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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



My Favorite Non-Black Metal Albums

This list is dedicated to my favourites albums of all subgenres except Black Metal. I think that a "one-album-per-band" list wouldn't make much sense, so I'll put a maximum of 3 albums per band.

1. Hypocrisy - Hypocrisy
2. Hypocrisy - The Final Chapter
3. Arcturus - The Sham Mirrors
4. In The Woods... - Omnio
5. Sigh - Imaginary Sonicscape

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Created by Sagaris918 on 04.01.2016



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Diverge's Alternative/Prog/Jazz/Avant-Garde Favs

Assembled below are some choice selections in alternative metal, prog rock, prog metal, jazz and avant-garde metal. I don't necessarily consider these styles to be my favourite (I do have a penchant for post-metal and cavernous death metal these days), but they have been the foundations of my taste for the last seven or eight years.

1. ALTERNATIVE METAL & GRUNGE SELECTIONS
2. Soundgarden - Down On The Upside
3. Rishloo - Living As Ghosts With Buildings As Teeth
4. Karnivool - Asymmetry
5. Blindead - Absence

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Created by Diverge on 28.12.2015



Favorite Albums Of All Time

1. Metallica - Ride The Lightning
2. Vio-lence - Eternal Nightmare
3. Megadeth - Rust In Peace
4. Iron Maiden - Powerslave
5. Megadeth - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?

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Created by FatesOpeth on 16.12.2015



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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Guib's Essentials (Alphabetical Order)

Well, this is a very simple list and something you've probably seen a lot of other MS users do in the past. Basically, I'm just going to list the albums I wouldn't live without, my all time gems. There's no particular ''Genre'' that I'll be covering and I will also try to limit myself to one album per band and 3 favorite tracks (even though all the albums there have no bad tracks IMO, of course some exceptions may apply). Of course this is just an ''opinion'' list, meaning that I'm not saying these albums are all masterpieces or whatnot, it's just my personal favorites. I hope you'll agree with me and if not well, doesn't matter... Oh Also I'm only adding MS featured albums. I might add some comments in time for couple albums.

1. Absu - The Third Storm Of Cythrául
2. AC/DC - High Voltage
3. Alestorm - Black Sails At Midnight
4. Amon Amarth - Fate Of Norns
5. Anata - The Conductor's Departure

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Created by Guib on 02.05.2015



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The Top Of Death's Crystal Mountain (150 Greatest Death Metal Albums)

*** MAX 3 ALBUMS PER ARTIST!!! (Except Death) Also... While extra weight will be given to classic death metal albums, this list will also include exceptional examples of melodic death, death-grind, technical/progressive death, death-thrash, and blackened death. LPs ONLY. *** /\ UNDER CONSTRUCTION /\

1. Death - Symbolic
2. Suffocation - Effigy Of The Forgotten
3. Carcass - Necroticism: Descanting The Insalubrious
4. Cryptopsy - None So Vile
5. Death - Human

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Created by saw_you_drown on 08.04.2015



The Book of Heavy Metal

8.5, 25, 9

1. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
2. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II
3. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
4. Black Sabbath - Paranoid

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Created by nemesisrex88 on 25.02.2015



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The Worst "Popular" Metal Albums

I realize the importance of these albums to the genres, and the influence they have had. however I do not find these albums really that great and pleasurable due to the competition and elimination through these decades of musical evolution. I respect these bands for releasing something so creative, conceptual and also brought us to the new dimension in the past.

1. Atheist - Unquestionable Presence
2. Amorphis - Tales From The Thousand Lakes
3. Amon Amarth - Twilight Of The Thunder God
4. Accept - Restless And Wild
5. Accept - Balls To The Wall

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Created by God Buster 鬼 on 20.08.2014



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Top 100 Albums (No Repeating Bands)

I do my best to feel confident about my top 10, After that 11-100 are just alphabetical.

1. Ayreon - The Theory of Everything
2. Iron Maiden - Brave New World
3. Evergrey - The Inner Circle
4. Obscure Sphinx - Void Mother
5. Nevermore - This Godless Endeavor

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Created by LascaillesShroud on 23.04.2014



Top 10 Death Metal Albums

1. Bolt Thrower - WarMaster
2. Death - The Sound Of Perseverance
3. Deicide - Once Upon The Cross
4. Death - Leprosy
5. Cannibal Corpse - Tomb Of The Mutilated

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Created by AmongTheWarMastr on 06.02.2014



Maniard's List Of Masterpieces

A list of albums considered by me to be totally worth checking out, even if you are not into whichever genre they belong to. No particular order, maybe except for the first three

1. Neurosis - Through Silver In Blood
2. Tool - Lateralus
3. Gorguts - Obscura
4. Neurosis - Souls At Zero
5. In The Woods... - Omnio

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Created by maniard on 09.01.2014



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My Top 10 Death Metal Albums

These are my favourite death metal albums. As you can see, I'm a big fan of progressive death metal.

1. Death - Symbolic
2. Atheist - Unquestionable Presence
3. Lykathé - Elvenefris
4. Carcass - Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious
5. Akercocke - Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone

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Created by TrialByFire on 04.01.2014



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Apothecary's Awesome Album Art Anthology

I know I probably speak for a lot of people when I say that, very often, the artwork that a band chooses for a particular album can be the icing on the cake, essential to giving a visual depiction that tops off the overall aesthetic of the music. There are plenty of albums that I simply couldn't imagine listening to without staring, zoned out, to the big ball of glorious that is their cover art. Here are some such albums. In alphabetical order by band. Links to full images of the covers have been provided, as well as credits to the artists.

1. Aarni - Bathos
2. Absu - The Sun Of Tiphareth
3. Atheist - Unquestionable Presence
4. Bathory - Blood Fire Death
5. Blue Öyster Cult - Fire Of Unknown Origin

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Created by Apothecary on 06.11.2013



DL's

Albums I have downloaded and are in the process of obtaining

1. AC/DC - Back In Black
2. AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
3. AC/DC - High Voltage
4. AC/DC - Highway To Hell
5. AC/DC - Let There Be Rock

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Created by Darkpeing on 19.10.2013



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