorway to the Incinerator4.0
Martyr Hopeless Hopes3.5
Atoma Skylight2.5
In Mourning The Weight of Oceans4.0
Camel Moonmadness4.0
Inverloch Dusk|Subside4.0
As Serenity Fades Lowering Sunset3.5
Ea Ea Taesse3.5
Ea Ea II3.0
Burzum Umskiptar2.0
Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway4.0
Camel Mirage4.0
Naglfar Teras3.0
Aborted Goremageddon4.0
Branikald Kvelduv3.5
Funebrarum/Undergang The Dead Of Winter3.5
Genesis Selling England by the Pound4.0
Undergang Til Doden Os Skiller3.0
Morpheus Descends Chronicles of the Shadowed Ones3.5
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden4.0
Sigh In Somniphobia2.0
Manilla Road Open the Gates4.0
Manilla Road Crystal Logic4.5
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Love Beach2.5
Drudkh Eternal Turn of the Wheel3.5
Abyssal Denouement3.5
Eluveitie Helvetios3.5
Ashdautas / Bone Awl Split3.5
Hell (USA) I3.5
Swallow the Sun Emerald Forest and the Blackbird2.5
Dawn of Solace The Darkness4.0
Alcest Les Voyages de l'Âme3.5
Cruciamentum Engulfed In Desolation3.5
Taake Over Bjoergvin Graater Himmerik4.0
Vektor Outer Isolation4.0
Flourishing The Sum of All Fossils3.0
Burzum From the Depths of Darkness2.5
Panopticon Social Disservices3.7
Antediluvian Through the Cervix of Hawaah3.5
Mournful Congregation The Book of Kings4.0
Encoffination O Hell, Shine In Thy Whited Sepulchres3.5
Esoteric Paragon Of Dissonance4.0
Ritual Necromancy Oath of the Abyss3.5
Leviathan True Traitor, True Whore2.0
Blut Aus Nord 777 - The Desanctification2.5
Metallica ...And Justice for All3.5
Vordr MLP3.5
Immolation Shadows in the Light3.0
Olafur Arnalds Living Room Songs3.5
Prosanctus Inferi Pandemonic Ululations of Vesperic...3.5
Prosanctus Inferi Red Streams of Flesh3.5
Arghoslent Arsenal of Glory 3.5
Coercion Forever Dead4.0
Sorcery Bloodchilling Tales4.0
Swallowed Swallowed3.5
Insomnium One for Sorrow3.0
Immolation Providence4.0
Enslaved Thorn2.5
Agalloch The Compendium Archive3.5
Ash Pool Together They Serve To Define The Process3.0
Wormrot Abuse3.5
Ghost Brigade Until Fear No Longer Defines Us3.5
Intestine Baalism Banquet in the Darkness4.0
Taake Noregs Vaapen3.0
there's a banjo solo on this fucking record
Sodom Agent Orange4.0
Entrails (SWE) The Tomb Awaits3.0
Karnarium Karnarium4.0
Wolves in the Throne Room Celestial Lineage3.0
Opeth Heritage2.0
Emperor Wrath of the Tyrant3.5
Corrupted Garten Der Unbewusstheit4.0
Panopticon/Wheels Within Wheels II3.0
Corrupted El Mundo Frio4.5
Nile Those Whom the Gods Detest1.5
Bone Awl Meaningless Leaning Mess3.5
An Autumn For Crippled Children Everything2.0
Ayr Eternal Sustain3.5
Deep Mountains Deep Mountains4.0
Massacra Final Holocaust4.0
Falls of Rauros The Light That Dwells in Rotten Wood4.0
Bathory Destroyer of Worlds2.5
Sunn O))) Black One4.0
Sunn O))) and Boris Altar3.5
Neurosis A Sun That Never Sets4.0
Death Scream Bloody Gore3.5
Death Spiritual Healing3.5
Fell Voices Untitled4.0
Mayhem Live in Leipzig4.0
Mayhem Grand Declaration of War2.5
Beherit The Oath Of Black Blood3.5
Iniquity Serenadium4.0
Ruin Lust Demo 20113.5
Behemoth Demigod2.5
Nerlich Defabricated Process3.5
Disma Towards the Megalith4.0
Ash Pool World Turns On Its Hinge3.5
Barghest Barghest3.5
Liturgy Aesthethica1.5
Doom Formation Definition of Evil4.0
Arizmenda Without Circumference Nor Center4.0
Draconian A Rose For The Apocalypse2.5
Rippikoulu Musta Seremonia4.0
Vastum Carnal Law3.0
Unearth Darkness in the Light3.5
Sarcofago I.N.R.I.4.0
Marduk Iron Dawn2.5
In Flames Sounds of a Playground Fading2.5
Morbid Angel Altars of Madness4.0
Necroccultus Encircling the Mysterious Necrorevelation3.5
Ayr Circling3.5
Thou To The Chaos Wizard Youth3.0
Martial Barrage Call of the Serapeum4.0
Morbid Angel Illud Divinum Insanus1.5
Peste Noire Ballade cuntre lo Anemi francor4.0
Arch Enemy Khaos Legions2.0
Loss Despond4.0
Ensorcelor Crucifuge3.5
Torture Chain Across Great Landscapes to a Legacy of Blood3.5
Amorphis The Beginning of Times3.0
Peste Noire L'Ordure a l'etat Pur3.5
Preludium Impending Hostility3.0
Runemagick The Supreme Force of Eternity4.0
Runemagick Enter the Realm of Death4.0
Autopsy Macabre Eternal3.5
Shining (SWE) VII: Fodd Forlorare3.5
Peste Noire Folkfuck Folie3.5
Devin Townsend Project Deconstruction2.0
Worship Last Tape Before Doomsday4.5
Pestilence Doctrine2.0
All Out War For Those Who Were Crucified3.0
Earth Crisis Destroy the Machines3.0
Earth Crisis Firestorm3.5
Samael Ceremony Of Opposites3.5
Darkspace Dark Space III4.5
Pestilence Consuming Impulse4.5
Krallice Diotima2.0
Gorguts Obscura3.5
Torture Chain Mountains of Hate3.5
Altar of Plagues Mammal2.5
Norther Circle Regenerated2.0
Miasmal Miasmal4.0
Primordial Redemption at the Puritan's Hand3.5
Tempest (Can) Passages3.5
Uncanny Splenium For Nyktophobia4.0
Vasaeleth Crypt Born & Tethered To Ruin3.5
Ignivomous Death Transmutation3.5
Monogrim Realm3.0
Scar Symmetry The Unseen Empire2.0
Oskoreien Oskoreien2.5
The Howling Wind Into The Cryosphere2.5
Point Of No Return Liberdade Imposta, Liberdade Conquistada3.5
Point Of No Return Centelha3.5
Iskra Iskra3.5
Lo-Ruhamah The Glory of God2.0
Innsmouth The Departure Of Shub-Niggurath3.5
Anaal Nathrakh Passion2.0
Wormrot Dirge3.5
Gorement The Ending Quest4.0
Undergang Indhentet af Døden4.0
Ulcerate Of Fracture and Failure3.5
Adversarial Prophetic Plain of Abyssal Revelation3.5
Stench of Decay Stench Of Decay3.5
Electrocution/Hypocrite Split3.5
Stench of Decay Visions Beyond Death3.5
Krypts Krypts3.5
Paysage d'Hiver Einsamkeit3.0
Demonic Sacrifice Enter the Realm of Pure Darkness3.5
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues2.0
Alda Alda3.0
Blut Aus Nord 777 - Sect(s)3.0
Ash Borer Ash Borer3.5
Ulver Wars of the Roses3.0
Fell Voices 2010 Tour CD-R3.5
Ash Borer Tour Rehearsal Demo3.5
Amon Amarth Versus the World3.5
Amon Amarth The Avenger3.0
Incantation Mortal Throne of Nazarene4.0
Infester To the Depths... In Degradation4.0
Spectral Lore II4.0
Spectral Lore I3.5
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven3.5
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F♯ A♯ ∞4.5
Gorguts From Wisdom to Hate4.0
The Haunted rEVOLVEr 2.0
Gorguts The Erosion of Sanity3.5
Gorguts Considered Dead4.0
Amon Amarth Surtur Rising3.5
diSEMBOWELMENT Transcendence into the Peripheral4.5
Immolation Here in After4.0
Immolation Dawn of Possession4.0
When Bitter Spring Sleeps When Bitter Spring Sleeps2.0
Disciples of Mockery Prelude to Apocalypse3.5
Leech [US] Ten Black Hymns3.5
Disgrace Inside the Labyrinth of Depression4.0
Depravity Silence of the Centuries3.5
Dead Congregation Graves of the Archangels4.0
Bolt Thrower Realm of Chaos3.5
Darkthrone Soulside Journey3.5
Adramelech Psychostasia4.5
Baphomet (NY) The Dead Shall Inherit3.5
Torchure Beyond the Veil4.0
Ascended Temple of Dark Offerings3.5
Before The Dawn Deathstar Rising2.5
Demonic Rage Evoking the Pestilence3.5
Children of Bodom Relentless Reckless Forever2.5
It's better than Blooddrunk..... if that really means anything.
Deafheaven Roads to Judah3.5
Portal Seepia4.0
Blaspherian Infernal Warriors of Death3.5
Wyrd The Ghost Album3.5
Blaspherian Allegiance to the Will of Damnation3.5
Woods of Desolation Torn Beyond Reason4.0
Austere To Lay Like Old Ashes3.0
Winter Into Darkness4.0
Der Sturmer A Banner Greater than Death3.5
Protest the Hero Scurrilous2.0
Heretoir Heretoir2.0
Drowning the Light Through The Noose of Existence2.0
Hooded Menace Never Cross the Dead3.5
Moonsorrow Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa3.5
For those who know Moonsorrow, Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa won't be too much of a surprise, simply because it doesn't change a whole lot from Moonsorrow's already firmly established style. Even though the band have left the notion of Vikings behind in favor of a post-apocalyptic theme that was also present on V: Havitetty, their core sound remains the same. For those who have always disliked Moonsorrow, their opinions will not be swayed, and purists who cage themselves in the realm of only the most "serious" black metal business need not apply either, lest they wish to senselessly vent their anger. For those who want an engaging folk black metal record that is not only solid in its composition and execution but also a hell of a good time to listen to, Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa provides that and more. Ville Sorvali's vocals are as sharp as ever, the song structures continue to pile riff after riff into an increasingly epic mountain, and the overall theme of the album is unwavering throughout. Take all that and wrap it in an excellent production that incorporates the bass well in the mix and drops the keyboards back so they contribute wonderfully to the atmosphere without strangling you with their oppressiveness and you have an album that knows what it wants to do and gets it done, a trait Moonsorrow have displayed for many years.
Darkest Hour The Human Romance3.0
Hooded Menace Fulfill the Curse4.0
Mercenary Metamorphosis3.0
Dornenreich Flammentriebe2.5
Necrovation Breed Deadness Blood3.5
Cult of Luna Salvation4.0
Vreid V3.0
Sacrilege GBG The Fifth Season3.5
Omnium Gatherum New World Shadows2.5
Cenotaph (Mex) The Gloomy Reflection of Our Hidden Sorrows4.0
Opeth The Roundhouse Tapes2.5
Winterfylleth The Mercian Sphere2.5
Amon Amarth The Crusher3.0
Amon Amarth Once Sent from the Golden Hall4.0
Dawn Slaughtersun (Crown of the Triarchy)2.0
Cult of Luna Somewhere Along the Highway4.0
Burzum Fallen3.0
Burzum Belus3.0
Belus is certainly not what I was expecting. On the one hand, we have the regressive nature of Vikernes as he sticks to murky, tremolo-picked riffs for a large portion of the album, and also utilizes a less-unique scream than what fans were used to on Hvis Lyset Tar Oss and the like. On the other, Belus shows the signs of over a decade of maturity, utilizing muffled clean vocals and a large heap of melody which is rather out-of-character for a Burzum release. The production, not surprisingly, hasn't evolved much from the likes of Burzum's releases in the early 1990's, but isn't inherently terrible or off-putting. Not a masterpiece in any sense, but then again not a complete failure, Belus closes the book on the mystery of where Vikernes' sound would go upon his release from prison.
Corrupted Se Hace Por Los Suenos Asesinos4.0
The Morningside Moving Crosscurrent of Time2.5
Addaura Addaura2.0
Bilskirnir Atavismus Des Glaubens3.5
Sororicide The Entity4.0
Atrium Carceri Phrenitis4.0
Krypts Open the Crypt4.0
Arafel For Battles Once Fought3.0
As Serenity Fades Earthborn3.0
Fen Epoch2.5
Necropsy Go All the Way of Flesh (demo)3.5
Necropsy Never to Be Forgotten3.0
Necropsy Another World (demo)3.5
Ulcerate The Destroyers of All4.0
Nails Unsilent Death3.5
Panopticon On the Subject of Mortality3.5
Sermon of Foulness The Jericho Drifter4.0
Mar De Grises Draining The Waterheart3.0
Mar De Grises The Tatterdemalion Express2.5
Belphegor Blood Magick Necromance2.5
Universum Mortuus Machina2.0
Brain Drill Quantum Catastrophe2.0
Warning The Strength to Dream2.5
Mitochondrion Archaeaeon4.0
Various Artists Der Wanderer über Dem Nebelmeer3.5
Ov HELL The Underworld Regime2.0
Mitochondrion Parasignosis4.0
Hypocrite Edge of Existence3.5
Hetsheads We Hail the Possessed...4.0
Limbonic Art Moon In The Scorpio2.5
Desultory Counting Our Scars3.5
Encoffination Ritual Ascension Beyond Flesh4.0
Darkspace Dark Space I3.5
Hypocrite Into the Halls of the Blind4.0
Mirrorthrone Gangrene2.5
Into Eternity Into Eternity2.0
Paysage d'Hiver Kerker4.0
Thorr's Hammer Dommedagsnatt2.5
Enslaved Mardraum - Beyond the Within1.5
Gallowbraid Ashen Eidolon3.5
Nortt Galgenfrist2.5
Immortal Battles in the North2.5
Paysage d'Hiver Steineiche4.5
Elysian Blaze Cold Walls And Apparitions3.0
Paysage d'Hiver Nacht4.0
Paysage d'Hiver Kristall und Isa3.5
Entrails (SWE) Tales from the Morgue4.0
Thorngoth Leere3.5
Watain Lawless Darkness2.5
The Fall of Every Season From Below3.5
Various Artists Whom The Moon A Nightsong Sings4.0
Sodom In War and Pieces4.0
The Wakedead Gathering Tenements of Ephemera3.5
Aethyrvorous Demo3.5
Gris Il Etait une Foret...3.5
Mar De Grises Streams Inwards4.0
Ascended The Art of Necromancy3.5
Interment Into the Crypts of Blasphemy4.0
Adversarial All Idols Fall Before the Hammer3.5
Vermyapre Kommando Vermyapre Kommando3.5
Ash Pool For Which He Plies The Lash1.5
Behemoth Thelema.62.0
Dark Tranquillity Of Chaos and Eternal Night4.0
Morbus Chron Splendour of Disease (Demo)3.5
Transcending Bizarre? The Misanthrope's Fable3.5
Deathspell Omega Paracletus4.5
For all those who are sick and tired of *insert well-know metal band here* having so much hype for their new album *insert album name here* that turns out to be boring and disappointing, just listen to Paracletus, and you will know that the late months of 2010 are not all lost. Deathspell Omega have released here what is arguably the most focused and consistent album of their career, one that takes the ideas of the first two albums in their trilogy Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice and Fas - Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum, sifts through them, and presents on Paracletus the very best of both worlds in a tidy 42 minutes. The mind-boggling technical guitar riffs work alongside slow melodies that aren't fruity and gay, but instead appeal to the album's distinct atmosphere. If you don't like Paracletus, then by all means return to the Marrow Of The Spirit circle jerk. You won't be missed over here, I can assure you that.
Agalloch Marrow of the Spirit2.5
It's difficult to call Marrow Of The Spirit a wholly unique experience, and when compared to its attempt to incorporate multitude of influences, the final product comes up far short of expectations. The welcome addition of a sharper black metal edge is indeed a refreshing element, but unfortunately the creative fervor so present on Agalloch's previous releases is eerily absent. The riffs are stagnant; a fragment of the memorable melodies found on Pale Folklore or The Mantle. The classical guitar piece on "Black Lake Nidstang" is the only thing that even approaches unexpected in terms of the guitar department, the rest sort of holds back in humble restraint as the extracurricular inclusion of electronics, piano, cello, and nature samples drive the creative force of the album. Only a few simple guitar melodies on "Ghosts Of The Midwinter Fires" and "Black Lake Nidstang" and a handful of solos keep things afloat, as the overbearing and shameful nods at Godspeed You! Black Emperor in the closer "To Drown" reminds me of a mix between building post-rock epics and a bad Ridley Scott film. Couple that with an average vocal performance by Haughm, whose clean vocals appear momentarily in "The Watcher's Monolith" with a weakly performed verse (picked up only by the unexpected cries in "Black Lake Nidstang" that are reminiscent of depressive black metal) and whose rasps show little emotion, and you have an album that wastes incredible potential with recycled ideas masked by irregular shots at innovation and ingenuity.
Woods of Ypres Woods III: Deepest Roots and Darkest Blu2.0
Cradle of Filth Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa2.0
Gojira Terra Incognita2.0
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me3.5
Sump Taken Dead3.5
Death Leprosy3.5
Diocletian War of All Against All4.0
Periphery Periphery1.5
All That Remains ...For We Are Many2.0
Fall of Serenity Bloodred Salvation3.5
Boreal The Battle of Vosad2.5
Scott Kelly The Wake3.5
Woe Quietly, Undramatically2.5
Unfathoms and Blasphymartyr Votre Cote Mon Cote3.0
Death The Sound of Perseverance4.5
Convulse World Without God3.5
Thou/Leech We Pass Like Night, From Land to Land4.0
Woods of Desolation Sorh3.5
Electrocution Inside the Unreal4.0
Skagos/Panopticon Split3.5
Deafheaven 2010 Demo3.5
who are these guys and why are they so awesome
DevilDriver DevilDriver2.5
Sigh Imaginary Sonicscape2.0
God Forbid Earthsblood2.0
Nile Black Seeds of Vengeance1.5
Demilich Nespithe4.5
Integrity Those Who Fear Tomorrow4.0
Empyrium Where at Night the Wood Grouse Plays4.0
Abigail Williams In the Absence of Light2.5
Ildjarn Ildjarn3.5
Funebrarum Beneath the Columns of Abandoned Gods4.0
Death Individual Thought Patterns3.5
Midnight Odyssey Firmament3.0
Noumena Absence3.0
Vordr III3.0
October Tide A Thin Shell3.5
Dark Tranquillity Skydancer3.5
Dimmu Borgir Abrahadabra2.0
Gnaw Their Tongues L Arrivee De La Terne Mort Triomphante3.5
Vordr II4.0
Enslaved Axioma Ethica Odini3.0
Autopsy The Tomb Within3.5
Blut Aus Nord The Work Which Transforms God3.0
The Body All The Waters Of The Earth Turn To...3.0
Enslaved Below the Lights2.0
Winterhorde Underwatermoon3.0
Impetuous Ritual Relentless Execution of Ceremonial Excrescence4.0
Taake Nattestid Ser Porten Vid4.0
The Absence Enemy Unbound2.0
Enslaved Ruun2.5
Ash Borer and Fell Voices Split3.5
Panopticon/Lake of Blood Split3.5
Panopticon/Wheels Within Wheels Panopticon/Wheels Within Wheels3.5
Ash Borer 2009 Demo4.5
Cold Body Radiation The Great White Emptiness3.5
Kamelot Poetry for the Poisoned3.0
Disturbed Asylum2.0
Tarja Turunen What Lies Beneath3.0
Woods of Desolation Toward the Depths4.0
Mount Eerie Black Wooden Ceiling Opening3.0
Falls of Rauros Of Stone and the Stars in the Sky3.0
Evoken A Caress of the Void3.5
Fell Voices Fell Voices4.0
Drudkh Handful of Stars2.5
It would be easy to pass this off as another Drudkh album, but the fact is that Handful Of Stars is eerily rlacking the atmosphere, songwriting prowess and overall lasting power of previous releases. The riffs are rcycles of tremolo picked notes that slide repeatedly up and down the fretboard without care or cauase, and rthe guitar solos that litter the run time only add the confusion. With a distinct lack of variety and precious few rmoments that rise above "decent", the vast majority of Handful Of Stars lies in a place that Drudkh really rhaven't been in their amazingly consistent career: mediocrity.
Sleepwalker Sleepwalker4.0
All That Remains Behind Silence and Solitude2.5
Various Artists (Hip Hop) 8 Mile OST3.0
Anaal Nathrakh When Fire Rains Down From the Sky...3.0
Urgehal Ikonoklast3.0
Xasthur Portal Of Sorrow2.0
Blind Guardian A Night at the Opera3.5
Blind Guardian At the Edge of Time3.5
Avenged Sevenfold Nightmare2.0
Bolt Thrower Those Once Loyal4.0
Ulver A Quick Fix of Melancholy3.0
Tarja Turunen My Winter Storm1.5
Discordance Axis Jouhou3.5
Farsot IIII3.0
Thou Summit4.0
Soilwork The Panic Broadcast3.5
A Forest of Stars Opportunistic Thieves of Spring2.5
Ash Pool Genital Tomb4.0
Dimmu Borgir In Sorte Diaboli1.5
Carach Angren Death Came Through a Phantom Ship3.0
Equilibrium Rekreatur2.5
Hell Within Shadows of Vanity2.0
Garden of Shadows Heart of the Corona4.0
Autopsy Severed Survival4.0
Eminem Recovery3.0
Fen The Malediction Fields2.5
Ulver Lyckantropen Themes OST2.5
Moss Cthonic Rites3.5
SuidAkrA Signs for the Fallen3.0
October Falls A Collapse of Faith4.0
SIG:AR:TYR Godsaga3.0
Heaven Shall Burn Invictus (Iconoclast III)2.5
Sunn O))) White12.0
Seance Fornever Laid to Rest3.5
Demigod Slumber of Sullen Eyes4.0
Encoffination Temples Descend Below The Earth3.0
Stench of Decay Where Death and Decay Reign4.0
M8L8TH Unbreakable Faith4.0
An Autumn For Crippled Children Lost3.0
M8L8TH By the Wing of Black4.5
Fauna The Hunt3.5
Keep of Kalessin Reptilian3.0
Fauna Rain3.0
Twilight Monument To Time End3.5
Mayhem Ordo ad Chao3.0
Plainwords ...A New World Lies In The Ashes Of...3.0
Olafur Arnalds ...And They Have Escaped The Weight Of Darkness4.5
Enochian Crescent NEF.VI.LIM3.5
Forest Mysticism Forest Mysticism3.0
As I Lay Dying The Powerless Rise2.5
Incantation Diabolical Conquest4.0
Peste Noire La Sanie des siecles - Panegyrique de la4.5
Whitechapel This Is Exile2.0
Frost Like Ashes Tophet3.0
1349 Demonoir3.0
Bullet For My Valentine Scream, Aim, Fire3.0
Autopsy Mental Funeral4.5
Bullet For My Valentine Fever1.5
Austlune Austlune3.0
Kreator Hordes of Chaos3.5
Kreator Enemy of God4.0
Exhorder Slaughter in the Vatican3.5
Barren Earth Curse of the Red River3.5
Woods of Ypres Woods IV: The Green Album2.5
Steve Von Till If I Should Fall to the Field4.0
Aghast (NOR) Hexerei Im Zwielicht der Finsternis3.5
Steve Von Till As the Crow Flies3.5
Steve Von Till A Grave Is a Grim Horse4.0
Dan Swano Moontower3.5
Brutality Screams of Anguish4.5
Borknagar Universal2.0
Skyfire Esoteric3.0
Leviathan A Silhouette in Splinters3.0
Naglfar Pariah2.5
Ildjarn Forest Poetry3.5
Alcest Écailles de Lune4.0
Tiamat Wildhoney4.0
Demon Hunter The World Is a Thorn2.0
Catamenia Cavalcade2.0
Angantyr/Nasheim Split3.0
Ikuinen Kaamos Fall of Icons3.0
Fall Of Icons is not the album which Closure was hinting at. It is not a masterpiece and, to be honest, it is barely above-average. The tracks mash together in ways which almost strike away any unique features within them, and only during small moments of glory (for example, the clean vocals in "Condemned") does the album deliver on the lofty expectations set for it. The riffing is bland and all-too familiar, the variety in the vocals aren't used to their full potential, and the atmosphere isn't as profound as that of Closure. What promises were made with the massive success of Closure are strangely forgotten, and what we are left with is a lifeless shell of an album which lacks exactly what made Closure stand out from anything else in this genre: a soul.
Kalmah 12 Gauge4.0
Darkthrone Circle the Wagons3.0
Temnozor Haunted Dreamscapes3.0
Martriden Encounter The Monolith3.0
Molested Blod Draum3.0
The Ruins Of Beverast Unlock the Shrine3.5
Sentenced Amok4.0
Sentenced Down3.5
1349 Revelations of the Black Flame1.5
Desultory Into Eternity3.5
Finntroll Nifelvind3.0
Rotting Christ Aealo3.0
Bathory Requiem1.5
Ihsahn angL2.0
Myrkgrav Trollskau, Skromt og Kolabrenning3.5
Hate Forest Battlefields4.0
Axeman Arrive4.0
Vigrid Throne of Forest3.0
Eluveitie Everything Remains As It Never Was3.0
Branikald Rdjandalir4.0
Kauan Lumikuuro3.0
Vlad Tepes/Belketre March To The Black Holocaust4.0
Alestorm Leviathan2.0
Ihsahn After3.0
Darkthrone Too Old, Too Cold3.5
Immolation Majesty and Decay4.0
Kalter Spiritual Angel3.0
Gojira The Link2.5
Sigh Scorn Defeat3.5
Gorgoroth Destroyer 2.5
Dark Tranquillity We Are the Void3.0
With We Are The Void, the concrete sound which Dark Tranquillity have kept since 2000's Haven begins to show slight cracks. While the toss-ups include a slew of guitar solos which are rather out-of-character for DT, they work in favor of keeping things different than what fans are used to. Also, the wonderful screams add a heap of emotion and the improved clean vocals of Stanne work wonders the few times they are implemented, and compliment the more depressed atmosphere with gratifying precision. Songs like the diverse and satisfying "Iridium" show just how much DT have experimented with their songwriting, often to great effect.

However, the opposite end of the spectrum poses a number of issues which DT have had lingering for quite some time, but always kept at bay with interesting riffs and solid musicianship and songwriting. The overbearing use of Martin Brandstrom's keys work wonders in some tracks, yet bore the listener to tears or even irritate in others. It goes without saying that the vast majority of the "melodic" part of their melodic death metal sound emanates from the synth, while the guitars concentrate on heavy chords to keep rhythm or provide rather interesting guitar solos, only periodically emerging to the forefront as the driving force of the music. The work of Henriksson and Sundin is vastly underwhelming, as the riffs of such tracks as "Lost To Apathy" or "Monochromatic Stains" are devoid from the album (let's not get into comparing the riffs here with the ones put forth on The Gallery, because I can assure you I will break into tears). Overall, though, this is another good DT release, nothing more, nothing less.
Pig Destroyer Phantom Limb4.0
Orphaned Land The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR2.0
The Ruins Of Beverast Rain Upon The Impure4.0
Arsis Starve for the Devil2.0
Prevalent Resistance Dynamics of Creation4.0
Grand Belial's Key Judeobeast Assassination4.0
Vordr I4.0
Sigh Scenes from Hell2.0
Black Boned Angel Verdun3.5
In Vain Mantra4.0
Windir Likferd4.0
Lake Of Blood Heed The Primal Calling3.0
Portal Swarth3.5
The Faceless Akeldama2.5
In Vain The Latter Rain3.0
In Mourning Monolith3.0
The Morningside The Wind, The Trees And The Shadows...4.0
Falls of Rauros Into the Archaic (Demo)3.0
Falls of Rauros Hail Wind and Hewn Oak3.5
Beherit H418ov21.C1.5
Gwynbleidd Nostalgia3.0
Sunn O))) Monoliths and Dimensions3.0
Armor for the Broken Inspiring Stories of Hope and Love1.0
Pyramids with Nadja Pyramids with Nadja3.5
Nokturnal Mortum The Voice of Steel4.5
Nightbringer Death And The Black Work3.5
Arizmenda Within the Vacuum of Infinity...4.0
Deathspell Omega Veritas Diaboli Manet in Aeternum3.5
Vreid Milorg3.5
Rammstein Herzeleid2.5
Rammstein Liebe Ist Für Alle Da3.5
Bathory Jubileum Volume III3.0
Bathory Blood on Ice3.5
Skagos Ast2.0
Eminem Relapse2.0
Nachtfalke Doomed To Die3.0
Basilisk Vintyrhell3.0
The Faceless Planetary Duality1.5
Abyssos Fhinsthanian Nightbreed2.5
Symphony X The Odyssey3.0
Lja Til Avsky For Livet3.5
Hacksaw to the Throat Wastelands4.0
October Tide Rain Without End3.5
Marduk Those of the Unlight4.0
Marduk Blackcrowned3.0
Marduk La Grande Danse Macabre2.5
Marduk Plague Angel3.0
At the Gates Terminal Spirit Disease3.0
Neun Welten Vergessene Pfade4.0
Bloodsimple A Cruel World3.0
Vindensang The Descent of Man3.0
Vali Forlatt4.5
Enfold Darkness Our Cursed Rapture2.5
Cannae Gold Becomes Sacrifice2.5
Arckanum Kostogher3.0
Neurosis Through Silver in Blood3.0
Neurosis Souls at Zero3.5
Krallice Dimensional Bleedthrough2.0
Cobalt Gin3.0
Ethereal Beauty/Shyy/Heretoir/Soliness The World Comes To An End In The End Of A Journey3.0
Dark Age Acedia3.0
Dark Tranquillity Where Death Is Most Alive4.5
Primordial Storm Before Calm3.5
Edge of Sanity The Spectral Sorrows3.5
Coldworld The Stars Are Dead Now2.5
Vindensang Terminus: Rebirth in Eight Parts...4.0
Hanging Garden TEOTWAWKI3.0
TEOTWAWKI, an acronym for "The End Of The World As We Know It", marks Finnish melodic death/doom band Hanging Garden's second full-length album. Following up 2007's Inherit The Eden, TEOTWAWKI is an album which only lives up to its superb predecessor in the instrumental department. Wonderful musicianship and songwriting are present at the core of the album, with the instrumentation seeping out of the walls. Hugely melodic guitar riffs and beautifully atmospheric acoustic movements drive the album in a brilliant manner. Sadly, the vocals threaten to ruin everything which the instruments bring to the table. Instead of the deep, doomy growls which you may remember from Inherit The Eden, we are instead treated to a forced, shout-like vocal display. While barely a scream at all, most of the vocals are a blemish on an otherwise perfect album, a disheartening downside to a release with so much promise. While there are moments where his much superior scream is present, it provides no excuse for the lackluster performance on most of the other tracks. Everything else is there, the atmosphere, the musicianship, the originality, the production. It's like that beautiful girl you met back in college with the hottest body you've ever seen in your life. However, upon approaching her she opens her mouth to reveal a set of rotted black teeth. Case in point, it's only good to admire from a distance, because if you linger too closely you are reminded why you stayed away in the first place.
My Dying Bride The Angel and the Dark River3.0
My Dying Bride Bring Me Victory2.0
Gaza He Is Never Coming Back3.0
Megiddo The Devil and the Whore4.0
Cannibal Corpse Evisceration Plague2.5
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place4.0
Behemoth And the Forests Dream Eternally3.5
Swallow the Sun New Moon3.5
Arghoslent/Martial Barrage Send Forth The Best Ye Breed3.5
Funebrarum The Sleep of Morbid Dreams4.0
Bloodbath The Fathomless Mastery2.5
Thought Industry Mods Carve the Pig3.0
Agalloch The Grey3.0
Agalloch Tomorrow Will Never Come3.0
Agalloch From Which of This Oak3.5
Sterbend Dwelling Lifeless3.0
Anacrusis Manic Impressions3.5
Mount Eerie Lost Wisdom3.0
Slayer World Painted Blood2.5
Sombres Forets Quintessence3.0
Neurosis The Eye of Every Storm4.0
Ulcerate Everything Is Fire4.0
Blut Aus Nord Memoria Vetusta II - Dialogue With The Stars3.5
Summoning Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame3.5
Dahlia's Tear Harmonious Euphonies For Supernatural Traumas Mesm3.5
Lustmord Heresy4.0
Between the Buried and Me The Great Misdirect2.0
Stillhet Gjemt I Skyggene3.0
Chthonic Mirror Of Retribution1.0
Suicide Silence The Cleansing1.5
Converge Petitioning the Empty Sky3.0
SuidAkrA The Arcanum4.0
SuidAkrA Caledonia3.5
Enslaved Blodhemn2.5
Enslaved Eld2.0
Darkthrone Ravishing Grimness3.0
Katatonia Night Is the New Day3.0
Cynic Focus3.0
Pentagram Pentagram2.5
Marduk Wormwood2.5
Katatonia Discouraged Ones3.0
Dethklok Dethalbum II2.0
Elend A World in Their Screams4.0
Nile Ithyphallic2.0
Panic Circles3.5
Incantation Onward to Golgotha4.5
Decapitated Winds of Creation3.5
Aldebaran Dwellers In Twilight4.0
Mastodon Leviathan1.5
Nickelback Dark Horse1.5
Death Human4.0
Alestorm Black Sails at Midnight2.0
Dismember Like an Ever Flowing Stream4.0
Shining (SWE) IV - The Eerie Cold3.5
Shining (SWE) VI - Klagopsalmer4.0
Blasphemy Fallen Angel of Doom4.0
Canis Dirus A Somber Wind from a Distant Shore3.5
Diabolical Masquerade Ravendusk in my Heart4.0
Manegarm Dodsfard3.0
Mount Eerie Wind's Poem3.5
3 Inches of Blood Here Waits Thy Doom2.5
Children of Bodom Chaos Ridden Years - Stockholm Knockout3.5
Isengard Høstmørke3.0
Gorgoroth Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt3.0
Walknut Graveforests And Their Shadows4.0
Arch Enemy The Root of All Evil2.0
Kayo Dot Choirs of the Eye3.0
Asking Alexandria Stand Up and Scream1.0
Converge Axe to Fall4.0
Panopticon Panopticon4.5
Thurisaz Circadian Rhythm3.5
"Circadian Rhythm" is an album which encompasses all that can be great about atmospheric metal. It flawlessly combines elements of avant-garde, death metal, and atmospheric black metal to create a near masterpiece which leaves a lasting impression. The album is melodic while incorporating the harshness of black metal and the brutality of death metal, but at the same time is incredibly progressive in nature. It incorporates syths and clean vocals, as well as the relatively frequent time signature changes and abnormal song structures to create a sound which is truly unclassifiable. The only really effective way of describing it is original. It is not an album you've heard before, and in a time when almost every metal album is a re-hash of old ideas, I think that originality means everything, and Thurisaz's "Circadian Rhythm" is the most refreshingly original album I have heard in years.
Between the Buried and Me The Silent Circus2.0
Sonata Arctica The Days of Grays2.5
maudlin of the Well Bath3.0
Weakling Dead as Dreams4.5
Sun of the Blind Skullreader4.0
Paysage d'Hiver Die Festung2.5
Nightwish Century Child2.0
Agalloch Of Stone, Wind and Pillor4.0
Children of Bodom Skeletons in the Closet2.0
Scar Symmetry Dark Matter Dimensions1.5
Immortal All Shall Fall3.0
Wolves in the Throne Room Black Cascade3.0
Portal Outre4.0
Darkthrone Plaguewielder2.5
Mayhem Chimera3.0
Ocean Here Where Nothing Grows3.5
Wodensthrone Loss3.5
Drudkh Songs of Grief and Solitude3.5
Within Temptation Black Symphony1.5
Heaven Shall Burn Iconoclast (Part 2: Bildersturm)4.0
A Forest of Stars The Corpse of Rebirth3.5
Watchtower Control and Resistance4.0
Krallice Krallice1.5
Mastodon Crack the Skye2.0
Geist Galeere3.5
Celtic Frost Morbid Tales3.5
Wyrd Kammen3.0
Obscura Cosmogenesis2.0
Forest Stream The Crown of Winter3.0
Emmure Goodbye to the Gallows2.0
Emmure The Respect Issue1.0
Dissection Where Dead Angels Lie3.0
Darkest Hour The Eternal Return3.0
Eternal Tears of Sorrow Children of the Dark Waters3.0
Swashbuckle Back To The Noose3.5
Ensiferum From Afar3.5
One listen to Ensiferum's new album "From Afar" and one thing is clearly apparent: this isn't the tentative Petri Lindroos who released the deceivingly comfortable album "Victory Songs" a few years ago. No, this is a new era for Ensiferum, a distinct sampling of their older material when Jari was around, yet undoubtedly an innovation in their sound. There are no more tracks which sound exactly like the one which preceded it. Instead, we are left with a daunting amalgam of folk metal compositions which simply work together like nothing since their self-titled album. From the absolutely brilliant and serene female vocals of "Twilight Tavern" to the extended, guitar-solo laden epics of "Heathen Throne" and "The Longest Journey (Heathen Throne Part II)" to the pure- Finnish interlude "Tumman Virran Taa", this is a career-defining album. Without a doubt one of the top 5 of 2009, this is exactly the album both Ensiferum and their fans were looking for; one hour of nothing but the highest-quality folk metal in the world.
Ulver Perdition City3.0
Ulver Svidd Neger OST2.0
Katatonia For Funerals to Come...3.0
The Unseen State Of Discontent3.5
Sentenced Crimson3.5
Satanic Warmaster Strength & Honour3.5
Protest the Hero Sequoia Throne: Remixed1.0
Nightrage Wearing a Martyrs Crown2.5
Lay Down Rotten Gospel Of The Wretched3.0
Winter Solstice The Fall of Rome2.0
Panopticon Collapse4.0
Forest Like a Blaze Above the Ashes3.5
Immortal Blizzard Beasts3.0
Edge of Sanity Infernal3.0
Edge of Sanity Crimson II3.5
Katatonia Brave Murder Day4.0
Kroda Towards the Firmaments Verge of Life2.5
Leviathan Howl Mockery At The Cross3.5
Kroda Cry To Me River3.5
Crimfall As the Path Unfolds...3.0
Insomnium Across the Dark4.5
Watch Me Fall Worn4.0
Solitude Aeturnus Into the Depths of Sorrow4.0
Mondstille Am Ende...3.0
Taake Taake3.5
Shadows Fall Somber Eyes to the Sky3.5
Pelican Ephemeral3.5
Summoning Dol Guldur4.0
Immortal Damned In Black2.5
August Burns Red Constellations3.0
Trelldom Til et Annet...3.0
Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage II1.5
Sunn O))) Oracle3.5
Fall of Serenity The Crossfire3.0
Altar of Plagues White Tomb3.0
Forefather Steadfast3.5
Be'lakor Stone's Reach4.0
Temnozor Folkstorm of the Azure Nights3.5
Heathen Foray The Passage3.5
Wyrd Kalivägi2.0
Amorphis Am Universum2.5
Dragonland Astronomy3.5
Mercenary The Hours That Remain4.0
Graveland Impaler's Wolves3.0
Drudkh Microcosmos4.0
Enslaved Frost3.0
Amorphis Skyforger2.5
Anaal Nathrakh In the Constellation of the Black Widow3.5
Shining (SWE) V - Halmstad4.0
Xasthur All Reflections Drained1.5
My Dying Bride For Lies I Sire2.5
Unearth III: In the Eyes of Fire3.0
Unearth The Stings of Conscience3.0
Ancient Svartalvheim3.5
Arthemesia Devs Iratvs3.5
Bathory The Return of the Darkness and Evil3.5
Bathory Nordland II3.0
Bathory Nordland I4.0
Belphegor Pestapokalypse VI3.5
Blut Aus Nord Ultima Thulee4.0
Eisbrecher Eisbrecher3.0
Elvenking The Scythe3.0
Immortal Pure Holocaust3.5
Kamelot The Black Halo3.5
Kvist For Kunsten Maa Vi Evig Vike2.0
Nightwish Angels Fall First3.0
Norther N2.5
Rise Against Appeal to Reason3.5
Vintersorg Till Fjälls3.5
Summoning Stronghold4.0
Deicide Legion3.0
Deicide The Stench of Redemption3.5
Deicide Till Death Do Us Part2.5
Borknagar The Archaic Course2.5
Taake Hordalands Doedskvad4.5
Eluveitie Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion3.0
Gojira From Mars to Sirius3.0
Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold1.5
Norther Till Death Unites Us3.0
Norther Death Unlimited3.0
Dimmu Borgir Stormblast3.5
Dimmu Borgir Enthrone Darkness Triumphant3.0
Wolves in the Throne Room Malevolent Grain3.0
Anaal Nathrakh Domine Non Es Dignus3.0
Rapture Futile4.0
Cattle Decapitation The Harvest Floor3.0
Sykdom Mjollnir3.0
Tool 10,000 Days3.5
Tool Ænima3.0
Tool Undertow2.0
3 Inches of Blood Advance and Vanquish3.5
Ikuinen Kaamos The Forlorn3.0
My Dying Bride 34.788%... Complete2.0
My Dying Bride Turn Loose the Swans4.0
My Dying Bride The Dreadful Hours4.0
Satyricon The Age Of Nero2.5
Arghoslent Galloping Through the Battle Ruins4.0
Converge Jane Doe3.0
1349 Hellfire4.0
Enslaved Vertebrae2.5
Impaled Nazarene Rapture2.5
Marduk Opus Nocturne4.0
Marduk Nightwing3.5
Enochian Crescent Black Church4.0
Alcest Souvenirs d'un autre monde2.5
Eminem Encore1.5
Gorgoroth Pentagram4.0
Nachtmystium Worldfall3.0
Ulver Blood Inside3.0
Vintersorg Solens Rotter3.0
Lykathea Aflame Elvenefris2.0
Darkthrone Dark Thrones and Black Flags2.0
Morker Hostmakter3.5
Opeth Damnation3.5
Opeth Orchid4.0
Unearth The March3.5
Paysage d'Hiver Winterkaelte4.5
Protest the Hero Kezia2.5
Opeth Watershed2.5
Martriden Martriden EP3.5
Katatonia December Songs: A Tribute To Katatonia4.0
Nachtmystium Assassins: Black Meddle Pt.11.5
Amorphis The Karelian Isthmus3.0
Ikuinen Kaamos Closure4.0
Lunar Aurora Andacht2.5
Opeth Burden2.0
Cynic Traced in Air2.5
Between the Buried and Me Colors_Live2.5
Sombres Forets Royaume De Glace4.0
Judas Iscariot Heaven In Flames3.0
Sunn O))) Dømkirke4.0
Nest (FIN) Trail of the Unwary3.5
Opeth Morningrise4.5
Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse3.5
Opeth Still Life4.0
Evilfeast Lost Horizons of Wisdom3.5
Death Symbolic4.5
Arghoslent Incorrigible Bigotry4.0
Janvs Vega3.5
Decomposed (UK) Hope Finally Died...3.0
Towards Darkness Solemn3.5
Draconian Turning Season Within3.0
Dissection Storm of the Light's Bane4.5
Heaven Shall Burn Asunder3.5
Korpiklaani Tervaskanto2.5
Empyrium A Wintersunset3.0
Empyrium Songs of Moors and Misty Fields3.5
Mirrorthrone Carriers of Dust3.5
Empyrium Weiland4.0
The Black Dahlia Murder Miasma1.5
Nightwish Wishmaster2.5
Nightwish Dark Passion Play3.0
Nightwish Once3.5
Nest (FIN) Woodsmoke4.0
Negura Bunget OM1.5
Papa Roach lovehatetragedy1.5
Papa Roach Getting Away With Murder1.5
Primordial The Gathering Wilderness3.0
Sentenced North From Here2.5
Sorcier Des Glaces Snowland3.0
Temnozor Horizons...2.0
Nortt Gudsforladt3.0
Omnium Gatherum The Redshift2.5
Forgotten Tomb Springtime Depression3.5
Immortal Sons of Northern Darkness2.5
DevilDriver The Fury of Our Maker's Hand3.0
Drudkh Estrangement3.5
A Perfect Circle Mer de Noms3.0
A Perfect Circle eMOTIVe2.5
Asmegin Hin Vordende Sod & Sø3.0
Shadows Fall The War Within4.0
Graveland Thousand Swords1.5
Kataklysm In the Arms of Devastation3.0
Equilibrium Sagas3.0
Wyrd Heathen4.0
Coldworld Melancholie3.5
Edge of Sanity Crimson4.0
Skepticism Alloy4.0
Kalisia Cybion4.0
Cryptic Wintermoon Of Shadows...And The Dark Things You Fear3.0
Burzum Burzum3.5
Arghoslent Hornets of the Pogrom4.5
Immolation Close to a World Below4.5
October Falls Marras3.5
Windir Arntor3.0
Alestorm Captain Morgan's Revenge2.5
Desire (POR) Locus Horrendus - The Night Cries Of A Sullen Soul3.0
Skinless Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead3.0
Disturbed Believe3.0
Dissection Maha Kali3.5
Dark Tranquillity Enter Suicidal Angels3.0
October Falls The Womb of Primordial Nature4.0
The Red Chord Clients2.5
Darkthrone Sardonic Wrath2.5
Darkthrone Goatlord2.5
Darkthrone NWOBHM1.5
Darkthrone The Cult Is Alive3.0
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos2.5
Dream Theater Images and Words3.0
Gojira The Way of All Flesh3.0
Aborted Strychnine.2133.0
Satyricon Now, Diabolical2.0
Day Of Suffering The Eternal Jihad3.5
Coal Chamber Dark Days2.0
Chimaira The Impossibility Of Reason2.5
Celtic Frost Vanity/Nemesis1.5
Catamenia Winternight Tragedies3.0
Catamenia Chaos Born3.0
Ancient Wisdom For Snow Covered the Northland3.0
Aeternus ...and So the Night Became3.5
Within Temptation Mother Earth2.0
October Falls The Streams Of The End (EP)3.5
Amon Amarth Twilight of the Thunder God3.5
Daylight Dies Dismantling Devotion3.5
Cradle of Filth Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder2.5
Wolfchant A Pagan Storm3.5
Hanging Garden Inherit the Eden4.0
Tool Lateralus4.0
Mindless Self Indulgence Frankenstein Girls Will Seem Strangely Sexy2.5
DoomThrone Skeleton Veiled in Flesh1.0
Enslaved Vikingligr Veldi2.0
Venom Black Metal3.5
Orphaned Land Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)2.5
Iskald Revelations Of Reckoning Day3.5
Burzum Aske3.0
Draconian Arcane Rain Fell3.0
The Black (SWE) Alongside Death3.5
Amorphis Tuonela3.0
Manegarm Vargstenen2.5
Swallow the Sun Plague Of Butterflies4.0
Moonsorrow Tulimyrsky3.0
My Dying Bride The Light at the End of the World3.5
Ensiferum Dragonheads3.5
Amon Amarth With Oden on Our Side4.0
Dark Tranquillity The Gallery5.0
As I Lay Dying An Ocean Between Us2.5
Trivium Shogun1.5
Neurosis Given to the Rising4.0
Dropkick Murphys The Warrior's Code3.5
All That Remains Overcome2.0
Protest the Hero Fortress2.5
Skyfire Spectral3.5
Skyfire Mind Revolution3.5
Sonata Arctica Unia2.5
Kamelot Ghost Opera3.0
Blind Guardian Imaginations from the Other Side3.5
Blind Guardian A Twist in the Myth3.0
Shai Hulud Misanthropy Pure2.0
Nightwish Oceanborn4.0
Darkest Hour Undoing Ruin3.5
Darkthrone Total Death3.0
United Nations United Nations3.5
Judas Iscariot Distant In Solitary Night4.0
Slipknot All Hope Is Gone2.5
Killswitch Engage The End of Heartache3.5
Edge of Sanity Purgatory Afterglow4.0
The Vision Bleak The Wolves Go Hunt Their Prey2.0
Transcending Bizarre? The Serpent's Manifolds4.0
Amorphis Elegy3.5
Norther Mirror of Madness3.5
Sacramentum Far Away from the Sun3.5
Into Eternity The Incurable Tragedy1.5
Serj Tankian Elect the Dead1.5
Amon Amarth Fate of Norns3.5
Bathory Bathory4.0
Immortal Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism3.5
Deaf Center Pale Ravine3.5
Heol Telwen An Deiz Ruz3.0
Arcturus The Sham Mirrors2.5
Darkthrone Transilvanian Hunger3.5
Diadem Crimson Sunset3.0
Diadem Empyreal Dusk3.0
DragonForce Ultra Beatdown2.0
God Forbid IV: Constitution of Treason3.0
Estatic Fear Somnium Obmutum4.0
Disillusion Back to Times of Splendor3.0
Antestor The Forsaken2.5
Tristania Beyond the Veil2.5
Dark Fortress Seance3.0
Dark Fortress Eidolon3.0
Diabolical Masquerade Deaths Design2.5
Catamenia Halls Of Frozen North2.5
Bathory Under the Sign of the Black Mark4.5
Suffocation Pierced from Within4.0
Manegarm Nordstjärnans Tidsålder3.0
Forest Stream Tears of Mortal Solitude3.5
KYPCK Черно (Black)3.0
In Mourning Shrouded Divine4.0
Carcharoth (AUS) From The Cavern Come3.0
Dark Tranquillity Skydancer/Of Chaos And Eternal Night3.5
Dark Tranquillity Damage Done4.5
Forgotten Tomb Songs to Leave3.5
Sentenced The Cold White Light4.0
Leviathan Massive Conspiracy Against All Life3.0
Illnath Cast Into Fields of Evil Pleasure2.5
Omnium Gatherum Spirits And August Light2.5
Wolves in the Throne Room Two Hunters4.5
Bloodbath Unblessing the Purity3.5
Sentenced Frozen3.0
Disturbed Indestructible2.5
Kroda Fimbulvinter3.0
Elend The Umbersun3.5
Celtic Frost Into the Pandemonium2.5
Forest Silence Philosophy Of Winter3.0
Miseration Your Demons ~ Their Angels3.0
Cryptopsy None So Vile4.0
Cryptopsy Blasphemy Made Flesh3.5
Olafur Arnalds Eulogy for Evolution4.0
Cryptopsy The Unspoken King1.5
Gehenna First Spell2.5
Barathrum Eerie3.5
In The Woods... Heart of the Ages4.0
DragonForce Inhuman Rampage2.0
Diablo Mimic 472.5
Catamenia Location:COLD3.5
Forest As a Song in the Harvest of Grief3.0
Nokturnal Mortum Goat Horns4.5
Katatonia Dance of December Souls4.5
Moonsorrow Kivenkantaja3.5
Summoning Minas Morgul4.5
Borknagar The Olden Domain3.5
Heaven Shall Burn Whatever It May Take5.0
Aeternus Beyond the Wandering Moon3.0
Evoken Antithesis of Light3.5
Dark Forest Aurora Borealis3.5
Eluveitie Slania3.5
At the Gates With Fear I Kiss the Burning Darkness2.5
At the Gates The Red in the Sky Is Ours3.5
Scar Symmetry Pitch Black Progress3.0
Scar Symmetry Holographic Universe3.5
Ulver Bergtatt - Et eeventyr i 5 capitler4.5
Ulver Shadows of the Sun3.5
Autumn Leaves As Night Conquers Day3.5
In The Woods... Omnio3.5
Soilwork Sworn to a Great Divide2.0
Soilwork The Chainheart Machine3.5
Dark Tranquillity Character3.5
Definetly good, but I much perfer old Dark Tranquillity a la "The Gallery", "The Minds I" and "Skydancer/Of Chaos And Eternal Night". This album is nothing more than another solid release, if not a bit sub-par for their usual display of impressive songwriting and sheer emotion. Sure, there are tracks like the impressive "Lost To Apathy" or the modern "The New Build", but seriously, everything else sort of blends into something like a bunch of B-Sides off of "Damage Done". Each song melds into the previous one before doing much the same to the next track. The album is, instrumentally, solid, but in terms of genre overhauling (something DT is known for) this is pretty much a shot in the dark, and a complete miss. Well worth a listen, but keep in the back of your mind the fact that this band has done MUCH better things with their talents.
Nightshade Wielding The Scythe3.0
Divine Souls The Bitter Selfcaged Man2.5
SIG:AR:TYR Sailing the Seas of Fate3.5
Katatonia Viva Emptiness3.5
Ulver Nattens Madrigal4.5
Darkthrone F.O.A.D.3.5
Sabaton Primo Victoria1.5
Burzum Daudi Baldrs1.5
Wyrd Rota3.0
Todeskult Als Die Farben Alter Wurden3.5
Stormrider Lucifer Rising2.0
Grendel (ITA) Beowulf3.5
Beherit Drawing Down the Moon4.0
Eucharist Mirrorworlds4.0
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band Trouble Is...3.5
Satyricon The Shadowthrone3.5
Worship Dooom4.0
Mercenary Architect of Lies3.5
Graveland The Celtic Winter3.5
Nyktalgia Nyktalgia3.0
Drudkh Forgotten Legends3.5
Borknagar Borknagar3.5
Dissection Rebirth Of Dissection DVD4.0
Ensiferum Victory Songs3.0
Nokturnal Mortum NeChrist3.5
Sigh Gallows Gallery1.5
Disturbed Ten Thousand Fists2.5
Fear Factory Demanufacture2.5
Dark Tranquillity Live Damage3.0
Rotting Christ A Dead Poem3.5
God Forbid Gone Forever3.5
Kalmah For The Revolution3.5
Moonsorrow Verisakeet4.5
Edge of Sanity Nothing But Death Remains3.0
Bathory Twilight of the Gods4.0
Bathory is a band which really covers a broad spectrum of emotions. They have their Black Metal stuff, which is really gritty, raw, and battle-themed, and then they have albums like Twilight Of The Gods. Like more of a viking power metal sounding album, this one features insanely epic atmospheres, powerful riffs and clean vocals. Now, Quorthon is NOT a good vocalist when it comes down to his singing, and that is clearly apparent as soon as they come in. His singing is usually off key, overly cheesy, and his transitions from a high to low pitch is quite rocky and obviously troublesome. Putting that aside, though, we have a marvel of epic viking metal with some of the most insane guitar work ever to come from this band. Solos and grandiose riffs abound in this amazing spectacle of what instruments are capable of doing to human emotions, and where they are able to take us.
Nachtmystium Instinct: Decay3.5
Garden of Shadows Oracle Moon4.5
Summoning Oath Bound3.0
Cannibal Corpse Vile1.5
Cannibal Corpse Tomb of the Mutilated3.0
Ataraxie Slow Transcending Agony4.0
Kalmah Swamplord4.0
Tyranny Tides of Awakening2.5
Children of Bodom Blooddrunk2.0
Drudkh The Swan Road3.5
Arsis We Are the Nightmare2.5
Drudkh Autumn Aurora4.5
Drudkh Blood In Our Wells4.0
Novembre Classica4.0
Deathspell Omega Fas - Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem Aeternum3.0
Isengard Vinterskugge2.5
Eluveitie Spirit3.5
Boston Boston4.0
In Flames A Sense of Purpose1.5
Megaherz Kopfschuss3.0
Urfaust Verräterischer, Nichtswürdiger Geist1.0
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast4.5
Iron Maiden The X Factor1.5
Iron Maiden Piece of Mind3.5
Isis Mosquito Control2.5
Isis Oceanic3.5
Beyond The Embrace Insect Song3.5
Atreyu The Curse1.5
Shadows Fall Threads of Life3.0
Agalloch The White4.5
All That Remains The Fall of Ideals3.5
Burzum Draugen - Rarities3.5
Emperor In The Nightside Eclipse5.0
Mayhem De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas3.5
Agalloch The Mantle5.0
Warning Watching from a Distance3.5
Reverend Bizarre In The Rectory Of The Bizarre Reverend3.0
Tsjuder Desert Northern Hell2.0
Wyrd Huldrafolk3.5
Dark Tranquillity Exposures: In Retrospect And Denial3.5
At the Gates Slaughter of the Soul3.0
Nargaroth Black Metal Ist Krieg (A Dedication Monument)2.0
Papa Roach Infest3.0
Slipknot Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses3.5
Stormrider First Battle Won3.0
Summoning Lost Tales1.5
Discordance Axis The Inalienable Dreamless4.0
Nevermore This Godless Endeavor3.0
Nevermore The Politics of Ecstasy2.5
Noctes Pandemonic Requiem3.0
Novembers Doom The Novella Reservoir3.5
Eternal Tears of Sorrow A Virgin and A Whore3.0
Arch Enemy Rise of the Tyrant2.0
Demonic Resurrection A Darkness Descends3.0
Frozen Eternity Forgotten Past3.0
Heaven Shall Burn In Battle There Is No Law3.0
Bury Your Dead Cover Your Tracks1.5
The Devil Wears Prada Plagues1.5
Arsis A Diamond for Disease2.5
Heaven Shall Burn Iconoclast (Part 1: The Final Resistance)4.0
Blind Guardian Somewhere Far Beyond4.5
Bathory Hammerheart4.0
Heaven Shall Burn Deaf to Our Prayers4.0
Carcass Heartwork4.0
Carcass Swansong3.5
Iced Earth Something Wicked This Way Comes3.5
Job for a Cowboy Doom2.0
The Absence From Your Grave3.0
Impending Doom Nailed. Dead. Risen2.0
Dethklok The Dethalbum 2.5
Leviathan Tentacles of Whorror3.5
Diecast Internal Revolution3.0
Into Eternity Dead or Dreaming2.5
The Old Dead Tree The Nameless Disease3.0
Carpathian Forest Through Chasm, Caves And Titan Woods3.5
Nokturnal Mortum Weltanschauung4.0
Moonspell Memorial3.0
Merrimack Of Entropy and Life Denial3.5
Mayhem Deathcrush3.5
Agalloch and Nest Split3.5
Darkthrone Panzerfaust4.0
Norma Jean Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child1.5
Eminem The Slim Shady LP3.5
Eminem The Eminem Show3.5
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP4.0
Rage Against The Machine Rage Against The Machine4.0
Rage Against The Machine The Battle of Los Angeles3.5
Emperor Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk4.5
October Falls Tuoni4.0
Killswitch Engage As Daylight Dies1.5
Rammstein Reise, Reise3.0
Rammstein Sehnsucht3.0
Rammstein Mutter3.5
Rammstein Rosenrot3.0
God Dethroned Lair of the White Worm2.5
Flaw Through the Eyes3.0
Shadows Fall Of One Blood3.5
Eternal Tears of Sorrow Chaotic Beauty2.5
Opeth Ghost Reveries3.0
Opeth Deliverance2.5
Fluisterwoud Langs Galg En Rad3.0
Limp Bizkit Results May Vary1.0
Vinterland Welcome My Last Chapter4.5
Bathory Blood Fire Death4.5
Behemoth Grom1.5
Dimmu Borgir Death Cult Armageddon2.0
Caliban The Awakening2.0
Marduk Heaven Shall Burn... When We Are Gathered3.0
Gorgoroth Antichrist3.5
Gorgoroth Under the Sign of Hell3.5
Dark Funeral Attera Totus Sanctus2.5
Carpathian Forest Fuck You All!!!!2.5
Tsjuder Demonic Possession2.0
Chthonic Seediq Bale2.5
Ragnarok Diabolical Age3.5
It's certainly a shame that a band with such talent as Norway's Ragnarok goes completely under the radar. They bring a fresh, more modern and sophisticated sense to the older style of pure, raw Black Metal. With their album Diabolical Age, Ragnarok take the raw ferocity of early '90's Norwegian Black Metal and work in some sweet melodies and atmospheric touches. Whether it's with keyboards or the guitars, there is always something of interest going on. In a day and age where Black Metal bands are a dime a dozen, it's nice to see one of these relatively unknown bands put out something as good as this. Whether it's with the pummeling intricacy of "Heart Of Satan", the sheer energy of "It's War", or the mesmerizing, breathtaking keyboard harmonies of "Diabolical Age", Ragnarok give me a breath of fresh air in a scene full of look (and sound) alike bands. Certainly worth your time, money, and attention. Full review to come.
The Autumn Offering Embrace the Gutter2.0
Amorphis Eclipse3.0
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain4.5
Arsis A Celebration of Guilt3.0
Nightrage Sweet Vengeance2.0
Dissection Live Legacy4.0
Blind Guardian Nightfall in Middle-Earth4.0
Primal Fear Devil's Ground2.0
Burzum Burzum/Aske4.0
Children of Bodom Something Wild4.0
Burzum Filosofem4.5
Torchbearer Warnaments3.0
Mayhem Wolf's Lair Abyss3.5
Dark Funeral The Secrets of the Black Arts2.0
Enslaved Isa3.0
Dark Tranquillity The Mind's I4.5
It Dies Today The Caitiff Choir3.0
Soilwork Natural Born Chaos3.0
All That Remains This Darkened Heart3.0
Primordial To the Nameless Dead4.0
Nokturnal Mortum To the Gates of Blasphemous Fire3.5
Lurker Of Chalice Lurker Of Chalice2.0
Ihsahn The Adversary3.5
Paysage d'Hiver Paysage d'Hiver4.0
Swallow the Sun Ghosts Of Loss4.0
In Flames The Jester Race3.5
Woods of Ypres Pursuit Of The Sun & Allure Of the Earth2.0
Pelican City of Echoes3.5
Metallica Ride the Lightning4.0
Metallica Master of Puppets4.5
Metallica St. Anger1.5
Black Horizons A Dream's Funeral3.0
Swallow the Sun The Morning Never Came4.5
Ra From One3.5
Bullet For My Valentine Hand of Blood2.5
Leviathan The Blind Wound3.5
Ulver Kveldssanger4.0
Dark Tranquillity Fiction4.5
Mors Principium Est The Unborn3.0
Trivium Ember to Inferno2.5
Be'lakor The Frail Tide4.5
Vital Remains Dechristianize4.0
Iced Earth Burnt Offerings4.0
Bring Me The Horizon Count Your Blessings1.5
Estatic Fear A Sombre Dance4.0
Deathspell Omega Si Monvmentvm Reqvires Circvmspice3.5
Hypocrisy Into the Abyss2.0
Eternal Tears of Sorrow Before the Bleeding Sun3.5
Roadrunner United The All-Star Sessions2.5
Wintersun Wintersun4.0
Kalmah They Will Return4.0
Waking the Cadaver Demo1.0
Opeth Blackwater Park3.5
Ozzy Osbourne Black Rain1.0
Draconian The Burning Halo3.0
Into Eternity Buried in Oblivion4.5
Children of Bodom Are You Dead Yet?3.0
Dissection The Past Is Alive3.5
Moonsorrow V: Havitetty4.0
Immortal At the Heart of Winter3.5
Anaal Nathrakh The Codex Necro4.0
Bathory Octagon1.5
Between the Buried and Me Alaska1.5
Between the Buried and Me Colors1.5
Heaven Shall Burn Antigone4.5
Kalmah Swampsong4.5
Darkthrone Under a Funeral Moon4.0
Darkest Hour Deliver Us3.5
Amorphis Silent Waters4.5
Children of Bodom Trashed, Lost & Strungout3.0
Nonpoint Recoil3.5
Insomnium Since the Day It All Came Down5.0
Insomnium Above the Weeping World5.0
Unearth The Oncoming Storm4.0
Nokturnal Mortum Lunar Poetry4.0
Children of Bodom Hatebreeder4.5
Wolves in the Throne Room Diadem of 12 Stars4.5
Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water1.0
Mastodon Blood Mountain2.5
Soilwork Stabbing the Drama2.5
Soilwork A Predator's Portrait3.5
Atreyu Lead Sails Paper Anchor1.0
The Absence Riders of the Plague3.5
System of a Down Mezmerize1.0
Hell Within Asylum Of The Human Predator2.5
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory3.0
Linkin Park Reanimation1.0
Bloodbath Resurrection Through Carnage3.5
Entombed Left Hand Path4.5
Through the Eyes of the Dead Malice1.5
Hypocrisy Virus2.5
Disturbed The Sickness2.0
Demon Hunter The Triptych3.5
Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade1.5
Ensiferum Iron4.5
Burzum Det som engang var4.0
Shadows Fall Fallout From The War2.0
Burzum Hlidskjalf2.5
System of a Down Toxicity1.5
Norma Jean O' God The Aftermath1.0
Amorphis Tales From the Thousand Lakes4.5
Bloodbath Nightmares Made Flesh3.5
Slipknot Iowa3.0
Dissection Reinkaos4.5
Insomnium Demo '994.0
Dissection The Somberlain4.5
Carpathian Forest Morbid Fascination of Death2.5
Scar Symmetry Symmetric in Design4.0
Naglfar Harvest3.5
Agalloch Pale Folklore5.0
Beyond The Embrace Against The Elements4.0
Insomnium In the Halls of Awaiting4.5
Ensiferum Ensiferum5.0
Slipknot Slipknot3.5
Children of Bodom Hate Crew Deathroll3.5
Children of Bodom Follow the Reaper4.0
Underoath Define the Great Line1.0
As I Lay Dying Frail Words Collapse1.0
As I Lay Dying Shadows Are Security1.5
Arch Enemy Doomsday Machine2.5
Arch Enemy Anthems of Rebellion3.0
In Flames Whoracle4.0
In Flames Colony3.5
In Flames Reroute to Remain1.5
Lamb of God As the Palaces Burn3.0
Lamb of God Ashes of the Wake2.5
In Flames Come Clarity2.5
Swallow the Sun Hope4.0
Into Eternity The Scattering of Ashes2.5
Dark Tranquillity Haven3.5
I strongly disagree, this is classic Dark Tranquillity. I picked up this CD today and I was very impressed, it was all I had hoped it to be. I also disagree with "self-indulgent" and "radio ready", this CD is perhaps the most overlooked DT album out there, and yet some songs here are so good they are DT classics.rIf you are a fan of DT you will enjoy this a lot. I recommend:rThe Wonders At Your FeetrFeast Of BurdenrThe SamerEgo Drama
Kalmah The Black Waltz3.5
Burzum Hvis lyset tar oss4.5
Mayhem Dawn of the Blackhearts3.5
Darkthrone A Blaze in the Northern Sky4.5
Celtic Frost Cold Lake1.5
Celtic Frost Monotheist3.0
Katatonia The Great Cold Distance3.0
Fragments of Unbecoming Skywards: A Sylphe's Ascension2.0
DragonForce Sonic Firestorm2.5
Heaven Shall Burn vs. Caliban The Split Program II3.5
Leviathan The Tenth Sub Level of Suicide3.5
Trivium The Crusade1.0
Trivium Ascendancy3.0
In Flames Soundtrack to Your Escape1.0
In Flames Clayman2.5
In Flames Subterranean3.5
In Flames Lunar Strain3.0
Naglfar Sheol3.5
Dark Tranquillity Projector4.0
Strapping Young Lad Alien2.5
Satyricon Dark Medieval Times4.0
Satyricon Nemesis Divina3.5
Nightrage A New Disease Is Born3.0
Lamb of God Sacrament1.5
Lamb of God New American Gospel3.0
Nokturnal Mortum The Taste Of Victory3.0

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