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Metal Masterpieces

1. Opeth - Still Life
2. Opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse
3. Vital Remains - Dechristianize
4. Mercyful Fate - Don't Break The Oath
5. Opeth - Orchid

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Created by VIG on 21.06.2016



Magical Albums

Good musical pieces are those that initiate an emotional reaction or a subconscious shift of your subjective perception. The best music are those that elicit the most positive or dramatic of changes to our psyches. This is a list that I return to occasionally for these effects.

It is subjective of course.

1. Agalloch - The Mantle
2. Agalloch - Ashes Against The Grain
3. Amon Amarth - Twilight Of The Thunder God
4. Arcturus - The Sham Mirrors
5. Atoma - Skylight

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Created by Oriax on 08.06.2016



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Top 45 Favorite Albums

Without repeating bands, not in mega particular order but roughly

1. Opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse
2. Tool - Ænima
3. Inquisition - Into The Infernal Regions Of The Ancient Cult
4. King Crimson - Larks' Tongues In Aspic
5. Carnifex - Die Without Hope

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Created by VIG on 24.04.2016



All Time Favourite Albums

List of my favourite, 10/10 rated albums. One album per band.

Will be updated.

1. Edge Of Sanity - Crimson
2. Megadeth - Rust In Peace
3. Judas Priest - Painkiller
4. Death - The Sound Of Perseverance
5. Iron Maiden - Powerslave

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Created by berba_ on 30.03.2016



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Current Top 100, 5 Years On

Back when I joined the site in 2011, I did a customary top 100 album list. Every year since then, when I've looked back at it it's become increasingly unrecognisable from my own tastes. Seeing bands I once listened to daily vanish from my playlists, new bands emerge as favourites, and bands even come and go in my reckonings during that time period (Iced Earth, Alcest, even Pain Of Salvation and more certainly peaked in my listening habits around 2011-12 to slowly vanish into obscurity). Now that it's just gone 5 years since I did that list, I thought I might do an updated list just to see how much my tastes have shifted. Whilst compiling the list, I pretty much worked on gut instinct, which was weird as I found myself almost disregarding albums I know I like whilst promoting albums I'm honestly undecided on - it almost seemed to veer away from album quality at times to embracing a subconscious effect the albums have had. Anyway, here it is, plus some honorable mentions that I was surprised missed out.

1. Dream Theater - Images And Words
2. Sylosis - Monolith
3. Sylosis - Edge Of The Earth
4. Agalloch - The Mantle
5. Protest The Hero - Kezia

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Created by musclassia on 23.03.2016



Metal Records Up!

1. Death - Symbolic
2. Slayer - Reign In Blood
3. Pantera - Vulgar Display Of Power
4. Carcass - Heartwork
5. Overkill - The Years Of Decay

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Created by Hugo Munoz on 23.02.2016



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Albums You Should Check Out Instead Of New Dream Theater

Dream Theater are good for what they are, and what they are is a stepping stone into prog. To be fair, they have some great albums (WDADU, I&W, and Awake), but once Kevin Moore left, it's been a steady decline, leaving nothing but scattered moments.
These bands are, in a way, the 'next step.' They represent the meat of prog, in albums that showcase the range of the genre.

1. Anekdoten - Vemod
2. Arcane - Known​/​Learned
3. Arena - Contagion
4. Beardfish - Sleeping In Traffic: Part Two
5. Communic - Waves of Visual Decay

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Created by BigNaughtyV on 05.02.2016



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Albums From The 90s That Inspire Me

These are the 90s albums that inspire me in creating my own music. No particular order.

1. Immortal - At The Heart Of Winter
2. Opeth - Morningrise
3. Tiamat - Wildhoney
4. Blind Guardian - Somewhere Far Beyond
5. Edge Of Sanity - Crimson

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Created by Arcanewind on 02.02.2016



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Zach's Picks: Extreme Progressive Metal

The music of progressive metal features complex, layered arrangements in longer than typical songs, often including lengthy instrumental passages allowing the performers to display technical proficiency and interplay. Many time signature changes are common, as is the incorporation of Western classical music influences. The sound is generally driven by the guitars and drums, but it is quite typical to add elements non-standard to rock or metal such as synthesizers and an array of orchestral elements.

1. Atheist - Unquestionable Presence
2. Cynic - Focus
3. Meshuggah - Destroy Erase Improve
4. Edge of Sanity - Crimson
5. Arcturus - Aspera Hiems Symfonia

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Created by zach_buddie on 28.01.2016



Top 10 Concept Albums

1. Opeth - Still Life
2. Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
3. Ayreon - The Human Equation
4. Edge Of Sanity - Crimson
5. Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory

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Created by JulesKG on 21.01.2016



Top 10 MeloDeath Albums

1. In Flames - The Jester Race
2. Amorphis - Tales From The Thousand Lakes
3. Dark Tranquillity - The Gallery
4. In Flames - Whoracle
5. Edge Of Sanity - Crimson

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Created by JulesKG on 27.11.2015



Top 30 Albums Of 1996

1. Katatonia - Brave Murder Day
2. Neurosis - Through Silver in Blood
3. Tool - Ænima
4. Opeth - Morningrise
5. Edge of Sanity - Crimson

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Created by FullyOttoMatic on 27.09.2015



My Favorite 100 Metal Albums Of All Time

AtoZ (Album)

1. Insomnium - Above The Weeping World
2. Death Angel - Act III
3. Devin Townsend - Addicted
4. Ihsahn - After
5. Sentenced - Amok

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Created by D.C.O on 08.09.2015



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A Progressive Metal Journey

1. 1980's
2. Fates Warning - The Spectre Within
3. Slauter Xstoyes - Winter Kill
4. Watch Tower - Energetic Disassembly
5. Trilogy - Life On Earth

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Created by Floflo79 on 04.06.2015



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100 Greatest Metal Bands

Pretty self-explanatory, with a couple caveats: first, this is mostly just a list of my favorite metal bands in approximate order (after the top 10 or so the order matters far less), with extra weight given to influence and timelessness of sound; and second, the albums selected are not necessarily the band's "best" album, or even my personal favorite -- they are the albums that I feel best represent the band's classic sound and/or well-represent the span of their career. List includes all sub-genres of metal and some post-metal metal. Feel free to spew your hatred below. \m/ (xx) \m/

1. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
2. Iron Maiden - Powerslave
3. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
4. Judas Priest - Screaming For Vengeance
5. Slayer - Reign In Blood

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Created by saw_you_drown on 03.06.2015



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