Thumbs up: +6
Rating:
10 - Allmost impossible to get. The band need to create something astronomical good.
9 - Only the best albums of the year gets this.
8 - A really good album on all levels.
7 - A good album, but nothing special.
6 - An average album with some good songs.
5 - Not a good album, maybe 1 or 2 good songs.
4 and below - I rather not waste my time on it...

Created by: zarahuztra | 12.03.2014



1. Behemoth - The Satanist
9
2. Vanden Plas - Chronicles Of The Immortals: Netherworld (Path 1)
9
3. Hannes Grossmann - The Radial Covenant
9
4. Opeth - Pale Communion
9
5. Aenaon - Extance
9
6. A Sense Of Gravity - Travail
9
7. Christian Muenzner - Beyond The Wall Of Sleep
9
8. Major Parkinson - Twilight Cinema
9
9. Animals As Leaders - The Joy Of Motion
9
10. Conquering Dystopia - Conquering Dystopia
9
11. Mekong Delta - In A Mirror Darkly
9
12. Insomnium - Shadows Of The Dying Sun
9
13. Teramaze - Esoteric Symbolism
9
14. Voyager - V
9
15. Distorted Harmony - Chain Reaction
9
16. Gazpacho - Demon
8
17. Rodrigo Y Gabriela - 9 Dead Alive
8
18. Agalloch - The Serpent And The Sphere
8
19. Lascaille's Shroud - Interval 02: Parallel Infinities, The Abscinded Universe
8
20. John McLaughlin - The Boston Record
8
21. Periphery - Clear
8
22. Ian Anderson - Homo Eraticcus
8
23. The Algorithm - OCTOPUS4
8
24. Iced Earth - Plagues Of Babylon
8
25. Devin Townsend - Casualties Of Cool
8
26. Septicflesh - Titan
8
27. Pryapisme - Blastbit Rococollider
8
28. Destiny Potato - Lun
8
29. IQ - The Road Of Bones
8
30. Marty Friedman - Inferno
8
31. Sithu Aye - Pulse
8
32. Hail Spirit Noir - Oi Magoi
8
33. Transatlantic - Kaleidoscope
8
34. Psycrence - A Frail Deception
8
35. Cormorant - Earth Diver
8
36. Stamina - Perseverance
8
37. Manes - Teeth, Toes And Other Trinkets [Compilation]
8
38. Anup Sastry - Lion
ep
39. Imaginator - Imaginator
ep
40. Words Of Farewell - The Black Wild Yonder
8
41. Mastodon - Once More 'Round The Sun
8
42. Whispered - Shogunate Macabre
8
43. Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
8
44. Los Random - Pidanoma
8
45. Anubis Gate - Horizons
8
46. We All Die (Laughing) - Thoughtscanning
8
47. The Antikythera Mechanism - Pathos
8
48. Shades of Black - Ocean
7
49. Glass Hammer - Ode To Echo
7
50. Appearance Of Nothing - A New Beginning
7
51. Lies Of Nazca - Aleph
7
52. Mayan - Antagonise
7
53. Cullooden - Silent Scream
7
54. Cynic - Kindly Bent To Free Us
7
55. Dan Johansen - Power Suite
7
56. Atmospheres - Atmospheres
7
57. The Blue Prison - Rosetta
7
58. The Great Old Ones - Tekeli-Li
7
59. Vital Science - Imaginations Of The Subject Of Infinity
7
60. Existem - Phoenix
7
61. Actress - Ghettoville
7
62. Pervy Perkin - Ink
7
63. Lee Bannon - Alternate/Endings
7
64. Whitechapel - Our Endless War
7
65. Epitimia - (Un)reality
7
66. Mechina - Xenon
7
67. Thoughts Factory - Lost
7
68. Al-Namrood - Heen Yadhar Al Ghasq
7
69. Casey Crescendo - Amour & Attrition
7
70. Serdce - Timelessness
7
71. The Unguided - Fragile Immortality
7
72. Motorpsycho - Behind The Sun
7
73. Stam1na - SLK
7
74. Shokran - Supreme Truth
7
75. Ring Of Fire - Battle Of Leningrad
7
76. Kanding Ray - Solens Arc
7
77. James LaBrie - I Will Not Break
ep
78. Astra - Broken Balance
7
79. Alcest - Shelter
7
80. Miroist - Curve
7
81. Hardcore Anal Hydrogen - The Talas Of Satan
7
82. Astral Display - Breath
7
83. Sothoros - Overneath
7
84. Pet Slimmers Of The Year - Fragments Of Uniforms
7
85. Akbal - Of Darkness And Light
7
86. The Birds Of Satan - The Birds Of Satan
7
87. A Feast For Kings - Hell On Earth
7
88. Anathema - Distant Satellites
7
89. Buckethead - Pike 43
6
90. The Wisdoom - Hypothalamus
6
91. Sovereign - Sovereign 6
92. Pyrrhon - The Mother Of Virtues
6
93. Betraying The Martyrs - Phantom
6
94. Hour Of Penance - Regicide
6
95. Bigelf - Into The Maelstrom
6
96. Osian - Rhizome
6
97. Phaze I - Uprising
6
98. Frequency Drift - Over
6
99. Intervals - A Voice Within
6
100. The Kennedy Veil - Trinity Of Falsehood
6
101. A Dying God - Anthems To Ascension [ep]
6
102. Nasheim - Solens Vemod
6
103. Stilla - Ensamhetens Andar
6
104. Arkona - Yav
5
105. Within Temptation - Hydra
5
106. .
107. not rated yet:
108. .
109. A.C.T. - Circus Pandemonium
110. Adamantra - Act II Silent Narratives
111. A Dying God - Anthems To Acension
ep
112. Ageless Oblivion - Penthos
113. A Hill To Die Upon - Holy Despair
114. Aittala - Effigy
115. Akbal - Of Darkness And Light
116. Akeldama - Akeldama
117. Allegaeon - Elements Of The Infinite
118. Ancient Ascendant - Echoes And Cinder
119. AnovA - Omnis
120. Anthelion - Obsidian Plume
121. Any Face - Perpetual Motion Of Deceit
122. A Red Nightmare - A Red Nightmare
123. Aronious - Truth In Perception
124. Arteries - Layers
125. Artificial Brain - Labyrinth Constellation
126. Ashen Horde - Sanguinum Vindicta
127. Assimilate - ep
128. Benevolent - The Covenant
129. Ben Frost - Aurora
130. Benighted - Carnivore Sublime
131. Black Tounge - Born Hanged
132. Blank Forest - Kayros
133. Bloodway - Sunstone Voyager And The Clandestine Horizon
ep
134. Boyfrndz - Breeder
135. Bohemian Groove - Event Horizon
136. Brimstone - Mannsverk
137. Brood Of Hatred - Skinless Agony
138. Burning Dominion - In The Wake Of The Rising Sun
139. Burzum - The Ways Of Yore
140. Cacotopia - Inhuman Agitation
141. Cantabile Wind - Deliverance
142. Carrion Kind - The Collapse Of All To Come
143. Chelsea Grin - Ashes To Ashes
144. Cleanup - Sun Life
145. Cold Body Radiation - A Clear Path
146. Collibus - The False Awakening
147. ControlState - The Delta Path
148. Crimson Hill - Denied
149. Cybernetika - Solar Nexus
150. D'AccorD - D'AccorD III
151. Darkaeon - Nihilism
152. Dawn Of Destiny - F.E.A.R.
153. Deadalus - Remnant Of Oblivion
154. Deep In Hate - Chronicles Of Oblivion
155. Defying - Nexus Artificial
156. Deliberate Chaos - Future changes the past
157. Descend - Wither
158. Desolate Dreams - The Tree That Never Saw The Sun
159. Die Apokalyptischen Reiter - Tief. Tiefer
160. Disforia - The Age Of Ether
161. Dog Fashion Disco - Sweet Nothings
162. Dol Kruug - Eat Me
163. Dramatic Morals - Inner Sound
ep
164. Droptide - Droptide
165. Dylan Furr - Legator
166. Eldritch - Tasting The Tears
167. Electric Citizen - Sateen
168. Empty Yard Experiment - Kallisti
169. Empyrium - The Turn Of The Tides
170. Ethersens - Your Wandering Ghost
171. Exist - Sunlight
172. Fisthammer - Infallible
173. Flaming Row - Mirage A Portrayal Of Figures
174. Flashback Of Anger - T.S.R.
175. Focus - Golden Oldies
176. Forever Dawn - The Long Journey Home
177. Forgotten Deity - Winter
178. Fountainhead - Fear Is The Enemy
179. From The Embrace - The Sun Betrays Us To The Night
180. Goatwhore - Constricting Rage Of The Merciless
181. Hazardeur - Rational Gaze
182. Halfdream - Kaleidoscope
183. Hibernal - Replacements
184. Hortus Animae - Secular Music
185. Humaniac - Abandon The Eternity
186. Hybrid Circle - A Matter Of Faith
187. Inanimate Existance - A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement
188. In My Shiver - Delicate Poison
189. Inferi - The Path Of Apotheosis
190. Infestum - Monuments Of Exalted
191. Infestus - The Reflecting Void
192. Insense - DeEvolution
193. Ipsilon - Las Crónicas De Enki
194. Islander - Violence & Destruction
195. Janvs - Nigredo
196. Kaukasus - I
197. Kel'Thuz - The Nihilist
198. Kenziner - The Last Horizon
199. Kevin Suter - Pathways
200. Khonsu - Traveller
201. Kinetik - Relativity Speaking
ep
202. King Bong - PINNG, Or the Underwater Adventures of a Young Cthulhu
203. Lethe - When Dreams Become Nightmares
204. Like Thieves - The Wolves At Winter's Edge
205. Lorelei - Lore Of Lies
206. LoreWeaver - Italic
207. Lungorthin - The Shadows Of The Trees
208. Lux Occulta - Kołysanki
209. Lvcifyre - Svn Eater
210. Maahlas - Nightmare Years
211. Made Of Hate - Out Of Hate
212. Magistina Saga - Creaith Anthem
213. Make Me A Donut - Olson
214. Mammoth - Polymorphism
215. Masal - Viens Des Quatre Vents
216. Mayhem - Esoteric Warfare
217. Menace - Impact Velocity
218. Merkabah - Moloch
219. Miasm - Dark Roads
220. Misery Index - The Killing Gods
221. Mindplotter - Depths
222. Monuments - The Amanuensis
223. Moonlit Sailor - We Come From Exploding Stars
224. Morowe - S
225. Nagaarum - Eventum Fatali
226. Nebula Orionsis - Summer
ep
227. Necrosy - Promo
228. Need - Orvam: A Song For Home
229. Neo Noir - Agosto
demo
230. Nexilva - Eschatologies
231. Nihternnes - Son Of Sun
232. Noturnall - Noturnall
233. Novembers Doom - Bled White
234. Nyksta - Lieka Tik Sienos
235. Obedience To Dictator - The Greater Of Two Evils
236. Ohrenbetäubende Stille - N°1
237. Old Souls/██████ - Split
238. Omnerod - Ivory Dune
239. Orcus - Planet Of Silence
240. Overkill - White Devil Armory
241. Overwind - Illustrator
242. Perfect Beings - Perfect Beings
243. Pictura - The Equilibration of Minds Vol. I
244. Planet Epiphany - Alone In The Wasteland
245. Plebian Grandstand - Lowgazers
246. Presto Vivace - Periferia Vital
247. Psychotropic - An Indelible Stain
248. Psygnosis - Human Be[ing]
249. Radio Moscow - Magical Dirt
250. Raster Density - Ov Hands And Bestial Pleasure
251. Ring Of Fire - Battle Of Leningrad
252. Saga - Sagacity
253. Saor - Aura
254. Separatist - Closure
255. Seventh Seal - The Ghosts Of What We Are
256. Shear - Katharsis
257. Shift - Music For Atheists
258. Short-Stay Mission - Life Signatures
259. Siegewyrm - Harvest Begins
260. Signals From Saturn - Prodigals
ep
261. Sinners - Doom
262. Shylmagoghnar - Emergence
263. Skyliner - Outsiders
264. Soap Revelations - Dreamachine
265. Son Of Aurelius - Under A Western Sun
266. Sparrows - Mark Of The Beast: Erradiction
267. Spectral Lore - III
268. Stilla - Ensamhetens Andar
269. Stilva - Gemini Act I
270. Stoic Dissention - Autochtcon
271. Strandhugg - Norn
272. Stream Of Passion - A War Of Our Own
273. Structural Disorder - The Edge Of Sanity
274. Subscribe - This Moment Will Soon Be Gone
275. Suicide Silence - You Can't Stop Me
276. Symbiose - Like All Shamans
277. Syndemic - For Those In Desperation
278. Tartavara - Last Morning
279. Tartavara - Спевы Памерлых Балот
280. Tellusian - Collision
281. Temnein - 404 B.C.
282. The Bellerophon Project - Mental Abscess
283. The Conjuration - Surreal
284. The Down Troddence - How Are You, We Are Fine, Thank You
285. The Grasshopper Lies Heavy - All Sadness, Grinning into Flow
286. The Morningside - Letters From The Empty Towns
287. The Oath - The Oath
288. The Seer - Prologue
289. Thorns Of Creation - Continuum
290. Thy Disease - Costumes Of Technocracy
291. Timeshift - Timeshift
292. Timo Tolkki's Avalon - Angels Of The Apocalypse
293. Tombs - Savage Gold
294. Transcendency - The Odyssey
295. Trollfest - Kaptein Kaos
296. Tusmörke - Riset Bak Speilet
297. Tyrant Of Death - Ascendancy
298. Universal Mind - Timeless Dimension
ep
299. Unjustly Labeled - Grotesque
300. Vader - Tibi Et Igni
301. Vaginal Cadaver - The Art Of Masturbation
302. Valyria - Collatus
303. Veni Domine - Light
304. Venetian Snares - My Love Is A Bulldozer
305. Vexed Mechanism - Drag Your Nemesis
ep
306. Vintersorg - Naturbål
307. Volumes - No Sleep
308. Watchmoore - Watchmoore
309. Whetstone - Unearthed Knowledge
ep
310. Whispers In Crimson - Suicide In B Minor
311. Wide Eyes - Samsara
312. Widek - Outside The Universe
313. Wilder Falotico - Skin Is Strong But Only So Thick
314. Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestite
315. Wretched - Cannibal
316. Yes - Heaven & Earth
317. Zentraedi - Seven Medley Sins



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Erik M. - 09.08.2014 at 18:59  
Btw, I feel sorry for zarahuztra... we took over his list.
Ilham - 09.08.2014 at 19:01  
Written by Erik M. on 09.08.2014 at 18:58
And whether my posts make sense to you or not is irrelevant since I only was stating how I judge music, not how others do it. Except for the thing I said about reviewers needing more spins to judge music as well, because in all fairness I can't say a thing like that. Aside from that I still stand by everything I said.
Yeah no problem, can't imagine how crazy this last hour must have been for you haha. Hey, usually, when I go out of my way to include this ugly ":P" or any other emot it means it's humour, it was my way of saying that I could finally understand your point. I don't write off people's opinions as nonsense when they happen to go against my way.
Yeah, poor guy, that OP.
Erik M. - 09.08.2014 at 19:06  
Written by Ilham on 09.08.2014 at 19:01

Yeah no problem, can't imagine how crazy this last hour must have been for you haha. Hey, usually, when I go out of my way to include this ugly ":P" or any other emot it means it's humour, it was my way of saying that I could finally understand your point. I don't write off people's opinions as nonsense when they happen to go against my way.
Yeah, poor guy, that OP.


Yeah, every time I refreshed the page I had like 1-3 new notification during the last hour or so.

But okay, good to know this discussion has ended, more or less. (yeah, this emoticon kind of sucks, even though I somehow regularly use it...)
zarahuztra - 09.08.2014 at 22:54  
Written by Erik M. on 09.08.2014 at 18:59

Btw, I feel sorry for zarahuztra... we took over his list.

thats ok
Erik M. - 09.08.2014 at 23:37  
Written by zarahuztra on 09.08.2014 at 22:54

thats ok


Well, if anything, it's popular as fuck now.
Troy Killjoy - 12.08.2014 at 23:35  
-1 for the debate taking place in the comments.
deadone - 15.08.2014 at 09:25  
Written by Erik M. on 09.08.2014 at 18:15


I've seen lots of people state they "need" multiple spins to judge an album. For example, this album seems to have that effect on the majority. The term "grower" is used for that, as you know. And it's a term often used at that. Doesn't make it a fact of course, but my point is that people in general often refer to a certain album as a "grower".



I definitely need a few spins to judge an album on average. Seldom do I like anything on first listen. Though I can usually dislike something on a 1 listen but even then it could be a couple of listens.

For example new Morbus Chron took a few listens to figure out I didn't like it.

I'm still plugging away at new Mastodon too.

Written by Erik M. on 09.08.2014 at 16:58


The difference is that when I watch a movie, I pretty much give it my full attention. I always combine music with stuff like Facebook and MS (mainly) so I rarely give it my full attention. When it comes to movies I literally always judge them after one view (but my opinion can change after multiple views as well, for the record). The replay value of a movie is far less important as well. Most movies that I've watched I only saw once. In case of music replay value is far more important. If I buy an album, I expect it to spin it multiple times. When I buy a movie I might watch it twice in a few years, or maybe even three times, but more than that is very uncommon.



I agree with this too.

Watching a movie is an active task. Your primary focus is watching the movie. Others tasks like shoveling food into one's mouth is secondary and almost subconsious.


Like Eric I listen to music at work or at home and do other stuff whilst I'm listening to tunes. And there's other factors such as my mood, my health, whom I'm with (not easy listening to new tunes with a family), interuptions etc.

I also like to get to know the ins and outs of an album and know it's every nuance. That takes time and many repeated listens.


But I guess I'm still wrong as Joe, Alex Fenger, Marcel et al have already decreed the entire human race must make an opinion after a single listen.
Troy Killjoy - 15.08.2014 at 19:29  
Written by deadone on 15.08.2014 at 09:25
But I guess I'm still wrong as Joe, Alex Fenger, Marcel et al have already decreed the entire human race must make an opinion after a single listen.

This is just getting ridiculous. You play this victim card/me against the world (of MS) across different threads! It's beyond annoying and honestly pretty pathetic. Once again, people have stated their opinion - that it doesn't require more than one listen to grasp an album - and others have stated they believe it does. Nothing more, nothing less.

As others have pointed out, maybe you wouldn't have as hard a time grasping an album if you listened to music in the same way you watch a movie. Or maybe it comes down to you lacking the skill to comprehend things aurally. Not everyone learns by simply listening, and maybe more visual learners have trouble grasping new music immediately. Speculating/guessing, not assuming of course.
!J.O.O.E.! - 15.08.2014 at 19:43  
*facepalm* What an inferiority complex...
Ilham - 15.08.2014 at 19:56  
The discussion ended on a positive note. And during the whole time neither Erik, nor I, nor anyone else resorted to something like that. Why does it have to re-start with personal accusations? Is that really necessary? Instead of actually discussing the matter at hand, people will only reply to the gratuitous shots you take at them. I mean I can't understand the logic. And that comes from someone who supposedly "likes debate". You don't like what comes out of the debate, you like the debate, and by debate, I mean the convoluted way of discharging your anger, aggression and fear in the form of forum posts.
Erik M. - 16.08.2014 at 00:09  
Written by deadone on 15.08.2014 at 09:25

I definitely need a few spins to judge an album on average. Seldom do I like anything on first listen. Though I can usually dislike something on a 1 listen but even then it could be a couple of listens.

For example new Morbus Chron took a few listens to figure out I didn't like it.

I'm still plugging away at new Mastodon too.


Well, after 1 spin I can most of the time tell whether I like it enough to give it more spins. But yeah, sometimes I have the same experience, as in: not liking something after more listens, or vice versa.

Quote:

I agree with this too.

Watching a movie is an active task. Your primary focus is watching the movie. Others tasks like shoveling food into one's mouth is secondary and almost subconsious.


Like Eric I listen to music at work or at home and do other stuff whilst I'm listening to tunes. And there's other factors such as my mood, my health, whom I'm with (not easy listening to new tunes with a family), interuptions etc.

I also like to get to know the ins and outs of an album and know it's every nuance. That takes time and many repeated listens.


But I guess I'm still wrong as Joe, Alex Fenger, Marcel et al have already decreed the entire human race must make an opinion after a single listen.


Yeah, there's a big difference in how much I pay attention to movies and music. That doesn't mean I like music less, but it's simply nice to combine it with other stuff. Actually I'd assume most people do this, since not everyone has loads of free time so that they can spend hours a day just listening to music without doing anything else besides it (I sure as hell haven't). Fine by me if people do that, but not me. Also, multiple spins are a necessity for me when it comes judging the replay value. If I don't enjoy an album anymore after 5-10 spins, I would never consider it a masterpiece. All my 10's are albums that I've listened to many times (most of them 20+). I pretty much always listen to music alone (except when I'm in the train to work and back), because I can't enjoy it if I know someone else might not enjoy it as much as I do. So it's highly personal for me. In any case, it seems we totally agree on this then. Or rather: we judge music the same way.
deadone - 18.08.2014 at 04:22  
Written by Erik M. on 16.08.2014 at 00:09


Well, after 1 spin I can most of the time tell whether I like it enough to give it more spins. But yeah, sometimes I have the same experience, as in: not liking something after more listens, or vice versa.


I usually can tell if I hate something in 1 spin.

Stuff like Mastodon or Morbus Chron requires effort as there's elements I like and elements I dislike. It's a matter of repeated listenings to see whether the likes or the dislikes prevail.


Quote:
Yeah, there's a big difference in how much I pay attention to movies and music. That doesn't mean I like music less, but it's simply nice to combine it with other stuff. Actually I'd assume most people do this, since not everyone has loads of free time so that they can spend hours a day just listening to music without doing anything else besides it (I sure as hell haven't). Fine by me if people do that, but not me. Also, multiple spins are a necessity for me when it comes judging the replay value. If I don't enjoy an album anymore after 5-10 spins, I would never consider it a masterpiece. All my 10's are albums that I've listened to many times (most of them 20+). I pretty much always listen to music alone (except when I'm in the train to work and back), because I can't enjoy it if I know someone else might not enjoy it as much as I do. So it's highly personal for me. In any case, it seems we totally agree on this then. Or rather: we judge music the same way.


Yup - totally agree.

I prefer to listen to music by myself but life doesn't allow that. Very often I'll buy a CD and then have to listen to it in 3-4 sessions due to time constraints and family life. Even listening to at work means I'm focused on work and there's always interruptions ala phone calls, meetings or people coming into my office.

It was easier when I was a teenager and I would just lie down on my bed and listen to music.

It's also influenced my musical tastes. I've grown to like shorter, catchier songs because lack of time and "life noise" means I don't have time to focus on long and complicated opuses. Basically I have to be able to come in and out and pick up a track straight away. I also like listening to the whole song and that's much easier with 3-5 minutes tunes than longer ones. E.g. overall the whole weekend all I managed to listen to was the first 4 tracks of Shadow Fall's Art of Balance and that was whilst playing with a 2 year old!

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